One spot we love in Richmond is the Foggy Dew, an Irish pub in our hotel. My husband loves the Guiness on tap (better than the Guiness he gets here that is pasturized) and I love the food. They have great wings (cheap on Tuesdays), and other appetizers. We've also enjoyed several meals there. Bob's favorite it Steak & Guiness Pie.
The second night the four of us went to Tropika where we had 4 kinds of satays, veg hot pot lemon chicken, and 4 kinds of rice. Great food and service.
In Victoria, we ate lunch at Darcy's Pub on the water front. We started with a flatbread with 2 or 3 spreads; it was hot and delicious. One of my friends had the portabello burger, two others had the jerk chicken sandwich (really great, I got a bite of my husband's)and I had fish and chips. All much bigger than we needed, but we finished them!
We came back to Richmond for dinner and decided, since we'd had no Asian yet that day, to go to Kirin's. So with no reservation and late (after 9 PM), we were welcomed and proceeded to enjoy what ended up being the best dinner of the trip. We chose the set menu for four at $30/person. The appetizer was shredded chicken with a spicy peanut sauce, spring rolls, and cold sliced beef (braised in spices, etc and sliced thin, I don't don't know the name but love it). Soup was hot & sour, not the best I've had here, but way above average with fresh shrimp, tofu, bamboo, woodears, etc all cut in very small juliene. Next course was Peking duck skin with pancakes (they make their own, small and odd shaped, but very tender)- this was a first for Bob & I. He's the duck eater, I'm not, but this was excellant. Next came diced duck in lettuce leaves which we all loved. Now we knew we were never going to be able to eat everything that was coming! Then the main entrees arrived: black mushrooms with vegetables (baby choy, pea pods, something else, but I've forgotten), lemon chicken, shrimp in a very light sauce with peppers, etc for color, and a special fried rice. We ate the shrimp, mushrooms, some of the vegetables, the chicken, and a little of the rice! The lemon chicken, a favorite dish of mine, was the best any of us had ever had. It was coated with a light crispy coat (maybe panko), just barely cooked with a light but very lemony sauce. My husband usually doesn't like lemon chicken, but loved this one. Service was formal: appetizer divided after showing us the full plate, pancakes filled and rolled, plates changed constantly, tea was on a stand with candle to keep it hot, rice in rice bowls, and we did not feel that they were trying to get us to leave even though it was quite late. They had two large parties going and one of them still had a few people there when we left. After the table was cleared (we gave up trying to eat all the rice and vegetables!), our waiter brought us dessert!!! Great relief was felt by all when we found out that it was tapocia in coconut, like a soup. Cold and very refreshing! We will go to dinner here again.
The next evening, after a day trip to Hells Gate on the Fraser and a visit to Minter Gardens, we stopped at Hart House, but they were closed for a private party, so we went to Mike's choice: Landmark Hot Pot (on Cambie, parking at night behind the building in the alley but you need to tell the attendent you're going to Landmark). I had read to order the duo base (satay and chicken broth) with the seafood combo, but our waiter said he didn't think that that was what we would want. It is really seafood and combo, the combo being various pork insides. Since pig uteri was on the menu, we decided to pass on that one! We did get live prawns (they skewered them for us!), steak, chicken, shrimp & pork dumplins, mushrooms, and a variety of choy. He cooked a lot of the items for us to show us how, was very helpful. Again, a place where we were the only Caucasians. This was a great dinner and we will go again, but we will be very careful on who we take.
The next night we went to Shiang Garden. We had dim sum there after we had dinner at Kirin's, and wanted another Chinese dinner to enjoy during the week. We were very disappointed. Service was not as good as we had a dim sum, they had no fixed menu suggestions (at least not in English), dishes came out randomly with too much time between them (in fact, several times service people looked at the list on our table to see what hadn't come), but finally the only waitress on the floor (all the others were men) took us under her wing and got us the rest of our dinner. The best dish was the appetizer, a combination one of smoked salmon, mushrooms in bean curd wrapper, sliced seasoned beef, and steamed chicken which gave us great expectations for the rest of the meal. I think the scallops in XO sauce arrived next, but since I can only eat two or three bites of spicy items before I have something else and all we had was plain rice that we had requested, I didn't get to enjoy this dish as much as I might have it all the entrees had been served at the same time. Next we got the minced beef in lettuce cups, good but unfortunately we were comparing it to Kirin's duck! Finally, after much waiting, the lemon chicken arrived! We had ordered it to compare it with what we had earlier in the week. It failed completely: way to much crust with very little chicken and cooked too long, sauce favorless and we were eating this by itself! They did provide two deserts; first fresh fruit which was very refreshing. Then red bean soup, which we had turned down but the waitress, when she brought it said they had all ready prepared it. The other three enjoyed it, but I found that is is something I don't like. I can not recommend Shiang for dinner, but highly recommend going to dim sum here.
We also went to a couple of uninteresting Japanese places for dinner and one Greek in Steveston; none would I recommend going to.