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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant

3888 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5V3P1
Tel: (604) 872-8822
Fax: (604) 876-1638
Neighbourhood: East Side

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Dinner Reviews are In!
By poulet of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 2:08am [Dine in]

Went for a family dinner there and I tried not to have pre-expectations. The roasted squab special was delectable although it could have has less fat and less salt. The fish maw with crab meat soup was also too salty. Pea shoots were bang-on; salt was just right, very young shoots and just enough oil on the veggies. Chinese-style beef and onions had tangy sweet and sour flavours, but the beef had too much tenderizer so the meet had no texture and some of the onions were raw in the centre.

Service was typical for a higher end Chinese restaurant and so was the value. Great atrium as a reception and plenty of space between tables so ambiance was on of the better Chinese restaurants.

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great place to go
By megaega of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

ive been going to this place for about 5 or 6 years. I will admit, the food has degraded from 5 years ago but its still the best I've ever had (i give it a 5 because it is still delicious, if it was 5 years ago, i wouldve given it a 6/5)

the food is always fresh and everything is orderly

service. this is wonderful, personally, i am chinese and one glance at one of the waiters and they will walk your way(try it). i also notice that they are very hospitable to the non chinese people giving them extra attention. They change your plates often, and if you have any problems, just find someone with a tie(not a bowtie) and they will gladly replace the order or remake it for you

value: ive read that many of you say that this place is expensive but it is on par with most of the higher end if not high end of cantonese cuisine. so you cannot really compare this place with the prices of other restaurants that arent on par

ambiance: this is a wonderful place, at the middle ceiling of the restaurant is an elaborate peice of various cloth things (this is quite hard to explain) and it is very tidy. Sun Sui wah is a very popular place for weddings, a babies first month or something of the sort

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Gone Downhill...
By foodpro of Vancouver, BC (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 3:48pm [Dine in]

Was our favorite spot for dim-sum in the past years. Went there earlier this year and came out quite dissapointed. But, thought we should give it another shot. Not sure what happened to them? Over expansion, kitchen staff turnovers? This ain't the one that was the benchmark of Vancouver's dim-sum. It was just ok, a little underwhelmed. Guess Fortune House in Oakridge Mall will be our new favourite now.

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Best Seafood restaurant
By ccheng775 of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 11:08pm [Dine in]

I've been eating here for at least 10 years if not more.
I love the food here...I would definitely recommend Alaskan King crab legs when they are in season. Their pigeon is also a must-have or there small deep fried buns. Oyster with black bean sauce. My mouth is getting all watery thinking about them.

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One of the Best Chinese Restaurants on Main
By Tommy2010 of Cambie (7 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 5, 2008 - 9:16pm [Dine in]

I've been going to SSW on and off for the last few years. I agree that some times when I go during peak hours, the service can be lacking.

This time I went early for dim sum and was able to order all the dishes I like. The shrimp dumplings are tasty. Mango & egg tarts are a must try.

You do need to be agressive as the waiters will only come to your table if you get their attention. I find this to be very typical of Chinese restaurants.

I will continue to go to this place as the food is one of the best on Main Street.

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Solid
By superstar123 of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 4:25pm [Dine in]

We come here for dim sum because of the quality, the service could is quite decent, and there is usually a wait for a table so reservations are highly recommended!

Some of my recommendations are the pork and shrimp dumplings and the phoenix claws it has thin layers of gold leaves on top and shrimp mayo salad. The restaurant is quite huge and is quite busy. Ambiance is quite nice

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Best Dim Sum in Town
By Edhopper of East Van (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 21, 2008 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

I've been going to Dim Sum in Vancouver since I could hold chopsticks. I love the pork & shrimp dumplings. The food is fresh and healthy. When my kids were young, this was one of their favourite places. (Loud atmosphere with soft steamed healthy food is the best place for young children!).

The baked tapioca is a must try. I would recommend going before 11 am or after 1.30 pm or else be prepared to line-up.

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Yum.
By LizB of Cambie, Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 21, 2008 - 4:03pm [Dine in]

Have just come back from Dim Sum and pleasantly surprised. Exceeded my expectations - food was very yummy. Good atmosphere and good service - we were a couple in amongst lots of large groups, but did not feel out of place at all. Will be going back for sure!

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Sun Sui Wah is the best
By rhmcgarry of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2008 - 6:30pm [Dine in]

Me and my Family have been going to Sun Sui Wah since my son was 3 months old (he is 7 now). Over the past 7 years the food has been incredible, the service amazing. We go there for Dim Sum a few times a month and have booked many large meals there. The crab, lobster, duck are all top notch not to mention their great squab.Dim Sum is the best in the city in 2008.

Its simply the best in Vancouver

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Best Dim Sum in the City
By lifesgood of Main, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2008 - 11:23am [Dine in]

I've been going to this restaurant for many years. The food is consistently good and the service is probably one of the best I have received (compared to other Chinese restaurants). I enjoy bringing out of town guests who have not experienced good Chinese food. Get there early on weekends.

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Dwindling Food & Service
By eyelovefood of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 26, 2007 - 10:12am [Dine in]

I eat at this restaurant at least once a month. I love their food especially their signature roast squab. However, my last few visit had been disappointing.
Service is not it used to, trying to find someone to add a pop is impossible. The floor manager (guys in black) when taking our orders were not paying much attention, just busy watching what is going on around us.
It took forever to get our food and when it arrive, it is luke warm.
On my last visit, the desert that we ordered came burnt in the bottom, we complained but nothing was done.
Terrible experience. It used to be such a good place.

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Hit and Miss
By zoom3x of Point Grey, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 1:50pm [Dine in]

We went this past Tuesday around 7pm. The main dining area was about 50% full.

