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marymacDelta, BCSince September 5, 2005145 Reviews
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3.5 (3.3)
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Hilltop Cafe23904 Fraser Highway, Langley
Really good old-fashioned diner!!
Submitted Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

Stepping into this place is like time travel... I don't think it's changed its appearance much in a long, long time!

I've driven by this place for years and years. Always on the way somewhere else, so never stopped. Saturday lunchtime, the Other Half and I were driving by and we decided it was time.

A small place, with the requisite counter seating. Decoration is kinda cowboy, kinda farmland, kinda trucker.

Coffee was offered instantly, and was pronounced to be "very good" by the OH, who is persnickity about his coffee. They offer all-day breakfasts, and they looked appealing as we observed them going by to other tables. The OH decided on an open-faced, double patty chili burger. The daily burger special was monterey mushroom with fried onions - it was calling my name. We both opted for fries.

The oval platters arrived overflowing. Chili was good and plentiful, fries were excellent, burger patties freshly hand-made. Neither one of us could finish, so each took half home for another time.

Service was fast and friendly. Lots of locals, but the "drop-ins" were treated in the same easy manner. The place was clean, the food was perfect diner food, and the portions massive.

The sign on the outside says "Home of Famous Pies", or similar. We were just too full this time. As authentic a tradtional diner/cafe as you're going to find. Highly recommended.

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Fox's Reach Pub and Grill20398 Dewdney Trunk Rd, #300, Maple Ridge
YOO-HOOO. Anyone home?
Submitted Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 9:36am [Dine in]

Being in Maple Ridge at lunch time on a Thursday, the Other Half and I stopped by for a snack.

Not many people there, which was odd. The pub is located in a busy mall-ish area, lots of traffic.

We settled at a visible table, nothing in the corner or a dark area. Eventually, I got up to retrieve menus myself. After a bit longer, a sullen server was dispatched to ask about drinks. The OH and I both ordered pints, then sat back to wait. And wait. Eventually, the server reappeared and we ordered yam fries and calamari. "That's IT?", she asked with a suprised tone. Yep, that's it, sunshine.

Food took quite a while to get to us. The yam fries weren't very hot. Calamari was good, but an extremely skimpy portion for $10. No return server-visit to check on drinks or food. After waiting a while after we finished, we finally stood up to put on our coats and that's when she reappeared, wanting to know if we wanted another drink! No, just the bill please. Suddenly, she was in high gear, zipped to the bar, retrieved the bill and got it back on the table before we were completely into our coats!

Not one instance of a smile or or one single effort at eye contact. Apparently she wasn't having a good day and didn't care who knew it.

Seems like a nice enough pub, but with the slow and unfriendly service, coupled with the lack of value, we won't be going back.

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Dunbar, The4497 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
not overwhelmed
Submitted Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 8:37am [Dine in]

Looking for a pub/restaurant for a late lunch after Circle Craft show, the Other Half and I were checking both sides of Dunbar. Spotting The Dunbar, we stopped in.

The menu says the brunch is available on the weekend, but it was on offer on a Wednesday. The OH ordered a skillet with potatoes, eggs, chorizo and "mystery" sauce and toast. I ordered fish and chips. The skillet was pronounced "OK", although the yellow sauce was bland and tasteless - it was advertised to be "hollandaise". The whole skillet was not very hot, temperature-wise. The fish and chips were not good. The two pieces of "wild cod" were very small and encased in a dark, tough batter. They looked to be warmed-up frozen product. Chips were OK, but I'm wondering about the menu description of "house cut spuds"...? They were pretty generic. Tartar sauce tasted like Miracle Whip.

Value - not good. $12 for the sad fish and chips with weird tartar sauce. No salad, no coleslaw. The OH's skillet was $11, and that seemed a high price for generic brunch.

Ambiance? The outside deck would be great in warmer weather, but the inside area is very dark, small and cramped. I did not make the journey to the washrooms so cannot report on cleanliness. The tables needed better wipe-down.

The only bright spot was our server, who was friendly, attentive and prompt. The food took quite some time to appear, but she kept us updated and checked on us several times to make sure we had what we needed.

Won't rush back.

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Planet India Restaurant13775 72nd Avenue, #17, Surrey
A busy place
Submitted Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 11:02pm [Dine in]

A co-worker and I went for supper on a Wednesday evening. We arrived around 7:00, and the place was pretty empty.

Lots of booths around the perimeter, with a couple of long tables for bigger crowds. Bollywood and sports on the big screens. The place was tidy and clean, lots of room. Washrooms were very clean.

Service was excellent. Very friendly lady, and very attentive. My friend is a bit timid with heat-levels in food, so we settled for "Canadian medium", not "desi medium". Very little heat at all.... but the food was tasty.

We ordered butter chicken (their newspaper ad said "best butter chicken" - so of course we had to try it), dal tarka, raita, garlic naan and rice pullao. Butter chicken was tender, but the sauce was very, very thick and tomato-y. Dal tarka was excellent.... nice balance of spices. Raita was standard, naan was lovely with a bit of a "chew". The rice in the pullao was perfect, with sweet peppers, peas and onions added.

Dinner for two, with a beer and a glass of wine, no dessert, was just over fifty dollars. Lots of leftovers.

We stayed chatting for quite a while, but the staff did not rush us. The place was very busy when we left just after 9:00 pm.

Nice place, good food, nice people. I would return.

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Elixir350 Davie Street, Vancouver
I expected more...
Submitted Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

Elixir is located in the Opus Hotel in Yaletown, one of the top 500 hotels in the world, or so their publicity says.

Not many people in the restaurant at 6:00 pm. Our server was VERY young and inexperienced. Time will take care of that, I guess. Any question at all had to be referred. A trainee...? We hit a snag VERY early on when the wine we ordered was not immediately available - they couldn't get into the wine safe... They DID comp us a glass of red wine while we waited for the locksmith...

For appies, the Other Half ordered bacon-stuffed scallops, a special. I ordered prawn cocktail. Three scallops with the bacon inside was an interesting concept, but the bacon was soft and grey. Tasted OK. The prawn cocktail was a bit bizarre... came with a chopped mix of mango, cucumber, avocado, and overripe pineapple. The sauce was poured over the prawns...tomato based , I think. Prawns were fresh, but the rest was a bit strange.

For entree, the OH ordered salmon with "spicy peppers, chorizo, mussel & butter bean ragout". Fish was cooked properly, came with four huge mussels. Reportedly tasted fine.

I ordered ribeye steak and frites, with peppercorn sauce and a wilted watercress salad-garnish. The steak was more chewy than ribeye should be, with some extra gristle thrown in. Frites were limp, peppercorn sauce was bland.

For dessert, OH ordered apple tarte tatin which, we were informed breathlessly, would take 15 MINUTES because it was presented on puff pastry. The caramel sauce was overcooked, and melded firmly to the plate - a real tough chew if it could be chipped off the plate. I ordered the cheese plate with a vintage port. All three cheeses were very salty and strong...manchego, pecorino and Roquefort. Unfortunately, the one bottle of vintage port was running very low, and I did NOT receive a full serving. They offered to give me a "bit of something else" to bring up the volume to a full serving. The "something else" was run-of-the-mill tawny port, and that followed the vintage. Not impressive.

Value was about average for this type of restaurant. Service was awkward and rushed. Ambiance = we were seated in the "garden room" with windows open to the sidewalk and traffic. A bit noisy, plastic "wicker" and plastic plants.

I would not rave about this restaurant. For the price, there are much better places within a block...

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Pearl Restaurant14955 Marine Drive, White Rock
in retrospect
Submitted Monday, August 3, 2009 - 10:57am [Dine in]

I'm reposting this because the food rating was too high...

