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!
We live in port moody and so are lucky enough to have cake-ya very close. We've stopped by two weeks in a row to pick up our weekly desserts. So far we've had their cheesecake -- I love this because it's not too sweet, very creamy and has no crust (I don't like crust), we've also sampled a number of their custards (milk tea was our favorite), as well as their shortbread cookies and their pound cakes -- chocolate and matcha. Everything we've had has been amazing. The sweets are all delicate and not too sweet -- just like we had in Japan. It's the only place I go to now for desserts.
When looking up the phone number, I saw previous reviews and felt I had to add mine as one was very detrimental. We have been eating at Nagano a couple of times a month now for 4 years now, and find the staff very warm, welcoming and attentive. The food is very good and we eat at a lot of Japanese Restaurants so feel we can judge..
My fiance and I chose Christine catering after meeting with Christine and trying some of her appetizers. She seemed nice and was very positive. After many dealings with this company however we found that they were very difficult to deal with due to a lack of organization and many "mis-communications". On the night of our wedding there was no clear leadership from any of the serving staff and there appeared to be a major lack of communication from the owner/management to the serving staff which were actually at and working the event. In the end, the food was okay, the service was disappointing, and they tried to hit us with hundreds of dollars in extra charges for staffing that was unnecessary and completely not agreed upon prior to the wedding. I would not recommend this company.
We recently ordered some Pizza for Delivery. I had heard that this pizza place was really good we had a menu that had been delivered to our apartment and all of us agreed that the menu was unique and the prices were reasonable. The pizza was delivered within a reasonable amount of time, I was a little alarmed when the delivery person presented the bill (it seemed higher than I remembered the menu to be) but accepted it all the same. Once inside we opened the pizza and the order seemed completely wrong. Two of us HATE mushrooms and one of them was COVERED, the other one was covered in olives, which were also not listed in either of the pizzas we ordered. We reviewed the menus again - the ingredients were listed no mushrooms or olives to be seen and called the restaurant to inform them that we had been delivered the wrong pizzas and requested that the delivery person return so that we could get our order. The person whom we spoke to rudely and informed us that those were our pizzas, he proceeded to inform us that it was our fault that we had the old menu and there had since been changes to the ingredients in some of their pizzas. He told us to "deal with it and pick the toppings off" he stated that was not his problem he would not be giving us any free pizza (which we never asked for), that he would not deliver new pizzas and that we could not return the ones we had for refund. He then told us that there was no benefit for him to try to make us happy because we would likely not return anyway — we all agreed later this was a big mistake — had we been treated respectfully and the restaurant tried to make us happy we probably would have ordered again — after all once we had picked off the undesirable toppings the pizza was pretty good. Too bad I will never try one that is more suited to my taste - I will never give this establishment another penny.
This is a very overrated place. Although food is pretty good, the portions are getting smaller! Last time we were there in a group of four there was a line up at the door. We were just finishing and the young server said "We're busy, you go now!" I wish now I had just replied "Thanks for the info, we'll leave when we are finished. No tip for you!"
browns is a nice variation from cactus and milestones (which i detest) and located conveniently in adorable newport village. i've come to this location quite a few times and found it to be quite a solid restaurant. food is decent, and of okay value (15-20/person). love the ambiance - find it modern and charming. servers are polite and do their job but it's nothing to write home about. best of all though, love the cheap drinks here! everyday bellinis for $4! ummm yes please! there's also a couple other cocktails i like including a nice sangria. there's not alot of choice out in the suburbs but browns is definitely a great choice
After the most horrific experience at Papa Joe's, we decided to give Rosa Cucina a try. The fate of many restaurants on Hastings is either: they flop within 6 months of opening, they do really well, or they stick around for a long time.
I think Rosa's Cucina is the last-named. I'm sure they do well on some days, but unfortunately I never see a large crowd in here.
We went on a weeknight and aside of us, only another table of 2 and a table of 6 were there. It's a good thing for the diner because it's quiet and peaceful and you get the attentive service, but I sure hope they do enough business to keep them around.
