The restaurant was formerly known as the Richmond Mandarin Restaurant. The changes include: the ownership, kitchen staff, and more – all for the better.
For dinner we enjoyed a two-person combination meal of jellyfish, squab, shark fin soup, abalone and broccoli, baby bok choy and tofu sheets, and seafood fried rice for $110 total. While not "incredible", it certainly was good. The vegetables tasted as if they were fresh, and all dishes were prepared as one would like or expect. We did not order any king crab ($13.80/lb), but we noticed many others doing so and finishing it all; we might try ordering it next time. My vote: 3.5 to 4.0 stars.
Good to great. With clean / better uniforms, the wait staff was also attentive to all other tables around us. Tea was sometimes poured for us, food was distributed into individual servings, tea/hot water was replenished in reasonable times, food was served at reasonable times, and our plates were constantly being replaced by fresh ones. On our night, I did not notice the long wait(s) the previous reviewer found. My vote: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.
I am happy with the fresh coat of paint, renovated front bar, new chairs, and significantly renovated washrooms (brighter and contemporary in design). I am just not sure about their decision to: hang a chandelier in their signature blue-sky, oval-shaped ceiling ornament, replace the wall scones with unusual jewel-like fixtures, and mix the contemporary style designs around the dining room with classical curtains. It seems to be a clash of the classical and contemporary. My vote: 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.
I believe this restaurant would be similar to Kirin, Sea Harbour, or Flota. I would like to try their lunch dim sum service and see if it was similar to what the previous reviewer found.
Based on the dinner experience I had, I would recommend this restaurant to friends and family. My overall vote: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.