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King's Chinese Cuisine

4488 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5V3R3
Tel: (604) 874-3525
Neighbourhood: East Side
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Dim sum
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Always packed with families and large groups, this restaurant does well during the Dim Sum Hours, and even better during dinner service. Bargain priced banquet-style multi-course meals will feed families of 10-12. Attentive and friendly staff help run the restaurant with efficiency. Right across from a Mcdonalds.

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Good Old Style Cantonese
By hydeeho of Burnaby (182 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 31, 2008 - 7:32pm [Dine in]

Good old fashion restaurant serving good old fashion Cantonese food. Brought back memories when the only Chinese food was Cantonese. Party of 12 and everything was tasty, hot and came out fast. Complimentary soup and dessert. Restaurant a little dated. Restroom was old but clean. Small parking lot in the back. Definitely worth a return visit.

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Consistent and Solid Cantonese Food
By latelier of SE Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 6:11pm [Dine in]

My family are regulars to this place and its a decent Chinese restaurant if you want to feed groups of more than 8 for dinner. Prices are reasonable and the selection of dishes in their multicourse menus are good. Being regulars, we have no problems with getting VIP treatment...the manager would always come by and chat to see how the food was and if we needed anything.

They should do something about the yellow paint on the walls and the red carpeting. A degenerate Mcdonald's paint scheme. If you come, come for the food and the good prices.

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The good old days
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 23, 2011 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

My gf and I strolled in on an early morning weekday to catch dim sum here before the rush.

The decor is absolutely as described in previous reviews. It's beat up but not completely unpresentable. The workers are all people we can relate to, working class immigrants that know local homeland dialects.

As usual we set off with the usual menu items. The chicken feet stood out with its flavourful sauce, made all the better with the generous meat on the feet. The deep fried taro and pork dumplings, something I usually don't like was actually quite good here, mostly for the good balance of richness from the taro and the savouriness of the minced pork filling since the taro usually overpowers the pork filling. The other standbys like the beef rice roll, tripe, spring rolls and shrimp dumplings were all expected and par with other dim sum restaurants.

While the servers themselves are what you expect to find anywhere, the service here is actually better than the norm. They dance between the old asian seniors who need a little more care and patience to patrons like us, who can be hasty and may only speak english. A nice find.

If you understand why the customer base of mostly elder asians come here you'll understand why the food here works. It's inexpensive and most importantly, honest.

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Is it THE King?
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 29, 2006 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

Food: I've had much better at other chinese restaurants. Their shanghai noodle was wet, their honey garlic spareribs were too fatty, their fish fried rice didn't have enough fish (supposed to be a strong odor) and other dishes were just lacking in ingredients like their sweet and sour soup which tasted great but didn't contain anything substantial.

Service: Really nice servers that even gave us extra dessert! Food came out really fast which could explain the less than stellar quality of food.

Ambiance: Just another run of the mill chinese hole-in-the-wall restaurant. It really bugged me that they play chinese movies in the restaurant but the entire time that we were there, it was left in the menu section of the DVD and no one bothered to press play.

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KCC
By kennydoc1999 of Vancouver (40 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 8:10pm [Dine in]

We've been to this restaurant various times for Dim Sum, one of their fancier fixed dinner menus, and take-out various times.

The women who serve us are usually quite polite, quick, and good-natured; one of them actually spoke the same small-village-peasant-dialect-seldom-heard-Cantonese that I grew up with and am accustomed to. That in itself tells me the kind of staff that work here: simple, hard working, upfront and direct. This can also be applied to the food and decor.

Simple decor and food. There's a t.v. in the wall, hand written menus on the walls, slightly chipped and scratched paint on the walls, in other words the walls need painting. About a half dozen larger round tables, 8-10 smaller tables all with really used off white tablecloths to eat off of and vinyl padded chairs ( some ripped ) to sit on.

The food is cheap if you're in for Dim Sum and the quality is not bad ( but neither does it blow you away either ), thus the throngs of small-village-peasant-type- Chinese- folk there. Regarding dinner you'll get an average, to a slightly below average, Cantonese meal. Like Dim Sum it's okay but there's not any offerings nor any tastes in the food that make your palate sing.

If you do eat here you won't be disappointed if you expect working class Canton food, ambiance and service

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Service was terrible - Only want your money
By lungfish23 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 1:16pm [Dine in]

I don't usually write reviews for places that I go to but my experience today was awful enough to warrant one.

