We've been three times to this restaurant so I'll keep most of my comments to the most recent evening out. We've decided not to go to the all you can eat restaurants in the Tri Cities anymore as this place ends up being the same price for much better quality food that's amazingly presented. We order separately but eat off of each others plates so we end up having lots of different items.
We're greeted warmly upon entering every time. The place has quite a few neat things to look at if you like vintage items. Service is fine especially since this last time, the server didn't yell out our orders so that the whole restaurant could hear like the other server had done on our previous nights out to this place. It's a small place, but this is my one peeve about this place.
Yes, they don't have nigri sushi, but big deal you can get that anywhere. What they do have is beautifully presented fusion rolls that no one else around does have. This time out we had gomae, miso soup, super shelter roll, snoopy roll and gyoza. I can't say enough about how well they do on the presentation of the food items with lots of fruit garnishes. I did have the tagine one time here and found it bland, but every other item I've had has been delicious. They also give you suckers at the end in a small vase, which even though we're not with kids is very cute.
I know the reviews are raving about his restaurant and the restaurant is great for anything outside of Vancouver but there are better Malaysian restaurant in Vancouver an Richmond. I've eaten here half a dozen times and the food is good and I don't have to travel into Vancouver but when you start giving bad service is when I draw the line.
We were a party of 5 and there was no one waiting. We put our name in and the host said that we just had to wait for a particular table to finish and that would be our table. Meanwhile 2 other parties came in - one with 3 people and the other with 4. Both of these tables got sat before we did. Okay no problem I understand the seating configurations accommodate smaller parties. But then a party comes in and the host obviously knows them and gives them our table. What the heck? I talk to host and he says "oh sorry, the other girl didn't know". The party sees that I'm making a bit of a stink and leaves. Ok if you were a legitimate reservation, would you leave?
So we order. I order a diet coke and lo and behold - unlike 90% of the restaurants in the world, they charge for pop refills. Really? Then we have barely got our 2nd entree out when the waiter stops by and tells us that it is last call. It is barely 9:00pm by this point. I guess you guys have to rush out and go home. Paying patrons don't want to hold you up from your private life. This is only your job and we are only paying your bills.
These guys need to realize that they Vancouver is the Asian food mecca in North American and there are other restaurants that are better. I just have to travel into Vancouver. This is good for New West but travel a little farther and you will get better. Mediocre food is passable when the service but is good when you start pulling stunts like this - I can take my hard earned money elsewhere.
Wow! Loooooong time Yaletown Cactus Club patrons here. NEVER thought we would be writing a review like this, but we are just aghast at what's happened to this prized location. More like the Yaletown Desert Club for sure. We realize that Coal Harbor is the big new "thing" on the block these days, but that doesn't mean the Yaletown location has to be thrown under the bus in the process. After all, it did manage to survive the English Bay opening with flying colors. Haven't seen Richard in there forever. (??) Haven't seen Rob Feenie in there forever. (??) Pretty much haven't seen anybody in there forever. (??) Ryan and Kat created an amazing atmosphere amongst staff and patrons. It was a great place to go that was full of colorful regulars, people that remembered your name, and staff and management that actually talked to you and made you feel welcome. We realize it took a lot of staff to open the Coal Harbor location, and yes change is inevitable, but there were a lot of GREAT staff that stayed behind to continue on in Yaletown and now they seem to have left or have been let go as well. (??) Many a regular (including ourselves) has lamented the fact that the new staff and management are VERY unfriendly, standoffish, and seem to exhibit this attitude of "we should be grateful for the opportunity to be in their presence" instead of trying to make "we" the customer happy. (??) I REALLY have to question who is doing the hiring for Yaletown these days. The only saving grace for us from the old staff was the petite blond (Carly?) that took over Kat's position when Kat left to go to English Bay. She has been a constant charm when greeting us, always remembers your name, ALWAYS chats up the regulars, and we know for a fact always promotes the Cactus Club in the community. Now I understand that even she has given her notice as well?? Another reason to make it hard to continue going there. Speaking of new! The new/current (old?) GM Steph. Understand her husband owns/operates a pizza place somewhere in Yaletown? We've heard from other regulars as well as witnessing this ourselves that she has recommended or sent Cactus Club patrons to her husbands pizza joint. I can't even begin to say how WRONG that is on SO MANY levels. Seriously! Who's really running that place these days? :(:( Mind you, with the way our last few meals have tasted, maybe she knows something we don't know? The decline in the food quality at the Yaletown location might be worthy of another review in itself. :( I mean really. How hard can this all be?
