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Kent's Kitchen

232 Keefer Street
Vancouver, BC V6A1X5
Tel: (604) 669-2237
Fax: (604) 669-2267
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Service: Takeout
  • Chinese take-out, dozens of varieties: Fried Garlic Shrimp, sweet and sour pork, honey garlic spareribs, mixed tofu and mushroom, the works.

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GREAT cheap eats
By Huge of Surrey (139 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 1:22pm [Dine in]

My wife and I went to this restaurant before a hockey game. My wife ordered the steam rice with sweet & sour pork and honey garlic pork. The sweet and sour had too much batter and the meat was a bit fatty, otherwise her dish was good. I ordered the stew beef and the cow intestine with mushrooms. Being real authentic chinese type of food it was pretty good. Both of the portions were plentiful. It came with tea and both my wife and I were fulled for only $4.50 / dish. If you want some cheap eats this is definitely the place. Don't expect any service or great ambiance, just cheap eats.

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Busy for a reason
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 3:41pm [Dine in]

Surrounded by small shops this hole in the wall has mostly stuck to their core elements, where food comes first before anything else. Their hot trays showcase about 2 dozen or so meat or vegetable choices. It's always busy so there's at least 3-4 employees standing behind the displays in uniform ready to take orders. Although still fantastic value, certain items have gone down in quality. Their Deep Fried Squid with Chilis are mostly tentacle ends, the Honey Garlic Spareribs are more bone than meat, their Sweet and Sour Pork is a bright red glutonous mess, among a few. Sometimes the employees there are stingy with filling the takeout containers although a few bargaining tactics should do the trick.

This location does allow you to dine in, with their cafeteria style self-serve philosophy. It's dirty and cold but when five dollars gets you a hot and healthy meal, it's hard to argue.

Perfect watering hole for students and value-conscious eaters alike.

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Great curry beef brisket
By hydeeho of Burnaby (182 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 12, 2009 - 1:00am [Dine in]

Whenever I have a yearning for curry beef brisket Kent's Kitchen is where I go. I have been coming here since it's inception decades ago. For value it can't be beat unless someone is giving food away. Nice to see they put in a number system as I was tired of getting elbowed by the ever present impatient crowd of people. Wish they would make this curry dish at the Victoria Dr store.

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Good for family on a tight budget
By Vancouver_foodlover of Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 12:36am [Dine in]

This is one of the main places I used to go a lot when I was a kid. the Rice/Noodle with 2 toppings combination can be equivalent to 2 MEALS! Talk about value.

They also have help yourself to free soup and tea which is an added bonus. This is probably the best value for food in all of Greater Vancouver.

Prices back were cheap and still remains cheap now!

I still go back there for one reason. To fill my stomach for $5!

Not one of the nicest place to sit and eat, but at that price, does anyone care?

High turnover on food so guaranteed fresh dishes that haven't been sitting there for hours.

It is packed almost all the time and expect to get cut in line. But who cares, it's not like your dish will run out.

Kent's is like a combination of cafeteria style mixed with McDonald's production.

For under $10, you can feed a family for 4, which is a steal these days. However food is average at best as dishes are produced en mass. So expect some discrepancies in some dishes if the sauces aren't mixed well.

But can't complain and say will go there on occassion, only cause it's cheap and portion is huge!

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McKent's take-out to GO!!
By richie_rich of vancouver (48 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 11:02pm [Take-out]

Hello there,

Been coming here for years...express take-out or sit in if there is space buffet style chinese fast food. For about 5 bucks excluding Hst...you get a choice of 2 items ( or even 3 items extra $$) and heaping scoops of white rice. Also, you can up grade your rice to fried rice or chow mein or even sticky rice...for a little bit more $. I usually get the beef with mixed veggies, sweet and sour pork, honey garlic spareribs,mushrooms with tofu, spicy pork with eggplant or somekind of greenery on a bed of chow mein noodles. The seafood selection is a bit extra as well...I think its 50 cents (right hand side of the counter).The portion size is hugh!! You can spread it out to two meals or stuff your face and then fall asleep. Of lately, they have added a ticket number tear off system located on the corner as you step in. Conclusion: cheap...YES!....greasy..OH Yeah!!...and of course...cash only!! Thanks for reading

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McKents for sure,,,, very low end Chinese food...don't expect much.
By 99north of Squamish (32 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2013 - 3:28pm [Take-out]

Well what can one say about Kent's Kitchen. Its fast and easy just like McDonald's, quality of food is well less than great. Its what you would expect given the look of the place, everyone from suits to street people eat there.
Make sure you kind of know what you want and then order,,,,there is no dissemblance of a line,,,people just go in front of you and even though you may have been there longer doesn't mean the servers behind the counter are going to take your order first. kind of a freeforall! and make sure you have CASH only.

