A casual Hong Kong Style cafe and restaurant with a well established name within the local Chinese community.
Came here to meet with a fellow colleague for lunch. We shared a couple of dishes and nursed the hot complimentary tea.
I ordered the House Special Chow Mein while my fellow eating partner picked ther Sinagapore Style Fried Rice. Average portions in comparison and ordinary in taste however typical quality of like cafes. The Fried Rice was better of the two mostly because the egg noodles used in the chow mein tasted a little stale.
Service was decent with no complaints. Waitresses were nonchalant but were readily accessible and topped our teas a couple of times.
Wouldn't write off this place. Warrants future visit.
Food: Really bland..everything here is bland. bland bland blanddddd. I had ox-tongue on spaghetti, and it was the stringiest ox-tongue I have ever tasted. Really poor quality.
Service: Slow service, unsmiling servers.
Ambiance: Decent. Nothing special.
Please stay away, there are so many better restaurants in vancouver!
I took some friends to try this place out since I enjoyed the North Road location, where I had the smoky beef noodles and and my wife had French toast a couple of months back. Both dishes were terrific.
This time (and location) we had the cod with gai lan which was nicely prepared. The fish was really tasty. We also had beef and pork satays. They were good too, and the iron plate kept them sizzling hot. We also tried the Hainan chicken which was too cold and not very flavourful. The honeymoon rice (yin yang chow fan) was also not very good, which was a shame since it is usually one of my favourite dishes. So half the dishes were good, half not so good.
The service was efficient, but not remarkable. As for ambience, it was pretty standard. The bathrooms could be a bit cleaner. I would return if Honolulu Café was closed, but otherwise probably not.
Cheap eats and good portions. Worth a try if you're on a budget.
Been here several times, food is decent. Service is decent. It's a good place to have a quick dinner with people who are not picky. Some items come with soup and drink which is a bonus.
They have some specialties as promoted by the restaurant - ie the HaiNam Chicken, or the Curry dishes. Both were good.
Price is reasonable. Typical average HK cafe type restaurant.
Yup, I remember it well: well worn vinyl bench seats, some having rips in them, about a dozen booths, about six tables with four chairs around each table, a couple of large rounds to accommodate larger parties, bright white fluorescent lights, spartanly decorated restaurant, small cramped somewhat outdated washroom, simple Chinese music in the background, Chinese kitchen staff bringing items out intermittently. Wait a second, that wasn't 30 years ago, that was tonight!
The female servers were really nice, polite, English speaking, smiley, and constantly offering more tea/water. It was a pleasure to find a Chinese restaurant where you didn't have the food thrown at you, receive the "Chinese Scowl" or feel the tenseness from a server either in tone-of-voice or physical action. These women were all great.
The food was solid, no complaints; although if there was a bit more variety in the ingredients within each dish that we ordered it would have been a bit better ( perhaps it was our fault, maybe we should have made different choices?) . Having said that the dishes we ordered were done very well, all were done to how I expect a Cantonese Chinese restaurant in this price range to offer. If I was to compare this restaurant to say Hon's or a take out place like Kent's Kitchen I much prefer the quality of food from Mui Garden. There's less of a MSG aftertaste, and not so much of a greasy taste in their food. Good job.
Three dishes @ $33 was more than enough to feed the three of us and I'm sure we'll come back again. And oh yeah, the ambiance wasn't that bad it's more like a frugal Chinese diner that you'd find in Chinatown only here it's mid-Main.
called for "delivery" twice with the worst service ever. the lady does not come to your door, had to leave my apartment to go to the lobby to greet her because "parking is bad" and she does not carry any change and took a $50 for a $40 bill. will not ever go back again
don't. it's not exactly good value/lunch specials
food is disgusting. oily, bland, very sloppy. it's not the mui garden it used to be. this used to be the best location in this chain restaurant. the ambiance is like eating in a cafeteria except it's dirtier.
i'd rather eat instant noodles
We heard that this place was a great place to eat, so we went there for dinner tonight. It was getting pretty full when we grabbed our booth. We saw a couple of other tables having the Hainese chicken, so we decided to order it as well. We were disappointed to receive our dish of chicken (it was all yellow and old looking), while the other tables that ordered the same dish looked fresh and white. Maybe because we were Caucasian and they didn't think that we would complain ?? We would have sent the chicken back, but I'm told never to send food back to the kitchen once you've received it - so we didn't.
The rest of our food - pork cutlet chops, boneless curry chicken and honey & garlic spareribs were just okay. I was not impressed with our meal at all.
Sorry to say, but we probably won't be coming back to this restaurant anytime in the near future.
As for the "kitty poop" smell that the previous writer was enquiring about .... we saw a beautiful cat in the restaurant (walking around underneath the tables). It looked like it had a blue fur! Beautiful creature... but in a restaurant? Maybe it's kitty litter needed to be cleaned the time that you went in.
went here as a a party of 2 on a Friday night, parking was bad in the area and had to park on a side street about 4 blocks away. Lots of restaurants in the area so parking is at a premium. I like thie restaurant because of the friendly service and the main seating area is mostly booths which i prefer over tables and chairs. Tea and menus were served promptly and we ordered the standard. Curry beef, gai lan and beef, fried green beans. their skewers are good but we did not get them on this trip.
no complaints here, food, service and as expected.
