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Coquitlam Restaurant Reviews
C-Lovers Fish & Chips555 Clarke Road, #8, Coquitlam
satisfying meal
By pete1913 of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 9, 2011 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

we came here for a late dinner and seated ourselves. The service was fast and the waitress was quite friendly. We both had the all you can eat cod fish n chip dinner. There was about 5 pieces of fish with lots of fries. The fries were good and the fish was very fresh. After eating that we had another 2 more pieces of fish then couldn't eat anymore. The only thing we didn't like was having to ask for lemon. They brought us about 4 lemon SLICES, not wedges. We thought that was a bit odd. We will still return as the fish was very fresh, not dry or overcooked.

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Kefi Greek Kouzina100 Schoolhouse St, #102, Coquitlam
Expensive
By xantidote of Burnaby (23 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 1:32pm [Dine in]

I came here a little while ago so I don't remember the exact names of the dishes we ordered. However the most memorable (or, only things that I remember) about this place was that all of our dishes were way too salty. I know greek food is usually on the saltier side but this was over the top. Luckily the service was good and our cups were constantly refilled with water to wash down the salt.

The prices are expensive in comparison to the amount of food you get. We ordered the pan fried squid as an appetizer which was $10. We were served literally 5 tiny pieces of squid. My eyes popped when they served the dish, I can't believe the server wasn't embarrassed over placing the tiny little dish on our table. The squid was delicious, however at $2 for a bite it was a total rip off.

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Matoi Sushi3025 Lougheed Hwy, Coquitlam
An authentic Japanese restaurant east of Burnaby
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (101 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 27, 2011 - 10:03am [Dine in]

Our family of four needed to find a good Japanese restaurant near Coquitlam Centre for a pre-shopping dinner. I searched for "japanese" on Google Map and Matoi Sushi came up. I never heard of this place so I checked the menu on their website (which by the way, is a little challenging on a smart phone as the font is soo small.) They have Natto Rolls which is a sure sign that the place is a "real japanese" establishment. I called to reserve a table and we were there in 45 minutes. We drove in from Burnaby so we were on Lougheed Hwy but had no idea which side of the road it was on; one error here and you'll be driving all over the place to correct your mistake. Luckily the lady who took my reservation made the effort to say it was across from the White Spot. So it's on the North side of Lougheed just east of Pinetree, in one of those strip malls. Lots of free parking. They sat us down in a tatami room. The decor is simple and nice. Restaurant looks clean. The menu is big.
Almost everything we ordered is under $5. Gyoza, Ebi Sunomono, Agedashi Tofu, BBQ Saba, etc. The Ika Natto roll was excellent and the first time I've seen this on a menu anywhere. The servers were friendly and effecient. The total bill including a large sake came in under $55. Not bad!
We thought Fuji was the only choice for good japanese food north of Burnaby but now we found another. We'll be back.

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Austin Heights Pizza1126 Austin Ave, #B, Coquitlam
Good Pizza!
By leo9 of Coquitlam, B.C. (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 24, 2011 - 11:09am [Take-out]

This is where we go for our Pizza when ordering take out, The ingredients are always fresh, and the toppings are generous, with real cheese. The three for one party special is a great value, especially when everyone likes something different! The lasagna has great flavour. We usually pick up, and our order is always hot and ready. The staff is very friendly on the phone and in person. Way better than the local pizza chains, and definitely less expensive!

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Pho 99 Vietnamese Noodle House228 Schoolhouse Street, #14, Coquitlam
Super quick lunch!
By Food-Goddess of Coquitlam (96 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 8:43pm [Dine in]

Went there for lunch one afternoon. It was a late lunch so it wasn't very busy. I've been to other Pho 99 before and they don't entirely impress me, but I figure I would give this new location a try. The decor on the inside is kind of "funky", don't really know whether I like it or not, but at least it was bright and clean.

I ordered a chicken ball pho, and it came in under 5 minutes. I was quite impressed at the speed, perfect place for a quick lunch. Faster than food court! Nothing special about the pho, soup was flavourful, the noodles was good. Overall, it was a solid pho, although the waitress didn't bring me my bean sprouts until I asked for it.

