If you live in the Port Moody or Coquitlam area, and this place is open, you should definitely make a quick stop. Rehanah's hours can be frustrating, and the prices are higher than your typical donair place, but the style and quality of her food is well worth it.
Only having eaten at a few Jamaican places prior (and not finding the experience that memorable), I didn't really know what to expect in the roti. It was a combination of indian style cuisine--spiced potatoes and vegetables, almost like samosa filling--and, in my case, tenderly stewed goat meat. The spices are not like a typical samosa, however: they are certainly Caribbean and delicious.
I returned to Rehanah's the next day with my girlfriend. She's a vegetarian, and equally enjoyed one of the many veggie options.
Fantastic place, but more of a take-out thing. Best to pass by earlier in afternoon, too, as she can be closed before the advertised 5:00pm.
If you know the owner and she likes you it would seem you can do no wrong and she will do all she can to make your night.
But as for new faces like ours it was different.
The water glasses were never filled unless you asked.
The food was ok but for the price and the time it took to wait out side.
The bread was old and the pasta was just getting cold when we got it.
When we go out to a restaurant and pay the same price for our dinner on a Friday night I would like the save service and quality. Not the cold shoulder and food. Thank you
I had met the restaurant proprietor Mac on several occasions and had enjoyed both breakfast and lunch events with friends as well as with 25 cyclists from VBMG when we attended for a ride and meal stop. Mac and his staff are a friendly warm team of people who make you feel welcome from the start and the food is excellent.
I decided to choose Joe's as a place to do a Ride to Conquer Cancer fundraising event for my team and organized with Mac a DJ band, Maritime singer, along with a wonderful buffet dinner for 40 guests. The fundraiser from start to finish was a blast! We raised alot of money and sold out the event. The music by both his Maritime pal Jim as well as the DJ duo of EachOther provided all 40 of us with good music and along with the buffet dinner - roast beef, salmon, chicken, potatoes, salads, gravy, rolls and amazing vegetarian meals for the special folks, it was a truly fun and amazing night.
The atmosphere of Joe's is small but comfortable and welcoming and I highly recommend anyone going there to eat or to fundraise.
I will be returning many times to see Mac and his lovely team and enjoy more Maritime music and kissing the cod with a Screech in!
We have visited the Port Moody location of Onyx twice and were uderwhelmed both times.
On our first visit we were quite excited to have another option in Port Moody. I had the Prime Rib and my wife had the Arctic Char which was the market fish. All entrees are a la carte so we ordered mushrooms and organic broccolini as our sides.
The Prime Rib arrived and the portion was not large but fair enough. It was cold!? My wife said her Arctic Char was prepared well but not enough to wow anyone that eats out a lot in the lower mainland. The sides we ordered were pretty good. They charge $2.00 for extra au jus(or any suaces) which I ordered in the hopeing to warm up the cold Prime Rib they served me. The service was ok except the waiter made us wait 20 minutes for the bill...
The second time we went with friends hoping it would be better than the first time. How does a steak house consistently mess up beef dishes? I had the Ahi Tuna and the wife had a Steak and both were just ok. Our friends had the Chicken and the Ahi Tuna and the reviews were similar. The Mac and Cheese side was pretty good as was the Broccolini and the Yam Gratin. Our waitress attentive and professional this time.
One thing Onyx does have is a great wine list and a great space.
Onyx is overpriced for the quality of the food and you would be better off driving 5 minutes to the Keg in Coquitlam for better food and overall experience.
This is my first time trying Charlie's and didn't have much expectations. As we went in, the service was very casual. Our table had not been cleaned and we had to pointed it out to the waitress.
We ordered 2 entrees with chicken as the main item. The dishes were good and portions were more than generous.
Overall the restaurant was fairly clean and the atmosphere was good. We had a fairly good experience. As long as you don't mind the lack of service, then it's worth trying.
I understand that Rosa is an institution in Port Moody and people have been going here for years. But I ask why? And Rosa treats her regulars like gold but come on...I am paying the same price but not getting the same service.
If there is a line up it take for ever to get in as it took us over an hour on a Friday night. Sure you can go shopping down the street and it's worth the trip to do just that but you are not able to leave your cell phone number to get a call to head up there. So you have to stand in line.
The service was good when you sit down next to the ladies from the bowling club there for their weekly gathering. Hi Martha. But after a while they seem to forget that you are there. Odd thing to do to new faces.
