Why do people go to all the trouble of opening a restaurant and squander the opportunity to do something with it? The Asian population around Metro Vancouver is big, and yet all these places can ever do (no matter where in Canada) is serve every possible permutation with the selected pre-cooked chunk of meat drowning miserably in the selected pre-blendered sauce, then (barely) microwaved.
You would not eat this at home, so why serve it in your restaurant? It is bad. A menu like this is not lots of choice, it is anti-choice. If you want to save money, cook 6 different dishes and that's it. Let people choose from those. Cook fresh. Cook simple.
These places need a kick up the backside from Gordon Ramsey. You have an opportunity to excel, to really show what you can do and be brilliant, to have a packed house or to be shipping out dozens of take-out orders.
But like every other similar place, you find the lowest common denominator, and halve it. You figure out what people will put up with, and scrape over that bar. Buck up!
The ladies filling the glasses and taking the plates were great, but the (proprietor?) taking the order took service lessons from Basil Fawlty. If you don't want to be there on a Sunday night sir, just shut the doors and stay home.
This place had promise when it opened, and slid down hill. I will not go again. How sad that Port Moody, lacking in Indian Restaurants and PRIME location for a successful one, is laboured with more of the same.
7 days a week from 9-5 at the bakery, north of the train tracks in Port Moody, bridge at Moody Street from either Clarke Road or St. Johns Street.
Buckwheat is a personal favourite, but the sun-dried tomato and olives is very, very good. Also Fusion (Indian flavours), Honey Rye, Walnut-Raisin) and their Coroni white breads.
Baguettes, Portuguese buns and a large counter of Italian and modern pastries.
Espresso machine always working. A few tables inside, but carry your goodies over the bridge to Rocky Point Park for a picnic.
My fiancé, friends and I had our first experience at Little Thailand last night and it was amazing!! The food was the most delicious Thai food we have all ever had, everything was made from scratch and was so authentic! I highly recommend trying it out, you won't be disappointed, we will definitely be back soon!!
We were excited to see this restaurant change in Port Moody as it was lacking a modern yet casual fare place to eat. It used to be the old Golden Spike, an old man bar by day and party scene by night with 80's interior. They did a fantastic job with the inside renovations. With stained wood beams, wrought iron fixtures, mood lighting with those old school funky light bulbs, wood tables, comfy booths; it gives off a rustic yet sophisticated style restaurant/bar. Kind of a reno'd Milestone's feel. There are always fresh bouquets of flowers throughout giving it a little extra "ah". It's open, with the top floor having a cozy fireplace, TV's throughout to watch sports and a nice sized bar featuring 50 different beers with local breweries like Yellow Dog and Moody Ales. The food is typical pub fare; calamari, wings, mac and cheese ( add in's available), salads, cheddar ale soup, burgers etc. All very tasty and priced like most pubs. Staff have been friendly on both occasions we have been here. Parking lot is always full since it opened, however we didn't have to wait for seating both times. Although it is kind of a sports bar, kids are welcome. Can get very busy on hockey nights, especially during playoffs so get there early! Overall, I think this is a worthy place to come and grab lunch or dinner with a group friends or family. They also do brunch on weekends!
Normal pricing for their breakfast items for the cafes in the Port Moody area. It has a clean mom and pop feel dining decore. Speedy food prep considering the place was full. Pay first , bring back your own dishes type of place. Hidden $0.75 charge per person if you order a cup of water which was added to our bill without us knowing. The last 2 issues were a bit of a surprise for our party of 6. Since is was our first time being asked by a waitress to clear our own table and we were not used to being charged for hot water which in Vancouver is usually free. When asked about the water charge , we were informed that it costs money to heat the water and serve it in a cup and wash it.
I would recommend this location if your comfortable with the last 2 things and if not I would reccomend Omega Cafe across the street.
Has anyone else ever been to an eatery and been charged for non bottled water or hot water in a mug?