Always a special occasion
The Other Half and I have been to Pearl several times. Always a pleaseure.

We took the OH's daughter and son-in-law for dinner on a Saturday night. We made reservations for 6:45.

Turns out it was SeaFest in White Rock. Beach access and Marine Drive were closed to traffic. We were redirected to a local high school for shuttle mini-bus service. This was a complete surprise, as the restaurant neglected to mention the road closures. The OH's daughter is pregnant to a point that makes moving around not so easy, so this was hard on her. If the restaurant had mentioned the closure, we would have gone somewhere else. When we arrived (finally) at the restaurant, they acted very "surprised" that the closure and the parade were happening that night. Like the businesses on the main drive were NOT advised.....? Don't think so.

The food was a bit hit and miss. Tempura calamari was excellent, sweet corn bisque was very good. Seared scallops with salad was more "iffy"...the scallops were over-cooked.

Three of the four ordered the beef duo... grilled filet and short rib meat fritters. Potatoes were presented as "pomme pomme frites", meaning half a dozen huge bars of fried potatoes arranged in a square stack. The filet was excellent, the fritters were overcooked. The "frites" were soggy. I ordered the evening's special:: butter-poached prawns, one grilled (huge) scallop, tempura cauliflower and braised chard. The prawns (two) were huge, but were strong-tasting. The scallop was the size of a small can lid, cut into a checkerboard on the top. The scallop itself was chewy. Tempura cauliflower was OK, a bit salty.

For dessert, the son-in-law asked for an iced version of a fancy hot coffee. He said it was good. Stepdaughter had frozen three fruit granita. OH had semolina cake with orange sauce and raisins. I chose a brie cheese with fruit, plum preserves, crackers and raspberry cordial.

No one complained, but the desserts did not knock our socks off.

Service was impeccable.. Casual, professional, prompt and friendly. Absolutely perfect. Two special requests were handled graciously.

Ambiance is modern, upscale, clean lines. Washrooms are very clean.

-Value... just OK. This is an upper-end establishment. For the price, I would expect something a bit more even in quality. Some items were perfect, excellent. Some items made you think...."hmmmm".

OVerall, a satisfactory visit. A few rough patches, which should not be there for the price.

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Tojo's Restaurant1133 W Broadway, Vancouver
So sad to say this...
Submitted Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 10:50pm [Dine in]

As others have commented, I am thinking that Tojo-san has gone just a bit above himself.

I have been a Tojo fan since 'way back at Jinya, back in the 80's. It was always fantastic, always worth it. When he set up "Tojo's" near Cambie, it was fun and still worth it.

The new location leaves me cold, as does the value of what he is pumping out. I took Japanese visitors there for omakase, and I was embarrassed, as well as quite a bit poorer.

Service was almost non-existent, but an Indian gentleman who spoke Japanese was very much in the spotlight.

The omakase was NOT worth the money, and even my Japanese visitors figured that out. Lots of premade cooked dishes, a few sushi items and that was it. Tojo-san himself came out to collect kudos. Even with the Japanese, he was a braggart, boastful.

Too bad, but I don't think that I will return, even after all these years of believing.

NOT recommended.

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Ravi Bar & Grill12588 72nd Avenue, #23, Surrey
A (very good) hybrid
Submitted Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 9:53pm [Dine in]

The Other Half and I have driven by countless times and said, "We should try that place." We finally stopped in on a Thursday evening for an early dinner.

We were there around 7:00 pm. Not many people there....a couple of gentlemen in the bar area and a mixed familiy group in the dining room area. The building is semi-circular which breaks up the area a bit.

The "bar" side was banquettes and high tables, as well as the bar itself. The "grill" side was mostly very large booths. Not feeling energetic, we let gravity guide us to a booth on the "grill" side.

Not too much interesting "on tap", mostly the megabreweries. We ordered two pints of ale and settled down to the menu. The first page was Western-style pub appies. Next page was Indian-style appies, and the rest of the menu was pretty standard Indian.

