Saturday, 1 June 2013

Munchie Adventure: Dynasty Restaurant, Victoria

I've gotta say this restaurant is a hit-or-miss place. Some of the food is quite wonderful, and some are just sub-par. Good part is the food comes quickly and is very fresh.

Dynasty Restaurant on UrbanspoonRestaurant: Dynasty Restaurant
Location: 546 Fisgard Street, Vancouver
Cuisine: Chinese, Dim Sum
Price range: $10-$15 per person

Date of visit: June 1, 2013
Atmosphere: 3/5
Staff/service: 4/5
Food variety: 4/5
Food quality: 2.5/5
Buck worthy? 3/5

Needed a quick place for some lunch, we ended up here! It's steam-to-order with a few lunch specials and combos, so there's quite a bit of variety. Nothing too special though, they were pretty empty for a Friday lunch hour! (sorry I don't recall the prices for the dim sum ><")

First to arrive was a rather small portion of Beef Omasum. The flavoring was pretty good, the sauce was a bit thick. Nothing much to say about it.

Then were the Spring Rolls. They were very fresh, but there was only 2 :( Bigger than what I normally have in Vancouver, but pricier regardless! Came with a sour plum sauce.

These Beef Rice Rolls were actually very good! The beef was smooth and the rice rolls were chewy and the whole thing was surprisingly good. I liked how they separated the soy sauce so for those who wanted less, could have less and it wouldn't make the dish soggy :)

On a winning streak, because the Shrimp Dumplings (Har Gow) were also very good! The shrimp were decent sized and the wrapping did not fall apart-- in fact, it was very chewy and well-made! Very happy with this.

Sadly, I spoke too soon. The Fried Rice with Pork, Shrimp, and Veggies was terrible. Now I'm usually not that strong with my opinions, but this was outright terrible. The rice was all clumpy-- it felt more like a mixed rice than fried! They also used very fat pork, which added onto the disappointment.

It didn't end. The next Pork Dumplings (Shiu mai) was also disappointing. The pork wasn't the chopped pork version and it was too salty.

Props to them for using real Shanghai noodles in the Pan fried Shanghai noodles, but the flavoring was way off. All I tasted was soy sauce. And it was oily. =(

The Pan fried Chicken noodles with Veggies must be the worst I've had ever. The noodles were crispy, but they didn't use the right kind of noodle for the job. It was also very oily, and the sauce was too thick. Enough said.

Luckily, we finished off with something that was amazing. This Pan Fried Singaporean Noodles was delish. The vermicelli was very chewy and the dish was nicely pan fried-- yet not too dry. Flavoring of the spices was a bit strong, but acceptable. Ingredients were well proportioned for a well-rounded dish.

As I said before, this place is hit-or-miss. Some things were worth going to for, and some... not so much. Going to try the Chinese place next door later! =D (we had 7 people, so this is a bit pricier than Vancouver for sure!)

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