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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)

Alberta hounds visiting Markham, Toronto downtown & Niagara

With respect to your hotel in Markham, the following restaurants are considered higher level and are quite good (best imo). All should be within an easy 10 minutes drive or less: Elegance (previously mentioned), Casa Victoria, Casa Imperial,and Spring Villa. There should be no issues with cleanliness (bathrooms). All would be considered Cantonese restaurants. Let us know if you need recs for lower level/less expensive or other cuisine styles.
Also, wrt the below rec for Hart House/Gallery Grill - excellent suggestion, but it's likely closed for the summer months unless they've changed their policy.

Aug 06, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Alberta hounds visiting Markham, Toronto downtown & Niagara

Surprised you cannot find Chinese food recs in Markham from searching. Start again with searching "Charles Yu" posts. Within walking distance from your Markham hotel is Elegance: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/elegance-chine... for dim sum which I recommend and in the same strip mall is a peking duck place which I have not tried myself, but gets good reviews: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/dayali-restaur....

Aug 06, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Perhaps The Greatest Food Column Ever

Enjoyable read, but was he being serious about "Dim Sum King"?

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

Cheep and cheerful Weekend Dim Sum

+1 for Landmark

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

Early Bird Dim Sum

That place is huge...any line-ups for a table?

Jun 21, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Does anyone remember Lichee Garden? Replacement?

I understand that Yueh Tung is now where the Kwong Chow use to be. Those stairs?

Jun 17, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Early Bird Dim Sum

Are you talking about the Royale on Silver Star Blvd...the old StarWalk place?

Jun 11, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sunday Brunch at Splendido

Am I the only one to notice the irony here. A restaurant giving exceptional product (food and service) to a "special" guest and......;)

Need North York recommendation for a 50th wedding anniversary dinner

Regarding Kwan, I've only gotten reports from trusted sources as I've not gone yet myself. Basically the reports are the food is quite good especially for that area of town, but nothing too special compared to many in Markham/Richmond Hill and is likely pricier. This applies to both dim sum and regular dining (Sounds like Dynasty or Crown Princess). Worth a visit I think and it's on my list. However, it would be more of a priority if I lived closer to downtown TO.

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

Need North York recommendation for a 50th wedding anniversary dinner

For Chinese, suggest checking out Kwan; and there is the old standby: Auberge du Pommier.

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

A delicious authentic 'Real McCoy' Thai chowmeet at Khao San Road

But the dishes were off the current menu or recently offered as specials....available I guess to the masses.

May 30, 2014
T Long in Ontario (inc. Toronto)