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Fortune Garden Seafood Restaurant

1475 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6H1H6
Tel: (604) 736-6868
Neighbourhood: West Side

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East side quality, west side pricing
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 3:05am [Dine in]

My gf and I met up with a friend for lunch during the start of the week. The lack of chinese restaurants on the Broadway strip made this choice easy.

Typical chinese restaurant decor, right up to the colours. It feels a bit drab but loads nicer than the usual chinese place. The lunch menu included a small section for dim sum which covers most of the favourites. The highlights were the Shanghai steamed dumplings (siu long bao), shrimp and scallop dumplings and the taro and scallop dumplings filled with curry. The potstickers used a thicker, bun type wrapper while the chicken chow mein was a few shades too easy on the salt. The non dim sum items are a tad small especially our noodle dish, which also had no more than a baby's handful of shredded chicken. Prices rise a dollar or two more per dish but I guess it's the westside so they win!

Our server greeted us quickly and all the staff seemed to have a good grasp of english. However visits were sparse during our meal and we had another server wait on us rest of the way; our original server chatted it up with our neighbouring table quite a bit - regular customers.

Good enough food, but heavy on the coin.

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Just OK
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 23, 2009 - 10:28am [Dine in]

Went there for dinner and tried their Peking Duck which was on special. $20 for 2 courses. The skin was very good and crispy but the 2nd dish, lettuce wrap, was quite small. When you have left over lettuce, portions are small. Soup was quite regular and also tried their spicy beans (good), chicken (good but a bit dry) and black cod (a bit too over fried). Service was good and overall value was just OK. Would go back as not many Chinese restaurants on the west side.

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Not bad, but overpriced for what you get
By foodshark of Kitsilano (14 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 8:32pm [Dine in]

I'm Asian and this restaurant is decent. Some dishes were good, some were mediocre, but none were awful or outstanding for that matter. Chinese food in this city is pretty competitive so in terms of value you can do much better. The portion sizes were smaller than average and the prices were a bit on the high side. Generally speaking (and I do emphasize this is a generalization), they serve Cantonese-style cuisine. If you order traditional Cantonese dishes, than you should have a good meal. I won't return to Fortune Garden again considering the fact that there are so many other places to choose from that are better in terms of quality and value.

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Badly, Badly overpriced, except for Peking Duck
By Sabzevarian of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 3:02pm [Dine in]

We went here for the Peking duck special, when it's on (call before hand to check), you can get the skin course for $9.99 which is a great deal for 2 people. We tried the second course as well (9.99) and went with the soup, that wasn't that great. But the skin was good.

However the problem is that to get that special, you have to order 2 other dishes and appetizers don't count. Most of the food here is quite expensive and our bill ended up around the usual cost that is is to eat Peking duck. Now that would be ok except that the other dishes were really bad. I can cook better Chinese food and I'm not a good cook or Chinese. Avoid this place, you might as well spend the same amount just on Peking duck, and get more duck and quality cooking. Unless you are going with a group who is willing to order other mediocre dishes, and you just go for the duck.

The ambiance was better than expected, but the service not that great.

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Pricey food, small portions
By GFS of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 1, 2011 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

Like other reviewers, the biggest problem was the value of the food. You pay top dollars, yet the portions are quite small. Definitely not what one would expect to pay. Some of the dishes were kind of salty too. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant because it will leave a hole in your wallet and you can get more bang for your buck elsewhere. Besides these problems, everything else was alright. The food didn't take that long to arrive.

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Best Chinese Food in Vancouver
By LazyCook of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 6, 2009 - 11:31pm [Dine in]

We just celebrated three anniversaries and a birthday at Fortune Garden Seafood Restaurant and were amazed by the quality and taste of the foods. It was the best Chinese meal we have had in years. We had the winter melon seafood soup which was perfectly seasoned with amber of crab and lobster meats. The two courses of peking duck and lettuce wrap were a steal at $20...great appetizers for eleven of us. The fried chicken was tender and flavourful, especially with the companying vinaigrette. The sweet and sour pork had just the right amount of tanginess and the meat was very juicy. The two vegetable dishes we ordered was cooked al dente and were very fresh. My favourite was the lobster with onion and ginger on noodles. The noodles absorbed all the juices of the lobster, which was cooked just right. Yummy!
Because everything tasted so good, we tried a couple of their desserts despite having had our own celebration cake. When I mentioned that I forgot the candle for the cake, the cashier provided one. The servers helped take pictures and served the foods even though the restaurant was packed and very busy. We even asked to thanked the cook because we enjoyed the evening so much.
When it was time to pay I was surprised that it only costed $20/person. We even had left-over to take home. Therefore, I would strongly recommend Fortune Garden Seafood Restaurant for its great quality, taste and value.

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goooood stuffff
By offyatree of Vancity (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

so after the long weekend trip back to vancouver, we decided to go here as it was one of the few that was open. we ordered 3 dishes : some chicken peanut, prawns with chinese mushrooms, and beef with bamboo shoots. to be honest, i enjoyed the 3 dishes we ordered. my favorite was the beef. the chicken was okay as there was too much peanuts and less chicken, but still good tho. pricing was reasonable too, i thought the prices would be unreasonable as it looked like an expensive place, but i was glad they were okay priced. the servers were friendly but they kept coming to our table constantly, and it was just a bit too much in my opinion. it was a slow night so food arrived pretty quick to our table. i'd definitely go back again to try other hundred other dishes they offer.

