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Dinesty has the second best Xiao Long Bao on the West Coast (The best place is in San Fran) I just came back from Taiwan and Dinesty's XLBs are even better than the ones I had there! I have introduced the restaurant to a lot of friends and family and everyone have loved the food regardless of their ethnicity.
Their service is poor and ambiance isn't that great, but the food is worth going for.
Here for pictures and recommendation on what to order: http://bumblelog.blogspot.com/2010/01/dinesty.html
Just had a dinner at this place, Dinesty and it is simply ridiculous. Most ridiculous food I have tried in my life time.
Every time I passed by this place, it is always pack with people and a long line up. So I thought, well can't go wrong with these many people eating it right? WRONG!
First impression, their service was not too bad but this place is very noisy. I know most Chinese restaurants can get quite noisy at the peak hours but this place seems a LOT noisier than the others. I did not mind too much about the ambiance as long as the food is good. By the way, there decor and style is modern so I give 2 stars for Ambiance.
I had Hot and Sour soup which tasted like light sour taste with peppery. I see some reviewer here like it but for me it was the Worst Hot and sour soup EVER!
Xao long bao was small but the skin was very soft and nice. Except the juice inside was just so so and plain, not much taste and not clear soup, bit oily. You can definitely find a better Xao long bao just around the corner.
Deep fried tofu tasted EXACTLY like those tofu puffs you buy from T&T and the chef simply just heated up for you. Wow! thanks CHEF, I think I can do that too at HOME! I thought deep friend tofu should be DEEP FRIED! not chewy like those package ones that was deep fried in the factory week ago!!
Main dish was a Steamed Talipia in a garlic and black sauce which was not too bad but was not that good for the price. Fish was tender but the sauce was mild and greasy.
Oh and the BEST Part for the last! I ordered a steam rice to go with the fish on the side and guess what? The rice is soooooooooo old and YELLOW!? WTF! For all you people who have cooked a rice in a rice cooker would KNOW what happens when you set that button and forget about there is a rice in the cooker and open it next morning. Yeah, it looks and smells EXACTLY like it, YELLOW RICE! I ate few spoons try to ignore the smell but NO could not handle it anymore so did not finish.
Told the waitress but all she said was we cook rice fresh everyday... Well, more like every OTHER! day to me!!! Dang it!
Anyways, total came about $37 and paid $40 and left the restaurant and yup! I'm never come back. If you are curious about the taste, you should try it and leave some reviews. Oh and don't forget to try their STEAM RICE!!
This is probably the nicest Shanghai restaurant I've seen aside from Shanghai River. If you're looking for a meal that will satisfy your hunger, sure, go here! But if you're looking for quality Shanghai food, go across the street to Top Shanghai.
Siu Long Bau - small with very thin wrappers, but juicy enough for their size
Siu Mai - not dim sum-quality, so I don't recommend
Ja Jeung Mein (Minced Pork Noodles?) - tasteless! Go to Chen's Restaurant for an excellent verson
Vegetable Dumplings - simple and healthy, but not too tasty
Hot and Sour Soup - very nice sour taste, but just too peppery because there is coursely ground pepper in it. I was very bothered by the pepper but I'd eat it again, just not on a day I'm feeling grouchy!
Beef Roll (?) - this was my favourite of the bunch because the meat was very flavourful and saucy, and there were plenty of veggies in the roll. It was the first time I had ever eaten this with a wrapper that seems like it's been fried, which enhanced the deliciousness!
Other reviewers where right about the washroom...disgusting! At first glance it LOOKS clean and it seems like they had the intention of renovating it nicely, but it's just not right to put the mop and bucket in such a cramped space.
Although I enjoyed about 2/6 dishes, I'd only come back here if my friends really wanted to. Hope things change in the future!
I'm usually a sucker for nice simple decor, thats what attracted me to this place the other night when my boyfrirend went to get some cash at the RBC near this restaurant. I couldn't wait to order when i saw the dishes the other tables around us. While waiting for the food, i overheard the table next to us saying that the food was bland and wasn't spicy at all. When one of the waitress left us with the confirmation of our orders, she forgot one, i mean how hard is it to put an order through a computer. I didn't bother telling her to add it since it seem hard to get the orders right.
Food: The chicken soup with bitter melon and pineapple SOUNDS so good! When i actually bit into the BITTER melon, it had almost no taste, same goes with the pineapple and there was... fish in it..
We ordered the spicy beef noodles, it was REALLY deep reddish orange and i thought it must taste good with so much msg but it was bland. The beef wrap wasn't so good either
Service: I had to ask twice to get our tea refilled, other than that it was ok, but a little slow
Ambiance: i like! =)
I love shanghai/taiwan food but this place makes it LOOK good, but not taste good. SRY!
I've been to Dinesty a couple of times now since it first opened. I think this most recent visit made me notice the slight decline in service and food quality. First thing I noticed is that they changed up the 'lawn' chairs to more comfy leather like seats. My friend and I ordered cold wined chicken, dumplings, marinated beef wrapped in pancake, noodle soup and seafood stirfry. The chicken dish I noticed didn't have the preserved goji (sp?) in it and i couldn't taste the wine at all. Dumplings were ok...but then again all Shanghai style dumplings taste the same to me. I did love the beef dish and noodle soup. Seafood dish I thought was on the plain side. The little touches that they had before like the custom made vinegar sauce trays and peach flavoured water were missing. I think little touches like these enhances the experience and differentiates itself from other similiar restaurants. Even with this lacklustre dinner spread, I would come back again because I like the decor and the general good quality of the food.
