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marspballCoquitlamSince December 3, 200738 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3.5 (3.4)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)

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Westwood Cafe3019 Lincoln Avenue, Coquitlam
Good late night restaurant in Coquitlam city centre
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2008 - 2:00pm [Dine in]

This place offers a variety of menu and they are open late into the night. My favourite is the combination grill. You choose two type of meats that they will grill and serve on a hot plate. For $12.99, it comes with soup, bread, side of fries, mash potato, spaghetti, or rice and a drink. I like their boneless sparerib with the cream mushroom sauce.

Service is also okay. The food is fast to come out. Not much for ambience though.

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Mahek Restaurant9470 120 St., Surrey
Definitely not a solid indian food
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2008 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

I tried this restaurant based on the multiple good reviews on this site. I was very disappointed. I tried ordering the vegetable pakora and the butter chicken. The vegetable pakora was decent, nothing special. The butter chicken however was runny and blant. The only thing that I can taste is the sour. The prices are quite expensive for an indian restaurant and certainly didn't live up to the quality of it. Ambience is quite nice and the restaurant looks freshly redecorated and modern. But I will definitely not come back to this place for the food.

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Lhy Thai7357 Edmonds St., Burnaby
Best Thai Food in the Lower Mainland
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2008 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

I've tried lots of thai restaurant in Vancouver and to this day, this restaurant is probably the best one in the lower mainland. The food is definetely top notch. They are very tasty and flavourful. Honorable mention is the pad thai and the curries. The only downside to this restaurant is that the portions are very small, so keep that in mind. Lunch is also very good. You can get a combo of rice, green curry chicken, spring roll and fish cake for only $6.50.

Service is good, the waitress and owner are very friendly. Do avoid coming here on Fri and Sat nights as the place will get packed. It is a very small restaurant afterall. Reservations are a must. Too bad they are closed for lunch on Saturday and all day sunday.

There's not much for ambiance. You basically just go there for the food.

I strongly recommend this restaurant. Hot is very spicy so order accordingly.

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Gyu Japanese Teppanyaki755 Burrard, #219, Vancouver
Went there for Dine-Out Vancouver
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2008 - 11:42am [Dine in]

I decided to give this restaurant a try because I was browsing through the list of Dine-Out Vancouver Restaurants. For $25/person, the menu was quit extensise. We got the miso soup, salad, prawns, squid, half crab, beef, vegetables, and chicken. I also paid an extra $2.50 for a bowl of fried rice.

The food was okay. To me, everything tasted the same because they keep using the same sauce and seasoning on all of the food. The beef was good and I've never seen it done like that at a japanese teppanyaki restaurant. It was sliced beef and rolled with fried garlic chips and green onions on the inside.

I think the style of cooking is more that of a chinese or HK style rather than japanese. And don't expect to see the acrobatics show that is often seen on a teppanyaki dinner. The cooks are there just to cook and that's it.

A word of warning, there may be long waits sitting down before you get your food. There are about 10 seats per table and they have to get filled before the cooking starts. So, if your party of two is the first one to arrive and the last two arrives 30 minutes later...you figure it out.

Service was okay I guess. The waitresses speak limited english and will bump into you when the clear/change your plates. this is due to the packed sitting arrangements around the table. I'm okay with that but some people might get offended by this.

Ambience is also okay, nothing special. Would I come back again? probably not because it's not that special. But hey, I have tried the other japanese teppanyaki restaurant that is a few blocks from this place. And the food at gyu is definitely better than the other place. But then, the other place has the acrobatics show going on.

Overall, okay experience but nothing special.

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Fish On Rice4361 Kingsway, #201, Burnaby
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Submitted Friday, February 1, 2008 - 11:28am [Dine in]

Wow, I'm surprised to see all the recent terrible reviews about this restaurant. I thought I would give some insights and warnings about Fish On Rice. One, it is not a fine dining restaurant so don't go there expecting good service. Two, Friday and Saturday nights are the busiest so avoid going there during these times. I tried going there on a Saturday night once, will not do it again. I had to wait 45 minutes for a table and spent 2 hours for dinner not because we were taking our time, but it was because the food was very slow to come out. Third, only order what you're going to eat. The servers have a tendency to reduce the amount you ordered if they think that you're ordering too much. Which I think is frustrating. And they don't tell you this. My best advice is to stagger the order. Start with the cold items first and when you're halfway to finishing them, then put in the order for the hot items.

