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Coquitlam Restaurant Reviews
Friend’s BBQ Restaurant4327 North Road, Coquitlam
Mui Garden was alot better......
By aeis2000 of Burnaby (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 8:15am [Dine in]

This restaurant replaced mui garden with no changes in the decor.
We thought of giving this place a try so we ordered a few dishes. The place seems to have alot of patrons and my guess was they were all there to give this place a try.

We ordered the BBQ pork as it seems to be their speciality. Turned out to be a big disappointment. The pork was tough and chewy like something that you will get at the T&T "price reduced" section before closing time.

Waiters seems to be in a constant state of confusion. They need to recheck on what a customer has ordered.

Overall the food was sub standard.

We loved Mui Garden but this place....we will give it a miss.

Note: - The best BBQ meat around burnaby / vancouver area is still at the Chong Lee supermarket at Rupert.

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Sushi Oyama3055 Anson Avenue, Coquitlam
Just as good as Metrotown, less crowds
By ChivalryX of Burnaby (60 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 10:50am [Dine in]

Sushi Oyama in Metrotown has been one of our favourites for years now. We were quite excited when we saw the "opening soon!" sign in Coquitlam since it's closer to home.

We've been to the Coquitlam location 4-5 times since it's grand opening and have found it to be just as good as the Metrotown location in terms of food. In terms of service it's actually quite improved with the ability to ring for a server via a button on each table!

Ambiance is a bit more updated than the Metro location, and quite modern. Booths and private rooms are spacious and less cramped.

Food quality we've found is on par with the Metro location, and the menus are identical.

Another plus is way fewer crowds. We've found almost any time we've come there has been ample room.

The only down side is parking is mediocre. The lot is small, and often packed with folks visiting other establishments in the area. There is limited street parking available as overflow though.

Overall we've quite enjoyed the new Sushi Oyama in Coquitlam and hope they're here to stay!

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Cora's Breakfast & Lunch3025 Lougheed Highway, #390, Coquitlam
A great place for a healthy meal
By Bauzer of Coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

I first went to Cora thanks to some friends who moved in to the area. We had a large group that grew bigger due to lack of communication, and they were able to accommodate us well.
The place is very bright and uplifting. Almost geared towards a kids look, but still bearable.
The key thing about this place is the fruit. SO much fruit and its great and healthy!
Many of the plates come with loads of fruit and the pictures really do match the meals! Some very interesting artistic culinary skills happening here.

I recommend getting a smoothie here. One of the best I get, and draped in a few pieces of fruit as well. Well worth it!

Complaints made by other reviewers regarding the crepes are correct. They are some sort of midway between a pancake and a crepe, so be forewarned. I didn't mind personally, but I knew about it walking in.

I guess the service will depend on who you get, but the very pretty girl serving us was actually quite good. Despite the place getting totally packed and crazy busy with a line out the door, she was able to get our drink and food orders promptly but after we were served everything she didn't come back as often. It is REALLY busy there.

The prices were reasonable. Fruit prices vary depending on what you get, and if you get a fruit meal there is quite a bit of variety. If you are planning on hitting a Denny's or IHOP for breaky, consider this place. About the same price point with waaaay healthier options.

Come early. Showing up at 9 had little issue with seating, but come around 10 and its a different story. Be prepared to put your name on the list and wait in line for a few minutes.

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Denny's500 Austin Ave, Coquitlam
Solid place for a late night (or early morning) breakfast
By rossoliverservice of Port Coquitlam (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 1:59am [Dine in]

Ok, so it's Denny's.. well believe it or not, if the people working there *really* don't care enough it can be an awful experience. This one seems to be run well and the server I've had most times is a nice lady who does her job well. The food is cooked as it should be and arrives quickly. After a tip I'm usually paying close to $20 which isn't the best value really at all.. but I guess it's more a convenience than anything to have a decent meal done properly at strange hours with a smile. I'll return for sure.

