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channel_nCoquitlamSince January 22, 20095 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value2.5 (2.6)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 5 of 5 Reviews Found
O-Sushi1410 Parkway Blvd, #C9, Coquitlam
Good little secret!
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 1:56am [Dine in]

I have been going here for some time. It is unfortunate that the preceding reviewer had a bad experience. (And maybe good for those of us who go to this small Japanese Restaurant - lol)

This place has 2 booths (somewhat small - can probably accommodate 6 people max, each) and 6 tables. There is one flat screen Tv on the wall. We've caught parts of Canucks games during meals there. They used to have some kind of table top liner that always seemed sticky - glad they are gone. Mr. O is very welcoming and gives you a smile and a feeling that he recognizes you and are happy that you've chosen to revisit his establishment.

There is usually only 1 server on, and sometimes she has to deal with all the tables and the numerous take out orders this places receives. If you can be patient about that or keep it in mind, your experience will be good.

If you arrive at the standard meal times you might have to wait.

The food is good, the lunch/dinner boxes are reasonably priced, and Mr. O. and the servers are quite accommodating with my requests to change numerous things in the box. My wife likes the sushi there.

We've been there many times, and have only had one or two occasions where tempura batter has been soggy or the tempura sauce isn't made properly. (An apprentice in the back, perhaps?) but generally, the food is very consistent and very good!

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My Greek Taverna946 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Best Greek Value in Coquitlam.
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 1:46am [Dine in]

Great food for a very respectable price!

Service is usually very good. Sometimes there can be a line up if you arrive late at the usual meal times.

Parking out front has only a few stalls, but there is usually plenty of parking in the back (down the stairs).

My family and I have been there many many times, and the food is consistent. Sure there have been one or two times that the rice was slightly different, but generally, you know what you are going to get when you order - no surprises. Portions are huge!! There is usually enough for a meal the next day.

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Akari Japanese Restaurant3000 Lougheed Highway, #112, Coquitlam
Decent Place for Japanese in Coquitlam
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 1:40am [Dine in]

Pretty average all around.
Was good food, I will go back.
I try to go during lunch, as the dinner boxes are over priced.

I tried the Okonomiyaki, having tried it once at another establishment and liking it. Main issue, I don't eat shrimp and this thing was full of shrimp. My mistake for not asking what they put in their okonomiyaki, and partially theirs for not listing it either. If you like shrimp and okonomiyaki, you'll love this! lolz.

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Closed
Pearl Castle2850 Shaughnessy St, #6102, Port Coquitlam
Food Ok, but wow, the service was terrible!
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 1:33am [Dine in]

Ok, the ambience/decor is fine. Looks hip (or whatever the young people are using these days).

Food (surprisingly after the terrible service) was actually not bad, and had an attempt at "presentation".

Service. The main issue for this restaurant is poor (omg, horrible) service.

We arrived at the restaurant. (Mistake #1)
It looked fairly busy - only a couple tables left. First issue. No-one near the front greeter's station. Servers all busy taking food to tables. (Fine, I can appreciate wanting to table hot food) Yet, not one of them even made eye contact. No one came by for what felt like 15 minutes (but was probably 10). Finally we FLAGGED down someone who happened to be glancing our way. We were put into a booth near the door. No place settings on it, and still needing to be wiped down. The girl who put us there basically said, "sit here", and left. No menu's. We waited for 5 minutes before I reached around and grabbed the take out menu's. Shortly after doing so, a couple walked in. A server finally brought us some actual menu's, but only after WE requested them!!

I should have probably listened to my gut and just walked out at this point, but as we hosting my sister-in-law and her husband, opted to stay the course (mistake #2).

We received our menu's (about 25 minutes has passed here), and had to again ask for water/tea and utensils. The couple that arrived had gotten some take out menu's at this point and had placed their order.

No one came back to take our order for about 15 minutes. Yeah, were at about 40 minutes here, and I'm having steam coming out of my ears.

The couple's take out food arrived, and they left BEFORE we had even placed our order.

When the food arrived it was actually ok. It might have been better had it not been nearly an hour later, and us being VERY frustrated with the staff.

When our bill arrived, the pricing between the take-out menu and the eat-in menu was different. Believe it or not, the price of eating in was MORE than the price of take-out food. I'm completely baffled about this and asked about it. It was confirmed that, indeed it was true.

We left no tip for the extremely terrible service. I was very angry at the service we had received, as well as the most idiotic pricing I had ever seen.

Listen, I'm not expecting to be waited on hand and foot, or coddled, but this was really, totally unacceptable. For those of you thinking, "Hey, it's probably some angry Caucasian who doesn't understand how Asian restaurants work" - I am partly Asian, myself.

I swore never to go there again. Hey owners of Pearl Castle, I sincerely hope you read this, and for the love of all that is good, make changes.

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Chada Thai Fine Cuisine2991 Lougheed Hwy, #107, Coquitlam
Good, but missing a few things that would make this Great.
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 1:16am [Dine in]

I love Asian food. Having been to numerous locations in Asia and being able to taste the local cuisine first hand was great. Naturally, when I discovered that the "health food store" was gone and in its place was this Chada Thai restaurant, I was very, very happy. I was happy I did not have to drive out of Coquitlam for Thai food.

Ambience: Nice decor - the dark woods and interior colors are not too loud and make the place feel rich, despite the cramped table arrangement.
Also, it is cold by the window, so if you are the type to feel chilly all the time, ask for an inside seat. I myself am reasonably well insulated and was still chilly sitting 2 tables from the door.

Food: The food is really, really good. It took longer to arrive than I thought green curry would, but I appreciated that it arrived at the table looking very presentable and with an obvious look of deliberate creativity. It arrived hot with the side of steaming rice.

Overall, it was a very pleasant experience. I have not been back only because that I thought that the value wasn't good due to portion size/price. My gripe is that this is termed as "Fine" Cuisine. The portion and price would suggest that the "fine' refers to "fine" dining. However, its strip-mall-like location paired with a cramped environment makes it feel more like a pho noodle house.

If the owners adjusted the portion/price this Thai restaurant would go from "good" (what anybody should expect) to GREAT.

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