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Angel Cafe

5995 Fraser Street
Vancouver, BC V5W2Z6
Tel: (604) 323-8948
Neighbourhood: Sunset
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 8AM - 10PM
  • Run by restauranteurs Eddie Cheung and Joseph Kwok, who also run the Honolulu Cafe in Richmond. This place offers bargains and tasty offerings in the Hong Kong Cafe Style. Happy Hour specials abundant. Near John Oliver Secondary High school.

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Great Experience!
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 26, 2006 - 9:53pm [Dine in]

I read the positive reviews on this site and decied to give Angel Cafe a try. The menu was extremely comprehensive and it took a while to choose, but I was impressed by the tasty food and low price. The lamb shank was excellent! My wife had the black bean and bitter melon chicken, which was a giant portion and perfectly prepared, and my friends had sizzling plate of beef and prawns and a beef curry. We all agreed that the food was terrific. Way better than Gloucester. The place is well-lit and clean, and the service was super. Plus they have a bakery next door, which seemed pretty good. We sampled the deserts too, and they were satisfying.

All in, I would say this place is good value for the money. I will be back!

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Regularly frequented!
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2005 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

Superb quality for very very very little $$! From 11 or 11:30am until 6pm, and then from 9 or 9:30 pm until closing (11?), their "Afternoon Tea / Late night mini set specials" menu ranges from $4.95 to $7.xx. Comes with more than decent portions that are only the slightest bit smaller in volume/content (i.e., 1 chop instead of 2 to go with spaghetti/rice) than their regular menu that also offers specials that come with soup and hot/cold drink. The mini specials only come with a drink of your choice. The best value, of course, would be to order a lemon coke! Coke from a can! Real Coca-Cola branded! Not a spin-off cola! And no fountain syrupy pop variety. Friendly and quick service. Accommodating with slight menu changes, like to the noodle of your choice that wasn't offered or listed in the description of the item. Order in Chinese/English or by number! By number in any language works best. Or don't order the mini's, order the daily special of soup (choice of Russian Borsche or cream of smthing or other) + fruit salad plate or garden/tossed salad + garlic toast + 10oz prime rib + dessert of the day (whatever they choose from possibly day-old offering from their attached bakery) + drink of choice! All for just $13.99. Good enough to share! Beef comes with a sour cream and bacon baked potato or greens, a slightly baked tomato topped with cheese plus choice of spaghetti or rice! The best deal in town! More than enough to share if the other doesn't have a big appetite or just wants to order something smaller on the side. Yes, I am regularly going back! So tasty! The best baked pork chop with spaghetti in tomato sauce I've had anywhere so far! Been ordering that everywhere I go that offers it just to compare! And if you want to buy a cake from their bakery side, try the Black Forest! Delicious! I can eat a small one all by myself! The pig that I am!

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Good local eatery
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 4:34am [Dine in]

I was a little dismayed when Taco Time (which use to reside here) closed up as it was a highschool hangout for my friends and I. After seeing Angel Cafe open up and seeing the steady flow of people inside I gave this place a try.

There isn't any other HK style restaurants on Fraser St. so the owners definitely caught on to an opportunity with the variety of cheaper dining on the strip but nothing like its kind. There's even a bakery attached next door.

Decor is nicer for this type of establishment. Seating is cramped if you dine in the middle sections.

Menu selection is large. I took a while to decide what I had wanted. My girlfriend and I settled on a Sizzling Beef w/ Black Bean Sauce Hotplate and a combination Beef/Chicken Chop dinner. Server was considerably more pleasant to give our order to compared to so many other asian places. Our dishes arrived quickly and piping hot. The chops where the usual. The accompanying vegetables were underdone, accidently or by design. The hot plate dish was quite tasty. The vegetables had a nice crunch to it however the beef pieces were smallish and skimp.

Service is quick and there was one employee (dressed in regular clothes) who was scanning the floor for empty plate and topping off your tea. Not bad.

A pleasant surprise in the neighbourhood. Definitely warrants future visits.

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Best HK style cafe in East Van!
By MBAK of Vancouver (80 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 2, 2008 - 11:43am [Dine in]

Angel Cafe is my absolute FAVORITE HK style cafe in East Vancouver because of their great food selection and location (I live about 5 min away). I've been there for breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night snack..and have never been disappointed.
Their breakfast menu has a large variety of both western and chinese items at super reasonable prices (for about $6 you can get a combination of a western dish and asian dish with a beverage: a combination that is both filling and satisfying).
Their lunch menu and dinner menu offer many different options as well.
Needless to say, the value is excellent.
The service is reasonable for what you'd get at a chinese restaurant. They're relatively pleasant and try to be efficient.
Ambiance is fairly nice. I like their booths..but the interior of the restaurant needs a fresh coat of paint.

