Went to East! today for lunch. It is the old Beverly Tavern on Queen West & John that was gutted by the Spring Rolls Gang and opened this week as East!,
We arrived at 11:45 to miss the Friday Lunch Rush that usually hits the area. The decor is upscale contemporary Asian. Black Slate floors, Large windows, the odd large urn here and there. Tables are Veneer made to look like bamboo. Chairs looked nice but I sat on the bench by the wall and even though I am not that tall the seat was a bit too short and not padded at all.
The staff (young mixed asian and non-asian) was well dressed in black chinese style uniforms. Our waiter came over delivered the wine list and menus. The menu was quite extensive 4 large pages of food. We both decited to have the Lunch Bento Box special and an App. I had the Thai Taro Fries and my coworker had the fried wontons and both of us ordered Green tea. The waiter took the order using a wireless Palm Pilot, while this was kind off cool he had a hard time keeping up with the order and with the large menu and substitutions available this may become an issue.
The tea was brought over and each cup had a fancy tea bag containing tea and other "stuff" herbs / spices? I Like plain traditional green tea and to me this was more like a mulled cider... The cups were large and triangular with a napking wrapped around them. But they were still so hot that it was hard to pick them up.
Our apps arrived and looked great Large stack of fries with a red dipping sauce. The wontons were more stuffing then wrapper again with a red sauce. Turns out both were your basic sweet and sour sauce! The fires tasted, well, like fries.. there were no thai flavours I was expecting some heat in them. The Wontons were a bit chewy (shrimp chunks).
The Bento boxes arrived and included a green salad!, Pad Thai, steamed Pork balls & sweet & sour chicken. The salad was your typical mixed greens with cucumber and no decenable dressing. The pork balls were quite good (the red sauce in this case turned out to be hot sauce not sweet and sour much to my co-workers surprise!). The Pad Thai sauce tasted way TOO much like the old Heintz 57 variety! It contined what was either very firm tofu or very dense chicken I am not sure..no shrimp and a lot of the noodles were clumped toegther. The sweet & sour chicken was your typical deep fried chicken with green pepers onion & pineaple in a red sweet & sour sauce. The protion size was quite large and I did not finish the Pad Thai
Lunch for two came to $30 before tip.
Don't see a reason to go back can get same at any Ho Lee Chow and much better food in chinatown. I would have thought that they would be adventerous with the food, sauces and seasoning but it is just the same old Canadianized Chinese food available anywhere..
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