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cjwright79White RockSince August 7, 200717 Reviews
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  • Food4 (4.1)
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Beecher Street Cafe12302 Beecher Street, White Rock
Save your money folks
Submitted Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 4:07pm [Dine in]

Just went there for Sunday brunch. Not a good experience. We all agreed that it was a sub-par meal. This place used to be good, ten years ago. Had seafood fettuccine. I suspected the chef considered this a 'get rid of old fish day' because it was just salmon and cod, very bland and boring. No mussels or clams or prawns. The serving was too small as well. Well, it would have been if the meal had been worth eating. Russell Lemon Ale was the only bright patch. Outsider art on the walls, more challenging than pleasing. I will never come here again despite enjoying dozens of meals here in the past. It's just well past its prime. Washington Avenue Grill is a similar style outfit -- upmarket bohemian -- but the execution is far better.

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Jade Seafood Restaurant8511 Alexandra Road, Richmond
Commendable dim sum
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2012 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

I just went here for the first time today, with my younger brother. He had been talking to a food critic for the Now newspaper in Surrey who had recommended Jade Seafood restaurant as the best he had been to in Richmond. He relayed an anecdote that the owner of this facility is an Asian real estate mogul who wanted a place to impress his clients, and hired the best chefs that he could find back East. Frankly, this story holds up, because the decor is very tasteful, the staff are sharply dressed and professional, and the place has an overall air of class and sophistication. I think a few of the other customers weren't quite up to Jade's standards though, judging by how they left the men's washroom. Inside the dining area they were a boisterous, chatty bunch, but that's a fun environment to be in, for me anyway.

At any rate, we went for Dim Sum, which starts at 9am and ends at 3pm. If you go there before 11am you get 20% off, but we arrived closer to one. This was fine because most dim sum dishes cost a very reasonably $4 to $5, desserts are $3-4, and we ordered seven of the former and three of the later. And we were quite full afterwards. Tea seems to be charged at $1 a head. They give you a pot full of strong black tea, and another pot of hot water to water it down. Please, don't forget to water it down or your mouth will be saturated with tannins in no time.

On to the actual dishes. We had Steamed Crab Dumplings, Steamed Sticky Rice (with a yummy pork and Chinese sausage filling, wrapped in banana leaves), Shrimp and Garlic Spring Rolls, Steamed Beef Balls with Bean Paste, Sticky Chicken and Enoki Mushroom Buns, and a couple of others which aren't listed in English on our bill, and which aren't on their online .pdf menu, which is out of date. One was basically rice puffs with a delicious corn-and-grape mixture bound with a Chinese mayonnaise, topped with top-notch smoked salmon. It was listed as a 'Smoked Salmon Salad' or something to that effect, and was at the bottom of the first dim sum page. One of the best things we had there, to be certain.

For dessert we had Almond Pudding with Sesame Balls, Coconut Cakes (which are actually gelatinous cubes with corn in them), and Mango Pudding (also gelatinous). I wasn't massively impressed with these three, and I had a mild allergic reaction to the almond pudding, but I sometimes do with items containing nuts. But they were still good and would recommend them. I'll try other options next time though.

Overall this was a great first experience. Parking was a cinch, the place is on the 2nd floor of a building which is a bonus, and they have several very impressive, expensive chandeliers to illuminate your meal. The grand total after tax for the two of us was $50, but we did eat plenty and brought a modest amount home. I highly recommend this. We were two of the only white folks in the place, but we did see others, and were treated perfectly well by everybody.

We used to go to the nearby Sun Sui Wah regularly for dim sum, which I enjoyed every time but which my brother claims has let their standards slip. At any rate, I think we'll be going to Jade the next time we have a craving for dim sum. Highly recommended if you don't mind spending $20-$30 for an excellent meal.

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Cosmos Greek Restaurant14871 Marine Drive, White Rock
Portions tend towards 'enormous'
Submitted Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 6:37pm [Dine in]

I really like Cosmos but the thing is, whenever I go there my appetite doesn't quite match up the extremely generous portion sizes. The one time I got a three course meal (soup, an entree, dessert, and coffee) I went out to the parking lot afterwards and nearly puked because I was so full. That said, the food -is- really good, the prices are very reasonable, and the staff are friendly and good at what they do. So... what am I saying exactly? -- should I fault them for serving so much food? That's silly. They are a great operation and I'll be back again and again, but I definitely need to bring a fierce appetite next time to match their portion sizes. I definitely recommend their dolmades, avgolemono soup, and baklava.

