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Boss Bakery & Restaurant, The

532 Main
Vancouver, BC V6A2T9
Tel: (604) 683-3860
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Bakery, Chinese
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 10AM - 7PM
  • Hong Kong Style Cafe and Eatery with Baked Goods. Popular as a meeting spot for Chinese shoppers and small families on Weekends. Owner Chris Cheng has another branch in Metrotown Mall Burnaby.

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excellent service but just ok chow mein
By pete66 of coquitlam (56 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 5, 2011 - 6:28am [Dine in]

We come here once in awhile as the place has booths and the seating is quite comfortable. The host/cashier is very friendly and provides good service. Ordered the beef with vegetable chow mein. There were chinese greens along with some sliced beef but the beef did not taste that fresh. It could have been cooked previously then just added last minute. I prefer my meat fried on the spot. The beef was sliced thinner than normal and tasted like roast beef. We prefer thicker slices of beef with bits of garlic and with a chewier texture. The beef gravy didn't taste asian, more like a westernized sauce. We passed by Kents Kitchen in chinatown, that place is basically a take out place as the atmosphere inside is very basic.. a few tables for dine in .. if you don't mind the previous customer leaving their bones/plates on the tables... the food there is really varied, cheap and tasty, but if you go there you go for the food, not the atmosphere as there really isn't any.....

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Not much to it
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 6:03am [Dine in]

Came here before for a late afternoon/early evening bite. A friend and I caught up with another friend leaving work to dine here.

Not much to say, it's a bakery up front with dine in patrons in the back. HK style menu we ordered the Special Chow Mein, Salty Fish Fried Rice and a Rice Noodle Soup. The fried rice was nicely done. Few clumps of rice, even distribution of salty fish and nice balance with the chopped lettuce. The chow mein was overly oily - felt a little disgusting afterwards. The noodle soup was reported as alright.

Service is the substandard, get in, get out type. Don't mistake this for rudeness as it is a commonplace among inexpensive asian restaurants but you do have to get use to it.

There's better alternatives elsewhere in Chinatown.

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A nice place for a snack
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2007 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

I was in Chinatown and Maxim's was too far away to please my rumbing stomach. The Boss called and I answered. I had the beef noodle in soup, and Mrs. Chasiubow has a piece of cake and some Horlicks.

The restaurant was nice and clean and there were some funky art deco style stained glass light panels in the renovated and modern restaurant area. The staff were friendly and quick. Even the w/c was clean, which is amazing in that part of town.

The cake slice size was bigger than at most other places according to Mrs. C. She is a big cake fan, and knows what she is talking about. Since I don't like Horlicks, I make no comment about that.

My soup had tasty egg noodles and a lot of beef. I can't say it was the best ever, but it was good enough. The broth was outstanding and that is worth a mention.

I usually go to the Boss for cakes, but now I have discovered a whole new reason to visit.

Recommended.

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Rude Service
By lesmark of burnaby (73 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 6:45pm [Dine in]

The service at this bakery is appalling. There have been instances where friends/regulars are given preferential seating. How can they 'jump' the line??? Last I checked we weren't waiting in line to get into a night club!

The value of food has gone downhill. There are breakfast and lunch specials which doesn't provide close to the value at other restaurants. I agree to try New Town, Kam Gok Yuen, or Hon's.

Not impressed at all and cannot recommend.

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You get what you pay for
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 10:48am [Dine in]

Because I don't frequent Chinatown too often anymore and because there's another Boss in Metrotown (under renos though), I no longer go to this location very much. However, I found myself here again and have since decided that there are many other HK cafes better than this [location].

Like always, I ordered my breakfast combo usual with toast and milk tea. Eventhough it wasn't so busy because it was close to closing time, my meal tasted like it was rushed. My toast was barely toasted and my mini steak and eggs were swimming in a pool of grease. The center of the steak "cupped" about a tbsp of oil. Not very fun eating this.

My noodle course, was fine, but the pasta was overcooked. Don't get me wrong - it was good value for a quick snack (all for $6), but I remembered back in the old days when they took more care in their food and I didn't have a greasy heart attack afterwards.

Also, the staff before used to be really nice, these days (not the old staff), they'd much rather talk to each other.

After our meal, we were regretful that we didn't choose to eat snacks at the night market or even dine at Phnom Penh instead.

Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be back here anymore.

