Specializes in Northern Chinese cuisine and dim sum. A large selection of cold appetizers difficult to find elsewhere including thousand year old Egg and tofu salad, vegetarian duck, special ham with jelly fish and vinegar sauce, and pickled cabbage.
Mrs. C and I were in the ditch once again, and we spotted ND. We were about to abandon the queue to get in, when a booth became available. This place is a little nicer inside than most Chinese joints, and except for the hard wooden booth seat (no cushion?) it was fine. Clean too.
Our server was quick and made sure our cups were full, so no problem there. The tea was that weird rose-flavour that some places serve. I like po lai or ti quan yin.
The menu had lots of choices, and even featured pictures with the corresponding menu item number, so you could get an idea of what your dinner would look like. We had the mushroom wrapped in beancurd sheets as our cold appy, followed by steamed pork dumplings with a savoury broth inside. Then we enjoyed Beijing-style shredded pork with Chinese pancakes. These were fun because you could make little burritos out of them.
All the food was tasty, and the dumplings were especially notable. The pork and pancakes dish was good, but I have had better elsewhere. The mushroom/beancurd dish was a little better than average.
We managed to have a nice light meal for less than 25 bucks, so I say 'ho mei'!
It's been over a year since I've been back and quite disappointed to see that service, food quality, and value are slipping downhill and fast. Northern Delicacy has been resting on its laurels for too long, thinking perhaps their location within Aberdeen has got it made.
Food: northern dim sum and cuisine, ordered a-la-carte. Steam pork dumplings (xiao long bao) were of average sized, made fresh (thank goodness), and juicy enough. Fried pork buns were dry and lacking in meat filling. Dan Dan noodle was horribly made and was this tasteless soupy mess - how can a northern restaurant screw up on the dan dan noodles? Other small dishes items were mediocre to disappointing. Don't know if it's because we arrived at 1:00pm and got all the leftovers.
Service: seated right away because the restaurant was only half full. Waitress came by to take our order and food took quite a long time to arrive. We had to remind several staff who kept walking past us, for simple things like vinegar sauce, extra bowl or napkins.The staff appeared very pitiful working there and it shows.
Value: expensive for what you get. Relatively small portions combined with poorly executed food makes for low value-enjoyment level.
Ambiance/location: conveniently located in Aberdeen Centre and a quick hop away if you're heading for a Daiso run. If you can avoid Aberdeen though, you should as the parking lot is horrendously designed. Restaurant decor and seating arrangement are nicely laid out. For the 'wow' factor, there is a larger than life-sized terracotta warrior manning the entrance. Tables and chairs are showing their age and the overall appearance of the place is still presentable but looking a bit tired.
Unfortunately, this place is a pass.
Went there on a weekday night and not that busy, no reservation required. Ordered the pigs ears to start, a bit on the small side as there are clear noodles on the bottom to make the dish look bigger. The soup dumplings were just OK, only 5 per order so small too. Smoked tea duck was pretty good along with the stir fry rice cakes. Overall not too bad but there are better Shanghainese places out there. Comfortbable place with good service. A good mall option if you are near Aberdeen.
Food: Every dish we ordered was quite good. We had this rice dish that consisted of hard rice that is then mixed with tomato sauce at the table, this beef and mushroom wrap dish, xiao long bao, stir fried shanghai noodle and shanghai spring rolls. The spring rolls were a little greasy and nothing special and the xiao long bao were ok but every other dish was really tasty. Their tea was also really good - something I can't quite put my finger on...
Service: We were greeted immediately and taken to a nice comfortable booth seat in the corner of the restaurant. Service was expedient and attentive. Quick water and tea refills.
Ambiance: Clean with really nice decorations. Would def. recommend taking the parents here.
Overall: Would def return to try other dishes and bring my parents too!
