Chinese or Canadian?
I am unsure if the location on Boler Road at Baseline in the Byron village area is the best, but do look for this restaurant at this small mall. I was warmly greeted into an attractive area that was well-spaced with some group tables having the essential 'Lazy-Susan' centerpiece. The atmosphere would feel more Chinese if there was more than a few Chinese lithographs on the wall. I noticed an obviously frequent Chinese customer and a party of Koreans present, and I became the token Canadian. For some illogical reason (It was lunch time) I decided to order one of the lunch combos. When it was delivered, I asked the server if it was her kind of meal, she quickly said, "No" and explained that she preferred Chinese food! I should have known better and kicked myself. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the combo, especially the chicken balls which were large with solid chicken. The server returned halfway through asking how it was and I was a little perturbed by her turning away before I had time to say, "Fine." I began to notice that her communication often seemed to be scripted. During my stay, I noticed the server apologizing to the Korean group for giving them a Canadian menu instead of a Chinese menu. Knowing that few Koreans speak Chinese, I realized that the menus do, in fact, contain some different dishes. I mention this, because many reviewers complain about the lack of genuine Chinese food - therefore, if you are looking for real Chinese food, do not use the lunch menu because the (Available all day) dinner menu contains an amazing variety of satisfying dishes ... and if still uncertain, question the server. Some weeks later, I was able to return with my partner, a Chinese woman who has spent her whole life in the Sichuan (Szechuan) province of China. I had explained to her of Sichuan dishes and she was happily looking forward to an enjoyable meal. Unfortunately, and not surprisingly, after a detailed discussion with the very pleasant manager, although the menu describes Sichuan dishes, there are NO SICHUAN dishes at this restaurant. We ordered Chicken w/peanuts, Sizzling Beef w/ginger, and Tofu w/minced pork. Personally, I enjoyed these dishes, but it was an unhappy birthday meal for my partner. This disappointment, common to 90% of the Cantonese Chinese restaurants in North America, requires some comment. Twenty years ago no one visited mainland China (PRC) including the Cantonese Chinese in Hong Kong. Therefore, very little was known about the Sichuan cuisine. But today, many foreigners travel to China, and have acquired a taste for it. The Sichuan cuisine is NOT the Cantonese cuisine with the addition of more chilies ... it requires a totally different variety of spices. It is time for all Chinese restaurants to be aware of misleading information.