I wished I had read some reviews on Salvatore's restaurants before we went there. The coupon said, "$10 off the regular menu". So we had $15 lunch items and presented the coupon. Waiter said the menu had already been discounted. What? We purposely ignored the Specials Menu and ordered from the menu that he gave us. Waiter said that they had another "regular" menu and sure enough, he brought one and every item was $5 higher on that menu. False Advertising !! Wow, what an outrageous price for Veal Parmigana at $20 !! Will not ever be going back.
Been at this location twice with a friend.
We both enjoy the Laksa with fish noodle. The fish noodle is made from a white fish paste, which is sqeezed out and boiled in the soup. It has great texture - like a noodle - but without the carbs.
The fish noodle costs an extra $4 on top of the $8.50 soup. So $12.50 all together. The combo comes with a hong kong style milk tea or coffee and a nice cold glass of water on request. I like beef tendon and rolled bean curd with my soup. It's tasty and oh so good on a cold day. My friend and I can usually split a soup. Sometimes we order one each and have a nice lunch for the next day as well.
The first time I was there - the male server was very helpful. The second time I was there, a female server left a lot to be desired. There was a small, dime sized amount of soup on the table left from the previous diners. She cleaned the spot. Literally - cleansed ONLY that dime sized spot on the table! LOL! I took my trusted Clorex wipes out of my purse and gave the table a thorough wipe down. Yeesh - clean the friggin table between customers - really! She also forgot to bring enough spoons and we had to remind her to bring some water (twice). Hence - I rated the service as two star.
The ambiance was fine - the restaurant was otherwise bright and clean. It is not fine dining - but I find fine dining overrated and overpriced.
This is a good meal on a budget.
I'll be back (with my clorex wipes if necessary ;)
Ate hear last week with a friend. She had been once before but it was my first time.
We both had the smaller tasting menu. All of the food was well executed. Good balance of flavours and nice presentation. The dishes are however quite small and I was left wanting a little more but overall we were pleased. My friend told me that if the gnocchi was on the menu we should ask for that but sadly it was missing that night. The pros and cons of a rotating menu I guess. The service was quite good. As soon as our plates were done they were promptly cleared and the next dish arrived very shortly after. The service did become a little rushed near the end of our meal however. I presume this was because we were the early seating and they needed us to leave by a certain time to accommodate their next seating.
Overall a good dining experience and I'll put it on my return list so I can get this famed gnocchi that they sometimes have.
If you like meat and potatoes that is what you'll get... and not much else. No garnish, no choice vegetable on the side and no extra's what so ever. My fillet Mignon was however cooked to perfection, but it's nothing that my boyfriend can't do at home on the BBQ. The Hy's signature steak my boyfriend had was a low grade cut of meat that was rather fatty and stringy. When the server came around to dress our baked potatoe I had to fish through the mountain of sour cream in order to find the potatoe below. There was nothing special about the dessert menu, the cheesecake was average. However they had a respectable wine list and the ambiance was cozy, quiet and intimate. There wasn't much here that set them apart from the Keg... except for the price.
I've been here at least 5 times and have never been let down.
See bottom for my list of "con's"
Here's is what we have had so far:
Mussels and Clams Special - holly moly this was HUGE and amazing (around $16-18) so insanely fresh and their home-made marinara sauce was on POINT!
Spaghetti Bolognese - super delicious, finally a pasta place that knows what al-dente means, I would like it if it had a bit richer red wine flavor (as that's how Nonna makes it) but the portion is huge, enough for 2 meals ($16?)
Spaghetti w/ Meatballs - Im not 100% positive but I believe they actually use the holy trinity of meats, the pasta was the same as above but the meatballs were so incredible and rich and gigantic! ($18)
Manicotti - You can tell its home made. It was baked to perfection, and like everything else here the portion was giant ($18)
Lasagna - Holly smokes they actually use ricotta cheese... HIGH 5 for Rosa!!! sooooo delicious my boyfriend orders this every single time!
