Taiwanese style cafe serving bubble tea, snacks and rice/noodle combos.
While there are many HK-style "tea" restaurants in town, this one seems to be more like a Taiwan style version.
The owners apparently moved here from Vancouver Island (hey, it's livelier here) and the specialty is a pork dish, so be sure you order that. By itself it is quite decent, but it needs to be dipped in the sauce to finish it off. There are other smaller dishes of vegetables, meats, etc.
Of course they also have the "usual" assortment of teas, bubble tea, fruit juice/milk etc. It's all quite yummy and a nice change from the usual "HK-style" fare.
When we were there, service was quite friendly and the owner seems a really jolly guy. Restaurant is newly renovated it seems and is a modern, clean decor.
Even though it is right in the middle of Cambie street construction, it was very packed when we went, so it must be good.
Corner 23 is a rare sit-in bubble tea establishment on the westside but at the same time we weren't expecting the world.
Typical bubble tea accompaniments were ordered: fish cake, fried tofu and green onion pancake - and they're pretty usual as far as snack foods go. They have a large menu of drinks and going with lychee slushes and milk tea is usually safe, as is here. The lychee flavour tasted a little tame, though based on the little bits floating they may very well passed on the syrup, a good thing. At least from what I remember, the prices on the drinks seem a
We had a few of the staff wait on us, but one kept speaking to us in Mandarin. Luckily we could make out what he was trying to say and a simple yes/no answer sufficed. Otherwise, service felt a smidge better than comparables but nothing worth raving over.
The space looks alright for afar, and shoddily put together up close. It has an asian-modern look to it, while feeling cheap at the same time.
This place isn't leaps and bounds great, but it's definitely better than many without going into Richmond.
I always come here at night to hang out w my friends cuz I think it's the only bubble tea place w pretty good food in the area. Their most popular item is the pork feet and I always have for take out when I go there cuz i think it is a bit too hard so I would just steam it for half hour when i get home. Their food is pretty good in general, compared to other bbt food though I don't remember which dishes I ordered last time (2 months ago). Their bbt is also pretty good, they come in pretty big glasses too. I will definitely come again for late night snack before midnight, cuz i think they close at midnight.
Popular, bustling Taiwanese restaurant/bubble tea house in the Cambie/King Ed area.
I ordered their Spicy Beef Noodle Soup. Upon seeing the large tender chunks of beef, thick homemade noodles, and a big whopping bowl of soup served with a large wooden ladle, I got excited! Only to be disappointed by the overwhelmingly sweet taste of the stewed meat and soup! Additionally, there was not enough heat or complexity in the soup.
However, I did appreciate the courteous, friendly service - when they did attend to my needs. Overall I think the servers cared about their customers (prompt greeting, saying thank-you and goodbye), its just that they need to work on coordinating and polishing their front-of-house skills.
I know, I'm being picky here, but this place shows a lot of promise! I would love to be wowed upon my second visit.
We arrived about 5 minutes before closing and the friendly staff was happy to seat us and get us to order before the kitchen closed down. On first entry the place is very well put together, all the tables, and chairs are brand new and it feels very fresh.
The food arrived (Spicy Beef Soup, Fried chicken) and it was good. It's the type of food you crave late at night and Corner 23 did a reasonably good job to fill the craving. I'm pretty picky about my Bubble Tea, but Corner 23 delivered my regular Mango Slush (obviously from real mango and not a syrup) and it made the trip worthwile. As we're in the area, we'll be back... but an improvement in the food would make it a no brainer.
Food and pricing equal outstanding value here in comparison to other Taiwanese fast food joints. In comparison to its Richmond peers, Corner 23 is solid. Service staff is abundant and responsive. Parking is terrible on busy days however but this is pretty minor imho.
Chicken nuggets + TW beef noodle soup are the awesome here!
My wife and I will continue to come back for sure.
