I think that your experience at this restaurant is directly related to whether you are comparing this restaurant to a downtown Vancouver place or a Pitt Meadows Place. My review is making ratings compared to what you'd find downtown, no extra brownie points simply because they are in the burbs.
Our evening started with a warm welcome, and being sat in a nice little two person booth. The ambience is quite nice.
Our server was nice, if not a little inexperienced. I think she did an adequate job for us. For example, if you are going to tell us the features (the younger chap that sat us told us the appetizer feature, then the waitress told us all the features, and not once did anyone bother telling us the price of them?)
We were hoping for a little apperitif, maybe some champagne. No champagne available by the glass you say as you look towards the kitchen? Not the end of the world. What other options would you suggest? You don't sell any hard liquor just beer and wine? THAT was a little weird. What kind of fine dining restaurant does not serve liquor? Anyway, we settled on some nice red wine. I agree with previous reviews that they mark-up on wine is quite fair. However, if you're looking for a developed wine program here, don't. Maybe 12 reds and 12 whites.
Time to eat. We'd like to chat and get caught up, so maybe just a little appetizer to share while we have some wine. You can't do that. You can't take our order without us deciding everything first? Hmmpphh. Alright, we'll adapt to your house rules, after all I guess this isn't a tapas bar.
The menu looks good, at least as good as a menu can look printed on a piece of paper. About 8 apppies and 8 entrees (2 already sold out early on a Saturday night?)
The appetizers were average. We shared a few, Smoked Salmon which was ok, a Scallop and Crayfish dish that we were not blown away by by any means and a nice Onion Tart. The amuse served to us was a tiny little cracker type things with a small spoon of Jelly. Probably the weakest amuse I've ever been served in a fine dining establishment.
We talk and have more wine while waiting for the mains. This is where the imperfections of the service show through, water glasses sitting empty for long periods, wine empty. Finally another chap came by and asked if we needed anything. Um, more wine maybe?
Mains were better than the entrees, Halibut was well cooked with nice potatoes, Chicken Leg that my companion had was also enjoyed.
Would I go again? Probably, there are only 2 or 3 nice restaurants in this area so the pickings are slim. But in my opinion it is certainly not worth the drive in from out of town.
Food rating: My wife and I had the following dishes, Kalamari, tarragon chicken, oven roasted halibut. The highlight was actually the amuse bouche which was a crostini with a olive tapanade, mmmm.
The Tarragon chicken was bland, basically a chicken breast with salt and pepper roasted... couldn't taste the tarragon at all. The risotto was ok, but under cooked and I'm personally not a fan of gruyere cheese in place of parmasan... I dont mean to pick it apart, but hey this is a review site.
My wife's Halibut was a great dish, muuuuch better than mine.
The Kalamari was ok, nothing special.
We had a dessert that I can't recall the name but it was very very good and they make all the dessert in house.
The wine list was decent and the prices are incredible. I think it was $7 more expensive than a BCL which is unheard of for a restaurant.
The service was good, not great but no complaints here.
Ambiance was nice, good lighting, nice seating with decent sized tables. Not sure why they still haven't changed the banner out front but we knew this already so had no problems finding it.
Definately would go back as the value is incredible.
Tonight, a friend treated me out for dinner. He chose this location from some newspaper ad. I never heard of it; so I checked it out on this "dinehere" website first. Hmmmm, sounds like good food but questionable service. Well, it was excellent food, and the service was perfectly splendid!
I am not a big fan of seafood, especially of the shellfish group, but I do enjoy fish. I was in the mood for "something different" so rather than jumping on the steak (my usual favorite), I went for a salmon appetizer and Halibut entree. Wow! I believe this is the most pleasant surprise I have had in food in years! Even the salad and spinach had a 'special' flavor of some wonderful dressing. Every bite... Excellent! My friend had the steak; his comment... MMMMmmmm!
There was only three desserts offered; but what a choice they were. I don't recall the name of what I had (Sticky something something). Delish!!!!
The hostess (Veronique??) is lovely and charming (and yet could handle my friends 'interesting' humor like a professional heckler), and the owner (sorry, forgot the name... Gord?) was extremely attentive to the details and our satisfaction.
