I attended High Tea Noon with the ladies of my family for the first time at Applewood Country.
I arrived first and was left waiting in the lobby for about 15 minutes unattended by any of the employees. It did give me a chance to look around as they do have a bakery and gift shop connected to the tea room. They sell trinkets, souvenirs and decors.
When we got seated in the tea room, I noticed the environment was authentic like you would expect at your Grandma's house. Such as mismatching chairs, table cloths, and knick knacks on the walls. To add to the ambiance they provided accessories like hats and gloves, which I thought was fun.
The service was very slow, we were seated at 12pm and didnt leave until 2pm even though there were only 3 dishes served. At times we couldn't catch our server's attention at all. Although when we did, they were exceptionally friendly.
The food was very beautifully presented in tier stands. But I did not find it fresh or warm. We had Scones, Cupcakes, and Mini Meat Pies. They had an array of delicious jams to accompany the food.
For the 5 of us, the total came out to be $115. I did not think it was worth the value for 1 pot of tea and 3 dainty dishes. I will not return but it was an interesting experience.
The food really is incredible, and sitting in there feels like sitting in a restaurant in Japan. And yes, I've been to Japan, lol. It's a bit larger than what you see in Tokyo, but space is a lot cheaper here than there I suppose. But they flat out nailed the ambiance, seriously.
The only thing negative I could say it I find it a bit pricy unless you stick with the specials. I like to live a little and eat things out of the ordinary, and once my husband and I literally spent $70 between just the two of us. And neither of us is particularly heavy. But - that was probably our own fault - it's still cheaper than The Keg. And that $70 was the best Japanese meal I've had in years.
They do wonderful sushi, but they're not limited to just that. The udons, dons, tempura, you name it from the kitchen, is all just amazing as well.
We went as a big group, but most of people end up saying that they will never return. Even the organizer of the event said that she won't repeat.
First of all, the place is very pricey. Make things worse, every bit of slightest modification to the menu item costs money, and you are not informed up front. Tip is added by default, so that you have no say whether you like their service ;-(
The service is pretty poor. The poor service not only showed while you are dining there, one of us actually had her bad experience extended to days after. What happened is her credit card got swiped twice and charged twice. When she called back, it took the restaurant long time to fix the issue - well, to be precise, the issue is still not fixed - 4 or 5 days passed already.
The server rarely showed up through the event - that's usually pretty precise sign of bad service.
Food is only so so, which is the main reason why most of us said that they won't repeat.
Had eaten in this restaurant about two years ago & found it to be a pleasant and somewhat upscale dining experience for South Delta. As a result, I was pleased when my husband took me there to celebrate my birthday. We went early on a quiet Tuesday evening at the beginning of December. We were seated in a nearly empty restaurant (2 other tables and one of them was just paying and leaving). So service should NOT have been an issue - but it was. Our server seated us and then disappeared for 10 minutes, did not offer to take our drink order or anything. We noticed the menu was no longer as upscale as it used to be - it's more in line with the pub next door now. Too bad. Server reappeared to seat another table and on the way back by us asked if we wanted anything?!? We said we were ready to order and this seemed to fluster her so she said she would be right back. 10 minutes later, she's finally back! She starts by telling us she's new. We were to hear this MANY times during the evening!! I ordered a glass of wine from the wine list and she immediately indicated she didn't know what that was since she was only a beer drinker herself. Great. I had to point out the wine I wanted on the list and she seemed to finally take note. We ordered appies and entrees, a Caesar salad and the Duck Breast for me, Scallops and a Gorgonzola Peppercorn Ribeye Steak for hubby. Our drinks finally showed up, after two more tables were brought in, seated and served THEIR drinks first! We did not even get the basket of bread that showed up on all the other tables when they were seated, nor was it offered. Appies showed up, and were unremarkable at best. Drinks were both empty by this time, but waitress simply grabbed the plates and headed out without asking if we wanted another. Meals did not show up for almost 20 more minutes, and when she put the plates down (forgetting who had ordered what and telling us,yet again, that she was new) we immediately saw that the order was wrong. My duck breast seemed fine, but hubby received a prime rib dinner. Not what he ordered. When we pointed this out to server, since she didn't notice, we were once again told she was new, and she would take it back and go check with the chef. As I sat with my rapidly cooling dinner in front of me, my husband urged me to start since it can't take long to get his steak. Wrong. He sat and watched me try to stall as long as I could while waiting for his meal, which took 20 more minutes! Waitress stopped by a couple more times to tell us she was new, to offer to get him soup while he was waiting, and finally brought a bread basket!! His dinner showed up just as I finished the last of mine, which by then was ice cold. Very poor service - he should have had his re-order go right to the front of the line in the kitchen but it obviously did not. So much for eating our dinners together! I nibbled at the remains of the bread basket (that we had to ask for while waiting for his meal) while hubby ate his entree. The other server in the restaurant (who was apparently TRAINING ours!)came over and stated that because of the problem, we could have free desserts. Hardly made up for the poor service so far. Then our server comes over and announces that the chef who makes dessert isn't in, so several items aren't available. We tried two items that were "specials" - a gingerbread type cake with caramel sauce and a pumpkin ice cream cake. Both were bland and uninteresting. The other server then came over again, this tme with our bill, and indicated that she had taken a whole 15% off. Any other restaurant that had messed up this badly would have taken off one or both meals as an apology, but this was clearly all we were getting. My birthday meal out was disgraceful, and we will not be back. Reasons: Poor Service and a lackluster menu with mediocre food. Note to owners: make sure your servers are educated about the menu and capable of doing the job before setting them loose on your paying customers. It's the least you can do!
