Bing Sheng is a Chinese restaurant serving authentic, rustic, Southern Chinese cuisine and dim sum.
Where is the best peking duck in the city? We sure didn't know, so what better way to find out than to give a few places a try? I've tried Golden Great Wall and really liked their duck, but the other dishes weren't that great there - plus they were pretty far away. So we decided on Bing Sheng. I called beforehand to make sure they had it and to ask how much it was. $39 for two courses. Since it was about $10 more than GGW, I had pretty high expectations.
We arrive NYE around 6pm, they must have just opened for dinner service because it was freezing cold and even the servers were all wearing winter coats. But it warmed up shortly after when the dinner patrons steadily strolled in. We ordered the 2-course Peking Duck and a Honeymoon fried rice. There was only the 4 of us and the server kept wanting to push other dishes on us - crab...lobster...chinese greens... We insisted that the 3 dishes would be enough for our pre-party appetites and when returning with drinks, he again tried to push more dishes on us.
Our duck courses didn't take long to reach our table but when it did, I wasn't blown away. Sure the fatty crispy skin duck pieces look fabulous, but the cucumber slices were obviously old and sliced long ago and the green onions that came with it were huge and overpowered the entire dish. The lettuce wrap wasn't all that much better. My friend complained that there was way too much filler in the wrap and not much meat. I didn't mind all the root vegetables, but I understood her frustration. If I'm paying that much for a duck, I would expect the only meat course to actually have meat in it.
The honeymoon fried rice was okay. Tomato sauce was nice, but the cream sauce was gummy. Definitely not worth the $15 for it. I ordered a bowl of plain rice and was charged for it eventhough it never came.
Over $60 for this meal...can't say it was worth it.
At least we tried it and know now, that this isn't the place for good peking duck.
A long time ago, I blasted the place for using sub-par ingredients and ruining what was essentially a good concept. Well, we had the chance to go back and see if they've redeemed themselves.
First off, the place has held up reasonably well. It still looks pretty decent, though there are the "usual bits" that you expect to see at most Chinese restaurant. Okay, no surprise then.
Service was pretty good, slightly more friendly and attentive than most places at this level, so that was a pretty good sign.
Now, let's get to the food.... fine dining? No. But decent ingredients this time around? Yeah. Execution was not bad and they are still having fairly unique dishes from everyone else. Not just different, but different good. Consider yourselves redeemed! Yup, they've done good enough that it warrants a return trip for us now.
It's a Chinese restaurant, but not full of your usual dishes, quite a lot of unique things going on. The food quality & execution are now more than acceptable. Prices reasonable and topped off with a relatively clean restaurant and friendly staff. Tentatively recommended for now.
A Chinese restaurant that honours your 11:30am reservation for dim sum...not a shabby start. My initial impression was the amount of effort they put into the renovation and that the female serving staff wore mandarin silk shirts. Nice touch.
Food: regular variety of cantonese style dim sum. The hargow, our primary dim sum benchmark, was of above-average size and seasoned properly. Presentation, portion size, and taste were all solid for the remainder of our dishes. We only ordered 9 dishes so didn't get a good cross section of the menu but the one item that stood out was the deep fried egg plant w/ shrimp paste - hot and fresh and oozing with shrimp paste. All of our dishes came out in good time and very hot too (plus!).
Service: quite professional for a small-medium sized Chinese restaurant. There was a hostess that manned the front, managers that ensured that your dishes were cleared, and the food came out in a timely fashion. Plenty of tea leaves in the teapot and hot water was refilled twice. Bill was promptly taken and change quickly returned. All in all, a very commendable effort given they cater primarily to local Chinese crowd. I would even consider taking my non-Chinese friends here.
Value: a tad bit hard to judge because they do not follow the standard small-med-large pricing guideline. Each dish has an unique price and ranges from $2.50 for desserts to $8.25 for specialty dishes. Here's a sampling: Hargow ($3.75), steam buns ($3.75), steam rice rolls w/ beef ($3.75), egg plant ($4.75). For nine dishes, we paid $45 including tips and tax. Solid value, but not incredible.
Ambiance: very nicely decorated with pseudo Chinese antiques and wooden curios placed along the walls. Modern looking chairs with pretty place setting. The stone wall bordering the fish tank was nicely fused with the rest of the decor. The only minus was the cramped table configuration. Not a lot of room between tables so chairs and people backing into one another. Cozy and clean.
I left feeling pretty good leaving this establishment so I would go again for dim sum. Recommended.
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.
