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Move over 'Yang's' - Here comes the 'Emperor'!


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Move over 'Yang's' - Here comes the 'Emperor'!

Charles Yu | Jul 19, 2009 09:59 PM

Ever since its opening a few months ago, Yang's in Richmond Hill has been my preferred destination for high end Chinese cuisine. Though the food and service still remain consistently good, however its getting a bit monotonous. As such, for a change, we decided to give the relatively new 'Emperor Fine Chinese Cuisine' further down the road a try tonight. ( corner of Bayview and Blackmoor in Richmond Hill ).

The chefs, I was told were ex-chefs from Scarborough's Sam Woo Seafood and Markham's Casa Imperial. Both having good reputations for great Cantonese food.

Service was very attentive and friendly. Definitely one of the better breed in town.

Since it is a Sunday, the first thing we ordered was the lobster special ( regular $22 per lb, today price only $12 per lb ). The 6 of us settled for a 4 pounder. Method of preparation was per the recommendation of the head waiter - Wok fried with spicy salt garlic chips. Great choice! The cut up lobster pieces, encased in a light crispy non greasy mildly spicy batter was perfectly cooked, with the meat succulent and moist . The dish was smothered with a mixture of very addictive fried shallots and garlic chips. The latter must be the end product of at least 30 cloves of garlic!!

Other dishes we ordered included:

- Sauteed filet mignon cubes with crispy honey roasted walnuts and sweet snapper peas in a honey teriyaki glaze. The beef seared crispy on the outside, was very tender and juicy and tasted wonderful.

- Rose essence soya marinated free range chicken. It was well executed. However, IMO the sauce could take a little bit more sweetness. Texture and taste of the chicken was very good though.

- Sauteed filet of yellow fin garoupa with Chinese broccoli ( Gai Lan ) shoots. Lots of wok -hay, the fish again was cooked perfectly. Slightly chewy and moist. The diced yellowing chives and shrimp eggs provided a nice aromatic and tasty accompaniment.

- Braised eggplant and enoki mushrooms with shredded dried scallops and oyster sauce. IMO, this was the weakest dish of the night. A touch under seasoned, the O Mei version was definitely more delicious.

Dessert, comprising of a trio of red bean soup, almond jello and Chinese seasame brownies was complimentary.

We bought our own bottle of wine which they actually decanted for us and provided us with Ridel size and quality wine glasses! No corkage was charged!

Total bill for this surprisingly enjoyable and tasty meal comes to $156, inclusive of tax and tips. Not bad, not bad at all!! By the way, the portions were huge!

Definitely a new ' favourite' entry to my food journal!

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