Best Chinese and Dim Sum Restaurants in Calgary
These restaurants have extensive menus that will keep you coming back.
Photograph by Jared Sych
*Listed in alphabetical order
With plenty of exposed brick, industrial accents, and large booths, the decor here feels more like a brew pub than a typical Calgary Chinese restaurant, in a good way. With a menu that features more than 200 items, there are plenty of new creations to try. From the sushi pizza, featuring spicy salmon tataki, salmon roe and crispy salmon skin on Japanese rice, to the five-spice pork poutine, the flavours speak for themselves.
110, 30 Country Hills Landing. N.W., 403-460-3728, tasteofasiagroup.ca
Forbidden City and T. Pot China Bistro
Both of these popular restaurants are owned by the Taste of Asia group, so the menus are similar, as is the decor — bright and open with a bustling sense of energy. Service is fast and efficient, and the large menu offers something for everyone. Get there early, as they only take reservations for large groups.
Forbidden City, 999 36 St. N.E., 403-250-1848; T. Pot, Harvest Hills Blvd. N.E., 403-532-3982
From the expansive Shanghai dim sum menu to the kick of a spicy Sichuan dish, Great Taste has become a favourite for dim sum in Chinatown since it opened in 2011. With fresh Sichuan peppercorns and influences from all across China, there is plenty to keep you coming back for more at this very authentic eatery.
123 2 Ave. S.E., 403-265-9880, greattastecalgary.com
Hong Kong-trained chefs have been serving more than 200 authentic Cantonese and Szechuan dishes at the Silver Dragon in the heart of Chinatown for 45 years. The crispy ginger beef is always a favourite, or try the spicy seafood, hot pots, hot and sour soup or candied apples and bananas. Its central location makes for easy pick up, or Silver Dragon will deliver anywhere in the inner city.
106 3 Ave. S.E., 403-264-5326, silverdragoncalgary.com
This is not your average Chinese eatery. Sizzling with cuisine from the Chinese province of Szechuan, where the weather is cold but the food is hot, it is serious about its spice. The authentic, bold flavours pop in the Szechuan spicy bean jelly curd, which is a plate of cool noodles in a fiery, garlicky sauce and topped with cucumber.
320 16 Ave. N.W., 403-276-8876