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The usual dim sum suspects at Cha Lau

Cha Lau Dim Sum

476 Yonge St. (near College)


Rating. 3.5/5

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.

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