The Pink Pearl is a Cantonese and Szechwan restaurant with a west coast flair.
Well, I just came back from a funeral dinner at the Pink Pearl. The food was decent, everything was organized well. Food had quality, though the pop taste bit... wierd. Don't know how to put it, but my table drank it anyways. They were both 1L bottles. So my cousin and I wanted to chip in to buy another bottle of pop, thinking they were like 2 - 3 dollars for a bottle, so his sister ask the waitress how much is it for a 1L bottle, and the waitress tells us SEVEN DOLLARS for a 1L bottle. Which you can prob get a 2L at any convienience store for less then 2.50. Like come on? What a rip
hadn't been for quite a while, so we thought we would re-visit.
food is acceptable, but overpriced. good dim sum can be found in many other establishments at a more reasonable price.
we'd rather pay less and get more...notwithstanding the quality
won't be back.
Food and service in the restaurant is decent.
Restaurant locates in seperate neighbourhood with frequent occurance of car break in and crack dealing.
Walked in for early seating of Dim sum, the carts came very quickly and the first pot was served. The cart servers kept trying to push the cold spring rolls or other popular north american dim sum items. In order to get the full service you need to ask what else is in their carts or they may offer it to someone else and if you want something like cuttlefish you need to ask.
We had to ask several times for tea and finally asked a manager to refill our tea.
The food was solid and we will go back, tricky service and all.
Go early so you can get parking.
Good food, service and the loud and busy atmosphere that makes a fun dim-sum experience.
The food is tasty and filling with a great selection of the tradition dim-sum dishes. The carts come really fast, no waiting, just eating.
I have been to Hong Kong and this was pretty close to what you get there in terms of atmoshere and menu.
Please Note - The review below this is total garbage because Richmond is in fact South of Vancouver and not West of Vancouver. Did you even eat at the Pink Pearl? Get your directions straight pal.
The customer demographic shows many of the customers are non oriental. This usually means the Pink Pearl food quality is not attracting the oriental customer base.
Dim Sum is usually packed on the weekend. I find the food quality OK in comparison with other newer Chinese seafood restaurant. Some of the "hot" food on carts are warm at best by the time it arrived your table. The pricing of dim sum dish is not clearly marked anywhere. IN fact, when you asked the server about the price, the common response is they do not know.
Dinner really shows how bad Pink Pearl fares with other Chinese seafood restaurant. The place is at most one quarter full (with the exception of banquet) and oriental customers are few and far in between.
My last dinner there was a month ago and it was a real bad experience. We ordered a pre set dinner for 10. Majority of the dishes were tasteless. The shark fin soup tasted like hot water mixed with soya sauce. Really bad!
I complained to the manager and asked him to taste it himself. He tasted it and agreed with our comments and did nothing to fix it.
My recommendation is STAY AWAY from Pink Pearl. You will feel like a fool wasting your hard earned money.
Pink Pearl used to be a great place to go. Given the many new restaurants in Vancouver and Richmond, Pink Pearl is like a run down place continuing looking for the bottom.
This is one of the best dim sum places in Vancouver. There's tons of room inside and lots of free parking. But even still, get there early! After 11am on the weekends, it tends to fill up really fast. You also have to be patient for certain items, it's a massive place inside and it can sometimes take a while for certain dumplings to pass by your table! The dim sum fare is pretty standard, and always really good. I've also been there for dinner several times, the food has always been great.
PP is good for bringing your out-of-town Caucasian guests but not for the Chinese family that's used to Authentic "home-style" cooking. We went on a Thursday night and used our Entertainment Coupons.
There was no squab available. HUGE disappointment.
The "dow mew" (a type of vegetable) was brutally old and not fresh for a $17 plate. After telling the server this, he just gave us this "oh really??" type of puzzled look as if it was unfathomable that they would serve food that was unfresh. He didn't do anything about and didn't offer any compensation.
The service otherwise was good - they were very friendly and provided many suggestions. Sometimes a little hawkish though.
To me, the dim-sum quality at Pink Pearl is equivalent to fast food burgers in western food. I believe this place was once new, popular, and probably one of the best dim-sum place in Vancouver area. Unfortunately, with all the new good dim-sum restaurants emerged in Richmond area, and without any improvement or innovation, Pink Pearl has probably been pushed out of the list for best dim-sum in the area. I took a friend from chicago to this place thought that I can show her a good place for dim-sum, but both of us came out stunned and disappointed with just overall experience. Feeling extremely unsatisfied, I took her to Shiang Garden for dim-sum the next day to make up for the unpleasant memory.
To sum it up, if you like the old fasion cart service, or the only thing you like in dim-sum is BBQ pork bun, or you haven't tried dim-sum in your lifetime before, Pink Pearl will do just fine for you.
But if you are from Hong Kong or from Asia, and you expect not just good, but a true dining experience equivalent to one in asia, then I suggest you head west to Richmond.
Service like the food is okay. Price is the issue; $3.75 for medium and $3.95 for large is expensive. Then if you should happen to order the Shrimp with scallop, that will set you back $5.50. This restaurant has priced itself beyond it's competition while serving less quality food and service. Further, the servers messed up the items we ordered; marked down large when we ordered medium dishes and special orders instead of large. Was not impressed!