Szechuan Chongqing is a szechuan pioneer in Vancouver, helping to popularize this style of cuisine for over 20 years.
I think I have really low expectations for service when I go dimsumming, or to Chinese restaurants in general. It wasn't very busy when we went which was surprising considering it was 11:30am on a holiday Monday. The service was great from start to finish. We received chili sauce, hot sauce and mustard without asking. Tea and water was refilled without asking. The dishes did come out a little slower but it got much busier once noon passed and the service was still really good.
We ordered the usual suspects and they were all pretty standard fare. None of the dishes were really great and the portions were on the large-ish side. The ambiance seems a little run down inside but it was clean.
I did miss the dim sum carts they have at the Chongqing location on Broadway even though the ladies can pester you a bit much with the same items again and again. Overall I might come back if I am in the area.
I've come here a handful of times for lunch and have always ordered something with beef in it, be it the Mongolian Beef, Ginger Beef or the Beef & Black Bean, all accompanied with an order of steamed rice. Great flavours and consistently made. Spicy actually means spicy here and leaves a fiery, yet unintrusive linger tempting your tastebuds.
The place could qualify for a dive. It's dirty, smelly and drained of all exuberance. The lunch time crowd seems to be sparce, as on a couple of ocassions, there are more employees there than patrons dining. Service is decent enough.
The location is a sore point but it's been around for a while and time has taken it's toll on the establishment, but the food still speaks for itself and has people (and me) coming back.
The bride and I went for supper here since we were schlepping around Commercial drive and I was too lazy to cook. We've been before but now know what to get from this "ambiance-free" restaurant. Go for the Szechuan green beans - they're amazing. Go for the Chongqing Chicken - spicy, flavourful on a bed of crunchy spinach. My wife also likes the Deluxe Mixed Vegetables with crunchy noodles. The service was very good for a chinese restaurant. The waiter was patient about explaining the various differences in the dishes. They were also very prompt about refilling water, brining tea, etc... Three good sized tasty dishes, no booze for less than 40 bucks... sweet deal. No wonder we love coming to this place. I agree with the previous poster - don't order cantonese stuff at a szechuan restaurant...
For Cantonese and Szechuan food...love coming here. The last time I was here was last week...myself and buddy of mine decided to go for the Szechuan or spicy dishes and BOY!! they did not disappoint.
We ordered the Hot and Sour soup with chicken and shrimp, boneless Dai Ching chicken, Jalapeno Beef, and the fav..chicken chow mein. The soup was a wonderful blend of mild heat, sweetness and sourness. The Dai Ching Chicken was hot but very good. The Jalapeno Beef blew my senses away!! This baby was HOT..it was a three star rating for hotness on the menu but I disgress..its a 4 star!! The waiter asked if we want rice?? I said YEAH..this definitely helped cut down the heat. Lastly, the chicken chow mein...standard but excellent. All in all...a very good meal.
I've tried this restaurant for both lunch and dinner but the dish that I specifically come here for is the deluxe tan tan noodles. Everything else is alright, but these peanutty-spicy noodles are awesome! Service and ambiance are okay. It's hard to wave down a server sometimes but it doesn't deter me from returning.
I've been going to Szechuan Chongqing since the late 80's, though less so since I left East Van, and it never fails to satisfy. Last night our group of 8 went for New Year's Eve dinner. The place was packed with line ups out the door. We had our usual favorites: wonton in spicy peanut sauce, chicken in chilli garlic sauce with spinach, ginger beef, along with some new things. Everything was excellent, AS ALWAYS. I've eaten a variety of Chinese foods all over the world and I really don't understand some of the other reviews of this place. All I can say is that if your idea of Chinese food is chunks of stuff battered and deep fried with orange gloop on it, I'm sure you can find better places. But if you want the best ginger beef or Szechuan green beans anywhere, go here.
