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Soon Foon Tai for dim sum

divirtual | Aug 11, 2003 02:57 PM

Our family is Chinese, and have been getting tired of driving cross-town to Spadina for dim sum. The major choices on Gerrard Street East have been Pearl Court (nicer decor, and the food is good, but there's something missing) and Grand Seafood (whose dinginess was tolerable when the food was great, but isn't, since the last change in ownership).

We decided to try Soon Foon Tai Chinese Restaurant, which is 598 Gerrard Street East (on the north side). The decor is nothing special, but it's bright inside, so we decided to give it a try.

I took my brother-in-law's family there, and found the food to be quite good, with a lot of variety on the weekend. As an example, we always see beef in rice noodle (cheng) and shrimp in rice noodle, but I've never seen scallop in rice noodle before. They serve sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf, which is fairly traditional, but is getting harder to find. (The kids always end up waiting for this).

Four of us just went there (today is Monday) for a quick dim sum. The carts still run on weekdays, but appear to shut down at 2 p.m. They have small order sheets if you want to request something. Six small dishes cost us $10 + $1.50 tax. (Cheap, but as two adults and two kids, we probably ate even less than usual).

I think that this may become my new favourite local place. The clientele is totally Chinese (and we function okay with our bad Toisanese). I'd probably give this dim sum a B+, but you need to understand that I've got incredibly high standards for Chinese food, and probably haven't given an A for dim sum anywhere in the last five years!

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