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BrizzLangleySince March 19, 200918 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
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Bells Bistro and Catering20381 62nd Avenue, #703, Langley
Probably the best lunch spot in Langley
Submitted Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 11:07pm [Dine in]

Can't say enough good about this spot! I recently started frequenting this spot when my office relocated around the corner a few months ago. The food here is amazing and the touch that Dave (owner/chef) puts on his soups and sandwiches takes this place to another level. The portion size is very generous so bring an appetite.

Everyday they have a lunch special and on Friday's they have a "theme" day. Some examples of the theme days are butter chicken with naan, pad thai with chicken and shrimp, pierogies. I usually don't stray far from the lunch special but their menu items are awesome as well. Some highlights are the Reuben, the chipotle chicken sandwich, the caprese, the lasagna (incredible value!).

The homemade soups are also very high quality and change daily. Make sure you try their soups, I haven't had a bad one yet.

The service is great and the place although small is cozy and very friendly. One mention I would make is that the ventilation isn't great in here and due to an open kitchen concept it gets smokey and sometimes you leave with a little bit of smell on your clothes. Don't let this deter you though, all I suggest is that if you have a meeting just come after:)

Anyone who works in Langley, you can't find a better lunch spot for quality of food for your dollar.

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Kismat Indian Cuisine20159 88th Ave, #D117, Langley
Meh
Submitted Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 12:50pm [Dine in]

Went here based on a few reviews and some word of mouth, both my dining partner and I were fairly disappointed.

The service wasn't great and our server was boasting about how it was her last shift and she was "sooooo excited to get out of here." Real classy.

I thought the food was o.k. It wasn't bad per se but fairly bland for Indian. The portion sizes are tiny so make sure you order a few dishes.

The value isn't good as the prices are a little higher than average and the portions are smaller.

The building is nice, decor is good.

There are better Indian restaurants in Langley for sure.

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Baron's Manor Pub, The9568 192 Street, Langley
Nice building, bad food
Submitted Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 10:28am [Dine in]

Langley is really lacking in the gastro-pub department so I was excited to see that there was a newer pub that called themselves gastro. I've been here on a few occasions and their food is far far from gastro. The food is your typical pre-made, frozen pub food.

The service here is just ok and a few times that I've been here it's been borderline bad.

Ambiance is nice and it's a cool looking heritage building with traditional English style low ceilings.

The value is your basic pub value.

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Maenam1938 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Best Thai I've had outside Thailand
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 12:21pm [Dine in]

My wife and I have been itching to go here since I read a couple reviews about the restaurant and their connection with David Thompson.

We weren't let down by the high praise. We arrived without a reservation at around 5:30 (they open at 5) on Saturday and we were seated at a decent table in the middle of the restaurant. The place is very small so I would make reservations next time as the place was completely packed by 6pm. The design and ambiance were great, no complaints.

The service we recieved was excellent and our waiter was not only friendly, attentive, educated, but also very passionate about Thai cuisine and the quality of the ingredients they source.

We had the Chicken Satay to start which was very good. The in house peanut sauce was incredible and I would buy a bottle if they sold it:)

For mains we had the Pad Thai and the Halbut Green Curry. Not sure why people are complaining about portion size because with those three dishes my wife and I were stuffed with no room for dessert unfortunatly.

The Pad Thai is the best I've had outside of Thailand hands down. I think the negative reviews stem from people not knowing how Pad Thai is traditionally made. Unfortunately it is common for local thai places to use ketchup as the sweet element in the dish to cater to the local palate, hence the redish colured dish. Here they use tamarind seeds/sauce to achieve this result which is both sweet and sour and is probably why some people found it either too sweet or too sour. To me, this dish has the perfect combination of taste and texture with crunchy peanuts and bean sprouts and perfect noodles which are sourced out of LA and are THE best noodles I've had locally.

Next the Halibut Curry. Wow. The flavors in this dish are AMAZING and the pea eggplants which I've never heard of are a burst of flavor which is new to me. This dish is quite spicy but you can still taste all the amazing flavors.

The wine selection is great with Wild Goose (one of my fav. local wines) being their house wine. The Autum Gold from Wild Goose pairs great with spicy foods.

Overall a great place that I would definately go back to and try some other dishes, notable the Penang Beef Curry.

Value wise I found it not too bad. 1 appy, 2 drinks and 2 mains for $65 with a 20% tip... not bad. The fresh ingredients and house made pastes and sauces is well worth it.

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Firehall Bistro, The19237 122A Avenue, #104, Pitt Meadows
Solid dining experience
Submitted Monday, November 2, 2009 - 9:46am [Dine in]

Food rating: My wife and I had the following dishes, Kalamari, tarragon chicken, oven roasted halibut. The highlight was actually the amuse bouche which was a crostini with a olive tapanade, mmmm.

