I has been years since I have eaten at this restaurant and had enjoyed it, It seems that the quality has slipped considerably since my last visit, coupled with the food stains on the wall made for a "not a great experience".
I had the Halibut and chips, it was dry and tasteless, and I am sure it had been sitting in the freezer since last year. Which wouldn't have been so bad if the market price wasn't $22.00 dollars for two pieces and a small helping of chips. The cole slaw I also ordered ( now a an additional side dish) was mediocre My business partner ordered a lamb burger and it looked average like it came from a package. I do not know what is happening , but I personally would be hesistatant to ever go back, the only redeeming feature was our waiteress was on spot and and very pleasant,
My recommendation is that they should fire the manager and update the menu,with fresh ingredients not product from a bag.
I have dined in twice since Mario re-opened in February. Everything is as it should be under his experienced management.
It's time for the regulars who drifted away or those new to town, to try it out. You will be pleasantly surprised and leave happy.
The food is flavourful and portions generous. The bruchetta is a top recommendation of mine. The calamari is easy to share for 3. My husband had the to-die-for ribs and I had one of the special burgers. I really like the bean and corn salad as a side dish. And the yam fries were great.
Our waitress was attentive, the service quick. She had a great personality and made sure everything was to our liking. Her sense of humour was fun!
The restaurent itself has had a spruce up, the booths are all re-done I think. It just feels like Mario is back in charge which he is.
Mario and his wife Brenda are at the front of the house extending their warm hospitality.
They are opening for lunch as of April 9th I was told.
Visited the place after hearing a lot from friends and advert.
It was a good experience. Service was good and there was a line
up at the entrance. Different than other typical Indian restaurant.
The restaurant was busy. Our server was very pleasant.
Just hope that the owners keep delivering good service and food.
In rush time parking can be a problem and not the best location.
Ok, so technically Tasty Indian Bistro is in Delta. The actual location is a bit run-down, but the restaurant itself is quite nice! They've got a hip, clean look to their interior, apart from a couple extremely tacky-looking statues guarding the door. And the food is great! My one complaint there is that the portions are just MILDLY lacking... for $12 butter chicken I think the bowl could be a bit larger. The tandoori is great too... but again, small portions. The samosas are kind of average, but with some mango chutney they're delicious and the mango lassi was terrific, nice and creamy. Again, a bit on the small size.
The servers here are pretty good. The night I went the place was dead, so we probably got a bit more service than I'd like since our guy clearly had no one else to tend on, but it's better to have them checking in a couple times too often than not at all. All in all, dinner for two came to about $45. I feel I could get more for that amount elsewhere, but the quality probably wouldn't be as good. I'll be coming back!
This is one of the best Thai restaurant I have found in Vancouver area. Their flavors are authentic and tasty. I wonder what make Kon Thai isn't as popular as some other Thai restaurant in Vancouver. I mean, they serve good food and their service was somehow better than famous Thai restaurant in Vancouver.
I visited this place with my husband and my son last night. There was no one to greet us at the first place. Then a guy came, no Hi no hello, just walked us to our seats and gave us menu book. We ordered our dosas and the food came after 15 min of wait. One of the dosas was "cold" not even warm. It was cold that no one could eat it. I told the server that dosa is so cold and does not seem fresh. The server abrupty and rudely said that they make fresh dosas and it cant be cold. I told him to try it. He took my plate inside and came back without my plate after about 10 min of wait that the chef has refused to make another fresh dosa for me and I have to eat that. I told him i am not going to eat cold food and especially when it has gone inside once. He was so rude and arrogant. I asked him abt what time the manager works here bcz I found that quite insulting when they refused to make dosa. On being asked abt manager he said he doesnt know what time manager works. I told him how I felt abt this episode and he did not even apologize. I left the place hungry and thinking that I will never visit this place again. The service sucks and food was cold. The staff is not respectful to their customers and seems like they dont care about the reputation of their business.
Order few dishes, asked them for "hot", man I tell you it was really spicy.
