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Port Coquitlam Restaurant Reviews
Sushi Shelter 1011250 Dominion Ave, #102, Port Coquitlam
A+ !
By hishou of vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

Outstanding restaurant, just Wow ! Mostly amazed by the creativity of the chef, not only by unexpected surprises when you put a piece into your mouth, but also by his artistic presentations that beautifully entertain your eyes...imagine what kind of harmonious surprises Strawberry Sass Roll (one of sushi rolls we tried tonight) would produce in your mouth. I also liked the modest atmosphere of the restaurant; unlike other noisy Izakayas that waiters are trained to shout out "irasshaimase" whenever customers come in and out, SS101 provides mature mood by simply quietly smiling back to customers. : ) And when we got the bill at the end of the dinner, another Wow ! Definitely SS101 became one of my favorite restaurants, I am sure will visit again soon.

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Dinakis Mediterranean Grill2020 Oxford Connector, #101, Port Coquitlam
Great place, with lots of selection!
By Suweet_Stuff of Coquitlam (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 11:08am [Dine in]

Dinakis is a great restaurant, with lots of selection in their menu. We've been a handful of times and each time their service has been impeccable. I recommend this restaurant to everyone!

The only flaw that I've seen is their Caesar salad once, and they made it to 'soupy'. The romaine lettuce was drowning. They were kind enough to try again and made an adjustment to our bill in the end.

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Sang Thai & Vietnamese Restaurant2850 Shaugnessy Street, Unit 6102, Port Coquitlam
This is the place for me
By starlight222 of Coquitlam Centre (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 22, 2010 - 1:32am [Dine in]

I past by Shaughnessy street couple days ago and saw Sang Thai with a "Grand Opening" sign. I asked my friend if he wanted to try out tonight and now both of us loved the place. The interior looks great and comfortable. I ordered Pad Thai which I always order when I'm eating at Thai restaurant and red curry chicken. Both dishes are big portion and taste good! I love the red curry even it was little too hot for me. We used to go to Chada Thai when we crave Thai food, but they are too pricy. Now I have new place to go.

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Donair Town2652 Shaughnessy St, Port Coquitlam
This is the orginal Donair Town ! SO glad it is back !
By CJWT of Port Coquitlam, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 3:45pm [Dine in]

This place is excellent I used to be a frequent customer of donair affair just down the street which is awful. This new donair town blows the other place out of the water.

-Food is fresh and better seasoned
-The entire restaurant is clean, well lit, and inviting
- The staff is very friendly.

When ordering I spoke with the gentleman preparing my donair, he happened to be the owner. This is the original founder of the donair affair that is popular in Port Coquitlam just down the street by 7-11. Since it has been sold to the new owners it has gone way downhill in food quality, cleanliness and the staff was never friendly.

I am so happy that the original donair town is back!

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Donair Affair2540 Mary Hill Road, #105, Port Coquitlam
Go to the new Donair Town around the block, Donair affair is no good.
By CJWT of Port Coquitlam, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

I was a donair affair regular, the food was consistently good and the value was great, the place then got sold to new owners. The staff is unfriendly and un talkative the donairs are sometimes great and sometimes not and the ceaser salads are always wilted. One of my biggest pet peeves about the place is their consistent overcharging. You will order a donair and then they will ask if you want everything on it and when you say yes they add cheese to it which they charge extra for not reflected in the menu sign. I don’t complain when this happens, I’m just happy that they did not overcharge me by $3-4 which occasionally happens as well.

The place to go is donair town which is on shaugnessy right before the underpass, this place is owned by the original owner of donair affair before it was sold, when it was still good. I went in there for the first time today and will never ever go back to the old place by 7-11. The meat is seasoned better, the owner Sam serves you himself or his lovely wife and they are both very pleasant and inviting. The food was very fresh and the entire place from food prep area to seating was much cleaner.

I am so happy I now have my old donair town back just around the corner.

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De Dutch Pannekoek House2748 Lougheed Highway, #200, Port Coquitlam
Darn De Dutch
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

A nice family place for brekkie - portions are okay and so is the taste. Good for fun occasions if you've never been before. I remember one of the older locations that used to be on Main & Terminal. It was a weekend treat for my Aunt & Uncle to take us for a yummy breakfast. That place always brings back fond memories. It's nice to have one close to home now. =) Much better than IHOP.

