Submitted Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 9:11am [Dine in]
This place used to be called the Dragon Fort and was a pretty good chinese restaurant in Aldergrove. New owners took over a couple of years ago and the place has steadily gone downhill.
First the prices went up which is understandable - inflation. But then the food started to get lower cost - not much for vegetable variety in the Chow Mein. Then the plates got smaller. The other day I was in for lunch and they have watered down the Sweet&Sour sauce.
What was once a decent place is unfortunately gone and I have to try and find a new place for good Chinese food in Langley.
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Submitted Friday, March 25, 2011 - 11:44am [Dine in]
Hirame is a well kept secret hidden away in Brookswood (South Langley). I have been a fan since they opened a few years ago.
I have been a sushi lover since the 80's when the only sushi worth eating was in Richmond at the Hok-Kai Restaurant. This was before Kamei opened and the subsequent proliferation of sushi restaurants in the lower mainland.
Hirame serves huge chunks of fish in their sashimi and nigiri. The fish is ultra fresh and flavourful. They also have over 100 rolls to choose from so there is something for everyone.
I am a big guy who likes to eat and I'm stuffed after finishing a lunch box selection. You have to be careful that you don't order the same volume of food that you'd normally have to order at other sushi restaurants to satisfy your hunger.
I find this place to be a tremendous value and a great place to take your sushi hungry friends from the "city" who are used to paying big bucks for small portions.
My friends' eyes pop open as they say "wow, that's a big chunk of fish".
We also appreciate that we don't have to take our shoes off and crowd into a little room to eat!
Good food - good friends - good times
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Submitted Monday, March 14, 2011 - 11:22am [Dine in]
We were going for dinner with another couple and we both wanted to go somwhere that niether of us had been before. We had heard good things about the Hourglass and decided to make reservations to try it last Saturday night.
We were happy to find that it was busy, with most tables full, which I take as an indication of popularity, especially in a smaller community. It is not a big resturant but has lots of elbow room so you don't feel crowded. It has lots of nooks and crannies that lends some opportunities for an intimate setting if you wanted.
We all had something different to eat and enjoyed it all. I had the Lobster Bisque (which apparently is a specialty of the chef) and the Neptune Schintzel. I am a big guy who likes to eat and I was stuffed! My wife had the Mushroom Caps for an appetizer and the Crusted Salmon. She is a bit of a picky eater and she had nothing bad to say about the meal. My wife and I split a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. The other couple had the Calamari and the Escargot appetizers along with a Crusted Halibut and the Filet Neptune entres. They also really enjoyed their picks. For dessert we had the cheescake which was giant, an ample portion of lemon merangue pie and a creme caramel. We were all very pleased with the portions and the flavours of everything. I would like to return and try some of their other offerings.
The servier we had was a bit stilted but she was unobtrusive and her serving timing was perfect, the food was hot and delicious. If I had to chose, I'll go for timing and flavour.
The wives enjoyed the giant camp coffee pots they use for serving coffee with dessert.
It was a very pleasant evening out with friends and it took us about 3 hours from start to finish.
I think it was well worth the $107 I spent as my half of the bill ($124 with the tip.).
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