Cha Lau Dim Sum
476 Yonge St. (near College)
Business Lunch. Yes
Lunch with co-workers. Yes
Social lunch. Yes
Quick solo lunch. No
Making the deft move from Yonge and Eglinton, Cha Lau changed its name (from Cha Liu), snazzed up the joint and added a few menu items to appeal to the younger crowd.
The menu, however, still includes the usual classics:
• A delicate, cleansing Chicken Wonton Soup ($3.25) is surprisingly light. Meanwhile, Hot & Sour Soup ($3.25) is enjoyable, though neither spicy nor sour.
• Steamed dim sum are superb. I sampled Ha Gua ($4.75), a succulent shrimp dumpling with mushroom; Pork Siu Mai ($4), which blends pork and shrimp; Mushroom & Vegetable Dumpling ($3.50) in a carrot juice wrap; and a chive juice wrapped Chicken & Chive Dumpling ($3.65).
• Stir Fried Vermicelli Singapore Style ($5.65) features egg, barbecue pork, shrimp and noodles covered in curry powder, done dry style.
As a lovely way to sample them, these dishes were offered in smaller portions as a Lunch Special ($9.95) when I visited.