When there's nothing to do in the neighborhood, my friends and I go to the Thirsty Duck. Every visit, the staff and servers have been extremely friendly and engaging, and they always have great recommendations. They have drink specials every day, including 3 Old Mills/Cariboo for $9.95, although the drinks at regular price are reasonable anyway. It's my favorite place to hang out with friends, grab a pint, gossip, and play darts or pool. If you're hungry, they have the regular pub food like poutine, wings, onion rings, pasta, burgers, pizzas, and other stuff for less then $10, and I haven't been disappointed yet!
Every time the staff don't care, look as though they hate their jobs, and hide out in the back once we've ordered. The food is always fine, messy and bland. Don't eat here if you're looking for anything more than a quick meal where no one disturbs you because you won't find it. Its a mess.
Came here on St Paddy's day hoping for some festivity, however they had none of that. We also quickly found out they were not licensed, and our waitress was not interested in waiting on us at all. The food was good, service not so much. It is a chain so it doesn't have a very nice feel to it.
Having worked at a Mexican food place prior to ever eating here, I have a standard of where I like my food. Not wishing to return to my prior employer for a bite, we tried Playa Tropical. I was delighted to find the salsa roha verde in the bottles were very authentic to third generation Mexcican, and also very good. (The second time we went the salsa roha was not good but verde was still delicious) We ordered the steak sandwich, shrimp quesadilla and two tacos: pork and fish. The steak sandwich was average, but the quesadilla was incredible. Delicious, served with pico de gaillo, guacamole and sour cream at no extra charge was a pleasant surprise. The tacos are small but also very cheap which explains the price, they are all topped differently and are quite tasty.
The waitresses both times we attended the restaurant were not very interested in us and we had to wait quite a while for our bill after finishing our food, but thats what you get when you hire careless teenagers. I will definitely go back and enjoy the much more authentic mexican food in comparison to taco del mar and chronic tacos.
Had a coupon for this restaurant that we've never tried before and I was skeptical, having never tried Filipino cuisine. I opted out of something new and into the chicken penne, while my boyfriend ordered a Filipino dish with chicken and coconut milk. The dish that I had was unique for itself and very delicious. I am not a huge fan of cilantro so I didn't enjoy the garnish however that is just personal. My boyfriends chicken dish was incredible, the next time we go I will be ordering that! For dessert we ordered cheesecake, also outstanding. The desert menu was impressive and I am eager to try one of the traditional Filipino desserts next time.
The waitress explained everything to us that we asked even though she didn't always know the English word. She was very friendly, prompt with drinks and dessert and made the evening enjoyable. The man playing the piano for the restaurant created fantastic music and was very friendly, greeting us as we came and left. Our total bill without the coupon would have came to $40 with dessert and drinks so I was pleased with the value that we got for our money.
We had their lunch special recently, $10, for a large number of options. It came with soup, salad, spring roll, rice and entrée. The soup and salad were small but ok. Of course they are just to stimulate or cleanse the palate so I don't expect a lot. The spring roll may have been the best ever. Not a hint of grease. Almost like they were not deep fried. They make them to order not ahead of time. The medium spicy chicken stir fry was very good. Rice was fluffy and seemed lighter than most. This is as good as I've had anywhere including Thailand. It's a definite step up.The staff are friendly and the room just fine. This place is certainly worth a return visit.
I went for a quick lunch a while back and had one of their three lunch specials for around $8. It started great with one of the best hot and sour soups I've had. Just right in every regard. The Szechuan chicken was not. The chicken tasted like the roast pieces you buy from the grocery store that they're selling you at half price b/c it's been around for 3 days. It tasted off so I didn't finish it. That's maybe a first for me. The veg and rice were ok. But the sauce was bland like from a package. And not b/c I'd just had spicy soup. The wait staff were very pleasant and accommodating and the ambiance just fine. I will go back for sure to have the soup but maybe that only.
We dined on a Tuesday night at 6 pm.
There were only 2 servers working the tables + the cash.
DH had the meatloaf + I had the spaghetti with meat sauce.
They ran out of clam chowder & only had lentil soup.
DH had lentil soup. Said it was good, not salty.
The portions are a bit smaller. Last time I had the meatloaf + it was 2 thick slices, a large baked potato with carrots, cauliflower + broccoli.
