When it first opened about a year ago, it WAS Delicious, when MILD was truly mild curry.
That's what made them different from all other Indian Resturants.Although it's expensive and adds up quickly,
As each item is separately billed- no such menu item as "complete dinner" plate (rice, meat, bread..)
Now they are the same as the " run of the mill " Indian Restaurants.
We suspect they had a real chef when first opened..when mild medium or hot choices were true...
Lunch yesterday, for 2 people itemized-
1 Butter Chicken Dish, Mild. 12.95
1 Lamb Curry Dish, Mild. 13.95
1 Beef Curry Dish, Mild. 12.95
1 Pulao Rice. 4.95
3 Naan bread. 5.85
3 Roti Bread. 5.85
1 Raita (yoghurt). 3.50.
Server came asked how our meal is... We said very Hot!
She said, "you ordered mild"
We said our tongues are burning can we have more water.
server brought more water.(3 times)
We said we can't eat the curry it is fire!
Server came to our table with a dish of Raita yogurt and said this should help cool it.
We did not complete or enjoy the meats, then we got our Bill and was charged for the Yogurt! At no time did they offer to correct or re- make our order to mild.
It was so Hot we could not taste, their mistake, or ours?
Will never go back or ever recommend.
Portions were a good size, the price is like most korean restaurants. I have had better and I have had worse. There's not much to say. The service was good when I went with my friend and both of us are not korean. We didn't feel any discrimination or rudeness like the other reviews have. I will probably go back when I don't feel like going to a Korean BBQ place and smelling like BBQ all day.
After a time at the Pear Tree Restaurant, I began to feel like the Merovingian from The Matrix as he spoke French, akin to wiping your…well, you know…with silk. I’d like to say “that” word, but most of the review sites discourage it. It felt like the luxury it truly wanted to be.
From the outside, The Pear Tree is rather unspectacular, yet being that stands out among rainbow walls and neon signs—the restaurant next door was salmon-colored with a yellow awning, leaving The Pear Tree’s shale tiles as somewhat reserved. This perfectly exemplifies how simplicity can be scenic. At least I wasn’t assaulted by varying shades of brown, the apparent default décor of every restaurant nowadays. A glass wall of wine divides the serving area from the colossal pristine kitchen. My girlfriend and I were shoehorned to a miniscule table at a far corner, a depressing point given our reservation days in advance. That would be the only criticism of the evening. Since Araxi the previous week, I had been waiting for a truly pampered experience, and The Pear Tree shared space with Araxi in a restaurant guide claiming both among a thousand restaurants across the world one must enjoy before dying. That’s a…big list. I got five down so far though. I better get off my butt.
The menu was Spartan, barely ten entrees, indicating the courses were made to order. We had already decided upon the seasonal table d-hote, akin to the chef’s menu. Three fixed courses for 64 dollars intermixed with pallet cleansers and bread. Yeah, not cheap. Quick spoiler warning, the dishes were all incredible. Against a canvas of ceramic white, each plate was a moment of beauty, fleeting until I rammed them down my gullet like a voracious duck. I’d be honest and doubtful to remember if I even chewed. Green was a dominant color used, offset with whites and browns. After the brioche opener, we were treated to glazed pork cheek with chargrilled green asparagus, mustard textures and bacon wrapped leeks. In truth, I’m not sure what mustard textures is meant to imply. It was grainy mustard; just say its grainy mustard. And I wasn’t kidding about varying textures, combine the asparagus with the leeks or the leeks with the pork cheek, toss one of the crisps that top the dish if you want. The same was extended to the main, pan roasted “Haida Gwaii” halibut, with Yukon gold potato pave, spinach fluid gel and spring vegetables.
