Welcome to yet another review of Richmond’s rich resource in HK style cafes. Today, we present to you Alleluia. It is located on Westminster Hwy., a bit east of No. 3 Rd. The parking situation was alright when we were there (about 7:30 PM) but I know without uncertainty that during lunch times it is a hair-pulling event. Here’s the view from the outside.
No, that’s not my dad. It’s just a fellow Chinese guy waiting for his family to catch up to him. Upon entering the restaurant, Alleluia seemed clean and organized. There was plenty of business but got a seat fairly quickly.
These were the “Chef’s Recommendations”. Now, these were all lobster related dishes. Noticeably, the prices are higher than the 7-10 dollar budget meals of HK style cafes. With Wendy’s lavish lifestyle, it was a no-brainer for her to choose from the CR Menu.
Wendy and I had soups that came complimentary to our meals. I got the Chinese-style soup and she got Cream of Corn and imitation Crab.
The bastion of all HK Cafes is the Milk Tea. Now, not all places make it equally awesome, but Alleluia does a very good job. The Milk Tea was very creamy and went down smooth.
Also, different from most other HK-style cafes, they offer free refills!
My dish, the 3-dish rice combo with Mushroom Sauce was just pretty darn good. I chose the Ox-Tongue, Chicken and Fish Filet. The Ox-tongue stood out big time as it was very tender and juicy. For those of you screaming, “NO! DON’T EAT THE TONGUE! EEEWW!” I assure you, it is a fantastic choice. The sauce was a bit weak (and salty), that’s why I stole some of Wendy’s garlic sauce to make up for it!
It’s the Chef’s Recommendation! Lobster with Rib-eye steak (medium, or as you say in a HK Cafe, “50% done”). We expected the lobster to consist more of the baked cheese than the lobster meat itself. We were both dead wrong! To our delight, the lobster had plenty of big pieces for us to devour. The rib eye steak was also good, typical baking-soda-tenderized but we had no problem cleaning the plate up. The garlic sauce was thumbs up! WAY UP! Wendy chose spaghetti instead of rice as you can it hidden behind the lobster.
The dessert was completely boring. A scoop of vanilla ice cream as the ending to my meal combo. Wendy tried to make the picture more appealing with their well-designed business card.