Good value with groupon
Submitted Friday, August 9, 2013 - 1:15pm [Dine in]
Great meal very enjoyable in the patio. We had a minestrone $4, Scalopine Al Marsala $22, Linguine Pescatore $17. Served with a generous amount of piping hot bread. All dishes were delicious. The veal scalopine came with the best variety of veggies I have ever been served. Roasted potato, portobello mushroom, green beans, red pepper, cauliflower, broccoli, and carrot. Impressive. Service by Carmen was excellent, right on top of things but not intrusive. The only drawback was the chairs used in the patio. They were the kind you buy for yourself and leave in the yard year round and don't care if someone steals them. Lots of street parking available plus a free public parking lot in the rear.
Submitted Monday, August 5, 2013 - 11:41am [Dine in]
Like the previous reviewer we also had the noodle combo with lobster broth. At $7.50 a bowl this has to be one of the best deals in the city. Plus you get a hot tea or coffee in addition to the complimentary Chinese tea. The bowl is huge and more then ample. Piping hot and good portion of toppings (choose 2). Service was fast and efficient. Wait staff was on the ball. Not like some places where you seemed to be intruding while they watched TV. Restaurant was quite roomy and the tables not crammed together. Small parking lot in the back. Liked it a lot.
Submitted Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 9:44am [Dine in]
Went for a late lunch on Saturday, came away satisfied and impressed. Lots of staff on duty and every one was working. Place is spacious and inviting. A step up from white spot. My server Ashley was attentive but not bothersome. Had the shroom burger with bottomless fries. Quite the handful. My only misgiving is the bun. It fell apart from handling. A crustier hardier bun would have been nice for the hands on people. It's okay for the knife and fork crowd. Fries were very good and bottomless. Bathroom was neat and tidy. Lot of parking. I feel I got a good meal with good value and would return.
I shall return
Submitted Monday, April 15, 2013 - 3:59pm [Dine in]
Went for a late lunch today at Cindy's. First time here. Lots of signage telling me 20% off dim sum on weekdays. Ordered 5 dim sum and I gotta say the har gow was the biggest I have ever seen. Steaming hot and delicious. Ordered from a checklist, rather have the cart myself. Food came out at intervals but not with overly long waits. Service was average. Decor was past it's time. Ceiling height was low and the noise level was higher than most restos. Free tea. Small parking lot but street parking available. I would be back even if I didn't receive a buy 2 and get the 3rd free coupon when I left.
Submitted Monday, April 8, 2013 - 11:57pm [Dine in]
Wonderful venue. Stuck away in a little corner of Richmond is this gem of a restaurant. Food was okay. I had the rib steak $28.00 medium rare and it was done to perfection. The main problem was that it seemed to be too gristley, I expect a little with any rib steak but this one had it in abundance. Another critisizism is the lack of veggies on the plate if they doubled the amount it would seem more like a meal. We were served with a mini loaf of bread before the entree and it was a winner, came with butter and a head of roasted garlic. The deep fried seafood cake appetizer $9 was also a winner. Quite large in size and accompanied by a nice salad. Strange water glasses as they only held about half the volume of normal glassware. Service was indifferent, none of the servers seem enthusiastic. More hustle, more joy, means more tips. I was there on a Saturday and at about 7ish there was live music by a female singer with a great voice. Return visit not in the stars. Small parking lot but lots of street parking. Restroom A-1.
Dim sum lunch
Submitted Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 5:35pm [Dine in]
We were in the neighbourhood and thought why not try Yans as we have never been here before. Interior is decievingly large. Lots of space between tables - big plus. Ordered 4 dim sum baskets plus a plate of pea shoots which was being proffered by a wait staff. Excellent plate of greens. Dim sum not so good. Har gow was good but the other 3 failed. Total bill before tip $28.00. I am old school and get really ticked when I get charged for Chinese tea for that reason alone I will not come back. While eating I notice signage for king crab @ $21.80/lb. Seems reasonable until you see they charge additional for 2 way, even more for 3 way, then believe it or not extra again for 4 way. For all the extra charges you might as well just get a lobster.
