8211 Westminster Hwy, Richmond (Map)
When I first heard that Man Ri Sung was closed, I was disappointed. You see about almost 2 years ago, I discovered this restaurant and that they had really cheap/great lunch combos. Later on, I went on to discover their new duck fest (blogged here), which really made an impression. So when Chowtimes blogged about spotting the new Man Ri Sung restaurant opening up in Richmond, I was certainly happy.Since it seems the duck feast also made a great impression on Ben and Suanne, they have decided to host another Chowtimes reader dinner which I gladly help to organize (because the chef only speaks Mandarin or Korean). The new Man Ri Sung restaurant is located in a square mall across from Richmond Public Market. Given the traffic in that area, I'd say they picked a good spot.
Originally we ordered 5 duck feast for 20 people, because each one is intended to be share by 4 people. However because of our table arrangements, the chef has suggested that we just get 4 duck feast for the two tables, but substituted the last feast with extra dishes instead. So the first dish he suggested was the seafood pancake ($13.99). It was hot and crispy, just the way I like it.
Finally the 'star' of the night arrive: the charcoal grilled duck. Just like old time, he wheel out the duck and carved it in front of everyone. The duck was just as good as I remember, it was grilled perfect with all the moisture and none of the fat. Once again they don't give you the typical flour type wrap, instead it's the bean curd type.
Service here was a bit slow, it seemed they only had one waitress that night, and it was a Friday night too. Also it seems like their heating system was not that efficient, because despite all that food, I was still feeling cold most of the time. Anyways, they do have some kinks to work out, but their food was solid. So what's the total damage after this very filling meal: $18/person including tax and tip. I'd say this was a very worthy meal and I definitely recommend. Of course, the best part of the night was still meeting new friends and chatting about food :).