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Port Moody Restaurant Reviews
Little Thailand2335 St. Johns Street, #1-2, Port Moody
Cozy
By Marik of Coquitlam (23 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 2:56am [Dine in]

I've been to this place a few times now, and everything has been consistent.

Service can be a little bit slow if the restaurant is packed, but it is always friendly.

The food is good, but the spring rolls are the best thing on the menu.

The restaurant has a cozy feel to it.

I can't really find much to complain about, and I will be returning again. Go support this small, local restaurant next time you're in the area!

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Rehanah's Roti & Trinidadian2518 St. Johns St, Port Moody
well done!
By kathyz of port moody (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 9, 2008 - 4:01pm [Dine in]

after reading reviews on this place, tried it and was truly impressed. the food is wonderful, Mrs R is quite nice, however, the place itself can use an uplift and a bit of cleaning. thanks Mrs R!
I tried the veggie roti, which was the best of all. My husband got the goat and my dad got chicken. they were not as good as my veggie roti. if you are not a real meat eater, try the veggie one and you will be impressed.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The2770 Esplanade Ave, Port Moody
Should be better
By fella of Vancouver (72 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 5:34pm [Dine in]

Since moving into the area I have been meaning to try out the new Boathouse in PM.

Upon entry to the restaurant, I was impressed by the decor and overall atmosphere of the dining room. Clean lines, beautiful view, well laid out.

As the dining room was full we chose to eat in the lounge. Service was very young, and fairly inexperienced.

White Sangria was very tasty and a great deal at 18$ a jug.

Firecracker prawn appy, although fairly tasty, was overcooked and greasy.

Mains included a Lobster and shrimp topped halibut with pesto gnocchi, and "the ultimate seafood platter. Both were over priced and and poorly cooked. The Seafood platter at 35$ was the biggest disappointment. For 35$ a plate I can eat virtually anywhere, including most of downtown's high end spots.

Although the bartender/servers were extremely week, the "deck crew" waitress was great and knew the menu well. We were also greeted by the floor manger and GM who were both very much on their game.

I promised the manager I would try them again, but will wait until warmer weather and hit the patio.

MM

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Boathouse Restaurant, The2770 Esplanade Ave, Port Moody
A Dissapointing Meal...
By seabass of Coquitlam (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 7:22pm [Dine in]

Going through Dine Here last night to find a place to eat, my boyfriend and I chose The Boathouse. Thinking that it would be a beautiful, delicious new restaurant to try, we headed out to Port Moody.

Unfortunately, walking in the door to Ditzy blonde hosts was our first indication that things were about to go horribly wrong. The wait for the dining room was 40 minutes...So we decided on the lounge. Although the building is structurally beautiful, the lounge tables are not comfortable and do not provide a suitable atmosphere for two people to sit across from one another. The lounge was also graced with the two young bartenders, who unfortunately lacked most service skills...No one explained the menu to us, service was slow and he used words like "guys" and "cool" throughout our entire dining experience. Finally a wonderful waitress took time out of her own tables to explain the menu and some good choices for dinner.

Now, the food....Greasy, overcooked, and just plain not so good for a seafood restaurant that is in a higher price category. The only "food" that was good at The Boathouse was our white wine sangria's. The amount of food was great, but other than that, it lacked taste and was not properly cooked. Rather sad when you are paying over $30.00 for a plate that is supposed to be GREAT seafood.

The Boathouse would not be a great choice if you're looking for amazing seafood and service. Not only was the food bad, the servers are young, rather rude, and do not know the menu.

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Rosa's Cucina Italiana2331 Clarke Street, Port Moody
Dinner at Mama's house
By Love2GoOut of New Westminster (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 10:08am [Dine in]

We tried Rosa's in Port Moody last night on the recommendation of a friend. It is located on Clarke Street in Port Moody. If you are not a local, take note: apparently (to my chagrin) tinly little Port Moody has Clarke Drive, Clarke Road and Clarke Street. Once I found it though, it was all uphill. Delicious food. It was Italian home cooking at its finest. We arrived at 7:00 and waited in line outside for about 20 minutes. There is no awning, so I am glad it wasn't raining. There was a lineup all evening long but never appeared to be a horribly long wait, and it was a Saturday ninght.

