The name of this Chinese restaurant is called Fancy Chinese Cuisine. It reminds me of the song “oh, you fancy huh?” XD. I’ve been to this restaurant many times and they have also changed names several times over the years. It’s not uncommon to see this done for Chinese restaurants. I think most people know why…
I was having dim sum here with two people that I respected a lot so I refrained from taking too many pictures when the food arrived. I still managed to snap in two, so it satisfies my personal criteria for making this food blog post.
There weren’t very many people here at 9:30 a.m. on a weekday but I also saw that when we sat there, there was already a Chinese couple packing up to leave. Early birds! The service here was pretty good because the servers were attentive and came by quickly if you needed something.
We ordered the food from the order sheet. All dim sum no matter what size, S, M, L were a set price since we were dining before 11 a.m. Sweet!
We ordered a few things to share. I really liked the chicken tart and the beef rice noodle. Usually, I’m not a fan of beef rice noodles, but this one was well made. I was craving for pig’s blood jello and while the first couple of bites were good, the ones after that — especially after the blood jello got a bit cold — didn’t taste very good.
The congee was yummy and tasted like comfort food. The hot pot rice was so-so; it didn’t have too much rice inside and the rice was a bit hard.
All in all, this is a fairly decent Chinese restaurant but also not very high quality. It’s located at Kennedy and 14th in Markham.
Update visit ~ March 25, 2016:
My family and I visited Fancy Chinese Cuisine for dinner recently and I thought I’d blog about it since the first part of this post was a brief experience about their dim sum service.
We arrived on a Friday long weekend in early spring at around 5:45 p.m. Families sure love having early dinners! (Yes, I love early dinners too.) My family picked all the dishes for my mom’s belated Chinese birthday celebration.
The service was fine, pleasant, and non-abrasive at all. The dishes and food came out in a decent amount of time. However, I still think that the food from Fancy Chinese Cuisine wasn’t all that great. I just don’t like the food from this place very much even though the look and presentation of the dishes were moderately decent. There was something about the taste that seemed less than average to me.
First, we had a complimentary soup. This one was all right.
We ordered Peking Duck. The server carved the roasted duck on a tray right next to our table as most restaurants usually do it. I found that the flour wraps used to wrap the Peking duck in was super floury, dry, and thick. I didn’t like this at all. Thus, I only ate one Peking duck wrap. It just wasn’t very tasty.
The crispy chicken was very coarse and dry. I didn’t like it.
The fried eel in salt and pepper was actually really good! The eel meat was quite tender and moist. It wasn’t very heavily seasoned in salt and pepper so you didn’t have to worry about it being too salty. This was the best dish of the night.
The Stir Fried Snow Pea Sprouts were pretty decent. I liked how big this portion was in the dish! It easily satisfied all of us since most aging family members like to eat a lot of green veggies during meal times.
The deep fried oysters were just okay. They weren’t too flavourful. My family members really enjoy ordering this at almost every Chinese restaurant that we go to.
Steamed fish! This one was okay. The fish meat wasn’t too tender as it could have been. Everyone gobbled up this dish really quickly because my family really likes steamed fish and restaurants usually prepare it rather nicely.
E-fu noodles! These ones were a little dry and hard; especially the noodles near the top of the dish. These were ordered to go with the tradition that eating e-fu noodles on a birthday signify longevity and health. 🙂
This scallops and vegetables dish was just okay. I found that the scallop was quite coarse-tasting as well…
That was the end of our dinner! We were served cookies and hot dessert afterwards. I really enjoyed these cookies; especially the small one with what tasted like lotus paste in the centre. My grandma really enjoyed that one too and actually took the rest home to enjoy. 😀
For the hot dessert, we were given a chose of red bean, green green, or tofu pudding. I chose the red bean one and it was actually decent. It wasn’t too watery or flavourless.
All in all, I found that the food during dinner was very “coarse” and made my tongue very rough and dry. Maybe it has something to do with the water in their pipes? This is pure speculation on my part, but there was something about the food that just didn’t taste good to me at all. Like I said, appearance-wise, the food was normal and great, but I just didn’t enjoy its taste.
Have you been to Fancy Chinese Cuisine before? What was your experience like? Leave your comments below!