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Golden Harvest

4818 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5V3R8
Tel: (604) 321-4448
Neighbourhood: East Side

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Great dim sum but lacking in the service
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 8, 2011 - 8:55am [Dine in]

Went here on a weekend and it was very busy. A small restaurant with about 20 tables. Lots of Dim Sum items to chose from including a separate menu for other non-dim sum dishes. Food was a bit slow to come but when it arrived, quality was very good. Basic items plus your noodles congee etc. Service was a bit lacking as empty dishes piled on the table without clearing and personal dishes were not replaced after they got dirty, guess expected a bit more. Place is somewhat clean. Good value overall.

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Pretty good dim sum
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here several times in the past 5 or so years including when it was Queen's Park, Silver something or other and now most recently, Golden Harvest. When it was Queen's Park, I used to call it ghetto dim sum; very big portions and cheap. Thankfully, the quality has gone up since then and so has the service.

Actually the service is quite good for what it is, the waiters will actually educate non-Chinese patrons such as flipping the tea pot lid over when empty. While this can come off as a bit patronizing for a somewhat educated fooditarian, I'm sure those new to dim sum would appreciate this. Its also quite easy to get a table, there is often a bit of a lineup on weekends but I have never waited longer than 10 or 15 minutes.

One of the younger waiters recommended a new item at our request (can't remember the name of it), a pastry with pork and other goodness which was quite tasty. My only criticism is the shui mai is absolutely massive, a little too big and overwhelming for my tastes.

I would definitely recommend.

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Cramped seating, decent dim sum
By Gidge of Vancouver (93 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 10, 2009 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

Came here with a group of friends on a very busy Good Friday morning. No surprise, our reservations made no difference as we had to wait in the regular queue for 30 minutes.

Food: decent taste, portion, and variety. The har gows were large but slightly bland. The spring rolls were surprisingly good with garlic. Overall, solid food with minor execution issues like half steamed shanghai pork buns and slightly off taste to the sauces.

Service: inadequately staffed and felt disorganized. Our requests were never followed-up. We asked for an extra place setting - didn't get it so one of us had to grab our own plate, chopstick, teacup from the bussing station. We asked for halving a certain dish, the waitress said that she'll come back but never did. We couldn't flag anyone to take our bill. Food came out quickly but failed to be cleared quickly enough, causing a clutter of dishes on an already cramped table.

Value: $11 a person. Not bad considering we ordered 18 dishes. $2.75 small, $3.25 regular, $3.75 large. $3.95 for steamed chicken rice which is about half the price of other restaurants, although it was smaller in comparison. For the food and portion size, the value is actually very good.

Ambiance: packed to the brim with tables and maximum number of chairs they could legally (or illegally?) fit in an establishment. There were upwards of 30 people waiting in the small lobby area, in the walkway and in between diners' tables. We had two families bumped right against our aisle-facing chairs, causing a very uncomfortable meal. I couldn't sit up straight for the fear of leaning my head against someone's purse. Kids were bumping into our chairs....people people everywhere!

Despite the somewhat negative reviews of their service and lack of ambiance, we did take in consideration that this was a very busy day and the philosophy that you get what you pay for. If they removed a few tables or hired a few extra bodies, their pricing may increase or reduce portion size. Based on the great value, we will return but only on a quieter day.

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dim sum
By panda of Burnaby (56 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

My hubby and girlfriend had raved about the dim sum at GH and I was itching to tried this place out. Hubby rarely raved about any restaurant. He was right, their dim sum is good!!
My first experience wasn't very good as we seem to order the wrong dishes. I should of look at other tables to see what was popular. Their fried food wasn't good at all, too oily.
My second visit, we avoided the fried food and concentrated on the steamed food. Their dumplings were huge and so fresh. I don't miss the push carts at all, I prefer to order from the order sheets. One of the review was right, their pan fried turnip cake was to died for! I noticed that most of the tables had that dish. Their pan fried sticky rice was delicious and so were their desserts, steamed ginger milk and wolfberry gelatin. Definitely do try their sui mai, its so plump and juicy and its my fav dumpling.
I am looking forward to try out their dinner as my co-worker said it was very good.
No complaints about the service. Its a nice clean restaurant and not too noisy which I like.
Recommended.

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Service a bit sporadic!
By stevendrowe of Vancouver (44 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

When we arrived around 11.45 the restaurant was busy and had to wait about 5 minutes, which was not that bad. It was a lively restaurant that's for sure.

We were offered something to drink and choice of tea right away. We don't often get a choice of tea.

