My, and lil' sis's, favorite Hong Kong cafe is still Baccali Cafe & Rotisserie - Alhambra, but we figured we should try somewhere new.
Sunday Bistro is located on the far left edge of the same strip mall as Top Island Seafood Restaurant. The parking lot is generally pretty crowded so the hassle of finding a spot makes it fall off my radar.
There's an outdoor patio where cigarette smoke will sometimes waft over to the non-smoking side. :(
We dined inside that day.
Lil' sis and her best friend ordered their usual hot honey lemon water for $1.50.
Hong Kong cafes, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept, is Chinese diner fare. Open late night, generally pretty cheap, and serving a mix of appetizers, rice, and noodle dishes. Sometimes fusion with a bit of British and Russian influence. Oft-times pan-Asian with a Hong Kongese take on Malaysian, Singaporean, or Indonesian dishes. Most of them give free refills on coffees or teas. My introduction to dining in the San Gabriel Valley was through Hong Kong cafes and I always have a soft spot for them.
Yang Chow fried rice for $6.95.
Rib-eye steak with two fried eggs for $8.95. See? Very diner-like, but way better quality.
Beef chow fun with dry soy sauce for $6.95.
And deep-fried chicken wings with spicy salt for $6.95. Crispy exterior, juicy interior. I love Chinese fried chicken wings.
Turned out that the owner used to be neighbors with lil' sis's best friend so we got a 10% friends and family discount. Score! She even came back to stamp it on our receipt.
Those were pretty much the standard dishes I order at any Hong Kong cafe. While they were perfectly fine, they weren't better than Baccali. So there my pictures sat for years -- unblogged, the last of my 2007 birthday posts. Lil' sis and I didn't come back again to Sunday Bistro until August 2008.
Again, our usual order of Chinese deep-fried chicken wings with spicy salt. For some reason, the wings were especially good that day and made a much more favorable impression on us this time around. Hence, the double photo of the same dish. :P
Milk tea for me. Iced tea for lil' sis. Free refills.
Baked pork chop with rice for $6.95. Huge portion. Lots of cheesy tomato sauce. Mmm. One of our favorite Hong Kong dishes and we really liked the version here.
Baked seafood with mushroom cream sauce on pasta for $7.95. Lil' sis was delighted that it came with a lot of salmon since she planned to take leftovers back to school with her.
Boeuf Bourguignon (French Beef Burgundy) with oxtails for $7.95. Such a deal! Especially at the cost of oxtails these days.
Look at all the pieces of oxtails they gave me.
Indonesian fried rice $6.95. Much more flavorful than Baccali's version of nasi goreng.
After this meal, Sunday Bistro rose in our estimation. But you know me, still didn't get around to blogging it.
Then one day, when lil' sis was home for spring break, I wanted her to try Bamboodles Restaurant - San Gabriel because I was eating there almost every week, but it was closed on Wednesdays! So back we went to Sunday Bistro since it was nearby.
We ordered our usual beef chow fun with dry soy sauce and deep-fried chicken wings with spicy salt. And this dish of filet mignon cubes with black pepper sauce for $8.95. Dinky portion. Really tender and very good, but dinky! I'd rather have the rib-eye steak for that price.
And so it went, Sunday Bistro fell off our radar again. A perfectly good Hong Kong cafe, but I'm stuck in my ways and still prefer Baccali. They have my favorite Hong Kong milk tea you see.
Other Hong Kong cafes:
Baccali Cafe and Rotisserie - Alhambra
Garden Cafe - Alhambra
1032 E. Valley Blvd.
Alhambra, CA 91801
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 4 a.m.
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