Monday, August 22, 2011

Al Fresco Dining at Dynasty in Yorkville

Two experiences that don't usually go together is Chinese food and outdoors dining.  Despite having eaten at numerous Chinese restaurants in Toronto and even throughout China, we had not found many examples of ones with outdoor patios or seating areas.  One exception is Dynasty Chinese Cuisine, formerly located on the 2nd floor of the Colonade building on Bloor Street, but now in its new home in the heart of Yorkville.

While the prices at Dynasty are understandably significantly more expensive than the traditional Chinese eateries, there is something surreal and extremely cool about sitting outdoors watching the Yorkville crowd go by (including the Jaguars, Ferraris, Maseratis) while chowing down on Chinese food.  The strings of purple Christmas lights strung overhead made it feel like you were dining under the stars.

Appetizers of oyster tempura with sweet and sour sauce, and squid in spicy pepper salt, followed by grouper chow mein with vegetables made for a good late dinner/night time snack after watching an outdoor play at U of T's Philosopher's Walk.  However we've had better versions of each of these dishes for more reasonable price at various restaurants up in Scarborough and Markham.  What we were after was the ambiance and the experience, and for that we were quite satisfied.

Dynasty Chinese Cuisine
69 Yorkville Ave

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