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.
This uses to be one of my favorite food spots back when I was living in Richmond, but the age of the establishment, heavy competition from AYCE shops, and inflation has gotten the better of this place.
For starters the place lost it once glory and its interior looks dated and dirty. Everything I touched, seats, tables and so on and so forth felt sticky and dirty. This is not condensation one would expect from a hot pot restaurant, but more of a grimy feel.
Service was a little better than most Cantonese restaurants, they were attentive came and refilled drinks often, but a few of the server also had a very smug attitude. I was dinning with my mom and grandma and they are a little bit slower, due to their age, but to be very honest if you do not have patience to deal with seniors, you should not work in the service industry.
Now the food itself was decent, nothing exceptional, but also nothing wrong. The problem is the portion size. When one pays $16 for a plate of fatty beefy you would expect to get more than 15 slices, $9 for veggies, a little more than a handful right? I ended up spend $130 for table of 3, left unsatisfied and even feeling a bit ripped off.
Also be wary and check your bill. I recalculated again after getting home and they had overcharged me by around $9, but since I did not order anything of this price I figure they charged $3 per head for the complimentary drinks.
Thought of having some roti prata this evening when I remembered we passed by this place before but have never tried it. So we tried it today and guess what, they dont serve roti prata! Accordingly, the Chinese doesn't like the layers! So why call themselves the prata man! The so-called prata that they serve is like the Chinese pancake!
We wanted to order the satay but when we looked at the next table with the satay, they look dry so we decided not to try that. The Hainanese Chicken rice - the rice is undercooked and the chicken is cold! As for the tofu goreng, it's nicely fried but the sauce is meh! The last thing we ordered was the mee goreng and it tasted like puke! Sorry no offence but its gonna be my first and last time there.
Feel really bad for the Singaporeans though, to have their food represented this way by this restaurant! This is not the restaurant to go to if you want authentic Singapore or Malaysian food!
Push cart dim sum style. We ordered about 12 type of dim sum for the 5 of us. Just the regular stuff - har kow, rice flour roll, steamed buns, claypot rice, congee, bbq pastry and some desserts. All were good except for the claypot rice and my favourite is the deep fried taro. Worth coming back again and the restaurant is very spacious and the staff are friendly and attentive compare to other Chinese restaurants (if you know what I mean).
I've been to many places after coming to Canada with my family and I have been to this restaurant twice so far and both experiences were quite pleasant. I myself have tried three dishes the tokatsu curry(This one is my absolute favorite, it's to die for), the tokatsu ramen(was really tasty and cheap considering how much the serving was) and the hotpot(I actually didn't like this one, I would describe it as mushy and I wouldn't recommend this unless you have recently got a tooth removed). Moral is if you pass by Yuu make sure to eat curry, and If you are a hotpot type of person go to the Taiwanese restaurant a few stores to the left of Yuu. I am Taiwanese and I would say that Yuu overall isn't as good as the Taiwanese restaurant, however, if I would have have to choose my favorite dish in Richmond it would be the tonkatsu curry at Yuu. But since most of you dislike curry and ramen I suggest the Taiwanese restaurant.
Had my birthday dinner here and it was amazing.
When I entered the restaurant, the very friendly hostess greeted us and welcomed us to Tramonto. She then seated us at a lovely corner table where it was quite and with a great view.
We ordered the crab cake which was good. My bf ordered the beef tenderloin and it was so soft and tender, it just melted in my mouth ! I ordered the seafood platter and delightful !!! The yummy clams, lobster tail, crab claw and scallop !! (It came with mussels but I'm not a big fan of it, so I asked for more clams)
Anyways it's always a pleasure to come here because the food and service is always consistent :) I can't wait until I come back again!
P.S. You must try there pear sorbet !!!!!
Ambiance is so-so, service is reasonable, and value is excellent in terms of price and portion.
Though I dont like every dish on the menu, I come here when I have a craving for the xiao long bao and sweet rice ball soup. Hands down one of the best in those categories in Metro Vancouver.
We came here for breakfast and ordered different dishes group of 10 and the food was fast and absolutely fresh and hot. Service is wonderful and my fave is the blueberry pancake. We all certainly had a good time. Love IHOP good thing that we don't need to cross the boarder for a treat. Will definitely come back for more.
this place used to be walking distance from me before I moved. Since then, I have gone to other places for Pho while I was continually disappointed. I didn't write about those, simply because they were utterly forgettable, although there is anew place at 5 and Steveston that is good in a pinch.
Let's face it, not much separates a Pho place from another, other than service (Although I would argue, the broth is best here) and it's service that keeps me coming back. Always greeted with a smile and it's very fast. When's it's busy, it can be tough to get a second cup of tea, admittedly, although they are typically really attentive.
