While hopping on a plane to Bangkok to get some good Thai food may be a bit much, driving all the way to Tsawassen for some of the best Thai cuisine in the Lower Mainland is certainly worth the adventure. Yes, too bad that Kon Thai is all the way out on 56th Street and 16th Avenue (or is it 56th Avenue and 16th Street? Only my GPS can tell)…. On the other hand, if they were located in my own neighbourhood I would certainly be visiting several times a week on the excellent food at extremely reasonable prices (dinner for two, with drinks, came to barely $ 45, with leftovers enough for next day’s lunch). Khla and Wir, the two young Thai men who put together their own menu of very authentic Thai dishes and wield the spoons in the kitchen, obviously know what they are doing, and they do it well.
I wish I could have sampled more of the menu (all items are nicely and clearly explained); as it was, Khla decided what we should eat, and his choices were superb: the Tod Mun Goong shrimp cakes appetizer was very tasty; and the Red Curry roast duck (Gang Ped Pet Yang) full of surprises to the palate: fresh pineapple, lychees, basil, tomatoes, green peppers, all in a creamy coconut sauce. Another dish had fish in a black pepper sauce… yummie. Khla even provided a quick cooking lesson!! The meal was rounded off with a huge bowl of rice cooked with pandan leaves and coconut milk.
I will definitely go back… many times!!!!
My husband and I were visiting friends on the beach when where to eat came up and our hosts told us that they had the best Thai restaurant in the Lower Mainland a 10 minute drive away so off we went to Kon Thai which I later found out meant "Thai People".
The place is clean and crisp in decor and owned by 2 30 something Thai men who have known each other for their entire lives (their mothers are best of friends). One handles the front of the house, the other works the kitchen.
Our hosts had been there a number of times before and, instead of us ordering from the menu, asked the owners to order for us.They would decide what we would have for our meal.
What a good idea that was...
Within a minute, our drinks arrived: a cold Thai tea with lemon that just hit the spot for the ladies and and a sweet iced coffee that Tim Horton's should learn about for the men.
Three dishes of appetizers (shrimp cakes, marinated quail and satay chicken) soon materialized and all were cooked with a light hand allowing the flavours to jump.
The main course consisted of a duck curry with pineapple, lychee and grapes, a lightly fried fish with king mushrooms in a piquant black pepper sauce, and chicken with cashews. The duck curry was a standout and the fish flaked easily with the sauce adding to the delicate flavour, not overpowering it.
It was quite a surprise to have the owner who was the cook come out of the kitchen often to be sure we were comfortable with his choices which we found out were not the typical Thai restaurant dishes from the North East of Thailand but were based on the flavours and cooking style of the South of the country.
All in all, the meal was a great success, the service was very attentive, and the price was surprisingly low.
And while I don't know where the best Thai meal in the mainland might be, I can say that our experience here was a treat.
Kon Thai is highly recommended
Second review. Akari is a solid regular on my list and the reason is clear. They have almost every Japanese items imaginable from Takoyaki to teriyaki to tempura and the rolls are always solid. I've enjoyed coming here for years with friends or with the gf. It has an excellent vibe at night and it's usually very clean and well managed.
Last night I had this strange craving for sushi, and decided to grab dinner of rolls and tempura to go before our outing. The tempura was made to order, so it took a few minutes and they were hot, crisp, and tasted like a good crispy tempura should. Didn't get any of the rice dishes this time, but I probably should have.
What I was impressed about though is the service. We sat by the bar and the chef created these rolls that weren't even on the menu. Every imaginable creations were sampled that night and we were the lucky couple who got to actually TASTE and try them out! The rolls were the Alaskan crab rolls and a mash of the Dragon and Rainbow rolls...melt in your mouth creations. It was complemented well with the house seaweed salad. They asked for feedback on these new dishes and the wait staff continuously refilled our tea. TALK ABOUT CUSTOMER SERVICE!
