Cantonese cuisine as its best with Japanese dishes in fantastic presentation. Chef's recommendations include dimsums for the morning, special lunch dishes and entertaining dinner presentations for friends and family.
Open 9am-3pm for lunch and 5pm-10pm for dinner.
First off if you don't have the discount card don't bother with this place.
Reserved a table for 5 adults and 1 child for 12 noon. We waited 40 minutes because the chubby lady with the glasses at the front decided to let the regulars in first. Ordered food and waited another 30 minutes. How do I know 30? The time is written on the order receipt. Empty containers were not cleared off the table. Based on these things I gave the service a poor rating.
Food and value ties together. They make up the difference on the discount by charging a bit more than other places. Plus they shrunk the portions. Food taste was decent for the hai gow and Sui Mai. The Chinese donut wrap was a tad over oily. 2 dishes came out luke warm.
Ambiance was nice. If you decide to have a wedding here there is unobstructed views. Restaurant is a tad on the smaller side compared to some others in Richmond.
As we were leaving miss chubby gives a frown and rolls her eyes at my mother and mutters some negative remarks. Nice service /sarcasm
Overall I would give this place a pass and look somewhere else for your dimsum craving.
lastly not related to the restaurant. Parking is terrible here. There is a complex on the mckim side you can park at. Street parking meters don't take new coins. Example: I paid $3.75 for 1hr 27min of parking.
I just tried this place for dim sum on the week-end. There is a membership card available for $15 which entitles you to various discounts at restaurants in their chain. For example, you go before 11:30 am, you can have a 35% on the food. I found the parking availability to be limited since the restaurant is in a small mall. There are two sides to the restaurant, so if the main side is busy, you may be sitting in the smaller side which looks like a hallway.
This restaurant is not the cheapest Chinese restaurant in Richmond, but it has it's value in better quality of food. What is somewhat unique is that the waitress brings your choice of tea leaves and you can wash the tea leaves and make the tea yourself. They provide an empty bowl where you can discard water after washing the tea leaves.
Overall, a solid Chinese restaurant.
I've been to my fair share of Chinese restaurants.
Caveat emptor: I had my wedding banquet at this restuarant, so I am sort of biased, and I ate here so many times that the servers do treat my family very well.
Great food! Not too expensive, but above average but you get discounts if you have their membership card. They have their own unique dishes like baked oysters in yellow sauce. Their shark fin's soup is good for the price with A LOT of shark fin in the soup. But, the quality is only so-so (maybe, a different type of shark that the higher quality shark fin soup). I've been to this restaurant for over 30 times and counting, and each and everytime, the food quality is consistent, which is very rare in the restaurant business.
Wedding (my wedding):
The pricing for the food we had at the banquet was good compared to other restaurants. This was what we had: Small whole lobster for each wedding participant, shark fin's soup (1 HUGE bowl) for each wedding participant, 1 HUGE abalone (Australian) for each wedding participant, noodles, appetizer seafood plate (jellyfish, dried beef, etc.), squab (pigeon), vegetables, tofu desert, and the cost was $1,100 for each table.
Consistently high quality food. Unique dishes. Unique way of serving tea. You basically get your own type of tea, so you don't have to share with others. AND, the food is served hot. Other restaurants have warm or cold dishes. Top Gun's dishes are always hot. They change at least 30% of their dimsum menu dishes weekly or bi-weekly, so they have ample variety. The price is also good because they offer 15% to 25% discounts on dimsum if you have their discount card.
They are very attentive. A lot of times, you don't have to ask them to help you. They will change your plates without being requested. The plates are very clean. And, yes, they do smile most of the time. At other restaurants, the service is usually efficient, but the servers are actually "robots" who do not smile. At some packed restaurants, they sometimes try to push the food out so that they can sell your table to the next group of customers. At Top Gun, they have never done that to us.
The place is semi-new, but could maybe get some rennovations done on the ceiling and the chairs. THe tables are clean (of course, they have white cloth over them). The parking is okay, though it is hard to find parking spots during dim-sum time.
All in all, Top Gun is a top notch Chinese restaurant for all occasions: dinner, dim sum, and even wedding banquets (enough for at least 14 tables to fill the restaurant). The value is good, and the food is exceptional. The service, when compared to CHINESE restaurants, is well above average.
Solid menu of dim sum items with the one outstanding dish as mentioned in the title. Overpriced unless you have the Top Gun card, then it becomes a good deal especially if you are an early eater. Haven't tried the sushi for dim sum, I find it a bit weird. Can't go far wrong with this place.