This time, it was 1.5 thick slices of meatloaf, a small baked potato, carrots + 2 spears of broccoli. One of the spears was very yellow.
The spaghetti with meat sauce was good & served with a large garlic toast.
Dessert was rice pudding or grape jello.
I think they need a 3rd person to run the cash and at least get an electronic cash register so you don't have to spend time writing out the checks.
This bar is owned by the most disrespectful and impolite person I have ever met, and that is actually an understatement. I had a party of 25+ people at this normally empty bar, with people eating and drinking and spending money here all night, and all I can say is that I HIGHLY regret it. The service was unprofessional, and our waitress was totally unable to handle such a large party of people. At the end of the night, the waitress bawled her eyes out because someone hadn't settled their bill. My friend, being the nice guy that he is, decided to just pay the bill to calm her down. BIG MISTAKE. We went there a few days later to get the issue resolved only to be utterly insulted by the owner, who accused my (sober) friend of being so drunk he just didn't remember anything, and accused us of illegal activities in his establishment. This guy merely had to offer us a credit of $30 at his pub so that we could come back again, and we would have been happy. He then had the balls to say "you're out of line" to this request, AND said "I don't need your business!! There's lots of parties here every weekend!!!" I have never felt so disrespected. I was spoken to in a way that was both demeaning and insulting.
I would sincerely recommend to NOT go to this bar EVER based only on the fact that the owner here clearly HAS NO RESPECT and DOES NOT APPRECIATE anyone's business. AWFUL EXPERIENCE.
I attended a wedding reception that took place last week at this Kirin restaurant. The decor and ambiance is nice with the high ceilings, but that's about it.
Firstly, the service was extremely poor. At our table, there was 11 seats, 10 adults and 1 for my 3 year old. The reception was suppose to start at 7pm. At about 6:30pm onwards, servers started coming around asking each table if the seats were filled. At our table, 9 adults and my 3 year old was seated = 10 people. Servers kept on asking every 5 minutes if the 10th person (empty seat) would be coming. We honestly didn't know and asked why they were so keen to know. They said that they had to know so that they could get their portions right. That doesn't make sense. What if that person was going to be late?!?! Does the kitchen need to know right away if that person doesn't come or not? If there was going to be only 9 adults, are they only going to dish out 9 portions? Were they going to give a discount to the person that was paying for the wedding since one person didn't show up? How hard is it to make exactly 10 servings??? As it got closer to 7pm, the servers didn't back off so we told them that this person was coming.
When the food came out, the servers presented us the dishes and divided up the portions for us. OMG! For the price of the set menu, the portions were absolutely laughable. The cold platter consisted only of 2 tiny pieces of roast pig skin and a few strands of jellyfish. Small portions seemed to be the theme for the rest of the dishes. By the time we got to the 3rd dish, they didn't divide up the portion for my 3 year old. I asked the server nicely if they can give a portion to him, too. I guess the server sure didn't want to work that day as we glared at me and said, in the following exact words, "this menu is for 10 people. TEN people... There are 10 portions already divided up. This is not for 11 people... this is only for TEN people." OMFG!!! Chill... I was just asking a question. The server did not have to bark at me. At other wedding receptions I've been to at other restaurants, the servers would divide up the portions based on the # of people sitting at the table. Normally, it is for 10 people but if there is an extra person or a small child, they would usually give that person food, too. It's just that they would divide the dish into 11 ways instead of 10.
The only saving grace was the dessert. It was sweet peanut soup, coconut rolls, and deep fried red bean balls. They executed these well.
In addition to the food portions being tiny, the quality of the food was not up to snuff considering it was $1,288 per table. Other people on the table were shaking their heads, as well. For $129 per person, the wedding could have taken place at a nice hotel with high quality ingredients and a lot better service, etc. They definitely could have gotten a lot more if they had gone elsewhere.
If you're thinking of having your wedding here, think again!
