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yakitori and bon chon style chicken

Any luck in finding bon chon style chicken? I haven't seen fried chicken of any type on the Korean places I've been to.

Feb 23, 2010
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anyone want Chinese recommendations for Markham/Richmondhill?

I believe it was for failing health inspections. I heard they've reopened but I don't know that for sure.

Nov 01, 2009
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Eye Weekly on Ramen in Toronto

Only their tonkotsu ramen has been the stand out for me but they've stopped serving it for a while now, though it's always been an off the menu item. Last time I asked, they were saying October is when they'll have it again.

Sep 27, 2009
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

kenzo ramen - no more tonkotsu?!? no more reason to go...

And I'm not sure if I got my version entirely correct either because I had trouble understanding the chef's English But we seem to agree on the September date so far and that's only a month away.

Jul 31, 2009
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

kenzo ramen - no more tonkotsu?!? no more reason to go...

The chef actually came out to talk to me when I tried to order tonkotsu xamen a couple of weeks ago. Apparently, he doesn't have the right kind of pots and he's wasting a lot of time and resources just to make a small batch of pork bone soup.

He could buy MSG laden pre-made soup base from suppliers for about a dollar per serving but instead he's ordering specialised pots from Japan for the sole purpose of making tonkotsu. Should come September is also what he said to me.

I too thought their pork is no where near fatty enough but maybe I keep getting the lean cuts everytime.

Jul 30, 2009
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

HK style cafes Markham/Scarborough

Asia Station, really? What do you recommend from Asia Station? I've tried their noodles a few times from both their locations and swore I could do better at home.

Jun 25, 2009
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

great sushi in Toronto does not exist

Err, I was at Zen the other night and they told me uni was out of season and couldn't offer any...

May 25, 2009
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Emperor - Another fine Dim Sum/Chinese Cuisine place in Richmond Hill

I went today for dim sum but there was quite a line up already at noon. Worst yet, we saw regulars that just walked in and got placed at the head of the queue, in front of everyone else with numbers. In the end, we got tired of waiting and went over to Yang's instead (which in contrast, was just full but not overwhelmed).

I actually had dinner at Emperor a few weeks ago without knowing it (only knew its Chinese name at that point). We had the $168 Peking Duck set and I remember the meal as disappointing. The duck was roasted well but there were little meat served after for the cabbage wraps. What happened to the rest of the duck?

The other dishes weren't memorable. I do recall an eggplant dish that was paired with something that didn't go well at all and some fried fish filets served with wasabi-mayo sauce. I think we came out noting that the chefs tended towards stronger and saltier flavour.

To their credit though, there were a few large table banquet style dinners that same night as well so maybe we just had bad luck.

Apr 26, 2009
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Emperor - Another fine Dim Sum/Chinese Cuisine place in Richmond Hill

Does anyone know what Emperor is called in Chinese?

Apr 25, 2009
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Omurice, Curry, Katsu-Don, Japanese Diner-type restaurant?

If katsudon is katsu on top of a bowl of rice with an egg then I meant curry katsu. My bad.

Apr 24, 2009
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Omurice, Curry, Katsu-Don, Japanese Diner-type restaurant?

It was just beside Destiny but it looks like both Destiny and the kastudon place are closed for renovations now (same owners). Wonder what'll it be when it re-opens.

On a side note, I had a curry katsudon at Ematei a few weeks and it was very average.

Apr 23, 2009
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Omurice, Curry, Katsu-Don, Japanese Diner-type restaurant?

The Taiwanese katsu-don place on Silverstar by Pacific Mall does omurice too.

I wouldn't recommend the curry rice at ematei, it's very plain.

Feb 23, 2009
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

TanChiKee in Richmond Hill

Yes! I also don't understand why people put up with Magic Wok. Their cooking is decent but the service is poor and the menu boring. Yet I frequently see people lining up outside when I drive by on the weekends. I'm almost convinced those are just diehards who have frequent them since their old location on Brimley.

Feb 15, 2009
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anglo-friendly Chinese in Richmondhill

BlogTO had write up on tanchikee just recently:

http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/tan...

The author seemed to have went with our very own Charles but you should be fine with their menu. All their recommended dishes have pictures and only a handful of items on the menu are Chinese only. The daily specials are all Chinese though. Try their main chicken dish, it's not bad.

Feb 15, 2009
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

TanChiKee in Richmond Hill

http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2009/...

Looks like we'll have four more eh Charles? ;)

Feb 07, 2009
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Hong Kong-style breakfast in and around Toronto?

It's not amazing but it's comfort food. Quick and cheap (usually) is a plus too.

Jan 13, 2009
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Northern Chinese Food - Great NEW find in Richmond Hill!

I'm not sure if it's because they have different chefs or if it depends on how overwhelmed their kitchen is but their smoked duck varies between moist, tender and 'wet' to utterly and completely dried-out crispy (and so very smoked and good). It's unfortunate but give it a try again the next time if you're in the mood, you might get a crispier duck.

I tried the pork belly in garlic recently too based on the recommendations and it was great, don't know why I never bothered to tried it before. I was just surprised at how fatty the pork was.

