Specialty of the House - Salty Poached Free Range Chicken - a must try during lunch or dinner. This is a perfect example of an "essence of chicken" dish. Busy during dim sum and dinner on weekends. Sharp restaurant managers and waiters keep things under control when things appear to get out of hand during extremely busy periods.
Very nice dinner for our group of 8. All dishes were tasty and nicely presented and came out in good order. Service was excellent as the restaurant was completely filled and had a line-up to get in. Parking can be a hassle as it is in a smalll strip mall. Place was clean and had that loud dinner chatter famous in Chinese restaurants. Prices were a little on the high side but I would definitely return.
I've come here a couple of times (at the suggestion of friends) and the last time I came was probably the last time.
Parking is shared and scarce so you'll likely be parking down the block at least. There was a lineup each time and the wait was 1hr plus each time. Either there was such a thing as cheap and great or because it was dirt cheap. It was the latter.
Tables are set up against each other and if you're not careful you can be part of a conversation you never knew you were in with the table next to you.
All the usuals come out in carts. It's served hot but not much else to rave about. Cheap dim sum means extra MSG and sure enough, the Har Gows, Sui Mais, Tripe, everything ordered was full of it. I don't mind since I expect it with the price but the fried dishes were incredibly salty, most notably the fried squid. I have a pretty high tolerance to salt but even that was beyond my palette. Overall the quality is a tad better than the $2 per dish places (ie: The Roc down the street).
The service here is the epitome of why chinese restaurants are known for subpar service. Everything is hurried and if you can get a server to your table you might be snarled at a little. I didn't experience any of this but a few tables around me were unlucky enough to deal some attitude.
I don't mind cheap dim sum the odd time and I can deal with the service but I'm not waiting over an hour for it. There are plenty of replicas around there without the wait time.
Has the standard fare for dim sum foods, and none of them are outstanding. Portions are pretty decent for your money, and you won't be dissapointed in any of the food there. Good consistency with average food.
Chaotic service in trying to get seating with poor queue management, but once you get a seat its fine.
This place has solid dim sum, but it is only average. There are plenty just like it. One huge plus is the cheap price. I find it is a good place to go when my favouite places are too crowded. In fact that is probably the only time I go. I wasn't as impressed with the chicken dishes as some other reviewers. I think that if you are in the neighbourhood, it is acceptable.
I came here for a small banquet over the weekend. Although this restaurant isn't as nice as higher-end chinese restaurants, I would say their food and service is just as good if not better.
One of my biggest pet peeves when dining out is eating at a busy restaurant (exception of downtown areas) that doesn't provide parking for their patrons. Dai Tung only has a handful of parking in front of the restaurant. However, I did find out (a little too late) that they have underground parking close by.
Our ten course meal was delicious. I especially enjoyed the soup and rice dish. Others reported the seafood to be fresh and tasty. My boyfriend claimed it to be the tastiest he's had. I would have preferred crispy chicken, but their famous salted poached chicken was really flavorful especially with the ginger and onion dip.
Service was really good. We occupied about a third of the restaurant and still received attentative service. They let us bring in our own wine, beer, brandy and even supplied a small table for them.
Overall, this is a good choice for a banquet dinner.
Went there on a weekday for lunch and got there at 11:30am. Good thing as line up started up around noon. Standard dim sum place, nothing fancy, sort of like Richmond 10 years ago. Suggest you pick the food being carried out to your table versus the ones sitting on the carts as they are much fresher. They put the leftover ones after they carry to the carts. Good price for what you get but wouldn't wait for more than 15 min.
Love the salted free range chicken with rice. Delicious! That's about all I go here to pick up. But since it's opened late, it's good for a late night chat and snack with some friends.
No wonder Dai Tung is always packed for lunch and you have to wait 20 min to get seated, even on a weekday! The dim sum here is cheap and tasty. The hargow is one of the best ones I've tasted, and it's only a little over $2. Their deep fried squid also deserves a mention and we always order 2 plates of it.
