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Dim sum for large group (Vancouver/Richmond)

ATXCanuck May 13, 2008 02:55 PM

I'm thinking of holding my day after wedding brunch at a dim sum restaurant in Richmond or Chinatown, on a Monday around noon. We expect 15-25 people, most from out of town (non-dim-summers), and it's unlikely we'll have someone with us who speaks cantonese. Suggestions? I was thinking a la carte might be best because then I can order for the group. I'd like to keep the price down (broke from the wedding), but would like good quality food.

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    gourmet wife May 15, 2008 11:21 AM

    Prince on Renfrew and Grandview Hwy (12th) may be suggestion. Their food is pretty good, fresh and they have interesting modern dim sum choices. Plus they have a semi-private room (holds about 6 large tables). Personally doing dim sum with that many ppl will be difficult especially for those who aren't dim sum educated. I would ask the restaurant to do up a menu for you (not a 10 course meal) but work something out so you have a combination of dim sum and other foods. This way every one will be able to try a bit of everything.

    1. fmed May 13, 2008 04:03 PM

      In Vancouver, my spots are Golden Phoenix (small-ish), Red Star, Golden Swan, Kirin (Cambie). The dishes are all around $3.25 and up. Floata is huge and can easily accomodate youir group...not the best dim sum, but right in Chinatown.

      In Richmond, I like Gingeri (for "modern" dim sum), Shiang Garden, Sun Sui Wah, Sea Harbour, Fisherman's Terrace and Kirin. Northern Delicacies has a private room which seats about 25 people. It's good too. $3.50 and up. Gingeri is in Lansdowne Mall so parking is easy. Northern Delicacies and Fisherman's Terrace are in Aberdeen Mall where the parking can be a challenge. Kirin is probably the best choice for your group.

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      1. re: fmed
        ATXCanuck May 13, 2008 04:15 PM

        Thanks fmed, the private room at Northern Delicacies sounds appealing, although the ambiance of dim sum will be lost . . .
        Sorry to have posted yet another dim sum topic, I always go to dim sum with someone who speaks cantonese, so the idea of leading a large group to dim sum where I will be considered the 'expert' is a little daunting. Lansdowne is very close to where many of the guests are staying, so I may try gingeri if they take reservations. . .

        1. re: ATXCanuck
          kwailan4 May 13, 2008 04:40 PM

          Is breakfast an option? I know most places have specials if you order/finish before 11 am.

          1. re: kwailan4
            fmed May 13, 2008 04:42 PM

            20% off at some places.

          2. re: ATXCanuck
            im_hungry May 14, 2008 09:09 PM

            If any of your guests like to gamble or want an activity after dim sum, there's the new Kirin in New West, just off the east-west connector and it's inside the Starlight Casino. It's a nice room. Very modern, clean and they have these sheer-ish drapes that they can pull around tables to give a bit of privacy, but not lose out on ambiance. The service is good, the bathrooms are clean, and most of the wait staff speak English, if that brings any comfort.

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