Bambudda
Bambudda

Bambudda

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bambudda.ca/
  • Phone: 6044280301x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - midnight
    Lunch: Thursday and Friday:12pm - 2pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Asian, Asian, Chinese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room
  • Private Party Facilities: Bambudda can host your party in a private room for up to 20 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Ray 6044280301x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbia
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bambudda
Innovative Chinese cuisine in a modern setting.
Homestyle Cantonese fare paired with modern dim sum. Our bar opens out onto the street, complemented with a cocktail list that includes hand crafted Asian influenced offerings. A truly unique dining experience - come and enjoy the flavours of Bambudda.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Bambudda reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (28)neighborhood gem (16)vibrant bar scene (13)special occasion (12)hot spot (12)good for groups (10)romantic (10)late-night find (6)great for outdoor dining (4)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • You will need to go to McD's after
    stillhungry
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food portions are so small for their expensive prices. They encourage you to eat family-style, but each plate wouldn't even satisfy one person's hunger. Underwhelming plate portions were a huge turn off. Ended up paying much more than I would a regular night out for so little.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Most special occasion
    Rick
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    A perfect place for our 25th anniversary dinner. Comfortable, intimate, interesting. We loved being at the people-watching table. The food was so good - complex, satisfying flavours and textures. And great cocktails, too: one spicy, one sweet - both gratifying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a dismal mix
    Stuckinthe70sVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Asian fusion can be challenging. Wild rice manage to provide high end relatively expensive asian food (for what it really is) to the discerning diner and I guess Bambudda attempts to do this. What you get instead is diluted cocktails and a rather bland mix of asian foods with their versions of sauces to spruce it up. The pork belly was dry, the desert almost tasteless and the only appertising dish was the chicken skin. What a sad miss.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bamtastic!
    Alex
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My boyfriend and I decided to check this spot out while visiting Vancouver. I heard about it via Noteable.ca and needless to say it did not disappoint! If you're looking for clever drink names accompanied by their delish and eclectic taste this is the spot for you! Think cool trendy local "it spot" before the masses have arrived (busy enough yet not super crowded). Gorgeous people and mouth watering tappas style Chinese fusion cuisine plates. Don't skip on the Dungeness crab rice nor the bbq duck buns. Mmmm ~delish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A small helping of "meh"
    Neil
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The timing between our starters which came out right away and our mains was really long. The resturant was fairly slow and mYbe another 2-3 tables were occupied... The food was god but terrible value for the portion size. I was pleased to see a vegetarian menu however compared to it's meat counter parts the portions were off. FYI vegetarians like to be full as well. I ate a starter and a main and was still left unfulfilled. We had to eat a second meal afterwards at another restaurant so not the best experience. Would I recommend? Nope
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  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food and service was amazing. Also, great detail to presentation. I just wish there were a few more options for non-meat-eaters for the lunch menu, but for the most part, no complaints. Looking forward to trying out the dinner menu!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Fusion Food
    1050peter
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I bought a dining voucher for our wedding anniversary as a surprise. My wife, being Asian background, wasn't thrilled because many times Asian Fusion food tends to fall flat, with flavours and textures that just aren't right. This time was different. The food is perhaps more 'Asian Inspired' but firmly on the Western side of things. This made for clean flavours and a lot of fun. By dessert we were both won over. Neither of us are big mixed drink fans but they were tasty, not overly sweet and fresh. Service was attentive (also not something commonly found in many Asian restaurants!). We were there for dinner so I can't comment on lunch or late nights but I'd definitely keep it in mind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breathtaking food and cocktails
    ThomBateman
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We wouldn't have found Bambudda had it not been for a recommendation from the hotel we were staying in (The Burrard) in Vancouver. We dined on a Sunday evening and although the restaurant was quiet, the vibe was good and the open front with cocktail bar set the scene for a wonderful night. We ordered cocktails first, and the bubble tea gin based drink that arrived was possibly one of the best looking and best tasting cocktails I've ever experienced. The presentation and taste of all the food and drinks in this place is simply stunning. Service was impeccable and friendly, and it wasn't overpriced either. Just a great night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inventive modern Chinese cuisine
    BlackJay
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    My husband and I decided to try Bambudda on a recommendation from a friend. Upon entering we found the temperature a bit cold and the music a bit loud, but we soon forgot about these when the food started arriving. The chicken skins were crispy little leaves of flavor, complemented by the seasoned lemon wedge that you squeeze over the skins. The nectarines in the nectarine salad were incredibly sweet and juicy. The beef and broccoli was delicious and fully satisfying to my carnivore husband who was impressed by the generous beef portion in the dish. My favorite dish was the duck served with burdock and some kind of sweet plum or cherry? The combination of these three flavors was exquisite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Duck is Amazing!
