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Food-GoddessCoquitlamSince May 21, 200896 Reviews
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Seasons in the ParkWest 33rd & Cambie, Vancouver
Great food, stellar service!
Submitted Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 1:12pm [Dine in]

I have been to Seasons several times and the food's always been great and so was the service. However, I went there for Mother's Day this year and had terrible service! So I wrote a comment card to their manager about the service, and he wrote back to me right away. After several email and phone exchanges to address the issue, the manager sent us a gift certificate to compensate for our sub-par experience. So this review is for our redeeming visit at the Seasons with our gift certificate.

We made a reservation and we were seated right away when we got there. We got a nice table right against the window, so the view was fantastic as usual, still breath-taking each and everytime. Our server came over with the menus right away, big smile, super friendly, good sense of humour, a great way to start off our day. We brought our daughter with us to brunch that day, and our server got her a kids' menu and crayons right away. He was very accommodating to our needs, he often came back to check on us (and on our daughter) without being annoying or obnoxious, actually we found the interactions were entertaining!

We ordered a variety of items, we each had a different soup to start (carrot ginger soup, truffle mushroom soup, and seafood chowder). The flavour of each and every one of the soup was fantastic and the consistency was perfect. My daughter ordered the chicken fingers with fries, cooked just right, not soggy and not too burnt. The last time we came (the time with the horrible service), the fries were overly salted, tasted like we were chewing on salt sticks; and the chicken fingers were fried to a crisp. World of difference this time! My brother ordered the steak and eggs. The steak was cooked to medium rare, just the way we ordered it, and the scrambled eggs were great as well. Two of us had the smoked salmon benny....sooooo good! The presentation was very pretty. The eggs were poached perfectly, and the smoked salmon underneath was not cooked from the heat of the poached eggs. Everything was great and seasoned well. The potatoes were very nicely done as well.

It was definitely one of the best dining experience I've had, certainly up to par with my expectation of Seasons in the Park, which has got to be one of my favourite restaurants. Will definitely be back!!

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant350 Gifford St., New Westminster
Not a fan...of the food, nor the service.
Submitted Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 12:44pm [Dine in]

Was there last night for a wedding banquet. Nice decor, the ambiance was nice, but I guess it would have to be since they charged extra for the decorating. The only downside was that their audio system malfunctioned at the beginning and they left out the music when the bride and the groom walked out to the stage. I guess everyone was waiting for some kind of wedding music but it only made the entire hall quiet...very strange indeed.

The tables were pretty cramped, so cramped that the servers couldn't even go between the tables. Our server had to reach over my face to collect the dirty plates after each course and we had to pass dishes down for almost every course. It was quite annoying and dangerous since it involved passes a hot bowl of hot bird's nest soup over my daughter's head. Unacceptable in my opinion!! They were also shortstaffed since service was slow and our wine glasses were often empty. Some guests had to resort to getting the bottles from the side and pouring their own wine.

The food was alright..decent...the ingredients they used was expensive and good quality, but it's in the way they make the dishes. Most of the dishes were flavourful and well-seasoned, but the squabs was definitely overcooked. It was one of the few times that I didn't want seconds because the first one I had was tough and dry, and I love squabs!! Same issue with the fish. Presentation of all the dishes was quite ordinary, I have definitely seen better and more creative presentation at other Chinese wedding banquets. Most of those dishes I found quiet greasy, but I guess that comes with eating at a Chinese restaurant.

I've also been there for lunch. Service was also slow, and their dim sum wasn't all that spectacular neither, not for the price you have to pay. Dishes were slow to come and they often came barely warm or cold.

When you have to pay so much per table (my husband is close friend with the groom, so we knew how much they paid) for a wedding banquet (or for any meal), you often expect a lot more...well, you won't get it from Kirin!

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Cora's Breakfast & Lunch3025 Lougheed Highway, #390, Coquitlam
Nothing special about Cora's Special
Submitted Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 8:24pm [Dine in]

Finally decided to go to Cora to see what the hype is all about. The ambiance was good. You would have never guessed how roomy and airy the whole place is from outside their front entrance, but beyond the door it just opened up to a whole different place.

We were seated right away. It took a while for our server to come over to us. He has a very heavy accent, so we had trouble understanding him. My water was only refilled once, and that was after I had to ask, and he never brought the extra pack of peanut butter I requested for my toast.

