Szechuan Chongqing Seafood Restaurant offers authentic Szechuan cuisine and affordable dim sum delectables.
I picked up my gf from DT one early morning and ended up doing the early dim sum lunch thing at Chongqing after passing glance at their "$2.95 dim sum all day" window signage.
We arrived before the noon hour rush so they did a hybrid cart/order style system. Actually, there was only 1 cart on the floor since there were about 2 other occupied tables for a while. We ordered the staples without regret, which included the somewhat hard to find taro and minced pork dumplings. Shrimp dumplings are bite size, a little unusual nowadays but pack the same flavour. We even ordered a plate of gently wok cooked watercress, which was fresh and crisp.
Service was almost unusually attentive, which can be hit and miss when it's not busy, but they were all up to snuff without being overbearing.
The decor has some cosmetic updates but it had the feeling of a 15 year old apartment suite. The space itself is actually smaller than I remember and awkward for the carts to go between tables. Not an ideal spot for a large gathering.
There aren't too many dim sum places on the West side of Vancouver that's worth paying for regularly, however this one would be an exception.
I just tried this place for the first time for dim sum. They have the carts pushed around by ladies peddling various dim sum delectables all priced at $2.95. We had mostly the classics including shumai, hai gow, sticky rice, etc. Overall, they were all pretty good. I will come back when I am in the area and craving dim sum.
I wrote a positive review about this restaurant for its dim sum a few months ago. My husband and I enjoy a rare treat of taking our two small children out for lunch. Keep in mind, we are a one income, working class family. We budget carefully and going out and spending $30+ on lunch is a luxury for us.
We had good experiences at this restaurant before and were eager to go back.
Unfortunately, I was very underwhelmed by the food this time and particularly disappointed with the service.
My three year old son and I arrived first, my husband was parking the van and would be about 5 - 10 minutes. A male wait staff put a pot of tea down on the table and I ordered some sticky rice so that my son would not get restless. When the waitress offered other items, I clearly explained that I was waiting for the rest of my party. When the rest of my party arrived, we would order more. The same woman kept coming back again and again, offereing us items "You want this?? You want this??" I explained at least twice more that I was waiting for the rest of my party.
When my husband got there with our 18 month old daughter, the same woman was barking out names of food in Mandarin. My husband politely advised that we wanted to get our daughter's jacket off and get settled first. A minute or two later, we waited for another cart to come by. We waited. We waited. We waited.....
Finally, she came by with some deep fried taro root. I took some. They were cold.
I asked for some baby bok choy (personal favourite of my husband and I). She waved her hand dismissively at me and barked "later! later!" Just a side note .... I find someone dismissing me with a wave of their hand, as if I was some sort of bothersome insect, the height of rudeness. We are clean cut, PAYING CUSTOMERS!!
A male waiter came by, we ordered some colas and my husband asked this waiter for some baby bok choy. He went and got us an order right away. I have no idea when our rude tray service waitress was ever going to get around to bring any. She never came back.
I advised my dear husband that I just wanted to get the bill and go.
When we received our bill, just like a previous poster mentioned, we were charged for the tea that was plunked, unbidden, on our table.
I guess I will just stay home and cook my own food. I cannot afford to waste hard earned money on mediocrity and rude service.
A good friend took my boyfriend and I here for dim sum this past weekend - I have never been to any Chongqing before. The experience started out when we walked in. All I said to the manager was, "We have a table already." Instantly, without saying another word, he knew exactly where to lead us. He lead us to a private room off to the side to join our party. At this point, I was super impressed.
I sat down, and immediately after a traffic jam of 3 dimsum carts surrounded our table! It was dim sum overload! All the ladies were super kind while they showed us their offerings. It was like a personal shopping experience - I sat, and they came to me with everything!
Food was great and service was excellent! My favorites are the sticky rice, "ham siu kwok", szechaun calamari, vegetarian dumplings, and the table favorite: "fire ball" which was a kind of shrimp dumpling rolled in fried bean curd shreds.
This is a great place to go for still cheap dim sum. Be sure to try the "fire ball".
went here with the brother for lunch cause they said 2.00 dimsums.
dimsums may be ok to try out here.....or those 2.50 special ricebowls...but DO NOT TRY ANYTHING ELSE.
we ordered 4 dimsums (sticky rice wrap was alright...not good not bad... the shrimp dumplings were those typical ones where you can get from T&T for SO much cheaper, the bbq steam bun....was awful because they were ripped up when we opened it..the shredded pork on rice.....the rice was actually flavourful but the pork....was non-existent....only BONES.)
the fried rice....don't bother getting it....doesn't taste like anything really...just oily rice.....with a few meat and eggs and a lot of green onions.....and the 2.50 special wasn't too bad....i thought that was the best out of all.
decor is very...plasticky.....not the best....their sign needs to be fixed....it was like SEAFO D CHINE E FOOD ...
the service was abrupt and we felt the guy was looking at us often...kinda uncomfortable....the WORST part was he asked if we wanted tea, and he freaking charged us 2.00 for a dumb pot of cheap tea. very very unacceptable.
no wonder there were only 3 other people excluding us...never coming back. i don't care how cheap it is..
