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In doing our reviews of the restaurants and coffee shops on Commercial Drive, I have to say that this one was probably the most fun we’ve had so far! Based on the exterior of this little restaurant at 1012 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, we had never entered the premises in all our years of running our little B&B near Commercial Drive, and had often wondered who exactly would eat there! The slightly grubby awning and unappealing curb appeal will not entice anyone to put this little eatery high on their list of foodie destinations on Commercial Drive. However, we entered with trepidation and came out smiling!
Now, before I talk everyone in the world into trying this place, I have to qualify my comments by saying that you may have to come from the Canadian prairies to appreciate anything about it! It reminds me so much of the little Chinese/Canadian restaurant that is a mainstay in almost every little prairie town, serving everything from Salsbury Steak & Hamburgers to the old familiar, slightly greasy, Chicken Chow Mein & Almond Chicken. The interior was a pleasant surprise (at least, compared to the exterior!) – not fancy by any means, but clean and neat, with the requisite brown faux leather booths and tidy arborite tables. The hostess/server was quietly pleasant and the service pleasantly quick.
The restaurant was relatively busy the night we tried it so that inspired me to check them out on Yelp and other review sites. Another surprise – they are rated 4 stars by Yelpers: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/skylight-restaurant-vancouver, and 4 1/2 stars on UrbanSpoon: http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/1432635/restaurant/Commercial-Drive-Grandview/Skylight-Vancouver. Breakfast appears to be the biggest draw, with most reviewers commenting on good, diner style, big breakfasts and friendly staff.
Michael had Thick Beef Noodles for $6.95 and I had a 2 item Chinese dish which included Chicken Chow Mein and Almond Chicken for $6.95. The noodle dish contained a nice amount of beef and veggies, and Michael quite enjoyed it. My Chow Mein was just like I used to have back home in Dawson Creek or other northern BC & Alberta towns, not amazing but tasty, though unfortunately the Almond Chicken was a bit dry. Some other items on the menu include Fish n chips @ $8.95, Veal Cutlet @ $8.75, Salmon Steak Special (that night) for $7.25, a 6 item Chinese Dinner for 4 @ $36.95, or a 7 item Chinese dinner for 6 @ $52.95. Where else can you get a Deluxe burger for $3.95, a Mushroom Burger for $4.50 (with fries or soup), and coffee for only an additional $1.25?
All in all, we would give this restaurant a cautious thumbs up, with the disclaimer that this is definitely not gourmet dining! But, if you want filling and cheap – this is the place for you, and only 1 1/2 blocks from the Bee & Thistle! (And, I admit to having been back again since we first visited in early December. Ah yes, you can indeed take the girl from the country but you can’t take the country from the girl!)