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Ken's Chinese Restaurant

1097 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC V5V3C7
Tel: (604) 873-6338 Order Online
Neighbourhood: East Side

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Good!
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 14, 2007 - 12:26pm [Dine in]

I came here with family last week for chinese "late-night snack". I guess you can call this chinese tapas. You order a bunch of small dishes and you get a huge pot of plain congee with your meal.

The food that we ordered were delicious. The dishes are well-priced and the there was quite a bit of variety. The green beans Malaysian style as well as the green beans with black bean sauce were very good. I really enjoyed their deep-fried 'stringy' bun with condensed milk.

Eventhough there were only a few occupied tables, we received very good service. We were hungry and ordered a few dishes to start, then some more people joined us afterwards. they cleared our table and reset it like we just sat down.

I don't know about dinner time, but I would definitely return for late night snacking.

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Average
By hungryfordinner of Vancouver (125 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 1, 2011 - 7:14pm [Dine in]

Food:
Considering this is Vancouver, and not Richmond, which is the centre of all HK style restaurants, the food was acceptable.

Service:
It took about 15 minutes to get the bill and for it to be processed. I realize that HK style restaurants typically do not have the best service, but this was below average.

Value:
The portions were a bit small, but lunch time meals include a drink and averages out to be around $8. Decent value in Vancouver.

Ambiance:
This place needs a good scrubbing!

I will be back only if I am in the area and cannot find a better option.

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Pretty good delivery
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 11:53am [Delivery]

I ordered from here recently because I was feeling lazy. I wasn't feeling super creative and ordered beef broccoli, a chow mein, mixed veg and got a free fried dish thrown in for free; I assume because my order exceeded some amount.

The order took longer than expected to deliver, about an hour. But overall the food was pretty good. The portions were fairly large and the food was decent for delivery however I would have liked to see the dishes a little hotter. I assume the food cooled down a little with the extended delivery time.

If I am craving Chinese delivery, I would order from them again.

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Good food. Service in a shambles.
By hydeeho of Burnaby (182 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

Order 2 dishes for $29.00 and receive a comp chicken or duck dish and a bowl of house soup. Had the brisket with daikon and the string beans with beef. The comp chicken was absolutely A-1 good enough to bring me back. Brisket was tender with lots of daikon. However the string beans while looking and tasting good had the fibrous string running the length of the bean making them very hard to chew. Every time you had a bean you needed to use your fingers and pick the string out. Very annoying. Service was disjointed. Soup came after the main dishes. Utensils came after the food was on the table. No bowls to drink the soup with. I hope this was just an off day as I do plan a return trip.

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Wow! Service At A Chinese Restaurant!
By xlee8 of Delta (113 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

Food: ordered from the combo menu. had 3 dishes for $35 which includes rice, soup, 1/2 free range chicken, and dessert. we had the seafood w/ tofu, porkchop w/ orange sauce, and gailan w/ beef. gailan was ok...some pcs tasted a little bitter. i liked the porkchop dish... most of the pcs were not that fatty. not that much seafood in the tofu dish...was like the sauce for fookien fried rice ontop of tofu and broccoli. soup had better ingredients than most restaurants. the dessert was the lotus seed sweet soup which is way better than the usual red bean soup. all in all, we were satisfied w/ the food.

Service: we thought it took a bit longer than expected for food to come out since it wasnt that busy, but when the food came, everything did come at once. it was a wed nite afterall so maybe the kitchen wasnt fully staffed. i dont know if he was the owner/mgr, but he came by frequently to pour tea, ask us if we had enough to eat, introduced each dish that came, scooped our soup for us... much better service than most chinese restaurants.

Ambiance: cafe type setting. it's tidy and simple. somewhere to go for a casual meal.

Overall: i would go back to try some other items on menu. they have cafe food which i would like to give a try.

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Good value meal
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 26, 2007 - 2:27pm [Dine in]

Good food at a great price and extremely fast service, even at busy lunch time on Sunday. We came to this restaurant not knowing what to expect, and left satisfied. Great place to grab a quick, affordable and tasty meal.

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Not too shabby
By richie_rich of vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 19, 2008 - 5:54am [Dine in]

Hello there,

This is my post mother's day dinner for my mom since work schedule difficulties got in the way. My sis suggested this Hong Kong style cafe...hell...why not...if I remember correctly..this restaurant use to be a Korean BBQ place and its right across from Dai Tung Chinese Restaurant. Good thing we made reservation cause it was packed.
We ended up setting for the combo menu (which was at the back of the main menu). The order was 4 dishes of our choice and included soup, half of a free range chicken, rice, and dessert. The choices were beef , onion and ginger hot pot, sweet and sour pork chops, assorted vegetables with tofu and chili/garlic/spicy salt squid. The bad news?? Somewhat minor...free range chicken was pretty good but I'm not too sure if the skin had food colouring added on as a eye enhancer....don't remember chicken skin was so yellowish. Also, the pork chops...the sour overpowered the sweet..the balance was a bit off in the sauce. The good news..the portions were very descent, the squid dish was awesome and my mom gave it a thumbs up for returning the next time...maybe father's day????

