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've been to Hon's more times than I can count over the past decade and love it every time. Being a vegan, it's always a delight to see the huge sign hanging over one of the kitchen's proclaiming 'Vegetarian'! They even have a separate vegetarian menu (look for the green one). Everything I've ever ordered has been extremely tasty and the price usually works out to about $10 each or less especially if you have a decent sized group of people, with leftovers!
Okay, now the bad parts (well, some may see it as bad). The service is QUICK QUICK QUICK but extremely utilitarian. The system they have worked out for serving food is fast and efficient but leaves no room for personal interaction. I don't mind it and even find it fascinating but it may throw some people off who feel like chatting at lengths with their servers. Also, just a warning, they WILL NOT come back to check that everything is okay with the food. If there is a problem, you will have to flag someone down.
The next issue some people may have is that the restaurant has the appearance of a cafeteria, which I find quite amusing. Long sparse simple tables in a large open room with little to no decor with your green tea is served in plastic drinking cups (which is regularly filled!). This may be extremely off putting to someone who doesn't find amusement in bright garish lighting and a loud open room of eating customers.
Also, I've been to the other two Hon's restaurants (Chinatown, Richmond & New West) but they don't hold a candle to this one in terms of efficiency and quality of food.
I decide not to go to this restaurant anymore because of the sleepless nights I always get after eating there, a sign that tells me there are loads of MSG in their dishes. The restaurant is kwown for its large portion and affordable price, but the ingredients used certainly reflect that. One of the vegetarian dish I ordered hould be renamed as,"Stirred Fried Assorted Canned Veggie". The sauce for the dishes is often thickened with corn starch. Not a place to try authentic Chinese food.
The dishes are very hit-and-miss, it's taken me many trips to find out which are worthwhile and which are just terrible. I actually think the menu is too large, it could be shrunk a bit to focus on improving the dishes. Also the dishes tend to be rather oily. The potstickers taste nice but they are far too greasy for me, I don't order them anymore.
The ambience is a loud cafeteria-style restaurant. The tables and chairs all line up beside each other so you're very close to the other diners. It's not my preference to eat this way, but I'm sure it helps them keep costs down.
The staff are quick and efficient. Very businesslike, not the most friendly, but they get the job done so I'm fine with that.
This is a good restaurant for a pickup order when I need a taste of Chinese food. But if I have more time or money, I'll sit down at another restaurant and get better food.
Hon's had the vision to open a Chinese noodle joint downtown Vancouver. Hon's has had the fortune of getting the student/tourist traffic and has managed to stay popular but here's where my praises stop.
I've eaten at Hon's at least half a dozen times and pretty much sampled all the usual suspects in the typical Chinese noodles shops.
Soup noodles are OK, but pretty much everything else is average at best and laden with MSG and most of all EVERYTIME I've eaten something stir fried I would find a disguting pool of OIL at the bottom of the plate. Within an hour of eating at Hon's I'm always thirsty because of the MSG & lethargic because of the grease.
So beware of eating at Hon's, once George Bush discovers that Hon's is a major supplier of OIL he might go looking for weapons of mass destruction there.
What finally turned me off by Hon's was the consistently poor service from the fresh off the boat staff, I will not go back there again.
Want really good quality, authentic Chinese noodles, go to Congee Noodle House on Broadway
Good Inexpensive chinesse food made for the white man taste.
You can take all your visitors and friends and never be desapointed. Love this place because you can expect a good big portion at moderate prices. Service is Excellent if you become a regular./
My ratings for Hon's is pretty self explanatory.
However, I do wonder why it's so popular? Obviously, it's dead cheap. Also, the potstickers are the best in town. But otherwise, it's horrible. The noodles are either too tough, or too soggy. The dumplings are dry. The soups and stir fries all have the same flavour. The bbq items are tough and dry, with too much soy sauce. Service is on the lower end of the Chinese scale (meaning it's really bad). And it's as dirty as any other Chinese noodle place.
Also, do they really suggest that they don't use MSG? Cuz to me, everything tastes too alike... meaning they use the same flavouring for most dishes. And after eating at Hon's, I'm as thirsty as eating out at a Vietnamese pho joint.
