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jcf Aug 13, 2010 11:57 AM

We'll be visiting from NY. What are the must go-to Chinese restaurants and dim sum places. Also, looking for a recommendation for a Japanese steak house.

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  1. sweetie RE: jcf Aug 13, 2010 12:32 PM

    When you say Japanese steak house do you mean, chefs cooking in front of you and making a big production of chopping stuff (teppanyaki)?

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      jcf RE: sweetie Aug 19, 2010 07:21 AM

      Yeah - looking for the chopping stuff. Recommendation?

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        sweetie RE: jcf Aug 19, 2010 02:09 PM

        Well, Lovely Asia is correct Benihana is close to you and about as entertaining as any of the other teppanyaki places in town (not that I have been to all of them)

        100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J1E4, CA

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      sumdumgoy RE: jcf Aug 13, 2010 01:13 PM

      Where will you be staying and will you have transportation?

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        jcf RE: sumdumgoy Aug 19, 2010 07:22 AM

        We will be staying at the Royal York and we don't have a car.

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        lamaranthe RE: jcf Aug 15, 2010 01:15 PM

        May I suggest Golden Hoy – 10156 Yonge (between Centre St. & Arnold) - Lots of good recs and we liked it but we are no experts in Chinese food.

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          FrankD RE: lamaranthe Aug 15, 2010 03:13 PM

          This is a joke, right?

          Don't get me wrong - we order Golden Hoy about once a month for take-out, and I've been more than complimentary here about it, but with the very strong caveat: "FOR WHAT IT IS". And what it is Canadian-Chinese food - S&S chicken, egg rolls, fried rice, etc. Just off the top of my head, I can name a dozen better Chinese restaurants in Richmond Hill alone, let alone the GTA.

          jcf, if you're going to venture as far north as Richmond Hill, visit Ambassador, O-Mei, Emperor, or Yang's, all of which have been reviewed extensively here. Don't visit Golden Hoy; you can't get anything there you couldn't get on Mott St.

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            setofdueces RE: FrankD Aug 15, 2010 05:01 PM

            I suggest the green onion lobsters at Wah Sing, located on Baldwin street in downtown.. Make sure you go to the basement one!! NOT the upstairs.. Its the best chinese lobster in town!!

            Wah's Restaurant
            23 Simcoe Plaza, Terrace Bay, ON P0T2W0, CA

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              jmarcroyal RE: setofdueces Aug 15, 2010 06:01 PM

              Something you might be interested in trying is Congee Queen at Don Mills and Lawerance, its more of an authentic Chinese cuisine and the food Ive had there is very tasty. The restaurant is brightly lit, nice decor, very clean and theres tons of food options.

              Ill have to admit, the menu can be very intimidating at first, but if you go with someone who speaks the language, you shouldnt have a problem. I think theres an english menu still...

              Also, its family style dining, so large portions meant to share with the table. Good stuff!

              Id recommend the Fukien Fried Rice, very tasty, and I cant remember what else but there are some great soups, bbq pork is great, fried crab claw...

              too much to mention, go try it out!

              Congee Queen
              895 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M3C3L2, CA

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                chewdaddy RE: setofdueces Aug 19, 2010 10:17 AM

                I agree. Fantastic lobster/crab. Full name is Wah Sing Seafood.

                Search address here:

                Wah Sing Seafood Restaurant
                47 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T1L1, CA

              2. re: FrankD
                Charles Yu RE: FrankD Aug 15, 2010 06:03 PM

                I thought the recomendation on Golden Hoy was a joke too!

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                  childofthestorm RE: Charles Yu Aug 15, 2010 06:15 PM

                  For Chinese food, probably best to search the posts of Charles Yu right here, actually.

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              madhatt RE: jcf Aug 18, 2010 08:09 AM

              Congee Wong - Finch & Leslie
              Conge Queen - Steeles & Don Mills or Lawrence & Don Mills
              Congee Star - 900 Don Mills Rd.

              Buddha's Vegetarian - 666 Dundas

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                AngelSanctuary RE: jcf Aug 18, 2010 06:57 PM

                I like Szechuan Legend for Dim Sum.

                Szechuan Legend
                3280 Midland Ave, Toronto, ON M1V, CA

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                  LovelyAsia RE: AngelSanctuary Aug 19, 2010 09:13 AM

                  Since all Japanese steak houses are pretty much the same, you might as well try Benihana which is in the hotel you are staying.

                  As for must go dim sum, the gold or platinum standard - with prices to match is Lai Wah Heen.

                  If you will be driving there is a lot of great Chinese Food and Dim Sum north of the city in Markham and Richmond Hill, but if you are looking for places right downtown it really depends on how much you want to spend, there is anyting from deep discount to the ultra high scale of Lai Wah Heen


                  Lai Wah Heen
                  108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, CA

                  100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J1E4, CA

                  1. re: AngelSanctuary
                    Charles Yu RE: AngelSanctuary Aug 19, 2010 06:08 PM

                    How can a place known for Szechuen cuisine serves up good 'Cantonese Dim Sum'?! Please clarify! Its like going to a Cajun place known for gumbos and ask for Boston clam chowder!!??!!

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                    chewdaddy RE: jcf Aug 19, 2010 10:15 AM

                    Hi jcf,
                    Considering you'll be downtown and won't have a car, I'd suggest you stay in the downtown Chinatown area. Some good restos in the burbs but not easily accessible. All restos mentioned below are not far from the Royal York.

                    Dim sum : best is Lai Wah Heen but pricey, decent dimsum is found (in order of my preference) Rol San & Bright Pearl.

                    Noodles : got to go to Swatow restaurant...try the Beef Satay Chow Mein. Other good places are King's Noodle House and Kom Jug Yuen. They're all dives...but good food.

                    Dinner : New Ho King is one of my faves. Gotta have the house specialties :chicken in a hot pot, snails in black bean sauce, spicy squid. Sky Dragon is okay too.

                    you can search all these restos in the link below


                    Hope you enjoy T.O.!!

                    Lai Wah Heen
                    108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, CA

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

                    Bright Pearl
                    346 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2G2, CA

                    309 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E6, CA

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