This place has the juiciest pork dumplings! You eat it with one bite while its semi-hot and the juice will come exploding out, its such a good feeling! The braised tender pork belly is in a bowl of incredibly yummy sauce where you would be very satisfied with a bowl of rice! The daily soup is rich and flavorful, its served in a small pot, good for 2 servings. Must have the duck...the meat is moist and the skin is just crisp! The creamy custard pastry is another one of my favorites for dessert.
Had lunch on weekday, and there was a line up. Upon further review, noticed that they are understaffed. Empty tables but plates not cleared.
Had potstickers (bad, skin is too thick), Hot and Sour Soup (Very Good), Tea Duck (Very Good - Crispy and flavourful) and Steamed Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao - decent).
Nice decor - Chinese, yet modern. Pity it is understaffed. Food is good enough to warrant a return trip though.
My dining partner and i were deciding where to eat, we narrowed it down to seventh heaven and northern delicacy. My dining partner said it looked cooler so we went here. Ordered the juicy pork dumplings, pig knuckle, 2 bowls of noodles and a veggie dish. The food was great. The dough for the dumpling was strong enough to hold the juice and yet thin enough and doesn't taste doughy like some places i've tired. Their seafood noodle was great. They had a decent amount of seafood and the noodle was chewy (hand-made) The other dishes were tasty.
Ambiance: its really simple and yet it grabs your attention. The thing i dislike about it is that the washroom is not INSIDE the restaurant, its outside...which i didn't like
Service: The service was so-so, not great and not bad. When we pai in cash, we were waiting to get our change back but it never came, we over tipped them, which i didn't feel too good about cause the service wasn't great.
We come here every few months. It's in a fairly convenient location as it is in Aberdeen Mall, so you can do some shopping before or after a meal at Northern Delicacy.
The decor is modern and clean, which is also why we usually come back. However, this last experience disappointed us. We order pan fried pea tips, dan-dan noodles, spicy beef noodles, siu-loong bao, and the sticky rice wrapped donut.
All of the dishes were very tasty. However, we nearly finished our meal and our sticky rice still hadn't arrived. We were about to cancel the order when the dish was finally brought to us. I took the first piece and bit into it, only to reveal a human hair!
I was thoroughly disgusted and (involuntarily) spat out the piece I bit off. I flagged down the manager and quietly, and nicely pointed out that there was a hair nestled in my sticky rice. I requested a replacement. He responded with a perfunctory, "Oh, sorry." A few minutes later, he plopped a new sticky rice on our table. No acknowledgment of the hair incident. We got our bill, and we were charged full-price for everthing.
We expected better from this restaurant. We were treated no better than if we visited some cheap hole-in-the-wall restaurant--at least there, we wouldn't have been charged the premium prices we had to pay.
Reservations are definitely recommended for this busy restaurant. We have eaten here 3 times and have yet to be disappointed. We stick with the spicy green beans, the xio long baos (steamed pork dumpings) and the seafood fried rice (warning it's spicy but you can request a non-spicy version). There's just something about the rice that is addictive. Can't pinpoint what it is but our friend thinks it's because the rice is cooked in chicken broth. It's never too hard or too mushy. We also ordered the sweet and sour fish but this is the only so-so dish. We only have it because our four year old likes it. Otherwise, we'd try something else instead. The prices are definitely on the high side considering the portion sizes. However it you value quality over quantity, then it's worth it. Dinner for three adults and a kid came to about $60 including tax and tip.
Ambiance is very nice except you must go out of the restaurant and around the mall corridor to use the w/c.
Service is efficient, our teacups were filled without asking and they were able to split the bill for us.
2nd time visiting this place. 1s time for dinner. I find lunch gets too busy and service is not as attentive. Decided to go for an early dinner tonight. Got seated right away. Waitress came around often to take away empty dishes and refill tea without asking. Had hot and sour soup. Great portion at $5.50 (servies 4). Steamed dumplings were excellent. Juicy on the inside. Dan-dan noodles were not too salty like some other places. Pan fried potstickers were ok. I think the dough was too thick for my liking. Handmade special fried noodles were tasty and not overly greasy.