I do give Hon's credit for hitting the jackpot in finding their target market: fast and cheap meals packed with flavour catered to non-Chinese clientele. But gastronomically, it sucks.
I really have to say, This place uses top notch ingredients. They have a huge menu. If your a vegetarian, this place is awsome too. No MSG, and a ton of flavour. I always get the same thing, arent I a bore. So kill me for knowing what I like. Ill tell you one thing I order evertime, its the hot and sour soup. So delicious!!!!!. A little spicy and really thick. Full of al dente, julienned vegis, large shrimps, and a thicker broth. leave your english at home. Just point to the menu, wait, and then enjoy.
Hons has done an admirable job of keeping their foods authentic whilst trying to bridge the demands of wider-western-appeal w/o total domination with goofy General Tsao Chicken and the likes.
They offer a SOLID wonton/noodle soup and their dishes are tasty and price-friendly. They offer efficient service and you always walk away full and feeling like you received GOOD value. Multiple locations make this a gem when seeking solid Chinese
I go to Hon's for lunch about once per week. Tho the food is not spectacular, it is decent. The main reason why i go is they have a large room where you can get a table pretty quickly because most people have a time limit for lunch. Secondly, they have a large menu selection so you don't have to be stuck eating the same type of food all the time. Also they have specials which are a good price range.
I would recommend this restaurant for fast & decent food.
The ambience is rather like a hectic cafeteria in China but the food is great and there is a decent menu selection. For the price, you can't complain. Surprisingly good! The group combo dinners are great value and give plenty of variety. It is better than many expensive Chinese restaurants. The food arrives quickly and is hot and good. The service can be impersonal but it certainly is speedy.
Well, if you are not a big fan of greasy spoon then you are in the wrong place and don't complain. It's like complaining Japanese sashimi is a little bit too raw. Hon's is a very Hongkong style noodle house but is more clean. Food is good enough for their price, especially their lunch menu. One more thing, I found that the taste of the kitchen food (stir fry, etc) varies from one cook to the other. I find that the night cook usually is better but the afternoon cook usually gives you bigger dishes (as in like fried noodles, etc).
My 6th and first bad review at Dinehere.
The food is on the cheaper side, and I understand that the layout of the restaurant and amount of customer traffic it receives makes it a logistical nightmare to maintain good service and consistent quality. I also understand the servers are overworked, and if you serve thousands of people on a single day , you are bound to piss off some of them .
Last time there, I was that pissed off customer.
My noodles were *swimming* in oil unlike any dish I've ever had in any Vancouver restaurant. As I complained to a manager type, he condescendingly explained that Chinese noodles are deep fried like I was a 2 year old. My stomach was very upset later that day. So was my wallet: although $9 wasn't very much for that oily noodle dish , the accompanying spring rolls were also oily, and the other two vegetarian soups ordered were bland and MSG ladden. So it turned out to be around $30 for a bland and oily experience.
I admire what they are trying to do, specially with the separate Vegetarian kitchen and menu. Just be wary, there is a chance the service and food will be terrible. And if you complain, they'll brush it off like nothing. Kinda like the feeling you get complaining to an Airline: absolutely futile.
I would definitely recommend the smaller Chinatown Hon's over this one.
Highlights: people watching .
Because it is a fairly huge place, there is virtually no wait times. Not to mention that they serve big portions too. Stingie on their portions, very sloppy sometimes and if you order a delivery sometimes it just takes forever. If you have gotten medicore Chinese restaurants in Vancouver, this joint won't be bothering you much. But if you want to have a solid dine out with your loved ones, you can find much better places in Vancouver.
There is something wrong with this PAGE.
To start with, Hon's does not serve "cafeteria style"; wait staff take your order and deliver your food. You may pay the wait staff, or make your payment at a till.
And the food is much cheaper than the page indicates, especially at Noon.
I love the place.
I had a craving for Hon's wonton yesterday. I always get the Shrimp and Meat Dumpling in Soup (no noodle). Sadly, I was very disappointed this time. Not only had the prices gone up from $4.85 to $5.45 (plus another $2.00 for noodles-never seen that before), they also charged $2.25 for Chinese Broccoli in the soup. So including HST the whole thing cost me $8.40 for a bowl of soup and a bit of Chinese Broccoli. Not only that, they used to use (before days of HST) a better quality meat and shrimp mixture inside the balls. Now they appear to be cheaping out and using mostly ground pork, very little shrimp and no Chinese mushrooms which used to be in the shrimp dumplings. There was nothing to distinguish between the regular wontons and shrimp dumplings. I was so disappointed and will not be going back for their wonton again. Overall, the Hon's product has gone down and cost gone up.
Food: Been here several times over the years. The wontons here are not bad, but the soups and broths they serve are basically colored water. Very stingy on any extras like vegetables, etc. They serve a large variety of Cantonese style food, most of which is edible but not great.
Service: Okay service, efficient order taking. Can often be hard to get attention of waitress as they are often busy. Most employees don't seem happy to be there.
Value: Even considering the food is cheap, I would still say it's only decent value, as there are many other restaurants on Robson for the same price range with much better food.
Ambiance: Terrible. I'm always worried about the cleanliness of everything. Neon lighting makes everyone look sick, all the utensils, place settings, tables, everything is old and shabby. I don't mind simple or cheap environment at all, but this place just feels miserly. Always feel uncomfortable eating here.
I love Hons on Robson. I've been going there for years for cheap, fast, yummy food with prompt service. I went there on Friday around 2:30pm. Here's what happened . . .
1. I waited 30 mins for my order to be taken despite calling out loudly for waitresses attention.
2. The waitress could barely understand my order and asked me to repeat 3 times.
3. My order of noodles with BBQ Pork was barely hot with lukewarm/cold noodles in the middle- it had been sitting for quite some time. My order of shredded lettuce and chicken fried rice didn't even have peas in it which it should. The wonton soup had shrivelled wontons which looked quite old.
4. While I looked around I observed a couple of things- an employee scraping out food grime beside the washing stations, spilling utensils onto the dirty floor at least 4-5 times and then re-using them. And on the wall above me . . . greasy stains, grime, and I counted 39 fruit flies swarming on the walls.
5. Employees didn't look each other in the eyes or work together.
6. Another customer nearby waited 15 minutes just to get change from his bill, he had to shout out to the waitress which she said . . oh yah yahhh in a minute!
7. When I paid the bill the waitress came back and said . . .Ohhh . . . . .there is no tip here. I gave her a look of death and she backed off.
(Word to the wise)- my tip was not calling the Vancouver Health Authorites that instant!
Some people might be saying to themselves, "Hons isn't real chinese food" ... I heard that in the past but who cares, I can't comment on if it is or not - it is great.
The must haves are the Pot stickers, and the Mushu Pork wraps, I've tried other things and was pleased with the selection each time. Despite the craziness in the restaurant service is always fast and friendly.
Again, you go to a place like this for the food - the ambiance is lacking in some regards, but it adds to the charm and the experience. I have been to the Coquitlam, Richmond, and Vancouver locations and the food seemed to be the same at all of them and once you are inside you don't really know where you are since they look the same as well.
Great food, great value, must try.
I really love their menu,
for me, more choices , the more I like.
I like their BBQ pork rice, or Soy Chicken rice.
Pot stickers, and wonton soup is what I usually order when I eat inside.
Helps my chinese food craving. I usually order take-away,
and when they say 15 minutes, Its always on time. Very Good!
Hon's is Hon's: It's not meant to be fancy or fabulous. It's a big room with harsh neon lighting, long tables and plastic dishes, and it's generally noisy and crowded. I love it. It's hungover Sunday brunch dim sum at it's best. Four people can be absolutely inundated with tea, diet Cokes (in a plastic cup! with crushed ice!), soups, noodles, congee and BBQ'd everything for less than $40 and still leave with tonnes of food to eat cold from the fridge during the hockey/football game later.
Sure, there's grease. There's also MSG. But the pan fried juicy pork buns, beef brisket soup with egg noodles and lemon chicken can't be beat. Great value, lots of food, nice staff and wicked fast service.
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