A casual Hong Kong Style cafe and restaurant with a well established name within the local Chinese community.
On the wall is a huge framed award from the Richmond Review for the best Chinese restaurant in Richmond for 2005. There are now 4 Mui Gardens. Not quite sure what happened on Vic Drive because our meal was very ordinary. Bland Chinese food with little flavour. When we asked for some soy sauce the server brought us a little dish of ketchup. How does ketchup sound like soy sauce?? When we wanted to pay the server was nowhere to be found. When she came out of the kitchen it was obvious she had been on a meal break. Well, don't think I'll be back again for a while.
Mrs. C and I were craving lunch and we decided to try this MG location. The ambiance is like the others in the chain, except this one is the cleanest, including the w/c. The service was as good as at other MG's. I had the usual beef brisket curry w/rice, which was excellent. Mrs. C. had duck with noodle soup. Also thumbs up. We also had BBT: coconut milk tea and mango green tea. Both were just right.
Portion sizes were great, and the price was right. This place isn't fancy, but if you want to eat and feel happy afterward, try it.
Mui Garden is where my entire family goes often, with family friends too of course. It's not a place to bring your date and dazzle him/her with their amazing service and ambiance and whatnot. It's a Malaysian/Chinese food place.
The restaurant overall is moderately clean. The prices are pretty good, it's not super expensive. Because we come here often to eat in and do take outs, we know the waitresses pretty well so the service is great. They're very friendly with us and come back often to do refills and such. The orders come promptly and usually end with a free dessert- something along the lines of red bean soup or this sweet potato sort of soup.
Food here is absolutely delicious. Before I turned vegetarian, I often ate here and tried some of their items. I am in love with their curry. It's sooo good. With their special rice, which already has a flavouring. The curry sauce itself is really good when it's mixed with plain rice. The beef brisket can be a tad bit fatty sometimes though. There's always potatoes in there as well. But it's really yummy- and no it's not an authentic Indian curry at all, so don't complain about that. The hainanese chicken (it's free range I think) is really great too, with either the usual ginger dip or a semi-spicy dip and roasted peanuts. Their skewers are a must, I think the favourite would probably be the chicken one and not the beef. It comes with cucumbers, pineapples, and this dip (unsure what it is, don't usually use it). The stir fried peas (forgot what it's called) are super yummy but a bit oily. It's a little spicy but it's not soggy with oil, very crunchy. But yeah, I love their food so much.
Honestly, you'll have to try for yourself. But if you come here, YOU HAVE TO TRY THE CURRY!
came here with my family for lunch about a week about because i saw how it won an award for a certain category (cant remember what) for oriental food in the vancouver sun.
the taste and flavor of the food was decent, similar to a hons which isnt a bad thing.. its great when you are hungry and want a quick and cheap fix. we ordered this hot pot cod dish with tofu & vegetables which tasted the best of all the dishes that we ordered, the portions were good for the price ($12) that we paid.
service was okay... the waitresses do not really speak english and they basically just take your order; you have to call them over for everything else.
the prices in general are very reasonable... 95% of the dishes are less than $12 so you get your values worth. bang for your buck which is always nice.
its a loud environment... which is typical of a more fast-food oriental restaurant but again, all oriental restaurants are loud. not too much in terms of the decor, not alot to say in this field.
overall, i would return if i was in the neighborhood.. otherwise, there are just too many other places that serve the same quality food and there is nothing here really to draw me back again.
I've decided to go to this Mui Garden on a busy Saturday afternoon lunch hour to get one of their famous free ranged chicken.
As the waitress picked the seats for 3, I sat and noticed a awful smell (I was hungry so my smelling sense was grown.) It smelled like the Mens Washroom, urine and all, I've wasn't even close to the washrooms. I've asked to move elsewhere and told them why exactly and they moved me like normal to a window seat.
I've ordered the chicken as planned for 9.00 as planned and when I've received the chicken, it was a really small portion, like tweety bird small. I've told them this and they happily replaced it with some reasoning, it was still small and then I've gave up asking. The rice that came with it was regular and kinda dry. I've had to eat all of it ask I've already ordered it.
While almost finishing eating it, two guys came in near my table and started playing their Iphone racing games with their speaker blasted on full volume. I said that was it, so I've paid, left little tip about the service, and felt disatisfied.
In conclusion, I WILL NEVER GO TO MUI GARDEN AGAIN and suggest that everyone should avoid going much like avoiding someone elses piss.
