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Silver Tower Cafe Restaurant

8500 Alexandra Road, #100
Richmond, BC V6X3L4
Tel: (604) 207-1199

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Chinese comfort, for the stomach and wallet
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 23, 2009 - 1:53am [Dine in]

Dropped by on Saturday night for a late dinner. We were seated quickly once we entered. Fairly similar layout as the previous restaurant (Golden Award) which existed here, with all new decor, in a sleek, trendy ebony colour theme.

Extensive menu choices, as one would find at any typical HK cafe. My friend went with the 2 choice combo, a fish filet and pork chop while my girlfriend and I shared the 3 choice combo: breaded pork chop, grilled chicken chop and minute steak. The standard soup (your choice of tomato or cream), rice, sauce and drink to accompany. The 3 of us also decided to share a plate of Mushroom and Chicken Yee Mein. The combos were a tasty surprise and decidely better than typical. The pork chop was panko breaded and fairly juicy while the grilled chicken chop (misnomer since it looked and tasted pan fried) had a nice amount of flavour and tenderness. I liked that they were easy on the corn starch and tenderizer on the minute steak and wasn't particularly gummy tasting at all. The cream soup was actually decent. Normally a watery, flavourless rue it had bits of vegetables and shreadded chicken mixed in. Portions were gracious, even the bowl of rice included was packed down into a larger than usual bowl. Only unusual thing was that they didn't include a small side of steamed vegetables, be they 2-3 pieces usually. That's ok. The yee mein needed more seasoning, a touch bland but could easily be corrected by throwing some soy sauce on it. The obligatory iced lemon tea was a must and went down great with the meal.

Prices were thrifty. The 3 choice combo coming in at a touch over $9, it's great value, considering the $1 difference between an extra piece of meat, go for the 3 and share.

Service was quick as was kitchen speed. Waitresses are polite, top up your tea and handle english well. We sat there for at least another hour after they cleared our plates and didn't rush us at all, even continued to come over to top up our tea.

This was the old location of Golden Award so diehard followers would've been a great market to pick up after, and I'm sure many agree this new restaurant is definitely a winner.

Open until 3am 7 days a week, it's marking itself apart among many similar eateries within that area. Recommended.

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Good HK Food
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 7:34pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were out with our usual dinner gang to have some real HK food. ST delivered. The restaurant was sort of plain inside, but it was nice and clean, including the w/c. Service was good, and there were two quality checks. We had a variety of combos, including chicken and beef with rice, veggies and a nice pepper gravy for me, and chicken, ox tongue, rice and veggies with garlic gravy for my beloved dining companion. Both meals came with tasty borscht and iced coffee. Our co-diners had similar combos, all for less than 10 bucks each. The meals were delicious and nicely presented.

An awesome meal deal.

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Bleh. More of the usual.
By EatsFats of Vancouver (322 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 25, 2009 - 12:21pm [Dine in]

It's another HK tea restaurant. The service is pretty good, the waitresses always seem to be on top of everything and orders get delivered quickly.
The interior is not bad, about what is expected. Parking really sucks around lunch hour, so be warned.

Now the food...well, typical HK tea restaurant food. It's reasonably big portions, greasy, probably not good for you. But you do get an expansive menu.

Look, there's nothing special here. If you really want to hit an HK tea restaurant, there's far worse, so this isn't a bad choice. But as for filling your stomach with something nutritious and innovative? Well, best look elsewhere.

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A pleasant surprise
By 8there of Vancouver (66 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2009 - 2:32pm [Dine in]

We ended up at this place after not being able to find parking at Alleluia cafe. The restaurant looks small from the outside, but we were surprised to find it quite spacious inside. The decor was different, lots of black, but I liked that the booths offered privacy, not like some HK cafes where you're practically sitting in the lap of the person at the next table. Service was prompt, we were seated and brought tea and menus almost immediately. We ordered young chow fried rice and laksa, and both dishes arrived quickly. The fried rice was good, although a bit too salty, and the laksa was not the best but definitely not the worst. We noticed the dishes another table ordered, singapore fried noodle and beef brisket on rice, and both were large and looked appetizing. We had iced lemon tea, and found it surprisingly good. Definitely will return, good value, efficient (but not friendly) service, but that's to be expected at a restaurant like this. The only draw back is the small parking lot with small spaces.

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Great Value
By djj_rome of Richmond (57 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 18, 2008 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

Went here for dinner and was surprised by the value for what you pay. The portions are very generous and tasty. They serve both Chinese dishes like noodles and also offer English influenced dishes like pastas and steaks with an Asian twist. Most food comes in a combo where for under $10 you can get a sizable plate of food and a drink. For $7.95 you can choose 2 items meat or fish and have it on a plate of rich or spaghetti with vegetables. Great Value.

