It always pays to compare notes with new friends who are wired into the ever changing Vancouver-area Chinese restaurant scene. A recent example is the excellent recommendation of David Hawksworth's catering manager, Sue-Yen Lee, who while helping us with a private event, mentioned that her family members are regulars at the Spicy Court on Cambie and 41st Avenue. I'd passed the restaurant many times, but I had never been there or seen mention of it on this or other boards. However, our recent visit (and one by my daughter and her husband) suggests that Spicy Court may be doing some of the best traditional Cantonese dim sum in Vancouver (no carts).
We had terrific dumplings in spicy sauce, two delicate steamed dumplings (har gow and another shrimp-based choice), a good as it gets sticky rice wrap and several other items that met our test for the basics of dim sum. My daughter tells me that they had terrific steamed barbecued pork buns and an excellent spicy noodle soup, among other choices.
So for those who may have missed this seeming gem, as we did, a small detour is definitely warranted.
Spicy Court Chinese Restaurant
5638 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z3A5, CA