2 out of 10 FAIL
Out of the many many chinese fast food restaurants in the city, I think Mui Garden is one of the better ones. The family comes here fairly regularly, and they like the 'famous' hainanese chicken. This chicken is supposed to be fairly tasteless but it's judged more on the smoothness of the chicken than on flavor. It's not really supposed to come out flavorful, you can dip it in the ginger sauce that comes with it. I like the spicy green beans, and although many cheap chinese restaurants that serve this dish, they do it best. This is a place for an inexpensive, quick meal, and Mui Garden is one of the better restaurants in that category. Will be back.
Food quality and service have gone downhill. Curry (Malaysian style) is the only thing that is still good. We had the 8-person dinner set last night which we regretted ordering due to limited choice of dishes and its portion - not enough for eight. Their claim to fame Hainan Chicken was blend and unappealing. Service was slow and sporadic, I don't recommend this place.
Mui Garden is very much like any other chinese restaurant I find. Poor service in general where they don't really speak to you much and toss around your change when you're paying your bill. But the food there is really good. So I typically just grab take-out and go. You have to try their curry, I think it's one of the best curries I've ever had. The restaurant itself is convenient to get to also.
They have over 100 items on their menu, and this location was the first to open in 1994. They've got the best curry I've ever tasted, try the beef brisket or the seafood curry if you're into seafood. The Hainan chicken comes with delicious rice that's been specially cooked for this free range chicken. Oh, this location probably has the highest standard out of the other branches. Order the stuff that's on the placemat it's their signature stuff. They've got one of the best French toast combos...well it's hard to screw up but where else can u get a drink and French toast for $3? Service is average, like most Chinese places, but the food's fast and tastes fantastic and at a very affordable price.
I had heard that the food and the service at the Mui Garden on Victoria was pretty bad but I had to try it to see for myself. I definitely regret going. I rated the food, service, value, and ambiance as being 1 - poor. I really didn't want to rate this place as being this poor, I'm a pretty positive person, but there was nothing that could justify me giving this place a higher score. I had ordered the beef fried rice. When it arrived I thought they had made a mistake with my order. It is the first time I had seen beef that could be mistaken for chicken. The beef was so pale in colour that it did not look like beef at all. When I asked the waitress if there had been a mistake she said no and that it was indeed beef fried rice. That was fine but what really bothered me, and which would bother most people I think, was that she then said in a very condescending way that I could have smelled it to see if it was really beef fried rice. Firstly, it didn't smell of anything, that's just how bad it was. Secondly, what kind of attitude is that for a waitress? It just boggles my mind when a person whose job is customer service related has no idea what customer service is. Not only did it not smell of anything it also did not taste of anything. It was odourless and bland. It felt and tasted like I was eating air. It cost $9 but it looked like the size of $5. The portion was small. Having said all that the ambiance, on the day that I went, was non-existent. It honestly felt like I had stepped into a funeral home or a doctor's waiting room. I could think of better ways I could have spent my time and money. If you're planning on trying this place out please don't waste your time and money and go elsewhere.
I've been there with my family numerous times and it all turned to be okay. People think that the curry and hainanese chicken are the best but actually they are not. The curry came out to be just spicy and yellow which is what you except. However our's came out cold and tasted just spicy without the fresh smell of curry. The hainanese chicken is the worst of all. They say it's one of the best dishes and famous one's in Mui's Garden. But in my opinion the chicken is cold, frozen, no taste and it's like it has been in the fridge for ages. You can't expect to much. But I will somehow recommend for people without high expectations. The service is somehow okay, and some of the waiters talk and speak in a loud voice. Overall, it's not a very busy restaurant so you don't have to wait.
The Victoria Dr. Mui Garden has got to be my favorite Mui Garden of all. They have a lot of dishes on their menu, but what I think will get you the most bang out of your buck is their 'Tea Time Combo' menu, which is served from 11AM till 6PM. Everything on the menu is around $7 and the portions are huge which includes a cold drink.
I highly recommend the BBQ Pork with XO sauce on Udon, the Spaghetti Bolognese and the Baked Cod with Corn on Rice. These three are definitely my favorites. They don't make them the same at the other Mui Gardens, and the chili oil here is to die for.
The service is decent. Most of the waitresses speak English, and they really try their hardest. Sometimes the place gets a bit busy (usually around lunch) and you might have to wait for a table, but it's worth it. The environment is much like what you'd expect from a HK Style Cafe-Restaurant: nothing too flashy.
Be warned though, your clothes will reek of the food you just ate when you leave.
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