Masala Fried Fish served with Salad - Extremely good 9.5/10
Chicken Munchurian - very good 8/10
Goat Biryani - very good 8.5/10 (go with max medium hot)
Onion Rava Dosa & Masala Dosa - good 7.5/10
Fish & Chips - very good 8.5/10 (kids meal, not typical taste)
Nilagiri Chicken Curry - good 6.5/10
Very difference & unique taste due to different spices... not typical Indian food. Must try it. One of the best fried fish I have tried.
Some items should not be so high on price.
We drove out to Tsawwassen to pick up some gas from Point Roberts, and stopped by Alfa's for a quick bite. Not only did two of the servers come to greet us at the front, but all the staff was really positive and smiley, a nice change from the BLAH waitresses and waiters we experience at local eateries here in Richmond.
The food was BEYOND amazing. We started out with dolmadres (delicious) and had Roast Lamb dinners. I have visited every Greek restaurant in the lower mainland and I'm telling you, never had it like this!!
I even went back to the kitchen and gave my compliments to the chef, which was a family member. The service was great, and the food scrumptious. Can't wait to visit here again.
To all people who have had a bad experience at Mario's,
Do not worry mr. Mario himself has bought back the restaurant and is currently revamping the whole place. He has taken over because of reviews like the one below. I assure you mr. Mario is doing everything inhis power to regain an honorable reputation. If there are any people who have been to Mario's and had a bad experience before I urge you to try it again. This time you won't be disappointed.
We came for dinner since we read about their renovation a few months back. We like their food, so we wanted to see their new decor.
Pretty nice, definately needed the update. No music playing?? which was really weird. All you could hear was the banter from the kitchen and service staff and the owner talking loud at one of the corner tables.
Our server came to the table and blankly asked us what we wanted to drink. No suggestion of any sort. Hello, your a server, 'have you heard of suggestive selling???' if you suggested something, maybe I would have gotten that instead of water.
We were a bit indecisive on our menu choice. We decided on the lasagna and chicken souvlaki. The food came out at a reasonable time. There were two other tables there while we were there. Great food, but service very lacking. It ruins the experience.
I wish we had the other server, she was smiling and seemed genuinely happy to be serving people.
I went there to have my food, the noodle was over cooked but it was good though..i decided to have a take out too and can u believe it..they served me the take out in a very dirty container..i asked them the guy told me it happens...
i asked him wat if i fall sick..he said if u want i can change it..and he went in..i was lucky i chkd it by chance..
This tall indian friend mus know we pay for our food. Not free.
When Edo Ya Sushi opened up a while ago, I decided to check it out with a friend. It was about 7:30 in the evening on a Monday or Tuesday, so it was pretty dead, there were all of two other tables already seated and eating. When we went in, we were impressed with the nice decor. The hostess came up to us, greeted us, we saw the nice booths they had along the side of the restaurant and we asked if we could sit there. The hostess told us no, because it's "3 people or more only". This was my first bad impression of the place, because having worked in restaurants I learned if the customer wants to sit somewhere specific, you let them, and it should be no problem at all if it isn't busy.
Some other things I learned that night:
They charge for green tea. They just plopped a tea bag in a cup for each of us.
The rolls were not very well made - falling apart, loose, and they jam packed them full of fillers like cucumber and lettuce.
The rolls were also mediocre at best, I've been to quite a few sushi restaurants and this one did not have anything that stood out when it came to taste.
They have a "call" button for the waitress. I find this ridiculous. I'm in your restaurant, you are serving me, why should I have to call you over to my table when you should come over and check on me? The waitress never even came over unless we called her.
That was my first impression of Edo Ya and I decided to never go there again, as Maguro has much better sushi.
Then the other night Maguro was closed when a group of friends (one of them being the same friend who came with me originally) and I needed our sushi fix. We decided to give Edo Ya another try after about a year, hoping the service would be better. Well we were completely wrong.
