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Food-GoddessCoquitlamSince May 21, 200896 Reviews
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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
Outstanding service, delicious souffle!!
Submitted Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 10:28am [Dine in]

My friend and I picked this restaurant originally because we both felt like having souffle, and Diva at the Met seemed to be one of the few places that has them. The ambiance was great, and the greeter was very friendly. I loved the decor, especially the plate settings. Our server was attentive and very friendly.
My friend and I both ordered the pink salmon as our entree. The server then brought us our bread (which was EXCELLENT, by the way), and then an amuse-bouche to start, compliment of the chef. It was a beef brisket wrapped in mash potatoe then deep-fried. Since I don't eat beef, I told our server, and he went into the kitchen and brought out a shrimp cocktail for me instead, which I thought was very nice of him.
Our entree was nice, the salmon was cooked and seasoned nicely, but the highlights of the night has got to be our dessert. When our server brought us the dessert menu, we couldn't find what we were really there for - our souffle!! We looked at the dessert menu online and they had a dark chocolate souffle with pistachio ice cream, and my friend and I were both craving that! So we asked our server whether there is a slight chance that they still serve souffle. He went into the kitchen and told us that they could still make that for us, but next time if there's something specific we want, we should call ahead just to make sure that it's available, or if it's not available, then they'll be happy to have the kitchen prepare it for us. He was very nice about it, so that was great.
Their souffle was definitely to die for!!! Not to say the amuse-bouche and our entree wasn't good, but the souffle alone was enough to bring us back here (and the outstanding service too!).
Highly recommended!!! Very memorable dining experience!

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Kam Ding Seafood Restaurant3021 Anson Avenue, Coquitlam
One of the worst dim sum experience....but their steamed oysters were good!
Submitted Monday, July 27, 2009 - 12:06am [Dine in]

Haven't been there for dim sum for years, but upon the recommendation of my friend and his parents, we decided to give it a try.

Went in there and there was no ambiance to speak of. Looks like a flash back to 20 years ago - the decor was dated and it really looked like a rundown restaurant in a ghetto area.

We were seated rather quickly because there weren't too many people there. Then came this lady pushing dim sum out in an old fashion dim sum cart, which I really haven't seen in years! So we ordered a bunch of dim sum from her - har gow, siu mai, fung zhao and some others. We were not impressed of the quality at all, first of all, most of the dishes were cold, even coming straight from the heated dim sum cart. The har gow skin was so thick it was like eating a mochi. When the jar leung (chinese donut wrapped in rice paper), it was quite possibly the worst I've ever tasted!!! The chinese donut was dense, soggy and chewy, and the rice wrap was again waaaaay too thick.

The only redeeming moment came when the steamed oyster special came (they were 3 for $6). They were oyster steamed in half shell with your choice of garlic or black bean topping. Those oysters were HUGE!!! The shells were the size of my palm and the meat wasn't much smaller, and much to our surprise, they were really fresh!

Probably won't be going back there any time soon, just can't stand it when they can't even get the basic dim sum to taste right.

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Tapenade Bistro3711 Bayview Street, Richmond
Great view, excellent service, overcooked seafood.
Submitted Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 8:25am [Dine in]

Went there last night with a group of friends. Made the reservation for 8pm, but the table wasn't ready until 8:15pm. People were friendly and the service was pleasant. The bread was great too, and they kept offering to bring us more, which we kept finishing because we were pretty hungry by then.

We ordered 2 mussels appys to share amongst us, which was great because it the portion was just right. The mussels were cooked just right and the sauce was delicious! It was so good that we all decided to get more bread just to soak up all those delicious sauce! LOL!

For entree, we ordered the salmon, halibut, the featured lamb, short rib, and I ordered the prawns provencal. The presentation of all the dishes were beautiful, and the dishes all arrived in a timely manner. My entree came with buttered peas, green beans, pearl onions and crispy gnocchi, and those were probably the best peas I've ever had. I don't know how much butter the peas were soaked in, but they were so good I wish I had more! The gnocchi were quite good too! Everything was great except both my friend, who ordered the same entree, and I thought the prawns were slightly under-seasoned and overcooked. Would be a lot better if the prawns were sauteed.

Other than that, the other entrees were good - the medium rare lamb chops were done to perfection, and so were the fish entrees. However, the short ribs were a bit dry and my friend didn't enjoy it much.

Overall, the experience was great! Great view and excellent ambiance - great place to come with friends. Will definitely be back!

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Tenku Bakudanyaki8740 Charles St, Richmond
Where's my squid??
Submitted Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - 3:50am [Dine in]

OK, so after seeing my friend's posted pics on FB and all the things people said about this place and its giant bakudanyaki, I decided to give it a try. So I ordered the original and a garlic mayo (that day's special) to bring home. They came in these cute little take-out boxes, which I thought was kind of neat. Had to wait a few minutes for them to finish cooking, which is fine since that way I know they're freshly made.

