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ER2 Jun 17, 2010 07:56 PM

I have a friend visiting from England towards the end of next week. However he grew up and went to university here (UT) but most of his working life has been in England. He has suggested that on one of his evenings we go off to Spadina for a Chinese meal which he remembers fondly from his university days. I, too, enjoy Chinese food but haven't been to any of the Spadina restaurants for some while now, so I thought I'd turn to the kind people here for advice. Anywhere you'd like to suggest we might go?

Two or three weeks ago, I remember, there was quite an enthusiastic discussion of a particular restaurant on Spadina but I forgot to note its name. All I vaguely remember is that somebody said there was both an English and Chinese version of the menu and that it was worth asking a waiter about the Chinese offerings.

Also, to give my friend some choice, is there a restaurant that specializes in seafood? Maybe that's a route he would like to take.

As far as I remember,he's not partial to one particular region of Chinese cooking as opposed to another.

Anyway, thanks in advance

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    hungry_pangolin RE: ER2 Jun 17, 2010 08:10 PM

    Not that it's a seafood place, but one place to avoid is Rol San. Quite some time since I had been there, and two months ago a few of us dropped in for dim sum, because all of us recalled enjoying it. The best of it was adequate (we ran the menu from the usual har gow and sui mai to rather adventurous offal) and some was OK, but one dish was inedible (all of us game for anything). Either our tastes have become more sophisticated, or they have dropped their standards. Or, a bit of Column A, a bit of Column B.

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    Rol San
    323 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E9, CA

    1. T Long RE: ER2 Jun 17, 2010 08:36 PM

      My recommendation would be Lee Garden...good food, and English friendly, but can be very crowded with ridiculous line-ups. Alternately you could consider equally E-Pan, New Sky, and Xam Yu. All 4 restaurants are on the East side of Spadina between Dundas and College. They all have good seafood dishes, with Xam Yu perhaps having more selection.

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      New Sky
      353 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2G3, CA

      E-Pan
      369 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2G3, CA

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        MeMeMe RE: T Long Jun 18, 2010 08:08 AM

        Those are all great suggestions. Plenty of seafood options, and you can go from simple to exotic. The surroundings are nice as well.

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          acd123 RE: MeMeMe Jun 18, 2010 03:42 PM

          I would go to Xam Yu. It's the only place we go to on Spadina. Great Cantonese seafood.

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            ER2 RE: acd123 Jun 18, 2010 08:08 PM

            Thanks everyone for your input but does anybody have an address on Spadina for Xam Yu?

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              Teep RE: ER2 Jun 18, 2010 08:38 PM

              Xam Yu is at Spadina and Baldwin.

              I did have one dish there in the past that wasn't quite fresh so I haven't been in a while (sorry can't remember what it was). Our go-to is E-Pan further North.

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              E-Pan
              369 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2G3, CA

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                T Long RE: Teep Jun 20, 2010 12:29 PM

                Xam Yu Seafood Restaurant - 339 Spadina Ave Toronto, ON
                Lee Garden Restaurant - 331 Spadina Ave Toronto, ON

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                Xam Yu Seafood Restaurant
                339 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2G3, CA

                Lee Garden Restaurant
                331 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E9, CA

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        girlstar RE: ER2 Jun 19, 2010 02:36 PM

        My family often goes to the Taste of China on Spadina. We usually have a set order since we've been going there for so long and my grandparents picked stuff and we stuck with it because it's so good. They make the usual Chinese seafood dishes that are good like lobster with ginger and onions and steamed fish. They make a nice hot pot with vermicelli, seafood and vegetables and tofu. The other non-seafood items are great!

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        Taste of China
        338 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2G2, CA

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          pravit RE: girlstar Jun 19, 2010 04:32 PM

          If you like spicy food, Sichuan Garden and the new Sichuan House have good Sichuanese food.

          For northern-style Chinese food, try Chinese Traditional Buns on Dundas just west of Spadina. They have a decent selection of western Chinese dishes too.

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          Chinese Traditional Buns
          536 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

          Sichuan Garden Restaurant
          359 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2G3, CA

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          madhatt RE: ER2 Jul 2, 2010 08:32 AM

          Kom Jug Yuen - $4 BBQ Pork w/ Rice
          Sichuan Garden - $5.50 lunch specials

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          Sichuan Garden Restaurant
          359 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2G3, CA

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            ER2 RE: madhatt Jul 2, 2010 02:12 PM

            Thanks, everybody, for your suggestions. We ended up at New Sky which we both found very satisfactory. However, I've made a note of the other places which people liked and will give them a try on future evenings.

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            New Sky
            353 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2G3, CA

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