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Digby_Scallopsout thereSince October 16, 200750 Reviews
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  • Food3 (3.2)
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Maple Sushi2385 King George Highway, Surrey
Lunch Time Favourite
Submitted Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

As I work in the White Rock area, this is the sushi restaurant I most often frequent when in the mood, and there are several in the area. It is located in a busy strip mall beside the local cinema off King Georghe Hwy & 24th Ave.

The decor is your typical sushi restaurant, nothing special. Most of the seating is large booths which can accomodate six. They recently added a big screen TV.

I don't think I have ever had but one waitress. But she is always efficent and friendly. And this can be a busy spot for lunch.

As I go most often for lunch, I typically order "The Happy Lunch", which consists of Miso soup & your choice of 3 dishes from a wide selection. My favourite combo is the California Roll, Chicken Karagge & Gyoza. Sometimes when my eyes are bigger than my stomach I'll order another roll, but usually regret it almost immediately.

The California Roll is tight. The Chicken Karagge beautifully done and never fatty. The Gyoza plump and tender. Lots of fresh ginger. At $8.95, you won't go away hungry and they keep the green tea coming.Lunch today for a client who ordered a bento box came to under $20 with tip.

Give Maple Sushi a try. I'm surprised it hasn't made this site before now.

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Harbour House12233 Beecher St., #101, Surrey
Great Meal - Warning To Entertainment Book Customers
Submitted Sunday, January 27, 2008 - 10:51am [Dine in]

I had previously tried The Harbour House for lunch. I have referred many clients to this spot. We were unable to secure a reservation for our annual Xmas dinner, so opted to try it last night, despite the recent reviews.

There were 4 in our party, 3 of us opting for the Halibut and the other the Sablefish.

My Caesar salad came as a bit of shock when I bit into a dollop of bluecheese! The prosciutto had been crisped up like bacon. Overall, very different and very good.

The Halibut came with an assortment of roasted potatoes, green beans and carrot. The quality high. The Sablefish, which came with risotto, was of course more moist due to the oil content of that fish. It was ruled excellent. Portions were more than adequate and we were all more than satisfied.

Overall, a wonderful evening where the setting, food & service made The Harbour House probably the best overall dining experience in the past year.

But now the warning to Entertainment Book members: When the bill was presented, a reasonable $198 dollars incl tax and liquor, our waiter informed us the "new owner" had instituted a policy that Entertainment Book members could only use 1 card "per table."

After apologizing to our waiter, thanking him for his excellent service and a wonderful evening, we asked to see the owner. He was not surprisingly too busy to come out to discuss the matter.

It seems he has taken the position those who utilize the Entertainment Book are onetime customers only, never to return. Thus he has taken it upon himself to alter the terms of the Entertainment Book. Rules of Use clearly state what members are entitled to, that being "up to a maximum of 3 cards per table." There is no mention of merchant discretion and in the 20 odd years I have been a member, this is the first such incident.

I guess you might say the experience left a bad taste in our mouth. Short sighted to say the least. In the end our 2 cards were honoured.

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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Return To Gotham
Submitted Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 9:34pm [Dine in]

I've now been to Gotham probably 4 or 5 times over the last several years. Each time I am struck by the feel of the place, which seems more USA if you will. Those of you who have dined at Morton's or even better in my opinion, Ruth's Chris in the US, will know what I mean.

The place has a very masculine & quite proper feel, yet the service is reasonably casual although quite efficent. It operates on three floors. The white table cloths, booths, piano in the bar area etc all give it a private club feel. In short, when you walk in, you are primed, ready & expecting a special evening.

Let me say I have never had a bad meal at Gotham. But each time I return, I have found my expectations are let down every so slighlty.

An appetizer plate did have promise. The ahi tuna was delicious. The prawns very nice. The crab cakes so/so. The bruschetta unecessary.

My ceasar salad was wonderful, probably one of the tastiest I have had in many years. A tomato and blue cheese salad was ruled a winner. For those of you who have had this latter salad at the Keg before they withdrew it from their menu, it is virtually the same. Easily with bread could be your lunch.

For my entree, I had the petite filet. It came as ordered, medium rare, but it was a tad dry to my mind. The "most tender cut" of meat was nice but not great.

