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Coquitlam Restaurant Reviews
New China Kitchen100 Schoolhouse Street, #112, Coquitlam
Grease Slick
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 9, 2012 - 9:10am [Dine in]

Where else on the Lower Mainland can you purchase a real full pint of cold draft beer for $2.69? As far as I know only at The New China Kitchen. Problem is, this is a restaurant and not a pub.

Dropped in Saturday before taking in a movie at Silvercity. If you are in a hurry this is the place. As for nutrition, if fat was a food group this would be the place as well.

Surveying the two long table trays of items was like looking over the oil spill of the Exxon Valdez. Grease and oil as far as the eye can see. Deep fried just about everything. I sampled the ginger beef, I'll take their word for it that it was beef. To me it tasted like deep fried batter with a sickly sweet sauce. The sweet and sour chicken was almost the same as the ginger beef with sweet being the main ingredient. The potstickers were covered in oil and had sort of a funky taste. Even the beef and broccoli seemed greasy and unhealthy.

Dessert consisted of a cooler full of ice cream hovered over by every kid in the place, gosh knows what has fallen into those containers. A tray full of generic vanilla oreo type sandwhich cookies and carrot cake cut into small squares they probably purchased at Costco.

After my meal I felt like I had just eaten a brick of Crisco. They should offer shots of draino so that you can clean out your pipes afterward.

When we first arrived the place was buzzing with a kiddies birthday party of about twenty, other assorted family groups and celebrations that seemed to be going on. Despite this the friendly staff found us a seat immediately. They were cheery and effecient, when we needed them like a pint re-fill, even though they were running around all over the place.

Even though the food offered isn't top knotch in my view, it is still very good value. You can belly up to the long buffet table as much as you like, many do as witnessed by the over flowing plates and tummies, and leave totally satisfied. In my case I didn't eat again until about 2pm the next day.

The only reason I would head back to The New China Kitchen again soon would be for the $2.69 pints. As far as the food is concerned it will probably take me a couple years to get all that grease and oil out of my system.

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Gem Sushi1926 Como Lake Road, Coquitlam
Not much of a Gem
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (149 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 12:21pm [Dine in]

I wanted this place to be good. I'm at the Como Lake Village all the time and thought it would be great to be able to stop in for sushi.

Place has average looks and we were seated promptly. We were brought water and green tea. So far so good. Then we ordered and the food came. The rolls were all those big ones that are11/2 to 2" across - very difficult to eat. Even the California roll. The California roll itself was rather fishy - it had surimi mix and a whole piece of surimi in it. The yam tempura roll was super mushy and the dynamite roll was not very good - the batter on the prawn was cold, dry and odd tasting like it was old or something. The miso soup was very good.

The food was cheap, but you get what you pay for.

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New Szechuan Restaurant511 Cottonwood Avenue, #1, Coquitlam
Great Food
By gourmetlady of Port Moody, BC (17 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 7:38pm [Dine in]

Just came back from Dinner at New Szechuan. We tried Spicy Dry Chicken and it was absolutely fabulous! We wanted have more. We also tried Satay Prawn and they were really good, too. Portion was generous, too. The server was really sweet and friendly. We will definitely go back soon!

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Insadong Korean Restaurant403 North Road, #301, Coquitlam
My frozen LingLing's are better than the dumplings here
By jemcarter89 of New Westminster BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 29, 2012 - 11:45pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I always go to Koreana in coquitlam, but a friend wanted to bring us to Insadong--big mistake!

The service was disgustingly poor. The food took forever to bring out, and it wasn't that great of quality either. Their dumplings were disgusting to the point where I could barely finish one of them--AWFUL!

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Koreana BBQ & Shabu Shabu Restaurant1163 Pinetree Way, #2048, Coquitlam
Amazing food
By jemcarter89 of New Westminster BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 29, 2012 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I always enjoy eating the food here. We usually get a couple of friends to go with us and LOVE the dumplings and spicy pork here. The service isn't the best, and the language barrier is often an issue, however we always enjoy the random side dishes that come with the combo's because it changes from each day.

I always recommend this place to people and I haven't heard a negative review from them since.

