I liked this little place. It was quite busy at dinner times with families and seniors as it is located near seniors housing. The food was ready in about 15 minutes
It's a great excuse to sample some traditional hearty fare from the mother country and to visit the lovely community of Tsawwassen. If you like your chips this is the place to be.
Despite being run off their feet on the evening we visited, the food quality was good. Everything was very fresh and the salmon was wild. Items like the tempura displayed a light touch. The kitchen staff definitely know what they are doing. However, they need to address a few issues at the front of the house with the volume of take out business, as it severely impacted the quality of service. This is a little gem in the breezeway of a suburban mall.
Sharkey's is another case of a very good restaurant that's let itself go downhill. At one time, it was our favourite, casual seafood restaurant south of Vancouver. It has a great waterfront location and open deck in the summer. The fish always tasted fresh and perfectly done. Now, more often than not, the fish is over-cooked and either too bland or overly sauced.
I'm not sure what happened. The food has become very inconsistent and while a certain waitress there is very good, the rest of the service staff is hit or miss.
Even after a couple of bad experiences, we kept going back every so often, over the course of a year and a half or so; hoping they'd improve things, but it hasn't happened. We've now reluctantly crossed Sharkey's off our list of 'go to' places. During this time, the only thing that has remained consistently good is their bucket of steamed mussels. I'm tempted to go back just for those!
Maybe a new chef or owner could infuse some good food and energy back. I miss Sharkey's.
When Mario's first opened, we couldn't go often enough. The food was fresh, inventive and tasty. The service, led by the eponymous Mario, was excellent. Mario, who formerly ran the now-defunct Reo's in Tsawwassen, was almost always at the door, greeting and seating people. He seemed to infuse the entire service team with a certain degree of warmth and enthusiasm.
Sadly, he hasn't been around lately and it shows. (I wonder if he's sold and it's just not widely known.) The service and the food seems to have taken a header in the past half-year or so. The staff is often seen chatting and joking with each other, rather than paying attention to the patrons. Sometimes, you can't even tell if there's a manager on duty.
The food has become extremely inconsistent. Mushroom caps, which used to be my favourite appetizer at Mario's have come to the table over-cooked and watery on our last two visits. The pasta (a favourite of my husband) often comes swimming in sauce or overly salty. On another occasion, we arrived around 5:30-ish and ordered drinks before dinner. When the waitress brought us our drinks, they didn't taste anything like they should have. When we told the waitress there was something wrong with them, she apologized profusely saying that there wasn't bar person on yet, and said that she'd had to mix them even though she'd never done it before. She'd literally had to look up the recipe. She took them back and tracked down the manager who mixed new drinks for us. We felt badly for the waitress, as it wasn't her fault she'd been put in that position.
Mario's has gone from being one of our favourite Tsawwassen restaurants to being one that we probably won't go back to (at least for a very long time).
As far as sushi restaurants go, Maguro is probably one of the best kept secrets in the lower mainland. The locals around here just hope not too many others find out about it.
It's a pretty small place, but is always busy - even mid-week. They also do a brisk take-out business.
The fish is always fresh and there are always new and interesting sushi creations from the chef. The prices are also good, considerably less than you'd pay in a comparable Vancouver or Richmond restaurant.
They have a good variety of combo dinners; combo sushi platters; hot and cold appetizers; and a full complement of a la carte nigiri, maki sushi, and sashimi. If you don't want sushi, they have a variety of teriyaki, rice bowls, ramen and udon dishes.
But I must admit, I go for their excellent sushi, almost every time; and we go often -- probably two or three times a month. I can't think of a single negative to say about their food.
This is by far our favourite Japanese restaurant.
This little gem is a great place to go for a succulent meal and a relaxing time. Filled with charming little booths that ensure a private and cozy experience, Maguro is generally a busy, happy place. Our sushi experts adore their fresh, delicate and inventively prepared dishes, and their tempura prawns are to die for! The bento boxes are excellent and well priced. Even the Japanese tea is delicious; nutty, toasty yet astringent. And for some reason, their Miso soup is better than anybody else's! Often busy, so book ahead if you can. Well worth waiting for even if you show up unannounced, does takeout as well. Also offers a good selection of Japanese beers and sakes. Great decor.
