Whether it’s the festive Chinese New Year season or any day of the week, the opportunities to enjoy Asian cuisine in Vancouver are everywhere. This is especially true in the epicenter of the Asian dining scene – the Vancouver suburb of Richmond. With over 800 restaurants, more than 80% of which offer Asian cuisine of every description and price point, locals and visitors do not have to leave British Columbia to experience the best of Asia. Some of the best Richmond restaurants for families are less than a 15 minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or 5 minutes from Vancouver International Airport. But how do you find a Richmond restaurant to suit your family’s dining tastes? We’ve done the heavy eating for you.
Best Richmond Restaurants for Families
If you’re not familiar with Asian cuisine, or couldn’t possibly know where to begin in choosing where or what to eat, let us be your curated dining guide to some fabulous, family-friendly Richmond restaurants. Don’t be afraid – let’s take a quick trip to Shanghai, Tokyo and Mumbai!
This higher-end, atypical Chinese restaurant offers Cantonese cuisine in new and delicious ways. Many of Chef Tony’s signature dishes are upscale riffs on traditional dishes, like the Siu Mai with Black Truffle (pictured above), the Marinated Chicken with Truffle Flakes, and the light-as-air, deep-fried taro and abalone. The room is modern, with splashy purple neon lighting, jellyfish chandeliers and private dining rooms for business or pleasure. The menu and large in-house video screen show the food options in picture form, which makes ordering for non-Chinese speakers easy peasy. Just point and choose what looks delicious. 101-4600 No. 3 Rd. (within the Golden Village shopping mall)
Parker Place Meat & BBQ
Prepare to wait in line, but don’t worry, it will be worth it. This hidden gem at Parker Place Mall sells a variety of ready-to-go takeaway BBQ goods, specializing in roasted pork, BBQ duck, BBQ pork and soya chicken. There’s no dining area, but the mall’s food court is a perfect place to sit and enjoy your fresh crispy duck skin or BBQ pork crackling. Or pop over to a local park or Richmond dike bench. Step around the corner to the Hong Kong-style Lido Bakery for a pineapple bun dessert chaser with a slab of salted butter inside. Seriously amazing. 4380 No. 3 Road, Parker Place Mall
This divine chicken house with the funny name sits in a nondescript strip-mall on a Richmond thoroughfare. Don’t be fooled by its plain interior and hole-in-the-wall vibe! Prata-Man specializes in marinated Hainanese chicken done in Singapore-style, served cold with oil rice (made with chicken stock, fat and lots of ginger) and a chicken broth consommé. Add some hot chilis and onions and you’ll be in serious dining heaven. This is incredibly delicious comfort food at a budget price. 9060 Capstan Way, Richmond @PrataManDiner
R&H Chinese Restaurant
The best Xiao Long Bao soup dumplings are made at R&H Chinese Food, a mom and pop dumpling shop in the neon-bathed food court of Lansdowne Centre, one of the two large shopping malls in Richmond. The food stall may look plain, but note that massive bowl of homemade minced pork, aspic, salt and spices? It’s about to be formed into delicate, piping hot xiao long bao dumplings that require enthusiastic slurping, then chewing. Order them fresh in a bamboo steamer and eat them on the spot for maximum enjoyment. 5300 No. 3 Road, Landsdowne Mall
Let’s take a trip to Mumbai! The [email protected] Restaurant at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel offers a spicy tiffin lunch that will whisk you away to the Indian subcontinent. Chef Karan Suri employs his mother’s recipe for a wonderful comfort dish of butter chicken. It and savory samosas are packed into unique tiffin containers that keep everything in its place. If you’re in-transit and feeling the effects of jet lag, pair your dinner with the [email protected]’s jetsetter tea, a low caffeine beverage reputed to help with fatigue.
Deer Garden Signatures
Soup lovers rejoice, you’ve reached nirvana. This second-floor Che Jai Mien restaurant is hidden away from the road so you need this Google map it to find it. Deer Garden is a Chinese noodle house serving up an overwhelming choice of noodle soups, as well as curries and Hong Kong-style a la carte items (think seared pork chop with red wine demi glaze). The soup menu reads like a dim sum list. First, choose a soup base (choose the Malay laksa fish soup, please!), then your noodle choice (ramen, udon, egg, rice, yam), followed by meat and vegetarian topping options. The portions are huge and fit for two meals. Meals include hot drinks or a cold milk tea for a dollar extra. Cash only. 2015-8580 Alexandra Road, Venezia Place
Note: With more than 200 restaurants in three short blocks, Alexandra Road is Richmond’s Food Street. The in-migration from across Asia means that Richmond has developed a wide diversity of Asian cuisines – Cantonese, Szechuan, Shanghainese, Northern Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Malaysian) making it more like international cities such as Hong Kong and Singapore in terms of variety, which is unique in North America.
Seto Japanese Restaurant
A humble Japanese sushi house, also on Food Street. Owned by a Japanese family for 19 years (a rarity these days), Seto serves up all forms of sashimi, sushi, donburi, hot noodles, ramen bowls, and hot pot, as well as handmade Japanese desserts. Reservations are recommended. 155-8460 Alexandra Road
An elegant, European-style dessert café, Sugarholic also offers high tea and savoury lunch and dinner specials. The decor is reminiscent of wedgwood china, a signature blue with white accents that is quite classic. The dessert specialities include waffles and innovative honey toast boxes topped with ice cream, fruit, and other sweet toppings. The creations are almost architectural, and kids of any age will enjoy deconstructing the toast boxes, cube by cube. The tea menu is extensive, and the choices pair very well with the desserts. After enjoying a dessert feast, wander around the shops of Aberdeen Mall, including the $2 Daiso wonderland. 1008-4151 Hazelbridge Way, Aberdeen Mall
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Disclosure: The Travelling Mom thanks Tourism Richmond for its hospitality. As always, our opinions are honest and our own.
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