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Coquitlam Grill, The2635 Barnet Hwy., #108, Coquitlam
More a sports bar than anything
By Sir Eat a Lot of north vancouver BC (14 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 11:02am [Dine in]

I agree with other reviewers that it was a well-lit, cozy diner with plush booths with decent diner-type food. We went for lunch on a Monday with our two and four year old boys. Pros: They have high chairs and a kids menu at $6.99 with drink and dessert and handed out crayons to the boys. Cons: My two year old said, “mommie, why she not wearing pants?” referring to the hostess in a miniskirt. I looked around and saw TSN streaming from all corners of the place along with dedicated screens for each of the four counter seats and other scantily clad and busty waitresses, I realized that this was a place vying for sports bar traffic. This was something we did not notice during our first visit for Sunday brunch months ago. It is located in a strip mall with a Club 16 fitness so I guess that makes sense. Just not a place I’d take my family with young children again.

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Togo Sushi2929 Barnet Highway, #1208, Coquitlam
Continued Disappointing performance
By yuetc of Vancouver, BC. (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 11:15am [Dine in]

This Japanese Sushi shop moved from the old shop opposite in the same corner of the mall.
They had some renovation and now have a better seating area than before, but the price is more!

I don't mind paying a little more if the food & service quality are good!
Ever since it is operated in this new location by 2 new guys ( The old one was managed by 2 older guys), I have never had a happy nor satisfied experience in terms of quality and service!

The cashiers & servers never greet customer with even a "Hi!".
Customers stand in front of the cash registry waiting to order, but they are always busy tidying the till, the counter, etc. A friendly greeting like " What can I do for you? or simply Hi" is completing missing, they would just look at you coolly!

I once asked them not to shed the sesame seeds over, because sesame is too strong for the natural taste of seafood. They replied: "We never put sesame seed unless customers asked for it!" That day, I got the chopped scallop & Philadelphia rolls, OMG, they are all covered with sesame seeds!!!!!

Last Saturday, I went there with my daughter, hoping this time they have some improvements!
At the first glance the rainbow rolls and Philadelphia Rolls seemed alright, except that the pieces at the end of the rolls looked not having enough stuffing, and were very limp and small!

After the first bite,I found the rice was in fact not cooked thru! What a shame for Asians not knowing how to cook RICE!
The chalky taste really upset my stomach ! Breaking the rice apart, I looked closely and found the inside of the rice was still white - really uncooked!
I brought the dish to show them to the 2 cashiers, unbelievable they just stared at me, then turned to the 2 preparers behind the counter, who were also staring at me!
They all said nothing, not even a word in comfort, but wore a grin like we are making something big to ask for something in return....
Feeling upset and disappointed, we just finished the cheese and fish stuffing but leaving the rice behind!
I don't think this location is worth trying for the next time!

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O-Sushi1410 Parkway Blvd, #C9, Coquitlam
O sushi in Coquitlam dont eat here
By ani hall of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 10:17pm [Dine in]

so most of the reviews were positive and not sure how..I took a chance and went there 2nd time..the food was microwaved and the sushi was old and smelled...the tea was cold..and after i made a comment all they said was oh ok...sushi has to be fresh at all times...just horrible..

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Sui Sha Ya Japanese Restaurant2991 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam
Total Disappointment
By Eagle One of Coquitlam BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

I thought I would try this place out as I live nearby. I went in today for lunch. Upon entering, I was not even greeted by the tall skinny guy with glasses, just asking "all you can eat? For one?" and took me to a table. He tossed the order sheet, menu and pencil on the table then walked away.

A waitress came over, brought me a pot of tea, said nothing and walked away, not even a "hello/how are you today?". I completed the order sheet and placed it on the edge of the table. She came by, took it and said nothing still.

The food came out at a rapid pace filling the table up quickly. Nothing was ever said by the servers.

I asked for some "gari" and the server looked puzzled by my request. I had to explain to her that it is pickled ginger. "you know... the pink stuff usually given with maki sushi". After that she figured it out and brought me some. How would a server in a sushi joint not know what "gari" is? :S

Tempura was ok- but what is this "seafood" they have on that tempura menu? It wasn't a prawn/shrimp.

