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“Finally - real Chinese food not covered in brown sauce”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of South Silk Road

South Silk Road
Ranked #2,037 of 3,514 Restaurants in Calgary
Price range: $7 - $22
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Authentic Chinese food
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“Finally - real Chinese food not covered in brown sauce”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

This tiny restaurant is across the street from an Extended Care facility where our mother is staying. As a treat for her birthday in March (she's 96) we got takeaway. The owner was so excited she added dessert and was very helpful. We had to order to suit some picky eaters, so we stuck to "western" Chinese food. The quality was good, but we were left wanting to try the "real thing".

In April we had the chance to go for lunch without any nervous nellies to satisfy. WOW! We had a beef and lime dish and a veggie dish off the "regular" menu. These were delightful. The beef dish was tangy and a bit spicy, with some vegetables and a complete absence of that sticky brown stuff that seems to pass in a lot of Chinese restaurants. The beef was tender, not covered in batter, and cooked nicely.The vegetable dish was fresh and crisp - cooked to perfection with a mild sauce. While we were eating, a pork dish (hocks, I think), passed us on the way to a nearby table and the aroma was fantastic. Next trip to Calgary we will be back for more. We're not Chinese so we don't claim to know "real" Chinese food, but this was a cut above any other Chinese food we've had recently in Calgary.

Prices were reasonable and the service was excellent. The place itself is a bit down trodden, but the food makes this a secondary consideration. We'll definitely be back and ready to try some more adventurous dishes (no tripe please!).

  • Visited April 2013
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Lloydminster, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“Excellent Chinese and Yunnan food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

The food in this restaurant is based on cuisine from the Yunnan province in China, which borders Burma and Thailand. We ordered the potato cakes, the grilled fish and the spicy mixed seafood dish. They were all very good - spicy, but not excessively so. I also had the very strong Chinese liquor, which would be better if it was diluted with pop or a juice.

  • Visited April 2013
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2 Thank Sandeepina
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Calgary, Canada
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“Authentic unique chinese food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Good environment, food authentic chinese plus some dishes cater to western customers. Price comparable to other similar level. Parking might be an issue on busy days.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank mapleleaf96
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