54th Avenue Cafe is a Chinese restaurant serving Cantonese and Szechuan style food in Champlain Square.
Vancouver is known for its Chinese or Asian food so I decided to check this place out. For a Hong Kong style café, I was very disappointed. The food and service was subpar.
I wanted some noodles so I went ahead and ordered the Singapore fried noodles. Bad choice. The noodles were kind of soggy and tasted sour. When I asked about getting a newer, fresher plate of noodles, they never came. Also, my waitress continuously ignored my requests for extra chopsticks. I actually had to ask another waitress for chopsticks.
I wish I would’ve read the reviews a little bit earlier though.
Took my two young children here for supper. Ordered hot and sour soup ($8.95 for a large bowl) a two selections from the combination menu (we chose szchezuan chicken and BBQ meat combo with duck and pork), the combination came with two bowls of rice) for $22.95 or so.
The soup was very good, chock full of meat, shrimp and tofu in a tasty broth. The chicken was tasty - although it was advertised as boneless, I had to check carefully as I found some bone pieces and cut the tender pieces of chicken for my kids so that they wouldn't get any bone bits. It was tasty.
The BBQ combo should have been warmer than what I received. I liked the duck, but the pork was only okay as it was fatty and not overly flavourful.
The service was reasonable. The servers all smiled and greeted us warmly. The server took our order, delivered our food and delivered our bill in a timely fashion.
The ambiance was only okay. I didn't like the fact that there was sacks of rice and other stock items piled near the front entrance. The booth we were seated at had a tear in the upholstery. Otherwise, it was clean and functional.
I would go again for the soup and the chicken dish if I felt like getting out of the house for a while.
Food: offers typical HK cafe menu. had the baked pork chop w/ fried rice...instead of the usual casserole dish it normally comes in, it came on a dish. i thought it was wierd. i didnt like how my slab of pork was kind of fatty.
Service: efficient. wasnt horrible...wasnt outstanding.
Overall: if i have a craving for HK style food and dont feel like driving to Rmd then this place would satify that craving.
Food: I ordered a curry dish and it's tasty and not oily at all. The portion is generous. Service: just OK. Ambiance: fairly noisy, but the booths are quite spacious. On the whole, there's nothing particularly impressive; nothing really lacking either. I would go back if I am in the area.
This place is much like Honolulu. The workers here are not friendly, but they're pretty efficient. I've come here quite a few times in the past couple of years, not for the food but because it's convenient and filling.
The prices are decent for the portion size they give you. it's usually no more than 13 dollars, usually below 10. The lunch combos are pretty good cause they include a drink as well. They have only about a handful of vegetarian dishes but it's not too bad. The vegetables with creamy sauce on rice is delicious. But some of their other items are just downright oily.
I recall this one time they were gonna kick out a friend of ours eating with us cause we brought outside food. We were quite upset since everyone else was ordering from the restaurant (we had about 10 people). But it's understandable so I won't hold that grudge against them.
Other than convenience, there's not much else going on for this place.
Just moved in to this area, only living 10 mins away, me & my hubby decided to give this place a try last nite.
This place is a real surprise, very convenience location, easy to find parking. Interior clean & bright, they even have a express take-out counter w/BBQ Duck & BBQ Pork. We got a booth by the window. My hubby had the onion pork chop on rice, and I had the beef brisket & wonton in soup. The beef brisket was a real surprise, I think they have the best beef brisket in town!! YUM! YUM! Taste delicious!! I also had a bite of my husband pork chop (huge portion & very reasonable price), I am not a huge fan, but I like their tomatoes sauce. Service is ok, pretty fast & friendly. If you're in the neighbourhood, you really should give it a try. For sure, I will return shortly in the next few days to try their other dishes!
I've been happy w/ the service while dining in. It's usually quite quiet so I have no problem getting the attention of the servers and getting the food in a timely manner.
However, I am sooo infuriated by the behaviour mentioned in the title!!! The first time, I was expecting around $1 change. I didn't get any so I just assumed... oh, I must have just miscalculated. Never mind. They've been friendly to me before I'll just leave it.
It's the second time that this happened that really p*ssed me off. I paid then the server turned to leave the counter, walking away from me. I was owed $2 something in change for my takeout order. I said "Oh... wait! Don't I get $2 for change?? I paid you a $20 bill." She looked at me incredulously and said "Change? What change?? Who gives change so little?? I don't have any change here." I said, "No, I'd like my change please" and she made a great show of what a lot of trouble I was causing her to get change for me.
I understand that servers expect a tip for dine-in service. Was she expecting a tip for ME to come and PICK UP the take out MYSELF?? Even then, she should still have given me my change, then let me decide how much tip to give!!
Needless to say, I will not be giving them my service again!!
Last time I came here I ordered the curry on rice dish and I could have sworn the lady scooped it up from the warming trays used for take outs and just spooned it on to a plate and slapped on some rice and handed it to me.
It was the grossest tasting curry I've ever tried. It looked a bit dried out, gluey, and with too much corn starch!!!! The service is pathetic too. Will never go there again.
