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“Great Local HK Cafe!”

Arcadia Garden Cafe
Ranked #21 of 245 Restaurants in Arcadia
Cuisines: Chinese
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Reviewed 9 November 2008

Been here many times and it is a great restaurant! It's a small chain with several locations. Located on Baldwin, it has a great location but entering the parking lot (free) is not extremely easy.The decor is very modern especially in this location. When it first opened about 3 years ago, when I walked in the first time, I thought it was very different from the usual. There were many LCD TV's throughout the restaurant and the lights has geometric shapes. Stone walls, some greenery, and dark colored chairs and tables added more to the modern feeling. Back then they also put VOSS water as decorations (as well as selling them), which due to the bottle shape also added some modern feeling to the place.

Recently, they have started a yogurt shop in which across their driveway is a small shop which sells the trendy frozen yogurt. They also state that the yogurt can be delivered to the restaurant for you to eat. During my last visit, I finally saw someone eating the yogurt! Presentation though was not nice. It looked like as someone piled it on at a by ounce frozen yogurt shop where you do all the work and it doesn't look that great. Serving size wasn't big either and it cost $4.95!

Service is your standard not so caring service. This is a Chinese/Cantonese place and there are many customers. Employees are very young but can actually carry many dishes! It is surprising especially for a visitor to see them carry heavy platters of food. At my last visit there was one guy stacking small bowls of soup. I think he had 8 bowls of soup carried by himself- no tray either!

Food here is a very good deal. Recently they have updated their menu from looking like a usual HK style cafe (old) to a very modern style menu with many photos and a dark background ( in which didn't exist in the old menu). Everything is very reasonably priced. 8 dollars will get you pretty full for lunch- lunch specials usually run from 5-7 dollars (unless you get a more expensive item such as steak with salmon) and drinks for lunch are 1.50 unless you get some special drink.

Food is served in very large portions. Unless you are a big eater, you probably won't finish a serving of food! The curry, noodles, and rice dishes are all pretty good. Recently we tried their eel fried rice, beef curry, steak, and yellow chive and meat rice noodles. The rice noodles were lightly flavored and there was egg which added some saltiness. Beef curry had lots of curry but was not the usual Japanese style curry. With rice it tasted great! Steak was served with mushroom sauce (you can substitute for other sauces as well) with mashed potatoes (from a box?) and vegetables. It was okay and the meat was pretty juicy. The eel fried rice had plenty of unagi and vegetables and egg. The rice was also flavored with a teriyaki like flavor. Pretty good again! Sandwiches such as the Club sandwich have lots of flavor (egg, lettuce, tomato, bacon, and other items) and also have a serving of fries.

They also serve breakfast in which there are both Western and Asian choices. Some of the items include pork chops, Macau Pork Chop Buns, porridge, noodle dishes, rice noodle rolls (cheong fun), oatmeal, scrambled eggs, pancakes, et cetera. All are pretty good except for the macaroni that comes with some meals. The Macaroni is always overcooked and is flavorless! However the other dishes are great. Macau Pork Chop bun may not be authentic but at least the bread is soft and toasty; some restaurants make it cold and hard to chew. Meals come with drinks for free as well.

Some notes on our last visit:
You will also get soup when you order something during lunch or dinner. Usually the choice will be a "luo song tong" (milestrone) or a cream soup (with ham and corn).
This time we ordered a salmon/steak combo, beef curry, Garden stir fry (special item- they call Garden "siu chao"), and a Hainan Chicken rice. I was not able to try the salmon/steak combo but did try the other items.
Hainan Chicken Rice was very delicious. The rice that day was not as good as before (but still good- they accidentally added a little bit too much liquid during cooking), but had lots of chicken flavor. The chicken had lots of chicken flavor which is always a good sign, and the cucumbers and ginger/green onion sauce on the side was good. However the salted egg was weird color (usually golden yellow but this time looked like a hard boiled egg in the middle) so we didn't eat it.
Beef curry had the usual HK style curry flavor which is good. Didn't know what our family member ordered as in what type of meat but it was long pieces of meat.
The Garden Stir Fry was EXCELLENT! And I mean really really good. They did it better than some expensive restaurants. There were many pieces of seafood- fish cakes, scallops, and shrimp. Also there was chicken, snow peas, carrots, and wood ear mushroom. It had a slight wine flavor that you find in some Chinese food which is always yummy. With rice it was really good!

For drinks the lemon iced tea is very good; it is not your American version but an Asian version in which uses sugar syrup and lemon slices. Red Bean Ice is also pretty popular. For iced tea, since they sell it so much, they will have pitchers already and servers will come by and give some to

Overall a great restaurant!

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Reviewed 7 February 2008

my cousin likes it - but really average at best

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