The atmosphere is not ideal for children nor energized teens, but marvelous if you simply want an enjoyable evening of incredibly FINE dining! Decent portions, although my appetite was beckoning for second helpings of everything because it was so good. For the quality of the food (more so than the quantity), the price is extremely fair! I am eager to return. The steak DID look really good!
This restaurant is absolutely amazing. From the moment we walked in the door. We were warmly greated by our waitress for the evening. One of the owners was behind the bar and he smiled warmly at us and welcomed us to his restaurant.
The restaurant is very warm and inviting with fine linens on the table and soft lighting casting a lovely glow. The tables are nicely spaced so you're not listening in on other people's conversation.
The food is absolutely amazing for the prices that are charged. Before we had our appetizer we were given an amuse bouche consisting of crostini - 2 were topped with a cream cheese and olive mixtere and the other 2 were topped with pickled beet root. Both were very good. We started off with one of the appetizer specials - a duo of prawns, jumbo and spot prawns in a lovely garlic butter sauce and served with a hot crusty homemade baguette. This was the most expensive appetizer at $17.99 but it was a very generous serving and very well prepared. Most appetizers seemed to be in the $9.00 - $12.00 range. The most expensive entree was the rib steak at $19.99 (I think that's what it was). For the entrees my husband had tarragon chicken that came with gruyere rissoto and asparagus and I had the oven roasted halibut with braised spinach and potato. Both entrees were very well prepared and they were decent sized servings. We were never rushed. My husband always finishes eating before I do and unlike many restaurants they did not clear his plate off the table until I was finished with my dinner. Kudos for that. Our waitress checked on us throughout and the owner came by also to ensure that everything was okay. The other owner is the chef. For dessert our lovely waitress recommended the pear fritters with homemade cinnamon ice cream. It was amazing.
Definitely recommended. We'll be back
I was browsing through DineHere the other day, when I happened to come across the first review for this restaurant. Being a Pitt Meadows resident, I have to admit that I did not even know this restaurant existed....it is not an area that I usually pass by.
Had a busy week so arranged to pick up the wife from the WestCoast express station, and before I went to pick her up, stopped by the restaurant to order some food for take out.
The restaurant shows nice, but simple decor, and has probably around 25 seats...a number of these were filled. I went to the counter with a menu and the owner greeted me with a friendly smile. I chatted with him a bit and found out that the place had actually been open for about 5 months.
We took home some spring rolls, grilled chicken on rice, grilled pork on vermicelli and the house special Pho'.
Let me just say that this had to have been the best Vietnamese food I have ever tasted...very rich stock in the soup and the spring rolls were incredible!
Took me a while to discover this place, but I am very glad I did.
Im not going to lie..... the best sushi around..... the service is horrible. Not once , twice but over and over again.. they are lucky that the food is so good but you do pay for it. It is pricier. worth every penny but the service gets me every time. Rude and they have to learn but the food brings us back until we found Tanuki sushi in Langley!!!! yey because i hated going because of the service!
There are a lot of Pho places out there serving watery, tasteless soup with veggies & meat that have seen better days. DT Noodles is NOT one of them. I tried them for the first time several weeks ago, and have been back once or twice a week since.
The soup broth is rich and flavourful, the meats are premium and nicely sliced, and the toppings (bean sprouts, thai basil, scallions, onions, & peppers ) are extremely fresh and plentiful. They also give you plenty of noodles, cooked just right, not mushy. I usually order Pho with steak & brisket.
If you want take out, they do a great job of packing everything individually, so that you can take it home, re-heat the broth and assemble everything properly. This way, the meat, veggies and noodles do not get overcooked on your way home.
I find one order of Pho to be enough for 2 lunches. I sometimes also order the spring rolls which aside from being delicious and crispy, are a good size and not too oily. The coffee is also nice, and very strong.
The decor is more cafe than noodle house- rich dark wood with tasteful decorations. Nice place to sit and read the paper.
As for service, at first I found it a bit brusque, but after another visit or two the husband/wife team became more friendly. Take out orders are filled very quickly, with the exception of coffee which they brew individually to order. Don't ask for coffee if you're in a hurry!
If you like Vietnamese noodles- heck, even if you've never had them, head over and give DT a try. You'll not be dissapointed.