The Tarragon chicken was bland, basically a chicken breast with salt and pepper roasted... couldn't taste the tarragon at all. The risotto was ok, but under cooked and I'm personally not a fan of gruyere cheese in place of parmasan... I dont mean to pick it apart, but hey this is a review site.

My wife's Halibut was a great dish, muuuuch better than mine.

The Kalamari was ok, nothing special.

We had a dessert that I can't recall the name but it was very very good and they make all the dessert in house.

The wine list was decent and the prices are incredible. I think it was $7 more expensive than a BCL which is unheard of for a restaurant.

The service was good, not great but no complaints here.

Ambiance was nice, good lighting, nice seating with decent sized tables. Not sure why they still haven't changed the banner out front but we knew this already so had no problems finding it.

Definately would go back as the value is incredible.

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Vij's1480 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Lived up to the hype
Submitted Monday, November 2, 2009 - 9:23am [Dine in]

Most often when dining at restaurants that have such a hype I find they dont always live up. Vij's did.

My wife and I showed up at 6:30 and we had a few drinks in the lounge until we were seated around 7:10. Still not quite sure why they dont take reservations, but we knew that going in so it was fine. Also, the lounge that you wait for your table in is tiny and cramped... We were suprised at how small a space they had here.

All was forgotten when the food came. We had the samosa's to start which were incredible with tomota chutney and coconut chutney which was incredible.

I had the lamb popsicle and my wife had the halibut and shrimp. While both were good, the lamb was AMAZING. Quite possibly one of the best lamb dishes I've ever eaten actually.

The service here is top shelf and we had no complaints here.

It is expensive ($30 entree, $15 appy, $6 beer, $10 cocktail) but worth it in my opinion.

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Vault, The5764 176 Street, Surrey
Fun night out in Cloverdale
Submitted Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

I've been to The Vault about 15 times over the last 2 years for both lunch and dinner. It's a decent place to come for drink and food and fun with the live music on the weekend. Their food was much better when they first opened. It's still good, but they have increased prices and cut out certain menu items that I think weren't making them enough money. You can't beat Martini Wednesday's here and their lunch food is pretty tasty. A couple things I would change, they don't change the menu at all for seasonal foods? The service is decent, but not that good and the one of the main guys that I believe manages the place never has a smile on his face. Anyways, this place is always busy on the weekends and it is a fun place to come with friends. Their decor is very eclectic and funky as well.

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Pho 99 Vietnamese Noodle House19533 Fraser Highway, Surrey
Pleasantly suprised
Submitted Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 2:38pm [Dine in]

I have been here 3 times now and all of them good experiences. The restaurant is very clean with nice modern decor and I was very suprised since it doesn't look like much from outside and it's called Pho 99.

Their pho is very good, great broth, nice noodles and the other food items on the menu are very solid. For those in the Clayton Heights area it's a great option.

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Eighteen 279185 Glover Rd., Langley
Wouldn't go back
Submitted Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

I went to this place on recomendation from a few friends as a decent place for a martini. The martini's are indeed good but beyond that there isn't much else to go back for. The server we had was not good at all, forgot items, took a while to serve us drinks, and was very very dry. The food was decent, we had the fondue, but it wasn't anything special. I get they are going for a unique atmosphere and for this I do give them some credit.

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Seasonal 5626730 56th Avenue, #201, Langley
Lost it's luster
Submitted Monday, September 21, 2009 - 12:35pm [Dine in]

It pains me to say this because I was such a huge fan of The Seasonal Experience, but they have gone down hill. Everything about the original restaurant epitomized everything I believe in when it comes to food. The ingredients were sourced out from all local high quality producers, mostly all organic or free range. They were basically the Jamie Oliver/Gordon Ramsays of the lower mainland and to top it off their prices were incredible. There was no need to go downtown to eat great food when you could go over to SE. It seems now that they have shifted their focus away from fine dining and are now catering to the lunch crowd. I haven't been for lunch yet, but the menu looks good and the prices look great as well. This has taken away a lot of the quality of their dinner menu and service. I have dined at Seasonal 56 5 times including on their opening night.

Food rating. They still use fresh ingredients but the food quality has greatly diminished. I gave it a decent becasue it seems like the 'love' is just not there anymore. They have some good dishes, but I've tried almost everything on the menu and have not been wowed by anything except the viginia duck breast and the mushroom soup. Many times I have thought to myself, did the chef even taste this dish before he put it out? I've also thought to myself, is Adrian even in the kitchen? Many of their dishes are salty to the point of not even being able to eat the whole dish.

