Big Beef Bowl has opened up their newest second location in Markham at the very popular Peachtree/New Kennedy Square plaza! The first time that I tried the noodles and food from Big Beef Bowl was earlier this year when Ken and I went to their original location at Yonge & Finch and absolutely loved our meal since all the noodles were made fresh to order and we could see the hand pulled noodles being pounded in the kitchen (lol). Thus, I have very fond memories of this restaurant from having tried their noodles in the first location.
Vivian and I arrived at Big Beef Bowl in Markham on a Monday at noon. There was definitely a peak in customers dining in as we were there at lunch hour. There were lots of cars turning in and out of the plaza at this time.
The menu at this Markham location was aesthetically the same as the North York one (as in design). However, they did offer some new appetizer items.
Viv and I decided to share the large bowl of Braised Beef Brisket with Flat Regular noodles (I had tried the Flat Thick ones last time) with a side of Chicken Shiitake Dumplings and a cold dish of Spicy Tripe and Beef.
This was a great decision so that we could try out three things on the menu and not get too full on just noodles!
I really liked the service here at Big Beef Noodles. They had a lot of tables and seating available (unlike the one at the North York location). I liked how the server refilled our water glasses and gave us fresh hot soup to add into our slowly cooled-down bowl of noodles once he realized that we were going to be catching up and eating slowly. I really appreciated that!
The large bowl of Braised Beef Brisket was filled with lots of soup, flat noodles, and beef brisket. The beef brisket was actually so tender and soft (with only an odd piece or two that were more chewy), but the overall quality was great. The noodles were a little soggier than my previous visit (but that could have been because we left it out for a while before eating, which is not the kitchen’s fault). The broth was extremely delicious!
The Chicken Shiitake Dumplings came with a side of soy sauce but there was certainly hot spicy oil on the table for you to complement the dumplings with. The dumplings were a good size and shapely. They were decent and the spicy oil (which wasn’t too spicy to my surprise) were a good addition to the chicken dumplings. (The edge of the wrapping of the dumpling was a bit chewy.)
The Spicy Tripe and Beef was quite good! I’ve had this dish before in other restaurants and the tripe in this dish was very tender and not chewy at all. Viv really liked the sauce too. I was actually surprised that the sauce wasn’t spicy at all but it did taste good. The beef was thin and a tad rough but not difficult to chew through at all.
We stayed there for a good hours eating and catching up and like I said, the server was so considerate to help us enjoy our visit better by refilling our cold noodle bowl with hot soup and refilling our water glasses.