This is a new restaurant. If my memory serves me correctly, this place had just opened for about 2-3 months now. I really think they have an odd name — Dinesty. I guess the name is a play on the words Dine and Dinasty but somehow I keep thinking they are made up of the words Dine and Sty! Nevertheless, this restaurant is a really classy place.
Dinesty is a modern and clean Chinese eatery. I believe they are more of a Taiwanese style restaurant — I could be wrong. We were surprised how busy it was when we were there at slightly past lunch time on a weekend. We had to wait for 20 minutes before we had a table assigned.
One sign of a good restaurant is their attention to details. The plates and chopsticks were logo’d. I like it because they care about their image.
Here is why I thought this is a Taiwanese restaurant … spicy beef noodles. This must have been one of the best spicy beef noodles I ever had. The bowl is large and had big chunks of beef. For a place like this, $8.95 is quite cheap.
It came with preserved vegetables and green onions on the sides. Normally, these stuff is served on the bowl itself.
Like I said … this is the bestest beef noodles I had. I love the tendons best. Makes me feel hungry blogging this page now.
We saw a lot of people ordering the Shredded Pork with Hoi Sin Sauce. This $10.50 dish came with 6 pieces of freshly made, warm pancakes.
This is eaten like Burritos — pile some shredded pork on the thin pancake, and roll it up. This is really good. If you are here, you simply must try this. However, there are so much shredded pork that we had to order additional pancakes. The additional pancakes is not cheap … it costs about $2.50 or $3.00. We can’t recall at this time.
Seeing other people also ordered Xiao Lung Bau (Steamed Pork Dumplings), we also ordered a basket to try. At least I know now what this vinegar and ginger dipping sauce is for. I still don’t like the idea of vinegar as dipping sauce.
The Xiao Lung Bau costs $6.95 for a basket of seven buns. That worked out to about $1 each. Seeing the size of it, $1 is pretty expensive to me. I guess the high price is because of the manual work that goes into making this Shanghainese delicacy.
Dinesty is located at the strip mall on Ackroyd and No 3 Road in Richmond. You should try it.