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.
The title says it all! The food is great the service at times can be slow but look how busy they are, the pricing is great for the amount of food you get! holy cow! The wait is defiantly worth it! It is just awesome if you are going with a family or a date! A little taste of ITALIA!
I took my family here just to try it out and I couldn't even hear my self talk! The place was so loud even my kids got a headache and the waitress had to yell!! The food was average but nothing special. If I go here again I will be sitting outside!!
We were the first customers when the restaurant opened at 4pm this past Tuesday. Rosa's brother was our server and he was courteous and knowledgeable about the dishes offered. I ordered the spinach and ricotta manicotti. My dad ordered the baby back ribs with a side of pasta with seafood in a tomato sauce. The server explicitly explained that the ribs are not boiled, but slow cooked for maximum flavor. As we waited, we were served fresh bread (which we polished off). The manicotti was a decent portion and baked with gooey cheese on top. It was so delicious! Fresh ingredients in a delectable sauce. The ribs were so huge that they hung over the edges of the plate and the side of pasta was very generous. The ribs were so soft, they fell of the bone and the pasta had tons of seafood. The tomato sauce was delicious. My picky dad ate every last bite.
By the time we were finished, the tiny restaurant was nearly full. Every patron greeted Rosa (the chef), and seemed to be regulars. The decor looks like someone's granny decorated it, but it's charming. The walls are covered in signed photos of celebrities. Some of the highlights: Ringo Starr, K.D. Lang, and one of the ninja turtles.
Went there for a company function and had a choice of 3 dishes that were pre-ordered in advance. The restaurant was not that busy when we arrived at noon. Considering we ordered in advance and were limited to 1 of 3 main courses - the 2 hours it took to feed us was ridiculous. Even more disappointing was the quality of the food. Horrible, bland, burnt and disgusting. I actually felt bad that my company paid good money for that horrible food. Do yourself a favor and skip this place. I'm sure there are better choices in the area.
My family has been going to Rodos for lunches and dinners since it opened. Before that we frequented the Lighthouse in Port Coquitlam, which was Michael, the owner's, previous restaurant. We have also gone to Rodos several times for our company's annual staff lunch. The food is always great and the portions typical of Greek...usually too big to finish. Michael is always attentive and definitely sincere about his guests' experiences. Sometimes the serving and kitchen staff/service is more efficient than other times but this can be a challenge in smaller, family run restaurants. More importantly the atmosphere is warm and authentic, and our experiences have always been good ones. I came to this site today to look up Rodos' number to call and make a reservation for 9 of us for my Grandmothers' birthday.
I have visited Brown's twice now, once to grab appies and a few drinks and a second time to have dinner.
The restaurant is nicely decorated and finished. One of my visits was on a Friday evening and the clientelle was young, a little rowdy and loud. The service was prompt and we were looked after well by our server.
One major dissapointment was the food. I ordered a calamari starter on my first visit. The calamari was rubbery and the tubes were tiny. I found the majority of this appetizer to be breading and for the price point I had expected better. The beers we ordered were a little flat but as the place was so busy I decided not to bother trying to return them.
On my second visit I had their burger. It was decent but again due to the pricing I had expected something more substantial.
Overall I would go back and have a couple of drinks at Brown's, but I think I would shy away from their food offerings.
The pub can get a little crowded during peak hours and seating gets limited. The overall ambience is that of your typical Irish style pub. Lots of knick knacks all over and comfortable feeling.
They have a good variety of liquor and beer options (I never took at look at their wine list) and the draft I had was fresh and tasty.
I have tried their poutine and it was fairly good. I have also had their Guiness steak pie and its excellent! great crust and definitely has that sharp Guiness flavour to it. As I haven't found any other restaurants near by that serve a decent meat pie I will continue visiting St. James' Well for this item!
Overall I have a good time each visit and would recommend it to anyone looking for a lunch / dinner and drinks.
My husband and I came here for our wedding anniversary dinner. It was during the week, so we were quite surprised when we saw that the dining room was nearly full, and it looked like it had a large function booked as well. Good thing we had a reservation.
The first thing we noticed was the decor on the inside of the restuarant. It has just a large variety of everything hanging from their walls. It was nice...quite unique. And they also use red light bulbs in the room that we were in. It took our eyes a little bit of time to adjust to the red glow, and we both found the lighting a little dim.
We ordered the escargo as our appy to share. It came in a nice rectangular dish. The presentation was great, but we both agreed that it needed a little more seasoning as it was a little bland. Then the long wait for our entrees began...we must have waited at least 45 mins for our entrees, which we were not too impressed about the wait time.
My husband ordered the rib eye, which was cooked to perfection. I was little a little adventurous, so I went for the kangaroo loin. I wanted medium rare, but even under the dim light, I could see it was definitely cooked to medium. It was tough and chewy. I wasn't sure if that's what kangaroo was supposed to taste like or if it was because it was overcooked. Nonetheless, the veggies was cooked very nicely and perfectly seasoned (except for one of the asparagus, which could be trimmed by another inch at the end), and my favourite was the cheesy potato mash.
