The 'Downer has been in this location for many years. The pub is situated in the basement, the entrance is off to the east side of the building.
This used to be a regular Friday-after-work spot when I worked close by. Other than a shared plate of nachoes and the free popcorn, I never did eat much here.
The OH and I needed a quick, cheap lunch. Stopping in on a Thursday noon, the place was pretty quiet.
Ambiance: nothing has been done to update this place in well over twenty years. The carpeting is worn, the interior seems dingy. Holes in the upholstery of the 80's style chairs. The place SMELLED of old, not-very-well cleaned bathroom.
Service was prompt, friendly and attentive. No complaints at all there.
Food was lower-end pub style. I had a fish burger with onion rings, the OH had sweet chili chicken and wonton pieces. The tiny peice of fish in the burger was 'way too old and fish-y, the lettuce looked like a piece picked up off the floor at closing time. Tomato was so under-ripe I wonder why they bothered including it. Onion rings, on the other hand, while they were frozen, precoated style, were hot and non-greasy. The OH's chicken consisted of one small piece of bare poached chicken breast tender, several deep fried wonton skins and a drizzle of bottled sweet chili sauce. I've rated the food as "decent" just because we didn't get sick from it...
Value? Portions were very small, quality of food was just barely edible. I didn't finish the fish.
Such a disappointment from a place that could have such potential. With lots of newer pubs up the Scott Road corridor, I'm not sure how this place has stayed in business.
Strange that I write a review and it always disappears into the black hole of "not so good" reviews.....Hey if you ever want to get better you gotta know where your opportunites are :)
Illuminate is a hit and miss.....I have the right to say it because we eat there a lot! Please change up your menu..It has been the same for the last couple years...I will say however they are very accomodating to making something you want, and thank you for that! The last time we were there we had a great bottle of wine and a couple appys and pastas. The pasta was not too bad, but I have had better. The prawns were gigantic and didn't have much tatse, but the lobster sauce was quite yummy.... The beet salad was very nice however the calamari was disgusting! It was a giant piece of squid! Rubbery and just plain too big...where were the nice sautee'd baby squid? The small ones are the tasty ones...Please modify this dish.
All in all it was OK. Illuminate, please shake up your menu a bit for us Tsawwassenites who really dont have too many good choices in T town. We come often, but would come more if you had a seasonal menu....Please take advantage of the culinary seasons..You have the potential to be great....not just good.
Though this morning began looking & feeling like the season's first real Spring day, Mother Nature's seemingly neverending snow shower performances, as witnessed just 3 days ago, leaves one suspecting that this day could end up being just another 'fake' one. To my surprise, it was the real thing. Also surprising was this shop's appearance, which seemed to shout to my sister & I that "Yes! Spring is here!". We arrived around 10:30 a.m., opened the door to the shop to pass through an area displaying napkins, tea towels, & soaps, and breathed in a most delicious aroma of baked goods. A bakery counter is located directly across from the entrance. Turn to your right to set your sights on the delightful 'tea room'. The tablecloths are in Easter egg shell colors such as yellow & pink. On each table is a china tea cup & saucer set that looks like none of the others. The furnishings could have been found in antique shops or at garage sales. The decor seems to have a magical, make-believe quality.
It took us a few minutes to pick from the lengthy list of teas for our first "high tea" experience at this establishment. All the food items served on the 'high tea trays' seemed fresh and provided good variety. (Fresher & possibly of a better quality than I have experienced at other shops.) The staff were friendly. From one of the owners we learned that the shop is 15 years old.
Heading out, we passed the bakery counter again, and continued into a gift shop area. I had no trouble spending $100.00 there.
We plan to be back.
This is a relatively new restaurant in Surrey and I have to say it is a hidden jewel. We were very impressed with the food. It is a fusion blend of Chinese and Indian. The food is very authentic Indian-Chinese with distinct flavors. I've eaten Indian-Chinese in Delhi over the years and this is the first time I've encountered a true Indian-Chinese restaurant in North America. This place is definitely much better than Green Lettuce Restaurant, Asian Spice rest and other Chinese-Indian restaurants located in Surrey & Burnaby.