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White Spot3025 Lougheed Hwy, #500, Coquitlam
This Place Needs A Makeover!!
By bubbie of North Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 8:31am [Dine in]

Just ate there and had a featured item, ribs and chicken. The half-rack of baby back ribs was really small with very little meat on the bone. The chicken was supposed to be "lightly breaded" but was nothing more than a large dry chicken strip.

My son had fish and chips which were very greasy. They were much better before.

The carpeting looked dirty and was torn in several places. This location has really gone downhill!

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Kam Ding Seafood Restaurant3021 Anson Avenue, Coquitlam
Good dim sum but the price has gone up
By Huge of Surrey (139 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 10:38am [Dine in]

Went here for Father's day dim sum lunch. The restaurant was quite full but had to only wait for 10 mins. We were seated in the corner which was perfect for the children. We ordered the usually fare which were shrimp dumpling, pork dumpling, beef balls, Bar-b-q pork pastries, Bar-b-q pork buns, beef tripe etc. The service was efficient and the food came out hot and fresh. The carts were frequent at first and then after 30 mins it stopped. I guess they had to refill the carts, but the waitress came up to ask on numerous occassions to ask if we wanted to order anything specific. The only donwside is that the price for dim sum per dish has gone up to $3.25. They used to be $2.50. But I guess with inflation they had to raise the price. Overall the dining experience was enjoyable and I would return when I am craving for some dim sum.

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Pizza Town & Indian Grill1041 Ridgeway Ave, Unit A, Coquitlam
Good Food, Good Prices. Really happy this place is close by
By Yummy_Vancouver1 of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 1:47pm [Delivery]

We have ordered delivery twice and take-out once. Only complaint - first time we ordered from there they forgot our side of naan..also...I was expecting more from my cucumber salad than a container of sliced cucs and a side of sauce and ranch dip but what do I know. Each time we have LOVED our meals. I personally really like the pizza crust. I would say hands down best pizza in this price range. We have had Samosas, pakoras, vindaloo, tikka masala, korma, aloo gobi and butter chicken. All of them had a lot of flavor and none of them were too spicy for me to eat. Prices are very reasonable and will keep us coming back (along with the food of course). Both on the phone and delivery the service was pleasant.

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Tiki Ming2929 Barnet Highway, #2628, Coquitlam
Best Food Court Chinese
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (149 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 8:35pm [Dine in]

I have never had better Chinese food in a food court. This chain in relatively new to Coquitlam Centre and I decided to try it as I'm sick of all the other places there. Right away when I tasted it I could tell there was no MSG. Just to confirm I checked after i WAS done and saw the no MSG sign posted my the cash.

I had the veggie combo of rice chowmein and veg stir fry. The rice was very good, the veggies hot, properly cooked andtasty with lots of broccoli and the chow mein was OUTstanding. The noodles are usually too soft, but these wer almost "al dente" - in that they were coooked perfectly and were very tastly. They happily put sweet and sour sauce on whatever I wanted and gave me plum sauce. All for $7. I have had half the portion at a greater price at other malls. Well done, I'll be back.

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Jimoco Cafe1046 Austin Avenue, Unit A, Coquitlam
Great Deal for Great Food
By guy2000 of coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2012 - 10:14pm [Dine in]

Once you dine at Jimoco, it will definitely become one of your favourite places to eat. The pasta is 2 for one, so you can pay as little as $15 for two large plates of pasta, and the service is fast and friendly too. I recommend ordering something with seafood, because they are very generous with the seafood. The Linguini Soul is really good, and it has mussels, clams, scallops, a million prawns, and squid in a spicy tomato sauce and it comes in a hot pot. SO GOOD! There's usually a bit of a wait to get in, but it's worth it!

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Basil House100 Schoolhouse St, Unit 401, Coquitlam
Decent thai food
By jamasianman of Surrey , B.C. (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 1:37am [Dine in]

This place is a small little joint in the plaza near Wendy's on Schoolhouse street. It has some decent Thai food, spicy and well portioned. I had the cashew chicken, a bit spicy but very good. The springroll was lame, but overall good value for a 12 dollar lunch special. I'd definitely go again.

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Sushi Town2773 Barnet Hwy, #28, Coquitlam
Another Sushi Joint to Avoid...
By Marik of Coquitlam (23 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 5:21pm [Take-out]

So after my usual cheap take-out place in Coquitlam (Sushi Turn House) went way downhill, I decided to try this place out. Unfortunately, this place is just as bad, maybe even worse.

