I came here for a Christmas dinner with my friends family. We were a group of 12 and ordered a set menu, drinks were done BYOB.
My gracious host ordered a 15 course meal/set menu and we waited the arrival of our food.
First course was a traditional dish consisting of BBQ pork with jelly fish. I don't eat pork but did try the Jelly fish. It was seasoned well as for the pork my fellow diners commented it was a good iteration of this traditional dish.
2nd dish was deep fried crab claws with crab meat (I am a big fan of this dish and was expecting a lot more) the batter was not crisp (no panko) and most of the meat was dried out. A very average take on this classic.
3rd Dish was Scallops with king mushroom and vegetables in clear sauce (I am trying to translate the ethnic names into the explanation I was given so some might seem odd) This was done very well not a hint of grease and showed the skill of the chef as he didn't use any oil to help himself to get this dish to shine.
Shark Fin soup before everyone pulls out their pitch forks and starts commenting on how unethical this dish is I would like to state I have little appreciation for this dish and could have lived without it but being old school I have try it as not to offend my host full stop!! There were bits of shark fin in this soup but mostly chicken was used to get the volume. I have had much better versions of this soup elsewhere.
Chinese Style Beef Steak this is one of my go to dish whenever I go to a traditional Chinese restaurant and luckily it didn't disappoint. The meat was tender and done close to perfection the sauce was sweet without being overwhelming. A very good take on this dish high recommendations here.
Shitake Mushrooms stuffed with scallops and baby bok choy in oyster sauce. While this dish looked beautiful unfortunately it didn't live up to its presentation.The mushrooms and scallops turned a bit gritty due to over cooking. Bok Choy and oyster sauce were good though.
Dynamite Oysters were flambe'd and served nice and warm. Initial taste was very good as there was very little hint of oil even though it was deep fried. I was expecting a kick given I could see all the hot pepper seeds. I would recommend eating this dish hot as it loses its texture real fast.
Next dish was garlic chicken and the skin was nice and crisp however some of the meat was dried out a very average dish.
Lobster and Ginger and clear sauce. Its lobster for crying out loud and it hard to screw this up so I enjoyed this dish thoroughly. Good skills shown by the chef again.
Steamed fish with scallions and soy. Carved and served table side. Again a simple dish which is hard to master but this one was done well.
Now came the filler courses (basically shitake mushroom noodles and seafood rice) meh nothing special but I don't expect these to be standouts.
Dessert were a combination of three items one stuffed with black sesame seeds in gooey center (served warm) red bean soup and steamed dumpling with taro centre. I am not a big fan of desserts from this region and they were as expected.
All in all a very decent xmas meal and I am grateful to my gracious host for including me in this family meal.
3.5 stars (much better than one can get in downtown) but if one has come out this far there are better options.
Very Fair Seafood Cuisine
17 Milliken Blvd, Toronto, ON M1V1V3, CA
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