One of my stand bys when I’m not sure where to eat is usually a Hong Kong-style cafe. I grew up eating at such places so the food is quite familiar to me and it also doesn’t hurt that the prices are generally quite reasonable. I was first introduced to Cafe Gloucester several years ago and I remember it was my first experience with the HK cafe classic, the baked pork chop with rice. When Louis suggested one day that we venture out of downtown for lunch, we decided we should make the short jaunt to Cafe Gloucester.
We were lucky to be seated pretty quickly because Cafe Gloucester is pretty popular and is usually quite packed. I quickly settled on the baked pork chop with rice because it had been quite a while since I last had it. Looking at the picture below, you’ll see that it’s not the healthiest dish. The pork chop is battered and fried (kind of like a tonkatsu) before being nestled on top of some fried rice, topped with a sweet tomato sauce, and baked in the oven with a sprinkling of cheese. It’s definitely a rich dish and is probably not for the faint of heart. I ended up eating only half of this dish and packed the rest away for lunch the next day.
Like many dishes at Cafe Gloucester, my order came with a hot drink of my choice. I decided to go with the hot almond milk, since it was a chilly day. Unlike some places, the almond milk had a nice flavour and was not watered down. Still, it was likely made from a powdered drink mix.
Louis wasn’t too hungry that day so he decided to have a Portuguese chicken sandwich. The sandwich was a bit smaller than he expected. The chicken itself was only lightly seasoned and came with some lettuce and tomatos. Flavourwise, Louis wasn’t sure what made it Portuguese and said it was your run of the mill grilled chicken sandwich. He also noted that the fries were a bit boring and did not seem very crispy.
As expected with such places, service was brief but fairly efficient. I generally stick to the Chinese classics or baked items as that is generally what HK cafes are good at making. I’ve never ventured to try their sandwiches but I wasn’t surprised at the lacklustre nature of Louis’ Portuguese sandwich. In general, portion sizes are quite generous and unless you’re very hungry, you’ll likely be able to pack some to take home with you.
3338 Cambie Street, Vancouver