Centered in the hustle and bustle of Richmond, Imperial Court Restaurant is located in the ideal Brighouse area, seconds away from Richmond Centre mall. The dreary cold weather brought us to this seafood restaurant as we wanted a hot Chinese dinner for a birthday celebration. We want to apologize in advance, as we only got to snap a few photos but we will try and recall as many dishes as possible.
Deep-Fried Seafood Shrimp Ball with Crab Claw (6/7)
This was delicious. It came with a sweet and sour sauce that perfectly complemented the deep fried goodness of the dish. To sum it up, it’s a crab claw enclosed with a seafood mix (probably flour, fish, shrimp, prawns, etc), rolled up in bread crumbs, and then deep fried to perfection! This is a classic Chinese dish served at many restaurants and this was definitely a lot better than most of the cheaper restaurants that we’ve tried in Richmond! (for example, HML…)
Lobster with Chinese “Yee-Meen” Noodles (5.75/7)
To be honest, most Chinese-style lobsters taste the same to us. Again, this is a classic dish at Chinese seafood restaurants and we thought the lobster was cooked quite well. The noodles were our favorite part of the dish! We honestly can’t describe the flavour of this dish, but it had a creamy texture and while it was quite savoury, we managed to devour a huge bowl of the noodles!
Chinese Fried Fish with Meat/Seafood Sauce (5.75/7)
This dish is basically delicious egg stir fried rice with the same sauce as the lobster but instead of lobster, there was asparagus, pork, chicken, shrimp, and some vegetables! We really enjoyed this dish but we have had better elsewhere! However, we have to consider the fact that this is a more affordable Chinese restaurant.
Peking Duck (6/7)
The Peking duck was very professionally sliced as we could not taste much duck fat or meat when chowing down. The pancakes were made quite well but we would have appreciated some cucumber to go with the dish!
Duck & Beef stirfry (5.5/7)
This simple meat dish came with matchstick carrots and celery. It was quite decent.
Appetizer Platter – Chinese Deli Cuts, Cold Jellyfish, Assorted Meats (5.5/7)
This was normal! You can’t really screw this up.
Red Bean Soup (5.5/7)
This is almost always the “dessert” soup that is served at the end of a Chinese feast. It wasn’t too sweet and there were tons of beans!
Lychee Jelly (5.5/7)
There was a fair amount of real lychee in the jelly and everybody enjoyed how light and refreshing it was.
Birthday Lotus Bean Paste Buns (5.5/7)
These peach shaped steamed buns are traditional sweets served for dessert on birthdays. Personally, we didn’t think there was enough bean paste in each bun and the bun itself could have been softer.
Anyway, we think Imperial Court is a great place to go when you don’t want to drive out too far. The location is really perfect if you’re shopping at one of the close by malls and it’s easy to get to by public transportation. It is definitely cheaper than the finer Chinese restaurants (such as, Kirin, Neptune, Jade) but more expensive than restaurants such as Bamboo Grove and HML. This place has good cheap dim sum as well! By the way, there are many English speaking staff at this restaurant. We saw people of all ethnicities eating there tonight. :)
Been here a bunch of times and the food is always good. Brought many friends here and they seem to agree too! The service is generally good but busy time of the day can be hectic. Solid restaurant to have authentic Shanghai style food. If you go, definitely order their Xiao Long Bao (steamed buns)!
Tri-Ty is a Taiwanese bubble tea restaurant on Ackroyd Road near the central Richmond liquor store. Their bubble teas and desserts are fairly good but today we opted for lunch only since we were on our lunch breaks. The menu is the same all day and most drinks range from $4.00-$5.00 while the majority of the meals are $8.50. The restaurant itself is designed quite nicely for an inexpensive bubble tea joint but we found the temperature a bit chilly.
Honey Crispy Chicken Nugget on Rice 蜜汁脆皮雞飯 - $8.50 (6/7)
This dish is actually Taiwanese style deep fried chicken nuggets with a sweet honey glaze. Tri-Ty is the only place that makes this dish (we have yet to come across any other restaurants with it) so we always end up ordering this whenever we eat here! The sweet sauce perfectly complements the crispy outer shell and as you bite into the meat, you can really start to appreciate the well thought combination of texture and taste. The meal comes with a bowl of rice, three appetizers (mildly spicy fried tofu, green beans, Chinese tomato & egg), and a mango pudding! The appetizers were delicious while the mango pudding was a bit disappointing. (However, it had a dolphin shape!)
