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The Best Chinese Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Beverly Cheng / November 19, 2009

Chinese Restaurants TorontoThe best Chinese restaurants in Toronto tend to be found on Dundas, Spadina or north of the 401. In fact, it has become conventional wisdom that to get the best szechuan, Cantonese or other variation of Chinese food in the city a trip to Markham or Thornhill is all but essential.

In downtown Toronto there are three main destinations for Chinese cuisine - the original Chinatown on Dundas between Bay and University, the largest Chinatown on Spadina on and around Dundas and the often overlooked East Chinatown near Broadview and Gerrard. All three areas are represented on this list. For the best chinese restaurants outside of the downtown core keep an eye out on this site for a separate best of list later this year.

The poor reputation of Chinese restaurants on Dundas and Spadina are not entirely undeserved. Many will remember the notorious rat sighting incidents at the Dumpling House and Happy Seven in 2008. The same year the popular Swatow shut down after being cited for numerous health and sanitation related infractions. It all led us to wonder where in Chinatown we could go for a guaranteed rat free meal?

A quick glance at the windows on Spadina will turn up the usual assortment of hanging ducks and roasted swine but there's more to these collection of restaurants than what initially meets the eye. Think unlimited pots of steaming-hot tea, family-style portions that can be shared among friends and increasingly stylish (and clean!) establishments that routinely pack in diners for lunch, dinner, dim sum and 3am eats (sometimes with cold tea available).

More common are Chinese restaurants catering to vegetarians with tofu and mock meat featured prominently on the menu. And then there are specialty purveyors who are best frequented only for dim sum, dumplings or a lobster special.

Whatever you're looking for, it's probably represented on this list of the 15 best Chinese restaurants in Toronto.

Top photos by Peter Grevstad, Dubes and Neilta from the blogTO Flickr Pool.

Mother's Dumplings

Mother's Dumplings

The secret has long been out for this basement restaurant near Dundas and Huron. Inside, the kitchen cooks up the city's best steamed dumplings and nourishing soupy noodles, all made fresh and by hand throughout the day. More »

Lai Wah Heen

Lai Wah Heen

Long regarded as Toronto's best Chinese restaurant (especially for dim sum), Lai Wah Heen will cost you more than any other place on this list. Found on the second floor of the Metropolitan Hotel, it attracts tourists, well-heeled patrons and those who just can't get enough of the chefs creative take on traditional Cantonese cuisine. More »

Spadina Garden

Spadina Garden

It may only be a stones throw from Lai Wah Heen but the vibe and price points here are way more downscale. It's a good thing that the owners don't skimp on quality though and it shows in their tasty and wide ranging menu of Cantonese, Pekin and Sichuan cuisine. For a decent alternative, it's also worth trying Garden restaurant across the street. More »

Lee Garden

Lee Garden

One of the longest-running restaurants in Chinatown, Lee Garden continues to attract lineups all through the night. Locals, tourists and hungry students all gather here. Be sure to have someone who can read Chinese fill you in on the daily specials and bargain set dinners. They have some of the best red bean soup dessert in Chinatown, free-of-charge to those who know how to ask for it! More »

King Noodle House

King Noodle House

This noodle joint has been around for decades and has recently gone through a welcomed face lift. They serve typical Cantonese style fast food - soup egg noodles with wonton, congee and BBQ rice dishes. It's the ideal spot for a quick lunch if you don’t mind the lineups. More »

Rol San

Rol San

With their bright red sign screaming cheap dim sum, Rol San still attracts the crowds. This is one of the best places to go to late at night (2-4am) when both the front and back rooms are jam packed with hungry revelers hoping to prolong the fun and ward off the looming hangover in the morning. Don't leave without ordering the pan fried turnip cake. More »

New Ho King

New Ho King

Dependable and dirt cheap, New Ho King has filled the role of the quintessential Chinatown institution for decades. Another popular late-night haunt for the post-club/bar-hopping crowd plus those in need of a General Tso’s combo at 4am. This 24 hour restaurant has long been on U of T students' speed dial. More »

