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Golden Oscar Cafe & Restaurant

3868 Rupert Street
Vancouver, BC V5R6E4
Tel: (604) 437-8138
Neighbourhood: East Side

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HK-style diner/greasy spoon
By Devore of Vancouver (downtown) (16 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 9:37am [Dine in]

It's not a fancy place, and ratings reflect the style. Definitely don't expect some high end super attentive service, and it might a while to catch someone's eye, as is typical for such an establishment. They'll take your order, bring the food and bill, and are a friendly bunch. Expect fare typical of the HK-style diner, with cheap western-chinese "fusion" dishes, with a good helping of grease. Portions are good size, too large, really, the quality of the meats is so-so. Particularly, beef brisket is about average, not too much fat, good amount of red meat. I would substitute out honey-garlic sauce for something else, like black pepper or garlic sauce, because I think they take the name a bit too literally.

Lunch menu is quite extensive, and a good sampling of the full dinner menu. Lunch specials come with the day's soup (either some kind of cream soup or chinese borsch, ie vegetable soup) and a hot or cold drink. While the soup is plain and never anything special, for drinks I recommend hot milk tea, as it is typically very good, though does vary day to day a little; sometimes it is too strong. Food can be a bit bland, but I think that's due to underuse of salt/MSG, a good thing surely! so you can salt/pepper/soy sauce to taste.

One thing of note food quality-wise, chicken steak can be somewhat undercooked sometimes, a trend I notice here recently (early 2014). Never had any issue with any of the other meats (beef brisket, short ribs, pork, fish).

In summary, a good place to hit for lunch, and good value for money. You will part with $10-11 for the specials, after taxes and tips.

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Cheap eats
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 2:29pm [Dine in]

Please note my value rating reflects special dining hours, which usually applies when I'm there (either lunch time or after 9pm). My boyfriend and I ordered a meal each: pan fried rice noodle w/ beef, and black pepper spaghetti w/ chicken. They each came with a drink for under $7 each. Pretty large sizes too.

For that price, it paid to wait a bit later to have dinner - cheaper than cooking at home!

The ambiance improved a bit since my last visits, but everything else was consistant from at least 8 years ago.

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Good food and not much else
By applepie of Burnaby (127 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 4:24pm [Dine in]

I have been to Golden Oscar a few times, and they have always had tasty food, generous portions and good prices. We ordered baked pork chop on rice, and stir-fried rice noodles. We were happy with both. Service is pretty much non-existent - the bus girl wanted me to help clear the table for her today. Having said that, I think they still deserve a 2 for service because they are awfully fast. And ambience - it's one busy, noisy place at lunch. Go there just for the food, and you won't be disappointed.

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Good HK Style Greasy Spoon
By diningRL of East Vancouver (65 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 11:38am [Dine in]

Judging from many previous posts, I guess Oscar's signature dish is their baked pork chop on rice. No surprise, this is what I ordered and it was pretty satisfying. Pretty sure it's not the healthiest thing with all the cheese and grease and all, but if you're stopping by Oscar's or the typical HK style eatery, you're probably not thinking healthy eating.

Nothing to add on the Ambiance since it's pretty neutral. Service is not the greatest, but for $7 a dish, you can't hold that against them.

It's open late.

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Good food, good value but veeeery poor service.
By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 29, 2008 - 2:27pm [Dine in]

This use to be one the restaurants in my neighbourhood that I USE to frequently visit. After my most recent visit was when I realized why this restaurant is no longer one of my first choices.

I had ordered a baked pork chop on rice, which came with a soup of the day and a drink. I ordered a lemon tea, with the lemon tea on side (I can't bare seeing the oil from the skin of the lemon floating on the top of my tea). The waitress I couldn't do that. I said "what????" She said "I guess we can, but we would prefer you not ask for that" combined with a very unplesant look. I gave her a very surprised and blank look. She said "I'll see what I could do". I don't think I was asking her to harvest the lemon from florida, what was the problem?????

However, the owners that I've dealt with, were very nice. Very nice lady and very nice man. What the hell happened to the waitresses???

The food there is very decent for a HK cafe style restaurant.

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A solid choice
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 25, 2006 - 12:18am [Dine in]

I usually walk past this place when I am heading to Little Caesar's or when I am picking up some groceries from Chong Lee Market. For some reason today I finally decided to give it a try. The place is nice and clean and the servers are friendly enough. The food is nothing spectacular. It is solid and about what you would expect.

Since I was with 3 friends I got to try a variety of dishes, including eggplant w/shredded pork, beef noodles and soy sauce, Malaysian curry noodles, and seafood fried rice. They were all good enough, but nothing to go out of your way for either. The borscht and the dong cafe were not terrific, but not awful. The big problem was finding a parking space. This little mall is always jammed. Once you get over that hurdle it is clear sailing.

If you are in the area give it a try. G-O is a good choice for when you crave some comfort food and you don't have the energy to drive to Richmond.

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Cheap & Oily
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 11:49am [Dine in]

Went here on a Sunday afternoon because my hubby was craving HK style tea yet again. We had the beef veggie stir fry vermicelli and the beef tongue spaghetti. Decent sized mini meals that comes with soup and a drink, but that's about it. Extremely oily and the tea was terrible! It's cheap and fast and opens late, but only warrants a visit if you're in a hurry.

