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imprimaturLower MainlandSince January 10, 200919 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 19 of 19 Reviews Found
Maenam1938 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Mehhhhh
Submitted Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

Food: Delicious, if inauthentic. Poor balance overall of /thai/ flavours but nevertheless the execution of the meats was great - fish was moist, flakey, perfectly cooked, etc.

Service: A bit snobbish. I'm used to getting a sort of sigh when I order water instead of alcohol (because they figure one won't tip), but here the service ultimately seemed a bit disorganized and a bit aloof - or perhaps distracted? It wasn't bad.

Value: Way overpriced. Inauthentic curry in a bargain-basement sauce, a serving that would be hard pressed to fill an egg cup - for almost $20? The piece of fish, for the same, was the size of a Mcchicken patty - I have no issue with paying for quality but there are limits here. While the fish was perfectly cooked, it was not the best I'd ever had, and I'd had better for much less. Nothing on the menu is at a reasonable price-point - even the roti canai (?!) is almost five dollars - almost 100% pricier than at any Malaysian restaurant.

Ambiance: Trendy. Nice if you're a yuppy I suppose, and tastefully lit, but rather predictable in the main.

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Mahek Chaat House8556 120th Street, #106, Surrey
Good chaat
Submitted Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 1:27pm [Dine in]

Located within one of the ugliest strip-malls along Scott Rd (albeit with ample parking), a few doors down from what was Pico, this chaat house, with its sparse decor and flimsy tables, is an undiscovered gem for anyone not from the area. The food is delicious, cheap and filling, with only a handful of dishes above 6 dollars and a great selection from northern and southern India, including dosa and uttapam. I reccommend the chole bhatura (chickpea stew with bread and vegetables) or papri chaat (yogurt, crisp dough pieces, chickpeas, etc) - delicious, not too heavy and very filling for the price. This stuff is ideal summer food as well. Service is quite good: attentive, genuinely pleasant, not especially indifferent.

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La Conquistadora10609 King George, Surrey
Great pupusa, great price
Submitted Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 1:15pm [Dine in]

I've dined at the 3 pupuserias I'm aware of in the Lower Mainland - Salvadoreano on Commercial, Emmanual on Scott Rd, and this place, on King George. While all three produce delicious pupusa, Conquistadora wins out overall for value.

Food and value: Fresh tamarindo, 1L of it for $2.50 - best price I've seen anywhere. Unlimited curtido (Salvadorean pickled cabbage salad - mana from heaven) with the meal. Complimentary home-made tortilla chips with salsa. Pupusas for under $2.50 each, and all of it freshly made. This is in addition to nice breakfasts, real tacos and so forth. Nice little attached grocery with reasonable prices and a nice Mexican spice selection.

Ambiance: This is rather what I imagine such a place in Central America would be like - orange cinderblock walls, simple tables, bars/wire over some of the windows (it's not in the nicest area)...but I'm not complaining. The place is clean and quiet. For Whalley, it's quite nice. One note though, about parking: This place has the lot from hell. Diagonal, cramped, and maybe 2 meters from a busy intersection at King George. Be careful.

Service: The staff speaks serviceable English and is polite, attentive and helpful. They often disappear into the kitchen but are never very long, and drinks are kept refreshed etc.

This place is definitely worth repeat visits. It's less crowded than Salvadoreano, and a lot more reasonably priced, and there isn't quite the language barrier present at Emmanuel (which also has really unusual hours). That said, any of these three places are a delight.

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Golden Spring Szechuan Restaurant4200 No. 3 Rd, #160, Richmond
Nice introduction to sechuan
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 3:11am [Dine in]

Delicious food - spicy, flavourful and served piping hot. The cumin lamb was flavourful and moist. Pickles were fresh and made in house, with a delightful crunch. Chicken was moist, tender and held together in its broth. Dan-dan noodle was the only disappointment - insipid, overcooked noodles with a rather drab and largely inauthentic (peanut-butter-laden) sauce.

Service: Must disagree with other reviewer - our server was very polite, quite willing to help us with dishes (she made some lovely reccommendations at a good price-point - not just automatically telling us to get expensive things), attentive and pleasant.

Value: Expensive for a Chinese restaurant but not all that badly priced. We probably had 6 dishes for $90, tax and tip included? Food was high-quality for the price.

