We went there for the first time to try out their dim sum. We've never been before, not even for dinner. So it's Friday morning and it was relatively quiet as the lunch crowd had not yet arrived. We were seated to a table and our order for tea, taken. We proceeded to decide which dishes to order. Where is the tea?
We ordered the usual dim sum fare, such as: har gow, spare ribs, rice noodle rolls, steamed chicken buns, turnip cakes, egg tarts, e-fu noodles, etc. Wait, where is the tea? And where is that ice water? The food was okay, nothing was bad. The restaurant was bright and clean. But the service was terrible. First, it took forever for the tea and water to arrive and during the course of the meal, they never came back to check on whether
or not we needed more hot water for the tea, or if we needed more ice water. We tried flagging the waiter working our area but he always seemed to be too busy chatting with other tables, even though he did see us and we made eye contact. The frustrating thing was, the restaurant was not busy.
After this experience, we would rather spend our money elsewhere.
My wife and I celebrated our wedding banquet in this restaurant. From the staff to the food were top notch. The food was great and I had a lot of comments from the guests, many of them from out of town praising about the food and the service. They had an option of a dance floor and we danced until 1 am. The staff stayed until we were gone and was very attentive through out the night.
They have many menu options to choose from. We chose the one in the middle, not to expensive just right. A very balance menu with lobster, shrimp-crab balls, abalone and shark fin soup were the main differences between the cheaper menus.
Since then we have gone for dim sum many times and all of them were excellent; they are very consistent. Although during peak hours their service diminishes a bit.
My group of 10 people from San Francisco visited Vancouver last week. We were looking for some tasty Asian foods in town. First we heard from the hotel staff that the food court in Aberdeen centre has a large variety of Asian foods. When we arrived the top floor of the mall, we saw a huge line-up in front of Fisherman's Terrace. Then, we realized we got to try it at the moment.
After 1 hour wait, we finally had our table of 10 people. In the first round, we ordered some typical dim-sums such as Shrimp Dumpling, Shaomai and BBQ-pork bun. When we had our first bites, we knew we were in the right place for good food.
Shrimp Dumpling -- It was served in steam hot with a whole shrimp filling and thin wheat starch skin. To judge the taste of this one, it all depends on the freshness of the shrimp. Fisherman's definitely achieves the best quality. When I had a little bite of the skin, I could already smelt the freshness. The skin itself absorbed the juice from the fresh shrimp. Also, I can tasted a little bin of sea-water from the shrimp to confirm the freshness. When I closed my eyes to chew the shrimp, it was like sitting in a fisherman's boat to see thousands of shrimps swimming under sea.
Shaomai -- It is another steamed dumpling with pork and prawns inside a thin wheat flour wrapper. It is also topped off with crab roe and mushroom. I tried this dim-sum in many other places, but Fisherman's is the best. To make it good taste, the tricky part is the right balance of pork meat and pork fat. As the cost of meat is higher than the fat, many restaurant put a lot of fat instead of meat. When you eat this kind, you can feel a lot of oil and grease in your month. However, Fisherman's seems to find the right balance of meat and fat. I ate two with one in the hot sauce. The hot sauce appeared to cover the freshness of the pork meat but it made my taste buds more exciting.
I wish to share more good stories of their other dim-sums. Fisherman's is definitely the best in North America.
My sister and I wanted some really good dim sum in the Vancouver area. We yelped a few places and asked for some recommendations. From what we gathered, Fisherman's Terrace was the place to go. We're from San Diego so we only have the dim sum from here to compare. Yes, the food was fresh because it's cooked to order but it did not taste all that great. We did expect the long waits and rude service because we know how dim sum restaurants works. BUT! The food was not the business.
I'm sorry but Fisherman's Terrace is only getting an OK rating from me. The next time we're in Vancouver we're going else where.
Don't believe the hype. Especially if you're from the San Francisco Bay Area. We have way better dim sum. If you're too lazy to read below, I can sum this up in 1 word. BLAND!
Doesn't matter where I go. There's always one day I crave some kind of Asian dish. This time it was dim sum and with these reviews, I hopped on the train from downtown into Richmond. Even before coming to Vancouver, everyone kept raving about the Chinese food here.
Seriously?! First off, the line was ridiculous! Luckily we only had 2 people so even arriving at 12PM, we were seated in about 10 minutes. People were getting waitlisted non-stop.
No sauces or anything at the table. You have to ask for it because it doesn't even come out with the orders. No carts so everything is ordered off the menu. Each dish pretty much came out 1 by 1 so I couldn't even eat a variety of things at once if I wanted to.
We didn't order much... 5 dishes.
- Shrimp dumplings: Huge I admit but bland. No flavor
- Chicken feet: Very tender meat but bland.
- Congee: Bland
- Sticky rice wrapped in banana leaf: Just OK.
- Deep fried shrimp balls: OK
- Pork dumplings: Took over 30 minutes for this to come out so we cancelled it.
