Came in for a quick meal as I have been here a few times in the past. 7:30 in the evening on a Tues. and the place was only 15% occupied. Very surprised because i remember this place was always packed. Ordered seafood yee mein and the fried cod with pork hot pot. Yee mein was kind of small for a $13.00 dish. The squid was chewy because the kitchen doesn't remove the membrane thing that makes it tough. It is easy to remove but if you don't do it the customer writes a bad review. Anyways there was only about 3 pieces to contend with along with a few tiny pieces of scallop. However there was a ton of shimp which is probably the cheapest ingredient you can put into a seafood dish. The hot pot had a fair amount of fish but it was the boniest fish I ever ate. Not a piece without a bone in it. Service was great but then again nobody was there. Tab for the 2 course meal was $30.00 after taxes before tips. The empty seats are self explanatory. No plans to ever return.
Ok... there are tons of wonton houses and cafes with much better food in Richmond... but can you name one that is open 24/7? That's the reason I keep going back to No.9 .... it's consistent food that's good (not great) but definitely good enough at 3am.
Service is fast and efficient without the frills as expected in this kind of restaurant. They have a huge menu and good dessert type drinks like red bean coolers and pinapple ice coolers.
No complaints here.
No.9 always seems like a great place to go for a late night crave fix since it is open 24 hours. I always seem to forget though, why I stop going. Take tons of people seated in table tightly squeezed together, slap a "24 hour" sign on the window, cook up some fast and cheap msg-laced chinese food and you've got a busy restaurant.
My girlfriend K and I went here for dinner last night. We ordered an appetizer gyoza, wonton noodle soup and chicken chow mein. I hadn't eaten much that entire day and was really surprised at how full I was after our meal. I only had 2 potstickers and my noodle in soup (didn't even eat the wonton) and I was so full, I couldn't finish my meal, plus I felt disgustingly bloated afterwards. Must have been all the msg in the food.
uhhh. Just thinking about it makes me want to hurl. Remind me not to go back.
The first time I went to No. 9, it was ok. I ordered the deep fried spicy squid and mushrooms on bakchoy. Mediocre food at an expensive price.
This time I went, the manager came up to me and promoted tonight's special - Lamb Hotpot. So.. I ordered that. Then I heard the waitresses whispering to each other saying "what lamb hotpot.. we don't have lamb hotpot..." And 10 minutes later, a waitress came up to me saying "sorry, we ran out of the lamb hotpot tonight." In my head I was like ...WHAT? IT'S ONLY 6pm. So instead I ordered the deep fried spicy squid and the jellyfish.
This time, the deep fried spicy squid was terrible. It was overly battered such that the excess batter inside was goopy. Also, the spices weren't even mixed with the squid.. they just aggregated in the center of the dish. The squid had no flavor this time.
The jelly fish was the instant jellyfish I can buy at supermarkets. It was definitely not restaurant quality. It was hard and you can see they only served me the ends of it. It costed me 9 bucks for instant jellyfish. They also served me sauce on the side, which was just vinegar with little pieces of pickled ginger. I have never seen this before. All other places mix the sauce with the jellyfish before serving and it does not taste like vinegar, but has small red chili flakes. I asked if they had sesame seeds so I can sprinkle some on like a real dish but they said they don't have any. What kind of Chinese restaurants don't have sesame seeds?
If you google a jellyfish dish you can see there is thick jellyfish strips, chili flakes, sesame seeds, and it'll look tender and juicy.
for those of you that do not know what a honeymoon fried rice is, here is the gist: fried rice w/ sauce on top baked. 1/2 of the sauce on 1 side is a cream sauce, the other a tomato sauce. my cream sauce was not cream. it was more a clear broth w/ egg whites w/ cornstarch added to achieve the thick sauce consistency. the other side was a BRIGHT orange non-tomato, mystery radioactive sauce. it was by far the worst honeymoon fried rice i have ever eaten!! if it doesnt have cream and tomato sauce you cant even call it honeymoon fried rice. enough said.
