Cattle Cafe is a Hong King style cafe serving a large, varied menu of Chinese dishes. There is also a location in Richmond.
Upon entering we were seated immediately. Oddest seating layout I've ever seen go see for yourself. Went with the choice of noodles in fish broth plus 2 toppings $8.50 plus you get a hot drink included. Soup was super hot and my 2 toppings of brisket and tendon were plentiful and delicious. Also added 2 sides at $1.75 each. Happy with the fish filet but disappointed with the deep fried bread. Looked like 3 donut holes you get from Tim Hortons. Restaurant was clean and modern with lots of glass facing onto the street. Might be a problem in the summer with the sun beaming down. Overall I am happy with the meal and now prefer this style of noodles over pho. Much better value and hotter soup.
This was pretty good in terms of food, but they were shy to put the food together.
I have gone to a place with the same idea. You pick the soup, the noodle and the two condiments. However, they have a side menu, that you have to pay more for certain things and not included in the meal. So does that really mean that you get a free condiment? Hmmm.........
I didn't quite get the concept if they didn't want to put stuff in the noodle. So you really have to pay more, where as other restaurants with the same concept don't have that kind of extra expense.
The service was really good. I found that the people there were really nice, both times I was there.
The ambiance is the same as any chinese cafe. Not outstanding, but pretty good for a place to get together and eat.
The price was pretty good too, but I could get better for the same price.
I've been to Cattle many times and I've never been disappointed.
The ambiance is just average (two-star rating) and is typical for most Chinese cafe-style restaurants.
The service is pretty average as well. If you've been to one Chinese cafe, you know what I mean.
The value is pretty solid as you get free hot tea and the meals are around $8. The most popular choice at Cattle is the noodle bowl. For just under $8, you select your soup base, your noodle, two items (eg. tofu puffs, beef brisket, fish slices, etc.), and any premium side items at an extra charge (eg. fried chicken wings, pork cutlet, etc.). The meals and noodle bowl all come with a hot drink, or a special drink for another $2. The special drinks include bubbleteas, smoothies, and shakes, which are all fairly large.
The food is good, if not better than the average Chinese cafe. I've tried a few flavours of their milkshakes, and they have all been good. Their mini-meals and their baked meals are all pretty decent, and their noodles are great. I've tried a few different soup bases, and my favourite is the Tom Yum soup. It's a bit tarte and spicy, so be forewarned (as not everyone may be accustomed to that).
I ordered their noodle bowl special of fish soup base + cilantro/onion/century egg, with rice noodles (i.e. "lai fun"), and choices of two toppings were beef brisket (sliced thin) and fish balls. This also included a free drink like HK milk tea. All this for $7.95 + tx/tip. It was great value. The fish soup base was delicious and not greasy - I drank almost all of the soup. The HK milk tea was decent. The beef brisket meat though you could tell was not super fresh because you can see the glossy pearly sheen of nitrates on them. The fishballs were good though, and also there was slices of some kind of mushroom in the broth. Next time I would probably not pick the beef brisket as a topping.
I think Cattle Cafe is about their noodle bowls. The other stuff they offer is just for selection's sake, but I wouldn't order any of their other food choices. My friend ordered a rib eye fast fry steak w/ rice but it was too dry and she didn't eat much of it. It cost more than my noodles, so it wasn't a good deal.
I would only recommend Cattle Cafe if you are going there for their noodle bowls, especially the no MSG fish soup base noodles.
I've been here a few times and love it, to the point that I crave the food.
I MAY be a bit biased, as I crave the same menu item so much that I always order the same item everytime, since I live in Langley and don't come out often.
Service, as people complain, is like service at any Chinese restaurant. Lately it hasn't been too bad, although I've come when it hasn't been that busy.
I usually order the soup with the handmade fish noodles. LOVE handmade noodles. And the turnip pudding (pan fried turnip cakes), I love it at dimsum and these are one of my fav.
Another issue is that I don't eat meat so I'm limited with what I can eat I am able to meat, but I'm stuck on the food I order.
This was our 3rd visit.
We were waved to a table.
There was a server there I hadn't seen before. Either she was new or indifferent.
