This Metrotown restaurant is the only remaining Uncle Willy's in town. Its an AYCE and is one of the best value places I know in the greater Vancouver area. You get a huge selection of fresh and tasty foods, salads, drinks (excl alcohol) and desserts including soft serve ice cream. The decor and interior is clean but has seen better days - though the food taste, selection, service and price more than make up for this.
You can go to the Metropolis Food court where a basic fast food meal and soda would set you back about $6 - but why bother when you can have all the above for $3 more!!!
I would definitely recommend this place.
This place is awesome if you want to load up on "meat (and potatoes)" type of dinner. The roasted chicken is delicious and juicy. The roast beef and ham is usually offered in the evening and they are just to tempting to pass up! I was there tonight and they had these juicy gigantic beef ribs which were devoured by patrons in no time. They also have seafood and fried chicken to offer a variety. The hot entrees are a hit and miss sometimes but go on the weekends when they have better entrees. Go early because the place gets so damn busy :( . Oh, I usually skip the potatoes. The soft serve ice cream is a great way to round off the meal. Great value for $12.00. The service is good as they clear your table promptly and your ready for seconds, thirds...Forget about the food court at Metrotown GO HERE!
I went there once and pretty much ate a bit from each servings they had. The best meat there is the chicken. I thought the chicken was really tender and good. They had a lot of choices for salads (I went on Sunday for dinner, so I think there are more choices on weekends), different kinds of pastas, and a lot of meat.
Their pop was not that good, they had their own produced pop I think (tasted like a watered down version of sprite/ice tea/coke). I think the best thing I had that night was the chicken, and their ice cream. The ice cream was really rich and you have two choices for toppings. Fudge and butterscotch.
The place is not very clean. Since it's a busy buffet place, it's very crowded, and the plates are usually still wet from just having washed. For dinner it's only ~$15 and lunch is $12-13. I would say it's pretty cheap for so much food offered.
…Uncle Willy could move in. It’s utilitarian. It’s self-serve. It’s cheap. It’s a place where you can take your kids and let them run free – unfortunately.
The grub is pretty much designed for the masses. I’ve been there multiple times (yes, there’s more than meets the two stars here – I’ll tell ya later.). Things change – once they had pizza, then they had tacos… one can only imagine what masterstroke of menu design will delight us next. The cooking of all these sneeze-guarded things is what you’d expect – open bag of frozen French fries – insert into hot oil… follow instructions on packaging for perogies, sausages, spaghetti sauce. So what keeps me coming back? Oh there’s got to be one juicy piece of curiosity to get you, the reader, not to believe everything you read, and to go out and try the place for yourself. At Uncle Willy’s it’s this: The beef and the chicken. I believe they only serve the roast beef at dinner, but even so, the short ribs make up for it at lunch. For the record I went once and the roast beef was not good – too rare – (and I’m a rare lover!) but then the other two times I had it I sat there and couldn’t believe what I was ingesting – quite possibly the best roast beef I’ve ever had in my life – I knew this was something special because even though little Timmy at table 2 was proclaiming that he just farted – I didn’t care.
Well that’s what’s important when reviewing a place like this – the food. Everything else is straight-forward: Utensils are cleaned. Seating needs to be updated. Don’t you dare take your mother here… you disrespectful… Don’t even *think* of bringing a date here, unless you’re trying to sabotage the relationship – or trying to deter a wife from having kids.
For all that have been to Mandarin in Ontario - *ugh* gawd. This is a beat-up 1970’s Ford Pinto compared to that Rolls Royce.
I do sympathize with the students and the let’s-pig-out crowd. People remember: It doesn’t profess to be anything greater than a place to go for volume and variety. It is what it is… useful.
the food was okay, but some of the forks and spoons were quite dirty..
The lighting in the room was, however, unsatisfactory. The macaroni salad was the best food they had, in my opinion. The chicken was dry and tasteless though. The price was pretty good. about 12 dollars for all you can eat. Overall, it was an okay dining experience.
Uncle Willy's has been around for eternity. I went to UW a lot as child in the mid-90s when I was living in the Metrodown. Just recently, I rediscovered the magic that is Uncle Willy's after a decade of not being there. UW is a buffet and I always make sure I get my money's worth there. As a university student on a really tight budget, I recommend UW because it gives you the most bang for your buck. Uncle Willy's has great variety in their food. The range of food is covered really well. The soft drinks they serve are all generic, but all soft drinks taste the same for me. If you love eating meat, Uncle Willy's is the place to be as it has baked ham, rotisserie chicken, and roast beef (only for dinners though).
The service is really courteous. It is also quick and effective as they took my finished plate almost immediately after I left to get more food. Tables were clean although they were given quick wipes.
As for the ambience, the lighting inside UW leaves a lot to be desired. The place is rather dim, which has been like that since I first went there. The place is showing its age as it hasn't been renovated since it first opened.
Uncle Willy's is a great place to meet up with friends and converse with each other. You get great value for what you pay for ($13 for dinner or $10 for lunch). It is a great place for poor, hungry students to have a great, big feast all the while minimizing the hit to their wallets. It's variety and selection of foods are unmatched. It is a meat lover's heaven - you can have all ham, chicken, and beef you can handle. Uncle Willy's is the place to be if you want to lessen the blow to your bank account during these tough economic times. Give this place a chance as you won't regret going there. This place is a cheap restaurant for cheap people, and this suits me just fine. It's better, cheaper, and faster than fast food and bar food. People who rag on this place should lower their unrealistic expectations. This is isn't food for the elite, it is food for all a classes. I went to this place once and got hooked. UW is like a drug, you can't help but keep coming back for more. I'm proud to say I'm addicted to Uncle Willy's.