I felt like supporting the local businesses so decided to try Yo Sushi as I knew they are new. The reviews on Yelp are almost all positive. So let's start with the good things....Service is friendly and attentive. Our server kept our tea filled and always checked up on us. The decor is nice - they must have spent a lot on the interior because the previous restaurant here, Bombay Biel was completely different inside. Many large booths. Dark wood separates the tables for a bit of privacy.
Here's the negatives....The menu is huge and nothing different than the million other "japanese" restaurants in town. The two starters we ordered were so bland - Agedashi tofu and Gyozas had no taste. Also the entrees didn't impress me. We didn't try the sushi which may have been better. There were only a handful of customers in the large restaurant when we were there. Lots of potential but need to improve on the food.
There's a tall blonde girl who is super rude.
I purchased two Chai Té lattes last Sunday morning and I asked the cashier if they are sweet.
She came up to me and slammed "Don't you know that the stuff comes in a sirup, in a bottle?
Is already sweetened so, you gotta have it like that!"
I wasn't even asking for unsweetened or anything...
All the clients at the line up were looking at her and she disappeared to the back of the door.
Of course, not coming back.
We've gotten take out from here a few times. The operators are Chinese and are efficient. They're not all smiles but no complaints since we only get takeout. They did offer water or tea while I waited and since they took a long time to get the order ready, they gave me two free Pepsi Colas .
We ordered five dishes and a soup. Came to $46. that's about $10 a dish. They were packed in those nice plastic containers with see-thru covers. Free egg rolls with every takeout order. Sitting, waiting for my order I noticed not many other diners on a Saturday night. The decor is cold and not that fancy. Big screen tv on the wall. Lots of takeout orders going out the door. Plenty of street parking on Hastings.
I have introduced this restaurant to countless people and recently two very good "foodie" friends.
We had such a good meal we made the trek (from Yaletown) to Burnaby, past countless other Thai restaurants.
What we ordered
Spring rolls, delicate but amazing flavor
Chicken in Green leaf, marinated chicken thighs
The Larb Gai ( chopped chicken salad)
Pranang Gai (chicken curry with coconut cream)
Sweet and Sour Prawns with Vegetables
and Jasmine rice.
3 of us had lunch - (it could have been dinner), and we are not petite people and had a hard time finishing everything.
It is the best, most authentic Thai food in greater Vancouver, that I have eaten at.
If you ask for it spicy they will make it western spicy, if you ask for it pet muk muk, you will get Thai style.
Here's a cool little place you can step back in time to when things were simple and good. They have milkshakes, sundaes, soda floats and other wonderful treats. Also candies by the bagfull. The proprietors even dress the part. Sit at the linoleum counter and experience the 1950's vibe. You'll expect Richie and the Fonz to walk in any moment.
Arrived at 11:30am on a Sunday morning.
We had a large party of 18 and they were able to accommodate the large group.
We ordered quickly, the food came out pretty quick.
This Taiwanese restaurant did not disappoint!!
The found was hot and the food was tasty.
We ordered everything from the Wonton Noodles, to the Fried Rice and Hot & Sour soup. Other ordered pan fired egg plant, sweet & sour pork meal, beef curry with Veggies on rice, the "one" DF chicken with rice and the deluxe Pork steak.
The amount of each order could have fed 1.5 - 2 people..
The waitress and the server were very friendly and responsive, but they were very busy as the restaurant filled up.
The music was a bit loud at time, but the music video were pretty good.
The water closet was clean and the restaurant ambiance was very upbeat.
We will definitely go back again !!
Well done "The One", you are number 1 !!!
BTW, they do take credit cards, but only Mastercard
i have been coming here for years now and have watched the business grow! i like to come at least once or twice a month and grab some Gelato as well as a container for the house. Nothing but love for this desert. Quality and taste have been amazing every time i go and the nice European lady always makes me smile. They have great food as well and the coffee (Lavaza) is amazing with strong fresh Italian taste to it...im never going to the Starbucks downstairs after this cup of Joe !
Needless to say i HIGHLY recommend this shop as its got a great atmosphere, smiles for days, and sweets to make your mouth water !
Hope this review helps!
Went to this restaurant for dimsum with my mother. Where should I start...
1) Food arrived very late - less than 50% of the food we ordered arrived at the half hour mark, and it took much longer than 1 hour for all of our food to arrive.
2) Our food was cold - there were hot pieces of food, mixed with cold pieces of food in the plates we ordered. Which made all of us suspect that leftovers were DUMPED into our plates!
3) Our server was the most horrible server / human being I have ever met - she shoved her coworker away (who was assisting us nicely) screaming "go away" in Cantonese, then proceeded to ask us what we wanted. First, she sassed my mother, who asked her VERY nicely to bring us the table cloth, yelling impatiently: "One thing at a time!". Second, when my mother added more items to our original order, she screamed in my mother's face in Cantonese (which we do not speak), then roared in horrible Mandarin telling my mother to order everything at once or else the food will arrive very late. Third, when refilling our tea - my sister was kind enough to help her lift the tea lid (which was piping hot). When she was struggling because the lid was super hot, the server SCOFFED at her, proceeded to rip the teapot lid off, then dumped the water into the teapot quickly, almost burning my sister.
I know that these dimsum places are always busy and they are not known for great service - but I am here to try to have a good time with my family while enjoying good food. This restaurant failed on every level. They cannot handle the crowd. I feel sorry for the coworkers of that horrible bullying witch who served us. I've talked to other customers from other tables - apparently she treated them horribly too. I reported her to the manager - whether she has been taken care of, that's up to him. If they keep this up, they are digging their own grave and I have no sympathy for them.
Was feeling stressed out so needed a girls night out in the middle of the week. My friend told me that she'd recently discovered a little gem of a sushi place, so we decided to check it out. What a gem it is!
I noticed right away that it was very clean and the layout was welcoming and warm. The server was friendly and we got seated right away. It did take a wee bit to get our menus and teas/waters, but it was actually fairly busy with quite a few walk-ins coming in from both doors and we were there around 6pm.
My friend warned me that the portion sizes were fairly large, but I didn't realize how large they were until they actually reached the table. There were three of us and we ordered a caterpillar roll, Osaka roll, combo #4 (a vegetarian roll combo), crunchy roll, miso, vegetable tempura, shrimp sunomono, and agedashi tofu. The agedashi wasn't advertised as spicy, but the waitress said that she'd make it spicy for me. What was also nice was realizing that they didn't charge me extra for it when I got the bill.
The food was very good. The miso, tempura, sunomono, and agedashi tofu were what one would typically expect, although I was pleasantly surprised with the portion size of the agedashi tofu. Normally for $4.50 you get four or five pieces. In this case, there must have been a dozen pieces of the average size and it was still nice and hot and crispy when it came to the table.
I think the total bill was around the $40, but we had enough to bring home for my very hungry hubby and for the next day as well.
I've since been back for take out for my sister-in-law's birthday and I will be back when I have another sushi craving. Well worth going to.
Comfortable atmosphere, nice decor, good service. Kitchen in the back of the restaurant sounds busy, phone's ringing a lot but never understood who's calling this establishment. I wasn't sure I understood it, who was calling all the time! My friends thought that perhaps the owner was calling his own phone during the evening, never saw one person of Asian influence walk in the place!
Yup, that's just about it, because the food wasn't very good. Been there, done that, had enough!
I never ate here until about 2.5 years ago when I was forced to go with some clients. Being a real pizza affionado I would never order a pie here, so i went on the advice of my friend and ordered the burger.
It was absolutely excellent! real meat that tasted like meat! I went back a few more times and every time it was a fantastic burger.
then, the damn thing is off the menu as they were "changing suppliers" due to the quality of the meat ( official explanation).
when the burger returned, I returned to the restaurant and ordered one right away....it was definitely bigger, and it was definitely different, and it was definitely horrific. Probably the best example of size without taste that ive ever experienced... a huge step backward.
Ive tried other items but this place is for the real young-uns that have no concept of great food, but are lured there by clever advertizing and nuclear based pizza. nothing really good here that would make me come back.
Wish they'd bring the real meat burger back. it was good.
Claims to be wheelchair accessible, but when we got there almost every available table was an elevated booth, which clearly wouldn't work for us.
