Roomy restaurant. Kid friendly
Submitted Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 10:14pm [Dine in]
Tonight was pasta night so off we went. Upon ordering we were informed that our swarmjam vouchers were no good for the pasta specials. We were assured by swarmjam when we purchased the vouchers they were good for pasta night. Anyway I still had the pasta at regular price. Spaghetti and 3 meatballs $15 instead of $10. $5 won't kill me but it's the principle of the thing. Serving size was quite large. Pasta had cold spots throughout. How they managed that is a mystery to me. Not enough sauce on the pasta. Garlic bread arrived 5 minutes after the entree. Very nice ambiance, roomy and spacious. Seemed to be lots of tots enjoying a family night out. Friendly staff. I wanted to like it more than I did. A little more effort on BPs part might start reversing some of the bad reviews.
If only the food was as nice as the restaurant.
Submitted Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 9:54pm [Dine in]
Can't blame the waiter for bad food. Great looking restaurant, worthy of being the flagship of BC's iconic restaurant chain. Service is not the fastest but always at a steady pace. They make you wait for a table but once you get seated you notice there are 3 empty tables so why did we have to wait.? My guess is table turnover is not a priority. For lunch I had fish and chips. Grossly over cooked. I complained to the waiter (Josh) and he immediately stated they would be replaced and to just pick at the chips. A minute later Josh returns with 2 $5.00 coupons for use at dinner time in the future. 5 minutes after that the fish and chips arrive. While it was better it was not the best. I am now wondering if this is the training center for aspiring cooks and chefs. Anyhow $35.00 for 2 lunches seems a little much. White Spot always charged more then other comparable eateries and it was always worth it until now.
This is a copy of my original review which was somehow deleted. I sure wish dinehere would not take it upon themselves to delete unfavourable reviews. If the restaurants cant take the heat then get out of the kitchen.
Groupon dinner voucher
Submitted Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - 11:55pm [Dine in]
Used a $30.00 groupon voucher tonight. I am pretty sure the portions given to groupon customers are quite a bit smaller. Large soup, 2 entrees, and a Thai sticky rice $41.00 before discount. Just as hungry after dinner as when I went in. Saw plates of food going past that seemed humongous compared to my pitiful portions. Nothing wrong with the food good taste and colourful presentation. Only the quantity is being questioned. Service was a little slow which was apologized for by the waitress. Restroom is small but clean. Restaurant is small with about 50 seats. No parking lot and very limited street parking.
Too much volume from the TVs
Submitted Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - 12:25am [Dine in]
Loud loud loud. The volume on the TVs are set way too high. Impossible to converse. Lone waitress left to handle about 30 customers by herself did a admirable job. Food was good for a pub. I had the halibut and chips $12.99 and found the fish soggy. Lots of TVs on all the walls. Why do side by side TVs have the same programs on when there is more than 1 sporting event on? Restroom okay. Lots of parking.
Middle of the road fare
Submitted Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 5:34pm [Dine in]
2 piece cod with fries $14.99. Came with a roll and cole slaw. Cod is 4 oz cut. Mine must have been a little under as there was an extra piece of fish on the plate. Serving is more then ample. The whole restaurant is covered in football(soccer)banners. Food was middle of the road. Eaten better eaten worse. There is also a all you can eat special everyday for $9.95 but made with pollock not cod. Service was terrific. Lots of parking in a strip mall. A restaurant makeover can only help. Would probably come back if in the hood.
Nice find close to hospital
Submitted Sunday, December 12, 2010 - 9:41pm [Dine in]
Fantastic find close to Eagle Ridge Hospital. Upon being seated we were asked if we wanted to order a drink. 2 coffees I said and 2 coffees appeared with a bowl with 15 creamers. Right away I knew I would like this place. No need to waste time asking for more cream as your refilled coffee cools. Sometimes it's the little things that set you apart. By the way we were offered more coffee at least 6 times by staff hitting all the tables with a coffee pot. 2 full orders of baby back ribs 1 with mac and cheese and 1 with alfredo penne. The sides were absolutely delish. However I found the ribs to be a little dry and fell off the bone a little too easily. The full slab was not served as 1 piece but in 3 sections making me believe it was not a full slab cut into segments but 3 segments trying to pass itself off as a full slab. I will return but not for the ribs. Restaurant is very roomy with a very comfy atmosphere. Flat screens visible to all patrons. Just saw Canucks beat the Oilers 2-1. Great restaurant find.
