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.
We pass by this intersection often, and noticed the old Lulu Cafe had changed hands. If you read my previous reviews, Lulu was terrible.
We decided to give E2 a try to see if it had truly changed hands.
When we arrived, we were promptly greeted and seated in a nice quiet corner, as we had our 2 mth old with us.
The restaurant has had a few minor updates since Lulu Cafe to brighten and clean it up. The restaurant was clean and comfortable, and it didn't feel as cramped as it's predecessor.
The menu is a HK Style Cafe menu. They had a range of mini-sets for lunch, fried noodles, and appetizers. One item of note was the Fish soup with noodles. Very much like those offered at places like Deer Garden, it's freshly made soup stock with no MSG, with options for noodles, meats, etc. All the of set meals come with a tea or coffee, and making them into cold drinks is no cost (which we love!).
I ordered the fish soup with thousand year eggs, and parsely, beef tongue, and fish balls in rice noodles. My wife ordered the mini love birds baked fried rice.
All the food arrived quickly, and was very tasty. The fish soup was very refreshing, with generous amounts of thousand year egg, mushrooms, veggies and meats. The love bird fried rice was also very well done, but the portion was "mini". Enough for a small or medium appetite, but big eaters would probably still be hungry.
The drinks were just ok, places like Mui Garden make much better drinks, but these were acceptable.
The service was friendly and quick. The boss came by to check on us and to take a peek at our little one and to have a brief chat.
Price wise, it's pretty standard. Most dishes are in the $7.50 - $8.50 range. About what we'd expect to pay at other HK Cafe style restaurants in the area.
The only down side is parking. As it resides in the same strip mall as Sushi California, so parking is a premium. E2 has a couple reserved spots for themselves, but it isn't nearly enough.
Overall we quite enjoyed E2 Cafe, and will definitely return.
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.
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.
I should have checked the bathroom first, and I would have left Immediately disgusting filth. The food was cool not warm and none of the dishes had any flavour of their own but all tasted the same. Chicken was nothing but broken bones and could not eat the little meat that was on the chicken. The place was full must have been first timers. Stay away!
Yeah the price of Papa Johns is more expensive than Little Ceasars or Pizza Hut but its worth it. The quality of the pizza is incredible. When i call in they always sound so friendly and helpful, even when i ask to list all of the toppings they do it with no problem. The pizza is amazing and the service is great, that's all their is to say.
Located in a strip mall, the interior of Chada Thai is very nicely decorated, with strong colours and bold art. A friendly greeting, and we were quickly and cheerfully seated and had our order taken. It's a small space, oddly dominated by the kitchen and backroom, leaving room for only 32 diners.
Our food arrived very quickly. The chicken satay came with a very tasty peanut sauce, but the satay itself was deep fried?!? We also had the red curry and added prawns; it was pretty but a bit flat - you can get a much better one at Go Thai in New West. Finally, we had the yardstick dish: Pad Thai. Lots of prawns, a bit of chicken, but the flavour and texture just weren't there - you can get a much better one at Lhy Thai in New West.
Overall, pretty good, but why go back if you know you can get better food for the same price or less elsewhere?
I wanted to like this place, but I just couldn't. The decor is really well done, with cool 'cherry trees' dominating the space, lots of wood and nice textures....and three large TVs to distract? The music was an odd mix of club music, Beyonce, and Silent Night? And there were multiple plates of prepared food by the entrance - to entice you??
We were seated after someone hollered at us across the restaurant asking if we had a reservation. We got tea (yum) and menus, and then....nothing. A very long wait to have our orders taken. A very long wait for food (over 45 minutes, and we enquired about it after 30 minutes), especially frustrating as we saw the people on one side of us (who arrived 10 minutes later) get their food in half the time. The group on the other side of us wasn't happy with their server either. When the food finally did arrive, it still took about 10 minutes to get all three dishes onto the table - not impressed.
