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AthiosPort CoquitlamI'll try anything once...Since August 2, 20099 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value3 (2.9)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

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Displaying 1 - 9 of 9 Reviews Found
Q4 Ristorante2563 West Broadway, Vancouver
Early-week treat
Submitted Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 3:45pm [Dine in]

We arrived at 5:30 on a Monday, and the place was quiet, great for romantic small talk. I would not be surprised if it got a little louder once larger parties arrive though.
Monday/Tuesday pasta night makes for great value at this restaurant. The portions may look small at first (because of the large serving plates), but it's actually quite filling. The pricier black cod was also very well done: delicate texture and well-seasoned without overwhelming the taste of the fish. Don't forget to see what desserts they have! We tried the baked phyllo pastry with marscapone and sour cherries, and it was outstanding.

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Cafe Truong Thanh2096 Kingsway, Vancouver
Northern Vietnamese food
Submitted Saturday, September 4, 2010 - 9:15pm [Dine in]

Went with some friends for lunch on a Saturday. Service was pretty quick, and the food was nice. As the other reviewers have noted, you won't find typical 'beef noodle/pho'... their soup is tomato-based and tangy; the one we ordered had grilled fish and fish cakes. The spices reminded me of food that I had when travelling through Vietnam when I was younger. They also have Banh Mi (subs) and steamed rice wraps (similar to Chinese 腸粉) if you're looking to try something else.

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Miku1055 West Hastings Street, #2, Vancouver
Upscale Japanese Food
Submitted Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 4:41pm [Dine in]

Came to try out this place during DineOut 2010. Nice high-ceiling open-concept design. Modern styling - colourful lights on the ceiling give a lively yet calming atmosphere. Servers are alert and attentive, and helpful when you're having trouble deciding what you'd like to try.

We ordered one DineOut set and two additional entrees to share between the two of us. The DineOut appetizer and sushi plates were similar to what was described in the review below, so I won't elaborate too much. I would like to add that I thought our chicken nanba was actually really good, and we thoroughly enjoy every single morsel of food we tried!

I will have to agree that some of the sushi combos and sauces do overwhelm the natural taste of the fish, but they are still well done. If you are looking for something simpler, I *highly* recommend the Sablefish Saikyoyaki. The fish was soft and delicate, and oozes with the natural sweetness of the fish. It's a dish I would definitely order again next time!

The DineOut desserts (our server gave us an extra complimentary serving!) we got was panna cotta with raspberry sorbet. Not specifically Japanese, but my date loved it nonetheless.

Mind you, their quality and service is also reflected in their pricing, which while high was not overwhelmingly so. Overall, presentation by the chefs and servers were very well done. We felt welcome and valued during our time there, and will be returning for sure when we're in the mood to treat ourselves to a great dining experience!

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Lao Shan Dong Homemade Noodle House4887 Kingsway, #105, Burnaby
Go some place else.
Submitted Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

We ordered a spicy soup noodle and a dry version of their beef noodle, which we assumed was what they are famous for. We also ordered a marinated cucumber appetizer, but the portions they gave were truly pathetic: just a tiny plate of thin slices that honestly could not have been more than 30 cents worth of ingredients. It was also drenched in an overly sweet sauce, which wasn't at all appetizing.

The noodles were just okay. Not bad texture, but it seemed like the entire bowl was just a single long noodle in a giant tangle, which made it very difficult (and unpleasant) to eat. The beef brisket was a little dry, but somewhat flavourful. No vegetables in it whatsoever. Again, the soup/sauce seemed overly sweet for some reason, and my partner complained of too much MSG.

Can't quite figure out why this place is so popular?? The food isn't that great and is expensive for what it is. Perhaps this is how authentic Taiwanese noodles are supposed to taste like, I don't know, but neither of us enjoyed it. Won't be coming back here again.

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Mistral French Bistro2585 West Broadway, Vancouver
Great place for down-to-earth French food
Submitted Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 11:49am [Dine in]

Even if you've never tried French food before, you won't feel out of place at Mistral. The atmosphere is warm and cozy, the staff are friendly and attentive; together with the wall paintings and great service, gives you the feeling that you are a welcome guest at someone's home.

We decided to try Mistral during the first day of DineOut Vancouver 2010. They have a respectably sized wine list, although I don't know enough to comment on the quality/choice. My date wanted something other than wine and asked for recommendations, and our hostess offered to make her a custom cocktail that suited her tastes as well as her dinner selections.

