Piece of advise!! - Stay away from Chinese restaurant on festive holidays like mother's or father's day!
Just finish having dinner at the supposedly consistent and good 'Brilliant Chinese Restaurant' The restaurant was packed and the meal was BAD! BAD! BAD! We even have to complain and return one of the dishes ( Braised whole yellow fin Garoupa tail section that was sooooo fishy in smell and taste ). This was my second bad experience this year in a Chinese restaurant! The first one was a meal at Emperor on Mother's day! Is this a trend?! Bad food on a holiday that falls on a weekend?!! I guess so!!
Service was pretty bad too! Our waitress tried consolidating our dishes by scooping scallops onto the beef dish without our approval! During the process, she dropped a serving spoon full of sauce onto my daughter's Gucci hand-bag!! My daughter almost 'killed' her!!!!!
BTW, the table next to us in Brilliant was occupied by caucasians who happened to order a whole bunch of dishes that would require 'insider information' and advance order. Either they worked for the Globe & Mail or they must be chowhound members! What a bad time to try out an 'off-form' restaurant recommended on the chowhound board!!
Definitely one of those occasions where non-diners blink at newfound daylight, and go to places that they would never otherwise try. Right up there with Valentine's day as one where the price goes up and the seats get turned over quickly. My youngsters chose a quiet patio with cold draught and a jazz combo.
I think Charles is just saying it is a bad time for the group next to them visiting the restaurant that they may not experience the true potential of the restaurant recommended on chowhound board.
For Chinese festival such as Chinese New Year, Mother's or Father's day, the chance of getting bad food, rush service, long lineup at a Chinese restaurant are very high, this is also from my experience and it is a pretty well-known issue. Same with Valentine' day or Christmas time, I will stay away from Western establishment to avoid disappointment. So it is a just a piece of advise, take it easy.
We were at Brilliant Sat. night for dinner and the meal was subpar as well. We got there a bit earlier, so the service didn't suffer too much. The rice in the stuffed glutinous rice chicken was quite lackluster compared to previous visits (and we pre-ordered it too). Skins on the peking duck were a bit thick too. Definitely noticed that the kitchen maybe rushing the dishes out a bit. Not even a full bowl of soup per person. When we tried to order other dishes off the regular menu, they refused saying we could only order from the special set menu dishes for that night. They were rushing us out by 8pm, trying to fit in that second seating.
Gotta agree w/ Charles, that if you haven't gone to Brilliant before (or any other of the highly touted Chinese restos on Chowhound) and if this was your first visit because of this special occasion, you may have missed what all the hype is about.
re: T Long
We now celebrate these occasions one week earlier to avoid paying high premium for sub-par food. Went to Casa Imperial one week before. Quiet room, attentive service, free dessert (not your usual red bean soup either) plus a 10% discount. Can't be beat.
Last time we went on Mother's Day for dinner anywhere - paid 30% premium for set dinner where you can only choose between dinner for 4 / 8 / 10. Told by mgr this helps to keep quality and service level high since it makes things easier for the kitchen.
All it meant was we ended up paying more for dishes we would normally order any other day, rushed service and lower quality.
Mom and Dad don't seem to mind dinner one week earlier. In fact, having an experience like Charles and his daughter would tick everyone off and ruin the celebration.
Funny bit about the Gucci purse. Made me laugh out loud!
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I suppose eating out anywhere is risky on mother's day or father's day ;)
But we had excellent dim sum at Very Fair Seafood on Mother's day. They had the usual, plus fresh shrimp that were live in a tank at the front (pricy for shrimp, but incredibly tasty!).
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