White Spot used to be a treat
Submitted Saturday, December 11, 2010 - 11:04am [Dine in]
Back in the day White Spot was a treat. I didn't go often but when I did it was chicken in the straw or chicken pickens. Can't even find it on the menu anymore. On extra special occasions it was the buffet at Oakridge. Now it seems to be just a step above a fast food drive-in but twice the price. Food is pretty much always the same but the service seems to be deteriorating. Maybe spend less on the Chuck Currie commercials and more on staff training. Wait staff here was personable but just didn't seem to click. Now with Groupon and other similar services competing for business hard to see White Spot as a good choice to spend money.
Even better with groupon certificate
Submitted Friday, December 3, 2010 - 12:46am [Dine in]
Nice surprise. Used a groupon coupon and was very well received. Service was great. Only problem was lukewarm coffee which was replaced immediately. Spinach dip was excellent as was the basic burger and beef dip. Burger was huge with a bun that stayed together when held by hand. Very generous amount of meat in the beef dip which came with a toasted bun. The garlic fries were terrific. Restroom was clean and very upscale. Kudos all around. I still have 2 groupons so I will be back again and again.
Not unlike eating at a food court
Submitted Monday, November 29, 2010 - 11:47pm [Dine in]
No service at all. Go to the counter and order dim sum. They put it on a paper plate give you a fork wrapped in a napkin then you go find a seat. They sell frozen dim sum which is what you are getting. When they run out of a certain item someone from the kitchen comes out to the freezers and heats it up then brings it out front where they have a steam warming box. I spent $20.00 on stuff including takeout and when I asked for soya sauce I was given the evil eye. Value is outstanding. The cooked price is probably the same as the frozen takeout price. It's a cheap eat but the service at a food court is even better than this. This is more like roughing it out dim sum. Some people might not mind it and some will hate it but I can't see anyone liking it.
Hard to find but worth the search
Submitted Monday, November 15, 2010 - 1:05am [Take-out]
Did the takeout thing and was extremely pleased with the food. 6 dishes and all winners especially the calamari. Can't wait to try it again. My biggest problem was finding the place. So if you go to pick-up it's in the Yellow Taxi compound right by the gas pumps. There is no signage identifying the place as Thailicious but there are signs reading Sliced Tomatoes and that's the place. It's almost like they only want delivery business and trying to discourage pick-ups. Another thing is I called my order in at 5:30 on Saturday and was told to pick-up at 7:00.
$15 sushi roll
Submitted Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 12:54am [Dine in]
What a ripoff!! $15 for crisp fried salmon sushi. 1 stinkin roll cut into 8 pieces. Plus 1 pound of hot wings another $15. Absolutely over priced. This lounge is located right in the River Rock Casino. My suggestion is to close down some of the slot machines and sell more food. It's only good business. At these prices I estimate a 500% return. The whole casino needs a new food and beverage manager. This casino is also home to Runway 26 Buffet before a name change to The Buffet at River Rock. Never have I seen such bad reviews about a supposedly high class buffet. River Rock should be ashamed they profit so much from gambling and return so little value to the patrons that eat there.
Submitted Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 10:33am [Dine in]
We were in the hood at the Save-On foods when we decided to get a bite. Looking around we could see a Milestones and Edo Japan. Being closer to the car Edo won out. No customers when we entered and none when we left and none in between. Food was like in a mall food court in fact it was set up exactly the same. No complimentary tea or water. Menu on the wall. Order your food and pick-up. Plastic utensils. Prices were out of line for what you get. 9 pieces of california roll for $5.50. Bento boxes were passable but no value. Bathroom was clean and the restaurant was spic and span. Caucasian cashier/greeter and 2 filipino kitchen staff. Upon reflection I should have bought some takeout sushi from Save-On. By the way this Save-On has complimentary coffee.
