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Lobo47BurnabySince April 11, 200918 Reviews
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Sushi Oyama3055 Anson Avenue, Coquitlam
Exceptional. Since 2012, I've done a 180 on this place. It's hot.
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 5:32pm [Dine in]

Exceptional, ever time, after 100 lunches.

To put things in context, order the Nigiri Sushi or Sushimi sushi lunch boxes. They might be $10, but you'll get an amazing, professional, fresh, prime cuts of salmon and tuna, colorful interesting lunch. The quantity is almost too much. It's just awesome. After you do that we'll talk.

Today, I realized I wrote a bad review for this place in 2012 and should have updated / corrected it a lot earlier. Have been there 100+ times in last 2 years, (once, twice a week), and it's always the best. There is no better.

The two young girls working the floor are great. No attitude, they're fast, friendly, mind their own business and do what you want them to do. Take care of my lunch. I give the owner credit for choosing and training his staff well.

Three sushi chefs behind the counter. Young guys making art out of the freshest of ingredients. Thank you for many, many great lunches.

Decor? Interior? No fooling around, it's beautiful. Fire, water, stone, - the owner invested a lot of money to build a great restaurant.

My apologies for not writing a great review sooner. You have my best wishes for the future. Thank you.

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Horizons100 Centennial Way, Burnaby
New Year's, not great
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 5:11pm [Dine in]

I wouldn't do New Year's at Horizon's again,
Expectations, we'd like to think the best of Horizon's but they misunderstand what high prices and New Year's implies. This was a money grab and I'm not entirely pleased.
1. Four people, $440, including tip. They added tip at 18%. no discussion.
2. Food, salmon wellington? Salmon stuffed into pastry, (not filo), maybe easy to process in the kitchen, but not great. Lamb roast, okay but boring. No imagination. Something I'd do first time cooking lamb. Filet mignon, not bad. Lobster bisque, flat out boring and watery. Salad, too much brie and no flavour. Cheesecake? Processed, low quality, gummy. Tasty, yes, but not the real deal.
3. No music until perhaps 11:15? Just kitchen clatter and people talking. New Year's, music, anyone see a connection? I guess not. Music was DJ, cheap sound system, (I have better at home), and the music didn't carry into the restaurant. Sat by the window, all we heard was bass thumping.

There was no "party"nothing special. Just a money grab. Peter, the waiter, nice enough. He did alright.

To Horizon's management get out and go to some of the other parties around town and see what "New Year's party" at $90 / plate implies. I'm okay with the price, but you have to work a bit harder, do more, care more. I've been to your website, you seem proud of your chef. He was probably on holidays because this was plain bad.

Yes, I'm annoyed because I switched venues this year taking a chance on a new spot and Horizon's didn't deliver.

Happy New Year! I'll check back in a couple of years, maybe a low risk lunch.

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Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar2118 Burrard St, Vancouver
Great Italian food done better. Exceptional.
Submitted Monday, January 14, 2013 - 5:23pm [Dine in]

Went Sunday 1:00 pm. Everything quite exceptional. Group of four. After reading some of the reviews, I realize this place is not for everybody. The food quality and sophistication is exceptional. It's all ordinary food but gourmet. Big flavors, unique. At a certain age you don't mind paying extra for normal things done better. Thin crust pizza, but exceptional, crusty, tasty. Antipasta plate, robust dark coffee, truffle pasta, homemade pasta no less. calamari.

Great, fresh Italian food done better. Nothing fancy, no great pizzaz, no fanfar, just better. I liked it.
Our bill came, four people no alcohol / lunch, $72. A steal for what we got. Authentic and great quality ingredients are two good words for this place.

I'll be back, thank you.

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Il Giardino1382 Hornby St, Vancouver
There probably is no better
Submitted Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 4:13pm [Dine in]

Thursday evening, party of four. An amazing, classic, traditional, right out of the movies evening. It was a special treat. To be alive, in Vancouver, in the rain, at this great restaurant.