Now I know what you’re going to say—I made up half those words, but that was a direct quote from the menu. So let’s do a Google search. I honestly didn’t know Haida Gwaii was once the Queen Charlotte Islands and that the name changed only a few years ago, did you? Potato Pave refers to the French word for paving stones, and was coined by the world famous chef Thomas Keller—so basically it’s a square potato. Fluid gel? Well, it’s pureed spinach mixed with a gelling agent like xanthan gum… yummm. Actually it was. Finally, the meal concluded with a simple dessert. Though still delicious, it was oddly subdued. In the end, that was The Pear Tree’s strongest note, how it doesn’t go overboard. It skirts the outer periphery of molecular gastronomy without fully embracing it. My girlfriend selected the pear sorbet while I dove into the chocolate ganache with a crisp nut base, salted caramel and orange/chocolate sorbet.
Pear Tree was an amazing experience but not transcendent…and I honestly don’t know if that translates to being a disappointment or not. I mean it’s less expensive than other places promising the world. I think the fault has to lie with hype. We picked it out from only a handful of restaurants in Vancouver listed in this restaurant guide. It listed only seven restaurants in Vancouver, and I had already been to Vij’s. But Vij’s wasn’t divine either, only fantastic, but I didn’t have a book that attempted to sell me on otherwise. I guess that means it’s all the book’s fault. I’m okay with that. The Pear Tree is worth a visit, certainly. It falls into a slot of restaurant I didn’t know existed—the one just below the best of the city, but one not trying to be better. Leave the top spot for the likes of Chambar or Absinthe, for those wanting to spend half as much but still feel they got 70% of an pinnacled experience, the Pear Tree is a worthy compromise.
Oh and one other thing, we were given a utensil that insanely combined fork and spoon, but I dare not call it a spork. We agreed it will forever be called a “foon”, as it was more fork than spoon. Crazy talk.
I have been here a number of times (and will continue to come) The pasta plates are in fact HUGE. The quality has probably gone down from what it used to be.......but it's still good.....Just not fantastic.....but you can't go wrong with a chicken fettucini plate for $17 (and last time I actually finished the whole thing and got my pen) ceasar sald is actually really delicious (always share that with my friends) and the restaurant still has a retro feeling to it.
I think it's great and you get a big bang for your buck for sure......As everywhere else, quality is not as great as it was before (but that's almost every where) You have nothing to lose......you must come at least once and try it. If people are still lining up to come here (at least on Fridays and Saturdays anyways) that must tell you that it's at least worth seeing and trying
First off, the map here is wrong. It is between canada way and grandview across from the gas station..
Had the ginger beef, chicken balls and a noodle and beef dish.
The ginger beef, was not as good as chongqing, but that's probably the best i've had, so its a pretty high standard. They did not have any like, whole peppers in it, which is always sad. Wasn't super hot. It wasn't too hard at least. As some places just burn them to a crisp. No it was ok, i mean its what I would expect from a decent place, and the portion was quite large.
The chicken balls my wife really loved, but I thought somewhere oldschool like rickshaw made much better sauce. It wasn't oversweet though. They also weren't swimming in it, which we disagreed on, which method was better. Sure they keep longer if they are separated from the sauce, but the sauce was not enough to cover all balls when individually dispensed. Its good though, as there were a lot and there will be leftovers, I just like it when the sauce is together, otherwise its just like a chicken finger or something - nothing says 'american chinese food' like sweet red sauce wrapped fried things. The chicken inside was not skimpy.
The noodle beef dish was pretty heavy on the noodles. And low on vegetables. Perhaps we should have got a pure vegetable dish. Oh well.
Service was good, restaurant looked nice inside but i didn't stay. Egg rolls were top notch., crisp and the fillings didn't all just fall out one end.
I would eat here again for sure, and the price wasn't too bad. Not as cheap as others have said, I think about 10-13 dollars a dish rather than 8-10 as stated below. Dishes were heavy as others have noted. 3 dishes easily would feed 4 people. We made our own rice so cant comment on that.
all around 3 stars. Portions good, everything you expect from a chinese restaurant and absolutely nothing was tasteless. Just off the mark of perfection.
Not the cheapest, or the best, but a decent meal nonetheless.
