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Any good Chinese food within a half hour drive from Yonge & Eglinton?

I've read here about how awful C'est Bon is so I've steered clear. Chong's down on Yonge near Summerhill used to be good but it's apparently gone. I missed Happy Buddah--never got there before it went under. And Tai Pan is pretty uninteresting (the takeout was so appalling I couldn't look at Chinese food for a month). I'd really like more authentic Chinese food but I'd rather not have to drive too far from Y & E and downtown near the old China Town is so hard to find parking (and I'm going out with someone who can't walk too, too far).


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  1. If you're game for dim sum, Cha Liu at Yonge and Eg is actually very good. It's pricier than places in Chinatown or Markham, but the location makes it worth it in this case. Just a note, though, it's up a steep flight of stairs, so I don't know if that would cause any problems for your friend.

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      I do like dim sum (and I've been to Cha Liu and I like it--though I prefer the more traditional dim sum---it's sacrilege I know but to me Lah Wah Hen is vastly over-rated) but I was looking more for main course Chinese--sorry, I should have said that in my question!

    2. In a pinch I usually go to Congee Queen on Lawrence near Don Mills. It's located in a small strip mall so there's always parking. If traffic is good it will take me about 20 min.

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      1. re: Degustation

        I never thought of that area--thanks! I'll try it.

        1. re: Ediblethoughts

          I agree -- Lai Wah Hen is over priced and over-rated.

          We love Congee Star (and prefer it over Congee Queen). Don`t let the name fool you -- they`ve got a good variety of food (esp. FRESH seafood) besides congee.

          Besides relatively inexpensive great food, the service is fantastic -- friendly, attentive waitstaff who speak English fluently. Congee Star is also in a plaza on the west side of Don Mills, between Eglinton and Lawrence. It's located in the same plaza as Tilley's Endurables, Harveys, Mongolian Grill and Memories of Japan.

          1. re: DishyDiva

            Thanks DishyDiva. I'll make a note of that one also.

            (Glad to know I'm not the only one who thinks that of LWH!)

            1. re: DishyDiva

              Hi Ediblethoughts & DishyDiva,

              I can understand when people complain LWH is expensive or overpriced, but when you compare it with Congee Star, do you mean the food at Congee Star is superior to LWH, or is it just a better value to eat at Congee Star ? What do you order in LWH to make you think it is over-rated ?

              I have eaten at Congee Wong, Congee Queen, Congee Star .. etc, their food is average at best, good for a quick bite, economical and casual, but that's about it, nothing to shout about.

              LWH's dinner is not very consistent, same as many Chinese restaurants in Toronto, but LWH's dim sum is some of the best in GTA, comparable to some of the good restaurants in HK. Where do you recommend for dim sum in downtown area that is better than LWH if price is not an issue ? Please don't recommend me somewhere in China town or Old China Town, they are just not in the same league.

              1. re: skylineR33

                SkylineR33, I think it's a matter of different tastes and different backgrounds. I'll try to answer your question but I've been to LWH for dim sum on 3 or 4 occasions so bear with me because it's been at least a year or two since the last occasion and I can only recall two choices that made an impression. They had some dumpling with mayonaise mixed in (a trend in Chinese cooking that I personally detest so that turned me off right away) and a combination of lobster and scallops for chow fung (forgive my spelling--I know that must be wrong) where basic dim sum gives you shrimp or perhaps greens. I just didn't feel the flavour of the lobster/scallop held up compared to the more standard shrimp--forgetting how much more expensive the former combo is compared to its more ordinary shrimp cousin.

                I also admit I don't go out to dim sum that often; I work downtown and New Treasure tends to see my business quite a lot. The only other place I can recall visiting in the last year is New World (Victoria Park and north of Steeles, I believe) and that was quite good. Much more variety than NT but doing the basics well. Maybe all this comes down to how much dim sum I've had versus how much you have had. If I had it more frequently, I might find myself yenning for the different. Though still, I can't see myself liking LWH one way or the other. I have friends who have familiarity with dim sum in HK---which I most definitely don't--and they like LWH more than me though I don't think they are major fans of it either.

                Hope that answered your question.

                1. re: Ediblethoughts

                  Very interesting to hear from someone with a different background. I am not a big fan of LWH either and I do not mean every items on LWH's are great, but it is pretty obvious to me (and all my HK foodie friends) that LWH is easily one of the best "overall" dim sum place in GTA, but with a high price.
                  It still not quite up there with the high end dim sum of HK, but probably the closest in terms of quality, creation/preparation, presentation/appearance.

                  Give it another try after you tried out more dim sum, maybe you can see the differences.

                  1. re: skylineR33

                    Have you tried King's Garden on King Street W? I haven't been there for 2 years, my impression is that their quality is camparable to LWH. I like their Bejing duck very much.

                    1. re: pokerdan

                      King's Garden closed 6 months ago.

                      1. re: pokerdan

                        Yes, in my opinion, dinner at King's Garden is comparable to LWH, both are good, both also have consistency issue sometimes.

                        However, LWH still win at dim sum, there are more creativity in LWH's dim sum, plus don't forget they also have a pure classic dim sum list besides the "new wave" dim sum, which is pretty well done overall.

          2. Of course, there's Lai Toh Heen on Mt Pleasant, south of Eglinton near Soudan. But that's another price bracket and more upscale dining experience.

            1. depending on how fast you drive, you can make it to Markham/Richmond Hill in 30 mins.

              it's worth the drive if you want good solid authentic chinese food.

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              1. re: c_snapper

                Yeah, I don't think I can drive quite that fast! (My experiences in that area has also been frustrating with the poor English translations, though if I'm over-generalizing here based on the 3 or 4 I've been to, someone tell me. If I'm accompanied by a Chinese friend who can help me out with the menu, then it's more do-able.)