Two friends and I arrived at 1:00 pm on a lovely sunny holiday Monday and sat out on the patio. First sign of trouble was when we asked the waitress what draught beer and lager they had. Silence. Don't think she knew what draught meant. We were given the dinner menu. I ordered the crab cakes, but was told they were out of them. I opted for the queen cod burger. One friend ordered the fish & chips, the other friend ordered the chicken pot pie, but they were out of that, Okay then, how about the Guinness pie, sorry, out of that too. He opted for the fish & chips. The food came after a reasonable wait. The cod burger was dry and greasy, the fries were delicious. My friends said the fish & chips were okay. Coffee was plentiful and the wait staff attentive without being intrusive. Going home we all agreed the setting and ambience were great, but 3 menu items not being available at 1:00 in the afternoon was ridiculous. Found out after we left that they have a brunch menu and they also have daily specials. Why were we not told about them when we sat down. We won't be back.
We went on a Sunday late AM for brunch/lunch. It was quiet. My wife had breakfast and for $10 it was good. I had the burger and poutine for $15+. Pretty good although the gravy was out of a package and the potatoes starchy. Also pricey for what you get. Service was friendly but sparing. Perhaps they were getting ready for the day. This, of course, is far different than when it was a dump with the reno and all but it did have a lot of character before. Now it's just a nice looking pub, like all the others. If I'm in the area I may go back but would never make a point of it.
The review posted below me is absolutely right! Pizza Garden is awesome. Lots of pizza places in the Lower Mainland, and being a pizza snob there's only a few I really dig. I wrote a review on their Smithe location in downtown Vancouver and I hadn't had the chance to try it again until I stopped into their New Westminster location. It's conveniently located right at the skytrain station, bonus.
Pizza Garden offers quite authentic tasting Neopolitan pizza and do it by the slice, and even offer delivery. I grabbed a couple of slices and a drink to go and it only came to $5! Their fior de latte cheese really makes the pizza, it melts perfectly in that wood fired oven and their brilliantly red tomato sauce is super fresh.
It's cool that you can get pizza of an 'upper crust' quality (pun completely intended) in New West without having to sit down for a restaurant meal that will cost you an arm and a leg. Pizza Garden has a nice thing going. It's been consistently great each time I've had it and I definitely will be having it time and time again.
Went for Mother's Day late lunch, 7 of us in total. Restaurant was busy, but not full. Everyone got their food except for me, waiting about 15 mins before mine finally arrived and everyone else was either finished or almost finished. Mother-in-law's pizza was half cooked. Daughter wasn't given the kid's size pizza that we obviously ordered since she is 6. Server didn't seem to care nor was there any offer to try and makes things right by either not charging for the pizza or something. Been a few times, will now never go back.
We decided to try Aldo's again after a long time away. I was very pleasantly surprised!
I expected it to be slow and quiet, nope! All the table were full by the time we left at 8pm. The manager was recovering from surgery so there was only one server taking care of the whole floor but he did a great job.
We had the escargot, which were excellent, buttery and garlicky. The accompaning bread was awesome, warm and crusty and soft in the middle.
The Italian salad was delicious, light and not fussy with just a few ingredients. Probably a bit overpriced.
I had the puttanesca which was awesome! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Spicy, tangy, tomatoey and fresh. Delicious.
My partner had the veal parmasean. Also delicious. The penne with meat sauce that came with it was not our favourite but the veal was excellent.
We didn't have dessert. There was not a lot of options there. Forgivable though since the pasta options were many.
I will definately go again. I can imagine very soon since I am still thinking about that puntanesca sauce.
some of the best pub food ive ever had and consistent which is very hard to find these days. wicked ambience with the wood everywhere and fireplace. slow ditzy waitresses that need attitude adjustments haven't been there in a long time due to just that. maybe ill go back soon and see if anythings changed. aside from the service i really like this place.
Good food at reasonable prices and believe me, better than your average ambiance for a sushi restaurant. You have a choice of big tables with good quality chairs or tables with couches instead of chairs. A very large space with areas for big groups . Wonderful place to sit and talk in a group setting. Great view of the river. They use 'purple rice' which was an interesting change, I had not had it before. The staff is attentive and pleasant. Big washrooms and very clean - very impressive actually for this type of restaurant. Overall a good experience and I will want to go back.
I don't venture out to New Westminster to often unless it happens to be a large Antique Show/Fair at either the Queens Park Arena or QP Arenex. It happened to be the former. So, after rummaging around for several hours...I decided to check out this place upon a review by Sherman's FAs.
Parked on a sidestreet near the Tim Hortons and stepped in around quarter after 1pm....kind of surprised to find it kind of empty on a Sunday afternoon. The restaurant looks alright..cash till to the left and sushi counter behind that...in fact all the seating arrangement were on the right. I got seated asap... no waiting at all except several people were waiting for their takeouts.