Notable dishes we had were Peking Duck and dungeness crab. We ate here a few times before and tonight the seafood wasn't up to par. For anyone interested, the King Crab was $27/lb.

More important than the food however was the poor service. At times there seemed to be NO serving staff present at all. We had to ask multiple times for simple items like rice, tea and cutlery. We also had a 15 minute stretch between finishing our crab and the next course.

The Zagat review on the wall by the washrooms also mentions "uneven service".

Perhaps service is better on the weekends. I've definitely had better food here, and for the simple reason that they have such a huge advertisement on the wall at the YVR International Arrivals gate I am inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Anyways, at the end of it all we've decided there are other Chinese restaurants that suit our taste. But for King Crab, I can't think of anywhere else.

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Awesome Dim Sum
By Cortne of San Francisco, CA (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 7, 2007 - 1:24am [Dine in]

Great dim sum! This location was packed and we could difinitly understand why. Service was attentive and there were so many choices of dim sum to choose from. Will definitly return and reccommend highly.

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Pricey but good
By dinervan of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 9, 2006 - 12:34pm [Dine in]

You should feel right at home if you enjoy Chinese cuisine. The food is good and the service is outstanding. The server gave us their famous pie (I forgot the name), when he found out that one in our party is celebrating her birthday. It is a bit pricey, but it is all worth it!

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Rip-off! What you see is NOT what you get!
By BBC of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 21, 2005 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

This is coming from someone who is Chinese and has plenty of dining experiences with fine Chinese cuisine, so do take this review seriously. As a typical HK seafood restaurant style, when you order live seafood, the restaurants would usually take the live fish/shrimp/crab out and show you the real thing before they sent it to the kitchen. Tonight, we ordered goeduck, abolone, and king crab. The king crab was shown to us, and the waiter told us it was 8 lb. We wanted the crab done 3 ways, which is the exactly what we'd just had 2 days ago at a different Chinese restaurant. Okay, I think we only got one half or maybe 2/3 (at most) of the crab shown to us. The taste was decent, but part of that king crab definitely did not make it to the table. When you go to Sun Sui Wah next time, make sure you are not paying something they show you but something you actually get at your table.

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Best dim sum I've had in town
By bob_2008 of Coquitlam (18 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 7:12pm [Dine in]

This is the place I go for Dim Sum. I usually go on weekdays, when its not busy. If you go on a weekend, be prepared to wait.

This is an à la carte format, so there's no carts being pushed around. The menu has pictures, so it works well for the non-Chinese speaking people, like me.

Servers come fast and food isn't too far behind. Its steaming hot and very tasty.

And for dessert, try the mango pancake ! not too sweet, but really hits the spot !

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best chinese seafood
By hy1121 of Richmond (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 7:13am [Dine in]

sun sui wah offers the best chinese seafood in vancouver. their alaska king crab is the best i've ever tried before. and their shrimps and fish are also very very good. if you're interested in chinese seafood, you should check it out. prices are reasonable (only during promotion period), otherwise, it's a bit pricey.

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This is easily one of the very best Chinese restaurant in Vanocuver
By atomicfrog of Burnaby (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

This truly is one of the finest Chinese restaurant in Vanocuver, both for dim sum and fine Chinese dining. You will not be disappointed by it. Just try to get a table during lunch on the weekend even with reservation, the ones who get a table after waiting for easily 40 minutes is like winning a lottery. The food taste good and is very fresh. What amaze me the most is the consistency of the food quality this restaurant is able to serve up daily. It doesn't matter if they have a wedding banquet going on, and you are dinning at the same time. The same dish taste exactly the same no matter the circumstances. I highly recommend this Chinese seafood restaurant

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Go elsewhere for Dim Sum
By krissy of Commercial Drive (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 5, 2009 - 11:23am [Dine in]

We decided to come here a couple of weeks ago to try some Dim Sum - we usually go to The Roc on Kingsway and decided to try somewhere new, just to mix things up. What a mistake.

The food was nothing special at all, quite boring in fact. The deep fried squid, although cooked well, had virtually no taste whatsoever. The dumplings were bland. And we paid twice as much for the same amount of food than what we would have paid at The Roc.

We will definitely be sticking to what we know.

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Must have been the Chef's Day Off
By scbsee88 of Seattle, WA (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - 11:56am [Dine in]

We always go to the Richmond location as we stay in Richmond for our jaunts up from Seattle. This time, we had out-of-town guests and we decided to try the Main Street location.

Parking is great as they have a nice underground parking lot that is accessed through a side alley-like roads. We had reservations for 9, 5 young kids and four adults so we didn't go all out. In fact, our guests weren't into eating seafood seeing that they had to take care of their young ones. So, we stuck with the basic stuff: Peking duck (2 ways), Hot and Sour Soup, Honey walnut prawns, sweet and sour pork with lychee (one of their specials), stir fried green beans, and a seafood chow mein dish.

Peking duck was great. I also liked our duck meat with lettuce wrap course. From there it went downhill. Sweet and sour pork wasn't anything special. For close to $15, I expected a lot more. As a comparison, Sea Harbour (Richmond) serves the BEST sweet and sour pork I've ever had. The Honey walnut prawns were a huge disappointment. The prawns weren't that fresh, walnuts soggy, and the sauce was one gloppy mess. I swear I could have made better prawns at home. The rest of the meal was nothing to write home about.

Before you go on criticizing our choice of dishes, 1) We were restricted in ordering seafood, 2) You would think even their basic dishes would be better that your average Vancouver Chinese seafood place, especially at the prices Sun Sui Wah was charging.

For these kind of prices, I'd go to Sea Harbour instead. Disappointing.

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