Boy, this is my neighborhood chinese joint. I go here for their wonderful curries and Hainanese Chicken. They have a special dinner for 4 that includes the above and a soup, veggies and dessert for $30 - a very good deal. The ambience is sub par but who cares, the food is good. The have specials before 5pm that are a steal. Ask for the English version of the specials if you can't read Chinese.
Not impressed with the dated '80s interior.
The price point is high for this type of Chinese restaurant. Practically $1-$2 more per dish than similar Chinese restaurants on Main Street.
My standard order in these restaurants is Beef Brisket & Tendons with Noodles and I was terribly disappointed here. The rice noodles were clumpy, beef brisket very fatty, tendons very chewy (not melt in your mouth as I prefer) and broth quite bland. (Hard to believe that you had to pay a surcharge if you wanted instant noodles!!!!!!!)
The service was good - nothing special. I noticed that they were very attentive with regulars and also of the fact that they would discourage customers from sitting in the booth close to the drafty door.
As I went with a friend to talk mostly, the food was more of a distraction and nothing special to write home about. So my overall impression is just okay. I wouldn't rush back any time soon. There are similar if not better Chinese restaurants on Main Street to go to.
My family goes to this restaurant once in a while, and the service has always been good. All the waitresses are super friendly (which is kind of rare in Chinese restaurants). They even remembered that my mom would prefer to have hot water rather than tea the last two times we dined there. Their food is solid, and we don't have to wait long for the food to show up on the table. Their Hainanese Chicken and green beans are excellent, though the other dishes are also pretty good. The portions are quite generous making it a very good deal for a decent dinner. We have used their take out and delivery service which were equally good.
solid restaurant that opened more than 10 years.. solid food quality... the curry is the best in town. also, the hainanese chicken is very good too... the western style food is not so good. however, the asian style food like "signapore noodle", "beef noodle" is very tasty... also, the entree dishes is good too.
We've been here maybe 40 times in the last 6 years. The chicken curry is deliciously smooth. The spicy green beans are always cooked perfectly and nicely flavoured. Another favourite is the sweet and sour pork - yum yum!
Service is ok, pretty efficient and friendly. I'm surprised that others have had bad experiences, we never have in all our visits.
Place gets pretty busy in the evenings and I've seen line ups more than a few times.
Great food! We had all sorts of dishes, from Won Ton soup, to beef noodles, etc etc. All the food was great. No complaints about the food at all. But why does the place smell like cat poop? Meow Garden or Miu Garden? I have only been once, so someone please correct me if this is not always the case.
...and I did too. The food at MG was fairly good (a solid 3.5). For those who have not been there the Main St. location can best be described as an upscale noodle house, so there was nothing special in this regards. The food is quite good though and a bit different from the usual cantonese style of food (less salty, a little sweeter). The satay chicken skewers were tasty, the price was a bit steep at $7.50 for 6. It was served on an hot iron hotplate, but I would have perfered more skewers with less presentation. Next we had the eggplant & chilli hotpot, which went well with rice. But the best part of the meal was the the curry beef brisket, smooth and coconuty. The meat was good, but the sauce was amazing. This resturant is now on the repeat list.
We went because Helen's Restaurant was closed! and we were walking and we were hungry. The service was so fast we couldn't believe it! Very friendly staff. Great value. Only negative was that they were out of the first 3 drinks my 11 year old chose... not enough to deter us from going there again. We had BBQ pork fried rice, honey garlic ribs, udon noodles with BBQ pork, cod with bean cake hot pot, and won ton soup... our sons got their drinks for free (mango slush and iced blueberry tea... which they loved). We've found our new Chinese restaurant!
There's a Mui Garden nearby in the neighbourhood and I've tried it a few times. I find it just okay - a decent place to eat if you're looking for something basic and simple - but definitely not good. My sis and I both ordered noodles and the soup broth was very oily making the noodles unappetizing. We also ordererd HK style milk coffee, but was given milk tea instead. We wanted the server to take the drinks back but she didn't speak English well and was very very hard to flag down, even though the restaurant wasn't very busy. Chinese speaking customers were given more attention than us, too.
I probably would give this restaurant a better review had it not have been for the poor service. When the waitress was needed she was nowhere in sight. Only when we wanted to pay the bill and leave did she start getting attentive.
I have never been a fan of Curry until I was taken to Mui Garden. I would say that this restaurant has the best Asian curry I have ever had.
The curry here is absolutely perfect. It's rich but I don't find that I feel sick (or guilty!) afterward. If you're ordering Beef curry make sure you ask for the beef separately cooked from the curry sauce. Once you get it you mix the two and dish! With Chicken curry eat it as it is.
The malaysian roti isn't so bad to have with the Curry either!
The service is nice. I've never had bad service. They're always attentive with a smile on their face. It's great going here, I love it. I hope you come here too!!!