Goodness, I was so excited to hear that California Cafe had been replaced by a new establishment, and boy am I glad to have tried it. The newest addition to the Top Gun family, I have to say that everything was fairly decent.
Food: Extremely solid and great cheap eats. We ordered four lunch dishes: Fish Cutlet with Fries, Braised Beef Ribs with Rice, Seafood Rice Vermicelli in Lobster Soup, and Baked Spaghetti with Bacon, Mushrooms, and Wiener. The fish cutlet was extremely moist, light, well seasoned, and not at all oily like most fried foods. The Baked Spaghetti was fantastic as well, the tomato base was flavourful, but tart, as all tomato bases should. The flavours from the various ingredients were well balanced, as bacon can sometimes overpower light sauces such as this. The Beef Ribs were a slight disappointment, a little tough and chewy, but to be expected, given the cut of meat. The sauce made it worth it though, peppery, sweet, and smokey, a great addition to the flavour of the meat. And finally. The Seafood Vermicelli was absolutely divine. The vermicelli itself wasn't cooked until soggy, perfectly al dente complimenting the abundance of fresh ingredients such as imitation crab, fish tofu, sole filet, bok choy, and crispy, barely cooked, shrimp. And to top it all off, the lobster base was the thing that tied it all together. Thick, creamy, rich, but not overbearing.
Service: Fantastic. The manager came by and thanked us for coming, chatted a little. Laughed at us while we fought with each other over the food.
Value: Definitely worth it. Under $40 for four lunches plus drinks (3 hot, 1 cold).
Ambiance: A lot of fun, they had a fabric that resembled rhino skin for the back of the chair, some rhino stickers on the wall, interesting painting on the ceiling.
Overall. Thank god that California Cafe is gone. Rhino's Kitchen is going to do very, very well. :D