You know what sucks about being a Shanghainese/Mandarin-speaking Chinese in Vancouver? Every time you enter a Cantonese shop/restaurant the staff always assumes that you know Cantonese and you end up looking/feeling like an idiot when you’ve got no idea what they are saying. The most recent incident of this happened during my visit to Gloucester Cafe. They are a Hong Kong-style restaurant located on Cambie. Like most restaurants of their kind, they have quite an extensive menu of Asian-Western fusion style dishes. Of course, the staff assumed that I knew Cantonese, and I did feel a bit embarrassed/awkward telling them that I didn’t understand what they were saying (especially when probably 90% of their customers are Cantonese speakers). Fortunately, they do speak English, and I was able to to order Macau Style Bun with Pork Chop and Gloucester Club House Spaghetti without trouble.
Macau Style Bun with Pork Chop ($10.99):
This comes with your choice of chicken, pork, or fish (I went with pork) and comes with fries and your choice of either coffee or tea (I had coffee). The pork chop was a bit chewy in some parts, but still tender, juicy, and flavourful. I really enjoyed the bread, which was crispy and nicely toasted on the outside and soft and chewy on the interior. The fries were decent; not the crispiest but still tasty and well seasoned. I found the coffee to be a bit weak for my taste: I actually thought it was tea, but it was creamy.
Gloucester Club House Spaghetti ($13.59):
This consisted of spaghetti in a tomato sauce containing ham, scrambled eggs, and mushrooms, and was topped with a sunny side up egg. The noodles were nicely cooked, being tender while retaining a bit of firmness. The sauce was pretty thick and coated the spaghetti well. I did find the flavours to be a tad one-note, but still tasty.
In spite of feeling a bit out of place, I did quite enjoy the food at Cafe Gloucester. Their prices are also very reasonable. The service is typical of most Chinese-style restaurants: the staff aren’t particularly attentive, but they are quite efficient. This is definitely worth visiting.