My wife and I were there with my parents for dim sum today. Arrived around 11:30am. Ordered our food and waited. Food came like any other Chinese restaurant. Nothing fantastic or anything. But its cheap so its not bad.

All our food came by around noon. We slowed down our eating but there were still food on the table. We clearly were still working at it. AND IT'S A CHINESE RESTAURANT. We were there to enjoy our tea and conversation as well. At this time the waiters/ waitresses came by at 1 minute intervals to check that all our items had arrived. We got the impression that they were trying to get us to leave so they could have the table to seat others. We have been there for a total of 45 minutes at this time. My mother straight up asked them if they were trying to hurry us out. The older waiter there said, "Yes. We have people waiting." When I told him that we have been there for only 45 minutes and that we were still slowly eating and enjoying our food, he told us that "Maybe we should have gone to a cafe."

Even though we hadn't asked for the bill yet, they came back with it and left a take out box on the table for us to pack the rest of our food ourselves.

They said that they don't mind people sitting around if it wasn't busy but if it's busy, you need to eat and go. I do understand this if we were there for a long time. But 45 minutes while waiting for your items to arrive is not long.

So bottom line is that if you are not actively ordering more items, you will be asked to leave. Once all your items have arrived, you better finish it and leave.

Needless to say, we will not be eating there again.

TL;DR: Kicked us out to serve other guest when we were still eating because we had stopped ordering.

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acceptable dimsum place but not spectacular nor memorable. Soup is watery bland and tasteless,
By richmond diner of richmond bc (12 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 7:48pm [Dine in]

This place do not boast of great tasting dimsum like its neighbors. The dimsum they serve is poorly seasoned and did not even taste like they were made by someone who knew what they were doing,
Very unspectacular and amateurish is the right description.

Mind you, this place used to serve good dimsum so there may have been a change in source or chefs and cooks.

The service remains good but ultimately what brings customers back is great tasting food. SO shape up.please.

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Dimsum Only!
By mainman of Main, Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 8:22am [Dine in]

I pound way too much of their dimsum then is good for me. But I must say they have a very nice dimsum menu, best around main I've had and the price is cheap $2.50 an item. So for $12 a person you can stuff yourself on steamed prawns, sticky rice, pork dumplings and all the other yummy stuff thats probably gonna kill you haha. I would never go here for dinner its Dim SUM only and the place is PACKED HOUSE with Chinese people so you know they do it good here, no lowfan lemon chicken crap from these guys. Real bucktooth, bad skin, fresh off the boat chinese dimsum.

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Took three hours to eat a meal...
By DumplingGirl of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 9, 2008 - 2:28am [Dine in]

I went to this restaurant on the second night of Chinese New Years (CNY) and had one of the worst eating experiences of my entire life. I'm Chinese and I've worked in a Chinese restaurant in my teen years and I know how bad some of the restaurants can be but this one totally takes it to a new low.

I had a really bad experience with the soup that came with the meal, there was something in there that broke apart and was gritty and tasted like sand. A couple other dishes that weren't good are the duck meat lettuce wraps, the meat was way too salty and the lettuce was not that fresh and the fried rice was very bland. Overall, the food was edible, some dishes like sweet and sour pork chops and the peking duck wrap were okay.

The service was really bad, I understand that it was busy and it was CNY but it should not take 1 hour for 2 dishes to come out, especially when you reserved a table and told them which menu you would like before arriving. The wait staff was inattentive, instead of switching our plates, they just plop the plates down on our table and walked away without taking the old plates. After two and a half hours, there was two dishes that still hasn't come out and when we asked about it, the waitress said that on her sheet, she has check it off so it came out already and basically accused us of lying. Finally another waitress came over and it was determined that they messed up.

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Too bad so sad
By yummy04 of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 7:18pm [Dine in]

This restaurant was originally recommened to us because their food is suppose to be pretty good, so we decided to give it a try. We made reservations for 7:30, but by the time we got to our seats it was 7:50. But that was ok, most chinese restaurants are like that anyways. But it took them about 2 hours to finally bring out 3 dishes that we had ordered, it does not take 2 hours to make 3 dishes. I mean, I can understand if they were crazy busy, but people who came in after us were getting their food before us. And the food wasn't that great either, probably can get the same quality food elsewhere that provides way better service. I will never go back here again!

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