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Richmond Restaurant Reviews
Chen's Shanghai Kitchen8095 Park Rd, Richmond
Great night out at Chen's
By Kay L of Burnaby Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, January 11, 2013 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

I have moved to Richmond with my family recently and found this place cheap and delicious. We ordered the steam soup buns, shanghai salted pork fried rice and special house hot pot as one of the waitresses recommended. The portion of food was surprisingly huge!! The house hot pot was so tasty and rich in content. Although we only ordered 3 items, we could barely finish them, and it cost us only $24!! I'll definitely go back.

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Hog Shack3900 Bayview Street, #160, Richmond
First time BBQ! Last time BBQ :(
By ErinLauren of North Delta, B.C. (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

Had very high hopes for this place after reading a few blogs. I will make this very short and sweet. Burnt Ends.... Burnt fat. It was tons of chunks of pure fat. Not sure what else to call it. It was clumps of fat. I think this must be a cultural thing. Burnt ends should be dry. I had maybe 3 pieces that had real true meat attached to the fat. Couldnt even bring myself to complain. My ribs were dry and clearly had been reheated. The bread that comes with your meal is seriously a piece of Wonder Brown Texas Toast. It was just awful. This was my first BBQ experience and honestly I think I do a better job at home. I hope these guys take these reviews to heart.

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Tokyo Joe's8211 Ackroyd Rd., #130, Richmond
Tokyo Joe's Sushi Factory
By Gorgelicious of Vancouver (52 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 4:45pm [Take-out]

Tokyo Joe's is conveniently located near the Lansdowne Skytrain Station and it’s one of the favorites among the local office workers in the area. Although it’s on the pricier side (usually $12 to get us full), we opted for the Party Tray A (55 pcs) for $27.95. The three of us were very well fed and we ended up having 8 pieces leftover! The lady was extremely nice and provided a complementary box of edamame!

This Party tray consists of: California Roll, Dynamite Roll, Salmon & Avocado Roll, Alaska Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Salmon/Tuna/Kappa(Cucumber) Roll.

California Roll – This was just a regular California Roll. Nothing to comment on! The imitation crab meat tasted quite fresh though and the avocado was nice.

Dynamite Roll – This is definitely one of the better dynamite rolls that we've had coming from an affordable sushi joint!

Salmon & Avocado Roll – A bit disappointing as the roll didn’t taste that great. We didn’t like the texture of the overall roll.

Alaska Roll – This was essentially a California Roll with smoked salmon on top. It wasn’t anything special.

Spicy Tuna Roll – We enjoyed this roll in particular because it was actually spicy!

Salmon/Tuna/Kappa(Cucumber) Roll – These were just mediocre.

Anyway, the party tray selection here is great and is definitely worth checking out if you have 3 or 4 people. The staff are extremely friendly and the service is quick! Even though we ordered a party tray, the lady told us to come in 10 minutes if we were in a hurry!

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Su Hang Restaurant8291 Ackroyd Road, #100, Richmond
By Gorgelicious of Vancouver (52 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 1:45pm [Take-out]

**This review is based on take out from the restaurant**

Suhang is an affordable restaurant that serves primarily food from Shanghai and other regions of China. Located in the busy core of Richmond, Suhang is usually quite packed and it is recommended for customers to make reservations. We have personally been eating at Suhang for over three years and their food and service has consistently been top notch! This is the first time for us to order take out so we thought we would share our thoughts. (Perhaps we’ll make another Suhang post but dine-in)

Steamed Soup Buns with Pork Filling 灌湯小籠包 - $5.50 (5.75/7)
Normally we would give these a 6, but they just didn’t taste as amazing when in a Styrofoam box. However, the quality of this dish was impeccable as the small buns were filled with a plethora of hot steaming soup!

Pan-Fried Pork Soft Buns 多汁生煎包 - $6.95 (5.5/7)
These are actually steamed meat buns that are fried at the bottom using a wok! Eating the bun is a bit difficult because if you bite too hard, the soup inside will spray everywhere. However, we love this bun because of the steamy soup and it’s definitely a classic dish that you have to try! Unfortunately, we didn’t get to devour this dish until 15 minutes after it was prepared so it ended up a bit soggy.

