I have visited Brown's twice now, once to grab appies and a few drinks and a second time to have dinner.
The restaurant is nicely decorated and finished. One of my visits was on a Friday evening and the clientelle was young, a little rowdy and loud. The service was prompt and we were looked after well by our server.
One major dissapointment was the food. I ordered a calamari starter on my first visit. The calamari was rubbery and the tubes were tiny. I found the majority of this appetizer to be breading and for the price point I had expected better. The beers we ordered were a little flat but as the place was so busy I decided not to bother trying to return them.
On my second visit I had their burger. It was decent but again due to the pricing I had expected something more substantial.
Overall I would go back and have a couple of drinks at Brown's, but I think I would shy away from their food offerings.
The pub can get a little crowded during peak hours and seating gets limited. The overall ambience is that of your typical Irish style pub. Lots of knick knacks all over and comfortable feeling.
They have a good variety of liquor and beer options (I never took at look at their wine list) and the draft I had was fresh and tasty.
I have tried their poutine and it was fairly good. I have also had their Guiness steak pie and its excellent! great crust and definitely has that sharp Guiness flavour to it. As I haven't found any other restaurants near by that serve a decent meat pie I will continue visiting St. James' Well for this item!
Overall I have a good time each visit and would recommend it to anyone looking for a lunch / dinner and drinks.
My husband and I came here for our wedding anniversary dinner. It was during the week, so we were quite surprised when we saw that the dining room was nearly full, and it looked like it had a large function booked as well. Good thing we had a reservation.
The first thing we noticed was the decor on the inside of the restuarant. It has just a large variety of everything hanging from their walls. It was nice...quite unique. And they also use red light bulbs in the room that we were in. It took our eyes a little bit of time to adjust to the red glow, and we both found the lighting a little dim.
We ordered the escargo as our appy to share. It came in a nice rectangular dish. The presentation was great, but we both agreed that it needed a little more seasoning as it was a little bland. Then the long wait for our entrees began...we must have waited at least 45 mins for our entrees, which we were not too impressed about the wait time.
My husband ordered the rib eye, which was cooked to perfection. I was little a little adventurous, so I went for the kangaroo loin. I wanted medium rare, but even under the dim light, I could see it was definitely cooked to medium. It was tough and chewy. I wasn't sure if that's what kangaroo was supposed to taste like or if it was because it was overcooked. Nonetheless, the veggies was cooked very nicely and perfectly seasoned (except for one of the asparagus, which could be trimmed by another inch at the end), and my favourite was the cheesy potato mash.
We then finished our dinner with their lemon and vanilla panna cotta, which was served in one of those long dish they use to serve olives in. The presentation was very unique, we liked it. It tasted rich and creamy, just like a panna cotta should be.
We were quite happy with our experience, but unless they have a new menu, we likely won't be back anytime soon.
I've heard rave reviews about this place, so yesterday I finally decide to come and try it for myself. Price-wise, I think it is a little one the expensive side, but it was worth it. I order the mild goat roti, and it was HUGE! it was the side of my entire hand and it was about an inch and a half thick. The goat was nice and tender, very flavourful, though I find that the potatoes could use a little bit more seasoning though. I read some previous reviews about the spiciness of the food, so I ordered the mild. I found the it to be a little too mild for my taste, and I don't usually eat spicy food, so next time I would definitely go for the medium for that extra little kick in the roti. Good food, friendly service, would definitely be back!
Thing is, this can't be all there is to Trinidadian cuisine, can it? I hope not.
Rehanah makes roti's (Caribbean style, not the Singaporean/Malaysian style nor the Indian style) and that's about it. The other option is the rice dishes, which is basically the guts of a roti on rice.
There are exactly 3 tables in this place with enough seats for maybe 6 in all of the store, so don't be expecting no ambience here. The "waitress" (hard to call her that given what's in this place) was friendly and enthusiastic. While we were there, a lot of locals continuously rolled by and they seemed to be on first name basis with Rehanah. Good sign.
It's a good thing then that the roti's are pretty darn good. Is it a "cheap" eats? No, not when you compare next door to A&W, but compared to a quality burrito place, it fares much better. The goat roti rolls in around $11 and the goat+shrimp is close to $14, but fortunately, if I recall, the others are much less, so comparable. It's also quite sizeable, so you will not leave hungry. The goat is really flavourful, and the shrimp, well, big. Really big, you're not getting shortchanged here. One tip though, it does get on the spicy side, so be careful what level of spiciness you ask for.
