Shoom Chinese Restaurant: Expensive but Tasty
Located just south of 49th Avenue on Vancouver’s Fraser Street is the oddly named Shoom. This place is quite popular and was already starting to fill up by the time we arrived at 5pm (they were completely full by 6pm). The restaurant seems to be geared to large parties because they mostly have large tables set up. We were afraid that they weren’t going to seat us but then they ushered us past the kitchen in the back and into another dining area next door.
After seating us at one of the few small tables that they had available, they came by to dish out complimentary soup. Their “hidden” dining area looks like they may have taken over the neighbouring store. The decor was a bit unexpected for a Chinese restaurant with large modern paintings.
Our dishes came out fairly quick in rapid succession. We ordered the House Special Seafood Hot Pot ($19.95), Beef Gai Lan ($18.95), Clams in Black Bean Sauce ($24.95), and the House Special Thin Rice Noodles ($16.95).
The seafood hot pot was very nicely done with a generous amount of scallops, shrimp, fish, tofu and tender squid.
Beef and gai lan may not sound very exciting but the beef in this dish was so very tender.
Shoom is known for their geoduck but we decided on ordering the clams in black bean sauce. If you look closely at the pictures, you’ll notice that most of the shells were empty (seems like the clams had fallen to the bottom of the bowl. I felt that the clams in this dish were on the small side but there were a large number of clams.
Our last dish was the house special rice vermicelli with egg, dried shrimp, small scallops, and lap cheung. Like all of the other dishes, this was a surprisingly large portion size.
For dessert, they brought us complimentary Mango Pudding in tiny glass shooters (with “I Love you/Tequila” printed in Spanish). These came with tall, skinny spoons which made it a bit difficult to eat. However, the mango pudding was quite good.
Service could have been a bit better but they seemed very busy during our visit. And although their prices are a bit on the high side, all of our dishes were very well prepared and quite generous portion-wise. Keep in mind that it’s cash only here so make sure to visit an ATM before visiting.
6555 Fraser Street
Posted on July 25, 2018, in Chinese, Restaurant Review, Seafood and tagged Beef and Gai Lan, Chinese, Clams in Black Bean Sauce, Food, Mango Pudding, Punjabi Market, restaurant review, Seafood, Vancouver. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.