Dinesty Chinese Restaurant – Dim Sum

I’m not going to lie… I used to make fun of the name “Dinesty Chinese Restaurant” whenever we used to drive by it in Richmond.  Instead of a clever play on words, I figured it was just a typical Chinese misspelling that you see so often in translated signs and menus.

After hearing some good reviews about Dinesty, we decided to give it a try.  As usual, we had our regular problems trying to visit a new restaurant – I had read somewhere that they opened at 10am on the weekends and showed up around 10:30am only to find out that they don’t open until 11am.  I swear, I could fill a book with all of our problems and mishaps whenever we try to dine at a new location.

After waiting at the nearby Chapters, we finally made it into Dinesty and it was a good thing we showed up early because the tables started to fill up almost immediately in this small restaurant.  The interior is styled in the same manner as Shanghai River, with light grey walls and a large view of the kitchen from the dining room.

We started out with the Marinated Beef with Soy Sauce Wrapped in Pancake.  This was one of the better beef pancakes that we’ve had (probably as good or better than the ones we had at Golden Great Wall) and had a nice flaky pancake wrapped around thinly cut beef, cucumber, and green onion with the perfect amount of sauce.

I heard that the Xiao Long Bao (steamed pork dumplings) were good here and it seemed like all of the tables were ordering it.  I don’t think it was as good as the ones we had at Shanghai River though – the dumplings at Dinesty have a nice thin skin but are smaller and the soup doesn’t seem to have that much flavour to it.  I like that each person gets their own ginger vinegar dipping sauce, but again, it didn’t seem to be as flavourful as the ones we had at Golden Great Wall or Shanghai River.

On a side note, trying to pick up a XLB without breaking the skin is a good way to test your chopstick skills.  Considering how thin the skins here were, we must have had some mad chopstick skills this morning.

The Scallops, Shrimp, and Squid with Veggies dish was fairly generously sized.

No, this isn’t tofu… it’s actually Pan Fried Radish Cake in XO Sauce with Bean Sprouts.  I really liked this dish and, since the radish cakes were cubed, it allowed more surface area to absorb the XO sauce.

The Salt and Pepper Spicy Chicken Wings reminded me of the ones we had at Phnom Penh.  The garlic and chili pepper seasoning is extremely spicy (like jiu yim) but the wings themselves aren’t that spicy without them.  The meat is not as moist as Phnom Penh but it’s still really tasty.

Unfortunately, we were seated in one of the tables in the middle of the restaurant.  The way the tables are arranged, the waitresses walk around the outer tables and it’s next to impossible to flag them down if you’re in one of the centre tables.  I’m also not sure why some tables had ordering sheets while we didn’t.  On the plus side, the menu has lots of pictures so it makes it easier to tell what you’re going to get (since Chinese-English translations on menus rarely works out well).

Food:  4 / 5
Service:  2 / 5

8111 Ackroyd Road
Richmond, BC

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Posted on September 28, 2011, in Chicken, Chinese, Dim Sum, Restaurant Review and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

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