Jimoco Cafe is a no frills cafe serving authentic Italian cuisine with a focus on pasta. Their 2 for 1 pasta special is a big draw.
After hearing from a few friends about Jimoco, we decided to give them a try since they're only blocks from our house.
I decided on takeout given many reviews say it's quite busy to dine in, in the evenings. The girl on the phone was very polite and professional.
When I arrived 20 minutes later, I was cheerily greeted by the cashier who seemed quite busy. The restaurant wasn't full, but there were some people still waiting to be seated.
I paid the bill, was kindly given the take out, and was in and out in under 5 minutes.
We ordered the Linguine al frutti de mare (Seafood Linguine) in cream sauce, and the Pasta Parma in tomato sauce.
The Linguine was great. The cream sauce was nice an thick and creamy, and there were scallops, squid, mussels, shrimp, and clams. The Pasta Parma was very flavourful as well, with chunks of chicken breast, lots of olives and capers. My wife quite enjoyed it.
Portion sizes are reasonable. Enough to fill up a normal person's appetite, and pastas come with a slice of garlic bread as well.
Price wise, it can't be beat. All pastas are 2 for 1 for lunch and dinner. Most averaging around $15.99-16.99. For under $20 our bellies were satisfied, and we even had a little left over for a late night snack!
Overall a great experience. We will definitely be coming back to try some other items!
I have been several times for breakfast and lunch. The service is always oustanding. The first time we had pasta it was fantastic. We had a spaghetti bolognese and a spaghetti with vegetable/tomato sauce. The sauces were great. There were tons of vegetables in my wifes dish. It was so good we went back and ordered the same thing. This time the portions were barely two thirds the size. There were very few fresh vegeables in my wifes dish. My plate had very little Bolognese sauce on it. It is clearly hit and miss maybe depending on who is cooking. They need to be consistent with both the quality and the portion sizes. Overall I recommend it but avoid the busy periods because you will wait a long time.
Jimoco will give you two pasta plates for the price of one, so you'll be more than able to load up on all the pasta you want, if Jimoco pasta is indeed what you want. You get what you pay for, like with most things. Cheap eats with a buy one get one discount? Cheap ingredients with, albeit, large portions. Besides that, the place is pretty average in general. It is always crowded (since it only has about 10 tables) without any real ambiance. Maybe you'd enjoy it if you're bringing a few friends or you're planning on buying more than one pasta plate to get in on their deal. Otherwise, skip it. You can get a much better plate of pasta for the $15 or so they charge anywhere else in the city.
From the "no frills cafe" description I was expecting a brightly lit, formica table diner but this is really a very comfortable restaurant with lots of cozy booths. We had about a 15 minute wait for a table. Staff is friendly, I only saw two waitresses , but they kept things moving smoothly.
So the big deal is the two for one pasta special. You buy two of the twenty some choices and pay for the more expensive one. You get a full size plate of food and the pasta is very good. A little more garlic and spice than other Italian restaurants, but I like that. I had the linquini with clams and my partner had the penne forno. Both were very good. We had a 1/2 litre of red wine and shared a Gelato dessert. Total bill with tip was $46. Really that is hard to beat.
The restaurant was full and almost all the customers in this Italian restaurant were Asian which struck me as kind of neat -- an only in Vancouver thing.
Once you dine at Jimoco, it will definitely become one of your favourite places to eat. The pasta is 2 for one, so you can pay as little as $15 for two large plates of pasta, and the service is fast and friendly too. I recommend ordering something with seafood, because they are very generous with the seafood. The Linguini Soul is really good, and it has mussels, clams, scallops, a million prawns, and squid in a spicy tomato sauce and it comes in a hot pot. SO GOOD! There's usually a bit of a wait to get in, but it's worth it!
A twelve dollar pasta dish here is the equivalent of a $24 dish in a more trendy part of Vancouver, and then its two for one. Great value. I had a tomato-based sauce while my wife had a cream-based sauce. We shared our dishes and we both loved them. They are genuine made-from-scratch sauces, and the noodles are done well too.
Although the place is clearly understaffed, our server was pleasant enough and could answer questions about the food. However, we are lucky we didn't arrive a few minutes later. While we were seated immediately, some large groups soon arrived and I overheard the waitress telling people they had to wait for up to an hour.
It seems the Coquitlam Korean community just loves this place and will fill it quickly at peak times. And I understand why, considering the quality food and cheap prices. We will most certainly be coming back.
The Piccata Parma is my absolute favourite dish ever!!! I have had it almost every time (about 10) I have gone, tried a couple of different which were very good also, but the Piccata is my favourite. The seafood linguine dish with white wine sauce is also very excellent. I can't believe it's 2 for 1 but I would pay full price for it as well, it's soooo yummy!!!! I have to say the service and ambiance are so-so but the food more than makes up for it. The breakfast is pretty good as well.
While Jimoco has a great deal on the 2-for-1 pasta, the service is something to be desired.
Every time my family & I have been in there, there seems to be no proper 'waitlist' that the servers follow, the servers are always unhappy looking, and the food is slow to come. After waiting for such a long period of time, with only a few slices of garlic toast to nibble on, you can't even eat your food when it arrives because it's scalding hot and can't be eaten.