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Used to be called Golden Award, what next? Brass Tacks?
By Derkatz of Surrey , B.C. (36 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 1:12am [Dine in]

Parking is horrible.

Service is so-so. The food is fine, quantities are decent. Very dark inside, perhaps to create an exclusive
feel, but at times can't see what one's eating.

There is a wide variety of choices and combinations of food and drinks which is a good point. The place is clean as are the washrooms. It is not too noisy and the high seat dividers ensure this.

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One of my favorites
By samw_bc of False Creek, Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 12:53am [Dine in]

This is one of my favorite places for lunch. The food is quite tasty. Portions are decent. Prices are reasonable. Service is good. I usually order the 2 or 3 item entree or the baked ox tongue on rice. The interior is nice and clean.

The main drawback is the location. There is very little free parking in the area. Otherwise, very solid; no complaints.

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Very solid HK cafe
By anticop8 of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 23, 2010 - 8:42am [Dine in]

Food - given the price, the quality is unbeatable

Service - fairly fast and good. especially after 9pm service is very fast.

Value - their $ 10 - 3 options menu is the best

Ambiance - very clean restaurant compare to other Chinese restaurants.

WARNING parking is horrible and worst! Never has any parking...

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Disappointing hainanese chicken
By juston_cha of Vancouver West (16 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 30, 2009 - 7:39pm [Dine in]

This is not my first time here.
I've been here before and felt that their set meals were solid and I didn't mind the self pick 3 items menu.
However, yesterday I wasn't very hungry so I decided to go for a hainanese chicken. They had several choices and I picked the smallest one which was already $10, and I was already second guessing myself. When the chicken came, it tasted just like regular free range chicken from any other chinese restaurant, and the rice was regular plain white rice. Vegetables that came with the dish were very crunchy. and the borscht soup was what you'd expect.

I knew that this place wasn't the best or something, but thought i'd take a risk. Hugely disappointed.

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Vancouver's best kept secret
By mono of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 10:40am [Dine in]

Visited this restaurant three times in the past few months. Simply never ceases to disappoint. My friend ordered deep fried pork chop with light marinade that came in a portion enough to feed two, but it did not come with a drink. My three items selection was great as well, for 10.95 I simply can't complain. Came with a drink, soup and three items (in big portions). But surprisingly on a Friday night, the restaurant was not full. By far this restaurant is not fine dining, but if you want good food for your monies worth, this is the joint.

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Good all around
By chica of vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 18, 2009 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

First of all, came by on a Sunday night at like around 8 pm, so we ordered from the regular menu. We ordered Malaysian rice noodle and Black pepper spaghetti, which came w/ 2 soups and 2 drinks. It was really good value, b/c the portions were huge and delicious.

The service was pretty good as well. The waitresses were fast and efficient.. and they know what you want even though you don't ask them, such as giving us a take-out box for the left-overs and the bill.

I really like the ambiance of this place b/c the booths are very roomy and cozy. Also, the booths are all black, and dark, and has a really nice chic appeal...its probably the only HK cafe that has a nice ambiance.

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awesome place
By cariba of Vancouver+ (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 17, 2011 - 9:35pm [Dine in]

the bad - limited parking, small seats

the good - large portions especially the 3 picks meal, very good value and it tastes absolutely delicious, the dish my wife ordered is feeding her 3 meals,

i've heard about bad service but not this night as we were treated promptly and with courtesy.

Keep up the good work and good quality food and i will definitely return.

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My go to place
By Tianascot of Richmond (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

Love it. This is "our place" for my bf & I. Open till 3, which is great. Perfect place for chatting, hungover lunch, or late night boredm. Ive never seen another non-asian person in there aside from us. Servers are typically rude unless you get the guy who is wonderful. Food comes insanely fast & hot. Usually comes with soup (we like the borsch) and drinks (lemon cokes are the best).

- Best signapore vermicelle ever. Tons of shrimp, egg, bbq pork & veggies.
- Love the beef with black bean sauce chow mein- add chilli sauce.
- kung pow is nice subtle spicy, tons of peanuts
- portugese chicken baked rice is sooo good. Nicely browned chicken, curry cooked potatoes, rich yellow curry sauce, & shredded dried pork on top that makes it. Totally brings me back to my mums curry

Never had the western stuff but its really popular here.
Try this place! It costs us $12 for 2 huge plates of food. Cant beat that. Skip mcdonalds & eat here instead.

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I Like.
By Korkey604 of Burnaby (11 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 3:48am [Dine in]

After 9PM they have there late night menu, I Try to try new places ever week and thats when i found out about this place. the foods Amazing. has that nice "Wok" taste. Cost to Value is excellent. I will be definitely coming back when i'm around the area or hungry for a late night snack. They close last, so any one in the area should try it once at least!

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Late Night Go-to?
By Mak Man of Richmond , BC (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

Came here a little after midnight, after an intense school project marathon. There weren't many choices in Richmond at late night, so we settled for Silver Tower.