Good meal good deal crappy service
Submitted Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 10:03am [Dine in]
What a deal! Had the noodle combo with soup base, choice of noodles, and 2 toppings $8.50 also includes a hot drink which was a HK style coffee. To me this is better deal than any fast food joint. And none of this combo is fried. Speaking of fried I did order the chicken wings add-on for an additional $1.75. What a bargain, you get 6 pieces per order and you are allowed 2 add-ons per combo. Service was another matter, even though I was seated in the middle of the restaurant I was invisible to all 3 servers on duty at the time, bad enough to contemplate leaving. Restaurant is open and noisy. Parking maybe a nightmare but there is a big parking lot belonging to the adjacent thrift shop. In a pinch it might be worth a gamble.
Submitted Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 10:53pm [Dine in]
Wide variety of dishes and every one was good. Tried the specialty salt baked chicken - winner winner. Tender and tastey. Pricey too $32.00. All the dishes were of good size. Small restaurant mostly set up for larger parties. Not friendly for twosomes. Noticed they had king crab at $22.80/lb. I got passed over by the 649 lottery so I had to pass on the crab. Lots of nearby parking. No complaints by anyone in our party of 12. Definitely on the "I would return list"
First time here - liked it a lot
Submitted Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 10:06pm [Dine in]
Upon entering we were seated immediately. Oddest seating layout I've ever seen go see for yourself. Went with the choice of noodles in fish broth plus 2 toppings $8.50 plus you get a hot drink included. Soup was super hot and my 2 toppings of brisket and tendon were plentiful and delicious. Also added 2 sides at $1.75 each. Happy with the fish filet but disappointed with the deep fried bread. Looked like 3 donut holes you get from Tim Hortons. Restaurant was clean and modern with lots of glass facing onto the street. Might be a problem in the summer with the sun beaming down. Overall I am happy with the meal and now prefer this style of noodles over pho. Much better value and hotter soup.
What a bummer, garlic toast is now an appetizer at $4.50
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 2:00pm [Dine in]
Went on a Sat evening without reservations and got seated right away. Must have gotten the last open table as we saw people being turned away. Looked over the menu and saw there was no calamari, what a bummer as this is our favourite shareable dish. Opted for the appy special 1/2 pound PEI mussels $7.95. Remember when garlic bread was complimentary? Be prepared to pay $4.50 if you want it here. Entrees were very good and of ample portions. Spaghetti Bolognese with meatballs $15.00 and Spaghetti Vongole $16.00. Even though I had to ask for a water refill and there was a long wait for the bill our waitress Kathryn was a real dream. Pleasant and helpful and overworked. Plenty of parking in the evening. Located in a business mall. I liked it and would return for a nice light meal.
Does not warrant a return visit
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2013 - 12:44pm [Dine in]
Service was okay as our party of 12 had reservations at 5:30 to beat the crowds.and a good thing we did. A total of 10 dishes including an order ahead duck and sticky rice dish $39.00. The duck was the only dish I enjoyed. The other dishes lacked any pizzazz and were noticably smaller in size. Overall this meal was a failure at $270.00 all in. Most of the tables were of the round banquet style suggesting they cater to larger dinner parties. There were some smaller tables but not very many. Seating was very cramped. When we left the place was almost full and the noise was escalating as in most Chinese restaurants. I came, I saw, I won't be back.
Awesome Birthday Party
Submitted Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 11:07am [Dine in]
Unlike the previous diner our party of 14 had a great time. Everyone took advantage of the 3 course deal. Basically order a starter and a main and get a dessert. No complaints on the mains and special kudos to the sable fish and rib eye steaks. The soup appetizer was a little skimpy for a $7.00 item. Can't speak to any other appies but sometimes size matters. Service was outstanding. All 3 courses were brought out at the same time ensuring all were eating together. Water glasses were replenished constantly. Free parking. Liked it and will return to try the sable fish.
Upscale but non-pretentious
Submitted Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 6:31pm [Dine in]
Classy upscale restaurant inside the Hilton Hotel. Everything was made fresh and it showed. Server was right on the ball. Portions were huge. After appies and mains we had no room for the pre-ordered desserts and asked for a doggy bag which was cheerfully agreed to. We did have to wait for the dessert as it was bread pudding and needed to be made and not scooped out of a pan. Very impressed. Free parking to boot.
Fleuri845 Burrard St, Vancouver More bad than good
Submitted Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 5:54pm [Dine in]
Prix fixe dinner with desert buffet using a travelzoo voucher. Amuse bouche, tiny but interesting, still don't know what it was. Lobster appetizer, excellent. Lobster bisque, another winner. Filet mignon, small but delicious. Desert buffet with a crepe station, exceptional. Reception and dinner service by our female server was perfect. Very engaging and informative. Problem was she apparently completed her duties for us and now everything was left to a male server whom I guess was the closer. After the dinner plates were cleared it all fell apart. At $4.50 a demitasse of coffee you'd think they would voluntarily refill it but no I had to ask and he responded in the positive but continued setting tables. Imagine 4 trips to set a table before bringing more coffee. Desert dishes were not cleared until you sat down again. Given the parking problems and lack of service by our male server no way will I return.
