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Curry King Cafe

4250 Kingsway, #5
Burnaby, BC V5H4G9
Tel: (604) 437-3638
Fax: (604) 437-3608
Neighbourhood: Metrotown

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Not what I expected, but in a good way
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 5, 2006 - 9:47am [Dine in]

I was in B-town with Mrs. Chasiubow when I spotted Curry King. I figured it was an Indian restaurant so I begged my beloved to let me go. She isn't crazy about curry but agreed anyway. We both ended up being pleasantly surprised.

Despite the name, this place is a HK style restaurant. They do have a good selection of curries though. I had the lamb curry on rice, which was a really big portion of strong curry with tender boneless lamb bits in a savoury sauce. My wife had the noodles in soup with fish balls. It was great, too. The restaurant also has fresh juices, lots of curry choices, and all the usual HK cuisine I crave.

The ambience is good, the place is clean (including the w/c) and the servers are very quick and friendly. They have a couple of big TV’s which were showing the latest soaps off Fairchild TV. That had most of the diners riveted. This place gets a big late dinner crowd, so it would be best to go early.

Recommended!

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Mediocre food, minimal service
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 6, 2010 - 11:34am [Dine in]

I used to enjoy Curry King, and that were quite a few years ago. The last couple of visits left me disappointed. It seems like neither the cooks nor the servers care any more. Two Sundays ago, we ordered a few baked dishes for lunch. All tasted the same and all were really tiny. The servers were inattentive, and seemed to have a hard time knowing who ordered what, and which table they were supposed to bring the food to. It's not likely I will be giving them a third chance anytime soon.

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HK Cafe + Curry
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 2:26pm [Dine in]

Visited here during the week for lunch and fairly busy. They seem to have a good following for lunch from the local offices. Seems like your big menu HK Cafe with the specialty being curries. Ordered the chicken curry and it was very good, smooth and not too spicy - HK style. Also shared the beef vermeceilli and some green veggies. Overall pretty good and big portions. Quality is a bit higher than your typical HK Cafe and price reflects. Service is quick and efficient. Clean inside. Good Value.

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Big Menu
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (101 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 17, 2009 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

First time I've been here and it was decent. The menu is big and mostly Chinese food but french fries and other western-style dishes too. I had beef brisket curry with rice and my kid had the fries. It was a good size portion and tasty. he place got packed with all asians quickly for lunchtime. servers were quick and eficient but no smiles. several tv's playing sports. I'll be back.

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Pleasantly surprised
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 9:45pm [Dine in]

Food: I had a baked seafood with fried rice while my dining compadres had the baked spaghetti with ham and chicken and curry chicken. I thoroughly enjoyed my dish and was surprised at the amount of seafood it came with. Everyone else also liked their food although the curry chicken came with entirely dark meat, which my white breast meat loving friend had a little bit of difficulty with but didn't complain too much cuz the sauce was so tasty. All 3 meals came with a hot or cold drink and the bill came to $25 which we all thought was reasonable.

Service: Nothing special as usual - they seat you, get your orders, bring drinks, food and your bill and that's it.

Ambiance: Clean. Looks like a normal cafe.

Will probably return if I'm in the area and need a quick and cheap bite to eat. Food is tasty enough and they have an extensive menu. Don't expect any special service but it is efficient and cheap.

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Blech.
By teddyandturtle of Vancouver - Kingsway (84 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

I remember eating here awhile back. Though the place was clean with prompt service, the food was incredibly disgusting for me. Possibly it was an off day.. or I just ordered the wrong foods. But my brother loves to eat here for some reason.

I recall ordering the chicken cutlet with some kind of sauce with a side of spaghetti. The chicken was so overcooked that when I poked at it, it kinda started to just break apart. And the spaghetti was also extremely overcooked to the point where if I tried to pick it up with my fork, it would just break in half. I was downright angry with the quality of food they dished out and refused to eat it.. so I ended up going home to eat instead.

I would not come back here.

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Why curry king?
By Vancouver_foodlover of Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

The name is catchy to say the least. In the past, the place would be packed. However in recent months driving and walking by, the place seemed fairly empty.

I have tried eating there twice and each time was below my standard compared to other HK type cafe restaurants. The dishes were bland and not too appealing.

I would think they had so much business back then was the location, the name and probably had better food in the past.

They have expanded their franchise to other locations (Cambie), but after eating here, my expectation is qutie low compared to the other Curry King. Thanks...but no thanks.

There are other cheaper and better HK cafe type restaurants out there.

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Pleasantly Surprised!
By tastytasty02 of Burnaby (44 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 9, 2007 - 11:12am [Dine in]

I was pleasantly surprised by this HK style cafe serving up chinese and western dishes. Ordered the baked pork chop on fried rice and hot and sour soup and both were pretty good. I will definately order take out or even dine in next time! Probably go try the specialty curry as it is their house special items. Recommended!

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Good HK Cafe
By discerning_palate of vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - 6:54pm [Dine in]

This is the kind we go to when we can't think of where else to go. It's kind of the staple that's in the area yet far enough away from the crowds of Metrotown. Lots of foreign born get the western meals (pork chops, steak...) but if you're used to good steakhouses I would recommend you not get those dishes here. But their curry dishes are nice and mild tasting, and most of their other asian dishes we tried are pretty good too.

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Are they better HK cafes in Burnaby?
By enjoyfood of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 11:52pm [Dine in]

I've tried many HK cafes around town. This one is one of the so-so ones I've been to. The reason why I keep on going is for the French toast crave but didn't want to go to The Boss that is in Metrotown. Curry King looks busy but I don't think it is due to the quality of food, I personally think it is because there aren't much choice of HK cafes in Burnaby.
Food and vaule is mediocre.
The servers are okay.
Parking at the back is convinient.

