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Kari House Restaurant

3900 Bayview Street, #130
Richmond, BC V7E4R7
Tel: (604) 275-5274
Neighbourhood: Steveston Village

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A nice experience in Steveston
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 30, 2007 - 11:44am [Dine in]

We were in Steveston in the late afternoon on Sunday and decided to stay for dinner. We did not feel like fish and chips (too greasy and heavy) or Greek Food. We settled on the Kari House towards the end of downtown Steveston. The restaurant overlooks the docks and you can sit inside or outside on the patio.

We decided to order the B Combination for 2. It consisted of:
Spring rolls - very good, nice and crisp
Malaysian Satay Chicken with peanut sauce - good and moist
Rendang Kari with Prawns - very generous serving of prawns
Malay Halia with Chicken - I enjoyed this the least but my
husband liked it
Jasmine Rice.
The price was very reasonable at $30.00 for the 2 of us.

With a half litre of the house wine dinner was $46.00. It was very good value and the food was good.

Service was decent. I did not rate it higher because no one came to check if dinner was okay or if we required anything else during the course of our dinner. The main courses were also brought out before we had finished our appetizers so we did feel a bit rushed.

I would return if I was in Steveston.

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What Steveston Needs More of
By King_of_Kitsilano of My Beautiful Kitsilano (47 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 10:44pm [Dine in]

Steveston Village can be a weird bland place to eat especially for lunch which is when I'm always there.

Luckily this hidden little place offers something other than the seemingly ubiquitous F&C and overpriced frozen Sysco seafood.

Since I haven't been to Malaysia I don't know if the food is 'authentic' but
all kinds of people speaking Bahasa Malaysia sure love to frequent the place-it's also interesting to see how many non-Malays who once lived there eat @ Kari House-there's almost always a table of them too.

The food overall isn't going to set the world on fire but it's tasty and quite reasonably priced-service is efficient if not particularly polished.

I suppose part of the appeal is the great location facing the water-I've never sat on the other side of the kitchen but I have sat outside on the balcony by the river-grab it if there's a table open.

Oh Yeah I wouldn't bother to order anything but Malaysian food here.

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Fair for Steveston
By makeup_girly of Vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

Kari House is a nice change from the usual burgers or fish and chips found in Steveston. If as a tourist, anything would do, but locals will appreciate this little restaurant.

We have had many takeout meals from here. We avoid dining in because it was cramped and warm, but recently, if I am not imagining things, they added a new side to the restaurant and seating looks much more comfy.

The best items on the menu are the hot and sour soup (nicely flavoured and not goopy and flourescent coloured like some places); the deep fried wontons are also nice and crispy; the curries and lakhsas are richly flavoured and most of their fried noodles or rice are quite yummy.

Their stir-fries, however, are too oily and saucy, and I do not recommend them. They also tend to rely on an odd assortment of veggies, including frozen ones (yuck).

If this restaurant were in metro Vancouver or Richmond, it probably wouldn't survive (food rating would go down to decent); but for Steveston, it's pretty good.

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Not bad at all
By pastamachine of Richmond (35 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

I was in the area and wanted something new so I decided to give this place a try. Upon arrival, me and my friend were greeted by a friendly lady (who owns the place, i think), and provided quality service throughout. We each opted for one of the lunch specials for $7, I had the chicken satays w/ peanut sauce and my friend had a tom yam chicken stir fry. Both came w/ soup, salad and rice. The food was quite tasty, though my satays were a little more oily than you'd expect for a skewer of chicken, it left a small pool of yellowish oil. The peanut sauce that accompanied it was flavorful but not overly seasoned. The stir fry was obviously meant to be eaten w/ the rice since it is a bit salty on its own. The salad was nice and refreshing, and I thought the light dressing had a wonderful balance of sweet and sour w/ a nice citrus tang.

If you're in the neighbourhood and feel like malaysian cuisine, give this place a try.

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Bland food poor service
By redfish of Richmond (23 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

Not impressed with the blandest Thai dish I have ever had. Nothing done to rectify it other than hot sauce. Excuse was the cook must have forgotten!! have been here in the past and it was tolerable; this time no way not when we ordered the spiciest option, that being 3 peppers.
Decor is extremely tacky and the prices high; hours limited. Customer service severely lacking.
Will spend my dining $ elsewhere!

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Disappointing. Not authentic.
By Cat Stevens of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 7:22pm [Take-out]

I was excited when I found out about this place in the Review's "Best of Richmond." I used to travel to Penang every few years with my parents as I have family there, and my favourite thing was the food. So I go online to check out their menu and think to myself, "Hm, this is a tad pricey." But I figure if it's good and they have decent sized portions, it'll be alright.

Well, I ordered my 2 favourite dishes, Char kway teow and Mee goreng, each costing about $11. Indeed their portions are larger than most, each dish could probably feed 2 people with relatively small appetites.

