A Kerrisdale clientele has kept this second-floor restaurant bustling for years, and the brisk turnover is what keeps the food in the pushcarts fresh and the kitchen creative. Vietnamese-style prawn mousse wrapped around a stick of sugar cane Popsicle-style, bitter melon stuffed with dace purée, seafood rolls wrapped in Napa cabbage, mushroom-stuffed rice rolls, and fried golf-ball-sized matcha-tinted glutinous rice dumplings filled with sesame paste are some examples of new takes on classics that are offered alongside very good har gau and siu mai. Be sure to go early on weekends to avoid long lineups.
I've been here twice, each time for Dim Sum. Each time with children.
The restaurant is usually full with many Asian families and a few Euro-Canadians. All get good, effecient service.
The food is good. They serve with carts so that one can see the little steam baskets and their contents. I prefer this to ordering on a check sheet.
I have had the beef tendon, pork dumplings, chow mein, sticky rice, shrimp dumplings and deep fried taro root. I have also enjoyed the egg tarts and seasame red bean paste balls. All items have been tasty and served at least warm, if not hot.
Value is reasonable.
I will continue to enjoy dim sum here.
Note - Visa is accepted. They do NOT accept Debit at this time.
Came here for dim sum on a weekday with a few other friends who took off early for lunch. Luckily I arrived here first to get an idea of how long the wait would be so as to not have my friends spend most of their lunch hour standing in line. It was about a 30-40 minute wait before we got seated.
This place was cart style, and in a time crunch we ordered whatever carts came our way. The staple Har Gows and Siu Mais were the last dishes we got before we asked for the bill; we found several tables walking up to the cart and self-serve themselves and rightfully so, as we had noticed certain carts disregarding the route by our (and surrounding) tables. I would've liked to get some of their "in-house" dishes. Nevertheless, all the dishes were hot and the steamed dishes were of expected quality. The fried dishes were only decent (on the oily side).
Decor needs to be refreshed. Tables are uncomfortably cramped together and servers were hard to flag down, but they were quick at refilling the teapots.
Honestly, I had somewhat higher expectations before coming here and although I wasn't disappointed overall, nothing yelled at me to come running back here.
Other than being in the area I would find it hard to come here. I don't mind the long wait if the quality and choices are markedly better, which this place does not qualify for.
Stop by this place for a mid week meal and surpised to find it quite busy. Nearly 3/4 full at around 7pm which is really good. Most Chinese Restaurants are less than 50%. Seems like a loyal local following. Had the drunken chicken, tofu veggies, steamed seafood on egg whites and the stif fried flounder. All very good. Service was attentive with many wait staff and was also given 10% off. Top it off, you had a selection of baked custard or the red bean soup for dessert. Good value.
It's a great location. Maybe that's why there's the traffic, as dimsum isn't cheap nor anything special. The carpet is worn. I don't think it's been changed since whoever put it in originally.
For 9 items totalling $52, I really don't know where that 20% discount went for about 5 of those dishes. They were all marked as large or the next one up. NONE of the items were "small". What was eaten? Mostly the staple stuff, like siu mai, bun, spare ribs w/black bean sauce, tripe, sweet black sesame roll (tasted purely of sugar w/ barely a hint of black sesame in it), a wooden pail of the excessively watery tofu pudding. It was bland--couldn't taste any soy; it depended too much on the ginger syrup for flavour. Go for the wooden bucket tofu pudding @Ho Yuen Kee on Fraser--you'll never look back. I skipped trying the tapioca tart thingy filled w/ red bean paste, etc, since every other pearl looked solid white (raw), so I'm not too sure I'd trust how long it's been sitting in their fridge.
More variety were made & carted around after the discount hr. That's when you can get the deep fried prawn/shrimp/crab paste ball on sugar cane item. That tasted alright.
The receipt? Well, they had scribbles all over of odd subtotals which came out of nowhere...added together on different parts of the sheet & w/ a final total at the corner. You can see on there, the early bird discount of 20% was taken off some odd amount tha came from... where? but no where on there can you figure how many items they were charging for how much each. I just paid that figuring I'll never return again anyway, so I don't care if I get cheated this one time.
The tablecloths need some industrial washing/bleaching as they are very much still tea/oil stained, etc. The servers' clothing, however, were mainly stain-free, so thumbs up for taking care of their own personal hygiene.
If you must go, just avoid the desserts & make sure how much you're getting charged per item/size.
I went with a big group for dim sum on the weekend and we had an average meal. the dim sum has lots of variety, but few that are vegetarian friendly. That made some of my companions uncomfortable. I am a carnivore, so I tucked into all the dishes. I found them to be mostly unremarkable. That said, the deep fried prawn and tofu ball was good, and the dessert tofu in the little wooden buckets was tasty.
The carts rolled by quickly enough. The two big issues were the unbearable din (loud even for a Chinese restaurant) and the surly staff. One member of our party had to literally stand up and shout to get a waiter to serve her. The price was a little on the high side, but that is due to the location. It could be a bit cleaner, too...
Overall I think there are better choices out there.
We had one of the set dinners, $238 for a table of 10. The dishes were large, but the taste was just average. The jellyfish on the cold appetizer platter was tasteless, which was a disappointment since it's one of my favorites usually. The crab claw was huge, but again not that tasty. The pea tips were too salty. The crispy chicken was pretty good. The lobster was ok, the noodles served with it was tasty but very oily. The walnuts in the shrimp & scallop dish were soggy, when they should've been crispy. Everything was just ok...which makes me wonder why there were so many people there? It was crowded, with tables placed very close together. This made it very difficult for the elderly who have difficulty walking as it is. And the noise...I could barely hear myself think, everyone in there seemed to be yelling. There was no point in trying to have a conversation with those across the table. This is not a place I would return personally. There are many other places to choose from with comparable/better food and a more relaxed atmosphere.
The restaurant was busy and a line outside. Waited for about 5 minutes before we got a seat.
Not a good start, found it very difficult to get served a drink. We asked some of the waiting staff how we can get some drink and they told us waiting staff would be with us, after 10 minutes of waiting we had to get up and ask. Eventually got some drink. This didn't seem to be a problem for other customers who got served tea as soon as they came in.
The service was by trolley, other people were complaining that the waiting staff didn't stop at their table to offer them food. One couple had to get up and ask one of the managers if the waiting staff could stop by and actually get some food. We didn't find this problem so much but the waiting staff either couldn't or wouldn't speak English in order for an explanation of the dish. We only had 3 dishes as the waiting staff couldn't explain to us what some dishes were.
I saw that other tables were struggling to get their bill and had to get up from the table to find a waiting staff to help them.
I saw one waiting staff push another member of staff aside in anger. Also I saw about 3 waiting staff yawn. They looked tired and aggravated.
The food that we had tasted quite good.
The restaurant looked clean but the decor needed a bit of a refresh.
For 3 x Dim Sum dishes, a Ginger Ale and Tea, the cost was over $18.
Would I go here again? At a restaurant I want to feel relaxed and looked after. I felt stressed and found it difficult to get served. So the answer is NO.
We've been going to Golden Ocean for several years, and we rarely leave dissatisfied. The barbeque pork buns and sticky rice are favourites. The green dishes are good but rather more expensive. The food compares very well with some very much more expensive dim sum places around Vancouver that we've eaten at. If you're sensitive to MSG you might want to watch out, but otherwise the food is very tasty. Also very child-friendly. Be prepared for very crowded, noisy ambience at most times of the day!
This was not my first time visiting the restaurant, but the first time I'd tried it out on a weekday. Usually on weekends, there is quite a long line-up at the door, a mix of both Chinese families and non-Asians. On this visit, there was no line-up (being a Thursday late morning), but there were still plenty of occupied tables - a good sign.
The service was prompt and friendly, though I remember on weekend visits that the waiters were too harried to be so hospitable.
It's also much cleaner inside than many Chinese dim sum places, and the tables are nicely spaced apart. One of the few places left on the westside that still serves dim sum on push-carts, it's nice to have that experience in a decently clean restaurant. One thing I noticed was that the servers kept offering the same 3 or 4 assorted carts over and over. Where was the variety?
The food was average. I did like how a dumpling dish that we specifically ordered through the waiter came out promptly and steaming fresh.
Yes, I know; it was the weekend, so what did I expect, right?
When the lineup goes out the door and down the stairs (restaurant is on 2nd floor) for dim sum, something has to give and it's usually food and service quality. We arrived just before 11am and didn't get seated until noon...for some reason, several groups that arrived after us got to be seated first.
Food was average but selection was poor; the same 4 carts kept making the rounds with the same stuff. It was also hard to get the attention of a waiter; not enough of them so they were too busy running around trying to clear and set up tables for the masses standing at the door.
When I finally got one to tab up our order card, he took it away for what seemed like an eternity before another waiter returned with the bill.
I heard weekdays are much better...I'll have to try that sometime...
This used to be one of our favorite restaurants, but lately we've been seeing a decline in food quality. Not sure if they got a new chef or what's going on... we went for dim sum last week and the food tasted "different". I can't really describe it - just different...
Service was super quick and efficient, but I don't think we'll be returning.
We eat at this restaurant at least 3 times a week. The dimsum is fresh and fantastic and they still have the push carts for you to look at which item is good. The spring rolls is the best that I have eaten, its not a big fat cigar size fill with brown stuffing and oozing sauce, it is a delicate roll with shrimp filling and the skin is nice a crispy. They also have small wooden tubs of Dessert Tofu that is light and good.
Dinner menu is good and price is very reasonable. To get a table, its best to call for a reservation and avoid the wait.
Best Chinese Restaurant in the West Side of Vancouver
I find it so funny when I read about people complaining about Chinese restaurants being too busy and too noisy. Um, hello! It means it's damn good there! You have to line-up for GOOD Dim Sum and it's noisy because Chinese people generally talk loud. It's unavoidable.
I've only ever been here for lunch and the only time it wasn't so good was when they were changing chefs. I have yet to go there for dinner.
I have been there many times and have never been disappointed. Their Dim Sum is great but very popular. Make reservations and get there early!. For dinner everything has always been great. My favourite is their special wanton soup. It's seafood based.
The location is great and central...combine the trip with a walk around the Kerrisdale village if you don't live in the area. It's my favourite place in Vancouver.
The only reason this place is so popular is that people who live in kerrisdale don't have much choice when it comes to chinese food, the place is dirty and smells. The decor is gross and the chairs are always disgusting, not brave enough to look under the table. This place represents the worst of chinese restaurants in vancouver, There is a very industrial feel to the food, and seems like a place for a company lunch and not a family dinner. The overall service is acceptable but food tastes oily and dirty. I can't believe the popularity of this place especially on weekends, there is a disgusting walk up the stairs or the dirty old elevator. The parking lot only has about 12 stalls and isn't enough, You'll probably have to park in london drugs lot for free parking.
Like many others, we are regulars at Golden Ocean. My friend decided to go for dim sum. Serving staff are always excellent because being such regulars - they evenually know my face. Well I decided to pay for our dim sum and went to the cashier to try and pay. I wanted to see what the total would be, so I grabbed the bill, but this is when the cashier snapped !!! This was about a year ago and it still brings back bad memories. She started mouthing off in cantonese and I would have answered her if I knew what she was saying. Any ways I went back to my seat sheepishly and pretended this bad experience did not happen. If it were up to me - I would never never go back !!!!
People at Golden Ocean Chinese Restaurant saw better days in the past. Kitchen staff turn-over is unavoidable, so consistency of food and service cannot be maintained. If you are planning dinner for a significant event at this place, please check out the activities throughout the week. That place was always packed with customers daily. If you see an empty parking lot in the basement and lots of empty tablets in the dining room, consider using another restaurant. I have been one of the “regulars” there for sometime. Our recent dining experience has been invariably disappointing. We ate there twice within 10 days. One time was tolerable while another was not so nice. We were charged $50 to cook a dish, so 4 items amounted to $200. We caught a lobster and a Rock Cod from T & T. They weighed about 4 pounds each. Dishes were heavily seasoned with salts and MSG (mono-sodium glutamate). I sensed the “glutamate effects” as I was eating the food.—headache, palpitation and dry mouth. The combination of oily sauce and salty food triggered an adverse reaction in my stomach for about 12 hours. The 10% discount on the bill is very deceiving, because it only affects t a small number of dishes such as a rice or noodle dish. I have known the serving staff for a long time, so they have been always pleasant with me. We have not been there as frequently as previous because of the erosion in food primarily. The floor and the washroom can use an upgrade or cleaning.
The food was typical Chinese. Good service & large dishes, but they go heavy on the salt (sodium?) because I'm still thirsty the next day after!
Also, the restaurant is one large room with dozens of tables and gets very noisy with everyone shouting to talk over everyone else. The place is on a second floor if that's a concern for you.
We decided to try Golden Ocean, otherwise we would have never found it, nor bothered as it is quite dumpy from the outside. Service is very poor and slow, to the point of annoyance. The food is Ok, a few levels above a foodfair.... if that is saying much, but you get alot of it. Deep fried beef tasted to oily, like it was old oil, soup was gross. Would we go back? No.
Food rating is 3.5. This restaurant doesn't look that great, but food and price is worth it. Who goes to chinese restaurants for ambiance anyway? It's always lots of people and always seems understaffed almost anywhere they serve good food at decent prices (am I wrong?). If you really need a nice classy place, you will not get a decent price, so this restaurant in my opinion is among my top 5 choices for chinese food (dimsum & dinner). If you don't include richmond, this restaurant is top 3 in Vancouver. Chinese restaurant lunch should be eaten at HK Cafe style with 2:00 specials, so if you are talking about lunch, you probably mean dim sum. Anyway, I don't live in Kerrisdale, but I like this restaurant and would go there more regularly if I were in the neighbourhood.