Ambiance: Clean. Bright. Tasteful and well-kept room with nice linen table cloths, clean silverware and a well-maintained floor.

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La Belle Patate1215 Davie Street, Vancouver
Pretty good - half of perfection
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 3:03am [Dine in]

Ambiance: Sort of hipster-chic. Nice and open. Nothing to spit at.

Service: Staff was polite - basic, fast-food style service. Sometimes would be a bit slow getting to the counter because the cashier would disappear into the kitchen to talk with his buddies, but it was late and they were running with a light crew so this is understandable.

Value: Poutine is a good price - a medium came in a 4x6 dish, filled to the brim and then some, and was certainly filling. Hotdogs and drinks are definitely overpriced - while the spruce beer is nice and a rare find, at about $3 for a 325ml bottle it's a rip-off (it's a Canadian product too - shipping plastic bottles from Quebec City doesn't justify it!), and the hot-dogs were typical at-home "Top Dogs"-size and quality.

Food: Delicious poutine. Great gravy, great squeaky curds (I was beginning to doubt they could really squeak!). Fries were a bit undercooked and curd was cold and failed to really melt though - if only this place had Fritz's fries, and slightly hotter gravy, it would be the king of poutine in the GVRD. That said, I'd still say it's on par with Fritz's.

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L.A. Chicken11780 Thorpe Road, 160, Richmond
A polarizing experience
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 2:57am [Dine in]

I've been here twice.

Service: The owner's wife is very friendly, attentive and pleasant. The service here for takeout is sublime and they really seem to stand behind their product. It's the little things - for example, when I ordered take-out but sat with a friend while he ate a late lunch, the lady held my order until it looked like my friend was half done and then processed it, guaranteeing me a fresh product. Everything was triple-wrapped and the chicken's box had holes punched in it so everything kept crispy.

Food: The chicken polarizes people - some find it too spicy or crispy. I love it, myself - it has strong chicken flavour and a pleasing mixture of spices that is more pleasant than anything you'll get at KFC. Gravy is variable - quite salty and probably from a mix, but delicious if it isn't burnt (the second time I was there, it had a distinct burnt note that was rather offputting although the product was still edible). The other sides are from-a-bucket sorts - the same macaroni, potato and coleslaw salads you can get at any deli in factory buckets. The fries are alright but standard concession-stand fare. The chicken, though, is delicious, moist, and lacks grease in the interior (the exterior is a different story but it isn't soggy!) - the star of the show.

Value: Chicken is well-priced. Sides not so much for what you're getting.

Ambiance: This place looks like it was built in the 80s and abandoned. The bathroom door has a thick black sheen of grease, the wallpaper, chairs and tables are 80s pale greens and purples, and the signage in some windows has faded into blobs - but it's mostly a takeout place and functional enough as an eat-in (perfectly clean, door aside - washroom included.)

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Five Guys Burgers & Fries728 Main Street, #510, West Vancouver
Maybe once?
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 2:50am [Dine in]

Food: Well-cooked burger. Complimentary (and delicious) roasted peanuts. All fresh cooked. That said, this place is little better than Harvey's in terms of quality - the cheeseburger cost over a dollar more than the hamburger, and got me a piece of American processed rubber, half-melted. Nothing about the burger was "wow-worthy." The fries were nice but had been fried in oil at the wrong temperature and were greasy and had an odd texture as a result.

Service: Very nice staff. Polite, attentive, and fast. Easily this place's best feature. The place was also kept nicely clean.

Value: $15 for a burger and fries. While the "large fries" were very generous - we were given not only two large boxes (think McD's super-sized), but the bottom third of the bag was also filled with fries - this doesn't make up for the cost of everything.

Ambiance: It looks like they hollowed out the back corner of a costco and turned it into some sort of cafeteria. Red plastic married with white laminate tile and harsh industrial lighting. All the walls are covered with vague newspaper article pieces culled from various (mostly Floridian) newspapers singing the chain's praises.

Bottom line: If you're in the area, this place might be worth a single visit for the hell of it, but it's not worth a long drive - you'll get something very nearly the same at half the price at any Harvey's (or even a well-staffed Wendy's on a good day) in the land. This reminded me rather of the burgers at the PNE - a nice experience, but nothing special.