Way beyond expectations
Submitted Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 9:24pm [Dine in]
Went in with an entertainment book coupon and our waitress Janet was super helpful explaining the do's and don'ts. Well I gotta say there aren't many don'ts which allowed us to have the daily special baby back ribs @ $18.95 and the baked cannelloni gratis. Great deal great meal. Janet was friendly and right on the ball. Restaurant is very cosy and warm with seating for about 45. Very novel booth dividers using bottles filled with beans and pasta instead of spindles. Lots of parking. I have more coupons so I will be back.
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 12:01am [Dine in]
Prix fixe dinner party of 4. Amuse bouche, kind of small but okay. Starters of prawns, oysters, and wild mushroom in phyllo all very good. Mains of short ribs and jambalya were lacking. Plate presentation was drab and the portions were small. Dessert of fried banana split was the best item of the evening. We sat in the patio watching the trendies strolling up and down the walk. Restaurant seemed to need a clean up or some kind of fix up. We were served water in a dirty glass and had one of those wobbly tables. A dress code is needed for the wait staff. Shorts and tee shirt doesn't seem appropriate. Restaurant seemed to be in a state of complacency and headed downhill. Still time to right the ship.
Submitted Friday, July 6, 2012 - 8:17pm [Dine in]
Having eaten at the Trocadero next door I did notice there were 4 restaurants in a row and wanted to try at least 1 of them. Feeling like dim sum I looked up Phoenix Garden on Dinehere and saw the fine report left by jaceycori. Food was fresh, tasty, huge, and cheap. I've lost track of the dishes but there was at least 6 and the bill was under $20.00. Dim sum was served by cart which is way preferable over ticking a sheet. The girl on the cart was friendly and spoke English. My only concern was that she might have been a little too pushy.
Restaurant was rather upscale with covers on all the chairs, quite a suprise actually. I will be coming back.
Fast and efficient
Submitted Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 1:05pm [Dine in]
Waited in the lineup for 30 minutes but we were fore warned. Once we got inside and seated I was really impressed by the efficiency of all the staff. Everyone was always doing something. Large dinner rolls were served and the mains came very soon after. The pasta are ridiculousy large. But then again they are very expensive. I would prefer smaller portions and a more reasonable price then $15-$16 for a plate of pasta but then again they are always busy and constantly have a line-up. Lots of free parking nearby. In my opinion it is too expensive for mediocre dinner fare.
Excellent Peking Duck
Submitted Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 10:28pm [Dine in]
This is the second time in 6 months I've come here for the Peking Duck and each time it has been superb. We were in the hood and thought we would have an early dinner at 5:30. At that time we were the only customers but by the time we were finishing another 30-40 people had arrived. 3 dishes that we barely put a dent in packed up for a later repast. Free soup and free dessert.to begin and end a tasty meal. Our service was exceptional as we were the only ones there at the time. What the service was when we left and how the waitress and manager handled the new customers I can only speculate. But I am very glad I ate early and got the attentive service. I shall return.
Best steak in a long time
Submitted Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 3:57pm [Dine in]
Party of 4 with travelzoo vouchers on a Wed night. 2 rib steaks, 1 baby back ribs, 1 rack of lamb. Shared starters and shared dessert. I had the steak and partner had the baby backs. We shared the 3 piece spring roll starter listed at $11. Wow almost $4 a roll. Back ribs came with salad and fries and looked like a meal. The steak came with onion rings and a few slices of mushroom. Definitely needed more. Some kind of a veg or carb would have enhanced the plate. Steak was perfectly done and of good size. Fellow diner had the rack of lamb and the plate was full of veggies and potato gnocchi. I would have loved to have some of this on my $28 steak. Ended with a shared banana creme brule. If you use the parkade give your license plate # to the waiter or busboy. Don't buy a parking ticket, they charge $4 an hour and I saw someone checking plates. The waiters here are professionals and it shows. The restaurant is a kind of casual elegant. Good spacing of tables. If you could envision yourself in a foreign country in a cafe called the American Grille this would be it.