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Food4RealSurreyWeeding out the garbage!Since December 4, 201023 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value2.5 (2.5)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)

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Texx Big Burger14783 108 Ave, Surrey
Headed In The Wrong Direction!
Submitted Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 12:55am [Dine in]

I just saw the new post someone made and I was going to make a post last week but didn't get around to it. I have gone back twice to this place and while it still makes a decent burger, I have to agree with the previous poster about the customer service. I have no idea what has happened here, but the service went to hell. The owner and his wife both work here. Mostly the wife is handling the orders and payment. She seems very unhappy recently and she shows it to the customers. They seem to have all their friends eating their daily so it's loud, messy and very poor service. Very inprofessional. I don't want to even go back.. The last burger I tried which was the halibut was terrible. Over cooked, dry.. too expensive. I'm sad this is happening. It seemed like such a promising place with decent food when it opened. But like all restaurants popping up these days, people are opening them to make a quick buck, failing to realize customer service and quality are NEEDED in order to sustain and grow the business. If Texx keeps heading the way it is, I suspect it will be out of business in less than 2 years. I hope it can learn from the mistakes, or read the comments here and turn it around. I really want a good burger joint in the neighborhood.

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Sushi Tengoku10194 152nd Street, Surrey
Better Food, But Still Terrible Service!
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 2:34am [Dine in]

I've gone here a few more times since I reviewed the place a year ago. Let's see what has change and what has not. First, the best part of this restaurant is it's late hours. Open until 11pm & 12pm is really good because there are no other choices in the area to eat this late. Second, this is KOREAN STYLE Japanese food. Make no mistake about it. When I ordered yakitori it came deep fried.. Seriously! yaki in Japanese means GRILLED! Not deep fried! There are many so called Japanese dishes that are wrong. They are Korean style. If you can accept that, or you are a person who has no idea what real Japanese food is, then you can bypass or accept this detail. I accepted that it's Korean style so based on that, the food is pretty good. The prices are pretty reasonable as well. So, recently they HAVE improved their food, from the sushi to the cooked foods, they are much better than a year ago. The one thing that did NOT change is the customer service. Customer service here is TERRIBLE! You have to wait forever for anyone to take your order, and forget about anyone coming around to see how you are doing or offer you more tea. You can't even get anyone to give you a bill here.. I've seen people walk out without paying a few times. They seriously need to hire more waitresses and train them in GOOD customer service because currently they fail big time in this department. I will go time to time when I need to eat late, but I won't leave any tip until the service is improved and the waitresses are more respectful and polite. At least smile!

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The15146 100th Ave., Surrey
A Year Later, Still The Same..
Submitted Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

Got another gift card so I had to go to The Keg again. Since this location is closest to my house it's the only one I go to. Well, what has changed sine last year when I came? Not much. Service was still slow and bad. Our server didn't come to ask us ONCE how our meal was. The prices seemed to have gone up of course, yet the quality remains the same or lower. The worst part of the meal was everything was luke warm. Nothing was hot except the butter burning over the candle. I'm not sure if it's just this location that is so bad, or if all Keg's are like this. To be honest you can get a SUPERIOR steak dinner at Central City Brewing for HALF the price. I figure the people who continue to support The Keg are people who A.) Can't cook, so they have no idea what a quality meal should be like (especially at this price) or B.) Go to The Keg as a status symbol. Nothing more. Anyway, I will try another location one day to see if this is a problem with all Keg's or just this Guildford location. Not impressed.

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Cartems Donuterie534 West Pender, Vancouver
Over Hyped!
Submitted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 12:47am [Take-out]

Yikes! Traveled far today to try these things. After seeing a few positive reviews I thought these were worth trying. However, they were disappointing. First, $3 a donut? These things were WAY too oily, and yet dry. They had no taste and were just bland. All I can say is they were boring, and not worth the money. Obviously the people rating these things so high either don't have ANY kind of sense of quality or they are family members or workers trying to hype the place. I really wanted to love these since I'm a donut lover, but these just don't cut it, unless you are stuck on the illusion that local is superior. Local should = cheaper and higher quality, neither of which appear from this shop. Maybe they should try baking them instead. Also, try putting some actual flavour into the different donuts. They all tasted almost the same.

