Wish I was a drinker
Submitted Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 10:38pm [Dine in]
Being non drinkers has never stopped us from trying pub food but sometimes the coffee is so bad I wonder how much harm can 1 beer do. The coffee here needed help. The best thing I can say was that it was lukewarm. Food wise the place was a failure. Everything was dry and tasteless. Service was okay as I was waited on by a beauty that looked like a young Demi Moore. Restroom was okay and the parking lot was quite large. Seemed to be a lot of regulars as young Demi knew everyone by name. 8 tvs and the volume was at a respectable level so that you could converse. Lots of sports memorabilia hanging on the walls. Nice kind of place, I just wish the food was better.
Location, location, location
Submitted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 9:45pm [Dine in]
I can't believe the lack of competition at the Ironwood Mall in this area of Richmond. This is the only reason Danny's is thriving. The food is below par. The portions are smalll and the prices are high. Any Chinese restaurant serves better. The only good point is the ample parking. I had the curry beef brisket on rice and it was a major disappointment. Where's the beef? Won't be back.
Good value with Entertainment 2012 coupon
Submitted Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:05pm [Dine in]
Never would have tried Kato if not for the entertainment 2012 coupons. 2 orders of beef & scallop teriyaki and 2 orders of chicken & prawns teriyaki. All orders came with miso soup and either a tempura or sushj option. Tempura and sushi were non-descript but the teriyaki was flavourful and sizzling hot. Service was not up to par considering there was hardly any customers. Taking our coupons into consideration each meal ran about $7.50. Extremely worth while. Originally we wanted the bento box specials but were told they were exempt if we used coupons. Restaurant is kind of old and seedy. Lots of street parking. All in all a pleasant surprise.
Just like a scene in a movie
Submitted Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 11:35am [Dine in]
The ambiance may not be there but the atmosphere is 5 star. Feels like you have entered a cafe in some one horse town in countryside Peru. Small overhead fan in slow motion, religious articles hanging on the wall. While waiting for our food we watched 2 groups of locals eating and conversing in their native tongue. This was a treat in it's self, like being in a movie from the fifties. On to the food. We had Papa Huancaina, Lomo Saltado, Aji de Gallina, and Empanadas Queso. The hit of the meal was the Empanadas Queso. Cheese inside a deep fried pastry. Coming back for sure.
Submitted Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 10:29am [Dine in]
Finally a good burger that fits your mouth without stuff squishing out all over. Quite a large burger but not Guy Fieri large. We were pondering the overhead menu when a server pointed out the sweetheart special. 2 bacon bugers with fries and bottomless drink plus 10 mini donuts $20.00. Sign me up! Onion rings instead of fries, no problem. Caesar salad instead of fries, no problem. Very accommodating and friendly. Place is very clean with a lot of stainless steel. Feels kinda retro. Looks like they scrub it down daily. I've been to the Five Guys in Bellingham and I gotta say this franchise puts them to shame. Parking is a major problem. I parked in the Save On underground lot a block away. Luckily it wasn't raining.
Where's the service?
Submitted Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 11:10am [Dine in]
Food was okay. We had hummus with pita bread which was a winner. Ran out of pita so we ordered more for an additional $2.00. Also had a large 14" Trocadero pizza $23.95. Pizza was fine. Restaurant is a little old but had a charm to it. Place is very large and spacious. Plenty of street parking. Including us there were only 3 or 4 tables being occupied. Service was the downfall of the evening. Long wait for someone to take your order. Long wait for coffee. And most annoying is asking for the cheque and waiting 5 minutes for it to come and another 5 minute wait for the server to pick it up and then another 5 minutes for them to come back with the visa machine. Let me pay up front and save myself 10 minutes. Food worth a return but the service had better improve.
Must have been the chefs day off
Submitted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 10:36am [Dine in]
I read all the reviews and wondered how could my visit be so different from all the others? My conclusion was that the chef had the day off. After all it was a Monday and Chinese New Years too. Ordered a #8 large pho @ $8.50 and braised fish and pork combo @ $11.95. Two disappointments. The pho was was similar to a small at other places. The broth was flavoured by salt or msg. It did not have that simmered for hours goodness evident in most phos. The braised dish was covered with a coat of black pepper which made my tongue numb until I got home. Please use caution if you order any fish as mine was so boney that with every nibble I had to search before eating. Service was fine and the parking lot was roomy. Not coming back.
