Login or Register
Do a search below using the city or postal code search box if your city is not listed above.

This restaurant is permanently closed.
3
  • Food3
  • Service2.5
  • Value3
  • Ambiance2.5
  • Reviews14

Ginger & Garlic

7771 Westminster Hwy, #180
Richmond, BC V6X1A4
Tel: (604) 273-0838
Neighbourhood: Brighouse

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 14 of 14 Reviews FoundSort: Useful | Helpful | Reviews | Date
I prefered the old Honolulu.
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2008 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

As much as I would have liked to agree with the previous reviewer, I did not have a great dining experience at lunch here there other day. It wasn't horrible, but I thought it was better as Honolulu (mind you, last time I was here when it was still Honolulu, I received really crappy service).
I got here close to noon on Friday and there was barely anyone in there (never the case before). We were "greeted" by a server with a lazy finger beckon as she continued with her conversation with the other table. Menus were thrown onto the table shortly after.

I think the only positive things I could say about this place are that the restaurant looked clean and the prices were good.

The food...you could do much better elsewhere in Richmond.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Solid HK food
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2008 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C craved HK comfort food, and so did I. We thought Richmond would offer the best selection, so off in the chasiucruiser we drove, heading for where the food is. The double G looked inviting, and there was parking. That decided the matter.

This place bills itself as a HK and Malaysian café, and that may be, but this time we had HK food. The restaurant is nice enough and looks like a Denny’s, but with a definite HK sensibility. The servers were knowledgeable and fast, and the place was clean including the w/c. The menu was huge and it took several minutes to decide. I finally went with a special of the day, which had a steak, 2 pork satay, and some spaghetti and steamed veggies with soup and dong café. Mrs. C had a combo like mine but with fish and ribs.

The borscht was awesome! That set the tone for the whole meal: tender steak, tasty satay, and perfect side dishes. Yum! Mrs. C reported her food to also be fantastic. We gobbled up the food and felt the warmth of the meal fill our bellies and our souls with delight. Having no amah to cook for us, this is the only way to get the food we crave. And it was dirt cheap, with the two of us eating like tai pans for twenty bucks.

Maybe it was just a matter of the right meal at the right moment, but we were very satisfied.

Recommended.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance

<More reviews below advertisement>

Good Cheap HK Eats
By sinner of North Vancouver (71 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

A colleague and I ate here for lunch yesterday. We shared three dishes for about 20 bucks plus tip... pretty sweet deal. Singapore vermicelli was quite good and plentiful, hainanese chicken was bland and the seafood noodle "mini-wok" was just OK. Service was quite quick but the menu has a couple of issues with it... Many menu items which are nearly identical and interchangeable and there are NO vegetable dishes whatsoever... Trust me, I looked. Service was pretty good for an asian restaurant. Come here if you're in the neighbourhood, but don't come out of your way...

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
good late night deals
By adidaf of Richmond (64 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 22, 2008 - 6:13pm [Dine in]

Their late night meals great deals. Good sized meal with drink for $8 (sometimes less) and that includes tax and tips. Most things taste ok, although I stick to the curries and baked rice/pasta items. The fried rice and noodles I find too greasy. Service isn't great but they are fast and efficient. Wish the place was a bit cleaner though.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Food for Cheap!
By grubby of New Westminster (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 12, 2008 - 6:25pm [Dine in]

I had a laksa craving and somehow we ended up here. I ordered the singapore laksa (rice noodles, curry soup base, hard boiled egg, bean sprouts, chicken and fish cake). It was pretty good! All that and a free cold drink upgrade!

I enjoyed it so much we went again during the week and ordered the Chinese dinner combo- 2 dishes (beef & kailan and cashew nut chicken) and a free side of your choice with soup & rice. Hahah! Forgot to mention that the cashews were replaced with peanuts. We ordered the roti canai free side and it was pretty good. Fluffy fried dough with curry dip.

We haven't been there since, but I think if you're at Richmond Centre and have an iced milk tea craving, just cross Westminster Hwy and you're here. Not bad at all....and I'm a sucker for HK cafe foods.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Best overall in value and food
By makeup_girly of Vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

We have been to this restaurant a few times for lunch / dinner. We still leave giggling and rubbing our hands gleefully at how little we have to spend to get pretty darn good food.

We have stuck to the curries, fried noodles and soups so far. We have not ordered other a la carte dishes simply because we have not had the opportunity. We will when we get a chance.

If you are suspcious, get the deal where you pick a drink, soup, entree (pick your entree such as rib eye steak), starch and assorted accompanying goodies--all for about $9. I feel like rubbing my hands together gleefully just thinking about it...

The restaurant gets really busy at lunch and decor is nothing much. Servers are efficient and for the most part pretty good.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance

<More reviews below advertisement>

Cheap
By Heidi_K of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 12:56pm [Dine in]

The title refers to not just the price but also the ambiance (well actually the word does not apply to this place) and the service should be added to the food. The ingridients and taste are sparse and the service (another word that does not belong) really careless. Why don't they charge a little more so they can offer service if that is what it takes?
The food is completely tasteless.
I suggest you go to the food court or the dozen restaurants in the area if you like to eat. Only reason to come here is because the you can only afford $10 for lunch and no more.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Cranky server ruined an otherwise blah experience
By redpanda of Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 7:29pm [Dine in]

My parents were regulars at the old Honolulu cafe and they still go to Ginger and Garlic sometimes. We went with them sometimes and the most recent visit was very disappointing. Overall, it seems like this restaurant is going downhill.

