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Tasty Village

4735 Willingdon Ave.
Burnaby, BC V5G3H5
Tel: (604) 437-8813
Neighbourhood: Forglen

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Tasty Dinner
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 9:41pm [Dine in]

I was driving by this place with Mrs. C in the shotgun seat when we both decided to have some chow. TV served us well. The place used to be an Iranian restaurant or something like one, but now it is a full-on Cantonese place. The friendly manager seated us at a big table and gave us our choice of tea. I had ti quan yin, one of my favourites.

The menu has lots of choices and we settled on gai lan stir-fried, some shrimp spring rolls, and shredded pork with tofu and chillies on rice (mah po tofu). All were good, but the gai lan was expertly prepared. The pork dish was pretty good too. Service was quick and the manager took it upon herself to tell us about the virtues of their dim-sum. We even got a dim-sum menu to take home, and a free dessert since we were new customers.

The ambiance is nice and they kept lots of the décor elements from the previous restaurant. The w/c could be cleaner, but it was nicely appointed. I was not crazy about the layers of disposable plastic sheets on the tables, but it is not unusual for this sort of restaurant.

Overall a pretty good but not fancy meal and quite cheap for what we had.

Recommended.

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Good food but annoying owner
By hydeeho of Burnaby (182 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 25, 2008 - 6:27pm [Dine in]

Fairly new restaurant in the neighbourhood. Took over from an existing restaurant. Cuisine went from mid eastern to Chinese. Checklist dim sum with prices averaging $2.75. Be sure to try the lunch special chow mein at $4.75. Absolutely delish with a variety of toppings. Smallish room has lots of natural light but might be a problem in the summer with the sun's glare. We had 4 dim sum dishes plus the chow mein. Big problem in this near empty place was the long interval between dishes. All the tables are on wheel casters which I found strange. The biggest annoyance was man whom I assume was the owner talking on the phone in this small room very loudly. C'mon guy if you want repeat business cut out the crappy indifferent behavior. Treat the customers with respect.

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Pleasantly surprised
By 8there of Vancouver (66 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 9, 2009 - 11:44am [Dine in]

Went on Sunday for dim sum because we were looking for something quick and were in the neighborhood. Was a bit skeptical because from the outside it doesn't look too appealing. Was seated right away by a fairly friendly server. They were nice when taking our order. We had the usual dim sum dishes - ha gow, sui mai, sticky rice wrap, chicken feet, and rice rolls. We also had steamed beef short ribs, which was tasty but had big chunks of fat. Most of the food was average, not bad but not the best. The only complaint was the ha gow was a little fishy, which means the shrimp is not the freshest. We also ordered dishes for take out, and they were flexible with our requests for something not listed on the menu. Prices were good too, dim sum $3 or less a dish. Will go back again if in the area.

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A bland hangout
By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 10, 2010 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

Went to a mother's day lunch and was disappointed.

The food was quite bland. I tried the Tan-Tan noodles, wasn't too sure what I was eating, couldn't taste anything. Tried the peppery & salt chicken wings, I think it was bland. The deep fried donuts were not cooked. We asked them to check if it was suppose to be that way. They told us that it was not rising very nicely and that they will not have anymore. They asked us to pick something else from the menu.

The value for a chinese restaurant was okay.

They had a nice decor, and definately clean to an asian restaurant.

Not be going back.

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Don't know about Dinner but NEVER go for Dim Sum!
By drew86 of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

First time to this restaurant will also be my last time.

This place is tiny already and with daylight coming in from all corners, I had almost had to wear sunglasses eating at this place. The serving station is open to the dining hall so you can hear banging of dishes and every noise you can think of to make your dining experience go to hell. Knowing that this is a new place on the block, it certainly didn't look new inside. The brick wall behind the cashier's station looks like someone's living room from a 70's house. The chairs all had dents on them and the seats were wrapped with some dirty cover that was carelessly upholstered.

Worst of all comes to the food. The shrimp dumpling that's usually wrapped in a chewy and tasty skin was not chewy and not thoroughly cooked. It was still raw! Had the waitress took at it and she was nice enough to apologize and gave us another order. Next, the Shanghai-style chow mein was so salty that if you have high blood pressure that you might not make it out the door after eating it. Finally, the beef-ball had a horrible texture and had a sour taste to it. The meat had definitely gone bad.

There are more dishes that I like to complain about but I think most of you get the picture, so I won't rant forever even though I want to so bad.

The whole staff crew looks like they are from Northern China. So the lessen is never make Dim Sum (Cantonese cuisine) unless you are Cantonese or are fully trained and qualify. We, the customers, pay our hard-earn money and expect some level of quality. If you want to get by with what you are doing now, go back to China!

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Great food,with fast service
By soinc16 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

The restaurant was a pretty great,food was incredible,and it was served quite fast,because the place never have more than 3 customers at a time,and each customer usually has on average 4 to 5 items.The manager was kind to us,because we were probably one of the most usual customers.They offer GREAT chicken(I usually order two whole plates of chicken each time).For the average American,it would be kind of boring to them. If you are a fan of traditional Chinese food,you should definitely try it out.

