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golfboyPort MoodySince September 27, 200611 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
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  • Service2.5 (2.7)
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Donairo's33357 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford
I had to go to Abbotsford to get great Donair??
Submitted Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 4:03pm [Dine in]

Well, I was in Abbotsford and needed a quick bite to eat for lunch. Being from the Vancouver area, I wasn't expecting a whole lot out in the valley and very nearly stopped into a Subway when I spotted Donairo's as I was driving along South Fraser Way. I thought, "What the hell, I could go for a Donair" and stopped in.

First impressions weren't great to be honest. There was nobody at the front and the and I had to yell towards the back before someone acknowledged me. I looked up at the menu board and was impressed at the variety offered and the reasonable prices, but then again I was in Abbotsford where gas was 12 cents a litre cheaper than Vancouver. I was expecting a small sandwich, not very filling, but able to hit the spot. They offer the typical donair sandwiches, but also shawarma plates that you normally only find in Ontario where everything is called shawarma instead of donair.

I went with the combination sandwich which was a combo of lamb and chicken. They also had combos of chicken and falafel, beef and chicken, and beef and lamb.

Then I was floored. After taking my order, the lady behind the counter started cranking out balls of dough and flattening them out with a machine. She then took the flattened dough, stretched it by hand, and placed it on a wooden stick to place in the oven. This place scratch makes their pita!! After coming out of the oven (in about 2 minutes) the pita was perfectly browned and bubbled, had a crisp outer crust but was still pliable to fold up...and it was HUGE! I got the works (they even offer hummous on the sandwiches which not a lot of other places do) and literally loaded up the sandwich with meat. The price included a can of pop and after paying I happily sat down at one of the tables along the front and began to eat. Wow. Fresh toppings, tender meat which wasn't too salty, and the pita....man oh man, heaven...quite honestly the BEST donair I have had on the west coast. I just might have to make my way to Abottsford more often.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The2770 Esplanade Ave, Port Moody
I've had worse...
Submitted Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 11:15am [Dine in]

...but I've DEFINITELY had better. The Boathouse is probably well known to Vancouverites as they have many great locations throughout the Lower Mainland.

The Port Moody location would seem to be another perfect locale for this type of restaurant. Right on the inlet in Rocky Point Park, the restaurant offers up great water views if you happen to have a table along the windows. Inside, the decor is cheerful and warm with lots of exposed wood beams and high ceilings. The kitchen is also a galley-type where the action is always visible. That's the good....

...the bad involves almost everything else. While the seafood itself is fresh, they add icky, syrupy sauces that taste like they came out of a jar. Case in point was my wife's Sea Scallops in Pepper Sauce. We were expecting a peppercorn sauce similar to what you would get on a steak. Instead we got what amounted to teriyaki sauce...complete with sesame seeds. My biggest pet peeve in a restaurant is an inaccurate, or worse, misleading menu. Who knows how many other inaccuracies there are on the menu. The good news is the service staff was very good about switching the dish to have the sauce on the side. My dish was the Seafood Pot Pie. It was tasty, but the pastry was kind of cold and tasted like it was thawed from frozen. Fortunately, my dish wasn't all that expensive.

Service is also lacking. Servers are all young and seemingly inexperienced. Our waitress spilled water all over our table as she was clearly distracted. Cleaning up amounted to wiping the water and ice onto the floor. Not cool. She also had to be reminded to refill the glass she spilled!

Overall, a decent place, but there are better places to spend your money if you want the full dining experience.

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Frogstone Grill, The2773C Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam
Submitted Friday, August 17, 2007 - 4:06pm [Dine in]

My wife and I decided to have a late dinner here using the entertainment book. We don't usually eat at places like this for dinner but decided to give it a try. The ambiance is quite nice. Little figurines and imagery of stylized frogs ties in well with the name of the place. Casual, loungy-type atmosphere.

I ordered the chicken fajitas to take advantage of their tableside guacamole while my wife had a chicken breast dinner. The food was okay, but my fajitas were WAAAY to watery in the skillet. The guacamole was good though. My wife said her food wasn't that good.

At first I thought service was very poor as it took 20 minutes (and one reminder) to get our drink order which was taken as soon as we sat down. When the drinks did arrive, my wife noticed "stuff" floating in ther water and along the rim of her glass. I took a whiff and it smelled like celery salt. We called the server over and complained and she brough back two more glasses....but same problem. Finally we just ended up getting bottled water as it appeared all their "clean" glasses weren't actually clean at all. Through it all though our server was very apologetic, and nice and even got the manager involved of her own accord, so I tipped her well. But the experience gave us little incentive to return.

