I would have thought that a lot of people who have known of this old time HK Style Cafe. I heard of them before I even first used the words HK Style Cafe on chowtimes.
But it was only recently that we went.
Quick. Show of hands those who had never been to Cafe Gloucester before?
BTW. What do you think is the proper way to pronounce the name of Cafe Gloucester? Is it “Glos-ter” or “Glow-chest-ter”?
Located on Cambie, Cafe Gloucester was one of the businesses that had survived the carnage during the Canada Line construction. A restaurant like this will definitely survive because they are very popular particularly with the Chinese community. This is because their prices are cheap, service is fast and food are not bad.
I remember reading that the Copa Cafe located a few blocks down Cambie, is an off shoot of Cafe Gloucester — like a rouge off shoot. Is that right?
Cafe Gloucester can brag that they had won the award for being the Best HKSC. I am not sure which year though but maybe last year.
You know, of all the restaurant awards, I follow the Chinese Restaurant Awards closely. The coveted Critics Awards for 2010 will be announced on April 7th and you can bet that who ever wins these awards will receive instant recognition. He he he … to think that I had dinner with some of the critics at S&W Pepper House just recently.
We were there for lunch. The dining area is large and yet they are able to fill the restaurant in most times of the day. Cafe Gloucester is one of the few HK Style Cafe where service to us is polite. The workers are even well dressed with matching uniforms. It’s a sign to us that they care about good service rather than dishing out cheap food and be done with that.
Their menu is lovely. There are enticing pictures spread over eight pages with some very good selection on each section.
This is the type of menu that we take a long time reading because it is hard to decide what we want. We needed a more sophisticated way to keep track of our shortlisted dishes than keeping a finger at the relevant pages. We actually have to list it down on paper and then do our elimination from there.
I went with the Laksa Chicken Vermicelli Soup ($8). This is just so that I can contrast this with Bo’s Laksa that I had recently where I can see why his is so good compared to those you find around town.
Nope. The laksa in Cafe Gloucester is too watery and it is only a little spicy. So yeah, it was hard to finish this because it’s not as I expected. It is not that it is inedible mind you. In the most part, it is decent.
But the chicken meat are boned in and quite meaty and well done. That kind of save this bowl of noodles.
Normally I would finish the laksa soup down to the very last drop. Here I just had the chicken and the vermicelli. They need to make the laksa thicker.
Nanzaro took the longest to decide what to order. Strange considering that he still end up with fried rice.
The reason was he tried to be fancy and wanted something better than everyone else. He took so long and the waiter was waiting for his order that he felt pressured. So he had the Gloucester House Special Fried Rice ($7).
The fried rice was … pretty good. It has luncheon meat. The rice were very fragrant because it is made with fried garlic.
Suanne had the Kyoto Braised Soft Pig’s Bone Ramen ($8). We just love that large pieces of meat. No they are not premium meat. For meatarians like us, we love it. The soup is very tasty (no doubt it’s MSG ladden) and garlicky. The odd thing is the pickled which we thought was kind of weird and out of place with this dish.
Oh BTW, why is it that people would rave about Santouka’s $13 ramen while lambast Chef Hung’s $11 Beef Noodles? Me thinks that people thinks Japanese food deserves to be expensive while Chinese food are not. Am I right or am I right? LOL!
I hate baked rice but Arkensen likes it. I tried to dissuade him because half of the time, he ended up not finishing it.
Anyway he ordered Baked Pork Chop with Rice ($7).
Now, this looked pretty good with a bit of charring here and there. Arkensen said he likes the tomato’ish sauce.
You got to love ice milk tea. It’s free with the meal and they serve this in tall glasses. This has to be the largest serving of free milk tea we have found so far.
And the damage is only $34 before tips. In Chinese restaurant, you don’t have to tip 20% too.
Frankly, I think the restaurant business need to reform and do away with this odd North American practice of tipping. Get on with the the rest of the world, I say.
OK that’s it for today. Am looking forward to the start of the short spring break vacation already starting this weekend. Woo hoo!