Came here tonight for dinner with the family and now I'm convinced this is the best Shanghainese restaurant in town. Some dishes were spot on and reminded me of my previous two food trips back to Shanghai.
The braised bamboo shoots in a dark brown sauce was tasty, but the bamboo was a bit tough.
Fluffy egg whites and broccoli and shrimp topped with fish roe was steaming hot and nicely flavoured with a touch of vinegar (use the darker bottle vinegar on the side table, not the bright red one they serve it with).
Fish head soup was a milky rich broth that also contained flat clear noodles, bamboo, large pork belly slices and mushrooms.
Chinese veggies and mushrooms in dark sauce was nicely done.
Pan fried buns were some of the best flavoured buns that I've had in a long time. Quite juicy on the inside, only wish the bottoms were a bit more crispy.
Spicy pork belly slices in cabbage was perfectly seasoned and not too spicy.
The only dish I wouldn't order again was their marinated fish, which was dry and rather bland.
Small pitcher of beer for $5 was enough for 2 tall glasses. A nice refreshing lager style beer, probably pretty low in alcohol as I didn't feel it after the meal (reminded me of the low alcohol % beers we often had in china).
Final bill was $71 (pre tax) for food for the 8 dishes, very reasonable.
All the dishes had very fresh veggies which is a must for me, and the sauces were rich and flavourful, but not overwhelming. Very good service, plenty of waitresses unlike some other new chinese places. No MSG effect after the meal either.
Overall a very nice Shanghainese meal, will definitely be returning for more (i.e the sweet n sour whole pickerel, and pre order special chicken). Cash only.
Sika Deer Chinese Cuisine
4186 Finch Avenue E (at Midland)
Scarborough, ON M1S 3V1