Yangtze 20



See also: Bambu

Dim Sum at Yangtze
Soup Dumplings at Yangtze
Vegetable Dish at Yangtze
Shrimp at Yangtze
Tofu at Yangtze
Duck at Yangtze
Lobster at Yangtze
Foods from Yangtze

2010 Jun 12
I've been wanting to try this place out for a while. The reviews on this site seem pretty consistent so, I thought I was in for a treat. Unfortunately my experience was a huge flop. This is not to say I will not try this place again, but I ordered the wrong thing and it was totally disappointing in almost every way.

To make matters worse I saw people around me enjoying amazing looking dim sum, and pretty snazzy Chinese dishes. First of all, I noticed that the menu was huge and for many of the dishes, there is no description of what the dish entails. Being cautious, I ordered something I have eaten many times before. It was a toss up between General Tao and Kung Po Chicken. I decided to go for the Kung Po.

While ordering there were serious communication issues. I ordered the kung po and I was asked if I wanted rice. The problem was that the waitress spoke with such broken English that I couldn't understand what she was saying. After a few tries I finally understood. I didn't need rice, but I was worried that the dish might be small and rice would be necessary. So I asked how small the Kung Po chicken would be, the waitress motioned that it would be no larger than the size of her hand. In retrospect I realize she didn't understand me and was showing me how big the rice was. Oh well.

As a starter I ordered a veggie spring roll, which was pretty good. It was large, and it was packed full of goodies. No complaints there.

2010 Jun 12
When the Kung Po arrived, it was huge and very greasy. The first thing I noticed, and for me the most disappointing aspect of the dish was that it was made with CANNED MUSHROOMS. I could smell it and I could most importantly taste it. Shame… it ruined the dish for me. Taste wise, I found their variant of Kung Po interesting in that they used cashews instead of peanuts, and the only saving grace for the dish was that the cashews tasted great. But for bites which didn't have cashew in them, it wasn't good at all. The hot pepper was not well distributed in the dish, thus some bites were excruciatingly hot, while others were as mild as can be. The chicken was chewy and laden with fatty and ligament-y parts.

It was a lot of food and I ended up bringing the rest home in a doggy bag. Lucky for me, all the grease leaked out of the box, through a plastic bag and forced me to wash my backpack this morning. Although this is not the fault of Yangtze (considering I wasn't very smart to put this in my bag), I though the plastic bag barrier would suffice, this however was not the case. This just shows the extreme greasiness of the dish.

I am not ruling this place out. I just think the kitchen was totally wrong in using canned mushrooms. If they didn't have fresh ones, they should have told me and I would have ordered something else. It was still tasty because cashews are super tasty. But over all, it was bad experience.

All the people around me were enjoying themselves and the people eating dim sum had huge grins on their faces. It will be a while before I choose to come here again, (but i'll give it another chance eventually) but I warn foodies out there that the Kung Po chicken, isn't very good at all.

2010 Jun 11
I've mostly eaten here for the dim sum on weekends. It's super busy during this time. I've order from the menu too and it's been good as well. I like the food here, good prices, good quality and service is always prompt even for a big restaurant.

2010 May 26
old staple chinese resto with big business, deep financial pockets and loyal custies. looking forward to their new restaurant bambu opening up soon @ hunt club / riverside.

shrimp + garlic chives dimsum. prolly one of my faves.

2010 May 26
chinese greens stirfried in garlic, rice noodles, soy sauce. simplicity. mmmmm. great for a sunday morning dimsum wake-up after a wild saturday night.

2010 May 26
get your eyes OFF my shrimp spring rolls!

2010 May 26
congee goes down smoothe.

2009 Apr 6
The food at Yangtze was good. We didn't go to the typical cart-dim sum at lunch hour, we went for dinner.

We ordered shrimp dumplings, shrimp wontons, spring rolls, pork dumplings and lion head meatball. They were all piping hot and jumbo sized.

For dinner, we had the scallop hotpot (chefs recommendation). It tasted good-- nice seafood and meat, vegetables and scallops in a Hollandaise-esque sauce. Highly recommend. We also had fried rice, which was just.. well, fried rice.

Come here for fresh food and dim sum.

