Not much has changed in the last 20 years at this place, still looks kind of dingy and old, but one thing remains constant is the food. It's good enough, in terms of portion and price, but the service is non-existent bordering on horrible. My guess is that they are always packed so they just want to get as many tables in as possible, so often the service is abrupt and you always have to chase down a waitress for everything, including the bill. We used to go all the time when I was younger, for staples like noodles, congee, hainan chicken and curries and the food was a bit better than its neighboring competitors. It was only recently that I got to try the "choose your own adventure" dinner menus, where you choose at least 5 or 6 dishes for a given price. We had a good variety of meat, veggies and seafood dishes and went home quite full, mind you also quite thirsty. =) Overall cheap & tasty, and a quick alternative for random family gatherings when we don't wanna cook at home, but if you're looking for gourmet and fantastic service, this place isn't it.
Mrs. C and I have been regular diners at DG for many years. This time we went with the usual dinner gang plus one esteemed guest. The restaurant was reasonably clean (except maybe the w/c), and simply decorated. Service was good throughout the meal, and the servers were friendly as usual.
We had beef with gai lan, salty/spicy deep fried squid, ma po tofu, curry beef brisket, roasted chicken, and sweet and sour pork, accompanied by lots of steamed rice. All were great, but the curry beef was awesome. About as good as at Mui Yuen. As for value, it was less than 12 bucks each and we had lots of leftovers, despite the fact that two teenagers were at the table.
A good spot for family dining.
Have been to Deer Garden on numerous occasions and as far as value goes - this place is very good and busy! Hard to get seated without a reservation.
The food has always been consistent and in good portion. This restaurant is known for the squab and they do it right. In my opinion, they do it better than other restaurants in Vancouver and also serve it with a better price!
For those who do not read Chinese you may wish to bring along someone who does or speak to the waitress as this restaurant has a Chinese menu which serves items that are not indicated in the English menu (not uncommon in Chinese restaurants in Vancouver).
We've been coming to this restaurant for quite a few years. The quality of the food is pretty solid and consistant. However, the one thing that is keeping us from going there more often than we really have to is their service. Actually, there really isn't much service to speak of. Their servers are rude, service is slow, and they will choose to ignore you if they like when you try to flag them down.
We went there for dinner with my inlaws. We made a reservation for 7:30, and had to wait 20 mins for them to finally finish cleaning the table that's been sitting empty for at least that long. It was a busy night, and with 5 adults and 2 kids waiting for our table by the door while there were people coming in and out of the restaurant, waiting 20 minutes was a long time!
We were finally seated, all 7 of us, in a corner table where we could barely fit ourselves in. We quickly chose what we wanted and it took us nearly 10 mins to flag the lady down to take our order. The food came quite quickly, which was a good thing.
As we were having our dinner, we noticed that the server was coming by quite often to collect the dirty dishes, which should be a good sign, right? WRONG! Not only were they collecting the dishes, they were asking if we were done our dinner and ready for our bill, WHILE we were still having our dinner!! We weren't even there for an hour!
I guess they must have booked our table for 8:30, because after they came by to ask a few times, they actually sent a set of people to stand by our table!! We all thought that was extremely rude, and we were just disgusted by their poor service we decided to leave the reminder of our dinner, paid our bill and left.
Definitely will NOT be back!!!
Every once in awhile when we're in the neighbourhood and craving cheap eats, we drop by Deer Garden.
The place is not much to look at, your usual mediocre semi-clean looking Chinese restaurant.
The food here is decent, and portions are generous for the prices.
For their lunch, the freshly made noodle soups are very refreshing, something not commonly found. Essentially you choose your soup, ingredients, and type of noodles and they make it fresh for you.
The other lunch specials are nothing to write home about, but portions are large, and prices are low.
For dinner, their "choose X# of items from the menu" prices are pretty standard. My personal favorite is the spicy fried squid. Not all places get the batter right, but they get it crispy, without the batter being too thick or greasy.
Service here is nearly non-existant. You have to flag down waitresses for everything, and half the time they pretend they don't see you. It's almost funny because when it's busy, they're waiting to kick you out, but you have to wait for everything because you can't get someone to serve you in the first place!
