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Cafe Gloucester

3338 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z2W5
Tel: (604) 873-3338
Neighbourhood: East Side

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By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 3:39pm [Dine in]

Came here for a early lunch with a couple of friends. We came early enough to avoid the busy lunch hour rush. The space is surprisingly clean and updated (especially for HK cafe standards).

My friend ordered a chow mein, diminuitive in size compared to the competition but was reported as tasty. My other friends' noodle soup with various processed meats, fried chicken wings, blanched vegetables and a fried egg on top was definitely the loser at the table, served with instant noodles. A truly westernized bowl through and through. My south asian style laksa was quite good actually, with perfectly cooked shrimps, fish cakes and puffy tofu combined in a rich broth. It was far too much for me, only having finished half. Seems most if not all the items come with your choice of drink.

Servers are friendly and brisk, though somewhat minimal by western standards but they do top up your tea regularly as they round the floor, so it's already better than most HK cafes out there.

Overall good dishes, better than expected service in a clean environment. Too bad it's cash only.

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downhill slide
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - 1:47pm [Dine in]

We went to check out Gloucester because Mrs. C reported that it was open again after the long nightmare of Cambie construction had ended. I think they have new management. I could see that all the old staff were gone.

The place looks the same inside but it isn't quite as clean. The w/c was nasty, and the rest of the place could use a good scrub.

Service was okay, so no complaints there. The menu was different than before the closure, and I tried the pork and rice with satay sauce, and my beloved dining companion had efu noodles with mushroom. Both dishes were quite bland, and we needed hot sauce to give them flavor. I also had a side order of borscht, and it was not as good as before. At least the meal wasn't expensive.

I normally won't review a place twice, but I wanted to warn my fellow diners that even though the doors are open again, the old place we enjoyed is long gone...

Sadly not recommended.

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Consistent HK Cafe
By xlee8 of Delta (113 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 7, 2006 - 7:51am [Dine in]

Food: very large menu selection. not blow me away quality but always fairly good & consistent and never any complaints so far.

Service: always enough ppl on staff. doesnt take long to get water, bill, put in an order, etc.

Ambiance: usually a constant flow of traffic no matter the time of day. ive never felt rushed to lv...remembered staying till they politely dimmed the lights on us! yikes! we got the hint! b/c they're so busy sometimes if you get seated at the tables on the side, as opposed to the booths, u can end up seating next to strangers on both sides very close! but if u've been to HK u'll be use to sharing tables w/ others so it doesnt bother me. good place to go late nite especially b/c I-cafe is now closed so one less option in that area.

overall: it's a solid consistent HK style cafe and i will continue to return.

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Not bad but was better
By sgtoca of Kitsilano, Vancouver (103 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 10, 2005 - 9:40am [Dine in]

I recently checked out Cafe Gloucester again after about a year and its different, It is way less crowded and the food was bland. The portions have also gotten smaller. Frankly I don't understand these Hongkong cafes, why westernized all these niced asian dishes. And the odd thing, 99% of the customers are asians, so why the fascination with strange tasting asian food..Portuguese chicken in a strange creamy sauce with asian noodles is just plain weird. I-Cafe, Hugo and few others all suck as well. I'd rather go for lo mein or wonton mein at Congee Noodle House or Hons.

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This place is merely OK
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (123 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 6:43am [Dine in]

I have long been puzzled by the large crowds at this restaurant, and wonder what attracts them here. The food, on 3 different visits, was merely OK. There are many other such Hong Kong style western restaurants in town that do far better. The decor is nice, but that's about it.

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Used to be delicious.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2005 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

Used to frequent. Everything was delicious. The late hours were nice to have around for after movie snack/dinner, etc. Used to be busy almost always (can't say how it is now as I haven't gone back for much over a year or two). Since they had the changeover in kitchen staff / main chef, I haven't been able to have a satisfactory meal there. So I stopped going altogether. A good replacement place by far a lot better now, is I-Cafe a little further down a street in from Broadway. (The block after Broadway heading North) near Cambie intersection. It's at the Fairchild building with 1hr complimentary parking with validated ticket. Anyway, Gloucester just isn't my thing anymore.

