As the title says, I love Nando's hands down. I've been eating Nando's for years. There's just one moment (May 22, 2014 @ 7:45pm) where the lady in the grill dropped a chicken on a skewer on the floor. Picked it up, looked around. When she saw I was looking, she placed it on the side of the grill. When she thought I glanced far, she quicly moved it to the center of the grill. I was wearing my baseball cap. She tought I didn't see what she did. I did not call her attention. But am not going to let it go without posting this. I will still go eat Nando's but this lady must go. The guy at the cashier who I dealt with didn't see what happened behind him.
In July of 2013, my boyfriend and I fortuitously discovered this establishment and duly fell in love with its delicious Indian cuisine, which we feel is the best Indian food, and the best restaurant food in general, that we have ever experienced in this area. Both of us are fans of Indian food, so we have been to many Indian restaurants around Canada and the world, but we have rarely, if ever, experienced Indian food that is this good. We order delivery about once a week (to us, it is our end-of-week reward), we bring our friends and relatives there for special occasions, and recommend the restaurant to anyone asking about great food in the area. Our favourite dishes are Eggplant Bhartha, Chana Masala, Gobi Aloo, Vegetable Curry, and Garlic Naan (although we also enjoyed your Vegetable Samosas and Pakoras, Chai Tea, and Galab Jamun; moreover, our carnivorous friends also said that your meat dishes were tasty). What we find special are their bright orange curries that have a rich and spicy flavour; the way in which they season their dishes enables us to enjoy the tastes of the different ingredients in a harmonious and delicious balance. Moreover, the quality of the food is pretty consistent from week to week. We also found that their prices are reasonable, considering the portion size and quality. I highly recommend this restaurant to vegetarians and anyone else who loves Indian food. Even if you don't love, or even like, Indian food, this restaurant may very well change your mind!
Now, for a time, early in 2014, they temporarily had a new chef so the quality of the food did decline. Fortunately, according to the owner, the old chef is back, and the food tastes as great as it ever did (we ordered it last night and were not disappointed).
Okay so, I had a craving for a real Donair. A real Halifax Donair. The Donair, or the Donner as the Lebanese call them, was introduced to Canada in 1971 by a restaurant in Bedford Nova Scotia. The owner then came up with the "sweet sauce" to differentiate it from the Shwarma and the Gyro. It quickly became a hit and then King of Donair in Halifax bought the rights to it and the Halifax Donair was born. Later it has been moving across the country but seems to have stalled in Alberta since so many Maritimers stayed there and couldn't figure out how to scale mountains.
So... I research where I can get a Halifax Donair. This place comes up on 12th Street in New West called Donair Star. They advertise a Halifax Donair.
This is what happened:
-He gets out a full dry pita and opens it up to make a pouch. WRONG
-He puts in large wedges of tomatoes. WRONG
-He puts in diced onions. RIGHT
-He then turns around and shovels out of a hot bowl the sliced anemic beef and stuffs it into the pocket of the pita. WRONG
-Pulls out a white squeeze bottle and squeezed something into the pocket. WRONG
-Then he folds it all up into a tightly packed ball and hands it to me. WRONG
-All of this took about 25 seconds.
I left cringing.
This is how you make a real Halifax Donair:
-Slice the properly flavourful and spiced pressed beef from the spit.
-Place the pile of sliced meat on the hot flat oven plate.
-Spray the meat with water and or oil.
-Mix the meat. This will cook the meat further and provide the golden brown colour of the meat and seal in the flavours.
-Place a pita that is sized to the order (small, medium, large), whole, on top of the meat on the grill.
-Spray the pita and meat again with water/oil. Not too much.
-Place a flat tray or pan over the meat and the pita to trap the juices and flavour.
-Remove the pita and mix up the meat. The pita should be warm and slightly moist.
-Move to another station and lay the pita down and place the meat on it then layer the diced onions and diced tomatoes on it.
-Ask the client how much sauce they want.
-Ladle the appropriate amount of the signature Halifax Donair sauce over the meat and vegetables.
-Wrap up the pita with a fold at the bottom and then in a round so that the top is open.
-Wrap the whole thing tightly in tinfoil.
-Give to customer
It should take about three or four minutes.
If you don't do these steps above. Don't ever call it a Halifax Donair.
What Donair Star created was a bland and flavourless ball of grey meat, dry pita and chunky tomato.
