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House of Gourmet

Posted by Tanja / Reviewed on March 19, 2008 / review policy

Beef Satay Rice NoodlesWhen going for dinner in Chinatown, it's so easy to stick to a few fave places and ignore the rest. Sometimes though, it's nice to try someting new... and that's where my head was when I walked up the front steps of House of Gourmet.

I was up for something different, and after a couple conditional pass signs in windows along Dundas, I remembered House of Gourmet. It's a big place, right in the heart of Chinatown, but I'd never really stopped there for a simple dinner. It was always some grand party where I didn't get a chance to eat much or order dishes I wanted. The menu is pretty varied though and the service fast, so I figured I'd see how they'd do with my favourite eats.

My co-diner and I order up a couple shareable entrees, priced between $7-9 each: Beef Satay Rice Noodles and a Tofu & Vegetable Hot Pot.

The Beef Satay is our usual favourite. Having tried it nearly everywhere, we figured we'd see what the "gourmet" touch had to offer. From a visual perspective, I was impressed. Pictured above, the dish was presented with the tender beef, green peppers, onions and pineapple prepared and placed atop a bed of warm rice noodles. Often the noodles and beef are all mixed together and presented in a jumbled heap, but this was almost pretty.

Flavour was all there as well. The veggies and pineapple still had a slight crispiness to them while the spicy beef was the sort of melt-in-your-mouth kind of tender we don't get often enough. Another nice element was the amount of sauce. I find that often there is just way too much of it, but here we had just enough to be good, yet not so much that we O.D.'d on sodium in one bowlful. Instant fave.

House of GourmetWhen it came to the Tofu & Vegetable Hot Pot, we were 100% certain what to expect as the description was vague, but we figured we'd take our chances.

The tofu here is deep fried and the veggie portion is mostly large, strong Chinese mushrooms, a slice or two of carrot and some greens underneath the tofu. My co-diner is not a fan of mushrooms unfortunately, leaving me to polish those off on my own (no problem - love 'em). While the saucy hot pot portion appears small, it packs a lot of food. We had plenty of left overs to take home for lunch the next day.

Now next time I'm looking to hit up one of my 'usual favourites', House of Gourmet will be on that list.. plus, I'm told the congee is a must-try.

House of Gourmet Toronto

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8 Comments

Gloria / March 19, 2008 at 03:28 pm
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They do all the staples well. I come here for lunch all the time.
Foodhogger / March 30, 2008 at 12:01 pm
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The food here is excellent - been here three of four times and have never had a bad experience!
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Brandon / July 13, 2008 at 03:22 am
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My favourite place for BBQ pork and rice. Close by to me.
Good friendly staff, good prices, good food. Would reccomend to anyone else.
handfed / March 27, 2012 at 04:28 pm
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I just went there, and got the tofu/vegetable hot pot (#149? in the pink menu). Not sure if I got the same one as you, but it didn't have any of those black mushrooms, but instead mostly bok choi, brocculi and some italian mushrooms. The gelatinous sauce is a bit off-putting, especially as it cools. It didn't come with any rice, and the total was $12. Not sure I'd go back...
Randy / October 19, 2012 at 08:07 pm
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Their specialties are congee and noodle soups. Both are amazing. The congee with wontons is ridiculously good, and dirt cheap.
fOOdie / June 9, 2013 at 04:29 pm
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Good tasting food and big portions. One entree is plenty for two.

The service was not very good. I HATE it when the waitress doesn't speak or understand English well enough to take your order efficiently and accurately!

Chinatown is terrible for this kind of thing. I think I'll go to Markham from now on.
William / July 20, 2013 at 07:51 pm
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The food here is very good, but the staff was unprofessional.

I read the previous comment because the word hate stood out. I guess I can relate to this kind of behaviour (staff that don't speak English in an English speaking country), especially in Chinatown.

Chinatown needs a great food restaurant that has great manner and trained staff.
WHEN IS THIS RESTAURANT GOING TO OPEN UP IN CHINATOWN?
Emily / October 12, 2013 at 06:43 am
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This place is great. Where can you get BBQ pork tenderloin dinner for 3.99 . We are spoiled in Toronto, no McDonalds for the adventurous. There are plenty of choices for the same price. If you're on a diet, try the steamed chicken on rice with a delicious ginger scallion garlic sauce. Just remove the skin. This place is Toronto comfort food! Who needs to cook at home.

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