For those days when nothing will do but classic dim sum, there’s Yue Restaurant. Expect white tablecloths, elegant décor, posh clientele, attentive table service, and, of course, an impressive selection of dumplings and other small bites. Also known as “yum cha,” which translates to “taking tea,” dim sum is a grand Cantonese tradition. All the favourites are here, the shrimp dumplings known as har gow and the pork ones called siu mai, as well as congee, pork buns, rice noodles, spring rolls, and more exotic fare, such as steamed scallop dumplings with truffle oil.
Silver Tower Café
Hong Kong fusion restaurants—sometimes called cha chaan teng—are affordable eateries that combine culinary traditions from across Asia and Europe (especially Great Britain) for a cuisine unlike any other. Silver Tower is one of the longest-standing and best places to enjoy this eclectic style of cuisine. Located in Connaught Plaza, it’s open past midnight, serving up mixed grills, baked spaghetti (try the bolognaise with ox tongue), congee, and sandwiches.
Claypot Hot Pot & BBQ
Hot pot is the very best sort of communal dining. Simply pick a broth—mild or eye-wateringly spicy—then select all the things you’d like to cook in it, which can include sliced meat, fish, veggies, noodles, dumplings, assorted mushrooms, and delicacies like beef tripe and pork stomach. Everything arrives at the table on a big tray, and you just keep adding bits to the broth and nibbling away until you’re full. Claypot also offers a tower with broth on the bottom, a grill above that, and a steaming basket on the top, providing an even wider range of ways to cook your meal.
G-Men @ Nan Chuu Ramen Izakaya
Like travelling to Tokyo without the 10-hour flight. This trendy—and busy—izakaya serves up some of Richmond’s best bowls of tonkotsu (pork bone broth) and torigara (chicken broth) loaded with noodles, meat, eggs, and an impressive selection of other toppings. Prefer a rice bowl to ramen? They have that, too, with a range of donburi topped with everything from spicy cod roe to BBQ pork. A perfect spot for a rainy day or just about any time.