Took my first bite....it was alright, but to be honest, it really wasn't all that great like people described. I think they must have forgotten the squid in my batch because I kept getting these crunchy cabbages in every bite, and there were also the mochi and the quail egg, but that's about it. It was decent though, but probably won't pay another $5 to try again.

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Monk McQueens601 Stamps Landing, Vancouver
Good food, great view and comfy chairs...
Submitted Monday, April 20, 2009 - 12:34am [Dine in]

...but parking was terrible! (which I guess most of the people who's been there will agree - the fact that we have to park 1 or more blocks away unless you want to pay the $8 for valet...yes, it's good exercise, but having to walk 2 blocks there and back is just a little too much).

We were seated right by the window. The view was just fabulous and those chairs...you could just fall asleep in them. The service was just right and the food was good. It was a little pricey, but it's fine dining we're talking about, right?

Will definitely be back, but for special occasions only.

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Amato Gelato Cafe78 East 1st Ave, Vancouver
Great deals on the Sale items...
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 11:23pm [Dine in]

Tons of unique flavours and lots of selection. Took me quite a few sampling before I decided on the one I like. The scoop was quite small for the price I paid. Nonetheless, it was very good gelato.

Also bought a few treats from the freezer next to the cashier where they put the "Sale" items. Bought a "Coconut Surprise" for $2 and a mango & coconut gelato cake $8, which I thought was great value and they were both delicious!!! I especially LOVED the Coconut Surprise and regret not getting a few more.

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Matteo's Gelato2615 Mary Hill Road, Port Coquitlam
Friendly service and good gelato!
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

Went there with my 2 kids, and as soon as we started looking at the gelato, we were almost immediately handed a mini spoon with whatever flavour gelato we set our eyes on. It's not very often that a gelato place is so eager to let you try so many different flavours before deciding.

When we couldn't decide, we were told we could make flavours, even for the small cup! The portion was very generous and my kids were delighted!

Will definitely go back again! Looking forward to the summer when they will have more flavours.

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Accents Restaurant1967 W. Broadway, Vancouver
You get what you pay for.
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 11:10pm [Dine in]

Went there with a few friends on a Friday night. The decor was kind of old-fashion, a little homey and comfortable. We sat down and one look at the menu and the number of choices we had almost blew us away! Definitely a great deal with 3-course dinners (appy, entree, dessert plus free tea/coffee) set at $20, $25 or $30 depending on the type of entree you choose.

Took us almost 15 mins just to finish reading the menu. I decided to start with the baked escargot, followed by the ahi tuna tapas dinner (that night's dinner special) and then finish with the creme brulee.

After we ordered, the waiter brought us some bread, but it was stone-cold and the crusts were tough to chew through. Then our appys came and OMG they were HUGE!! The portions were so big we thought they brought us our entrees by mistake! My baked escargot was two large puff pastry squares, each was about the size of my palm (minus the fingers). Took me a little effort to cut it open because the pastry crust was so thick. It was greasy and I just could not take more than a few bites. The escargot and the cheese on the inside tasted like.....nothing! It was bland and just....blah! (I'm sorry but just can't think of a better description at the moment)

Then came our entrees...the ahi tuna was overcooked, salty and tasted nothing like the ahi tuna I've had at other restaurants before, and the seafood risotto was just a big clump of mush. Probably shouldn't expect much for $20, but didn't realize it would be like that.

I didn't know what to expect when our desserts came, but much to our surprise, the creme brulee was actually good!! Probably the best part of our meal. And if we were to come back, it would be because of this.

A funny thing was that I remember reading one of the reviews which said that the lights kept flickering from using the microwave. I'm not sure about the microwave part, but boy those lights really did flicker all night long!

I probably won't be back despite the fact that you can get a 3-course dinner with lobster for $30...

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Applebee's Neighbourhood Grill & Bar2325 Ottawa Street, #300, Port Coquitlam
Definitely will not go back.
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 4:18am [Dine in]

I remembered a few years ago when Applebees used to be our restaurant of choice when we went out to eat as a family. Friend service, decent food and good value. But the last two visits had changed our views of Applebees and we won't be going back there again.