This place switched hands early in 2015. Reviews from before that are super positive so we gave this place a try last Friday night, calling for take-out. First off, we were told 20-25 mins, then waited 45 mins for our food. When we got home, opened it up, and I don't know if these people have EVER eaten sushi before, never mind making it. It was coated in creamy sauces, yams looked like old McDonalds fries, and the negitoro roll (tuna with spring onion) was a thick rice roll with a salty, sour pickle of some kind in the middle. The nigiri was loose rice on cabbage/lettuce, with a small thin square of anemic salmon on top. I wouldn't eat it if you paid me. Everything else was unrecognizable and totally unappetizing. We returned and after trying to argue with me, the owner did finally give my money back. I expect that if I had eaten this, I would have regretted it. The "chef" clearly has no training as a sushi chef. Not saying you have to be Japanese to make sushi, but you need to be formally trained. This guy has neither of these. My prediction is this place will be closed by summer. No one would ever go here twice.
The place boasts of having 50 beers on tap but when we went for dinner there they were out of a lot of the beers they had on the menu. No lagers at all, out of at least 6 of the ales we tried to order so the selection wasn't that great. When we tried ordering food we ran into the same problem, two of the 4 of us had to re-order because they were out of the dish ordered. The one re-order was seafood linguine and that came with chicken in the dish?? Everyone at the table verified that it was indeed chicken and not seafood and when we told the waitress nothing was done to check into it or compensate our dinner for not getting what he ordered.
The prices were too high for the quality of the food we eventually did get. One order of chicken wings came with 9 pieces which cost over $11.00. Everyone knows how inexpensive chicken wings are so to charge that much for so few is crazy.
I sent a note to the place telling them of our poor experience and haven't heard a word back from them.
I have been here three times now...twice for dine in and once for take out.....on my way home to Vancouver...I thought...since I am out in Coquitlam...grab some Gnocchi and go home....I wasn't feeling that great...and I was craving Pasta and Rosa's..since it's been a while.....I forgot how small the place is.....the owner really needs to open up a bigger place....
I felt uncomfortable picking up my order....I ordered two gnocchi's, One ravioli and a caeasr salad...wow, almost $72......I couldn't believe the price....I did look under the web site for the menu and there was no prices on it....or at least I did not see any prices at all...maybe my imagination....
When I was paying...I noticed it's too dark in the area...for ice and paying.....I like to see if there is any hair when working....they need more lights.....I think I will call the health dept.!!!
The girl that served me was nice but I didn't know if she did lick her finger to grab the plastic bag to open....that is a no no in my books....that goes for even cashiers everywhere.....either Rosa (Anna?) should hire more people on a Fri and Sat. nights.
When I got home finally....I was saying to my dad....that there was not much sauce on both the pastas...and we are both Italian.....
The caesar salad was not special at all.....and you don't get much either....again the price was too much for everything......
If the owner does not care to make the place bigger or brighter....more staffed.....then close down.....
Finally words......do try this place once....then you will see how small everyone is talking about....
Food is good....but take out is small quantity....for the prices...??
I have been going here for years with my boyfriend and we are always treated like friends. The owner and his family run a great cafe where you can buy breakfast all day long. Sometimes we stay for beers too and have more fun than going to the pub. Whether you want to have a quiet brunch with your friend or come and chat with the local community who are regular customers you will be happy leaving nicolinas. French toast is the best and best entre is the beef teriyaki. I would like to thank Jack and his family for always being so good to us. Mishka and Ryan
Glad that we didn't stay for the dinner... We wouldn't have thought it to be so badly reviewed, but here I am reading about nearly our exact experience, written over and over again...TERRIBLE!!!
We spent the day at beautiful Rocky Point and walked around to the beach across from the Boathouse. Had a look back and decided that some poached prawns and cocktail sauce were in order. Upon our arrival, we discovered that it was still Appy Hour and we could order a few Appy's to try at a decent price. Prawns, Halibut bites, and Calamari and yam fries...Great!
Service to start was slow (servers were chatting at the end of the bar). We ordered a couple bevies and some ice water. The drinks came but no water, so I asked Crystal (our server) again.
