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kasey j miller Dec 18, 2006 08:09 PM

Has anyone been? A friend suggested going there but I've never heard anything about it.

  1. inkygirl Dec 20, 2007 08:08 AM

    I believe King's Garden is closed. See this post and its replies:
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/440050

    My family used to go there every Boxing Day for lunch and I'm looking for a similar restaurant (price, atmosphere, food) in the Toronto area. Any suggestions GREATLY appreciated.

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      Smalph Dec 20, 2006 04:49 PM

      Good Peking Duck. But watch for some "are you serious?" moments. The (name is from memory, so don't quote me precisely) "Garlic Asparagus in Supreme Sauce" was horrifically expensive for about ten stalks in a bland beige puddle studded with half-cooked garlic. Unconscionable. But I'd go back for the duck.

      1. orangewasabi Dec 19, 2006 10:27 AM

        King's Garden has good weekday lunch dimsum. And the setting is a lot less grotty than the Spadina joints.

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          Herb Dec 19, 2006 12:03 PM

          And three times as expensive.

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            kasey j miller Dec 19, 2006 12:52 PM

            So where else can I go that has a decent atmosphere, great food (including dim sum), but is not obscenely expensive? Dynasty on Bloor? Spadina Garden on Dundas? Asian Legend?

            1. re: kasey j miller
              kawarthagirl Dec 19, 2006 01:09 PM

              It's by no means obscene.... Lai Wah Heen is on that level of expensive, but King's Garden is quite manageable for most... We see a lot of families there... And Rick Mercer, the last time we were there :)

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                deelicious Dec 19, 2006 04:01 PM

                agreed. it is not 3 times what you would be accustomed.

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                  Atahualpa Dec 20, 2006 03:50 AM

                  Compared to Lai Wah Heen and Rol San it is reasonably priced. It is about as good as Rol San (maybe less) and much nicer for guests or timid friends. It is maybe twice the price and portions are a tad smaller. Compared to Lai Wah Heen it is half the price, half as good and much less stuffy a room (and King's Garden isn't exactly NOT stuffy). The Joanne Kates quote embosed on the door is spot-on -- "Decent Downtown Dim Sum". Decent -- that's about right.

                  All that said, I will never go to it again as I find it just too mediocre and too expensive. But, then I regularly frequent Trad. Chinese Buns -- broken plates, plastic cutlery, loose basement ceiling tiles and all. So, I guess I don't place a high standard on the ambience.

                  If I want good dim sum, I go to Ambassador on Hwy. 7. Once in a very long while I go to Ding Tai Fung. Once a year I end up at Rol San. I also end up at Mother's Dumpling a fair bit (bi-monthly) for a sort-of dim sum (dumplings and pancakes only).

                  Ambassador gives you the BEST dim sum in a very nice polished HK dining room. For a price considerably less that King's Garden (maybe 2/3s the cost of King's once you factor in portion sizes).

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                superizzy Dec 20, 2006 10:26 AM

                I think the Asian Legend on Dundas is exactly what you are looking for.

                Very nice atmosphere, with both dim sum and dishes and good quality food

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                  qtxniki Dec 28, 2006 09:33 PM

                  Keep in mind that asian legend ONLY serves northern chinese dim sum. Not Catonese dim sum. Hard to compare to Rol San, Lai Wah Heen and King's Garden.

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                    deelicious Dec 28, 2006 09:36 PM

                    Rol San rocks. And incredibly consistent.

              3. re: Herb
                deelicious Dec 19, 2006 04:00 PM

                not really three times. Rol San to me is great value. Kings Garden is maybe twice the price and less on some dishes.

                It is MUCH more upscale in surroundings and presentation!

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                  Teep Dec 19, 2006 08:57 PM

                  It's probably 3 times of the prices of the "off hours special" that some places have, all dim sum at $2 or something.

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              Kasumeat Dec 19, 2006 01:55 AM

              Golden Leaf was renovating last I saw, that was several weeks ago.

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                Teep Dec 27, 2006 08:37 PM

                Golden Leaf is now open only for dinner from 5pm on, and closed on Mondays.

              2. deelicious Dec 18, 2006 10:10 PM

                I reserve King's Garden for entertaining friends/business when Spadina scene would be too much for them. It is fancy and very good. More expensive but the presentation and room makes it worth it.

                I have only had dim sum there.

                1. Brain of J Dec 18, 2006 09:08 PM

                  Speaking of King's Garden, I passed their sister restaurant, Golden Leaf, on Spadina Saturday afternoon. The place was in darkness with a piece of paper attached to their window---bailiff's notice perhaps? Did they go under?

                  Any info?

                  1. kawarthagirl Dec 18, 2006 08:40 PM

                    We used to go quite often for Dim Sum on Sundays... It was good - not cheap - but good. With the exception of the WAY overpriced stirfried snowpea leaf..... Stick to the menu and you'll be fine! :)

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