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CoastalCookWhite RockSince November 5, 200812 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)

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Alta Bistro4319 Main Street, #104, Whistler
Amazing Christmas Dinner at Alta
Submitted Monday, December 26, 2011 - 8:10am [Dine in]

Christmas in Whistler, where to dine for dinner? Booked online for Alta Bistro well in advance. Snow and wind outdoors but toasty warm inside. Greeted at the door and seated immediately. Service friendly and efficient. The Winter Menu offered two set 3 course dinner selections. $29/$39. Upgrade was offered for the holiday meal - an extra $6 brought on a trio of ham (pork cheek, shank) with braised red cabbage and mashed potatoes. Two of us started with the Pâté & Charcuterie Board with cheese selection. Very nice selection and the flavours a nice blend. I selected the higher priced menu; three oysters from Fanny Bay served nicely chilled, Pan Fried Octopus and White Prawns were tasty although a little on the oily side, main was the Apple Wood Smoked Arctic Char Filet which was cooked to perfection - might have done nicely on a small bed of mashed with the warm salad on the side. My dining partner had the same but subbed in the ham trio. Food value, excellent. Portions correct, this is a bistro not an American diner. Wine list was comprehensive, many wines by the glass and many more by the bottle. Service for this very busy evening was wonderfully attentive. Would certainly return.

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Torarenbo8191 Park Rd, Richmond
Most Excellent Japanese Cuisine
Submitted Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

First of all, let me begin by saying I have been so over Japanese food. It all tastes the same, same rolls, same sauces, same old rooster sauce on the spicy dishes. I have been eating sushi for at least 25 years and it is just so - bland and boring. Have always avoided it until absolutely necessary. Okay, the DH has a birthday coming up and I book seats at the Gateway Theatre in Richmond. Dinner beforehand of course, he loves Japanese style food and so I surprise him with a trip to Torarenbo with another couple based on the reviews here. From the outside it looks a bit questionable. The inside is decorated nicely with the exception of the wall mounted flat screen televisions which play assembly videos of Japanese infomercials, rolled sushi and other composed foods. That is the only low point. Tables are solid and well set. Service is very good and we were very well treated. We had a few of the regular items - agadashi tofu, squid tempura (best I've ever had), BC roll, tuna/salmon sashimi, etc then a few off the track dishes including the salmon cheek. Unbelievable for only $5.50. The Rainbow Roll was just so beautifully presented we did not want to eat it, but we did and it went down oh so well. Starters, world class ice cold (not frozen) sashimi, robata items, rolls, tempura and miso soups for four including endless tea, 4 large Kirin and one very small sake came to $125. They even gave us a free scoop of ice cream after our meal. Very nice, very well run establishment. I am actually beginning to appreciate the wonders of the Japanese menu again.... When we had arrived at 6 for our weekday reservation there was perhaps 4 tables occupied and when we left at 7:15 the place was full ad waiting. Best to have a reservation.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Well Worth the Investment
Submitted Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

Four of us decided to head to Chambar on a Saturday night. With just two days notice we found a reservation a bit on the early side - 6:00 p.m. (only other available was 8:30) but this place was already half full. The dining area is really just a hallway with tables on one side, sharing a wall length banquette opposite a half room length bar. All night long the servers and patrons go past your table. To use the ladies room you have to move past the waiters waiting to pickup their bar orders. The noise level rose to high as the evening went on - this is not a place for an intimate meal. Servers were attentive and helpful. We started with the olives and the bread as we waited for out fourth. Followed by the mussels in white wine cream sauce and frites. The very best part of the meal and I'm not usually fond of mussels. Could have and should have stopped here but we continued on, each having an entree. All portions were very small but well presented. Almost like four small appetizers on each oblong plate and at $26+ per entree is a bit on the pricely side. Coconut risotto least favorite of the meal. Fish was good, skin was crisp. Did not share plates with the others so cannot comment on their meals but there was not a morsel left. We followed up with the share dessert plate which is just a small amount of each of their three desserts plus special coffees. Amount for four with tip was just under $400. This included two cocktails, one bottle of wine, a few specialty beer, appy's, entrees, dessert and coffees. Will likely go back but stick with the mussels and perhaps an appetizer or two.

