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Jun 3, 2011 06:40 PM

Two unexpected, amazingly delicious dishes from Bayview Court Chinese Restaurant

Running late, my wife and I ended up at nearby Bayview Court Restaurant, 1070 Major Mackenzie for a quick dinner. Two of the dishes we ordered turned out to be amazingly delicious! Might even be the best tasting of its respective catagories in town.

First dish was a ' Free range chichen poached and marinated in Herbed/Rose essence infused premium top soy'. A clone of the dish made famous by Scarborough's Fantasy Eatery, this dish tasted even better and more refined! A triumph in execution! This could easily be the most delicious 'Chinese' chicken in the GTA!!

Second dish was 'Fried rice with diced Chinese preserved mustard green, dried scallops and minced ginger'. Expecting just another ordinary carbohydrate side dish to augment some of the main dishes. This fried rice ended up to be an unexpected star of the evening! Simple in look but complex in taste and texture due to the 'wok-hay' and ingredients. This could be the best tasting fried rice I've eaten in Toronto!

Great to discover something new in the area!

PS: FYI, the chicken dish is only available on the weekends!

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  1. how much is the chicken dish, Charles?

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    1. re: plug

      Around $10 for half a bird. ( $8.99 + tx )

      1. re: Charles Yu

        Thanks Charles!.. on a side question.
        What is the dish called at Brilliant... its like a dumpling sac.. with the seafood that requires 24 hrs notice... in english and chinese?

        1. re: plug

          Cantonese pronounciation is ' Hoi Sin Sak Lau Goh' . If you talk to the manager Andy and explain to him, he'll understand

    2. Charles, are these on the English menu as well? I've found their menu hit and miss and have been going to Thai Basil instead, as the food there is always reproducibly delicious and no duds yet.

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      1. re: Pincus

        You are comparing apples to oranges tho?

        Although, I know of a person from Thailand who has stated the Thai Basil downtown is the only restaurant thus far to remind her of her home.
        Not sure if she's tried the likes of sukhothai/KSR though.

        Thai Basil
        467 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1X9, CA

        1. re: plug

          No, I'm comparing overall quality of experience between two restaurants.

          If I'd been discussing a French restaurant in the same plaza I was disappointed with, I could state that I wasn't going there anymore because it was hit and miss, and going to Thai Basil because my overall experience was better.

          So I'm comparing apples to apples.

          1. re: Pincus

            OIC. my apologies for the misinterpertation

        2. re: Pincus

          Unfortunately, most restaurants in Toronto, especially those Oriental ones with huge menus, require the 'trial and error' approach.
          I've eaten in Thai Basil quite a few times and there were occasional dish that were not up to snuff as well. Once identified I just learned to avoid them during my next visit. Same can be said about Bayview Court. There are some really good dishes and there are some mediocre ones as well! However, most of my experience there were pretty good ones
          As for the chicken in question, its not even on the 'Chinese regular menu'! Dish prepared for 'insiders'!

          Thai Basil
          467 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1X9, CA

          1. re: Charles Yu

            once again i'm goin to have to ask you, charles of the cantonese pronounciation of the chicken dish as my parents would fully enjoy something like this ... perhaps fathers day.
            thanks again

            1. re: plug

              'Mui Gwai Si Yau Gai' ( Rose essence soya sauce chicken'! ). BTW, the one I had last week was slightly overcooked!!!! However, the sauce was still amazing!

        3. We have been to Bayview Court quite a few times over the years since they opened and always enjoyed our meals.

          We tried the chicken that you suggested, Charles and just loved was truly outstanding.

          Thanks to you we have another dish to add to our husband, son and I had a wonderful meal there last night.


          1. Thank you for this recommendation! We tried this tonight ans it was excellent! We had never been here before and were passing by.

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            1. re: girlstar

              Glad you liked it! The sauce for the free range chicken was sooo good!

              1. re: Charles Yu

                We went here last night. Food is still great but tried to ask for the special chicken and I'm not sure if the waiter misunder stood or if he's right telling us they don't make this great chicken anymore?! Has anyone had it lately?