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Gourmet OmnivoreFrequent VisitorSince September 23, 20105 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)

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Displaying 1 - 5 of 5 Reviews Found
Soup Plus1102 Austin Ave., Coquitlam
I'd go back only if...
Submitted Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

I liked the food and the owners. The sandwiches and soups are home made and tasty. The owners are friendly and chatty. Ambiance is OK as much as one would expect from a soup-and-sandwich place. The only problem is they do not accept credit cards! Unfortunately, that alone eliminates them from a group of patrons (that includes me) who are on expense accounts and pay with credit cards. Until that is fixed, sadly, I will not be back.

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I Love Sushi228 Schoolhouse St, #3, Coquitlam
Run of the mill
Submitted Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 2:52pm [Dine in]

Another example of proliferation of mediocre sushi places in Vancouver. They all serve exactly the same food, with some variation of the sushi rolls: a little bit of cream cheese here, a touch of hot sauce there. However, you won't find a Japanese chef in any of these places: they are all run by the Koreans (nothing against the Koreans, but would you go to an Italian restaurant with a Russian chef?). In Japan, it takes 7 years to become a full fledged sushi chef, here, probably less than 7 weeks. Anyway, I thought sashimi was all about the art of slicing the fish to bring out the best of the flavour. My sashimi plate consisted of chunks of salmon and tuna that looked as though they were chopped off the fillets with a not-too-sharp knife. It is really sad that consumers accept such culinary travesties. Needless to say, I won't be back as I can find similar places on just about every corner in Greater Vancouer. I love sushi but not at I Love Sushi!

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
What a gem!
Submitted Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 12:32pm [Dine in]

I went there late on a Friday night without reservation, hoping that I could score a table. However, te place is so popular that there were no seats, except at the bar. At close to 10 pm! Once seated, I was taken care of promptly and my water and bread arrived right away, followed shortly by a drink. The bread was average, so I lowered my expectations for the rest of the meal. All waiters, including the barman, were very busy but nice and friendly and exuded certain charm and positive energy. They all spoke with a pronounced French accent and were French nationals (not Quebecois) as I found out from the barman. I had to wait a while for my appetizer but that was a good sign, indicating it was prepared and not heated. My main dish came a few minutes after I finished the appetizer; however, I was not served the salad I ordered. The barman, who took my order and did not write it down, seemed surprised but, when I told him what kind of salad I ordered, he realized he committed a professional faux pas and apologized. He asked if I still wanted the salad since I started eating my main dish already. I took it in stride and said yes and that was not a problem. I enjoyed the salad immensely, just as the rest of dinner, even though, the salad was not served in the proper order. When the bill came, the barman did not charge me for the salad. That is class! They might have lost $10 in revenue but gained an impressed patron! The ambiance was just as the name of the restaurant indicates, a charming bistro for the working class. I felt as I were in Paris (I went there a year ago), if not for the English language spoken. I will definitely return often (with reservations made in advance) and will tell all my friends about Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro!

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BG Urban Cafe100 Schoolhouse St., #110, Coquitlam
No bread and no garden
Submitted Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 6:22pm [Dine in]

I remember the Bread Garden in Richmond I used to go to from 10+ years ago as a funky, better-than-average eatery with fresh and intersting food. What a disappointment it was to re-visit Bread Garden - this time in Coquitlam. The food served did not look fresh and hot dishes are heated up. Nothing original and appealing. With little choice of good restaurants in the neighbourhood, it is still better to go somewhere else.

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New China Kitchen100 Schoolhouse Street, #112, Coquitlam
Chinese Food Turnoff
Submitted Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 6:08pm [Dine in]

I went to the New China Kitchen twice. After the first time, I promised myself that I would never go back there. That was a few months ago. Today, I decided to give it another shot. The result was exactly the same: I promised myself (again!) that I will never go back. It is not that the food is awful: it is OK if you are hungry and want to fill yourself up for 10 bucks. However, the buffet dishes are indescribable and bland. The service is minimal (as in most buffet places) and the ambiance is even worse than the food: the place resembles a community hall. One look at the patrons devouring huge plates of food and you will know what kind of restaurant you find yourself in.

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