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diner40VancouverSince January 22, 200895 Reviews
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  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (3)
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Kisamos Greek Taverna3420 Moncton Street, Richmond
Outstanding Food
Submitted Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 10:54am [Dine in]

Visited here this Sunday past. We were greeted immediately and shown to a table. I remember last time I was here I ordered the snapper, it was outstanding so I opted for this dish once again.
I was not to be disappointed. A delicious , flavorful meal. A rather large portion of fish, tender and absolutely what I remember from before. I love this dish.

The fish came with a generous portion of Greek rice, a nicely cooked Greek potato and some green beans cooked in this fantastic tomato sauce. I am not usually a huge green bean fan but the way they cook these almost have me asking for the recipe.

The service is very solid. Not obtrusive but rather friendly and efficient. In my opinion this is one of my favorite Greek restaurants in the area. Can't wait for my next visit and more of that snapper.

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
Great Indian
Submitted Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 12:15pm [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant a few times , twice in the past three weeks. The delicious smell of curry hits you as soon as you open the door. I must say they are very consistent. I love tandoori chicken and theirs is some of the best I have ever had. The right amount of spice, pipping hot and juicy, never dry. Quite the feat as I have had some very dry tandoori chicken at some places.

Their curries are delicious as well and always spiced the way you want it. If you want hot be warned , their hot really is hot. I also love their naan. Always order the garlic naan, hot and fresh.

As for service I have never had a problem. Usually there when you need them. For me, this is one of the best Indian Restaurants in Vancouver.

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Wings Restaurants & Pubs1162 Granville Street, Vancouver
If I Could Only Give A Zero For Service
Submitted Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 9:35am [Dine in]

Second time in this place in the past three weeks mainly for their $3.00 Pabst Beer Happy Hour special and the big screen tv to watch the ball game right up at the bar.

Came in was greeted by the hostess immediately, told her I was going to sit up at the bar. Proceeded to sit at the big long bar table with exactly two other people there. Plunked myself down and waited. The bartender was consumed with something on the phone had his back towards me no acknowledge yet of my presence, no glance my way , no "just a minute be right with you". So far hasn't even noticed me. By the way, I am huge.
Ok, here comes someone else behind the bar. No acknowledgement of my presence from this guy either.
Walks right by me and goes to this couple one stool over because they wanted to pay their bill. Still no glance my way, no acknowledgement of my presence from bartender number two. They aren't even busy.
I thought okay after he takes care of this person I am sure one of them will ask me if i want something because that is why I am sitting at the bar at a restaurant that serves both beverages and food. Bartender number one, the guy on the phone when I first got there has now left the bar area is doing something else. Bartender number two takes the money from the couple paying they leave and he disappears. The invisible man grabs his bag and leaves Wings most likely never to come back again.

A lot has been said about the lousy service in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland in general. I have received some excellent service at places, mediocre but most often lousy, inattentive just plain bad service. You really have to shake your head. Serves expect tips, 15 per cent, 20 per cent in some places now they expect you to hit 25 per cent on the debit or credit card machine. In my view, many don't earn it. Is it lack of interest in the job they are doing, boredom, pure laziness? Many times it's not because they are run off their feet and they are just too damn busy. I believe a lot of the poor service you receive is also because of poor training and leadership.

Anyway, that's my little "service" rant about Wings.

First time there ordered their happy hour wing special. For a place with the name "Wings" in their name they should stand out and excel at what they present. For the most part these were sad. A small portion with more bone and skin than anything else.

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Honolulu Cafe3340 Kingsway, #240, Vancouver
They'll Fill You Up
Submitted Friday, September 25, 2015 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

If you're the sort of person who is put off by abrupt, non-verbal service without a smile just don't come here.
The first couple of times I dined here I was quite ticked by the service. I have come to realize, that's the way it is. So when the server slams down your plate without a word and quickly walks away don't be offended , that's just how they do things.

If you're a clean freak avoid this place as well. Quite frankly this is an old, dirty, greasy restaurant. Whatever you do don't take a walk to the men's washroom and peak in towards the kitchen. It's not a pretty sight.

