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foodcritiqueSurrey , BCSince February 2, 20109 Reviews
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Green Lettuce1949 Kingsway, Vancouver
Seriously?!
Submitted Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 11:29pm [Dine in]

Visited this restaurant based on the reviews here & I must ask, seriously? I don't know maybe being of Chinese/Indian origin my expectations were too high, but I was truly & utterly disappointed. I went on a Saturday night, party of 7, mix of adults & kids. We were greeted & seated promptly. Our server was different to say the least. Every time we asked for anything she seemed bewildered, like we were speaking some foreign language. The other servers & the manager however were very nice.

We ordered quite a few dishes, 3 appies, 9 mains & 2 desserts. We started with the Hot Chilli Chicken Dumplings w/Garlic which was okay. The chilli garlic sauce was quite flavourful but the dumpling itself lacked in flavour. There wasn't much meat filling which seemed to be the theme of the evening. We also had the Veggie Pakoras & Chicken Pakoras, again where was the filling? The veggie pakoras were mostly batter with a piece of onion here & there, the meat in the chicken pakoras was so mashed it kept me wondering all night whether or not there was any chicken in it, it was not identifiable in either taste, texture or look. Authentic Indian pakoras are hands down far better than what we were served, & you couldn't even call it Chinese/Indian as there was nothing Chinese or Indian about it. So far we were batting 0/3.

The main dishes we had were ginger beef, again where was the meat? It was soggy pieces of batter in a somewhat tasty sauce. Next was the Dai Ching Chicken, oddly enough the sauce tasted very familiar, oh yes it was pretty much the same as the sauce on the Ginger Beef. The chicken was tender, but diced, so needless to say the bits of meat were just that bits. The 3rd dish was the Fried Green Beans. This was probably the best dish of the evening, flavourful & cooked perfectly. The 4th dish was the Bombay Style Garlic Prawns. The prawns were battered so you think they would be crispy, but no they were soggy, again another theme of the evening. The sauce was surprisingly good & once again familiar, oh yes because it was exactly the same as the dumplings we had earlier. Good portion & size of prawns but so sad how they were treated. The 5th dish was Gobi Manchurian or Crispy Cauliflower. I was really looking forward to this dish, but alas was extremely disappointed. The cauliflower what little of it there was, was again battered & deep fried, & the sauce was again somewhat familiar, oh yes because it was the same sauce as the Dai Ching Chicken & the Ginger Beef. For some reason whatever was deep fried, could not stay crispy, I wonder if everything was deep fried ahead of time to save time? The 6th dish was the Chicken Hakka Chow Mein which was okay, nothing special. The 7th dish was the Crispy Noodle topped w/Beef & Vegetables. Again okay, the noodles were definitely crispy, & clumped together, so it was very difficult to serve. The Beef & Vegetables had good flavour & for once a unique sauce. The 8th dish was the Hawaiian Fried Rice w/Chicken & Pineapple minus the eggs. It was terrible. The vegetables were of the frozen variety, there was very little chicken, the pineapple was flavourless & the rice was a weird yellow colour, too much turmeric perhaps? The 9th dish was plain steamed rice, which was great. What I found really odd was that even though the dishes all had different names most of the dishes had the same if not very similar sauces, so it was like we were eating the same disappointing dish time & time again.

The desserts we had were the deep fried banana & pineapple w/vanilla ice cream, it consisted of 1 thin ring of pineapple battered & deep fried & one small piece of banana, not half a banana not even a quarter of a banana, it was approx. a 1 inch piece of banana battered & deep fried with a very small scoop of vanilla ice cream, the flavours were good, but the portions were embarrassingly small. The 2nd dessert was a very small scoop of mango ice cream, with a cheap store bought wafer cookie, very disappointing.

I am still trying to figure out how this restaurant not only stays in business but is actually fully booked with a line up on a Saturday night. If this is what is out there representing Chinese/Indian fusion, then I think I’ll pass, and make my own @ home. That or stick to Chinese when I want Chinese & Indian when I want Indian. Seriously!

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Boathouse Restaurant, The900 Quayside Dr, New Westminster
DOV
Submitted Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

I have been here a few times and everything is usually solid. However I went there this past Friday and unfortunately I can no longer say that. Went to DOV with some friends. Had to ask for the DOV menu it was like it was some secret there, if you didn't ask they were not going to tell you. In fact the busboy acted surprised we even knew about DOV when we asked him for the menu. Ordered the Westcoast Seafood Chowder, 10oz Steak w/lobster thermidor and the New York Cheesecake. The Chowder was not very good at all and what I want to know is where was the seafood? Other than the 3 mussels they put for garnish, my soup was just cream, there was not one potato or identifiable seafood in it. It was 3 cold mussels and cream. The steak I ordered medium ended up being raw & the lobster thermidor had a very small piece of overly salted lobster hidden amongst a few prawns. I had to return my dish to have the steak cooked. The New York cheesecake was good, no complaints there. They did comp my dessert because of the steak issue, which was nice, but not enough for me to go back.

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Baru Latino Restaurante2535 Alma Street, Vancouver
A Nice Night Out
Submitted Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 12:50am [Dine in]

Visited this restaurant tonight for DOV (Dine Out Vancouver).

The service was excellent, our server was very attentive, was able to answer all our questions regarding the menu, and when asked to turn the music down a little, did so, but no sooner had she turned it down someone else had turned it back up.

The ambiance is nice, however I'm not sure if they are a restaurant, lounge or sportsbar. The decor is funky, rich colours, dimly light. At first you think a nice place for a nice romantic dinner. But then you notice a big screen tv by the bar a hockey game on & people cheering. Then you notice the loud music, although the music is great, it is loud, & people were shouting to hear each other. It's not a big restaurant so to maximize on seating the tables are situated quite close together, may a little too close. But then again, we were lucky as we were the only ones in our area, so my husband and I had it all to ourselves.

As for the food, it was hit & miss. For our starters we ordered the chilli prawns & the beef empanadas. The chilli prawns were very good, but a little too acidic. The flavours were definitely there, but there was just a little too much lime/lemon juice. A little easier on the acid would have made the dish perfect. Also the portions were extemely small. I know they specialize in tapas, but this was unrealistically small. There were only 3 prawns in on the plate. The beef empanadas were a bit disappointing. There were 2 on the plate. The pastry was good, nice texture, very crispy. The filling however was very bland, & not sure if it was potato or a cornflour mixture, but there was so much filler you couldn't taste the beef, you could barely even see it. The mains we ordered were the halibut & the beef short ribs. The halibut was a little over cooked so it was a little on the dry side and was very bland, the roasted root vegetables were good, but the sauce that surrounded the plate was so very acidic, it tasted like vinegar, very overpowering vinegar. I didn't really enjoy the dish @ all. The beef short ribs were absolutely delish, something I would make @ home. My husband really enjoyed the beef short ribs & he said the mashed potatoes were very good also. The dessert was only one option the Flan. Now both my husband & I HATE flan have never ever liked it. Tonight though we had to eat our words. We noticed people around us being served dessert & noticed how small the portion was. Neither of us were really looking forward to it but as it was part of the DOV experience we decided to try it. It was heaven on a plate. Literally the best dessert I have ever had @ a restaurant. It was creamy and smooth, even the smallest bite caused an explosion of flavours in your mouth. We savoured every spoonful, it was amazing. There has never been a better ending to a meal. Surprising enough the portion wasn't too small, although as I sit here now writing this I sure wish I had another serving to enjoy. It was one of those things that if I never have another dessert again, it would be fine with me, because I don't think there is anything out there that can top that.

Overall, it was a nice night out. I would definitely go back for dessert, but I don't think I would be back for dinner. We ended up going through the drive through @ Wendy's as the portions were just to small to be satisfying.

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American Grille Restaurant7571 Westminister Hwy, Richmond
Don't bother
Submitted Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

Went there last Saturday for DOV (Dine out Vancouver) party of 4. The ambiance is nice, your typical hotel restaurant.

The service wasn't that great. The restaurant I believe was @ capacity, but there were maybe 2 servers on the floor. Our server just wasn't attentive enough, she never offered to refill our drinks, didn't come by & ask us how our meal was which was too bad as I had to send my meal back and because it took me so long to flag her down the others in my party were more than halfway through their meals & by the time I got a new meal they were done. She was on most-part non-exsistent, but then having to oversee so many tables I guess there just wasn't enough of her to go around.

The food was hit & miss. My girlfriend & I decided to order from the DOV menu, while our husbands decided to order off the regular menu. The Ahi Tuna starter was very good, good flavours, a little on the small size for serving portion, but a little ahi tuna does go a long way. The Roasted Garlic Squash soup enjoyed by my friend was as she put it "liquid pumpkin pie". My husband's "homemade" chicken noodle soup was "upscale" soup in a can, and my friend's husband's Caesar salad, "it's caesar salad what do you expect?". For the main I had the Veal Saltimbocca. I was excited as this was the first time I was having veal. I had to send it back. The veal was extremely tough & chewy & the rissotto was hard & bland. I opted to try the Smoke Sable Fish instead as my friend said she enjoyed hers. For me it was utterly disappointing. The fish was oversmoked that it actually tasted & smelled like tin Sardines. The sweetness & saltiness of the sauce was very overpowering, & the portion of the fish was ridiculously small. Not to mention the fingerling potatoes were undercooked. As it was getting late I ate what I could & left the rest. My husband had the Marriot Burger & his only comment was that he has had better, the fries however were very good. My friend's husband had the 8oz Alberta Striploin & he said he too has had better & for much less $$. As for the dessert, 2 of us had the Mille Fuille. The puff pastry was harder than hockey pucks. I could barely cut through it with my knife & fork. The flavours were okay, but not sure how one could manange to absolutely ruin puff pastry. The Pineapple Gelato served with it though was amazing. Absolutely delicious. I would have prefered just a small bowl of that. My girlfriend had the Lemon Tart which she said was okay. My husband had the decadent chocolate cake which was just that decadent. When the bill came, I was very dissappointed to see that there had been no discount off my bill for the terrible Veal dish. I know they corrected it by serving me something different, but I was not able to enjoy my main with my friends. They had finished their main & had to sit there & watch me eat mine. They could have done a little something to make it better.

Overall the value was just not worth it, & the meal like I said was hit & miss. As for the service they really could use @ least one extra person on the floor. With so many restaurants in the lower mainland to try, and so many restaurants I want to return to, this is not one of them and I don't think I'll ever be back. On the plus side, they do validate parking.

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FigMint Restaurant & Lounge500 West 12th Ave, Vancouver
Needs A Lot Of Work!
Submitted Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 11:38pm [Dine in]

Where do I begin? Went there last Friday with 2 girlfriends. A nice looking place, but wondered why on a Friday night there was hardly anyone in it. Well I was about to soon find out.

The Ambiance is solid, nice décor modern trendy but not over done. However, it seemed like they played only one song that night, over and over and over and over again, the whole time we were there.

The Service, well from the moment we got their our server, hovered over us. Now I like our server to pay attention but this man literally did not leave us alone, however at the same time he didn’t really ever listen to us, that or he just wasn’t able to comprehend the words that were coming out of our mouths. He kept coming by every couple of minutes asking us if we were ready to order, then telling us that he keeps coming around because he hates not having anything to do. Well I’m sorry that your restaurant doesn’t have any patrons but that doesn’t mean you have to crash our party. Well finally after being harassed for the umpteenth time, we finally ordered.

The Food, I ordered the crispy duck salad to start and the Butternut Squash Agnolotti (inhouse menu) Butternut Squash Ravioli (website menu), same disastrous dish. The Crispy Duck Salad was anything but crispy. I got 2 thumb size pieces of duck neither one of them with any Crispy skin or any skin on it for that matter. The flavour was okay, with the salad itself, however the soy-ginger dressing drizzled around the edge of the plate was way too overpowering. The Chili Cracker tasted, well it really had no taste, but reminded be of a stale pork rind. The Butternut Squash, which was what I was really looking forward too (I only ordered the duck salad because the server suggested the Butternut Squash was not enough for dinner) was mediocre at best. Butternut Squash has a rich orange colour, however when I cut into the pasta the filling was pale almost colourless. The flavour was okay, but I was expecting a more bold flavour, it tasted more like potato. The Grana Padano shavings were huge, and overpowering, every time I had a piece of it, which was with almost every bit, that’s all I could taste. I think it would have been much better if they used a fine grater and eased up on the amount, just a little sprinkle to add another dimension to the dish is all they need. The Brown Butter Emulsion was tasty, however the crushed Amaretti Cookie was a disaster. It was so sweet that no matter how small the crumb, it just ruined the dish, it was like you were eating dessert for dinner, which in most circumstances is fine, but not in this case. I tried to push it aside, but most of the smaller pieces had melted into the sauce and on the pasta so literally every bite I took I was either overwhelmed by the cheese or by the cookie. The fig soda I had was different, I couldn’t quite decide if I liked it or not. It was okay, but as far as original cocktails go I’ve had far better. I opted not to have dessert, but one of my girlfriends did. She had the Cherry, which I’m not sure why it’s named Cherry, it’s basically a chocolate cake topped with ganache, not mousse (mousse is light and airy ganache is creamy but dense, this was ganache) a small mound of Cream Cheese Ice Cream (and I mean small) and a few halved cherries with a little cherrie sauce drizzled around, barely enough to get the flavour of cherry. My girlfriend enjoyed it, I thought it was meh. To be fair, my two friends did enjoy their meals, one ordered the Lamb sirloin and the other the Salmon, could it be that it was just my bad luck to choose possibly their 2 worst dishes? Could be.

Overall this restaurant has potential. The location is good, the décor is great! The menu needs to be completely revamped. There’s nothing unusual or different about it, pretty much same standard mediocre cuisine you could find in one of many standard mediocre restaurants around town, except you pay quite a bit more for it here. Oh yeah and they could invest in another CD or two to change up the music every now and then, or better yet, just tune in to one of the free radio stations.

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine628 6th Avenue, #103, New Westminster
A Culinary Delight, gives the more well known Malaysian Restaurants a run for their money!
Submitted Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 10:54pm [Dine in]

I have been here quite a few times for lunch and once for dinner, and each time it's been a culinary delight. Whenever my coworkers and I have come for lunch, they have always been very accommodating. We work on Annacis Island and only have 1 hr for lunch, so we make reservations and we order in advance to maximize our time so we can really enjoy and appreciate our meal.

The Fresh Mussels Appie is to die for. I recommend getting a bowl of rice with it, as the sauce is just heavenly. Pour it over your rice and enjoy. The Roti Canai is great, soft and has a nice flavour, however the curry sauce could us a bit of work. I prefer the peanut satay sauce with the Roti. The Malaysian Calamari is nice and crispy on the outside while tender on the inside, perfectly seasoned and not greasy. The Vegetarian Spring Rolls are pretty solid. The Vegetarian Curry Samosas, well, I prefer the Indian ones in your average Indian Sweet Shop. The Satay is okay here however I think I prefer the Satay @ The Thai House. I've yet to try the Murtabak, but one of my friends said it was absolutely delicious. First time I had Soft Shell Crab, and it was quite tasty, will definitely try it again. The Gado Gado was okay, not a fan, but maybe that’s just because the combination just didn’t work for me.

Now for the mains, the Chicken curry is your typical chicken curry, tasty but something you can easily make @ home. The Beef Rendeng was okay, I’m not much of a beefeater, but it was seasoned well and the others at the table enjoyed it. The Spicy Sweet and Sour Pork Chop was delicious, a nice balance of spicy, sweet and sour, so much better than any Chinese restaurant, I usually can’t stand Sweet and Sour Pork, but this one was spot on. The Sambal Green Beans are very good. The Pineapple Fried Rice, Nasi Goreng, and Char Kuey Teow, are all solid. The Singapore Laksa is just perfect, such a flavourful soup with lots of goodies and a very large portion enough for @ least 2 meals for one person or a table of 4 to share as a starter.

The desserts were for me an acquired taste. I can’t remember the name of the 2 we ordered, they were okay, just not my idea of dessert.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the food and the hospitality @ this establishment each and every time I go, and look for any excuse to visit. In fact I’ve already got 2.

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Bogart's Chophouse & Bar1619 West Broadway St., Vancouver
First And Last Time! Will Never Ever Go Back!!!
Submitted Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 1:25am [Dine in]

Visited this place back in June 2009 based on the dine here reviews, not sure if it's gotten any better, but I somehow doubt it. Where do I begin?

Entered the restaurant, looked very promising, but it was all down hill from there. We were celebrating a friend’s birthday so we decided to buy her $50 GC to cover the cost of her dinner. First and last time we will do this, when looking back we should have just paid for the dinner, why we opted to buy the GC is beyond me, but lesson learned. Big mistake, will explain later on.

We were seated @ our table which happened to be literally 4 maybe 5 feet from the 3 piece band that was playing that night. Asked if we could be moved, but was told all other tables were booked. Fair enough. The server was a complete ditz, we barely saw her most of the night. Granted the restaurant was very busy, but they had 2 what seemed like managers wandering around aimlessly really doing nothing at all. Anyway, sat down, and suddenly something fall onto my chest, looked down and it was a huge ant. I hate bugs, nearly freaked out but was able to maintain my composure, flicked it off and it landed on the table and my friend brushed it off the table.

