Hi Shanghai restaurant in Scarborough - anyone try it yet?
There's yet another new chinese mall that popped up where the Cdn Tire used to be, on Steeles just across from Pacific Mall.
The place is called Hi Shanghai. We tried to go a few nights ago and the line up were so long. Had a look through the menu and dishes seem authentic, with prices a bit on the higher side.
Just wondering if anyone has already tried it yet and is it worth the wait? Or is it just busy because it's new and everyone wants a taste?
Hi Shanghai Restaurant
Address : 4675 Steeles Avenue East, Scarborough, ON M1V 4S5
Telephone : 416-291-5117
I've tried it with a group of 13 and ordering a $268 set 10 course dinner. The food is excellent as was the service. We were given a private room and allowed to bring our own wine. It's new style Shanghai cuisine that is also suited to the Cantonese palette - it serves lobster in ginger and onions like in a Cantonese restaurant. The dish that was served that night must have at least 3 lobsters in it - very substantial and done well. The dish I have to talk about is the fish steamed in egg. This is a whole fish steamed in a pyrex pan filled with steamed egg done to perfection - tender and soft. This is the hardest thing to do as any cook will tell you. Usually to steam egg and keep it tender you have to use very low heat. The tricky thing in this case is to cook the fish and not overcook it in the same pan. I thought that was quite expert. The rest, Peking duck, steamed dumplings, are all quite well-prepared and up to standard. We will be going there again this weekend. Will report if there is anything that contradicts this one.
Just got back from another dinner there last night with a few friends (sorry, no photos this time). We ordered these dishes:
Cold dish: fatty ham gelatin styled slices, dip into vinegar. I didn't like it much, the meat was very dry and tough, but the gelatin/fat was pretty tasty (but then fat usually is).
Fatty ham soup - came out in this huge bowl, comes with bamboo shoots and leafy greens as well. Very clear soup broth, couldn't taste the ham in the soup. Nothing special really.
Fish filets & shrimps - had a nice touch of chinese wine/clear sauce to it, but the sauce was very thick and gooey. Fish and shrimps seemed fresh.
Steam buns (xiao long bao) - lots of juice inside, nice thin skin. Well done, as good as the ones I had in Shanghai.
Noodle w/ small shrimp/green onions - I'm not sure what it's called (I didn't do the ordering), but the flavour was quite nice. Big huge bowl of mostly noodle though, not much other ingredients in it.
Smoked duck - meat was juicier than some places, but really lacked much smoke or salt flavouring.
Deep fried tofu cubes w/ crab brain sauce & broccoli - same dish as what I had in my previous review. My wife liked it so much that she decided to order it again.
Final bill was$80 before tax/tip, no booze. (enough food for 4 people)
We originally wanted some other dishes, but they didn't even have any whole fish dishes (on a sunday night @ 6:30pm). Talk about an unprepared kitchen.
Service was really poor and rushed, they need to get more waiters/waitresses, since I kept having to hold up my hand for a few minutes just to get something (like tea, salt, etc).
Been there a few times actually. i agree the food is on the expensive side but its authentic shanghai food coz im shanghainese ;) the environment also makes up for it. I usually try to stay away from skyland because the owners have really bad attitude. They yelled at my friends and i when THEY gave us the wrong food and we didn't even order it, cant even reason with them.
I would say Hi Shanghai is the best of the bunch in the area. The price is quite reasonable since the portions are quite large in comparison to others. Plus the atmosphere is nice and it's super clean. I would rather pay more for that, at least for the time being since the mall is still new.
I'd say Hi Shanghai restaurant has nice food, at decent prices. But the service is slow during busy times due to under staffing.
Also, don't ever book an event there, such as a wedding reception...
I just got screwed by them for a Wedding Reception.. When we first approached them they say they can do whatever we need, and are flexible. Then later, they call and say they can't get partitions to section off the restaurant, which is really strange. Toronto is a big city, and this should not be a problem.
They later called again and finally gave us the real reason; they want us to pick the more expensive menu from what we originally picked (from the list of menus they themselves provided), saying things like we will lose money, etc. Chalk it up to inexperience, but they should honor their commitments.. so now we have cancelled and have to find another restaurant in short time... and will have to reprint our wedding invitations. Needless to say, I will never eat there again.
tried it yes; not being too familiar with other restos in the area, can't compare but i didn't think it was very good value for the price: service wasn't great (tho that doesn't bother me too much if the food is good). the deco is beautiful and a nice change: evokes lai wah heen interior tho much smaller. the best thing i had was the pan fried bao tse (??) - it's the doughy buns filled with meat/veggie that usually come steamed but this had nice crispy pan fried bottom. other items: lamb shank, i think, which was one large hunk of meat in brown sauce. actually, can't remember what else i had (and i had a lot too) ...guess it wasn't a memorable nite....
.... actually, i'd rather go to Asian Legend....
i also tried it out today too... the place was totally empty... around 3pm of course. We had a soup noodle with shredded pork (I think), bamboo and sour veggies. It was just ok, still not as good as the one we used to love at Fang's. Also had the pan fried buns, which was very standard (the skin was overly thick on one side). The pork ribs on taro was interesting (a bit spicy) and the deep friend tofu squares with this cream/crab brain? sauce was a bit too strong on the sauce. Agreed that the decor is quite nice and it is a bit on the pricey side. But in the end, I'll stick to Skyland and the one on Glen Cameron for now.
Charles, I thought that Shanhai House had closed up already? Is it that strip mall with the Sup Sup bookstore? Someone was saying that Hi Shanghai was actually the same owners as the one previously on Silver Star Blvd?
Hello fellow Chowhound,
My favourite Shanghainese place in that neighbourhood is " Shanghai House Restaurant, 633 Silver Star Blvd " ( next to No Frills ). Love their duck and various type of pot stickers. As for the one close to Kennedy and '14th', they used to be very good but as of last year, the chef has moved to the Shanghainese restaurant in Glen Cameron, Thornhill. Consequently, havn't given it a try since. 3-6-9, in my opinion, is just a mediocre.' Shanghainese bistro' with sub-par food. Tried it once and never returned. Lastly, heard some really good thing about the relatively new restaurant at the corner of Denison and Kennedy, next to the huge Chinese super-market. Meant to give it a try but couldn't find the time. Happy chowing!
PS: Cannot understand why people keep on mentioning Asian Legend?!! Food in their main store as well as their branches are all 'mediocre'. There are so many other places that serve better tasting and more authentic dishes than they!!!!
i've been to skyland a couple of times, i like the decor but that's about it. i find the food there a notch or 2 below mediocre. it's greasy and not very flavorful. i've been there 2-3 times a few months apart and each time i was underwhelmed. i'm still looking to find a really great Shanghai resto...i'll prob try what Charles recommends in the future.