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lauren11vancouverSince February 12, 200777 Reviews
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Italian Touch Restaurant15077 Marine Drive, White Rock
Always Delightful!!
Submitted Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 12:48am [Dine in]

My husband and I fell in love with this great little Italian restaurant on the beach a couple years ago, it had been quite sometime since we'd visited, as we don't live in the White Rock area. With the great weather we decided to take a trip down to the beach for the beautiful scenery and a visit to Italian Touch. Our meal and overall experience was just as fabulous as the first few times we visited! Nico and his family have always made our evening lovely with their hospitable service and delicious food. My husband absolutly loved the Lobster Ravioli, and the Linguini al Pesto was excellent, cooked perfectly and finished with dried cranberries, a delightful dish! Truly great food, a gorgeous view and excellent service definitely makes this restaurant one of our favorites!!

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Coza! Tuscan Grill20065 Langley Bypass, Langley
Hmm...Not Sure What Happened to Coza!
Submitted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 12:09am [Dine in]

We've dined at this restaurant several times now and have always experienced great, professional service and delightful appy and entree dishes. It had been a while since we'd been to Coza! and were craving Italian food (we're NOT chain fans, but Langley's full of them and options are limited.) We noticed right away the menu was new and updated and were delighted to see a few pasta dishes for under $18.99 along with a few additional vegetarian options (they are now offering their filone bread along with a ceasar salad starter with all entrees ordered.) We opted for the Lasagna special and a simple Linguini Roasted Garlic Alfredo. Starters took a good 20 - 25 minutes to arrive (we were dining on a Tuesday evening at 5pm, the restaurant was not at all busy) Food arrived probably 20 minutes later. Baked Lasagna was bland and unimpressive, the "Six Layer" dish was literally 4 layers of stuck together pasta followed with what looked and tasted like broken up meatballs with no seasoning whatsoever. Tomato sauce looked like plum tomatoes poured straight out of a can again, lacking any sort of flavour or taste, topped with cheese and baked....my husband ate it, not because he wanted to, because he was hungry. Linguini Alfredo was overcooked (this is one thing I always credited Coza! for, every dish I've had has been cooked al dente) so I was disappointed right off the bat, sauce was okay, but there wasn't enough of it, and the dish turned gluey pretty quick. Overall not a great meal. Lower prices shouldn't mean reduced quality.

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Paliotti's Ristorante Italiano12018 Edge St, Maple Ridge
Definitely Recommend the Abbostford Location over the Maple Ridge Location!
Submitted Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 1:46am [Dine in]

We've dined at the Abbotsford Pallitoi's a few times now, and have enjoyed the food and service during each visit, we happened to be in Maple Ridge the other night and came across the original Paliotti's and decided to give it a try. Being a Tuesday evening we had no problems getting in, we were quickly seated, and greeted by our server. We instantly noticed the tired and tacky decor (fake plants and cheezy patterned vinyl tablecloths) the restaurant is dark, and in desperate need of a total makeover! After ordering, we were quickly brought homemade baked bread and balsamic olive oil dipping oil. The Bread was fantastic, light and well seasoned. We shared the Bruschetta appy which was more like a Caprese pizza than Bruschetta, to us Bruschetta is quality, grilled tuscan bread, drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Great Roma Tomatoes, Basil and fresh Parmigiano. Palliotti's version was more like thick pizza crust, with a handful of mozza, a few tomatoes and some dried herbs, baked and served. Really not what we expected when ordering bruschetta. My husband ordered the Gnocchi in Tomato Sauce, tossed with Chicken and finished with a giant Meatball. Sauce was rather bland, Gnocchi slightly overcooked and the one meatball was described as having a soapy flavor?! Dish was very average. I was just looking for a quick, simple dish and decided on the Four Cheese Tortellini tossed in a Garlic, Cream Sauce. Sauce was decent, quite garlicky, great for the garlic lover, the dish was served piping hot, pasta was odd in that some tortellinis were overcooked and some were perfectly al dente...not really sure how one accomplishes this, but I'd say half the dish was cooked really well. The pizza parlor shaker Parmesan this restaurant offers is an insult to Italian food, I can't imagine any great Italian restaurant not offering freshly grated Parmigiano to garnish their pasta dishes!! We will say the service at Pallioti's was excellent, our server was friendly, helpful and attentive. Don't think we'll be back to this location however!