Kom Jug Yuen

Kom Jug Yuen

This unassuming spot is a regular hangout for white-haired grannies and grandpas seeking out senior’s deals after their daily stroll around the 'hood. It's definitely an old school restaurant but it has its charms and still manages to pull in the crowds for a cheap and filling lunch. More »

New Sky Restaurant

New Sky Restaurant

When I think of New Sky I flash back to childhood memories of banging chopsticks, spilling tea and poking holes into plastic table coverings. This is a classic destination for large groups and family gatherings. More »

Simon's Wok

Simon's Wok

This vegetarian haven in East Chinatown is a great alternative for non carnivores and curious omnivores who dig mock meat fare like beef, chicken and pork that contains no animal products. Servers are friendly, but English is limited, so don't expect much explanation to go along with menu items like Assorted Wheat Gluten. A word to the wise - their vegetarian chow mein is possibly the best in town, and their Special Homemade Bean Curd Roll is a must! More »

Gold Stone Noodle

Gold Stone Noodle

There's more to noodles at this long standing Spadina Avenue destination. You can pretty much get anything you want from their 400 item menu from standard soup and, yes, fried noodles to Hong Kong diner classics. Portions are huge and prices are low. More »

Chinese Traditional Buns

Chinese Traditional Buns

As fate would have it, subterranean restaurants have found a way to top and end this list. But don't be one of those people put off by low ceiling and less than ideal natural light. Traditional Chinese Buns more than makes up for their basic surroundings with excellent Xian pulled-pork sandwiches and savoury dan dan noodles in a toasted peanut-based sauce. More »

Discussion

103 Comments

Ryan L. / November 19, 2009 at 12:39 pm
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Kind of dissapointed not a single restaurant in Markham made the list(or was nominated?)
Tim replying to a comment from Ryan L. / November 19, 2009 at 12:41 pm
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Check out the second paragraph. We mention that a separate list for outside the downtown core is coming later this year!
T.O. Snob / November 19, 2009 at 12:47 pm
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New Ho King gets my vote. Bring on the spicy crispy shredded beef!
ecn / November 19, 2009 at 12:56 pm
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I'd risk the rats any day for Dumpling House over Mother's Dumplings.
liz / November 19, 2009 at 12:59 pm
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Don't forget Buddha's. Busy all day, all the time, and home to heaping portions of Vegetarian delights.
keven / November 19, 2009 at 12:59 pm
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Actually just tried e-pan last weekend with my friend b pan. Food was tasty and the service quite good considering how busy they were.
TOfoodie replying to a comment from Tim / November 19, 2009 at 01:00 pm
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Tim, perhaps you should re-title the blog entry to indicate that it's a list of DOWNTOWN restaurants not Toronto in general.
keven replying to a comment from Tim / November 19, 2009 at 01:01 pm
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VERY nice! I'm especially looking forward to it
Ryan L. replying to a comment from Tim / November 19, 2009 at 01:33 pm
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Oops, I skipped right to the list.
bittles / November 19, 2009 at 01:49 pm
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Well this list was written by n00bs. First of all mothers is over priced and just okay, I don't know anyone who would even consider putting it on their top 15. That being said, the same apply's to new ho king. Okay they are open late, I get that, but it's still shit. Also if you are willing to put down New Sky and NHK than how about throwing up some of the old school bathurst and egi joints up. Thats about as classic as you can get.

The lack of Swatow on this list is crazy, and I would eat at Asian Legend over half of this list as well.

burp / November 19, 2009 at 01:51 pm
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Blah on November 19, 2009 at 1:37 PM
Why not a list of the best McDonalds next??
Chinese is Chinese is Chinese.
Or a list with which uses the most MSG?
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Clearly you know nothing about Chinese food.