The food is good but if you can't stomach bad service and dirty tables, then don't eat here. I took a friend and my toddler there and received some serious attitude from the two full time waitresses (they aren't real Japanese despite their kimonos). I asked the server for a fork and when she brought it to me, she asked me if I wanted anything else. Not in a kind way, but in a sarcastic way. Sorry, but just because English is her second language, doesn't mean rudeness doesn't translate! Then when I had to get up to pay the bill because she was missing in action, the cashier topped the experience off with a disgusted look as she checked over the tip line on the receipt. I left it blank so that I could tip in cash. You'd think they'd prefer the cash. Seeing the shelves full of lollipop buckets, I'm assuming are meant for children... well, I have yet to have my children offered one after about 6 times going there. This was the last straw. My family will not step in there until the owner does something about the service. I'll take the extra 8 minute drive to Ironwood and go to Maruwa Sushi (across from Canadian Tire).
The Delta Akari Japanese Restaurant...
This is my parent's favorite place and because of the location (Delta and sushi seems like an oxymoron), I was hesitant to try it out. But being in a open spirit and shopping near by, I finally decided to try it out last night with the family.
At the end of the experience I had one word to sum it all up: INCREDIBLE!
We got assorted sashimi platter, miso soup, gomae, takoyaki, chiken terriyaki, Alaska crab salad special and the bottled sake.
One of the reasons I like going here is because of their
crispy tempura rolls. They are the crispiest and finest that I've tasted
Miso Soup: You can't mess up miso soup...deep miso broth with seaweed
it's a perfect way to de-stress in the winter.
Gomae: This item is my litmus test. I can tell the authenticity of a Japanese restaurant
by whether or not they use peanut butter sauce or ground sesame.
This place used the real thing- hand ground sesame sauce, not to heavy just right.
Sashimi platter: Great presentation and the colors were lively and appetizing-
eating it after a while.
Chicken Terriyaki: The sauce!
It's some sort of a smoky, not too sweet, tangy terriyaki saunce.
Rarely do you find a Japanese place that uses fire grilled chicken breast
over stir fried thigh meat.My husband loved it and the quality was great for the price.
Alaskan Crab Salad: This was the special for the night and was recommended to us by our waitress. Oh boy, were we glad to try this. I have never tasted anything so fresh and satisfying in a long time. It was a delicate treat for my taste bud- whole pieces of de-shelled Alaskan Crab (quite a generous portion)on top of seasoned dark greens, with garlic chips and gingery seasoning with tobiko eggs. YUMMY. Definitely worth the $12.
Value: For the quality and attention you get, outstanding value. For a dinner for 4 with a quality bottle of sake, it came to a little above $120. Quite reasonable if you ask me.
Service: This place was really packed, even on a Sunday night.
Where did all these people come from? It seems like people here in Delta wanted to congregate here for their sushi fix. Service was slow but nothing short of attentive. We actually preferred this over the unecessary frequent tea stops at some other places. The owner and his various staff have s been pleasant and fun to talk to. The owners came by at the end and asked us if we enjoyed the experience. She even gave me a souvenir chopstick when I told her
that I came here on recommendation from my parents-a long time patron!
Because of their sushi presentation and solid service, I will leave 5 stars+!
For anyone looking for authentic and quality sushi look no further than
Delta. I have placed Akari in the favorite list.
The food here is simply awesome. It is authentic south indian food. I had ordered a goat biriyani, plain dosa, madras kuthu paratha, and beetroot halwa. All of them were really tasty. The sambar and chutney were really authentic unlike other south indian restaurants that boasts them to be authentic. There was no smell of oily coconut in the chutney. I would certainly recommend this one if you are longing for an authentic south indian food.