We ordered tandoori chicken wings (from the appies menu - they came before the rest of the food), lamb and potato with methi greens (fenugreek), garlic naan, plain raita, plain rice. We asked for the wings to be "medium" - they came cloaked in a sticky killer "medium" sauce and ranch dressing. Garlic naan was VERY good, quite garlicky, with tender, flaky layers. Raita was very plain (we ordered plain, but it seemed to be just yogurt and black pepper), basmati rice was perfectly fluffy and hot, and the lamb....OMG. It was SO good. Lots of meat, very tender, a few chunks of potato and a wonderfully complex "dry" sauce just clinging to the meat and potatoes. Very flavourful, very nice. The OH found the tandoori wings a bit too hot for his taste, but a sweet mango lassi fixed that.

With three ales, a lassi and the above dishes, the bill was less than $50.00. Enough leftovers for another meal for the two of us.

Not sure what the "bar" side does later in the evening.... we're staid old folks, and left by 8:00. I would assume a later hour would bring in a younger crowd. Lots of screens, mostly Indian pop music videos playing. The "grill" side had just us and the other extended family with three kids.

Ambiance... spacious, modern, dark, tile floors. The water feature behind the bottles at the bar was soothing and a bit hypnotic.

Service... two young ladies, seemed a bit nervous. Could be we were out of their comfort zone, colour-wise, but they were very sweet and efficient.

Value... really very good, compared to some other Indian restaurants in the area. Certainly the lamb dish was piled high with tender lamb, the raita and rice were generous portions, the garlic naan was a large serving. For the same price (or more) other places seem to have smaller servings.

Washrooms were trendy and impeccably clean.

Recommended. Families with children steer right at the door!

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Delta Lion Pub & Bistro11186 84th Avenue, Delta
Wanted to like it A LOT
Submitted Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 6:20pm [Dine in]

I live in North Delta, and this pub has been around for a long time. I've been to this pub several times, both with co-workers and with The Other Half.

Having an appointment at a nearby bank on Friday, the Delta Lion was handy for lunch. The OH ordered the special, Cajun Chicken Wrap with caesar salad substituted for fries. I asked the server what she thought of the poutine, and she said "it's really good". She did not make eye contact when she said this, but I ordered poutine anyway.

The "Cajun" barely made an appearance in the OH's wrap. Caesar salad was "OK". The poutine I ordered must have escaped the kitchen before all the cheese was added - either that or they were experiencing a cheese shortage. It was very difficult to find ANY cheese under all the gravy. Not a good example of poutine, pub-food or not.

The room is big and dark, two levels, lots of big screens. The washrooms are out of the pub and across the hall. They were clean.

Value? $6.95 got me a plate of flabby fries drowned in gravy (oh, and a few shreds of cheese - have to be fair here... )

Service was fine, but the server seemed to want to be somewhere else...

Disappointing.

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Jolly Mac's Pub14815 108 Avenue, Surrey
Left feeling kinda neutral
Submitted Sunday, July 12, 2009 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

Stopped in for lunch on a whim and a coupon. The place was NOT busy at all on a Sunday afternoon.

The Other Half ordered a hot roast beef sandwich with mashed potatoes. I ordered a Reuben sandwich with fries.

The hot roast beef was ordinary, gravy rather glue-y, the potatoes tasted like instant. The fries with the Reuben were very good. The sandwich itself was tired. The bread was falling apart, the corned beef was dry, and they seemed to be a bit short on cheese in the kitchen.

Serv ice was OK - the server seemed very tired and avoided eye contact.

Ambiance - having never been in this pub in its previous incarnation, I am assuming that the whole thing is original from the late 80's. Carpet needs replacement - stains and duct-tape patches. Bathrooms were very clean.

Value - most menu items under $10. Pub food without any frills.

