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marymacDelta, BCSince September 5, 2005145 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
  • Value3 (3.1)
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Tawara Sushi15153 Highway 10, #103, Surrey
Second visit, still not overwhelmed...
Submitted Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:53am [Dine in]

We had tried this restaurant a while ago. It was OK, but we did not hurry back.

Driving by recently, we decided to give it another try, especially since the reviews here seemed so positive.

Ambiance...s'OK, I guess. A bit dark and cavernous (high ceilings). It was clean and tidy, not too much Japanese-esque decoration. Washroom was clean.

Service - a young server who seemed hesitant and too obtrusive at the same time. She did not give us much time to look over the menu, and rather condescendingly told us that sashimi is NOT cooked. Sigh.

Value - in line with many other similar restaurants in the Lower Mainland.

Food - we ordered miso soup, goma-ae, ebi gyoza, spicy agedashi tofu and deluxe assorted sashimi. We split a large Sapporo beer. Miso soup was barely warm, and the tofu in it seemed old. Goma-ae was quite good, although the sesame dressing was very sweet. Agedashi tofu was a small serving; the spicy sauce was very strong, the burn lingering. Ebi gyoza were deep-fried, which did not help them. They were dry, and the ebi/prawns not very large. The "deluxe assorted" sashimi consisted of 1 piece of surf clam, several pieces each of Atlantic (farmed) salmon, sockeye salmon, tuna, toro and three tiny slices of snapper. Maybe the clam made it "deluxe"? They had hamachi on the specials list at the sushi counter, but it did not make it to the "deluxe" assorted plate.

We were not offered a refill on tea, nor did we get a chance to order any more food. The bill arrived without comment or smile.

It was adequate. We gave it a second try, but I don't think we'll go back.

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Lime Restaurant1130 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Mmmmm....good!
Submitted Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

The Other Half and I have been driving by this restaurant occasionally, and every time we say..."gotta try that place". This evening the opportunity coincided with the occasion (anniversary), and we finally got there.

Nice room, open and uncluttered, with several levels. We were seated up on the top level by the sushi bar. Our reservation was for 6:30, and there were not too many tables occupied that early on a Saturday night. Later (9:00 - midnight) there is live music - it was getting busy by the time we left around 8:00. The servers were careful to mention the cover charge that kicks in at 9:00.

Food was very, very good. We had miso soup (standard) and then shared tuna with a sesame dressing, chilled slices of soy-simmered duck breast with mustard, spicy-sesame tuna roll topped with more tuna, assorted sashimi, toro nigiri sushi, and a flask of cold sake. Everything was well-presented, the fish impeccably fresh.

Service was team-style, with the nearest server picking up and delivering dishes. Dishes arrived in a timely fashion, and we didn't ever seem to have to wait too long for anything.

In my opinion, the value was reasonable for the quality of the food, the style of the room and the service. Not an inexpensive place, by any means, but it worked out well for a special occasion. We'll have to go back - there's more to explore on that menu!

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French Quarter Pub925 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Ummmm, sorry Mr. C...
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 6:20pm [Dine in]

Following a review by the normally-spot-on "chasiubow", the Other Half and I tried out this pub for lunch on a rainy Friday. Basically, we wish we hadn't.

Just walking into the place set off alarm bells. It smelled!! Like a backed-up toilet doused in bleach. We debated, but decided that the die had been cast, and we would stay.

Service was OK, more friendly with locals, but that's understandable. Drinks arrived in good order, and we deliberated over the menu. As it IS, after all, a pub, the selections were predictable. The soup of the day sounded interesting, so the OH ordered a Cajun chicken sandwich with creamy potato, onion and bacon soup as a side. I ordered a Monte Cristo sandwich with fries.

The soup was pronounced to be "odd", chunks of nugget potato in a standard cream-style base, no bacon to be discerned. The sandwich was quite definately "Cajun" in spicing, and the chicken was acceptable. The Monte Cristo was disappointing, very little cheese, ham or turkey inside, and tasteless outside. I ended up salting my sandwich! The fries were flaccid and unappealing.

Ambiance... aside from the smell, it was quite dark and kinda-sorta N'Awlins-style. Don't think much has been done since a long-ago reno. Entry from the parking lot out back is either through the beer and wine store or through a tiny hall next to the (mmmmmm, not attractive) kitchen.

We won't be going back. I'm sorry that our experience was so different from the extremely-accurate and informative Mr. C.

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Hi Genki Japanese Restaurant6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
good food, excellent value
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 5:58pm [Dine in]

Based on reviews here, The Other Half and I searched out this place for lunch a while ago. Finding it to start with is an adventure itself...! But worth it, keep looking until you find it.

Once there and seated, the menu had many, many options. Set lunches vary from day to day. Their bento lunches sell out (we missed them, we were later in the lunchtime) Anything to do with raw fish goes very quickly, apparently.

No problem. I had spicy kaarage chicken on rice with miso soup, the OH had a teriyaki-chicken-don on rice with miso soup. I think, as far as I can recall, the total bill for two was under $20. Rice was perfect, of course, and refills of the tea could be had if you flagged someone down. Miso soup was OK, teriyaki-don was excellent, spicy kaarage was awesome!

Washrooms are down the hall, and very clean. Ambiance, as noted in previous reviews, is cafeteria-style. Service is very perfunctory, but quite adequate. They are always busy, so this is understandable.

Recommended....? Absolutely!!

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Ozark's Famous BBQ19696 Fraser Highway, Langley
Yummmmm! Barbecue!!
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

The Other Half and I have been watching the reconstruction of this place on the Fraser Highway in Langley, just across from Willowbrook Mall. Most recently, the location was Pepita's, but that closed down late last year. The building was stripped down to the walls, inside and out. Then a sign went up, "Ozark's Famous BBQ", and we really paid attention.

They have just opened; the OH and I were there for lunch on a Wednesday. VERY nice job on the renovation of the inside. Very spare, understated and comfortable. There is a small bar with very trendy-looking high seats. The whole ambiance is more sophisticated and downtown rather than country. Music was bluesy, underscoring the experience, not dominating.

Not too many people there (I think it was their first day open for lunch), and we were pleasantly greeted, seated and drinks served promptly. For lunch, there is a choice of serving sizes, a few appies, sandwiches (pulled-pork, -beef and -chicken), burgers and ribs. I am told that the evening menu will feature the BBQ aspect more heavily, along with steaks.

The OH and I both ordered the smaller size pulled-pork sandwich with fries. I had coleslaw as the second side, and the OH ordered BBQ beans. The buns were extremely fresh, the pork extremely tender, with a slather of BBQ sauce. Fries were OK, the coleslaw was excellent (more vinegar-y than creamy) and the beans were excellent as well. The small size was more than adequate. I would hazard a guess that the larger size would have more meat.

For the amount of food, with two pints of ale, we found the approx. $32.00 good value.

Something new and different for Langley. Well done and well presented; and the brand-new washrooms were impeccable! Highly recommended.

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McJac’s Roadhouse Grille Restaurant1781 King George Hwy, Surrey
Wowza....great diner food!!
Submitted Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 9:51pm [Dine in]

We (the Other Half and I) have been here twice, once for lunch and today for breakfast. This is a fairly-new and happenin' place on South King George.

At 9:30 on a Saturday, we were seated promptly. When we left, there were line-ups. Yes! In South Surrey!! Really!!!

The OH had the "biggie"...forget what it was called, but three eggs, bacon, ham and sausage with fried potatoes and choice of toast (including raisin) I had a Mexican omelette with fried potatoes and cornbread. Coffee was pronounced by the OH) to be very good. Food was fresh, hot and tasty. Much better than some local chains...