The food tastes fresh and is not very oily like the other places. I've been here twice and we had the Hakka Vegetable Noodles, chicken manchurian, kofta manchurian (veg), and man chow soup which is awesome. The food is so full of flavour and tastes fresh. You can taste distinctive flavors of coriander and spices.
If you are a food lover and enjoy fine foods, I think you'll be in for a treat. This one is now in our top 10 list.
Stopped by for lunch on recommendation. The restaurant was busy when we got there and continued to get busier. Service was fine when we arrived, but nearly non-existent when we were ready to pay and leave -- not just us, but other tables were having trouble getting the servers' attention.
The restaurant has an extensive menu, but for simplicity we chose a lunch box ($9.95 and up) and roll lunch combo, which looked like a good value ($11.95 for soup, larger salad, choice of side: tofu, gyoza, tempura, or chicken AND specialty roll: 8 to choose from!
Miso soup was very bland (no dashi?), but the salad was good. The gyoza that came 10-15 min. later were barely warm and mediocre. Surprisingly, I still had to wait at least 5-10 minutes for the Kamikaze roll (spicy tuna, tempura) after that. The roll did have a lot of flavour and was tasty, but it wasn't as spicy as I was told it would be. Enjoyed the sweet spicy sauce, though.
The tempura in the bento was great, but the California roll, although huge, tasted very mayonnaise-y.
Again, service was sporadic. We got a nice cup of tea when we first sat down, but when she came by and refilled tea at tables beside us, she neglected our table, and there was no one to flag down to ask for more. So instead, we just asked for the bill.
Although the restaurant was very busy, when I looked around, there were very few Asian diners. Hmmm.... a different demographic from my favourite Japanese restaurant, which offers better quality AND service.
God these donuts are tastey. When that fresh light is on watch out. Staff is friendly and offers samples to people in line. I think every flavor is delicious. Did not try the coffee but who cares, I am pretty sure there is something addictive in those donuts because i can never get enough. Bathrooms are clean for a donut shop as well.
The sushi here is the best I've had...and I've been all over the lower mainland. My daughters who are only 3 and 41/2 also agree. It's funny because I've taken them to different ones just to get a different experience, and they always say how they don't like it compared to the one by our house. How lucky are we!!! Love, love, love this place. I mean the restaurant itself could use an update, but I'm not complaining when the sushi is soooo good! And the bento box, and gyoza....everything we've tried!
I may have finally found decent Chinese food, I was advised buy friends to try Yummy Won Ton so I did. My self and my Girlfriend ordered two dinners for one with different side dish's and everything was very good.
Now I'm always skeptical with new restaurants because some seem to be good when they open but then slowly start to slide backwards,but so far so good I've tried the delivery.No complaints
I found some of the prices to be high outside the dinners for 1,2 etc.
atmosphere is open lots of TV's if you want to watch a sport.
But foods what it's all about so it's pretty good
*** Disclaimer: This is one of the better Chinese restaurants in North Delta/Surrey***
I sincerely wonder if there is a just a curse in the local Surrey/North Delta area which results in not so great Chinese food. I don't really understand why, it just is.
Yummy Wonton started off with good promise, but now there are cracks showing.
1. Don't bother asking for special requests.
I usually ask for less oil, and I have a sneaky suspicion that I end up with more oil in my food... Also, I love ginger and asked for one dish to be cooked with a bit more ginger, it ended up being far too gingery, I think they put in a quarter cup of ginger... it was inedible...
2. Higher prices randomly raised.
Almost all of their prices have increased, however they can't be bothered to print take-out menu's with the higher prices, and it's been months since prices have been raised... So basically purchasing from here, prices could be anything...
3. Sizes are based on the discount?
I've noticed that if I order over the discount amount some dishes will be sized smaller, while on other visits they will come in the larger container. I'm not even sure this is legal.
4. Substitution's now cost lots.
When they opened their set dinner could be any meat, now it's a extra $2 charge per item changed. As there is a range of religion's in the area they started off allowing people to pick their meat but changed this... Bad customer service.
Their servings are pretty large, and most items come in a large container.
The food is cooked pretty well, but it is inconsistent. Also while there is a set size container portion's will oddly enough vary, sometimes it will be packed to the top, other times container's will be emptier. Sometimes there will be lots of meat, other times less...
They use fresh vegetables.
Even with higher prices, because portions are bigger it's fairly reasonable.
