A friend and I were taking our two daughters (ages 3 and 4) for lunch and decided to try this restaurant for a change from our usual go-to place of Bowl of Stars (a little further East on the South side of Kingsway - read my review).
It is a small, but clean place and it has lots of visual interest with the vines on trellis suspended from the ceiling. There is also some nice art-work on the walls and a pretty fish tank at the entrance (pet fish - not the kind you order to eat ;) The washroom was clean and well stocked.
We decided to go with three lunch specials: The Dan Dan Noodle Soup for $5.95; the Stir Fried Dry Green Beans (served with rice and soup) for $6.95 and the Stir Fried Pork with Green Pepper (served with rice and soup) for $6.95.
The dishes came promptly and they were all tasty. My own daughter probably ate more at this restaurant than she has eaten at most places. I found the food flavourful and well prepared. It was also a little different than most Canadian style Chinese Restaurants - a nice change.
The server was genuinely pleasant.
The entire bill, with tax and generous tip was $28. I found the value good.
I picked up a take out menu and I hope to bring the rest of my family here for dinner in the near future.
I live just 30sec walk from this restaurant. My roommate and I were planning to go to Honolulu Cafe for dinner but got bored with their selections so decided to try something different. When we went into this place, I wasn't expecting much, just something to fill my stomach.
The place is small, not that busy but for a Chinese type restaurant, service was darn good. I checked the menu and saw that they have a fried rice dish. I'm a fried rice fanatic, I judge a restaurant a lot by their fried rice. but tell you the truth, I wasn't expecting much as typically chinese style fried rice all taste the same.
Anyway, I ordered the fried rice, hot pot (a little pricey @$14), and some lamb soup. Dish came out promptly.
Now here's the highlight of my review: I have been to many many restaurants trying out their fried rices, this place beats them all by far. Hands down the best fried rice in town. It's not sophisticated dish, but they put chinese bacon in it which makes it taste so GOOD!
Hot pot dish was small but good enough portion for us. It has a strong flavor and somewhat different (in a good way) from typical hotpot I usually find in Korean restaurants which are pretty bland and sometimes bleh.
Lamb soup was very simple, nice good old broth with slices of lamb meat.
Our bill came to about $25 which wasn't bad at all considering how full we were and plus they served us pretty well.
I found this place just over a month ago, and I come every 3-4 days to try out different dishes. So far so good :)
I have yet to find a better Hunan restaurant in Vancouver or anywhere. The food is authentic from what I'm told by those who would know. Hunan food is spicy, but not numbingly spicy. It has other flavours besides only hot, peppery spiciness like Sichuan food.
You can tell they put in a good amount of effort into making the dishes. I have yet to have a dish that I did not enjoy. I come here once a month and always try something I have not tried on the menu. I even recommend some of the pork stomach. That is amazing if you know me.
The service is grand. Very friendly people. The chef/owner seems to enjoy what he does since he is always smiling.
You can tell that they have at least tried to add some decor, it is alright and at least clean.
If you like spicy food, you must try here.
My wife and I go here all the time, and sometimes do take-out. We've lived in this area for over 10 years. We used to go to this same restaurant location before it was sold and taken over by Lucky Noodle. The old restaurant was also Hunan food, and it was also good, but overall we prefer Lucky Noodle.
The food is extremely good. In terms of service they're fast and efficient and the quality of the food is always high. Sometimes you have to get their attention when you need more tea or another napkin, for example, but that's typical of many Chinese restaurants.
This area of Kingsway has always been very competitive for restaurants, and it's becoming even more so in 2013. More and more restaurants are opening up, and many of them are quite good. There are Szechuans, Hot pots, Japanese etc. but Lucky Noodle keeps drawing us back.
Check it out if you want some great hot spicy food.