Washrooms are modern, clean and high-tech....automatic faucets, wave-at-it hand towels and self-flushing toilets. Ambiance....hmmm, sorta-roadhouse-diner...sorta-60's-nostalgia. Chrome and vinyl mismatched tables and chairs, lots of "oh look...remember that?" stuff on the walls. That said, there was a cross-section of society having breakfast. Families with kids, a church group of young women, older AND younger couples, singles. Very energetic vibe, lots of conversation and laughter.

The OH and I are ready for a third visit. Great place, great energy, good food, excellent and friendly service.

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South Point Pub3020 152nd Street, Surrey
a good pub lunch
Submitted Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 4:51pm [Dine in]

The Other Half and I were in the area, and needed a place to stop for lunch. We were almost past the place before we realized it...

It was the end of the lunch hour, pretty full but not too crowded. Our server was "motoring", delivering food and drink orders, but acknowledged us promptly. Drinks came quickly. The menu was pretty standard pub grub listings, but....ummmmm....it IS a pub after all.

OH had Cajun chicken wrap with a side of coleslaw. I had the usual steak sandwich with fries. Cajun chicken was robustly spiced, and the wrap looked well-filled and fresh. Coleslaw was good, if a bit onion-y. The steak was tender and cooked rare (to order). The fried onions on top could have used a bit more cooking, but were tasty. The fries were excellent, very crispy outside, nice and mealy inside.

Service was pleasant and quick. Washrooms were tidy. We would return if in the area. Nice pub.

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Floata Seafood Restaurant180 Keefer Street, #400, Vancouver
Expensive dim sum
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2009 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

Took my son and his partner to Floata on Sunday for dim sum. Son's partner wanted to see the cart-type service for dim-sum, and we were in Chinatown.

Personally, I found the service to be adequate, but certainly not outstanding. There was definately a "oh, a 'gwai-lo' " vibe. Several servers were downright curt with us, but not the Asian clientele. I hate that...

Food was good, when we could flag someone down. There was a LOT of eye-contact-avoidance. Empty tea pot, with lid a-jar, stayed empty for quite a while.

Ambiance.... hey, this is a LARGE restaurant. Very loud, very busy. They really do need to do some updates on the carpets, chairs, etc. The washroom (ladies) was disgusting, even for a Chinese restaurant. With their prices, they could at least fix some toilets and keep the paper towel dispenser full.

Value.... hard to really be objective. Food was OK, but very pricey. We did take home a few leftovers, but for what we ate, it was expensive.

Not sure I would go back. There are lots of Chinese places where your money is just as important as your complexion. Business is business, or should be...

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Chop10251 St Edwards Dr, Richmond
OK, we were impressed!
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2009 - 9:45pm [Dine in]

Other Half and I went here for a (belated - January) Christmas treat

We were greeted very pleasantly, seated promptly. Our server came over in good time, and the evening began...

The ambiance, for starters, is pretty posh for the Vancouver area. It seems dark and minimalist, but the spot-lighting was very effective.

The server was exceptional... friendly without overstepping it, responsive to US (even though we are...um, middle-aged....) She was there whenever we needed her, checked on us regularly, and genuinely seemed to enjoy her job.

The food.... oh, yum! The OH had tuna stack for a starter, and I had a trio of smoked salmon. I asked for shrimp cocktail, but they were "out". Strange, for an early Friday evening, but.... the smoked salmon was amazing. Three totally different presentations. Very nice.

For main, the OH had sirloin steak with lobster patties with wasabi mashed potatoes (!!!! = SO good). As I am allergic to lobster, I couldn't sample the patties, but they were pronounced to be excellent. Steak was tender, flavourful, perfectly cooked. I ordered ribeye with wild / mixed pilaf and creamed spinach. The steak was butter-tender, cooked exactly to order. The pilaf was good, the creamed spinach was braised baby spinach with a bearnaise-type sauce. An 'ummmmmmm" moment. For dessert, we split a white chocolate creme brulee with fresh raspberries. Sublime.

A bottle of reasonably priced Shiraz, and a very good black coffee for the OH, and that was our meal. Absolutely fabulous.

