Asian Fusion restaurant located in International Village.
I have eaten here several times. The first few times were at lunch. Their noodle dishes were excellent, especially the wonton noodle soup, with huge and fresh wonton. Fried rice was also very well done, and other smaller appetizer-type dishes were all excellent. The only disappointment is the congee. It is not up to the standards of the other better congee places in town.
Recently, I and some friends went there for dinner, for the first time. All I could say was "wow". I never expected food of such wonderful quality at a noodle-congee place. Every dish was spectacular, and portions were big. The "set" of 4 dishes (at our choice) came with a bonus dish of chicken. I thought maybe it would be a tiny dish like an appetizer dish you get at some Shanghainese restaurants, but no, it was of a full, "main course" size. There was so much food the four of us couldn't finish it. When the bill came, it was only around $55. What a bargain. Highly recommended.
I stopped in for lunch on the weekend. The little place was packed, and had to wait for table.
I'm not sure where the "fusion food" fits in. Looking at the menu, it looks pretty contemporary chinese. That said what I ordered (curried beef brisket, spring rolls, and the hot & sour seafood soup) was pretty good.
The curried brisket & the seafood soup was very good. The spring rolls were a little greasy. The portions were quite generous.
The service, by the standards of a chinese restaurant, was okay. ie. Efficient and quick, but not especially warm or friendly.
The ambiance was that of a hong kong style cafe... but at least it's clean.
FOOD> Wonton noodle soup was tasty, although the alkaline water ("gan sui" in cantonese) that makes the shrimp bigger than it should be, and the noodles al-dente left a tingle in my mouth. Seafood congee was standard; garlic chicken wings came with small bits of deep-fried garlic which was yummy, but I was hoping the chicken wing itself would have more of a garlic infusion. Also tried the gai lan which was pretty good.
SERVICE> wasn't perfect and the wait staff misunderstood some requests, but there were a lot of servers and they were easy to flag down.
AMBIANCE> I appreciated the cleanliness of the utensils and dishware, the kitchen had a big open window and looked fairly clean. Tables were comfortable. Only minor complaint is that several plates were chipped.
VALUE> Not bad at all.
Finally, a much-needed addition to International Village.
The only reason why I go there is for a quick meal after lunch time when most establishments are closed. My favorite is their wonton noodles. But I admit the eating place can smell very fishy. The waitresses are nice but the balding manager is the worst I've ever met. No thank you, no acknowledgement, curt, impersonal. Is there someone above him who we can complain to so as to wake him up ?!
I ate there twice this past weekend, while at Tinsel Town to watch films. Great value for many of my favorite Asian dishes. The Friday night dinner was tasty and great value. The appetizer spareribs and appetizer gai lan were both delicious. The young people that served the food were pleasant and the wait times were acceptable. The place is noisy in an upbeat way. On Sunday the food was mostly good. I found the wonton soup inedibly fishy- but that is possibly just my western palate. The sweet corn with minced chicken soup was great and my vegetarian buddy enjoyed her mushroom soup. The big suprize came when we were given our several dollars in loons and toons change. As I scooped the change into my hand the gent (host/manager?) said, "No no- tip not included"... and he was almost shouting. I did not put money back on the tray because I was taken aback at the overt demand for me to leave the money on the tray. He came back to the table to grab the bill tray and when he picked it up and saw that it was empty he said, " My God" and shook his head. The thing is- I always tip. And I did tip. Because I think that servers do need their income supplemented. And the servers themselves were pleasant enough. The gent who handled the cash, however, was arguably the most out of line manager I've run into.
the first time we went we tried to order the wonton noodles special. It was 1pm and they said they have sold out on the special. So we were forced to order something else at regular price. The food was ok, portion was rather small.
The second time we went, I asked the server prior to seating whether they still have that wonton noodles special. The server said yes. (I actually saw the chef making hundreds of wontons.) After we sat down we ordered 2 of those specials, then the boss immediately came and said that they have sold out. We walked out and I don't think I will ever come back again.
Please do not advertise something when all you want is to attract customer and not sell them that product as promised. That is very dishonest.