Submitted Friday, November 5, 2010 - 9:49am [Dine in]
We took part in the Thursday date night promo in conjunction with Great Canadian Casinos. The promo is buy 1 get 1 plus get $10.00 in slot play coupons. So if you don't gamble and cash in your coupons your 2 meals will run from $4 to $6. Our destination was the Back Stage Grille at the Boulevard Casino in Coquitlam. First a friendly warning about the traffic. Due to months of ongoing construction and looks to be many months more be prepared to wait for extended periods of time. The date night menu only features 4 items but they all seem to be A list items. We both had the Seafood Fettuccini at $16.00. Very good service in a packed restaurant. All the wait staff seemed to be females and all are easy to look at. Bread was delicious and when I asked for another loaf it was absolutely no problem. Our mains were quite large with lots of seafood and lip smacking good. The only negative about the evening was we both lost money in the casino but if you don't gamble this is a great cheap night out. Promo runs Thursdays only until Nov 18 at all Great Canadian Casinos. Each casino has their own date night menu.
Bonchaz426 West Hastings Street, Vancouver Big disappointment
Submitted Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 5:04pm [Take-out]
Went out of my way to try the Bonchaz brioche pastries. Wanted the 6 pack for $10.50. Ordered 2 chocolate, 2 apple, 1 walnut and 1 green tea. Out of chocolate and apple. This is at 2:00 pm so I asked when would chocolate or apple be available. Cashier/server was clueless and made no attempt to find out. Ended up with 3 walnut and 3 green tea. Tried them as soon as I got home and was disappointed. Better off going to a Chinese bakery and getting similar at half the price.
Humongous chicken wings
Submitted Friday, October 22, 2010 - 11:33pm [Dine in]
I've been to many Chinese buffets and this one rates near the top. Huge variety of dishes. The largest chicken wings I have ever been served in a restaurant. Crispy, juicy, and tender. So good I ate 6 of them and only had enough stomach to sample a few more things. I was so stuffed I would guess I left half of the offerings untouched. $16 plus tax plus tip and you can count on $20.00 a head. There is also a hot pot add on but at what cost is a mystery as I neglected to inquire. Service is really terrific. Empty dishes were picked up immediately and tea was constantly topped off. Wait staff fluent in English. Bathroom is passable. I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone. Hopefully the service and the quality and variety of foods stays the same and not go the way of the Grand Buffet.
First time but not my last
Submitted Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 6:44pm [Dine in]
My first time to Nandos and a very positive experience. I had a little difficulty understanding the ordering system but the order taker/server was extremely helpful and patient. Chicken was delicious, tender, and juicy. My only complaint was the size of the chicken pieces-double drumstick and thigh, very small. Restroom was very clean and upscale exactly whats expected in a new building.
Destination pastry shop
Submitted Friday, September 24, 2010 - 5:31pm [Dine in]
If you don't mind going out of your way for a treat then Diplomat is for you. Bought 4 slices of cake get 1 free plus 2 eclairs, 2 cream puffs and 2 rum balls. Bill was just under $30.00. Expensive? Yes. Worth the effort just for pastry? No. Very nice pasties and good service with knowledgeable staff. Super bright and clean environment.
Can't get much better then this.
Submitted Friday, September 17, 2010 - 10:59pm [Dine in]
Terrific Friday night dinner. Started with calamari appy and the pita w/humus. Very nice and quite large for appetizers. 4 different entrees, all were excellent. Only problem was too little sauce on the ribs and lasagne dish and when asked for more sauce they charged $.75 for a thimble full of sauce. Funny at the time but upon reflection pretty chintzy on a $20.00 entree. Service was exceptional from a beauty of a waitress. I have to admit that when you offer great service and are beautiful to boot you get a bigger tip. Would love to come back when wallet gets replenished.
Too much service is not always appreciated
Submitted Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 8:52am [Dine in]
After a hard day at the PNE 5 of us wanted to eat close by so Pelican was the choice. 4 dishes and a soup for $88 not exactly a budget meal but everything tasted great and nothing went to waste. All dishes came out at the same time which is a treat in itself. Staff was maybe a tad too attentive but better than no service at all. There were very few 2-4 person tables and an abundance of the larger round tables. Seems they cater to larger groups. The place was full when we left so their clientel is well established. Good choice for a dinner place.
Like eating in a sauna
Submitted Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 10:03pm [Dine in]
Newer restaurant with no central air conditioning. Really sweltering. Small restaurant with seating for about 30. Tables crammed together. Only 1 wait person working on a Wednesday evening scurrying about doing the best she can but not providing acceptable service. 3 dinners and all came at different times the last coming 15 minutes after the first. Underground parking for a few customers. My guess is the clientel is mostly locals within walking distance. Food was excellent but there are too many negatives to return.