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Jan 18, 2011 01:58 PM

Recommendations for high-end Chinese in Richmond Hill

I've convinced a regular group of dining companions to go to one of the high-end Chinese restaurants iin Richmond Hill this Saturday Night. Lai Wah Heen or Dynasty in Yorkville would have been our destination but due to babysitting issues and timing, we have to dine up North. I've previously been to OMei, Ambassador, Emperor and Regal. Mostly for dim sum (Ambassador, Emperor and Regal several time), and Omei and Ambassador for dinner. I had an unmemorable dinner at Omei and a decent dinner at Ambassador but am willing to admit that I probably didn't order the "right" dishes at eithere restaurant.

Here's the catch....3 or 4 of my dining companions are somewhat unadventurous, quasi-kosher eaters (by that I mean they will eat pork spareribs and bacon, but other pork products and all shellfish are out). I would have loved to have gone for the lobster 4-ways at Omei but that's too much shellfish for this group. I'm not even sure I can get them to go for the traditional duck 2-ways, but I'm hopeful I can get them there. We'll need mostly standard chicken and beef fare (fish is also a possibility), but I could probably throw in 1 or 2 seafood dishes (lobster, shrimp, mussels, clams, octopus, squid, etc.) and possibly one pork sparerib dish.

So here's my plea (especially directed to the Chinese conoisseurs on this board like Charle Yu, Skyline33, Royaljelly and others). Where should I make reservations on Saturday night and could you suggest some dishes this group of 6 caucasians could order? Price is not really an issue - $150-$200 per couple for dinner and drinks is routine. As for atmosphere, I don't need uber-trendy but something nice is a must. Previous dinners have included Colborne Lane, Nota Bene, etc. so I need something upmarket.

Many thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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

Colborne Lane
45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA

Nota Bene
180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

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  1. There are some 6 persons set dinner that I would like to recommend to someone who wants to see some of the truly "Med to High End" (in terms of food) Chinese dinner offered by Toronto(GTA) that is not too expensive. But they may all involved ingradient which your group does not want.

    1. Golden Court. The 6 person "Budda jumps over wall" set - includes 8 courses. The "budda jumps over wall" double-boiled soup (which has abalone and shark fin), scallop, goose web and sea cucumber, fried squab, elk, black cod, fried rice and noodle, dessert. It is $360 (tax included, cash only). This requires advance booking.

    2. Regal 16. The 6 persons "shark fin seafood" set. It features the "Chicken swallowed shark fin" double boiled soup, lobster, crab, lamb casserole, beef, vegetable, steamed fish, dessert. It is $178+tax cash deal as a special deal in weekday. You can call them to see how much they charge in the weekend.

    3. If everything does not work out, go to Yangs. I do not have any particular recommendation but the beef/chicken/lobster/steamed fish dishes are all pretty good there.

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    1. re: skylineR33

      In addition to agreeing with skylineR33's suggestion, I would like to add 'Emperor' to the list!

      1. re: skylineR33

        I support Skyliner's suggestion of Yangs

      2. Doesn't seem like you've been to Yang's, which has nice yet understated decor. There's also Casa Victoria and Imperial, but the decor there is on overdrive, very ostentatious.

        If you're working with a large budget like that, I suggest you call ahead to arrange for dishes that require advanced preparation.

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        1. re: aser

          Love the topic! Now if there weren't any quasi-"kosher" restrictions, are there any restaurants missing from skyline's list?

          1. re: Tony Calgary

            If one does not mind the sometimes 'BAD' service, Regal Palace on Highway 7 is worth a consideration as well!

        2. Thanks for the suggestions. I would love to do a banquet dinner, but I don't think that's for this crowd. unfortunately, I can't find a websitesfor Yangs. Any suggestions for what they do well that fits the dietary restrictions of my group? We may also end at Emperor as my wife and I have had dim sum there a couple of times and we both enjoyed the food (although not so much the service). Any suggested dinner dishes? I'll let you know how it turns out.

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          1. re: Ottawagy

            Where did you end up going and did you enjoy it?
            I am thinking of taking family of 6 to a good dinner. Is Regal 16 still the place to go for a set dinner under $200? Otherwise, thinking of Emperor for dinner. thanks.