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Extremely poor service
By yummm of Surrey (36 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

I used to be a regular of this restaurant but stopped going after several disappointing experiences. The worst one was the last time we went which was about two months ago, when the potatoes in our curry beef brisket rice had obviously gone bad. They tasted funny with a very unappetizing smell. We had always ordered this dish on our every visit so we knew how they were supposed to taste. Reported to the waitress, who ignored our concern by saying "really?" and walking away. We then tried to address the issue to the owner / manager politely. He became angry and said the potatoes were completely fine and that was the right taste. For our health, we ended up leaving the whole plate untouched.
The entire family was choked by the way we were treated, and all agreed that the owner was extremely unreasonable and rude. He made us look like scammers who were trying to get a free meal......a meal that was $7...Unbelievable!
We will never go back to this restaurant again.

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Best Baked Seafood Rice in town!
By arsenic_girl of Burnaby (32 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 15, 2006 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

I think other HK Cafes in town (eg. Honolulu) are better than Oscar for most of the dishes (and you usually get free cold drinks at other places, instead of having to pay 50 cents extra), but Oscar is still very worth it for the Mini Set Meals (after 9pm). The Baked Seafood Rice is better than all others in the city, and is full of sauce and multiple types of seafood (one of each shrimp, scallop, cod, squid, and mussel), with lots of cheese baked on top. For $7 (with a cold drink, after tax), it's a steal!

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Good Selection And Reliable
By lazyhusband of Burnaby (31 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 6, 2006 - 11:50pm [Dine in]

An all around good HK style cafe to try. Offers a large selection of drinks. I recommend the hone dow bing (red bean on crushed ice drink) for those late night visits and the clubhouse sandwich. They also have early morning specials that are quite the deal. This place won't blow you away but it's the type of place that you can rely on when you are looking for a fast, decent priced and quality meal when you are not in the mood to cook. Cash only.

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Great Baked Pork Chop on Rice enough for 2 meals
By occdiner of Surrey (25 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

Went here on lunch with co-workers and most pack their dinner as well. Baked Pork Chop on Rice cost $8.50. It comes with 2 hugh pork chop. It is crispy. You can smell they actually put cheese on top and you can use your fork to stretch the cheese like you do with pizza. The rice was fried before it was put in the dish. Most people could only finish 1 of the 2 pork chop and pack up the other half for dinner. When I microwave the left over, the people next to me asked what's smell so good.

The only complain I have is with the soup. It's creme of mushroom, but the mushroom are so big it's obvious not cooked enough.

The milk tea drink is good, but I think they use a smaller cup than other restaurant.

Service is okay. They are pretty friendly and patient. I was surprised they didn't give us the bill right after they took away the food. I guess we must've visited during slow time.

I would definitely come back for the baked pork chop again.

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food is always hot and yummy
By canuckie of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 10, 2012 - 11:08am [Dine in]

when I dine here I always enjoy the Curry Beef and rice. the beef is always nice and tender slices of meat.

the vermicelli and pork with preserved veggies is also great, soup is flavourful and portion is generous.

my kids enjoy the fried rice and fried noodles.

all in all a pretty great place to bring a hungry family!!!

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Decent HK style cafe for this area
By PeskyPescetarian of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 11, 2009 - 2:57am [Dine in]

I come here quite often because I live minutes away and I got used to it. The food is decent and consistent but some dishes are better than others. It's pretty much trial and error. The service ranges from really great to over the top horrible. Sometimes so bad that it's funny. Me and my buddy are regulars now and we tip more than the average patron so we get pretty good service but I can see why other 'Canadian' customers might be appalled by the service sometimes. You really have to know where you are and adapt. I go to many fast/cheap chinese eatery's to eat a quick cheap meal because it beats cooking at home. It's when people go to these places for an 'awesome dining experience' that they run into problems and decide to vent and rant on sites like this one. Overall I think this place is pretty good for what you pay.

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Solid good eats!
By bumblebee7 of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 2:24pm [Dine in]

I go to Oscar when I just don't know what to eat! I usually avoid lunch time and dinner and come after 2:30 or 9:30 PM, when they have their mini-meal specials. Items range $6.00 and up and come with a beverage. These are smaller than the size they normall serve at lunch and dinner - which gives me the excuse to order more to share! Nevertheless, one order is plenty for one person.

hmm... I have noticed that the portions for dinner are smaller than usual since they've switched to fancier plates... who knows.

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Pretty Good Baked Pork Chop on Rice =)
By cee-licious of Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

Was in the area and very hungry so decided to stop by Golden Oscars. Havn't been there lately and normally go to Honolulu because the roads are pretty bad with construction there. Always have my usual baked porl chop on rice. Very yummy and tastes a little better then before. I think they battered their pork chop different or something but it seems extra crispy and they give you two pieces of meat this time. Better yet, NO BONES! You should also try it with the white cream sauce as well. Very yummy. Wouldn't go here deliberatly but only if in the area.

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Great little place for less...
By Le_Gourmand of Burnaby (24 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 8, 2006 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

We could never find any decent HK style cafe restaurants near our place, but we frequent Oscars for their late afternoon or late night mini-set meals. For under $6 for both an entree and choice of beverage, it is definitely good value and we're satisfyingly full. Better bring cash, the restaurant does not take credit card or debit card.

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If it was any worse it would be gross
By momo180 of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

Although I have always thought this of Oscar's I still keep going every once and a while because some of their dishes there are usually ok and there's not much else in that neighborhood. Most things from the special menus are usually ok but most other dishes are under par. Service is decent for a chinese restaurant.

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fantastic
By tfavreau of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 4:20am [Dine in]

Looking at some of the reviews you have to take oscars for what it is. A simple HK style diner with low prices, decent food and easy service. The waiters at this restaurant aren't there to place your napkin across your lap or to recommend you a nice desert wine. They are there to provide you with decent food at a great price. This restaurant is always busy and is filled with 95% asian people which proves its continuous success. I will continue to go to Oscar's for as long as it is opened, and highly recommend numerous dishes on their lengthy menu.

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