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The Deluxe Chinese Restaurant: Deluxe Dim Sum

The Deluxe Chinese Restaurant lives up to their name. This modern looking restaurant is located in Richmond on the corner of Browngate and No. 3 Road. The ultra tall ceilings, well-appointed interior, and multi-panel large screen tv are the first things that hit you when you enter. Arriving around 10:30am on a Sunday, there were a moderate number of diners here but we managed to secure a table (there was a lineup by the time we left).
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Cactus Club (Richmond Centre): Nothing New Here

Late last year, Cactus Club opened up in Richmond Centre. This popular chain restaurant (similar to Earls, Milestones, and Joeys) reinvented themselves years ago from the kitschy cow-themed decor to a more stylish offering with waitresses that are garbed in tight black dresses. We recently found a need to head over to Richmond Centre and noticed that they blocked off a section of prime parking spaces so Cactus Club could offer special VIP parking ($6 for Cactus Club patrons or $12 for Richmond Centre shoppers). Something about that just didn’t sit right with me given the already busy parking situation here.
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Toku Japanese Restaurant: Unagi Don and Tempura

Toku Japanese Restaurant is located in Lansdowne Centre, directly across from Earls (on the north side of the mall). It’s a surprisingly large restaurant with high ceilings and call buttons located on the tables (similar to what you’d find at many Korean restaurants). Being the polite and reserved Canadian people that we are, we didn’t even try to use the call buttons during our meal but we didn’t have to as service was pretty good and it was easy to get the attention of the servers.
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Ricky’s Country Restaurant (Richmond): Farmhand’s Favourite

It wasn’t my plan to visit Ricky’s… but sometimes, things just work out this way. I was originally going to head over to Lido Restaurant to try their famous pineapple buns but found the place to be super busy on the Saturday morning. Not in the mood to wait around or to hunt around for parking, I dejectedly headed over to nearby Ricky’s Country Restaurant (this is now my 2nd failed attempt at visiting Lido).
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Ichiro Japanese Restaurant: Solid Seafood in Steveston

It seems like I’ve been waiting to go to Ichiro Japanese Restaurant in Steveston for ages but, in the past, I’ve always wound up filling up on fish and chips instead. Well, in March this year, we decided to change things up a bit. We still got fish and chips from Pajos but we only ordered a small serving to save room for our visit to Ichiro.
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Dragon View Chinese Cuisine: Dim Sum

Dragon View Chinese Cuisine is located on the second floor of Continental Shopping Centre in Richmond and has a pleasant looking interior with interesting chandeliers that, to me, resembled the round leaves of a money tree (lunaria annua). There’s also a large floral mural on one wall made up of tiny metallic and glass tiles.
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Mui Garden (Richmond): Curry Beef Brisket and Baked Pork Chop on Rice

If you’ve ever been around the Victoria Drive area near East 41st Avenue, you’ve probably seen the popular HK Style Cafe known as Mui Garden. As it turns out, they also have a Richmond location (they had another location on Main Street that closed out last year).
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White Spot (Bridgeport): Dry and Overcooked Eggs

As someone who was born in Vancouver, I have fond memories of White Spot… especially their pirate paks. As I got older, I started to appreciate their legendary burgers and other casual dishes like chicken pot pie and fish and chips. However, over the last 15 years or so, I’ve noticed a decline in their food. Nothing too serious but noticeable enough that I often lament about how their coleslaw used to taste better or their hamburgers used to be juicier.
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R&H Chinese Food: XLB

R&H Chinese Food is a food stall located in the Lansdowne Centre food court. Normally, you wouldn’t think that you could find good xiao long bao in a food court (unless you’re talking about Xu’s Wonton House aka Shanghai Dim Sum House in Crystal Mall).
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Blue Canoe Waterfront: Raw and Fried Oysters

Usually, Pajo’s is our place to go when we head over to Steveston. However, when we’re looking for something other than fish & chips, we like to try some of the other restaurants along the Bayview Pier.
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L’otus Cake Boutique: Earl Grey and Matcha Mille Crêpes

Nothing spurs the FOMO in people like seeing countless pictures of beautifully crafted desserts fill their social media feeds. That’s exactly what happened in the beginning of the year when people started sharing pics of the delicately formed mille crêpes cakes served at L’otus Cake Boutique in Richmond.
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Chen’s Shanghai Kitchen: Overpriced and Undercooked

Okay, I’ve heard of some good things about the XLB at Chen’s Shanghai Kitchen in Richmond… which is pretty much the only reason why I bothered to visit this place. The problem with listening to online reviews is that you can’t always believe what you read.
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