Grand Dynasty offers a menu of high quality Chinese cuisine with a focus on seafood. It is located in the Delta Hotel next to the Grand Villa Casino.
The five of us were at an industry seminar at the hotel next door so we decided to try this place for dinner. The G-Be Japanese restaurant next door was a disappointment the two times I went there so I wasn't expecting much from this Grand Dynasty (they're physically connected but I'm not sure if it's the same management).
There were only four tables occupied the whole time we were there. I'm pretty sure most Burnaby foodies don't even know there is a restaurant here at the Casino. The menu is large but has photos. The Shark Fin soups (there are many to choose from) start at around $60 and go all the way up to $280. There are many dishes in the $12-18 range. We ordered steamed chicken, BBQ duck, scallops & egg white fried rice, steamed Gai Lan, drunken chicken, and panfried rice noodle dish and they were all REALLY good. Surprisingly good. Chicken & duck were tender, juicy and sweet. As good as or better than Kirin, Congee Noodle House and many other popular places. The service was good too because there were almost as many servers as customers. The décor is very classy and bright. Fancy napkins and tableware. Total bill including one beer and tip was just under $120....not bad for feeding 5 people. And leftovers to boot! I'll be back.
Our family decided they wanted to have King Crab, and they chose Grand Dynasty this year.
We had earlier reservations for 5:30pm on a weekend and when we arrived, it was empty. They had just finished setting up for the dinner seating.
We were promptly seated at a nice large table for 8.
The decor of the restaurant is very nice. Definitely a high end Chinese restaurant feel. Nice place settings, cutlery, etc. Very bright and inviting. One note, depending on where you sit in the restaurant, you could either be really cold (near the door) or really hot. Their air circulation system needs some adjustment.
The service here can be very good, or just mediocre. We had a few waiters waiting on our table, but one of our family members was familiar with one in particular, who gave us much better service than the others.
The food here is good. On par with any other high end Chinese restaurant, but nothing really different or exceptional. We ordered 1 king crab cooked 2 ways (around 11lbs which was the largest they had), Peking duck with lettuce wrap, and egg white with broccoli.
The crab legs were steamed with garlic which was very good, and the meaty parts were fried with superior soya sauce which was mediocre. The soya sauce flavour over powered the flavour of the crab meat, and also made the fried crab soggy instead of crispy. The Peking duck was quite generic. One annoyance we found was they put sesame seeds in the wraps (which was a first we'd ever seen) and one of the family members who was allergic, did not get to try them. The egg white with broccoli was cooked well, but a little on the bland side.
Price wise. The prices are in line with other high end Chinese restaurants, which usually means mediocre value for the food. Essentially you're paying for the service, decor and hopefully consistency of the chef. After all was said and done the total bill... $290. Considering the food ordered, not a great value for 7 people.
Overall, a nice venue, but certainly not somewhere to eat unless it's a very special occasion (or if you made it big at the casino next door!) I can picture small weddings in this venue as it seats around 150 people.
Tried this brand new Chinese Restaurant twice in the last month; once for a birthday dinner and once for Dim Sum. Both times, the food was delicious, service top notch and we left pleased with our dining experience. They have a few unique and good selections for dinner, but be prepared to pay. I wouldn't say it's super pricey but it's not super cheap either. The portions for dinner were reasonable and everything was presented nicely. For that birthday dinner for 6 people, the bill came to around $200 and we had many seafood items that we normally wouldn't eat at a regular dinner. The dim sum was very nice, all the usual dim sum dishes were cooked very nicely and it was fresh. We quite enjoyed the morning there. And the waiters/captains are very friendly, refilling the tea quickly and offering their Chinese New Year specials on the special cakes we could buy and take home. For 4 people, we ordered about 12 dim sum items, ranging from small to medium to large and some special items and the bill came to around $80! It was a lot for dim sum, but we really enjoyed it. I heard the chef hails from really good restaurants in Hong Kong so he's brought a high level of Chinese food to Vancouver. I think the only downside to this place was its location. Tucked in a corner next to the Grand Villa Casino/Delta Hotel, you wouldn't really know about it unless you saw their ad in the Chinese newspaper or you were frequenting the casino. The restaurant inside isn't very large, but the decor is gorgeous - a nice place to have a small intimate Chinese wedding banquet for sure. I'd say this is a very nice Chinese Restaurant, comparable to the good ones in Downtown Vancouver, and I'm glad that there's this option in the suburbs, but I would only go there on a really special occasion. I really hope that they can keep up the high standard of good Chinese food!
