Supposed to offer one of Toronto's must-try dish, Richmond Hill Saigon Star's famed "Curry Dungeness Crab" was well known even to out-of-town food lovers!
After 3 consecutive days of Cantonese food, we decided to take our LA guests to try out some high-end Vietnamese cuisine at this staple icon tonight. The result?! BIG MISTAKE!! A huge 'over-priced' thumbs down to their food that ranges from mediocrity to BAD!!
In addition to the Curry crab ( costing now a whopping $48 each, that used to be $38 ), we also ordered their house special Charbroiled Lamb Chops, Charbroiled BC rock oysters topped with minced garlic and buttered bread crumbs, charbroiled Thailand Fresh water jumbo prawns and Curry beef brisket hot-pot. To augment these, we also had a couple of bowls of Pho and stirred fry vegetables.
The House-Special Curry Crab was nothing special! Totally under-whelming with the crustacean smothered with a mediocre tasting curry sauce that lacked complexity, this was a bad start to our meal. For the price, I would opt for a 4 pound lobster from the Emperor any.day!
The 'mini-size' lamb chop that was less than 1/4 inch thick was a rip-off! Though quite tender and relatively tasty, however, at $5 a piece, this tiny Middle-Eastern clone is day-light robbery!
The charbroiled oyster in the half shell was super-greasy. At $6 per piece, this morsel was twice as expensive as the one offered by' The Emperor' but half as tasty! A 4 fold swing!!
The Jumbo prawns was another mega-disaster! Incredibly expensive, this $12 crawler not only tasted bland and uninteresting, the meat, instead of chewy was mushy and some even tasted stale!!
The rest of our dishes were all so-so. Vegetables were greasy and over-cooked. The soup for the Pho was almost tasteless.
Lastly, one more rip-off item to finish off our disastrous evening. Some of us, due to thirst (msg?? ), ordered a few of their 'young coconut' drinks. Instead of a fresh green coconut, what we got was a tall glass of syrupy liquid filled with ice and a couple tiny sliver of coconut meat. For this glass of ice and sugar water, they charged us $4.50!!!
Not only will I NOT RETURN, if city bylaw allows, I might even be tempted to put a warning sign outside the mall entrance!!
Warning: The photos I posted below are deceiving! The food might look good but in reality they are :(