Fellow foodie, Merh and I got together one weekend for lunch at Pearl Castle, the Richmond Centre location. I've visited this location and the one on Sexsmith several times, but mainly only for bubble tea and light snacks, never for a full meal. I have to say it is a go-to spot in Richmond for bbt, and when you absolutely can't decide what to eat.
The restaurant was completely full at lunch time with the line up of people spilling out of the restaurant. I didn't think it could ever be that hectic! The wait was around 20 minutes before we were seated.
We were starving and I wanted a fun lunch, meaning little nutrients but good tasting and not boring.
Such components on that day would include Taiwanese-style fried chicken, and anything hot to thaw us from this freezing cold weather. Whether it was due to hunger or ambition, over-ordering is something common to us and this was just another occasion. For us girls, 1 set of entree and one appetizer to share would've sufficed, but, of course, that's not how we roll. I wanted fried chicken, so we got both the wings and nuggets. We wanted something warm, so we each got a hot pot set. After the second plate of appie arrived, we realized we had, once again, overdone ourselves.
Crispy fried chicken nuggets $5.75 with skin on and a load of seasoning. You'll never eat KFC popcorn chicken again. They are crispy and majorly addictive. I could not get enough of them and want some more, like right now......
Fried chicken wings, 6 pieces for $5.50. These wings were pretty big and meaty (except for maybe one), but I still preferred the seasoning on the nuggets.
As an attempt to balance her meal, Merh ordered ginseng chicken hotpot ($8.95). The portion was large for the price. Like I mentioned, the two of us could've shared this and be moderately full. The ginseng broth was mild, and herby. It tasted "healthy" and had a lot of chicken and mushrooms. It came with a side of thick chili sauce to give more flavour to the chicken.
For some reason, for maybe that day in particular, I found the service to be pretty fast. Or maybe I didn't notice that they were slow because we were caught up in conversations. Us hungry girls didn't complain about our hunger while waiting for food, though. Their bbt is good, but imo, Estea at Aberdeen Centre food court reigns supreme.