Bauhinia Restaurant serves a varied menu of Chinese cuisine.
Mrs. C and I found ourselves in Ditchmond once again, looking for HK Chinese food. We had heard good things about the Bauhinia, so we met some friends and took the taste test. Our first challenge was finding parking. This place shares a tiny parking lot with Dynasty and the Rogers store, so there is always fierce competition for a place to park the chasiucruiser. That enigma resolved, we entered the Bauhinia. The ambience is really first class, with comfortable booths, and wood panelling, etc. They even had the de rigueur aquarium with fish in it, except they were for show and not the dinner plate. Everything was nice and clean, even the w/c.
The server was quick and attentive, and we had the encyclopaedic menus in our hands almost instantly. There are lots of choices, and most meals can be made into combos. I had the beef stroganoff combo, Mrs. C. had braised duck, and our guests had baked pork chop on rice, steak, and beef tenderloin. The meals came with some of the best borscht I have ever had, but my stroganoff was a bit of a disappointment. The duck was reported to be excellent, and the sample I tried was delicious. The other meals were also well-prepared, and the portions were very generous. The dessert was grapefruit flavoured Jello, which was a flavour I did not know existed. I could have done without that. Despite the unwelcome dessert, the meals were mostly great, and if not for the steep prices I would have given more stars. Like Pittsburg, the menu is a bit pricey for a Chinese joint. I guess you pay for the ambience.
Would I come back? Probably. It was a good dining experience overall.
Although more expensive than other HK cafes, the food did taste a bit better and the service is definitely above average compared to other HK cafes. Had a combo meal which came with dinner roll, soup, entree with choice of mashed potatoes, spaghetti or rice, dessert and hot drink for $15. The dessert was mango pudding this time, with real chunks of mango in it. I can only imagine it tasted better than the jello mentioned by previous reviewer. :p Probably won't go often though just because of the higher price.
ok so i went for a try, my first HK cafe in years... got there around 9:15 PM, which meant we could eat the cheap menu (230-530 and 9-cl). I thought the 6.95 pork cutlet in demi glaze would be a 2oz appy, but was a full meal - I had 2 took half home. Tried the lobster bisque -very good, not fishy with lobster taste, well done, puff could have been more. Potugese chicken had some of the best roast potatoes I have had in it, again a full portion for $6.95 - that's cheaper than mcdonalds, came with a hot chocolate.
Girly had the salmon and crab penne - would skip, not bad just bland and with fake crab, though the salmon was fabulous.
I will be back
I will not talk about the service since HK-styled restaurants usually serve their customers efficiently but not well. There are several different dishes I've tried so far at this restaurant but two simple dishes that have stood out. Both of these dishes have been outstanding.
(蝦醬乾炒牛河) Shrimp paste with beef stir-fried rice noodles - A classic HK-style dish. Bauhinia managed to stir-fry this to perfection by making the rice noodles dry without overcooking the rice noodles (which happens too often in Richmond). This dish was flavourful thanks to the help of shrimp paste but not too salty (another problem that happens too often in Richmond).
(焗豬扒飯) Baked Pork Chop Rice - I expect that many will be thinking that anyone can make baked pork chop rice. That is true, but trying to make a great baked pork chop rice is not an easy task. The rice must be dry and not too soft while the pork chop must be juicy as well. Many HK-style restaurants have failed but this one has done it.
This restaurant is also very CLEAN and the drinks are just great!
Been here many times, often even recommending others. The Chinese western food is well prepared and tasty. The ambience is good and clean. However I always find the service below par which is a shame. Servers wear long faces as if you owe them money they loaned you. Order very carefully as they often make mistakes.
I live right across the street, but I have not tried this place once since I first moved here. Finally, I gave this place a shot, after exhausting all my other dining options in the area. I didn't eat in because I'm all alone...so just take out. After reading through their menu, I found that they offer higher end dining than most HK style restaurants in Richmond. They had a lot of food that you couldn't find elsewhere, and they cost significantly more. At the end I ordered the Hainam Chicken with rice combo. It came with Rice, Chicken, a side of veggies, soup and a drink. It was a filling meal, at $12, a decent deal.
The Hainamese Chicken was not so decent though. It was mainly bones, with very little meat to spare. Most Hainam Chicken joints' chicken are all meat, here it was maximum bones, minimal meat.
They do compensate with the amount of veggies though, the largest portion out of everything. The rice was good too. It was the classic Hainam Chicken Rice, cooked with oil but not too greasy.
The soup that came along was nice too. It was rich with flavor, didn't taste like MSG.
When I went in to pick up my order, the waitress wasn't very friendly though. She wasn't rude, but you get a sense that she doesn't want to be there.
Overall, the meal was average, mainly because the chicken was a major disappointment. Everything else was good. I probably won't come back as much, as $12 is a little too much for a meal of this caliber.
This got to be one of worst Hong-Kong style cafe restaurants I have been to, in terms of food and service. We ordered three dishes for lunch: Hainan chicken, pineapple fried rice and curry pork chop. The Hainan chicken lacked the tenderness that is usually expected of even a mediocre restaurant. The curry pork chops was a joke, the pork chops was slightly better than chewy pork jerky and the curry sauce was very thick. The food portions were small and do not justify the higher price.
It was about 2:30 p.m. when we wanted to leave. So when I saw the waitress coming our way, I waved to the waitress (there were only two waitresses at the time). There was direct eye contact between me and the waitress, but the waitress just pretended as if she didn’t see anything. We waited a while longer and still couldn’t get anyone to give us the bill. All in all, I cannot find a single reason why I would want to go back. Going to food court is perhaps better than eating in this restaurant.
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