I ordered ten pieces of toro sashimi, and not only did it taste bad, two of the pieces had little bones in it! I have never, EVER had a sushi joint serve me sashimi with bones in it.

When I went to order over the phone (I'm ordering for multiple people), I asked the guy if I could get 9 pieces of tuna and 9 pieces of salmon for their "assorted sashimi" pack, instead of just ordering them separate... you'd save a couple bucks this way. Those 2 are the cheapest sashimi items on the menu, so I thought it was a reasonable request.
So the guy told me he would go ask, but left the phone too close to his face and I could hear him loudly hollering to the chefs. This went back and forth for a good 3 minutes, I almost felt like hanging up. Turns out if you have special requests like that, they charge you for it, and it'll end up costing about the same amount of money... so I just ordered the two items separate.
At least when I went in to pick up my food, the girl at the counter was nice. Otherwise, I'd give service a 1.

As for value, I'm going to give it a 2, only because the other two people I ordered for didn't get bones in their sashimi, and the portions are large. However, they didn't think too highly of the food either.

Under no circumstance am I ordering from here again.

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Sushi Turn House1192 Lansdowne Dr, #401, Coquitlam
Update on my previous review
By Marik of Coquitlam (23 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 4:52pm [Take-out]

**Please ignore my older review and just read this**
I used to order from this place all the time, but I don't know what happened. I avoid it now.

3 times in a row I've had extremely unsatisfactory sushi, definitely worse than what it had been 6 months - 1 year ago... when I used to order take-out at least a couple times per month from them.

As for service, their phone manner has become worse. They hang up very quickly after taking your order, to the point of it being borderline rude. No smiles (or anything pleasant, really) when I went to pick up my food.

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Kulinarya Filipino Eatery2922 Glen Dr, Unit 114, Coquitlam
Nice little place on a quiet Sunday afternoon
By jettastorm00 of Coquitlam, BC (23 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 4:35pm [Dine in]

My sister and I had seen this place over a year ago, but it was only recently that I'd finally gone to eat there. Was really quiet, but nice. Decor is tasteful and even the bathroom was nicely decorated. The woman behind the counter was really nice and took my order. My 3 year old daughter was napping when we got there, so it was nice that it was just us and she was able to lie down on the bench they had at one of the tables.

We had the ginataang baka (beef and veggies cooked in coconut with a touch of spice) and caldereta (beef and veggies in a spicey tomatoe sauce). I had ordered the garlic rice, but after explaining my allergies, we went with the steamed rice. The caldereta was good, but the the ginataang baka was utterly amazing. Even my incredibly picky daughter devoured it. The portions are fairly large, so those two things were enough for our family and another meal after.

The service was good, and I will be back!

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Hon's Wun Tun House3025 Lougheed Hwy, #310, Coquitlam
Food Court Has Better Chinese Food
By ChatterBox of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 8:28pm [Take-out]

I was sick recently and I was really craving for some good ol' comfort food in the form of a nice hot bowl of congee. It was late and I didn't feel like driving very far to get take out so against my better judgement, I went to Hon's. I ordered what could only be the most basic can't-go-wrong style of congee (salty pork with century old egg congee, equivalent to wonton noodles in terms of popularity) and to my dismay, they managed to royally mess that up. The ingredients in congee are supposed to be cooked with the rice so that the flavours are all absorbed during the process. My congee on the other hand, it was blatantly obvious that they had a big pot of plain congee and had just thrown the cooked ingredients in there, hence, making the congee completely bland. For a Chinese restaurant with a reputable name that has boasted decent food for years and years, this was embarrassing! We've had less than average meals here before, but this was definitely the last time for me. I'm sorry to say, you can probably find food court Chinese food that would taste better.

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Pasta Polo2754 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam
Perplexed
By JGS of Tri Cities (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

This is a fantastic restaurant ! My family and I have been loving this gem of a restaurant for many years now and I am perplexed at some of these reviews. Pasta Polo is a busy, popular spot. The staff are warm and welcoming, professional and attentive.The food is flavorful and everything is made fresh daily in house.The menu is huge so even the pickiest of eaters will find something they like.They even cater to allergies, ciliac options,vegetarian options and cater to substitutions.Now how many restaurants will do any of these?I dine out often so I can tell you not many restaurants cater to their customers needs like Pasta Polo Coquitlam does.Obviously I am not alone in my opinion as this is a very busy place and much loved in the community.The owner is very generous and sponsors numerous community events, schools, and non profit community services.Perhaps some of the previous reviewers do not dine out often or maybe they are simply out of their minds! Love this place!

