As a daughter to immigrant parents, I’ve spent all my life eating Chinese food. We tend to eat simple Cantonese dishes at home, but when there’s a special occasion, we try to go to a restaurant. This is how I know for a fact that service is not a key criteria in your meal. Luckily, some restaurants in Vancouver realize it’s actually an important part of your experience besides the food. No. 1 Beef Noodle is a casual Taiwanese restaurant that understands this as well.
From the moment we walked in, our family of 3 were greeted with smiles. We had to wait for a table since it was the lunch rush and were finally seated in the corner. A table for 4 opened up and they offered to let us sit there if it would be more comfortable. That may seem like an insignificant thing, but trust me when I tell you that Chinese restaurants don’t usually do that. The main goal is always to maximize the space and diners, meaning you squish everyone in to serve as many people as you can in the shortest time possible.
When we were ready to order, I wanted to order the fish hot-pot with rice and the waitress promptly told me that it’s a little spicy in case I was going to feed my baby as well. I was actually going to, so I’m glad she told me about that because usually they don’t really care. You ordered it, can’t you read? She also brought over a little bowl with utensils for my daughter without me having to ask. Sounds pretty straight forward, right? Trust me, this is great service and I’m pleased.
The food here consists of mainly noodles and rice dishes. My favorite is the beef brisket and tomato in noodle soup. I’ve also had the crispy fried pepper chicken on rice, which is also quite good. For dessert, I love their shaved ice with condensed milk, strawberry and lychee. One thing that is very typical of an Asian restaurant though, cash only.
Medium noise level – $
4741 Willingdon Avenue