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Steveston Pizza Co.14016 32nd Avenue, #203, White Rock
Unique and Delicious Pizza!
Submitted Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

We tried Steveston Pizza Co. the other night after coming across their delicious sounding take-out menu! We were immediatley really impressed with all the unique and gourmet ingredients, we've yet to find a pizza place offering such a diverse menu in our area! We decided to go for something simple, The Margarite Classic, tomato sauce, basil chiffonade,bocconcini and fresh roma tomatoes (we asked to finish the pizza with a basil pesto drizzle)the pizza was fresh, great crust (not greasy,) the ingredients were of high quality and the finished product was truly delicious!! The girl who took our order and helped us out when we picked up our pizza was fantastic (and this is just pickup) she was super friendly and welcoming which was really appreciated! Overall we'd definitely reccommend Steveston Pizza co. when looking for a well crafted, quality pizza....we'll absolutley be back to try some of their other wonderful sounding creations!!

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Paliotti's Italian Restaurant33886 Essendene, Abbotsford
A Very Good Italian Meal!
Submitted Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 1:10am [Dine in]

We'd been to Paliotti's once before quite sometime ago, and decided to give it another try (we are not from the Abbotsford area) The restaurant itself is nicely decorated and designed, my husband and I both agreed the cheap plastic table cloths really didn't do much for the place, other than that, a nice space. Service was very decent, could have been a little warmer, but definitely not poor. Food was excellent we decided to share a couple of dishes, as we normally do. The Four Cheese Pizza Appy was delicious, nice light crust, garlic and olive oil, excellent. The complimentry foccachia bread and Balsamic Olive Oil was also delicious, light, great seasoning, a really good house bread. We really enjoyed the cheese tortellini in a pesto cream sauce as our main entree. Pesto was obviously homemade, seasoning was perfect, pasta was cooked al dente, a really good dish. We'd definitely return to Paliotti's if in Abbotsford.

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Rockwell's Bar & Grill17530 64th Ave, Surrey
Nice little Bar / Grill in the Cloverdale Area
Submitted Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 2:48am [Dine in]

We tried Rockwells the other night, as it's Cloverdale location just opened up. We were immediatly greeted by the restaurants hostess and shown to a cozy booth in the lounge area. The bar/grill has an ample amount of televisions, would be a great place to watch a hockey game. Our server was attentive and friendly, food and drinks arrived in a timely manner. Mangodriver Martini was not great, way too much alcohol and not enough flavor, needs some work! My husband had the "Blackened Chicken Club" which he quite enjoyed. I had the "Vegetable Medly on Angel Hair" (Subbed the angel hair for linguini) which was okay, pasta was overcooked, as it usually is when ordering a pasta dish at a bar/grill, nice assortment of veggies though and the garlic cream sauce was decent. Not sure we'd return to Rockwells for dinner again, but would drop by for nachos and a hockey game!

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Al Porto Ristorante321 Water Street, Vancouver
Nice Spot in Gastown
Submitted Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 3:52am [Dine in]

We decided to give Al Porto a try while in Gastown last week. The restaurants ambiance is quite nice, cozy, Italian and inviting. We were warmly greeted and quickly shown to a table (without a reso)by the hostess. Our server arrived quickly and offered the daily specials. Service was friendly, attentive and helpful. All our needs were anticipated (extra share plates, cutlery, fresh cracked pepper & parmigiano with all courses.)Being lunch time, our party of four decided to order two starters and two pizzas to share. The Tomato Basil Soup was delicious (with Parmesan of course!) The Catanese salad was just okay. The menu described the dish as being served with roasted red peppers and feta, we received 2 slices of fresh red bell pepper and no feta, dressing was tasy but the rest of the salad needed work! Margherita and Quattro Formaggio Pizzas were quite good. Not the best Italian inspired pizzas we've had but really quite tasty, evident fresh mozzarella, basil and tomatoes were used. Complimentry bread was apreciated, would have been better served warm with room temperature butter instead of room temperature with frozen butter. Overall we'd definitely give Al Porto a try for dinner, would love to try their pastas and other starters! Would reccomend this restaurant for an Italian evening in Gastown.

