Location: 8131 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X 1A7 (Golden Village)
Phone: (604) 271-8266 | Hours: Mon – Sun (9am – 2am)
- Lineups!!!! (Especially, during prime dining time)
- Get your name down when you arrive (unsure if they take reservations)
- HK style cafe with a ton of selections
Alleluia cafe has been around before my time as a food blogger. I loved their many selections as well as their cheaper food compared to Coquitlam prices. Especially their mixed grill.
We went on a Saturday afternoon and it was packed. Even though there were many empty tables, they just weren’t efficient to seat people down. It seemed like they were trying to create hype with a lot of people waiting for seats.
The soup came with my mixed grill combo, which there is a choice of Chinese or Western soup. This is chinese version of Borscht soup (“lor sung tong”).
My girlfriend ordered the beef tongue pasta in a very creamy tomato sauce. If you’ve never had beef tongue before, it’s really not that bad. It’s not slimy, in fact quite the opposite.
You can pick from 2 or 3 or 4 items (price dependent) off the mix & match grill. It comes with your choice of rice or pasta, and your choice of sauces. I had the chicken fillet and rib eye steak. For less than $10, I think it’s a steal. Of course, it’s not top quality steak, but you get what you pay for. I like their black pepper sauce the most, it’s flavourful and very peppery. I remembered that it used to serve this on a sizzling iron plate, but I guess those are way too heavy to carry around. I liked it hot and sizzly, but not anymore. Especially when they don’t heat their plates, the food just gets instantly cold when it reaches your table.
Overall, the dining experience at Alleluia just didn’t live up to what it used to be. The food wasn’t bad, but you don’t get much service here. The restaurant appears to be cleaner than most HK style cafe in the Lower Mainland, that’s a plus. But prepared to wait for your seats if you come during prime time.