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Wouldn't go back. So greasy it feels better to dine out at McD's...
By ting of Richmond, Vancouver (29 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - 5:44pm [Dine in]

Can you spell grease? Other than the "Egg White and Crab surrounded by Brocolli" dish, everything else was deeply soaked in a layer of oil. The asparagus in cream sauce was from a can. The steamed pork dumpling didn't have too much soup or stock inside it and the wrap was too thick. The waiter kept coming to our table to take our finished food away-but he came so many times it was kind of a nuisance.

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Paid $48 for food court quality chinese food
By anything19713 of south granville, vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 10:14pm [Dine in]

Been there many times and usually the food there usually really good but tonight it was awful, with the exception of one dish.

The fried rice tasted like food court fried rice.... that had been brought home and reheated in the microwave. It had no flavor and had a soggy texture.

The egg foo yung was basicallly just scrambled eggs with a few tiny pieces of crab and peas.

The honey beef however was excellent.

I informed the server about the fried rice but the restaurant didn't seem to care, even though they recognized us as regular customers. I ended up going to McDonalds across the street after.

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Cost a Fortune for a small Portion!!! Also very rude.
By melissaleitch of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, May 7, 2011 - 7:07pm [Delivery]

We ordered chinese food for 8 people on a Saturday night for delivery. There was barely enough food in each dish. Black bean prawn dish was $18!!! We got less than 10 prawns.

We called to complain about the portions and how much we had spent on them. We asked to speak to the manager and they laughed at us and were very rude and not understanding. (the food was also very greasy)

We will never go back to this place again!!! This place is awful. Definitely not recommended!

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I've never felt so blatantly ripped off in my entire life...
By supermouthhappy of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 12:39am [Dine in]

I went here with 2 friends to have a nice Chinese dinner out. We ordered one of my favorite Chinese dishes, steamed rock cod. Its a dish I've ordered out often both in Vancouver and Seattle. It was listed as 'market price' so we anticipated it would be a bit more expensive; from looking at the prices listed in their menu (most around $12-$18), we assumed the fish might be about double their other dish prices, which wouldn't be terribly out of line with this dish in other restaurants. Expecting maybe at max a $40 fish, imagine our dismay to receive the bill with the rock cod costing $92.

Now this isn't some Daniel Boulud hamburger made from kobe beef shortribs with foie gras, truffles, and goldleaf flakes... it was just steamed fish. A really really expensive steamed fish.

The experience was not made any better by the service we received either. The restaurant was nearly empty when we arrived, only two other tables were occupied. They seated us on the opposite side of the restaurant and then promptly ignored us. We picked out our order fairly quickly and then sat with our menus closed and waited. And waited more. Finally we were able to flag down the waiter and order (3 dishes plus rice), at which the waiter just mumbled at us "no soup?!" as he took our menus and left.

We ordered tofu with prawns in a prawn roe sauce which was tasty even if the sauce was really cornstarchy thick. They also have a terrible selection of vegetable dishes; their lone seasonal vegetable dish was baby bokchoy which we also ordered. And so, what does a $92 rock cod taste like? The flavor was alright (I do like the steamed fish sauce over rice), but it was cooked a bit unevenly so some parts were actually overcooked and a bit chewy. Also, when it was brought to us, the waiter removed the main bones to the side of the dish, but really mangled the entire topside of the fish in the process (another indication that the fish was a bit overcooked and the waiter careless).

Overall, an absolutely terrible restaurant experience. If they were trying to ensure we would never return, they most definitely succeeded. With so many delicious and reasonably priced chinese restaurants in Vancouver/Richmond, this exorbitant price gouging and poor service is simply unacceptable.

Buyer Beware at Fortune Garden.

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bad way to start your Friday night
By alakuz of Kitsilano, Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 4:15pm [Dine in]

Decided to try this restaurant Friday night, as the one beside it we were wanting to go to had way too long a lineup, so why not? It looked busy but we were seated quickly as there were only 2 of us, and most tables were big groups. After finally getting the waitresses attention, we proceeded to order their spring rolls, special chow mein and General Tso chicken. The 2 main dishes came out so far after the other, that the one was basically done before the other one got there. The chow mein was just meh, but the General Tso was excellent, one of the best I have had. It took forever for them to pack up any leftovers, and it was only because I finally waived down a random server to do it, ours couldn't be found the whole night except when she had taken our order. So when we finally left, it took about 10 minutes for the wave of nausea to hit us both. I looked at the takeout menu we had received with our leftovers, and sure enough it certainly didn't say anything about no MSG. I don't know if it was from that or just the food in general, but our Friday night now consisted of far too many trips to the bathroom. It was quite expensive for what you get, the service looked good if you were with a large group, but not for the 2 of us. There were so many little kids running around like they were in a playground, I saw one server almost knock one over at one point. The food was decent, but because of the issues that arose after eating there, I will never be going back again.

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