Showing posts with label Dim Sum. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dim Sum. Show all posts
I have been to Rol San a couple of times in the past, and have been overcharged 3/4 times. Those experiences definitely left a sour taste in my mouth and I didn't return until last weekend (after a year). Being overcharged by $8 the first time around was okay as we chalked it up as a server's miscalculation. However, being overcharged by a few dollars ($10+) on each of the other two visits (on separate occasions) has gotten me concerned about their practices so I didn't bother to return. Instead of Rol San, we usually alternate between these three; Rosewood, Dim Sum King, or Noble Seafood in Chinatown. I am not the only one who have had this issue, as there are quite a lot of online reviews out there that have indicated this as well.

Despite their lack of service or final bill discrepancies; Rol San has remained a popular dim sum establishment in Chinatown. I can definitely see why as they do offer all day dim sum, and the food was tasty here. As an added note; tea is an additional 60 cents per person.  

The spicy boneless duck feet (3.48).

The shrimp dumplings (har gow) ($3.88).

 The pork dumplings (shiu mai) ($3.48).

The diced beef and preserved vegerables in rice rolls ($3.48).

The shrimps rice rolls ($3.88).

 The chicken feet in chef's sauce ($2.88).

 The spareribs in black bean sauce ($2.68).

The prices are relatively standard to a restaurant offering all day dim sum, and our meal was a little over thirty dollars. I actually did enjoy the food here as I found it rather flavorful, and the shrimp that they used for both the shrimp dumplings and rice rolls were plump and delicious. As for service; the main server didn't do much as all he did was stand at the front counter, and lurked around. Our food was brought out from the kitchen in a rather fast manner by one of the kitchen staff, which is good as it came out hot. Nothing much has changed in a year; good food and mediocre service. 


Quality of Food: 3.9/5
Service: 3/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3.5/5
Price: $$

Address:  323 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON, M5T 2E9

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Rol San

by on Tuesday, July 08, 2014
I have been to Rol San a couple of times in the past, and have been overcharged 3/4 times. Those experiences definitely left a sour taste ...
There are countless numbers of Dim Sum restaurants in Chinatown (Toronto), and Dim Sum King Seafood Restaurant is amongst the sea of them. The restaurant is located inside of Maindale Mall, and it is on the third floor (one can take the elevator or walk up the stairs).

Dim Sum King Seafood Restaurant offers traditional dim sum carts during their lunch hours. I have only been here on the weekends, so I can't comment if the cart services are available during the weekdays.What are cart services? It is basically where the waitresses would circulate their carts around the restaurant with various dim sum dishes, and you'd get to choose which ones you'd like, and they would mark it down on your sheet. 

The interior was rather large with several tables, and its decor is very Chinese-influenced. One thing that I did noticed was that their washrooms was rather clean (at least in comparison to Chinatown standards). I have been to Dim Sum King Seafood Restaurant on a couple of occasions, and the dim sum dishes has been consistent. My bf and I often get seated around the middle area so the carts came over frequently with dim sum dishes.

One of the most common dishes that I often order is the steamed sticky rice rolls (shrimp). Each translucent roll contained plenty of shrimp filling, and the skin itself exhibited good texture as it was not overly too thin or thick.

I was not a fan of the steamed sticky rice rolls (beef) as the beef filling was rather insipid for my taste. However, the texture of the translucent skin was good for a steamed roll.

The steamed spare ribs were average.

The chicken feet were over not steamed, which is always a good thing. Additionally, they had a natural sweetness to it.

The steamed curry squid was not a hot dish like I originally thought. It turned out that it was served cold. The curry flavor wasn't too overpowering.

Next to the steamed shrimp roll; the short ribs with black pepper were my favorite. This particular dish came with five pieces of mid-size short ribs. Additionally, it was full of flavor, and each piece contained a lot of meat, and not just fatty pieces.

The har gow were freshly made and packed with a good amounts of shrimp filling. The texture of the skin was perfect as it was both thin and chewy.

The siu mai dumplings were rather small in size, but I did enjoy the seasoning used in the filling.

The fillings in the Chinese beef buns were plentiful and the buns were fluffy.

They had a special dish one morning, and it was called The Phoenix's Nest which was quickly sold out. The dish was basically dumpling containing chunky sized shrimp topped with roe.

First off, I don't believe that all restaurants in Chinatown offer average customer services. As I have experienced both poor, good and great customer service at restaurants in the district. However, I have become rather accustomed to the average customer service where the wait staffs are impersonal and stoic, but they do bring out the ordered food in a timely fashion. This is how I would describe the service at Dim Sum King Seafood Restaurant. Some of the ladies (not all) were impersonal and looked kind of grumpy, but they did their job to circulate the cart, and quickly place the orders on customers' tables.