I've been to many of the Taiwanese cafes around Vancouver and some in Richmond. I come here quite often because it's convenient and not bad, but I never expect that much out of these types of restaurants because it's more of a cultural and social thing than actual good food or whatnot. These types of restaurants are usually filled with teenagers or those in their twenties.
There's nothing really wrong with this place I guess, but there's nothing particularly special about it either. As with most restaurants, a lot depends on what you order and personal taste. You come in here expecting the best Taiwanese snacks and bubble tea in the world? You're going to be disappointed. You come in here expecting crap, you might be surprised. That being said, there are some things I'd recommend. Obviously, the pork hock is their specialty and I'd say it's pretty good, especially with the sauce, but not cheap. The hot and sour soup is pretty good as well. In summary, I'd say the snack type foods are quite nice but the meal dishes are sub par. I have to agree with another reviewer about the Chicken with Three Spice. Bad value and taste. Also, I would NOT recommend their curry. There was also another chicken dish that I forget the name of that I thought tasted good but the dish was FULL of onions and very little chicken. Definitely wouldn't say it was worth its price but that's characteristic of all Taiwanese cafes.
The attitude of the servers is to get you seated, give you your food, and make sure you're on your way as soon as possible. Because business is good, of course they don't want to lose customers who are too impatient to wait for an empty table. There are enough people working there for the service to be efficient, though its far from personal.
Food: Delicious taiwanese style dishes, with tasty side dishes. The noodles in soup are great as well.
Service: This is where this cafe stands out. Usually the service level in many of these HK/Taiwanese cafes are a little below average (short answers, hurried servers etc.). However, it was excellent at corner 23, even beyond other restaurant standards (and I am not a Chinese speaker). Service with a smile, with courtesy and efficiency. Perfect!
Value: the meals aren't as big as some other places, but it's still filling and the prices are good for someone wanting a meal for under $10.
Ambiance: clean, neat, well-lit.
The only downside is that it's cash only, but other than that, I think I will be going back!
We visited this restaurant in our neighbourhood on the strength of a recommendation of tasty, good value Taiwanese food. We were disappointed on virtually all counts. Decor was OK, and we were served relatively promptly. We ordered the soup dumplings and a fried tofu dish. The fried tofu was somewhat palatable. The soup dumplings were bland and lukewarm - and the third dumpling (I did not try more) produced a foot-long hair. After bringing this to the waitresses attention, and waiting about 10 minutes, we were offered a lukewarm apology and a 15% discount. Needless to say, we will not be back.
Kimchi fried rice was not using real kimchi, instead of chili powder and some sort of cabbages, which was terrible, never expected that coming. A plate of sauteed veggie , cost nearly $10 but portion is small.
Service is good, after tried quite a few dishes, I would prefer to go back to another Taiwanese restaurant on Kingsway, Burnaby.
Sure, the food was decent. I had the pork hock combo and it was good. Other than that, I haven't tried anything else. But I wouldn't go back...to dine in, at least. There was only 3 tables and the service was beyind horrible. Worst part was they all had a long face like some tragedy has happened and you are the one to blame. My dog can serve better than them.
In short, even if the food is pretty good, I'd rather go somewhere else and get actual service.
It is HARD to find a decent bubble tea eatery outside of richmond. Corner 23 has a SOLID menu with a really good milk tea.
Value is a 3 because most of these bubble tea eatery are priced the same (except for pearl castle, but that place is only for royalties)
Definitely give this place a try
I have been to this place several times for lunch, and now it has become my first choice for lunch at work. I don't eat pork hock myself, and usually order other items such as fried rice w/char siu and salted chicken nuggets. The food portion is quite large, so I can usually pack up the remainder for another meal afterwards. The salted chicken nuggets come with rice and three side items, all of which are quite delicious.
I am most impressed with their service. The waiters/waitresses are very well-trained, gentle, polite and attentive. When you wave at them, they come very quickly, unlike some other restaurants where you get frustrated getting the waiters/waitresses to come by. If a dish takes a long time to cook, they will remind you at the very beginning. On ambience, I like their choice of music (mostly contemporary Taiwanese, David Tao, Soda green etc), but the smell is a bit strong at times.