Minced Pork with Noodles 炸醬面 - $6.95 (6/7)
This dish remained the same as if we were eating it in the restaurant! The thick meat sauce and the crisp cucumbers perfectly complemented each other and even though this particular noodle dish is quite heavy, we couldn’t stop ourselves from finishing the whole thing!

Anyways, Suhang is really the place to be when you feel like Xiao Long Bao (Little Dragon Dumplings?) The prices are quite reasonable (around $21 after tax for two people) and the service is great! The outside of the building is a bit tacky looking but the interior design is done quite well for an affordable restaurant.


Food (take-out) : 5.75/7

Value: 6/7

Service: N/A

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Cactus Club Cafe5500 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Where's the hot bulging dudes?
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (148 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 5, 2013 - 8:05pm [Dine in]

I always read reviews of this restaurant saying how hot the waitresses are. If that's why you go to the place, where's all the hot men in speedos? That's what I want in a restaurant. I want a big bulging penis extentions encased in spandex serving me. I hope you listen Cactus Club - I am a" woman of business" and demand this level or service so I can impress my clientelle. OK? Who cares what your food tastes like.

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Chop Steakhouse & Bar10251 St Edwards Dr., Richmond
Chop Steakhouse
By Gorgelicious of Vancouver (52 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 5, 2013 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

Chop’s interior design is absolutely stunning with its impressive and spacious washrooms, extremely comfy and remarkable private rooms, and one of the most impressive foyers we’ve ever seen! The only downside with this restaurant is its in-the-middle-of-nowhere location, as it’s placed right beside the highway on the edge of Richmond. Anyway, we ended up getting the large private room but ended up feeling overwhelmed by the gigantic table which separated us into two groups. Even though they had only placed 8 chairs for our group, they could have probably fit at least 6 more. However, the room’s aesthetics was top-notch, and we felt a bit special as we did not even book this room in advance. Later though, we found out that the majority of the restaurant was quite empty and that was probably the reason why they gave us this massive room.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t take many photos because we were too distanced apart. All we managed to take a picture of was the room and 1 meal. The bread was fairly good and the service was quite quick.

AAA Baseball Sirloin Steak – $24.95 (5.5/7)
This was surprisingly good for its price. We ordered it medium-rare and we honestly expected it to be tough and chewy, but it turned out all right! Of course, it isn’t comparable to Hy’s or Gotham, but for a chain-restaurant, we were quite impressed. However, the steak was over seasoned with black pepper and other spices, which we disliked. The fresh seasonal vegetables comprised of tomato, carrots, and Chinese Bok Choy. It was an interest combination but we probably wouldn’t order it again. Instead of vegetables, you may pick from a salad, fries, or a baked potato!

Other dishes:

Lobster Fettuccini – $18.95 (5/7)
A friend ordered this because the mushroom ravioli was sold out (a bit suspicious since the restaurant was empty) and thought that the dish was just mediocre and nothing special.

Chop Burger - $13.95 (5.5/7)
A large handmade burger with fries. Nothing more to say! Our friend scarfed it down within 5 minutes so we suppose he gives it the thumbs up.

Anyway, you should come to Chop at least once to experience their beautiful interior design! Their food is better than other chains such as Milestones, Earls, and Cactus club, but not by a lot. Getting to the restaurant is a bit tough, and there’s no access by public transportation.

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Cora's Breakfast & Lunch11380 Steveston, Unit 170, Richmond
Maybe a summertime place?
By AKInc of Richmond B.C (28 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 5, 2013 - 11:31am [Dine in]

I just got back from Cora's this morning. I have to admit, like pretty much everyone, I bought the story about being a "Canadian company done good" (a single, hardworking woman who made something great) and we decided to try it for the first time. I had not read the reviews on here before now, yet my experience was not much different.

