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scbsee88Seattle, WASince May 28, 20084 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.6)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance4 (4)


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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant3888 Main Street, Vancouver
Must have been the Chef's Day Off
Submitted Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - 11:56am [Dine in]

We always go to the Richmond location as we stay in Richmond for our jaunts up from Seattle. This time, we had out-of-town guests and we decided to try the Main Street location.

Parking is great as they have a nice underground parking lot that is accessed through a side alley-like roads. We had reservations for 9, 5 young kids and four adults so we didn't go all out. In fact, our guests weren't into eating seafood seeing that they had to take care of their young ones. So, we stuck with the basic stuff: Peking duck (2 ways), Hot and Sour Soup, Honey walnut prawns, sweet and sour pork with lychee (one of their specials), stir fried green beans, and a seafood chow mein dish.

Peking duck was great. I also liked our duck meat with lettuce wrap course. From there it went downhill. Sweet and sour pork wasn't anything special. For close to $15, I expected a lot more. As a comparison, Sea Harbour (Richmond) serves the BEST sweet and sour pork I've ever had. The Honey walnut prawns were a huge disappointment. The prawns weren't that fresh, walnuts soggy, and the sauce was one gloppy mess. I swear I could have made better prawns at home. The rest of the meal was nothing to write home about.

Before you go on criticizing our choice of dishes, 1) We were restricted in ordering seafood, 2) You would think even their basic dishes would be better that your average Vancouver Chinese seafood place, especially at the prices Sun Sui Wah was charging.

For these kind of prices, I'd go to Sea Harbour instead. Disappointing.

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Congee Noodle House141 E Broadway, Vancouver
Congee is not all that
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2008 - 11:31am [Dine in]

Based on some bloggers recommendations, decided to try this place for simple congee and noodle dishes. This place tries to be clean but there is a feeling of thin peanut oil around you.

Ordered the geoduck congee, beef chow fun, singapore rice noodles, three meat chow mein, gaai lan, half roast duck, and peking style pork chops.

Everything was just OK and nothing to return for EXCEPT the roast duck. One of the best roast ducks I've tasted in Vancouver. The wok wasn't hot enough so the beef chow fun was mushy. The congee's geoduck were MIA, and the peking style pork chops were overbreaded and had a gloppy red sauce.

Perhaps they have a junior cook during the early evening hours but it was apparent that he/she did not have full control of the wok as the food lacked the "wok hei". Don't know if I'll return.

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Tropika1128 Robson Street, Vancouver
Great experience at Tropika Downtown
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2008 - 11:14am [Dine in]

My brother and his family were visiting us for the week and he had a craving for Malaysian food. Since we were staying in Downtown, we made reservations at Tropika on Robson. I was a bit leery at first because it was in a more touristy area and hoped they didn't water down their food.

We were pleasantly surprised. Started off the meal with satays and roti canai for the kids. Satays were nicely seasoned and still moist and the roti was handmade unlike some other places. However, at $3 per one roti, I felt the prices a little too steep. Next, came out one of the highlights: Singapore Chili Crab. The crab itself was over 2 lbs or about 1 kg and was very meaty. The chili sauce was the best I've had outside of Singapore. The spices are quite subtle and then the chilies kick in a few seconds later. Don't know how they do this, but it was truly sublime.

The surprise of the night came with the curry chicken. We didn't know what to expect, but out came some big pieces of drumstick, thighs stewed in a curry/coconut broth. The chicken pieces were still moist and was infused with the broth, a sign of good stewing techniques. We also ordered a beef rendang and green bean dishes that were equally executed to perfection.

Service was also quite good and with a smile. They did come over several times to change plates after our crab mess.

Prices are a bit steep, but considering the prime Robson Street location, but I can forgive them when the food is that flavorful and attention to preparation is easily noticed.

Highly recommend Tropika Downtown!

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Vivacity Restaurant8351 Alexandra Road, #110, Richmond
It isn't all that...
Submitted Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

After hearing so many positive reviews about this place, we decided to give it a try. Parking was quite easy, next to the restaurant as we arrived around 9:45am. We didn't know they took 20% off if we ordered before 11:00am.

Ambiance was really nice and we could see why one would want a banquet in there. Dim Sum is ordered off of an order sheet so we ordered the usual: Siu Mai, Sharks Fin Dumpling Soup, Fried Doughnut wrapped in Glutinous Rice, Chicken Feet, Cha Siu Bao and some other items not easily found in most dim sum places. Food was a bit on the pricey side, we're glad for the discount.

Food took over 15 minutes to arrive. We were starving. Unfortunately there was nothing really that jumped out at us and got me excited about the food. It wasn't bad, just nothing to write home about. As a comparison, we thought Fisherman's Terrace had better execution. For the price, we'd rather go there or Neptune's Seafood.

Service was excellent and with a smile so major props for that.

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