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are there any good fish&chip places

I'm unsure of the quality, but a friend had Fish and Chips at John & Sons Oyster (johnandsonsoysterhouse.com/), who especially cherished the wild Haddock used for the fish because we don't know if other chippies use wild and sustainable fish.

She believes that the fries were homemade, but some strips were fried excessively, and became burnt.

Exceptional Dim Sum in uptown Toronto - peers to Casas Imperial and Victoria? (2015 Jan edition)

Thank you, but could you please clarify which Yang's you are citing? The ambiguity confuses me.

Note: I posted the 'note to self' anew and separately because you can't edit posts here after a certain amount of time, right? Please advise me and merge that post into my OP, otherwise.

Exceptional Dim Sum in uptown Toronto - peers to Casas Imperial and Victoria? (2015 Jan edition)

Note to self: Thanks to http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9911..., I only now realise that there exist two Yang's. The one under '2nd Tier' is that on Bayview and Weldrick, so omit the one in my last para located at Leslie & Hwy 7.

Photo limit for either 'Discussion' or 'Photo Story' scenarios totally inadequate!

Sorry to hear that; I hope that your expertise and wisdom can be accomodated! I did want to ask: is your Facebook public? I didn't know that you have Facebook, but I'd relish to see you story and other posts!

Jan 09, 2015
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Where to buy wild or healthy shrimp year-round in Toronto?

I submit to your contention; I myself certainly can only sometimes tolerate the exorbitantly higher prices of wild or sustainable shrimp. Sadly, I now avoid shrimp and prawns in restaurants unless marked wild or sustainable.

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

Thank you for your feedback! User Nevy: To clarify, which did you buy? Was it the alleged 'Wild Atlantic Cold Water Shrimp' adverted to by user Dr. John, or the 'Zipperback Pacific White Shrimp' cited by user midtowngirl?

Exceptional Dim Sum in uptown Toronto - peers to Casas Imperial and Victoria? (2015 Jan edition)

Thank you! Sorry for any confusion, but I had meant the bulleted restaurants in my OP, so 'above' your first reply? Would you please be able to rank and critique them?

Exceptional Dim Sum in uptown Toronto - peers to Casas Imperial and Victoria? (2015 Jan edition)

A great many thanks again, Sir Charles! Any thoughts or opinions on the bulleted restaurants above?

Exceptional Dim Sum in uptown Toronto - peers to Casas Imperial and Victoria? (2015 Jan edition)

Sorry for the many posts, but family just returned to Toronto after having been in HK for 3 years. While they lived here last, they lunched at the following restaurants and ranked them as such. Are there coequals, or slightly inferior counterparts, to Casas Imperial and Victoria for their high-quality dim sum, in midtown Toronto, North York, Markham, or Richmond Hill?

1st Tier - Exceptional quality; we patronised at least bi-weekly:
Casa Imperial
Casa Victoria

Lai Wah Heen (LWH) - CAVEAT: I know that this is downtown and thus trangresses this question's scope, but I mention this just to contextualise our taste. We realise that LWH's steeply upscale and expensive, so we visited only quarterly; we're only interested in other restaurants with LWH's quality, and NOT prices!

2nd Tier - Satisfactory; we visited maybe monthly:
Spring Villa
Yang’s Fine Chinese Cuisine

3rd Tier - Unworthy; we'll probably never revisit:
Golden Court Abalone Restaurant
Legend Chinese Restaurant

I tried http://www.yelp.ca/list/places-where-... which displayed quite a number of such names new to us, as: ● Elegance Chinese Cuisine & Banquet (http://www.yelp.ca/biz/elegance-chine...), ● Elegant Chinese Cuisine (http://www.yelp.ca/biz/elegant-chines...), ● Emperor (http://www.yelp.ca/biz/emperor-fine-c...), ● Yang’s Chinese Cuisine (http://www.yelp.ca/biz/yangs-chinese-...) <Am I right that this differs from Yang’s Fine Chinese Cuisine above? Any relationship?>

I also tried http://www.yelp.ca/list/dim-sum-in-th... but the previous list covered them.

Where to eat Cantonese seafood wok-hay in uptown Toronto? - 2015 Jan edition

Many thanks again, Sir Charles! About your last para, the problem is that the Cantonese formal restaurants are costlier for seafood, so we prefer somewhere with an abrupter, plainer dining environment.

To clarify, by 'Fook Lam Court', did you mean 'Fung Lam Court' (http://www.yelp.ca/biz/fung-lam-court...) (and were you reminiscing of Hong Kong's Fook Lam Moon, to which I've never been, actually)?

