Cafeteria style Chinese restaurant on Robson well known for its won tun and noodle dishes. Free delivery after 5pm in the West End area.
I have been to this location 2 times so far, with both a similar disappointment. I was hoping that the second visit would be better, but it was not the case.
I ordered some :
-pork potstickers; some of the greasiest/tasteless I have ever had
-along with some BBQ pork and chicken; average tasting with lots of pork fat for the fat lovers!
-green beans and shrimp; not bad overall, but they love to coat their food in corn starch
The ambiance and service is kinda like eating in a warehouse...or industrial workshop. The servers for the most part are purely there to take and deliver orders; all business and no niceties.
The prices are low overall, but you are getting what you paid for.
I couldn't imagine returning for a 3rd time.
Its not a place for snobs, or, impatient people. Been here about 6 times in two months. Really well cooked chinese family food at half the price of most places. Its always busy and the staff have their moments. Its a good place to talk as there is no infernal ear-splitting background music (thank heaven for that), just the buzz of people chatting. Plates are large, so, usually have to get a doggie bag. Plates are also made of indestructible plastic - but then I'm not there to eat the crockery. For two of us its typically worked out to about $20 bucks a head. Amazing value.
The food is getting worse and service is just plain lousy. Several years ago the food was much better and the serving staffs was always quick to assist. But now the servers never automatically refill the tea or water. It took forever just to the attention of a server to get my bill and wrap up my leftover.
This place rocks! Incredibly fast and efficent service! Don't expect anybody to ask you how your day was or if you suck or not cause they don't, like the rest of the free world really care! If you want some awesome Chinese food for rock bottom prices and expect to be in and out in under fifteen minutes than this is it, period! Can't think of better bang for the buck in Vancouver for that matter. Best won ton noodle in west van and best beef chow fun! All of there food is loaded with vegetables and seafood and meat of your desire. And $2.99 brews you can't loose! If that's not enough they are open till midnight too.
This is the first time I have been to Hon's and would have to say the service is poor. I think the main reason for this is that the workers are not up the the western standards for customer service. They are not friendly and are very pushy in a demanding way. But the food was good and had plenty of food to take home. Maybe try the take out to save your self from experiencing the service!
I've had lunch and dinner at Hon's on Robson a large number of times and not once have I been disappointed.
The food is always good. It always arrives promptly and piping hot. I've not once ever had any complaints about the food. I have a feeling many people have unrealistic expectations about the food at Hon's. For the price, it's great value.
The service isn't extraordinary, but it is prompt, and polite. Even with large groups I've never had impolite service.
As an ESL teacher in Vancouver I've taken many students here, and they love it. I find that the larger the group you bring, the better and cheaper the meal becomes. It's not unusual to have dinner with 10 hungry students and each walk away full and satisfied while only having paid a measly $10.
In short, Hon's is fast, cheap, and delicious.
I used to go to Hon's on Robson in the last couple years. But i don't want to come back that often now. Because their price is not cheap anymore compare to the portion they served.'
One thing i still like Hon' just because they got Vegetarian food ..it is convenience for my family...for who do not eat Meat.
Love it or hate it, Hon's is probably the best Chinese fast food restaurant out there. It's clean (relatively, just don't look at the walls), and I love how they have separate kitchens, especially the vegetarian one.
Our usual staple is the chicken with pickled ginger and pineapple, special fried rice, singapore style curry noodles, and some pot stickers. Always hits the spot. I also love the Buddhist's vegetarian feast.
Service is promt and quick, and I've yet to experience any mix ups. They also use biodegradable bags now, which tickles me pink.
The value is hard to beat, considering we always get two meals out of it. I even like the "buzz" of the cafetaria style. I prefer this location over one in Chinatown, it's almost like a completely different restaurant. Richmond is okay, too, but Robson location is the best.
My family and I have been going to this place since I was a baby (>20 years - first the Chinatown location, now the Robson one). There's a reason this place wins the Golden Plate awards every year - good food, large quantities, at ridiculously low prices (just don't expect fancy service or a nice atmosphere).
Their menu is absolutely enormous, so there are no doubt some dishes that are worse than others, but the ones that are good are really good!
Definitely get the potstickers, the soup, the fried shanghai noodle dishes, and the beef and broccoli. The dim sum is good too.
I have yet to find another place in Vancouver that resembles Hon's in terms of food quality and price, so until I do, I'll keep coming here!
Hons is Chinese greasy spoon .. people don't go there for the service or the ambience... this is the place for quick and basic Chinese cuisine. I've had great meals at Hons.. and yes I've also had food that was so so, but not because it didn't taste good, just that I didn't like it. So it depends on what you eat. Not all chinese restaurants are alike so don't compare to others as there are many ways to make chow mein etc. etc. As for the comments about the grease. Well.. contrary to popular belief Chinese cooking (in restaurants) use alot of oil and cooking over high heat. If you can't deal with cholesteral, then stay off Chinese Food! My favorites - chicken pot stickers, wonton with lai fun and beef brisket, hot chilli pork lo mein.
