Northern Delicacy is an upscale Chinese Restaurant located within Aberdeen Center in Richmond BC. (Directly above this restaurant is another very good Chinese restaurant - Fisherman's Terrace which specializes in dim sum.)
This is a great, convenient place to take out of towners who would like to experience the area's Regional Chinese cuisine and experience an Asian Mall - Aberdeen Center. Most of the dishes are very authentic while some are merely successful renditions and adaptations of classic and not so classic dishes from the North, Sichuan, Canton, and others. The dishes are tasty and skillfully prepared with some nice aesthetic touches like hand carved vegetables, and sculpted steam buns.
Their high-production, glossy, laminated, full colour 20(?)-page menu reads like a survey of Chinese Regional fare. (Apparenty, these menus are objects of desire - there is a sticker on the back of each menu that warns customers to not steal them and that you can buy one for $150!)
The space is bright and spacious with large glass walls on one side of the restaurant. The decor is institutional and not-so-cheesily detailed with sculptures (terracotta soldiers, lions, etc.) and art. They have a private banquet room which looks like it could seat 30 or people.
The dishes we ordered were all excellent. The tea-smoked duck was tender and well seasoned and smoked. The dan dan noodles were prepared using sesame paste base with an added twist of crushed black sesame. The Shanghai noodles (hand stretched) with shrimp was also quite good - and not overtly sweet and caramelized like most other places. The one minor letdown was the xiao long bao - the crimped tops of the buns were a little tough and dried out, though the filling was juicy and full of broth.
The service is of the typical Chinese restaurant hive-machine efficiency - the first order was on our table within 5 minutes. The rest of the dishes came in rapid succession.
After the meal - you can go shopping at Diaso, or pick up some Beard Papa cream puffs.
One word of warning. The Aberdeen Center's parkade is an absolute disaster. The poor design makes for a frustrating experience when trying to find parking.