Cantonese people call going to Dim Sum ‘yum cha’, which literally means ‘drinking tea’, as their most favourite form of luncheon originated in tea houses a millennium ago, prepared as snacks to complement their beloved tea. But centuries later, Dim Sum has evolved into a prominent brunch option all around the globe, often bringing friends and family together over a pot of hot tea, and a great variety of small delectable dishes of buns, dumplings and rolls. The cities in the Lower Mainland, especially Vancouver and Richmond, are well-known for the best restaurants in North America that offer authentic Cantonese cuisine and Dim Sum. If you prefer to go green and avoid the trouble of driving in the traffic and finding parking, these are the highly-regarded restaurants for Dim Sum near the Canada Line skytrain stations. Please note that these restaurants are all tremendously popular, and making reservations is absolutely recommended. And if you have plenty of time to spare after dim sum, there are tons of fun things to do around these stations as well.
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Built between downtown’s historic Gastown and famous landmark of Canada Place, Waterfront Station is the sole terminus station of the Canada, Expo and Millennium SkyTrain Lines, the Seabus and the West Coast Express. It’s a popular destination surrounded by magnificent views of the ocean and mountains, charming heritage architecture, fine restaurants of world cuisines, and exciting night spots.
Located on the lower level of Royal Centre, Victoria Chinese Restaurant is less than a 10-minute walk away from Waterfront Station by foot, and it is the only upscale Cantonese restaurant offering dim sum service in the Downtown core of Vancouver, unless you don’t mind having a longer stroll to the West End’s Kirin or Chinatown’s Floata. After a year long renovation, the restaurant has recently re-opened with a new dim sum menu featuring mostly classic dim sum dishes. Despite the simplicity and higher price, the quality of the food and the service make an enjoyable experience. The Sticky Rice Wraps and the Rice Noodle Rolls are quite tasty here.
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Broadway – City Hall
Situated on West Broadway and Cambie Street, Broadway City – Hall Station is not only the stop for visiting Vancouver City Hall or connecting to the 99 B-Line Bus, but it is also fantastic for great shopping and delicious food. Walking along either Broadway or Cambie, there are numerous restaurants of diverse cuisines.
Kirin is a chain of fine dining Chinese restaurants in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. This particular location near city hall features floor to ceiling windows on three sides of the main dining room, with natural lighting and the spectacular views of Downtown Vancouver. The number of dim sum choices here is not the greatest, but the quality of the classic dishes are consistent. The Egg Yolk Buns and the ‘Ja Leung” (Rice Noodle Roll Stuffed with Chinese Donut) are among the popular dim sum dishes.
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Oakridge – 41st
Positioned on the Southwest corner of W 41st Avenue and Cambie Street, the Oakridge – 41st Station is underneath Oakridge Mall, a very walkable upscale shopping centre. Nearby attractions includes Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver’s horticultural pride, with strikingly beautiful gardens and breath-taking views of the park, city and mountains on the north shore, and a popular destination for visitors and their cameras.
Peninsula Seafood Restaurant is an award-winning restaurant (Best Service Restaurant category for the 2014 Diners’ Choice Awards for Chinese restaurants) that offers both classic and creative dim sum dishes on their menu. They also have photos of all the dishes on their menu which is quite helpful for first-time dim sum goers. Although on the pricey side, their dish portions are also slightly more generous. Their attentive services will also contribute to a good dim sum experience. Try their Har Gau (Shrimp Dumplings) and Taro Cake, which show their attention to details on ingredients and presentation.
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Bridgeport Station is a station in Richmond that is the closest to the Richmond – Vancouver border, the junction / point for trains heading for Richmond Brighouse or YVR Airport. and a major transit hub for 15 bus lines connecting destinations throughout Richmond, Delta, South Surrey and White Rock, as well as the Tsawwassen BC Ferry terminal for traveling to Vancouver Island or the Southern Gulf Islands. You can walk right into the River Rock Casino from the station. The nearby attractions also include the Richmond Night Market in the summer, a stroll to the Marina, or reaching the viewpoint at the Eastern tip of the Walkway to see the Fraser River, dry docks and planes taking off above Vancouver International Airport.
Established in 1999 by a team of classic Cantonese chefs and restaurant experts from Zhongshan in Guangdong Province of China, Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant has been incorporating prestigious food traditions and culture from the Pearl River Delta, along with quality local ingredients, into elegant and innovative Cantonese style dishes for the locals and the world travelers. They only took residence at the River Rock Casino a little less than 5 years ago. With a vastly spacious dining room with a high ceiling, crystal chandeliers, and other lavish decorative details, Sea Harbour definitely stands out as one of the most upscale Chinese restaurants in Metro Vancouver. The must-try dishes include the Chicken Wings Stuffed with Sticky Rice, in which the tiny bones are carefully removed from the wings, and replaced with sticky rice and other scrumptious ingredients.