Service rating. Service is way worse now that the restaurant is bigger. For instance, we bought their most expensive bottle ($80) of wine and the server didn't offer a decanter. When questioned, she didn't even know what a decanter was?!? Also, the servers here DO NOT sell the food. If you are used to fine dining service, you will not find it here unfortunately.

Value. Wine value is horrible, worse than most restaurants downtown. Food prices have gone up and this woulnd't be an issue with me if the quality was the same as The Seasonal Experience.

Ambiance is fine, better than the last place.

Bottom line to me seems that this place is under-staffed. The offer, cooking classes, catering, lunch and dinner. This is good because their general message (local, fresh, organic) is awesome and I'm fully on board, but they seem to neglect certain aspects of their business. I know they are doing fairly well, the cooking classes are always booked, they get catering jobs, the dinner service seems fairly busy, but they could be doing alot better. They send out periodic email asking for investors, and I'd love to invest but they need to change things and get back to their old ways.

Even though my review may sound negative I still do recomend this restarant to people.

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Maguro Sushi5241 Ladner Trunk Rd, Delta
Simply Amazing
Submitted Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 2:19pm [Dine in]

I almost didn't want to review this place because every time I've been there the restaurant is packed. People in Ladner know how amazing this place is and it's quite apparent. This is the best sushi I've had (haven't been to Tojo's) and I've been to countless sushi joints. Their spicy tuna rolls are the best I've had for sure. Everything here is very fresh and their sushi rice is awesome.

The restaurant itself is very small and sort of cramped, I suggest calling in advance picking up, buying a bottle of wine and going out to one of Ladner's many beautiful vantage points for a picnic.

Outstanding Value for the quality of food.

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Chilli House Thai Bistro1018 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Great view, decent Thai
Submitted Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 2:06pm [Dine in]

I was excited to eat here after reading all the good reviews. The food didn't live up to the hype but the views were amazing. I've been to Thailand and eaten a various Thai restaurants around the lower mainland so I know Thai food fairly well.

We had the spring rolls, pad thai, oysters with chili sauce and cashew chicken. Quite honestly nothing was exceptional although all it was all solid.

Go there for the view, don't expect to be blown away by the food.

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Guu Otokomae375 Water Street, #105, Vancouver
Love this place
Submitted Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 1:59pm [Dine in]

Went for the first time about a month ago and have been back twice since. This place is awesome! I have yet to have a dish that I didn't like and I've tried quite a few. Standouts are the Wasabi Tuna Sashimi (AMAZING) which was on a special menu, the sashimi salad, ebimayo, yakisoba, deep fried brie. I could go on and on basically everything is good. The sake mojito is a must.

The atmosphere is cool for what the place is and service is good. The waiter staff are basically all ESL but they are great people and great servers. There is always someone around to take your order and the food comes out very timely considering this place is always busy. I have been there at 5 when they open, 7, and 8:30 and everytime it was basically full including the bar.

This is a GREAT place to go with a group of friends as it gives you a chance to share plates and sample a little bit of everything. I'm glad I don't live closer or this place would have all my money.

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Araxi Restaurant + Bar4222 Village Square, Whistler
Didn't live up to the hype
Submitted Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

I had been wanting to eat at Araxi for quite some time so the last time My wife and I were in Whistler we went twice, once for Dinner and once for Lunch. I have to say I was quite letdown especially after Gordon Ramsey (who I respect) called it the best restaurant he's been to in Canada. My guess is this was somewhat of a marketing ploy for the current season of his show as the winner gets a job in the kitchen.

The restaurant itself is nicely decorated and very clean. We chose to sit on the patio as it was a hot summer night.

Before we were seated we had to wait at the bar for 20 minutes. We were literally sitting right infront of the bartender for 15 minutes before she even took our drink order? I even flagged her down and she kept saying, "I'll be right back." I could understand if the bar was packed, but there were maybe 12 people total in there.

I didn't knock the service rating for this because or diner server was exceptional. She was VERY knowledgable about the menu and highly passionate about the food. To me this is very important and definately adds to the overall experience.

The food:

We shared the heirloom tomato and buffalo mozza salad to start. I have to say this was probably the best salad I've eaten in my life. The tomatoes were extremely fresh and the basil sorbet was incredible. I'd give this dish a perfect 10/10.

For my wifes main she had the Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi. Quite an unispired and bland dish... a letdown. Easy to make much better gnocchi at home. 6/10

For my main I had the Free Run Chicken with Proscuitto. Apparently it was supposed to have pistachio and chili butter... Again, very unispired and a disapointment. 5.5/10

For dessert we shared the ice cream sandwich. The hazzlenut crust was very tasty, 8/10.