Recommended by friends, I've since taken them to a restaurant offering a much better grade of Chinese food than Wong's. They've switched.
First, I hope not to encounter a snarky order-taker when patronising a restaurant. True, this happened only once out of three experiences, but sometimes, once is enough. This last experience left me also with pork that, though chewed for flavour, could not be easily swallowed. At least half the dish went to the garbage. One dish on my second try was only half full. There's no value for the customer in these examples.
In general, the food relies on fat, sugar, and salt for flavour. As a chef myself, I rely on good ingredients for flavour. Their fried rice--a personal favourite in general-- is a good example of this "easy-way-out" approach to cooking that seems to be the Wong's way for the most part.
On the bright side, their delivery service has been prompt and courteous over three tries, but that's a given I take for granted. I enjoy passing on a compliment on a restaurant, but Wong's Chinese Food in Langley has made this difficult. Wong's would be wise to improve both food and service quality. This would show the respect to their clientele customers appreciate.
This was our third time at Cotto and it was very disappointing and we soon realized why. The original chef was no longer there and a much inferior chef has taken over. Each of the three times we have visited Cotto we have ordered the same items...calamari, beef carpaccio, margherita and prosciutto pizzas. The first two times with the old chef the food was fantastic and well prepared This last time though the food was NOT good.....the beef carpaccio now comes served with a disgusting aioli drizzled on top which completely overpowers the delicate flavor of the carpaccio. It was a complete disaster! No experienced and knowledgeable chef would ever ruin a carpaccio with such a sauce. It was served with some microgreens piled up in the middle of the plate. They used to serve it with arugula and a very light balsamic reduction which was so delicious and complimented the delicate flavors of the meat. Our calamari were overly salty and was not served with the fabulous cilantro puree it once came with. The pizzas were just ok. A little under done. Having had pizza in Naples countless times, I can tell you the pizza in a wood oven should have the dough on the underside and around the edges slightly charred(not burned but noticeably cooked)-not completely white and barely cooked which they were this last time at Cotto. The restaurant claims to be an enoteca but serves a limited selection of BC and Italian wines which are overpriced. The only positive note I can say is that the service was very good. Our server was polite and attentive. It's such a shame because when the old chef was there they were putting out some great food but times have changed, a new chef, and I definitely won't be back to drop $120 on a on a dinner like that again!
The mithai sweets at Basant sweets are just awesome. The food is okay to good. Service was good. Ambience is okay and since it is new it is reasonably clean.
will go again to this place to eat. Payal buisness center has bloomed into such a good place to go.
- Kachori - awesome
- Milk Cake -awesome
- ladoo- awesome.
Good food but the dine experience was really poor, the waiteress was borderline rude. Washroom was very dirty and there was no toilet paper. Cutlery was all scratched up. The place had an overall rundown feel and looks like a halwai shop in India. The prices were middle of the pack though so expected better from the place.
- Bhindi - awesome
- Naan and other bread - good
- Paneer - awesome
- kachori - so so
- gujiya - stale
- achar - stale
Might take-out but will not dine in here again.
I've eaten here a bunch of times, usually in the summer because I've been sucked into sitting on their amazing patio. Its really hard to beat sitting on the wharf with the view of the water and all the boats. But...