The hall was pretty busy that night too. Only about 3 or 4 tables were empty and still they gave us the full attention throughout the night. Or maybe it was just the night that we went but this DEFINITELY the most MEMORABLE experience and tasty experience at a restaurant in awhile.
Don't miss this place. The deal is even better during lunch.
The workers here are extremely friendly, and greet everyone with a smile and a hello when you walk in the door. The ambiance is great, they have these booth areas with rice paper doors - very cool and unlike anything I've seen in the area. The food was pretty good, I remember the rolls were a bit small though. The price is alright - it's probably more expensive than other Sushi places in the area - but not by too much. It wouldn't be my first choice for a sushi place in the area, but it's definitely a staple if you live near by it.
I really don't like going to the Delta Lion but it has been around for a while and I know a lot of people who do enjoy it. I've been once to watch a UFC fight, and it is so packed in there for one, with people just standing and flooding the bar making it impossible to reach it. What really bothered me was that I couldn't even hear the UFC fight that everyone was there to watch. They really need to work on their stereo system in there in regard to the TVs because the sound was absolutely awful. Whether or not its the placement of the speakers or what - but it sounded like mindless babbling. The food was honestly nothing special. Not impressed. I've had way better pub food. From the times that I have been there I often seem the same waitress who honestly looks like she would rather be anywhere else in the world than there. She just seems so pissed off, even when you are ordering food. I know work sucks sometimes (okay, a lot of the time) but I really don't find it enjoyable being served by someone who has a constant frown on their face. If you like hanging out with recent graduates from high school and everyone under 30 in the area - this may be the place for you - but it's definitely not the place for me and I'll avoid it at all costs.
I absolutely love Minori Sushi! Their rolls are big and very worth the price! It's fairly cheap priced for great value. I love their Vegetable Udon and Yam Tempura Rolls. I enjoy taking people to Minori that have never been because its truly a great local place to eat at. It may not look to fantastic outside, but it's definitely worth a try! They just did some very nice renovations in their kitchen area as well.
Excellent sushi – we go often - they know us well and usually have our order ready as we have the same delicious sushi every time. A couple of yam tempura rolls - cali rolls – always extra ginger, no wasabi for my wimpy friends & hot miso soup. On other occasions we have tried the veggie & prawn tempura, dynamite roll & teriyaki chicken lunch box….all excellent. Pre-ordering is recommended, as the kitchen can be busy.
We went here on the holiday monday. When we walked in, the host looked at us so we thought we were acknowledge, he sat a table before us and came back and sat another couple who just walked in the door. I told him that we were before them and he lied and said that he did not see us.
Our server took over eight minutes to come to our table, no chit chat, just asked us if we were ready to order. Food took a while to come. They didnt look very busy but the servers could have used some help. The 'manager' I think that is who she was, was too busy talking and laughing in the back and would occassionally come up to the front to 'catwalk' and then go to the back.
Our server brought our food, did a check back ten minutes later and then another server brought our bill. I would not go back here, actually this wasnt even my choice to go here, again the bf won out so we ended up here. I hope ABC gets their act together.
This is the SERVICE INDUSTRY!!! so where's the service????
A friend and I were in Delta and decided to pop in to Akari for a quick bite. We figured we go in and check out the menu first and noticed they had a large selection from reasonable to overly priced dishes, but at the same time we were greeted very pleasantly, so we decided to stay. Both my friend and I have been servers at a Japanese restaurant in the past, therefore we are understanding and compassionate with what they have to go through, but this day, our tolerance was wearing short.
At first, when we were waiting to be seated, we noticed only one other table with a couple seated, so it wasn't too busy yet and we figured the food shouldn't take too long. After we were seated at the first table by the sushi bar in the main aisle, we waited at least five minutes for a server to come by to ask us......If we would like something to drink (ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! standards at a Japanese restaurant is, you seat a customer, you bring tea to welcome them to your establishment...no questions asked). After we received our tea, we placed our order and waited for our food. The food came quite quickly, but our problems are just about to begin.
