My boyfriend and I discovered this tiny place at the recommendation of family members. While it's not much to look at and screams family run business, it's quite packed for dim sum service all the time....
... and I think I know why. The dim sum is GOOD. Their dumplings are freshly made in house and are comparable to larger, higher end Chinese restaurants in quality. Some dishes like the chicken feet or mango pudding can be improved, but in general, most of the selection is fantastic.
The price is right at $2.75 a plate, any plate (they don't differentiate between sizes so it makes for easy math). Pop and other add-ons are also cheap.
Service is friendly, fast and "old skool" which means they try their best to get you what you want but if all servers are busy, feel free to help yourself to that extra napkin or chopsticks at the filling station. Dim sum is pushed around on carts but what I like is if you ask for a certain item, they quickly locate the cart carrying the item for you in a matter of seconds. If it's not on a cart, they make it and it's on your table within minutes.
I know some might give the ambiance rating a much lower score, but for what it is, all I expect is that the tables and utensils are clean.
Will definitely be back.
Went here for Father's day dim sum lunch. The restaurant was quite full but had to only wait for 10 mins. We were seated in the corner which was perfect for the children. We ordered the usually fare which were shrimp dumpling, pork dumpling, beef balls, Bar-b-q pork pastries, Bar-b-q pork buns, beef tripe etc. The service was efficient and the food came out hot and fresh. The carts were frequent at first and then after 30 mins it stopped. I guess they had to refill the carts, but the waitress came up to ask on numerous occassions to ask if we wanted to order anything specific. The only donwside is that the price for dim sum per dish has gone up to $3.25. They used to be $2.50. But I guess with inflation they had to raise the price. Overall the dining experience was enjoyable and I would return when I am craving for some dim sum.
We've been coming to Kam Ding ever since it opened many years ago. Their Dim Sum is great, and their dinner menu is very extensive.
If you plan on going on a weekend, try to get there before 11am. After 11am you'll be sure to be waiting in line for a good 15-30 minutes. This place is PACKED on weekends for Dim Sum.
Service can vary depending on how packed they are. Don't be embarrassed to flag down a waitress if you need anything, otherwise they may not notice you.
We've tried pretty much everything, and it's all very fresh and tasty. Shrimp Dumplings, Beef balls, Spring Rolls, etc. Dishes come out in the old style carts, as well as trays for the fried items, or special items. They also have "Cheung Fun" which is rolled rice noodles which you have to order from the waitress. Unlike most places, they charge the same regular price for the Cheung Fun as other Dim Sum dishes. For $2.75 you really can't go wrong!
If you venture in during the evenings, it's usually quite quiet. Their evening "Choose # items" menu has 100+ items to choose from, and includes soup, unlimited rice, and dessert. One thing we love is we can order Dim Sum at night too! They make it fresh to order, and it's the same price as in the afternoons.
Overall Kam Ding is recommended. If you just want to give it a try, but avoid the crowds, go on an evening, and order like you would during the afternoon Dim Sum. You won't be disappointed.
I've been to Kam Ding a couple of times, and its been awhile when my friends suggested we go have Dim Sum in Coquitlam.
It wasn't too busy at 4.30pm, our server greeted up warmly, and she had a great sense of humour. It was great to be given tea pot and our server returned with rolling cart of dim sum ready to eat. We picked the sticky rice, steamed prawns, steamed spinach with prawns, spare ribs, bbq pork, and all of it was delicious.
Cheap place to eat, great fresh food, friendly and fast service and I'm looking forward to my next visit. I only hope it won't take me a year to come back. Recommend it, when you're wanting to have Dim Sum in Coquitlam. Can we say Yummy.
Haven't been there for dim sum for years, but upon the recommendation of my friend and his parents, we decided to give it a try.
Went in there and there was no ambiance to speak of. Looks like a flash back to 20 years ago - the decor was dated and it really looked like a rundown restaurant in a ghetto area.
We were seated rather quickly because there weren't too many people there. Then came this lady pushing dim sum out in an old fashion dim sum cart, which I really haven't seen in years! So we ordered a bunch of dim sum from her - har gow, siu mai, fung zhao and some others. We were not impressed of the quality at all, first of all, most of the dishes were cold, even coming straight from the heated dim sum cart. The har gow skin was so thick it was like eating a mochi. When the jar leung (chinese donut wrapped in rice paper), it was quite possibly the worst I've ever tasted!!! The chinese donut was dense, soggy and chewy, and the rice wrap was again waaaaay too thick.
