Opened in 2005, Prince Seafood Restaurant provides a comfortable atmosphere and traditional, authentic Chinese cuisine with a focus on dim sum.
Sunday morning dim sum with friends brought us here. We were lucky that our table of 4 walked in with immediate seating.
The menu sheet offers all your usual dim sum entries so the usuals were ordered: chicken feet, deep fried pork dumplings, har gows, siu mais, egg tarts, beef rice roll, spring rolls, durian pastry and a refreshing though typical lychee gelatin. The egg tarts and durian pastry were standouts, flaky pastry with a delicate and mild custard and durian filling. The shrimp dumplings were a little disappointing with the subpar texture of the wrapper while the poorest dish overall was the afterthought rice roll.
The servers were friendly enough with automatic refills and dish clearing but you'd be otherwise getting your standard efficient, no-frills yet hasty chinese service.
Overall quality came with a couple of misses but prices were on the higher end of the spectrum throughout. Ordinary at best I'd say.
As an avid dim sum goer (every weekend and many weekdays when I can't wait for the weekend) I was impressed and excited to have found Prince. The dim sum is freshly made and while the "har gow" (shrimp dumpling) is mediocre, they offer many exciting and new dim sum dishes that make up for it and then some. Among my favorites are the lobster congee, king crab congee, curry cuttlefish (very tender), scallop dumpling and lychee gelitan.
Also, durian lovers: they have a really good durian puff pastry!
This is still a fairly new establishment which means the service is impeccable and the food is great. Like most dim sum places, parking is an issue so go early and make reservations. Try going on a weekday -- it's usually only a 10 min. wait for a table =)
Went for dinner with the family.
We made reservations at 2 pm for a 6pm seating. When we arrived, the place was less than 25% capacity, but the few servers that were present barely acknowledged us. When we mentioned we had reservations, we still had to wait for 10-15 minutes while they prepared the table (inspite of the fact that the place was not full, and we'd made reservations 4 hours earlier).
Order 5 dishes. One of which, the server got wrong (they wrote down the correct menu item, but called the wrong item in the kitchen). We mentioned it to the waiter, who confirmed that they got it wrong, but we decided to eat it anyways, because we didn't feel like waiting for the kitchen to prepare it over again.
The food was actually good, albeit somewhat pricey, but service was substandard (slow and aloof), even by the lenient standards that I use to judge service at chinese restaurants.
Mrs. C and I were with some guests and we decided to try this place because it was central for the group. The restaurant is a typical dim sum and banquet place and it looked okay, except for the horrible w/c. Service was good throughout the meal, and as a previous reviewer remarked, the prices were a bit high for the 'hood. We had the usual suspects, although there was a bean curd dish and one with beef brisket in a brown sauce that I hadn't had in Canada before. That was nice change. Other than that we had siu mai, har gow, chasiubow, spicy deep fried squid, fish congee, and eggplant stuffed with shrimp paste. All were just fine. You could do worse than this place.
I came here with some friends on the weekend and wasn't blown away. The menu features a large selection of both regular dim sum items as well as chef's specials. No carts here, you select your items from the double-sided menu sheet and they bring you the goods.
I liked the sticky rice in lotus leaf here. Was done perfectly - rice wasn't too mushy nor hard. The egg tarts are also must-mentions. It's a nice flan-type custard and not the thick eggy custard kind.
Service was iffy. Our table filled up quickly with dishes and when there wasn't room, the lady just stood there and said, "No room!" and waited until 'WE' shuffled the dishes around to accomodate what she was bringing. A little too much attitude for my liking.
Food was good but expensive. Expect to pay 50% more then other dim sum restaurants. Tables are too close together. Service was okay and the place was clean. I can understand the image they are trying to achieve with their prices but when it comes down to charging for Chinese tea I gotta say "nuts to that". Will I be back? Only when someone else pays.
This is one of the better Chinese restaurants I've been to. Immensely popular, I was glad to have reserved a spot the day before. We got there early, and there were MANY people waiting outside. Totally crowded. But as soon as the time we reserved came, we were instantly seated. The servers were friendly. Food was one of the best I've eaten at many chinese restaurants. Great dimsum. I'm willing to come back here sometime.
Don't forget to make reservations!!!
Parking here is always a hassle, as the lot is small and many spots are reserved for the video store next door. So be prepared to park as far as the skytrain station for a brisk 5 minute walk.
The ambiance of the restaurant is much like you would see in a higher end place in Richmond. Relatively clean on the outside, servers in uniforms, etc.
The food is decent and we've never had any "bad" food here yet. They have the usual items like Shrimp Dumplings, etc. which are always tasty.
Now as for the service... We've been to Prince quite a few times now, and noticed a trend. If you go with someone who knows the staff you get good service. If you're some stranger off the street, they certainly treat you like one! We've had dinner here before with 20+ people, and they still treated us quite poorly, even getting mouthy about a request to change plates after serving us crab.
Prices here are quite expensive. On par with high end places like Kirin, which is far superior in food quality and service. Expect to pay a good 50+% more than your usual Dim Sum place for the same items.
Now as for cleanliness... If you check out the Fraser Health authority, you'll notice they've been closed a couple times. For what? For RATS! The poor service and over priced food was bad enough, but rodents in the kitchen really seals the coffin in this place.
Today was Mother's Day and instead of flowers, I requested to go for dim sum with my family. Reservation was made for 10:30, but we ended up sitting down at 11:00 as it was very busy.
Food came promptly and the quality of the food was amazing. Yes, it may be a bit pricey, but it was worth it. We ordered 12 dishes and all were very good. My favorite was the deep fried squid with spicy salt, it was so tender, their sui mai was the best. I love their durian puff pastry, none of my family would touch that stuff. I ended up taking my dessert home, so I can have it with my afternoon tea.
Service was good, tea was refilled, empty plates promptly taken away. I would of rated it a 4 for service, because I was not pleased that I had to wait half an hour for a table despite the reservation.
Overall, its a great place to treat someone special for dim sum.
I came here on the weekend for my b-day dinner. Firstly, the decor of the restaurant is really nice, never went to the previous restaurant but you could tell they spent a lot of money on renos. Washroom was very clean also.
We started off with a cold plate - standard jelllyfish and pork hock, smoked salmon and fried beancurd wrap, nicely done. The second course was the peking duck - wrap course. Excellent duck, very crispy and the chinese pancakes were steaming hot still. The lettuce wrap course came about 5 minutes after that, it was tasty, but a little too much waterchestnut filler for my taste. Next came the fish maw soup. This is probably the only complaint - the food came out way too quickly for us to eat. We had to tell the wait staff to tell the kitchen to slow down. The soup sat there for about 10 minutes before being laddled out, but it was still steamy and yummy...probably could use a little more salt though. From then on, there was about a 15 minute wait before anything else came out. Probably because the restaurant was filling up by now, since our reservation was 5:30 pm, it was about 6:30 pm before the next round of dishes came out. We had a whole crispy skinned chicken which was excellent. Some spicy beans with some type of seafood (my parents still won't tell me what it is); scallops with gai lan (gai lan was very fresh and cooked to perfection, huge fresh scallops also); stir fried pea shoots with garlic; a tofu and meat hot pot and finally a plate of sweet and sour pork.
Service was attentive and quick. Requests for ice water, extra hot water for the tea refills and napkins were quickly dealt with. They even brought a teapot with hot water on request, as my wife needed to warm up a bottle for our infant daughter. Not sure what the bill came to in the end, it was like $220??? incl tax and tip and well worth every penny.
After living close to 4 years in the renfrew area, this is the first time going to this restaurant. Indeed it was not a bad experience.
Service: Pretty standard service for a dim sum place, teas refilled, food delivered to our table fast piping hot.
Food: majority of the dishes were very delicious, especially with the bean curd wrapped in pork and veggys with delicious broth.
Value: Heres the down side with my review. Food was not cheap at all from what you expect from Van east side, no offence. For the prices that range from 3:95 and up, I would expect it from Richmond top of the line restaurants like kirin, sun sui wah. We had 7 dishes comes to $37 tips include.
Verdict: I'm always open to trying new places and I will still continuing doing that.
I must concur with previous reviews re the lousy service. Even making reservations doesn't mean anything as you still have to wait 45 minutes to get your table. They are very disorganized and cannot handle the high volume, especially on the weekends.
In defence of their food, I must say that I have had very good experiences in this area. The meals and the dim-sum that I have had lately have all been consistently good.
I find there is great value for the money at dinnertime in that their dishes are a healthy size and will feed more than the average as compared to some other restaurants.
I would return but definitely not on the weekends. Also go earlier, around 5:30 for dinner before they get too busy.