Another of our regular dim sum haunts but no more. Last time I ate here with 3 friends there was a cockroach under one of the shiu mai dumplings! The manager was alerted but all he did was laugh it off, took away the offending basket and contents and provided another. He did come around often to see how we were doing but we expected was our lunch to be comped or at the very least discounted by 25% to placate the one diner who picked up the steamed dumpling with cockroach.
So despite having many enjoyable dim sums at this restaurant which is why I've still given the restaurant a "2" rating we will sadly not go back.
We went to this restaurant for lunch, think to ourselves, 2.75$ per dim sum wasn't so bad. The guy at the door was very professional and courteous, and we were seated by the window, overlooking Broadway. But the good thing stopped there.
We noticed that the cart hardly moved, so did the dim sums sitting there. Each time we order, the dim sum cart pushers would try to sneak a couple more dim sums on us. Each time we declined their offer, they got increasing angry. On top of that, the dimsums were either lukewarm or cold. Eating it was not very pleasant.
Went to this restaurant for both dinner and dim sum. The dinner was nothing special, but the dim sum was quite an irritating experience.
There were 6 people in my party, and we were seated under a loudly vibrating air conditioning fan, at a table for eight. My friends said that the waitresses were so pushy when they first arrived that they started ordering food right away just to stop them from continually coming over with the same dishes.
When I sat down, I found the waitresses excessively pushy, often-times rude and worst of all, they forced items onto us that I did not ask for and actually turned down. I heard them grumbling to themselves under their breath that I 'was not ordering enough food' but the reason for that was that we had people with food allergies at the table and some of my friends shook their heads at certain plates. Despite whatever I asked for, the waitresses would toss down more than what I ordered, stamp out two spots and just storm off.
The food itself wasn't bad; just standard dim sum fare, but the constant battle for what I actually wanted to eat really ruined the meal for me.
We went here for the weekend Dim sum. Most dishes were overpriced and did not taste that good. bart_weisser was right about the pushing dim sum, they tried to force some cold dim sum on us. Couldn't even eat it. Never going here again, and I recommend that you avoid it as well.
Have been to Chongquing a number of times for dim sum and dinner. Dim sum is great and we would highly recommend going for their dim sum - great taste and good value. Although when the carts go around the waitresses are abit pushy, I've learned how to handle them. We've also been for dinner a number of times and have been really satisfied except for our last recent experience. We ordered the special for 8 people, and when the cold appetizer plate came out, the chicken did not taste right. Although the waiter/manager brought out another serving of the chicken, he took another plate and chopsticks and removed the chicken directly from the plate on our table - totally unkosher in my mind! We may have ordered food from the special menu not to our liking but would never do that again...just order what you like, so you know what you're getting
Decided to go back to this restaurant with a friend after a Chinese friend had introduced me to Dim Sum. I decided to take my friend and two children with me.
The food was pretty good and the children quite liked what they ate which was good since it was their first time. However, the experience became disappointing after many of the people with the carts would just walk by our table and we would have to flag them down to get food. The rest of the meal was okay until the bill came.
These people claim that the dishes are 2.75 but we were charged $22 for "dimsum" and then other dishes were charged as much as $6.75. We didn't understand why they would sometimes walk right by the table and at other times would put dishes right on the table even if we didn't want them.
The most insulting part was that they charged us $3 per person for tea! We ended up paying $12 for a pot of jasmine tea!!!!!!!!!! When I mentioned this to the man who took our money he wouldn't look me in the face and waved it off and said "I give you a deal next time you come". Since every Chinese and Japanese restaurant I have ever been to has given me tea for free this man doesn't have to worry as I will never be going back and will be spreading the word so that others don't get ripped off as well!
This restaurant has very good food. Been there a couple of times and the food has been consistently good. The highlight of the food was the chicken with cashewnuts. It was great. I could just eat that every meal. The service was good also. However the ambience could be improved quite easily. Just by dimming the lights they could improve the ambience. I found it to be too bright inside. The manager/owner checked in on the table a couple of times which is always comforting.
Good to decent food. Really nice staff (except for the lousiest waitress on earth who happen to work there too, telling you what dim sum you're going to eat and she doesn't take no for an answer) Apart from her, their all great.
Don't go to the bathroom after you order, the food will arrive before you come back.
I highly recommand it (specialy the ginger beef if you like spicy. Remember where you are, at that price you cannot expect anything better than that.
They have great food! Although ... I did have to ask for a couple things 2 or 3 times before I got them at times .... I will definitely go back many times and the price was very reasonable!!! The bbq pork wide rice noodles and the spicey squid were awesome and the custard tarts were the best I'd ever had.
We like to come here often for the dim sum,especially since it's served daily til 3pm. They have all the regular items you'd expect like siu mai and har gow and sticky rice.Its all very cheap at about 3 bucks a dish,so you can order away.
Only the sticky rice isn't very good compared to other places like Sun Sui Wah,but other than that we like it alot!