My dining companion had the rib eye. It was of course much thinner than the filet but covered almost the whole surface of the plate. Very tasty and filling. Could have easily been shared.

The sides were all quite acceptable, ie: aspargus, tomatoes, pommes frittes all nice, but nothing spectacular on this evening.

Portions at Gotham are huge, to match their prices.

In summation, if you have not gone, I would say give it a try but save it for that special outing. You might consider splitting an entree (other than the filet) as steaks are large and more meat than anyone really needs. As the menu is a la carte, split a side or two.

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Tokyo Ken Japanese Restaurant13737 72 Avenue, #130, Surrey
Took A chance @ New Year's
Submitted Tuesday, January 1, 2008 - 11:15am [Dine in]

It is always a risk trying out a new restauarant for the 1st time, particularily on New Year's eve. But after reading the reviews on this site, we decided to give Tokyo Ken a try.

Calling mid morning to see if we could make a reservation, I was greeted by a very friendly young lady who took our reservation. Still somewhat reticent, I dropped by the restaurant at about 2PM to have a look and view their menu.

At 7:30 PM we were greeted by the same young lady (and the same chef) who were there in the afternoon. In fact she was the only waitress. Our table was ready with a handmade reserved sign on with our name.

As there were 7 in our party, we had the only table large enough to accomodate our group. Unfortunately it was situated directly in front of the main doors, so it was a bit drafty as patrons came and went.

The prices are similiar to other such restaurants, perhaps a bit lower on some of the rolls. I found that certain of the rolls were not as tight as I would have liked, making them a bit harder to manage. The yam roll was a hit.

The food quality was very good and those in the group who were not sushi lovers opted for the more conventional teriyaki chicken, which was well received. The vegetarian in the group had the vegetable tempura, vegitable yaki soba and vegetable gyoza. All were tasty with the exception of the gyoza, which was extremely attractive but thin and somewhat dry. While I did not try, the regular gyoza looked more like what I was used to, ie: somewhat plumper.

Service was very friendly but the young lady as I say was by herself, so she was on the move constantly. But she did a good job and brought out the dishes in an orderly fashion, not all at once as sometimes happens in sushi restaurants.

The bill for the 7 of us, no liquor, was $88 before tip. Everyone was full and had an enjoyable evening. I would return, probably for lunch.

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Akasaka Japanese Restaurant15110 101st Avenue, Surrey
Still Dependable
Submitted Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 4:15pm [Dine in]

I must confess it has been many years since I last visited this spot. At the time it was called Shoji, who has since retired. It had a very good reputation, doing a brisk lunch business.

Today there are many Sushi restaurants to choose from in Surrey. This is certainly one of the larger and has the added advantage of the private tatami style rooms for dining.

We ate there recently on a busy Friday night but were almost immediately seated. service was prompt, and the food very good indeed. I would recommend this to anyone who has never dined in the more tradational tatami style.

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Al Porto Ristorante321 Water Street, Vancouver
Indifferent Service
Submitted Sunday, December 9, 2007 - 11:51am [Dine in]

Al Porto has been a dependable spot for many years. Ownership has changed and Umberto is no longer there, although the name remains.

Al Porto is located in the heart of the once trendy Gastown, which now unfortunately has become seedy and appears to be turning into more of a nightclub district. The menu was familiar & the prices downtown. There was not a hint of the absence of Umberto's influence until our waiter arrived.

No, they couldn't make a hot buttered rum, no they didn't have any eggnog ( it is Xmas) & they couldn't substitute Tia Maria in a Monte Cristo, because, you guessed it, they didn't have any.
They were out of Halibut.

Dinner service was slow and the attitude one of indifference throughout the meal. When asked what the vegetable of the day was, the response was "I don't know "(it was carrots & broccoli). One would have thought by 9:30 on a Sat night, the waiter might have glanced at the plates of what he was serving his guests.

Food quality however was overall good. The carrot soup starter was pronounced "thin." For the entrees, two had the rack of lamb and describded it as delicious. Three had a seafood medley and I had the sablefish special. Portions are not large, but for those who had an appetizer, they were satisfied.

Everyone knows great service can make middle of the road food a pleasant dining experience. And conversley, good food can be dragged down by poor service. I'm afraid our experience fell in the latter category.

