Mrs. C and I found ourselves in Ditchmond once again, looking for HK Chinese food. We had heard good things about the Bauhinia, so we met some friends and took the taste test. Our first challenge was finding parking. This place shares a tiny parking lot with Dynasty and the Rogers store, so there is always fierce competition for a place to park the chasiucruiser. That enigma resolved, we entered the Bauhinia. The ambience is really first class, with comfortable booths, and wood panelling, etc. They even had the de rigueur aquarium with fish in it, except they were for show and not the dinner plate. Everything was nice and clean, even the w/c.
The server was quick and attentive, and we had the encyclopaedic menus in our hands almost instantly. There are lots of choices, and most meals can be made into combos. I had the beef stroganoff combo, Mrs. C. had braised duck, and our guests had baked pork chop on rice, steak, and beef tenderloin. The meals came with some of the best borscht I have ever had, but my stroganoff was a bit of a disappointment. The duck was reported to be excellent, and the sample I tried was delicious. The other meals were also well-prepared, and the portions were very generous. The dessert was grapefruit flavoured Jello, which was a flavour I did not know existed. I could have done without that. Despite the unwelcome dessert, the meals were mostly great, and if not for the steep prices I would have given more stars. Like Pittsburg, the menu is a bit pricey for a Chinese joint. I guess you pay for the ambience.
Would I come back? Probably. It was a good dining experience overall.