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Limelight Cafe6820 188th Street, #122, Surrey
Nice, Little, New Cafe in the Clayton Area!
Submitted Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 4:10am [Dine in]

We finally decided to try Limelight the other day, as we've been anticipating its opening. We have been looking forward to a nice little lunch spot in the Clayton area, (a non-chain!) The owners seemed friendly, we were quickly greeted and our order was taken. The cafe itself is quite cute, the fresh flowers on a few of the tables were nice, would have been great to have seen them on all the tables as they added to the hand painted flower art on the walls of the cafe. Some nice jazz or background music really would have added to the ambiance. Food was quite good, we enjoyed a veggie panini, and the breakfast panini. Veggie panini had lots of fresh peppers, both sandwiches were nicely grilled and served with carrots and celery. We noticed the menu stated all paninis were served with tortilla chips, which we didn't receive? Not sure, maybe they were out? Our bill came to roughly $20.00, (two sandwiches a red iced tea and a water) which we found to be a lttle pricey, had the sanwiches come with a side dish (cup of soup, side salad, tortilla chips) we certainly wouldn't have minded the cost, but seemed a little steep for what we actually got. Definitely not a bad experience though, we'll be back to give Limelight another try!!

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La Baia Italian Restaurant15791 Marine Drive, White Rock
Decent Food, Great Service.
Submitted Monday, January 25, 2010 - 11:52pm [Dine in]

We decided to try La Baia one night while in White Rock. Service was excellent, we were warmly greeted at the door by the owner of the restaurant, and were quickly seated at a table by the window (no ocean view where this restaurant is located.) Our server was helpful, friendly and professional. We ordered the Mozzarella alla Marinara to start, the dish was good, served with a light marinara and pesto (could have been a little more generous with the pesto as it really adds to the dish.) Our main entrees included the Linguini al Pesto and the Pollo e Herbe. Pasta dish waa really good, seasoned well, pasta could have been a little more al dente, but was certaintly not completley overcooked. Chicken dish was good, a fresh chicken breast in a light white wine, herb sauce with julienned veg. The dish could have been served with a few more potatoes, but overall decent. Complimentry bread was a little stale, but all in all we considered it to be quite a good meal. Decor is tired and in desperate need of a remodel, really does La Baia's food no justice! Would try again.

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Eighteen 279185 Glover Rd., Langley
Great Place for Tapas and Martinis
Submitted Monday, November 23, 2009 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

We've been meaning to try Eighteen27 for a while now, as we'd heard good things from friends. We finally decided to give it a try on Saturday night for my Mom's birthday. Our party of six was quickly seated (we tried to make reservations but were informed they do not accept them) at a nice table near the bar. Both the hostess and our server were very friendly and helpful. Our server was very attentive throughout the evening. We opted to order and share tapas / appies instead of main courses. The Wild Mushroom Risotto Balls were fantastic, a nice crispy coating, great cheesey filling, finished with tomato sauce and a sweet balsamic glaze, delicious. We also enjoyed the Candied Pecan Baked Brie. The Spinach and Artichoke dip was good, the menu described the dish as being served in a sourdough bread bowl, ours came in a regular bowl and was served with pita bread, perhaps they ran out, not sure? Chicken skewers were okay, tasty, but they could have been warmer. We enjoyed the three cheese fondue. The accompniments were good, grilled bread, roasted red peppers, shrimp and sausage. We all agreed some green apple would have been a great addition! Martinis were all great, our favorites were the Lonely Hippie and the Pink Grapefruit Mojito. The champagne cocktails were also quite tasty. It would have been nice to have seen some garnishes included with our drinks, as even some beverages that included garnish descriptions on the menu were missing them, again maybe they were out?! Ambiance at Eighteen27 is really quite nice, lovely chandeliers and unique artwork, like being downtown without having to be all the way downtown. Piano music was great, really added to the evening. We sorta felt like the T.V. playing sports didn't really fit in. Overall, we enjoyed the restaurant and will definitely be back for more great martinis and perhaps to try the main courses!

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Wendel's Cafe & Bookstore9233 Glover Road, #103, Langley
Not a Bad Little Lunch Spot
Submitted Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 12:17am [Dine in]

We've been to Wendel's a couple times for lunch and decided to give their Friday $10.00 Italian pizza night a try last week. Lunches have always been okay, lots of choices, lots of veggie items. Soups are usually just okay, they always seem to be lacking a little seasoning, but it's evident they are hearty and homemade. The pizzas were alright, quite large. They describe them as "thin crust" which they really weren't, not at all greasy, but sorta lacking in flavor. We did like the tomato sauce, and fresh toppings, just weren't quite sold on the crust. Atmosphere is nice, being located in a little bookstore. Not a lot of seating, but cozy! Service has always been okay, not overly warm, but acceptable. We will highly reccomend the Foccachia Provelone and Pesto bread, quite yummy!!!

