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Schmaltz-fried rice with tender poached chicken is the signature dish at Jackpot Chicken Rice, and a one-of-a-kind dish in Toronto’s Chinatown district. Add a side of crispy chicken skin, pile on the ginger and scallion, and chili sauces, and you’ve got yourself of a gastronomically glorious meal.

Chef and owner Craig Wong says the house specialty is inspired by a trip to Asia, where chicken rice is better known as Hainanese chicken. He says the dish originated on the tropical island of Hainan, in southern China, and is now a staple in households, food courts, hotels and fine restaurants across the entire continent, from Singapore to Hong Kong.

“At Jackpot, we’ve taken our favourite features from all of the versions and made our own Jackpot chicken rice,” says Craig. It’s also a dish that was often served at the dinner table when he was a child growing up Scarborough, whose bounty of multicultural dishes inspired him to become a chef.

In addition to chicken rice and crispy chicken skin, the menu also features a number of other mouth-watering lunch and dinner dishes like Cereal Killa Prawns, coconut shrimp chips with peanut caramel and Kaya French Toast for dessert.

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    delicious food and fast service

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    November 19, 2017

    Shit slappps

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 13, 2017

    Decor was a little creepy and food was a little expensive.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    November 12, 2017

    The service was bad. We were asked to live half way through the meal because they booked our table. Won't be coming back. Also very cold inside, in the winter, as the door is constantly being opened and is in close proximity to the tables.

    Ambiance: 1/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 1/5

    October 29, 2017

    Amazing food, great, cool, hype atmosphere, will be back again! Very much enjoyed the dinner!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 28, 2017

    Always so on point! Never disappointed - service is awesome and food is to die for!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 26, 2017

    Excellent service and food was delicious!!! Will be back for sure.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 21, 2017

    Tempura broccoli over cooked, tasted only mayo and breading. All dishes were way too salty. Service and atmosphere good. Would not return for the food.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 2/5

    Service: 4/5

    October 16, 2017

    The food was salty, I had high expectations. Though the service and the atmosphere stood out. 25% of what we ordered was great!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 2/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 13, 2017

    The rice, I'd go back and eat just a bowl of that rice with nothing on it - it was that good!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    October 3, 2017

    The music was a bit too loud and most of the time I couldn't hear the server.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    September 23, 2017

    Delicious food, friendly service, music selection intriguing but way to loud to have even a shouted conversation with friends. Will use for take-out only in future.

    Ambiance: 2/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    September 23, 2017

    I really wanted to love this place...but sadly It's all hype my foodie friends. First of all, who wants to pay $16 for a plate of chicken. Literally, JUST chicken w/ no rice or side. And for $6 you can get a "bucket" of rice which has less than two bowls of rice contained inside. My advice and unbiased opinion, this joint is way overpriced for what you get. The decor seems like it's trying too hard to be hipster meets Chinese street food shack. Consider this place a just a glorified Chinese restaurant located on THE main T.O. street that houses the highest amount of Chinese options including Hainanese chicken, which are not only half the price but immensely tastier.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 1/5

    Service: 4/5

    September 22, 2017

    Not as good as it used to be. I wish they had the bak choi served cold like they had when newly opened. Everythings too salty now

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 4/5

    September 13, 2017

    Great food!

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    September 10, 2017

    We were seated near the door despite having a reservation well in advance. The draft was a minor nuisance but I wonder how this would be in the winter as there is a lack of a double door or a side entrance. The food was delicious and service was fine.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    September 10, 2017

    Delicious, fun restaurant - highly recommend! Portions are generous - we ordered way too much. Great cocktails, too.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    September 4, 2017

    "Go All In!" Menu for 4 - one of the best deals in Toronto Highly Recommended

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    September 4, 2017

    Chicken was deeeelicious! Sadly, pork jowl was hard and semi-cold

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 3/5

    August 30, 2017

    Delicious and plentiful!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    August 29, 2017

    Delicious food. We had the Jackpot chicken with rice, apple salad, and shrimp which were all phenomenal. My dad grew up in Singapore and he said the chicken was the closest thing he could find in Toronto that was similar enough to the famous dish!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    August 27, 2017

    Service was not very great and the food was slow. However, it tasted pretty good! Everything was very fresh. I would not give the food five stars though since somethings were not warm when they should have been.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 1/5

    August 13, 2017

    Love this restaurant. Food is delicious and they aim to please. I'm still full !

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    August 13, 2017

    Hit or miss. Rice is fantastic. Broccoli and dumplings were good; skip the shrimp and slimy chicken.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 4/5

    August 12, 2017

    The space is a little loud but otherwise easy going and comfortable. The service was excellent. The snacks were delicious as were the cocktails, unfortunately the namesake chicken dish didn't inspire...wish we had ordered the sambal BBQ chicken and we found the killa shrimp tasty but overall a very dry dish (it needed a sauce of some type in our opinion)

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 5/5

    August 7, 2017

    Keep up the amazing food quality and friendly service.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    August 4, 2017

    Great service and really tasty food. Can't wait to go back for more!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    August 1, 2017

    I wish I lived in Toronto, because I miss Jackpot already. Dinner was phenomenal!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 30, 2017

    Delicious food and drinks. Everyone enjoyed!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 28, 2017

    Service and ambience were great! Food was average and overpriced.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 23, 2017

    All around awesome experience. The service was great and the food was amazing! Lots of great options especially for big groups!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

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