This restaurant used to be call Tsui Yuen chinese restaurant. Come Along literally came along and did a major restaurant makeover. Its now a upscale chinese seafood restaurant.
The first time I ate here was for Chinese New Year last year, the food was very delicious and service pretty good. Also helped that we were friends of friends that were friends with one of the front counter people. I'd have to say everything was nicely prepared and we had a lot of food. Good starting platters, regular CNY food and there was this braised pork dish that was quite yummy. What I enjoyed the most were their desserts; a hot baked tapioca pudding and some clear water chestnut/wolfberry jello like dessert. A good, solid Chinese Restaurant for good chinese dishes. =)
I was at yet another family dinner and this time around we were at CA. The owner used to be a chef at a restaurant in Richmond and he decided to open this place. They have been open for a few months and they are really trying to please.
The ambiance is typical Chinese banquet restaurant, and it was reasonably clean. One big surprise was that the w/c was new and tidy.
We had a set dinner for ten, and it was more than enough to feed 14 hungry diners. It had the usual favorites, but some dishes that really stood out were the crispy chicken and the squid balls. Also the bean plant leaves with mushroom was a tasty dish. Even the shrimp and chasiu fried rice and the efu noodles were better than average.
Service was good and the food was hot when it arrived. The place was really crowded but the servers kept up without any problem.
Most new restaurants start strong for the first few months and then things start to slide. I suggest that you try this one before the inevitable decline.
It was my old man's 80th birthday...my mom decided on dinner at this restaurant which I have heard of but never been to. Reservations for 5 at 6:30pm were made several days before this big weekday event.
The parking was a bit scattered...you can park on Kingsway if its after rush hours or at the back of the restaurant as there are roughly 8 parking stalls. However on that day...both the Kingsway side and the back were full so I ended up parking on a side street just next to Norquay Park. Anyways, upon entering the establishment... nice modern chic oriental decor and the restaurant was semi full already. We got seated promptly and checkout the menu. We ending up ordering 8 dishes...no typo...omg!!!
1) Beijing Duck aka Peking duck...this was a 2 course meal. First came the duck skin, hot thin tortilla size crepes and the hoisin sauce plus scallions. The crepe was big enough to fold into a pocket... no leakage. Taste was crispy and not grease. Very nice start. The other half was the lettuce wraps or aka Chinese tacos where the duck meat is diced and stir fried with diced water chestnuts, carrots, celery, shiitake mushrooms and other goodies. Basically, hot filling for the lettuce with a touch of hoisin sauce. This was also very good.
2) West Lake Beef and Egg swirl soup..pretty good with a touch of firm mung bean noodles.
3) Prawn and Scallop with XO sauce (type of satay sauce:salty,mild heat and strong fish taste like the use of anchovies in Italian cooking) The seafood was tender and cooked perfectly. The snow peas were crisp and sweet.
4) Sweet and Sour spareribs....these were super tender and the sauce was not overly sweet or sour..just mild to the taste buds....not bad. I think my sister enjoyed this the most as she thought it was balanced.
5) Beef with Gai-Lan (aka Chinese broccoli)....super big crunchy veggie and tender slices of beef. Standard stuff.
6) Stir Fry Pea shoots with garlic...........tender shoots....very good.
7) Yeung Chow Fried Rice....big pieces of shrimp, diced bbq pork, diced carrots, threaded egg and wonderful wok flavor/smell. My favorite dish.
8) Pan fried Chinese Mushrooms with Yee Mein....... I ran out of room. My brother's favorite dish. He said it was very good.
I have to mention the service was excellent. They refilled our tea several time and replaced our dirty dishes several time in the course of the meal. I also have to mention the dish size was quite large..which is a good thing. We ended up skipping dessert. The tab came to $150 with a $20 tip to boot. I believe we had 6 containers to take home. All in all...very good food, friendly service and my dad loves leftovers. Thanks for reading..time to pass out.
We stopped by here on a week day night, a Group of 6 with reservations. We were seated immediately, the Restaurant wasn't that busy. The first dish was the Hot & Sour Soup. Was pretty good Soup, lots of ingredients, pretty big pieces of Shrimp, a pretty decent hot and sour soup. We ordered the Peking Duck, which was very good. Not sure if that's because I haven't had it in a while, but, I thought it was pretty rocking! The Lettuce wrap was good too! They used the Duck meat for that dish. The Gai Lan Beef was so/so. There were big pieces of Gai Lan, but, it wasn't all that many. The Spicey Squid stood out. They were nice choice pieces of Squid, and it was very good. We ordered the Taro Duck, it was alright. Not the best I've had, not the worst neither. We had a dish of Mushrooms and Choy Sum, it was decent. We ordered a Fried Noodle, which was pretty good too. The Szechuan Green Beans was very good. I thought it was done just perfect. The Deep fried Tofu was a bit soggy.
Ok, now for the Service. Service was Great! For starters, we had placed our order, and 2 mins later decided to change a chicken dish for the Peking Duck. Not only was it not a problem, but, another Server waived down our Server to make the change. There was no problems whatsoever with the change, no scowl or disapproval. You can absolutely get away with English at this place. In fact, the menu had a lot of pictures, and, that's pretty much how I ordered! The Food came out quickly, it was hot and pretty good overall. The Tea Pots were refilled quickly, and plates that we were using were replaced when we asked. At the end of Dinner, they even brought us Desert!
