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.
Long time Chinatown restaurant
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 9:55pm [Dine in]
This restaurant has been around for ages and I was there a month ago for dim sum after a twenty five year hiatus. The food is good value and was better than what I was expecting. No real reason why I haven't been back but the fact there are so many places to eat.
The shrimp dumplings - har gow are huge and well made but the dumpling skin could be a bit stronger - chewier.
Contrary to the introduction to this restaurant. There were no crowds and it was not packed nor chaotic. The waiters/waitresses had time to provide decent service. The music played allowed me to reminisce mid-80's canto pop and it brought back memories of a time when Vancouver was just about to undergo a change to more exclusive/better quality Chinese restaurants. Nice to see this restaurant is still around.
I was somewhat concerned about eating here and how clean it would be. The food was good however the washroom was not that clean.
I would recommend this restaurant over Floata based on my visit here. The price is right here too!
Good Value Chinese food
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 4:02pm [Dine in]
Have been to Deer Garden on numerous occasions and as far as value goes - this place is very good and busy! Hard to get seated without a reservation.
The food has always been consistent and in good portion. This restaurant is known for the squab and they do it right. In my opinion, they do it better than other restaurants in Vancouver and also serve it with a better price!
For those who do not read Chinese you may wish to bring along someone who does or speak to the waitress as this restaurant has a Chinese menu which serves items that are not indicated in the English menu (not uncommon in Chinese restaurants in Vancouver).
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 3:54pm [Dine in]
Enjoyed eating here and the food was as good as can be expected. I've never been a fan of ribs myself and couldn't help but think that there are better rib meals out there. There really was not much meat on the ribs as I would have expected but the taste was there. Nothing sensational but the meal was enjoyable.
The service was solid and friendly.
I would recommend eating here if you are a fan of ribs but have been told that there are better rib restaurants out there.
Typical neighborhood pub
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 3:50pm [Dine in]
The title pretty much said it - it's a typical neighborhood pub that serves typical pub fare. I ordered the pasta and it was a little on the rich/creamy side but was edible and good. My friend ordered a wrap and she enjoyed her meal. There are some big screen t.v's to catch Canuck's games and can be busy.
Appears there is a local contingent that frequents this pub as can be expected.
Consistent Fast Chinese Food
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 3:45pm [Dine in]
Hon's in Coquitlam is typical Hon's in that you know what you are going to get and it will be quick and consistent.
The review by hungrydog is hilarious! Yes - I agree that I too have heard 'the dragon'. That thing is loud and it has given my mom a headache after we ate there (not from the MSG but the dragon y'all). We haven't been back but the kitchen is really noisy and can/will/has ruined eating experiences.
Also, be careful of the cooks across the way where some of the dishes are made - I and others have noticed some mishandling of food by the cooks.
Nice Greek Restaurant in New West
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 3:39pm [Dine in]
Ordered the chicken souvlaki and it was good but a little different. It seems there is less chicken that is given to a customer when compared to other Greek restaurants in the Lower Mainland. There were two small cut pieces provided and I still left hungry.
The interior is nice and there is a view of the Fraser River for those who enjoy the view of the Fraser River. I would recommend this Greek restaurant if you had a desire for Greek food and happen to be in New Westminster on Columbia street - although the food was not sensational.
Mandatory tips imposed!
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 3:35pm [Dine in]
The food is pretty standard here as it is a Greek restaurant. I ordered the chicken souvlaki and it was pretty consistent with other Greek restaurants in the Lower Mainland.
However, the one issue I had was with our group. When our bills came (split bills) they charged us a 15% gratuity on top of our food/taxes! I've heard this happen at other restaurants and think this is more ridiculous than having to line up for paid food!
We were informed that this is a standard practice at this restaurant and as a result I would not recomment this restaurant.
I've been informed that if they know your group they will not charge the mandatory 15% gratuity/tips. Even though, where is the consistency in the practices? Isn't a customer a customer and a group of customers - a group of customers?
Would definitely not recommend.
Good Thai Restaurant in New West
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 3:30pm [Dine in]
This restaurant has grown on me and the lunch specials at $6.95 are hard to beat. The Thai curry chicken (E) is in my opinion the best I've tried and have been back frequently. Service is prompt, there is ample seating and the view is great!
The location may not be as prominent and in the past several years have undergone different restaurant changes.
Decent Schnitzel- no shizzle
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 3:22pm [Dine in]
Decent/Good schnitzel and strudel/overall dining experience in a character home in New Westminster. However, I couldn't help but think that there is better/more authentic food out there (possibly outside the Lower Mainland?). To be fair, I don't have extensive schnitzel dining experience and have no real standard to compare it to. The food seemed somewhat bland and was really not all that bad but I just couldn't stop wondering. That is why there is no shizzle factor for me to return. Decent place to try though.
Unique set up!
