Saturday, April 24, 2010

Pittsburg - not impressed with food, but it's cheap


Pittsburg Restaurant

4500 Kingsway, Burnaby

Pittsburg Restaurant (Crystal Mall) on Urbanspoon

Food: 2
Service: 2.5
Price: cheap

I haven't seen my friend (K) for a long time, so finally we both managed to find some time to hang out. Because we set the time to meet after lunch, so I ate at home prior to going out. However K didn't eat anything, so that lead us to a question, where should we go for some afternoon snacks with lots of choices. Since we were already heading towards Metrotown, K suggested Pittsburg restaurant in Crystal Mall.
Since we arrived after 2:30pm, they handed us a special afternoon tea menu. You got to admit, the prices are cheap. This also includes a hot drink as well. I was tempted to order from this menu, even though I ate already.
In the end, K went for the Curry Beef Brisket with egg noodle. The portion was good for only $6.50, but it went downhill from there. The noodle was too soft. The soup was rather watery (not rich at all). In fact it tasted like water mixed with curry powder. The beef brisket was a too chewy as while.
At almost all the Hong Kong Style Cafe, you can add soup to your meal, it is usually a tomato based or cream based. K asked for the tomato based. It was just your typical watery tomato soup for an extra $2.00 (or was it $1.50?)
Although I was tempted, but I was also quite full at the same time. So in the end, I decided to utilize my other 'stomach' and ordered dessert instead. I got the waffle with fresh fruit for $5.75, which also included a hot drink. Despite the nice presentation and the cheap price, I was disappointed with this dish. The waffles were way too thin and crunchy. I don't think there is any leavening agent used in the batter. The ice cream had that artificial strawberry taste. The only good thing was the melons, they were relatively fresh.

Service was also lacking. When we first walked in, all the servers were seated at a table chatting and eating. So they just told us to sit anywhere we like. They came to take our order and brought our food, and then never came back again.

I can tolerate bad service, poor ambiance, but the food has to be good. In this case, food quality is definitely not there. Although it may be cheap, but it's not really worth it. Also the service was not good either. With that combination, you can certainly count me out for a revisit.


Mike H April 24, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Were those waffles even made in-house?? they look like eggos to me...

Sherman Chan April 24, 2010 at 9:01 PM

I agree with you here. I'm not sure how they stay in business. Much better choices for HK-Style Cafe.

KimHo April 24, 2010 at 11:17 PM

Translation: You should have gone upstairs to the food court instead... >_<

Jenny April 27, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Mike: I never even thought of Eggos, now you mention it, it does kinda look like it.

Sherman: Yeah totally, I think Copa would be a much better choice

Kim: After that meal, we wish we did, we learned our mistake and will for sure hit the food court next time :)

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