The view is pretty much the only redeeming quality about Bridges. The food is poor, it has been for several years. The service is mediocre at best and could sometimes be interpreted as surly. You can't have more than one drink on the patio without being forced to order their overpriced food. This has been their policy for sometime and I can't think of very many other restaurants (Furniture Warehouse?) that do this, liquor license issues aside. The only time I've had decent food here was when it was the Swiss House during the 2010 Olympics and they changed their menu for it.
The only time I would recommend anyone coming here is going for a quick drink on the patio and then leaving (or I guess being asked to leave because you don't order food). Overall, not recommended.
Went to Bridges to check out one of the best patios in the city. Great views as usual between the bridges. The food has never been great out on the patio but looked at the prices and $19 for a beef burger, $24 for nachos as an example of prices. To me it looks like they are trying to gouge unsuspecting tourists who won't return for a 2nd visit. This is a pub/bar menu but with these prices and average quality, I'm not returning soon. So many other patios to go to. Service was average but the 15% min grat for 6 or more people was a bit surprising.
Been to all the major Greek Restaurants in the lower mainland and I would have to say that in terms of taste and quality of the meal, Kisamos is my favorite. Their Kalamari is SO tender and their Roast Lamb is amazing.
Now, being a bit of a food critic, I have had moments at the restaurant where the food quality didn't meet my expectation. But that happens. I don't base my reviews on the bad moments. As for service, its a hit and miss along with the ambiance. Not sure why the service level goes up and down, but the food generally is what I am there for. Otherwise, this is my place to go when I want Greek!
I love their steamed buns! Hate the parking, Hate the service....But I will and have put up with that for years and I would still go back! If parking is an issue (Which it is in Surrey), there are locations in Richmond and Vancouver Chinatown. They do have a website too!
I recently visited Burma a few months ago and loved the food there. So when I heard a Burmese restaurant was open in Vancouver (VERY RARE), I had to try it. I was not disappointed. The flavors were colorful and memorable like my trip. The best part is that no single dish is over $8.00. Wow! I know Burmese food takes time and experience to make and for a dish to be this cheap is amazing! However, the menu selection is not huge, the taste makes up for it. Would love to see them add the Burmese cold noodle salad in there! Its REALLY good.
working in the area, i've been growing sick of the same mcdonalds and ikea food.. and at the right time, this awesome place opens up! (under new management)
the new owners are very friendly and the food is amazing. Must Try out their hot food speicals!!
the price is kinda ridiculously cheap.. but i've got no complaints about that :D
My friends took me out for a birthday supper tonight. We sat outside and each ordered a drink and a meal. Tasty drinks and crispy johnny cakes were served. My friends were served their meals, but there was nothing for me. I assumed the waitress would be right back with mine, but she never returned. I had to call her over TWICE to ask about my food. My friends were finishing their meals and I told her that there was no point in being served my meal now. She literally ran away in the middle of talking to her (?), and eventually returned with a second drink that I had never ordered. I was so annoyed!
Although she apologized, saying that it was very busy, when the bill came, they still charged me for my $7 cocktail! Seriously? I had to call her over yet again to say, really? She looked utterly confused.
A NOT so happy birthday to me!
I will not be returning.
Anywhere else this cafe would not survive. First off I ordered 2 double espressos and got them in paper cups. When I asked for real cups I was told they are too busy to wash dishes. More like lazy seeing as there were no customers behind me waiting for service. At $2.85 an espresso it's nice to have a real cup. Then the barrister talked and mumbled so fast I could barely understand him, when I ordered an americano and a frappe and he asked what kind of milk. Don't cafes normally specify if you want a soy or milk frappe on the menu? I will not be going back and hopefully Deep Cove gets some more coffee places as I am sure they would do well when this place seems to be your only choice. Also rude and impatient when you didn't understand his quick mumbling.
I was there with my friends Veronica, Ryan, Cam, Jenny and Ann the other day. The first impression of mine was a pleasant surprise. The décor is so cool and totally reminds me of Mexico. We managed to get a table on the main floor. I need to say the place was packed and some people behind us had to wait in line to get seated. The waitress immediately brought us some chips with delicious salsas for free. She was so sweet and helpful. What can be better than that?
