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fortfraserTri-CitiesSince November 29, 200821 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Value3 (3.2)
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Displaying 1 - 20 of 21 Reviews Found
Sango Japanese Restaurant19800 Lougheed Hwy, #350, Pitt Meadows
Excellent sushi in Pitt Meadows
Submitted Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 4:51am [Dine in]

My SO and I have dined here 3 times in the last 2 months; following on the recomendation of a co-worker.

Very happy with this place. An interesting variety of rolls on the menu. All have tasted excellent / fresh / crunchy / etc. Salmon sashimi is first class. Nice tea and soup too.

Each time we order way too much food, and get out for $50 with tip. I think Sango offers very good value and look forward to dining there again this week!

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Cora's Breakfast & Lunch3025 Lougheed Highway, #390, Coquitlam
A down-market alternative to DeDutch?
Submitted Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 4:33am [Dine in]

My SO and I visited this spot on Good Friday for an early-afternoon brunch.

We dreaded a line-up but were thankfully welcomed right in. The place was full (as expected) with families, young groups, older (after church?) couples. A cavernous space; plenty of booths & tables jammed in. Lighting was annoyingly bright (spotlights catch you when you're seated), but the space was nice & clean.

Excellent coffee.

Server was 'past her prime'. Dismal. Memorized the greeting and also the requirement to upsell for juices, sides or meat after taking our order. I hate that. Offered a coffee refill but then wandered off... fortunately her teammates brought our meals and she eventually came around with more coffee.

The meals: This place is all about crepes - and I like crepes. These were tasteless and tough / chewy.
- My SO had some raspberry monstrocity. She liked the large quantity of berries (fresh!), but the proportions were off and she felt the recipe was simply incorrect. No sides or garnish.
- I had the omelette wrapped in a crepe. Maybe that was my mistake, but hey - I like omelettes and also crepes! The recipe was a mistake. Bland & chewy. Not good. Received some perfunctory toast and also a ramiken of fruit.

The bill was $35 with tip.

We agreed that we will not return. DeDutch will see us when we are in the mood for this type of a breakfast - they do it so much better!

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New China Kitchen100 Schoolhouse Street, #112, Coquitlam
Should have known better
Submitted Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

After having driven by this place for years and hearing from a few friends that the place was worth a try, my SO & I took a chance recently.

We will not return.

Chicken dishes are full of broken bones... Many of the dishes were 'luke-warm'. What we ate basically all tasted the same; the Singapore noodle was the only bright spot.

True, this is all you can eat - so might be a good value for the budget conscious... but getting sick from under-temperature food or choking on a chicken bone aught to outweigh the attraction of eating this gruel.

I shall continue the search for a decent chinese buffet in the lower mainland.

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Ozark's Famous BBQ19696 Fraser Highway, Langley
Another excellent restaurant in Langley
Submitted Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 5:18pm [Dine in]

SO and I enjoyed an excellent dinner at Ozark's on March 19th.

The restaurant is nicely decorated; looks fresh and clean. Friendly hostess looked after us promptly, and a terrific male server who was very happy to explain the menu items and provide guidance.

My brisket dinner was a real treat that reminded me of old Fatzo's on W Broadway rather than Memphis. Lean beef seasoned & cooked perfectly. Very good beans on the side with a tasty Kentucky styled slaw. I came in hungry and the portion size was very satisfying.

Spouse enjoyed beef ribs with baked potato and beans. Similarly impressed with well-trimmed ribs that spent a nice long time in the pit. Very tasty spud...

Did I mention that we started with a very good corn bread & some well-priced beer?

With the main courses having been so exceptional, we decided to try a desert despite already being 'full'. Server recomended the bread pudding and it was amazing...

Comparisons to other BBQ joints in the region probably aren't fair; BBQ encompasses a number of styles and flavours from the Carolinas to Texas. We will most certainly return to Ozark's - The food exceeded expectations and the experience was very positive.

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Gillnetter Pub, The1864 Argue St, Port Coquitlam
Outstanding view
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 6:26am [Dine in]

I've been a regular here for years.
The draw, IMHO, has always been the patio and river view.
This is a friendly pub; I've never witnessed a fight or a 'gang' element.
They offer some outstanding daily features; the Friday halibut & chips is outstanding.
Sunday brunch is very popular.
Great selection of beers on tap.
Friendly servers.
I agree with other reviewers as to a few problem spots on the menu (getting homogenized like so many other pubs). I used to love the nachos at the Gillnetter, and they were a great value. Not anymore! - crappy cheese and small quantity of toppings (skip the view and go to the John B for nachos).

