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Long's Noodle House

4853 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5V3R9
Tel: (604) 879-7879
Neighbourhood: South Vancouver

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Nice XLB place
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 15, 2011 - 7:36am [Dine in]

Went on a weekday before 6pm and good thing as this very small place gets fully by 6:30. A couple of large tables takes up most of the place but you can share the large tables if you are in a small group. Went here to try the soup buns (XLB) and they were pretty good. Also had the Hot and Sour Soup - just average, Tan Tan noodles - very good (a bit on the sweet side with the meat), spicy wontons - average, and jelly fish - very good. Service was quick and efficient with suggetions made by the waitress. Prices were a bit on the high side considering the decor/food. Place needs a bit of a makeover but it doesn't seem to deter the customers. Will come back and try other dishes.

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Rude and Pretentious
By ssfoody of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 30, 2011 - 7:19pm [Dine in]

The restaurant was tiny and cramped with as many tables as possible. The portion size was small for the price. The service was nothing to write home about. Moreover, this place took it to a new low when they rudely demanded higher tips for mediocre services rendered. Needless to say, I will not go back.

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Amazing hostess
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2007 - 1:29pm [Dine in]

Her smile alone brought me back a couple of days later dragging along a few others to introduce to them the brilliance of an unbeatable smile & attitude as well as in the hopes of being impressed by smthing on the menu.

Visit #1: Typical Shanghai dimsum items ordered. Xiao Long Bao - soupy, but no stand-out in flavours while the wrap was a little thicker than I'd have preferred. The pork inside was fine but boring. The spicy wonton at least didn't have a glob of peanut butter & tho it packed some heat, the flavour was a little off. The Szechuan beef noodles in soup was awefully greasy, too soft & though it too packed some heat, it was also filled w/what seemed like thick bean paste sauce from those Lee Kum Kee jars. The specialty wine chicken was really salty but was made with great technique though the recipe could have been better and I wish it had more than just thigh meat. Different (not in a bad way) served warm. The sweet soy drink's good. (Food: 2-Decent)

Visit #2: The spicy wontons were once again a miss. So it is just the recipe for the sauce. The wontons themselves were fine. The salty soy soup was pretty good with seaweed & no chili oil premixed in. The tofu lettuce soup is pretty good. The fatty braised pork meat was delicious in flavour & texture. The stir-fried baby bok choy hearts were well picked & portion is good. The wine chicken, again too salted for 2 of us, but apparently, perfectly fine for the others. It was well made, just need some tweaking in flavouring as well as maybe insert some white meat for those who prefer such. (Food: 4-Outstanding)

The hostess is great w/ faces. She recognized us in spite of only having seen us once b4... she even remembered what we ate & how much we ended up packing by the end of our late meal.

It's amazing how the hostess can be the only server, cashier, answer the phone (on her bluetooth headset) & yet run the place so efficiently AND still keep up her charm!

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XLB outstanding as are most other dishes
By Nighthawk of Delta [Ladner] (20 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 7:37pm [Dine in]

The food at this place is outstanding and I would love to give the place an uncaveated positive review. Indeed the service is not just indifferent but aggressively bad. The maitre d' made us feel like she was doing us a huge favour in seating us and the wait staff delivered the dishes we ordered with artful in your face indifference. That stated the quality of the dishes almost made up for a service that can only be characterized as absolutely missing inaction,

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Sandy is the hardest working waitress...
By grnbastard of South Van (17 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 20, 2006 - 10:53pm [Dine in]

This place serves the best 'wine chicken' in the lower mainland. Make sure you order the shanghai steamed pork dumplings and the pan fried dumplings. The co-owner/sole waitress named Sandy can really hustle! Her smile is so sweet and I'd return just to watch her work! One of the best Shanghai joints in town!

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Excellent XLB
By kawaii of Vancouver (51 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 12:17am [Dine in]

We decided to come on a very busy night (or is every night a busy night at this place??). The restaurant was packed, fortunately, we were first in line for the next table. We ended up at a large round table with 3 other couples.

I'm glad it turned out that way - because we were able to get advice on how to expertly eat the XLB. I've tried it at other restaurants and never been too impressed, and finally glad that I made it to Long's because it was delicious. We ordered some other dishes as well - soup with dumplings, some rolls, but nothing really stood out except for the XLB which we will definitely be back for. Also the wine chicken the people next to us were eating looked like a good bet.

The servers were amazing given the the packed house, efficient and friendly and got everyone's orders right. But I did overhear a conversation for a party of 4 that were late for their reservations and their table was given away - the customer was complaining that she got stuck in traffic and couldn't get there in time. She was about 10 minutes late and there was a line-up of people out the door and only about 6-8 tables in the place - I would have to side with the restaurant. If you're not on time for your reservation, it's going to the people who are actually ready to eat and pay at that moment. If I was in that line up that's what I would expect.

