Green Lettuce is still my favorite of the Indian-Chinese fusion places, their food is addictive. But for the times I don't want to fight the crowds to get my spicy food fix, I will head to the much quieter and emptier Hakka Masti.
I tried Hakka Masti for lunch the other day, and liked it.
It looks nice inside, I liked the spacious tables and everything looks newly renovated.
The lunch specials are a good deal and range from $7-8 and include soup and rice.
I liked the mushroom egg drop soup, even though it contained frozen veggies and canned mushrooms.
They do use MSG in their foods, so if you are sensitive you should skip this place.
For the lunch special I had their pad thai, and it was delicious, it tasted slightly different from Thai pad thai, it was spicier but still good and it was full of ingredients, I hate eating only noodle bites.
One of the things I miss the most about living in Toronto is the great pad thai they had there. For some reason most Chinese restaurants perfected making Pad Thai, so I had it often.
My first visit to Hakka Masti went well, the service is a bit uneven & awkward, but I think they just aren't used to North American friendly service.
I had a lunch special to go from here, and it was a decent lunch.
All of the components of the lunch were carefully packaged in individual containers. I'd go so far as to say this was the most carefully packaged meal I've ever had to go. It looked almost like the meal was from a deli because of the clear plastic containers used.
The lunch is a choice of two items from four, I chose butter chicken and a paneer vegetarian dish. The portion size of these were too small, if they increased their portion sizes by a half I would have been happier. The veggie dish was mainly sauce, and the butter chicken maybe had 4 small chunks of chicken.
The portion is good for those on a diet though.
Basically if you are eating in for lunch, order another entree to supplement this especially if you are eating with others.
The lunch does include all the sides though, so it is a filling meal, it's just that the protein portion is small, and you are filling up on carbs. There is a very generous serving of raita, a little salad, rice, naan and dessert.
They let you upgrade to garlic naan for .50 cents, this is well-worth it, the flatbreads here are great. I especially like the flavourful keema naan.
If you eat in, drinks are offered at a reduced price with the lunch special.
I wish they added the option of adding a piece of tandoori chicken or something to the lunch. Or even doubling the protein portion for an extra price.
While the quality of the food is high, because they prepare all of the spices and chutneys in house, I wish they were a little bit more generous.
Their dinner portions are more generous, but by the time you add naan etc. as they are sold on the side, the price does tend to go up accordingly. Their biryani's here are pretty good too, they are more like fried rice than biryani but it's still good.
Anyhow if you do order, it's better to phone ahead as they are always busy, and because everything's prepared freshly, it does take a bit of time to get your order ready.
Krispy Kreme is by far the best donut place in Vancouver. Their donuts are light, fluffy and delicious. they even freeze well! the place is clean, and well-lit, and great for a family day out. the whole kitchen is visible from the dining area, so you can see how clean it is. I think it's a great place.
I was in between appointments over the weekend so I ventured into Ladner's small shopping vista for a quick grab. This location just opened this year, and is looking to put it's name into the area's little town characteristics.
My gf was with me so we purchased a few items, her spinach and feta croissant, and chocolate croissant and a tomato and cheese twist. They had a special giving away a free cinnamon bun for all purchases over $10. The croissants dwarfed the humungous twist, which I expected to be measley in size; it was the size of a large marble rye! Nice crusty exterior with tones familiar to the pizza pretzel. The croissants were flaky and moist while the gratuitous bun was good in it's own right. All our items would have really benefited from a little trip through the toaster oven, which would be a delightful bonus if they offered a warm up option.
Typical friendly service from the staff with smiles all around. Don't be afraid to ask for suggestions, they're usually good with picks.
Like many food businesses these days, prices have come up, but seeing as they are a big name in town, they'll draw a good crowd. Good, but there's not much to choose from to begin with.
The two of us dined out at the cactus club in the early evening mid-week. We were seated promptly, and the service was good.
The food was very tasty but the portions weren't enough to fill us up. We left hungry. We were disappointed that they didn't bring us any bread before or during the meal which would have helped. We also felt it was overpriced since it didn't appear to be a high class restaurant. The floors were bare concrete which looked cheap and unfinished. I thought a wood or tile floor would probably have suited the atmosphere better.
We travel here from Surrey for top notch sushi! I can't eat sushi in downtown Vancouver anymore. Very interesting rolls and the chefs are happy to make anything you suggest. Today we asked for something with spicy tuna and scallops and it was such a delicious creation Hojin the owner came up with. Sashimi melts in your mouth with freshness. I wish Hojin would open up a place downtown so I could go everyday.
Wow! ...and that is coming from picky eaters/diners!
We reecently celebrated our parents 50th Wedding Anniversary and chose Illuminate. We had never been, but very glad we did!
Our group of 10 enjoyed the back private wine room, but felt very much like a part of the atmosphere (unlike other rest that make you feel like you have been bad an placed in the back room for a time-out).
Michael served us with class and poise, often he was there with water, wine and we didn't even know it. The entire staff helped out to serve entrees to ensure freshness.....nice touch!
Roland, Owner/Chef (and Swedish), has creatd a visually delightful 'Delta Jewel', topped with delicious, heartly portions. He also created some a la carte custom dishes with a 'Swedish touch' for our parents special day. Superb!
Canelloni is soft and rich, Bolognese sauce is the best ever, the lobster tail was fresh, soft and juicy, the short rib was fork tender, risotto was rich and plently and the wine list was expansive without being daunting, and not overly expensive.
Will defianately be back soon, and very willing to travel the distance to get there from Caulfield, West Vancouver.
'Tusen Tack' Illuminate!
We went to Illuminate recently with another couple. It was a wonderful experience for all. The waiter was knowledgable, friendly, believable, and helpful. Truly felt he was part of the experience not a hovering annoyance. I believe his name was Steve.
The goat cheese salad, crispy prawns and scallops all execellent.
I have been paying a lot of money for very dissappointing food lately so I feel motivated to write this review. I have a friend working for a high end in downtown Vancouver and she has made the trip to eat here more than I have.What a treat to have this kind of restaurant in Tsawwassen. I only hope that it gets the clientele it deserves.
always fresh and always busy.
price is always right. Short of going to Tojo's for the real and ultra fresh.. Maguro does a great job of getting all the bases covered. It's not the biggest restaurant so don't be surprised to have to wait on any given evening.
All the rolls are always fresh and put together nicely. Rice is always firm and not over or undercooked. Soups, ramen , combination bowls are all top notch and service is always great.
You can tell how good a place is by the line up and how many "to go" orders they need to deal with on a nightly basis.
Good stuff and when I am in the area to visit family. I love it here
I visit my parents in Surrey and this is one of their favorites.
I've been here many times over the years and they have always delivered and I see they are catering to a very specifc older generation of diners. Greek / mediterranean based menu had me wanting something a bit more updated.
The restaurant is kept VERY clean and has a nice charm to it.. decorated like a mediterranean courtyard and they've made it look nice considering it's in an industrial park.
Food wise.. again.. tastes good but it's just the same old stuff. they need some updated for me to get excited about coming here.
One of the nicest patios in lower mainland in my humble opinion. Food is not awesome but good and the variety is just right for an upperscale casual type of restaurant. I love the ambiance and it's worth the drive. My parents live in Surrey and brought me here... this is my first review and I love dining out so I'll be doing more reviews as I dine out!
We had take out the first time we went there. The food was excellent tasting but the waiter was rude and could care less to explain to us about the different type of sauces. We ordered a meat dish, a vegetarian dish and a noodle dish. They were spicy and savory, however, the vegetable pieces were cut so small, I almost required magnifying glasses to fish them out in a pool of sauce.
We have dined there 4 times in the last year and I must say that 2 experiences were good but the other 2 were not - the last was a disaster. In May, We arrived to be seated at the bar ( ok. no big deal) but we had to push to order wine - ( seated at the bar!) and then push again to order food - the couple seated next to us came in after us and were served their meal ( same choices) before us. By the time we got our food ( 55 minutes) we wre actually not really hungry any more having devoured all the bread. Then when it came time to pay, my c.card was lost off the bar - it fell out of the folder somewhere but the barman insisted I had not put it in the folder and that it was nowhere so I paid with another cc - anyway I called them them next day and sure enough, they had my c.card. I think this is a good restaurant but the food is patchy as is the service. It is a sort of 50% hit or miss and for the prices it should be more consistent. Busy times is when you judge a restaurant - any restaurant can serve well when 1/2 full but the mark of a good restaurant is consistency all the time.
We end up at Sharkey's whenever we go to the Reifel birds sanctuary with our little one. The ambiance is nice and the menu offers fish and chips, burgers and similar items. We like the clam chowder and the wasabi salmon burger, but also the cod fish and chips is good. Nothing special, but solid quality.
