Some might find it strange to have to wait for a table at 2a. If that's you, then you shouldn't come to this Cantonese restaurant in the middle of ... More
Some might find it strange to have to wait for a table at 2a. If that's you, then you shouldn't come to this Cantonese restaurant in the middle of Chinatown—especially on a Friday or Saturday night. But the late-night/early-morning crowd really appreciates being able to find reasonably-priced food in a place where the atmosphere is upbeat and the conversation stimulating, no matter what time of day or night. The service is attentive and bustling, with college-bound waiters happy to explain the dishes. A meal for two will cost between CAD30-60.
I was recommended highly by my 40 - year old caucasian friend who works and lives downtown. As I've tried some of the restaurants of other cuisines he's suggested, I thought I'd give it a shot.
I walked into a small but comfortable chinese restaurant filled with non-Asian diners and ordered their combo meal for two people (I'm Chinese, and was with another Asian friend).
The food was overly greasy, underseasoned, and overcooked. My beef spare rib seemed like it had sat in a fridge only to be reheated the next day, and the amount of chewing I had to do with this dish hurt my jaw. Next, I tried some of their fried chicken with sauce thinking that fried foods can't taste that bad. Boy, was I wrong. The chicken was so dry, I took two bites and ultimately stopped eating it.
At this point, my friend and I caught eachother's attention and broke into laughter. We had both been eating in silence hoping that with more chewing, the food would magically become more appetizing. However, this was by far my WORST experience of chinese food in Montreal. If we didn't laugh, I think we'd cry. Thinking back, I feel completely cheated by all the good reviews VIP seems to get.
I don't know what's going on but Chow Mein and Fried Rice is definitely not the ruler by which I measure Chinese restaurants. But honestly even if it is for you, go to Chinatown 2 (the area West of Concordia downtown campus). Over there, for a two block radius, you can easily walk smack into GOOD Chinese food, the best Dumplings in town, Real Chinese Mein (hand-made noodles!) as well as a fantastic little place with the best Coriander Lamb Skewers I've ever had. (And all of this is cheap $8.00 - $10.00 a person or less!)
With this, I have to say --- I heavily recommend anyone looking for good food at cheap prices and fresh ingredients to go to GOLDEN STONE (St. Mathieu and Maisonneuve).
Well, my trip to VIP was certainly an adventure, just not the kind I expected. I didn't expect the food to be fabulous, but I expected the food to at least be average. Average it was not... but I am glad of something... that I at least didn't have to bear the horror of it alone.
On another note, service is decent/good.
Still, I'll NEVER go back.
Absolutely awful. The plastic table cloths were an insult. The food was disgusting and way over-priced. The service was terrible, I had to order twice, and remind them of my drink. The water came late, and it was unclear who our server was. I ordered the Fung Mung (?) Chicken, and it was basically fried chicken in a salty brown sauce. My partner ordered the General Tao, which could be best described as greasy and tasteless. I would recommend avoiding this restaurant at all costs. Kam Fung is much much better, as are the countless other restos in that area.
This place rocks! I just ordered my late night treat and I am looking so foward to the first mouthful! I Think that this is the best chinise food in Montreal.
The waiters always smile when I come in and there is one that always puts a elastic on the chop sticks so that its easier to use them. I love this place, The best springrolls and wong ton soup!!!
this place is beyond a bargain great tasting food and even better prices the peking duck is tantalizing in a rich but not heavy sauce ligtly sprinkled with sessame seeds(the best duck you will find in chinese area) take it from me im 230 pounds and i love eating i wont eat eanything though but you can rest assure that this *****5 star restaurant will satisfy your hunger and bring you into a deep trance of deep fried rice and hunan dumplings TRY IT !!!
I went here with my friend for a lunch, and believe it or not, the lunch special is only $3.25! I couldn't beleie it. I got a full plate of delicious chicken, a soup and tea for $3.25 plus tax. It's worth the bus ride, and I would go back any day.
I was introduced to the restaurant 15 years ago and since then it's the only one in China Town that I will eat at. Since then I have introduced it to all my friends and my friends to their other friends. I am sure this restaurant became popular from word of mouth and is a favorite amongst our group. You can not beat the food quality, price ratio. Just make sure you have reservations and even if you don't the wait is worth it. I think I might have tried most of their dishes and if you do not know what to order the chef's suggestion page will steer you right.
So bon apetite!
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