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.
This used to be one of my favorite Chinese restaurants. Dimsum was always great. Unfortunately, we had a very disappointing dinner there about 6 months ago. There were 9 of us to celebrate a baby's birthday. We ordered from a set menu thinking it would be simple and fast.
Our first disappointment came when our waiter told us that the vegetable dish on the set menu wasn't available. Why promote it if you can't provide it we thought. Anyway we agreed to take the next best choice, a cheaper alternative only to discover a little later a waiter taking the exact same dish to another table. Bait and switch or running out of vegetables, either way not good for a high end restaurant.
A worse disappointment came later when our fish dish arrived. Normally the waiter would cut up the fish at the table but it didn't happen this time. So I grab a fork and chopsticks to cut up the fish. Try as I could I just could not cut it up. I flipped the fish and same thing. It was rock hard! So I called he waiter over and told him that I couldn't cut it, that it was too hard. Without even attempting to cut the fish the waiter took it back to the kitchen and about 10 minutes later we get the same fish back, no explanation or apologies. We think the cook in his haste had cooked a frozen fish.
We haven't been back since. Dimsum may be okay but after what happened why take the risk. Golden Ocean is the only large Chinese restaurant in Kerrisdale so I guess without competition they don't care anymore with quality. That is a pity.
If you are willing to venture out a bit, Dynasty on Broadway near Cambie and Red Star near Granville and 65th Avenue are superb.
this is my first time here, and second time at a dim sum place.
overall experience was great, but i was with a group of people (9) so that might contribute to the mood. i would go back and try it with a smaller group (2-4), but i dont think it matters much.
food was good, although typical for a lot of the dishes. i've always liked the beef spare ribs, and i tried the bbq pork dim sum, which was very tasty. chicken feet was good too.
i'm not into shrimp in dim sum, but the stick rice wrapped in leaf had both pork and shrimp. after a bite with shrimp in it, i started taking them out. but that's just my own preference, everyone else i went with loved it.
i dont have the receipt, so i cant say which dishes we got. the dishes were on carts and we ordered as they rolled by our table. it was a new experience for me, but apparently typical for morning dim sum places.
i was told to go early, 9-10am-ish to get fresh food and good table. i got there around 10am and the place was about half filled. when we left around 11:30, there were people waiting for tables to open up.
the total came to $78.xx, a friend's mom contributed $50, and each of us payed about $5. so i cant really judge the price. i gave it 3 for average.
good place for chinese breakfast.
i'd go back again.