Quality of Food: 3.5/5
Service: 3/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3.5/5
Price: $$

Address: 421 Dudas St W, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON M5T 1G6

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Dim Sum King Seafood Restaurant

by on Thursday, May 01, 2014
There are countless numbers of Dim Sum restaurants in Chinatown (Toronto), and Dim Sum King Seafood Restaurant is amongst the sea of them. ...
 Rosewood Chinese Cuisine is a two floor dim sum restaurant offering the classic dim sum fare at decent prices. For those who are available on the weekdays; they have now extended their early bird
specials until 4 pm. This means that all dishes are priced at a cheap $1.88 each from Monday to Friday (except holidays) from 9 am-4 pm. I went on a Saturday morning for a quick dim sum fix so I was unable to take part in this deal. The prices for the weekends and holidays are the following:

(S) $2.37   (M) $3.28   (L) $3.68

Due to the two-level seating arrangements; there are no cart services. Rather customers are given an extensive list of the dim sum dishes, and one would check off their orders.

The service was relatively standard when you're dining in Chinatown. They weren't attentive throughout the meal, but they did quickly seated us, took our orders, and the dishes arrived quickly.  Overall, the dishes that we ordered were either a hit or miss. Still if you go on the weekday; it's very well worth it for its price.

The har gow (shrimp dumplings) (L) was plump with filling, but the translucent skin was slightly thick.

The pork filling in the pork dumplings with caviar (siu mai) (M) lacked flavor.

The filling in the beef rice rolls (L) was minced well and was pretty good.

The spared ribs & olive on rice (L) was a great value for its price.

The five spice squid tentacles (L) wasn't overly oily while still retaining its crispy texture.

There was plenty of filling in the shrimp & chive dumplings (M) but the overall taste of the shrimp was rather dry.

The shrimp rice rolls (L) was probably my favorite dishes of the night as it was fresh. The lightly folded rice noodles wasn't thick at all, and there was a good amount of shrimp filling inside.

The crispy shrimp rolls (L) was a solid dish; it came out piping hot and crispy.


Quality of Food: 3.5/5
Service: 3/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3.2/5
Price: $ || Online Menu

Address: 699 St Clair Avenue W, Toronto, ON,M6C 1B2

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Rosewood Chinese Cuisine

by on Wednesday, November 27, 2013
 Rosewood Chinese Cuisine is a two floor dim sum restaurant offering the classic dim sum fare at decent prices. For those who are available...
Gold Diamond Chinese Restaurant is located in the building that used to house the now-defunct Bright Pearl. The restaurant offers dim sum dishes and Chinese cuisine. 

Like a majority of other dim sum places, customers are given a sheet of paper and pencil to mark off the items that they want. However, I did see a few carts going around the restaurant, so I believe that my boyfriend were just a little late for the cart service.

The restaurant was fairly large, and the ambiance was nice and bright. Additionally, the Gold Diamond Chinese Restaurant has a reasonable selection of dim sum choices and their prices were pretty standard.

The prices are as followed:

small - $2.20
medium - $2.99
large - $3.50
extra-large - $4.50

The deep fried shrimp rolls (L) were really good as it was super crispy on the outside and the insides contained soft shrimp pieces.

Both the steamed shrimp rice roll (L) and steamed beef rice roll (M) were decently made, and has enough filling.

I was underwhelmed with the steamed shrimp & pork dumplings (M) as they were pretty small in size. The shrimp/pork filling was just seasoned okay.

The steamed shrimp dumplings (har gow) (L) were good as its skin was not too thick and the shrimp pieces were plump.

The freshness of the boiled Chinese greens (XL) was definitely notable.

The deep fried crab claw with shrimp paste ($3.50 each piece) was freshly made, but was a little too salty. 

The service itself was a little beyond average as the dishes did arrive quickly to the table, and they do refilled the tea pot. However, our server was unresponsive, and I don't recall him saying anything really (no hello or even you're welcome when being thanked by patrons).

Overall, nothing particularly stood out about the Gold Diamond Chinese Restaurant to me. However, it is a a decent place to get some quick dim sum on the weekend. 


Quality of Food: 3.5/5
Service: 3.4/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3.5/5
Price: $$

Address: 346 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5T 1J5

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Gold Diamond Chinese Restaurant

by on Monday, October 15, 2012
Gold Diamond Chinese Restaurant is located in the building that used to house the now-defunct Bright Pearl . The restaurant offers dim sum ...
I-Cook Buffet is located in a plaza located off of Warden & Steeles. The interior of the restaurant is large, and clean-looking. Between the hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, I-Cook Buffet serves dim sum, and from 4:00 pm to closing, it is an AYCE hot pot. 

I ate during the morning hours, so the following review will be on the dim sum dishes.

