Sat out on the patio, beautiful view, im sold right there, river and sunset to boot, great service, im in heaven....then the food came...hopes dashed.
We first ordered drinks, very impressed so far, affordable ($5.50 for a microbrew, $7 for cocktail - no complaints), ordered an appy, calamari, $13, a little above average but if its good Ide even pay more.... wasnt good, average at best. First off, the calamari itself was fine, batter was nice light, not greasy, well cooked.... the tzatziki was a bit odd, tasteless, no yogurt flavor, and large chunks of cucumber that you cant scoop up with the soft calamari, just didnt fit the dish. They advertised cilantro calamari, i love cilantro, but it was mixed into the batter and deepfried??? , odd never seen deep fried cilantro, zero cilantro flavor, why not use fresh cilantro? odd cooking style.
Next we ordered entries, Paella and quesadillas, the quesadillas were quite good, although the plate was void of anything but the quesadillas, no even a piece of parsley or cantaloupe something? just seemed lazy, but they where good so no complaints there.
Paella potentially good but ruined, mushy, lazy, tasteless. First off, huge muscles ontop, impressed until realized their almost completely RAW with the texture of SNOT or FLEM or SPIT? not to appetizing, not to mention the health hazard, meals ruined at that point really but I scraped them to the side, went on eating hoping for better.
The next taste, cheap canned tomatoes and plain white rice? are you joking? no seafood flavor, no saffron flavor, no chirizo flavor, no spice flavors whatsoever, just bland tomato and rice, similar to ricearoni, very very disappointing; just throwing this out there... why not use fresh tomatoes?
Three tiny pieces of chirizo in the entire 5 pound tasteless rice mountain? worst of all, non of the flavors were infused into the dish, must have just added the seafood and sausage right at the end, after the rice was prepared(eg/ dump almers can into plain rice). paella is supposed to be stewed like a soup, rice added last so all the flavors infuse together with the rice.... lazyness.
I would still go back, I like the place, but I will not order an entree again, I would stick to simpler menu selections, beers and wings, beers and burgers, nachos and beers. To bad place has so much potential :)
Maple Ridge isn't what comes to mind when I think of fine dining, but because Langley is even worse, my party of eight ventured over the GE Bridge for dinner recently.
What's with the front door? Do they get broken into every night? Off putting as a start, but we press on. Our table is ready as expected and the dining room for a Thursday is more full than I would have expected. Some of our party hadn't arrived yet and perhaps they were going to wait for all to arrive before attending to us, but how about a glass of water and a wine list? Even after everyone had arrived we practically had to beg the water girl (there were 3, yes count them, three water 'girls') to take a drink order. Clearly that was above her pay scale and quickly rounded up our server. Once we had his attention it was clear he was knowledgeable, but the service was clunky and sporadic. We'd gone through two bottles of wine and were hoping to order a third but our meals arrived. Once our third bottle was ordered, it was plunked on the table UNOPENED! I literally sat watching my food get cold until the server came back. I think I'll keep a corkscrew in my purse from now on! Most restaurants push the alcohol and in this case, it would have been welcome. Some at our table opted for the prix fixe menu, which was good value and a nice selection. I think everyone enjoyed the meal, the food was the best part of the restaurant. Not to be petty, but the place could use some painting, there are chips and scrapes everywhere. And others have raved about the washrooms - we ALL found it creepy that there is some photographer advertising his work in there, complete with a full frontal of some pregnant woman. WEIRD! Not sure we'll go back, not sure the toll was worth it. Too bad, I really wanted to like it.
We were recommended this restaurant by the realtor who sold us our new home in Maple Ridge. We probably would not have stopped in based on looks alone but were assured that the food and service were excellent, and we were not disappointed. The pasta is freshly made, the food is genuine Italian. Ricardo was our server and Nick was in the kitchen just as our realtor had promised. What Paliotti's lacks in decor it makes up for in quality and service.
Met my mother at this restaurant the other day at her recommendation. I'll be back!
Service was very friendly. My Mom loved the particular waitress who I guess takes care of her on a regular basis. She was a bit fake for me but some people like all the "sweeties" and "darlings".
