Best Chinese Food in Vancouver: 2012 Diners’ Choice Results are in –

By Remy Scalza

Wondering where to get the best dim sum in Metro Vancouver?  Or the best Chinese BBQ?  Or the best Szechuan cuisine?

Wonder no longer.  The diners have spoken.  Earlier this year, more than 12,521 votes were cast in the Diners’ Choice Awards component of Vancouver’s annual Chinese Restaurant Awards.  The results (see below) are a veritable road map to finding the best Chinese food in a city justly famous for its Chinese cuisine.

Looking for the best king crab dish in
the Lower Mainland?  Head to Excelsior Restaurant on No. 3 Road in
Richmond.  Best Chinese fine dining?  The hands-down winner is Kirin Restaurants,
with multiple locations, including a convenient downtown spot on
Alberni Street.  Or how about best hot pot restaurant?  That would be
the lovably named Fatty Cow Seafood Hot Pot on Victoria Drive in

What impresses me about the Diners’ Choice Awards
is the number of people who participated.  With 12,000-plus people
voting, you know that the results are going to be pretty dead on.   And
the truth is that there are so many great Chinese restaurants in
Vancouver and Richmond that the average diner does need something like a
cheat sheet to make sense of it all.

All of the winning restaurants will be recognized at the annual Chinese Restaurant Awards, in January at the River Rock Casino
The awards – which really don’t get enough attention – were started
four years ago to highlight the best Chinese restaurants in Metro
Vancouver.  In addition to the Diners’ Choice component, professional
food critics select the top Chinese restaurants in multiple categories.

Below are the results of the 2012 Diners’ Choice Awards.  Is anything missing?  Do you have a favourite that’s not on the list?  Please let us know. 


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