In a brave new world faced with rising gas prices, HST and other economic ills, the value of this cute little diner in James Bay is amazing. The individual combo plates are huge and at $7.95 (no egg roll) are an amazing value. It took a while to study and understand why a 2 person combo was more until I realized that the dual combo included egg rolls. However, as eggs rolls are $1.50 each, it seems to be cheaper to order 2 individual combos and the egg rolls.
Mathematical games aside, I wish this small business well as they seem to be trying hard. I was a bit put out by the sign saying the washroom was broken. I did not inquire if that was only to stop people wandering in to use it - or for customers as well.
The restaurant also serves a range of fish and chips, soups, burgers and fish and chips. All that comes out of a kitchen half the size of ours, so I am not sure how they cope when it's busy. The food that we had was of good quality and was satisfying. This is not an upscale yuppie dinner place - simply wholesome food served at very reasonable prices, so that even with the new HST I did not faint from the price.
They also offer take out and delivery.
Chinese food is proletariat food. Elegant dining rooms in Chinatown, or bistro-style diggs are a farce.
James Bay Fish and Chips used to be a greasy dive with solid fish and chips. The recipe for the fist and chips hasn't changed since the new owners gutted the place and added an extensive selection of Chinese fare to the menu. You can tell they're serious because they have the balls to put a glass window so you can see everything going on in the kitchen (most Chinese restaurants keep their kitchens hidden from public view, and for good reason!). The kitchen is clean, the staff highly skilled and professional - and the food reflects this. Easily the best chow mein I've had in town, and they will adapt recipes to suit dietary needs. The fish and chips have remained as solid as ever, although the batter is lighter - probably because the oil is being changed more often than the old James Bay Fish and Chips. For the price, these are some of the better Fish and Chips plates you can get in town. It may not be Barb's or RedFishBlueFish - but it beats the rest.
The gentleman who runs the place is geniunely interested in the clientele, their experience, and intuitively knows their needs (i.e. - attentive to people with kids, etc). For the money, this is easily the best restaurant in James Bay and even though I've recently moved to the Fairfield area I keep going back.
I'm a veggie, so I haven't tried the fish, but I've had the egg foo yung, stirfried bean cake, and the veggie chow mein a number of times. It's my take-out staple in James Bay, it's always good, fresh and quick. The people are nice, they aren't in your face, but they are always attentive. They could do with more vegetable selection but that's just me (and me eating just veggies), but as far as the local place to get dinner, one of the better options in James Bay!
Since living in James Bay (4+ years), I have been enjoying one of the few affordable/good places to eat in Victoria. Spending time in Vancouver you realize how overpriced most restaurants are around our city but this is one of the few gems that doesnt cost a fortune and has quality food. The guy who runs this restaurant is one of the friendliest people you will meet and he seems to employ a staff that have similar qualities. Combo D is a massive meal for just over $10 that is more than enough for even my giant appetite.
If you like the 'red' coloured sweet & sour sauce that 99.9% of other Chinese restaurants use, you won't find it here. The first time I ordered S&S boneless pork months ago, I was disappointed the sauce was a colourless, cornstarchy, oversweet mess. I should of returned it but gave them the benefit of the doubt, thinking they had a new cook or he just forgot to add the red food colouring to the sauce. Recently, I phoned in and reordered the Chow Mein, Beef & Broccoli and S&S Pork dishes. I explained to them about my past order and that I wasnt happy with it. The fellow said their sauce is always red and I must be mistaken. So I told him I would reorder but emphasized my concern about the sauce in question. I picked up the order and was totally pissed off after opening up the S&S Pork. White sauce! Yuck! That went directly into the garbage. Now, after two times of ordering it here, that will be my last time ! Either the cook is colour blind or thats the way they always prepare it. Sweet & Sour Lean Pork can be a good dish if prepared properly & consistently like other Chinese restaurants in the city. I definitely will stay with Mings where they have the best Chinese Food in the city.