It is a nice place for Chinese cuisine around tinseltown. Since it is near the GM place, my family and I went there a couple of times before the hockey game (but, of course I will go back there again even though the hockey season has came to an end). We tried the chowmein during the first visit. We gave a try on the other dishes since we really like the chowmein during the first time. We ordered the spicy, sour seafood soup and the sweet and sour pork during the second visit and they were also good. There are a lots of other choices on the menu. I think I will try them all later on.
I was skeptical since I heard it was situated in the mall. A relative brought some take out home and it suprisingly was quite good. I went there on a Saturday mid day to have a late lunch and between the two us, had Singapore noodles, congee and deep fried tofu (salt/chili flakes/garlic). Everything came out really well. The congee was above standard in taste and consistency (nice and silky, not to runny or thick). The tofu nice and hot, crispy on the outside but still soft on the inside. The singapore noodles nice curry flavor not too bland or overpowering. Next time I'll try some other dishes. Overall impressed with this restaurant in poor old Tinseltown.
This area is growing fast, and we recently moved close to this restaurant. While the first time we had take out from East was not a great experience, our next visit made up for that.
Despite being in a large and nearly empty mall, it provides a light and modern atmosphere.
The server and manager were exceptionally polite and quick with our food.
And the food was very good, some unique flavors and for the price it is an exceptional value.
I hope they offer pick up service soon as the manager promised.
Will not return. I didn't know you could mess Chinese up that badly. We did not finish our meals. We ordered chowmein and half of our noddles were soggy the other were competely chard and the meat looked so bad I wouldn't even put on my plate. It looks nice and clean for tinseltown but I would stay away.
Actually their signature Won Ton Special has gone up in price. While a bowl of Won Ton Noodle Soup less than $3.50 is considered cheap these days there are still rooms for improvement. Soup is a bit bland and not hot enough. They tend to overcook the noodle so when it comes to your table it is on the soft side. It is not quite 'al dente' the way I like it. Like many other noodle stops the Won Tons are all pre-cooked, they just toss them on top of the noodle and pour soup over. I have yet to try out their Seafood Hot Pot for Two ($29.99) but it seems the ingredients are decent if you don't mind squids, oysters, clams, scallops etc. As for service (waitress) it is something else. They are not 'professional' & most just stand around & gossip among themselves. I am an authenic Chinese from Hong Kong and in all honesty I would only come to this place for a QUICK bowl of Won Ton Noodle before I go see the movie in the Mall. It looks clean enough but once in awhile you see dirty street people coming in and out and you wonder what else they are carrying into the Mall?...
It is mid January 2014 and passed by this place when I went to the cinema in Tinseltown. This place is closed and FOLDED when I asked some people in the mall. What a pity as I used to like this place for a quick bowl of Won Ton Soup and Noodles ($3.95) before going to see a movie upstairs. I personally don't think it has anything to do with the lack of cliente as it seemed to be 85% full whenever I was in the area. I suspect it must the high rental cost.
The service here is bang on from the moment you step in, they have menus for both languages, food came immediately, our curry though was below par as the chicken tasted way off from the mix, their spring rolls squirted a cup of oil as soon as I picked it up, if that wasn't bad enough? their fried oyster was just oyster in
yet another cup of oil, well you get the idea :(
This is a good place in Tinseltown for a solid lunch. They have a large menu, with a lot of noodle choices. Plus they have a good lunch combo special. Great deal for $8.95 with appetizer (wontons or spring roll), soup (sweet and sour or sweet corn) and a longer list of main dishes. The salt and chili pork looked good as did the Shanghai wide noodle.
Very Hong Kong style menu and service.
Will go back.
I went there at 1:30pm for a quick lunch. First no one greeted me, there were lots of people and there were no empty tables...ok, that was fine. Then this waitress waved at me and told me that there was an empty table at the back. I was feeling alright and I was in a good mood. Then this waitress just dumped the spoon and chopsticks on the table... what is wrong with you?! I know this is not a 5 star restaurant but come on, you don't need to be grumpy because you hate your job.