I've been to #9 a couple times and the portions are decent. However the ingredient quality fluctuate from time to time. I always order their beef brisket on rice because beef brisket on rice is like one of those dishes that can't really go wrong no matter how bad the chinese restaurant is.
overall, this place's food are mostly decent food and the prices are also mostly decent. Once in awhile i would order something that comes but looks less than it is actually priced.
and i agree with the poster below, it's one of those places to go to in the morning when you're out with friends and have no where else to go :).
I was in Richmond with my beloved dining partner and she suggested #9 as one of her gwai-lo pals said it was good. We just beat the dinner rush and got a decent table. The decor was comfortable, and the chefs looked very serious, not smiling and joking like at Hon's. I had yin yang chow fan (honeymoon fried rice) and Mrs. C had filet of sole.
My dish was very good, with lots of shrimp and chicken, and tasty sauces on the yin and yang sections. The fried rice was just right. The filet of sole was very tasty also and came with streamed veggies and some spaghetti that tasted like it had been dipped in broth. Yum! We also had borscht, which was quite good, except I prefer a bit of beef in my borscht, to give it a bit more flavour. Also there was herb and garlic bread that was included was tasty. I had a coconut bubble tea with pineapple jelly to make my meal complete. It was great, and had just the right amount of coconut taste.
The service was very good, and our tea cups were always full. The w/c was not clean, and that was disappointing. When we were leaving we noticed a huge lineup to get in so someone must like the food, as there are many choices in Richmond. As a previous reviewer pointed out, you need someone from HK to guide you through the menu. This is why I married Mrs. Chasiubow :)
Maybe they try harder for the dinner crowd, but I just couldn’t find anything wrong with the food. I will go again to see if the standard drops next time. We couldn’t finish our gigantic portions, so we will be having leftovers for lunch today.
There are maybe a handful of sit-in restuarants open 24hrs here and this is one of them.
My expectations are a little lower for dining establishments that don't close although I can say with confidence that this place is consistently good overall even compared to many other non 24hr restaurants.
It's a large space so you can appear inivisible to the waitresses. Service is typical to a regular inexpensive chinese restaurant although somewhat meagre as the prices on many of their dishes aren't reflective of their floor duties. I suppose they can get away with it because they're always open.
They have a large varied menu but I settle with the same few menu items - usually congee or some soup (and noodle) dish. It's actually quite good and better than many other places that I've had.
It's a decent place to get some non heat-lamp (but somewhat expensive) food in a comfortable setting. Beware cash only.
I come here from time to time with friends and mostly at late at night.
They are not the best Chinese restaurant in town. But they're open 24hours!
I usually get the chowmein or the fried rice. I have to admit the service can be bad sometimes
but I can sort of understand how tiring it could be for the waitresses working graveyard shift. but the price isn't so bad.
Although their food isn't great it's nice that there is a place that open very late for late night snack.
We have only been here a couple times but enjoyed each visit. We have tried the chicken congee with chinese mushroom, black bean sauce with green pepper and beef chow mein, the chicken chow mein which came with chinese mushrooms and shanghai bok choy and the crispy noodles were fried perfectly, and the congee was very thick, (not runny) the way it should be with a great aroma. The decor is not bad and the place seems fairly clean. The washrooms were fairly clean too. This restaurant is located in the Lansdowne Mall in Richmond and its fairly busy and we didn't have to wait too long to be seated. We will definitely be returning as its a convenient location with lots of parking.
I think that this is a place for decent food, if you are looking for a chinese style fast food place.
Overall, I think the food here is quite good and economical, but no other expectations. The service is quite average, but for a 24 hour joint, I think this is one of my first picks, if I'm looking for a late night asian snack. Although they do have a canadian menu of burger, fries and sandwhiches.
I've been here many times...usually go when it's most convenient (late night or when we can't decide & in the area). Food's alright, not overly greasy & flavour's okay. Usually arrives fairly quickly, but at our last visit, the guy who took our order completely forgot my clubhouse sandwich. Flagged down another waiter to inquire, and upon returning from checking for our order, he did apologize for the missed order (he was also cursing the other guy right in front of us--kinda funny).
Service is decent for a typical Chinese restaurant. Depends on which server you get. Sometimes you get tea refills w/o asking.
