Of all the places to eat in the Lansdowne Centre food court, ThaiWay Express is probably the one you should avoid. I've eaten here twice, and both times I was immensely disappointed (and this is coming from a guy who prides himself as a very unpicky eater).
I was lured in by the $6.98 price for a 3 entrees plus rice & noodle deal. Sure it's relatively cheap, but I can honestly say that I felt robbed.
I'm going to break down the 5 food items on my plate, as follows...
1) Fried Chicken:
Probably the most boring piece of fried chicken I've probably ever had. Looked appetizing and crispy, but quickly learned that the whole thing was flavorless. I'm not a fan of KFC chicken here in Canada, but I would easily choose it over this place 100% of the time.
2) The Manager's Special:
This dish is essentially glorified (albeit, only by name) honey-garlic spareribs, and was actually the best thing on my plate plate. Of course, this isn't really saying much considering how low the bar was set by the rest. It's tasty enough to not hate it, but definitely not good enough to impress anybody who gives it a shot.
3) The Chicken Curry:
WORST.... CURRY... EVER! Not only was the flavor abysmal, but the entire thing was 80% potatoes & 20% chicken! I swear, that's not even an exaggeration, and you could take my word for it.
4) The "Fried" Rice:
Bland. Just very bland.
Salty. Just very salty.
As for the service, while the server was not rude to me, I could tell they were very stingy indidivuals. The first time I ordered food from this place, I asked if I could have an additional plate so that I would be able to share with my girlfriend, and they handed me a styrofoam plate that's large enough to carry maybe... 4-5 IKEA Swedish Meatballs? Yeah, that should kinda speak for itself...
Long story short, avoid at all cost! Spend the extra buck or two elsewhere so that you wouldn't want to regurgitate your meal immediately after.
WOW. This is my first experience EVER of having a wait staff scold me and give me a lecture out loud. because I thought their avocado smoothie tasted weird this night.
I was a frequent diner and I always order the large meatball pho and an avocado smoothie. Always that combo. The food are usually ok, and not so expensive, and they're open til midnight, I eat dinner very late, that's why I kept coming back.
Tonight, I ordered the large pho first. After I ate the pho, I was not that full yet so I decided to order the avocado smoothie. When it arrived, I noticed the color looked off, you know when an opened avocado is exposed to air for too long and it turns brownish? It looked like that. Plus there were small particles in the smoothie, like red bean particles. I told this to my friend and she said maybe I should try it first. So okay, I tried it, I had a sip. It tastes weird. Either the avocado used was not fresh or for some reason a read bean went into the blender with the avocadoes and ruined the smoothie. But it tasted really different than the usual.
So I went to the counter, brought the smoothie and told them politely that I do not want the avocado smoothie anymore because it tastes weird. The other staff took it and said that's fine if I didn't want it.
When I came back to my table, this wait staff lady just approached us and humiliated me in front of everyone in my table and the other tables around us. She started lecturing loudly that next time, if I didn't want something then I should not order it. She kept insisting there's nothing wrong with it, the avocados are fresh. I said, no it doesn't taste right. She said, "no there's nothing wrong with it and you should not waste food". I said, it didn't really taste the usual. She said, "there is nothing wrong with it. Don't order anything if you don't want it. You are wasting food. Don't waste food, It cost us 4 dollars". I said, you know what I'll just pay for it, don't scold me. She didn't stop. Her voice was loud like she wanted to make a scene and humiliate me. She said, no she won't charge me for that but I shouldn't order it if I can't eat it anymore. She pointed to the large empty pho bowl and said if I am going to eat that much then I should not order an avocado smoothie anymore. WOW. Really? You are going to say that to a customer. A customer who always orders the same thing: large pho + avocado smoothie. I know pretty well I can consume it. At this point I was really pissed off, I tried to say I'll just pay for it, she said no, and then lectures me again about how I should not waste food etc etc. The other people are looking at us already but she would not shut up. She had to give her lecture!
Needless to say I AM NOT going back to this place again! She's lucky she was a lot way older than me, and just out of politeness I did not humiliate her back.