Jan 11, 2009
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Another NEW CHINESE RESTAURANT in Richmond Hill

Items I've tried and remember:

- I tried the shrimp dumpling with foie gras as well ($8 for four with fois gras + 1 plain) and thought the combination was pretty interesting, everyone who tried enjoyed the item but we wouldn't order this normally, too pricey

- good experiences as well with the siu mai (not exceptional but solid without heavy pork flavour), beef tendons (soft and marinated just right), cuttlefish tentacles (note that it's not the fried batter type), the 'seafood rice roll' and the BBQ pork bun

- wouldn't try again: the chiu chow dumpling, the chicken feet (mediocre frankly), mango custard layer cake (we couldn't taste the mango and nor was it really a layer cake), egg tarts with bird's nest, taro dumplings (not enough taro taste) and the chestnut paste banana rolls

Tea charge is $1.20 but we got charged even for just plain hot water. As Royaljelly mentioned above, pricing is $2.80, $3.80, $4.80 and $6.80 with most items in the M and L category. Rice, noodle, etc. items on the lunch menu seem to be around the $15 range.

Jan 03, 2009
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Grand Chinese Cuisine – Amongst the finest dim sum restaurants in Toronto (lengthy review + pics)

Something like twenty small tables or a dozen banquet size tables is my guess. (Casa Victoria seems to have double that many tables doing banquet + another dozen tables for 'normal' diners every weekend!). Definitely very small restaurant, wonder how that affects their margin and their business strategy. Grand isn't large either but at least they have their CX catering gig to support them.

Other than the beef tendons, the items I tried were decent but nothing spectacular except for the rice noodles: I actually thought the shrimps used in their noodles were oversized and didn't go well. The taro dumplings btw, look nice, smell nice but is sadly too weak on the taro taste.

Dec 18, 2008
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Grand Chinese Cuisine – Amongst the finest dim sum restaurants in Toronto (lengthy review + pics)

Yes, good points on the big "first few months top show" disclaimer. They have a small floor though and only one VIP room so there's some hope that out of sheer competition and need to survive, they'll maintain their quality. I'm not sure if Toronto can support /that/ many high end dim sum places, especially in such a gloom economy.

Grand is a lot further than Yang's so if they can keep up the quality, that's a big advantage over Grand for me and I'm sure for a good number of others on this board as well.

Grand's egg tarts and BBQ pork buns were definitely better. Yang's beef tendons were damn good though.

Dec 16, 2008
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good AYCE Asian Hot Pot in Markham/Richmond Hill?

fat lamb's Commerce Gate operations has been closed since at least summer, it's been replaced with a Shanghai place now. I'm only aware of their Scarborough location by Warden and Huntingwood.

Either Rolling Pot or Dow's gets my vote. Dow's pretty cramped though (and they stopped serving lunch!)

Dec 15, 2008
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Grand Chinese Cuisine – Amongst the finest dim sum restaurants in Toronto (lengthy review + pics)

What's your take on Yang in comparison to Grand?

Their dim sum menu reminds me of Grand quite a bit and my hit-miss rate at Yang's was about the same and around the same price. Found their service staff to be smarter (overhead the floor manager saying he just came over from another 'high end' canto restaurant).

Dec 15, 2008
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Another NEW CHINESE RESTAURANT in Richmond Hill

yeah, skylineR33 good must be pretty good

Mind if I ask what your dinner came to cost per head?

Dec 01, 2008
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Another NEW CHINESE RESTAURANT in Richmond Hill

Has anyone had a dinner experience at this restaurant yet? Or know about their dinner sets?

Nov 30, 2008
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Another NEW CHINESE RESTAURANT in Richmond Hill

!! I didn't realize the larger abalones are so expensive. Do they actually get cooked or are they like shark fins on display?

Back on topic, has anyone else tried this place for dim sum or dinner?

Nov 22, 2008
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Another NEW CHINESE RESTAURANT in Richmond Hill

At $238 per head, I expect a piglet per diner and at least 2 head abalone.
But geeze, that's a ridiculous price, recession or not.

Nov 22, 2008
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best hk style cafe in Richmond Hill/markham area?

If 'deep tou fan' is more of what you're looking for, you might want to try Keung's Delights in the T&T plaza on Warden + Steeles. Not true HK cafe style but they cover the basics.

Nov 12, 2008
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Nota Bene - Amazing experience yet again - review + pics

Indeed, the sauce and the paste used in the tuna tartare are both awesome. I just wish I knew what it was.

I haven't much to add to the discussion other than to stay away from the Yucatan hot and sour soup unless you really like Yucatan hot and sour soup. It's not bad but for $10, you better really like it.

Nov 06, 2008
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Eye Weekly on Ramen in Toronto

Very long time ago to be honest -- I'm not even sure if it was this year. I found their servings way too small.

Nov 02, 2008
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Eye Weekly on Ramen in Toronto

re: hanjuku tamago

The one time I tried Kenzo up at Peachtree, they did all our eggs that way. And man do I wish for more decent ramen places... especially up north.

Nov 02, 2008
tksh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)