I know this place is well-known for dim sum, but I was treating one of the respected ancestors (and the rest of the extended family) to a birthday dinner, so we had the full Monte.
We started with the crispy Peking duck, followed by duck lettuce wrap, sweet and sour pork chops, eggplant and spicy pork, steamed chicken in soy sauce, gai-lan, melon soup served in a melon, noodles, beef and lotus root, deep fried milk curd in batter and of course crab puffs. All the dishes were fantastic, but the delicious (and expensive) crab puffs were especially good, as was the flavourful lettuce wrap.
For dessert, we had birthday cake from T&T, a sweet tapioca soup with water chestnut, and the traditional birthday buns with lotus paste.
The service was excellent and I noted some first-rate former employees on Ming Yuen now work at Neptune. As for the décor, it was typical Chinese banquet style restaurant. The carpets and w/c could use a little attention, but otherwise it was just fine.
All in all an extremely satisfying experience. Richmond is home to some spirited restaurant competition, and this place more than holds its own against its rivals. Plus it didn’t make my Visa card melt. And ‘Lo Dao’ was pleased.