We (as a threesome) have been going to the Fortune Court for the dim sum offerings for the past several years, and over that time, have got to know, much-enjoy, and really appreciate the staff and food there. Over the past few weeks, some changes have been implemented to how the dim sum offerings are ordered and presented, along with a few new additions to the dim sum menu. For us, what we have always enjoyed, has only got better. We like the new way of ordering -- pre-selecting items from a menu, rather than waiting for various carts to come by the table -- plus, we have been able to add a few new dim sum items to our favourites list.
We do dim sum at Fortune Court a couple of Saturday or Sunday mornings each month (at minimum), and always tend to select and go for the more 'regular' (ans less-expensive) dim sum menu items, and only very seldom order any of the 'special' (extra-priced) offerings. But ss said, the ordering is now done by pre-selecting what you want from a menu placed on your table. You stroke off what you want (and the quantity) and the food is brought to your table -- no more waiting for dim sum carts to pass by. If you want more, you just stoke off more on the menu ordering sheet, and it's taken away, and the process repeated. It was a bit confusing at first, as we often could not find the precise English descriptions of some of the dishes we wanted, we were offered a 'picture' menu to help!!! We've graduated from those early days now, and find it quite easy to do the selecting without pictures, and find the whole process to work well, and we find it really helps to speed up the ordering and delivery to table process for both customer and owner alike. After some awkward first steps, we've adapted well, and really like the 'new way' there!!!
We always eat well during our visits, and have never felt pressured by the staff to rush, so that our table can be cleared for others who may be waiting. Plus, we have always found the staff to be more than willing to please, when it comes to ordering (like adding more items, or even deleting items already ordered). And we know from our dim sum dining experiences elsewhere, the dim sum offerings are great value!
Here are prices 'ranges' from the current menu: "steamed" (dumplings, wraps, curds, and etc) $3.00 - $3.95, "fried & baked" (deep-fried pastries, dumplings, rolls, and etc.) $2.75 - $3.50, "rice in hot pot" (with pork, chicken, sausage, and etc.) $4.95 - $5.50, "rice flour rolls" (from plain, to meat & vegetarian) $3.00 - $3.50, "sweet dim sum" (custard tarts, pastries, tapioca, and etc.) $2.50 - $3.25, "kitchen specialties" (a long list of various meats, fish, seafoods, veggies, and etc.) $3.50 - $5.95, "chef's specialty fish broth" (rice, noodles, and various fish and seafood broths) $4.50 - $5.95, "congee" (various fish, seafood, meat, chicken, and etc.) $3.25 - $5.95/bowl, or $8.80 - $19.80/casserole. It's a big and varied menu.
The only ill-effects we have ever suffered from dining at Fortune Court is that "full and contented" feeling that comes from eating and enjoying a little too much!!
We enjoy dim sum dining at the small(er) places that cater mostly to a Chinese clientele, and have a few restaurants in and around Vancouver that we enjoy. Fortune Court though, is most-definitely our current favourite!! To us, their dim sum is great value, and a major "yum experience"!!