Went out today for a friends birthday. We had gone bowling, and then we were supposed to go to Boston Pizza, but my friend neglected to make reservations, so they told us it would be an hour wait and alot of people didn't want to wait, so since none of the other people drive (there were about 12-15 people I think) we kind of were stuck and had to go to Burger King for a birthday party (Yes, I was pretty dissapointed at first)
I had preceeded to order, and I ordered alot of food. a Quad stacker, fries, coke and two 6 piece of chicken nuggets. I had never tried thier stacker sauce before and asked the cashier if I could have a little bit of a sample.....he told me that they were not allowed to give tiny samples of bloody sauces (of course I argueed with him and demanded to talk to a manger) I mean WTF? I mean, who doesn't give a tiny sample of bloody sauce to sample? anyhow, I talked to the manager and he offered me some (don't know if it was because I made a stink about it) but anyhow, I liked it.
We then all sat down, ate, laughed, enjoyed ourselves and left.
I guess it wasn't the ideal place, but none the less had fun even for our ages (25-35) I had written a review about another restaurant we went to 2 years ago for the same guys birthday (Swiss Chalet) which was horrible, and I mentioned that we would have had a better time dinning at Wendy's....Guess I wasn't sarcastic when I said that after all, as we all had a better time here that we did at Swiss Chalet 2 years ago.
This former location of the Orange Room was a favorite of ours for a number of years. As sad as it was to hear of its closing we were equally excited to hear of a new Japanese restaurant in town. Well, unfortunately the anticipation turned to disappointment as we finally tried it out.
The ambiance in our opinion was fair. The decorating was pleasant and kitchy but really could be so much better if they employed softer lighting.
As for the food the green tea was great, as was the temaki (sushi cone). Unfortunately the rest of the meal was marginal at best. The tempura was soggy and the maki was very very dry. The teriyaki chicken was cold inside and burnt on the outside.
The service was sadly some of the worst we have encountered. Our order was delivered incorrectly and sent back three times before it was right. Our drinks arrived halfway through the main entree after numerous requests and 3 other tables that were seated after us were served and out the door before we were eating dessert.
Sadly our experience was disappointing and we will likely not return.
Went here with a friend for a lunch and from the get go I knew I should have just turned around and walked out. The server were pushy and rude when they wanted to get by you. We seated ourselves and ordered our lunch after a few minutes. I ordered the 6oz steak sandwich along with soup and my buddy ordered the beef dip. The food arrived 10 minutes later which was good as we were starving. The steak was over cooked a bit and came on one slice of toast. The soup of the day was thick like beef chilli and was satisfactory. The steak sandwich for $11.95 was definitely not worth it. The piece of steak was of such poor quality that it was very chewy and bland. You had to add salt and A-1 sauce to swallow it. My friend said the beef dip was ok. The bun and fries were good but the shaved beef was too of poor quality. When we finished we asked for our bill to be separate. She came back with one bill with both of our orders. I repeated myself saying that we wanted separate bills. The old looking brunette seemed annoyed and storm off and said that she will take care of it. Wanting to get out asap, we went up to the till to pay. She then showed up really annoyed and rude. We finally had our bills separated and paid. The service was very poor and the attitude from this server was enough that I will never come back again.
As mentioned in the other reviews, this restaurant use to operate as Dragon Palace. They had a good assortment dishes on their dim sum menu but since moving to this location, they've had to cut certain dishes from their menu due to the lack of kitchen space. It was pretty upsetting as this was the only place in town where I could get Chinese donut and soy milk, as well as jellyfish.All that aside, I still enjoy coming to this restaurant. Their food is delicious, especially their marinate beef soup with noodles. The broth is hearty and the don't skimp out on the meat. The prices are very affordable in comparison the portions they serve. All around great value for good quality Chinese food. The only downside I have to this place is that it always seems smoky, as if there's a haze of smoke lingering throughout the restaurant. It's odorless but the smoke is there. I assume the hood fans in the kitchen aren't strong enough to blow out all the smoke from all the cooking they do back there...considering it's a smaller kitchen. But don't let this stop you from dining in.
If you want some really decent pub food, this is a good place to go.
