Fortune Restaurant – Dim Sum
Fortune Restaurant (not to be confused with Fortune House Seafood in Metrotown) is in a bit of an odd location at Oakridge Mall. While there is an outside entrance on Cambie Street, the easiest way to get into the restaurant is through the mall parking lot. Even if you’re in the mall, the best way to get to the restaurant is through an out-of-the-way door (next to the movie theatre) that leads to the parkade.
Despite this, the restaurant does get fairly busy on the weekends. Since it was just the two of us for dim sum, we got seated at one of the 2-seat folding Mahjong tables… not a big deal for us since we’re used to it but I did check to see if they left the little poker chip drawers attached under the table (no, they didn’t).
English translations of Chinese menu items is always a bit of hit-and-miss. Take, for example, the Fortune Dakon Pan Cake… I thought this would be more like a “pancake” but instead, it turned out to be shredded daikon (and little chunks of ham) that were cooked into dumpling-shaped balls and covered with sesame seeds.
It actually wasn’t a bad dish but it was completely different from what I imagined.
The prices of the dim sum dishes are a bit higher than most places… our items averaged to about $5 per dish with most of them tasting okay but not great.
The Deep Fried Squid with Chili Salt had some good pieces of squid but also had some that tasted like they were overcooked and too tough/chewy. Considering this was on their “Chef’s Special” menu, I would have thought it would have been prepared better.
The Steamed Minced Beef Rice Rolls was pretty spot on.
I’m not sure if you can tell from the picture, but the Steamed Shrimp and Pea Leaf Dumplings looked like they were formed into the shape of little shrimp.
The Steamed Minced Beef Balls were a tad on the small size but tasted okay… I like the fact that you can see the water chestnut pieces in these balls.
I haven’t had a Steamed BBQ Pork Bun in a long time but I’m glad we ordered these.
These small little buns were packed full of juicy bbq pork.
All-in-all, the dim sum was okay but probably not worth the higher prices since there’s so many good dim sum places in Vancouver.
Food: 3 / 5
Service: 3.5 / 5
650 West 41st Avenue