As you probably know, some of the most acclaimed Chinese restaurants in Vancouver are Kirin, Sea Harbour, and Dynasty Seafood Restaurant. Empire however, a little less well-known, is located across from Kirin Richmond, another esteemed restaurant that serves up quality dishes similar to their counterparts. It’s stationed beside a London Drugs and isn’t too far of a trek from the Richmond-Brighouse Canada Line. The atmosphere is lively and the furnishing has very similar characteristics compared to the dining room at Hotel Georgia. The well-lit and elegant space creates the perfect canvas for an enjoyable meal.
Baked BBQ Pork Buns – Decent, though not anything special.Sweet Sticky Rice Wrap w/ Red Bean Paste – Not as sweet as it appears, but I’m not a big fan of sticky rice. Deep Fried Eggplant w/ Prawn Paste – Standard dim sum dish, though it was too oily. Taro Root & Duck Pastry – Taro to Duck filling is a ratio of 3:1. I prefer Dynasty’s because I don’t particularly like the taste of taro. Steamed Mushroom Dumplings – This is definitely a must-order, as it is probably the best vegetarian dumpling I’ve had. The filling has a slight truffle oil fragrant, which really enhances the flavour. Unlike Jade’s version, it does not possess that potent earthy smell that can be quite overwhelming. Glutinous Rice Balls with Egg Yolk – Definitely an interesting concept, but the standard, hollow ones are much better.