We got there at 9am and there was a force a staff there, while it appeared there was a single host (who also handled the cash) and only three servers (who also seated people.) I'm no expert, yet I would argue the division of labour there was a huge opportunity for them. Needless to say, this made it take a while to get our order, which is probably good because the menu is enormous, although it's full of similar items that are slightly changed.

I got the Cora's special, two eggs, ham, a sausage, potatoes, 4 slices of bacon and (what they call) a crepe. there was a nice fruit garnish, that was tasty too, and a side of toast. the highlight was the toast and the fruit. I asked for scrambled eggs and I got over-easy. I'm not picky about that, I just rolled with it. I mean, this is the biggest plate of breakfast I have faced in recent memory. The ham was, well, ham steak, the eggs were eggs and the single sausage was "meh." the potatoes were salty and the bacon was good. As above, the toast (rye) was good. Now the crepe.....well, the big slab of undercooked dough with no flavour and far too heavy for a crepe.

Sadly, my wife got a whole plate of crepes and because of hunger, she ate one whole one and I (the human garbage can) could only stomach the single bite of on that I had.

I had "order envy" of the fruit selections on the first page. They are right next door to Kin's, so I would guess that fruit would be their forte. The problem being, as another review here says, I can go to Tapenade for a similar price (also, I can walk there). Likely, not a redo and I doubt this place will be here at the end of the year.

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Shibuyatei2971 Sexsmith Road, Richmond
Authentic Shoyu Ramen and high-quality food from a Japanese chef
By DineOutOften of Vancouver (West Side) (15 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 4:31pm [Dine in]

What a GREAT surprise to us! We were in the neighbourhood and thought we would give it a try - very glad we did. What an unusual location, but do not let that put you off.

We were there for lunch, and we were the fourth table. The restaurant is small - only with about 5 tables. This is literally a one-man (the chef owner) show. He greeted customers walking in, took orders, made teas, prepared food, cleaned tables, and checked on the customers. I was initially worried that it might take forever to get the food since there was only him doing everything, and I had to say I under-estimated this capable man - he was friendly, organized and efficient, and handled all the tasks meticulously without looking stressed at all.

However, the true reason for the five stars is not that - it was the food. We are ramen lovers, so we need to try the ramen for sure. We had the regular ramen - Shoyu (soy-based). The broth was clear and tasty, and made with fresh ingredients - classic good Shoyu ramen. While I enjoyed Shoyu ramen while in Japan, I stopped ordering Shoyu ramen in North America because they just did not taste as good. This one is the first one that I thought it tasted like what I had in Japan. Noodle was cooked right too.

We had to try other things for our first-time visit. I also had the Tonkatsu (deep-fried breaded pork chop) sandwich, with half California roll. Tonkatsu was thick - crispy on the outside, and juicy + cooked through inside. Even the California roll was excellent - I did not remember the last time I thought California roll was good.

In summary, the chef owner took pride in his culinary delivery. Everything was done with quality in mind.
Since we were the last table for lunch, the chef owner came to talk to us afterwards. We shared our high opinions about his food, and he told us that the article he posted near the entrance was a real famous food magazine in Japan. We could not read Japanese, and he told us that he was covered and recommended by the renown food critics in Tokyo, Yamamoto, who connected the filmmaker of Jiro Dreams of Sushi to Jiro. His specialty is his ramen and gyoza, and he made other things to a gourmet standard. If it passes his high standard, I will say it is more than good enough for most of us.

No question we will be back and can't wait to try the gyozas next time!

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Ning Bo Fang8181 Cambie Road, Unit #2275, Richmond
poor service :(
By 66we66 of Richmond , BC, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 12:13pm [Dine in]

Sure this place has great food but the service wasn't up it's standard we waited for an hour and then they yelled back at us. Most of the staff are slow and food comes out even slower. I'd prefer the restaurant beside this place. The food quality isn't the delicacy of it's state. Presentation don't get me started on it.the only thing the as I would suggest would be it's tea.... nothing more

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Izumi-Ya7971 Alderbridge Way, #160, Richmond
Izumiya Buffet
By Gorgelicious of Vancouver (52 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 30, 2012 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

A Japanese all you can eat lunch for $10.00 is unheard of in Vancouver as our cost of living is relatively high for a North American city. Izumiya is a giant Japanese supermarket right off the main No.3 Road in Richmond where you can eat authentic sushi from their fresh food section or dine in their sit-down buffet area. We decided to opt for the buffet as we were starving and ended up stuffing ourselves full! Service was pretty much nonexistent but you can’t really expect much from a buffet. Sitting time is one hour.

