Don Mee's lively and vibrant atmosphere is sure to make your dining experience a memorable one. Serving Victoria for over 80 years.
My husband always had a place in his heart for Don Mee since he used to go there a lot as a kid growning up on Salt Spring...that is, until the last time we went last week....
We arrived just before 2:00 for dim sum. We were told it was still on. Well, apparently they think 2 carts going round and round with the same 4 offerings is dim sum. When we tried to ask for other items, we were shouted at with "what do you want???" and "later, later" by women who obviously didn't want to be there. The three dishes we did have were decent, but we couldn't find anything else we wanted....and they still offered us the same dishes over and over again.....so we paid our bill ($15!!!) and left.....SO disappointing...
If you want to see where the locals are hanging at 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning, then make your way over to Don Mee's. I had NO IDEA that they were open from 10 on Sundays for Dim Sum. I am in love with their shrimp/scallop morsel, steamed vegetarian gyoza (I guess that's Japanese - chou zu in Chinese, but I don't know how to spell it!). Their sticky rice is one to simply melt over filled with sweet rice, nice gravy, a chinese sausage piece, a chicken piece and bits of pork. Lordy, lordy...I hope they have those in heaven..: )
Actually, I've been to the one at the Jade Palace, and it's very nice, too, but the sticky rice is still finer at Don Mee's...
I got to say the first time i ever came to Victoria Don Mee was the first place we went for dim sum. the food was great, but clearly the restaurant is going through some rough times in the kitchen. Our last experience at Don Mee (and our final experience) was disappointing to say the least. the food was bad...our shrimp dumpling were frozen in the middle. Thats when i realized they just flash freeze there stuff and steam it at a later time you can taste it... I know alot of celebrities went there in the pass, but the food just isn't there anymore. The restaurant needs new carpet too
We have tried DimSum from one side of the continent to the other. NY, WWash DC, Toronto, San Francisco and others. Don Mee ranks consistently in the top 10 Dim Sum locations around. Very fresh, hot , well prepared , reasonably priced Dim Sum.
The only possible negative would be the stairs you have to climb to get to the restaurant , should you be disabled or handicapped.
wow, a throw back from days gone by...at least if you're from Vancouver. They still use the old push carts; far too many in Vancouver have gone to the "order slip" system which detracts from the entire experience.
The food was good; the same nostalgic dishes served the way I remember them in taste and size...although the prices were quite modern. Vancouver restaurants, to keep up with the competition next door, offer lower cost items (eg. flat $2.40/dish) but have had to compromise in size and sometimes in taste.
Comparing to Vancouver, I would rate Don Mee somewhere below the "full price" restaurants but definitely above the "flat rate" restaurants. Worth coming back for another visit.
i use to like them even there service. but once they switch owner it kind of went down hill for me. i went there early with 8 of my family thinking we will beat the rush and get the best food. but, ohh my i was wrong we wait it for almost 30min be for a real cart came by. i was very piss. i ask them are u not serving? and "they say yes it's coming but not busy yet". there was so many people there and they had no cart but dessert. all i can say is that place is not the same any more once they sold it to a younger couple. they still have some of the same staff. we still go there and we can see that there slowly improving.
Visiting Victoria from Vancouver for a few days and decided to try Don Mee out for Dim Sum on a Saturday morning. Excellent food and service with multiple Dim Sum carts going around our table every couple of minutes or so.
Cleanest washroom I 've seen in a Chinese restaurant.
Overall a good experience and will return next time we are in town.
We've been dining out in Victoria weekly for almost 20 years. We had our finest Chinese food experience at Don Mee's. No less than 4 different servers attended to us. The food was timely (properly spaced between appies and entrees) hot, and very, very tasty. We look for places for good dining after the tourists have gone. Don Mee's has moved up near the top of our list. We had a great dining experience... and good value to boot.
The restaurant was packed, and well worth waiting as their dim sum is the best! The prices were quite fair, although you had to yell at the servers to come in you direction. My only complaint is that the servers are not proficient in English, and did not want to pause and explain what was in their cart if you did not know the Chinese term for it (this makes it difficult for people who do not speak Chinese) Overall definitely worth a visit! (but bring a Chinese speaking friend)
We haven't been for awhile, but use to go here all the time for dim sum. We really like the variety of the dishes they offer and the price is comparable. They have the steam carts that are pushed around, so you can see what the item is, as most of the time the lady pushing the cart doesn't speak english and can't tell you what it is. The only down side is that sometimes the same cart has been going around for awhile and the food temp drops. I've had a couple item only luke warm and it really turned me off.
Also, I found out this place was closed this past summer for a few days for a rodent infestation. Ewwww! Luckily they were re-evaluated and deemed sufficient to reopen.
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