Fast, cheap, fresh, take-out Chinese food in the strip mall near 41st Ave/Victoria Drive. Large portions.
I went here recently for takeout and it was a satisfying if impersonal experience. Basically they have steam tables and you order pay and run. The place seemed clean enough for my liking and it was functionally decorated. Service was perfunctory, but that is what you want at a place like this. I ordered fried vermicelli noodles with beef, tofu and mushrooms. Amazingly they filled two takeout containers and then proceeded to charge me a ridiculously low price for what I got. As for taste, the food was okay even after being microwaved when I got home, but I did notice a distinct lack of the much coveted beef in my order. A good choice for hungry people on the go.
I haven't come here in a while but I had to mention this place. It's located in the London Drugs plaza next to McDonald's and steps to probably atleast another dozen restaurants.
It's takeout only and it's always busy. Most (including me) come here for their 2 Choices w/ Rice or Noodle combo for about $5 bucks. There's about two dozen choices to pick from so if this is a regular institution for you at least you can get some variety. Because of their prices the steam trays tend to turnover quickly (especially popular items) so chances are you'll be eating something that recently came off the wok. Quality is more than decent too with the usual grease and they are not stingy on the ingredients. The young servers there really pack it all into the styrofoam containers. Most times it's a mess before you take it out of the bag and open the lid.
They run things like an assembly line so be sure to have an open ear because you'll likely be standing while waiting for your number.
I haven't gone in a while so I don't know if they've increased prices amidst inflation and soaring gas prices but last I remember this place offers incredible value (cheaper than fast food) that's more nutritious too. Even if they've increased prices if the portions and quality remains fairly the same this place is ideal for people with an appetite and only a few bucks to spare. It's a dirt cheap, somewhat guilty pleasure for the rest of us.
I love this place. So many choices right before your eyes packed into this little take-out restaurant, and you take a number and wait to order. The best use of restaurant space in Vancouver, for sure, and your take-out experience will run smoothly every time, no matter how busy they get. Peer over people's shoulders to peruse the food; jostle a little bit...it's OK. Now it's your turn. The staff who pile the food into containers for you are totally on the ball. If it's really loud or if there's a bit of communication break-down, they will be there for you till you get what you want. It is a well-oiled machine, and the price is very right. The food - something for everyone, including vegetarians, and the food is real Chinese food, not greasy pseudo-Chinese. A winner.
I used to go to the Kent's on Keifer, when I was in a mood for cheap Chinese and didn't mind sitting at a communal table with a street person on my left and a construction worker on my right. I have no problem with the eclectic clientele - though sometimes, I just feel like having my own little table.
Anyways, this issue is not a problem at the 41st Avenue Kents as it is solely a takeout joint. There are no frills - take a number, order your food and exit.
I would have given 1.5 stars for service, the people working there are not unfriendly, but not friendly either. They are not interested in answering questions - if you have questions about the food - you're better off asking the other customers standing in line.
However, if someone wants to have lots of food and lots of choices - it is excellent. I particularly like their deep friend garlic pork ribs (Yum!). I usually choose some sort of veggie dish to go with it. They staff pile the food on high and need to close the take out container with elastic as it is so crammed in there.
For my family of four, I would order three of the two selection combos on rice or noodles. We have enough for our meal and my husbands lunch the next day.
Great service. All the ladies there have good English skills and seemed to enjoy their work. Food is always fresh and piping hot. Value is best in town. Parking lot is a bit of a hassel but there is a free parkade half a block down the lane. Same operation as Kent's Kitchen in Chinatown. I have been a patron since the beginning and will continue to do so.
It's cheap, it tastes good, and the service is pretty fast! If you wanted to, you can literally live on eating at this place. No other place in Vancouver gives you so much for so little. A reader below said it bang on-- this is the best use of restaurant space and I'm sure the owners are making good $ with the volume they do. The Japanese equivalent of Kent's Kitchen would be Samurai Sushi.
I love coming to Kent's for their take out food. I really think they make the best stir fried sticky rice in town. They put so much fillings in the rice esp. chinese sausages. Its one of their popular dishes, thats why I usually come for lunch take out or before 3:00 p.m. Once they ran out of sticky rice, they don't make them anymore til the following a.m.
Service is ok, you take a number and wait to be call. You pick 2 toppings with rice or noodles and the girl cramped them in the container til it can't closed. Sometimes, they put an elastic band around the container so the food doesn't fall out.
For $4.25, thats an incredible value and it can easily feed 2 people. Can't say much for the ambiance, it is a take out place afterall. Be prepare to wait in line as it gets very busy towards the late afternoon/dinner hour. But don't expect any stir fried sticky rice to be sitting there.
