My family and I have been going to Minoas for years! The food is delicious, the portions are generous and the service is exceptional! The Chronakis family (the owners) always make us feel welcome, like a part of the family! I've actually gotten them to provide buffet-style catering for a couple of small family gatherings the last two years. They've gone above and beyond each time! The most recent example: I called them on a Wednesday asking them to provide catering for a small family gathering that Saturday. Alex and Anna were very helpful and accommodating. I initially said that I would pick up the food at 6:00pm Saturday, but after my family told me that would be too early, I had to call Anna back and move the pick up time to 7:00pm Saturday. She said though it would be very busy that it wouldn't be a problem. The food was amazing (the Roast Lamb dinner and Chicken Souvlaki are big hits with my family!!!) and the portions were very satisfying! Anna even called me the next morning to see if everything was okay (how's that for genuine service???). I thanked her and Alex for their help in making our family gathering a memorable one and that I would write them a positive review so, here it is!! Thank you again Alex, Anna, Georgia and the staff at Minoas!!! We will be back real soon!!
I have dined here probably about 4 times now and have never been disappointed! The food had always been amazing and so tasty.
The people who work here are very friendly and the service is great.
The food always comes out very quickly and the portions are a good size as well. Ample parking out front. The only downside is the ambiance and the decor is a little dated.
Overall this is hands down my favourite Indian restaurant and they typically have great monthly specials that include wine, shared appy, main and dessert .
I had one of their lunch specials the other day. The food was quite good. But it was the quantity that impressed. There was easily enough for two. I didn't come close to finishing. The hot and sour soup for $1.95 was large and very good. There is only one waitress for such a busy eat in/take out place so service can be slow but she does a great job and is constantly running. The lack of ambiance is normal in this type of restaurant and takes nothing away from the food. All in all I would definitely return.
On many levels this location does not measure up to other local IHOPs in my opinion. This in no way reflects on the actual servers as most of them do their best, providing excellent service at times. It is the management that I find obsequious, and any sub-par food, etc. lands on their shoulders.
It is worth noting that this location does not participate in the Seniors Appreciation Day Wednesdays where seniors (55+) get a 2 for 1 meal. I think this says a lot about their attitude towards their customers...
I will no longer support this location.
My husband and I dined here on Valentine's Day and the food was amazing as usual! From the outside this place doesn't look like much but inside you will find some of the best, if not, THE best Indian food in Burnaby. The service is excellent and the staff very friendly. I have never seen this place busy and am amazed that the word hasn't spread. The food is to die for. Service and quality of food has been consistant each time. I love the Vegetable Pakoras and their Eggplant Bharta is the best I have had. We have tried a variety dishes here over several visits and have enjoyed each one immensely. We always have leftovers to take home too! Don't hesitate to check it out.
TERRIBLE!!!! The space is cute and sandwiches taste good, but WOW, worst customer service I have ever experienced. After waiting over 50 minutes for a sandwich, I inquired. The woman (one of the owners) had the nerve to respond "so should I just cancel your order? Can't you see we are busy here, if you were in a rush you should have told us". I'm sorry, but allowing 50 minutes for a sandwich in the first place is quite gracious in my opinion. What kind of customer service is that? Shouldn't YOU have advised us if YOU were busy and behind? Not the other way around! The entire time there, we listened to them talk to other guests this way as well. It's too bad, I will be telling everyone I know not to dine here. To the ladies that run this place, you really need a reality check in the customer service world. You have no right to treat your PAYING customers like that. Hope your understaffing is worth every pretty penny in your rude little pockets.
This was my first time eating serbian food and sitting inside an eastern european styled restaurant.
i've read about eastern european cuisine, tasted a couple things here and there at european festivals and food fairs, but it was mostly never a complete picture for me.
today, i took the liberty of visiting balkan house for lunch. having heard wonderful things about their buffet, i decided to give it a try.
first thought was, the buffet isn't big. this isn't necessarily a bad thing. @ 19.00 including tip for lunch (16.95 + tax and tip = 19.00 for me), i'd come here to eat again, but i do have a few suggestions and, at minimal, wishes.
i think adding in just 2 more dish, would make the value feel better. maybe even 1 more entree and 1 more dessert choice. the reason is everything just feels minimal - despite the great quality and cookery of the foods, a buffet also needs choice.
the buffet included dishes such as buttered mashed potatoes, serbian style rice, a baked potato hash or sorts, steamed veggies, a kind of veal roulade (The star of this buffet), serbian cevapi, rotisserie chicken, a meat creamy sauce / stew and another sauce stew of a tomato nature for the schnitzels.
the mashed potatoes were well seasoned, creamy and hearty.
rice was nothing to rave about.
the baked potato hash was also well seasoned and the browning of parts of the hash added more flavors.
