Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lee-Chen Asian Bistro

Address: 832 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 1J5, Canada
Website: http://leechenbistro.com/
Telephone: (416) 901-8869
Date Visited: Jan 2013.
Taste:  7.5 of 10
Service: 4 of 5
Atmosphere: 4 of 5

For a restaurant located near Yonge and Bloor at the edge of Yorkville, the restaurant was definitely quiet for a Friday night.  The decor was definitely an UP compared to typical Asian restaurants.. but compared to the fancy restaurants in Yorkville / downtown Toronto... it is just average or just scrapping by.  I guess the most exciting feature in the decore is the glass separating the kitchen and the dining room area so you can see what's going on in the kitchen.  This concept isn't really 'new' anymore.. but I actually don't mind the transparency.. somehow it just feels 'cleaner' that way!

Looking at the menu... the restaurant offered a much smaller selection (esp. dumplings) than other Shanghai restaurants that could be found uptown (Richmond Hill, Scarborough, Markham etc.).  After ordering a few items that was highlighted on the menu... the wait was actually very short before the food was brought to our table. 

One of the more 'different' dish we ordered that night was the almond fish.  Basically, they were very thinly sliced fish, covered with almond and fried.  We assumed the dish was crispy and extremely disappointed when it was not.  It came with a sauce, which, I personally didn't even find it adding value to the dish.  The taste of it was rather blend... so after one piece I refused to have anymore because I didn't think the taste was worth the calories of that dish!

The next dish we got was the BBQ pork bun.. which was basically pulled pork sandwich with a Chinese steamed bun.  Don't get me wrong.. I think it was fun... and I personally thought the buns was the BEST thing I had that night.  The pulled pork was way too salty...

Next up... is the sweet green pea with prince mushrooms.  Nothing special.. and kinda small in terms of size.  No big expectation so no big disappointment... just needed a veggie dish!

Then we had the BBQ ribs with noddles.  The ribs were moist and definitely smothered in sauce.  It was good, but not WOW.  The noodles were also okay... but nothing special either.

All in all, Lee Chan Bistro is an okay place place to eat, but you could easily find something with the same quality, cheaper, and a wider selection in the uptown area.  But since it is located downtown.. it's a great choice if you don't want western food.  Also.. the price is much more economical than the adjacent Yorkville restaurants!

1 comment:

  1. If i remember correctly, the xiu long bau (dumplings in one of the first few pictures) came out pretty quickly and was surprisingly good! I thinkyou can get better uptown (ie. Ding tai fong at first Markham place) but not bad considering the area!


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