Restaurant review: Cafe Gloucester

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Cafe Gloucester is a Hong Kong style cafe in the Cambie Village. As standard with most such cafes, there’s a pretty expansive menu of dishes that cross over between cantonese noodle house food, and a north american type diner.  We stopped in late in the evening, after catching a show down the street. It was sparely occupied.

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After scanning the menu, we settled on some sharing dishes.  It started with Portuguese chicken on rice

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This is chunks of boneless chicken, browned, and served over steamed white rice, with a thick cream sauce.  It’s sprinkled with bread crumbs and baked quickly before serving.  The cream sauce has a hint of curry and coconut milk. The dish was just okay.  The chicken was cooked properly, but a little bland and under-seasoned.

The next dish was Seafood Cream on Rice

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This is seafood (scallops, prawns, imitation crab, and basa) served over steamed rice with a white cream sauce that’s studded with cubed carrots, corn and onions.  It’s baked in the oven quickly before serving.  This dish was just okay.  The seafood was mostly well prepared (although I’m no fan of imitation crab) and it was cooked to the right doneness.  The cream sauce wasn’t that good, it tasted like it was made (at least partially) from evaporated milk.

The last dish was rice noodles with chicken, peppers and black pepper

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This is vermicelli rice noodles, stir fried with threaded chicken, onions, red and green peppers, and bean sprouts.  It’s seasoned with soy and lots of black pepper.  This dish was pretty good.  It’s well seasoned, with good flavor and decent texture on the vegetables and chicken (not over cooked).   It’s worth noting that this dish was supposed to use broad rice noodles, the kitchen had run out.  The server notified us, and we accepted the substitution.

 

The space is quite large, and well spaced out, but it’s a bit tired and in need of a refresh.

 

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The service was okay… about as good as can be expected from any Hong Kong cafe (efficient, somewhat cold and indifferent).

This is value dining.

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