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Aberdeen Station is built in the heart of the Golden Village of Richmond. You will find a row of shopping malls located along No 3 Road, including Yaohan Centre, Aberdeen Centre and Parker Place, all a short walk away, forming a genuinely intriguing area for Chinese and pan-Asian cultural, gastronomic and shopping experiences. You will also discover a sea of Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Vietnamese restaurants around the Station.
Situated on the top level of Aberdeen Centre, an 150-store Asian supermall where you can find a 2-story Daiso and an indoor music fountain modeled after the one in front of Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Fisherman’s Terrace is the sole fine dining Cantonese style restaurant in the mall. As they are known for their seafood, you’re likely to find seafood based dim sum rather tasty here. Try the Scallop and Spinach Dumplings or the Shrimp Spring Rolls for your seafood dim sum fix!
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Shun Feng is located inside the other Asian supermall, Parker Place, a landmark of Richmond for almost two decades. With over 150 stores, Parker Place is definitely one of the most popular destinations if you are looking for a unique shopping experience filled with authentic Asian style. Shun Feng Seafood Restaurant not only offers regular dim sum dishes, but they put a spin of the Shun-de style in the preparation. Shun-de, also called ‘The City of Phoenix’, is a township in the Pearl River Delta that is known for producing the best Cantonese chefs in China. Their Har Gow (Shrimp Dumpling) is so fresh and tasty, and they have done this ‘King of All Dim Sum’ dish justice.
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Being one of many great shopping destinations easily accessed by the Canada Line, Lansdowne Station is situated on No 3 Road and Lansdowne Road. Besides Lansdowne Centre where you’ll find many specialty stores, there are numerous shops in the area for antiques, furniture and electronics. The nearby landmarks include the Garden City Lands, a 136-acre green space of the last remaining reserve protected by BC Agricultural Land Reserve Act, and the Richmond campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University. And for Chinese and Asian food enthusiasts, don’t forget to visit Alexandra Road. Known as “Food Street” among Richmond locals, this three-block-long street is home to 200+ restaurants and a scrumptious world of dining experiences!
Gingeri Chinese Cuisine is an upscale Cantonese seafood restaurant inside Lansdowne Mall right next to ICBC. They have a few innovative dim sum dishes that stand out. Try the Golden Dumpling, a variation of the Shrimp Dumpling with a golden colour from using corn in the filling. It gives a refreshing sweetness over the shrimp in the dumpling. The perfectly fluffy and crunchy Deep Fried Shrimps is also another tasty choice.
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Chef Tony, like Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant, has its origin from Zhongshan, a Cantonese city well-known for its fine cooking style. It is a high-end Cantonese restaurant that offers refined dishes. They have put some luxury touches to their Dim Sum creations, such as the Black Truffle Sui Mai, or the Deep Fried Taro Dumplings with Abalone. Other innovative dishes include the Deep Fried Sticky Rice and the Bitter Melon Rice Roll.
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With 2 locations in the Lower Mainland, Sun Sui Wah has often been compared to another upscale Chinese restaurant chain, Kirin. With new restaurants popping up like the baby bamboo shoots after a spring rain, Sun Sui Wah offers classic quality Dim Sum plates consistently. As they specialize in seafood dishes, this Crab Claw Stuffed with Shrimp Paste sits on a buttery toast will satisfy any seafood lover.
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Richmond – Brighouse
Brighouse Station is located within Richmond’s commercial, cultural and administrative heart. It is within a short walking distance of to the Richmond Centre shopping mall, Richmond City Hall and the charming and scenic Minoru Park.
For almost 30 years, Kirin is the juggernaut of Chinese fine dining with 4 locations in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. The restaurant chain has established a standard for refined Chinese dishes using both exotic ingredients and local seafood, as well as elegant ambience and attentive service. The Richmond location has become extremely popular over the years. It is advisable to book at least 3 or 4 days in advance for their weekend Dim Sim service. Try their classic Cantonese style bun dishes such as the Steamed Abalone and Chicken Bun.
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Empire Seafood harbours Executive Dim Sum Chef Ching Ho who has received numerous awards from all around the world, and specializes in incorporating local seafood in his Dim Sum creations. The Har Gow (Shrimp Dumpling) and the Steamed Rice Roll with Scallop and Pea Tip are among the must-try dishes. Their sister restaurant Parklane Chinese Restaurant is located just 30 meters away on the same plaza, which offers similar Dim Sum dishes but with some Chiuchow twist, and is a good alternative if you have trouble getting a table at Empire.
Established in 2004, Empire is well known for a wide variety of dim sum such as steamed shrimp dumpling, baked BBQ pork bun, and baked egg tart.
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Being one of the resident restaurants of Richmond Centre, the biggest shopping mall in the city, Shi Art Chinese Cuisine is a popular Dim Sum destination among the locals and the shoppers. The BBQ Pork Pastry and the Shrimp Spring Roll are recommended here.
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