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New Wok Box in Mississauga

jennjen18 Oct 23, 2010 09:53 AM

Friday for lunch, we were excited to try this new chain from out west. What a fail. We figure it's an upscale Thai Express, but the speed, quality and taste just didnt measure up.

We (the two of us) ordered the lunch box (a stir fry, small version, at $6.95). I had the pad thai (shrimp with noodles) and my friend had the teriyaki (chicken with rice). We also opted to add the fountain drink and egg roll for $2.99 more.

We had to have waited 20 minutes from lining up to getting our food.

When it came, the main was dished up in a very small porcelain bowl. It had no handles, and there werent any trays.. so the bowl was hot and was hard to carry. But when we discovered, the bowl was quite deep, so there were a lot of food inside.. however, with a small mouth, it was hard to eat out of.. When one of the staff came around to check on everyone, we had voiced our concern with the bowl.. hope they take it up to change it.

Food itself was not great. My friend who ordered rice got udon noodles. It was partly her fault 'coz her receipt actually said udon noodles, which meant the cashier punched it in wrong, but friend didnt see to correct her. But still, you expect one thing, and another comes out. Taste-wise, not good. My pad thai came out a bit bitter... not sure why. Her teriyaki was drenched in sauce that it became a soup. Blech.

All in all, not a good food trip. Kind of a fail. Perhaps they're still new to handle a Friday lunch crowd..? I'd go for Thai Express over here any day though..

http://www.wokbox.ca/

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Wok Box
Latimer Dr, Mississauga, ON L5V, CA

  1. duckdown Oct 23, 2010 11:39 AM

    Yup, it's right beside California Sandwiches at Heartland Town Center.

    I've had the misfortune of ordering from takeout from there, twice, hoping to give it the benefit of the doubt. Especially since I was craving a thai coconut curry flavored dish and theres no other choices in the neighbourhood.

    So I tried both the "lemongrass thai curry" and the "red thai curry" and both are disgraceful. It's not even the flavors of the curry or the mushy rice that I had the biggest problem with -- it's their ridiculous additions of semi-raw vegetables. What kind of thai curry has gigantic chunks of half cooked white onions and gigantic chunks of green bell peppers? Those aren't thai ingredients and certainly have no place in a thai curry dish. It was terrible, really. And the chunks are so big that they don't cook evenly and just straight up ruined everything about it. I won't return.

    It's a shame because maybe without all those ridiculous ingredients the flavor of the curry itself might have been OK..

    4 Replies
    1. re: duckdown
      jennjen18 Oct 24, 2010 12:10 PM

      Disgrace is just about right. Have you gone to California Sandwiches then? The whole strip mall there is filled with eateries! We love the pho place there ... best so far in and around the area. It's the same one as the one at Hwy 10 and Eg, but this one has fresher ingredients and yummier soup. I think I've just hijacked my own thread.

      1. re: jennjen18
        duckdown Oct 24, 2010 05:45 PM

        Yep, I've tried everything in that strip I think. I don't understand why no progress has been made on the Z-Teca unit.. It's been in the same state for months now, with just a paper sign in the window saying Z-Teca but inside nothing is being done..

        The place near the end, "Sweets" is a real gem though. Great croissants, cheesecakes, macarons, and other baked goods along with gelato now and coffees.. I really hope they do well

        The California sandwiches is OK i guess, it's no better or worse than the rest of their locations. The $10 salad I got at "Freshii" was underdressed and very dry, like eating it out of a grocrery store bag.. The Pho place I haven't been to yet

        1. re: duckdown
          jennjen18 Nov 2, 2010 08:34 PM

          Oh do try the pho place! I've not had bad experiences there food-wise, but go early, else you wait in line until almost 1pm! Yes, my coworkers and I love that Sweets place too... you could totally see inside to the kitchen as they're making the goodies!

      2. re: duckdown
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        Idas Nov 4, 2010 08:28 PM

        I ate at Wok box three times in Saint John NB because I was that desperate for rice.
        I have to agree the combinations are puzzling and often veggies are too raw unless you ask the to really cook them but I'd take a Wok Box over most fast food, I
        I didn't know that they had come to Ontario. Let's just hope that they jump start more "asian" fast food. We might have hopes of tastier upgrades.
        That said I am off to Great Wolf Lodge (my 8 year old' s bday choice) tomorrow and I'd be happy to suffer a Wok Box there. I have to pack a small cooler of fruit and veggies so I don't starve being stuck on premises for 24 hours. Actually a fast would be easier than eaty their food....

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        Wok Box
        Latimer Dr, Mississauga, ON L5V, CA

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        cockburn Nov 4, 2010 06:28 PM

        I would have to disagree, I ate there and ordered the ginger beef. It was amazing. You have to remember this isn't meant to be die hard asian food. Its meant to be there for people who want a quick meal instead of choosing alot of the other fastfood out there. So lets not get it confused with authentic asian because thats not what the restaurent is about. Its about getting a quick stirfry or what else tickles your fancy. Also for jenn jen 18 the last I heard we weren't eating the bowls.

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        1. re: cockburn
          Kagemusha Nov 4, 2010 07:28 PM

          Trick is, there's way better "Asian" food available in Mississauga than this stuff, which begs the question, "why bother?." Like Taco Bell?

