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.
This is the best Sushi restaurant I have come across yet. Whenever we have a family celebration we always order from here. The cost is very reasonable and you always receive the best quality sushi. Everyone in my family loves the sushi from this restaurant. We have tried many other sushi restaurants in the local area and even around greater Vancouver but the sushi from Sushi Koharu is always the best - consistently.
We always order the party trays with lots of variety and the miso soup is great too. I've done both dine in and take out from this restaurant. The staff are kind and very friendly. The restaurant is very welcoming, clean, visually attractive and the neighbourhood is also peaceful - like a small community village atmosphere.
This is the best sushi restaurant ever!
I went to Koharu Sushi for dinner. I ordered a Chicken Teriaki box which came with tempura, a salad, rice, and misu soup. Before my box came, I decided to try the prawn gyoza as well. I ate the whole box, the chicken wasn't that great (it seemed boiled) and everything was luke-warm, if that. But I was hungry, so I ate it anyways. My gyoza then came and I took 1 bite. Although it was a little warmer than my other food it was still too gooey and tasted undercooked to me. If I had known this is the way they serve it, I just would have asked for it to be cooked more. I was disapointed and asked for my bill. The owner came over to me and I told her that it was a little undercooked for my liking so she picked the half piece up that I bit into with her bare hands and told me she was a master chef and it was good so I needed to eat it anyways, I said no and asked for my bill again. She said "so you don't want to pay for this?" I started to say that I'd rather not because it wasn't that great and she started yelling at me (repeatedly telling me that she is good and that she was going to call the police) before I could finish my sentence that I will pay for it even though I didn't eat it. Sorry, I should have mentioned earlier that I am also a waitress--a good one at that. I sat there quietly while she continued to yell at me, then 2 more ladies came over to get her away from me then proceeded to yell at me the same things. I have no doubt that she is good at what she does, I just didn't like the way it was done. My bill came to $14.59 and because I know how hard it is to get by in the restaurant business I left $17.00. Was that too nice?
Oh yah, she also told me that I ate too much.
This place has it's own charm - but I don't see anything that says "deli" about it. It's like a homestyle restaurant with food that's comforting, authentic and delicious.
I am a fan of soft tacos - and the taco dishes at this place were excellent. They weren't the soft tacos I was expecting, but they didn't have a hard taco shell either. Whatever it was, it tasted really good stuffed with avocado and tomatoes. The rice and beans were fine, not the best I ever had but I was happy with it. The chicken soup was also good - a little thin but the taste was lovely
My friend adored the fried bananas dessert - although it did have an extra sweet sauce (caramel or something?) that seemed unnecessary and took away from the overall flavor. The caramel flan was also a great consistency, very enjoyable.
The two men that run it - I assume one from Mexico and another Asian man - are accommodating and helpful, but a little strange. They would probably benefit from hiring a professional waiter or waitress. The bathroom is surprisingly clean with newer tiles and fresh paint.
Anyways, if you come here for the food you won't be disappointed. A lot of love and care is put into making these dishes.
Three, disappointed - that would best describe us after our experience at Taqueria Playa Tropical. It was a really nice sunny day and we arrived, hungry and thirsty, and were sat at our table with a smile. Things looked good. Because it was around Easter they had some pastel coloured chips - nice touch, but the chips were stale - all 10 of them... with no real salsa anywhere near. Ah well.. I had a slight sinking feeling, knowing that so many Mexican restaurants across Canada and especially the lower mainland are really poorly executed. But I can drive 2 hours to Seattle and get amazing Mexican food, authentic and priced for value!
Anyhow, back to the Taqueria Playa Tropical - the burrito I ordered had a TOUGH (stale) flower tortilla that was hard to cut. Inside was a luke-warm mix of steak (carne asada) with miniscule bits of cheese, if any cheese, but a TON of onions. The steak was so chewy and full of sinew and gristle that I had to spit half of it out. This is supposed to be a nice steak burrito! Oh, for $2.50 you can add rice and beans to the burritos. We did the side of beans, which came as a sloppy mess - cold and decorated with a sour cream design?! Yuck. This was all wrong. One at our table sent her beef tacos back because the beef was salted to the point it was like beef jerky. Over seasoned, and we insisted it was taken off the bill. I really wanted to like this place and find a good Mexican restaurant. but this wasn't it.
The atmosphere is extremely casual... maybe they should learn to do a great plate of nachos, push the booze and not try to pretend to do signature dishes from Mexican cuisine. This was terrible, but our server did a good job remaining friendly in spite of the low quality food. It was a great sunny day and nice to get out of there and go home to my bottle of antacid!
The music is mainly jazz vocal favorites. Salve has a powerful, professional voice and a huge repertoire. Guest vocalists are always interesting. Ed is a magician on the piano. Talented guest pianists and others often sit in. Food is great too! No cover charge. Reasonable prices for food and drink; welcoming, friendly, music-filled atmosphere. A wonderful place to spend an evening.
Solid spot. Beer is always there to water with. Wine is available 750 ml or by glass. Pub grub is above average. People there do carry themselves a little better than normal.
Plenty of people have written about this pub, so my quick tip:
Yes, there is sometimes a sparse clienete but it gets busy later. But, good place, and my buds keep me from being thirsty :)
This is by far one of the best kept secrets in new west, maybe even the lower mainland.
The big portions and the great quality make this one of my favourite restaurants
I first stopped in for their $3.99 breakfast special, and I was not disappointed. Even though my breakfast was only $3.99 They prepared just the way I wanted it. The service was great, very attentive my coffee cup was constantly refilled and it was great coffee!!! I love my coffee and I have yet to find a restaurant that serves coffee as good as this.
The next time I went I ordered one of their $6.99 chinese combos. The taste was superb and the portion was so big I ate my lunch and took the rest home for dinner.
