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marymacDelta, BCSince September 5, 2005145 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
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Frankie G's Boilerhouse Pub305 Ewen Avenue, New Westminster
Have driven by this place before...
Submitted Friday, May 30, 2008 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

...and not stopped. As previous reviewers mentioned, it doesn't look promising from the outside. We stopped in for lunch.

We were there early, and had our choice of seats. Nice looking place inside, with several levels and areas and a sunny deck outside. The washrooms were impeccable, and that's saying something for a pub!

Drinks came quickly, food orders taken. Hubby had a salmon burger with wasabi mayo, caesar salad on the side. I went for the benchmark steak sandwich with fries, cooked rare please.

Salmon burger was huge and tasty, caesar salad was quite good. My poor steak sandwich wasn't quite as much of a success. Such a thin, thin piece of meat cannot possibly be cooked "rare", and it was quite well done. Fries were hot and fresh, onion rings were really good.

Service was excellent, fast and friendly. I can see this place becoming a neighbourhood hangout when the area finishes redeveloping. Quite pleasant.

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Green Lettuce Restaurant6350 120th Street, Unit 112, Surrey
Great for lunch
Submitted Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

The Other Half and I stopped by for a quick lunch today. I have been here before with groups, but this was the first time I've ventured in with just two people.

Greetings were prompt and friendly. We were seated and then tea and menus arrived almost instantly. We ordered sweet and sour chicken and the tofu, broccoli and eggplant with spicy garlic sauce. The food came quickly, and it was GOOD!! Fresh, hot and tasty, both large dishes. Lots of rice. They asked our preference on heat level, and I think we got "Caucasian-medium" instead of "real-medium", but I'm starting to learn that I should ask if there really IS a difference...

It was a quick lunch - we were in and out in about 40 minutes. Just what we needed. We left comfortably full, but happy.

The reataurant is clean, the service is excellent, the food is very, very good. Great place, we'll try it for take-out soon.

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Tokyo Joe's8211 Ackroyd Rd., #130, Richmond
good fresh fish
Submitted Saturday, May 24, 2008 - 3:39pm [Dine in]

Saturday lunch time found us in Richmond, feeling like sushi instead of Chinese food. Recalling favourable reviews of this place, we searched it out to give it a try.

Walking in, I thought "oh-oh...." It is extremely basic. Sushi bar on one side, small kitchen in behind, linoleum floors and mismatched furnishings. The welcome was immediate and very friendly.

Our order taken, we were directed to complimentary miso soup, green tea and water - help yourself. Our sushi came very quickly, and one bite convinced us we had not made a mistake.

We both ordered their nigiri combo, which came with salmon, tuna, surf clam, octopus, cooked prawn, raw prawn, chopped scallop, masago (tiny, tiny fish eggs) and several pieces each of tuna and salmon roll. We were stuffed...!

Nice people, small clean place. I wish we lived closer for take-out.

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Tidewaters Pub & Grill10190 River Road, Delta
nice friendly pub for lunch
Submitted Friday, May 23, 2008 - 6:18pm [Dine in]

The Other Half and I dropped into Tidewaters for lunch on a Friday. The parking lot was VERY full, and the joint was jumpin'...

We were acknowledged promptly by our server, and had our drinks delivered quickly. Food orders didn't take long either.

I ordered my "benchmark" pub meal, a steak sandwich cooked "rare". I had fries with it. The OH ordered a prime-rib burger with Caesar salad. (we usually split the sides). His burger was excellent. My steak was excellent. The sides, not so much. A very non-descript Caesar, and "meh" fries.

The place was clean, the washroom (ladies) immaculate with fresh flowers! The service was great, and the main part of the meals were also great. We would come back.

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Bistro Pastis2153 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
SUCH a wonderful evening!
Submitted Friday, May 23, 2008 - 10:50am [Dine in]

Party of five went to Bistro Pastis last Wednesday evening to celebrate my son's graduation from UBC.

