As I eluded to previously, a whole bunch of new Chinese dining establishments have recently sprung up in the Richmond Hill/Markham area.They included but not limited to Richlane, Dragon King, Skyview, Paramount...etc. Most, if not all were either mediocre or inconsistent in quality.
Dragon Boat is not new!! It has been in its Beaver Creek location for years. However, due to its recent renovation and management/chef changes, I will treat it as a new entity!
Tonight, a group of 6 serious foodies made Dragon Boat Fusion the first of two or three dining destinations. ( Our planned eating itinerary to include a Cantonese Meal, a spicy Northern Meal, a Chinese Ramen joint and may be a dessert House ).
Totally renovated, the front of house is now more open, roomy and modernistic. Flooring and Carpets are less 'sticky' too! Ha!
We ordered the following dishes:
- Roasted Suckling Piglet paired with Marinated Jellied Fish.
- Peking Duck 2 ways ( Skin & Pancake wrap, Stirred fry diced meat and lettuce pouches ).
- Stirred fry Black Angus steak cubes with Asparagus, Black pepper Teriyaki Glaze and Candied Walnuts.
- White Asparagus and Sauteed Pea Shoot with fresh crab meat and egg white topping.
- Dragon Boat House Special Seafood Fried Rice.
Overall, food quality was of a very high standard.
The 'Funky' and 'Shawarma like' presentation of the Peking Duck and its condiments was gimmicky but FUN!! Yes! In addition to the traditional few, the condiments also did include some really unconventional additions like Marsh Mallow, Cherry Tomatoes, Strawberries, Grapes, Raisins and Cantaloupe strips....etc????? The crispy thin skin and chewy pancakes were both very well executed.
Unlike a lot of other eating establishments, the Angus Beef Cubes was cooked au-naturelle without the use of tenderizer marinade.The pronounced peppery taste of the nicely caramelized morsels was quite delicious. However, those crunchy Candied Sesame Walnuts were even better!
Winner of the evening has to be those Roasted Suckling Piglet! The skin was super crispy, crunchy yet ultra light and airy! A rarity in Toronto.
Unfortunately, the evening's dishes was spoiled by the shockingly 'Bland and Tasteless' Asparagus and Pea-Shoot vegetable dish. We all swear the chef must have been distracted and totally forgot to add any salt and seasoning to the ingredients!
Since the house was packed, with patrons waiting at the entrance, service was chaotic and almost non-exisistance! Considering the madness, we were surprised to find the kitchen still manages to churn out high quality and well executed dishes! A true reflection of the kitchen's caliber?!
Any one compiling a list of 'Go-To' Chinese places north of the GTA, Dragon Boat has to be added onto the list!
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