We were in Victoria for a two night stay and wanted to try some of the local Chinese cuisine. Reading the prior reviews, we thought it would hit the spot. At first glance, we weren't sure we wanted to stay.. the decor was a bit odd - imagine Chinese New Year's decorations in a 70's style diner with modern plates/dishes. The menu was a bit confusing as well.. a mix of Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese dishes.. We asked for a Chinese family style menu, but they didnt have one printed and instead verbally gave us a menu. We didnt go for it, but instead ordered a tofu/mushroom/vegetable dish (which was really tasty and well presented), curry chicken (which DadaMao really enjoyed, said that the curry was Malaysian in flavour) and a fried beef noodle in sauce (which also was pretty good) The vegetables used were amazingly fresh and prepared perfectly. Needless to say we were impressed.
However, we could not believe how friendly and genuine the waiter and waitress were. They played with Little Mao, while we ate, even going so far to bring toys out for her and insist that she take them home. Actually the service made the entire experience memorable.
Even though the restaurant wasnt overly busy, everyone who came in was obviously a repeat customer.. one even going so far to make her own bubble tea. We noticed that table had fried crab with ginger and green onions, san choy bau (lettuce wrap), dou miu (baby pea shoots) and honeymoon fried rice, all of which were not on the menu. Next time, we're in Victoria, we'll drop by for another dining experience.
Evidently the family that operates this restaurant returned to China for a visit so it was closed in early April. (Maybe they were looking for new menu ideas but their menu is already quite extensive and varied.) But a friend tells me it will be open again by mid April which is a good thing because it has become a friendly and convenient stop for me when I am seeking very fresh, simply prepared and excellent Chinese food - with some Japanese offerings also on the menu. The ambience is that of a traditional family-run restaurant - no pretensions; very comfortable, friendly, fast service with large servings and the freshest vegetables in Victoria. And wow! What a selection of bubble tea!