My wife and I were here on Sunday for dinner and it completely "hit the spot." I got the rare beef bowl and it was perfect.Sunday's can be tough at times for bean spouts and basil as freshness can wean a little, yet they were "spot on." the beef was tender and the noodles were NOT overcooked (which happens far too often with Pho.)
My wife likes the added touch of the garlic garnish on the peanut sauce for her salad roll, too.
Consistent choice and Christmas year round! :-D
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.
This place is now at the NW corner of Westerminster and Cooney, in the plaza (it's been for many years). It's a place I usually go and have been for a long time, ever since they were at their old location by Nando Chicken. But after today I won't be going back. I went there with my parents and ordered their BBQ Pork with vermicelli. My mom ordered the same except with rice and dad had a small #2 pho. His pho was fine (just smaller than expected, almost like a kid's size) but our BBQ pork was horrible! I have never had such dry pork chop. We were there around 4pm on a Saturday and the place was empty - we were hoping that it was because it was too early for dinner.....but later we realized that perhaps it's just not popular anymore due to the fierce competition of pho places in Richmond.
It tasted like the pork chops had been BBQ-ed many days ago, left to dry, then reheated before serving. The flavour was there but if only it was made fresh, I believe it would have tasted much better. By the end of the meal the pork got tougher and chewier as the food cooled down...it was like eating jerky. My mom felt the same way and so did dad who had a bite of it. He couldn't believe this was the same place as the one we used to go to by Nando's Chicken. Maybe they changed owners or chefs?
I really hope the owners would put more heart into making sure the food tastes good. I would rather they remove this dish from the menu if it's going to taste like that. *sigh*... never been so disappointed from eating pork chop at any Vietnamese restaurant.
I go to Shi Art occasionally with my family, both for lunch and for dinner. The food is usually above average and the service is quite average, but I had the worst experience today.
My friend and I ordered peking duck, and we asked for extra cucumbers. When we asked for the bill, we realized that they charged $3 for the extra cucumbers we asked for. I told the waiter that we were not informed that we had to pay $3 extra when I asked for the cucumbers. I said I will pay the extra $3 but pointed out that the waiter should have told me that I would have to pay $3 if I want more cucumbers. What genuinely shocked me was his extremely rude response that was said in a very degrading manner.
"Well, it is not our responsibility to tell all the customers that. Let's say a customer orders a coke, do we have to tell him how much the coke costs? This is what happens when you go to a restaurant. The customers themselves should ask what is the cost when they ask for extra stuff"
He continued to have a heated argument with me for the next minute or so. He was trying to make it sound like I don't go to restaurants and I do not know how things work.
I eat out at least 3 times a week, and go to chinese restaurants enough that I know this is not the norm. Some restaurants charge for XO sauce, but they always let you know ahead of time. My family almost always order peking duck whenever we eat in a chinese restaurant and sometimes they ask for more cucumbers or wraps. NEVER once did they charge for those.
By the way, when i wanted to speak with the manager, I glanced over at the tag of the server that was arguing with me. it says "manager" on it.
I am definitely never going back to this restaurant. There are many good restaurants in Richmond where the servers will never treat you like that.
We had made a reservation for noon on a busy Sunday, got there at noon, and were seated almost immediately. I was impressed by the genuine friendliness of the hostess, and - throughout the meal - by the staff. The decor was soothing to the eye, tasteful without being gaudy, elegant yet spartan in the traditional big-dim-sum restaurant fashion. We had a choice of more than 10 teas, and chose a kind of flower tea that was delicious. Our pot was re-filled promptly, and again, and it was all we could drink for 2$. The food was excellent. The highlights were scallop and mashed potato wrapped in seaweed, the end result spring-roll shape; jicama-peanut dumplings; deep-fried salty tofu with garlic, crispy on the outside, soft and fresh on the inside; and pieces of fresh fish in a lovely sauce. I really couldn't find a thing wrong with this place.
My buddies and I have frequented almost all the all-u-can-eat sushi places in richmond in the last 10 years. Restaurants have opened, experienced their growth with decent food and ultimately declined into oblivion. This place has been our favorite for the past 2 years. Great sushi rolls, consistently awesome food + fast service and as long as you make reservations ahead of time, you'll get a table in a reasonable amount of wait for late-night.
Host / Hostess is always friendly and the staff look really tired but are never mean or make you feel unwelcome.
Hope this place does not decline like all the others in Richmond. It does get noisy in here and the place usually fills up fast with college kids. Not the ideal place to go for a date but it is good when you want great food.
Their bbq rice toppings and noodle soup bbq are very good. Service is quite fast as we came in on a slow day. I'm somewhat surprised they are not as busy as the other restaurants in the area. Would definitely recommend to family and friends. Portions are quite huge as well and give a tremendous value.
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.
