Location: 8111 Ackroyd Rd, Richmond, BC
I’ve been wanting to visit this restaurant with my girlfriend for a long time, but every time we stop by, it’s either full or the wait time is horrendous. Note, this restaurant isn’t very couples friendly. They will not reserve a spot for 3 or less, 4 is a different story. Luckily enough, I got together a party of 4 to try out this place! One of my good high school friend was visiting in town, so might as well try something new!
We made reservations at 7:15PM and it was starting to get busy. It was only a week night. Of course, I was the first to arrive despite I took transit, I was still the first to arrive. Despite the competition from nearby Shanghainese restaurants, they were still busy. The reason behind this is probably because their dishes are a little cheaper than competition and everything could be seen from the open kitchen. The downside to this is that the restaurant does get quite noisy, a little too noisy to carry a conversation.
On to the food, this was a thinly sliced beef and sliced cucumber wrapped in a flaky pastry. Cold beef but warm pastry, quite the combination.
Pork dumplings are one of the most famous dishes in Shanghainese cuisine. It’s like you have Sushi in Japanese cuisine, and spaghetti in Italian cuisine. The place definitely have lots of juice in its pork dumplings. However, compared to other places in Richmond, their dumplings are smaller than competition.
The chive pancake here is a bit different than other places. For one, the outer crust is deep fried rather than pan-fried. I personally like pan-fried better. The chive doesn’t taste all that strong, so it’s not one of the best I’ve had. I also find this one a little too dry for my taste buds.
This was a great dish because the wine really stood out from the chicken. Also, it’s one of a few restaurants in Richmond that this dish is bones-free. It took out all its bones so that it is all meat. But being a Chinese, I’m not sure if I’d like my chicken with just meat. I like to chew on my bones.
We had literally a “fun” time eating this bowl of noodles because there were substances in there that we could not figure out what it was. There were tofu cubes, but there were also something like melon texture. Overall, the noodle was quite tasty and definitely worth a try.
This dish ended the evening, as they didn’t have the dessert we wanted to try that evening. It was a cold dish filled with Chinese mushrooms and bamboo shoots. It was sweet to taste and had a rather cool feeling to it. It’s one of those dishes you would like to have on hot summer days.
The staff here are all very bilingual or even trilingual. They are very helpful and quite polite compared to other similar restaurants in Richmond. We sat there for over half an hour studying the menu before ordering, and they had no intention of hurrying us or kicking us out. They even helped us take a group photo at the end of our meal. The restaurant is quite modern looking with mirror ceilings and wood-grained appliances. It’s got quite a class to it. But, the one thing I like about this place is its varieties. It has loads of varieties and small portions so that, you can try more food without ordering one big dish and no room to try the rest.
If you’ve been here, what is your favourite dish at Dinesty Chinese Restaurant?