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Donair Affair2540 Mary Hill Road, #105, Port Coquitlam
Beware of the price
By Sandy of Port Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 18, 2010 - 11:50am [Take-out]

Do not trust the price that you pay!!! make sure you calculate your own price. First person charged me $8 more than it should be. He told me it's the tax, of course it doesn't make sense. The second person re- calculated and still charged me $1 more, so be careful. Whatever you pay..please calculate it again. Other than that the food is outstanding like all the other reviewers said.

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Pho TNT2581 Mary Hill Road, #106, Port Coquitlam
Authentic pho in PoCo
By Food-Goddess of Coquitlam (96 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 11:14pm [Dine in]

Been passing by this place everyday for the longest time but never really thought to try it. Finally decided to go there with my family and my husband and I were quite pleasantly surprised. Friendly service, although there was a little language barrier (the owner/server doesn't really speak fluent English). Nonetheless, the service was warm and attentive.
The selection was good and the prices were very reasonable. The pho that we ordered was as expected, noodles cooked nicely, very flavourful broth. However, the spring rolls that we ordered were all a little burnt and a little hard to eat.
Good experience, will definitely be back.

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Sparta Greek Taverna2232 McAllister Ave, Port Coquitlam
A Poco Hosing
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (149 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 11:25pm [Dine in]

This place was great as Empire Pizza. You always wonder how these Greek cluttery restaurants are cleaned but I turned a blind eye. I was here a few years ago and remember liking it. The pizzas is just like I remember as a kid, thick crust cheesy pizzas froma pizza/steak/lobster joint. They still looked good.

The issue is the Greek food. I always have a spanikopita platter at a Greek joint. This one was good, but the spanikpita was so tiny. At $7.95 for an appetizer I would have felt ripped off. However, to turn the same portion into a "platter" by adding 1 pice of bread, a thimble of tzatziki and cheap rice and potatoes and then adding $9 to the $7.95 is Outrageous highway robbery. Especially in this location. Poco's fine but this place has no view except another pizza place across the street. $16.95! then add tip and HST, I'm sorry I felt Hosed. Lower your prices or you'll be gone.

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Happy Chinese Restaurant3266B Coast Meridian Rd, Port Coquitlam
Very strong taste, flavours doesn't match
By goodeatin of Port Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

Wife and I decide to try out the restaurant but left feeling rather disappointed. Ordered the Beef and veggie crispy chow mein and my initial impression is that it was too salty and the noodles were soggy. The other dish we ordered was a tofu dish that was very heavy on the black pepper and the flavours didn't quite blend together. We ordered the same dish from other chinese restaurant in the past and the food from this place didn't measure up.

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Sushi Shelter 1011250 Dominion Ave, #102, Port Coquitlam
Amazing Food!!
By tinkerbellbones of New Westminster, (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 8, 2010 - 11:28pm [Dine in]

This is an amazing restaurant. The food is great & so is the presentation. I was absolutely shocked with how good the food was. It is a tiny little whole in the wall and very hard to find. I really wasn't expecting much. My friends had recommended this place to me. I went with one of my girlfriends & we have raved to everyone with how good it is there. I would highly recommend this place & hopefully with time they will make the restaurant a little bigger as it's just too small for such high quality food.

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Dairy Queen2550C Shaughnessy St., Port Coquitlam
Nastiest DQ anywhere
By princessgaga of burnaby B.C. (120 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 8, 2010 - 6:53pm [Dine in]

This place is gross and filthy and that's After they cleaned it up. They used to have a ball pit for the kids we nick named the "Petrie Dish". Bet the Health Dept shut that down.

I ordered a blizzard with extra stuff. The picture on the menu board shows a blizzard filled to the top with a HUGE mountain peak and whipped cream on top. I must must have got the Grand Canyon version. It was only filled to an inch below the rim no whip cream. I complained and was told that's the serving size. I have never seen anything like it. Plus the "extra" candy stuff that cost me well over a dollar was less than in the olden days for a regular one.

Do not go her ever - even to use the bathrooms - they're worse than a porta potty at a beer garden.