Washrooms are pretty dirty. Go to the ones in the mall if at all possible.
My first encounter with this restaurant was almost a year ago.
A fellow foodie directed me to this late night place and my expectation was high. Ordered the usual suspects, which included roast pork and the shrimp foo yeung.
The shrimp foo yeung was excellent except the prawns were high diving into the pool of cornstarch gravy. And the BBQ pork was not cooked through (still red on the bone and pink in the meat). I can almost ignore any errant cook but this was too much.
I summon the waitress and she had the audacity to suggested “That’s the way we do it here”. Now my eyes are red and I stopped mid swallow.
I asked for the manager/captain and when he appear at our table and suggest we should “take it home”, I actually felt steam releasing from my ears! I put on my game face and told him to leave the roast pork on the table. My eyes roll back under my Mongolian folds and shiver at the possibilities of revenge!
But before you can read this sentence, the manager/captain must have felt my steam turning to cold water on his face and offer to delete it from my bill. That saved him from having a serving of roast pork slipping off my table with an emphatic crash.
I was persuaded to return to the No. 9 by my adopted twin brother. He showed me how to order HK style. Shrimp foo yeung but hold the gravy. Roast pork only if you’ve enquired whether the skin is still crackling. BBQ duck only when it’s fresh and shiny in the food case. Chicken chow mein, go light on the sauce.
I’m happy to say, “all is forgiven” and have returned many times for late night snacks in the wee morning hours, they have a captive audience to train.
Last night we had Prawns with gai lain sauté with no gravy. Chicken chow mein with very little gravy and BBQ duck. Be sure you emphasize the amount of sauce to your server. We all felt the meal was worth $40.00 for four and recommendable.
To get fairly tasty noodles, congee and BBQ meats quickly and with minimum hassle, the No. 9 is a safe bet.
I wouldn't recommend all of their menu items (more later), but for the items mentioned above, I would rank them above average. We also really like their deep-fried wontons with sweet & sour sauce (the wontons are all shrimp!).
What you should say "no" to at the "no. 9" are their a la carte vegetable dishes. The veggies should be sauteed in the wok to get that special "wok-air" taste, but their veggies (whether it be broccoli, gai lan, choi sum) are pre-boiled, then warmed up by pouring on a goopy sauce. Blechhh!
Their salted fish fried rice and seafood&tofu hot pot also lack the "wok-air", but will do if you have a craving for these dishes.
The ample mall parking and the mall itself (shopping!) add to the attractiveness of this location.
I come to this restaurant once in a while, and while it is not fine dining by any means, this restaurant delivers. The food is decent and comes in a big portion for its price. For sure, you will not leave hungry. There are a wide variety of choices for any palate and taste. I often have the noodles with wonton, or vermicelli with sliced duck. The service, while obviously not 5 star, is speedy and the servers are polite and friendly. The atmosphere was pretty good too. The restaurant is quite spacious and there are many comfy booths in the restaurant. I would definitely come here again due to the convenient location and wide variety of food.
First of all, went here twice, once at 7pm two Sat. ago, and again at 12noon last Sat. The food at night was better, the wonton noodles were aldente, and the soup, well, its always salty. The wonton noodles I had at noon were very mushy, and the wontons, which are suppose to contain all shrimp, were plastered with fat chunks of pork. Also, the chili pork noodle w/ soup on side was drenched with oil, I had to literally wack the noodles around to get rid of the oil. Also ordered a congee, which was ok.
The service here is always terrible. The waitresses are rude, unfriendly, they just take your order and leave, and they never check up on you. Also, there was this waitress that came up to our table and started to bicker in Mandarin with us, even though we all told her that we do not understand what she was saying. Other waitresses did not even stop to ask what was going on, even though there was a language barrier between our table and the Mandarin-speaking waitress. As for ambiance, the restaurant is like a cafe with booths, which are slightly sticky, and sometimes theres pieces of left over food hanging around. The value is ok i guess, other places have better food and are at better prices. Definately would not come here again!
