How shameful to have been a temporary resident of Toronto for 4 months yet post nothing. In an alternate universe, I’d lie and say that life/relationships/work got in the way but everyone knows that this blog is my life. ~ LIFE ~

The word cafeteria doesn’t exactly beg for your attention. Rather, it evokes perhaps cringe-worthy thoughts of bland food splattered onto decades-old plastic lunch trays in long, mechanical lines like you’re the newest cast member on Orange Is The New Black or something. Definitely not this cute little place in the heart of Toronto’s Chinatown by the name of STAY CAFETERIA.


Homemade Dumplings  7 $

Homemade dumplings in a sweet & spicy soy sauce vinaigrette. Choice of: pork & shrimp / pork & cabbage / pork & chives / pork & watercress.

Though nothing spectacular, these soft in-house wrapped jiaozi’s are everything you would hope for in a dumpling. Not too shabby.


Traditional Beef (Rice) Noodles – 9 $

Braised beef brisket in a spicy home-made broth with noodles or rice noodles.

The veggie-meat-noodle ratio was just perfect and the fragrant broth absolutely killed it. 

If you are a rice lover, noodle connoisseur, and indecisive like me, opt for the best of both worlds. Rice noodles over EVERYTHING: pho noodles, rice paper-wrapped Chinese doughnuts, vermicelli, canh banh da noodles (Hai Phong friends, you already know) – I need not say more.


Braised Pork Belly – 7.5 $

Soy-sauce braised pork belly with smoke-dried vegetables.

The vegetables neutralized the initial concern that the pork would make this dish too dry! Flavour-packed and worth a re-order.

At under $10 per dish for what are arguably “girl portions,” the prices are definitely on par with cheap and greasy Chinese joints that this hood is known for. Service was fast and attentive due in part because this is a relatively new establishment. Once word gets out though, you may just find yourself in a cafeteria-like line for a table. This kept away joint in central Chinatown is definitely worth a bite.

P.S. We came back another time for dessert. Matcha creme brulee and shaved black sesame ice cream, mmmm.
P.P.S. How cute be my roommates though? You could say they are so… mignon. #badumtss

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388 Spadina Ave
Toronto, ON