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Dec 27, 2010 10:56 AM

Chow-worthy spots near the Canada Line (Richmond)?

I was happily pottering around the food courts of the Aberdeen, President's Plaza and Yaohan malls yesterday when it occurred to me that I am probably not the only person who: a) doesn't live in Richmond; b) doesn't much like driving; and c) really REALLY doesn't like driving in Richmond. So, I thought I'd have a shot at starting a list of chow-worthy places close to the Canada line stations (by which I mean within a couple of blocks, although I'd be willing to consider places a little farther out if particularly chow-worthy...). Here's what I've come up with so far.

Bridgeport Station
-- ?

Aberdeen Station
-- Aberdeen Mall (Fisherman's Terrace, Chef Hung, Wo Fung, ...)
-- President's Plaza (O'Tray, dumpling guy in the corner )
-- Yaohan Centre (not really sure what's good in the food court, but the Osaka Mkt is fun)

Lansdowne Station
-- ?

Brighouse Station
-- S&W Pepper House

As I am very much of a Richmond newbie, any additions would be much appreciated. Also feel free to add spots near the skytrain or near the Canada line in Vancouver ...

S&W Pepper House
4500 Kingsway #1812, Burnaby V5H 2A9, CA

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    1. To add to the list which was predominantly Chinese eats, there are several noteworthy Filipino eateries along the Brighouse Station.

      - Cucina Manila (Cook Road - Filipino Fastfood)

      - Newtown Bakery (Cook Road -- Special siopao)

      - Aling Mary (Park Road - Hot Pan de Sal)

      - Kumare Cafe & Bakery (Soon to open on Park Road, - Filipino bakery and cafe/eatery).

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      1. re: CrispyLechon

        Thanks Crispy, this is fantastic and just what I was looking for!

        Also, I'd like to add HK BBQ Master (at the superstore, I think Aberdeen is the closest station) to the list, as grayelf reminded me yesterday that it has the best BBQ pork (and roast pork too) around.

        1. re: À la carte

          Great additions. The list isn't complete by all means. HKBBQM is a favourite for me. The Filipino spots are also really good additions.

          Also to note that some of these places are closed or have declined in quality. Off the top of my head...Closed are:
          -Szechwan Restaurant (Sichuan, Saba Rd) (Now "Northern Chinese Cuisine" serving Shandong and Dong Bei)
          -Bonqula (Japanese fusion, Alexandra Rd)

          I should add places like Kam Do (is the one on Three Rd open yet?), other HK Cafes and the Tawainese restaurants in an around the area. May do that when I have time.

          1. re: fmed

            Thanks for the update fmed! Would love to hear more when you get around to it, keeping in mind athletically-challenged persons who don't want to walk more than a couple of blocks from the stations ...

        2. re: CrispyLechon

          Just an update, Kumare Restaurant is now open. Here's Chowtimes blog on this restaurant.


        3. If I can add Nan Chuu (izakaya, branch of downtown's Gyoza King). It's closest to Aberdeen Station, but it's about 500m from #3 Road, on Alexandra Road, so it's a bit of a hoof to get there.

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          1. re: LotusRapper

            Peaceful Restaurant is pretty good, on the north side of Broadway at Cambie in Vancouver

            1. re: intensionalcontext

              The poster asked about Richmond restos around Richmond stations. But yes, Peaceful is pretty decent for sure !

            2. re: LotusRapper

              500m LR? That's half a kilometre! Oh well, will put on my hiking boots, grab my trekking poles and hoof it out there one of these days.

              Thanks for the suggestions all -- please keep 'em coming...

              1. re: À la carte

                Think of how many calories that 2-way hoof burns ..... you can eat even more !! :-)

                1. re: LotusRapper

                  I'm sure it's on fmed's original list but don't forget S&W Pepper House, I walked there in only a few minutes from Brighouse skytrain station...

                  6820 No. 3 Road
                  Richmond, BC V6Y 2C4
                  (604) 304-0118

                  1. re: LotusRapper

                    ...good point about the calories LR, I'll keep repeating to myself until I'm convinced :-) ...

                    S&W Pepper House is definitely on my list -- although I hear the Burnaby location is better? Or is that just a matter of personal preference?

                    1. re: À la carte

                      I'd say personal preference (hey, we're talking food, right?!). I happen to prefer the Rmd location, especially the peanut salad but also I just like the resto better (brighter, less likely to be smoky inside from food prep) but it's not like I've done an exhaustive comparo.

              2. This might sound like a dumb question. But since all the suggestions so far are of Asian cuisine, are there any worthwhile non-Asian places in Richmond close to the Canada Line ?

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                1. re: LotusRapper

                  There are a couple of chain restaurants along the Lansdowne station on number 3 road. Sammy J Pepper and Cactus Club and of course White Spot. But nothing really worthwhile. If you want better Western cuisine might as well take the Canada line to Yaletown Station.

                  1. re: CrispyLechon

                    "Sammy J Pepper and Cactus Club and of course White Spot. But nothing really worthwhile."

                    You got that right ! Thx CL.