Had Dinner here last week with a group of 7 other people. Ordered off their menu where you pick 8 dishes out of a list of about 80, as well as a whole braised duck or salted chicken and some pork soup for about $100. We also added on a crab + lobster + noodles dish for $33.
The service was typical for a Chinese restaurant, you wave down a waiter and they bring you what you ask for. It was clean inside, but strangely decorated.
The soup came first and it was not bad. We then got the crab/lobster/noodles. The crab and lobster was quite fresh and the noodles well done. The only disappointing part was that the lobster portion was quite small, if we come back again we wouldn't get the lobster. It came in a cream sauce that was above average.
We also got salt and peppery squid, which was quite good and crunchy. The portions of everything except the lobster were huge. With the meal for 8 + the lobster/crab dish we could easily feed 14 adults. Some of the other dishes which we ordered were jellyfish with shredded chicken (good), peppery beef with vegetables (very good!), eggplant hotpot (very good!), salted chicken which was very large, sweet and sour pork, tofu with vegetables.
Overall I would say the quality is above average and the value was very good. it seems like everyone was ordering the pick from a list combo, as it was the best value. You could also get crab instead of the chicken or duck for $10 more. There were also combos for 4 and 6.
Would return again. Recommended.
we were a party of 5, on a Monday afternoon at 1pm, although on the weekends it is busy for these types of restaurants, today we were able to grab a table for 8 near the front window nice and roomy. Service was quick and efficient, the servers were really on the ball. We filled out the paper check list with all the goodies that we would like to order and handed it in. Food started to arrive about 8 minutes later, shrimp dumplings, fried shrimp rolls, asst. steamed dumplings, boiled veg with oyster sauce, garlic stir fired gai lan and beef innards. All well done.
Bill arrives, no complaints! we leave as happy campers!!
So as a family we were celebrating my grandmother's birthday. The first bit the manager/waiter whoever he is was all cheery that we had two large tables for dining in at the start. We ordered 8 dishes with each table with those Chinese set menus for about ~106.00 or so. The food came in lightning speed, one after the other. That was fine and all..but there was NO service whatsoever. We had to go up to to them to ask for more rice to go with our dishes, NO ONE filled our tea/water. I had no idea where they were for most of the dinner except when they came to put out all the dishes (which is the only time they came out of the kitchen). And it would be understandable if it was a busy place, but there were only 3 tables there that night, and we were 2 of them.
Most of the dishes were far from what a typical chinese dish would be. Eggs with shrimp? There were only about 4 pieces of shrimp! And the beef brisket tasted like it had gone bad..The soup was so salty it burned..
At the end when we asked if they had dessert (which they obviously have..since we've been there before). The manager/waiter said "Well that depends if we have any left". Who the heck says that to a customer? Especially when we were 2 of the only tables there at your restaurant?
At the end of the dinner, we ended up giving them a lousy tip because of their poor service and attitude towards us. And the manager/idiot had the nerve to come up to us to ask us for more tip saying they have a 10% policy. Who says? They definitely deserved zero IMO for the way they spoke to us.
I hope all of you that read this decide not to go to this restaurant..there are way better Chinese food restaurants than this place.
Ate at the East River Cantonese restaurant at 1345 Kingsway, near Clark Drive, and was pleasantly surprised. Five of us ate the dinner for four( free soup, rice and 1/2 free range salt chicken and 4 courses chosen off the special menu) and there was enough food for six...tab came to $11/each with tip!!! Yikes! The best part was the food was terrific,very good Cantonese food. We especially enjoyed the black bean sauced Black cod.East River opens at 5.00 PM til 2.00AM. Large parking lot in the back. Also Pearl River beer is only $3/ bottle.
We have been there for dinner once. The restaurant is quite small, so it is very noisy when it is busy. The food is acceptable for such cheap price but don't expect quality food. Their staff are very busy, so we need to call them almost twice everytime we asked for stuff (ordering, extra napkins, bill).
We went back for dim sum on a Sunday morning in April and we got a number to wait at around 11:30am. After waiting for 1/2 hr, we realized that there was another couple holding the same number ticket as ours, so we went to exchange for another number to avoid confusion though we heard that there were another two groups of people holding the same handwritten number tickets (Thank god! Not our number this time). At around 12:30pm, our number was called. We walked through the crowd waiting at the entrance to the counter to claim our table and realized that someone else has already claimed our table WITHOUT A TICKET and were even seated! The server at the counter said she got the ticket from the customer but she just couldn't find it in her box. We were very mad and the worst thing is that she just ignored us and didn't even give us the next table available even though we still have our ticket in hand. We simply left after this. It is my worst restaurant experience ever.
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