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cmx_babyCoquitlamSince May 4, 200838 Reviews
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3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (2.9)
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Displaying 21 - 38 of 38 Reviews Found
Ban Chok Dee Thai Cuisine20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley
Ripped off @ takeout
Submitted Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 3:41pm [Dine in]

Before I begin this review, I have to say that I was RIPPED OFF. On their takeout menu & website it says "10% off takeout orders" so I just assumed that it would be given. I paid as usual, no receipt was given, but I felt it was a little high so when I got home I calculated how much it would cost and there was no discount given. So if you order takeout, watch out!!!

That aside, I ordered 3 dishes: Papaya salad, Chicken Pad Se-ieu, and Chicken Pad Prik-Khing (no peppers, only green beans). At $11.99, I thought that all of the salads were overpriced, but I thought I'd give it a try anyways cuz maybe the portion was extra large. Actually everything was $11.99 which is a little overpriced for Langley and I thought that paying extra to get prawns instead of beef/chicken was ridiculous since alot of restaurants offer it for free.

Let me tell you, I like all of my food spicey whenever possible, i really do, but the Papaya salad was so spicy that it was inedible. The Pad Sei-ieu was alright but could use a little more sauce or flavour, and the pad prik-khing was the best dish, it was really yummy, the flavour of the sauce was really good so we poured the sauce on the pad sei-ieu!

I guess we'll try it again but dine-in this time so we can talk to them if we have an issues!!

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All Thai'd Up Restaurant2636 Kingsway Ave., Port Coquitlam
not quite sure about this place.. .
Submitted Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 3:25pm [Dine in]

Yes, this place is in a really strange location, sketchy to say the least. It's very tiny and the ambience is inside is kind of grungy. I went on a Friday night with 3 other people and when we got there there was no one around so we sat ourselves. There were 2 occupied tables in the restaurant and for some reason it was eerily quiet, no background music or anything. For some reason, there wasn't enough cutlery on the table, and one of the cutlery was unravelled and missing some utensils, which was kind of strange. After the hostess was finished serving the other tables, she promply gave us cutlery as required. Throughout the night there was not much communication with her, if any, but she did fill our water glasses as needed, although I guess it's to be expected since we were the only table there!

We had spring rolls to start but it was nothing special, I thought there was a lil too much ginger in it. We ordered 3 dishes, a red prawn curry, a beef pad thai, and one of their special dishes with rice noodles, mixed veg and prawns. The red curry was a little salty and more liquidy/soupy than I'm used, but otherwise fine. The pad thai was alright but didn't really stand out, and the last dish looked kind of messy; it probably should have been plated in a bowl instead of a plate since it had alot of liquid but otherwise but was otherwise fine.

I guess in comparison to other thai restaurants we've been to it's pretty average, there's nothing really wrong with it but nothing spectacular either. There's not many thai restaurants in this area so we'd probably go here again.

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Thai Terrace2872 West Broadway, Vancouver
Yummy Yummy Yummy!!
Submitted Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 2:52pm [Dine in]

Since I live in Langley, I only come here during the day on weekends. I've been to alot of thai restaurants and I think the food here is pretty good. It is good value for your buck, the lunch combos are a good value (a little less than the dinner combos). Last time I ordered a tofu/vegetable pad thai and the portion size was definitely worth the money. The side salad was simple and not overdressed, the spring roll was honestly one of the BEST i've ever had; wasn't over greasy, nice and crispy and sauce was simple. Paid thai was simple and yummy but hey, i've been to alot of restaurants that surprisingly seem to screw it up.

Yes, the ambience is nothing special but still one of my favourite places to go for a quick Thai bite!

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Poor Italian Trattoria & Ristorante3296 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Not bad, will definitely go again!
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

After seeing all the mixed reviews, I was a little apprehensive about going here but my boyfriend booked us a table for New Years Eve, which was of course a set menu.

The valet option was nice but definitely mandatory due to the small parking lot. The restaurant is small but nicely decorated except for the plain ceilings.

The staff was nice and attentive; the only downfall is when the bartender (nicely) rushed us a bit due to seating times (set seating for New Years' Eve)

The food was good, it was a set menu with 5 plates and a entree option.

The first plate was a antipasto platter which was phenominal, probably one of the best we've ever had due to the great selection.
The bread at the table had a nice variety, but could have used some oil and balsamic on the table.
The second plate was a trio of homemade pasta which was alright, it wasn't anything spectacular but it was a nice touch.
The third plate was a salad of some sort but it was so boring no one ate it
The fourth plate was our entree of choice: rack of lamb, veal medallions, Sea Bass, Salmon, and Steak. Being vegetarian, they made a platter of mixed veg for me which was huge and very flavourful. They even made a couple eggplant parmesans which they don't even have on the regular menu.
The fifth plate was Tiramisu which was DIVINE!!! Real custard, perfectly drenched ladyfingers, heavy expresso taste and real chocolate curls on top. Probably one of the best i've ever had.

