Submitted Friday, September 2, 2011 - 11:34pm [Dine in]
Have been to Lu Lu Cafe a few times now and have enjoyed each meal. I found the service to be prompt and attentive for an Asian restaurant. The dinner 'A' which was ordered was a pretty good deal. There is soup, vegetable with beef, two huge bowls of rice, fried prawns, and fried fish. At the end of the meal dessert is included (ice cream). At a price of $31 you can gauge if this is a good price or not. I believe it is a good price.
Enjoyed and will be back to this restaurant.
Submitted Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 3:32pm [Dine in]
This restaurant is now closed. Renovations are taking place for Ki Sushi to move next door to this location. The reviews were fairly consistent however I have not eaten here. Perhaps they are moving to another location? Location is convenient across the street from Skytrain station in New Westminster.
Solid dining experience
Submitted Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 7:58pm [Dine in]
Have heard of this restaurant for some time and finally tried it tonight. It was very good and solid food. The service was prompt for a busy restaurant. I expected to see more Chinese people at the restaurant and pleasantly surprised to see the majority of customers are South Asian. Tried the Curry Beef, Masala Beef, Chili Fish and an eggplant veggie dish. Very tasty and highly recommended. The prices are quite reasonable too.
Great Butter Beef
Submitted Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 1:48pm [Dine in]
This restaurant is known for it's Butter Beef and it is very tasty. I've tried their noodles as well and it is consistent with other restaurants as well. The service is solid and I would frequent this restaurant again.
I'm not certain if the owners have changed although my visits have been infrequent I remember eating here over twenty years ago. The value is consistent and the ambience is average. I agree with a previous review that the decor/interior is somewhat odd. However, the food is decent.
Well Done Innovative Sushi
Submitted Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 9:43pm [Dine in]
I really enjoy eating sushi at this restaurant.
The sushi is very innovative and I personally enjoy the different sauces that accompany some of the sushi. The sauce is not overdone and does not overwhelm the sushi for me.
Apparently the chef operated a restaurant in New York.
The service is a bit on the hectic and abrupt side.
Overall I enjoy this restaurant. The restaurant fills up quickly.
Massive Massive Rip Off!
Submitted Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 9:15pm [Dine in]
We came to this restaurant and were the only customers to come in at 6:45PM. This restaurant is located by the Foggy Dew Pub. We used an Entertainment Coupon and received minimal service.
I ordered the Lobster Ravioli. The ravioli contained dry fake crab meat. The sauce was white cream and balsamic reduction? Very unusual combination. *There were six ravioli* pieces!!! The dish literally included a couple sprigs of parsley and a few thin slices of cucumber. Disappointing.
The Salmon ordered included potato dumplings which was a gluten substance to help 'fill the stomach'.
I don't believe I've had worse value in my years of dining in Vancouver. The ambience was very very dim. Perhaps an attempt to be environmentally conscious and save energy.
I figure if you enjoy all you can eat sushi at least you will go home full. Nothing more disappointing than paying for a meal and not feeling full.
There is absolutely no value eating here. Stay away.
Finally made my way in and liked what I ate.
Submitted Friday, June 5, 2009 - 8:25pm [Dine in]
I finally made my way to this restaurant after numerous occasions seeing the volume of people in a relatively small dining area. I was wondering what was I missing out on? - Decided that I'd rather not feel cramped in relatively small dining quarters and not interested in waiting in a line-up for food I'm paying for.
Anyway, made my way in and the no frills service is part of the ambiance here. The food was very impressive for the prices listed and the food is relatively good. I don't believe the food is the best out there but it is somewhat competitive. The prices pretty much blow away any other competitor though.
I would recommend and I would come back to try some of the other selections.
Good Roti albeit overpriced!
Submitted Saturday, May 23, 2009 - 3:31pm [Dine in]
For several years I've been wanting to make my way in and try this restaurant. It did not disappoint as far as food is concerned. What deterred me was the interior and basic environment. The pictures and photos did create a unique ambiance.
I ordered lamb and roti and it was fresh. The texture did not disappoint and it was very good. However, the price and value could be improved perhaps the fact this restaurant is in Port Moody justifies the price???
