We've been wanting to try Paul's for awhile since reading these reviews and are SO glad that we did.
We ordered the honey garlic spare ribs (BONELESS, I might add - which is fantastic), szechuan ginger beef and a few spring rolls (or egg rolls as they call them). The spring rolls were completely forgettable - BUT, the two other dishes were delicious and came in extremely generous portions.
We would definitely do take-out again from Paul's :)
I have been to Paul's 5 or 6 times and have never gotten passed the Deluxe Burger. I have seen some decent looking Chinese food come out of the kitchen but the craving for that burger keeps me from stepping out. At $5.75 with fries, the burger is a steal. Lettuce, tomato,processed Swiss, special sauce and a trashy (good trashy) sesame seed bun accomany the freshest homemade beef patty in the city. The kindly older lady who takes your order claims she and her hubbie make the burgers fresh daily, grinding their own sirloin in house. Apparently she sells up to 50 a day to surrounding businesses. I can see why. Its served piping hot everytime and it tastes like a burger used to. Unfettered by spices, compotes, fancy cheeses or, heaven forbid, sprouts or whole wheat bun, the fresh beef is the star of the show. The fries are good..not house cut, but straight outta the fryer. Again, served blisteringly hot like they should be. Simple food. Cheap, solid and honest. Just like me
This place is a North Burnaby institution. A classic "Chinese and Canadian Food" eatery. Ambiance is non-existent, but who cares. Don't come if you want to feel like you're in a "fusion" restaurant in Yaletown with the word "urban" in the name, come if you want excellent Chinese food at ludicrously low prices. The value is so good that I'd be very hard pressed to cook a comparable meal from scratch for the price they charge. Their "Canadian" food is also superb - Paul's Super Deluxe Burger is one of the best burgers I've had - thick homemade patty with fried onions and melted Swiss served with fries for under $6. The overhead is probably low since the same signage and decor has been up since the Ming Dynasty. During the cold snap recently their heating system broke but they stayed open and kept working, it was freezing but the food was still great and the Chinese family at the big round table seemed to be having a great time nonetheless, its just that kind of place. The Hastings strip will lose some of its character when this place finally closes down.
we will often get take out from Paul's because hubby used to work in the area, and liked their "canadian-style" chinese food. i used to laugh at him, as we normally go to the ethnic chinese restuarants, but lately with the eggo beign preggo, i have had cravings like you wouldn't believe for soft chow mein noodles and honey garlic ribs!
And you can't really beat the value at Paul's, the food is always fresh, and portions huge. we normally get a dinner for 2, or order 2 " custom order combos for 1 person" if we want more variety. we always get tons of food, and the flavours are pretty good. we will have lots of left overs for lunch, and the bill is under $21! of course, there are some dishes that i think are better than the rest, like their dry garlic sparibs and their honey garlic ribs. hubby likes their soft chow mein noodles, but you can get the crispy ones as well.
We have also eaten their as well, but it's a small hole in the wall place and not that clean. but the food is good and their burgers and sandwiches are goood and you can't beat the prices. i think the wife is the server and the hubby is the cook, service is always quick and attentive.
Despite the old school decor this place is a gem. If you’re looking for that hole in the wall best food for respectable prices then Paul’s is your place to go. Chinese food lunch combos for under $8 and good luck finishing it or try out there Canadian food, Deluxe Burger and fries for $4.95... how can you go wrong with the home made patty cooked on the flat top so you get that flavor crust all on a toasted delicious bun. I had the burger and fries and started with a small Won Ton soup (which wasn’t small) and walked out of there under $10 and needing a nap. I wouldn't need the won ton to start but it's so good and why not for only $3.50? Paul’s is a great little spot for lunch or dinner, you will see me there every Friday that's for sure.
I will echo the previous reviewers take on Pauls. I've been going to this North Burnaby diner since 1983! Yup, I've been eating here for 26 yrs! The current owners are the 2nd family to run this place so it's always been very consistant.
It's your traditional Western Chinese restaurant...you know sweet and sour, fried rice, won ton soup and they do these dishes really quite well. The western food - burgers, veal cutlets, hamburger steaks are great value and really solid stomach fillers.
If you are looking for a solid meal with great value and no ambiance try out Pauls.