After 1/2hr there were a couple more tables seated, but not to the point where the restaurant was super busy, so we figured before it gets too busy, we will ask for the bill and possibly more tea. Well, that sure didn't happen quickly! My friend and I tried to flag a server from all directions, but no luck, we gestured to the sushi chef (who was staring right at us) for one of the servers, but he just continued to stare at us. Where we were seated, the servers section is right in their path of the main entrance, so for them not to see me calling them while looking in our direction is REDICULOUS. What frustrated me even more was even when they walked by and I said "Excuse me", they never even acknowledge our existence, they just ended up going to the back to gab away with each other. So now by this point, I am beyond angry and finally she comes and asks us if we would like anything else (when we already have our wallets in our hands). She brings us the bill and while we figure out the bill, she comes back within minutes and asks if it's alright to take the money. Unbelievable!!!
Lets just say, both of us will never return and we will spread word to all the people we know to AVOID this place at all mean. My review may be harsh, but only to receive immediate service when it comes to is just pathetic.
We went here for mothers day. Didnt have a reso, but were told 'a table just opened up' We were lead onto the patio with tons of open tables all around us. Because of the day, they were only serving buffet, so we pretty much had no choice but to do the buffet.
The lay out of the buffet was so rediculous. You can tell that they obviously didnt think this through.
there was a large selection of breakfast items, waffles,french toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash. Good seafood selection. There was pasta, some kind of roast. No chicken :( The dessert selection was okay. Their cheesecake is absolutely fantastic!
Our server was not so great at 'serving' We had to wait a few times for her to bring drinks to us. When she cleared our plates, she told us to keep our dirty cutlery! Gross. Would it have been that hard to bring us new cutlery??
The bill came to $184 with tax! Yes! Thats a brunch! Four people with two drinks each. The buffet was $29 per person alone!
Would probably go back, but just for the regular menu.
My boyfriend really likes this place. I beg to differ. I think he only likes this place because it is MAYBE one of the only 'reasonable sushi places in ladner' and it is only five minutes from home.
The times that we eat here, I always feel sick afterwards. I totally refuse to dine in because service is sooo bad. I dont understand why they cant acknowledge anyone when they first walk in. A simple hi/ hello would suffice. Instead they greet with a turned eye and seat you only when its convenient for them.
The last time we ordered, My california cones were ALL rice, and a few strands of that fake crab meat. I would rather hop in the car and drive ten minutes into richmond where you can find many other good sushi places.
I have been eating at nikko sushi since I was very young and have always thought it was the best sushi anywhere! their raw sushi is always fresh and the cooked food is always hot and the portions are awesome. for such a small business they have really done well for themsleves. the staff is always friendly, and the servers, even though they are not japanese (does it really make a difference??), are always very happy and more importantly fast.
this small restuarant has created such a big name for itself, well done nikko sushi!!!
If you have not visited Taverna Gorgona since new owners took over in December 2009, visit again.
There has been a remarkable improvement in the food, although the new owners have maintained menu (with minor adjustments). The family, from Greece, knows how to cook. Appearance and freshness of the food were excellent. The decor is the same, but this is really an entirely different experience from days of yesteryear.
We went on a Saturday night. The restaurant was busy, but the staff was able to easily handle everything, as was the kitchen. We were advised early that a large party could slow down our order. We were not rushed in our decisions, however, and when our order was placed, wait time was very good (15-20 min for each course).
For starters we tried saganaki and calamari, both of which were very well executed. The calamari was moist, nicely breaded, and not overcooked. The saganaki was a bit small to share with four people, a nice portion for two, and was served with a quartered pita bread - again, a nice amount.
The mousaka was unbelievably good; the souvlaki excellent. A chicken and prawn linguini in a cream sauce was nicely done (pasta a bit overcooked for my taste) and the sauce was fresh and not cloying. Portion sizes were not quite as overindulgent as some Greek restaurants tend to be, which was welcome.
