Friday, February 24, 2012

Alleluia - large portion, cheap price


Alleluia (歡欣餐廳)

8131 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

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Food: 3
Service: 2.5
Price: Cheap

Richmond is a place that I hate to love. I mean there is no question they have the best variety for food at any time of the hour, but on the other hand everything else just drives me crazy (pun intended). Seriously, who likes to play find a needle in the haystack game when it comes to parking, or navigate the tiny roads along side crappy drivers (not everyone). Despite all that rambling, you will still find me back there from time to time. I confess, I am  food addict. So I guess I will just have to keep enduring all of the above just to 'feed' my addiction :).

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. Our volleyball group of friends is once again back at it. This time we discovered a indoor volleyball court out on Mitchell Island near Richmond. So it's only natural, we head there for dinner afterwards.

Since we were hungry and wanted food on the table fast, E suggested Alleluia, a HK style cafe located across from Richmond public market. One look at the menu, we know why it's so popular, you can get up to 3 kinds of meat, soup. coffee/tea and your choice of side for only $10.95. (or 2 kinds for only $8.95)
For my drink, I asked for a honey lemon, which required a $0.5 upgrade, at least they told me when ordering unlike some restaurants. The drink was pretty much honey flavoured, I don't think it had any lemon additives apart from those few slices floating at the top.
First up was the Chinese style soup. I think there were 2 choices, but I can't remember what the other one was. This diakon/carrot pork bone soup was much better than it looked. The soup was not oily but packed full of meaty flavours.
I think this was T's fish fillet and fried chicken leg combo with mushroom sauce. I didn't try this, but from what I heard the chicken was good with crispy skin and juicy meat.
I didn't want anything deep fried, thus went for the pan fried pork chop and curry beef brisket with onion sauce. The curry beef was good, strong curry flavour with tender beef. The pork chop was okay, not very tender. The side of veggie was just sad, no flavour at all, but then what did you expect at this price. The sauce was pretty much generic for all dishes. Although they have different names, it seems the chef just tossed in the key ingredient (mushroom, onion, garlic or black pepper) at the very last step, so it didn't really contribute anything in terms of flavour.
Here is R's chicken and fish fillet with garlic sauce. The meat was tender, the sauce was the same. Someone also ordered a medium rare steak, except it came over cooked. So maybe this is not the best place for steak. :P

So was the food here good? Not really, but for the price I'll take it. The portion was big and the quality was certainly acceptable. Service was fast, but with the typical nonchalant attitude. Therefore, if you are hungry and it's late at night, and you are not horribly picky, then this place is perfect for you.


Anonymous March 6, 2012 at 9:49 PM

At first, when I saw the restaurant's logo, it kind of reminds me of Starbucks. Anyway, there were many times I wanted to try this restaurant but parking was absolutely a nightmare!!! So, I never had the chance to try it. Maybe I should go during non-peak hours, like 4:00pm on a weekday.

Jenny March 20, 2012 at 3:23 PM

sounds about right, we were there at around 8 or 9, and it was still packed. I think your best bet is before dinner time.

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