A HK style cafe restaurant
You really can't find much difference in menu choices between all these HK cafes, but I find the food here is better than the next door e-Canteen.
It's definitely a good choice for a cheap lunch. Full on just $7 with a drink? Why not?
Just a tip, if you're pressed for time, don't order anything baked.
I came here with 4 other people and they were nearly finished by the time I got my baked fish on rice. I felt bad for making them wait on their lunchbreak and burnt my tongue twice trying to eat quickly!
Try to get there early (before noon) as the lineup starts to build out the door close to 1pm.
This place is a great deal for both lunch and dinner.
This place is one of the better HK style cafes around town. It's always busy. They have a large menu to order from including the familar 2-3 meat combo meals with soup and drink.
I like to order the Singapore Fried Rice usually. Lots of flavour, good balance of ingredients and a heaping mound to boot. The Salted Fish and Chicken Fried Rice was borderline bad the last time I had it. Probably an isolated incident as it looked like it was rushed (many rice clumps and salted fish not evenly mixed). The Curry Brisket also tasty but piping hot out of the gate. Milk tea is something I rarely get but it's pretty good here too.
Servers are quick and fairly easy to deal with. It's high turnover food but I never feel rushed to leave. Mostly booths so it's comfortable and you're not bumping elbows.
I haven't come here enough to try many of the other dishes but from looking around the other tables I'll definitely want to. I think they're open late too. Great cheap eats.
Food: had the shanghainese thick noodle and seafood chow mein and they both were pretty good. I ordered from the mix and match menu last time and it was quite bland (fried chicken with garlic sauce) so I think I will try to stick to the "Chinese" menu. The free refills are a definite plus, especially when my dining compadre can finish a few glasses in a single sitting.
Service: Vastly improved since the last time I came. We were promptly seated and drinks were served quickly. Food was served in a timely manner but it took some time to flag some waitresses down.
Ambiance: Not bad. Tables and chairs and nothing more but seemed much cleaner than some of the cafes I've been to since.
I think this cafe just seemed so much better since I've dined at some other sub-par places. Will definitely return but will try to avoid peak hours when there is a wait. Recommended but you have to remember that this is a cafe, not fine dining, so come expecting efficient and borderline rude service.
Went to this HK Cafe. I really don't like HK cafe as I'm not into this Western food thing with a chinese touch. The mix and match for lunch seems like a really good deal as you get a drink with that but I was not too impressed with the food. Pork chop was really thin, lamb shank was cold. I guess HK Cafe's are known for their deals and variety but they can't seem to do one style really good. Just not my thing, I rather go to Richmond Public Market.
Food: HK cafe style food. large menu to choose from at a great price point. i like my baked porkchop on rice...it's actually on fried rice. most places have it just on plain rice or rice w/ a few peas. portions are satisfying for the price.
Service: they take your order, bring your food, refill your tea when you ask, and bring your bill when beckoned. nothing extraordinary.
Ambiance: it's busy and loud and i dont care! what do you expect?!
Overall: i come here every few wks depending on the wait. it's been fairly consistent every time and have yet to have any complaints.
My auntie has been raving about Alleluia so I took Mrs. Chasiubow to check it out. For HK style cafe dining it is truly outstanding.
The place is tucked away in a strip mall but can be found with a little diligence. Once inside the decor is nice, the place is clean, and the harried staff are eager to please. We had some terrific Chinese melon soup to start, followed by curried lamb for me and braised lamb for my partner. The curry was a little hot, but very flavourful. Mrs. C had a gigantic lamb cutlet, which came with some pasta and fried egg, with a garlic gravy to pour over her meal. Both meals were complimented by dong cafe, of course.
Overall the food is excellent, and it is a geat place to eat. The price is right too. The cafe has changed owner recently, and the new guy is trying to make his mark.
It gets very crowded at lunch time, so prepare to wait a bit.
