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elouise50TsawwassenSince July 2, 20077 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.6)
  • Food2.5 (2.4)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

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Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant3866 Bayview Street, #140, Richmond
A good dining experience - with view!
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2008 - 10:30am [Dine in]

First of all, we've been looking for a new (to us) restaurant that combines view, service and food without having to go all the way into Vancouver. After reading the previous reviews, we thought we'd give Blue Canoe a try.

We went on a sunny, Monday evening without reservations. We were promptly greeted by the hostess and given the option of sitting on the patio or inside. Since it was a little breezy, we asked if there was a window table inside. She said there were two and offered to show us first before we made up our minds. We chose to sit inside with a view overlooking the patio and fishing boats.

Our server was prompt, friendly and helpful. He told us they were out of the first wine we requested, but had a couple of good alternative suggestions. Likewise, when I ordered the Seared Ahi, he made sure I understood that it was more "salad-like" than some people expected - i.e. it comes sliced on a bed of greens with a light vinaigrette, rather than like a tuna steak.

For starters, I had crab cakes and hubby had the chowder. The crab cakes were very good; a bit chunkier in style than I've had them, but I liked them a lot. My husband who tries the house chowder wherever we go, declared it "pretty good", not the best he's had, but good enough to have again.. I did have the Seared Ahi which was fresh, and perfectly done. I didn't care for the sliced hard-cooked egg on the side which reminded me of a Cobb Salad, but that's just me. My husband had the Prawn linguine which he proclaimed very good. For dessert, we shared the lemon meringue pie. It was large and we couldn't finish it. Our server had warned us that the meringue was done a bit differently and, for me, it was the meringue that I didn't care for; being a bit too watery and sweet.

Overall, I think the food merits a 3 1/2 stars, not quite outstanding, but better than average. Service was very good and the location is terrific.

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Bert's Restaurant2904 Main St, Vancouver
Won't be back
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 8:39pm [Dine in]

We went to Bert's for breakfast.

My dh ordered the Club Breakfast which consisted of 2 pancakes, sausages, eggs and toast with coffee. I ordered the Vegetarian Omelet which came with hash browns, toast and coffee. Standard breakfast fare and not much you can do wrong with it, right? Wrong.

My entire plate seemed to suffer from split-personality disorder. Half of my omelet was completely bland and tasteless and the other half was over-salted. It seemed like the cook forgot to stir the omelet after adding the salt. My hashbrowns suffered a similar fate; half was okay and the other half icy cold -- as if they forgot to cook it and it just came out of the fridge.

In dh's case, he said his pancakes were bland and tasteless. How can a pancake be tasteless?

The service was so bad, it was almost comical. The waitress was having a hard time remembering things. She took our order then said, "I'll be right back with your coffee and juice". After several trips past our table and no beverages in sight, we flagged her down and asked about our drinks. She came back with the coffee and said, "I'll be right back with the orange juice". We waited and waited. No juice came.

Finally, when she delivered our meals, we inquired about the juice. She apologized and said she'd get it right away, and that "the toast will be right up". She came back with the juice, but no toast. We waited and waited some more.

We flagged her down again and inquired about the toast. She apologized again and said something about the guys in back not ringing her or something (but shouldn't she check if it's not out?). Anyways, she came back with one order of toast and said the other one would take a few more minutes. At that point, we said never mind and not to bother.

The waitress was friendly enough. It wasn't busy and she seemed quite experienced. No real reason to be that forgetful.

In summary: bad food, bad service. We won't be back.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The11151 No. 5 Road, Richmond
Over-priced for what you get
Submitted Monday, July 30, 2007 - 11:50am [Dine in]

The food quality at this Keg has taken a steady downhill slide; and the prices keep going up (and yes, the few remaining franchise-owned Kegs are allowed to set their own prices). This particular Keg has some of the highest prices in the system.

In the past, one of the hallmarks of the Keg experience was the consistency of food and service. At this Keg, the service is generally okay, but the overall food quality is very up and down.

I love prime rib and always order it when at the Keg. However, the last few times, it has been virtually tasteless and dry (I order medium rare). What happened to the beefy, juicy tenderness? I don't know if they're not letting it rest long enough to set, not getting the outside seared quickly enough or what. It's like eating a tender slice of nothingness. My husband's steaks have been on varying occasions, cooked to order, over-cooked, and under-cooked.