Food: You get a vegetarian thali (it's a South Indian style of meal involving small services of many dishes, served on an eponymous characteristic stainless-steel plate) for $9 or so before tax, and can add a meat dish to that for less than $4 extra. My vegetarian curry came with a large, crispy, fresh paratha, a chapati about a third bigger than at most restaurants, a large serving of rice, and several other dishes: fresh yogurt, mango pickle, a bean-based curry, a cauliflower-based curry, an okra-based curry, sambar (lentil stew) and rasam (tamarind soup - DELICIOUS). The fellow in my party who ordered lamb with his was given a highly substantial portion of fresh lamb curry, which featured large cubes of lamb that I was assured were fork-tender, some with the bone in.
Service: The staff was attentive, pleasant and prompt.
Value: It's significantly cheaper than the dosa place across the street, and service seems better.
Ambiance: Lovely sort of eclectic feeling - Christmas decorations and a Buddha on the counters, scenes from the Ramayana on the wall, and bollywood music playing softly. The cups and water-pitcher at each table are matched, high-quality stainless steel like what you would get in India itself, and add a very nice touch to things.
Food: Huge menu, based on their takeout menu. When I arrived for lunch, I was given their lunch combo menu, which is two pages and consists of two main choices: soup + noodle dish for $7 or so (tax included) or soup + rice + dish for $8 or so (tax included). Each combo had over ten choices available, but I went with hot/sour soup and Pad Thai. The soup was a western-sized bowl, delicious with mushrooms, tofu, a thick, hearty stock augmented with fresh cilantro. The chicken pad thai was good too -- don't expect Thai-style, but the noodles were perfect, it was loaded with chicken and other great ingredients, and it had a lovely spicy-sour flavour. Condiments included chili oil, soya sauce, and a delicious pickled-indian-chili-pepper vinegar that added a wonderful zip. The food's default level of heat was good, greater than what you'd get at, say, a real Mexican restaurant, but not as hot as South Indian or Thai food. I didn't react to the MSG if indeed there was any.
Service: I found the staff fairly pleasant despite what others have said. I was gestured to a seat immediately, provided with a menu and water, etc. My food arrived quickly and I was more or less left alone, but a waiter did circulate. Service seemed very accommodating - two East Indians who wandered in asked a series of questions about the heat of the dish, and the waiter explained in detail and explained that it could be customized by the kitchen or at the table with the chili oil and condiments. Likewise, a woman with a child who came in had her questions answered patiently - I would say the service is definitely in the Asian mode, but a bit better than usual.
Value: I had a large bowl of soup and a good dinner-plate sized portion of noodles redolent with large pieces of white-meat chicken (a mark of quality to many, though I prefer dark meat) and fresh green onions, tipped the establishment 15%, and even with that tip the meal cost me only as much as a meal at any fast-food joint in the land. It's a very good deal, and while it was a quick meal, the sounds in the kitchen lead me to believe the main was only begun when I ordered.
Ambiance: Spacious, very clean, well-lit with nice tables and decor. The cleanliness was impressive even by Western Standards, down to the condiment dishes being free of dirt, stains, smudges and stickiness.
fresh and clean fish everyday, cheerful staffs, and the best part... BEST FOOD/SUSHI in Ladner! I love this restaurant! The owner hojin makes special surprise dishes which is always amazingly tasty. The value of the food is very cheap too. defiantely a hidden gem in ladner. also better then the maguro in guilford. (Previously owned by the same owner, hojin)
I reached this restaurant at 7:50pm i ordered chicken tikka for appetizer yum yum
vegetable spring rolls twice because they were so tasty. I ordered karahi paneer,Dal turkha were pretty good to eat and the non vegetable dish Butter chicken just topped the charts. The dessert was mango ice cream had a fair amount of sugar and was favourable to eat. The atmosphere was fabulous as well as the seating arrangement was private. All and all the experience to this restaurant was amazing.
This is the first time we have felt compelled to write a review online. We placed a takeout order and were totally shocked when we opened the fish at home. The cod was similar to poorly breaded frozen fish sticks and the halibut not much better. This is not the Robb's we had become accustomed to over the last 14 years. We called to complain and the manager gave us some interesting excuses but he agreed to replace the order while telling us it will be just the same as the first order. When we went to pick up the new order the owner/manager's attitude was arrogant to say the least, and she clearly didn't care that there was a problem. It is really unfortunate that the quality has deteriorated. We will not go back there again and won't recommend it to anyone else.
i was taking my girlfriend out on a date tonight at the rickys just for a change.
we ordered the "7th heaven lasagna" and "simple pasta", with a side order of the garlic type bread.
i asked for an order of the bread to start, took her 15 minuites and i had to ask her what was going on, she commented "it has to cook in the oven hold on ill go check" so we waited, she came back with a plate of black burnt bread and said "well they burnt it you can have it or we can make you a new order" and i looked at it and laughed thinking "what the hell why would i want this garbage its burnt?!" so i said yeah go get me another order. so we waited another 10 minuites and she brought me another order and it was not even cut all the way so it was very sloppy..
and than came our actual meals.
her plate of spaghetti looked very delicious and was very well presented.
my plate on the other hand was very poorly presented, there were black smoke marks around the sides which was disappointing, this is the second time i have been there and have had such a bad experience i had to write a review about it.
i would honestly never recommend anyone to dine here, the burgers are a very good eat here tho, i definitely recommend the Hawaiian and the atomic onion burger, but the actual meals were very horrible.
so if you are thinking of trying it out anytime soon, be warned.
