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Hooray! BC Spotted Prawns Season is here again!

If not BC, then from the States where the season starts earlier. This could also be a case like Atlantic Salmon where not all atlantic salmon are from the Atlantic. That is marketing any spotted prawns as "BC spotted prawns" because of the name appeal?

about 18 hours ago
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hooray! BC Spotted Prawns Season is here again!

Yeah...also I would trust Maple Yip that they are serving up what they advertise and highly doubt Charles could be hood-winked. Funny though about BC.

about 22 hours ago
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Dim Sum in Toronto

Safe to consider this is as a central core Toronto listing. I've been to 3 of the 5 top listed. (still need to try Luckee and Kwan.) Living in North Scarborough, we certainly have equal if not better options than the Crown Princess closer to home. I consider ChaLau unique, but not better than the Crown Princess. Never appreciated the love for Mother's, but each to their own. I'm intrigued by Luckee, but am not in any rush to try it out on my own dime. Will likely hit Kwan before getting to Luckee.

Apr 30, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Dim Sum in Toronto

Can someone list TL's top five?

Apr 30, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pearl at Bayview Village

I think Prima is referring to Casa Imperial on Steeles, @ Warden. Its sister restaurant, Casa Victoria is further north (Warden & Hwy 7). Both are above average Chinese restaurants.

Apr 23, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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AYCE Chinese -- second attempt

Apr 23, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The popularity of Swiss Chalet seems to be waning in the GTA. Thoughts?

Although it's been a few years since I've been at a SC, partly because most of my favorite locations have closed, I've only positive thoughts about this chain. Where else does one get rewarded for choosing portions (dark meat) that are preferred anyways? I still remember the take-out special of getting 5 quarters of leg meat chicken for the price of a whole chicken.

Apr 07, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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BKH Jerky

Here is some earlier CH discussion about BKH.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8050...

Apr 03, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

R&D - New update. Photo and menu.

Noted that they are experimenting with HK egg waffles;-)

Mar 25, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Is Scarborough the dining capital of the world?

http://zenjapaneserestaurant.com/unca...

The good news is that for the geographically challenged CH'ers (and there are many), the new location is close enough to Scarborough to still be considered Scarborough;-)

Mar 23, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Is Scarborough the dining capital of the world?

Thanks Googs for the link. Rick certainly knows his stuff!

Mar 19, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Is Scarborough the dining capital of the world?

Thanks for posting this. I was able to locate the 2 Filipino lechon, Sri Lankan and Indian places and also the Sichuan place that was the next stop, but unable to identify the other N. China restaurant "Xinxiang". Did you mean Xin Jiang in Markham?

Mar 18, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Is Scarborough the dining capital of the world?

Seriously doubt that any CH sharing will overwhelm any of these "gems". Dare I say most would welcome the attention.

Mar 17, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Is Scarborough the dining capital of the world?

Would be happy to see some recommendations from those that buy into the thesis that Scarborough is the dining capital of the whole world. While the prof does not see the need to provide examples to support his theory, it would be entirely appropriate for others to do so on a forum intended to share dining experiences.

Mar 17, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Is Scarborough the dining capital of the world?

"If you are wondering where I went, that is beside the point." - This quote negates much of the value of his comments. Maybe it's just me, but I want to hear the details, and not just be accepting of his words.

Mar 15, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hong Kong Style Egg Custard Waffle Cookies - " Toast Delight " yummy version.

My son took this picture of the "bread basket" with his meal at Bo Innovations in Hong Kong. I understand it's a take on this street food that has been infused with green onions. Given that Alvin Leung is opening his restaurant soon here in Spadina Chinatown, perhaps we might see something similar there. But it would be a lot cheaper to get this taste at Toast Delight;)

Mar 07, 2015
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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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