Ginger and Chili is the place to go for Szechuan in Point Grey.
We had not been to Ginger and Chili for awhile so decided to go for dinner last night as we have previously had very good meals here. It was not busy last night when we went for dinner, there were only 2 tables occupied – l being a large table at the back of the restaurant. This is a small restaurant and it is nothing fancy so the ambiance is very basic but it is nice and clean. I’m more interested in the food than decor. Last night’s dinner was not as good as I remember from previous experiences here.
The service was very good. The waitress was prompt, refilled my husband’s water glass and asked how dinner was. We ordered the szechuan green beans and they were delicious. They were crisp and nice and spicy with garlic. General Tso’s chicken had way too much batter and the chicken pieces seemed to be pretty small for the most part. We have ordered this dish here before and the ratio of chicken to batter was much better and the chicken was moister. We also ordered prawns with black bean sauce and while it was tasty the dish was $15.95 and there were only about 12 very small prawns. The plate was heaped with green peppers and onions and you really had to search for the prawns. We finished off with mango flower which is basically mango ice cream in the shape of a flower. The ice cream was very bland. Altogether dinner was $52.00 for 3 dishes, rice and ice cream. It’s not badly priced but the food was disappointing compared to what we’ve had previously.
I would give it another try and hope that last night was just an off night.
The ambiance in this hole-in-the-wall restaurant is not the best, it's pretty sparse. Much of their business seems to be takeout. However, their food is *fantastic*, and the service is excellent. I've been here several times, and find that it's a great value with large groups as the servings are huge. Their ginger beef is probably their best dish.
I went to Ginger and Chili for lunch with a couple of workmates. We were greeted and seated by a very friendly waitress. When we sat down, the waitress came back with menues and tea. she even poured the tea for us which many restaurants don't do. After a few minutes, our food arrived. The service was very fast! We ordered the House Special Ginger Beef, Dai Ching chicken, Szchuan Green Beans, and Green onion pastry. All of them were absolutly delicous! I would definatly recomment this restaurant to a bunch of other friends!
We've eaten in and ordered take-out from Ginger and Chili, and the food has always been top-notch. You cannot eat here and not order the ginger beef - it's addictive! The lemon chicken is also pretty good. Hot and sour soup is very good. Every time we've had home delivery, it's been extremely quick, and it is always the same, very cheerful fellow who arrives at our door, proclaiming "Chinese food!!"
My better half went for lunch with her co-workers from UBC. Their location in Point Grey is close enough to escape the confines of campus eateries. Too bad their food is no better.
A number of dishes were ordered and shared between everyone, including BBQ pork, snow peas and fish, chinese mushrooms and vegetables, fried noodles and curry chicken. Some were ok, some were a little too greasy. The salt and pepper squid in particular, had too much batter and was bland. The only memorable dish was the BBQ duck (different from the kind of BBQ you'd buy at T&T), which was well done. Tasty, and did not taste greasy.
The servers here actually pour your tea for you, which is a nice touch not seen at most chinese places (although I would never expect that level of service). The decor is just standard, nothing special.
It would be nice for them to bring out oranges after the meal. I would recommend going to try the BBQ duck, but stay away from the rest.
I was hoping for a decent meal... but my black bean beef was really bland, and oily... Ive had some awesome chinese food in vancity, and this didnt even come close. I will try the ginger beef next time as per some other reviews.
Service was efficient and quick, she didnt speak a lick of english, but thats okay, adds to the atmosphere which was otherwise a little lacking.