When hubby and I were going to school in Buffalo, Toronto was the place to satisfy our cravings for home cooking and great authentic Chinese food. After moving to NYC we still visit the darling city every couple years. We will be driving there for a five day trip next week and are looking for good authentic Chinese eats. We haven't been there for about two years and are out of touch with the Chinese eating scene there. We need help from fellow chowhounders to locate good eats. This is what we are looking for:
1. Good dim sum restarants. What are the good ones that Chinese families flocking to on weekends these days? Years ago we liked the Grand Yatt in Richmond Hill but the last couple times we went there the quality of food and service had dipped and we could see the business had suffered a bit as a result. What's the place to go nowadays?
2. Hubby wants some abalone. Any restaurants that cooks good abalone?
3. Bubble teas. Where can we find good bubbles? I don't so much care about the tea but more about the bubbles. I like good chewy, cooked through, al dente textures. There's nothing worse than biting into a soggy or not thorougly cooked, still hard in the center bubble to ruin a good tea. Any of these places make good snacks to go with the tea?
4. Read about Ding Tai Fung on other thread. Is it in anyway assoicated with the real McCoy in Taiwan? If you've tried Shanghai Joe's in NY, how does Ding Tai Fung in Toronto compare to Shanghai Joe's?
5. Lychees and logans. Is Chinatown still the place to get the best and cheapest ones? How is the quality this year?
Any help will be appreciated. Thanks!