My friend ordered the crepe panini, and I ordered the Cora's Special. First thing I noticed about my breakfast was that the crepe that it came with looked more like a pancake because it was tough and very thick. They should have just said it's served with pancakes, because they would have made a lot more sense. The potato wedges were overdone, been in the oven for too long and so they were hard and tasteless. I was definitely expecting more from Cora's.

Definitely nothing special about the Cora's Special, it was mediocre at best. Very disappointed. And the surprising thing was that they charged me $0.60 per package of maple syrup for my "so-called" crepes. I've definitely had better breakfasts, even at ABC Restaurant. Slightly more expensive than other breakfast joints, but definitely not worth the price!

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P2B Bistro & Bar1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Food was alright, but service was definitely a disappointment.
Submitted Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 7:15pm [Dine in]

We went there on Wednesday to use our coupon. The ambiance of the restaurant was good and our table was by the window with a decent view. We were there at 6pm, and we were seated promptly with our reservation.

Our server was an older gentleman. He was friendly but forgetful at times. He had to read out the special and the cut of the day out of his note pad, which we found just a little odd. He also got one of our appetizers wrong, he gave us a crab salad and an order of mussels instead of 2 orders of mussels. We thought he also got so frazzled when the restaurant started filling up during the latter part of our stay, so much that he forgot about us after he gave us the dessert menu and didn't come back for 20 minutes.

In terms of food, the crab salad was ok, nothing special about it. The mussels were delicious, and they were GIANT mussels!! Could use a little bit more broth though to go with the bread. Before our meal, we were served each a herb and cheese bun. It was a deep fried bread ball, a little greasy, but the flavour was good and the salsa that the bread was served with was soooo good. Must be their signature thing, because it even came with a little card with the recipe for both things. I'm definitely going to try making the salsa.

We ordered their cut of the day, which was flat iron steak with mushroom sauce. They was alright. It was cooked perfectly to medium rare, but it was under-seasoned and the asparagus they served with the steak was way overcooked. I ordered the lamb loin with gnocchi. I ordered my lamb medium rare, but it was more on the medium side. The gnocchi was doughy and mushy...I've never had gnocchi like those before. It was so bad that I had to get our server to bring me some roasted veggies. He later brought me some saute broccolini, which was quite good. Overall, the entrees were definitely less than what we expected.

We ordered the chocolate tart and creme brulee for dessert. Both very good. My creme brulee was very smooth and creamy, and the brulee was done just right.

I might come back again for their mussels or after dinner drink and dessert, but probably not for dinner.

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Ichiro Japanese Restaurant12011 2nd Avenue, #110, Richmond
Authentic Japanese Restaurant with Fresh ingredients
Submitted Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 6:51pm [Dine in]

Went there with my friend for lunch today. This restaurant is usually really busy on the weekend during lunch time, the last time we went, we had to go to another place because the wait was going to be 1.5hrs. This time, we went early so we got a table right away. Service was prompt and courteous, and our server came to refill our tea/water everytime without us having to ask.

The prices were pretty reasonable on their lunch menu, the items on their a la carte menu is more expensive, but for the quality you get, it is definitely worth every penny.

My friend ordered the daily special, which was bbq black cod today. I went with the chirashi don on my friend's recommendation. The presentation was very good, especially for the daily special. It came with a number of side dishes, beautifully plated; as well as rice and miso soup. My chirashi don came in a wide Japanese bowl, and it also came with green soba noodles (or udon, but I chose soba noodles). Portion-wise, it was just right.

My chirashi don came with salmon (super fresh, texture was perfect, not mushy like a lot of other places. Freshest tasting salmon I've tasted in a long time.), tuna, egg (perfect sweetness, not burnt sections, perfectly cooked), tobiko, mackerel (I normally don't like it, but it was the perfect texture and not overly salty), scallop, hokkigai, california roll filling and some delicious, delicious white fish (which was absolutely my favourite of the entire bowl after the salmon, it was fatty, great texture and really really fresh!); and it was garnished with pickled ginger, shitaki mushroom and really good wasabi with a good kick!

Delicious meal!!! Can't wait to go back for more!!

