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Oct 11, 2009 11:35 AM

chinese tonight, seafood a must where to go?

okay I've been reading all the posts from the past and still can't decide which would be the best place to go tonight. I know it's late as it's already 2pm on Sunday but I thought I'd ask anyways.
I am not as worried about price as I am about quality of food and atmosphere. Since I don't have a reservation anywhere, maybe a suggestion as to time I should go before it gets really busy would be helpful.

What I am looking for is good seafood, fresh vegetables, Cantonese style cuisine. If possible not too crazy loud as it can be. from this list which would you choose based on that criterion or if do you have another suggestion?

this list is from Charle's Yu posting and his suggestions from another post on chinese food.

Regal Palace
Wu-Yi Villa
O Mei,
Casa Victoria,
Judy's Cuisine,
Fantasy Eatery,
Legend, - this is northern chinese I think so I ruled this one out.

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  1. oh I forgot I have been to maple yip before on Charles Yu suggestion and it was wonderful, good and fresh but my son who is 2 hated how loud it was there.

    1. O-Mei for seafood all the way, IMO. If you're a fairly decent-sized group be sure to get the lobster 4 ways.

      1. O Mei and Wu-Yi villa would be my top picks. However. this is THANKSGIVING WEEKEND'!!! All of he above captioned establishments will be a mad house. Also, may be too late without reservations!

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        1. re: Charles Yu

          Wu Yi Villa has closed, replaced with another restaurant. No great loss....most people I know tried the place once but never again....exactly my experience. Hopefully the new place will be an improvement!

        2. Of the aforementioned list. O'Mei has the largest selection but a touch on the expensive side. Need to check with owner/managers for daily pricing. Less expensive and more down to earth is Sun Star on Finch east of Bayview. Better call ahead to check availability and choices!

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          1. re: Charles Yu

            Charles - I've followed your posts for a while but never had the opportunity to try any of these places. I am hoping you can provide me with a recommendation for a meal this Sunday (early afternoon). My parents are taking me out for my birthday and are excited to try some of these Chinese restaurants I see often praised - they really enjoyed dim sum at Yang's last weekend. We have a car so driving is not an issue (I'm about a 10 min drive to Richmond Hill). My only guidelines are that we love seafood and are looking to spend between $100-150 for four people. Also, we don't speak Mandarin/Cantonese and I'm worried about missing out on some 'special' dishes due to not being able to request in the native tongue (as silly as that sounds).

            1. re: LTL

              Ah Sunday! Great timing! Head over to the 'Emperor' ( Bayview and Blackmoore ) where they have a Lobster Special that day! $9.99 per pound. Order the wok fried version with shallots and garlic chips! Their pseudo-teriyaki honey glazed filet mignon cubes with walnuts is pretty yummy! Rose essence soya sauce free-range chicken is nice too. Actually, they are pretty consistent so its OK to order any dish directly from the menu!

              1. re: Charles Yu

                You are awesome! I will try Emperor and report back :)

                1. re: Charles Yu

                  Sunday lobster special is NOT $9.99 a pound. It's $13.88 a pound. We were there tonight. Although we enjoyed all the dishes we ordered, I didn't like the way we were given dessert soup (tong sui) that is usually complimentary and CHARGED more than $2 a bowl for it. That's the first time I've ever been in a Chinese restaurant where they served the red bean soup and then made you pay for it. What's worse, several members of our party hate red bean soup so they declined it before it even touched the table. Guess what? We got billed for it anyway. Rice at $2 bowl was a bit expensive too.

                  I DID enjoy the food so I will be going again. I'll just make sure that we pay for ONLY what we ate.

                  1. re: Aleta

                    We were there just last week and the dessert offered was a trio of mango jello, Chinese almond cookie and the red bean soup all on a 'wavy' platter And that was complimentary! They do charge for the rice though.. $1.75-$2.00 per bowl of rice seems to be the norm amongst restaurants in this area.
                    FYI, another chowhounder's favourite, O'Mei, offers their patrons three different types of' large size' desserts for free as well!
                    As such, I wonder whats wrong with Emperor's management on that night?!

                    1. re: Charles Yu

                      Maybe they comped you because you are a regular. We got the wavy platter, a beautiful heart-shaped pink guimauve, a sesame ball with lotus seed paste and the red bean soup. All very delicious but not free. I think they should have mentioned the cost when they offered dessert. And of course, I should have expressed my displeasure when they showed me the bill.

                      I don't know what was going on but the table next to me was complaining that they didn't get their 10% discount.