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Nov 6, 2010 05:35 AM

Crown Princess on Bay Street

Thinking of going there for lunch today... is it just dim sum or is there a regular menu? Thanks

Crown Princess
1033 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3A5, CA

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  1. Yes they offer both.

    1. Went for dinner on Friday. We were 6 and had the "Spring" set menu for 4 (which includes dishes like chicken in conpoy broth, shrimps with black olives etc.) and added 2 dishes. Overall food was good. Service was pretty good too, they served the peking duck pancakes and crystal fold to everyone, even the seconds. The set dinner for four came with sweet pastries, and they upped the number to 6 pieces each. Total was $200 (no drinks).

      1. Went for dimsum on Sunday and found it pretty good! Great to have some solid dim sum choices downtown (I still like Pearl Harbourfront, but I hate getting there). The room is pretty chopped up and it's interesting to see what they've changed from the 5th Elementt days...! From the blog post ( ), here's what we ate:

        Har Gow
        Hadn’t been expecting anything from this dish, but really, the har gow was probably the best I’ve had in recent memory. While not particularly punchy on the flavour, I was really impressed by the texture of the skin. And to me, har gow is all about the skin. Hope that they maintain the quality of this item, as I would return to eat good har gow alone.

        Char Siu Bao
        Like the har gow, char siu bao tends to be a staple order. In general, I don’t particularly like these steamed buns, but somehow, they always show up on the table. Often, they’re dry or bland, so I was surprised at how good these were. The bun was moist and slightly sweet; the pork filling was both rich and generous. Good stuff.

        Chrysanthemum and Lychee jelly
        The milk tart and/or egg tart is always on the top of my list, but it was the chrysanthemum jelly with lychee that won my sweet tooth that day. While I prefer this dessert with the crunch of water chestnut, I didn’t particularly miss it as I enjoyed the firmness of the jelly with the floral notes of chrysanthemum.

        We also had a few other dishes we thought were okay, but not re-orders: tripe with xo sauce, rice roll with shrimp and vegetable, sticky rice in lotus leaf, corn and pumpkin congee, and the aforementioned milk tart. Notably missing from the line up was sui mai… simply because it wasn’t really sui mai with the goose liver and caviar. Would have preferred to have had a more traditional presentation of that dish. Will try next time maybe.

        I have a couple of peeves at dim sum. In particular, gargantuan dumplings, and teapots that don’t pour. Both of which Crown Princess seemed to have side-stepped nicely. Gotta try making it in for that early bird next time!


        3 Replies
        1. re: jlunar

          There are times when we just don't want to drive out to the 905 for dim sum. So we were thrilled to check out Crown Princess. Overall, we were very pleased and it will likely become our go to option when we want dim sum relatively close to home.

          We were there early Sunday morning - 9ish. Service was great.

          I liked the portion of the har gow but I thought the skin was abit too thick for me. Still excellent.
          Also had the scallop dumpling (green coloured top) - good. Beef balls had a nice hint of tangerine zest and were very soft. My husband raved over the Siu Mai. We also had the rice roll with shrimp, fried octopus tentacles (very tasty!), vegetarian tofu roll and the almond pancake.

          A word of warning is for parents with tiny little ones. We didn't bring a booster chair and we should have. They had a high chair but it didnt have a belt. But we went early, our child was not a nuisance, and the restaurant staff really were very nice to him.

          Crown Princess
          1033 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3A5, CA

          1. re: jlunar

            Try the sui mai next time jlunar. They're regular sui mai with miniscule dollop of pureed liver and a couple dots of cavier. I just lick them off, savour, then move on to the sui mai.

            1. re: haggisdragon

              Yeah, I hear-tell it is good. Was a little put-off by the other suimai (with huge clumps of shrimp) from Crown Prince and was worried about a repeat. It's not like it tasted bad, but it just wasn't what we wanted.

              Will try next time!

              Crown Princess
              1033 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3A5, CA

          2. Was there over the weekend. Leaned back and stretched and my chair cracked into peices. Had to make a run for it. Be careful!

            1. I went there for early bird dim sum and really enjoyed the hospitality and food. Agree about the pumpkin congee and rice in lotus leaf not being stand outs, but enjoyed the har gow and everything else was very good including the chyrsanthemum jelly.