Won More is a small, busy restaurant in the West End serving spicy Szechuan.
In the West End there is a high turnover of restaurants yet Won More has survived for years. Hidden away on the second floor on the corner of Denman and Davie it serves good reliable Szechuan food at reasonable prices, considering the location. On my latest visit we shared the Eggplant and Tofu Hotpot ($9.95)and the Prawns with seasonal vegetables($12.95). Both were excellent. The restaurant is small and the tables are close to one another but the quality of the food makes it worthwhile. I just wish they would open for lunch as I am sure word of mouth would get the locals in there.
I took my beloved spouse to WM because we wanted to try a new place and it was Mid-Autumn Festival. Since I had only seen reviews here and never been to the place, I called ahead for reservations. When I arrived, I realized that they were unnecessary. WM is a humble restaurant that does lots of takeout. It is nothing like Kirin or other fancy places.
The staff seemed friendly and the place was clean and comfortable enough. We ordered the spicy eggplant with beef and the sweet and sour pork. Mrs. C is the only HK person I know who orders sweet and sour. The eggplant with beef was delicious and had both fresh garlic and a light spicy burn. I really enjoyed it. Mrs. C devoured the sweet and sour, which was fine with me since I didn’t care for it.
The service was good and the ambience was casual. This is a good place to go for a quick meal. It is a little chintzy for a holiday dinner, so I am taking Mrs. C for a makeup dinner somewhere else tonight.
This place is on the high side for what they offer. The food is OK, nothing to write home about, but I would emphasize that the price is rather high for what you get. Also, (I have eaten here several times), you sometimes don't get what you ordered. Are the words for "chicken" and "beef" similar in Chinese?
I've been going to the Won More for at least 10yrs, I live on the other side of town but this place is my absolute favorite for Chinese food.
Whenever I go I have the kung pao chicken (outstanding), green beans with garlic and scallion pancakes. I never leave disappointed, as an added bonus the staff have always been friendly which is a rare commodity in most Chinese restaurants in Vancouver.
The Won can be busy at times, given the location, but don't let that get in the way of you having a great meal. Try the deep fried fish in hot garlic sauce or the tofu & eggplant hotpot. We've been going to the Won More for years and it has very rarely let us down. I think management has recently changed (last 6 months or so??) so we'll have to keep an eye on the quality. At least Tony the chef is still at his normal position in the front window. The guy has Popeye arms! Some other great dished are: Chicken with Tangerine peel, dry ginger beef, hot & sour soup,.. The only way you can go wrong is by ordering the same old chinese restaurant food. Try something different and you'll be happily surprised!
Good szechuan is always hard to find and Vancouver is no exception. I was told about this place several years ago and tried it when i needed to scratch my szechuan itch. I was told about the dry ginger beef which, now that i'm no longer a vegetarian i LOVE. Won more does it really well! The gai-lan and beans are great but I have to admit I haven't ventured that far away from those staples. Its not the best ambience but you are really going for the yummy food. Really tasty and not too greasy (except for the fried rice which i now stay away from). Definetely recommend it.