Pelican Seafood Restaurant is located on Victoria Drive and Hastings Street. It’s a favorite amongst people in the neighbourhood for dim sum. I came with the Vancouver Gastronomical Brouhaha group to just chow down on some dim sum. It’s always better to eat with great company!
By 10:30am, this place was packed! Unlike traditional Dim Sum restaurants, they do not use carts to push around the food. Instead, you just order it off a piece of paper and it comes to your table. For some people, they may like it, some don’t. It’s just personal preference.
Durian Pastry cane give a lot of people mixed feelings. Some people love durian, some people hate it. Durian is the fruit with all the spikes.
I personally don’t mind durian at all. The pastry was flakey, but the durian was a bit small, so the flavour wasn’t as great as it could be.
Egg Yolk Bun are just the chinese steam buns but filled with custard-like filling.
I didn’t like the texture of the interior because it was pretty gritty. You could taste a lot of the clumps.
Radish Cake is lightly fried on the outside and has a lot of pieces. Good taste too.
Eggplant with prawn puree is one of my favorite dishes.They make it great here! The eggplant is slightly mushy with the savory prawn puree on top. The sauce accompanied the dish nicely too.
Egg Tarts comes with 3 pieces per order. Sometimes if you order multiples of a dish, they combine it together. I’ve never really been a fan of egg tarts.
Rice Rolls with Beef and Parsley is just the steamed rice roll wrapped around a mixture of beef and parsley. It’s another one of those dishes you must order.
Meat Dumpling is crispy on the outside and has a savory meat filling.
Beef Meatballs is one of my favorite items. Who can turn down meat? I sure can’t. hahaha I like dunking the meatballs in worcheshire sauce.
Sticky Rice is wrapped up in leaves and is quite fragrant.
Pan Fried Rice Flour Roll were ok, but I wish it had more stuff to it.
Spring rolls comes in 4 pieces per order, but the picture has 2 orders.I liked them because they had shrimp inside.
Prawn Dumplings (har gau) are my favorites! Or anything with shrimp is my favorite.
Taro Dumpling (wu gok) is super crispy on the outside with soft taro on the inside.
Steam Pork Bun (Xiao long bao) were not very good. The skin was quite thick so it did take away from the flavour of the meat.
Mango Pudding comes in really cute shapes.
Our second order of mango pudding was quite cute too! They really know how to impress the kids. I thought the taste was ok, but it could have had more of a mango fragrance to it.
Overall, the food was good with a few hit and miss items. The service was ok, but there were times where one of the managers or servers were quite rude.
Words of Wisdom:
- Decent prices
- Rude service
- Parking lot in front but usually full at peak hours
- Lots of MSG or salt in food
We Rate Pelican Seafood Restaurant: