Review: Gala Seafood Restaurant

by gigi on October 10, 2007

My family met up for an afternoon of dim sum last weekend at Gala Seafood Restaurant (located at Union Square in Richmond – 8300 Capstan Way). We were there at 11:30 and were greeted by a busy crowd of hungry dim summers. After a wait of about 20 minutes, we were finally seated.

Gala Seafood is an old school dim sum joint so the servers walk around with trays of food or push carts around. All you need to do is point and a steaming dish will be set down in front of you. :) There were ten of us so we quickly got down to business.

First came the “woo gok” or deep fried taro with pork and mushrooms inside. It is crispy on the outside but the inside is full of creamy taro goodness. :)

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Next came one of my dim sum favs…cold chicken with pickled veggies and deep fried wonton skins. The chicken itself was a bit bland but the pickled vegetables and wonton skins added a nice crunch.

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The bowl of steamed rice with Chinese sausage, chicken, and broccoli looked good and is usually a nice filler. Nothing special about this but it was still tasty.

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Another cold dish…this time, it was jellyfish. The marinade did not have very much flavour though.

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The next dish was quite unique and our server told us it was one of the most popular items at the restaurant. Chicken wings were stuffed with sticky rice and then deep fried. The chicken wing was very crispy and even though I was expecting the sticky rice inside, it was still an unexpected combination. :) I’m not convinced that the chicken wing and the sticky rice went well together though.
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The sui mai was steaming hot and the shrimp inside was nice and crunchy.

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The deep fried chicken knees tasted as expected…salty and crunchy. If you have never tried this before, it is much tastier than the description of “chicken knees” sounds and makes for a tasty snack.
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The pineapple buns had BBQ pork on the inside. The savoury inside mixed with the sweet topping made for a nice taste combination. :)

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Pan-fried pork buns are another one of my dim sum favs. I found the inside to be a bit mushy for my taste though.

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I found the pan-fried turnip cakes to be a bit bland although they were very popular with the rest of my family.

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Har gow…nothing special about this although the prawns were big and crunchy.

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We shared some fried rice and noodles since there were so many of us. We had seafood fried rice with prawns and scallops.

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The noodles were pan-fried “yee mein” with Chinese mushrooms. I found the sauce to be a bit “wet” as I like my “yee mein” to have less sauce.

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The matcha glutinous rice balls with black sesame inside was an interesting dessert item. I could really taste the matcha and the sesame coating on the outside made for a nice crunch.

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One of my favourite dim sum desserts is the tapioca pudding with red bean. The crusty topping was very good but there was very little red bean paste and I found the tapioca part to be a bit lacking in taste.

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Overall, this restaurant was not bad. I was told by a friend that it changes owners quite frequently and that the quality of food may not be very good. However, I found the dim sum to be quite tasty and they had an interesting mix of unique dishes that you do not usually find at most dim sum restaurants. Be sure to get there early or make a reservation though as it does seem to be very busy.

Details:
1008-8300 Capstan Way, Richmond
Tel: 604-233-1095

Summary:
Food: [rating:3]
Service: [rating:3]
Price: $$

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