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honaunausurrey, bcSince November 29, 200815 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.6)
  • Food3 (3)
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  • Value2.5 (2.5)
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Assini Greek Restaurant Pizza & Pasta15551 Fraser Hwy, #109, Surrey
Great Little Restaurant
Submitted Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 12:58pm [Dine in]

As long-time customers of Assini, we have enjoyed many of their items. Although some people enjoy the pizza and pasta, their Greek specialties are what we come here for. The spanakopita is very flavourful, Greek salad is very fresh, tzatziki is very garlicky but good, and the roast potatoes and pita bread are yummy. Souvlaki is tasty, although sometimes the chicken can be dry. The lamb is nicely cooked here. The only Greek item I find underwhelming is the gyro, probably because there was too much tzatziki in it.

Service has always been very friendly and efficient, and very accommodating to special requests. Takeout is great here, too.

The kids enjoy the lasagna, although I find it a bit gloppy and the flavour a little different from a usual lasagna. Pizza can be good, but it can also be soggy.

Recently they've changed their hours to close Monday/Tuesday, but they are now open for lunch as well as dinner during the rest of the week. Looking forward to another visit soon.

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Best Thai Food Restaraunt5744 Glover Road, Langley
Average Thai to try
Submitted Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 9:53am [Dine in]

Thai food balances 5 flavours - sweet, salty, sour, spicy and hot. We hoped that the food would match this evenly. However, we found the green chicken curry too sweet and the stir fried veggies and prawns too salty. The spring rolls and chicken satay were good, though.

Service was attentive before and during the meal. However, we had to go up to the cash to get our bill after waiting to catch the server's eye. The restaurant was not very busy - only five tables occupied in a very large restaurant.

Not a bad experience, but green chicken curry is not difficult to make. Will try other Thai in the area before we come back here.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The6695 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver
View exceeds the food
Submitted Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 9:45am [Dine in]

Crab fest is on. Was really looking forward to the dungeness crab and was not disappointed with that. However, the extremely bland rice pilaf (no spices) and undercooked old, fibrous green beans really detracted from the plate (and yes, I would have eaten it if it had tasted good!)

They're also having "Appy Hour" in both the bar and restaurant. We tried the fish sliders which were small but tasty. The yam fries were good. The appies could definitely make a meal if you order enough of them (and there is some variety).

We ordered fish and chips as well and the fish was dark, greasy and we didn't finish it. Chips were okay.

Oddly enough, the chef came out and introduced himself. It is very awkward to say to someone who cooks your meal that the food is less than you expected while you are eating.

The service was decent; however, at one point the waiter buggered off, and we were looking for him to put water in our glasses, which is something he should have done when we sat down. Finally another server (who seemed more on the ball) came by and rescued us.

There are definitely better restaurants for the money. Although the crab was good, I can pick one up at T&T really cheap and make it at home. The view of the ferries coming and going was beautiful, but you can easily watch them from the park beside the terminal while you eat your fish and chips from one of the takeout joints.

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La Casa Gelato1033 Venables Street, Vancouver
Ownership Change??? Disappointing...
Submitted Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 9:34am [Dine in]

So after many many visits to Vince's great ice cream parlor, the last visit was a shock. First of all the awning now has Chinese characters all over it.

When you walk in, it still looks the same. However, there are fewer staff to assist people with samples and orders. Another turn-off is the newly added signs posted all around the ice cream cases about not trying too many samples. At least under Vince there was never any demand. We usually try a few first to narrow down the choices, but now it seems to be discouraged. Service also seems to lack eye contact depending on the server.

The gelato was still pretty good, but a decent size scoop depends on who is scooping. I suggest watching a few servers and picking the best one. No point in being ripped off when you're paying $4 per cone.

Sorry to see a decline, and we'll probably only come back if we're desperate. Goodbye to an era. Thanks for the memories....

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Viva Mexico Restaurant Grill & Cantina20505 Fraser Highway, #103, Langley
A real Mexican restaurant with a patio!
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

Summertime. Patio. Dinner al fresco. Music playing. People watching. Good food. What could be better?