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Elisabeth's Chalet17785 No. 10 Highway, Surrey
Great little dinner in a lovely little place
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 2:42am [Dine in]

Went in for a dinner at about 6 on Sunday. Quickly shown to a table by a polite older man. Love the decor - great nostalgia for travel in the interior and for dinners at the grandparents. The little touches were much appreciated - sublime bread and butter, cold pots for the champagne, fresh cut (REAL!) flowers at every table as well as at the centrepiece, as well as liveried staff.

Went with the Prime Rib dinner special - $18 for an 8oz prime rib, yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes and vegetables. Prime rib was slightly overcooked (ordered medium rare, got on the far side of medium) but still moist, juicy, delicious and not overseasoned. Gravy not too salty. Mashed potatoes perfect, yorkshire pudding well done. Fresh-grated horseradish on offer - always a plus. To top it off, their desserts - on an oldfashioned cart - were reasonably priced for the quality. I had a delicious slice of banana cream pie, not overly sweetened and well-sized - perfect in every way.

Service was polite by continental standards - water was refilled without comment, whenever the glass was low (not after every sip), meal was checked on once and staff was not pushy or obsessed with upselling. I prefer this to the service at both asian and American-style restaurants, which fall on the extremes of the spectrum.

Overall, a fine place - if you're going for a steak, this is a much better deal than the Keg or similar and in much nicer surroundings.

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Apna Chaat House7500 120 St, Unit #112, Surrey
Delicious quick lunch
Submitted Friday, April 23, 2010 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

Food: Delicious. Gol gappa was fresh, generously stuffed with a well-seasoned mixture of chick-peas and a very nice portion of tamarind water. Kulcha (Indian bread with yogurt and chick-pea stew - I've forgotten the first half of the name) was fresh made, spiced to taste and perfectly cooked.

Service: The owner's pleasant, speaks English and Punjabi well, and served everything promptly. He also asked me how spicy I wanted the food and informed me of the 25 cent interac charge for purchases under $10 /before/ I paid, which is an appreciated touch.

Value: Nothing is over $6 or 7 except the gol gappa to go, which is 24 pieces at $12.99. Portions are ample. Service is as fast as any local fast food but quality is much better.

Ambiance: This place is mostly meant for a quick chat or leisurely chat with friends. It is correspondingly spartan but also clean and well-tended.

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Lotus Restaurant8939 120th Street, Delta
Lovely Dim Sum on the Cheap
Submitted Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

Ambiance: This place is from the 80s. Pink and purple, with old tables and no decoration to speak of. That said, the restaurant is very clean and the tables are well-maintained (no 30 degree wobble like in some places) and - unlike so many Chinese restaurants - spread out reasonably.

Service: By Chinese standards, outstanding. Attentive, unintrusive, polite, and seemed genuinely happy to be of service. Quite prompt as well.

Food: We had the dim sum - $3, all week, 11am-3pm. 21 choices on the menu, with all the usual suspects. 7 dishes came to $21 and change (22.50 or so after tax). Dumplings came with real sweet vinegar, spring rolls and har gao (shrimp dumplings) were loaded with fresh, crunchy shrimp. Tripe was flavourful and perfectly cooked. Markedly non-greasy as dim-sum goes. Flavours were fairly bright. Shanghai dumplings were the only major miss - one-dimensional pork flavour.

Value: $3 a dish for a standard portion of standard dim-sum food = delicious. Also: As other reviewers have pointed out, the menu given says prices above $4 for all the dim sum - this is for dishes served OUTSIDE 11-3; they'll be $3 on the bill.

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Splitz Grill4242 Main Street, Vancouver
best burger downtown
Submitted Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 1:10am [Dine in]

Ambiance: Simple and clean. Wooden booths and wooden walls, everything is stained (wood-stain, not grease) the same colour, the cooking surfaces are stainless steel. It's a burger place.

Service: I have been there twice or three times, widely spaced apart, and I've never experienced poor or even indifferent service. The staff is a little "alternative", but they were pleasant to me; worst I ever had was the cashier interrogating me about the music she was playing when I correctly identified it as death metal, to her pleasure.