How about you go back to the Mandarin Buffet and have more chicken balls.
jack / November 19, 2009 at 01:56 pm
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to review chinese restaurants properly, one should separate them into different cuisine or which province they are from: northern chinese cuisines are for noodle soup, steamed buns, cold side dishes, etc..Guandong/hk is about dim sum, stir fried, wok hei, chiu Chow is about cold crabs, chilled steamed fish dipped in soy bean sauce, soy goose, fish ball noodles soup, deep fried fish skin, deep fried crab and shrimp balls..Szechuan is about spicy hot food, etc..and then you have taiwanese style..you can't just lump them together..
laura / November 19, 2009 at 02:00 pm
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What about Paradise at Finch and Leslie (same owners as Dynasty)
or Spring Villa, or Sam Woos?
?? / November 19, 2009 at 02:06 pm
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How about Mr. Pongs??
That silly Panda!
Gloria replying to a comment from jack / November 19, 2009 at 02:12 pm
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Good luck with that.

I don't see a problem with a list that is the best of all Chinese cuisine -- basically, every restaurant on the list does the best in its respective area. Look beyond the trees.
Gloria replying to a comment from jack / November 19, 2009 at 02:14 pm
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Oh and especially considering many restaurants dabble in all kinds of things, picking up different things and mixing up their menu. Of course every restaurants has its strengths and weaknesses, but if they can offer an overall good meal experience, that's something to reward and recommend too.
jack replying to a comment from Gloria / November 19, 2009 at 02:36 pm
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then why review italian restaurants, bugers, cafe? why don't you just lump all in North American or European joints? or lump dim sum into breakfast restaurants? this is just like saying all asians are chinese or all blacks are the same
Sal678592 replying to a comment from ecn / November 19, 2009 at 02:37 pm
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@enc
Dumpling House over Mother's Dumplings? You gotta be kidding me...

I have never in all the years I've been going to MD had one poor meal and anyone I have ever taken there has always said they will be going back.

The thing with Kom Jug Yuen is, it's cheap and for the most part pretty decent. Just some people tend to think of it as a hole when they come for the first time. The old guy always rockin' different hats. The upside down baseball hat/visor is a personal fav.
Kristen / November 19, 2009 at 02:44 pm
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The next top list of non-downtown Chinese restaurants should def include Congee Queen!
C to the Izzo / November 19, 2009 at 02:55 pm
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I haven't eaten in china town since the garbage strike. Don't plan to till at least next spring.
Michelle / November 19, 2009 at 02:59 pm
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whoa this list is such a big undertaking. i sincerely applaud you.

i found mother's dumpling kind of overrated. the siu long bao (soup dumplings) didn't have enough soup (or space for the soup) and the beef pancake was overly salty. i did like their dill and pork dumplings. but other than that the flavour of their dumplings are mediocre. but i guess that's what you get for downtown toronto.
WutWutInMahButt / November 19, 2009 at 03:05 pm
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Rol San? This list is suspect.

burp / November 19, 2009 at 03:37 pm
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C to the Izzo on November 19, 2009 at 2:55 PM
I haven't eaten in china town since the garbage strike. Don't plan to till at least next spring.
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Great. Thanks for letting us know how irrational you are.
jack / November 19, 2009 at 03:43 pm
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richmond court in Times Square is pretty good.. esp if you know the waiter named Mark Goh(brother Mark) there...you get special treats and recommendation from him...i usually just go there.. and let him pick the dishes for me.. their egg tarts are incredible and they are freshly baked if you go there around noon on weekends...stir fried sticky rice, yummy..soy cow tripe, yum.. baked garopa with rice..yum yum..iced milk tea, delicious.. for dinner get the fresh lobster cooked in broth, and steamed fish
DS / November 19, 2009 at 03:44 pm
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Rol San is disgusting unless you've consumed 8-12 pints of beer beforehand.
AllanM88 / November 19, 2009 at 03:55 pm
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Not a bad list, but "Taste of China" is a very underrated restaurant that should have been included. Not only is the food amazing, the atmosphere is great and the staff are really nice. Its been my favorite Chinatown restaurant for 7 years now and they never disappoint.

Also, I agree with the first comment...the exclusion of a Markham or Pacific Mall area restaurant is slightly disappointing.
mr hate / November 19, 2009 at 04:24 pm
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Another hodge podge subjective BEST OF list from BlogTo.

If these truly are the best, then how come there are so many bluntly negative comments about them?

There are so many different types of Chinese food on the list it's virtually meaningless.