Mrs. C and I were invited by the respected elders to catch an early Chinese New Year dinner at this place. It was nice to avoid the crowds that you usually get this time of year. This location has had a succession of Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants on the site, but for the latest incarnation the new owners spent some bucks on decorations, carpets, and some really nice chinaware. Even the bathroom was deluxe, although I expect that after a few months the place will get a little grungy.
We had the usual 8 lucky dishes, with crispy duck, Szechuan green beans, deep fried oysters, pork chops with orange sauce, to name the dishes that stood out. The other 4 dishes were rather forgettable, as was the nondescript seafood soup at the beginning and the bland winter fungus soup at the end. I will say the food was okay, but I won't be telling my future grand-kids about it :)
Service was good throughout the meal, but with only 2 servers they really had to hustle. As I have already mentioned, ambiance was much improved. When the bill came it was a pleasant surprise. It was quite cheap for what we got, and they didn't jack up the price for the holiday.
Overall an acceptable meal, but one I will soon forget. My auntie says they do great dim sum, so I may go back for that.
The dim sum gives more variety and uniqueness than typical Kirin. If you are the adventurous type, then this restaurant provides the right dim sum.
As for dinner, their items on menu are special and not many if at all places have some of the items they serve. The price is reasonable.
The decor is decent to below average (during the summer) as it can get really really hot. I would avoid coming here during the summer during the busiest hours unless you are coming in just a tshirt and shorts. The building is an old building and not built to handle the ventilation that restaurant needs.
But all in all, the food is great from lunch to dinner and is one of our regular spots to dine.
For some reason this reason this restaurant was always packed when I drive by. I think it is simply decent food and reasonable prices, but there was something unusual about this place....the decor. I have a strong feeling the interior of this place was based on fengshui. Just look at the red lamp at the cashier's table, or the placement of pictures, furniture and whatnot. Other than that, one of the waiters said the owners are also part of the StoneGrill restaurant group. Overall the food was good and the service was decent. I didn't expect much walking in to the this place, but I left quite satisfied.
We went there for the Peking Duck (children's favourites) and some other dishes as well. The duck courses were both great and served in a timely fashion. The sauce was somewhat different and very well recieved by the kids. The other plates were large and tasty. The decor and service were quite commendable. DK what the other complaints are about unless you are expecting slaves to serve you dinner for nothing. I will return altho it is a bit pricy for a family of five.
Decided to try this place out after hearing some good praise from friends and family, however after some poor service and select servers with horrible attitudes, it was by far the worst dim sum experience I've had in years. The food was not at all that bad, this bad experience was mainly contributed to by the lack of experience servers with disgustingly stuck-up attitudes. Servers did not make room for dishes themselves, instead they decided to stand there requesting for the customers to create room infront of them before the dishes were set down.
As mentioned before, servers did not treat customers with the great attitudes; it was as if they were there simply to relay food to you & not there to make your dining experience a good one (every time someone requested something from them, they would hesitate before bringing what was requested a while later). One specific example I can recall was from one dish we (party of 7) ordered, being such a large party, we obviously ordered 2 and split it amongst ourselves. However, the dish was too salty with too much flavour so we asked if it could be taken back and adjusted. Instead of complying to help us solve the issue, the server immediately disagreed, claimed we purposely ate 1.5 out of the 2 orders before informing them of the dissatisfaction. She then proceeded to drag the chef out from the kitchen so he could see who we were, followed by telling the manager very loudly what was happening. After that, each time she walked by, she continued to make comments regarding our 'complaint'.
Having parents who owned a restaurant and growing up observing the business, I realize it is a hassel to have dishes brought back and adjusted, so employees will talk. The only problem I had with this place was the fact servers continually brought up the topic, followed by loud-harsh criticism of their customers. Everyone is out to dine with friends for a good reason and to have a good time, that shouldn't change because the servers are, excuse my language... stuck-up douchebags...
I must say this place is a scam. I have been ordering take out from them a few times and for the few times i was scammed a few bucks here and there. I call in my order and at the end ask them what the price is and it always ends up $5 or so bucks more. If there is a service charge i can understand but when i confront the person taking the order and ask him why the price difference as i have the take out menu in front of me he then says why didn't you tell me you have a menu cuz that there is a discount for take outs orders. What discount its the same menu as the one in the restaurant and the price is the same. that was the first strike...second time i order a soup i ask for a large and in the past i ordered a large from them and get three containers for ($14.80) this time i ordered and got two container so i call and ask how many containers do you get for a large order of soup he says i wrote you down for a special mind you a special to them is a regular which cost $10.50 and he tells me a large is $22.50 and comes in three containers! on the menu a large is $14.80 what a scam...it's amazing they have business! People be warned when you order from this place always check your receipt they will try to slip in a few bucks here and there without you knowing. Total scammers! I checked with my friend and she said exactly the same thing she got charge a few bucks extra.
