Small Singaporean Restaurant. Corner of Capstan Way and Garden City Road.
Prata-man has been around for a while and we have drove past it many times in Richmond. But we finally had the chance to try it. We didn't have high expectations because it seemed to be quite a small local restaurant serving the nearby neighbourhood. But the place can get quick busy during lunch time. We ordered the Hainanese chicken, satay and the laksa. The chicken is served cold boneless, and with ginger/green onion sauce and chili sauce. Delicious and the oil rice complemented it very well. The satay was a great appetizer with the special peanut sauce. I had to ask for more of the sauce to go with my chicken! The laksa was very flavourful, although I did find the presentation to not be the greatest but the taste was great. There was big pieces of chicken, along with some tofu, shrimp and egg in the laksa. Overall, the meal was very filling and quite the deal. We had some leftovers chicken that we brought for lunch the next day and it was still delicious. Definitely recommend this place when you are strolling by Richmond for a quick bite.
Thought of having some roti prata this evening when I remembered we passed by this place before but have never tried it. So we tried it today and guess what, they dont serve roti prata! Accordingly, the Chinese doesn't like the layers! So why call themselves the prata man! The so-called prata that they serve is like the Chinese pancake!
We wanted to order the satay but when we looked at the next table with the satay, they look dry so we decided not to try that. The Hainanese Chicken rice - the rice is undercooked and the chicken is cold! As for the tofu goreng, it's nicely fried but the sauce is meh! The last thing we ordered was the mee goreng and it tasted like puke! Sorry no offence but its gonna be my first and last time there.
Feel really bad for the Singaporeans though, to have their food represented this way by this restaurant! This is not the restaurant to go to if you want authentic Singapore or Malaysian food!
Food: We ordered a whole haianese chicken with 5 bowls of oil rice. The haianese chicken wasn't as soft in texture as the kind at Cafe D'lite in Kitsilano (but mind you, that place is a bit more expensive). Perhaps the quality of the chicken was as good? Most, but not all the pieces were deboned...
Value: Pretty decent...it was $19.95 (including taxes) for the chicken and 5 bowls of rice. Not bad compared to other places.
Ambiance: More of a takeout place.
Mrs. C and I took our friends out to try this place based on the strong reviews below. We were not disappointed. The restaurant doesn't look like much, and it is simply decorated. I can say it was clean, including the w/c. Appearances can be deceiving, though. The place looks plain, but the food was pretty good.
Our server was prompt and courteous, and we found ordering easy. The menu had lots of pictures so we could get a sense of what to expect. The food arrived quickly and did not disappoint.
We had chicken and beef curries, mee goreng, and a dozen assorted satays, along with 2 kinds of prata bread, regular and onion. The mee goreng was nothing to write home about, and the chicken curry had a few too many bones, but other than that the food was very tasty. I found the satay especially good.
You might get a better class of Malaysian food elsewhere, but here four people could eat like emperors for less than 30 bucks. That is a very good deal for some honest food.
I came here for lunch today... There were only two other customers in the restaurant at 12:30... Not a good sign.
First, with the negatives... This place looks like a dump... The last time the bathroom doors were washed coincided with Ronald Reagan's Presidency. The owners have spent zero on decor... If the look was any cheaper, there would be patio furniture.
The positives: The hainanese chicken is excellent... the dipping sauces of spicy chili and green onions work really well with the chicken. They even give you a chicken broth to start with. I also had an order of the green onion pancakes which were good, but extremely filling. My waitress was very attentive and filled my hot tea a couple of times without me having to ask and the food came out quickly. Everything came out to a little more than 10 bucks... which was a very good price for what I got.
Had lunch here today and was pleasantly surprised. The place looks a little run down and plain, but clean. Our server didn't dress very professional, kind of sloppy, but was attentive when we needed something and looked in his direction.
I shared some satay sticks, prata bread with beef curry and hainanese chicken. Satay sticks were pretty good, the nutty sauce that it comes with seemed a little different than other places though, but pretty tastey. Prata bread i found pretty good, but a little too floury tasting, but i have never had prata before, so I'm not sure if thats how its suppose to taste. The beef curry was very good. The hainanese chicken was pretty impressive as well.
Portions were larger than expected for the price. Definitely a great deal! They have tuesday to thursday dine in combo specials for 2 which bring the prices down even further. If you are looking for some good food for cheap, definitely come to Prata Man.
Would definitely return again.
This is the best deal hands down for Chicken Rice in the city. Although the chicken in not de-boned like in other restaurants you can get a whole chicken and tons of rice for $20. Enough to feed a family, a very hungry family.
