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
I have ordered take out from this establishment before but i wanted to try their Burning Stone Tataki. This you can only sample if you are eating in. Basically is it a large black stone that is heated and you have your choice of food you can put on it to cook. You have to cook it yourself. I ordered the assorted tataki which is raw ingredients. Tuna, Salmon, Scallop, thinly sliced beef, mushroom and some veggies. Served with miso soup, Sunomuno salad and a choice of dessert. My partner ordered a bento box with beef teriyaki which is always a good deal. A good assortment of goodies, Beef teriyaki, Gyoza, tempura, chicken karage and a dynamite roll with their signature pink rice. A typical bento box with the exception of pink rice.
All the items were very good. The pink rice is something unique to this restaurant. Some may consider this to look unappetizing judging from other reviews i have read, but it really does not make any difference in taste. The pink rice has a fruit and vegetable extract added to it to enhance the nutritional value of rice. It is 100% natural, no artificial ingredients or supplements. That sounds pretty good to me.
Back to the Tataki, it was my first experience with this burning stone and there was a lack of instruction from the staff here. How was i supposed to eat this, was there a sauce to go with it? They just served the plate of raw ingredients and then brought a hot stone out later. I placed a piece of beef on the hot stone and cooked it and ate it, it was really gross, no seasoning. Then we asked if there was a sauce. Oh yeah, there was a sauce and seasoning, they just forgot to bring it to us. Not very good for a first experience. After i figured out how to cook it, it was a satisfying experience. It was also delicious. You have a choice of spicy or teriyaki sauce. I went for the spicy sauce. I would recommend dipping the raw ingredients in soy sauce and then cooking on the hot stone. I would definitely order this again. A Great thing to do with friends or a hot date. A nice Sapporo beer to wash it all down adds to the enjoyment.
The ambiance was decent, the tables and larger comfy chairs gives the place a lounge-vibe. Just sitdown and relax. What was off-putting was the smells in the building. It smells like an old building, and some of the smells were a bit unappetizing for a restaurant setting. That would be my only negative complaint on ambiance.
Overall it was a good experience, i shall return with some friends next time.
I searched online this evening for a restaurant that serves lasagna in my area and came across Papa Dave's restaurant. The menu looked great and the prices seemed affordable, but I was hesitant to order their lasagna because I find most restaurants nowadays tend to mistake spice for flavour. When I called to order my food I asked the person on the phone if their lasagna was spicy, even a little bit. I cannot stand spicy food. He assured me it wasn't. My meal arrived shortly and by the second bite my mouth was burning. It was unedible in my eyes. When I called to complain they offered no apologies, discounts or anything. I wasted precious money on this meal and still had to make myself something else to eat. Needless to say I will not be ordering anything from them again and I will be making my own homeade lasagna tomorrow. Thank You.
Great place and good service. I have been to this new place several times and each time the food has been consistently delicious! The service is wonderful and the staff have always been friendly and very accommodating from day one since I started going there. I love Thai food and without a doubt, their food is high quality and delicious The interior decorations provide a great relaxing pleasant Thai Style dining experience and of course their take out food is all of the same great quality!
On a sunny day, relax outside on their new patio!
So get over there and check it out....
Attentive server and the food came fast, within a few minutes! Server suggested hot sauce and brought it before we could even ask. Food was a fair price with lots left for lunch tomorrow. Bathrooms were nice and clean. Pretty busy with what seems like return customers. Definitely will eat here again. Was tempted to try deep fried ice cream desert with blue berries and strawberries but we were too stuffed!
Came here with my family around 6:30PM, Sunday October 20th, 2013. We've been here many times before but tonight we received very poor service.The bubblehead waitress forgot my soup, forgot to bring a plate for my young daughter, and "forgot" the rolls and butter, which, according to the menu, are part of every platter meal.
Abysmal, amateurish "service".
Too many "forgets" = zero tip and no more business from us.
It’s been years since we’ve been to Taverna Greka. I was feeling like Greek food and the idea of having a nice view while having dinner appealed to me.
The restaurant has a great view looking over the river and there is a great deal of activity on the river so the setting is terrific. When you enter you have to go past the bar to reach the restaurant at the back. The bar is very nice lit and if you have to wait for a table you could certainly be very comfortable.
The service was very good. Our waitress was friendly and very efficient. We had a jug of sangria and it was one of the better sangrias. They did not overload the jug with ice so it was good bang for the buck. We shared an order of kefdetes as an appetizer. The plate had 3 good sized meatballs and came with pita bread and tzatziki sauce. The tzatziki sauce was very bland. My husband said that his meatball was very cool and downright cold in the middle. For entrees I had the Greek style ribs ($22.00) and my husband had the rack of lamb ($28.00). The entrees were good. They were accompanied by rice, Greek salad and potatoes. The rice was very bland, the potatoes had a slight lemon taste that was very pleasant and the Greek salad was just your typical Greek salad. My husband’s lamb was perfectly cooked medium rare as he had requested. Overall the food was decent. The servings are very generous.
It was good. If you’re looking for decent Greek food with good service and a great view of the river this is a nice place to have dinner. There are better Greek restaurants around but Taverna Greka offers fair value.
Came here on Saturday evening with some friends.
