We tired this place on a whim one night when we had planned on going to India Bistro downtown Vancouver but didn't want to make the drive. What a great evening!
As we walked inside, we were greeted by an older Indian man in a suit and a fedora. He was thrilled to see us and we were sat right away even though the place was pretty busy. The servers don't seem to have specific tables and they all look after every table they walk past. Their service was very friendly and it was nice to go to such a welcoming place.
Soon after being seated, another older man began playing a guitar in the corner and singing old jazz songs. He was really good! And the servers had fun stopping to sing with him too - very cute.
The food is incredible. We had a chicken appetizer to start that was delicious and then we had butter chicken and chicken korma with rice, naan and roti. The portions were very good sized and so we stopped before getting too full so that we could have desert too. They have traditional Indian items and also a really great cheesecake that was surprisingly low priced. We left with enough food for another meal and definitely planned on coming back.
We went back the next weekend and they actually remembered us! We were greeted by Sir Fedora again, had excellent service again, enjoyed great music again and had another delicious meal.
We used to swear that India Bistro was the absolute best but this place is just as good, closer to home for us, has free parking and has exceptional service. If you are looking for Indian and like jazz then this is the place for you. The only thing that I would change about this place is the lighting as candles or dimmer lights would make this place absolutely perfect but that's just me being picky. I love this place!
have been eating at this restaurant for many years, and the food has been outstanding in the past, but the only warning was not to use the washroom as you have to go to the dingy basement and the washroom is disgusting and to go back upstairs the handrail probably has never been cleaned ...the beef and vegetable had raw beef that seemed to be added to the veggies as an afterthought and the breaded almond chicken had the chicken cooked , but the dough on the outside was not . the whole meal was a huge disappointment
the food is always very good and flavorful, but the portions seem to be getting smaller and the prices higher . the menu is truly different and very downtown style food , the waters are very attentive.it does seem a bit too dark inside and the decor is overwhelmingly odd but it is a very good place to dine for a special occasion
the restaurant has been totally renovated inside and looks outstanding . but at 6;00 we could not understand why there were only two other couples in the restaurant. they were using the buy one dinner get one dinner free coupons . a good way to draw in new customers . the steak way dry , tasteless and tough. the barbequed chicken was overcooked and dry . the barbeque sauce had a strange taste . the spaghetti was mushy , cold and the sauce tasted like tin . overall it was completely horrible .
The only reason to eat at Sango is if someone has given you a gift card and you like them enough not to waste their not-fully-thought-out gift. I had lunch there with my hubby and while he ordered some sort of mostly-undentifiable combination plate, I ordered miso soup, a Victoria Roll and the Maso Cali, but only after enquiring about the "Chef's Special" I noticed on the board when walking in. I was informed that they don't do that there--really? Take the sign down then! While the miso soup was quite good and hot, much like I make myself at home, the rest of my lunch was memoriable only for what was missing from it--flavour! The Victoria roll was a combination of yam tempura (undercooked) and avocado (not ripe) rolled in rice with some sort of drizzle on top. I was expecting the drizzle to be salty/spicy/tangy to offset the creaminess of the yam and avocado--instead it was just, dare I say it--just brown and without any real flavour. Given the place had few lunch patrons, I'm not sure why the roll was cut so unevenly--what was the rush? The Maso Cali was outstanding in it's boringness--I've had better at the mall. This restaurant suffers from more than poor taste, though. The service is slow, uninformed (it's not my fault it's your first day, is it?) and poorly trained. Plating is a huge issue here--the plates are enormous. Our table for 4 was quickly overwhelmed with serving dishes and there were just 2 of us! I enjoy good food presentation, it's part of what makes eating out a treat, but in this case, there was much more plate than food and using chipped plates is just a no no. On my hubby's uber large plate there was this piece of cut up plastic--too busy to slice up a cucumber or something edible? It's the little things too that are missing, like straining the tea so I don't have to pick pieces out of my teeth and don't ask me if I want the change back, just give it to me and I'll leave it myself if I'm so moved. Why eat here? Yes, why eat here-- regift the Sango card and drive up the hill to Fuji for some really outstanding, traditional Japanese.