I don't know how this place advertises be it word of mouth of paper adds but if it's word of mouth they need to keep the new customers happy.
We had a couple of glasses of water that was needed to wash down the dry pasta with sea food. We asked to split a couple of meals but were not allowed to. You will eat what you order and that is that!!
So we passed back and forth our linguine and Steak. It would have been nice to have all this done in the kitchen but that's life.
Back to the water neither of us drink so water was it. And that was in short supply after the first glass,
The bread was at least a day old but I would make good toast. We should have ordered it toasted I guess.
This is the only pasta place that we now of in this area until we found this site so we now have other options when we travel through Moody.
Since this great addition to Port Moody opened, I have been going back several times a week. I live in Newport Village, but walk or drive to Cafe Divano instead. The staff are well trained on how to make quality specialty coffees and all their bread and baked goods are baked on site. Their sandwiches are on a completely higher level than anything I have seen anywhere in the Tri-Cities. I frequently take clients there for lunch and they are always surprised and impressed by this gem.
I've been going to Little Thai for roughly 4 years. At least a couple of times a year.
They always had excellent food, made fresh and good portions, but during my most recent visit was on March 2011 and was pleasantly surprised by their changes. They had re-decorated the restaurant, new paint, new curtains, new table cloths everything. They still have their fabulous menu and thankfully no change to their prices!!
For people who are going to Little Thai for the first time I would highly suggest trying their combo B for 4 people. It combines their most popular dishes and includes an appetizer and desert only for $60. For those who are more adventurous, I would recommend their deep-fried tofu, stir-fried eggplant and their Pad Med Mamong ( cashew nut with chicken ). If you can't seem to decide, ask the waitress for help!
Most importantly, Little Thai has me coming back because they allow healthy substitutions to their dishes. You can choose brown rice instead of white, choose tofu instead of meat/poultry and you can always ask for more vegetables for your curry.
Went for a group lunch on a Sunday. Somewhat sparse considering they have a brunch offering.
Food - their food wasn't amazing but just okay for such a nice restaurant. Ahi tuna appy was super yummy but everything else wasn't memorable at all. Miso-crusted halibut had potato wedges so overcooked they were actually pointy in my mouth. Fish itself was also overcooked.
Service - great from our servers, but had long wait times for our food.
Value - seems pretty expensive.
Ambiance - pretty nice place, location, decor.
I visited Charlies for the first time. I ordered Cesar Salad but instead I got iceberg lettuce with minimum dressing. Everyone knows Ceasar salad is made with Romaine, croutons and enough dressing. First dissapointment. The rest of the meal was bland and very tasteless. You had to ad salsa to the food to make it taste at all! The server, a man who I assumed to be Charlie was rather sarcastic. I won't be going back.
As someone who is originally from a certain, un-named, rather large city that rhymes with "Shmoronto", I have missed quality Caribbean food since moving to Vancouver 13 yeas ago. Until discovering Rehanah's, that is......
The Food: I only ever get roti. I've tried the chicken and the goat, both with varying degrees of hotness. If you are a hot food junkie like me, order your roti either "hot" or "extra hot".....you won't be disappointed! The meat is all free range. Do not be "scared" by the goat. Trust me, you have never tasted anything so tender and delicious, not gamey at all. And it is healthy, not like the GMO crap beef that you get in Safeway. Yes, you pay extra for the high quality free range meats but it is well worth it. Take your food home with you and eat your roti with some Mango Chutney or Tamarind Chutney that you already have in a jar in your fridge. The flavours are so delicious and so excellent and the texure of the roti so perfect that I am salivating as I write this. The reason this place is in business is that the roti kicks ass, pure and simple. There is a legion of hot food roti junkies like me who need to go to Rehanah's every now and then for a "fix".
Service: Rehanah has never been anything but friendly. She calls me "darling". She always smiles and has always been a pleasure to interact with. I always make sure that I go to her restaurant at around 11:30am (shortly after opening) or noon or thereabouts. Accordingly, I have never had a problem with food having run out. And I must say it again: Rehanah truly is a lovely woman and I always leave her store with a smile on my face.
Value: Some other reviewers have grumbled about the prices. Yes, a roti is more expensive than a Big Mac but it is about a million times healthier and a billion times more satisfying. Listen: one roti weighs about 2lbs. and is the size of a chihuahua's head. I'm a 200lb. male with a very healthy appetite, yet one roti does me very nicely, thank you very much. And consider this: when is the last time you saw goat meat in the supermarket? Exactly. This stuff ain't easy to source and it ain't cheap. Like most things in life, you get what you pay for. Absolutely the value is there.