If you can just ignore those first two things I mentioned you will probably enjoy Honolulu. Tasty, big dishes of food at a very good price. My favorite is the chicken curry.

So bring it on, slam down that plate of curry I'm ready for it!

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Pint Public House, The455 Abbott St, Vancouver
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 8:32pm [Dine in]

I quite like this place. Just on the edge of the sketchy part of town the pub has a huge open feel to it if you sit at the bar. Large open windows let's the sun come in and gives you a chance to watch the various characters go by.

Word of warning, the beer and cider prices will knock your socks off. Last visit I ordered a pint of Lonetree Cider, something new I am told by the bartender to replace the same old same old Strongbow. A pint of this cider will set you back almost a ten spot, even made the bartender wince when I asked how much it cost.

Here's the trick or should I say the value of this place. Go during Happy Hour between 3-6pm. For every order of a pint of beer or cider you get "free" wings. That's right, for that 8.50 beer or near 10.00 cider you get a nice order of fresh, hot wings.

They have a long list of sauces to choose from, my favorite is the Thai Chili. These wings are good too, nice and meaty, and they give you at least ten to twelve big one's. So do the math. An order of wings at any other bar would be at least ten maybe eleven dollars. During Happy Hour along with your pint they are "free", so for me that is quite a good deal. I have ordered more than one pint and they are quite happy to give you more wings.

The staff are nice and attentive. There when you glass runs dry, friendly too.

Take note, my review is based only on the Happy Hours special and their wings I have never been there any other time and have never ordered anything else off the menu.

Outside Happy Hour specials if beer is that much the rest of the food better be amazing.

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George's Taverna3760 Moncton Street, #130, Richmond
Should Of Kept Walking
Submitted Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 9:44pm [Dine in]

I think after this latest adventure I am going to swear off lamb. I have had nothing but bad luck ordering lamb lately. Actually wanted to visit Kisamos Taverna on Sunday as we visited a few months ago and had an excellent meal. Unfortunately they were closed so my dining partner and I kept on walking down the street with Greek food on our minds.

Came upon George's Taverna. Doesn't look like much from outside, in fact looks a little on the sketchy side.
As it turns out the outside looks like a palace compared to what it looks like on the inside. An absolute dump of a place. Welcome to the 70's, maybe 60's and not in a nice , memorable sort of way. This place is about 20 years overdue for a major reno. My dining partner and I had second thoughts about eating here however the table looked clean and it was starting to get on the late side of dinner hour plus we were hungry so we stayed.

Now to the food. I ordered the lamb souvlaki, my dining partner the roast lamb. Both our meals arrived on sort of old , small white plates. There was your usual rice, greek potato and greek salad. The rice was truly unspectacular. The greek potato not nearly as nice as what I have had at many other Greek restaurants. The Greek salad was just sad. As for my lamb souvalki, the toughest pieces of meat I have had in quite sometime. Gave my jaw a real workout. My dining partners roast lamb was also tough and chewy. It was a greyish fair sized piece of meat that looked like it had been boiled and not roasted. Gross.

Our server was pleasant enough but a little inattentive, had to flag her down to have our water glasses filled more than once. There were two other tables to look after.

To sum up, this is one bad Greek Restaurant. I will never be back.

One souvlaki, one roast lamb and two waters plus another pita they charged me $1.25 for including tip, $40.00

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Steamworks Brewing Company375 Water Street, Vancouver
Just Baaaaad
Submitted Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

I have been seriously watching my food/beverage intake the past couple of months so thought I would treat myself to a couple of beer and something to eat at Steamworks last night. I got immediate service by the friendly bartender and after a little lingering over a beer or two I decided I would order something.

I remember an absolutely incredible lamb burger I had at another location awhile back. Fresh, juicy, an incredible garlic/feta sauce so as I looked over the menu at Steamworks the lamb burger jumped out at me.
Surely Steamworks could come up with something just as memorable. Not a chance.

