So we went for dinner had the king crab, which was $4/lb more than elsewhere at this time....
Ordered: King crab, 3 ways, $19 extra for the rice in crab shell, i believe one of the pricest in town ... and peking duck for 4 combo.
Likes : Decor (notice doesn't say much for the food)
Dislikes : 1) Lukewarm bordering on cold peking duck dishes, definitely room temperature pastry shells. Many restaurants, even the cheaper east van ones manage to steam these hot. Cold shells = chewy in a bad way.
2) Flavourless rice in crab shell w/cream sauce. Granted, they did put some scallops and other seafood bits in but that doesn't make up for the lack of flavour or exorbitant prices.
3) Deep fried knuckles were not flavoured at all and cut too big (personal preference on size)...i prefer more meat left to the garlic steamed side.
So you would walk into this place and be blinded by the nice decor. Ok, well maybe not if your used to going to Kirin or other such higher end restaurants, but pretty modern and up to date. If only the food reflected the amount of money that went into the renovations. Maybe more $ to hire a great chef and less on decor ? We all sat down and the service was good, but then again, the place was 30% full so that's too be expected.
We ordered the peking duck set menu and the king crab. The 1st dish hit our table almost right away, guess scooped from a bigger pot in the back. Blackened chicken soup. Flavour was light almost bordering on tasteless.
This was followed by our peking duck, served / carved tableside. They brought the bamboo steamer to the table, no steam...I thought we were in trouble. The duck then went to the carving table with out showing us. They carved it up, set the skin on our table and when i put it in my mouth, it was almost cold. At least put the duck under the warming lamp or have the plates heated...something some of the cheaper restaurants do. The minced duck meat for the lettuce wrap was cold and came fast, leading me to believe that was pre-made and they were just cycling peoples duck in the back. Only saving grace in this dish was they gave you enough shells and lettuce to consume the skin and meat dishes.
This set menu came w/the mushroom with fried brocolli, once again pretty tasteless and no sauce. Not sure if the chef is tasting it as he goes or if he has a cold and can't taste anything. It is still the flu season after all.
We also had the sweat and sour butterflied shrimp in the shell, that was hot and decent. Would have gone well with some white rice. IF they had asked would have been an easy upsell. But nope.
The deep fried rock cod was also good. Nicely flavoured and not oily.
King crab comes out and they showed us and said 10lbs. Funny thing is how do we know ? haha
Having ordered the King of Crabs at about 30% more than going rate outside, this should be at least decent. Boy were we mistaken !
First course was steamed with garlic. Ok, not enough garlic, it was mild. At least pile it on and then let us scrape it off if it's too much. Other places I go to, this dish has the crab roe or some kind of egg in the sauce. This place didnt.
Second was the deep fried crab knuckles. Boy these were big pieces!! The deep frying was good, but me, i'd rather have more of the legs in the steamed garlic dish. When you bite into it, it's moist but flavourless. A little salt would bring out the flavour of the crab more. Not to mention sell more beer haha..
Thirdly, the rice in the crab shell. Was exactly that, the seafood was a nice touch, but took away from what was supposed to be crab roe fried rice. The cream sauce was bland. Totally not worth the extra money we paid.
Service wise, was ok, but for the number or lack thereof, tables in there, I would expect super service. I won't be returning as this meal cost me double what i would have paid elsewhere and 1/2 as good.