Krispy Kreme what happened? Your location used to have the red light turned on almost all the time luring patrons in for a free fresh donut. Now I haven't seen that red light in forever. Tim Horton's seems to be the winner in the doughnut wars. Their location 2 minutes away from this Krispy Kreme is full of people and the drive through has a continuous line-up. I find that the Krispy Kreme doughnuts while tasty when fresh are very airy and too sweet. It's too tempting to eat more than one as you don't really get full from the more airy batter. I also don't like that melt in your mouth donut texture. Whereas when I eat a Tim Horton's doughnut I can tell I've eaten something so it's more satisfying. I think that the Canadian palate is just more adapted to TH. Also TH offers much more choice in food and drinks and donuts are well unhealthy. For those of you who are KK fans you should visit this location. I wonder how much longer this location will last. They need customers. Now if only the American donut chains Top Pot or Voodoo donuts could make it to Canada! Those donut shops rock. I would be fat and happy if those made it to Canada.
Ambiance: This place is from the 80s. Pink and purple, with old tables and no decoration to speak of. That said, the restaurant is very clean and the tables are well-maintained (no 30 degree wobble like in some places) and - unlike so many Chinese restaurants - spread out reasonably.
Service: By Chinese standards, outstanding. Attentive, unintrusive, polite, and seemed genuinely happy to be of service. Quite prompt as well.
Food: We had the dim sum - $3, all week, 11am-3pm. 21 choices on the menu, with all the usual suspects. 7 dishes came to $21 and change (22.50 or so after tax). Dumplings came with real sweet vinegar, spring rolls and har gao (shrimp dumplings) were loaded with fresh, crunchy shrimp. Tripe was flavourful and perfectly cooked. Markedly non-greasy as dim-sum goes. Flavours were fairly bright. Shanghai dumplings were the only major miss - one-dimensional pork flavour.
Value: $3 a dish for a standard portion of standard dim-sum food = delicious. Also: As other reviewers have pointed out, the menu given says prices above $4 for all the dim sum - this is for dishes served OUTSIDE 11-3; they'll be $3 on the bill.
The food is decent to good, a good value I'd say. The place is quite dark, and narrowly shaped, but relatively clean. The waitresses attitude can range from normal to ridiculously rude (most often the latter is true). The attitude varies unpredictably, depending on the day and the person serving. Other than that the place is fine.
Ladner loves Taverna Gorgona! Always a hot spot for lunch or dinner. Take out is ready SO fast. Great prices and very large servings. We love the calamari. Lively place when belly dancer performs. Outdoor patio seating is nice in the summer. Free dessert sometimes is always a nice touch. Friendly wait staff.
My boyfriend and I went to this Ricky's mostly out of desperation. We were fed us with everything else close by and were very pleasantly surprised with the experience.
We were quickly seated by a friendly and hospitable young lady who was attentive and made a great Shirley Temple. We shared the steak and full rack of BBQ ribs along with curly fries and a ceasar salad. Other than the sides being a bit too small for two people to share [which is understandable] our meal was excellent. The food arrived in a timely manner, our steak was a perfect medium rare and the ribs were tender but with a bit too much sauce for my liking. The only thing truly terrible about the place is the atmosphere. The place is outdated, ugly and utterly tasteless. The only redeeming point is how comfortable it feels. The booths are great and this is definitely a place you could go in your pajamas without feeling too out of place. Overall, very low key and unassuming.
Altogether our bill came to $41 for steak, ribs, ceasar salad, curly fries, one Shirley Temple and a bottle of Smirnoff Ice. We were completely satisfied and plan to return.
I love Desi Junction. It has great food. Everything is freshly cooked daily, and it shows. If ordering off their menu try the hot chicken wings desi-style, it's spicy and delicious. Their lunch buffet is excellent. Heads and shoulders over anything else offered in the Surrey area. They offer a variety of items, including at least 10 pickles and chutneys alone. There is a lentil soup. A small salad selection with chaats as well, including an unusual fresh fruit mixed with savoury spices. Appetizers include pakora's, and paneer poppers. While these may be lukewarm on the buffet they are still crispy and tasty. They bring you freshly cooked naan to the table, and you can pick regular or garlic naan. The garlic naan has flecks of fresh minced garlic and is an awesome treat. The mains always include butter chicken, also be sure to try the Indian-Chinese style Chili Chicken. The veggie dishes change but always include something with paneer a fresh cheese in it. The last time I was there they included masala fish. Another time I was there they had rasmalai on their buffet. Their rasmalai is delicious I always order it off the menu as well. The best part of the buffet and something that is unique that they do daily is that they have a chef cook a different dish daily as part of the buffet. They set up the cooking area at the end of the buffet. It's very neat and sort of whet's your appetite. Of the two times I was there once they had Aloo Tiki an appetizer as the special dish. Once it was cooked they brought it to your table as well. This was one of the best aloo tiki's I ever had! The other time was incredibly special as they were making fresh jalebi's. These were delicate and were thin rectangular shaped coils. Nothing like the sweet store jalebi's, which I don't even like. Fresh from the hot oil with a quick dip in the syrup, these crispy sweet warm treats were amazing with the chai's we had ordered to go with these. Phone ahead to see if it is jaleebi day, it was an amazing foodie experience. Their lunch buffet is a good value for $12 as there is a wide selection. All of their food is freshly prepared with care, they have an open kitchen. Highly recommended.
I went with a group for the lunch buffet. Many of the items that should be hot like the fish and veggie pakoras were stone cold. The butter chicken was ok but there was very little I found to be appealing. It is way over priced for what is offered. Won't go back as there are far better Indian restaurants in the area.
We have been going to Illuminate for a number of years. We used to consider it a real gem but they have declined so much in the last year that we are removing them from our list of places to dine.
When we first started going the prices were reasonable. They are not in the busy downtown area so they were not charging downtown prices. They have adjusted their pricing and prices are now comparable to what you would pay at a top end restaurant like Il Giardino (our favorite). This may not be so hard to swallow if the quality of food, ambiance etc was in line with our experiences Il Giardino but it isn't. Over the last while they have cut down on the portions that they serve as well as raised the prices. This is not a good combination. As my husband said last night "If I'm going to pay the kind of money that Illuminate is charging now I'd rather go to Il Giardino." The Tuscan chicken used to be half a chicken, now it's just the chicken breast. When we were there just before New Year's I ordered the steak with peppercorn sauce. It was bland, bland, bland. For $34.00 it should be exceptional. When we mentioned it to the waiter (after dinner) as I didn't want to make a fuss he graciously compted us dessert. We decided to give them another try - maybe it was just an off night. Last night hubby had the chicken, he mentioned to the waiter that he was disappointed that it was no longer half chicken but is just the chicken breast, we were given a complimentary dessert again. I had the special of the day sablefish and it was perfectly cooked but the only accompaniment was beans, beans and more beans (not very interesting). This place has gone so far downhill that we will not return.
The service is okay. Our waiter did not mention one of the specials of the day. I heard another waiter telling his table about the special and it was something I would have ordered (maybe it had something other than beans served with it). Our water was not refilled and we had to top up the wine ourselves on occasion. This is on an evening that was not busy. There also was no quality check it was left up to us to mention that we were disappointed with the accompaniments and the changes to the chicken. When we mentioned it our waiter said that he thought the chicken was better the way it used to be. Why mess with success?
The ambiance is nice but certainly it is not of a calibre that justifies the prices they are now charging.
It's too bad, we used to really enjoy this restaurant. Not recommended.
We have been to this restaurant on numerous occasions but they have messed up for two Birthdays. We had made prior arrangements to have my wife's Birthday and my Birthday on different dates celebrated there with our kids. They forgot! It was my Birthday that my wife was almost in tears over. She had brought this to the owner's (Maria)attention when we left. She was apologetic about it and offered a complimentary dinner for us but my wife did not want to return there. It took almost a year later for us to return but "as expected" no one knew anything about the free dinner. Maria never returned my phone call but we sucked it up and ate there anyways. Everything was good on that night. All I'm saying folks is keep reminding them if you have a special event planned there otherwise there will be dissapointment.
I agree with Teej that some of their decor isn't the best however I disagree with monmon that their service is slow.
But why do I give it five stars? Because they have served fantastic Japanese cuisine time and time again. I hesitate to use the word 'authentic' too often, but I can say that Akari is easily one of the top authentic Japanese restaurants in the Lower Mainland. Service has always been personable from the floor staff, to the chefs to the management.I was sitting at the sushi bar, so I engaged three of the chefs behind the bar about what I ought not to miss on the menu, and they served up a great meal which included fresh oysters, bincho, tai, ikura, ika and ebi- all freshly prepared, sliced in the traditional way and generously portioned. Everything was beautifully presented and the rice was seasoned just right. I can tell that the chef and the owner did take the time to pick the little details. The bonus was that it only cost me $25, what would easily cost me $50 for this level of quality.
