Ningtu2130 Kingsway St., Vancouver A door closes another one opens
Submitted Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 8:17pm [Dine in]
Nowadays when dining out I generally use the Dinehere.ca as a reference. The Ningtu has a fairly good rating so I gave it a try. We were noticed right away and seated immediately. Tea was promptly served. Everything was downhill from then on. After looking at the pricey menu for about 5 minutes we knew what we wanted. We waited and waited for non existent service. After waiting for 15 minutes we decided to leave. Guess what? 3 waitresses come over. I explained that the service was so bad that we were leaving. One of the waitresses then said "did you ask for service". WTF. First time I ever walked out of a restaurant. Walking back to my car I noticed another Chinese restaurant but that's another story.
The cheap and dirty
Submitted Tuesday, June 9, 2009 - 8:32am [Dine in]
I know exactly what the food will look like and taste like so when it arrives as expected I give it a 4. Not the classiest of places but I've been here many times over many years and nothing changes. It's a get them in and get the out sort of place that survives on turnover and takeout. Service is quick and everyone is fluent in English. Kind of place you won't miss until it's gone.
Where's the beef?
Submitted Saturday, May 16, 2009 - 10:16pm [Dine in]
I had the curry beef brisket with rice at $6.95. Nicely presented but where's the beef? 5 small pieces of beef and lots of onion and potatoes. Service was good walking in the door but try getting your bill and leaving. Not so good. Restaurant was clean and roomy. Chairs and tables seemed new. Not returning as there was no value received for my money.
Submitted Monday, March 23, 2009 - 9:59am [Dine in]
Arrived 15 minutes before closing on a Sunday and was told it was no problem. Restaurant is small with 30 seats. Very clean and functional. Waitress was friendly and very helpful. When the food arrived we were told to take our time and not worry about the front lights being turned off. Food was good and the prices were right. Restroom was unisex and clean. Good vibes, will return.
Good times good food
Submitted Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 12:57am [Dine in]
Attended a birthday party March 7 with 50 other people. We had a private room with a set menu. Prime rib, halibut or chicken. All served with a caesar salad and sorbet for dessert. I had the prime rib and it was a 4. I did hear complaints about the halibut but those people can write their own reviews. The private room was great but not on the view side of the restaurant. Service was excellent, Food was served quickly wait staff was professional.
Submitted Sunday, March 8, 2009 - 12:54pm [Dine in]
Stumbled upon this place in Crystal mall. Having read reviews about Beard Papas in Aberdeen center I thought what the heck let's give it a try. Ordered a variety of cream puffs. Vanilla, chocolate and green tea. Chocolate was the favourite. Very comical and pretentious watching each puff being filled and weighed. Better pastries to be had elsewhere.
Top Notch Dim Sum
Submitted Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 5:02pm [Dine in]
Tried some dimsum for lunch today and it was fantastic. Service was excellent. Had 6 dishes and the bill was $16.80. We managed to eat everything and we were beyond full. Restaurant is clean and the place was quite busy for a Tuesday afternoon with limited street parking. Food is carried out in a tray by the waitresses and they show you what they have and you point out what you want. Very efficient and fresh. Going back to try some of the dishes we missed.
Crystal Mall Gem
Submitted Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 6:51pm [Dine in]
While killing some time at the Crystal Mall we went for a snack at the Fung May. Good choice! Sliced fish congee and beef brisket in noodles for under $10.00. Food was hot and tasty only bad thing was the crappy utensils but the only way around that is to bring my own. I have been to this food court many times and always found it to be very clean and functional.
Lots of staff but crappy service
Submitted Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 12:07am [Dine in]
Entered at 6:00 pm to a nearly empty restaurant with lots of staff milling about. We got seated right away but after 5 minutes I had to ask for a menu. What we got was 2 sheets of paper written in Chinese. Then I asked for an English menu. The manager type guy brought an old menu explaining that I should expect to pay an additional $1-$2 a dish. Right then and there I should have gone across the street to the T&T mall where I know there are at least 3 restaurants. Ordered 3 items the first 2 were fine but the 3rd came 20 minutes after the other 2 and was it ever bad. Singing hot pot chicken never have I ever had a dish done so badly. Bone splinters throughout the dish and the smallest pieces of chicken I've ever seen. Completely tasteless. How a restaurant could do such a common dish so badly is beyond me. Restaurant looked nice but the chairs were a mish mash lot. My misfortune to get a folding chair. Never ever coming back.
