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3.5
  • Food4
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  • Value3.5
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  • Reviews26

Hot Plate Bistro, The

1205 Madison Ave.
Burnaby, BC V5C4Y4
Tel: (778) 737-0870
Neighbourhood: Willingdon Heights
  • Cuisine: Contemporary, Sandwiches
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Replaced with Kata's Cafe. The Hot Plate Bistro is nestled in the heart of Willingdon Heights, between William and Charles streets. Hours: Tues-Wed 9am-4pm, Thurs-Fri 9am-6:30pm, Sat-Sun weekend brunch 9am - 4pm, Closed Monday.

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Ventilation needed
By hydeeho of Burnaby (182 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

2 of us arrived at 12:45 to have lunch. If you want fast or even brisk then do not come here. Is it called the Hot Plate Bistro because they use a hot plate? Place is very small but we did get a table as there was only 1 other table occuppied by regulars. There is a special of the day board offering a grilled chicken breast and soup for $7.95. Upon ordering we were told the soup was not ready so that was out. Soup not ready at 12:45??? So by default all the soup and sandwich combos were unavailable. Settled for the hamburger. The bottom bun was soaked with grease from the burger very awkward as I like to eat a burger with my hands and not a knife and fork. Burger came with the tiniest side salad I've ever seen and a roasted nugget potato cut into quarters. Not exactly a filling meal. Service was excellent, coffee was large and constantly being refilled. Washroom was spotless and not being used as a storage area. Ventilation is terrible as everything being cooked wafted throughout the bistro. Undoubtably a great hangout for the neighbourhood regulars but not a destination place. I sought this place out because of Dinehere ratings maybe I came on a bad day. Won't be back.

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Incredibly good quality for the price
By aregma of Burnaby (116 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 5:56pm [Dine in]

Been to the hot plate bistro several times over the last few months and I have been consistently happy with their food. All their menu items are $10 or less. Although you won't get the giant portions like elsewhere for breakfast, it is enough for me to be full. All parts of the food are made fresh, and it shows in the taste and presentation. Service is a little slow, but I can't fault them for making everything fresh.

They have daily specials which seem to be different every time I go. The owners are extremely friendly and seemed happy to answer any questions I had.

I have had their specials, some items off their sunday brunch menu, as well as a few of their regular dishes. All were excellent.

The place itself is quite small, with only 4-5 tables. Very clean, and functional.

My favorite restaurant, definitely my pick to go food every week.

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The Height's little secret
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 20, 2007 - 5:51pm [Dine in]

I was torn on writing this review. I want to tell the world about how great this little place, but since they only have 5 tables, I don't want it to get too busy!!

For the sake of keeping them around, I've decided to share this secret. It's a great little bistro in a very unusual place. It's part of a 4-5 shop strip mall right smack in the middle of residential area. I only knew about it luckily by driving by one day. Everything on their small, but enticing menu is under $10. You can call ahead to pre-order.
This past weekend I was there for late brunch. I ordered their Omelette Special and my boyfriend ordered their club house. What I received was well worth the amazing $4.95 it cost me. The cheese, ham and mushroom omelette was half the size of the plate, the other half donned roasted potatoes (yum) and 4 triangles of toast served with fresh preserves (yummier). The boyfriend's club had chicken breast with sweet pepper and crispy bacon served with a sundried tomato aioli - delicious!
You could tell you were eating fresh and quality ingredients.
The owners are very friendly and when I realized their credit card slip had no room for tip (and we didn't have any change), they simply said, "Don't worry about it, we're just glad you came."

As much as I'd like to greedily keep them to myself, please keep them in business! Give them a try!

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Underwhelmed - could make this at home, but a cheapish substitute when you don't feel like cookn'
By frugalgourmet of Vancouver (70 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 3, 2008 - 4:05pm [Dine in]

Underwhelmed - could make this at home, but a cheapish substitute when you don't feel like cookn'
Service: Friendly, neighbourly. Server seemed to greet regulars often and even chatted a few of them up. Service was a a bit on the slow side (20 min). Portions could have been 30% increased. The lunch menu looked enticing.

Food: 2 egg + meat special for me was okay. $4.95 Not bad. The whole wheat bread was not grainy or substantial. The bacon was lean and crisp and the potatoes were nicely seasoned. Friend's mushroom and cheese omelet was smallish in size, sure didn't look like there were three eggs in it!

