If David Lynch were a restauranteur, this is the kind of place he would run.
Many of you Vancouverites have probably driven by this place at Hastings and Clark, but have never considered dining there. The signs outside the building advertise steaks for $8.95. So is it worth the time to eat there? It depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for a great steak, keep driving. If you are looking for a strange, Lynchian parallel universe....then this is the place for you.
The restaurant is run by old Chinese couple who are both in their 70's. The lady owner who served us explained in her broken English the they kept their 1991 prices because they were too lazy to change the signage outside. The restaurant's clientele is made up mainly of regulars who live in this area. They are an odd mix of truckers, tattooed longshoremen, prostitutes, and slumming hipsters.
The food...well, let's just say it isn't worth discussing....but since this is a food board...The Salad is bagged iceberg lettuce mix. You get a choice of bottled dressing...I opted for Italian. You also get a choice of soup: beef barley and cream of mushroom - both canned. I chose cream of mushroom. My friend had the steak and I had prime rib. The gravy was an odd grey colour and tasted like powdered gravy cut with flour. The beef was definiely Prime or AAA....it might be beef down into the "B" grades. The meals come with a foil-covered baked potato...with the requisite Bacon Bits.
The food was edible...but with such places such as the Argo (steak for $10 Rib Eye), Stella's ($12 Steak Frites), or even the Hamilton Street Grill ($12? Hanger Steak), there really isn't a reason to this far downmarket to save three or four bucks....unless of course you are really after the ambiance.