Decided to try out the lunch buffet at India Bistro. Every day they offer an all you can eat. I headed at there at about 1pm. As hungry as I was, the line up and fullness of the place made me believe that I was going in for a joyride.
After talking to a couple of people, I headed out to serve myself. The buffet selection is decent, at the least. A mix for both vegan and non-vegans alike, it is a meal to please everyone. You can find vegetarian curries and meat curries as well. I went conventional and served myself some butter chicken.
The chicken was great. Not too spicy, and not too cooked. Just perfect. I loved going back for a second helping. The rest was okay, but the chicken really stood out for me. Good for going on an empty stomach.
Best value sushi in the area.
There's a lot of sushi in Downtown and the surrounding areas, but this one is probably the one of best value I have been to. It is usually quite stuffy, but once you get a seat everything falls into place.
I love coming here for miso soup, really. This, with their complementary green tea are unbeatable. Rolls are excellent, I honestly would continue coming as frequently even if they were to double the prices. No compromise over fresh sushi.
I have traveled and eaten Chinese in Hong Kong, Kowloon, Macau, Osaka, San Francisco, Oakland, Toronto, Montreal, London U.K..and more.
THIS was the best Chinese Food I have ever partaken of !
Peping (Peking) Duck was Very Good, as were the other good sized,six dishes we ordered and were served to us quickly AND hot !
The signage on the street was pretty well all in Chinese so we wondered if there was going to be a language barrier................There was NOT.
Quality, Fast, Attractive, Good Value.... AND a great view of White Rock Pier and beech from the front patio and many tables.
"WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE" .
A Definite "10" .
Ding Ho ! She She.
I only had 1/2 hour for lunch so I went for the go to meal which is Udon. Ordered the Nabeyaki udon, which came in a lukewarm salty broth and they didn't even bother to cook the onsen egg correctly - they substituted a fried egg instead!
Should have clued in that don't expect anything authentic when it is Chinese owners cooking Japanese food.
We went at Happy Hour, called Low Tide there, and were pleased with all aspects of our fare - the price, how it was presented, and how it tasted. We ordered the fried oysters, potato-encrusted scallops, and Haida Gwaii candy. It was all fresh and delicious. It came on a giant platter alongside a big, beautiful salad for two. We also got a basket of delicious bread that was flecked with cranberries and walnuts. They didn't charge for the bread, and were even happy to give us a refill at no extra charge. I wish they hadn't given us so much butter though; that was a lot of butter wasted at the end. I wish more restaurants were more mindful of waste; they'd save money, and it's the right way to be. My beer was cold and inexpensive. Good time had by both.
We walked in on a Friday at around opening time only to find the restaurant almost empty. It was pretty early for authentic curries, but our hunger got the best of us and we just went for it.
There was an open buffet going on, but we decided to skip it and order straight from the menu. Having been to countless Indian restaurants before, we knew exactly: garlic naan, fish curry (or at least that’s what I understood from the server) and some aloo gobi.
We started off our meal with some drinks while we waited for the food to arrive. The first to come was obviously the naan, which was delicious. The fish curry came medium spicy, which was great to still feel the flavor, but not get overwhelmed with the taste and have to be constantly resorting to your drink to bring down the level of spiciness. It was a little different from what we are used to, because it was brought in a different kind of preparation, but whatever they did made it extremely tasty. This goes without saying, but the aloo gobi was on point, as always.
Overall, it was a very gratifying meal. The taste of the fish curry, although different to what I have usually experienced, did wonders to our meal. A great way to stretch the limits of my experience with Indian cuisine.
We had a great evening at La Pentola. It was a special occasion and we decided to have the 7 course meal. You just tell you server at the beginning what allergies and foods that you do not like and they serve you dinner accordingly. The meal costs $60.00 and consists of 3 appetizers, 2 pastas, 1 entrée and 1 dessert. The food was very well presented, imaginative and had great flavors. The only item that I found to be just average was 1 of the appetizers – humbold squid server with runner beans. I did not find it that interesting. I guess I prefer my squid served calamari style.
