Dinehere reviewers spot on
Submitted Saturday, May 31, 2008 - 3:04pm [Dine in]
Dinehere reviewers are right on target giving this place 4 stars. Huge portions at a low price. Had the beef dip and schnitzel in a bun with 2 coffees. $15.00 and change. Beef dip was actually 2 buns so 1 was taken home for later. $1.00 for a bottomless cup of coffee-what a deal. German owner brought a little sample dish of sauerkraut just like his mother used to make it back in Germany. We finished it all and really appreciated it. We were there on a Sat afternoon and we got to enjoy some live music, what a hoot. I give it low marks for ambience but high marks for atmosphere. Place looks like it could use a makeover but would lose its charm and appeal. Looking forward to repeat visits here.
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 9:42pm [Dine in]
How do they manage to do all you can eat for $8.95 with cold drinks and make a profit? Fish was okay but then again I never met a deep fried fish I didn't like. Liked it so much I had 4 pieces. Down from 5 when I was younger and didn't have cholesterol problems. Service was outstanding. No frills kind of place in a strip mall but if you want fish and chips be sure to try it here. All ypou can eat on Mon, Tues, and Wed.
Submitted Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 10:42pm [Dine in]
Very happy we tried this place. Had 3 mini dishes with rice and had to stuff it down there was so much. Beef with green beans was especially tasty. All 3 dishes were good and the service was excellent. Wait staff was there when you wanted something and not at all intrusive. Place was packed and a line up formed while we were eating. The clientele was 100% oriental. Always a good sign the food is good and cheap. Got to go back and try to tackle their extensive menu.
Too much service. let me eat!
Submitted Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 9:17pm [Dine in]
Sometimes too much service is annoying and just an bit away from being a nuisance. Just let the diners dine and be a little less obtrusive. Water was warm, maybe the ice machine was broken. Some items are quite spicey so ice water would be a must. Food was great and portions were more than ample. Calamari appetizer was a little different but still delicious. Bamei Rommitr #43 was excellent as was the Goong Ob Woon San #G3. Prices were reasonable but what the heck jasmine tea should be a comp item not $3.50 for 2 people. Lots of other places to try before returning here.
Name change very confusing
Submitted Friday, May 9, 2008 - 8:55pm [Dine in]
New name on the awning but the menu still says Shining Garden. 7 dishes of dim sum and the bill was about $17.00. Dim Sum was served by cart. I prefer it by cart as you get to see what to order. Food was great and very well priced ( read cheap). 2 adults filled up with some to take home. Service was solid. Restroom was okay. High probability of returning.
Submitted Friday, May 2, 2008 - 9:01pm [Dine in]
Me and mine had a hankering for california rolls so being in the neighbourhood we went to Genji. Service was incredible as we were acknowledged the moment we entered the door and shown to a table immediately. Upon reading the menu I got sticker shock. Wish I had the nerve to just walk out. What the heck everything is priced about 75% more than normal. Lunch box specials run from $10.50 to $16.95 and from peeking at the adjoining table the boxes were nothing special. We came for rolls so that's what we ordered cali rolls at $4.50 each and beef teriyaki rolls at $4.95 each. Kinda expensive for a dine and dash joint. Teryaki rolls were fine but the cali rolls seemed like they were prepared beforehand. Can't prove it but the rolls were very compressed and the rice seemed hard. Bathroom was clean and first class. No plans to return.
Patience will be rewarded
Submitted Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 11:56pm [Dine in]
Service is totally in shambles. Wrong entrees brought to the table. Very slow to respond to requests like more tea please or can I get the bill please. Waitress semed okay but could not handle our table of 6. Despite the service the food was great. Be sure to ask for the bento menu because they will not bring it out unless you ask for it. Bento for $8.00 what a deal. Also tried the Hawaii and Phoenix which are quite the creations. Another first was the crispy california roll. Awesome. Will I return? You betcha.
Aw pho service
Submitted Monday, April 28, 2008 - 6:52pm [Dine in]
Awful service. Totally indifferent wait staff. Couldn't give a crap whether you are waiting to be seated or waiting to have your order taken. They'll do it when they're good and ready and not a moment sooner. Food was excellent, filling and cheap. Restaurant is clean with lots of natural light. Restroom was clean. Would I go back? Probably. I can take a lot of abuse when the food is good and cheap.
Good food but annoying owner
Submitted Friday, April 25, 2008 - 6:27pm [Dine in]
Fairly new restaurant in the neighbourhood. Took over from an existing restaurant. Cuisine went from mid eastern to Chinese. Checklist dim sum with prices averaging $2.75. Be sure to try the lunch special chow mein at $4.75. Absolutely delish with a variety of toppings. Smallish room has lots of natural light but might be a problem in the summer with the sun's glare. We had 4 dim sum dishes plus the chow mein. Big problem in this near empty place was the long interval between dishes. All the tables are on wheel casters which I found strange. The biggest annoyance was man whom I assume was the owner talking on the phone in this small room very loudly. C'mon guy if you want repeat business cut out the crappy indifferent behavior. Treat the customers with respect.
Biggest bowl I've ever been served
Submitted Friday, April 25, 2008 - 9:42am [Dine in]
Went in for lunch at about 1:00 pm. Place was bustling but there was no problem getting a table. There is a small counter with small plates of appetizers and you help yourself with is a great idea. I had the large beef flank in noodles. Man it was huge, more like one of those large bowls of soup you order when you are dining with the family in a Chinese restaurant. The noodles were fresh with a little bit of chewiness. The soup was too thick and had too much going on with all the various ingredients. The beef was sliced too thick and was dry and chewy. The noodles are homemade but there is no exhibition of the noodle maker pulling the noodles as others restaurants have. My brief adventure into Taiwanese cuisine is now over and it's back to Pho for noodles.
Be sure to go on Tuesday
Submitted Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 12:45pm [Dine in]
Tuesday is any pasta dish for $7.95. Regularly priced up to $14.95. Variety is very extensive and you have a choice of about 15 different pasta entrees. I didn't even bother to check out the other menu items but if they are as good as the pasta then you will not be disappointed. Fantastic bread came before dinner and when we requested more it was promptly replenished. Service was top notch. Restroom was small but clean. It is too far away for me to frequent but if I am in the neighbourhood I will be sure to revisit.
Bigger better doughnut
Submitted Friday, April 18, 2008 - 11:29am [Dine in]
The doughnut shop is located inside the Rona store. Doughnuts here seem bigger to me. I never met a doughnut I didn't like with 1 exception ( I hate Krispy Kreme) so size matters. Service and variety are great. If you come later in the afternoon the 6 pack is discounted. Fortunately for me that's when my home improvement genes kick in and I never fail to get 6 to go. Even though the Home Depot is closer I prefer Rona's because of Robin's Donuts.
He ain't heavy he's my brother
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 11:25pm [Dine in]
Hello my brother is the standard greeting for people entering this establishment. Food is hot, fast, big and tasty. If you want good value for your food dollar then come here. Parking can be a drag but as you walk from your car you get to experience the neighbourhood ambiance. I have been here 3 times and never have I come away hungry or disappointed.
Did not meet expectations
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 11:13pm [Dine in]
After reading all the glowing reviews I expected too much and came away disappointed. 2 bowls of seafood egg noodle in soup and butter beef. While the presentation of the beef was great the taste wasn't. The noodles were okay but I prefer pho anytime over this. Went in at 1:30 pm and the place was packed. A great testament to the following of this restaurant. Service was good. The menu was way too large and was cumbersome also both menus at our table were greasy. Cambodian food is probably an acquired taste which I will never have.
I shall return
Submitted Monday, April 14, 2008 - 2:59am [Dine in]
Excellent value for the money. 11 people for dinner on a Sunday. Place was packed. We ordered 11 dishes including the specialty chicken and curry beef brisket. $138.00 before tip. Free soup and dessert. Even though the place was full service was exceptional. All patrons in the restaurant were oriental which to me is a good sign. To quote MacArthur "I shall return"
No bargains here
Submitted Wednesday, April 2, 2008 - 12:13pm [Dine in]
Came in for a quick meal as I have been here a few times in the past. 7:30 in the evening on a Tues. and the place was only 15% occupied. Very surprised because i remember this place was always packed. Ordered seafood yee mein and the fried cod with pork hot pot. Yee mein was kind of small for a $13.00 dish. The squid was chewy because the kitchen doesn't remove the membrane thing that makes it tough. It is easy to remove but if you don't do it the customer writes a bad review. Anyways there was only about 3 pieces to contend with along with a few tiny pieces of scallop. However there was a ton of shimp which is probably the cheapest ingredient you can put into a seafood dish. The hot pot had a fair amount of fish but it was the boniest fish I ever ate. Not a piece without a bone in it. Service was great but then again nobody was there. Tab for the 2 course meal was $30.00 after taxes before tips. The empty seats are self explanatory. No plans to ever return.
Good food, fair price
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 9:18pm [Dine in]
Wow! Where else can you get a cooked crab for $13.95 done your way? Crab was on the special board Mar 30/08. Don't know how often this special is on but I did notice there were not too many crabs left in the tank. Had the crab with white cream sauce and it was delish. Also had 2 other items. All items arrived within a reasonable time period. Everything was hot and tasty. Service was excellent. One suggestion is the wait staff all get together and try to dress more appropriately. Make believe you are in the service industry and you want people to come back as repeat customers.
Different Chinese Food
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 1:42am [Dine in]
Driving down Kingsway looking for a place to eat saw a parking spot so took a chance. First impression is what a small place. About 12 tables and seating for about 35 people. When it is cold outside and someone opens the door everyone feels it. Place was half full and all Chinese. Good sign? Got seated right away but there being only 1 waitress service was slow. Had 2 appetizer dishes posted on the wall spicey bean with turnip and chicken wings marinated in wine sauce $2.95 each. Not to my liking but sometimes you gotta try something different. Main dishes were the chicken fried dragging noodles and the dragging noodles with seafood & vegetables in soup. Dragging noodles are similar to broad noodles used in chow fun but heartier and less inclined to break apart. Of the 2 mains I prefer the one in soup. Almost every table had a similar soup bowl on the table. My guess is this is the house specialty. Every table had either steam buns or pot stickers also. There is a wide variety of soup noodles ranging between $5.95 to $8.95. The one I had was $8.55 and very large. Next time I want to go to a Vietnamese place for a pho fix I will come here instead. All in all it was alright and I would come back.
Submitted Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 10:47pm [Dine in]
2 of us arrived at 12:45 to have lunch. If you want fast or even brisk then do not come here. Is it called the Hot Plate Bistro because they use a hot plate? Place is very small but we did get a table as there was only 1 other table occuppied by regulars. There is a special of the day board offering a grilled chicken breast and soup for $7.95. Upon ordering we were told the soup was not ready so that was out. Soup not ready at 12:45??? So by default all the soup and sandwich combos were unavailable. Settled for the hamburger. The bottom bun was soaked with grease from the burger very awkward as I like to eat a burger with my hands and not a knife and fork. Burger came with the tiniest side salad I've ever seen and a roasted nugget potato cut into quarters. Not exactly a filling meal. Service was excellent, coffee was large and constantly being refilled. Washroom was spotless and not being used as a storage area. Ventilation is terrible as everything being cooked wafted throughout the bistro. Undoubtably a great hangout for the neighbourhood regulars but not a destination place. I sought this place out because of Dinehere ratings maybe I came on a bad day. Won't be back.
My 1st 5 Star rating
Submitted Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 12:09pm [Dine in]
This is my 1st 5 star rating. Our party of 12 had reservations to celebrate a birthday which entitled the whole group to a 30% discount. 12 different dinners ranging from the fixe prixe dinner $24.50 to Oyako Don $7.95. Not a complaint in the bunch. In fact most stated their intentions to return in the future. Great service with all courses arriving at the same time. How nice to have everyone eating at the same time and not having the odd person watching and wondering if they got missed. Washroom is clean and well kept. Waitress got progressively friendlier as the evening went on which made the outing quite a fun event. Would I return? You can bet on it!