Address: 20 Gibson Dr., Unit 111A, Markham, ON
First Visit: Dec. 2016, dinner, 4 people
From the owners of Morals Village Hot Pot (review here), Spicy Mafia is a non-ayce restaurant offering hot pot combos and noodles. Taking over the previous HOPO spot in Markham, the restaurant has a hip, casual, and relaxed atmosphere, living up to its gangster name.
My family and I were invited for dinner and was pleasantly surprised by the prices and how easy it was to order from their paper place mat menu.
The menu had the mini hot pot combos on one side, and the noodle combos on the other. For our family of 4, we ordered the sweet tomato pork bone soup base ($12.99), the housemade porkbone soup base ($12.99) and picked a noodle, meat and dipping sauce each. Other soup bases included a Chinese Angelica soup (herbal soup), as well as their spicy, and signature (extra spicy) soup base.
Each mini pot includes a bowl of luncheon meat, Japanese crab meat, Hong Kong style sausage, whole shrimp, tofu puff, napa cabbage, lettuce, lotus root, sweet corn, seaweed and enoki mushrooms. We added additional meat ($2.5 per order), and Chaozhou stuffed meatballs ($1.5 per order).
On the side, we ordered the fried pork chop ($3.99) and diced cucumber mixed with wasabi oil ($3.99). The creamy Thai coconut slush ($4.99) paired well with the hot pot. The cutlet was done well and a bargain.
What I loved about the restaurant was that the pots came in individual servings and both the housemade broths were flavourful. The restaurant refills the pots with the porkbone broth instead of water.
The prices were reasonable for what we ordered and we were stuffed. The restaurant was a little short staffed during the busy evening but were friendly when they did come around to serve us.
Spicy Mafia is a wonderful choice for a casual hot pot spot at very reasonable prices. For less than $20/per person including tax, a customer can get a personalized hot pot with flavourful broth and get a variety of toppings to go with it.
The noodle combos are between $9.99 to $10.99 and includes the soup base, noodles and 12 free seasonal toppings, with additional selections for an additional cost.
*Disclosure: The meal was complimentary but the opinions the post are my own.