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Daniel's Restaurant

2786 Barnet Hwy
Coquitlam, BC V3B1B9
Tel: (604) 941-3411

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So let's sort this out
By Lobo47 of Burnaby (18 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 8:21am [Dine in]

There are mixed reviews on the internet so we went with open minds to check out the restaurant.
What we got was some exceptional food. The roast chicken was so precisely cooked, so well timed, good slightly crisp texture, succulent meat, well flavored, beautiful slightly creamy sauce, - we didn't expect that quality of cooking. If Chef Bongo did it, or somebody else, I don't know but it had the mark of a chef, not a cook, - written all over it.

Lots of staff, friendly, respectful, helpful, nice. I can't fault them. They knew their job and they did it well.

Where this restaurant drags is atmosphere. Those leather high backed armless chairs have got to go back to Home Sense. They aren't meant for a dinner table. I never got comfortable the entire evening. The noise / din echoes too loud. It's decorated nicely. Money and effort were put into the room. It's all good, modern, clean, nice, candles, in a photo you'd love it. In real life it just doesn't come together. I never becomes a relaxed, comfortable place where you feel at home. Sort of a high end cafeteria.

Live entertainment? Jorge, he's a skilled musician. He does his job well. However, he's been told to play traditional jazz. Let him play something less boring, alive. Low key background music by a guy who could really entertain? Let Jorge play good things, - I know he knows how. I've seen him in other venues in the city.

Daniel's is good because of the food. Go there, pay the money and enjoy what a great chef creates. In time, I hope the rest falls into place. It's a nice addition to the dining choices in this great part of the world we live in.
p.s. The great food deserves white table cloths. That would be nice.

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So let's sort this out
By Lobo47 of Burnaby (18 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 8:16am [Dine in]

There is are mixed reviews on the internet so we went with open minds to check out the restaurant.
What we got was some exceptional food. The roast chicken was so precisely cooked, so well timed, good slightly crisp texture, succulent meat, well flavored, beautiful slightly creamy sauce, - we didn't expect that quality of cooking. If Chef Bongo did it, or somebody else, I don't know but it had the mark of a chef, not a cook, - written all over it.

Lots of staff, friendly, respectful, helpful, nice. I can't fault them. They knew their job and they did it well.

Where this restaurant drags is atmosphere. Those leather high backed armless chairs have got to go. They aren't meant for a dinner table. I never got comfortable the entire evening. The noise / din echoes too loud. It's decorated nicely. Money and effort were put into the room. It's all good, modern, clean, nice, candles, in a photo you'd love it. In real life it just doesn't come together. I never becomes a relaxed, comfortable place where you feel at home. Sort of a high end cafeteria.

Live entertainment? Jorge, he's a skilled musician. He does his job well. However, he's been told to play traditional jazz. Let him play something less boring, alive. Low key background music by a guy who could really entertain? Let Jorge play good things, - I know he knows how. I've seen him in other venues in the city.

Daniel's is good because of the food. Go there, pay the money and enjoy what a great chef creates. In time, I hope the rest falls into place. It's a nice addition to the dining choices in this great part of the world we live in.

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Different, but still good
By lomimu of Lower Mainland (32 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

The chef left Daniels (along with the African Peanut soup), and we were wondering if the place was still any good. The menu has definitely shifted and there seems to be less selection - but the Chicken Korma and Butter Chicken were generously portioned and full of flavour, accompanied by the best naan I've ever had. Nice tomato/onion/cucumber/cilantro salad on the side. The server seemed to be the chef as well, and it all had a nice homey feel.

I'd go back just for the chicken!

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Disappointing....
By Andrea6171 of Port Coquitlam, B.C. (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 6, 2012 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