Value...., well, not cheap. For the quality and the experience and the special occasion, it was fine.

Highly recommended.

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Lotus Restaurant8939 120th Street, Delta
New owners in this location...
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is in the old Sam Wa location. I'm not sure what they've done to "upgrade", as I stopped going to Sam Wa years ago.

The Other Half and I went for lunch last Sunday, their "grand opening". Lots of flowers and plants at the front door with red ribbons and good wishes. I asked if the owners were the same people (as in - did they just change the name?) and was told no, new people.

A quick glance at the menu, and it looks pretty much like North American Chinese restaurant offerings., (no squid, no congee.... what kind of Chinese restaurant does not offer these items nowadays?)

Because we usually order more than for just the two of us, we ordered: spicy chicken wings, hot and sour soup, pork and bean sprout chow mein, gai lan with garlic sauce and <> from the chef's specials menu. pork chops with orange sauce. Turns out that on the chef's menu, the Chinese chararacters are on top... not so on the main menu....even if I told the server "pork chops with orange sauce", and he repeated it, we got egg tofu with dried scallop sauce on bok choy, the item one line down. When I asked, I was told "too bad". The chow mein was very salty, the "spicy" chicken wings were NOT spicy, the hot and sour soup was very bland, the gai lan was actually good. Quite a mixed bag.

Service: not so many people, and three servers rushing around getting in each other's way. One of the servers, while delivering a dish, looked at what was already on the table, and laughed! Greedy ''gwai lo""..... (we often over-order, just for the leftovers, and why would that matterÉ)

Ambiance.... maybe a new coat of purple and mauve paint and some frosted glass on the windows. Washrooms were EXACTLY the same, right down to the pieces of cotton mop caught on the bottom of the stalls.

Value... seemed a bit expensive, although the portions were OK.

In my opinion, you can get better (and more authentic) food at Yummy Wonton, just across the parking lot, for about the same price.

Hmmmm

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Vault, The5764 176 Street, Surrey
How did this place get HERE?
Submitted Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 11:54am [Dine in]

The Other Half was given gift certicates for this place as a Christmas gift from his daughter. We phoned Friday to make a reservation for Saturday and were told only 5:00 or 9:00 pm were available. We chose 5:00 and made our way through the cold, dark fog to Cloverdale.

On arriving, it was impossible to park in the same block as the restaurant. There was a small crowd huddled at the front door, waiting for THEIR 5:00 reservations. It was COLD out there, but they did not open the door until a few minutes after 5:00.

I was very pleasantly surprised to find a restaurant of this style and calibre tucked away in downtown Cloverdale. Realizing that this had been an old bank branch, it was amazing how the insides have been adapted. Stripped right to the cement block walls, and decorated with vintage "stuff". The area inside has been sectioned off into the main dining area (with a small stage), a bar and lounge, and some seating inside the still-standing vault itself. Makes the place seem much larger than it is!

Our drinks came quickly, followed by our appies: we split calamari and ahi tuna carpaccio. The calamari was one of the very best I've EVER tasted. Fresh and tender, lightly breaded, non-greasy and accompanied by excellent tzatziki - again very fresh and light, just the right amount of garlic. Sesame-crusted tuna carpaccio was also a winner - perfectly-sliced tuna, drizzled with wasabi-soy and garnished with pickled ginger and radish sprouts. Yum.

The OH ordered Mixed Seafood Grill and I struggled with deciding between Seafood Hotpot with red curry sauce and a tenderloin with added prawns; the beef won, but I will absolutely try the Hotpot another time. It smelled terrific as it wafted by on the way to another table.

Seafood grill was prawns, scallops, salmon and halibut in a spicy hoisin-type sauce. Served with rice and daily veg = green filet beans and roasted red pepper. Tenderloin was perfect, prawns were extremely fresh and tasty. Steak came with garlic mashed potatoes (not overwhelmingly garlicked) and the same side vegetables, done to "al dente" stage, a bit of crunch left in them. Also ordered a half-litre of Australia shiraz, which was a good choice. For dessert, we split a tiramisu and the OH had coffee. Both excellent.