The food was the real highlight. I had my stand by bacon and eggs and was really impressed. Eggs cooked just right, bacon was fresh and they give you 2 types of potato to choose from. I guess this is new because the waitress made a point of explaining them to us. I had the shredded and my Mom had the deep fried ones. Both were really good. My Mom had the special and really enjoyed it too.
On the way out Mom pointed out the pies and I'll be back for dinner soon so I can try them out! Looked really good.
The only thing I really didn't like was the coffee refills. A bit slow for my liking.
I have been to the Fox's Reach many times. Their service has always been... great, the food... great, the atomsphere, well...great! I went in most recently for the Saints Fundraiser and WOW!!!! They have renovated. Every where you look is something new. Lovin the New Patio and comfy seats! Same great service, same great food, amazing new look! The Sweet Spot in Maple Ridge!
After being spoiled rotten by a wide selection of outstanding sushi restaurants in Burnaby for the last 9 years - I have been searching for good tasting and value priced sushi restaurant here in Maple Ridge. This is definitely it! The place appears to be run by Japanese people and when I went in to pick up my order, the place was filled with Japanese patrons. Always a good sign to me! Our order was prepared promptly, and tasted very fresh! The portions were appropriately sized and the presentation was very appealing. The Alaska roll is made from REAL crab - which you don't find in many places anywhere in Metro Vancouver. And the best thing of all- is that the food is priced properly - no $5 negitoro rolls here! Actual retail price = $2.50!! Yipee!
Two thumbs way up for this sushi restaurant!
Oh, thank the Lord. After being quality deprived for months of living in Maple Ridge I have finally found a place to meet my foodie needs.
Robert Klaus is doing it properly: quality food, beautiful AND practical presentation, polished atmosphere, competent efficient service, considered wine selection, clean stocked restrooms (ladies), reasonable prices.
Lava Dining and Lounge, while a bit deceiving from the outside, is the best dining experience you will have in Maple Ridge. Apparently it has been around the block with styles, management, and consistency in the last few years, but it is officially time to give this place another try - without prejudice.
After a detailed patient conversation about the wine list - complete with the tastings of my choice, I was brought a succulent crab cake appetizer (complimentary) with three kinds of ocean-wise white fish and salmon. Mild, smooth, delicious.
Of course I ordered the prime rib with roasted beet/carrot/asparagus, mashed potatoes, and yorkshire pudding, being that is was Sunday night. Medium well means medium well - a perfect balance of pink and done. Succulent. Bold, but not overwhelming flavours.
Robert topped up my wine once when I implied that while I would like more but wouldn't indulge in another glass.
Oh, and the salad! Greens: layered butter lettuce sprinkled with blue cheese, roasted almonds, and green apple throughout. Tossed in a light vinaigrette and a balsamic reduction on the plate. Perfect size. Quality ingredients.
What a relief.
"Every drink is special here. If you don't like it, I'll drink it." No drink specials, but top quality selection.
If you are lucky you might be able to sample "the home brew" - a chocolate port fortified with cognac. Usually offered as a special thank you since it is a specially liqueur locally brewed in very limited quantities.
I saw a cheese plate go by and wished I still had room.
This place under new professional management has an eye on the future. They are staying the course while Maple Ridge forgets the past and begins to accept Lava as the new fine dining location in town.
(No cappuccino machine yet, but the drip coffee is fine)
I was waiting for an Italian place like this one to open in town and it finally has!!Not only it's clean,welcoming and friendly,but the food is outstanding!!
The owners Daniel & Rosangela make everything from scratch.He makes delicious authentic Italian bread and she cookes the best soups you'll ever try!
They make panini,wraps,sandwiches,pasta dishes and the best award winning pastries and cakes,like their Sicilian Cannoli and New York style cheesecakes.
Pricier than most places but it's sure worth the visit!
I give it a Five Star rating!
My husband and I recently had the pleasure of dining at Lava and we are really impressed. I found the prices to be quite reasonable for the quality. We shared the best bruschetta I have ever had, (no joke). I had the fettuccini and my husband had the New York striploin. I would recommend both these dishes. My husband is very picky with his steak and Chris,the chef, was spot on with this. We tried a few of the deserts which were amazing. Creme brulee, cheesecake, orange sorbet with rose petals...lovely.
Dining area and washrooms were clean and comfortable. It was just the right setting for an intimate evening. Service is fabulous. Drinks were served promptly. Rob, the manager is charming and hospitable as were the rest of the staff. We loved that the chef came out to meet us. I think we've finally found "our restaurant".
