My family always has trouble deciding where to eat but this time, my friend had recently recommended Van Tea Cafe so that’s what I suggested. Van Tea Cafe is a HK style cafe located on the corner of 41st and Main. It doesn’t look like much on the outside but the inside has been renovated with a clean and spacious look.
They serve a wide variety of dishes from sandwiches to fried rice and noodles, noodle soup, hot plate combos and also more traditional Chinese dinner dishes. We decided to get some of the dinner dishes to share. If you order 2 or more dishes, you get free rice and the soup of the day.
The first thing we ordered was the Beef Brisket and Tendons. Despite what it looks like in the photo above, this is not a very big dish. Flavour wise it was good though.
Next we had the Fried Black Cod with Soy Sauce. The fish skin was really crispy and the fish was nicely cooked.
The Fried Pork Chop came with a good number of pieces and the pork was tender and well seasoned with a slightly spicy seasoning.
Lastly we had the Kung Pao Chicken. This came with an assortment of veggies and Sichuan peppers. It wasn’t actually that spicy and there wasn’t that much chicken. It was still tasty though and went well with rice.
Since this isn’t a full service Chinese restaurant, I thought their dinner dishes were pretty good. Some portions might not be as big but the price is a little cheaper. They were very generous with the rice and instead of giving us four bowls, they gave us a whole bucket!
I actually came back 2 weeks later for lunch. I had my favourite Thai Style Chicken Fried Rice and it comes with a hot drink. Their version was sweeter than other ones that I’ve had before but I still liked it.
The Beef Rice Noodles with Veggies came with a lot of baby bok choy and plenty of sauce. No complaints here.