I have been a regular diner at Aldo's for about 5 years, and I am going to update my review.
DC and AB of Port Moody's review was well titled: "Hidden Gem". Aldo's is indeed just that.
After some hits and misses with servers over the last 5 years or so, Aldo hired a young italian guy about two years ago who has really helped to improve the overall atmosphere of this restaurant. He is a first-rate server, and provides an honest opinion on the daily specials.
Aldo's pasta is home-made, fresh, and always properly al dente - if you get the gnocchi on the day it is made, it is an especially fine treat. There are several dishes that are in my favourites list, in no specific order:
- Gnocchi with marinara sauce: Sometimes very good; sometimes truly superb.
- Gnocchi with putanesca sauce: I find this one just a tad too spicy-hot for my taste, but nonetheless, quite tasty.
- Linguinni with white or red clam sauce: Wonderful.
- Tortellini with calabrese sauce: Excellent (sometimes ravioli with calabrese is available as a special).
- Linguinni with pesto sauce: Very, very good.
- Steelhead fillet in white wine and lemon sauce: Exquisite (although the accompanying penne with bolognese sauce seemed a not particularily well suited side dish).
If you want a traditional italian style pizza, make a special order and have it with no cheese and only one or two strongly flavoured toppings such as garlic and chopped anchovies, or capers and black olives.
Aldo used to make a delicious zabaglione desert (warm, rich, and very filling), but, sadly, this has been removed from the menu; however, I have ordered this great desert and even though it is no longer on the menu, Aldo was willing to make it.
As for negatives, there are a few. Some dishes continue to be rather odd. The minestrone and the primavera sauce have water chestnuts and baby corn, which I think is not only odd, but a mistake. The baby corn in particular adds a strong, and to my taste, inappropriate and somewhat unpleasant tang to this otherwise good dish. I would have given the food a 5 rating, but for these oddities.
The overall atmosphere is, hmm, well, kind of plain, but not unpleasant. The music playing in the background is rather trite and cliche, but not bad. The room is often a bit too cold in the winter, and the red wine is often a bit too warm in the summer.
Lastly, I think the prices, especially for the wine (bottles are often marked up to more than 100% over liquor store prices, and by the glass is sometimes as much as $13), are a tad too high for the value, but not exceptionally so.
All-in-all, Aldo's is definitely one of my favourite New Westminster restaurants, and it is just around the corner from where I live. I drop in at least twice a month.
So I usually go to this place at least a couple times a month. Probably one of the best deals around for ayce (all you can eat). For $10 you get as much fish and chips as you want. I would also like to note that you do not HAVE to get mroe chips with your fish. You can always just order more fish. STRAIGHT GOODS! Food quality is decent, the fish isn't too greasy but definetly not the healthiest thing to eat. Definitly would recommend this!!!
Big portions, quality food, outstanding value and a bright, cheery staff, what's not to like?
I have now been to Ki Sushi twice and both times I can report excellent experiences. My most recent visit was last weekend. This is a busy sushi place so you may experience a bit of a wait if you have a large party and arrive around dinner time.
Last weekend despite it being rather busy my dining partner and I settled for a spot at the sushi bar. Our tea cups were filled immediately with a very nice Japanese tea and our order taken shortly thereafter by a very friendly but busy server.
Once again I ordered the Spicy Sushi Combo. Eighteen pieces of sushi for 8.50 Six pieces each of spicy tuna, spicy salmon and a rather interesting and tasty beef teriyaki roll.
The nice thing too about Ki Sushi is that they don't use a ton of rice like many sushi places do in fact the rice portion is minimal. The taste of the fish comes shining through and they don't skimp on the fish either.
Out of all the sushi places I have been to so far Ki is at the top of the list. Going back again soon, maybe even this weekend.
Why do we love Victoria Sushi? Let me count the ways.
The rolls are done just right: the rice is perfectly cooked, rolled tight with the right amount of fillings – no more, no less. The fish is fresh and always delicious. I usually get Bento Box C for lunch, which comes with chicken or beef teriyaki on a bed of bean sprouts, 5 pieces of Dynamite roll, veggie and prawn tempura, 5 pieces of sashimi, panko crusted fried fish, miso soup and a salad – for $12.95 this is an unbeatable deal. My wife gets the House roll and the Futomaki roll, which resembles kimbap (Korean equivalent of a veggie roll). We have also tried the BC roll, Unagi roll, California roll and various other kinds of sashimi and nigiri sushi – all good. However, the Chicken Karage and other fried chicken bits are very bland, this is a shame because I do love my fried chicken bits! We just don’t get them anymore and instead immerse ourselves in the sushi / sashimi / teriyaki goodness.
