© Amy Rosen
Gyo-OThe Vancouver suburb of Richmond is home to the Olympic Oval, the speed-skating venue, but it’s also where you’ll find the Golden Village: an intensely concentrated taste of Northern China. Here, some of Richmond’s best modern-Asian restaurants:
Cattle Café: Dishes at this Hong Kong–style café range from the tame (noodle soups with king mushrooms and sliced brisket) to the adventurous (BBQ-eel sandwiches and spicy pig ears). 1020-8580 Alexandra Rd.; 604-276-2800 or cattlecafe.ca.
Well Tea: This Taiwanese bistro offers lots of fun things to eat, like deftly fried, delicately seasoned chicken nuggets. The fresh-taro-root bubble tea is creamy and tasty. Unit 170-4811, Hazelbridge Way; 604-278-7268 or welltea.ca.
Gyo-O: The specialty here is fresh fish on warm seasoned rice (the tuna with negi sauce is particularly great). For dessert, the house-made macaroons are presented as the Olympic rings in blueberry, chocolate, green tea, maple and strawberry flavors. 2137-3779 Sexsmith Rd.; 604-295-4072 or gyo-o.com.
Fisherman’s Terrace Restaurant: The focus here is big-ticket seafood, like local geoduck prepared two ways: sashimi-style, and lightly battered and stir-fried with loads of garlic, jalapeños and green onion. 3580-4151 Hazelbridge Way, 604-303-9739.