Restaurant review: Shoom

On a summer weekend, we visited the punjabi market area to try Shoom restaurant on Fraser Street between east 49th and east 50th avenue.

IMG_20190707_182743

We had reservations and arrived a few minutes early.  It was a full house, and there a couple of groups waiting for a table outside the restaurant doors.

IMG_20190707_184734

The place looks like it had undergone renovations recently, and it looked pretty nice.

IMG_20190707_184750

The menu is quite expansive, with a selection of cantonese dishes, punctuated with helpful photographs.

IMG_20190707_184801

IMG_20190707_184813

IMG_20190707_184819

We ordered the prawns with scrambled eggs

IMG_20190707_190551

These are large butterflied white shrimp, stir-fried with white scallions and eggs.  The prawns were nicely cooked, and the eggs had a light fluffy texture.  The dish was properly seasoned and of generous proportions.

We also ordered the sizzling chicken hot pot

IMG_20190707_190640

This is bone-in chicken, stir fried with shallots, garlic, scallions, chinese sausage and dried preserved pork.  It was finished with a savory sauce, and served in a hot iron pot.  The chicken was still a little crispy (either from a shallow fry or from blanching in hot oil prior to stir frying).  It’s savory, aromatic and a little bold (from the preserved pork).

We also ordered some plain rice to go with these dishes.

After the meal, we were given some complementary dessert.  From the options provided, we chose the mango pudding.

IMG_20190707_192722

The mango pudding was lightly sweet, and delicate, with some creaminess from the evaporated milk on top.

The dining room was clean and modern

IMG_20190707_183352

albeit, very crowded and cramped (it was necessary to squeeze between chairs as we were entering and exiting the restaurant).  And the reason why there were parties waiting outside for a table, was because there was no place to wait inside the restaurant.  The tables and chairs use all the available floor space.

The food was very good, if a little expensive, but the large portions compensate for that.  Bring friends, or a big appetite.

The service was better than average (by my double standard for chinese restaurants).  It was efficient and polite.

I think we’ll be back to sample more of the menu.
Shoom Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

 

This update represents a second visit several months later.

Since the previous visit, the restaurant expanded into the neighboring retail space.  The resulting maze of hallways and dining rooms makeds for confusing navigation, especially if your party was seated in a remote corner of the expanded dining space.

We did reorder the some of the same dishes we enjoyed the first time, but added these dishes.

Corn soup

IMG_20190929_182421

This soup is a chicken broth base, swirled with beaten eggs and creamed corn, seasoned with salt and white pepper.  This was a pretty good soup.  It was sweet and savory, with a little texture from the corn and the egg strands.

stir fried yi mein with mushrooms

IMG_20190929_183010

This is stir fried yi mein, with thin slices of  dried shiitake mushrooms (rehydrated) and dressed with sesame oil, oyster sauce and soy.  Yi mein is a egg-wheat noodle with a spongy texture.  These were good noodles.  They flavors are on point, and the seasoning was about right.

stir fried beef and gailain

IMG_20190929_183221

 

This is marinated beef strips, stir fried with garlic and blanched gai lan (chinese broccolli).  This was pretty good.  The seasoning was on point, and the beef had a really good “wok-hei”.  The vegetables were a nice al-dente, but a little oversized.  This is a strange tendancy with chinese restaurants… they serve the gailan in huge pieces that are a little cumbersome to pick up with chopsticks or serving spoon.  And they are certainly too large to consume without biting down multiple times (which kinda runs contrary to the stir frying convention of “bite sized pieces”).

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s