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Digby_Scallopsout thereSince October 16, 200750 Reviews
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Fraser Park Restaurant4663 Byrne Road, #103, Burnaby
Now I'm Dining In Industrial Parks
Submitted Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 8:15pm [Dine in]

After watching a segment of Diners, Drive ins & Dives some time ago, we finally made the trek from Surrey to Burnaby to give it a try last Sat morning. It had been several years since I was in this area, golfing at Riverway, and it has changed.

Fraser Park is located virtually at the south end of Bryne Rd in an industrial park, a stones throw from the river. It is open only for breakfast & lunch, closed Sundays & holidays. Presumably it started out serving just the local businesses, but now clearly has much more of a dedicated following.

Don't expect fancy here. It is pretty much what you might expect of a cafe in an area like this. The attraction is evident as soon as you walk through the door. Large menu, very reasonable prices & huge portions. Friendly staff.

You place your order at the counter, pay up front & are given a number. You then wait for an available table. Coffee & tea are self serve, unlimited. As we were entering the cafe a regular told us to try the Deluxe German Breakfast and suggested we share it. It came with an omllette, bacon, ham, German sausage, potatoes, schnitzel & toast. "Hot sauce" available on the side. Be afraid, very afraid.

The tab for this was $11.50. If you want to pass on the schnitzel, deduct $3 & just call it the German Breakfast. As you might suspect, this is more than enough for any two normal people, but not surprisingly many individuals ordered one for themselves, including the lady who sat beside us. I'm thinking she took some home.

This is no place for anyone seeking privacy. Pretty much communal dining. Service was very prompt considering how busy it was. Food was hot. Not exactly gourmet dining but you certainly got your money's worth. We arrived just after 11AM. By the time we left the line up was out the door, so I'm not sure what the plan is when the food comes out & there is no where to sit. There are some tables outside, but not under cover. Will come back to try some other items.

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Blacksheep Pub & Grill12968 232nd Street, Maple Ridge
Worth The Drive
Submitted Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 6:45am [Dine in]

This spot could only be termed a point of destination, as no one would knowingly go there on purpose if they didn't know what awaited them upon arrival. The Black Sheep is probably one of the best pubs in the lower mainland, nestled in the shade of the mountains just about as far as you can go on the road to Golden Ears Park. I've been going here for nearly 35 years. This is the reincarnation of the original pub, having moved from across the street where it was a quaint spot, almost always full & difficult to get in. Today it is a almost a sports bar with a liquor store attached. But one thing has not changed and that is the wings. Monday nights is their .29 special with beverage purchase. No take out. Last night after golfing (a good round!) a buddy and I ordered 15 each, shared a side of fries with gravy & an ice cold Guiness each. It just doesn't get much better. So if you are looking for a good meal, reasonably priced & don't mind a drive, try out The Black Sheep in Maple Ridge.

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ARC Restaurant900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver
First Time Out
Submitted Monday, September 1, 2014 - 11:29am [Dine in]

ARC is the former Herons Restaurant at the Fairmont Waterfront, situated directly across from the Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre. After having read the reviews on Herons on this site I was somewhat hesitant to try out ARC, as I noticed the Executive Chef was still the same. However the few reviews I could locate online were quite favourable.

We were seated promptly for our 7PM reservation. The restaurant is located on the main floor (lobby level) of the hotel, so while the windows are floor to ceiling & provides seating on two levels, the view is primarily that of the street and convention centre, with only limited views of the mountains. We were however seated with that view. If the view is important, another venue might be a better choice.

Wines by the glass were steep, in the $15 range for a 6 oz serving. We tried the Blasted Church Pinot Gris and it was well received. Appys were in the $10 - 17 dollar range, with entrees starting at $24 for a pasta reaching $38 for the Rack of Lamb. Desserts were the most reasonable, most under $10, with their own ice cream at $6.

We started off by sharing an order of Foraged Mushroom Toast on rosemary bread ($10). In light of the modest price, the serving was adequate for two & quite tasty. For our entrees, I ordered the Glazed Duck Breast ($32) and my wife the Roast Rack of Yakima Valley Lamb ($38).

My duck was disappointing. It could not be described as dry, but I found it if not tough, somewhat rubbery, with very little taste. It came with a ancient grain. which I took an immediate dislike to. The vegetables however were delicious.

The rack of lamb was quite small, only two racks, but prepared medium rare as ordered. It had a good portion of mashed potatoes, mushrooms and peas. My wife enjoyed the dish.

