My parents and I went to this little restaurant for lunch last Sunday. My wife and I went previously on a weekday a month back and the lunch menu's price was very reasonable and the food was tasty. Unfortunately this second time around was not as memorable. The price is more expensive than on a weekday (actually the same as the dinner price), there was no lunch specials. The service was brupt and at times rude. The food was decent for the most part, portions was on the smaller side. One of the three noodle dishes we order had canned ham....poor quality in my opinion. Other than that the other two noodle dishes (Singapore noodles and rice noodles with beef) were pretty good. It would be long time till we will go back as there are many other better chinese restaurants to eat at than this one.
I've stared at this place from inside Buster's many times, and today my curiosity got the best of me. I walked in around lunchtime, it was pretty quiet, save for the loud yelling coming from the back room. I had to knock on the kitchen door to get the owners attention. I ordered the Veg Lo Mien and mabo tofu, and in 5 minutes it was on the table! the Lo Mein was soggy and bland, however, the mabo tofu was pretty decent. Interior is dumpy but great in value, you get what you pay for.
I've been here on a few occasions, and have found that the servers' attitudes as well as food quality varies with how well they know you.
The first two times I came here with an elder who was a regular, and I was very impressed with their excellent Cantonese dishes that had bold and rich flavours, especially given that the restaurant had such a generic name.
I came once after with my family and friends, but the food was lackluster (despite ordering some of the same dishes), and the service was horrible. As noted by another reviewer, one lady is nice, while the other is a Server-from-Hell who will deliberate pretend she cannot see you waving at her. It was annoying to note that she was extremely friendly to a Caucasian couple who seem to be regulars at the restaurant. Also, she will *demand* a tip. As in yell at you if don't tip. I ended up tipping anyway to avoid a scene but have never been back since, and wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
The food at this establishment is pretty decent. I order take-out quite often. However, I will not be going back to Asia Restaurant after a dining-in experience.
First of all, when we walked in, the server rudely shouts "How many?!" Shocked, we nervously answered "Um, for seven people, please." They start to clean off a dirty table with rags and throw down plates and cups for us, looking very annoyed. Two of the plates were stained with sauce. One of the tea cups and forks had tea leaves stuck to them. We asked for new clean dishes, which they give to us in a very annoyed attitude and THREW them down on the table, as if we were a huge disturbance to them.
Also, while we were eating, we noticed how some of the servers and cooks would prep some of the food in the table next to us. It didn't look like the server washed her hands between handling cash and prepping food, which was disturbing...
At the end of the meal, when it was time to pay, we discussed how rude the servers were, but decided to give a tip anyways because we always do. After the server swiped by debit card she asked, "How much tip do you want to leave? Ten percent or fifteen percent?" I looked at her funnily and said "Why do you have to ask that question? I was going to leave a cash tip anyway." Then she gets very angry and says "You have to tip!" Very angry at this point, I said "No, no more tip at all! You don't deserve one!" We argued for a very long time.
In conclusion, this place is a horrible place to go to. I suspect that the servers and food handlers don't wash their hands between handling food and cash. The dishes they gave us were filthy. The service was appalling. I will not be going back ever again.
For everyone who has seen a episode of Seinfeld called "Soup Nazi" this is a perfect example of the treatment you will receive here. DO NOT EAT HERE, the attitude of the stone faced waitresses and service is absolutely atrocious, especially the older server who will argue with you if the tip is not enough. In our case she looked at my payment on the bill tray with contempt, moves the money around with a chop stick, determined if I left at least 10% tip and if not watch out! She will confront you and raise her voice for everyone to hear, it's like she's an alien from another parallel universe, never seen anything like it.
I heard from a friend who witnessed this server run after a customer who did not leave a tip, and saw an ugly argument ensue between the two.
Money is the bottom line here and nothing else. I don't understand how they continue to stay in business.
It's a shame as the food is quite decent for the price.
I strongly recommend that YOU DO NOT EAT HERE, the servers here are VERY rude to their customer, I tried eating here once with my Dad and will never go back here again. They gave us the entree and the rice last, we tried telling the server politely that rice should be first but instead of hearing us out she argued w/ us, later on after the meal we decided not to tip her because of what has transpired , you know what the lady did? She argued with us and wouldn't let us go unless we tip her 15%, we argued but later on we forced ourselfves to tip her, food wasn't even that good and they prepare raw food at the dining area DISGUSTING!!
The food is pretty good, but not the best I've had! I have only ate in there once and the service was pretty good! We normally get delivery because it's close to us and doesn't take too long to get here and when it comes it's always hot and fresh! The wonton soup is kind of blah, needs more meat, less shrimp! The dinner for ones are large and filling and only $10 which includes an egg roll! One of the bigger dinner for ones that I've seen for take out!
you can't get worse than this place
worst experience ive ever had in a restaurant and my entire life, and i eat our VERY OFTEN.
