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“Lousy Service, but Great Food!”
Review of Forbidden City

Forbidden City
Ranked #483 of 3,625 Restaurants in Calgary
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed September 14, 2011

went here on labor day with family. we waited about 30 mins for our table, before we were seated. they didn't have anyone pushing food carts. instead you place your order on a sheet and turn it in to the wait staff, which is a plus because of better freshness. we ordered the usual dim sum items:

hao gao, shu mai, pan fried turnip cake, steamed meatballs, noodle wrapped with bread, rice congee, bbq pork buns, steamed dumplings, chicken feet, egg tarts.

everything was very good, hot, and fresh. i cannot say the same about the service, which was pitiful. it took forever for our teapots to get refilled and they forgot our last order of shu mai. they also failed to calculate our bill, after which we just went up to the cash register to close the bill.

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Reviewed August 17, 2011

If you don't like seafood and very ethic dishes this is not for you. I suspect that the food is very traditional so it was not what my westernized tastes was expecting.

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1  Thank I_Roam_AB
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Reviewed May 4, 2011

Service is always slow and poor, foyer area smells musky, and food ... I ordered seafood noodle soup and got ichiban noodles (yes, it came squared shape in the bowl like how you make the 59 cent noodles on the packages) a couple shrimp, a couple scallops, a couple squid and a couple bits of bok Choy for almost 10 bucks ... A rip off! Food is very average ... Much better restaurants out there ... This isn't one of them

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2  Thank Bree1029
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Reviewed April 2, 2010

Very good dim sum, large selection. Long lineups in the weekend.

Thank Western_gourmand
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Reviewed August 12, 2009

After 20 or 30 visits to Forbidden City I will say it has the most consistently good Dim Sum of 8 different DIm Sum restaurnts I regularly visit in Calgary.

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Thank shineytopCalgary
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