                1. re: Ediblethoughts

                  yonge/eg, you can jump on the dvp, get off at steeles and be in the centre of dim sum in under 30 mins.

                  Try Casa Imperial, it is at Warden & Steeles, formerly of Devonshire Place. It has a sizable parking lot, no other cars fighting for spots since it's on its own property. The dim sum menu is english friendly, it is a checkbox list w/ good english translations.

                  It straddles the groove between reg dim sum and high end LWH nicely. Most dim sum places avg $15-20 per person, Casa will be roughly $25 per person. So slightly more expensive but worth it.


                  nothing much on its website though.

              2. If you don't mind driving a little, I would definitely recommend Bamboo on Danforth and Logan (Greek town). We tried Cha Liu at Yonge and Eg the other day and it was disappointing. I am Chinese, born and raised in Hong Kong, so I know it's good Chinese food when I see it. Cha Liu was ok, a little stingy on the sauces and the number of items in each steamer. Bamboo's dim sum is fresh/home-made and definitely great for the money. More importantly, their regular dishes are quite good for a place that's far from all the regular Chinese food joints. I would highly recommend it.

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                1. re: Popdoggy

                  So Bamboo would be good for both dim sum and a regular dinner? I do like the Danforth but it's always quite the challenge parking there (and the person I generally eat with has the issue with too much walking). But I'll still keep it in mind. Subway- accessible good dim sum is always worth making note of.

                  1. re: Ediblethoughts

                    Yes, but I like their dim sum better. Try the fried squid tentacles from the dim sum menu. Their siu mai (pork and scallop dumplings) are great too. If you want traditional dishes, try their cripy beef - to die for! Yum!

                2. Try Silk Road on the Danforth, (across from the Carrot Common), on the south side. You won't be disappointed. Small place, but delicious food. Soups flavourful, vegetarian also available. Reasonably priced.

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                  1. re: doukasp

                    Have to second Silk Road - really fresh and great flavours. Love the mo mo's (dumplings) and wonton soup. They also do a wonderful pork and greens dish with a little bit of heat to it. All of that, along with some rice and we have a very happy tummy.

                  2. Tasty Chinese Food. At Eglinton and Old Park Rd. (3 min drive from Bathurst.). A little hidden gem. Not fancy but not dingy either. No MSG, all home made including the dumplings. Some recs would be the orange beef tenderloin, palace shrimps and the pork pan-fried dumplings. Also, the Mu shu chicken is outstanding. I grew up in North Toronto and now live in chinatown. I drive uptown for Tasty. God Bless Tasty Chinese Food.

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                    1. re: food face

                      Oh, very nice and close to me. No MSG and good food is also not easy to come by. (Do you recall if they do good veg dishes?)

                      1. re: Ediblethoughts

                        Edible, yes they do have lovely veggie dishes. I often get the five treasures. I ask them to add almonds. The sauce is light and not overpowering. Also, the veggie dumplings are great. I believe the hot and sour soup is vegetarian as well. Try the Mu-shu and ask for no meat. Mu-shu has shredded cabbage, mushrooms, crispy scrabled egg, and edible chinese fungus. It's wrapped in a pancake (like a chinese fajita). It's super healthy and fun to eat. Let me know if you give Tasty a try and if how you like it.

                        1. re: food face

                          Food face, great suggestion on the Mu-shu. I will definitely do that and let you know.

                            1. re: food face

                              Food face, I tried out Tasty and thanks for the recommendation--I'll definitely be back. I tried out the hot and sour soup, veg Mu-shu and steamed veggie dumplings at your suggestion and they were all very good. While the hot and sour soup wasn't very (spicy) hot or sour, it was still very satisfying, a very delicate flavour with just the right mix of egg, tofu, fungus, green onions, etc. My companion didn't eat the pancakes but enjoyed the filling of the mu-shu. I also ordered another veggie dish (broc & straw mushrooms---very nice) and Cantonese lo mein with veg (very impressive selection of vegetables that they included too). I always over-order and bring home my food in tupperware and I'm looking forward to enjoying this stuff again.

                              The only thing this restaurant should consider changing is the outside sign--it looks awful! If you hadn't recommended it, I think the horrible shape of the signage would have kept me out of this place forever!

                              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                Edible, I'm chuckling as I totally agree. The white signage is pretty crusty! Terrible. I have been going there since I was a teenager and could write a small essay on the place! I must share a couple pieces of info with you....
                                You may have noticed that they play very repetitive 80's elevator music in which the same song can be heard at least 10 times in a row. An endearing subtle character trait.
                                The younger waiter hates our family and still holds a grudge as we once ordered 8 dumplings (4 in an order.) They understood it as 8 orders and brought us 32 dumplings in total. My dad is a curmudgen and of course sent them back. I would have happily eaten them, and was secretely sad to see them being brought angrily to the kitchen. The younger waiter is also the delivery man too. He really is surly to me still to this day. I don't take offence. I tip him well and have tried being nice, no sunshine still. I love the food and will continue to be grumpily served by him!

                                I'm so happy you enjoyed it. The brocali and straw mushrooms sounds good. I've never had that one and must try it. It looks as though your building quite the roster of Yonge and Eglinton restos. Be well!

                                1. re: food face

                                  I thought the music selection was pretty funny---some of that was WAY older than 80s tunes (Somewhere Over the Rainbow?). I actually kind of liked it.

                                  I would have thought tipping well, being regulars and smiling would bring about a happier server but I guess not! (I'll remember to keep my dumpling orders very clear!)

                    2. Cha Liu and Lai Toh Heen... One for everyday and one for something a little more special!