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Gourmet Chinese Restaurant

221 Ioco Road, #350
Port Moody, BC V3H4H2
Tel: (604) 461-3014
Neighbourhood: Inlet Centre

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Cheap Lunch
By chartwell of port moody (58 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2009 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

This restaurant offers three lunch specials, one comprises three differnt dishes for $ 5.75. The owner/ manager is very nice and waits tables with one other person so when they get busy it can slow down. Allthough it is a Chinese restaurant you rarely see any Asians which is rather strange. Nice and clean including the wash rooms.

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What can I say?
By vancouverpiggie of burnaby (51 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 3:59pm [Dine in]

My friend lives in port moody, right up Ioco road mountains and whenever i visit him, we order or eat in at this place because to put it bluntly - we're lazy to go anywhere else, especially since it's port moody...no offense to moody residents!

Knowing real, authentic and delicous chinese food, i'll definitely say and agree with other reviewers that this place is a disgrace to authentic chinese cooking. however it's good as a westernized version of chinese food and since i've lived in north america for nearly 22 years, i don't mind eating it lol...

ingredients aren't exactly the freshest and i sometimes keep wondering why i would eat more it the next time around - maybe because the place has not given me any stomach aches yet because that's normally my red button for trashing and forgetting about a certain restaurant.

price and value seem to be a bit on the above average side, especially when u consider it's location and demographics. oh well, perhaps it's because there are no other chinese restaurants nearby.

the restuarant in itself, when u step in, is moldy, stuffy and depressing. the decorations are bare and mono-like with no warmth or human spirit. staff seem bored because the place doesn't seem too busy but there are still a couple of tables full.

oh well, i don't visit that friend TOO often, except perhaps once of twice a month anyways lol...

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gross
By ironchef of Coquitlam (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2008 - 1:48pm [Dine in]

just went there for lunch and all i can say is that im never gonna go back again. d food is ok.. edible.. its more for caucasians... im pretty confident that 99% of chinese wont like it there. im very suprised that its rated 4 stars in here....

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Consistent Family Favorite
By gsarahs of Coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 5:12pm [Dine in]

My parents and my family have been going to the Gourmet Chinese for years since shortly after they opened. My dad loved the Duck dish and would want to go there on his birthday. I have found their food to be consistently well made and excellent value for money, even after their recent price increase. The restaurant itself is a lot like many Chinese restaurants in its decor, but it has always been clean. I mostly go there for takeout even though I now live further away. The single combo meals are excellent value for money and are more than enough for two! Having been to China last year, it was good to be back at the Gourmet Chinese!

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Won't be going back
By poochy of Port Moody (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 9, 2008 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

My husband and I tried this restaurant for the first time, after reading reviews that we wouldn't like it if we wanted authentic Chinese. Well, I prefer Westernized, so off we went.

First impressions did not speak well - the walls seem very bare, and a dirty-looking curtain covers the entrance to the kitchen. Ceiling looks saggy in some areas, and spotted with water damage.

Service was decent, our server did offer some dishes that he liked at our request. He didn't check on us too much or too little. The appetizers were alright (wonton soup and egg rolls), though nothing special. I ordered a combination dinner, my husband had duck for the main course.

Perhaps this is not the "style" of westernized that we're used to, because neither of us liked our meals. The rice seemed to be missing salt, the dry ribs were TOO salty, and the chow mein was simply gross. I tried adding soy sauce, but it didn't really help. We had the food packed to go to be polite, but it will likely be hitting the trash. We will not be going back.

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Good food!!!
By takk05 of Port Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 7:34pm [Dine in]

My husband and I grew up in two different cities and two different chinese food places. I love this place...him not so much. I dont like his place either.
The food is great some of the dishes not so much; you just need to know what to order...try the sizzling chicken chow mien instead of regular chow mien.
The inside is not so pretty but I love the prices andI rather keep the bill low than be in a beautiful place.
The employees are always nice and helpful.
We live out of the delivery area and I will still drive to pick it up when Im in the mood for chinese.
-Enjoy

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Great Service, Ok Food, Big Portions, & Reasonable Prices!
By Sam1 of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 6:01am [Dine in]

A buddy and I tried this place yesterday for lunch, as we were in the area and hungry. I've read reviews on this site regarding this restaurant and thought I would try it out.