I've enjoyed the food at Halu Sushi for 4-5 years now. The food is very tasty, and always fresh! The service is wonderful, the girls are always happy, which in turns makes me in a better mood!
I do enjoy my favourite: Teriyaki chicken and tempura! I know...not sushi-like foods, but they make them perfectly and for $6.95 for box A ...it's a dream come true :) I hope they never take it off the menu!
I'm a huge fan of Japanese restaurants that have other things to offer aside from sushi!
Now as for the sushi, it's not the cheapest, but it's always fresh, and tasty! Compared to other sushi restaurants Halu Sushi's prices are right where they should be.
The ambiance is ....just perfect! It's very modern, clean and well decorated.
They are closed on Sundays, just a FYI.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Maple Ridge :)
Have got take out twice. Food is excellent - owner very friendly. Even gave me a yummy Samosa to munch on while I was hungrily waiting. I would definately recommend eating here. I would like to fine in if ever have the time. Don't know what order try the paneer vindaloo.
Mrs. C and I were in the Chasiucruiser and we were hungry. Since there was nothing else nearby we decided to give Bruce's a try. The restaurant is attached to a market and bakery and nothing was very clean. The w/c was okay though. There was a big selection of foods, with everything from sandwiches to chicken. I had a spinach calzone which as okay, but poor Mrs. Chasiubow had some dessicated chicken with stale fries. Echhh! We also shared some lukewarm tea. The eating area was filthy, and could have used some cleaning. Service was quick and the price was not to high, so no issues there. Overall though, it was a regrettable experience we won't repeat.
This is our second night this week at this fabulous restaurant. I can't say enough about the food and service. This time we ordered the greens for a salad which is always our favourite. Fresh butter lettuce, almonds, poached apples and blue cheese made with a very light dressing make this a salad something to crave all week until the next time. Chris, being the creative chef he is, had a special tonight of pork with the crackling skin still clinging to the succulent, tender meat. This is what my husband ordered and I had the duck. It was spiced and cooked to perfection and left me feeling very sated and full. We were too full to order dessert but have had the experience other times. What a treat that is! This is truly a gourmet's delight and rivals any restaurant in town or in the lower mainland. Robert is charming and attends to all with expertise and friendliness and the rest of the staff is trained to follow his example. We can not say enough about this place!
I've ordered here a few times, and when they first opened, the pizza was quite good. The last time I ordered here I think it will be my last. The pizza, in appearance looked great, and had lots of toppings, but the taste was a bit off. The sauce and many of the meats taste like they've been sitting in a fridge for a week and ended up pulling some of them off...the ham was slimy...and rather stale. The last two times ordering here its been like this. The peppers they included were dry and one had brown spots on it like it hadn't been stored correctly. There are better pizza places in the area.
Step-daughter took the Other Half and I here for lunch recently. Three adults and a new baby in a carseat took two people to get us seated. We had barely opened the menus and the server was there to take orders. We asked for green tea and a few more moments and then didn't see her for quite some time. The tea was VERY weak and not very hot.
Step-daughter ordered a dynamite combo, the OH ordered a sushi/sashimi bento and I ordered ten-don, miso soup and spinach goma-ae. Spinach arrived almost immediately and was the first sign something wasn't up to standard. The goma-ae dressing was super-sweet and there wasn't much of it plopped on top of stringy spinach. The spinach had not been inspected for quality and some of the pieces were old and discoloured. The whole thing would have been more edible if the spinach had been chopped even a little bit, but the leaves were whole and stringy.
Step-daughter's combo arrived, the two miso soups arrived, and then the ten-don for me. The sushi looked to be standard issue, fake crab/surimi much in evidence. The ten-don was a disappointment. One tiny tempura shrimp, one half piece each of squash, sweet potato and white potato. Overall was poured a dark brown gloppy, very sweet sauce with some shreds of carrot and onion that was advertized as "ten-don sauce". Not tempura dipping sauce, but a mystery gravy poured over everything, soaking the rice below.
The OH sat back to wait, but nothing arrived.