Servers are always friendly, but if you go there on a sunny day when the patio is open, be forwarned that service is going to be extremely slow... there have been a few times where I have waited over an hour before my food actually arrived. The server should have told me it was going to be a long wait when I put the order in, but they didn't. I couldn't get mad at the servers as it was obvious that they were overwhelmed and busting their butts off to server everyone. The problem is that on days where the patio is being used, management should be hiring additional servers and cooking staff to handle the additional volume. It seems to be regular problem here. I still go there, but if I'm on a schedule to be somewhere else afterwords, I'll go somewhere else where I know I'll be served quickly.
I ordered off of the regular menu, having a Veal and Curry Pasta... the dinner was actually very good. My buddy ordered something off of the special menu, which he enjoyed.
The service was satisfactory until it came time to pay for our bill. I had purchased a groupon for this place and had intended on using it. The server said that he could not accept the groupon because it did not apply to specials. I knew that already, but pointed out that the groupon could be simply used for the non-special items on my bill, which was the dinner I had ordered. He refused to accept it.
I contacted groupon and ended up receiving a refund for the groupon purchase. Although I didn't mind the food here, I felt it was unethical for them not to accept the groupon. The small print on the group did not say anything about it being invalid should someone else at my table order a special item. I was using this for myself... not for anyone else at the table. Even though the food was enjoyable, I felt cheated with regards to the groupon being refused. I simply won't go back just on principle. Stupid on their part as I live locally and they would have gotten more business from me and the people I know had they taken the groupon.
We moved to New West almost a year ago, and one of the first things we did was scope out food joints to see what would be come our regular haunt.
After trying a couple of places, my other half came in and told me about a little place she decided to try called Sushi Tang. She was pretty much raving about it right off the bat - She said she received great service, the sushi was really good and the prices were decent.
It's all history after that - We're regulars there, for many reasons. The quality of the sushi is great - They only use the best salmon, and while it's 1.75 per piece of nigiri at the time of this writing, it's worth the quality of the salmon they use. Other nigiri is priced on par with other places. All the fish we've had there is always great, and their rolls are of great quality with not too much rice. They also have a 1.99 spinach roll, which I'd never seen before. It's really quite good.
The people are what make this place truly great - Every time we're there they are genuinely happy to see us. They take friendliness and customer service to another level. You're greeted as soon as you get in, you get a nice, loud goodbye when you leave, and the server is always all smiles, every time.
The prices are decent - It might be slightly more than an average sushi place but their quality more than makes up for it. Given the quality, their trays are actually a steal, so if you're looking for lots of sushi go that route.
The atmosphere is nicely decorated. Yes, they tend to play loud pop music.....but I'm not there for authentic Japanese atmosphere so it doesn't bother me.
We'll be back...again and again and again......
This is the first time and the only time I'll be dining at this supposed restaurant. If you're thinking of going there...I suggest even Spaghettti Factory over this restaurant! Bad food combined with bad service.
Service was horrid. Even though we may not be a regular customer...we still deserve the basics of restaurant service...as it is a restaurant after all and we are expected to pay a tip. If it was a fast-food place or a cafeteria, I wouldn't be so picky on the lack of service! We waited at least 20 minutes just to put in our order...and another 30 minutes for the food to arrive. Nobody came around to refill our water or ask if the dishes were to our liking. We even had to wait a long time for our bill. Had we not flagged down a waitress...after 20 minutes after finishing our meal...we'll probably be there til the next century. To top off the poor service, they cannot even seem to put the left overs correctly in the container...as they gave it to us upside down!!! What the heck!
Food was horrible. They messed up my sister's order: I guess meat sauce with gnoche was too complicated for this pasta restaurant. It turned out to be gnoche in tomato sauce minus the meat. My dish, which was pesto linguini, probably had at least 200% of the recommended daily intake of sodium. I was just so thirsty after meal...and darn...it wasn't easy getting water at this restaurant!
I just shake my head at this restaurant...there seems to be lots of staff working at this establishment, yet the place is disorganized, inefficient and just plain dysfunctional. The worse part is how the staff seems to focus their service on the regulars (e.g. free wine shots on the house,) and treat new potential regular customers like crap. I guess if they're happy with their regulars and not interested in new customers, then so be it. We're definitely never coming here again and recommending our friends and family to avoid this place.
Went there for dinner with a friend. Service was slow.
Started with soup which was luke-warm, and had troubles getting the waitresses attention. Eventually after about 10 minutes, she comes to the table asking how it is. I return the soup... apparently it hadn't been microwaved long enough.
