Specializing in authentic Hainanese chicken rice and Singapore laksa located in Aberdeen Centre
The hainanese chicken at this location tastes exactly like the chicken at the Cafe D'Lite location on West Broadway. It's the best hainanese chicken I've ever tasted.
The service was alright. Definitely better than the service at the W Broadway location.
It's a bit pricey considering it's in a food court.
Sure, it is just a food court stall, but it's just like the original Cafe D'Lite that I remember (the small hole in the wall, before they moved to the bigger location).
For $6.50 I got the Hainan chicken rice. Generous serving of the chicken rice, the chicken (boneless!!!), the dipping sauce and a small bowl of soup.
I'm sorry Singapore, but in the careful balance between price and taste, Vancouver has you beat at your own game.
The amount was just right , definitely left feeling satisfied, though not overly so. The chicken was very well done, as was the chicken rice. I was also surprised by the soup. Usually at the food courts, it's practically a "throw-away" item chock full of MSG. But not this one, this tasted like good proper soup made with a lot of ingredients other than MSG. I certainly didn't develop any of that fabulous MSG thirst after eats...
Yeah, highly recommended. You can get the same quality food as their main store location, at pocket friendly prices and portions. Even if you booked a plane ticket to Singapore, you might be hard-pressed to do better. (Oh believe me, we tried...)
Before Cafe D'Lite Express started in this food court, there was also a Hainan chicken vendor at the exact same location. They had very decent Hainan chicken. So I thought maybe it's the same thing except it's a different owner now. Big mistake!
I have to say Cafe D'Lite has the worst Hainan chicken ever. How can they screw up Hainan chicken??? It's their main product.
There's not a lot of chicken in the dish, just a few small pieces. The rice is very dry, it tastes like left over rice. Also the rice doesn't taste like it's cooked in chicken broth, it just doesn't have a lot of flavor. The dipping sauce is weak and not authentic, they cut corner on the sauce. And the pickles are just few slices of sad cucumber. That's about it. The worst part is the soup. The soup is lukewarm and not clear. I am not sure why the soup is cloudy. I can taste the power-ish cloudy thing in the soup. It's like white dirt in the soup. I don't want to touch the soup again. Hainan chicken is usually served cold. But the soup should be piping hot. They can't even make hot soup?
The service is so so. I don't see a lot of value in this meal. You can certainly find better values from other vendors in this food court.
I also had their laksa and beef curry two months ago. I didn't like those dishes that much because they were too greasy. I couldn't care less for the laksa, it was very bland. I thought the flavor of beef curry was ok but it was so greasy. You could easily get oil on your hands and everywhere. Yup! It's that greasy.
I won't give this vendor a third chance.
Not many people like Hainanese chicken because it is served in cold with no steam smell. However, if you like it, you definitely need to try Cafe D'lite.
Hainanese chicken on rice is very famous in Singapore and it is like the national dish of this small country. I don't know if the owner is Singaporen. But the taste is as good as other established franchise such as Five Star Hainanese Chicken Rice, and Boon Tong Kee. Cafe D'lite's chicken is very special in terms of taste and appearance. At many other places, the taste of chicken depends on the sauce. Without the sauce, the chicken itself is tasteless. However, Cafe D'lite makes the chicken so good that I could finish the whole dish without using any sauce. Another good thing about their chicken is boneless. This is matching our fast-food culture that not only serving fast, but also eating fast. As we don't need to worry about bones in Chicken, most people can finish the dish under 3 minutes and let the stomach enjoy the good taste for the whole afternoon.
Now, before I write some negative comments, I just wanted to let all who are reading that I have devoured a fair amount of Hainanese chicken from countless Chinese restaurants and some prepared by my lovely grandma. I love trying food from lots of places and any place is game; from restaurants to hot dog stands.
I went to Cafe D'Lite Express this afternoon with my lovely girlfriend and ordered the Hainanese Chicken Laksa thinking I haven't had Hainanese Chicken for some time. Obviously, the picture on the menu board looked nice and they had 4 people waiting for orders so I assumed it was decent. The dish looked good. Some chicken on top, bean sprouts and rice noodle with a light curry colored soup. I must admit, it looked quite appetizing. WRONG! So wrong.
The thought of comforting my growling stomach with the a Kaleidoscope of flavor got me pretty excited. HELP! Looks like I will stay hungry. The Hainanese chicken was very tasteless and the only reason it wasn't dry was because it was in soup. Not to mention they only gave me a few small pieces. It literally tasted like the chicken was rinsed 3-4 times to wash out the taste. No lie. I have never tasted Hainanese chicken like this before. Bean sprouts, it's bean sprouts so what more do I have to say. At least they were crunchy. Then comes the soup! The element that might save the dish I thought. WRONG again! One sip of the soup from a spoon and I thought I was again tasting water. In fact, water probably would have been a better alternative at the time. The noodles, negligible. Why did the soup have any color at all if it didn't have any taste? Food coloring? I have no clue and I don't mean to find out. I did not taste any salt in the dish and it had absolutely no flavor. I know what I just put in my mouth. TASTELESSNESS. What did I just pay for?
Needless to say, I was angry but I didn't demand my money back thinking I was not in a calm state of mind. Not to mention I was with my girl. So I left without finishing it. I did eat the chicken just because I needed some protein. The only way you could get me to try this place again is if it was your treat:) Please, if you think otherwise, let me know and post here. I do understand this may have been an isolated incident and may not be a fair assessment on this dish and Cafe D'Lite Express' reputation. However, this was a simple dish that required very few ingredients so it was really disappointing. Fail.