Two sisters just blogging about their passion: halal food!


Zem One Revisited- May 2016

You may remember our 2013 post on Zem One. Since our last review, the restaurant has moved to a new location with new management (but the same owner). It is the same great halal Japanese food, but with a new sushi chef on board and everyone we know has been raving about his sushi. We were in for a pleasant surprise.


Located at 51 Village Centre Place in Mississauga, Zem One is a hidden gem in the Square One area but away from the hustle and bustle. We loved the quaint nature of the location, which had a nice brick patio and water feature.


The inside of the restaurant had a serene ambiance, which we quite enjoyed. We liked how it was not as crowded and loud as some of the other sushi restaurants. The simple and well maintained decor contributed to the ambiance. It a perfect place for dinner with your special someone.


Since Zem One is located in an area surrounded by executive buildings, it is quite busy during breakfast and lunch hours. We visited the restaurant for an early dinner and went for the All You Can Eat menu. If you have read our 2013 post, you may remember that we were not huge fans of sushi back then. However, all that has changed in recent years, and we can be found munching on Dynamite Rolls.

We started with Chicken Corn Soup, Hot and Sour Soup, and Tom Yum Soup. The Chicken Corn Soup is our all time favourite, and always lifts our mood. The Hot and Sour Soup had a a generous serving of chicken in it, and we loved the spicy kick it had. The Tom Yum Soup was hot and tangy, just the way we like it. The soup servings for the AYCE menu were generous, and quite filling.


Next up for appetizers were Shrimp and Sweet Potato Tempura along with Edamame. We love anything deep fried, so tempura is always in our good books. The crunchy panko coated seafood and vegetable tempura, dipped in sweet sauce is a match made in heaven.

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Pad Thai is by far our favourite carbohydrate-laden food. Stir fried rice noodles with shrimp and flavoured with tamarind and fish sauce, this Pad Thai did justice to our taste buds. We would order this again in a heartbeat. IMG_1871

We also tried the Szechuan Shrimp, which had a rich sauce and generous amount of vegetables and shrimp. The chili paste and the use of Sichuan peppers made this dish spicy.


Next up was the star of the night, sushi! We started with California Roll, Red Tuna Sushi, Salmon Sushi, Shrimp Sushi and Sashimi pieces. We found the seafood to be fresh and flavourful, and the sushi was devoured within minutes.


Our absolute favourite is the Spicy Dynamite Roll, which has shrimp tempura, cucumber, crab and avocado, topped with spicy mayo. The combination of the spicy sauce with the crunchy shrimp and cool cucumber is what elevates the Dynamite Roll. We highly recommend this dish.


The Torched Mississauga Paradise was the best sushi we had that night. It had spicy salmon, avocado, cucumber, crab, cream cheese topped with spicy mayo and teriyaki sauce. The use of the blow torch allowed the spicy mayo and teriyaki sauce to melt right into the sushi, and created a heavenly roll. IMG_1883

Check out the video we made of how this roll was made.

And because we can never get enough of sushi, we ordered sushi to-go. Pictured below is the Rainbow Roll, which had cucumber, avocado and crab, topped with tuna, salmon, butterfish and shrimp. We enjoyed this thoroughly for lunch the next day.


We also ordered the Crunch Roll, which had cucumber, avocado, crab, shrimp tempura and topped with tempura flakes. This, again, was munched away the next day. IMG_1887

Given our sweet tooth, we couldn’t leave without dessert (although we were already in food coma). We ordered Coconut and Mango Ice Cream. These were the classics we love and provided a sweet ending. IMG_1895

The Tempura Cheesecake was hands down the best dessert ever! We are HUGE cheesecake fans, so imagine our delight when we had this deep fried cheesecake. It was everything our sweet tooth could have asked for and more. It was creamy cheesecake, dipped in batter and coated with tempura, and fried to perfection . We can’t even begin to describe the epic-ness of this cheesecake. A definite must try if you visit Zem One. IMG_1896

Zem One is one of the few Japanese restaurants in the GTA offering halal food, so kudos to them for this. The friendly service, freshly prepared food, and the cozy atmosphere allowed us to wholly enjoy our dinner at Zem One. Do we recommend this restaurant? Yes (and please take us with you)!


51 Village Centre Place

Mississauga, ON, L4Z 1V9


(905) 712-1615


Zem One


So one of us sisters is a fan of Japanese food, whilst the other isn’t. Since we’re always looking to try new restaurants and willing to take let our palates try something new, we decided to venture off to Zem One, halal Japanese restaurant in Mississauga.

With time we did learn that a conventional Japanese restaurant tends to use alcohol in their seafood and vegetarian items, so we were excited to try an alcohol-free halal Japanese restaurant.

After going through their extensive, yet exciting menu, we decided to order Tom Yum Soup, Hot & Sour Soup, Assorted Tempura (Shrimp & Veg.), Spicy Dynamite Roll and Pad Thai.

Of the two sisters, I’m less enthusiastic about Japanese food, but to my surprise every item that we ordered was superb!

Hot & Sour Soup

Hot & Sour soup was good, which it usually is at a whole bunch of restaurants; however, Tom Yum soup is usually disappointing at most restaurants. One spoonful of it and I was sold, as was my sister!


Both soups were a bit on the salty side but we didn’t mind it. The soups were flavourful and delicious.

Next, we tried Assorted Tempura which consisted of deep fried vegetables (eggplant and sweet potato) and shrimp. Tempura is basically vegetables and seafood dipped in batter and deep fried.  Since everything deep fried is heavenly good, so was this dish.  Tempura is usually everyone’s favourite and so it goes fast and we always end up wanting more.  It is served with sweet ginger, soy sauce (not pictured here) which is the perfect dipping sauce. We highly recommend ordering this item.

Assorted Tempura

We also tried the Chicken Pad Thai, rice noodles stir fried with egg, bean sprout, and green onions in a tamarind sauce. It was garnished with roasted peanuts and lime.  We thought it was a pretty solid pad thai with lots of flavours, textures and crunch. Yum!

Pad Thai

The last and most nerve wrecking item was Spicy Dynamite Roll (with Shrimp). Since one of us sister’s gets nervous about eating raw fish, this item was the perfect solution. The Spicy Dynamite Roll consists of shrimp tempura (cooked shrimp), cucumer, avocado, crab meat (we weren’t aware crab meat was there; we will request to have it removed next time from the roll), yam tempura with teriyaki sauce, spicy mayo and garlic sauce. This roll was amazing! Although it was packed with lots of ingredients, it was very light and refreshing. It was fairly spicy; however, the avocado and shrimp balanced it out well. This item is a must try!

Spicy Dynamite Roll

Needless to say, we’ve returned to Zem One and have enjoyed their food. We are both now equally enthusiastic about Zem One’s food and often drive out of our way to visit this restaurant.

The decor is quite decent and the restaurant is well maintained. The service has been excellent every time we have visited.They offer All You Can Eat lunch and dinner specials as well.


4555 Hurontario Street,

Mississsauga ON, L4Z 3M2


(905) 712-1615