You should have had different categories for different regions and styles.

And downtown vs uptown vs outskirts.

And then under each restaurant you pick for the top 15, have an agree/disagree button so we can all express our opinions on your choices.

Nice try, but it clearly ain't working for any of us.
jill / November 19, 2009 at 04:26 pm
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jack, Richmond Court is vile. Just about any restaurant in the Times Square area is better than that place. It has two things going for it: it's cheap and it's open late. That's about it.
James replying to a comment from Ryan L. / November 19, 2009 at 04:36 pm
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yeah this list totally ignores the other chinatowns, HWY 7, agincourt, etc. But blogTO are downtowners... they need to get out more. (out of the core, that is)
David replying to a comment from keven / November 19, 2009 at 04:37 pm
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Haha, I thought you guys were going to NHK. Now I'm even MORE sad that I couldn't come. MMM E-Pan with B-Pan.

My vote goes to NHK for dirt cheap, E-Pan for cheapish quality and Rol San for Dim Sum. Still need to get my butt to LWH or LTH.
jack replying to a comment from jill / November 19, 2009 at 04:40 pm
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Vile? you need to get your tongue examined
jack replying to a comment from jill / November 19, 2009 at 04:41 pm
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those other restaurants at times square are owned by the owner of Richmond court!
mr hate / November 19, 2009 at 04:51 pm
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No Swatow?

Yeesh.
Holy Crap! / November 19, 2009 at 05:09 pm
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The same ol miserable, Toronto, Internet whiners....
Kenny / November 19, 2009 at 06:05 pm
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Any Chinese person would tell you, we don't go downtown for Chinese food, hell, we don't go downtown for Chinatown neither. We hit up Agincourt, Markham, Richmond Hill.

Lai Wah Heen is the only restaurant that deserves to be on this list.
Jim Morrison in a pimp costume / November 19, 2009 at 06:12 pm
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I am the new ho king!
Paul / November 19, 2009 at 07:36 pm
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I love mother's dumplings. I've been there many times, and I've taken their frozen dumplings to enjoy at home. The staff is wonderful, the food is delicious, and it's extremely reasonably priced (though increasingly difficult to get a seat).
Elizabeth / November 19, 2009 at 07:48 pm
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I LOVE mother's dumplings. Nearly went there today after reading the post and being reminded of their tasty food. Especially those green onion pancakes - yummy!

And I don't know why they don't say it, but I'm pretty sure "we" (blogTO readers) voted on this list, I know I did. So to complain about the selection is a comment on readers, not blogTO itself.
Alice replying to a comment from Elizabeth / November 19, 2009 at 08:40 pm
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"And I don't know why they don't say it, but I'm pretty sure "we" (blogTO readers) voted on this list, I know I did. So to complain about the selection is a comment on readers, not blogTO itself."

Not true. The author compiles the list.
jack / November 19, 2009 at 10:00 pm
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the best dumplings are those made at home.. most chinese people(from mainland china and taiwan) know that.. 'cause they make them at home and they know for sure what goes into the stuffing, making sure the cabbage is washed properly, shrimps deveined, etc.. restaurants you have no idea.. esp you have no idea if the workers wash their hands after using the washrooms when they are wrapping the dumplings or they were picking their nose
jack / November 19, 2009 at 10:03 pm
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btw, just a piece of advice.. when ordering vegetables at chinese restaurants, make sure you don't order those hard to wash..they don't wash and clean veggie like you do at home.. pick something that grow in greehouse, lettuce, etc.. spinach, bak choy,etc are very dirty, and they usually don't wash the stem part..
Rachel / November 19, 2009 at 10:32 pm
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It'd be nice if there was a way to denote veggie-friendly places. I'm a bit afraid to eat in Chinatown because I'm a vegetarian but I am always looking for recommendations.
Morga replying to a comment from Kenny / November 19, 2009 at 10:52 pm
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"Any Chinese person would tell you, we don't go downtown for Chinese food, hell, we don't go downtown for Chinatown neither. We hit up Agincourt, Markham, Richmond Hill."

Tell that to the thousands of Asian people who eat in Chinatown every day. You have no idea what you are talking about.
Chinese Guy / November 20, 2009 at 12:26 am
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Yes, a Chinese person. This list is for downtown only. I think almost everyone (who's had it) would admit that Markham/Richmond Hill produce generally better Chinese cuisine than anywhere else in the GTA.

Also, from the list, all are the restaurants specialize in southern chinese cuisine (HK, Guangdong, Fujian). All of the restaurants are cantonese based (with probably the exception of E-Pan (which means "All Things/Everything/Something close to that" in Mandarin)). So, calling it 'Chinese' in the all-encompassing sense is a bit of a stretch.

That said, this list is a freaking undertaking that focuses on the popular foods in typical cuisine. It's hard to pick out who's best for noodles, dim sum, congee, seafood, etc. that this region is known for.

Excellent try. I've been to all but two of the restaurants, and most of them (I think) deserve to be on the list and are quite good at what they specialize in. But try to remember, no restaurant is going to be quite as good or authentic (which can be terrible) as the homeland.
SP / November 20, 2009 at 04:31 am
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"Tell that to the thousands of Asian people who eat in Chinatown every day. You have no idea what you are talking about."

Do YOU know what you're talking about? What is the difference between the Asian diners in Chinatown and the ones in Markham/Agincourt/Richmond Hill, anyway?

A La in Markham has delicious Shanghainese food.
NSM replying to a comment from Sal678592 / November 20, 2009 at 08:06 am
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Actually, I went only once to Mother's Dumplings, and I do not plan on ever going back. It was not terrible, but rather just okay. The food was bland, I thought, and certainly not all that it was hyped to be.
Clowns!!! / November 20, 2009 at 08:23 am
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Why wasnt Manchu Wok on this list?
Or Ho Lee Chow for that matter?
How can this list be taken seriously?
Ad replying to a comment from Ryan L. / November 20, 2009 at 08:42 am
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Markham....really? this BlogTO not BlogMARKHAM.
Ad replying to a comment from Ryan L. / November 20, 2009 at 08:43 am
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Manchu Wok? Ho Lee Chow? I hope that's a joke.
Clowns replying to a comment from Ad / November 20, 2009 at 08:46 am
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Far from it.
Plenty of them in the core to choose from.
And they even have signs indicating no MSG.
Cant say that for all the others.
Or rats.
RachelW / November 20, 2009 at 09:14 am
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I miss Happy Seven, rats and all.

For a special occasion, Lai Wah Heen has a fantastic two-course Peking Duck which is more than enough for a meal for two people.

I have definitely never had a bad meal at Mother's Dumplings in the years I have been going, especially the pork and dill ones. The fried dumplings are less than impressive, so I skip them. And buying their frozen dumplings to take home is also great.
Gloria replying to a comment from jack / November 20, 2009 at 10:21 am
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@jack: You think Italian cuisine is all the same?

I support the idea of including dim sum in breakfast lists! Why don't you nominate one next time?
Gloria replying to a comment from Kenny / November 20, 2009 at 10:24 am
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Would love to do that every day, but I don't have a car and I live downtown.
Gloria replying to a comment from Alice / November 20, 2009 at 10:25 am
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No, Elizabeth is right. These are polls that BlogTO conducted a while ago, and they release each category result over time. We've had this discussion before.

I wish BlogTO would just freakin' include that disclaimer on every post. They're giving commentators unnecessary headaches.
Gloria replying to a comment from jack / November 20, 2009 at 10:29 am
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@jack: Also, re: Italian restaurants, Italy is a country. So is China. So it's perfectly OK to have a Best Chinese list just like a Best Italian list.

*Europe* is a continent. The list you describe would be a Best of Asian Cuisine, and it'd include Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, etc., all lumped together. But I've never seen a list like that.

China isn't special. The food is great and there's not only variety, but variety that has big differences, but it doesn't mean people should have to compose 15 different painstaking lists to placate your sense of importance. Look at mr hate's suggestion: Practical? No.
ayl / November 20, 2009 at 10:41 am
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Why isn't anyone reading this line? "For the best chinese restaurants outside of the downtown core keep an eye out on this site for a separate best of list later this year."
Peter / November 20, 2009 at 10:45 am
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I like Markham. I like Richmond Hill (which is where I work and most frequently eat dim sum). But they are NOT part of Toronto, so by definition their restaurants should NOT be on this list.
Morga replying to a comment from SP / November 20, 2009 at 11:03 am
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"Do YOU know what you're talking about? What is the difference between the Asian diners in Chinatown and the ones in Markham/Agincourt/Richmond Hill, anyway?"

That was my point, there is no difference.
Linusbb / November 20, 2009 at 11:27 am
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How could Swatow not be on the list? It's WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY more authentic than Gold Stone and King Noodle.
tracy / November 20, 2009 at 11:32 am
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I'm really surprised no-one has mentioned The Fireplace, at Carlton and Jarvis. Awesome restaurant, been there for yonks, and absolutely delicious food. I guess perhaps not that many people know about it..... they should!!! YUM.
jack replying to a comment from Gloria / November 20, 2009 at 11:50 am
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Gloria... you obviously don't know about food, culture, and cooking with the statement.."China isn't special"... so there is no point of even discussing this with ya..
Denise / November 20, 2009 at 12:01 pm
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I think it's ridiculous to say that Markham and Richmond Hill aren't "Toronto," whether you're talking about Chinese food or a regional transit plan.
keven replying to a comment from Denise / November 20, 2009 at 12:24 pm
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I'd have to disagree with you. Transit doesn't go further than Steeles to the north at which point you change systems and pay more fare so for now (until it's included in the regional transit plan) these areas are almost totally inaccessible from the core.
jack / November 20, 2009 at 12:28 pm
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there are two chinese restaurants in the yonge and wellesley area that are quite good.. by that I mean they have good "wok hei".. and you have to pick the non gwai lo dishes(ie not sweet and sour pork or stupid lemon chicken).. i dont remember the names of the restaurants, but one is right at yonge and wellesley(north west corner). the other one is at yonge and carlton(just opened recently) across from that scary cineplex cinema
Gloria replying to a comment from jack / November 20, 2009 at 01:21 pm
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You're ridiculous. I am Chinese and I get pissed when any of us act like we're so great and deserve special treatment and cry foul when other people just don't understand us, when often many Chinese are completely ignorant and borderline-racist against foreign cultures.

Who cares if gwai lo eat lemon chicken? I'm not eating it, and anyway, why would I care if "stupid" white people don't know the good things? They're, by our definition, stupid.

And anyway, you already know that Chinese food is great. Why do you feel the need to go out and trumpet this fact, and stamp on people who just don't appreciate all the nuances of regional cuisines? You're just as right staying home and keeping your attitude to yourself.

Like I said, I do think Chinese food is great, and definitely the greatest. But I just accept that a lot of people don't know everything, because they didn't have the benefit of being fed it every day while growing up, and it's just a beginning to perhaps more refined appreciation. And if they like sweet and sour pork, so what? If it's tasty, it's good food. "Authentic" food is only often better because its preparation is more careful and thorough, with superior ingredients and a finer understanding of how they all interact to create a great dish.

Your dismissive superiority is foul.
Brandon replying to a comment from Ryan L. / November 20, 2009 at 01:51 pm
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Hahaha. Of course not! This is blogto.com NOT blogmarkham.com
jack replying to a comment from Gloria / November 20, 2009 at 03:55 pm
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so if people don't know a lot about chinese food, shouldn't we educate them as opposed to continuing this trend of chop suey, lemon chicken, and manchu wok?
wow, that was nasty that you were calling white people stupid... i only said the lemon chicken was stupid.. that's not nice of you...
sanjay replying to a comment from Ryan L. / November 20, 2009 at 04:29 pm
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>Hahaha. Of course not! This is blogto.com NOT blogmarkham.com

quoted for the truth
Peter replying to a comment from Denise / November 20, 2009 at 11:05 pm
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"I think it's ridiculous to say that Markham and Richmond Hill aren't "Toronto""

But ... they AREN'T. They're their own places. What's wrong with that?!

Toronto is plenty too big enough now that it's a megacity that has swallowed up the likes of Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough. I live in North York and recognize the stronger foundations that were laid here when it was its own city than are in the works today.

I don't get why anyone would WANT Markham or Richmond Hill to become part of Toronto. That, to me, is far more ridiculous than the facts I was citing.
K@ replying to a comment from tracy / November 22, 2009 at 09:49 am
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I agree, The Fireplace has some of the best Chinese I've ever had!
dkz / November 23, 2009 at 12:44 am
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Hua Sang(Baldwin) deserves an honorable mention for THE best Chinese lobster!
Jonathan R. -- former blogTO (mostly music) writer / November 26, 2009 at 10:42 am
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I too have found the general blogTO self-determined "best of" lists to be pretty narrow in scope; they tend to demonstrate what to me reads as lack of research, i.e. beyond the "given" entries (well known to downtown 20/30somethings), which are then ranked highly 'cause that's what the writers know and like. But these aren't highly paid food writers "you do what you can with what you have" is one response/shrugging sentiment I take from it.

One thing to remember is that the "Best Of Toronto" series, I have a hunch, is in part all about SEO etc., allowing Google results to bring eyeballs to this site.

I don't wish blogTO or its team any ill will, but since I have the same "are you effing serious?" reaction to these "Best of" lists, well, here I am.

BTW, I had a great time writing for this blog when I did, between fall 2006 through 2007, which consisted mostly of previewing and reviewing music events and shows etc. of the non-Toronto-centric/CBC Radio 3 buzz band/indie rock variety -- of which I still see little to no coverage on blogTO or Torontoist, I might add. (Aside: And what's up with a music profile series called Call and Response that I've never seen profile one of the city's, say, African music/percussion groups, or even a hip-hop act that uses this technique -- i.e. actual call and response chants/musical dialogues etc.)

Mark / November 27, 2009 at 12:43 am
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DEFINITELY Ruby. :)
brownsound / December 9, 2009 at 09:54 pm
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R.I.P. Taste of Hong Kong
German Foreign Exchange / December 18, 2009 at 11:13 am
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I somehow dont agree with a few things, but its great anyways.
Serena / January 7, 2010 at 06:20 pm
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checking out this list narrows down only to the most refined chinese food to a typical white person. most of these resturants are overrated.
Toronto Chinese Restaurant / January 24, 2010 at 04:10 am
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Excellent list

Cixinfeme / January 25, 2010 at 09:56 am
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The information here is great. I will invite my friends here.

Thanks
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Ilio / August 12, 2010 at 06:54 pm
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Here are three suggestions worth trying:

Congee Wong at Leslie and Finch

Congee Queen at Don Mills and Lawrence

Asian Legend at Leslie and Finch OR on Dundas between Beverley/St. George and Spadina OR and on Yonge south of Finch


Satch / October 20, 2010 at 06:33 am
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No Holy Chow?
Their dry noodle are to die for
Jane / December 24, 2010 at 09:05 am
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Best Chinese: Cynthia's Chinese Restaurant 7700 Bathurst St. Vaughan, ON
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Lee Gardens 331 Spadina
Worst Chinese: Dynasty Chinese Cuisine 69 Yorkville Ave. (formerly 131 Bloor location)
Gofuckyourself / January 25, 2011 at 05:18 pm
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Chinese food sucks
STOPIT / March 24, 2011 at 11:02 pm
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For the millionth time. Richmond Hill, Markham, Stouffville, Thornhil Pickering whatever they are NOT IN TORONTO. They are in Vaughan and Peel and places with 905 area codes and not 416 or 647.

Basically if Rob Ford is not your mayor (nothing to boast about really) than you are NOTTT part of Toronto. They are all lovely places just not part of Toronto. So don't whine that BlogTO didn't inlcude your restaurants because the TO in BlogTO stands for the city it represents.

Start a BlogVaughan or BlogPeel. >_<
STOPIT / March 24, 2011 at 11:08 pm
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I think Asian people will eat wherever is closest so to say real Asian people don't eat in Chinatown is to imply there are no Asians in Chinatown and the Chinese lettering is just there for decoration.