Overall a great experience. Like I said, food arrived promptly and service was good b/c we arrived early. Not sure what it's like later on in the evening when it gets busy. Definitley would visit again for a quick bite to eat.
They don't open until 11 am - be aware. We had to wait for 1 hr at Starbucks downstairs but it was worth it. Each dish was well-prepared and it had very delicate taste. Not a regular Chinese restaurant where you leave feeling heavy and uncomfortable. We were pleasantly stuffed and the bill came just under $40. Very nice. Our friend just loved the decor as well.
Ate here during my mom's birthday and by many standard, we consider our mother to be the holy standard of wherever or not the place is good or not. And lets just say, it was wonderful.
The service in the restaurant was good, constant tea being served by wait staff, appetizers brought it on time with little waiting time and not so rushed that you felt compelled to eat and get out.
Food wise, it was awesome. I ate everything served to us, the food was really good and I personally enjoyed every dish. One of my highlights was the Ginger beef, Bamboo shoots and slices of beef sauteed with some green onions. It was really good, the rest of us didn't enjoy the chicken soup, thought it wasn't cooked long enough. I loved it though.
Overrall, a great place for its food.
We made reservations but the place wasn't even that crowded. A five-dish meal came up to about $70.00 for 6 people. you decide if that's good value or not. Fried rice is spicy, so if you can't deal with that then make sure you request otherwise. The dim sum is pretty regular, nothing extraordinary, I find. And I have been to my fair share of dim sum places in the Lower Mainland. Service wasn't all that great for this supposedly amazing restaurant. For example one of the waitresses took our almost finished dish and left without asking if we were done with it (we weren't done, so that was not a smart move). Tea refill was consistent, so points given for that. The manager (who looks a little like the Asian Bill Gates, which is not a bad thing) was kind in seating us at a table that wasn't blocked by this gigantic pole (you'd see it if you went/go there). I actually fancied the seafood fried rice, and the vegetable steam bun for vegetarians is not a bad choice. The ambiance was poor because it was very noisy, and it was hard to have a good conversation with the people I had lunch with. Based on the facts given, I hope you make the right choice. If you're looking for some average food with a decent price (of course, depending on what you find is decent) then I guess this is the place for you. I don't know if I'll be going back there again.
This is a regular place for me and my gf. Good food, lots of authentic selection and decently priced. There is substantial competition in Richmond for Northern Chinese cuisines so this puts added pressure on quality and reasonable price points. More important, lots of ample parking
I came back to Northern Delicacy after my first trip and that one was really memorable. This time around things were a bit better. However, the food I think still lacks a bit compared to other restaureants of this type. The pork used in the steamed pork dumplings, potstickers and the Shanghai style noodles all had a strong freezer burn (Chinese: shuet may) taste to it which was really pleasant.
The service was up to par, maybe it was Friday and that was why the staff were a little underworked. There was a weird feeling when ate though because the staff would stare at you while you were eating. I guess too much attention is better than no attention right?
They replaced most of those old Chinese tea house chairs as they were one of the worst choices for seating. Just imagine yourself sitting on a chair with no seat just a piece of wood and no backing to it. Not going to be an amazing meal. The place looks nicely decorated. It may warrant a return some day.
If you've ever come across weird stuff in your food, I have the motherload of all weird stuff: PUBIC HAIR. It was in our noodles and the guy just said "I'll get another bowl for you." We should've said "Give us a free meal!" But we did eat the other stuff which was fine. But still, it was disgusting to think about it!! And besides, there are better Siao Long Baos & other Shanghai dishes that are more worth it too!... in a couple small Vancouver East restaurants & one in Vancouver West (also small).
They deserve more than my 3-star rating - they're not haute cuisine, and there are no linen tableclothes, but for tasty, affordable food that a family can enjoy, they are super.