Worth a trip? Sure. But the only problem is what happens after the first trip? There's nothing to return to unless you get another hankering for exactly the same thing...or you feel like an excuse to chat with the waitress or Rehanah.
This place is great to meet up with friends over a pint of brew and wind down the evening. - Really nice Ambiance with a lot of woodwork giving it an old school irish pub type of feel.
The food menu is a pretty standard pub offering - everything that I have tried has been good - with no bad standouts. However, I have really had good service everytime I've come which, along with a nice beer selection, is the reason why one goes to a pub.
I give it two thumbs up.
We have been to the Boathouse in other locations in past years and a couple of times in Port Moody since they opened. It can be difficult to find parking and so we were impressed that they did offer a Valet Service even though we did not use this service. The Restaurant was a different story as each time we have gone to Port Moody we have found the service lacking and the food very plain tasting. On our current visit our evening started out with a 7:30 reservation that had us waiting for an hour.....we were very disappointed that we did not get to our table until 8:30!! - making us wonder about why we bothered with a reservation in the first place. Our evening was now going to be a much later one than planned. We found the prices to be very high for the quantity and quality of the food and the service was just not as one would have expected. With the Seafood Chowder order we had to chase a server for a spoon, the Seafood Grill was very flat tasting and not fully cooked, we requested the roasted potatoes and got mashed with one order, another order came with a horriable Wild Rice side (sides were not listed on the Menu) so mashed potatoes were requested and the server brought roasted, the Prime Rib was full of grizzle, the Steak was very small and was on a huge plate making it look even smaller - etc. etc. The ambiance was okay - but it was very noisy. I think we would have had a lot more fun and better food if we had ordered a Seafood dish from the Fish & Chip Vendor at Rocky Point Park. Amazingly enough the Restaurant seems to be full every weekend - one can only assume this is due to most people either not being aware of the Service/Food Issues or do not really care. We have had better food & service at a much better price from other less known restaurants in the Tri-City area. We have no desire to go back.
I don't see why people like this place so much. Everytime I go there it begins with horrible door staff who are rude and are allways trying to get pieced off at the door. Then once you're in it's a long wait before you get a drink or food. When you finally do settle in you realize what am I doing at a bar full of either underaged kids, gang affilliated people and the crap that all other bars won't allow in. Take my advice and don't go here!!!!
I have eaten at this place a few times and have had consistantly good food and service. The food is fresh and the servings are generous. The sushi and sashimi was very fresh and of quality fish. The tempura platter is tasty and huge! The prices are reasonable for the quality and serving size. They always offer up freebies of different tastes as you are waiting for your food.Would definately reccomend!!
Never again. For the first time in our life, my husband and I actually did not finish our plates! In a Greek restaurant! Amazing. We had a few bites and that was it.
Many friends have told me this is a good restaurant. So either it was a bad day or I can't trust their tastes, but a good restaurant should never have bad days... you don't want to fall on one.
Avoid it. Go to Coquitlam or Burnaby, anything is better than this.
We have ordered from this company a few times now for staff parties or meetings and the food is really not worth the price. Items were also missing (twice) and it arrived cold once.
I can't comment on the ambiance, this is a catering company, but DineHere does not give the option of N/A.
They do make an effort to have different food styles, so if you are not a "fancy" eater, you might enjoy it, but if your are looking for classy high quality food, go somewhere else.
I've avoided this place for so long because of all the hype... of course there couldn't be good trini food in Vancouver... I've been disppointed in my search for a delicious filled roti. Other restaurants even the Caribbean festival disappointed. A few were average but usually the roti is pre-made and tough. Imagine my surprise and delight when I enterred Rehanah's and after waiting was presented with a freshly cooked roti cooked to perfection it was very tender (probably lots of butter brushed on the tops of the roti), filled to the brim with the softest flavourful potato's. I picked the oddest flavour in the menu. The goat and shrimp roti. This surprisingly worked. The shrimps were the size of prawns and awesome. The goat is probably the best goat I've tried in the lower mainland. No gristle, no fat, just tasty tender meat without a gamey taste. I wonder who her supplier is. The fillings for this roti weren't dried out you could tell everything was freshly cooked that day. Combine all of that with the authentic Trini hot sauce that is doused before the roti is wrapped up and I was in heaven. Just delicious and very very satisfying, my quest for an excellent roti in the Vancouver area has ended. This lady can cook, the foods are all home-made style! The price is a tad high but well-worth it for the quality and one will fill you up, plus other places charge as much and are no where near the excellent quality Rehanah's Roti is. No wonder this place has such loyal patrons. While I was there, there was a steady stream of people. To be honest I'm already craving another roti, it was just that good! There are just a few tables. If you have yours to go be sure to get lots of napkins. This roti is up there with the ones I tried in Toronto (In Toronto I recommend Coconut Grove it's located near the mall downtown it's cheap and their housemade hot sauce is quite nice.) Also be sure to combine a visit to this place with a stop to the Japanese bakery Cake-Ya located a few streets away for some delicious low-sugar desserts. Port Moody has some food gems and it's a very pretty city as well!