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Asahi Japanese Restaurant2540 Mary Hill Road, #103, Port Coquitlam
Japanese restaurant that smells like a pizza place.
Submitted Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 9:53pm [Dine in]

Went there for lunch one day. As soon as we went in through the door, we were hit by an overwhelming smell of pizza (there's a pizza place right next door). A little strange to smell pizza at a Japanese restaurant!
It was only the two of us, but they gave us a little room, which I thought was kind of nice. The downside of it was that it took us a while to get their attention when we were ready to place our order.

We ordered the advertised special with 20pcs of sushi for $6.95, but we later found out that the special wasn't so "special" since the 20 pcs consists of california roll and cucumber roll, whereas in the regular menu you can get california roll and tuna roll for the same price, which we thought was definitely a better deal than the so-called "special".

The sushi was mediocre at best, somewhat flavourless, although everything was fairly reasonably priced. The softshell crab roll wasn't too bad, it was nice and crunchy, but their chopped scallop roll was quite strange because they added cucumbers and the chopped scallop was quite tasteless.

Probably won't be going back there since there are a number of Japanese places in the area.

Oh, and did I mention that our room was right beside their stereo, which they had on LOUD some pop station. Made us felt like we were sitting at a pub.

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Santouka Ramen1690 Robson Street, Vancouver
The Rich and Creamy Broth was To Die For!!
Submitted Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 3:01pm [Dine in]

My friend highly recommended this ramen place to me, so I decided to go there for lunch. Went there slightly before lunch time to avoid the crowd. Boy, was I glad I did that, because the place was packed with the lunch crowd soon after I arrived.

I decided on their signature shio broth. It was rich and creamy, just as advertised on their website. Very flavourful, yet not overly salty. The noodles were cooked to perfection, and the pork slices were the most tender I've tasted with my ramen with the perfect meat and fat ratio.

Service was prompt and polite. My order came very quickly, and my bowl was cleared off the table and I was presented with my bill soon after. Very efficient lunch service!

Will no doubt go back for the other broths.

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La Belle Patate1215 Davie Street, Vancouver
That was some seriously good poutine!!!
Submitted Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 1:45pm [Dine in]

Went there with a bunch of friends. Not much ambiance to speak of, but when your focus is on trying to decide which of their 26 varieties of poutine to try, ambiance is the farther concern in your mind.

The prices were alright, definitely not cheap, but for the amount of poutine you get it's not too bad.

I ordered the bacon poutine. I loved the fact that they use a vegetarian gravy, but if it wasn't for the big sign over the counter that says vegetarian gravy, you could never tell from the taste. Everything was made to order, and they bring you your poutine piping hot from the kitchen. We barely got 2 pictures in before we couldn't wait any more and had to dig in. Fries were nice and crispy, the gravy was delicious and the cheese curds...oh, the delicious squeaky cheese curds!!!!!

Definitely the most authentic poutine I've had...the stuff they sell at any of the fast food joints do not even come anywhere close! Beats out some of the other restaurants that serves poutine as well!

Will go back there in a heartbeat! Afterall, I still have to try the other 25 varieties....

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Chicco Japanese Dessert Cafe1504 Robson Street, Vancouver
Good place for light dessert.
Submitted Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 1:27pm [Dine in]

Went there after lunch last week, small cafe style dessert place. Service was prompt and polite, but the server didn't really speak a lot of English, so I had to repeat myself several times before she understood exactly what I wanted.

It was probably a little early in the day, so they didn't have too many choices when it comes to dessert. I ordered a matcha mousse and mascarpone dessert and a pack of halloween cookies to go. The matcha mousse dessert was very good, the sweetness of the mascarpone cheese was balanced with the matcha mousse and the red bean on top. The cookies were also very good and very artistically decorated.

Can't wait to go back to try to other dessert!

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Giovane1038 Canada Place, Level 1, Vancouver
Excellent dessert, too bad their service was far from comparable.
Submitted Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 1:16pm [Dine in]

Went there the other night to use up the Social Shopper coupon. The ambiance was nice, sophisticated and modern, yet friendly and not stuffy.

Since the hostess was busy with another table, we waited a while then asked the guy behind the bakery counter to see if we have to be seated or could we just seat ourselves. He told us to just seat ourselves, so we took the only table that was still available in front of us. Just as we were about to sit down, one of the servers came out and told us that it was reserved, which came as a surprised to me because I've called to see I could make a reservation and they said they don't take reservations. So we decided to take a seat at the side just in front of the window. We sat there for at least 10 minutes before someone came with a set of menus. It took another 10 minutes (with the menus closed in front of us) for the server to come back to take our orders. Still no water or utensils yet.