Reservations were for 6:30, but the ceremonies took longer than expected. A quick phone call, and "no problem".

I suspect that how people perceive service is partially influenced by how they approach a place. From the moment we walked in the door, the service was prompt, professional, unobtrusive and FRIENDLY.

All appies, mains and desserts were excellent. No complaints or criticisms at all. The extensive wine list defeated me, so we ordered 1/2 litres, and were happy with "house" choices.

Can't say enough about our server for the evening. She was friendly, efficient and helpful. She had a nice rapport with the two elderly women in our party, very patient. She was there when we needed her, and not there when we were involved with conversation and visiting. Perfect service.

As mentioned, the room is pleasant and clean. Very plain and uncluttered. I would think that, in the summer, when the front wall doors are open to the small patio, it would feel more open. There seemed to be a problem with the air conditioning and heat. Either too warm and stuff, or too cool. Our changeable weather might have been partially responsible. Several different days of weather were crammed into one that day, and it changed constantly.

It isn't cheap, but what you get isn't cheap quality either. Excellent evening. Perfect for what we wanted.

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Artful Dodger Pub, The2364 200th Street, Langley
lunch on holiday Monday
Submitted Monday, May 19, 2008 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

We were going to be in the Langley area on Monday, and searched around this site for a pub we hadn't tried.

The Artful Dodger was near the top of the list, and the ratings were good. Off we went, south, south, south on 200th.

We arrived just around noon, and it was quiet. A few motorbikes, a few pickups, no horses...

The server greeted us promptly, got our drinks and left us to sort through the (very large) menu. The Other Half decided on beef and Guinness stew served in a giant Yorkshire pud, and I was intrigued by the prime rib sandwich. Not sliced leftovers, I was told, but a single piece of prime rib. I asked if it was possible to get it rare or medium rare. No problem. Gravy on the side instead of over it? No problem.

The food came in good time, and it was steaming hot. The one problem... the "rare to med-rare" prime rib was VERY well done. When the server came back to check, I did mention that well done was not anywhere near med-rare in my mind. She looked at it, agreed, came back with a plate and removed the bread and meat.. She came back just minutes later with another plate, another piece of meat freshly-grilled. She was very cheerful and very charming about the whole issue. Unfortunately, "rare" doesn't seem to be possible in that kitchen. It was well-done again. I gave up and ate it. When the server checked again, she asked to see the meat. "Oh no...!" She seemed genuinely concerned. I told her, no worries, I would eat it since it didn't seem likely I was going to get the meat done rare. This is a pub, after all, not Gotham's steak house...!

The premises were a little older, but clean and comfortable. Staff was very friendly and obliging. Salads were fresh and crisp, fries were hot and crisp. The stew was pronounced excellent. Pale ale was from a fresh keg, and perfect.

Not a young, hipster clientele, so the O.H. and I fit in nicely. I would go back

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Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant4231 Hazelbridge Way, #205, Richmond
Not a fan of AYCE, but.....
Submitted Friday, May 16, 2008 - 5:17pm [Dine in]

We had gone to Tomokazu in Vancouver about 6 months ago, ending up there because we were pressed for time and the restaurant we were headed for had gone out of business. We were "underwhelmed" by the Vancouver location: the food was adequate, but the place looked like it needed a major cleaning and the server was rather distant.

Again, after reading these reviews, and since we were in Richmond anyway, we decided to give the Richmond location a try.

Service was prompt, friendly and professional. We were there for lunch on a weekday, and the rush hadn't started yet. The place was tidy and clean, including washrooms.

Ordered miso soup (OK), ebi sunomono and spinach gomae (both very, very good...the spinach was really fresh and not overcooked). Also ordered the salmon and tuna sashimi - salmon was good, tuna was a bit "stale". Agedashi tofu, chicken wings, baked seafood with mayo sauce... all fresh, hot and tasty. Spicy tuna cones and chop scallop cones were good as well. BC roll and Dynamite roll fell apart, but tasted fine.