Rosa herself works out front. Service was slow, as apparently the servers can only do one thing at a time.... They take a drink order at one table, go get the drinks, deliver them and then take the order of the next table. However, if you are not rushed, who cares?

I started with a glass of the house red wine. Very nice. I did not, uncharacteristically, ask what it was before I ordered and I did not look at the wine menu, but every table other than ours had a bottle of wine on it and every bottle appeared to have the same label. It must be the house red, but usually those come in carafes. Who knows??? It is popular whatever it is.

For dinner we started by sharing a large Caesar salad ($10.75). It was OK, but I prefer the non-creamy Caesar dressing. The table next to ours had an outstanding looking tomato and bocconcini salad with capers, red onions and balsamic vinegar that I will ask for next time. For the main course I had chicken piccata ($18.95) (Itr was hot, fresh and absolutely wonderful. I had pasta with tomato sauce on the side. Also lovely and perfectly al dente. Hubby had linguini carbonara ($14.25?). Mmmmm. Again, observing the neighbors he says he will try the Alfredo next time as it looked and smelled divine as well.

Rosa is a bit of a curmudgeon. She told me I couldn't have dessert because I did not finish my dinner. She had a stern face about it but softened instantly when I told her it was soooo delicious but that the reputation of her Tiramisu preceded itself and that I absolutely had to have it or the rest of my meal would be devoured (which was likely true, as I was ravenous).

The portions are large. I had two chicken breasts (I guess one whole breast includes the two halves but I always expect only one half and consider it a whole breast). I would normally characterize the amount of last night's dinner to be two meals, but that is great.

I splurged on sugar and had the Tiramisu, which was second to none compared to ones I have had in a restaurant.

I recommend it as a place to go to relax with a few people over a lovely, unpretentious but very delicious dinner with a bottle of red wine. Just don't go if you are in a hurry or want to be pampered by attentive wait staff. That ain't happenin! Enjoy.

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Gourmet Chinese Restaurant221 Ioco Road, #350, Port Moody
Good food!!!
By takk05 of Port Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 7:34pm [Dine in]

My husband and I grew up in two different cities and two different chinese food places. I love this place...him not so much. I dont like his place either.
The food is great some of the dishes not so much; you just need to know what to order...try the sizzling chicken chow mien instead of regular chow mien.
The inside is not so pretty but I love the prices andI rather keep the bill low than be in a beautiful place.
The employees are always nice and helpful.
We live out of the delivery area and I will still drive to pick it up when Im in the mood for chinese.
-Enjoy

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Boathouse Restaurant, The2770 Esplanade Ave, Port Moody
stuffed shrimp:worthy of a week on the couch
By Gord of coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 21, 2008 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

Curiously opening the mysterious to go container in the fridge proved too irresistible; massive shrimp stuffed with the finest our ocean has to offer. My will power was no more, eat now ask questions later. The glare from my wife after finding only remnants of rice in the fridge was entirely worth the incredible morsels that titillated my tongue the night before. At the next available opportunity I found myself enjoying an entire plate of boathouse stuffed shrimp and I salivate just thinking about it. Service was solid but server speech was scripted; not her fault she must rattle off drink, appy and dinner specials not knowing my decision was set in stone:more stuffed shrimp. Perhaps romancing too much adds an impersonal touch. Perharps I'm just angry my last visit the romance influenced a change to the 1 lb shrimp/prawn dinner. The three massive prawns rivaled the stuffed shrimp but the key lime shrimp were cold and tasteless. It may be personal inexperience knowing the details of key lime shrimp but I can't imagine anyone enjoying them...especially when stuffed shrimp is available.

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Kurumba Restaurant3003 St. Johns Street, #107, Port Moody
Port Moody's Best Kept Secret
By foodnazi of Coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 19, 2008 - 5:18pm [Dine in]

I love good food, especially spicy asian influenced dishes. My first visit to this new restaurant in Port Moody was a pleasant surprise. The restaurant itself is small, but the menu is huge with selections from various asian origins.