I went here a a birthday gift from my best friend,who got the groupon deal. It was a shared appy, entree and shared dessert. My husband and I usually out and are " foodies" and are very observant so I am observant to this restaurant I haven't been to before....
My observations:
1) No small tables for parties of 2- The booths were all taken and the tables are too big and bulky.
2) We had decided of the options we wanted and the waitress didn't really know for sure of the flavors of ice-cream there was for 1 of the 2 options for the dessert.. You should know this down pat,especially for a coupon deal! Or say.. "Let me find out for sure"
3) We sat right in front of the bar -large table..when we finished our appy., we had our plates just sitting there. For a long time. The owner /manager and other waitress was just standing in front of the bar just starring and not doing anything... How about take our dirty plates!
4) When our entrees came our finished appy plates were still there!
5) Tall older manager just standing around.. How about helping out and taking our dirty plates and ask how we are?how about being a good host?
6)Waitress was sitting down by the bar where these chairs werelinedp by the bar -yes she was pregnant, I get that.. But there is other waitresses
and the manager just standing there ..how about take our dirty plates that I positioned in the middle of our our large table right in front of you 2 feet away?
7) I got the lamb shank, it was "ok", on a bed of cous cous and veggies (peas, sweet potato cut in small cubes?) ..weird combo.
8) Bathroom: no stalls, so you have to wait outside if someone is in there..ugh.
9) Hard to get there coming from Coquitlam..You have to turn at pasta polo and down the alley? Confusing...
10) If you own/manage the place , smile! Talk to your guests! Make them feel welcome! Don't look like a grump, like when I went the wrong way to the bathroom , and you say snarkily.." you are going the wrong way dear!"...

Don't bother...

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Halibut Curried Shrimp
By Brent Dewendt of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 8:57am [Dine in]

Last night, after finding Daniel's on the net,we were pleasantly surprised by the ambiance, the atmosphere, the fantastic live lounge singer providing excellent and entertaining light rock,jazz and popular pop music; but most of all,the exceptional food. Absolutely fresh, spiced properly and hot.
My wife and I have had the opportunity to restaurant all over the world and we
give this small, out of the way, secret restaurant 8+ out of 10 for atmosphere and 9+ for the food. The owners and chef have worked very hard to make this restaurant a masterpiece in the making.
On a different note, I am appalled by the ridiculous negative review left by the X-dishwasher on Mar 2, 2013. This lost soul will be hard pressed to find another job in Vancouver with his disturbed character. Unfortunately for him, he left his photo, inept education and obvious vindictive attitude posted on Urbanspoon and other foody websites.
We will be returning many times in the future and we are looking for new creations. We had the halibut (fresh) and the Shrimp Curry( medium)
Thank you Daniel's

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It's all about expectations...
By Asklepios of Tri Cities (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, September 17, 2012 - 11:08am [Dine in]

My wife and I have been to Daniel's on about a half dozen occasions, starting from just after it first opened. Situated as it is on the Barnet Highway, in a semi-industrial strip mall and next to a pornography shop, our expectations have never been particularly high.It's OK for an evening out when you can't be bothered to cook at home, but we wouldn't choose it for a 'fine dining' experience.

Having said that, Chef Daniel has tried to be creative in his menus and he has definitely succeeded. We like diversity of taste experiences and we have certainly been rewarded in that sense. Unfortunately Daniel hasn't modified or updated his menu much if at all, so we are now beginning to find it repetitious.

The decor is what it is. Similarly the service is what it is - variable. But then that seems to be true of most dining establishments in north America. (I come from Europe where to be a waiter is a profession for life. In France they go to school for 3 years to learn to wait at table. But that is a whole other story/rant).
Last night we were served by a very pleasant young lady who stated that she is a student at a local university. She was falling over herself to be correct in every conceiveable way, and she earned a generous tip commensurate with her sincere, if slightly naively effusive efforts. The maitre d'hotel also made suitable efforts but was somewhat unctuous for my preference. I don't expect servers to comment on my choice of food or beverage, whether positively or otherwise. I'm simply not interested in their opinions - unless I specifically ask for them. If I feel I'm being patronized the tip decreases.

When the restaurant first opened they had instituted a policy of a flat $10 surcharge to the cost of a bottle of wine, instead of the gouging 100% plus imposed by so many restaurants. I'm not sure if they still follow the policy. The Cotes de Rhone that we had last night was a fairly decent table wine - not exceptional but perfectly satisfactory.

I was glad that the two piece music combo kept their amplifiers down to a level where we were able to maintain a comfortable conversation with our two friends, who came with us. We also enjoyed their choice of music, mature with a mild touch of sophistication. On other occasions we have been able to use the small dance floor.

The only negative was provided by a man who came and sat in the booth next to us. He reeked of a vile cologne that created an unhealthy miasma in the surrounding area. Of course the restaurant can't be held responsible for that; but the staff were quick to help us find another table (-something that helped to produce the generous tip).

In summary, Daniel's food reflects a creative menu and is well cooked and presented. Food and beverage prices are fairly typical for a restaurant of this level. My pasta dish last night was $17, cooked 'au point', and tasty. The service has generally been satisfactory over a number of visits. The ambience could probably be improved somewhat.

We will be going again.

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