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Tentatsu2430 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
what a busy place!!
Submitted Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 5:14pm [Dine in]

Went with my son and his partner to lunch close by their apartment. They had been here, and said it was "pretty OK". All that education for THAT little vocabulary...

It was rockin' at noon on Saturday. We were seated immediately, and tea arrived shortly after. Son and partner split yam and prawn tempura, spinach goma-ae, tuna sashimi and two dynamite rolls. I ordered tempura katsu-don. Because I thought the serving might be smaller for the 6.95 price, I also ordered agedashi tofu. Son and I also had miso soup.

Food arrived promptly, in no particular order. Tuna sashimi was cut in rather large chunky pieces, but the fish was fresh. Spinach goma-ae arrived as cooked whole spinach leaves with a grey-ish sesame dressing dolloped on top. It tasted fine, but the whole pieces of spinach were awkward. Agedashi tofu was excellent, tempura was lovely - batter fresh and light, no "old oil" taste. Dynamite rolls were nicely balanced. The pork cutlet on top of rice with onion and egg was very tasty.

Three adults ate all they could and took home enough for another meal! Cost was extremely reasonable for the amount and quality of food.

Not a bad neighbourhood Japanese casual restaurant. I would go again.

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Kalmar Family Restaurant8076 King George Hwy, Surrey
old, tired, grubby, yucky
Submitted Saturday, June 13, 2009 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

The Other Half and I needed a quick breakfast on a Saturday morning. Always on the lookout for restaurants we haven't tried, we spotted Kalmar. Sign said "open", menu said "all day breakfast"... how bad could it be for eggs?

First "uh oh" moment came when I asked for a large orange juice. For breakfast. Waitress just said, "out of orange juice" and stood waiting, pencil on pad. The OH ordered a special with french toast, 2 eggs over easy and sausages. I ordered at "Lite Breakfast" = choice of three items = 2 eggs.. bacon, sausage, ham ("1/2 slice") toast, hashbrowns. Further choice of chunked or shredded potatoes. I asked for eggs over medium, bacon and extra crispy shredded hashbrowns.

Food was edible. The OH's sausages were miniscule, but OK. Eggs were overdone, the french toast was thick slices of soft white factory bread, briefly dipped in egg batter. Soggy and tasteless, not nice at all. My eggs were OK, but the bacon was cheap, cold and half-cooked. As were the shredded hashbrowns - no evidence of crispy. OH had coffee ("meh") while I contented myself with ice water (no offers of refill on the water...)

One server, moving fast. Very business-like, to the point of being brusque. No eye contact, no time to waste talking to a customer.

For the above amount of food, I wavered between rating the value as decent or poor. If the quality had been there, the value would have been decent. As I only ate two eggs and a few forkfuls of hashbrowns, I feel that I wasted my money. OH was full but not satisfied. Bill for two came to $16.00

Ambiance? Old, tired, worn out carpeting, 80's peach paint on the walls (painted in the 80's, I'm guessing) arborite tables. Pretty grubby. Very stingy with napkins - the kind that come out of a stainless upright container - TWO of these flimsy things, under the bent cutlery. Bathroom had one set of taps working. The papertowel dispenser looked grungy, but was one of those "wave at it" models, so I didn't have to touch it. By this time, I could NOT bring myself to peek at the toilet to assess cleanliness. My nose was telling me to get out of there.

Would not recommend.

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Oki Doki Japanese Restaurant5571 Ladner Trunk Road, Delta
Japanese in Ladner
Submitted Friday, May 29, 2009 - 10:51pm [Dine in]

Stopped by this new restaurant in Ladner at lunch time on Friday. Having seen the signs (and wincing at "Oki Doki") announcing a "now open" Japanese restaurant in small town Ladner, we had to give it a try.

Starting with service.... I think they may be still "settling in". Service seemed distracted and at times hard to come by. We sat for quite a while after finishing while the manager/owner (?) and several servers looked directly at us and then ignored us. We finally had to ask for the cheque. Also, the green tea we asked for never did show up, after asking twice.