Value: Good price - burger, chili-cheese fries and coke for $15 or so, no worse than Moderne Burger or Fat Burger.

Food: Flavourful, moist meat-patties (the lamb in particular) and a fascinating array of toppings, all freshly prepared.

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Burger Heaven Restaurant77 10th Street, New Westminster
Nice old hole-in-the-wall
Submitted Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 12:42am [Dine in]

Food: Nice burgers. Fries will be love-em-or-hate-em -- they're very, very thick cut and not crispy. The poutine made with them is heavy as all hell but not bad. The burgers, while expensive, are well-made, tasty, and very filling. Appetizers and such are standard, from-the-box fare.

Service: I've always found the staff to be very pleasant. The one time there was a mistake with the order -- an appetizer plate hadn't materialized until we had finished our burgers -- we were treated more than fairly given the relatively minor nature of the issue: the manager came out and apologized, our meal was discounted by 15%, and we were given the appetizer platter plus an order of wings to go as an apology, despite our objections.

Value: Not at all cheap. Moderne Burger is cheaper. But a good value and you will go home full.

Ambiance: This place is for the blue-collar workers and for locals, and I for one am glad to see that it maintains its working-class routes. The decor reflects that, and has a nice feel to it - all surfaces are festooned with pictures of customers from over the years, and the front patio has wrought-iron gates with interesting motifs on them.

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Moderne Burger2507 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Art Deco best thing about it, burger a close second
Submitted Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 12:34am [Dine in]

Ambiance: I love this place's atmosphere - anyone who likes Art Deco or 20s-30s diner culture would do themselves a service to take this place in. Even the speaker-grilles and half the appliances are retrofitted to look "period." The ambiance of this place is great, the crowd a mixture of moneyed, pretentious yuppies and families and young folks looking for a good bite. Always clean.

Service: Minimal, but the fellow is polite and pleasant enough.

Value: So-so. A burger with a drink and fries will run you $12 or so after tax, a milkshake will run you $6 or so. Not bad for what you're getting, but not stellar.

Food: Solid. Let me be clear here: the burger is an unseasoned patty. The flavour you get is /meat./ The meat has flavour because it's ground steak meat and thus has some fat in it; there will be some grease on your plate, though no greasy mouth-feel. If you want lean, tasteless hamburger meat, go elsewhere. If you don't want fatty meat, order a patty of something other than beef (chicken, lamb, etc.) The fries are thick-cut and freshly made to order, similar in quality generally to White Spot's on a bad day, a bit better on a good one. Their home-made vanilla and cherry colas are popular, and their milkshakes pretty good. This place is, hype and decor aside, White Spot+.

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Aquarius Cafe & Bakery12043 88 Avenue, Surrey
Lovely introduction to Filipino Food
Submitted Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 12:27am [Dine in]

I came into this place at 7 o'clock. It was interesting to say the least - two dried meat products sitting on the counter along with a dried whole fish, seven warming plates under glass and baked goods sitting everywhere, with a few salted duck eggs dyed red thrown in for colour. The menu was clearly for people already familiar with Filipino food - all that is listed is the names of various dishes. This will be fine, though even the adventurous diners may want to be careful - one of the goat dishes, for example, is made with a bile-based broth. I had gone through and looked up the names of a bunch of dishes so I knew what to order and had about 5 things I wanted to try written down.

The woman behind the counter was a lovely lady - she informed me that they didn't have half of the things I had written down, but offered me a 'sample' of a delicious beef stew to compensate - this sample ended up being a bowl full of stew. She was polite, very pleasant to deal with, and quite happy to introduce me to Filipino cuisine. Everything was delicious; the only thing I wouldn't bother with is the fried lumpia, which, though a steal at about $3 (for about 10 2-inch rolls), are basically just everyday, run-of-the-mill spring-rolls. The food was a very, very good value - mung-bean stew, candied/smoked pork, fried lumpia, rice, and a noodle dish for two came to less than $15, and we had leftovers aplenty.

The ambiance of this place is definitely hole-in-the-wall, but it's clean and bright and you won't have any complaints.

On the whole: would I recommend taking the date or a family there? No, not for anything fancy. But for a good breakfast or lunch? Absolutely. They have a really nicely priced lunch/dinner combo as well. The baked goods looked delicious too and are probably made next door at the Filipino Bakery if not in the back kitchen.

