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Foodie take note: Great news! Michelin Star Chef backed restaurant opening up in April!!

What Bo Innovations debacle are you referencing? Just asking, as my son raved about a recent experience there. A related restaurant in Spadina Chinatown in Toronto would be nice to see.

Mar 02, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Peking duck in North York

Prima: Check out Paradise at Finch and Leslie which is associated with downtown's Dynasty. I thought of Kwan too which does advertise Peking Duck ($48) on their online menu, but I'm not sure that's in North York;)

Mar 02, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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2015 Restaurant OPENINGS in Toronto, to June 30...

New hot pot restaurant in Markham. Legend pot opened in January and replaces I Cook Buffet at Warden and Steeles. Not technically in Toronto city, but close enough and is in the GTA.

Feb 11, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chinese Restaurant Toronto

About 10 years ago, I was researching which restaurants to try out in Spadina Chinatown (besides Lee Garden) and both New Sky and Xam Yu seemed to be highly rated then, so my wife and I flipped a coin one day and had a meal at New Sky. I don't recall that much except a rather pushing waitress (in a good way) who we allowed to pick our dishes we had that night. I wasn't bad, but not memorable (obviously) and we've never been back. When E-pan opened a few years later and we heard that some of New Sky's workers were involved, we went there and did several repeat visits to that restaurant over the years (until they closed recently). We've never did try Xam Yu;)

Jan 31, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chinese Restaurant Toronto

Hi Charles: I haven't eaten there in over a year (late 2013) or as much as I would like because most of the family is now in the burbs. However it had consistently been good for us over many, many years. I am aware that many do not like the place thinking that it caters too much to Western palates, but I think that's overstated and even if true it has been non-problematic for us. If I read your previous post http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6184... on this correctly, your group would have been there in late 2012. Probably both our opinions are now dated;)

Jan 31, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chinese Restaurant Toronto

How important is the location ie "downtown Chinatown" and if so which Chinatown would you be referring to? Old Chinatown near City Hall or Spadina/Dundas Chinatown. Assume you do not mean East Chinatown near Broadview/Gerrard.

If your requirement is not that location specific, then places like Dynasty, Crown Princess or Pearl Harbourfront might work in the downtown area. I don't think they have private rooms, but your requirements could be met with 2 adjacent large tables (the ones that seat up to 8/10). The Crown Princess has a semi-private nook that you might be able to reserve. Our last time at Dynasty in these circumstances had the two tables shoehorned in the dining room...I didn't find it that comfortable (or laid back;))

Lai Wah Heen which could be considered to be located in old Chinatown does have a private room, but I've no experience with that.

In Spadina/Dundas Chinatown, we've often done the two table scenerio at Lee Garden with the expected tight squeeze (but with good food).

Jan 31, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2015 Restaurant OPENINGS in Toronto, to June 30...

A new Chinese restaurant is coming to Bridlewood Mall in Scarborough. The sign says Phoenix Restaurant coming soon. Suspect it's related to the Phoenix chain of H.K. style outlets in Thornhill and Markham.

Jan 29, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Reccommendation for Richmond Hill/Markham, please

+1 for Bali

Jan 12, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to buy wild or healthy shrimp year-round in Toronto?

This is an interesting and enlightening discussion. I love shrimp and pretty much most if not all the shrimp I consume is at restaurants. Especially at Chinese restaurants and in particular during dim sum lunches. Given that a lot of the dim sum items are already lard intensive (to give the translucent dumpling skins and rice rolls), it makes me wonder about the inherent health risks of eating out and dim-summing in particular. Hope not to find out that chicken feet and tripe (my 2 dim sum favorites) are also suspect;-) Does anyone know of any restaurants serving healthy shrimp in their dim sum (or other dishes)?

Jan 06, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Lunch Queen & Yonge with picky kid

You kid might like the Sunset Grill at Yonge and Richmond. I like the place (Western Sandwiches), but not sure whether you will though....;)

Dec 27, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chinese food for Christmas day.... Best place downtown is???

The BlogTO is interesting to say the least. I was underwhelmed in my one visit at lunchtime to TOC a couple years back. I had their take on Wonton Noodle Soup...perhaps too "authentic" for me. From the BlogTO listing, my favorite Chinese restaurants in Toronto would be Lee Garden, and House of Gourmet...but I've not tried Kwan, Luckee,or Rosewood yet. I liked Crown Princess more when they still had early bird dim sum...prefer nearby Dynasty in Yorkville more which BlogTO does not mention. I'm open to giving TOC another try, but will not be in a hurry to do so.

Chinese desserts/'tong sui' in Toronto - Last updated Dec 15 2014

One of the better but not cheaper places is Double Ming Chinese Dessert at Finch and Midland in Scarborough.

Day and Night Steakhouse Unionville Groupon Gift -- Should we even go?

We went a couple of years ago. My recollection was that the food was OK. Dark, smallish room, oyster display at the front. A steak and seafood place in an area where Asian food is king. We clearly have not rushed back, but given your parameters, I would not hesitate to give it a go.

Dec 12, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Downtown's best dim sum

Re: Yelp reviews - Well there are the ghost stories about the place;-)

Dec 08, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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ISO Downtown's best dim sum

My notes indicate that Gold Diamond was evicted by its landlord in May 2013 after operating for only 10 months. Yelp reviews though are dated after that...is that a case of late reviews or has the place reopened since? Pretty certain it was still closed the last time I was in that area which might be over 6 months ago.