Cheesecake - its an unbaked one so its very light and fluffy, definitely delicious and big enough to share.
Sometimes its great, sometimes you are hunting down a server, but the food is so good its worth the risk.
Their appy menu is tiny and boring, if they added some hot items other than a soup and prawns that would be great.
They give you free bread (awesome) but its ice cold, would be better if it was warm or toasted.
There are no reservations (which is also awesome) but this means you are waiting outside, in the COLD to be seated, I think they should get some portable heaters for those waiting outside in the fall and winter so people aren't idling in their cars.
It's a tiny hole-in-the-wall. Gaudy but hip atmosphere. Good music playing. Staff is friendly. Beer is very cheap at $3.50 a pint. Tacos are decent, the shrimp were the better choice.
I liked the nachos with beef on top. I think it was $7.50 or so, which, while not a huge portion, is much less than everywhere else.
Food is better than Chronic or Mucho Burrito, but not as good as La Taqueria.
The name of this restaurant is now called Ootori instead of Sanpachi so if you plan on using your entertainment coupon then you might as well forget it. I went here with my friend for lunch and we asked if we could use the coupon but they told us that they have changed names and is not affiliated with Ramen Sanpachi anymore. If that were the case then maybe they should consider changing the website address on their menu and the receipt information to NOT say Ramen Sanpachi. We let this one slide but it was just the beginning of our disastrous lunch.
Two minutes after we were seated the server came over and asked for our orders. We figured it's probably the lunch time rush so they're trying to get in the orders quickly. We ordered the Shio Ramen to which their response was, oh, we are out of the Shio and Tonkatsu Ramen. They were only open for the last hour and, apparently, already out of the two soups. They could have at least indicated on their menu that those two were sold out. Our server continued to stand there not giving us much time to pick something else so I ended up ordering the Miso Ramen and my friend ordered the Shoyu Ramen. We sat for about 20 mins before one of our ramens showed up and another 5 mins for the other one. If they were going to rush us to order then shouldn't the food come out a little faster? They are located in the central Downtown business area so you would think that they would be more prepared for the lunch rush and not make everyone wait 20 - 25 mins for their food.
We forgave them for the slow service as we were too hungry by that point to make any complaints. Even though we ordered different soup bases they seemed to look exactly the same - creamy. The picture on the menu indicated that the Shoyu ramen had a more clear soup base so you can't blame us for being a bit skeptical as to what they were actually serving. The taste wasn't exactly spectacular and the strips of pork were tiny and thin. Here is when things went from bad to worse. My friend found a dead fly in his soup. He called over the server and told him the issue. Instead of apologizing she stood there analyzing the fly just to make sure it was real and that we weren't making it up. She then calls over her manager (whom I assume is also the owner) who also looks at it to see if it was a real fly. She tells us that there are flies in the restaurant and probably flew into his noodles as he was eating it. She then proceeded to ask if he wanted another one and he told her that he's kind of lost his appetite and she just stood there, silent, for a good minute. Then my friend told her that he just wants to cancel his order. She looked really upset that he would even suggest such a thing and just said, "Fine, I'll cancel it". She comes back after a minute with the bill and places it in front of him and said, "I took it off" and then left. No apologizes, no sincerity, nothing. It was almost like it was OUR fault that there was a fly in the soup.
When we left there was no "Thank you for coming" or "We're sorry for this experience but hope you'll come again", just silence. I won't be going back there anytime soon and I highly doubt my friend will either. If you are looking for poor service, sub par ramen, and an unapologetic manager then I suggest you eat here but otherwise go somewhere else.
After waiting an hour and a half for our food we were completly taken back by the volume of food we got for the price we paid. 4 items and $50 later we didn't even have left overs. We ordered 2 meat and veggie dishes which were clearly more veggie than meat. The typical white plastic to-go dishes are now half the size and black. When we called and complained, they were less than interested in our concerns with the new portions they serve. When my wife said you just lost a customer they said OK....? I was unhappy to start but to top it off this Chinese food is bland to say the least. Too bad, Maple Ridge just has no good value restaurants. We ordered 2 pizzas, 2 for 1 a couple weeks ago and that was $50, what is going on with affordable take for family's nowadays?
The owner, Mr. S. (originally from Japan), had been operating a sushi bar in the Valley for many years and now has taken over the old Zakkushi spot one block west of Burrard on West 4th. It's a tiny little space with room for maybe twenty diners (incl a four seat sushi bar). It's a great place to warm up with a hot sake and fresh sushi on a cold Vancouver night. We've been there twice since he opened in Summer 2013 and it's always been good and reasonably priced. Make a reservation and enjoy!
It was my go-to place on Sunday for watching football. I was there five Sundays in a row. But on Grey Cup Sunday, I was refused service because I was wearing boots (hiking boots) and canvass pants.
I guess I was red flagged as "working class."
It was a Sunday afternoon and I wanted to watch football. Apparently, I didn't pass their eyeball test and was sent away.
It was embarrassing.
They'd rather sit half-empty than serve me.
Nice job alienating a new regular customer.
Went to Thierry to pick up some macarons last week. The shop was packed but we were helped after waiting for a minute. On the day we were there, they only offered 3 choices of flavors. Apple spice, earl grey and salted caramel. Although they were not my favourites, they tasted really good! I also wanted to give their coffee beans a try so I asked the staff if they knew when the beans were roasted, she said no. Then I asked them to grind the beans for stovetop, and they said they didn't know what it was. I was surprised and a bit apprehensive to get the beans since their knowledge in coffee seemed limited. I pulled out a picture of the moka pot to show them to make sure the beans get the correct grind.
Despite of that, I highly enjoy their macarons and think they have the best ones in town.
I first heard of copa cafe on the radio. After hearing their commercial, I decided to give it a try. This branch on cambie offers some free parking at the back of the restaurant, and there are also some free street parking as well. The restaurant seemed well maintained and clean. We often get seated quickly. I have tried their breakfast, mini-set and dinner menus. I personally enjoy the breakfast and mini-set menus the best. Food is always fresh, and the mini set menu offers a great variety of choices. I enjoy most of their casserole dishes with baked pork chop on rice being my favourite.
In terms of service, they are efficient and attentive.
Their hk style milk tea and coffee are also quite authentic.
The Great Mongolian Grill at Valley Fair Mall in Maple Ridge is a wonderful, unique dine-in and take-out place. My husband, son and I and have eaten Lunch here a few times, and the food is always delicious and expertly cooked. Lunch is served until 3PM and costs $8.49 for a pretty hefty meal; if you have a hollow leg there is all-you-can-eat Lunch for just $11.99. After 3 o'clock it's Dinner, for a few dollars more.
You go up to the counter and get your bowl, then proceed to fill it as full as you wish with your selections from a great variety of stir-fry ingredients. These include about two dozen kinds of fresh vegetables, as well as pork, chicken, beef, and numerous sauces such as ginger, garlic, teriyaki, hoisin, szechwan, sweet and sour, etc. Everyone heaps up their bowls to get as much as they can, which is fine as long as you eat it all! The meals also include rice and spring rolls.
I am impressed with the food every time we go here. The Mongolian Grill's been at Valley Fair for more than a year, I think. The restaurant is always busy and the food is consistently fresh. The owner keeps everything very clean, and he and his staff are friendly and helpful. I highly recommend it whenever you crave a tasty yet inexpensive casual lunch in Maple Ridge.
Cruising the False Creek seawall on a crispy sunny Saturday, we popped into Yaletown to find a hot drink and something to eat. We literally stumbled into the Agro Cafe on Hamilton. Ordered 2 London Fogs and their whiteboard specials, a turkey and brie baguette with cranberry mayo and vegan chili with sourdough bread. Food was very good, the sandwich was delicious and the chili was nicely spiced and filling. The London Fogs hit the spot. Bill was $25 including tip. The shop is fairly small, with a couple window sill counters with stools for eating and a half dozen leather armchairs for kicking back with your java. The decor is funky (even the bathroom) and we loved the eclectic background music. We enjoyed our visit and we'll probably make it our go-to spot whenever we're in the area. The patio would also be a nice place to chill on a warm summer day.
The only reason to go to Miku is Ebi Oshii. The rest is a waste of time - Service in Particular.
For a place that seems to have too much Staff, one would expect incredible Service.
Don't wait for it. It's not going to get better. Ever.
Several visits with people from out of town and even later to get Ebi Oshii take out, the place is roaring with business and the service is beyond Bad !
In the End, Miku comes across as one of those overpriced Tourist Traps - Great Location, some good food, but in general, not worthy - I've paid the last 200 dollar bill at Miku. Some things in life require putting up with it - Ebi Oshii is Outstanding, but not worth the annoyance of waiting for it.
Encourages me to learn to cook.
I have eaten here several times with different groups of people over the last few years. Every time, the food was incredible. Even if you order something "ordinary" like California roll, it tastes better here than at other Japanese restaurants. One of the reasons, perhaps the primary one, is that the food is very fresh. They have a board by the bar counter with daily specials written on it. These are must tries. I have never been disappointed with any one dish from that board, and the these specials are usually very creative, both in cooking and in presentation. The price is not cheap, but well worth the money. The latest time I went there, the (I suppose) husband and wife team handled everything in the whole restaurant, with no other help, which initially concerned me a bit. The service suffered somewhat because she was so overburdened trying to juggle so many things among the different tables, but he was incredible. He was constantly dashing between the sushi bar and the inside kitchen, in charge of both cooking the hot food and preparing the sushi and sashimi, yet every dish came out perfect and delicious.
If you don't mind the slightly cramped space and the slightly slow service, just tasting the food is worth a trip to this restaurant.
Was out for dinner with my significant other. Both times we went, the server was on the ball.
Quick to refill our drinks, constant asking as or consistently asking us how our food was.
Spot on service.
We are definitely returning.
Food is not way out of this world, I would say good but solid.
Everything was well done.
We really enjoyed it and thought the icecream/ tea and bread /soup are very good to have.
Was really great
There's a reason why half of the people drinking coffee at the Starbucks next door are eating Harmony donuts - they're just plain good.
These are the real deal - honest to god proper donuts, cooked up in a deep fryer right before your eyes. Those horrid prebaked Tim Hortons things pale in comparison. Real nuts, and sprinkles, and icing......
Seriously, buy a dozen assorted donuts from Harmony and there's no way you'll ever darken Timmy's doors again.
Lynn Valley has no shortage of pizza joints, and they're all pretty dull and corporate.
That's why we drive the other direction and get our pizza from DJJ's. It's about the best pizza you'll find on the North Shore, and FAR FAR superior to the chain pizza that you'll get around Lynn Valley.
We love the neighbourhood feel of this place, and the mix of clientèle. It's our go-to place for drinks and a light nosh in the early evening - the appetisers are excellent.
Strangely the one time that we went for a full dinner we were less impressed. Somehow the full entrees just weren't as amazingly yummy as the starters.
Still though, this place is a gem, a hidden treasure if you will, and we'll recommend it highly.
|1.||Stepho's Greek Taverna|
|3.||Anton's Pasta Bar|
|7.||Fish On Rice|
|9.||Phnom Penh Restaurant|
|12.||Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar|
|14.||Kobe Japanese Steak House|
|18.||Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro|
|2.||La Charcuterie Delicatessen|
|3.||Steveston Pizza Co.|
|4.||Sushi Shelter 101|
|5.||Seasons in the Park|
|7.||Diva at The Met|
|9.||Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie|
|10.||Firehall Bistro, The|
|11.||Guu with Garlic|
|13.||Salade de Fruits Cafe|
|14.||Pink Peppercorn Seafood House|
|17.||La Grotta Del Formaggio|
|20.||Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar|