Beijing and Szechuan Cuisine.
Mr. C and I were meeting friends for dim-sum, and this was the restaurant of choice. I went here in the past but hadn't visited in a while. This place is tucked away in a strip mall in the dark heart of Richmond, and is next to a decent bakery among other things. Parking is generally an issue, but sometime you get lucky.
The restaurant once had pretensions of fanciness, but sad to say it is looking a bit run down these days. I found it to be rather dirty and cluttered. The w/c needed a good scrub, too. We got decent service and our orders arrived promptly, so that was a plus. They use the traditional paper ordering system for dim-sum, and there were lots of choices. We had the usual suspects: siu mai, har gow, steamed chasiubow, chasiuso, pig knuckle with ginger, fung zhao, rice rolls with shrimp or pork, congee, and similar stuff. All the food was competently prepared but nothing special.
As for price, it was a little more expensive that I am used to, but a friend was buying this time so I guess I was okay with that ;)
There are lots of better places so I probably won't return.
Centered in the hustle and bustle of Richmond, Imperial Court Restaurant is located in the ideal Brighouse area, seconds away from Richmond Centre mall. The dreary cold weather brought us to this seafood restaurant as we wanted a hot Chinese dinner for a birthday celebration. We want to apologize in advance, as we only got to snap a few photos but we will try and recall as many dishes as possible.
Deep-Fried Seafood Shrimp Ball with Crab Claw (6/7)
This was delicious. It came with a sweet and sour sauce that perfectly complemented the deep fried goodness of the dish. To sum it up, it’s a crab claw enclosed with a seafood mix (probably flour, fish, shrimp, prawns, etc), rolled up in bread crumbs, and then deep fried to perfection! This is a classic Chinese dish served at many restaurants and this was definitely a lot better than most of the cheaper restaurants that we’ve tried in Richmond! (for example, HML…)
Lobster with Chinese “Yee-Meen” Noodles (5.75/7)
To be honest, most Chinese-style lobsters taste the same to us. Again, this is a classic dish at Chinese seafood restaurants and we thought the lobster was cooked quite well. The noodles were our favorite part of the dish! We honestly can’t describe the flavour of this dish, but it had a creamy texture and while it was quite savoury, we managed to devour a huge bowl of the noodles!
Chinese Fried Fish with Meat/Seafood Sauce (5.75/7)
This dish is basically delicious egg stir fried rice with the same sauce as the lobster but instead of lobster, there was asparagus, pork, chicken, shrimp, and some vegetables! We really enjoyed this dish but we have had better elsewhere! However, we have to consider the fact that this is a more affordable Chinese restaurant.
Peking Duck (6/7)
The Peking duck was very professionally sliced as we could not taste much duck fat or meat when chowing down. The pancakes were made quite well but we would have appreciated some cucumber to go with the dish!
Duck & Beef stirfry (5.5/7)
This simple meat dish came with matchstick carrots and celery. It was quite decent.
Appetizer Platter – Chinese Deli Cuts, Cold Jellyfish, Assorted Meats (5.5/7)
This was normal! You can’t really screw this up.
Red Bean Soup (5.5/7)
This is almost always the “dessert” soup that is served at the end of a Chinese feast. It wasn’t too sweet and there were tons of beans!
Lychee Jelly (5.5/7)
There was a fair amount of real lychee in the jelly and everybody enjoyed how light and refreshing it was.
Birthday Lotus Bean Paste Buns (5.5/7)
These peach shaped steamed buns are traditional sweets served for dessert on birthdays. Personally, we didn’t think there was enough bean paste in each bun and the bun itself could have been softer.
Anyway, we think Imperial Court is a great place to go when you don’t want to drive out too far. The location is really perfect if you’re shopping at one of the close by malls and it’s easy to get to by public transportation. It is definitely cheaper than the finer Chinese restaurants (such as, Kirin, Neptune, Jade) but more expensive than restaurants such as Bamboo Grove and HML. This place has good cheap dim sum as well! By the way, there are many English speaking staff at this restaurant. We saw people of all ethnicities eating there tonight. :)
Came here during prime time hours for dinner this evening. Forgot that it was mid-autumn festival so the room was packed with patrons so not sure if it's always this busy. Luckily my mom made reso's so our wait was only 15 minutes.
The menu was standard Cantonese dinner fare with a decent selection of northern Chinese cuisine..I would've thought it should have been the reverse since this is a northern Chinese style resto. They had a few items on special notably lobster at $6.99/lb and peking duck (2 courses) for $20.80. The deals were great but unfortunately a table can only order one of the specials at the low price. We ordered a 4.5 lb lobster in milky sauce and it was fresh and well made. The rest of our dishes, with one exception, were fairly good too. The service was standard Chinese efficiency and polite. The kitchen was a bit slow in getting out our first dish but it was expected considering the packed house. Value was great for the lobster and about average for the remainder of the regular selections. I quite enjoyed the ambiance; comfortable chairs, plenty of space between tables, and nice china (fake of course). I'll probably revisit this place if they continue with their promo's however, I'm not sure it's differentiated enough to warrant a second dinner visit anytime soon. Maybe I'll try them for dim sum.
Go for the lobster special while it lasts.
I've eaten at Imperial Court twice and both time, their food was good. If you go there before 11:00 a.m., you'll receive 25% discount. After 11:00 a.m., then its 20% discount. Not a bad deal. My favorite dish is their fish tofu and mushroom in curry sauce. I love their curry sauce and its great with a bowl of rice. Too bad, there is no discount on specialty food, just the dumplings.
I have no complains about their service. There is no air of snobbery, unlike some other restaurant I've encounter.
I can imagine that this restaurant at one time was very elegant looking. But it is still nice and well maintain. Their washroom are clean at least.
One complaint that I have is their lack of parking. There are 4 restaurants in that plaza!. That's why its wise to go early and get your 25% discount.
Cheap king crab during march 8.88 a lb, we ordered a 12 pounder it was good. Prices are cheap. Newly renovated. Great parking. Service was slow even when we went on a week day and there was only 5 tables. but prices are fair, and service is normal for a chinese restaurant.
We really enjoyed our experience at Imperial Court today.
As soon as we got to our table they came with tea. No waiting round to be helped and everyone was polite and smiling, staff didn't seem pressured as I have seen in many Chinese restaurants in Vancouver.
We ordered 7 varieties of Dim Sum and I have to say it was all very good. My favorite was the Baked BBQ Pork Bun which was the best I have ever had anywhere. The turnip cake and veg roll was....average. The prices were reasonable compared to the size of the portions, if we weren't prepared to take items home we would have wasted a lot of money.
Some reviewers have said this place looks a bit run down. Maybe they have re-decorated since then as we didn't see that with this place at all. It was clean, well maintained and nothing as far as we could see looked as though it was on its last knockings.
We would most definitely come back here again.
The tea was pretty poor quality but one of the dishes made up for this problem. Their steamed pork cube rice aka 排骨飯 is steamed in a metal cup like the ones in Hong Kong! Its pork cubes are very juicy and the sweet soy sauce compliments the steamed rice very well.
The $0.99 congee special is back! A huge pot of congee, enough to feed a family of 4 for a loonie. BBQ pork bone congee, tasty and the best deal in all of GVRD. I went the last time the deal was offered and I couldn't believe it when I saw the bill....the rest of the dimsum is standard and service is what you would expect from most of these joints ...non existant. Aside from that it's a worthwhile trip.