Fraser Court offers a menu of Chinese cuisine with a focus on seafood.
My first observation was they finally paved over the old pot holed parking lot setting the tone for a pretty nice dinner. Among the entrees was a peking duck served in 3 courses $40.00. Skin course was excellent. Lately at other restaurants I have been served the skin with thick slabs of meat attached showing that no care has been given to the presentation at all. Lettuce was sized nicely to fit a generous portion of filling. Not like someplaces that plunk down some wet lettuce leaves that would take huge amount of filling to fill. The 3rd course of soup with the bones, tofu and mustard greens was delicious. A first time dish for me was the king crab served 2 ways at $13.88 a pound. Presentation was very eye catching. The legs seemed a little short of meat but it could be that time of the year. But like I said it was my first time and maybe the crab shrank a lot in the cooking process. This is a dish I will try again. Best service I have ever received. Dirty plates constantly being replaced tea always full. A couple of things didn't go down well the first was that the dishes arrived too close together making us do a lot of juggling of dishes. Secondly was being charged $5.00 for additional lettuce when all we needed was a leaf or two to finish off the duck course. I will be back not only because I enjoyed it but also because I was given a $20.00 voucher.
As the lone male tagging along with the gf and her friend for lunch, we wanted dim sum and thought the reincarnation of the old Flamingo restaurant here warranted a visit.
We ordered 8 dishes in total with the usual lineup including the increasingly hard to find taro dumplings with curry. We also ordered our other standards including shrimp dumplings, beef rice roll and chicken feet alongside a tofu with shrimp paste dish and soft bone chicken cartilage. We splurged our appetites with the flakey durian pastry and tapioca and pumpkin pudding, which wasn't spectacular, but a not too guilty indulgence. Portions are plentiful, easily justifying the prices, which are starting to become the norm. We received a 10% lunch discount, promo or otherwise a delightful surprise.
Service is brisk and timely first, and all else secondary. We had regular teapot checkups even without the obligatory lid tilt.
They've mostly kept the same layout as the old institution, but refreshed and lit up. The relatively minor touchups completely changed the feel and worthy of high marks.
The revamp hits most of the right notes, and we'll be back for sure.
I'm not really sure the food deserves 3 stars. The ha gow and beef balls were excellent. The rice rolls and pan fried fish cakes were just ok and the rice with ribs and pumpkin subpar- tough, tasteless and tiny. The deep fried silver fish with salt and pepper were awful - just batter and at $5.95 grossly over priced. We were told by an extremely nice waiter that these are usually bought to put on top of congee. That would make some sense. The rest of the servers were pleasant and efficient and the decor was fine. With so many other places I'm not sure I would return. We'll see.
I went there because my mom's friend lives near there and said their food was very good. So we went there on a Saturday, less than half the number of seats there were occupied. Usually, when we go for Dim Sum at a very good location, there would have been all filled up by 11am or noon.
So we went there and sat down to eat. The price of the Dim Sum is fairly high when compared with other chinese restaurants on the East Side of Vancouver. Their price of dim sum is almost as expensive as Sun Sui Wah on Main. Their Dim Sum is ok in porportion with the prices that customers pay.
As for the service, it was terrible. The day that we went, there was obviously not a lot of customers. Somehow the servers were busy doing nothing. But when we asked for refill for tea, our teapot hasn't come back until like half an hour later. And that was because we went to look for our teapot too! When we asked one of the female servers, she glared at us with big eyes and gave us a " what do you want" attitude. After we asked where our teapot was, she went back into doing her own stuff. So we got up on our feet and went looking for something that should be given to us by the servers.
The restaurant has renovated to give customers a fresh feeling. They have spent an extravagant amount of money into renovating it by the looks of the restaurant. They had several LCD TVs placed around the restaurant.In addition, they had what seemed like swarovski crystal lightings with little crystals dangling from the lightings.
I personally would not go there again for Dim Sum. I've had better experience elsewhere and would not recommend friends to eat there. I'd rather eat at King's chinese cuisine on Main and 29th.
If you ever need a big table at a short notice time, fraser court is the place to call. My husband had made the reservation one week before mother's day weekend, and ofcourse, he made it to the wrong restaurant. 2 days before mother's day, he realized what he did, and called fraser court to see if they had space, and sure enough, they did. We joked and said it's probably because the food and service are still awful (when it was "flamingo restaurant").
