I met up with Lorna for lunch on a week day. Initially, we intended to eat at Kiriri on Garden City Road. Unfortunately, the restaurant was closed for 10 days.
So, we cross the road to look for another place to have lunch. We decided to try the above new 5 Loaves 2 Fish Restaurant; a Northern Chinese cuisine restaurant. A while ago, Ben and I did notice this new restaurant. But a glance at their take out menu, it looks more like a chopsuey restaurant.
You can click on the menu to have a larger view.
The restaurant was quiet when we arrived; just one table was occupied. A while later, a few more customers walked in.
After browsing through the menu for a while, we could not make up our mind of what to order. So, we asked the server for recommendation for their Northern Chinese specialties. She recommended the above Stir Fried Potatoes, Eggplants & Green Peppers. It was $9.99. Other than a bit oily, it was pretty good; the sauce was flavourful and great with steamed rice. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
Nanzaro and I went out for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. Arkensen wanted to catch his favourite Dr. Who show; so he asked us to bring salted fish chicken fried rice from the Richmond Public Market for him.
I had wanted to come here for the Mala Xiang Guo for a long time since Fmed blogged about it. The Northern Chinese Cuisine had been here for a least a year.
Parking is at rear with marking for customers of 8188.
I like the traditional Chinese decoration of this restaurant.
The above is a table decor under the glass.
I was looking for Mala Xiang Guo on the menu but was not able to find it. So, I asked the server about it. He told me that there is a dish called Xiang Guo Prawns which is similar. It’s a new dish and not on the menu yet. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
Li’s China Grill reminded me of the grilled fish that I had in Beijing.
There are two similar restaurants on this stretch of Kingsway which serve similar cuisine. We picked Li’s China Grill as it looks nicer from the outside.
I like the hardwood floor and the table lined with red table cloth.
We ordered 4 skewers of grilled lamb while waiting for our main dish. The lamb skewer was good; 99 cents each. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
Ben and I were in the Crystal Mall looking for lunch options.
We decided to try the Perfect Taste Restaurant which located outside the mall.
The Chinese name of the restaurant indicates that it is of northern eastern Chinese cuisine. The dishes come with free rice.
The restaurant was empty when we were there on a Friday afternoon.
We ordered a couple of dishes since it’s just the two of us. The first dish is a stir fried potatoes, egg plant and green pepper. When the dish arrived, we can smelled the fragrance of bean sauce. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
I brought Ben to Fatty Hi Chinese Restaurant to try their Mala Xiang Guo. Ben was impressed by their menu.
The Mala Xiang Guo is $18.95 and it’s for 2. Rice has to be ordered separately. The Mala Xiang Guo is prefix i.e. you do not get to choose the ingredients like what we had in Beijing. The only thing I did not like was there were too much luncheon meat in it. I would prefer more vegetarian ingredients like wood ear, bean curd stick, cabbage… More on following page. Click here to continue reading
Nanzaro and I were out looking for a place to have lunch before my weekend groceries shopping. We ended up at Capstan Way and found out that Pho Tai Hoa‘s location had been taken over by a Chinese restaurant.
After looking at the photographs posted on the glass wall outside the restaurant, Nanzaro agreed to give it a try. It’s the Sichuan food that enticed him.
I wanted so much to try the Mala Xiang Guo but it’s for two and Nanzaro wanted to order his own dish. So, I’ll probably wait till Ben comes home to share with me.
The above are their take out menu. You can click on the menu to have a larger view.
There was just one other table other than us. Upon checking with server, I was told that this restaurant had opened since March 2012. Wow, it’s been that long that I did not visit this area.
This Beijing/Sichuan restaurant has picture menu which make it easier to order, especially for people who are not familiar with Chinese cuisine.
Nanzaro ordered his favourite Cumin Lamb with Rice from the lunch special. It is $7.95. The cumin lamb was not oily which is a good thing. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
Nanzaro and I went out for lunch and groceries shopping on a Saturday. We decided to try the fairly new Northern Chinese Countryside Restaurant on No. 3 Road and Browngate Road.
The server/owner told me that this restaurant had opened for six months.
The restaurant name in Chinese says that this is a noodle shop. It’s menu is more than just noodle but ranges from cold dishes, side dishes, hot pot, meat dishes, snacks and soup.
You can click on the menu to have a larger view.
I ordered one of their house special dishes, A Pot of Incense. It is $8.99. I asked the server if this comes with rice. He replied that it comes with corn cake and fried bread. The fried bread (thinner ones) was very crunchy while the corn cake was more doughy. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
The opening of the Harbour Spirit Restaurant was perhaps one of the most anticipated on over the last few months. One of the reasons is that they were taking an old location vacated by Sammy J Peppers which is a large space and highly visible along the No 3 Road.
They are so big that we were told by the restaurant that they will “specialize” on Cantonese AND Sichuan AND Northern AND Hot Pot when we went there (did not eat) on their opening day (see here). I can’t find that comment now but I distinctly remember someone saying that with trying be everything to everyone, they will either succeed big time or they will fail big time.
The initial reports from this place were mostly unfavourable. I was not surprised because with such a big operations there are a lot more kinks to sort out. As much as Suanne and I would like to go check them out, we decided that against it. We sort of knew what the experience would be like — no different from all the early reports.
We finally went after they were opened for 1.5 months. That should be enough time to have things to settle down and well past the dry run periods.
It does seems like the Harbour Spirit have deep pockets. They want to open up with a bang to awe people. On the surface they did quite a good job. The chandeliers and the heavy set chairs were highly visible. But on a second glance, they are still very rough around the edges. It is in the details that they fell short.
OK things like this bother me especially when they try to be classy but ignore the details. The white table cloth above, I find them distractingly nonuniform. That was not just it. The materials are cheap and too light that it shifts when you move the plates or teapot around. And they are wrinkled.
They must have spend some … More on following page. Click here to continue reading