The minute you walk in, you would swear the place had potential to be converted into a bubble tea joint. The lighting and furniture gives the impression of a lounge setting rather than a Shanghainese/Taiwanese cuisine restuarant. Nonetheless, it was pretty nice. When the server took our orders, she went around the whole table ending with my bf and I. For the next 40 minutes, we watched as everyone at our table received, ate and finished their orders. We repeatedly asked them to check on ours until finally, one server asked, "What's missing? It seems that everything has arrived." The orignial server didn't even put in our orders!! We were starving and furious! The server then promptly hurried to the kitchen to place our orders. In the end, they still managed to miss one item. The quality of the food was decent, I've had better. We've tried many Siu Lung Bao and this place only differed from the others because their skin was thinner.
I am a customer who enjoys crowded restaurants. I do not mind waiting. I highly recommend making a reservation to avoid disappointment. Cmon ppl! The staff have to work day and night. The food is always consistently fresh and scrumptious. Anything deepfried, especially the beancurd, will always be crispy worth dying for. Every peice of noodle is worth dying for. Xiao long bao( steamed dragon bun) and ( panfried pork dumpling) sheng jian bao is just as good as my dinning experience in China. The only setback is the server's attitude that I endured only once when the restaurant was packed.
Me and my wife recently visited this restaurant after seeing the line ups. When we visited the restaurant we got this very stuck up waitress who kept on rushing us to order. We end up order 4 dish, fried rice, pan cake beef wrap, the "DEEP FRIED FISH zhou style" and egg plant. After I ordered they gave me the list of the items that I ordered and I questioned why my DEEP FRIED FISH said Smoked. The girl assured me it is really deep fried. The first dish I got was the pan cake, extremely greasy. The second dish was this supposely deep fried dish that end up been smoked and then refrigerated, ice cold. I asked them why they would advertise as DEEP FRIED if what i get is server cold and no trace of every been Fried. If you Fried it a week ago and smoked it and then refrigerated, why in the World do you tell me it is DEEP FRIED. The dish by the way tasted terriable.
I asked for a refund since I was clearly mislead, they refused.
Next dish was the fried rice, the shrimp was good, not over cooked but the amount of oil on that dish made me sick. Last but not least the egg plant. I looked closely at the dish and the oil grease covered the dish like a soup.
So in summary, poor service, food was over priced since we could not eat half of our dish, noisy restaurants and last but not least the food was terrible.
Last time I ever eat here again.
Went there on the advice of family. Initial impression was quite favourable. Classy decor, clean, functional. Really like the ability to look into the kitchen and observe our food being prepared. Unfortunately, the bathrooms (as in most Chinese restaurants) have been neglected. Regarding the food, quality was very good, very authentically Shanghai (or at least non-Cantonese). Prepared and served right away. Presentation is mediocre... but one doesn't go to a Chinese restaurant for the presentation. Alas, my major criticism. The servers were at best, amateurs. The young lad running the till was wearing a baseball cap and a t-shirt; very unprofessional. And the female servers looked like they were dressed for the club (one was wearing leopard-print stilettos... I cannot imagine serving tables wearing shoes such as those). Although, the ladies were young and attractive I'm not sure they are best suited for the job. Hence, service suffered. Had to asked numerous times for an extra place setting, water... even a chair which I ended up getting myself.
All in all, a decent place for dim sum... just hire knowledgeable front of house staff.
All the food items are very Taiwanese. The decor is great by Vancouver standard. And you can see them wrap the dumplings through the large glass windows, just like Ting Tai Fung in Taipei and Singapore.
I love the small portions of the dishes. It makes it possible to order more variety.
We ordered the following:
- hot soya milk drink ($1.25 for a large bowl; very reasonable)
- mushroom beancurd roll (fantastic !! Just perfectly fried)
- xiao long bao (excellent; exactly what it is supposed to be)
- panfried pork buns (good)
- smoked fish (hmmm.. I would give it a skip unless I'm having congee)
The service was a little slow and they missed an item we ordered. There is ample parking as it shares the same huge parking lots as Chapters.
I saw a Taiwanese breakfast item I absolutely love - shao bing you tiao. I will definitely head there for breakfast sooon....
Everything of this restaurant has definitely gone down. The last time I rated this, food was definitely good. I don't go to this restaurant anymore, because I gave it two chances in the last few months, but their standards have just not picked up. I had to do this second review to even out my previous rating few years ago.
We got there and immediatley everyone shouted a welcome and it felt very welcoming so that was good.
We ordered the seafood fried noodles which was amazing and then the server told me that the chefs in the back make the noodles themselves.
Thats probably what gave the dish that extra kink to it.
The servers were really quick to bring us tea right when we sat down because as the hostess seated us down, a server was bringing us our cups.
The most amazing dish is the hoisan beef with wraps, it is to die for.
I could see all my food being cooked in the back because the window between the dining area and kitchen is humungous.
I've been there before when it was really busy and they still manage to take my order fast. But I went this time when it was just full but no wait.
The servers are all very polite although they're running around all the time.
You should go there and try it, I spent 15 bucks between my friend and I and the portions were big! I packed some up to go!
Based on a minimum of 6 visits the premises, furniture and equipment are in a desire state of repair. For someone who is not literate in the Chinese language I got the feel of being treated like a 2nd class citizen. Though, this is the only known establishment with the push carts for dim sum, the selection is limited. The last straw was when the bill presented was higher than what was expected from the advertised prices for dim sum.