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“Crowded, Always Busy, Reservation a Must” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Western Lake Chinese Seafood

Western Lake Chinese Seafood
4989 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia V5P, Canada
(604) 321-6862
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Ranked #487 of 2,810 Restaurants in Vancouver
Cuisines: Chinese, Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Vancouver, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Crowded, Always Busy, Reservation a Must”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Have had both dim sum and dinners here. Mostly dinners as we are able to make reservations. For dim sum, there is usually a long wait. Their "har gow" (shrimp duminplings) are the largest dumplings around. Lots of shrimp in them. A must try. For dinner, the Maggi Sauce Prawns are yummy. The crab claws are good sizes and very reasonably priced. The steamed rock cod was perfect! This restaurant offers good value for the food. My pet peeve is that there is always a long queue to get in for dim sum (1 to 1.5 hours during the weekend is normal). A few of the staff are very friendly and helpful. The tables are crowded together. There is a tiny parking lot with free parking either on Victoria Drive or along East 34th Ave but that is enroaching onto residential parking. Modern decor and noisy atmosphere from all the conversations.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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“Delicious family dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

We been to this restaurant twice now. Both times the food and service has been excellent. We are not your typical asian family, we have both Italian blood line in our family, so the food has to cater to the western palate and the chinese palate. On this recent family dinner we ordered 9 dishes to feed a family of 11, of which 5 are growing teenage boys.

We started with a soup with crab meat and fish stomach, it was our boys favorite soup. The next dish was lettuce wraps with minced meats. The iceberg lettuce was crispy, fresh and clean. The following dishes were next, Fried salt and pepper prawns, which was excellent, you get about a pound of good size prawns. Pork chops with their special sauce, this one was my favorite. It was a nice lean pork chop pieces with a tasty sweet and sour glaze. We had 2 hot pot dishes of ginger beef, this was my nephew's favorite dish, the meat was tender and excellent ginger and meaty sauce. For our vegetable dish we order stir fried shrimp over a bed of steamed broccoli. We had two noodle dishes, the beef and vegetable Hong Kong style fried noodles and a shredded chicken and bean sprout chow mein. For our rice dish we ordered the beef and iceberg lettuce fried rice. To finish off our meal, they also served a red bean porridge for dessert. During the summer, they offered a mango pudding/jello which the boys liked also.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“You Dim Sum you Lose Some”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We go to West Lake quite often with my husbands family and every time we go they RAVE over the food... for the dishes I do eat I've always been extremely satisfied (aside from the Dim Sum the peking duck is one of the most impressive dishes I have ever had) but a lot of it is a bit too off the beaten path for me to consume. That being said, it's always SLAMMED PACK and I have never heard anyone say anything but wonderful things about the food. :) If you aren't experimental with your foods however, I'd go somewhere a bit less expensive with dishes you're most likely a bit more comfortable and familiar with.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Delicious Chinese Dishes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2011

This is the Chinese restaurant of choice when we go out to celebrate. The service is good and the food is even better. They serve dimsum in the morning and dinner in the evening. The servers all speak some English which makes it easy to order food if you don't speak Chinese. They have set menus to choose from if you are out with a party and don't know what to pick. They have a la carte items too, which is what my family likes to order.

There are a couple of dishes I highly recommend and they are the crab and fish maw soup, porkchop in champagne sauce and walnut shrimp. The porkchop resembles a sweet and sour sauce but better. The walnut shrimp is rich in flavour and under the creamy sauce is a crispy shrimp.

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  • Visited October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great dim sum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2011

This was an incredibly busy restaurant make sure you get a number from the harassed lady at the front desk but worth the wait. It operates on the order from the menu system once we'd figured it out didn't take long to get some food. Top quality and very large portions all fresh and delicious. Not being familiar with the system or the serving size we found we'd overordered. Our waiter was more than happy to package our last orders up in a takeaway box. As the name says this is a seafood restaurant there is not a lot of dishes that aren't seafood if that's an issue for you. Although can testify to the delicousness of the chicken feet. We thought it cheap most portions costing $3-$4.
Also we caught a bus from our hotel in the city stopped almost at the door very easy and cheap, so it's location is not a problem if you don't have a car.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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