Website: No website, Urbanspoon link
Address: 550 Hwy 7 E Unit 108, Richmond Hill, ON
When I visited: March 2015, lunch, 2 people
Rating: $, 4
My husband and I were running some errands on a weekend and ended up having lunch at Deer Garden around 3:00pm. To our surprise, the restaurant was packed in the late afternoon. With noodles as their main menu item, luckily the turnaround was quick and we were quickly seated.
This casual HK style restaurant had an easy ordering system where each customer is given their own order sheet.
The base price for a bowl of noodles (one size only) and a cold drink was $8.75. With that price, I was able to choose the soup base, choice of 2 toppings and the noodle type. Additional toppings could be added at a minimal charge. Side orders were a great deal, as they were only $1.95.
As the restaurant is known for their no MSG fish soup, this is what we tried during our first visit. I ordered the fish soup with parsley and century egg, with beef tendon and sliced beef, with thick noodles.
My husband ordered the chaochou style dried fish and minced pork fish soup with beef tendon and tripe.
When the order came out, we were surprised at the portion size and the amount of tender beef tendon pieces in each bowl. The fish soup had a mild fish flavour compared to Thai or Vietnamese fish soup bases, but still satisfying.
On the side, we ordered dessert wings with ginger and deep fried pork chop. Both items were really tasty, crispy and an amazing deal!
The value for what you get is ridiculous! For $10.70, I was completely stuffed with a quality bowl of no MSG soup, a side order and a cold drink! That is just mad. If this restaurant was downtown, I could see line ups forming everyday. The service could improve, as I had to flag the server many times.
I will return to try out the other soups flavours and menu items as they also offer rice dishes, snacks and specialty drinks. Also, this is a family friendly restaurant with Chinese families as their clientele and many high chairs available.