Happy Friday everyone. After a quick downtown Vancouver shopping day, Michael and myself went to a quaint little Hong Kong style diner for lunch. Celebrating Michael's roots, you could say.
Copa Cafe is located on 4030 Cambie Street in Vancouver, and Michael and I have always passed by this restaurant on our way to downtown without much thought until a classmate of mine told me about it as a highly regarded place to eat. Chinese diners typically feature Asian food mixed with a casual western flavour, and are one of the places that I love going with my parents, not to mention a lot of my high school memories were made sitting in Hong Kong diners with my friends.
Be prepared to have trouble deciding though, their menus are usually huge. We both ate from the Mini Set Menu, I chose the Baked Chicken Fillet with Garlic and Cheese on Linguine for $7.95. It didn't arrive with as much cheese as I'd hoped for but the chicken breast was nice and tender. The linguine, however, was a little bland for my liking.
Michael had something a little more complex. He chose the Stone Pot with Rice for $8.99, going for the deluxe version for an additional $2 for two different types of meat, roasted chicken steak and diced short ribs. For the sauce, he chose coconut satay. Michael thought the meat was nice and tender, easy to chew, but said there wasn't enough sauce to go with all the rice. He also thought it was pretty neat he got to choose more then one meat.
Our meals came with complimentary drinks, a trademark of most HK cafes. I ordered the traditional Hong Kong style lemon tea, whereas Michael took the fancy route, with additional $2.50 Michael got Taiwanese milk tea with grass jelly.
In total the bill came to an affordable $28 including tip. Copa Cafe also offers a variety of deals, a Copa Cafe Point Card, which promises a 5% per meal rebate for a fee of $10 a year. We also received two coupons for free bubble tea for our next visit. I really liked coming here with Michael. We don't come to places like this as often as we would like to.
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