We were going for lunch for my mom’s birthday and she was craving Mui Garden so we went to the Main Street location. It looks a bit dated inside but has that HK style diner feel to it. There are booth seats on one side of the restaurant and regular tables on the other side and some larger tables at the back.
Their lunch menu is really cheap and fairly extensive! I think their prices haven’t increased in the last few years? Everything is less than $10 and some items are like $7.95. AND a hot or cold drink is included! Continue reading →
It was about time that I got my hands on some Thai food which I clearly don’t eat often enough! We arrived at Sawasdee Thai for lunch and they were understaffed so we had to wait 10 mins for a table even though they had tables but they weren’t cleared and there were only two servers working.
Since we had to wait for a table, we spent our time deciding what to order. All their lunch specials are under $10 and come with a spring roll and a skewer. They are also closed for lunch on Mondays.
I’ve only been to Guu for lunch once I think and the other times were always for dinner. Hence I did not know they had such great lunch specials! Everything was $8-10 which I think is a pretty good deal. Usually for dinner they have small tapas that are meant to be shared so it was weird seeing larger portions here.
This was the Curry Doria. It was a delicious combination of chicken, corn, onion, curry, creamy white sauce on rice with melted cheese!!! I think the melted cheese sealed the deal on this. On the menu they don’t have it with curry but my friend who has been here before asked if they could add the curry since she’s ordered it before and they said it was ok. Of course it is a heavy and filling meal since it was very cheesy and creamy. I can’t believe I haven’t tried this sooner!
It also came with a side salad to offset the heaviness from the Curry Doria.
I had the Tamagotoji-Don with deep fried chicken, egg, onion and dashi broth on rice with a side of miso soup. The portion of chicken was huge! It was slightly sweet and very tender. The egg was mixed into the rice with the broth so it was on the wet side but it was really addicting! Also, I love fried chicken! Some of the pieces were not crisp anymore since the rice was wet but I didn’t mind. So glad I ordered this hehehe They also have the option of just the deep fried chicken on rice with no egg for $1 less.
The rice bowl was a pretty good size and the lunch menu is cheaper than places like Kingyo and Suika. I was also surprised that it was much cheaper than dinner!
I’ve been meaning to try Bob Likes Thai Food for while especially due to the funky name. Yes I’m a sucker for cool names. The restaurant was empty except for us at 1pm on a Friday afternoon and no Bob in sight of course. Bob is suppose to represent the average Joe who likes Thai food. We were about to find out if we were going to be a bunch of Bob’s that day.
All lunches are $9!
My friend ordered a Thai Iced Tea and it was served in this tall skinny glass. I’ve never tried Thai Iced Tea before so this was my first time. It was really good! It was comparable to HK style milk tea but a lot sweeter. The lady who served us said that they don’t use condensed milk in their version which is what is traditionally used I believe.
Dream Sushi is a small restaurant located on the corner of Main and 28th. I’ve noticed it passing by but was never enticed to try them out until one of my co workers suggested we go for lunch. They have a lunch special where you can choose two items from a small selection of rolls and hot items for $6.50 and it comes with miso soup too. That’s not a bad deal if you get two rolls so it would be $3.25 each! The dinner special is $12.95 and you can choose 3 items and it comes with miso soup and salad. They also do a lot of specialty rolls which are all $8.95.
For my lunch special, I got the Pork Gyozas which comes with 3 pieces. These were fairly standard nothing special.
I also had the Spicy Salmon Rolltoo. It was alright and there wasn’t too much rice.
Chopped Scallop Roll and 2 pcs Toro Nigiri.
This was the Peking Duck Roll which was recommended by one of my co workers. It had duck in the middle and the crispy skin on top of the roll with some hoisin sauce, mayo and green onions. It tasted just like peking duck but with rice and rolled up haha It was interesting but not overly amazing. I would be interested in trying some of their other specialty rolls.
The sushi was affordable and it seems like it would be popular with locals but I’m not in a hurry to try it again.
My co workers and I were up for some Thai food and we noticed on U Magazine that U & I Thai had a coupon for 20% off lunch and dinner items. However, when we got there, they told us that it was only for their regular menu items and it did not apply to the lunch specials.
All the lunch specials are $10.
All the lunch specials come with soup. I’m not sure what soup it was but it tasted a bit tangy like tomatoes and fish sauce and it wasn’t really spicy. I was not a fan of this.
This was the Authentic Pad Thai. It came with some fried wontons on the side. The tamarind sauce was really tasty and made the noodles pretty addicting. The chicken mixed in was a bit dry though. The deep fried wonton was basically the wonton skin and there wasn’t really anything in it…
This was the Green Curry and you have a choice of chicken, beef or pork. It was also served with the deep fried wontons and a side salad. The salad had no dressing though so it was left untouched. Maybe you’re suppose to put the curry over it?
This was the Green Papaya Saladwhich came with a side of sticky rice and a grilled curry chicken skewer. The chicken was also dry and tasted mildly of curry. The sticky rice was a small lump but the container was cute. It was sticky alright! Otherwise it didn’t have much flavour to it. The shredded green papaya was in a tangy vinaigrette that was very appetizing though!
There was only one waitress on the floor and I think the owner of the restaurant? The waitress was getting a bit overwhelmed though even though it wasn’t that busy. Ok besides the slightly slow service, I think I would have to come back for dinner to try their other menu items before I can rate their food. The food was ok but nothing to be excited about for lunch. Their coupon hasn’t expired yet though so go use it!
For our weekly Friday lunch, we decided to visit Kaya Malay Bistro. It was either Kaya or Banana Leaf and they both happen to be on Broadway. Since I haven’t been to Kaya before I voted that we go! The prices for their lunch special are similar to Banana Leaf. The interior was very spacious and modern looking.
I ordered the Char Bee Hoonwhich was fried rice noodles with with shrimp, fish cake, squid, bean sprout and egg. This was a non spicy dish and it tasted pretty average to me. Also the squid was quite over cooked so it was really chewy.
This was the Kari Lamb which was boneless lamb stewed in curry and served with rice and a small side of salad. It was made to be extra spicy and it was also very tender so I liked this better than my noodles!
The food was alright but nothing memorable. Might have to try their dinner for a better review!
So in my previous post I said my coworkers and I had tried to go for lunch at Gyu-Kaku but it was super busy. With that in mind, we made reservations for the following Friday and what do you know? It wasn’t busy at all… >.>
Gyu-Kaku has Happy Hour from 11-30-6 and after 9pm everyday!!! How awesome is that? They also have a menu of lunch specials too. You can also make your own set by adding $3 to certain happy hour menu items.
After much much much debating, I ordered the Meat Lover’s Set (toro beef shio, kalbi chuck tare, bistro hanger steak miso, rice, miso soup, & small salad). I am really not quite sure which meat is which but it all tasted good! I think this was a good deal for $10.95 and 3 kinds of meat. Also, their bowl of rice was huge. If you just get one type of meat and upgrade it to a set then the portion is a bit smaller too except it’s cheaper so you decide how much you want to eat!
Cooking the meat! It could take a while if you have a lot of people but that’s part of the fun right? Although if you have like 8 people there’s still only 1 grill on the table… The only problem I had was that sometimes I wasn’t sure if my food was cooked yet so sometimes it might be over or under cooked but if you can cook then it shouldn’t be a problem for you. They also give you 3 types of dipping sauces: a ponzu sauce, a sweet soy sauce and a spicy soy sauce? All three were quite tasty but the meat was well marinated enough already.
I like how they have a lot of variety and small appetizers but if you want to eat a lot of meat then it’s still going to be pricey. But definitely come for happy hour!
My friend and I were really not sure what to eat so we decided that the best strategy would be to walk up and down Alexandra Road until we saw something we liked. This actually worked for us haha We found Hanok Korean Restaurant and for some reason I’ve never noticed it before! It’s in the small plaza beside Jang Mo Jib. I also noticed that Kam Do Restaurant has been replaced by a different restaurant. Perhaps they moved?
We were interested in trying this Korean restaurant because we had previously been to Haroo and we really liked it so we wanted to compare and try other Korean options in Richmond. The interior was fairly large and spacious with a lot of wood motifs.
We went for lunch and they had lunch specials for $8.99 and you also get to choose a side dish too! It’s a steal to me.
I of course I had to order the Bibimbap. Anything else just didn’t seem right to me. This bibimbap had a nice assortment of veggies, egg and well, more veggies! Not that I minded! I did find this dish lacking in flavour, I ended up using the hot sauce which actually wasn’t that hot either so it wasn’t that helpful. Overall it was still not bad but could be better. If you like your egg more runny then you might not be as happy though. However, I really don’t have a huge egg preference so it was fine to me. In fact, I mostly eat them scrambled in case you wanted to know.
My friend had the Pork Back Bone Soupand it also came with a bowl of rice. I didn’t try much of this but there were no complaints.
We also had some kimchi, seaweed and potatoes as our side dishes. The kimchi felt like it needed to be marinated longer, the seaweed was ok and the potatoes weren’t too special. The Spicy Rice Cakes was one of our side dishes and it was not that spicy and a little too soft for me and not chewy enough.
The other side dish we had was the Korean pancake but I think it was called something else. This was alright too.
Okay nothing was particularly outstanding here it just seemed pretty mediocre to me. Keep in mind that it was $8.99 though. Or it could’ve also been the items we ordered weren’t that special. The verdict is that Haroo is much better but I wouldn’t mind coming back and giving them another try. The lunch specials are a good deal too.
My friend really has a thing for suggesting going to Kam Do since he knows I don’t really like it but since I’m an amateur food blogger now I decided to give it another go. Kam Do is a more traditional and older style HK cafe on Alexandra road. They are well known for their wife cakes which I love. They also serve rather large portions of food too.
Since we were just eating lunch I was debating between some sandwiches for $6.95 or fried rice/noodles for $7.95. They have a pretty diverse menu with different specials for lunch and dinner as well as breakfast and it took me a while to decide! I finally went with a spicy Malay fried rice noodle dish.
This came with pieces of bbq pork, some shrimp, red and green peppers, onions, green onions and some bean sprouts. Despite the nice yellow colour, it was actually quite flavourless. It was neither spicy nor salty and they could have used a lot more sauce. So I wished I had ordered something else instead. The portion was really big though.
I ordered my usual cold milk tea.
My friend ordered baked seafood on ricewhich came with this complimentary vegetable soup. I was not tempted to try this …
They also seem to offer complimentary appetizers with his dish so he had a piece of spam and smoked salmonon some lettuce. They could have used a much smaller plate!
Garlic bread that I did not try either.
Finally here is the baked seafood on rice! There was quite a lot of seafood and it tasted pretty good. The cheese they used seemed saltier than usual. Coupled with the soup, garlic bread and appetizer, this is more than enough food for most people! It did cost a bit more though since it came with so many side dishes it was around $12.95.
The table beside us ordered a teppanyaki dish to share and it was piled high with food topped with an egg and also came with some sort of potato salad! That looked much better than what I had ordered. Besides the fact that my dish was a bit tasteless…, it was probably a good deal quantity wise and if you want some quick HK style cafe food. So I guess I don’t hate it as much now haha and you must really try their wife cakes! They also have a separate bakery location right next to Richmond Centre.