30 Country Hills Landing NW
The first time I tried this place was when my friend Ken picked me up after my Phoenix trip back in June. I've been a tad behind on my food posts due to finals, assignments and lots of traveling, but I'm slowly but surely catching up now ;)!
Now about Cafe 100%, I really dig the decor and vibe of this new Cafe in the NW, added its in a very convenient location since most of my friend's lived near and it reminds me of a HK/Chinese version of Nationals. The interior is all warm woods & metal trimmings giving the place a nice modern touch compared to the usual HK/Chinese fusion spots in the Taste of Asia chains around Calgary. Cafe 100% offers an array of cuisine and after trying a handful of dishes here, they still got me coming back.. (maybe a little more than I'm happy to admit.) Service has been good, kudos to Mandy and Fiona! Couple of the boys who' has served my group may need to work on their listening skills (there was an incident where they messed up the drink orders a good 6 times.) But because they're so friendly and accommodating, I've looked passed it.
Taste wise from Cafe 100%... so far is good for me! Some dishes are a bit off balanced with their saltiness but besides that I felt most items I've gotten so far were pretty tasty. Some of my absolute favourite dishes or dishes I've tried are as follow:
Orzo Lobster rice ($19), I've never had Orzo rice before and its like a soft noodle tasting rice (which is wonderfully delicious imo!). The dish it pack with flavour + a bit of heat. Occasionally this dish gets a bit salty but I still really love the texture and the real lobster meat used in the dish. For a cheaper version I usually opt for the cha siu, egg, shrimp one which is about ($13)
Stir Fried Rice Crepes w/ Lobster & Gravy ($9.50)
This dish was really yummy on the first couple of bites, until you realize the gravy is all you taste. This wasn't worth the price for me, I understand there's lobster in there and I see it.. but its lame to have lobster in any dish but not taste it, imo.
Late night menu:
Cheaper food items are available at night! A late night run with my girl friend included BIG YUMS to the Chicken Curry Cream Spaghetti, but not to much for the Szechuan Style Noodle w/ Peanut Sauce in Chili Soup; it left my tongue coated in oil so all I could taste was...oily meats and noodles.
To the left we have the milk tea with pearls + mint chocolate ice cream. Middle, is their super chilled milk tea, instead of using ice in the drink which could potentially dilute the rich silky taste of the milk tea, they put it in an ice bucket to keep it chill. To the left is the coconut tofu milk (one of my personal favourites here!). I've also had their Ribena which hits me right in the childhood of when I was in Hong Kong. Another pretty good drink is the tofu red bean slush.Their use of tofu dessert in drinks is something I quite enjoyed, since I never would've thought of drinking tofu in tofu form. Unfortunately their slush and bbt aren't fresh here, so I'd opt out of bbt unless you're into powder flavours.
Curry Combo ($13.50) with Naan (was okay, wasn't anything I'd be craving any time soon.)
Baked Chicken Spaghetti ($13.95) with lobster sauce (+$1) was pretty yummy, however the lobster sauce was a tad disappointing since it tasted pretty much like a normal cream sauce (or for me at least.). I'd get this item again but with the fish + cream corn sauce instead!
AAA Bone-in Ribeye 14oz on wooden board ($27.50): My guy friend was really craving steaks so we opt to try this dish out. I felt like this ribeye may be a bit over priced based on where this is served (in a cafe). It tasted pretty good except I'd prefer having steaks and ribeyes at a place where they specialize in meats.
Lunch Special: Soy Sauce Chicken + rice ($9.50) ~ Another dish that hits right at the childhood! I love soy sauce chicken so this was a winner for me. I think my mum definitely makes this better at home, but to satisfy when I'm craving this again, I'm happy to know I can come by here for it!
Fried Noodles w/ Assorted Seafood in Cream sauce on hot plate ($13.95): This is a fun dish to see at the table, they bring the sauce out separately with the hot plate and pour it in front of you. Occasionally this dish gets a bit too oily for me. Usually when it comes to fried noodles, I prefer egg noodles that is pan fried, it's less oily and still allows noodles to have a nice crisp and softness. (However I get it, with the shape they're going for pan frying would make no sense!) For amount though, this dish is a bang for your buck!
Slow Cooked Tender Beef Thick Noodles in Soup ($9.50): Here is another one of my favourites from Cafe 100%, the beef is tender, flavourful and the noodles are so much fun to eat! They have a nice chewy texture and comes in a fun squiggly shape.
Satay Trio ($11.95): I didn't feel like this was worth the amount, the meat skewers were done well but the satay was just okay.
The desserts ($6.95) were all presented very nice and pretty; Except it's exactly what you'd expect for sweet toast + ice cream + fruit and some drizzle so it wasn't anything to get overly excited about.
As an overall I do really like Cafe 100%, they have some hit or miss dishes and I think that is to be expected coming from the chains such as Calgary Court, T-Pot, Pacific Cafe added it's been about 2-3 months old. Price is average, portions are just right from experience of my friends & I, service on the most part is good and the space is great! If you're in the area I feel like this spot is a great addition. Good date night spot and perfect for bigger groups of friends/family.