For years, I have been getting take out food for my lunch from 'Johns Barbeque Chinese Restaurant - 328 Hwy7, Richmond Hill'. Quality of their rice and noodle dishes has been consistently good. However, I have never had a sit down dinner at that place, until tonight!. Man! did I missed out all these years!! IMO, the 'wok-hay' stirred fry dishes I had tonight could easily stand shoulder to shoulder with the best in the area including Tanchikee, Big Mouth Kee, Judy's Cuisine, O Mei.....etc. The beauty of the dinner menu is that a lot of the best dishes are available in ' tapas' size. (Prices range from $5.99 to $7.99), so one can try out a lot of different dishes ( not unlike JKWB ) without breaking the bank.. The high light dishes of the evening were the 'Stirred fry Chinese broccoli with preserved meat and sausages' and 'Steamed free range chicken with wood and enoki mushrooms'. Both ultra delicious especially the former! And I mean delicious with a 'D'!!
Another interesting thing I noticed was the promotional posters on the wall that feature exotic specialties like seven varietal of sea cucumbers! Dried abalone from Japan, Middle East and South Africa (advanced order). and even 'Braised rice with sharks fin - an extremely decadent dish! The table next to us set eight elders and they all ordered the '$ 28/2oz double boiled shark's fin'. Must be good! They also ordered the ' FRESHLY made b-b-q half lean/half fatty pork ( char-sui)' which require a wait time of 15 minutes' Must be delicious because some of them were 'moaning'!! Ha!
Lastly FYI SkylineR33, Royaljelly and Bokchoi, they charge a whopping $19.99 for their 'Hand held poured oil roast pigeon'!! Even more expensive than Full House version a few stores down. For that price, it better be good!!
I'll try out a few more of their other dishes this weekend and report back.
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