Kings Chinese Cuisine Vancouver 大煌 is located 4488 Main Street (cross-street 29th Ave). We were gathering for lunch after Church. Initially wanting to go to Kirin (on Cambie), but decided to give this place a try after reading some decent reviews on Urbanspoon (88%) and Yelp (3.5 stars)…. To be honest I felt a little ripped off.
Kings Chinese Cuisine Vancouver is very much a dive. If driving by it could easily be missed if you are expecting a grand facade. However, the bold orange hippie paint job will definitely distract you. The place is small and extremely busy – kids, servers and furniture collide. With its “modest” decor, it somewhat reminds me of a first generation Chinese owned restaurant in the early 70s/80s – sort of like Kam Gook Yuen in Chinatown – Beat up and requires a reconstructive face lift. The pictures are a bit deceiving because it actually looks a lot better on camera than in person…
Proportionately sized. Greasy. Nothing special.
Shrimp Dumpling – soggy and wet. The skin was thick, mushy and completely fell apart.
A lot of the food that were brought out didn’t look entirely appetizing. Some were decent and tasted not bad. You have to pick your battles.
The Siu Mais (Pork Dumplings) were a bit tough… The Soup Dumpling XLB in the background was soggy and thick skinned. We joked that perhaps they were made from cardboard pulp!
I think the best was perhaps the pan fried shrimp eggplant.
At the end of the day – you get what you pay for. Now, if it tasted both amazing and cheap ex. Foundations or New Szechuan; then this would be a considered a hidden gem. Unfortunately it was not.
- Cash only
- Street Parking
- Cheap eats