The burger arrived after about twenty minutes or so. The first thing I noticed was the oversized pretzel bun.
It was huge. The meat inside, not so much. The lamb patty was neither plump nor juicy. If McDonalds made a lamb burger it would taste sort of like Steamworks. The patty was very dry with little taste. What a disappointment. There was no love in the making of this burger. I guarantee it was a frozen patty at one time.

Three beer and the lamb burger, $50.00 including tip.

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Close, but no cigar
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2014 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

First off, I must give them points for trying but my gawd what an overall bad dining experience.
Came by here a few weeks ago on a Sunday for what we thought would be a great night out. I mean come on this is The Coast and all right? Upper end, pricey, it's gotta be good right? Not even close.

My dining partner and I ordered the "hot" seafood "platter" at $36.00 per person. Let me just say, this is the type of restaurant that requires a pop by McDonalds Drive-Thru on the way home because you are so darn hungry.

The "platter" arrived with one scallop each, a prawn each, a sliver of ling cod and the smallest piece of salmon imagineable. It was accompanied by a rather tasty creamy farro, butternut squash puree. The dish was about five degrees below luke warm.

We started into it but I told my dining partner for this price I want something hot. We informed the server and to his credit he immediately took away the dish and said he would fix it for us.

As we awaited the arrival of the new dish one of the managers came by with a complimentary tid bit of something or rather. It was sort of like a breaded shrimp dumpling, tasty but it also was on the cold side. Nice try.

Our re-worked dish arrived and this time it was hot, same size though. It was truly unspectacular however I did enjoy the creamy farro thing, wish there was a lot more of it.

At the end of the meal another server brought us a complimentary small dessert. Small pop in your mouth chocolate cakes on a stick. They were tasty but just not enough.

Our server was fine although he seemed to come with a tiny bit of an attitude. Very workman like and not much personality. It was busy , so perhaps he was a little overwhelmed with the work load.

In the end, I'll give The Coast some kudos for trying to make it all good. I just can't see myself returning here anytime soon.

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Cazba1103 Davie St., Vancouver
Outstanding Value
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2014 - 11:50am [Dine in]

I have now dined at this restaurant over a half dozen times in the past year and I must say every visit in terms of food has been a winner.

You just can't beat the value of this place. For $7.50 cents a ground beef kabob , pipping hot with a mound of rice and your choice of salads. Where else can you do this at a sit down restaurant in downtown Vancouver?

In my opinion the food offered at this restaurant is of high quality. Always seems fresh and very tasty although they could do away with the complimentary store bought pita with that hunk of onion wrapped in plastic. How many onions do they toss out every day, simply not necessary in my view.
They also offer a number of selections from lamb shank to an eggplant dish which are always delicious and again a super value for what you are getting.

The downside of this restaurant is the service. It can run between totally abysmal to good and everything inbetween. They seem to go through servers quite quickly, not sure if it's because on a $11.00 tab with a 15% tip they aren't exactly racking in the money, or other issues but some just don't seem to know how to serve.

Overall, if you are on a tight budget and looking for a meal that is going to actually fill you up this is the place.

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Hub Restaurant800 Carnarvon Street, #344, New Westminster
Same Old
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2014 - 10:08am [Dine in]

Dropped in for a visit to The Hub two Sundays ago. Was very impressed with the ambiance of this restaurant, nice large open space with plenty of room to move about.

Our waitress was solid. At our table in a reasonable amount of time with menu's , etc. Nothing outstanding about her service then again nothing really to complain about either.

The Hub falls into the same category as Earles, Cactus Club, Moxies etc. The same old menu with a couple of little changes here and there but basically you've seen it all before. One big difference with The Hub are the prices! They charge upwards of 15+ for simple things like burgers.

I ordered the Ahi Tuna burger that came with a 15 dollar price tag. The food arrived in a decent amount of time for being after 2pm in the afternoon on a Sunday. It was good. Was it worth 15 dollars accompanied by a tiny little salad with their own housemade dressing? In my view no.

What really ticked me off about The Hub and probably a deal breaker in terms of ever stepping foot in this place again was the beer I ordered. $6.50 for "a glass" of a local brew "Gypsy Tears". This was nowhere near a pint. I would loved to of had a measuring cup handy to measure out this ridiculous rip off.
$6.50 cents for that!? You have got to be kidding me.

I tend to avoid places where I feel I've been ripped off.

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Buck & Ear Bar and Grill12111 3rd Avenue, Richmond
Chew & Gag
Submitted Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

It was a blazing hot Sunday in Steveston last weekend packed with people and we all had a hunger for fish and chips. All of the restaurants by the water seemed to be either full or running out of fish and chips, at least according to a stressed looking girl at one place we stopped by. Forget about Pajo's, the line-up there was estimated at about 35 minutes just to place an order.

We weren't to be denied our fish and chips and decided to head deeper into town. We spotted The Buck an Ear from afar and after reading over the menu decided this was the place we would try, plus they had a number of spots on their patio.

Our drink order was taken almost immediately and menus presented. My two dining partners didn't look over the menu long as they knew it was fish and chips they wanted. I , on the other hand decided to go for the halibut burger, priced very reasonably, I thought.

The wait wasn't long. What arrived as fish and chips was something Captain Highliner would stick up his nose at. Two fair sized pieces of fish that looked like they were previously frozen. One of my dining partners let me sample this disaster. Not your typical fish and chips and not in a good way. Moist, flaky, flavourful, those words do not describe this fish. More like dry, dry and tasteless and oh yeah, did I mention dry? Just pathetic. The chef should be embarrassed. Thank god for fresh lemon and a ton of vinegar.

My halibut burger consisted of two small bits of fish served on what seemed like a near stale bun. The chips tasted like they were frozen at one point and as well on the dry side. The gravy tasted like it's put together by adding water to a powder fresh from a box purchased at the grocery store.

One thing they do well here and really should stick to is beer. A great selection served cold in a real pint glass.

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Sixth Street Grill, The413 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Jury Is Still Out
Submitted Monday, April 22, 2013 - 10:01am [Dine in]

Tried this new New West spot a couple of Saturdays ago. The place was slammed. Looked like two very large groups in for dinner, one a birthday celebration, and every other table occupied. In short, the kitchen obviously couldn't keep up.

This is a smallish space but still big enough, if full, things could get sort of crazy in the kitchen. Clearly they were overwhelmed but dispite this our server tried her best with menu's quick to come, water re-fills and a few updates on when our rather simple order would arrive.

They serve comfort food here. Big dishes of lasagna with garlic toast, huge order for the price, all day breakfasts, chicken, burgers, etc. Nothing fancy but big plates for the price.

I went with the half chicken dinner with baked potato and veggies, my dining partner the salsbury steak.
My meal included a small salad that was just fine, my partners meal included a small bowl of some of the worst tasting clam chowder I have ever tried in my life. Watery, not clamy enough, just plain bad. I would re-visit the recipe for this one.

After that clam chowder I thought we might be in trouble but was pleasantly surprised when my half chicken dinner arrived after almost a full hour after ordering. Although I was given mashed potatoes when I actually ordered baked, I let it slide for the most part. My chicken was delicious. Fresh ,tasty, juicey, not at all dry and a very big portion for the 10 dollar something price tag. Everything was piping hot and even the mashed potatoes that I didn't originally order were hot and fresh.

They are new and working the kinks out in the kitchen so I am willing to cut them some slack. They tried hard and for the most part delivered. I'll be back to try them again, next time I will pick a night that is not quite as busy. But please, do something about that clam chowder recipe.

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Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar601 West Cordova, Vancouver
Never Been Disappointed
Submitted Monday, April 22, 2013 - 9:37am [Dine in]

I figure I've been to this restaurant about a half dozen times in the past couple of years. Never have I had a bad experience. I find their food outstanding. Big burgers, tasty and juicey served on delicious and fresh pretzel buns. They accompany the burgers with some of the best fries I have had at any restaurant in the Lower Mainland. They also have an incredible side salad with pecans and goat cheese that is a real hit as well. I tend to order half and half to get the full experience.