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KW Gardens2338 King George Hwy, Surrey
The WORST Chinese food EVER!!
Submitted Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 1:16am [Dine in]

I went here against my will because I had heard this place is catered towards the elderly white people in White Rock. So the Chinese food is basically pure Westernized. It's fine if you like that kind of junk, but for me, if I eat ethnic food, I want authentic and decent food! This place reminded me of eating frozen reheated food, and powdered sauces. There were no actual Chinese people even eating here. No joke. Go look for yourself! Everything we had was terrible except the rice.. it was passable. Service was just passable. You won't get free Chinese tea here either. You might as well stay home and eat Mr. Noodles, the quality is the same except you will only pay $1 for Mr. Noodles.

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29th Avenue Cafe4441 Boundary Road, Vancouver
Decent, But Lacking Quite A Bit.
Submitted Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 2:58am [Dine in]

I wanted to love this place especially since it's truly Japanese owned and operated but there are a few issues.

I ordered the Katsu Curry and a salad. My wife had the Chicken Cream Croquette.

Both were ok, but resembled home cooked meals, not the type you would get in a restaurant. Which is ok, except for the price, it was far too expensive.

Onto the food. The curry was WAY to sweet. I'm not sure why they make it this way since this is NOT the way Japanese curry is made. It just got sickening after a while. Plus, the curry was just mostly sauce with no potato or carrots in it which is a staple of Japanese curry. I can accept this way if it wasn't so sweet though. Next was the salad, it was a nice size but again, the salad dressing was like an onion bomb! WAY too much raw onion taste in the dressing. It actually hurt my stomach, and yet I can handle some pretty spicy food many others can't. The actual pork cutlet was too thin, and was a bit over cooked, hence making it dry inside. It was tolerable but Japanese cutlets are usually double the thickness. My wife's croquette was ok, but seemed to be undercooked and mushy and also too much onion.. so overall, it was disappointing. It wasn't terrible, just that it should be much better especially for the rather expensive price the dishes have.

Other issues include the menu missing a drink menu. I guess they only serve water here.
There was no music playing, but rather a TV blaring volume of a TV show. Very unattractive while eating. This also cause everyone's conversation around you to be heard.

Customer service was fine, the washrooms were relatively clean and the decor was simple and tidy. There is ample good free parking. Location is very strange though.

All in all the amount of food for the price was not really worth it. I can make this at home for 3 quarters of the price and it will be better tasting.

I may try this place one more time to try a different dish, but it won't be a priority. Once again, I'm sad to write this review because I love to support TRUE Japanese owned and run businesses, but I must speak the truth.

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DDDN Pizza16033 108th Avenue, #406, Surrey
Great Pizza, Terrible Hours!
Submitted Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 2:40am [Take-out]

This is actually a very good pizza shop. It's run by a Korean woman who owns another location in North Van. They basically only have one size, which is large, for about $20. The ingredients are fresh, the sauce is awesome. The crust is made with flax seed, blended with regular flour. Personally It's one of my favourite pizzas. It's just a bit expensive, so I don't get it very often. It's more of a treat. The one bad thing about this place is it's hours. They close at 7:30 or 8:00 weekdays & Saturdays. Closed on Sundays. REALLY?? They close at the peak of pizza ordering time?! Crazy! I have no idea how they stay in business. It's a shame. Now Fresh Slice Pizza opened across the street it seems everyone is going there, even though that pizza is lower quality.

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Guildford Sushi House10330 152nd Street, #40, Surrey
Great Take Out! Terrible Dine In!
Submitted Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 2:31am [Dine in]

I've been going to this place for a few years. It's the perfect balance between value and portion size. Quality is average. Take out is always a good deal. If you dine in, be prepared for horrible service. This place is renowned for terrible service. I have no idea why they can't hire decent people to work here. It's Vietnamese run, but the sushi chef is a really nice guy and does a good job. So I put up with the bad, just because it is a really good deal. If I want authentic sushi with great service, then I head down the street to Hanako. The cooked food here is ok as well. Really the only sad part is the service, and it's a bit dirty. It's better than Tengoku though, also down the street.

