The New Canton is off the radar of most travellers and , indeed, most locals. The place is a dumpy worn looking establishment but the lack of decor is more than made up for by the outstanding food made there.
The owner/chef Jack Xie is a formally trained cook from Guongzhou who apprenticed at both the Dao Dao Ju
and the eponymously name Canton Restaurant. The two establishments are both famous for their classical
Cantonese cooking and are therefore highly regarded. Mr. Xie then came to Vancouver and worked in the best restaurants for a number of years until becoming chef at the SeaHarbour Seafood Restaurant until finally moving to Qualicum Beach with his family and opening the New Canton Restaurant.
The food chef Xie makes is excellent and consistently so. Many of the Chinese families in the area come to
eat here because they feel his food is the most authentic tasting that reminds them of home. That is high praise.
Every dish I've eaten is excellent and further to the point Chef Xie has, and will, prepare any Cantonese, Szechuanese,Hong Kong style and Northern Beijing style menu you might want. However, some days in advance notice would be required as ingredients might not be on hand at the time.
My personal favorite is crispy skin squab- superb and succulent - expensive but worth every penny.
The deep fried whole,or steamed, fish prepared with ginger, green onion, red chili,seasme oil and a hint of soya sauce is moist flakey marvel not tob missed. ( advance notice needed )
The serve is very warm and friendly. Chef Xie's wife Yan runs front of house ( and helps prep and cook - a triple threat.) and ismost gracious and will have you smiling and laughing. The service can be slow as the couple do not have help except weekends-be patient- the food will make up for any wait.
As their motto says " Your tea cups ia always full at the New Canton. "
This is the best place for lunch or afternoon tea. Everything is made from scratch, these are the best sandwiches around. In the summer you can sit outside on the patio and enjoy the garden and view of the water.
The desserts are yummy; lots of calories but a worthwhile treat. The dining room is inside the charming Milner heritage home. Everyone comes back once they have had tea here. They sell their own jams, chutney, etc which is also very good.
We love this beautiful little French bakery. It is tucked away, off the beaten path. Everything is wonderful, try the cinnamon buns and French bread. It is a pretty little building with a lovely summer garden around it. You can sit outside in good weather and enjoy your treats. Everything is fresh and flavourful, just like going to a bakery in France. When you drive up you can smell the bread baking. Lots of gluten free options. The prices are on the high end but reflect the quality products that they bake with. I buy the pizza dough on Fridays and create my own pizzas at home. They sell out fast, it is good to get there early. Helpful staff, they are very proud of what they make.
We had lunch today at the Shady Rest. The menu features local food and sounds great. My husband had the hamburger ($12 for the basic). I had a pork cutlet on a bun ($12). The buns were so old, stale and dry we could hardly bite into them.My husband fries were OK, my salad was a soggy mess of old brown greens. We have eaten here many times before but this was the worst. Wing night on Tuesdays and Thursdays is great, but stay away from the burgers. It is a beautiful spot with wonderful service, I am amazed they can charge such high prices for inferior food.
I can't really rave about my experience at Fish Tales. It was a different dining experience. The building is an old house turned into a restaurant so it lacks any sort of ambiance. I could hear every word of a normal volume conversation of a table three away from us, if that helps clarify it for you. The menu selection was okay but the wine selection was poor. Our server must have been new, as he wasn't very efficient, but who's in a rush? I took my in-laws here and I believe they enjoyed the meal, which I would agree was good enough. Not my favorite restaurant experience.
I eat here often. Sometimes the food is incredible and then a week later, it tastes totally different and can be bland. Different chefs I suppose. The owner(Gary?) hangs out often and is a friendly guy. The restaurant has many classic car photos and the owner is big into the Father's day car show, which is probably why so many locals support the establishment. It's a unique menu from burgers(with curly fries!) to Indian to Mexican cuisine. I must say that the Mexican food is well done. The prices are fair and the food portions plentiful. I will continue coming here, but he really needs to establish more consistency with the taste of the food.