Saturday afternoon, my sister texted wondering if I wanted to go out for Chinese food. She was on her way home from spending time with our mom. Lynette’s suggestion was Lang’s Cafe as she was coming down Broad Street.
Sounded good to me. We got there at a good time when no one was in the main cafe part, but lots of people were floating into the banquet room. It appeared to be a pretty good Easter weekend party!
To set the scene; there are booths on either side of the main restaurant. The middle of the cafe has long tables that the staff use as staging areas for take-out orders and work on roll-ups for table settings. There are also a few centre tables.
As you walk up the stairs from the street and go through the glassed in porch right there is a fish tank gurgling away at the window. Lang’s is clean, quiet, cozy and the food is or rather was, very good. When you talk about a place that you enjoyed it is hard to speak of it in the past tense. But as of today, it is all in the past.
This morning a fire engulfed Lang’s on Broad Street in Regina. Along with it, Wonderland Entertainment Centre to the north and a hair salon to the south were also damaged in the blaze. The extent of the other two buildings is still in question.
The landscape of Broad Street from Victoria Avenue north to Saskatchewan Drive has changed over the last 5 years with heritage buildings meeting their maker.
I didn’t take a picture of the tofu chow mein I had which would have included the very cool dish it was served on, but I will tell you it was very tasty. A part of Asian cuisine is now gone and while there are many other establishments in the city, there was only one Lang’s.