Overall, just a little better than passable.

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Akari Japanese Restaurant3000 Lougheed Highway, #112, Coquitlam
The tastiest Japanese food in Coquitlam
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2007 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

Akari is an authentic Japanese restaurant offering classic japanese staples such as sushi, sashimi, tempura, gyoza, udon, teriyaki, and maki and all are prepared with care and attention to detail. Food quality is excellent for the most part and care is always taken in the presentation. Many of the specialty maki have a terrific visual impact.

While not the cheapest sushi you will find, the quality is excellent and the ingredients are always fresh. I have got to say though that the tempura here is probably the best there is...period. I have had it perhaps a dozen different times and it has never, and I mean NEVER, been greasy. The coating is always crisp and the flavour extremely light. Perfection. Sushi and sashimi are very good as well and their California rolls are giant-sized. Other specialty maki are on the menu and all have a flavor and texture uniquely their own so experiment! You will have fun trying them all.

The restaurant itself is located between a Winners and Superstore on the eastbound side of Lougheed Hwy in Coquitlam. People coming from the east along Lougheed can make a left on Westwood St and then enter the parking lot from the side entrance near the Superstore Gas Bar. Inside, the setting is distictly Japanese with private rooms, and tables separated with rice paper dividers. It is bright and cheerful and and the service staff is always friendly.

If you're looking for very tasty Japanese food and don't mind paying the slight premium for quality and presentation, Akari is your best bet. Don't forget to order the tempura!

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Chada Thai Fine Cuisine2991 Lougheed Hwy, #107, Coquitlam
Thai food at its finest
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2007 - 6:21pm [Dine in]

I've had my fair share of Thai food, and Chada Thai takes the asian dining experience to a whole new level. It's not often in an asian restaurant where the chef will come to your table and tell exactly what went into your Pad Thai, and Brian Marchesi is obviously VERY proud of his food. And I can't blame him...it is simply the best Thai food I have ever had.

The restauant is very small and only hold 5 tables of 4 and 4 or 5 tables for two and reservations are snapped up very quickly especially on weekends. If you can, go early (around 5:30) and you will be promptly seated and be out of there just as the dinner rush starts. The location is also a little strange as it is situated beside a Save-on-Foods grocery store and is not very prominent at all. You will be fighting with grocery shoppers for parking.

Service is what is to be expected in such a small restaurant with a single server and the owner/chef helping out at times.

Prices are understandably high for the quality of food and the attention to detail Chef Marchesi puts into every dish on the menu, but it is fine dining after all and with all things considered, Chada Thai is an excellent place to dine.

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Westwood Cafe3019 Lincoln Avenue, Coquitlam
My Go-to Chinese Restaurant
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2007 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

I'm somewhat of a Chinese food buff...I love the stuff and I've had my fair share of good (and bad) food at many establishments. What I tend to go for are the hearty, filling, home-cooking type meals you find at smaller places where families out for a casual dinner or dating couples will go. Westwood Cafe is just such a place and it does all things well in my opinion.

Westwood Cafe is located within Henderson Mall on Lincoln Ave and Pinetree in Coquitlam. You can enter either from the Lincoln Ave entrance or from within the mall (during mall hours). It is definitely only for casual dining as the atmosphere is decidely functional. Many tables closely spaced and TVs showing the latest HK soap opera are the norm here. You will also not find many non-asians eating here which for me is a sign that the food is either good or cheap (or sometimes both!). While I wouldn't call the menu "cheap", it is fairly inexpensive and two people can fill-up for under $30 at dinner time. Be warned however, that if you are not accustomed to "real" Chinese food, you will need to go with someone who is the first couple of times you go as the menus are extensive and can be overwhelming for the uninitiated. Otherwise, the food is excellent and the portions are large. I like almost all the noodle dishes and the deep fried squid with pepper salt is VERY addictive. Hot pot dishes (which are a kind of Chinese casserole) are very good as well. The also serve lobster and crab, but I would stick to the seafood specialty restaurants for those items.

My favorite thing about Westwood cafe though, is the fact they are open until midnight everyday (but after 10pm you need to use the outdoor entrance).

All in all, this place is just the ticket for a casual Chinese dinner or a late night craving. Highly recommended.

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Fuji Sushi526B Clarke Rd, Coquitlam
Very good sushi place in the area
Submitted Monday, December 4, 2006 - 5:14pm [Dine in]

There aren't too many places to go for Japanese if you're in the East Burnaby/West Coquitlam area. But wait, there's Fuji Sushi!