Would come back for lunch, especially when I just need to grab a quick bite to eat.

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Koreana BBQ & Shabu Shabu Restaurant1163 Pinetree Way, #2048, Coquitlam
Diners Beware - This place shorted us on our orders similarly as stated by other reviewers!
By E10Out of West (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

The ventilation in this Korean restaurant was very poor as the entire dining room was very smokey even though each table has a exhaust system. Prepare to wash your clothes upon departure of this place. Usually in the better Korean restaurants, the staff will assist in the settings to ensure everybody is using the exhaust fans and the there is higher air exchange rates in the HVAC system. I would not recommend this place for anybody with respiratory issues, asthmatics or young children.

We had a family dinner here order the BBQ Combo D for five people for $100 along with numerous other dishes. With the BBQ Combo D, we were shorted the organic salad, edamami and scallops. When we asked about the missing items, they said, they substituted the items with something else. Puzzled by this, we asked them what they substituted and they had to go back to get another staff member to come and then say they changed the menu and the items were not available.

We had a menu and it clearly stated ALL these items were a part of the Combo. Based upon the other reviews here, it seems there is a common practice of ripping off consumers here.

If you want good Korean food with good service that does not try to rip off patrons, I strongly suggest driving another 10 mins to Insadong at North Rd and Lougheed.

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My Greek Taverna946 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Great experience
By saltnpepper of Burnaby (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 2:59pm [Dine in]

Got here early on a Saturday night, just beat the rush. Line ups out the door half hour later.
I know why, the Food and Service is excellent. We sat down, servers came with water right away.
Took our orders, Lamb Souvlaki Beef Souvlaki, Calamari Red Wine. The servers are not fake or over friendly. Which is what a like. they just do a great job. Through out the meal they are quick to replace any used dishes and often topping up water. The calamari lightly battered with a nice crisp to it. I could not believe how tender the beef and lamb was. overall we had a great experience. The portions are huge.. I would love to see it even Bigger.. I am greedy! ..Highly recommended

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Sushi Mori2565 Barnet Hwy, #26, Coquitlam
Sushi Sushi
By saltnpepper of Burnaby (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

This was our go to place for sushi. Recently we have seen the portion sizes decrease.
Waitress threw out the rice from chicken teriyaki leftovers. We called back the same day and she said people don't like all that rice. Not the same quality and service as when they first opened.. very clean and cozy. but they need to do something about the small portion sizes before we will go back.

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Nagano Japanese Restaurant2918 Glen Dr, #120, Coquitlam
One of the best places in the burbs
By sushisucks of vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 17, 2011 - 2:14pm [Dine in]

I'm not sure why people are complaining about this place. It surely has some of the best sushi I've had in the city. My other favourites are Shiro's at Cambie and 14th and Toby's at East Hastings and Slocan. The quality of the sushi is far superior to the average sushi place. Most sushi places have fishy fish and poor rice and the sushi chefs are not really knowledgeable in the art of making sushi. This place, on the other hand, serves up delicious food. It's fresh, its the right temperature, the rolls are nice and loose and the flavours are perfectly balanced. I'm very impressed with the quality of everything. Also, they hand out lots of free tasting plates to their customers. The service is fast and friendly. We go there when ever we are in Coquitlam.

What a great find and random too because it is situated behind the Coquitlam Mall and we just happened to pop in one day. We can stop going back!

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Cora's Breakfast & Lunch3025 Lougheed Highway, #390, Coquitlam
great breakfasts, we'll be back
By sushisucks of vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 17, 2011 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

We really enjoyed our breakfasts at Cora's. The amount and variety of fruit they give you is lovely. The food is solid. It's not outstanding but exactly what you want for a weekend brunch and much better than the average greasy spool. The only draw back is the horrible ambiance at this place. It's looks like it used to be a kids after school activity centre. It's too cold and childish and the noise levels make it hard to have a nice conversation. But the place is clean and the service was exactly what you'd want in a large breakfast place.

We'll be back.

