Lucky Gate (Qian Men) serves Chinese cuisine in Coquitlam.
This is our favorite place to go for yummy noodles and dumplings. Everything is very fresh and it's fun to watch them hand toss the noodles. We also love the lamb hot pot, fried bread, and the Szechuan Green Beans, but be super careful not to bite on the spices cuz it will numb your tongue! =) Always friendly service, excellent portions and it tastes really delicious. Definitely worth many visits, but it's not a very large place so make sure you go early!
Came here with some friends for lunch on the weekend. Haven't been here for a long time to decided to come and give it another try. Last time we came was a few years ago and the food was good, so we were hopefully that their standards haven't dropped since then. We were not disappointed.
The two fried noodle dishes we ordered were quite yummy, but they were quite greasy and my friend complained that there just were too much veggies and not much meat and noodles. All the dishes were nicely flavoured. The steamed dumplings we were hot and freshly made, and very juicy when we bit into them, just the way they should be.
Not much ambiance to speak of, the restuarant was kind of dark even during the day. They have their tables set up in kind of an odd way as well, just seem like they tried to squeeze in too many tables in the small space that they have.
Service was alright, if you shout loud enough, the waitress will hear you and come over to your table. Otherwise you'll just have to wait and wait and wait....
Huge changes over the summer. Everyone, from servers to cooks are different now. The only things still consistently exceptional are the Hot and Sour Soup and their noodle dishes. Other dishes taste totally different and usually not as good.
One of my favorite dishes, Shredded Pork in sweet bean sauce with pancakes, should just be taken off the menu as its no longer sweet at all (and tastes weird). Other dishes, like Spicy Chicken with Peanuts and Szechuan Green Beans, are different but still pretty good. Their Beef and Broccoli has now gone from amazing to just adequate.
For Coquitlam, this is still one of the better Chinese restaurants but I can't recommend it like I used to. Judging by how empty it is lately, others share the same opinion. But the Lucky Gate of 2007-Spring 2009 will remain a happy memory.
So hubby and i have been trying to find a good "ethnic" shanghai/mandarin restaurant in the area rather than driving all the way to Richmond to eat, and i think that Lucky Gate is pretty darn good for the it's location. It's just this small restaurant on Austin, about 2 doors down from the MacDonalds there. It was just the 2 of us for dinner on a Sunday night, the restaurant had 2 other tables there at 5:30pm, when it opened. There were several more tables when we left.
Ambience is the typical Chinese restaurant, small but with 5 large tables for larger parties and a row of booths and some smaller tables. We ordered a small hot and sour soup, the xia long bau (steamed pork buns), pot stickers, and a Shanghai style pan fried rice cake noodles (chow lien-go).
The soup was quite flavourful, but not that spicy--if we ordered it again, we would ask to have it spicier. The steamed buns were quite good, ample size and full of pork, and the best part was the juice that overflowed in the buns--yummo! it was hard not to accidently break the wrapper with our chopsticks and have all that flavourful juice leak out, even though they steamed the buns on little pieces of carrot to try to have it not stick to the steamer bottom, but the buns were bigger than the carrot slices. The pot stickers were smaller than the ones we normally see at restaurants, but really good and not greasy. They tasted really fresh and was the last dish to come out, so were piping hot. Both the steamed buns and potstickers came in an order of 8, $5.99 and $4.99, respectively, which I thought was the average price for some pretty darn good dumplings!
The Shanghai rice noodles were also very good, lots of good flavour, good ratio of meat to veggies. The only comment is that the dish was pricier, and not that huge a plate for $10.99. Still, hubby and i liked the fact that this dish, and all the rest of them actually, did not have much MSG, so we didn't get that yucky feeling on our tongues that we would normally when we frequent the chinese restaurants. The bill came to $31 with tax and tip.
All in all, it was a good experience. We didn't order specific "dinner items" like a table of 10 did who came in after us, but next time when we have more people we will surely try more dishes. Oh yeah, I speak Cantonese but had to order in English as the servers only spoke Mandarin, which is actually quite funny because hubby speaks Mandarin but never feels comfy ordering the food, as I guess i'm a bit of a food nazi!
Good food, will be back.
More and more first rate Chinese restaurants are appearing in the Tri-Cities and this is one of the best in the area for Sichuan and Beijing style dishes. Through the kitchen display window you can watch the making of hand-pulled and knife-cut noodles. The menu is extensive and basic dishes like Ma Po Daofu and Dan Dan Noodles are as good as any in the LML. We try to go early as parking is minimal and the place is usually jammed before we leave. Highly recommended.
Solid food, there is no disagreement to that.
Service was average, you'd most likely have to call them over to place your orders. If not, you'll be sitting there and watching them walk by you over and over without saying a word.
Dislike: They charged us a gratuity fee of 10%-15% onto our bill without saying anything. By the way, this was lunch for a table for Four.