I love mexican food. My wife is half spanish, and her family lives outside of LA, so I've had my share of really good mexican food. While trying to pass itself off as an authentic Mexican restaurant, Charlie's was disappointing. The prices were pretty high for what we got, but I could have lived with that if a few things were changed. My wife ordered their enchilades and we both agreed they were quite good. I ordered the ceviche, and while on it's own, it was pretty good, they served it with crackers which soured me a bit. The real nail in the coffin for us was what they charged for chips & salsa. I've never paid for chips & salsa at any of the authentic mexican restaurants I've been to, and I certainly wasn't going to start, not for what they wanted to charge.
The place has a lot of potential, so I may try going back their one day, but if they can't serve free chips & salsa and provide chips with their ceviche, I really start to wonder where else they are cutting back.
After reading all the raving reviews about Namoo, we had to try it. I really dont even know where to begin with how disappointed we were with...well...everything.
-they made some sort of an effort at modern decor, although it all seems a little "off" for some reason. (nightclub bar style sushi counter mixed with diner benches for seating?? hmmm)
-wow. I cant remember a single thing that went right with the service. We didn't get plates, our food came out wrong which made the owner get very upset with our server (awkward!) and I believe the most frustrating thing was that it felt like we needed to keep explaining what we wanted to our server....she never seemed to get it.
-I've never had terrible tea at a sushi restaurant before but this was the strangest tea I've ever tasted. It seemed oily for some reason. (SO weird!)
-My ebi sunomono came with stinky, tiny shrimp on top....a pet peeve of mine.
-The sashimi came out as spicy sashimi the first time and then returned to our table in a pile of little pieces (again...strange.).
-the rice was hard and crumbly
-GOOD: The volcano roll was pretty cool. :) We said that if we hadn't ordered the volcano roll, the entire meal would have been depressing. ha ha
Try it if you want, but I'd say it's all a big flop.
When we got to the restaurant it was busy and crowded. We were seated quickly by the one waitress working. She gave us no introduction and left for about 5 minutes to do whatever. We ordered quickly and so the waiting began. We sat there for close to 50 minutes before our food came. I had tried on 2 separate occasions to flag down our waitress to ask what was taking so long but she never paid any attention to us. The one time she spent 10 minutes talking to some friends that had come in and completely ignored us. It was no better with the other older man waitering.
Finally when the food did come it was disgusting. The Spaghetti Ala Carbanara was greasy, dry and tasteless; the bacon wasn't even cut into pieces and some still linked together. The Spaghetti with italian sausage tasted like it came from a store bought can. The pasta itself was undercooked. We didn't even bother waiting around to complain about the service and the food. We already wasted 2 hours just waiting.
Never once did our waitress ask how the food was or even came by to refill our drinks. My boyfriend ended up sharing my glass of water with me because we could not get a hold of ANYONE. They need to learn to treat all their customers equally and not provide the better service to customers they already know.
We will NEVER set foot in this place again.
If you are passionate about authentic Italian cuisine, Casa Fabesso is the place to be seen dining! Nestled at the bottom of the entrance to Reed Point Marina, Casa Fabesso owners, Roberto and Anna have brought more than a touch of Italy to Port Moody, they have brought its heart and soul. If Port Moody ever had a reason to call itself 'City of the Arts', this small bistro/restaurante is its crown jewel.
Thankfully, it is no longer one of the best-kept-secrets in the Greater Vancouver area, and if you want to get in for dinner, reservations are a must. The food is beyond fantastic, generous portions imaginatively and exquisitely prepared by Roberto, his extravagant passion for food a pure reflection of his aqueous roots in Venezia! The house wine is perfect for a simple pasta, but take our advice and let Roberto or Anna recommend a great wine to complement whate you choose from whatever they are serving for that evening!
A fun, and remarkably lovely synchronicity that lends credibility to my review is this: Roberto comes from Dolo-Mirano, Italy, a small community fifteen kilometers outside of Venice, this the same town where I have worked with educators for the last seven years!
Making incredible food even better is how Anna serves even a simple pasta beautifully in an environment she designed as well. You will immediately realize that she's an artist, and attends everything with an artists eye for detail! And don't get us started about her desserts! Her Chocolate Cheesecake "to live for!' And make sure to save room for something sweet to go with an espresso at the end of your meal!
The great news for us is that their front door is merely four docks away from the stern door of our 'island home', amiamo-adventuresdotcom. If you have a special event coming up, and want to conjur up an intimate evening for between 8 and 24 people, this is truly the place, and the space for magic!
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P.S. If you want to get a rise out of Roberto, order a burger and fries!
I have been going to this place when it was located on North Road. The food is great as well as the service. The only thing that bothered me was an extra charge they put on our bill that was not stated in the menu nor did the server say anything about an extra charge.
I did have chat with the owner about this charge and she claims it's the restaurant policy. I think it would be advisable to have any extra fees stated on the menu so that customers are not surprised at the end when they get the bill.
If you are planning to go for dinner, get there early because the place fills up fast.