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            Fighter Pilot Nov 4, 2010 07:59 PM

            I agree with Cockburn, you guys should try some of the other items you can't get everywhere like the Butter Chicken or the Ginger Beef ! I loved both !

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            Wok Box
            Latimer Dr, Mississauga, ON L5V, CA

            1. re: Fighter Pilot
              Kagemusha Nov 5, 2010 06:11 AM

              These dishes aren't exactly rarities. WokBox is to "Asian" food what Taco Bell is to "Mexican" food. Nothing special--at best.

            2. re: cockburn
              duckdown Nov 5, 2010 12:01 PM

              Please explain the reasoning behind ruining the "Lemongrass Thai Curry" or "Red Thai Curry" dishes with gigantic chunks of white onion and green bell peppers

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              Thai Curry
              9929 Keele, Maple, ON L6A3Y5, CA

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              Dan G Nov 5, 2010 12:40 PM

              You should have read the Prairie Provinces board - all discussions there point at Wok Box as being one of the worst places out here to eat. How it expands, I will never know.

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              Wok Box
              Latimer Dr, Mississauga, ON L5V, CA

              3 Replies
              1. re: Dan G
                duckdown Nov 5, 2010 01:25 PM

                wouldn't surprise me.. It really is not good. At all...

                1. re: duckdown
                  jennjen18 Nov 6, 2010 05:29 PM

                  Meanwhile... Thai Express is opening up a few doors down..

                  1. re: jennjen18
                    duckdown Nov 7, 2010 03:55 PM

                    Haha yeah, I noticed that. It's like the same thing, under a different name.

                    And that unit has 3 awful trash chains in a single unit:

                    Tandori (commercialized Indian chain),
                    Thai Express (Ugh),
                    and Villa Medina AKA the worst food court shawarma ever..

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                Tony8952 Mar 20, 2011 10:19 AM

                The Wok Box at the Latimer Drive strip gives a bad name to Asian food, stir-fry and quick meals. My friends and I were disappointed to waste our money on this pseudo Asian outlet. The decor is attractive for this type of outlet, but the food is not authentic, tasty or fresh despite the Asian-named dishes. The ginger beef and butter chicken are pathetic, except to palates unfamiliar with Asian cuisine but easily snared by franchise advertising. It did not surprise me to discover that the “Wok Box Fresh Asian Kitchen” originated in Edmonton, Alberta (that fount of Asian cusine, lol) founded by Chris Bullock. The franchise company’s CEO is Scott Bender. Yes I’m Asian, but in the past I’ve also held management positions at the top Asian airline and a leading Japanese hotel company (where eating good cuisine was a free job benefit). There are better and cheaper alternatives to The Wok Box even on the same strip, such as Pho Mi 99 for Vietnamese and Asian dishes. Also worth checking out on that strip are Tutti Frutti for breakfast and maybe for lunch or meetings (its bubbly hostess Jackie always leaves a smile on her customers), Marble Slab Creamery for ice cream, the bubble tea outlet, as well as Sweets Pastry Shop for coffee/dessert. I’ve not tried that Thai Express (though their outlet at Sherway Gardens is passable; I loved the TE in Montreal ten years ago but the quality has deteriorated badly ). Outside that Latimer strip: even better than that Pho Mi 99 for Vietnamese (and Thai) food taste, price and quick meal is nearby Pho Dau Bo restaurant at 1525 Bristol Road West (west of Creditview). Pho Dau Bo also does some Thai and Chinese dishes, and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Pad Thai the on the one occasion I ordered it. This hidden gem is worth the drive. For Chinese, check out Chiuchow Man Chinese restaurant in Golden Square Centre plaza at 1177 Central Parkway West (south of Burnhamthorpe and Creditview). Chiuchow Man also has special dishes not on their menu. If given time, the owners Sam or Rebecca can create a dinner/lunch feast almost as good as Toronto's Lai Wah Heen at a lower price (certainly better than other Mississauga Chinese restaurants such as Perfect Kitchen or Summit Garden). Next door to Chiuchow Man are the Lion City restaurant (very interesting Singapore and Malaysian dishes) and Arirang (decent Korean food). For better Butter Chicken, try Nirvana at 35 Brunel Rd (east of Hurontario) or even the cheaper Tandoori Bazaar at Dreamcrest and Terry Fox Way. The Ming Room at 6461 Mississauga Road (north of Britannia) is decent for Hakka Chinese cuisine. Kumai sushi at 35 Brunel road (just south on Britannia and east of Hurontaro) serves good Japanese. A little further away in Oakville is an interesting Asian comfort food concept restaurant worth checking out named Celadon House at 630 Ford Drive (south of Royal Windsor).

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                Lion City Restaurant
                1177 Central Pky W, Unit 70, Mississauga, ON L5C4P3, CA

                Ming Room
                6461 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga, ON L5N1A6, CA

                Celadon House
                630 Ford Dr, Oakville, ON L6J7V7, CA

                Chiuchow Man Chinese Restaurant
                1177 Central Pky W, Mississauga, ON L5C4P3, CA

                Arirang
                699 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1L5, CA

                Marble Slab
                1170 Fischer Hallman Rd, Kitchener, ON N2E3Z3, CA

                Wok Box
                Latimer Dr, Mississauga, ON L5V, CA

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