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 3:16pm [Dine in]
This restaurant has two names and appears to have two sides? Anyway, the appetizer, entree (halibut) and dessert (creme brulee) was very good and I enjoyed my dining experience here. The waiter was attentive and sat me (went by myself) by the entertainment where I had a nice view of the musician and could enjoy the music. The wine recommended by my waiter complemented and accentuated my meal.
Decent burger restaurant
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 3:11pm [Dine in]
Nice burger place to go to if you're in New Westminster. This restaurant has been around for some time and I've been coming to this restaurant since the early 80's. The burgers are good however not outstanding - with the attention to specialized burger restaurants in the Lower Mainland this restaurant may be at a crossroads.
The interior is in need of renovating and the tables could use 'a-changin' because it may be the same furniture I sat in when I was coming in the 80's.
Would recommend this place if you're in the area AND have a coupon from the local paper for their 2-1 deal because otherwise the prices may be above average for this type of location/ambiance.
Greasy food to fill you up
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 3:04pm [Dine in]
This location and other Boston Pizza locations provide consistent Boston Pizza food. It appears that the portions are small and the food greasy in an intentional attempt to fill people up who pay above average prices for pizza.
The food itself is edible and the service has been decent. The good thing is that if you go to one Boston Pizza you've been to them all. Can't understand why some people frequent this place - a friend of mine considers this chain restaurant a favorite of hers - for me it is bland, overpriced, greasy food and would not if it were my decision. Too many other interesting places to go in Vancouver!
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 2:56pm [Dine in]
Sushi at this restaurant has been good for me. However, the service has always been lacking and with the extension/renovation of this location last year it has become worse.
Have been to this location on numerous occasions and agree with previous posts regarding service. For example, I was there for lunch by myself and sat down waiting to be seated and was seen by the waitresses working. However, a couple of other ladies came in five-ten minutes later and were served before me because they spoke to the waitresses! These two ladies sat down and I got up and spoke to the waitress to inquire why I didn't get seated. The two ladies were aware I was waiting but proceeded to there table. The waitress said I should have spoken with her first!!!
I eventually got a seat and the other two ladies were moved to another table.
I've been back since and it appears service is lacking more now. However I find the sushi has always been pretty good and haven't had any real frozen encounters to date.
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 2:49pm [Dine in]
Have been to Anducci's on a several occasions and the food has been good but not great. I don't understand the volume that goes through this location but that's great for business. This place is packed and more so now with the closing of Mike Friday's pasta place up the road a couple years ago.
The food itself is good but would not bring me back due to the line-ups - I think it's ridiculous to wait in line for food that is being paid for.
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 2:44pm [Dine in]
This location has been around for some time and I've gone every so often in the last twenty years. The food is very consistent and good however with the steak scene in Vancouver being raised to a new level it seems this location may now have a challenge in holding it's own.
For most people - this restaurant will satisfy most pallettes and I've enjoyed my experiences here from food to service to ambiance.
I would recommend this restaurant and the location seems to be quite central in the Lower Mainland.
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 2:37pm [Dine in]
This location is busy! Have been here on several occasions and have not waited in the line-ups as I think it is ridiculous to have to wait in line for food that I'm paying for.
The food is average and 'you get what you pay for'. I guess that due to lack of other sit-down breakfast places in the area this place gets busy - I've gone to McDonald's across from here and had a quicker and comparable meal without the higher prices/tips!
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Nice location in a character setting
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 2:32pm [Dine in]
Have been to Hart House a couple times now and have enjoyed my time there. Although it is difficult to make a reservation and have been frustrated in the past to go elsewhere. Not sure why my messages weren't returned.
The first time I went was with my parents and it was a very nice meal and service was good although seemingly 'snobbish' for a restaurant in a character home. We were seated in the corner and told there were reservations made but there were other tables available after we finished eating and had left (perhaps these are colonial services that are befitting a restaurant in a character home?).
The second time was a friend's wedding and the food was good but seemed to be sub-par from the quality when I previously went. Although to be fair - a buffet is different from a menu.
Daimasu4680 Kingsway, #106, Burnaby Average sushi restaurant
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 2:23pm [Dine in]
This restaurant is a nice place to go if other restaurants are packed. However, having said that - this restaurant is definitely better than Sui Sha Ya - I've received better service and food. There is no All You Can Eat here but the portions are adequate.
As mentioned previously this location has seen better days and the lustre relating to food, service, ambiance has diminished - although I would still go if other restaurants were busy.
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 2:18pm [Dine in]
This location has been around for as long as I can remember. Finally tried it out and was impressed with the food - haven't actually been to any of the De Dutch places previously and am glad I went. The breakfast will really fill you up and I was surprised I finished the whole thing with my OJ! However, for those looking to spend less than $25.00 (including taxes & tip) then this may not be the place for you (or the portion for that matter) but for those needing hangover food - it's a done deal!
The interior could do with some renovating as the age of the place is noticeable.