Best Chinese Food in Vancouver?
My wife and I are currently in Whistler and have about 6 hours to spend in Vancouver tomorrow before heading back to the SF Bay Area. We've heard that Vancouver has amazing Chinese food.
Any restaurant recommendations would be greatly appreciated! Also, any recommendations on places to go or things to do tomorrow would be also appreciated! Thanks in advance for your help!
A great place for dim sum in Vancouver is Shanghai Chinese Bistro on Alberni at Thurlow. What about renting a bicycle at the corner of Denman and Georgia and cycling around the Stanley Park Seawall? It's a great way to spend a sunny afternoon in Vancouver. If you have some energy left continue on to the English Bay Seawall and stop for a gelatto on Denman.
For lunch / dim sum you could try: Sun Shi Wa on Main Street, Kirin ( 3 diffent locations), Shai Lin Noodles (run down noodle house, but everything is hand made in front of you and the noodles are great as are their dumplings. They are located on Broadway near Cambie)
For a great asian / japanese lunch I would recommend Zakkushi (Denman Street @ Robson) They serve a great lunch of Japanese homestyle foods (not sushi)
Some menu highlights are:
Curry on Rice, Chicken Cutlet, Hot Udon soup, Negi Toro Don, Zara Soba, Noodle Salad...the food is great! Nothing over $10.
My top picks would be Shai Lin (not fancy at all) or Zakkushi!
You're both right! Zakkkushi and Shai Lin are both great although Shai Lin is a little out of the way if you're going to go to Stanley Park. Kirin is excellant(although a trifle more expensive) but worth it, one of it's locations is on Alberni. After a lunch in the Denman, Robson or Alberni area you could also walk down to the seawall and take the little passenger ferry over to Granville Island and explore our fantastic food market and the art galleries and craft shops. This is the location of The Emily Carr School of Art and Design. Granville Market really is a must see when in Vancouver.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Zakkushi for dinner, but I had lunch there 2 weekends ago, and it was very disappointing.
The beef was extremely chewy + tasted leathery and freezer burnt, the minced chicken meat (ontop of a bed of rice) tasted almost like spam, and the seaweed was very fishy. Udon was edible, but nothing special.
Service was good, as always.
I didn't try the other items recommended.. so hopefully if I go again, I'll order those items instead.