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mapleridgefoodieMaple RidgeSince November 8, 20096 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Displaying 1 - 6 of 6 Reviews Found
Woody's on Brunette Pub935 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Not too bad
Submitted Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

Went to start using up a gift card, sat at the bar one recent afternoon. Interesting place, almost feels as if they decided to upgrade a dive of a place, got 1/2 way and ran out of money. Some apsects are quite attractive, some remind me of a bar from the 80's. Same with the clients a mix of old barfly regulars and pretty people.

The bargirl was very pleasant (and cute) and did a fine job looking after me. Had the wing special, and no disrespect the the previous reviewer, I thought they were just fine for 20 cents. C'mon, it's 20 cents! I DID find it weird it costs more to have them tossed in sauce as opposed the sauce on the side, and the Thai sauce I did have was not remotely Thai flavoured, but other then that they were fine.

$2.80 for a warm iced tea ... $1 for refills (not told that when I was offered a refill which drives me nuts).

I'd probably stop by again if I happened to be right there, but wouldnt make a special trip.

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Bin 941 Tapas Parlour941 Davie St, Vancouver
Getting expensive
Submitted Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 6:48am [Dine in]

Enjoyed dinner here last night for the first time in several years. At 5:30pm there were only a few other tables, and the service was attentive. Ambiance is about the same as it's always been, dark, tables tight together but we got the larger table by the window. We shared two 'appies' the Pomme Frites which we only ordered because its so darn cool seeing them stacked so high on the plate, we found them overly salty, which was not offset enough by the tiny amounts of balsamic reduction spotted over them, we would have preferred more balsamic and, really, they give you so many for the $7 you pay, they are stone cold before you're half way through, especially when they arrive lukewarm which they did, and the Navajo Fry Bread with the Salsa which was fantastic, as it always is everytime time I've ever ordered it over the years.

We split two 'entrees' which are really Tapas (in fairness they do refer to them as Tapalines or some other such term) of the Beef Short Rib that was fantastic, and the Crab Cakes that were average, but presented beautifully.

With three glasses of wine ($10 each, the cheapest reds available and nothing special) the bill came to $115 with tax and 15% tip, which is really getting up there for having left not feeling well fed. Will continue to visit every year or two, but I'm in no rush, the value for money just isn't there.

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Four Nine North Wine Bar & Grille13615 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows
Certainly better than we remember
Submitted Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

It has been years and I mean years since we have visited this restaurant. Probably 8 or 9 years ago we were regulars but after a slow and steady slide in everything from food to service to cleanliness we just stopped going. In fact we were not even sure that they were still there until an aquantance mentioned they were there recently as that it was wonderful. We stopped in without a reservation and although they were fairly busy had no problem fitting us in after a several minute wait at the door waiting for someone to appear. Although the area of the building that the restaurant is located is the same we can't say much else is. Obviously the room has had an overhaul at some point because it is much nicer than we remembered it. Not ultra stylish but very nice for the suburbs.

Service was actually quite great with a ton of smiles throughout the night. Everything was professional and quick. It is not the type of restaurant where the servers sound like cooks the server struggled slightly with the pronunciation of some of the specials, but that was not a huge deal for us. It is Pitt Meadows after all.

The food was really quite spectacular however, much better than we expected. Dishes were well presented thoughtful and portioned just right. Seriously the restaurant that we new this place to be from the old days would not have had venison carpaccio or smoked mushroom risotto both of which were fantastic. We also had on that night a tomato and cheese salad that was very good as well as a simple prime rib that was out of this world. The wine list was slightly more extensive than need be in my opinion how many people out in that neck of the woods need over 100 wines spread over 4 pages to choose from but I guess if thats your thing you would appreciate it.

Prices were very fair for what you get not cheap but cheaper than many other places of an equal experience.
Now they seem like they are back from the dead we will go back for sure.

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Closed
Blue Eyed Marys433 Bowen Trunk Road, Bowen Island
sssssshhhhhhhhhh
Submitted Monday, January 31, 2011 - 7:08pm [Dine in]

Has dinner last night as we had made a day trip to the Island to find both local pubs closed. Gave this place a try and glad we did. $25 price fix menu was a great deal (although not many selections, and it was the only option available). I understand as I'm sure they are quiet this time of year, but only two appetizers and two desserts to choose from was a little sparse.

