Dinesty is one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in Richmond. Dinesty has a surprisingly modern design inside compared to many other Chinese restaurants. They have an open kitchen concept and it is neat to watch the chefs in the back preparing fresh noodles and cooking all the food. Even though there are plenty of tables inside, it gets very busy during peak meal times so larger parties may have to wait if they don’t have reservations.
The item Dinesty is most famous for is their steamed pork dumplings/xiao long bao ($6.99). These dumplings have a thin wrapper and they are filled with a piece of pork and soup like pork juices.
These lived up to the hype for me and they were completely perfect. With each bite you get a burst of warm juicy pork flavour and I loved the “soup” inside. The wrappers were nice and thin so they didn’t get doughy or sticky. These come out piping hot so make sure you let them cool off for a second or the juices will burn you (I speak from experience).
I also ordered a Shanghai noodle soup ($5.99) that was filled with pork, veggies, and thick Shanghai style noodles.
I was immediately impressed with the size of this dish for the price. The noodles were delightfully chewy and cooked to a perfect al dente texture. The broth was rich and flavourful. My one complaint is that because the broth was so hot the pieces of pork got a bit over cooked and chewy, but the rest of the soup was so tasty I didn’t mind.
I can see why Dinesty has such a large following, because the food was great and everything was priced reasonably. The atmosphere inside is nice and it was an overall satisfying dining experience.
Yes, for great Chinese food in Richmond.