Congee Noodle House serves Chinese cuisine on East Broadway.
This is my favorite place for wonton! (their noodles are from Hon's) If you get a "Bleach" smell from the noodles, it is because they did not rinse them enough. The wontons are shrimpballs and the broth is not loaded up with MSG. For those who do not know, you should not drink all the broth. You could get an MSG attack.
I have tried their fried rice, curried beef rice,chicken & mushroom congee(Tojo's favorite) Ma pa tofu rice and it has all been good.This is not a large quantity place.
I am perplexed by people complaining about greasy chinese food. Hamburgers, hotdogs,fries,potatoe chips, sausages,fried chicken, bacon, pizzas ribs.....are greasy also. If you do not want greasy food,then don't order it.
I've been coming to the congee noodle house for the past few years and I'll have to say that they have some good food. However, I can't say the same for their service, location or parking. Another thing is that the waitresses are always in such a rush that they might end up forgetting parts of your order...They may even try to short change you or change the prices on you (watch your bill)...Other than that, it's an alright place to eat.
I went here during the lunch rush and had to wait ~10 mins to get a table. This restaurant's decor is similar to Hon's and has a menu similar.
Food: I had a plate of BBQ and it was super duper fantastic. Granted, I like even mediocre duck, but this duck was superb. Meat was tender, and perfectly seasoned. I may have been in heaven for a while. Also shared two rice rolls with my fellow diners, but they were average. But the BBQ made up for it.
Service: Not much to say. Slightly sub-par, but I give them slack for a busy lunch hour. Our tea was not refilled, had to constantly flag down a waitress for order, bill, etc. , but I guess you can't expect service at these types of restaurants. Even though I rated service poor, I come to these restaurants for food, not service, so I would defintely be back.
Ambiance: How is 4 stars possible for a noodle house? Yes, b/c it had the perfect ambiance for a noodle house. There was a glass area to view the chefs making the soups, it was busy, and it was loud. Just the way I like it. It would have gotten a 5 stars if cleaniless was just a little better.
Overall, I will definitely come back to this restaurant.
This is my regular late night Chinese spot - decent BBQ, great congee, and a good selection of the usual Cantonese food - fresh veggies, good noodles, hot pots, et cetera. Service is usually good, occasionally a little bit random - on the other hand, I often get takeout and that's very fast.
Yes, it's loud and kind of cheap looking inside, but if that puts you off, you don't ever have to leave Kitsilano. There's a reason why this place is always full - it's a good, unpretentious neighborhood restaurant.
I love this place and realize that some people wouldn't like. If you don't like the typical noisy Cantonese style restaurants, this not the place for you. The congee here is really good, even my fussy mother gave the congee a thumb up and that's hard to come by from her. The snow pea dish, when available, is always prepared in that simple Cantonese style of flash cooking with hot oil and salt/sesame oild/ginger for seasoning(yummy) the Deep fried spicy tofu is very good here too.
I love ordering shredded pork congee and adding on a raw or preserved egg at the bottom of my congee(yummy).
My cousin on the other hand doesn't like this place, it's too noisym the food is average, and service is rude so she's not invited anymore for our fabulous lunches/dinners there.
Food: My favorites are the soy chicken, clams, pork hock, jellyfish, seabass.
Service: Professionally gracious, efficient, and friendly.
Ambience: Its location and reviews make this a very popular place, and it's very busy during prime hours.
Fantastic won tons. All the food is pretty good and reasonably priced. A must try!
This place is definitely over-rated. Food isnt bad... quite decent but just look at the price. Their dimsum dishes cost more than the nice dimsums that your eat at dimsum places! Congee isnt bad but very thick!! that's my personal preference about congee. Too thick is no good. I must give them credit for decent wontons but I wouldnt nominate them for the best wontons though. I strictly rate wontons with high expectations and my rating for theirs is a 3/5. The quality of their soup, noodle and wonton must compromise. Their soup is a bit salty, noodle is fine, but wonton still does not reach that crunchyness when you bite into it and the size is very typical. Their other specialties suchas BBQ meat and fried noodles arent bad though.
Last week, 3 of my friends went to Congree Noodle house for an evening snack. The restaurant was 1/2 full and the male owner was at the cash till. We ordered a extra large bowl of congree, a small dish of fried fish, a deep fried "donut" and a small meat dish to share between the 4 of us. When we got the bill, we discovered that the bill was overcharged $6.00 plus HST!....$2.00 for each of the items, except for the donut. We grabbed the menu off the small cabinet beside us to verified the amount and found that we were right. We got the waitress, and she said that she made a mistake. Took the bill and made a $2.00 adjustment on the hand-written bill for the congree. She said that they made a mistake on the price. We pointed the $2.00 extra charges on the other 2 items, and she took the bill back to her boss to make another adjustment. She explained that we were charged for a larger sized dishes and that is why they were more expenses....we were upset and show her the menu, to say there was only one size for these other 2 dishes. To Cheat us was bad enough, but to LIE to us was unexcessable.
We told our other friends and they said that they were also overcharged in the past by this restaurant. We never check the prices on the bill only the number of items. From now on, we will be checking the items, and the prices. We will not be going back to this restaurant and will warn others about the dishonest owners.
We also knew that the bill would not be reported to Revenue Canada, because it is a cash only bill and it could not be traced. We checked with our friends from Revenue Canada and they said that the restaurant would most likely be cheating the TAX department.
After this restaurant opened up after their renovations, it's still just as good! The place is much more cleaner and has some new facelifts here and there.
I come here with my family almost once a week to fill in my congee intake. I love the meatball congee with a freshly made sweet chinese donut. Ah, comfort food to ease my hunger pains.
We usually order the regular dishes, wonton noodle, congee, chinese donut wrapped with rice noodle, and a fry noodle dish. The food is consistent and tasty. I noticed that they really levelled off the msg in the congee and their soup base. Good for them! I'm sensitive to msg, so nice to be able to enjoy the food without downing so much tea and water to fill me up!
The waitresses are nice too, sometimes they can have a bad day, don't blame them when they encounter grouchy or demanding customers. At least a couple of them recognize us and always gives us a smile and good service. Pays to be nice to them and in return get niceness back!
very good food asual.so glad it's open again after being closed for reno's.I been going there for years and never had a bad meal.prices are very affordable and good size portions
it's the best chinese food on Broadway.it gets pretty packed but it's worth every minute that you have to wait.take out taste just as good
A good place to eat. The restaurant is very large and can serve maybe up to 200+ people. There is ample free parking at the rear of the building and they are open to 1:00am weekdays and to 2:00am on Fri and Sat. This is a cash only place. They also do take-out and have BBQ items at the front to take-out.
The food is varied from congee to wonton to noodle and rice dishes. The deep-fried smelt with salt and chili is quite good. The food price, quality and quantity of food makes this place a good value on the price for quantity/quality scale. Items are fresh and of good to excellent quality.
The negative of this place is the average to poor service. The hosts sometimes forget to bring items or take too long getting it. A frequent problem is getting your tea refilled. They don't have a pot of tea for the table so you have to wait to get it refilled if you can signal a host. If you have patience then this is not a problem.
Overall it is a good place to take family or friends for good solid food. This is not a fancy place nor is it a budget place.
I've been going there for a few years now and I like this place not just for the great value but the servers are pretty good and the food is pretty fresh and therefore tasty. This is a noodle house and as that it ranks pretty high compared to other noodle houses. If only it were closer to my home so I could walk there every day. Oh and I lovvvve that it's open late at night.