I was thrilled to spy the new incarnation of Charlies across the street and a block east of where they were last. We were there early and were among the first seated for the evening. The menu is quite a bit smaller, in terms of selection, but still hits all the high spots. The mole and the verde is as good as I ever remember. Things have gotten a bit more expensive with the large platters coming in at 18 bucks plus apiece. Somewhat more than I want to pay for a single meal. No shredded beef on the menu either, just ground. The only dissappointment of the evening was the service. A couple of very pretty young women who obviously hadn't had that much experience. Charlie was a bit flustered too I think. Only a single high chair available and hardly room for that either. Still good solid food though. We'll be back once they have a chance to iron out some of the kinks.
Over the past few months I have eaten here a few times and was usually happy with the food and service. Boy have things changed. The food is not as good as it was, the portions are smaller, the prices have increased and service has declined. On my last visit ( and it will be my last ) the serivce was terrible, we waited 15 minutes to place our orders and finally the floor manager took our order after noticing we had been ignored by the wait staff. Our server then brought us some water delivered on a tray filled with dirty dishes and said nothing more to us. When dinner finally arrived it was a disappointment, the taste had changed for the worse and the portions have shrunk from just a half a year ago or so. The server continued to ignore until it was time to bring the bill. When a rstaurant like the Browns charges an average of $15.00 + excluding drinks customers deserve better than this. I won't be returning anytime soon.
We decided to visit this restaurant pretty much spontaneously last night because someone suggested we really need to try somewhere new. I am really glad we did. We weren't a large group (8), but they manged to sit us down right away with no fuss. The place has a cool modern ambience and kinda exhudes Pacific Northwest. It was the Saturday night (which means lots of time on our hands) and the ambience called for it so we ordered drinks. They have a good selection for wine here. The food was good to great. I would say it was delicious to very delicious but I suggest some more spicy items. The atmosphere was the best part with the right decor and lightning and most importantly out of this world beauties. Even the girlfriends commented on how gorgeous these girls are. These waitresses can get a job at Earls easy. We loved it. They were confident and attractive. Goes without saying we will be coming back here. This in spite of a slightly higher than average price but I guess the quality of the decor, restaurant and staff calls for it. You get what you pay for.
I drove by several times but never occurred to stop and check it out. It is in the sleepy old downtown area of Port Moody that I had only stopped once or twice in past 10 years. However, it was two reviews caught my attention the other day and decided to stop by. I am so glad I did. The Japanese cakes are hard to find. I love them because I find that they do not use as much sugar.
I tried every one of creme caramel cups except for a cheese one (sold out on the day I was there). I loved them all!! It is in a generously sized cup and was only $2.50 each and 6 for $13. I don't know how they can make ends meet. Everything else was also reasonably priced and tasted good. Yes, they have samples and these nice Japanese ladies insisted on trying them all:-) I will definitely go back and try everything else.
Charlie's had to move to a new location, the new address is 2517 St. John's Street, it is on the south side of the street and is directly across from the Point Pub.
We have waited 8 months for Charlie's to reopen! It is much smaller now, only 12 tables, the menu looks like it has been simplified to just one large sheet double sided (instead of that booklet of 8 pages that they had before), the decor has been toned down to just sombreros on the walls (which is too bad. what happened to all those slightly cheesy dresses, flags, blankets, donkeys, gauchos?)
We had Enchiladas with salsa verde and shrimp and Mole Poblanos with chicken. They were delicious just like we remembered! Service was on "Mexican time" as usual, but the food and the jokes and smiles from Carlos make up for it.
I'm not sure if the prices have changed, the Enchiladas were $14.95, Mole was $13.95. And well, if my restaurant was closed down for 8 months instead of the few weeks that were planned due to renovation problems and then being told that they couldn't move into the new space and having to find a new one, I'd probably raise the price a couple of bucks too.
A great place to go in the Tri-Cities for some delicious Mexican fare, friendly owners, cozy venue, just be patient if it takes a while to get your drink order.
Nice location to go for walk in evening but rather take your own food for a picnic. The food is passable for fish and chips but very poor in value. About $13 for a "large" halibut and chips and $1.50 for a small side of coleslaw. Fish was just about the size of processed fish fingers and the coleslaw was only just slightly larger then a shot glass. There were lots of fries though so potatoes must have been cheap.
Just moved into the area, and come across a menu by chance, and ordered a taake-away meal of pad thai and red thai curry - both were beautifully cooked and so flavoursome. The restaurant is quite basic, so should you wish to eat there please don't let this put you off, as they obviously concentrate on producing good food.
We have been eating here for years and LOVE the food....I don't know what everyone means when they say it isn't authentic. We've been to Mexico a ton of times and depending where you go, the food is different all over. You get the same type of food I have had in Mexico at this restaurant..food I have even only had at Mexican homes (not restaurants) so it doesn't get much more authentic then that.
The service could be a bit faster...but hey....pretend you're in Mexico and it won't seem so bad..... In my opinion the food is worth the wait and the prices are excellent as well.