We can't seem to find many dim sum places that opens at 9am so this place really suits us find. The good is great and we normally get good service from them - yes we are regulars. Only downside about this place is that they don't serve congee this early. Highly recommended.
If I can this restaurant a negative star I would.
This place is ultra arrogant with horrible service. When we called to make reservation @ 7pm, we were told that's not an option. Why? Apparently they are only in operation 5 hours a day and take 2 seatings - at 6pm and 8pm. So a reservation at 7pm is not available.
We showed up a 7:15 regardless. And of course, it's not full, so we took a seat immediately.
The menu selection is small. All set menus have expensive "banquet" type items like abalone and shark fin. So for our family dinner, we can only order a la carte, which is fine - except the a la carte menu is very limited. Ok. that's fine too....
When I ordered 4 dishes, I asked - does it come with soup (which is complimentary in a lot of restaurants in the neighbourhood). They said no. I asked, does it come with rice (which is also compliementary in a lot of restaurants in the area). They said no - and added a very arrogant comment in chinese - "WELL, WE ARE NOT "SET DINNER" RESTAURANT. THIS IS A BANQUET SEAFOOD RESTAURANT." Ok, but I can't find another banquet seafood restaurant that's this small - this place only seats 40 people max and is very crowded.
The food came, they are decent but like the other reviewer said, they are all overpriced and the portions were small. How small? The food only covered maybe 40% of the plate, and it's not a big plate.
We ordered a crispy deep fried duck dish with taro root. When the server put it on the table, she instructed us how to eat it - "you only put the sauce on before you eat, don't spoon the sauce on!!" We thought it was mildly annoying because they act like we don't know how to eat chinese food.
Asked to pay for the dinner - 4 small dishes, 3 rice, plus everything came to $83 + tips. The receipt was stapled to the order sheet (with their name on) and we took it with us and left.
5 mins later...they called us! They said - you took the receipt with you, can we have it back??? We said we're far away already. We are not coming back.
What kind of restaurant would want to call a departed customer back to get the receipt?? Potentially for tax evasion purposes, maybe??
Dodgy, bad service, crowded, and arrogant...I don't care how good your food is - and it wasn't extraordinary, Richmond has more than enough chinese restaurants - so I will never go back.
We were out in Steveston and decided to have dinner at Paesano's. The restaurant was cozy, but looked it had been renovated recently. Our server was excellent. She was very attentive to our requests. The food was brought out quickly, both appies and the entrees. We ordered from the stuffed pasta menu and both are dishes were good, but they were swimming in oil. I have been to several Italian restaurants before, but have never seen the sauce with so much oil. We had the tiramisu for dessert and it was really good as well. We probably wouldn't repeat as the prices were higher compared to other Italian restaurants we have visited.
This place has a couple things going for it.
the location is great, right in the heart of stevenston and also in front of the water view. also, the staff is very warm and friendly.
tonight, i took my girlfriend here for dinner. it was our first time. i will split my review down into 4 sections - food, price, service, value.
we ordered 6 dishes. 2 appies, 2 salads and 2 entrees. the bill was 140.00 and that includes a 20.00 tip.
for what we got, in terms of quality and taste, it was not extraordinary, but well made food with excellent quality ingredients.
the price at this place, in terms of what you get - portion, elevation level of cuisine, and sophistication - definitely does not match up to its pricing. you have restaurants in downtown with similar pricing structures but who serve much better food. this is one of this place's major downfalls is it takes itself way too seriously in pricing without being able to back it up. i've had amazing pheasants or chicken dishes for 30-40% less than what this place charges, right in downtown vancouver. dishes that cost only $16-$20 for chicken and yet this place charges nearly $30 - and with less portion. if you're going to charge nearly $30, it better be a great dish, especially when you're not at the ultra, michelin star leveled restaurants that people no longer care about pricing - they just want what others can never have - even if it's ice cream made of dirt - but i don't think this restaurant has achieved or is trying to achieve such a talented foolhardy status yet.
service was good. not extraordinary but attentive. we had our waters refilled when empty and servers would ask us if we wanted more bread. however, we weren't asked how our food tasted. we actually had to tell them ourselves in the end. of course,facts are facts, not something i will be picky about here.
and finally value. in terms of value, i feel it was a 3.5/5. this is a place for you to go to enjoy the view and hopefully the surrounding environment will let you forgive all flaws of this restaurant - especially it being located in a top notch spot.
would i return? probably not because there isn't anything of a wow / unique factor on their menu that i can't find elsewhere for 50% less or more. and when i say 50% less, there are MANY restaurants in vancouver that can make dishes like tapenade at 50% less.
this place's food, in terms of food and pricing that goes with it, is pretentious and i hope they will be more honest and wholesome in their dish design, portioning and pricing - especially with what was presented.
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