Ebi Fry (6/7)

This was made extremely well and we were lucky since we managed to sit down when a fresh tray of ebi fry came in. Ebi fry is basically a prawn tempura, but crispier due to the use of panko (Japanese bread crumbs). Even though the prawns were on the small side, the panko crust was made perfectly and we ended up gorging a few every time we went up!

Spicy Chicken Wing (5.75/7)

These were massive chicken wings that included the drumsticks as well. The sauce was spicy enough that it didn’t overpower the sauce itself but rather complement it. We enjoyed them but they were a bit messy to eat.

Sushi (5/7)

We tried a variety of sushi rolls including: California roll, dynamite roll, tamago, and the Inari tofu puff. The sushi was fairly good considering we only paid $10 for the buffet while a pack of sushi would be $4.50 at the fresh food section. The dynamite roll was probably the best one out of the selection.

Gomae (4.75/7)

This classic Japanese appetizer was made a bit too heavy, as the sesame sauce definitely weighed down the spinach too much. It was fairly tasty, but not of high quality.

Salmon Rice (4.75/7)

This was plain but fairly good. It wasn’t very salty and was generously loaded with salmon chunks.

Takoyaki (4/7)

The takoyaki (octopus dough balls) bar was quite interesting as there were several condiments and toppings to put onto the takoyaki. The takoyaki itself was quite cold, which pretty much ruined the entire dish.

Beef Teriyaki (5.75/7)

This was surprisingly good as we didn’t expect too much from this dish since the appearance was quite unappetizing.

Chocolate Soft Ice Cream (6.25/7)

This chocolate ice cream is very unique as it is in between a gelato and a sorbet made into a soft serve format. The ice cream isn’t very creamy nor sweet, but eating it was extremely refreshing and cleansed our palates at the end of the meal.

Cheesecake (5.5/7)

These cheesecake squares were quite tasty but we believe that they came from Costco.

Cream puffs (5.75/7)

These cream puffs were from Costco as well and they were just as delicious!

If you’re hungry and not a food snob, Izumiya’s buffet is definitely worth a try! At $10, you could always just have a large salad and top it off with their delicious ebi fry! Diana said she wouldn’t come back, but Gabriel will end up here again in a few months just to eat their ebi fry, sushi, spicy wings, and ice cream!

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Gudrun Tasting Room3500 Moncton Street, #150, Richmond
Love, love, love Gudrun
By gilliansb of Richmond B.C (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 29, 2012 - 4:48pm [Dine in]

My husband and I regularly go to Gudrun and have sampled most things on their menu. The food is consistently excellent and the soups are so good that even if I don't feel like soup I order it just to see what their chef has come up with. It's been open now for a few years and we avoided going (sadly, and wrongly) for quite some time because I kept thinking "hmmm, charcuterie -- I'm hungrier than that,' but there's always a couple more dinner-ish items on offer. The wine and beer selection is fantastic, the room is hip without being unfriendly, and the owner is a sweetheart who deserves to thrive in this spot for a long, long time. A really nice addition to Steveston.

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Friendly Banners Restaurant10151 No 3 Road, #104, Richmond
Good for comfort food
By rnathan of Richmond (14 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 29, 2012 - 2:32pm [Dine in]

We ordered a simple meal of fish & chips, and shepherd's pie, with two beverages.

The service was prompt and friendly, the food was warm and enjoyable.

The decor seems to have been face lifted since we were last here.

The restaurant features an ice-cream bar with many different offerings. Although we did not order any ice cream, ther was a steady queue of patrons, so it's probably pretty good.

