Inn Noodle House offers Chinese cuisine under $15.
This is the old Dragon Palace. You won't mistaken it with the same decor, same menu, and same name (in chinese). However, compared to the old Dragon Palace, the food is just down right nasty.
We were fans of the old Dragon Palace. So we were excited to learn that it has resurfaced as Inn Noodle House. One dish that we particularly look forward to is their black cod in special sauce. So off we go tonight for dinner.
The decor is the same as Dragon Palace, pretty sure they re-use the same tables and chairs. So the ambiance is very mediocre. As another reviewer had mentioned, it is smoky in there with the oily smell of the kitchen.
The service is pretty awful. The 3 servers looked like they just woke up. It's almost like they feel guilty serving us their food.
Now the food. We ordered:
Hot and sour soup. It is the worst hot and sour soup in recent memory, that's including food court soup and instant soup mix.
Chop suey. Veggies are nicely fried, not overcooked. A tad on the salty side.
Seafood fried rice. Flavour is there, seafood is fresh, but quite salty.
Chicken chow mein. Very salty.
Honey garlic pork. Too dry. Imagine a piece of pork that you deep fried in the morning then let it sit til evening, deep fried again and serve. That's the same pork here.
Black cod with special sauce. I seriously hope that it's just a mess up from the cook tonight because this used to be so good. The dish we got tonight is too salty to eat, and i like my salted fish. So definitely not worth the $14.95 for this dish.
So to sum it up, a good restaurant gone bad. Good bye Dragon Palace.
My husband & I ate here tonight between 6 and 7:00 p.m.. We ordered "Deep Fried Tofu with Spicy Salt", "Tan-Tan Noodle", and "Beef Tendon with Noodle in Soup". All were beautifully prepared and tasted very good.
The restaurant was fairly quiet, with at most 6 of at least a dozen tables occupied during our visit. It is a deep, narrowlike restaurant. I think it could benefit from large mirrors on the walls to give the illusion of windows (I like lots of windows).
We definitely would go back for the items we tried tonight and likely will try others.
This restaurant opened on April 13, 2011.
I don't know why they gave the restaurant 2 names. Wouldn't the city let them keep the old name ?
Calling it the Inn Noodle House is misleading because noodles are a very small part of the menu.
They set up the tables like a noodle house but it's more like a family-style chinese restaurant.
The owner was there with 2 servers.
We had the petite server. This appeared to be her first gig as a waitress.
Instead of asking 'would you like some tea', she asked 'do you want to drink tea'
When we placed our order, we wanted steamed white rice & asked her how they serve it 'in a bowl ?', no, in a cup (huh) what she meant was a rice bowl not a western style soup bowl.
When she brought our food, she didn't supply the serving spoon.
Neither did she refill our teapot even though we had the lid out of it.
The serving dishes are pretty but they should actually use smaller plates because it appears that you're not getting much food.
Anyhow, someone at the next table was eating soup noodles & it looked good.
So, we'll come back & try that next time.
They also offer take-out & free delivery with a minimum $ 15 order.
It is right outside new west station, so if you miss your bus & have a long wait; go in & have a bit.
Or pick up a take-out menu & place your order from the skytrain.
I love this place - good food, inexpensive, quiet and unpretentious. Not necessarily somewhere you'd go for a dinner out but a nice hole in the wall spot for a bowl of noodle soup after work.
The servers are quiet but pleasant and quite friendly. Service itself was quick.
They do have a dim sum menu on Sundays but it's not really what they're bestl at - I'd stick to the usual menu or go elsewhere if you're set on dim sum.
As mentioned in the other reviews, this restaurant use to operate as Dragon Palace. They had a good assortment dishes on their dim sum menu but since moving to this location, they've had to cut certain dishes from their menu due to the lack of kitchen space. It was pretty upsetting as this was the only place in town where I could get Chinese donut and soy milk, as well as jellyfish.All that aside, I still enjoy coming to this restaurant. Their food is delicious, especially their marinate beef soup with noodles. The broth is hearty and the don't skimp out on the meat. The prices are very affordable in comparison the portions they serve. All around great value for good quality Chinese food. The only downside I have to this place is that it always seems smoky, as if there's a haze of smoke lingering throughout the restaurant. It's odorless but the smoke is there. I assume the hood fans in the kitchen aren't strong enough to blow out all the smoke from all the cooking they do back there...considering it's a smaller kitchen. But don't let this stop you from dining in.
I decided to visit today because I was told it was the old Dragon Palace, which we enjoyed their dim sum regularly before it was closed. Unfortunately it was a great disappointment. Do not come here for dim sum unless you have an extra HOUR to spare waiting for the food to come. The service is slow and the food comes out even slower. The place itself is smaller than the old Dragon Palace and when we sat down it was only a quarter full - so not busy and it was 1:45pm, well after the lunch rush. It took 30min for our first dish to arrive - deep fried bun and sweet milk. And another 15min for the steamed prawn dumplings. That's 2 dishes in a span of 45min wait!!!! Wtf?! It didn't help that we were terribly cranky hungry. But I did not think having dim sum should have taken so long. In the end we had to cancel rest of our order which still had not arrived by 1 hour mark! If the waiter had given us a heads up that it would take so long to freshly steam dim sum then we could have chosen to go or stay as we pleased. Do not come here for dim sum - not worth the wait. And they had no excuse for us or were even apologetic. The waiter yelled at us and blamed us for ordering too much food! I will never come here again. And tell all my friends who did enjoy Dragon Palace before that this place doesn't even come close to a reasonable place to eat!