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Golden Great Wall Szechuan Restaurant

705 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V8Z3Y2
Tel: (604) 873-9147 Order Online
Neighbourhood: Cambie

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Groupon to the rescue!
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 8, 2010 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

I came here last night for a family dinner to celebrate my parent's birthdays. Before going, my sister and I thoroughly researched what others were saying about this restaurant. Seemed like pretty good reviews and plus I had recently purchased two Groupons to dine here.

From the reviews here, it sounded as though there were some restrictions when using the Groupons, so I made sure to ask about it when making reservations. Thankfully, I had no problems at all using both coupons for the evening's meal. In fact, the server up front was really nice about accepting them. Unfortunately, that was the best part of service last night.

We sat at a large table in the back of the restaurant and ordered crab, Peking duck, szechuan green beans, szechaun fried squid, spicy spare ribs, chicken chow mein, and we just had to try out what "crispy rice" was. We asked if what we ordered was enough and/or what they suggested we get as well. The server said, "how about a steamed greens?" "Sure."
"How about a fish dish, stir-fried chinese celery with fish slices?" "Sure."
"And you have to try our xiao long baos!" "For dinner? Sure!"

In hindsight, 12 dishes for 9 ppl plus 2 children was a little much, but we asked if it was enough, and they suggested more...why wouldn't they?!!?? Our mistake there.

After ordering, we waited...and waited...and waited. After about 20 mins, first up was crab. One crab, that's it. I guess I was used to seeing it banquet-style with some sort of noodle underneath. It looked a bit puny and lonely.
Next up, more waiting. Probably about another 30 minutes. Not good - we pretty much licked the crab plate clean because we were all so hungry and nothing else was coming out. After that came the xiao long baos.

We would have enjoyed these much more (they were actually pretty delicious) had we had the proper eating utensils for them. We had our plates still full of crab shells, no soup spoons and no bowls. How the heck does one eat these dumplings with just chopsticks?? So we asked for some spoons and they asked us back, "small? or big?" Is it not obvious???
And then they came back with one silver teaspoon and one chinese soup spoon. That's right, 11 people at the table and only 2 spoons were given. I had to look around to confirm that I was actually at a Chinese restaurant. We all bit the bullet and just ate the dumplings the best we could.

After that mishap, the other dishes came out all at once. Peking duck was actually delicious. But a few points to all the peking duck fanatics out there. The crispy skin wrap was just that...only skin, no meat at all. But it was still extremely tasty! The lettuce wrap to follow was delicious as well, but skip the optional third course of duck and tofu soup. Nothing special there.

Overall, a few tasty dishes, but a lot of the other dishes were as bland as their service. And at the end of the $250 meal, we did not get any sort of meal closer. Sure, we brought our own cake, but even the other table got a plate of orange wedges. What's a couple dollars worth of oranges to show appreciation for business??

Definitely not worth the money. We came here because of the Groupons, and even with the discounted price, I still feel ripped off for the quality of some of their dishes.
Thank you Groupon, no thank you GGW.

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Nicely done Szechuan Food
By lindarose of Vancouver (172 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 4:30pm [Dine in]

Took hubby and the two kids for lunch and used our "groupon" this afternoon.

We noticed that the Restaurant had placed instructions for "groupon" users. I thought this was good as it made things clear for diners.

I was disappointed that the dim sum was not offered as part of the "groupon" - we were only allowed two choices off of the Northern dim sum menu. The Southern dim sum menu was not included in the "groupon" - I have no idea why they would do this as the prices for dim sum were average to above average - these were not specially priced items.

Anyways - besides this hiccup - the food was actually quite outstanding. We ordered the Great Wall Special Chow Mein for $9.99; a mixed vegetable dish (recommended by the server), the Fried prawns Sichuan Style for $13.99; and a small bowl of the deluxe wonton soup for $7.99 and a small bowl of white rice. We also asked for an order of sticky rice and an order of Chinese doughnut for $4.25 and $1.99 respectively. Again - these items were to be included in the groupon special - but the kids like them, so we ordered them anyway.

The Chinese doughnut came first. It was good. Not too greasy, served nice and warm. It arrived a little sooner than the other items - which was disappointing as we wanted to enjoy it with our soup. The soup was fantastic - lots of wonderful vegetables, some meat and shrimp and large, delicious wontons in a nice broth. The vegetables were all cooked very nicely. We requested that the spiciness be toned down on the prawns - and they came just right.