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Pantry Restaurant, The3051 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond
Can be a Hit or Miss, but great with a Groupon
By eating good food of Vancouver (127 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 11:25pm [Dine in]

I have been here several times actually. The first few times I found the food to be phenominally fantastic, but the last couple of times it was ok to good (but not great)

I came in September of 2012 (so yeah, this year) with 2 friends. One friend ordered the Chicken Cassorole, another friend ordered the Spinach Dip and I ordered a double hamburger, chicken strips and a cranberry juice.

My friend shared her Spinach dip with all of us....It wasn't that great. and my friend who ordered the chicken cassorole said it was good, but NOT worth the $14 that she paid, and for some reason my double burger was not really that great (but not bad) The chicken strips were a dissapointment however (I would seriously rather go to 7 - Eleven and just buy chicken strips there) and my cranberry juice was almost $4 and non-refillable.

Anyhow, because of the Groupon deal, we decided to come back tonight and give this place another try with a friend of mine. I ordered a chicken wings appetizer, a double hamburger and a coke. My friend ordered a Spaghetti and meat balls entree.

Our waitress was VERY friendly, but it took FOREVER for our food to come. First came my appetizer of wings. I got 10 pieces of wings...They were good, but regular price was $10.89 (think that is just a little too steep, but suppose alot of restaurants charge that) but in all fairness, they did taste good.

Then came our main courses. My friend said that his spaghetti and meat balls tasted good, but the meat balls were too salty. My burger was pretty good and had good flavour. I think the fries though were still good were not as good as they used to be. Oh, and fries are re-fillable

So our meal regular price turned out to be $47.55 minus $40 for the groupon, but plus $20 that I previously paid TOTAL $27.55

So to pay $27.55 total for all that food really wasn't a bad deal.

However, if I were paying regular price, I would compare this place to Knight and Day restaurant or maybe even Denny's but a fancier version of it.

I would come back here once in awhile at regular prices, but with the groupon it really is a great deal (How can you argue $20 off your meal)

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Pantry Restaurant, The3051 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond
What a mistake!
By winex of Richmond (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 10:34pm [Dine in]

What a huge mistake it was to come to this restaurant. Purchased a groupon now (only valid on that day) deal. After we had been seated, the hostess/waitress said "Oh you have a groupon." You're supposed to make a reservation but since you're already here we wouldn't ask you to leave.
We ordered water and she kept asking if we wanted other drinks (3 times) We had to keep sayng no.
It took 40 minutes for the food to arrive after we placed our order. The restaurant was not busy at all.

After the waitress placed the food down, she said sorry it took so long but this is why you need to make a reservation. How can she be serious!? There were only 4 other tables in the restaurant to serve.

The restaurant is dated and getting old. There is a strange musty dam smell mixed with air freshener smell.

Food was not good. Prices ranged from 11.99-14.99 for food that seemed to be reheated from the freezer .
The Chicken Pot Pie was mostly sauce with a few tiny pieces of chicken. The puff pastry on top was so hard and not as I expected. The side caesar salad was okay.
The meatloaf had 2 large pieces of loaf with some broccoli and sliced carrots. The kids enjoyed this.
The spaghetti and meatballs was not good, Very small amount of noodles covering 3 large overbaked meatballs.
Kids chicken strips and fries was standard

The bill came to 58.00. After tax and tip and groupon, we ended up paying a total cost of $45 for mediocre food.

There is a reason this restaurant is not busy. We won't be back.

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Harbour Spirit Restaurant5580 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Do not come to this restaurant
By wafflebot81 of Vancouver Downtown (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2012 - 6:30pm [Dine in]

Was here for a family dinner. Ordered lobster and crab. The crab did not come with crackers to crack the shell, nor did the kitchen crack it for us, what was worse was that the crab was raw! They refused to do anything about it. It took about 30 minutes for arguing with the restaurant owner whom was a mainlander chinese woman who didn't speak a word of English. They would not take the dish back, cancel it, or did they let us exchange it for anything else. It was the worst dining experience ever. How could a restaurant serve you raw crab and not do anything about it or let you exchange it for anything else?. It was the worst dining experience I have ever had in Canada.

