Traditional Chinese restaurant specializing in dim sum and seafood
We were delightfully surprised when we had a large group for dinner here. This is an older Chinese restaurant, and even though they have renovated, the decor is not as sleek or modern as other Chinese restaurants in the Richmond area.
However, the food was very good. We ordered the banquet meal - the cold platter, scallops, mushroom & veggie, lobster and chicken were all solid. What stood out for me were the fish and steamed prawns (extremely fresh and cooked perfectly!). What surprised all of us was the rice wrapped in a lotus leaf and noodles at the end were FANTASTIC! Normally, by the time most get to the noodles/ rice stage, everyone's too full to really want to eat it. But we finished both heaping dishes! The noodles were fried perfectly and not oily at all. The rice was somewhat different and I loved the lotus leaf aroma in it.
Only dish I wouldn't recommend is the squab, which was ok, but wasn't crispy enough on the outside.
Service was great. We were well-attended, plates were changed and dishes came at a good pace.
Recommended for a casual dinner.
This is our go-to place for cheap good dim sum. If you arrive before 12, you can usually get in without waiting and find parking, otherwise it gets crowded and parking sucks. There's not much ambiance, but it's a typical noisy Chinese restaurant...that's part of the fun. The food is solid. My favorites are the large sui mai with shrimp, gai lan, and the egg yolk buns. They still do the old school carts, and sometimes it's nice to be able to see what you're ordering. Service is average...the ladies pushing the carts are usually friendly, and tea gets refilled without too much fuss. The only thing that can take a bit longer is getting the bill. For under $25 we can leave stuffed full for two people. Recommended for a quick and cheap meal.
Very typical Chinese restaurant. Have been for dim sum a few times here- the standard dishes such as the shrimp dumplings, rice rolls, and egg tarts are exactly how I'd expect them to be. Authentically Chinese. Very reasonably priced- last time I went, we had six people, we ate to the gills, had some leftovers, and paid about $10 a head.
My boyfriend and I went to this restaurant for a little dim sum and it was pretty busy. Overall the dim sum was pretty good, service was not bad, there was no ambiance here. If you are looking for a well priced dim sum place go here. Our bill came to under $20 for about 5 plates and 2 soft drinks.
First off, I suggest only getting ONE thing from each cart that goes by first, because otherwise you'll fill up and miss out on the other delicious foods the ladies bring by.
We got there at about 11 and were promptly seated. Don't be afraid if the guy looks like he's walking you into the back corner of the restaurant, through a door is the other "L" of the seating. This looks like a place where you would go for a big wedding reception or something, they had massive tables tucked into a corner. The decor was well past worn but I didn't come here for pleasant atmosphere I came here for cart dimsum (which I've only found in one other place in Vancouver, and that wasn't very good dimsum) and good food!
We weren't dissapointed. They had all the standards that you're used to (shumais and bbq pork dumplings and those other shrimp and beef dumpling...) and some others that I hadn't seen before, too.
We didn't pace ourselves and regretted it (also the BF wasn't feeling well so his appetite wasn't up) but we will definetly be coming back with a group of hungry friends - soon!
-Those flat thick rice wrapped shrimp dumplings - BF said they were good (i'm not a shrimp fan...I know, I know)
-Those shrimp round dumplings - apparently also good.
-BBQ Pork buns - Nice! I normally don't like them that much, finding them too sweet or over sauced, but these were really nice, with lean pork.
-some sort of soggy veggie egg wrapped thing - it was delicious! (useful, I know).
-Mango Pudding - HUGE bowl with the option of milk or no milk (incase you care) and was awesome! Wasn't that horrid fakey fake stuff (still might be fake, but was high quality? I am no expert). BF normally hates the stuff but was stealing some of mine!
-Gai Lan - we asked for it and they brought us out a fair sized plate of nicely steamed (slightly al dente - perfect!) gai lan. It was perfect and gave the sick BF some veggies!
