A small Singaporean and Malaysian cafe on Broadway
I like this place but i do think it is overpriced. I used to live in Singapore a while back and fell in love with the Hainanese chicken rice there. So when i moved to Vancouver , I tried to look for a place that I can taste the same flavour of Hnese chicken once again and so far this place is the best. Every time i go i order half a chicken and 3 rice to share with my bf. I tried their laksa before but nothing really impressive. The vegetable dishes are expensive about 8 bucks or more for a plate of stirfried curried vegetable and I agree that the drinks are over-priced ,too. So asides from the chicken rice i think the rest of their menu is not that great. I like their new location, nice and bright and service is pretty good
My friend brought me there the other day as I was craving some Hainenese Chicken. Probably one of the best in Vancouver. Much better than the rest. Laksa was also excellent. Great service with very friendly smiles.
Have visited a few times over the years from the old location to this new one. Enjoyed the laksa and we shared a half hainanese chicken. The sides are fine and have tried the chicken rice too. All in all, it hits the spot for cravings for this dish. Nice busy location near ubc. Hardworking chef.
Cafe D'Lite has THE BEST laksas in Vancouver - better than your chain Malaysian/Thai restaurants and other small-scale locales. It's a punch of flavour that's complex yet simple and soothing at the same time. If you like the intensity of greater heat, simply request it extra spicy and they'll deliver. You'll forget the surroundings are "meh" as soon as you enter into your world of hot comforting laksa. If you break out of your trance, you'll realize everyone else around you crammed into the modest and clean, little eatery are also in their zone. It's kinda pricey for casual dining, but when you have the craving - especially on miserable, wet Vancouver days - it doesn't matter!
Cafe D'Lite is a place where you go To Eat. Plain and simple. Nothing fancy. It's authentic asian on the city's west side - and that truly is a hard thing to find.
The only reason to come here: the Hainanese Chicken & rice lunch! Yup that's it. It's a simple place, nothing fancy. Nothing else too memorable, but the chicken and rice is what keeps me coming back. As long as you don't have any other expectations except good chicken and rice then you're fine. I like the fact that they de-bone it and present it nicely on the plate. If there is a small complaint though, it's the fact that they don't serve peanuts with this dish. Would be nice to have some crunch contrast with this dish.
The hainan chicken is boneless, the serving size is ample, and the price is reasonable ($8.95). But, he chicken is missing the telltale layer of gelatin under the skin, which means it was likely made that day rather than undergoing the slow process of partial cooking, ice-water immersion, followed by resting for several hours at room temperature. A second complaint is the rice, which tastes like chicken broth but is not oily, when compared to the glistening version at other places.
What does give this place high marks is its small, family-run atmosphere and attentive service. This is compared to larger places where the wait staff is harried and their stress starts rubbing off on you. Too bad you need to drive all the way out to west side to enjoy this place!
It's sort of a thing for me to try out all the hainanese chicken whenever it's on the menu and this place certainly serves an almost outstanding dish. It is one of two places (Banana Leaf) that is on my picklist if I have a craving for such. However, the chicken itself is only adequate and half of the merit is given on the serving style (it's all cut up into mouth-size pieces and set around a blob of chicken broth rice like a sunflower.)
Despite what other reviewers say, I find the service good for a cafe/bistro, and the atmosphere is comfortable, again for this genure of establishment.