    Broche
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I have read about the cocktails here and have been meaning to try them. I had the "mother-in law" and it was very good. We shared a snack, small plate and 2 not so small plates and they were all very good, but the Duck was incredible. We will be going back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb
    Mgotziaman
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    In every respect. With so many gastown restaurant choices available it took me a while to make it here. It's now on the top of the list to revisit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty fusion tapa Chinese food
    Hungry4PastaVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I really enjoyed the food & the ambience. The beef tartar was memorable. Everything was cooked just right. Wish the portions were bigger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inspiring owner
    philipseth
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We were greeted by the owner of the restaurant whose name escapes me. It was humbling to hear his story of how as a waiter in one of our fancier hotels, he saved all his tips, eschewing enticements from his colleagues to go out for drinks as it was his dream to open a restaurant. Which of course he has now done. Not a chef himself, but being of Chinese descent, he knew he wanted to offer food with a strong Chinese accent. He found a wonderful Caucasian chef who loves Chinese food and has now been given the opportunity to try out his Chinese-forward creations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really fun
    Maxlunchroom
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    What a great spot to take friends or visitors! Very good cocktail list ( skip the hibiscus bubble tea cocktail, just awful ). Nice food in mostly small portions. Every dish was tasty and beautifully presented, except for the Halibut Cheeks which were stringy. Try the King Pea Shoots. Salads could use a bit more imagination. Most everything was served with either pickled cucumbers and/or crispy pigs ears, but don't be put off as they are just tiny garnishes. A bit more precision in both kitchen and bar would turn this place into a must. At present it's one of the best newer places we've tried in ages. Service is outstanding. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best modern Chinese food
    TheGlutenFreeActressVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Being vegetarian and celiac tends to limit my food choices but at Bambudda, everything I could eat was delicious so I didn't even feel like I was missing out. For gluten free people, you need to bring your own soy sauce.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great food & cocktails. The ambience was nice and the staff friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dirt Granules or Sesame Seeds
    FirstReview
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Dined here for the first time with a friend. Ordered the tuna, pork belly, wood ear and eggplant. The Wood Ear had a nice texture and the flavour was nice. But slowly as we dug in, I bit into a grainy flavourless crunch that did not dissolve in my mouth. Dirt? But amazingly enough I put up with it, thinking I must be mistaken, it was inconsistent. But my last bite had so much and with bigger granules that one actually got stuck between my teeth and coloured the rest of dinner. We told the host who came around to pour our wine, but he did not mention it to our server. We did not want to make anymore of a fuss so we left the issue. Somehow after that our table was no longer getting bussed.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice food
    Raymond
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We enjoyed our food very much. The service was outstanding. We would definately return here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High on my favorites list
    Foodie2
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant with inventive food. Its hard to describe. The Chef emphasis on taste and textures in the most creative ways, and changes offerings regularly so you never get bored. Try everything at least once - Ray, the owner will let you leave decisions in his hands and you can be surprised. Fantastic host, great ambiance and a never disappointed experience!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 53 reviews are from the Bambudda reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Good food but small portions. Very creative. Excellent service. They don't serve coffee but the waiter was kind enough to pick us up a delicious coffee from across the street.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night D'lish
    BigBobbiVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Super fun place for a date! Great food, service and drinks... A bit pricey though so only special occasions for me to return but definatley happy that I tried. Good experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still thinking about chicken skins!
