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Mar 21, 2008 06:34 PM

Dim Sum in Vancouver?

I'm going to be in YVR next weekend. Have not done dim sum there in ages, can I get a recco or two? Downtown is probably most convenient. TIA.

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  1. There are so many good places - it really depends your preferences for region, style, atmosphere, specialty dish, etc. I'll just name a few of my favourites.

    Kirin and Sun Sui Wah for an upscale experience; Golden Swan for old-school carts are safe bets close to Downtown.....further out but worth the trip for are The Place, Come Along and Red Star.

    If Richmond is an option then Gingeri, Fisherman's Terrace (Aberdeen Mall), Northern Delicacies (Aberdeen Mall) and Shiang Garden...(amongst many choices).

    The local weekly (Georgia Straight) just published a nice article on Shanghai style dim sum here

    I can personally vouch for all their 5 starter choices.

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    1. re: fmed

      More please on Golden Swan :-).

      1. re: grayelf

        I might be there tomorrow...if that happens I'll post pics.

      2. re: fmed

        The last couple of times we have been to the Sun Sui Wah Richmond location we found the food unremarkable, maybe the main Street location is better.

        1. re: felix the hound

          Hit Sun Sui Wah's Main outpost last Sunday for dimsum with the parental units. We made a reso for 10:30 which was not necessary but by 11 the joint was full with a lineup (and it is big) so you might want to reserve if you go. All the offerings we had were good to excellent with the exception of the har gow which were a bit gummy that day, unusual in my repeated experiences there. Get something from the grill station in front of the live seafood tanks for sure, and focus on seafood based items and I think you will enjoy. They have carts which is always fun but you can order your favourites from the phalanx of male waiters if you like.

          1. re: grayelf

            >>focus on seafood based items and I think you will enjoy.

            This is the key to success at Sun Sui Wah.

            1. re: grayelf

              Four friends and I went to SSW (Main Street location) for dim sum on a Sunday a couple of weeks ago. Since we were driving in from a snowboarding weekend in Whistler, we didn't arrive til almost 2pm but there were still some carts going around, though with not as many selections as I remember from a previous trip a few years ago.

              The standout item was the house special pan-fried taro cake, which had to be ordered from a waiter -- normally I'm not a big fan of daikon or taro cakes but this was absolutely delicious!! Other good items were the bbq pork in rolled rice sheets (much better than the beef version), the steamed pork ribs, and the egg custards. Most of the other dishes we had (har gaw, shu mai, sticky rice in lotus leaf, malaysian cake, pan-fried rice noodles, chive dumplings, etc.) were fine but not particularly memorable, but as we had dim sum at Koi Palace (one of the top dim sum houses in the San Francisco area) just the weekend before our SSW experience, our standards were pretty high. However the overall quality was very satisfying, and the bright, elegant room was a nice extra.

          2. re: fmed

            When I was in Vancouver a few years ago, the best XLB I found was at the Richmond Public Market Food Court, at a stall called "Beijing/Shanghai Delicacies" or something like that. I don't know if it is still even there.

          3. Had excellent Dim Sum in Chinatown at Floata Restaurant upstairs..huge place and really good with lots of seafood options..


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            1. re: Beach Chick

              If you like Shanghai-style dimsum (which is not just for breakfast/brunch) you might want to have a read here: I like the first resto mentioned, but it is very small and in an unremarkable segment of Main Street. I have read good things about the next three but they are in Richmond which is a bit of a schlep.


            2. Here's my recent revies of my fave, Jade Dynasty, short walk or bus ride from downtown:



              PS: Try searching, lots of great Dim Sum reviews :)

              1. Sun Siu Wah for sure....i find the richmond one better but busier and not as good service if you are caucasian........seriously,
                Imperial seafood (i forget the hotel it is in) down t the bottom of burrard st. by coal harbour.....mmmmmmmmmmmm scallopdumplings, mixed crab, lobster and scallop dumplings, and of course evrything else is top notch. they are both even for me, but those extra little things at imperial might make you want to try it out

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                1. re: busterbrown

                  A little clarification might be in order from me:

                  I don't really want to schlep it out to Richmond.

                  I prefer HK style dim sum.

                  Hopefully that helps--you guys are overwhelmeing me with info!!!

                2. Kirin has a location on Alberni St. I've never been there for dim sum but I assume it's on par with the other Kirin branches (their dinner is quite good, though).

                  There's also Victoria in the same mall/complex as (I think) the Hyatt just off Burrard St.