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Bye bye Shanghai Xue Yuan, Hello Tian Xin Place (Thornhill)

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Bye bye Shanghai Xue Yuan, Hello Tian Xin Place (Thornhill)

Royaljelly | Dec 15, 2007 10:33 PM

Ventured out tonight with the wife and kid in the freezing cold for dinner at one of our nearby homey Shanghainese restos (Shanghai Xue Yuan on Glen Cameron in Thornhill), only to find that it has turned into a new place called Tian Xin Place.

Decor has had a much needed updating (looks more like Ding Tai Fung now), completely new owners (very nice Mainland lady with her obnoxious young child running amok amongst the tables). Chef remains the same according to the waitress, but with a few more new "partners".

Menu seems to have changed somewhat, particularly more seafood/fish dishes. We tried the smoked marinated cold fish (good), smoked duck (meat was too dry and lacked enough smokiness), pan fried meat buns (we specifically asked them to fry it a bit extra to make the bottoms crunchier, but it was still barely fried underneath and the meat almost looked raw), tofu/bacon soup (nice milky texture to soup) and a soup veggie noodle (decent serving size, but considerable amount of MSG in the soup).

The young man who was working there was running around like a chicken with his head cut off (and the place was barely 1/3 full). He was the one who took our order and erroneously charged us extra for the noodle dish (which we had to correct later).

Here's a scan of their lunch menu (sorry, it's Chinese only), while a dinner menu is in the presses.

http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/32...

Overall we were dissapointed with their main dishes and particular the service. We'll probably venture back after they've settled down from their grand opening jitters, since there's some really nice dishes that we miss from the previous owners.

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