Submitted Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 12:30am [Dine in]
Celebrated our anniversary here on Wednesday. Service from the lone waiter was professional as we watched him attend to about 15 customers. We had 4 items clam chowder-excellent, calamari-underdone, seafood pasta-excellent, smoked alaskan black cod-exceptional. Total before tip with 2 coffees and taxes $96.66. Pricey but it was a special occasion. Restaurant seemed very nice and we had no trouble finding street parking plus there is parking in the rear. The men's room was a major disappointment and in need of a complete do over.
New Years Dinner
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2012 - 12:31am [Dine in]
Very nice dinner for our group of 8. All dishes were tasty and nicely presented and came out in good order. Service was excellent as the restaurant was completely filled and had a line-up to get in. Parking can be a hassle as it is in a smalll strip mall. Place was clean and had that loud dinner chatter famous in Chinese restaurants. Prices were a little on the high side but I would definitely return.
Submitted Friday, December 2, 2011 - 11:15am [Dine in]
Group of 12 with reservations in our own little room. Restaurant was clean and spacious. Food was quite good as everyone seemed happy and oohs and ahs greeted the pasta dishes as they were served. My only problem was the bread served with dinner. It seemed to be a store bought loaf that had been previously frozen. Cold and almost mushy in the middle. Personally this is the worst bread I have ever been served in a restaurant. Good grief what happened to garlic bread? Don't know how an Italian restaurant could serve this. Pastas dishes were HUGE but not cheap. $15 for a large pasta $12 for a small. There was a little lag in the presentation but just when you are about to downgrade the service another 2 or 3 dishes came out. It took about 7 minutes to served 12 meals. Okay if you are first but sucks when you are last. There is some street parking but there is a lot in the back. Restroom is fine. The food is worth a return visit but the details need to be improved.
Submitted Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 8:57am [Dine in]
Been here a couple of times using dealfind vouchers. 1st time was bad but I had lots of vouchers and decided to try again before submitting my dinehere report. 2nd time the place was under new management and the service was even worse. No plates, no tea, no utensils, Ask for everything you need. Waitress was clueless as to how you serve a table. Eye contact was never made, not that it was avoided but she never gave a thought to see if anyone needed anything. Really annoying when you are the only party in the restaurant. Sometimes you make allowances and say this maybe be the first time she worked in a restaurant. But this time I wondered if the waitress has ever eaten out at a restaurant. Meal was disjointed, items were forgotten and everytime all you got were apologies. There is only 1 owner/chef on duty which might explain the kitchen chaos. Lots of free parking, restroom okay. Luckily I had a 30 day refund option with dealfind and was granted refunds on all my unused vouchers.
Glad I didn't have to pay
Submitted Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 8:44am [Dine in]
Table of 4 on a Saturday night. Place was crowded and very cramped. Food was not to my liking. Tempura prawns were on the smallish side. Yaki soba was devoid of any taste. Sushi rolls all fell apart. Tea was only refilled if you requested it and this we did 4 times. Ever get the feeling when staff wants you to leave so they can turn over the table? Maybe if they came around with a teapot a lot of time would have been saved. Parking may be a problem as there seems to be other eateries on the same block. Not returning.
I like it
Submitted Monday, June 6, 2011 - 12:42am [Dine in]
Went for a b-day dinner Sunday 5:30. We had the set menu for 10 at a $188.00. Included was a steamed talapia which nobody wanted so they allowed us to sub sweet and sour pork chops. Talapia is quickly being shunned by most people I know. Muddy tasting and boney with little flesh. The dinner was excellent and efficiently served. Great pace to the serving of dishes. We could have been in and out in an hour if we wanted. Everyone commented on the soup and the dessert which was a taro tapioca concoction that everyone gulped down. Nice change from the red bean soup that no one eats. Upon leaving we noticed there was a line up to get in attesting to the popularity of the restaurant. Very fine outing on a special occasion.
