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.
To sum it up Hadi Restuarant is perfect for any local worker as it is located in industrial area. They are always friendly and helpful. I pick this place over the subway or quiznos that also also with in the same area.
With $10 you get a huge meal which you can not finish in one go and also huge servings. One time I even forgot my wallet and they said don't worry, cover cost next time you in.
Michael are Tiffany, the owners, are such nice great people. They have outstanding memories to remember each and every customer's name and what they normally order! Since being renovated the interior seating is very comfortable and cozy, and everything looks professional and top notch. They have a small TV to show sports and other events as an added bonus. The food as always is excellent and I've been eating here for over 5 years. High quality fresh seafood and prepared right in front of your eyes makes it taste even that much better! Give it a try, there's nothing to lose... I bet you'll like it.
It is not my purview to review the customers of the restaurants I visit, but I had never seen so many pleasing attractive ladies in one restaurant outside downtown Vancouver. What can I say, $200 haircuts, short skirts and such get me as a man every time. Speaking of that, the yummy blondies on the staff were designed to force me to order high priced drinks and tip extra and they know it. What a delightful restaurant.
The pasta was fantastic and obviously done right: not too much salt in the sauce like some other places. I think they add mint to it. Great idea. Wine, pasta and tip for 2 is $100 no more. I am thinking of visiting more.
The food is always outstanding!!! Always hot and Delicious!! Granted I almost always order the exact same things over the years, its always better then before. The new ruby special chicken is my favorite dish ever! We even have to get 2 orders of it, not worth fighting! Everything always has enough sauce and very flavorful!
If you live in the small town of delta you must known that Stanley’s is the Best and only place to get pho. I haven’t ordered anything there that is bad, to me its always good. From what i hear the restaurant has been around for 50 years and yet it still stands here today serving great pho and other foods that are literally to die for
Visited friends in Delta they took us to this restaurant, Really nice family style restaurant, Staff seemed friendly it took a while for our food to come out but i think preparation takes time but it wasnt slow or anything
really liked it even kids loved their meal and my friend and his wife is a big fan of this restaurant
now we are too hope they stay classy
We love the food there. We enjoy the family atmosphere, the hanging plants, the Greek pictures, vases and figurines. It's a place where you can let go of the stress of the day and enjoy a great meal with pleasant Greek background music. All dishes are plentiful, served with Greek salad, rice and potato with a delicious lemony flavour. The pita bread is fresh baked, soft and yummy. Our family has enjoyed the wonderful food at reasonable prices many times. The waitresses have changed over the years, but the owners and the main staff remain the same. We have always felt welcome by their friendly greetings and pleasant service, whether the restaurant was busy or not. We have been there when the walk-in was easy and also when we had to wait for a while in a line-up at the door. It was worth the wait. Their restrooms are meticulously clean, parking is easy. We continue to recommend this restaurant to all of our friends.
Apparently the owners are not actually Japanese; they just speak Japanese. I've been here once and it was OK. Kinda had a feel of fast food and you can always tell a japanese restaurant on their gyoza... Lots of places have these nasty plump ones and the more delicate ones are way tastier/fresh. Meh, it is alright. I would go here rather than Maguro or any other place in Ladner.
Yesterday, a friend and I came here after going to Point Roberts. It was my second time coming here. When we came in we were seated immediatly. Our server was polite and friendly. I ordered Fettucini alfredo with chicken and a shirly temple, and my friend ordered the roast lamb dinner and a pepsi. It took awhile for our food to come out, and I wish the waiter would had come by just a little more often, but everything was great itherwise. The fettucini tasted amazing, and my friend told me that the roast lamb was delicious (he said that another restaurant we went to in Vancouver was a little bit better, but only marginally) We both left very happy and definatly will be returning
I have been to this pub/restaurant before. I was satisfied but not this time. The prices have gone up so much, not just a dollar or two, but a lot. the food was substandard. The coleslaw was horrible. I compare their menu to more deluxe places both in Ladner and Richmond and you can get so much better quality food from other places, for a lot less. Give me a break $21 for Halibut and chips... now, that is ridiculous... everywhere else is no more than $14 for that.
Time the management starts reading these reviews. I will never go there again, and I'm spreading the word, what a rip off. Totally substandard in all respects, don't go, the deck is not worth it.
the food was so good! it was priced very affordable for its taste and quality.
the atmosphere in the restaurant was very good. service was good but not great.
the only problem i had was that they forgot my pepsi when i ordered it when they brought the food to the table. the food was made in a reasonable time and tasted awesome. the whole family was happy and was satisfied.
We had a lovely dinner at Desi Junction. I've eaten a lot of Indian food, and this was close to being the best. All the standards are there, but they also have their specialties which add a little twist to the traditional Butter Chicken and Vindaloo. Chilli Paneer had lots of crisp red peppers and onions and just enough heat, Eggplant Bhartha was rich and complex and the Malai Kofta was creamy and soothing. Good recommendations from our delightful waitress for a vegetarian meal (in deference to one of our guests). I'm a confirmed carnivore and I didn't even miss the meat! The service was attentive without being pushy and the Maitre d' followed up to make sure that we enjoyed everything. He even gave us "Free Lunch" tickets to encourage us to try their lunch buffet some day. I'm sure we will! Dinner for three (and leftovers!) with wine and superb chai for $60?
Ok, so the decor is not spectacular, but the joyful service made for a great time!
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|3.||Sharkey's Seafood Bar & Grille|
|4.||Yummy Wonton House|
|5.||Desi Lounge & Restaurant|
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|13.||Primerose Bar & Grill|
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