I decided and ordered the prawn tempera and the califorina combo. My tempura was amazing...I concure with SFA...hot ,light, airy, crispy...infact this might have been the best I had in a quite awhile. After that, my other order arrived in no time...standard 8pc Cali roll with 2 pieces of wild salmon, 1pc tuna and 1pc ebi. The rice looked good...you can see every grain of rice. Taste...a solid good.
I do have to mentioned the cashier/waitress was friendly and refilled my tea a half dozen times. My total was about 15 bucks subtotal and a tip of 2 bucks. Paid via debit and they do accept credit cards. I will be back if I'm in the area...overall a good lunch meal..no complaints.
Been to Thailand twice. The food there is incredible, however this new restaurant is beyond words. I'd give six stars if it were possible.
I took my mother and my cousin on opening day. My 72 year old mother had Thai food for the first time. She ordered the prawn with vegetables in a black bean sauce. She was nervous at first but after a the first taste she was hooked and said it was wonderful. Kudos to the chefs because she is a critical customer. My cousin ordered chicken in a peanut sauce, surrounded by freshly steamed broccoli. Another homerun there. I had the yellow curry with chicken as my entre (not too spicy, creamy sauce ... delicious again. We ordered Also veggie spring rolls. There were only four so we had to do rock-paper-scissors for the last one. My cousin won out. .. so we ordered another round of four for dessert.
Been back many times already. I wish it were closer and I would go daily for their specials. Very reasonably priced. I saw a lot of take out so I assume they are doing well. The service is prompt and the servers seem genuinely concerned that I am / we are enjoying our food and the experience. Everyone I have gone with or taken for the first time has loved the food. Not too spicy, unless you ask for it that way.
Smells wonderful from the street and even better inside.
Love the entrance area with the beautiful colours. The cat (ceramic?) with the waving arm in the alcove is funny. I'd like one of those for my home. Also loved the decor with the Bhudda reliefs on the wall.
This place is a jewel. Best Thai food I have ever had.
I am a severe critic and don't usually write reviews but this one Thai Box 2Go (2 Go?) is my new favourite.
Go check it out. You will love it.
Tried this new New West spot a couple of Saturdays ago. The place was slammed. Looked like two very large groups in for dinner, one a birthday celebration, and every other table occupied. In short, the kitchen obviously couldn't keep up.
This is a smallish space but still big enough, if full, things could get sort of crazy in the kitchen. Clearly they were overwhelmed but dispite this our server tried her best with menu's quick to come, water re-fills and a few updates on when our rather simple order would arrive.
They serve comfort food here. Big dishes of lasagna with garlic toast, huge order for the price, all day breakfasts, chicken, burgers, etc. Nothing fancy but big plates for the price.
I went with the half chicken dinner with baked potato and veggies, my dining partner the salsbury steak.
My meal included a small salad that was just fine, my partners meal included a small bowl of some of the worst tasting clam chowder I have ever tried in my life. Watery, not clamy enough, just plain bad. I would re-visit the recipe for this one.
After that clam chowder I thought we might be in trouble but was pleasantly surprised when my half chicken dinner arrived after almost a full hour after ordering. Although I was given mashed potatoes when I actually ordered baked, I let it slide for the most part. My chicken was delicious. Fresh ,tasty, juicey, not at all dry and a very big portion for the 10 dollar something price tag. Everything was piping hot and even the mashed potatoes that I didn't originally order were hot and fresh.
They are new and working the kinks out in the kitchen so I am willing to cut them some slack. They tried hard and for the most part delivered. I'll be back to try them again, next time I will pick a night that is not quite as busy. But please, do something about that clam chowder recipe.
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|12.||Rivers Reach Pub|
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|2.||Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine|
|5.||Yianni's Greek Taverna|
|6.||Ole Ole Mexican Deli|
|7.||Go Thai Restaurant|
|8.||Rivers Reach Pub|
|9.||Taverna Greka Waterfront Restaurant|
|10.||Burger Heaven Restaurant|
|11.||Kirin Seafood Restaurant|
|12.||Frankie G's Boilerhouse Pub|
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|15.||Hi Dozo Sushi|
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