We ate Dim Sum recently and found the food to be quite lovely. It is an "order-off-the-menu" place, but we found the service excellent. The siu mai was very tender, a mark of fresh dim sum. We love lo bok go, which is fried turnip paste squares, and their's were done as little deep-fried cubes, with bean sprouts and green onion. Different, but the best we've had anywhere. Even the lotus leaf wrapped sticky rice was great, with seafood at the center instead of chicken. Recommended- bring lots of friends so you can try more dishes!
Went there tonight, 3 of us. After going there two weeks ago for a birthday banquet, I kept thinking of having their smoke tea chicken again. It was actually very expensive for the whole chicken $30 but it was good but not sure if worth that much. Had a fruit and prawn dish, $16, delicious. and Chinese Broccoli with slice pork, $15. which was good too. Service was great. Each waiter was nice, one even pour tea for us which surprised us since we usually have to pour it ourselves. Overall service is good, food was good but for the value, we may have to go there only once a while. Will have to try dim-sum there one day.
if you come on the weekends, get here before 11:00 (they open at 10:00) or after 1 pm as it can get busy. The dim sum is good but not great. Selections are similar to every other dim sum place, nothing new or too innovative. Though they are one of the few places that serve stir fried needle noodles and if you've grown up with that in a Chinese family you'll know what I'm referring to.
The service... I don't find them rude, but the service is non existent, basically you get your tea at the beginning, get your food in the middle and your bill at the end. Don't expect much.
I have been three time now to this Dim Sum Restaurant, both times on Saturdays. All three times it was very busy but I never waited more then 5 min to be seated. The staff seem to be friendly and attentitive, tea always gets filled back up when its empty.
The selection is good, maybe not as extensive as some Dim Sums but it always comes fresh and hot,,not soggy and cold like so many other cart type Dim Sums. There is a house selction on the menu as well and you just check off each item that you want on the sheet given to you when you arrive.
Its wise to check off, yourself , with a tick what you have recieved from your orginal order, sometimes its very busy and you might not get all your order yet you could be billed for it anyway, thats my only complaint.
The deep fried Bananas are Awesome......so filling and sweet.
I will definatly go back when in the area and would love to try dinner there, I hear from other patrons that its wonderful.
I've come to this place many times with my family and friends and I love this place! All the waiters there are very friendly and work very swiftly during their busiest hours at lunchtime. This place is so busy during weekends it's ridiculous! But they've got a great variety of dishes on their menu that is different than the typical run-of-the-mill dishes at other Chinese restaurants. I especially recommend trying the shredded chicken and eggplants with shrimp! If you are looking for authentic Chinese cuisine with different dishes to try out than just regular shrimp dumplings and shao mai, this is definitely the place to go.
I'm a frequent customer of this place, and I love it there. Went for dinner the other night and the food was amazing! We had king crab for dinner and everything was exceptional. They took the legs (I think?) and steamed it with fresh garlic and green onions. Then they took the body, took out the meat, cooked it with fried rice and put it back into the shell which looked beautiful. They also then made a crab sauce noodle dish with the remaining crab, it was absolutely incredible. Everything was so juicy, fresh and tender. Service was prompt, no problems there. The place looked beautiful with the chandelier lights. The food was worth it but definitely a bit pricey for me. I'll usually only have lunch there with dinner only being an occasional treat.
When I went to this resteraunt last year, I initially thought the food was delicious and fresh, but service was not up to par, and because of that, I thought I wouldn't be coming back for a while. But, I went back to this resteraunt for lunch today and I thought they really improved. Service this time around was pretty swift even with lots of filled tables, but then again it is a weekday. The entire place looks much more brighter and classier than I last remembered because of their renovations. A lot of my friends come here for lunch and dinner all the time, telling me its always very busy, so I am guessing its a pretty popular place among the Asian community and I can see why. The food was wonderful, I loved the cold shredded chicken meat appetizer (not sure what the name is), and I highly recommend the shrimp dumpings. I will surely take my wife back to try out their dinner menu!
My husband and I always come to this resteraunt during the weekend for brunch and we are never dissapointed! Their new renovations are lovely, the food is great. We had panfried stuffed eggplants; which the eggplants were cooked to perfection, deep fried tofu, congee, along with some other dishes. My kids absolutely loved the fried wontons. One downside was that service can get very slow on weekends as there are always very busy. Not pricey in my opinion, food is clean, portions are good. Much better than some of the cheaper, dirtier chinese resteraunts in East Van. Will be back!