Goma-ae arrived. It was a block of spinach about the size of a Timbit, with some dressing drizzled on top. No sesame seeds, no flavour.

Negitoro Roll- I couldn't see nor taste the onion. I think it wasn't even in there.

The Dynamite Roll was lackluster. Tasteless and boring. I couldn't even identify the tempura prawn in the roll due to the copious amount of lettuce in there along with dry cucumber. Terrible.

The BC Roll was the worst I've ever seen- a piece of what I think was salmon, about the size of 3 nickels stacked on each other and loosely rolled with enough lettuce I could have made a salad. Worst BC Roll I've ever tasted.

Chicken karrage- was dry and overcooked.

Seafood Motoyaki- very greasy, poor presentation. I usually get this in an oyster shell, or a ceramic shell. But here, they put it into a little tin better suited to a butter tart.

It looks like they are trying to save money by adding lettuce into every roll. It's like they've given up and just don't care.

I guess the "Under New Management" signs around the place does not equate to better quality based on what other people have written.

I paid my bill and left. No tip deserved. Will I return? Never.

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Pasta Polo2754 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam
Gordon Ramsay please come rescue this place! It needs a makeover.
By pocochick of Port Coquilam (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, March 15, 2013 - 7:15pm [Dine in]

Where do I begin? Well how bout with the bizarre cooler that greets you as you walk in. It had a droopy, sorry looking chocolate cake with about 15 cans of spray whipping cream. Hmmm. Guess we're not.ordering dessert tonight! We were excited to try out Pasta Polo, we're somewhat new to the area & had an Entertainment Book coupon. We'd definitely be going back if it was good. We were seated with our 1 year old with no where for him to sit. After the hostess abruptly walked away, I walked (with baby in tow) back to the pile of high chairs & lugged one over myself. The menu is gigantic which gave us pause. A kitchen can't handle such a huge amount of choices well. Our dishes sounded fine. When they came mine was a heaping pile of blah pasta. I mean Chef Boy R Dee is tastier. Not kidding! It came with the fattiest gross ribs I may have ever had. My hubby's steak reminded him of a tv dinner. The bathroom was ice cold, no heat. Our server really did the best she could but I didn't even eat my meal. Oh & there was really loud banging ????? coming out of the kitchen. I will NEVER eat here again. Our bill would have been over $50 without that coupon, Keg prices for absolute garbage. I created an account specifically to write this review. Ugh, you've been warned.

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Urban Gate Bar & Grill + Grocery1158 A The High Street, Coquitlam
Horrible Customer Service & Rude Manager
By dirvaght of Coquitlam Centre (0 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 1:23pm [Take-out]

I've purchased some pastries from the bakery and it was gross. The pastries went bad and I brought them back to the store. The owner instead of apology and refund or at least offer something else, he asked me to take my business somewhere else and do not get back to the store. He was supper rude he has bad temper and he was ready to get violent. I am not sure with this customer service how long more he can survive. I've tried to support this business but now I regret it. I've should of called the cups when he yield at me. Please don't waste your time and money in that store!!!!

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Jimoco Cafe1046 Austin Avenue, Unit A, Coquitlam
Good solid place for a quick meal.
By cigar06 of vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 4, 2013 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

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.

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Eatwell Noodle Soup1196 Lansdowne Dr, #315, Coquitlam
Solid Pho and Vietnamese Food
By harlee7 of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 9:10pm [Dine in]

We've been coming here for years (at least 6) and I was so glad we stumbled upon this place. It's consistently good food and great prices. What they didn't spend on ambience, you save on the food. The previous reviewer said the food was salty and cold. Of our over 30+ visits, we've never experienced this problem. The kitchen seems immaculate and in fact, you can see right into it from the takeout/pay window as well as a large door. How many restaurants allow us to see what's going on inside? It's a local favourite and I hope they'll be here for a long time to come. In fact, I'm getting hungry writing this. I hope our family can go this weekend. Oh, the owner (lady) has memorized our favourite orders even though we only make it about 5-6 times a year. As soon as we walk in, she asks if that's what we're having. I was always amazed at this since she knew it after about 5 visits. I overhear her asking other customers the same thing. If you're looking for atmosphere or fancy wait staff, this is not the place. If you like basic vietnamese food at amazing prices, give it a try.

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Montana's Cookhouse2929 Barnet Hwy, #1046, Coquitlam
Terrible Tasting Processed Food!
By sarahrebecca of Coquitlam Centre (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 25, 2013 - 12:30pm [Dine in]

We stopped in on a whim while in Coquitlam. It was early before 5pm and the place was practically empty they told us there would be a 10 minute wait. I replied "the restaurant is empty, why the wait?" The hostess replied that they had reservations. The prices on the menu were average. We ordered a shrimp appy and when it arrived it looked appetising but when we tasted it we were turned off as it was all batter, extra crunchy batter with a teeny tiny shrimp inside. We ordered our mains and waited and waited and waited. Probably waited 30 minutes before the food arrived. Again for a half empty resaturant I was surprised. Our food finally arrived and regrettably the whole family was disapointed! The steak sandwich was overcooked and bland.The accompanying gravy was so salty and strong flavored that you couldn't eat it. The pulled pork sandwich tasted like a warm ham sandwich with some sort of sweet sauce poored over it. The kids pizza was dried out and too crunchy. The only thing which was half decent was the kids size ribs. It tasted good but it was quite charred from the bbq. They should know better when its a kids meal. It was very processed, not fresh and prepared mechanically.

The waitress came by and asked us how our meal was and when we told her it wasn't great she did not offer any remedies and then disapeared. She avoided our table the rest of the time we were there. The bill was $70.47 which is a bit steep for a family of four. We had to chase down another waitress to get our bill and pay. VERY DISAPOINTED. If we are ever in the area again we'll opt to go to the Mr. Mikes Steakhouse down the street instead!

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Austin Fish & Chips1119 Austin Avenue, #B, Coquitlam
best fish
By mel c of Coquitlam (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 11, 2013 - 3:59pm [Dine in]

i love this place . have been going out of my way to go there often as it is so good .the waitresses are great once you get to know them . the fish is never greasy .the colslaw is made fresh and very delicious . the fries are just okay. they are made fresh, but are not crispy enough . a must try for any fish lover

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Austin Heights Pizza1126 Austin Ave, #B, Coquitlam
Great Pizza at a Great Price
By auerpower of Coquitlam, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2013 - 9:15pm [Take-out]

Just had a Chef's Special and it was awesome! We discovered this place last summer after being disappointed time and time again with the usual pizza places in the neighbourhood. My boyfriend had the House Special and it was also awesome. The pizza always arrives hot, the ingredients are fresh and plentiful and it's never too greasy. And when you call them, they are always so pleasant. Keep up the good work!

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Ricky's2929 Barnet Hwy, Unit 2660, Coquitlam
Did you leave a tip?
By christina m williams of Surrey , B.C. (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2013 - 5:08pm [Dine in]

The table service was very slow.
There were five staff members on, all
standing watching the T.V. They were
indiferent to our being there, or anyone
else for that matter. After all was said and
done, it was time to leave; however, the
wait staff was nowhere to be found, so we
preceeded to the til. The young lady there
made a verbal stink about having to split
the bill for us and then asked if we were
going to leave a tip. Needless to say I
told her no and why. This only made her more
angry as she banged a slaped the counter and
register with her every move.