We visited this resaurant by very happy chance. On the way to Desi Junction for dinner, happened to see the sign with a similar name. At the door we saw the reference for s. indian cuisine, so accepted the urge to try for something new.
Dosa - delicious crepes with trio of dips (spicy lentil - my fave), we had one with nicely spiced potato mixture.
Madras Curry chicken - complex flavours to this delicious item.
Rice - plain white, but fluffy and cooked to perfection.
Chicken Soup - my daughter enjoyed this simple hot bowl, and was also happy with the addition of indian spices that were so tasty.
Hooked - A must return to continue sampling other dishes from this big menu. Ambiance was great with beautiful decorations and lovely music.
Have eaten here 2 times. First time: reasonable food, price, but ambiance was not for our family (music was a bit loud, and there were some lively goups of people.
Second time (w/ coupon): very good food (well-spiced, heat level - just what we ordered), service OK, ambiance was toned down to family level. Result - we will return for the yummy dishes. (butter chkn, veggie dishes, nan - perfect).
We decided to give Mario's a try while were out in the Tswassen area the other day. We were greeted at the door and quickly shown to a table. Service was decent, not overly friendly but definitely attentive and acceptable. My husband and I decided to share an appy and a pasta dish. The bruschetta was okay, our only complaInt was the bread they served it on, typical pre-made garlic bread. The tomato mixture sort of made it soggy. When I think of a good bruschetta I think of a quality, crusty, grilled, Italian bread, not the garlic bread you's expect to be served at Pizza Hut. Topping was good though. We split the Four Cheese Tortellini in a Sundried Tomato Garlic Cream Sauce, Chicken on the side, as I'm a vegetarian. The dish was acceptable, we really appreciated them splitting the dish (two seperate bowls) for us. Needed a bit of salt and pepper, but okay. Chicken breast was nicely grilled and sliced. We found the price of the Sangria to be quite high ($6.99 a glass) as the glass was 3/4 full of ice. Not a bad dining experience, we would probably give it another try if in the area.
I can't remember service this bad. We ordered our meal and a drink firstoff, we ordered a large greek salad at 10 bucks yet the server failed to inform us that our meals both came with greek salad. For the duration of the meal we were completely ignored....and i mean completely!
I went to the bar section to ask for a glass of water and the server passed me a glass and said "there".
On completion of the meal when i saw the server i asked for our bill and then proceeded to complain. I asked if it were customary at this restaurant to completely ignore the customer. For the first time in my entire adult life i left no tip (i normally tip 15-30%).
I feel the ignorance may have possibly been the presence(who was well-behaved) but if this is the case please take the "family" part off your sign outside.
I had the lamb, my wife had chicken souvlaki, the food was good
This restaurant is now under new management, please disregard my earlier review.
This restaurant is highly not recommended for dim sum.
Firstly unlike the poster before me while they have had a huge banner outside their restaurant advertising $3 dim sum when we went in to the restaurant BEFORE 3pm for lunch, the dim sums were higher priced. Only one item out of the dimsum list was priced at $3 the rest were $4 or $4.50. Very deceptive pricing, when I questioned the waitress she just shrugged.
Despite this we were there and decided to give it a try. Uninspired lacklustre food.
There is such a low turn-over because of a lack of customers that one of the dimsums had actually gone bad and was mouldy. I lost my appetite, at least they took the item off of our bill however I could never eat here again.
Avoid this place if you value your health. Pick a busy place that has customers to enjoy dimsum so at least it will be fresher and with other people eating there you will know the quality is decent.
This neighbourhood needed a little neighbourhood sushi restaurant. From the first day it opened, it always seems busy.
The menu is simple & is the most reasonably priced Japanese food you'll find in North Delta. Minori proves that inexpensive does not mean you have to sacrifice taste.
I've never had anything on the menu that I didn't enjoy. You won't be disappointed.
This has been one of our favourite restaurants. The owner is friendly and will often come to the tables offering free ouzo shots to his customers. The roast lamb is some of the most tender & tasty you will ever find.
Over the years we must have introduced this place to at least 2 dozen of our friends & family and no one has ever felt disappointed. The servings are generous (I usually eat half and save the other half for the next day).
I highly recommend this restaurant. It's small and quaint... and it is often packed on weekends so either make reservations or come early or later in the evening so you get a table.
|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|