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Asian, Fusion, Canadian
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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Reviewed February 23, 2020

On this night we got the FoodCrew together to head into Inspire Restaurant In Markham Village!! It was most of the group's first time there and luckily we made reservations way before we went as this is a local hotspot that is super busy on...weekends. The place has very trendy and inspiring decor, with a great colour scheme that really matches the food. Our servers were awesome as many come to our table during our visit. The kids ordered first and got handmade beef patties on fresh buns with a mountain of hand-cut fries ( I had to help them eat some ). I started with their popular and beautiful take on tacos, the Duck Tacos made with Duck Confit, Jicama Orange Salsa, Duck Egg Curried Mayo, Feta and served on Flour Tortillas!! Man O Man were those good!! Next up were the mains, we ordered the Simply Short Ribs with two Potatoes a very well made and presented take on short ribs made with Blue Cheese, a Shiitake Demi glaze, Spinach Truffle Mash covered in Potato Strings and served with Sweet Corn. Talk about tender, those short ribs were amazing !! For my main course, I had the Famous Shitaki Udon Carbonara made with Spicy Italian Sausage, Braised Beef, Creamy Shiitake sauce, Seasonal Mushrooms, with Parm and topped with Quail Egg!! Now hear this folks!!! It’s bigger than it looks and a real filler, I had to take some of this home after.. oh yeah, did I mention how good it was?? If you are looking for great, creative cookin’ and looking to be inspired, Inspire is the place to go!!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed February 14, 2020

Excellent food and attentive service, but the restaurant is too cold because the front door isn't properly isolated from the cold blast of winter.......makes for an uncomfortable delicious evening out ! Not cheap, so I'm sure I'm not the first to be unhappy about this....Love the consistent kitchen, so am a regular.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed October 14, 2019

We made a reservation for 8 for my birthday at end of September 2019. Since it's a small, popular establishment they asked me to make sure I had right number of reserved spots that evening. Family and I found it quickly and parking was right...near by. Small interior, but very interesting decor but it was highly recommended for the food that the kitchens produced. We were not disappointed. The menu had many variables and by our table talk, all was inspirational. Hence the name, I guess. Before long, the place was crowded with people and music and talk mixed with laughter of guests. The bill was in the high end but well worth the raves I heard and the promises to come back here again from my table.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed May 14, 2019 via mobile

Easy to book the restaurant. Nice space. I was unfortunate to be dining along side screeching kids, so if it’s quiet dining you want, come later. The chicken burger was excellent, no complaints at all. The panna cotta...I should have skipped. Needs work or just...deleting.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed March 3, 2019 via mobile

Very impressed with a first visit to Inspire. Thoughtful details distinguished each dish we sampled - variety of flavours, textures, cooking styles. Everything was enjoyable, satisfying and often surprising. Started with a California Nachos with taro chips, ahi, avocado, pickled onion, jalapeños and spicy mayo,...which was excellent. Hanoi Greens salad was enlivened by pomegranate, radish, beats and more chilies. Our three entrees were all delicious. A playful Udon Carbonara with spicy sausage instead of bacon, and served with a raw quail egg. Thai meatballs with coconut, which were succulent and pricked with spicy heat. The Moco Loco, with both a dutiful observance of traditional Hawaiian composition - a housemade medium rare burger served on rice, but it was taken a notch higher with Shiitake Demi glaze, crispy onion strings and sautéed shrimp. (Unfortunately, the must have fried egg atop the gorgeous plate, was quite over cooked which took away from the unctuous blend of gravy and runny yolk...) Service was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Definitely planning a return visit. Lots of similarly adventurous items we were tempted to try!More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019

Creative menu, unique ingredients, layered flavours... delicious every single time and I am determined to work through the menu. Intimate environment on Main Street and excellent, personable service. The owners clearly take great pride in their business. Can't wait to check out their new location...in Newmarket! I encourage you to support this small business in this "big box" generation.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed February 10, 2019 via mobile

Inspire is an awesome restaurant and always at the top of my list when picking a place to dine out in Markham. This is a tiny restaurant with fabulous food and friendly service. I’ve tried many of the dishes on the menu and have never...been disappointed. If you enjoy Asian fusion and amazing food, this is an awesome place. Make a reservation as it’s busy every night.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed February 2, 2019

My partner and I decided on a whim to travel to Markham for the Pacific Mall and figured we would stop to eat somewhere along the way. I looked for good places to get brunch/lunch for vegetarians and vegans, and Inspire was the first place...to pop up, so we went there. The restaurant was completely full at the time and asked that we come back in half an hour to 45 minutes, which is understandable, we should have made a reservation, but were not aware of how popular this place was at the time. After 45 minutes, my partner and I were able to get a table and we were slightly disappointed with the lack of vegetarian options on the menu, as it appeared that a salad was our best bet for this place after having high hopes for some vegetarian dishes with the popular reviews via Google. I ordered the Hanoi Greens Salad and he ordered the Napa Cobb Salad without bacon, as those were the only apparent vegetarian options on the menu, sadly. After waiting about 30 minutes, we got our salads and they were enormous and surprisingly much more delicious than I was expecting. I loved the Hanoi Greens Salad, but I hope the restaurant explores more vegetarian dishes, as I would love to be able to order at least a small variety of different things each time I go.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

The place is really small. Very casual. Food was interesting, my partner had a hard time picking something to eat. I tried the greens salad, it was dry and not very flavorful, ceviche, which was ok, and a vegetarian burger. The food is just ok,...but I thought that fried chicken on a waffle was a bit of a stretch.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed November 20, 2018 via mobile

Went with my wife last Thursday and we both had a wonderful meal. I had a Loco Moco and my wife ordered a Chicken & Waffles. Taste was really good. Price were fair and resonable. Will definitely visit again. Dinning area is relatively small so...be sure to make a reservation in advance.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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  • Inspire Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4