So close to home and open all day instead of split up for lunch and dinner like some places. I've probably gone 25+ times now and as long as they keep it up, I'll continue to be a regular.
The tuna tataki roll is really good and for $4.50, you can't go wrong. Our main rolls are the tuna tataki, philadelphia and the alaska. The toro nigiri is one of my faves - not tiny. It's fresh and smooth and cheaper than most places. I also love how they have wild (sockeye) salmon.
Service is awesome. Always there with a smile!
I definitely recommend this place. I went in one day randomly and expecting nothing. I actually hoped it wasn't good so that I wasn't tempted to eat out so much. Well that's not going to happen now....
Keep it up Gaya!
Tried this restaurant one more time and was very disappointing.
Althought the place appeared empty but there were estimated 30 patrons
and only ONE server. Service was the worst for the price you pay.
Quality of the food was average. Rumours has it that the chef who attracted
the diners has quit too.Unless the service improves 100% and quality of food gets better
i have no intention to eat here.
There is Jambo Grill on Kingsway which serve very similar dishes with excellent service.
Spent all night signing up food reviews sights so I can spread the word regarding the food we had at this restaurant.
Apparently the dim sum is pretty good, so we didn't even bother checking the ratings for this restaurant. I have lived in the Lower Mainland for over 30 years, and I have to admit this was the worst Chinese food I have ever had in my life! I am Chinese! We paid for a $700/table dinner(for 10 people). Everything was very salty...the reason was to cover up the unfreshness of their food. We had pigeon(my kids favourite) that tasted like it was nuked in the microwave a few times(tough as hell). My kids wouldn't even touch it. We also had sharkfin soup(some people will not be happy with this) that had vermicelli in it. Tasting crappy is one thing but fake food? We had lobster with no meat and deep fried. We had steam fish that was obviously gone bad(foul smell and taste even with soy sauce covering it). Surf clam was fishy as hell. Dessert had gone bad also. When we complained, they basically tried to brush it aside or blame us. No acknowledgement of the crappy food from them. Service wasn't much better. The people there don't seem to have a idea when to pour you tea, change your plate, etc...they spilled some soup on one of our guests and didn't even say anything. I can go on forever complaining but I just want everyone to know..DON'T GO THERE!! I personally think there should be ratings below 1(poor)...this restaurant definitely deserves a negative rating.
I have been lunching in the Heights area of Burnaby for years and have never had this restaurant on my radar. After reading a review here, I stopped in for a late lunch and tried the buffet. I am not generally a fan of the buffet, but it's a good way to get a lay of the land. The food is excellent, staff is friendly and you can't beat the value - $10.
There are a few Indian restaurants in the area and this the best.
It's not much to look at from the outside, but it is well worth a visit!
We've had lunch there a few times as we live close by. It's a nice find. Food is very good and reasonable. Service can be a little slow when they're busy but they do a lot of take out. The wait staff are extremely pleasant. Love the music they play. This place is light years better in most respects than a lot of the big name places. They have to be. They are in the burbs not close to a lot of commercial space. We will probably just come here for our sushi fix.
Tried this place on a weeknight as Sushi Garden always seems to have a wait, I guess for the perceived value. The entrance is just off kingsway. Ordered the tuna/salmon sashimi - good but dissappointed they serve farmed salmon (no choice given), chopped spicy scallop roll was good, dynamite roll - just ok, ika karage - not good as it was overcooked, tempura - very good, agadashi tofu - very good. Overall pretty solid place with prices a bit higher than Sushi Garden but seems a bit higher quality. Prices for rolls $4-$6, appies around the same. Small place with basic decor, overall would return.
Had lunch here today with my father, they said it was day 3 as they just opened the place. It's clean and beautiful with friendly and professional staff. We had a pizza each and shared them half & half.
$12 Pizza Margherita - this was a great thin pizza, I picked it up and it flops over, just like when I eat pizza in Italy. Crust is awesome.
$18 Pizza Prosciutto - Same nice thin pizza, has some beautiful salty prosciutto on top.
They also have a great list of Italian beers. We had 1 Menabrea & 1 Bruton di Bruton. Good stuff.
I am happy to be able to get good authentic pizza right in north burnaby! Grazie we will be back.
My boyfriend was told about this place at work. We went there earlier today with his mother. Although it's a touch dark and noisy, the place is awesome. Not small, extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff, open kitchen.. felt quite comfortable and clean.