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Laksa with Chicken
By frugalgourmet of Vancouver (70 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 4:49pm [Dine in]

They serve a very aromatic and rich laksa noodle with Haianese chicken. They also serve plenty of HK diner food of baked rices, noodles and chops. If you dine at lunch or after 9 pm the specials are $6.99 including a hot beverage of your choice. Good value for tasty, well portioned food.

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Neighborhood Haunt for Cambie Street Residents
By latelier of SE Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 26, 2005 - 9:42am [Dine in]

I have visited this place on several occasions, and usually with friends. Clientele is mostly made of locals and Chinese. The food here isn't particularly spectacular nor cheap in price, especially the Steak and Prawn sizzling platter I had. The steak was not a steak per se..it was a hunk of beef thrown over cooked on a grill, and sauced too heavily. I come mostly for the ambience, and there are lots of young Chinese who frequent this place late into the evening. If you must come, come for the happy hour specials. The entrees are a little on the sub-par side.

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Best in Class
By teri604 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

This is probably the best Hong Kong Style Cafe in Vancouver in terms of food quality, variety, taste and value. Must try are: Hainan chicken, dried pork chop and beef brisket. Everything is tasty, you can't go wrong. Be sure to make reservations, line up could be long during peak meal times.

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Very busy restaurant serving decent food
By jennko of Vancouver (86 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 2:43am [Dine in]

I came here with 2 other friends of mine for lunch last week and the place was very crowded. People were packed at the entrance to wait for tables. Anyways, I had a chicken laksa noodle bowl and it was alright, pretty good for a HK style cafe. My friend's seafood laksa looked pretty good (I guess it's just like mine). Another friend of mine had some grilled meat with vegg and she had no complaints on it though I didn't ask her on how it was. Overall, I will still come back here whenever my friends wanna go over there or if i'm in the area.

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Too bad they're closing
By yummitummi of Vancouver (46 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is reportedly closing in April, so I came here with some extended family members (my first time here, but the others had been here before).
Food: Really, really big portions. I don't think anyone could finish their order. I had the baked pork chops on rice and ate half of it. Food was tasty and hot, and brought out quickly. Prices are reasonable considering the portion sizes.
Service: Typical of most other HK-style restaurants, but the server was not difficult to find, and tea glasses were refilled when empty.
Ambiance: Clean and bright. A little noisy when it got crowded, but not that bad.

They're open late and have a special "mini-set" menu for before 6 pm or after 9 pm. I'll try to go there again before they close up shop.

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Don't eat here, EVER!
By semipicky of Vancouver (42 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

(Cantonese reviewer) The only reason why I gave 2 stars for food rating is because their french toast was pretty good. ($6 with hot drink) But one decent thing on the menu can't uphold an entire (relatively) big cafe! What kind of cafe can't even serve a drinkable coffee? My family and I of four ordered 4 items which included 4 drinks. Firstly, the waitress got one drink order wrong. Whatever. The problem was none of the drinks were drinkable, forget tasty. There was a cold milk tea (gross!), hot milk tea (how hard is it to make milk tea!?), hot lemon tea (gross!) coffee (how can you possibly screw this up?) "Baked pork chop and rice" "baked" ox tongue spaghetti and blackpepper beef sirloin and rice. These weren't baked at the slighest, the tomato sauce was digusting, it was worse than no name's tomato sauce because there was absolutely no taste, no salt, no herbs, nothing. it was so bland, the rice was so mushy, the porkchops were almost inedible. The oxtongue dish was even worse, it was just so tasteless! These are the most common dishes in a hk cafe.......if they can't get these right, it's an indication of how lousy the cafe is.

What angers me is the crowd they had for lunch. Are people so easily taken on the clean. spacious setup of the cafe, and the affordable dishes? ($7 including a hot drink)

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Consistently serving good food!
By me_and_food of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 2, 2007 - 9:33pm [Dine in]

Came and ate here around 9, right when they started to serve late night mini-set meals. The noodles and rice are tasty, and its agreeable with the prices. The service is decent but the food comes quick! Will definitly come again!

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Great menu, reasonably priced.
By homercdn of vancouver east (17 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 29, 2010 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

A friend and I visted this place for lunch.
I've been here before with family and the food is always good.
A great selection of HK style foods reasonably priced.
Anyways, we lunched early and the food was good, as usual.
By lunch time, the place was packed.
I would recommend this place to anyone wanting good food and service for a reasonable price.
btw, the bathrooms seem to be much cleaner than the majority of similar restaurants around town. We were there early and so the washrooms were already cleaned and fresh - even with scent candles burning in the restrooms.
(although, I found it weird as to why they put ice cubes in the men's urinals...)