Being a frequent visitor to Lansdowne Centre, I've probably passed by No. 9 a few hundred times without ever thinking much about it. I knew it was a Chinese restaurant, seemed to be reasonably busy, and was open 24 hours, but that's about it. A short while ago, the girlfriend's sister came to town to visit, and wanted to go for Chinese food. Somehow, No. 9 came up in the discussion, and that’s where we ended up.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, and was a little surprised to see just how crazy bustling it was inside, especially in comparison to the rather calm exterior. My first impression was of an über-busy Chinese Denny’s or IHOP. And that’s not necessarily a diss, because I happen to like IHOP. Despite the crowd, we were seated promptly, then given a variety of menus. There’s a lot of food available to order, and more than a few ways in which to order it. We eventually agreed on a four entrée special consisting of stir fried vegetables, sweet and sour pork, lemon chicken, and fried rice with chicken, with seafood chow mein thrown in for good measure. All the food came very, very quickly. No more than five minutes could’ve passed between the time we placed our order, and the time it arrived at the table. That was impressive. As for the food itself, well … I’ll begin with the pluses.
The sweet and sour pork was very good. In fact, it was probably one of the better ones I’ve had in a while. The cubes of pork were nice and big, trimmed of excess fat, with a sauce that was just right and not overly sweet. The fried rice with chicken was also well received by everyone at the table. And the lemon chicken, which I thought was a little too syrupy and candy-like – I’ll admit I’m not a lemon chicken fan – was enjoyed by those who wanted it.
The seafood chow mein, which was my choice, was disappointing. I love seafood chow mein, and have been searching for that elusive perfect chow mein ever since the Richmond Garden, which in my opinion served the very best, closed many years ago. No. 9’s was passable, but on the bland side. I have to admit, though, that after taking the remainder home and tweaking it a bit myself, it actually came out tasting fantastic. Next time I’ll just get it to go.
The one item that wasn’t a hit, at all, was the stir fried vegetables. I only nibbled a few bites. It was ... meh. My companions hated it outright, saying it had a funky vinegary taste they found off-putting. Needless to say, it went practically untouched, and we didn’t pack it for home either.
All things considered, No. 9 was actually an okay place. Service was fast (albeit not friendly – I don’t recall seeing any smiles during dinner). The food was, for the most part, decent (I suspect, though, they use MSG, so be warned). And value-wise, the portions were fair, so no quibbles there. There’s no rush, but we’d go back again.
Until about 6 months ago No. 9 Restaurant was a favorite haunt, especially during late night. That was until management concurred with the server to charge me $1.50 for a spill proof container for take home unfinished protions. The rationale was that the order was not soup or congee and when packaging all other dishes it is the establishment's practise to simply discard the sauce (good logic)
We ordered these for the first time on the weekend and they were amazing ! Perfectly deep fried to a crisp, very tender and well seasoned pork chops. It would have been perfect if there was some kind of a dipping sauce but they were still good without any sauce. We had an order of seafood chow mein which was not that impressive and overly salty but the pork chops made up for that. There was a lot of pork chops in the plate and we couldn't stop eating them, next time we will get them again for sure ..
No. 9 is one of the restaurants I dislike, but will always return to. Partially because it's opened 24 hours, and partially because I crave their food (for some reason). The food is cheap, comes in a variety, and in decent portions. The strategy of the restaurant is probably about table turnover because you'll notice that they come to take your order within minutes, food comes out quickly, and so does the bill.
I haven't tried their whole menu, but I've tried a chunk of it. I usually go for a congee combination (pig intestines and silverfish -sounds gross, I know), or their calamari (mmm salty) and minced pork and green bean. You definitely can't go wrong with the beef rice noodle.
I'm giving their food a mediocre rating, only because when I leave the restaurant I feel really really gross from all the MSG.
So there's nothing else open and you are planning on coming here?
1. Bring cash, they don't accept card. (Although they have an ATM inside the restaurant)
2. Drink lots of water/tea. (The MSG is going to make you feel really gross).
3. If you can't choose, order dishes with pictures in the menu.
4. If it's a late weekend night, use the washroom before you leave for the restaurant, because drunken clubbers are going to trash it.