Food: The food, as usual, was blah. The "steaks" that hubby and my dad ordered were super-thin slices of beef that must have had beef tenderizer in them - no wonder they don't even ask how well you want it done. The "black pepper" sauce had very little taste and lots of oil floating on it. Mom's beef and bitter melon rice had beef that tasted of beef tenderizer. My "sweet and sour fish nuggets" were probably the best of the entrees - not bad. On the bright side, the mango bubble tea was tasty.

Value: The "2 meats for 8.95" special wasn't too bad considering BBT was included, but the food lacks the quality so the value isn't as good as you think. My "Taiwanese set meal" wasn't good value. It was $8 with a small main dish, rice, and a couple of tiny veggie sides. Typical Taiwanese restaurants would charge less than that. I wanted to order a hot pot, but it doesn't come with any sauces and it's $8.50, which again is steeper than Taiwanese places.

Ambiance: Blah (though I might actually give it 2.5 stars). The bench seats are getting torn. The floor is not the cleanest. A bunch of large TVs around the room is another minus, though typical of HK style cafes.

Service: This was the kicker. Our server was a rude young guy. When I asked if the Taiwanese hot pot came with sauce, he said "no" and was pretty annoyed that I had bothered to ask him. The kicker was when he brought the soup. As he was coming with it, he slammed the plates (that come under the soup bowl) at a neighboring table and yelled "quiet!" at the kids there before picking the plates back up immediately mixing up our soups with the next table's soups (we had 2 soups - they had 4). I have never seen a server act so rudely to a customer before! It took us a while to get his attention and tell him that our soups were mixed up. He then unceremoniously switched the soups without even an apology to either table. Luckily, cranky server got off his shift before our meal was over. While not as rude as him, the next servers made their faux pas too. One server dropped off the bill before we were even finished. Another server tried to take away a plate that still had food on it without even asking first. They were slow in taking the change back to us. What's worse is that there's a message on the bill that suggests tip percentages (how rude). They were lucky that my parents were paying - otherwise they might not have gotten any tips.

Needless to say, I'll avoid the place unless/until service and food quality go up.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
My wife's favorite
By JJWOW of richmond (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 12:20am [Dine in]

been here a few times now after reading the reviews on here. decent food for the price. lots of items to choose from. Usually comes with a cold drink of sort.
if there is nothing in the fridge and hungry for a quick meal i recommend going here. dinner for 2 people usually is around less than $20 with tip.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
One great dish!
By Pooky of Richmond (15 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is in the same building where the old Honolulu Cafe use to be. I think it has the same owners as well.

The setup is pretty much the same as in Honolulu, and they serve many of the same dishes. I would like to point out that their breakfast dishes, though cheap, leave much to be desired.

On to lunch. Their baked dishes come in these metal bowls. I have never seen this in a HK cafe before, so it was kind of neat. But the reason I gave this restaurant a 4 rating is because of their Chicken A La King in Thick Toast. Yes, it sounds kind of strange. I only ordered it after seeing another table order it. It is half a loaf of fresh bread that has been hollowed out. They put the chicken and cream sauce into the hollowed out bread, so the bread acts like a soup bowl. The middle piece that had been scooped out is placed on top. The dish is then baked. The end product looks really cool and it tastes great. And it is under $6!

I would seriously go back to this place just for that one dish.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
A good dishes
By Beed of Surrey (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

The restaurant atmosphere is relaxed and service was quick. This has a feeling of a HK cafe restaurant. The food can get greasy, but very tasty. With a variety of menu items to chooses from, I'm sure you can find something of your liking.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Nothing special but good enough
By ono_eats of Richmond (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 11:12pm [Dine in]

My husband loves this place because you can get a drink and a meal for under $7 at breakfast and lunch. The best thing is that you can get a cold drink at no extra charge. Breakfast is the standard of 2 eggs, bacon (or some other breakfast meat) and toast (or a Chinese style bun) plus you can add a Hong Kong touch to your breakfast by adding a soup noodle dish.

The ambiance is nothing special but your typical Hong Kong style cafe. The menu is diverse with a Malaysian influence.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
garlic anyone?
By all4movies of Richmond (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 31, 2008 - 8:25pm [Dine in]

The atmosphere was similar to the Honolulu restaurant that was previously here. Typical HK cafe.

I found the added malaysian flavours an interesting addition to the HK cafe style of food. I had the steak and rice combo and was impressed by the very garlicky sauce on top.

Good value and love the garlic.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Cheap
By bcrunner of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 5, 2009 - 12:06am [Dine in]

I took my visiting in-laws from southern California to lunch here with the family. It was busy and service was brisk. The lunch menu had a variety of dishes, all at cheap prices. The meat and vegetable soup that came with the lunch special (about 8 bucks) was good, but the chicken was mostly fat and the fish and rice portions too small. We ended up ordering extra rice.

The service was below average - the waitresses kept forgetting to bring the extra rice and utensils that we had asked for (there were 6 of us). Also, my in-laws paid with US cash (at a one to one exchange rate), but were told that they needed to add more for a tip (Their intent was to tip after taking care of the bill first). This seemed a little on the rude side.

Perhaps with a better knowledge of the menu in question at this restaurant the food would have been better, but there are many better choices for service and food in this area of Richmond.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance