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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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    June 13, 2017

    Portion of the jackpot chicken was smaller than our first visit to the restaurant

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 11, 2017

    Attentive service, informed staff, fun vibe, amazing food. Sugar cane & garlic wings special were a big hit.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 4, 2017

    We came for my finances 40th birthday. The servers were super attentive and did everything they thought possible to make his day more special. The food, as per usual, was outstanding.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 4, 2017

    Great vibe. Great food. Great drinks. Great service. Will definitely be back.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 3, 2017

    Delicious food but extremely overpriced; spent about $30 for a dinner meal.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    June 1, 2017

    It was awesome. The perfect venue for a low key staff party. The service was great; the food was delicious! We'll be back!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 31, 2017

    A bit noisy but fun

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    May 31, 2017

    Foods are fresh and delicious, staff are friendly and efficient. Will come back for dinner and highly recommended.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 28, 2017

    Can't wait to go back!!!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 29, 2017

    Nice decor in the restaurants. Very stylish. The food is not as good as last time when the restaurant were newly opened. The service was not as good either. The server forgot about something we asked for. It was not busy dining hour.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 3/5

    May 24, 2017

    Highest kudos to Tom for choosing such amazing staff. Cara (?) was a fantastic server and a huge help with this being our first time. It was definitely nice to see familiar faces from the Union Market crew from last summer. The Fire Roasted Chicken was absolutely amazing, I would have loved a little more spice though. The schmalty rice, I almost ran to the kitchen to find a lifetime supply, it was fantastic. I will without a shadow of a doubt be returning.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 23, 2017

    More traditional Chinese food in a hipster setting. Disappointed there wasn't a secret menu as that's what I went for.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 20, 2017

    My favourite restaurant, drove one hour to have dinner at Jackpot!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 17, 2017

    Andrew was terrific. We were there celebrating my daughter's 17th birthday and Andrew was amazing and great with our table!! Thanks Andrew. And the food was also awesome.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 15, 2017

    I've been there several times and the food and service has always been consistently excellent. Everytime I've been, Tyrell does an amazing job making us feel at home. I will say the food is a bit pricey vs the portions, but so are most restaurants in Toronto of this caliber. 100% recommended for anyone!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 14, 2017

    OUTSTANDING FOOD!! High Roller Ramen was delicious.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 13, 2017

    Went to Jackpot yesterday as a group of 7 with a reservation at 730pm. We weren't seated until 8pm (understandable, it was busy and the restaurant is quite small). The service during the meal was excellent, friendly and efficient. The food was equally excellent. Once the meal was done we ordered more drinks. Soon after we were asked to leave to free up the table. Our drinks had just arrived!!!! So when all is said and done what was mostly a great experience ended with a bit of sourness. I would still recommend going here, but maybe as a couple or a smaller group so you don't get kicked out.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 3/5

    May 12, 2017

    Good gem in Chinatown.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 12, 2017

    Unique food experience... Took my 9 year old daughter who is quite picky about food, and with the waiter's (who was beyond terrific) help, we were able to choose 3 delicious dishes that even passed my daughter's critique. The broccoli tempura, fire roasted chicken and the smaltzy rice all were delicious!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 10, 2017

    everything was YUmmeeeeee!!!!!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 8, 2017

    Great food. Service was also great up until the end when it became obvious that they were trying to hurry us out the door.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    May 8, 2017

    Great drinks. Excellent service. LOTS of food.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 7, 2017

    Fun and friendly. Yummy departure from the standard Spadina fare.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 6, 2017

    We did the group tasting menu with a group of 9. Only critique was that the tasting menu didn't include desert, but not a big deal. Food was great, as was the service. Great casual spot for a group.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 4, 2017

    Very delicious, though pricey. A great special occasion meal.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    May 3, 2017

    If I could give higher than 5 stars for service and food I would.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 1, 2017

    Luckily we got there around 12noon on Friday when it wasn't that busy (and I made reservations). By around 1pm there was a line up outside. Food was very tasty, but took a while to get to us. And the portion was kind of small for its price.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    April 25, 2017

    Friendly, personal service. The manager recognized my dad and made us feel especially welcome. We all had the classic chicken rice. Tender, juicy chicken and fragrant rice - the way we remember from growing up. Nice fusion touches with the shrimp potstickers and the stir fried baby bok choi. Would be cool to see gai lan featured as the asian greens!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    April 23, 2017

    We had a great dinner at jackpot chicken rice! We went as a group of 6 girlfriends. Our table was ready shortly after our reservation time and we had a great meal. The service was fantastic. The food was good too - we went "all in" for 4 and we were delighted with that! Even though we had 2 veggies in the group there were options for them - and they were even able to make one more snack vegetarian for us. Everything was delicious and plentiful. I was glad we hadn't ordered the option for 6 people as it would have been way too much for our group. The restaraunt was packed when we got there and still hoping when we left. Unfortunately that meant people waiting to sit down ended up hovering next to our table which wasn't ideal. But the staff never made us feel rushed. One warning: the restaraunt got VERY loud as the night went on. The music in particular was at a ridiculously high volume. We had to yell to hear each other. That said the atmosphere was lively and fun.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    April 22, 2017

    This restaurant was absolutely amazing

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

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