With a Sapporo beer and a window table on a sunny Friday, we were happy with our choice. Rating it a "4" with the proviso that it IS an AYCE, and that's a class all its own.

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Cielito Lindo20491 Fraser Highway, Langley
Hmmm...what's going on with these reviews...?
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 10:50pm [Dine in]

We had been here a few years ago, and were underwhelmed...

After three VERY positive reviews here (all from 1-review people), we tried it again today.

AFTER lunch time on Sunday, and because another Mexican restaurant just a few doors down was closed, the small place was crammed. Many walk-by customers peeked in, and kept on walking.

Even after making eye-contact with the server as we walked in and claimed the last two-person table, it took forever (and an aggresive "excuse me" ) to even get ther server to take our order.

This is NOT a big space. MAYBE thirty people, crammed in.

After insisting that the server take our order (we'd been sitting unacknowledged for 15 minutes), we then waited and waited and waited. Several younger Hispanic people came rushing in (obviously called in for an emergency )- a full house at 2:00 in the afternoon,) and we finally got our food and later, our drinks.

I ordered Chile Relleno, the Other Half ordered tamales. When the food FINALLY arrived, it was just OK. Both dishes looked like they had been pre-plated and nuked. Quite bland. We had to ask (twice) for hot sauce.

A quick lunch took us well over an hour an a half.

Maybe they were busy because most of the two blocks around were closed on a Sunday. Maybe they were too busy. It was not very satisfactory

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EN Japanese Restaurant4422 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
It was VERY good...
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 10:36pm [Dine in]

Took my elderly auntie for dinner last night. She was thinking more of the traditional "bento" type of Japanese restaurant.

I had been to EN when it was still on Granville. It seems to be moving upscale from then.

Service was impeccable. Ambiance is austere but classy.

We ordered miso soup (in a flat soup bowl, not a laquered cup), the avocado salad (dressed greens with pine nuts, and raisins), the avocado tempura-fired in a delicate batter...oh YUM.

Also had some nigiri sushi, impeccably fresh. And crispy beach oysters, the tempura tuna roll, and eby gyoza. All very, very nice.

Price....hmmm. Quite upper-end. Overall, very nicely done and very tasty.

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Speed's Neighbourhood Pub4943 Chisholm Street, Delta
Great on a sunny afternoon
Submitted Saturday, April 19, 2008 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

The Other Half and I went here for a late lunch on Saturday. Although it was sunny, the wind was cold.

This pub is located right on the slough in Ladner. Lots of interesting "views" out the windows. Pub itself is showing a bit of age, but it was clean and tidy.

Ordered a steak sandwich (steak done rare) with fries for me, and the OH ordered a shrimp croissant with caesar salad. We both had pale ale to drink.

The fries were OK, the onion rings were great, but the steak was very, very thin and very, very well-done. The shrimp croissant was pronounced to be very good indeed, even though the caesar salad was average.

The servers were both very friendly and efficient, but the bartender was snarly. Not wanting to leave the money on the table, we took it up to the bar and got barked at to "pay the server, not the bartender". Guess not everyone likes a sunny Saturday afternoon.

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La Charcuterie Delicatessen19080 96 Ave, Surrey
go in there with a smile
Submitted Friday, April 18, 2008 - 10:04pm [Dine in]

We just HAD to check this place out. Situated deep in the Port Kells Industrial Park, it can be hard to spot if you're watching out for the semi's.

Signs on the door warn you to bring in your sense of the absurd and leave your hang-ups outside.

We were about third in line, and the off-colour repartee was flying thick and fast. At one point, the one-man-show behind the counter told the others in line that he would have to behave, as "there was a lady here!" When I looked around and asked "Where?", everyone laughed and we were OK.

The bread was excellent, the meats and cheese freshly sliced and PILED on. As everyone else has said, one sandwich makes two meals.