2008 Dec 28
We had a boxing day dinner here and everything was tasty as usual. Highlights included the garlic shrimp & scallop hotpot, and shrimp w/ pepper salt. They had a lobster special which I passed on and am now regretting after seeing Ashley's photo! Service was fast and friendly (usually not the strong suit of Chinese restaurants) :P

2007 Dec 19
My friend's birthday dinner was scheduled for last Sunday (the night of the snow storm), and the restaurant we had planned to go to called to say they had problems in their kitchen and wouldn't be opening. After calling about 10 restaurants to try to rebook, we discovered that the Yangtze was open and decided to get take out. I was a little dubious about what the quality of the food would be like but ended up being pleasantly surprised. We had Buddha's Delight, Snow Pea Tips with garlic, Eggplant with black bean sauce, Bean Cake with Seasonal Vegetable, Vegetarian spring rolls, Chicken with pineapple and pickle, Sliced Tender Chicken with Snow Pea, and Sliced Beef with Seasonal Vegetables. I didn't try the last three (meat) dishes, but the others all great flavours. The spring rolls were a bit greasy on the bottom but nice and crispy on top. I was told that the meat dishes were all tasty as well.

The woman on the phone was very helpful and able to make a few changes to the dishes to meet our preferences. The food was ready and waiting for us when we got there and still hot when we finally made it to our destination.

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2018 Feb 11
Still a great choice for cart-based dim sum! We used to go to Mandarin all the time, but in recent years their quality seemed to drop so we're back at Yangtze.

Overall, I'd say the serendipity and immediacy of cart-based dim sum is still more appealing to me than the made-to-order version at Hung Sum, even if the quality is necessarily not quite as excellent. There's a place for both though and thankfully we have choice! :-)

2012 Sep 24
Yangtze is my go to for Dim Sum!! My husband, daughter and I go at least once a month on late Sunday mornings. Although I love Yangtze and have been going there since I was a little girl, are there any other places in Ottawa worth trying?

2012 Jul 17
As a general thought, slamming all dim sum in Ottawa based on one bad experience is kind of like slamming all Pixar movies because Finding Nemo made you seasick.

2012 Jul 4
Kins: I fear that 1pm is fairly late for Dim Sum in many places in Ottawa - there isn't the sheer number of people such as in Montreal and Toronto to make it last to 3pm. If you want Dim Sum and the place is empty, don't - it means the main crowd is done and all you will get are leftovers, possibly an hour old and, as you found out, not very edible. You need a full room of happy customers and constantly-fresh selections rolling about.

My first Dim Sum experience was at Yangtze, possibly close to 20 years ago. I can't really remember, especially as I didn't like shrimp then. But you can try a number of places nearby as well, but mostly, try it in the mid-morning.

2012 Jul 4
I'd never had Dim Sum before going to Yangtze, but I was excited to try it. I've also encountered most of the items separately through the years.

We came in at 1pm, and we were the only ones there in the very large restaurant. I wasn't even sure they were open. The lady who greeted me was interrogative and rude, but assured me they were open.

All of the steamed items were terrible, probably the worst cooked dumplings I have ever had. They tasted like chewy wontons filled with a cornstarch and flour broth, made from old dish water.

My girlfriend hasn't been able to eat a dumpling since.

I'd love to try Dim Sum again, but probably not in Ottawa, if this is the best, or close enough to the best that it can offer.

The only saving grace was the pork bun, which was edible, though I can't compare it as it was my first time trying it. My girlfriend has had Dim Sum and pork buns before, found most Dim Sum inedible, and the Pork Buns pretty bad compared to the places she visited in Toronto.

2011 Oct 24
I went to Yangtze yesterday for my first dim sum experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Our group chose from the carts that passed by our table. The items we picked included spring rolls, shrimp and pork dumplings, shrimp and pork rice noodles, fried tofu, fried wontons and steamed beef balls. I was the only one interested in trying the chicken feet but since no one was interested in sharing with me I passed this time. Desserts included bbq pork buns and lemon tarts. I tried a bbq pork bun but I didn't like it at all - the bun was too sticky and gooey and the pork filling was too sweet. But I loved all the other dishes and I look forward to future visits. I am in awe of the amount of dim sum items available and everything was fresh and piping hot.