Sure beats having to go all the way in to Vancouver for some chain mexican restaurant that is definitely not authentic at all....
The price for what you get is very reasonable here, but I just wish there was more focus on quality and making good-tasting food. We had Roti Canai which was good, but the spring rolls were greasy and flavorless. I had a main called "spicy sizzling garlic pork" of which the name was the best thing about it, it was undersalted and underflavored overall. My husband had the Sri Lankan dry curry with Tofu instead of the beef it usually comes with which was quite poor, there were lots of leftovers because the portion was so large but he didn't want to take it home so it went to waste. Would probably not go back here.
My family and I have dined at this restaurant twice and both times we were treated poorly. It's not a good sign when you're on your way to a restaurant and start feeling uncomfortable before you even get there. The owner, Rosa, is extremely rude and should not be in direct contact with the customers. It would be best if she managed the kitchen staff and stayed in the back...or she could enroll herself in a course/seminar teaching her about the importance of good customer service, especially since she is the owner! I'm obviously not the only one who feels this way. I hope she visits this site and takes note of the many complaints. It's too bad because the food is quite good. Next weekend I'm going to take the advise of the other posters and visit Nick's on Commercial.
Place is very clean looking. Good sign. Everything seems new and well kept. It seems to be run by the chef and one waitress, that's all. They're very friendly.
Most of the stuff seems to be Malaysian style stuff with a bit of Sri Lankan goodies sprinkled in. I can't comment on the authenticity though.
Food came relatively quickly. I would say for the kind of restaurant it is and the pricing, the quality of the food is pretty good. The "outstanding" notes here would be some of the specialties, which we haven't seen or tasted elsewhere yet, and followed by the value. We ordered one of their supposedly popular seafood "hor fun" dishes (and to be honest, we saw a couple of other tables order it as well) and it was huge. For about $12, you could feed 2-3 easily. In fact, the 3 at adjacent table ordered just that dish and had some to spare.
Also tried a Sri Lankan dry curry noodle, which was very tasty. Also quite spicy, but not enough to overwhelm the flavour (and mind you, we are very, very sensitive to spiciness, I don't normally tolerate much at all).
I think I would give it a recommendation here. I wish it had more outstanding food ingredient quality, but then I've never seen an Asian restaurant do this ever. It has some interesting dishes and the proprietors look like they are putting in a good, honest effort here and they have some unique items on the menu. You certainly will not leave hungry that's for sure, so it would take quite a few trips back to properly sample the menu.
I have to disagree with the the negative reviewers on here. I celebrated my birthday at this location. We had an amazing table near the window overlooking the water. The service was attentive and efficient. The restaurant was packed (it was a Friday night). A few of us in our party had the lobster ravioli which was delicious, and one guest had the seafood grill which she really enjoyed. I was presented with ice cream and a sparkler to celebrate my birthday. All in all a fantastic experience. I would definitely eat there again.
I dined at this restaurant on the evening of 30 July 2010.
I had the hot wings appetizer plus the double patty burger as the main course.
The quality of the food was average to good, not outstanding. The service was good. The ambiance was that of a sports bar with football vignettes/TV and a young, trendy crowd. The noise level was high and this is not the sort of place you would take a date to unless she was profoundly into football.
The server was pleasant, attentive and proficient. By no means was she inappropriately attired or lascivious. The comments of the previous reviewer, to wit, that "Both my friend and I noticed that these waitresses were wearing very short tight skirts, tight fitting cleavage exposing tops and high heels. This attire may be appropriate for a lap dancing or strip club but is not befitting a restaurant serving brunch on a Sunday in an area populated by young families" is absolutely exaggerated and, quite frankly, bizarre, to the point that I strongly suggest that the writer of this review seek counseling before it is too late.
Would I return to Brown's Social House in Port Moody? Perhaps. But there are numerous other high quality establishments out there that deserve to be sampled. On this basis, Brown's will be lower on the list until such time as I have sampled the alternatives.
I had brunch at this place a couple of months ago with a friend on a Sunday. The first thing we noticed was that despite not being very busy, the person at the desk inside had difficulty knowing how to seat customers. After being made to wait, a few other diners arrived and she got herself into a flap instead of seating any of us! Eventually, another waitress had to seat us. Both my friend and I noticed that these waitresses were wearing very short tight skirts, tight fitting cleavage exposing tops and high heels. This attire may be appropriate for a lap dancing or strip club but is not befitting a restaurant serving brunch on a Sunday in an area populated by young families. Why do the servers have to be degraded in this way? The food itself was mediocre. I will not be returning. I much preferred this place when it was Jamiesons.
I've tried everything else within 10 kilometers and Namoo beats the competition by far. For the quality and price you simply can't go wrong. Always fresh.
Great miso soup, addictive prawn tempura, fresh salmon/hokkigai/tai/etc, california rolls which don't taste like mayo... the list goes on.
Having eaten in only once I can't rank the service because I was too distracted by the food.
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