The service was friendly enough, but I found it a tad slow bringing out the dishes (and we gave consideration to the fact that the items were being made fresh). Also, although I liked all of the items - I thought that the waiter's recommendation of the mixed vegetables was poor. The Special Chow mein had exactly the same vegetables in the same sauce as the mixed vegetables. I would order the Special Chow Mein OR the mixed vegetables - not both (unless someone just really, really likes these mixed vegetables - I personally would have rather sampled a different item).

The ambiance was nice. I liked the chandeliers and the uniformed wait staff. I thought that our table was a tad to close to the table of some fellow diners - as there were other tables available and some unused floor space - we did not need to sit that close to other diners. The washroom was tiny - don't expect to be able to navigate a stroller or a wheelchair in here. There is no change table, so people with infants, babies or young toddlers might find diaper changes awkward. Also, the ladies room was out of toilet paper. It's a good thing I was helping my three year old and had baby wipes and extra supply in my diaper bag. I told a staff member - but they looked irritated at me (sorry - but I would be pretty unhappy if I was the next person to use the ladies room and was in dire need of tp!!!).

Despite some of the negatives - I would return here. We really liked the Wonton soup and would sample a few other items as well.

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Good Chinese
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2008 - 11:58am [Dine in]

Went there for a group dinner and ordered off the menu versus the set 10 person meals (menu only in Chinese). Had the steamed northern chinese dumplings - very good with lots of soup inside, peking duck 3 courses - good value with skin sliced with no fat, crab and lobster - good in the ginger and green onion, ginger beef - ok not my favourite, special spare ribs - ok tasted like the ginger beef, fried rice - bad not much taste, mu shiu tofu - not very spicy, green beans - standard northern chinese style good. Overall not too bad with the waiter/manager assistance in ordering.

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Good value lunch
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 10:24pm [Dine in]

The lunch special that comes with rice and soup is really a good deal. The food is well prepared and service fast. Despite the large open area and the number of people there, it's relatively quiet. Overall a very enjoyable meal. Highly recommended.

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Bye Bye Dunhuang
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

Somehow this place lost its luster in the conversion of DunHuang to Golden Gate. 2.75 dim sum is gone (no more dim sum at all from what I could tell), replaced with 5.95 special lunches which are becoming a dime a dozen along Broadway. The interior did get a complete overhaul with new paint, tables, and chairs which was in desparate need.

I ordered the lunch special and it was good. Service was prompt from beginning to end even though the restaurant was almost full. This place is a good choice for Szechaun cuisine on Broadway but with all the great Chinese food choices in the area, doubt I will frequent it much.

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Pretty average.
By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 29, 2008 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

Food here was pretty good. I highly recommend the deep freid bananas. Although this time I was there, they waited too long before they put it in the water, so it was all stuck together. Otherwise, the spicy indicated that I ordered was tastfully spicy.

The service there was quite impressive for a chinese restaurant. Their english waiters there were very fluent and veeeery polite. Impressive.

Prices there was not cheap, but it wasn't expensive either. Quite average for a chinese restaurant.

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Very Average
By 8there of Vancouver (66 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 11:51am [Dine in]

From the great recommendations on this site we took mom here for dim sum, since we were craving some northern chinese food. We were surprised at how empty it was on a Saturday. The high ceilings and large windows were nice, gave the place a nice airy feel. They have dim sum selections from both northern and southern china.

We ordered sweet soy milk, chinese donut, sticky rice roll, shanghai dumplings, onion pancake, beef sesame pastry, deep fried roll, and bean curd with mushrooms. The stand outs were the soy milk which was nice and creamy, fluffy chinese donuts, and flavorful shanghai dumplings. Everything else was a bit of a disappointment. They also either must use a lot of msg or salt because I was thirsty for the rest of the day.

The service was not great but not bad. It took a long time to get the bill, but our tea got refilled within a few minutes. My complaint is with the parking. Not sure if there was parking in the Holiday Inn dedicated to the restaurant and we just missed it, but we ended up paying $3.50/half hour to park. There was construction right behind the hotel so street parking (which was all metered) was at a premium.