The seared scallops on greens, though was easily the highlight. The citrus chili vinaigrette paired nicely with the rich sake scallops. It was absolutely stellar.
In summary, Akari is a hidden gem in Delta. A must go if you're in the area.
We live in this area (Surrey side of Scott Rd) and we frequent this pub at least once a week. My husband an expat Brit swears this is they best place for a pale ale. Clean pipes, correct temp etc for the keg. The weekend brunch is awesome, I like the veggie skillet with the real hollandaise. The staff is friendly and attentive. Lots of big screen tvs and Setanta if you like european 'football'. Lots of parking. Check out their website. Enjoy!
I attended High Tea Noon with the ladies of my family for the first time at Applewood Country.
I arrived first and was left waiting in the lobby for about 15 minutes unattended by any of the employees. It did give me a chance to look around as they do have a bakery and gift shop connected to the tea room. They sell trinkets, souvenirs and decors.
When we got seated in the tea room, I noticed the environment was authentic like you would expect at your Grandma's house. Such as mismatching chairs, table cloths, and knick knacks on the walls. To add to the ambiance they provided accessories like hats and gloves, which I thought was fun.
The service was very slow, we were seated at 12pm and didnt leave until 2pm even though there were only 3 dishes served. At times we couldn't catch our server's attention at all. Although when we did, they were exceptionally friendly.
The food was very beautifully presented in tier stands. But I did not find it fresh or warm. We had Scones, Cupcakes, and Mini Meat Pies. They had an array of delicious jams to accompany the food.
For the 5 of us, the total came out to be $115. I did not think it was worth the value for 1 pot of tea and 3 dainty dishes. I will not return but it was an interesting experience.
The food really is incredible, and sitting in there feels like sitting in a restaurant in Japan. And yes, I've been to Japan, lol. It's a bit larger than what you see in Tokyo, but space is a lot cheaper here than there I suppose. But they flat out nailed the ambiance, seriously.
The only thing negative I could say it I find it a bit pricy unless you stick with the specials. I like to live a little and eat things out of the ordinary, and once my husband and I literally spent $70 between just the two of us. And neither of us is particularly heavy. But - that was probably our own fault - it's still cheaper than The Keg. And that $70 was the best Japanese meal I've had in years.
They do wonderful sushi, but they're not limited to just that. The udons, dons, tempura, you name it from the kitchen, is all just amazing as well.
We went as a big group, but most of people end up saying that they will never return. Even the organizer of the event said that she won't repeat.
First of all, the place is very pricey. Make things worse, every bit of slightest modification to the menu item costs money, and you are not informed up front. Tip is added by default, so that you have no say whether you like their service ;-(
The service is pretty poor. The poor service not only showed while you are dining there, one of us actually had her bad experience extended to days after. What happened is her credit card got swiped twice and charged twice. When she called back, it took the restaurant long time to fix the issue - well, to be precise, the issue is still not fixed - 4 or 5 days passed already.
The server rarely showed up through the event - that's usually pretty precise sign of bad service.
Food is only so so, which is the main reason why most of us said that they won't repeat.
Had eaten in this restaurant about two years ago & found it to be a pleasant and somewhat upscale dining experience for South Delta. As a result, I was pleased when my husband took me there to celebrate my birthday. We went early on a quiet Tuesday evening at the beginning of December. We were seated in a nearly empty restaurant (2 other tables and one of them was just paying and leaving). So service should NOT have been an issue - but it was. Our server seated us and then disappeared for 10 minutes, did not offer to take our drink order or anything. We noticed the menu was no longer as upscale as it used to be - it's more in line with the pub next door now. Too bad. Server reappeared to seat another table and on the way back by us asked if we wanted anything?!? We said we were ready to order and this seemed to fluster her so she said she would be right back. 10 minutes later, she's finally back! She starts by telling us she's new. We were to hear this MANY times during the evening!! I ordered a glass of wine from the wine list and she immediately indicated she didn't know what that was since she was only a beer drinker herself. Great. I had to point out the wine I wanted on the list and she seemed to finally take note. We ordered appies and entrees, a Caesar salad and the Duck Breast for me, Scallops and a Gorgonzola Peppercorn Ribeye Steak for hubby. Our drinks finally showed up, after two more tables were brought in, seated and served THEIR drinks first! We did not even get the basket of bread that showed up on all the other tables when they were seated, nor was it offered. Appies showed up, and were unremarkable at best. Drinks were both empty by this time, but waitress simply grabbed the plates and headed out without asking if we wanted another. Meals did not show up for almost 20 more minutes, and when she put the plates down (forgetting who had ordered what and telling us,yet again, that she was new) we immediately saw that the order was wrong. My duck breast seemed fine, but hubby received a prime rib dinner. Not what he ordered. When we pointed this out to server, since she didn't notice, we were once again told she was new, and she would take it back and go check with the chef. As I sat with my rapidly cooling dinner in front of me, my husband urged me to start since it can't take long to get his steak. Wrong. He sat and watched me try to stall as long as I could while waiting for his meal, which took 20 more minutes! Waitress stopped by a couple more times to tell us she was new, to offer to get him soup while he was waiting, and finally brought a bread basket!! His dinner showed up just as I finished the last of mine, which by then was ice cold. Very poor service - he should have had his re-order go right to the front of the line in the kitchen but it obviously did not. So much for eating our dinners together! I nibbled at the remains of the bread basket (that we had to ask for while waiting for his meal) while hubby ate his entree. The other server in the restaurant (who was apparently TRAINING ours!)came over and stated that because of the problem, we could have free desserts. Hardly made up for the poor service so far. Then our server comes over and announces that the chef who makes dessert isn't in, so several items aren't available. We tried two items that were "specials" - a gingerbread type cake with caramel sauce and a pumpkin ice cream cake. Both were bland and uninteresting. The other server then came over again, this tme with our bill, and indicated that she had taken a whole 15% off. Any other restaurant that had messed up this badly would have taken off one or both meals as an apology, but this was clearly all we were getting. My birthday meal out was disgraceful, and we will not be back. Reasons: Poor Service and a lackluster menu with mediocre food. Note to owners: make sure your servers are educated about the menu and capable of doing the job before setting them loose on your paying customers. It's the least you can do!
The food is good but if you can't stomach bad service and dirty tables, then don't eat here. I took a friend and my toddler there and received some serious attitude from the two full time waitresses (they aren't real Japanese despite their kimonos). I asked the server for a fork and when she brought it to me, she asked me if I wanted anything else. Not in a kind way, but in a sarcastic way. Sorry, but just because English is her second language, doesn't mean rudeness doesn't translate! Then when I had to get up to pay the bill because she was missing in action, the cashier topped the experience off with a disgusted look as she checked over the tip line on the receipt. I left it blank so that I could tip in cash. You'd think they'd prefer the cash. Seeing the shelves full of lollipop buckets, I'm assuming are meant for children... well, I have yet to have my children offered one after about 6 times going there. This was the last straw. My family will not step in there until the owner does something about the service. I'll take the extra 8 minute drive to Ironwood and go to Maruwa Sushi (across from Canadian Tire).
The Delta Akari Japanese Restaurant...
This is my parent's favorite place and because of the location (Delta and sushi seems like an oxymoron), I was hesitant to try it out. But being in a open spirit and shopping near by, I finally decided to try it out last night with the family.
At the end of the experience I had one word to sum it all up: INCREDIBLE!
We got assorted sashimi platter, miso soup, gomae, takoyaki, chiken terriyaki, Alaska crab salad special and the bottled sake.
One of the reasons I like going here is because of their
crispy tempura rolls. They are the crispiest and finest that I've tasted
Miso Soup: You can't mess up miso soup...deep miso broth with seaweed
it's a perfect way to de-stress in the winter.
Gomae: This item is my litmus test. I can tell the authenticity of a Japanese restaurant
by whether or not they use peanut butter sauce or ground sesame.
This place used the real thing- hand ground sesame sauce, not to heavy just right.
Sashimi platter: Great presentation and the colors were lively and appetizing-
eating it after a while.
Chicken Terriyaki: The sauce!
It's some sort of a smoky, not too sweet, tangy terriyaki saunce.
Rarely do you find a Japanese place that uses fire grilled chicken breast
over stir fried thigh meat.My husband loved it and the quality was great for the price.
Alaskan Crab Salad: This was the special for the night and was recommended to us by our waitress. Oh boy, were we glad to try this. I have never tasted anything so fresh and satisfying in a long time. It was a delicate treat for my taste bud- whole pieces of de-shelled Alaskan Crab (quite a generous portion)on top of seasoned dark greens, with garlic chips and gingery seasoning with tobiko eggs. YUMMY. Definitely worth the $12.
Value: For the quality and attention you get, outstanding value. For a dinner for 4 with a quality bottle of sake, it came to a little above $120. Quite reasonable if you ask me.
Service: This place was really packed, even on a Sunday night.
