Phoenix Garden serves a classic menu of Chinese cuisine with a good seafood selection and dim sum options.
Having eaten at the Trocadero next door I did notice there were 4 restaurants in a row and wanted to try at least 1 of them. Feeling like dim sum I looked up Phoenix Garden on Dinehere and saw the fine report left by jaceycori. Food was fresh, tasty, huge, and cheap. I've lost track of the dishes but there was at least 6 and the bill was under $20.00. Dim sum was served by cart which is way preferable over ticking a sheet. The girl on the cart was friendly and spoke English. My only concern was that she might have been a little too pushy.
Restaurant was rather upscale with covers on all the chairs, quite a suprise actually. I will be coming back.
We came here for a family dinner on a weeknight. We were quite skeptical about this place because we only saw one table eating. Lucky that a few more groups came after we sat down. We ordered a combo for 10 that comes with Peking duck. Food is just OK for what we paid for. The two crab hot pot is tasteless, not even taste like crab. I would say the highlight of the meal is the baked tapioca pudding. Service is pretty good.
Whenever we come to this place for dim sum, it's always packed and I understand why. It's because the quality and portion of the food that you get is well worth what you pay for, which was super reasonable. I mean it's no Kirin or Sun Sui Wah, which of course has more variety and better quality, but those places can get pretty expensive if you order a lot of seafood items. Last time I went here on a weekend, the bill came up to $30ish for 3 people and we were stuffed. I hear it's 20% off during the week.
The dim sum comes around in carts and everything I ordered was steaming hot, fresh, and tasty. I thought the har gow (shrimp dumplings) was excellent. The dumplings were full of actual shrimp and not mashed up shrimp, which some other places i've gone to serve. Other memorable dishes were the pan fried loh bak gow (radish cake) with XO sauce, stuffed eggplant, egg tarts, and baked tapioca pudding dessert.
I came here for dinner once and had the 2-course peking duck and pork chops cooked in this orange marmalade kinda sauce. Both dishes were excellent and the portions were big. :D
The ladies that push the dim sum carts and the servers were super nice, attentive, and spoke english. The restaurant itself looks pretty new and the clean. There's a few TVs that constantly show some sort of chinese show.
In short, it's one of my favorite dim sum places because of the reasonable price and the quality.
I came in here because I used to buy take out from Golden Phoenix. I was so surprised! I've been going to Golden Phoenix for years with family and friends because we all love the food and service. They told me that Cindy (the owner of Golden Phoenix aKa Fattie mom) moved back to China. I was so disappointed. We ordered anyway thinking it'd be fine. The food was tasteless, nothing special and I also hate dishonest people. When I was looking through their menu, it says clearly (in english) 10% off for take out.. when i asked them about it, they denied it and said it's for daytime takeouts, not at night... like... wtf?
Anyways... on my way home, i saw the chinese words, the Golden Phoenix colors (yellow and black) but it says Cindy's Palace.... huh?? when did they have one on 2nd and nanaimo??!? I pulled over to call them since the phone number was advertised.... I asked if this is same as Golden Phoenix and the person YES, this used to be Golden Phoenix but Cindy and her staff moved up the block.. So....Cindy DIDN'T move back to China! She just moved up the road with a new name: Cindy's Palace! Yahoo!!! The people from Phoenix Garden are HARSH LIARS!!!!!!! Think i'm stupid or something... I'm NEVER GOING THERE AGAIN!!!!!!!
Anyone else think it's scummy that Phoenix Garden would lie and change their name to sound like Golden Phoenix? Haha! Anyway. I'm not setting foot in there again! I found Cindys Palace!! No more dishonesty about discounts nor about Cindy moving to China!!