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NOTL & area restaurants

about 15 hours ago
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

NOTL & area restaurants

Dining involving innovation, great taste and plate presentation plus attentive service - Treadwell, hands down.

Peller Estate and Hillebrand come in a close second.

Stone road grill for good food in a less fancy surrounding

about 15 hours ago
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Luckee

Of course I understand and I'm happy for you hounds down town for this addition.
However, my point is, for some of us who live 'updown', the quality, choice and price of Luckee's food, even with the Susur name tie to it, does not warrant a special trip down the jammed DVP. .

about 16 hours ago
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Luckee

Just a short write-up to give 'the other side' of the story using a simple example.

As eluded to in the past many a times, I always use the iconic 'Har Gow' dumpling as my measuring yardstick for Dim Sum quality.

First off, Luckee's $7 for 4, 'fusion' Har Gow, is day light robbery IMO! Almost double Richmond Hill/Markham high end pricing and similar to what a lot of Hong Kong's 'Michelin star' Hotel restaurants are charging. The product's quality and mouth feel simply does not justify the cost! Albeit the location is inside the Soho Metro., Hotel.

Susur's approach of using mashed up ginger instead of tiny bits of crunchy bamboo shoots, as well as overly cut up tiny prawn pieces render the morsel a less than appealing mushy texture lacking in crunchy feel. Passable wrapping and seasoning cannot compensate for this textural failure.

Overall Dim Sum choices are limited and quality are fair to good! But with Susur's name backing the product and the above average price they are charging, I expect more, much more!
For a total package Dim Sum lunch, I would rate Yang's Markham, Casa Imperial or even Skyview over it any day.

BTW, dishes in the evening pseudo-fusion dinner menu are slant toward the western palette.

My two cents worth!

about 16 hours ago
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Grocery items that you can't find in Toronto (but you can in the states)

Not to mention Mark & Spencer's Canned Jellied Ox-Tongue, Potted Crab and Salmon Spread, Minced Beef and Canned Curries.

1 day ago
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Another new 'Congee' invasion!! - This time 'Congee Phoenix'

.......and yet no chowhounder commented or pay notice?!

1 day ago
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"The Emperor" - A short 'quality' up-date

I was never a fan of their Dim Sum, finding them inferior to their nearby competitors, even though their all-day special is a good deal, if one is into this sort of thing.
My latest posting reflects this:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9664...

On the other hand, based on my dinner there tonight, quality of food is still one of the better ones in the area. More than decent quality for more than decent price!
I still love the way they provide you with Riedel stem ware if one BYOB. And corkage is zero!!

Apr 20, 2014
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Congee Queen - 1st timer

Phenomenon happens on an Easter Sunday holiday long week-end?!! All Chinese places are like that!!!

Apr 20, 2014
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

NYC Hound's First Visit to Toronto -- Fine dining recommendations

On the contrary chowfriend! Every departure means something to this fraternity and this board! My experiences with the Asia board is a great example! A perfectly interesting board disintegrating and fragmented in front of one's eye by departure of key members!

Anyways, farewell and enjoy the Moules and Frites, Chocolate and Waffles! If by chance you are in Brussels, in addition to eating in the Brussels 'institution' - Comme Chez Soi. do try out the 2* 'Sea Grill', lovely and elegant seafood! I also had a most enjoyable meal at the seafood bistro - La Belle Maraichere. Because it was fall, I had some great 'game' there. Venison and Elk! Yummmm!

Apr 19, 2014
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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NYC Hound's First Visit to Toronto -- Fine dining recommendations

In my opinion Edulis is kind of like the Toronto's version of London's 'St. John'. Both serving rustic, tasty food that's kicked up a notch. Offals, marrows, whole animals...etc. However, Edulis food is less refined and rough with an edge. It is definitely NOT fine dining though!

Apr 19, 2014
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

NYC Hound's First Visit to Toronto -- Fine dining recommendations

OMG!! David Chang is a fan of 'Asian Legend'?!! If that is his yard stick for measuring those type of Chinese cuisine, guess someone has to bring him up to Markham/Richmond Hill to show him the REALLY good northern Chinese stuff!!

