My gourmand brother-in-law has been raving about the newly opened 'Shanghai Bund' ( 1661 Denison Street, Markham - SW corner of Denison/Kennedy ) for the past few days. He told me the owner of the restaurant actually went out of his way in hiring five cooks/chefs directly from the famed restaurant in Hong Kong and Shanghai. I was very impressed and, today, decided to find out for myself first hand. Well fellow chowhound, all I'm going say is, after tonight, I won't be going anywhere else for authentic Northern/Shanghai cuisine! Period! 369, Asian Legend, High Shanghai....etc. 'Once the word is out, prepare to meet thy doom!!' Ha!
Since there were only the two of us, we only managed to order four dishes. Of the four, the 'Braised garoupa fillet in wine sauce' was simply amazing, rivalling some of the best Hong Kong/Shanghai restaurants could offer. Similarly, the 'Stirred fry shredded eel with yellowing chives' was the best I've tasted outside of China. The 'Sauteed prawns with 'dragon-well' tea leaves' was also spot on. We were tossing between ordering either the pot-stickers or the hand-pull noodles and decided on the latter. The smoked pomfret that goes with the noodles were very authentic. For our next visit, I think I am going to form a big contingent, so that we can try out more of their dishes. Yuuuuuuuuuum!!
Thank God! Some genuine Shanghainese food in Toronto finally!!