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“Fall from grace...”

Xam Yu Seafood Restaurant
Ranked #1,796 of 8,473 Restaurants in Toronto
Cuisines: Chinese, Seafood, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Toronto
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Fall from grace...”
Reviewed August 2, 2011

I discovered Xam Yu earlier this year after reading the very positive reviews on TripAdvisor. My husband is a huge fan of Chinese food and we've visited Xam Yu on a fairly regular basis since. The food has been uniformly good, fresh and well presented — until our visit last weekend...

The appetizer Mussels with Black Bean Sauce that we usually order were [a] few in number, and [b] drenched in overly spicy sauce that overwhelmed the mussels. We had also decided to vary our usual seafood choices this time by ordering Beef with Oyster Sauce [another favourite of my husband's at Chinese restaurants]. BIG mistake!

The beef arrived looking — sad to say — like overcooked shoe leather. And that's basically what it tasted like.... I sincerely hope this was a one-night blip at an otherwise very good Spadina destination for seafood. We'll wait a while and give it one more try....

It would be a shame if there's been a change [for the worse] in the kitchen.

  • Visited July 2011
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English first
Ottawa
2 reviews
“Excellent!”
Reviewed September 4, 2009

I've been to Xam Yu two or three times and each time, I've enjoyed outstanding soft-shell crab, szechuan lobster and a host of other fantastic dishes.

It's an unassuming, but usually busy place, with tons of choices.

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“Nice place, decent food”
Reviewed September 19, 2008

Nice place, decent food

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Ottawa, Canada
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56 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good portions, fairly cheap, but not amazing Chinese food.”
Reviewed July 1, 2008

Good portions, fairly cheap, but not amazing Chinese food.

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Toronto, Canada
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59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Very authentic Hong Kong...”
Reviewed March 21, 2008

Very authentic Hong Kong street style restaurant. Great fresh seafood.

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