I have eaten here twice in the past month and the food has been excellent. The portions are very generous and the prices are very affordable. I especially loved the Chicken Curry... to die for in my mind..but beware..you have been warned, it is very spicy but delicious. I can't wait to introduce my friends to Kurumba Restaurant.

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Charlie's2517 St. Johns St, Port Moody
Muy Bien!!!
By csoglo of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 1:18pm [Dine in]

My husband and I have been going to Charlie's since it was a little hole in the wall across the street from where they now reside. I was raised in Southern California and LOVE Mexican food and I spend a great deal of time in Mexico each year. My opinion, Charlie's has the best Mexican food I have ever tasted! A great restaurant, no one ever rushes you, you can stay all evening, good place to go with friends because you can sit and visit. Charlie's is not a restaurant to go to if you're in a rush!

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Charlie's2517 St. Johns St, Port Moody
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By rach32 of Coquitlam (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 11, 2008 - 12:01am [Dine in]

We were told by a friend's daughter that this place served great Mexican food. We noticed the many 5 star food ratings here. Some of the reviewers on this site said that they have experienced "real" Mexican food in the US and Mexico and that Charlies is up there with them.
We have also enjoyed Mexican food in the US and Mexico and on our last road trip to Southern California we even asked Latino gas attendants, etc for recommendations for local Mexican restaurants. So we have experienced Mexican fare way beyond the "Taco Bell" variety.
We had a disappointing experience there on a recent weekday evening. First, the chips and salsa are not complimentary (unlike all the Mexican restaurants we have visited in the US and Mexico), you have to pay for them. The chips we received had an old oil taste to them, and the supplied salsa, described as "homemade" was unusually bland, mostly tomatoes and onions with very little zip, mixed with a little oil (house recipe?). I order the Steak Tampiquena. The waiter who delivered my plate held it with towels so I imagined that the plate must have been hot. What a surprise - it wasn't hot at all and everything on my plate was lukewarm. The shredded cheese on the refried beans was not melted. The "guacamole" was largely tomatoes and onions swathed in a greenish "dressing" - was this the avocado? Strangely, the steak with pan fried onions tasted like it had been marinated in soy sauce or Maggi seasoning - and it was cold. I opened the supplied red plastic container of what I thought were soft tortillas and was surprised to see 2 small soft tacos instead, dwarfed by the container. My wife laughed - she also expected the usual larger sized soft tortillas. My wife said that her Chimichanga was bland, so we asked the passing waiter for some "chili sauce" (some Mexican restaurants provide a whole collection of bottled hot sauces for you to choose at your table, but here there was not a single bottle at the table). He clarified that we wanted "hot sauce? " - YES!. He walked away, stepped into the kitchen, came back out and began clearing some tables nearby. After a few minutes, we asked who we assume was Charlie for the hot sauce and received a small dish of something that appeared to have just been mixed in the kitchen. My wife said that the concoction in the dish was "gross." We didn't finish our food and didn't take home the leftovers.

Heres a tip: you can gauge the authenticity of a Mexican restaurant by the presence of beef tripe soup (Menudo) on the menu - and it's not offered here. Maybe we have been spoiled by our travels, but what we had here did not meet 5 star standards.

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Gourmet Chinese Restaurant221 Ioco Road, #350, Port Moody
Not Impressed
By keeper14 of Port Moody (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 7, 2008 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

My husband and I ordered take out. We were given a 45 minute time frame for delivery but the food took a little over an hour to get to our house which is less than 10 minutes away. The food was cold by the time we got it and unfortunately not worth the wait. Two out of the five dishes were dry and over cooked the rest lacked flavour. We were definitely not impressed.

Please disregard the ratings for ambiance and service. The review requested all items to be rated but we have not eaten in the restaurant and can not fairly rate the performance.