Wasn't sure how the first visit would work out, but we got a great seat on the outer edge of the patio. The restaurant was very busy. The menus came quickly, but needed to be wiped down (kinda sticky and gross). After that I wasn't sure what to expect, but things looked up from there.

Enchiladas suizas (chicken with tomatillo salsa) were spiced well and a large portion for $12.95. The Mexican rice was delicious (surprisingly since I usually hate the Mexican rice anywhere), but the beans were rather runny and bland. OH had fish tacos and was disappointed that they weren't Baja style like they have in SoCal (battered or grilled with cabbage & white sauce). He also would have liked some accompanying salsa verde to give it a bit more kick. The salsa & chips appy is complimentary for the first bowl. The thicker tortilla chips were great with the zippy salsa.

Service was good. Waited a bit for the bill, but it was nice to be served by actual Spanish-speaking people who could understand "la cuenta" and gracias! We will be back for more.

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Choo Choo's20559 Fraser Hwy, Langley
A family restaurant beyond the usual chains...
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

This unique restaurant in lively downtown Langley was a fun experience for the whole family. The whole place is like a throwback to another decade and reminiscent of some of the funky spots in Kitsilano.

The kids menu was pretty thorough - $5.50 for a variety of foods (pizza, burgers, fish & chips, mac & cheese, grilled cheese) with side. Drinks extra. Portions were decent, and the cheeseburger got two thumbs up! We also ordered the burgers - the Monterey Bacon burger was well-seasoned, with two hefty pieces of bacon. OH ordered the Calfornia burger with a beef patty instead of the chicken, but was underwhelmed by the lack of flavour and the scant toppings (one small tomato slice and a couple of puny pieces of avocado). No zip. Guacamole would have been more flavourful, as would some hot peppers.

The burgers do come with a side of soup, salad or fries. The seafood chowder (told by server it was clam chowder) had chunks of veggies, fish and clams. It was good, but not heavy and thick. Salad was basic, but a cut above iceberg lettuce. The curly fries were tasty, a bit oily, but addictive. They looked hand cut.

The dessert tray came to our table and with so many goodies, it was hard to say no. The blueberry whip dessert was light and tasty. There were also two pies, two chocolate cakes, two mousse cakes and a creme brulee which also looked good. Now we know where to go for dessert!

Our server was very attentive, and had actually tried the food here and could recommend menu items. Diners around us were enjoying nachos, rotisserie chicken, ribs, and lots of burgers and fries. Burgers are comparable in price to Red Robin. Entrees are more expensive, but there is plenty of variety to suit everyone. We will be back.

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Village Sushi18690 Fraser Highway, #312, Surrey
Dining experience could use a smile now and then...
Submitted Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 11:26am [Dine in]

Walking in for the first time on a busy night, the restaurant eating area was only half full, but people waiting for takeout made it seem a little chaotic. Took a few minutes to get anyone's attention to seat us, and then waited until someone came around to ask for menus and tea.

Service was a bit sporadic at first, then picked up with a stream of efficiency, but no personality -- no smiling, asking if everything was okay. That adds so much to the ambience of a place and will keep customers coming back.

The food was good, although I've had better at lower prices. Nigiri tuna was very tasty, although the rice underneath was small and wasabi-less. Unagi was good. California rolls were decent and not drowned with mayo. Dynamite rolls, although tasty, were almost too big to fit in your mouth, and for $4.95, you only got 4 rolls. Ebi-sunomono was a good portion and flavourful. Many people were ordering the teriyaki chicken/beef and it looked like a decent portion.

A nice surprise was the small fruit plate for dessert that was complimentary. I guess that's what the higher cost helps pay for... Would consider going back, but to try other items.

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Earls6339 200th Street, #600, Langley
Solid dinner and service combo
Submitted Monday, May 18, 2009 - 11:20am [Dine in]

Surprisingly, Earl's on a Friday night was not very busy. We were seated right away, and yes, there were plenty of "Earl's Girls" -- but -- dressed down in country & western attire (not terribly flashy, either) to celebrate the rodeo weekend.