The Char kway teow was extremely bland. It was just flat rice noodles lightly fried with soy sauce and a barely noticeable amount of chilli. But at least it somewhat resembled authentic Char kway teow, which is more than I can say for the Mee goreng.

I honestly can't figure out whether they got my order wrong with the Mee goreng, it was that bad. It's supposed to be thin noodles fried with sweet soy sauce, but what I got was this weird, flat noodles in a soupy sauce. It tasted of disgusting spices that I did not recognize. Had I not payed $11 for this I would have thrown it out.

The only positive thing I can say about Kari House is that if you ask for prawns, you actually get a fair amount of decent sized prawns, not a couple of tiny shrimp. But that's obviously not enough for me to recommend or go back to this place.

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Poor imitation, not recommended
By Pl6288 of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 6:51pm [Dine in]

We decided the restaurant after 2 years and were totally disappointed. As a former Malaysian, there are dishes that cannot be imitated and if it's not right don't try making it. The beef rendang is suppose to be dry cooked beef brisket with coconut and curry spices, we got a soupy beef curry with vegetables. The Hokkien noodles is very specific and should be thick noodles fried in a dark soya sauce(special sauce from Malaysia), and we got a spaghetti noodle that was very spicy, definitely not the real dish. The satay was decent but pricey and sambal bean was good, the green curry basil rice was over spiced. I would not recommend the restaurant.

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Love the Kari House
By Richmondite of Richmond (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 4:04pm [Dine in]

This is a great option if you're looking for a change in Steveston from the regular fish and chips fare. It's a small hole-in-the-wall family run business that's clean and affordable.

The food is really tasty. The curries, roti canai, and chicken skewers are great. You have to love the peanut satay sauce. Dishes have the basics: Noodles or rice - protein (tofu an option) - veggies - and variety of choices of curry or Malay sauces. It's fairly cheap as dishes cost $10-15 and you can share with rice on the side. Rice is $1 for a bowl and beers are $4.75 so they don't nickel and dime you.

The atmosphere is cozy and mostly decorated with Ikea furniture and dishes so don't expect a black tie affair here. In fact sometimes the little girl will come by and have a chat with you about her favourite toy so you gotta mind kids.

Overall, this will fill you up with delicious Asian fare for a decent price.

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Favourite Spot in Steveston
By hungry_hippo of Richmond, BC (24 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

I love coming to this cozy little restaurant as you are always greeted with a friendly smile and seated immediately. The value for money is great as two people can get full with a totaly order of about $25. They also have lunch specials for about $6.99 which is very filling! In the 10+ times I have been here, the food has always been yummy, the waits have never been long, and the experience always pleasant. It's also nice to come in the summer because you can sit outside overlooking the water. :) Try their Tom Yam soup!

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Something different
By SpazButFierce of Steveston, Richmond (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 28, 2008 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

This little restaurant is a nice change from the usual fish and chips thats virtually everywhere in Steveston. My mom was the one who told me about this place because she and her friend had lunch here. She thought the food was good and the price was fair for the 2 of them so she decided to bring the whole family here. We've eaten a few times since then. The place is cramped and small, however they have recently expanded their restaurant.

For our appys, we ordered the tofu goreng (deep fried tofu with chili sauce) and the satay ayam (marinated and grilled chicken with peanut sauce). The folks love the tofu, and me and my brothers enjoy the satay. The peanut sauce is delicious and it compliments the chicken nicely. The for our entrees we ordered the stir fry eggplant in sambal sauce and the rendang beef curry. The eggplant is a bit greasy and the curry is so-so. But for the price, the food is plausible. One of things I really enjoyed is the dessert- deep fried banana with green tea ice cream. Nice and simple.

Overall rating 6.5 out of 10

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Save your money and go somewhere else
By Steveston Resident of Steveston (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, November 5, 2010 - 10:12am [Take-out]

Definitely not worth the money we spent last night. They call this Malaysian food and we call it really bad Chinese food. We know what Malaysian food taste like.. and this is not it. The Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice) was flavoured just with soy sauce and had a sprinkle of green peas. The fried noodles was slightly spicy but nothing to get excited about. Everything else was watery and soggy.

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New Owners?
By z9f of Vancouver, BC (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 27, 2008 - 11:58am [Dine in]

So we've eaten here probably 5 or 6 times over the past three years and the food has always been pretty good though never outstanding. We ordered take-out last week and it was a total disaster. I don't know if they've changed ownership or if they are just trying to cut back but we paid almost $60 for shockingly small portions. However after trying everything I was glad the portions were so small since it was just less to throw in the garbage.

We ordered prawn pad thai which just tasted utterly strange and was covered in some sort of greasy film. The (three) prawns had not been deveined which I absolutely cannot handle. The red curry came with just chunks of vegetables, very little meat and NO sauce. What?

To be brief, all in all it was a very expensive disappointment for us. Like I said, we ate very little of the very little we got and just chucked the rest. Too bad because this place used to be not too bad. I won't ever waste my time or money with this place again.

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