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McJac’s Roadhouse Grille Restaurant1781 King George Hwy, Surrey
What Is All the Fuss About?
Submitted Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 1:42pm [Dine in]

This is just your average roadside greasy spoon although whoever did the interior went above and beyond. I'd eaten here for dinner with a small group in April of 2009 and was disappointed. How do you get around having a 'diner-style' restaurant without having french fries? Hamburger and pan fries and salad? No thank you. Just wrote off the whole experience and decided to not return. Well, I understand they recently had an upgrade, etc. plus a name change. Not the Roadhouse Diner anymore. Okay, a breakfast enthusiast calls me and is excited to head out there for breakfast this morning. Not a fan of going out for breakfast but decided to give it another try. It is a Sunday and this place is packed. Was told there would be a ten minute wait for a table, which was correct. Coffee was typical, refills fast and friendly. I ordered the eggs benedict and the enthusiast ordered the huevous rancheros. Over twenty minutes went by before we saw our meals get walked around this busy place because the server forgot which table it went to. Then she reappeared with the HR and some strange combination I did not order so had to send it back. When it did arrive it was barely room temperature. Eggs were done as requested, under a small thin layer of packaged hollandaise sauce atop a single slab of ham which was weighting down two very soggy english muffin halves. And on the side - room temperature pan fries. The huevous were on top of a mound of refried beans, on a single whole wheat tortilla - topped off with a blob of sour cream. The 'hot sauce' on the side was Frank's Red Hot which doesn't quite make it - should have been served with a nice side of salsa. How about a bit of cheese, cilantro, onions or tomato? These two entrees, two cups of coffee and a tip totalled $30. A bit high as far as the quality goes - have no idea why this place is so busy, could be it is the only place on the east side that has free parking. All of the dishes and cutlery are a hodgepodge of thrift store finds. Nothing maches but there were no obvious cracks. Did not care too much to drink my coffee out of an IKEA mug. Will not be heading back to this place anytime - the brunch service and food at Milestones is much better at the same prices.

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Cattle Hot Pot Restaurant8391 Alexandra Road, Unit 1150, Richmond
Not So Hot Pot
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 11:43pm [Dine in]

Planned an celebratory evening at the Cattle Hot Pot last night. Called on Friday for the reservations, no problem for a table of four two days later. We realized we were going to be running a bit late so called en route to say so and were surprised to hear they do not hold reservations. Hmm ... Parking at this place is awful. Allow extra time for this as well. Bring plenty of change for the pay parking on the street - they do not use credit/debit. The night we were there it did not take Canadian quarters, either. Parking for 2 hours is $4.00. We arrived at 6:10, 10 minutes past our reservation time. They had two 4 tops available and of course we were seated right next to the front door. (We were the only visible minority group in the place that night. People coming in after you can literally stand behind your chair while you eat or sit at one of the waiting chairs so close you might as well ask them to join you.) So the table, not so great but I suppose someone has to sit there. The place was busy - mostly families. There was a paper menu on the table in chinese except for the block letters reading 'CASH ONLY'. Well, good grief - who needs this added inconvenience. (The server was unaware as to the location of the nearest bank machine. After dinner two of us had to drive to the nearest bank machine to withdraw cash, on the other side of Landsdowne Mall then return to the restaurant) Okay, after the confusion and rushing about we set to look at the menu. Server is quick to get us to order - brings us an English menu. We get a round of beer, consider the menu. For $17.95 AYCE there is many add ons. The broth is additional ($5.00+) - if you want a split pot of two different flavors it is additional ($8.50+) - dipping sauce(s) additional .50 - $1.00 each. And they have this ridiculous 'cut off time' one hour after you arrive for your final order. If you are looking for a slow relaxing hot pot dinner this is not the place for you. This is a small place and it fills up quickly. As the tables filled up the noise level reached unbelievable levels between groups talking and patrons using their cell phones at the tables or while waiting in line right behind me. Okay, enough of the down side. We would never have gone to an AYCE place if the ratings at this place were not so high as noted here on DH.ca The food that came out was fresh, presented well and generous in portions. Beef and lamb were excellent, tender and tasty. Tendon, mostly gristle. Prawns were disappointing. Won tons and shrimp balls were excellent. Kudos for their fun take on the 'fish noodle' which came in a raw state in it's own miniature piping bag. Very fun. All of the vegetables were super fresh and delicious with the exception of the mushroom selection which was uninspiring. Service was good on the whole. Tea was hot and tasty. There was a terrible shortage of proper napkins. They provide a few lunch napkins with the original settings then you have to repeatedly ask for additional ones all evening. This can be a very messy if you are eating the prawns or anything else that requires a hands on effort after the cooking. Finger bowls would be welcome here or serve the prawns head off, tail on. I suppose the downside to this is this strange 'time factor' where the establishment wants you to gorge yourself in two hours and then leave so they can turn the table. I have little experience with AYCE and would suggest to anyone not familiar with this type of eating or for those who simply prefer 'dining' to go elsewhere. Total for four (6 beer total), broth, dipping sauces, tip, parking, just under $150. Have had much better Hot Pot at Garden City and many years ago at City Chui Chow.