Overall, a place to go for cheap and tasty food, but don't expect to get in and out quickly unless you aggressively flag down waitresses. If you require any sort of decent service, this isn't the place for you.
Used to frequent this restaurant but now the distance makes it hard to be a regular.
The food is very consistent. Taste the same 9 times out of 10. This is one of the few chinese restaurant that has good soup as part of their meals. Most just give watered down broth as part of a combo.
They are very good with their wok cooking. Fried rice, fried noodles, they taste awesome. Noodle soup however, not so much. Hainanese chicken rice taste like it suppose to be. Very authentic on that one.
Their drinks are awesome as well. One of the best milk tea around.
Unfortunately for people in Coquitlam, there aren't that many restaurants around in the area that serves Cantonese food.
However, if anything, this place has just gotten worse and worse over the years.First, there was a 15 minute wait for your table (the shortest record btw), followed by about 10 minutes of wiaitng for the menu to arrive at the table. Thankfully, as their menu hasn't changed since they first opened, we were able to memorize 4 dishes and flagged down the first waiter (there were 4 altogether and 1 left about 30 min after we sat down). She actually had the nerve to query that we could order without looking at the menu.
Then the food arrived, and it was good food. Well, good if you don't count in the beef that we couldn't chew through and had to cut into smaller decently sized pieces with a knife. Good also if you don't think about the fact that it took them 15 min to bring two cups of hot water (and that's after asking two different waiters), or the fact that refilling your teacup is only possible 10-15 minutes after you ask twice.
If you go, make sure you are not hungry to begin with, and if you have the patience of a saint.
Went to this restaurant on after a friend raved about it and was not dissappointed.
Selling point about this restaurant is that one can choose soup base, noodle type & toppings + drink for $7.50. Make a long story short, I was pleasantly surprised about quality of all ingredients and taste of food. Portion was more than enough and menu had a good variety of other foods.
Yes, service a little slow during busy times like previous reviewer mentioned...but what do you expect they are working at 100% capacity due to high demand. But to give this restaurant a low rating due to slow service despite solild food is being heavy handed and short sighted.
Not only is this place possibly best chinese noodles place (I've lived in GVRD for 30 years+, it'll go against best Pho, Ramen, etc, noodle shops.
my family comes to visit once in every month. It is our favourite place when nobody wants to cook that day. All the dishes we tried so far are awesome and very tasty. sometimes they do tend to be a bit salty, lots of soy sauce. But the portion is always super. We once try their king crab with three ways of eating. That was awesome. The only one time they had pigeon, don't try it. It tated meaty and bloody, very heavy taste.
Overall, Love this place. Recommend to people who like cantonese food.
I've been reading the reviews on dinehere for many years and have always meant to do my own reviews. I didn't actually get around to doing it until I had a hankering for the food at Deer Garden and really wanted to write a review after eating there.
This is the typical Chinese restaurant, wave the servers down, dinners come with free soup, rice and dessert. What makes the value "outstanding" to me are the food portions, and the fact that every dish we've tried is consistently good. Our family favourites are the sweet and sour pork ( to the chagrin of my very Asian parents :) the eggs and prawns, and of course their curry beef brisket. In fact, there is a funny story that I can recall about a year ago, this older Chinese lady came into the restaurant with her ceramic casserole dish and lid, told the server she wanted the dish filled with curry beef brisket as she was going to a pot luck, and she was going to tell people that she made the dish at home herself! Hubby kept on whispering to me that she was "cheating", as I tried to ssshh him lest she give him the "dim mak" aka death look, that all older Asian ladies have perfected!
Compared to the other authentic places such as Kirin, I think Deer Garden has pretty good value and food.
Well, their price might seems a bit more expensive comparing to same kind of restuarant, but Deer Garden certainly have the food at the high end (for casula dinning).
The portion is big, the food was done right. I had king crab there once. They did it as good as formal Chinese restaurant like Kirin. I don't like deep fried food, but I couldn't stop on their deep fried dish of the king crab.
Again, it's for casual dinning. Don't ask for outstanding service and amniance. But the servers are all friendly.