We were treated to a complimentary dessert - Ekmek, made in the restaurant (not ordered from a food service company - hooray!) - which was absolutely delicious, the custard light, and fresh.
We will go again - and so should you!
We've been waiting anxiously for Peekaboo to re-open after it was destroyed by a fire in an adjacent part of the mall. There are few other choices for sushi and Japanese in this area; Peekaboo is by far the best IMO. At last they are back. The new location is not obvious from the main street, but well worth making an effort to find them in the back, across from the BC liquor store. The new digs are comfortable and stylish, with parking right at the door. That's an improvement for take-away and for those with disabilities.
The sushi is good and compares favourably with "big city" sushi in Vancouver, with generous sized portions and modest prices. They use a light hand on the wasabi but provide lots of extra on the side. I particularly like the Agadashi tofu, and the miso soup is made with care. There is an extensive list of cooked items as well; the tempura is light and delicate, a good choice. I can't list everything we like, because it's all good. We eat here at least once a month or more, and it's a favourite with the locals.
We have good service from the servers, get seated promptly and took our orders for drinks and food without delay. Our appies arrived quite fast, the food is good, we have calamari and mussel/clam.. Their breads are exceptional. The restaurant is not very busy, still lots of table available, there are 3 big tables ahead of us, we have a party of 8. Dinners took over 1/2 hour before it show up. Every dish we had are good, lamb and their signature ribs are very tender and tasty. Salmon and the seafood cassarole also very good. Didn't get a chance to try dessert because by the time we had our dinner, we already had too much bread since we have to wait so long and it take us 2 hours with no dessert and this is way too long...
Have been here a lot of times and they have great take out specials! The lasagne is really good as well as the canneloni. Also pizza is delicious. I like how they have fireplaces inside, makes it really nice. Also if you dine in, you have to have the garlic prawns! They are to die for!!!
I live nearby so I have been to greek fellas a number of times. I have to say the food is amazing. The garlic prawns are sooo good and the souvlaki is yummy! Great service, and yes the owner does come out to give you free shots :) The rice that comes with your meal is so flavourful unlike other greek restaurants i've been to which was super bland. Highly recommend to give it a try!
I would give it all 5's, but I'm trying to respect the rating system.
The food is just awesome when it comes to the fish and chips. The batter on the fish is VERY THIN and is just enough of a shell to hold in the fish. This is the way I like it, I eat it for the fish, not the batter. I've only ordered the Cod so far as it was so good, I didn't see a need to get halibut. Fish is not overcooked and is very easy to eat and cut. I used to goto c-lovers in newton, but I won't be any more. Also, the fries are the best and the slaw is great!
Service is great, the place is usually fairly quiet for eating in so the owners greet you and tell you to sit wherever you would like. When I finished my drink, they were very attentive to refill it without me having to ask.
Prices seem normal for fish and chips. No complaints here.
Not much ambiance, but it is clean and the dining room looks new. Nothing to complain about for fish and chips.
In Ladner, there is not a whole lot of choice with respect to restaurants so it a pity that I have to confirm the miserable service other reviewers have confirmed.
The sushi is indeed first-rate, and I do on occasion still eat there but the service is at best indifferent and at worst graceless.
We went looking for something different today while in Ladner.
We found The Boot &Sombrero.
It was quiet, but it was about 2pm on a very Saturday afternoon.
First the wait staff were very attentive, friendly and helpful.
We shared the potato skins first which were very good, different from other types. We really enjoyed them. I had a pink toco martini with it and it was great.
I had the Chicken Fajita for my meal and thought it was pretty good. I was jealous of what my partner had. She has the shreded beef echillada which was very good. She had it with some corn bread, which she is still talking about.
I look forward to going back to try their ribs and other smoked goods.
I am glad we found this place.
|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|