Restaurant specialising in dishes with Fish Soup, in uptown Toronto - 2015 Jan edition

Many thanks again, Sir Charles, for your expertise! Would you happen to know the names of the restaurants in your last 2 paragraphs? I'm more interested in an informal, unadorned restaurant.

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

I'm likewise appalled and am ever more grateful for the numerous beneficient replies.

Where to eat Cantonese seafood wok-hay in uptown Toronto? - 2015 Jan edition

Are there any other equivalents to Maple Yip offering at least the same quality, in Markham, North York, or Richmond Hill? We emphasise cleanliness and food quality, so the restaurant atmosphere can be austere and informal. For Cantonese seafood, we oppose any fancier or restaurant because they charge more (eg Casa Victoria, which we do like, but for dim sum).

I've visited and relished Maple Yip for its delicious seafood, because other Cantonese restaurants fail to offer Maple Yip's variety such as fresh oyster and eel (but please correct me if I've erred), but we rarely travel to Scarborough so Maple Yip sadly proves inconvenient.

I've visited Sun Star (http://www.yelp.ca/biz/sun-star-chine...) and enjoyed one visit to Omei Restaurant for their four-way red lobster, but their seafood choices are restrictive.

I've visited Big Mouth Kee (http://www.yelp.ca/biz/big-mouth-kee-...) several times but left angry and indigantly dispirited every time. Its prices are expensive and unjustifiable, because not only do their vegetables (eg Gai Lan and Choy Sum) resemble hard raw tree branches, they to overcook/over-stir-fry them. Our lobster was cooked dryly and tolerably, but not spectacularly. We will never return here.

Here's my search attempt on Yelp (http://www.yelp.ca/search?find_desc=B...), in which I sorted by 'Highest Rated', and selected 'Markham' and 'Richmond Hill', but the search results are noncontextual. For example, 1st place goes to 'Congee Queen' (on Hwy 7) which doesn't focus on Cantonese seafood.

Restaurant specialising in dishes with Fish Soup, in uptown Toronto - 2015 Jan edition

Are there some excellent Chinese or Western restaurants that serve dishes using fish soup? A Hong Kong example is Fish Ball (in Cantonese: 魚蛋) or Sliced Fish Noodles, but again, this is just an example; I ask here about Western cuisine as well. I prefer somewhere informal in North York, Richmond Hill, or Markham, and not something in a lavish restaurant.

A Google search produced Deer Garden (www.deergarden.ca/) at Highway 7 and Leslie, which I doubt because Yelp (http://www.yelp.ca/biz/deer-garden-ri...) rates it only at 3/5 = 60%, yet our honourable food cognoscente, Sir Charles Yu, speaks of a 'pretty enjoyable' experience (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/917383). I'd like something of quality at least as delectable quality, as the Fish Ball and Sliced Fish Rice Noodles (ie: Ho Fun or 鱼丸粉) at Hong Kong's Hong Kong's Pak Loh Chiu Chow Restaurant.

Best congee in Toronto - 2014 Dec 31 Edition

Many thanks again Mr Yu for your insight! By 'surprisingly acceptable', do you mean that you'd rate them only 5/10 or 6/10? Or were you surprised by our criticism of Congee Queen? Happy New Year, BTW! I look forward to participating more and reading your wisdom in 2015!

Best congee in Toronto - 2014 Dec 31 Edition

My emphasis is on quality of both the congee and ingredients, rather than price. My family prefers North York, Richmond Hill, and Markham but I welcome suggestions anywhere. I read http://www.blogto.com/toronto/the_bes... but fear that it may be outdated.

We used to like Congee Queen at the intersection of Don Mills Rd and Steeles Ave E, but a recent visit proved disappointingly obnoxious and noxiously unsavoury, as deplored at http://www.yelp.ca/biz/congee-queen-n.... I'll explain with just 2 dishes.

We ordered the Congee with Sliced Fish and Cilantro (Please forgive me if I misidentified the herb, notwithstanding http://www.epicurious.com/articlesgui...), but as expressed in the above Yelp review, the fish tasted distastefully 'fishy'. The menu didn't reveal the type of fish, but I suspect that a cheap, vile, frozen kind was used.

The pan-fried turnip patties tasted satisfactory, but to the shock of my pescetarian family, they were cooked with pork, likely a cheap way to enhance taste, but suggestive of failure of skill and of a cover-up thereof.

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

Unfortunately, most shrimp sold in supermarkets or used in restaurants are likely farmed or imported, against which http://www.prevention.com/food/health... warns. Thus, where can I buy shrimp that's safe and healthy to eat, yearlong? It doesn't have to be fresh or live; frozen is fine. I know that T&T Supermarket sometimes sells BC Wild Spotted Prawns, but they can be expensive and restrictively seasonal.

Japanese restaurant in the GTA, like Hong Kong's sen-ryo?

I only eat cooked foods but still adore Japanese food, so are there any restaurants in the GTA that resemble Hong Kong's sen-ryo (in Chinese: 千両)? For those unfamiliar with this restaurant chain, I expand on their selections under the dashed line. Here are two reasons why I'm seeking a counterpart in Toronto:

1. Most of the ingredients are fresh and of high quality, and thus superior in flavour and quality to regular Japanese restaurants. Their prices are ordinary and reasonable (as indicated in the menu below), which reflect the informal, modest, relaxed, but very clean environment.

2. I relish the option to request that raw items be cooked, which significantly increases menu options for a eater of only cooked foods. For example, they can sear dishes normally served raw or partially raw , until they're well-done and fully cooked (eg with a burner torch). I can't find a Japanese restaurant in the GTA that offers this?

---The following is for only those who don't know the brand---
Their Sushi and Roll menus can be found at http://www.sen-ryo.com.hk/en/menu/sus... and http://www.sen-ryo.com.hk/en/menu/rol.... My favourites include sushi with: cooked razor clam, cooked snow crab, steamed wild shrimps (and not farmed, polluted ones), and grilled sea eel.

They serve plentiful cooked Appetizers (http://www.sen-ryo.com.hk/en/menu/app...) like their special Steamed Egg Custard;
Fried Items (http://www.sen-ryo.com.hk/en/menu/fri...) like fried Hiroshima oysters, fried soft shell crab;
Grilled (http://www.sen-ryo.com.hk/en/menu/gri...) and larger Cooked Dishes (http://www.sen-ryo.com.hk/en/menu/coo...).

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

Where are the best economical Chinese desserts or 'tong sui'?
I prefer somewhere in North York, Markham, or Richmond Hill but if unavailable, please share any within the GTA. I'm most interested in interesting items containing fresh fruits like:

- Sago or tapioca soups (in Cantonese: 'sai mai lo'); not just mango, but also cantaloupe (eg http://www.fussfreecooking.com/recipe...), honeydew (eg http://easyfoodhacks.blogspot.com/201...), strawberry, watermelon (http://tongpakfu.com.hk/en/menu-en/sa...). Also, I prefer such soups with a fresh fruit juice base, and not simply relying on packaged coconut milk.

- Puddings; not just mango, but also honeydew, strawberry, watermelon.

- Pancakes/crepes; in Hong Kong, I tried a fresh durian crepe once, but I'm interested in other fruits as well.

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

Where are the best economical Chinese desserts or 'tong sui'? I prefer somewhere in Causeway Bay, but please share others if unavailable. Personally, I'm most interested in interesting items containing fresh fruits like:

- Sago or tapioca soups (in Cantonese: 'sai mai lo'); not just mango, but also cantaloupe (eg http://www.fussfreecooking.com/recipe...), honeydew (eg http://easyfoodhacks.blogspot.com/201...), strawberry, watermelon (http://tongpakfu.com.hk/en/menu-en/sa...). Also, I prefer such soups with a fresh fruit juice base, and not simply relying on packaged coconut milk.

- Puddings; not just mango, but also honeydew, strawberry, watermelon.

- Pancakes/crepes; in Hong Kong, I tried a fresh durian crepe once, but I'm interested in other fruits as well.

Google produced in Causeway Bay,

- Chung Kee Dessert (http://www.chungkeedessert.com.hk/sho...), Cong Sao (https://adventuresoflittlegluttons.wo...

)

- Tong Pak Fu (http://tongpakfu.com.hk/en/menu-en/sa...) but the locations appear inconvenient.

late night chinese dessert places?

Since there are already multiple threads on a similar question, but none are recent, I thought to reply hereto instead of asking a separate question. Yet please tell me if I should ask anew.