It's one of the few sushi places owned and serviced by Japanese people. Most others are operated by Chinese or Koreans. You are always greeted as soon as you enter and, if a table is available, are quickly ushered to your seats. The restaurant itself is quite small, and it can get busy very quickly. Some of the tables don't have much elbow room with the next table over either which just adds to its cramped feeling.

The green tea is always hot and free flowing as the servers constantly refill without having to ask. The menu is also quite extensive and they offer many traditional Japanese menu items on top of the required sushi/sashimi. It is popular at lunchtime and if you're hungry and don't quite know what to order, their "Combo B" is tasty and will fill you up.

Overall, a nice place for Japanese food in an area where the selection is small.

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East Side Mario's2929 Barnet Hwy, #1050, Coquitlam
On it's own probably not all that bad...
Submitted Monday, December 4, 2006 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

...but, coming from Ontario where East Side's is wildly popular, it was a big big letdown. Please don't judge the chain based on this particular location because the Ontario eateries (at least the ones I've been to in Waterloo, Toronto, and Ottawa) have all been excellent.

I would say the biggest knock against the Coquitlam location is the service. My family and I went on a weekday evening and there were about 4 other occupied tables in the entire place. It seemed like it took forever to get anything, even a glass of water. You couldn't even flag anyone down because the servers just up and disappeared! Service was definitely the biggest black mark.

The food was also very sub-par compared to Ontario standards. Portions were very small in comparison, and the taste was bland. I ordered Angel Hair Primavera with chicken and I got perhaps 5 pieces of thinly sliced chicken. The vegetables were also a sad assortment of zucchini and carrots with little else that tasted like reheated from frozen. My wife had the half roasted chicken, and while the texture was okay, it was a little too salty.

Overall the exeperience was very disappointing, especially since I had such positive experiences in Ontario. It's good to see that East Side's is moving west, too bad the service and food didn't come with it.

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Insadong Korean Restaurant403 North Road, #301, Coquitlam
Very authentic Korean BBQ
Submitted Monday, December 4, 2006 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

Korean BBQ is typically a meal best enjoyed with a large group of people (4 or more), although with a big enough appetite you could do one of their terrific combos with just two.

The Combos are very popular and you will notice many people around you enjoying either the hot pot or the BBQ combos. It is very unadviseable to go on a weekend evening, even with a reservation, as the place gets crowded VERY quickly and service tends to suffer the more people are in the restaurant. Also, if there are lots of people having BBQ, the smoke in the restaurant tends to be a little thick as they don't seem to have adequate ventilation. Be warned that your clothes and hair will DEFINITELY smell like BBQ!

Apart from BBQ, they also have VERY tasty traditional Korean dishes such as Spicy Tofu Soup and Bean Paste Soup both of which are excellent even by Korean standards (the author of this review is Korean so he should know what he's talking about :) ).

Overall an excellent place to tempt your tastebuds with authentic Korean cuisine. Busy, for a reason, and sometimes poor service detract a little from the experience, but your tummy will be happy afterwards.

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Bombay Restaurant, The2748 Lougheed Hwy, #205, Port Coquitlam
Very good lunch buffet
Submitted Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 2:11pm [Dine in]

Bombay is located within a strip mall in the south-eastern corner of the Lougheed and Westwood intersection in Port Coquitlam. The a-la-carte dinner menu is extensive and food quality is quite good in a little on the pricey side. Your best bet is to head over for their popular lunch buffet where staples like Tandoori Chicken, Lamb Curry, and Butter Chicken are always on the menu. one thing about the buffet, however, is that food is not always refilled quick enough and the Nan always seems to disappear the fastest.

If you are planning on an a-la-carte dinner, you can choose the level of spiciness of any of the dishes, however be warned that "hot" is VERY hot. It is guaranteed to make you sweat and feel generally uncomfortable.

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Rainbow Butterfly2850 Oxford Street, #1, Port Coquitlam
Solid place for good Chinese food
Submitted Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

Rainbow Butterfly is tucked away behind a drive-thru Starbucks and is easy to miss if you're not sure where it is. Parking is a little limited I find, but I have never had a problem finding a spot. Inside the feel is somewhat "diner-ish" with a central corridor that houses pop cans and glasses and mostly booth-type tables. The dinner menu is not that extensive and choices are somewhat limited if you're used to huge menus at other Chinese establishments. What they do have though is top-grade and is neither too greasy nor too salty which sometimes plague other places like this one. Food is also prepared fairly quickly and comes to the table well prepared and piping hot. Dimsum is also very good, but be sure to make a reservation if heading out there on a weekend. Waits can sometimes be very long without one and even with a reservation you may need to wait awhile while tables clear out. Overall, a very good place for Chinese in the burbs.

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