Ming's serves up authentic Cantonese, szechuan and vegetarian cuisine in a relaxed, elegant atmosphere. Offering dine in, take out and delivery.
Visited here a few weeks back and I swear the place looks like a scene from Miami Vice. The decoration is a bit neon like inside with stars/neon on the ceiling and 80's like decor. Tried a few dishes such as the BBQ Duck - big and bit on the salty side, Cripsy Chicken - crisp but dry inside a bit over cooked, fried noodles - veggies were old fashioned and all western, a big too much sauce made it soggy, Vegetarian Dish - bad with some chinese type of gluten from a can, S&S Pork - bad, soggy and swimming in sauce, Tofu - crispy and good.
Overall the food was just OK and geared towards western tastes. Service was good and attentive. Overall, a tired looking place that needs to change if it's going to last another 10 years.
Man does this place remind me of a restaurant I once worked at...Like 22 years ago! The waiters wear goofy looking jackets, the stars on the ceiling look like something my kids would put on their walls, the layout with the live fishtank and tables scattered about the restaurant without proper division is quite quaint. Quaint as in quaint in the 80's.
Moving onto the food. Hmmm, authentic Chinese? Not quite, not bad but really white-washed. This place wouldn't cut-it in Vancouver, in Victoria with all the Caucasian patrons that were in there on a Friday night it'll survive ( but for how long I wonder?).
The waiter cracked a few jokes, he filled our tea and waters regularly, offered food suggestions, delivered and cleared dishes quickly, there's no complaints here.
I can't recommend you eating here, there must be better Chinese places in Chinatown?
Having spent 4 nights in Victoria we had opportunity to eat at several establishments. Ming's is one that comes in near the top of our list for great places to eat.
One of the dishes we ordered was a Szechuan Kung-Po Hot N Spicy with shrimp. We stressed to our waiter that we really like the spices to be hot. I told him if it was hotter 'n the hubs of hades, then it could be one degree hotter still. It arrived as ordered. The taste was exquisite and the heat level just right.
Staff was attentive,courteous and well mannered. Not to mention their uniforms which were dressy and appealing to the eye.
Not expecting the portions to be as big as they were we also ordered chicken chow mein and a bowl of steamed rice. We couldn't eat it all so took the balance back to our suite at the hotel.
The surroundings were pleasant with a nicely broken up layout which keeps patrons from feeling like being in a sardine can as some restaurants are prone to do. The aquariums were a nice distraction and very well kept with some nice specimens of various kinds of fish.
We would return to Ming's in a heartbeat and offer it a very high recommendation.
Thanks all you people at Ming's for a wonderful dining experience.
Nice Venue but... and we went on Chinese new years,,,,,,ALthough the waiters attempted to give 'five star' service here, it was laughable compared to the 'slop' that came from the kitchen. This establishment was recommended to us. Thats always a first and we try to support those places as we have found really hit and miss in this type of Cuisine.
Upon first entering we were aware that it may be somewhat of a tourist trap given the brochures, booklets, dining guides etc. on a very big rack at the entrance. The host . gracious and seated us promptly. - waiters nicely attired and professional. Food, well we had the Emporers Menu for two as there were a few finnicky things on the New Years 'Special' Menu that didn't appeal. Well.... ALL the food came at a tepid temperature....flavourless for the most part with very similar sauces on each dish, nothing distinct...well disappointment set in and I was absolutely concerned (knowing food temperatures and hot holding temps from a Food Safe Level 2 Certification standpoint....) this food was luke warm. The establishment was half empty so ...sorry Hong Lee, NO EXCUSE.... and at a time when they should be trying to WOW the public with the Chinese New Years Festival and an Economy that is not encouraging people to dine out....
Hot towels apres dinner were a nice touch.
Upon leaving, the Hostess did not even look up from her magazine to say thank you or good nite. In fact, no one seemed slightly concerned at our enjoyment. ( well lets face it, its chow mein people!) In any event we went with higher expectations - coupled with the fact the Menu prices here are exhorbitant by comparison to better places around town that LOCALS will dine for Asian Cuisine.
Needless to say this Restaurant is a clear defined THUMBS DOWN experience. Service simply will not make up for bad food.
EAT AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Extremely bad service!!! thats all I can say. On the otherhand, the food was just outstanding. It's unlikely I will visit again.
Mings is a familly tradition for us. Many occations have been celebrated in their authentic, dare I say "old school" style restaurant. The food is wonderful, and the service is top notch. I love this place!