Based on our resident Chinese food expert SkylineR33's suggestion, my family and I gave the new Regal Palace on 350 Highway 7 East, Unit 101 in Richmond Hill a try this lunch time! Nice, sleek and open space, its like a cross between Yang's and Casa Victoria?! Apparently most of the staff were from the once favoured Full House Restaurant across the street!
On skylineR33's advise, upon sitting down, we immediately ordered two plates of their acclaimed ' Best bun under the sky'. Not on the regular menu, this 85% rendition of the famous Hong Kong Fu-Sing version arrived piping hot after a 15 minutes wait. These 'kid size hamburger' buns was lightly glazed in honey, the sweet dough bun smothered in a most delicious, thick and runny B-B-Q pork stuffing! Very tasty and ultra addictive! This must be one of the best Dim Sum dish I've come across in Toronto! To save room for the rest, I only ate two of this delicacies. The first time I came across this nouveau varietal of a B-B-Q pork bun in Hong Kong's Fu-Sing, I gobbled down 5!!!! BTW, the Michelin 3* Lung King Heen inside Hong Kong's Fourseason hotel also make an awesome version!! So, in a way, we are fortunate to savour a close clone of this 'star calibred' dish.
The rest of the Dim Sum dishes included the usual regular favourites like Har Gow, Steamed glutunous rice wrapped with lotus leaf, Steamed spare ribs with black bean and olives, Abalone puff, Pan fried turnip patties, Deep fried taro croquettes, Steamed rice roll with jumbo shrimps, Deep fried chicken wings and Lychee/Goji seed jelly pudding! Of the above captioned list, the stand out was the mouth burning, piping hot Abalone puff. Lots of juicy filling in a light, flaky and crunchy shell. The seasoning of the spare ribs was also very bold and delicious. Overall, a very satisfying experience. Total bill comes to around $55 for the 3 of us before tax and tips. Pretty good value for the quality!
Within a span of less than 6 months, in the middle of a so called recession, I've noticed the opening of at least three top end Chinese restaurants in Richmond Hill alone! Emperor, Yang's and Regal Palace come into mind. On the other hand, downtown has seen its share of closings and restaurants down sizing like Boba, Perigee, Susur, Splendido, Atelier Thuet , Rain to name a few! Most interesting scenario!!