The 2 pastas we ordered were of good size. They were both very tasty and I could tell the quality was much better than that at Anton's down the street.
The service was great. Very attentive and friendly. The ambiance was also just as great. The name is so fitting as the restaurant is just that - Rosa Cucina. Very comfortable and homey with an semi-outdoor courtyard for private parties. I think we need more restaurants like this around.
Our bill for 2 entrees and a half litre of red came to only $30 including tax and tip (the 2 for 1 coupon really helped!).
I come here regularly for the delicious breakfasts and great evening entertainment. The food at night is very good and the live music is a big plus. If you like value and a place not to busy this is a wonderful spot. Seafood is awesome and the free wifi works well. Feels light home the East Coasters say.
Honestly the worst and most miniscule bouillabaisse I've ever come across. When our server asked how things were I watched my wife cringe. “Really, I replied this is pathetic.” She indicted that was typical. I had seriously thought this was a huge mistake by somebody new in the kitchen. A while later the manager stopped by…and not because it had been suggested by the server. By now my wife wants to get under the table. I told him I thought it was beyond belief. He said they get lots of complaints about it and he offered his apologies. He offered to take it off the bill but I declined because I had no intention of ever returning.
Too bad because I used to really like The Cannery and had been looking for a replacement hoping this would be it.
I love Japanese food specially maki rolls. This place, out of maybe the 20 or 30 I've been to all over the lower mainland I would say is in the top 3, perhaps number 1.
I love the food there. The tempura is unique. The service is great, very friendly people. The waiter was very nice even though I made a mistake and tipped less than 10%. I made it up of course on my next visit.
They even gave my kid a little toy when we were heading out. I actually feel good for about an hour or so after visiting this place.
This little gem in New Port area is a great place to be. The prices are a little high and the portions are not very big. But you get what you pay for, the quality is excellent!
I had the Ebi Mayo, and Cloud something, it rice and crab meat and masago...so good!! We also had their Calamari Roll, first time i have ever seen if being offered, its like a dynamite roll but with Calamari in it. The only down side that i find in this restaurant is that it doesnt offered Beef Tataki. But besides that, they offer a variety of unique sushi that are very tasty to the palette.
In addition, i went with my sister who is a Vegetarian, its so difficult to take her out to eat sometimes esp at a Japanese restaurant. Well, we finally found a place that offers a large variety of Vegetarian sushi. We had the Victoria Roll-asparagus and also this roll that i forgot the name, its avocado and deep fried yam inside. The colours and presentation of the food was excellent. And it was delicious!
Overall, i think i would come here again, its not your typical "togo sushi" joint as the prices are a bit steep, but its great to come out her for a decent quality meal. I would definitely return!
Tried this place for dinner for the first time about 2 weeks ago. The service was excellent. The menu selection was very good, and even my vegan husband found several options. We were in a rush and I ordered a miso soup and a few rolls. Service was quick and attentive. However I found the rolls to be so-so. Mainly because I found their rice to be a bit on the sweet side, which I don't like. Some places use more sugar than others, and I'm not a fan of that kind.
I go there ones and a wile to reunite. The ambiance is exciting and full of life. I usually order the edamame because there are not many vegetariane options to chose from. My friends have told me that the sushi there is exeptionally good. It's a definate must try and a definate essential in your dinning life.
|1.||Rosa's Cucina Italiana|
|2.||Boathouse Restaurant, The|
|4.||Saint St Grill|
|5.||Rehanah's Roti & Trinidadian|
|7.||Lougheed Wonton Restaurant|
|8.||Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge|
|11.||St. James's Well|
|12.||Gourmet Chinese Restaurant|
|13.||Rodos Kouzina Mediterranean Grille|
|14.||Pajo's Fish & Chips|
|15.||Joe's Atlantic Grill|
|16.||Golphis Steak & Lobster|
|18.||Sango Japanese Fusion Reataurant|
|19.||Nagano Japanese Restaurant|