Ambience: No rating for this since I always get takeout. However, there is no washroom (at least one that is open to the public) and the interior of the restaurant is minimalist and not particularly comfortable. Therefore, I would only give ambience 2 or 3 stars. Yes, 2 or 3 stars because the interior is spotlessly clean and that must count for something. Anyhow, it is really a moot point since I get takeout 100% of the time. Don't worry -- rotis travel well and they will still be hot when you get home to crack open a Red Stripe lager and the aforementioned Tamarind or Mango Chutney from your fridge.
If Rehanah was able to open her door more often, then this would be a great place to eat but the hours of operation vary, and she can be sold out of food at a moments notice.
If she's busy with a catering order... her door will be closed. I find this to be a bit of nuisance and I've wondered how she's kept her business afloat for all these years?
Perhaps a small takeout window is all Rehanah requires because the ambiance is terrible, so if you're ever sitting in her establishment, make sure you eat your food and look out the front window.
Had a massive sushi craving today and decided to stop at Sushi California on Lougheed & Austin since it was on my way. It was 11:26 am and as I walked in I noticed a sign that said "open at 11:30 am". So I asked if I could still order something seeing it was 4 minutes early and they said no. Fine then, if they don't want my business (c'mon, 4 minutes????). It wasn't really my first choice to be here but it was en route. So, I left and decided to continue along my commute and ended up trying Namoo Sushi for the first time. I opened the door and was cheerfully greeted by all of the staff. I ordered a spicy salmon roll and california roll. Service was quick, friendly, and the sushi was definitely fresh and tasty. I will definitely come back to this place over others in the area. I am excited to go back and try more, and am glad to find my now "go to" sushi restaurant in this area.
I was born and raised in Mexico so I know good Mexican food when I taste it. I have been searching for an authentic restaurant since my arrival here in Canada in 2009 and let me say I think I found the one. Every dish from the taquitos de bistec appitizer to the mole I had and the enchiladas verdes my husband had were excellent, very authentic, and definitely worth what we paid for. I didn't mind paying for the salsa and chips at all because it was real salsa, not just that nasty canned stuff you get at other "mexican" restaurants. The service was very good Our server was very attentive as well. We were seated promptly and were in and out of there in about an hour on a busy night.
We had the pleasure of meeting Charlie and his wife Isabel (the chef) who are from Mexico themselves and heard their story of how Isabel learned all of her recipes from her grandmother in Mexico and decided to open a restaurant when they came to Canada. They've been open for over 15 years which is a lot for any small restaurant, especially in their area. Overall, I would definitely recommend Charlies if you are looking for an authentic Mexican dining experience.
We've just come back to the tri city area from Toronto ans were looking for some places we can call out own. A neighbour told us about Rosa's and how they had been there several years ago so we went.
First impressions I was thinking that this is a fine little eatery along the dark street in Port Moody.
But after waiting out side for half an hour out side in the rain. Could not leave our phone number and after being seated we soon realized that were were in the middle of a gossip lovers dream location, Rosa's has crammed in as many table and chairs as would fit leaving just enough room to squeeze (balls out boys) towards your table. And whilst waiting you start to hear every thing I mean EVERY THING about your dinning neighbours . I hope that table 4's mother is getting better. And table 9 should just leave him. You know you don't want to listen but....
We ordered a lasagna and Spaghetti Carbonara with a side order of grease I guess. How can you do pasta wrong? It's not brain surgery it's just pasta/. Meat, pasta, sauce, cheese and bread.
But we were thrilled by the older ladies (we guess Rosa) fluttering about chit chatting with one here and one there but forgetting about refilling the water and seeing if we liked the food. I guess you have to be a friend to get that attention.
From what I can tell after reading the other posts if that you like this place or you absolutely don't like this place.
I recommend that if you want to try this place for yourself that you don't go as a group you will not be seated for a very long time, And that you keep your conversation to the weather and shopping and not your mothers heart operation or the size of your boy friends johnson.
P.S. Expensive for the food quality but you do get a lot of it.
We joined a line up on Sunday with only a few groups ahead of us, 2 sets of couples and one group of 4. About 45 minutes into the wait we finally saw a table for 4 open up. Just as we were getting our hopes up that we could finally get out of the cold and into a warm restaurant they seated a couple at the table for 4 who were not in the lineup. Not exactly sure what happened there but they seemed to be "friends" of the staff so I guess they got preferential treatment over the customers waiting outside in the cold for close to an hour. WE FINALLY got seated exactly one hour after joining the lineup....had we known it would take that long with the few number of groups waiting we would have abandoned the effort but too much time had been invested to give up.
