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COMMENTARY · 26th August 2010
Evan Jennings
Last night I went to the Shanghai Dynasty for the first time. For those of you who do not know where this restaurant is, it is where the Gourmet House used to be, right across the street from the Best Western Inn.

While I was there I ordered a mix of food for myself and a friend. We had chicken chow mien, chicken fried rice, almond chicken, sweet and sour pork, and california roll sushi.

It was about half full in the restaurant so I was expecting the food to take a little while, but I was amazed when our order came in less than ten minutes. What astounded me even more was that all the food was completely fresh. Nothing had reheated or microwaved, but all was made when we ordered.

As if that wasn’t enough, the servings that we received were enormous. Now I can eat my fair share of a meal, but I was stuffed.

After my meal I had a nice chat with Din-Yi Coosemans, the store owner of both the Shanghai Dynasty and the Tsunami restaurant in Kitimat. Din-Yi told me a little about herself.

She was born and raised in Shanghai and eventually earned herself a diploma in Hotel and Food Service Management. She then moved to Terrace from Shanghai in 1991. In the following years after she worked many different lines of work, until eventually in 2003, she decided to open up the Tsunami restaurant. It was always her dream to open and run her own restaurant.

Her menu has been virtually the same since she first opened the Tsunami, a combination of Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Then this spring she has opened the Shanghai Dynasty and imported the menu over to Terrace.

The food is absolutely fantastic all the way to the toppings. You know how on the chicken chow mien or chicken fried rice, you always get those thin strips of processed chicken. Well instead, they used real chicken, cut into nice neat strips, but it has such a different taste. Then as a bonus, there is absolutely no MSG in the food.

The atmosphere in the restaurant is so calm and quiet, with great service. As an added incentive for all those who tend to get off work at around ten, with every restaurant closed except Denny’s, Boston Pizza, and fast food joints, this is another option as they are open until 11 PM.

I highly recommend this restaurant. Two thumbs up!!
Their lunch buffet runs from 11:30 - 2 Monday through Friday
Their lunch buffet runs from 11:30 - 2 Monday through Friday
Restaurant owner Din-Yi
Restaurant owner Din-Yi
are you kidding
Comment by eric gavelin on 29th August 2010
We went for dinner last night since this place got such a glowing review.

one word expresses our dining experience.
GARBAGE! ABSOLUTE GARBAGE!!!!

The service was terrible despite the fact there were only 3 tables seated.

When I asked for a coke I got a can of generic life brand cola. The Chinese food was very sub par.

The only part I agree with is that the portions are quite large.
EB Horsman Loves Shanghai!
Comment by EB Horsman on 27th August 2010
This place is amazing, we do lunch there once or twice a week. The boys love the great food and the people who work there are awesome. We recommend them over any other chinese cuisine! Bring on the 3 Item Combo, we're calling today for lunch!
The Lunch Smorg is awesome too
Comment by Ang Campbell on 26th August 2010
* YES - the food and service are great*
The food is awesome, thanx for sharing your talents with us here in Terrace :-)
Excellent Food Great Hostess !!!
Comment by Carol & Gary on 26th August 2010
This is the Best in Chinese food we have found in Terrace, welcome to the community Din-Yi. Usually go there once a month, sometimes twice. Glad they are here....