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.
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!
Truthfully the worst pizza I've ever eaten. Absolutely no taste, even my kids wouldn't eat it and they'd pretty much eat any pizza, were not et all picky. I found it dry and the crust hard to swallow. Chicken wings were tiny. I didn't even know it was possible for chickens to have wings that small. Delivery was extremely slow. We live within 1 kilometre of this restaurant and it took an hour. Not even on a weekend either, just a Thursday night. Overall terribly disappointed and shocked this restaurant is still in business.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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