Like to come here for their mini-meals late night which come with drinks (with free refill!). Prices are reasonable for the portion. All the stuff I've tried as tasted fine, sometimes better than the other HK cafes around. My dad likes to come here for breakfast with his friends: 2.99 for 2 pieces of toast, 2 eggs, meat and a refillable drink. Service is quick, efficient, but keeping in mind it's a HK style cafe, not expecting them to be polite or nice and definitely don't expect to argue with them or be compensated for things that go wrong with your meal.
We went there at about 7:30pm on a Monday. The value of the set/combos were great, but the quality of food wasn't. When the three of us ordered, the food came in 5 mintues! Tasted like prepared food from a food court. It would have been better just to drive one instead. The rice was cold. The soup and the beef and broccoli was okay. The green beans were cold. The 3 item mini sets was a great value, but I would have rather when to E-Canteen instead for the same kind of food. The waitress didn't know what I was saying when I ordered in english that I needed my friend to translate. Not a surprises in such chinese establishments.
Have been here quite a few times although not in several months. Went for lunch today with my fiancee. He had the Singaporean noodles (excellent flavour, curried and spicy with enough meat and veggies). Only $6.95 and you got a drink with it.
The place is always busy and has a cafeteria like feel as it is a cafe afterall.
I had the fish filet and tofu (normally fried and I asked for soft). I should have asked for the fish the same way as it came deep fried but was still pretty good. Nice satay sauce on the rice. Much too much for lunch. Same price and also free drink. Took about 1/3 home for dinner tonite.
All in all really good prices, service is good and everything tastes good.
Will be back again sometime I am sure.
Compared with other HK style cafes in Vancouver and Richmond, this one ranks on the poorer end. It is cleaner looking than most so I enjoyed that part of my visit. However, the food just wasn't that good.
Portion size was very generous but our group of 5 found the food lacked flavour and 2 of the meat entrees tasted like it had been hanging around in their kitchen a few too many days.
Their service bordered on poor-decent. We were seated quickly but everything was slow by HK style cafe standards. And when we all finished our meals, it seemed no one wanted to come by to give us our bill and clear the table. Several waitresses walked by, looked at our half-empty plates and dishes, saw our arms folded across our chests, and kept on walking. We tried to flag servers down a few times before they finally came to give us our bill.
If you have to feed a large group of people on a minimum budget, this could be the place for you. Just expect so-so food. And make reservations--they do get busy at times.
Ate here with my boyfriend tonight and ordered from the afternoon menu that ends around 5:30 or something. Ordered the spicy seafood noodle and the curry lamb. It was quite tasty and rich in flavour but it wasn't spicy. Also ordered a appy as well. The food came quickly and the service was attentive. No complains, which is a good thing while eating @ a HK style cafe. Will definitely come again to try their other dishes they have to offer! =)
I wanted to make this place my hang-out once more, after it had changed from Venice Cafe to Alleluia, but the food I could get even at such a cheap price did not get me hooked. It's like a canteen to some of the people I know -- food and drinks are decent for a very good price. I just can't be bothered to switch my car into this area from Westminster Highway, then try find a parking space. Sometimes I'd want to sit down and try to pick some food from the menu at a leisurely pace so I can enjoy a feast of a good meal, but the waitress always seems in a hurry and quite discouraging when it comes to ordering too much food. Very funny *laugh*
I used to go here a lot before they renovated. The portions were really big before, now, it's not even enough to make me full. WTF!
What service? Give them your order, eat it as fast as possible so you don't hog the table, pay and get lost.....atleast that's what they want you to do.
I know, can't expect too much from a HK style cafe/rest, but com'on, what the hell is this junk? And don't rush me out the door, I'll leave when I'm good and ready. Geez
I had dinner here with my family last week and i loved it. there was 6 adults and 3 children. we ordered 8 dishes to share and our bill came to 82 dollars. that includes soup (lotus or beef veggie) for everyone and drinks with free refills. The portions where quite large, we even had lots of leftovers. the food was delish, the curry beef brisket was tender and the spice was a perfect amount. The baked pork chop on rice was my favorite. the pork chop was juicy, and the tomato sauce was tasty. my only complaint was the service. slow, the main course came 1 minute after the soup and the drinks came right after the main course was served. but i will return for the great food!!