Illuminate has been open for since October, 2005 and already has become known as Tsawwassen's best restaurant. We decided to give it a try on Saturday night with some visitors from Australia. We left a reservation on their voicemail and it was politely confirmed later that day. (The restaurant is not open for lunch). We were greeted and seated quickly and offered a choice of two tables which was a nice touch. The service was professional and the servers smartly dressed. Our server took quite a while to ask us if we wanted drinks and then a while longer to take our order. Generally though the servers were competent but a little on the pretentious side.
The meal was far better than some reviews that had been given from friends ho had eaten there before. We shared appetizers of delicious calamari with a zesty tomato, olive and caper relish and mussels in a delicous tomato broth. For mains two of us had the house rissoto and two had the seafood linguini , both of which were tasty and satisfying.
The deserts were varied and we tried the house tiramisu which was excellent.
There was a good choice of beers (try the lemon ale!), martinis and wines. Prices in general were on the expensive side (starters $7-$14, pastas average $15 and mains $18-$29) for the burbs but good value compared to downtown. Illuminate is modern looking with a lengthy bar, ideal for singles and kitchen watchers. A very enjoyable dining experience
Alfa has been around longer than most restaurants in Tsawwassen which does not say much for a community deprived of any innovative or must-visit establishments. Its menu is Greek/Italian and typical of many suburban diners that try and please as many people as possible. On this visit we shared some calamari to start ($7.95). It took half an hour to arrive and was just passable. Alfa is well known for its pizzas and we shared a large Greek/Veggie pizza (16.95) that was very good. It took 45 minutes to arrive and our waiter was very casual, pleasant but in no hurry even though there were only a few occupied tables on a slow Monday night. Even bringing the bill was a challenge. I think we will stick to take-out in the future, their pizzas are the best around but dining there is a last resort, but better than our Macdonalds, Fish and Chip shop and Chinese wannabe restaurants. If any decent restaurant operators are reading this there is a great market out here in sunny Tsawwassen.
Decent take out sushi. Good lunchboxes for less than $6!
Average quality, but VERY good value for money.
Service is what you would expect from take out sushi.
There is very limited seating. Most people order take out anyways.
Coming to "the Riverhouse" in Delta from New Westminster is quite a distance to travel, but it makes me feel like I have 'left the city' once I am there, and I do find that relaxing. I agree with their website, "burgers best around". They aren't all that is good to eat here though. Over the past few years I have enjoyed several pub menu items for weekend brunches. While no one dish stands out, the quality and care taken in the preparation of the food does. The restaurant and pub are next to a marina and though I don't use it, I feel like a boat owner, sitting in a cozy pub chair, looking at the boats, pretending there are a couple extra zeros at the end of my bank account balance.
Not getting hungry until around Delta, we stopped at Mario's Kitchen, which we thought was Italian (and which we settled on because the Indian restaurant in the mini-mall was closed for lunch). We were surprised when the menu turned up an eclectic mix including jambalaya pasta and Mediterranean chicken burgers and, the special of the day, barbequed chicken quesadillas served with Caesar salad (of sorts). We decided up the stuffed mushroom caps as an appetizer and, chain restaurant or not, this was a huge hit for both of us. The barbequed chicken quesadillas were stuffed with chicken, but was overly sweet. The accompanying salsa was watery and resembled a slightly spicy ketchup more than a pico de gallo. Not something we'd order again even as a special. Our Caesar salads were tasty, but consisted of lettuce, croutons, and parmesan with lemon on the side. Who ever heard of a Caesar salad without at least tomatoes - and if not olives, mozzarella, onion, and possibly pieces of prosciutto or salami? [We wondered if BC were in the midst of a tomato shortage or something...] My Mediterranean beef burger (cheaper than chicken and my personal favorite) resembled a gyro on a bun and was extremely tasty indeed. We switched halfway through as my husband had been craving Greek food - and he snarfed the remaining burger up in around three bites! We were a bit taken back when our bill (he'd also had root beer) was more than our previous night's dinner for two at Kimono at almost $30. Other observations: another group who had arrived after us got their food before we did and most of the folks were retirement age (although we figured that was mainly due to it being 2ish on a weekday).
