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anyone tried James Chinese on Hastings near Slocan?

1newyorkguy Jan 2, 2012 11:06 PM

can't seem to find reviews anywhere

  1. fmed Jan 3, 2012 08:26 AM

    That is the former Luda. The ownership changed but the kitchen and staff stayed the same. I really like this place. Great curry crab, Hainan chicken, wonton/wonton noodle soup. Others swear by their brisket - but I haven't tried it yet.

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    1. re: fmed
      LotusRapper Jan 3, 2012 10:02 AM

      Is this the same spot where Mui Garden (or "Louis Garden" in English) used to be ?

      1. re: LotusRapper
        fmed Jan 3, 2012 10:07 AM

        That's the place.

    2. g
      Georgia Strait Jan 3, 2012 10:52 AM

      practical question - best route from North Van to get to Hastings and Slocan? i usually take McGill off the Second Narrows Bridge to go downtown area -- can one exit west on to Hastings fr/ the Cassiar tunnel? Not sure how best to find this eatery.

      also wonder which exit to take from Second Narrows to get to Bosa supermarket. I see the building fr/ the freeway (so-called) but now Boundary is in demo-mode,

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      1. re: Georgia Strait
        LotusRapper Jan 3, 2012 11:34 AM

        GS, see map:


        Prolly best to take either #28 or #130 from Phibbs Exch and get off at Kootenay Loop, then from there get on any westbound buses will get you to Slocan.

        Kootenay Loop is a block away from Boundary Road.

        1. re: Georgia Strait
          fmed Jan 3, 2012 01:02 PM

          From McGill. Left on Renfrew then right on Hastings.

          1. re: fmed
            quddous Aug 3, 2012 11:52 PM

            I agree. I love Mcgill. I always take that exit whenever I need to go anywhere around hastings or to downtown from second narrows area.

            It is never backed up or busy.

          2. re: Georgia Strait
            fmed Jan 3, 2012 11:55 PM

            I didn't answer you question about Bosa...from the Second Narrows - follow the Hwy. Then exit at the East 1st Ave exit. Left on Boundary, and take the first left onto Gravely then just follow the curve around to Kootenay. You can't miss it from there.

            1. re: Georgia Strait
              quddous Aug 3, 2012 11:51 PM


              I drive around all the time for work (and we do business with Bosa so I am there pretty often)

              Take the 1st Avenue/Rupert Street exit.
              Turn left at the first light
              Turn left at Boundary
              Turn left at Gravely (it's the first intersection, it come up about 20ft after the last left so make sure you don't drive fast or you will miss it)

              *edit* I see I jumped the gun on this response. Didn't realize this thread was so old. I will still leave these directions in case someone needs them

            2. j
              J_Bone Jan 5, 2012 08:47 AM

              Sweet can't wait to try it. Thank god for this site, some places I'm just not comfortable being a trailblazer with.

              On a side note, there's another new chinese restaurant in the area called "Cindy's" which just opened up at Nanaimo and 2nd, used to be a restaurant called Jaguar something.

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              1. re: J_Bone
                fmed Jan 5, 2012 08:55 AM

                I've been there a couple of times now. It is the relocated Golden Phoenix (which was my family's "go-to" ). Solid place for dim sum in this area. They also have a number of pretty good dishes on the dinner menu (e.g. their Prawns Fried in Tea Leaves). They specialize in Chinese herbal soups too if that is your thing.

                1. re: fmed
                  LotusRapper Jan 5, 2012 10:31 AM

                  So Golden Phoenix moved north from their previous location next to Bon's:


                  And PHOENIX GARDEN replaced GP at the old location, not same staff & food ?

                  1. re: LotusRapper
                    fmed Jan 5, 2012 12:06 PM

                    That's correct. Phoenix Garden is unrelated to Golden Phoenix. Golden Phoenix staff and management all moved to Cindy's Palace. Cindy's Palace is the new Golden Phoenix. (Cindy Li was the owner of Golden Pheonix...and now Cindy's Palace.)

                    1. re: fmed
                      LotusRapper Jan 5, 2012 01:43 PM

                      Thx Fmed.

                      Her last name is Lin, according to her own post (diners reviews) in the Urbanspoon link above.

                      Anyone know how the new Phoenix Garden is like ?

                      1. re: LotusRapper
                        fmed Jan 5, 2012 04:00 PM

                        Oops. Yes her last name is indeed Lin (I have her card in front of me now). I haven't been to PG but friend accidentally went there right after the switch-over (and prior to CP's re-opening). He said that the menu there was more typical of a run-of-the-mill Chinese joint.

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                maxmillan Jan 14, 2012 09:52 PM

                Thank God for Luda/James. The area is lacking in decent Chinese food. It's not the best but I'd give it a 8 out of 10. I like the lunch menu. You get to pick your soup base, noodles and toppings. I've had dinner a few times there and it tastes like it the same Chef cooking. I'm glad they have a late night snack menu (from 9pm to 2am.) But I think they put MSG in some of their dishes as I've experienced when eating the lobster.

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                1. re: maxmillan
                  LotusRapper Jan 15, 2012 01:44 AM

                  There's also Gourmet Castle just west of Renfrew, in the strip mall. IME they're perfectly serviceable with a much better decor/ambiance than say Penny's or On Lok. And they're open until 4am FWIW.

                2. 1newyorkguy Mar 12, 2012 02:48 PM

                  weird, I called and they said they had a fire a couple weeks ago and are rebuilding? I thought James was a reincarnation of Luda which had a fire? Maybe I'm all wrong.

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                  1. re: 1newyorkguy
                    fmed Mar 12, 2012 06:22 PM

                    I actually tried to go last night. There was a sign on the door that said they were closed temporarily due to a fire. They did the ownership changed months prior to this fire.

                    1. re: fmed
                      grayelf Mar 12, 2012 08:53 PM

                      That explains why they were dark when we drove by one night last week!

                      1. re: grayelf
                        1newyorkguy Jul 30, 2012 07:50 PM

                        We went to James and weren't happy with it. Nice customer service that tries hard, but not much else nice to say about the experience.

                        1. re: 1newyorkguy
                          fmed Jul 30, 2012 08:51 PM

                          Hm. Perhaps it is under new ownership yet again?

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