Mrs. C and I went with our friends to eat the dishes of the famous chef of PO. I’ve heard the guy was #2 chef at Government House in HK back when they had Governor Patton. Whatever his history, he sure can cook!
As usual, it was packed. After a bit of a wait we were seated. To say this place is Spartan is an understatement, but it was clean. There is only one server, but she was moving at a furious pace, and she seemed friendly enough.
We had honey garlic chicken wings, abalone mushroom and tofu, beef tenderloin sizzling plate, shrimp in black bean, deep fried fish fillets with chilli pepper salt, and some yellow bean and pork soup. All the food was fantastic, and my only regret was that we didn’t order the famous pork hock. Maybe next time.
Overall a great dining experience, and worth the slightly high price.
This restaurant is one of the best restaurants I have been to in terms of food quality.
It is very busy at all times and recommend making reservations or expect a LONG LONG wait! Also you need to have a cantonese speaking person to come here or it will be difficult to get your message across. Don't expect any fancy setting as it is a mom & pop restaurant. The only real complaint I have is that the service can be a bit slow as they only hire 1 waitress to help out during dinner times.
All the specialty dishes are in chinese and are posted against the wall.
The portion is smaller than usual, but the great food more than makes up for it. The hot pot items comes out piping hot.
If you are looking for good quality restaurant and don't mind paying a bit more, then this is it! I highly recommend coming here for picky eaters.
It's a 45 minutes drive to PoCo Ocean from my home in vancouver but that is not going to stop me from a great tasting Chinese dinner.My wife and I usually enjoyed ourselves and last night was no exception. Since we live far away, we normally order a lot of dishes and have left over to take home. The place is always pack and food is so good they don't even have menus to give to customers for ordering and get away with it....to our surprise they had menu for us to-nite. We ordered the Stuffed Tofu with vegetable, Spicy chicken Wings, Sweet and Sour Pork, chicken Hot Pot, Beef with Pepper sauce.All the dishes were simply incredible tasting with just the right spice....the bill was $ 75.00 .If you are looking for great tasting Chinese food, this is the place for you to try.
Tri-cities have many well known Chinese restaurants. Most of them the luxury of hosting well over 50 guess at a time. However, many of those restaurants food quality and value are only second to the little restaurant known as Poco Ocean Restaurant.
Most of you are not familiar with the Chinese community. Little do you know that amount the Chinese community, Poco Ocean Restaurant's fame is well known and well deserved. Many celebrities and out of towners will travel to Poco just for Poco Ocean restaurant. It's also an interesting fact that the restaurant has a 20 year history.
So what is so special about this little restaurant? The chef used to cook for the governor of Hong Kong, Sir David Wilson. Why not seek for yourself and taste his excellent cooking yourself?
However, please bare in mind that the place is barely large enough to hold 4 tables and is hardly open.
There food is very good, but the service is lacking. Its a small restaurant, but this plae gets customers. The service here is lacking because I feel that they are so busy, that it is suffcient enough to sustain their overhead prices, thus, if they were to lose a few customers, it wouldn't be the worse thing. I ordered the deep fried salt and pepper fish and it is outstanding. I also ordered the stewed pork hock and a plate of vegetables. The pork hok is tasty, but consists of a lot of fat (I guess its typical for this type of dish, so can;t really complain). As for the ambiance, I felt like i were dining in a small restaurant situated in the suburbs of China.
I am somewhat hesitant to post a review for Poco Ocean because I fear it will be more difficult to get a reservation than it already is. However, a restaurant this good deserves to be recognized.
We had been looking for a new Chinese restaurant to try in the Port Coquitlam area as we have become increasing disappointed with Hon’s. Looking at the reviews on this site, and checking the inspection history at Fraser Health, we decided to give Poco Ocean a try.
Especially for dinner you must make a reservation. The restaurant seats no more than 50 to 60 people. It is across the street from Hon’s at the farthest and most remote section of the Poco Place Mall at Westwood Street and Lougheed Highway in Port Coquitlam. This is the most unassuming restaurant you will go to.
We have been there three times and they are consistent and great. When you make your reservation, please be patient as English is not spoken well. However, do not let that deter you from trying this gem as the ladies waiting tables are very friendly and they want you to enjoy your visit. Also, do not let the specials written on the wall preventing you from trying some awesome food. Pick what you would like from the menus, then ask your server to suggest something (pick a protein chicken, beef, fish, pork) from the specials. You will not be disappointed.
One caution I would provide is that this is a small operation. They do a lunch and dinner service, closing at 2:00 PM and re-opening at 5:30 PM. There is the chef, and two serving staff. Service will appear to be slow (i.e. getting seated, getting your order taken, and paying the bill), but once your order is in the food is served in good order. Make sure you bring cash as they do not accept credit or debit cards. Two people having, soup, four items, and a beer each will run you about $55.00 to $60.00.
We will not be returning to Hon’s anytime soon! We have our new home for Chinese food at Poco Ocean.
We go here on a regular basis and we have never been disappointed, a great chef with healthy, fresh and taste ideas.
Decor, Service and ambience do not matter when the food is fantastic. Our favorites are honey garlic chicken wings, singapore noodles, tofu hot pot, spicy fish, vegetables and cashews, chicken in black bean sauce, sizling beef
I've been coming to this place since 2000 and I have to say that their food has always been excellent. This place is always packed, whether it's for lunch or dinner (especially dinner). The problem is, they only have one waitress working. It is a family run restaurant. The husband is the cook and the wife runs the dining area. However, the wife ended up in the kitchen when it is really busy and they only have one waitress. I have to say that over the years, they kept on raising the price so that is one of the reason why I don't come there very often. The food has always been good and consistent though. Compared to other chinese restaurants, I would say that Poco Ocean is the best. I heard that the chef used to be the head chef of Hyatt in Hong Kong. Not sure if it's true or not but the food is top notch. I recommend the deep fried sole with soya sauce, the pork leg (hock), black pepper beef or the beef teriyaki, and deep fried chicken wings. I'm telling you, the food is very tasty.
However, here comes the negative points. Avoid going there on weekend evenings. You'll wait hours for your table. Reservation is a must but if you don't speak chinese/cantonese, the language is going to be a serious barrier. When you do get a table, the food is going to take a while to come out because there's only one cook. So, I suggest going there during lunch or on a weekday dinner. Don't forget to make the reservation. The restaurant is really small so no ambience whatsoever. Oh, make sure you call first before you go there because they can be closed anytime.
I kinda wish that they would expand and hire more staff because their business is doing very well.