Stopped in for lunch, they had a special roll combo for 6.95, came with tuna roll, cali roll and yam roll plus miso soup!
Service was very friendly, she refilled my tea like four times while I was there. The presentation was solid, rolls held together, good rice/sushi ratio (not tons of rice and falling apart)
I was impressed that the yam roll was actually with fresh yam tempura, still hot and crispy.
It was GREAT value, I will def be back. They are also licensed so they serve Japanese beer and wine at very reasonable prices which is a plus for dinner.
They also had seared nigiri on their menu, 5 pieces for 6.50! or 6 assorted pieces for 7.00! Really great prices.
The seafood linguine was amazing, the west coast salmon plate we order was simple great as well, with great food, great music!! and great company, my wife is very picky with food and anywhere we go, so for her to like this place is a HUGE plus! We were left wanting to come back for more... :-)
It was 7AM and the server was already grumpy. I glanced into the kitchen and the kitchen staff seemed no happier. If this was a sign for the rest of the day, I felt apprehension for patrons arriving later.
I tried one of the muffins and it was cementitious: heavy, dense, dry, unleavened, coarse. A large coffee was not enough to slake the muffin. The muffin had healthy ingredients; but it wasn't palatable.
My friend had a gluten-free bagel with bacon and cheese and said it was so delicious, she could have eaten two.
The main storefront of Honey Doughnuts is visually interesting with lots of charm; however, ambience can never make a lumpy muffin edible.
I've been twice. First visit was mixed, but I saw potential I liked. Second visit, new menu, prices up by 30 to 40%. They are trying to do a quality job here, but it just didn't work. Too many weird things and ends up one of the most expensive breakfasts in Vancouver.
First time, I had brunch and I did enjoy it, but left feeling that it wasn't quite right. Let's be clear though, the quality of the food here is very good. I love the homemade ketchup, hot sauce and jam. That's classy and appreciated. Good, strong coffee too. And the room is lovely. We sat at a booth that is nice and spacey and has really cushy benches. Service is very friendly and attentive too.
So I ordered the corned beef hash. I love a hash and with home made corned beef, that just sounded awesome. It was very good, but at the same time, not how I would have preferred it. It came with a good portion of sauerkraut which was under the eggs. I get it, corned beef and sauerkraut are meant to go together, but here it made the eggs taste very vinegary and I didn't like that. Easy option, ask for it on the side, but it's just a bad idea in the first place.
The other thing was that the corned beef was a big pile separate to the rest. For a hash, I expected it to be chopped up and fried with the potatoes and probably some onions too. On the side meant that really, it was a case of putting the hash together on your plate. Missing was the kind of cooked hash experience that I love. It's also served in a bowl, which I didn't prefer.
This sounds like a lot of complaints, but the ingredients and the the cooking were still very good. I wouldn't hesitate to come back here, but would try something else, and so I did...
So second time. Turns out, they changed the menu recently. They no longer have bacon and eggs. No bacon at all, which is a little odd for a place with a pig sign outside, but whatever. Prices are much higher now. All breakfasts used to be $11, which to be fair, was pretty reasonable. Now they are around $14 or $15. On top of that, you don't get toast with most options, so buying toast is another $5. That makes a $14 breakfast $19. Wow! That is one expensive breakfast!
We ordered the the short rib with sous vide eggs. What the heck is "sous vide eggs"? Well, it's eggs poached in a slightly different way that had them delivered near raw and all slimy. Really horrible. Appreciated that they swapped them for us, but really, these pretentiously named eggs are just a bad idea.
The warm kale breakfast was unusual and very nicely prepared. If you like vege for breakfast, this was a winner, but again, no toast. I had pork belly and eggs (no bacon!) The pork belly was really tasty though. Eggs were over easy and were overcooked. Almost hard. The idea is that they are flipped over for a second and served. These were cooked on the other side. Cooking easy over eggs is pretty basic stuff for a brunch place.
As I said earlier, great room and nice service, but sadly, this is now a miss for me. Way too expensive and feels like the chef is just trying too hard to impress. Sad about that as I was kind of in love with the place the first time.
We've been to Patrons a few times now.. each time we've gone the service hasn't been great, (not super friendly nor speedy) but the food is not bad and the pricing is reasonable... so we've been a few times... HOWEVER I WILL NEVER GO TO THIS RESTAURANT EVER AGAIN. Upon our last visit to Patrons we called ahead to see if they would be playing Canelo/Trout boxing fight. They said they would however they weren't going to show it live, it would be played at 10pm. We agreed that was acceptable and showed up early to have dinner/drinks. We got there around 7:30 so we spent 2.5 hours spending money in their restaurant with the expectation of seeing the fight at 10 oclock. When 10 rolled around and still no fight we immediately asked what was going on. The server replied, "oh... well, the fight is at 11:30 and we close in an hour."
We were FURIOUS. We asked to see the manager and he offered nothing but a weak insincere apology. We spent time and money for the purpose of watching the fight. Had we known they were not going to play it we would have rather been at home so at least we would have been able to watch it there. The manager offered us nothing, he didn't care that we missed our fight, only that we spent money at his restaurant.
As I've said the service has never been great, but this was way past unacceptable. I have no desire to ever spend money here again.
I can certainly see why this place is popular. If I was going out for drinks and appies, this is a "go to place". They have an adequate drink list and they are obviously proud of it. they also offer a courtesy bus to drive you home on weekend evenings. KUDOS!
Sadly, i was there for a meal. I ordered a buffalo chicken wrap and I asked for "no ranch dressing". Essentially it's buffalo chicken strips in a wrap with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. It was yummy enough, but the chicken was slightly dry. I got fries with it and they are batter wrapped potato fry. Common, but not my bag. All in all, pretty "meh."
My wife got their clubhouse sandwich and she liked it. she never eats all of many things, while she ate this whole thing. I had "order envy" for sure.
As for service, maybe it was because it was busy, but our server was pretty absent, although she showed much effort, the issue seemed to be she had too big of a section or the job was too much for her to handle. I think it's safe to say, she had too many tasks (organizational problem.)
All in all: good for a drink, poor for a meal. Don't go to have a conversation, but go for good company, l;ike it's intended.
I'll probably stick to something closer to my house, while I'm glad I know they're there.
I know there isn't much to choose from as far as AYCE sushi goes in Langley, or even all of Surrey for that matter, so it's nice to have one close by now. New ownership took over in 2011 or so, and it's been good since then. Worth checking out if you don't want to spend thru the nose to try various items.
After quite a few years of dining here, I can honestly say this place has taken a huge turn for the worst. Always better than the rest (earls, cactus etc) of "those" places, it is now a small step above abysmal. The recent menu changes on certain items are so unusual (read bad) that the only motivating factor could have been the bottom $$$ line, and NOT a better menu of choices. I really don't want to get into details here, but if you enjoy the place, keep it simple with burgers or sandwiches... something that really can't get screwed up in the process. I tried the new mussels dish with their usually killer calamari, amongst other things, and it it was sooooooooooo bad ..... like a goodyear tire product. I recently found out that all business decisions for milestones are now made back east, which means they have no concept of whats really going on locally. But, in their defense, the staff is absolutely first rate......
Anyways, I ( we) wont ever be back as the above experience is usually the first step when restaurants are likely to close their doors in the future.
We were in Richmond with a craving for pho and we happened to stumble onto Hue Cafe. Its located in a strip mall on No 3 Road and doesn't look like much on the outside, or the inside. We both ordered the beef pho soup as its called on the menu (they only have one pho option). We also got an order of spring rolls.
The soup comes with rare beef and beef balls. The broth flavour was good although the noodles might have been overcooked and were really clumped together. The size was kind of small with no option for a larger size. The spring rolls were real Vietnamese, skinny-style spring rolls although not my favourite, they were still decent.
Overall the food was fine but given the lack of pho choices on the menu at Hue cafe, I probably won't return.
Reserved a table for 10 the day before. Arrived on time for no table reserved in my name. Restaurant wasn't full so they joined an odd shaped table to form a table for us. After we ordered starters the complimentary papad arrived - they were stale so after pointing this out a new batch came out - they weren't even cooked ie:raw.
Sent these back - third set did not arrive ......fortunately!
Half the starters arrived. Very poor to say the least and tiny tiny portions. The mushroom starter for example consisted of about 6 mushrooms which for about $15 is $2.50 for a button mushroom.....no they weren't portobello mushroom size! Samosas were oily and worse than the 50cent ones you get in surrey hole in the walls.
We upped and left. Manager was fine. He apologized and didn't make us pay but really disappointing when you have a big group and had expected more. Lord knows how there are any good reviews for this place. Our friends who are local and have visited before several times did tell us this was particularly poor and they are better when they are busy for their buffets.
I would describe myself as an experienced Indian restaurant goer having been to many here in BC and moreso back in the UK where the standard is way higher but this was amongst the worst experiences ever. Maybe this was a one off bad day for the restaurant - I can't comment on that but I wouldn't return for sure.
After my spectacular breakfast at a Pantry in Whiterock a couple of weeks ago I was excited to try this one. Winning streak for the Pantry ends at one.
Kids frech toast was bright yellow and tasteless. Adult french toast was positely burned and tasted of nothing but burnt cinnamon.
Omelette was supposed to have "roasted mushrooms" and "caramelized onions". They were neither roasted nor caramelized as they were at the other Pantry. They were just sliced white mushrooms and half raw red onion. The hashbrowns had very few crispy parts and the sourdough toast was - one piece warm bread and one piece burnt to a crisp. Andy they served that. EMbarrassing. WOrse yet, I paid for it. Who's bad I guess?
I don't usually write reviews for places that I go to but my experience today was awful enough to warrant one.
My wife and I were there with my parents for dim sum today. Arrived around 11:30am. Ordered our food and waited. Food came like any other Chinese restaurant. Nothing fantastic or anything. But its cheap so its not bad.
All our food came by around noon. We slowed down our eating but there were still food on the table. We clearly were still working at it. AND IT'S A CHINESE RESTAURANT. We were there to enjoy our tea and conversation as well. At this time the waiters/ waitresses came by at 1 minute intervals to check that all our items had arrived. We got the impression that they were trying to get us to leave so they could have the table to seat others. We have been there for a total of 45 minutes at this time. My mother straight up asked them if they were trying to hurry us out. The older waiter there said, "Yes. We have people waiting." When I told him that we have been there for only 45 minutes and that we were still slowly eating and enjoying our food, he told us that "Maybe we should have gone to a cafe."
Even though we hadn't asked for the bill yet, they came back with it and left a take out box on the table for us to pack the rest of our food ourselves.
They said that they don't mind people sitting around if it wasn't busy but if it's busy, you need to eat and go. I do understand this if we were there for a long time. But 45 minutes while waiting for your items to arrive is not long.
So bottom line is that if you are not actively ordering more items, you will be asked to leave. Once all your items have arrived, you better finish it and leave.
Needless to say, we will not be eating there again.
TL;DR: Kicked us out to serve other guest when we were still eating because we had stopped ordering.
Seriously though, if you are hungry or hung-over this is the place for you. What you've heard is true.....the portions are disgustingly huge! I ordered a mushroom burger, they must have poured the shrooms on with a dump truck. It is a self serve outfit so no tipping required. Same price as McDonalds but wayyyy more grub
I am reviewing the new location in Newton:
Once per week we eat at this restaurant and for good reason. The staff call us by our first names, the food is fantastic, fresh and healthy. The ambiance is wonderful with a giant aquarium and beautiful fish. I order the #1 but in a spicy broth...... Outstanding with tons of meat. Beef stew is good as well.... Very filling. My wife enjoys #30. And my son a child sized #11. I am so very pleased to have quality pho in my neighbourhood. The three of us eat for $25. We always leave a $5-6 tip as the staff are wonderful, friendly and efficient. Thank you Pho Tau Bay. You should be proud of your new location!!! Don't change a thing
We had heard of this restaurant and decided to take a drive to check it out.
My wife ordered chicken Tikka and myself chicken curry.
We were the only customers in the place around 5:30pm. The food took about half an hour. I'm not sure if we arrived at the wrong time of day. The chicken curry tasted like Campbell's tomato soup with dried fenugreek leaves mixed in. I was very displeased with my meal and won't return. For us both to eat it was $41. The naan was also greasy.
We usually go to Tasty indian bistro on Scott rd. very fancy restaurant with excellent food and service at a comparable price. Guess we will stick to where we know. Wish I had better things to say about Tandoori flame but I am confused as to all the great reviews!
We stumbled across this place while hunting for dog food. By stumbled, I am quite literal as we bumped into one of their signs. The name is slightly odd, so we didn't get that it was a food joint offering cooked food, as it sounds like a health and wellness place. We were meeting friends at Whitespot and checked this place out beforehand. We were so interested in their menu that we moved our whole lunch party from Whitespot to Health Fare. For about a third of the price we all left full, satisfied and energized because we ate healthy rather then not.
The food is really, really good! They have lots of gluten-free options and something for almost anyone who is health-aware. It is not super cheap, but the food is worth every penny. They have a whole bunch of smoothies. Dreamsicle and the breakfast ones are my favourites so far. The sweet potato wedges are heaven in your mouth. The beet side is also Devine. They know a lot about the food they are serving and are helpful and friendly.
My only downside, and it is very minor for me, is that they don't wash the tables very often so they usually look and feel dirty. This is never a deal breaker for me though!!
I don't often suggest people just go and check a place out.....but I do for this place. Really, really good food!
We had 6 people and each paid a $20 bill. We counted the money twice before giving to the waitress. The cashier machine had a little girl watching show on an iPad. After minutes or so, waitress came back and said we were missing $20. How is that possible... We checked the floor and else where for that bill and we couldn't find it. At the end, just gave her an extra $20 with reasonable 10% tip and leave the restaurant.
This is my fourth visit in the last 2 years and it will be my last.
Also, sushi didn't taste as good as before after changing the chief.
Considering I did not proof read my last review on Sushi Tang..better make a slight correction..it was on Saturday NOT Sunday as its closed.
Anyways back to Sushi Garden....been here a few times for lunch already on Sundays. Do not park on the lower level..go to the rooftop..tons of parking. Best times are before or after peak hours..if its busy..... go to the cash register at the back to have them take down your name. Service here...is a bit robotic considering the hustle and bustle of this place. Ambiance...looks good but tight as you can listen to other people's conversations unintentionally.
Regarding the FOOD, my standouts so far.....
Seafood salad starter (asst seafood, tobiko,mixed veggies and rice noodles) plus the sweet wasabi mayo and sweet Japanese salad dressing brings everything in harmony.
Chicken Karaage...wings only but has a nice favor to them.
Asparagus Egg Roll...like a cali roll but has aspargus inside and egg crepe as the cover.
Veggie Roll...refreshing and the mango makes the difference.
Word of warning...the size of the pieces can be quite big like Samurai Sushi..but its more substance than rice. Mind you one of my buddies thought it was too big...kind of killed the experience.
Prices are SUPER reasonable...most rolls are 3 to 4 bucks unless you want the more extravagant ones, most nigri sushi ...toro for a $1.30?? unagi $1.60?? hamachi $2?? come on!! Even the sashimi are BIG thick cuts...like a two for one deal.
So..if you are on budget...great place to start!!
I don't venture out to New Westminster to often unless it happens to be a large Antique Show/Fair at either the Queens Park Arena or QP Arenex. It happened to be the former. So, after rummaging around for several hours...I decided to check out this place upon a review by Sherman's FAs.
Parked on a sidestreet near the Tim Hortons and stepped in around quarter after 1pm....kind of surprised to find it kind of empty on a Sunday afternoon. The restaurant looks alright..cash till to the left and sushi counter behind that...in fact all the seating arrangement were on the right. I got seated asap... no waiting at all except several people were waiting for their takeouts.
I decided and ordered the prawn tempera and the califorina combo. My tempura was amazing...I concure with SFA...hot ,light, airy, crispy...infact this might have been the best I had in a quite awhile. After that, my other order arrived in no time...standard 8pc Cali roll with 2 pieces of wild salmon, 1pc tuna and 1pc ebi. The rice looked good...you can see every grain of rice. Taste...a solid good.
I do have to mentioned the cashier/waitress was friendly and refilled my tea a half dozen times. My total was about 15 bucks subtotal and a tip of 2 bucks. Paid via debit and they do accept credit cards. I will be back if I'm in the area...overall a good lunch meal..no complaints.
I come here from time to time with friends and mostly at late at night.
They are not the best Chinese restaurant in town. But they're open 24hours!
I usually get the chowmein or the fried rice. I have to admit the service can be bad sometimes
but I can sort of understand how tiring it could be for the waitresses working graveyard shift. but the price isn't so bad.
Although their food isn't great it's nice that there is a place that open very late for late night snack.
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