Tangerine Asian Cuisine - Anyone Been??
- Fwagra Jan 13, 2006 02:49 PM
I hear this place has good Hakka. Any comments?
I wouldn't go to any restaurant that can't narrow their scope to any less than an entire continent. What do they serve? Stir fried felafel balls? Shark fin strogonoff?
Honestly, this Pan Asian trend is the scourge of the restaurant world. You can't do one type of cooking well, so you mix everything together, add a trendy name like Tangerine so you charge more or Riz and assume that no one will notice how medicore everything is. Yuk. I'd rather endure a place named "Golden Dragon" for sweet and sour chicken and egg foo young.
"Honestly, this Pan Asian trend is the scourge of the restaurant world. You can't do one type of cooking well, so you mix everything together, add a trendy name like Tangerine"
Tangerine is Hakka and Indian-Chinese food. It doesn't call itself pan-Asian or fusion.
the Chinese have travelled to many parts of the world and introduced their food to other countries and adopted the spices of their new homes.
Pan-Asian or fusion is not a new concept.
One of the best dishes I ever ate was a "California" dish of noodles, tiger shrimp with a non-Asian type of sauce. Also, Malaysian dish consisting of Chinese noodles with Indian spices.
Are you asking about a place near Markham and 14th?
This TANGERINE is Hakka, but it also serves food which could be found in Cantonese and even chinese takeout restaurants.
If you did mean this restaurant, I'd agree that it is a good place. I've been to it several times, but I haven't been back since the colleage who intoduced me to it moved to the west-end.
A few things I remember about it: the place was really clean and well-lit (unfortunately, I've been to a couple of other Hakka places that didn't really fit that same description). The staff was friendly and the food was not bad. I especially liked the chilli shrimps: spicy & very tasty. The soups were okay, but I've had better hot and sour at places on College east of Spadina.
If you are in the Markham/North Scarborough area, then it's a place you may want to try. Although, I'm sure you are be the kind of person who would given the opportunity. Unlike others who apparently only "judge the book by it's cover", as it seems.