We walked in just as another group of people walked in behind us. We could see there was only one waitress working, and another lady working the register. The waitress completely avoided eye contact with us as she was walking around the whole restaurant helping the seated tables. After about 10 minutes of standing around we were getting irritated at being ignored, the waitress comes up directly to the group behind us, asks if they had a reservation, which they did, seats them and continues to ignore us. I had called earlier and asked if they were open, and the lady on the other line did not mention to me that I needed a reservation to be acknowledged. After waiting yet another 5 minutes with no notice of our existence, we left and went to Oki Doki Sushi in Ladner, where as it happens the waitress greeted us as we were walking in the door and sat us down within seconds.
I understand it was busy that night, we could see it, but there were also open tables that they could have sat us in, or the waitress could at least have come up, acknowledged us, and told us she would get to us as soon as possible or it would be a 15-20 minute wait. I found this service to be absolutely appalling and now I feel my original decision to avoid this place was correct.
My wife and I decided to take a side trip into Tsawwassen for a bite to eat after disembarking the Ferry.
Not knowing the area at all or it's various restaurants we saw the sign for Mario's Kitchen and decided to give it a try. What a dreadful mistake.
Upon entry we were greeted and directed to a booth in a timely and courteous manner. It didn't take long for a waitress to appear and bring menus and take our drink orders. I ordered camomile tea and my wife ordered regular tea. So far so good. Our waitress returned in a few minutes to inform me that there was no camomile tea and offered several other choices. Not perturbed at all I chose green tea.The tea arrived with the pots being full of very hot water. That in itself was unusual in a restaurant and much appreciated. My wife wasn't hungry but thought she might share some of the calamari appetizer I chose. For the main course I selected Cajun Linguine at the recommendation of our waitress.
Both dishes arrived at the same time even though the calamari was offered as a starter.The calamari was very tender but the coating was soggy with oil. The linguine was OK but came served with two spoons.No other cutlery had been delivered to our table. It was not our waitress who delivered the food but then who's to say how they operate.There was not a napkin to be seen. A different waitress was serving the booths near us so I asked her to please bring me a fork which she did. She did not ask if there was anything else we needed but quickly turned and walked away. We proceeded to begin eating. The soggy battered calamari we consumed as finger-food. I made my way 1/2 way through the linguine which was accompanied by a slice of poorly disguised garlic bread. At this point we're at least ten minutes into our meal as I am a slow eater. All the while my fingers are covered in greasy oil from the soggy calamari. Without a napkin to wipe my hands on the cutlery and tea cup became greasy and uncomfortable to handle but I forged ahead anyway. The second waitress ( not ours ) was being attentive to her charges as should be but totally ignored us. Finally after I laid my fork down our waitress re-appeared and asked if everything was OK. I very emphatically told her no and I would appreciate some napkins. She quickly disappeared and returned with requested fair. I was mad and told her so. I demanded the bill which she brought and seemed to be unable to get away from us fast enough.
We got up and took our bill to the cashier. I asked to speak to the manager and was directed to a young woman who ( when I asked her if she was the manager) replied that she could be if I wanted her to be.
I shouted at her asking what the h--- that was supposed to mean. Was she the manager or not?
She asked me to keep my voice down and that she did not have to speak to me if I was using that tone of voice. I told her I would continue to speak loudly so that the other customers could hear what a shoddy place Mario's is.
As all this was taking place there was another lady at the cashier who was also having a very bad experience.
Would I go back to Mario's Kitchen? Not for all the money in the world!
Would I recommend Mario's Kitchen as a place to go? Not even to my worst enemy! Well maybe.....Certainly not any friend or stranger.
Would I dis Mario's Kitchen? Absolutely, resolutely and completely
What a horrible experience.
I partly grew up in Ladner and I still come back often. Whenever I do I have to have my Niagara fix.
Sometimes its Pizza (which is probably not the best in the lower mainland, but definetly the best in the area and one of my favorites) but usually its the baked pasta. I don't know what they put in their meat sauce but its amazing and, through all my travels around the province and into the 'States, I have not found a better baked pasta!