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Mario's Kitchen1105 56 Street, Delta
Okay Food, Decent Service.
Submitted Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 12:01am [Dine in]

We decided to give Mario's a try while were out in the Tswassen area the other day. We were greeted at the door and quickly shown to a table. Service was decent, not overly friendly but definitely attentive and acceptable. My husband and I decided to share an appy and a pasta dish. The bruschetta was okay, our only complaInt was the bread they served it on, typical pre-made garlic bread. The tomato mixture sort of made it soggy. When I think of a good bruschetta I think of a quality, crusty, grilled, Italian bread, not the garlic bread you's expect to be served at Pizza Hut. Topping was good though. We split the Four Cheese Tortellini in a Sundried Tomato Garlic Cream Sauce, Chicken on the side, as I'm a vegetarian. The dish was acceptable, we really appreciated them splitting the dish (two seperate bowls) for us. Needed a bit of salt and pepper, but okay. Chicken breast was nicely grilled and sliced. We found the price of the Sangria to be quite high ($6.99 a glass) as the glass was 3/4 full of ice. Not a bad dining experience, we would probably give it another try if in the area.

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Great Margarita!
Submitted Monday, August 24, 2009 - 12:02am [Dine in]

We tried Las Margarita's for dinner the other night and enjoyed a great dining experience! We were warmly greeted by a hostess and quickly shown to a lovely candlelit table. The restaurant's ambiance was great, a little loud but otherwise really nice. Our server was super, very friendly and helpful. Melon Margarita was awesome, one of the best I've had. The complimentary homemade chips and salsa were great, delicious salsa! My Finace loved the Pork Enchilada special and I quite enjoyed the Vegetarian Fajita Burrito, Mexican rice was good, as was the house salad the dish was served with. Portions were quite large, I certaintly left with a doggy bag! Overall, a really great Mexican dinner, we'll be back!

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China Cup Tea Company, The5724 176th Street, Surrey
A lovely and Unique Lunch!
Submitted Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 1:55am [Dine in]

My Mom and I decided to check out this little tea shop for lunch, as we've been anticpating it's opening! We were warmly greeted upon our arrival and quickly seated. Ambiance was great, we loved the overturned china tea cups on all the tables, the large apothecary jars full of tea were a great touch. Service was professional and very detail oriented. We loved the Vanilla Rooibos tea. Lunch was great, we enjoyed a vegetarian quiche, a vegetarian sandwich and the creamy corn chowder. Portions were great for us, having smaller appetites, but we both felt food prices were a little high, other than this, we really, truly enjoyed our experience at The China Cup Tea Company.....we'll definitely be back for a great pot of tea!

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Galini Greek Kouzina & Grill19475 Fraser Hwy, #101, Surrey
A Really Great Evening Out!
Submitted Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 1:14am [Dine in]

We've been meaning to try Galini for quite sometime now, and finally visited the other night. We were warmly greeted by the hostess and quickly led to a cozy booth. The restaurants layout is quite neat, and the interior design is rather impressive, our only ambiance complaint was the music, which could have been a little more "Greek." Service was excellent, very attentive. My fiance ordered the Mixed Souvlaki (chicken and beef) beef was cooked really well, and he quite enjoyed the rice, potatoes, soup and caesar salad (awesome homemade dressing.) I opted for the Greek Salad and Homous Dip Appy, great Greek salad, nice, flavorful dressing. Homous was awesome, nice and garlicky. Overall we'd definitely return to Galini when craving Greek!!!

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Earls6339 200th Street, #600, Langley
Suprisingly Decent Food.....
Submitted Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 2:37am [Dine in]

When some friends of ours suggested Earl's for an evening out we reluctantly agreed, it's been quite sometime since we've been to this restaurant, after hearing a few positive things we decided to give it a try. We were immediatley greeted at the door, our hostess was a little awkward, but friendly. This location has done a great job at renovating the exterior of the building but the interior really needs a revamp. That typical Earl's open floorplan makes for a noisy evening, carpet was all torn up, design just looks tired. Our waiter was very decent, fairly attentive, we could tell he was new to the industry, again a little awkward. We did appreciate the proper wine service he provided. Our group enjoyed the Sweet Chili Chicken and Dynamite Roll appys. Mixed Field Greens (Salad) was great, as was the Rosemary Oregano Pan Bread. My fiance quite enjoyed the Los Cabos Chicken Tacos, others in our party enjoyed the Bacon Cheddar Burger and the Champagne Berry and Spinach Salad. Overall, we'd suprisingly return to Earls for the food, despite the lacking ambiance.