Food came and we dug in. After one bite our she asked how everything was... we did just get it, so we said good. Flagged down someone to get Crystal back to order more prawns before 6pm. She came and said that it looked like we were looking for her (because I was!! Why not come on over to the table to be sure?! This was 5 mins to 6 and our drinks were empty, and nearly out of water. Didn't see her again for 20 minutes when she came out with our second order of prawns.
During our drink-less wait, we ate through our other appys and discovered that the bottom half of the calamari was a bunch of dark brown crumbles, which to my pallet (had more than my fair share) tasted burnt. I brought it to our servers attention when she dropped off the prawns and she told me that those are the bits and were ok. I reiterated that they were charred and inedible. I asked why it took over 20 mins for our prawns and that we would have ordered drinks 20 mins ago had she asked. She said they were busy (not really, most people came in that we saw at 10 after 6). She filled our water and slammed down my Wife's water glass and walked away shaking her head. She came back with the bill, we paid, and I asked for the manager.
Denis the manager came over and listened to what I had to say (all of the above). His first words came out with a stink like he just ate a cigarette butt. Ewww! He seemed to listen and said he'd bring this to our servers attention. I guess he's heard this often enough...because he didn't seem to care if we came back or not.
Funny thing is (Denis), tomorrow is our Anniversary (which we celebrate monthly), and this was going to be our go-to place as it has such a beautiful patio view! Oh well, 2 appy's, 2 dinners and a bottle of fine wine will be purchased elsewhere every month!! They won't see our $200 every month!
This place isn't worth a second try, especially after reading how many people get sick and have had such terrible experiences. We just moved from False Creek and frequented the Kits and Downtown locations, and will miss them dearly... We are not happy with our new, local Boathouse! Grrrr!!!
I have generally had a good time at browns. But this location has the worst unprofessional waitresses. Ours was never around and we were not given cutlery, napkins clean classes etc without begging. We also witness a group of people who we're being told off loudly by more than one staff member when they asked numerous times to be moves to a different table that was not being used and was not used all night for no reason . It was embarrassing for the restaurant. Another table near us had paid their bill but then one person decided they wanted a coffee. They were literally told they could only have the coffee if they went inside because the patio was closing even though we were still out there and plenty of other people were too. When I went to the bathroom I heard one person in the group say they didn't want to pay for the one coffee because it was stale and cold. She was refused and ordered to pay the bill when she asked to see the manager they conveniently could not "find" them. What a sideshow. This stuff should not be seen by customers when they are trying to enjoy a night out.
We have been dining out from Aroma for lunch quite frequently for the last 6 months. The food is always delicious and spicy. We ask for medium to hot, and it's almost always bang on! Consistency and speed is great and the owner is friendly. Highly recommended if you're looking for some delicious Indian food.
PS. You MUST try their butter chicken.
My partner, Carol, and I went to Onyx in Port Moody for the first time recently. The service, food and overall experience were great. We both enjoyed our appetizers and entrees very much. The service was excellent. Our server, Nicole, was very attentive and helpful. Onyx will become a regular spot for our dining out evenings!
The past beautiful sunny and warm Saturday afternoon my husband & I ended up outside this restaurant just because we were curious as to where the road led. We are from New Westminster where we have a favourite restaurant to patronize for Indian food. We expected the food here to be just as good. It was better!
We enjoyed Garlic Nan, Palak Chicken, Butter Lamb, and Pulao Rice. The flavours were pure and warm. The 'medium' spice of the Palak was a little too spicy for me, but just right for the Butter. My husband commented on the quality of the meat (he loves to cook and eat meat - swears by Sterling Silver Beef).
The host & server was running from guest to guest and the Kitchen doing his gracious best to attend to all.