Ambiance: Totally agree with another reviewer that eating here is like eating in someone's kitchen. My clothes smelled of cooking grease afterwards. Otherwise the decor lended itself to a cozy and relaxed environment.

For a few bucks more, a breakfast bowl ($8.99) at the White Spot is both more filling and tasty.

Bottom line: I could make this at home, so I would default to the Hot Plate when I'm feeling lazy in the kitchen.

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Weekend Brunch
By jmw4 of burnaby (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 2:50pm [Dine in]

We found this place from this website, read the reviews and thought we'd try it out since we support small local businesses. We were totally delighted. The place was a hidden gem in a residential neighborhood. We got the special of the day, Farmer's Scramble for $8. It was absolutely delicious! I love that they used farmer's sausage and not the disgusting little breakfast sausages in the eggs. The jam was really good and I'm not a big jam fan. We thought it was homemade but the lady said it's not but it's Canadian from Saskatoon (I think?). The organic orange juice was very good! It was pulpy and fresh, reminded me of freshly squeezed Florida orange juice. Overall, great cozy little place. They make their own pumpkin pie and soups too! Recommend this place to all!

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What a find!
By foodie16 of Langley (15 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 1:54am [Dine in]

I wasn't sure what to make of this place when I saw it from the outside, but I'm glad I ventured in because what I had was an amazing meal that I would have thought came from somewhere more "downtown" or "upscale".

Everytime I have eaten there (which has been at least 3x) I am always impressed with the quality of food. Made from scratch and with fresh amazing ingredients. Honestly, I don't know how these guys keep some of this stuff on hand!! Also, they are open to suggestions or additions/deletions of ingredients to your meal with no hassel - they may even make a suggestion when you order it.

In a rush? Call them when you're on your way and they'll have your lunch to go or ready when you get there and you'll walk out with a meal that will satisfy you and your timeline. My b/f and I did this one night while on a way out and it was one of the best decisions we made - way better than stopping at a drive through. I can honestly not wait until I have some sort of party or even to see what these guys come up with.

The decor is not as amazing as their food, but from my understanding it is just a couple starting out and I personally would prefer them to continue putting their efforts into their food and eventually the decor will improve. It's not hideous or anything like that - just doesn't have as much flair as their food.

The service is always good, friendly and attentive. Everytime I've been there, the service has been great and they are extremely nice to everyone who has popped by.

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Delicious Lunch!
By chocolateispink of burnaby and vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

I come here once in a while for breakfast and decided to try out their house sandwich. OH MY GOODNESS! It was incredibility DELICIOUS! It was just a simple, bacon, ham, tomato, lettuce sandwich but I don't know how and don't care how ...but it was so fresh and good. It comes with a garden salad and some potatoes, just enough for 1 portion! I need to go back and try their kabob next time :) Keep up the good work guys! Writing this review makes my mouth watery already! Must try HOT PLATE!

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I tried to love it!
By anton of Greater Van (23 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 2, 2008 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

I'm all for small, independent business, so I decided to come check it out today for lunch. I experienced the same problems that others mentioned. As friendly as the owner/waitress is, the service was very slow. I waited over 20 mins for the daily special sandwich to arrive. Also, the ventilation was really bad. I was there for only 30 mins, but I already had the greasy smell all over my clothes when I left. On the other hand, the food is quite good (but on the small side portion-wise), and the lady there was very friendly. I will go back again, but will pick a non-peak period to go, and will leave my jacket in the car or sit on the outside.

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Great food, Excellent service & Cheap!
By nelsonh of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 6:37pm [Dine in]

I went there for breakfast on a Saturday. While they don't have many choices, their food was tasty and prepared fresh. Prices are awesome. In particular their juices & tea are only $1.50 each (and in large cups). Apparently, the restaurant offers more breakfast varieties on Sundays.

However, what makes this resturant stand out is the personal customer service in a home setting. Since the place could only fit about 10 people and the waitress is the owner, you can expect to get excellent, tailored service in a cozy environment.

Their dinner entrees are only $10-12. I'll definitely be coming back to try it.

Note: The place has a small store front and so if you're driving you might miss it very easily. Study your map before coming.

