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cansasouth Surrey B.C. CanadaSince August 5, 20113 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.7)

Reviews

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Pearl Bistro & Oyster Bar14955 Marine Drive, White Rock
Gleeming Pearl
Submitted Monday, October 17, 2011 - 1:26pm [Dine in]

Had dinner there on Wednesday 05 Oct 2011. Weather outside was cold and dreary but inside the Pearl it was warm and invitefull. The Pearl wasn't our first choice, since we've never been there before, but due to circumstance we ended up there. We where the first ones in and got our choice of tables. Obviously we took a table at the window. As expected our hostess and our waiter Charles were efficiently attentive to our needs and requests for the entire time we were there. The decor of the place is very pleasing to the eye.

On the food and beveage front the Pearl brilliantly shines through. Extensive and varied wine selection. Cocktails, The Pink Nightmare, were superbly done.

Beautiful big Mussels, Seafood Pot Stickers and Prawn Bisque were our starters.
Pork Lion, Fraser Valley Lamb and Cod Fish and Chips were our mains. All were really good but I think the Pork was truly a standout in this trio. The tender meat served up on spot on polenta all brought together with a swirl of honey. Very very good.

Chocolate Pate, cheese cake and cheese plate were for dessert. If you like chocolate I really recommend the pate., wow.

Oh, really good coffee is served as well.

Overall a really good experience.

Chef Ramsay would be proud.

In all, for three, with cocktails and wine about $260.

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Beatniks Bistro9194 Glover Road, Langley
Beat a path to Beatniks..........
Submitted Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 1:50pm [Dine in]

We didn't want to labour on Labour Day. Decided to go for a drive so my son could practice driving on his L license. Ended up in Ft. Langley. Haven't been there for a year or so, since the ferry stopped running. Was surprised to so many people but what was more surprising is that some of the restaurants were not open on a beautiful sunny holiday Monday.

The hot and sunny weather heightened our cravings for refreshments and nourishment. We noticed a restaurant, Beatniks, with a big line up so decided to see if we could get in quicker at another establishment. No luck however due to all the restaurants were busy and the food on the menus seemed to be just standard fare. Eventually decided to go and put our name in on the waitlist at Beatniks. Turned out tobe a great choice. During our 20 min or so wait I had a chance to study the menu and to watch what was coming out on the plates from the kitchen. Visual presentations on the plates were captivating and pleasing to the eye. Decided that we probably made the right choice.

Hostess with the mostess seated us at a great table on the patio. Couldn't ask for anything better.
She handled the large crowd with ease.

Started with the usual beer on tap and an order of Poutine and one order of Crab Cakes.

Poutine was excellent. One of the best I've tasted. The wine ingredient made the gravy rich and flavourful.
All poutines should be made this way.

Crab Cakes were good but I believe they coul have used a little more seasoning.

For mains we had the Artisian Salad, The Beatnik Wrap and a burger.

The presentation of the salad was very pleasing to one's eye. The varied ingredients made the salad taste just right. To my knowledge I haven't had figs in a salad before.

The Wrap was tasty and not too big. The mango chutney did the trick in the tast dept.

Can't comment on the burger due to my son ate it before I could critque it.

An all in all good experience. Cost with tip about $112.

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Le Vol Au Vent14959 Marine Drive, White Rock
Right on par with flavours in France
Submitted Friday, August 5, 2011 - 8:52am [Dine in]

The three of us went there last night, Thursday 4th Aug. for the first time. My son has been there before however. We were the first ones to arrive so we had our choice of tables. Took the best table on the patio which allowed us to people watch and see all the happenings on the street. Charming hostess greeted us warmly. The menu was what I expected it to be for a good restaurant varied but not too extensive. Each one of us ordered something different to sample the overall flavourings of the chef. Had a chance to sample the chefs duck spread. Mmm mmm good.

For starters we had the Crab Cake, Coquilles Saint-Jacques (Scallops) and Calamari. The Crab Cake is to die for. Great texture and one of the best I've tasted. Scallops were superb, not over done with an excellent cream sauce. The Calamari was simply done, seems on a skillet. Had the the right flavour to pair favourably with the French white Bordeaux that we were drinking.

For Mains we had the Rabbit, the Lamb and the Bouillabaisse. I personally didn't get a chance to try the Rabbit due to my 16 yr old son was relishing in it so much that I didn't want to diminish his experience with a Wabbit. The taste of my Bouillabaisse was outstanding and had the presentation to match. My wife's lamb was cooked spot on to her request of medium well and had a good presentation as well. Accompaniments/garnishes to each meal seemed to be to exacting standards. Very good sweet cabbage and grilled pepper. The shoe string french fries for the table were tasty as well.

For Dessert and Coffee we had the Upside down Apple Tart, Chocolate Cake and Friut Tart. I only tried the Apple Tart and the Choc Cake. Both were very well done. Coffee was perfectly pressed, I think. Rich flavour that required nothing to be added.

We've travelled to various regions of France on many occasions with the latest being in April this year. On many levels it's difficult to replicate the total experience of restaurant themes from one country to another. Other than being hungry the major reason one goes to a particular restaurant is for the taste. This chef on this occasion has exemplified his skill in attention to taste marvelously. Flavours were balanced and understated with no flavour over powering another. All flavours came through as they should. You could taste the richness of the foods without it being greasy and heavy. My spasmatic gall bladder had no issue.

In summation this restaurant would not be out of place in France where how the food tastes is the golden rule. An indication of a restaurants food quality can not be judged by it's location, atmosphere or paper napkins etc. Pricing is what it is. It may not be for the every day but two to three times a month should not be an issue for most people. We left very satisfied and I'll be back.

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