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Earls2850 Shaughnessy St, Unit 5100, Port Coquitlam
reliable value
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 6:17am [Dine in]

Pleasant room, nice servers, clean washrooms & ez parking.
The menu changes from time to time. My fave right now are the taco appies / entree.
Wings on Wednesday shouldnt be missed. The pizzas from the tandoori are always good.
Earl's offers great soups, so always ask what their feature is. My favourites are the tomato soups and the mushroom soups. I wonder if they ever make muligatawny?

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Donair Affair2540 Mary Hill Road, #105, Port Coquitlam
Don't eat while driving
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 6:11am [Dine in]

This place provides outstanding donairs.

The chicken starts off with marinated breasts put onto the big skewers. The beef & lamb are the standard pressed rolls.

Excellent sauces.

Everytime I've been there that staff are meticulous about washing their hands before fixing your meal.

Both the greek & caesar salad are very tasty. The baklava may be the best in the Tri-Cities.

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De Dutch Pannekoek House2748 Lougheed Highway, #200, Port Coquitlam
Favourite brekkie
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 6:02am [Dine in]

I've been a fan of De Dutch for 10 years now (starting with the White Rock location).

Very fresh & tasty breakfast choices, many with terrific fruit garnishes. Good coffee (& tea) too.

Consistent friendly service; clean room & washrooms.

I used to think that dining here was a luxury, with prices on the high-side. ($30+ for 2). Then I realized that White Spot & IHOP brekkies cost pretty much the same!

Great spot on weekdays - be prepared to wait in line on weekends.

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BG Urban Cafe100 Schoolhouse St., #110, Coquitlam
You're kidding?
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 5:55am [Dine in]

Bread Garden has always been a mystery to me; now more than ever.

They used to have fresh-made and made-to-order sandwiches on a great choice of excellent breads. And nice salads, deserts, but horrible coffee.

Now the (few) sandwiches are all on mystery buns (ciabattas). God knows when they were made but a toasting in the panini press will hide most sins...
Salads all taste the same and are reminiscent of the Safeway counter. Entrees get treated to the microwave.

This is where you go when you need to avoid the typical fast-food joints. The coffee still sux.

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Bombay Restaurant, The2748 Lougheed Hwy, #205, Port Coquitlam
Best Indian in Tri-Cities
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 5:48am [Dine in]

We've been going here for years (since they first lured us with their top-value lunch buffet).

To our sorrow, the buffet is gone.

Lunches are slow, so we come here a few times per month for dinner, or occassionally order pick-up.

Very good quality, traditional dishes. Decent portions (always left overs to bring home). Excellent naan and also chai tea.

Very friendly owners (often in the kitchen) and staff. Attractive room.

Dinner for 2 under $60.

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Backstage Grille2080 United Blvd, Coquitlam
decent mid-week stop
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 5:42am [Dine in]

My SO and I have been here a half-dozen times in as many months, following reading the reviews below.

The place has never been busy, making it a nice refuge on a weeknight.

I typically order the beef ribs (particularly now that Tony Romas has closed). Always tasty, tender and a large portion.

The pasta dishes are ok; reminiscent of sauces available from the cooler at Safeway...

The caesar salad is unusual and not in a good way.

Typical drink / wine selection correctly priced.

I forget what we've had for dessert there... that should speak volumes.

Summary: Attractive quiet room with good service mid-week. Kitchen most competent at handling meat dishes.

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Habanero Grill20757 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
Very glad they're open again
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 5:18am [Dine in]

A regular customer for several years, I've been back twice since they re-opened in early May.

I'm disappointed that they've changed the format. Limited menu that lacks many of the old favourites.

The servers are untrained and unaware. Hopefully by the end of the summer they'll have figured things out.

Despite the 'renovation' the place is still a barely-refurbished auto-repair garage. This was ok when Habanero's was mostly take-out (sit at a table if you want to), but with a focus more towards eating-in your more expensive entrees... The ambiance sux.

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Saltlik1032 Alberni St, Vancouver
Good steaks & place to watch the game
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 5:09am [Dine in]

I've been here a half-dozen times in as many months.

Always great service & delicious steaks. This kitchen buys good beef & knows how to cook it!

Many elements of the menu remind you that Saltlik is affiliated with Cactus, but the place is a couple of notches above in every respect.

The 'bar side' of the room is great for watching the game and/or the two legged scenery.

Two dinner entrees & 4 beers will break $100.

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Romana Pizza & Steak House4660 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Solid neighbourhood place
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 4:58am [Dine in]

What a treat to have a family owned & operated place like this.

Friendly service welcomes you in like an old friend.

Typical menu that blends italian & greek favourites. Excellent salads; I love their pizzas (great crust & fresh toppings).

The homemade tiramisu is spectacular and a large portion for two.

Nice decorating; the candle display is very interesting.

Under $75 for two with (decent) house wine.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1342 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
My regular fix
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 4:45am [Dine in]

I've been coming here since it opened. Before that the Broadway location since shortly after it opened. Before that my hook-up was Fatzo's...