The restaurant itself is clean and cozy. The washrooms are a bit cramped: after I do my thing I just turn around to wash my hands and then turn around again to walk out. The service is very polite, but not friendly. I don’t think I have ever seen them smile, and I think they tend to be more friendly to the people who live in the complex. However, this should NOT be the reason not to try this place. They are accommodating as well – one time my wife’s Unagi roll tasted off, and the chef was more than happy to replace it. Plus let’s face it, the food is perfect and it’s a 5 minute drive from our home.
We are very snobby, no wait…particular (yes, that’s a better word) about our sushi – the Rice is overcooked: FAIL! Rolls falling apart in our hands: NO! Fish smells fishy: NEXT! Therefore we have tried many sushi restaurants before finding this place and I can say without any reservation that Victoria Sushi is the only sushi place for us. I know I sound like a paid spokesperson, but they have not paid me in sushi to write this. However, just to set the record straight – I have no problems with accepting food based bribes.
I am quite crooked like that.
The restaurant is comfortable and the staff is friendly. Prices are reasonable, but the food is mediocre at best.I had edamame and chicken Karagi, both needed seasoning. Being a Japanese restaurant there was no salt or pepper on the table. I didn't feel like asking the server to bring salt from the kitchen so I could do what the chef should have done, and season the food. I also had the tuna and salmon sashimi which was fine.
My partner had the California roll, they had put something on the rice and it had turned pink. The dish was not appetizing to look at. He also had an entree that consisted of grilled salmon and a grilled fish steak plus two - yes only two --lonely pieces of asparagus. Again the plate just didn't look appetizing. We eat with our eyes first and that plating eye appeal is part of what you are paying for in a restaurant experience. Usually Japanese dishes are beautiful to look at. The food tasted OK but it was all-in-all disappointing and there are a lot of other Japanese restaurants to try instead.
I work close to here so I decided to drop in one day since I'd heard about this place from co-workers.
I ordered the apple-cinnamon pannekoek, cost a little under $15 with tax. I was expecting a big portion if I'm paying that kind of money for breakfast, but the pancakes weren't that big. Not to mention that it took a long time (20 minutes) for the food to come out, there weren't even that many people in the restaurant! Pretty sure they only have one, mayyybe two cooks working in the back, and I can only imagine what it's like when the place is full.
At least the lady serving me was nice (said she was one of the owners).
The decor is nice, and the view of the Fraser River is even better since the sun was out.
So the pancake tasted good, it came with whipped cream on the side. But I can't justify spending nearly $15 on a breakfast that didn't completely fill me up.
Try the nachos...yum, yum! The burger special on Saturdays, can't beat it! $2.50! and yummy burgers, like homemade. Nice atmosphere, not too loud for us old folks. The servers remember you and your drinks if you go weekly :-) Nice quality local pub! Try it out on a Friday night, nice mix of young and old alike.
I have lived around the corner from SP for 6 months now and walked past it several times a day. There is a plethora of sushi restaurants in the area and I have tried them all.
Walking past tonite I decided to drop in for a donburi bowl. Upon entering the staff were speaking Japanese ( a rarity these days in Japanese restaurants).
You order at the counter so asked if they had ramen they pointed at a poster on the wall that said ramen $7.95.
It was superb, perfect on a rainy evening. I spent a year in Japan 25 years ago and grew very fond of ramen and this was as good as anything I had there.
I will definately go back (maybe tomorrow!)
You wouldn't expect it given the location (my neighbourhood), but Sushi Paradise is actually a pretty reasonable sushi/Japanese restaurant. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but its interior decoration is equal to any of the other standard-fare sushi places you can find in, say, downtown.
