Chicken chow mein??? PLEASE. Baked rices is where it’s at, and is something I’d definitely recommend to non Chinese friends and readers. As you all may or MAY NOT know, baked rice is a recent addition to the list of things I am enthusiastic about. My own search for the best baked rice in Vancouver began sometime in January 2012. S feels it’s at Golden Oscar while I remain hesitant.
Today’s foodie adventure brings us to Cafe Gloucester located on Cambie St & W 17th. Cafe Gloucester is another popular Hong Kong style cafe in the South Cambie & Fairview area. We ordered 2 dishes among my party of 3 and the bill came to be under $20 before tips. Not bad for three people eh?
The dishes also came with a hot drink and an additional $1 for cold drinks as customary of Hong Kong Cafe’s. I had an iced lemon tea (as pictured above) and another hot milk tea was ordered (not pictured here). Unfortunately, the lemon tea was lukewarm when it arrived.
PS: Baked Rice takes requires longer preparation time= real test of patience.
Baked Chicken Steak and Mussels with Rice- $8.59
Chicken steak, mussels, carrots, mushrooms and onions smothered and BAKED IN A cream * cheese sauce, YES PLEASE. It really is as delicious as it sounds.Best of both the seafood and poultry world! Aside from the fact that there are ONLY 3 mussels, I thought this dish was well executed.
Baked Pork Chop with Rice- $8.59
This particular Baked Pork Chop with rice had very strong tomato/ketchup flavouring. It was a fair portion of pork chop but I found that several pieces were bone. The mushrooms were undercooked and took more effort to bite into. Also present were large thin slices of tomato which I personally felt the dish could do without since it makes the dish more watery than it’d usually be. All in all solid effort, though there are better baked pork chops out there.
- Very spacious, lots of seating.
- Friendly service.
- Extensive menu.
- Moderately priced, although there are several items on the menu that are quite pricey for a hk cafe.
- Paid street parking.
- Service isn’t spectacular during peak lunchtime hours. Hard to flag down servers.
- No lunchtime specials(?) Or at least I wasn’t presented with a menu.
Will I return?:
Food is satisfactory, so I would visit simply because it is nearby if I wanted to curb my hk style food cravings.