Main course was the Lobster Ravioli. Again, there were cold spots through-out the dish. The waitress was alittle quicker this time to come back to the table. I return the dish to have it corrected, and had the feeling that the waitress was somewhat enoyed with me at this point because of the "role-the-eyes" up attitude.
If I'm paying top dollar for a dinner, I expect standards to be much higher than this restaurant displayed. I can go to Hy's Encore or Cioppino's Mediterranean Gril in downtown Vancouver, and get way better service and food quality for the same price. If the Boathouse wants to be in the category of high-end restaurants, then they have a long ways to go.
Only good thing about the Boathouse was the view of the water. My advice to anyone considering this restaurant. Save your money and go somewhere else where you'll get what you pay for.
Aldo's is New Westminster's hidden gem. Located along the main drive through New Westminster's waterfront, serves up amazing dishes. We frequent Aldo's anytime we want to celebrate, indulge or even just relax.
Invariably, my boyfriend and I always order the same thing: gnocchi with carbonara sauce and penne with tre colore sauce (pesto, alfredo and tomato sauce mixed together). Sometimes we go in telling ourselves we'll try something new, but we can never stay away from our favourite dishes.
The tre colore sauce is perfect. It is tangy, smooth and thick with fresh pesto. It is almost a stew in and of itself. The gnocchi carbonara may seem like a small portion, but it's loaded with fresh bacon and has a thick, creamy sauce. The dish avoids being too rich or fatty, but the wonderful bacon flavours entice even the most stringent of vegetarians (I myself am guilty...oops). We always order a half-litre of the house red, which is a delicious compliment to any meal.
We go to Aldo's about once per month, and we've always been confused by the negative reviews we've found on here. It's affordable in comparison to the Keg or Boathouse, and the food, service and the atmosphere far exceed anything in the vicinity. We highly recommend this restaurant
I can't believe reading some of the negative post?? Some people should stick to eating Big Macs. I guess Groupon brings these type of people.
This place is simply amazing. It's owned and operated by an Italian family, the atmosphere is cozy and romantic and the pasta is some of the best I've ever had; the absolute best in New West that's for sure! This time the restaurant was full, and while there were only two servers catering to 10 - 12 busy tables, the service was polite and efficient. We had the veal parmigiano (my husband), fettucine con funghi (20 year old son) and gnocchi carbonara (me), and all three dishes were generously portioned and excellent. The assorted antipasto (cappicolo, salami, mozzarella, olives and pickled vegetables) was also terrific
I've been here twice with my wife, who really wanted to like this place. We both agree that the service is beyond terrible, especially in the bar area. However, for New West, I think their appetizers are very well put together and they even have a couple good flavour combos. But in all honesty, I'm not sure how often I'll go back, I'm so tired of poor service. The waitress is not attractive at all and this is a pub eatery. What are they thinking?
Bought groupon. Wish i had heard of them before.
So we ordered the Baked Escargot in Garlic Butter as the app, I must say it was really good. It was very flavorful and rich.
The Veal dish was tender and had a unique flavourable marsala sauce. I loved the homemade pasta sauce that came with the entree. It was zesty and full bodied, lots of flavour. It was a creamy tomato.
My wife got the smoked salmon with gnocchi in carbonara sauce. The gnocchi was simply the best I ever had. It has a distinct taste of potato, instead of flour. We asked them why their gnocchi tasted so different, it's because it's home made with almost all potato instead of loaded with flour. As you can see the gnocchi are all irregular shaped, hence it's home made. The carbonara sauce was great.
The Tira Misu also good and it was homemade. But I have had better.
The decor was simple and plain, a very home like feel to it. Overall, this place is great for pasta. Their pasta are either home made of fresh delivered everyday.
