Back in April when we visited my in-laws in Vancouver, Cafe D’Lite was one of the top restaurants I really wanted to try. A dear friend and fellow blogger (one of the sweetest persons you’ll ever meet, by the way) had recommended it to me a while back.
My main purpose was to try their Hainanese Chicken. So the second day we were in town, Hubby and I met up with one of my friends from elementary and gave this place a try, and boy were we glad we did.
We arrived about 20 minutes earlier than our meeting time. Yes, I was THAT anxious to try this place, but also because we’ve never been there so I wanted to make sure we weren’t late in meeting my dear friend. If you know me, you’ll know I’m very prompt. Since we were a bit early and K was getting a little hungry, I ordered (actually she chose) the fish balls vermicelli noodle soup. L was napping so we left him with Grandma.
As you can see, it came with ample amount of fish balls with some Asian veggies (yu choy) and bean sprouts. The broth was very tasty and I appreciated the fact that it came out piping hot. I cannot stand warm food when it’s supposed to be hot. K finished about half the bowl and also had some of the other dishes we ordered. I finished the other half and thought it was pretty good. Not the best I’ve had, but good enough for me to order it again.
My friend and I decided to share the large chicken rice with soup ($11.95).
The menu didn’t state and I forgot to ask, but I’m pretty sure it was free range chicken. The meat was quite juicy, not dry at all. I don’t eat chicken skin (unless it’s deep fried…teehee) so I gave that to the hubby, but from the pieces I ate, this was THE BEST Hainanese Chicken Rice I’ve ever had. Most of the Hainanese chicken rice I’ve had were very bland and the chicken depended on the dipping sauce for flavour, but both this chicken and rice were exploding with flavour. The dish also came with a garlic chili sauce and cucumbers on the side. I’m more used to the ginger sauce I get at most places and prefer that more. Didn’t matter much though because the chicken didn’t even need the sauce to taste good, it held it’s own very well.
This was a definite 9 out of 10 for me. It only lost 1 point because I thought the chicken pieces could’ve been a tad meatier. I’m a breast type of gal (never thought I’d say that…haha) and there just wasn’t enough well, breast meat for me due to the fact that the pieces were a bit small.
Not only was the rice and chicken exploding with flavour, but so was the soup. What is their secret? I need to know.
Gary ordered the regular Hainanese chicken rice with soup ($8.95). It came with the exact same items as ours did except it was a bit smaller. I actually thought it wasn’t that much smaller, but just arranged differently. So in other words, I think the regular is a better value. That’s just my opinion though.
Gary also ordered a lamb curry. I don’t eat lamb so I didn’t try any. From the mmm’s at the table, I’d say it was very good. This came with white rice that I forgot to get a shot of.
I LOVE Laksa, so when I saw Seafood Laksa on the menu, I had to get it. Didn’t matter that I was already sharing the chicken with my friend, nothing comes between me and my food :-P.
The Laksa came with imitation crab meat, deep fried tofu puffs, shrimp and vermicelli. To be honest, I’ve had better and will not be getting it again the next time I visit. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad, but I’d rather try other stuff on the menu next time.
To end the meal I ordered the Bo Bo Cha Cha. That’s what it was called on their menu, but I’ve heard so many different names to this dessert including Mo Mo Cha Cha, Mo Mo Ja Ja, Bubur Cha Cha, and Bo Bo Cha Cha. Funny thing is that they all look different, which confuses me even more, and they didn’t look anything like the one I had.
Bottom line, not good at all, don’t get it here. I found it quite bland, and dessert simply shouldn’t be bland.
So if you were keeping track, you would’ve noticed that I shared 3 different dishes with 3 different people and I had my own dessert. Hey, what can I say? I luvtoeat ;-). In conclusion, I’d give this restaurant an 8 out of 10 just based on the food quality alone. This was a very small casual dining restaurant so I didn’t review about their service and decor. I’d definitely come back to try the other dishes on their menu. Thank you for the great recommendation Sharon! If you ever visit Vancouver, I’ll meet you there and we’ll go to this place together, but I’m not sharing this time. Haha, just kidding.
Thanks for visiting again, everyone. I hope you all have a wonderful, fun-filled weekend. Until next time, friends and family :-D. Do you have any pet peeves about food or anything in general?