I've spend most of my life in Vancouver, am aware of Umberto's adventures. Don't know exactly but hasn't this place been going for 30+ years? It's fresh as ever. Decor, ambiance, tables, wood finishes, food, service, maybe he's taken this long to make it perfect. I don't know, I'm not in the restaurant business but he has my respect.

Wine selection, vast, impressive. Inexpensive and up. Staff, well selected and trained. Comfortable people who know their business and make you feel at home.

The valet, umbrella in hand got us into the restaurant dry. I tried to tell him about my car's security, - he just shooshed me along. "I've been doing this for 25 yrs" he said, "don't you worry, enjoy your dinner." Cool. I loved it. People bring greatness to their work, doesn't matter what the work is.

Cannelloni, pheasant, I can't remember the other dishes, but all exceptional.Portions, flavor, you're in good hands start to finish. The evening just flowed.

I expected out bill to be more, but in the end, it was still less than Seasons in the Park, - which is also a great restaurant.

Il Giardino, - a predictable, reliable, first class dining experience. Classic. Beautiful.
Thank you Umberto

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Sushi Mori2565 Barnet Hwy, #26, Coquitlam
I'd like the old owner to come back
Submitted Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 1:29pm [Dine in]

I've tried to like the new owner's idea of a restaurant. Sorry, it's not working for me.
Where are the pleasant ladies that made lunch a pleasure? I don't care for all these buzzing hyper young girls who seem only bent on getting me sat down, fed and out of there. I miss the courteous, respectful, happy, previous staff.
Why are the portions so small? Somebody didn't complete their sushi chef diploma. Heh, we're in Vancouver. We all know what the right portion size is.
Rap music, blaring, pounding. I didn't see the owner so I assume it's the staff playing music to entertain themselves. It's Coquitlam, - rap hasn't quite taken off here yet.
I must be right. It's 12:30 noon and it's an empty restaurant.
Life is long. Sushi restaurants are many. I'll check back in a year and see how things go.
This used to be one of the best places in the area. What happened?

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Daniel's Restaurant2786 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam
So let's sort this out
Submitted Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 8:21am [Dine in]

There are mixed reviews on the internet so we went with open minds to check out the restaurant.
What we got was some exceptional food. The roast chicken was so precisely cooked, so well timed, good slightly crisp texture, succulent meat, well flavored, beautiful slightly creamy sauce, - we didn't expect that quality of cooking. If Chef Bongo did it, or somebody else, I don't know but it had the mark of a chef, not a cook, - written all over it.

Lots of staff, friendly, respectful, helpful, nice. I can't fault them. They knew their job and they did it well.

Where this restaurant drags is atmosphere. Those leather high backed armless chairs have got to go back to Home Sense. They aren't meant for a dinner table. I never got comfortable the entire evening. The noise / din echoes too loud. It's decorated nicely. Money and effort were put into the room. It's all good, modern, clean, nice, candles, in a photo you'd love it. In real life it just doesn't come together. I never becomes a relaxed, comfortable place where you feel at home. Sort of a high end cafeteria.

Live entertainment? Jorge, he's a skilled musician. He does his job well. However, he's been told to play traditional jazz. Let him play something less boring, alive. Low key background music by a guy who could really entertain? Let Jorge play good things, - I know he knows how. I've seen him in other venues in the city.

Daniel's is good because of the food. Go there, pay the money and enjoy what a great chef creates. In time, I hope the rest falls into place. It's a nice addition to the dining choices in this great part of the world we live in.
p.s. The great food deserves white table cloths. That would be nice.

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Daniel's Restaurant2786 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam
So let's sort this out
Submitted Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 8:16am [Dine in]

There is are mixed reviews on the internet so we went with open minds to check out the restaurant.
What we got was some exceptional food. The roast chicken was so precisely cooked, so well timed, good slightly crisp texture, succulent meat, well flavored, beautiful slightly creamy sauce, - we didn't expect that quality of cooking. If Chef Bongo did it, or somebody else, I don't know but it had the mark of a chef, not a cook, - written all over it.

Lots of staff, friendly, respectful, helpful, nice. I can't fault them. They knew their job and they did it well.

