The Great Wall of China was constructed to keep roving packs of ancient pandas from absconding with the local cuisine. Succeed where the bears failed with today's deal: for $15, you get $30 worth of Chinese cuisine and drinks at China House in Forest Hill North.
A bastion of scrumptious eats since 1958, China House presents Westernized take on Cantonese cuisine against a kitschy, Asian-inspired backdrop. Their extensive selection of well-woked dishes are crafted in a peanut-free kitchen and contain no MSG, trans fats, or Transcendentalists. The vintage dining room at this recently restored Toronto landmark boasts a central bonsai-styled tree framed by black and gold-rimmed walls and red accents, including a scarlet bridge over untroubled waters. Thursday night dinners are set to a delectable soundtrack with the smooth tunes of live jazz bands. Eating Chinese food offers the confidence that comes when more than one billion people tacitly support your culinary decision, as well as access to prophecies foretold by wizened bakers.
NOW magazine named China House one of the fifty best restaurants in Toronto and gave its menu three N's. OpenTable reviewers give it an average rating of four stars. Though Yelpers are polarized about China House's cuisine, five give the restaurant an average of 2.5 stars.
- Sure, much of it is as authentic as chop suey, but a delightfully kitschy room, old-school service and a well-executed card make for truly unique dining. – Steven Davey, NOW magazine
- Went to China House on Thursday for the live jazz with my wife and some friends and was pleasantly surprised. Staff were courteous and attentive, food was quite good, and the jazz was excellent. – OpenTable.com reviewer who dined on 08/14/2010