Unless they have a beef rib on the specials board, I always have brisket. Lunchtime on salad or in a bun, dinnertime with fries.

The meat is consistently excellent. Good quality beef, properly slow cooked. Tender, tasty & smoky. Usually some crackling; easy to separate the meat from the fat.

The beans are outstanding. The fries are usually very nice; crisp & nicely spiced. The cornbread is inconsistent; when they get it right (moist) it is sublime. The bbq sauce is nice as a condiment for the fries; I prefer the brisket unmolested by sauce.

Excellent choice of non-alcoholic bevvies. Good beer & wine choices at correct prices. I notice a good selection of bourbons but have not imbibed...

I find the servers to do a great job (within the margins they operate). When busy there is usually a greeter to help you find a table & understand the process. Tables are turned quickly. The counter-person is patient, friendly & efficient. Cooks will often run the order to your table if not yell your (pornstar) name for pick-up.

Excellent place for groups if you time it right / don't mind waiting for a table.

The place isn't cheap (~$50/couple); but they have cornered the market and use top-quality ingredients... I'm an addict with rapidly clogging arteries.

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Me & Julio2095 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Weeknight fave
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 4:26am [Dine in]

This place has become a regular for my SO and I. We characterize the food as 'elegant mexican'.

The guac is top-quality fresh and tasty, and the house-made dusted chips are outstanding.

The sangria is nothing special, but the margaritas are consistently good.

Portions are very large; the salads are meal-sized.

My favourite entree is the halibut tacos, but I've enjoyed everything at this place!

I note that other reviewers have commented on the beans and also the cabbage.
- I always order the back beans and have received them exactly the way I like them.
- My experience is that cabbage is typical on tacos and many entrees in Baja. The fact that M&J serve it red & pickled is perhaps their take on 'modern mexican' - I don't know. The flavors don't seem out of place; and I usually just fork it off to the side anyway and eat a little bit.
- The mind boggles that some reviewers want more salt on their plates. Correct mexican food is refreshing in that it traditionally has little salt, and I'm grateful that M&J follows this tradition.

Servers are (IMHO) typical for the Drive; pleasant & efficient. The kitchen gets the plates out quite promptly.

An excellent fresh & tasty meal with good booze for under $75 satisfies this couple.

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Imperial Chinese Seafood Restaurant355 Burrard Street, #180, Vancouver
Always a solid business lunch
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 4:02am [Dine in]

I've been coming here for business lunches since the mid-90's.

Lately at least once a month.

Usually order a few items (chicken & walnuts, hot & sour soup), otherwise try the numerous steamed dumplings, shrimp on toast, braised vegetables, sticky rice, BBQ duck & pork, chicken wings and of course a few mystery items from the ladies carrying their trays.

Items are consistently hot and delicious.

Good-quality tea, I also recommend their tasty fresh juices.

I suggest you end your meal with mango pudding or a taro root in sesame seed dessert.

I'm always satisfied with the prompt & unobtrusive service.

Surroundings (room & view) and noise level is very nice for business lunches.

With an average of $25 per person, I hardly find the place to be out of line.

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El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant3853 Hastings Street, #A, Burnaby
Interesting place that tries
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 3:45am [Dine in]

Two of us visited in early May. Place was busy but we were seated promptly.

Excellent salsa verde. Standard chips. Margarita was not exciting; no authentic beers...

Fajita was only ok. Tilapia was still frozen / raw inside; but server was fabulous and replaced entre promptly.

The kitchen throws alot of chopped garlic on everything, which was not desired.

The musicians were lovely but are very loud for this small space.

We would not return.

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Matteo's Gelato2615 Mary Hill Road, Port Coquitlam
More than just Gelato
Submitted Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 5:44pm [Dine in]

I note that the other reviews only comment on the (outstanding) gelato here.

There is so much more!

I am a regular here for lunches. Excellent sandwiches (fresh fillings and terrific bread), soups (different choices every day) and coffee drinks.

The owner is on-site every day and makes you feel very welcome.

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Asahi Japanese Restaurant2540 Mary Hill Road, Port Coquitlam
Terrific sushi in PoCo
Submitted Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 5:34pm [Dine in]

My wife and I have been enjoying this place for dinners 2x per month for several years.
The experience has become outstanding in 2007/2008.
Very fresh nigiri & maki; large portions. Excellent tea, veg tempura, candied salmon... all at very reasonable 'suburbs' prices.
Prompt lunch & dinner service; the servers are friendly & efficient.
I have visited dozens of sushi places in the lower mainland; this is currently what I consider the best. My experience extends to New York (Magu), London (Nobu), and beyond. Asahi is a surprising find in PoCo; but park at your own risk in the 7-11 lot!

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