Service is decent, but has some variance (once we had an argument about the table that the owner wanted to seat us, obviously he wanted to push us to an empty corner as we showed up with an infant).
On the other hand, the value for items on the kids menu is outstanding. It is really half price compared to the reasonably priced items on the main menu and almost full size...
Another plus the patio and the ambiance of the restaurant in general. A really nice place to spend some time with friends and kids.
My dining companion and I decided to duck out early from birdwatching (duck!) to grab some grub. Neither of us is familiar with the area, but the patio umbrellas lured us. I had cod and chips with slaw, he had halibut and chips. My peice of cod was fresh and delicate, breaded with panko, a lighter crispy alternative to the standard beer batter. My slaw was flavourful and very fresh, and the fries were nice, homecut and just salty enough. Good tartar sauce as well. Topped with a couple spicy Caesars, it was a really great impromtu dinner. The patio is great, casual, nice view of the water and surrounding flora. Our server was great as well.
First of all, these donuts are absolutely delicious...they are not too sweet for me, and they are better than TimmyHo's cuz they melt in you mouth when its hot/heated up. Also, when the donuts still taste good even after having them lay around the kitchen for a week. Also, TimmyHo's donuts are made in Toronto and they ship them to stores here, where the stores just heat it up, whereas KK is made in store.
Came by here last week, and they are offering 15 cent coffee (X-tra Large size) with the choice of 4 different blends. The coffee was surprisingly pretty good, w/ self serve cream and sugar..which I like.
Its hard to imagine that the original glazed donuts only carry 200 calories!
I know many people enjoy indulging themselves in desserts. People say sweets can take away your stress. I enjoy desserts once in a while too but I've never liked Krispy Kreme because what they sell is way toooo sweet for me and my family.
Of course there are still many people who are loyal to the brand and their fresh products. It is true that their donuts are much better than other packaged ones they sell at superstore / safeway. I can imagine them having a hard time surviving in the future though if they don't change their products, since the new generation's all about eating and living healthily.
My wife and I went to the Restaurant (not the Pub) for our anniversary dinner. We got a table on the patio and enjoyed a great view of the marina, the river and local wildfowl. A great place to spent some time and enjoy nature. The food was well prepared although not served up with any flare. Our server and busperson were courteous and attentive. When the server found out we were there for a celebration the restaurant gave us a free desert. Nice touch! Also I was not charged for a small oversight. They forgot to bring the coffee when I ordered it. The server brought it quickly when I reminded her. I was not charged for that coffee.
Overall a very nice experience. I will go there again, next time with friends.
We've been to Sharkey's twice and the food was wonderful. My husband ordered Clam Strips and fries the first time and they were (apparently) so good that I did not get a taste. I shared a Chicken, Spinach and Feta Panini which came with a lovely fresh green salad.
The second time we visited Sharkey's we were with a group of about 25 people. Sharkey's knew ahead of time that we were coming and we arrived at about 2:30 p.m. on a Sunday. My husband ordered the Two-piece fish and chips and I again ordered the Chicken, Spinach and Feta Panini. All of the food coming from the Kitchen looked and smelled delicious.
We are looking forward to visiting again during the summer and sitting outside on their patio.
I would recommend that you try Sharkeys.
I've been to Sundowner twice in two days. Last nite I went with a group of 5 and we ate and had pitchers. We ordered the beefdip, chicken fingers and fries and the veggie stir fry. We all enjoyed the food and drink and the tables were open so we had a few games of free pool as well. Today we went at lunch for toonie burgers and the soccer game and we found they were very good and I will be back for this deal again. My daughter had a veggie quesidilla and she said it was good as well. Both waitresses and the bartender were very friendly and helpful. Yes I agree with the previous post that the place needs an update but this pub serves a lot of regulars in the residential neighborhood it sits within and let's remember....this is a pub not Earls. You want amazing food go there and pay their prices. You want a drink and some pretty decent food for the money in a nice friendly place go to the Sundowner. I will go back there.
|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|
|13.||Applewood Country Gifts, Tea Room & Bakery|
|14.||Primerose Bar & Grill|
|15.||Rose and Crown Pub & Bistro|
|16.||Hakka Masti Restaurant|
|18.||Minori Japanese Restaurant|
|19.||Cactus Club Cafe|
|20.||Boot & Sombrero, The|