It’s been a while since the last time I was here but it seems I gravitate to my favourites.
The absolute must order is their Xiao Long Baos, supposedly the best in town. And you know what? From what I’ve experienced so far, I would have to agree. Best in town. What makes a great XLB would have to be the wrapper, being still slightly glutenous but not too chewy or overcooked, a delicious soup broth that is perfectly flavourful without overtaking the entire dumpling and a nice helping of pork (or whatever meat you order it with) that isn’t overstuffing and overshadowing the rest of the dumpling. And that’s where Dinesty nails it – all these traits are present in their dumpling making skills.
We also ordered Beef Pancake, the roll is nice and crispy and has a good portion of beef, cuke and hoisin. The beef is moist compared to a lot of other places that serve up the same dish.
Wonton in Chilli Sauce – I have to say this is a Nickie-certifiable dish because when we go out to these places, she orders them and I think she is best to talk on it’s goodness! In my opinion however, the meat inside is nice and fresh, the chilli is a good level of heat that makes it enjoyable but not to a point where you need a lot of tea or water to wash the heat off your tongue.
Finally, the Peanut Noodles. This heavy dish is fantastic, especially if you’re a big peanut sauce fan. It says on the menu that it is spicy but on a scale of spiciness, I would say it’s about a 3/10. There is some cucumber on the top to cut the thick peanut taste and clean your palate while you eat.
I would definitely come back to Dinesty, but I think I’d like to try out their Robson location to see how it measures up to the one in Richmond first!