As professional in the food industry and a full time Foodie, who hasn't experienced the feeling of finally getting home tired and exhausted, and just wanted to order food from their favorite food palace? We certainly have.
Chans Chinese Restaurant has always been our "go to" place for the quick fix of great food when we are just too darned tired to cook. My wife and I have been loyal customers for 4 years now, both as dine-in patrons, and also as take-out clients. We loved the owner, and he had a certain pizzazz with clients that always made you feel welcomed because he truly did remember all of his clients. His restaurant has been in the community for years and was very successful. Being extremely hands on, from working the cash, delivering food and even working in the kitchen because he may have been short staffed, he never let his ailing health and sometimes poor legs get in the way from making sure everyone was treated exactly the way they expected....valued!
However time has bore its scars an aches and pains, and he finally decided to retire after years of nagging from his wife and customers alike. I use the term 'nagging' in the most loving way possible. It was time for him to enjoy the fruits of his labor and enjoy life. RETIRE! Finally!
Enter the new owner. The long time present day chef of over 10 years. Taking over an empire. Excited I'm sure, and equally as enthusiastic, he had taken over the reigns from the king, who as part of the deal will stay on for 4 months to supervise the transition personally.
During this transition, my wife and I never had one of those moments of wanting to order from our 'go to' place. Nothing more than mere chance really. Finally we ordered, but just after the supervisory transition had expired. Oh oh, we saw a difference already. Lacking the luster of freshness we has com accustomed too, we were surprised when our favorite Sweet & Sour chicken balls arrived soggy and greasy. A gross disappointment to my wife to say the least. Failure #1
Then the second order a few weeks later, and the same scene repeated itself again, but this time the veggies were dated and soggy and lacking the robust flavor they had always had. More importantly, the very smart little thing they had always done over the years was cut a very tiny vent hole in the Styrofoam container containing the chicken, to allow the heat to dissipate and breath so the product didn't cook on itself and sit in a bath of grease was no longer there. That would explain the last two oversight in our previous orders.Failure #2
Ahhhhhh but alas comes the third delivery. Same food order, same results, and disappointingly, another $50.00 gone to the wayside. This time a phone call HAS to be made to complain. Enough is enough. No more being nice and understanding. The learning curve is over.
Long story short, we called and explained our issues with not only about this order, but the previous two. Calmly we explain our frustration and disappointment. We also make it known who we are and how long we have been customers, and that they are on the verge of losing our business if things didn't get fixed. We even made it known we are aware of the change in ownership and that we DO NOT want our money back, we want to see the service and quality of food fixed. I realize that the description of this call sounds argumentative, but it really wasn't.
The gate keeper who was answering the phone, failed to follow golden number 1 rule that the customer, within reason is always right. Rather than ACCEPT responsibility and provide a fresh order to us, goes into a self explanatory tirade of "Its Impossible" and explain the entire cooking process for each order. "It cant be", "you are wrong" and nobody else has complained today"! well Im sorry for that, however my rice taste like dirty tap water and has the consistency of burnt porridge! How is that my problem? Even after tempting her to try and eat it herself, she would not fix or offer to resolve the issue, preferring to take the high road through the entire 15 minute conversation.
With the sound of the dial tone fresh in her ear after we finally hung up in frustration, we have decided that we were done. After four very great years of service, and the hope that perhaps the previous owner will peak in and find this review, we are now on the prowl for a new King. Hopefully this will make its way to his eyes and or ears, and this will get fixed. After working so hard, for so many years, I sincerely hope that anyone who dares to complain about the quality of their order, doesn't come in contact with this Gate Keeper of Unreasoning @ Chans Chinese Restaurant.
In the big picture, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. Plenty of different types of styles and nationalities to choose from who would gladly have me as a customer. Equally so, there a hosts of owners who truly do appreciate their client and patronage. Sometimes that level of service is lost when one gets too big, or they begin to think they are untouchable. As the patron, I work hard for my money, and I am certainly not paying someone else to give me this type of service at my expense.
You can choose at your own discretion if this how you expect to be treated and where you want to dine.
Mark & Paula
Went to Chan's for lunch with two of my friends.
One thing I really liked about the place is that they modifies the dish to fit your taste - that's never a problem. One of the dishes we ordered was Singapore noodle, and we requested to make it very hot - no problem at all, when the dish was served, even before we try it, we already smelled the spiciness, wow, that's really something.
The service is always good, and the staff is very friendly, from the owner to every server. If you like it, have some small talk with them - I always appreciate that.
Food usually comes pretty fast and each individual dish is always freshly made.
We had three dishes and end up paying 10 dollars each (there were three of us). The value is high. To be honest, I don't like those Chinese restaurant in Richmond etc - most of them are pricey.
We go to Chan's almost every Friday and they have the best Chinese food in Langley. I am Chinese myself so I know.
Very good value. We usually order 4 dishes for 4 people, and it comes around 40 dollars. The dishes always come with big portions, and 4 dishes are plenty for our whole family.
The food is typical Chinese family style and is very great! The taste is pretty good - always. Delicious, what we usually order is one rice, one noodle, and two meat or vegetable dishes. The dishes are always fresh.
Service is top. The owner and waitresses are very friendly.
The decoration is pretty good. It's more like a family place than a expansively decorated restaurant - so I am not paying for the decoration - that's good.
My family and I eat at Chan's weekly. We're never disappointed in the quality of food or the service. We think it's great Western style Chinese food and the servers are always delightful! Great bang for your buck too and VERY quick! We ordered a large order for work on NYE and for 13+ dishes it was a 15 minute wait!
We have eaten here a few times in the past few months, each and every time we visit this restaurant it is very CLEAN, the food is always fresh, hot never greasy and FAST coming to the table.
The egg rolls are incredible !!! I never wait long enough for them to cool down and always burn the roof of my mouth.
Portions are ample based on price paid. Service is really good, fast and friendly.
Take out order fly out during both lunch and dinner.
The dining room for eat-in is just nice and cozy but could accomodate around 50-60 people.
Our Suggestion, would be to order 2 of the different 1 person combo plates to try the various dishes without spending a lot of money. That way you get to sample 6 dishes for the price of 2.
Don't forget to order some Egg rolls.