steamed veggies...well what can i say? it's steamed veggies - eat your vegetables!
also on the veggies side, you have your choice of greek salad or coleslaw. now, the greek salad was average but the coleslaw was great. healthy, not creamy and full of vinegar kick. a great salad that is healthy and cuts through the fattiness of the entrees.
the veal roulade, the star of the buffet, was cooked to perfection. i felt, at first if this dish would actually make them lose money because of the time needed to bake this plus the ingredient itself (Veal isn't cheap). in the end, coming to the buffet just for the veal and the dessert (I will get to it later), will be well worth it.
the cevapi was also well seasoned and grilled although a little bit dry, along with the schnitzel, maybe because the meat they used were on the leaner side and does not sit well under a heated buffet lamp.
the creamy stew with meat was excellent but the meat chucks inside the stew were a little bit dry. i can not vouch whether this is due to authenticity or because of the nature of buffets always sucking the moisture out of foods, but this was a stew so...at least for me, i could eat a whole bowl of it smothered over rice.
the tomato sauce stew was also quite good, not overly salty and went well with the meats, especially the schnitzel.
serbian cuisine to me, because i am new to it, gives me a feeling of richness, heartiness and simplicity. whenever i eat a new cuisine, i do not judge it culinary or objectively, but rather from a cultural, historical and humane perspective. some people maybe call serbian cuisine bland, but it does have its charms and tenacity.
especially in its dessert and fruit punch. i'd love it if they could push out one more dessert but, that's just me.
for the dessert, the homemade serbian style cheesecake, was a first time for me of this style. it was absolutely delicious. not sweet. soft and airy, light and foamy like, it was like eating a piece of heavenly clouds. i'd imagine eastern european cheesecakes to be similar in nature such as this, when compared to the more heavier, more dense style of new york that many people around here are more accustomed to.
the fruit punch was just a darling to drink, but they really need to put more on the buffet table. it went empty fast, along with the cheesecake :).
service was also very good. the waitress was just sweet and lovely and very helpful. the chef, who came out often to load up on more foods and also to check the foods, was very helpful, informative and proud of his creations. overall, the staff was very nice.
i'd return again, but this isn't a place i can eat at often due to health reasons since the cuisine is in itself quite high in fat. but this is eastern europe after all, so while there, i enjoyed the experience and food.
Our terrible experience began promptly upon being seated and continued on a steady decline from there on. Our waitress did not acknowledge us for about 10 minutes upon being seated. I felt badly for her as she clearly was run off her feet with too many tables and only her serving our packed section of 8+ tables. There were several bussers/food runners who continually brought food to the wrong tables and looked confused/scattered throughout the evening, leaving the waitress in charge of assisting them, and thus not lightening her load at all. We ordered a Caesar salad and focaccia bread with olive oil and vinegar to start, along with spaghetti Bolognese and fettuccini alfredo for our main dish. The salad and bread arrived within 15-20 minutes but the pasta took OVER an hour. There was no apology or mention of the food wait time by the waitress or staff which was bizarre in itself. We were starving by the time it arrived; thank goodness we had ordered bread to tide us over. I noticed immediately that my fettuccini alfredo smelled strongly of nutmeg and was disappointed to discover it literally tasted like a watery nutmeg sauce, not a creamy alfredo sauce at all. Having made my fair share of alfredo sauce, I am aware that nutmeg is an ingredient, but this is usually consists of a PINCH. In this dish nutmeg appeared to be the main ingredient and it was literally not edible. When a food runner came to take our dishes away she asked if I would like mine packed up and was shocked when I said no thank you as I had only had two bites. She asked why and I told her that I did not like the sauce as it tasted too strongly of nutmeg. She responded offensively stating “you should have told me earlier so we could have remade it,” I was caught off guard with the argumentative stance she took as I was not looking to make a big deal of it and we had already waited over an hour for our food. The last thing I wanted was to wait another hour for a remade dish and this was actually the first time a staff had come by since we had been served. Our bill arrived from yet another staff and there was no sign of our waitress. The pasta dish which I had left untouched was on the bill and no adjustments had been made. The new staff that came to deliver our bill and take our payment even began to brag about how awesome it was that they were SO busy…after we had just spent over an hour waiting for our food which was not even enjoyable. I honestly did not even know what to say, I could not believe the lack of insight or care for their clientele. I will never be going back and warn others not to waste their time either, especially if you’re hungry.
Hadn't been for a few years. Decided to try it and was pleased to see they'd extended their dine out menu. Made easy reservations the night before out Friday out and asked for a window seat. Ended up with a seat in the elevated area in the middle, but on the edge so it was better than a window seat.
