Szechuan Chongqing is a szechuan pioneer in Vancouver, helping to popularize this style of cuisine for over 20 years.
I've been eating at the Szechuan Chongqing on Commercial Drive since 1992, and it's one of my "comfort food" restaurants. Most of the dishes that I have tried are wonderful, in particular the deep-fried spicy tofu, the duck in plum sauce and the Szechuan green beans, but it's their Deluxe Tan Tan noodles that keep me coming back again and again. They are amazing.
OK, so the ambiance is a little lacking, but service is quick and efficient and the prices are reasonable. My partner and I eat here at least once a month (but usually more).
I tried this place for take out on the strength of the reviews on this web site. It might have been the worst Szechuan I have ever had.
The ginger beef was mealy and stringy. I'm still chewing it.
The Szechuan green beans were pretty OK
The Chicken chow mein was completely tasteless.
My family has been eating here for years and years and it never loses it's quality of food.
It's changed owners over the past but that hasn't changed the food.
Service is alright, you just have to have some patience with some as English is difficult for them.
The price isn't bad and the portions are pretty good.
I had dinner with a group of about 12 and it came to under $100 and we had to take lots home.
Don't expect the nicest of restaurants. This place has been open for a long time and looks pretty much the same than it did 10 years ago.
Some of my favourite dishes:
Ginger beef (all-time fav)
Dai ching chicken (with or without bone is up to you)
Hot and sour soup
Chicken corn soup
Lemon chicken (although gone down in quality over the yrs)
Friend green beans szechuan style (dry and hot) (another all-time fav)
Anyways.. highly recommend
(Either their Commercial Dr location or W Broadway)
My girlfriend and I have been to this restaurant a number of times and we have been happy with the food every time. Large servings, packed full of flavour, really nothing to complain about! Although it is a Szechuan restaurant, I love their chow mein noodles, especially as we order the rice noodles. The seafood one is really delicious.
I would definitely recommend giving it a try!
This is not meant to be offensive, but I think some of the reasons people are not rating this restaurant as well as others is because certain people are ordering non Szechuan food, i.e., chow mein, wonton soup, etc... It is a Szechuan restaurant after all.
And ordering Seafood at a Szechuan restaurant is akin to ordering fresh seafood at a restaurant in Saskatchewan. Sichuan province is land locked; there isn't an ocean within 1000 miles of the place.
If people stick to the spicier Szechuan dishes like Deluxe Dan Dan noodles, General Tso chicken, Mapo tofu, Shredded chicken cold plate appetiser , ginger beef, Mongolian beef, etc... I believe they would enjoy more (though the beef with green vegetable is quite good). Just my opinion.
I have found the staff very helpful in describing dishes if they are asked.
Service was pretty okay. Our waiter had a sense of humour uncommon to most waiters in Chinese restaurants.
We ordered: hot pepper wonton, slide duck w/ plum sauce, shredded chicken chow mein, steamed pork buns, sweet & sour pork. The wonton stood out as being not super greasy; everything else had a disturbing consistent sheen -- especially the chow mein.
Serves shark -- a huge mark against the restaurant.
By sketchy, greasy Chinese food standards, the restaurant is considered expensive. Other restaurants in the same price bracket, such as the Kirin Seafood Restaurant in the City Square offers ambiance, service and food quality that are just a notch better.
Review by Fish on behalf of The Last Supper, recorded on 2007-07-15, uploaded 2007-08-21
The food is absolutely AWESOME. We just randomly tried three different entrees and all of them were fabulous. If you like hot and spicy food, run for it!!! I'll definitely go back to this place again! The green vegetables are cooked just right to perfection - the color is green and the vegetables crunchy... mmmmm
Dim Sum at very reasonable prices. The west broadway location offers lunch specials too. Quick lunch service ensures you;re in and out in no time but you get what you pay for ! Dim sum starting at $2.00 per steamer that looks old and unwashed.
If you can handle the lack of service, the food is excellent. The General Tso's Chicken is amazing, as is the Tan Tan noodle soup and Ginger Beef.
The entrance smells like a sewer from the fish tank.
Every server in there looks very disheveled.