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Sushi Town2773 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam
You get what you pay for
By saltnpepper of Burnaby (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 9:41pm [Dine in]

First time eating here. checking out what all the fuss is about
Large Portions.. Food comes fast..
Tea refills impossible.. No hot water in bathrooms
Busy place.. Feels like a cafeteria .. Spicy Tuna
is awesome (huge) .. Nigiri Sushi is fresh..Miso Soup is tasty
Tempura is Huge!
Hungry? Leave Full !!
Have to line up to pay bill !!
%10 tip no more for this place!
Tall waiter with very short hair and dark rim glasses is kinda RUDE
But Will go back again !
Saturday Nights for sure..

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Woking Dragon China Bistro1198 Lansdowne Dr, #101, Coquitlam
Always our favourite
By wazuzy of Tri-Cities (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 6:53pm [Take-out]

I agree, I can`t believe how few reviews there are for this place. We had no idea where to order good chinese food when we first moved to the tri-cities. This was the first place we picked and we`ve stuck with them since 2008. We are scared to try anywhere else. The food is always great! And they don`t add any MSG. We have always had consistantly great food at a decent price, good portions and service is always quick. Although we always get take out we have on one occassion gone in to sit down and eat and found it to be just as great. We almost always order the Family Dinner C and add an extra side or two. Only once did we ever have an issue and it was strictly an issue with waiting a long time for pick up on a very busy night. We didn`t complain but the manager took it upon himself and presented us with a coupon for $10 off our next order because of the extra long wait. I agree that there is an absence of stronger flavor but that`s the way I like it. It`s fresh, veggies have just the right crispness and we have been happy everytime we`ve ordered.

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Hanano Sushi & Grill555 Clarke Rd, #14, Coquitlam
A Disappointment
By butterfly75 of Coquitlam (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 13, 2011 - 8:36pm [Dine in]

We've been going to Hanano for a few months now but our experience last night really has made us consider looking for a new sushi joint. Because we sometimes have to wait a while for our meal, we decided to call our order in early so that we wouldn't have to wait long once we got there especially because we have kids. I made it abundantly clear (or so I thought) on the phone that it was not a take-out order and that we would be eating in the restaurant. Sure enough, when we got there our order was in take out containers and the waitress actually asked us if we wanted to eat out of the take-out containers! Yeah, like that's why I go to a restaurant-to eat out of a container. We also asked to have our 4 year old daughter's roll made smaller so that it would be easier to eat. We've asked them to do this before for us and I don't know why we bothered asking again because they just don't seem to understand. Other restaurants have no problem accomplishing this task and although it seems like a simple request, it's an impossibility for them to do it. Believe it or not, the roll actually seems bigger than the average size roll. The chicken teriyaki we ordered was terribly over salted but the rest of the meal was tasty enough. Go here if you have a simple order but if you require anything remotely special, forget about it, they just don't seem to understand a thing.

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Joey550 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam
A Pleasant Surprise
By butterfly75 of Coquitlam (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 13, 2011 - 8:20pm [Dine in]

For our anniversary my husband and I decided to try out Joey's. Boy, are we sure glad we did. The restaurant is very well decorated with a great ambiance. Everything we ate was top-notch and so delicious. We had the calamari to start and it was nice to see it had an aioli dipping sauce as opposed to the typical tzatziki sauce. We then each had the chicken and ribs combo and everything on that plate was simply divine. I was pleased to see strawberry shortcake on the menu because you don't often see it as an option. It was the perfect ending to a perfect meal. It's not the cheapest place to eat but considering the quality of the food we received, it was worth every penny. We will for sure be heading back for our next special occasion.

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Pho Hoa3025 Lougheed Hwy, #750, Coquitlam
Awful! Wrong Ingredients, Missed Items, and Bad Attitude!
By Martini_Man of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 13, 2011 - 2:03pm [Dine in]

Went to the 2 other Pho places ina a 1 block radius, both had lineups and this Pho Hoa was 3/4 empty so in we went... The business of the others and the lack there of in this place should've told us something.

Waited for minutes to get seated even though it was not busy at all.

She immediately asked for the order.