My family and I have been going to Sango for a number of years. The quality of food, presentation and creativity have been excellent. Went today and things have changed for the worse. I tried to order the chef's special sashimi. The waitress said it is the same as the deluxe sashimi but more expensive. I told her that I had had it in the past served on a block of ice. She said we don.t do that anymore. I explained that I wanted something special not just salmon and tuna. She said that I would not be disappointed I said ok but I want it special. It came and it was just salmon and tuna (some with hot sauce that was not mentioned). I told her that I was very disappointed . She just said OK. The negitoro box we always order was different and sub par. Other portions were much smaller. when the bill came I was given nothing for my disappointment but I was charged for items we never received. I tried to complain to the sushi chef. I asked him if they had changed hands. He did not answer just said he did not care.
We were a party of 5 plus a child bill was $145.00.
Maybe it is because it was a Monday. I think they have changed hands lowered the standards and don't care. It was a bad experience in a place I have spent alot of money over the years. I did not even get an apology.
It is awful that my go to sushi place is now a huge disappointment.
It has been ruined. Why would she not let me order what I wanted. Why no attempt to make me happy. not even an offer of free ice cream for the child.
Won't be going back. Too bad I really liked this place.
If you go here don't order the high end items they are now a ripoff. They used to be a treat.
I am still in shock as to how awful tonights experience was. No one in the restaurant cared.
We ordered from here about a year ago and it was pretty awful. I tried to give it another chance recently when I stopped in for lunch, but the food was just gross. All I can say for it was that it was hot. The meat tasted weird and the vegetables were well past their prime. I felt sick to the stomach when I got home and won't gross you out with the details of how that turned out. In any case, I'm done trying with this place. Save yourself the grief and go somewhere else!
My wife and I dine at Charlie's on a regular basis. The food is consistently very good. Chicken enchiladas verdes are my favourite, and my wife gets the vegetarian soft tacos. The guacamole is really good, as is the salsa, and they always come with fresh home-made tortilla chips. Charlie is very entertaining and helpful in the restaurant, and Isabel is always busy in the kitchen. I'm surprised by the negative reviews, but they are from a while ago. We have never had a problem there. Check it out!
Great spot! fantastic date place or even to get a few drinks with friends. i enjoyed the ny striploin, could not have been cooked better. For dessert our table shared the chocolate cake so decadent and tasty. The kitchen did an amazing job, very friendly staff. I'm giving Onxy 2 thumbs up, keep doing what you're doing, It works!
I'm visiting my fam in port moody, i ask them where they like to eat out. Mom says onyx, dad doesn't. Ah, they never agree (dad says they place is way too expensive) but I am inclined toward my mother's dining tastes.
We agree on a reso at Onyx, I sneak a peek at reviews but we all know that reviews are salt grains.
As a somm, I have no illusions about restaurant prices, wine markups or hospitality gimmicks. I cut through, find the best value while appreciating intentions, inspired by like minded individuals who approach this game like the career that it is. I write reviews when I have an incredible experience. I write reviews when the food blows my mind. If it doesn't I don't. Honestly, best 10oz filet I've ever had, kudos on the in house dry aging. Wine markups too high though, by the glass selections weak. You should hire me to consult on your wine program. You now have my email.
4 out of 5, I rarely give above 3.8.
Me and my wife wanted to go out for a special dinner together and we heard that Golphis has reasonable prices and great food. When we got there the service was quite good and the inside was just perfect. We ordered steak and it was perfectly cooked and probably the best steak I had ever had. Even though the place was really busy we got our food in a fair amount of time. My wife wanted to try the all meats pizza and boy was it good. We got small and they had a good amount of toppings on there. Golphis is the place to go if you want great food and big portions for a good price.
|1.||Rosa's Cucina Italiana|
|2.||Boathouse Restaurant, The|
|4.||Saint St Grill|
|5.||Rehanah's Roti & Trinidadian|
|7.||Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge|
|8.||Lougheed Wonton Restaurant|
|11.||St. James's Well|
|12.||Gourmet Chinese Restaurant|
|13.||Rodos Kouzina Mediterranean Grille|
|14.||Golphis Steak & Lobster|
|15.||Pajo's Fish & Chips|
|16.||Joe's Atlantic Grill|
|18.||Sango Japanese Fusion Restaurant|
|19.||Nagano Japanese Restaurant|