Richmond Central is a Chinese food enclave offering multiple kinds of restaurants to choose from. From Szechuan to Hong Kong style cafes to Shanghai cuisine to dim sum, the list goes on. Shi-Art Chinese Cuisine is one such restaurant offering Cantonese dishes, and is located inside Richmond Centre, facing No. 3 Road.
Eating dim sum at a restaurant is usually known in Cantonese as going to “yum cha” or “drink tea”, as tea is typically served with dim sum. However, like many dim sum restaurants in the area, tea is not complimentary.
At Shi-Art, you’re given a paper and pencil to record which dishes and how many of each you would like. Let’s see which ones we chose on this particular occasion:
Lo Mai Gai ($5.25) – Steamed glutinous rice with chicken, egg yolk, dried scallop, mushroom, wrapped in a lotus leaf. Even though the leaf is not eaten, its flavour was infused during the steaming process.
Chicken & Vegetable Buns ($4.45) – Steamed buns similar to char siu bau except these contained chicken and veggie filling instead of bbq pork.
Steamed Beef Balls ($4.45) – Finely-ground beef shaped into balls and then steamed with preserved orange peel and served on top of a thin bean-curd skin. Because of the steaming cooking process, these fragrant meatballs were succulent and moist.
Service was typical: Indifferent and unfriendly, yet quick and efficient. There are better Chinese restaurants and there are worse, but overall, Shi-Art Chinese Cuisine is a decent spot for dim sum in Richmond. The food won’t blow you away, but it will satisfy any char siu bau or har gow cravings if you’re shopping at Richmond Centre and in the mood for a bite to eat.