I ordered a summer roll to start, which was to have shrimp, juliene pork, lettuce and vermicelli. I also ordered a pho with steak and beef balls, and an iced vietnamese coffee. My wife ordered a regular pho tai (steak).

The summer roll and soup came out at almost exactly the same time, which is typical of most vietnamese restaurants. We never saw a server again. We were given and billed for 2 rolls even though we only ordered 1. The summer roll was missing the pork, the soup was passable, and my iced coffee never arrived.

I went up to the counter to pay the bill and the menu was out on the counter. I said to our "server" that my summer roll was supposed to have pork in it, and she replied that they only come with shrimp. I point on the menu that it clearly indicated pork, she still insisted that they changed it, and I asked why it's not on the menu, then she said "no pork today". I also mentioned that we only ordered 1 roll, and she just shrugged her shoulders. I also pointed outon the bill that I never received my iced vietnamese coffee. She said, "oh I'll go make it now" which was totally pointless as we were at the counter ready to pay. These drip coffees take a lot of time to perkolate, it's not something that can be made instant! She reluctantly took it off the bill, then barked at me what the total was.

For the first time I can remember, I did not leave a tip, and I tip very well.

I will NOT be returning, there are other Pho restaurants that are FAr superior in quality and service. Don't BOTHER!

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New Szechuan Restaurant511 Cottonwood Avenue, #1, Coquitlam
Best Szechuan in Lower Mainland
By marspball of Coquitlam (38 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 11, 2011 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

This place is a bit hard to find as it is tucked in the back of a tiny strip mall. The restaurant itself is very small and nothing fancy. I love spicy food and I've tried a number of different szechuan restaurants in the lower mainland. This restaurant is by far the best of them all.

There are no ambience in this place. People dine here for the food and the food is excellent. You must like spicy food though as most of the food in the menu are hot.

Notable mentions are:
- Spicy Dry Chicken (a must have)
- Beef Salad (appy)
- Spicy Fish with Tofu
- Sliced Garlic Pork (appy)
- Honey Garlic Spareribs
- Pork Shoulder or Pork Hock (very big portion)
- Deep Fried Pork Intestine (for those who like organs)
- Fish Hot Pot with Potato Noodles

Service can be a bit tough on the weekend evenings as they get very busy but the food always come out fast. If you have a large group, reservation is recommended. They also offer 10% discount for take-outs. If you like szechuan restaurant, I would strongly recommend that you try this place and order the spicy dry chicken. It is chicken cut into small pieces, deep fried and then cooked szechuan style.

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Matoi Sushi3025 Lougheed Hwy, Coquitlam
Best Japanese... ever!
By NRupert of Port Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 10:48pm [Dine in]

I was moved to review this restaurant after what was simply the best Japanese food I've ever had, and at reasonable prices. My son and I each had a dinner box, and the green salad came with the tastiest, freshest ginger dressing. The chicken teriyaki was also hands down the most delicious I've had.

The dishes were lovely, the presentation of the food was nice, but the flavour...! We will definitely be back.

I also need to say something about the service... very attentive, but in a quiet, subtle way (refilling tea and water frequently).

Just so impressed--there are plenty of Japanese eateries around, but not many that are really good. This one's great.

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Plateau Pizza1410 Parkway Blvd, #C10, Coquitlam
Best Pizza In Lower Mainland ! Reminds me of real Venitian pizza
By Colinthecook of Port Coquitlam, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 4, 2011 - 7:11pm [Take-out]

I don’t normally review too many places, but when I come across one that has a combination of excellent staff and food quality I must share it with others.

Review of:
1.) Over all Crust:
Very nice crispy bottomed pizza crust and then when you bite into it you get an excellent chewy fresh baked flavour. Crust is not too thick or thin and not greasy what I like. I know some people like that thin cracker crust from me and Eds or a pan style crust full of oil from pizza hut, for the rest of us this is the one. Reminds me of the pizza I had when traveling across Italy.

1.) Ham and Pineapple:
I like to try a classic when going somewhere for the first time. This Pizza was excellent, one of the better Hawaiian pizzas around with lots of gooey delicious cheese, fresh sweet pineapple, tangy red sauce and good size pieces of ham sliced thin. Nothing worse than big thick hunks of ham, the pizza was finished off with a sprinkle of oregano which elevated this pizza above other pizza parlours.

