How to Find the Best Richmond Restaurants for Families

It's an East meets West Asian foodie feast in Richmond, a suburb just south of Vancouver, British Columbia. How to find the best Richmond restaurants for hungry families. | thetravellingmom.ca

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.

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Deep-fried taro and abalone; Xiao long bao dumplings; Hainanese chicken; Indian samosas

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!

Chef Tony

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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

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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

Prata-Man

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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

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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

Globe@YVR

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Let’s take a trip to Mumbai! The Globe@YVR 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 Globe@YVR’s jetsetter tea, a low caffeine beverage reputed to help with fatigue.

Deer Garden Signatures

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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

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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

Sugarholic Cafe

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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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It's an East meets West Asian foodie feast in Richmond, a suburb just south of Vancouver, British Columbia. How to find the best Richmond restaurants for hungry foodies and families. | thetravellingmom.ca

Photo Credits: C. Laroye

Disclosure: The Travelling Mom thanks Tourism Richmond for its hospitality. As always, our opinions are honest and our own.

Have you eaten in Richmond? Did we miss any of your favorite dining spots? Share your tips and recommendations in the comments section!

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30 Comments

  • Christopher says:

    Great. Thanks a lot, now I’m hungry. BBQ Pork & Chicken hummm. Good thing Toronto has a few China towns! Great post!

  • mark says:

    I can’t believe there are 800 restaurants of which 80% are Asian that’s amazing. Asian food must be highly popular in Richmond. Sugarholic would send my girls into a sugar coma. my god they look fantastic those deserts

    • Claudia says:

      The food and restaurant choices are amazing – we’ll quite spoiled. Your girls would love Sugarholic – it’s delicious and adorable.

  • Alouise says:

    I knew that there were some great restaurants in Vancouver, but I’ve never been to Richmond. Next time I’m out by Vancouver I’ll have to check out some of these places in Richmond, the food there looks fantastic.

    • Claudia says:

      Yes, you must stop in to visit Richmond and EAT, Alouise! You won’t regret a food tour of this Vancouver suburb.

  • sabrina says:

    thank you for thiss tips… but what is really stunning is your foody pics. I’ll follow you on instagram right away!! <3

  • anna says:

    Ohhhh man. Your food photos look incredible. That Deer Garden curry noodle soup looks absolutely divine! I’m also a sucker for good japanese!

  • Rob says:

    yummm these restaurants sound fantastic, Parker Place Meat & BBQ looks amazing and makes my mouth water what a great take away gem. I also want to try Seto Japanese Restaurant you are right being around for 19 years is a rarity.

  • noel says:

    wow, that is quite a substantial list of delicious eateries, must check out some of these when I visit Vancouver some day

  • Natasha Amar says:

    Richmond looks like foodie heaven to me especially since I love Asian food. By the way, that butter chicken looks amazing and just like it would in India!

  • Lillie says:

    Yum! I haven’t been to Richmond yet, but those soup dumplings are calling my name! My little guy would appreciate them, too. 🙂

    • Claudia says:

      All of these restaurants are very family-friendly. So many great choices! Thanks for your comment, Lillie.

  • Mags says:

    I had no idea Vancouver had so much delicious (looking) Asian foods. I may need to make a trip there soon.

  • Richmond sounds like my idea of food paradise. I freakin adore Asian cuisine. I didnt realise Vancouver was as large as it is. I cant wait to get there and start eating EVERYTHING. 🙂

  • Dana says:

    I WANT DUMPLINGS! All the food looks amazing! We’ll be back in Virginia Beach this summer and were thinking about a trip up to Richmond. I’ll have to try some of these restaurants out on our trip.

  • Tempting photos! And now I’m craving Asian food!

  • YUM! I love the sound of all of these. So much so in fact that I think I would probably re-visit Vancouver just to eat Asian food (it’s the one type of food we lack in Mexico City!).

  • Robin says:

    I kept scrolling down thinking “That’s my favorite” “that’s my favorite.” I confess I most want that curried noodle soup. That Singapore-style chicken served cold with the skin on leaves me perplexed. I just can’t imagine that one.

    • Claudia says:

      That noodle soup is the bomb. The cold chicken was a real surprise. I didn’t eat the skin, but the chicken was SO good, especially with the rice and hot chilis. Yumminess.

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