Peninsula Seafood Restaurant
Sometime last year, Peninsula Seafood Restaurant opened up in Oakridge Centre. Oakridge has always leaned more towards the affluent shopper given the location so it’s no surprise to find a restaurant that aims to cater to these customers.
The restaurant itself isn’t huge (although the careful use of mirrors on walls makes it seem larger than it is. The thing that you simply can’t miss is the 9-panel flat screen tv that covers the back wall as it’s the first thing you see when you enter the restaurant. The coffered ceilings, large chandeliers, and private dining room all alludes to the price point when dining here.
The House Special Shrimp Dumplings ($6.80) might seem like sticker shock for dim sum but you have to keep in mind that it comes with 6 pieces of har gow instead of the usual 4 in most other restaurants. If you factor in the extra pieces, it would be comparable to getting 4 pieces at $4.50. The dumplings themselves were just okay – the filling wasn’t large but the shrimp were cooked properly.
The BBQ Pork Buns ($5.30) was pretty much spot on – pillowy white puffs filled with a delicious bbq pork filling.
The dish that I really liked was the Beef Rice Rolls ($6.80)… it was almost like a deconstructed version.
We wanted to try something different and wound up ordering the Shredded Taro and Radish Cake ($5.80). Sure, we’ve had both of these items by themselves before but never together. I really wasn’t sure what to expect; but what arrived was essentially a radish cake that was fused together with a taro cake (à la black and white cookie). I do wish that the taro portion were shredded a bit finer.
We also wound up ordering the Poached Beef Balls in supreme soup ($5.30) as well as the Osmanthus and Wolfberries Jelly ($4.80). I’m not sure if they use heart-shaped moulds for the osmanthus jelly or if they hand-cut them. If they hand-cut them, I wonder if they wind up eating the leftover pieces.
If you’re looking for cheap dim sum, you’re in the wrong place. Like most places, some dishes are better than others. Interestingly, Peninsula won the Best Service Restaurant category for the 2014 Diners’ Choice Awards for Chinese restaurants. While I didn’t notice anything blaring during our visit to reaffirm such an award, it seemed about average in terms of service level for expensive Chinese restaurants.
140 – 650 West 41st Avenue