My family of three went to Northern Delicacy for dinner on a Saturday evening. We wanted to avoid the crowds, so we arrived at 5:40 pm, and were seated immediately. Within 20 minutes or so, the restaurant had become much busier, but there were still a few tables available.
FOOD: There was a wide variety of dishes available, and we enjoyed everything we tried. We had Shianghai spring rolls, spicy sour soup (excellent), steamed pork dumplings, dan-dan noodles with sesame, and hadmade fried noodles with vegetables. My son devoured both the spring rolls and the fried noodles, while my husband and I polished off the large pot of spicy sour soup. The dan-dan noodles were also very good, but avoid the broth if you don't care for spicy food.
SERVICE: We were seated promptly, and had no problems with service during our meal. Our server made small suggestions about the food (warning us about a spicy dish, for example), and offered forks if needed (we're caucasian). Some may find that last bit patronizing, but our son appreciated the offer.
AMBIANCE: Pleasant, but nothing extraordinary.
VALUE: We ate well, and were full when we left. Our bill came to $35 (including tax, but no beverages).
Seeing this was a new restaurant and heard some good words about it from a few friends, I decided to give it a try.
Food: Nothing special, we ordered mostly Dim Sum, but we could get it in any good Chinese restaurants.
Service: Horrendous! We went around 2:00pm. No one was standing at the front of the restaurant greeting customers, but then again, it was almost empty at that time. We got seated and we ordered our food. All was well up to this point. We were chatting away as we wait for what we thought had processed order. Only we got interrupted by a waitress all of a sudden: "Are you guys here to order food?". I quote her exact words! We were both surprised and felt offended.
As our food arrived, we noticed one plate was not what we had ordered. So we asked the waiters, who were all standing by the cashier laughing and chatting. I waved my hand, one came over, and she was holding on to the plate that we told her wasn't ours. Instead of apologizing and checking the order, she was standing there and gave us a senseless attitude. She was saying this dish was very similar to the one we request to replace and it's not going to make any difference. (The only difference is the dish we request to replace is $10 cheaper) We were both really taken back by what she said. Then another waiter came by and asked what the matter was. He didn't do anything more than just being nosy. Finally the manage walked towards our table and pulled them both away. I was about to scold the waitress in vain. Clearly they didn't have enough training. The waiters were imprudent and don't communicate well other than their gossips. Instead of filling up with Dim Sum we got fed up by their attitude!
Ambiance: Lean towards westernize designs more. A true Chinese restaurant would have big round tables. All tables were rectangular and a bit like Hong Kong Cafe style. No outside view.
I would go there for their food, but definitely not worth it if their service continues like that.
I think you're going to the wrong restaurant for dim sum carts. The ones you're looking for are Cantonese dim sum and they're available in chinese seafood restaurants (usually). The closest one would be on the 3rd floor of Aberdeen. This restaurant serves mainly Shanghainese and other northern Chinese food, and their small appetizers are also called Dim Sum.
That being said, every experience I've had there has been great. I always go for the "xiao long bao" and also some of the noodles they have. Prices do lean towards the expensive side but really, it goes to the rent for that place. One sad point is the uncomfortable booths they have, its too rigid for my liking.
If you ever get a chance, try eating in the dining room, they have a different menu.
It's a Wednesday night. We are in Richmond Aberdeen Centre and trying to decide should we go for 7th Heaven or Northern Delicacy, but Northern Delicacy looks better so off we go. We ordered the Salted Duck appetizer, it was delicious, juicy and slighty salty. We also had the House Pan Fried Noodle, Steam Dumplings and Eel with Chives. The noodles have a superb texture (hand-made noodles). The dumplings are perfect too, which you should be able to lift it up with out breaking and it should be the exact size of one mouthful and when you chew the dumpling the juice should flow inside your mouth. Eel dish was impressive with generous amount of eel in there. They are all above standard. Our servers are all very polite and attentive. Nice tea by the way.