Fisherman’s Terrace Seafood Restaurant [VFBM] – Chinese/Dim Sum, Richmond

Dim sum is one of my favourite types of food because of the food variety, value, and delicious cuisine. I organized a dim sum meetup for the Food Bloggers Meetup Group because 1. I’ve always wanted to try dim sum restaurants that I have not been to, 2. I wanted to eat with foodies and bloggers who love eating dim sum like I do.

With the Food Bloggers Meetup it was the perfect opportunity to sample the best varieties of dim sum with many other foodies. Fisherman’s Terrace Seafood Restaurant was chosen after asking around on Facebook and Twitter for dim sum restaurant recommendations. I was sold when four people recommended Fisherman’s Terrace Seafood Restaurant as their first choice and I was told this restaurant has good qualitydim sum.

In addition to passionate foodies, I was joined by Alex (Food Vlogger & Exec. producer of Ragin Ronin Productions), David (General manager at Pearl Drops Teahouse), Maxwell (Eat Tweeter on Twitter), Jun (Photographer/Blogger of KunioPhotography), and Simon (Blogger of Life in the Lower Mainland).

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Fisherman’s Terrace Seafood Restaurant 釣魚台海鮮酒家 is located on the 3rd floor at Aberdeen Centre.

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It has a classier interior design than most dim sum restaurants I have been to.

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$3.45 to $5.65 for each dim sum dish. Specialty dishes are from $6~9. Bigger rice/noodle dishes are about $10 but we ordered mostly dim sum and specialty dishes. We passed the order sheet around the table, and in the end the FBM foodies ordered 30+ dishes. This is what our list looks like. We were astounded by how much we ordered!
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Since we ordered so many dishes and I actually didn’t try all of them, please enjoy the photos and read about my favourite and least favourite items in the end. If you would like to know the names of certain dishes and you have no luck matching it with the order list, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

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As the first round of food came, foodies including myself took out their cameras and phones and began snapping pictures. It was a scene in the restaurant. I personally had a lot of fun taking food photos with other foodies.

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More dim sum photos! Are you hungry yet?
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Our progress…the food just kept on coming!

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We finished almost everything except 1.5 sticky rice chicken wraps and the last bits of deep-fried squid. We were very stuffed in the end with all the good food. The bill came to about $20 per person including taxes and tips, much less than I anticipated! I was actually a little worried about the bill and too much leftovers, but it turned out well!

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Whenever I go to eat dim sum, I don’t expect good customer service because dim sum restaurants are usually very busy. Customers often have to wait for a while to have hot water refilled, and eventually some people end up doing it themselves.

One interesting thing I noticed at Fisherman’s Terrace Seafood Restaurant was their fantastic service. I believe two of the managers came out to serve us and honestly it was the best service I have ever received at any Chinese restaurant. Throughout the whole meal, our dishes came really fast, and the waitresses and managers were really diligent to help us refill the water, clear the dishes, and combine the plates to make room for more food. I felt like we were being treated like VIPs and I’m 98% certain that it was because at least half of the people at the table were taking pictures and videos, so they must have figured that we were bloggers, reporters, or famous people of some sort.

The other highlight of the Dim Sum FBM is watching Alex Yu vlog! I’ve always been curious about how he can eat and film at the same time. We watched and took photos of him as he did it. It’s not an easy skill to master but Alex was very pro!

Here is the finished product and in the video you can see how much food and how much fun we had! Thanks Alex for the video.
Watch the video All Yu Can Eat – Dim Sum at Dew Yu Toy.

Alex in Action:
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I liked most of the dishes I tried. My favourite dishes at Fisherman’s Terrace Seafood Restaurant are:

  • Chilled coconut cake with diced taro: I enjoyed this one-of-a-kind dessert and the sweetness of this coconut cake was just right.
  • Deep Fried Chicken Knees with Spicy Salt:  The garlic and chili spice made this dish really tasty. I loved the crunchiness of the cartilage & chicken knees.
  • Taro rolls wrapped in seaweed: I thought it was deep-fried scallops at first, but these were actually desserts. I like taro desserts and I would order this dish again.

Dishes that I did not enjoy:

  • Braised Pomelo Skin with Mixed Mushrooms. We had a seafood vegetarian in the group, so we ordered a few vegetable dishes, including this one, for this meetup member and for everyone else’s vegetable intake. When the dish arrived at the table, no one knew what it was because the pomelo looked like a thick layer of pork skin (fat). The pomelo was bitter and it did not pair well with the mushrooms.
  • Xiao Long Bao. I was quite disappointed with the XLB because there was no juice in the XLB and the skin was too thick. I felt like I was eating a mini pork dumpling but XLB is supposed to be better than that.

Overall I can say this was my best dim sum experience so far. Fisherman’s Terrace Seafood Restaurant’s dishes were at least at a satisfactory standard. Having been to a few dim sum restaurants, the combination of quality food, great service and ambiance of Fisherman’s Terrace Seafood Restaurant makes it better than the rest. Of course, eating with other foodies and b/vloggers just made everything seem tastier so that contributed to my positive experience as well.

If you’re interested in dining with food enthusiasts and food b(v)loggers, check out the FoodBloggers Meetup! Everyone is welcome to join!


Foodies at this meetup. Photo courtesy of Kunio Photography

Fisherman’s Terrace Seafood Restaurant 釣魚台海鮮酒家
4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
(604) 303-9739

-By Jenny Shen, Eat With Jenny

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5 thoughts on “Fisherman’s Terrace Seafood Restaurant [VFBM] – Chinese/Dim Sum, Richmond

  1. Sounds like you guys had a blast. I haven’t seen Alex in a long time, looks like he’s ready to bring his video production skills to the food world huh? We need more ethnic diversity at these Chinese Dim Sum events. 🙂

  2. Great write-up! Pictures looked great! Makes me hungry. I saw the Vlogg too! Now I want to take my family to eat dim sum there! Its great what you do, so people can know what good places to go eat or new places to have fun! Alex is my good friend and also videographer for my promotional videos and monthly Vloggs. I think you two will make a great team. Come check out my Indoor Beach next time! 18,000 sq ft Beach Centre, Only one in all of Western Canada.

  3. It seems you are of a newer generation of food bloggers. “Older” ones have been doing that for a while. Check these ones going back over two years ago:

    http://omnomics.blogspot.com/2010/04/vancouver-alpen-club-deutsches-haus.html
    http://imonlyhereforthefood.com/2010/04/food-bloggers-dinner-vancouver-alpen-club-deutsches-haus/
    http://thefridaylunch.wordpress.com/2010/04/11/vancouver-alpen-club-deutsches-haus/

    http://www.my-secret-eden.com/2010/04/alvin-garden-first-of-8gtcc.html
    http://www.hoyummy.com/2009/06/30/review-alvin-garden/

    Of course, since they were precursors, there didn’t receive any special attention; instead, based on the writing, it seems it was more of a nuisance more than anything else. Time changes?

    • You know what’s weird. Almost every time I go, I’m surprised the number of people that don’t eat Phoenix claws, but they’ll eat something like Bacon (which I really enjoy myself.) Always feels weird when I’m the only one (including other Asians) that eat it.

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