Kam Do is a Cantonese style cafe. They serve cantonese food and also western style breakfasts like toasts, omelettes, etc. There also is a bakery section in the waiting area.
Been here a couple of times for lunch with coworkers. It's your average HK tea restaraunt and it's exactly as you'd expect. The usual decor along with the "usual" service (which means ok, but nothing to write home about).
Large variety of dishes, many combo's at quite cheap prices. Quality is okay and so, well, value? Well, how can I give it a great value rating when every other place like this in Richmond is the same.
Now, just a word about the previous review from another poster. If he/she really does hail from Sunnyvale, well that explains it. I spent many years working there and for the standards in Silicon Valley, yes, this would be worth 3-4 stars easily. But this is not Silicon Valley, this is Greater Vancouver and you have to work much harder. I feel sorry for their kids that they don't get to sample finer fare during their time here.
As for locals? Well, as I said, this is just another one of more of the same. There's not special reason to hit this place versus other places. Parking _is_ horrible there during peak hours. If you need to eat at one place, then sure, it's not a bad choice, but there's just no reason to come back again and again.
I've been here time after time with my family and friends whenever I go to Richmond for lunch or something. The place, I would have to say, has above average food compared to some of the other Hong Kong style cafes.
Like usual, the service is much like other Chinese restaurants. Very brief but efficient, don't have to wait for long to get your order or to come take your order. They come by routinely to refill drinks. And the people are more nice than some of the other Chinese restaurants too.. I noticed sometimes when I go to HK style cafes they have like hostile service or something. So no complaints about that here.
I like the food here, but I mainly gave it a 4 because of the bakery. It has some delicious Chinese pastries (not like your average Maxim or Pinehouse bakery standards) so definitely give it a try. The green bean one is deelish. The lunch menus are good, some variety and the food, like I said, is above your average HK cafes. I haven't had anything bad from here.
The lunch menu is definitely a good value, it's inexpensive with large portions and decent quality (for the price you pay) and also get a drink. Best of all, they give you one free refill! No other place will do that (not that I know of). I have yet to come here for dinner, but lunch is always a good value here.
The look of the place can definitely get an upgrade, but it's not to the point where it just looks like a dump, no worries. But with a bit of a touch up, it would be great. Although the ambiance doesn't really affect much for me, cause I'll definitely be back!
Cheap eats, open late, and very filling. What more can you ask for?
Those looking for a quality meal - this is not the place for you. However, if you are hungry, on a budget but don't feel like McD's, then Kam Do's 3 course meal for under 10 bucks (tips included) is a good choice - at least my friends and I thought so. We came here several times. Quality of the food is bare minimum but edible and definitely filling.
Service and ambiance are expected. Not great but no complaints either. Our orders were taken promptly and we were served promptly. No frills but a nice place to have a sit down meal on a budget.
Went there for breakfast with my dad. He had the steak with eggs, comes with roll or toast and drink for $5.25. I had the French toast (w/ drink) for $4.50. Both tasted fine. Portions were good: 2 approx. 6-inch strips of meat, French toast was thick w/ good amount of kaya (coconut jam?) inside, but the syrup it came with is not the thick, gooey golden kind that you expect that comes w/ HK style French toast, it was more like maple syrup. The coffee was weak but the 50-50 coffee HK milk tea mix ("ying yong") was good. Service was decent compared to other HK cafes. Place was clean. Only thing is no more free refills which means no special incentive to choose this place over other HK style cafes.
Mrs. C and I were in Richmond with some friends and were craving some HK food. Kam Do had what we needed. The restaurant looks small from the outside, but the interior is very spacious. We sat in a comfortable booth and immediately saw they had a huge range of menu choices.
I went for a lunch special which had spicy pork with eggplant, soup, and dong café for 8 bucks. I figured it would be like a mini meal. Wow, the rice dish was huge! It was like a dinner entrée, and needless to say I had leftovers to take home. The soup and iced coffee were okay but the pork dish was definitely above average.
Mrs. C and one of our lunch guests had pork and preserved vegetable in vermicelli soup. It was reported to be tasty but not outstanding. Another of our group had baked seafood spaghetti with tomato sauce. He kept saying “ho sik” between bites, so I guess he liked it.
The restaurant was clean enough (the w/c could be better) and the service was great. They also had a decent bakery which had the much–coveted tuna buns.
Overall a satisfying but not mind-blowing experience.
I've come here several times to grab a quick cheap meal for lunch. It's just like most other typical HK cafes with a decent selection of menu choices (including a list of "combination" meals).
Everything here is standard fare and dependable. It's a little greasy but the food comes out hot and you get plenty of it. It's the epitome of what people who come here regularly like about it. The only thing that really stood out was that the cream soup tastes diluted and doesn't look appetizing either. The Pork Chops in Sweet & Sour Sauce were mostly fatty pieces.
