I Cafe is a Hong Kong Style cafe with international influences from the West, Singapore, and Japan.
My friend and I were craving HK style chinese food one evening and stopped in i-Cafe. What a mistake.
We both ordered from the combo dinner menu.
Started with the soup, I had creamed corn while my friend had borscht. Both were awful - watery and not much flavour. The creamed corn could have passed as gruel with a few bits of corn floating around and the borscht was what one might expect to eat if exiled in Siberia.
We shared the mains: yeung chow fried rice and seafood chow mein. The fried rice consisted of bits of ham, egg and frozen diced veggies...yes, you read that right. Frozen veggies out of a bag. No flavour except for the salty bits of ham.
The chow mein was a little better because it some flavour but some of the seafood was a little suspect and I don't think the shanghai baby bok choy had been washed. Thankfully, no belly-ache later that evening.
Even my hong kong style milk tea was disappointing.
Value at $15 each, which includes a soup and a hot drink, is poor considering the quality. Service was slow and nothing happened unless you waved down a server.
I can't cook chinese food to save my life but even I could do better. Not returning...ever.
A friend brought us here for dinner a few weeks ago. The menu was a little confusing (they had pictures of tofu dishes, but no tofu anywhere on the menu) and we got little help from the servers, so he ordered for the table. The food was really quite good. We had the seafood fried rice, the peanut noodle, wings, the prawns with avacado, and a miso ramen. We also had drinks and dessert, and another dish or two that I can't remember. The peanut noodles were everyone's favorite, and they came in a soup.
nothing really stands out at i cafe, and at the same time there isn't really anything that bad to mention. the menu items are standard hk cafe fare, and everything is reasonably good. service is satisfactory, nothing to really complain about. my only gripe is that most of the flat screen tv's in this place are all mounted akward based on the seating.
We like to come here when we are in between appointments because the service and the food are quick and consistent. We are quick to be seated, our order is taken quickly and efficiently and the food comes to our table steaming, tasty, and in good time. We only order from their specials that come with a beverage. For our family of 4, we usually spend between $ 15 and $ 25 because the portions are generous and our children can split one drink since it is usually quite large for small tummies.
It seems like most Chinese restaurants are like this these days. The owners pay their staff so little wages that all the staff look forward to are the tips. However if they do expect to get good tips then they should know that their customers will expect to get good service. Too often though, I believe that customers just blindly give their 10-20% tips without thinking or rating the service. I for one will not give tips unless I've been served right. If the service stinks like it does in this restaurant then I would gladly not pay tips and not come back either. Unfortunatley with big cities like Vancouver, there are always new immigrants or visitors that like to try out new restaurants and so they keep these bad restaurants up and running.
This place is very consistent... it's reasonably comfortable for a HK-style cafe, and the food is solid. The afternoon tea meals are better value than dinner, since they include the hot beverage. The portions are regular, not huge like in some HK-style cafe, but richer and better in quality. I would definitely recommend this place for a casual meal.
As a royal customer of this restaurant,
I have to say that the quality of the service has been going down significantly.
The waitress seemed to be distracted all the time during our visit as if she were half daydreaming. Also, I noticed about their rudeness towarding tips as well. The waitress chased the customers who were sitting next to our table just because she believed they did not give enough tips. That was just totally rude.
i-Cafe is a really nice place to eat if you're looking for something a little higher class than your average HK Style Cafe-Restaurant. They charge more, but the place looks nicer and the food tastes pretty good. The service is alright, but the waitresses seem more like robots.
If you've ever had Baked Pork Chop on rice, you'll love the way they serve it here. Also their 'Japanese' inspired Curry Beef dish is amazing. It's basically fried rice wrapped in an egg omelette with curry beef poured ontop. It's very good. Try it.
Although, fair warning: some of the dishes are a miss. But most are hits!
Been there a few times but ill update with the latest experience.
Place is nice especially with the window seat. My friends ordered a sandwich and fries. The sandwiches looked alright but a very small portion of fries :( I ordered a prime rib, it was delicious but the spaghetti was awful. It tasted bland and starchy. The service is of a typical chinese restaurant, only pay attention when u ask, never ask if you're doing okay. I found it a bit pricy but it was an okay experience
Visited this place last week with a couple of friends. I've been to a few HK-style cafes before, and none of them is as overpriced as this. The decor is nice enough, more upscale than average for its fare, but I don't think it warrants jacking up the price like this, especially for mediocre food. It isn't bad, but edible seems to defeat the whole purpose of going out to eat. The service is also poor. The place wasn't exactly busy, but it was very difficult to get a server to pay us any attention. Requests had to made several times before they were attended to.
Definitely not a place I'll likely to visit again.
Great menu selection and high quality food. They have combos that come with soup and a drink. Service was average. Overall, I thought the food was a bit expensive but if you are looking for quality food, you will not be disappointed.