It started out great with a very tasty wild mushroom soup. This is where it ended. I ordered the short ribs which are supposed to be their "winter special". To say the least, they were awful - overcooked and tasteless. I sent them back and ordered the trout special. The trout arrived half raw and tasted like an old sock, and smelly. My partner ordered the "seafood hot pot." It looked more a soup on top of vermicelli. The seafood was way overcooked and this dish was also tasteless.
We did not order dessert, as we were anxious to get out of there. On a positive note, the service was excellent. Our server, Jay, was very attentive and professional, so we left him a good tip. He did give us a complimentary glass of wine to try to make up for the lousy food I guess. Thank heavens we had a coupon and did not pay the full price! This place needs a new chef for sure, and we will never go back.
Just goes to show you most reviews are only people who complain. We had a great time at ONYX. Our server Jen was perfect in every way. She knew when to be at the table and when not to. We found the prices to be the same as the Keg as we go there often (not anymore) but the big difference was the quality. They dry age their beef for a minimum of 40 days and the night we were there the filet mignon was at 48 days of age so we all ordered it and the filet was outstanding. There menu is diverse you can order from their conventional section which comes a starch and vegetable or you can order a la carte which was the route we tried because the sides sounded so amazing and they were. We tried yam gratin, mac & cheese, and house made gnoochi which were all incredible. The room is upbeat and fun and the bar/lounge seemed like a great place to watch a Canucks game. We were in Port Moody visiting friends but the White Rock location is closer to home so we are going to try that one next. Stay tuned.
Waited outside in the cold for over an hour. tables became available,staff was not in a hurry to let us in.Extremely slow service.Food was less then mediocre,bread was" run of the mill' not fresh or warm, definitely not home made.The decor was very basic, ambiance was more like a fast food restaurant then an evening out style restaurant. Servers were friendly but host was gruff and unfriendly. Would I recommend this restaurant, absolutely not, Prices were to high to even recommend as a lunch destination,.
It was a date night for my lovely wife and i, dinner and a movie. We decided to check out the Port Moody Boathouse. We have been to the other Boathouses , English Bay, White Rock, New West and i can say that this particular location is the best of them all. Great location although parking can be a problem because they share the parking lot with the park and the rowing club next door. The ambiance is excellent, great view of the water and the service is very friendly.
We made a reservation through their website, which worked out nicely. We arrived about 20 minutes early so we sat at the bar and ordered some drinks and an appetizer. The drinks were good, Calamari was good, the dipping sauces were very good. You can tell it was made in house and not taken out of a bottle.
We were seated at the table and greeted by a very helpful server. However we were disappointed that they didn't have alot of the items listed on the menu like Ahi tuna, or the fish sampler.
I ordered the sirloin lobster combo and my lovely wife ordered the miso crusted halibut. The lobster was spectacular, my steak wasn't done the way i had ordered but they corrected that immediately. The green beans were very tastey, well seasoned. We found the halibut to be under seasoned and over cooked. It was kind of dry. The miso paste was pretty much non-existant. It was more like just a breaded halibut. The portion of fish was very good. Over all the fish was good, but it wasn't great. I always look for wow factor. The beans had some wow factor.
Usually when i go to the Boathouse i always leave hungry. I end up having to stop for fast food after dinner to satisfy the appetite. But on this occasion i was actually full. We weren't able to finish everything so we doggy bagged it.
Overall it was a good experience, i would definitly go back. Not very often because it is quite pricey. But i think i will have to check out Lobster Fest next week.
I was quite excited to learn that there is a Singaporean/Malaysian nearby where I live. I couldn't wait to order from the take out menu.
So, the first chance I got, I ordered Malaysian beef rendang, sambal green bean and hot & sour soup for take out. I was disappointed in the size of the main order (beef rendang), for a large size, it only fills 1/2 of an aluminum container. The large hot & sour soup got a larger container than the beef rendang.
