But this isn't about what HE likes. It's about what I like.
I've been converted to New Sky. He's worn me down.
At first, I wasn't so keen. There's literally nothing special about this China Town restaurant. It's far from gourmet, and if you're a foodie, I doubt you'll like it. It's ultra casual, not impressively designed. The decor is a hodgepodge and the lighting is annoyingly bright for my tastes, but the portions are indeed a good size for a good price and everything I've had there has been yummy and filling.
Things that have been good lately include the won ton soup (though it's a bit bok choy heavy), the hot and sour soup (though it has shrimp and I've been with someone who's asked for it without, and been promised that, only to have shrimpy soup served to them regardless, so be wary). I've had an enjoyable beef with two kinds of mushrooms (though the second kind was a little unusual, and my companion found them weird and slimy), and shrimp dumpling appetizers that I enjoyed for their simplicity. (The dumplings weren't like har gow, which is what I'd hoped for. More like simple shrimp won tons on a plate. There were a lot of them - 8 or 10 - so that was good.)
One major downside I notice is the restaurant's tendency to play a horrifically loud version of a very strange birthday song for each and every celebrating patron. It's seriously insane. When last I was there, the horrible, deafening, bizarre-o-asian-pop birthday number (which went on for SEVERAL minutes) played six times over the course of our meal! That's 5.5 too many, if you ask me.
Anyway. By way of a final note, I'll say this: New Sky serves orange slices along with free fortune cookies at the end of every meal, which is a tradition I enjoy. It's a cheesy thing, but I appreciate it. And honestly, I think that sort of thing is a good sign.The place invests in quality oranges. That kind of detail matters.
New Sky Restaurant
353 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2G3
*Photo by Rob Owen-Wahl from Stock Xchng.