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Sang Thai & Vietnamese Restaurant2850 Shaugnessy Street, Unit 6102, Port Coquitlam
Pre Grand Opening Blues?
By sogo23 of coquitlam (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 10:03pm [Dine in]

We had long awaited the opening of the new Thai / Vietnamese place that replaced the original failed "Pearl Castle" bubble tea and Taiwanese meal place (The Pearl's former owners spent loads of $$ to set up the place, but seemed to forget that this is PoCo).

First impressions: nice decor with Thai artifacts scattered throughout. Pleasant greeting from hostess, who seated us promptly and gently placed a expensive looking bound menu as we seated - she placed mine upside down in front of me.

The prices seem fair for the type of restaurant they seem to be emulating, classy yet not casual, but yet not fine dining. Time to order. There was a minor discussion amongst two wait staff at our tableside concerning who was to wait on our table - they are assigned tables. We ordered the stuffed chicken wings with butter sauce as appetizer and two curries, one of which was the duck curry described on the menu as a house specialty. The waitperson asked if we wanted the wings as appetizer first, so we answered yes.

Moments later, we noticed that we had not specified the level of spiciness (1, 2 or 3 pepper levels in the menu, we wanted level 2 ), so we flagged down our waitperson, only to be told that the spice levels could not be specified, that they were "set!?" We thought this very curious.

The beef curry dish was delivered in short order, but not before another discussion amongst the waiters whether it was for our table or not (we weren't sure ourselves as it seemed rather fast and the appetizer had not arrived as first as requested). As it turned out, it was the beef curry dish we ordered, but it was lukewarm, the beef extremely dry and the potatoes chunks in the curry were raw! We told the floor manager about the lukewarm dry beef and raw potatoes. He apologized and suggested we could order something else. So we ordered curried lamb.

The appetizer wings came out. They were simply plain deep fried wings, apparently marinated only in salt. At the centre of the plate was a dish of sweet chili chicken sauce, the bottled type, intended for dipping. There was not a shred of the pork and vegetable stuffing as stated on the menu and - the butter sauce?

My duck curry was temperature hot and had a reasonable amount of boneless duck pieces, but I could not find a single piece of pineapple - the menu description stated that the it was cooked with lichees and pineapples. Cherry tomatoes were apparently an acceptable substitute for pineapple?

The replacement curry was also temperature hot, but the boiled lamb pieces appeared to have simply been placed in the curry sauce while raw and allowed to cook along with it. The lamb showed no browning from being stir fried or pan fried which would have given it extra flavour.

My companion, who uses fish sauce in her home cooking, thought that the kitchen seemed have forgotten to add fish sauce to their dishes. We both thought that it was unforgivable that the menu describes one thing and what comes out is another. We were both disappointed.

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Matteo's Gelato2615 Mary Hill Road, Port Coquitlam
Rocks my World
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (149 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 1, 2010 - 7:07pm [Dine in]

I do not know where to start. I love this place. I love their gelato. I love the employees. I love the cones. I love the sparkle in my kids' eyes when I say "let's go for gelato!" There is only one place we would go.

I'd guess in the summer there are maybe 40 flavours. You can pretaste as many as you like, and they never make you feel bad or rushed. They are so nice to kids. Unlike most Gelato places run by cranky old Italian men, you can have 2, 3 who knows maybe more flavours in a single serving, even a small. A small is plenty for me as it is so rich and delish! At $3.75 a scoop I feel like yelling "start the car, start the car" like in the Ikea commercial. You'd pay much more for some icy rubbish at those tourist trap places in Vancouver.

Go right now!

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Sushi Village3331 Coast Meridian Rd, Port Coquitlam
Great sushi bad service
By Foodcriticbc of vancouver (42 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 27, 2010 - 4:49pm [Dine in]

I have been to this place many times. The quality is very good but my waitress always seems to mix up my order. Its not really her fault because she barely speaks english but at the end its not my fault if they screw up. Love the Tuna Tataki as well as the Gyzo its very good. Prices in not cheap nor expensive but if they would get there service act together I would go there more often.
Great rolls and chicken teriyaki lunch specials!