Overall: I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a HK style cafe in East Vancouver!

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good for late night snack
By aregma of Burnaby (116 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 5:54pm [Dine in]

went to a late dinner here last week. Had a combo with chicken and prawn cutlet, and sausage with bacon and rice, and my friend had the baked pork chop.

Portion wise was pretty decent, with a good stuff to rice ratio. Service was fast but nothing great about it. Everyone seemed a little unhappy and in a rush, but no problems ordering, getting drinks or food in a timely manner.

Food was relatively good for price, but they seemed to run out of their dessert so gave me a baked potato instead (without tell me beforehand).

Chicken cutlet was pretty good, but the "prawn cutlet" was just a few pieces of prawn, and the sausage with bacon was just 3 pieces of small sausage wrapped in bacon.

Easy parking in the back and the good chicken cutlet makes it a decent pick for me as well as the reasonable prices.

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Lunch specials are a hit!
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 9:16am [Dine in]

Food: I had the chicken and shrimp fried rice with 2 sauces while my dining compadres had the chicken skillet with garlic sauce that comes with fries, the black pepper fried noodle and the house special fried noodle. The food was tasty and I believe everyone was satisfied - I know I was and I had leftovers for dinner later on! The best part was that our lunch, including tax, only came to $28! I think that was pretty reasonable considering the food was quite good and all of the meals came with a drink. Been here for dinner before too and they have this wonderful vegetarian fried noodle.

Service: It's HK cafe style service where they take your order, you eat and they don't bother with you for the rest of the meal. They don't ask you how the food is or if you need anything - if you want service, you have to flag someone down. Come to this place having this in mind or else you might be offended. The wait staff also have a hard time with english as well so it's much easier to just point to what you want on the menu, say it to them and then have them repeat it.

Ambiance: Nice comfy booths, relatively cleaner than other cafes I've been to. All in all not bad.

Will return as they have really great deals and the food is really tasty. Recommend others to come and try as well but remember that the service is next to nothing here but that's reflected in the low price.

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Cheap eats, but is it worth it?
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 1, 2006 - 2:19pm [Dine in]

After doing some saree shopping along Fraser street, my friends and I decided to get a quick bite before heading home. Since reading some great reviews about Angel Cake Cafe here, I couldn't wait to try it. The ambiance is like any other HK cafe-style restaurant. Before entering, I noticed a breakfast menu posted outside, which is exactly what I craved. After being seated, I asked the waitress if they still served breakfast. Being 7pm, I was hoping it was all-day thing like some other restaurants. She looked at me and said really rudely, "Breakfast? That's morning." and walked away. Wow, I thought. What great service. Luckily, Benny our server was nice.
We all ordered their hot pan specials. At only $10.95 you get garlic toast, soup, choice of two meats w/ choice of sauce, veggies and baked potato, spaghetti or rice, a drink and dessert! What a great deal! Apart from the fact that they deep-fry all the meats, it was a pretty good dinner. The chicken I ordered was dripping in oil still.
It was a pretty decent meal at a great price, but I don't think I'll be making any special trips just to eat here.

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Not bad (HK Style) restaurant
By aquadl of Vancouver (44 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 17, 2009 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

Came here based on Dinehere.ca reviews. We had our usual dishes (What we usually order at Hon's - Richmond).

Restaurant was busy, so we waited for about 15 minutes. Restaurant is clean and service was good. After we ordered, the soup of the day & the free drinks (hot or cold) came soon after. Our first dish arrvied, it was hot and size was larger than Hon's equivalent. Very tasty, the kids M & S enjoyed this Egg noodle with Shrimp dish more than the one at H's.

The second dish that came was incorrect. We told them that, they offered no excuse, they just changed it .. usually at other similar tye restaurants the manager would come over and confirm, but this time they just took it back and brought back the correct one.

Each dish had lots of ingredients, Shrimp in one and Sole in the other.

We will definitely come back here, as the value & food quality was ver good.

Remember to bring cash as this is the only payment accepted.

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Mediocre food coupled with terrible service
By infinitime of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 8:29pm [Dine in]

We used to go to this restaurant regularly for lunch. However, on a recent visit, we encountered some of the worse service envisionable...

Having waited through their usual line-up session of 15 minutes, we were seated by a rather grumpy looking man, who decided that it would be appropriate for us to endure another half an hour without service.

Despite repeated requests that they take our order for food, we were met with an attitude that can only be described as mildly-veiled contempt by the staff. To say that our server was rude would be a gross understatemnet.

Adding insult to injury, we were given the wrong menus twice, and only upon our insistence, were we given the "usual" lunch menu on the third try.

At the end, the annoyance of dealing with the staff was simply not worth the experience. We left without eating, and gladly went to a much better establishment down the street... namely McDonald's.

It is a sad state of affairs when the minimum-wage earning McDonald's workers are a welcomed improvement over the staff at Angel Cafe.

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Good!
By richmond diner of richmond bc (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 11, 2011 - 2:17pm [Dine in]

No matter what time of the day you drop into this place, the service and value is solid and constant.

Breakfast has the best value, and this is readily seen by the line up to get inside by 1130 AM.
Service is fast and efficient. You get a free drink with an order for a dish. Cold milk tea ! Refreshing.
Parking may be an issue occasionally.
Now if this place can come up with a late night menu as well, I think the line ups can go on 24 hrs.

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A Personal Favourite!!!
By for2please of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 12, 2011 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

This place is a miracle! This restaurant is my "go to" restaurant. It has a relaxing Hong Kong style ambience to it. The booth seats are comfortable. Portions are generous and prices are very good for the quality. The servers are very attentive to body language and are efficient in their work!

If you are into Hong Kong style cafe food at a great value, this place is a must!

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good breakfast
By ballin_eater of Vancouver (34 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 12:05am [Dine in]

Have been going to Angel Cafe for a long time now. Had breakfast lunch and dinner here and all the time was good.

Food: I always enjoy their A and B set breakfast meal that includes a drink. Food is always consistant and it doesn't taste generic.

Value: Food is always on the non-expensive side whether you are having any meals here. For luch or mid-afternoon tea, I really recommend the hainese chicken laksa.

Verdict: I will be a regular customer. Rating of 9 out of 10.

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Honolulu Addition
By gloriasit of vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 7, 2009 - 3:28am [Dine in]

I have visited Angel Cafe numerous times. Initially, it seems to me that it's just another HK Cafe joint, but recently I realized that the malaysian dishes here are quite good. Perhaps the cook is from there? Or has previously worked at other malaysian cuisines? Yet, I find that their laksa noodle in soup is really good and their red curries are different compared to other HK cafes.
The value is quite a bargain. For <$7 for a mini-set meal which comes with a drink. And during weekends, I notice the owner for Honolulu cafe (on Main) drops by in the late evenings. I wonder if Angel Cafe is a sister restaurant to the Honolulu Cafe.
One thing to complain about is the service here varies. I usually make a visit here once a week and the manager (I assume is the gentlemen) have mood swings. With that said, I still will continue to be a patron of Angel Cafe for their delicious malaysian dishes!

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Depends on what you want - this places offers efficiency and value
By RozW of EastVan, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 7:33pm [Dine in]

This is frequent choice for my family. It represents the quintessential "Hong Kong cafe" with its offers of ridiculously well-priced dishes (which are of decent portions) and coffees and milk teas.

But those who object to the service, who decry the lack of a friendly waiter (and there is one particular man who is quite rude), may be missing the point. How do cafes like this manage to provide such great value in their food? High turnover. So the food comes rather quickly, and don't expect to idle hours away chatting with friends. This is a place to get fed and get out.

As a person of Chinese ancestry whose family dines almost exclusively at these kinds of low price high value Chinese food joints, I've never learnt to be appalled at this kind of "poor service." In these restaurants, it's generally assumed that if the customer wants something, they'll wave the waiters over, and that the customers are here for the food and nothing else. Forget ambiance, but the food, prices, and time saved more than make up for that.

So Angels is the place to go for some quick but great food. From their spinach pasta with clams and salmon to the Malaysian Laksa noodles and Singaporean Mee Goreng...this place does Asian fusion without messing it up. It keeps my family coming again and again, despite an unfriendly face or two.