Although the night started shaky, with not being served or asked if we would like anything to drink for 15 minutes or so, but our seating right by the window to watch the sunset made up for it. The server we had was excellent when she did come around (which she apologized profusely for, apparently there was a scheduling mistake). We ordered the 3 course steak and crab deal, because we had a coupon for it (hey we're students, we use coupons for everything! We can wait a couple years). I ordered the ravioli which was told I could get with the coupon, after we were done our appies and some of our wine (which was a full 6 oz, unlike some other reviewers stated, it was in a big glass though). Switched to a rare steak and crab cakes, glad i did. The steak was ACTUALLY rare, the crab was fantastic even with a red wine, and although I usually eat pretty decent amounts I shoved one of the crab cakes and some mashed potatoes to the bf. He was so full he could barely move, which is a rarity. Our bill was only 60 with the coupons, but I wouldn't hate paying full price for it. The ambiance was fantastic, it looks fantastic in there and will for SURE be back soon! (My man and I are already making excuses to go back and try some appies)
Ate here for the first time tonight and it was horrible! Chicken Parm although not on menu waiter said they can make it which was probably the worst Parm I've had in my life( lean cuisine is better and that's paultry at best!) the parm which tasted previously frozen then nuked and deep fried was sitting in a pool of water beside soggy noodles covered in a tasteless Alfredo sauce. The calzone was disgusting and only ate any of it cause we were starving. As previously mentioned by a lot of posters the wait staff never came to ask how the food was and thats because they know the answer! Sick!!! Sick to my stomach for eating it and sick to my stomach for paying 60 for it. The only thing not horrible was the beers!
We bought the groupon and thought we would try a new resturant. The food was really just average. It would totally have been over priced if we didn't have the groupon deal. The seafood antipasto was blend. Bread was served with butter instead of balsamic vinegarette and the bread was just a regular dinner roll you'd get on the plane. The lasagne was good but then it is difficult to screw that up. The veal was rather tough and blend too. We got the tiramsu for dessert, regularly priced $8, was totally not worth $8. It barely has any flavor and I had to use the berry sauce on top to give it some sweetness, otherwise it just taste like spongecake. There was no coffee flavor at all.
The service was not good either. One server when she was pouring water for us, all I can smell was her heavy perfume trying to cover up cigarette smell! Working in the food industry it is rather important not to smell like cigarette when you are on duty! Thankfully I did not have to pay regular price for the meal!
When this place first opened, it was great. The food was delicious and good size portions. I used to recommend it to all my friends. Now...not so much. The food lost it's flavour, the portions got really small. I cannot recommend it at all. I think they changed their cook and obviously got cheap with their food. Not a good place for Indian food.
My wife and I had lunch here. We'd had take-out a few times and found the food decent, even if portions were a bit small at times. We usually order the Pad Spinach, Matsaman curry, and Stir Fry Mixed Vegetables.
We also like the Pad Thai usually. But not this time. My wife ordered L1 which is Pad Thai with a side salad. These two clashed badly as they were both intense tasting and vinegary. When we get Pad Thai with take-out, its quite nice and comes with sprouts and nut bits. The Pad Thai with the lunch special was unpleasant tasting (I tried it) with no sprouts or nuts. The dressing on the salad was overbearing so my wife ate very little of it.
I ordered L9 which was a OK but lacked a certain oomph. It was called Lard Na, and was a chicken and vegetable stir-fry on fried noodles with a fried roll on the side. Veggies were fresh and the roll was quite nice. The sauce for the roll was the best part. Not much flavor in the stir-fry itself.
What saved the meal was the spicy coconut milk soup, Tom Ka Gai. Not a drop was left in the bowl. We would return just for the soup alone, and maybe rolls with it. Otherwise, we'll stick to evening take-out as the lunches aren't so good.
I have been purchasing my baking from Bella Cakes for well over a year, and can say without a doubt, it is THE BEST bakery in New Westminster or Burnaby. The pastries are absolute perfection - from the macaroon's to the eclairs, I am never disappointed. I look so forward to birthdays and celebrations when I can custom order a cake from Fabio and the team at Bella. His artistry, love and care that he puts into his creations shines through. What a wonderful gem of a shop in the heart of Sapperton.
Went out for dinner with family and friends here 09-25-2011. I'd never been here before, but a co-worker who also lives in New West had been many times and raved about the food. The room is nice and open, with a pleasant view of the river. The restaurant looked to be about 3/4 full.
We all opted for items from the Crab Fest menu-all of which were around $35 for a 3-course meal. You were given a choice of crab soup or salad for a starter, one of several crab main dishes, and then a glass of wine or dessert fruit bowl. We chose the wine, and were quite surprised the glasses were barely half-full. My crab soup was luke warm and literally gone in three spoonfuls (after I had to wait about 5 minutes to GET a spoon). Not a great start.
Our main dishes took almost an hour to arrive. I kid you not. Ridiculous. The server almost knocked over my wife's water and wine with her plate when setting it down on the table. The food itself was good-no real complaints there. The steak I got was cooked as requested and decent enough. The problem is the slow service; an hour wait is unacceptable and soured me on ever going back. Boathouse management needs to get its act together here.
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