My duck was replaced without question by their Cavatelli Pasta, which was served in a heavy cream sauce which contained mushrooms & peas (a theme on their menu and they have a roof garden). The pasta had a somewhat chewy texture like Gnocchi. Overall it was wonderful.

Dessert was their Maple Hazelnut ice cream, a large portion which two could easily share. Not sure if as a result of it being our anniversary or due to my duck, but they brought me a Bag of Doughnuts which came with three sauces. Tasted just like PNE. An innovative and welcome end to the evening. We were both pleasantly full.

The staff and manager were all very pleasant, attentive and eager to please. Overall it was a very pleasant evening spent in a nice location in the heart of the city.

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Osamu2764 Barnet Hwy, #201, Coquitlam
Disappointing Visit
Submitted Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

I have been here twice previously, both times thoroughly enjoying myself. Not so much on the latest visit. We attended about 8:30 PM on a Friday night. The lights were fully up(it was night not day) & the music (certainly not Japanese) was quite loud.

They dimmed the lights twice (without asking) but raised them again. Finally I asked if they could be dimmed, they did so & then raised them again. This was at the instruction of I assume the head hostess.

The food itself was quite good, although they missed a dish we ordered. Service was at best aloof and non attentive. A real shame, as the atmosphere here was one of the nicest I have been in in the lower mainland.

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Earls905 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Week-day lunch
Submitted Friday, January 24, 2014 - 8:43pm [Dine in]

was downtown with some associates & had 90 minutes to kill before resuming our work, so we walked over to Earls. It was a Tuesday at 12:30 PM and we were immediately seated. Two of us split the cajun chicken caesar, one had asandwich and the other chowder & sushi.

The meals came promptly, the only hitch being they forgot the chicken on the Caesar, but this was quickly rectified. Food and service were both very good. Tab about $60.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The15146 100th Ave., Surrey
Not Up To Par This Night
Submitted Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 12:04pm [Dine in]

Our usual Christmas Eve dinner was not able to be held this year, so we opted for The Keg. We arrived about 6 PM and were advised the wait would be 2 hours. Having learned long ago to wait rather than try and find alternate dining on busy nights, we stayed.

I noticed an empty booth in the bar and was told it was first come, first served, so we took it. Louder of course than the restaurant but assumed we were going to receive the same quality of service & food. Not tonight.

Drinks and appy's were ordered. When a table seated after us received their appys before us, I began to have a bad feeling, to be justified shortly when our main courses arrived. The two appy's had been missed. We requested one of the two, the baked shrimp, be brought & my daughter ordered her usual pecan crusted sirloin, medium rare. When it arrived it was still moving, on the far side of rare. So that went back which is always a pain when dining in a group.

To the Keg's credit, they usually take care of you if everything isn't to your satisfaction, usually by taking the steak off the bill. This time they took the appy & dessert off & knocked 10% off our entrees, which worked out to more than the steak price. More than fair but the damage was done.

On another note, I was advised this location is now accepting reservations again. This appears to be an on again off again policy. This is our favorite Keg location. Just an off night.

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Milestone's Grill and Bar20075 Langley Bypass, Langley
New Year's
Submitted Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 11:45am [Dine in]

We decided to end 2013 with a light early dinner at Milestone's in Langley. We arrived about 6:30 and were advised the restaurant was serving a set $45 meal, but we were welcome to dine in the bar area off the regular menu, which we did.

I had eaten a little later in the afternoon so was not terribly hungry, so we decided to order their artichoke dip to start & then we shared their Asian steak salad. As always the dip was rich, creamy and had more than enough calories for us to share.

The Asian steak salad was a surprise. There was a good portion of very tender steak, medium rare as ordered, Asian noodles, lettuce, peppers & avocado, in a lovely dressing. The portion was more than adequate for the two of us and in fact, it was not completely finished.

Service was great & the wait staff extremely friendly. Bill including a Bellini and tip was $42. Of the similarly themed Earl's & Cactus Club, I personally find Milestone's most to my liking.

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Tap Restaurant15350 34th Ave, #101, Surrey
Probably Surrey's Best
Submitted Monday, December 30, 2013 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

Tap is Surrey's answer to downtown Vancouver dining, without the commute.