We checked the Dim Sum we wanted on their order form but they never came to pick it up, so I went to the front and handed it to them. I wasn't happy with that.

One of the members of staff obviously knew the people at a table next to us because he spent most of his time there chatting. A couple on a close by table couldn't get anyone to bring them the bill despite this staff member standing there chatting with his friends, eventually they got up and asked for the bill and when they had signed their paperwork they took it back to the front counter.

Our food came out pretty quickly. All the Dim Sum items were kind of average tasting, none of them tasted bad, but definitely not outstanding. The Xiaolongbao was probably my favourite item I had.

The restaurant was smart enough, didn't really notice it being dirty. The floor in the bathroom was quite slippery and felt as though I would go head over heals at any moment.

We were the only people in the restaurant who got our leftovers packed for us, others were just given boxes. That member of staff was particularly friendly to us and his cheeky smile and flirty eyes made up for the sporadic service we had received earlier.

Would I recommend this place? Kind of a nice local restaurant if you don't want the trek further field.
Would I go here again? Yes I probably would, if I was in the area.

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When choosing Chinese restaurants eat where there's....
By kennydoc1999 of Vancouver (40 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 23, 2009 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

lots of other Chinese patrons, you usually can't go wrong and in this case we didn't.

Other than the long wait ( even though we had a reservation another group with the same last name argued that it was their's and not ours *hint* add your phone number as well when making a reservation ), 45 minutes, everything was very nice.

The servers were all very smiley, willing to offer a few small chit-chat words, helpful, and quick considering all the tables were taken. Very good considering some Chinese restaurants offer the most deplorable service, I'm sure most of you have encountered this.

The food was very, very fresh and hot. While we ordered nothing really extravagant or unique, house fried rice- house chow mein-haw gaos-sui mi-egg rolls-spare ribs-prawns in rice rolls, everything was packed full flavor and not the MSG variety. Lots of prawns given for those of you whom love seafood.

They had a big screen t.v. on one wall playing the strangest ( or is it typical? ) Chinese variety of shows. The kids and wife kept raising their eyes to see what was coming up next.

This place is definitely recommended for Dim Sum!

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Excellent Dim Sum!!!
By 148jules of Quebec & 18th (33 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 8, 2008 - 1:27am [Dine in]

The dim sum selection here is excellent with interesting twists on some of the regular items.
The dishes are a little more pricey than other places but definitely worth it considering the presentation and the portion size. Try the pan-fried turnip cake - it is to die for!
The service is impressive for a Chinese restaurant. The servers listen and treat you as a guest (unlike so many high end Chinese restaurants where attitude reigns).
Linen tablecloths and replacing dirty plates and bowls are other factors that give this restaurant a high rating from me.
I am happy to see some of the same staff from Silver Palace. The new management made a point of talking to all the customers. I was more than impressed!

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Needs a Cleaning!
By FeedMoi of West End, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 9:24pm [Dine in]

After reading the positive reviews, my partner and I decided to head to Golden Dragan for Dim Sum on the weekend. Other reviews stated that it was very cramped but we did not find that to be the case as there was plenty of room between tables. We were hoping to find a great undiscovered dim sum place where we could go every weekend. Unfortunately, the place was neither a bargain nor very good. The staff was lovely - friendly and attentive, however, the sui mai was rancid and the place was dirty. After sitting down, a quick look around revealed a severely neglected restaurant; there was food and garbage on the carpet. It hadn't been cleaned in months. At the table next to us, an older man removed his shoes and picked at his bare feet during dim sum. There was nothing remarkable about any of the other dishes. We ordered 9 dishes and ended up leaving a lot untouched. It was just too dirty to eat there. I hope things improve. Until then, we will head to the Jade Garden or to Richmond.

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Good Dim Sum place
By duncow of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 6:52pm [Dine in]

This is a new restaurant but owner is from another restaurant and he retained most of the original crew from Silver Palace. I find the food better than the old restaurant, and the service is good. The har kow is probably the biggest in town. I will recommend to anyone who wants a decent restaurant for Dim Sum in that area. I was told that dinner is also good. My neighbour went there few times a week. I have yet to try it.

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our new regular Chinese Food Restaurant
By familyof4 of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 6, 2008 - 11:57am [Dine in]

We tried this one because it's in the neighbourhood and had good reviews... weren't disappointed.

Restaurant was fancier looking inside than one would expect looking from the outside. Service was excellent. Dishes were "garnished" nicely... even my son noticed. Food was excellent. Dishes were generally $12 but good sized portions... we had 5 dishes and lots of take-home.

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