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!
We've eaten here 3 or 4 times and every time I wonder why with so many other really good Japanese restaurants in the area. They do an okay tempura udon although one time the tempura was really soggy and extremely unappetizing. The last time I ordered the caterpillar roll, the taste was okay but there was hardly any filling, only a very merge bit of eel and they charge $8 for it! I also had the ebi mayo which was very bland, not worth it at all. The wait staff also never brought the check, even after I asked them for it twice! I would suggest going to Nagano or Sushi Mori instead.
Food: ordered cajun calamari. It was the worst calamari I've ever had. Calamari rings were tough like a piece of rubber, coating was all soggy with oil. And why do they think that cajun means a lot of coarsely cracked black pepper? Main dish was some kind of pasta with smoked salmon. Not so bad as calamari, but way to greasy and oily.
Service: Service was incredibly slow. We reserved 3 hrs for this dinner (with little kids it is a maximum that parents can allow for own entertainment ) and spent all this time and more waiting for our orders, didn't even have time for desert.
Ambiance: nothing interested. Small rooms, tightly packed with tables. Dim light, so you cannot even see what colour your food is.
Value: absolutely doesn't worth the price.
BEWARE - CHECK YOUR BILL! was overcharged for a noodle soup and double charged for a vege dish. when your waitress says there's an extra charge (or as she said "a little extra") for a substitution, does that imply that they will double the price? that's ridiculous!! also, if the dish that she is recommending is already ON the menu, shouldn't she point out the item and the cost of it for the customer to decide whether or not he/she wants it?
not only were they unapologetic, they were rude and said i was WRONG! hope they enjoy losing a customer and their $0 tip!
WORST customer service EVER!!
The bottled applejuice was nice. Otherwise, there was a whole list of little things that ticked me right off.
water tasted like sour milk
'fresh fuit' = a slice of kiwi and a slice of orange
the croissants were costco-ish
one peice of bacom on my sandwich was burnt, the other undercooked.
"their own" hashbrowns are definatley generic. Little cubes of potato that you get in the frozen packages.
very sparing with the hollandaise
blueberries in the blueberry pancakes were froze, therefore leaving the pancakes RAW in the middle, like, liquidy raw.
Safeway discount cheese
The muffin on display was from costco. Those are not hard to spot.
We got the wrong eggs benny order. Hubby is not a fan of veggies and orders accordingly, but this time he got a big hunk of tomato.
We went there in the first place because it looked like a cute place to have some brunch. Like they say, looks arent everyting. Major overhaul needed on this place and it could have the potential of a high-end bistro.
Our family went out to Joker's in Port Moody tonight for the first time and had a Caesar salad, Piri Piri pizza and Veggie Ace pizza. Everything tasted great with very interesting ingredients and unique flavours. Friendly service, decent prices. Just 6 counter seats inside – so next time I’ll pick-up or have delivery.
I definitely recommend this place.
From the outside, this place doesn't look like much. We were one the first people to arrive that night which was a bit concerning as it's nice to see other diners in a place that's new to you. Inside, it's filled with what definately is an eclectic array of items; everything from paper mache pigs to the Mona Lisa to lots of interesting lighting. The manager is great as is very upbeat with detailing specials and wasn't overly attentive which was great. The flaw is that the butter which came swirled in it's own little dish with a nice basket of yummy bread wasn't really butter; tasted more like margerine or was old as very oily instead of buttery tasting. I had the soup of the moment which was an Italian beef and white bean concoction. BF had the chowder; both were great and filling. We had noticed KANGAROO on the menu which neither of us had before. It was absolutely delicious with a sweet berry sauce which he scraped every bit of off the massive plate that it was served on, with creamy mashed potatoes and vegetables. I had the seafood hotpot which was beautifully presented in a large square glass bowl. Although it was hard to eat the vermicelli that it was served upon, the broth and seafood were both delicious. It's a large portion that I couldn't finish and would have taken home, but the server didn't ask if I wanted it to go and I forgot to ask; oh well. We had also asked this same server what was in the berries on top of the roo and she went to ask as she didn't know but never came back and told us the answer. No problem at all with the Entertainment card and we would have paid full price at this place if we go again; the food is that good.
