This restaurant is located on No. 3 Road (near Cambie Road) and across the street from Yohan Centre in Richmond.
The 6 ouf us (4 adults and 2 children) arrived around 6:15. Fair sized restaurant with 20 - 25+ tables.
This is not your average run of the mill Chinese restaurant – a little more upscale in décor – modern and clean. When we arrived there was only maybe 4 or 5 tables occupied but by the time we left 2 hours later, it was ¾ full.
The co-worker’s spouse who is a cook at another restaurant did the ordering. He had originally ordered 3 lobsters and 1 crab. I told him that 1 lobster and 1 crab would be enough. In the end, he ordered 2 lobsters plus the crab.
He ordered the following:
• Peking duck – 2 courses
Duck skin with crepes
Chinese broccoli with duck meat stir fry
• Crab Aberdeen style – minced garlic, jalapenos, dried shrimp, etc.
• Lobster with vermicelli
• Scallop and chicken fried rice
• ½ order crispy skin chicken
The Peking duck was carved by the server on a side table. She did a fairly good job of slicing the crispy skin away from the meat. No complaints about the Peking duck except there were no shrimp chips!
Normally the second dish is a minced duck meat lettuce wrap but this time it was the leftover duck meat and Chinese gai lan stir fry.
The dungeness crab was okay. The tasty bits of deep fried minced garlic, dried shrimp, jalapenos complemented the crab meat.
The lobster was really good especially the vermicelli noodles that came with it. The noodles were very tasty. The noodles were buried underneath the 2 lobsters. See the photo.
Crispy skin chicken was okay; nothing spectacular.
The fried rice was different as it was more moist than your standard fried rice as a result of the addition of a sauce.
For dessert, we had cookies, 9 layer jello (pieces of flower petal were embedded in the flavoured lemon gelatin layers alternating with the coconut milk gelatin), and red bean soup. I enjoyed the the 9 layer jello. See photo.
In the end we had enough leftovers for at least another 2 people which we took home.
The service was good. Dirty plates were taken away in a timely manner and replaced with new ones.
The quality and taste of the food was above average. The portion sizes were okay. I cannot say how the portion sizes compare to the price as I didn’t pay. Based on the food, the restaurant décor, the service and the clientele I would say it was not cheap.
Overall, I would rate the food as good – 3.75 to 4 out of 5.
Notes and Tips
According to the co-worker’s husband, the restaurant’s chef is well known for his food preparation.
The restaurant building sits on its own property with it’s own big parking lot.
It is located less than ¼ mile from the Canada Line station.
The restroom is clean.
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