Friday, August 27, 2010

Lobster @ O-Mei Restaurant

Chinese Restaurants in Toronto are probably your best bets to eat fresh, delicious and huge lobsters at an affordable price especially during lobster season.

Wanting to take Zhao Kun out for an excellent Lobster meal I asked fellow Foodie and Restaurateur Ida who recommended O-Mei Chinese Restaurant for having huge live lobsters that are prepared four different ways.

ZK's 9lb Lobster

Our waiter came with a live 9 lb lobster for a photo session before it was sent into the kitchen for our meal.

1st Course: Steamed Lobster Claws with Garlic and Vermicelli
Steam Lobster Claws with Minced Garlic and Rice Vermicelli
The claws were perfectly steamed retaining a lot of its flavor. The garlic was a nice touch giving it a nice flavor.

2nd Course: Stir-Fried Lobster Tail in Soy Sauce
Stir-Fried Lobster with Soy Sauce
The first half of the lobster tail was coated with corn starch and pan fried giving it a light crisp texture and then tossed in a Sweet Soy Sauce Reduction. It was my favorite of the four courses.

3rd Course: Deep Fried Lobster Tail with Garlic and Chili Pepper
Deep Fried Lobster Tail with Garlic and Chili Pepper
The second half of the lobster tail and legs were deep-fried with garlic and chili pepper. Unlike many other places the batter was crisp and light with the meat moist and juicy. The garlic and chili pepper mix gave the lobster a nice aroma.

4th Course: Fried Rice with Lobster Roe
Fried Rice with Lobster Roe
This was really good Fried Rice. The rice did not clump together and every grain was flavorful from the lobster roe and minced fried garlic.

Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs
Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs
The Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs tasted more like Pork meat instead of Ribs. It was a decent dish. The batter was not as crunchy as I would like.

Stir-Fried Choi Sum
Stir Fried Choi Sum with Garlic and Ginger
The Choi Sum was good. It wasn't overcooked and had the right amount of crunch. The ginger and garlic helped minimize the bitterness that is usually associated with Choi Sum.

Dessert: Mango Mochi
Mango Mochi
The Mochi had a soft and chewy texture but the filling was very bland.

Overall this was a very good dinner! This was Zhao Kun's first time having a Boston Lobster and I was glad he enjoyed it. The cost of the meal was CAD $245 including tips and taxes for the seven of us which isn't bad in my opinion. O-Mei is definitely a place I would visit again when I have some lobster cravings.

Food: 4.3/5
Service: 4.5/5
Ambiance: 3.5/5
Price: $$$ (Under USD $35 per person)

Contact Information
Address: 420 Highway 7 E Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3K2
Tel: +1 (905) 881-8188

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