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Lougheed Wonton Restaurant2408 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
Very good value for the money
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 7, 2008 - 12:31pm [Dine in]

I just ordered off the dim sum menu. They have a very good selection of items for $2.50 plus some specialty dim sum items that are a bit more expensive that you order off a menu.

The portions are a very good size. It is all very well cooked and tasty. It's very good value for the money.

Service is decent. The staff works very hard and although it was very busy I was there less than an hour.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant if you want good dim sum for a reasonable price in the tri-cities area

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Boathouse Restaurant, The2770 Esplanade Ave, Port Moody
Superb seafood restaurant in PoMo
By priggly of Coquitlam (73 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 2:16pm [Dine in]

I have dined at this establishment on two occasions and have been impressed. Multiple appetizers were all good, particularly their steamed clams. And their New York steak and prime rib were considerably above average. Portion size is good. The service was most attentive and efficient. The building is brand new and the architectural style is appropriate for the food theme. The location is stunning, right on the Port Moody waterfront. Prices are reasonable for the quality of the food. All in all, this is an excellent restaurant worthy or your patronage.

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Rosa's Cucina Italiana2331 Clarke Street, Port Moody
Simple and Good
By LordofFoods of Vancouver (55 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 28, 2008 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

Rosa's is a nice hole in the wall. small establishment, and always busy. You'll need to get lucky to get a table here. Food is more home cooked than fine dining. It is what it is. Simple food prepared with some love. Most of the food items are good to great. Service is hit or miss depending on the day and mood of your server. Dont expect finer or even casual dining atmosphere or service. But if your nice or perhaps lucky you will get the occasional smile from your server or mama rosas.
Portion size is good and you will often see customer leave with leftover. There are no surprises when it comes to the food. They search for good ingredient. The cooking is simple and effective. Pricing is reasonable. Good luck trying to get a table.

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Rosa's Cucina Italiana2331 Clarke Street, Port Moody
food was good,BUT
By liaaid of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

I was told about it from a buddy I go to Nick's with on commercial, I heard Rosa use to work there.Food is comparable,BUT the service,not even close,watch seinfeld and the episode about the soup nazi and there you will know exactly what I mean.She [rosa] is downright mean,she wants to argue with you about what you ordered!.I ordered one thing and got another and she sits there and tells me what I ordered loud enough for other tables to hear,I was so embarassed I just took it and ate it.My parents are from italy ,and I read that is how they treat each other,B.S,if I treated family like that I would have a boot in my arse,that is a pile obviously submitted by a friend or one of the other miserable trolls that work there.Nick you have nothing to worry,about ,better food and better staff!

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Charlie's2517 St. Johns St, Port Moody
Try it
By feliz of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

My wife and I have been regulars at Charlie's since they opened across the street over a decade ago. My wife and I have spent considerable time in Mexico, my wife is from Southern california, and we've tried every Mexican place in the Lower Mainland so needlesss to say we like mexican food. The food is the best in this area, the food is authentic, most of rhe recipes are family recipes, and the inside of the place looks like a lot of eateries you'd find in Mexico. Service has always been iffy, especially now with the problems getting help, the help wanted sign has been out for a couple years now. Isabel, Charlie's wife works in the kitchen so the food is always consistent. If you're in a hurry though don't go. We go a lot with friends and have NEVER been rushed or seen anyone be rushed. See you there.

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Charlie's2517 St. Johns St, Port Moody
Mexican take out
By gluttony of Burnaby, BC (18 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 12:43am [Dine in]

I have been looking for a good Mexican restaurant to try in Vancouver. I came across that restaurant while checking this web site and figured I should give it a try one day. That one day came when I was really craving for Mexican and all my friends are busy. So I went and got the take out order. I ordered a Mexican plate (one enchilada, roja, one verde, one beef tostada & one tamal). I had to wait for the food for a while even after I came back 20 minutes later as they suggested. The owner was very friendly, he apologized for the wait and even drew cartoon characters of him and his wife saying "Thanks" on my take out box. The food I found was really good. The salsa was excellent. It is worth the wait. I will definitely try to go back again to try different dishes.

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