Being a full-time student, I always find myself on a budget! Luckily, my friends try to be budget-friendly when it comes to eating out which I do appreciate. We all love food and eating out does add up! A few weeks ago, I met up with some friends for some early morning Hong-Kong style breakfast. I don’t frequent HK-style cafes as much as I never really grew up eating it, but I’m always down for cheap comfort Chinese food 🙂
Duotian is a popular Chinese/HK-style cafe within the Renfrew Heights neighbourhood. It’s more of a local spot for those wanting something cheap any time of the day. They’re located on the top floor of the T&T plaza amongst other popular Chinese establishments so parking can be a bit tricky during rush hour. Majority of patrons come here for their Chinese Breakfast deal or Noodle Soup combos . Walking in at around 9:30am, the place was bustling and only a few tables were left unoccupied.
The Chinese Breakfast/Western Breakfast Combos run from 0900-1130 consisting of Combo A or B ($5.95) or Combo A + B ($7.95) Menu isn’t necessarily extensive, but they do have the HK staples like fried noodles, congee, and western style breakfast at an affordable price. Western breakfast includes choice of toast or french toast, HK style tea or coffee. Cold drinks are extra +$1, specialty drink +$2
Everyone ordered Western style breakfast except me so they got their hot drinks! Pretty standard milk tea.
Combo A ($5.95) Sausage and Eggs with French Toast. Char wasn’t feeling particularly hungry so she just opted for Combo A. You can also choose to have your eggs any style.
Combo A+B ($7.95)A: Mini Steak & Eggs, French Toast
B: Satay Beef with Vermicelli in Soup
Jamesy and Petes go-to order is the mini steak & eggs with noodles combo.
Chinese Breakfast A+B Combo ($7.95) Preserved Egg & Pork Congee with Pan Fried Rice Roll in Soya Sauce
Yum! I was craving for congee that day and I quite liked the consistency. Ingredients were a little sparse but the flavour was there. I also liked my pan fried soya sauce rolls. They were great for sharing as I got pretty full towards the end of my bowl of congee! Just a tad oily but otherwise nicely executed.
Duotian is a nice place to get your comfort Chinese food cravings satisfied but I wouldn’t necessarily go out of my way to come here for breakfast. Although service wasn’t attentive (as expected for Chinese establishments) they got the job done.
212-2800 E 1st Ave