Review: Top Gun at Crystal Mall

by gigi on September 5, 2007

My family and I met up with my old piano teacher and her family for dim sum last week. It has been a while since we last met up so it was nice to catch up over a yummy lunch. She picked the Top Gun restaurant at Crystal Mall in Burnaby…not to be mixed up with the Top Gun in Richmond (although I believe they are owned by the same company). If you get to the restaurant before 11am, you even get 20% off on your meal. I’m pretty sure there are discounts for dinner as well although I’m not sure what they are.

The cool thing about Top Gun is that each person gets to pick their own individual tea. Choices include chrysanthemum, oolong, jasmine, and lychee…among others. In all, I think there are about 10 different types of teas you can pick! When the tea comes, you get to steep it in your own individual “pot”, just like in the Chinese tv shows and movies. :)

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I picked the chrysanthemum for myself…but I also sprinkled in some oolong leaves from my mom’s pot. :) I like the taste of chrysanthemum but also like to extra punch of flavour from stronger tea leaves like oolong.

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We kicked off our lunch with what I like to call modded bbq pork buns. :) Inside has the traditional bbq pork filling, but the outside top of the bun has a sweet crust, kind of similar to that of pineapple buns. I think Top Gun has one of the best kinds of these buns around.

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Dim sum is never complete without some har gao (shrimp dumplings). I’ve had better at other places, but it was a good effort on Top Gun’s part. :)

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We also had a big pot of congee rice porridge. You get to pick what kind of ingredients go into the congee from a list…we decided to go with scallops and fish (I think it was tilapia). The congee also comes with a small bowl of peanuts, pickled veggies, and scallions for you to sprinkle into your congee. They were fairly generous with the scallops and fish and this was a filling and pretty healthy dish.

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We also had a bowl of rice that came with mushrooms, chicken, and baby bok choy. I didn’t get a chance to try this out at the lunch…but we had some left over and took it home. I ended up eating it for lunch the next day and I found it to be pretty good. :)

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We also had some sticky rice bundles. I’m not sure what the wrapping was but it was tasteless and was only there to bundle up the sticky rice nicely. I did find the wrapping to be a bit thicker than I was used to though. However, the sticky rice was very tasty and not overly oily.

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We also had some deep fried squid tentacles. Not the healthiest thing to eat, but definitely one of the highlights of our lunch! The batter was not too heavy and it had the slightest hint of spiciness.

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We also had some pan-fried “leather fish”. I can’t remember what it is called in Chinese…but when we looked it up in the menu, we found it was called “leather fish”. :) Despite its funny name, it was very tasty…especially when paired with the congee. I forgot to take a picture of it though.

And lastly, for dessert, we had some sweet buns. I’m not sure what these are called in English but the Chinese translates to “dripping sand bun”.

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It probably owes its name to its sweet filling, which is yellow coloured and kind of drizzles out of the bun when you bite into it. I only discovered this recently, but it has become one of my favourite dim sum desserts.

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Overall, it was a great lunch. The food is always great and the variety of dishes and teas always leaves me satisfied. My only complaint is that because it is one of the few really good dim sum restaurants in Burnaby, it is always packed and service often feels very rushed.

Details:
2228-4500 Kingsway, Burnaby
Tel: 604-419-0788

Summary:
Food: [rating:4]
Service: [rating:2]
Price: $$

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