Victoria Chinese is an upmarket Cantonese restaurant in Downtown Vancouver.
Since the Imperial Dim Sum closed down in the Marine Building and Victoria Chinese closed down for renovations for what seems like an eternity, there was a collective wail for dim sum in Downtown Vancouver.
Thank goodness that the Victoria Chinese has opened up again and seems rejuvenated. The dishes are standard dim sum fare and very reliable. Several of the old timers from Imperial have taken up residence at Victoria, and you can tell from the attentive waiters and the efficient service.
I wasn't impressed with the service, not enough servers at this busy location. I felt rushed to order, and found the Shrimp Prawns dumpling, lack flavour and taste. I thought my won ton soup didn't have enough flavour in the broth or won tons, and its expensive for the small size. I did like my spring rolls, hot, crispy and good in taste.
The overall experience didn't wow me, found the Dim Sum expensive, and service could improve for what you pay in a meal.
Just came here tonight on account of some long time family friends visiting here briefly and wanted to catch up before they left. It's located inside Royal Centre next to the Hyatt so parking is a little confusing, even in the underground parking.
We had 7-8 dishes in all, a packaged dinner which included mostly typical dishes, but some with unusual presentation, like the roasted chicken with crisp skin, but topped with a dark soy and the infamous green onion and ginger oil. It ruined the crisp skin and made the entire dish bleak with no direction in taste. The peking duck, a usual favourite, came with dry wrappers and the duck skin itself was another turnoff, not very crispy. Like the previous reviewer mentioned, the fish and sugar snap pea dish was prepared well though the baby bok choi in the sea cucumber and duck web dish was way overdone. Portions are quite ample for many of our dishes but prices are high in return.
Service was hit and miss. Servers were very subtle and blended into the background though they were efficient in replacing plates but slow on refilling the teapots and pitchers of water. I found it very unusual that a few of our dishes were single serving items only with no leftovers for people looking for seconds: the lettuce wrap, the soup to name a couple.
Restaurant is clean and decently modern, though the carpet design was an oversight and the weirdo purple-red leds going in the ceiling was tacky and out of place. One of the few chinese restaurants I've been to where they spent quite a sum on the washrooms, very modern and sleek, and pretty clean to boot.
Considering it's location it might be a restaurant for tourists, since the food here seem too needlessly overdramatic and ends up ruining the simpleness of many chinese dishes. It wasn't busy; our table stood out and echoed the noises all across the room, though nobody cared. Our visitors paid the bill, felt bad. Will I be back? Maybe if someone else paid.
My co-workers and I had this craving for dim-sum, so we headed over to the Victoria Restaurant for lunch.
Evaluated on it's own merits, the food is pretty good. Not the best I've had, nor the worst. But it's a little pricey.
And there aren't many places that offer dimsum in the downtown peninsula, and those that do, are the same price, or more.
This is one place to go if you want really good dim sum, or you just want to dazzle an out of town guest or business associate. It is in a great location at Royal Bank Centre. My favourite dishes are the rice roll with peanut sauce, and the squid and curry sauce. They also do a respectable fung zhou (chicken feet) with a spicy chili sauce. There are lots of other great choices on the menu too.
The ambience is a cut above the average Chinese restaurant, and the staff are efficient and not obtrusive. The place is a bit on the pricey side, but you get what you pay for. It is also a good alternative to Kirin. And yes, you will probably feel under-dressed.
I came here for a wedding reception and I was impressed, especially with the service. I've been to a lot of chinese weddings and I cannot say the servers love their job. At Victoria Chinese restaurant, all the servers had smiles on their face and looked like they were really having a good time. The food was really delicious and the restaurant was very accomodating. Mid-way through the reception, they cleared way for a special treat from the bride and groom. An entire hour long or so of Hawaiian hula entertainment. It was truly one of the best wedding receptions I've been to.
I also came here for dim sum some time ago and remembered good things about that also.
I completely forgot about Kirin on Alberni! My apologies.
Kirin is somewhat out of the way as it's on the outskirts just past the central business district. For a business dim sum lunch, if you're in the central business district, Victoria will suit you just fine as Kirin is about another 5 minutes away (quite a ways if you're pressed for time).
