Happy Date offers a wide variety of reasonably priced Chinese cuisine.
I was with Mrs. C and some of the clan for a post CNY meal. January 7 (according to the lunar calendar) is everyone's Chinese birthday, and a good reason to go out for dinner. I found HD to have an incredibly crappy interior, and to be honest it could be a lot cleaner, but I wasn't the host so I awaited my fate.
The food was actually good, and that was a pleasant surprise. We had a lot of dishes, but I especially liked the oysters and pork tongue, egg tofu, sweet and sour pork, and spicy/salty deep fried squid. One unusual feature was that they let us bring a crab from the nearby fish market and only charged 5 bucks to steam it and serve it with melted butter sauce. Service was just fine, and when the bill came it was very cheap.
If only they would do an extreme reno this place could be terrific. In the meantime, wear old pants...
Located in a little strip mall along with 4 or 5 other restaurants. I have frequented this place a few times over the years. Cantonese style cooking. Always consistant. Food is good, service acceptable. free soup always hot and tasty. Mango pudding for dessert. One of my dishes was the snow peas with chicken and prawns. There were 6 prawns and maybe 8 slices of chicken and about 10 snow peas. The rest of the dish was cut up celery. Fully half of the dish was celery. If I want celery I will order celery. I feel totally mislead and was suckered into ordering celery which I hate.
Since my earlier review I have taken a chance on Happy Date. Actually taken several chances on Happy Date on various nights and times. Probably been there about 6 times since my earlier review.
I have to say that things are back to the way that they used to be. At least so far. Food is back up to 100% solid, reliable and very tasty. Staff struggle some days as language can be an issue as well as the volume that they do deal with there. We have gone in various groups from parties of 2 to 12. Often times they still have trouble maintaining service once you get your food but at least the food comes hot in temperature and properly cooked.
Glad that they are good again as they do wonderful vegetables and don't use MSG which is a huge plus.
Been here for over 12 years, never a first choice however. It has a loyal customer base, the food is very reasonable for what you get, the standard remains the same, reliable. I like their breakfast combo which is very reasonable and comes with your own style of eggs and bacon or sausage and some weird macaroni soup and even a sweet bun or toast. Old style Chinese western greasy spoon cuisine, hearty food, for the family, and I agree with the other writer, a definitive no-no to impress the boss. Service friendly enough. Parking is the pits.
We are some of Happy Date's most loyal customers. The appearance of the restaurant may not be very appealing, but for those who love Chinese food, this is somewhere you should go. I think it is more of a "going with family and friends" restaurant than a fancy "take you boss out to dinner" restaurant. The food is great, but the service is amazing. All the dishes will arrive before your second sip of your drink. If you are ever in Richmond and don't feel like doing any dishes, go to Happy Date. Your stomach and wallet will be satisfied!
Order fired noodle today, mention without spice, came out with spice, so I returned it. The food came again is after wash and re-cook. I talked to the waitress, she said this is the fired noodle even I order the other one is the same. So I order the other one to let her compare. Finally, her supervisor cancelled the first one.
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|4.||Chen's Shanghai Kitchen (48 m)|
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