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My first honey dew cake
By diningdandy of downtown vancouver (56 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 12:13am [Dine in]

This is the first place i ever had a honey dew cake slice at... that summer i spent alot of time at the gym to work off all the delicious creamy pastries i;d become addicted to. Foods very solid but their bakery deserves an applause for being very solid. Their cakes are made daily and are all very reasonably priced. Service is always friendly and not rushed though theres usually a crowd. Anyways outstanding cake. Never over sugared, very light and very nice icing and made in store not frozen or pre packaged like some bakeries. I usually take home around 5 or 6 things for like 10$ so its all very reasonably priced and generously sized servings... there mango cheese cake will make you melt, there honey dew cake is flavoured with fruit.. even the cake is green from honey dew fruit mized right in. I love this place.

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Pretty good place for a quick snack.
By Bobeater of East Vancouver (58 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 9, 2008 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

I had breakfast here and it wasn't that bad. I had some errans to do in Chinatown anyways.

The Food: Quality is great. Fresh ingredient and flavorful soups and dishes. "Classic" Chinese dishes.

The Service is not bad. The hostess are quite friendly and speedy in the delivery of dishes. Not as busy as the Metrotown one, but still busy during weekday lunch time and weekends.

The Ambiance is classic loud. Chinese peoplea re generally loud people so if you come alone, you might want to bring your mp3 player with you because it get really loud in here.

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Cheap & cheerful in Chinatown
By whataview of yaletown (66 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

I love this place for a quick, easy, inexpensive Chinese meal. They also have Western and fusion options but basically you cannot go wrong by stopping in for a meal. There is a constant line-up over lunch hour but usually a quick wait. The set menus offer the best value and ease - food comes hot and quick. You don't eat here for atmosphere or pleasantries - it's Vancouver's version of a Hong Kong street food vendor. Everything I have had on the menu is good. The bakery in front offers my all-time favourite pastry, the egg tart - warm and fresh - because of their popularity, they are baked all day. I suggest a cup of Hong Kong style milk tea with your egg tart/s.

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been a loyal customer for over a year
By LilianT of Burmaby (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 4, 2010 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

I have been a loyal customer for over a year and Boss consistently delivers delicious and good value Chinese food with generous portions and speedy service. The boneless salt and pepper spare ribs are always very good, spring-rolls are crispy and not overly greasy, and the BBQ pork fried rice was better than most other places. For the value you can't beat it. This place is a true gem, try it once and you too will become a regular.

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decent
By discerning_palate of vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

This has come to be a family staple when we find ourselves there on weekends. It is much better than the Metrowtown location which has gone downhill. The house fried rice, congee, beef brisket chow mein (one of my current favorites), kimchee fried rice are solid. One family member has come to appreciate their bakery BBQ pork buns with pineapple topping (no real pineapple, just a crumb topping). It's not bad, a mix of sweet/savory.

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Good, Cheap Food
By sputnikterror of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 11:43pm [Dine in]

The title says it all. Tasty food at great value. My boyfriend and I ate to our hearts content for less than $18. The ambiance isn't that great..I can't recall if it had fluorescent lighting. Hrmm. It's basically like a diner. The service isn't overly friendly or attentive, but having lived and shopped around Chinatown, we knew what to expect. Nothing outstanding, but would definitely go back if hungry and too lazy to cook.

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yummy breakfast and bakeries
By appy of UBC, Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 6:59pm [Dine in]

we had a great server, and good breakfast. I got 2 eggs sunny side, ham, toast and hong kong style hot tea for $4.25. They also had pastries for very reasonable prices, between .40c and $1. Service is fast and efficient.
Bathroom a little dirty, But I'll definitely come again.

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Attitude
By Munchies of East End, Van (15 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 12:29am [Dine in]

Started going to The Boss in Chinatown frequently for the last couple months. I would definitely say that I'm a regular at this cafe when servers would notice and greet me.
Though the food is quite average I was more appalled that they treated me very rudely when I didn't give them a more generous tip b/c it was Chinese New Year. I''m taking my business and my usual 15% tip elsewhere...like New Town, Goldstone, Marilyn

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More than 15 years of service
By Vicious of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 12, 2006 - 12:50pm [Dine in]

This place really brings back memories when I was a kid. The Chinatown one is the one I usually goto whenever I go with my mom. Now, it's usually the metrotown location. Perhaps like everyone says, we feel that it's more clean at metrotown. A decent fried rice, fried noodles or fried rice noodles is at $7 compared to the $11-$15 prices at other seafood restaurants that doesn't taste as good. Their beef, no matter what style dish or just steak, is always nicely marinated with tenderness. What really bothers me is dishes with bad presentation, sloppyness or dirty plates. I definitely give them a 4/5 for presentation, not because they have big plates but because their plates are clean to satisfaction. Fried food such as fries or chicken is tasty also.

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