Service is quick. Servers are neither polite nor rude but they get the job done.
Considering I've had worse experiences at other HK cafes this is another decent choice for super cheap food in Richmond. This place should quiet that hungry stomach.
I am not a food snob. I like big bargains and good value just like everybody else. But there are times you really have to think about it that if this is really worth your time and effort.
Food: Food tastes so so. It's very average. It tastes just like every other HK food joint. Nothing they cook is better than other places. Nothing stands out. You could have gone to other HK food joints to get the same food.
Service: Service is no nonsense. They are neither friendly nor mean. They take your order and bring you food. That's it.
Value: If big portion alone means great value, then Kam Do does offer good value. Portion is indeed big. But if you look at the hassle you have to go through (pigeon poops on the ground in this square, lousy parking, sitting in a dirty place), you ask yourself if this is worth it especially the food just tastes like every other HK restaurant or vendor would serve you.
Ambiance: The restaurant is dirty, greasy tables and chairs. It's really not comfortable. There is no ambiance.
Besides pigeon poops on the sidewalk, the parking is a hassle. There's only a few parking space in that square. If you can't find one, you go for street parking which is paid parking. Certainly street parking in Richmond is way cheaper than Vancouver downtown, however, you need to add parking fee to your bill to see if this is still a bargain since people come here mainly for cheap eats not some awesome dish you can't get it anywhere else. If you carpool with your group, then it makes sense. If everyone in your group drives their cars and pays for street parking to get their cheap eats, is it still a bargain?
I think all the store owners in that square should ask their property management company to power wash the ground. That square is gross. There's dry pigeon poops on the sidewalk. Come on! I am sure they know pigeon poop is health hazard. It shouldn't be taken lightly. Plus it turns customers off.
This place is for students who can't even cook an egg or renters who don't have a functional kitchen. It's much more comfortable to cook something in your own kitchen and eat in your own comfort home than going through all the troubles (parking +bird poops) to eat so-so food in a dirty place.
The food here is excellent. The service is alright. The value is all there and then some. This place is like any other chinese restaurant. They have nice specials which would catch your eye. The only time I go is during dinner, and they have been very consistent with their portions and quality. I live in Burnaby and would make that extra hike to get here just to eat.
If you come to Kam Do to eat at their restaurant, that's ok... but what they're really famous for is their WINTER MELON CAKE ($1.20 each). It is a delicious traditional Chinese pastry, not too sweet, that is soft and flakey on the outside, and the inside is like a sticky mochi/rice texture with winter melon, and sweetened a little.
It is very delicious and they cost $1.20 each. You have to sometimes ask for it by name because they often don't display it on the display case (it's in the back).
Aside from their trademark Winter Melon Pastries, they are also good for their Bollo Bao (pineapple-shaped bun). $1.00 each and they are large, taste good, and satisfying, especially with a cup of HK Lai Cha.
Also good are the Red Bean Paste pastries. Mmm. I haven't had a chance to try all their pastries yet.
Food: You get a very good portion of what you're paying for. I'd even consider it an Asian-version of Anton's Pasta when comparing the size.
Service: Average. I can't say it's really good nor bad.
The parking lot is very cramped and shared amongst 3-4 other restaurants.
The restaurant itself is quite dirty(tables, utensils, floors).
Awesome restaurant! Kam Do has a bakery, opens late, has good deals. The food is pretty good if you ask me. This restaurant serves HK cuisine, except it's way cheaper than usual chinese restaurants in vancouver. The only negative point I have about this restaurant is the long waiting and the hygiene. The last time I came to this restaurant, i had to wait a full 15 minutes until there was a table for my family. The biggest problem of this restaurant is that it's always, always dirty. Sometimes, you find dirty newspaper on floors because the staff are too busy to clean up the mess.
I just came here after a movie and boy talk about value. It's my first time going here and I did'nt expect the portions that came with the prices.
Only problem is that the food is a bit too greasy and it would be bad for your health if you visit this place too much.
Overall, keep up the good work Kam Do team.
good prices, good food. my favourite part is the refill for the icetea that is included in the meals. always pretty busy but table wait is never too long. perfect place for lunch. its beneficial if you speak chinese.