Both my wife and I were quite happy with our food. My wife hasn't actually been to many Japanese restaurants, she is more into fine dining with class, so I took some liberties and ordered us some appetizers: edamame and dumplings. Both were quite tasty. I ordered chicken noodles, which was served in a way that seemed unusual to me, with the chicken separate from the soup. Once I ate it this way, though, it's the only way I want to eat it - the chicken stays crunchy, since you put it into the soup only when you're going to eat it! My wife ordered the chicken and rice without the sauce, which she enjoyed a lot. I also ordered a salmon roll because I wanted to sample their sushi (verdict: good times). (Aside: this is Entirely Too Much Food. We ate till we ouched, and had leftovers.)
The price was OK because it was a dinner with wife and I was happy to pay $30 for two. Service what you expect from Asian.
All Sushi Lovers go here and it is not that expensive if you are willing to forego ambience and well service is the usual.
I have been looking for some cheap Mediterranean food in New West area, and I tried Boston Pizza based upon reviews from people at work stating that it is cheap and renovated. It was to take my wife and try to reconcile following some recent issues and problems. Well it was more expensive than anticipated and the kidz running around did not help, but it was an attempt to salvage a relationship. I tried Chicken Pizza and was definitely disappointed. The combination of the chicken, pineapple, and marinating sauce was phat. The manager introduced herself to me, and was nothing to look at which I wanted to tell her, along with her waitresses, but not with my wife being there. So I withheld my honesty. I will not be back.
That's the main draw here -- it is very affordable. You get a loaf of warm sourdough bread, your choice of soup or salad, a pasta entree and ice cream for dessert. Add a 1/2 liltre of wine and the total bill including tip for two was $41.55. The food is good, the restaurant is comfortable, and you get table service from energetic waiters.
It is a family friendly restaurant and the space is large so you don't need a reservation. It is right beside skytrain so you can leave the car at home.
This family owned and operated restaurant has been serving premium authentic greek food for nearly 40 years. From the moment you walk through the doors you are greeted with a smile, and the view is great! I was with extended family, one of which has epilepsy and one who is 72 years old; we could have been a servers nightmare but our server was one of the most professional I have ever seen. We waited about a minute for the server to arrive, appetizers came within 10 minutes, and the main course once we were finished with the appetizers. The food was some of the best greek food I have ever had, and I wish I wasn't living in Calgary, or I would dine there weekly. I highly recommend this restaurant, and will definately dine there again.
Good food. A nice enough selection. Nan bread is refilled upon request. Service might be a touch lacking but polite.
The place is real quiet and never seems busy. But that kind of makes it intimate and perhaps more enjoyable.
The place looks clean, the washrooms are clean.
For what you pay you get more. I'd recommend this restaurant to friends and family.
This is the old Dragon Palace. You won't mistaken it with the same decor, same menu, and same name (in chinese). However, compared to the old Dragon Palace, the food is just down right nasty.
We were fans of the old Dragon Palace. So we were excited to learn that it has resurfaced as Inn Noodle House. One dish that we particularly look forward to is their black cod in special sauce. So off we go tonight for dinner.
The decor is the same as Dragon Palace, pretty sure they re-use the same tables and chairs. So the ambiance is very mediocre. As another reviewer had mentioned, it is smoky in there with the oily smell of the kitchen.
The service is pretty awful. The 3 servers looked like they just woke up. It's almost like they feel guilty serving us their food.
Now the food. We ordered:
Hot and sour soup. It is the worst hot and sour soup in recent memory, that's including food court soup and instant soup mix.
Chop suey. Veggies are nicely fried, not overcooked. A tad on the salty side.
Seafood fried rice. Flavour is there, seafood is fresh, but quite salty.
Chicken chow mein. Very salty.
Honey garlic pork. Too dry. Imagine a piece of pork that you deep fried in the morning then let it sit til evening, deep fried again and serve. That's the same pork here.
Black cod with special sauce. I seriously hope that it's just a mess up from the cook tonight because this used to be so good. The dish we got tonight is too salty to eat, and i like my salted fish. So definitely not worth the $14.95 for this dish.
So to sum it up, a good restaurant gone bad. Good bye Dragon Palace.
It's a fish and chips place. The ambiance is nothing special, kind of blah, reminiscent of an old Denny's or something. You seat yourself which is kind of... raw. And at the end, you pay a cashier. It is what it is. Fish is expensive. Period. Halibut and chips was great. We didn't find it greasy at all. Service was acceptable for what it is. Coleslaw was good too. It's close by which is great for a quick fix.