Recently I have enjoyed their turkey sandwich. They use "real" turkey not the pressed stuff and serve it on delicious grilled raisin type bread. I highly recommend this.

This place is very consistent, a real plus in my book. I like to know that I can expect exactly the same thing cooked properly on each and every visit and The Rogue, at least this location, never get's it wrong.

No matter how busy they seem to get the service is always good. Food arrives at a decent amount of time, friendly and efficient.

They offer a nice seleciton of BC beers at a reasonable price and the ambiance is also outstanding.
Part of the old train station, it is beautiful with high ceilings, huge lights and plenty of room to move around in.

Can't wait for my next visit, in fact I have lunch plans there tomorrow.

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Chan's Garden441 East Columbia Street, New Westminster
Safeway Chinese Beats This
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2013 - 10:34am [Dine in]

My gosh, what a huge disappointment. After reading the one review before this one right here on dinehere and after receiving a nice glossy handout delivered to my home recently , my dining partner and I decided to give this place a whirl the other night.

Arrived around 8pm to a nearly empty restaurant and were asked immediatly, before we even had our coats off , if we wanted water. We must say the service was pleasant and solid for the entire stay despite the staff horseing around in the kitchen and by the til , laughing and having just a great old time. At least it must be a fun place to work.

We ordered the dinner for two, included two spring rolls, pork fried rice, chicken chowmein and sweet and sour pork. First to arrive the spring rolls. These were your standard bulk purchased "Wings" style spring rolls, greasy and just plain blah. A short time later the remainder of our dishes arrived.

Not sure if they are trying to conserve energy back in the kitchen but "everything" was barely warm. Nothing was piping hot. The veggies in the chicken chow mein weren't even cooked. The broccoli and cauliflower were raw, same for the zuchini. We should of asked for ranch dressing because these veggies should of been dipped in something not served in what is suppose to be a hot chicken dish.

The pork fried rice was truly unspectacular, you can find much better at any food court. The sweet and sour pork was a smallish order with little bits of battered pork in your standard grocery store purchased sweet and sour sauce.

In three words, terrible chinese food. All of that plus a hot and sour soup for around 35.00 bucks.

As for the ambience, very clean and tidy, cafeteria style with four tv's playing Sportsnet and the music of QMFM playing in the background. Oye. Get me outta here.

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Anatolia's Gate Restaurant7084 Kingsway, Burnaby
Hire More Staff
Submitted Friday, January 25, 2013 - 12:03pm [Dine in]

It really is all about the lavish bread. Piping hot flatbread , fresh out of the brick oven, looks deelish and taste's even better. The lavish bread is what brought me back to this spot for my second visit this past Sunday. Probably the biggest second visit letdown I've had at a restaurant to date and a big reason why I most likely will never visit here again, although that bread just might persuade me otherwise.

Service was totally abysmal. One very nice guy moving about doing most of the serving. Yes, he was busy you had to constantly flag him down for things, an extra plate, my coke he forgot, the tea that took over thirty minutes to brew and arrive at our table, etc etc etc. In fact he was so busy he brought a dish of salt for the tea instead of sugar. When we told him, hey buddy, I believe this is salt , he took it away and came back with another dish. He said "what we had before was a different kind of sugar". Oye, yes my friend it is called "salt". Hey owner, hire more staff because on a relatively busy Sunday night this guy needs help.

Now to the food. Again, a letdown. Ordered babaganoush to go along with our lavish bread what actually arrived was humus. Being so hungry we let it go. The humus had way too much tahini not nearly enough garlic or lemon. My main of turkish meatballs came in a piping hot dish but was greasy and not nearly worth the price tag. The chicken in the curried chicken was dry.

