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Apr 3, 2008 10:34 AM

Help re: dim sum in Markham

Howdy. Long-time listener, first time caller. Hope you can help.

I've got a friend coming from Vancouver this weekend who is staying in Markham and I have promised to take him for dim sum on Sunday.

My problem is that while I know lots of spots for good dim sum downtown, I barely know my way around north of Bloor, let alone any good restaurants up there. (Well, except the szechuan place at Markham and Steeles, which we spend half-an-hour driving to up the Don Valley because the food is so so so good.)

Anyone have any good suggestions for where to take someone for great dim sum in Markham, somewhere near the Hilton Garden Inn on Commerce Valley Drive East (I don't even know where that is)?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. There are a ton of great dim sum places in Markham - much easier though if you speak the language though. The area you're looking at is Leslie Rd and Highway 7 which is great location for chinese cuisine. I recommend Golden Court Abalone Restaurant which is one block west of Leslie on Hwy 7/West Beaver Creek. Look for a huge yellow sign. Food there is fantastic. Also try Dun Huang which is right at the corner of Leslie/Hwy 7 on the 2nd floor of the TimeSquare plaza. Very high end dining. Beautiful interior decor. Another place is a little east on Woodbine Ave just south of Hwy 7. I cannot recall the english name of the restaurant but it's next to a car dealership on the east side. Hope this helps!

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    1. re: mme_chowhere

      Dun Huang has closed down for a couple months now and is vacant.

    2. I don't have any specific recommendations, but as mme_chowhere mentioned, the good news is that there are plenty of great Chinese restaurants a stone's throw away from that hotel. But I'm just a bit curious, did your friend request dim sum? Personally, I've found the Chinese food to be better in Vancouver.

      1. Whats the name of the Szechuan place...all I can picture is a No Frills on one corner and nothing on the other 3 corners.

        1. look up any dim sum thread on here and the best of the best will all be based in Markham. Nothing downtown can even compare, save Lai Wah Heen. That is a different type of dim sum all together.

          Casa Imperial (my personal fav, warden/steeles formerly devonshire place)
          Full House
          Golden Court
          Empire Court
          Graceful Vegetarian (yes veg dim sum)

          It's pretty hard to find "bad" dim sum in Markham. The competition is so fierce, any place w/ less than good quality simply doesn't last. Be prepared for a long wait, especially Sunday as every Chinese church goer seems to end up at dim sum around 12:30-1pm.

          1. If you have only one chance for Dim Sum then just head out to Casa Imperial on Steeles/Warden. Remember to make reservation!!

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            1. re: Charles Yu

              There are some great choices of dim sum above. The new Casa Victoria (Warden and 7) is also good, same dim sum menu as Casa Imperial. However, I found the dim sum quality of Casa Imperial/Victoria, Full House has gone down a bit .... not too sure, hope this is temporarily due to the new opening of Casa Victoria as they are all owned by the same group.

              1. re: skylineR33

                + 1 on the decline of their dim sum. It hasn't been the same for me as well...maybe it's a temporary thing