Perhaps its an exaggeration to refer to Szechuan Chong Quing as venerable but they have been cranking out decent northern Chinese fare for almost a generation now. Its generally a busy place too. Yesterday's lunch sevice definitely was. The large, brightly lit room was full but a short 10 minute wait saw me and Pretty Lady sat and fussing over our laminated menues. If you're on a budget look for the menu with the pictures of the specials printed on it. There's about 8 regular and veggie selctions. Each dish costs $8.45 which includes rice and hot and sour soup. For an extra buck you can ad a spring roll. We opted for spicy fried fish creation and an order of chicken with garlic, sour and spicy sauce. The very average rolls arrived in a few short minutes... thankfully straight from the deep fryer. Enjoyable though, since they were crispy and very hot. The soup came quickly on the heels of the spring rolls. I've outgrown my love of this sort of soup but every once in a while a bowl of glistening hot and sour is kind of fun. It was tasty enough. The brisk pace continued and very soon our lunch specials arrived as a goopy looking, orange mound of deep fried (possibly Bassa) white fish was plonked down. We took little time diving into the cornstarch infused dish. Slightly sweet, slightly sour and just spicy enough. I nodded my head in approval as Pretty Lady chomped happily away. The chicken order arrived next- small cubes of meat sauted with tons of garlic and tossed in a familiar tasting szechuan sauce served on piping hot, very bright green spinach. Another thumbs up. Service throughout is typical of what you might expect at a simialr Chinese resteraunt. I would describe it as...um, to the point. I wont even bother describing the interior beyond saying it's yawn-inducing and sort of grubby. The orange fish in the big tank at the entrance of the joint is easily disgruntled and territorial. I was sort of psyching it out as we waited for our table. The bill came to 25 bucks with tip and taxes in. There was enough leftovers for another full meal. Szechuan Chong Quing is on my radar again.
My coworkers and I go here every so often and always leave full and happy. The food is amazing and the service is great, they always have suggestions and they are also fast.
General Tao?....This is reallly spicy but so tasty!
Hot and Sour is super yummy
Mongolie Beef - also pretty spicy but very good!
You have to try the szechuan green beans, voted one of the best places for it in Vancouver! If you want a sure bet, order the green beans, the ginger beef and a big bowl of steamed rice. Easy on the pocket book, always busy (a good sign) and the service is always friendly and attentive. Make sure you dine in for the green beans you want them crisp and hot. Same with the ginger beef, crispy, with a little bit of heat and sweetness and sauce to drizzle all over your rice. Believe me you won't be disappointed!
Our preferred close-to-home Asian place.
We go for:
Ginger Beef-perfectly cut & tender,-best ever according to my boyfriend
Spicy Eggplant-melt-in-your mouth zap,-one of my top 3 vegetarian dishes of all time
Also have had:
Large selection of Drinks
ChiChi & Mai Tai: excellent and the right price for 3.95-5.95
Won ton soup-savoury
Hot n Sour soup-average & satisfying
Spring rolls- average, could do better without them
Vegetarian Chow Mein- average, but good compliment to the specialty dishes if you love chow mein
Rice for 2- fair sized portion
Atmosphere-some fish tanks
Service-only once in 6 times we've been there have we waited long to order. Food comes quickly.
Take Out-seems to be a slightly reduced portion
One of the best ethnic food places in the city. My boyfriend and I have ordered there well over 10 times and his work also gets delivery quite regularly.
The first time I went was for a large group function. The old people ordered all the dishes and we ate it. I'm a slow eater so I don't get to eat much in a group setting, but from what I did eat I really enjoyed it. The crab was great. However, my second visit was not so impressive.
We went at lunch and they have lunch specials that are a decent price. I was feeling ambitious that day and wanted to eat a crab. So we ordered a crab and I suspect that the crab they showed us after ordering was not the same crab that was presented after cooking. The crab we got had some weird black spot on its shell, which made me leary as it might be a sickly crab. I proceeded with caution and it wasn't even close to what I had the first time.
I won't be go back because my two experiences were drastically different and I don't want to take the chance that another visit will be like my second one.
Still going strong after all these years. The tan tan noodles are great beyond belief. Also highly recommended are the fried green beans, orange beef, chicken with spinach, hot and sour stir fried asparagus, mushrooms & peapods, and the sweet & sour pork. This is Szechuan cooking at its very best. Lunch is an especially good bargain.
