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.
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.
I took my wife here for dinner after a few guys from work were talking about it. we were seated in the lounge area, nice place! could use a few more windows, but we were surrounded by flat screen TV's with lots of sports to choose from... a good alternative. I had the Combo Skillet, huge meal. According to our server it was one of the most popular dishes, I'd agree after being stuffed 3/4 of the way through. My wife had the BBQ Club w/ Yam Fries. Didn't come with a dip, but when we asked for something to dip them in, we were offered their aioli (for $.50) I remember being charged $1.99 for a side of ranch at BP - $.50 is no biggie.
All in all, one of the cleanest restaurants I've been in for a while (a dirty restaruant = HUGE pet peeve of mine) Service was decent. the bartender/server was personable - We'll go back for sure!
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