The Flying Tiger serves re-invented Asian street food.
I went to Flying Tiger for the first time last week. I was a little cranky that our table was the least optimal one - right by the washroom, with leather cubes instead of chairs with backs.
The decore is nice - a fun loungey feel that's not too over the top. There's a bit of asian art strewn about that seems like an afterthought.
I was in the mood for a caesar, so I tried their concoction. Unfortunately, it was the worst caesar I've ever had. It tasted like a big glass of sugar and salt and tobasco sauce all mixed together. I don't like complaining (in person!!) so I didn't say anything, but the waitress did finally ask about the untouched cocktail when she took away the plates at the end. I told her it was disgusting and she apologized, but the $8 item was still on the bill at the end. I would just chalk this up to inexperienced waitstaff.
We ordered a few dishes. The veggie tempura was great, as deep fried items should be! The young woman who brought that dish out spilled a bunch of the dipping sauce on my lap and didn't know what to do about it. She was going to take the food away to 'replate' it (not sure how that was going to help my wet jeans), but we were hungry so we told her to leave it. We then got a pork dish and a lamb dish. The meat dishes were both really nice. Interesting flavours that matched up with what I expected from reading the menu. The dishes seemed a little small for sharing. There were 2 pieces of meat in each one, and I can't see how that could be shared with more than 2 people. I know they're trying to keep the price per dish down, but they could have been more generous with the rice maybe.
I was feeling a little unhappy from the uncomfortable seating / lack of booze in my system / wet jeans, so we got out of there without sampling the dessert.
My husband and I checked this out on a Sunday night. Sat at the kitchen bar and had a great time. Warm ambiance was great on a cold rainy Vancouver evening. Tapas were good flavours good selection to choose from and good sizes. 3 was enough for the 2 of us and my husband was very hungry when we arrived. Service was great. Always someone taking away dirty places and the servers were helpful on picking dishes.
We will definitley come back!
My partner and I headed to the Flying Tiger on a Friday night, the place was packed but we managed to get a seat at the bar. The service was great, and the servers were very friendly. Our tapas came up quickly and our glasses never went dry, which is a nice change of pace for most dining establishments in Vancouver. The prices were a bit high, but I don't mind paying more when the service is good.
We started off with the green beans which were cooked perfectly, nice and tender and piping hot. We followed it up with steamed dumplings which were again piping hot, fresh and tasty. For our main dishes we both had Hawker Street Noodles. I asked for mine without the seafood and they easily accommodated this and added extra veggies for me without even being asked. The only glitch in our meal was that one of my partners prawns was off, you could tell by the smell. That aside though solid meal and really good service. We would go back
We tried Flying Tiger on a whim having read the review in Vancouver Magazine....overall, it didn't live up to the review!
The food portions were too small for the price and the mushroom/edamame/tofu dish was as tasteless as the paper it was served in. The black cod was flavorful, but the portion too small to justify the price. Szechuan beans were very good and properly cooked, but again the portion miniscule.
Our main beef was really the service, or rather the lack thereof. Our server was inattentive and generally indifferent. She brought the wrong beer, and it turned out that they were out of the one we ordered. You would think she should have known that. The food was very slow, and we would have ordered more had she actually noticed that we were looking around for service.
All in all, not a good experience. The menu, however, is promising and I hope that things shape up.
Was there for a birthday party.
The food is presented in an artsy manner with only a few bites per plate. It was tasty but the portions were way too small and I didnt feel that I got alot of value. Food was a bit salty too but it was tasty. I left hungry after spending $40 on food.
The atmoshere was ok but it could have easily been better (candles on table, put something on the blank walls!)
It seemed that there wasnt a real comfortable 'vibe' to the place and we left sooner than normal because the seating is kind of uncomfortable.
I am sure that it can only get better as it is a new place.
Last Friday I tried the Flying Tiger with my wife because our friends said that the place was worth trying. We arrived about 8:00pm and the place was full and had to wait for seats. We waited for about 10-15min and then the friendly hostess lead us to our seats (the seats was alittle small. but quite comfortable).
We had the duck crepes (delicious), the green beans (very flavourful) & the hawker noodles (a little salty but full of flavour). In the beginning I thought that the portions were alittle small, but after finishing everything... it was just perfect. The amostphere was great and service was fast and friendly. I WOULD DEFINITELY BE COMING BACK AND RECOMMENDING IT TO MY FRIENDS!!!! Keep up the good work, Vancouver need restaurants like this .....
I am really picky about the restaurants to go to, after living in Whistler where pretty much all food is amazing it was hard to adjust and find places that impress but not outrageously expensive. Flying Tiger is one of them. Great funky yet relaxed atmosphere, cute and helpfull staff and really tasty food... I think we hit a jackpot when we when for Dinner to the Flying Tiger last Wednesday. Food is Tapas style, great for sharing, gives opportunity to try lots of different things. We ordered 7 dishes between 5 of us and every thinle one of them was great. Good selection of beer and wine, incluging few asian beers.
Flying Tiger get thumbs up!
Just got back from the Dine Out Vancouver special at the Flying Tiger and we were extremely impressed. I was a little hesitant after reading previous reviews posted on this website and am glad that I didn't let these negative reviews deter us. Kudos to Josh Clark and Michelle who were extremely attentive and friendly. When we arrived, we didn't like our table so they happily switched us. Then our table was a bit wobbly so Michelle fixed that too. We told Josh that we had heard that some of the dishes were small portions so he directed us to the more substantial dishes. The Red Curry Mussels were outstanding and we had to order extra bread to sop up the sauce! The Duck crepes were also outstanding (like Peking duck) and again we ordered extra crepes as the duck confit was a lot more than what we had anticipated. The use of fresh herbs as greens, such as mint and thyme, was a definite enhancer in this particular dish! For those of you who are rice pudding and tapioca pudding fans, you'll enjoy their cake. Needless to say, we were happily "stuffed" when we walked out of the restaurant!
One suggestion to the restaurant would be that they have sufficient cushions for all their clientele as the bench-type seating was a bit "hard". My son said his free-standing chair was fine.
We will definitely be returning to this restaurant. Next time, my husband and I are planning to share the mussels, the duck confit, and order one more dish. 3 dishes to share is definitely more than enough for 2 people!