We went there sometime last year and my husband ordered one of their new sandwiches, I believe it was beef with antipasto (or some kind of salsa or something) on sourdough bun. It came and the buns were soaked through after my husband took the first bite, so we asked our waitress about it because it was disgusting and just unacceptable. The waitress came back with a piece of bread to replaced the one that was soaked with the sauce. Two bites later, same thing, and this time the waitress came back with 2 pieces of bread. My husband replaced both pieces, but they just kept getting soaked through, making the sandwich impossible to be enjoyed. We decided not to go back to the restaurant because of the food and the waitress' unwillingness to resolve the issue with the soaking sandwich.

Then last summer, we saw on the paper that it's under new management and we decided to give it a second chance. We went there and my husband ordered the All-You-Can-Eat ribs and I ordered the AYCE shrimps. The shrimps looked so nice and big and juicy on the menu so I decided to give it a try, but I was surprised when the waitress brought me a plate of dry-looking fry shrimps. The batter looked thick and overcooked, and the shrimps' sizes were reduced to less than 1/3 after I peeled off the hard batter on the outside. It looked nothing like what was featured on their menu.

After finishing those first 15 shrimps, it felt like nothing has really hit my stomach, so I asked for seconds. It took forever to come, and when it came, the shrimps were even smaller (even with the batter), and there were only 6. It took me less than a minute to fly through those. I had to order more, this time I doubled my order, and it took about double the time to come despite the fact that it should take the same time to cook 12 shrimps as to cook 6...

Service was poor, food was unspeakable, definitely will not go back there again.

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Taverna Greka Waterfront Restaurant326 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Their lamb chop lunch is to die for!!
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 3:59am [Dine in]

Discover this cozy little Greek restaurant our office first moved to downtown New West. The front of it doesn't look like much, but then you discover a whole new place when you go into their dining area (which has a stunning view of the river!).

I ordered my usual lamb chop lunch, expecting the usual lamb chops, but then came I was surprised when I saw that they used the rack of lamb instead of the usual cuts they use at other restaurants. And for under $10, that's great value! I love their caesar salad as well, with crispy romaine and just the right amount of dressing (although sometimes you do have to ask for them to go easy on the dressing).

The service was great, and the waitress there was very friendly, always with a big smile on her face.

Definitely will be back time and time again!

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Beard Papa's4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3160, Richmond
Don't understand what the hype is all about.
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 3:45am [Dine in]

I've heard many good things about this place before I visited. On the day that I visited, there was a looooong line-up with people eager to get their hands on some of these giant cream puffs. When we finally got our hands on some, I took a bite and thought "is this what we lined up 15mins for?". Some of the flavours were unique, like mango and such, but they're just cream puffs! They're alright, and I still don't understand why people are so much in love with them.

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Lift Bar Grill View333 Menchion Mews, Vancouver
Not worth the $38...
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 3:39am [Dine in]

Went with a friend to Lift Bar for DOV because we thought the menu looked quite unique. We were seated right away, the ambiance was great. We quickly ordered our choices from the Dine Out menu, and as we were waiting, we noticed that the tables around us with the Dine Out menu all have a tray of bread....all the tables but ours! Ok, maybe they're just a little slow in bringing ours out, that's fine. First course came, still no bread. So we decided to ask the waiter if bread is included in the Dine Out menu, the waiter rudely answered "no, but I can bring you some if you really want some". Um....ok....whatever. Another table came and was seated behind us, their bread came soon after they placed their order. So we were definitely sure at that point that they forgot to give us bread, or they just assumed that we're not bread-eaters? I don't know.

Anyway, the bread finally came and it was good! (Little did we know that it was only to be the only good thing we would be tasting for a while) The first course that we got was the salmon and tuna roll. The tuna was too fishy, the rice was mushy, the seaweed was soggy and tough (it tasted like the day-old sushi from T&T), and they forgot the sauce on my plate!

Not good, so we eagerly waited for the second course, hoping that it would be better than the first. I ordered the butternut squash soup, which I thought was quite good; and my friend ordered the endive salad, which he was it definitely wasn't worth the money.

Third course, the seared scallops came. The presentation was nice, served in a shell, but as soon as we took a look at the scallops, we knew it was waaaaaay overcooked without even cutting into them. Boy, were they ever tough to cut into! Chewing them proved to be quite challenging as well. The ravoli under the scallops was overcooked as well, with the outside cooked to mush, and we couldn't figure out what those tough bits of meat on the inside were. Oh, and did I mention there were 2 "unidentified" pieces of meat on top of those scallops too? We didn't even want to try figuring out what they were since they tasted like meat left over from making broth anyway. BIG BIG disappointment!

By the time our entrees came, we really didn't know what to expect anymore. But to our surprised, our ahi tuna sashimi with tempura futomaki was actually quite decent. The presentation was nice and it tasted good as well.

Just when we thought the restaurant has redeemed itself with their entrees, out came our desserts - creme brulee for me, and the chocolate terrine for my friend. The terrine was just a mount of chocolate thing that my friend didn't quite enjoy, and the chocolate on the side was so hard that it was inedible. We tried breaking it apart with a knife but no such luck. And my creme brulee? It just tasted like an overcooked Chinese egg tart. Well, at least the raspberry and strawberry garnish tasted normal.

Overall, extremely disappointed in the food and service, and the fact that the parking lot is about a block away and you have to walk the entire way in the cold to get there (unless you want to pay $8 for valet) is enough to keep my friends and I from visiting this restaurant again.

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Mad Greek7260 Westminster Hwy., Richmond
Is it Chinese-owned??
Submitted Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 10:55pm [Dine in]

This was the second time we went to Mad Greek for dinner. The ambiance was quite nice, the lighting was just right, and we liked the way the tables were set up, very open and airy.

I went with my family on this particular night. We ordered calamari as our appy. We could see the white on the calamari underneath the crispy coating (which was barely clinging on), and we felt that it was slightly under-cooked. When our entrees came, the presentation was good, we really liked the rice because it was seasoned and cooked just right. I ordered the roast lamb, which was alright, wasn't overly impressed by it. It was seasoned just right, but in terms of the texture, some parts were cooked to perfection, but some parts were a little tough. My brother's medium-rare steak came out well-done, so we had the kitchen redo the steak, and it turned out they redid the whole plate, which we were quite pleased about.

One thing we noticed tonight was that there was this Chinese hostess and she was always looking around, and walking around the restaurant, I guess to see if everything's alright. We started to wonder if she was the owner, then we started to notice a few Chinese chefs in the kitchen (whom by the way my brother recognized as one of his classmates from his highschool). We also noticed when we first looked at the menu that we have to pay $1 extra if we want pita bread with our entrees, and there's no refills for pops (both are quite rare in other Greek or other western restaurants that we've been to). We came to a conclusion that there's a good chance that this "authentic" Greek restaurant might be owned by Chinese.

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Berry Good8766 McKim Way, #1120, Richmond
Wish they have more to choose from...
Submitted Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 10:39pm [Dine in]

Went there with a group of friends on a Monday night. The first impression I got was..."wow, this place is small...", but then a few of my friends highly recommended this place for dessert, so we decided to give it a try.

One of my friends and I wanted to try their green tea cheesecake, but they didn't have it. It was the same for a few of the other cakes we wanted to try. So ok....I finally decided to try their green tea cake, and just stuck with my hot water. The cake was quite good, not too sweet, but just sweet enough. The sponge was nice and fluffy, so I was impressed by it.

I still wish they had more varieties for us to choose from though...that night we went, I think they only had about 7-8 different things to choose from when their menu featured a list of about 25 different varieties.

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Hell's Kitchen2041 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Great value for $18!
Submitted Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

We went there tonight with a few others to try out their Dine Out menu. The appetizers were not very good - the salad was bland (one of BIL says it tastes more like a dessert with the strawberry and the mango), the chowder was definitely too salty and too spicy, and the poutine was a little too salty but not as bad as the other two. Although they appys did not impressed us, they managed to redeem themselves on the pizzas. We ordered a few Aphrodites and two Sopranos, and they were both quite good. The Aphrodite was quite unique with the pesto and the nuts on top, very interesting texture (in a good way). The desserts were quite good too, and I was quite happy with the selections. I liked the creme brulee the best, the tiramisu was quite good too although it wasn't really the presentation I expected (it was served in a martini glass).

The service was very fast and both the greeter and our server was very friendly.

And oh, did I mention the value was excellent? For $18, you get an appy, a MEDIUM-sized pizza and dessert. We all ended up taking a few slices of pizza home because we were so full that none of us could finish it.

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Ki Sushi31 8th St, New Westminster
Great place for cooked food.
Submitted Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 10:14pm [Dine in]

Went there for lunch one day. Although the place was quite crowded, they set me at the bar almost right away. Good lunch menu selection, lots of bento and sushi combo choices. The prices are great too for Japanese food.

I ordered a bento with udon, sushi, and tempura. The presentation of the food was great, everything was attractively arranged on the tray. The tempura was crispy, and the batter was just the right thickness.

I was quite impressed with everything until I put the first piece of sushi into my mouth. The fish was like a sponge, there was literally water filling my mouth as I bite into the piece. It was the most tasteless and most disgusting piece of sushi I've ever tasted. Then I though I would give them another chance by putting the salmon sushi into my mouth - same thing! Oh yuck....even their california roll was not really up to standard. Everything was tasteless and watery, seems like someone did a poor job defrosting the fish.

All in all, if you're all for cooked food, this is the place for you. But for those sushi fan, I would try somewhere else.

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