A few of my clients who are actually Uyghur told us they started going to this new restaurant at Kennedy & McNicoll in Scarborough. We decided to give it a try, after having a bit of a craving for some cumin spiced lamb skewers. The restaurant is basically unchanged from he previous owners, aside from a few minor decorations. Service was typical for a asian restaurant, although the bus boys seemed to be a bit confused bringing out the dishes (there was only 3 tables).
As for their menu, there's only about 18 items so I was assuming that what they did make, they should do well. Unfortunately that was not the case. First dish was a stick fried rice w/ raisins, diced carrots and some spices and a lamb leg. Lamb was all but flavourless and barely warm, rice was just ok, nothing special. Second dish was a slightly spicy green bean noodle jelly with some diced veggies on top... not worth $6.49. The Hoshang (steamed and then pan fried buns with mashed meat filling) came out looking like it was cooked yesterday and reheated in the microwave for us. Totally soggy and limp (although the bun flavour was quite authentic to what my wife had in Northern China). Last dish which took quite awhile to come was the skewer of lamb. Decent priced at $1.79 each, cooked about right with the right amount of spices.
Overall it was a disappointing meal and not good value for your money. Not sure if their noodle soup dishes are any better. There's already a few other xinjiang style places in Scarborough and Markham, plus with this bad location on McNicoll I doubt this place will last too much longer.
You can see their entire menu here.
Xinjiang Uyghur Restaurant
7-1883 Mcnicoll Ave
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