Went for a late lunch today at Cindy's. First time here. Lots of signage telling me 20% off dim sum on weekdays. Ordered 5 dim sum and I gotta say the har gow was the biggest I have ever seen. Steaming hot and delicious. Ordered from a checklist, rather have the cart myself. Food came out at intervals but not with overly long waits. Service was average. Decor was past it's time. Ceiling height was low and the noise level was higher than most restos. Free tea. Small parking lot but street parking available. I would be back even if I didn't receive a buy 2 and get the 3rd free coupon when I left.
I've been eating here at Cindy's Palace for a few months now. I come by for the weekday discount. Food is good, very decently priced. Their Fried Taro Root Dumpling is really good! They put some curry spice in there that puts it off the charts. Not a big fan of their Sticky Lotus Leaf Rice, because they use banana leaf instead, but, it's most definately passable. Their Sui Mai(Shrimp Dumpling) are GIGANTIC! 6 dishes for the 3 of us was less than 30 dollars. The Bathroom is clean, Tea is hot. But, what I find most outstanding is the Service. Not only am I remembered, but, every Server/Manager/Host is always really friendly. And, everyone seems genuinely happy to be there, which really goes a long way! I don't like ordering from the paper menus, as, I'm not entirely sure what I'm getting. And, sometimes, with the push carts, I order dishes that I don't think about. I would rate my experience today 3 of 5. But, the part that stands out to me, is that it's 3 of 5 CONSISTENTLY. And, that means a lot to me. I recommend that if you're nearby and trying to decide where to go for Dim Sum, this place is worth stopping by. At the very least you won't be disappointed.
We love dim sum, and go quite often. Usually it's a smallish group of us- 4-6. Today, we went for my boyfriend's 40th birthday. We called ahead and reserved a table for 16. It was awesome.
The food we ordered was a wee bit slow coming out, but it was more than made up for with the delicious trays of food they circulate through the place with. Service was attentive, but not overbearing- they checked in often to fill tea and water, and to ensure we were receiving our order in a timely manner.
When we received our food, we were, as ever, impressed with the quality. The siu mai are some of the biggest and best we've ever had, with delicious plump whole shrimp mixed into the well-seasoned pork. The greens were crisp and delicious- not too oily. The sweet baked pork cocktail buns were fresh out of the oven, with lovely light pastry, and not oversweet filling. The rice rolls were perfectly cooked- delicate, and not goopy at all.
We had so much food! Far too many things to review entirely. When they found out about the birthday, they sent over a couple of complimentary desserts.
It's our favourite dim sum eatery, and we'll continue to recommend it to everyone we know.
I usually do not have high expectations for Chinese restaurants in East Vancouver, and expected just a mediocre experience at this restaurant, but this was definitely a nice surprise! Went for lunch with my family, the food was actually quite nice. The pan-fried pork dumplings were exceptional,as well as the spring rolls which were not too oily. Service was good, but the restaurant wasn't really busy the day we went. I really enjoyed myself! Definitely a nice alternative for Chinese food during the weekends.
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