Are there any changes or updates to this question specifically about Chinese desserts or 'tong sui'? I prefer somewhere in North York, Markham, or Richmond Hill but if unavailable, please share any within the GTA. Personally, I'm most interested in interesting items containing fresh fruits like:

- Sago or tapioca soups; not just mango, but also cantaloupe (eg http://www.fussfreecooking.com/recipe...), honeydew (eg http://easyfoodhacks.blogspot.com/201...), strawberry, watermelon (http://tongpakfu.com.hk/en/menu-en/sa...). Also, I prefer such soups with a fresh fruit juice base, and not simply relying on packaged coconut milk.

- Puddings; not just mango, but also honeydew, strawberry, watermelon.

- Pancakes/crepes; in Hong Kong, I tried a fresh durian crepe once, but I'm interested in other fruits as well.

Best Dim Sum and Chinese in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Wow, yes, indeed! I thank you effusively for your help there also! Sorry for this delay, but I usually visit about once every fortnight or a month. I continue to appreciate your contributions and shall continue to follow!

Best Dim Sum and Chinese in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Thank you again. Hello and pleasure to correspond with you!

Best Dim Sum and Chinese in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Thank you profusely, both users! Once again, your expertise and wisdom have improved my life!

You also succeeded in predicting my palate! We've been going to Ding Tai Fung and Pak Loh, but I overlooked them. By the way, the Pak Loh that we visit, is on the 12th floor of Time Square. Is there another on hysan?

Incidentally, we're actually from Toronto as well. I follow and greatly appreciate your posts, Mr. Yu!

Best Dim Sum and Chinese in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Would you please recommend the best dim sum restaurants or Chinese in general, but only within Causeway Bay? Many thanks!

I did consult Mr. Charles Yu's instructive reviews (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9887..., http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3183...).

Here's some personal context: My family and I've been to Lung King Heen (LKH) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Central, the quality of dim sum of which we praised and loved. However, there are too few choices (only around 10), and we found that everything else was extremely overpriced. For example, we ordered the wok-fried glazed eel with scallions, which was fresh and tasty but didn't merit the excessive price.

We've also visited Lei Garden inside Times Square, but its quality is average, with more choices than LKH, but we disliked it.

So yes, I'm interested in excellent, pre-eminent dim sum freshly and originally prepared by the restaurant (from scratch), in a modern clean, comfortable environment. However, we prefer not to feel swindled by overpriced hotel restaurants, or to eat under an affected, austere, stiff, unrelaxed environment like LKH's.

Best AYCE Buffet in Richmond Hill, North York, or Midtown (Started Dec 2012)

Thank you for your responses, Lovemomoe and sweetie!

Best AYCE Buffet in Richmond Hill, North York, or Midtown (Started Dec 2012)

*Edit: I meant to write "Best AYCE JAPANESE Buffet" since I'm interested in Japanese cuisine.

Best AYCE Buffet in Richmond Hill, North York, or Midtown (Started Dec 2012)

Hi everyone. I know that there are other threads on AYCE buffets here, but I thought to start a new post that's more updated.

Therefore, what do you recommend as the best AYCE buffets in either Richmond Hill, Markham, North York, or Midtown Toronto?

The following link propose places like Echo Sushi, Yang's Kitchen. I've also heard of Ginza. However, I've looked at online reviews like Yelp and Restaurantica and each restaurant has significant negative feedback so I'm conflicted. Thank you very much!

http://www.blogto.com/toronto/the_bes...

Best All You Can Eat Japanese in Toronto GTA

Since the last post was from earlier this year, I'd like to ask what you would recommend nowadays, in either the Richmond Hill, Markham, North York, or Midtown Toronto?

Hong Kong or Cantonese Stir-Fry or "Wok-Hay" Restaurants

Hello Charles Yu,

Thank you very much for your response.

I'm afraid that I've been to Judy's Cuisine and John's BBQ before, but they were a bit below my expectations. Their offerings and service were a bit ordinary. I've additionally been to Sun Star in North York. The food and vegetables did have that wok-hay flavour to them, but the problem is their limited menu choice. We really don't know what else to order there, aside from the Set Menus A, B, and C. It has always been the Fried Chicken, Stir-Fried Gai Lan or Choy Sum, or Diced Beef. Of course, they do have seafood including several kinds of fish, but they are very pricey.

I haven't tried New Choice yet, but the reviews here aren't all that positive: http://www.restaurantica.com/on/richm...

I also haven't been to Win's Seafood Restaurant, but again the reviews cast some doubt : http://www.yelp.ca/biz/wins-seafood-r....

So would there be any other recommendations or suggestions for wok-hay restaurants in North York or Richmond Hill? Sadly, I'm not able to make it out to Scarborough.

Thank you again!