I ordered the special wonton soup which was good and tasty... when I wanted to ask for a bill... none of the waitress were looking... they would just pretended that they don't see you... there was this other lady who was waiting to order the food but no one responeded. There was this one waitress who was about to go for her break, she saw me waved (there was eye contact) but hey, why can't you tell your other co-workers that someone is waving at the back to get the bill... anyway, I waited for at least 3 minutes and it was enough. I stood up and I went to the counter and told them that I want to pay for my bill... Can you imagine? I could just walk out and no one would even notice... omg... what kind of service is this?! Then the waitress asked me where the bill is... I told her that I waited but no one came over to my table and give me the bill... Talk about stupidity... the waitress just give me the bill and she walked away... hey I just want to pay for it and go... Anyhow, I paid for it but with no tips. I will not go back. This is just not worth my time and energy. Even though they have good and tasty wonton soup, customers like us should not deserve this kind of customer service.
I did not see any evidence of fusion food here, but East Fusion may be considered one of the better choices in Chinatown. The food is solid, good Hong Kong bistro food with generous portions. I dined here at about 2 PM after lunch and the place was packed! I got the last table. The menu is small, I ordered the lunch special, rather than the $3.88 wonton noodle soup(which was readily available) and was pleasantly surprised. The hot and sour soup was pretty good, the spring rolls weren't greasy and heavy and my curried beef brisket dish was full of meat and veggies...I couldn't finish it . The reason this restaurant was packed was because Chinatown's food emporiums don't exist! Food sucks in Chinatown! All the good places are in the suburbs or in Richmond...even the Flota isn't great(and there's no great Chinese restaurants in the West End either). People have voted with their feet, the East Fusion, may be one of the best of a poor lot. I saw people taking food home because the portions are generous. The prices are reasonable and the food is good enough to return. The service was harried because the place was so full but one should expect this and relax.
I tried the hotpot few days ago, and the food is definitely not considered as good. It is, however, a two people meal as it is indicated on the poster with that little amount of food they provide.They give mostly veggies even though it says seafood hotpot. They also give very little sauce which we need to pay if we want any extra. The extra sauce is still very little though. Also, the sauce is spicy as default. Please reconsider before ordering the dessert as it is a waste of money to pay $2 for a bowl of 95% sugar liquid with a tiny bit of not so soft taro and a tiny bit of those tapioca. The service is bad as if they lack sleep unless the boss is there, then that waiter working there will be a tiny bit more awake.
I think I've been here about a dozen times since earlier this summer.
The Hotpot says it's for 2, but it definitely feeds 3, so what a great deal. Can't go wrong with the $2.99 Wonton Noodle. The wontons are huge. All the noodle and rice dishes are excellent, large portioned and the price is so reasonable. Most of those same dishes at regular chinese restaurants are usually $2-$5 more. The only thing I think is a tad overpriced are the appetizers. 2 wonton noodles = 1 appetizer. How does that make sense?
Wow, initially from what I read on their menu at the door about "Noodle in Soup" is choose 1 toppings $2 and choose 2 toppings $3. If you choose your noodle will be $3. I thought it's too good to be true ... and it was!
So I have 2 toppings and didn't choose my own noodle which means I would go with their default noodles then. Well, they charge me $6. They charge me $3 for 2 tops and $3 for the noodle and no charge for the soup (how generous).
Get this, 1 toppings have 5 wontons, how many do you think you get for 2 toppings, say wontons and dumplings? Still 5, 2 wontons and 3 dumplings. I thought 5 times 2 is 10???
Anyway, this whole menu is confusing. Basically I agree that this is a total scam to honest people who comes in.
I don't want to explain myself too much about my terrible experience but I would strongly suggest you should ask them to clarify the price before you order if you ever being so unfortunate landed there for a meal. If they don't, don't feel embarrassed, just leave. Being a consumer you have every rights to walk out.
And good luck with this place.
I just went with my family to East and, aside from the not-so-friendly-servers, the food was great and at a good price too. We ordered two of the hot pot set dinner for two, and had so much left over! Definitely a must-go =]
They also had the wonton noodles as a special, but since we were too full, didn't have a chance to try it out, but from what the other customers ordered, I would say that the noodles are good, at least the wontons are GIANT.
So, if you have a chance, you should go try it ^^