Submitted Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 12:40pm [Dine in]
Tried out this restaurant on the dinehere.ca recommendations. It is a winner. Had the set dinner for 8. Crispy skin chicken was overcooked and the beef with black bean sauce was a little tough but everything else was excellent. Included in the dinner was a lobster and crab with noodle dish that was great. Whenever our side plates had shells in them they were replaced. From talking with the owner/manager we learned this restaurant has been in business for a year and a half. Dining area is quite nice but the restroom looks old and probably left over from a previous establishment. Will I be back? Anytime by brother-in-law Jerome wants to pay I will make the drive from Burnaby.
Submitted Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 10:57am [Dine in]
Cafeteria like setting in a sterile enviroment. I did not see any value in the foods. When an unspectacular California roll cost $4.95 I deducted a value point. Free underground parking was a big bonus with all the snow on the ground. But then again there is no above ground parking. Restroom very clean.
Huge crab small price
Submitted Tuesday, December 23, 2008 - 6:58pm [Dine in]
Crab done your way for $9.80 a pound. Excellent dish. Every time we had crab shells on our side plates they were replaced with clean ones. This happened 5 times. I don't know how the service was in the back of the room but it sure was fine where I was. Also had a prawn ball with broccoli dish. Another winner. Going to come back and try the lobster $18-$19 a lb. Just waiting for a special occasion.
Solid all around
Submitted Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 11:57pm [Dine in]
Went for dim sum on a Friday late afternoon. Place was still packed at 1:30 but we managed to get a table. Service was okay and the dim sum carts were nicely spaced apart. Food was good the dim sums were quite large. My only complaint is that you have to ask for soya sauce. Restroom was more than acceptable.
Good chance for a return visit.
Submitted Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 12:45pm [Dine in]
New location with bright colours. Almost looks like a restaurant makeover episode. Had the large wor won ton for lunch $15.00. Soup was luke warm. Lots of won tons but very few veggies. No taste to the won tons just plain balls of pork. Disappointed in the overall dish. The menu seems to cater more to non orientals. Restroom is clean and bright.
Submitted Friday, November 21, 2008 - 6:08pm [Dine in]
Dropped car off for repair and needed a place for lunch. Choice between Royal Oak Sushi and Au Wing Kee. Finally I made a right decision. Curry beef brisket on rice and a beef brisket noodle in soup. Both dishes were very good. Service was excellent. Price was awesome $11.00 plus tax. Place was very clean and they have parking in the back. A return visit is a certainty
Submitted Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 1:59am [Dine in]
Had dinner there tonight and the place was almost deserted. Big prices no value. Food was okay but nothing to warrant the prices charged. Double burger and penne primaver plus 2 iced tea $32.00. Restaurant is a blast from the past. Looks like nothing has changed in 30 years. As I sat at the window looking out at the Burger King my thoughts were that we could both be having a flame broiled whopper meal and still have $20.00 in my pocket.
House of Mirrors and neon
Submitted Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 10:22am [Dine in]
Went to Honolulu cafe for late night congee but they were closing so I tried the Gold Train by default. Food was good but the ambiance sucks. Every nook and cranny has a mirror or neon sign. The cast of characters coming and going made me feel uneasy. More of a Hastings and Main crowd. No one gets a check you just go to the front and pay. Don't know how they pay taxes when no records are kept. Biggest gripe of the night was the way too loud rap music. This restaurant is way too small for the sound system they use. On the way to my car my first thought was "at least I didn't get shot" cuz you kinda get that feeling when you eat here.
Good Old Style Cantonese
Submitted Friday, October 31, 2008 - 7:32pm [Dine in]
Good old fashion restaurant serving good old fashion Cantonese food. Brought back memories when the only Chinese food was Cantonese. Party of 12 and everything was tasty, hot and came out fast. Complimentary soup and dessert. Restaurant a little dated. Restroom was old but clean. Small parking lot in the back. Definitely worth a return visit.
Melt in you mouth goodness
Submitted Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 10:01pm [Dine in]
Craving some ayce fish and chips thought we would try the Burnaby location instead of our usual NW spot. The service was below par as we felt as if we were being ignored. The fish was lightly battered and melted in my mouth. The perfect storm of fish and chips, fresh fish, fresh oil, deep fry cook in a good mood and happy to be working. Both fish and chips came out hot and fresh. The whole experience was very positive and would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is craving some excellent fish and chips.
How the mighty have fallen
Submitted Friday, October 24, 2008 - 12:59pm [Dine in]
Every once in a while the doughnut craving hits and Tim Horton's is a Canadian institution known throughout the world. What the hell happened? Used to be trays and trays of freshly made doughnuts on display but now all I see is maybe a dozen of each variety in a small section of the display case. Had a dozen to go but none were up to expectations. The French crueller was especially bad. The middle was cold with a raw dough texture. I heard the doughnuts all come frozen so I assume this to be the case. The time is ripe for a competitor to step forward.