Food was OK. Nothing very special. Every single Special Roll had crab in it, which made it unapproachable for me (allergy). The Other Half ordered a sashimi lunch special. With only four small pieces of salmon-and-maguro sashimi, the lunch special came with miso soup and a roll from a list. At $14.95, the price seemed too steep. I ordered a meal combo with choice of two items. I asked for shrimp and vegetable tempura and spicy tuna roll. For $9.95, this came with run-of-the-mill miso soup, two tiny mounds of "special rice" = (Japanese rice) and a green salad. The spicy tuna was odd, hot and sweet, almost like Thai sweet chili sauce. Tempura batter was fine, but there was only one piece of shrimp. The shrimp was tiny indeed, gooey and battered up to make it look bigger.

Ambiance - not sure if the furniture was left over from the previous East Indian restaurant or not. Wild black and white and neon print on table tops and chairs, with bits and pieces of bamboo kitsch. Place was clean enough, music was Asian pop. The large gangly plants looked "left over"...

Would not recommend. Go further into town and try Maguro.

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Marco's Italian Bistro5044 48 Avenue, Delta
Where La Strada used to be...
Submitted Friday, May 22, 2009 - 9:45pm [Dine in]

My sister and I went for lunch a day or so ago. We arrived near the end of lunch service, just a few tables still occupied.

It seemed as if the hostess/server/owner? was surprised to see us. I suppose they thought they were done until they re-opened at dinner. The stated time for the end of lunch was 2:30 - we were there 1:45-ish. It didn't seem like there should have been a problem (to me), but it was a very awkward feeling.

My sister was having a major pasta craving; she ordered linguine with olive oil, garlic and Parm. cheese. A steak sandwich and Caesar salad seemed to be calling me.... what could I do? We split a half litre of Sangiovese.

The pasta was very garlicky and very good. The steak was nicely cooked, I appreciated the absence of Montreal Steak Spice, and the Caesar salad dressing was great. Unfortunately, a lot of the Romaine lettuce had seen better days, and the home-made croutons were stale and oily. Sangiovese always saves the day.

The room is neo-European bistro style, open and spare. Washroom was nicely decorated, but could have used a bit of cleaning.

Service.... again, an awkward "vibe". Not quite "oh crap, another table when we want to close", but pretty close. Not much attention paid during the meal either. Both water glasses could have used refilling. I also found the "what, you didn't like the salad?" comment, when I left about a wilted third of it, to be a teensy bit aggressive.

Value? OK. Seems like the tables still occupied when we arrived had opted for pizza, and several take out pizza orders went out while we were there. If there is a next time, I'll try the pizza.

Ambivalent feelings about this place.

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Taverna Gorgona5047 48 Avenue, Delta
used to love this place....
Submitted Friday, May 8, 2009 - 9:51pm [Dine in]

Before the restaurant relocated a few years ago, it was in a non-descript strip mall off the beaten track. They took over from another Greek restaurant, and they did it much, much better.

Not sure if the owners, now in a newer location on Ladner's "downtown strip", have gotten complacent, or what.... but,,,

I've been a few times to the newer location. I don't feel it has the same energy or passion as the old one, but then - everything changes. I feel like they are resting on their reputation as "the best Greek in Ladner", and I find it disappointing and tired.

The last time I was here was for lunch with the Other Half and a step-daughter. At lunch time, it is VERY busy - a captive audience? I found the service distracted, perfunctory and "aren't-you-lucky-to-be-here"

Food is OK, standard Greek. The tomatoes in the Greek salad were almost colourless - why bother, if you can't source hothouse tomatoes?

Ambiance - again, standard Greek. White and blue and lots of trailing plants.

Value - nothing special. About the same as other Greek restaurants.

I don't think I'll be back in a very long time. Good luck with your Greek restaurant, Ladner.