My husband and I have just moved into the area, we tried this restaurant and laughed because it was out of a bad movie. When we drove into the parking lot it looked busy but when we entered the restaurant we realized that it must be the sushi place next door that was busy! Every table in the place was dirty but not occupied, the little chinese lady acted like we were bothering her, they got the order wrong, the food was mediocre, and the kitchen (visible from the til) was messy and dirty. The kitchen looked like it hadn't been cleaned in years. This one will definately not be on our list to return.
A few weeks back, I dropped by to grab an order of steamed rice. I was on my way home from work and in a rush to make some congee (a form of Chinese rice porridge) for my little two-yr old daughter, who wasn't feeling well. I figured that, to speed things up, I would just grab some rice and go home and make the congee myself.
The second I walked in the door, the lady behind the counter gives me a dirty look, and blurts out the English translation of, "oh, hi, stupid fat guy" (sai fai jai, in Cantonese). Right away, things were off to a bad start. It was like she recognized or knew me, but I had never set foot in the place before (though my wife has picked up takeout from there before). She didn't become any more impressed when all I ordered was a side of steamed rice. She continues muttering some choice words in Cantonese (stuff like, 'hey, all this goof is ordering is rice, he doesn't even need anything to go with it', etc, etc). I was PAYING for the piddly little order of rice, not like I was scrounging for a free meal. Perhaps she just found it insulting.
On my way out, I thanked her in Cantonese (as she seemed to think I was just another Cdn-bred Chinaman who couldn't speak the native language). Thinking it would surprise her to her senses and embarrass her a bit, it didn't even faze her. Had it not been for the 'urgency' of getting a quick bowl of rice, I wouldn't have even bothered stopping in there...and I will NOT be patronizing this place ever again!!
I'm from Richmond and we drove all the way to Pitt Meadows to try this place out because it was recommended by a friend. I really enjoyed my experience there. The food was great, the portions were great and the service was unbelievable. I guess there were some people missing in the kitchen so the Chef was on his own and our food came out a little late, but they took really good care of us while we waited. We really appreciated the way they compensated for us waiting. Only 2 negatives I have to say.. they should change their awning name because right now it still says "Seasons Bistro" and it was a little smoky when we walked in , but that doesn’t even touch the service we received. I would drive the distance to go there again.
I've been here various times with my family ( Husaband and three teenage boys.) It gets fairly busy between showtimes but what do you expect? It's next door to a theature. (I've noticed a trend here) The food has always been consistent, it's Boston Pizza, go with a little time to spare and be willing to put up with the crowds.
I was really looking forward to the restaurant based on the reviews. it is great to see this area attracting a notable chef. Even better that he is the owner/operator.
The decor is done beautifully. A small space, done right. The colors, the table settings, the bar. The feeling was intimate, but not small town.
The food was good, but nothing great. Unfortunately, everything I had was so salty. We had Calamari, Fish & Chips & an Onion Tart. All were good, but left us wanting more water.
We will definately go back in a while. I would expect they will change their menu seasonally, which we love. And we will always support the smaller establishments.
Our whole family loves it. It's a treat, but yet reasonably priced. The menu is fun, interesting and different then any other sushi restaurant around. It is great to see the kitchen from your table, or to take the family into the private room. The the tv's are welcomed by the kids & Dad alike. We have done take out, but it is much more fun to eat in.
I have dined at The Firehall Bistro a few times now; while the food is good; (not great, way too much salt, among other mostly minor issues), I just am not willing to put up with their 'P' confusion any more. The Chef and Head Waiter need to understand a couple of things: Their Restaurant is in Pitt Meadows, not Paris. Customers are looking for Pleasant service, not Pissy Waiters, and finally; While theChef truly believes he has created Paradise in the Pitt; he really has only created another Place I can go to get abused. Yes abused, I don't diferenciate between abuse by food quality or abuse by attitude. Firhall Bistro, get over yourself.
My boyfriend and I had dinner on the deck overlooking the golf course a recent Friday. If you can find a nicer view or more romantic setting in the Ridge Meadows Area, please email me and tell me where!!! We just heard you don't need to be a member to eat here, we had no idea.
I agree with a previous review, the building looks like a school (and not a pretty one), but if you can get by the look from the outside, you'll be glad you did. Parking was free, but a bit of a walk, they had a wedding going on so we had to trek from the far end of the lot ... oh well.