If you live in the area then it might be worth a try, but I much prefer the plentiful choices in Richmond which have better food, and free parking.

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Awesome Chinese donuts and pork dumplings
By jennko of Vancouver (86 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 2:08am [Dine in]

Today was the first time for me to come here as this place was highly recommended by my gf. It's only in the weekends that they serve the shanghai style pork dumplings "xiao long bao" and also the savory chinese donuts. So, today we came for only those food and I must say those were amazing. I always eat "xiao long bao" and this place serves them pretty good and not too fatty. Usually the juice inside the dumplings are fat but in here it's more broth than fat so it's healthier and less filling. The chinese donuts were also very big and crispy definitely one of the best that I had in town. Other than those we also ordered the prawn dumplings and I find the skin to be very good as in thin and chewy but the prawn in the filling were too minced instead of big pieces of shrimps or prawns. I will definitely recommend anyone who loves eating "xiao long bao" and chinese donuts to come here. N, u might see me there cuz I'm definitely coming again and I might try other foods too.

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Super tasty shanghai dumplings!
By epicurian of Kerrisdale (42 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

Craving these amazing dumplings (xiao long bao) as I write this review. Truly to die for. I am concerned that on the last 2 visits, not all the dumplings, were made by the same expert hand. 6 of the 10 dumplings were perfect. The remaining 4 had inconsistant thickness to the skin and one of them even broke. All I come here for are the xiao long bao & the hot & sour soup. Great lunch for 2 or perfect afternoon snack for 4. Service is speedy & polite. Value, gave it 5 stars, need i say more? As to the ambience, it's a cheery room with lovely windows onto vancouver skyline. I must say that the table layouts can be improved upon. Feel like im sitting in the walkway or with neighbouring diners but it is a small concession for the lovely dumplings. Definete must

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Feels like the restaurants I've visited in Beijing
By infinitime of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 20, 2007 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

For some inexplicable reason, this place feels like many of the restaurants i frequently in Beijing, right down to the tourism video on the big screen. The food is northern Chinese style, and of a very good quality. The service is prompt and efficient. The prices are very reasonable, and the staff is often very helpful in suggesting "speciality" dishes. Overall, a very positive experience.

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disappointed in owner treatment of staff, left awful taste in my mouth!
By salvotorro of downtown (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2014 - 8:49am [Dine in]

Great restaurant, been enjoying dining there for years until recently
One of the servers made an error in my order and I mentioned it to a staff member of whom was passing by. It turned out it was the owner by the name of Benny. He handled the situation poorly as he immediately started yelling at the server in front of all the clients so loud that he was spitting out his mouth. NOT IMPRESSED with the owner, based on poor treatment of his staff I do not recommend anyone support Benny and his restaurant due to such barbaric behavior
To bad because the food was good!!!

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Good lunch deal
By banany of Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 5:27am [Dine in]

I've eaten here for lunch and dinner on multiple occassions and I would recommend it more for lunch. They have $5.95 lunch specials, which includes a choice of soups. The entree selection is pretty good and they bring your food out quickly. After having the lunch here I'm more reluctant to pay the dinner prices, but the peking duck is really good, which is what brings me back. They cut most of the fat off the skin, so it's skin with a very thin layer of fat. I know some people more like fat, but I like it this way. The skin is very crispy, which is nice too. The only problem is that the pancakes are too thick. With the thicker pancakes and less fat, the taste become diluted, but I still prefer the thinner cut. We ordered the crab once, but it wasn't very good as the crab wasn't fresh. He was an old crab! The pan fried rice noodles are pretty good, but the chow mein not so much.

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Mediocre and way too salty
By marinedr of city hall, vancouver (29 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 11:04am [Dine in]

Brought a group of 5 friends based on reviews on this site. I was embarassed as no one really enjoyed their food and we all love Chinese food. Even the plain white rice was overcooked and too wet. The spicy green beans were almost black in colour and way too salty and oily. Won't be back.

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tasty Chinese dinner
By pretentionless of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 17, 2009 - 2:38pm [Dine in]

We had pork and eggplant (spicy), rice noodles and beef, tofu and spinach, and chicken and broccoli. All of the dishes were very tasty and well-prepared. The produce was all fresh and they don't short you on the meat.