Next day we went back for lunch to give it a second try and to try different menu items. I had the pork sandwhich with coleslaw. It was very under-seasoned and the deep fried pounded pork chop was soggy. 6/10.

Wife had their beef burger which I thought was decent but she didn't like.

Overall, I think there are much better restaurants for the money and I most likely will not be back again.

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Village Sushi18690 Fraser Highway, #312, Surrey
Way overpriced for what you get
Submitted Monday, June 29, 2009 - 11:55am [Dine in]

I've been to a lot of sushi places, and for the food you receive here, it's not nearly worth the inflated prices. That's not to say the food is bad, because it isn't but it's really just average. We had miso soup (very bad, how do you screw up miso soup?!?) chicken yakisoba, gyoza, spicy tuna roll, avocado roll, and california roll and it was $42 dollars. I'd way rather drive to Nikko's in Langley or even Hero's. Just because it's called Clayton Village doesn't mean you should charge Whistler Village prices.

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Seasons in the ParkWest 33rd & Cambie, Vancouver
Great experience
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 11:10am [Dine in]

My wife and I came here for our anniversary and we were very impressed! We had a great server with good wine/food knowledge and a sense of humor to boot! The views in this place are fantastic and the setting of the restaurant is pretty cool.

We started with the stuffed mushroom appy to share and it was amazing. I don't like to compare but I know a lot of people love the keg stuffed mushrooms (not sure why, they are prepackaged, frozen, and re-heated) and these made them look like a joke. I'd go with a 8.5/10

I had the peppercorn crusted rack of lamb and it was exceptional. Nothing to write a short story about, but solid. 8/10

My wife had the Crab & Mascarpone Crusted Wild BC Sockeye Salmon and it was exceptional. 9/10.

Was the little brownie mountain for dessert and it was good. 8/10

I highly recomend this place for special occasions, it's not cheap, but you get what you pay for.

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Ashoka Indian Cuisine20530 Fraser Hwy, Langley
Great Indian food!
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 10:55am [Dine in]

My lover and I usually order take out from here as the restaurant is very small and fairly uninspiring... that being said it is a decent place to sit down with friends and it's always busy.

The butter chicken here is as good as most reviewers have mentioned, but my favourite dish here is the Rogan Josh. I like spicy food, and I like to order 'spicy' here. When you order spicy, it's obvioulsy not traditionaly spicy but 'dumbed' down a little.

Their naan is awesome as well!

The value here is great and they also have an entertainment coupon. Best Indian food in Langley in my opinion.

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Seasonal Experience, The20226 Fraser Highway, #118, Langley
Amazing Langley Restaurant
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 10:48am [Dine in]

My wife and I ate at 'The Seasonal Experience' for the second time last night and we wondered why it had been so long since we dined here. This place is litterally a hole in wall in a locale that you would never think would have such a great restaurant. Mind you, the interior and decor of the restaurant are much better now since they renovated recently. If this place was downtown, not only would the prices probably be double, but you would never get in.

Food:
Our server brought us a 'palate awakener' of pork pate with pickled onion and red relish. Wow, presentation was amazing, the taste combination was great and it really did get the palate 'buzzing'. We had already ordered a bottle of BC riesling and this paired fairly well together. 9/10

Next we decided to share the braised veal cheeks with hand made crab stuffed ravioli as neither of us have ever tried veal cheeks before. I thought it was great, very tender and full of flavours and our server brought us fresh bread to dip in the braise which was excellent. I would give this appy an 9/10 and my wife probably a 7/10. She wasn't blown away by this dish and found it to be too salty.

Next our server brought us a palate cleanser of frozen sparkling wine and cinnamon served on spoons. 10/10

For entres I ordered the Baked Salmon on a bed of root vegi, and wilted spinach with horseradish sauce. Amazing flavour combinations and the salmon was cooked to absolute perfection. 9.5/10

My wife had the Roasted free range chicken breast with gnocchi and green beans. Cannot say enough about this dish! You may think to yourself, "self, how could a plain chicken breast be thaaaat good." The gnocchi was the best I've EVER had, the chicken was cooked to PERFECTION and sauce (can't remeber what was in it) was rediculously good. 10/10

Finished the meal off with orange chocolate mouse (sp?) and it was also amazing 9/10.

The service was outstanding! Our server was very knowledgable and gave us great suggestions!

The value is also amazing. You are paying prices cheaper than the keg, but the food isn't even remotely comparable... The Seasonal makes the keg look like ABC restaurant.

All in all, you can tell this restaurant is run by people who are truely passionate about food and who pour their heart and experience into every dish. Eveything that came to our table was perfection in its presentation, taste and preparation. There is no need to go downtown, pay double, pay for parking, deal with snooty food snobs when there is a place like this.

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