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A question about ordering in Chinese restaurants


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A question about ordering in Chinese restaurants

Tatai | Mar 22, 2009 05:06 PM

Note to Moderators: This thread should stay on the Toronto board, as it discusses the serving style of Chinese restaurants in the GTA.

Four of us had dinner at Szechuan Legend last night. The food was wonderful, but our experience with the service was less than ideal. Rather than the usual complaint on this board of service being too slow, our complaint here was excessively quick service.

We over-ordered as usual: soup, three appetizers, and five or six dishes. Within ten minutes of ordering, our dan-dan noodles arrived. And in the next minute, EVERYTHING else that we ordered, including the main dishes, started flying out of the kitchen. We tried to explain that everything was coming too fast and to slow things down, but this fell on deaf ears. We really would have preferred that our appetizers and soup come first, followed by the main dishes.

We noticed that other diners had one or two dishes on their tables at a time, and after they finished these, one or two more dishes would come. Were they ordering their food little by little rather than all at once?

This question is addressed to those of you who best know Chinese food and restaurants in Toronto. How should we order our food the next time we go to Szechuan Legend? (We hadn't been there in awhile, and this didn't happen the last time.) Should we just order soup and appetizers and wait to order the main dishes?

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