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foodl0vercoquitlamSince November 27, 20087 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3.5 (3.6)
  • Value3.5 (3.7)
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Chapandaz Afghan Food3180 St. Johns St, Port Moody
Excellent lamb shank, potatoe fritters and rice! Try it out!
Submitted Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 6:16pm [Dine in]

Went with my family to try this new restaurant in port moody after seeing positive reviews on urbanspoon. We were not disappointed. Excellent portions, family cooked meals, very authentic afghan ambience. It's a family business and the they gave personalized service. Apparently they may be engaging a belly dancer soon. The only drawback was that the food took a long time to arrive - but I'm sure that was because they cooked it from scratch, made to order. Once the food came, it was very impressive. Lamb shank falling off the bone, seasoned with the right amount of spices.. Yellow rice with almonds was to-die-for. Definitely going back.

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Big River Restaurant228 Schoolhouse Street, #15, Coquitlam
Great service, extremely clean and good portions
Submitted Monday, April 25, 2011 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

Went here twice with the Groupon certificate in the last few months. Wasn't expecting much due to the reviews on dinehere, but was pleasantly surprised! Server was extremely attentive - not pushy and very friendly.
Washrooms are impeccably clean, and chairs comfy. Ample TV's everywhere broadcasting Canucks games - probably one of the rare places in the lower mainland that doesn't have line-ups out the door during game time. The food was better than average pub food - I had the salmon and crab cakes with jasmine rice and sauteed vegetables dribbled with cilantro and cucumber salad, which was filling and tasted great. Partner had grilled chicken burger with a large heaping of seafood chowder - he was pretty happy with it. Without Groupon, meal came to 26 including tax. Extremely reasonable, if you ask me. With the Groupon, we paid only $11 - what a steal!

Overall, the food is decent for pub-type restaurants, and service was positive. Only caveat: Ambience was lacking due to lack of customers seated at tables (they deliver food to the bowling alley in the complex) so it can be a bit awkward. Usually, a half empty restaurant = bad food but this is not the case with Big River. Will go back again.

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Fulin Hot Pot Restaurant3025 Lougheed Hwy, #780, Coquitlam
Great service, fresh food, excellent value!
Submitted Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 6:03pm [Dine in]

I don't understand all the reviews about bad service, since I've been there almost ten times and the service has been excellent most of the time! I remember slow, inefficient service when they first opened two years ago, but that's normal with new restaurants who are trying to get settled in. Since that experience, service has been very good - as we are usually served by the Korean owner, a very polite lady who thanks us each time we leave. The last few times we ate hot pot with my spouse or my family, the soup was refilled promptly and the food orders came quickly and accurately. The only thing they tend to forget is refills of water - but are quick to respond once asked.
The food is very fresh - sliced and cut very well - which makes the hot pot experience a pleasure. Some hot pot places in richmond dump the food in messy baskets on your plate, with vegetables hanging and falling all over the place. Here, everything is neat and organized. The tables and floors are also spotless, and the setting is modern and neat. I love their comfortable, super cushiony chairs! Overall, I find their value very reasonable considering it is in Coquitlam and it has a monopoly on hot pot/sukiyaki. Definitely will go back again and again!

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Sushi California501A North Rd, Coquitlam
Unless you are ordering JUST sashimi, don't go...
Submitted Saturday, October 2, 2010 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

I don't understand why everyone likes this place.
I've been here three times and have been unsatisfied all 3 x.
Why?
- Always crowded, super rushed to eat and find a table. You always feel like everyone is waiting for you to leave as people are lining up the door.
- Their teriyaki is the worst I have ever tasted in my life, and I consider myself a seasoned Japanese food lover. There is no rice with beef teriyaki, and instead of giving slices of beef - they gave us ground beef!! Can you imagine little pieces of ground beef - the type you usually stuff in chinese dumplings - classified as beef teriyaki? And the veggies were a mess of beansprouts swimming in water on the bottom. Even food court teriyaki beef is better than this!
- Their rolls are average or perhaps 10% bigger than average, but the quality is terrible. Mushed together, falling apart, rice too hard or warm, toppings not generous compared to the rice. Again, food court sushi is better. I have ordered dragon roll, smoked salmon roll, spider roll - all I found of sub par quality and definitely not 'humongous' portions as most people insist
- Tempura was too oily, and udon had barely any ingredients inside. Mostly noodle and soup - nothing special. Again, comparable to food court udon.

The only caveat here is that their sashimi seems very very fresh and in huge portions. I see tables around me ordering mountains of spicy tuna sashimi. I suppose that for sashimi and that only - it is worth going. You can't screw up the quality of sashimi. Just buy fresh fish and cut it up in big pieces so its value for money. But in everything else, Sushi California's poor quality shows through. Get take out from matzusushi near the Executive Inn instead - bad ambiance there, but quality, fresh food prepared by pure Japanese sushi chefs.