The beef was hard and chewy; not what I expected for a beef rendang. The green bean were overcooked and
I've had Sumatran Beef Rendang that are far better than what they prepared.
My friends and I ate at Onyx during their Brunch/Lunch menu. We were celebrating one our friends birthdays and brought in a cake, which the staff was very accommodating to us. Upon our arrival we were greeted by John who was polite, had a smile on his face when seating us.
Our waiter was Sean, very outgoing, friendly and helpful when asking questions about food choices on the menu and made some positive recommendations. One of the recommendations he made was the Prawn Club, which I had. The Prawn club was very good and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was tough to decide on what to have, as I kept flip flopping on what to choose, so that is why I decided to go with one of our waiter's suggestions. By all means it was the right choice to make.
About half way through our lunch, Amanda the Executive Chef came out and spoke with us asking how our meals were. She as well as friendly and outgoing.
As far as prices go for the food value, Onyx is not on the lower scale, but not on the higher scale either and I would say they are in the middle of the pack. I felt that our Bill was reasonable for the four of us. I left their splitting the bill with my friends and including our tip my portion was under $30.00.
I am definitely looking forward to going back again with my husband for the dinner menu. Along with the atmosphere and pleasant staff I am seriously considering getting my parents a gift card for Christmas.
Bon Appetit!!! and if your thinking of going to Onyx, I would give it a two thumbs up.
I took my wife here for our 1 year anniversary dinner and I have to say that I was actually taken aback by the quality of service and food at this place.
I found Onyx from a google search for steakhouses in Metro Vancouver and after reading some online reviews and talking with my wife we decided to give it a try. Normally we would have headed to the Keg but we are glad we didn't.
Our server Teresa who was very attentive and knowledgable explained the a la carte menu so my wife had the petite filet with port demi glaze and I had the 16 ounce bone in ribeye with scotch demi glaze. We shared a side of gorgonzola mac and cheese and broccolini, both more than enough for 2 people and then finished with a slice of cheese cake and apple crisp (both made in the restaurant).
The total before tip was around 150$ but well worth the expense. This was our first time ordering from an a la carte menu and we will definitely do it again at Onyx. If you have the opportunity give it a shot because you won't be dissapointed.
We dined at Onyx the first month it opened and loved it so much we went back for my sister's birthday a few weeks later. I'm not sure if they had changed chef's however we went back a few months later and the food was terrible! I ordered the chicken and it was so gummy and over cooked I couldn't eat it. My sister ordered the steak and it was tough and chewy. For the prices they charge you'd expect better quality. The waitress noticed that my plate was un-touched and didn't offer to bring me something else or take it off the bill. I think this place started off on the right foot but has gone down hill. It's an ok place to have drinks after work with friends but as a restaurant I prefer the steak and chicken dinners at The Keg.
After reading some of the negative reviews below - and being that I've dined at Sango numerous times now - I have to say that Sango is the best sushi restaurant in the Tricities! The food is amazing - flavour, freshness and presentation is up there in my books. The service is excellent and the ambience - although fairly casual - is clean and comfortable. Fair to say that their prices are higher than some of the other sushi restaurants in the area however, you can't compare to the quality you get at Sango. You get what you pay for and these guys know what their doing. We've introduced friends and family to this place and they are hooked too! Love these guys and hope they are around for a long time! Take out service is fast too which is great!
I have to say that I really do like the dishes I have tried at Rosa's, the ribs are great as are the meatballs but whenever I recommend this restaurant to friends I ALWAYS tell them don't expect great service because Rosa could care less if you walk out of there liking her or not.
If you don't like waiting to dine out on a Friday or Saturday then DO NOT go to this place as there is always a line and usually about an hours wait. I am not a family member of Rosa's or even a friend but I do really like this place as Port Moody lacks original restaurants.
