Known for its diverse culinary offerings, Richmond has become a go-to destination for authentic cuisine. There are more than 400 Asian restaurants—serving everything from dumplings to noodle dishes—throughout the city, but you’ll also find eateries specializing in smoked meats, French cuisine and freshly caught seafood.

2 Must-try Restaurants

Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant 

Scallops Benedict, photograph courtesy of Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant.

Go for the sunset views over the water, but stay for the savoury seafood dishes prepared using freshly caught fish (the Pan-Seared Arctic Char is a must). Whether you prefer your seafood grilled, roasted or steamed, Chef Dimitrios Papafilis creates palate-pleasing dishes that complement the restaurant’s surroundings on the Bayview Pier in historic Steveston Village. Score a spot on “the Canoe’s” patio and watch local fishermen and visitors passing by on the adjacent boardwalk as you dine.

HK BBQ Master

Photograph by Lindsay William-Ross.

As its name implies, the barbecue dishes at this hole-in-the-wall Cantonese restaurant are a meat-lovers’ dream. With limited take-out and dine-in menus, the dishes reflect decades of barbecue mastery by Eric Leung, the “master” and owner behind this award-winning spot. The meats used are all locally sourced and have been marinated, slow-cooked and then charred to perfection. Popular dishes include the Char Siu (Chinese BBQ pork), Crispy Pork, Charred Duck and Soy Chicken. Items sell out fast, so go early to avoid disappointment.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Breakfast: Chef Tony Seafood Restaurant

Baked BBQ Pork Buns, photograph courtesy of Chef Tony Seafood Restaurant.

Embrace the Chinese custom of dim sum in the morning at Chef Tony Seafood Restaurant. Signature small-bite classics include Black Truffle Siu Mai and the Salted Egg Yolk Bun.

Lunch: Smokehouse Sandwich Co.

For a laid-back experience, try the Smokehouse Sandwich Co. on Westminster Highway, and sink your teeth into pulled tamarind chicken or coffee-rubbed and strawberry-glazed brisket.

Dinner: Origo Club

Photograph courtesy of Origo Club.

At Richmond’s only French fine-dining restaurant, the Origo Club, enjoy giant tiger prawns in garlic butter, strip-loin peppercorn steak with shoestring fries, and chocolate cake with a passionfruit dark chocolate ganach.

3 Drink Stops

From craft brews to classic Canadian cocktails and even non-alcoholic drinks, Richmond offers plenty of options for every type of sipper.

Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

Photograph courtesy of Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks.

This craft-beer spot likes to add interesting flavours to its brews. Try the Strawberry Wit, a Belgian white beer made with strawberries; The Gin & Lime Pilsner, a refreshing summer sipper; or the Sakari Guava Sour, a tart beer topped with the sweetness of fresh guavas.

Jetside Bar at Fairmont Vancouver Airport

Fairmont Vancouver Airport’s Jetside Bar is famous for its contemporary cocktail list and is the perfect place to enjoy a Smoke & Barrel Old Fashioned. This cosy spot also overlooks the airport runways and the North Shore Mountains.

Yuan Chen Premium Tea

Photograph by Elyn Huang.

For a non-alcoholic post-dinner drink, head to this high-end tea shop and sip on a cup of Pu’erh tea, sourced directly from the MengKu region in China. Book a tea tasting to learn about the authentic techniques used to create this warm drink that is steeped in history.

Sweet Spots

Parfaits, photograph courtesy of Bubble Tea Shop.

Head to L’Opera Patisserie for afternoon high tea, and indulge in tasty French pastries such as Banana Mille Feuille or decadent macarons. For bubble tea or over-the-top bubble waffle parfaits, The Bubble Tea Shop offers uniquely spectacular sweets in a cup. Chocolate lovers should beeline to Wild Sweets, an award-winning chocolate-maker that offers a Meet the Makers experience where crafted chocolate confections are paired with beer, wine or spirits.

Signature Experience

Photograph by Nora Hamade.

Sample your way through the most delicious dumplings on this side of the Pacific Ocean as you embark on a self-guided tasting tour along Richmond’s Dumpling Trail. Highlights include the spicy wontons at Xi’An Cuisine, an unassuming food court stall at the Richmond Public Market, and dim sum from China’s southeastern province of Guangdong at Empire Seafood Restaurant. There are 20 restaurants along the trail, including its newest addition, Báhn Mì Très Bon, where you can nibble on shrimp and pork tapioca dumplings.

[This story appears in the October 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]