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Yavis Club Cheesecake Cafe8338 Capstan Way, #1231, Richmond
Yavis Club Cafe
By Gorgelicious of Vancouver (52 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2012 - 12:20pm [Dine in]

A good cheesecake always ends off a dinner that did not go to well or didn’t fill you up. After leaving Chop Steakhouse & Bar, we still felt like we could indulge ourselves for the holidays so we decided to head over to Yavis Club Cafe for their delectable cheesecakes. Yavis is usually quite empty until 9pm, and then suddenly their tables fill magically fill up and by 10pm, a line up would form! This is a simple establishment with plain décor and probably 25 seats or so. The majority of their cakes are mousse cheesecakes or glacier cheesecakes (frozen cheesecakes), but they also have a variety of parfaits, cakes, and more! The desserts are priced from $5.50 - $6.50 which is fairly reasonable, and if you add $2.75, you can make it a “combo” where you get a drink of your choice!

Blueberry Cheesecake (5.5/7)

This was fairly light and tasted like blueberry yoghurt. The texture was quite good and we enjoyed it very much.

Matcha Cheesecake (5/7)

The matcha wasn’t strong enough but we suppose that they made it weaker because some people cannot stand the strong bitter taste of matcha. Countless visits before, this dessert was particularly delicious! Now that the matcha has been waned, we’re not sure if weI’ll ever order this again.

Lavender cheesecake (5.5/7)

This is an extremely interesting cake as we’ve never tried any food with a lavender taste before. We’ve had lavender drinks such as lattes and teas, but never before have we eaten a lavender dessert! Anyways, it was very soapy and flowery, but I suppose some people would enjoy that? The consistency of this cake was a lot thicker than the other cheesecakes which made it very filling though!

Chocolate Lava Cake (6.5/7)
Yavis probably makes one of the best chocolate lava cakes! Even though they’re well known for their cheesecakes, the lava cake seemed like the star dish of the night. The crust was perfectly baked as it was crunchy on the outside and velvety smooth and soft on the inside. The oozing chocolate lava was tantalizing and made a great combination with their vanilla ice cream!

Other cakes:

White Romance (Original Cheesecake) 4.5/7

This wasn’t up to par. Their original white romance cake just tasted like a plain cheesecake that was falling apart. It honestly wasn’t thick enough and nobody really enjoyed it. We ended up leaving a bit behind.

Rainbow After Dark (6/7)

This is a very interesting cake! It is comprised of five different layers of their glacier cheesecakes, which gives us a chance to try various flavours. Their glacier cheesecakes are quite hard to dig into, so we had to wait a while before our forks would actually go through. There was definitely chocolate, matcha, and mango in the mixture, but we don’t really remember the rest! If you like hard and cold desserts, you should definitely try this one!

Overall, Yavis is a great place to chill and talk with friends late at night. It opens really late at night and their prices are fairly reasonable. Their hot teas as great as well!

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Man Ri Sung8211 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Man Ri Sung
By Gorgelicious of Vancouver (52 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2012 - 10:23am [Dine in]

In the core of Richmond, hidden within the city’s bustling streets, is where Man Ri Sung has established itself as the Korean-North Chinese restaurant that serves a wide variety of dishes from both countries. The chef’s self-proclaimed specialty dish is the Beijing Style Peking Duck meal that comes with a few Korean dishes. The restaurant itself does not stand out as a particularly nice one, but the friendly staff did accommodate us quite well. One thing that did bother me was how unclean the bathrooms looked.

Beijing Style Peking Duck (5.5/7)
We haven’t had this type of Peking duck for quite a while as we normally eat the Hong Kong style peking duck which only includes the crisp duck skin. We really enjoyed the shaved green onions which definitely enhanced the flavour of the tender meat wrap. However, there weren’t enough pancakes so we had to order another plate for $2.

