Naturally, she wanted to eat good Chinese food before going home and tonight we landed at Yue Delicacy -- the "Best Chinese Upscale winners of Vancouver Magazine's 26th Annual Restaurant Awards".
Right off the bat, they scored bonus points over most Chinese restaurants for the following:
- Host at the front door. Who speaks English. None of that waiting-around-till-someone-acknowledges-you-so-you-can-ask-about-a-reservation and watching-people-coming-in-after-you-get-served-while-you-are-still-ignored that can happen at other places.
- Clean washrooms. That look like hotel washrooms.
We tried a bunch of stuff and overall the food was really decent, without looking too oily or sauced. Some items:
Deep Fried Whole Squab ($20.95?)
- Total amount of meat less than one leg and thigh from KFC. Not worth it.
- Didn't seem too special. Pretty standard.
- The dish made from the duck meat looked like a simple stir-fry. Looks like a lot but if you look closely, chopped up onions (?) make up a good amount of this. A bit lacking in tastiness (but not too salty either) but there's a lot of Hoisin (?) sauce for you to top up the flavour.
- The dish is mostly a stir-fry of snow peas, a bit of mushroom, and a lot of reasonably fat prawns.
- The deep fried lumps are coated in batter. Sweet, and you can further sweeten these by dipping them in sugar.
- I had a slight bitter aftertaste from these but my fellow diners said they didn't have the same. Hmm.
- Overall, not as interesting or tasty as it sounded. And didn't really go well with the rest of the dish. They could've done this as a dessert.
- One of three free desserts! Looked like everyone got this and it definitely didn't show on the bill.
- Simple, sweet, cloudy-milky soup with some sort of small pearls and cubes of taro.
- Simple and tasty.
- Slightly sweet translucent jelly-like wrap with slivers of almond.
- OK tasting, made better by being part of the free dessert lineup.
- Oily tasting fritters of ... I-don't-know-what that's really just there to carry the honey and other stuff sprinkled unevenly on top.
- More free dessert. Hmm...
We ordered a total of four things and our bill came to just over $119 after tax and before tip. For three persons, and NO cheap carbs to make dinner more filling, we ended up at $40/person before tip, and enough leftovers for two very full takeout boxes, so price is really decent if you go in a group.
Tea was free, of course and they were proactive about topping it up -- we didn't need to open the top of the pots to signal we needed a hot water refill. That's still more brownie points for their service.
Also nice are mobile screens that can give dining parties relative privacy in the smallish room.