Portions are generous and a good selection on the menu. The value is ridiculous, I didn't expect much when I saw the price but I was pleasantly surprised!
We had steak and it was done right (we asked for med-rare). The clam-chowder was large (shared one between 2 people) and tasted nice. And we had the chicken soulvaki which was tasty and moist.
The coffee was just okay. But we didn't care.
Definitely we are coming back.
Actually, I liked their sushi, although I found it a bit high priced. Nothing special, but good for lunch. Anyways, I always got the roll combo, tuna, salmon, california. I liked that I don't have to grab a sushi pack from a refrigerated place like in other lunch places in food courts, but rather having it produced freshly in front of me.
That must have stopped at a point. Last time I got my usual I watched the guy grabbing a salmon and california roll out of a box, which was standing next to the microwave. Not at all cooled. I told them, to please make the sushi fresh for me and they started to argue but eventually he did what I asked, although not with a smile.
Today, it happened again. But since I already saw those boxes line up on the counter next to the microwave I asked for fresh when ordering. He still took them out of the box. After discussing again how long or not long those boxes were standing there, he told me he will make them fresh but took the old rolls anyways. I saw that and got angry. Did he think I was stupid and didn't see it? I told them again, that I asked for fresh and again had to argue. He then placed the tray with the old stuff in front of me, his boss came and everything went crazy. Instead of an apology I got told, that it is totally food safe (it is not) and I have to take it and live with that. Other customers came and looked at us, like we were crazy. I don't need to discuss about my order. I just told them, that I wanted my money back, but I had to tell all three of them (cashier, cook and boss) to stop the discussion to get my money back and leave. a friend of mine was already waiting and watched how they kinda yelled at me in front of other customers.
Did this need to happen? It would have been 2 minute of work, if at all (for nearly 9 Dollar, easy money). You don't want it? Ok, then here you lost a customer. But I tell you what: Don't produce those things in advance, you're not McDonalds and your sushi is not cooked. And I don't wanna get into a discussion just because I asked for fresh. e.g. If I ask for a fresh burger at McDonalds I get it. That's their policy. Period! Think about it! You're offering a service to people, so start thinking like that. I don't wanna hear how long your sushi is lying on that counter! How do I know? And I am your customer and don't have to apologize for ordering fresh food at your place. I just don't come anymore. And I will tell other people! That's how it works!
We've been to the Cattle Cafe across from Metrotown many times. Its always crowded and busy, so we decided to meet up with some friends at the Highgate Village location.
Parking here unfortunately isn't great. There's only about 10 spots in their own lot, so many patrons sneak over to the Value Village parking across the lane.
This location is newer, cleaner and way less cramped than the Metrotown one. The menu and prices are identical. Service wise, it's about the same.
I ordered a fish soup with pork intenstine, and cuttlefish balls, and my wife ordered a chicken steak with black pepper sauce.
Both were very good. Their fish noodle soups are very fresh and msg free.
Service wise, it's pretty minimalist. Flag down someone when you need something, otherwise they ignore you. This location is less busy than the Metrotown one, so it's more comfortable to sit and chat longer. You don't get dirty looks to clear out once you've finished your meal.
Overall an improvement over the Metrotown location, and we'll likely be coming here in the future to meet up with friends.
We were going to go to Milestones on Lougheed Hwy for lunch only to find it DEMOLISHED! So we took the grandma and gramps to Whitepspot on Kingways. I am not a Whitespot fan in any way.
Restaurant was less than half full on a Friday at lunch. Is that a good sign? You used to have to wait at Whitespots. Waiter was young, inexperienced and a little odd.
We ordered one grilled cheese pirate pak - sandwich ok fries cold and hard, ice cream ok, juice fine. One, breakfast entree which was deemed alright and a strawberry pie which was not cooked(the berries) glazed and had no custard - very BORING. One order of fish and chips which was very good but very greasy - the fries again were not good. The salmon burger was the best salmon burger I have ever had anywhere, very dilly and lemony, with a BIG salmon fillet. Again the fries not so good. Coleslaw was subpar today.
All in all , it was better than some of my previous visit and better value than places like the Keg, Earls, Milestones etc. It seems like the chain is trying, but please lose those nasty fries, they are terrible.
Three of us went for a late lunch one afternoon. Major disappointment. Alfredo sauce was strange tasting and had way too much nutmeg. Way too much! Made it really sweet. We mentioned it to the waitress and she didn't really care that we were not satisfied with our meal. None of us finished our food. Overpriced and really not good. Will not return. Too bad. Used to love the place.
When I got to the door, I was a little taken back. What? A cafeteria of a home?
It was cafeteria style seating. I was surprised that people come, just to eat. Run by Japanese people, service was great. Very polite people.
Tried the salmon sashimi and the assorted tempura. Both really good. When I saw, what I thought was a piece of sweet potatoe tempura, I took a bite, to find out that this was a cauliflower tempura. Wasn't oily at all.
The chicken karage donburi was boneless and REALLY good!
The deep fried ice cream looked really good, but too full to try it. There were a couple of news articles on this place, and about their deep friend ice cream. Next time, is a must try!
We went there six-ish on a Saturday evening and the place was packed. And for good reason. Their ankimo (monkfish liver) appy is delish and the deluxe chirashi don came with an eye-popping, impressive assortment of sashimi. Definitely meant for sharing between two diners. My only gripe: they used farmed instead of wild salmon in their DELUXE chirashi.
Staff was courteous and very helpful with explanations. It was all good until we asked for the bill. They did come-by and take our card promptly but didn't return till we enquired about the whereabouts of our plastic. That was like a 10 min wait just for them to come back with the machine. Given that the place was still quite busy at the time we would let it slip.
Still we'll probably return to try their many other traditional offerings such as their japanese hotpot rice, which is quite hard-to-find in town.
I tried their mocha caramel frappe and was extremely satisfied with the quality of the product. It was blended well - just the right amount of ice - and had a rich, full taste through and through. I would rank it among the better cafes which Vancouver has to offer [Caffe Artigiano, Bean Bros., etc.].
Please note that I have not tried their sandwiches or snacks, but have kept strictly to their specialty [coffee].
Been coming here since it opened around Christmas. A coworker saw it and since it was close to work, we thought, why not?
The food has always been good. The decor is really nice, but it can get really busy at night. I prefer take out, but that's just me.
The only thing I have a problem with is that they forget to give me the discount for pick-up. It happens, but whatever. Still really good food. :)
I almost always order the Alaska combo and the veggie combo. Flavours are amazing, ingredients are fresh and clean tasting. I've got several of my friends hooked on this place and I will be back.
I've eaten here a couple times. This is quite possibly the worst place you could ever go to. Their dinner buns come out warm but it's obviously been microwaved, judging by the way it quickly hardens and how soggy it is underneath. Our server was snappy, impatient and not very accomodating at all. I've had the cream of mushroom soup and honestly, it tasted and looked like it was from a Campbell's can. It was thick, a nasty color of grey and lumpy. Can't you at least mix in some salt pepper and cream in there?
I gotta say though. The Italian Wedding soup is delicious. So is the Cheedar Bacon Burger. The skinny fries, when fresh, is also divine. The dry ribs are far from dry and really juicy.
However. Even if some menu items are passable, it doesn't change the fact that it isn't consistent witth everything else. The service could really use some help. We have seen and met the owner but he gives off a really negative, power-hungry vibe. If I'm gonna eat somewhere, I wouldn't wanna do it in a place like this. Maybe I'll just hit up a different location.
For some reason, this place is never busy. I know you're thinking well, then it can't be that good. I have been here twice in the last 9 months and it's been really good each time. We ordered take out the first time, a lamb curry and naan, fine, good taste, not too gamey. Second time with my husband and father. My father only eats indian food, so he knows if it's good or bad, and this was his first visit. He ordered the chicken curry spicy and that's what he got, he said it was very good. My husband and I ordered the thali, a few varieties of dishes that included a meat dish as well. We ordered butter chicken, very good. The surprise was the eggplant curry, OMG, I have never had such a delicious vegetarian curry anywhere. I told the waiter that it was fantastic and he says that it's one of the most popular dishes. We got rice, naan and papadum as well. The service was quick, friendly and we heard laughter through the restaurant with the staff and other guests. The bill came out to 30 bucks for the three of us and we had some leftover naan which we took home. No drinks, just water by the way. Next time will order just the eggplant curry and masala chai (another test to pass).
let's get down to business: the steam pork buns (xiao long bao)!
For a shanghai style restaurant that prizes itself on steam pork buns, (xiao long bao), even built with a clear window that allows you to see the little old asian lady making the dumplings behind a glass wall, it really is over priced. 5.50 for 6 buns, which is at least 20% costlier than other restaurants with the similar focus on shanghai centric food that make a tastier dish. the dumpling skin is a little too thick, not springy and chewy enough in texture, and the soup in the dumplings while having good flavour, had a bit of msg overkill. plus the meat itself had very little taste, and it was grainy in texture. i did like the fact that the buns were not greasy at all. in this regard, it tasted clean. but for 5.50, it is reasonable for consumers to expect the most expensive steam buns in vancouver/burnaby/richmond area to wow, and that it did not. in fact, one could walk 2 min to the food court in the same mall and get slightly better steamed pork buns and way better in price.
we also had their beef noodles, which was another disappointment, but at least it was only 7.50 in price. the beef, was so dry and the flavour of the soup did not cook into the meat, so it tasted like card board. the soup was again, not overly greasy, but the flavour of the broth was not as good as a couple of the beef noodle stands in the food court of the same mall. the noodles themselves tasted machine made, flat, and no chewiness of a good hand cut noodle or even a higher quality frozen noodle pack from Japan. they also left inedible spices in the soup that they should have scooped out. again, i would say head for the food court for way better noodles at a lower price.
restaurant layout was way too crowded, even for smaller asian people. the back of my seat was hitting the back of seat of the patron sitting behind me the entire meal. we got quite cosy it's a plus if you like that sort of thing! :)
depending the servers, you'll get very different service. in general, they were attentive, despite the busy, full restaurant, even remembering to check my tea, as well as giving me a fresh paper towel when they saw that i needed one, without me asking. this was unexpected surprise in a busy chinese restaurant. i suspect it was due to experienced hosts themselves and not that the owners trained them well because the service quality between the servers were too inconsistent. when i was paying at the counter, the cashier didn't even noticed us trying to pay until a few minutes after we've been standing there. she had her back to the restaurant polishing wine glasses and never looked me in the eye for the entire transaction. even though my only industry training came from a nameless manager of ronald macdonald's, i can guess she was untrained or trained badly.
they store child seats and napkin boxes in their wheel chair accessible restroom (some vacuum cleaner box was put on the toilet seat), so there is no wheel chair accessible restroom in this facility.
having frequent the previous restaurant before the current owner took over, it appears that the low flow toilets were the same ones left from the last restaurant. the restroom floors were wet.
the kitchen had ventilation issues, so they always keep the back door of the kitchen open while cooking (this was already a problem for the previous restaurant), so you can easily peek in to see the sanitary condition of the kitchen. my advice is to peak AFTER you finish your meal, if you want to enjoy your dining experience (i was glad I followed my own advice :). but to be fair, i've seen worse kitchens in this town (even for fancier restaurants), not that this makes it ok.
maybe the noodles were not the restaurant's forte, but the steam pork bun was their signature dish, and for the price, it was offensively lack luster. i had already scheduled a future family get together in this restaurant to try their fancier dishes (many also higher in prices than other restaurants in the same class), but based on their performance for making such amateur mistakes in their corner stone dishes, i am cancelling my reservation to take my business elsewhere. this is a tough town for restaurants, and if they can't compete, then they shouldn't be asking for these prices. for steam pork buns, go to Chen's Restaurant in Richmond, you won't be disappointed (at the very least, the prices are way better). happy fooding all!
After much fuss from a co-worker about sushi garden at Metrotown, my daughter and I decided to go to the Lougheed location on the way home from running errands. I walked in to a fairly crowded restaurant, tables about 1/2 to 3/4 full. I ordered california roll, tempura, miso soup and spicy salmon roll to go. They said it would be about 25 minutes. When I came back I forgot the little ticket in the car so they said they could not give me my food without it, fine. Went and got it from the car and got my food. Drove home, 5 mins drive and opened up the food at the table with my husband and daughter. Immediately, we noticed the awful fishy smell. The sushi was not cold, but kind of warmish. I think, in the restaurant, people do not notice because there are so many other cooked smells, like tempura and teriyaki that fill the air. The spicy salmon was a regular salmon roll with hot sauce poured on top, I could have done that! The tempura was okay, but of course a little soggy in the take out container. The miso was way too salty and the california roll was bland tasting. We go to Oyama regularly and compare all other sushi places to them. Once you've had really good, fresh sushi, you cannot eat this type of second or third class sushi anymore. It was like they didn't even care, not good customer service because they're far too busy thinking they have a loyal clientele. That may be fine for a while, but it will not sustain your business forever. Don't bother, and save your money. And by the way, the person at work got an earful about how bad my experience was, it will be a LONG time before I take their advice again.
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