skewer_thumb“We’re going for spicy fish on Thursday. You’ve got to come along.”

056_thumbOne of our daughters has been an aficionado of spicy fish for a few years now and she has been trying to get us to come along on on of her spicy fish excursions. The more people, the more choices to share. So, finally, we went.

We pulled up to Li’s China Grill on Kingsway at exactly 5 o’clock (opening time) to find her guarding an empty meter spot right in front of the door. How convenient!

055_thumbShe’d already snagged a window seat and menus were dealt out. Pick a fish, pick some side dishes, and pick and appetizer or two to start. We picked rockfish in a garlic sauce and catfish with the spicy sauce.

I looked around trepidly at the boxes of tissues on all of the tables – presumably to mop up the torrents of tears that were about to be unleashed by the spicy sauce. What were we getting into?

We nibbled on skewers of beef and lamb and a cucumber salad until they carried in the fish. Wow! Whole fish smothered in one of Li’s signature sauces. And yes, those are red chilis on that catfish.

059_thumbIt was challenging eat, but fun. The side dishes are actually incorporated into the fish dish and you have to find where they are hiding and then chase them around to catch them and get them onto your plate. Don’t wear your best shirt!

It was truly a feast and I can see why the more people, the better. Just about when we were getting full, the waitress placed a tray of large crispy shrimp on our table. “Compliments of the chef.”

060_thumbIt’s nice to dine out with regulars.


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