Typical Family Style Chinese Restaurant. Well suited to larger groups as well.
I had walked past this restaurant on occasion during the lunch hour, but it was never open (it opens 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM - dinner and late night only). A friend had ordered for delivery and was impressed by their food.
I ordered for my hubby's birthday. Liking to sample many dishes and appeal to favourite of each family member, we ordered enough food to choke a proverbial horse LOL.
Lemon Chicken ($10.75); Chicken in Curry Sauce ($10.75); Dry Garlic Spareribs ($10.75); Prawns with Three kinds of Mushrooms ($15.50); Buddha's Feast ($10.75); Spicy Garlic Eggplant Szechuan Style ($10.75) Shrimp Fried Rice ($9.75) and Shanghai Style Fried Noodle ($8.75). The bill came to just over $98 and I gave the driver a $6 and change tip for a total of $105.00.
The woman who answered the phone was polite, repeated my order back and took my address and direction information carefully. She also accurately estimated the delivery time when asked. I noted that the take out menu stated, "VISA and Mastercard", but the woman advised that it was "cash only" for delivery. When advised of the printed menu's information, she stated that this was an old menu and that they changed it to cash only for delivery. I had the cash, so this wasn't a problem .... HOWEVER .... I picked up a copy of this menu FROM THE HOLDER ON THEIR FRONT DOOR EARLIER TODAY. They should really have new menus printed or manually change the current printed menu.
The other small hiccup was the menu's offer of 2 Free Cans of Pop with $20 to $30 delivery order and 3 Free Cans of Pop with orders over $30. I asked for 6 cans of pop, as I was ordering NINETY DOLLARS ($90) worth of food. I thought this was fair, but the woman advised that "her manager" wasn't there and that she could offer me five (5) cans of pop. I thought this was a bit nitpicky and would encourage the manager to give the okay to a little more flexibility for large orders like mine.
The food arrived at the appointed time, it was piping hot and all quite tasty. The driver was polite and the large order was well packaged in a sturdy box.
I found the veggies in the Buddha's Feast just a tad overcooked - but otherwise okay. All the food was generously portioned and had good flavour. I especially liked the eggplant and the prawns with three mushrooms. We will be enjoying lunches and dinner tomorrow and lunch the day after!!
I would happily order from here again. I would also be interested in dining in during the evening (as it seems there dine in menu has some good features).
Please note - on urbanspoon, a food blogger downloaded a menu - this menu is old and the prices of gone up a little, please confirm current prices when ordering if using this menu.
To recap - for DELIVERY. it is CASH ONLY.
We've ordered takeout from here several times now and are happy to have a new go-to Chinese restaurant. The food was REALLY good each time. Over the couple times we've ordered, we've had the BBQ pork chow mein (really good); prawns with 3 kinds of mushroom (outstanding); mushroom foo yong (possibly the best foo yong I've ever had); lemon chicken; deep fried tofu with vegetables; some kind of chicken and duck dish; and fried rice. The only dish that wasn't as good was the fried rice; it was kind of dry, so we won't order that one again. But the rest were all GREAT. I wasn't able to try the more traditional Chinese dishes as the people I was ordering with like the 'old favourites' but based on how good these dishes were, I'll definitely branch out more if I order with other people! I highly recommend this place. Can't really comment on the service as we didn't dine in.
Ordered off the set menu. 2 items with soup and rice. Food was alright but service was slow despite very few customers. Food was slow in coming and we were told the soup was not ready. What the heck dinner soup not ready at dinner time. When the soup did arrive we were halfway through the meal. Most distressing thing about this place is how the employees watch TV even while there are customers eating and waiting for food. Really didn't want to leave a tip but did anyways. I will never return here.
Had Celebration of life dinner here for passing uncle. Chef is one of his friends and he prepared uncle's favourite foods. All food quality was excellent without any shortcomings. Started with simple Chinese appy of roast pork and jelly fish followed by Fish Maw soup. Buddah's feast, fresh crispy skin chicken and honey garlic pork to follow.Then a Gai Lan dish with HUGE shrimps and squid. There was no sparing of quantities and again quality was second to none. Finalized with a steamed fish dish and oranges at the end. A very nice and pleasant typical chinese dinner. Uncle would be very happy man to see all his relatives enjoy their dinner so much. I can say that this restaurant may lack a bit of ambience, but it is Chinese. If its great food you desire, they can prepare it.