I don't know how people can rate this place quite highly. I've been here twice in my lifetime and both times the food stunk. The food is simple and clearly I could have made better food at home. I mean macaroni in soup? Instant noodles with a piece of ham? Egg sandwich with ham? Are people in Richmond so lazy that they can't get off their butts to make these simple things? C'mon... As for cleanliness. This place needs a big washup. The dirt and dust is everywhere. And the service? Well. The second time I came here, when it was time to pay, I kept trying to flag someone down to pay. After a while, getting my bill, I tried to flag someone else down for them to take the money. I only had a $20 and the bill was $16.57. I was going to leave 10% tips as I always do but everyone was too busy to come take the bill. Well, I just went to the cashier to pay instead. The owner just looked at the bill and took my money. I was expecting change back but.. nope.. she slammed the register shut and said thank you. I would ask for my change back but there were a lot of people waiting at the door and she was trying to help someone else already so I didn't want to make a scene for a few dollars. In anycase, I am not going to come back here again if they expect me to give them so much tips for basically no service and low quality food.
I have been to Kam Do many times.
The prices at Kam Do are incredibly cheap for the HUGE portions of food that they give you. I think that most of their meals come with drinks, and they'll give you free refills for your drink (but you have to ask - they won't offer).
Some of their dishes can be a bit greasy, so you might have to watch out for that. I like getting the lunch sets. I almost always choose the cod cutlet. They give you 3 pieces of breaded and deep-fried cod (4 pieces if they are small).
They have a bakery there too. I like to bring some stuff home with me after my meal. I really like their Old Wife Cakes (circular things that look like a cookie, but they has some sort of filling inside). Order 6 bakery items, and they will not tax you for them.
However, parking is a problem. People double park everywhere, making it extremely difficult to get in and out. I almost never go to Kam Do on weekends because of that.
do not expect much when you step into the door of this restaurant. it is just a chinese diner that seemed to have better days..
however if you are really hungry and have limited funds in your pocket, then this can save you
the portions are huge and is usually in combinations with drinks and side
over half the time i would need to doggie bag the remaining food, so its good bang for your buck
the food is hit or miss, but i have my usual favorites so its not too bad
Pretty good food at excellent prices! I go to Kam Do so often I have their number stored on speed dial on my phone. They do take reservations! I lover their big bowl noodle combo for lunch or their mixed grill for dinner. $15 for the mixed grill but enough to feed 2 adults. Their drinks are refillable - can't find another Hong Kong cafe that gives free refills.
Despite my doubts, I liked this place, I really did.
Party of four ordered three dishes.
1. 2x Chicken steak and Sirloin steak mains from their combo sets.
2. Baked Seafood from their combo set.
All three dishes came with two appies (fruit salad and smoked salmon, which you could consider a very small entree. They also have some fried items along with other this and thats to choose from), a soup, garlic toast, and a dessert.
We also ordered a plate of gai lan for a $1 (I don't know what warrants this discounted price, but it's a great deal.) And it was cooked very well. Still crisp, but not impossible to bite through.
The chicken steak and sirloin steak tasted wonderful. Granted, it's not served very fancily, and there was a fatty bit here or there, but I still enjoyed the taste very much. Not too salty either. I think I may have enjoyed it more than the meats I've tried at more popular HK cafes such as goldstone or copa cafe.
The baked seafood was alright as well. I'm not a fan in general but the sauce was melted nicely and the rice tasted nice. The seafood (especially the fish) was a little tasteless.. but the seafood usually is in that dish anyways.
Appies were edible, not too special but still enjoyed them. The soup was nothing special and did not finish it so I could save room for the better food.
But we all loved the garlic bread. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Yum.
Dessert was coconut pudding. Again, nothing special.
We did not eat all this food. There was far too much. 3 orders for four people and we have two meals worth of food left I'm thinking. Our bill was $35. A ridiculously good price.
Service was very friendly, which surprised me considering the reputation with chinese restaurants and their service.
Ambiance is pretty sad though. Looks like a restaurant that belongs in the Chinatown area.
Been here several times, even when their cheapest set menus used to be 6 or 7 bucks.
Went for their 11.98 set menu and comes with free cold drink, champagne bubbly (most likely pink ginger ale), appetizer, three main courses, and a dessert.
Thought they gave use someone elses menu as the food kept on coming.
Was way too much to eat, so we had to pack one completely untouched main course item.
They only take cash.
The re-instituted their bottomless cold drinks. Before they wouldn't let you do that but the waitress said that we could refill for free, so why not!!!!
Went to Kam Do for dinner with a friend. Felt like eating a lot mode from doing strenuous exercise.
Food: I ordered the legendary set dinner includes soup, garlic bread salad, sparkling pop, cold drink, baked italian seafood spaghetti and dessert. Friend had the chicken wing and bacon appy, cold drink, salad, bread, soup and baked spaghetti with turkey meat and dessert. Also ordered the gai lan side for a buck.
Value: My meal was around 12 and my friend's is $11. Very good deal as we cannot finish the main meal so basically 2 meals in one.
Verdict: Will come back again if craving for a heavy meal. A rating of 9 out of 10.
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