Dragon Beaux is where to go for dim sum in the Richmond when you want a fancier situation than Good Luck Dim Sum or Hong Kong Lounge. Purple booths are flanked by glowing gold pillars, and there’s cherry blossom wall art and a huge back room broken up with intricately carved panels. Even the dishes have a flair for the over-the-top, like the charcoal sponge cake rolls and rich squid ink-tinted black truffle xiao long bao. This place also does an all-you-can-eat hot pot for dinner. Getting the endless stream of shaved-to-order meats and harder-to-find proteins, like beef tendon and squid, next to vats of bubbling chili-packed broth, is our favorite antidote to any misty night.
Five Guys Xiao Long Bao
You have ingredients like turmeric, squid ink, and spinach to thank for the colorful wrappers of this xiao long bao sampler, and Dragon Beaux’s signature dish. There are five in one basket, and each one is filled with something different, from black truffle and crab roe to beef or pork. They’re all great, but the one with beef inside a beet-tinted wrapper is the standout.
Jumbo Scallop Siu Mai
These meaty two-biters are crowned with a scallop on top, and steamed to perfection.
This spot’s dim sim is their bread and butter, but they also do hot pot every night for dinner. While you can order a la carte, all-you-can-eat is the move. $42 gets you melt-in-your-mouth thin sliced pork belly, ramen or udon, a variety of seafood, wontons, and more.