Chowmeet with David Chang anyone?! Ha!

Apr 18, 2014
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Your best reccomendation in Toronto

When you say 'we', how big is your party?

If you have a car, then choices can be infinite!!

If you are open to ALL cuisine and price is not a problem, I will definitely try out some 'GREAT CANTONESE FARE'!! New Jersey is great for Northern, Shanghainese and Taiwanese Chinese food. But their Cantonese food, though good, by America standard, pales in comparison to Toronto's.
If your party has more then 3 individuals, I would head north on Don Valley Parkway/Highway 404 to Richmond Hill and try out the 'Giant Lobster 3,4 0r 5 ways' at 'O Mei' or the relatively new and classy ' Yang's Seafood, Markham'. Both of which, I have reviewed and gave thumbs up to! As far as I know, nothing like that in New York, all the way to San Francisco!!
If you don't want to drive that far, at least have a 'Dim Sum' lunch at 'Lai Wah Heen'. Better Dim Sum than the Michelin 1* Hakkasan!

Apr 17, 2014
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Organic restaurants Hong Kong

Hello tkamp,
Nice timing!! If you like organic, this article should help you even more!!
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/48hrs/a...
Enjoy!

Apr 17, 2014
Charles Yu in China & Southeast Asia

Hong Kong and Beijing Solo Dining

I totally agree with our fellow chowhounder PhilD. An indication of the style and if Chinese, the regional cuisine, would help us tremendously with our recommendations.

FYI, I have no problem dining alone in high-end places in HK especially western ones like L'Atelier Robouchon....though being single would limit the number of dishes one can try in a Chinese restaurant. If you like Japanese, an Omakase meal at the 2* Ryugin atop of ICC would be most enjoyable!

Apr 15, 2014
Charles Yu in China & Southeast Asia

Best chinese in the city of Toronto

Oh yes, the tea!!! IMO, better and flavourful than a lot of so called 'award winning' outfit!!

Apr 15, 2014
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best chinese in the city of Toronto

Believe it or not. Their Cantonese Roasted Duck is IMHO one of the best in town! The marinade, unlike a lot of 'cut-corner' versions, is very authentic traditional Hong Kong. Resulting in an absolutely delicious sauce.

A lot of their 'Wok-Hay' stirred fry noodle and rice dishes have nice smokey aroma and gorgeously seared caramelization of proteins in particular the beef. As such, rice noodle with beef and black bean sauce, Prawns with scrambled eggs on rice noodle or Beef Ho-Fun aka ' Gone Chau Ngay Ho ' are all superb. Portion sizes are huge!

Apr 14, 2014
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

" Dragon Boat Fusion Chinese " - May be the BEST of the new bunch?!!

Went for dinner tonight! What a disastrous ' service related' experience!!
We ordered the Peking Duck two ways. The duck arrived promptly and in perfect condition. The lacquered crispy skin was carved in front of us and presented. Next came the wait!!! The loooooong wait!!10-15 minutes elapsed before the pancakes and condiments arrive and the skin to get cold! What a joke!!

Apr 14, 2014
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best chinese in the city of Toronto

Hi smfan,
Interesting you mention 'Borscht'. I had one at Richmond Court, Times Square for the first time, a couple of days ago and was stunned by how 'GOOD' it was!! Dense and complex with a hint of ' Old Hong Kong Commercial flavor and aroma '.

Apr 14, 2014
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good Restaurants around Fairview Mall

Wow! Nice job estufarian! Totally forgot about this thread!

BTW, I thought you are out of town enjoying 'out-of-this-world' yummy Michelin star food?!

Apr 13, 2014
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Tian Tian Hai Nan Ji Fan 天天海南雞飯 – My Favorite Hai Nan Chicken Rice in Singapore

Yes!! How time flies!!
Guess its about time I make another visit! This time I hope you will 'vow' me with more great 'curry' places

Apr 13, 2014
Charles Yu in China & Southeast Asia

Tian Tian Hai Nan Ji Fan 天天海南雞飯 – My Favorite Hai Nan Chicken Rice in Singapore

If only they would use 'free-range' chicken as well, then the whole package would be perfect!!

