Best five Toronto restaurants to eat great Chinese

A dozen years after it galloped from our personal pastures, the year of the horse is upon us once again. Best to celebrate its triumphant return this Chinese New Year in a style that befits its regal presence. In other words, let’s do this annual celebration that ushers in the next 12 months on the Chinese calendar up big.Here are five of your Chinese New Year best restaurants:

Mother's Dumplings

1
421 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2G6

Chinese comfort food (think tasty dumplings all cinched up in bundles of flavour and homemade buns so juicy you could water your lawn with them) awaits at this Chinatown treasure. Plan to ring in the New Year here, but do so with the knowledge that you’re not alone in this pursuit. Mother’s Dumplings are so good, the word has spread well beyond the family.

Phoenix Restaurant

2
C-8190 Bayview Ave, Thornhill, ON L3T 2S2

Don’t hold the dated décor against this Markham café, where quick and filling Hong Kong-style treats are always on the menu. Along with massive portions of fried noodles that’ll fill a hole you didn’t know you had, find Hainan chicken rice and fried egg noodles here so delicious they’ll set off your New Year noisemaker.

King Noodle Restaurant

3
296 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2E7

Go all gung hay fat choy on this place, where a truly spectacular abundance of yummy Cantonese-style fast food lies in wait. Assign jurisdictions to tablemates in surveying this Chinatown delight’s massive menu, lest you get lost amidst the rice, fried noodles, casserole pots, curries, vegetables, soups and barbecued goodies that so copiously populate it.

Lai Wah Heen

4
2-108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3

This downtown fave has a standing berth in the best-Chinese-in-Toronto lists, and the spot is well earned. A Chinatown mainstay since 1995, Lai Wah Heen delivers fare consistently excellent enough to attract a steady stream of regulars, New Year’s or no. They come for dim sum as hearty as it is innovative, crispy Peking duck carved tableside and Cantonese standards done well, like dungeness crab fried rice, siu mai, and hot and sour soup.

Dayali Restaurant

5
20 Gibson Dr, Markham, ON L3R 0M7

Why not herald the coming of the horse by winging it over to this Markham-based house of duck? Everything is beautiful, big and scrumptious at Dayali, a restaurant widely celebrated for a presence so authentic it could be transplanted into a northern Chinese metropolis where the locals have a taste for the real thing. The VIP card tweaks the experience.

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