Service is not always great. There is only one waiter that we've been able to request orders with. If you ask anyone else, they will just say "it's coming" or "wait for the carts". Tea often takes a while to get refilled. However, the people pushing the carts are usually friendly enough and most of the time we get what we need. Bill usually comes to $10 a person after everybody stuffs themselves silly.
Cheap and yummy dim sum, what more could you want?
I can't understand the attraction of this place. The prices are average to below average perhaps but I have never been impressed with this place.
Service is average and the food appears to have been borderline below average at best. This is one place that I would not think about going to eat if it wasn't for the company I was with.
Ever since they renovated the restaurant, a lot more people are coming to this place. My family and I had to wait 25 minutes before we got a table (this was at 10am on a Saturday).
The food is the same as any other chinese dim sum restaurant. There isn't a special sauce put in a shrimp dumpling...Everthing is the same...
The service is as slow as usual.
The ambiance is quite loud in a newly renovated place. We got the small table right next to the entrance so when ever I tried to hold up chopsticks and put something in my mouth, it would usually be knocked down by someone trying to get to their table. We couldn't order a lot to put on our table. One thing that ticked me off was a beam that was right in the middle of a walkway toward the washrooms...I had to walk around the restaurant before making it to the washroom.
The place is still the same in food and service, basically the only thing that changed was the place being renovated.
We had dimsum with several of our friends and since the place was crowded, they sat us in the expansion room. The food was very slow coming to the room and when they do, most of the popular items like siumay & hakauw were already gone.
One of the server lady there is very rude to us just because we cancel one of the entree from her cart. Actually, we're a regular at this place but the last 2 visits had been very dissapointing. I guess they could care less with customer satisfaction when the line is still long outside the restaurant. If you don't care about the service, then this place is not bad, the food is not bad either, just the wait and service need a big improvement.
I had brunch there and the food was pretty good considering it was dimsum. The food came in carts just like any other place and you order what you want. You will have a good experience if your table isn't at some corner, where the food doesn't pass by often. Overall, good experience and a manager is always there if you need anything.
Went out for a casual birthday dinner for 6 people tonight and chose this restaurant because it offered easy parking.
Food: Ordered 5 dishes: gailan with scallops, walnut prawns, seafood something with tofu, fish hotpot and shredded crab soup. The dishes came out very quickly, a little too quickly, as four of the five came out all at once. The dishes were all well prepared and what caught my attention were the huge tiger prawns. Even after they're cooked, they still average about 2.5 inches in width. The walnut prawns were very interesting...never seen prawns cooked in mayo before. Gailan was a bit bland but that could just be my preference for more flavoured veggies. Freebie red bean soup made with tapioca as a dessert. The fish hotpot and seafood dish were slightly above average but nothing to write home about.
Ambiance: newly renovated decor, very well lit and has the appearance of "clean" which is always a good thing in a Chinese restaurant. Comfortable chairs and had real table cloths.
Service: prompt and courteous. All the servers wore gold coloured vest and seemed professional enough.
Total bill: $87 including 2 beers and 4 bowls of rice (yes, they charge for rice here by the bowl).
Would I come back here again? Sure!
I've been to Dai Tung a few times. Can't say I've really enjoyed any one of those experiences. Each time we got shoddy service, but I kept giving them another chance. However, I will do so no more.
The last time I went, we had dim sum. Yes, they have good cheap dim sum. But their service is so poor, that I'd rather pay higher prices for the same quality food. The staff don't seem to care about the customers' needs, and they'll rush you out once you're done. Even worse, if you go closer to the end of the dim sum period, they won't serve you anything that isn't already cooked. They force you to eat the rejects that no one else wants, going as far as putting it onto your table and saying, "Yes?" Uh, no thanks!
Will not be back, ever.