I visited this restaurant with an Indian friend of mine. Overall, it was okay. I am not too big on spices and curries but the experience was pleasentful.
We arrived during the lunchtime buffet. I tried my hand at the aloo gobi and the vegetable curry. I was expecting the food to be awfully spicy but luckily it was not. I am not very experienced in Indian food but I have to say that the food did not seem fresh. The portions were quite large and the food was quite heavy. Not something I am quite used to. However, the taste was interesting.
As a vegan going on vegetarian, it is difficult to find options for food. This restaurant had several options to offer, from appetizers to main meals and desserts.
I might have to try other Indian restaurants to really decide whether I am a fan of Indian food or not.
I have not eaten in-house; I order delivery exclusively, and have been doing so for about a year or so.
Although I am a fan, I will agree with one of the older reviews that said "... after trying more that half of their menu, I feel that they don't have a lot of variety to offer. Most of the curries taste the same, they have like 2-3 signature curries that that use for most of their dishes." It is indeed a rather limited menu.
Nonetheless, that being said, I am a big fan of their food. I think the flavours are excellent -- my current favourite is Saag Alu (curried spinach with potatoes), and while the quantity overall is fairly good, I think the chicken dishes sometimes could use more chicken in 'em -- so to speak.
Delivery time is very good; almost always within 30 minutes, and the food is always really hot -- temp-wise, not spice-wise.
There has been one odd change lately in that the "plain basmati rice" used to be something rather special -- it was not just plain basmati rice, it was a really tasty yellow somewhat puffy rice (it actually looked more like arborio than basmati, but that's neither here nor there, in my opinion); moist and lovely subtle flavours, which was, in my experience, unique. Now it is indeed pretty much just plain basmati rice with some herbs added. I miss the other way they used to do it.
My final word is a caveat, of sorts, in that I do not have very much experience with Indian food, so I cannot vouch to authenticity, but I can vouch that I really like Indian Star's food, and order frequently.
I love the quality of the food and service there! Very friendly and welcoming! The prices there are a lot better then some sushi places so I'm happy about that! :D Diffidently one of my favorite places to eat at! :D totally recommend this place to all my friends and family!
We went in to try out their breads and they had a very good taste.
I didn't like the food they serve as I was expecting a homemade quality I've had in other Afghani restaurants. Obviously, this is not a restaurant but a bakery.
I would stick to baking and providing a variety of different baked goods at your location. I bet around Norooz time, this place would rock!
Also, gluten-free baked goods would be ideal as well.
It gets pretty warm inside as well.
We went out to give it one last chance but as it turns out, we ended up with bloated stomachs. I have no idea what they add to the food that causes these symptoms.
I've been to a variety of Chinese restaurants in BC, and this one is below par. Too bad, because they do offer good prices.
I guess I better go check the other locations, just to be thorough. I'll keep you posted.
We decided to try it out and the owner, he was hitting on us. He kept coming over and asking if we would marry him. He's creepy and I WOULD NEVER go back.
The dish I ordered was okay, but I didn't like the sauce. I ended up taking it home and throwing it out.
I think we need a new Italian place in town because the owner needs to be more respectful towards female guests or retire.
I don't like the entrance either. Plastic curtain? Eww.. I WOULD NEVER invite anybody here. This place would be a last resort, and I would recommend stick to having a drink with your buddy.
This place is ALWAYS busy, so finding out about the Grand Opening that took place yesterday, was sublime.
So much that we've made reservations for Nana's birthday next weekend! Woo-hoo!
Oh, don't forget! They have live music and dancing, if you're so inclined, on Friday nights, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Especially now that it's Spring Break, it gives the busy families bring their kids in and have lots fun. The kids were running around as much as the staff were.
So they have officially placed some of our favorites on the menu such as the Tostadas and the Monster Burrito.
I've been to other Mexican restaurants and this one beats them all!
Dropped in for a visit to The Hub two Sundays ago. Was very impressed with the ambiance of this restaurant, nice large open space with plenty of room to move about.
Our waitress was solid. At our table in a reasonable amount of time with menu's , etc. Nothing outstanding about her service then again nothing really to complain about either.
The Hub falls into the same category as Earles, Cactus Club, Moxies etc. The same old menu with a couple of little changes here and there but basically you've seen it all before. One big difference with The Hub are the prices! They charge upwards of 15+ for simple things like burgers.
