Elegant, spacious Red Star Seafood Restaurant in the Radisson Hotel offers diners the best of choices in all categories. Using the freshest of ingredients, a talented kitchen staff prepares classical Asian soups, congees, meat, seafood and vegetable dishes, as well as some Japanese and Korean favourites, with a West Coast touch. Red Star truly has something for everyone, all presented with impeccable service in a bright, lively and inviting atmosphere. Its daily dim sum, the famous traditional ‘small-plates’ lunch of China, is a feast of flavour, sound and colour, as diners enjoy items old and new, with seasonal treats, in a bustling, vibrant atmosphere.
I hesitated in going to this restaurant for some time, because during its early days, I heard from friends that its food quality was not as good as that of its sister restaurant in Vancouver. However, these days, it is offering a special promotional set menu with snow crab that is very attractive, so I and my family took the plunge.
It was a very pleasant surprise. Not only was the set menu incredible value for money (the entire menu cost less than what just the snow crab might cost elsewhere), but every dish was delicious and perfectly cooked. Service was top-notch, as the waiter kept changing our plates every now and then to clear them of bones and crab shells.
Another outstanding feature of the restaurant is that seating is non-congested (unlike most other Chinese restaurants), and, combined with its high ceiling, the noise level is many decibels lower than at a typical Chinese restaurant. It makes for a very pleasant dining experience.
Went there for Dim Sum on a weekend and had a good experience. Arrived a bit before 11am so lots of tables. The place is smaller than I expected but they have some VIP rooms in the back. Several steam DS dishes orderd, the standard and they were up to par. Tried the roast duck with rice noodles, which was on special and it was very good. Dessert items were just OK. A bit on the expensive side but service was good.
Food: One of the best squabs I've ever had. Crispy skin and a very juicy inside. Not greasy or oily at all, but prepared perfectly. Other dinner items were also artfully artfully presented and tasted very good. They go above and beyond the usual flavours of Chinese cuisine and give even the most mundane dish (pea sprouts or pork chops for example) a twist. All dishes were very flavourful and didn't have much msg or oil =)
Service: great service. Attentive staff, with more than one server looking after the table. Very pleasant and speaks English very well.
Ambiance: Wonderful. Newly decorated and reno'd from the old restaurant inside President's Plaza. I appreciated the drapes and charger plates.
Value: This can be considered Chinese fine dining and for the quality of food, service and ambiance, I think it's definitely worth the price. They are comparable with other higher end Chinese restaurants price wise and I have no complaints at all. I will definitely come back.
Been here a few times although parking is tough I;d have to say this is probably one of Richmonds best for Dim Sum. Service is hit or miss but the Food makes up for it.
Actually prefer this location above their vancouver granville street location. Somehow the food seems bigger in portion. If only Radisson could improve the parking situation.
Mrs. C and I went for dim-sum with some friends and wanted to go up-market. RS did the job. It is slightly nicer than most of its competitors, although I object to the long hike to the w/c (which at least was reasonably clean). The servers were helpful and the food presentation and quality were a little better than average. We had the usual suspects: fried noodles, fung zhou, su mai, hargow, steamed chasiubow, etc. All better than average. My big complaint is that the kitchen was too slow. They need to work on that. Also, for the gwai-lo set there is no English on the ordering list you have to submit. You get some English on the actual menu, but it won’t be easy to order since the menu doesn’t correspond exactly to the previously mentioned list. That seems kind of stupid. They need to work on that too.
Overall a nice selection of dim sum items, and not to pricey for something decent. Bring a Chinese to lunch and you will do okay...
Conveniently located minutes by foot from Aberdeen Station, it nevertheless wasn't easy to find. The Red Star sign outside President Plaza pointed to nowhere, and once we figured out that it was IN President Plaza we still couldn't find it. Then I saw a sign that read "Chinese restaurant", and after investigating further, found out that that was Red Star. At last. But the food turned out to be so good, our "miss" adventure was soon dismissed. Dim sum has come a long way from the stuff on wheeled carts I used to eat in Chinatown back in the day. Stodgy har gow/siu mai be gone...at Red Star you get star treatment. We had a fried fish dish that was so fresh I doubt something that good would have been possible in a city away from the sea. The Chinese broccoli with dried fish was like something picked recently out of a garden. We had a rice roll with minced fish that had a fishball-type filling so succulent and smooth, and I had never had anything like it. The sticky rice wrapped in a leaf stuck just slightly, falling apart gently when prodded by chopsticks to reveal hot and steamy goodness inside.Just really good food overall, not greasy...we will be back.
The restaurant was formerly known as the Richmond Mandarin Restaurant. The changes include: the ownership, kitchen staff, and more – all for the better.
For dinner we enjoyed a two-person combination meal of jellyfish, squab, shark fin soup, abalone and broccoli, baby bok choy and tofu sheets, and seafood fried rice for $110 total. While not "incredible", it certainly was good. The vegetables tasted as if they were fresh, and all dishes were prepared as one would like or expect. We did not order any king crab ($13.80/lb), but we noticed many others doing so and finishing it all; we might try ordering it next time. My vote: 3.5 to 4.0 stars.
Good to great. With clean / better uniforms, the wait staff was also attentive to all other tables around us. Tea was sometimes poured for us, food was distributed into individual servings, tea/hot water was replenished in reasonable times, food was served at reasonable times, and our plates were constantly being replaced by fresh ones. On our night, I did not notice the long wait(s) the previous reviewer found. My vote: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.
I am happy with the fresh coat of paint, renovated front bar, new chairs, and significantly renovated washrooms (brighter and contemporary in design). I am just not sure about their decision to: hang a chandelier in their signature blue-sky, oval-shaped ceiling ornament, replace the wall scones with unusual jewel-like fixtures, and mix the contemporary style designs around the dining room with classical curtains. It seems to be a clash of the classical and contemporary. My vote: 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.
I believe this restaurant would be similar to Kirin, Sea Harbour, or Flota. I would like to try their lunch dim sum service and see if it was similar to what the previous reviewer found.
Based on the dinner experience I had, I would recommend this restaurant to friends and family. My overall vote: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.
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