After watching later arrivals being served their food, we asked the server about the OH's bento. "Just a minute, just a minute!" and she rushed away. After that, she was into avoidance mode, avoiding eye contact, avoiding passing by our table. By this time, I had finished as much as I wanted of my meal and step-daughter was still waiting politely for her father's order to arrive (mine was a hot - OK, warm - dish, hers was sushi rolls - in my defense for seeming rudeness!) While they WERE busy at lunchtime, no one stopped by so that we could ask about the missing bento. Finally, I was on my feet ready to go get the "boss lady" when she realized I was on my way over. When we told her that Bento F had not arrived, she said... "you didn't order it" and "I wondered why HE wasn't eating". WTF? Then why was a miso soup (part of the bento set) delivered to the OH? After a brief "discussion" (yes we did order it, no you didn't, yes we did), she headed for the kitchen. Both step-daughter and I had finished our meals by the time his arrived with a muttered "sorry".
During all this time, no fresh tea was offered, although the servers were bustling the teapot around to other tables.
OK, enough venting. Quality of food was "meh" to the extreme. Value was not there - my icky sauce-drowned "ten-don" was $10, small and stringy goma-ae was $4, the bento (standard amount of food, and the tempura was not hot) was $15. The room was standard "Japanese" with phony cherry blossoms. The bathroom was clean enough.
The bill was the only thing to arrive with any alacrity, and there was an extra charge for a soft drink that had neither been ordered nor received. The charge was removed without any apology, and there was nothing else removed from the bill for the aggravation of their "overlooking" one order. They actually stuck to their story that we had NOT ordered the bento!
Would NOT recommend for quality, will NOT return because of having to argue to get an order that HAD been placed.
It has been many years since I ordered from Electra, but noticed their new location on 224th st, across from the Memorial Peace Park, and thought I would give them a try. I was pleasantly suprised to see that the menu, including the numbers for their pizzas, has remained the same for over 30 years. The pizza ordered was excellent, and worth the slightly higher price you pay compared to some of the chain places. Pizza was hot, with a good amount of topings and tasted great. The service was quick and friendly. The interior is quite new, but also rather small compared to their old location, but one of the few Pizza restaraunts in Maple Ridge that you can actually dine in. I will be ordering from here again in the future.
I had a breakfast meeting and I picked this place based on the strong reviews here. The restaurant was nicely appointed and clean, and the service was very good. They had a decent breakfast menu, and the prices were quite low, which is always a bonus. I had a tasty Denver sandwich and a cup of organic coffee for under ten bucks before tip. Not bad at all.
Call me nostalgic but if I was alive in the 50's I would love this place. It's a diner so expect burger's and soda's with a wrap around counter to saddle up for a good cuppa joe.
I've been here 4 times over the last 1 1/2 years and the last time we took my sister, brother-in-law and 3 kids (ranging in age from 6-16 years) and we all had a great time. Kids get a free icecream!
Great prices and a fun place. You'd want to go here before going rollerskating or bowling.
Came here for lunch and was a little surprized that I couldn't order a glass of wine. Food and service was great though. I would recommend this place for a quick bite to eat.
On a side note, there is a boardroom in the back which looks like it would be great for business meetings.
We had eaten here in the past and it was okay, but we stopped by to grab a samosa to go and realized the lunch buffet was on, so we decided to try it -and we were blown away. We've had a lot of Indian food and we were very pleasantly surprised by this experience. Buffets are not easy to do well, we were very happy with the selection, the quality and the service. It's typical Indian decor, simple, but nice, bright and clean. I saw a review where someone complained about spots on the glasses, and to be honest I wasn't looking for thing like that, it's not a high end restaurant, it's just good home-cooked Indian food, and hey at least spots mean the glasses have been well washed, just not covered in strong chemicals or breathed on and polished with a cloth! Don't go expecting Vijay's (in Vancouver) but for a basic lunch buffet this is awesome.
|1.||Kingfishers Waterfont Bar & Grill|
|3.||Paliotti's Ristorante Italiano|
|4.||Lava Dining & Lounge|
|8.||Bombay Sweet & Restaurant, The|
|9.||Billy Miner Alehouse|
|13.||Bella Vita Restaurant|
|14.||Bobby Sox 50's Diner|
|15.||Fox's Reach Pub and Grill|
|16.||China Kitchen Restaurant|
|17.||Jim's Pizza/The Look-Out Restaurant|
|19.||Hamada Japanese Restaurant|