Up until early this year, for group dinner seeking slightly more sophisticated Cantonese fare, 'Crown Jewel - Steeles/Warden' had been one of our favored go-to venue. Unfortunately, our last visit there ended on a sad note!...the result of some dishes inundated with some rancid oil after-taste! As such, I haven't been back since..... until last night.
Based on the recommendations of a few foodie friends and relatives, who claimed that the quality of food has much improved due to some management changes. Our party of ten decided to take the plunge and give them a try.
Overall, the meal was fairly well executed and enjoyable with some dishes worthy of high lighting. However, considering it was a busy weekend and the restaurant was quite busy, we were totally surprised to hear from our wait staff that so many popular and main staple items which we would like to order were SOLD-OUT!!....and it was only 7.00pm! They included ' chicken'!! Yup! a Chinese restaurant sold out on a key ingredient - chicken, on a weekend?! As well, most popular green leaf vegetables including Gai-Lan, Choy-Sum, the, in seasoned, Water Spinach....etc were also unavailable! What the hack?! Next came the fish....NOTHING except those mud-tasting Green Bass?!
This scenario was made even weirder and more incomprehensible considering there is a huge Asian supermarket ' Foodie Mart ' located just a couple minutes walk from the restaurant!! Considering the night was still young, all they need to do was to send a bus-boy over and replenish some of the key ingredients and stock?! Besides, they do have refrigerators in the kitchen for any unsold items? No?!
Anyways, on a happier note, back to the food.
- Butterfly 'Pi-Pa' roasted duck (pre-ordered). Well seasoned
but skin could be crispier. Overall still a pretty decent effort.
- Stirred fry Filet Mignon cubes with Maggi sauce. Nice sear,
well caramelized with lots of smokey wok-hay aroma.
- Braised Goose web with fragrant Shitake mushroom and
sauteed pea-shoots. IMO, overpriced and the dish is way
under-seasoned. A waste of the off the bone tender web.
- Braised Tofu with mixed veggie and oyster sauce. OK.
- Stirred fry Razor Clams with XO-sauce. Nicely done despite
the over spicy sauce with added chili overwhelmed the
sweetness of the bi-valves a bit.
- Stirred fry Chinese long stem lettuce with fermented bean
- Steamed chopped up chicken wings with Goji berries on
- Pan fried pork short ribs with plum sauce glaze. Highlight of
the evening. Finger licking good and tender.
- Complimentary house desserts.
Hopefully, we'll have better luck next time?!