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“Seriously good Chinese food”

Crown Princess Fine Dining
Ranked #934 of 9,121 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
Reviewed October 11, 2012

We went here on a Tuesday night expecting Dim sum. To our surprise, dim sum ends at 4 pm. Who knew? We never saw that mentioned in any of the other reviews. We were seated in a side dining room and after looking at the menu thought we were in the wrong place and said so to the server. She explained about dim sum only being served until 4 pm but suggested we try the duck two ways- they debone and deconstruct the duck table side so you get some sliced duck breast for these little burrito like things with hoisin sauce and then they chop up the rest of the duck meat into little pieces and stir fry it with veggie bits, lemon chicken with the crispest outside and not too sweet lemon sauce, some sautéed veggies and a pepper beef dish with fresh red and green peppers and asparagus, We decided to stay and take her advice. We are so glad we did! This was a delicious preparation of American style Chinese food that did not disappoint! We had 3 beers and a bottle of wine and all those dishes for four of us for about $160. We had to take plenty home. Despite the opulent decor(purple crushed velvet wall pieces with "diamonds" and lots of marble and granite along with crystal chandeliers) we really enjoyed the food and the service was doting and excellent.

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Reviewed March 27, 2012

The opulent decor is the first thing that catches the eye at this restaurant.
We were hoping to get a taste of the Peking duck, but unfortunately they were sold out . The dishes we did try were decent, though not as good as we were expecting.
Service was prompt and attentive, barring a few communication problems( the server had a hard time explaining things from the menu or answering our questions) .
The ambiance was vibrant and energetic.

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1  Thank foodie_3339
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Reviewed February 23, 2012

We’ve been to a number of places for dim sum in Toronto but none in as opulent a location as today. The Crown Princess is a potpourri of crushed purple velvet, marble and chandeliers. Not my taste in decor, but no matter, the food is fabulous. We left the ordering to our beloved Chinaman and he did a splendid job.

My husband and I were trying to describe one of our favourite selections from home. A Crispy Taro and Mushroom dumpling came in an attempt. We were successful with guessing that it was fried Sticky Dumpling with Meat. Not as good as Dim Sum Garden in Winnipeg though, I must say.

Sticky rice, normally served wrapped in a lotus leaf was double wrapped in a piece of leaf and pure white paper. A slightly lighter portion than we are used to and we predict that is the reason for the alternate preparation.

We enjoyed a variety of steamed seafood dumplings: Har Gow (Shrimp dumpling), Chicken with Vegetable Dumplings, Goose Liver & Caviar Sui Mai and a new dish, which turned out to be my favourite, Steamed Scallop and Shrimp Dumplings. Gorgeous presentation and taste.

I also got brave and tasted Chicken Feet with Chef’s Sauce and my husband got psyched up to try Beef Tripe with Spicy Sauce.The steamed baby squid in Curry Sauce was also new for us-yummy.Familiar Barbecue Pork Buns filled us up before we ended with Mango Pudding with a stream of evaporated milk drizzled over top.

For photos and more detail, please feel free to check out my blog post:http://foodmusings.ca/restaurants/crown-princess-fine-dining-dim-sum-in-toronto/

2  Thank Kathryne G
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

We were a little sceptical about this restaurant at first because of some negative dining reviews about it on the web although lunch reviews had been positive. But it turned out to be exceptionally good when six of us went for dinner last week. I've been to the other two restaurants in this chain (Crown Prince at Victoria Park and McNicol and Premiere Banquet at Woodbine & 16) and this location is by far the best in terms of quality and quantity.
The Peking Duck plate allowed the six of us more than two wraps each and it was done to perfection. But the best dish for me was the scallops and jumbo prawns dish. I have never tasted scallops this good in a Chinese restaurant, where usually they are sliced thin and rather tasteless. These ones were half an inch thick and very flavorful. What they could have done better is allowing at least 1 piece each for the six of us. Instead there were 5 pcs of scallops and 5 prawns - so we had to split that which was a downer as they were very good. How much would that extra prawn cost them seeing as frozen shrimps are so cheap these days? The dish was not cheap - $28! A minor point but it would add much to customer satisfaction!
King mushroom and baby greens, seafood fried rice with large chunks of crab meat and scallops, papaya and goji berry in almond soup (under healthy vegetarian but really should be a dessert) were all perfectly done. The seafood soup was a little on the skimpy side with barely six little bowls.
Still an excellent dinner overall.

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2  Thank rarecat
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

Enter and you are transported to a delux hotel in Macau/Las Vegas in all its gilded glory. The room is cavernous, the tables large and service excellent.

The dim sum menu is very inventive. We were not in an adventurous mood and stayed with the traditional: turnip cake, tripe with OX sauce, rice paper rolls with fish, and bbq pork stuffed pastry, and two other sweet dim sum items. The turnip cake was fine, the tripe has a nice kick from the XO sauce, and the bbq pork pastry was delicious. The only disappointment was the rice paper rolls, which were not as thin and smooth as we are used to. The sweet dim sum are deep-fried dough with various fillings (sweet egg yolk, sesame, almond, etc.); these are quite nice also.

The total bill (tax + tip) for two came to $40.

No complaints.

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1  Thank GallopingGargoyle
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