A Hearty Meal: Canton Fare


Call me a nester or a homeboy. It’s been forever since my last outing to a ‘new & happening‘ spot. Or perhaps it’s just the trait of a typical Cancerian. I don’t know, but whatever it is, it took me a good 6-months after SoHo KL has established before making my way there.

Just last week, with McCutie and Lis in tow, we headed over to Mon’t Kiara to discover its ‘new’ frontier in hopes of finding new places to makan. In some ways, I’m glad it took me this long before we decide to head over here. Only about 50% of the place is occupied. The SoHo KL main building by itself seems rather empty apart from Cold Storage and restaurants occupying it’s ground and first floors. Of which, I was only interested in trying out Ole-Ole Bali and this Dubrovnik. But, another time. We felt like something else that evening. Just not sure what!

We explored the shop-houses across the main building and finally came across this new Chinese restaurant called CANTON FARE. Apparently it’s only their second day of business and judging from the fresh bouquets outside the store, that may be very true. We walked in and was very surprised to see the placed filled with diners! Not bad for the new kid in town.

Being all hungry and greedy, we scout around other tables to see what everyone were enjoying and taking notes of what we would like to have for dinner while waiting to be seated in a proper table for 3. The Chinese staff were amazingly accommodating and spoke in perfect English. We were very, very impressed! McCutie just wished they were there to serve him in his recent China trip. Hopefully the level of service continues and not just for the first week of opening.

We ordered a whole lot to the surprised of the owner, Su Lee. 3 meat dishes and 2 vegetables for 3 people. McCutie was hungry and while I eyed the fabulous looking Char Siu on the next table. We ordered it of cos and fabulous it was! In fact, this was actually the 4th time we were having Char Siu that week and amazingly we’re not sick of it yet. Canton Fare’s version is very HK-styled. Charred to perfection and sticky on the outside with marbles of fat and lean meat that just melts in your mouth. Yummmmmm. Oh did I mentioned that the portions were huge and they came in thick slices (more like chunks) too?

Everything else on the table, apart from the average Couple Kai Lan, was good too. Short of licking off the plate, we eventually cleaned out every single plate and still made room for dessert! How about that?


By the time we were done with dessert, Su Lee finally had time to entertained us. We gladly gave our feedback and said she was doing a good job. She also told us that this was actually her second outlet and the first one is in Bukit Damansara. Lord knows that place was in need of a good Chinese restaurant.

I’m glad we discovered this place. Definitely bringing our families here in the near future.

5 Responses to A Hearty Meal: Canton Fare
  1. Lyrical Lemongrass
    October 1, 2008 | 8:08 am

    Tried the stuff at the Damansara outlet. Found only the char siu okay. The rest were…hmmm….ordinary. What a pity, eh?

  2. qwazymonkey
    October 1, 2008 | 8:12 am

    LL: Then I better hope they keep their standards for this branch after the opening week. It’ll be a pity if they don’t, cos food was good that evening when we were there.

  3. Life for Beginners
    October 3, 2008 | 12:26 am

    Meateater McCutie Strikes Again! LOL

  4. sohta
    November 1, 2008 | 1:29 pm

    hi, hajimemashite=P
    i really love your yummy and comic like photos!!! i tried to imitate but couldnt do well.. HEHE can i link your blog?

  5. qwazymonkey
    November 21, 2008 | 4:32 pm

    Hey Sohta, sure by all means link to my blog. But can’t seem to access your blogs though to see you attempt at making these comics! Hehe