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Papa John's Pizza10320 152nd Street, #A1, Surrey
Not So Great..
Submitted Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 2:19am [Take-out]

I tried this place when it first opened and it was really good. However, after being open for a few years the quality has taken a dive. Toppings are skimpy, sauce is tasteless. It's a shame really, they had potential. Now it's just average pizza that is expensive and boring. It wasn't terrible, but I won't go back.

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Belgian Fries1885 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Good By West Coast Standard
Submitted Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 12:17am [Dine in]

I admit, this might not be the BEST place for poutine, but it's better than any of the fast food joint poutines. The other poutine shop in Downtown is much better, so I hear from people and two of my Montreal friends. I have yet to try it. As for this place, it's not bad. It's overpriced for sure and the restaurant is very dirty and everything is greasy, it's just nasty on that part. As for the poutine itself, it's pretty good. I'm a bit sensitive to greasy food but this didn't bother me so that must say something about quality being pretty good. The dishes are nice, a few varieties. I've tried the lamb sausage and Montreal smoked beef, both I thought were really good. Now, the fries, it depends who cooks them, sometimes they are great, sometimes they are not. If they could be consistent with the cooking I think some of the reviews complaining about the fries would not exist. In general though, this is still a good place to get poutine once in a while. Beware, you will smell of grease/deep fry after you leave. They need better ventilation.

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La Chocolaterie7971 Alderbridge Way, #160, Richmond
Most Awesome Chocolate In Vancouver!!
Submitted Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 11:26pm [Take-out]

This little chocolate shop in Richmond is run by a Japanese couple that put the word CARE into their products! Everything is done so nice. Have you had Tomato chocolate before? You can here, Wasabi chocolate? You can here! And many more exotic flavors. This place is great. Fresh products, natural ingredients.. what more could you want? More locations? YES! The chocolate style is more of a ganache rather than the typical chocolate everyone else sells. Seriously, this place is amazing! I love it, and so will you! And the added extra good service you get here because they are Japanese is worth the trip, even if you live far away.

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Hong Mi Korean Restaurant15155 101 Avenue, #100, Surrey
A Decent Place.
Submitted Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 4:10pm [Dine in]

This was my first visit here. I have only tried a few Korean BBQ places so I don't have a huge background in this type of dinning. I'll be brief. The price of the food here is reasonable. You get a good amount for the price. At one of the other BBQ's I went to the price was clearly a rip off. The interior is nice, but the washrooms were dirty. (If you want to know how clean a kitchen is, you can judge by the cleanliness of the washrooms, always!) The service was like another person said, not very good. The one server we had was a really nice Korean woman who helped us a lot at the beginning, since we are not Korean, she showed us how to do everything. But she disappeared after. Nobody came back to see how we were doing or refill our tea. We didn't even get the bill. We were virtually walking out before they ran to the til. I suspect the place is understaffed. (I'm noticing this a lot with Korean restaurants in Vancouver.)

One bad thing, is they force you to order 2 items from the menu rather than 1. I have no idea why. Pretty stupid.

All in all the food was good and the portion size was good all for the price, so if you can overlook the other problems, you can have a good time. I would go back and probably will since there are not many options in Surrey for Korean BBQ.

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Fieldstone Artisan Breads12823 Crescent Rd, Surrey
Shocked At How Good This Is!
Submitted Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 1:07am [Dine in]

My wife dragged me here because she tried it recently and was amazed at how good it is. I thought it will be like every other bakery in Metro Vancouver. Over priced garbage. Boy, was I wrong!!