Every thing is delicious especially the spicy peanut wonton's! Its consistently good food & fair portions. Very pleased with this restaurant & will return & recommend this place! ! The restaurant decor & atmosphere is meh....nothing smashing but is worth it for the food. The service is ok. A little detached....
I've been to many Szechuan restaurants in the city, there are surprisingly few. Chongqin's has been a consistent favorite. Service is attentive and fast. The surroundings somewhat casual and dated but somehow just perfect. I have a few favorites - Hot & Sour Soup - Chong Qin Chicken - Orange Peel Beef - Crispy Chow Mein - Ground Pork - Green Beans - Crispy Fried Chicken - Mu Shu Pork - always fantastic - a great banquet to enjoy with a group of friends! I've never been dissapointed yet
My family and I have been going to this place for over 10 years. It's probably been about 7 years since we've actually sat down and ate.(inside) When we did though, the food was delish.
Nowadays we live approx. an hour and a half from Vancouver, but we ALWAYS get an order of their pan fried dumplings while in Vancouver. Probably once a month. I know. Addicted. They are large, fresh, hot, juicy and bursting with flavour. I want some. Now.
Go ahead an order some, you won't be dissapointed!
My wife and I travel and love to try new places. THIS is one of our MUST GO TO places in Vancouver. For many, many years. We only order Szechuan, because it's the very best. The service is better than "Great".
My wife and I had dinner at Szechuan Chongqing four years ago. We mentioned we were from "out of town" and he asked where and we explained where "The Cariboo" was. THIS YEAR, we went for dinner again, in the middle of our meal, the very same waiter(from four years ago) came up to our table and said: "Welcome back! Are you down here visiting from the Cariboo ?" INCREDIBLE!
What we also like and appreciate is that EVERY waiter makes it his responsibility to serve your table, not just one.
I generally write positive reviews...unfortunately won't be doing that here. *This comment should stand as a warning against going to this restaurant.*
To cut things short, we ordered:
a beef dish
szechuan green beans
tofu with veggies
rice for 4
Price= $90 (tax and tips) wtf.
All the veggie dishes were nuked and depleted of nutritional value. but I guess, if you are eating Szechuan (fried/greasy/spicy food), you aren't eating for your health. Meat dishes were passable.
Essentially, if you like the sauce then you'll most likely eat whatever the dish is...and it'll go well with rice.
A side note on the rice...the color was off a bit. Not the usual pristine white rice you'd serve.
As half of the reviews were from lunch time diners who opted for lunch specials- I totally understand if they'd think Chongqing is a great deal.
For dinner- it's low quality lunch time value meals for dinner entree prices (nearly 2x the price). So don't go there for dinner your first time at Chongqing. Head for lunch...and maybe you'll even like the place.
I've been eating here for 20 years even back to their old location.. we nick named it "face roast" as true szechuan is quite spicy.. maybe ignore the reviews where people say the chop suey or watever wasn't that good as they obviously have no clue about this type of food.. i highly recommend the ginger beef choinqing chicken green beans or tan tan noodle soup.. Dine in or take out doesn't matter.. both are great.. if your worried about decor that not what this place is about ..it's about delicious food with fast friendly service..
My wife and I went to this restaurant on the advice of someone we knew. We decided to try it as we were in the general area. Personally I didn't think the atmosphere was anything special, but apparently its the norm for a Chinese / szechuan restaurant. At any rate, we sat down at the table. The cleanliness of the restaurant was decent. Found out they had a very small bathroom though. Our waiter brought our food. He seemed pleasant enough. We ate, paid our bill, and left. After a little while, we both seemed to experience a little heart burn. All in all, this place is an "OK" restaurant
I had take out food from here about 1-2 weeks ago. Their wontons are horrible. Please don't order these. The chicken and cashew dish is good, as with their Szechuan green beans dish. Fried rice isn't too bad either. Out of all the take out Chinese food places in the area (i.e. Renfrew and First Ave, Happy Valley), this one is the better one. I didn't pay, but I heard the prices here are a bit more than your average Chinese food place.
I would recommend this place for take out - probably not so much for dining in. This place makes a good "hung over or snowy/rainy/muggy day stay in the house meal".
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