New Chinese seafood dimsum restaurant located along no. 3 Road just north of Yaohan Centre. Elegantly decorated restaurant. Open daily for dim sum and dinner. Banquet bookings are available.
I'm 45 years old so I've had my fair share of wedding banquet over the years. I regret to say that the wedding banquet I went to at this restaurant was the worst I have ever experienced! It was a pretty big wedding - 40 tables and the restaurant was not equipped to handle it.
Invite was for 6pm but food service did not begin until after 8pm. By the time I left at 10:30 they had not yet served the rice, noodles, or dessert. During dinner, no one came to refill drinks and plates were changed only once. The food was horrible. Everything was there: crab claws, lobster, rock cod, etc. but everything tasted weird. The ingredients had no taste or some very wrong texture. You know there's a problem when over 60% of the lobster is sitting on the table and no one wants to eat it!
The environment was horrible because it was EXTREMELY HOT! It got so bad that the parents of the wedding couple had to apologize to the crowd. Everyone was fanning themselves and a bunch of people left the building to hang out in the parking lots. None of the restaurant staff provided cold drinks to the tables.
I'm pretty confident this place is going to go out of business soon.
Food: not much of a dimsum selection. they had some dimsum specials on the plastic display on the table...but no prices! taste wise everything was pretty good. their spinach dumpling skin had a nice texture. all of the "meats" were fairly lean. dimsum was good across the board.
Service: i had originally made reservations for 12noon but called back to push it forward as there was a change of plans and they didnt even have my original reservation!! so i had to make a brand new reservation...then upon arrival they noted that i was there but transferred me to the bottom of the walk in list!! i dont get it!! what's the pt of making a reservation then?!! we were a table of 3 and a guy walked in after me for a table of 4 and got seated ahead of me!! that hostess is not very bright. my general impression is that there was not enough service staff scheduled. everyone is running around and working hard...there's just not enough of them.
Ambiance: very nicely decorated. they've got this versace looking couch...kinda pimp'in. ha! there's like 6 diff't types of wall paper but yet somehow it still kinda works. i have to say this is one of the more nicely decorated chinese restaurants i've been to.
Value: it is a little pricey but quality is definitely there. you get what you pay for. there was 3 of us and the bill came out to $40.
This building used to be XS Cargo. It felt weird walking into this place knowing it used to be XS Cargo store. But the ambiance was quite nice, it has the feel of an upscale restaurant. Not sure about the wallpaper, it looked kind of tacky but in a nice way. I guess I am not used to seeing wallpaper in a restaurant. I do like their chair though, it was very comfortable.
We thought we tried different dim sum items instead of the usually hargow, sui mai. We ordered their pumpkin and seafood fried rice, which by the way was very good. Spinach dumpling - fantastic, it blew me away when I saw the green skin. Shrimp balls wrapped in sliced almonds was good. Lo bak was nice and crispy, my friend loved it. I am not a fan of pan fried lo bak go, but this dish was very good. I think their fish paste wrapped in bean curd and rice roll was their signature dish and it was the best dim sum item ever. I was too full to tried out their dessert.
Service was great. The waiters are bilingual which was nice. I like the fact that we were given a coupon for our next visit to receive a free dim sum items.
I did check out their dinner menu and the review below was right. Their dinner menu was cheaper than Sun Sui Wah.
I will definitely return, this time, I will try out their har gow and sui mai.
Food: It serves different types of dim sum than from the typical shrimp dumplings and shui mai (which are still available). There was a nice vegetarian rice roll and tofu dish and the staples/tried-and-true favorites are still delish. Their dishes were fresh from the kitchen and so tasted even better! A few of the dishes seemed a little heavy on the oil but I still came out of lunch feeling better than what I usually feel after dim sum at other places.
Service: Had a reservation but still had to wait about 25 minutes. They acknowledge you are here but then put then put your name on a list with other waiting parties without reservations so it doesn't even make sense. Some waiters also avoided eye contact and even looked away when we tried to make eye contact with them several times. The other servers who were willing to help were quite pleasant though.
Value: A little more on the expensive side but still not bad.
Ambiance: A mish mash of opulent wall decorations and central flower arrangements with several types of wallpaper makes the place seem kind of odd, like they decided to take the last few feet of different wallpaper at a store to decorate the place or something but it turned out looking alright, almost comical. Cleaner than most dim sum other places and the best part with the roominess - I wasn't crammed right next to another person for once or seated right by the doorway!
Will definitely come back again and bring others with me! Careful with the parking situation though - you might get towed if you park at Canadian Tire!
Their durian pastry is one of the best things I've ever eaten in my life. Forget any reservations you have about eating durian. Put all durian fears aside, and try these pastries. Heavenly. The other things that we ordered were good, nothing special. I got the feeling that Rain Flower has been persuaded to conserve on salt and other flavor enhancers because so many people are paranoid about what a little too much salt and MSG once in a while can do to their delicate bodies. The place was full, with people waiting for a seating. That should tell you something.
This restaurant exceeded my expectations. The food was quite good and unique for some dishes. Ambiance was an interesting mix of elegance and wear-and-tear. Quite spacious. Waiters/waitresses were spread out, but once you waive them down they'll come to you right away. If you can manage to find a parking spot then consider yourself quite lucky. We found a spot in the Yaohan parking lot!
Firstly, dim sum is usually busy. Food always comes out hot, tasty and good. Dinner is unexpectedly good. Food has nice wok favour. Decor is that of European banquet hall. Service is sometimes not up to par. There appears to be lots of wait staff shuffling back and forth but not doing much. Parking is ample and location is good. If they can improve on service can be a real contender in Richmond. I hope this restaurant stays.