Essentially we put up with the quirks because compared to other Chinese restaurants in the area, this place is very good.
Yummy Wonton, I wanted to like you. I really did. You're only a few minutes drive away from my house. You're always open when I come by. You have a large and diverse menu. But the love just isn't there.
I've been seeing you on-and-off over the last 6 months. I've been to see you on different days, tried different things on the menu, but I always leave wanting more. Your staff are unpredictable - either pestering me constantly or running around ignoring me when I need attention. Your decor is tacky and the giant TV in the corner is distracting. But I could forgive all of that.. it's your food that really broke my heart.
Greasy spring rolls. Lumpy, sticky noodles. Painfully dry roast duck. Chewy, slimy beef. Half the time, you can't even give me what I order, you just send your staff back to tell me you don't have it.
I wanted to give you one last try, so I came by today to see if we could work things out. So I showed up and you gave me soup broth that tasted like it had been strained through a cardboard box and a side of cooked lettuce. Cooked lettuce! I had no idea you could be so heartless.
It's over, Yummy Wonton.. It's over and I'm not coming back.
Being new to North Dela my fiancee and I decide to try out this place based on the reviews posted here. We ordered food for delivery. It was the worst chinese food we ever had. We ordered chicken chow mein and ginger beef. The chicken chow mein had no flavour and very little chicken or anything else in it except noodles all stuck toghether. The ginger beef did not taste like there was any ginger in it and came in this weird brown sauce that did not taste like much. We actually ended up not finishing our plates and throwing out the rest of the food.
The doughnuts here are good, but you can't eat too many. They give you a free doughnut when you walk in. I remember when it first opened, there were a line-up of cars waiting to get doughnuts. I did not know why as you can only eat a few because there so sweet. Overall the doughnuts are pretty good.
Was at Sharkeys in Ladner about a week ago..
The person that greeted us at the door was a big mean guy. I swear he was the rudest person. (Why did I stay again? Oh yeah the seafood)
Once we were sat for dinner, everything fell into place the service was okay the portion sizes were great for the pricing and seafood platter was great...
Ambiance was nice especially when its busy their, and a buzz going through the place...
I would recommend this place for an inexpensive out of vancouver seafood joint
This location used to be a Baskin Robbins years ago. As a family we would go often during the summer for a treat. When it first became Mamma Mia we visited as regularly as we had when it was BR. As time went on the ice cream parlour became dirtier and dirtier. The last time my son had an ice cream from there, the ice cream had dried & stringy, sticky bits in it. A month or so later we were walking by & he asked for an ice cream. I reminded him of the poor quality last time but he still wanted to go in. In we went & the first thing I noticed was that mould was growing in the corners of the glass in the ice cream displays. I pointed this out to my son (10 yrs old) & he was no longer interested in ice cream! Needless to say I don't have to worry about him asking for ice cream again when we are in the area. It's filthy & no one should eat there. If that's how they present to the public, imagine what it looks like behind the scene.
EVERY TIME~ my teeth hurt when I bit into KK's donut. I love donuts, but it is just too hard to stand the sweetness of KK's donut. Since I live so far away from Delta, I don't get to experience it very often, but everytime my friends bring me back a dozen, they just sat in my fridge for over three days til I decide to throw it away. I envy those people who can eat "a couple" at a time. I can only eat half and gotta go brush my teeth. >< And come to think of it, they do tend to get smaller each time. I haven't tried them over a year, do they still suvive?
Thankfully the Sam Wa finally closed. I happened to drive by and noticed the Grand Opening sign on the outside and turned around and gave it a try.
At a new Chinese restaurant that I have never tried before the first dish I always try is the "House Special Chow Mein" as a measuring stick. I was impressed. Very large portion, seafood was very fresh. Big scallops, prawns, cuttlefish and cod. Not overwhelming with too many vegetables. Just the right mix.
Very friendly owner and staff. He said that he has a chef from one of the Richmond restaurants which is where the owner came from.
Based on the first visit I was very impressed. The price was high at $12.95 but the size would have stuffed two adults on its own and I took lots home.
They have a lunch menu with smaller portions listed at $7.95 per dish. Combination of lots of the typical western examples along with a few specialized dishes.
Looking forward to going back to try something else and will be optimistic my first visit wasn't just a one hit wonder.