The Restaurant is not new. The Decor is your typical Chinese Restaurant. The plates are a bit faded, and everything seems a bit old. But, it was all very clean. In fact, even the washrooms were kept pretty tidy.
All in all, when we were done, for those 8 dishes, it was roughly 220$(Tax incl.). Oops, forgot to mention we all had a round of Beers too! Some of us had 2 Rounds. Still, it was great deal! I mean, we had Peking Duck, which is kind of a delicacy.
I would go back. Not only would I go back, I would recommend others to come here. I think it's a pretty good authentic Chinese place.
My hubby and I wanted to try out this place for dim sum. We waited almost 20 mins. for a table. In the meantime, I took the order sheet and check off the items. This place has made a tremendous improvement compare to the run down Tsui Yuen. The ambiance was nice, so was the decor which I gave a 4 rating.
While waiting for our food, lo and behold, in came Mayor Sam Sullivan!! There was total silence for a few seconds from the restaurant. Once Mayor Sullivan settle himself to his table, everything went back to the normal noisy atmosphere.
The food was great overall. I gave a high rating for the food because not many restaurant has my favorite congee - smoke fish with peanuts congee. It was the best congee ever.
I was a little worry that we would be ignored cuz we were sitting next to the Mayor, his table was getting the VIP treatment. This was not the case. Despite that it was a super busy Sunday, the staff was quite pleasant and service couldn't be any better.
Would I recommend this place? Yes, if you have a group of 4 to 6 people. I notice that there ware too many medium size tables and not enough small ones for 2 to 4 people. No room for push carts. Next time, we will make reservation.
I was here for dim-sum only, and the service level was just terrible. My order was submitted to them for at least 30 minutes and nothing hit my table until then. When the first item came, it was the wrong one! The server made a scene about us ordering the wrong item. So she took the slip back to verify everything and came back to say it was just an entry mistake. Her attitude was rude, and we asked to speak to the manager. To my dismay no one came to say anything or apologize. The lunch pretty much went down hill from there. When we asked for a hot water refill, the waiter acknowledges us but never came. Frustrated I waved down the manager and told him about my service experience. When I questioned him about how much he expects me to pay for tip, his answer was that it was out of his control and you can pay as you wish. There was no apology whatsoever. Also for the price you pay at this joint, I've definitely had better.
It was my first and last time here.
A new dim sum place on Kingsway will always draw a crowd. This is more upscale than my husband and I prefer but we like to try new restaurants. It was a quiet Sunday morning so we were served right away. It was packed by the time we left.
The dim sum is nice but you order off a card so it was a bit slow. They have two menus. One with the dim sum of the day and another on the table with items that may not be available. Unfortunately the item my husband always has was not available that day so it clouded our meal.
The portions are nice for the price especially when you consider the decor and high end look. There was regular tea and a hot water pot. There was saucers for your tea cup and real table cloths not multiple plastic sheets for easy clean up.
The street parking is okay depending on the time of day you go. There is parking in the back and you don't have to walk through a kitchen to get to the restaurant.
It was nice to try but we wouldn't go back as we prefer carts and certain items that were not on the regular menu.
i dont like the service there...
food is acceptable but then the service isnt good at all.
wen we got our table... they didnt bother giving us a menu thing to tick off... we had to ask for it.
the waitor/waitresses seem to hate you. they dont smile at you at all...
(thats the only thing i dont like.)
i asked for boiled water and the waitress was like "okay" then she never gave it to us.. then we had to ask this guy for it and he gave it.
We were seated right away on a Sunday before 11AM. The place was busy but we never saw the usual overflow Sunday crowd blocking the front door that is so common in many dim sum restaurants. I'm guessing their prices have kept the "bulk food" crowd away; that's my term for those that sacrifice quality for the sake of low prices and large quantities.
This restaurant is an example of "you get what you pay for". You order from an order sheet that has dishes priced in tiers (small/medium/large and special). You will find the standard crowd favourites but over half the menu is dedicated to dishes that are less common or require more labour or material to create. The tableware was new and modern; not the usual worn out and chipped cups and dishes.
Some effort and imagination had been used in the presentation of the dishes and the taste of the food did not disappoint. Food delivery was very efficient and quick and there was always staff nearby if you needed anything. The only complaint is that the order checklist that was printed from our bilingual order form did not have English on it so it was a small challenge for some of us to decipher which dish had just arrived from the checklist.
My husband and I came to try this restaurant recently and gotta say its a good alternative to switch things up from where we usually eat; but I think I will only come along once in a while. Food was okay, resteraunt ambiance was very nice though. Service was quick overall. One of our dishes seemed to be a bit cold but overall a pretty good experience.
We just had dim sum here, and let me say, it was a total waste of money. The beef rice noodles weren't rice noodles wrapped around beef, rather it was just a pile of soggy noodles with some beef tossed on top as an afterthought. The ja leung (Chinese doughnut wrapped in rice noodles - sorry if it's spelled wrong) was soggy and greasy, almost as if it was cooked beforehand and left to cool, only being reheated when it was ordered. It doesn't take THAT long to make the doughnuts...there's no excuse to not make them fresh. On top of that, the sauce used for the ja leung was not sesame sauce as is traditionally served, but rather it was melted peanut butter. This is a very dangerous thing to be doing...we were very lucky there are no peanut allergies in the house. The taro dumplings were incredibly dry on the outside, yet tasty in the very center, which makes no sense to me. And the taro cake tasted almost like candy, it was just way too sweet.
By far the worst dim sum we've ever had. Will not be returning.