I went the first week they opened a few years ago and was disappointed but gave them a pass since it was so new. So I went again now and the only difference was they now had a liquor licence and it was busier but the food was still poor, in my opinion. The Oyster Motoyaki came in Crème Brulee cups which is nice, but the mayo was runny and the oyster was rubber. The Shishamo grilled fish was terrible and I could not eat more than one. The other dishes were just ok.
On the bright side, the server was friendly and attentive, the atmosphere was lively and the décor is unusual but interesting. The location can't be beat as Skytrain is right there and there's lot's of street parking (but I walked from home a few blocks away). The selection of beer and sake is very good.
So I wish the owner would just spend a little more and get quality food and get the kitchen to learn from the pros like Zakkushi and Guu.
I have to say that Fatburger is a good place to eat burgers...the quality of the beef and fresh patties...not frozen. The lady at the cashier was friendly but I was looking at the staff in the kitchen and one did not have any gloves on...I saw here put the buns in the toaster and the cashier lady was working in the kitchen part but no gloves and I do not think she even washed her hands.
I usually say something about this....but I did not want to because she was a sweetheart and good service and also gave me a deal on the extra stamp....all in all the only think is not wearing gloves and please do not touch your face too much....and especially money......money is dirty!!!
I do hope someone reads my review and makes a change about this......burgers are pricey but they are not by far McDonald's.
Place is ok...a lot bigger than the other ones that I have seen so far. Just wash your hands and do not touch your face too much.
There may be no Japanese restaurant like Hi Genki anywhere in North America, maybe the world? It's in a seniors home. The elderly people eat over there, and the customers eat over here. There's a Japanese-Canadian museum and cultural centre next door. The key to the washroom is attached to a giant wrench. Plain old utilitarian tables and chairs in cafeteria-style environment, a few Japanese decorations here and there - but nothing fancy - simple but decent Japanese food. Line ups to get in. Lots of parties ordering food both to eat there and to go. The most popular dishes as I gleaned from looking around - fish on the bone, which people were picking up and eating with their hands, and huge bowls of Japanese-style curry. Very nice servers. Inexpensive. Unique experience.
It was a horrible experience! Bad service and a bit old sashimi! I don't recommend it at all! The only server in the store saw me was standing at the front door and she didn't try to say hi or whatever to me. After I found a seat that face to the window by myself, she didn't even try to give me the menu! I came towards her and asked for the menu at the end. Because of the sunlight, I asked her if I could change the seat. She replied me impatiently:" just wait!" I ordered sashimi for 1 and prawns tempura. I only ate half of the sashimi because I can see they were old. The prawns tempura was ok but used too much flour. I only paid 10% tips cause I felt there was no service at all! By the time I paid my bill, I gave the pos machine to her and told her "thank you". She didn't said anything back to me!
It was my turn to head out for lunch to where one of buddies live which unfortunately was in New West...man that's far but its a give and take system. We decided on 1pm to hopefully avoid the lunch rush. Ive been here before several years ago....I always thought the food was good and prices were cheap. As I reached there...no parking on the front as it was full...had to park on 12th Ave. BUT do not park on the opposite side next to the pedestrian controlled walkway where the stop sign was. I was told by a customer that its an automatic ticket!!! My buddy had to park across the street on 12th Ave. as well.
Anyways, the restaurant was full but we only had to wait maybe 5 to 7 minutes. Ambiance?? Well...hasn't changed at all...still looks the same....rosewood chairs, tables covered in dull yellow cloth with large piece of glass over it ( easier to clean). The new thing is the lunch special menu is right in front of you as you sit down...22 or 24 special items...all under $12 bucks but we decided to order the combos off the main menu (3 fixed items on a large oval plate) I ordered the 2B combo which was chicken chow mein, deep fried prawns and ss boneless pork. My buddy ordered 2A combo ( chicken chow mein, bbq pork fried rice and ss boneless pork. I do have to mention there were several other combos on the lunch sheet but they were only 50 cents cheaper...no big deal.
