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Apr 21, 2010 04:45 PM

Sea-Hi Chinese Restaurant Bathurst St. - South of 401.

What's the secret of this restaurant's longevity?
It's been in business for about 50 years., yet I don't know of anyone who eats there.
There never seems to be any cars in the parking lot.
The same ancient neon sign outside since day one; inside -dark as a cave.
What gives?

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  1. Its a takeout thing, especially on Sunday night & weekend events like Mother's day and the Superbowl. Seriously, the takeout is always jammed on those days. Also, on Sunday night it is usually pretty busy. I would not recommend eating there but I would recommend takeout. It is not gourmet fare but it is some pretty solid old-school Canadianized Chinese food. They are especially famous for their deep fried chicken sticks and homemade plum sauce. It is good chinese fast-food. Sort of like there are burgers at Bymark and burgers at Burger Shack: they are both a darn good burger but for totally different reasons.

    66 Wellington St. W, Toronto, ON M5K 1J3, CA

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    1. Funny. I pass by it at least twice a week. All boarded up, no cars parked in front of it. Waiting for someone to reveal the big secret behind this place !

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      1. re: lamaranthe

        Definitely not boarded up. While it may not be gourmet, in terms of takeout, its pretty good. I like that they make all the food fresh (I always see a guy in the back cutting up fresh veggies) and will take requests to personalize it (I always ask for my noodles without onions or celery as dishes tend to be heavy with those and they abide).

      2. I sat in there once post-New Years revelries. The take out was hopping, but I was the only sit down diner.

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        1. re: Pincus

          I have been eating at Sea HI , for over 40 yrs , always lived in the area. Dont think anyone can dupicicate their chicken enfolds with bacon , cold pork slices, long bbq ribs. Their plum sauce, homeade and delicious. Its strictly a take out place for me , very canadian , Actually orderd food last night , wonton soup , was great . bbq ribs , chicken enolds and some chow mein, cost was $40 for 4 ppl. Its a gem , for what it is

        2. it is kind of like why China house is popular, just part of the landscape.
          it does north American Chinese and is busy on the weekends around 5-6 ish.
          the food is well not really authentic but you can find a few good dishes.