    jhinbc
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Had a really fun dinner here with a group of girls. We tried a bunch of different plates and loved them all. I have to say our favourite was a bit of a surprise to all of us... crispy chicken skins with salt-and-pepper crusted lemon wedges squeezed on top. So good, we had to order more. Great cocktails, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let Down
    Finnigan
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Nice restaurant and good staff, but, the food is just not good enough. Very little creativity. Menu needs overhaul. There are just so many new hip restaurants in town that I wont feel the need to come back to this one unless I hear they revamp menu.
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    hot spot
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  • Perfect place for drinks & nibbles
    foodfiendVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The service is always attentive and the staff is always provides great food and cocktail recommendations. The food is Asian but has an interesting twist. The pork belly, sautéed pea tips and eggplant were delicious. And if you're having dessert, you can't go wrong with the panacotta. I always have a great time at Bambudda and look forward to my next dining experience there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New & fresh
    Nelewis37
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Exciting & modern Chinese food with excellent cocktails. Very gluten-free friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Pants
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    We tried Bambudda on a Thursday, and it was fantastic. There weren't many other tables so we got really attentive service, with personal recommendations from the server. I had the China Rose cocktail, which was perfect and came with a nice little anecdote about the inspiration for the drink. We had the pork buns, tuna tataki, la mein, and the pork belly. Everything came out pretty quickly from the kitchen & were great for sharing. The pork belly was so flavourful and crispy but my fav was the la mein. We will definitely be going again. It would be a great place for a group as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall the food was rated
    ReviewBuddy
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Overall the food was rated as only OK as the portions seemed small for the 'large plates', we tried most of the items and I would have to say that we enjoyed all but Crispy Chicken in sweet n'sour, odd taste. We just wish there was more on the plates, would have added to the value. The drinks were done right, interesting and tasty. We can see ourselves enjoying some cocktails at the bar in the summer with the doors open to the street. The room is excellent, lots of 'areas' and levels, and the decor is well done, great feel to the room.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Asian Fusion that lacks Value.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    1. Crispy Chicken Skin: 4 pieces of skin, 2 lime wedges, Salt, Pepper $4. markup 3.80 2. Grilled. Octopus with potatoes 14: slightly over cooked, duck egg yolk with mayo and potatoes - bland 3. Grill steelhead 19: overcooked w white stuff is oozing out. An indication that the protein is coming out and thus overcooked. Drizzle some XO chili oil over burnt turnip & veg into a puree. This is the Asian fusion element in the dish. premium pricing on such simple, poor executed plates. My opinion is that when the product is overcooked, and executed poorly, it lacks VALUE, not price. I will end with a fair assessment, the waitress serving us was a true professional. Hats off to her.
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  • Good bits- Too cool for me
    Dinahroo
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Loved the food even though when I looked at the menu I didn't think I would find anything I would like. Perfect for sharing although it was quite pricey. Over-all, don't think I would go back. Been there, done that.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern Chinese Tapas
    fivebs
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    This is the sort of place where you can order a variety of small plates to share which is what the two of us did. All the dishes were well prepared with interesting flavour combinations and attractive presentations. Our server made some useful suggestions. Price including a nice bottle of B.C. wine was very reasonable, service well paced, and the owner took pains to explain the flavour combinations. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Asian tapas
    Kizzie
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Our multi generational group all seemed to have fun, but I think everyone secretly left a little hungry. We could have used a little stronger guidance in feeding our group of six. Although we had fun browsing the smallish menu we would have been better off with enough rice for the group, right at the beginning, to augment all the interesting "bites" that we had. Most of the plates have really been designed for two, possibly three people. Eventually we got a little tired of having to look at the menu again and pick out another couple of dishes. I think I would rather have had a whole flight of dishes recommended and just had them come regularly. The staff and service were absolutely exceptional.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unorganized potential...
    KarmenRayneVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Chicken skins rock, tuna tartar is an interesting twist but overdressed, crispy pork belly isn't crispy and feels like it's been boiled and then seared, scallops are great but the mushrooms do NOT go with the dish at all. The cocktails were awesome and inventive, and our waitress was accommodating, and mostly attentive. I wanted to love this place, but they need some work. Dishes came too quickly, rice we ordered never came, and sommelier had to be reminded to bring wine and then we poured our own glasses the rest of the night. Ideas from the kitchen aren't cohesive, and at these prices I expect more in the vein of quality and consistency. Hope they take these reviews to heart to keep their doors open, would love to see them succeed.
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    vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    The food and the service were great. The room was not very warm but we are enduring a cold snap with the weather. Street parking was also a challenge..next time we will need to allow for more time to find parking
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    Excellent food- they made me dishes not on the Dine out Vancouver Menu- very much worth it! The staff were so friendly and prompt but weren't hovering. The best part was that we were treated to a dining experience. We took 2.5 hours to enjoy our food, we weren't rushed nor was food pushed on the table. We had a remarkable meal and I am looking forward to my next visit.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new Gastown gem!
    ItalianFoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    Went for the last day of Dine Out and shared the 3-course menu as none of us have been there before. We were not disappointed. The food incorporated original and exciting tastes and, most importantly, we noticed that they use quality ingredients. Although I do not eat pork, one of my friends who is a real foodie and excellent cook, commented on how well the crispy pork belly was done... it was not too fatty and perfect cut. The tuna was superb too. The staff could not be nicer and more accommodating to our requests. Our server, Sarah, is so pleasant, energetic and knowledgeable... she recognized me from the old Miku at Guinness Tower... for all the diners servers see, what a memory! I ordered the wine pairing and enjoyed it very much.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A cultural creation
    dineoutdivo
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    A diverse dine out menu to tantalize the taste buds, be prepared for original and unique and maybe a little exotic. A good find in east Gastown...
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    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst dining experience!
    Delish
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Worst dining experience. Party of nine waited half an hour for our table. When we were finally seated we had to wait again for menus. The waitress was horrible. Very inattentive had to wait for drink orders and our waitress never asked if we wanted second drinks. Some of the food was delivered before our drinks arrived. Half the guests had drinks and no Food and the other half the opposite. The waitress never checked on the table. The food was mediocre. However even if the food was amazing I would never go back given that the restaurant is so poorly run. When the bill was brought out we were told there was an 18% gratuity! We were shocked given the horrible service! This restaurant deserves to go out of business!
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  • Friendly, modern, delcious
    Louise
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Some dishes are delicious-the crispy chicken skins with peppered lime, the modern take on pork with radish cake, the squid salad, and outstanding-best I have had-was the crispy pork belly sliced into three huge pieces over a bok choy with grainy mustard. Yum. I found the Lo Mein dish disappointing-a small serving and not especially interesting to eat. The non alcoholic drinks I loved. Service was cheerful but the crowd overwhelmed the staff I think. The lack of any hot tea or coffee seems an omission.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Nick
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Had never been but it was the ONLY Chinese restaurant on OpenTable! We were seated in their reserve section rather than the main restaurant, which is in itself was somewhat depressing. Celebrating the Year of the Horse at this restaurant was disappointing. While the service was good, the food was at best mediocre, the mushroom dish I ordered was flat. The wines with meals were inferior. Food choices were extremely limited on this set menu. The desert we never ate at all. The only highlight was the after-dinner Port.
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  • Dine Out Vancouver
    NiMoVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We made the reservation to dine before the ballet. When we got to the restaurant, we were pleasantly surprised of their participation in Dine Out Vancouver. They had a special menu with three course meals for $28. The menu was perfect of vegetarians and carnivores...
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.