Our waitress was very perky and upbeat and came around when we needed anything. She really tried hard. About 10 minutes after ordering our server came back and told us that the kitchen had run out of Tuscan flatbread (huh? It's Friday night around 7 pm and you're running out of items? and there are no chicken tacos either?) She told us they would comp another appetizer for us, but we figured maybe we'd just skip it and have dessert.

The steak, garlic mashed potatoes and crisp asparagus were great. The green thai curry was very good, although very hot. The bellinis and margs were tasty, though I thought the margs were a little strong on the lime base.

Though we were too full to finish the cheesecake for dessert, we took it home. Tasty but smaller than I thought it would be.

The ambience was not bad -- at least not until the police "gang crime unit" showed up. They talked to some guys and left about 5 minutes later. Gave people something to stare at while they waited for food. Once they left, everything went back to normal.

Definitely will return thanks to the quality of the food and service.

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Topanga Cafe2904 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Great Tex Mex
Submitted Monday, May 18, 2009 - 10:57am [Dine in]

Having lived in SoCal, I've never had any Cali-Mex food like this -- too heavy. It's more Tex Mex to me. I've been eating here for over 20 years. Favorites like enchiladas have a lot of flavor and spice. Nachos are fun to share and taste pretty good - they don't skimp on cheese. Tacos are a little bland. Burritos are big and simple, smothered in avocado sauce, so not the kind you pick up and eat with your hands. Used to like the crab dishes, but found them dry the last time I was here. Chile relleno was good, although I've had better. Love their cheesy refried beans and even the rice tastes good enough to finish! Chocolate cake is a good finish here, although usually we're too full.

This is a fun place to come in the afternoon before it gets too busy. Order a pitcher of Sangria and munch on some chips and salsa and guac to get you in the mood. Prices have gone up over the years, but the staff don't discourage sharing of entrees.

Service can be up and down. It's been pretty good lately, although some staff are a little testy and forgetful at the end of their shift. However, you can bet the one that just came on shift will make up for it.

Love this place and will continue to come here!

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Hanaya Japanese Restaurant2828 152nd Street, #106, Surrey
Used to be better
Submitted Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 5:58pm [Dine in]

I find it hard to believe that no one has ever reviewed this busy and popular Morgan Creek area restaurant. In fact, I'm pretty sure that this was listed on dinehere.ca a year ago. The staff still are the same, so what gives?

I've been coming here for many years. The lunch boxes are always good and very filling. Nice size miso soup comes first. The tempura is nice and crispy, with variety -- green bean, zucchini, yam, sweet potato and shrimp. However, I think it used to be bigger. California rolls are generously portioned, although very modest on the avocado and heavier on the mayo. Very disappointed in the tuna. Despite the large size, the tuna was mushy and had a sinew line through it that made it hard to bite apart. Yuck. Maybe it was just an off day. On the plus side, they actually have Japanese ginger (the pink stuff) which is better than the white stuff.

It also appears that they've started promoting daily specials such as a sashimi lunch box and a Korean bul-gogi dish. The latter sounded tasty even if it wasn't Japanese.

Service is very good, particularly from the younger lady who always smiles pleasantly. It will take more than one so-so meal to keep me away.

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Sashimi Sushi19705 Fraser Hwy, #118A, Langley
Mall quality sushi and long wait -- could be better
Submitted Monday, April 27, 2009 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

Beside Simply Computing and across from Zellers, this new restaurant beckoned. Upon entering you notice a lot of open space and a side counter with bar stools for those who wish to eat in.

There is a small selection of premade sushi near the cash register to choose from, or you can order fresh. The cashier was very pleasant and efficient. There were two people in the back preparing the food, but it still took 10 minutes to get a California Roll and Dynamite Roll combo. Beverages are tucked far away from the ordering counter.

Food: I was surprised that the California roll did NOT have any avocado, but crunchy cucumber. The shredded fake crab and mayo seemed a bit fishy -- I've had better and prefer the authentic version. The dynamite roll was disappointing with a hard piece of avocado (not ripe) and heavy tempura on the shrimp. They were generous with the soy sauce packets.

