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Australian Diamond Valley 'Wagyu Beef' at Ontario Costco

Thank you so much for your compliment and kind words!

With fine, warm weather coming up and the steak being 1.5 inch thick. I'll be using real charcoal and grill it outdoor.

about 7 hours ago
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rude treatment at Khao San Road

Yup! One of David Lee's favorite staff!

about 7 hours ago
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Abruzzo Pizza: Downhill or Just Inconsistent?

Agree! Domino's Pizza at 16th and Yonge much better!

about 8 hours ago
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rude treatment at Khao San Road

Heck! I even took a photo of him! Ha!

Good Morning, Singapore - Part 1: Economy Breakfast Noodles

NICE!!

about 14 hours ago
Charles Yu in China & Southeast Asia

R&D - New update. Photo and menu.

Interesting timing! Just saw this posted on Yahoo News! Ha!

" Calling the police
When a Houston family refused to pay the 17% tip that was automatically added to their bill, the restaurant locked them inside and called the police. The manager admitted it wasn't the first time they called the cops over a refusal to tip. "

about 17 hours ago
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rude treatment at Khao San Road

I think once in a while, it would be a nice gesture for reviewer to give wait persons some feel-good moment by giving them a pat on the back for superb service provided and mention them in reviews. A lot of them follow chowhound and will surely appreciate it and make their day!
As an example, I recall specifically asking for Adley's name when I dined at the old Splendido and make a special mention of him in my write-up. Great personality. So professional, attentive and nice sense of humor

about 18 hours ago
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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R&D - New update. Photo and menu.

Wow! 16% tips and getting a 'rude' stare from the waiter. Looks like the wait staff thought they are indeed working in a Michelin Star restaurant?! Ha!

about 18 hours ago
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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R&D - New update. Photo and menu.

Oops! Am a seeing a 'Susur' repeat?! Totally divergent view points?!

Anyways, just out of curiosity, how much are they charging for the appetizers? Specifically, the CSB BBQ Pork buns and the Fun Guo?

Though a fan of freshly baked CSB and well made Fun Guo ( perfectly thin chewy skin with great filling ), However, with an upcoming trip to Hong Kong, I guess I can hold off and savor these delicacies at their place of origin like Tim Ho Won, Fu Sing or Lung King Heen...and hopefully at better value for money?!
As for Fried Chicken using 5 spice powder infused coating, a lot Hong Kong style cafes north of the 401 usually do a pretty decent job. Savory and well seasoned, crispy outside and moist, juicy interior. Need to see them kick it up a notch, create something noticeably more tasty to warrant charging a huge price premium.

R&D - New update. Photo and menu.

Thanks for the review> I was hoping to see some comments on the 'fried chicken'. Sounded like 'DaiLo's food is more exotic and tastier?!
Anyways, may be I'll wait for groupon before giving it a try?! Ha! Long drive for me from Richmond Hill.

Laksa?

Check to see if this product is available in your neighborhood Asian Super-Market! Aroma, texture and taste of the noodle and broth is as good if not better than a lot of 'restaurant' versions!

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9286...

Apr 15, 2015
Charles Yu in New Jersey

Best Italian romantic dinner- this weekend!

Oh yeh?! Cool!!

Best Italian romantic dinner- this weekend!

Interesting how the long lost 'Via Allegro' suddenly re-surfaced and appear on this board twice in one day?

I also mentioned it on the Flor de Sal thread!

" Charles Yu 1 day ago

In a way, it reminds me of 'Via Allegro'?! Overpriced and kind of out-of-the-way. But at least, it has a fantastic wine list as support.

BTW, is Via Allegro still in business? Anyone been recently?...and how's the food?! Years ago, it used to be one of the few rare Toronto Life 4* restaurants, rubbing shoulder with David Lee's Splendido and Eigensinn Farm! Unfortunately, my last experience there was spoiled by an un-controlled kid running around the tables! "

Worst curries tasted in the GTA?!

Hi ChefKnite! Guess my Quorma was soooo bad, it even impacted you ' virtually' causing you to post your write-up twice?! Ha!

Worst curries tasted in the GTA?!

By food court standard, the Malaysian place a few stalls down actually have pretty good food. Very nice Nasi Goreng and the ' Malaysian style ' curries were way, way better than this Kashmiri place. My bad luck i crossed path with them, I guess?

Worst curries tasted in the GTA?!

In my case, no doubt the meat was lamb since it was super-gamey.

choice oysters GTA

Second Diana's!
Last time I was there, there were about 18 varietals to choose from. Minimum of 6 per varietal. Average about $ 1.20-1.50 per morsel

Worst curries tasted in the GTA?!

I am one of those who would like to give small businesses a chance - Live and let live!

However, my 'Kashmiri Food' experience at 'Masala Mahal', a food stall at First Markham place's food court was so bad, I owe it to the chowhound community to report it.

Apparently, this was the second time, members of my family frequented the place. The first time was by my son, who forgot to report his sad experience to me! Sigh! His Chicken Curry was so watery, one dimensional and tasteless, he literally left the whole dish untouched and threw it away.

In my case, the Lamb Quorma I had yesterday did not fare any better. Once again, the curry was super watery and has an unpleasant stench. The taste was bland and boring. Worst still, all the meat were way overcooked and breaking off fromthe bones in tiny shredded pieces.
I tried taking most of the curry home and tried to resurrect it with added curry paste, yogurt and cilantro. Unfortunately, my effort was a failure with the end product still retaining the stinky stench and weird taste. $10 down the drain!

