Golden Ocean Seafood
There’s not a lot of dim sum restaurants in Kerrisdale (let alone push cart style dim sum places). Fortunately, Golden Ocean Seafood is a really good one. Unlike the dim sum at Flamingo House, all of the dim sum at Golden Ocean is consistently good.
Located on the 2nd floor of W 41st in bustling Kerrisdale, you would never know that there were throngs of loud Chinese people clamoring to get a table unless you looked up. We got there fairly early around 10:30am and didn’t have trouble finding a table but that’s probably because the place opens early (at 8am I think).
I’m not usually a big fan of black beans but I do like them in the Steamed Spareribs dish.
In addition to the push carts, they also have some servers walking amid the tables, trying to tempt you with their wares. One such server brought us these Siu Mai steamed pork dumplings.
One of the problems with this style of dim sum is that it can take a while to get what you’re looking for. One of the servers was carrying around a bunch of Haw Gow steamers but kept skipping our table. We had to wait until the 2nd time she circled before we got these.
It was a while before the steamed Beef Rice Rolls came out… but they were worth it.
I had a craving for egg tarts. I know some people have very militant views on their egg tarts… some prefer them served hot, some prefer them served cold, thin shell, thick shell, etc… all I know is that I liked these. Served warm, the egg custard slid down smoothly while the shortcrust pastry had a full body to it.
The Sin Jyut Gyun, or Steamed Tofu Skin, had a very smooth texture to the tofu skin wrappers. While you might worry that push cart style dim sum might not be fresh, all of the dim sum that we tried was piping hot.
Lastly, we closed out our meal with some large Steamed Beef Balls served with worcestershire dipping sauce.
All in all, very solid dim sum dishes plus the old school novelty of the push carts. The interior could use a makeover though. The stark (and slightly off-white) walls looked tired and empty except for two large Chinese murals. A fresh coat of paint and some more artwork/decorations would make a big difference.
If you’re still hungry after dim sum, try walking a few blocks down the street and stop by Faubourg for some French pastries.
Food: 4 / 5
Service: 3.5 / 5
2046 West 41st Avenue