That being said, Victoria is still solid and definitely a place that I have entertained clients without worrying about whether the food is good/bad.
Verdict: Kiring > Victoria > Imperial
I've been to many dim sum places and Victoria Chinese didn't rate highly... I went here with 4 colleagues and had a variety of dim sum... The service was disinterested at best... plates were almost "thrown" on the table at us... We had to remind the waitress 2 or 3 times for requests. The food is mediocre... The pork dumplings tasted stale and the shrimp dumpling tasted off... It's too bad there are so few dim sum places in the downtown core...
I would rate the food at Victoria Chinese among the best I've had.
My wife and I and our ten year old son tried spring rolls which were very good, served much in the style of filipino lumpia. Only four small pieces though. We also had some excellent tender shrimp dumplings with a generous amount of shrimp); curry beef tarts (interesting juxtaposition of sweet pastry with the mild curry flavour); rock salt fried squid and tan tan noodles. The noodles were just okay, don't think I try them again too soon.
We went Boxing Day for dim sum and the restaurant was packed but service was prompt and friendly. Food arrived at the table piping hot.
Decor is definitely a cut or two above the average neighbourhood Chinese restaurant, with white linen table cloths and uniformed staff, but not formal.
Ever since Royal King on Fraser closed down I have been on a quest for good Dim Sum for reasonable value. The food here is good however for the price it should be. Starting at 4.75 per dish and up the food should be impeccable. This was satisfactory but the service was very poor and my request for hot sauce seemed like an imposition. Victoria Chinese claimed to only have one kind of hot sauce. This would be a first for me in any chinese restuarant. Additionally our teapot was so full of tealeaves and flowers there was no room for water. Makes you think you have the leftovers from last night. I do not think they wanted to make the effort. We never did recieve a bill and had ot pay up front. I would not go back not because of the service and effort were so poor performed.
We came here for dinner. The service was good, seen to straight away, staff always polite and attentive.
Food was ok, nothing really special. The pea shoots were the best but the other items we had were just alright. Nothing original or outstanding. The one item I didn't really like was the lemon chicken, a little too sweet. Portions were too huge and that put me off a little.
This was not good value for money. Most main dishes were at least $15 in price and even though the portions were generous the food was not the quality you would expect for the amount.
I could not fault the decor and cleanliness of the restaurant, everything was spotless and certainly looked a very posh place to dine. I probably would go back.
This restaurant is really terrible mainly because of the service. The people inside are acceptable but the host had a horrible attitude. He scoffed and acted like he didn't want more customers in the restaurant. When we couldn't hear what he was asking, he gave us attitude. Just repeat your question! Some strangers who were waiting with us actually left. No server/busser had a smile on their face except for 1 lady. When we got in, it turned out atleast 5-6 large tables hadn't even been cleaned yet. It's really disgusting to look at ucleaned tables all around you. And they had to make some people sit in the front next to the door. That's horrible for them! They were so slow when they cleaned the tables, but perhaps also understaffed & overwhelmed. The food is overly expensive. $8-9 for a plate of steamed rice rolls. $8-9 for a bowl of chicken noodles that I could've made at home. It was just chicken stock, the cheapest chinese veg (siu choi), a ton of noodles I could buy at a store, and chicken thigh. The correct way of making this noodle is actually to make a pure white soup and to tenderize chicken breast. Go to Spicy Court for this instead. The best thing was the siu mai, which was hot, had lots of filling, and was tasty, but likely it was $6-7. I don't even want to bother commenting on other food because I wouldn't recommend people to come. They only pay for 1 hour of eating and we already had to wait because of their inability to clean tables. So we ended up paying another $6 for parking. What a ripoff. There should be another good Chinese restaurant for dimsum in downtown. I wouldn't come here & I think people only come here cuz they live at the Hyatt.
My coworker and I decided to go for DimSum here since it was close to our workplace. After ordering a couple of dishes - shu mai and shrimp dumplings we found a piece of hair wrapped inside the steamed rice wrap. I will not be going here to eat again and having second thoughts on how clean and hygenic the kitchen is.
Try the braised pumpkin with bean curd - it is fantastic! I always order that with the guy lan, pan fried canneloni, and pork pastry.
