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Review: My travel companion and myself recently visited this restaurant and chose to try the weekend buffet. The spread was impressive, the atmosphere calming and it was conveniently located near the Sherbrooke Metro stop. For the most part, the food items were adequate; the vegetarian wonton soup in particular was a hit, with its tasty not-too-full, not-too-pasty wontons in a delicious broth. The lemon chicken was crunchy and drizzled with just the right amount of not-too-sweet, not-too-sour lemon sauce thickened with cornstarch. The green beans were particularly hearty with their black-bean sauce which imparted just the right amount of salt. Some of the other items did not impress or were misses: soggy deep-fried sweet-and-sour "pork" balls in a tasteless mess of Chinese cabbage, deep-fried odd-looking and -tasting "fish" balls with an overly heavy batter, and fried rice with a creative use of pumpkin squash that didn't add much to transform this rather bland dish. The dessert choices were disappointing and surprising; instead of traditional Chinese vegan desserts such as wor pang (deep-fried pastry filled with bean paste), banana cake (rice flour with banana swirled through it) or a Chinese vegetarian dessert such as custard tart, they served a choice of almond cookie and a mini creme brulee. Both looked store-bought and not particularly appetizing. $10.95 for the Saturday buffet, before tax and tip.