Dinesty has a brand new location in South Burnaby under the Elements building. It is a few minutes away from Metropolis at Metrotown. They are best known for the Xiao Long Bao aka steamed pork dumplings.
Since foodies like to get together and eat, a few of us decided to meet up for the first time at Dinesty. Always good to put a face to someone’s online foodie persona.
Similar to the other locations, you will see a bunch of teapots in display cases when you walk in. It’s awesome to look at because each tea pot is different.
Even if you are waiting in line, staring at those tea pots can help speed up the wait perception.
The space has a lot of large round tables, so its great for families or large groups. Just make sure you put down a reservation ahead of time to avoid any waits.
I always like how they have the kitchen showing into the dining area, so you can see how all your food is put together.
Chinese Spinach and Bean Curd was good. Always my favourite item to order at Dinesty. It also has sesame oil, so that taste comes through.
Marinated Mushroom and Bamboo looks pretty creepy. Taste was ok, but nothing very notable.
Spicy Pig Ears was a pretty mediocre dish. More oily and not spicy at all. I found the similar experience at other Dinesty locations too.
Fried rice with shrimp, vegetables and ham was ok. A tad bland but would fair well with some chili sauce.
Nom. Nom. Nom.
Shanghai Fried Noodles was delicious. Not to oily and had a good mix of veggies and meat.
Wontons with Sour Chili Sauce could have been better. It was more oily and didn’t have much hot chili flavour to it.
Stir Fried Rice Cake with Pork Chop Shanghai Style was pretty good. The chunks of pork chop were flavourful and tender. I would order this again.
Stir fried basa fillet with wine sauce was good as well. Flavourful wine sauce with the tender flakey basa.
We made sure we loaded up with the Steamed Pork Soup Dumplings by getting 3 orders.
When they came out, it wasn’t super hot. It shriveled up a bit, so it wasn’t as soupy. Very minimal soup. The day before, I was actually at the Robson location and it was different.
Although, this visit was decent, it wasn’t as good as it could have been.
Camphor & Tea Smoked Duck came with 8 buns to eat with the duck. We were surprised by the flavour of this. Very good smoky flavour and the meat was so good.
We wished there were so duck breast meat on the plate, but it was mostly bone. I think I snagged one of the only plump and juicy breast pieces.
The rest were bony, so you couldn’t devour it without needing to pick out some bones.
Of all the locations, I would say my go to location would be the Dinesty on No 3 Road as it was the first on in Vancouver.
This South Burnaby location still has a few kinks it needs to work out. Some items are a hit and miss, but if you can’t get the steamed pork dumplings right, you gotta try again.
We rate Dinesty:
104 – 4501 Kingsway, Burnaby