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.
I am so glad this place is around, given the relative distance to other Vietnamese restaurants when in the area.
Food: Pho seems good, enjoyable, fresh condiments delivered well. Delicious salad rolls, ample portions and a fairly extensive menu: soup, noodles, platters, vegetables, stir-fries, Asian drinks and desserts; there's probably something for everyone.
Service: Dine-in service is nice, providing good complimentary tea and being helpful but not intrusive. Food is made fresh and usually arrives within 5-25 minutes depending on what you order. Take-out is great: everything is packaged separately to maintain texture...pho, for example, comes as 3 packages: a big container of broth, another of noodles, meat and so forth, and a bag of the bean-sprouts, peppers and thai basil, all bagged carefully to not leak. I once ordered take-out in the restaurant and was seated with tea while I waited, a nice touch which I much appreciated.
Value: Two large salad rolls and a huge bowl of Pho with a number of meats for $13.13 with tax, not a bad deal at all. No dish costs more than about $13 and most are under $8. Combos (noodle, meat, salad & spring rolls or some variation thereof) are $8-12 as well. Overall the value is very good.
Ambiance: It's a nice restaurant largely used by locals. OK decor and very clean, but nothing special -- and why should it be? Everything such a restaurant ought to be. Music and televisions quiet or muted, which is great, as the restaurant is usually pleasantly quiet.
Robb's have been around in Tsawwassen forever, almost like an institution, they have survived with a few changes of ownership. Fish and Chips are always better eaten at a restaurant as they get soggy quickly if wrapped or reheated. Five of us went to Robb's and ate their basic cod and chips (7.95) or halibut and chips ($9.95). The fish were crisp and good size portions and the chips excellent. Home-made coleslaw and tartar sauce were good also. Service was friendly and my only comment would be their hours of operation are very limited. If you want a late evening meal forget it. Well worth returning to in the hours they are open!
I haved lived in North Delta for most of my life but just reciently moved within walking distance of Minori. I had a craving for sushi and enventhough I didn't have a take out menue or phone number, I walked down to the restaurant to place an order. I walked into the place, which looks nicer on the inside than the ouside, and was greeted by a nice lady who promtly gave me a take out menue. I ordered Gomae, Vegitable Tempura, a Philadelphia Roll, a Caniforia Roll, and a Spider Roll. It came to under 30$ and was a good amout of food. Enough for at least 2 meals. I was told my order would be ready in 30 mins which was expected since there were about 5 other take out people waiting. I went across the street and did some shoping and retured after 20 minutes and sat down at the counter and started reading The Province. Before I was finished my first artical my food was handed to me my the friendly smiling lady and I was on my way home. The Veggie Tempura was a generous portion and delicious. The Gomae was also very tasty... But best of all as the Sushi! The California Roll was above average, the Spider Roll was fantastic and the Philadelphia Roll was out of this world! They make thier sushi to the order and you can see the chiefs doing so as you order. I will definately be back! Good jod Minori!
Being from Delta I decided to go check this place out a few years back. I have no complaints, the donuts are fresh and always stocked. Unlike other franchises that turn you back and don't make fresh batches by the hour. This place is really cares about its customers.
I just love how they are hot and fresh so heavenly.
We love it here. The food is hot and fresh and very tasty. We have never had a bad experience here. Service there is outstanding, more like going to a good friends house for awesome food. We especially love the beef and ginger hot pot, pan fried prawns and curried chicken. My kids love going here because they get spoiled by the staff.
I love this Japanese restraunt. They remember my name and are very friendly. The food quality is good. Usually very fresh. Its a quaint restraunt. Clean and well seated for the space. I usually end up ordering about $50 worth of food because I can't decide what I like best to eat. :P I can't help but eat here once a week. I usually don't bother going anywhere else for sushi anymore.
I've been going to Go-Go sushi for several years now and their food has just been improving ever since. The owners are very friendly and kind and their service is quick. The food is great quality and is plenty enough to fill anyone up. For dine there's only approx. 10 seats so take out is a usual. I'd recommend this place to anyone who's looking for a small sushi take-out that's fairly inexpensive and big portions.
Great Pizza!!I wish I could just stop there!LOL.My Family & myself have been going to Niagara for years!!The food is great,the pricing is more than fair!Overall you will not find a better Greek restaurant in Ladner.Family owned,we always see the same staff!The place needs a new makeover,but the food is so good,ill put up with bad art work & colours!
We first tried Alfa's years ago[like 10].It was always good,& my family & I always came back.First off,the staff there is great!!Seems like everytime we go,its the same staff,& thats a good sighn!Everybody is friendly & nice.The food is priced ok maybe a bit high,but in my book,its worth it,Ive had thier Pizza,most of the Greek dish's,& even thier steaks are good!Hands down the best greek food in the Ladner Tsawwassen area,its been there a long time,& will probably always be there!
I have been here several times before I jump on the Richmond highway and boy I always leave happy. Good food, good service. Will definitley be there tomorrow actually mmm anyone else coming in for some tasty vietnamese food?
My favourite is the house special number 1 loaded with meat and the ordinary same ol same ol if you love it as much as I do then ya know what I mean. =) Highly recommend this place if you're in the neighbourhood. Theres no other place in that area that'll top the food you get there.