The place was jam-packed by 6:00, with several large parties. Lots of servers and bus-persons refilling water glasses, removing empty plates, offering more bread. Orders arrived in good time, fresh and hot. If you make a trip to the very back of the place to find the washrooms (very clean) , watch out for speeding staff!

Absolutely recommended; be sure to make reservations if you even THINK it might be a busy time!

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Forest Ale House3140 King George Hwy, Surrey
Sort-of a hybrid pub
Submitted Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

This pub is tacked onto the back of the Black Forest Restaurant on King George Highway in Surrey. Usually, there seems to be quite a number of cars in the parking lot - today, for a late lunch, there were just a few.

The Other Half and I wandered in around 1:00 pm on a Thursday. Only two other tables occupied, and no waitstaff in sight. Not wanting to sit and be overlooked, we stood around until a staff person appeared.

The room, as mentioned, seems to be an overflow from the schnitzel-und-stuff restaurant. Heavy wooden tables, vaguely European-peasant-styled chairs (comfortable, though). Lots of screens with sports. It was clean and tidy, and once we were noticed, the service was perfunctory, but OK.

The OH had a schnitzel cordon bleu (ham and cheese) burger with Caesar salad, I ordered the first-time test dish of steak sandwich with fries. Drinks came quickly, food came quickly. The food, for a pub, was very, very good. A more-than-passable caesar salad, and a great burger. Excellent steak sandwich, done as ordered, with very tasty fried mushrooms. The fries were also excellent, with long-ways grooves - very hot, fresh and crispy.

Despite some determined attempts to engage the server with conversation and pleasantries, she was not at all interested in warming up. Too bad, other than the offhand manner of the server, it was an excellent lunch.

Recommended.

PS Washrooms clean and up-to-date.

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Hop & Vine Pub1601 Burnwood Drive, Burnaby
Great first visit!
Submitted Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 10:36pm [Dine in]

Very nice neighbourhood pub tucked into a tiny mall in North Burnaby. Went to the Hop & Vine on a chilly, foggy Sunday afternoon. NFL football had a very vocal group up front, quieter areas were in behind.

After 2:00 in the afternoon, the place was packed. An all-day breakfast/brunch seemed to draw in quite a crowd. We found a table, were greeted in a friendly fashion, and had our drink orders taken promptly.

It was difficult to decide... the menu seems a cut above most pub-style menues. The Other Half ordered a new item on the list, Deep Sea Salad served with garlic toast. I ordered The Works burger, with everything on it including a fried egg. Asked for onion rings as a side. The salad was vast and tasty, the garlic toast mildly-garlicked. The burger was amazing. A huge (not pre-formed) beef patty, fried onions and mushrooms, cheese, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce and the fried egg. Once I figured out how to put it all together, it was wonderful. The onion rings were prebreaded and frozen, but fried up nicely to be non-greasy and very good.

A nice room, not too fancy or "olde-Irish". The fireplace looked nice on a cold day. The washrooms were clean and tidy. Only two servers on duty for the whole pub, but they did a great job.

I wish this place was a bit closer to home. Very comfortable, good food, nice people.

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Buck & Ear Bar and Grill12111 3rd Avenue, Richmond
Wow, it's been a loooong time!
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 4:48pm [Dine in]

I haven't been here for many years. Last time I was here, it was a beer parlour...OK, OK - I'm getting old...

The room is nicely done British-pub style. Quite dark-toned wood, lots of little nooks and crannies, lots of tables - high and regular. Upholstered benches, a few wing-back chairs. Pool table and darts board, and live music advertised for Friday and Saturday.

They have Kilkenny on tap, so I was favourably disposed to start with. We were there mid-afternoon on a Sunday, and there were quite a few people having a late lunch or just schmoozing.