$18.50 with tax
Now, we saw the whole steam cart go by with dumplings of chicken and beef and veggie and pork and shrimp etc (all in those bamboo steamers), a congee cart meandered by, a cart laden with the adventurer's plates (some sort of strip meat, either squid or a fish? hard to tell. Also some beef cuts, chicken feet, jelly fish and more), and then they rolled out the one with all the deep fried things (caught my eye). The cart had baked buns (not steam), sesame topped fried balls, sesame topped fried, uh, triangles and a few of those cakes made of jelly or something. Most of the fillings were bbq pork, so if you're a fan you'll be in love here!
Will add more review when we go with friends - I am really hoping someone wants to try chicken feet with me! Never got the fabled egg yolk buns (maybe I have to ask for it?) but they sound delicious. The service was always friendly and the ladies were happy to explain something. If their english was poor they still told you the name, usually mentioned pork or beef etc and showed you. No problems at all!
When we left the place was packed and waiting out the door, so definetly show up before 12!
My family has been going to this place regularly - about once every 1~2 months - since years ago. We like this place for 1. relatively easy parking 2. cheap dim sum + food w/ very generous portion 3. wide variety of food. Another thing that this Dim Sum place has that no other local Dim Sum place has, is trolley ladies pushing the food out from the kitchen! This reminds me of the traditional Dim Sum places in Hong Kong and I love it! If a trolley lady happens to be around you, you can grab food the second you are seated! This is especially helpful if you are introducing a Caucasian friend to Dim Sum, so that you can show them exactly how the food looks like and you can tell them what's in there! You can't really do this with the tick sheets.
In terms of taste, the food is okay and acceptable. It's not particularly outstanding, but for the price, it's definitely worth it. The portion, especially the rice/noodles dishes, is very generous for the cheap price! We always have to take leftovers home with us. One thing that has been disappointing me since months ago was they no longer make the dessert that I really like. =( It's too bad. Also, the place can be pretty noisy when it's busy, but it's to be expected. Over all, it's a nice restaurant and my family will keep returning there once in a while. =D
I have been going to this Chinese restaurant regularly for dim sum. It can get really busy on week-ends so you might expect a line up. The restaurant is rather noisy so it can also be difficult to carry out a conversation.
I really enjoy the beef and vegetable fried noodles and yeung chow fried rice from the place. In my opinion, these dishes are better than the ones served at Hon's. The dim sum is decent for the price but it can be a bit salty sometimes.
Service is decent, but don't expect to be treated like at a more higher end restaurant. They'll prop the utensils down on your table sometimes so you're going to have to sort them out yourself.
Every Sunday our family ventures down to South Ocean Seafood for Dim Sum. I don't think I have ever had better. Its usually pretty busy to its best to go before 12:00. There isn'[t too much parking either.
The wait staff is always very friendly and most of them know us as we come in just about every weekend. If there is something that you want that you don't want to wait for to come around they are more than happy to take orders from you to give to the kitchen.
My favorite dishes are the Gai Lan ( which is usually cooked perfectly), Shrimp Spring Rolls and Mango Pudding with Cream.
I can obviously definately reccomend this restaurant.
I've been here quite a few times. And for the price, its not bad...but most chinese foods are already not quite healthy, then when you go out, theres many places that have tonnes of MSG, and this is one of those places. The decor is horrid, the floors are filthy. The food tastes 'ok', but parking is horrendous!
If you want chinese food, and don't care how you get it, then this place isn't too bad...its just not for me.
Food: Everyday before 11am or something you can get very cheap Dim Sum. They all taste great and since the restaurant is usually packed, their Dim Sum are always fresh. They put their food on carts so you just point and order, don't even need to know the name of it.
Service: Standard service. Nothing special, although our bill sometimes takes quite awhile to get back.
Ambiance: Always very loud and noisy. The decor is below mediocre, but the tables and chairs are very neat and tidy. The washroom is clean and free of odour. Although the men's washroom stall has buckets and brooms piled up to one side of it.