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Mr. Mikes Steakhouse & Bar8140 120 Street, Surrey
Good but pricey
Submitted Friday, May 8, 2009 - 4:38pm [Dine in]

Located on the Scott Road corridor, where Canadian Tire used to be. The Other Half and I dropped in for Friday lunch to "celebrate" a job layoff (mine - but that's a story for another place and time).

It wasn't very busy when we arrived around 12:30. We were greeted pleasantly, but there seemed to be some difficulty in deciding where to seat us; it took two young ladies a few minutes...

Ambiance - since I know it was a Canadian Tire store, I kinda can't get that out of my mind. Very high warehouse-type ceilings, slate tile floors, dark upholstered booths, low coffee tables with low club chairs. It is very new, very clean. Also, I think it might get VERY loud later in the day. Even with just a few people in there, it seemed echoing, noisy.

The OH ordered pepper steak cubes and linguine with extra garlic bread. I dithered, but ended up with my usual steak sandwich with an upgrade from fries to a caesar salad. Hey, it's a steakhouse....gotta try the steak! The portion of linguine was ample, the peppered steak cubes were plentiful, the whole dish flavourful and the pasta was perfectly al-dente. The extra garlic bread was less of a success - they use a garlic-flavoured oil on pretty flabby french bread and charged $3 for two pieces. My steak sandwich came on the same gutless garlic bread, but was garnished with two very decent breaded onion rings. The steak itself was amazing.... very tender, very tasty, and cooked perfectly (for me, that's "rare"). Caesar salad was also excellent - fresh crispy romaine, a zingy dressing and real parmesan cheese shavings on top. There WERE croutons in there, all two of them - I counted.

For three beers and two meals, the bill was $60.00. For lunch! Yeah, that's what I said too. Seems a bit steep for a steak sandwich and a pasta dish. The beers were the chain's "house brew", and I guess that excuses the higher price for them.

Service - a very young server who seemed nervous and hesitant. Might be her first serving job, and we've all been new at the job once. We had some paperwork along with us (re: layoff), and were busy with that for a while. She seemed to want to get us served and get us out of there. It was NOT busy; no one was waiting for our table.

Having said all that, I would go back here before I go back to the Keg. It's worth a look, even if just to see what they did with the decorating of what was a warehouse store.

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Guildford Station Pub10176 154 Street, Surrey
first time visit... nice pub!
Submitted Friday, April 24, 2009 - 9:34pm [Dine in]

,The Other Half and I were looking for a new pub to try for lunch on Friday. Being in the Guildford area of Surrey, we went looking for this pub.

We arrived JUST after the major lunch rush, which looked to have been busy indeed. Still a mostly full place at 1:30, lots of people coming and going.

Ambiance - very nice. Railroadiana-themed, lofty ceilings. It seemed bigger than it actually was.... not a bad thing for a claustrophobe (me)... Empty tables were cleaned off speedily, and the server made eye-contact as we settled on a table. Very pleasant young lady - busy but personable. I also liked that the servers, on this beautiful spring day, were NOT clad in skimpy black, but bright colours.

Value - amazing. One of the least-expensive places we've stopped at lately. Servings were a good size. The OH had a bowl of chili, which was pronounced to be nice and spicy. I ordered my "usual", a steak sandwich, steak done rare, with fries. Fries were standard, but nice and hot. Steak was a bit overdone, a bit tough. BUT, for three drinks and two filling lunches, less than $30 was good value.

As mentioned, our server was prompt, friendly and engaging. She made the whole experience a very welcoming one.

A few things a bit out of the ordinary on a pub menu, some of which I'd like to try when we revisit, which we will!

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Very very good, not superlative
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 10:47am [Dine in]

My adult son and I stopped in for supper on a Friday evening. Expecting the place to be very busy, we were surprised to find just one other table occupied. This was 6:30 - 7:00 pm. There was a lot of take-out happening, but not too many dining in. It did get a bit busier later, but not crowded at all for a Friday night.

