My friend raved about a place on Main Street Markham called Inspire, calling it a fusion restaurant (the restaurant itself does describe itself as modern, fusion). I am generally skeptical regarding fusion foods cause generally is mediocre, and often a way to describe food that may have conflicting flavours.
This wasn’t the case here; Inspire actually reminds me of Banh Mi Boys, with a Asian spin on traditionally North American foods, but more restaurant-style than take-out counter. The items we tried were executed well, and is a welcome addition to the choices offered on Main Street.
Location: 144 Main St Markham, Unit 1
Hours: Closed Mondays
Sunday, Tuesday to Wednesday: 11:30am to 10pm
Thursday to Saturday: 11:30am to 11pm
Atmosphere: Clean, dark interior
We went on a weekday for lunch so seating was not an issue. The menu is comprised of a ‘Before Dinner’ and ‘After Lunch’ section, and though cute, definitely takes a second to think it through.
I ordered the Korean sandwich ($13) which was prime rib steak, kimchi slaw, and pickled cucumbers on a baguette. The bun was soft but sturdy and the meat was cooked perfectly. I do wish the cucumbers were a little less pickled to add more crunch, but overall it was a stellar dish. It came with a side of fries with the option of salad, and for $2 more you can upgrade to pulled pork fries.
My friend ordered the chicken and waffles ($14), which came with a ginger-maple syrup and a sprinkling of green onions. The chicken was fried perfectly and had a lot of flavour on its own, while the waffle was soft with a crisp exterior. This dish was delicious and the ginger actually helped make the dish feel less decadent. A great little twist on chicken and waffles!
We were way too full to order dessert, but I definitely want to come back to try some. They are a little hidden at the corner of the building, but well worth the visit.
Update (09/22/2014): went back for dinner and the Udon Carbonara was glorious. Do try.