The ambiance is okay. My husband said they are probably aiming for casual elegance. The room is softly lit in the evening but we were seated near the bar so it is not like there is a great deal of privacy. I also did not care for the dress code or lack thereof. All the servers worn jeans and couple of them looked at least presentable but some of the staff looked down right scruffy like they had just come from the beach. One of the servers even had flip flops on. Not really good considering the prices that they charge. That being said the service itself was terrific. When I mentioned at the beginning that they dishes seemed to be coming out of the kitchen too quickly and we wanted to relax and enjoy our meal they were very quick to respond to our request and thereafter always asked if we were ready for the next course.
Had a party of 6. We got there around 9:30pm. The hostess made us wait outside even though there were a table for 4 and a table for 2 that was next to each other. So we waited about 15mins outside. That should have been a sign to go elsewhere! Then we were seated, menus were given, but no water was offered except are you ready to order? So we ordered. When the cakes and drinks arrived the waiter could not even remember who ordered what! That was the last we saw of him. We had to ask for glasses of water. The waiter never came around to offer refills or even ask how things were!
Here is the the kicker! When we asked for the bill, they automatic added on 15% for tips for service of non existence! There was no signs or even was mentioned by the hostess or server about the automatic 15%. So really here is your crap and we really don't have to serve you and we will charge a tip! Truth of the matter, the desserts aren't even closed to be good as it used to be! I know there is a lack of late night dessert coffee places, but I would stay away from this place cause its not what it used to be!
NEVER, Ever Again.
Poor service. Lousy atmosphere. Ordered a bottle of Pinot Gris wine and got some reusable water bottle of sparkling piss. What the heck is that??? Absolutely foul.
My wife and I then got the bill with the ADDED 18% TIP? WTF? Then go to pay and it asks what % tip again?
I get better food and service at McDonalds.
I ordered the eggs benny to go, asked for soft poached, no ham and no fruit extra potatoes. Eggs were rock hard, and its not like i had to walk far i literally work 5 minutes away, i asked for soft so they would be medium when i got to work, I had extra ham and maybe 3 pieces of barely cooked potatoes. This place used to be good, but that was the worst Ive had there. Not worth what I paid at all, Id rather go to whitespot or even tim's
First off what part of it's in Surrey didn't I get? We just stopped in when driving through surrey. Omg it was the absolute worst most disgusting pub food I've ever had. The wings were VILE. Bruschetta tasteless. Veggie spring rolls just about made my husband puke. Paid over $100 for 3 people with drinks and couldn't get out of there and surrey fast enough. Do not ever go there, I'm serious.
Came out of curiosity, was looking for something close and despite the reviews ( here and on yelp) I was quietly optimistic. Well, you know what happened to the curious cat...
I guess depending on what type of lenses you're wearing this place can be described a hole in the wall, a gem, a place for cheap eats. I saw it as run down but was willing to give it a go.
Greeted by the owner, she seemed friendly enough. Unbeknownst to us, she is also the chef, the server and the one who mans the phone and till.
We ordered a #6 (beef pho) and a pork on vermicelli with spring rolls. The food came pretty quickly and there was a good selection of veg. Granted the soup for the pho was hot, it was rather bland tasting. It tasted more like hot water with a sprinkle of meat fat flavours. There was an adequate portion of meat/tripe etc. The spring rolls were thinner in diameter but were tasty, as was the pork vermicelli.
Overlooking the dirty water filled mop bucket surrounded by the flies from the garbage filled recycle pop cans in the toilet was one thing. I mean the toilet itself was clean, there was soap and an abundance of bleach and disinfectant on the shelves. Whether they are regularly used are clearly another matter. However, finding three separate black short hairs in the pho confirmed that the likelihood of us returning is nigh on slim.
Seems a shame to be honest, as other customers came in, they seemed to be regulars and were willing to overlook the minimum food health standards I'm quite partial to. The owner remembered the regulars' orders. On another table, one guy was saying that he frequents this place at least once a week - to each their own we say.