Very tasty, very entertaining. Go just to see that this guy is for real!

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Mirch Masala9545 120th Street, Surrey
Another great Punjabi-style restaurant on Scott Road
Submitted Sunday, April 6, 2008 - 4:11pm [Dine in]

Finally stopped by Mirch Masala for lunch on a chilly, windy, rainy Sunday. We arrived before noon, and only one other couple was there before us.

The welcome was friendly, and we certainly had our choice of tables! There were "reserved" signs on some tables, and the place got busy fairly quickly.

I ordered the chicken lunch platter with butter chicken. My partner ordered lamb lunch platter with lamb korma. We debated the Indian beer, but decided to stick with water. Choice of "heat" was offered, and we asked for "real-medium", not "Canadian-medium". We got it, and it was great!

Butter chicken was very good, very rich and lots of chicken. Lamb korma was excellent, the meat plentiful and tender, the sauce rich and the spices well balanced. The platters come with the veg curry of the day, basmati rice, a very nice raita and very good naan. To finish, we were presented with one piece of gulab jamun (sp?) each.

Lunch for 2 was $23.00 including tip. Service was friendly and prompt. Ambiance.....? Hmmm, this place has been so many restaurants over the years, they all kinda blur together. Very clean and spacious. The central fireplace is a nice touch.

This was our first visit. IMHO, the food is every bit as good as Mahek across the street, and more reasonably priced. Not as slick, but very comfortable. Great place.

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Thea's Taverna211 Ewen Avenue, New Westminster
GREAT place to search out...
Submitted Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

Went to Thea's today, based on reviews here. It is an amazing place in an out-of-the-way place.

You really need to check the map and see where you are going...right on the eastern end of Annacis Island.

It wasn't too busy at lunch on a Thursday. Service was very prompt and very pleasant.

I ordered the Seafood Souvlaki (prawns and scallops), the Other Half ordered the daily special, a Chicken Penne with Alfredo sauce and garlic bread.

The food arrived in a timely fashion. The garlic bread was AWESOME, and that's hard to say these days. The Alfredo sauce was VERY tasty, and the pasta was perfectly done. The souvlaki was excellent, not overly-grilled at all. Came with rice, roasted potatoes, tzatziki, pita, and a very nice Greek salad. The quality and freshness was outstanding.

Well worth the search to find this place.

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Shima-Ya5589 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
glad we found it!
Submitted Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 12:48am [Dine in]

On our way into town for a play at the Cultch, hubby and I were looking for Japanese in general, sushi in particular. As has become a habit with us, we checked around the DineHere ratings for a place to try.

Although there were only three reviews, all had positive things to say about Shima-Ya, so decided to try it out.

It is a VERY small place, MAYBE seating for 20 at a pinch. It seems to be a husband and wife team, very friendly.

We ordered 3 kinds of sashimi, and the omakase nigiri sushi. All fish was impeccably fresh. Miso soup came with the omakase, and it was made with a slightly-darker miso than usual...very hot and good on a cold, wet evening.

Great place to try for very fresh fish and friendly service.

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Hon's Wun Tun House408 6th Street, New Westminster
we USED to come here all the time...
Submitted Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 9:38pm [Dine in]

...from North Delta. We thought we could overlook the "ambiance thang" if the food was good...

And IT USED TO BE. We came at least once a week, endured the lineups and the "casual" service.

The past few times we've been, the food is NOT ao good, and the slack service is starting to get "not so charming"....

I'm sorry that a reasonably accessible place has gone downhill. We haven't been there for many months, based mostly on the "meh" service and the "meh" food.

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Melange Restaurant19955 Fraser Highway, Langley
CLOSED
Submitted Friday, March 21, 2008 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

This place has been CLOSED since at least last summer..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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Viva Mexico Restaurant Grill & Cantina20505 Fraser Highway, #103, Langley
was worried until I tasted the food...!
Submitted Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 5:42pm [Dine in]

Feeling like having Mexican food, we dropped in for lunch. The first disappointment was that their all-you-can eat taco buffet was not operational, "just for today...". Then, I tried ordering Chiles Rellenos. Ummm, so sorry, they were "out of chiles rellenos today". Hmmmm.