The Other Half ordered halibut and chips, I ordered the good ole steak sandwich (rare, please) with soup of the day. It was a spinach/bacon soup, very hot and tasty. The steak sandwich was a disappointment, but the steak was so thin it would have had to be uncooked to be rare. It turned out a solid "medium-well". The mushrooms and fried onion mix on top was good, as were the "tobacco onions" added as a garnish. This last item is very thinly sliced onions, dredged in a curry-tasting flour and deep-fried briefly. Quite flavourful. The OH's halibut was satisfactory, the coleslaw and tartar sauce were excellent, and the chips were fabulous. (why is it so hard to deep-fry potatoes? When you run across good ones, you are pleasantly surprised!)

Service was prompt, if not over-the-top friendly. Bathrooms were impeccable (at least the women's was...)

A nice pub, with pub-style food done fairly well. For what it is, I would recommend it.

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Flying Beaver Bar & Grill4760 Inglis Drive, Richmond
first visit, impressed!
Submitted Saturday, December 27, 2008 - 4:13pm [Dine in]

The Other Half had severe cabin fever after all the snow, so we headed to Richmond for lunch on Saturday. I had heard of this pub, it seemed a little different, and so we went searching for it.

I`ve lived in the Lower Mainland for decades, but have never been to the South Terminal of YVR. It seemed a bit of adventure to get there!

Very nice ambiance, right on the river. The Harbour Air seaplanes land and take off from just outside the windows. The room itself was comfortable and welcoming. Also refreshing that it wasn`t `ye olde Irish-Celtic` themed...

The menu said breakfast only until 10:45, but the server told us that they now extend the brunch menu until 1:00 pm on the weekends. The OH had the Biggie Breakfast with ham, sausage, bacon, two eggs toast and hash browns. He all but licked the plate, so I gather that it was very good indeed. I ordered `Bad Boys`bennie, also with ham, sausage, bacon, hollandaise sauce, two eggs and hash browns. It was very good, and very generous in the size of the serving. I couldn`t finish it.

Bathrooms were clean and tidy. The pub itself was well-kept and spotless. Empty plates cleared promptly, empty glasses refilled promptly by very friendly waitstaff.

I wish it was closer to home... still, I foresee a few more visits in the future. The summertime would be great for the outside deck seating.

Recommended

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Cloverdale Station Neighbourhood Pub5855 176A Street, Surrey
Under new management...
Submitted Sunday, December 14, 2008 - 10:16am [Dine in]

Not far from Fraser Downs racetrack, in a fairly-new building. The Other Half and I were in Cloverdale doing some Christmas shopping and saw the pub sign, so we stopped in for lunch.

Very nice open room, lots of TV screens, comfortable chairs, quite clean. Bathrooms are very trendy, also clean.

Friendly staff took our drink orders and food orders promptly. The OH ordered a bowl of Tex-Mex Chili with garlic toast, I ordered steak (rare) sandwich with a cup of clam chowder. I had intended the cup of chowder to replace the fries, but got both and got charged for both. As I was hungry, I did not object, but there was definitely a miscommunication with the server.

Food was OK, typical pub/bar style. We received our orders quickly, and the food was fresh and hot. Good fries, standard chowder. The chili was substantial, but not very spicy. Steak arrived closer to medium than to rare, but was certainly edible.

We would go back if in the area...

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Ashoka Indian Cuisine20530 Fraser Hwy, Langley
Very good food, nice people
Submitted Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

Sorry, did not try the butter chicken. The Other Half and I stopped in for dinner on a Wednesday evening. We ordered palak paneer, chicken tikka masala and rogan josh. Rice "came with", and we ordered raita and garlic naan.

As it was our first time there, we asked a few questions about heat level and such. We asked for "Indian medium" not "Canadian medium" in spicing. We were told that their "hot" is actually "Indian medium", and were steered to THEIR version of "medium". Which was OK, but I think I would have preferred the Indian level.

