Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Age Chinese - convenient location for good Chinese food


New Age Chinese Cuisine

5411 Kingsway, Burnaby (map)

New Age Chinese Cuisine on Urbanspoon

Food: 3.5
Service: 3.5
Price: Fair

We needed a Chinese restaurant around Metrotown area, and a search on Urbanspoon didn't really yield too many options, as many didn't have favorable rating. However one restaurant did caught my eyes and I seem to recall hearing good things about it, so off we went to New Age Chinese Restaurant.

The restaurant was not hard to find, because all you need to look for is Best Western Hotel, as it is located directly next to the hotel.
I think this was the hotel restaurant prior to being acquired by New Age. The place looked more modern than traditional Chinese restaurant. The staff member here are also on the younger side as well, I guess this also may be the reason why service was not bad.

The first dish we had was the braised beef brisket hot pot ($10.75). This was also my favorite dish of the night. The beef brisket was just right, that it's soft enough, yet not mushy. The bottom of the dish was layer with lettuce which is really typical for Chinese restaurants.
Since I love eggplant, I chose to go with eggplant with shredded pork and basil leaf ($10.25). This dish was quite oily, but at least it was also very flavorful. Although they used basil leaf, but I didn't really detected in the sauce. I think maybe they didn't cooked it long enough or maybe they added it late during the cooking process.
Although the fish in spicy sauce ($13.95) was not authentic, but it was till rather good. The fish slice were of nice size and quite tender. The sauce lacked depth, as it was purely just dried chili pepper with oil. It did not consist of any Sichuan peppercorn. The bottom of the dish was layered with lots of vermicelli and big bean sprout.
The diced chicken in plum sauce ($10.50) was really delicious. It was tender and full of flavor. Each piece chicken and onion is coated nicely by the slightly sweet plum sauce. This kind of dish is perfect over rice.

Although this restaurant does not serve any specific Chinese food, but it does provide a good mix of their own version of traditional dishes. The food here was tasty, and the service was not bad. Given the easily accessible location, I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who is in the area.


Buddha Girl May 24, 2011 at 4:47 PM

We've been to this restaurant a couple of times, the first time was not so great but our second visit was quite nice. The place is originally on Rumble by Royal Oak. Originally owned by Taiwanese and was a quite known Taiwanese restaurant locally. I heard they sold the business a while back and the cooks also changed in the kitchen. The place is now owned by a mainlander (China). None the less, we still want to try in again...hahahaha!

Jenny May 31, 2011 at 8:53 AM

oh really?? I didn't know, all the waitress and waiter seems to be Taiwanese.

Anonymous May 31, 2011 at 9:39 PM

It was Jing Yuan when it was on Rumble and it was quite hard to get in without a reservation as it was quite a bit smaller but the food was great.

It was sold to a couple from China and the food is slightly different but quite good. Give it a try but don't order the XLB as it's the only disappointment we've had there.

Can't really offer a dessert recommendation while you're in that area...

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