Coral Court is a cozy restaurant serving szechuan food for even those who don't like spicy foods.
The usual weekend dinner gang met up for some Szechuan action at CC. Overall it was a good if not mind-blowing experience.
The restaurant itself was rather small, and the decoration was plain but acceptable. The linoleum floor mentioned in a previous review has apparently been replaced with a tasteful laminate floor covering. Alas, the fake flowers are still part of the decor. I noted that the whole place was clean including the rather tiny w/c. For those who might be unsure of what to order there were pictures of the various dishes and a list of daily specials.
Service was good throughout the meal, and the server was able to suggest house specialties as we made our selections. I did not see the dreaded green eye shadow lady, and our server was a friendly person who looked like someone's mum.
We ordered mu shu pork, chicken and onion hot pot (aka jie jie gai), tofu with mushrooms and snow peas, eggplant with chilies, and Szechuan green beans. We also had onion pancakes, both deep fried and steamed Chinese bread and some steamed rice. All the food was good, but the eggplant dish really stood out, as did the onion pancakes. As for value, it was about 15 bucks each including tip, which was quite cheap.
A good meal at a decent price without any issues. We will be back soon.
We have only got delivery so I don't know about the Ambiance , but I can say the food is always great. The service is fast and friendly. We live in Canyon heights and they still deliver to us. I love their spicy won tons, Boneless honey garlic pork, green beans, Ginger beef
and really everything we have tried... Also the food is not to greasy which
is hard to find with Chinese restaurants. I also rated the ambiance high because it was a requirement with "dinehere" and I didn't want this place to get a lower score.
This restaurant has the best Ginger Beef in the lower mainland - and we've tried a lot of Chinese restaurants looking for good Ginger Beef. The Spicy Szechuan Green Beans are great, as is the Coral Court Special Chop Suey (don't make that face) - lovely fresh veg, chicken, beef, barbecue pork, prawns AND squid make this chop suey something special! I can also recommend the General Tso's Chicken. The prices are reasonable for the size of the dishes - there's usually enough food left to take some home.
Coral Court is located in a small strip mall on lower Lonsdale. It's a small place, with the usual linoleum floor and tables and very fake flowers on the tables. I do wish they'd play some real Chinese music instead of the elevator music that they play now. So, don't go for the ambience.
Waitstaff have always been very friendly and helpful and the service has always been very prompt, even on nights where the phone is ringing off the hook with takeout orders.
My coworker and I usually go once a week for their lunch combos, including soup (hot & sour or wonton) and rice. Fairly extensive menu with an obvious emphasis on spicier Szechuan fare. Friendly and homey service. Nothing particularly special, but nothing wrong either.
I'm revising my review of this place because on my last visit I encountered the waitress with the freaky eyeshadow that Pickygirl mentioned. If you see her, stay away! The food is still nice, but it might not be what you ordered. In my case she missed half the order, and I waited half an hour for what did show up. I pointed out that I ordered more, and she denied hearing it, even though I ordered everything at once! After telling her I felt let down, she babbled some nonsense about it being my fault, so I just paid and left without a tip. Food is still nice, but I'm not returning.
As promised, I went back to order more take-outs. The head waitress knows I'm hooked ! In the last 2 occasions, I ordered:
a) Garlic shrimps
b) Szechuan String beans (not spicy)
c) Eggplant with chillin and garlic sauce (not spicy)
b) and c) are incredibly good...., and after eating it, you won't even notice that you missed meat ! What with factory -farmed cows and chickens being fed petro-chemicals, your body severely needs a detox. These veggies are not only the tastiest I ever had, but they are good for yer !
We ordered the pork fried rice, beef and brocolli cooked in a black bean sauce over top of rice noodles (which isn't on their menu but they made it anyways), kung pao chicken, and house special chowmein crispy noodles. The standard tester items that we order. Each item was perfectly executed. Exactly how we like it. It reminded me of our family dinners at the On Lok Restaurant and Pink Pearl Restaurant in east vancouver. We haven't been into the restaurant before but will go there now that they passed the delivery test. Usually when we order delivery from other local chinese restaurants the chow mein isn't crispy and the food too greasy. Coral Court did a great job.
This is the first time I`ve dined at this little restaurant in lower lonsdale, but the I have ordered take out from here before. I never knew about this place until my neighbor suggested it to me one night since I only live about a two minute walk away along lonsdale. The first time, me and my boyfriend decided to get some take out.