Where this restaurant drags is atmosphere. Those leather high backed armless chairs have got to go. They aren't meant for a dinner table. I never got comfortable the entire evening. The noise / din echoes too loud. It's decorated nicely. Money and effort were put into the room. It's all good, modern, clean, nice, candles, in a photo you'd love it. In real life it just doesn't come together. I never becomes a relaxed, comfortable place where you feel at home. Sort of a high end cafeteria.

Live entertainment? Jorge, he's a skilled musician. He does his job well. However, he's been told to play traditional jazz. Let him play something less boring, alive. Low key background music by a guy who could really entertain? Let Jorge play good things, - I know he knows how. I've seen him in other venues in the city.

Daniel's is good because of the food. Go there, pay the money and enjoy what a great chef creates. In time, I hope the rest falls into place. It's a nice addition to the dining choices in this great part of the world we live in.

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Senhor Rooster850 Renfrew St., Vancouver
It's all about the food here, - exceptional
Submitted Monday, June 7, 2010 - 10:53am [Dine in]

I think he's figured it out. From what I'm told, the owner is a chef and that's the difference. Food is exceptional. We came in at 8pm Saturday, all tables full of traditional European families having dinner. Platters of food coming out of the kitchen. Children, little people playing on the empty dance floor, very nice. The setting sun streaming through the window. It's not often that I feel absolutely comfortable when stepping into a restaurant, - but that's what I felt, totally at ease. It was like a scene out of a Godfather movie. Beautiful.

A little after 9pm the band set up and the music started. Great selection of dance music, salsa, cha cha, ballads, and the dance floor is full. You can't ask for much more, good food, service, and music? These things are rare in Vancouver and I was glad to be part of it.

Key here is the food. Describing it misses the point, he's a chef, he knows how to make anything taste and look good. My second time here in a month, and I think it's a success. Good, congratulations, thank you.

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Baci Ristorante3728 East Hastings, Burnaby
Good food, not good music. If you like Engelbert Humperdinck and Mario Lanza,
Submitted Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

Baci, let me try to say this nicely. The food has improved a lot since my last visit, perhaps two years ago. Sea bass, great flavours, vegetables just right, the potatoe a bit old, and a nicely presented plate. My partner's salmon, similar, great flavours, done just right. I recognized the waiter from times past, service and staff attitude all good.

Here's the thing with Baci. It's the band. Sooo many endless, dripping, italian standards from the 50's. Romantic ballads, enough already. The result, it attracts a geritol blue haired crowd. Songs from Humperdinck, Mario Lanza, plus some disco. Ouch.

We left, headed for that other place on Renfrew, (don't think I can mention names), which was packed, and danced the night away to salsa, merengue, and more.

There you go. It depends on what you like. I'll be back in two years and we'll talk again.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The800 Columbia Street, New Westminster
I'm not amused. Children playing "restaurant" and charging adult prices
Submitted Monday, May 10, 2010 - 11:24am [Dine in]

I don't go to the Keg for a reason. I have poor memories from a long time ago. However, we were out walking, there was the Keg, we asked if they could seat two people for dinner. I'm sure they've changed in 10 years. Wrong. This Keg has not changed.

The steak was tasteless. Big hunk of meat, with no taste, no carmelization, sort of "browny." My Ahi seared tuna, same problem. Big hung of tasteless tuna. Seared, yes. No flavour, no sauces, b-o-r-i-n-g.

The waitress, very lively, chatty, high energy, but just immature enough not that she easily crossed the line into "playing" us. She said, "wow, that tuna looks good from here!" Wink, wink. Not having fallen off a turnip truck I silently mumbled "you patronizing little twit."

Tables, -sitting accross from each other? That's for school cafeteria's or old married people. I rearranged the furniture so we could sit at 90 degrees. I still like my dear woman.

Prices? $86 for 2 entrees, 1 appy, 2 Corona. Hmmmm. If I'd had a full meal, dessert and wine, the bill would have been Seasons in the Park range. This place is nowhere near "Seasons." So overpriced, - absolutely.