We desperately need some good chinese restaurants in the Surrey area. I'm sick of driving into New West to Hon's.
I went to the restaurant on the day of the grand opening when I noticed many people lining up at the door and the flowers at the entrance.
Although service was a bit slow, the food was excellent and delicious. None of the dishes I had ordered were disappointing. It was a bit expensive but worth it. The environment was comfortable and was well lit. The washrooms were a bit dim, though. Overall, it was a good dining experience.
This restaurant is in the old Sam Wa location. I'm not sure what they've done to "upgrade", as I stopped going to Sam Wa years ago.
The Other Half and I went for lunch last Sunday, their "grand opening". Lots of flowers and plants at the front door with red ribbons and good wishes. I asked if the owners were the same people (as in - did they just change the name?) and was told no, new people.
A quick glance at the menu, and it looks pretty much like North American Chinese restaurant offerings., (no squid, no congee.... what kind of Chinese restaurant does not offer these items nowadays?)
Because we usually order more than for just the two of us, we ordered: spicy chicken wings, hot and sour soup, pork and bean sprout chow mein, gai lan with garlic sauce and <> from the chef's specials menu. pork chops with orange sauce. Turns out that on the chef's menu, the Chinese chararacters are on top... not so on the main menu....even if I told the server "pork chops with orange sauce", and he repeated it, we got egg tofu with dried scallop sauce on bok choy, the item one line down. When I asked, I was told "too bad". The chow mein was very salty, the "spicy" chicken wings were NOT spicy, the hot and sour soup was very bland, the gai lan was actually good. Quite a mixed bag.
Service: not so many people, and three servers rushing around getting in each other's way. One of the servers, while delivering a dish, looked at what was already on the table, and laughed! Greedy ''gwai lo""..... (we often over-order, just for the leftovers, and why would that matterÉ)
Ambiance.... maybe a new coat of purple and mauve paint and some frosted glass on the windows. Washrooms were EXACTLY the same, right down to the pieces of cotton mop caught on the bottom of the stalls.
Value... seemed a bit expensive, although the portions were OK.
In my opinion, you can get better (and more authentic) food at Yummy Wonton, just across the parking lot, for about the same price.
I've been coming here for years.
Food rating: Let's get this straight: the New Ruby is a Western (e.g. Canadianized) Chinese food restaurant. While it certainly has some authentic Chinese dishes -- indeed, most of the menu is devoted to them -- most of the clientel consists of highly assimilated people (white and Chinese both) and so the set menus, for example, feature Westernized dishes for Western palates. They also serve burgers and such. That said, the dishes are generally of a very high quality - msg is absent from all the food except the springrolls, vegetables are crisp, noodles springy, and all things well-seasoned.
Service: The service is outstanding and it is here New Ruby shines; the staff, which consists of a mixture of Chinese people, first Nations and white folks are familial and extremely pleasant. They're extremely polite, attentive but unintrusive, and very pleasant people and I have never had poor service. Food delivery is prompt generally and complaints and requests are rapidly addressed.
Value: Most dishes are 8-12 dollars. That said, set menus feature incredibly generous portions at a reasonable price. The "Lunch Combo" is probably the best value -- any two dishes plus spring roll for $7, with the servings each being half a dinner plate, and about 10 dishes to choose from (western favourites, mostly). Extremely filling, freshly cooked and yet very prompt, great for when you're busy.
I don't spend a lot of time in Tsawassen so can't compare this to other places in the area. But if you're looking for a good japanese restaurant down there, try this place out. It's tucked in the back of the mall. They have a full menu with all the usual dishes and licenced. The agedashi tofu was beautiful and unique.
|1.||Akari Japanese Restaurant|
|3.||Sharkey's Seafood Bar & Grille|
|4.||Desi Lounge & Restaurant|
|5.||Yummy Wonton House|
|7.||Mt Fuji Sushi|
|9.||Riverhouse Restaurant & Pub|
|11.||Applewood Country Gifts, Tea Room & Bakery|
|13.||Minori Japanese Restaurant|
|14.||Niagara Falls Restaurant|
|15.||Cactus Club Cafe|
|17.||Hakka Masti Restaurant|
|18.||Primerose Bar & Grill|
|19.||Rose and Crown Pub & Bistro|