The food is FAST food Chinese and sometimes surprisingly enough its not too bad but there are times when its not so good either. Don't look back in the kitchen,,,,if dirt and I am sure 100 health violations happening all at the same time turn you off,,,,you will not eat here.

I am sure at some point if not still there are some happy rodents running around!

The tables inside are gross,,,,never washed and all covered in god knows what....

Its just what it is,,,fast food Chinese to go............

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cheap chinese food....
By bumblebee7 of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 3:20pm [Dine in]

... cheap meals - rice and 2 items for $4.50 and they pile on the food.. (though I do notice that they're not filling it up as much as they used to) One order usually last me 2 to 3 days. Or Chow Mein or Fried Rice on it's own is about $5.00 and the container. This is a Chinese greasy spoon... "literally" as items tend to be on the greasy side. You order from a counter, much like in a food court in a mall.

There's no actual line up and people cut in front of you all the time. The servers don't seem to care who was first, neither do the patrons. So have your money in hand and make sure your presence is known when you want to order. Also helps to know what you want before you order as the serving staff are short on patience. They always asks you want you want, and if you point to something and ask what it is, chances are, they'll be telling you what it is and scooping it into your take out container/dish before you even have time to decide if that's what you want. So spend a few minutes to walk back and forth to check out the different selections.

Some items cost more, ie. seafood items are usually $1.00 more. Having noodles or fried rice instead of steamed rice also cost more. Their beef with peppers dish and soft tofu dish also cost $1.00

I would not recommend eating there as the tables are always dirty and it's first come first served. Plus you have to share tables.

This is not a "clean" looking place, so I'm sure somewhere along the line they've had rodent infestations. So as long as you know you're coming for budget food.

That being said, I've ordered here many times and haven't been sick (knock on wood).

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Ultra cheap plentiful Chinese food to go.
By mister_jacky of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2012 - 3:31am [Take-out]

Kent's Kitchen, been coming here for ages. Its dirty, its greasy, but you can get most items... they give you sooo much food and its stupidly cheap.

Make sure you get the food to go. Ya don't wanna dine in there!
Food is a lil greasy at times, but its pretty good... beats that mall Chinese or TnT takeout stuff.

Enjoy!

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ahhh..
By nonpartisan of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 9:15pm [Dine in]

this place is no great place, but for this kind of food, i did not expect much from it. the food had alot of msg in it. good value for the food, but lots of msg gave me a headache.

food is more like the dash and go food, food court food. not really my style, but had to come here to grab a quick bite.

no service at all.

value, is a bang for its buck for those whom are on a budget.

no ambiance at all,

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Cheap eats
By leChefdude of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, September 7, 2005 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

Good for some cheap and basic grub, there is good variety and for $5 bucks, you'll have dinner combo with some leftovers to boot. Biggest drawback is parking (London Drugs lot is small) and the line up can be about a 20+ minute wait during peak hours (dinner time)

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Been eating here since I was 8 and still going strong!
By sh0n of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 6:24pm [Dine in]

It's simple really.

Freshly made chinese food with many choices.

You pick either a rice or noodle + 2 toppings (choices - ranging from typical Canadian chinese dishes or the specialized chinese ones)

Costs about: $4.25 - $6.50

One of the best values in town for a quick lunch. Not much of an ambiance though so just grab the takeout.

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Great value ... All focus on food!
By PremSpring of North Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 31, 2006 - 10:50am [Dine in]

Excellent, classic place for CHEAP, QUICK, REALLY TASTY Chinese food. A mouth-watering display of dozens of freshly cooked dishes upon entering, served in generous heaping portions with free soup. Not necessarily recommended for a first date, as there is almost no emphasis on decor or polished service. But for those folks who are simply hungry and value-conscious, this place cannot be beat!

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Fast Food Chop Suey
By eilaw of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 28, 2005 - 2:27am [Dine in]

Decent food at low prices. Not a place to linger or for gourmet dining, but for a cheap Chinese meal and a classic Chinatown experience, this is a good choice.

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$5 lunch its big good and cheap
By Powderdog of East Van (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 6, 2005 - 2:05am [Dine in]

Look for the free soup at the end of the counter. I was here 5 times then someone told me about the soup. This is chinese steam table. line up with your money in hand( people with cash in hand get served first in Chinatown). Point at what you like, some of them speak English. Best steam table since sunrise shut theres

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