HORRIBLE SERVICE, we come in and say "for 2" she says "sit next to the window", we were like okayy.. i guess shes just kinda mad. It gets worse, she asks what we want with a bitchy attitude, comes back gives us food. THEN does not come BACK. not once to ask if it was good, not once to ask if i wanted water (which i wanted for over 20 minutes). i had to actually get up and ask for water. *and no the place was NOT busy only one other table, our server just sat there eating her own food*
then the worst part, im angry by now, and i go to pay the bill, it's 43.00, so i give her a 20 and say the rest on debit. IM OBVIOUSLY NOT GIVING HER A CENT FOR A TIP. so she says " so how much on debit including the tip" i told her, 43 minus the 20 i gave you so 23. she actually has the nerve to go off on me yelling at me telling me people give tips. None the less i yelled back and told her tips are for good serives not excepted, oh i also told her this was the worst serive Ive had in my entire life (which is very true)
please please avoid this place- the way she seated the other table was even worse
I'm being honest and saying the food was pretty good.
We have ordered mainly takeout from Asia for many years. Orders are managed quickly and efficiently. Food is always hot, and they are very accommodating to requests not on the takeout menu. Stir fried veggies are always nice and crisp, not soggy like so many restaurants. The honey garlic sauce is terrific. The beef dishes are very tasty and not chewy and stringy like some places. The menu is quite diverse, with Chinese, Vietnamese and other Asian specialties. The restaurant is always packed at lunch, and their wonton soup is pretty good.
The bf & I came here for lunch last week and save for another table of 2, we were the only ones in there. The chef also moonlighted as a waiter, and he took care of us throughout the meal. Any place that gives MSG the boot already has a few extra brownie points in my book, but this fact alone wasn't enough to fully satisfy... I totally love service; I only wish I could say the same about the food. We only tried 3 dishes (the Szechuan beef, the Fried Rice, and the Ma Po Tofu) so keep in mind that this review doesn't speak for everything and I'd go back to try the other items on the menu.
We often come to Asia restaurant..usually for the Dim Sum. Food is always tasty and comes out fast. I've never experienced a problem with uncleanliness- place is always clean, feels safe to eat there. There are usually 2 women serving there- 1 is a lot nicer than the other one, but the other one warms up every once and awhile. People may complain about the service, but what do you really expect in this type of restaurant? Take the order, bring the food, and bring the cheque. As long as the food remains tasty -it works for me.
I like to dine at a restaurant a few times before making a review.
Over the last decade I have eaten in many Asian themed restaurants through out this province. The main stay is a worn out store with little or no involvement in cleaning. The same goes with most eateries. There are a very few that are exceptionly clean that stand out enough to make mention!
The Asia Restaurant is one of those places that fall into my safe zone for dining. On my last visit the serving ladies were just as prickly as ever, but this was about my 10th visit and i now get greeted at the door and in priority given a seat. The restaurant is small and has to 2 large tables in the centre that mostly sit empty untill a group of 8 or more arrive.
This controls the food output from the kitchen. When most tables order between 6 and 8 items from the dim sum menu and one or two special dishes from the daily fresh board you put a lot of pressure on the cooks. It takes time and knowledge to make this go right for the diner. On my last visit at mid week lunch the place was packed We ordered spring rolls that came ungreasy with a greatin house ginger plum sauce, spicy won tons that were delux, curried squid in a super broth, tender fried squid with hot sauce done perfectly and some spicy wrapped bean curd in a piquant ginger sauce. Perfectly tasty beef tripe with lots of onion garlic and spices followed. A beef brisket hot pot with melt in your mouth beef slow cooked in a five spice flovouring over perfectly done rice noodles. Steamed pea shoots with light soya were just right. The crystal shrimp and scallop dumplings were light and refreshing with no cheap after taste from perservitives.
The sticky rice packet stuffed with good chicken thigh meat, a good tasty piece of chinese mystery sausage and large mushroom cap is most worthy of making a double order. The house fried rice shows the pride the chef has in the kitchen when it arrives at the table with pinkish pork slices and large peeled prawns, ribbons of egg foo, peas and corn flecks through out his chosen long grain rice perfectly executed. What I don`t like is that the tea should be made with filterd water and yes the place could use a good cleanig and painting, but the food is worthy and putting up with prickly Asian ladies is the norm in most of the Asian Restaurants i have frequented. The price is well with in reason and a good tip left for the service well done. We will return again.