Simon's Kitchen serves Chinese food with no MSG. Most dishes are prices under $10. Free Delivery to the West End.
Didn't feel like cooking - who wants to cook on Valentine's Day? Took the kids, and headed to Dunbar 'cause we felt like hitting Mexicali. Oh no! Mexicali was closed - no note on the door saying why, no hours posted. Hmmm...looked next door, where Simon's Kitchen is located. Sounded good. After all - it's Chinese New Year!
The woman who served us was so sweet and personable - she brought special New Year's candy (you know - those yummy strawberry ones), and some fortune cookies for the kids. We decided to go with Lemon Chicken, Special Chow Mein, Chicken/Salty Fish Fried Rice, and Beef Chop Suey. The food came out very quickly, and it was all very good. A special mention for the Lemon Chicken - it wasn't overly breaded, as usual. Fried, yes, but a nice crispy/lemony experience. Special Chow Mein had pork, prawns, broccoli, etc., and was really good. One of the women serving us asked what we thought of the Chicken/Salty Fish Fried Rice (quite good). She told us that it wasn't as popular with Canadian people as it is with Chinese people - but we eat pretty much anything. I've been told that we caucasians don't like red bean soup. lol. I love the stuff. The portions were ample, and fed the four of us with a small container of leftovers to take home.
I noticed a couple of young guys across the way, with combo plates. They seemed pretty pleased too, and also had leftovers to take home! You can tell people feel at home here - a lone diner brought her leftovers to the kitchen to save the ladies a trip to the table.
We plan to return in the future to try some of the other dishes that sounded appealing!
Our family of 6 came here for dinner in May 2012. We ordered the ginger beer, vegetable fried rice, chow mein with prawns in black bean sauce, brocolli with garlic sauce, green beans and lemon chicken. I think this was the woste Chinese food I have ever eaten. The sauce on the ginger beef had a nasty, out-of--bottle flavor to it and the beef was stringy and tough. The vegetable fried rice was greasy, cold and tasteless. The chow mein noodles were either gooey with sauce on the top, and in an crunchy uncooked lump in the middle. The prawns, while large, were extremely fishy and unpleasant tasting,. My sister thought that the chicken inside the odd looking deep fried coating looked and tasted like canned chicken or something from a deli counter slab that had been sliced to 1/8'. We weren't even sure it was chicken. The only two edible dishes were the green beans (slightly overcooked but had a nice garlic flavour) and the brocolli (again overcooked and slighly yellow on the florets). I had to ask several times for water and when it was finally produced, the glasses and the water were warm (almost hot, I think the glasses may have come out of the dishwasher so at least we knew they were clean.) The evening was well rounded off with a dark black hair in the lemon sauce on the chicken dish. The waitress brought us a replacement quickly and was pleasant during out visit, but the horrible food and hair really turned us off.
I have a hard time understanding the previous reviews. The reason we tried this place was because of them, but they are extremely misleading. Overall, I would recommend that diners avoid this place (the indian restaurant a few doors to the south is much better) and we will never return.
I wanted to take the time to submit a review on Simon's Kitchen because my family and I love their food.
My wife and my two sons go eat there at least once a week or once every two weeks, I think it's the only restaurant we ever go to this regularly. It's always just a warm experience every time we go -- the food is always outstanding (the plates are a great size, we always have left overs), the service is just the best. Karen always gives a warm welcome to my two sons and they absolutely love her too. Can't say enough good things about this place. To make it short, if you're looking for a great, quiet, and satisfying place to bring your entire family for some chinese food for a fair price, go to Simon's Kitchen. Our favourite dishes are the Beef and Broccoli with Black Bean Sauce, Almond Chicken and the Chicken Fried Rice. My son loves the egg rolls!
Thanks Simon's Kitchen for always being a joyful experience for my family and I.
I took my mother there for her 70th birthday.
She was very happy with the food! I was suprised because she never dines out very much. But now, we often go to Simons Kitchen together if ever she's hungry for some chinese food!
They have great customer service, considering that they always greet us personally. The waitress remembers our name now.
Great value overall. I was very pleased overall, and fortunately enough, they're even good with delivery!
I was on a lunch break (on the first day) and while walking the block to find myself some quick food, I stumbled upon Simons Kitchen.
Right when I came in, I had a nice lady up to greet me. She welcomed me to sit anywhere I liked.
I ordered their Special Chow Mein.
It came within 10 minutes, and it was delicious.. I noticed on their menu that it stated they used NO msg! I couldn't be more happy. It came in such a big portion as well. I wasn't even able to finish it all!
I will definitely go back again.. I had a great experience. I finally found a good place to relax on my lunch break. :P