Dec 08, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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What's happened to Chung king on Spadina?

Technically I think Chung King is part of Market Village which is the mall that shares the same parking lot as Pacific Mall. Note that it is an outdoor access store, that is there is no access from the indoor part of Market Village mall.

Dec 07, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Chowfind of 2014 (anywhere in Ontario)

The luncheon menu at Lucullus Bakery on Elm Street in downtown Toronto. Getting a quick decent lunch in that part of town has always been a bit of a challenge with a burger being the typical default. Now I look forward to black bean pork spare ribs on rice with a milk tea at Lucullus. Cheaper and better than a burger with fries/drink at the Urban Eatery.

Globe Review of America in the Trump Tower

There are people that come across like the "Greg" described, but my radar usually categorizes them as likely fake....as in they are likely spewing B.S.

Dec 01, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Restaurant recommendations in Toronto---Chinatown

And it should be noted that even the burbs have "questionable" restaurants. Not all Chinese restaurants in N.Scarborough, Markham and Richmond Hill outshine what downtown Toronto has to offer. More selection for sure, but there is a range of quality just like old downtown TO. Do your homework when venturing up north too.

' La Croisee ' - Leaside's new French Bistro with cozy, romantic ambiance and delectable Burgundian Food!

Nice read...thx for the link:).

Nov 29, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Globe Review of America in the Trump Tower

I think I will wait to read the yelp reviews....;)

Nov 29, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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' La Croisee ' - Leaside's new French Bistro with cozy, romantic ambiance and delectable Burgundian Food!

There was a short period of time when the Glen Watford area could have been referred to as a "Chinatown" in Scarborough (mid 80's/90's), but the spread of the Chinese community in N.Scarborough, Markham and even Richmond Hill is such that the multiple enclaves are so wide spread and large that it might be more descriptive to talk about the non-Chinatowns in those areas (people don't). East Chinatown is I believe a fairly widely accepted description of the enclave in the Broadview/Gerrard area. Google history of Chinatowns in Toronto for more info.

Nov 29, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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' La Croisee ' - Leaside's new French Bistro with cozy, romantic ambiance and delectable Burgundian Food!

Sigh! Wish people would refer to the small Chinese enclave where Batifole is near as East Chinatown rather than "Old" Chinatown which most people would identify with the enclave near Toronto City Hall.

' La Croisee ' - Leaside's new French Bistro with cozy, romantic ambiance and delectable Burgundian Food!

I believe three of the longer running, more consistent and reasonably successful Chinese restaurants and where the chef has major skin in the game are Maple Yip in Scarborough, Lee Garden in Spadina Chinatown, and Legend in Thornhill.

Nov 28, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Restaurant recommendations in Toronto---Chinatown

I've never found a good Chinese Canadian style egg roll in Spadina Chinatown and doubt Lee Garden even have it on the menu;)

My two favorite Chinese restaurants in Spadina Chinatown (the closest Chinatown to UoT's St George campus) are Lee Garden and the House of Gourmet. HoG is more rustic and cheaper relative to Lee Garden. In old Chinatown near Toronto City Hall, I like Yueh Tung's luncheon menu.

Nov 27, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Restaurants open on December 25th for dinner in Toronto's Chinatown?

Given that Toronto has 3 distinct Chinatowns, you could be more specific if it matters to you. The easy answer is that some places will certainly be open if you are not picky (especially if you are referring to Spadina Chinatown). However my suggestion is to contact any favorite restaurants you might target and enquire directly whether they plan to open on December 25th.

Nov 25, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Pearl King

Owned by same people as the Pearl at Harbourfront and the Pearl at Bayview Village which serve slightly above average dim sum at higher prices (think Crown Princess or Dynasty on Yorkville prices). Looking at online info, their selection seems limited...ie no chicken feet or beef tripe (my two favorite dim sums). They have skewers which might explain the "tapas" angle. Given the location, I would expect relatively "clean" premises. And they offered Groupons (currently sold out). I might give them a try if in the neighborhood (they don't have nearby competition except maybe Susur Lee's place), but I won't be in a hurry to do so and would also be interested in any first hand accounts.

Nov 08, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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"Ocean Seafood Restaurant", Richmond Hill - Lunch vs Dinner = Jekyll vs Hyde

This the new restaurant that replaced "Grass Mountain Villa" Chinese dim sum restaurant that had a long run at that location.

Oct 20, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hit and miss experiences at 'another' Congee place - Mr. Congee, Richmond Hill

The original Mr Congee in the GTA was and is a welcome addition to its location in Scarborough (inside Bridlewood Mall). When it opened a couple of years ago, it was rather mediocre at the beginning, but has replaced Congee Queen as a goto for the most part for us. Unlike the more spacious RH location, the Scarborough location is shoehorned into a relatively small space. Like most Chinese restaurants/congee operations, they are good at some things, not so good at others. We like the roast pork, honey oysters and a few other dishes at the Bridlewood location. Service is standard, but no complaints so far.

Sep 27, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Downtown's best dim sum

Good to know! How does it compare (quality and price) to Dynasty downtown or Crown Princess.

Sep 02, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)