The service was very friendly and helpful. Usually Chinese restaurants tend to be very functional but not much more. Here they really seemed to want to create a pleasant dining experience and appreciated all of their customers, especially the two hosts.

The dishes are pretty average in size for the price. Dinner for four was about $60, if I remember, without any drinks.

The restaurant is clean and bright. What more can you ask for?

Add this one to your list of regular Chinese restaurants for sure!

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great value, and great food
By bumblebee7 of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 12:01pm [Dine in]

Came here for lunch during the week. Very busy place! The food was great, I shared 3 dishes with my guest, including the Shanghai Juicy Buns. At first I thought 10 pieces were too many but I ened up eating 7 of them to myself. I've eaten my fair share of Shanghai Juicy Buns in the lower mainland (pretty much order them whenever I see them on a menu) and have to admit that these were one of the bests I've tried. Very "brothy", not fatty like other places. We also had a s noodle soup dish and a dish what was what they called noodle skins with chicken and cucumber, served cold in a sesame/peanut sauce. Including tax, bill came out to $22.00. Very good price considering the amount of food. The best part was the food was of coures very very tasty. The service was fast and friendly (compared to other Asian restaurants. All in all, I know I'll be returning to try other items on their menu.

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won't be returning
By hiNotes of Burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 31, 2010 - 8:29am [Dine in]

Came here with a friend cause I was craving some good Szechuan. When we arrived the place had about four people in it, so I thought nice and quiet. The waitress barely even noticed us, but when she did she sat us right away. After that it took about 15 mins before we were greeted again and handed menu's. I was hoping for appies but time was short and the waitress took a little to long, so we ordered our entree;s right away with beverages. The food took about 45 mins to arrive and we on a couple of occasions had to get up and go to them to ask for more drinks because know one was checking on us.
When the food came is was to salty to eat and the portions were small, I think we drank three pitchers of water before our meal was done.
For the price I paid, the really slow service and the amount of M.S.G I swallowed i will not return. thank you for my experience at your restaurant.

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Mediocre and way too salty
By marinedr of city hall, vancouver (29 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 11:04am [Dine in]

Brought a group of 5 friends based on reviews on this site. I was embarassed as no one really enjoyed their food and we all love Chinese food. Even the plain white rice was overcooked and too wet. The spicy green beans were almost black in colour and way too salty and oily. Won't be back.

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Good Food
By food9111 of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

Came here for a business luncheon. Lots of variety on the menu. Fairly priced and generous portions. The service was excellent; attentive and friendly. The food was fresh and flavourful and came out piping hot.

Free parking in Holiday Inn any upper level they just need your license plate and stall number and give it to the servers

We had a variety of dishes;I did like was the Mongolian Beef, Peking Duck, Shanghai Steam dumplings; others thought it was delicious; I found it overly yummy but that's the dish I guess.
Overall a great time, we would be back.

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Good Restaurant
By LotusRoot604 of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 10:31pm [Dine in]

Hi, This restaurant was very good to my family and friends. We dine here on Friday night for a birthday. The food was amazing, we order the set menu of $288.00 per table of 14 people. We had amazing Lobster and Crab, Seafood dishes and meat that were presented beautifully. There waiters help us by answering many of our medical food concerns, he was very professional and knew everything. The atmosphere was typical of a Chinese restaurant but they have nice view and huge amazing Chandeliers. I am going to recommend this restaurant to my Aunt birthday next month!

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Higher-class-than-normal-Szechuan-food. To die for peking duck!
By rockstarrr of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 4:24pm [Dine in]

I visited this restaurant last week. I ordered hot and sour soup (10/10 just the right amount of hot and sour + lots of ingredients in the soup), 2 course peking duck (10/10 - lettuce was really fresh, the tortilla-looking wraps were warm and soft, and the crispy skin had close to no fat stuck on the bottom), mongolian beef (6/10 a bit too salty), pea shoots (8/10 $15.99 for this dish of vegetables is very expensive and the pea shoots were on the "old growth" side), green onion pancake (9/10 a bit too oily), and chilled mango layered dessert. The ambiance is solid. Sometimes you get cheesy 103.5 QMFM music playing in the background. This is, by far, my favourite place to go for Szechuan food. If you're in the area during lunch, their lunch specials are quite filling too for a total amount of $10 (meal plus tax and tip).

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