I ordered the Ahi Tuna burger that came with a 15 dollar price tag. The food arrived in a decent amount of time for being after 2pm in the afternoon on a Sunday. It was good. Was it worth 15 dollars accompanied by a tiny little salad with their own housemade dressing? In my view no.
What really ticked me off about The Hub and probably a deal breaker in terms of ever stepping foot in this place again was the beer I ordered. $6.50 for "a glass" of a local brew "Gypsy Tears". This was nowhere near a pint. I would loved to of had a measuring cup handy to measure out this ridiculous rip off.
$6.50 cents for that!? You have got to be kidding me.
I tend to avoid places where I feel I've been ripped off.
I went in for a quick bite on my way home. The first impression was good. It was well lit, clean, quiet. The menu seemed to be trying too hard so I settled for a simple steak sandwich(medium well) with gravy on the side.
When the food arrived, the steak was pre-cut in thin slices and spread over the garlic toast. It was also rare to medium rare rather than medium well, so I sent it back. The server returned with it about 2 minutes later. The cook had simply pan fried the steak pieces and re-served the meal with the same fries and garlic toast. The fries were dry, cold and tasteless. The gravy tasted as if it was canned and slightly burnt. The garlic toast was passable. I paid about $19 for this disaster.
This was arguably one of the worst meals that have had in along time. The ONLY saving grace was that at least the server was pleasant. I doubt that I will ever darken their door again.
It is the best Japanese food I ever had in town! I have to say I really like sushi cuz its fresh and very healthy compare to high calorie meals. The food in Sushi Koharu is very fresh and tasty. The price is cheap for that good quality food and compare to loads expensive Japanese restaurants, I definitely recommend this one. The owner is a very lovely and friendly Asian woman. I believe she is also the mean cook!
Since our favorite Japanese restaurant closed, we’ve been on the search for a good replacement – but this is definitely not it.
Kojima has very little atmosphere to speak of, parts of the restaurant didn’t even have the lights on, but it did appear relatively clean. We were seated quickly and the speed of service was average but unfortunately the staff could not communicate well in English and did not have very good customer service skills – very one worded and blunt.
But, all this could have been overlooked if only the food wasn’t so completely poor. And I don’t just mean the taste not being to our preference but the actual technique was bad. The assorted tempura was so saturated with oil that simply pressing it would result in oil welling up – likely the fry oil was not hot enough so just absorbed the oil and was bitter from previous food bits burning in the fryer. Of the vegetable gyoza order we had only one because it was chewy and tasted doughy, not delicate like gyoza should be and that too was bitter from the pan used to fry them. We also ordered three rolls, California, Dynamite and Philadelphia. Dynamite was challenging to eat as it was rolled so loosely, it just fell apart. The crab in the California roll smelled fishy and the Philadelphia looked more than a little worse for wear.
… just can’t recommend.
I ate at Aldo's on a rainy Thursday evening. I was the only customer, and that contributed to the outstanding attentive service of the pleasant waiter. The food was just above average, I had the California salad, tasted fresh and flavourful, but had way too much lettuce in the mix. The veal scallopini with mushroom sauce was not quite as appetizing as I expected, with the strong mushroom sauce drowning any subtle flavours of the veal. The accompanying penne pasta with meat sauce was above average, fresh, on the slightly soft side of al dente, with a very tasty meat sauce. Prices are definitely on the high side.
Early on in the meal the owner came out of the kitchen, and sat at his own table opposite me - occasionally staring at me with an unfriendly look on his face, from time to time he would annoyingly, and loudly whistle with the background music. He also had intense, almost heated discussions in Italian with the waiter, agitating the pleasant mood of the waiter. No jolliness or welcome from the owner, unfriendly vibe. Very strange, and possibly partially explaining the emptiness of the restaurant. Poor ambiance. Will not visit again
We went to Chan's Garden for dinner recently -- a first-time visit for us. With it's bright sign, we found it easy to spot at it's Columbia Street location.
Once inside, we found a rather bright and stark decor -- bare, mostly-undecorated, white (or off-white) walls, with booths (the table rather 'high' for some of us short types!!), and lines of tables & chairs. My first reaction was memories of the cafeteria-style restaurants of a good many years ago -- no decor or ambience, but a spotlessly-clean, neat, and orderly set-up.
Upon entering, we found service to be prompt and friendly. We (a threesome) accepted being seated in a booth -- menus, glasses of water, a pot of tea and cups, and 'tableware' (dinner plates, knives and forks, and napkins), were quickly provided. We asked for bowls, and chopsticks - our request was accommodated promptly.