We ordered a hot & sour soup, hot chicken on spinach, string beans and some fried rice. It came up to a bit more than we expected for such a little place, but we realized after the fact that we had enough for lunch the next day. The take out only took about 10 minutes and we were on our way. I also noticed that they got a `best take out` award from the outlook. The lady was quite friendly (possibly the same one with green eye shadow that everyone is mentioning?) and she even gave us a free new years calendar! The dishes were better than expected and fully satisfied out chinese food cravings that night.
The second trip this restaurant was for dining in. I really enjoyed this much better because i like the food right when it`s ready. We had the beans again and decided to try the satay seafood teppan and some noodles. The teppan was by far the highlight of the meal from the moment it was brought out sizzling with its mouthwatering scent. I really suggest trying a teppan dish for anyone going in to dine out. Very worth it! The noodles were the usual chow mein, nothing too special. I liked the style of service because I admittedly find that some times servers at other places can be almost too friendly and over helpful. This place gave enough service to tend to what we needed but did not bother us when we were try to enjoy our meal.
Definitely worth a try, though I haven`t encountered this place on a critically busy night. I will go back for sure whenever I need to satisfy my craving for a bit of chinese.
Women which seems to be owner is so rude and cold to receive people. Since you have chosen cheap quality Chinese food you can not expect more. We parked at back door and went through the kitchen and it looks filthy. We did not finish our plates since chicken some how was made chewy, I don’t know how they did that. Vegetables did not taste fresh at all.
If you want something cheap to eat, this is the place but if you want something decent to eat go somewhere else.
We won’t go back there.
My first time into the restaurant, the waitress (later found to be the owner) was very friendly and gladly got me what I needed even when I accidentally got her running back and forth for hot sauce and chopsticks. At first when I saw her talking to a customer commentting on how "Your little boy's grown so tall!" and "How's your father?", I thought she personally knew them, but realized soon that they were just "regulars". It was nice to see that she remembered so much about her customers and did not just service the food and take your money. However, sometimes if there is only one waitress, there is a slight lack in service as the waitress seems to be running in and out the kitchen often.
Nice, clean setting and very good lighting- combination of natural light, fluorescent, mirrors, and spotlights. Good for just one person or with a whole family.
The food was decent to pretty good depending on which chef made it. After talking to the waitress, I found that there was one regular chef and another that was often switched, so I always request for the regular chef to cook my food. Range of selection and willing to make changes (e.g. no MSG or not spicy) for the food. If you want changes to set dinner, though, you may have to pay the difference if you are substituting for a more expensive dish.
Overall very nice place for dinner.
The lunch specials are well worth it. Service can be a bit slow and hectic.
Do not try to ask for changes to menu items...they are not tolerant of changes, even if you are willing to pay extra.
The one waitress is quite friendly once you are a "regular". The owner (the one with lots of eye makeup) is not very hospitable. I have seen her been rude to other guests. She is not very accomodating. I have been less than impressed by her behaviour on many occassions!
If they do make a mistake on your order, they do expect that you take it as is. That can be annoying.
Since moving here from Vancouver, my husband and I have tried and tried to find a Chinese restaurant that is okay. We don't expect the restaurants here to compete with those in the city, however we still would like to have some adequate chinese cuisine for delivery now and then. We were hoping the story would be different at Coral Court.. but it wasn't. After trying Ming's Garden, Yum Yum, and now Coral Court - we are sad that we cannot say that any of those restaurants are even close to being "good chinese food". As for the Coral Court delivery meal we had, the ginger beef was rock hard... maybe deep fried earlier in the day and served to us later? My molars got a good workout. The sweet and sour pork was a touch better however the batter was mushy and tasted like dough. The spicy bean was soft and mushy and when they say spicy... it means, slightly more spicy than say... scrambled eggs, but if you're looking for "kick" - don't expect much. No offense to the owners as both my husband and I are huge supporters of local business whenever possible... but we won't be ordering from there again.
Best chinese food in North Vancouver.
If you pick the perfect combination of dishes, the dinner is superb.
I have to admit, I had to pick, choose, and try a few different dishes out before I found the really really good ones, but it was worth it. I'd suggest the seafood over fried rice, spicy singing chicken hot pot, wonton soup, hot and sour soup, dry garlic spicy squid, beef rice noodles, etc. I'd prefer dine in over takeout or dinner because it'll be much more fresh.
Clean setting; very clean and spacious (women's) washroom!
Requires a bit of patience on some days for service, but if you're not afraid to speak up, it's less awkward than waiting to get eye contact- waitresses very nice about it. Pleasant and polite servers.