With so many Chinese restaurants all around the Markham, Scarborough, and Richmond Hill area, how do you know which one to dine at? Is there a secret formula or a method to figure out how to spend your hard-earned cash at the right place? Unfortunately, there isn’t such a way to figure out which restaurant’s cooking will fit your unique taste buds, so the only solution it to go try ALL of them until you find one that leaves a memorable taste in your mouth! *insert try ALL the restaurants meme here*
In any case, I’ve been to Spring Villa Chinese Cuisine for dim sum and dinner in the past. They didn’t have extremely memorable dishes so that’s why we seldom visit them. They claim to use little to no MSG in their cooking and they also are a little pricier when compared to some other Chinese restaurants.
My family and I dined here the other night for dinner and while the food was nicely presented, we found that their menu options were lacking. There were only a couple of pages of food items to choose from in the menu and the dishes were a little overpriced. When the dishes arrived, even though we were sitting in a large 8-person table, only four dishes could be placed comfortably on the Lazy Susan since their plates and platters were so huge. It’s really nice for presentation points, but it ranks low on the scale in terms of function and convenience. For example, we had to place the fifth plate of food on the table instead of on the Lazy Susan since there wasn’t enough room to place more than five plates of food on the table. What kind of logic is that? Very inconvenient.
The food itself was pretty good. We were all very pleased with how fresh the steamed fish was. I liked the flavourful spareribs that were drenched in a sweet sauce and mixed with pineapple, green peppers, and blueberries! It was quite the unique dish. I thought that the lobster could have been more tasty. The sautéed scallops were REALLY delicious and fresh!
Lastly, their service is really attentive and professional. They made sure to replace our used plates and bowls with clean ones often.
One thing that I didn’t like and literally left a lasting impression in my mouth was that when I got home that night, I felt SO thirsty. My lips and mouth were so dry and I drank up to four bottles of water. I still felt thirsty. What the heck! I thought this was supposed to be a MSG-free restaurant? Bottom line: Even though the food was great and the presentation was pretty, the higher price point of the dishes mixed together with how thirsty I felt… I’m not sure if I want to come here again for another meal. Maybe I’ll show up here for dim sum sometime, but other than that, I’m going to try the hundreds of other Chinese restaurants in the GTA instead! 😉