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Basic Dim Sum Recommendations Needed for Vancouver (not Richmond)

Can anyone recommend some reasonably priced dim sum options for Vancouver? Would prefer not to venture out to Richmond this time around. Kirin is our usual go-to but we'd like to try something different just for a little variety. We're not extremely adventurous orderers so just the basics is fine.


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  1. Try Red Star. I hear the dim sum at Bing Sheng has improved of late too.

    1. When I lived in Van (10 yrs ago) Pink Pearl was the bomb - East Hastings, west of Nanaimo. Also there was a good high-end dim sum place in the Marine building. I miss Vancouver Dim Sum.

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      1. re: Sui_Mai

        Pink Pearl suffered a fire a couple of months ago...I don't know if they have re-opened. (Also, it is not like 10 yrs ago...the quality had declined significantly).

      2. Hey there - I'm a huge fan of Jade Dynasty on Pender St. (across from New Town Bakery) in Chinatown. They don't do carts, the have card service instead. The dim sum is hot and fresh, and hte restaurant is very clean with excellent service. Here's a review I did after my first visit a while back, I've been back at least 20 times since.


        You can also find lots of info on Jade Dynasty on dinehere.ca.

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        1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

          was wondering do the cards also have the english translation of the dishes?

          1. re: vandan

            Yes and they also give you a menu with a picture of each item. The menu card that you check off is also divided into sections such as steamed, deep-fried, pork, chicken, seafood, specialty etc., so ordering is fairly uncomplicated even if you don't speak Cantonese.

            The servers also have their own system for making sure you get each item and the right amount. They put a copy of your chit on your table with the time your order was sent to the kitchen, printed on it. Then they check each item off your chit as they bring it out, so there's never any confusion :)

        2. This thread is pretty current and might be of interest, since it focuses on dim sum in Vancouver proper, albeit weighted toward cart dim sum: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/514964

          1. My cheap go to dim sum is Golden Phoenix on Nanaimo and 8th. Their food is reasonally good and inexpensive. Even their other dishes such as stir fry veggies, noodles etc are priced well.

            For more selection but a bit pricier, Prince on Granview Hwy and Renfrew is a good choice.

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            1. re: gourmet wife

              Golden Phoenix is my family's "go to" place since it is a short-ish walk away from our house. Agree - it is cheap and good...but not the "best" by any means. They can be quite creative with their dim sum, actually. Amazing that they do carts for such a small place.

              They also specialize in Chinese medicinal soup - if that is your thing.

            2. Check out Fraser Court (Fraser and 19th). Used to be Flamingo but newly renovated. Not super busy until 11 so you can usually get a table right away. You could also try Flamingo on Cambie (around 54th I think) which is OK. Golden Pheonix is good but very busy. Also Golden Swan on Victoria is good but very busy.

              There is also a place on Broadway at Laurel (above BMO) which is quite good. A little pricer but still less than Kirin.

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              1. re: vancouvergirl

                You are the first one to report on the Fraser Court, vancouvergirl, so thanks for that. You didn't mention whether they have carts though...

                ecg_wcl, I think I may have to try Jade Dynasty as I am sort of intrigued by their card classification system (not to mention I'd love to find good or even passable dimsum in Chinatown again). I've been to places in SF that had cards but there didn't appear to be any hierarchy to them, just pictures and not great descriptions. I once got tricked into ordering shui mai by a combo of a bad picture and an imprecise writeup, thinking it was something exotic :-D.

                1. re: grayelf

                  Wandered off into Chinatown today without my notes ... asked for a recommendation from a woman in a shop and she sent us to Jade Dynasty. Very good! Neither of us is particularly adventurous, so we stayed with shrimp and pork dishes: prawns in rice noodle wrapper, roast pork in "pastry" with sesame seeds, steamed pork dumplings, shrimp and garlic spring roll, and I forget what else. Cooked to order, hot and fresh, and under $20!

                  Jade Dynasty Restaurant
                  137 Pender St E, Vancouver, BC V6A1T6, CA

              2. My favorite dim sum in vancouver is Happy Valley on 3432 Lougheed Highway, Vancouver, BC V5M 2A4‎ - (604) 255-2280‎... it is walking distance though from the rupert skytrain... The dimsum is large and very well priced.. it isnt in carts, you are given a menu and you write on the paper how many of each you want. i love it!

                1. We tend to go to Richmond when we are really serious about dim sum, but there are several good choices that have not been mentioned yet. Sun Sui Wah on Main Street can be very good. Although it is not always consistent, they do certain things very well (pot stickers, for example). You might also try the Fortune in the Oakridge Center at 41st and Oak. They are especially adept with steamed dumplings.

                  Main Street Cafe
                  317 MacKenzie, Revelstoke, BC V0E2S1, CA

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                  1. re: Peter Rodgers

                    Fortune is indeed very good at the steamed items. I always forget about that place.