Their dine out menu was only $28! I think they used to have the highest price dineout. Anyway we had the salad with nuts and cranberries and cheese- delicious. Steak and salmon was also ordered. The staek pronounced very good and the salmon was ok - sockeye vey fishy with skin on, but cooked ok. Risotto that came with it was excellent. And we both got yummy mini veggies with butter. Dessert was coffee creme brûlée which was a bit watery but had the proper crunchy top. It was supposed to come with biscotti which we did not get. The other dessert was chocolate with berries. It was some sort of slab of chocolate mousse or something that was not to my taste but the berries and coulis on the plate were nice.
Service was good but the cocktail and wine arrival was a bit off. Good value for dineout
This restaurant is very special to me and my wife. It's the first restaurant we went to when we were looking to move into the area, which we did. At the time, we were vegetarian and we liked that we could choose from several delicious dishes such as the vegetarian mousaka or souvlaki.
And it's where we had our wedding party, shortly thereafter. It was fantastic. And it was the first time I had their lamb shoulder, the kleftico. That was so delicious I could barely believe I hadn't had it before. So tender, moist, and flavourful. And lots of it. That is my favourite dish there now. I highly recommend it.
Additionally, the service is special. We have only lived in the area for two years but we know them and they know us. They are very friendly to us and we love going there, and enjoy the service at Minoas very much. The food is delicious, the prices are reasonable, and the service is exceptional.
I ordered a curry chicken rice dish. Curry was my favourite.
When i got my dish i was scooping up potatoes and chicken bones.
Where is the chicken meat?
I asked the waiter if they made a mistake? I order chicken curry, not potato curry with chicken bones.
He was quickly to asked his supervisor. She came over. Told her what's going on. She took my chopstick and started picking out my curry. "Here, Chicken.. (bits) Here". Then I looked at her, that's it?
OK, Cursing her in my head. FINE. Won't be back.
She did nothing, no apologize.
You can keep that 5 cent tip.
Didn't look at me when we left.
"Thankyou", softly from her.
We, wife and son, stopped in on a recent Friday night. I have driven by many times and thought the concept of Asian/Indian fusion to be worth a try. There was one other pair when we arrived. The place is clean, setting nothing special, its the food you go to the small mom and pop places for not the lighting or finishings.
We ordered a mixed pakora plate while we looked over the menu. The dished arrived about 10 min. later, it was a combination chicken, white fish and vegetable pakoras, quite good, though the veggie was a little heavy on the breading, maybe needed to hold the spinach and onion together?
We were all hungry and planned on left over so we ordered the Black Bean Chicken, Curried Beef, Beef and Broccoli, Bombay Prawns and a Chicken Fried Rice. It was a a lot of food for three, but hey I don't have to cook tonight!
The Bombay Prawns were a hit, breaded with a light curry flavour and a sticky, slightly sweet sauce, tamarind possibly?
Black Bean Chicken had had the right amount of tang. The Chicken Fried Rice was flavourful, though a touch dry. Beef and Broccoli was very good. Personally I wasn't a big fan of the Curried Beef, more Chinese than Indian on this one, this could be a fun dish if they used a vindaloo or masala instead.
Over all a good experience, I'd give it a 7 out of 10 and we do plan to go back, would make a good compromise when you can't decide between Indian or Chinese.
Oh yah, bill came to around $75, but that was a lot of food, essentially 6 plates and a meal for home.
Saddened to see such negative reviews for Anton. I really like it for the quantity AND the quality. And it seems to me that many others in this city do so as well, as there always is a line. I had lunch here recently and had to queue outside the restaurant for a seat. And as for the quantity, take me seriously when I say that the portion sizes are extra large. If you eat here, most of the times you will end up with a take-out portion that can easily last you two or three days.
The pasta is delicious and so despite it being expensive you don't mind spending a bit extra for it. I have not been able to try everything on their menu because it is so extensive but one dish I really enjoy is the linguine alla siciliana, which is linguine with red peppers, and anchovies. They also add olives in a very spicy tomato sauce, which is mouth-watering good. The ambience is very nice and relaxed, which is partly set by the waiters themselves, always cheery and happy-go-lucky.
After watching a segment of Diners, Drive ins & Dives some time ago, we finally made the trek from Surrey to Burnaby to give it a try last Sat morning. It had been several years since I was in this area, golfing at Riverway, and it has changed.
Fraser Park is located virtually at the south end of Bryne Rd in an industrial park, a stones throw from the river. It is open only for breakfast & lunch, closed Sundays & holidays. Presumably it started out serving just the local businesses, but now clearly has much more of a dedicated following.
Don't expect fancy here. It is pretty much what you might expect of a cafe in an area like this. The attraction is evident as soon as you walk through the door. Large menu, very reasonable prices & huge portions. Friendly staff.
You place your order at the counter, pay up front & are given a number. You then wait for an available table. Coffee & tea are self serve, unlimited. As we were entering the cafe a regular told us to try the Deluxe German Breakfast and suggested we share it. It came with an omllette, bacon, ham, German sausage, potatoes, schnitzel & toast. "Hot sauce" available on the side. Be afraid, very afraid.
The tab for this was $11.50. If you want to pass on the schnitzel, deduct $3 & just call it the German Breakfast. As you might suspect, this is more than enough for any two normal people, but not surprisingly many individuals ordered one for themselves, including the lady who sat beside us. I'm thinking she took some home.
This is no place for anyone seeking privacy. Pretty much communal dining. Service was very prompt considering how busy it was. Food was hot. Not exactly gourmet dining but you certainly got your money's worth. We arrived just after 11AM. By the time we left the line up was out the door, so I'm not sure what the plan is when the food comes out & there is no where to sit. There are some tables outside, but not under cover. Will come back to try some other items.
I will never order from here again. I ordered delivery and after an entire hour I called to see where my food was. They told me oh sorry so busy driver on the way. When it arrived it was cold. I called to complain and the guy who answered was ignorant and had no excuse for me. I don't mind waiting for delivery if it is hot but my food was cold. Don't waste money on this place.
I wouldn't do New Year's at Horizon's again,
Expectations, we'd like to think the best of Horizon's but they misunderstand what high prices and New Year's implies. This was a money grab and I'm not entirely pleased.
1. Four people, $440, including tip. They added tip at 18%. no discussion.
2. Food, salmon wellington? Salmon stuffed into pastry, (not filo), maybe easy to process in the kitchen, but not great. Lamb roast, okay but boring. No imagination. Something I'd do first time cooking lamb. Filet mignon, not bad. Lobster bisque, flat out boring and watery. Salad, too much brie and no flavour. Cheesecake? Processed, low quality, gummy. Tasty, yes, but not the real deal.
3. No music until perhaps 11:15? Just kitchen clatter and people talking. New Year's, music, anyone see a connection? I guess not. Music was DJ, cheap sound system, (I have better at home), and the music didn't carry into the restaurant. Sat by the window, all we heard was bass thumping.
There was no "party"nothing special. Just a money grab. Peter, the waiter, nice enough. He did alright.
To Horizon's management get out and go to some of the other parties around town and see what "New Year's party" at $90 / plate implies. I'm okay with the price, but you have to work a bit harder, do more, care more. I've been to your website, you seem proud of your chef. He was probably on holidays because this was plain bad.
Yes, I'm annoyed because I switched venues this year taking a chance on a new spot and Horizon's didn't deliver.
Happy New Year! I'll check back in a couple of years, maybe a low risk lunch.
I've been to Club Ilia for lunch a couple times with friends and have enjoyed both times. It gets busy over lunch which is testimony to its popularity with locals. Menu is pizzettas, sandwiches and burgers, salads, pasta, and other typical pub/bistro fare. I've tried the Rueben and the graduate burger and both were very good. Service is efficient, there are a variety of beers available, and the atmosphere is cozy.
Hmmm...not really sure if this was just a one-time thing, but my experience wasn't that great at Dennys. My girlfriend and I were looking for a place to eat breakfast at and found Dennys in a last minute resort. I am not really a fussy eater, and don't have too many expectations when it comes to places like these, but I found the food to be a little under what I was expecting, even for Dennys standards. While she opted for the veggie skillet, I ordered the fit slam "protein" which are: egg whites mixed with tomatoes and spinach, a muffin and two pieces of turkey bacon. Sounds like a big ole hearty breakfast full of protein that cant go wrong...but it did. I could barely taste the spinach and tomatoes, and the turkey bacon tasted rubbery and nothing like it. I went for the protein because I thought it would be packed, but it tasted more like the light version of it. For the prices we paid, was a little disappointed.
Located inside the Delta Hotel, Ebo is definitely one of those restaurants you go to for a business lunch and really enjoy it, even if the "business" part didn't go so well. I have been here only a handful of times, one for business, and the other for happy hour and dinner but on all occasions the food has been more than amazing. You'd think that a restaurant in a casino could not have such fine dining and good food, eh? Back to the food, their mussels are never bad, and their linguini is really good. I am not much of a salad person but even here I liked their caesar. Not really the place I would frequent a lot because of the prices on the menu, but I'd definitely give it a shot if you are in the area.
One of my Moroccan friend's presented me this place and at first I was quite skeptical of it. I mean, good shawarma in a Chinese mall? Who would've thought. But one bite at the beef shawarma and mmmm, there's no going back. I don't get why people complain about the prices though. Portions are quite large, and by large I mean HUGE even for a glutton like me the shawarma was filling. Even the medium can be a little spicy, so make sure to go for mild if you cannot tolerate much heat.
Tip: bring cash. No credit cards are accepted.
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