I also don't like the wine manipulation. Welcome to BC. When 2 people consume a bottle of wine, you end up with a suspended license. Think "customer." Think 1/2 bottles. It can be done you know.

Is it me or is there absolultely no ambiance in that place?

Anyway, keep working on it. I'll be back in 2020 with my care aide and walker. I"ll give you another chance then. This place is all about money, it's a hustle. Children playing restaurant and charging adult pricess. I'm not amused.

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Banana Leaf820 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good, tight, reliable, interesting restaurant. Count on it.
Submitted Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 9:04am [Dine in]

I have to give them credit, they have their act down solid. It feels good, smells good. The servers may be rushed, but they do take care of you. The food just starts to come out of the kitchen, and it's the flavours that bring me back. It was 3 weeks ago and I should have written this earlier. I just know the four of us left happy. Have been about six times over the last four years. Banana leaf is an experience and a reliable choice.

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Laguna Blu1055 Dunsmuir St., #413, Vancouver
$120 later, I ate Tums in the car on the way home
Submitted Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 8:53am [Dine in]

A bad experience. Very bad. We went with the memories of old Laguna Blu in New Westminster. This is nothing like it.

Food. Sole w shrimp. Tiny portion, tasteless, miniscule dried out shrimp. Boring and not adequate. Lasagna. Greasy. It looked and smelled fine, but what was not so obvious was at about 1/3 of the way into my portion, it was too greasy. I stopped eating. Sent most of my meal back to the kitchen. Ate 2 Tums in my car later. Wine, rough wine overpriced. The Chilean Shiraz should never have made it on the menu. Service, nice young ladies with no experience.

The other guests. 2 or 3 corporate groups at 7:30, 8:00 pm. By 9:30 the hard core dancers were hanging out in the bar. There is no live band, only a DJ who wants to wait until 10pm to start the music.

The room itself is boring, lifeless, no ambiance. Perhaps better suited for a clothing store. Parking in Bentall, was a challenge. It worked, but not without plenty of concern. Confusing with a multitude of security quirks. We buzzed security help twice to sort us out. Almost could not get out of parkade, two cars ahead of us, puzzled and held hostage as well. We called security again.

In summary, - I guess when I walked through the door I felt the lack of ambiance. This just didn't feel like a restaurant. I was right, I should have turned around and walked back out. For $120, (and we didn't order much) I ate Tums in the car on the way home. You bet I'm not happy. We exchanged words with a few others who felt the same way. It was a disastor.

I tried to think of one thing that went right. Sorry, can't think of anything.

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Seasons in the ParkWest 33rd & Cambie, Vancouver
Perfect, - more than I expected
Submitted Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 9:11pm [Dine in]

Maybe we were fortunate, (I read some of the other reviews). A Saturday night during the Olympics, we had a memorable evening. Without question the restaurant the views are first rate. The best, untouchable. The city, Grouse, even Cypress, the north shore lights, like glowing crystals scattered accross the horizon.

The food. I had blackened cod, amazing dish. Texture, flavour. Vegetables just right. My partner had salmon, also nice but I thought too dry. For an appetizer we had the mushrooms. Unoriginal, not interesting, but they were delicious. A great dish.

Service, excellent. I find service is something you engineer for yourself. With age, you don't take yourself so serious anymore. If you can make it a human experience for the waiters, they try a lot harder.

Great, great evening. I've got to do it again.

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Latin Quarter1305 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
The band and the ambiance saves it
Submitted Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 8:52pm [Dine in]

I do love the Latin Quarter. You almost have to manage your way through the evening. If you master it, it turns out great. If not, well you're at the mercy of the waiters.

It's rough, almost like a bar. Latino, South American bistro feel. The best is the entertainment. Again, the four caballeros with their "almost Gypsy Kings" music are totally solid, authentic, talented. They are musicians, playing on flamenco acoustics, amped for big sound. No synthesizer, no computers, just four talented guys. They have a recipe. Be forwarned, you will dance between the tables. Salsa, latin, of course.