Where did all these people come from? It seems like people here in Delta wanted to congregate here for their sushi fix. Service was slow but nothing short of attentive. We actually preferred this over the unecessary frequent tea stops at some other places. The owner and his various staff have s been pleasant and fun to talk to. The owners came by at the end and asked us if we enjoyed the experience. She even gave me a souvenir chopstick when I told her
that I came here on recommendation from my parents-a long time patron!
Because of their sushi presentation and solid service, I will leave 5 stars+!
For anyone looking for authentic and quality sushi look no further than
Delta. I have placed Akari in the favorite list.
The food here is simply awesome. It is authentic south indian food. I had ordered a goat biriyani, plain dosa, madras kuthu paratha, and beetroot halwa. All of them were really tasty. The sambar and chutney were really authentic unlike other south indian restaurants that boasts them to be authentic. There was no smell of oily coconut in the chutney. I would certainly recommend this one if you are longing for an authentic south indian food.
Food: You get a vegetarian thali (it's a South Indian style of meal involving small services of many dishes, served on an eponymous characteristic stainless-steel plate) for $9 or so before tax, and can add a meat dish to that for less than $4 extra. My vegetarian curry came with a large, crispy, fresh paratha, a chapati about a third bigger than at most restaurants, a large serving of rice, and several other dishes: fresh yogurt, mango pickle, a bean-based curry, a cauliflower-based curry, an okra-based curry, sambar (lentil stew) and rasam (tamarind soup - DELICIOUS). The fellow in my party who ordered lamb with his was given a highly substantial portion of fresh lamb curry, which featured large cubes of lamb that I was assured were fork-tender, some with the bone in.
Service: The staff was attentive, pleasant and prompt.
Value: It's significantly cheaper than the dosa place across the street, and service seems better.
Ambiance: Lovely sort of eclectic feeling - Christmas decorations and a Buddha on the counters, scenes from the Ramayana on the wall, and bollywood music playing softly. The cups and water-pitcher at each table are matched, high-quality stainless steel like what you would get in India itself, and add a very nice touch to things.
Food: Huge menu, based on their takeout menu. When I arrived for lunch, I was given their lunch combo menu, which is two pages and consists of two main choices: soup + noodle dish for $7 or so (tax included) or soup + rice + dish for $8 or so (tax included). Each combo had over ten choices available, but I went with hot/sour soup and Pad Thai. The soup was a western-sized bowl, delicious with mushrooms, tofu, a thick, hearty stock augmented with fresh cilantro. The chicken pad thai was good too -- don't expect Thai-style, but the noodles were perfect, it was loaded with chicken and other great ingredients, and it had a lovely spicy-sour flavour. Condiments included chili oil, soya sauce, and a delicious pickled-indian-chili-pepper vinegar that added a wonderful zip. The food's default level of heat was good, greater than what you'd get at, say, a real Mexican restaurant, but not as hot as South Indian or Thai food. I didn't react to the MSG if indeed there was any.
Service: I found the staff fairly pleasant despite what others have said. I was gestured to a seat immediately, provided with a menu and water, etc. My food arrived quickly and I was more or less left alone, but a waiter did circulate. Service seemed very accommodating - two East Indians who wandered in asked a series of questions about the heat of the dish, and the waiter explained in detail and explained that it could be customized by the kitchen or at the table with the chili oil and condiments. Likewise, a woman with a child who came in had her questions answered patiently - I would say the service is definitely in the Asian mode, but a bit better than usual.
Value: I had a large bowl of soup and a good dinner-plate sized portion of noodles redolent with large pieces of white-meat chicken (a mark of quality to many, though I prefer dark meat) and fresh green onions, tipped the establishment 15%, and even with that tip the meal cost me only as much as a meal at any fast-food joint in the land. It's a very good deal, and while it was a quick meal, the sounds in the kitchen lead me to believe the main was only begun when I ordered.
Ambiance: Spacious, very clean, well-lit with nice tables and decor. The cleanliness was impressive even by Western Standards, down to the condiment dishes being free of dirt, stains, smudges and stickiness.
|1.||Akari Japanese Restaurant|
|3.||Sharkey's Seafood Bar & Grille|
|4.||Desi Lounge & Restaurant|
|5.||Yummy Wonton House|
|7.||Mt Fuji Sushi|
|10.||Riverhouse Restaurant & Pub|
|12.||Applewood Country Gifts, Tea Room & Bakery|
|14.||Minori Japanese Restaurant|
|16.||Primerose Bar & Grill|
|17.||Hakka Masti Restaurant|
|18.||Rose and Crown Pub & Bistro|
|19.||Cactus Club Cafe|
|20.||Boot & Sombrero, The|