Located in a strip mall in south Surrey, the location is actually quite intimate for dinner. What you are going to receive are good size portions, excellent quality & downtown Vancouver pricing. They do a good corporate lunch trade as well. Excellent wine list & an informed chef/owner.

On a recent visit, I enjoyed the steak. Cooked to perfection. They also do a nice lobster bisque, Salt Spring mussels and a very innovative version of a Caesar salad, using a whole Romaine heart.

A good choice if you are looking for a nice place for a special evening out.

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Hy's Encore637 Hornby Street, Vancouver
An Old Standby
Submitted Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

If you want to visit the Land That Time Forgot, try Hy's Encore. I used to visit Hy's back in the 80's and early 90's. Must be some 15 years since I last visited. Little has changed & maybe that is one of the main attractions.

Hy's is the good old boys Howe street hangout. Steaks are big & so are the prices. You won't be having a steak under $40 unless you share & go dutch. Of course most of the steaks are large enough to do just that.

The garlic & cheese toast is still on the menu (I prefer the garlic). The ceasar salad should be called a seizure salad, as it is just laced with garlic.

The lobster bisque had a somewhat smokey taste to it. I had the filet with blue cheese as my main, medium rare. The steak was perfectly cooked (by the chef with the big hat in the grill pit) but the blue cheese just a tad overpowering. My fault, not his. The bourbon chocolate cake was delicious for dessert.

Gotham is I expect is the "new Hy's" in the city, but if you are looking for a glimpse of what was & is still a good special occasion choice, drop by Hy's.

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Eight 1/2 Restaurant Lounge151 East 8th Ave, Vancouver
Neighbourhood Spot
Submitted Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 8:27pm [Dine in]

Every once in a while you stumble across a place you don't expect to find. Seattle for example is full of these little gems but not so much in Vancouver.

Eight 1/2 is tucked away basically at 8th & Main, a little difficult to find, beside a new condo development. Our waitress commented the building beside them had recently been torn down & they now had the evening sunset through their windows. Not for long.

We came on a Friday night, without resrvations, at about 7PM. Had we been 15 minutes later, we would have had a 45 minute wait or better. The restaurant is not large & they use pevery square foot to accomodate tables. There is a long bar running pretty much the length of the restaurant.

There was a good mix of people, but the majority I would say were in the 30 something bracket. A lot of regulars it seemed. The restaurant is narrow and very noisey. We were unfortunately seated right by the entrance.

The menu was a good selection of starters, small plates & entrees. Prices ranged from the $9 thru $20 range for most items. They also had a daily feature/fresh sheet.

Both of us being on yet another diet, we opted for salads. Ingredients were local, fresh, and the salads a good entree size, while still allowing a shared cheesecake for dessert. With a glass each of wine, the tab was $55. Service was prompt.

We will return but reserve in advance & ask for a table away from the door.

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Morgans Restaurant & Wine Bar3500 Morgan Creek Way, Surrey
Great Spot When You want To Get away From It All
Submitted Friday, February 3, 2012 - 9:19pm [Dine in]

Morgan Creek is one of the premier golf courses in the lower mainland. It also has some of the best views overlooking the course, a great patio in the summer, and good food.

I prefer the lounge area to the dining room.It is a small room, not kid friendly, with big fireplace, and several large screen tv's, fortunately muted during the evening. We try and gather here at Xmas for our annual glass of wine in front of the fire. Being a wine bar, it has a good selection.

The lunch menu is fairly limited but dinner offers the full range of appy's, starters, and entrees. Prices range from high teens for the "small plates" to above $30 for the mains, like their steak. On the evening we last visited, we both enjoyed salads, one the asian and the other their house greens with chicken breast on the side. The asian came with a mild jalopena ranch dressing.

The tab was $45 incl gratuity, no liquor. Not inexpensive but a nice setting and far more intimate than the Cactus Club where we were originally headed.

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White Spot10181 152nd Street, Surrey
No Suprises
Submitted Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 1:31pm [Dine in]

You don't go here for the atmosphere, despite a reno sometime within the last decade. Nor do you go for a quiet dinner. The place is noisey.

Once you get past the realization this is no longer a fast food place & the higher prices on some of their entrees, you focus on the food quality. Personally I've never found the portions overly large, particularily their burger platters, but last night's visit made me think twice.

My wife and I ordered the chicken Veronica salad & my father & daughter both had the fish & chips.The $12 salad is huge, an assortment of lettuce, grapes, celery, chicken breast,& cashews, served with naan bread. I believe the naan may be a recent addition. The $10 fish & chips was a 2 piece order, with way too many (no complaints were heard) fries. My dad & my daughter finished their fish & chips before we got through our salad.

