Two friends and I headed to New Sky on Spadina last night and, sadly, we were all underwhelmed. The room is lovely, and the staff extremely friendly and accommodating but we were a little let down by the food.
Though I rarely pay too much heed to Joanne Kates' reviews, we were all intrigued by the glowing review she gave the place a few weeks ago, so we decided to mostly replicate what she ordered to see if it really was sublime.
Steamed shrimp dumplings: ho-hum
Hunan dumplings with peanut butter sauce: really tasty but probably really unhealthy too (esp. since we ordered some steamed rice to soak up every drop of the Szechuan peanut sauce the dumplings were swimming in)
Crispy soft-shell crab in salt and pepper (not on Kates' list, but as they are in season, we HAD to have them): heavy, salty batter covered crab that, frankly, didn't taste as fresh as I had hoped
Fu-kin (?) noodles: crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, with pieces of BBQ pork, fresh peas and slices of crispy asparagus -- they didn't look especially appetizing but tasted fabulous
Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce: ho-hum
We will definitely go back, but this time we'll order exactly what we want, rather than going on Ms. Kates' recommendations. Dinner for three, including two beers, came to $57 plus tip.