Victoria Chinese is an upmarket Cantonese restaurant in Downtown Vancouver.
I went here last night with three colleagues. We are staying at the Hyatt all week and one person was complaining about how cold it was outside (she's from Nanaimo, for heaven's sake), and didn't want to walk anywhere outside. You can get to this restaurant through the mall attached to the hotel.
We ordered a spicy chicken and black bean with veggies dish (it wasn't spicy, in my opinion), a beef and veggie dish, a seafood special dish with noodles and a tureen of wonton soup. Also the four of us shared two bowls of steamed rice.
At first I thought the prices were pretty high, but in retrospect it was fine.
The meat, particularly the chicken, gave me the willies. I thought it may have been a bit undercooked. Maybe it had been steamed, I don't know. I'm fine today, though. I would have given the food a 3 but for the feeling the meat wasn't quite cooked. The broccoli in the beef dish should have been cut into smaller pieces.
The food was very attractively displayed.
The noodles that came with the seafood were crunchy in some parts and soft from the juices in others. I didn't like that, but no one else said anything. I haven't had Chinese food since I was in China in 2005, so what do I know.
Service was pretty good. They weren't too attentive with the water at first, but that improved - maybe because they saw me pour some from my water bottle into my glass. :) The bill came quickly, but I asked for it as we were on our way to an evening meeting.
The ambiance was very bright. I didn't mind but one of my companions commented on it a couple of times.
I would go back, but order different dishes.
Being downtown, and this restaurant having been around for many years, I was hopeful for some good dim sum.
We did not order much standard fare, as I had an out of town guest. Our dishes included Jellyfish with Braised Beef, Chicken Salad with Seaweed, Stewed Beef Tripe, and the Deep Fried Chicken Knuckles. We did have some standards, like the steamed beef rice roll (which they call beef cannelloni) and Pork Spare Ribs. The Chicken Salad was more like jellyfish with some chicken and seaweed. The rice roll was on the mushy side. The chicken knuckles were too greasy and didn't have all the usual spices nor the crunch.
Dishes start at $4.95, and you do get a decent portion - a bit too much actually, as we struggled to finish all the dishes (and never did). Isn't the idea of dim sum to have a little bit of each and more variety? At the end of the day our bill came to about $20 per person for 5 diners - a bit high for dinner. Everything was palatable, but pricey and not too satisfying. The best item we had was the mango pudding. At least we saved the best for last.
This classy joint (although formal attire not required) is a great place for tourists or those unfamiliar with dim sum. Food is great, staff are friendly and the ambience is higher end than the norm. Prices are a little higher than the norm too...
Came here for lunch with a few friends. This is not the cheapest dim sum place around, but we definitely got our money’s worth. Prawns were huge in the dumplings…the lotus leaf-rice wrap was excellent. Pricier than I like to pay for dim sum, came to $80 (including tea and 20% tip) for the four of us. Had to flag servers down as the restaurant was busy, but everything we asked for we got, almost immediately. We left full, and everyone liked the food, so it was worth it.
Too pricey for too mediocre dim sum. Shrimp dumplings (har gow) are usually orange in colour, but the ones they serve are yellowish... Service was poor. Definitely do not recommend. If you still intend to go though, make sure the order receipt that they give you immediately after you've filled out your dim sum slip matches what you have ordered. They gave us the wrong dim sum slip of the day. When the food came, we told them that some of the dishes were not ours. They gave us the "look" for thinking we were at fault but we obviously proved them wrong after we told them to show us the original slip that we filled out.
I eagerly anticipated dining at Victoria when I went to visit a friend in downtown, and I was not disappointed. I used to have dimsum there once a month when I worked in downtown, and it is always a pleasurable dining experience. They have really good dimsum and friendly staff. The interiors is reminiscent of classy restaurants I used to visit in Hong Kong.
Going out on a snowy rainy day, we didn't have much choice when heading out downtown. The restaurant was 3/4 full when we went in.
Good service throughout, waitress was very attentive and polite.
Menu is definitely on the pricey side, so we expected good standards.
We've ordered spare ribs, beef meat balls, and couple of standard dishes. Generally we were both disappointed.
Shrimp dumpling pastry was too thick, flavour was fairly lacking for our special order chow mein, rest of the dishes we had were pretty so-so. Deep fried banana and red bean paste was good even though it is on the oily side.
All in all, for 2 of us the bill came to $50. We thought, for the same value, Sea Harbour in Richmond, Kirin or Sun Sui Wah on Main Street can do way better job.
There are only two dim-sum restaurants downtown vancovuer so I agree if the picking isn't so slim, Victoria wouldn't do so well. The food is slightly above average but it's not exceptional by any means. I think I'm reading a lot of discrepancies here because it depends on what you order. I find Victoria's traditional items (the steamed kinds) are better than Imperial's but Imperial has better fried kinds. I personally stay away from the fried stuff - too 'gwai lo' for me :)
Top Gun Hot Pot in Burnaby and Habour City in Richmond are both better places to go for high quality traditional dim-sum but expensive.
Funny enough - when I checked TopGun's review on this site, the ratings aren't that great?? They're the best dim-sum in town as far as I'm concerned...and having lived and worked in Asia for many of my adult years, I know my stuff!