Ambiance - Modern design, high ceiling, classical music, lots of space between tables & nice china.
Service - At this price range, I expected better. But when requested, service was prompt.
Dim Sum - They do use fresh quality ingredients. Good presentation. However, some items were bland. Bone-in chicken had a lot of small bone fragments.
Value - Price ranges from $4.50(small), $4,95(med), $5.25(lg) to $5.50(sp) plus 3 dozen chef specials @ $6.50 to $9.98. Ha Gow is a large, Siu Mai is a medium while rice roll is a special. I would go again but only with the early bird 20% discount.
Since it was a new restauant in the neighbourhood, we had to come try it - at least once. So we came for dim sum. From the looks of the interior, it appears to cater to the rich or the lucky casino winners. Very posh high end atmosphere - there's even the waiters to go with it. If you don't look wealthy, you can forget good service. To make the comparison with other dim sum houses, we had the traditional steamed bbq pork buns, rice noodle rolls stuffed with shrimp and chives, shrimp dumplings, sticky rice (which came in a itty bitty bowl and not wrapped in leaves), egg tarts, sponge cake with mangoes and pan fried dumplings. Each of these dishes were considered a "large". So now you can guess how big the tab will be! There were three of us and the bill came to over $63, tax and tip not included.
For the most part, everything was okay - at least nothing was bad. Most dishes here can be found elsewhere. The only thing different was the creative names this restaurant gave to their dishes. For what you get, I find the prices are too high. Perhaps they still need money to pay off the furnishings. I would rather go to the competitor on Main Street or even out to Richmond where at least the service is much better. So we came and tried it out and found nothing special. We may come again but only for very special occasions; no need to hurry.
Vancouver has tons of chinese restaurants especially for Cantonese food. Went to this place for dinner back in December. Quite good quality overall with fresh ingredients and authentic dishes. The Peking Duck was surprisingly good for a Cantonese place (although I wish there were more pieces sliced), and so was the lettuce wrap. It's on-par with other high-end Cantonese places in town, but being a newer place and all, the decor is much better. So this is definitely a good place if you are looking for service and comfortable seating / decor while enjoying some authentic Cantonese food. It's a bit more pricey compare to other Cantonese Chinese restaurants that's generally quite cheap, but with the high class decor, it's similar to others like Kirin. Heard Dim Sum is good too, but haven't tried. Looks like a little on the pricey side as well...but again it's a higher-end place...and apparently there's 20% off if you settle the bill before 11am. Looking forward to trying the place for lunch too.
So we went for dinner had the king crab, which was $4/lb more than elsewhere at this time....
Ordered: King crab, 3 ways, $19 extra for the rice in crab shell, i believe one of the pricest in town ... and peking duck for 4 combo.
Likes : Decor (notice doesn't say much for the food)
Dislikes : 1) Lukewarm bordering on cold peking duck dishes, definitely room temperature pastry shells. Many restaurants, even the cheaper east van ones manage to steam these hot. Cold shells = chewy in a bad way.
2) Flavourless rice in crab shell w/cream sauce. Granted, they did put some scallops and other seafood bits in but that doesn't make up for the lack of flavour or exorbitant prices.
3) Deep fried knuckles were not flavoured at all and cut too big (personal preference on size)...i prefer more meat left to the garlic steamed side.
So you would walk into this place and be blinded by the nice decor. Ok, well maybe not if your used to going to Kirin or other such higher end restaurants, but pretty modern and up to date. If only the food reflected the amount of money that went into the renovations. Maybe more $ to hire a great chef and less on decor ? We all sat down and the service was good, but then again, the place was 30% full so that's too be expected.
We ordered the peking duck set menu and the king crab. The 1st dish hit our table almost right away, guess scooped from a bigger pot in the back. Blackened chicken soup. Flavour was light almost bordering on tasteless.
This was followed by our peking duck, served / carved tableside. They brought the bamboo steamer to the table, no steam...I thought we were in trouble. The duck then went to the carving table with out showing us. They carved it up, set the skin on our table and when i put it in my mouth, it was almost cold. At least put the duck under the warming lamp or have the plates heated...something some of the cheaper restaurants do. The minced duck meat for the lettuce wrap was cold and came fast, leading me to believe that was pre-made and they were just cycling peoples duck in the back. Only saving grace in this dish was they gave you enough shells and lettuce to consume the skin and meat dishes.
