I came here on a Wednesday night for dinner with my parents at 7 p.m. and the restaurant was quite busy. It is located inside Empire Center. The restaurant is more commonly known by its Chinese name – 老油條大牌檔.
Ambiance – 5/10. The restaurant is pretty decent sized so they do have many tables. However, this place is very busy every time I come here. Not really a nice place to sit and chat. Turnaround time is pretty fast because most people eat and go. In fact, many people do takeout from here.
Food – 7/10. The quality of the food is moderate but I still gave it a decent rating because there is a good variety of items on their menu. They serve chinese donut, congee and rice roll all day which is only available in a few restaurants in Richmond, if any.
We ordered the lobster chow mein. The lobster was fresh but the chow mein was just moderate. However, not bad given the price ($24.99).
We also ordered Chinese lettuce in fermented bean curd sauce and aged soya sauce veal brisket. These two dishes were also decent. Proportions are quite large given the price.
My two favourite dishes of the evening were the aged soy (soya sauce) chicken wing with fried egg on rice and the chicken and parsley rice roll. The chicken wings were very flavourful, fully absorbing the soya sauce. The egg was cooked over easy and the running egg yolk and soya sauce mixed very well with the rice. The chicken and parsley rice roll was served hot with soya sauce. The rice rolls were full of ingredients and you could taste the chicken, parsley and Chinese mushroom in each bite. Highly recommended!
Service – 3/10. This restaurant has poor service. There are only three servers serving this busy restaurant and only ONE of them takes orders. Expect to wait at least 5-10 minutes before you get your order in. If you need water or extra utensils, good luck. You probably have to wave them down three times in order to get it, IF you’re lucky they remember.
Good to Know! – Cash only like other restaurants in Richmond. It can be difficult to find parking in this mall. Try using the covered parking lot if the main lot is full. If you are ordering take out, I would recommend ordering ahead of time and come back to pick up your take out. Line is long for take out too.
Overall – Probably just going to do take out next time because the service is just non-existent…