2.) Deluxe Supreme:
Many delicious fresh toppings on a tangy tomatoes base. The sausage was juicy and the peppers and onions fresh. I loved the fact that they used fresh olives that have been pitted by themselves that beats the canned olives any day. Full of flavour. The Addition of asigo cheese on this one really is what finishes it off to take beyond.

3.) Spicy Italian:
Now the spicy Italian, this in my opinion was the best of the three I had. This pizza was full of layers of flavour with the capicollo chorizo and artichoke being the big flavours on this pizza. The artichokes were tender and not stringy or woody which can be a problem when not done correctly. The Goat cheese was so perfect; a smooth addition to this combination with the fresh tomato and garlic made this truly a delight on their amazing crust.

5.) Restaurant and Store Front:
A very nice pizza parlour in the high end west wood plateau area. Kept very clean, I thought the place must have been brand new, but they have been around for a while. For a good reason, great pizza, great staff, and kept up very well. Have a few nice tables outside of the shop to enjoy a fresh pizza and pop when the sun is shining.

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Montana's Cookhouse2929 Barnet Hwy, #1046, Coquitlam
Very Loud... Conversation Almost Impossible
By Emma Rose of Coquitlam (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

A group of six of us went there on a Saturday evening. It was annoyingly loud .... could not even hear the person across the table from you. They really should look into improving the acoustics ... the noise isn't from music but just from people talking. It was brutal.

The restaurant's decor is kind of fun ... rustic with a fun cabin appeal. A little cramped.... could be improved by removing a few tables.

The margarita I ordered was tasteless. Mostly ice ... and no flavor. The fajitas were okay ... the vegetables were sliced far too large to eat a rolled fajita without making a mess. The guacamole (which you pay extra for) was inadequate and again tasteless. The portion was generous.

The service was prompt and the waitress got everything right the first time.
Considering the blandness of the food it was a tad overpriced.

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Cora's Breakfast & Lunch3025 Lougheed Highway, #390, Coquitlam
Quite Impressed...Very GOOD!
By kimburk of Burnaby B.C (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 7:15am [Dine in]

I heard great things about the new "Cora" that opened in Coquitlam. Originally, I thought they were referring to a residential tower in Burnaby not far from where I live, but it turns out Cora is actually a famous breakfast and lunch chain with a rich history. Our party of four made our way into Coquitlam on a Monday afternoon with high expectations...as I said I've heard great things about this place from a coworker. The restaurant is tucked away in a corner of a strip mall and gives off the impression that it's a small place. It wasn't. I learned that they are one of the bigger Cora's around with over 200 seats. A bright place, nice open ceiling and the part I liked best is a complete open kitchen. The fruit welcomes you when you come in...and it's all real. I am big on coffee and didn't know what to expect so I decided to try regular drip coffee first as it's cheaper than an espresso. Really good! I was surprised. I finished my coffee and went for an espresso...and again the coffee was great! I was pleasantly surprised. My friend enjoyed a fruit cocktail that is basically a full cup of blended fruit...they don't add sugar to these. The menu had a lot of really good items to choose from, but I finally settled for blueberry pancakes...(I guess I wasn't feeling adventurous). My "blueberry fields" arrived in no time and I was so happy that Cora uses real 100% pure Quebec maple syrup. The pancakes were cooked perfect, lots of blueberries and enough food on my plate to feed an army. I also did alot of picking at my friends' food. One ordered a bagel with smoked salmon and a huge plate of fruit, also had Brie cheese on it. It looked soooo good and when I tried it it tasted even better. Also, another friend ordered a crepe that he said was the best crepe he's ever had. It was filled with fresh fruit. The only real issue I had was at the end when I went to pay and found out Amex isn't accepted. You'd think it would be. Also, I have to add that I was expecting to pay a little more for quality food especially with all the fruit being offered. I highly recommend Cora and those of you who haven't tried it will love it. However, don't bring your Amex.

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