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Rain Flower Seafood Restaurant3600 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Strange Place For Dim Sum
Submitted Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 11:51am [Dine in]

Arrived on on time on a Saturday, had a reservation for two. Was made to wait at least 20 minutes while others were seated ahead of us. After a long wait we were seated next to a waiter station which was very loud. We were not made to feel welcome. This place was freezing. The menu was unusual, not many of the regular items you'd expect from a dim sum house - some items were really out there. Strange how the menu in english was much shorter than the one in the foreign language. We decided to throw caution to the wind and try an array of different items, very disappointing. Some were room temperature, a couple not even worth eating. Left feeling unsatisfied and a note to self tucked in pocket - when in Richmond and needing a dim sum fix, stick with the standards of Sun Sui Wah and in the lower mainland, Luxe Seafood in Langley. Good, honest service and unbelievably delicious food.

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Cosmos Greek Restaurant14871 Marine Drive, White Rock
Getting Better With Age
Submitted Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 9:06pm [Dine in]

This restaurant has been in White Rock longer than I have. In the eighties it served up decent greek food, in the nineties it was a bit heavy on the garlic and the oil, early new century not too bad but lacking a bit of ambiance. My husband and I were regulars here in the eighties, we could walk there from our place on the hillside. Just last week we were in the mood for a bit of something different and decided to give the old haunt another go. Well some things only get better with age. No problem getting in without reservations, it was a Sunday at about 6:30. Were seated at a table immediately ... but the service after this point was very slow. Nearly 15 minutes went by before we could place our drink order. We ordered a bottle of Australian red (under $30), which did come quickly after the order. Perhaps we arrived in the middle of a shift change. Placed an appy order for the Kalamari (must have) which was so much better than we remembered it. Only a couple of 'tents' mostly 'tubes', served piping hot with lemon wedges and a generous portion of tzatziki. This came out with two piping hot pieces of pita bread, fresh form the oven and smoking hot. Delicious. For dinner we each ordered an entree, the Kleftori lamb for the gentleman and the Dolmades for myself. The lamb was advertised as a shank but came out as a braised 3 rib rack with a generous amount of meat attached to it. Well received and well eaten, he is still talking about this lamb days later. The Dolmades dinner is very large, six well seasoned perfect little bundles in a nice sauce. (I remove the leaves before eating). Both entrees come with the same sides; steamed carrots tossed in butter, broccoli florets (a bit long in the stalk), rice and roast lemon potatoes. Neither of us could finish our meals - either we are eating less or they have bumped up the size of their portions. So, food was terrific. No garlic breath in the middle of the night or the next day. The service could have been a bit better when we were first seated although progressed toward nearly efficient as the evening wore on. Value for the food is incredible, plan on taking some home with you or split an entree and a couple of entrees. Ambiance was good - they still have belly dancers on the weekends (not Sunday). Place was very clean and recently had some upgrades. Objects of interest in and outside of this place. Will certainly be going back soon.

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Boot & Sombrero, The4866 Delta Street, Delta
Bland Food in a Chilly Eatery
Submitted Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

Just had lunch at this place last week. Was in the neighborhood and as a former fan of Carlos and Bud's thought it would be a good time to try it out. It was very cold outside and not much warmer inside ... someone please turn up the heat. It was about 1:30 on a weekday, one other table in the place. All four business people constantly answering their cell phones and continuing conversations during their meal. There was no background music on so we were forced to listen to their conversations. Service was average, server seemed bored. I ordered the shredded beef enchiladas, comes with rice and beans. This meal was very bland for 'Tex-Mex' even with an ample application of the bottled hot sauce on the table it was still bland. No fresh salsa or jalapenos in sight. The rice was cold. The beef in the enchiladas tasted more like hickory smoke than Mexican shredded beef. Portions were generous but lacking in flavor. My guest ordered the pulled pork sandwich which he described as average. We each had a beer and with with tip the meal was just over $40. Seems a bit pricey for an uninspired lunch. This place really needs a good scrub down - as the afternoon light hit the floor and the banquettes it was obvious it has been a while since this place had any real scrub up. Tables were wrapped in marine vinyl and very sticky. Likely best suited for a beer while watching sports - eat before you go.