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Krishnas Dosa Grill8910 120th Street, #101, Surrey
Dashed hopes
Submitted Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

When this place opened, I had high hopes. The owner, a Southern Indian fellow in his 40s or so, was pleasant, polite to a fault, and a delight to be around. His wife was as well. The food, while not sublime, was edible, and the special when it first opened was as good a deal as the Desi Dosa Madras which would soon open across the street. Unfortunately, as time went on, several problems became apparent in the execution of things.

First of all, the combo disappeared and the price of dishes went up (curry and rice, even vegetarian, costs $20 with 2 extra chapathi, routinely closer to $30.) This in and of itself was alright, as the service made up for it...until the owner stopped showing up to work. A man, who I presume to be his son, replaced him, and, to be blunt, his son was a jerk. His son would routinely not bother to cook things from scratch, used the microwave with abandon (this became the rule rather than the exception), refused to listen to his customers (I like my South Indian food to be as spicy as it would be served to the Indians themselves, and while the father always accommodated this, every single time the son served me I would end up eating something with all the heat of sour cream), and was hesitant and rude.

The last two times I went there (different days, months apart), thinking this had to be a slump or error, the food seemed to almost exclusively be microwaved, the servings had shrunk, and the service was awful. I actually stopped going because the last time I was there his son had decided to enter a whole new level of unpleasant behavior: Myself and another fellow arrived in the restaurant at about 2 o'clock intending to have lunch. The only other people in the restaurant were two old Sikh gentlemen who were eating, and a family of four Tamils who had just placed their order. After we placed our order (lamb curry and rice with chapati - nothing a place like this wouldn't have on hand), we waited. And waited. And waited. In the hour we waited, three other Indian couples came in, and each one was served. It was only when we got up to leave that - lo and behold - our meals miraculously appeared, to the ding of microwaves. My rice was cold and solid in the centre, the chapati was rubber, and the curry disgusting with chickpeas like pebbles. I walked out and have never been back. His excuses were offensive to my intelligence - that there was no chef (I could see and hear the same people that are always there) and that we had ordered non-dosas which was all he could do while chefless (he took the order, for one, and for another, this was a bald-faced lie: at least three people ordered curries and rice and were served within 20 minutes of arrival!)

Stay away from this place. It's a pity a good thing died so quickly.

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Desi Dosa Madras8859 120th Street, Delta
Best South Indian in the Area
Submitted Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 10:15pm [Dine in]

Food: You get a vegetarian thali (it's a South Indian style of meal involving small services of many dishes, served on an eponymous characteristic stainless-steel plate) for $9 or so before tax, and can add a meat dish to that for less than $4 extra. My vegetarian curry came with a large, crispy, fresh paratha, a chapati about a third bigger than at most restaurants, a large serving of rice, and several other dishes: fresh yogurt, mango pickle, a bean-based curry, a cauliflower-based curry, an okra-based curry, sambar (lentil stew) and rasam (tamarind soup - DELICIOUS). The fellow in my party who ordered lamb with his was given a highly substantial portion of fresh lamb curry, which featured large cubes of lamb that I was assured were fork-tender, some with the bone in.

Service: The staff was attentive, pleasant and prompt.

Value: It's significantly cheaper than the dosa place across the street, and service seems better.

Ambiance: Lovely sort of eclectic feeling - Christmas decorations and a Buddha on the counters, scenes from the Ramayana on the wall, and bollywood music playing softly. The cups and water-pitcher at each table are matched, high-quality stainless steel like what you would get in India itself, and add a very nice touch to things.

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Hakka Masti Restaurant8851 120th St., Delta
Great Lunch
Submitted Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

Food: Huge menu, based on their takeout menu. When I arrived for lunch, I was given their lunch combo menu, which is two pages and consists of two main choices: soup + noodle dish for $7 or so (tax included) or soup + rice + dish for $8 or so (tax included). Each combo had over ten choices available, but I went with hot/sour soup and Pad Thai. The soup was a western-sized bowl, delicious with mushrooms, tofu, a thick, hearty stock augmented with fresh cilantro. The chicken pad thai was good too -- don't expect Thai-style, but the noodles were perfect, it was loaded with chicken and other great ingredients, and it had a lovely spicy-sour flavour. Condiments included chili oil, soya sauce, and a delicious pickled-indian-chili-pepper vinegar that added a wonderful zip. The food's default level of heat was good, greater than what you'd get at, say, a real Mexican restaurant, but not as hot as South Indian or Thai food. I didn't react to the MSG if indeed there was any.