I also realized on this second visit that I am not a fan of their decor. It's a weird mix of turkish decor meets industrial warehouse. Lighting so bright a surgeon could use it to perform delicate brain surgeries. Huge pipes and fans all around and plain jane tables. I realize this is not suppose to be an intimate dining spot but geez, could you turn down the lights a bit?

After the lavish bread, humus, two mains and another egg type/veggie dish along with a coke and tea with tip the damage was just over fifty bucks. Seems cheap when you look at some of the menu items but my goodness things sure add up fast.

I really thought Anatolia's was going to be one of my favorite dining spots in the area, sadly it is not to be.

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine628 6th Avenue, #103, New Westminster
The Wait Wasn't Worth It
Submitted Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

My dining partner and I have wanted to dine here for awhile now but for one reason or another never made it until just this past Friday. As it turns out , should have held off on the visit even longer.

We were greeted and seated immediately upon our arrival by some friendly and efficient staff members. The one guy who topped up our water glasses and watched over use for most of our visit was the manager I believe. He was very good and in fact the service was solid all the way around, the food extremely mediocre.

We ordered the the Kung Pao Chicken and another dish that sounded very good on the menu but was little more than those pub style deep fried pork ribs you can purchase at any bar/pub. On the menu it was described as pork chops with chilies. Very disappointing and the portion size was very suspect.

As for the Kung Pao Chicken there seemed to be more Pao than actual chicken. The dish came with a very dark sauce, few veggies mixed in and not nearly enough cashews.

The Gado Gado salad was very disappointing. I have come to love this dish thanks to the way they make it at Tropika. In my opinion the best Gado Gado Salad going out there.
Tamarind Hill's version was puny, tasteless and pretty much a waste of money.

All of this with one beer for nearly fifty bucks. Sorry to say but a second visit isn't in the plans anytime soon.

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Pho 99 Vietnamese Noodle House228 Schoolhouse Street, #14, Coquitlam
This Place Is Pho Real!!
Submitted Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 11:24am [Dine in]

Pho puns aside , if you are looking for an excellent very affordable meal that will fill you to the brim for around ten bucks Pho 99 is your answer.

I have eaten here on a few occassions now and have never been disappointed with the exception of an order of their wings, avoid them. Everything else I have tried here has been outstanding. My favorite is the Chicken Vietnamese Style sub sandwhich. For a mere four dollars you get a very decent sized sandwhich loaded with "real" chicken , not the processed stuff, a generous amount of crisp veggies like carrot and cucumber and bunches of cilantro. Again, all this for four dollars, you just can't go wrong.

I have also enjoyed their Vietnamese Bowls with minced pork, chicken and a heaping portion of noodles.
This is sure to fill you up and absolutely delicious for under ten dollars.

The restaurant is not fancy, heck just outside there are people bowling, but it's a huge , bright space with a staff that are there when you need them.

If you are dining on a budget and looking for an excellent meal this is one place you have to visit.

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East Side Mario's123 Carrie Cates Court, Unit 217, North Vancouver
Gone South!
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 10:20am [Dine in]

Dropped by this ESM on a Friday about two weeks ago about 12:30pm, that would be smack dab in the middle of lunch hour. The place was absolutely dead, to me that says a lot.

My dining partner and I sat in the bar area, again, dead save for about three or four bodies sitting up at the bar. Every table in the bar area was empty, a beautiful sunny Friday at lunch. Despite lack of customers service wasn't near what it should of been. The woman behind the bar was very pleasant but had a very bad memory. Re-fills of drinks took forever, the bill and request for a pen was forgotten and mentioned again, knife and fork missing, etc. Keep in mind this place was virtually empty. Totally unacceptable. Another server brought our meals, again pleasant enough but forgetful. The salad that came with my wrap was missing.

Now to the food. Totally uninspired. I ordered a simple chicken wrap. I realize that little culinary expertise is required to put this together but the taste and presentation of this wrap was just sad. A small plain looking wrap plopped on a plate. Enough said.

It has been years since I have eaten in an ESM. I can't imagine showing my face in this place anytime soon either in fact I would be very surprised if they are still around in a year or two.

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New China Kitchen100 Schoolhouse Street, #112, Coquitlam
Grease Slick
Submitted Monday, July 9, 2012 - 9:10am [Dine in]

Where else on the Lower Mainland can you purchase a real full pint of cold draft beer for $2.69? As far as I know only at The New China Kitchen. Problem is, this is a restaurant and not a pub.

Dropped in Saturday before taking in a movie at Silvercity. If you are in a hurry this is the place. As for nutrition, if fat was a food group this would be the place as well.

Surveying the two long table trays of items was like looking over the oil spill of the Exxon Valdez. Grease and oil as far as the eye can see. Deep fried just about everything. I sampled the ginger beef, I'll take their word for it that it was beef. To me it tasted like deep fried batter with a sickly sweet sauce. The sweet and sour chicken was almost the same as the ginger beef with sweet being the main ingredient. The potstickers were covered in oil and had sort of a funky taste. Even the beef and broccoli seemed greasy and unhealthy.

Dessert consisted of a cooler full of ice cream hovered over by every kid in the place, gosh knows what has fallen into those containers. A tray full of generic vanilla oreo type sandwhich cookies and carrot cake cut into small squares they probably purchased at Costco.

After my meal I felt like I had just eaten a brick of Crisco. They should offer shots of draino so that you can clean out your pipes afterward.

When we first arrived the place was buzzing with a kiddies birthday party of about twenty, other assorted family groups and celebrations that seemed to be going on. Despite this the friendly staff found us a seat immediately. They were cheery and effecient, when we needed them like a pint re-fill, even though they were running around all over the place.

Even though the food offered isn't top knotch in my view, it is still very good value. You can belly up to the long buffet table as much as you like, many do as witnessed by the over flowing plates and tummies, and leave totally satisfied. In my case I didn't eat again until about 2pm the next day.

The only reason I would head back to The New China Kitchen again soon would be for the $2.69 pints. As far as the food is concerned it will probably take me a couple years to get all that grease and oil out of my system.

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Wild Rice810 Quayside Drive, #122, New Westminster
Wild Prices Perhaps?
Submitted Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 11:25am [Dine in]

I must say what we ordered for the most part was very very good. I highly recommend the steam buns. They are absolutely delicious. The order comes with three , in-house , smallish buns packed with delicious mushrooms and caramelized onions along with a scallion verde. In my opinion they are very much worth the 7 dollar order.

I also recommend the lamb potstickers. The potstickers have an incredible taste of minced lamb and in my view were the hit of the night. The potstickers come with an incredible sauce of pea and mint puree. So good I wanted to order more however the tab was quickly adding up.

Absolute miss of the night, the seared albacore tuna. On the menu it is listed under "Small" and they sure aren't kidding. For $14.00 you get about five medallion sized pieces of tuna. Cooked nicely however totally forgettable and for the price, in my view, a rip off.

Another miss, the Vegetable Spring Roll. For $9.00 a very small portion and absolutely nothing special about it whatsoever.

Enjoyed the Yellow Curry and for the $15.00 price tag it was a reasonable portion with more than enough rice. A nicely done curry with just the right amount of heat. Very enjoyable.

I realize these are tapas and you shouldn't expect a huge amount of food but for what you are paying, for example the tune, they could at least offer a little more on the plate.

The Ambiance of this restaurant is a real miss. Not fancy in any way, it sort of reminded me of a fancier sort of cafeteria. A plain jane set up and not impressive in the least although it does face right onto the fast flowing milk chocolate waters of the Fraser River.

Service was solid. Not unbelievable but not really lacking either. We had our dishes delivered in a good enough time and re-fills of more drinks were offered on a couple of occasions.

The tab for the food and two beer came out to be almost $80.00 including tip. Some of the items in my view are totally over priced like the spring rolls however these things were over shadowed by the taste of the mushroom steam buns and some of the best pot stickers I have ever had. I just wish you got a little more for your money.

I will be back for the above mentioned items in the future but with less of an appetite as I now know what to expect.

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