I was very curious about this location, actually, i was excited when I went by on the bus, a new Hon's location. I love their noodles and soups and have been going there for many years.
The restaurant itself is very nicely decorated, if a bit cold. But very clean and bright and the waterfall is a nice touch. I arrived on a Sunday afternoon around 1:30, and the waitress sat me so i could watch the news and finance channel on the flat screen tv. I took the other side of the table, did not want to watch that!
Anyway, on the most important part, the food!
I ordered the hot and sour soup (4.00) and the chicken chow mein (8 3/4) (that's how they do the prices on the menu, cute.) Hot and sour is one of my favourites and not all Hon's locations do a good job of it, in my experience the Richmond location makes the best. I was also treated to a delicious sample of the Lychee black tea, which i would wholeheartedly recommend if you are looking for a fruity sweet cold drink.
My hot and sour soup came first, and I was happy to see a huge bowl and a smaller bowl to ladle it into. On closer inspection though, there was a scum on top (indicates to me it had been reheated in the microwave, not good) and it was quite thin in texture, but it did seem to be full of veggies and tofu. Unfortunately, the
soup was watery and quite tasteless, a tiny bit sour, but barely spicy. I looked in vain for the promised chicken and shrimps and found none.
Thankfully, my noodles arrived next. Lots of chicken and veggies, it was pretty good, not hon's style as I was hoping and a much smaller portion. It also tasted quite sweet, which is not to my liking but overall pretty good and I think some would be very happy with the flavor.
To the restaurants defense, when I told the waitress I did not like the soup and why, she agreed to take it off my bill. She then came back and told me the kitchen had offered to remake it but by then I was a little disgusted with it and declined. I would have been happy with a smaller bowl full of flavor and more veggies, ie mushrooms and scallions and the advertised chicken and shrimp.
Not sure if I will be back here, but perhaps in the summer I will stop in for a takeout tea, those seemed really yummy!