The kitchen was clean and I enjoyed my lunch. I was shortchanged slightly so be careful when you are there. I did leave a tip.
I would recommend others try this restaurant keeping in mind what I have written in this review.
Submitted Friday, April 17, 2009 - 4:01pm [Dine in]
Surprisingly this restaurant was recommended by a friend from out of the province. I decided to finally try and it met the standard which I expected based on my friend's recommendation.
We ordered fish which was on the pricier end compared to other 'better value/less service' Chinese restaurants. The fish however was very good although somewhat pricey at $60.
The rest of the dinner was very good and service was indeed very outstanding compared to other Chinese restaurants with 'better value/less service'. I noticed that the dinner plates used were relatively nice as well. The washrooms were clean.
We did not need a reservation and walked in soon after the restaurant opened for dinner.
I would recommend this restaurant.
Submitted Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 6:45pm [Dine in]
The service at this bakery is appalling. There have been instances where friends/regulars are given preferential seating. How can they 'jump' the line??? Last I checked we weren't waiting in line to get into a night club!
The value of food has gone downhill. There are breakfast and lunch specials which doesn't provide close to the value at other restaurants. I agree to try New Town, Kam Gok Yuen, or Hon's.
Not impressed at all and cannot recommend.
Miku1055 West Hastings Street, #2, Vancouver Incredible High End Japanese Restaurant
Submitted Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 9:46pm [Dine in]
I went to Miku this evening and was very impressed with the quality of service, food and ambiance.
I tried the Omakase seven course dinner and as previously mentioned it is from items listed in the menu. Perhaps one way of looking at this is a sampler of different items from the menu. It was great. The dinner included a sampling of appetizer, aburi sushi, nigiri and maki sushi, a tasty soup, entree, and dessert. The seven course dinner ended with a very nice dessert. A pastry sampler of a high quality. Not terribly sweet or heavy - just right.
Definitely a higher end Japanese restaurant with a focus on aburi. I was informed that a champion sushi chef had just arrived from Japan.
Service was very attentive and there was no language barrier from the server.
Indeed a great dining experience and I will certainly be back again.
Regression in progress!
Submitted Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 10:26pm [Dine in]
Went to Insadong tonight and it was not yet full however the tables were all full shortly after.
The service was slow and the requests for service by pressing the bell located at each table was non-responsive. Perhaps they could use more staff other than the three waiters? However that is a business decision.
The food we ordered were the Medium sized Beef Shabu Shabu and the Seafood BiBimBap (?). The value was inadequate and portions small for four people with average appetites. I couldn't understand what has happened to this restaurant? I like to complete a review of a restaurant after several tries in case of an 'off night' however was extremely disappointed in the value of the food in what we ordered. Perhaps it was an off night tonight - Well actually not as the server after about five attempts at the table bell informed us that this is all we were going to get.
The Seafood BiBimBap (?) had a very little shrimp and very little scallops hidden underneath a Costco salad when served with a small bowl of rice.
What is going on with this place? There seems to be more questions than food when dealing with this place.
If the service was better perhaps the portions could be overlooked however if there is inadequate service and small portions with simple food it would be prudent to eat elsewhere.
Thank goodness for the two pizzas the four of us took out from a pizza place up the road afterward!
Good local pasta restaurant
Submitted Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 10:29pm [Dine in]
This is a nice restaurant where the seating is primarily for two people. It does get busy however when I went in for lunch was seated with no wait. The service was prompt and solid.
The food is good and is on par with most pasta restaurants in the city. The pasta was nourishing but wasn't absolutely outstanding if you are driving in from a couple municipalities into Coquitlam.
A bonus is that you can use The Entertainment coupon here. Parking can be limited when it is busy.
Good Sushi in New Westminster
Submitted Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 10:21pm [Dine in]
I've read the reviews and thought I would stop by as I was in the area. This establishment is a no frills sushi place and you help yourself to water and/or tea. I rated three stars for service taking into consideration that it is no frills sushi. There was nothing off-putting for me in the service I received.
The sushi is quite good and is above average for New West. The portions of sashimi are a little less than other restaurants I've been to and this may explain the lower prices.
