54th Ave Cafe
54th Ave Cafe is a HK style cafe located in Champlain Square on (you guessed it) 54th Ave. A HK style cafe is probably the only place that you can get Peanut Butter and Condensed Milk Toast, Baked Portuguese Chicken on Rice, and Russian Borsch all on the same menu.
I actually think the food at 54th Ave Cafe is not bad for what it is. The prices are a little expensive for the quality of the ingredients used, but the food’s okay.
The shrimp wontons in the Beef Brisket and Wonton Noodle Soup were plump and tasty and the beef brisket was good (although not overly plentiful). The noodles reminded me of the instant noodles that we used to make when we were younger and had just moved out on own (and that’s not a bad thing).
The Shredded Mixed Meat Chow Mein is another dish that brings back fond memories. The crispy noodles are topped with (what appears to be) sliced luncheon meat, slivers of carrots, sliced mushrooms, and bean sprouts. I recall eating stuff like this by the plateful when I was younger.
The Sauteed Squid with Veggies had was too much sauce but also had plenty of squid.
If you’re expecting gourmet food, this is probably the wrong place to go. If you’ve got a craving for some HK Style Cafe food and not close to Cafe Gloucester, No.9, or The Boss… this should tide you over.
Food: 3.5 / 5
Service: 3 / 5
7088 Kerr Street