I remember driving by the building many times over the years but I didn't realize it was a restaurant until a friend took me there. I've noticed a couple of the dim sum restaurants have become more "high end" and British influenced, it's like having high tea with a side of pork dumplings!! Casa Imperial is one of these places and Crown Prince/Princess are a couple others -- also pretty good dim sum. The common decor in all these restaurants is extravagant chandeliers, marble wall coverings, finer dishes and flatware and the waiters are dressed in old school server uniforms. Ruffles and all!
But let's get down to the food, with all the showiness how does the food stack up??? On today's menu.....
|Abalone & Chicken Tarts|
|Chinese Donut wrapped with Rice Crepe|
|Rice Crepe with Shrimp and Scallions|
|BBQ Pork Bun|
|Deep Fried Taro Dumpling with Meat Filling|
|Xiao Long Bao aka Soup Dumplings|
|Beef Tripe with XO Sauce|
The food was pretty good with the exception of the beef tripe. I usually LOVE tripe but I just wasn't feeling this dish. Maybe it was the XO flavour but the tripe was also way to chewy. One of my favourite dishes that is unique to this restaurant is the Abalone and Chicken Pie, these little tarts are sweet on the outside with a salty meat filling. This is actually the one dish that keeps me coming back!!
|Shark Fin Soup Dumpling|
What a lovely lunch with the family -- until next time Toronto!!! xoxo