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Ding Hao Noodles House2773 Barnet Highway, #4, Coquitlam
Filling Lunch
By pliversidge of Coquitlam (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

My truck was being worked on and I couldn't be bothered to go elsewhere so I ended up having a lunch at Ding Hao. It was a great lunchtime getaway. I'd been here once before so I knew it was clean and modern inside and that it was pretty popular as it's a little off the beaten path. I asked the waiter for some recommendations and settled for dumplings as a starter and a dry noodle dish as a main course, as I didn't fancy the popular soups. To round things off, I finished with a Matcha Green Tea drink.

The food was very good. It was fresh and cooked perfectly, presented well and for most noodle places it was surprisingly upmarket. They had a few other lunchtime regulars pop in while I was there and I'd say they were doing quite well for a Thursday lunchtime. They were also attracting a lot of non-Asians which is also a good sign as they're catering for typical and atypical customers.

Overall it was a very pleasant lunch and I'd certainly be tempted to come back and try something else on the menu -- always a little daunting to an irregular noodler like myself. I'd trust the staff though and go with their recommendations, they seemed very patient and more than happy to explain things thoroughly.

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I Love Sushi228 Schoolhouse St, #3, Coquitlam
My favorite sushi place
By Yummy_Vancouver1 of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 6:22am [Dine in]

I have been going here for 3 years and have always had consistently great sushi and great service. Most of the girls here are EXTREMELY friendly, always smiling every time I am there - and on some weeks that has been 2 to 3 times. When my son was a baby even the chef came out of the kitchen to talk to him which I thought was really nice. They are very busy but service has always been fast. They have decorated the walls with photos of patrons which is kind of neat.

I like there sushi better than other restaurants because I find that the rice is better than most - not too sticky. The yam tempura roll has a lot of deep orange yam and the avocado roll is always the freshest avocado there is. The prices are a bit higher than anywhere I have been but that is offset by the complimentary edemame they give for dine-in guests or the yam roll for take-out. That was too be honest the thing that got me hooked in the first place. For about a year (2010/11 ish) when I went in I was rarely getting the yam cone with my take-out meals even on large orders so my visits slowed a bit but this last 6 months I have received it every time, yay! If the complimentary snack was a gaurantee I would rate value 4.5.

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Frog & Nightgown Pub1125 Falcon Drive, Coquitlam
Could take it or leave it
By Ireviewyou of Suburbs (8 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 4, 2012 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

Food 6/10 Beef dip was on a fresh bun, shaved beef piled high and was flavourful, fries seemed homemade but were very tasteless and almost tasted baked although they were not. Iced tea was so weak it looked like water, had to return it .. seemed obviously wrong, but waitress said she couldnt bring me another as the manager wasnt there? Had a diet coke instead. Took much longer than it should have to get my food based on how busy the place was.

Service 5/10 At a Friday lunch when they were not too too busy, it was barely adequate. Had to ask for a menu, the iced tea issue, slow service, no quality check.

Value 7/10 $14.50 including tax and tip was very fair, would have scored higher if not for the above issues.

Ambiance 6/10 In what looks to be an old house, different areas with different vibes which I like, but the dining area I chose was ridiculously dark and the table was wobbly.

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Pallas Athena Greek Kouzina2565 Barnet Hwy, #22, Coquitlam
Pretty Good
By royalsam of burnaby (47 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 4, 2012 - 11:46am [Dine in]

It's a pleasant restaurant, decorated well. The appies were tasty and priced ok. Drinks were priced lower than I thought would be the case. As for the mains, the accompaning salad, rice, satziki and potatos were very good. But the beef and lamb were too dry. And this should be the highlight. The waitress was overworked playing bartender and waitress. She did this well but seldom visited us to ask the usual questions. Obviously this is a management issue and not her fault but is critical to the business. It's annoying when you can't get someone's attention. All in all it was ok for value and we may return. Well see.

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