Chinese restaurant advice needed - Toronto

Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2000 - 3:25am
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We'll be visiting Toronto at Christmas which is also near my FIL's 70th birthday, for the first time since our now 4-year-old son was an undiagnosed infant. We have never taken him into a Chinese restaurant; DH and his family are from Hong Kong. There are many very authentic Chinese restaurants in TO and Scarborough, which is where the in-laws live, and there is absolutely no way we can get out of going to a huge banquet that will celebrate the holidays and our son's presence. He is DH's only child and we live far away and he and his grandpa will be guests of honor.

Of course we've never let him eat in a Chinese restaurant, and he understands on a superficial level that things can be dangerous for him, but he is always curious about DH's home-cooked food and wishes he could have this or that (some things they can share, some not). Add to this that my MIL is a dragon lady who pushes food on everyone and is very domineering, opinionated and nasty, and who also doesn't accept our son's PA (esp. because we've been so careful that he's never had a major reaction). DH, FIL, BIL et al. never stand up to her and aren't going to start now. So the scene will be a huge, crowded banquet of 40+ people, our curious, adorable son wanting to try all the new foods (he's very willing to try any new food and loves seafood), my overbearing MIL, my DH who doesn't want to get in the middle of this, and me with my son.

Anyone with ideas, particularly a native Chinese person, please answer!

Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2000 - 9:01am
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Dettu, does the dragon lady MIL already have a restaurant picked out for this banquet? It sounds as though she is the type of person that would. There was an absolutely wonderful Chinese restaurant, better than anything in Chinatown (both of them) in Toronto that my husband and I went to, but this was before PA entered our lives. I would have to look up the name of it in the Toronto phone book if you even have a say in it, so you could check with them to see if they do have something your son would be safe eating. I do know that nothing in the food I ever got there included peanuts, but that doesn't mean there wasn't peanut oil involved. When we had a very prominent visitor from New York City come, this is the Chinese restaurant we also took him to. It was extremely authentic and almost dated in it's decor. Anyway, let me know, if you think you'll even get a say in this and I'll find the name of it for you. Oh, it is located on Bathurst St. north of Lawrence Avenue West. Then, of course, you have almost the whole of Spadina Avenue north of Queen Street, but these are smaller establishments and I would be more concerned about the safety there and also whether or not they were large enough to accommodate your large party. The one I'm speaking about, although definitely far removed from either Chinatowns, is absolutely wonderful and does have a banquet side. But again, maybe MIL has already decided. Please let me know. Best wishes! Oh, and sorry, I know you had asked for a Chinese person to respond, but I thought I'd start by being a person from Toronto at least (although not for the past 2-1/2 years). [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 11/14/2000 - 4:12am
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Thanks, Cindy. I'm sure my MIL has something in mind, because the Hong Kong contingent follows each new restaurant fad out there in Scarborough.
My BIL is going to try to get this celebration moved to his house where he can control the ingredients. He's a pretty reasonable guy and very aware of our son's PA, and he says to ignore his mother! Ha!
Sigh. I used to love Toronto, before I married into MIL's grasp...

Posted on: Tue, 11/14/2000 - 4:27am
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Dettu, it sounds as though you have things sorted. If you would like the name and telephone number of that one restaurant, please let me know. Now, as far as MIL's, I've had two (not that I'm proud to say that) and both have been complicated to say the least! I think it's a MIL thing, and remember, one day we might be too! LOL!
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 11/14/2000 - 4:40am
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Cindy--could you please email me at [email]dettu@ivillage.com[/email]--I have another Toronto restaurant question for you but don't want to get totally OT here.
Dianne (dettu@ivillage.com)

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