On pleasure trip in the Vancouver area 8/26 8/27/15.
Ate down the street the night before.
Went in around 2:00PM
Asked for outside seating in the shade, was seated in the sun. Asked if seating could be changed to shade, "Host said move over to the next table, almost completly sunny as well.
Finally took a seat inside.
I ordered the spicy bison pasta. Yikes. It had no flavor that my pallate liked. The bison was strange. Noodles were the High Point.
My wife ordered the chicken and waffle. The chicken was good. Waffle had an odd flavor.
The server was effective, noproblem there, but the hosts did not bring a warm feeling, too busy being cool. (Chillin).
For the money and overall experience I would pass the next time...
Cool Restroom arrangment!
We've been here twice for lunch, and it was great both times. The congee is a simple work of art, among the best in Vancouver, and you get to embellish it in different ways by ticking what you want or don't want in your congee. Their Chinese donuts are as well among the best in the city. The other standouts for us were the halibut with rice cakes; deep-fried squid tentacles, which were very fresh; and the turnip cakes, which were lighter than the usual, but with a solid texture. They have several different kinds of tea, and you have to ask what they have or specify what exactly you'd like, or else they'll just give you jasmine tea.
I had high hopes that a Chicken Delight would open in the West considering how many ex-Winnipegers live in the Lower Mainland now. Unfortunately, this only has the name and not the same menu or flavor as the ones in Winnipeg. So sad but at least there is Church's chicken here.
We had a wonderful dinner here. We arrived at 5:30 and did not have to wait for a seat. We were given a lovely window seat that was great for people watching. It’s a very busy restaurant and the tables are very close together. It is not the place to go if you’re wanting a nice romantic dinner.
The service from our server Joshua was amazing. He described the dishes very well and made recommendations of items that were his personal favorites. A nice sliced baguette was brought to our table while we perused the menu. The portions seemed to be fairly large so we decided to forgo appetizers and concentrate on the entrees. My husband had the pork rack with pulled pork poutine. It was very good. I had the beef short rib in a red wine reduction with bone marrow. It was delicious and the bone marrow was heavenly on the baguette slice. We decided not to have dessert as we were full. The service from Joshua throughout the meal was truly exceptional. When he presented the bill he had written a comment on the back of the bill thanking us and telling us that he had enjoyed waiting on us. What a lovely gesture. The menu is small but we found have many items that interested us.
We would return for sure.
My husband and I went here on our way to see a movie at about 6:30 yesterday. The parking lot didn't look too busy so we thought it would be a convenient place to have a quick dinner. We went inside and there were 3 people waiting to pay their bills and about five or six tables occupied. The person at the front counter didn't even look at us. One server who came out walked right towards us with a take out box in her hand and went to the front counter and then just kind of wandered around. As she approached, I smiled at her and she looked right at me, didn't smile back and didn't say a thing. We stood there being ignored for a full five minutes. There were no other people waiting for a table. After waiting a couple more minutes we decided to just leave. We were clearly seen walking out and still no one said a word to us.
We will never go to that restaurant to spend our money again.
As usual, we had to check out the restaurant to see what the hype was all about. One of our goals was to try the braised duck noodles and the Taiwanese beef noodles. No such luck as they were already sold out.
The place opens at 11:00 am and we got there at 12:30, had to wait 15 minutes for a table and by the time we ordered, the dishes were sold out.
Since we were already there, we ended up trying the: cold sesame noodles, the braised tripe salad and the scallion pancakes.
The scallion pancakes were light and chewy, not heavy like some places; these were very good. The braised tripe salad was just okay. There were few pieces of tripe, more cilantro and there was a little kick to the tripe for those who like things spicy. Now the sesame noodles, some may like it but for me, the noodles tasted starchy as if it wasn't even cooked yet.
Although this first visit was okay, we will have to come back and try the feature hot noodles. As for the value, based on what we ate and the portion size, it was a tad on the high side. So for now, this is a conservative review until we try the main features.
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