Dim Sum at Dynasty Seafood
I thought I would hazard the gastronomic minefield that is dim sum restaurant recommendation. In this city, no other restaurant category manages to bring up such strong and often nastily put opinions…but here goes nothin’. I am often asked for a recommendation within the Vancouver’s city limits precluding my usual “go to Richmond” mantra. For a long time, I would hesitantly recommend one of the stalwarts (e.g. Kirin, or Sun Sui Wah) with the caveat that they are all a bit inconsistent.
I have found a new favourite in Dynasty Seafood which is the triple threat in that: it is good, it is close to downtown, and it is vegetarian friendly. And after a number of meals over the last year or two, I found it to be pretty consistently good at both dim sum and at dinner – a rare feat. I have also noted that the chefs in the back are given enough freedom to be a bit creative with their cooking. The dim sum dishes show a subtle flair and execution that top even the best of the dim sum restaurants in Richmond.
To wit: their cha sui (BBQ pork) parcel where a thin, light, flakey pastry encases a filling elevated by the addition of lemon rind. Very good. This could be my favourite dim sum dish in town right now. They also do the classics really well – including the usual sui mai and har gao – both of which are dimensioned reasonably – not the baseball sized monstrosities that are now so common at most other dim sum joints. By dedicating a full page in their menu to a good and creative selection of vege-friendly dishes, they are also one of the rare dim sum restaurants to properly address the vegetarian diner. The prices here are admittedly higher than the norm but it is well worth the premium.