I had ordered chicken strips for starters with honey mustard sauce. the chicken was a funny shape, bland and not really good for the $6.50 that I paid (Disappointed)
Anyhow, for dinner, I ordered Fettucini Alfredo with chicken. I like how the noodles are of various colours and all....but taste wise it was just ok (not great, but ok) They do bring unlimited bread and butter to your table, but instead of doing that, it would be nicer if they only brought one loaf for every 2 or 3 people and perhaps just make portion sizes bigger. They also include a small salad with your meal, and ice cream after dinner which is nice.
Asides from Ambiance, this place really isn't worth it unless you have a family with small children. We will be back only for the Ambiance.....one day....I'd much rather go to Anton's and spend the extra $5 and get a huge sized portion of pasta
Went here with hubby and the loaner-kids and had some really good food. An assortment of the available tacos (chicken, pork, fish and beef) was ordered and all were served on corn tortillas with fresh fillings of meats, veg, cheese, salsa and guacamole. Wow! Wasn't sure if the kids were going to eat them or not being kids and all but they sat there and just chowed down. Ate every bite and we even ordered more cause they were so good! Hubby and I have been back since for more meals and have tried out the quesidilla and other spanish beans and rice as well. All well made, fresh and tasty. Service was always with a smile and friendly. They didn't have table service at that time but the staff move around the eating area and take care of their guests. We had our drinks refilled for us when they certainly didn't have to and it was very nice. Pleasant, friendly and cheerful staff that take the time to remember previous guests. What a nice surprise to have the girl behind the counter remember our last trip in there with the loaner-kids (not that the kids were bad in any way). A little more than some places but so well worth it for the care and ingredients used in the place. Owners are a young couple working hard to make it work and they can count on us to be there often. Looking forward to our next trip there.. most likely this coming weekend! Yummy!
PS: They DO have table service now and have a liquour license as well. I really want to try the spicy mojito out! Sounds amazing.
DH & I went here for dinner on Saturday.
There was a large table of 12 people + 1 table of 2 already seated.
We sat down + the owner came over.
She recognized us as patrons of her previous establishment 'Pho Chung Nam' which is on 6th street + 6th avenue.
She sold that place + opened this one.
We had the Shanghai Noodles + Boneless Deep-fried pork.
The portions were good and we had to pack up most of it.
They also have gluten-free and vegetarian dishes.
We liked that the food wasn't salty or overly greasy.
Since they open 7 days a week, we'll be coming here for dinners on Statuatory Holidays.
A small group of us decided to go and have some appy's and a few drinks on the patio the other day. Bad idea, I think the waitress was bothered by our being there! She was short with us and treated us like we were stupid! The food was ok and the drinks were ok, but I won't return because of the crappy service there! The only plus was the patio is nice and the view is great!
This restaurant is hit or miss, and lately more miss. Had dinner this evening at New westminster boathouse,service was poor, barely ever saw the waitress, had to ask for water refills , bread, where's the dinner etc. Food is just ok, and portions are small; for the price at this restaurant it should be a lot lot better than just ok, . We wont be returning any time soon. There are far better restaurants ,with far better service. Save your money and go elsewhere
reading reviewers of the old terminal beer parlour call it scuzzy and 'wouldn't want to touch anything there' etc., wondering how these delicate people manage to survive. the terminal was a working man's beer parlour; the bums and lowlife never came in. they were pretty decent family guys who maybe weren't in suits/ties but work clothes making an honest living. we had a lot of fun there in the 50's - it was rough and edgy but there was a lot of respect and a good place for a glass of beer. maybe those reviewers should drink in their fern bars and leave the real world to us. btw, i haven't been in the terminal since it was renovated and maybe its time.
Went here late this morning for breakfast, and never ever again will you find me here under any circumstances. The place is filthy - and I do mean filthy!! The server and staff are pleasant and try their hardest but it is not enough to deal with the dirt and grease everywhere. We both ordered lightly basted eggs - they arrived hard. The coffee is indescribable in flavor with a faintly reminiscent taste of dirty dishwater.
An argument was started by a customer who felt slighted because someone else had been served ahead of him - he became verbally abusive, and swore at everyone. When my dining partner offered to call the police to clear the matter up, the offensive patron literally ran out of the establishment.
True, the all day breakfast is only $3.99 but in spite of the small dining area, it still could be kept clean and neat. The food could be served as ordered. NOT coming back.
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|5.||Cockney Kings Fish & Chips|
|6.||Burger Heaven Restaurant|
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|9.||Aldo's Pasta Bar|
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|12.||Rivers Reach Pub|
|14.||Hi Dozo Sushi|
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|17.||Taverna Greka Waterfront Restaurant|
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|20.||Yianni's Greek Taverna|
|1.||Old Bavaria Haus, The|
|2.||Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine|
|4.||Go Thai Restaurant|
|5.||Ole Ole Mexican Deli|
|6.||Yianni's Greek Taverna|
|7.||Rivers Reach Pub|
|8.||Taverna Greka Waterfront Restaurant|
|9.||Burger Heaven Restaurant|
|10.||Kirin Seafood Restaurant|
|11.||Frankie G's Boilerhouse Pub|
|12.||Aldo's Pasta Bar|
|13.||Cockney Kings Fish & Chips|
|14.||Hi Dozo Sushi|
|15.||Boathouse Restaurant, The|
|19.||Old Spaghetti Factory|