Updated: 16th Jan 2011: This restaurant had been closed.
Polly and I had decided to change our cake meet to dim sum meet for the remaining of the meetings until the school holiday starts. The reason is we only have a few short hours to meet and there is no dessert places that we can think of in Richmond which we have not been to during the time frame we can meet.
Our first dim sum meet was at Gala Seafood Restaurant at 8300 Capstan Way. I remembered my neighbour recommended this place to me long time ago but I just dont have the opportunity to check it out.
The restaurant has a big banquet hall. The chairs were decorated with custom made covers with the name of the restaurant embroidered on it.
On weekdays, the restaurant served dim sum at $1.99 for small. medium and large dim sum from 9 am to 12 pm. This is really cheap. Click on the menu to have a larger view. The menu also served as order form.
Tea is charged a dollar per person which is quite normal for dim sum restaurant.
The first item we ordered was a special item which the server brought out and offer to customers. It’s not from the menu. The above is Wolfberry Lychee Osmanthus Jello. It is served cold and very bouncy. Wolfberry or also known as goji berry is supposed to be good for your eyesight.
The above was something unique. It’s called Deep Fried Rice Ball with Bitter Melon. They were filled with black sesame paste. I have never tried this before. It has a very slight hint of bitter melon flavour and the sweet black sesame paste gives it …a unique contrast. I enjoyed this dish.
The Steamed Beef Omasum with Ginger and Green Onion was more like steamed with garlic. The beef omasum was very chewy.
We ordered some Deep Fried Eggplant with Shrimp Paste as both of us love eggplant. The outer layer was deep fried to crispy and the shrimp filling is bouncy.
Since Polly and I do not like to deep fry at home, we ordered another deep fried item which was Deep Fried Tofu with Shrimp Paste. Again, this was crispy outside and springy inside. Polly loved this so much that she ordered extra to take out for her kids after school snack.
I ordered the above Steamed Sponge Roll with Cream Sauce as I remembered I had some good ones at Royal Dinner and Dance on Garden City and Blundell. They were tender but I preferred those at Royal Dinner and Dance which was more moist.
Last item was Durian Pastry. We liked it so much that we ordered one to go for a friend as we planned to visit a friend after the dim sum.
The pastry was thin and flaky and the filling was full and had a nice durian flavour to us. Other people might not have the same opinion on durian.
The total bill came to $30 with tips. Gala Seafood Restaurant accepts cash only.