House of Gourmet
House of Gourmet
484 Dundas St West
Toronto, ON M5T 1G9
House of Gourmet is a name no Chinese person will know if you tell them, but say the name in Chinese and you should get a bunch of grins and head nods. The place itself is identifiable by all the hanging dead animals on the window front. That image alone should entice you to walk in. And then as soon as you glance at the menu, you'll notice they have close to 500 items!!
They're pretty solid with many of their dishes. Hits and misses aplenty, but the price point is great. This place is constantly packed and they churn patrons in and out like a well oiled machine. Been here a couple of times now so I've tried anything from their beef brisket noodle soup, shrimp wonton soup with rice noodle to their Chinese BBQ (mainly BBQ Pork, Roast Duck, and Roast Pork)
The beef brisket noodle soup was a large bowl of goodness. The brisket was incredible as it wasn't chewy and was just tender and meaty. The noodles were thin but were still able to soak up that beefy broth. The portion size and the bowl was good value for just around $4.
The shrimp wonton noodle soup was the same price and just as good. The shrimp wontons were great. (Though not as large as the ones you find in noodle shops uptown) I hate shrimp wontons that are minor chunks of shrimp mixed with some other kind of meat. These wontons were purely shrimp and had a wonderful sesame oil taste to them as well. The rice noodle is awesome for soaking in the juices of the broth.
The BBQ Meats here are OK. The Roast Duck is meaty and the skin is crisp. The Roast Pork was good too. Crispy skin and big pieces of meat, but there was a bit more fat than desired. It can be hit or miss depending on what cuts the butcher gives you. The BBQ Pork (Red Char Siu Sauce) was good but a bit dry.
Their other dishes are standard Cantonese fare. The dishes are rather cheap and you can find lots of daily specials too if you don't know what to get. Their Beef with onion is good. It comes on a sizzling platter as well to draw some attention.
The Tofu Hotpot with Assorted Meats and Veggies was mediocre. The meats were the cheap cuts from the BBQ with some seafood mixed in like squid, scallops, and some decent sized shrimp.
Their fried dough in rice noodle crepe are a Cantonese staple. They do it fine here, but some pieces were drenched in sauce while the others had nothing (not even some salt).
There are so many damn restaurants in Chinatown that it can be a bit overwhelming deciding where to go. House of Gourmet is located a bit off Spadina, but it's definitely a solid choice and seems to be a favorite in the neighborhood. If you're looking for some good food at a good price, then definitely stop in.
PS. Green P Parking garage is located right across the place.
Ambience: B | Service: B- | Price: A | Food: B
OVERALL – B