The pea soup and seared salmon appetizers were both superb; the salmon was well-seasoned and perfectly cooked with a melt-in-your-mouth texture. We chose coq au vin and peppercorn steak as our entrees. Both were very hearty portions and richly flavoured, but much saltier than we would have wanted (although it might be fine if paired with wine). The fruit in syrup with lemon sorbet was a refreshing treat and great palette cleanser. The mini Belgian waffle with ice cream was delicious as well. [3.5* for Food]

All in all, we had a wonderful evening and would love to go back again. If fancy/modern French restaurants are not your thing, and a terrible fear of golfball-sized entrees is turning you away from French cuisine, you should definitely give Mistral a try. You won't regret it!

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KC's Cafe1449 Prairie Avenue, #8, Port Coquitlam
Nice little diner
Submitted Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 9:40am [Dine in]

Came here with my mom two weeks ago. It's a typical small-sized diner, very clean and welcoming. The owner is very friendly and attentive, and will stay at your table to chat for a bit. We had a 2-2-2 breakfast and a Hawaiian burger (which came with a *huge* side salad). I also saw that they have really hearty-looking soups. Food was pretty good, and they buy their products from the farm market that's right next door, so you know everything is fresh. A sneak peak into the kitchen looks clean and organized as well. Great place to come by once in a while.

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Asia Restaurant15551 Fraser Hwy, #104, Surrey
Good if you're a regular, bad if you're not
Submitted Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

I've been here on a few occasions, and have found that the servers' attitudes as well as food quality varies with how well they know you.

The first two times I came here with an elder who was a regular, and I was very impressed with their excellent Cantonese dishes that had bold and rich flavours, especially given that the restaurant had such a generic name.

I came once after with my family and friends, but the food was lackluster (despite ordering some of the same dishes), and the service was horrible. As noted by another reviewer, one lady is nice, while the other is a Server-from-Hell who will deliberate pretend she cannot see you waving at her. It was annoying to note that she was extremely friendly to a Caucasian couple who seem to be regulars at the restaurant. Also, she will *demand* a tip. As in yell at you if don't tip. I ended up tipping anyway to avoid a scene but have never been back since, and wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

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Wild Ginger88 West Pender Street, Unit 2015, Vancouver
Surprisingly good!
Submitted Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

Went to the Wild Ginger a couple days ago, which is hidden away in the midst of the food court at Tinseltown. There's a bar area up front, and further in is the restaurant area with a view of the street below.

Their menu posted near the entrance, as well as most of their specials, seem to be catered to the Caucasian market (i.e. typical Chinese takeout type of food), but I was delighted to find that they also have a good selection of Cantonese dishes. About a third of their menu is 'fusion fare', although I'm not entirely sure exactly which cuisines are being fused.

We tried the "Mayo Mayo" from the fusion menu (fried prawns with a sweet mayo sauce, over crispy onion slivers), which came with fried rice shaped like a swimming carp. Definitely not healthy but super delicious! We also had a satay chicken chow mein, which was nice and light, not too greasy or salty.

Pricing is a little higher than expected ($15-20 for dinner dishes), although the portion size is quite large and makes up for it. Their "light weight" dishes, lunch dishes and specials are cheaper ($5-10), although I haven't tried any.

Overall, it was a surprising find, and I certainly wouldn't mind coming back here to try more of their delicious food!

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The15146 100th Ave., Surrey
Great food, exceptional service
Submitted Saturday, November 7, 2009 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

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I ordered one of the steaks from the feature menu. Steak was cooked perfectly and very flavourful and tender; looked small at first glance but it was actually really thick and meaty! Bacon cream sauce and the mashed potatoes were great.
Skewered shrimp and grilled chicken were perfectly cooked as well, very nice texture but a tad too salty.
Billy Miner Pie, which is actually a giant 2.5in tall ice cream cake, was rich in flavour but very light and creamy, highly recommended!

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The wait was about 20 minutes for a table for two at around 6:30 on a Saturday. Our server was very attentive throughout the night. There was some spinach(?) stuck on the back of my menu, but he quickly replaced it, along with my dirtied napkin. Drinks were refilled/replaced on his own initiative, and we were checked on several times during the meal. The dessert was complimentary for my birthday and they did not even bother checking my ID!
Bonus points for being able to pay by credit/debit at your table using their little portable machines. Also, the busboy really put his bodyweight into cleaning the tables, and the booth seats too. The place is huge, but they seem to have a good employee-to-customer ratio, so we've never felt neglected.

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The collective chatter of customers was a bit noisy, but not so much that it was annoying. Background music was energetic but soft enough so as to not be intrusive.

-Overall-
I've been this Keg several times before and this time was definitely the best experience. Overall I'd say they have consistently good food and service. Would be dining here again... : )

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