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Mo:Le544 Pandora St., Victoria
Best For Brunch and Lunch in Victoria
Submitted Monday, January 26, 2009 - 9:22pm [Dine in]

Was out in Victoria last weekend looking for a new and funky place to have a nice lunch. Mo,Le is situated on the border of Chinatown in the downtown district of Victoria - in the middle of a varying amount of the eclectic people that make this city what it is. This place is very unassuming from the front, although the short line up to get in was an indication that at 1:30 on a Sunday afternoon this must be the place to eat. The wait for a table was short, the service staff a bit bohemian but friendly but not in your face friendly. Inside is a nice mix of local art, most for sale, and a nice atmosphere. Faint music in the background. The opening into the kitchen allowed you to watch the cooks and their craft - these guys are working hard and really enjoying themselves. Nice and toasty place on a cold January day. The small but complete menu has varying selections - fresh, fresh, fresh - vegetarian, vegan and carnivores will find something to spark their palette. I ordered the huevos rancheros - likely the best item on the menu. Home made corn tortillas, wonderful beans and fresh salsa. My friend ordered egg biscuits and scraped her plate. We each had a local beer, total with tax and tip less than $40.00. Most people drink the tea here from what I could see - nice big pots on the tables. What a treat to leave a breakfast / brunch place and not smell of bacon or sausages for the rest of the day.

The only recommendation I have for this place is to bring in some additional wines from places other than B.C. by the glass.

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Luxe Chinese Seafood Restaurant19653 Willowbrook Drive, #138A, Langley
Excellent Dim Sum
Submitted Monday, January 5, 2009 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

This place just keeps getting better. Had my third experience there yesterday and it was the best yet. Was clever enough to call for reservations - this place was packed at 1:00 p.m. Food is hot and fresh - nice touch to still be bringing the food out in carts - you can also order off the menu. Staff is friendly and efficient. Prices are reasonable - we had sticky rice, spare ribs, har gow, bean curd rolls and a very large and exceptionally delicious plate of spicy squid plus two pots of tea for $27. 00 tax in. We couldn't eat it all and ended up taking the left overs home. No more having to drive into Richmond for Dim Sum - this place rocks.

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Beecher Street Cafe12302 Beecher Street, White Rock
Best Place For Eats on the Peninsula
Submitted Friday, November 14, 2008 - 9:41am [Dine in]

A friend and I decided on a last minute lunch out in Crescent Beach. On a cold, windy, rainy November it was so nice to arrive at a cozy restaurant and be seated quickly. Very nice decor - the walls are full of art done by local artists, available for sale. No vast expanses of drywall here or cold stainless counters.The waiter was efficient, brought ice water with lemon, read the daily specials, took our drink order and gave us time to check the menu before returning for our order. My friend had the quiche special of the day, (an very generous portion) served with a fresh caesar salad and I had the salmon with salad. This could possibly be the best salmon I've eaten. It was very fresh and done to the precise moment as to bring out the flavors without the often had over cooking. We each had a glass of wine off of the well balanced wine menu. Too full to be tempted by the dessert offerings, we were happy to enjoy the chocolates that came with the bill. Definitely will be going back with a group for dinner in the near future.

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Moby Dick Restaurant15479 Marine Drive, White Rock
What Has Happened To Moby Dick's?
Submitted Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 9:35pm [Dine in]

Jut want to say, as resident of the Semiahmoo Peninsula it is a sad thing to proclaim but the Moby Dick restaurant has had it's day. Although being a healthy eater most times, we all have a craving for fish and chips. Well, we have eaten here every six months for the past twenty years. The best fried fish around, hands down. We normally would eat out on the patio, enjoy the surroundings. Well, last week my DH and I head off for a midweek lunch...yes, it is November. The parking is free. Okay...well when we arrive there is a table with a small couple and a baby. The outside patio is closed due to poor weather. This inside of this place REEKS like urine and we should have left, but the DH claims it was just the malt vinegar (I'm thinking full diaper at the table next to us or backing up sewer in the loo). The tables are sticky and the menus are the same. We ordered two brew and a three piece of fish and chips (their signature is they always add an extra piece to the order). Well, the brew was fine, the fish was nice enough, but the enormous pile of fries under the four thin slices of fried fish were disgusting. Talk about dead, limp, etc. i mentioned to the server, she apologized, removed them then very shortlv brought the same plate of oil soaked luke warm fries back to the table. Ugh - how disgusting. These people seriously needed to change the fry oil. A couple of middle aged men sat next to us after we sat down and ordered F & C also - I noted upon the pickup of their plates their fries were barely touched. At the counter paying our bill on the way out the server casually apologized for the fries - hoping for a tip it is sure. Normally I would not be concerned about the fries with an order but this is 50% of the equation for Fish and Chips - not to be Fish and Sh***. For those of us who enjoy good 'chips' on a rare opportunity, please provide the best you have to offer.

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