The food. Hmmmm. I think it's time to call Gordon Ramsey and have a meeting with the chef. They try, and it almost works but then you remember what you're paying. It's not cheap. For the price, I want much, much better food.

Seating, you'll have to be assertive to get the good tables. You won't get them, even with a reservation, you'll have to push. Like I said, you will have to project manage your evening.

We like the experience, the dancing, the music. It's an experience and I go back regularly. If you don't dance, and don't care, it's a bit rich. Wish to heck someone would get serious about the food.

You may not like everything, but you will remember it.
I may see you there.

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Biercraft Tap and Tapas Bar1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Something is changing . . .
Submitted Tuesday, July 7, 2009 - 9:15pm [Dine in]

Sunday, street blocked off for the jazz festival. Not many people either on the street or in Stella's. I love Stella's, but something has changed. More staff running around than customers and we couldn't get seated. Wait, wait, - what's the problem. Stop talking to each other and focus. Focus on the customers.

Next problem, Stella's used to have a menu item, delicious thai prawns, huge. Grilled, 3 of them delicious. Well some smart back room person person is buying smaller prawns that lack the flavour, punch, juiciness. B string product.

Worse yet, on Sunday we placed two orders of prawns and rec'd old stock. The prawns stuck the shells, dried out, tasteless, small. We sent them back. Not edible.

I don't know what's going on, but it's not all good. I'll go back in a month and see what happens. Who knows, could have been a bad day. Stellas has a wonderful history. I think the manager needs to stand up and start managing.

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Stefanos Restaurant315 Columbia St, New Westminster
A solid almost
Submitted Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 7:08pm [Dine in]

Nice, nice building, decor, wood, beams. Just a comfortable, lovely ambience. Even the food, not bad. Good size portions, flavour excellent. However, a couple of things are very tacky. The filet of sole, - deep fried. Not a good idea. Great looking plate, greek salad, wonderful potatoe, rice, and on top of it all, - deep fried breaded sole.

Next, it was Saturday night, and the band took a 45 min break to eat dinner, (along with about three other breaks). If you play from 8:30 pm to 12 midnight, - do you think, just maybe, - you could eat before your gig?

To make things worse, when the band was not playing there was silence, no music. Where I live CD music is cheap. I don't know who's at the wheel at Stafanos but you you could see a room full of people puzzled, the party was dying, no music. People started leaving, while the band was chowing down over dinner in the back.

I give up. So close, - but not quite. I didn't enjoy the evening it was tedious. Oh, service, good server just not around very much. So much for that.

I wouldn't count them out yet but I won't be back for six months.

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Laguna Blu810 Quayside Drive, #200, New Westminster
the experience works
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 9:51am [Dine in]

This is a place to party, eat, dance, and to enjoy life.

I've been to Laguna Blu perhaps twenty times, sometimes as a couple, sometimes with larger groups of twelve or more. If you stop and think about what's going on there, - you'll love it.

The setting is spectacular, perched overlooking the river, lights, and tugboats. The floor to ceiling windows, the dance floor, the live music, - this is a special place. The staff are all sincere and they try very hard. This place is there to enjoy yourself. We love latin dancing, and I've had a the time of my life there, (including last night, Good Friday).

We also celebrated New Year's there. It was without question, the best New Years. The food went on all evening. From 7:30 to midnight. Five courses. Something new and different every 45 minuties. We'd dance, return to the table, there was more food! Midnight, a bottle of champagne, every table recieved one. Snow fell on the river, it was perfect.

Just go, prepare to party. Enjoy your life.

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La Rustica228 Sixth St, New Westminster
Downhill
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 9:32am [Dine in]

We had not been to this La Rustica for many years. It's not the same. A hollow feeling, no energy, no music. We sat down, service was fast enough, we were out in one hour. The old house is still beautiful, it is an ideal setting. Linguini with salmon was suspect. A plain, boring dish, Dry. Food quality, ouch. You're never sure, although you have a sense things aren't right. Things weren't right, we both left with unsettled stomaches. I won't be back again.

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