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Love it!
By woaters of East Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 17, 2007 - 12:10am [Dine in]

Great menu, great prices. I will return~ I have been twice and really enjoyed my vegetable curry and spaghetti....not together of course!
They even made my son a grilled cheese sandwich, which he loved.
The couple that runs it are super nice.

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Great alternative to Denny's
By samel of Burnaby (20 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

Ambiance: Small, maybe less than 12 seats inside with a couple of tables outside. Clean & comfortable.
Food: Fresh, good portion, quick.
Service: Good, helpful with a smile.
Value: $2.99 for a 10oz glass of organic OJ. What do you think?
I have only tried their breakfast. They also offer daily specials that are not on the menu. Can't wait to try their cabobs & burgers.

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Quite Good
By foodkritic of Yaletown (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 12:35pm [Dine in]

Went there a few days ago for breakfast. It was during the week so we didn't get the weekend brunch options. 3 simple breakfast are on the menu for the weekdays and both of us opted for the omelette. Came with fresh bread, jam, potatoes and a huge omelette with a TON of fresh vegetables.

Food was very good and high quality. Can't complain at all. TASTY!

Ambiance is so so, nothing special about it. Quaint little 4 table bistro. Service was good, and coffee......one of the better Americano's in the city.

Solid 3.5-4 out of 5 for the food and friendly owners.

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Hidden Gem on Madison
By phillipl of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 11:32pm [Dine in]

Imagine a place where you can relax, read the paper, nestle in a quiet neighbourhood, enjoy home-like hospitality and more importantly fill your stomach with a hot breakfast meal. Well such place exist, and it's called Hotplate.

Hidden in the residential neighbourhood on Madison, Hotplate is a small breakfast/sandwich place and appears to be managed by a couple that provides personalized service for customers. You get nothing but value from here, and Hotplate kind of reminds me of a solitude place where you can have long conversations with a friend over a cup of coffee.

The ambience is clean, pristine and cosy...I highly recommend coming here if your looking for a place to relax and receive superior customer service.

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well worth a visit
By fredfred of burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2008 - 12:02pm [Dine in]

This couple are doing things right. It is just a small personal place
to eat good freshly prepared food at prices everyone can afford.
This is the kind of place Gordon Ramsay tries to inspire small
restaurant owners to become. It is now on my regular beat.

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Everything is good..but..
By fp931 of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 7:52pm [Dine in]

Everything is great! First time there today, food was fresh, server was friendly. Took a while for our food to be ready, but I guess I can't blame them for a busy Saturday afternoon I guess. I have one complaint though: I walk out with my entire face, hair and body smelling like oil. They gonna improve on their circulating and fan system, I don't want to smell like oil again if i go there next time (which I'm planning to :) b/c of their amazing dish).

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North Burnaby Breakfast Gem
By hungrydog of Burnaby (20 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 25, 2007 - 10:54am [Dine in]

Being on an eternal quest for the most beautiful breakfast in Metro Vancouver, I felt obliged to try North Burnaby’s Hot Plate Bistro. The Hot Plate Bistro is tucked in amongst a strip of quaint little neighbourhood shops just south of Parker. Seemingly an unlikely place to find a restaurant but there it is, nonetheless.

They open for breakfast at 10am, Tuesday to Sunday. The chef and his partner decided to start their own enterprise after tiring of making money for another very well-known Vancouver restaurant.

Breakfast was perfect. They have a short menu that works very well; the weekend breakfast choices were the two eggs with meat option or a cheese and mushroom omelette with toast and hash brown potatoes. I sampled the omelette and was not disappointed; the eggs were cooked to perfection and the sautéing of the mushrooms filled the small and tastefully decorated room with lovely aromas. The chunks of potato were deliciously warmed and seasoned to perfection. A sublime breakfast experience.

If I was forced to admit one criticism, I would say that the omelette and quantity of potatoes could have been more generous. My advice (my inner chef Ramsay speaks out now and then) would be to increase the portion size a little and increase the prices accordingly. The prices are very reasonable at their current level and I believe that a slight increase would be a welcome trade-off for a larger breakfast.

I will endeavour to make it over to the Hot Plate Bistro for a lunch or dinner, although they do close up shop at 6:30pm, Tuesday to Thursday, I feel obligated to make the effort of trying the other dining options on their menu. This is a little gem of a restaurant that I will return to in the very near future.

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Great breakfast apart from the vegetarian options....
By foodie.604 of Port Coquitlam (19 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 29, 2010 - 6:07pm [Dine in]

I went to this restaurant after seeing all the good reviews. It is a cute little place, that serves all day breakfast which was exactly what I was looking for. Went for the Saturday brunch with a friend.

My food was pretty good but my friend’s Tofu Scramble was not good so I averaged the score for a 3. I had the Iron Worker breakfast which was pretty good. The flax waffle was pleasantly suprising being very delicious, probably could have just had a plate of those waffles instead of the sausages and eggs. The Tofu Scramble was bland, just tofu mixed that looked pan fried with green and red peppers in some sort of sauce? Unfortunately it was just another entrée that was smacked together for the sake of being vegetarian.

Ambiance is decent, though the place is very small. It only seats about 10 people but on a weekend we got in right away so that wasn’t a problem. The place is not really meant to be a restaurant which makes the lay out a bit awkward, but otherwise it was clean and bright.

Service was good, staff was very friendly.

Value was very good, the portions are average which is ideal for breakfast, most dishes being around $7.

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Glad I found this!
By Jonathan of Burnaby (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 9, 2008 - 10:39pm [Dine in]

I think there is a true void is finding a good place for breakfast; especially if you want something inexpensive but also want to avoid an early heart attack. Fortunately, I found this bistro today and will certainly be returning. There isn't a huge selection, and the food won't necessarily knock you off your feet; but it is very tasty and extremely good value. From looking into the kitchen (and later eating), they use very good ingredients and the food is prepared and presented very well. Also friendly atmosphere and the Americano I had is one of the best out there. I look forward to trying their lunch items as well. My only hesitation in recommending this place is if it gets too popular because it cannot seat more than 10 (it is a bistro). But feel to check it out any other time I won't be there :)

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great quality at great prices with not so great ventilation
By enno of burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 3:13am [Dine in]

The food:
They carry a decent sized menu, with daily specials and soup to mix things up a bit. I've sampled several different dishes and soups, and they have been consistently tasty and satisfying. The freshness is evident and everything is made from scratch. Only downside is the wait-time. It is not unusual to wait 2-3 times longer than your regular breakfast place.

The people:
The couple who runs the place are always friendly, cheerful, and open to any amendments to your order, regardless of how absurd the request may be. They are appreciative of their customers and it shows - something you don't detect very often.

The price:
Prices are better than reasonable. Portions are perfect;full, but not overstuffed or wasting food. For extra-healthy appetites - just order two meals; more variety for your dollar.

The place:
The entire place appears to be neat, well kept and very clean. The decor, unfortunately, isn't nearly as amazing as their food. The atmosphere resembles more of a kitchen - It feels like (and actually is) sitting in a kitchen, with the food being prepared 15 feet from you. Every fiber will be coated with grease smog. Improving ventilation should be their number one priority.

The loo:
The washroom was clean, well stocked, and is a washroom only; not the washroom/storage combo like many small establishments.

The wait:
Located in a residential zone, most likely populated by nearby residents and an ever growing number of dinehere members. They are definitely getting busier each time I go, with increasingly longer waits for a table. Their 4 indoor table capacity is reached quite quickly.

The verdict:
The awesome food draws me back repeatedly.

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Solid, cozy weekend joint
By rootsp of North Burnaby (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 5, 2009 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

We recently moved to North Burnaby, and just one block from The Hot Plate Bistro. We were very happy to see the all day breakfast sign as we love going out for breakfast on the weekends. The all day breakfast is pretty standard- eggs, bacon, toast and potatos; for about $4.50 thats what you can expect. We found the food to be pretty solid, nothing fancy, but then again we love simplicity. The service is great, the owners are warm, friendly, and talkative. There is a great local feeling to it since its tucked away in a residential area. We have yet to try anything but breakfast but may do so in the future. Our only complaints, and they would be minor, is that the coffee is pretty standard (Van Houtens- they serve it at Chevron gas stations), and the portions were a little small. Needless to say though, we love the proximity and the service and we will be back again and again.

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