When you're ready to be a bit more adventurous, try Jade Dynasty for excellent authentic dim sum. Crowded but worth it. No carts. Also have an extensive regular menu.
The reviews here swayed me enough to try this restaurant out for dim sum. Accoridng to the signage outside, they serve dim sum all day (9pm close), a nice find considering how few of these exist in town.
The gf and I stumbled in at around 2pm. We were greeted nicely and sent to a table of our choosing. It's order form variety and the waitress included a separate lunch menu in addition to a supplementary menu complete with images for those unfamilar with certain dim sum dishes. Decent amount of choices to choose from. We ticked off 4 dishes, all usuals, including steamed Shanghai Dumplings (Siu Long Bao). All dishes came out hot. The shrimp dumplings were average size but fresh with plump shrimps and had a perfectly cooked, firm skin that wasn't mushy. The spring rolls were crispy with a tiny hint of garlic and the Beef Rice Roll was enormous in size and I liked the single sprig of bok choy on the side. The shanghai dumplings were steamed instead of the typical fried version and were juicy, though the outside was a touch doughy at the top creases and a bit smaller in size.
We came in after 11am so prices were definitely more expensive. Dim sum dishes ranged from $3.70-$4.20 between 11am to 4pm just so you know. I would assume that dim sum after 4pm would have a smaller menu selection. Best bet for bang for your buck? Come before 11.
Waitresses are quick, efficient and stop by your table often. Most (if not all) it seems have a good grasp of english which is a rarer sight, and are friendly and helpful, as I witnessed a couple of times during our tea time with other english speaking patrons.
The decor is comfortably worn in, very casual, right down to the disposable plastic table liners.
Though more expensive, having reasonably good dim sum available in the evening is a very good thing.
Have been to Jade Dynasty for dimsum several times, and have always been satisfied. Dimsum is from a check-sheet, and comes promptly, hot and fresh. Perhaps not the most elegant, but very good.
We try to go early, as the place CAN get crowded. Why is it crowded? Good hot food, decent prices, reasonable ambiance. Try it out if you are in Chinatown.
This was a pleasant surprise. Dim Sum for lunch in Chinatown was tasty and the service was friendly. Items are cooked to order and arrive fresh and hot. We had steamed Shiu-Mai (pork dumplings)with tobiko, mini sticky rice wraps, baked BBQ pork pastries and excellent stuffed eggplant with shrimp puree. Most items are $3.50 - $4.00 each and lunch for two with tip came to $20. Busy little crowded restaurant with a Chinatown feel that gave it good ambiance. Definately recommended.
This place used to be a vegetarian restaurant but they totally renovated it, and probably changed owner.
I've been here once for lunch and twice for dinner.
For lunch, we ordered noodle soup and they're humungous! I had the assorted veg and meat w/ crispy noodles. It was pretty good.
For dinner, which we don't understand why it's dead during dinner time. Their food is above average! Their fried cod is good. Their garlic choy (dou meu) is unbelievably tasty! My mom and I think that they have a secret recipe for that dish. Their soup is fresh and everything was good or better!
I thought this place was very reasonably priced unfortunatly we went a few nights ago when it was packed. I found there dumplings delicious and there won ton soup was pretty good over all i think this is an above solid place to go if your passing by china town. Ambiance is plainish not terrible not pretty either and since we went when it was full service was a bit slow.
We went there for a sunday dim sum lunch and our server appeared grumpy, didn't smile and when we asked for an explanation of a dish, she got pretty snarly with us.. Its a fairly samll restaurant and you have to tick which items you want (no carts). We waited for quite some time before the first dish came: shrimp dumplings, they were average in size and each consisted of several pieces of small whole shrimps. I prefer the larger prawns but these were just ok. Then we had some steamed beef balls, the consistency was good but missing the distinctive orange peel flavour which is usually used to flavour this dish. The pork dumping (sie mie) was ok, not that flavourful but came with chopped chinese mushrooms which some might like, it was a bit blank overall.. then we had the deep fried pork balls (ham sau gok) those were nice and hot but pretty pale looking and the inside had minced pork.. overall it was ok but don't think we will return as lots of other better dim sum restaurants around...
It was an OK restaurant the place could use a bit of a clean up but the food was fine. the prices went up a lot since the last time we were there! they kept on trying to give us some lemon chicken twice and then they assumed we ordered some con-gee. but BEST of all the bathrooms WERE CLEAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jade Dynasty is located in Chinatown in what used to be a Buddist Chineese restraunt that pretty good, but I'd say things have gone down hill. I found that it was a bit smelly in there and the plastic table clothes are functional but not very inviting. I guess the pull for Jade Dynasty is that the serve Dim Sum all day, which is good news for Dim Sum addicts. But comeon, isnt part of the Dim Sum Experience:the Sunday crowds, the crisp white table clothes, and the tea! This is kinda a Dim sum greasy spoon. The steamed Dim Sum was bit overly sticky, and the steamed prawn dumplings were a bit questionable and kinda clamy.I have not tried the rest of the menu, but I dont think I will be going back there are just way too many great restraunts in this city!
We had a range of dim sum here and the only item I really thought was outstanding was the regular dumplings. We also had BBQ Pork Puffs, Shanghai Dumplings and so on which were less than or about average.
