Submitted Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 12:31am [Dine in]
Decided to give this restaurant a try after reading a previous post. Glad that we did. May be little hard to find as it is tucked in within the small collection of stores.
It is a hole in the wall kind of restaurant, nothing fancy but cleanliness is well maintained. There was an English speaking staff present when we tried so no problem there. Some specials are in Chinese only on the white board but I'm sure the staff will explain to you. As it was first time here we didn't ask.
Food is quite well prepared, not fancy but nicely presented. Depending on the dish, very spicy to moderately spicy for chili maked dishes on the menu. For some appetisers, we thought a little pricy for the appetiser but the portion was more like main dish portion and quite generous. Very tasty and if you love spicy, will not dissapoint.
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Rolls are imaginative and above average and nigiris are quite solidly prepared. Their deep fried kitchen menu's are fair as well. But one occation I had ordered ohitashi (spinitch in soy based sauce), it was drenched in soysauce... (you are supposed to put touch of soy sace and rest dashi...) Gyoza was average but not what I would come for.
About service, I would have to agree with most of the reviewers as below, most Japanese restaurant does not have great services (at least in Greater Vancouver including much more expensive ones) but this place was unbelievable, it was almost comical. Last couple of visits I saw a slight improvent in service so I hope this will be a good sign.
Any how, solid sushi if you are in the neighborhood.
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Neighborhood kind of Pasta place with fairly cozy atomosphere.
It is a shame because this restaurant could do so much better. Their main focus, "pasta" is more towards tipical North American soft (over done), if you want an authentic "al dente," this place is not for you. Their "Carbonara" was over done which resulted in scramble egg texture... Other pasta sauce were ordinary and fair.
I have skipped on dessert but my partner commented that the Tiramisu was quite good.
Service is fair and I can see that they are trying, chef came out and greeted us during the meal, this was quite surprising as it is rare at restaurant at this price range. I can see their effort but hope they would put little more effort into their pasta dishes.
This restaurant could become better with little effort. If you are not used to "al dente" and like softer texture pasta, than this place can be a good choice.
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Sincer I have relocated from Oakridge area in Vancouver to New Westminster last Nov., this board has been really helpful but lacking more review in New West area so this is my first attempt.
Royal Tandoori has been relocated to this current location recently and it is best desribed as hole in the wall kind of establishement. Need to work on the decore. Since the establishment is not licensed yet, I always take out.
Food is quite solid if you know what to order. Lemon Chicken was quite sour and I would hesitate to try again and Tandori Chicken was not the best I had perhaps due to take out, but everything else is quite solidly prepared and can compete with any of the better Indian restarurant in Greater Vancouver. You can choose your level of spice, taste is quite cosistant as I think owner is prepareing the food.
As for service, they usually take their time in preparing their food and sometimes quite a wait, if you are taking out it's best to order by phone in advance.
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