The experience was good, not the best pasta i've ever had, but we'll definitely come back to try the real menu!

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Olive Garden20080 Langley Bypass, Langley
Institute of Tuscany? Is that like McDonald's "100% Pure Beef" marketting gimick?!
Submitted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 11:47am [Dine in]

We've gone to the Olive Garden in Seattle and wasn't impressed, but we received a gift card so decided to give it a shot.

I really don't see why there's always a line up. First of all, the people there seem fakely friendly, from the host to the bartender to the staff. If they aren't happy, that really says something about the restaurant! The host informed us our wait would be 65 minutes, so we grabbed a seat at the bar but it was actually more like 30 minutes. I've never seen timing that off before. I'm a total garlic lover, so I ordered my pasta with extra garlic and inquired to what kind of garlic they use (roasted or raw). The server just replied "i don't know" and didn't bother to find out, even though I asked twice. No refills on breadsticks or soup, and holy crap they really need a lesson in marketting their product.

Food: Good for a family, but pasta wasn't as al dente as I like and food has SOME flavour but i've definitely had better (Marchello's on Commercial!!)

Ambience: We were seated near the fireplace so that was nice

Service: What fakeness, no one seemed genuinely to give a damn, just to do the minimal and get the day / service over with.

Maybe i'm harsh, I love cooking and I used to serve so I have some sort of expectation with both, but definitely NOT worth my money and not coming back again if I have any say in it!!!

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West Restaurant + Bar2881 Granville Street, Vancouver
Wow what happened?!
Submitted Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

Last year me and my bf went to West for my bday and it was one of THEE best restaurants we ever went to. Definitely our favourite for 2008. So for our anniversary, we went there again and WOW what a difference!!

Our server had a nice attitude, but it was extremely hard to get her attention, even though she passed us all the time as we were seated near the kitchen.

The food didn't seem like it had a proper balance; the roasted eggplant soup had a poached hen's egg on top which didn't add to the soup at all; would have been nicer with a bit of creme fresh!

We LOVE a good risotto (if you look at my previous postings, you'll see places that serve it well) so I ordered butternut squash risotto. It just was not up to par. It didn't have the creamy texture like others before, so I swapped it for a gnocci but it was SO STRANGE, who's ever heard of panfried gnocci with no sauce? that's what it was.

My dessert was fine (port poached pear w/cream cheese ice cream) but my bfriend's was strange, some banana thing with a chocolate cake shaped like a ball and rolled in sesame seeds.

needless to say, West is NOT our favourite restaurant for 2009. We didn't mind paying the huge bill in 2008, but it is definitely not worth the money for 2009.

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East is East4413 Main St, Vancouver
Love it love it love it!!!
Submitted Monday, July 27, 2009 - 9:08am [Dine in]

We live in Langley but every once in a while we make the trek to Vancouver and try to stop here whenever possible!! If we haven't gone here in a long time we start to crave it!!

The chai tea is the most wonderful blend of spices i've ever had. It's very strong and has quite a bite but it's real and unlike any i've ever had.

The smoothies are also great; you have an option of yogurt, ice cream, or soy yogurt / ice cream which I LOVE since i'm a vegetarian & try to consume as much soy as possible. I personally like the ones with Cardamom and Rose Water since they're exotic and hard to find anywhere else. The mango smoothie w/ cardamom & pistachio is to die for!!!

The wraps combos are probably small to some people but being a small vegetarian, one wrap is enough to fill me. The flavours are wonderful, so exotic and bursting wtih flavour. For a normal person, I would definitely definitely recommend going for the 2 wrap combo.

The ambience is very rustic; you can tell there was alot of thought put into making the restaurant. I've never been to Afghan, but the personality of the staff + the ambience definitely makes me want to visit. All in all, i love East is East, so glad we found this little gem on Main, and come back as much as we can!!!

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Asahi Japanese Restaurant2540 Mary Hill Road, Port Coquitlam
Omg what IS this?!!?
Submitted Friday, June 19, 2009 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

I ordered from this sushi restaurant cuz everyone from work orders here. I ordered my usual Spinach Gomae and Agedashi Tofu (i'm vegetarian); they were $3.99 each so I was happy with the price.. .but then I got back to the office and opened up the Gomae and it didn’t have any peanut sauce..! Something I’ve never heard of before, but it had some kind of flavouring when I tasted it so I guess that’s the way they make it there.. . but it wasn't nice of presentation either. Then I tried my tofu and at first I thought it was a bit chewy but every piece was like that and it’s like they stuck some gelatin in the tempura batter, it was really gross. So I’m eating just the tofu itself. Since those are the main things I eat, I don’t think I’ll be ordering from them again!

