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honandsweetiemaple ridgeSince December 7, 20083 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.7)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3.5 (3.7)
  • Value3.5 (3.7)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.7)

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New management
Lava Dining & Lounge22590 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge
A little disappointed
Submitted Sunday, December 7, 2008 - 10:45am [Dine in]

We visited two weeks ago and were enticed by the promise of fresh local ingredients, superbly prepared. We found the restaurant remodeled and fresh looking, a nice change. But a little more care and attention to maintenance is in order. We were seated at a table with soiled linen and dead flys on the window sill. Brushing them to the floor and covering our tablecloth we were determined not to let it disturb our meal.
Our waitress was bright and cheery and suitably dressed which was nice to see. Drinks were very good, including a perfect martini and a delicious margarita. Appetizer was the Sizzling Crab Cakes with Wasabi Aioli, a nice variation on something that can be quite bland. Our entree picks, were Filet and Fresh Free Range Chicken Breast. Being a la carte, our sides included Potato Gratinee, Fresh Broccoli and Sauteed Garlic Mushrooms. All were very well done and nicely seasoned. The exception was my Filet, which was overdone and had gristle running through it, which made me wonder what part of the cow it came from. We really liked the idea of fresh local ingredients, but not so much the al a carte, as your table fills up quickly with dishes that you have to serve yourself.
A little more work and attention to detail will make this a truly enjoyable place to dine. We'll be back soon to see if it has improved.

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Pyrgos Taverna22570 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
Greek Greek Greek
Submitted Sunday, December 7, 2008 - 9:41am [Dine in]

This restaurant screams Greek from the moment you enter the door. Old hardwood flooring, tile and plaster on all the walls, Gothic Arches and Greek memorabilia give it an old world charm. The waitress even looked authentic. The restaurant had a couple large party's as well as some individuals who seemed to be regulars. The only complaint was, needing a good airing out.
The waitress took a couple of trips to our table before relaxing and breaking open a smile, but was helpful and competent. Our wine was delivered in an old olive oil can partly filled with crushed ice. The Pita Bread and Tzatziki was warm and tasty. We settled on a Combination Plate for the appetizer, which was excellent. A good variety allowed us to taste a little of everything.
We chose Prawns Souvlaki and Calamari for our entree's and both were very well done. Large portions, too much in fact, so that we didn't have room for dessert. A special coffee, was all we could handle.
A very enjoyable evening and interesting ambiance.

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Closed
Gourmet Hideaway, The11598 224 St, Maple Ridge
Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Submitted Sunday, December 7, 2008 - 8:39am [Dine in]

Parking. Even though the lounge downstairs was booked for a private party we found room to park in an adjacent lot across the street.
Greeting. The entrance was a bit shabby with a well worn carpeted walkway to what looked like a side door entrance. Upon entry, every thing changed. Warm wood paneled walls and a fresh smile welcomed us. The dining room was softly lit, and sensibly arranged for large groups and smaller intimate party's to enjoy the view. Our table aside from being clean, had fresh linen,sparkling cutlery,and a fresh rose. The only complaint from our group, someone found the candles and oil lamps made it difficult to read the menu.
Service. Although not 100% correct, our waitress was bubbly, helpful, and eager to please. She arrived and departed our table at just the right times with a smile and convivial conversation. Upon leaving the restaurant we stopped at the door and talked like old friends. Very much enjoyed the experience.
Food. We tried the Escargots a la Bourguinon and Coquilles Saint Jacques au Gratin for appetizers, and both were extremely good, in fact we asked for more bread to soak up the sauce! Our entrees the Jager Schnitzel, Scallops and Prawns, and Lobster Tail were equally good. The only complaint, the chefs timing was a bit off as one of the dishes was not as warm as the rest. The food though was still undeniably good. The cocktails were another matter, the whiskey sours had no garnish and tasted bland, my martini had too much vermouth even though I requested it dry. The wine list is only just adequate, nothing more, leaning towards Canadian and US labels.
The food, service, and ambiance were outstanding, as for value, what price can you put on good food that is well served?

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