In this area, this place is the closest if you want to be lazy. So for being lazy, it's decent enough. The only thing on the menu I highly recommend is the Calamari. It's ridiculously good! I have to order two orders to bring to a casual family dinner and everybody starts to pick at it and so it's the first to go before we even start. Everything else is not bad. Great if you're having one of those days where you can't think of where to go for a quick bite.
the waitresses were very nice and talkative at the end of the meal. it definitely took them too long to take my order since there was only one other customer and he had finished eating. i guess they exected me to holler them over. this was inconvenient since i had my rowdy toddler and wanted the food asap. i ordered chinese donut and fish congee. really was nothing special. fish didnt quite have the freezer taste but almost. very huge serving of donuts
I have been to this place once awhile because I have friend who live near by. However, this place have not change since day one. you would alway received same old unfriendly service, plain old food taste, same old decoration and I think the price have went up. They need to be seriously thinking about CHANGE!
I've been to this restaurant on a few occasions given its close proximity to my house. The first couple of times was fine, just that I found the food kind of oily. The last time we were there was a disaster. My family and I ordered E-fu noodles and it came out tasting SWEET!! The cook had mistakened the sugar for salt so imagined what THAT tasted like?! My mom doesn't usually complain but she couldn't stand it and politely pointed it out to a waitress. Istead of taking the noodles away and giving us a new dish, she just came back with soya sauce! We didn't touch that plate at all and ended up throwing it away simply because it was not edible! My bf's spaghetti with meat sauce came out dry. Honestly, if you're looking for a cheap combo lunch or dinner with a drink, go to Honolulu Cafe.
If there's other chinese restaurants close by, I'd recommend to head there..
2 sections: Take Out: Dine IN
Take Out - a Little more expensive that your typical take out food. they have 8 hot trays of food.. only 3 had something in them. Imagine 1 portion of brocoli and beef dumped into the middle of the heat pan, 2 portions of fried rice in another, and some fish in the other. . but the rest of the pan was spick and spam clean.. This is take out? oh boy.. Here's a winner.. Get them to check the time behind them, and then make a dash for the door..
Dine In - An average HK Style restaurant. yes.. on the pricey side. You'll need basketball arms to wave down a server as there usually 2 covering the floor. We've dined to many restaurants, this is one that is worth driving pass. You'll find better food that that the main ingredient isn't MSG and Oil. Save your bowel and look for a healthier chef. The drinks were typicall. We had iced tea/coffee. and the ice lemon tea. .a little heavy on the ice. was going to ask them to blend it to make me a slurpee..
It's the only restaurant in this Area, I'm sure that's why they're surviing.. The main street is a few minutes a way.. lots of better selection there... If you have to to, you'll certainly feel it the next day.
This is a great breakfast place if you want to enjoy your paper and have a bite. The price is great and you can have a lot of combination.
I usually have the Egg - over easy, luncheon meat, toast with bowl of Satay Beef Vermicelli and it comes with a hot drink like Hong Kong Style Tea.
All costs under $7 including GST. Not bad for all that food. It will last you till dinner.
My co-worker and me needed to do a project at his apartment which near the killarney mall. After finishing the paper work (about 7:30pm), we decided to having a quick dinner(not sushi, or pizza). At that time, the restaurant was really empty. My co-worker told me that it was busy at the weekends only. He ordered the fried rice and my order was stir fried noodle with beef. His order came really fast but I don't know why it took about 20 mins for my order until I asking my server. The only reason was she missing my order. The food is just OK but I was not so happy that the server didn't say anything about that. Well, I knew I will not come back anymore since food and services are not as good as it provided.
When they first opened, people were lining out the door to eat there. Typical of a new reataurant. The service was never very good, waitress not very friendly, and the food was just average. I thought it was because they were just too busy. Today, you still get the same service, food quality, but no line ups.
The food is similar with any other Chinese restaurants with a western twist. I still go there once every couple of month. It is ok when you are hungry. I am pretty neutral about this place.
I tried the food. Basic congee with century eggs was poorly done. Chicken steak rice wasn't up to par as rice was cold and hard while the chicken shrunked. I reviewed the price and it was a bit too high to be competitive versus other HK cafe. Service was horrible as getting refill on chinese tea was like asking for a million dollar from the staff. This restaurant is located in the heart of collingwood neighbourhood. Need to provide better quality food, make sure chef enjoy cooking and not become bored with job, and try to lower prices to attract customer. Need staff to talk less among themselves and please have fresh "hot tea" available. Will try again in 4 month for re-evaluation.
54th is not a bad place to go for lunch, dinner or late-night eating. The prices are very reasonable and the specials are quite good. Food has always been excellent and the service is quite good.
They do take-out at the front counter and also do deliveries (both of which are pretty good as far as wait times). Interestingly enough, the restaurant manager makes the deliveries himself and happens to be quite a pleasant fellow.
Service is not bad and I've never had to wait to get a table there. The waitresses speak English and are quite polite. You do occasionally have to flag down a waitress if the place is busy but they come around often enough to refill your tea.
For a Chinese restaurant (and I've been to many) it's very clean and well-kept. No complaints at all. Ambience is alright but this isn't a place you go to appreciate the decor. Hey, at least it's not tacky!
They used to only take cash but now also take Interac which is great especially considering the fact that most small diner-type cafes like this restaurant only accept cash.
This place is not bad... Its just like another typical Chinese/western style cafe place. I wouldn't recommend eating in, in the summer time.. its way too HOT. Some what better than Oscars on Renfrew ave. Try it out.