They also offer some tasty noodles and other Malaysian dishes, not the cleanest restaurant but the food is great.
Had reservations for 11 ... arrived, our table was ready.
Ordered the Hoy Num Guy x 2 plus 10 bowles of rice, 2 plates of vegetables, some skewers of pork & chicken and 3-4 orders of the bread. The soup came immediately.
The chicken was lightly flavoured, the rice was good, the vegetables are hot and plentiful. The bread was pan fried and was okay. The Skewers were not bad.
This type of dinner is very oily, as the chicken, the rice and the soup are made from the oil of the chicken.
W/C was clean and the ambience was pretty basic.
Overall, the cost came to around $95.00 b4 tips. I would rather go to a chinese restaurant that has "8 items plus one extra" for the same costs ... more variety.
My family and I had came here for take out over 7 years ago i think, and now i have introduced this gem to my bf. He loves the food and i love it too cause its a great deal! The food are SO flavourful! i adore their chicken satays and hainanese chicken and rice!!! I'll be going there soon!
I've been a loyal Prata Man diner for years. The food quality has always been consistant. We stick with our favorites which are the hainanese chicken with rice and their satays. The chicken satays are the best. The beef can be a bit chewy. Excellent food great prices. Don't recommend dining there. Services is ok. We usually call ahead and pick up within 20 minutes. They've mixed up our oders a couple of times when they were really busy. Closed on Mondays I think.
This place does not look too convincing from the outside. but, the food is excellent. My first time there, I ordered the hainanese chicken. Doesn't look too convincing for the price that they charge. But once I took a bite, I was sold. The hainanese chicken is definitely their specialty. A whole hainanese chicken and rice only costs $17 and can feed a family of four. Takeout is definitely the majority of their business. Their name is a bit misleading though..."Prata man". I'm sorry to say that their roti prata sucks. I've had better ones so they shouldn't have called themselves prata man. Service is decent...nothing special. So is the ambiance. Go there for the food only. The mee goreng is also good. They have specials on mon-thu that is really cheap. If you're in the richmond area and you like singaporean cuisine, this place is definitely worth it.
This is probably the best takeout place in Richmond. It's amazing that this place can stay open for so long considering how low a price they charge. I challenge any couple to eat there and order $30 worth of food without having to doggybag it or have it seep out from their pours. The food is in generally amazing, Hainan Chicken with Rice, Satays, Singapore Noodles, nan with curry, all so nice. If you dislike the ambiance as much as I do, I recommend ordering takeout. Give them 20-25 minutes and they'll have it ready, it also doesn't hurt to check whether you got the right order either... don't want to go home with fried noodles when you ordered rice... haha
Hainanese chicken w/5 bowls of flavoured rice is their specialty & it is a good value at $17. Their pork & chicken satays are yummy but not so w/ their beef which is on the dry side...we always order a dozen skewers for $12. The boys love the green onion prata bread.
Even though the restaurant could do w/ much better furnishings, it is worth it for the hainanese chicken & satays!
If you are Singaporean or Malaysian and are looking for authentic cuisine, don't come here because it is only authentic to non-Malay/Sing locals.
However, if you are look for delicious food for a good price this is a good place to try.
The Hainan chicken is always fresh, probably because they sell such a high volume of chickens which require new chickens every hour. Many restaurants that don't specialize in something that needs a couple hours to prepare will have it sitting there for a couple of hours before they sell it. You won't have that problem here. Satays are also quite good if u like good peanut sauce this is the place to be. The tohu goreng has a lot of peanut sauce.
All the other dishes are quite good as well. However, place looks like a take out place so don't bring your partner here for a romantic meal. Final word: service is decent and portions are huge.
easily the best hainanese chicken around. even my friends from singapore were blown away. i could eat the chive oil by itself! the ambiance is truly lacking, but who cares! let's be honest, are we heading there to sip on cocktails and talk about worldly issues? try also the green onion prata bread with curry sauce to dip. delish!
This restaurant and the strip mall could both use a little facelift, but the ambiance was decent; the full clientele on the saturday afternoon didn't seem to mind.
Service was friendly and attentive from initial greeting to leaving; extra serviettes and tea were brought without asking.
The Hainanese chicken rice and beef curry with prata were both asian-flavoured and tasty, though not authentically Singaporean or Malaysian. The portions were large, and for the price, an incredible value. The barley drinks were home-made and very good.
This restaurant works better in real life than on paper because of its hearty meals and sincere service. If you prefer substance over style, and are not a snob about food or decor, this place is right for you.