As for the rude treatment by staff, personally, I have never experienced it. It is true that tips must be earned and if they ever give me a rude treatment like that, I'll just take my business elsewhere.

Also, the happy hour is a gimmick. I purposely went there early once to try the happy hour thinking that I will be able to order from the dinner menu at a reduced price. WRONG. The happy hour is for ordering from the lunch menu during dinner time. The selection is severely limited.

Overall, I go to this place for the food only. And if you go there on Fri or Sat night and had a horrible experience, don't say that you didn't get a warning. For $21/person, it is still the best japanese AYCE for its value. Try comparing it to other AYCE restaurant that charges $28/person and they don't even let you order the prawn tempuras by itself....

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Fleuri845 Burrard St, Vancouver
Disappointing buffet...especially for $50
Submitted Wednesday, December 19, 2007 - 9:08am [Dine in]

I went to this restaurant for the Sunday brunch buffet. It costs $50 per head so I had very high expectations. We made a reservation but upon arriving there, we still have to wait 15 minutes before we got our table.

Food - very limited selection. For $50, I was expecting a very lavish buffet with lots of selection. Instead, the food was comparable to your average Best Western breakfast buffet. The only seafood item they have was cold clams but even that was rather blant. i couldn't enjoy my time there because all I can think off is the $150 that I've spent for our group of 3. The best thing that I had that day was probably the fresh apple juice. For the price, this place is definitely not worth it.

Service - It was rather slow as they were short of staff.

Ambience - One would expect that the Sutton hotel would have an extravagant decor but the fleuri was nothing special. It is mediocre at best.

Final verdict - I would never come back to this place again. It was such a waste of money. If you have $50 to throw away, then go ahead. But I rather spend my money elsewhere. There are better AYCE restaurants out there.

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Poco Ocean Restaurant2755 Lougheed Highway, #2, Port Coquitlam
Excellent food, but often crowded
Submitted Tuesday, December 18, 2007 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

I've been coming to this place since 2000 and I have to say that their food has always been excellent. This place is always packed, whether it's for lunch or dinner (especially dinner). The problem is, they only have one waitress working. It is a family run restaurant. The husband is the cook and the wife runs the dining area. However, the wife ended up in the kitchen when it is really busy and they only have one waitress. I have to say that over the years, they kept on raising the price so that is one of the reason why I don't come there very often. The food has always been good and consistent though. Compared to other chinese restaurants, I would say that Poco Ocean is the best. I heard that the chef used to be the head chef of Hyatt in Hong Kong. Not sure if it's true or not but the food is top notch. I recommend the deep fried sole with soya sauce, the pork leg (hock), black pepper beef or the beef teriyaki, and deep fried chicken wings. I'm telling you, the food is very tasty.

However, here comes the negative points. Avoid going there on weekend evenings. You'll wait hours for your table. Reservation is a must but if you don't speak chinese/cantonese, the language is going to be a serious barrier. When you do get a table, the food is going to take a while to come out because there's only one cook. So, I suggest going there during lunch or on a weekday dinner. Don't forget to make the reservation. The restaurant is really small so no ambience whatsoever. Oh, make sure you call first before you go there because they can be closed anytime.

I kinda wish that they would expand and hire more staff because their business is doing very well.

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Spring Chilli Szechuan Restaurant511 Cottonwood Avenue, 1, Coquitlam
Best szechuan restaurant in Vancouver
Submitted Tuesday, December 18, 2007 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

Warning: the food at this restaurant are extremely hot. You can ask them to tune it down though.

This little gem is hidden at the corner of a strip mall at the Coquitlam-Burnaby border. If you don't hear about this restaurant through word of mouth, chances are, you're not going to find it. However, the food are consistently appetizing. I've been going to this place for quite sometime now and have never been disappointed. I've compared it to other szechuan restaurant and none came close to this one.

I recommend the following dishes:
-Spicy dry szechuan chicken
-Sliced pork in garlic sauce (appetizer)
-Beef salad (appetizer)
-Spicy fish and tofu
-and if you like organs, deep fried pork intestines
-deep fried mantou

Prices are decent. it averages around $10 per dish. don't expect too much on the ambience though. The restaurant is rather small. It's the type of place where you eat and go. Try it out.

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Kam Ding Seafood Restaurant3021 Anson Avenue, Coquitlam
Best Dim Sum in Coquitlam
Submitted Thursday, December 13, 2007 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

If you live in Coquitlam (City Centre area) then your choice for dim sum is fairly limited.

For the price, I would have to say that Kam Ding has the best dim sum in the area and maybe in the lower mainland.

