Regency Palace, Calgary

I was in Calgary for work reasons this weekend, and took advantage of it by having brunch with a good friend of mine. Since it was Mother’s Day and most places would be packed, we decided to head out for dim sum as seating is usually on a first come, first served basis.

She suggested Regency Palace, and as I’ve only eaten at a handful of places in town I readily agreed. We got there very early at 10 a.m., which was a good thing as the place started filling up quickly. The dim sum there is fairly standard with one exception; I fell in love with the curried baby squid. It comes served on a small bed of vermicelli noodles, which soaks up the curry sauce. The squid was probably some of the most tender tasting squid I’ve ever had. I would go back there just for this dish. Yum! Sorry, no pictures. I was too busy stuffing my face.

Another interesting part of the restaurant is the buffet where you can take your dim sum card and pick up some of the more traditional dim sum dishes like ha gow and sui mai, as well as dan tat (custard egg tarts) and coconut jello. At the side counter, you can get fried lo bhat gow (daikon radish cakes), wah teep (fried pork dumplings), and gai lan (chinese broccoli). The gai lan was the only really disappointing dish as they hadn’t cooked it quite long enough. Just a little bit longer and it would have been crispy but cooked through, rather than being slightly raw.

I’m still thinking about that squid. Mmmmm.

Regency Palace
3rd floor, Dragon City Mall
4th Ave SE and Centre Street South
Calgary, Alberta
www.regencypalacerestaurant.com

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4 thoughts on “Regency Palace, Calgary

  1. Anonymous says:

    We flew all the way from Hong Kong to Calgary for my mom’s 80th b-day only. Unfortunately, the quality of the food was totally dissatisfied and the only comment – the dinner was way over-priced (CAD12xx).

    VIP Room
    The given VIP room seems like a reception area or a lounge bar, nearing the entrance. Staffs were even working (i.e. clean up glasses, doing some tableware) while we were having dinner. It was so annoying and disrespectful.

    Braise Supreme Shark’s Fin:
    A bowl of Bean sprouts with countable low graded shark’s fin on top. It tasted so salty and the Shark’s fin wasn’t supreme at all.

    Braised Whole Fresh Abalone in Chicken Sauce:
    The abalones were cheap canned type, The chef probably only needed a microware for making the dish. The source tasted the same as used for the Shark’s fin.

    Braised Sea Cucumber with Vegetable:
    I was impressed by the size of the plate, not anything on it. The vegetable was so salty and difficult to chew. The sea cucumber was ridiculously unacceptable! Again, the same source

    Couple Jumbo Scallops:
    It shouldn’t be hard to buy good scallops in Canada. The so-called “Jumbo” ones were small and tiny ones, with roughly estimated 1.2 inches in diameter. The worst thing was that some were sliced into two.

    Steamed Fish with Soya Sauce:
    Each one of us was served a very small portion of such low graded fish. If the chief wasn’t sure how to cook fishes like Grouper, Coral Grouper, etc, it might be better to serve the whole low graded fish, at least, to fill up our stomach.

    Noodle with soup:
    The crappy noodle tasted like Rubber band! It tasted horrible and sucks! The soup was just plain tasteless like water.

    The birthday buns
    It looks like to me that the chief wasn’t know how much time it needed to steam up the buns, some were remained cold inside. (This is quite a big surprise for every one of us)

    We had 7 people and paid CAD 12xx for such disappointing dinner, it costs more than CAD 170 for each one of us. I understand that business means making profits, but most importantly, recurring clients are the major source of future revenue. There is a thin line between ripping off and making profits. The overall qualities of food and the waiter’s bad attitude have forced me to write this message; we were so pissed off. The restaurant should speak to the chief and the waiter, at least, to ask the chief changing the menu or lower the price by at least 30%.

    (Why would this restaurant do something like that for us, especially on my Mom’s 80th birthday?)

    • That’s a real shame that you had such a bad experience. I haven’t been there for a banquet yet, so I have no comparison. I have heard that Forbidden City has good banquet meals.

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