My friend Tiffany and I share a birthday. This year, to celebrate our Pisces Power, we went to lunch at the Sea Hi restaurant in North Toronto. Basically, it’s one of these old school Canadian Chinese food places that’s been in business since the 1950s. The kind with plastic table cloths, dayglo orange sweet and sour chicken balls, and chop suey.
Not only is the menu frozen in time, the interior is also like a diorama of a 1960s or 1970s restaurant. I’ve driven past it a million times but have never been inside. And when I heard that it was closing down on February 29, We made a plan with our mutual friend Kyle to do a lunch date. Mr. Andrew and Tiffany’s Mr. Martin were also in attendance.
The decor did not disappoint. And the food tasted exactly like the 1970s (though the jury is out on whether that’s a good thing or not). Thought I’d share some photos of our trip as a virtual memorial to one of the last legends of its era.
How old is it? Toronto stopped using telephone exchange letter in the 1960s, but the sign still has the RU prefix.
This Buddha statue is one of the restaurants signatures. It and the rest of the furnishings are going to be auctioned off. When I was in University, in what I know understand to be wildly misguided cultural appropriation, I tried to decorate my bedroom like this.