It is nice to go to a Japanese restaurant and get fresh high quality food prepared at a good price. I had a sushi and sashimi dinner box for $16.50, this included chicken teriyaki, tempura, miso soup and 2 pieces of gyoza. Good value for the quantity and quality of the suhi and the sashimi. A nice place to dine, quiet and comftorable.
Went this weekend to watch a noon European qualifier soccer game, they were good enough to show it without a cover charge unlike most Vancouver pubs. The food was great, my son had the Huntsman Breakfast that was huge, I had an omlette from the omlette bar, the chef makes it in front of your eyes and there's a choice of about 15 ingredients.....have as many as you like. Very tasty and a bargain at $8.95. Its a shame BC's crazy liquor laws do not allow under 19s in at this time of the day. When will we wake up and get in line with the rest of the world?
The R&C have a new side restaurant that has just opened (the Metro) so will have to try that soon.
Applewood is a local gem that's always busy & bustling. My favorites here are the freshly baked not so sweet cinnamon buns and lemon squares. They also offer home-style cooked casseroles like sheperd's pie, and quiches etc. Their portable packed lunch special's that include a salad, a main and a treat for about $9 are perfect for picnics.
The gift shop part of the store is worth browsing as well as it offers well-priced beautiful goods like french-style linens etc.
Parking can be a problem so be aware you might have to park further and just walk there.
Nice Little Retreat!
We eat often here, and find it pays to get there early for lunch as the place has many admirers and fills quickly. They are very patient and kind to children.
The sushi is great, and the luncheon or dinner boxes are generous and tasty. The tempura is heavenly, and one of our favourite dishes is the Tempura Udon...a nice big bowl of delicious noodle soup served with an assortment of tempura, including their juicy and delectable tempura prawns.
They make very nice party trays for you to order and take home.
Tea is very good as well...so much so we beg for refills.
A lovely little place tucked away in East Delta.
We went for a nice afternoon tea a couple of weeks ago and liked it so much my daughter asked to have her 16th birthday party there, treating 4 of her friends to afternoon tea.
We were very surprised by the high quality of the tea served; the sandwiches, scones and tiny desserts were inspired and delicious, fresh and tasty. The server was warm and gracious.
We were *very* pleased to note that the portions of Devon Cream served were generous. One absolutely must be able to look forward to fresh scones dripping in jam and Devon cream!
The ambiance is cozy, and we especially liked our teacups...all pretty and old fashioned, and no one the same.
The brand of tea served was decent but not outstanding.
We definitely intend to go here again, and take guests. Note that they also sell delicious fresh fudge!
Nothing special when it comes to their menu but for quality, consistent food, its a good choice. I usually have their Asian spring rolls to start which come with a wonderful sweet n' sour dipping sauce. For the main course I stick to their mushroom burger with steak fries. Very filling for the price you pay. Great casual restaurant in the Tsawwassen area.
I went there with my husband, mom and dad. We were greeted very kindly as we entered. The food was incredible and the service was outstanding.
My mom and dad love Greek food and now want to go back there everytime they visit!
Thanks for a great experience!!
Mario's has quickly become my favourite restaurant in Tsawwassen. I usually eat there once or twice a week(and I live in Vancouver) and I have no complaints--only praises. The food is great and the staff is always on top of their game. I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great restaurant in the Delta area.
Overall Chinese food just isn't good in Delta/Surrey which means restaurants that would otherwise have failed thrive here. We sometimes cave and order a main dish here just to check if improvements have been made but nope most main dishes are basically inedible, either too salty, or just tastes off on the palate. The veggies are so overcooked they are mushy. They also don't peel the carrots which I dislike. Why the three stars then? Their noodle dishes are excellent. Oddly enough the service here is really good as well, the servers are cheerful and friendly and they don't charge extra if you add ingredients to their dishes.
|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|