We were really confused by this place, but maybe that's our fault. Expecting some "authentic" Hakka cuisine but instead found, hidden in some industrial area in the middle of nowhere, some restaurant worthy of being in Yaletown or some fancier part of town.
Yes, that's right, this is pretty nice, "modern" decor here and yes, you could bring a date here. It's not your usual Chinese place, and in fact, that's the problem. Erase from your mind that this is a Chinese restaurant before you go in. There. You'll feel better.
There's a lot of "combo" style dishes and a la carte. Now get ready. Expect to easily go over $20 a person for a Chinese restaurant. Yes, you heard me, well over $20. We picked the cheapest sampler at $22 / person.
Blown away by the first dish, which is a "triple" appetizer with soup, some baked whelk and jellyfish/imitation sharkfin salad. Presented in cool "western" style. Food was very good, but the big hit was the unexpected presentation. That sort of set the mood and left the older generation at ease, who previously had been extremely grumpy about the pricing. The rest of the sampler (and I believe this may change at the chef's whim) was very tasty and well done. I don't recall any MSG thirst, it was not too oily or salty. Very nice.
Now, for $22/person, you will defnitely not go hungry. Having recently been to Milestone's and Earl's, I'll say I'd rather have the meal here, since the prices are quite up there at those other places too.
Service was great and absolutely exceptional for a Chinese place.
So that's the thing here. Don't think of it as a cheapy Chinese restaurant. Just pretend you're dining in some hip new place downtown and you'll be fine. The decor is to match, the prices are inexpensive in comparison and the service and food are there as well.
Our only gripe is that if you're ordering the combo/set meals, the ENTIRE table has to order it, which pissed me off a bit. (Understandable after the meal once we figured out how they serve, so it would totally mess with the pacing).
I wish them luck. It's a horrible location and a tough sell, but it's good food and good service.