Great food! I love greek food and the Greek Village is up there with other good greek restaurants. Tiropita (feta cheese pie) is fantastic! I was salvating for week after eating it. I have gone there probably around a dozen times since I work quite close by. The food is good and most of the serves are pretty nice, one in particular is great. The owner can seem a bit grumpy and unfriendly but she usually isn't serving. I normally get the Lamb Souvlaki and it is very very tasty. I have never been disapointed with a meal there. Prices are reasonable as well.
Been here a couple of times as I used to live in Tsawwassen. Am of Greek lineage, so pickier about Greek food than the regular Joe. Usually have Moussaka when I go to a Greek restaurant, as it is my fav. They make a decent one, but not the best I have had. The calamari is usually pretty good, but on a rare occasion, it comes across bland and oily. The fasolada is NOT like mom's... more like a bean and veg soup, should have dill and other seasonings besides just salt and pepper. My partner was very disappointed as he loves it. I had the avgolemono, basic chicken soup base and orzo, finished off with egg finish, but, NOT very Greek using powdered soup base. Greek salad was ok, and so was the hummus. The souvlaki is ok as is the rice it is served with, nothing to write home about. All in all, it is ok.
I have been a fan of Yummy Wonton House for a while and usually go on Sunday mornings (when it's dead). When the resturant is just opening and not busy, the service is good and the food is excellent (It's hard to find real Chinese food in Surrey).
On the other hand, I went to the restaurant for the first time during its peak hours and found the restaurant to be the complete opposite. The restaurant was in shambles because it was understaffed and the host kept seating more and more people and taking more and more pick-up orders. The restaurant was not completely full, but the small rush of customers was still too much for the two waitresses and the one bus boy to handle.
We waited a couple of minutes before we were seated and once we were seated it took they a while to get to us to take our order. Once we ordered, we got our soup relatively quickly (off to an okay start)...then we waited for over half an hour in anticipation for our other two dishes. Finally, I asked the waitress where are food was (I say "finally" because the waitresses avoided eye-contact with us because they were so flustered and busy). She apologized and checked with the kitched to see where our food was.
When she came out, she brought food with her...but for another table. I had to try to catch eye-contact with her again to ask if our food prep had even been started. After a long laboured pause...she said that it hadn't been started (after 40 minutes of waiting). At that point we decided to cancel the order and ask for the bill. We were given apologies from the host (of which most of the time seemed to do very little as the waitresses rushed about) and were told we didn't have to pay for our $7 bill (for the soup that we split between 3 people).
Even though our bill was covered in the end, it was embarassing to bring my friends to a place that was not well managed/managed at all during dinner time. I had been raving about how great the place was before that night, now I don't know if the quality of food is worth it. I also noticed that the table next to us were getting impatient because their waitress disappeared when they wanted to order.
I have a suggestion for the owners of YW: Next time you're understaffed, stop taking orders by phone an stop seating new customers you cannot accomodate with good service.
T.I.P.S. -To Insure Prompt Service
Incredible hype when Krispy Kreme was coming to the Lower Mainland. Too bad it had to be Delta.
I think it was once open 24hrs but that is no longer the case. Once the crowds and lineups dispersed so did their appeal.
I won't lie I really do like their Original Glazed. I could only eat a couple at one sitting. They always seem to taste fresh even if they're not. It melts in your mouth like no other donut I've had. Sometimes I crave it but it's still just a donut.
The inside is like something out of a TV show or something you'd see in the states. Very retro. It always looks spotless but I guess now because so few people come by there. Service is good (how could it not be) although on our last visit I felt bad for the counterperson standing there waiting for us to pick what we wanted. She was tired, not physically but of her presence in a quiet solitude.
I think many of us had that "to die for" notion when it first appeared in our backyard but most of it was probably founded on the hype. Their downhill descent was only fuelled with lifestyle changes for the mass and health/media sources damning the place and their products for it's high sugar, fat and caloric content. I'm sure it doesn't help either when they're so far outside the city's core.
Honestly though while backing out of my stall and driving away it felt as if their time is coming.
So its Saturday nite and nobody wanted to cook, called Robbs for pick-up, even though we have noticed a huge difference in quality since the new owners. But we had freinds over and we recommended it, having had a good experience the last time. Well not only was the meal soggy, under cooked and almost, except for the fact our husbands where starving, inedible. The pieces of fish were very small and there were fries for 3 people not for the six we paid for. So I decided to call Robbs and register our complaint (which we have never done before). The acting manager intimated it was our fault because we didn't bother bringing it back. She was defensive and said it was way better with the new owners because she had worked for both. Not once did she express any dismay and apologize. When we said we had better fish and chips elsewhere she said she wasn't interested and you get what you get. Then she hung up on me. Only one last thing to say, don't eat there, they do not value their customers.
|1.||Akari Japanese Restaurant|
|3.||Sharkey's Seafood Bar & Grille|
|4.||Yummy Wonton House|
|5.||Desi Lounge & Restaurant|
|7.||Mt Fuji Sushi|
|9.||Riverhouse Restaurant & Pub|
|12.||Applewood Country Gifts, Tea Room & Bakery|
|13.||Primerose Bar & Grill|
|14.||Rose and Crown Pub & Bistro|
|15.||Minori Japanese Restaurant|
|16.||Cactus Club Cafe|
|18.||Hakka Masti Restaurant|
|19.||Niagara Falls Restaurant|