Apr 13, 2014
Charles Yu in China & Southeast Asia

"La Mere 'Pekingnese' Restaurant" - Richmond Hill Branch, Times Square

After an interesting and surprisingly enjoyable chowing experience at La Mere's Scarborough flag ship last week.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/489287

Today, I decided to give their much closer-to-home, Richmond Hill branch a try. Again, the reasonably priced food was delicious and lovingly prepared. There were a few repeat favorites amongst our order as well as some new and untried dishes.

A number of stand outs include:
- A nicely seasoned " Marinated shredded beef tripe with chili oil, seasoned soy, garlic, Cilantro...." cold appetizer.
- A flavorful " Stirred fry shredded Cabbage with mini sun-dried Shrimps ". A very delicious veggie dish with the aroma and sweet umami taste of the shrimp really stood out.
- A basket of " Deep fried tooth-pics Lamb Nuggets ".. This is not unlike your typical chicken nuggets but in this 'exotic' case, the lamb nuggets were marinated heavily with cumin and other spices. Exotic indeed! Unfortunately, a touch overly greasy spoiled the eating sensation a little.
- Lastly, stealing the show was the bowl of " Cold Noodles with House special Spicy sauce Topping ". Man! This is one great yummy bowl of noodle!! Period! With the right amount of heat, the slightly unfamiliar but savory taste sensation was very complex and a delight to eat. So good! A must order for my next visit!

With the now 'chowhound-favorite' "Northern Dumpling Kitchen" and this soon-to-be favorite located side-by-side.from each other. Decision in choosing which one to enter is going to be tough one!

Apr 12, 2014
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good Restaurants around Fairview Mall

Used to be own by Greek. Award winning!!
Now, taken over by Orientals. Charbroiled Burger still pretty decent.

Apr 12, 2014
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good Restaurants around Fairview Mall

The Burger place next door to TARO is pretty good too!

Apr 12, 2014
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good Restaurants around Fairview Mall

For much better quality Sushi and Sashimi prepared by 'Japanese', one can head over to 'Taro' at Sheppard and Leslie. Pick your choices of fish, seafood or cooked food and then eat them at the counter! Kind of cool!

Apr 11, 2014
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good Restaurants around Fairview Mall

There's a new 'Congee Phoenix' on Sheppard just east of the 404 exit. As good as Congee Queen. Only downside was they do not have BBQ meats

Apr 11, 2014
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Another new 'Congee' invasion!! - This time 'Congee Phoenix'

I did not take photo of the Congee because its not to 'photogenic'! White is white?! However, ingredients of my bowl were fairly generous and texture of the porridge pretty good.
IMO, almost all the 'mega-chain' Congee places are fairly identical and consistent. Food, not just Congee, of 'Congee Queen' is slightly better, especially their BBQ meat.
In fact for Congees, my favorite are not the above captioned few but the Congee and Rice roll place inside Market Village as well as 'My Kitchen' and 'Richmond Court', Times Square

Apr 11, 2014
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Another new 'Congee' invasion!! - This time 'Congee Phoenix'

During the past year or two, whilst our Japanese Cousins are having their own 'Ramen' invasion, I noticed the Chinese side too are having a similar invasion of their own. In their case - 'Congee'.

With Congee Wong, Congee King, Congee Queen, Congee Star and Congee Time sprouting up all over the place, Today, I noticed a new addition to the list. Located on Sheppard next to the 404 exit,( 2111 Sheppard Avenue East ) the place is called 'Congee Phoenix'.

For lunch, I had a rice Congee of salted pork and thousand year eggs plus a Stirred fry seafood Taiwanese Rice Vermicelli. Quality of the food was pretty high. A definite welcoming addition to the culinary void in that part of town.

Apr 10, 2014
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

'Skyview Fusion Chinese' - Sorry folks! Another relatively new kid on the block. This one could be the best 'early-bird' Dim Sum in the GTA?!

Friday is still 'weekday' for Dim Sum!

Apr 10, 2014
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Scarborough Gems

Is that right?! Thanks for the heads up! Much closer to home!!

Apr 10, 2014
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)