They need to get the consistency back. For their prices, I'd rather make the trip downtown and go to the Thurlow Keg.

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Sharkey's Seafood Bar & Grille4953 Chisholm Street, Delta
It used to be so good!
Submitted Monday, July 30, 2007 - 11:22am [Dine in]

Sharkey's is another case of a very good restaurant that's let itself go downhill. At one time, it was our favourite, casual seafood restaurant south of Vancouver. It has a great waterfront location and open deck in the summer. The fish always tasted fresh and perfectly done. Now, more often than not, the fish is over-cooked and either too bland or overly sauced.

I'm not sure what happened. The food has become very inconsistent and while a certain waitress there is very good, the rest of the service staff is hit or miss.

Even after a couple of bad experiences, we kept going back every so often, over the course of a year and a half or so; hoping they'd improve things, but it hasn't happened. We've now reluctantly crossed Sharkey's off our list of 'go to' places. During this time, the only thing that has remained consistently good is their bucket of steamed mussels. I'm tempted to go back just for those!

Maybe a new chef or owner could infuse some good food and energy back. I miss Sharkey's.

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Mario's Kitchen1105 56 Street, Delta
Going downhill
Submitted Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

When Mario's first opened, we couldn't go often enough. The food was fresh, inventive and tasty. The service, led by the eponymous Mario, was excellent. Mario, who formerly ran the now-defunct Reo's in Tsawwassen, was almost always at the door, greeting and seating people. He seemed to infuse the entire service team with a certain degree of warmth and enthusiasm.

Sadly, he hasn't been around lately and it shows. (I wonder if he's sold and it's just not widely known.) The service and the food seems to have taken a header in the past half-year or so. The staff is often seen chatting and joking with each other, rather than paying attention to the patrons. Sometimes, you can't even tell if there's a manager on duty.

The food has become extremely inconsistent. Mushroom caps, which used to be my favourite appetizer at Mario's have come to the table over-cooked and watery on our last two visits. The pasta (a favourite of my husband) often comes swimming in sauce or overly salty. On another occasion, we arrived around 5:30-ish and ordered drinks before dinner. When the waitress brought us our drinks, they didn't taste anything like they should have. When we told the waitress there was something wrong with them, she apologized profusely saying that there wasn't bar person on yet, and said that she'd had to mix them even though she'd never done it before. She'd literally had to look up the recipe. She took them back and tracked down the manager who mixed new drinks for us. We felt badly for the waitress, as it wasn't her fault she'd been put in that position.

Mario's has gone from being one of our favourite Tsawwassen restaurants to being one that we probably won't go back to (at least for a very long time).

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Maguro Sushi5241 Ladner Trunk Rd, Delta
Best sushi outside Vancouver
Submitted Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

As far as sushi restaurants go, Maguro is probably one of the best kept secrets in the lower mainland. The locals around here just hope not too many others find out about it.

It's a pretty small place, but is always busy - even mid-week. They also do a brisk take-out business.

The fish is always fresh and there are always new and interesting sushi creations from the chef. The prices are also good, considerably less than you'd pay in a comparable Vancouver or Richmond restaurant.

They have a good variety of combo dinners; combo sushi platters; hot and cold appetizers; and a full complement of a la carte nigiri, maki sushi, and sashimi. If you don't want sushi, they have a variety of teriyaki, rice bowls, ramen and udon dishes.

But I must admit, I go for their excellent sushi, almost every time; and we go often -- probably two or three times a month. I can't think of a single negative to say about their food.

This is by far our favourite Japanese restaurant.

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New management
Taverna Gorgona5047 48 Avenue, Delta
Feels like a bit of Greece
Submitted Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

Taverna Gorgona is a lovely neighborhood Greek restaurant that has been around for years. Several years ago, it moved from a small, cramped location sandwiched in a strip mall to the location formerly occupied by the 48th Ave Fish Co. It's transformed the space into a warm and inviting slice of Greece in the midst of Ladner.

The food is consistently good (bordering on great depending on who's in the kitchen) and the service is warm and friendly. It's our fall-back place when we run out of ideas.

My favourites are their sauteed calamari appetizer and their lamb dishes. Their pastas are pretty good, too. Even if you don't order dessert, they bring you a Greek-style tiramisu to share. Very light and refreshing.

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