On the plus side, the service was friendly and timely. They asked if we had any questions or wanted any help choosing. We had an idea of what we wanted, and ordered it with Indian Cobra beer (which was very nice indeed!).

Palak paneer was nicely spiced, the spinach not cooked to a grey mush. Rogan josh was a generous portion of tender lambin tasty sauce, and the chicken tikka masala was very tender. I asked if they would substitute methi (green fenugreek) for the fresh coriander, and they complied gladly. Raita was cool and rich, rice was dry and just the right "chew", and the garlic naan used minced garlic, not garlic salt. For dessert, the OH ordered rice pudding/kheer and a black coffee.

We ate until pleasantly stuffed, and still had lots to take home for another supper. A good experience in a friendly, clean restaurant with tasty food. We would go back.

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Foggy Dew Irish Pub405 North Road, Coquitlam
better than average pub food
Submitted Friday, November 28, 2008 - 11:45pm [Dine in]

The Other Half's daughter works nearby, and she said the food was pretty good here. Having taken something to her workplace, we were looking for lunch in the area.

Another one of the "olde Irish-type" pubs, but fairly well done. Lots of smaller areas, nooks and crannies. Comfortable seating, prompt and friendly service.

The OH ordered lamb burger, I went with the test-piece steak sandwich. It came with fries AND caesar salad AND a few onion rings... and it came perfectly cooked to my request for "rare". We were there early in the lunch hour and got our drinks and food very quickly. It was getting pretty busy by the time we left.

So, the food was pub food, but very good pub food. Service was great, value was average. I was going to give the ambiance a 3, but in retrospect, it was pretty nice.

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Brewster's Pub7380 King George Highway, #700, Surrey
Pub = great, food = not so much
Submitted Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

Sunday lunch, rainy day on King George Highway. We have noticed this pub where an Earl's was, several years ago. What the hay, let's try it...

Walked into a raucous brunch-time crowd of NFL football fans. At least four games on the various screens around the place. It was a great feeling, very alive, very energetic. A few hangovers being nursed with the breakfast specials, but whatever... The crowd seemed happy.

Service was absolutely amazing. Our server was Pearl, and she was right there any time we needed her. Friendly, upbeat, efficient, and did that young lady EVER motor... speed plus!

The Other Half ordered beef gyros with caesar salad. I ordered steak (rare) and eggs with rye toast. That's where things started to go downhill...

The food came in good time, and we tucked in. Eggs and toast were perfect, the steak was overcooked and tough. The OH's beef gyros was dry and chewy, the salad nothing special.

We enjoyed the pub atmosphere and the service was excellent. The food, unfortunately, was not outstanding.

We would go back for the "vibe", but the food needs work.

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Kelly's Pub7218 King George Highway, #112, Surrey
New pub in Newton
Submitted Friday, November 7, 2008 - 4:38pm [Dine in]

This pub and liquor store are part of the redevelopment in the King George Highway/72nd Avenue area of Surrey. (Close to the site of the old Rootin' Tootin' Newton Pub...)

They have been open since St. Patrick's Day. Nice room, two main areas, and a patio. The menu was a bit more extensive than regular pub grub, but not too much. The Other Half had a Southwest chicken wrap with salad, I opted for the benchmark steak sandwich, steak cooked rare. Drinks and food came in good order. The wrap was pronounced a major success, the steak sandwich did not make the grade. Too much Montreal Steak Spice on it, and overdone. It was served on focaccia bread, which was a pleasant change.

The servers seemed perfunctory, and not very interested in conversation. It was the end of the Friday lunch hour rush, so not that busy. Just a disinterest in engaging the client.

Price/value - about standard. On Friday, they do a cod fish and chips special, and that seemed to have been the meal of choice of many patrons.

Even though the name is "Kelly's", there was no overt attempt to be "ye olde Irish", which was refreshing. Clean bathrooms.

We would drop by again if we were in the area. It seems like a place that is just finding its stride...

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