Seafood Pancake - $13.99 (4.5/7)
This was a typical Korean seafood pancake with chives, shrimp, octopus and etc. We’ve had a lot better elsewhere.

Boiled Dumplings (10 pcs) - $6.99 (4/7)
These were plain steamed Chinese dumplings with a vinegar based sauce. Nothing more to say.

Pan Fried Potato Noodles (Japchae) - $8.99 (S)/$12.99 (L) (5/7)
The Japchae was surprisingly tender and flavourful with the various vegetables complementing it. There wasn’t meat in this dish and it wasn’t very aesthetically pleasing. However, the taste was authentic and everybody was quite satisfied.

Korean BBQ LA - $15.99 (5.5/7)
These were absolutely delicious! We usually order these when we go to eat at Korean BBQ restaurants but of course, the chef produces a better tasting product. As the waitress set down the hot plate, the tantalizing smell quickly induced our hunger and we chowed down!

Duck & Homemade noodle Hotpot (5.5/7)
This interesting hotpot was comprised of the leftover duck meat and bones, handmade Chinese noodles, vegetables, and a duck broth. The soup was quite flavourful and you could tell that the chef prepared it from scratch and not from an MSG base. The noodles had an interesting shape and texture which suited the soft duck meat perfectly.

The combo we ordered was the Duck dinner for 6. ($98.95) It came with the peking duck, a choice of dumplings or japchae, a seafood pancake, BBQ LA ribs, and the duck hotpot. We ordered japchae on the side. (There were 8 of us in total).

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Frappe Bliss4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
Strawberry Romance
By Gorgelicious of Vancouver (52 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2012 - 10:19am [Dine in]

This is a Japanese shaved ice dessert with a twist. Instead of using pure ice blocks, they combine the ice with milk and fruit concentrates! We ordered the strawberry romance which is essentially shaved strawberry iced with strawberry ice cream and fresh strawberries. This was a great treat but not as good as their matcha dessert!

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Italian Tomato8380 Bridgeport Road, Richmond
Italian Tomato
By Gorgelicious of Vancouver (52 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2012 - 10:18am [Dine in]

We walked into Italian Tomato at approximately 5:52pm today (a Saturday night) and the restaurant was strangely quiet. We were greeted by a bubbly waitress who informed us that ALL the tables were booked and we would have to sit at the bar (note: make reservations even if you’re going as a party of 2, or expect to be seated at the bar and having the bartender play the role of your server). Quite surprised, we were reluctant to stay but eventually gave each other approving glances and accepted her offer. To be completely honest, Gabriel has been to this establishment a few times; perhaps a few too many times. Himself, along with his friends, probably come here once or twice a year because we usually forget about our past experiences eating at Italian Tomato. It’s always the same: We start off extremely hungry, chow down the first few delicious bites, and then eventually fill up before half of the plates are gone! If you haven’t heard about Italian Tomato yet, their portions are absolutely massive! One plate of pasta could easily feed three people but because of the minimum table charge, most people order one pasta dish each.

Complementary Bread (3.75/7)
The bread is simply just a cold baguette served with cold butter. When you try to spread the butter on, you end up with a layer of something that resembles cottage cheese. We ended up dipping the bread in the meat sauce later to make it more edible.

Mezza Luna with Linguine - $18.95 (3.75/7)
(diced chicken breast, bacon in a garlic cream sauce)
This rating may be a bit harsh, but compared to other Italian restaurants such as Cin Cin, Italian Kitchen, and Zefferelli’s, this honestly was not very good. The thick and heavy Alfredo sauce made the entire dish way too dense and it seemed like half a pound of butter was used. The linguine was still a bit chewy, as if they tried to cook it al dente but took it out way too early. While there were a few pieces of chicken (quite dry), it was hard to find any of the bacon at all.

Veneziana with Gnocchi (add $4 for gnocchi) - $17.95 (3.5)
(spicy Italian sausage, diced chicken breast, garlic in spicy tomato sauce)
The gnocchi itself was mediocre but the sauce and meat did not really live up to our expectations. We’ve had much better elsewhere and probably won’t be ordering this ever again. The sauce to pasta ratio was not up to par as there was an unnecessarily excessive amount of sauce, which totally drenched the entire dish.