Thanks to the previous reviewer I made a trek out to the quaint village of Port Moody where time seems to have stood still. Nestled between the mountains and the water is the small store Cake-Ya where Japanese ladies make some excellent desserts. The main item they make are steamed creme caramel cups. I absolutely loved the black sesame one. The taste of the black sesame was there but it was subtle, combined with the creamy texture and the mellow sweetness of the caramel this was simply perfect. I tried the bottom half of a plain creme caramel cup but the caramel in this one seemed burnt, the scorched taste was too bitter so I didn't finish it. Also I had expected the plain one to taste of vanilla but there didn't seem to be vanilla flavouring. I would skip the plain flavoured one next time and try the other flavours. However the plain flavoured one was also the least sweet of the two I tried and if you are watching your sugar intake, I'd recommend that. The kind ladies offered over 4 kinds of samples of their baked goods. Everything was delicious. I ended up ordering the chestnut sponge cake because it looked pretty. Inside there were two layers of sponge cake with a thin layer of whipped cream, this was all topped by an interesting healthy sweet potato and chestnut icing on top. A few chestnuts decorated the top. There was a sweetness to the dessert but it wasn't overpowering. This was very yummy and healthy to boot. Very solid bakery, it's a true gem. Everything is freshly made, you can see the ladies preparing everything by hand in the large kitchen behind the counter. They did have the mochi strawberry dessert when I went and that looked quite pretty as well. The prices are quite fair as well. Well worth the trek to Port Moody. Especially as it's rare to find Japanese desserts in Vancouver especially the simple ones which to me taste the best and remind me of a dessert from a loving mom's kitchen. Also note that there aren't any seats so the desserts have to be taken to go, it's simply a bakery not a bakery cafe. Also be sure to run not walk to Rehanna's Roti's which is located a street over that place is fantastic too.
Tried out this location the other day not sure what to expect...but...surprisingly was impressed with the tastiness of the food. Had the Ocean Wise potato-crusted Halibut with the "cowgirl" salad - zesty apple-miso dressing was truly deelish. Friends had other entrees and were though that their food was definitly good enough to come back again. The brunch menu although limited looks interesting, will have to give that a try. Great little spot in a great little neighbourhood.
It's just a tiny shop in the middle of no where. Doesn't look fancy. No glam here. Walk in, and you notice it smells like a proper bakery.
Selection seems to vary slightly depending on what they feel like baking or what gets sold out.
* Honey castella: Way better than anything you buy at the markets. You can taste the honey, but not too sweek
* Custard / puddings : Try the royal milk tea. Or the black sesame or any of the other 6 varieties.
They always have a wide variety of samples to try every time we went. The baker/owners are very friendly and helpful. And to top it off ... things are cheeeeaaap. The cakes are only in the $5 range, much less than what you would get at T&T for the same size. Only downside is the shortbread (Okinawa style? I think they said). Way too sweet.
But otherwise, totally worth the drive out here. Would highly recommend and come back.
I'm a pretty busy guy, so I don't normally take time out to post reviews or blog, but I had to comment on an exceptional night hosted by Jay and his staff at the St. Street Grill in Port Moody.
We have frequented this fine restaurant on a number of occasions in the past and have always enjoyed a great meal in a wonderful, relaxed environment. Last night we held a retirement party/roast for a long time friend and colleague at the St. Street Grill. Hosting over 50 people, (many being important clients, and old friends), this was a very important night for us and we really wanted everything to be perfect, and had quite high expectations. We were certainly not disappointed.
Jay had met with us a couple of times in advance to the party to discuss our specific needs for the party. You could really tell that this was his forte. His organizational skills, flexibility and experience in hosting an affair like this are of the highest caliber. Right down to the smallest detail, Jay ensured that come time for the big event, everything was in place, and everything went even better than was anticipated.