The final judgement came via the spicy tuna rolls. I always have them, and they're my gauge for sushi. Despite some other tasty rolls (salmon/avocado, dynamite), and not bad rolls (rainbow), the spicy tuna was pretty much the worst I've ever had. There was a LOT of non-spicy ketchup-y sauce globbed on top, to the point where we scraped it off, yet still couldn't taste the tuna. Big disappointment. Between that and the really crappy overall service, we won't be back.
Joey was an extremely pleasant place to dine and the atmosphere was almost perfect. I wish it were a little more quiet but I can't complain. The food came out in a timely manner and the lamb chops were perfectly seared and still pink throughout the middle.
The waitstaff are fantastic
The chocolate financier was delectable and how on earth did they figure out that chocolate would be good with fried sesame crackers? Perfectly orchestrated.
Truly a work of art.
My friend and I decided to try this local dinner last night and were sadly very disappointed. He had the liver dinner with the fixings (bread, mashed potatoes, boiled vegetables and bacon) while I had the gourmet Mac and cheese. Our waitress was very, very sweet and let my friend change his order completely. I was embarrassed that both of us would like to change our orders so I just picked at my food:
My Mac and cheese was something a 5 year old could make. It lacked actual good taste (it was very bland) and my bacon was burnt to oblivion.
My friend tried the rheuben sandwich and cream of broccoli soup. The sandwich was decent but the soup tasted like cheese whiz junk.
As I said, our waitress was very nice and came often to ask if we wanted water refills but that doesn't save the Coquitlam Grill from having god awful food. I would never eat there again.
I would like to start this with the preface that I never review restaurants, and I usually try to cut the place some slack when something goes array. However, this meal was so bad I had to let the public know. We went here on a Friday night after some discussion on what to have for dinner. We had high hopes about this place as it has been here forever and I thought, there was always a large number of diners.
We walked in, there was no one there besides a noisy family on one side of the restaurant who left quickly. We were seated next to the bar, which was awkward in a restaurant with no diners. All of the staff stood at the bar and watched us the whole meal which made things even more uncomfortable. The servers were friendly, and they were definitely attentive, overly so, and clearly bored.
We ordered the Mee Krob Lard Na, the Prawn Red Curry, Steamed Rice & Veggie Spring Rolls. The spring rolls had very little filling and lots and lots of greasy wrapping. They came with a watery chili sauce that had no flavor and has something mysterious floating in the middle. The Mee Krob came next, family style. The crispy noodles looked as though they came directly from a package and they were still in a square shape. The sauce was gelatinous and the beef was chewy. Then the Red Curry, which is usually delicious every where and hard to screw up. It was okay, however, the prawns were a little slimy (which worries me) and way over sauced. The sauce was also goopy and had little flavor. The bamboo shoots were definitely from a can.
The best part of the meal, besides the beer, was the green tea ice cream. They forgot to ask us if we wanted dessert so I had to return the bill when it arrived to get the ice cream but it was good. Obviously store bought but good.
The bill was more than I felt necessary for this meal, for 1 beer, two mains & 4 spring rolls it came to $52 dollars.. which was the last nail in the coffin for me.
I'm left with a stomach ache, and disappointment.
Never again!! - at least we can laugh about that time we tried Thai Garden.
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!
so it's one of the only place we could find for all you can eat at lunch time. The main area was clean and the place had quite a few people most likely also looking for the bargain pricing. We love all you can eat, but wish the food was of better quality. The tempura said seafood and I figured it would be shrimp as it's shrimp everywhere else that you order tempura. However, this was plain white fish (maybe some left over fake crab?). Too much batter on the other tempura as well. The miso was OK, but miso is pretty easy.
As for service, it was iffy. The slamming server was there but others were just OK. We've gotten used to the warm welcome from all staff at other places when you enter and this doesn't exist here.
There are so many other japanese restaurants in the tri cities so better to go to them for good food even if it isn't all you can eat that no need to go back here.
We haven't been to a Mr Mike's for a very long time.......last time we were there you got a steak, baked potatoe and garlic bread for $4.99, collected self-serve cafeteria style carrying your own tray (obviously that was a long time ago).