My wife, son (5) and I moved to Cloverdale from Ontario two years ago. We were used to pretty decent dim sum in the Toronto area, but hadn't tried it in BC yet. Today we went to Rain Flower on the recommendation of DineHere. We had a reservation, and they did seat us right on time. Took a while to get a waiter, but they had everything we wanted on the menu. Every dish they brought was spectacular. We had har gow (shrimp dumplings), fried prawns, seafood rice noodles, steamed pork buns, stuffed eggplant, and shrimp rice rolls. To top it off we had egg tarts. The crust on the tarts was made up of multiple layers of ultra thin pastry. Fantastic. The ingredients were very fresh, and the preparation was excellent. We will be back. Soon.
We decided to try this new restaurant upon recommendation from a close friend. He said their food is better than Sun Sui Wah and the prices are lower. I was pleasantly surprised. It was true.
The place is huge. As you walk in you'll feel like you're in a five star restaurant. Huge chandelier and real leather seats. Nice ambience.
The food is really good. I can tell that the seafood is really fresh. There is no fishy smell at all. The stir-fried scallops and prawns are excellent. I enjoyed it. It has huges and very fresh scallops. Definitely well worth it. The black cod and tofu hotpot tasted really good too. They use fresh ingredients.
They have a special going on right now. Diners are given a coupon good for a free special dish that you select from a list of 10 Chef's specials. This offer is good for your next visit. The free dish is a full size dish. It's not an appetizer size.
I haven't tried their dimsum but I read a good review from one of Vancouver's food bloggers. They enjoyed their dimsum here. You can read their post below.
Definitely coming back and highly recommended.
Went here for dim sum with mom and dad.
Food: Better than many dim sum places. You can actually taste the orange peel in the beef balls. The drunken chicken comes with tasty pickled melon. The flaky taro pastry dessert has a nice texture and is not overly sweet.
Service: Solid, polite, non-stuffy service. It is better than a lot of other Chinese restaurants. (Compared to restaurants in general, 3 stars - compared to other Chinese restaurants, 4 stars.)
Value: Yes, you are paying more than the "2.50 for any sized dim sum" places, but the quality of the food compensates for the higher prices. Besides, there are other dim sum places that cost more. Anyway, they give you a coupon to use at your next visit (within 4 weeks of the dining date) for a free dim sum dish from among their 10 "new dim sum" dishes.
Ambiance: Wow! The place is large and luxurious - this is the most opulent and comfortable Chinese restaurant I've been to in a long time. Definitely 5 stars in this area.
My only (minor) quibble is that the parking lot is quite full on Saturday at lunch and some inconsiderate people park their cars in the lane when they shouldn't.
Arrived on on time on a Saturday, had a reservation for two. Was made to wait at least 20 minutes while others were seated ahead of us. After a long wait we were seated next to a waiter station which was very loud. We were not made to feel welcome. This place was freezing. The menu was unusual, not many of the regular items you'd expect from a dim sum house - some items were really out there. Strange how the menu in english was much shorter than the one in the foreign language. We decided to throw caution to the wind and try an array of different items, very disappointing. Some were room temperature, a couple not even worth eating. Left feeling unsatisfied and a note to self tucked in pocket - when in Richmond and needing a dim sum fix, stick with the standards of Sun Sui Wah and in the lower mainland, Luxe Seafood in Langley. Good, honest service and unbelievably delicious food.
I really enjoyed the decor of this restaurant. It is quite classy compared to a lot of the Chinese restaurants in Richmond. There is ample parking because the restaurant is located in between Yaohan and Canadian Tire.
We enjoyed their signature noodle dish. It had a lot of seafood ingredients in it. The portion was smaller than what you might get at another restaurant, but the quality of the dish was excellent.
Went here with spouse and son on a weekday. We ordered 7 dishes: har gow, beef rice roll, beef balls, lo bak goh, baked BBQ bun (char siu chang bao), plain congee, shrimp in bean curd roll. Everything was very tasty but the stand out was the BBQ pork bun. They had the nice crusty topping and it was just fresh out of the oven. Never had it better anywhere else. Bill came to $27 which included a 10% discount before 10 and free tea. The service was very good but maybe that was because it was relatively slow on a Thursday morning. As others have written, the decor is a bit out there, reminiscent of Versace fine china plates. Will definitely come again.
Came here for a wedding banquet & was sorely disappointed. My boyfriend and I arrived about half an hour before the appointed time (invite said 6 so we arrived at around 5:30). The staff were still running around, setting up the tables. My seat, my boyfriend's, and another seat next to mine were missing wine glasses and when I waved down a staff member, he mumbled something about how my table isn't his part of his section and therefore not his responsibility(although oddly enough, during dinner, he was the one that always brought the food to our table). It took a waiter 20 minutes after we've sat down to bring us a pot of tea and when my boyfriend asked for a coke, the waiter mumbled that other servers will come around soon with pop and walked off. These 'servers' that he spoke of never came around and 30 minutes and 2 requests later, all my boyfriend got was flat coke.
The food here was average at best. Very, very bland. Traditional chinese banquet dishes such as the abalone with chinese mushrooms or the shrimp claws were so bland, I wouldn't have even known that's what I was eating if I hadn't been able to see it with my own eyes!
The place was very beautifully decorated, I'll give the restaurant that much. But with the poor service and bland food, I wouldn't recommend coming back here. There are plenty of other chinese restaurants in Richmond that can do so much better for the same (or even cheaper) price.