Maybe it was an off night for the waiter, but in this city and at these prices, you rarely get a second chance these days. As an aside, we finished our meal up the block at the Pan Pacific where a hot buttered rum was produced, with an explanation by the bartender as to how it is prepared & differs from a rum toddy. It was 10:45 at night, but he and the waitress in a packed hotel full of Xmas parties could not have been more friendly and helpful.

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Hanako Japanese Restaurant15135 101 Avenue, #205, Surrey
Tucked Away.........
Submitted Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 9:50am [Dine in]

in the corner of a strip mall off 152 Street near the Empire Theatre is Hanako. There are two other sushi restaurants within 100 yards or so of this one.

We ate there Friday night about 6:30PM, with the restaurant empty. Within 15 minutes, it was near full.

Service is very proficent. The menu is quite plain (no photos of the food here) but they did have I guess you could call it a fresh sheet, which was hand written & photo - copied, offering some much more expensive items.

While I do like sushi, I must confess to not being an expert when I get away from the standard fare. So I enquired as to the main ingredients in certain rolls I was not familiar with. The server, while very polite and patient, did have a language issue (or I guess more correctly I should say I did) so I did not pursue this for very long. Decided to stay with what I knew, as it was my first visit.

Prices are in line with other sushi places in Surrey, although I found the roll portions smaller. The Dynamite roll my wife had she reported as wonderful & ordered another at the end of the meal. The bonelss chicken karaage, while tasty, was a little on the fatty side.

A miso soup, 4 rolls, gyozi & the chicken came to $29 incl tax. We were more than full and could have passed on the final roll. That is the problem with sushi, the rice & soya can sneak up on you.

Overall, a pleasant experience and I would recommend this spot.

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Pearl Restaurant14955 Marine Drive, White Rock
An Oddity On The Beach
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here at least 5 times over the last two years. All but one time I was attending a group business function, where they were doing a pre-set meal of small plates.

They do a very good job surprisingly of these type of functions. Their servers are attentive and well trained. I have always found the food quality high. It is amazing what they can do with an appetizer, like a single scallop.

But on the occasion I had dinner there with another couple, I found the food to be only so so. And they are charging top dollar, ie: downtown Vanc prices. The owner & his wife are just a young couple & stop by and chat.

The restaurant is I would say more of a special occasion spot. The windows open in summer & the tables come with blankets the ladies can choose to wrap themselves in. A nice touch.

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New management
Dundarave Fish Market2423 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Local Spot
Submitted Friday, November 9, 2007 - 8:45pm [Dine in]

The setting is definately nice. Dundarave is a small community in West Vanc, consisting of largely one street of local merchants. The Dundarave Fish Market is a cross between a high end fish market and bistro.

The restaurant is somewhat tight for space and diners are cramped. As this is I expect very much a local haunt, this is not an issue for most people. For those like me who like to chat with fellow diners, it makes for an interesting evening, but if you value your privacy or are looking for an intimate night out, this is not likely your spot.

The portions are somewhat on the small side and the prices are on the high end. The freshness and quality however are there to support the price. And in the summer when the windows and small patio are open, it is indeed a very inviting dining spot.

On our most recent visit for lunch, I had the "red" chowder and my significant other enjoyed the crab cakes (which are also for sale in the fish market). Both were well prepared and as noted, we were not stuffed but provided an acceptable size for a light lunch which on this occasion we were seeking.

As an aside, there is a wonderful organic butcher a few doors down the street.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The1795 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Good Value On A Nice Day
Submitted Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 1:04pm [Dine in]

my wife and I were out for a walk last Sat. Beautiful, sunny fall day, pretty rare this year. So decided to stop into the Boathouse and have lunch on their outdoor patio. I've always been leery of the place as the perception I've had is it likely overpriced due to the million dollar view.

The patio is quite small, not to be confused with the much larger rooftop patio over the main restaurant. Chairs are very close together to get as many tables in as possible.

We weren'y terribly hungry so my wife wanted a small salad and we decided to share a shrimp clubhouse. She had a glass of wine.

The server told me not to bother with the salad as the club came with a side salad and we could substitute the one my wife wanted, rather than the caeser listed. So that was $6 saved right there.

The salad was delicious, the club bursting with shrimp and the fries were wonderful. Presentation was well done & the service competent. More than enough for two people trying to watch their caloric intake.

Total bill before gratuity was $22. And the view was free.

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