I was running some errands in the neighborhood of Steeles and Warden when I drove past this eatery. Recalling it was mentioned positively by one of our fraternity member, we decided to drop in for lunch.
The place was small, cozy and modern, quite clean by Chinese eatery standard. It was still pretty full at around 2.30 pm.
We ordered the following set lunches and a la carte dish: ( Daily soup, beverage of tea or coffee were also included in the package ).
- ' Baked Pork Chop on fried rice in Tomato sauce'
- ' Sweet and Sour Pork on rice'
- ' Chinese style stirred fry beef with Tomatoes on rice'
First off, considering it was posted on the wall as a 'chef's special', the 'Tomato and beef on rice' was one huge disappointment. Portion size was extremely small when compared to similar dish from say, Richmond Court or Bayview Kitchen. In fact in was less than half the size! The beef was really tough and totally lacking of seasoning and luster. The pool of over-starched sauce was one dimensional and bland. A few strands of raw Scallions were put into the dish at the end, The bitterness of the uncooked greens rendering the dish even less attractive. I was too discontent to take photo of this one.
Portion of the Sweet & Sour pork was also on the small side when compared with some of its competitors. Taste wise, in this case, it was more acceptable with fairly balanced sweet and tart sauce and nice crunchy fried pork morsels. OK but nothing overly distinctive. Again, not worthy of the ' Gold Medal ' house special title.
The ever popular ' Baked Tomato sauce Pork Chop on Fried Rice ' was decent in size and presentation. Taste was a bit underwhelming when compare to say Richmond Court. The 2 pieces of pork chop were quite generous in size but lacking smokiness and crispiness from being under-seared. Again, the protein was quite tough.
For the portion size offered, price was not cheap. For the quality, I will not return.
The young lady serving us asked me suddenly at the end how my tomato beef was. I was lost for words!!
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