A Hong-Kong Style Cafe with a Bistro-like menu bordering between Chinese cuisine and International-Western style cuisine. Perhaps best known for their "afternoon tea time / happy hour specials" that offer smaller portions of meals that come with a choice of cold or hot beverage. Potently caffeinated Hong Kong style coffee and milk teas are addictive and a staple with the regulars.
I had a lot of good memory dining at Honolulu Cafe...the Richmond location which is now gone. How foolish was I to try to look for the same memory at this Kingsway location. Because of the location, I sometimes come over to meet my friend for lunch during weekdays. I am not such a picky eater however, enough time I tried out the fried noodles, which should be the most simple to make, turned out to be pretty bland and lacking flavour. Then tried the currey, I mean how can any HK cafe screw up on the currey...wrong!!! with though as boot beef brisket and sauce which doesn't taste remotely like the flavourful currey I always crave :(
Service wise I still want to give some points out because the ladies working there still do a good job serving customers. They were very prompt and polite about my request.
Value wise, I found it to be on the cheaper range among other HK cafe, average $1 less per dish compare to the richmond ones....but hey, you get what you paid for.
Ambiance: I mean usualy I don't expect much ambiance from an HK cafe. But at least the Richmond location was nice and clean. This one was just messy, especially behind the service counter. I just don't think any guy with a rational mind would choose this place for a dinner date.
I guess the Richmond Honolulu will only live in my memory.
Food: I suggest the baked section, french toast, and BREAKFAST (You get a drink plus 3 other items, such as omlette, french toast, and noodles at the price ofo $5.50)
Service: Although they might not be that friendly at times, I think it is because they've been working there for over five years. Fast service though.
Value: Definitely worth it, especially breakfast!
Ambiance: Very relaxing. You can talk as loud as you want. Although it might not be that pretty, it's a great place to hang out with your friends.
I dined here with my little sister. We liked it better when the place wasn't renovated. Ever since renovations, portions seem to be getting smaller and smaller. I've been there about 10 times ever since the renovations, but this will be my last time. The portions were not filling, and there wasn't much taste to the food. I wished I would have cooked some instant noodles at home instead! I'm not a big girl by any means, I'm pretty petite for my size, and a health nut, so to say the portions were small is no joke.
The prices have gone up too. I would not recommend coming here unless you have a dire craving for quick Chinese food and can't get it elsewhere. Save your money and eat at the many other places along Kingsway.
Went for early dinner and thus ordered from the special set menus. Ordered the house special sizzling plate, baked spaghetti bolognaise, and cod and tofu on rice. Everything was very tasty and there was so much that we ended up taking half the food home. Service is what it is; I don't think anyone going here ever expects it to be anything great. My only complaint is that the early bird specials always come with a free drink and if you order any kind of pop, it is always flat and slightly warm. It's because they don't refrigerate it and simply pour it from the room temperature bottle over a cup with some ice. I know that I am in the minority who does not like the various HK style coffees, teas, and Horlicks but would it kill them to put some Coke in the fridge.
Service: even more insulting
Overall: big let-down (except the ice lemon tea)
We go to Hong Kong style tea restaurant very often. We have visited this Honolulu on Kingsway 3 times in the past 2 months. The first time, we were impressed. The food was good, and the ice lemon tea was great. They had the right type of crushed ice.
The second time, the service was not as good. When the soup came, the bowl had more bones than soup. The food was a let-down, too. Dry and some looked worse than left-over.
Our last visit, the ice lemon tea was as good as usual. We ordered gailan stir fry with sausage. Half of the dish was cold. How can that be possible when they insisted that it was freshly cooked? The waitress appeared to be helpful and offered to heat up the dish.
However, after she "heat it up", it was colder than before she took it away. Apparently, the waitress thought their customers were so stupid that they couldn't even tell the temperature of the food. To be fair, after talking to the owner, we didn't pay for that particular dish. Of course, no more return and it's out from my list. (Too bad for the ice lemon tea.)
I tried this restaurant a year ago and the food and service was awful then. We were hungry one night last week and notice that they have recently expanded and renovated the restaurant. Perhaps new owner? We thought we give it try. It was roughly about 10:30pm on Tuesday night and there were still quite a number of table occupied. That's a good sign. Anyhow, we ordered the singapore fried vermicelli, fried rice and roti. The signapore fried vermicelli did not taste anything like it and the fried rice was oily and salty. The only thing that was good was the roti, except they put dried shredded beef jerky, which tasted weird. My overall experience for the second time was not great and I will not go back there again. Also, each entree costs roughly 6 bucks and it comes with a complimentary drink. I guess it a good deal if you are really hungry and just want to fill you stomache.
