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Mar 24, 2012 11:34 AM

Does anyone remember Lichee Garden? Replacement?

It's been few years of withdrawals of heavily North American influenced Chinese food. My family went to Lichee when it was back on Elizabeth Street, and then to the Atrium on Bay, to Eglinton and then finally to Centre Street in Thornhill.
It was our default place for a big family dinner out, and I haven't been able to find a place to takes its place since it shutdown a few years back. I heard that they were trying to open a new location downtown (which should've been the old Amadeus place on Richmond), but I don't think that's ever going to happen.

Any recommendations? Was it just me or was the Atrium on Bay location not a great place? With the piano and old school formality? Anyways, any help would be great.

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  1. Where was this in the AOB? I have worked there off and on since 2002, cant say I noticed it.

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    1. re: garfield

      around 1992-93? It was where Red Lobster is now.

      1. re: garfield

        It was actually just across from The Red Lobster, coolest old school space with a riser for raised tables around the edge on the room, all focused on the piano stage....that actually had a guy playing piano. I think we called him "red" but that could just be a bunch of movies I've seen clouding my memory. I know is was in Atrium on Bay in 1995-96 because I went there on my 13-14th birthday.

      2. I have been hoping for Lichee Garden to reopen somewhere for several years after finally tracking it to the Thornhill location but it was closed by the time I found it. I was searching for the famous Lichee egg rolls but I have given up. I'm looking for a place with similar large egg rolls and will watch this space for the collective CH knowledge on the matter.

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            1. A friend and I went to Lichee at the AOB in the mid to late 80s. IMO it didn't compare to my childhood memories of the Elizabeth Street location.