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mediocrity dominates this noodle house
By honorberry of kits, vancouver (33 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 12:02am [Dine in]

Went for lunch at the weekend. This place fills up quickly.
The only 2 solid dishes on the menu are the 'Xiao Long Bao' and the 'drunken chicken'. I believe i was more impressed with the 'drunken chicken' the first time. On this occasion, they were ok. They call themselves a noodle house - nothing spectacular from any of the dishes I've ordered. Very mediocre and to be honest, a little disappointing.

The one server (there is an army in the back - making the food) is fast and yes she does have a good memory but she is insincere. She has to have the smile and be quick-she's running a business. However, i must agree with one of the reviewers 'ssfoody - may 2011). Tipping is not obligatory and you tip according to how you felt the service was. This server thinks otherwise - she will freak out if you don't meet the 10% she thinks she deserves. She will shout at you and calculate incorrectly the change due to you and will never admit when she's wrong nor apologise. Be forewarned - a lot of improvement in the service is needed.

The place is small, but you also don't want to linger there to eat. It's not that kind of environment. The service is fast because they want you to eat quickly, pay over the odds and get out. The decor is functional and fairly clean. Oh and it's a cash only establishment.

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It IS possible!
By silmycat of BC (25 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 27, 2009 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

Ended up at Longs for a weekday lunch. We had wine chicken, tan tan noodles, beef roll and of course XLB. The wine chicken is very good. The chicken came in a little ceramic pot which helped keep it bathed in all the winey goodness. We ordered the meat version of tan tan noodles, I would have enjoyed it more if it had a bit of spice to it. However the noodles were still enjoyable. Next time I would probably opt for the regular tan tan and ask for a bit more heat. Beef roll was deelish. It was a bit "crispy" on the outside which added an appreciative crunch. The XLB had nice thin wrappers and the the broth was gingery and not too salty. Long's is definitely a solid choice for XLB outside of Richmond.

The service was brilliant. Very friendly, efficient and welcoming. The space is small and clean. There are not a lot of tables (<10) but they turned over quickly as the restaurant was very busy on a Thursday afternoon.
Bathrooms were clean enough to use.

Value is excellent, our four dishes came to $23.
Long's has all the essentials: food, value, efficiency AND service. Who would've thought it could be possible to have all four at a Chinese eatery? No hesitations recommending Long's for Shanghai-nese and XLB.

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The best XLB; impressive service
By Grits of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 10:01am [Dine in]

First, I'd like to say how welcoming the staff is. Long's is run by a woman who does it all. She cooks, busses tables, answers the phone, takes orders, you name it. Plus she's friendly, and downright gorgeous.

Yesterday she was making the XLB, on their menu "steamed pork buns." I'm new to this world of the soup dumpling, but they are life altering. I've tried several around town, and they're always a letdown after Long's. The beautiful thin wrappers, with a magical strength. I will never understand how something so lucious and tender doesn't fall apart when you pick it up with chopsticks, but it doesn't. The broth is ample; light, and rich at the same time, around a te der morsel of pork. The best.

The beef rolls are great, too. We've tried them elsewhere, but they're greasy and bland. The roll has a lovely chew to it, and isn't greasy at all. The beef is salt cured and flavourful, and is perfect with the hoisin and cilantro. The pea shoots are fresh and garlicky.

We usually try a different entree each time. None have ever been super memorable. She recommended the tan tan noodles, which were okay, but I have never much liked that dish anywhere. The noodles were great, though. Also I prefer the overly salty, overly sour hot and sour soup of bad Chinese American restaurants, so though long's wasn't my favourite, I blame my palette.

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Tasty food here
By pancakes225 of vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 8:55am [Dine in]

I went here for lunch with my coworker last week. We ordered the steamed pork dumplings, spicy pork wontons, rice noodles with pork/cabbage and the red bean dessert. I found the food to be very tasty and filling. Four dishes for $30 including tip is good value for lunch and we are big eaters.
I love red bean dessert so if you do too, you must have this red bean dessert, it is really so yummy. The other three dishes were tasty but not outstanding - you can get other similar taste with other restaurants but what stands out for me is the really friendly service. Most of the time, service at Asian restaurants involve a rough hello and rarely can they crack a smile but here, the waitress is smiling all the time though she is busy serving everyone else, delivering food, seating people and being the cashier.
I told my other friend about this place and we're heading over next week so she can get her red bean fix!

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Good Shanghainese
By Trevor of Vancouver (60 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 6, 2007 - 12:40am [Dine in]

I think I've found my new place to go to for good Shanghainese food! My friends brought my gf & I here a couple weeks ago.