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Taka's Take-Out Sushi15214 Pacific Avenue, White Rock
A rewarding experience
Submitted Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

Well, I finally got around to trying out Taka's. I'd been hearing nothing but good things about it for a number of years, but was put off by a few things. First, the price. Well yes, it is more than typical, but I think it's justified by the decidedly superior quality of the food. Second, the location -- I usually take a bike around town and I wasn't sure if I needed to go down Johnston Road when there was Kuroishi or Sushi Black Tuna closer to home. Well, sure, it's a little more effort, but it's definitely worth it. And most of you will be coming in your cars anyway, so who cares. My last concern was the amount of seating. Two tables with two seats apiece, and then seating for four along the sushi bar. No problem. I just sat at the bar and that was fine. I did show up at opening (11:30am) so maybe it's more of an issue later in the day, but it worked for me today. And sitting at the bar, there's not much to look at, but that's no big deal really.

Anyway, on to the food. I was somewhat over-faced by the menu, which is mostly rolls, so I decided to let the short list of lunch specials inform me. Presumably these were what Taka thought were solid choices. So, I went with the first item, "Taka's Favourtie Lunch" ($13.25). An Eamon Roll (poached salmon roll with red tuna and avocado outside, topped with spicy sauce), four pieces of nigiri (two sockeye salmon and two tuna), and miso soup. I received the miso first, and it was certainly of a higher quality than I'm used to. It had a few exotic mushroom slices floating on top, and although I normally don't eat mushrooms, these were good. The maki was then presented. Delicate flavours, appealing presentation, and enough pieces for the price. The sashimi was also satisfying. I had been getting a bit bored with sushi at the other places around town, but the well-sourced fish here has renewed by interest.

My first order was good enough to call for a second, so I asked for a Cajun roll ($6.50), which is part of the second lunch special (Cajun Lunch). This one included crawfish tail, salmon, avocado, jalapeno, and topped with spicy sauce, cayenne pepper, sesame seeds, and masago habanero. Not quite sure what that last one is, but regardless the roll was even better than the first. For dessert I went with two pieces of mochi ice cream. These are little balls of vanilla ice cream coated in mochi, a nice chewy layer composed of pounded sticky rice, served in halves, with a cute little metal skewer for picking them up, and sprinkled with some kind of green powder -- some kind of tea product I guess. At $1.75 each maybe I should have gotten four, because they were really really good.

Anyway Taka's is pricier than usual, yes, but I feel it's worth it, especially if you're getting a bit bored with wherever you usually go.

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Little India15081 Marine Drive, White Rock
I can certainly vouch for the Dal Makhani
Submitted Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 7:49pm [Dine in]

Also known as lentils in gravy. I get it virtually every time I come to Little India. Little black nuggets of goodness. A naan is a must, cheese or garlic, and possibly the zaffrani (saffron) rice. Kingfisher beer goes well with the modest spicyness. I do not recommend the milk dumpling desserts -- they are really good, but there's only two of them, for $5 or $6. At that price I would like four. I really wish I could get four! They -are- scrumptious.

Peter the proprietor is a very decent fellow and always makes you feel at home. And the cook working in the back knows their craft very well. This is a favorite of my family's and a real asset to the community... or Metro Vancouver as a whole for that matter, judging by some of the other reviews. We go there about once a month or thereabouts and we always, always leave happy and satisfied. Unequivocal recommendation.