I think we waited for 10 minutes for the hot food to arrive. The service was okay as the 2 waitresses were busy walking back and forth pumping out the food. When the food arrived..huge portions like I remembered it. Taste?? Chicken chow mein was a heaping hay lot....moist egg noodles covered in dark sweet soy base with chicken slivers and the usual veggie suspects..retro standard as most Chinese restaurants are using the wonton style noodles which I don't like. The sweet and sour pork was fatty meat with dark glossy neon red sauce....balanced with pieces of onion and green pepper. My 3 piece prawns were a disappointment....batter was way too thick..... I don't remember these being this hard!!!???... they should have watered the batter down with some club soda!!! I might have to skip this next time I come here.
In the end, both of us were stuffed and had to get doggy bags...way too much food but that a good thing. Both our meals cost $11.50 each..So, stop by this hole in the wall for some huge portion eats but make sure your stomach is empty!! Thanks for reading.
Well, this is my one of buddy's favorite places for Vietnamese. I been here several years now and the food is pretty solid. Parking is good...they have it on both sides of the restaurant. We tend to avoid rush hours so 7pm or 8pm is just fine with us. Yes, the place is run down and dingy...looks like it was once a Mediterranean restaurant in its previous incarnation. Spotty utensils...sometimes but you can clean that with hot tea and a napkin. Service is a bit robotic but the food comes out pretty fast.
1) Special large pho and one spring roll combo ( on a chalk board in-between 2 sets of doors as you walk in). I usually order No.5 Pho Tai Nam (rare and cooked slices of beef) or No.6 Pho Tai Gan (rare beef and tendon) or No.9 Pho Chin Gan ( cooked beef and tendon) and comes with the usually garnishes. The spring roll is standard fare but keep in mind its on a Chinese type wrapper and not the rice version. Caveat..funny thing I don't drink the broth here...a tad much MSG in the base but for $8.50.... great deal for such a large portion.
2) No.24 fairly large salad rolls(Goi Cuon x2) with shrimp and pork for $6 bucks...a good split pay item...same with No.18 (Cha Gio x2) for $5.75.
3) No.29 Bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio good size bowl dish of one spring roll, grilled slices of lemongrass pork with rice vermicelli and pickled veggies for $8.50.
4) No.32 Com Cari Bo Vietnamese style curry beef and steamed rice. Semi-tender to tender beef brisket with(looks like) frozen peas and carrots for $8.50.....again large portion...good enough for 2 meals if you want.
So, for a quick cheap meal..stop here. Most of the menu items are under $10 bucks. Payment?? ....usually easier just pay the front end cashier than wait for the bill to arrive (hint hint). They take cash and debit. Thanks for reading.
We dined here after a ball game.
BP's are a franchise, but I must say the steady decline of the BP quality and service over the years makes me ask why I return and then kick myself for returning.
The Server was nice and friendly, but making us wait 5+ minutes to serve our drinks, then take our order, then finally getting up to leave and request our bill was painful. Chicken wings and pan pizza took almost 20 minutes and the restaurant was empty.
Maybe the chef was busy out back having their smoke break? I've seen it before.
The food has been mediocre for years, but the big TV's is a draw to watch the hockey, etc...
REMIND me not to go back to BP for a while. Please.
Took the family for Mother's Day Dim Sum. First time here, apparently it was called Grand Buffet before.
My mind is still blown right now - jaw dropping for Lee Garden. For the following reasons:
1. Clean bathrooms - unheard of in Chinese Restaurants (need I say more?)
2. Spacious seating and walking area (lot of comfortable seating and just made the meal enjoyable).
3. Chinese restaurant with actual Chinese ambiance. Nice modern decore, gone are the menus written on white sheets of paper only in English.
4. Waiting area is situated away from the dining area. You don't have to experience the noisy hordes of people waiting for a table as you dine comfortably.
The dim sum was pricier than most, but I'm willing to pay more and have an enjoyable meal. No rush,
I would definitely go back with friends & family.
This little sushi restaurant is located a block away from Willingdon & Lougheed in the busy construction area of Brentwood. There's a dozen or so restaurants in the vicinity and only two or three so-called Japanese restaurants. Sushi Yoi is fairly new and it's clean, with nice ambience. The food wasn't memorable but it was decent. They don't say "Irashaimase!" when you walk in so it's not authentic Japanese. Skytrain is nearby...I'm running out of positive things to say...ah...um...Pita Pit is next door.
We tried this restaurant on the recommendation of a coworker.
There is nothing I can say here that will add to what the other reviewers have already said.
The service is poor and the dishes are tasteless.
Our go-to dish is the cow/ pork bone hot pot - while the bones and meat where plentiful, it is bland and tasteless. Dol Sot Bi Bim Bap was not hot enough, hence the rice didn't crisp very well.
If you want decent Korean food, go to Jang Mo Jib down the road, it is much better.
Went to try this for the 1st time with high expectations as we were looking for a place that
knows how to do BBQ properly. Well, we got BBQ meats alright, it was cooked but they
ribs should have "fall off the bone" tender meat and the meats weren't even marinated at
all! They just slap on the sauce before serving. What a disappointment!
I had the pulled pork burger and ask for a some raw onions on it. we were charged $0.52 for it.
We were asked if we wanted chipote mayo with the fries and we said yes and were charged $1.00
per little dish (which was NOT listed on the menu by the way).
Besides the nickel and diming charges, I think they need to do a much better job on BBQ
since that's the main thing of the place.
We went for dinner and ordered the following: beef carpaccio, caesar salad, hunter chicken, kobe meatballs & spaghettini and the bengal chicken curry.
Basically, the waitress took the order, served us our water, served the appy, later served up dinner and disappeared for the rest of the time. Eventually, she came back to give us our bill. That was service.
The ambiance was okay but I gave it 2 stars mainly because I found the music louder than normally found in these types of restaurants.
Now for the food:
- the beef carpaccio was sliced so thin, it stuck to the plate. We had to scrape it off with our knife to put it on the bread; otherwise it was rather tasty.
- the caesar salad was missing something; the croutons were good but the salad was missing some kick.
- the curry chicken was good; no complaints.
- the kobe meatballs and spaghettini were good; no complaints.
- the hunter chicken (and this is just my opinion) was too salty due to the dish drowning in the demi-glace. Some patrons might like it but for me, it was too salty. There was so much sauce that it overwhelmed the chicken, potatoes and beans. No lie - at least on my plate the potatoes and beans were soaked with sauce. That being said, I would order the dish again but only if I could have the sauce on the side.
Overall, the Club is okay and the food wasn't bad. I just wish the waitress would top up our water occasionally.
Based on the foregoing review, we headed to this outlet on Monday. I knew the head office was here but not till I read this review did I realize that they sold chocolate. Yes, the bags of 'seconds / misshapes' are well worth the value. We stumbled out of there with 6 POUNDS of chocolate for the princely sum of $20. I was extraordinarily popular at the office the following day. They also sell their regular stock out of this venue also which we took advantage of in light of Easter looming on the horizon. Recommend a wee jaunt to this part of Burnaby if you are a fan of chocolate!
This is not a restaurant, it is a chocolate factory. They have an amazing deal where you can buy bags of factory seconds, 4 for $20 dollars. These are big bags with 20+ pieces of chocolate in each bag.
They also sell all of the other chocolates at the same type of mall prices you would find at a fancy chocolate store. I like them better than purdies, and the factory seconds simply cannot be beat in pure value.
Here is a small CASH only coffee shop. They have fancy coffees, pastries and gluten free pastries as well as cold drinks.
Most drinks are either 1 or 2 dollars. They are non profit, run by the church. A great place to spend some time, where everybody knows your name! Free wifi.
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