The service was good, even though the restaurant was very busy we got seen to straight away, no hanging around, food came out quickly and got our bill quickly too.
The prices seemed quite reasonable by Vancouver standards. Ambiance - well, it was ok, a little dirty, a refresh of paint wouldn't go amis!
So the big question is...would I come back here again? Probably would but wouldn't go out of my way.
I crave dim sum at random times, not usually early enough for most places. The Jade is so conveniently located between downtown or to Tinseltown, I am becoming a regular. Service to me has always been super prompt and friendly, solo or not! On my last visit I took a friend (whose gf is vegan) so it was a treat for him to gorge on pork dumplings and shrimp. Awesome! Beer is cheap and tea is free as always. Love the Jade!
It's best to get to the restaurant and order your dishes before 11am. Prices go up after that. The food was good, but not as much variety as I'm used to. Also since the carts aren't rolling around it's not as rich as experience as I've had in the past. Afterall, you look at some dishes they look good, so you order them. We had a big group and ordered so many dishes that we had to call some more friends to come and eat.
We were on our way to a movie at Tinseltown, and were looking for a place close by to grab a bite before showtime. Both vegetarians for the most part, the Jade Dynasty caught our eye for a sandwich board outside listing a variety of faux-meat style dishes. Mock duck, mock beef, and mock chicken dishes are always a treat for vegetarians nostalgic for the texture and taste of meat; we've had the style in Calgary and Toronto and enjoyed both immensely.
Alas, it was not to be this time around. We tried to order the gluten appetizer and were told that it was unavailable (a sign of things to come), so we settled on some spring rolls and mock shark-fin soup. We also ordered a mock beef-eggplant hotpot.
Despite an appetizing list of ingredients on the menu, the shark-fin soup arrived as a clear broth with just sea bream; then the beef eggplant hotpot arrived with no mock meat at all. It had zero flavour to boot, and there was all kinds of plaintive yelling in the kitchen when we sent it back. No apologies, and completely perfunctory service rounded out the experience.
With prices set rather high for dishes like the hotpot ($13.95 for stewed eggplant!), coupled with an overall inability to deliver as advertised, you should avoid the Jade Dynasty if you're looking for good vegetarian-style Chinese food.
I attended a wedding held at Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Garden over the weekend and Jade Dynasty catered this 10 course meal.
They served an assortment of high quality foods even after being cooked at the restaurant and delivered to the venue. My top 3 favourites were prawn ball with crab claw, lobster on a bed of sticky rice, and the pan fried yee mein.
I've been to many traditional Chinese 10 course dinners and this meal by far outranks Flota and Sun Sui Wah. I will definitely check out their dim sum and dinner soon!
After reading reviews here we went for dim sum late this afternoon. The restaurant was fairly quiet. Service was prompt, cheerful and helpful. Ordered half a dozen dishes - shrimp dumplings and shui mai were delicious, as were the wonton in chili and steamed beef balls with bean curd sheets. The one so-so spot was the deep fried squid - it was tasty but a little greasy and heavy, although the portion was huge. Dishes came quickly but well-paced. The room is comfortable and, unusually for the neighbourhood, the bathrooms were in good shape and very clean.
Six dishes plus four Tsing Tao came to $50 after tax and before tip. Definitely a good meal for the price. We'll be returning.
(As for the squid, for a far superior version I'd recommend the Phnom Penh on Georgia near Main.)
I've been there twice and both times were great for a place with dim sum via a tick off card. The service was not so good as my table was mainly Caucasian so they may not have cared as much as if we were mainly Chinese.
The food came quickly and hot. It was packed as the restaurant is small and rectangular (as are many places in Chinatown). The only table was next to the door which was not covered so we had a draft of chilly air everytime it was open.
The billboard outside the restaurant states they have a vegetarian tick off menu but we didn't try that. They take cash, credit and debit. They are open regular lunch and dinner hours.
Very busy at the height of Dim Sum hours, the upside is that they serve Dim Sum until 4pm (and often a little later) which is nice for the late-risers. There is no cart service, everything is made fresh to order. Decent pricing, friendly and efficient service. Tea and water refilled regularly. Convenient location in the heart of Chinatown. Recommended dishes include: deep fried tofu, chinese vegetables w/ oyster sauce, crystal dumplings with shrimp, any of the rice noodles dishes, and almost all their dessert dishes are only $3. I am very picky about where I eat and go here on a regular basis because it has great food, is consistent, clean, and good Dim Sum downtown. Highly recommended.
Well, I went back with some girlfriends over the weekend and Jade Dynasty did not dissapoint.
We went on a sunday at noon and it was busy but not crazy, no reservationa dn only a few minutes wait for the table.
Service was once again great, and the food as well. We tried the steaming hot Shanghai dumplings, fried turnip cakes, plump juicy shrimp Har Gow, steamed Char Siu Bao, some amazing shrimp stuffed eggplant thing, Shu Mai, curried squid, AMAZING deep fried garlic chicken wings and my namesake, Char Siu Sou. All was delicious, fresh and served promptly. My only dissapointment was the Char Siu Sou, which was quite greasy and not flaky as pastry should be.