I am not so much of a microwave or instant food eater, but now a days, it's hard to get very cheap food unless you stick with a "California Roll" or perhaps some bread from a random bakery. This place serves more of, I'd say, and Asian style pasta. The owner, as I recall, is Korean, so there's this "Spicy Seafood Pasta" (don't think that's the exact right name) taste a bit like Korean style seafood noodle. I also love their Curry Bombay, and their Risotto (Even thou the rice is totally just Chinese rice). It is a bit greasy, but wel, can't really complain when it's only about 7 bucks per person and that includes the tips and taxes.
Besides the food, I love their drinks, mocha, and peanut butter mocha.
The soup is horrible, the salad is okay, just cause they've got some dressing that's a bit different.
I like their calamari, don't remember how much is it, but it's cheaper than most of the places, and it doesn't taste too bad. Not in good presentation thou.
Their pan-fried mozzarella cheese looks okay, but it doesn't taste right.
The food here is delicious! All the pastas are 2 for 1, and are incredibly cheap!
The chef was trained in Parma Italy and knows how to create very flavourful pastas, my favourite being the Penne Bombay which is a curry cream sauce with chicken.
Breakfast is just as good, and before 9:30 tues-friday its only $3.00!!
Not sure how they make a profit with these prices, but everyone should check it out!
I used to love this place when it was Craig's Cafe. I noticed a slight drop in food quality when it became Into The FIre. In it's latest incarnation as Jimoco, the bottom has fallen out. Service has been consistently poor, so I cannot chalk it up to "a bad day
". Today was the last straw. It took an hour and a half to get our breakfasts. The table next to us was still waiting when we left. Another nearby table had one dish served, which was finished by the time the next one came, which was half done by the time the final dish made it to the table. This is not the first time I have been at Jimoco and witnessed such problems, but they were far more glaring than previously. For the first time in my life, I left no tip. Our waitress was trying to make the best of the situation, but she got no support from the incompetent second server, and was pretty much doing everything as well as fixing up the other server's issues.
I will now be searching for a new breakfast joint.
I recently went to this newly opened pasta place on Austin Ave in Coquitlam. The restaurant had a nice, dark, sleek ambiance and we were seated immediately by a very friendly waitress. They offer 2 for 1 pasta, and with each dish only around $10 to $12 the deal seemed too good to be true. My partner and I ordered the pasta primavera, with creamy tomato sauce. His mother (who adores this place) ordered the Bombay style Linguine with prawns. It arrived promptly with complimentary garlic bread which was done quite nicely.
My pasta, however, left a lot to be desired. It was bland, the sauce was strangely oily and thin, barely coating the noodles with a pool of it left in the bottom of my dish. I had to add a lot of salt and pepper to add flavour, as did my partner. The vegetables were a mish-mash of conflicting, inappropriate choices. Whole baby carrots, huge chunks of cauliflower, smaller florets of broccoli and teeny tiny, barely there sprinklings of zucchini. It was quite puzzling and not at all like any other pasta primavera I'd ever had. We were also offered powdered parmesan cheese, which to me is always a sign that either it a)isn't authentic Italian food or b) the owner's simply don't care about authenticity. (North American's love that Kraft Parmesan Powder, don't they? Ha, not in a restaurant....)
My partner's mother loved her dish though, and upon tasting the sauce my partner concurred that it did taste quite nice.
On my way to the washroom I spotted a huge open pot of tomato sauce left on the floor in the kitchen, which kind of perturbed me. How long had it been sitting there? Isn't it Food Safe 101 not to store open containers on the floor?
In the end I guess you get what you pay for? And at around $5 to $6 a dish it may seem odd to complain, but I'd much rather pay an extra $4 to $9 and get tasty pasta then something I could probably muster up from a package of noodles n sauce and some frozen California mix veggies.
I've been to this place 4 or 5 times now, and have had some up and down experiences. The food itself is usually pretty good, but their spaghetti is very bland. I tried the Mushroom Risotto and was pleasantly surprised, but my girlfriend's pasta was bland and the sauce too oily. On the bright side their specialty coffees are absolutely fantastic, so try a mocha.
As far as service, there's quite a bit to be desired. First off they need to have 2, not one server during their busy hours, the girl we had was running around taking orders, making drinks, clearing tables, taking payment and setting new tables. This has seemed to be the issue every time I have gone there, this time she forgot our garlic bread and the appetizer I ordered, it took 30 minutes after I'd finished my coffee to get a re-fill, she didn't clear the empty bottles or glasses off the table all night. If this wasn't enough, the kitchen was no help, sending my food out 10 minutes before my girlfriend's and taking about an hour to get our order ready in general. This seems to be the case every time I've visited, no matter how busy it takes a ridiculous amount of time to get your food.
The value is great, as you get 2 for 1 pastas, which range from $9-$13. Their drinks and appies are fair priced also.
The restaurant itself is on the smaller side, but you aren't shoulder to shoulder with the table next to you, and they have a fair number of semi-comfortable booths. You never know if the music will be on or off that day, so you may have to chew in silence.