Food: I had the chicken and shrimp fried rice with 2 sauces while my dining compadres had the chicken skillet with garlic sauce that comes with fries, the black pepper fried noodle and the house special fried noodle. The food was tasty and I believe everyone was satisfied - I know I was and I had leftovers for dinner later on! The best part was that our lunch, including tax, only came to $28! I think that was pretty reasonable considering the food was quite good and all of the meals came with a drink. Been here for dinner before too and they have this wonderful vegetarian fried noodle.
Service: It's HK cafe style service where they take your order, you eat and they don't bother with you for the rest of the meal. They don't ask you how the food is or if you need anything - if you want service, you have to flag someone down. Come to this place having this in mind or else you might be offended. The wait staff also have a hard time with english as well so it's much easier to just point to what you want on the menu, say it to them and then have them repeat it.
Ambiance: Nice comfy booths, relatively cleaner than other cafes I've been to. All in all not bad.
Will return as they have really great deals and the food is really tasty. Recommend others to come and try as well but remember that the service is next to nothing here but that's reflected in the low price.
first of all, I come here to eat the reasonably-priced HK style dishes, such as the porkchop rice, beef fried noodle and the fried udon. However, this time, it was absolutely gross. The beef fried noodles were drenched in oil, I had to keep on shaking the oil off. The baked porkchop rice, was not baked at all, and the sauce tasted like sweetened ketchup, and the fried udon was tasteless. The iced coffee tasted like cold, iced, milky water, there wasn't even a hint of coffee aroma at all. The service, well, it was okay. The spikey haired lady was in a bad mood, she couldn't tell what I wanted to order, and so she snapped at me :(
I only come here for breakfast and it is always PACKED. I think this is mainly because they serve the cheapest yet you get the most bang for your buck compared to every other HK style restaurants.
Value: for $2.95, you get a refillable drink, two eggs made to your request, two sausages or two slices of ham or two pieces of spam, and one slice of toast. Pretty good value.
Service: Service isn't that great...but adequate.
Food: Sure, the food isn't that great, but COME ON...for $2.95....you really can't get any better deals anywhere else. There are also other food combos you can also get...like omelets, congee, soy sauce chow mien, noodles in soup,....and the list goes on. Obviously, these items are not $2.95, but they are not more than $6.
If you do go on weekends, be sure to go early! (like at 9) because parking is limited and there will be a queue.
I've tried some of their pan fried rice, and didn't like it at all. But I highly recommend their 3-item-combo, which is a lot of food with a very low price. It's a very busy restaurant. You have to wait for a few minutes if going there during busy hours.
Listen, after reading some above reviews, I am flabbergasted at the expectations some people bring to the proverbial "table". This place rocks....HARD. You can stagger in here at 2am and have a very adequate portion of authentic Hong Kong style cafe fare. The chinese dishes are very nice and not too greasy. I am not a fan of the HK take on "Western" cuisine, but the value of their two or three meat selection plate is substantial. All items come with choice of hot or cold drink and although they dont advertise it they will refill for free. I often go for breakfast...2eggs, meat,toast and drink under 3$!! No wonder they want your table, they are losing money on you! It is what it is...and knows its identity. They are exactly what they are meant to be and are doing it well.
Alleluia Cafe has some pretty decent food at a good price. We frequent this place in the evenings when everything else is closed (they have good hours), and are never disappointed.
One of the nice things is that almost every dish here comes as a combo, so you get a free drink, too! :-)
Things to try: their two/three meat sizzling combos, the Portuguese-sauce meats and pastas, curries, and their baked pastas.