I now eat their on a regular basis....haha most weeks I even order take out instead of cooking:)
I love this place - good food, inexpensive, quiet and unpretentious. Not necessarily somewhere you'd go for a dinner out but a nice hole in the wall spot for a bowl of noodle soup after work.
The servers are quiet but pleasant and quite friendly. Service itself was quick.
They do have a dim sum menu on Sundays but it's not really what they're bestl at - I'd stick to the usual menu or go elsewhere if you're set on dim sum.
This little place is the little restaurant that could could could but just quite can't can't can't. Things looked up for a bit there. The place was ok but things have degraded this last while.
The quality of the food items has definitely dropped. It used to be top quality products and over time things seem to have taken a nose dive in quality.
Still they have great eggs benedict but only on weekends. I was there last Saturday and watched in amazement at the amount of oil the cook put in the pan to fry eggs. They could do the back stroke and the amount of times he handles the food with his hands instead of using utensils is cause for concern.
Conversely to the quality prices have gone up dramatically. One of my favorites the Breaky Sandwich has gone from 5.75 just a few months ago to 7.50 today a 30.4 % increase. Wow! All menu items have risen sharply as well and it seems the average bill is now 12 to 16 dollars depending on what is ordered.
There are plenty of dining options in New Westminster for less that you also have wait staff to serve you and you do not leave smelling of grease. There is no wait staff at Coming Home. They have priced themselves out of the stratosphere.
My gosh, what a huge disappointment. After reading the one review before this one right here on dinehere and after receiving a nice glossy handout delivered to my home recently , my dining partner and I decided to give this place a whirl the other night.
Arrived around 8pm to a nearly empty restaurant and were asked immediatly, before we even had our coats off , if we wanted water. We must say the service was pleasant and solid for the entire stay despite the staff horseing around in the kitchen and by the til , laughing and having just a great old time. At least it must be a fun place to work.
We ordered the dinner for two, included two spring rolls, pork fried rice, chicken chowmein and sweet and sour pork. First to arrive the spring rolls. These were your standard bulk purchased "Wings" style spring rolls, greasy and just plain blah. A short time later the remainder of our dishes arrived.
Not sure if they are trying to conserve energy back in the kitchen but "everything" was barely warm. Nothing was piping hot. The veggies in the chicken chow mein weren't even cooked. The broccoli and cauliflower were raw, same for the zuchini. We should of asked for ranch dressing because these veggies should of been dipped in something not served in what is suppose to be a hot chicken dish.
The pork fried rice was truly unspectacular, you can find much better at any food court. The sweet and sour pork was a smallish order with little bits of battered pork in your standard grocery store purchased sweet and sour sauce.
In three words, terrible chinese food. All of that plus a hot and sour soup for around 35.00 bucks.
As for the ambience, very clean and tidy, cafeteria style with four tv's playing Sportsnet and the music of QMFM playing in the background. Oye. Get me outta here.
From the moment I walked in and asked where I could dispose of my empty coffee cup, it was a constant barrage of attitude from the staff. Apparently it was our fault that we didn't immediately know who at our (large) table ordered something. As it happened, that person had just gone to the washroom and would have missed out on her meal if we hadn't convinced the server just to leave it on the table and we'd figure it out. As far as the food goes, I thought the it was overpriced considering the tiny portions. The waitress forgot my water so I went to the bar to go get it myself and got more attitude from the bartender/manager. I guess they take issue when people who aren't drinking ask for water. After a few more instances of bitchiness from the waitress I didn't feel a tip was deserved and then got accused of shorting my bill. Overall, a crappy pub in a crappy location and I'll NEVER go back.
As said in the title, this is mostly Sri Lankan food, NOT Indian food. As such it is slightly similar and does have a couple Indian dishes, but mostly Sri Lankan cuisine. Their dosas (lentil crepes filled with curries) are amazing, as is nearly everything else that is vegetarian on their menu.
David is a great host, though the rest of the staff either know the menu well but don't speak English well, or are young and speak English well but don't understand the menu. They are as helpful as they can be though and try hard.
If you're looking for an authentic Sri Lankan meal I would suggest the dosas. I'm vegetarian so I haven't tried all of them, but my conservative white grandparents even loved the lamb dosas, and my Sri Lankan fiance said the crab dosa was the best he's had. For appetizers I would suggest the vadais, and idli if they are available. Both are meatless.
The $15 Sunday buffet is well worth the money as it has a big selection including vegetarian dishes.
We absolutely love this restaurant, they have the best dosas outside of Vancouver. We are actually so in love with it we are having our wedding reception there this year.
Went to eat at the restaurant one friday night and the place was completely dead. Half of the restaurant was lit up the other half was in darkness. It was extremely cold however we still thought we would give it a try. We ordered fried battered fish which was nice and meat potatoe dumplings which were ok. For mains we got the Lamb Karah which was pretty nice and the butter chicken. The butter chicken was not nice at all I think the chef over did it with the tomatoes. It should have been named tomato chicken, Im sure ketchup was put in there. The naans were soft and the daal was tastey. The waitress could not speak much English which did not help as some dishes need explaining but she could not explain this. The waitress was not friendly. Probably wont return here.
It might not be the greatest location but why does that stop ppl or make ppl Jude it's a diamond in the ruff. I ordered 5 dishes that weights about 10 pounds literally was worried because of these other judjemental ppl who don't no good food obviously it was not only delicious but there was enough to feed at least 6 ppl but ordered for 2 only :) I had minced beef with toffu, wonton soup, hot and sour soup, broccoli with prawns and barbeque fried rice it was all delicious and il have leftovers... So take my word and not these other ppl trust me I'm picky give this place a try good for takeout to they give 10% off pickup and free spring rolls :) thanks for reading :)
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