We each ordered a Dinner Combo ($8.45 - $9.50) which gave us 3 items each. The portions were huge. Each combo was enough for 2 people. We couldn't finish it, and we're both guys with big appetites.

What amazed me most about his place was the fellow who owns/works there. He was very courteous and attentive to all the customers. Great Service. This was unusual for a chinese restaurant, but was a pleasant surprise. Inside the restaurant was quite clean. The decor was nothing special, but it had a nice cozy, comfortable feel to it.

This restaurant is obviously not aimed to attract other Chinese customers. The menus are strictly in english, there's 103.5 FM playing in the background, and the food is very westernized (food court type fare but better quality). The service is great, with good english skills applied. Why the heck can't other chinese restaurant be like this? It's not hard. The owner here actually regards this restaurant as a business and understands the importance of good service and attitude.

The food does taste as if it has NO MSG, and we didn't suffer any stomach aches, or other side effects from MSG. The food was alright, rather bland (due to lack of MSG?), but it was not greasy as a previous poster mentioned. If you're someone who doesn't know real chinese food, or doesn't care whether it's authentic or not, then this is THE place. The prices are reasonable, and the portions are huge. The food was fresh, and decent tasting. I recommend this place and I will be a returning customer.

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Best
By Klpgolden of North Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 11, 2008 - 8:14pm [Dine in]

This place is the best in town for Chinese !!! They dont use MSG and the prices are super reasonable. Delicious Wonton soup...Mmmmmm If you are looking for Chinese that is fresh & tasty, dont look any further !

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No nonsense review
By food-con-a-sewer of Port Moody (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 7:53pm [Dine in]

Ate there two weeks ago and found the food to be very greasy. I am to understand that modern Hong Kong cuisine is that way, but I would rather avoid it.

Service was pretty good for a Chinese restaurant.

It's a good value if you like the fattier western style Chinese.

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Best Chinese Take-Out I've Ever Had
By pokee of vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 7, 2007 - 6:02pm [Dine in]

Really great food here. And, it's pretty reasonably priced, too. Doesn't look to great when you walk in the place (just a bunch of round tables in an empty room), but who cares if you're taking it home? I usually have a long wait for food, but that's because they're probably filling tons of orders. Just call it in early from home and go get it (discount for pick-up, too).

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good chinese food
By jojo of port moody, (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 5, 2007 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

i go there 3 times a week....not for the ambiance but for the food.
5.25 lunch specials,,its the type of place with chinese food for the average chinese food eater. no funny stuff, just chicken breast , good meats and seafood. if you're not the type for a phoophoo place then check it out. i used to work there 8 years ago and the cooks do a great job of following foodsafe standard.

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Best Take-out Chinese around
By ardnas130 of Mount Pleasant (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 11, 2006 - 9:01pm [Dine in]

Simply put - this is the best take-out Chinese. Can be a bit slow on a rainy Sunday - but then that's just because everyone knows this is the place to call! Haven't eaten in the restaurant but have really enjoyed my experiences to date. Have been told they have incredible spicy squid (haven't tried that yet)

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The WORST Lemon Chicken I Ever Had!
By juneredwine of Port Moody, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

I ordered take-out from here on a recomendation. The fired rice was ok, not stellar, but ok, the chop suey was good, the egg rolls were crispy and ok, but my gawd, the lemon chicken was HORRIBLE! This was freezer burned, terrible tasting breading and WAAYY over fried chicken peices. It's not hard people - it's breaded chicken deep fried, served with lemon sauce - good grief! And when I called back to the restaurant to complain, I was told that they had sold lots of it so far that night and no one complained. I couldn't negotiate a refund of the amount I paid for the chicken on my credit card - nope - all they'd do is make me another one. What, I was going to order another bad lemon chicken?
My review - maybe their other items are ok, but that lemon chicken has turned me off there for good. You just do not serve people freezer burned chicken. And then tell them to pour the sauce on it to soften it up. GROSS!

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Not Impressed
By keeper14 of Port Moody (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 7, 2008 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

My husband and I ordered take out. We were given a 45 minute time frame for delivery but the food took a little over an hour to get to our house which is less than 10 minutes away. The food was cold by the time we got it and unfortunately not worth the wait. Two out of the five dishes were dry and over cooked the rest lacked flavour. We were definitely not impressed.

Please disregard the ratings for ambiance and service. The review requested all items to be rated but we have not eaten in the restaurant and can not fairly rate the performance.

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