5951 No. 3 Rd #150, Richmond BC V6X 2E3
Disclosure: if you’re accident prone or outright reckless with your limbs/appendages, proceed with caution. You’ve been warned.
Luckily, I managed to eat a meal at Pepper Lunch without harming myself, which is quite a feat considering they serve their food on a fire-hot stone plate that cooks your meat. This is part of the appeal but it also increases the risk of injury exponentially.
But don’t let that stop you because the food is actually really good and economical to boot.
Pepper Lunch has multiple locations all over the world, though mostly in Asia (check them out here); in Canada, there are 3 and they all happen to be in the Lower Mainland!
We made our way to one of the Richmond locations after a recommendation from my sister to try their food. When we arrived, there were 3 occupied tables in the restaurant on a quiet Sunday. We waited a few minutes before the server acknowledged us. It was a bit awkward as we stood at the cash register/ordering station. I realized the server was the only person working and he was busy running between tables to deliver food and clear plates. He finally came to front and took our order and directed us to sit down.
The food arrived shortly after that and he was very prompt at refilling our pop, clearing plates, and checking on us.
I ordered the Beef Pepper Rice, which is essentially thinly sliced beef served on their infamous hot stone plate, with a mound of rice, topped with corn, and of course and healthy sprinkling of black pepper. Two ramekins of sauces accompanied the dish. The plate itself was wrapped with a paper providing instruction on handling (figuratively, unless you want to play with fire…) and mixing. I followed it carefully and avoided touching the sides. The cooking was definitely audible – sizzle, sizzle. I really enjoyed this process and especially liked when the rice got crispy at the bottom. The beef was surprisingly of good quality for the price.
My partner ordered the chicken counterpart which, all and all, was identical to my meal, with the exception of some sliced chicken pieces. His meat was pre-cooked, but still quite tender. I thought this was a smart as it’s probably not a great idea to serve raw chicken. I preferred my beef iteration but did find the skillet to be much greasier.
Overall, I liked Pepper Lunch and will definitely go back. The meal was quick, efficient, cheap, and tasty. I would recommend checking out one of the three locations, just try not to burn yourself in the process.
- Beef Pepper Rice, Regular $10.95
- Chicken Pepper Rice, Regular $12.95
- Soft Drink (Fountain) $2
Beats: Burn – Usher