The lady greeting and serving was very, very sweet and friendly. We were seated and drink orders taken promptly.

The menu is similar to just about all Indian restaurants in the Lower Mainland, at least the ones I've been to. We ordered 1/2 a tandoori chicken, saag paneer, rogan josh, raita, plain rice and garlic naan. We asked for "Indian medium" spicing, not "Canadian medium". The server laughed, but we got closer than we usually do, not being brown.

Tandoori chicken was excellent, among the very best I've had. Saag paneer was very good, made with broccoli to supplement the spinach, but lots of paneer. Rogan josh sauce was rich and lovely, the meat was boneless. Rice was dry and fluffy, naan very fresh. Lots of cucumber in the raita, and a decent-sized serving. Only quibble would have been to have more garlic flavour on the naan.

Our water was filled up regularly, our server (owner?) checked on us unobtrusively.

Ambiance - nicely decorated, low lighting, clean.

I found the prices a bit higher than some similar places in Surrey. We did have a few bits leftover, but my adult son dealt with most of the meal.

On the whole, a pleasant experience. I would go back if I were in the area.

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Sundowner Pub11970A 64 Avenue, Delta
shabby, old, smelly
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 10:34am [Dine in]

The 'Downer has been in this location for many years. The pub is situated in the basement, the entrance is off to the east side of the building.

This used to be a regular Friday-after-work spot when I worked close by. Other than a shared plate of nachoes and the free popcorn, I never did eat much here.

The OH and I needed a quick, cheap lunch. Stopping in on a Thursday noon, the place was pretty quiet.

Ambiance: nothing has been done to update this place in well over twenty years. The carpeting is worn, the interior seems dingy. Holes in the upholstery of the 80's style chairs. The place SMELLED of old, not-very-well cleaned bathroom.

Service was prompt, friendly and attentive. No complaints at all there.

Food was lower-end pub style. I had a fish burger with onion rings, the OH had sweet chili chicken and wonton pieces. The tiny peice of fish in the burger was 'way too old and fish-y, the lettuce looked like a piece picked up off the floor at closing time. Tomato was so under-ripe I wonder why they bothered including it. Onion rings, on the other hand, while they were frozen, precoated style, were hot and non-greasy. The OH's chicken consisted of one small piece of bare poached chicken breast tender, several deep fried wonton skins and a drizzle of bottled sweet chili sauce. I've rated the food as "decent" just because we didn't get sick from it...

Value? Portions were very small, quality of food was just barely edible. I didn't finish the fish.

Such a disappointment from a place that could have such potential. With lots of newer pubs up the Scott Road corridor, I'm not sure how this place has stayed in business.

NOT recommended.

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Woody's on Brunette Pub935 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
For a pub brunch, excellent!
Submitted Saturday, March 28, 2009 - 8:46pm [Dine in]

The Other Half and I had a dismal experience last week at another pub close by. On our way there, we noticed that the parking lot at Woody's was jammed. Shoulda gone with that...

Today, we headed for Woody's to see why all the vehicles were there. On the weekend, they do a brunch menu until 2:00. OH had raisin French toast with sausage, and I had steak and eggs.

We were greeted pleasantly when we wandered in, but they waited for us to "settle" at a table before bringing the menues and offer of drink. Our server was not pushy, but there when we were ready to order.

Ambiance... a fairly new pub, I think, or recently renovated? Impeccably clean and tidy, lots of sports on many screens, and a tranquil fish tank behind the bar. Washrooms nice and presentable.

Food - for pub brunch, very very good. The French toast and sausage disappeared quite quickly. The steak was excellent, eggs done perfectly, nice crispy "hashbrowns" (the pieces-type, rather than shredded potatoes).

Value - standard. The menu had the standards as well as a few change-ups, and looked like it might be worth another visit.

We would return. Nice place.

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