This set menu came w/the mushroom with fried brocolli, once again pretty tasteless and no sauce. Not sure if the chef is tasting it as he goes or if he has a cold and can't taste anything. It is still the flu season after all.
We also had the sweat and sour butterflied shrimp in the shell, that was hot and decent. Would have gone well with some white rice. IF they had asked would have been an easy upsell. But nope.
The deep fried rock cod was also good. Nicely flavoured and not oily.
King crab comes out and they showed us and said 10lbs. Funny thing is how do we know ? haha
Having ordered the King of Crabs at about 30% more than going rate outside, this should be at least decent. Boy were we mistaken !
First course was steamed with garlic. Ok, not enough garlic, it was mild. At least pile it on and then let us scrape it off if it's too much. Other places I go to, this dish has the crab roe or some kind of egg in the sauce. This place didnt.
Second was the deep fried crab knuckles. Boy these were big pieces!! The deep frying was good, but me, i'd rather have more of the legs in the steamed garlic dish. When you bite into it, it's moist but flavourless. A little salt would bring out the flavour of the crab more. Not to mention sell more beer haha..
Thirdly, the rice in the crab shell. Was exactly that, the seafood was a nice touch, but took away from what was supposed to be crab roe fried rice. The cream sauce was bland. Totally not worth the extra money we paid.
Service wise, was ok, but for the number or lack thereof, tables in there, I would expect super service. I won't be returning as this meal cost me double what i would have paid elsewhere and 1/2 as good.
On this Friday, April 1st, almost all current student in IHMC came to the Grand Dynasty Seafood Restaurant and have a nice meal there. Grand Dynasty Seafood Restaurant is located in the Grand Villa Casino complex. We arrived at half past two, and we ordered by last call. Although it is raining that day, but we still quit enjoy our lunch there!
I love the tableware which all covered by blue dragons. It’s very elegant and nice.
Because it’s a last call, we ordered lots of things. Begin with the course called Fried Daikon Radish. It’s fried white radish which cut in square, it’s crunch out and soft inside. Although it is fried, but never taste greasy, I think it should own to the radish inside.
Egg with shrimp inside. It’s a very nice dish. Good looking also good taste! The egg with shrimp is fresh and smells really great. I love this dish, no matter it look and taste.
Fried salmon roll. There comes my favorite one! It looks good as well! Inside the fried bean curd, it both have salmon fish and shrimp in there. While I take the roll and dressed with the salad source, the tastes of them were perfectly mixed! All the delicious smell around my mouth, that was so great! I highly recommend it!
Diced chicken kung-po style. It is a typical Beijing local dish, the chicken is fresh and a little spicy which makes the dish more flavorful. And the nuts with it is crisp, especially good when it with the chicken.
Wu Gok (Deep-fried taro dumplings). It looks simple outside, but have lots of materials inside. It taste very special with the deep-fried taro.
Here comes dessert. Steamed Custard Bun. Some girls in our group were really desire to taste it. So I was really curious, too. Since there is only three for each steamer and everyone wants to try it, we ordered five dishes. When it came up to the table, every one got one. And it is made of duck egg inside, which brings lot of flavor to the bun.
Deep-fried taro ball with durian inside. It looks similar to the dumpling that I have just mentioned, but it is a dessert which would be my favorite! It is deep-fried taro outside and have durian in the fried ball, it smell good and also tastes great!
Mango pudding. It is the last dish we have that afternoon, and it gave us a perfect ending. It is covered by fresh milk. And the mango in there was so fresh that I can still see the fresh mango in it. It is very sweet which I was loved so much.
We have a really happy and nice meal there. The decor, service is also above average, and I may will come back with my family next time!
Food: Me and the kids really enjoyed the fried dishes: shrimp spring rolls, deep fried taro, and deep fried bean curd. Shrimp spring rolls were definitely the highlight of the meal. The combination of shrimp, crispy batter, and garlic was lovely. I believe this dish is not available for most other dim sum places. We also had shrimp dumpling, pork dumpling and shark fin dumpling. They don’t actually put shark in the shark fin dumpling; it actually had imitation shark and shrimp and it was still good. For dessert we had layer cakes which were on par with other dim sum establishments.
Service: Even though it was pretty busy, the waiters were still pretty fast. The kids got their ice water promptly and when I asked for dessert recommendations the waiter was patient and helpful.
