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Chinese seafood for just two people (Vancouver/Richmond area)

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YVRChow Nov 12, 2010 06:19 AM

I was posed a question by some friends who want to go out for a nice Chinese seafood dinner, but only as a couple, not in a big group.

I couldn't think of a good spot for this, as all of the places I can think of focus on larger groups.

Any good ideas? Richmond preferred, but open to other areas too.....

  1. fmed Nov 12, 2010 07:14 AM

    A couple of places come to mind:
    Luda (E Hastings), Good Choice (Fraser), Golden Paramount (Park Rd in Richmond). Still - be prepared to take home leftovers.

    How about seafood hotpot? - Landmark (Cambie/25th)

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      YVRChow Nov 12, 2010 12:35 PM

      These are great suggestions. Thank you, fmed! I haven't been to Golden Paramount before. Are they a seafood specialist? Reading up on them duck seems to be their best dish?

      1. re: YVRChow
        fmed Nov 12, 2010 07:32 PM

        Someone I trust tipped me to this place pretty recently, so I still have to explore most of their menu. They are most known for their eight treasure duck, oyster and crab dishes. I've recently had oysters with fried milk and S&P crab there which I thought were excellent.

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          YVRChow Nov 13, 2010 06:39 AM

          This sounds really promising!

    2. LotusRapper Nov 12, 2010 08:39 PM

      Are you (or your 2 friends) looking more for a cozy, quiet ambiance over food quality ?

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        YVRChow Nov 13, 2010 06:38 AM

        They are looking for high food quality as the primary criteria.

        1. re: YVRChow
          LotusRapper Nov 13, 2010 07:43 AM

          There's ZEN and Hakkasan, both in Richmond, that are considered high-end "nouveau" Chinese. I've never been myself, but there's lots of reviews of them.

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          110 2188 No, Richmond, BC V6Y, CA

          1. re: LotusRapper
            fmed Nov 13, 2010 08:23 AM

            I've been to both - (Zen quite a while ago prior to the re-opening). Neither truly excel at seafood IMO. Jade Restaurant (Richmond) is another option. It has a newish (albeit a bit seafood-limited) Chinese Tapas menu that I am keen to try: http://www.jaderestaurant.ca/menu_din...

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              YVRChow Nov 13, 2010 09:30 AM

              Do you think Jade is ok with just 2 people at night for dinner? Their menu does seem pretty appealing.

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                fmed Nov 13, 2010 10:06 AM

                I think he is trying to "modernize" Chinese food - including sizing dinners for small groups. Have a look at the "tapas" menu. They seem right-sized for a couple.

                1. re: fmed
                  grayelf Nov 13, 2010 11:26 PM

                  I was with you on the tapas menu until I got to marinated termites :-).

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                    LotusRapper Nov 13, 2010 11:54 PM

                    What's the marinade ? :-)

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                      YVRChow Nov 14, 2010 08:59 AM

                      I've got to check this tapas menu out! Thank you! I'll recommend it to the friend as an option too!

                    2. re: grayelf
                      howlin Nov 14, 2010 07:02 PM

                      yum marinated termites ,they'd be better smoked i think .i wonder if they're organically raised.

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                        fmed Nov 14, 2010 08:10 PM

                        I'm hoping it's a typo and they actually meant "termite mushrooms" (which is a delicacy.)

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                          howlin Nov 14, 2010 08:20 PM

                          my comment was tongue in cheek,funny nontheless.never heard of termite mushrooms.

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                            fmed Nov 14, 2010 08:41 PM

                            It's all good howlin. I knew it was tongue in cheek. A number of mushrooms have a symbiotic relationships with termites. Many of them are edible and are delicacies.
                            http://blog.tourismthailand.org/EugeneTang/?p=12076
                            http://www.panix.com/~clay/cookbook/i...

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                              howlin Nov 14, 2010 08:43 PM

                              where would they get those in van?

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                                fmed Nov 14, 2010 08:48 PM

                                I don't know - I haven't looked for it here... Hen Long (Surrey) or New Asia Market (Hastings St) might carry it.

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                                  YVRChow Nov 15, 2010 10:07 AM

                                  Termites are eaten in a lot of cultures: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_8040...

                                  Although I agree likely they are talking about the mushrooms on this menu!

                                  1. re: YVRChow
                                    howlin Nov 17, 2010 08:31 PM

                                    i emailed the restaurant ,and its indeed the mushrooms.the email also said to try them because they make them good and they got a kick out of the mistake on the menu.id like to try that dish now.

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