Surprisingly, the food was solid (3.5 stars). We had ordered your average 10 course meal, which they had set for mother's day special, and it came out fast and good portion. They also allowed us to change a few dishes, ie. steamed chicken to crispy chicken, and onion ginger crab to deep fried jalapeno crab...all without extra charge. We also wanted the fried rice to come out first, and they didnt' hesitate at all, and gave it to us right away.
The one dish that we didnt' like was the vegetable with duck feet...the vegs were good, but the duck feet...let's just say, it belongs in the garbage...noone touched it. it was just disgusting to look at, let alone taste it. Having said that...after 30 minutes, the waitress comes with another veg and duck feet dish, saying that they had cooked a "small" portion for us by mistake and wanted to give us the right amount, so they gave us another dish....Uhmm...no thanks....but we took it b/c they were so honest and nice about it...
The service was excellent for a chinese restaurant. We had a young male server and he worked hard and he smiled! which is more than we could hope for at a chinese restaurant. He was even nice enough to heat up my fried rice for my toddler son when I asked him to at the end of the meal.
After the meal, we all decided that this place has definately changed for the better, and we will go back again for a family function.
This restaurant has great prices given the quality of the live seafood, and dimsum dishes.
The restaurant is also fairly large and can accommodate big parties / wedding dinners. Overall, I feel that the service is okay, but the best part is the value of the food given the prices. Definetly worth a try, in my opinion!
I agree with the other reviews about the service, selection and taste of the dim sum; but the dinner service is terrible. We have gone to Fraser Court for dim sum several times since it opened in October. The service was prompt, food was hot, and the value was really good. We decided to try the restaurant for a birthday dinner and our experience was absolutely the opposite from the previous 3 times we went here for lunch. It took them 3 hours to serve us a 9 course menu. It was a weeknight so the restaurant was busy but not busy where others are waiting for your table. The food was warm to semi- warm. Definitely not hot. The staff were non-response and inefficient in the service, from ordering our food to getting a refill on the tea to clearing our plates after the lobster. One of the serving staff spilled a bowl (a serving) of the $40 soup on the table. The other girl started to clear our table and then walked away after way through it. They told us our chicken we order wasn't coming as they ran out, but the dish already came and we ate it 30 minutes prior to this. The whole experience was a real gong show. If you have over 3 hours to kill and don't mind having semi-warm food then come to this restaurant; otherwise I would stay away for dinner. Too bad the same manager or the staff for dim sum wasn’t working during the dinner shift. Or maybe they need a new manager as well as better training for the dinner service and kitchen crew . A real Disappointment and not worth your time nor money. I would stay away.
Visited the place for the first time since it changed hands for both Dim Sum and dinner. Few steps into the front entrance and you'll know they spent a lot of money updating the place. Asked the manager, and he told us the owners spent close to a million dollars in renovations.
Dim Sum was solid. BBQ Pork rice roll were made to perfection, shrimp dumplings were not too big (the way I like it), and fried tofu with shrimp paste were spectacular. After going through 8 dishes and a special item, it rounded up to $35, with was a steal considering the quality of the food and the environment.
With a good first impression, we decided to go for dinner a week later. Wow, what can I say? Portions were large, food was great, service was speedy and waiter were friendly and charming. The only complaint I guess would have to be the washrooms. Although it was a busy night, the management should employ staff to keep the washroom clean. That's all I got to say.
This is one of the larger Chinese restaurants left in East Vancouver, so I'm not surprised if this place is popular with large wedding banquets.
as others have said, the decor/ ambiance is beautiful and a huge improvement over the former restaurant at this location (the Flamingo). Line ups are common during peak dim sum times.
Food at dim sum is great. I've been about 5 times now and am always happy. Service is decent. But did I mention that the food is great? There's no dim sum cart, you order off a menu which means the food is more likely to be hot.
I'll be back.
I'm still sitting in the restaurant and felt I had to voice myself.
Don't let the decor fool you. The food was more miss than hit. Squab still had feathers and was far too cold to have been fried recently. Server claimed they were "fresh"and prepared by the head chef despite the head chef not working this particular Tuesday evening. Maybe "day old frozen" is considered fresh. Servers make a poor attempt to improve your experience by over-servicing, but they aren't all there. At one point in time, I had 5 plates accumulated around me before they cleared 1 plate. We also had an adventurous dish where a scallop was served on a bed of vermicelli, topped with green onions and diced garlic all in a scallop shell. Also tasted like it had been frozen. Scallop was rubbery and super fishy.
Wow, bill came to over $500 for 14 people...think of all the (insert fast food reference here) we could have had....