So we had a bunch of family members to take out for lunch. My original idea was dim sum at Lee Yuen which has proven wonderful in the past but it turns out that Lee Yuen Seafood in White Rock (not at the Guildford location) has a very good brunch/lunch offer as well. We decided to give that a try. Located on 152nd at 18th there is parking available at the back.
Lee Yuen Seafood Restaurant - White Rock
For 10 people, I thought that 10 dishes was appropriate (I seem to have overshot the mark but leftovers are much better than not enough). The deal they offer (among others) is $185 (about $10 more than what their website says) is for 8 dishes and a free-range chicken).
The chicken turned out to be Hainanese Chicken or something very close to that. Nicely moist and served with an excellent garlic oil sauce. The 8 dishes that I chose are from a list that you can see on their website. I tried to order a nice cross section that would make everyone at least a little happy.
Sauteed Gai Lin with Garlic as everyone needs their vegetables. Nicley just cooked and garlicky. No surprise but just very well done.
The Vegetarian Delights also provided the more plant-leaning members of our party another option. This dish included a nice variety of mushrooms including one that I could not identify. It was whitish and a little similar to a wood ear in shape and texture. Add in some tofu, baby corn, broccoli etc., etc. and you have something both tasty and healthy! Very Nice!
The Deep Fried Fish Filet with Corn Sauce proved to be pretty popular. The fish was crispy and just nicely salted. If you've never tried this, the corn sauce (basically creamed corn) is a very nice accompaniment. Try it at home!
More greens but this time as a base for sauteed squid. Again, no surprises here but I know my wife would like this so I assumed it would go over well with her sisters as well.
Deep Fried Jumbo Prawns with Spicy Salt is one of the plates that we polished off completely. Not surprising as the prawns were of very good quality and delicious. Not too spicy but you had the option of including the dried chilli to bump it up.
I'm in the habit of steering clear of beef these days (add that to veal and octopus on my list) but for the sake of the hard-core carnivores, I ordered a few meat dishes including Beef with Ginger and Scallion Hot Pot. This was a tasty dish with lots of ginger flavour. I think this one got polished off as well.
I ordered a couple of pork dishes. Both the Sweet and Sour Boneless Pork with Pineapple and the Honey Garlic Spareribs (you know what that looks like) are a little cliche but these were very good and everyone liked them.
We ordered steamed rice and a fried rice dish (not pictured) and congee to cover everyone's rice needs. Management also brought us a huge complimentary bowl of chicken soup which was less photogenic than some things I have seen but was quite delicious.
We had a lovely meal and a lovely visit in this comfortable restaurant (that is us at the back on the left). The staff was quite attentive and very friendly and you know that a big party can be challenging! The total with tax and tips was $280.00 which for 10 people is totally reasonable (not to mention that Mharie and I ate leftovers for at least a couple of days!).
Food 4 out of 5
Comfort 4 out of 5
Service 4 1/2 out of 5
Value 4 out of 5
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