Located behind the more famous 'Ba Shu Rin Jia' Szechuan Restaurant on 4771 Steeles East. This restaurant is known amongst Chinese foodies for its home-style wok-hay Cantonese cooking. ( Not unlike Maple Yip in Scarborough ).
The decor is quite contemporary by Chinese restaurant standard. Tables, however, are packed way too closely, IMO. Arriving at 6.30 pm on a Sunday evening, we were seated in the last remaining empty table. In addition to the ' Specials of the day', (presented in Chinese characters only), pasted on the wall, menus 'sans special' are bi-lingual and with photo illustrations.
For our ordinary family dinner, the four of us ordered the following dishes:
- Sweet and Sour Pork with Fresh Pineapple.
Served atop half a hollowed out fresh Pineapple, the morsels of piping hot, crunchy pork was nicely seasoned and very tasty. A good start to our meal.
- Stirred fry free-range chicken with shallots and mixed herbs.
Loaded with minced garlic, shallots, ginger, scallions and cilantro. This dish was very aromatic and packed with intense flavour. The only down side was that the chicken was over-cooked.
- Stirred fry Gai-Lan with Chinese preserved wind-dried meat and sausages.
Compare with similar dish offered else where eg.,John's B-B-Q, our dish was way 'super-sized' especially the amount of meat given!! Flavour was good but the starchy gravy was a bit heavy-handed.
- Deep fried Honey-glazed Oysters with Broccoli.
We ordered this dish just for fun since we wanted to see how it would compare with the ' Emperor's' version, which, in our opinion is the best in town. Unfortunately, this heavy sauced and overly sweet dish was a disappointment. Flavour was good, but sauce was way too intense and cloying. Oysters were plump and juicy but the exterior lacked the desired crispy crunch. IMO, a textural failure!
- Deep fry Squid with spicy peppered salt
The pick of my children, this turned out to be surprisingly delicious. The batter was light and crispy and totally grease less. Once again, portion was huge!! Very enjoyable.
Dessert of Mung Bean soup with aged Mandarin skin, Chinese herb and kom-bu was complimentary and very tasty.
Total bill came to $67 inclusive of tax.
Based on how busy this place was and a few tasty dishes, this place has the potential of becoming a 'go-to' place for traditional home-style Cantonese cooking. A second confirmation visit is definitely warranted.