Sun’s BBQ Restaurant (Sun Chiu Kee)
6-1423 Centre St NW
Calgary AB T2E 2R8
Phone: 403 230 8890
I’d been craving Chinese food, so on driving by Sun’s BBQ Restaurant my friend and I agreed to investigate what they might have to offer.
Sun’s BBQ is connected to the Chinese supermarket Lambda on Centre Street, just south of Highway 1 on 14th Avenue NW.
The restaurant’s exterior gives a good first impression that goes out the window as soon as you step inside. Yes, the booths and tables are reasonably pleasant, but the dining room’s ready view into the kitchen makes the place feel messy and chaotic.
On our visit there were several wait staffers roaming the mid-sized restaurant, but somehow it was still difficult to get any single one’s attention. Their demeanor was not friendly and their communication abilities were limited.
The food arrived quickly, but it did not have the authentic Chinese-ness that we’d been craving. Again we had been misled by the facade of Sun Chiu Kee, which leads one to imagine a kitchen that knows how to prepare real Chinese fare. Our food tasted like the efforts of someone trying to duplicate a Chinese dish recipe for the first time.
One thing that really bothered me were the abysmal washrooms. The restaurant shares one men’s and one women’s bathroom with Lambda Supermarket. These are often busy and very, very dirty.
And we’re still wondering about the leftovers. We only ate a quarter of the hot-and-sour soup, so we asked for the rest to be packed up. The doggie bag came back with visibly less soup. I really hope they didn’t use some of our leftovers for someone else’s order.
Last thoughts: I tried Sun’s BBQ Restaurant once, and you’ll never see me there again. I would bet that any other Chinese restaurant in Calgary will have better (and likely cheaper) Chinese food.