Dynasty to Reopen Saturday, December 18, 2010
Just received this e-mail (excerpt below):
Dear Loyal Dynasty Customers,
The wait is over!
Dynasty Chinese Cuisine will reopen on this Saturday December 18, 2010 in Yorkville area. Our new address is 69 Yorkville Ave., Toronto, ON M5R 1B8. Tel: 416-923-3323. Website:
www.dynastyyorkville.com. Underground parking is available just across from our restaurant.
Thank you for your continuous support and we look forward to serving you again at our new location in Yorkville!
Dynasty Chinese Cuisine
69 Yorkville Ave.
Just had a dim sum lunch at Dynasty today. Food was decent-to-good overall. Ordered the mushroom/pea shoot dumplings, scallop/bok choy dumplings, seafood/chive dumplings, spicy chow mein, zhaliang (yau ja gwai wrapped in rice noodle roll), baked curried scallop, and lao sha bao (egg custard buns).
All the dumplings were good with chewy skins, although I would have liked them to be slightly thinner. The seafood/chive dumpling was juicy and bouncy in texture. The mushroom/pea shoot dumpling had a good sweetness to it from the pea shoots.
The spicy chow mein wasn't spicy at all, but it was nicely stir-fried with good wok hei and not too greasy/oily.
Zhaliang was still crisp when it came to the table, which many other restaurants fail to ensure. This disappeared quite quickly as a result.
Baked curried scallop was nicely balanced in terms of flavour. The seafood taste still came through the curry. It's a good innovation of the usual baked curried conch, since there's more surface area exposed. As a result, there's better balance between the saucy mixture of chopped scallop/vegetables and slightly crispy panko topping. However, not a re-order.
Egg custard buns were decent. They could have been warmer, so that the eggy custard could flow better. Better than the egg custard buns at Grand Chinese Cuisine, which used to be absolutely fabulous, but were absolutely terrible on my last visit the previous week as they tasted of stale oil.
Service was so-so to poor. The hostess gave our reserved table away to a walk-in, believing that she was part of our party. The mistake was rectified, but not before another gaffe of trying to offer our party of three a very large table meant for 7-8. The rest of the service was mediocre, but acceptable.
I'd go again to try our their dinner menu, but only with family, not in a party of similarly aged twentysomethings. The food is better in quality than Crown Princess (and if decor is an issue, Dynasty wins, hands down), but the service at Crown Princess is better.
Grand Chinese Cuisine
655 Dixon Rd, Toronto, ON M9W1J3, CA
1033 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3A5, CA
Yes. Food was OK at best. Judy was our waitress that evening and was very nice as usual. Otherwise service was unprofessional. For example, when my wife couldn't find anyone to refill our teapot for a long time and finally flagged down the maitre d, she not so kindly told us to find someone else wearing a white shirt and then just left. I guess this task was beneath her.
Then another server left a steaming hotpot at the side edge of the table within inches of one of my brother-in-law and then just left (they seem to get the "leaving" part fine!). Way too many missteps. The owner was there and apologized and we got free dessert. But the damage was done.
I had similar experiences at their old location. The last few times we went, they seemed very disinterested.
I was thinking of checking out the new place but now I don't think so. Your post reminded me of our last visit where they knocked over a glass of water, drenching me in the process. It seemed like a huge effort for the waiter to mumble an apology.
Now that Dynasty has reopened and the Crown Princess has gone to their new dim sum menu (more selection, no early bird pricing), a side-by-side comparison of the two competing venues (prices, quality, service, room, etc) both near Bay/Bloor would be interesting. So far, Dynasty loses marks for service....