Well, things have certainly gone upscale at Mike's place. Ambience is the same muted greens and beiges that adorn White Spot or Milestones and the prices, ambience and some menu items are very similar. We both ordered New York steak sandwiches that came with a big handful of fries and a few onion rings. Steaks were both done perfectly, char grilled and perched on grilled bread; tasty but they weren't melt in your mouth tender. Rings and fries were just average and they were the only veggies on the plate. I think I should have subbed in a caesar salad for the fries or got a side.
The waitresses (we had 3 serving us) were fast and efficient, and we never wanted for anything. $45 with a good tip. We'd go back but we'd probably try their Mike burgers with a side salad.
We ordered two pizzas. They showed up late (it took almost 1.5 hours). Both were cold, both were wrong and one had cold tomatoes on top that were put there after cooking (I assume they forgot before cooking). See attached photo for a laugh and save yourself the trouble with these guys.
Pho puns aside , if you are looking for an excellent very affordable meal that will fill you to the brim for around ten bucks Pho 99 is your answer.
I have eaten here on a few occassions now and have never been disappointed with the exception of an order of their wings, avoid them. Everything else I have tried here has been outstanding. My favorite is the Chicken Vietnamese Style sub sandwhich. For a mere four dollars you get a very decent sized sandwhich loaded with "real" chicken , not the processed stuff, a generous amount of crisp veggies like carrot and cucumber and bunches of cilantro. Again, all this for four dollars, you just can't go wrong.
I have also enjoyed their Vietnamese Bowls with minced pork, chicken and a heaping portion of noodles.
This is sure to fill you up and absolutely delicious for under ten dollars.
The restaurant is not fancy, heck just outside there are people bowling, but it's a huge , bright space with a staff that are there when you need them.
If you are dining on a budget and looking for an excellent meal this is one place you have to visit.
Christmas party.This year I decided to order pizza for the office Christmas party. After looking at some mix review from Bella Pizza in Coquitlam. I placed a few hundred dollars worth of pizza with Bella Pizza to be delivered for lunch.For me it was the first time ordering Bella Pizza but some of the stuff had this pizza before.Delivery was on time as requested. Food was hot and smells delicious. The pizzas are quit thick with lots of toppings. These guys really put a good amount of toppings on pizzas. I believe this is the real pizza for the money I paid. The stuff also enjoyed the pizzas too. I think I will order from Bella Pizza for the office more often
Maybe it was an off night but was disappointed with the service and our meals. The chicken souvakli was dry and potatoes over done. We had to ask for tzatziki for our meals. Our salads came on separate plates before our meals along with cold pita bread and tzatziki. Our water glasses were always full and the decor was nice, but still won't be back any time soon.
Came with my family if 10 for dinner.
- Seated for 15 min before I decided to get up to ask for menus
- got up again to find someone to order
- had to ask again for tea and water
- did not provide enough plates so sister had to use a serving plate
- did not tell us what food they brought us and just place on table
- we asked to keep the tea pot but they said no and told us that they will come back often to refill tea (which they did not)
- we wanted to order more food and went to find someone to take our order. We waited 15 min fur someone to come and we gave up
My husband and myself have been waitresses and waiters before and understand that it can get busy and short staffed but this was just horrible and beyond bad service. The food is good but for the expensive pricing I expected way more.
To note this is the second time we have had horrible service. We had decided to give this place a second chance hoping it was just that one time.
We will never return to this place again. For $260 no one was full and was too annoyed to wait any longer to order more food.
we had a staff function here and when the first few started trickling in it took 30 min to even get a glass of water and it was not busy. The tables with 2 people received more attention then our table of 20 that is here to spend a shit load more money. the food we ordered was their plated service 6 dishes in total. The food itself was pretty good and we were full right before the end hoping there wasn't anymore food coming out.
The waitress seemed like they need more training with customer relations because our table was neglected at most parts. If you want water you should call in ahead of time and order a pitcher for your table as it seems they import the water straight from Mount Seymour and have run to go get it. I wouldn't go back there id rather get pasta from Boston Pizza.
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