From personally greeting our guests as they entered, to making sure everyone was attended to, the pre-dinner mingling put everyone in a relaxed, comfortable mood to set the stage for a wonderful evening. What impressed me the most about Jay, was how he was able to manage the flow of the evening. Everything was about us and what worked best for us at any particular moment throughout the night.
The service was amazing....completely non-intrusive, yet entirely attentive. As professional and gracious as one could hope for.
The meal itself was incredible. (I strongly urge you to try the Seafood Chowder to start, unbelievably delicious). The grilled rib-eye was a beautiful piece of meat that was cooked to perfection, and brought piping hot to my table. Even the vegetables, (which I am normally not a big fan of), were seasoned and cooked to just the right consistency and texture. I've never enjoyed broccoli and asparagus so much.
To wrap up, the atmosphere and ambiance were wonderful. Spaced just enough so it allowed for an intimate environment that allowed everyone to feel involved in the evening, yet not crowded at all.
We wanted a perfect evening for this most important occasion, and all expectations were met or exceeded. My heartfelt thanks to jay and his wonderful staff for a very memorable evening!
I took my mom out for an early Mother's Day lunch on Sunday, May 2nd.
I ordered the shrimp tacos with fries ($13.99) and my mom ordered the seafood grill ($16.99).
If you like Old El Paso hard taco shells then I guess this is the lunch for you because I think that's what these were - straight from the grocery store shelf! I suppose because I've had fish/shrimp tacos at other restaurants that were quite good, I was expecting something along the same lines. Oops, I was wrong. Also, my fries were barely cooked and there was about 6 of them.
SEAFOOD GRILL (Prawn, sea scallop and salmon)
You get more potato and green beans than you do any of the above. You get one prawn, two small squares of salmon and one scallop. But like I said, if you like pototoes and green beans and want to spend $17 on it, then this is the lunch for you.
This is the second time that I've taken my mom for mother's day lunch at the Boathouse and from what I hear from other people as well it is quite hit and miss. I have had good meals at the Boathouse but not for a looooooong time. I would have complained to the Boathouse but honestly, I don't want a gift certificate for a free lunch.
I don't mind small portions whatsoever but it should be reflected in the price.
Next time, we're going to Pajos!
We finally had a chance to drive down to Port Moody. We were craving Trini food for some time but have not found anything good in Vancouver. To our surprise, the goat rotis were excellent. We ordered the hot ones and asked for additional hot sauce on the side. The sauce has a hint of sweetness and then it has a huge kick to it. The goat was fantastic! The goat and potato filling is cooked to perfection. And, I have to say there was no fat in the meat or wild flavor. I'm not sure whether this was New Zealand goat but it had a lot of flavor. We also tried the chicken roti as well along with some Ginger beear. I have to say the food is very good. This is a small, clean establishment with 3 tables. If you are searching for something spicy and good, definitely check this place out.
I have to agree with the previous poster's YUCK review. I was at Rocky Point and passed by Pajo's. I've heard people rave about their fish and chips, so decided to give it a try. Very nauseating! I'm still feeling nauseous from the grease. Luckily I only ordered 1 piece of cod, and after one bite, could not stomach anymore of it, but just picked out the fish. The fish was so tasteless I wondered if it was fish at all. No hint of fish taste! Batter usually gets greasy like that when the oil has been used too, too many times!! Pajo....keep the oil fresh! By cheaping out, you've lost a repeat customer.
My husband and I have been ordering from Basil's now for a yaar and whenever we think we want to try a new take-out retaurant, we always change our minds and go back to what we love! They have great pizzas, try the Basil's Classic, and their souvlaki dinner is a huge portion of authentic greek cuisine. it is only $12.95 and the quality is great :) This is not a dine-in restaurant, take-out and delivery only. Well worth it!
|1.||Rosa's Cucina Italiana|
|2.||Boathouse Restaurant, The|
|4.||Saint St Grill|
|5.||Rehanah's Roti & Trinidadian|
|6.||Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge|
|8.||Lougheed Wonton Restaurant|
|11.||St. James's Well|
|12.||Rodos Kouzina Mediterranean Grille|
|13.||Gourmet Chinese Restaurant|
|14.||Golphis Steak & Lobster|
|15.||Pajo's Fish & Chips|
|16.||Joe's Atlantic Grill|
|17.||Sango Japanese Fusion Reataurant|
|19.||Nagano Japanese Restaurant|