Hop off the Canada Line at Brighouse Station and just steps away, you’ll find a sizeable plaza for kicking off your shopping and eating in Richmond. Aside from its convenient location, Brighouse Square (6340 to 6390 No. 3 Road) appeals to a wide range of people with a variety restaurants, bakeries, and food shops. On a recent visit, I left the square laden with baked goods and dim sum treats that I couldn’t resist buying (I can never say no to bao).
Within the complex, Yao Sun Loong Kong Chicken sells barbecued pork, roast pork, salt chicken, soy chicken, as well as fresh poultry for cooking at home. Lu Charcoal Grill melds the dishes of Japanese yakitori with casual Chinese bites. The breakfast menu (9:30am-3pm) includes Chinese crêpes, scallion pancakes, and beef rolls, while the main menu specializes in an assortment of grilled skewers (eg pork belly, lamb, chicken heart, bacon wrapped asparagus).
Visit Imperial Court if you’re in the mood for dim sum; the menu is extensive and includes dried scallop and pea tip dumplings, steamed pork liver rice rolls, and Thai style chicken feet. A variety of congees, such as a version with sliced beef and preserved duck egg, also tempt me. The menu at Nadu Spicy Restaurant is littered with red chili pepper icons, emphasizing the heat of the food here. Fiery dishes range from sautéed tripe with dried chili peppers to tofu with minced pork in pepper sauce. And for your sweet tooth, La Patisserie makes everything from moon cakes to custard-filled pineapple buns to wasabi cheesecake.
But the options don’t end there! Here are five more places that make Brighouse Square a fabulous destination for food.
New Town Bakery & Restaurant
I have nothing but fond memories of visits to New Town as a child. Fortunately, decades later, little has changed in terms of offerings and food quality. It’s impossible to leave the bakery, which specializes in Chinese and Filipino baked goods, without a box chock-full of treats. The delicious aroma of freshly baked bao is enough to make you get in line. New Town is renowned for their various steamed buns, such as ones with barbecue pork, as well as their apple dumplings. Baked bao, with curry or char siu filling, are also stand-out.
Besides baked goods, New Town also sells deep-fried items, including wu gok (taro dumplings), ham sui gok (pork dumplings), spring rolls, and prawn turnovers.
Shanghai House‘s room is elegant, as is the deftly executed cuisine at this popular Shanghainese restaurant. Xiao long bao, of course, are a must, as are a host of other dumplings, such as pan fried pork buns with crab meat, steamed vegetable dumplings, and Shanghai style wonton.
The rest of the menu features cold items, like shredded kelp, as well as an assortment of hearty dishes, like braised bean curd with Chinese mushrooms, braised jumbo meatballs with crabmeat, sautéed sliced cumin lamb with green onion, and pan fried rice cakes with shredded pork and salted vegetables.
The sheer number and array of items on the menu at Sanbo is impressive in itself. The restaurant, which specializes in Cantonese cooking, attracts with reasonable prices, generous portions, and efficient service. You can expect Hong Kong café mainstays, like toast with jam and condensed milk, spaghetti Bolognese, baked pork chop on rice, and iced Ovaltine milk. Also available are congee (eg sliced fish and prawn), lo mien, curry on rice, and different noodles in soup (eg beef brisket and tendon with noodle in soup).
If you want more than a quick chowdown, you can order the more substantive dishes to share, like the lamb bamboo hot pot, lobster and king crab cooked in various ways (e.g. spicy garlic), and shredded beef with bitter melon and preserved vegetables.
This unassuming restaurant crafts excellent sushi as well as other casual Japanese dishes.
Sakura‘s lunch boxes are a good mid-day option, such as lunch box B that comes with unagi don, sashimi, tempura, salad, and miso soup. Besides nigiri sushi, you can also get spicy rolls, such as a spicy chopped scallop roll; specialty rolls, like ‘The Alicia’ with papaya, smoked salmon, cucumber, and cream cheese; and battera (pressed) sushi. Tempura, sashimi, rice bowls, and udon soup round out the choices.
Bob’s Submarine Sandwiches
Don’t be fooled by the non-descript décor: Bob’s is the place for incredibly chomp worthy sandwiches. ‘Regular sandwiches’, like a classic grilled cheese, are served on white, brown, or rye bread. You can also fill up on a bagel with cream cheese, in addition to hot and cold subs (6 or 12 inches). The super sub, with double steak, double cheese, mushrooms, salami, and capicollo is quite the mouthful and will keep you fueled for the rest of the day.
Cheap breakfasts and breakfast sandwiches (eg steak, egg, and cheese) are also available, as well as burgers, fried chicken, and tasty sides (eg poutine).
One thing’s for sure, you have no excuses for leaving Brighouse Square hungry!