Queen’s Cafe by Eighteen Chefs: How Long Will it Last?
The corner of Kingsway and Salisbury in Burnaby seems like the perpetual Bermuda Triangle for restaurants… it never seems like any restaurant can make a go of it in this location.
Previously Queen’s Cafe, and after many lengthy delays, the latest restaurant to grace this property opened up calling themselves Queen’s Cafe by Eighteen Chefs (Eighteen Chefs being a popular Signaporean chain). I visited in early December when I tried their Hainanese Chicken Rice ($16.80) which comes with bone-in chicken, soup, and rice. While the soup was quite bland, the rice was moist and flavourful (although a bit too salty due to the soy sauce). I also found there wasn’t much meat as it was mainly bones.
On my next visit, I decided to try their Chicken Skewer with Truffle Udon Noodles ($11.80). They told me it takes about 15 minutes to prepare because it’s all made fresh. To be honest, this was surprising good… although it was a bit difficult to eat given the way it was presented. The chicken had a good char on it but the meat was still tender. Meanwhile, the noodles were tender and toothsome with a good chew. The only bad thing I have to say about this dish is that it was a bit too oily and, again, too salty.
By my third visit, I began to notice that the service seems a bit awkward… that’s not to say that the server wasn’t friendly… it’s just that her whole demeanor and presence was just a bit off. Anyhoo, I ordered the Mee Siam ($12.80) and found it to be quite spicy. The bowl of rice vermicelli comes with tofu puffs, 2 shrimp, and an egg. Seriously… this dish is not for the faint of heart as you’ll feel the heat from the full-bodied soup.
The last dish that I tried here was the HA Fried Rice with Spring Chicken ($15.80) which comes with garlic chili sauce – I think “HA” is supposed to stand for “Heart Attack”. The chicken had nice crispy skin, which I think was the best part. Oddly enough, I found the fried rice (which seemed more like sticky rice) was kind of weak and plain.
Overall, I found the menu to be fairly limited but some items (such as the chicken skewer with truffle udon noodles) were pretty good. Still, prices seem a little bit high for the quality.
Posted on March 5, 2020, in Restaurant Review, Singaporean and tagged Burnaby, Chicken Skewer, Food, Hainanese Chicken, restaurant review, Singaporean, Truffle Udon Noodles. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.