I've convinced a regular group of dining companions to go to one of the high-end Chinese restaurants iin Richmond Hill this Saturday Night. Lai Wah Heen or Dynasty in Yorkville would have been our destination but due to babysitting issues and timing, we have to dine up North. I've previously been to OMei, Ambassador, Emperor and Regal. Mostly for dim sum (Ambassador, Emperor and Regal several time), and Omei and Ambassador for dinner. I had an unmemorable dinner at Omei and a decent dinner at Ambassador but am willing to admit that I probably didn't order the "right" dishes at eithere restaurant.
Here's the catch....3 or 4 of my dining companions are somewhat unadventurous, quasi-kosher eaters (by that I mean they will eat pork spareribs and bacon, but other pork products and all shellfish are out). I would have loved to have gone for the lobster 4-ways at Omei but that's too much shellfish for this group. I'm not even sure I can get them to go for the traditional duck 2-ways, but I'm hopeful I can get them there. We'll need mostly standard chicken and beef fare (fish is also a possibility), but I could probably throw in 1 or 2 seafood dishes (lobster, shrimp, mussels, clams, octopus, squid, etc.) and possibly one pork sparerib dish.
So here's my plea (especially directed to the Chinese conoisseurs on this board like Charle Yu, Skyline33, Royaljelly and others). Where should I make reservations on Saturday night and could you suggest some dishes this group of 6 caucasians could order? Price is not really an issue - $150-$200 per couple for dinner and drinks is routine. As for atmosphere, I don't need uber-trendy but something nice is a must. Previous dinners have included Colborne Lane, Nota Bene, etc. so I need something upmarket.
Many thanks in advance for your suggestions.
Lai Wah Heen
108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, CA
45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA
180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA