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.
Food - A lot better than most of the other dim sum places in the city. Obviously it's greasy but at the same time, it doesn't have that "nasty" taste. All their steamed dishes are really good and of course you have to try the salty chicken on rice.
Service - There are always lots of carts and servers going around. It's not very hard to hail down someone if you need water or more tea.
Value - Definitely one of the better places when it comes to dollar to food ratio. I'm usually there with a group of 4-6 people and usually it's only $10ish per person.
Ambience - It's always clean and organized. The newer updates to the restaurants a few years back really made a difference.
I LOVE this place! Went there with brother and his gf. We stuffed our guts on $30ish dollars. And the food was good! I thought about it for the rest of the week. haha
And it's ALWAYS packed.
I almost don't want to say it's so good cause the lineups are long enough already. :)
I just came back from a great banquet with my family at Dai Tung. I'm not sure what everyone is complaining about in regards to service. This restaurant's service is just fine. I had no trouble flagging down someone when we needed something. Everytime I asked a server to bring us something (water, napkins, extra chopsticks, take-out boxes), we received it with no problem. The place was at capacity and there were dozens of people waiting to get in. The only negative comment I can think of is that the food came out too quickly! We had to do some creative plate placement on the turntable in order to fit everything.
I say the food is not bad and pretty decent. The wait is the worst part of the whole thing. Hey! That is what happens when a restaurant is over-rated!! What really annoyed me was their service. Yes, they do as we tell them or they give as we ask them PLUS they start putting extra dimsums on your table when we did not ask for it!!! several times they tried to sneak some dimsums on our table when we ask for something like chicken feet they will put it on our table along with beef tendon and try to mark it down.. I was like wtf??? we did not ask for that.. please take it back. Thank YOU! their reply was... "I though you asked for that too." Harsh BS! Presentation on some of the dishes are pretty sloppy!!! I still recomment this place for dimsum but only if you don't mind waiting 45mins for it.
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.
The prices here are a steal. Perhaps that's why it's always so busy. We were here on Saturday at 9:45 (doors open at 9:00) and already there was a very busy line up that was on going (we left at noon). This restaurant still features dim sum on a push cart, which is a dying tradition in Vancouver. The carts were always in an abundance so no worrying about not getting food. The good thing with this restaurant is the push carts... because you actually see the quality before you order. And just seeing some of the items made us pass on ones we normally would order if it came off the menu. On the good side of that we also ordered things we would normally not if we've only read it on a menu as it doesn't sound as attractive on paper.
The portions sizes here are small and the quality is decent but not great. I guess the price makes up for the size as you just end up ordering more food.
For 6 adults - 19 dishes - total cost including tax and tip was $60.00 (we didn't order beverages). Not bad if you're looking for inexpensive dim sum but if you want great dim sum, and don't mind paying for it, try elsewhere.
Service - very limited, our tea was never filled up and plates never cleared. We had a stack of plates on the side of our table growing but was never cleared until we flaged down someone (twice). In one of the dishes, there was a remains of a piece of a scouring pad. We flaged down a waitress, who took the dish away and took it off our bill but did not bother to ask if we wanted another dish or even offer their apologies.
The Food was incredible! It was tasty and delicious.
It was a bit oily but what chinese restaurant isnt? eh? :D
Service was HORRIBLE.
The waiters looked bored and they were very rude.
Solid Chinese food horrible service.
But the food is worth it.
Go during dinner it's a bit more expensive but the food is better.
Thats what I like to prder when I go there. I would definately recomend it to friends and family, and have also brought family there when in town. This is one of the few great places to go for good food in Vancouver.
The services is okay, and we usually get our food in a reasonable time.
The tabels are all covered with a white table cloth. The prices I would guess are about $10 a plate.
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.
Food rating: My parents and | ordered pork buns, various steamed shrimp dumplings, steamed radish, steamed pork bundles, and rice wrapped in banana leaf. Each dim sum item was not appetizing. They were all so greasy, which was the first time that I have eaten oily dim sum. The bowls had a good layer of oil at the bottom. Items did not taste freshly made and most were not hot--these are some of the qualities of going for dim sum! We did not finish most of the items.
Service: We went there at noon, which is a busy time. We had to wait for 20 mins for a table. Servers were overwhelmed, which did not make for a pleasurable dining experience.
Value: Strictly from a financial POV-it was cheap (under 20 dollars), but not worth it. I will not go back there. I felt bad because my parents were visiting Vancouver for the first time, and we had better dim sum in Toronto.
Ambiance: It was very busy and crowded. It felt like eating at a huge mess hall.
I will not go back there. Can anyone recommend some delicious dim sum places in the Vancouver and Richmond area that are not too expensive?
We've been here several times, usually theres a long lineup on the weekends if you get there after 11:30 am. Be patient. Usually the shrimp/pork dumplings are fairly big ones and steaming hot, occasionally they'll say they've ran out of the shrimp ones and their steaming another batch... but the wait seems long.. best thing is to get there early like before 11:00 am..
Dai Tung is a good place to get a large variety of cheap dim sum. They are sooo busy on the weekends and holidays. You might be able to get a table faster if you are willing to share a table other people. I think the quality of the dim sum is pretty good. They have all the regular dim sum (ha gow, siu mai) and loads of different special dishes. There salted chicken rice is very tasty and popular, so try one if you are able to get it from the waitress! The service is not too great, probably because they want to get you in and out quickly. The place is a bit small and tables are a bit squished together. But overall, I've been coming to this place for dim sum for years, and I don't mind it at all.
We got served all our vegetables dishes before any meat dishes arrived; what an incredible display of customer neglect. I was so dismayed about this, so I mentioned it to our waiter. He simply responded by saying, "We thought you were hungry so we served you in this way." What! What! If you were so concerned, why not the meat dishes first? Pure vegetables don't hit the hungry spot! The response was rediculous.
Dai Tung may serve excellent food, but their cooking priorities and waiter manners are extremely poor. I've been here three times, and these poor points still remain. Don't let the glitter of the new renovations blind you from this persistant service problem.
Lets face it, it is a Chinese restaurant on Kingsway with a pretty good price, so ain't wanna ask too much for the service. When I go to the Chinese/East Indian restaurants, I don't expect too much service anyway since their price are usually pretty low. This restaurant is there for at least 20 years, so that must be something good about it.
I love their chicken and pork dishes, their salted chicken is simply the best when dip them in the chilli sauce.
Thought we'd give it a try more so because it was central for us and heard dimsum was decent for cheap. And we weren't dissappointed. Dimsum was decent and cheap but I couldn't believe the crazy line ups on a THURSDAY afternoon and we had to wait for over 30minutes.
Although all was fine, food was good I don't think I would wait for it on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
One of the best Chinese restaurants I've been to in a long time. Despite how busy the restaurant was, the food was excellent, especially the free range chicken. The service is better than most Chinese restaurants I've been to, mainly because the waiters and waitresses are attentive.
I came here with my grandma and some family, and was so pleasantly surprised. Ive been a few times since and it has been consistently great. Nice variety, great taste and quality. The spicy squid is awesome, and got to love the char siu cherng. Very good value. One of my new top 5 dimsum joints. Check it out
we came from surrey for dimsum on the weekend. from the reviews it seemed like a good place to go.the lineup was very long, waited for over an hour. no big deal..expected it. the service wasn't the greatest.The food was very disappointing.everything was either lukewarm or cold. we didn't enjoy it at all.you don't mind waiting for good dimsum but never again to this place.
Went here for cheap $2 dim sum. Must say they have the tastiest Shiu Mai's in Vancouver! Don't expect decent service here. The dude who sets up the tables should do us all a favor and just have one of his friends kick the chair from underneath him cause he's the most miserable chap I've ever seen. He was literally throwing the cups and plates down...even chipped a bowl and I had to point it out and say to him in Cantonese, "Yo, buddy....what's up with that piece of sharp porcelain in my bowl? Take it easy with the china, life ain't so bad, it's just your job that sucks."
Oh, and don't order the potstickers. They are not fresh, been sitting out for awhile, hard and cold. We couldn't finish it so we had it packed up to go, visited my 4 yr.-old niece and plays 'Jacks' with it.
I like this place. The $2 dim sum is fairly good for the price and the Salty Poached Free Range Chicken is extremely good. It's decent and you can't go wrong eating here but it's not Kirin...