Established in 1967 Kalmar Family Restaurant has proudly been serving Surrey for over 43 years. Located at King George Hwy and 80th Ave, the Kalmar offers breakfast, lunch and dinner starting at 6:00AM daily.
The Other Half and I needed a quick breakfast on a Saturday morning. Always on the lookout for restaurants we haven't tried, we spotted Kalmar. Sign said "open", menu said "all day breakfast"... how bad could it be for eggs?
First "uh oh" moment came when I asked for a large orange juice. For breakfast. Waitress just said, "out of orange juice" and stood waiting, pencil on pad. The OH ordered a special with french toast, 2 eggs over easy and sausages. I ordered at "Lite Breakfast" = choice of three items = 2 eggs.. bacon, sausage, ham ("1/2 slice") toast, hashbrowns. Further choice of chunked or shredded potatoes. I asked for eggs over medium, bacon and extra crispy shredded hashbrowns.
Food was edible. The OH's sausages were miniscule, but OK. Eggs were overdone, the french toast was thick slices of soft white factory bread, briefly dipped in egg batter. Soggy and tasteless, not nice at all. My eggs were OK, but the bacon was cheap, cold and half-cooked. As were the shredded hashbrowns - no evidence of crispy. OH had coffee ("meh") while I contented myself with ice water (no offers of refill on the water...)
One server, moving fast. Very business-like, to the point of being brusque. No eye contact, no time to waste talking to a customer.
For the above amount of food, I wavered between rating the value as decent or poor. If the quality had been there, the value would have been decent. As I only ate two eggs and a few forkfuls of hashbrowns, I feel that I wasted my money. OH was full but not satisfied. Bill for two came to $16.00
Ambiance? Old, tired, worn out carpeting, 80's peach paint on the walls (painted in the 80's, I'm guessing) arborite tables. Pretty grubby. Very stingy with napkins - the kind that come out of a stainless upright container - TWO of these flimsy things, under the bent cutlery. Bathroom had one set of taps working. The papertowel dispenser looked grungy, but was one of those "wave at it" models, so I didn't have to touch it. By this time, I could NOT bring myself to peek at the toilet to assess cleanliness. My nose was telling me to get out of there.
Would not recommend.
Ate at the Kalmar on a number of occasions. The food is excellent with plentiful portions, very good value and the staff were helpful and efficient. I took my parents to their Sunday Brunch and we all loved it. Then they proved themselves again by hosting my company's annual meeting that proved successful and cost effective when I compare the amount spent the previous year.
I would recommend them to anyone looking for a good meal or good value.
Thank You Kalmar!
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