(Yonge & Finch) The Parents are coming, Where should we eat?
Next month my parents will be coming into town for a cousin's wedding (on Thanksgiving weekend) and will be staying for around a week. I would like to show them some of the local restaurants, however I don't eat out very often, and when I do, it's usually a bowl of pho or something equally pedestrian; Not the kind of restaurant to bring your parents to.
To give you some idea of what they like, the last time they were in town I took them to Baton Rouge, which they enjoyed, but I'd like to avoid resorting to chains this time around if at all possible. Also, my parents are getting old, my Mom's in her mid 60s and has mobility issues (she uses two canes to walk around) and my Dad's in his early 70s. They'll be using a car so a place with easy parking would be great.
I'd like to keep it moderately priced, no more than say $40 per person for food. Also my folks are about as white as they come, and while they'll eat more than just meat and potatoes, I wouldn't want to bring them somewhere where they've got no idea what's on the menu.
That being said, my Mom has expressed interest in going to a sit down dim sum place for a meal. If you know a good place for that, please let me know.
I live near Yonge & Finch, but we can travel a fair distance by car for a decent meal, however I don't want to go all the way downtown for every meal (try to keep recommendations North of Eglinton) or hike out to Scarberia.
Thank you kindly for you help
If you want to impress the parents, then you don't want to take them to any run down looking places for dim sum (eg. O Mei). Maybe try the more upscale places like Crown Prince on Vic Park, south of Steeles, Yangs on Bayview north of Hwy 7 or Casa Victoria at Warden/Hwy 7. You should be able to eat well for under $40 per person (even better if you can hit their early bird times). All have plenty of parking and full english menus. Some of these places may be very busy after 11am on weekends, so be prepared to wait in line if you go during those times. Most places are order off menu nowadays, so don't expect the ones where they push food around on carts (unless that is specifically what your mom wants).
I haven't tried Ambassador or Legend Chinese lately, so can't comment on those ones.
I'm by no means a dim sum expert (not even close), but Lai Wah Heen is pretty consistently recommended on this board, and I personally have been there and really enjoyed it. It's downtown (in the Metropolitan hotel near Dundas and University) but there's a parking lot literally next door, so it's pretty accessible. Also, I suspect that it might be a bit less intimidating than some dim sum restaurants for your older/"as white as you get" parents.
I've only been a couple of times, and not for quite a while (so can't really comment on the current quality of the food) but the Oliver and Bonacini restaurant at Bayview Village would probably fit the bill (close to you, parking, menu's not too out there).
Lai Wah Heen
108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, CA