First of all, the food is great! Very traditional greasy spoon style food, but very delicious.
The service is fine, but the waiters don't speak english very well, so bring a cantonese friend...
Portions are BIGGG, and ambiance is not that good...
If your looking for good food that is cheap with large portions and don't care for ambiance, go here
In my endevour to look for real Chinese food in the burbs I found this restaurant to be decent. No frills, reasonably priced and tasted pretty good.
I've left my ratings as Decent because I've only eaten here once and I don't want to mislead anyone. However I took and kept a takeout menu with me and do plan to return so that should mean something.
Worth a try.
I tried one more time here last Monday. Because of no choices in Coquitlam (copa close on monday) if u want a hk style food. Haha again waiting waiting
and waiting. I don't come to your restaurant if I'm not hungry. I standed at the door about 10 mins to get a table. Btw there was about 5 tables but no one clean it up, fine. Finally I got a table but I had to wait 15 more mins to get a menu..... Then wait 15 mins to order. I orderd a curry w/beef. Amazing the food came so fast after I order. About 2 mins. Wtf I had waited about 1 hour to get a pre- cooked or microwave food. Curry taste like milk more than curry. Also I order ice milk tea..... Again no taste at all. I will not come this dirty place again. Tables, floor, everything on the table are sticky. The washroom is terrible.
I have been here again after a few years. Years ago, I have went with my family but during that trip, I was in a bad mood so I didn't eat anything. This time I went, I left feeling disappointed. The service was horrible and I felt very uncomfortable during the whole dinner. Everything was rushed and sometimes and I honestly did not enjoy this dinner. The food was decent but there are better places in that area that you can go to. Overall, I don't think I would go back again.
This is a regular restarant that we go to becuase the food is pretty decent, and it's the only chinese restuarant that's close to our area. I went yesterday (dragon boat festival), and the service was horrible.
1. we made reservation for 7:30, and we still have to wait till 7:45 (sitted with nothing on the table). There was a table at 7:30, but no one bother to clean it up so we can sit. This wasn't new, as reservation have no meaning in that restaurant. We had to remind the waitress a couple of time that we are waiting.
2. ordering was slow. we got our menus and no one came and ask if we were ready to order. we had to call them. same as re-fill for tea (they gave us a pot instead).
3. when our food came, the soup didn't come. Soup ususally comes first thing. When we ask, that gave us soup and didn't serve it, just put it on a table. It was some sort of left over pork soup with meat all broken up. Gross.
4. when we finish, we had to flag the waitress a couple of time before they heard us askign for our bill.
I was NOT impress with the service.
Will only go back there if we have to.
We used to call this place our family restaurant, since we would visit at least once every 1-2 weeks (for over 10 years). Since we moved to Vancouver, we haven't been to Deer Garden in a while, but we still have very fond memories!!
You absolutely cannot go wrong here! We have probably tried everything on the menu ;)
The portions are large, and the food tastes incredible. Our favourites include the hai-nan chicken, curry beef, spicy pork, king crab, fish, and any one of their tofu dishes.
Both the dinner and lunch menus are impressive! The place is usually packed on weekends, and you'll definitely have to reserve for special occasions.
The servers are quick and efficient, and the food comes to the table incredibly quickly.
To be honest, Deer Garden isn't aiming to be the trendiest restaurant. There are no fancy decorations and that sort of thing, but the food is great!
It's loud during peak hours, full of old Chinese people, and they use plastic for their tablecloths.
One of the best places for Hong-Kong-style-greasy spoon. Curry is amazing...you will need to order a bucket of rice for it. Cod with cream corn sauce is nice. Great value.
Tea time's great. Good place for sharing. Waitresses might have a hard time with English but the pointing system will suffice. They are generally pretty nice here despite the usually rushed atmosphere.
I went in on an afternoon to order the afternoon tea menu. Pan fried rice noodle with beef. When the plate of food arrive, my nose picked up the burning smell. Must have been the wok that was not washed properly. So I asked them to replace another one for me and they were giving me runaround saying that this is normal.
I have may other choices in the tri-city area and that is my last time going there.