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foodCRITICALSurreySince February 1, 200814 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

Reviews

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Thai By Thai Restaurant9164 120th Street, #102, Surrey
Good food, thai grade spicy, no liquor? waahhh!
Submitted Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

So we've eaten there twice with mixed results. Good food but no beer to go with it kinda kills the experience for me. They have solid phad kee mao which is my favourite dish... not to self, don't get it "hot" next time just because you like your food spicier than the average person.

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Planet India Restaurant13775 72nd Avenue, #17, Surrey
An Update
Submitted Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

So back when I first reviewed the restaurant they truly were still working out the kinks. I've since become a regular. By regular, I mean that I drive 30 minutes out of my way to go on a regular basis. Walking in to Planet India is like coming home to visit my lovely extended Indian family. I don't work there, but I feel so strongly about the quality and "head and shoulders above every other Indian restaurant in Surrey" food that I actually am making the effort to come back and review it again. SO here we go...

If you're reading this, you're probably considering what you want to have for dinner or lunch today, and I can tell you without any hesitation at all, that if you are even pondering Indian food... you need to stop looking and start driving.

What to have? What not to have. I've had nearly everything on their menu at this point, with the exception of a few that I will absolutely be trying next week when I"m there. Here's my standouts.

1. The vegetable pakora is better than I've ever had it. Ever.
2. The chana masala is easily the best I've ever had - and I'm a fan. Eat it the traditional way with bhatura and you will not go wrong.
3. The tikka masala, korma, and muttar paneer all stand out as crazy delicious.
4. The chicken karahi was awesome last time we got it.
5. Have their Garlic Naan --- where other garlic naans come off as "meh" theirs is outstanding, loaded with fresh garlic. If you're not a big garlic fan, eat the regular. It's out-of-this-world good, with a great crispy exterior and a soft, tender interior.
6. If you are dining with a friend, get a pitcher. It makes sense since you will easily go through one beer and when you order your third beer for the table you've already exceeded the price of a pitcher (but don't tell the restaurant that!)

Ultimately, it's a nice, family owned restaurant that bangs out excellent food time and time again. We have truly never had a completely failed meal here.

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Taqueria Jalisco Restaurant13646 Grosvenor Rd, Surrey
Who Knew?
Submitted Friday, July 23, 2010 - 9:42pm [Dine in]

I'd been to La Conquistadora and while it was "okay" I still craved a little more... well, Tex Mex in my life. Having found this place on Dine Here, we stopped by for a bite. Friday night, yes, but still, steady stream of people coming in for a bite, most of whom were not ordering in English - always a great sign. Had some enchiladas (3 big ones!) and a chimichanga (huge!!!) left with leftovers and full bellies. Next time will definitely have the tacos and find a way to get the guacamole I saw moving around the small, but comfortable, restaurant.

Few things to note:

1. Seems to keep weird hours. We tried to come before and even though it said they SHOULD be open, they weren't.

2. NOT LICENSED so if you are craving a marg? Bring it with you. I'm sure it wouldn't be a problem to BYOB since it seems to be a small place. If not, they do take out.

3. Small busy spot so I suspect there could be a wait.

4. Food is made fresh from a very small kitchen - minor wait, but was provided with chips and three salsas. Could have used more chips but that's a really minor complaint and comes mostly from being spoiled in the US.Otherwise definitely outstanding. My husband stated it was the best chimi he'd had... which is saying a lot.

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Vlassis Souvlaki & Greek Taverna10028 King George Highway, Surrey
Solid.
Submitted Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 11:19pm [Dine in]

Not Greek Village Solid, but Solid nonetheless.

The food was typical Greek fare clearly produced by the owner (a very Greek looking Gentlemen). Dolmades were very good with a nice sauce and were fresh out of the oven (read: hot). Soups, tzatziki, etc, all were well prepared, the correct temperature and relatively prompt considering they just got hit with a rush prior to our arrival.

Ambiance... it's a lovely little hold in the wall, warm, inviting. Not trendy or stylish or new but who cares? It was warm, comfortable, and the Greek Wine is priced reasonably. I loved the fact that they were proud of their community involvement with local teams.

Value... I always feel you get an excellent value with Greek food... rice, potatoes, tzatziki pita and your entre all for 15 bucks? Yep, there's value there.

Just moved into the area and will certainly be back. They don't have a menu online (I'll see if I can get some pics and upload them since Dine Here as recently added "Add a Photo!")

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Luna Loca15153 56 Avenue, #106, Surrey
Horrible.
Submitted Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

Margaritas: Horrible. I don't think a lime ever went near it. Was so syrupy-sugary... just awful. I can honestly say I've never had a worse margarita.

Food: Laughable. Mexican food is about value, simple ingredients, and robust flavours. The beans were gross, over seasoned and the smallest portion I've ever seen. Chips were pretty good but their salsa is lackluster to say the least. Very disappointing.

Service: I think we exist. I am actually typing this review so I must exist. Someone should tell our server.

Cross the border, drive 10 minutes and go to Chihuahua... even that's better. Drive even further and go to Azteca. Mexican people even work there! It's amazing!

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Kelly's Pub7218 King George Highway, #112, Surrey
Guinness
Submitted Monday, June 8, 2009 - 2:17pm [Dine in]

A friend suggested a Guinness here, and we've been drinking them ever since. Well-poured and the perfect temparature.

The Chicken Caesar Wrap is well balanced and tastes great... I'm also a fan of their Greek Wrap. Same menu as Brewster's and Jack's... but the ambiance is better. 1/2 price appies (best yam fries!) is also a great benefit. I think you can get a burger for a few bucks on one day of the week, but with Vera's two doors down, that's the only day I'll stop in for a burger.

The servers are great and attentive without being annoying.

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Al & Jan's Fish & Chips9014 152nd Street, #201, Surrey
Best Fish And Chips?
Submitted Saturday, September 20, 2008 - 8:14pm [Dine in]

I suppose it depends on your perspective... on what you are looking for when you go out for fish and chips. In my case, I enjoy fish and chips where the fish is freshly battered, the fries are freshly cut, and they are fried in different, clean, oil. I don't like soggy or greasy. And never, ever have the batter still raw in spots.

In the case of Al and Jan's I must admit that all of the above criterium were met, and then some. The fish was perfectly cooked, batter was crispy and dry - little grease was left on the plate which is quite the feat!

The service was stellar, and I believe it was Jan who was so attentive, even with the restaurant full of tables.

Overall, an excellent little spot. BTW: If you are looking for it - its right by the Save-on-Foods opening, beside blockbuster - we had a hard time finding it!

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Leela Thai Restaurant1310 Johnston Road, White Rock
Pad Gra Pow!
Submitted Sunday, August 24, 2008 - 6:04pm [Dine in]

Had all the Thai food this side of the Fraser (and most on the other side!) and must say that Leela Thai takes the cake when it comes to consistently tasty food. The only recommendation for them is to ask how spicy, because there have been times when we have wanted it spicier. Never cheap on the chicken breast, their Pad Gra Pow is to die for, and try any of their red curries too, as they are excellent.

Ambience gets a decent rating simply because it could be nicer in there, but really you are going there to eat, not admire the scenery, and they deliver on their core business.

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Charlie Don't Surf15011 Marine Drive, White Rock
Don't Judge a Book By It's Cover...
Submitted Sunday, August 24, 2008 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

Although this is consistently one of the busiest spots on the White Rock strip, don't judge a book by it's cover. Our overall experience was so substandard that we discussed it all the way home.

For food, we ordered a few appetizers and a salad to share. The bruschetta was listed as tomato, basil, garlic, and parmasan. What arrived was dried basil mixed with tomatoes doused in mozzarella and baked. Frankly, we expected something fresh and what came out resembled something you'd pick up the frozen food aisle. The goat cheese appetizer was nothing to write home about, which says a lot considering it is typically one of my favorite treats. In a crock, it has been covered with thick mozzarella and browned, served with 8 dry pita wedges not even a garnish to make it look remotely appitizing. The caesar salad had chicken that was way over seasons, and the salad dressing (although fresh) was glopped over wilted lettuce. We even had to pull some chunks out that were spoiled. All this can be yours for 35 dollars + tip.

Our server couldn't have cared less that we had chosen to dine there. The best description of her performance was "blah" and mostly inattentive, with the exception of one soda refill.

As for value, see my previous point on food quality. Ambience is interesting, but today was a cold day, and rainy, and we ended up moving to a different table because the draft was much too chilling.

Overall, Charlies looks like it MUST be good because of the pretty cover, but the ending isn't a happy one.

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Greek Village7953 120 Street, Delta
Mmmmmm.......
Submitted Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 5:47pm [Dine in]

If I say too much the waitress will know who I am. That is how often I go.. er.. we.... Their spanakopita, souvlaki, tzatziki, and greek salad are, quite literally, second to none.

