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“Worst I have ever been”

Hua Sang Seafood Restaurant
Ranked #3,768 of 8,897 Restaurants in Toronto
Price range: $12 - $19
Cuisines: Chinese, Seafood
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Neighborhood: Chinatown
Description: Since 1989, Hua Sang Cantonese Seafood Restaurant continue to serve the families in Toronto and with authentic Cantonese Cuisine. Originated from the Guangdong province in China, the Cantonese chefs are specialists in techniques that require precious control on timing and temperature, such as steaming, stir frying, shallow frying and braising. As one of the Eight Culinary Traditions of Chinese Cuisine, the Cantonese Cuisine is full of history and full of flavor. It is also the most popular and highly sought after cuisine in China itself. With very subtle uses of spices and herbs and 'simple' techniques such as steaming, the Cantonese chefs can deliver a seafood dish that is very tender, full of flavor, and of course, very satisfying. If you love seafood, you must try the Cantonese way.
Reviewed April 30, 2010

The worst service I have experienced in...even it's not that good taste...
The most surprising thing is that the waiter requested tip...oh my god.

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Reviewed July 15, 2009

We went to lunch at Hua Sang (Wah Sing) Seafood Restaurant recently. We ordered 2 lunch menu and also 3 additional items from their dim sum.

The lunch menu (a beef brisket on rice, a soup noodle) were ok, while the three dim sum were a big let down.

1) The Assorted Dim Sum Platter - to prepare this platter, different items require different cooking (warming up/steaming) time. The BBQ port bun was overcooked - part of the bun was "waterlogged" (I know this as I usually steam it at home and this over-steaming happens to me often!)

Further, the meat ball and the sticky rice ware not cooked. The meat ball was easier to explain - it simply was not steamed enough to make it edible. It was "cooked" but was still cold and hard rock. The sticky rice is a major problem. The rice itself is not cooked, it's still partially in rice grain. You try to split it, it won't split. The leaf wrapping does not look like the package was still "frozen", so it looks like it was out in room temperature for some time. This was not so much a concern to me, but my suspicion is that the package was not cooked at all before it was prepared for storage (e.g. to freeze). Even if it was not meant for long-term storage (freezing), the package was still fairly "rock solid" (because you can't split it unless by brute force which will mean parts of it on the floor), so either it was a freezing problem or some other problem.

2) the Chicken feet black bean sauce. A very usual dim sum dish that's on any dim sum menu all over the world. However, what we were served was some chicken feet that is not in the traditional black bean sauce. It does not taste like black bean. It seems like an attempt at sweet and sour (telling by their colour) but with black bean ingredient.

3) The third dim sum is a set of 3 BBQ pork buns. These were in the same "over-steamed" condition as the BBQ bun in the platter.

The restaurant was not busy when we were there.

It's possible that the restaurant is good in its seafood but, at least the time we visit, the dim sum ordered were far from competitive to other Chinese restaurants in the near vicinity, let alone worth the money.

At time of paying we pointed out to the waiter that the items were not cooked; his initial reaction was that it was not cooked "enough" but we insisted that they two items were not cooked and hard rock. He agreed and said "very sorry". He didn't offer refund or reduction. Perhaps we should specifically ask for a refund and stand (stomp) our ground. But that's not the way we are. We know one place to avoid next time we are in Toronto, especially there are so many to choose from.

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Reviewed January 10, 2008

Nice, quiet authentic chinese removed from Chinatown, in the middle of the Baldwin Village. Amazing black bean lobster, among other fabulous dishes.

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Reviewed July 31, 2015 via mobile
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