I love the food at Mama Rosa's Its great and huge portions. Staff can be rude or slow but I still enjoy the food. Good job!!! I especially love the clams in tomatoe sauce and the ribs are good if they have them. The veal is lovely and the fresh vegtables are to die for and the lasagna is scrumpeous. The tiramisu is so incredible that I never feel guilty when I order it. Rosa has always been great to our family and she loves kids! MIne always get a special treat and we arent celebraties. I just love going, its a great adventure and a wonderful time each time we go
I went here with my mom for lunch - what a huge disappointment due to the horrible customer service we received (and I have heard from others we are not alone in this but as we like to give the benefit of the doubt, heard the food was good and the location convenient, decided to try it out). It's not often my mom and me get the chance to go out for lunch together so what a huge disappointment this was to be treated so poorly and ignored by our waitress. We arrived at 1:45 and were told by a very impatient and rude server that we would be their last call as they closed at 3 (um, yes, ok, 1 hour and 15 min away?!) She was in a rush, abrupt, rude and unfriendly. We ordered bento lunch box specials, which arrived quickly and were delicious. Right after we received our meals, she brought us the bill, slapped it on the table and said we could pay up front! Tea was cold and she never reappeared to refill it, I got up and searched for her to ask (beg) for water and tea refills. We had lots of food leftover and decided to take some of it to go, we were given a styrofoam container to pack ourselves! We finally tracked someone down to pay for our meals and this is the very first time ever in my life I have not left a tip - I have received bad or mediocre service before and may have tipped poorly but this was the very first time ever where I felt so unwelcome and treated so rudely that no tip was left whatsoever. I guess they must not need the repeat business as they are in Newport Village so maybe they got a lot of traffic? I have already told my husband and two friends how awful the service was and Im sure my mom will do the same, how stupid of them to run a business this way, you send two people away upset and by the end of the week, 20 people will know about it easily! Needless to say, I will never go back or recommend this place to anyone, even though the food was quite good, I don't feel good spending hard earned money somewhere its not appreciated.
Like so many Chinese restaurants out here..this one again dissapoints.
The food is the same as every other Chinese place. And coming from a place where it's much better, I can't be anything but sad that the quality & quantity here are beyond aweful.
Either too sweet, too greasy, greedy on the meat, or just plain flavourless.
Port Moody is home to a community that is small, has diverse yet fine tastes and is unique in character. It is the City of the Arts, proud of its creativity.
Joker's Pizza embodies those same traits.
When you look at their menu, you won't see many topping combinations you recognize. Each original is unique and exciting, begging to be tried! Pizza that is creative and fresh, fusing international flavors with the homemade, hand tossed dough. Each one of Joker's Originals are a work of art that will please any palette. And for those not so adventurous types looking for standard favorites, order away because they'll make those too!
It doesn't stop there. Jokers has original Pasta that will surely please.
Ordering for delivery or take-out is always easy (cash/credit/debit at the door) and always comes with a customer pleasing smile. The cost is great too, cheaper than the factory franchise places. Gourmet pizza and pasta at family prices!
Give Joker's a shot at earning your loyalty today. It's something they're good at!
We have both dined in and taken out the food at Little Thailand. On both occasions, the food was hot and delicious. As for service, it was nothing exceptional. The server was not rude, she asked us all the appropriate questions in a timely manner but seeing how we were the only patrons there, it just wasn't memorable. I'm not asking for a show or excessive friendliness, but some jovial banter would be nice.
The only con is the portion of rice. A "large" is hardly enough for my husband and I. Even when you take away the food, the portion is still pretty small; in fact so small that we even had to make more rice at home.
The restaurant is small and the decor is alright. I would guess that it had about less than 15 tables so I can see it getting busy. But whenever we drive by, it's not busy at all.
The price is less than Chada Thai and it's closest competitor would be All Thai'd Up in Port Coquitlam.
Overall pros: delicious food, 10% off on Take Away, free parking, safe area.
|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.||Rodos Kouzina Mediterranean Grille|
|13.||Gourmet Chinese Restaurant|
|14.||Golphis Steak & Lobster|
|15.||Pajo's Fish & Chips|
|16.||Joe's Atlantic Grill|
|18.||Sango Japanese Fusion Restaurant|
|19.||Nagano Japanese Restaurant|