I got beef tostada, tortilla soup and horchata, but my friends got burritos, blackened cod fish fillet, chicken fajitas, chiles rellenos meal, enchiladas, beef and chicken quesadillas, and something else .. I don't remember exactly what :) Oh my god! It was so delicious! I had a bit of everything and was stuffed. Price wise food is very affordable.
I will definitely come back and totally recommend you to come and check the restaurant out! Oh, they offer a birthday person free meal. And, they have super margaritas .. a huge glass of margarita. Soooo good! I took a picture of me sipping on it :)
BBF forever! Love ya all Veronica, Ryan, Cam, Jenny and Ann!
Hello there, I really wonder some times if the owner of the place writes these reviews
First, how can a pad thai be good with ketchup sauce ?? Tamarind is the original style
I had this pad thai, was like getting a burger at White Spot rather then Mc Donalds, its okay but barely
The ginger beef is the usual at these cheap places, chewy
The rice was quite al dente -- wish it was cooked more
Thats about it -- Sawasdee on Main Street is still the winner -- great taste and good prices, I tried Bob Likes Thai Food on Main street the other day and it was not that good
We went to Steveston Seafood for our anniversary last evening. The room could possibly use a bit of updating but it was clean and comfortable. There was nice music playing in the background that was well suited to the room, it was not loud, you could talk to your companion and it just added to the ambiance nicely.
Our server was good, not exceptional but she was very nice. Hot bread was brought to the table very quickly. I decided on the 4 course meal special for $38.00 with wine pairings for an additional $24.00. My husband decided to order off the regular menu and share my appetizer and dessert with me. For an appetizer I decided on the mussels. The wine that was served was a pinot gris. The mussels were supposed to be steamed with tomatoes, wine and garlic. The tomatoes were non existent. The mussels while very tasty were a ridiculously small portion – there were only 7 mussels. I know it’s an appetizer but I’ve never had such a small serving of mussels before. For my next course I had the chowder. It was decent but it had a very starchy texture and it did not have much of a flavor of seafood or fish to it. This was served with a Chardonnay. My husband had the roasted beet salad with pecans and goat cheese. It was very good. For entrees I had halibut with grilled tomatoes, rice and carrots. The halibut was perfectly cooked and very tasty. It was accompanied with a glass of pinot gris. My husband had the miso glazed sablefish. This was the best course of the evening. It was nice and moist and the miso added great flavor to the fish. We shared a dessert of deep apple pie with ice cream. It was very good but it was different as it was not a traditional pie crust. It was more like a thin sponge cake underneath apple slices. Very good but not what I was expecting. The dessert wine served with this was very good as it had a taste of apples. The wine pairings really complemented the food very well. The pairings brought out the flavors of the different courses. All the wines were good BC wines, Red Rooster, Burrowing Owl etc. The total bill with 2 glasses of wine, salad and entrée for my husband and the 4 course dinner with wine pairings for myself was $146.00 with tip. It was good value for the money. The 4 course menu is very good value. With exception of the chowder and the small serving of mussels the food was very good. I would return but I wouldn’t make a special trip to go for dinner.
A true hidden gem. A limited menu but the food is excellent everytime. Easily the best soup I ever had. There is a bit of a wait at lunch as there are lineups at times. Yes its that good. Daily specials do sell out so make sure you arrive early. Never tried it but they offer a three egg bacon breakfast wrap on 2 tortillas for only $5.50 so the prices are very good. They do cater for small and large groups from 5 to 500 or more with long enough notice.
I went in and had the buffet today for lunch and after a few bites knew that it was a lot different then the last time
The chana masala, a spinach/potato dish, vegetable biryani, butter chicken, beef curry, onion balls were great
AND THEIR NAAN IS WONDERFUL I must have ate at 100 indian restaurants worldwide and its very well textured, not chewy - crisp and fluffy about best describes it
$10 is good value
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