There is a special fixed price of $2.88 for each item on the menu if you go between the times of 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

Otherwise, the pricing are as followed:

Small: $2.88
Medium: $3.38
Large: $3.78

One of the great things about uptown restaurants would be the non-hassle of parking, and also it's free (since I-Cook Buffet is in a plaza).

I was pretty surprised about the service at I-Cook Buffet. It was actually pretty good as the dishes arrived fast, and the waitresses were efficient in taking the empty steamer baskets away and refilling our glasses of water and pots of tea. Two thumbs up :)

The fried cuttle tentacle (L) was lightly battered and crispy.

I really liked the BBQ beef ribs (L); the flavor was very sweet and there were no fatty pieces.

The chicken feet with chu hou sauce (S) had a good amounts of cartilage, but the sauce was way too sour for me.

Shrimp dumplings (L) are generally a staple at dim sum and I always ordered them whenever I go. The dumplings at I-Cook Buffet contained plump shrimp but the skin was not as translucent as other places.

The fried chicken wings (L) were fried to a golden brown and it had a nice flavor.  

I didn't like the turnip cakes (S) that much as the texture was too dry. I'd pass on this dish.

The shrimp steamed rice noodle (L) was steamed perfectly.

On the other hand, the beef steamed rice noodle (M) was standard. Although I did find the beef feeling to be a little too salty.

I didn't get to try the steamed seedling dumplings (M).  

The chiu chow dumplings (L) were wrapped in a translucent dumpling wrapper and filled with pork, dried shrimp, chives, and mushrooms. It was quite tasty.

The bun with custard (M) was considered as a dessert dish. The bun itself was light and fluffy, and it had a very sweet filling.


Quality of Food: 3.9/5
Service: 4/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3.8/5
Price: $$

Address: 7030 Warden Avenue, Markham, ON, L3R 4N3

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I-Cook Buffet

by on Monday, October 08, 2012
I-Cook Buffet is located in a plaza located off of Warden & Steeles. The interior of the restaurant is large, and clean-looking. Betwee...
One of my favorite Dim Sum restaurants has got to be Noble Seafood Restaurant, which is located in the heart of downtown Chinatown in Toronto. I have also ate at "Rol San", a neighboring dim sum restaurant, which I will never return to (mainly due to the poor service, and our bill was between $6-$10 extra on two separate occasions).

I know that the sign outside of the restaurant advertises "All Day Dim Sum", but I really don't recommend ordering it past the dim sum hours of 4:00 pm. I ordered some dim sum dishes at around 8:00 pm one night, and they were pretty much re-heated from frozen (and $1 to $2 more).

The prices itself was pretty decent, as it was the standard pricing of any other dim sum places, so no complaints there.
The dim sum prices (11 am to 4 pm) are as followed:

Small - $1.68
Medium - $1.98
Large - $2.68
X-Large - $2.98

The siu mai (L) was decent; as there was a good amount of beef.

One of my favorite dishes was the noodle rice roll with shrimp (L). The rice rolls itself were nicely made, and it didn't fall apart when picking the item up to dip into the soy sauce. The shrimps used was really fresh, and tasted delicious. 

There was also a choice of noodle rice roll with beef (L) for those who preferred beef more so than shrimps. The beef stuffing was plentiful.  

The fried chicken/shrimp rolls wrapped in seaweed (L) came in four rolls (sorry ... one was eaten before I took a pic), and accompanied by mayonnaise.

The rolls were really greasy, but the mixture of chicken/shrimp in the roll was a good combination. 

The fried chicken/shrimp rolls wrapped in seaweed (L) are both fried dishes. So one can expect the dishes to be really greasy and fattening, which they were. Both dishes were freshly fried, and super crispy.
The next item is a standard dim sum dish, and also another one of my favorites. The har gow (L) here had the right texture, as it had a fairly thin skin, without the shrimp fillings being skimpy and falling out.

There are some people who just eat the har gow as is. However, if you want a little more flavor to it, then you should try dipping it into the red vinegar that is provided as condiments.

I also ordered the fried beef short Korean ribs (XL), which is one of the newer dishes on the menu. It was pretty good. The ribs were well seasoned. Even though this was a XL dish; disappointingly there were only 4 pieces of ribs on the dish. 

To the right of the menu; there was a list of dishes that are recommended by the chef; prices vary between $4.99 to $12.99. I chose the yeung chow fried rice ($4.99), which is pictured below. It was an extremely good price for a full dish of the rice.

Despite the language barrier (as I can't speak Cantonese); I have always found that the service at Noble Seafood Restaurant to be quick and professional.


Quality of Food: 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
Dining Experience: 3.5/5
Price: $$

Address:  530 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON, M5T1H3

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