Spareribs Noodle Soup 排骨酥 - $8.50 (4.5/7)
This was an average noodle soup. There’s nothing much to say about it! The picture is of the dish without any bean sprouts (which were removed by request). The noodles are fairly tasty but the broth wasn’t flavorful enough. The meat was just okay while the other various veggies tasted bland.
Great spot! No matter the night you're there its always high energy with good people. It's near work so I go often. Too bad it is so expensive. I love the fact they have the kitchen right behind the bar so you can see your food being prepared. They have a great Birthday tradition they do. I get to watch the game while having awesome drinks with local friends
We have been ordering food from this Restaurant since well before 1994 and have never once been disappointed! Their pizza's are fresh, it's REAL cheese and toppings and the crust is great! He is a Greek chef and his Greek food is top notch..can't get enough of the Kalamari! But the best above all is his steaks, the baked potatoes are fresh, so are the mushrooms and you get proper garlic bread, not that flatbread stuff (although I suppose you can order it), and the salads are crunchy and fresh. We have had company order from other Pizza establishments and have ALWAYS regretted it, with lukewarm food, runny salads and cardboard pizza, so when hubby and I have had a busy week at work we order from Wheat House only.
Only ordered here once so far. My brother just moved a couple blocks away so I picked some sushi up for us on my way to help him unpack.
I ordered the Yam Tempura roll, and Sakura roll. The sakura roll is good - it has all kinds of good stuff in it. The Yam roll really impressed me though - they don't just stuff the roll with yam tempura - the yam tempura is on top and the inside of the roll is filled with something else - avocados and cucumber - I think. It was delicious.
My brother got the roll combo - I think it has a spicy tuna roll, dynamite roll and salmon roll. They were all pretty standard, but good.
Prices are not super cheap but certainly not expensive. I'm pretty cheap when it comes to sushi (there is so much good sushi in and around Vancouver) - and I feel this is great value.
I can't wait to try more from here.
Service was also great. Cheerful hostess and friendly vibe.
My brother read the good reviews and heard from a friend that this place is supposed to be pretty decent. There were 4 of us there for my Mother's birthday. The service was fine - the hostess and waitress were very friendly.
Decor is fairly sparse - but neat and clean. I felt that they were trying to make it a higher class, trendy restaurant.
Unfortunately they fell flat with the food. Tiny portions, bland, fairly tasteless food and very expensive for what it was.
We got the 5 course meal for $29 per person. If I made the same food at home, I could have made all (except the bland lobster which we would have been just as happy without) for all 4 of us for under $10. (But I wouldn't because my food would probably taste better) This is what it consisted of:
Appetizer meal - all pretty bland. : 1 small (palm sized) green salad, 1 meat ball (covered in some kind of tomato/spice flavored sauce - tasted like premade meatballs you can get at superstore) 1 small piece of cantelope with whatever that bacon type meat that is commonly used on appetizers - sorry I forget the name at the moment.) and 1 tiny little pastry cup (about 1 1/2 times my thumb nail size (I have small woman hands) containing a single baby shrimp with some kind of dressing.
Soup - a double boiled soup - I think she said it was beef and papaya with snow fungus - it was a bit salty but the best thing that we ate. I think it was supposed to be salty so no real complaints there.
Half a lobster with garlic. Sounds great - but the lobster was pretty mushy/rubbery. I haven't had lots of lobster, but never had it like that. It tasted really bland - the garlic sauce/covering didn't seem to actually give the lobster much flavor - and I LOVE garlic.
Then we had a choice of a rice dish with a salty chicken, a beef or pork. Everyone else got the beef (which wasn't bad - but not really that good either), and I got the chicken just to try it - and basically got bones with a tiny amount of meat and skin (so really mostly rice)
Dessert was a pretty typical mango pudding. I've had worse, it just doesn't seem like something to make a fuss over.
We had a bottle of inexpensive white wine (Liebfraumilch) and a couple of beers to go with dinner. For $175 (including taxes) We expected to have something tasty not bland, something a little different or special. Each dish was a let down and definitely not worth it. If portions are small but really unique, tasty enjoyable, $29 would be fine. In this case even the Keg would've been less expensive and we'd have been full at the end.
My brother lived and traveled in Asia, and I've also traveled there (China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan) and enjoy the food. We were hoping to introduce our parents to some of the food we like and hoped that because it has a western twist it would be more enjoyable for them than throwing a bunch of odd looking dishes at them. Too bad that wasn't the case.
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.
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.
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!
**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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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