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bwinVancouverSince June 16, 20122 Reviews
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2 (2)
  • Food1 (1)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.5)


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Golden Swan Restaurant5380 Victoria, Vancouver
Disappointed and Embarassed
Submitted Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 5:19pm [Dine in]

I have memories of extended family banquets here with uncles, aunts, and cousins - the last being a half-dozen years ago or maybe more. So I thought it would be a treat for my brother and his family who live in Ontario and missed all these historical big dinner events.
We ordered the "Dinner for 10 People (B)"; check their website for the list. Here's my take on the dishes:
Hot and Cold starter platter was OK (missing jelly fish - a small thing perhaps, but is was listed on the regular menu as a component of this platter and I wanted to challenge my visitors a bit).
Shrimp Paste Stuffed Crab Claws was remarkably bland and the crab meat inside overcooked and nearly tasteless.
The Fish Maw and Crab Meat soup was watery, bland and quite poor.
Scallops Prawns w/Vegetable was actually pretty good.
Lobster with Ginger and Onion was OK, but overcooked.
Braised Whole Abalone was pretty awful with a unpleasant taste and texture nobody much liked.
Steamed Whole Fish - back to the nearly tasteless regime.
Steamed Chicken with Garlic was extremely bony with not a lot of meat. Almost tasty, but hardly worth the effort getting around all the bone fragments.
E-Fu noodles were OK, but nothing special.
Dessert was mango pudding and the highlight of the evening!
Dishes arrived irregularly and we were we on the verge of abandoning dessert because it took so long to turn up.
Perhaps I should have ordered individual dishes instead of the set menu, but is it too much to expect everything to be done at least tolerably well no matter how it was ordered?
I was ashamed to have such a dinner served to my out-of-town guests. It wasn't cheap either at about $40 per person.

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Balkan House7530 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Maybe we didn't order the right things...
Submitted Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 8:39am [Dine in]

But the pork and veg stew was remarkably bland and nearly tasteless - the only veg was some soggy sweet peppers in a sauce that reminded me of low-sodium Campbell's tomato soup. The dominant flavour in the cevapcici was salty meat and little else. And they were out of all deserts except for one which we ordered. Then 8:15 came rolling around and the live "entertainment" started up: a guy with electronic keyboard and drum machine, singing in a foreign language which was probably quite authentic and atmospheric. And loud. We cancelled our desert order and fled this glorified karaoke.
Our waitress was pleasant enough and did the right thing on our bill when she got our order for five cevapcici wrong and brought us ten.
I suppose the price was right: $30 for the two of us (no booze), but how do you put a value on a disappointing meal?
My personal standard for a decent restaurant is it has to be able to cook at least as well as me, and this place failed. Something bad has happened to this eatery since the glowing reviews from earlier in this year. It is now a place to, um,... reconsider.

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