I really wanted to give this restaurant a good rating. On a good note, the decor is nice and clean since the renos, the hostess is nice and friendly, and dim sum is priced well. But, personally a few patrons and I had a terrible experience at this establishment. If dim sum is over at 3pm why let anyone else get seated at 2:20ish and say they will stop the dim sum carts 5 mins after? My bf and I were seated as well as many other groups around 2:20ish the dim sum carts were still carted past tables at the time. We only got 2 plates before we realized they were not pushing the dim sum carts around anymore. The dim sum was okay not great. Looking at other patrons I realized that they too noticed they and were getting upset. I guess it is our faults for coming in late but regardless we should have been informed they would shut down dim sum service right at 2:30 instead of 3:00pm. I decided to make a last ditch effort to ask a server if we can place an order for some simple items: "hargow" and "siu mai" the server quickly shouted "wait for carts!" wow..wutta bitch. hmmm...no carts no food I guess that was our que to get outta the restaurant. Another server noticed we needed help and tried to approach us only to be stopped by the bitch server who said in cantonese "don't help them, they came late they can't get any more food!" She thought I could not understand her talking in Cantonese. Other customers started getting up to leave because they were clearly upset they too could not place an order for dim sum. So we just asked the nicer server for our bill to leave. The bitch server still had the audacity to bring us and some other groups around us the dinner menu and ask if we would like to order for that menu (i guess the manager noticed her crude behavoir to us and the other guests sitting nearby) we shook our heads no and she gave us a snide, sarcastic reply "no problem then"
"pretty good." At least that was how my buddy put it. How would I rate this restaurant? I would say that of all the four main rating categories on DineHere the only weak point was the ambiance. It's not dirty ( I didn't visit the bathroom,a good telltale sign of an establishment's overall cleanliness ) but there's a t.v. and I've always disliked t.v.'s in restaurants unless it was a bar/pub. Am I too picky on this point? Lastly, there's just no real eye-catching, warm feeling vibe in the room; nothing very off-putting, just a rather bland interior.
We had all the usual items that you'd find at dim sum and the majority of the food was hot. There were a few lukewarm items, but that was because the servers carried them on large cookie sheet trays offering them to tables rather than peddling the food on steaming carts.
The food tasted quite good, nothing was amiss.
For two guys we were completely stuffed for only $32, so the value was solid.
Everyone we dealt with spoke English and the food items were described well, we got our tea refilled quickly and used plates were taken away expeditiously as well. In the case of warm server-customer banter there's none of it here, but there's usually none at any Chinese Restaurant unless you're a regular or they know you for some reason.
There's free parking out front and on the street, unless it's between 3p.m.-6p.m.
No doubt that if you're in the mood for inexpensive, good tasting dim sum a stop here would be a safe trip.
I read the reviews on here before going, and I can see the point of some of the negative reviews, but I still think this place is worth going to for comfort food if you live in the area. I found that anything I ate was pretty tasty, especially the desserts. Sure, some of it was greasy, but that's what you get with comfort food.
Went for dim sum this morning. Was fairly busy at 930am. Ordered about 6 items shared between 4 ppl. Got the usual items like haw gah, rice rolls, spare ribs, sticky rice chicken etc. everything was good no complaints. Our teapot got filled quite promptly and serice was decent. Restuarant and dishes were clean.
When we are in the mood for filling up on dim sum, then we come here. With pretty long line ups a lot of the time, knowing when to come will definitely make the dining better. Weekdays between 10:30am - 11am is probably best. It is right before the rush and not so early so there is enough food going around. You can try going after the rush (1:30ish) but often the dish choices are limited and a lot of it's stuff that has gone around but not taken.
We recommend the steamed dishes. At least those aren't as greasy and loaded with MSG as the deep fried stuff. The sticky rice, sui mai and steamed rice rolls are good. My wife always orders the salted chicken on rice. For about $2.50 a dish, you need to put up with cramped quarters and rushed service but we consider it part of the pushcart, dimsum experience. The food is decent compared to other dim sum places for sure.
This is a regular haunt for us, and I have to say, the food has consistently been of a high quality. There is nothing fancy or ornate about this place. It is basically the run-of-the-mill Chinese seafood restaurant, of which there are literallys dozens in Vancouver. The thing that separate this one from the rest however, is that due to high turnover, their ingredients are very fresh. That coupled with what I would consider rather consistent quality in the food, it is a safe bet.