Pretty tasty, the service is ok, good value though. Very noisy and busy. Good if you want some quick chinese food that isn't too high on the grease factor. Though, I wouldn't want to go in there if I was really tired from a hard day work and wanted to relax and have dinner.
the food tastes great. not so sure about the no-msg stuffs, it kinds of tastes like there is a plenty amount of msg poured into the food. the service is dissapointing, you might not want to expect extra friendliness from the servers. the decor is so so but the fortune cookies are great -grin-
We go to this Hon's almost once a week and have never lacked finding something tasty to eat. Our favourites include the pan fried pork pot stickers and rock cod with tofu hot pot. We always use the 10 % coupon from the Georgia Straight or the West Ender . Always reliable and consistently good food. Try to come earlier as there is always a line up during peak times.
So I'll probably end up there again for lunch. What's good about it is the low prices and the large platters. (Often, although not always). But, I agree with earlier reviews that much of what is served is too oily. Also, some of the dishes are a bit bland and, finally, I don't like Chinese curry (my prejudice) which someone in our group ordered. Maybe it's just a case of "You get what you pay for." On the other hand, one dish, a spicy house mandarin beef concoction, was pretty good. Since there are so many things on the menu, I'll come out OK if dragged back there by my freinds enough times.
Whether dining here alone or with others, busy or not, the food is always consistent and the service prompt. I have been coming here for 10 years and have never had a bad meal nor a bad experience. The potstickers are always a must. The spicy dishes are just right - not overly spicy. The lemon chicken is crispy and the sauce tangy.
Went there about a month ago with hubby for a early dinner on Saturday night.
We had one of the deluxe meals .. the one with sweet corn soup with diced chicken, stir-fried shangai noddles with chicken and green beans with XO sauce, a vegetarian dish with mixed vegatables and vegetarian chicken and finished off with a mango pudding.
So much food we had that we took a doggy bag home ... it was strange though the portion we took away had shrunk in size from what was in serving dishes.
We thoughly enjoyed all of the food except for the vegetarian chicken which tasted rubbery and weird. Tea was filled up quickly.
However we had wait a bit for glasses of water and forks ... had to ask a few waiters before we got them.
Last night we decided to go to Hon's on Robson Street and enjoy the great food and service. The food was great as the service was just awful. Every time we order the beef and satay sauce crispy noodles with green beans they seem to be confused EVERY TIME!!!!! no idea why but they always are. We asked for some water and the waitress seemed confused, how do you get confused about water? There were no tea refills and we had to get our own cutlery too. After we were finished eating we waited around for 20 minutes until someone came by to pack up our left overs. Just pain awful service all around
Granted it is not in the best location on Robsonstrasse but Hon's is surviving after all these years. This place is never full other than those few weeks during the Olympic in 2010. If you don't mind a shampoo and launder your clothing afterwards then try to sit at the back close to the front entrance. The waiting staff seems to be OK with that. I am Cantonese speaking and hardly ask to read the menu, but lately I discovered their Luncheon Special Combo Menu (posted on the windows), $7.99 buys you one soup + one dish of noodle/rice from their 13 selections. I like their Soup of the Day (I won't recommend unless you don't mind chicken feet and herbal stuff). They use very good Jasmine Rice but they won't tell you the brand name as I asked once. Portion is acceptable but I won't say is generous. Still they haven't mastered the sauce for most dishes. I just posted a close up of one of my favourite dishes - Beef with Pepper & Onion in Black Bean Sauce on Steamed Rice. I will try the rest of this Combo menu one at a time and see. The Specials are all time favorites and popular in Hong Kong. Still they use just a bit too much MSG (taste enchancer) but thanks goodness I am not allergic to it.
The Dim Sum dishes are disappointing. Shrimp Dumplings are from frozen stock as the wrappers don't stick to the shrimps. Steamed Ribs are cheap grade with more bones than meat and chewy.
To me this is a fast food joint, not a place you would want to take your time and dine at leisure. The new owner is either cheap or else doesn't think free WiFi is crucial nowadays in restaurant business. The other Hon's in Chinatown offers WiFi but not this one on Robson.
Just a reminder the Luncheon Special is available daily from 11AM-5PM and 9PM-11PM. I showed up one afternoon around 4:55PM and the waitress first looked at her watch and literally said "don't take too long to decide because the kitchen won't cook after 5" in Cantonese. This kind of attitude dampened my dining spirit and certainly ruined my appetite way before the food arrived. I am not asking for special service just because I speak the same langauge, all the servers offer very basic service and NOTHING more. I guess it is because all tips money goes to a pool (a container next to the cash register) and why should they care. I used to give 20% but for this lunch special I often leave just the loose change.
Hon's is one of the worst restaurants I've ever been to. We stopped in Sunday at noon for dim sum. We left at 3 p.m., $25 plus tip lighter, having eaten defrosted bao. siu mai, ha gow and microwaved, gristly pork. There was some broccoli. The broccoli was the first thing we ate, and after an hour listening to old people scream at each other and watching other people eat, it was terrible. Finally, in order to leave, I stood at the counter waving a credit card to pay.
The food ranges from mediocre to bad. Buy frozen dishes at the Asian grocery and microwave them -- they will taste better. The service? Everyone who works there deserves to be punched in the neck. There are dozens of good restaurants in Chinatown. Skip this one.
Haven't been to Hon's for almost 2 yrs but remembered the eggplant hot pot fondly and always raved about the seperate vegetarian kitchen to my fastidious Vegan friends in Winnepeg. Unfortunately a lot can change when one isn't looking. Hugely disappointed with the menu selections and it's deep-fry, meat flavored tofu excuse for vegetarian food. We didn't stay so I can't comment on the food, just the shock of anyone thinking the meat-flavor was high on the desireability scale of cuisine for vegetarians.
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