Hon's Wun Ton House is a cafeteria-style, Chinese restaurant in Chinatown well known for its won tun and noodle dishes.
I was in Chinatown getting a haircut and I needed food fast. My beloved Mrs. C suggested we go to Hon's. I hadn't been to this location in a while, and I noticed right away that it was much cleaner, even the usually scary w/c. Service was good and friendly, and we had our order quickly. This time I had beef brisket and shrimp won tons in soup with noodles, and Mrs. C had the noodle soup with chicken. We also took advantage of the 37th anniversary potstickers at a dozen for $3.37. That was a sweet deal. There are now 4 flavours of posticker, but I like the pork best. All the food was tasty and I felt like I was eating with grandma, since she hated to cook and always went to restaurants.
We left with full bellies and warm hearts. What else do you need?
UPDATE from my previous review a year ago. They were pretty consistent throughout the year, but the last few times I visited, the food quality and service started a downward slide. Came back to Hon's and today was the last straw. Nothing earth shattering happened, but maybe that's the problem - it took several minutes before anyone came to seat us, though we made eye contact with several hon's staff. The wonton soup ordered seemed like the cook forgot the salt, but the fried noodle was really salty and the fried rice noodles weren't even fried... it just had some congealed orange sauce on it and tasted flavorless.
Couldn't get the bill as all of the servers were busy (perhaps not their fault because they seemed really stressed and overworked) and finally had to walk up to the counter and pay.
Sad to say, I don't think I'll be back...
I was a little hung over on a Saturday afternoon and looking for a place to chow in Chinatown and came across this place. I have had many a bowl of wun tun with bbq pork at the Robson location, but had never been to this one. Except for being smaller in size, pretty much everything is exactly the same.
What can I say this location has been here for a long time and continues to serve up regular pedestrian comfort food. It's a cautious bet if you're in the area doing some shopping and need a quick fix.
I still can't see what the big deal with their potstickers are. I've ordered it regularly enough and really the only big deal is that it comes made the exact same way, good for familiarity. Noodle soup dishes are the best choices here in my opinion, which are pretty good. Prices are still inexpensive and won't break the bank.
Like other Hon's you have the familiar 2, 3, 4 tables in the centre all lined up - a bit too conspicuous if you're dining alone as you'll likely end up sharing the table with other customers. Otherwise, fairly clean.
Service is quick if not uninspiring. Waitresses hustle back and forth but a quick gesture will get their attention.
It's like many other eateries in the area - not bad, but not great. So-so.
I always come here to buy their pork and peanut dumpling in the frozen department. It comes in 6 big pieces per package and only for less than $3.00. I always steam it for $12 mins and it always taste awesome. 2 days ago, I also bought bbq pork to go and since I asked for lean one, the person gave me lean one and it was soft and fine. Not bad, price was also very good. I wouldn't wanna try eating in though, esp after reading so many bad reviews on this resto.
hon's been over rated by many people as being the best place for potslickers and wontons. To me it's a place for a quick bite when I am in Chinatown. There is no hype here. It's just another Chinese restaurant to me.
The Food: Is not bad. It tasty and not bland as many people may put it. The potslicker taste like factory mass produced than home made. Across from the restaurant is the store where you can get the products you just ate and many more. The chinese "pasta" are the my family favorites and they are cheap selling at $2 a bag,
The Service is not bad during the right time. Anytime after 3pm on any given day, you may get a table within seconds. During other time slots, you probably have to wait a few minutes. The food comes out after 5 minutes of ordering, so there isn't a long wait.
The Ambiance: Situated in an old mall in Chinatown, it's not bad for it's location. Inside it gets quite loud and busy as it is a popular place to eat. You get the inside look of the former mall itself and hussle of Chinatown outside.
Go anytime, but Chinese New Year weekend or Mid Autumn Moon Festival weekend as these two weekends are the busiest for this place.
I don't care how well known they are for "potstickers", they can't do noodles. They are dry, sort of like paper in taste and have a strange, un-noodlelike texture. Go for the potstickers if you must, but have a meal somewhere else.
Stopped here on the off chance for a small bite to eat.
Service was good, as soon as we walked in the door we were greeted. The waitresses were attentive throughout our time there.
The Gyoza was just average, had better, had worse, so kind of middle of the road. Ordered a bowl of hot and sour soup for about $5 and it was massive, so much so it kind of put me off just seeing the size of it. Again it was average, had better had worse.
The furniture looked a little bit run down, bit like a cheap eats transport cafe, which I suppose that sums up what it really is. Bathrooms are situated too near the bathrooms in my opinion, as soon as I walked out of the men's toilet I could see a tray of vegetables....I don't know why but that kind of spooked me out.
This branch was similar to the Robson Street one but not so rushed.
I would go there again.
They had a little shop, the duck and BBQ pork actually looked very good so we had some to go.
Went here for lunch with my mama today while on a shopping trip to Chinatown. We always stop here for lunch when we're shopping... ever since I was teeny. The wonton is always good and fresh. I had the beef brisket wonton noodle soup and my mom had the bbq pork on rice. Good as always. Never utterly spectacular but still very good. Always reliable for a quick and yummy meal.