Kent's Victoria Drive location is the place to go for to satisfy a craving for tasty but greasy Chinese food. 2 dishes over steamed rice goes for $4.25 or something ridiculous like that, and the staff literally jam stuff your styrofoam container so that it can barely close properly - so a plastic bag is a must, which they supply.
The quality is better than ones in Asian mall food courts, T&T, and many other Chinese "to-go" places.
I had the stir-fried rice noodle with honey-garlic ribs, and broccoli beef for $5.75. Had enough food to last 3 meals.
Recommended binge food for your next greasy/deep fried/sodium, "flavor-enhancer #1105"-ed craving.
Good food, good price.
I come once or twice every 2 weeks. The variety of food keeps me from getting bored. The workers are all energetic and seem to enjoy their job. You get quite a bit of rice with side dishes of your choice that ranges from a price of 5-10$. They come in those rectangular take-out boxes. Definitely recommended if you don't feel like cooking for a night.
I find the food at the Victoria Drive location tastes better than at the Keefer Street location, although you can't sit down and eat at the Victoria Drive Kent's. No biggie - take a number, choose your dishes, and you'll walk out of there with containers packed to the brim. We usually grab about six dishes - enough to feed a small party, and end up paying between $40 - $50. Love the garlicky, spicy dry prawns, and the pepper chicken! Also had a really good dish of green beans with a black bean sauce and beef.....kind of skimpy on the beef in that dish, though. They offer a number of bean curd dishes, curry, spicy fish balls......quite a variety of things to please just about anybody. And if you can't please everybody, there is a McDonald's next door. Even better, there is a Maxim's bakery across the parking lot, so you can pick up some egg tarts or other lovely things for dessert. Only drawback is the always crowded parking lot - it's insane as people vie for spots!
This place cannot be beat. It offers variety, freshness (due to high turnover), speedy service, value beyond belief. Another reviewer praised their sticky rice. I vouch for that too. Amazingly good and ingredient packed. Their spring rolls are also notably good but you have to call and order ahead of time. I particularly like the stir-fried tofu and veggies and the chili chicken.
I heard of great reviews about Kent's Kitchen on Victoria Drive for some time. I finally got a chance to visit for a take-out. For $4.50, you get two items of your choice over rice. A little extra to subsitute for noodles. The portions were very large. Although busy, service for professional, fast and courteous. What a great find! I don't mind parking a block away and walking over to take-out. So nice to find a economical take-out service decent food and good portions. I will recommend to anyone who likes chinese. Cheers!
this place always seems to serve not fresh food. not sure why, but despite that we live practically next door and eat out at least 50% of the time, we've probably spent less than $20 dollars there in our lifetimes. it always stinks like old pork and there is usually a group or two of old men near the entrance either smoking or homeless looking. not to be sexist or ageist, but thats what it is.
for cheap CLEAN hot asian food right in this area, i would check out sushi nara for their korean hot dishes, mui garden for curries and hainan chicken, golden sparkle for chinese food white style (lemon chicken, etc) and the place beside bmo for fried rice and all you can eat hotpot, the first four are all SW of the 41st victoria intersection and in that area there are also a few places to buy chinese bbq meat if thats what you are looking for
Their food has changed somehow over the last 6 months or so.
- Alot more garlic in dishes I wouldn't expect garlic (Beef and Broccolli)?
-S&S Pork has changed texture, it's not as good as it used to be
-not enough boneless meats, I hate eating off bone (dont' laugh)
-the cooks smoking outside the door is gross and a HUGE turn off
-why wear hairnets if they don't cover your hair? AND why are the cooks NOT even wearing them at all?
They used to offer 50% rice with 50% dishes ( 2 choices). Now its over fifty percent rice with about 10% dish. In addition, most dishes with fish or meat requires customers to pay a dollar extra. In turn, the original price of $4.50 with two dishes is becoming more and more expensive.
Since this location is female-dominated kitchen, most female customers tends to get less dish portions than male customers. The service from these female waitresses is less than satisfactory. When I went today, they don't greet customers. Instead, they tend to stand around talking to their co-workers. When we asked questions, it seems like they were replying in their head. I can hardly hear their voice. I had to look at their lips to guess what she was saying. Overall, the service was pretty bad.
Their food was average. The dishes had very strong taste. I had to buy a large coke from the neighbouring Mcdonalds so I don't get super thirsty after. Their rice is harder than ones provided in chinese restaurants. The strong taste gives customers an illusion of tasty food.
Last year when I went, they had very good services. They greeted customers will smiles on their faces. They carry a very enjoyable conversation with customers. They had more traditional family taste in their food.