My friends and I came here for lunch, even with a reservation we waited about 15-20 minutes for our table.
We had their butter beef, chicken wings, squids and a lemon grass dish and all was delisious! I love the food! Although I think it could be a bit less expensive for the portion size.
Servers didn't come around much and when they did they didn't seem very happy.
But overall I was very satisfied :)
We got there early and were seated right away. Had some beer while we admired the tome-like menus. Impressive selection, but we had our meals planned from what we heard recommended. Wings, garlic squid, and some noodles.
The wings were fantastic! Crispy and flavourful. We didn't really have time to enjoy them since all our food was brought out at the same time, but still. Best wings I've had in a while.
I had some beef stew with noodles, with the word hot beside it - wasn't really spicy to me, but I like my spicy food to hit me like a right hook.
The food was terrific, but either we did something to offend the waitress or she just wasn't in a good mood. I guess she can be that cold when the food she's serving is that good.
This place used to be one of my favorites and I would frequent it at least once a month. They have recently raised their prices making the price go from expensive to ridiculous. I can't justify the cost anymore. Also, when you order the chicken wings, they give you the tips of the wings and count that as one peice. Very tacky and stingy on their part.
A restaurant my family loves going and has been going since I was a child. The food never disappoints.
I always get the usual, dry rice noodle (extra large + fried egg) and it always tastes great. I use to go to the phnom penh on broadway since it's closer but now that it's closed we still make our way down to this location at least once every two weeks.
The service is what you usually get from a typical asian restaurant. Some of the new waitresses can act a little cocky at times and forget orders but since the restaurant is always so busy, I guess that's understandable
The value is great. I can always order my main dish plus a couple others (half order chicken wings + shrimp salad roll) and in the end it would only cost a bit over $12. Now I eat a lot so for a normal customer, I'd say the average would range from about $7-10 dollars.
Ambiance has been pretty much the same, it's nothing special but I always enjoy being in there since it's always crowded with happy people enjoying great food at a great price
This place is a must-try and you will definitely not be disappointed. A restaurant that will forever be in my mind whenever I wanna grab a tasty bite to eat.
I ordered the beef on rice with egg and it was delicious. The chicken wings were okay but were not my favorite. My husband ordered the Phnom Pho and he says was good.
The restaurant is clean, the server girl was attentive, she actually suggested what we ordered and those dishes were really popular as I saw many people ordering the same.
I have been going to Phnom Penh since I was 5 or so. And I can still remember the taste of the Hot and Sour soup with Prawns.
I ate there today, and just like always the food was amazing.
Deep fried Crab rolls are something I crave quite often. We also had the Chicken wings, calamari, Salad Rolls, Ribs, Prawns on sugar cane and of course the Soup. Everything was outstanding.
Service was friendly and efficient.
I will be going back very soon.
I visited the restaurant twice before I decided to review. I had the Beef Luc Lac the first time and the beef was smothered in sauce, even though the traditional version has a rather dry exterior. I also ordered the Vietnamese sour soup on both visits, and the soup tastes a like the real thing! However, the shrimp in the soup are not fresh and lack taste. The lemon grass chicken with rice was also ordered both times, and it was just really mediocre compared to other ones I've tried in a vietnamese noodle house.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this restaurant. The food is only decent, sometimes bordering on poor. The only thing I commend is their menu. It's probably the most diverse menu I have seen in a vietnamese restaurant.
I've only ordered 4 different dishes from the restaurant
Butter beef: EXCELLENT. rare beef, great sauce.
Lemon pepper garlic squid: similar to most calamari dishes I've had in chinese and other restaurants. At almost $16 for a large that's like 50% lettuce, it's over priced and it's hard to understand why the dish is listed on 100 things to taste before you die (in vancouver).
Beef on rice: a simple, tasty dish. The beef has good flavor, the fried egg is a nice addition.
Chicken wings: tastes good cause of the sauce (same sauce as the squid). But has anyone noticed a quarter to half of what you get is just the meatless wing tips? Disappointing.
Now the lemon pepper sauce served with the squid and wings is good but when I was a kid, my mom and grandma made the same sauce. It tastes the same anyway and if it's made the same the lemon comes from the green bottle, not fresh squeezed.
The place gets busy, the food is good, but the prices for some of the dishes are a bit high..or maybe a lot high. Guess it depends on how many wings with meat on it you actually get on a given day.
Have been frequenting this restaurant for years. We have always ordered the same dishes and have never been disappointed. The must haves are the fried chicken wings and the sliced tender beef served with a fried egg on rice. You will not go wrong with either of this dishes. Try getting there before 6:00 pm for dinner as there can be a line up during peak dinner hours. We are looking forward to enjoying this hidden gem for years to come.
Granted that I always order the same three things when I come here (chicken wings, beef luc lac and noodles), the food has always been solid. Yes, it does get quite busy on weekends and some weeknights but I don't think I ever waited more than 30 minutes. Definitely one of my favourite places to eat in Vancouver.
