Despite the fact that I have favourite go-to dim sum restaurants, I have a hard time visiting them repeatedly. I get bored very easily to say the least. Therefore, I decided to come here, Red Star, a place I haven’t frequented in a while. Also, another incentive that propelled me to visit here rather than some others was that I haven’t reviewed this place for my blog yet.
The Richmond location is hidden, encompassing a much smaller space on the second floor of President’s Plaza. In other words, it’s the same mall that holds T&T supermarket. The restaurant has renovated in the past few years, trying to match it’s sister restaurant located in Granville. Yet, I couldn’t help but feel a lack of ambiance at this particular joint. Sitting with my parents, something was off. On the food however, I love how they decided to start using a picture menu! It makes it much easier for folks like me who can’t read chinese characters. Unfortunately, the food was sub-par. Nothing particularly stood out and there were some minor execution faults in the dishes. I wanted to like it since their Granville branch is so popular. As there is such a grand selection in Richmond though for good food, I would steer away from this one.
Speciality Century Egg Custard Steamed Buns
These were a disappointing representation of such a delicious staple in dim sum. The ones we had were not runny at all, instead it was clumpy with barely any filling in it to begin with.
Sauteed Gai Lan with Dried Smoked Fish
I liked the flavour of this, especially with the addition of garlic. The greens tasted fresh too!
Baked Egg Custard Tarts
The custard was smooth, but the flaky crust had some crispiness in each bite which gave it great texture. My favourite dish out of everything we ordered.
Specialty BBQ Pork Buns
I wish the sugar coating was more crunchy and crispier, because it didn’t really give the bun much texture than it was just steamed. It wasn’t bad, just the sauce was a little too “goopy” for my liking.
Pan Seared Radish Cakes with Chinese Sausage
These were pretty good! Yet, I haven’t found a place that has made it that I haven’t liked…
BBQ Duck Thick Rice Noodle Soup
This is one of their specialty’s but truth be told, I didn’t find anything rave-worthy about it. The noodles were cooked perfectly though!