Ordered a Caesar easy on the spices, now I can handle a decent amount of spice, but I prefer my Caesar to be on the mild side. The drink was so spicy I had to keep watering it down just so I could drink it. I was considering sending it back, and usually I have absolutely no problem sending things back, but didn't have a good vibe about it, so chose to just keep my mouth shut.

Next dinner, ordered the lamb shank. In fact I believe at least 3 of us at our table of 7 ordered it. It was absolutely the worst lamb shank I have ever had. It tasted like they boiled it in plain water, no braising like the menu claimed, completely tasteless. It was nowhere near fall off the bone tender but more on the tough stringy side. Has put me off Lamb shanks since. No one @ the table was impressed their meals.

We opted to cut our losses and go for dessert somewhere else. So we asked for the bill. They were nice enough to give us all separate bills, we paid and then started to head out. We didn't realize that the birthday girl and another friend were still in the restaurant. We waited a few minutes thinking they had gone to the bathroom or something, but when a few minutes seemed to turn into what felt like 10 minutes a couple of us went back inside to see what was taking so long. The birthday girl said that her meal including tax and tip only came up to about $35, however when she gave the server her gift card, the server never came back with the change. So she finally tracked the server down and asked her where her change was. The server responded, I thought that was my tip. The Bday girl, said do you really think after a dinner like this I would give you a $20 tip on a $30 bill? The server said she would have to contact the manager. The manager took his sweet time to come over and talk to us although I don't know why as he wasn't doing anything at the time. The manager finally came over and informed the Bday girl that as her bill was less than the GC amount she would either have to forfeit the rest of the GC or pay by other means and us the GC at another time. They do not give change on GC's. For real? What establishment refuses to give change on a GC? Not only that, they failed to inform us of this when we purchased the GC and nowhere on the GC itself did it state that. So she gave him her credit card and he went away to process her bill. He was literally gone for another 15 minutes. It felt like we were being scammed. At one point, they tried to tell us her credit card was not working, but instead of giving her another option he just kept trying the transaction until it worked. At this point she signed the receipt, and opted not to include any tip at all. Unfortunately that left her stuck with a GC she'll probably never use and a manager who just made $50. If only we had known and were not so eager to get out of there, we could have combined a couple of the bills used the GC and just given the Bday girl the cash.

The worst part was that our friend had a mediocre bday dinner. How Bogart's stays in business is beyond me.

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Asuka Sushi712C 12th Street, New Westminster
A Regular Since They Opened
Submitted Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 12:43am [Dine in]

I have been a patron of this establishment since they opened. The owner has always been very friendly and accommodating. The sushi is tasty and fresh and I have been surprised from time to time, with little extras in my order, such as extra miso soup, a can of pop. My favourites are his spicy scallop roll and spicy salmon roll absolutely delish and I love the extra scallop and salmon mixture he puts on the top, just can't get enough. The rolls are quite a bit larger than most sushi restaurants, but to me that means better value. I also appreciate the extra veggies in the rolls as it makes me feel like I'm eating healthier. I don't however like the carrots, but I just let him know I don't want any and he's happy to accommodate. I organize the hot lunch @ my children's school and last year we added a sushi day to the rotation. The children and teacher's have enjoyed the sushi so much that now it's a regular in the rotation.

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Mirch Masala9545 120th Street, Surrey
Just keep coming back!!!
Submitted Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 12:25am [Dine in]

I have been going to Mirch Masala for at least a year now, and every time I go, the food is absolutely delish, the staff are friendly and accommodating, food is served promptly, absolutely no complaints. Prices are very reasonable which is a bonus. Recently I had to organize a staff luncheon for approx. 75 people. Although they don't deliver, they had everything ready when they said they would, they loaded my car, and they were even thoughtful to put garbage bags under the trays to catch any spillage, but the food was packed so well, there was none. Everyone @ the luncheon raved about how good the food was, most even commented it was the best staff luncheon to date. Also there was so much food, there was more than enough to feed everyone, not to mention, quite a few of us had the pleasure of taking some home for dinner that night. My favourite India Restaurant in the Lower Mainland hands down.

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