I enjoyed the food very much. The food portions are quite large. We had to pack some away at the end.
The pig knuckles are supposed to be their specialty dish, so we ordered to try it out. It was really nice.
However, I have to agree with one of the reviews that there was an revolting smell as you walk in. It smells like something really old. I wish they could be informed so they can get rid of it. I soon forgot about it after a while as the food had taken my mind away.
The dishes we ordered include their signature Wan luan pork hock, which is good with its sauce and the pork isn't too fatty. Oyster with Egg Pancake is not that good if you have tried it in Taiwan; not enough contents and they seem to chop the large oyster into smaller pieces.
Courteous service attitude. But we had to wait awhile before a waiter attended us with tea, slower than other restaurants.
The prices are within good range, they have combos too.
First at the entrance outside the restaurant, there's a disgusting smell but we assume it's from the sewage cuz once we're inside the smell's gone.
First of all, EatsFats, I'm assuming that you started this restaurant's new tab... Are you crazy? Corner 23's location is not part of East Van.
The food there was okay, I don't think that I ordered the right stuff though (or else it might have been better) You should try out the house special fried noodles and the oyster pancake, both were really good. The waiters there were super friendly and the decoration was really clean and crisp. HOWEVER, you will not be able to have a proper conversation going on at your table due to those obnoxiously loud blenders they use to make the drinks!
Oh, and if you're REALLY picky about parking, you will have to walk a little bit (like a block or 2) to get to the restaurant, since parking behind the place is limited.
I'll definitely give this place a try again.
Been here 3 times in the last month.
Love their Hot & Sour Noodle Soup - the right amount of thickness and spicy-ness for the broth, lots of veggies/seafood too. The beef spicy noodle soup is good too - good flavour, not too spicy and lots of beef, with just the right of amount of noodles. Both soups are $6.95 each - great deal.
My kids had the shrimp fried rice and the wonton noodle soups. The fried rice was a big dish (I believe it's $7.95 - correct me if I'm wrong) and the wonton (although small dumplings) were very good ($5.95).
I believe I'll be a regular.
Once you walk in it's hard to ignore the smell of the place, It's just disgusting and it doesn't fade even as you leave.
Food was pretty good, had beef noodles, tried the pork hock, and a few others. Bubble tea was made with fresh strawberries :) but wasn't cold enough.
I would really come back here but I just can't stand the smell
Two nights ago, I went with my family there for a casual dinner. I ordered their deluxe hotpot with a side of 3 spice Chicken.
The service was okay, but took a long time for the food to arrive, approx. 20-25min?
I was so disappointed in my order of the 3 spice chicken. What they did was they sliced the chicken drumsticks in 1 cm cuts and deep fried it. The chicken ended up tough, shredded, and covered in bits of chicken bone. It was impossible to swallow. The hotpot was nothing special either.
I am just disappointed and thought they should do better than this. I don't think I'll be coming back for a long, long time.
I have heard many compliments of this place from different friends over the years but never had the chance to try it until a few months ago.
My friend and I had Hot and Sour Soup, beef roll, Fried Taro cake, "dou su" cod and another dish. Everything was good, especially the "dou-su" cod, which was made differently from other restaurants. It is actually quite soft, like steamed cod except with "dou su" on top.
Their service was exceptional as well. I was being real clumsy that day and dropped my chopstick twice. The first time I asked for a new pair, the waiter happily handed me one. The second time I dropped the chopstick I didn't want to bother the waiter again. So while I was debating whether or not to just wipe the chopstick with my napkin, the waiter popped up and handed me a new one. That deserves a 5 IMO.
The price is solid, I would say it's in the cheaper 50% of Taiwanese styled cafes. Our bill came out to be $25 for the two of us but we've ordered quite a few dishes.
The ambiance, like the previous reviewer said, is quite modern, and clean as well.
All in all will definitely go back to this place. Highly recommended if you're in the mood for some Taiwanese styled cafe.