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Sabatino's Trattoria & Bar15355 24 Avenue, #950, White Rock
Consistently high-quality; the second-best Italian restaurant on the peninsula
Submitted Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 6:51pm [Dine in]

I went to Sabatino's for lunch today and ordered the Rigatone with Italian Sausage. The rigatone was a quality, lightly ribbed product and the sausage appeared to be made in-house. It was lean meat (with enough fat for flavour) and has a pleasant fennel note. Some of the sausage came had come apart into little nodules and some stuck together for larger chunks, so there was a nice variety of texture. The sauce was a pleasant, somewhat spicy arrabiatta made from quality tomatoes. For dessert I had the tirimisu. As one usually finds, it was more a cakey production than an authentic, 'wet' tirimisu, but it was still fairly delectable. Marscapone cheese, a slight hint of rum I believe, garnished with strawberry slices and chocolate drizzle. My waitress was attentive and polite, and my water glass didn't stay empty for long despite my high intake. A good experience overall.

I've been to Sabatino's about 40 or 50 times over the past six or seven years, and I have never had a bad meal. They are consistently one of the best Italian restaurants on the Semiahmoo peninsula. La Baia on Marine Drive is better for food, but it isn't open for lunch, and Sabatino's decor feels more contemporary, and parking is categorically not an issue here.

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White Spot15877 Croydon Drive, Surrey
A good first experience, will return
Submitted Monday, March 5, 2012 - 11:31am [Dine in]

I went here for breakfast this morning (March 5th, 2012) for the first time. The waitress recommended the steelhead salmon benedict, and I'd be considering that since White Spot came out with their new menus a month or two ago, so I went with that. Turned to be a great decision. Nice lightly smoked steelhead, a zesty hollandaise, and really yummy 'smashed potatoes', a new feature at White Spot. The building is brand new of course, with high cedar panelling and a much more modern, airy feel that the uptown South Surrey location. I liked this place, liked my waitress, and definitely liked my meal. Plan to come here again rather than go to often-crowded usual location, even though it's further from home.

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El Taco15565 Marine Drive, White Rock
Excellent authentic burritos
Submitted Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 4:54pm [Dine in]

I didn't know what I'd been missing until I came here. I've seen Tony Bourdain tour Mexico and I always thought their food looked yummy, and now I know first hand. This puts pretenders -- you know who they are -- to shame. I really don't know what else to say -- the components are all top quality and the end result is extremely delicious, healthy, and affordable. Try to Jamaika (pronounced ha-MIKE-ah), which is slightly sweetened cold hibiscus tea, to wash it down. A hearty recommendation -- better value than anywhere else on the peninsula, and better tasting to boot.

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Leela Thai Restaurant1310 Johnston Road, White Rock
Sublime -- if you have a craving for Thai
Submitted Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 8:00am [Dine in]

I've been to Leela Thai about 30 times over the past decade. If you're in the mood for Thai, it's amazing, it's perfect. Funnily enough, I don't find myself in that condition very often, so I can't be utterly ecstatic about their offerings. I will say that their desserts are sublime. Deep fried banana with homemade coconut ice cream, or fresh mango with sticky rice. Just be sure not to get either when banana or mango is out of season though. Lunch specials are good and cheap, but I always find myself getting Pad Thai for $8. It's a good deal but more often than not, sushi is more delicious.

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Ocean Park & Village Pub12822 16th Avenue, Surrey
Good pizza, good pizza, and good beer
Submitted Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 8:12am [Dine in]

This is not somewhere I would go to for much other reason than pizza and beer. The interior is unlike anything else within five miles, so that's a plus. The desserts are far from top-flight, but their hummus is very very good. Overall, this is a great asset to the community, but not somewhere where I go too often. Five times a year would be enough.

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Fatburger1750 152nd Street, White Rock
It's the best Jerry, the best!
Submitted Monday, April 5, 2010 - 10:50am [Dine in]

I don't even know where to begin. Everything about Fatburger screams, "We get it. We know what our customers want. We like our customers and want to feed them well. We have great taste in both food and interior design." The ambiance is classic 50s diner style, but not in a cheesy or lame way. It's really quite provocative. They have a jukebox wired into main sound system, which is totally free to use! Amazing. There are tons of CDs in there to choose from -- it's a modern gadget underneath the retro styling.

Everything I've had there has been delicious, with their burgers (beef, chicken, or turkey) being the real stand-outs, of course, as well as their milkshakes. They recently added Oreo flavour so I am a very happy man whenever it's shake time.