And to the idiot who suggested Manchu Wok is added to this list, just pour some sweet & sour sauce and salt on a piece of white bread and call it a day. Because that's all you are really getting there.
Dmitri / May 30, 2011 at 05:33 pm
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I wish you had more restaurants. Seems to be concentrated on the downtown core. Please add more north york locations!!!

cheers
AsianFoodToronto / June 5, 2011 at 10:20 am
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My quest is to try as many asian restaurants in Toronto as possible...

writing about it al in my blog

http://asianfoodtoronto.wordpress.com/
Adam replying to a comment from ecn / September 30, 2011 at 04:47 pm
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You're gross. This is why I can no longer believe reviews on forums. Most of the people recommending places are dirtbags themselves.
george / November 24, 2011 at 09:20 pm
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Asian Legend is the best; it's in scarborough but it's worth the trip!
A Real Chinese Girl / February 8, 2012 at 07:13 pm
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This list sucks balls, it was clearly written by someone white. King Noodle and Lai Wah Heen are great, but Kum Jug is a joke. Everyone knows the best Chineses restaurants are up in Markham.
A Chinese Guy / May 11, 2012 at 01:49 am
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Clearly this was written by a non-Chinese and for businesses on Spadina. There are numerous awesome Chinese restaurants up on Finch. Maybe you should come up here sometimes and review the proper Chinese restaurants for a change.
LAUNI / July 21, 2012 at 01:45 am
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XingYu / August 4, 2012 at 02:13 pm
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All in China Town area? Except No.11? These are Dim Sum or Cantonese style food. There are quite a few different styles in mainland China. Cantonese dishes are called Yue Cai(粤菜),Lu Cai(鲁菜),Chuan Cai(川菜)。This is a very biased one I think.
Cosplay / September 26, 2012 at 09:58 pm
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then why review italian restaurants, bugers, cafe? why don't you just lump all in North American or European joints? or lump dim sum into breakfast restaurants? this is just like saying all asians are chinese or all blacks are the same
Roselyn / January 31, 2013 at 07:05 pm
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Wasn't so happy with new hong king the general tsoa sucked MSG filled weird pink sauce seafood soup no flavour all frozen seafood. If you want to discuss this email me personally.
Rob replying to a comment from TOfoodie / February 7, 2013 at 03:26 pm
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Markham has some delicious Chinese restaurants for sure, but Markham is not in Toronto. They are different cities. The title of this blog is accurate.
Mike / March 2, 2013 at 08:15 pm
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I just ordered, and then promptly threw out, about $60 worth of inedible delivery from Spadina Garden. The "house specialty" crispy wonton soup literally tasted like nothing - just an unpleasantly textured sludge that leaves a greasy lining in the mouth. Chinese broccoli sloshed around in a watery oyster sauce was the poorest rendition of this dish I've ever had. "Sweet and sour", "crispy" spare ribs were neither of these things - they also had virtually no flavour and an unidentifiable texture. The moo shoo chicken was the lone standout in that it did have flavour when the sauce was applied, however this flavour was unfortunately what I imagine it to taste like when one has one's mouth farted into. A colossal waste of money. Avoid.

On the positive side, delivery was prompt.
tim / June 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm
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Joy replying to a comment from A Real Chinese Girl / August 7, 2013 at 10:37 am
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Agree with A real chinese girl...
there are only 2 on Spadina that are passable, Swatow and Lee Garden, the former being the cheaper decent fukien style and the latter being higher end.. and both pale in comparison with Markham.. so write a list for markham.
Joe Foodie / December 18, 2013 at 11:22 am
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ive been to Spadina Gardens, Lee Gardens, RolSan & New Sky restaurants and there all ok and above average. Not on the list is my fav Taste of China on spadina there open late, they have 2 great menus one for white folk and one is authentic Chinese dishes. But they'll also make any dish your in the mood for. Hands down they have the best hot/sour soup and hot plate dishes.
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Anon / April 3, 2014 at 01:48 pm
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There's a place in York called Hai Feng that has some interesting Chinese food. Haven't been there in a while though.
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