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Dim Sum at Regal Palace's new Yonge location

Charles Yu Dec 25, 2009 02:22 PM

Tried out Regal Palace's newly opened branch at 9712 Yonge today. Apart from the missing 'best bun under the sky', the dim sum menu is identical to their Hwy#7 flag ship location. The lady owner told me the bun will be introduced at a later date when operation is on track. As well, all dim sum items are made inhouse in the Yonge location under the direction of a different dim sum chef.
Now comes the food. We ordered the usual array of traditional goodies such as Har Gow, steamed pork spare ribs, chicken feet, satay beef tripe, yellowing chives and shrimp cheung-fun, fried squid tentacles, B-B-Q pork buns, fried taro croquette, sticky rice with preserved meats, egg tarts with birds nest and a couple of stirred fry veggie dishes...etc. Overall quality was consistent and pretty high. Har gow was well made with thin and 'hold together' skin wrappings. High light was the croquettes which was non greasy, crispy on the outside and ultra creamy inside with a nice filling. Only let down was the slightly overcooked rice roll cheung fun which was a bit cold when arrived. Totally understandable since the place was packed and they were a bit understaffed. However, service was still friendly and attentive.
Guess for dim sum in the Richmond Hill area, one can now rely on the 'Yang's, Emperor and Regal Palace' trinity!
Happy Holidays fellow CHers!

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    shellbells Jan 6, 2010 11:49 AM

    I just moved to Richmond Hill from Toronto, and live very close to the new Regal Palace. We went there for the first time over the holidays for dim sum and we really liked it. I agree with others that the service is questionable, but the host was really nice!

    Unfortunately I am still missing Rol San. I know the some people don't really think this is up to par, but I absolutely love it because I always find the food fresh and hot (and comes fast) and the price is hard to beat. I can't find anywhere in Richmond Hill (have been to the Ambassador and one other that I can't remember) that is not fancy and "Fine" cuisine (which I assume affects the price). I don't mind eating off plastic table cloths :)

    Does anyone know of a place in Richmond Hill (or Markham) that has great food and prices that are comparable to Rol San (and other restaurants on Spadina in China Town?).

    Thanks!

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      shellbells Jan 6, 2010 11:54 AM

      BTW, we don't just go for Dim Sum when we go for Chinese. We also like the Crispy ginger beef, baby bok choy with garlic and singapore vermicelli....those are our standard items at Rol San...As well as the hot and sour soup (which i know some people think is disgusting but I LOVE it).

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        sumdumgoy Jan 6, 2010 01:27 PM

        Try Dragon Boat - 160 Eat Beaver Creek.
        It is one of the least expensive and quite good.

    2. mrsleny Dec 30, 2009 02:25 PM

      I popped in to see if they had a takeout menu. They don't yet but I did pick up a copy of their dim sum menu. Can anyone let me know the approximate prices for the S, M, L dishes? They also listed a lobster dumpling as SP which I'm guessing means "special price". Has anyone tried it?

      Cheers!

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        skylineR33 Dec 30, 2009 03:39 PM

        If they cannot even make their Har Gow right with inconsistency, why bother with the SP lobster dumpling as it is essentially the same thing, just better ingradient ...

        I do not remember exacly, but it is usually $1 more each grade for S/M/L, so if small is $2.9, most likely M is $3.9 and L is $4.9.

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          ace123 Dec 30, 2009 07:38 PM

          In addition to S/M/l, tea $0.80, deep fried squid tentacle $7 & deep fried diced bean curd $5.95.

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        ace123 Dec 29, 2009 09:41 PM

        I went there for dim sum also on Dec 25. I was disappointed with their dim sum. Shrimp har gow has only shrimp inside, nothing else, no bamboo bits. It's hugh but I found taste lacking. Fried squid tentacles was cold & chewy, overly deep fried & small portion considering $7/order. Rice roll cheung fun was cold. 'Phoenix eye' dumpling was filled with mixed & mushy (tasteless) seafood inside. I found the other dim sum just average. (did not order taro croquette).
        They may be the pricest dim sum in Richmond Hill (start at $2.90). I won't hurry to go back.

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          Charles Yu Dec 30, 2009 05:49 AM

          Interesting!! How can two chowhounders having lunch in the same restaurant on the same day have such diversify results?! Our Har Gow was not huge at all just regular size! In fact I was surprised they didn't give us 5 instead of 4. Our squid tentacles was pipng hot and crisp! Agree the cheung fun was 'no fun'! Cool to cold! Were you there early or late?
          BTW, next time we dine out we should wear a 'chowhound' batch to identify us from fellow fraternity members! Ha!

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            ace123 Dec 30, 2009 06:48 AM

            I was there 11 - 12:30. Agree that a 'chowhound' batch may make dining out more interesting.

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              Charles Yu Dec 30, 2009 03:00 PM

              We were there after 2.00. Still busy, but must have avoided the mad rush. But still?!! Will be trying Emperor New Years day. Another mad rush no doubt?! Wonder how consistent quality will be?

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                skylineR33 Dec 30, 2009 03:47 PM

                Hey Charles, have you tried dim sum at Regal 16 recently ? I find it the best of the bunch up North. The clear broth beef brisket is no where to match in Richmond Hill, same with the Har Gow.

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                  Charles Yu Dec 30, 2009 06:58 PM

                  I was actually thinking about that!!! Now that you've mentioned it, I'll go there instead of the Emperor on New Years day! Thanks!

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                    skylineR33 Dec 30, 2009 07:02 PM

                    Great, hope it is good and consistent !

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          aushaw Dec 28, 2009 04:17 PM

          Sorry Charles, but I totally disagree. I am an avid yum-cha'er(have lots of dim-sum and I was so disappointed here. I adore many specialties for a gwai-lo(white-guy).
          Since my wife is Cantonese from HK I am always open to try new things, I was not happy with many of the dishes we tried, since we were other people also, we tried out many dishes such as 3 types of noodle rolls(which arrived nearly cold, the taro rolls were also not up to snuff, and the overall impression was that the managers who also were bringing out dishes made several mistakes with table deliveries.
          I am hoping that their errors will be rectified, as this is "local" for me and would be great if I could go there happily and get better quality.
          Happy New Years to everyone...

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            Charles Yu Dec 28, 2009 04:39 PM

            Its OK to disagree!
            If you re-read my posting, we ordered the 'traditional' stuff and did not venture outside the norm to try new things! Based on that, my verdict for the traditional dim sum was that they were more than OK. However, I do agree with the 'cold' rice noodle Cheung Fun part. A big puzzle for this made to order dish?! Next time when the lady owner goes around the tables to solicit feed back, may be I'll point that out to her?!
            BTW, even the Michelin 3* Lun King Heen inside Hong Kong's Fourseasons Hotel occasionally makes mistakes during the mad weekend rushes!

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            sherry f Dec 28, 2009 09:59 AM

            Charles,

            Do you have any recs for dim sum and Chinese places midtown or downtown? They would be most appreciated. It is sometimes difficult to get up to Richmond Hill or over to Scarborough. Many thanks.

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            1. re: sherry f
              Charles Yu Dec 28, 2009 02:29 PM

              I'm the exact reverse of you! Very seldomly make special downtown trip for Chinese food since choices uptown are already overwhelming.
              Anyways, for Dim Sum I will stick to Lai Wah Heen downtown and Lai Toh Heen mid-town.

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              toronto guy Dec 26, 2009 04:46 PM

              Thanks Charles
              TG

              1. skylineR33 Dec 26, 2009 06:53 AM

                Nice write up. I think their dim sum is ok. Just one note on the parking lot, it is very small. It is even worst than Casa Imperial. When I was there last Sunday, I have to park in the plaza next to it.

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