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“Food OK but Long Wait for Service”

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Leo Fu's Szechwan & Mandarin
Ranked #2,491 of 3,786 Restaurants in Calgary
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Southwest Calgary
Reviewed 15 September 2017

We decided to try Leo Fu's again for the first time in more than a year. Our Asian food preference has been Vietnamese for the past while, but as a colleague who works nearby invited us, we were happy to give it a go.

We were very surprised to see how empty the restaurant was on a Friday night, but thought perhaps the poor Alberta economy was having an effect on their business.

While the food was not bad, it was not as good as we remembered from our past visits.

Regarding service - from our experience in the past, the service was always brusque but fast.

Not this time.

There were only two or three other tables occupied - yet It took 50 minutes before we even saw our first dish after ordering. It was lukewarm - as were the rest of the dishes we ordered - and the proportion of meat to vegetables seemed a bit scant. Good thing we like vegetables.

I had to continuously flag down the waitress for more tea and drinks as she did not check on us at all. There was an elderly lady and man at the table next to us, and the lady was GLARING at the waitress the whole time they were there as the waitress was all but ignoring them.

On the positive side, the Thai Style golden shrimp was awesome as always, even though there was so much broccoli it was crowding out the shrimp. We also enjoyed the eggplant from the 'Specials' board - although I thought it had a bit too much sauce, and the sauce was a bit 'gluey' in consistency. Scraping away the sauce was a good solution.

Maybe they were just having a bad night?

Despite the less than stellar experience, we will likely give Leo Fu's another chance based on memories of the good food from years past.

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

Our kids discovered this place recently and so we thought we'd like to give it a try since there were five hungry mouths to feed.

On a Sunday night there was only one other party in the restaurant and someone doing take out. We had our kids experience to rely on and so were not daunted by the lack of numbers.

We ordered up six plates of food and they started coming about 10 minutes from ordering. The waitress was humble and sincere. Everyone though the food was quite good and the quantity on each platter was very good compared to some other similar restaurants we have been too.

Was it the best Chinese we ever had - no. But it certainly was no where near the worst. I would say it easily falls in the upper third. The flavours were good, the quantity was very good and everyone devoured the platters clean.

We would certainly try this place again in spite of all the negativity in TA.

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Reviewed 26 March 2017

The food is very good and the prices are reasonable. The place a bit of an old dump and not updated at all.

Thank KJER
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Reviewed 20 December 2016

So sad to see a restaurant that used to be excellent sink to below average ordinary Chinese food.
Vegetables covered in tasteless gooey sauces and overlooked, tough ginger beef, need I say more? Specials aren't special...

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2  Thank Marilyn S
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

I've been to the M-F lunch buffet at Leo Fu's many times in the past. I'm not sure what happened, but this time, the food was just awful, and there wasn't much of it. Formerly one of the best buffets in town for the money, this was just not at all appetizing. The chicken balls were tiny cubes of chicken in greasy gobs of breading. The ginger beef was neither gingery, nor beefy. The salt and pepper squid was salty, but not peppery, and had a bland thick coating, not a light crisp batter. The Singapore noodles tasted ok, but I had to scrape the bottom of the container to get a few tablespoons, and this was also the case with both vegetable dishes. The staff always brings you the first bowl of soup (wonton or hot and sour) and when I went back for more (as they only bring you 3 wontons in the soup) there were no wontons left in the container. The server said she'd talk to the cook and bring more, but didn't. All of this happened before 1 pm on a Monday, so it's not like we were at the tail-end of the lunch hours. We were both disappointed and wondered why the spiral downhill in both quality and quantity. Given their proximity to Macleod Trail, there is no reason to waste any time or money here again. We won't be back.

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1  Thank Dawn R
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