Canton Cooks II: Sandy Springs, GA, USA
I hadn’t been to this restaurant in a long time, mostly because it is slightly far from my house. However, a friend had a visitor from New York and wanted to take him to this place. Now why you would take a New Yorker to a Chinese restaurant in Atlanta is beyond me: they have an amazing Chinatown not only in Manhattan but in Queens and Flushing as well. However a dinner with foodie friends is not to be missed! Things we ordered that night include:
- pan-fried sea bass
- green beans with minced meat and preserved vegetables
- seafood pan fried noodles
- chicken wings
- salt & pepper squid
Pan-Fried Sea Bass: I normally don’t order sea bass in a fried version since the meat is so tender, I prefer it steamed. However, the way that this was prepared was damn phenomenal.
- great portion, definitely a share-dish for family style
- not burnt: outside was nice and crispy all around and the inside of the fish was still soft and full of that nice fish-fat flavor
- accompanying sauce suited the fish well
- sauce was fairly salty: if you got a section of fish that had been sitting in the sauce for awhile, it can end up being a fairly salty bite or two.
Stir-fried green beans with minced meat and preserved vegetables: great dish, it’s usually a staple when it comes to one of my foodie friends. This meal had quite a number of vegetables since she had eaten quite a large amount of meat throughout the weekend.
- awesome flavors: the meat went well with the preserved vegetables
- good quantity of beans: definitely great to share as well
- not healthy if you’re thinking that vegetables are healthy. This is pretty much cooked almost deep-fried in oil.
Seafood Pan-fried Noodles: this dish was mostly for me as I hadn’t had it since December. I like to get it at Man Chun Hong but they stopped doing it special order so I have to get it at real Cantonese restaurants now.
- good to share, very large quantity
- good amount of seafood to noodle ratio
- none except for me not getting a picture.
Chicken Wings: I’d never had their chicken wings before but my two foodie friends swear that it is pretty tasty.
- great flavor, definitely not bland in any way
- crispy yet not dry, but not exactly crunchy like bonchon chicken
- dry wings (for those who dislike saucy wings)
- I honestly prefer the crunch of bonchon style wings. But honestly you can’t really go wrong with this. It’s a good solid wing plate.
Salt & Pepper Squid: After having this dish here, I will claim that this is the best salt & pepper squid in Atlanta. There is something about the batter that is unique to this place. Similarly, I have tasted a batter in a fried chicken joint up in Baltimore called “Hip Hop Chicken”. Supposedly they use sugar as well as salt which gives it a totally different balance of flavors.
- awesome amount
- great flavors, can’t find it elsewhere in Atlanta. I still swear by the secret ingredient that is similar to Hip Hop Chicken
- not too crispy but good amount of breading to squid ratio
All in all, it was a really tasty meal. I think there was one other dish, a beef dish that I couldn’t get a picture of nor did I taste so I didn’t want to blog about it. My friends felt that it was really good though! In summary:
- pan-fried sea bass: **** (4 stars)
- green beans with minced meat and preserved vegetables: ***.5 (3.5 stars)
- seafood pan fried noodles: ***.75 (3.75 stars)
- chicken wings: ***.5 (3.5 stars)
- salt & pepper squid: **** (4 stars)
If you wanted to check out Canton Cooks 2, you can find them in shopping plaza across from Nori Nori. It’s also just a little ways north of their first establishment off Roswell Road:
Sandy Springs Crossing, 6690 Roswell Rd #410, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Until next time, happy eating!
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