Food is awesome!! Good hot & sour soup, beef in pancake roll, green onion pancake, panfried turnip pastry & pork dumpling. Their siu long bao are excellent! So juicy & yummy. Prices are soooo reasonable for their quality and quantity.

Service is better than expected, considering that there's one woman who runs the entire dining room pretty much by herself (cashier, waitress, food runner, busperson). She's efficient, always smiling and very pleasant.

Decor is what you can expect in a small Chinese restaurant... very simple yet clean.

Can't wait to go back!

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Smaller everything including price...
By thecritic of Vancouver (374 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 13, 2004 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

Long's is a small restaurant (seats about 25 people) near 33rd on Main. They offer a limited selection on their menu (for a Chinese restaurant anyways) with several smaller, budget conscious dishes. A good place for cheap eats and personable, prompt service.

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Favourite Shanghai Place
By HappyHippo of Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 5:12pm [Dine in]

Food: Their steamed bun dumplings (Xiao Long Bao) are some of the best I've had and a must try if you go. It's very juicy and the wrap is not that thick. I also liked their drunken chicken. It was very tender and flavourful.

Service: The service was quick and friendly. The waitress has a great memory and takes the order by memorizing it instead of writing it down. They are fluent in english and mulitple dialect of chinese, so it's nice to take out of town guest here. While I don't feel rushed by the waitress there, I do feel like I should eat quickly due to the large amount of people there at times and the small space.

Value: Not the cheapest asian meal you can get, but the value is great for the quality of food you get.

Ambiance: It's not the prettiest looking place but it is clean. It is a little cramped sometimes. I would recommend trying to go at a time when you can avoid the lunch crowd.

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My mom said the shanghainese waitress is intense
By bottomless of Arbutus Ridge, Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 22, 2005 - 5:55pm [Dine in]

The drunk chicken is very juicy, and unusually served warm when it should be served chilled. Very suculant nonetheless. I love the soy milk, both the spicey and sweet versions, which they strain themselves in house. And the spicey wonton, xiu lung biaos, and san chin biaos. The real tastey stuff is on the chalkboard in Chinese only. So make sure you go with a chinaman who can read it to you.

Try asking for the "Four streams beef noodle". Four Streams (Sei Chun) is what the area around Shanghai is called.

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Pretty Good overall.
By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 17, 2008 - 9:18am [Dine in]

The first time I was there, I tried thier hot & sour soup and it was outstanding. Hot to a point that my tongue felt numb afterwards. I went again a couple of days ago, the soup wasn't as hot. It was still very good though.

Thier beef roll was very good and the deep fried red bean pastry was outstanding too. The drunken chicken was uniquely served and very juicy.

The lady (server/waitress/cashier) was very pleasant, great customer service, great smile.

The price was not cheap, but pretty reasonable for such good food.

The restaurant was quite small and cozy. The style was just like a regular asian restaurant. No complaints, as it was very clean.

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Xiaolong Bao to die for!
By orange of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 12:13pm [Dine in]

One Sunday afternoon- I gave up waiting at next door's Au Petite Cafe and came into this gem of a restaurant. No huge points for ambience, although it's clean and bright which is more than could be said for many hole in the wall places.

I love xiaolong bao, the small, steamed dumplings with the surprise soup inside. There is often an older lady making these fresh in front of you. I'm certain those go straight into the steamer. Yum! You get 6 for $3.80 and most other dishes on the menu can be had for under 7 dollars. The drunken chicken was perfectly flavoured for $4.95. Other solid choices are the hot and sour soup, tan tan noodles and beef roll. Some of their pan fried noodle choices are a bit greasy but overall their food is fresh and authentic.

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Tsui Lam Bau (sp?)
By Miles of South Granville (27 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 4:09pm [Dine in]

Dumpling lovers should unite and hit Long's for pork dumplings (tsui lam baus) that explode savory broth shrapnel in your mouth. Good times indeed. I recommend trying the drunken chicken, tan tan noodles, and spicy soy soup with chinese donuts.

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Too cramped
By hydeeho of Burnaby (182 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 20, 2008 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

Very small restaurant with seating for 30 people. Extremely cramped. 1 person as cashier, waitress, busperson. Probably too small to have another staff person on duty. So when its busy as it was when I went for lunch today service suffers. As nice and personable as the waitress was the service was unbearable. Food was okay but the portions were really small. 3 dishes for 2 people and I am still hungry. Won't be back.

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XLB outstanding as are most other dishes
By Nighthawk of Delta [Ladner] (20 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 5, 2013 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

The food at this place is outstanding and I would love to give the place an uncaveated positive review. Indeed the service is not just indifferent but aggressively bad. The maitre d' made us feel like she was doing us a huge favour in seating us and the wait staff delivered the dishes we ordered with artful in your face indifference. That stated the quality of the dishes almost made up for a service that can only be characterized as absolutely missing inaction,

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