I ordered the deep fried chicken, a bowl of noodles that had a tomato soup base with beef brisket in it and beef rice(apologies for not knowing their actual English names, my mother ordered the food in Chinese). One thing i love about their deep fried chicken is that it doesn't taste bland and it's juicy. The soup base for the noodles were aromatic and full of flavor; however, i found that the beef brisket was quite tough. The beef rice is also very good, we added some money to add an egg in it and I find that the egg completes the dish.
The service there is very efficient and fast. On busy days, if you are by yourself or with another person you may be asked to share tables with people you don't know.
I would go there again.
This is a busy restaurant. We found a table for two on a late Saturday night and the place was still humming. I don't know why. Did we order the wrong items?
We started with the special Cambodian beef soup. It was similar to Vietnamese pho, except the broth was bland. The beef was very chewy. We then tried the dish that contained the word "Amok" and it consisted of seafood, chilis and coconut milk. The resulting dish was essentially one solid mass in a bowl, and it was difficult to discretely identify all that was in the dish (except for the two scallops on top and the cuttlefish inside). Our best dish was the gai lan with beef. The sauce was good and the gai lan was crispy. Again the beef was chewy (sinewy). We both went home on the hungry side as our appetites were somewhat discouraged.
The service was reasonable for a busy place.
The ambience was average and acceptable.
I give this restaurant an overall two star rating because of the food served during our visit. The food was not worth the price of the meal (about $35 with taxes).
Food comes out really fast and its declish!!!!!!!!!!!!
I always get the fried chicken wings and papaya salad as a sharing dish.
After the meal they're really good with cleaning your table and bringing the extra napkins and stuff. When you ask for something you dont have to wait. They bring it right away. (sauces, forks, etcetc) Great place to dine!
Growing up in Vancouver I have eaten at this place since I was a kid. It was classic weekend lunch with the family. I also used to frequent their Broadway and Oak location. Their food quality is consistent excellent. The dishes are tasty and full of flavors. Love their two kinds of dry noodles with broth on the side. Great oyster pancakes and soups. I will continue to visit this place for many more years to come.
Oh. My. God. The deep fried chicken wings with lemon pepper dipping sauce are to DIE for. Paired with the pea tips, it makes the perfect meal.
The cravings will come soon after. You'll be sitting at home, wondering who you can drag along to make them eat some chicken wings, sucking them into the spiraling addiction that is Phnom Penh's saltly chicken wings and sweet, garlicy pea tips. There's nothing in town like it.
The service here is acceptable. The prices are not too bad as well. The chicken wings are the BEST I would have to say. The ambience isn't that great probably due to an old restaurant in the core of chinatown. I would come again however.
I'd heard so much about this place, and I've eaten here twice based on all the Internet recommendations. Frankly, the food is decent but not particularly special, especially for the prices. The service is abominable -- I sat and watched as people who had gotten there after me ordered first and got their food before me, and waiters and the owner pass me several times while I was waiting with a closed menu and looking right at them before even realizing I was ready to order. Same thing happened when I was trying to pay. Come on, Phnom Penh, get with it!
In terms of ambience, it's maybe a notch above going to a banquet hall in the suburbs. Avoid this place, there are many other places to spend your money and you'll get better food and better service.
This is the only thing that can get me off those hungover- Church's-chicken-cravings :) And I guess it should also be healthier as well. The garlicy lemon sauce is to die for!
Also, the dry noodles are pretty good...I like them in egg noodles. and yes, I'm asian so I would like more liver please ;)
Make no mistake about it. The reason I go is for the food. Not the service, not the location, and not the ambiance. Not the whole menu is great, but order the right stuff and you'll go home happy.
Highlights (sorry for the makeup names):
Shrimp Soup - Sour, but deliciously so. Full of fresh stuff.
Dry Noodles with Everything - Incredibly sophisticated bowl of noodles. Again, full of ingredients from flavourful minced meat to aromatic cilantro to crunchy inerts.
Beef Luc Lac Rice - Sweet addictive sauce with beef... more rice please!
Fried Chicken Wings - Perfectly fried, perfectly seasoned.
Chicken Curry with bread - Exotic blend of coconut milk, curry spice, and sweetness from the yam. Perfect match with the bread.
*MUST TRY: Durian Sticky Rice - a layer of aromatic durian pudding minus the garbage-like odour on top of a bed of warm sticky rice, smothered in a thick coat of coconut cream. It's mind-boggling that durian can taste this good.
So, order the correct dishes and the meal will be rewarding.
730pm on a saturday night, the sky dumping tears over vancouver I arrived at Phnom Penh. The place was packed, a host quickly took our name and we were seated in a couple minutes. The menu feeling like a small novel loaded with culinary chapters had many choices. I settled on the number 6, It was 2 types of noodles(egg and rice) with beef chicken prawns vegis and a soup. Also ordered this red bean ice jelly drink that was simply orgasmic. The food came out in around 5 minutes which is unbelievable for how busy this place was. This place knows what its doing and does it well. A authentic taste of the far east at a great price makes this marver a happy camper. Bill came to 12 dollars before tip, I was stuffed and happy. A true gem.