Now I know why.
Last year, we had lunch at this place called Zephyr in the Sky in Richmond. We were sort of confused because the sign of the restaurant says it is Zephyr in the Sky and most of everything in the restaurant says it is called Delicious Cuisine. We thought that the words Delicious Cuisine are just a tag line for the Zephyr in the Sky restaurant until the waitress explained that they were in the midst of changing their image and undergoing a makeover.
Well, the makeover today is complete and what a bang it is making — by bagging not one but two awards from the Chinese Restaurant Awards.
It is now two separate restaurants standing side-by-side. One retained the Zephyr in the Sky name and the other more upscale but smaller one called Delicious Cuisine.
What does the “One-something-something-something” Chinese name translate into? Anyone?
It had been one year since our last visit. I was surprised with how popular this place is. It was extremely busy and we can see that they obviously could do with more staff. I could see the stressed look from every waitress tearing from table to table.
Suanne and I had to wait for a table even though we were quite early shortly before 6PM. While waiting, we saw the a board at the entrance of their lunch special. For lunch special, $10 is pricey compared to the many $7-$8 lunch specials around town. But this lunch special is a little bit more upscale — a three course lunch special consisting of an appetizer, a main and a dim sum. The picture above is clickable if you want to see a larger version of it.
I don’t know what makes me say this but it seems to me like Delicious Cuisine is a Taiwanese style restaurant. Don’t ask me why … am just saying.
Suanne and I felt like second class citizens here. We can’t read the specials on the board. Grrrr. There is no way we could get the waitress with the patience to read/translate each item for us seeing how busy they were. Moreover we were seated so far away form the board too. If only they have English translations for the specials on the board.
While waiting patiently for service, we were scanning our neighbors tables. A number of them had clams and most of them good looking dishes too.
So we stuck with the two award winning dishes and decided to ask about the clams.
Tada … here it is … Icy Crystal Egg. This dish won silver in the Appetizer category.
In our visits to these restaurants looking for the winning dishes, we found out that the English names as described on the website is different from what the restaurant calls it. While the Chinese Restaurant Award folks calls this the Icy Crystal Eggs, the Delicious Cuisine restaurant uses another name for this dish. The restaurant calls this the … Sweet Crystal Egg. I think it is because the CRA folks directly translated the name on their own from the Chinese name of the dish.
This appetizer costs $5 and has six half-eggs.
The eggs reminded me a lot of the eggs with the ramen in G-Men. The egg yoke is done just right … not runny, not fully solidified and still moist.
Except that this is served cold. And it is sweet too. We were wondering where the sweetness came from.
I think the reason why this is so special is that this egg presents something you don’t expect typically from an egg — the sweetness, the temperature and the texture of the yolk.
We love this. Even Suanne who does not eat eggs enjoyed this.
This silver award winning dish is $10 and it is NOT on the menu. The waitress said that it is a special item and is described on the board.
What we love is that they use thinner, more leafy cabbage. This gives it a very complimentary texture to the tender beef.
As you can probably guess by looking at it, it is sweet, sour and a little spicy. Despite the kimchi reference to its name, it is quite unlike Korean kimchi.
This is a very “hoi-wai” (translated as appetizing?) kind of dish. And it is good with steamed rice.
When we asked for a recommendation for clam, our waitress recommended that we try their Winter Melon with Clam soup.
A small bowl is $5.50. It tasted gingery. We like the balance of the warmth from the ginger and cold from the winter melon.
We were quite impressed with Delicious Cuisine. It is certainly a restaurant that we would come back again some day (on a less busy time!!) so that we can properly check out what they have on the menu.
Here is their takeout menu. Click to enlarge if you want to read it.