Alexandra Road gets its name “Food Street” for a reason, as evidenced by the 200+ restaurants found on it. The outdoor plaza at 8391 Alexandra Road is certainly no exception, with some of Richmond’s most popular dining establishments. At night, this strip mall is buzzing with people who have come to enjoy a variety of Asian cuisines. The only downside is the difficulty in choosing which restaurant to visit!

With colder weather upon us, hot pot enthusiasts will definitely get excited at supping at MaThai Hot Pot and Mui Kee Chicken Pot. Also worth checking out are the new Mala 1Pot, which specializes in “dry pots,” a version of hot pot without the boiling water in order to amp up flavours. Meanwhile, JoyG is a great spot for enjoying bubble tea, light snacks, and one of the café’s many board and card games. And don’t leave the complex without trying Maji Taiwanese Stir Fry, a place that specializes in well-executed Taiwanese comfort food, like three cup chicken and dong po pork (braised pork belly).

Three cup chicken; Photo Credit: Ed Lau
Three cup chicken at Maji; Photo Credit: Ed Lau

And the options don’t end there! Here are five more places that make 8391 Alexandra Road a fabulous destination for food:

Chengdu Spicy Restaurant

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When you walk into Chengdu, you’ll be struck by the modern décor, as well as the flaming red design highlights, which match the heat of the food. The eatery is named after the capital of China’s Sichuan province, known for its spicy cooking. And indeed, the menu is full of dishes with generous amounts of chili. Signature dishes include a hot pot with baby octopus and chili peppers, as well as a spicy beef tenderloin hot pot. You can also opt for some of the other specialties, such as sautéed lamb slices with chili or chili pepper chicken. The various noodle selections, like the tan tan noodles, are also top-notch. Order the twice-cooked pork with noodles on a chilly day for a hearty fuel up.

Photo Credit: Tara Lee
Photo Credit: Tara Lee

The steaming broth, with subtle chili heat, will warm you up, and the thinly sliced twice-cooked pork is tender and flavourful.

G-Men Ramen Shop

Run by the Gyoza King Group, G-Men Ramen Shop has become a well-known food stop in Richmond due to its consistently delicious ramen and izakaya offerings. The interior is casual and welcoming, and the menu, especially the evening one, is fairly extensive. Besides shoyu, shio, and miso tonkotsu ramen, you can stray from the beaten ramen path and slurp down the tan tan men; the RCMP ramen (with red chili, miso, and pepper flavour accents); and a soupless version with cheese, kimchi, and a dash of miso tonkotsu broth.

Miso ramen; Photo Credit: Tara Lee
Miso ramen; Photo Credit: Tara Lee

At lunch, you can order rice bowls (e.g. unagi don), while at dinner, the kitchen also offers a range of sashimi (e.g. salmon), as well as izakaya favourites, like ebi mayo, pan-fried pork gyoza, and chicken karaage.

Photo Credit: Lindsay Anderson
Photo Credit: Lindsay Anderson

Leisure Tea

Photo Credit: Lindsay Anderson
Photo Credit: Lindsay Anderson

For a more tranquil experience, Leisure Tea is a lovely way to pass an hour or two with friends. Dark wood, framed impressionist art, and lace all contribute to the charm of this long running tea and snack room. Besides an almost dizzying selection of tea and coffee, such as Oreo mocha iced coffee, passion fruit mango green tea, and red bean milk tea, the menu also features shaved ice, slushies, fresh fruit juices, sweet soups (e.g. pearl tofu soup), and yogurt drinks. You certainly won’t leave thirsty! Those with a sweet tooth can opt for items like blueberry pie, tiramisu, or a Japanese light cheesecake.

Tiramisu; Photo Credit: Lindsay Anderson
Tiramisu; Photo Credit: Lindsay Anderson

If you’re on the hungrier side, light snacks are available, like thick toast with drizzled with condensed milk, a Taiwanese chicken sandwich, a bacon and cheese crêpe, or a waffle topped with tuna (it’s more delicious than it sounds!).

Manzo Japanese Restaurant

Order a round of Sapporo beer or a bottle of your favourite sake and get set to feast on an array of robata and izakaya items at Manzo. A plethora of barbecued items are on offer, such as grilled miso marinated black cod, lamb chops, beef ribs, shiitake mushrooms, and shishito peppers.

Grilled chicken skin; Photo Credit: Lindsay Anderson
Grilled chicken skin; Photo Credit: Lindsay Anderson

If those don’t fill you up, the seemingly endless menu also features items like oyster motoyaki, steak teppanyaki, braised pork belly, yam tempura, and butter fried potato balls.

Potato balls; Photo Credit: Lindsay Anderson
Potato balls; Photo Credit: Lindsay Anderson

It’s the ideal place for hanging out with family and friends over good food and drinks!

CoCoRu

Photo Credit: Joe Chan
Photo Credit: Joe Chan

If you have a weakness for fried chicken, head straight to CoCoRu, where the snacking is addictive and the vibe is lively. This establishment, which opened roughly a year ago, has already developed a loyal following for its plethora of chicken options, paired with Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and craft beer. The menu is straightforward: casual appetizers (think poutine and deep fried dry spareribs), a few salads (eg Caesar) to balance the deep-fried goodness, and a bunch of different chicken options.

Photo Credit: Joe Chan
Photo Credit: Joe Chan

Besides chicken wings, available in barbecue, honey garlic, and a spicy Korean flavour, you can order their classic fried chicken, as well as versions with béchamel and grana padano cheese; a yangnyeom glaze and peanuts; and soy garlic sauce. Expect crisp batter for ultimate munching enjoyment.

If you’re salivating just reading about this strip malls’ offerings, it may be time to head to 8391 Alexandra Road and get eating as soon as possible!