Super-huge-over-the-top seating capacity of 1000 - this is perhaps THE Chinese- restaurant to host charity and club functions for the Chinese community, not to mention uber Chinese Wedding banquets. The cuisine style is largely Cantonese with an emphasis on seafood preparations. Also very busy for Dim Sum during lunch hours. Come for the lively atmosphere if not for the food itself!
Came here for a family dinner and ordered there 6 items for $70, comes with soup and dessert. Sounds like a great deal. We ordered the mao pow tofu, imperial pork chop, deep fried fish with corn, general toa chicken, spinach and free range chicken. The chicken tasted like it was a week old chicken b/c it was extremely chewy and not fresh tasting at all. The hot pot had very few pieces of chicken, the spinach had a whole bunch of stuff that looked like leftover scraps such as century egg and some other stuff. Overall, it is the price it is for a reason. The red bean soup dessert was so thick and pasty and tasted bitter. So my point here is, the food tasted very old and not fresh at all. Perhaps it was b/c we ordered this special and if you ordered it a la carte maybe it'd taste better? The price was just too good to be true, and you get what you pay for. Service however, was good except when the manager dropped the lid of the hot pot into our tofu dish b/c he was talking on his cell phone.
We followed a small regiment of well-dressed Asians into this place on a Sunday evening. Must have been a major function with registration desk at the door. Despite the hubbub and congestion, which had made me think of going elsewhere, or waiting for things to settle, we were immediately identified as separate from the group and escorted to a table in the west dining room. Pleasinglyt, we were not, as a party of two, placed in a corner or by the door. Tea and soup came quickly and we were able to watch the continuing arrivals in the lobby on closed circuit TV in black and white on a huge projection screen behind us ... why? ... who knows! The sweet and sour soup was excellent and thick with shrimps and tofu. The won-ton soup good too. A live king crab paraded past us to a large table. Scallop and prawns excellent. Sole fillets a bit greasy. Mango pudding with evaporated milk first class. Service good. Easy to get attention when needed.
I don't know when too much MSG is too much... but this place takes the cake. Everything was over salty and greasy as heck.
We noticed that they gave better service to white guys... because they bought more liquor. I guess being the big auditorium they are , comes at a cost
11am and though the restaurant was busy, we were greeted and seated immediately (even for our table of 8). Food was quite good and service was fantastic, unlike the previous reviewers, our teapot was always full and our children were attended to, provided with forks and water even though we never asked for that. Unexpected and appreciated. The ladies' with their dim sum carts were prompt and courteous - a couple were 'aggressive' with what they were serving. We had 15 dishes and at nearly all of it - highlights were the Siu Mai, the wide rice noodles, the taro root/pork dumplings, Sesame Balls and the egg tarts (Dan Tat). The restrooms were acceptable-clean (just short on paper towels in the dispenser). Our bill for 8 was $75 - not bad.
We love dim sum. We will go anywhere to try a place. There are much more expensive places and cheaper places. We like to be down the middle - good ingredients without going broke.
Went yesterday with wife and daughter. Had the ususal,
2 Sui Mai always good
Hah Gow always good
chicken feet lovely
kalamari (bit Greasy but fresh)
Spring roll - regretted it too much skin and not warm
Woo Gok (Tarrot) nice, hot with curry filling which was different
Bean curd with pork
all that for $32 plus tip
How can any say that is expensive. Not quite as good as Kirin but it would have been over $50
If you don't lke noisy and bustling you should no go for dim sum, that is what it is about.
I don't know why we still go here, oh right, i know why, it's probably the only place our parents know of. Parents just don't like to change or try new things.
Had several bad experience the past two months:
1) Squished us in a tiny table, there were so many of us there.
2) The food wasn't fresh, taste kind of weird, heck, I'm pretty sure I had to hit the washroom when I got home, good thing it wasn't food poisoning.
3) They made the wrong order, we order this, and they made that, ummm, yeah, and they were trying to make it look like we asked for the wrong thing when clearly she wasn't listening.
4) Some of the chopstick were not clean thoroughly, had to ask for new ones.
5) Again, there was one time they put us in an area where we were at the end of the trail (all the good food are taken and left with the crappy)
I had been several years ago for Dim Sum and the food was not good and very expensive so it was with hesitation that I agreed to go again. What a surprise! The food was great, service was reasonably good and the price for 3 people was only $35.00. We were all full as well. I definitely will go back. As well I like the fact that all foods are described in English as I am not Asian.
Known in the Chinese community as the place to hold large events. The food is just plain terrible. Just remember, if Chinese diners complain about too much MSG, then you know there's way too much MSG.
Generally a dim sum place for people without much knowledge. There are better places if you're looking for good dim sum on a budget.
I went there 2 days ago and the dimsum was bad. They were greasy, which was expected in a typical chinese restaurant but they were also cold!! I don't know if it was the particular hai gao i ordered but it was cold, all four of them! The service was bad, we had to wait about 15 minutes to get the bill and the washrooms were so dirty and wet. Bad place.