What a huge disappointment.
i lived in vancouver for 19+ years now, and go back to asia at least once per year or two. fisherman's terrace dim sum has the same top quality as the ones they serve at hong kong. make sure you order their BBQ PORK PUFF PASTRY, it's one of the best in vancouver!!!
This restaurant is located on the upper floor of the mall. Its exterior decoration is not so bad and interior design also make me think this one should be the higher class dining place. But after I've paid the bill, the cashier gave me a poker face related to tips she received not in her expectation. Totally break my first impression. So this place turned out to be the worst dining experience I've ever had.
The food in this restaurant taste was so so, The dim-sum dishes were not so hot. They seemed to be cooked already and stayed outside for a long time. The quality of the food was below average,
the colors of them were not so good.
The service peope with no smiling faces gave me the bad impression. Once I asked one of them about the dessert cake, he answered they didn't make these kinds of food here and left too
rush with not so friendly look.
Ambiance didn't have any special to talk about, just so noisy and cramped.
This is one of the regular dim-sum eating places, but I really can not accept such a cashier said something bad about the tips I paid. She should know the rule of customers are always right. I always pay more tips to the restaurants with above average service and food. If not, I reduce my tips because they don't deserve that much. I believe it's fair enough.
Other then the long 30-90 min waiting time everytime i go for dimsum. This has got to be one of the best place for dimsum. Having tried almost everything on the dimsum menu, I would rate all the food between 4-5 stars.
I have eatten here once for a birthday dinner and the food was delicious. The service was great, they had 5 waiter/waitress sing the happy birthday song with us and we only had 3 tables.
My most memorable food that night has got the be the fish. Can't say I knew what kind of fish it was but it's a soy sauce fish that is steamed with onions and ginger. The best fish I ever had.
I highly recomend this resturant to anyone as long as you have the paitents to wait for seats.
Usually change is for the good but not in this case. The food has gone downhill from being a very good dim sum restaurant to a poor restaurant. Friends of mine just dined at the former Chef's new restaurant yesterday and said it was very good.
The deep fried food is not done well, overcooked and oily. The chicken feet taste stale.
went for my parents anniv on a busy saturday nite. . but stil got a table in 10mins. friendly staff. good food. great service. orders came quick and hot . . what else is there to say. yummy peking duck =P
Absolute worst service we've ever had! If you don't speak fluent Chinese, don't even try going there. If there's a line, they give priority to those who speak Chinese and will put you last. I was 7 months pregnant and they had us waiting over 1 and 1/2 hours. We noticed people behind us getting seated first and complained. They didn't care. We only got seated after we asked to speak with the manager, who then brought us to a table right away.
We would have left and not put up with such crap, but heard that the dim sum is good, so we thought it would be worth the wait. Nope! Didn't blow me away. Just your average dim sum. Of course, they probably spit in our food for yelling at the front desk and requesting the speak with the manager about getting seated.
We walked by this packed restaurant in Aberdeen Mall and noticed that everyone eating inside looked happy, so we went in. After a 15 minute wait we had a great table for two and ordered our dim sum. The food was wonderful, fresh, hot, and very flavouful. The deep fried squid with chili was a favorite. Service was OK until we finished eating. then all of a sudden there were not too subtle messages for us to vacate the premisies. I understand that it was a busy Saturday morning with people waiting to be seated but come on. After dropping $40 for dim sum we felt entitled to at least finish our tea. Hate to play the race card but there were lots of Asian folks hanging out chatting, we wondered why we got the bums rush.
Before considering this establishment be aware that parking is all but non-existant at Aberdeen Centre on weekends aqnd holidays.
Also be prepared to wait to be seated during prime times also, 30 to 45 minutes is not unreasonable.
The ambience, service and fare is comparable to what one would expect from an establishment of this calibre, and the "tab" certainly reflects this
like the reviews before, this restaruant is always packed full of people, but it was totally not worth going.
the seafood was horrible, which probably makes the whole point of the restaraunt ( hence the name "fisherman"). we ordered the scallops and the whole dish was filled with sand. we exchanged the dish after talking to the manager ( the waiters didn't even reply to us!). but even after our other seafood dish ( fish), it was unsatisfactory, and the sand tasted horrible.
not a restaruant i would visit anytime soon.
I feel obliged to write a review because this place seems to have a lot of poor ones, but I like eating here.
The best things about this place is - consistantly dependable food. The dimsum especially is very good. The key is to order Chinese-Chinese food. When I come here with people who insist on ordering Western Chinese dishes, it is disappointingly what you'd expect, a sad shadow of what Asian cooking is all about.
The worst thing is unquestionably the bathrooms. How disgusting! You'd think they could do something about it. In fact that was the deciding factor in my not having my wedding there. Thankfully, having friends who've been in the kitchen I feel assured that it is much much much cleaner.
Word of advice, don't take it personally if you don't speak Chinese and aren't impressed with the service. It may be poor service, but it isn't personal - it's poor communication skills. Come for Dimsum, if you can't speak Chinese try to bring someone along who can. It means something when a restaurant always has a line-up.