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Average food. Good service.
By focalpoint of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 12:37am [Dine in]

We just ate there tonight. The place is usually super busy on the weekends. You probably need to wait for a long time if you don't have reservation. We ordered the seafood combo for 10 people. Out of my expectation, they put a lot of seafood in the dishes. The crab and lobster dish was big too. I have to agree with Derkatz's comment that their crab with egg yolk is not an unique dish. Just that not many restaurants do it this way. Nonetheless they still do it well.
The restaurant was busy but the waitress still managed to change our plates and add hot tea for us though we were rushed at the end when the last course was served. However, the waitress did apologize and told us that they were really busy tonight. Dessert (red bean soup... what else can it be?) wasn't hot. The restaurant really need a face lift. Sticky floor and crowded tables aren't a pleasant place to eat.

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Overrated but worth the salt
By Derkatz of Surrey , B.C. (36 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 5:44pm [Dine in]

Lots of self back-patting advertisement for this restaurant. Went there a couple of times. Service was ok, but lacked class, but then the restaurant is like any other middle-of-the-road Chinese restaurant in Kingsway, the decor is old and gaudy and the place crowded and noisy. Having said that, the food is very well cooked, with panache, and the presentation and taste is like that from a higher class cuisine. Their much touted dungeness crab cooked with duck egg yolk is not a unique recipe by any means, just that there are very few places which do it for some reason. However that was well cooked and the crab was fresh also. Parking is atrocious. Place needs a face-lift, if only to make its ambience match the food.

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Best baked pork chop on rice ever
By ballin_eater of Vancouver (34 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 11:14pm [Dine in]

A frequenter of this HK cafe place for sometime. Decided to get my pork chop fix for lunch a couple days ago.

Food: rated one of the best baked pork chop, probably the other one is cafe glocester. Just right portions with 4 pieces of savory pork chops, tomato sauce on a bed of baked fried rice with cheezy on top. Describing it makes me want to have another one now! Their milk tea used to be bland but these days are really tasty and would recommend it.

Value: Value is very good here anytime but the best is to be had during 2:30 to 5:30 their happy hour time where my meal and a milk tea was under $6.

Verdict: My visits will be very frequent to this joint. 9.5 out of 10

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Bad chinese restaurant
By jaejunkwak of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 14, 2011 - 12:16pm [Delivery]

The title sums it up. The food was below average, which is unfortunate seeing how this is Vancouver, which means there are hundreds of other Chinese restaurants that I'd go to over this one. The food was mediocre, tad overpriced, disappointing overall. It really makes one wonder if those people who gave this restaurant five-stars had Chinese food more than once in their lives.

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Impressed With The Food and Service
By missy604 of UBC , Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

Our first time at Ken's won't be our last. We've heard about Ken's before as being one of the cleanest restaurants in Vancouver so we decided to try it. The decor was old and it really needs a make over but it was clean. The fish tank didn't look cloudy and mossy, the tables were spotless and the tiny plate/platter which held the condiments at our table weren't grimy. The washrooms were very clean as well.

We ordered 6 dishes. We had the beef and lettuce fried rice, the spicy ginger beef, grilled orange chicken, deep fried spicy squid, malaysian style green beens, and beef & broccoli crispy chow mein. The dishes all came warm and well seasoned. They were not terribly salty. The green beans were cooked, had great flavour and were still nice and crisp. The grilled orange chicken became my parent's favourite as it was not deep fried and slathered in sauce. The skin was still crisp and the meat itself was seasoned and did not rely mainly on the orange sauce drizzled on top. The ginger beef was nice and tender and not too hard like what happens to battered strips of beef when over cooked, not was it gummy was well. The chow mein was also good. The fried rice was seasoned well and not greasy. the spicy squid was very good too. The inly thing was that I didn;t find it spicy enough.

The service was great. The waitress always came to our table with a smile and she refilled our teas and got us waters, cleared the empty dishes and actually came back to ask if everything was alright when we had all or food delivered to our table.

Bottom line we were impressed by everything and are looking forward to dining at Ken's again and trying out their other menu items.