I was one of the victims who bought the groupon unwittingly, having assumed this branch was of the same quality as the one near Metrotown.
I showed that my groupon coupon when I first entered. (BAD MISTAKE)
I picked 2 dishes and 1 appetizer from the menu which totalled about $40. I subsequently asked the manager/waiter for any recommendations, and he said we should try their Chinese spinach cooked with garlic, since it didn't sound expensive. Turned out, that simple veggie dish cost $27! I asked to see the manager regarding it and he changed it to $22.
Total bill came up to over $70 for 2 people. Guess what, they even charged $2 for tea, for each individual person which is totally unheard of in any Chinese restaurant!
Food was nothing but bad! The beef dished we ordered only had 10 slices of beef amidst a pile of extremely salty sauce.
*** heres a tip for any of you guys who also bought the groupon- show them your coupon at the end of service, after they hand you your bill. I had a friend who did that and he didn't get ripped off as badly as I did.
Avoid at all cost, unless you feel exceedingly generous that day. (I'd rather you donate to charity nonetheless)
My girlfriend purchased a Red Pocket Groupon-like discount coupon, as she likes trying different restaurants. Those that are great, we certainly return to. This restaurant, however, will not be one.
We made a reservation for Dim Sum around 12:30. We arrived, were seated promptly, and placed our order, handing over our printed Red Pocket sheet. The waitress wrote our table number on the sheet, and took it away to be automatically applied to our bill. The place had decor that was reasonable - we don't generally care about this, as we're really there for the food. We ordered somewhere around 10 dishes for our table of 3.
The food arrived, and most of it was reasonably good. It wasn't the best that I've had overall, with some being great, and some being alright. I found many of them to be too oily, but could overlook that due to the overall slightly above-average quality of the food. They were fairly pushy with the Dim Sum that came by, especially considering that it all looked cold, and we had ordered a sufficient number of items to stuff us all.
We requested our bill, which came after a couple of short minutes. The bill was full price, without the deducted Red Pocket, so we waved a waiter over to adjust it. Somewhere around 5 minutes later, the waiter said that he could not find the Red Pocket sheet, at which point we showed him the unique code on the sheet. A full 15 minutes later, we had to request our bill again, during which time, he was simply taking orders from other tables (keep in mind perhaps 20 tables and 5-6 front staff, which is enough for one to step away). We then received our adjusted bill quickly, after which we had cut our tip down to half of the original amount (~6%) due to the ridiculous incompetence that caused us to need to wait an additional 20 minutes.
Upon seeing this lower tip, the waiter (manager?) informed us that we were to tip on the full bill. We informed him that the wait was unacceptable, and he proceeded to blame us for the wait. He then told us that we needed to tip 15%. I told that I can tip nothing if I want to.
I have NEVER had a business demand that I tip them a certain percentage, particularly after their error, ignoring me, and then finally trying to blame me for their error.
Although the food was reasonable, and I don't expect amazing service from Asian restaurants due to cultural differences, I will not be coming back to this place.
We have been going to Szechuan Chongqing for group dim sum lunches for a number of years. The prices have typically been reasonable for decent quality food, leading us to return again and again. However, we left very disappointed yesterday afternoon. While I recognize their $2.95/dim sum item is a great deal and staff are likely instructed to try and upsell customers other more expensive items as well, the pushiness of the staff made our meal very unpleasant. Some quick examples that come to mind include having to repeat myself 3 times to ensure them I really do only want the small gai lan (not the large), continuing to ask us if we want more crab when we have not finished the dish on the table (they didn't do this for the other cheaper items we had), and finally the extreme pushiness for us to order their fresh steamed prawns with special sauce. We agreed to a pound of the prawns and then came the push for us to get 2 lbs! (note: I wouldn't bother with these - they were ok, but not worth the $22/lb they charged). Every time we asked for items from the carts passing by the servers would repeatedly ask us if we also wanted X other items and when we said no, often our negative response would be met with "are you sure?".
In summary, I will not be returning here. It's too bad, because picking items right off the carts is fun and their $2.95 dim sum items are good value. However, the pushiness of the staff negatively impacted what was supposed to be an enjoyable afternoon with friends and I left feeling quite disappointed. There are plenty of other dim sum places in Vancouver with similar quality/prices, but better service.
We ordered 7 items total, between two of us. The only special order were some xiao long bao, which were very bad, all broken with very chewy stuffing. The rest of the dishes were good, but the total bill was $45! In hindsight I’m sure they charged us extra for some items, or maybe the tea. When I told the server the xiao long bao were all burst, he just smiled and nodded. I knew then that arguing the bill would be pointless...
I went here with a group of six and found it to be quite enjoyable. The place was busy on a Sunday morning with a diverse ethnic mix (always a good sign). We had dim sum so the service is just what you'd expect (i.e trolleys going past with food at regular intervals). There was no stand out dishes although one prawn dish and one bean dish was quite tasty. One of the people I was with who eats dim sum very frequently thought it was a bit oily and wasn't very satisfied.