Phone: (604) 430-6808 | Hours: Open 7 days a week
- Very limited parking
- Street parking
- Close to Renfrew Skytrain station
- Promotes “healthier” dim sum experience
Despite the not-so-good reviews of this place (mostly due to the previous owner), this place was renovated and re-opened earlier this year. During my recent visit on the Canada Day long weekend, it was packed with people.
The sticky rice wrap here is very different than other Dim Sum places because they used wheat rice instead of white rice, which was healhier. The same great taste for a sticky rice wrap.
I am sure I have mentioned this before in my previous dim sum posts, but this is one of the most common dish people get when they go to dim sum. In Chinese, we call it the “siu mai”. A pork dumpling mixed with shrimp and Chinese mushroom topped with masago. Just because it is common, I don’t usually order one but since my brother was present, it is here!
This is one of those dishes that tastes better than it sounds. This has become my family’s favourite, or rather my brother’s favourite. Inside is deep fried fish paste along with spinach wrapped with a rice roll. Not all dim sum places have this, as it’s a special type of rice roll, out of the ordinary. This is a definite a recommend.
There are supposed to be 3 buns to make the entire dish, however, I guess I was just too slow in capturing that moment before some hungry person decided to take a bun already. I’ve got to admit, the life of a food blogger is hard! You really have to act fast before that moment is snatched away. For some odd reason, I don’t believe I had the chicken bun or that my memory was really faint. Sorry, no comment here.
I don’t believe Beef Tripes are for everybody and myself included. I would get beef tendons but tripes, they just don’t taste as good IMO. However, the girlfriend likes this more than the tendon. Beef Tripes are a little snappy in texture.
The black pepper sauce in the beef short ribs were just a bit too overpowering. If less black pepper were used, the taste of the dish would have been more neutral. Also, you can see the beef short ribs is not of the highest quality, instead all chopped up in bite sizes.
A rather disappointing dish, because the chicken knee were not crispy at all. I would also question if chicken knee was actually used because chicken knee has the crunchy texture when you bite on it. However, I don’t feel that texture at all. Aside from that the green onion had no real use in the dish, as it didn’t make it taste better nor could I really taste the green onion. I tasted more of the sauce that they used to make the dish.
Most Rissoles are described to be baked or deep fried but not this one! This one is steamed, I would call it a dumpling more than anything else. It’s usually filled with pork, peanuts, and spinach.
The name and looks was definitely intriguing. But, taste wise was more of a disappointment. I knew I wouldn’t like it after picking it up with my chopsticks. The prawns filling inside was like a “har gow” (shrimp dumpling) except it tasted worst than I expected. It might have been that the shrimp was not fresh. I might be a little bias too because I’m not a major fan of shrimp dumpling.
I like how this place calls it “chicken claws”, much more appealing than “feet”, which is direct translation. The “chicken claws” were pretty good. It has an over abundance of sauce and not too watery. The sauce was just a little thick which makes it perfect.
Overall, Prince offers a wide selection of Dim Sum items. However, it does get busy because it is so close to a skytrain station. The pricing is on the same level as Kirin and the likes. It’s your higher end Dim Sum restaurant. How does it compare to the competition? I would say there’s clearly hits and misses with some of the dishes. It’s hard to be good at all dishes, especially with such a wide selection of items. Service was mediocre, and I don’t blame them as they are really busy. Ambiance wise, I feel very squished walking into Prince. The decors are modern and all, but I just don’t like the fact how space was all squished up to occupy more tables and chairs.