Great hot-pot selections or chef-prepared meals! Not in the mood for the usual hot-pot meal? Then try the a la carte menu items. Open for dim sum/hot-pot brunch & special late night deals! Everyone at their table may each choose their own specialty Chinese tea!
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The best baked BBQ pork buns I've ever had! Think Chinese mini pineapple bun exterior crossed with BBQ pork bun filling! Delicious! Their sister restaurant across the street (Top Gun) does a cheap crumbling, deflated imitation of the same stuff.
They don't have too many choices for the standard dimsum items but it's well worth going just for the buns (Gwei Fei Bao). The tea leaves you get (though you pay something like $3 per cup/order) to pour your own tea with beats the usual tea pot or tea bag variety. It's fun to see who can master the art of pouring through the traditional cups into your drinking cup without spilling a drop!
If you're going for the hot-pot, the fatty meats are fresh and delicious, as is the choice of soup base for the hot pot. And if you want it hot, you will get it plenty chili-ified! There are plenty of sauces for you to choose from, too, when you order the hotpot menu. They cart around the stuff for you to choose your choice mix from (pepper+parsley+chilipaste+soy or what have you--a ton to mix & match with) yielding a mouth-watering dip for your hotpot meats! The seafood is fresh enough for you to eat sashimi-style! They even include wasabi & soy for you, if you so choose to consume it that way. They can get fairly busy at times, so reservations is always recommended as well as arriving on time or a little before the appointed time in case you still have to wait a little. Though they have a free parkade, it fills up rather quickly for the building complex as there are other eateries sharing the plaza, so be ready for the paid street parking!
Where can you get hotpot at lunch? Apparently here, though we didn't try that this time.
We got some congee and other assorted dishes. It's not bad, not really have any complaints about it. As expected, some dishes were too greasy and too heavy ... but what do you expect. (I still wish we'd get a healthy, "green" , local, organic Chinese place here, kind of like what goes on in our kitchen...)
There's really nothing to say here. No strange or exotic dishes that I could see. No mind-blowing dishes or execution. It's okay.
Place is clean enough, service is "blah", pretty much expected for most Chinese restaurants, they were efficient, but don't expect any friendly chit-chat.
Well, if you're really hungry, feel free to drop by, but I wouldn't rate it to be worth a first try. You're not missing anything.
Why pick between hotpot or dimsum when you can have both! The dim sum here is anything but the ordinary. First of all, you get to pick your own tea (mind you the tea here is probably of higher quality than other dim sum places). Second of all, as I've mentioned above, the dimsum is different. There's a really good 豬潤燒賣 (literally liver shumai, only for those who do not mind liver, obviously) which most places do not have. Lastly, this place makes great congee and fried noodle/rice dishes! Try the geoduck congee if you don't mind the price!
The hotpot here is fresh and of high quality (Once again geoduck lovers, this place has really fresh geoduck!!). Soup base has a strong taste and the fresh meat and veges will leave you wanting more.
Preamble: a quiet Wednesday night
Food: quality is generally better than the AYCE hotpot places in Richmond, as well it should be. Sparse ingredients in the soup base.
Service: one side of the pot almost went to no water before I had to ask for it to be refilled. One waitress was very friendly, the other waiter much less so and seemed to have quite the smug attitude.
Value: if you have the Top Gun 20% discount this restaurant is not bad. Otherwise I'd look towards the AYCE places
Ambiance: not too bad, it has A/C (hard to attract summer customers if a hotpot places doesn't have A/C!)
Read about this place in the paper as a DimSum favourite and so I decided to give it a go. The restaurant is named Garden City Hot Pot but was pleasantly surprised by the Dim Sum. The Shrimp Dumplings & Pork Dumplings are plump and bursting with flavour. The Scallop & Ginger fried rice was also nice. We come here regularly now when we crave some Dim Sum. It's a little more pricey than other restaurants. Most of the Dim Sum dishes are about $5-6 each but you get what you pay for. Good fresh food and good service
the only thing is the service. They could have better attitude workers. but I guess that's the same with most asian restaurants. The food was really good. (but the price is not cheap either). I love the fact that you can have hot pot with dim sum! Never had that before. my favorite is to have hot congee and get that boiling in the hotpot and put in fresh raw vegetables in teh congee and cook it infront of me! the congee is the yummiest when that happens!
Teh decor is nice, not tacky at all and the washrooms are clean.
The best food items I've tried are the congee and watercress and the bbq pork buns. I've been there many times over the years! the only thing they can work on is the service. they aren't the kindest
This uses to be one of my favorite food spots back when I was living in Richmond, but the age of the establishment, heavy competition from AYCE shops, and inflation has gotten the better of this place.
For starters the place lost it once glory and its interior looks dated and dirty. Everything I touched, seats, tables and so on and so forth felt sticky and dirty. This is not condensation one would expect from a hot pot restaurant, but more of a grimy feel.
Service was a little better than most Cantonese restaurants, they were attentive came and refilled drinks often, but a few of the server also had a very smug attitude. I was dinning with my mom and grandma and they are a little bit slower, due to their age, but to be very honest if you do not have patience to deal with seniors, you should not work in the service industry.
Now the food itself was decent, nothing exceptional, but also nothing wrong. The problem is the portion size. When one pays $16 for a plate of fatty beefy you would expect to get more than 15 slices, $9 for veggies, a little more than a handful right? I ended up spend $130 for table of 3, left unsatisfied and even feeling a bit ripped off.
Also be wary and check your bill. I recalculated again after getting home and they had overcharged me by around $9, but since I did not order anything of this price I figure they charged $3 per head for the complimentary drinks.
I wonder if the owners or employees are able to delete any bad reviews. From my experience, I had nothing but bad service in this restaurants. The servers ignored our requests, wrong orders, no apologies, bad attitude. The worst came after we paid for the meal, one server came to our table and said the exact words: "there are people outside waiting, pleas pack up and leave." Of my whole life experiences of dining out around the world, this really is the FIRST time even I was told to get out before I am ready.
We went here on a friend's recommendation, for old-fashioned Hong Kong dim sum.
Wonderful selection of tea. And you can mix varieties when you order the tea. Try a blend of chrysamentemum and jasmine.
Great congee. And yes, a smaller dim sum menu, but man, what flavors! My partner really ikes the sea cucumber, but I loved the pork buns that the earlier reviewer waxed rhapsodic for. Even the spring rolls were great. My only regret was that they hadn't any dessert tofu.
We'll go back!
My wife and I have been eating dim sum all over the world. In BC you can find some of the best Dim Sum in the country. The Imperial Seafood restaurant in the old Marine Building is one of our favorite but it is3sure pricey. The best value around and our favorite Dim Sum is the Garden City Hotpot. Everything is fresh, tasty and out of this world. The shrimp Spring rolls are the just incredible and the shrimp dumplings are not far behind. There is always line up especially on week end, so be smart and call ahead. The service is not the best (typical of Chinese restaurants) but I can tell you after a few visits the owner srecognizes and you can expect some special attention. Wetake our visitors regulalrly to this restaurant for Dim SUM. Everyone agree it is the best around.