Any fellow gourmands who would like to savor some high quality Chinese style seafood should give this Markham restaurant a try!
Located in a Markham strip mall just east of Midland on Steeles ( 4011 Steeles Ave.E ), I have never seen such an impressive array of seafood in a North American restaurant. Pretty common sight in places like Hong Kong but definitely a rare phenomenon in Toronto or Vancouver, for that matter!
As expected, the place was packed when we arrived. We were welcomed by 9 huge fish tanks at the entrance all packed with live seafood that included Alaskan King Crabs, Giant East Coast Lobsters, BC Dungeness Crabs, Geoduck Clams, Red Garoupas, French Turbots, Rock fish, Giant sea eels...etc. Seeing those live Garoupas swimming in the tanks, we know we are in for a treat!
Since both my son and daughter are not into steamed whole fish, we decided to have bi-valves and crustaceans instead. The four of us ordered the following:
- Stirred fry diver scallops and prawns with yellowing chives and sweat pea pods.
- Fried giant BC rock oysters with a honeyed chili blackbean sauce glaze.
- Stirred fry 4.5 pound lobster with Maggi sauce
- And lastly, for the carnivores in our party, Stirred fry beef filet mignon cubes with mushrooms, cashew nuts, string beans and minced garlic galore!!
- Both Soup of the day and black sesame dessert were on the house.
Before tasting the food, we were all surprised by the unexpectedly fancy and artistic plate presentation. A rarity in a non-fine dining Chinese cuisine establishment.
As for the food, all stirred fry dishes exhibited fine 'wok-hay'. The taste of the scallops and prawns dish resembling something similar to that found in a Michelin star restaurant in Hong Kong like Lei Garden. The stirred fry beef cubes was excellently done. I would rank it a close second to my favourite Teriyaki beef cubes with walnut dish of 'Emperor'. The fried oysters were super plumb and juicy. Perfectly cooked, the slightly sweet and spicy sauce was a great match. Again, a close second to my favourite 'Honey glazed oysters' of the 'Emperor'. Finally, the 'pieces de resistance' - a 4.5 pound lobster cooked only one way using Maggi sauce. Not as great as O'Mei's house special, however, this more than acceptable rendition got the approval of all my family members.
During our dinner, we noticed a lot of regulars ordering the ' Typhoon Shelter' style of preparation for the crabs and/or lobsters ( Tons of fried minced garlic and red chilies ). Guess we have to make a return visit for this dish??!!
Total bill came to $145 all inclusive of tax and tips. Service by the all female staff was friendly.
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