A note of caution though...this place is extremely busy for lunch on the weekends. Lineups can vary between 1/2 hour to an hour as the lineup normally goes out the door.

I recommend pretty much everything. Chicken feet is very tasty and so is the har gow, siu may, seafood siu may, seafood salad roll, and rice wrapped in lotus leaf. The price is $2.50 per dish. Way cheaper when you compare it with other dim sum places. Don't expect any service when you're there on a busy weekend lunch. Also, instead of waiting for the dim sum to come out on carts, you can actually put in your order and they will bring the food to you as the kitchen prepares them. You avoid a lot of frustration that way.

I normally come here for the food only though. But there are others who sit down and read papers all day long. It is okay if it's on a weekday but it is frustrating when it is during the weekend.

Overall, very good dim sum and I strongly suggest going here if you're in the area.

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Sushi Turn House1192 Lansdowne Dr, #401, Coquitlam
Cheap Japanese
Submitted Thursday, December 13, 2007 - 12:54pm [Dine in]

If you're looking for a cheap japanese restaurant that will fill you up without burning a hole in your pocket, this is the place to go. I've been eating at this place for quite some time now and have never been disappointed with the food.

Their california roll is huge. 8 big pieces for only $2.99. And this is not like your typical california roll. The rice is not hard and they put a lot of crabs and avocado in it. It is still artificial crab but very tasty. I also suggest the salmon tempura roll or prawn tempura roll. Their sushi roll prices range from $3 to $5. I think they are very reasonable. Their tempura, teriyaki, and donburi are also quite good. I notice that this place handles a lot of takeouts which tells me that they are doing really well business wise. A good meal normally cost me around $10 and that would fill me up to the brim.

This place is only good for its food though. Depending on which moonphase it is in, the waitress can be quite rude. I think it is the husband and wife who run the place. The husband makes the sushi and the wife is the waitress. If they are fighting with each other, the customer may get some of the brunt. But I've only seen this happen once. Most of the time, they are okay. Don't put too much hope on the ambience as well. I wouldn't recommend going to this place for a date or romantic dinner.

But if you're looking for a good japanese food in the tri-cities area, give it a try.

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Yaletown Brewing Co1111 Mainland St., Vancouver
okay pub
Submitted Thursday, December 13, 2007 - 10:30am [Dine in]

Went there for a late weekday lunch. The place was pretty empty but somehow the food still takes a long time to come out. No wonder people are complaining about the poor service.

I ordered the ginger beef. It's quite good but nothing exceptional. The rice tasted like those microwaveable or old reheated rice. Whoever made the rice was very sloppy.

I would have to give a decent rating for the service as the food takes a while to come out.

Ambience is okay, nothing really special. Price is quite steep for pub food though. I ended up paying $15 for my lunch. Ouch.

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Joey550 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam
This place has got it all
Submitted Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

I've been going to Joey's in Coquitlam for quite some time now and no complaints yet. This is an all-around restaurant that has everything, quality food, quality service, and quality ambiance. Let's start with the food.

I'm always a fan of their baby back ribs. i think it is the best in town. Their barbeque sauce is exceptional and the ribs are well-cooked that the meat just falls of the bone. I also recommend their calamari and tuna tacos. Actually, all of their appetizers are quite tasty. My friends have told me that their steaks are quite exceptional as well. Desserts are also honorable mention...try the choclate souffle or apple pie.

Service wise, also good. The waitresses are polite, professional, and courteous. I do discourage going there on weekends though as they don't accept reservations and the lineups can easily exceed one hour, especially for large parties.

Ambience...excellent. This is the kind of place where you can take your significant dinner for a romantic dinner and not be embarassed.

Price-wise, it is on the high-end but definitely worth it for the food. It's not fine dining but a good meal (appie, entree, and dessert) should run in the $50 range. I normally just ordered the full rack of ribs and be stuffed at the end of the meal. The damage, $30. Quite reasonable for the quality of food i'm getting. I definitely recommend this restaurant to others. But then again, I don't think there's that many people who have not heard of Joey's.

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Pad Thai Cuisine132 E. Broadway, Vancouver
Excellent lunch takeout
Submitted Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 4:22pm [Dine in]

I used to work 5 minutes away from this little gem. $5 for lunch, you can't go wrong with that. The food is tasty and the portion is huge. I've tried most of their lunch specials.

I recommend the curries, chicken eggplant, and blackbean chicken. The pad thai is very blant so stay away from it. Also tried the soup, very blant...not recommended. But the curries are excellent.