Have been there a number of times and the food is as consistent at the service is poor. Would I go back? Of course! I can handle poor service for great food, and it's now become a joke to see how bad it can be.
This used to be our default chinese takeaway.
Oddly, we would order the same stuff each time and were always charged a different price....sometimes $30, sometimes $50
Anyways, that was until I read the Vancouver Health Board website on this place.
I will never order from here again.
I live in the neighbourhood and have eagerly been awaiting the post-renovation new year opening of Szechuan Chongqing. My partner and I recently visited on a Friday night at 6:00. The place was packed, but we were seated after a short (10 minute) wait. I'll cut to the chase - the service was great, but the food was another matter. We ordered the deep fried squid with chili and rock salt. It came hot, the squid was very tender, but the batter was so soaked in oil that it had lacked any kind of texture. Little grease sponges, they were. Similarly, the Shanghai noodles and the orange peel beef were floating is a pool of oil. Truly disgusting. I've read many good things about the orange peel beef, but its appeal was lost on me. Dark brown (almost black), pieces of dry, chewy sliced beef in a sauce so caramely-sweet that it made my teeth sing. A bag of beef jerky, washed down with a glass of molasses, would have done the same trick. Back to Grandview Szechaun on Fraser St!
I've ordered from this spot a few times over the years and will not ever again. I guess I've usually ordered when I was desperate, hung over or whatever. The quality reminds me of places in Chinatown where you choose 2 or three items and get a load of rice...except you get way less! I ordered a veg dish, fried ride and lettuce wraps. We hardly had any left overs the next day and with a modest tip it cost over $40.
Like I said the portion of rice was very small compared to what other places serve. They did give us lots of lettuce. And the driver found our home in no time flat.
Never again. Why are these people still in business after all these years?
Ordered about half a dozen dishes. They all tasted the same. Too much salt and soya sauce.
Crispy chicken - failure
asaparagus - failure
prawns - failure
chown mein - failure
Not sure if they chef took the day off that day, but it sure looked like the soya sauce and chili flake master was covering.
Have been going to this restaurant once almost every week for two years. Every experience has been a good one, the food is always delicious and perfectly spiced. The staff is friendly and service is generally prompt.
I would definitely recommend the Deluxe Tan Tan Noodles, General Tso's Chicken, Spicy Deep Fried Tofu and the Pan Fried Green Onion cakes to soak up any leftover Tan Tan Noodle soup.
This is really the epitome of Asian 'comfort food'.
Do not be fooled, this is not the original Chongqing. It has switched owners and the original is now near Granville and Broadway. I decided to try it anyway, since it is in my neighbourhood, and I will never go back. Ive had better Chinese food in a shopping mall food fair. The sweet and sour pork was disgusting, the hot and sour soup didnt taste like hot and sour soup. Over-priced and very poor quality food.
I've been going to this place for many years. They were at Victoria and Broadway for a while, then they moved, and I followed. I have turned many of my musician friends on to this place. For me, the go to item is the "Deluxe Tan Tan Noodle in Soup". Unbelievably tasty. I always order it. Always. I would name my next child after it but that would be hard on the child. Another fantastic dish is the Szechuan style beans. Hot, but you'll live, know what I mean?
This is a great restaurant - I'd love to see them spruce it up, but then the prices would go up and I couldn't go there so often.
See you there.
If you love spicy this is your place. This is not the kind of place you order spring rolls and sweet and sour pork.. although you can. They are all about spicing it up. So many things to die for on this menu. #1 - Tan Tan Noodle, its like peanut buttery, spicy and delicious. Tied for #2 is the Extraoridnary Ginger Beef, so potent in flavour always cooked just right. Also Szechaun Green Beans. Ive taken so many people here and they say they dont like bean but make the exception for these babies. So crispy and tasty. Other things to get are the Pork Lettuce wraps, Chongqing Chicken and Fried Bread. All around great choices, you will not be disappointed. Lines on the weekends, so make a reservation... service is a hit or a miss... generally pretty solid.
This is the best chinese restaurant in town for this price bracket (10-15 dollars a dish). The service is average and the ambience is mediocre. But, if your looking for great food you gotta try this place.
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