I (and family and friends now) go on a regular basis to Bing Sheng Restaurant. Every time we go we are treated with respect, a smile and consistantly great food. The servers and other staff drop by to make sure everything is to your liking (how many restaurants do that!) The ambiance is "Solid" if you like a family atmosphere, which we do.
We are planning a trip to China and everyone is patient and helpful in explaining how the language is spoken (as a non-Asian this is extremely difficult) but each time we go they help us with our struggle. Weekends are crazy busy, plan to wait at least an hour to get served.
Thank you staff of Bing Sheng
Alan and Cynthia
I went to this restaurant with my dad a month ago and we went there for dim sum. There was a lot of people and the waiters and waitresses were all busy serving other people. My dad and I had to wait for 20 minutes for a table, so we waited. 5 mins later, they told us that we can get the table. Wow....she told us to wait for 20 mins and we just waited for 5 mins, which was good. My dad and I had to sit in this small table close to the wall and oh god I hated that spot! It's so small and the chairs were flip chairs! I was expecting to sit on something that is soft. But, oh well. We ordered food and the food we ordered was good. The service there is eh, okay. It would be nice if they hire more people.
A pleasant dining experience at Bing Sheng Chinese Restaurant on Renfrew & 2nd Avenue
My dad is as old as the Queen of England, and he can use a treat for his birthday. My dad and I always like to try out different restaurants since we immigrated to Canada from China in 1967. BC Royal Café in Vancouver Chinatown was our first dining adventure. The Char Shui Bow (BBQ pork bun) was as big and as tough as a softball or baseball. Chinese restaurants like Marco Polo, New Diamond, Asia Garden, Ming’s, Ho Ho Chop Suey, Hon’s Wonton, Bamboo Terrace, Hong Kong Café, and Wah Kui were the ones that we can recall trying in those days.
Dad and I worked in a Chinese restaurant, so we understand the challenges facing the business. Consistency in food preparation and services to the guests appears to be difficult to maintain. Let’s skip to our near-perfect dinning experience at Bing Sheng on Wednesday, February 29, 2012. My 9 year-old son and I surveyed the site and test-tasted a dish on Sunday, February 26, 2012. We stayed there for about 2 hours. The place was relatively full with customers. The washroom was relatively clean. Service and food was marginal. We noticed that the food was not overly seasoned with salt or MSG (mono-sodium glutamate). We met our cousins at the restaurant and we were warned not to order the Shark Fin Soup---a traditional Chinese dish. They said that it was not as good as they anticipated. We watched the documentary on Shark Fin Soup on TV, so we decided not to consume the soup. I studied the menu and placed an order which included their signature dishes. It cost us about $100 per person for the dinner. We arrived at 5:30 pm to avoid the crowd and traffic on a Wednesday’s evening. The serving staffs were friendly, efficient and helpful. We noticed that our water glasses were not clean, so the waiter replaced them at the outset. We wasted no time and ate like pigs. Each serving of steamed rice was actually steamed individually. My mom likes eating plain steamed rice, and she gave it a “Thumb Up”. We seldom see steamed rice presented in this manner in Vancouver. Soup of the Day was perfect as it is better than the way we prepare it at home. We had smoke salmon on our appetizer plate, so I thought that we might be in for food prepared from Zen’s in Richmond. Fusion food? Steamed scallops and abalones were prepared the way that we anticipated. There was a lot of Wow Wow coming from the guests. It was a memorable dining experience. We had a table near the window. Décor and ambience suited our preference. Our parents truly enjoyed the food as well as the service. I mentioned to the waiter that such an experience might be difficult to duplicate or replicate. He assured me that it can be repeated. The manager indicated that the cooks were trained in Guangzhou, so every dish is prepared authentically. I shall book-mark this place for many dinning pleasures. Chefs from Sun Sui Wah, Kirin, Shiang Garden, Golden Ocean, Dynasty, Golden Paramount, Hoi Tong, Jade Seafood, Landmark Hot Pot House, Alvin Garden, Bamboo Grove, Bao Bei, Prince, Nine Dishes, and Sea Harbour must be scratching their heads.
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