If you want really good Chinese food this is a place that has been around for 10 years and more. Not actually sure how long it has been here. The outside is nothing to look at but that doesn't matter.
Have been here for many family events, happy as well as sad.
Had a celebration of life dinner for uncle yesterday. This was a restaurant that I had gone to with him a few years back. He frequented it as he was friends with the management.
Started with jelly fish and roast pork appetizer. One of the more tasty versions. Followed by very tasty fish maw soup, best buddha's feast I have ever had, best crispy chicken as well. Juicy and tender. Vegetable dish with generous portions of both squid and shrimp, honey garlic pork chops and fish. Food was hot, well presented and very tasty.
I would like to think my uncle was smiling down on us, with a toothpick in his mouth, and pleased that we had enjoyed such a nice meal.
I love this restaurant. I've been here many times and everytime the food tastes fantastic and you get a very generous portion of the dish. I usually get a combo meal that comes with soup, few dishes, rice, and desert, and free crab! The soup is the typical chinese broth so not much to say about that. If you aren't familiar with the vast variety of different dishes the waitress will be glad to recommend something. Although the basic sweet and sour pork and fried rice are yummy, I urge you to try something you normally wouldn't get because you will be surprized by every dish you get. You will not leave with your stomach unsatisfied. The decor is not fancy but the food makes up for it.
If you are looking for little fuss, and great food at a great price than this is the place to go for chinese food. Bring a big group so you can order more variety.
-Sweet and sour beef ( I think it's better than the S&S pork)
-birds nest (made of fried yam) bowl with many kinds of vegetables and squid or shrimp
-perserved vegetables with shreaded beef (spicy)
-spicy garlic prawns (great deal for the amount you get (a plate full): not 6 for $8 like the western restaurants)
-their baked tapioka desert with pinapple bun like crust. Only comes in a full size pie.
Overall: Rose Garden has become our weekly eat-out restaurant of choice. After having a falling-out with this restaurant for about 5-6 years, we recently gave Rose Garden another try and fell in love with it over again. The food here is very good, and there is a ten percent discount off pick-up. This restaurant is relatively inexpensive and you get a lot of food for about 60 dollars that could last you for 2-3 days depending on your appetite.
Food: Good quality Chinese food. Especially the crispy skin chicken. I don't know how they do it, but their crispy skin chicken is very moist and not dry at all like most Chinese places. They give you lots of prawn chips too, not the usual, skimpy 6-8 chips. Their lovebird fried rice is so tasty and almost heavenly! The beef brisket is another favourite of mine. The beef was cooked to perfection and very tasty. Their chicken chowmein (soft noodles) is also very good, probably some of the best chow mein I've ever tasted. Their seafood chowmein is alright. They give you lots of seafood and don't skimp on the "good" ingredients. But I've tasted better seafood chowmein. At one time, their seafood hotpot was almost inedible because the deep fried tofu tasted sour. The prawns with scrambbled eggs are decent enough. Other than that, Rose Garden has been relatively consistent in regards to their food quality.
Service: Their service is bearable. Sometimes, when you pick-up food, they forget to tell you that it was ready while we were waiting, and the food was just lying there for 10+ minutes. In my childhood days, their service while eating in was pretty good. They are somewhat friendly and that's all one can ask for in a Chinese restaurant.
Value: Ordered five dishes and it cost only around 60-70 dollars. Plus, most of the dishes were seafood and the crispy skin chicken (whole) was already 18.50 which is quite reasonable. The food is very fresh.
Ambiance: Rose Garden needs to work on their ambiance. The place is nicely lit but looks really disorganized and everything is in disarray. They just leave dirty dishes in tub on the ground. This place is really old, so it definitely shows. The place usually isn't too busy. Most of the time, they have a handful of families eating in, but is hardly ever really busy.
If you are looking for a dependable restaurant that offers a good selection of dishes and good quality take-out, Rose Garden is a viable option and is definitely worth considering.