The overall service was just OK. The bartender was a bit awkward and it took us a while to flag down a waiter. Diana isn’t coming here ever again. Gabriel might though.

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HML Seafood Restaurant5890 No. 3 Road, #200, Richmond
HML Seafood Restaurant - DIMSUM
By Gorgelicious of Vancouver (52 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2012 - 10:14am [Dine in]

Walking into a densely packed restaurant is not something you want to do unless it is worth the craving. On the contrary, would entering an empty restaurant give you the opposite feeling? Today, we strolled into “HML Seafood Restaurant” on No.3 Road in Richmond and were surprised by the half vacant seating they had at around lunch time. Now, HML is obviously not a high-end restaurant, nor a nice one, but I would categorize it as a higher-end budget friendly Chinese joint. The venue itself is decorated quite nicely, but you can tell that the utensils and tableware have worn quite old. There is no tea charge at HML, and it is 20% off dim sum every single day.

After several minutes of contemplation, we quickly decided on six favorite dishes which are musts when ordering dim sum.

金粟帶子腸粉 Steamed Rice Rolls with Scallop - $4.95 (4.5/7)
The noodle roll was soft, chewy, and cooked to perfection (though not many restaurants can screw this dish up). While the tender scallops complemented the dish impeccably, the unmentioned corn kernels did not.

Steamed Rice Rolls Stuffed with Chinese Donut Topped with Shredded Pork - $4.95 (5.25/7)
This was probably our favorite dish. The tangy Hoisen (Seafood) Sauce definitely suited the delicious combination of the tender rice noodle wrap and savoury deep fried bread. It was dusted on top with pork floss, which is a processed dried meat product with a light and fluffy texture.

Steamed Turnip Cake with Preserved Meat - $3.95 (5.5/7)

**No picture as we were way too excited to try it that we dived in and before you know it, it was all gone**

Normally we would order fried turnip cake (served with Hoisen Sauce) or stir-fry XO Sauce turnip cake, but we decided to try something new today. The dish was pleasantly oil free with a nice aroma of green onions and dried meat. Though plain, it is definitely something that we will reorder.

明月樓水晶蝦餃皇 Superior Steamed Shrimp Dumplings - $4.25 (5/7)
These plump dumplings taste especially good when you dip them in the sweet soy sauce provided with the Rice Noodle Roll dishes. The dumplings at HML tasted pretty much the same as the ones that you can get at Fisherman’s Terrace (Aberdeen) or Shi-Art (Richmond Centre), so we were quite content with them. The size of the dumplings were on the bigger side and the dumpling skin’s thickness was just right.

御厨流沙飽 Steamed Custard Bun - $3.95 (5/7)
When it came down to dessert, we really had to ruminate before ordering. Dim sum offers a plethora of delectable desserts which makes it extremely hard to choose. Contemplating between the egg custard tarts and the egg yolk custard buns, we finally decided with the buns because of the cold weather. The steamed bun itself was fresh and moist while the filling was nice and viscous. Our favorite part about this dessert was that it was not too sweet at all!

酥皮白麻蓉焗布甸 Baked Tapioca Pudding Stuffed with Sesame Paste - $3.75 (4.75/7)
This is a classic Chinese dessert shrunk down to dim sum sized portion. The top is covered by a baked pineapple bun crust while the inside is comprised of a thick gooey tapioca pudding with a tantalizing sesame paste at the bottom. As much as this is one of our favorite desserts, HML simply did not make it well enough. I must admit that it was delicious, but we have had much better elsewhere.

That concludes our short dim sum lunch! The bill ended up coming to $26 after tax and tip. We walked out extremely full and reasonably satisfied. It would be worthwhile to accentuate that the majority of the staff here do not speak English. Thankfully, they do have an English/Chinese scantron type of ordering sheet where you can tick off the dishes you want and simply hand it to the server.

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