Everyone was more than full. The tab was $61 including tip (no liquor), which was more than I like to spend in a family type restaurant but the place is unionized.

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Coza! Tuscan Grill20065 Langley Bypass, Langley
Nice Early Dinner
Submitted Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

Large open kitchen concept. Somewhat noisey as these type of places can tend to be. We were immediately seated for our 6PM reservation & drink order taken. The menu is large and consists of a a good variety of pasta dishes (unfortunately no linguine ala vongole), any which could have easily been shared by two, and a number of steak, fish & chicken entrees. Good wine selection including many by the glass.

Pasta are $15 - 22 & entrees are in the $22-29 range.They also do a number of sharing plates where you can mix & match pastas & entrees in the $17 - 19 per person range.

Everything comes with salad & tuscan bread. It was a birthday celebration & my daughter was brought a complimentary dessert.

Tab including a shared appy, 3 drinks, 2 pastas & 2 entrees came to $150 incuding tax. Everyone was satisfied & enjoyed the meal.

If anything could be faulted,, it would have to be the pace of service. I couldn't put my finger on it, but it was slow, whether intended or not. Would return.

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Cactus Club Cafe15079 32nd Ave, Surrey
Xmas Lunch
Submitted Monday, December 26, 2011 - 9:53pm [Dine in]

Cactus Club has been my least favourite of what I consider the big three upscale chains. I've always found them (at least the Scott Rd location) to be incredibly noisey. Milestones & Earl's I consider the the other two in this category and I may have to reverse that & place it ahead of Earl's, whose restaurants have been remodelled & the noise levels gone through the roof. The South Surrey location caters to the business crowd. The bar area is the first you will see upon entrance & where we sat recently.

What strikes is the extent this chain has gone to market their concept. The female wait staff are all outfitted in various black desses. The eye contact and pleasant manner stands out. They are there to impress & the service is good & as they carter to that business crowd, very professional.

On our most recent visit we all had the same luncheon special, that being the Short Rib sandwich. The quantity was ample & the beef tender. A tad messy to eat. Even at Xmas lunch we were in and out in 45 minutes.

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Da Gino Ristorante Italia475 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Would Call Ahead & Confirm
Submitted Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

Da Gino is housed in the former Bianco Nero space on West Georgia.

As did the former tenant, it caters to the before theatre crowd at The Queen E. On the night we visited, we made reservations for 7:30PM. Upon arrival, the restaurtant was full & within 15 minutes, we were the only diners. This made for a somewhat different experience.

The service was fine, although neither the owner or manager, who both appeared to be in attendence, ever stopped by. There was lots of wait staff, but their primary goal appeared to be to clean & reset the tables for the next dinner service (which wasn't that night). As such, while I reiterate the service was fine, it came off visually as "we are closing for the night" at 7:30PM. However, we were not rushed at all and left at approx 9PM.

The menu offerred differed from the Entertainment Book, which illustrated amongst other entrees Rack of Lamb. We were presented a less extensive "Event" menu. From speaking with our server, it appears on event nights (@ The QE) they provide a less extensive menu geared for the theatre crowd. So no Lamb or some other mains illustrated in the book.

Having said that, if you like pasta, there were ample choices, as well as several veal, chicken, and one fish dish. I asked the server if the kitchen could do me up a plate of linguine & clams with white wine. They oblidged & it was an ample portion & very good. The others had various pastas (priced in the $14 - 19 range) and one had the salmon, which he pronounced quite good. Wine by the glass was $6.50 - $10 and there was good assortment.

The lights could have been a bit lower and the restaurant busier to add some atmosphere. I would return but would call ahead to ensure they were offerring their full menu on an off event night.

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Five Corners Bistro15182 Buena Vista Ave, White Rock
Not Worth The Wait
Submitted Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 6:25pm [Dine in]

Have been meaning to try out this spot for the last year or so, so decided Xmas might be the time.

Our party reservation was for 7:30PM, however we were not seated till 8PM . It was clear from the start it was going to be a long evening. Eventually I had to ask for menus to get the show on the road.

Our mains did not arrive until almost 10PM. 2 hours is way too long. They came out on cold plates & the food itself was barely warm. Several plates were returned to be "re-heated" but in my opinion, the food was inedible and I personally did not touch mine.