I am not joking when I say that I've had all the Greek food in Surrey and yet this place is still the best. Perfectly seasoned, I never have to add salt or pepper. The souvalki is great because they remove the skewer for you, and it's always tender and juicy with that light charring for added numminess. The greek salad is very simple, but always has the freshest vegetables - it doesn't sit around all day so the flavor is fresh, crisp, and light.

I could go on for a very, very long time about the spanakopita, tiropita, etc... but it's really wasting your time. The restaurant has been there forever, so they must be doing SOMETHING right... and you are sitting here reading reviews when you COULD be eating!!!

Just go. Now. Eat.

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Pico Bello Trattoria & Bar8556 120 Street, Unit 101, Surrey
A Very Positive Update
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2008 - 9:16pm [Dine in]

I think someone out there is reading my reviews. Since my previous review, I've been back twice, both with very consistent results. And this time? The TV was gone! Honestly, it made such a huge difference that we (my party and I) spoke about it all the way home. There was a mix of music playing softly in the background - went from Italian to Bruce Springsteen, but none of his "Born in the USA" stuff - and was a much stronger atmosphere. It even appeared more pleasant upon entry

The food has never been a problem, and tonight I had a staple (for me) - Spaghetti Aglio e Olio. I must say that it was, by far, the best I've tasted. Rather than a quick brown, the Chef has roasted the garlic in olive oil before hand, providing a very consistent and layered flavor. There was just the right amount of chili flake and had the added bonus of a basil chiffonade.

In addition, the last two times I've eaten at Pico Bello, the service has improved greatly. She was lovely, polite, and talkative when engaged.

To the owners/managers/etc... great improvement. I'm always a fan of people who take criticism and learn from it. I will be returning again, and recommending it to all my local friends.

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Anducci's10194 152 Street, Surrey
Sexy Bathrooms Don't Make Up For Soggy Pasta
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2008 - 2:09pm [Dine in]

I've been to Anducci's twice now. The first time I went under the advisement of several people - a few who had actually been to Italy and thus have some idea of what "Al Dente" means. That was a fail. The second time I figured I'd try something else - maybe they'd get it right?

Maybe I'm a tough critic with Italian food... but I really can't support a restaurant that serves soggy pasta and doesn't use quality tomatoes for their tomato-based sauces.

The menu, although vast, has never really pleased me, and each time I try to special order it turns into more of a disaster - and by special order I mean "hold the olives." When an alfredo sauce appears thick and gloopy, there is a problem... and really, I go back to the soggy pasta. Just not right.

The over-done "I'm Italian" theme is too much and is only moderatly made up for by the nice interior decoration and the bathrooms.

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Vic's Steakhouse and Bar345 Quebec Street, Victoria
Stellar Experience
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2008 - 2:01pm [Dine in]

I had been pointed in the direction of the Tapa Bar by my hotel but stopped because I saw Vic's. It was closer to my hotel and from peering in the window, looked like a nice, relaxing atmosphere. Interestingly, the atmosphere was actually the least amazing part of my experience...

I ordered the Romaine Hearts Salad, which I fully expected to be good, but nothing original. I was wrong. Paired with a glass of red wine, seated near the fire, I was surprised when the server came to my table with a beautifully plated salad. The hearts were kept mostly whole and only drizzled with roasted garlic dressing (small pools for dripping on each corner of the plate). It was topped with heatlhy shavings of parm, two thinly sliced pieces of toasted bread - well seasoned, and one strip of crispy proscuitto. I must confess that making little sandwiches out of the proscuitto, crouton, salad and parm was an enjoyable experience, and was simply delicious. Nothing was over-done. The only complaint I have is that I ran out of proscuitto!

In addition, the waiter brought over two pieces of fresh multi-grain bread with a selection of butters and what I believe was a mild pate - a sprig of sage finished up the serving and it too was very taste, and well prepared.

The waitress was incredibly busy with a large table of business travellers but still did an excellent job of ensuring her small party of one (me!) was well serviced.

I think this is a new restaurant, and although off the lobby of a hotel, provides an excellent eating experience. I will be returning on my next trip to try a steak!

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Luxe Chinese Seafood Restaurant19653 Willowbrook Drive, #138A, Langley
Second BEst Dim Sum This Side of Hastings!
Submitted Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

Assuming that the Pink Pearl is close to the best Dim Sum... and King Do in Surrey has the best squid... we can surmise then that Luxe has the best, if not the most original dim sum outside of those two. They are fresh, made in house, very tasty, and definately one of the more impressive showings.

Try the shu-mai, the ha-gow, or the garlic gai-lan.

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