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Dwindling Good Chinese Food in the GTA


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Dwindling Good Chinese Food in the GTA

Charles Yu | May 28, 2010 08:55 PM

The Chinese food at Spring Villa ( Steeles/Woodbine), at its best, can rival most of the top Chinese fine dining establishments in town. Unfortunately, the meal I had tonight was overpriced and extremely disappointing!!

Our party of five had the following dishes:
- Soup of the day ( Honey dew melon with conpoy, whelk heads and pork )
- Live BC spotted prawns sauteed in Maggi sauce ( 1 lb )
- Steamed live Black Bass in top soy, ginger and scallions ( about 1.5 lbs )
- Rose scented soya sauce free range chicken ( 1/2 a chicken )
- Stirred fry pea shoots
- Fried pork chop with Chinese black rice vinegar glaze

Apart from the soup, prawns and the pea shoots which were well executed and tasty. The remaining three dishes were major disaster!

First, the fish! At a whopping $56, I was expecting it to be perfectly cooked. However, not only was it overcooked, the accompanying soya sauce was stingy and bland. IMO, for seafood, nothing's worse than eating an overcooked fish with insufficient sauce!

Next came the chicken. Nothing's wrong with it except once again, it's unexplainably bland! Emperor or Fantasy Eatery's versions are much much better and cheaper as well!

Finally, the flop of the evening! The untrimmed super fatty pork chop was heavily marinated with baking soda and corn starch before deep frying. The resulting slimy coating made it impossible for the vinegrette sauce to adhere to the morsels as well as render it impossible for one to identify the 'fat' from the meat. Horrible and greasy texture and sensation with every bite!!. This was complained to management and crossed off from our bill!

Total bill came to $157 for 5 dishes! For a simple family meal, this is quite excessive IMO!

Guess I'll just stick with their good dim sum lunch from now on!

Fantasy Eatery
505 7 Hwy E, Richmond Hill, ON L3T7P6, CA

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