Service is very bad during busy lunch hours. This place handles hundreds of takeout orders per day and they only have one waitress working. She is very friendly and provides good customer service...but one person can only do so much. I recommend take out rather than eat-in. And always call ahead to place your order or you will face long wait. Again $5 for a lunch item + spring roll, you can't beat that.

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Go Thai Restaurant502 East Columbia, New Westminster
Excellent thai restaurant close to Tri-cities area
Submitted Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

This place got it all...great food with great price. Located close to the tri-cities area, I found this place to be the best-value thai food outside the vancouver-burnaby area.

Normally, I use the pad thai and the curry as a gauge on how good a thai restaurant is. Although not the best pad thai in vancouver, it is still up there. same goes with the curry. the price and portion are also quite good. The lunch specials are especially worth it, just $6 per person. Tom yum soup is also exceptional, it is made fresh.

The other advantage that this place have is that it opens late and on weekends (including sundays). you don't find that too often.

They don't do so well on the ambience side. It's a sit down and go restaurant. Maybe that's the reason why they named it Go Thai.

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Mini Malaysia1196 Lansdowne Drive, Coquitlam
Long wait but fairly good food
Submitted Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 2:47pm [Dine in]

This is a small, family-run malaysian restaurant. There is not a wide range of selection food-wise. We've been going there for quite some time now. The food is hit or miss. The sambal used to be very good and tasty but I think they have changed the recipe recently.

i would recommned the sambal chicken and the beef rendang. They are both quite good. The roti canai is mediocre. it's not flaky like other great rotis.

The ambience is poor. This place is good for the food only. Don't take your significant other there for a romantic dinner, it just won't work. Furthermore, be prepared to wait about 45 minutes for the food to come out. Their service is very very slow. What we used to do is call and order ahead of time. Even then, the food still takes another 20 minutes to come out after we got there.

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Dae-Ji4501 North Road, #205, Burnaby
Greasy food with poor service
Submitted Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 2:26pm [Dine in]

This is not your typical korean restaurant. Everything in their menu are breaded and deep fried. The typical dishes such deep fried pork cutlet or chicken isn't bad, pricewise. Taste-wise, it's okay. But I ordered the chicken balls as well, $14 dish. bad decision. it's just a deep fried boneless drum sticks with spicy sauce and mustard. I don't know where they got the mustard idea from but it did not work. The food took over 1/2 hour to come out and the restaurant wasn't even busy. How hard is it to serve deep fried food? Ambience is okay if you're looking for a hangout place. But if you're going there to eat, be prepared for a long wait till the food comes out. Overall, a disappointing dining experience. Would not go back there.

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Ddoo Gau Bee4501 North Road, #203, Burnaby
Cheap & Tasty Korean/Japanese
Submitted Monday, December 3, 2007 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

This is a good place to go if you're looking for cheap and tasty japanese or korean restaurant. On Monday-Thursday, they have a special all day long where you can order 5 dishes for $20. Great value for dinner for 2. The portion are big enough to fill you up to the brim. I recommend the kanpoongki (spicy chicken), they are excellent. The barbecue dishes are very good as well. The japanese dishes are decent, not as good as the korean dishes. I wouldn't go there specifically for the japanese food alone. Ambience is okay...it's a family restaurant. Service is quite good. The food comes out fast and the servers are friendly. They are open until 10pm. One downfall to this restaurant is that they don't serve free appetizers like other korean restaurants do. They only give two kinds of pickled vegetables (not kimchi) and I wouldn't eat them. Can't have everything i guess.

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Indian Star Restaurant & Sweets420 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Finally, good indian restaurant north of the river
Submitted Sunday, December 2, 2007 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

I've been to other Indian restaurants where the food is blant and the naan is dry. But not this place. I've tried the buffet and the a la carte, they are both nice. The buffet is $9.95 and is available Mon-Fri during lunch. The selection is limited but the constant stream of naan and butter chicken was enough to satisfy me. Price and portion for the a la carte were reasonable. I suggest the chicken korma and the butter chicken. the curry is also quite nice. they also have a dinner combo that comes with chicken curry, tandori chicken, lamb kabobs, rice, and naan and all for $17. Very good value for dinner for 2. The service is fair, it's not a 5 star restaurant but at least the servers are polite and friendly. They need to work on the ambience though. Wouldn't go there for a romantic dinner. The music is also annoying at times. But overall, very good indian food and will definitely be a repeat customer. keep up the good work.

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