Cattle Cafe is a Hong King style cafe serving a large, varied menu of Chinese dishes. There is also a location in Burnaby.
Mrs. C and I could not face any more Thanksgiving turkey leftovers, so we decided to head to Ditchmond for some HK food. CC is located in the same complex as a bunch of other restaurants and parking can be a bit of a challenge. This time we lucked out and got a spot on the upper level.
The restaurant was modern looking and clean enough (including the w/c) but looked a little worn around the edges. Service was fine and the male server checked up on us a couple of times. They have a decent menu and the prices were very reasonable. I had a beef curry on rice meal, and I added a spring roll, along with a coconut milk tea, (milk tea is a $2 upgrade). My beloved dinner adventurer had a beef with tomato on rice meal and hot lemon tea. Both were good, but my curry was a little too spicy, and Mrs. C's beef brisket was slightly fatty. Everything else was fine.
Overall, it was a good meal at a good price, but really only worth it if you are in the neighborhood.
I can't believe there are no reviews for this place yet. Cattle Cafe is a sister restaurant to Cattle Hotpot but it's a HongKong style cafe. They have your typical tea-time meals like Baked pork chop with rice, fried noodles, fried rice, etc but I found that the prcies are a bit higher compared to the other HK style cafes. The both times I went, I ordered their self-pick noodle combos. You choose a soupbase, the type of noodles, and 2 toppings, and it comes with a hot drink for $7. Toppings include beef, fish, mushrooms, beef/fish balls, just to name a few. I tried the Laksa soupbase, the fish soup (their signature soup with no msg), and the Tom Yum goong soup. Their fish soup and Tom Yum goong soup are delicious. I found that Laksa was a bit bland. The portions are pretty big as well.
Service is alright, you get the typical HK style restaurant service, nothing outstanding. Space is pretty cramped though as the tables are quite close together.
I'd definitely come back.
Food: Food was tasty! Went there a few times and the quality was consistent. We tried the mini meal with a rice dish, a make your own noodle bowls, and a couple of sandwiches (the fries were soooo good!) The hot drink that comes with the meal were good too! Almond drink was not too sweet, some places just puts too much mix in it. The coffee was fresh and had a really nice aroma to it too!
Service: It's always pretty busy but the turnover is pretty high. Never really had to wait too long to be seated here. Staff were friendly and attentive. I'm pretty impressed that they replaced my fork rather quickly when I dropped it (I didn't even ask for it yet, I guess they heard it land on the ground?)
Value: Cheap food!! Very good value here! The mini meals are about $7 or $8 at non-prime times. Other meals are usually under $9. The make your own noodles are $7.25 for the soup base plus a choice of 2 toppings (then $1 per extra topping). The sandwiches are around $6.
Ambiance: Looks and feel very modern. Has the feeling of Ikea. The chair coverings could be more stylish though. Nonetheless, it's all very clean and the utensils are not chipped or cracked like many other HK style cafe places.
Not a regular patron, but have repeated visits. Overall a good restaurant with lots of Hong Kong delicacies.
Service: Standard for a Chinese place
Really depends on which waitress/waiter but standard overall
Food: Clean and great portions
Food is clean and presentable. Taste is good, but please match the toppings accordingly if you are going for "Pick your own soup and noodles". Ordered something too funky once and didn't finish it!! =P
Ambiance: Clean, but can do better with Washroom
Great fittings in the dining area, but would definitely want to see more upkeep to the washroom.
Cattle Cafe is the 2nd addition to the already successful Cattle Hot Pot just west of the current property. A contemporary Hong Kong Cafe with a emphasis on drinks. Would definitely recommend the "Pick your own soup and noodle" as there are soups with very little to none (advertised as NO) MSG.
My friend and I came here on a later occasion because it gets way too crowded during the evening, with groups of people lining up past the doorway outside. There weren't that many people when we came there in the afternoon, so the service was good.
The food here was standard compared to all chinese restaurants; meaning that it had a good selection of hotpot, noodles, and rice meals. What I thought was great was that when ordering a meal, one could buy milk tea or some other drink like coffee for only a buck or too. The Special combos in the front of the menu are the ones that come with the $1 drink. It would be best to order both the meal and the drink; otherwise, if you are ordering the drink alone, milk tea prices soar up to $5. The price was pretty cheap, I ordered Slice Pork Chop with a side of fries for around $6, with Vanilla Milk Tea for just $2. My drink came a bit late though, and came in a plastic cup for some reason, which upset me quite a little considering that my friends drink was in glass and was delivered much earlier.
Atmosphere at Cattle Cafe wasn't dreadful so to say, but rather it was common, just like any other bubble tea restaurant setting. Though, I liked how they had a solid theme. (There were circles everywhere, even on the furniture.) There was no creative seating arrangement, just the usual table and chair placed side by side.
I enjoyed eating there; it had a modest look and gives good service. Then again, tables are completely filled at evenings so service may depend during that point in time. I'd recommend this restaurant to anybody who just wants to fill their stomach. Nothing fancy, or nothing special. Certainly worth the money, especially when the drink deal is put into place. I definitely wouldn't mind going there for another cheap meal/drink.
Went there last Monday night with a friend after reading about their highly recommended fish soup noodles. The restaurant was packed at that time, but the wait was only 5-10 minutes. The restaurant was clean, and nicely decorated. It was quite pleasant to be there. We ordered the fish soup noodles, with beef slice, enoki mushroom, and cutlet pork chop. We also ordered lychee slush and mango slush. The fish soup was very good. You can definitely tell that they are very generously with their ingredients when they are making the soup. The drinks are also very outstanding.
I think the value is reasonable as well. The bill was around $23 for us. With two bowls of noodles, and two specialty drinks.
AS for the service, sort of typical chinese restaurant. The servers were quite busy but polite and efficient.
I will definitely go back to this restaurant!!
This review is for Cattle Cafe, Burnaby store.
So many people going to the Cattle Café and most of them wrote favorable reviews about them. I though I have to try it for myself.
Most of this type of restaurant operate and own by Taiwanese, they should not group as HK style café. The Taiwanese are very good operator for these type of restaurant, so is the Pearl Tea store, they all started by the Taiwanese few years ago.
Most of the ingredient are precooked and put together whatever you order and add the soup based whatever you order which are also already cooked. It’s very tasty and good variety to choice from the menu. For $7.25 per bowel, it’s not cheap and yet is not expense. Its much taster then the food served in the Vietnam Noodle restaurant. The atmosphere is much to be desire and service is very poor. All in all, Foods are fresh and price is reasonable, its worth of our business, I will be back and recommended to others.
On my second visit 2 days ago, I try their HOT POT , as mention earlier, this is Taiwanese style food restaurant, their HOT POT (beef brisket with lo bak) is nothing more then a BEEF BRISKET WITH LO BAK SOUP, nothing like the HK style, I was very disappointed. They charge $9.75 for this dish which should be cheaper than a bowl of noodle soup. The noodle soup has more ingredients and taster than the HOT POT. Be careful what you order here other than the NOODLE SOUP which they are good.