Based on inside scoop information, we went to try out the newly opened 'Emperor - Fine Chinese Cuisine' at 9019, Bayview Avenue in Richmond Hill today. ( old Grand Yatt location ).
Whilst Yang's Chinese Cuisine further up the road managed to lure the head chef from Scarborough's stalwart - Dragon Dynasty, Emperor did one better by hiring the head chef of Casa Imperial of Markham!
Overall, the dim sum lunch we had was pretty enjoyable with the normal hit and misses. Variety of dim sum choices was very impressive with even more selection than Full House. The special 'Chicken and abalone pie', with its juicy filling and generous amount of diced abalone used, was the highlight of the lunch. Another standout was the spicy beef tendons, which was very tender and flavourful. The fried taro croquette was piping hot, surprisingly not greasy and an abundant of juicy filling. Other normal dim sum favourites such as steamed pork spareribs, chicken feet, beef tripe, turnip cake, rice ( cheung fun ) noodles, B-B-Q pork buns and peppered salt fried squid tentacles were all nicely done. Their quality In line with some of the finer establishments in the vicinity. Only disappointment was the oversized shrimp dumpling ( Har Gow) which spend too much time in the steamer thus resulting in the skin being too wet and mushy. Price range for the dim sum is S=$2.80, M=$3.80, L=$4.60 and Sp=$7.00. Just a touch on the high side.
Some of the dinner set menus look pretty good as well, Will definitely give them a try down the road. They also have selected ultra-value daily specials. Eg, For Monday, the normal $39.98 Peking duck two ways can be have for only $18.88. On Tuesday, roasted top pigeon is only $13.88 down from the regular $22. On Wednesday, stuffed conch, Portuguese style is only $4.50 each down from $6.88. Lobster, normally $22/lb, on Sunday, its only $12/lb!
Should be interesting to watch Yang's and Emperor competing for turf domination!