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May 19, 2014 11:00 AM

Toronto Dim Sum and Chinese Restaurant Recommendations Please

We are heading to Toronto at the end of June for a family reunion and to celebrate a 75th birthday. There will be 9 of us, including an almost 2 year old and 7 year old. (That said, we will take the kids to any restaurant as long as it's not super quiet or a 3 hour meal experience. We do not need to stick to "kid" restaurants.) We will be staying at the Westin Harbour Castle and will need to take a taxi. I'm looking for dim sum recommendations. I have been to Lai Wah Heen and know that there is Pearl Harbourfront nearby. (Which is better of the two?) Is super fancy, expensive dim sum the only option? How about really good food and clean with regular decor? We'd love to eat Chinese more than once so I would also appreciate recommendations for good chinese/noodle restaurants. Thank you!

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  1. If you're staying downtown and you're not looking for high end, I'm gonna go out on a limb and recommend 2 of my favorites. Roll San for dim sum(cheap and cheerful, clean kid friendly and can accommodate large parties.
    Swatow is just down the street(Spadina) and has good noodle soups and wok hay dishes.
    Both restaurants are located on Spadina north of Dundas, a short cab ride(8 mins) or nice walk from your hotel(30 mins).

    1. If you are looking for just one Dim Sum experience, I would choose from either Crown Princess or Dynasty. Though fancy and more expensive, however, unlike dinner, for about $30 more on the entire bill ( assume your party of 9 will all be attending ) you will be savoring much better quality food, service and ambiance than the mediocre China town offerings.
      Second petek's recommendation on Swatow. Indeed good Hong Kong style soup noodles ( shrimp dumplingd, braised beef brisket and tendons, fish or octopus balls...etc )and don't forget to order the 'fried fish skin'!! Yum!! Fried crispy noodles of Ho-Fun are fine too.

      1. Charles, have you been to Kwan at Yonge and St. Clair? I'd suggest it's quite a bit better than Dynasty. Curious on your take.

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        1. re: andyb99

          Sorry! I have not. Cannot help you there.