Service: I found the staff fairly pleasant despite what others have said. I was gestured to a seat immediately, provided with a menu and water, etc. My food arrived quickly and I was more or less left alone, but a waiter did circulate. Service seemed very accommodating - two East Indians who wandered in asked a series of questions about the heat of the dish, and the waiter explained in detail and explained that it could be customized by the kitchen or at the table with the chili oil and condiments. Likewise, a woman with a child who came in had her questions answered patiently - I would say the service is definitely in the Asian mode, but a bit better than usual.

Value: I had a large bowl of soup and a good dinner-plate sized portion of noodles redolent with large pieces of white-meat chicken (a mark of quality to many, though I prefer dark meat) and fresh green onions, tipped the establishment 15%, and even with that tip the meal cost me only as much as a meal at any fast-food joint in the land. It's a very good deal, and while it was a quick meal, the sounds in the kitchen lead me to believe the main was only begun when I ordered.

Ambiance: Spacious, very clean, well-lit with nice tables and decor. The cleanliness was impressive even by Western Standards, down to the condiment dishes being free of dirt, stains, smudges and stickiness.

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New Ruby Restaurant8223 120th St, Delta
Pretty good
Submitted Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

I've been coming here for years.

Food rating: Let's get this straight: the New Ruby is a Western (e.g. Canadianized) Chinese food restaurant. While it certainly has some authentic Chinese dishes -- indeed, most of the menu is devoted to them -- most of the clientel consists of highly assimilated people (white and Chinese both) and so the set menus, for example, feature Westernized dishes for Western palates. They also serve burgers and such. That said, the dishes are generally of a very high quality - msg is absent from all the food except the springrolls, vegetables are crisp, noodles springy, and all things well-seasoned.

Service: The service is outstanding and it is here New Ruby shines; the staff, which consists of a mixture of Chinese people, first Nations and white folks are familial and extremely pleasant. They're extremely polite, attentive but unintrusive, and very pleasant people and I have never had poor service. Food delivery is prompt generally and complaints and requests are rapidly addressed.

Value: Most dishes are 8-12 dollars. That said, set menus feature incredibly generous portions at a reasonable price. The "Lunch Combo" is probably the best value -- any two dishes plus spring roll for $7, with the servings each being half a dinner plate, and about 10 dishes to choose from (western favourites, mostly). Extremely filling, freshly cooked and yet very prompt, great for when you're busy.

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Stanley Restaurant11184 84 Avenue, Delta
Nice place for a local meal
Submitted Friday, January 9, 2009 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

I am so glad this place is around, given the relative distance to other Vietnamese restaurants when in the area.

Food: Pho seems good, enjoyable, fresh condiments delivered well. Delicious salad rolls, ample portions and a fairly extensive menu: soup, noodles, platters, vegetables, stir-fries, Asian drinks and desserts; there's probably something for everyone.

Service: Dine-in service is nice, providing good complimentary tea and being helpful but not intrusive. Food is made fresh and usually arrives within 5-25 minutes depending on what you order. Take-out is great: everything is packaged separately to maintain texture...pho, for example, comes as 3 packages: a big container of broth, another of noodles, meat and so forth, and a bag of the bean-sprouts, peppers and thai basil, all bagged carefully to not leak. I once ordered take-out in the restaurant and was seated with tea while I waited, a nice touch which I much appreciated.

Value: Two large salad rolls and a huge bowl of Pho with a number of meats for $13.13 with tax, not a bad deal at all. No dish costs more than about $13 and most are under $8. Combos (noodle, meat, salad & spring rolls or some variation thereof) are $8-12 as well. Overall the value is very good.

Ambiance: It's a nice restaurant largely used by locals. OK decor and very clean, but nothing special -- and why should it be? Everything such a restaurant ought to be. Music and televisions quiet or muted, which is great, as the restaurant is usually pleasantly quiet.

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