East end (Broadview/Gerrard) Chinatown
- Alsiem Aug 8, 2003 10:15 AM
I've looked through the posts but I haven't found any previous discussions. I have never eaten at the east end Chinatown but I'm thinking of heading over that way tonight(August 8th).
Does anyone have a particular favorite or at least a reliable choice? I'm hoping for Chinese food as I have had a lot of Vietnamese lately(are there a lot of Vietnamese places like on Spadina). No real preference for Cantonese/Szechaun(sp?) but not a high end joint specializing in seafood etc.
Thanks in advance
Grand's Seafood (611 Gerrard E) is my favourite spot for dim sum... I've had dinner there too and it's good, but a bit pricier than Chinatown West, but I wouldn't consider it a "high end joint".
You could also try Angkor (614 Gerrard E), which is Cambodian/Thai. Food is excellent, the owner is flamboyant, and a very strong supporter of the Cambodian community in Toronto.
I second the recommendation for Angkor. The owner/chef is a real character, and he also cooks some damn fine chow (he's happiest when curious customers want to try the lesser-known Cambodian dishes).
The restaurant is shamefully overlooked. Go in there and give him your business, because it would be a damn shame for the Toronto chow-scene to see Angkor go under.
The other Cambodian/Thai restaurant that I like in Toronto, Royal Angkor, has closed. The owners were apparently unhappy with the location, due to lack of parking, lack of pedestrian traffic, etc.
They will resurface later this month as Golden Chicken, somewhere around Parliament and Wellesley. Hopefully they will keep their old menu, including the gorgeous Paenang Kai.
Quick update on Angkor - we went last Friday for their $15 all-you-can-eat "buffet"... Though it's not really a buffet, it certainly is all-you-can-eat.
The owner, who also serves, will seat you and then starts bringing you food - until you insist that he stops because you are about to burst.
He will choose your dishes, or you can pick from the menu what you would like to have. The spring rolls come to the table almost immediately.
We were served spring rolls, wonderful coconut & lime leaf soup, pad thai, a beef and eggplant dish, lobster rice and more of everything until we could barely move. At which point he brought out heaping plates of fresh melon and orange slices.
We had a blast and the cook even came out and serenaded us with Cambodian karaoke. (Though I'm not sure the couple in the corner was as charmed by our loud group, I hope they weren't looking for a quiet romantic spot)
The owner informed us he would be offering the $15 "buffet" every day at lunch and dinner and kept reminding us to bring all our friends.
The Golden Embassy on the SW corner of Broadview and Gerrard is extremely reasonable and the food is quite good. Large portions, no atmosphere and it is open 24 hours.Dim sum are also good.
Try to avoid the washrooms