This has got to be the BEST bakery in all of the Metro Vancouver area. I went in expecting to try a few things, but ended up trying nearly everything and spending a fortune! But it was worth it! The bread, the deserts, the snacks.. all unique and fresh tasting. As if your mom or grandma made them. High quality ingredients and caring about the product shows here. For example, I detest mutigrain bread. I have NEVER had a multigrain bread I liked... until I tried the one from this bakery, it was simply amazing. I actually enjoyed it and shared in eating at home with my wife. Now THAT says something! The prices are not bad, leaning towards a bit expensive, but once you try something, you understand, and you know you are paying for quality that you truly enjoy!

This bakery is a bit out of the way, but worth the time to travel there.

P.S. Try the croissants!! They are like the real ones you get in France! Simply awesome!

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Five Guys Burgers & Fries2285 160th Street, Unit F8, Surrey
Nothing Special!
Submitted Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 12:42am [Dine in]

Wanted to see what they hype was about. Apparently the only hype is that you get too many fries and pay too much. This place is expensive. However, it's a better deal than White Spot and you DO get a better burger. The fries are also similar to White Spots, just longer in shape and not as overdone. So, why do they think this place is so special? Vera's makes a decent burger for around the same price. The only difference is Vera's isn't soggy. This burger was so soggy it was nasty. The meat was cooked nice though. The fries? Ya, they give you a lot, too many! They are cooked in peanut oil so they say there is no cholesterol. Well they are still greasy. Fries are better than Vera's though. Anyway, nothing special about the fries. They should have a smaller size for fries. Clearly this place was designed for Americans who over-eat. If I eat here again, I will buy just the burger.

Bottom line: Better than all the fast food joints for sure, but you can get better burgers and fries at some of the better restaurants around.

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Maruchu Japanese BBQ Dining4580 No. 3 Road, #2065, Richmond
As Close To Real Japanese BBQ In Metro Vancouver!
Submitted Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 11:19pm [Dine in]

I had been waiting to try this place for a while, and I finally had my chance.

Let's start with the service. It was really good. Since the workers are actually Japanese and a little bit on the older side, I mean not 20ish, the service was excellent. It wasn't too busy, so I have no idea what it would be like then, but it was warm and friendly and consistent this night.

Price: It's expensive, no doubt about that. So it's a treat for most people and not a place you can go to for BBQ very often. A few other dishes they serve are cheaper but still a bit high, however, the quality seems to account for the high prices.

Food: Food was generally excellent. Although not the same as BBQ in Japan, it's about as close as you can get considering they don't have access to high quality products here like in Japan. All the meats were nice. Some had a bit too much fat on them, but that was maybe 2 out of the 8 or so we had. It would have been nice to have a bit of variety in the sauces they used. It was the same for each meat, which in Japan should be at least 3 different ones. Not a bit deal, but could be easily improved. The meat was all tender though, and the other dishes we had were nice. The plum daikon salad was refreshing. I was filled up by the end of the meal, and ended it with a scoop of their home made ice cream. It was very nice. Totally reminded me of the high concentrated milk candies Japan makes so well.

The one bad thing about my dinner was the music they were playing. They had CFOX blaring hard rock throughout the restaurant which I thought was completely out of whack. It didn't make for a relaxing dinner. Please, change the station to something more enjoyable! The washrooms could have been a bit cleaner as well.

Overall this is a really nice place to get Japanese style BBQ and it's owned and ran by Japanese people. I will definitely go back again, when I can save enough money to cover the bill!! haha!

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Tanuki Sushi20059 Fraser Hwy., Langley
Wow, Nice Surprise!
Submitted Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 1:45am [Dine in]

I just stopped by this place for a quick snack. I wasn't really expecting anything but I was nearly shocked how great this short experience was!

I only had a few pieces of Nigiri Sushi & a Sunomono.
The sushi rice was really nice. Packed just right so that it was tender yet firm enough to stay together.
The fish quality was nice and they actually served Sockeye Salmon without asking for it!
The prices are great! The portion (Sushi Size) was big.
The sunomono was nice and light and a decent size.
The Chef let me try a complimentary deep fried California Roll which I had never tried any where before, and it was really good!
The service was awesome. There were two young guy waters, very polite and professional.
The interior is really nice, kinda cozy. Done up to look like a traditional Japanese small old time restaurant.
To top it off, they served a nice carved orange for desert again, complementary!
This little place impressed me a lot. I will definitely go back to try a full meal to see what the cooked food is like as well. I'd say this place is well worth the visit, even if you live a bit far away from it.

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Clever Cupcakes, The2985 Northern Ave, Unit 109, Coquitlam
One Of The Better CupCake Shops!
Submitted Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 1:52am [Dine in]

I've been trying all these new cupcake shops popping up everywhere from downtown to White Rock. In most cases they have all been terrible and expensive. Paying over $2 for a cupcake that is dry and has so much icing on top either too sweet or like eating lard is a real put off.

So.. I was happy to report that this joint had the best cupcakes I have tried so far. They are still too expensive but at least these cupcakes were moist and the icing didn't make you gag. The selection could be a bit better, as they were sold out of some of the flavors I wanted to try. Overall it's a nice shop. The owner is nice and the location is easy to get to.

*As a note. One of the cupcake shops I went to downtown that claimed to have the best cupcakes, (also the most expensive) is garbage compared to Clever CupCakes. I wish I remembered the name of that shop but oh well.. I would definitely buy cupcakes from Clever CupCakes again!! It's worth the treat once in a while!

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G-Be Izakaya4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Not Bad, But Should Be Less Expensive
Submitted Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 1:37am [Dine in]

Decided to try this place because I had a coupon. The look of the restaurant is very nice. I really liked how they designed the interior. Very comfortable. Service was good, although it wasn't busy when I was here so I have no idea what it's like when it IS busy. The waitresses were nice and smiled always. I tried several dished, about 6 or 7 if I remember. Most were decent. Nothing special and definitely a bit overpriced. The food style served here is not traditional Japanese, I'd say it's new wave Japanese. The nicest dish I had was the Miso Lamb but this was way overpriced. $14 for 3 tiny lamb ribs. I can get a whole shoulder plus rice, potato & vegetables at a Greek restaurant for this price. Presentation was nice though. My overall impression of the taste was that everything was too salty. That would be my main complaint. I'd come back here if I was invited, but I wouldn't just 'want' to come here. There are a few other better places around.

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Uprising Breads Bakery1697 Venables Street, Vancouver
Another "Just To Make Money" Place
Submitted Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 1:23am [Dine in]

Thought I would give this place a shot since I had heard it's been here for a long time. Let's start off by saying, the place is dirty. Nobody cleaned up any tables or mess on the floor in the whole time I was there. The restroom was nasty as well. Service was OK, typical coffee shop girls that you can tell are bored and not happy. At least they were nice enough. Now, the food. I tried a cookie, brownie, pastry and an iced tea. First of all, the display case they have all the goodies in is wide open at the back and they have a ceiling fan blowing full blast in the hot shop so of course all the things I tried were dried out. They tasted decent though, but if they are dried out, there really isn't any point buying anything from here. Maybe the owner should invest in protecting the freshness of what they serve! The iced tea was nasty though. I have no idea what they made it with but it was bitter. I didn't try the bread unfortunately, and maybe this is why they are kinda well known, but after this experience there really is no point to go back. It's just another bakery in Metro Vancouver that doesn't care anything about real quality, but only care about making fast cash. What a let down!

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Desi Lounge & Restaurant8821 120th St, Delta
Pretty Good Actually!
Submitted Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 11:44pm [Dine in]

I don't have much experience with Indian restaurants, but was convinced to give this place a try. I went during the dinner hour so it was busy, but not bad. I had curried lamb, naan and rice. It was all really good! The naan is awesome, fresh baked I believe. The curried lamb was really really nice too. Rice was average. The service was nice. The girls all spoke decent English and were pretty much friendly. The one downer about this place is it's overpriced. The curried lamb dish was $11 on it's own without anything else. It wasn't big, just average. If the price was a bit cheaper I'd say this place is one of the best in Surrey. I'll go back for sure to try another dish.

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