Nine local foodlovers and Chowhounds made it out to a weekday dim sum lunch at Fisherman's Terrace (Richmond) in what was supposed to be a "mini-Chowdown" for yimster, well known denizen of the San Francisco Boards here on Chowhound and balini - a Vancouver ex-pat and Chowhound now living in a tropical paradise....both here on short visits.
Yimster has been coming up to BC for about ten years to visit family and enjoy some Chinese food....and it was not the first time he has been here to Fisherman's Terrace....he actually recommended this restaurant. It did not disappoint.
Fisherman's Terrace is one of the anchor tenants at Aberdeen Mall in Richmond. This restaurant in bright, upscale and modern. The service fast, efficient, unobtrusive, and accommodating. The place was packed on this Wednesday.
Yimster, who speaks Cantonese, handled the ordering. We started off with a couple of pots of Jasmine Tea. Yimster recommended (and ordered) a different tea with Chrysanthemum as a better match for the oiliness of dim sum.
We then ate an array of dim sum classics which came fast and furious: Har Gao, Sui Mai, Steamed Eel with XO Sauce, Shrimp Spring Rolls, Deep Fried Bean Curd Skin Rolls, Rice Roll Chinese Donut with Dried Pork Floss, Vegetarian Goose, Pork Spareribs and Black Bean, Pan Fried Corn and Fish Paste Patties, Octopus - Japanese Style, Deep Fried Spicy Squid, Deep Fried Spicy Smelt...and after looking at the bill...I think they forgot to charge us for the Three Treasures.
I would say all the dishes were very good to outstanding except the overcooked Spicy Squid (which was a bit rubbery). My favourites were the Deep Fried Smelt which were pregnant with roe, the Octopus, and the Vegetable Goose.
It all came to $18 per person...and we were all stuffed by the end of it. We did manage to save a bit of room for a cream puff at Beard Papa at the food court afterwards. A quick spin through Daiso, the Japanese 100-yen store and we bid adieu.
Until next year, yimster and balini.
In the meantime the Vancouver Chowhounds are planning for the next one at Bing Sheng. (technically Chowdown #4...since we are probably going to call this one Chowdown #3.5).