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Happy Chinese Restaurant3266B Coast Meridian Rd, Port Coquitlam
Finally a good Chinese Restaurant in Port Coquitlam
By Foodcriticbc of vancouver (42 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 27, 2010 - 4:44pm [Dine in]

I think its only been open for 2 months I have already been there at least 6 times. Great good quality cheap food!!! Best Hot and Sour ever also with many other cheap cheap lunch specials. I tell you if you like Sky Dragon you will love this place. No MSG and high quality ingrediants made to order!!!
I suggest you try this place and give you your reviews but truthfully its very very good. Huge lunch specials for $6 and dinner for 1 starting at $9 and probaly wont be able to eat it all.

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Takano Japanese Noodle Cafe3242 Westwood Street, #100, Port Coquitlam
Takano Ramen makes me happy
By Jaydanna of Port Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, September 27, 2010 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

My husband and I started going here about six months ago after Moving to Poco and finding it on I can has noodles. We periodically have Ramen cravings so we go about once every two weeks.. ish.
We think it’s the best Ramen around. We have been to a few places in Vancouver and would visit Kenzo frequently when we lived in Burnaby, but we really like the broth here. The shop is clean and cozy, the service can be slow at times, but it's a mom and pop shop, and they are super cute and nice so I have no problems waiting for my tasty noodle bowl. We normally have the charasu Ramen but we have tryed the other types and like then as well.

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All Thai'd Up Restaurant2636 Kingsway Ave., Port Coquitlam
Mediocre Thai restaurant experience in PoCo
By priggly of Coquitlam (73 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 11:28pm [Dine in]

Having read some favorable reviews of this establishment we decided to give it a try.

It is located in a very poor spot on a busy road in the middle of an industrial area. We ended up parking around the corner by the Islamic mosque.

The atmosphere in the restaurant was not very appetizing. The place appeared old and worn with a Thai facade in a failing attempt to invoke appropriate ambiance.

The service was a bit slow due to the fact there was only one lone waitress looking after everyone. She did not re-fill the water glasses unless summoned back to do so.

The food was OK but nothing special. The peanut sauce on the slightly tough satay was very heavy, almost like peanut butter.

The vegetables were a bit tough. The flavors were for the most part authentic. The rice pilaf was OK.

I would certainly not classify this establishment as best for Thai food in the Tri-Cities and would consider Chada Thai much better if a little pricier, not to mention the fact that Chada Thai is better located, far less dingy and with better service.

Would we return? Simply put, no.

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Ruby Chinese Restaurant2228 McAllister Ave, #105A, Port Coquitlam
Dim Sum
By gourmetlady of Port Moody, BC (17 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 4:34pm [Dine in]

I tried Dim Sum today. I would have not gone there if I have read other people's comments. However, I haven't, so I tried it. For the price, the food was good. We had 5 dishes in total, shrimp dumpling, siu mai, deep fried squid... and couple of other dishes. The place was old but carpet was clean. It did not have bad smell as others have commented. If you want a big portion for a cheap price, try it. I personally will go back but probably do take out.

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Cat & Fiddle Sports Bar & Grill1979 Brown Street, Port Coquitlam
It was alright.
By Food-Goddess of Coquitlam (96 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 3, 2010 - 8:10am [Dine in]

After reading all the rave reviews about this place, we've decided to go there for the $0.25 wings night. We were there at around 5pm but it was already quite busy, so we seated ourselves down right away. They haave a restaurant area, so we brought our kids along with us, and we were actually quite surprised at the number of kids that were there.
Anyway, the service was a little slow, it took a while for the waitress to come around to take our drinks order. We ordered the wings right away. We tried the teriyaki, thai, honey garlic and honey mustard.
Our wings came quite quickly, which was great because we were all pretty hungry. The size of the wings was quite small, but it was alright for $0.25. Very saucy, and we liked all the ones we've ordered except for the teriyaki, there was just too much soy sauce and not enough sweetness in the sauce.
We went ahead and put in our second order of wings, and this time it took a very long time, much too long. I think we must have waited about 40 minutes for the second batch of wings, we were about to cancel it when our waitress finally brought the plate to our table.
We ordered more honey garlic and decided to try the salt and pepper. We really liked the S&P ones, they were nice and crispy and seasoned with just the right amount of salt and pepper, though I think the peppercorns could have ground a little finer because they just didn't quite stick to the wings.
Overall experience, pretty good, except for the slow service. Would go back again.

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