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Pho 99 Vietnamese Noodle House403 North Road, #302, Coquitlam
Poor service on cold Winter night
By wesleyj of Burnaby , east hastings rd (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2013 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

Very cold night and went in for dinner to get something warming to eat. Went in with two other friends. We each ordered different pho meals. The waitress took our orders and entered it into the computer, but it was the male owner who served us. My friends got their meals but when he gave mine, I noticed it was not what I ordered.
He gave me a curry pho bowl, which was 100% not what I had ordered. Hate curry pho. When I brought this up with him, he yelled at me. "THIS IS WHAT YOU ORDERED!"
I explained it was not and he refused to listen, instead yelling at me that I did not know what I want to eat, then he yelled at the waitress to come and deal with me.
I did not enjoy my meal when it finally arrived because of this altercation.
Worse part is I had to pay and he was manning the payment counter. When I refused to give him a tip he jeered at me as I left the restaurant.

I will never return. Gives a sour taste to Vietnamese hospitality.

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Cumpari Gelato & Caffe535 North Road, Coquitlam
Staff and owner very rude
By lfayette of Vancouver Area (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2013 - 9:50am [Dine in]

My experience started out with being charged an extra 50 cents for a decaf version of my basic latte (they have 1 size, it is not very big. It costs $4.95 before the extra charge). This additional charge was not posted. When I inquired about this, the young man ringing in my order basically was rude and basically stated "I only work here." Later, I asked the owner about this and about having the extra charge posted. He was very rude and ignorant. He claimed it was posted (none of the 10 of us there had seen it). Then he claimed everywhere did charged extra for decaf. When I rebutted that, he then reverted to saying it's just their policy. I said that's fine, but it should be posted. Then he started complaining about the 10 of us taking up space and they don't take reservations. I reminded him we are good business as most of us have purchased a coffee and pastry at an average of over $10 a person. He then said fine, he will post the extra charge and walked away. It was very clear he did not want us there. I will not be returning.

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Mr. Mikes Steakhouse & Bar2991 Lougheed Highway, #32, Coquitlam
So much for a nice Anniversary Dinner
By rbdev of Tri Cities (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 1:22pm [Dine in]

Like the prior review - we had not been to Mr. Mikes for several years. We went to celebrate our 38th Anniversary. Order Steak and Crab, Steak and Shrimp - steak was cooked perfect, and the meal itself was nice and tasty - I questioned the potatoes, almost tasted instant, but they did have the red skins. The service, well that is my complaint - there on a Monday evening - at best there was 8 - 10 tables with customers and three servers. The light for the butter for the crab went out shortly after we got our meals, asked for it to be re lit by our server three times, and finally asked the hostess - who did it promptly. The server assisted two tables after our first request (I was watching) and then assisted these two tables again after my second request. When you pay close to Keg prices for a meal, you expect to get decent service, especially when it is not busy. Nothing worse than trying to enjoy crab with cold clarified butter. Not to return again, will go to the Keg or Earls for the price I paid.

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Denny's500 Austin Ave, Coquitlam
Good if it is late night and you have no other choice
By cvpro of Burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 14, 2013 - 8:40pm [Dine in]

Denny's does a good job of promoting their free Birthday Grand Slam offer. Unlike some other restaurants that have restrictive criteria for their "free" meals, Denny's actually comes through. For that, I commend them.

I came here the other day for my wife's birthday and she was treated with a free Birthday Grand Slam (2 each of pancakes, sausages, bacon, eggs, and some hashbrowns). I ordered the same for myself. Service was quick and efficient though it seemed that the servers were running around pretty hard because the place was packed (Saturday morning). The server missed our drink order and had some issues with the billing but other than that he was pleasant though a bit rushed.

The food came quickly and was exactly what we ordered. The pancakes were good and came with a generous amount of butter. The eggs were pretty small - I would guess medium or small eggs. Sausages were small and had a bit of a rancid taste to them - like when oil starts to go bad. Bacon was standard fare and hash browns were fried shoestring potatoes.

Compared to other branded breakfast options, I'd rank Denny's among the lowest. The restaurant has really not changed for as long as I have known it (about 30 years) and the food is lacklustre. For the price you pay, there are many better choices, among them, independents such as Joe's Grill. Where Denny's wins out is the convenience of their operating hours.

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