Seriously, get the baked pasta.
As for the atmosphere I only rated it mediocre because it hasn't been updated and some people will find that boring but I find it nostalgic - good greek/pasta places have always had that like early 80's look to them when I was growing up, and I like that they still use the same printed paper placemats that they did when I was a kid! I know its not for everyone, but just get take out in those amazing tinfoil square/round dishes then!
If you're in the area and want good comfort food, go. There's a reason this place has been an institution in Ladner since I can remember (about 13 years, and I'm sure they were around before I was).
i really like the food its one of the best food i ever tried at indian restaruent flaver is there price is good different than any other restarurent.great lunch buffet lot of items fresh naan i really like the food of desi junction.i say if u never went to desi junction and trited their food u should do it
I went there with a party of 13 and we were placed into two tables which completely separated the group from interacting with one another. I have lost my voice that night so I have asked for hot water and honey. What I received was just hot water. Okay that was fine... at least it was hot. When the waitress came back again, she asked both tables if we needed anything else. Being vegetarian, I asked her what are the vegetarian pasta choices they have. She explained she can make the pasta vegetarian. I said, "Okay, Sure!" and she left. I waited for a good 30 minutes, but the food still didn't arrive. My friends told me their food took a while to come as well, so I waited so more. Later, friend beside me ordered zucchini sticks. Her zucchini sticks arrived before mine! I asked the waitress who brought her the zucchini sticks (who wasn't our original waitress) if there was a vegetarian pasta coming. She said she'll go ask about it. Minutes later, our original waitress came. She said "I didn't understand what you were saying. You only said oh okay. I didn't know you wanted to order."
I was a bit speechless. There was no "Sorry" or "I misunderstood" or whatsoever. I mean, if she thought I wasn't ready to order, why didn't she come back to ask "have you decided on what you wanted to order?" She could have at least lied about it. Putting blame on customers is extremely poor customer service.
I regret giving them a tip. Never am I going back there again.
It has been quite a few years since I have eaten at a Cactus Club. The only reason I decided to go was cause my friend had just gotten her drivers licence and we went to celebrate 2 weeks ago.
The burger and fries that I ordered definatly were fresh and tasted that it had fresh ingridients in the burger (unlike those frozen patties you would get at a Denny's or IHOP)
The food was yummy, but it was a little expensive, but I guess with better quality foods, I should be prepared to pay a little more
I don't mind coming back again, it was good food and good times, just a little too pricy
We went there on Nov 19th, 2011 for dinner, it was a weekend. The food was served quickly, hardly fine to ten minutes wait time, but the quality and taste was really disappointing. Full of salt and oil oozing out of the food. Only their hot and sour soup was good. We ordered Chicken Manchurian Hakka Masti special, Hakka Masti rice with shrimps and chicken and noodles with shrimps and chicken - sorry to say but all three dishes were crap....only soup was good.
The portions were fine but the taste was so pathetic that we couldn't even finish one single dish. Also, the oil effect is really hard on throat as I had to drink warm water after the food to sooth my throat. Chilli Pepper and Green Lettuce are much better options. Will only go there for their hot and sour soup which me and my family liked. But the serving of the soup was too small!
Positive: Good food, non-veg platters are quite good.
* Very expensive when compare to other good restaurants.
* Very small portions (I mean it seriously), not worth it unless you come for Buffet lunch.
* Service is OK, sometimes you have to hunt them down to get anything ordered.
* Smoke from kitchen during sizzlers flows in the main lounge, making you cough.
Bottom line: There are so many other good restaurants. I will not go back unless either they lower down their price or offer reasonable size portion.
This has become my go-to place in Ladner for Greek food, although there is an other place in town that is almost as good.
The souvlaki specials are generous and never disappointing either in quality or value and the accompanying Greek salad is just as good and almost entry- size.
Went there last night for pickup and the place was packed, in fact the parking lot was packed. The interior was recently re-done and while I have never eaten in, it's something I plan to do in the future. As for the service on pickup, I have never had a problem.
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