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"Les Chateaux Restaurant," Peach Tree Plaza, Markham - A Hong Kong style cafe with a French name serving darn tasty authentic SE Asian/Malaysian

Charles Yu | May 17, 201801:19 PM

Unless one has a stand-out business model. For a new restaurant to venture in and open up inside a plaza, with already, at least 3 existing competitors, would take a lot of guts and courage!
' Les Chateaux ', a relatively new addition to Peachtree's food scene is one such brave soul.

With a front of house having decor that's slightly more aesthetically pleasing than the other slightly out-dated and run down units in the same plaza. The selling point of this place is their offering of an interesting and 'authentic' Malaysian/SE Asian menu that augmented a pretty comprehensive Hong Kong Cafe style menu.

For today's meal, we ordered a variety of Malaysian themed dishes. Char Kwei Teow, Malaysian beef brisket curry, Narsi Goran Indonesian fried rice, Stirred fry egg plant and shrimp with 'Belacan' and the iconic 'Hong Kong Cafe style dish' - Casserole of Baked pork chop on fried rice with cheesy tomato sauce.

For the SE Asian portion of the meal. If one uses ' Restoran Malaysia in Richmond Hill ' as a measuring yard stick. Les Chateaux's offering can easily rub shoulder with the pre-downhill, ' old ' Restoran Malaysia.

Stand out was the Kwei Teow, IMO, the best rendition I have tasted in town. Using the thick sweet Singapore style soya sauce as base, the end result was a plate of delicious, caramelized and smoky goodness. Curry was very good but just shy of being a stand out. The short-fall coming from a slight lacking in coconut aromatic component. Both the stirred fried rice and Belacan dish was nicely executed incorporating plentiful of wok-hay. The latter possessing a delicious and exotic taste profile. However, the slightly bland Narsi Goran can do with a bit more seasoning.

BTW, they also serve a very delicious Iced Coffee!

Though the restaurant was packed and slightly under-staffed however, service was still attentive and friendly.

All in all, the meal was a very enjoyable one and the place worthy of re-visits.

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