Serving Chinese hot pot and Japanese shabu shabu and sukiyaki.
My wife, myself and 8 year old daughter eat here frequently. I used to go for AYCE, but as I hit 40 my appetite was not like it was when I was in my 20s so I find better value in the set plates. Fulin has only AYCE on Fridays/Weekends, but if you go during the weekday you can order set plates. You can easily feed a hungry 3 (wife/me and kid) for under $23 (tax included). The set plates range from 9.99 to 12.50 for the Delux. I usually get the Deluxe + the beef seafood for a good variety. For $23, you get 2 plates of beef, 1 plate of lamb, Oysters, Shrimp, Fish, beef balls, dumplings, mussles, loads of fresh vegetables, mushrooms, soft cuttlefish/squid, unlimited free soup, 2 choice of sauces (love the Satay sauce) , and loads of fresh wheat noodles (heavenly). If you are lucky, you also get free delicious ice barley tea (so good) and oranges at the end of the meal. Also for some reason they don't tax as much (maybe there is no tax since it is raw uncooked food?), Anyways, I always end up paying with tip total about $27 to fully satisfy my whole family. The food is fresh, the location is clean and classy (not a dive), and value is incredible. Trust me, go on a week day, and order the set plates... By far the best value hot pot around.
FuLin's friendly service and comfortable dining experience definitely brought me back there more than once.
Comparing to many other hot-pot restaurants, FuLin's fast service, delicious food (the dipping sauces!!) and spotless, comfortable environment stood out among the competitions.
We go to a restaurant to eat, and that's exactly what you do at FuLin. You fill your stomach to your heart's content with less than $20, what more can you ask for? You get one free dipping sauce, and I always go for the sesame sauce. Unlike other hotpot places, FuLin dipping sauces are not composed of one, or two ingredients which we can make ourselves, but a blend of supposedly over 10 different ingredients. FuLin's exceptional service is not only quick, but also correct. By correct, I mean they give what you order. No less. There are also many choices of broths, and as a spicy food lover, I go for the spicy broth. You can ask them to adjust the flavor accordingly, which is nice.
I suggest going on a weekday because the weekends are more packed. Make a reservation, and don't miss out on this awesome restaurant!
The downside for those who live in Vancouver, is that this place is all the way out in Coquitlam. For those who are from Coquitlam or the tri-cities - I'm jealous.
I had the japanese style shabushabu when I was there. It is most comparable to Posh in Van/Bur/Rchmd. I normally go to posh, so my opinion is mostly of a comparison of the two restaurants.
The selection is about the same, however, the quality of the food is much more delicious. The beef more thinly sliced, more tender, and better presented (on nice plates, rather than plastic square stackers. The variety is not much different. A little extras over posh, and also some missing items. Fulin also has chicken on the menu which cooks both quickly and is thick which is nice for chicken.
Other minor differences:
When you order 5 orders at Fulin, you get 5 orders (unlike 2 orders whether you order 2 or 12 orders at the competition)
Fulin is wired for Hotpot. The ventilation seems to be better and also, there no "changing" or "running low" of your fuel. Each table has a stovetop built in so you get constant heat to your pot.
Definitely will be going back.