A small, family-run business serving a large selection of both Chinese and western cuisine in a casual setting.
Value is incredible (the aforementioned $3.50 all day breakfast) and the quality is very good. Eggs are done perfectly, hash browns are real potatoes, bacon (3 strips) was very good, and nothing was greasy! I had black tea, the Other Half had coffee. The OH can be picky about coffee, but he said this was good brew!
You might not stop in here, as it looks a bit run down, but it certainly worth a try. Tables were clean, the place is tidy. The "Good Morning!" greetings from several staff just as we entered was friendly, and service was pleasant and timely.
A great "cafe-style" breakfast spot.
Apparently this resto has new owners. It's still friendly, but cleaner and much better food now available. They've added a couple Indonesian dishes to their standard Chinese - Canadian menu. I had the nasi goreng and it was quite tasty though it did look a bit more like Chinese fried rice than true nasi goreng. Had some gyoza which were all right, and all others at the table said they enjoyed their lunch. This is not a place you'd travel far to eat at, but a great neighbourhood standby (might develop into something more some day).
I heard good things about Amelia Restaurant so i decided to check it out. We went for breakfast. There is no parking so you have to park on the street or pay the meter. The place looks very old, and when you enter it smells very old inside. The decor is dated, it's like being in someone's home. Service was friendly and prompt. I ordered the #5 veggie omelet with pan fried potatoes and toast. It was a fair portion and it tasted pretty good although a little under-seasoned. I usually like the food to be pre-seasoned. You shouldn't have to add anything like salt or pepper. But i understand they cook for a variety of diets and tastes and this is the norm for practically every restaurant out there except the better ones. For 5.75 it was a great deal. My partner ordered buttermilk pancakes, i guess you can't go wrong for 4.95. She did say it was kind of soggy and doughy as opposed to fluffy and light. I rated a mediocre for food because it wasn't really anything special, it was just ok because of lack of seasoning. But i think i would return here, the value and service make up for the shortfalls. I would pick this place over Denny's. I am looking forward to trying their Curry Laksa and Malaysian fried rice in the future.
Wow, breakfast and lunch here are a steal! Okay, it's as simple inside as it looks on the outside, but the price reflects only the atmosphere, not the food...
The portions are good, the breakfast is CHEAP and NOT greasy like Young's down the street...
Overall, if you're looking for a great everyday neighbourhood breakfast hangout in New West, this is the place...
Give it a try!
Good cheap food
This place can sometimes have a line up out the door on a weekend.
Its good cheap food. Fast service. The seating is not the best, but if you just want some breakfast its a good place to be.I have only had breakfast here , so the rest is unknown.
The breakfast special is filling, home fried potatos, buttered toast, 2 eggs your style and 3 pieces of bacon or sausage or ham. The food isn't the healthiest but its decent.
Don't know about the other reviewer but I didn't see overworked servers and they made the rounds with coffee every 5-10 mins so it seemed alright.
It's good for the older people in the neighbourhood but its sorta depressing to see all the single old people eating a meal in solitary you would think they'd rather share seats with the other loners in the restaurant for a bit of company or sociability.
I'm not returning as its too greasy and there are too many other good breakfast places and I'd rather pay the difference.
There used to be a place downtown that did an all day breakfast with multigrain toast, herbal teas like blueberry and very tasty non-greasy food all for $3.95 in a happy cheerful atmosphere... I haven't come across any other place that compares with that for a cheap breakfast.
I had a craving for pancakes this morning and my wife suggested this place. We had previously been to the similarly-named "Amelia Cafe" on 6th Street in New West and we were not impressed. Safe to say, they have nothing in common but the name.
We had two orders of banana pancakes, coffee and the "two egg w/ toast & pan fries" combo. The pancakes were the star of the show - fluffy, sweet and moist with mashed banana inside and bananas on top. They totally fulfilled my pancake craving and I was smacking my lips with satisfaction till the last bite. Everything else was great, typical diner-style fare and the pan fries were nicely browned and crispy.
Service was friendly and prompt and we had plenty of coffee refills and table checks. Overall the ambiance is the typical hole-in-the wall with 80's pink and blue paint and plastic plants but it was clean and homey and there is a nice window to sit next to. Washrooms were clean and well-stocked as well.
There is no parking, you have to park on the street with meters ($1 for an hour) and bring cash because they are a cash only establishment.
We'll be back!
I have been going here for years. The prices have gone up a few $. It is not at all greasy. The coffe is awsome. They remember your name if you go a few times. The scrambled eggs could improve. and it tends to be loud at times. the wonton soup is remarkable and gyozas are great. i get my clubhouse for lunch and it is not lacking. they have homemade soup and it is located in a acessable part of new west. they are closed mondays and close at 2 pm or 3 pm daily
The price is right and the food is good! We love the chicken dishes which aren't at all greasy which seems to be a big problem in this type of cuisine. I love the fact that this place hasn't got a fancy thing about it yet still has some of the best food around. Order anything and leave happy! Isn't that what it's all about?
This place serves the BEST breakfast...and totally dirt cheap...I've also tried some of the Chinese food and that has also been really good...the service is ok, depending on how busy they are...the decor/furniture could use some work, but I don't think anyone who goes there frequently is complaining...just as long as it's clean hehe....
Just awesome breakfasts. Anyone can throw out some eggs toast and hash browns but the cook there really pays attention to detail. My eggs always come perfect, the hash browns seem to be diced up and fried new potatoes that are always done just right with a few herbs and spices, quality of sausage and bacon is very high. Coffee is great and they are generous with the refills.
It's our new little place to hang out every Saturday morning to get stuffed with breakfasty goodness.
Amelia's is one of the best things on 12th street. The prices are good, and the food (particularly the breakfast specials) is easily as good as - sometimes bettern than - that at large restaurant chains. The service usually leaves a little to be desired, though. This used to be the fault of a rude and overbearing server. The primary server now is friendly and polite, but she is run off her feet serving the whole restaurant while the manager drinks coffee and otherwise does nothing. This makes getting a refill inconvenient, but I was horrified this morning to witness the manager telling the employee to physically track down a customer at his place of work to insist that he pay for a meal he forgot to pay for. I'd gladly pay a couple of extra dollars to not have to witness that.
It is an amazing restaurant that I have been attending since childhood, it may look unappealing-strike that-very unappealing from the outside but the fake plants on the inside truly bring it to life. Despite the shabby look, it's food is an amazing value with great taste. A saturday morning treat for any locals.