One of the things that I never quite figure out is why so many well known Cantonese-y restaurants are named after places. I think you can perhaps recognize some of the these names:
- Honolulu Cafe
- Michigan Noodles
- California Cafe
- Gloucester Cafe
- Boston Steak House
- Hollywood Steak House
- Pittsburg Cafe
And then there is also restaurants that share the same sort of names. In Richmond, there is Silver Tower which at one time was known as Golden Awards. In Vancouver there is a Golden Oscar. Coincidence? Or are they related? Anyone knows?
We came across Golden Oscar when we were at this area a couple of weeks ago when we went to Penang Delight for dinner with Ron and Nancy. Since we are in a HK Style Cafe mood these days, we took a drive here to check it out.
Golden Oscar is located in a small strip mall in the intersection of Rupert and 22nd in Vancouver. So apparently Chong Lee is located in the same mall. Even though there is quite a big parking lot in front of the strip mall, the parking here is at a premium. I just can’t imagine how these two business could take up so many lots.
Golden Oscar is an old school Hong Kong style cafe. The decor does show its age and in dire need of a facelift. I can see that this is very much a destination restaurant where many of the customers are local to the area. I really don’t think this is a destination restaurant where, unlike us, will drive all the way here just for the food.
Actually we were not very impressed coming in. The service while fast was wordless and “eyeless”. They brought the tea and the menu and dropped it on the table without me even realizing it. I was busy taking off my jacket, took out the camera and notebook and when I looked up, there it was. Yeah, service was pretty much like that the whole time we were there. It is not that it’s an issue with us but we sort of got the message that this is not exactly the kind of restaurant we could ask “So, what’s your specialty here?”
Hehehe … while we were here in this restaurant, apparently someone recognized us. Dee commented that he (she?) saw us. Gosh, are we recognizable to some of you now?
We were looking at the Set Lunch Menu which is available from 11 AM to 5 PM. There are 32 items in this but it is … nothing particularly exciting. By that I mean, I was trying to look for signature dishes. Instead it was pretty much the same old same old regular stuff as other HK Style Cafes.
You may click on the menu pages above to show it larger. The Set Lunches are at $8.50 to $10.00 each and the set includes soup of the day and a beverage. Price-wise I felt that they are a tad more expensive than some of those we have in Richmond. Not much … about 50 cents to a dollar at most.
For the soup, there is no choices unlike other restaurant. It was the “Lor Sung Tong” or Russian Borscht soup for the day. Although we know this is called “Lor Sung Tong” we don’t know what “Lor Sung” means. Can anyone tell us please?
This tomato base vegetable soup was decent in taste. I wish it was served a lot more warmer. Instead it was lukewarm, bordering on room temperature. Hehehe … I really wish they pop it into the microwave for me … just two minutes should do.
The milk tea is pretty good. I like that they serve the sugary syrup on the side. Not sure why I like it that way though because if it was mine, I would have poured all of it into the cup of milk tea. *shrug*
Nanzaro, if you have not noticed, is beginning to order Coke. No more iced milk tea anymore.
Arkensen ordered the Pan Fried Satay Beef with Rice Noodle ($9). He complained that it is oily and has big slices of onion. One thing for sure … the dishes in Golden Oscar is big. Arkesen could not finish it and had some leftover to go.
My personal preference with this type of fried noodles is to have this cooked with pork, not beef. Even chicken is better for me but it is usually beef.
Lest you think the dish above is just another picture of the same dish that Arkensen had, it is not. It does look very much the same, huh?
Nanzaro ordered this, the Pan Fried Rice Noodle and Pork Cheek with Belacan Sauce (also $9). So we tasted both dishes and the only difference is that this one has a sweetish belacan taste.
Suanne had the Lamb Brisket, Chinese Mushroom and Dried Bean Curd Bean on Rice (also $9). This dish is quite good. There was a lot of meat. The lamb was tender enough but more importantly it had fatty skin pieces too.
For me I had the Prawn in Swirl Egg in Rice Noodle ($10). I ordered this from the regular menu and not from the lunch set menu. So this one does not come with soup and drinks.
I like this. It has 10 big QQ prawns. The egg swirl sauce was enough to cover the rice noodles sufficiently but what I like best is the prawns.
I don’t think you will be surprised that this is cash only.
All in all, the prices in Golden Oscar is slightly higher and the food was just so-so. Frankly, there are a lot more HK Style Cafes that are much better and gives better value than Golden Oscar.
Hey … errr … I would like to ask you readers a question. OK, two questions.
If there is ONE HK Style Cafe you like the most, which one is it? And what is the ONE dish you enjoy the most?
If you ask me, it is the Pineapple Bun from Lido Cafe. Coming a close second, it is the African Chicken from Amigo Cafe.