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Rocky Point Cafe2709 Clarke Street, Port Moody
Excellent value, top-notch service, fresh food!
Submitted Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 10:59am [Dine in]

Tucked into Port Moody, by the intersection of Moody and Clarke - is this little secret of a cafe with outstanding service, exceptional dinner selection and solid, consistent quality. It's a quiet, peaceful environment with an "English" twist, complete with classical music, beautiful tea displays and homely paintings. It's a real pity that so few people know about it - if they increased their marketing efforts I'm sure that the place would be full!

My bf and I ordered the 3 course meal for $25, and when we mentioned we were starving, the chef was kind enough to give us complementary ceasar salad and extra bread while preparing our other dishes!! The scallop skewers are highly recommended - fresh, succulent, and a great value! 8 huge scallops - and that's just for an appetizer! After eating the ceaser, skewers and bread we were already full. The filet mignon main course was extremely tender and generous in width - it was prepared in a fushion chinese-western style which was hard to find elsewhere. They used sockeye salmon (not the cheap pink salmon substitute!) for the other main entree, complete with a generous serving of light cream sauce. It's obvious the chef cooks every meal from scratch - which means a longer wait than usual restaurants - but the food is hot, and does not taste like it's been sitting there for ages. She takes pride in her food and it shows.

The service is great - the male waiter was eager to please and very genuine (no posh, stuck up waiters here) and they are accommodating to small changes in the dishes to suit your preference - for eg "more veggies please, but no red peppers etc". They offered complementary chocolates when we left.

Try it for dinner - it's definitely worth a visit!

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Kurumba Restaurant3003 St. Johns Street, #107, Port Moody
Great service for big parties
Submitted Monday, December 1, 2008 - 12:57am [Dine in]

I catered for a huge party (30 people approx) and met with the owner to discuss menus. He was extremely nice, fair, and very accommodating. In addition, he was very generous with the portions and gave us great value for the price we paid. The owner (cook) and his wife are sincerely nice people and I was very pleased with their service. Although I haven't eaten in the restaurant yet (only catered to go), the ambiance seemed very clean and nice. The food was not bad - I would say it was more quantity over quality, but the quality was definitely satisfying. I would recommend the curries (chicken, or beef) and his fresh made chilli sauce.

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Yan's Garden9948 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Good value for money
Submitted Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 8:31pm [Dine in]

I don't think it's fair to compare this restaurant to other chinese restaurants in richmond or near metrotown, but instead to compare Yan's garden to chinese restaurants AROUND the lougheed mall/burnaby area. My food and value ratings take this into consideration. I've been a constant customer to the three main restaurants in this area: North Garden, Mui Garden and Yan's Garden, and I can honestly say Yan's Garden is the best value for money. Let me explain why:

Yan's Garden
- Has more variety in food - their menu is extensive, and their dinner special set at night includes soup AND dessert. And unlike North Garden, their soup is not starchy/oily/unhealthy. Mui garden doesn't have dinner set specials for tables of 2-4 at night.

- They have constant specials such as 13.99 (or less, sometimes) for an ENTIRE LIVE CRAB cooked in multiple ways (your choice). This is the price per CRAB not per pound. That's dirt cheap for live crab at a fancy-ish chinese restaurant.

- They have decent Dim Sum in afternoons, though you cannot compare their price for Dim sum to the restaurants in richmond (everything in richmond is cheaper/better)

- Once they also had AN ENTIRE LIVE LOBSTER for 22.99. the lobster was huge and fresh and delicious. I pay, $35 for the exact same dish in North Garden. Mui Garden doesn't' even have lobster.

- I have to admit service could be better (because some waiters don't speak english well) but their food, 90% of the time I've been there, has come out very fast and hot. To me, fast service is more important. Also, most of the time they have been very accommodating to changes (for example, if you ask them to substitute certain items or sauces in dishes) , whilst in Mui Garden there is no room for substitution or preferences whatsoever.

- their food, overall, is less oily and salty (thus, I assume healthier) than North Garden. They also listen when you ask them to make it less oily/salty, whilst in North Garden, no matter how much I ask them to go easy on the oil, the food always comes out thick and starchy. Personally, I rather healthier food.

Dishes you should try is Beef Brisket and Daikon Hot Pot (on their dinner set menus), Deep Fried Tofu with Vegetables in Brown sauce, Lobster with cream sauce, Crab, Peking Duck wraps with lettuce are not bad too.

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