Thought I would start a thread of the best roast pigeon in the GTA judging from the responses on earlier threads.
We are probably most familiar with the famed ‘Full House’ version, but some other versions have also come up over the past few months, so I would like to create a list to help everyone eat their way through the different versions of the crisp birds around the city.
Let’s start off with comments about the Full House version, as this one probably started it all. I have had pigeon only a handful of times before recently, as I had them in places such as Keung’s Delight and did not enjoy them as thoroughly. They were a bit too gamey, and this was probably due to the fact they were not handled well. The Full House version was very sweet, juicy and the skin was what set it apart. It was exceptionally thin and crisp. An excellently prepared dish (the same cannot be said of their other dinner items). This dish was quite pricey at $20 a bird. The size of it was a bit smaller than my hand, as is typical. Would I head here again for the bird? Not likely because the dishes that rounded out the meal were sub-par. The bird itself was very tasty though. Perhaps if you know ahead of time what to order, you may be safe.
Next up, we have a recently sampled Ruby Chinese Restaurant version at $8.99. At this price, I was tempted to order 2. Please note that this is only a ‘special’ item and is on sale for a limited time with a restriction on 3 birds for tables less than 6, or something to that effect. The bird’s flesh tasted similar to Full House, however, the skin was just not as crispy. But overall, I would say it was approximately 85% as good, and at 50% of the price – I would definitely order it again. They have it prepared two ways – the popular fried way with salt condiment, or with soya sauce. I will be returning to sample the soya sauce version and will let you all know how that goes. At $9 a bird, it is quite a steal. A great entry price to try this bird to see if it is to your liking. Please ask for it by name, as it is only available on the Chinese menu at the front of the room on poster board, if you cannot read Chinese.
I would, however, like to know everyone else’s thoughts on their favourite purveyor of pigeon. TIA
Cheers and Happy Eating!