Only really good thing about is that it is cheap and quick. They have renovated a little recently, and I think that even the quality of the food has improved, after I've spent the last couple of weeks complaining about how our regular lunch hangouts are all going downhill.
Has a good selection as typical for a cheap Hong Kong style eatery, and pretty standard fare as far as service, prices, cleanliness, taste and quality. You get what you pay for, walk in expecting nothing more.
I usually go there and order either the two larger dishes or the three smaller dishes combo. It usually comes in around the 20$ range.
Very good portions, and of course, comes with rice and tea. I think if you order the larger dishes it comes with some basic kinda soup too. They even have a HongKong style cafe menu as well.
Never really had any problems with the food or service. Just an all round good value for the meal Chinese restaurant. Loads of choices to pick from. We have been there at least a dozen times or more already.
What's with the dusty flowers and greasy floors?
Don't these owners have any pride in their restaurants?
Having customers sitting in the corner next to the take-out containers and plastic flowers is just tacky.
The $6 dishes were good. The calamari was very salty. Place was busy, but again, show some pride.
This is my first visit to a Hong Kong Cafe style restaurant. I generally eat szechuan, cantonese or mandarin. My friend loves Honolulu cafe, so a group of us went there for dinner. The menu sorta reminded me of a Canadian/Chinese restaurant, because they had stuff like french fries and steak. I trusted my friend to do the ordering. The food came flying out of the kitchen within 5 or 10 minutes. I tried everything once. It was just okay. The only dishes I had a second helping of was the deep fried squid and deep fried prawns. The prices were very good. Service is efficient, but they managed to mix up my drink order twice and they were kinda impatient and irked with me when I tried to explain the mix up. The dining area seemed reasonably clean and very bright, but another friend of mine told me that on the way to the washroom, he noticed how dirty the kitchen was. I'm glad I didn't see it. There are plenty of restaurants in Vancouver that I've yet to try, so I won't bother coming back here.
I can't really remember what I had now, I think it was a seafood baked rice. You can't go wrong with baked rice. It was very tasty and saucy.
My date had cod fish with corn. It was tasty as well.
It was rather busy, we were lucky we didn't have to wait long for a table. Don't let the looks bother you, the food is good.
As usual, all HK style cafes come with a free drink. So its high value.
We went to the restaurant yesterday and had a very interesting experience. My tolerance with not 100% clean restaurants were pretty high but I guess this is topping my list.
I mean, food was decent. But everything else was a mess. The utensils were dirty, plates had unknown food particles on them... flies everywhere. And this is the best part, they had electric fly swatters and swatting the flies, right by the tables you are sitting. I'd be surprised that you don't get a dead fly or two in your food.
I didn't have much of an appetite after that.
You can always get a cheaply priced good hearty meal here. Friendly staff always make you feel at home whether its your first time here or you are a regular, and I cant get enough of their western food, especially the pan fry combos. I have been here at least 20+ times over the last few years, and cant remember ever having a bad experience
After 9pm they have HongKong cafe style dishes for $5~8 and that comes with a drink. It's a place to go when you are hungry at night and many places are closed.
Only a few dishes on that menu taste good however, one of them is the black pepper chicken. Their spicy and sour soup is pretty good also for the price. Basically you get a bit better than what you pay compare to other places.
I have been to this restaurant for a few years now. Even before its new rennovations. I find the overall experience quite decent, for the price of course. What do you expect when you pay $7 after tips & tax for an entree + a drink? I usually get take-out & order Curry beef brisket with rice, the mini-meals. It is a huge order for a mini meal. + u get a drink & for take out it cost only around $6.35. Very good deal. BTW Mini-meals are only available after 9pm. I do feel unfortunate that some of the other reviewers' meals are infested with bugs. It had never happened to me & I hope it never will.
when I went to Honolulu's, the ambience was much like many other chinese restaurants. It wasn't exactly like the new more retro chinese cafes in richmond. When the food arrived, the insides weren't completely cooked, and had to be deep-fried again. After they came back for the second time, the outside was pretty burnt. However, the service there was actually pretty decent. The waiters were quite helpful in giving recommendations.
Me and 4 friends went to this place for dinner since everything else was closed or full around the area. The waitress had to be called to take our order because nobody came for the first 20 minutes (except to put some plastic cups with tea in the middle of the table).
The waitress' attitude was slightly awkward and in general not very friendly. Every time she had to bring something to the table she would throw it as opposed to placing it gently.
I was dining with 2 Asian friends and 2 hispanic friends. Not one of them liked the food. Some of them ordered from the Chinese menu and some of them from the Western menu.
I had some chicken BBQ or something, which they forgot to add to the order initially and after all of my friends were done I had to re-order it. The chicken was not so bad, but nothing out of the ordinary and definitively not worth the $7 or $8 I paid for it.
We left leaving no tips behind and never to come back again.