The manager/owner (?) also provided entertainment. It was painfully obvious to everyone I guess but him he should have been in the kitchen trying to sort out whatever the service issues were, rather than playing his guitar.

Overall, not a good evening. Really too bad. It is an attractive space & very inviting. Nice people. But if you can't turn out a product to match the setting, there are just too many other places to spend your dining dollar in this area. Unfortunately all you get these days is one shot, so will not be back.

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Eighteen 279185 Glover Rd., Langley
First Time
Submitted Monday, September 6, 2010 - 7:40pm [Dine in]

We were invited out for an anniversary dinner to this spot on the strip in Fort Langley.

As it was Tuesday night, it was their two can dine for $29.95 evening. This features a 4 course tapas meal for two. I enquired if the portion sizes were smaller than their regular meal and was advised they were not. You basically select one of a number of tapas in each of the four categories, ie: appy, entree etc.

The presentation was very good, with two portions of each tapas served on the one plate, ie: for crab cakes, each diner receives one. There was a very nice selection of offerings, incl dessert. We were well satisfied food wise.

The caveat on the menu was to receive the special, two beverages must be ordered. It did not specify these need be alcoholic. There was also live entertainment. Wednesday's is 2 for 1 tapas.

Overall, a very pleasant evening, with a tab of about $50 for two including the two cocktails and gratuity.

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Brock House Restaurant3875 Point Grey Road, Vancouver
So So Visit
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 8:21pm [Dine in]

My last visit was the month they opened some 33 years ago. I remember it quite well as they had not yet been granted a liquor licence. I have wanted to return many times over the years but for a variety of reasons, never made it.
It would appear I have missed very little.

The Brock House from what I can ascertain has largely become a facility dedicated primatily to catering special affairs such as weddings. Whille you absolutley cannot argue with it having one of the nicest settings on the water in the lower mainland, that is not enough to cut it, at least for dinner.

The "dining room" is ostensibly an area not being used at the time for a special event. This evening it was "set up" on the ground floor. Tables were lined up by the window. No decor to speak of and areas were draped in curtains to hide service areas. Staff sat in the bar area. It was a Sat night and there may have 5 or 6 tables occupied. Apparently the area designated fthe dining room moves around the Brock House dependent upon the size of the special event.

The bread served was I am absoultely sure brown and serve rolls & would expect they go through a few trays of these each week. To me, that set the tone of the evening and had "catering written all over it."

Service was fine and our waiter knowledgable, pleasant and I suspect has a long tenure with them.. Food presentation was well done and a good variety of seasonal vegetables accompanied each main course. Mains were ample size and generally well received, although the blackened cod was not presented in that fashion to my thinking.

Perhaps with some interior ambience the place would pass muster, but I will not be returning .

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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Return Visit
Submitted Saturday, October 3, 2009 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

Have eaten here several times over the years, the last 3 on their outside patio. Most recent dinner was an anniversary and likely one of the last beautiful evenings you'll be able to enjoy your meal outside this year.

Despite our reservation request, we did not receive a table "by the water." As one did open up, they happily moved us, only to find that 25 feet move closer to the water dropped the temperature several degrees. Not a problem. Out came a portable heater & blankets. Perfect.

The food I have always found high quality. My steak came out medium as opposed to medium rare. Returned it and the replacement excellent. The first one was ok but the difference made the evening. Halibut was beautifully done.

A request for my daughter for "another piece" of bread as opposed to purchasing a 2nd $5 bread basket was met with a replacement basket at n/c.

Service despite it being a Monday evening was slow as this is a very popular tourist spot. But once they were at your table, they could not do enough to make you happy.

Our meal was finished at sunset but we lingerd for coffee and dessert. Future summer visits will be a little later so we are eating closer to sunset, as it is a beautiful spot at that hour.

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Dairy Queen9110 152 St, Surrey
Hello, It Is Summer
Submitted Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

I've been coming to this DQ for years as it is the nearest location to our home. But I have to tell you, it is poorly run. They are a busy location, but are almost always under staffed. Typically you have 2 counter people, someone manning the drive thru window and a cook. The place is usually dirty (not dirty in the sense of unclean ) because they are busy and have inadequate staff and time to clean up after themselves. And they close at either 9 or 9:30 PM, which in the heat of summer is simply a mystery to me. The franchisee here needs to take a hard look at the overall operation.

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