The ambiance is ok as it is in a corner in New West and is on the same block as Royal City Centre mall.
I would try this place if I was in the area for the prices and the quality that is served.
Submitted Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 9:07pm [Dine in]
It's been several years since I've come to this location. Came here for lunch today and managed to find parking and waited about ten minutes for a booth which was available??
Anyway, ordered a double double burger which arrived in about fifteen minutes. It appears the waitress was looking after a section of the restaurant (like other restaurants) however she seemed a little flustered. Perhaps she didn't like the fact that my colleague and I had water for lunch? Who knows but the bill was tossed our way at the end of the meal. One point deduction for unnecessary service!!! May as well have a laugh at the situation.
Anyway, onto the food. The burger should be a fairly straightforward order. Too much sauce squishing out and the fries were an absolute joke!!! How can one serve old, refried, cold fries to anyone??? The waitress was obviously aware but did nothing to rectify this situation.
I definitely would not recommend this location. Better off going to any multitude of other locations which you've never tried.
Nice place in Maple Ridge
Submitted Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 9:20pm [Dine in]
Last went to Bella Vita and am also surprised there haven't been more reviews. This restaurant was fairly busy when I went on a Saturday night about a month ago with a friend.
The service was prompt however our initial server seemed to give up when we took our time to order (approx. half an hour). However, the waiter that filled in was outstanding and I must say his service was outstanding.
The food was solid when compared to a restaurant in Vancouver. Nothing to drive out to Maple Ridge for in my opinion but a nice place if you are in the area.
Hopefully the competition will pick up in Maple Ridge as there seems to be a potential market for better food in this area. That's right - you heard it from me. So let's get it on!
Submitted Monday, April 9, 2007 - 5:06pm [Dine in]
Went back to Pho Lan last week after not coming for several years. I came through the back entrance and parked a block away due to the limited parking. The back entrance is dirty.
The special pho wasn't even close to what I remember it from several years ago. Prompting me to wonder if there was a change in ownership but it appears it's the same family. Service was not great for me. I noticed service was better if it may appear to the family that you are not a regular pho or vietnamese cuisine diner.
Submitted Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 5:42pm [Dine in]
Have been to Fatburger and was disappointed. You can't just walk in and seat yourself. A customer needs to go to the till and order and then seat themself. The waitresses are often busy as can be expected during peak times so make sure if there is anything you need that you address it at the till or you will have a hard time getting any service. The burgers were not outstanding and I will not go out of my way to come back. I would make a special trip to Rodeo Burger when it was still open but not for this place.
Not impressed overall and burgers offer little value.
Good quantity of food
Submitted Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 5:04pm [Dine in]
I agree with the reviews so far. I too am coming out and confessing my 'guilty pleasure'. Have been frequenting Uncle Willy's for as long as I can remember (early 90's?). The food quality is not the greatest however the value is pretty good.
With the closing of the other Burnaby location on North Road which I used to frequent it looks like the Metrotown location is the only one in the lower mainland.
I like the fried chicken and really don't mind their desserts. Plain no frills stuff. My personal strategy is to have some/bare minimum of vegetables and hit the entrees hard. Real Hard.
You know the name of the game - it's off the hizzle.
Average pasta place
Submitted Sunday, January 7, 2007 - 10:45pm [Dine in]
Finally went out and tried this pasta restaurant. There appears to be a higher volume take-out clientele here and subsequently in-house customers have to wait. Well, as far as the extent of the wait goes...for a party of two who made reservations we weren't acknowledged at the door for about ten minutes until I approached a waitress.
Then ordered the hot chicken caesar salad which I enjoyed but my company didn't. It's Chinese/Italian fusion and may not be for everyone.
The bread was nothing spectacular here either and not as fresh as other better known pasta restaurants.
The pasta came forty minutes after the order which I found excessive.
Ordered seafood with penne in tomato sauce and it was diluted/runny.
Ordered a seafood cream sauce and it was alright but I've definitely had better.
Service is really nothing special as other walk-in customers would wait and weren't acknowledged for some time. Mind you I went on a Sunday evening and it was steady but not crazy busy as there were tables available.