Richmond’s amazing Asian dining scene is a lure for local and visiting foodies. But while you can dive into everything from hot pot to dim sum here, there’s also a smorgasbord of other international dishes to discover.
But before we launch into a belly-pleasing round-up of local global cuisine, there’s some breaking news to talk about first. A devastating fire at Steveston’s Little Mexico Cantina shuttered one of the village’s most popular restaurants in March 2018. And while it has taken more than a year to recover and rebuild, the beloved eatery recently re-opened its doors to ravenous diners again.
“I’m so happy to be back—it feels magnificent,” says restaurant owner Carol Janeczko. Passionate about serving authentic Mexican cuisine, she describes her menu as a road map of the country’s regional dishes—with a plethora of options ranging from fajitas and enchiladas to pancho appetizers and 19 different tacos.
Delicious tacos are on the menu at Little Mexico Cantina. | Photo: John Lee
Made-from-scratch ingredients—including their own salsa, hot sauces, and crispy nachos—are key to the restaurant’s success. And although they’ve only been open again for a few weeks, they’ve already won some awards: a just-announced double prize from influential culinary website VancouverFoodster.com for capturing both the judges vote and the people’s choice vote in its annual Taco Challenge.
“We’ve been nestled in the community here for several years, so it feels great to see everyone coming back,” says Janeczko. “We want you to come here, enjoy the company, and savour some great dishes from Mexico.”
Hungry for more? Add Little Mexico Cantina to your dine-out list, then read on for a full menu of other ways to eat around the world in Richmond.
Steveston may be BC’s fish and chips capital, but there are lots of other great dining options to consider in this historic waterfront community—including this family-run Moncton Street charmer. Step inside the warm, home-style Kisamos Greek Taverna—complete with folksy fishing village artwork on the walls—and choose from an enticing array of classic Greek comfort food. It’s hard to stop yourself from gorging on the warm pita bread that quickly arrives at your table, but be sure to save room for feast-like servings of moussaka, souvlakia, or rustic keftethes meatballs.
Don't miss: The lamb souvlakia lunch special—served with salad, rice, tzatziki, and butter-soft roast potatoes—is a hearty, great-value meal.
The lamb souvlakia lunch at Kisamos Greek Taverna. | Photo: John Lee
Italian cooking is arguably the world’s most popular comfort cuisine, but this Steveston street corner trattoria takes it one step further: combining all the dishes we love with a warm, homestyle welcome—outside tables included. Under the watchful eye of twinkle-eyed chef-owner Satinder Jaswal (a 35-year veteran of the city’s restaurant scene), velvety lasagna, gnocchi, and butternut squash ravioli colour the extensive menu at Cucina Piccolo. But we also love the seafood options here, ranging from succulent calamari to creamy seafood linguini.
Don’t miss: The lobster and crab ravioli is a favourite with in-the-know locals. It’s the ideal dish to dine-on before or after checking out the bobbling boats of Fisherman’s Wharf.
Expect to see chef-owner Philippe Leroux behind the counter at this cheery, bright-walled breakfast and lunch café. But be sure to check out his chalkboard specials (and the cool Tintin artwork) before you order from the tempting menu of sweet and savoury options. Naturally, the chunky, Liege-style waffles are the stars of the show at Damien’s Belgian Waffles and they come in a wide variety of flavours, from matcha to dark chocolate to maple caramel. And if you fall for these hearty pastries, you can purchase some frozen ones to take home—breakfast will never be the same again.
Don't miss: We love the savoury lunches, which on our visit included waffles served with pancetta slices and thick slabs of Brie—plus advice from Leroux to eat it like a waffle sandwich.
Brie and prosciutto sandwiched between waffles at Damien’s Belgian Waffles. | Photo: John Lee
Nobody beats the Germans at wursts—as you’ll discover at this authentic, fifth-generation artisan sausage shop. But alongside its cabinets of barbecue-ready meat treats (with everything from currywursts to hot Italian varieties to choose from), D-Original Sausage Haus also serves ready-to-eat takeout sausages in buns as well as perfect, fresh-made pretzels. This part of Steveston Village is like a mini United Nations of international flavours: next door’s Sweet Spot Bakery crafts exquisite European bakery treats (go for the éclairs) while the nearby Best of British shop offers UK snacks and groceries ranging from Curly Wurly candy bars to Walkers potato chips.
Don't miss: Create your own picnic at D-Original and its neighbouring businesses, then head to the beach at nearby Garry Point Park.
It’s not yet open, but locals are licking their lips in anticipation for this soon-to-be-ready Richmond restaurant. Fans of Persian dining—think juicy kebobs, succulent lamb shanks, and veal-infused eggplant stews—were delighted with owner Tila Akhavan’s President Plaza food court stand and its hearty Iranian dishes. But the now-closed counter was just the testing ground for Anar 2.0: a full-service restaurant in a cute, shingle-sided Steveston heritage building that’s gearing up to open very soon. Look for opening day announcements via their Facebook page.
Don't miss: We loved the kubideh lamb and beef skewers at Anar’s food court location and we can’t wait to sample them again!
Persian restaurant Anar is coming soon to Steveston. | Photo: John Lee
Richmond has a cool mini-scene of Indian restaurants loved by spice fans. These include Ginger Indian Cuisine, specializing in authentic Punjabi dishes from northern India, and Tandoori Kona Restaurant where the mughlai and tandoori approaches include a huge array of popular dishes from chicken korma to prawn biryani.
Another intriguing option is Ember Indian Kitchen near the London Landing waterfront. Its menu fuses two international approaches, combining classic Indian comfort dishes with several enticing Ugandan options.
Don’t miss: We love the rich and aromatic African codfish curry at Ember Indian Kitchen—along with a side-order of Zanzibar-style lentil fritters.
Perfect for special occasion dining, this classy, white-tablecloth restaurant specializes in expertly prepared French cuisine. Its classic dinner dishes range from escargot to boeuf tartare to confit de canard, while its lunchtime menu takes the approach of a traditional Parisian bistro, serving everything from croque madam to steak frites. But French-inspired meals are only part of the picture here; Origo Club also offers the kind of exquisite pastries and top-notch coffees you might find in a European café, while it also has its own on-site art gallery to peruse before or after your meal.
Don't miss: The amazing house-prepared cassoulet—with duck confit and veal sausages—is a rich and flavourful delight.