On the menu one of the items (breakfast burrito) didn't say anything about including meat, but when it arrived there was bacon in it- definitely a bad thing for our vegetarian. For the other dishes, the portions were small and not terribly tasty.
All in all the service was mixed. The manager was really nice and even comp'd the burrito for our veg person (so nice!), but the servers were practically non-existent and disinterested.
We were in the neighbourhood and thought why not try Yans as we have never been here before. Interior is decievingly large. Lots of space between tables - big plus. Ordered 4 dim sum baskets plus a plate of pea shoots which was being proffered by a wait staff. Excellent plate of greens. Dim sum not so good. Har gow was good but the other 3 failed. Total bill before tip $28.00. I am old school and get really ticked when I get charged for Chinese tea for that reason alone I will not come back. While eating I notice signage for king crab @ $21.80/lb. Seems reasonable until you see they charge additional for 2 way, even more for 3 way, then believe it or not extra again for 4 way. For all the extra charges you might as well just get a lobster.
Hmmmmmmm...... really like(d) this place, especially with the new location. Clean, Fresh, always friendly and a good variety of dishes.
Point of fact: the food here is actually incredible (5), but my rating has come down due to my observations below.
As of late, several of us have noticed some changes as we are sensitive to MSG in our foods, and it really looks like they're starting to pile it on (likes so many other Asian restaurants). We notice it because we have reactions to it, and these reactions are unpleasant ones. Hopefully the proprietors of this fine establishment will take the time to read this and get back to what they were like just a little while ago, as i have heard this MSG complaint now from a few different ( regular ) people. If they dont, its all good as they are very busy and deservedly so, but some of us will no longer be able to enjoy what once was one of the top 3 Asian places in town.
What a deal! Had the noodle combo with soup base, choice of noodles, and 2 toppings $8.50 also includes a hot drink which was a HK style coffee. To me this is better deal than any fast food joint. And none of this combo is fried. Speaking of fried I did order the chicken wings add-on for an additional $1.75. What a bargain, you get 6 pieces per order and you are allowed 2 add-ons per combo. Service was another matter, even though I was seated in the middle of the restaurant I was invisible to all 3 servers on duty at the time, bad enough to contemplate leaving. Restaurant is open and noisy. Parking maybe a nightmare but there is a big parking lot belonging to the adjacent thrift shop. In a pinch it might be worth a gamble.
My spouse & I came & ordered a drinks each. After 15min, staff asked if we could move to another table to accommodate a larger group & we agreed, even though the other table was at the back of the café near the washrooms & we'd picked the first table as it was by the window.
The coffee was bland. The hot chocolate was really just chocolate syrup mixed with chocolate milk.
After around 40min, we hadn't finished our coffee, a staff came up & said we'd been in the café for 1 hour so we'd to leave to show "consideration" towards other guests waiting for a table. We told her that we'd only been in there for 40min & we hadn't even finished our coffee. When my spouse told her we would leave after finishing our coffee & that this would be our first & last visit to this café, the staff rudely said, "Since it's your last time at this cafe, can you please leave as soon as possible to show courtesy and consideration towards other guests?" A few minutes later, another staff came & told us we should leave to show courtesy & consideration towards other guests.
How rude of them to keep harping on "consideration" and "courtesy" and to ask us, as paying customers, to leave even though we hadn't finished our drinks!
Let me start off by saying my wife and I (and Family) have eaten DimSum hundreds of times in many restaurants and in many cities. I would add that Vancouver has some of the best Dim Sum in North America. I hear that Hong Kong is very good but I cannot compare since I have not visited it. I will tell you that you have to judge based on value for your dollar not price alone or quality alone. I also judge my Dim Sum based on 2 dishes. Har Gow and Sui Mai. We ordered 5 items. The Har Gow (shrimp dumpling) don't seem to available on the carts. You order it and it comes in maybe 7 minutes. I think Har Gow is fragile and lousy if it gets cold. Their Har Gow was moist, steaming hot, tender, creamy, large, tasty and pink. WOW!!! 5 stars!! Next we ate the Sui MAi (pork/shrimp dumpling). These came on the cart. They were large, tender and tasty. I felt the pork and shrimp were high quality. The taste was wonderful!! Again 5 Stars!!. Next we had the spare ribs. These were wonderful. Tender, meaty and flavourful. I prefer mine with more garlic but these were TASTY!!! OK 4 1/2 stars. We had the sticky rice wraps. They were Excellent. Tasty rice with great ingredients. Ample tasty ground pork, slices of chinese sausage and beans. 4.75 Stars!! Lastly we had a dish of rice with chicken. This comes with either ribs, chicken, beef or barbeque pork. It also had two large slices of delicious mushroom and two large pieces of brocoli. It had lots of tender tasty chicken pieces. If I had a criticism it would be the chicken is chopped randomly leaving some sharp carhds of chicken bone. Eat with caution. The rice was tender, loose and tasty. It was served with a sauce that I am not sure how to describe other than YUMMY!! GREAT!!
Unfortunatley we were only two so had to pass up some amazing looking dishes. Eggplant stuffed with shrimp, Deep fried shrimp stuffed wonton, shrimp wonton in a broth, etc. We will DEFINITELY go back!!
The service was fast and friendly. They refilled the tea pot twice. Two staff roamed around and took care of the little things like extra napkins, filling tea and picking up dishes.
Dim Sum for 2 with tax and large tip was $28.00. I highly recommend this place. My wife and I, grandkids, family etc. will be going back often. I believe this is an undiscovered (lousy location) gem in Coquitlam. If you want to experience solid, tasty Dim Sum by a chef who obviously is trying to serve high quality traditional food, dine here. (No I'm not Asian!!, born in Belgium!!)
A small group of us went here for dinner. Sometimes at a restaurant the service is bad and sometimes the food is bad. However, at James Street Café on this particular evening, both the food and the service were very bad. When the food arrived, I asked for extra napkins and by the time we left was still waiting for them. The food was cold and the beef was very tough. Some pieces of the meat were undercooked. Other people in our party said the meat smelled bad but I didn’t notice this myself. When the bill came the waiter insisted we must select 15 % or 20 % for the tip. Personally, I don’t think the servers or the kitchen staff deserved any tip but we gave 15 % as that was the mandatory minimum. Would not return here again. There are many nicer establishments in this city with better food and much better service.
I took a buisiness client to Vasillis last night. When I went to the front to mention I'd made a reservation the owner had to be called? The owner then directed the girls to take me to a table. While the owner was directing his staff, I wasn't acknowledged at all and he proceeded to issue commands while speaking with his mouth full, adding in another bite as I stood there (absoultely disgusting) - had I not been meeting someone I would have left just based on this. My guest arrived, we ordered an appy to share - we had about 5 minutes before our meals arrived. My roast lamb was a lamb shank - no big deal there, the rice was over cooked - it was just okay. The server however, kept trying to clear our plates away while were were clearly eating - it was odd and felt like we were being rushed out the door - however, we could clearly see they were still serving new customers. Server was friendly enough - but really unskilled - reaching over us, taking our plates away early - obviously missed basic serving rules. I won't go back - there are MUCH better places to eat at MUCH better value with MUCH better service. I am greatly confused how this place could ever have been voted Best Greek in Burnaby
First of all, this is a Korean, not a Chinese restaurant, even though the name says Tai Won Chinese Restaurant. I have only been there for lunch, so I can only comment on that. I must say have never seen a more boring menu. Every dish lists pork as the main ingredient - pork on rice, pork on noodles, pork with bean sauce, or in spicy soup. There's a total of less than 10 items, and some of them were the same, just different sizes. So choosing what to order was very easy. We decided on a large order of pork noodles in spicy soup (for 2 or 3 people, according to the menu).
The order came in an enormous bowl, indeed enough for at least 3 people. But surprise - it wasn't pork. It was seafood, which was definitely not on the menu - well, not in the Engllish part of the menu, at least. Whether it's in the Korean part, I have no idea. But anyway, we asked the waitress if she had brought the wrong item to our table. She took a look and said it's what we ordered. "The menu is wrong," she said.
We gladly accepted the substitution because we'd much rather have seafood than pork. But still, it was weird. The food itself was not anything special. It's not worth a second visit, in my opinion.
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