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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I'd submitted an earlier review of Sokela, soon after they opened. Recently I returned, and was really disappointed.
The ambiance was fine, but service was uneven and food was uninspired. Tastes were 'just okay', and not anything I'd return for. Disappointing, as there aren't many good dining options in the tricities and I was hoping this would step up to be one of them. It hasn't.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Big River Restaurant features a wonderful Thursday night special that consists of dinner from select items AND a movie pass to the SilverCity across the street for only $18.00.
My friend and I decided to try out this offer and were extremely pleased. The service was exceptional. The waiter was attentive, always available, and very welcoming. The regular menu has lots of choices but even the select items available for the offer were plentiful featuring a variety of burgers and sandwiches. I order the beef dip which was not only very good but also a very generous serving.
The ambiance was okay- nothing offensive; nothing special.
I was told by the woman taking reservations (they recommend you make reservations before 3:00 on Thursday to partake of the special) that it is designed for the customer who wants to eat dinner out but still make the movie on time.
We literally crossed the street and went to a movie with the pass they presented us. Outstanding value. One stop parking for a tasty meal followed by a movie.
I'll definitely be returning.
We decided to try the newly opened Cora's this morning in Coquitlam. This is a perfect example of cheap fast food. They will actually serve you bologna for breakfast with your toast and eggs.
I always find it curious why restaurant's need to put seasoning on the potatotes while they are cooking them. The pancakes tasted sour and smelled strange, and the crepes had no taste.
For a well known restarant in other parts of Canada, you would think they would serve better food.
Go to the White Spot across the parking lot if you want a good breakfast.
The service was pretty horrible. The waitress was impatient taking orders and showed attitude when we told her that we needed a bit more time to look at the menu. Later we found that there were multiple mistakes with the orders and some orders didn't even come until we reminded her... The food was okay and the price was pretty cheap. Probably wouldn't go back except for cheap food to fill the stomach.
We had a couple of burgers at this location yesterday for dinner and was greeted by a friendly worker. Ordered the single beef patty burger with fries plus a regular burger without cheeze. the burger bun was lukewarm, but the beef patty did not taste "freshly fried" but greasy, cold, tasteless, dry & overcooked.. nothing like the freshly made Wendy's burgers we used to remember years ago. Maybe its this location? I don't think we'll eat at this location again..
I read in these reviews that the food was good but the service, when busy, was very slow!
We went on a Saturday evening at 7.pm (having booked) the restaurant was buzzing and maybe 90% full to capacity!
Almost immediately we had a waitress asking us what we would like to drink and offering menus.
And what a choice on offer!
Our delicious meal arrived without us feeling for a moment that the pace was slow or hurried... just right!
There ability to prepare authentic greek cuisine in house and the use of olive oil where others might use canola gives their food a very distinctive and delicious mediterranean flavour.
Try this... go there and try some of their dishes and about three quarters of the way through the meal, sit back, take your glass, take a sip and as you close your eyes, listen for the surf gently lapping the shore metres away...suddenly your there on a magical greek island.
I promise you won't be disappointed!
I've been going to Fuji Sushi for years and years now, but decided to try Matoi Sushi due to the reviews on this site, and it didn't disappoint.
Put it shortly, everything is better than Fuji Sushi:
1) Food - the best sushi in Coquitlam, if not arguably one of the best in the province. And I've eaten sushi everywhere...can't be bothered to write reviews for all of them.
For nigiri sushi we ordered: egg, ikura (uhhh salmon roe??) .. they're generous with the amount of salmon roe, tuna, salmon, ebi. And a sashimi platter, I forget the name of it.
Probably a couple of things I'm forgetting, but everything was excellent.
Very good quality tea too, the crappy places tend to give you watered down tea or even oolong tea. And yes, they still do give out a small packet of Pocky at the end of your meal.
2) Service - the wait staff are very polite and attentive, they refilled my tea every time before the cup was empty, I didn't have to wait very long for the food to arrive, and if I had to flag down a server, they would be with me right away. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Fuji Sushi... it can sometimes be rather difficult getting a server's attention (maybe they don't put enough staff on at once?)
3) Alcohol list - aside from the usual Asahi or Kirin beer + sake, they also have vodka mixed drinks (maybe even a screwdriver if you ask for it, they probably have OJ somewhere)
4) Price - actually this one is about the same. For 2 people the dinner bill came to $35 for various sushi + sashimi orders.
5) Ambiance - like Fuji Sushi, there is a bar where you can sit and watch the sushi chefs work. Also is a private tatami room - might need to reserve this though, it was being used when I was there. Wallpaper has some Japanese photo on it, there also was a TV with a little Canucks thing hanging from it lol (it's playoff time). GO CANUCKS GO!!!
I plan on being a long-time customer as long as they can keep this up.
The only real criticism I have is that they should put some more effort into their website - if it wasn't for the recent reviews on dinehere.ca, I would have thought this place was closed down.
I've been wanting to try Sokela since they changed from Alekos a few years back. The renovation very much improved the ambiance overall and the service was excellent. We ordered the calamari which we found excessively greasy. We also ordered the ribs, rack of lamb and apple pie and overall everything was tasty. We were a bit shocked to recieve our bill though even with an $18.00 off coupon. For what you get, it really is over-priced especially for Coquitlam. I'm glad I tried it out finally but don't think I'll be going back anytime soon.
My family and I have dined at My Greek for many years and I have to say I have only been disappointed once and that was when they changed the recipe for the Kalimari. It is still good but not as good as three years ago. I also wish they would have a childrens menu as many families dine there. I look forward to our next meal very soon.
I was looking forward to good home made gelato and Italian coffee, but was very disappointed.
Despite clean appearance the place is very unwelcoming and staff is unfriendly.
Tables and chairs are very uncomfortable for sitting especially for children. No wonder the place is almost always dead empty.
Below the average gelato, uninspiring coffee, rude customer service.
And on top of that there's one gelato sample per customer. Very strange, especially if you consider that they only have a dozen flavors or so.
Bottom line: very disappointing experience.
Sun Star is quite new, and opened just at the beginning of this year. They took over the old Shobu restaurant (decor and all). Speaking with the waitress, they are the same owners as Sun Gong, which has closed due to expected skytrain construction.
We decided to give them a try one weekend afternoon and found Sun Star to be quite a deal with their lunch specials.
The lunch menu has everything from Beef with Rice Noodles, to Congee, to Sweet and Sour Pork with rice. Most items are $5.99 and the portions are huge. Even the largest of appetites would have a hard time finishing one dish on their own.
Service wise, it's just one waitress. She's friendly, and her English is passable.
The food once ordered comes out quickly, and piping hot. Overall the food quality is reasonable, but not spectacular. I found their food to be a bit better than Sun Gong, and the waitress did mention they now have 3 different cooks preparing food. They have quite a lot of take out and delivery orders as well.
The decor is not much to look at, but suffices. They have a large LCD TV on the wall, playing Chinese soap operas all the time.
One warning though, we've come back a couple times since, and they are not very punctual with their opening times. Even though it says 11am, often they aren't open until 12pm, or even later. Best to call first to be safe.
Overall if you want really cheap Chinese food, this is a pretty safe bet. No bells and whistles, just decent food at low prices.
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