Daimo devotion is high in Richmond

Daimo devotion is high in Richmond
A customer dines at Daimo in Richmond. (All photos by Kathy Chouteau)

By Kathy Chouteau

If I had to determine a restaurant motto for Daimo Chinese Restaurant in Richmond, it would be “No fuss, no muss. But-oh-so-good.”

The eatery, nestled within the parking lot of the city’s Pacific East Mall, makes tasty Chinese food, delivers it quickly and accurately in a sparsely decorated dining room and that’s about it. No frills. But you’ll find a seafood tank and roasted ducks hanging in the kitchen’s window, adding to its air of authenticity.

I can’t go to Daimo without thinking of my late father-in-law Douglas Chouteau, who attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and was an Asian food enthusiast. He discovered the restaurant for our family and quickly became a Daimo devotee, and so we often visited whenever he came to town.

I detected the same Daimo devotion among the numerous Chinese community members who were there bright and early on a recent weekday morning. I was semi-rushing, so I eschewed my usual Stir Fried Chicken with Snap Peas or Mongolian Beef dishes for the Shanghai Steamed Pork Dumplings appetizer.

With little time for the tea pot placed on my sunny table, I dug in with the chopsticks provided and experienced real-deal-dumplings on the fly. Hot, luscious and flavorful with just the right amount of pork.

As for my father-in-law? He’d typically wave the server over, whisper some mysterious unheard instructions in their ear, and eventually they’d return with some newly created lobster dish accompanied by onions, vegetables and other loveliness that we all eagerly shared. San Francisco may have Chinatown, but we’ve got Daimo.

The lesson? Daimo will happily go the extra mile—all you have to do is ask.

Find Diamo Chinese Restaurant at 3288 Pierce St. in Richmond. It’s open from 9-3 a.m. every day/night. Delivery available. Questions? Call Daimo at 510-527-3888 or email [email protected].