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Solid
By discerning_palate of vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 3, 2008 - 9:45am [Dine in]

This section of Burnaby really doesn't have much in terms of Chinese food so it's nice to have this place and the Taiwanese place next door. At first I was skeptical but the take out/delivery has been pretty decent. It's a cross between the old Chinese Canadian restaurants and Cantonese restaurants. This is a great place for sweet and sour pork which is very good. We typically also get a hot pot dish too fish or chicken, a tofu dish, and spring/egg rolls among others. If your expecting the standard ginger beef don't order it here. They actually use a lot of ginger and its very pronounced, Some of us liked it though. Finally one of our favorites has been the deep fried calimari. But the quality control is not there. Once it was so bad. It didn't even looke deep fried or the oil wasn't hot enough. Also there was barely any batter, just maybe a few sprinkles of flour dustings. So it was pretty soggy with hardly any garlic or chilies on top. I just wanted to let them know and the person was very apologetic. I told her that I just wanted to let her know for the future that the quality had just gone substandard so as to not turn any one else off in the future.

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It's become my neighbourhood Chinese place!
By willtryanythingonce of Burnaby (14 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 8:33pm [Dine in]

I recently moved into the neighbourhood and there is not much around here and decided to give this place a try.

There is always a crowd here, so parking can be a bit of an issue, be forewarned.

The dim-sum that I've tried has always been delicious and quite well priced. What I liked about this place is that if you are unclear on what to order, the manager was quickly able to make several recommendations based on what we liked after he asked what we would like to eat that evening.

He made sure to check back on us to and explained what certain ingredients were when we had questions. I loved the chicken hot-pot, it was so spicy and just delicious.

The restaurant itself has not much noteworthy in terms of ambiance, so you will be disappointed if that is important to you. But if you'd just like good food, served quickly, you'll be back time and time again.

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Very Good Dim Sum
By kgb1965 of Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 2, 2008 - 6:22pm [Dine in]

After reading previous reviews I was, to say the least, skeptical. I'm an Asian food addict and am very picky (to a fault) about my dining choices. From our first visit six weeks ago we have been back four times. Each time the food was above average and the service was top notch. All of the lunch menu items are below five dollars and the variety is impressive. The Flat Noodle with Beef was excellent (make sure to ask for Sirracha sauce on the side!). Incredible deep-fried taro dumplings, deep-fried squid with chile and garlic were killer, spicy green beans can't be missed, shui mai dumplings (pork, prawn & mushroom) were arguably the best item we tried. All around great value and very addictive! Clean washrooms to boot!! Get there before noon or you'll be waiting at the door.

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Don't Bother Unless You Have Lots of Time to Waste and Want Sodium Overload
By ilovesushi66 of vancouver/bby (8 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 10:37pm [Dine in]

We tried this place the 1st weekend that it opened and had some of their lunch specials. The Chowmein was actually quite tasty & the staff seemed friendly enough. Overall I would say they should lay off the salt or MSG. All tables are on casters so it made the table quite high for our 4 yr.old and they had no booster seats. It was not comfortable for him having to sit on his knees throughout the meal & every time he went to shift the shabby seat cover shifted too. Because this 1st experience was not so bad we decided to go again for dinner. If you don't speak Chinese you may be in for a bit of a difficult time. Although the menu is written in English only one staff member was able to translate the order into Chinese. We had the "order X number of dishes and get a free soup and half chicken meal". The chicken came out quickly but we had to ask for the soup and it came to us cold. After that the time between dishes was fairly long but we just chalked it up to growing pains since it was a newly opened restaurant. We figured they would work the kinks out in time. A few weeks later we went back for a 3rd visit with some friends. What an embarassment that was. We had to wait ages to even get someone to take our order. Then the waitress had difficulty understanding;she looked at my CBC husband and tried speaking to him. He speaks neither Cantonese or Mandarin so there was a definite communication break down. Finally our order was taken. We did the meal thing again with complimentary chicken and soup. Once again the chicken came immediately (it is served cold). We had to ask for the soup; it was cold and half the size of the previous time despite the fact that we had two more people than the last time we were there. The table of two next to us was served the same portion of the complimentary soup but the table on the other side of us with 2 fewer people than us was served a larger size soup. Discrimination or inconsistency I am not sure where the discrepancy lies. Then we waited, and waited and waited. Nobody noticed that no dishes had been served to our table. All the tables around us were being served even though they ordered after us and all be it at a very slow pace between dishes. We asked not once, not twice, but three times where our food was. We were ready to up and go but we had our young children with us they were hungry and it was getting late. Even if we went somewhere else we would not have had the kids fed and in bed any faster because of the travel time required. It seems that the lady that had taken our order (I presume it was the owner's wife) had difficulties translating into Chinese and then she must have forgotten to input our order into their system. The dishes then came about 45 minutes to an hour after ordering but with very long intervals between dishes. What irks me is that the tables on either side of us were served and out the door before we were even near finished. You must be able to communicate in Mandarin or Cantonese to get any semblance of service or for them to be able to understand that you are angry. Seems they don't give a darn about what the non Chinese speaking customers think. After all this nonsense we did not even get so much as a sorry. All we got in Chinese again was sorry we don't take credit cards yet because we only opened recently and our machines are not yet up and running. This by the way was said in only Chinese despite the fact that she was told my husband does not speak the language. Don't get me wrong I don't expect that she should speak perfect English but if she was not comfortable speaking to us in English there was one waitress on staff (that we had the first visit) who speaks English well. She could have been asked to explain the situation to us.

No apology, no realization of what was done wrong = will not ever return. I do not recommend this place to anyone!

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