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Sep 16, 2012 12:25 PM

Best shrimp with lobster sauce in GTA?

My favorite Cantonese dish is Shrimp with lobster sauce (with the black beans in the sauce). I've had trouble finding a good version of this dish and would like the advice of Chowhounders as to where to find a good one.

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    1. That's not a dish that I typically order, but if it's a Canadian Chinese dish as suggested by Charles, then it's unlikely you will get much info from this board. Great Canadian Chinese restaurants have not been identified by this collective in the past to my knowledge. I enjoyed a visit to C'est Bon (did not order your dish), but you will find mix reviews here. PFChang's have the dish on their menu...might be worth a try. Do a search in and you will get some hits....the interesting one that comes up is Swatow. If you do identify a stand-out place, please share your findings.

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      1. re: T Long

        Thank you for responding. I'm not usually fond of Canadian Chinese dishes, but this is one dish that I like very much, no matter how "authentic" it is. I've tried take out once from C'est Bon (not SWLS) and was not impressed. The new P.F. Changs is not far from me, so that might be a good place to try this dish. Swatow serves this dish? I've noticed some mixed reviews for that restaurant on this board, but it appears to depend on what one orders (likely the same at most restaurants). Wah Singh on Baldwin has a pretty decent version of SWLS, and I've heard that this dish is a specialty of Xam Yu Seafood Restaurant and Taste of China Seafood Restaurant, both down on Spadina near Dundas. I haven't tried these places yet and was hoping that someone here may have tried them and could give me feedback.

        1. re: TOFoodie1

          Taste of China SWLS +1
          Sizzling chicken in blk bean
          also great

          1. re: Luvtooeat

            Thanks. I notice that Taste of China advertises that SWLS is one of their specialties.

            1. re: TOFoodie1

              If you get to Taste of China, I would be interested in your assessment of the SWLS. I got to try TofC just a week ago for a small lunch of wonton noodle soup with ChaSui. While that is only a small sample, I did get an impression that the restaurant has an "old school" style of cooking which is rare these days. I mean that in the most positive way in that the food was reflective of a time when Canadian Chinese was more mainstream. What I'm implying is that a dish like SWLS might just be prepared the way you like it.

      2. I rarely eat "Canadian" Chinese food anymore but one of my favourite dishes was always Shrimp with Lobster Sauce. I have not been able to find it anywhere where it tastes good anymore...not like it used to taste at the old Yonge Garden (Yonge between Sheppard and Finch) when Bill owned it or at a restaurant called Jade Garden that used to be around Jane and Finch...long gone, both of them. (sigh)

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        1. re: bobinken

          Thank you for responding. Yes, I rarely eat "Canadian" Chinese food anymore either, but I still love this dish as well.

        2. Have you tried the version at Federick's on Bellamy. I haven't been in years, but we always ordered it.

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          1. re: sweetie

            Thanks for the suggestion. No, I haven't tried that restaurant, but now I will add it to my list.

          2. yueh tung serves it. i usually get the chili chicken there but the shrimp with lobster sauce was pretty good last time i had it (couple years ago). i find the quality of food dips at lunch when it's crazy busy. try ordering at off-peak hours.


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            1. re: blitz

              Thank you for that suggestion. Maybe, that's been the problem with a couple of places that I've tried for this dish - it's been during lunch and the restaurants have been very busy.