Cha Liu Dim Sum Shop
2352 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, M4P 2E6
This restaurant offers a smorgasbord of dim sum for any meal of the day.
|Cuisine Type |||Chinese, Dim Sum|
|Ambiance |||Good For Groups, Good For Kids, Family Style|
|Meals Served |||Lunch, Dinner|
|Amenities |||Full Bar, Beer & Wine, Catering|
|Pricing |||$21 - $30|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||North Toronto|
|Getting There |||Eglinton Subway Station|
|Cross Street |||Yonge & Eglinton|
|Mon–Thurs: 11AM-10PM; Fri–Sun: 11AM-11PM|
Profile Last Updated: June 27, 2008
Located just north of Eglinton on Yonge Street, this award-winning restaurant has taken the "brunch only" designation off dim sum and offers it during lunchtime, for dinner, and as a late-night treat. The décor features large wall murals, exposed brick, and warm wood seats set against creamy white tablecloths – the stuff of haute cuisine. Staff busily buzzes from table to table, demonstrating their extensive knowledge of the menu and answering any question a diner may have. For those who eat with their eyes, Cha Liu offers a smorgasbord of elegantly prepared dishes that are so beautiful they look like art. Prepared in a fish-shaped mould and served on a speckled blue plate, the mango pudding is especially notable.
Served in Threes and Perfect for Sharing
Cha Liu is the name given to small shops along major travelling routes in China, where travellers stop for a quick snack or some tea. This restaurant hopes to become a place where Torontonians stop in, in pairs or groups, for a quick refreshment to brighten the rest of their day. With that in mind, Cha Liu serves a vast array of steamed and fried dim sum. Most dishes are served with three pieces, so it's a good place to share a handful of different items with friends.
Familiar Or Exotic
Some of the dim sum plates are familiar (barbeque pork buns, salted egg yolk buns, and shrimp rolls), while others should be served to finicky guests without an explanation of their ingredients (chicken feet dim sum). Aside from dim sum, there are rice dishes, soups, noodle and vegetable dishes, and an assortment of desserts (custard buns, black sesame balls, and even crunchy baby pumpkin). Many of Cha Liu’s dishes contain pork, chicken, or seafood in fact, only 16 of over 60 dishes are vegetarian.