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O-Mei or Brilliant?

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bou Jul 2, 2011 12:29 PM

Reading back and forth down the board, it seems Brilliant is the better find? Or is just becaus O-Mei has been around? In town for a day or two more, and can probably only go to one. O-Mei's Alaskan King Crab 4-ways calls out to me... but if the preparation of everything else at Brilliant is that great, I think I can be swayed. Anyone who has been recently to both who can vouch?

Thanks, fellow hounders!

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    ace123 Jul 2, 2011 02:43 PM

    It depends on what you want to eat.
    O-Mei - giant lobster or King crab 4 ways, steamed minced pork;
    Brilliant - deep fried de-boned chicken with glutinous rice, deep fried de-boned duck with taro paste (both need advance order), Peking duck,pan seared jumbo scallop with surpreme soy sauce, black grouper 2 ways.

    1. Charles Yu Jul 2, 2011 02:56 PM

      Agree with ace123's feed-back. However, based on my 'less than stellar' meal at Brilliant a week ago, I would go to O'Mei instead!

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        dachopstix Jul 2, 2011 03:06 PM

        I was waiting for Charles to reply to this one :p

        My sister had an excellent dinner at Brilliant - unfortunately, I didn't get all of the details. She went last week, on a Thursday evening.

        Are you going to give Brilliant another chance, Charles? I'm sure Father's Day weekend was just a hitch in their normal service - most holidays are like cattle calls, they just want to get you in and out.

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          Charles Yu Jul 2, 2011 06:30 PM

          May be, but for now, I'll settle for the more consistent ' Judy's Cuisine' inside Times Square.

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            childofthestorm Jul 4, 2011 06:59 AM

            Can you recommend some dishes to order at Judy? Been a while since I've been there, overdue for a return visit.

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              Charles Yu Jul 4, 2011 07:10 AM

              I particularly loved their ' Stirred fry free range chicken pieces with shallots and preserved black beans. Cantonese aka ' Law Ding Dau Si Gai ' Great taste and great wok-hay. Even the usually ordinary Stirred fry beef with Chinese Broccoli ( Gai Lan ) was elevated to another notch by them. In fact, they do most 'stirred fry' dishes extremely well. ( eg yellow fin garoupa filets with yellowing chives ), If you have not been for a while, may be you should re-visit their house special marinated free range ' Sing Ping' chicken?!
              Enjoy!

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                childofthestorm Jul 4, 2011 01:50 PM

                Thanks! I love getting the Cantonese - I usually get an amused response when I try to tell them what I want phonetically, but it tends to work out ok.

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                bou Jul 4, 2011 08:57 AM

                I agree w/ Charles. Their stir-fried dishes are really well executed. I LOVED their XO sauce sauteed pork neck meat with mushrooms dish. And even the simple Bitter melon with eggs and shrimp was delish. We opted for the glutinous rice and that was masterful as well. The sticky rice were all separate little pieces of rice! Not clumped together! Perfection.

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          bou Jul 3, 2011 02:33 PM

          Thank you, everyone! We gave O-Mei a try and did the King Crab. What a treat indeed!! No regrets.

          Judy's will be tonight!

          Is Tanchikee still good?

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          Tanchikee Restaurant
          360 Hwy 7 E, Richmond Hill, ON L4B, CA

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            caitlink Jul 4, 2011 06:55 PM

            We were at Judy's on the weekend. We know the owners well. The signature dishes are: garouper 2 way (soup and stirfry), XO sauce pork neck meat, free range chicken with jelly fish, chinese broccoli with beef, oysters with deep fried milk, and a plum basil sauce spare rib.

            However, portions have gotten smaller. But prefer Judy's to fantasy eatery next door.

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              Charles Yu Jul 4, 2011 08:43 PM

              IMO, both Fantasy Eatery in Richmond Hill and Scarborough have gone way down hill. Especially the latter, after its chef left for greener pastures!

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              Fantasy Eatery
              505 7 Hwy E, Richmond Hill, ON L3T7P6, CA

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            principessa del pisello Jul 28, 2011 12:58 PM

            I am planning on going to Omei next week to try their famous lobster 4 ways. Is a reservation required and do I have to pre-order the lobster? Are there any other dishes that you can highly recommend that will go well with the lobster? We will be 4 people in total would it be overkill to order both the crab and lobster? Thanks for your input!

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              JennaBean Jul 28, 2011 01:07 PM

              You should call in advance. I really don't think it would be possible for four people to eat both the crab and lobster. When I had the lobster there were six of us and we had only two other veggie dishes and we were STUFFED!

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                Royaljelly Jul 28, 2011 01:54 PM

                we went to both O'Mei and Brilliant last week when I sister was in town.

                If you go to O'Mei on a weeknight, you won't need a reservation. They usually have enough lobsters. We had 4 adults, 2 small kids, and ordered the lobster 4 ways (6-7lbs), plus a stir fried veggie dish and a sweet and sour pork for the kids, and it was plenty of food. They give you 3 desserts as well, guaranteed you won't leave hungry.

                From Brilliant, we pre-ordered the stuffed glutinous rice chicken, but the last 2 times I had that dish, I'm finding it not as good as before (had it a total of 6 times thus far). I did like their supreme soy stir fried shrimps. Instead of the extra large shrimps that they charged $7 each, we went with their medium shrimps. I like how they allow you to do little changes to the orders (presuming they aren't busy).

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