Name: Eat Jackpot
Address: 318 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2E7
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 5PM-10PM, Thursday 5PM-11PM, Friday-Saturday 11AM-11PM, Sunday 11AM-10PM.
Reservation: Yes via website.
Price Range: $$-$$$
What I tried:
Crispy chicken skins($7), Schmaltzy Rice for two ($6), Jackpot Chicken ($16) and Cereal Killa Prawns ($21).
Whiskey shots (Complimentary, as it was my Birthday).
Located conveniently in Toronto's Chinatown amongst many other eateries.
One of the only authentic "Hainanese Chicken Rice" places I've come across in Toronto.
Great place to celebrate a birthday or to go out with friends.
Owner and chef Craig Wong is also known for his other restaurant "Patois".
The "Go All In" set menu for two people. You can choose any 2 snacks, any 2 large plates and it comes with crispy skin, soy eggs and soup! $70 for two people. Great deal and loads of food! We went ala carte because we have been eating all day and did not need that much food (Next time we will come with an empty stomach!).
Everything on the menu looked amazing. Get the jackpot chicken and rice as that is their classic dish and what they are known for.
Impeccable service from the two servers there. Adrian and Amanda took care of us fantastically even though it was a full house and it was a busy Friday night.
My friend and I carried on talking about the service here long after we were done at the restaurant.
We enjoyed a round of whiskey shots for my Birthday as soon as we sat down, and that set a tone for how the service was going to be at Eatjackpot.
I couldn’t say better things when it comes to the service here. You will not be disappointed as everyone was friendly and simply wonderful.
My best friend loved the crispy chicken skin. He ate the entire plate and said he that was the best he has ever had. He would come back just for that. I agree with that as well! It was delicious.
As I mentioned to my server (Adrian), I am extremely biased when it comes to chicken rice as it is what I grew up eating in Malaysia and what my family cooks all the time. It is comfort food for me and no restaurant I have been to since moving to Canada has come close to what we get in Malaysia.
I have to say that the Jackpot chicken, the Schmaltzy and all its trimmings were fantastic and extremely close to what we make at home. I could not believe how delicious it all was. Tender poached chicken made with a stock using the chicken's liquid is soft and very fragrant. The rice garnished with scallions and fried onions also made with the chicken stock was flavorful.
The Cereal Killa Prawns was a huge treat. Jumbo tiger prawns coated in batter and deep fried with cereal and chili. It reminds me of "butter prawns" we used to get in Malaysia. Extremely delicious and a great portion. We even had to take some to go as we could not finish it.
The first thing I noticed walking in was "why are my moms colanders hanging from the ceiling". Functional rice colanders of varying sizes, shapes and colors serve as lanterns and this put a unique take on a regular household item.
Eatjackpot is colorful and a huge mural is painted on the walls by the tables.
The place settings remind me of artwork that we get back home and it is bright and adds character to the restaurant.
There are about 40 seats that fill this space and a chefs counter where you can eat right where the action happens.
I am recommending this restaurant to everyone I know. It is an absolute pleasure to have dined there. I will be returning there the next time I find myself in Toronto's Chinatown as I really wanted to try the kaya toast after dinner but we were extremely full and did not have the stomach space to do. Give this place a try and you sure won’t be disappointed. Maybe we will also try Patois next!