The decor was kind of 'scary'. The lights were dim, and most of the tables were hidden in the high walls of the stalls. At first it was a little uncomfortable, it was a little too secretive and you don't know what's going on around you. Eventually, I grew to like this, gives us a little peace from what's going on around the restaurant. I was in a better mood compared to being in a busy restaurant, even though it was hard to get the waitress to notice me.

Service was mediocre at best. This was Wednesday after midnight and there was only one waitress in the whole restaurant. I understand it's not very economical to have so many servers during non busy hours, but it did get a little frustrating when you have to raise your hand for 5 mins for it to get noticed. The waitress was a little rude to my friend also...

I ordered the mix and match set combo: Lamb chops + Beef Ribs on Rice with Garlic Sauce, it also came with a Soup (Cream or Borscht) and a drink. The food came in big portions, I was surprised at how much beef and lamb I got. In other dining experiences I sometimes got very very pieces, especially when I order beef ribs and lamb chops (because they are expensive ingredients?). All this came at $10, Outstanding deal.

Food Quality however, was lacking in many ways. The garlic sauce with my rice was cold. The lamb and beef were too soft... it didn't have any chew. It felt more like I was eating fish rather than red meat. The taste was bland, nothing to make me remember.

Overall, Silver Tower made me full with mediocre food, while at a cheap price. To have eaten the amount I have, $10 was a great deal. Too bad the food wasn't up to par. I probably wouldn't be coming back, unless for late night meals. During regular hours there are too many other choices and Silver Tower doesn't really match up in terms of food quality.

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One of my worse service experiences
By reallylovetoeat1234 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 5:42pm [Dine in]

Waitress seated us at the restaurnant, and we were in a rush to catch a plane, so we asked her if she could take our order. Not only did she give us no response when she clearly heard us one foot away, she walked over to the cash register to do her own stuff. She finally comes over to take our order with an extremely unfriendly face, and also manages to do it without speaking one syllable to us. We ordered congee as part of our meal, but it was still not out for a while after all the food and drinks were out. When she finally brought it out, not only did she not apologize, she also gave us attitude saying "It only comes out as fast as the chefs make it" in a very disgruntled tone of voice.

I don't expect smiles from servers at Chinese restaurants, but I also do not appreciate attitude at all. I've gone to enough Chinese restaurants in my lifetime to be able to set low expectations, but this was one of the worse. The food is average, but absolutely NOT worth it to go to to get attitude from a server.

I highly do not recommend this restaurant.

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No Air Conditioning on the Vancouver's hotest day
By jc21666 of Richmond (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 31, 2009 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

Very disappointed that their air conditioner was not working very well on July 30 which was one of those hot days. Poor waiter and waitress were so sweaty, and we (customers) felt like to be cheated. I wished they would put a sign for telling people about their air conditioner's trouble at door.
When we were leaving, we saw one technician guy arrived to look at the problem. Too late!!

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Decent price for lunch
By foodluva of Vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 1:59pm [Dine in]

Went here for lunch and had a mini set meal. Came to about $7 after tax and comes with cold drink. I ordered the baked porkchop on rice with a cold lemon tea. This is one of the usual dishes i order when i go to a hk style cafe but i found the tomato sauce to be a little on the sour side. I also found the pork chop itself to be a bit more fatty than i liked it to be. Overall it was edible but wasn't great. LOL. Also, I thought the lemon tea was way too sweet so next time i happen to come here i'll ask for the sugar on the side. The ambience however is just OK. Didn't really like it b/c it was very dark due to the black walls, seats, and tables i think. i suppose they wanted a more hip feel but it just doesnt work for me.

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late night eats!
By jakz0rz of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 27, 2009 - 2:47am [Dine in]

I visit silver tower more frequently that I would like. It was one of the few places that are still open in the later hours.

The value is excellent, you get a good portion of food for what you pay. Usually the meals include soup and a drink. The food tastes fine, nothing special. Run of the mill HK style cafe food. They don't charge extra for cold drinks which is nice. Seating is good, there are many booths.

Servers and waitress are some times difficult to get a hold of and when you do get a hold of one, they seem like they would rather be somewhere else or in a rush to do something instead of serve you. If you visit this restaurant during the peak hours, you will see what I mean. Signal your hand, they come by and ask you what you want while still moving, sometimes they'll be so far away you have to stick your head out to finish your sentence because they're already 2 tables down.

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Good portions, big quantities to fill you up
By tsuki of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 24, 2009 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

I always get their special set meals where you get to pick 2-3 different meats with your choice of noodles, rice or fries~ you get a drink and soup with the meal for about 10 bucks. Great deal, fills me up everytime~ though I love to eat lamb, and tried their lamb steak a few times, it's always cooked a little different, other than inconsistency in their cooking I like the place. Cheap good fatty food. yum!

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