Their portions are big and they are very quick. The quality of the food depends on what you get. I don't have time to list all the hit and misses so you can find out for yourself. My experience is that most the time the food will be good. I will however ist one miss and that was the bbq duck on rice. the reason why i would eat such a meal at a restaurant instead of buying half a duck and eating at home is because i want freshness and i want the skin to be crisp. I got neither. The duck was horrible and chewy , the skin was not crisp and the whole dish was a big failure. Not only that, but other places gives you a decent amount of duck while this place had the guts to give me mostly the parts with a lot of bones and not much meat. We still tipped well because the service was good and fast but i urge you not to get this dish here.
I had heard this place mentioned a bunch of times but when I tried it last year I didn't really like my meal and walked away unimpressed (although my dinner companion walked away happy). Despite being disappointed last time I decided I'd be willing to give it another go. This time I had a tofu dish that was really tasty and definitely had me wanting more. My only two suggestions though are to go with a large enough group to share everything. The first time I went was with only one other and on my second visit there was only three of us, this isn't enough people to get a good sample of the food (especially when I don't eat meat). I would also suggest going on a day when the Chinese night market isn't on, it is really hard to resist all the food at the market and actually get yourself to the restaurant.
The servings are large and definitely for sharing. Service is mediocre but the server was very helpful in explaining "westerners don't usually like that and usually go for this instead" and for the price you can't expect fantastic service.
My wife and I always stop here whenever we are in Chinatown, Fast efficient service, food always hot and fresh. My wife is from HK, and she declares it to be solid HK diner fare, which is a compliment. I always have the shrimp and meat dumpling, BBQ pork with the number 2 noodle. The little shop attached to the restaurant has decently priced frozen menu items to take home and cook.
if you want safe, clean food in chinatown hon's is a good bet. you can see the kitchen, the bathrooms are fresh and the servers a efficent and kind. they have mathcing t-shorts and cool palm pilots to take your order.
i ordered postickers which are suposedly the house specialty but i thought they were average tasting and a touch on the greasy side. i also had the squid and "fresh seasonal vegetables", which is apparently is just bok choy. the squid was chewy and the sauce was little funky. overall the food was mediocore but not nasty, i probably won't go back.
and, tragically, you don't get a fortune cookie (or any other sweet) with your check :(
Just came back from Hon's for lunch. Came here not exactly by choice but more for convenience. Ordered won ton noodles, curry beef brisket, and chicken chow mein. We were seated quite quickly as it was very busy during lunch hour. This was the second time coming here in about 3 months or so and i must say things seem to be very consistent here in almost every aspect. They seat you, give you your menus and by the time they're back with the tea and utensils they ask if you're ready to order when only less than a minute has gone by! The waitresses always seem to be rushing you but i dont really see what the big rush is b/c the food still comes to you pretty quickly. The food today was good, nothing spectacular. HOwever, the won tons had a funny taste to it today ( i guess i'll see how i feel in the next couple of hours). I also noticed that the value has gone down a bit. Either the dishes got smaller or the prices got higher. Either way, there are better places to eat in chinatown so unless i'm forced to come here again i wont be coming back.
Haven't been to this place for awhile and still tastes great. The noodles and the pot stickers are the best can't find any other place like it. Portions are great! Went with a few friends we ordered a dish each and some pot stickers to share couldn't even all the food that we ordered. Nice place, bring back good childhood memories.
Hon's is definitely no gourmet spot, but it is the definition of comfort food. Most things on their 7+ page menu are fairly solid, if not exactly original. Some are quite exceptional. The made in-house BBQ beef and egg noodle wonton soup are highlights we keep on coming back to again and again. The best part is very few items are more than $10, and you can easily get fed for $6-10 a person...the value is untouchable.
Service is highly efficient and businesslike, as with most Chinese diners. The "ambiance" is that of a cafeteria...but even still, it is charming in its own way. It is the ambiance of a burning good deal, of absolutely no pretension, of letting the food speak for itself. I'll take that over the celebrity-decorated, overpriced steaming crap getting served up in Yaletown any day.
I live a few blocks away, and I have been going for years. Definitely has improved in the last few years, and the food is awesome. Also, free delivery! But if you have time to sit and eat, the amount and quality of food for what you pay is pretty decent.
truly, not too bad. like the bland decor/ambiance, this cafeteria style restaurant churns out plain food. my squid over seasonal vegetables (seasonal being only bok choy) was tasteless. The sauce was sweetish that was pleasant the first few bites; however, became unpleasant almost sicking towards the end.
Portions are large. For 11 dollars, you most likely will have food remaining on your plate.
Service is quality. Constantly attend to you, filling up the tea frequently and immediately taking your order.
Overall, reliable plain food at a reasonable price that is worth going back to if you can think of nothing else.
The soup I ordered was inedible; soggy noodles, watery broth and unidentifiable “meat”. The ambiance is exactly what you would expect from a cafeteria style place … OK if you want to zip in for a quick bite. The food was too gross, I won’t return.
If I ever were to dine here, it is better to "cook it yourself". The noodles are worse than instant ones; soup is watery and mere oily; fishballs/meatballs - I'd better opt for Vietnamese meatballs. Place is so noisy; floor is simply dirty and messy. Among the Hon's - it is only the one in Richmond that is worth spending the $$$ if you have no where else to dine. And for the price - huh...why not eat something else?!