Staff are upbeat and efficient, and the place is always spotless. Even the bathrooms are classy, with pictures of famous 20th and 21st century movie stars adorning the walls. Everyone from Mae West and Grace Kelly up to Scarlett and Natalie -- in the gents' anyway. Just a fantastic joint overall. They even have draft beer! And yeah, a full meal may set you back $10, but McDonald's is perhaps $7 or $8, and is utterly inferior in the taste and nutrition department. A must-try -- and don't be put off by the name, as many skeptics have been.

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White Spot1681 152nd street, Surrey
Exquisite breakfasts!
Submitted Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 8:19am [Dine in]

I'm often walking uptown to have Eggs Benedict or one of their original creations. It is always delicious, and they are happy to substitute shrimp for ham if I am not in the mood for pig. Always cheerful, attentive service, although the clientèle here do trend towards the elderly and immodest. Still, I will keep coming here -- for $12 you get a substantial and delicious breakfast. I am not so certain that their lunch and dinner offerings have quite won me over yet -- for that I would prefer the nearby Fatburger or Kuroishi.

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Boston Pizza1956 152nd Street, Surrey
It's just... so good
Submitted Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

Jim Treliving of Dragon's Den infamy has really got a solid operation going here. They are continually upgrading their menu it seems, and every time they do, I am impressed by fantastic new dishes they concoct. Just a solid, solid business model. Their pizza of course compares favorably with any other, is head-and-shoulders better than Panago, and even a little better than Ocean Park Pizza, which is no slouch at all. Boston Pizza is never a bad choice if you crave cheese, tomato sauce, or chocolate. Yes, they have some pretty decent desserts there now, including an apoplectic chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream. Mmm mmm mmm.

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IHOP - International House of Pancakes2429 152nd Street, Unit 107, White Rock
When you're in the mood, it does the trick
Submitted Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 10:15pm [Dine in]

IHOP it seems have recently updated their menu, and the results are quite satisfying. There is a huge plethora to choose from, and everything I've had so far as been sublime. Yes, sublime. They source solid ingredients, and the mother company provides wonderful iced tea and hot chocolate. Just a very tip-top organization, and the place is always packed for lunch. Highly recommended if you are not averse to carb-based dining.

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La Baia Italian Restaurant15791 Marine Drive, White Rock
Simply fantastic
Submitted Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 9:29am [Dine in]

I've been coming here with my family for the better part of twenty years now, and it's been the most solid establishment in White Rock for that time. Every single meal I've ever had has been delicious and flawless. You are spoiled for choice by how many tempting dishes there are, and deciding on your meal is never an easy choice. Appetizers and desserts are mandatory. Yes, the decor hasn't changed much from the beginning, but it's completely unobjectionable and in fact quite pleasant. I've never had better Italian and wouldn't even think to try and replicate what they do at home.

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Kuroishi Japanese Cuisine1625 152nd Street, Surrey
The best sushi in a rather large area
Submitted Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 9:04am [Dine in]

If you want better sushi you'll have to go to the Richmond/Burnaby/Vancouver area. And even then I'm just assuming. The food is does not exactly send me looking for a better alternative. The menu is expansive, there are a lot of special, expensive rolls for when you get tired of the same old routine, staff are unproblematic, the chefs are young and friendly, and the place has an airy feel thanks to a double-height dining area, complete with fireplace in the middle. A little strange for sushi, yes, but it took over the space from a failed Bread Garden. After having been pesco-vegetarian for the past five years, I am eager to try all their meatier dishes. So far so good, the tonkatsu was very good, and very good value. A huge pork cutlet for $9, plus salad, miso soup, and steamed rice. A definite favorite. However, if I lived in Vancouver I wouldn't make the trip all the way out just to eat there. It's very good, but not out-of-this world.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant4920 No. 3 Road, #102, Richmond
Superb
Submitted Monday, August 6, 2007 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

A very fine dining experience. The menu looks a little expensive for a first-timer, but when the food arrives you see that's in par with McDonald's for value per calorie, due to the large portions. Staff was exceptionally courteous, and the ambience was excellent, being surrounded by large, exuberant Asian families. Food left nothing to be desired. It's not as healthy as sushi, but not bad. Left feeling full, satisfied, but not gross. Good stuff.

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