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Don't order vegetarian dishes here
By ting of Richmond, Vancouver (29 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 5, 2005 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

Unless you love canned / frozen vegetables. I ordered a Baked Portugeuse Veggie Rice - and received a mix of frozen baby carrots, frozen peas, canned waxed yellow / green beans in a less than satisfying Portugeuse sauce with not enough cheese nor spices.

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Cantonese Speaking Receive Preference
By lorenziano of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 7, 2005 - 3:36pm [Dine in]

If you have no idea of what is curry ox tongue on rice , baked Portulgese Style chicken on rice , mince beef on rice , baked pork chop on rice , and curry brisket on rice , and speak little or no cantonese and not "fast", you are completely toast with their service.

Their food is not that spectacular judging from local Hong Kong Standard and their price is faily reasonable in that area.

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One of the better HK style cafes I've been to.
By fortywinks of Downtown, Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2009 - 2:29am [Dine in]

I might have been a little generous with my ratings, but thats because with HK style cafes I think this is as good as it gets. very clean, decent service.. best of all is the food!! i've only had the pork chop on spaghetti (i order it every time i come) but it seems like the other dishes are good as well. i think its great value for the price.. if you're not looking for anything too fancy this fits the bill.

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My favourite HK Style Cafe
By lush0000 of Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 10:46pm [Dine in]

First off, please note that I'm rating this restaurant against other similar HK style cafe places, and when I say the food is a "5- Incredible" - I don't mean its a 5 star French restaurant heaven, I mean it's one of the best in the ranks of Vancouver HK style cafes.

Anyways, I have been to this place for over a year now and I must say that I disagree with a few of the reviews below, perhaps I have always been lucky but I have always been pleased by what I ate here.

Food: I'll review what I or my friends have eaten...
-Baked Spaghetti: tastes different from the pasta you get at western restaurants, though you can't quite say what it is that makes it different. However, the sauce is rich and meaty, and when smothered and baked with the cheese, it's delicious.
-Baked Pork Chop with Rice: one of the HK cafe staples, the pork chop is crunchy and the rice is well done.
-Gloucester House Special Fried Rice: delicious, with a bit of a smoky aftertaste.
-Mixed Grill: you get such good value for your money! Where else can you get such large cuts of pork, lamb, beef, + a fried egg AND a sausage AND bacon? With rice/spaghetti and soup with bread too? For $24.99!
-Pan Fried Beef with Noodle: excellent, excellent, with lots of beef.
-Baked Seafood on Rice: creamy and smooth, not for everyone though.

I can't wait to try more...

Service: fast, efficient, can seem gruff at times but I prefer my service to be fast and gruff over slow and kind at these kind of places.

Value: Most dishes come with a drink included (Lemon Tea or Coke being my favourite) and some come with bread and soup. They also have mini-set deals (they aren't really mini in size, though) throughout the day.

Ambiance: not much to write about. Clean, colors are a little old but I never really bother as long as it's clean.

Go and try eating here just once, and see if you dont go back!! I would be very surprised if you didnt...all of my friends have, even the ones who claimed right after the meal that they weren't impressed. Good deal for your money and family-friendly as well!

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asian western food fusion
By hobojo3 of Vancouver (Kerrisdale) (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 2, 2012 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

i nhad the seafood baked rice, it's one of the things i was taught to see how good a resturant is. the key is enough sauce and lots of seafood, if its skimpy on seafood, its probly a stingy boss, but if lots of seafood and taste fresh, ur golden. There were lots of sea food to rice, and many varity of seafood in my rice. So everythign went well, but i wish they served beer....

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Outstanding: for an HK cafe
By ms-sunshine of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 16, 2007 - 1:21am [Dine in]

Good Service and Great convenience shine through in this HK style cafe. There are not many late night HK style cafes that are open as late and are as clean as this place. Their late night menu is very reasonably priced at $6-10 and it includes a hot/cold drink of your choice. I particularly enjoy their Macau style pork chop bun w/fries. I will def revisit.

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