I just went here for the first time today, with my younger brother. He had been talking to a food critic for the Now newspaper in Surrey who had recommended Jade Seafood restaurant as the best he had been to in Richmond. He relayed an anecdote that the owner of this facility is an Asian real estate mogul who wanted a place to impress his clients, and hired the best chefs that he could find back East. Frankly, this story holds up, because the decor is very tasteful, the staff are sharply dressed and professional, and the place has an overall air of class and sophistication. I think a few of the other customers weren't quite up to Jade's standards though, judging by how they left the men's washroom. Inside the dining area they were a boisterous, chatty bunch, but that's a fun environment to be in, for me anyway.
At any rate, we went for Dim Sum, which starts at 9am and ends at 3pm. If you go there before 11am you get 20% off, but we arrived closer to one. This was fine because most dim sum dishes cost a very reasonably $4 to $5, desserts are $3-4, and we ordered seven of the former and three of the later. And we were quite full afterwards. Tea seems to be charged at $1 a head. They give you a pot full of strong black tea, and another pot of hot water to water it down. Please, don't forget to water it down or your mouth will be saturated with tannins in no time.
On to the actual dishes. We had Steamed Crab Dumplings, Steamed Sticky Rice (with a yummy pork and Chinese sausage filling, wrapped in banana leaves), Shrimp and Garlic Spring Rolls, Steamed Beef Balls with Bean Paste, Sticky Chicken and Enoki Mushroom Buns, and a couple of others which aren't listed in English on our bill, and which aren't on their online .pdf menu, which is out of date. One was basically rice puffs with a delicious corn-and-grape mixture bound with a Chinese mayonnaise, topped with top-notch smoked salmon. It was listed as a 'Smoked Salmon Salad' or something to that effect, and was at the bottom of the first dim sum page. One of the best things we had there, to be certain.
For dessert we had Almond Pudding with Sesame Balls, Coconut Cakes (which are actually gelatinous cubes with corn in them), and Mango Pudding (also gelatinous). I wasn't massively impressed with these three, and I had a mild allergic reaction to the almond pudding, but I sometimes do with items containing nuts. But they were still good and would recommend them. I'll try other options next time though.
Overall this was a great first experience. Parking was a cinch, the place is on the 2nd floor of a building which is a bonus, and they have several very impressive, expensive chandeliers to illuminate your meal. The grand total after tax for the two of us was $50, but we did eat plenty and brought a modest amount home. I highly recommend this. We were two of the only white folks in the place, but we did see others, and were treated perfectly well by everybody.
We used to go to the nearby Sun Sui Wah regularly for dim sum, which I enjoyed every time but which my brother claims has let their standards slip. At any rate, I think we'll be going to Jade the next time we have a craving for dim sum. Highly recommended if you don't mind spending $20-$30 for an excellent meal.