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Great food
By vanfoodie of Downtown, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 24, 2006 - 1:44pm [Dine in]

This is a nice chinese restaurant with hot pan served meals. The steak was cooked nicely, not tough or overcooked. The curry beef was little hot/spicy. It could have been a little more milder and tastier. The service was average and sometimes rushed when ordering or too slow bringing out the food. The tomato vegetable soup was very good. Overall a dependable restaurant with quality food. Attached to the restaurant is also the chinese bakery.

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Favorite for the past 5 years and counting!!!
By straw_hut of Vancouver (downtown) (22 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

My best buddy and I go here at least once a month for catching up.

The service, food and store itself has always been outstanding and we actually give more than 15% tip to show our appreciation. The only thing that bugs me is that near closing time, the A/C seems to be turned on at full blast (perhaps this gets rid of customers so they can close down the kitchen??). Also the forks and knives that come out of the dishwasher are very loud when they sort them. This clink clink clanking sounds very irritating.

Other than that, this place is one of the best hits in the lower mainland for food. I'm going to say it's the best kept secret in South Vancouver.

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Nice lunch spot
By VcrFoodie of Coal Habour (21 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 7:11pm [Dine in]

Now we know what a HK style cafe is: a dinner offering value/cheap pricers. Hubby ordered beef fried noodles and chicken + beef satay and I had the dan dan noodles. Hubby enjoyed the beref noodles and said the beef was surprisingly tender and didn't taste like the rubberry/tenderized meat you find in some Chinese restaurants. The satay was a tad on the greasy side but still tasty. We prefer the peanut dipping sauce that normally accompanies the satay but the curry peanut sauce is okay enough. My dan dan noodles were nice. Service was prompt despite the restaurant being full. We'll be back and I'm looking forward to trying the laksa.

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Best tasting Hong Kong Cafe in the GVRD
By ganache of burnaby (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 6:48pm [Dine in]

Went there for lunch with two friends. I had the mee goreng while both the others had the Malaysian chicken curry on rice and the stir-fried vermicelli with swirled egg sauce. I was totally impressed with the taste and the quality of the food considering the prices were between $5.95 to $6.50 and this included a cold drink at no additional charge. The portions were generous, definitely beats a Extra Value Meal at McDonald's. Restaurant was pretty busy so we had to wait 10 minutes for a table although the food came fast once we ordered.

Service was pretty standard for a HK-cafe. We had to flag a server if we wanted something. Just don't expect 5 star service for 1 star price. Will definitely be returning.

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Hainanese Chicken
By gyromite of False Creek, Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 9:23pm [Dine in]

The Hainanese chicken was traditionally prepared as you find it in Asia. The price was 10 dollars which is a good value for half a chicken. The chicken was colder than it should have been, kinda like it just came out of the fridge. The taste and texture was good but Cafe D'Lite easily has the victory especially because Cafe D'Lite serves the chicken de boned and with a tastier sauce. You can even get the chicken a Cafe D'Lite without the skin.

Try their brisket on noodles, its amazing.

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Fresh Birthday Cakes you want? - BEWARE
By bestfood of Burnaby, BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 11:23pm [Dine in]

We Decided to have dinner here and was tabled in across from the fridge that hold all their birthday cakes. Half the store is Honolulu, the dessert/pastry side called Angel. While waiting for our order, we watched the ladies behind the dessert counter work. Til we saw on woman kneel down and pulled out a 8 inch round fruit / cream cake. We watched her pull it out, but she didn't get up. What she was doing was pluck'n off all the fruits off the top, and around into the garbage bin.. She didn't realize the fridge she was hiding behind had clear class so we can see right through. Well, she then put her nose into it to see if the cake smells.. so then took this now, plain cream cake to the back.. Weird enough we thought.. well, as our order came, we though the worst will come.. 30 mins later, guess what appeared in the same spot? the exact same cake with fresh fruits on them. Yikes. A friend of ours who use to worked in a chinese cake store confirmed that this is a normal practice for them. That is removing the old fruits, and cream/icing, if it's cracked. Meaning it hasn't been sold for a few days. they would then cover up the cracks with fresh cream and arrange new fruits so it'll look fresh.. . Max life? it's 5 days for a cake to sell. So if you plan to order a cake here, ensure it's not the same one in the fridge, cause if you order a 8inch fruit cake, they'll take that one that's been cosmetically freshed up, and write happy birthday for you. You're better off ordering a 10inch or a different type of cake that's not in display..

That is what you called, "cheating Freshness". Ever going to order a cake here? probably not. especially not after today.. 5 days shelf life = fresh? go figure.

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