The gal serving us was pleasant but slow. It took a bit to get our drink and appetizer order in and during the meal we had to ask a couple times for second drinks as the original request was forgotten.
The only decent thing about this place is the lasagna and mussels, the rest of the food is mediocre at best and the way they treat the customers (unless of course you're a friend of the staff or owner) is pretty bad. I won't be going anywhere near this place again....we'll go back to Anton’s on Hastings where they know how to run a restaurant.
My partner and I have been patrons of this restaurant for more than 10 years, and consistently find the food and service to be excellent. My favourite entree has been scallops with a berry glaze, and the soups are always delicious. We've never had any room left to try any of the desserts, though. The staff have always been very attentive but never intrusive, and we find the pacing of the courses to allow for a very relaxed (and romantic) evening. Though the eclectic and whimsical decor might not be to everyone's taste, we love it. The prices are quite reasonable for the overall dining experience, and thus better value than most of the fine dining reasturants we have frequented in Vancouver.
I suspect that people who rave about the food here have either never had truly excellent Italian food, or they're friends of the owner. My lasagna was greasy, to put it mildly, and my husband's gnocchi was curiously flavorless. The bread that was served prior to the meal was a joke ... it was clearly a French bread loaf from a grocery store. Maybe we caught them on a bad day, but there really shouldn't be any bad days in a restaurant, from a food perspective.
The service was pretty awful. Our server kept yukking it up with some customers who were obviously friends or family of hers, while we were left wondering for over an hour about when our food might appear. On the upside, our server did keep our drinks refilled. The place was super noisy and crowded, much more like a tiny cafeteria than a nice, cozy trattoria-type restaurant.
I usually don't mind giving a restaurant a second chance, but considering the bad service, atmosphere, and food I won't bother again with this joint again.
I love the Old Town Center and the little shops... lived here 20 yrs now. Was so disappointed my first lunch at this little bistro. Bread was stale egg salad was small amount of egg mashed up(not all) with little mayo and no onion or seasonings. Lots of limp lettuce and a few chips.It was also expensive at $11 for sandwich and coke. Its my favourite sandwich but I could get a better one packaged at any supermarket. I live just up the street but won't go again. Mash up the eggs properly, add a decent amount of mayo and some onion...fresh fresh bread and seasonings. How hard can it be? This area can be busy, too bad they can't try harder. And maybe some sort of food smells (soups)might add some ambience fitting to this historic area. Lots of egg mix and a slice of red onion..best bread going...that would do it. Too bad. Just a bit of effort and they could be successful. Won't go back. Overpriced as well but if the food was fresh and good I'd be happy with the extra cost.
My husband and I tried Onyx last Monday and our experience was very good. The interior is very "posh" and I would compare it to a Keg meets Browns kind of atmosphere. This is definitely a MEAT restaurant so if your a vegetarian or are not feeling like Meat, then don't go here!
The lounge looks very hip and would be a great place to meet friends after work for some appies and drinks :)
We arrived and were greated by the restaurant manager right away and seated immediately. The server was pleasant and took our orders right away. The only downfall was that my husband wanted the bone in steak on the menu and they ran out of it from the weekend, and then we went to order the scallops as an appie and found out that they weren't up to the restaurants standards when they received the shipment that day so we couldn't have those either. We were not upset by this though because we would rather not be served scallops if they did not look good then risk being sick. Also, my husband works in the restaurant industry and I used to work in it so we understand if something is not available to order.
The menu is created as A La Carte, so be prepared to choose your meat and then any side you may like. We had the corn fritters as an appetizer (they were delicious), my husband had the lamb which is said was very good and I had the filet stuffed mignon burger which was good as well. We ordered three sides, the smashed potatoes, yam fries and the onion rings. The onion rings are awesome! You can hear them crunch as you bite into them and they are soooo good! So that is definitely my recommendation as a side dish. The food was cooked perfectly, the presentation was excellent, everything was fresh and tasty and our wine glasses were always topped up!
At the end of the night the manager apologized for the fact that the two things that we ordered off the menu were not available and brought us a dessert wine each (which was very nice of him).
Sure there were some hiccups through the night but we will definitely be back!
|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|