Chowhounder, please beware! Do not be fooled by the artfully taken food photos!

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

'Perigee' - miss the concept of a fine dining restaurant that features tasting menu and an open kitchen where patrons can have close interaction with the chefs working in their various stations!

Flor de Sal - bistro food/fine dining prices

In a way, it reminds me of 'Via Allegro'?! Overpriced and kind of out-of-the-way. But at least, it has a fantastic wine list as support.

BTW, is Via Allegro still in business? Anyone been recently?...and how's the food?! Years ago, it used to be one of the few rare Toronto Life 4* restaurants, rubbing shoulder with David Lee's Splendido and Eigensinn Farm! Unfortunately, my last experience there was spoiled by an un-controlled kid running around the tables!

Flor de Sal - bistro food/fine dining prices

Hello VV,
For once I beg to differ. Based on my experience, I have had quite a few 'table visits' by famous master chefs whose warm greetings and hospitality provided me with lots of fond memories!
When I ate at Daniel a few years back, Daniel Boulud not only just say Hi to me at the table but actually sat down and chatted with me between courses! This also happened with 3* chefs Alain Passard of L'Arpege in Paris and Chef Bombana of Hong Kong's Michelin 3*, 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo. Of course almost all Japanese chefs in Japan's Michelin establishments come out to greet and say good bye to patrons in person. And in some cases even willing to participate in photo ops.
Here in town, Lorenzo Loseto, David Lee and Victor Berry are three of a number of great chefs who like to come out during dinner service and greet the patrons in person.

Oh! BTW, the chef/owner of your favorite Bistro 92 also came out from his kitchen to greet us! Have you tried his food at Simple yet? How was it? If good, planning to eat there with fellow hound skylineR22 later on. Skyline's first experience was a very poor one but willing to give it another try?!

Sushi in Singapore

Fellow hound Fourseason is the 'sushi expert'! May be he can chip in?!

Flor de Sal - bistro food/fine dining prices

Chef Fracchioni's tasting menu offering at the Monk Kitchen, when it first opened, was actually quite imaginative and enjoyable. Wonder what caused this 'negative transformation'?! May be the portion of the dishes? Too large? Too many ingredients? Too complicated?

on my own in Hong Kong

Oops! Great eyes PhilD. I missed that! Always thought they cater for one! Sorry for the mistake and false recommendation, dauphine

on my own in Hong Kong

As I eluded to above, feloow hound, Nilescable and I had a 'Dim Sum based prix fix menu' lunch at Above & Beyond that was based on 'per person'.
Here are photos of the dishes we shared ( since we were two )
The smoked duck eggs with truffles are addition to our order.

Best Pizza and Italian Food in Richmond Hill?

For years, for a non down town establishment, Terra has been known to be super-pricey. For certain dishes, I would rather eat at Tutto-Bene, further south instead. However, I too have found the quality of Tutto-Bene has slipped.

Visiting Hong Kong and Chengdu with an 8-year old

Hello Roland Parker,

Just out of curiosity, when did you last eat at 'One Dim Sum'?

A while back, fellow hound 'Nilescable' from Austria and I had a Dim Sum Tasting Mini-chowmeet at both 'One Dim Sum' and 'Tim Ho Won' in one single lunch time. At that time, both were awarded 1* by Michelin. ( though the credibility of the HK guide towards Chinese food has always been questionable ). We both found that One Dim Sum's offerings were inferior and rough with an edge when compared to their rival THW ( Sham Shui Po branch ).

Michelin has since removed the star from One Dim Sum but THW still retains theirs.

During my years of dining out in Michelin establishments. Even though there were many a time that I disagree with their rating. However, when it comes to promoting and even more so, demoting star, their action is more than trustworthy. This, apparently was reflected by recent feedback on One Dim Sum's food.

Visiting Hong Kong and Chengdu with an 8-year old

My Dim Sum experiences at Luk Yu mirrored that of klyeoh's. Some rare dishes like the Siu Mai with Pig's Liver and/or quail's egg topping, not only brought back fond nostalgic memory but satisfied the palette as well.
IMHO, I think Luk Yu's ' old school, traditional' food offering caters more to seasoned local Chinese palettes than tourists and as such tend to attract negative feed backs from patrons with un-accustomed taste buds.
They also have one of the best 'regular' Chinese tea selection in town. Without the need for one to pay a premium, one can get top-notch tea to wash than the 'grease' - which is the norm with most 'traditional' dim sum. In the good old days, lard was used for wrappers which made them even heavier! That's why in Cantonese, the Dim Sum experience is called 'Yum Cha' - Drink Tea!
Luk Yu's 'Po Lai' tea is famous amongst local tea and dim sum connoisseur regulars. Such complexity and aroma. Great for the digestive system as well!

Visiting Hong Kong and Chengdu with an 8-year old

Chowhounders' favorite seems to be 'Maxim Palace'?!
However, I would pay a touch more and eat at any of the Lei Garden ( Wan Chai branch is my favorite ). Better food! Their Ice Mountain 3 layered Crispy Roasted pork is to die for!

Sushi: Fingers or Chopsticks?

Here's the 10 Commandments of Sushi:

#5 : Eat Sushi with hand!

https://medium.com/gone/the-ten-comma...

Apr 09, 2015
Charles Yu in General Topics