For a starter (while we "researched" the menu), we (two of us) ordered Chinese beer, and an order of deep-fried wonton to share. The beer was good - light, cold, and "hit-the-spot" - the wonton appetizer was 'ok'.
For dinner, we ordered to share: crispy ginger beef, szechuan prawns, seafood chop suey, and the house special egg foo young. The food arrived rather quickly (I would say, rather too quickly!!!). The dishes looked colourful, and the servings a good size.
The food presentations were the 'good' part of the meal, the food preparations the 'not-so-good' part.
--- the crispy ginger beef was gooey, greasy, and lacking in 'real' ginger flavour -- the szechuan prawn dish - consisted of some unshelled prawns, immersed in a thick, and quite terrible-tasting sauce, surrounded by broccoli -- the seafood chop suey - some rather decently-prepared pieces of fish, seafoods, and veggies, but too much gooey and greasy sauce -- the egg foo young - uncooked inside, and a total yuck!
Overall: friendly and accommodating service, served up in stark and cold ambience, decent presentations of food, that, in our opinion, was certainly not prepared as well, or taste as good as it looked.
Based on this dining experience, I just cannot see us returning again.
Wanting a quick snack and craving veggie samosas I called Royal Tandoori and ordered two for pickup despite the cost ($3.50 for two). The lady on the phone said it would be ready in 15 minutes. I gave them an extra five minutes and arrived 20 minutes after placing my order (you could literally wrap and make fresh samosas in that amount of time). When I arrived (to an empty restaurant at dinner time on a weekend), the server said to have a seat and that my order would be ready shortly. From my seat, I had a good view of the kitchen, where I could see the chef changing channels on the TV.. shouldn't he have been making my samosas? When I inquired about how long it was going to take, the chef came out of the kitchen and rudely told me 5 minutes. When I asked why it would take so long, he became aggressive yelling, "fine, if you don't want them, get out!'. So, I did. It was a very unsettling experience and obviously, I will never go back. Oh.., and the lady up the set of stairs from the register doing her ironing was also weird. I've never been in a place with so many people(5 plus 'the chef') hanging around and no food getting made, Truth.
I wished I had read some reviews on Salvatore's restaurants before we went there. The coupon said, "$10 off the regular menu". So we had $15 lunch items and presented the coupon. Waiter said the menu had already been discounted. What? We purposely ignored the Specials Menu and ordered from the menu that he gave us. Waiter said that they had another "regular" menu and sure enough, he brought one and every item was $5 higher on that menu. False Advertising !! Wow, what an outrageous price for Veal Parmigana at $20 !! Will not ever be going back.
was surprised that fast greek food can be so good. will definitely eat here again. service really good food was fresh especially the salad. place is really clean. we had calamari salad & wrap with salad enjoyed everything would recommend for the price. portions good size
was recommended by a friend worth the visit although a little hard to find in the mall as there is no directional signage. worth the effort
Came here on Sunday night with a fried of mine. Upon entering I was greeted right away, and was asked politely to take a seat (I could tell, that they were happy to see me) the restaurant was busy being Rememberance Day long weekend.
We looked at the menu and were amazed with the prices. I was trying to decide between the lasagne and the Fettucini Alfredo, but my friend suggested, that being a restaurant owned by Greeks, that lasagne would be a better idea, as Greeks don't really make a good fettucini Alfredo. I have ordered that dish at several restaurants that are run by Greeks and all but once was disappointed every time, SO I opted to get lasagne instead with extra cheese, and chicken strips for an appetizer. My friend ordered potato skins and cesear salad and for drinks, We both had a Coke.
My order of Chicken Strips first arrived, they were a little pricy but delicious, but I have seen that appetizers at restaurants have become pricy lately, but was glad that the chicken strips were delicious.
Then came my lasagne and my friend potato skins and salad. I couldn't believe how good that lasagne was.....I am still in awe how delicious it was, it was THE BEST that I had EVER had. The portion was rightly priced too.....I was really happy how delicious it was, and I still can not believe it. My friend also reported that the potato skins and cesear salad was good too.
Service could had been a little better. Didn't see our waitress too much, but being the long weekend and having a table with a bunch of people I guess I could understand, especially if that was her section. It was almost a full house in there.
I definetly have to come back, it was so great.....Thanks for great food and a great time
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