Phone: (604) 474-2773
- Upscale Hong Kong style cafe
- Good ambiance
- Shared parkade with the strip mall
- Choice of large/small portions on most items all day
It’s been rather inconsistent, ever since I started this new job last year that I’ve been writing less and less consistent. Not sure if it’s the job or if my interest is shifting with age. But the food journey continues regardless. During this journey, I’ve learnt many things. For one, it’s not easy to create interesting content all the time. Second, it’s not easy to engage your readers either. Lastly, all these take time. And I guess that nobody has enough of.
Okay enough of the intro, let’s get into “M Cafe”, Coquitlam’s newest Hong Kong style cafe. You might ask, what’s a “Hong Kong style cafe”? Well, it’s basically a tea restaurant for affordable and cheap eats. It’s not the best ambiance, but for those that have been around for decades, they hold dearly to having that “back-in-the-day” style. In Chinese, we call it “Cha-Chaan-Teng”.
M Cafe is nothing like that. It’s modernized and has a very elegant look and feel to it. I came visiting for dinner shortly after it opened after a week. After studying the menu for a bit, I had to say it was very similar to that of Copa Cafe down the street. However, they claimed to have no connections with Copa though I recognized some of the staff from Copa had come over.
I ordered a small baked ox tongue in tomato sauce in fried rice. The portions was normal for the price point. However, the dish was underwhelming because of the ox tongue being all sliced up (which was out of my expectation). Otherwise, the dish was decent. For most dishes, there was an option for a small size or a big size. The small size is decent for one person’s portion and the bigger size is for 2-3 people.
This was my favourite dish at Copa. And I’m glad it was very similar as of Copa, if not identical. The noodles, however, was thinner in width.
This dish was a special request as it came with rice, we didn’t want any rice and only the pork chop. The price of the dish was a bit high for the portion served (IMO). We asked to have it less salty, I’m not sure if they misheard but it was way too salty for anyone’s taste.
Overall, I wasn’t overly too excited about M Cafe. Perhaps, I had some expectation in mind that it would have tasted better than other Hong Kong style cafe’s in the Tri-Cities. However, it wasn’t. The service was mediocre at best, I felt that some of the waiters were still under trained and some senior waiters/waitress have attitude problems. The ambiance was nice, it was modern-looking and made use of wood. I’m not so sure about the bar-like round tables in a Hong Kong cafe though. The food was alright, it’s usually a hit or a miss. No guarantees. The menu (IMO) is too busy, but that’s usually the case at most Hong Kong style cafes.
Have you been to the new M Cafe? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments section below.