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La Trattoria22214 Dewdney Trunk Rd., Maple Ridge
Not as Good as the First Time...
Submitted Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 12:47am [Dine in]

We tried La Trattoria for the second time tonight after being so impressed with our first visit, service was again excellent, the food was not nearly as good as it was during our first experience. Bruschetta appy was decent, again needed seasoning. My fiance ordered the Spaghetti Bolognese, was okay, not spectacular, but alright. I ordered the Farfalle Primivera, as we'd so enjoyed it during our last visit.....The dish was very mediocre. Sauce was nothing like it was the first time we tried this restaurant, was runny and lacking flavor. I asked to have the pasta cooked extra al dente, it arrived so overcooked it was mushy, I can't stand overcooked pasta....completley ruined the dish. Again, we have no idea why a traditional Italian Restaurant like La Trattoria would serve "Kraft" Style Parmesean cheese.....cheap and unimpressive. Not so sure we'll make the drive out to Maple Ridge again for this average Italian experience.

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Mr. Mikes Steakhouse & Bar8140 120 Street, Surrey
Decent Service - Lackluster and Expensive Food
Submitted Monday, June 29, 2009 - 3:46am [Dine in]

We decided to try Mr. Mike's with some friends of ours the other night. Upon arrival we were kindly greeted and shown to a table in the lounge, we liked the large booths and simple, yet classy decor. We were quickly greeted by our server and offered beverages, she described the restaurants features and made drink / food reccomendations which was appreciated. We ordered a salad appy which took about 20 minutes to arrive. Salad was alright, a little uninspired but acceptable, others in our group enjoyed their appy. My fiance tried the West Coast Chicken Filo which he described as quite bland, the dish was served with maybe 2 tbsp of bland rice pilaf and about 4 over steamed broccoli florets, needless to say he left hungry and dissapointed. I opted for the China Town Stir Fry without the chicken, again the dish was uninspiring and not prepeared that well. A huge plate of chow mein, only about a third actually tossed in the sauce, topped with a few veggies (I would have thought they'd have added extra veg in lieu of my no chicken request, as they do advertise the dish as "available meatless" - which was the same price as with meat.') Dish was so bland I had to request soy sauce to add a little flavor! My fiance and I each had 2 beverages, the shared salad appy and our two entrees, with tip we walked out of Mr. Mike's for $80.00.......good service but the quality of food is certaintly not up to par with its price......even as a vegetarian, I'd rather go to the Keg for thier awesome appys and salads, my fiance can enjoy a great meal, and we can walk away for under $80 bucks.......Just not worth it!

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Sonoma Grill & Lounge20598 Fraser Hwy, Langley
A Very Decent Lunch Experience
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2009 - 12:35am [Dine in]

We visited Sonoma Grill for the first time last week for a girls lunch out. We were quickly greeted by the owner (whom I'd booked the reservation with) and were ushered to our reserved table. Water glasses were promptly filled and our server arrived quickly to take our drink order. We were delighted to see they were serving the Domaine de Chaberton Bacchus and even more delighted when we realized it was the 2007 vintage (we love this wine!) We all ordered salads (The Spinach Salad, The Signature Chef's Salad and the House Garden Greens) which were all decent. We all agreed the dressings were a little under seasoned. Personally, I ordered the Garden Greens, which was good, but could have used candied pecans or something to add a little crunch and texture. Tomato Bruschetta was awesome, really nicely prepared and presented, nice and garlicky! The restaurants ambiance is quite nice, service was attentive and friendly. I'd definitely take my fiance back to try some of thier great sounding dinner entrees.

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Silver Dragon Restaurant20256 56 Ave., #110, Langley
Lots of Vegetarian Dishes
Submitted Sunday, June 7, 2009 - 12:17am [Dine in]

We decided to try Silver Dragon the other night after picking up a takeout menu and noticing all the vegetarian dishes they offer. We opted for take-out, service was very friendly and warm and our order was prepared quickly. My fiance ordered a combo meal and thought it was decent, good almond chicken, chicken fried rice and sweet and sour pork was okay. The chow mein was decent, a few too many bean sprouts for my taste but okay. Vegetables mixed with Cashew Nuts was alright, broccoli and cauliflower would have added to the dish, but it was okay, good black bean sauce. The Special Vegetarian Roll was also okay, a little greasy but decent with plum sauce. Not sure we'll make Silver Dragon our go to Chinese food spot, but when looking for a restaurant with lots of veggie options I'd definitely reccomend this spot!

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