Submitted Monday, April 4, 2011 - 11:30am [Dine in]
I parked half a block from the restaurant and on my way there I was surprised by the street hustle and bustle on a rainy Sunday. Upon entering we were immediately seated by one of two waitresses. Menu is very large and featured Japanese, Chinese or western. I had the rib steak/onion $14.50 and spouse had a bento box $12.95. We also shared a deep fried cali roll. Way too much food. Lots to take home for later. My steak/onions was nicely done and came with a scoop of mashed potatoes/gravy, salad with packaged dressing, and peas and carrots. As a bonus there were also sliced mushrooms in with the onions. My only negative was the sauce that covered the steak. I rather have the option of adding it myself or not having it. Soup and dessert was also included. The soup was a hearty potato and bean while the dessert was jello. Food was served by a third lady that I assumed was the owner/manager. My assumption was that the food was brought out immediately and not left to linger under the heat lamp. Room is very spacious and seemed to be all booths. Restroom was very upscale and clean. A lot of effort has gone into this enterprise. The people are very accommodating and friendly. I plan to return when the weather is better and walk the neighbourhood and hit the 89 Inn again.
Major improvement over the old Flamingo
Submitted Monday, March 28, 2011 - 10:27am [Dine in]
My first observation was they finally paved over the old pot holed parking lot setting the tone for a pretty nice dinner. Among the entrees was a peking duck served in 3 courses $40.00. Skin course was excellent. Lately at other restaurants I have been served the skin with thick slabs of meat attached showing that no care has been given to the presentation at all. Lettuce was sized nicely to fit a generous portion of filling. Not like someplaces that plunk down some wet lettuce leaves that would take huge amount of filling to fill. The 3rd course of soup with the bones, tofu and mustard greens was delicious. A first time dish for me was the king crab served 2 ways at $13.88 a pound. Presentation was very eye catching. The legs seemed a little short of meat but it could be that time of the year. But like I said it was my first time and maybe the crab shrank a lot in the cooking process. This is a dish I will try again. Best service I have ever received. Dirty plates constantly being replaced tea always full. A couple of things didn't go down well the first was that the dishes arrived too close together making us do a lot of juggling of dishes. Secondly was being charged $5.00 for additional lettuce when all we needed was a leaf or two to finish off the duck course. I will be back not only because I enjoyed it but also because I was given a $20.00 voucher.
Submitted Saturday, March 19, 2011 - 10:58pm [Take-out]
After shopping at Staples I went for some take out from Sushi Garden next door. It was about 4:00 pm and surprisingly about 8 tables were occupied. Ordered some rolls and within 5 minutes everything was ready. Fastest service I ever received from anyone. Lots of staff on hand and my belief is they are Japanese and not Korean as suggested by other reviewers. Female wait staff seemed very young but friendly and very pretty. Sushi could have been rolled a little tighter but for the price I forgive them. Going to make an effort to try to dine in some day.
I tried to like it
Submitted Friday, March 18, 2011 - 6:18pm [Dine in]
Great room with a marvelous view of the water and airplanes directly above landing at YVR. Service was attentive and the waiters were very engaging. Food was a major disappointment.Steak and lobster $47.00. Didn't know it was legal to harvest lobster that small. I have seen bigger prawns. Not only was it small it was also mushy which created doubts about its freshness. Came with choice of potato. Any other side was extra. Ordered the asparagus for $7.00. Also had the wild mushroom risotto $23.00. Very tasty but the portion seemed small. Bread with whipped butter was complimentary and refill was offered and accepted. Top of the line restroom. Not likely to return.
Really noisy restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 8:31pm [Dine in]
Had the 2 dishes with soup and rice for $26.00. Soup was only lukewarm but the mains were fresh and tasty. Service was below par had to wave for service after being seated and had to do the same to get the bill. Very loud restaurant and 100% Asian clientele. The Au Wing Kee in Burnaby is much better then this location. No chance of a return visit.
Submitted Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 11:45pm [Take-out]
First impression upon opening my pizza boxes was they looked too good to eat. Each pie was perfectly cut into eight pieces I guess they use a template. I prefer it to the hand cut where you get a big piece then a sliver. I always get stuck with the sliver. Sometimes life sucks. Pizzas were great tasting works of art. Topping evenly distributed and plentiful. Time line for pick up was spot on. Very impressed and will be back.
Just what I expected
Submitted Friday, March 4, 2011 - 4:40pm [Dine in]
Absolutely to my expectations. Fast, hot, tasty and reasonably priced. Ordered 4 items for lunch and more than pleased. Service was excellent and speaking English was no problem. Restroom was clean. Parking available in the back. Lots of patrons at lunch so it seems like an ideal place to spend your dining dollars. Will return for sure.