Had a great bottle of La Frenz Chardonnay from BC while we nibbled on bc scallops and fantastic homemade crab cakes. Entrees for us on this night were Ocean Wise (nice!) sable fish and steak with prawns. Both were excellent.
Complimentary appetizer (a real nice touch) was a great little prawn on a white spoon, first time we've ever experienced this out in this area.
We told our waitress right off the hop we were in no hurry, and the service was perfect for the occasion.
Prices were shockingly good for the quality, this is Vancouver quality food for much less than you'd spend in Vancouver. Our Sablefish was about $20, compared to about $35 when we had it at Blue Water in Yaletown, and it was better here.
Worth a repeat visit or 3.
I'd heard someone talk about this place so I decided to take my husband there for lunch. I was very pleasantly surprised. Loved the simple decor, loved the mucis playing in the background. The service was excellent. The portions were adequate. The presentation was excellent. I don't usually have dessert but I overheard another customer telling her friend that the dessert was to die for so I had to try. Awesome presentation and delightful experience. We had a wonderful time and we will be back for lunch and dinner and I will definetly tell my friends about this place. I would suggest along with some of the others that the sign be replaced as it is a little confusing.
My husband and I tried this new addition to the local dining scene a few weeks ago, and found it to be a decent experience for the most part.
After a beffudling 1/2 hour trying to find them (the sign out front is from an old restaurant) we were a little put off right off the bat. However, the reception was warm enough so we settled in for dinner.
We found the wine list, contrary to some other reviews, quite inadequate. Not even the best in Pitt Meadows, which is saying something right there. My husbands glass of wine had to be returned (twice) as it tasted like it had been open for a month!
Our server was quite hospitable, and the menu selections, although limited, looked good enough. Our shared Calamari appetizer was adequate, certainly not exceptional. My Lamb was VERY good, my husbands pasta a little too al dente for his liking, but they quite cheerfully re-did it.
Our biggest complaint was the attitude by the cook (we gave him a quick hello on the way out) who seemed to judge us with a equal mix of amusement and contempt. Maybe he was having a bad night? He should stay out of the way of paying customers with an attitude like that.
All in all, good enough, but probably not worth a repeat visit.
How wonderful to finally have a great restaurant to dine at in the tri-cities area. The food is full of flavour, the presentation excellent, good sized portions, unique menu items...pork cheeks and pork belly. Two things I have never tried and the pork belly is to die for. The wine list has decent choices and we were thrilled to see that they haven't placed a huge mark up on the wines. Our waiter was excellent and had a beautiful way of describing the menu, like a story teller. I will recommend this restaurant to my friends and family and I will visit again.
The tri cities is in desperate need for restaurants like the Firehall Bistro and I hope to see this restaurant around for a long time.
My wife and I have struggled to find a real high quality restaurant in the area. While I'd hardly say we have expensive tastes we do appreciate good quality, well prepared food and service that is not stuffy. FireHall Bistro did not disappoint in the slightest. This cozy little place tucked away in Pitt Meadows (yes, Pitt Meadows) is fantastic!
Gordon, our server, and co-owner went through every single menu on the item and explained them in delicious detail. Not too many places will do that for you. Many of the items are locally sourced (in season) and the ambiance is simple but classy at the same time.
My wife ordered the aged Alberta Ribeye and I had the Halibut, after we had shared the Calamari starter. Both the steak and fish were prepared perfectly and the presentation was excellent, as well as the carefully prepared sides.
Having heard about the desserts we had to sample them as well and they did not disappoint. Initially they looked very small but the tastes and textures made up for it and we left satisfied...
The overall bill - $70 before tip for shared appie, mains for two, two desserts and one glass of wine. Not bad at all, and well worth a decent tip as well. I also think it was very reasonable relative to what you would have paid for a comparable meal in Vancouver proper, or even Coquitlam or Port Moody for that matter.
We highly recommend this place and we will be back enthusiastically when the occasion arises.
Hi I eat here all the time haven't had any problems service is good considering they usually only have one waitress to do everything me and my girlfriend usually get the same thing every time we go and she always remembers exactly what we want. I would recommend the mountain beef very flavorful also the crispy wontons are great too. Have tried other dishes also and have never been let down.
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