The only redeeming moment came when the steamed oyster special came (they were 3 for $6). They were oyster steamed in half shell with your choice of garlic or black bean topping. Those oysters were HUGE!!! The shells were the size of my palm and the meat wasn't much smaller, and much to our surprise, they were really fresh!
Probably won't be going back there any time soon, just can't stand it when they can't even get the basic dim sum to taste right.
I'd rather pay more and have edible food. It's quick and cheap and that's about all I can say about it. There are many places where you'll pay about the same price and you'll get good dishes and aren't chipped and a way nicer ambiance.
Food was cold or lukewarm at best and not well prepared. We had the sticky rice (very little filling), tough spareribs, cold hard radish cake, presentable sui mai and overpoweringly fishy har gow. There is so much better dim sum out there. If you're in the area go to Lougheed Wonton House instead.
This was recommended by my brother-in-law but there is no way I would return.
We arrived during the lunch rush but waited less than 5 minutes for a table. Decor not fancy, but tables cleared quickly and were washed well.
Dim Sum tasted very good, nice variety outside of Chinatown.
Tea was plentiful, replenished when lid lifted.
Service was prompt, polite and requests were met quickly.
Take away order was well packed and ready when we were.
Overall I was very impressed with the quality of the food and I found the staff to be friendly and helpful.
I will definitely be returning here, would like to try dinner next time.
I went to Kam Ding again today by myself, as i had a craving for dim sum. I went right when it opened at 10 am and waited for about 15 minutes for the dim sum to come out. The waitress asked me what kind of tea I wanted and I told her "bo lai".
She also asked me if I wanted some rice rolls, and I ordered the shrimp this time. I ended up ordering sui mai, which came out nice and hot and they were quite large in fact, bigger than I have ever seen them before there. Har gow was typical. I also had chicken's feet steamed in black bean sauce which was excellent. Lastly, I finished off the meal with some deep fried shrimp & garlic spring rolls. They had just come out of the fryer and were hot and crispy, perfect with some worcestershire sauce. At $2.50 per plate, the total came out to $12.25 (they don't charge for tea here). Service was pretty good, considering the restaurant was only about 10 people in the entire seating area, but I have had some atrocious service there for dinner when it's packed and not enough servers though. Total plus tip = $15...pricey, but at least I got my dim sum fix.
My husband and I frequent here for Dim Sum. The price is very reasonable, and food is excellent. It is always packed for Dim Sum. So go early. I love deep fried egg plant, shrimp dumpling, sticky rice.... you name it, everything taste great. I have taken my colleague there as well and they all enjoyed it.
Now that we became regular, hostess, I cannot remember her name but she is always cracking jokes and very friendly. (I am not Chinese and cannot say anything in Chinese except for shrimp dumbling "Ha Gow"). I love going there.
Been here quite a lot of times, and was never disappointed with the food. Good food at very cheap costs, how wonderful is that? Although the communication with the servers were somewhat difficult as they speak very little english, their service is relatively quick. The only problem I encountered was dirty dishes and linens.
Old fashion dim sum with the carts and wait staff rushing around bringing orders and people to tables.
It's a fun atmosphere. The service was surprisingly good. They stopped by right away and kept doing so even asking me if I wanted hot sauce, something we all know almost never happens.
The food was pretty good, especially the ha gow and beef balls, although the bean curd and tripe were a little tasteless. At $3.00 a dish it's a deal.
There arn't very many dim sum restaurants in Coquitlam, so the pickings are slim. If you are accustomed to dim sum at high quality restaurants, don't go here. My first few times I loved the place - friendly service and cheap prices. But since, I have gone to Sun Sui Wah on Main Street in Vancouver. Now there is no comparison. The bamboo dim sum containers are old and very dirty. The front glass door was disgustingly dirty on my last visit and I can only wonder what the kitchen looks like.
This is an alright place to go, but I wont go back because I know what Im missing, even if I have to drive into Vancouver.
With all the rave reviews I thought I would try this place out. The staff were friendly and attentive. The dim sum was not what I was expecting. I found most of the items too salty and the taste was a bit off...different from the other restaurants I frequent. The worchestershire sauce was so watered down there was barely any taste to it. I think I'll stick with my usual dim sum places.
My friend JPo suggested this place for dim sim as she used to go here with her schoolmates. Figured it sounded good so I gave it a try. A good sign was that there were a lot of fellow Asian people eating here. Arrive early as it gets super busy around lunch time. A good time to go is around 1:00pm as the rush ends around that time.