I would assume because Rosa is very old school Italian that she would never even think to look at websites like this as she has been in business for 25 odd years and "could care less what computers say about the place"...her words not mine when I mentioned the place was being reviewed on-line.
Where did Brown's suddenly pop up from? Out of nowhere, we have this chain of restaurants in Metro Vancouver (No, I'm not calling it a Social House).
I was given a gift card, so I took my family there to try it out, thinking we'd be getting another Milestones-type place.
The worst part of the experience was the food. My wife got sick from the burger she ate, and said it tasted like it was a cheap frozen patty not particularly cooked well. My hashbrown-type dish had some of the lowest-quality, fattiest meat I've had: Fine for a greasy spoon, but not for these prices. My other family members were not excited about their food, either.
The restaurant was fairly quiet for lunch, yet the service wasn't great. The girls are dressed up in typical all-black outfits like you see at Earl's, and seem to be hired for looks over everything else.
For these prices, I'd expect more than low-quality meat and burgers. It's like they took Denny's food and charged twice as much.
Ambiance: Fairly typical.
Overall: With so many other similar options, I can't see myself going to Brown's again. Milestones has never let me down, and the quality of the food at Brown's was so poor that it isn't worth trying again. How this chain got so popular is a mystery to me.
Decided to give Onyx another try after not enjoying our first experience a few months back. Being a Wednesday night it was not busy, just another small table and ourselves. The waitress was pleasant but not very food or wine sophisticated. Ordered an inexpensive bottle of Napa zinfandel which she brought but could not open. I assisted her and allowed her to continue with the tasting and pouring...she took this all in fun as we did. Had the saganaki appie which was very good. For mains we had the prime rib (excellent) and the broiled salmon also excellent. Everything here is a la carte so ordered some brocolini (good) and some gnocchi which was not so tasty. Finished with a glass or port for dessert. Taxes in was $156.00 before tip. Overall, the food quality here is good, wine selection is good (you can spend $$$$), service and atmosphere is average. Seems to be getting better.
I order from this place a lot. The food is always great, but it's a miricle that I continue to order there considering the people who work there.
Every time I call I am treated like an idiot and am spoken to rudely. I get cut off, crappy service, nasty attitude, and even hung up on right after they have all my information-- I mean really? Will it kill you to say bye even? Maybe I sound like I'm over-reacting, I don't know-- I just kind of expected after being a repeat customer for so long that maybe I would get treated a little better.
Even the delievery guy was bad. I mean I tip you well, I try to talk to you and be polite, and you give me the cold shoulder? I don't think so.
Tonight will probably be the last time I order from Golphis. The good pizza isn't worth the rude people who work there.
Avoided going here in the past but it was my friends pick. The booth was quite small for 4 people and we felt like we were on display. Had a fantastic server (Jennifer) and she made the night. Very fun person with a positive energy and lots of recommendations. We started with the Saganaki and Escargot appetizers both of which were very good. For main courses we had the 16oz Rib Eye which was very tender. It should be for $37--meat only! Two others at the table had a steak and crab leg special which was also very good. Overall, the food was very good but a little pricey. Nothing that would stop us from returning. It was like going to a restaurant downtown without the trip!
I've been here a few times now and I always get the same dishes - green beef curry and small chicken & corn soup. It's so good that I haven't ever wanted to try anything else.
Service is not great. On one visit, I ordered the same green curry. She came out with red curry, which is completely different (different beef used, different vegetables and different taste). I told the server that I ordered the green curry. She stared blankly at me. I repeated this at least 5 times. After awhile, she started saying "Please?" I was confused. I told her the beef in green curry is different (slices rather than braised). She said it wasn't even though it clearly was. I told her "I'm sorry but I don't like red curry". Honestly, if I did, I would have just ate it. She continued to say "Please?". She finally brought the dish back. I was in shock! I wasn't going to force myself to eat something I didn't order!
I come back for the food alone!
|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|
|18.||Sango Japanese Fusion Restaurant|
|19.||Nagano Japanese Restaurant|