2010 Jul 23
We finally went to Yangtze for Dim Sum this morning, and it was as fantastic as all of those little thumbs up led me to believe. Everything was piping hot and fresh and oh-so-tasty. We were starving, so I totally forgot to take pictures and just dug right in. My favourites by far were the deep fried pork and shrimp dumplings, but I also enjoyed the roast pork baked buns as well. The only thing I was slightly disappointed with was the BBQ pork sticky buns, which is usually a favourite of mine. They were a little cold and perhaps a little too doughy. I could have probably made them myself. otherwise, everything was awesome. Even the tea was above standard, compared to your typical chinese restaurant fare. The one slight negative will in no way prevent me from returning to Yangtze again in the near future and consuming copious amounts of dim sum. A new favourite! Thanks for the recommendation fellow foodies!

2010 Jul 20
Visited this place this past Sunday. We tried stopping by Mandarin Oglivie at 10:00am and discovered they were not open and did not have any signs mentioning when the restaurant would open.

Pretty standard fare for Dim Sum for what I can eat. I have a pretty minor seafood allergy so I have to avoid eating shrimp and fish as much as possible. But what they did have was delicious.

They also brought a garlic chili sauce that was like sriracha but tasted fermented and brought it without me having to ask. Bonus! Not sure what it actually was though.

I had a variety of pork dumplings, both steamed and fried. I also sampled their spicy chicken which was lightly breaded and delicious. I've heard people comment elsewhere 'was that chicken?'. Yes it was chicken, just thigh meat, which gwailo aren't used to eating.

Their beef noodle (au yuk cheung fun) was absolutely incredible compared to the dim sum I've had in Hamilton and Toronto (not a lot of Dim Sum back in Detroit). Most of the time the beef in the noodle tastes like dogfood at other places. Here it was savory, meaty and the noodle was not overly slimy.

Their steamed bbq pork buns (char sui bao) were excellent as well, although I had to request them by name for them to bring it out. Word of warning though, they give you two in a steamer tray because they are huge, around the size of a tennis ball.

A warning to people heading there anytime until the end of the fall: They are building that ornate gate about 30 meters from the building so the street is inaccessible.


2014 Jul 18
Finally somewhere in Ottawa to get xiao long bao! These were quite decent -- a nice introduction if you've never tried them and a much shorter drive than Toronto. :D

Soup 3



2006 Sep 18
The Crab Meat and Sea Foam soup is so good I can't stop eating it! Sea Foam is actually fish maw (swim bladder) -- it has no flavour, only texture.

Tofu 1


2007 Oct 5
This is the deep-fried tofu (the tofu in a tube and not the square shaped one). A little bit spicy and taste was good.

Note: My friend warned me not to order the Deep Fried Mashed Bean Curd at Yangtze. So, we ordered something different instead.


2007 Oct 5
This was the Stir-fried baby bok choi with mushroom slices. I don't know the name of this mushroom (this kind of mushroom is very popular within Chinese community). But they really look like abalone.

2009 May 14
Oh, this is my favourit dish at Yangtze! (and I do love this restaurant overall - my family has been coming here for 25 years)The sauce is light with a delicious ginger flavour, and the snow peas are always perfectly cooked, retaining their bright green colour and crunch. The chicken is, as advertised, tender, moist and delicious. Overall a gorgeous dish.

A word of warning - one evening I went to Yangtze specifically to get this dish and their house fried rice (which is also delicious). However, the waitress beguiled us into ordering one of the combo meals for two - with spring rolls, soup, and some other deep fried appetizers. Well, after eating all that, we were stuffed by the time the chicken with snow peas arrived!! So we had to take it home.

I ate it the next day, but it was not as good as when it is fresh...what a disappointment! So, just remember that if you go to a restaurant craving a particular main dish, don't be fooled into buying unnecessary appetizers - you'll just spoil your appetite.



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2007 Oct 5
Can't remember the name for this dish, shrimps stir-fried with cashew nuts in tomato sauce. The dish can definitely increase your appetitie. Try this.

Lobster -1



2007 Oct 5
My friend always told me that there are few dishes that Yangtze is very good at. Yangtze's Fried Lobster with Ginger & Shallots is one of the MUST ORDER dishes. Seasonal price. Be reminded that the order of two lobsters in one dish is pricy (around $50+).

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Duck -1



2009 Jan 27
duck with taro!?!
my mom used to make that
must try next time I am there

2007 Oct 5
Fried Duck Stuffed with Mashed Taro is another Yangtze's specialty. However, I was surprised and disappointed that Yangtze used platstic plate for this dish! Don't appreciate the portion considering the price they charged.