Thursday, August 6, 2009

Great Friends and a Big Lobster!

Laurent is visiting Toronto for the first time. Having treated me to a number of delicious French meals whenever I visit him in Montreal, I had to put on my thinking cap and figure out where should I take a good friend for an excellent meal. It took me long to figure out where to feed a big hungry Quebecois but I finally found the answer...

And it lies in the lobster tank of "Very Fair Chinese Restaurant". The only place that serves lobsters that are 7lbs and up for only $9.99/lb. For that price it is indeed a "Very Fair Chinese Restaurant".

Restaurant Entrance

Upon entering the restaurant we met up with our 12lb friend Sebastien who is waiting to be cooked. Our friendly waitress encouraged us to sample him in their special "Stir-Fried Lobster with Soy Sauce" and also recommended us their Set Menu. We ordered her recommendations and our Chinese Food Marathon began...

Complimentary Soup of the Day
House Soup
Laurent found the soup to be like stock that is used prior to making a proper French Soup.

Bok Choy with Superior Stock
Boil Vegetables with Superior Stock
The Bok Choy was a little on the soft side but I liked the addition of fried garlic cloves which gave the dish an extra kick in flavor.

Deep Fried Pork Chops with Garlic
Deep Fried Pork Chops with Garlic
The pork chops were very tender though I wished it could have been a little crispier on the outside.

Stir-Fry Scallops and Grouper
Stir Fried Scallops with Grouper
I really liked this dish. The scallops were juicy and not overcooked. Also the overall dish was seasoned ever so lightly to just draw out the natural flavors of both the scallop and grouper.

Peking Duck
Peking Duck
Carving the Duck
Peking Duck
The duck was deep-fried rather than roasted which made the skin exceptionally crispy. The duck however is a little on the fatty side.

Steamed Japanese Tofu with Prawns
Steamed Japanese Tofu with Prawns
Another excellent dish. The prawns were a nice contrast in texture to the soft tofu. Again seasoning was light with just some light soy and sesame oil.

Peking Duck Second Course
Peking Duck Second Course
The duck stir-fry wasn't too oily which made it easy to eat with the fresh slices of lettuce.

Lobster Head
Stir-Fried Lobster with Soya Sauce
To my surprise the meat was very tender. I expected it to be very tough but this wasn't the case. The soy sauce did not overpower the flavor of the meat either.

Fried Rice with Tamali
Fried Rice with Lobster Tamali
This was my favorite dish of the night. The tamali was deep fried and tossed in with the rice. This gave it a nice crunch when eating the rice and also a nice flavor from the tamali.

At the end of this meal we were so stuffed we could barely walk. Nothing can be better than pigging out with a bunch of good friends on good food that is not too taxing on the wallet. Our entire meal came up to CAD $220 including tips and taxes. For the number of dishes we had including Sebastien I think this was definitely worth it.

Ready to eat

Contact Information:
Address:4002 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, ON, M1S4R5
Tel: (416) 332-1861

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