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Il Terrazzo555 Johnson St., Victoria
A little overpriced but otherwise good!
Submitted Monday, October 13, 2008 - 12:28am [Dine in]

We heard about Il Terrazzo from the front hotel staff while staying at The Empress. When we passed by, we saw that it won people's choice awards so why not?
We went as a party of 4. The ambience is nice; we sat outside in one of the warmest patios i've ever been to. Our appy's were good, our friends had some salads (the one with roasted tomato and other stuff was really good!) and we shared the bread w/ roast garlic.. . it was pretty simple, just bread with gargonzola cheese baked on and a full bulb of roast garlic, but it was pretty good nevertheless.
Everyone ordered the exact same entree except for me. I had the pasta with the chorizo sausage minus the sausage (i don't eat meat) and it was a little bland for me but that could have been cuz the sausage brings so much flavour to the dish. Everyone else had the seafood linguine which was pretty nice; i was going to order that too but i thought the cream sauce would be too heavy but it's not. It's surprsingly light and the noodles don't get lost in the sauce.
For dessert we had the sampler to share which was good because we were all stuffed!!
All in all, the ambience is nice. We weren't in a rush for time so we stayed there for about 3 hours. Yes, the food is a bit expensive for what it is. I mean, who much can you really charge for pasta? And the menu could use a little updating in the looks department. But these days it's tough to find a good quality restaurant and although this wasn't one of my best ones, it's still better than alot of them out there.

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Rebar50 Bastion Square, Victoria
Funky place with healthy food
Submitted Monday, October 13, 2008 - 12:11am [Dine in]

We go to Rebar everytime we're in town and it's pretty consistant with its ups and downs.
Ups: Menu is the same, plates are delish. I'm all about different kinds of food and eating healthy, so places like these are great finds for me.
Downs: They don't have any sort of hostess or waiting process. We couldn't really tell who was there ahead of us, it's not like they take down your name or number, you just wait at the front and watch people eat until someone has time to talk to you.
All in all, like i mentioned, it's hard to find healthy eating places like this. Their pastries are good also, take some to go cuz it's definitely better than the stuff you get at Starbucks.

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Cafe Brio944 Fort Street, Victoria
Good food, good value
Submitted Monday, October 13, 2008 - 12:03am [Dine in]

We heard about Cafe Brio from the reception at our hotel desk (The Empress) and read that it was one of the top 100 restaurants in Canada. Not sure if we agree on that rating, but the food was good. We had martini's to start which had a fruity yet sharp flavour. Our appy's were pretty good, my other half had the octopus w/greens (the octopus is catched locally) and it was one of the most tender pieces of octopus i've ever had, not rubbery at all. I had the walnut enrusted goat cheese salad, which had a clean crisp dressing.
For the entrees, he had the free range chicken while I had the sablefish w/mix veg. The sablefish wasn't what i was normally used to; it had a breading of some sort, but it was cooked perfectly. His free range chicken was marvellous, it came with shredded cabbage and mashed potatoes and the gravy was the most flavourful i've ever had, yet it was light. The shredded cabbage wasn't too strong, it took on the flavour of the wonderful gravy.
To go with our entrees, we also had half a dozen of the stuffed olives. They are SO DELISH, handmade, totally recommend it!! We thought it would be marinated olives but it was actually breaded and deep fried and tasted so good. Not sure what was stuff with, the waitress said it differs from chicken to duck to pork.. .
For dessert we had creme brulee and lemon tart. The lemon tart had the perfect amount of zest comparable to some of the best i've ever had, but it also came with a spoonful of marscapone and homemade cranberry compote. It also had the burned sugar on top which I love so much.
The caramel brulee was also one of the best i've ever had.

All in all it was good, I probably ordered the wrong entree, but it was pretty accurate to its reviews!!

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Eighteen 279185 Glover Rd., Langley
a cute little spot in the heart of Fort Langley
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

We heard about this great little martini bar called Eighteen27 from some friends and decided to give it a try.

The ambience is great. It has a nice look to it, and on weekends they have a pianist. They have a good selection of martini's and although we didn't manage to try all of them, were quite pleased with the ones we did try. Their signature martini, the Eighteen27, is a hit.