This is my go-to place for any dim sum cravings. I come here with the family and when you have a bunch of family from Hong Kong... you have to trust their food judgement! (Or at least I do.) Anyway, whenever friends want dim sum, I will always bring them here. This place starts getting busy around 11:30 on weekends so your best bet is to come here at around 10. Keep in mind, that this place, of course also has a dinner menu if you want some 10 course Chinese meals. =)
The food: Food is great... there's a good selection. You have your typical stuff like siu mai and ha gao. One of the things they don't have on the carts that roll around is deep fried squid - one of my favourites. I was a bit sad about this but everything else they have makes up for it. Some of the most common things that come around - steamed spare ribs, shrimp eggrolls, chinese donut/bbq pork/shrimp wrapped in noodle, eggplant with shrimp, raddish cake, sticky rice.... the list goes on. Every now and then you'll get a gem like the shanghai soup buns or satay cuttlefish. For the more adventurous... there's tripe, beef tendon, and chicken feet. Then to top it all off, they have mango pudding. This is probably some of the best mango pudding I've had from a restaurant in a while. It's not like that cheap gelatinous mango pudding you get from most restaurants. This one has some good texture to it and melts in your mouth. I always ask for extra condensed milk on it... mmmmm. With that being said, definitely make sure you try and pace yourself so you get a chance to eat all the different types of dishes.
The service: I really like the service. The ladies there are super nice... even if you don't speak Chinese. They're very accomodating and patient. I have a somewhat, annoying group of friends who are all over the place when it comes to ordering/asking for things. One of the ladies there is awesome and made all of us at the table laugh with her antics. One time when I asked her what was on the cart, she even said to me "don't worry, you guys just got here I won't serve you guys dessert yet". I personally thought this was awesome because most cart style dim sum places will just try and force everything at you. Food comes out pretty fast, even though there are times where you'll go a few minutes without seeing any of the ladies with carts around. You don't really notice it though.
The value: Not much to say here. I think it has great value. Everything on the carts are $2.50 per dish. For 8 of us, we ended up paying about 14 bucks each (including tip) and we were stuffed. During the weekdays, if you finish eating and paying before 12, I believe you get something like 10-15% off (possibly more but I can't remember). Awesome!
Ambiance: It's a Chinese restaurant... what do you expect? It's going to be chattery. I think this place makes good use of the space they have. You're not bumping arms with other tables or anything either so you don't need to worry about some yappy patron talking over your conversations with your own table.
If you want a place with good food and you're tight on money (even if you're not), I feel that this place is definitely worth the trip to Richmond.
This is by far the best dim sum restaurant in Richmond.
The dim sum is tradition, nothing creative or fancy. It reminds me of going to dim sum as a kid with the family every Saturday in Vancouver Chinatown.
I recommend the hai gow (shrimp dumplings) and shiu my (has shrimp topping), but you really can't go wrong with any of the dishes.
Price is cheap for dimsum. If you go there before 11am, every dish is 2 dollars each. After that it is typically 2.50.
The employees are friendly. This isn't very typical of chinese restaurants in my experience, but here, I was really impressed. Customers are key!~ and their smiles reflect it.
The ambiance was not a factor in my rating. However if ambiance is a big factor in your dining experience, skip this one. This restaurant during lunch is very busy, and can be crowded.
... and service was so bad that we asked for soy sauce and didnt get it until we had the second dish of dimsum! Selection of dimsum was so awful that we had to grab whatever, just for the sake of eating. The only thing about this restaurant is that it is cheap. But I guess with the food and service, it is more than reasonable pricing. There are plenty of good dimsum restaurants in Richmond. I will never go back to this one.
Hahaha, I just had to review this place.
Firstly, cheesy decor, yes indeed. But it's typical of any Chinese restaurant. They used to have one of those pictures wherein the water moves, but it broke.
The kitchens are decent too. They make sure to use fly paper to keep the flies away from the food.
The food is good, and cheap. My family goes there EVERY week. Why? Because we get a discount, and the food's good. I DON'T recommend the shrimp dumplings. The 'skin' is thick, and falls apart way too easily. Good 'skin' is slightly chewy, and a lot thinner.
The washrooms are rather cruddy. Wobbly toilets, and doors that don't close too well. But it's kept clean, as long as the people in the stalls before you don't get the seat wet.
ive seen this place shut down more times for health and safety reasons that i cant believe its stil in business. granted mind u that chinese restaurants aren't know for being super clean in that department. im my experience, the dirtier the kitchen the better the food tastes, haha, good, tasty, cheap, go early on the weekends or u'll end up standing in line and wait til an old lady who doesn't speak english cuts u off for the nex available table (she understands u perfectly, she just wants to eat)