Authentic Chinese food in Kitchener-Waterloo!?

June 9, 2009

Recently, a couple friends from Calgary came to visit us in Waterloo. As usual, we (who were considered local) had the daunting task of deciding where to take them for lunch. This was a difficult task because we weren’t too familiar with the restaurants in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and we wanted to make a good impression. It’s not like they come everyday! To make matters even more complicated, we wanted to find a good Chinese restaurant (because that’s their favourite type of food). Why did this make it more complicated, you ask? Let’s just say that KW isn’t known for their abundance of Chinese food, nor do they really have enough of a market for it. So it’s totally understandable.

After reading online reviews and surveying a couple friends, it was decided that we would try a place called “Cameron Seafood Restaurant” for Dim Sum.

camerons

When we first pulled in, it looked really sketchy. It was pretty much a house with a built-in extension (which we found out was the kitchen). Once we were seated, they presented us with a photo album. This was definitely one of the most unique menus I have ever seen in my life. It was actually really helpful for me, because I didn’t know the names of 90% of the dishes I wanted =P. As you can see, they cater to the non-Chinese speaking/reading population. Speaking of which, a friend told me that he saw Mike Lazaridis there once, but he was too afraid to approach him. If RIM’s CEO eats there, it must be good =). Actually, I’m not sure if he speaks Chinese or not, maybe he does… In any case, I liked the photo album idea.

Aside from the lovely menus, the food was also pretty good. It was authentic and I was really impressed that such a restaurant existed in Waterloo! It was a bit pricey, but hey, we don’t get visitors everyday. All-in-all, it was a good experience. We had a good time trying different dishes and would definitely go again.

camerons_food

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