The Real Chinese Taste of Toronto

Another restaurant has come and gone from the ill-fated space on University Ave. next door to Cedars. This time sees the demise of Forbidden Palace, a restaurant that advertised itself as having “the real Chinese taste of Toronto.” Something that always seemed a little odd, although I know what they were trying to get at.

We only ate at Forbidden Palace once, and it was a good meal. The space, however, couldn’t shake the “moldy cavernous warehouse” aesthetic, no matter how many plants they scattered around. And who wants to eat in a moldy cavern? There’s a Sheriff’s notice up on the door looking for $8000ish in back rent.

Word on the street is that the folks who ran the former restaurant in the space, Green Jade, picked up and relocated to Stratford where they’re raking in customers. Not hard to do, I suppose, when your only local competition is Subway and KFC.


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Jevon on March 28, 2006 - 21:24 Permalink

I am really glad to hear about the Green Jade folks. We ate there a few times and found the food to be good (eggrolls were a step above!), but what we most liked was the nice lady and family that ran it.

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Ann on March 28, 2006 - 21:24 Permalink

I am so sorry to hear that!
We ate the the Forbidden Palace a lot, although I agree about the cavern thing. The food was pretty good and the Peking Duck was especially wonderful. The people who ran it were very nice, too.
But it was often empty and I’m not surpised it’s gone.

There is a rumour that there is going to be a Ronin’s Doughnuts across the street, which is really not that exciting — but at least the block will look a little more lively.
I giess it’s in anticipation of all those coffee swilling feds moving in across the street.