Interior: Very spacious so ideal for bringing kids. The red chandeliers were nice.
Overall a nice dim sum experience. I heard they have king Alaskan crabs for dinner, so surely I will come back to try.
I've been to the restaurant many times for dim sum and feel satisfactory all the time. Last Sun, I want to try
their dinner. So I went there with my family of 4 adults + 1 kid and ordered a 4 people deluxe set of $165 ( sharkfins + abalone + fish... ) + 2 extra dishes of broccoli fish and fried tenderloin in Chinese style.
1 ) sharkfins is totally disappointing. Tasteless
2 ) abalone is ok
3 ) fried tenderloin in chinese style was overfried. Of 5 pieces tenderloin , 2 of them can found " black mark"
on the surface, it was totally unacceptable on a high-end restaurant. My wife even said, she would cook
4 ) when we ate our 1st broccoli, and can't believe to found out that it was spoiled. We then check the other
broccoli on the dishes, and 90% of them are spoiled. We can easy found the " black spot " inside the
broccoli. We then talk with the captain and requested to exchange a new veggie for us, and his attudite didn't show any regret.
5 ) everytime when they approach you to have the dish changed, they never say " excuse me " . They
just stand in front of me and said " Hey "...
I will NEVER go to this restaurant AGAIN ! even I love their dim sum. I totally not accepted by paying
total $280 for 4 adults & 1 kid and eventually ate those kinds of food with bad service. I don't mind to pay
more for good food and service that why I choose the highend Chinese restaurant, but turns out I didn't
get what I suppose to receive.
NEVER GO TO THIS RESTAURANT FOR DINNER !!!!!
The first couple things noticed was that it has a smaller interior than your typical Chinese Seafood Restaurant, this might translate to better service and food quality as it would be a lot easier to handle the demand of the food. Also, each table cloth has Grand Dynasty's logo embroided in golden letters. Admittedly, this was the first time I've seen something like this on a table cloth. Neatly folded napkins, double plate classy china setting welcomed us at the table. The difference? Most other seafood restaurant provide you with a basic white bowl, while the setting for this restaurant is intricate and detailed. Onwards to the food!!
Fried Daikon Radish. This restaurant's version of the dish is quite different in the sense that, aside from just frying the daikon radish, there were also little dried shrimp in it, giving it a hint of savoury goodness. It was very enjoyable!
Jellyfish. This jellyfish dish, was prepared a with a spicier kick to it, and it suits me just fine! The jellyfish was prepared perfectly, it wasn't hard chew on it at all and went down easy. Definitely have to try it
Deep fried bean curd with salmon. Ok, this dish, was interesting. I wasn't the one doing the order, but when I took a bite into this one, I was expecting the normal shrimp, however, as I bit into it, the texture wasn't shrimp at all, but it was salmon fish! the fish wasn't overcooked, it was fresh, and the bean curd surrounding it was also marvellously deep fried. Bravo!
Steamed rice roll with deep fried fish paste. Having frequent dim sum places, I instantly thought, oh, there's "cha leung" which is steamed rice roll with chinese long donut, but where's the sauce? i took it anyways, and looked at it, only to realized it wasn't long donut inside. Being curious, I bit into it and realized its actually savoury, and fishy. I had to ask what it was and found out it was deep fried fish paste....need I say more?
If I didn't tell you what it was, you would assume that it is a regular taro dumpling you would find everywhere. What if I told you this wasn't it, and if this was a dessert, would you believe me? What if I also told you, inside that deep fried shell, was the king of fruits, the durian, would that make your mouth watery? I appreciate the fact that Durian is not liked by some people, but coming from a tropical country, I had a lot of durian during my time, however, I never had it deep fried in a taro shell before. And let me tell you this, it was amazing! The durian is paste like inside the shell and the crunchy texture of the shell compliments the fresh durian paste!
On to the last little dish I have that afternoon. Mango Pudding. Now at this point, I was overwhelmed with so much surprises that, I don't think a simple Mango Pudding dessert can surprise me too much. WRONG! I have to admit, this is one of the best mango pudding dessert I've ever had. Reason being? What I found, as I make my first couple spoons was actual mango pieces in the pudding! without saying much, I went and finish my portion of it before most people. It was THAT good!
Grand Dynasty Seafood Restaurant provided my palate with a multitude of pleasant surprises. With a upscale feel and decor to it, it will make any food outing that much more special! I would definitely go back to this restaurant, and try some of the food that I didn't have this time around.