A Very Fair Seafood Resaurant In Toronto

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We have landed in Toronto safe and sound. The flight was pretty uneventful. Sally was extremely well behaved for her first time on a plane. I think she actually liked it. I was shocked at the number of babies on our flight. I guess many people are flying to Toronto to visit family members, which is one of the reasons I’m here.

We didn’t waste much time after landing in the “center of the universe.” Instead of heading to the place we are staying at, we went directly to dinner with some family members at Very Fair Seafood Cuisine. No, I am not making that up, that is the English name of the restaurant. The Chinese name doesn’t translate to very fair at all. I noticed many Asian restaurants have English and Chinese names that are completely unrelated to each other. I guess the restaurant doesn’t care what English name they choose because they don’t get many non-Asian customers. One look at the menu and you’ll understand why.

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It’s pretty hard to attract English customers when your entire menu is in Chinese. The above menu is the standard 11 course, stuff your face until you can’t eat you more, menu. It’s way too much food for nine people to eat but it’s designed that way on purpose. It is considered bad in Chinese culture if the dinners consume all the food and have no leftovers. It means the host was too cheap. Here are photos of all 11 courses.

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Dinner came to $540, which was very reasonable for nine people and the amount of food we had. I’m sure I’ll end up spending that much just for two at Susur.


54 thoughts on “A Very Fair Seafood Resaurant In Toronto”

  1. Mae says:

    wow that looks absolutely delish! πŸ™‚

    1. Matt Jones says:

      Is making us all jealous part of your evil plan? πŸ‘Ώ

  2. Dave says:

    NO descriptions of the courses? You must be busy! πŸ™‚

    1. James says:

      It all looks damn tasty, cept for those fish heads~

      1. jake says:

        id eat the fish but not the heads πŸ˜€

      2. Marc says:

        Yeah those fish heads look nasty…

    2. I’m no food expert, but I think that 8th dish is a steamed grouper — those are just too good.

  3. G2 says:

    How many Torontians does it take to change a light bulb? Just one: he holds up the light bulb and the world turns around him.

    Montreal = cool. Toronto = not so much.

    1. Dave says:

      Hey now, be nice!

  4. Peter Koning says:

    Note to self: never visit John Chow’s blog at night or I’ll just get hungry.

    If you have time go to Saigon Palace (College and Spadina) and get #37. Was my favourite when I lived in T.O.

    Bon appetit!

    -Peter

    1. Matt Jones says:

      Why at night? he posts these delicious pics 24/7!

  5. Ed Lau says:

    How’s it compare to Vancouver food?

    1. John Chow says:

      It’s about the same but that lobster was HUGE!!!!

      1. You looked very happy in that picture, John; the food must’ve been really good. Can’t wait for your Susur review.

  6. Go2Linux says:

    Wow! it seems the flight really made you get hungry, and the pictures made me get hungry!, enjoy Toronto! it is a nice City, do not forget to visite the CN Tower! πŸ™‚

  7. Wow, I don’t believe the places you eat at. For most of us regular folks, we might splurge a couple times a year to spend over $50 per person. Once again John, your success has motivated me. Thanks.

    Adam
    Theadambox.com

    1. Matt Jones says:

      Motivated you do to what? spend all your money on food? πŸ˜€

  8. Greg Stratz says:

    Nice Nice did you fly first class? Its way better..

    1. John Chow says:

      Westjet only has one class. Very strange.

      1. Marc says:

        Not strange, cost effective πŸ™‚

    2. Ed Lau says:

      First class rules.

      “May I take your coat Mr. Lau? Would you like a glass of champagne or orange juice?”

      Hells yes.

  9. Piggy says:

    i dont really like chinese food. πŸ’‘

  10. Derrich says:

    There happens to be a restaurant in San Antonio just like that. Menu in Madarin…and it’s one of my favs. It’s 2:00am CST and I’m hungry. Thanks for the food pics. I’m sure I’ll be full in a sec. πŸ™‚

  11. blabWire says:

    It’s funny, I’ve started reading all of the food entries, and I love seeing what each dish actually is. Here’s hoping that John updates with course descriptions.

    blabEditor

    1. jake says:

      i second that!

  12. I didn’t know that about Chinese table manners. All this time I thought having leftovers was rude! 😳

  13. Go2Linux says:

    The food looks delicius!, It made me get hungry.

    Hope you enjoy your visit to Toronto it is a great city!

    I am just starting reading you, and I can see you really like food!

  14. Wow! the food looks just delicious, it made me get hungry,

    hope you really enjoy your visit to this wonderful city, try to visit the Niagara Falls, and the CN Tower.

    I am just starting to read you, and could see you really like good food.

  15. Jon Lee says:

    A very typical 10 course Chinese meal πŸ˜€
    There is a restaurant in Toronto called
    “Nice meeting you restaurant” πŸ˜†

    1. blabWire says:

      Are all of these odd names just a “literal translation” issue?

      blabWire

      1. That’s the thing — some are not even direct/literal translations. They just make sure the food is good; the name of the restaurant is somehow inconsequential. 😎

  16. jake says:

    $540! for two people aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
    sorry.

  17. uncle sha says:

    Nice one John, I think your site should have a section of ‘food, wining & dining’

    1. uncle sha says:

      whoops didn’t see that you have one already *embarassed*

      cheers :mrgreen:

  18. Dude says:

    “The Chinese name doesn’t translate to very fair at all”

    — no wonder you can guys can’t translate the name, you can’t even speak English properly! Haha

  19. Gdog says:

    I miss the Chinese food stuffing your face marathons, but don’t worry because I’ll be home soon!

  20. There are a lot of Asian restos that have really odd English names, but the food rocks anyway. 😎

    1. blabWire says:

      So is the rule of thumb the poorer the name, the better the food?

      blabEditor

      1. I guess the moral of the story is that the restaurant’s name only becomes secondary to such awesome food. πŸ™‚

  21. WOW! It all looks delicious

  22. Scott says:

    John, while you’re in town you’ve got to check out the Ambassador or Lai Wah Heen. Best Chinese in To.

  23. I could support that effort quite handily! I usually prefer to know what I’m eating, but there’s enough there to skip things you aren’t sure of. I surely do miss good Asian food!

  24. Mr. Red says:

    I have a hard time coming off $50 for a meal let alone $540, i’ll stick to my 20$ slab of ribs;)

  25. It’s OK to splurge on food once in a while…especially if they look half as good as the courses above. 😎

  26. I don’t understand why you don’t weigh 1,000 pounds yet… plate after plate of food…

    1. uncle sha says:

      coz he’s ‘evil’

  27. Russ says:

    Everything looks good about that restraunt except the menu! I hope the servants would help me out

  28. Ira B. says:

    i’m flying in from new york tommorow. I hope they have a menu for fewer people! Looks great.

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