Service was not the greatest, but it could have been an off day. It took forever to order drinks, and our server was acting strange (a little tipsy perhaps?) so we changed servers. We had ordered the olives with our drinks (which, the server said, would come out right away as there's no preparation) yet we received the oysters (which we ordered afterwards) before anything else.

Other than that, everything was good. The olives were a good compliment to the martini's. The candied hallibut pieces were tasty. The freshness of the oysters were questionable, and we've never had oysters with such heavy shells, but we did not get sick on it so it must have been fine.

We would definitely come back to try the rest of the drinks and appetizers.

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Into the Fire Cafe1046A Austin Ave, Coquitlam
dissapointing.. .
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

having been to Wibur & Sebastiens down the street (their competitor, from what i've heard), i was interested in trying this place out. What a dissapointment!!

there are some places that look like dives but prove to be hiddens gems cuz the food & value are phenominal. Unfortunately, this is not one of those places. It looks like they tried to makeover the place and stopped halfway. And food, well, resembles a diner.

first off, they advertise specialty coffee drinks (mochas, latte's, etc). When I asked what brand of coffee they serve, the host could only point to the board (showing the TYPES of coffees). They gave me the wrong drink order, which was fixed upon request. Drinks were nothing special.

My friend had an omelette and I had the stuffed french toast. They must have not cleaned the grill properly because the omelette was speckled with bits from the previous order, and greasy. There was alot of stuff in it to the point that it seemed like too much stuffing. My french toast was mediocre at its best. There was just no love in the food, or the service, as the waitress did not ask how our food was or ask if we were finished. They just took it away without asking! As it was brunch, we were reading the paper but there was still contents in our food & drinks. When I went to sip my drink, it was nowhere to be seen.

Strike on service AND food, definitely not worth our money. If they want to keep business, they definitely need to vamp it up cuz there's better places around.

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Washington Avenue Grill15782 Marine Drive, #5, White Rock
Give it a try but don't have high expectations
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

We've gone here a few times now. I enjoy the alcohol, as they have a some of they own cocktails & martinis.

We are the type of people who eat anything from Pho to Joe Fortes, depending on what we feel. To us, what's important is value more than anything.

In saying that, the last time we went there was a disaster, to the point that I don't really know if we should go back. I already thought this place was a little more pricey for what you get, so this was the straw that broke the camel's back.

Upon arrival, we ordered drinks & an appetizer, while still looking at the menu. Our appetizer arrived BEFORE the drinks, and while we still had our menus open!

Drinks finally arrived. I ordered the pear & goat cheese salad, which I've never tried before. When it arrived, there was no pear, so I asked our waiter if it was missing to which he responded "what, you don't know what a Pear looks like?" that pretty much killed things. That combined with the lack of service made us feel that there are similar restaurant providing similar food that stand up better than this place. Come back again? Maybe give it another chance, but not anytime soon.

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Spiros Greek Taverna2565 Barnet Hwy, #22, Coquitlam
Your average Greek restaurant
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2008 - 7:33pm [Dine in]

I love Greek restaurants. Years ago I worked at a Greek restaurant and grew addicted to Greek food from that.

In saying that, this restaurant is pretty mediocre. I've heard so many good things about this place and have been here on many ocassions but am still dissapointed by 1) the service (non-existant, do these people have any personality?) 2) quality of food (no lovin at all) and well, the ambience is your stereo typical Greek restaurant.

The price is mid-range as far as Greek restaurants go, but there is better quality & bigger portions at other restaurants in the tri-cities for less price.

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Araxi Restaurant + Bar4222 Village Square, Whistler
One of the best in Whistler
Submitted Friday, June 6, 2008 - 2:52pm [Dine in]

Dining out in Whistler is expensive pretty much anywhere you go. Araxi is no exception, but in addition to a hefty price you also get a great ambiance which is quiet and classy in the heart of Whistler Village. The food was impressive and wine list is extensive but the BEST part of it all was the dessert: probably the best i've ever had in a restaurant.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Good food, if you don't mind the wait / service
Submitted Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

Marcellos is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Vancouver. Homemade pasta, simple ingredients.. . it's just a shame that yes, the restaurant DOES lack service.. . my best advice is that if you there on a non-busy evening, and lower your expectations when it comes to service, you can appreciate the food they serve.

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Senhor Rooster850 Renfrew St., Vancouver
Fine dining Portugese?
Submitted Sunday, May 4, 2008 - 11:50am [Dine in]

The ambience of this restaurant is nice, fine dining, with live music after 9pm. However, i really have to question authentic Portugese food as being fine dining. This is another restaurant i've been to where the apetizers are better than the entrees. Overall, the food was good, but it's more a fine dining restaurant catering to Canadian taste than truly authentic Portugese food.

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