She looked over at us several times. Could she not see that we didn't have any menus ?
Finally, I flagged down one of the regular guys for a menu.
After we decided what to order, we closed our menus and placed them in a pile on the middle of the table ( this usually means that the customer is ready to order ). Again the girl looked at us several times without bothering to come to our table. Finally, I made eye contact with her. She comes over & says 'are you ready to order ?" 'Yes." "Well, why didn't you call me ?" ( huh ? is she serious ). Turns out her name is Crystal and the rest of the meal went downhill from there.
I ordered the Baked Pork Chop with Rice and hot soy milk.
DH ordered the Curry Fish on Rice.
However, she wrote it down as Curry Pork Chop on Rice and that's what he got.
DH said it just tasted like they threw some pork chop into the curry sauce.
My dish wasn't as good as the 1st time I had it.
The tomato sauce was a bit salty this time, the pork chop didn't taste fresh, there were less mushrooms & onions.
Now, for the drinks. After we finished our meal, our drinks still hadn't come. We waited 5 mins, flagged down Crystal for the drinks. Then we waited another 10-15mins. And here's the burn: another table that was seated after us got their drinks before us! We waited another 5 mins, then DH went to the counter to enquire & said 'they just realized they haven't fulfilled our drink order'. When the drinks came, my DHs hot milk tea was hot but my hot soy milk was just lukewarm.
We paid the bill and left no tip.
The regular guy was there ( he wears glasses and is very efficient ). I noticed he didn't appear to be his usual self. He was banging dishes around. Maybe he didn't like working with his sucky, inefficient colleague.
Went there for dinner the other night. It was so busy! But that's what I get for going out for dinner at 7pm without any reservations, so Hubby and I stuck it out and waited the half hour for food. If we had gone anywhere else, we probably would've had to wait just as long, and that's not including the drive to somewhere else. :O
Food: A bit on the salty side, but portions are excellent (enough for me to have two meals for the price of one). Add $2 more for bubble tea. Sweet! :) I had the House Special Baked Rice (half seafood cream sauce and half tomato sauce over fried pork chop on fried rice baked until all hot and bubbly) and Hubby had the Tom Yum soup with noodles and sides. His noodles was full of cabbage and not much of the two sides he ordered (included in price). However, the soup was super yummy. Not spicy enough to his standards (he is from Malaysia, after all) but perfect for me (and I usually dislike Tom Yum). Didn't try the noodles itself, so I can't really comment. My baked rice was ginormous and super yummy. I have no self control, so I finished it all while chatting with friends towards the end of the meal. Again, the sauce was on the salty side, but everything was super flavourful and the pork chop had lots of meat (i had no fatty pieces at all!) and was moist and they actually cut it up for you so you don't have to try to maneuver a knife in the dish trying to cut pieces or bite into the pork chop like a barbarian. Kudos for making it easy for me to eat. :) The seafood was plentiful and the cream sauce had flavour, unlike Copa Cafe's seafood sauce (which was bland and boring). Had the Rose Milk Tea bubble tea. It's nice and refreshing without being overly sweet. I'm sure they used powder, but I couldn't tell, so it's all good. :)
Service: They're so busy you basically don't get any unless you try and try to wave them down. But that's to be expected in a tiny HK-style cafe.
Value: Prices are reasonable. Nothing on the menu is more than $10 (if I remember correctly) so it's definitely worth it. Plus they open late!
Ambiance: It's very plain and totally reminds me of a bubble tea house with its contemporary (but colourful) decor. Tables are very close to one another, but their restaurant's shape itself is abysmal, so there's really nothing they can do about it.
Good HK-style cheap eats. I'd definitely go again.
If you are looking for some fast take out, neighbourhood restaurant, it's the place. But don't count on the service! Place is cramped as hell, you have wait sometimes for 15-20 mins for a table, standing like sardines with other people. Then you get to meet the very "polite" servers, when you ask for anything they don't even answer ok or anything, they just walk away and you wonder if they heard you or not, but yes, they'll come back with the things you asked! Fish noodle with beef here is awesome, fish soup with tomato and yam too!