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Aug 13, 2010 11:57 AM

Chinese food

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. 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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    1. re: sweetie

      Yeah - looking for the chopping stuff. Recommendation?

      1. re: jcf

        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

    2. Where will you be staying and will you have transportation?

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      1. re: sumdumgoy

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

      2. 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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        1. re: lamaranthe

          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.

          1. re: FrankD

            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

            1. re: setofdueces

              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

              1. re: setofdueces

                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

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

                1. re: Charles Yu

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

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

              Buddha's Vegetarian - 666 Dundas

              1. I like Szechuan Legend for Dim Sum.

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

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                1. re: AngelSanctuary

                  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

                    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!!??!!