Updated mini review October 9th, 2007 by Kevin Freeman: Great place for special orders and the quality is consistent as first review.
The Ridge Garden is one of my family's favorite
Chinese restaurants in Vancouver. Although I do not speak Chinese, my
grandparents did. For as long as I can remember we had a monthly dinner at a
Chinese restaurant, usually in Chinatown. The original place we dined at was
called Ho Ho, at 102 East Pender, which unfortunately closed for a span
of 10 years (but has now reopened as Foo's Ho Ho, 604.609.2889). While Ho
Ho was closed, we discovered the Ridge Garden, and made it our tradition to
dine there on nearly every special occasion.
The Ridge has a wide selection of Chinese
banquet-style dishes. I like the hot pots, the crispy skin chicken (the kind
that comes with prawn crackers), the cod filets in creamy corn, and the hot and
spicy crab. Their banquet menu is reasonably priced, at 3 items for $29.95, 4
items for $39.95, or 6 items for $59.95. When you order off the banquet menu
you'll find that included is an order of "house soup", which is
usually an amazingly flavourful clear pork or beef broth that has been boiling
for many hours to extract the goodness from ingredients such as Chinese
vegetables and herbs.
While in most Western restaurants the kitchen
prepares an individual portion for each diner, in Chinese banquet style the
dishes are all brought to the table and placed in the centre, allowing everyone
to serve themselves. This has several advantages - you can eat as much as you
want of your favorite dishes, and you get a lot more variety when there are many
dishes to choose from. But beware that this might introduce a spirit of
competition, for the most heavily contested dish!
|Hot and spicy crab
crab is deep fried and then tossed with hot peppers, onions, and a hot and spicy sauce.
||Curry beef and potatoes
potatoes and onions done in a curry sauce.
Reviewed by: Geoff Peters
Last reviewed: Dec. 20, 2004