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Unpleasant
By arrrrffff of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

I tried to like this restaurant, however first impressions are everything in this business no matter who the customer is - seasoned or new. This was my first impression:

1) Waitresses gave us the blank stare whenever we tried to make eye contact. They then then looked away to seemingly avoid us. When they do walk by there are no smiles, no hellos or checking back after you meal to ensure things were right.

2) Which brings me to point 2. We ordered a curry dish and got a different one than on the menu. Seafood curry and we got shrimp curry. $14 for 3 potato pieces and 10 shrimps. Now that is some $$$$$ frozen shrimp. The rice was yellow and dry with burnt pieces. The worse was our Chow Mein which reminded me of leftovers. The noodle weren't even cooked in the center of the plate. Is was cold and soggy with no taste of the wok. I didn't enjoy my meal at all and the waitress did nothing - she walked away after I asked if I even had the right dish.

3) We left with a 50 cent tip to which the waitress was overheard saying "cheap." With such horrid customer service and atrocious food, she was lucky she got anything. I'm not trying to be mean, but nothing was rectified or stood out.

The only positive I got was the Canucks flag hanging over the kitchen entrance. Frankly, I will never return.

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Not bad
By rammer1012 of Burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 2, 2007 - 9:24pm [Dine in]

We've tried this restaurant a few times already and have not been disappointed so far. The curry is good as this is their specialty. Had the curry chicken a few times and recently, tried the green curry with lamb. I would say it was incredible. The lamb was tasty and tender coupled with the savoury scent of green curry. Haven't tried anything like this in other restaurants.

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Great food, needs cleanup
By InuKing88 of Burnaby, BC (26 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 9, 2009 - 1:30pm [Dine in]

Food: I ordered the club sandwich that goes with fries. It wasn't that bad, and the fries are so good! I also ordered the bake seafood with rice. It was incredible! This is a great HK cafe! I also ordered the "Ibao" noodles and bean sprout noodles. They were as good as the club sandwich.

Service: Not so bad. The waitress smiled and happily wrote down my order. But when a bad waiter gave us our food, the plate almost broke and he didn't say sorry.

Value: It's sooo expensive! I don't get why almost everything is ten dollars. It really needs a price change.

Ambiance: Needs a big renovation. Their floor is sticky as honey and it seems like they never mop the floor. It just needs a clean up.

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Hong Kong Cafe - What you expected
By Lise of Burnaby (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 6:29am [Dine in]

I have been to this restaurant for a number of times and found it to be.... accepting. I stopped going to this restaurant when they changed my favorite dish. The Char Koay Teow started off being a seafood dish then they got rid of it and replaced with pork and other cheaper fillers.

My friend once asked them to make his steak medium rare. I don't know why he bothers to ask them. The steak came to his table pretty much the way the rest of ours came. Overdone.

The Hainan Chicken Rice was decent. Chicken was boiled just right, the soup came out comforting.

English seems to be a major struggle with the servers there. I asked for a few items to be subsituted (I'm not a fan of pork) and they did not understand me though they try. When it gets to be too busy, the service suffers from lack of staff.

Not the best but definitely give it a try if you haven't already.

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Expensve and food is not tasty. Avoid at all cost.
By van604 of Vancouver (east) (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 3:15pm [Dine in]

I spent $15 (before tax) on a 2-item hotplate lunch and the
ingredients were totally tasteless, even the french fries are
soaky and the garlic sauce is bland.

Quantity-wise, the amount of food they gave you is less than
the Honululu cafe nearby, but they charge 30% more.

Service wise; very minimal service, and the waitress were
mostly chit-chating with each other.

That explains why this cafe is always empty:
Expensive peices, poor food quaality, minimal quantity and
close to no service.

Learn from my mistake, avoid this place at all cost!

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always a bit inconsistent
By soopie of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 1:09pm [Dine in]

We go to curry king plenty of times because the food is decent, it's cheap and has a great variety of dishes. Our experience with Curry King has alwas been good and bad...their servers are experieced, but they are not always eager to help you. We had the other day some stringy stuff in the rice. They were able to replace it but they didn't take it off the bill. Their Red Duck Curry is really tasty.....I wouldn't bother ordering their spagattis and steaks..I had a rib eye that was too way to rare...I would just go with their asian dishes there and stick with the curries and friend rices.

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My Favourite HK Cafe
By chocofreak of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 27, 2007 - 1:15pm [Dine in]

I've been here twice.

The first time, I had the Peppered Chicken Steak. It was decent - you can't mess up a chicken steak. It came with rice & frozen veggies (peas, carrots, corn). Nothing special.

The second time, I had the Baked Pork with Curry Sauce on Rice. I think the baked items are better! The pork was crispy and the curry sauce was flavourful & a bit creamy/thicker with a smooth consistency. It was not too spicy and was mild-hot at best. For $6.25, I enjoyed a drink along with my meal and I left full & stayed full for the whole afternoon.

The service is average & the ambiance is solid. It's a lot cleaner than some other HK restaurants.

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Great Yummy Food!
By JackyZhu of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 3, 2011 - 5:23pm [Dine in]

They have some pretty good Chinese food. Their soup and steak are well made. Service was satisfying. A great comfortable atmosphere with big screen tvs. They show the Canucks hockey game when it's on. Good value too. I had a combo with soup and drink. Love their iced lemon tea. They use real lemon and not nestea or brisk. I hate to brag, but I just love their food. It's excellent compared to other hong kong style cafes.

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