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Good HK Style Cafe
By gourmetbride of Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 9:43am [Dine in]

I've been to Ken's for about 2 years now and it's consistently good. Their malaysian style items aren't too bad. My favorite is their late night tapas (dah lang) with congee, served after 9pm. Over the two years, a couple of times, the food wasn't at their best, perhaps it was the chef's night off. All in all it's always good, very good value too.

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Disappointing Experience
By uplovesdown of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 8:42pm [Delivery]

Had a craving for Chinese food and decided to try this place out, but was very disappointed. Portions were puny, sweet and sour pork with pineapple had maybe a sliver of pineapple in it and the whole thing was swimming in sauce, lemon chicken had 2 mm thick pieces of chicken coated by thick oily chewy batter, and the vegetable chow mein was bearable but the taste and texture was way off. Also for the lemon chicken we were given a 3/4 full bowl of lemon sauce but there were only a handful of pieces to pour it on. What a waste.
For the amount of money we spent on this meal we could have gotten a pretty decent dinner elsewhere with leftovers. Rip off to the max!

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Favourtie Hangout after Volleyball
By Vballguy604 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 2, 2012 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

This place is great if you are looking for a casual place to eat after a night of sports. The service is great and the Manager is Awesome. I have been going here for years and once you are recognized as a regular you get great VIP treatment. The food is great and the crab is to die for!

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Best Bang for your Buck
By Rick89GTS of Vancouver Area (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 11:04am [Dine in]

This place is one of the best kept secrets for Chinese food in Vancouver. Good food value and very tasty dishes. If you go there in a group, there are combo dinners that can't be beat. One thing I've found is that the food is more consistent during the evening shift after 6pm. The three or four times I've gone during the day, I found it to be hit and miss. Once I had to send something back and learned that the day chef was in training. The experienced chefs seem to be on the evening shifts.

The menu is almost too huge and has a section with an odd variety of things I think are designed for western palates. Most of the more authentic Chinese dishes are very good and I usually order (and recommend) the following: wonton soup, hot & sour soup, beef chow fun, sweet & sour pork, gai-lan, spicy dry squid, seafood chow-mein, beef & broccoli chow-mein, clams in black bean sauce. I've found these dishes to be consistently good. Oh yes, the dry spicy crab is delicious, even though Ken's is famous for his golden crab special.

Decor is casual and basic, no frills and that's fine with me. The staff is friendly and business-like; they do their best during busy times running around with steaming plates of delicious food. Great food that I could eat daily and best bang for your buck for casual Chinese dining.

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very good.
By Aliens from the planet rock of Vancouver and Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

Great chinese food. I've been here a few times, and would definitely go again. They used to give out fortune cookies, but I think they stopped. It's in a sketchy area, so make sure you're not there alone. My girlfriend dreads going because of the area. But, she does dig the food. I love the drinks, though. Definitely try the Red bean drink with ice cream. That is my favorite.

-Kenny

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Good HK food for eat-in or take out
By M Mullan of Cedar Cottage (Vanc.) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 5, 2010 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

Been here many times (10+) and more often for take out/ delivery.

Food is almost always good/ great. I'm usually happy with the service so I'm surprised to see some negative comments here. It's one of the friendlier HK/ Chinese restaurants I've been too and I don't speak Chinese. Ambiance is OK - more like a place to eat rather than a place to spend the evening.

I'll be back both for eat-in and take out.

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Up and down
By Exand of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

I'm not sure what it is with this place, but every time I go or order take out / delivery, the food quality ranges from solid to poor to downright inedible.

First off, service is typical HK cafe style, bare minimum. Not really expecting much else, but they do tend to be a lot more curt, even rude, if you don't speak Chinese to them.

Food ranges from good to very poor. I think it depends on the chefs they have that day, because I've ordered the same noodle dish three times in the span of a week and a half and gotten three very different versions. The first one tasted great, spicy with nice bits of beef on it. The second one had barely any meat in it and was not spicy at all, and the portion was a lot smaller than the previous time. The third time they skimped on the meat even more and the noodles tasted extremely stale. I had to throw out most of it because of this. I've also had similar experiences with their pork chop (cooked to a hard crisp once) and their fried rice (1/3 of the rice was clumped up with no flavoring mixed into it).

Food is at best mediocre, and service is bare minimum, it's still probably one of the better Chinese restaurants in the area, but that's not saying much.

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Best Value HK cafe in Vancouver.
By LelouchViBritannia of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 2:33pm [Dine in]

The food is great, ranging from HK western style afternoon tea to late night Da Lang style food. You might find a HK cafe in Richmond to rival its price, but certainly not the quality. Cold and hot drinks are the same price in the combos !!

One of the fewer places with its own parking lot on Kingsway.
Still, the place is busy during weekend and dinner, so reservation is recommended.

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