Nice little wine list, reasonably priced. We started with a glass of Blue Mountain Brut, followed by a half litre of Noble Ridge Meritage. Manager (owner?) looked after us well, no complaints. Squash Soup for me was delicious, her Salad was also simple but very nice. Both had a great Chicken Entree with a nice Indian Sauce, it was either this, Squid or some kind of Veggie Pie. We ordered one of each Dessert, but were brought the same item, we didn't send it back as we were in a bit of a hurry for the ferry, and it was tasty.

The atmosphere is nice, nothing over the top fancy, but comfortable. My only small complaint was that the music was not very loud (although very nice) and we had to strain to hear it over the other manager (or owners wife?) quite loudly chatting with the cooks oblivious to the glares from us and a few other diners in the place. Not interested in hearing about your life, sorry.

Would definately repeat, but when there is a full menu in play next time.

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Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar1138 Homer Street, Vancouver
Very nice experience
Submitted Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 10:29am [Dine in]

An early dinner for two last night, before the opening night of the Vancouver opera. My companion and I arrived for our 5pm reservation, and were the first people there. After checking in, the staff began showing us to a table inside even though we had requested an outside table both when the reservation was made, and via phone call earlier in the day. Not a huge issue, but it would have been nice if they had made a note on the reservation.

Courtyard is beautiful, and the staff seemed genuinely interested in making sure the heaters were ensuring everyone was comfortable.

Service was solid, the young waitress explaining to us the specials without notes and without missing a beat. The only issues we had with her were small ... not telling us initially about their early ordering special (but remembering just in time), not telling us about a wine that was sold out until after we ordered it, making us wait a little too long for our bill (we eventually had to go inside and ask for her). Certainly nothing that put us off, she did a very nice job for us.

Value was great, especially with the early special. Cheap actually for the experience.

Food was very good. We shared an appetizer of spring rolls, hot and clearly homemade made served with a very nice trio of dipping sauces. My salmon was good quality, fresh and tasty, although a little undercooked I thought (and I usually find that restaurants over cook fish). My companion had the duck, and it was well received and the portion quite large. We shared a small desserts of some type of brownie with ice cream and a frozen banana, a perfect end to the meal.

When we were quickly trying to setlle up our bill as we were late for 'Norma', the manager (?) asked if we had already arranged transportation (he seemed to think that we were rushing for a flight) and seemed poised to arrange something for us. Thought that was a real nice gesture.

Repeat? Absolutely.

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Firehall Bistro, The19237 122A Avenue, #104, Pitt Meadows
Average Experience
Submitted Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 10:04am [Dine in]

I think that your experience at this restaurant is directly related to whether you are comparing this restaurant to a downtown Vancouver place or a Pitt Meadows Place. My review is making ratings compared to what you'd find downtown, no extra brownie points simply because they are in the burbs.

Our evening started with a warm welcome, and being sat in a nice little two person booth. The ambience is quite nice.

Our server was nice, if not a little inexperienced. I think she did an adequate job for us. For example, if you are going to tell us the features (the younger chap that sat us told us the appetizer feature, then the waitress told us all the features, and not once did anyone bother telling us the price of them?)

We were hoping for a little apperitif, maybe some champagne. No champagne available by the glass you say as you look towards the kitchen? Not the end of the world. What other options would you suggest? You don't sell any hard liquor just beer and wine? THAT was a little weird. What kind of fine dining restaurant does not serve liquor? Anyway, we settled on some nice red wine. I agree with previous reviews that they mark-up on wine is quite fair. However, if you're looking for a developed wine program here, don't. Maybe 12 reds and 12 whites.

Time to eat. We'd like to chat and get caught up, so maybe just a little appetizer to share while we have some wine. You can't do that. You can't take our order without us deciding everything first? Hmmpphh. Alright, we'll adapt to your house rules, after all I guess this isn't a tapas bar.

The menu looks good, at least as good as a menu can look printed on a piece of paper. About 8 apppies and 8 entrees (2 already sold out early on a Saturday night?)

The appetizers were average. We shared a few, Smoked Salmon which was ok, a Scallop and Crayfish dish that we were not blown away by by any means and a nice Onion Tart. The amuse served to us was a tiny little cracker type things with a small spoon of Jelly. Probably the weakest amuse I've ever been served in a fine dining establishment.

We talk and have more wine while waiting for the mains. This is where the imperfections of the service show through, water glasses sitting empty for long periods, wine empty. Finally another chap came by and asked if we needed anything. Um, more wine maybe?

Mains were better than the entrees, Halibut was well cooked with nice potatoes, Chicken Leg that my companion had was also enjoyed.

Would I go again? Probably, there are only 2 or 3 nice restaurants in this area so the pickings are slim. But in my opinion it is certainly not worth the drive in from out of town.

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