The ambiance isn't the most attractive but it is clean. The usual large round and square table are everywhere. The crab tank needs a little cleaning as there are not crabs in there at all. The extension ladder that was in the men's room bathroom stall was out of place but funny at the same time.
Service however isn't great but also isn't terrible. I know it sounds very odd. There are two ladies, one with the cart and the one with the tray. They do a great job getting to every table which is great as some other dim sum places (Luxe) they tend to miss tables. There are two other ladies that work there, waitress/hostess and they do a good job of filling drinks, clearing dishes, and greeting customers. I can reason with them for not coming around all the time as it gets very busy. At times you will see a lot of customers getting up and getting utensils, chopsticks, and hot water temselves.
The food; kudos to the kitchen staff that make everything fresh and pipping hot. The kitchen is a cornucopia of not stop dim sum. I have been here five times and everything tastes consistent each time from the bbq pork buns, shrimp shui mai, and the potstickers. I also recommend the "footballs" not too sure what thyey are but they're great.
With all of the dim sum being one price $2.75 it's a good deal but be prepared to wait in line for a bit as it does get busy
We did dim sum at this 'new-to-us' restaurant this Sunday morning, arriving just before 10 am, it's opening time. It was almost full about 20 minutes after that!! We sure enjoyed the food and total experience - our first, of what will likely be many returns to this great little Chinese restaurant.
We much-enjoy dim sum, and eat it regularly, at a few places around the Lower Mainland. We food the food here to be very tasty and well-prepared, and the service great, and so friendly (so many smiling faces, what a difference from some places we know!!). It's a very "plain and simple" ambiance - no tablecloths, a chipped dish amongst the lot, but overall, the kind of place (in our experience), where you usually find good food, we sure were not disappointed!!
Typical dim sum fare - we sampled several dishes we were familiar with, so we could compare with other places we enjoy. We don't want to past judgment too quickly, but via this, our first taste, we were impressed, and may ignore our other favourites for a while!!
Sunday morning dim sum - new place - great experience -- yum!!
If you live in Coquitlam (City Centre area) then your choice for dim sum is fairly limited.
For the price, I would have to say that Kam Ding has the best dim sum in the area and maybe in the lower mainland.
A note of caution though...this place is extremely busy for lunch on the weekends. Lineups can vary between 1/2 hour to an hour as the lineup normally goes out the door.
I recommend pretty much everything. Chicken feet is very tasty and so is the har gow, siu may, seafood siu may, seafood salad roll, and rice wrapped in lotus leaf. The price is $2.50 per dish. Way cheaper when you compare it with other dim sum places. Don't expect any service when you're there on a busy weekend lunch. Also, instead of waiting for the dim sum to come out on carts, you can actually put in your order and they will bring the food to you as the kitchen prepares them. You avoid a lot of frustration that way.
I normally come here for the food only though. But there are others who sit down and read papers all day long. It is okay if it's on a weekday but it is frustrating when it is during the weekend.
Overall, very good dim sum and I strongly suggest going here if you're in the area.
Ive been going here for years as I live in the Coq area, Its a little dirty, cold, pretty bleh decor but that doesnt matter much when you are craving dim sum. I think it is $2.75 a dish which is at the cheap end of dim sum, but its still pretty tasty, defintely worth it. You really get what you pay for with most meals. The servers are friendly and yes their english isnt great, but pointing can work for those who cant speak chinese. its dim sum, easy!
If you feel like stepping up your quality and price locally, id recommend Kirin. if you just want some quick solid dimsum for cheap, Kam Ding all the way.
The dim sum was good and tasty. It's best to go at 1 pm when the crowd dies down. The chicken feet is always good. Unfortunately, they don't serve egg tart, which is one of my favourites. Ha gow is a decent size. The price is right at $2.50 per plate. The service is poor. If you want your own glass of water you'll have to serve yourself, or just drink the tea.
Food: They serve dim sum at dinner time also which is a surprise.
Service: There was hair on my dim sum. It was on 3 out of the 6 dim sum dishes we ordered. The server was notified about it but the server kept stating there's nothing on it but took it back to the kitchen. Pretty much they took the hair off and re-steamed the same dishes and gave it back to us.
Ambiance: Typical chinese restaurant. The plates and bowls are all cracked.
For the price you pay, you get pretty decent dim sum at this restaurant. Love the deep fried quail with garlic and pepper bits and steamed dumplings are yummy too. This place is extremely busy so you have to expect some wait time. Honestly given the limitedness of dim sum restaurants in Coquitlam, this is the way to go. Unless you're willing to pay high prices of Kirin restaurant.
But sometimes the dirtiness of the place puts me off at times.