Chinese restaurant serving typical fare chinese dishes and dim sum. Located on the north side of Kingsway a few doors west of Knight St. Customer parking available in the back.
I went with 2 other friends, arrived around 11am, and it wasn't too long after our arrival, this place fills up fast. My friend ordered a variety of dishes from Beef with Noodle in black bean sauce, prawn & pork dumplings, egg rolls, gui lan in oyster sauce, and couple of other dishes. All the dishes once they started coming out, arrived fairly quick and all hot. The Beef with noodle with black bean sauce, was my favourite dish, tons of flavour, in a large dish and I could eat it again. I found all the dishes had lots of flavour, with plenty of green tea. Our meal was finished in about hour & half and came to $32.00 or $12.00 per person. Great Asian flavour with friendly service and the dishes were inexpensive with lots of flavour.
Look forward to trying it again.
I've come here twice for dinner within the last couple of weeks on the request of relatives. It's easy to pass by this place since it feels a little inconspicuous even though it's on a busy street and it's hard to miss the long, big yellow awning. I have heard good things with their dim sum (especially compared to other similar restaurants on this strip, but that's for another review).
It's somewhat smaller for a chinese restaurant and the decor is dated but it is nicely lit (I noticed they used energy saving bulbs) and has been busy each time I've gone.
With a group of 6-7 people, we ordered 8 dishes this time after finding out 5 dishes were a bit short for us larger eaters. I didn't do any ordering but most everything ordered was fairly typical: Sweet & Sour Pork, Cold Drunken Chicken, Deep Fried Shrimp w/ Rock Salt & Chili, Beef & Gai Lan (Chinese Broccoli), Spicy Green Beans, Tofu Hotpot, Shrimp & Scrambled Egg and a Bittermelon with Pork dish I believe. As usual for combo orders it came with soup and dessert (Red Bean Soup).
Dishes came out quickly. Good portions and equally tasty too. The Sweet & Sour Pork was abundant on lean pieces of pork with hardly any fatty pieces. The pineapple seemed a little blander than I'm use to but overall the dish wasn't "bright red" as one would remember and without that sharp, tangy zing once it hits the tongue. Vegetable dishes were cooked perfectly with the kind of crisp, crunchy exterior you'd expect coming off a hot wok. Meat pieces were small on the Chicken & Cashew and Bittermelon dishes, however.
Service is surprisingly quick and it's easy to flag down a server. They're all quite a bit younger (and all seem to look the same to me) but they hustle back and forth and are friendly and polite.
A quick glance at the menu showed a lot of the prices were reasonable so I can't imagine too many dishes being priced apart from the pack.
For a quick, tasty and filling dinner I wouldn't have any problem coming back if I was in the area. I'd want to make a morning appearance to try their dim sum in the future.
We just took our father out for Father's day to this restaurant, because my father likes the dim sum here, but dinner is another story. The food was o.k. but everything else made the outing not so much fun, unless you like being packed in like sardines, having people jostling behind you with their chairs, and no air conditioning. It was a nice sunny day in Vancouver at 21 degrees, but who wants to sweat while you're eating dinner. They opened the door to let in the breeze and thank god, there was one from time to time, but otherwise it would have been stifling.
Just like the other reviews said, the service was poor and the bathrooms are disgusting. (Mind you, I'm used to Chinese restaurants not having very clean bathrooms so I avoid them as much as I can. I've maybe been to only one or two Chinese restaurants with decent bathrooms in my 40-something years in Vancouver but I guess I'm getting totally sidetracked here).
A little embarassing when we pulled out the old credit card and discovered that they only take debit or cash. Dad had to front us some cash!!! If we knew that, we would have brought in more cash but oh well, Happy Father's Day. At least, we had some laughs together.
Been 5x since Aug 08. Check off the list and items come steaming hot to the table. Reasonably priced at $2.55/dish. Huge sui mais and har gows. Beef meatballs are humongous. If going on weekends, make sure you arrive before 10 am otherwise you have to wait for a table. If only 1 or 2 persons, you may end up sharing a big table with another single/couple. Staff very polite and attentive. Good value and leftovers to take home. Parking chancy along Kingsway. Parking lot at back of restaurant or park along side streets.
Will definitely go back again.
I came to this restaurant several years ago the service was great and food was delicious. However I came down with my family this weekend and the service was terrible, the waitresses were rude, and food was very slow to come out. The crab we ate didn't taste fresh and the portions were small. You are better off going to Richmond to have dinner in a better renovated restaurant with lots of parking. Kam wah long doesn't have any parking in the front or back we had to park two blocks away and walk in the rain. The name clearly meant for Chinese customers only and the probably give better service if you were Chinese. The toilets were disgusting and the floor was very dirty. I wonder how the even pass government inspection. I haven't tried dim sum but I'm sure the other reviews are correct.
Based on the two previous positive reviews, I thought i would head down there with a few friends for dim sum last weekend. I am a dim sum fanatic and I must admit, the dim sum here is one of the worse places I have ever been to. Below are some of my observations: 1) shrimp dumpling and ha gows were just average in size at best. I don't know how the previous reviewer got the impression that they were humungous. The dumplings were also bland in taste. very sub par 2) we ordered the fried taro root. Half of it was cold and the other half was just luke warm. It appeared that this frozen item was not thawed properly. Wasn't big in size either 3) the fish daced eggplant was really bad tasting. They used the cheap fish daze that you can get at T & T. 4) the steamed bean curd wrap was alright. But if you like meat, there wasn't any in there. 5) order was really slow and very inconsistent. You may get one dish pretty fast but then you may have to wait a long time for another dish to come out. 6) finding parking is hard around this location. I had to park about two blocks away. 7) place doesn't look too sanitary if cleanliness is important to you. But for $2.55 a dish, you can't expect the royalty treatment.
Now the positives: 1) the service was better than average. the tea pots were always filled. 2) there are some dishes that aren't too bad and are generous in portion. They are the cuttle fish, beef meatballs and beef tendon dishes. 3) it's a cheap place to eat for $2.55 a dish. However, there are specialty dishes that are more expensive.
All in all, my friends and I are in agreement that we would not come back to this place again unless it's the only dim sum place in town. There are alot of other better places to go to that is better in quality. I would rather pay a little bit more elsewhere to get better tasting dim sum. Thumbs down to this place.
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