As a default, I ordered Enchiladas Suizas. Hubby ordered the taco salad with beef. Waited for the food with some misgivings.

Well, the enchiladas were EXCELLENT, just stuffed with very tender chicken. The refritos were rich, and the rice was perfectly done. The taco salad was pronounced to be excellent as well.

It is a small room, with colourful decorations. Very clean, and quite busy. They have beer and wine, but we stuck with iced tea for lunchtime.

The only thing I would do differently next time (and there will be a next time...) is order the food medium hot in spice, so that I don't have to sprinkle on quite so much hot sauce.

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Al & Jan's Fish & Chips9014 152nd Street, #201, Surrey
for what it is, EXCELLENT!!
Submitted Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 11:03am [Dine in]

Based on reviews here, we searched out Al & Jan's at lunchtime yesterday. It was "all you can eat", and the place was extremely busy, but we were acknowledged and seated promptly.

OK, so this is a fish and chip shop. Nothing fancy about the basic room, but it was tidy and clean. I ordered a platter of cod, oysters and prawns with coleslaw and a roll. Hubby went for "all you can eat" (cod). Food arrived quickly, and OMG - it was amazing! Fries were perfectly done, fish was fresh and an ample portion. Oysters and prawns were excellent as well. Hubby got FIVE pieces of cod on his plate, "for starters". He could have had more, but had to give up...

So, keeping in mind that I'm talking about a fish and chip joint, this was superlative. Everything was very fresh, perfectly done, and not greasy in the least. Service was quick and friendly. If you have a craving for this type of food in Surrey, it's worth looking for. Tucked in beside Save-On Foods on 152nd at Fraser Hwy. Excellent.

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Tree Rock Brew House9547 152nd St, Surrey
worth looking for...
Submitted Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 4:05pm [Dine in]

Hubby and I went to Tree Rock for Sunday lunch, having driven by many times since the Mug and Musket (same location) days and wondering what it was like now.

Don't be put off by lack of signage, go and try the door! They were open, and not very busy.

They have completely renovated the old Mug, and there wasn't a fake seagull in sight. Nicely done, open and clean. No particular theme, but the ambiance was relaxed.

I ordered a steak sandwich, hubby ordered Louisiana chicken burger. Caesar salad was OK, fries were nice and hot and crispy. The piece of steak was thick and excellent, done perfectly. Hubby thought the chicken burger was "really good". Our server was attentive and pleasant.

They brew their own, and the honey lager was on sale. We ordered the honey lager and their pale ale...both nicely done.

The owners were there, and very friendly. We would go back and try the Greek-influenced (souvlaki, etc) offerings on the menu. Nice place.

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My Village Indian Cuisine2828 152 Street, #105, Surrey
seemed a bit expensive
Submitted Saturday, March 8, 2008 - 4:58pm [Dine in]

Hubby and I went here for lunch just after New Year. We ordered spinach and panir, a pulao, raita, naan and a chicken dish. We asked for "medium" heat.

The chicken was OK, but quite mild.

The spinach paneer tasted musty, either the spices were old or the spinach was. It was also that olive drab colour spinach gets to be when cooked too long. Also had to hunt for the paneer, not much of it in there. This dish was also quite mild.

The rice was fine, the raita was fine, the naan bread was fine. BUT, I guess we need to specify "Canadian folks" medium versus "Punjabi folks" medium. I mentioned that the heat level was quite low, and the lady seemed surprised.... "You ASKED for medium!"

Nice little restaurant, service was friendly and prompt. I wouldn't go back just because it was slightly more expensive than other Indian/Pakistani restaurants in Surrey, and the quality was not as good as some....

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