We then finished our dinner with their lemon and vanilla panna cotta, which was served in one of those long dish they use to serve olives in. The presentation was very unique, we liked it. It tasted rich and creamy, just like a panna cotta should be.
We were quite happy with our experience, but unless they have a new menu, we likely won't be back anytime soon.
I've heard rave reviews about this place, so yesterday I finally decide to come and try it for myself. Price-wise, I think it is a little one the expensive side, but it was worth it. I order the mild goat roti, and it was HUGE! it was the side of my entire hand and it was about an inch and a half thick. The goat was nice and tender, very flavourful, though I find that the potatoes could use a little bit more seasoning though. I read some previous reviews about the spiciness of the food, so I ordered the mild. I found the it to be a little too mild for my taste, and I don't usually eat spicy food, so next time I would definitely go for the medium for that extra little kick in the roti. Good food, friendly service, would definitely be back!
Thing is, this can't be all there is to Trinidadian cuisine, can it? I hope not.
Rehanah makes roti's (Caribbean style, not the Singaporean/Malaysian style nor the Indian style) and that's about it. The other option is the rice dishes, which is basically the guts of a roti on rice.
There are exactly 3 tables in this place with enough seats for maybe 6 in all of the store, so don't be expecting no ambience here. The "waitress" (hard to call her that given what's in this place) was friendly and enthusiastic. While we were there, a lot of locals continuously rolled by and they seemed to be on first name basis with Rehanah. Good sign.
It's a good thing then that the roti's are pretty darn good. Is it a "cheap" eats? No, not when you compare next door to A&W, but compared to a quality burrito place, it fares much better. The goat roti rolls in around $11 and the goat+shrimp is close to $14, but fortunately, if I recall, the others are much less, so comparable. It's also quite sizeable, so you will not leave hungry. The goat is really flavourful, and the shrimp, well, big. Really big, you're not getting shortchanged here. One tip though, it does get on the spicy side, so be careful what level of spiciness you ask for.
Worth a trip? Sure. But the only problem is what happens after the first trip? There's nothing to return to unless you get another hankering for exactly the same thing...or you feel like an excuse to chat with the waitress or Rehanah.
This place is great to meet up with friends over a pint of brew and wind down the evening. - Really nice Ambiance with a lot of woodwork giving it an old school irish pub type of feel.
The food menu is a pretty standard pub offering - everything that I have tried has been good - with no bad standouts. However, I have really had good service everytime I've come which, along with a nice beer selection, is the reason why one goes to a pub.
I give it two thumbs up.
We have been to the Boathouse in other locations in past years and a couple of times in Port Moody since they opened. It can be difficult to find parking and so we were impressed that they did offer a Valet Service even though we did not use this service. The Restaurant was a different story as each time we have gone to Port Moody we have found the service lacking and the food very plain tasting. On our current visit our evening started out with a 7:30 reservation that had us waiting for an hour.....we were very disappointed that we did not get to our table until 8:30!! - making us wonder about why we bothered with a reservation in the first place. Our evening was now going to be a much later one than planned. We found the prices to be very high for the quantity and quality of the food and the service was just not as one would have expected. With the Seafood Chowder order we had to chase a server for a spoon, the Seafood Grill was very flat tasting and not fully cooked, we requested the roasted potatoes and got mashed with one order, another order came with a horriable Wild Rice side (sides were not listed on the Menu) so mashed potatoes were requested and the server brought roasted, the Prime Rib was full of grizzle, the Steak was very small and was on a huge plate making it look even smaller - etc. etc. The ambiance was okay - but it was very noisy. I think we would have had a lot more fun and better food if we had ordered a Seafood dish from the Fish & Chip Vendor at Rocky Point Park. Amazingly enough the Restaurant seems to be full every weekend - one can only assume this is due to most people either not being aware of the Service/Food Issues or do not really care. We have had better food & service at a much better price from other less known restaurants in the Tri-City area. We have no desire to go back.
I don't see why people like this place so much. Everytime I go there it begins with horrible door staff who are rude and are allways trying to get pieced off at the door. Then once you're in it's a long wait before you get a drink or food. When you finally do settle in you realize what am I doing at a bar full of either underaged kids, gang affilliated people and the crap that all other bars won't allow in. Take my advice and don't go here!!!!
|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.||Rodos Kouzina Mediterranean Grille|
|13.||Gourmet Chinese Restaurant|
|14.||Pajo's Fish & Chips|
|15.||Joe's Atlantic Grill|
|16.||Golphis Steak & Lobster|
|19.||Sango Japanese Fusion Reataurant|
|20.||Nagano Japanese Restaurant|