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.
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).
The food is enjoyable, even the tea and we would like to return more often however we never feel like we are treated fairly at this restaurant. On our last visit we saw a nice booth was available but the servers told us the specific booth/table was unavailable. However the guy right after us got the booth we wanted prior. It seems he was a more regular customer than us so eventhough we were there first and waited longer we didn't get the booth! Of course my dinner guest was furious and it really spoilt our meal because I heard nothing but bitching from him for at least 10 minutes which led to a huge fight in the restaurant. Hate this place. Always drama there.
Being Chinese, i have had the worse of food and the best of food and this is neither of them.
In terms of food they make great noodles, they cook a dumpling chicken bowl that is worth being damned for and they bake the the best buns in town.
This, though, is varied among different days. Sometimes the buns are too hard, sometimes the buns are too soggy. When the customer traffic gets too high, the chicken in the bowl is not cooked right.
Its really a take your luck restaurant but most of the time luck seem to be on the good side.
Service, the two managers have little chit chats with customers once in a while which ease the atmosphere. Some of the lovely waitresses are very enthusiastic about your order and gets the job done as soon as possible. Where as some of the not-so-enthusiastic waitresses either ignores your call or they dont focus. You could scream at the limit of public area manors and they won't come near you. The more you try the less they want to serve you.
The scenory is not the best. It cannot be compared to waterfront nor the airport. But it is worth spending the time to look at the design of the place. The twelve zodiacs line the wall and two stone (not really) soldiers guard the restaruants entrances.
Definitly a place to visit in Richmond.
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.
We've visited Northern Delicacy as Thursday's family lunch. We expected Dim Sum carts going around but there's nothing and we need to order from menu. There is a category on the menu with dim sum foods on it. The menu includes Japanese text. Some are pretty tasty some are not so. This is very convenient place for shopping and price is good. I may come again.
We were there for lunch this afternoon. Knowing that dim sum in Richmond on a sunday involves crazy line ups, we called a ahead to reserve or table, 1 hr ahead. When we got there, we waited a few minutes for them to set the table, and we were seated. Their menu is quite elaborate. We ordered a vegetarian appetizer- which was very tasty, even my husband ( a non - vegatarian eater ) loved the gluten. We also tried their handmade friend noodles with mushrooms and scallops, pork dumplings, crab & tofu puffs, and pumpkin pastry. The noodles were fantastic, one could taste the freshness of those handmade noodles, the pork dumplings were simillar to ones we've had at other northern restaurants, the crab & tofu puffs were good, the pumpkin pastry were so-so. My only gripe is their lack of dessert menu, most were either red bean or black sesame.
Overall a good experince. Would definetely go back
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.
- It's in a mall so there's lots of parking and you can shop before to work up an appetite or after to burn off the calories
- Wide selection in the menu
- Very yummy food
- Nice decor
- You might need to wait a bit for a table
- Some of the booths are kind of small and some of the tables have these chinese stool type seats so there's no back
- A little bit on the pricey side
Overall, it's a good place to go to for great chinese food. Though the service is mediocre, the food is delicious so it's worth it and it's definately a place I would go to again.
I used to love this restaurant. The food is really great compared to your typical Chinese restaurant, and decently priced for a restaurant in Aberdeen. However, we've been going there less and less simply because as soon as there are more than 5 seated tables, service drops dramatically. Also, one of the managers there (if that is his title; he wasn't dressed like the other waiters and seemed to be of a higher rank) has a really bad attitude. The other manager is nice enough, but don't expect anything beyond your typical Chinese service.
This one time we went for dinner, I was the one ordering since everyone else was occupied. I don't speak Chinese very well, so I ordered through pointing at the menu. There was this one dish that I ordered that was pictured on one of the full panel photographs. That dish never came. Another dish came in its stead, and when we inquired about it, the rude manager (who took our order) immediately retorted that that was what he had repeated and I had nodded my head to. My mother patient explained that I had pointed to the picture because I did not know enough Chinese to order, and so how could I have understood what he supposedly repeated? Instead of soothing over the incident, he started yelling at us that we shouldn't be ordering by pointing in the first place.
The dish that came instead of the one I had originally ordered wasn't even in the same photograph as the dish I wanted. We eventually canceled the replaced order simply because it took too long to come.
Granted, perhaps I could have ordered in English. However, I doubt that that would've been sufficient to avoid the mix up as the table behind us apparently had the same issue with their orders shortly after we sat down.
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