160 New Delhi Drive, Suite 25
Markham, ON L3S 0B6
I'm not always the biggest fan of Hakka food, but I've heard so many wonderful things about Federick that I had to give it a try. I have been to the location in Scarborough, but they seemed to be completely different, to be honest. My visit to Federick was for dinner on a cold snowy night so it was nice to warm yourself up with some Hakka spices.
The chicken pakora is supposed to be one of the best in the city, so I had to order it. However, I opted to go for the Combo Pakora ($11.50) instead because I love a good sampler, and a taste of everything they had sounded better. The combo pakora is mix of their chicken, shrimp, and fish pakora. The chicken pakora was great. Dark meat chunks mixed in with their batter. The shrimp pakora wasn't so good. Just small pieces of shrimp with each mouthful being more batter than meat. The fish pakora was flaky, tender, and seasoned with a nice kick.
For a main, I also shared Chili Chicken Dry with the wife. I like dry because gravy is always so soupy and drenching, that it hides more of the chicken taste and crunch that I enjoy so thoroughly. The chili chicken here was excellent. The chicken was crisp while the spices weren't too overbearing (though I asked the server for a bit mild). The portion size is insane and they season very well, so no shortage of flavor either.
The place is a lot nicer than I imagined it to be. Service was great too as there were never any shortage of servers walking around and checking in on you. The food does come out fast, and the prices are great. They have a nice lunch menu with combo specials directed for one. They only have a la carte for dinner so don't expect any good combo deals. Everything is still priced nicely though so no complaints.
Ambience: B+ | Service: B+ | Price: A- | Food: B+