Our reservation was for 8:30 pm on Friday night. the service was slow servers seemed clueless except for one. took over an hour after sitting to get the appitizers calamari and sweet chili chicken which was okay. then 45 min to get the ceasar salads again okay then another hour passed to get our main course the steaks were not great the chicken was dry the vegetables may or may not have passed by a stove no one recieved coffee or tea trying to even order drinks was a joke we finally got out of there close to midnight everyone tired bored and annoyed .shame really since it's a big chain. Would not recommend or ever go back .
Not worth the price in my opinion. Food is pretty good but we weren't blown away. Did enjoy the classic fish and chips english style but wanted more. The salad appetizer was delicious and my wife was enjoying it I guess. She is on a diet again. fish was too rich. Goat cheese on the side was very good but also super rich.
It’s been 6 years now coming to the Rivers Reach pub. The food has been great with a good price and has kept me coming back. Everything on the food menu is done well.
Regarding drinks, do not bother ordering anything other than bottled beverages. The last 7 out of 8 mixed drinks have been terrible. They are a colossal waste of money.
The pub used to be offices and the remaining décor is pleasant. It along with the food has kept me going back.
The service however, has made the rest almost void. Customer loyalty is meaningless here. The hostesses have attitude problems, and tipping significantly for years hasn’t helped. The service is excessively slow, and waiving down someone who isn’t your server gets you attitude. The only way to get service is to physically get up and go find them.
Now my interest in this place as all but vanished. With an occasional exception, going here is just not worth it.
It's a pub - clean and functional, a little dark, and could use some updating - that's why I only gave a mediocre for ambiance. (The tables had beer labels on them, lacquered or plastic coated in.....1980's style) Lots of TV's, would be ok to catch a game.
Fair value - all the pub fare was on par with any other average pub, without the inflated prices. Lunch for 4 with a couple of drinks each was under $80.00.
Service: Our server was friendly and efficient, and attentive, she did quite well considering there was a flurry of people coming in about the same time, and she seemed to be the only waitress on duty. She did apologize for the wait on the food, explaining that all the food orders came in at once, but none of us felt that we had been kept wating, so I expect the food usually comes pretty quick.
Generous portions! I ordered the beef dip, it was tasty, and the bun and au jus came out just right, although not piping hot. I would normally order a salad, but judging by the outdated decor, my expectation was wilted iceberg lettuce and shredded carrot - so I ordered the fries. I wish I'd taken my chances with the salad, as I found the fries a little soggy - I suspect my plate was waiting a bit for my dining companions meals to catch up. They all had fries too, and found them pretty good. I was relieved to discover the food wasn't overly salty!
C and R both ordered fish and chips, and they both thought they were great. The generous portions of fish had the perfect amount, and right kind of batter - not too much, not too thick, not overwhelming the fish.
J ordered a cordon bleu chicken burger, this is not the breaded kind, and he practically inhaled it.....it must hae been good.
We also ordered an assortment of drinks. The Caesars were on special, and they were tasty! Coffee was good, Irish coffee even better, and they had some good beer on tap. We enjoyed a couple of pints of Granville Island Pale Ale, and J ordered a pop too.
All in all, it was pretty good, and we'll return.
Hungry for beef dip, I entered the Met Bar & Grill. Immediately as I sat down I was met with hostility. Incidentally, I am a disabled minority and am not sure which was met with anger.
I was asked to take off my corrective eye gear, for which I have a doctors note stating I need them at all times, in order for him to “see that you[I] won’t cause any trouble.”
I didn’t ask for alcohol despite it being a bar and grill. I have never caused trouble in any other bar or club so therefore he had no reason to suspect the worse of me.
Narrowing down causes for hostility, this leaves only two immediate possibilities: prejudice against my corrective eye wear, and racism.
I removed my corrective eye wear for him and is unclear to my why I stayed. Possibly to prove I had no hostility. Possibly because I had been craving beef dip and was hungry.
Now to comment on the food: it was edible but over priced for what it was.
Aside from the person who showed unnecessary hostility, the food came prompt and the chefs seem on the ball.
The ambiance was average. Nothing stood out, but nothing was bad.
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|4.||Go Thai Restaurant|
|5.||Yianni's Greek Taverna|
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|7.||Rivers Reach Pub|
|8.||Taverna Greka Waterfront Restaurant|
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