We ordered 2 pizzas, funghi misto bosco and the capricciosa. Took about 25 minutes for them to arrive, and when they finally did, they got the order wrong and brought us a margharita instead of my mushroom pizza. They took the wrong pizza back into the kitchen and came back after 10 minutes with the right order. The portion size was perfect, and the pizza crust was light and crunchy. Loved the stringy cheese and just the right amoung of topping. The capricciosa was delicious, and the hardboiled eggs on top was quite unique. Never had pizzas like those before.

However, service was definitely lacking. While the tables around us were getting contant service, we felt somewhat neglected when our water was not refilled and they totally forgot to bring us plates, napkins or even any utensils. And when we did ask for utensils, the server brought us only 1 set. Were we supposed to share the single napkin and the fork and knife between the two of us?

The only redeeming factor was that they comp our dessert to make up for bringing us the wrong pizza.

Their dessert was absolutely to die for!! We ordered the tiramisu and black forest cake. Tiramisu was one of the better ones I've tastes, and the black forest cake....OMG!! Absolutely divine!!! It looked almost too good to eat, the best black forest cake I've ever had!! Moist and not too sweet, just the right density so it was satisfying without feeling too stuffed. The matcha latte I had with my dessert was a bit of a disappointment though...not enough matcha taste.

Oh right...and they got our bill wrong and forgot to comp our dessert, which we had to ask the server to correct that on our bill.

Interesting experience...the food was excellent, dessert was to die for. Would stay away from the matcha latte next time. Despite the service, I would definitely go back for the food, and hopefully we would have more luck with the service next time.

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Luscious Creations2233 McAllister Ave, Port Coquitlam
Yummy cupcakes!!
Submitted Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 12:46pm [Dine in]

It's a little bakery located just under Me n' Eds in downtown PoCo. Not much of an ambiance to speak of since their cakes and cupcakes are more meant for take-out.

The lady that was there was really friendly. She greeted us as soon as we walked in and didn't hesitate to tell us about the different cupcake flavours they had. We decided to get one of each. They were all very delicious, moist on the inside and not too sweet. Even the icing on top was at the right sweetness. I especially loved the raspberry flavour with whirls of raspberry in the cream cheese icing on top. I could eat 10 of those!!

Thoroughly enjoyed each and every flavour, will definitely go back for more!

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Me-N-Ed's Pizza Parlor2233 McAllister Avenue, Port Coquitlam
Pizzas were good, just too pricey.
Submitted Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

This is my second time visiting this location. Ambiance was good, typical pizza joint with a slight "bar" feel.
It took a while for anyone to notice that we were standing there although there was only 1 other table occupied. Service was quite slow and almost non-existent at times. We had to ask twice to get our water glasses refilled.

Pizzas were always good, though I found both times the pizzas were a little too salty for my taste and the crust slightly overdone. The flavours were good and the combinations were more creative than your typical Pepperoni or Hawaiian. I really enjoyed their smoked salmon & roasted garlic and their chicken pesto supreme. I've also tried their thai chicken, which I found was the most interesting combination of all, with crispy thai noodles and what tasted like the chinese "hoi sin" sauce. Would be perfect if it wasn't so salty.

We found the pizzas to be on the pricey side. We went there for lunch on a weekday to use our Entertainment coupon, but I'm not sure if we'll go there without the 2 for 1 coupon.

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Coza! Tuscan Grill20065 Langley Bypass, Langley
Best angel hair pasta I've had in a long time!
Submitted Monday, September 5, 2011 - 10:39pm [Dine in]

Went there for dinner with a group of friends last week. This restaurant was not our first choice, but Olive Garden across the street had a 1hr and 45mins for our party of 17 at 6pm, so we gave up after a 45mins which got us nothing more than group of anxious and very hungry people and went across to street to Coza. We actually called a bit before we went to make sure they were able to accommodate our large party, which they happily obliged, and they had our table ready in no time.

We were seated as soon as we were over there. Good service, friendly server.

Everything on the menu looked really good and I had a hard time decided. Finally, I decided the Angel Hair and Scampi because I really love angel hair pasta and it's hard to find a good place for it. All our entrees came with caesar salad and freshly baked demi-baguettes with a basamic vinegar and olive oil dip - delicious!!

All our entrees came at a very reasonable time given they had to prepare them all together. My angel hair pasta dish was done very well. The pasta was al dente, just the way it should be. There was a good amount of tiger shrimps on plate, and they were also very well-seasoned. Loved my pasta, but the only thing I would change about it was perhaps to ask them to go easy on the capers, because there was A LOT of them (and most of the were left on the plate after I was done)! We ordered a large variety of dishes, and they all looked very good. No complains from anyone at the table.

I also decided to order the tiramisu for dessert along with a few of my friends, perhaps a little too ambitious of me because the portion size of both my entree and the dessert was a fairly good size. My tiramisu was very goooooood!! And I was drooling over some of the other dessert the others were having too...lol!

Would certainly go back to try the flatbreads and the scampi and lobster linguini, along with their other dessert choices. Given the ridiculously long wait-time at the pasta place across the street, and the delicous food I had at Coza, this is definitely my go-to place for good pasta in Langley!

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Cento Notti350 Davie Street, Inside OPUS Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver
Delicious food, funky decor!
Submitted Monday, September 5, 2011 - 10:07pm [Dine in]

I bought the Groupon for the 3 course lunch, so we decided to go there for lunch last Monday. Really funky decor, really suits the "Yaletown feel". The colour scheme was silver, fuschia and blue. The washroom was a little cramp and dark, but I loved the blue lighted counter.

We ordered the beef carpaccio and the shrimp with heirloom tomatoes to start. The presentation of both our starters was excellent, very appettizing!! The carpaccio slices were thin and perfectly sliced, with 2 deep-fried mozzarella balls in the middle. Delicious!! My shrimp starter was just as excellent. Nice-sized tiger prawns with sweet heirloom tomatoes.

We had the striploin steak with potatoes, and pan-fried rockfish fillet, done asian style. Again, both plates were very nicely presented. The striploin steak was perfectly medium rare, as perfect as any steak can get. It was served with potatoes on a bed of polenta, both were very delicious as well. My rockfish entree was good as well, with the fish cooked just right, very tender, just flakey and not a second over. I found the teriyaki style sauce to be somewhat ordinary and a little too salty for my taste. But overall, those were 2 very well done dishes.

For dessert, they only had 2 choices, so we ordered one of each - honey roasted figs with a bit of blue cheese with a dallop of mascarpone cheese on puff pastry, and watermelon shooter and strawberry moose on sponge cake. The honey roasted figs dessert was surprisingly delicious. Everything on the plate went so well together, with the sweetness of the figs balanced by the saltiness of the bits of blue cheese and the crunchiness of the pistachio nuts. The puff pastry with the mascarpone cheese was also a very nice touch as well. However, the second dessert definitely looked better than it tasted. The presentation was impressive, very artistic, but the dessert itself was just an ordinary strawberry mousse cake. Still tasted good, but was nothing nearly as impressive as the way it was presented on the plate.

Will definitely be back, no doubt!!

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Sango Japanese Restaurant19800 Lougheed Hwy, #350, Pitt Meadows
Boy, were they in a hurry!!
Submitted Monday, September 5, 2011 - 9:31pm [Dine in]

Went there with my family for a late lunch today. It's a nice little family run restaurant but modern decor, but nothing spectacular.

We were seated right away, and the server brought us the menu and expected to order right away. Very quick service...probably because it was almost time for their break, everything was served in a hurry, a little too much of a hurry perhaps, we got the feeling that they just wanted us out right away!! As soon as we took the last piece of sushi from the plate, our server took away our plates and our tea and even our unused napkins before we even had a chance to use them!

The food was fairly decent and quite reasonably priced. We ordered the Crazy Boy (deep fried california roll),Snow Cap (california roll topped with grilled red snapper...delicious!), soft shell crab roll, the 10 piece sushi combo and the I don't remember the name of the last one, but it had deep fried eel and california roll fillings. Everything tasted very good, the snow cap being my personal favourite. The sushi was fresh. One thing I noted was that they had california roll filling with their special "sango sauce" in 80% (or more) of their roll choices, and they don't have a big selection of raw food. Perhaps a bigger selection of appys would be great addition to their menu.

Might go back...but definitely would go there earlier so we won't feel being rush out the door the moment we walk in.

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Kingfishers Waterfont Bar & Grill23840 River Road, Maple Ridge
Best view in Maple Ridge!
Submitted Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 2:26pm [Dine in]

Went there with some friends last night for a late dinner. The restaurant is right by the Fraser River, beside the old Albion ferry station. Great view of the river, very nice, except for when a train passes by right across the street from the place.

I ordered the salmon and crab burger and cranberry juice. It took a little while for it to come, and when it did, they brought my the salmon and crab cake because the kitchen read the order wrong. So they gave me a 25% off the burger on my bill for the inconvenience. Very prompt and willing to fix the issue and make their customer happy.

The burger was quite good. Nice and soft bun with a good-sized salmon and crab patty that was seasoned nicely. The fries were crunchy, just the right size (I think thick-cut fries), and they weren't too greasy.

Great place to visit if you're out in that area.

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Laziza Modern Mediterranean1175 Davie Street, Vancouver
Love the decor!
Submitted Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 2:16pm [Dine in]

Bought the Social Shopper coupon, so we decide to go there 2 nights ago. Not a very big place, but their decor was very comfortable and modern. Especially loved their sky blue ceiling, made the place look a lot roomier. The seating was quite comfortable and the amount of lighting was just right. Our server was quite attentive without being intrusive, very friendly also.

With the coupon, we get our choice of two starters, two entrees and one dessert to share. We ordered the pan seared scallop with orange reduction and the flat bread pizza with lamb sauage to start, and chicken wrapped prawns and the 4pc lamb chop dinner as our entrees.

They started us off with some complimentary pita chips and salsa, very very tasty. Our starters came soon after. The scallops had a nice sear on top, very nice flavour. However, I found the orange reduction a little too overpowering, it kind of masked the sweetness of the scallops. The flatbread pizza was a llittle too salty, possibly from the sundried tomatoes.

The presentation of all our dishes were very pretty. Kind of neat the way the rice on our plates were formed into a pyramid. The chicken wrapped prawns were nicely flavoured, but the prawns were definitely overcooked. I ordered the 4 pieces of lambchops, and I asked for medium rare, but all 4 pieces were cooked to different "done-ness". The smallest piece was obviously well done (ie, overcooked), then there were 2 pieces that were more on the medium side; only one piece was actually medium rare, and that was the first piece I cut into. Nonetheless, I was a little disappointed when I ate the other "less-than-perfectly-done" pieces. The sweet mint sauce on my dish was delicious though, just wish there was more of it.

We had the creme brulee as our dessert. Nice presentation, but definitely wasn't as good as it looked. The brulee part was too thick, and the creme part was a little grainy, like eating scrambled eggs. Quite disappointed in the dessert. And I also made the mistake of ordering an after dinner latte. Other than the first sip tasting like it had some espresso taste to it, the rest tasted like hot milk.

I have mixed feelings about this restaurant. The decor was very nice, and the food wasn't bad (but wasn't very good neither), but with so many other restaurants in the area, it might be a while before I come back.

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Nu Aegean Cusina1661 Granville St, Vancouver
Surprisingly mediocre service.
Submitted Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

Went there with my brother on the weekend with his Groupon. I was surprised to find such a prime location with 2hr free parking, very impressive! LOL! It's right by False Creek, straight across from Granville Island. It was a sunny warm day when we went, so we decided to get a table on their patio, and the view was unbeatable!

Service-wise...although we were seated promptly, our server didn't approach us for about 10 mins after we were seated to bring us our menu. Even then, there was no water, no cutlery. Our server finally brought us our water 10 minutes after taking our order. We felt like they were ignoring us just because we were using a Groupon. They brought us our water in 2 mismatch water glasses, and while the other diners had the stemmy water glasses, the ones they brought us were the smaller juice glasses. And because we waited so long for our water, and with the smaller glasses, we finished our water in a few sips. We had to wait a long while, time and time again, for our water glasses to be refilled again.

Anyway, because my brother only managed to get 1 Groupon before they were sold out, I ordered the shaved lamb benny from their regular menu while my brother had the set lunch. My brother's appy came, and he said they were nothing special. I tried some of my brother's tuna tartare, and it wasn't anything extraordinary. When our server first brought us our entrees, they got the tables mixed up and brought us the entrees from the table behind us. And they forgot to bring my brother another fork after taking it away with the appy plate.

Our entrees came soon after, and they smelled real good! The entree for the set lunch was a roast oregano chicken with an orzo stuffed green bell pepper. It was nicely seasoned, and the chicken wasn't too dry, but it tasted like chicken souvlaki, nothing too extraordinary. I ordered the shaved lamb benny. The eggs were perfectly poached, the yolks were at the perfect consistency. The potatoes were good too, but could use some pepper. The shaved lamb was very flavourful, a tad too salty for my taste, but my brother said they were just perfect for him. All in all, we were happy diners at this point.

We were very disappointed at the lack of service at this kind of restaurant. However, the redeeming factor in service came when our server brought us both a dessert despite the fact that I didn't have a Groupon. It was the chocolate cake with chocolate mousse on top with a macaroon and garnished with a delicious caramel sauce. It was to die for!!!

Despite the mediocre service, the view and the food (and certainly the complimentary dessert) definitely made up for it. We will be back to try the other items on their menu.

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Pho Hoang Tung100 Schoolhouse Street, #401, Coquitlam
Great pho but leaves you sweating in the summer.
Submitted Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

A small family-run pho place in Coquitlam. Nothing special about the decor. The seating inside was quite cramped, the tables were really close to each other. Just can't imagine what it'll be like if the place it backed. Everyone will be sitting back to back. And it was a little hot on a summer day even with their door open and fan running. I was dripping with sweat by the time I was done with my bowl of pho.

Nothing to boost about in terms of service, the girl that was there was too busy talking to one of the regulars and a real estate agent that they had a appointment with.

Their redeeming factor was definitely their noodle soup. I ordered the chicken pho, and boy was the soup yummy! There was pieces of dark meat and chicken balls, and to set them off from the rest of the pho's I've had, they also put 2 hard-boiled quail eggs in there, which I found quite interesting. I prefer dark meat, because they are still palatable after being in the soup for a while. Most of the other places serve white meat, which becomes tough and chewy with the amount of time it's been sitting in the soup. The soup base was very flavourful, and the noodles were cooked very nicely as well.

Will certainly come back for pho, but perhaps will have to wait for a cooler day.

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Lava Dining & Lounge22590 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge
A hidden jem in the heart of Maple Ridge!
Submitted Monday, July 25, 2011 - 2:27pm [Dine in]

I bought the Groupon for this place so we decided to go and try this place out. The location of the restaurant was a little strange and quite hard to find because there is no stopping in front of the restaurant and you kind of have to circle around to back to get to the parking lot. It was also situated in between several auto repair shops. It's definitely an easy place to overlook if you're just driving around looking for a place to eat.

As soon as we walked in, it was like going into a whole different world! Loved the decor, it was modern and chic, very spacious and comfortable with the high ceiling and well-spaced seatings. We were greeted by Rob (the owner) as soon as we walked into the restaurant and we were shown to our seats promptly. However, we had to wait a while before someone finally brought us the menus.

I ordered the scallops to start and the steelhead trout with truffle lobster risotto, and my husband decided to order the beef tenderloin with blue cheese. While we were waiting for our meals to arrive, Rob brought us an amuse bouche, it was a simple asparagus puree with some lobster meat on top of a slice of tomato, served with a sweet reduction. It was light and refreshing. I was quite impressed with my scallop starter. The presentation was very nice and the scallops were cooked to perfection (perhaps a slight more sear and colour would take the flavour to new height). It went very well with the shrimp crust and pea puree.

Our entrees were excellent also. The beef tenderloin was cooked to absolutely perfection, and the blue cheese sauce was delicious. My entree was very good also. My fish was cooked just right, it was very moist and seasoned just right. However, I found the veggies (baby carrots and asparagus) to be slightly undercooked and a little difficult to cut into, and the bits of lobster meat in my risotto to be slightly overdone.

The service was good, but we found it a little excessive at times, especially when Rob would come and would ask how's our food, then 2 other servers would come after and would ask the same question. They were all very friendly, but perhaps more communication amongst the staff might correct that issue.

The only downside was that they sold out of their chocolate mousse when we came around to ordering our dessert, and it was only 7:30pm!! That kind of left my sweet tooth aching...but all in all, the food was great, the experience was excellent. Would definitely come back again to try out the other items on their menu.

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