Restaurants & Bars Ontario (inc. Toronto) Chinese

Chinese Restaurant (GTA)

KevH | | Jul 27, 2009 02:13 PM

Hi all.

After reading the previous post on Chinese restaurant in GTA, I am actually looking for a good one for a birthday dinner on a Friday night.

My family is quite picky with their Chinese food, and often times, good food = bad service or pushy wait staff who wants to get rid of us asap.

I am looking to spend somewhere between $300 to $500 for the dinner (for a table of ~10).

Lah Toe Heen/Lai Wah Heen is my first choice, but my family would prefer something more "authentic" and they much prefer the atomsphere of a normal "chinese seafood restaurant".

I was quite happy with the dinners I had at Omei (峨嵋), Diamond Banquet (鑽石) at First Markham Place and Golden Court (黃金閣) but I always felt that I was being rushed to leave by bringing the food to our table to the point where all the food is on the table stacked on top of each other, which really drives me nuts. The problem is that we usually like to dine around 6:00 pm, so they usually have a 2nd seating coming.

My question is, is there any good, authentic Cantonese restaurant (as little MSG as possible) that is not pushy and would let my group sit around to talk and socialize? The restaurant should be at least comfortable and relatively clean, and the staff not high-brow and snooty.

I am flexible on location within GTA (Richmond Hill, Markham, Downtown, Midtown...etc) and really wanted to try something new.

That being said, is there any Catonese Restaurant in the GTA that has good quality food (minimal MSG) that is fairly comfortable? My friends have recently recommended a "private house restaurant" (私房菜) at Don Mills and Finch, but I am worried that the food quality would be inconsistent and I dont get as much bang for my bucks since they price the food based on how much you are looking to spend.

Anyone can recommend a good place beside the following?

Omei (峨嵋) - pushy/rushed
Lah Wah Heen/Lah Toe Heen (麗華軒/麗陶軒) - atomshpere too "high-end"
Golden Court Abalone Restaurant (黃金閣) - pushy/rushed
Dynasty Downtown (松柏軒) - never really wanted to go back since they changed hands
Golden Regency Richmond Hill + Markham (金王朝) - rushed, terrible service
Regal 16 (百福) - didn't like the service
Casa Victoria (紫爵金宴) - this is a maybe/possibility...
Paradise (世外桃園) - I was told to avoid at all cost.
Casa Imperial (名門金宴) - Terrible service
Ambassador (春秋食軒) - didn't like their food
Lengend (forgot the chinese name)
Dragon Dynasty (龍騰金閣) - pushy staff
Spring Villa (愉園新閣) - bad experience


Is the new chinese restraurent by Maxim up in Bayview and Weldrick any good? How about the other one that has been recently changed hand around Bayview and Blackmore?

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