The service can be a bit slow (especially getting your bill) so make sure to leave some time at the end to get your payment processed.
Reservations recommended or get there at 11:45 for lunch to avoid the rush.
had dim sum on a weekend, lets face it service sucks here, the food is above average. We go on the weekends because there is a discount there on the weekend. It is 20% off the entire bill. do not expect any service and you will be please when someone comes around to give you any. if expectations are low then you will not be disappointing. Also parking is validated at the underground parking.
My husband and I went here out of sheer convenience - it was our first and last visit.
We were one of two tables in the restaurant and yet the service was incredibly slow and not very competent.
We were seated and asked if we would like tea or water. We asked for both and were served only tea. We ordered spring rolls which were pretty good, and beef on fried rice noodles which were absolutely awful.
The noodles ended up being egg noodles covered in some flavourless sauce and water-logged beef. The egg noodles were overdone and soggy and the only thing that gave the dish any flavour at all was us adding A LOT of soy sauce.
That said, we ate next to none of it and it gave us both terrible stomach aches. No one ever came back to our table to see if were happy with the meal and when someone did finally clear the table, they did so without comment. We waited another 20 minutes for the bill (an employee about 5 feet from our table deliberately kept his back to us while rifling through paperwork).
In short, the food was bad, the service indifferent and we felt both sick and hungry when we left. I would not ever go back here nor recommend this place to anyone - ever. There are many, many better restaurants to eat at.
My wife and I dine here every once in a while, as we live right up the street on Melville. Their Har Gow is by far the best, better than Kirin or Sun Sui Wah. The steamed pork spareribs with black bean are also done well. The bbq pork pastries are exceptional. The beef balls are sublime, the sui mai would be my last meal on death row. Nicely redecorated as well. All in all, my fav Dim Sum joint.
Classic Canton dishes.Service was fantastic.Prompt and very clean.Felt a little formal but it was refreshing.Substantial portions at decent prices.
Would recommend this location.(Next to Burrard Skytrain)
I took my Dad here for Father's Day even after reading the reviews on this site. My mother tells me that parking is free and there is 20% off on the weekend.
When I called to make a reservation, the rudeness already began. I asked them if they took reservations on Father's day since many places don't. She responded with, "What do you mean??? " I just didn't expect that kind of tone.
When we arrived at the restaurant my husband asked to confirm if parking is taking care of. They responded with " What do you mean??", in a hasty way. It was a mixture of grunts and weird looks. FInally they nodded.
Finally when i went to the front to get the bill, I didn't bring the stub so they didn't know which table they needed to bill to. - my fault. I pointed and told her it was the table underneath the TV. The Hostess looked at me and said, "How can I see which table you are pointing at?" Then she gave me a blank rude stair.
I told her she was very rude, and she pointed to the restaurant owner. He just looked at me and said "where is your table?" He was just as rude, - no apologies - or any sign of politeness. We quickly paid for the dinner and left.
Lastly the food is terrible, for what I would expect from the location and decor and price. For the same price Kirin, Imperial, Top Gun, Sun Sui Wah are all way better. It tasted similar to the 2.99 dim sum we get from Kingsway.
They had this Fried Gyoza (Wo Teep) that tasted like it had been frozen and forgotten in the freezer for atleast a year. Everybody noticed when they ate it. Luckily they let us return the dish.
I would not come back to this place again. I don't mind rudeness in a lot of chinese restaurants because I understand that many are short staffed and are not service orientated. But for a fancy city centre restaurant I expected some service.
Despite the most recent renovation of the Victoria Chinese Restaurant, the service and food are a disgrace to the Chinese cuisine standards and is an embarrassment to the type of high quality restaurants you expect for a downtown establishment. It baffles me how this restaurant manages to stay in business. The high prices at Victoria Chinese is expected for a downtown establishment, but when the food quality is worst than frozen dim sums then it is obviously highway robbery. Sadly there are not many Chinese restaurants in the downtown core and more specificall, not many of these Chinese restaurants serve dim sum. It is astonishing to see other Chinese customers eat at this restaurant. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone, not even to my enemies................even McDonald's food is a better bet.