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Jan 15, 2012 03:37 PM

Pearl at Bayview Village

There may already be a thread about this but I was wondering how it is doing. Is the food good? Is it similar to the Pink Pearl downtown? I want to try it but haven't had the chance to.

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  1. I went this weekend for dimsum as I was avoiding the CNY rush/red envelop distribution at my usual spots. The dimsum menu is surprisingly large and the quality was not bad. I wonder if all the dimsum is made in house or shipped over from the sister restaurant to be reheated. We got the siu mai, beef siu mai, chicken feet, mixed veggie rice noodle roll, friend chicken wings, stuffed fried eggplant and a chicken chow mein. The rice noodle roll was surprisingly thin and had a good slippery feel to it, though i think it might have been microwaved rather than freshly rolled. I also got a peak of the har gow and notice that the skin looked grainy and not as translucent. It was also a little strange eating with a large plate and to have a fork along with my chopsticks rather than a spoon, but service was fine and prices were not too bad. We had 4 people and paid $60 including tax and tip. I would go back. Also, you can ask for a fortune cookie with your bill (standard if you are non-Asian), which I enjoy.

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    1. re: eco987

      Has anyone been to Pearl in Bayview Village in the last month? Are there any dishes on the dinner menu that you'd recommend?

      Thanks for any comments!

      1. re: prima

        I went for Dim Sum last Sunday morning and would not recommend it. Cheung Fun (forgive any misspelling) and Har Gow were disappointing. Both the Shrimp and Beef CF were thick and mushy with very little sauce, Har Gow wrapping was thick, chewy and rubbery. Taro croquettes were bland, char siu bau had very little filling and was dry. On the upside, an order of green beans/garlic was quite tasty and the order of sliced bbq pork was quite good if you prefer a leaner cut. We also had the crab claw which was very good - my only complaint was that it was served with Worcestershire sauce, not red vinegar.

        I'm very forgiving if my food isn't piping hot when ordering from a cart but when it's prepared to order I expect it to arrive hot and, for the most part, everything was lukewarmish.

        The service was quite good, attentive and warm. I don't know how much the bill was so I can't comment on that but given the location and table settings I would imagine it was on the pricey side. I'll stick to my 'go to' for dim sum - Sam Woo Seafood.

        1. re: katdog

          I have been several times and on each occasion have been very pleased. Everything was piping hot, in fact we all remarked on this !

          The sticky rice was the best we've ever had, as was the Har Gow.

          It may have been a "one off" that you experienced.

          1. re: Helen

            I stopped by Pearl and got some take-out dim sum today, because the restaurant was full and I was hungry.

            Within 10 minutes, my order was ready. Piping hot spinach & shrimp dumplings, and decent veggie cheung fun, containing at least 3 types of mushroom. What I ordered hit the spot. While the prices are on the high side compared to dim sum in other parts of the GTA ($5.50 for 3 5 inch cheung fun, $5.50 for 4 spinach shrimp dumplings, which were stuffed with shrimp), it saved me the drive to Markham or Chinatown, which would have cost me $6 in subway tokens, and a half hour drive or subway ride in each direction. What I ordered took care of my craving.

            If I'm hungry at Bayview Village, I'd much rather spend $11 at Pearl than spend $11 at South St burger.

            Take-out orders get 10% off.

            1. re: prima

              prima, there's a Groupon for Pearl if you're into that. Just thought I'd share:


            2. re: Helen

              must agree with Helen
              Best sticky rice ever in Toronto
              Loved the steamed Bean Curd rolls as well.
              In fact, liked everything we ordered each time.
              have been half a dozen times and have been pleased with the Dim Sum.
              The Dinner menu is very limited but quite decent .
              Far better than anything else within a reasonable drive, but not in the category of Yangs, Emperor, etc..

      2. For fans of this restaurant, Groupon has a $20 for $40 deal here (only 1 day left).


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        1. re: TOFoodie1

          O_O Over a thousand bought. OMG.

          1. re: jlunar

            =) I am one of those thosand people.

            Going there tonight. I been to the harbourfront location many times, but have yet to try out the Bayview Village location.

            What dish is recommended at this location?

            1. re: Lovemomoe

              So how was dinner? I have a groupon and thinking of treating my Mom for her b.day (she won't mind... we're a family of frugals!!)

              Or should we do dim sum instead??

              1. re: dameems

                I just wrote a review on chowhound. The title is "Abomination At Bayview." That should give you the drift.

                1. re: evansl

                  OK, too bad so sad for evansl. At least you didn't have to pay!

                  Would love to hear from the rest of chowhound on dinner at Pearl Bayview Village... sounds like the menu is pretty small....

                  But they like it ok over on yelp: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/pearl-north-york

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