901 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5541444.973706 -93.225544
Mon. - Thu., Sun. 11am - 12pm;Fri. - Sat. 11am - 2am
Neighborhoods: University, Prospect Park
This is the place you must go if you like authentic Cantonese dishes!! – This place is definitely one of the better Chinese restaurants in the twincities, if it is not the best yet. It offers authentic Cantonese dishes that you will not find in most other Chinese restaurants in the twin cities. For those who craving American style Chinese dishes, HKN might not be the place to go. However, I will not be surprised that you might discover some new dishes you like if you are open mind. It has become my favour Chinese restaurant in the twincities. Of course I am Chinese.
great food, poor service. – In terms of food, they fare OK. Prices of foods there are expensive (shrimp fried rice costs 14 bucks) and their service is terrible. Once I forgot to leave a few bucks on the table when an old chinese waitress came to me (who never smiles unless if you're born with "slanted eyes") shouting with her index finger pointing at me saying "Hey, no tips a?" I felt humiliated as everybody in the restaurant had their eyes on me. I have ever since never stepped back into the restaurant ever again. Now I heard they charge tips on customers' bills. So think twice before going there. Dont expect to get great service if your eyes are not slanted. You can try slanting your eyes to get great service from them but it doesnt help if youre brown/black (like me)
Great if you really want some authentic asian food. – The food is the best Chinese food I've ever had at a restaurant in the Twin Cities. It is catered to asian tastes--you will not be tasting the sweet-n-sour you get from other reataturants (i.e. Pei Wei). Every dish has its own taste, you can share plates and everything will not end up tasting the same (i.e. The Village Wok). If you are used to and prefer the asian tastes (or simply every dish covered in grease) from big chain places, then you might think their food is bad. There are so many asian diners because HKN serves real asian food. The service is not terrific, but not at all bad--they take your order, bring you your order, give you the check, the end (it's not what many Americans are used to, but I think it unfair to say it is terrible). It's not a discrimination thing, I'd say a language barrier and partly cultural. I'm asian and I don't care for outstanding service (i.e. do you enjoy the food?/can I get you something? every 5 minutes), as long as it is not bad; good service is timely service with refills on drinks when you need it. The place is small (smaller than a regular fast-food dining area) and could probably get more service if it expanded, but it also creates an atmosphere regulars like.
The portions are HUGE!!! For groups of 6-8, you really only need 5 different dishes and a bowl of rice to fill everyone up and have a doggie bag or two. The plates average $10 and individual meals around $7. The Jumbo Shrimp w/ Pecans is the best shrimp dish (not stir-fried) I've ever had. Unless you really care about great service beyond the necessity, HKN is the place to dine for great Chinese/Cantonese food that will fill up your belly and your taste buds.
no whites allowed? – So I've been to this place a couple times now and the food is decent; however, every single time I go they try to make me upgrade my meal to a larger portion. Dear lord how much do they think a 150 pound man can eat? The first time this happened I did order the larger version and to be honest it had to be the same size. On top of that everything people say about the service is true, they serve family and friends first.
OK food, TERRIBLE service – Kids were out of school, so my wife decided it would be nice for the family to have luch together. We were seated right away...got lucky I guess...and given a bowl of soup. It got worse after that. It took the waitress about 15 to get back to us to take our order. Waited... waited... waited.. waited.. waited... after an half and hour..STILL no food. Frustrated and hungry, I stood up and kissed my family goodbye and told them I had to get back to work and if they could drop off my food on their way home. When they finally did drop off my food, the kung pao chicken lunch special I ordered was very blah...Basically, it was just sweet and sour sauce which they added hot pepper to.
I will NEVER EVER go back there and have told family members and friends to avoid the place at all costs. If you want Chinese go to the Wok...only reason why they have lines at this place is because the restaurant is so small.
Can't beat their Lunch Specials – If you want a lot of decent food for cheap, you won't find a better deal than their lunch specials. You get tea (if you eat in), soup, a large eggroll, rice, and a main dish for around 5 dollars. I don't recommend going on a Tuesday, the soup they serve on Tuesdays is terrible. Thursdays usually have good soup though.
Yeah, the service isn't so hot, but it's decent for what you pay.
Good Food comes with WORST SERVICE – Food, one of the best in twin cities, B+. Customer Service, can I give G? Please do not visit this place for any service. After my couple of visit, I ONLY go there for FOOD. I don't know if it is different race or anything. I notice very similar services. Only time I found their Customer Service along C grade is if you know how to speak their language. Also, I found that they are very friendly with my friends from Laos and Thailand because my friends always FLIRT with them. So overall I will write these points.
* It is not sure that you always get the food what you order.
* It is not guarantee that you can order whatever is at the menu.
* There is NO LEMON or LIME
* Be careful when you pour tea otherwise you might flooded your table
* BE PATIENCE
* DON'T FORGET TO SMILE
* If you are not getting your food on time, make sure your food is getting ready
* Don't make mistake to ask them again and again
* Don't expect them to be friend
* Remember you are there not to make a friend but try to stop yourself from make a enemy
* I can go on and on
Haven't tried it yet but.... – ...this last comment was one of the most asinine things I've ever heard. Do two wrongs make a right? I think not. Can't wait to try the restaurant though, I've heard nothing but good things about the food here. Hopefully we won't experience the great food a side of racism.
ASIANS ONLY IS GOOD FOR ME – It's about time that there is a place that is just for Asians by Asians. I mean, my god, stop complaining about being treated unfairly and of feeling unwelcomed. Get used to it. Non-whites have had to put up with it so one Asian restaurant isn't going to k ill you. Then again, it might. hahah
Great Food and Service, IF you're Asian or bring one – I've heard a few stories from close(white) friends about going in and being refused a seat, even though many were available and other asian people behind my friends were seated no problem. Also I've witnessed some people being seated but not served for quite some time, until eventually they got up and left. However, when I go to this restaurant with my Korean-American girlfriend, the service and food are incredible. The Kimchee rocks, and the dinner special with the eggroll are great deals (I recommend the Kung Pow Seafood). They somehow have our food done in ten minutes, and it is delicious. We go quite frequently even though they are obviously very racsist. Bring an asian friend and enjoy!
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