I won't try the sushi here again, but I may check out the udon or rice bowl.

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Crepe Escape123 Carrie Cates Court, #133, North Vancouver
Watch out for the extras
Submitted Monday, April 27, 2009 - 11:55am [Dine in]

We ordered a simple nutella and banana crepe for lunch. The price seemed right until we realized that the server decided to add a ton of whip cream over the crepe when it was ready. Next thing you know we're paying an extra $0.99 for the whip without being asked if we wanted any. It would have been nice to be given the option -- what if we were lactose intolerant? We would have had to wait another 5 minutes for a new crepe and they would have wasted the one they'd just made!

Anyways, the crepe was a bit crispy, and didn't fill the entire crepe pan. The filling had enough nutella and a good helping of banana slices. This wasn't a crepe you could pick up in your hands and eat, especially with the whip cream that was dumped on the triangular point where most people could hold the crepe. Not sure if we'd order there again, but we'd definitely make sure we weren't scammed if we did.

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Tasters Bakery10090 152nd St., #147, Surrey
Delicious!
Submitted Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 10:56pm [Dine in]

I no longer go to Richmond to buy my Chinese buns! This bakery puts T&T (in the same mall) to shame. Although I prefer many of the yeast buns to the other goodies, my kids love the cakes. The puddings are good, and they also carry some simple and cheap sandwiches which I hope to try soon.

Tasters has quite the following with its cream puffs (and yes, they ARE better than Beard Papa's!) People come in constantly and take home boxes of these! The original flavour are the best, although mango, strawberry and espresso are all very good, too!

I have always had great service here. The girl at the front is very sweet and always greets the everyone. She's even offered me samples, which have gotten me hooked on a couple of things!

One caveat: some baked items are not ready first thing in the morning, but are usually available in the early afternoon, but everything is fresh. They carry discounted day-old baked goods some days which are great value.

There is no ambience -- it's a bakery. They do offer some beverages, and a couple of side bars at which you can sit. Take out is the way to go.

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Akari Japanese Restaurant7261 120 Street, Delta
Middle of the Road Japanese
Submitted Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

Stopped by for lunch on recommendation. The restaurant was busy when we got there and continued to get busier. Service was fine when we arrived, but nearly non-existent when we were ready to pay and leave -- not just us, but other tables were having trouble getting the servers' attention.

The restaurant has an extensive menu, but for simplicity we chose a lunch box ($9.95 and up) and roll lunch combo, which looked like a good value ($11.95 for soup, larger salad, choice of side: tofu, gyoza, tempura, or chicken AND specialty roll: 8 to choose from!

Miso soup was very bland (no dashi?), but the salad was good. The gyoza that came 10-15 min. later were barely warm and mediocre. Surprisingly, I still had to wait at least 5-10 minutes for the Kamikaze roll (spicy tuna, tempura) after that. The roll did have a lot of flavour and was tasty, but it wasn't as spicy as I was told it would be. Enjoyed the sweet spicy sauce, though.

The tempura in the bento was great, but the California roll, although huge, tasted very mayonnaise-y.

Again, service was sporadic. We got a nice cup of tea when we first sat down, but when she came by and refilled tea at tables beside us, she neglected our table, and there was no one to flag down to ask for more. So instead, we just asked for the bill.

Although the restaurant was very busy, when I looked around, there were very few Asian diners. Hmmm.... a different demographic from my favourite Japanese restaurant, which offers better quality AND service.

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Asia Restaurant15551 Fraser Hwy, #104, Surrey
Quality Food, Efficient Take-out
Submitted Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 11:33am [Dine in]

We have ordered mainly takeout from Asia for many years. Orders are managed quickly and efficiently. Food is always hot, and they are very accommodating to requests not on the takeout menu. Stir fried veggies are always nice and crisp, not soggy like so many restaurants. The honey garlic sauce is terrific. The beef dishes are very tasty and not chewy and stringy like some places. The menu is quite diverse, with Chinese, Vietnamese and other Asian specialties. The restaurant is always packed at lunch, and their wonton soup is pretty good.

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