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Jul 10, 2012 08:20 AM

One night for Chinese in Richmond

We only have one night, Saturday the 21st, due to a forced stopover, and will be staying at the Marriott YVR on Westminster Hwy. We will not have a car, but, of course, can take taxis. We would love to get a recommendation for an interesting Chinese restaurant (the specific cuisine and price level are open, as we are fairly adventurous diners) that is not too far away and would not have a terrible wait time on a Saturday night. We would probably not be able to eat before 8-8:30pm if that makes any difference. Thank you for your help.

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  1. My guess as to why you haven't rec'd any answers yet is that the question is impossibly vague-'Chinese' includes too many variations and there are far too many choices nearby.

    Anyway a 3 minute walk from your hotel is Shanghai River

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      hi5 @Sam, yes, here's another hearty endorsement for Shanghai River. Xiao Long Baos are a must. it's my go-to restaurant where i take my out of town guests and is, to me, considered fancy chinese (there's linen & captains are in collared shirts and ties).

      Dinesty, just a couple blocks farther (an easy 5-10 min walk from the Marriott) is also Shanghainese and a great choice. More casual, much more variety than SR and slightly cheaper. XLBs are also very good.

      For an experience similar in spirit but smaller in scale to the street markets of Asia, take the Canada Line and visit the Richmond Night Market. you'll get lost in the food stalls. as with any food market experience, beware of self-induced food coma/meat sweats, long lines and huddled masses. not for the faint of heart.

      Have a great time!

      1. re: mopiepls

        Is the food any good at the night market, though? I havent been there to eat in a few years, but at last visit I'd have rather visited a Richmond food court than eat there....

        1. re: brokentelephone

          I think it is worth snacking at the night markets - you certainly can't beat the selection. It's the atmosphere and bustle that makes the experience even more interesting.

          1. re: brokentelephone

            I second fmed. But it's certainly possible to make a full meal out of a night market outing – especially if you get a little bit of everything. You know: a rotato here, a small plate of bbq squid there, one lamb skewer, split a massive chicken cutlet with a friend. A bag of egg waffles. There were tacos at the "old" night market too.

          2. re: mopiepls

            SR or just down the street is Kirin - a stalwart.

            1. re: fmed

              Do early-ish dinner at Shanghai River or Kirin. Then later take the Canada Line to the (new) night market at Bridgeport Station/casino ......... have best of both worlds :-)

              1. re: LotusRapper

                I would like to check out the Richmond market and notice that there are 2 night markets in Richmond: the "Richmond Night Market" and the "Summer Night Market". Is one considered better than the other from a foodie perspective?

                1. re: abondance

                  My pick is the "new" one near the casino skytrain.

                  1. re: abondance

                    To avoid repeating everyone's answers, check this thread out: