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mbsnobby604Since December 15, 20086 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.5)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance1.5 (1.7)

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Miya Japanese Restaurant1175 Johnson St, #360, Coquitlam
Sushi Snob
Submitted Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 6:18pm [Dine in]

Been here twice for lunch now with a friend and shared our meals. It's pretty good. At first I thought the prices were a bit higher than normal, but the food arrived and I was pleasantly surprised.

Food - 4: I give the food a 4 because they didn't skimp on fillings for the Maki's. Our food came with miso soup. We didn't have to order it separately. Salmon maki was very good. It had a rather large piece of salmon sashimi inside which was quite surprising. The Dynomite roll had 3 pieces of shrimp at all times along the roll and there was avocado! The Negitoro maki was bursting at it's seams. There was definitely more "filling" than rice. Wakame salad was very palate cleansing and delicious. The Unagi nigiri and the Inari nigiri were also good. The Unagi could have had more unagi sauce on it though. The presentation of the sushi was just wonderful. Not just place as they were cut, they were arranged in to shapes (flower, pyramid, etc). I had a salmon teriyaki bento lunch box combo the 2nd time I went there and it was quite good. It came with sunomono, 2 orange wedes, salad, 5 tempura pieces, and a california roll. $8.00 for that particular box.

Service -2: The service was just decent. I don't think they've hired too much staff yet. The first day I went it was pretty quiet and there was only one server and one sushi chef. But it wasn't busy so we were seated right away and tea was brought out promptly. The 2nd time, however, it was a little bit busier and it was a different server. She didn't seem to know how to multi-task. She seated us and failed to bring over any menus. We found that quite odd. We had to wave her over to get the menus. After flagging attempting to flag down the server 3 times we finally got our order in. The chef doesn't know how to prioritize his orders. He made food as the orders came in. The table of 4 kept getting their food and we were sitting there twiddling our thumbs wondering why not even the appy had arrived yet. They still need to iron out the service. The servers need to remember to take finished dishes back to the kitchen with them. Our table was cluttered with empty bowls and plates even though they had come by to check on us already.

Value - 3: As I explained above, I thought the prices were a tad high, but it's worth it. If you would normally get 5 rolls, get 4. I found myself getting full before I had even finished the meal.

Ambiance - 2: It's a pretty typical sushi place. 3 booths along one wall shaped like a boat (the whole place has a nautical theme to it). 4 free standing tables in the middle and then a bench seat that runs along the far wall with tables and chairs to accompany it. Nothing special. Although I must admit their menu is very pleasing to the eye.

If you're going to be in Coquitlam or shopping at the mall and need a bite to eat, come and give this place a try. I will go back again next month to see if they are doing better with service. Otherwise I'll just enjoy the wakame salad.

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Matteo's Gelato2615 Mary Hill Road, Port Coquitlam
Simply Delicious Gelato
Submitted Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

On a hot summer evening, this place is busier than night market.

I can only comment on gelato as that's all I've had at this place. The owner is always adding new flavours and is super friendly. I always get a small waffle cone... because it's just so BIG. I like to try the new flavours when I'm there and the servers are always super friendly and don't mind that I'm such a picky taster. Back to the size of gelato... ever been to MG on robson? I remember thinking "I paid X amount of dollars and all I got was this teeeeeensy little cone of ice cream?" You'll never feel that way at Matteo's.

Pop on by for dessert, you won't regret it.

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Hiro Sushi2540 Shaughnessy St, #111, Port Coquitlam
What happened to this place?
Submitted Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

I used to come for sushi here all the time.

What happened?

This place used to be my favourite sushi place in town. Now the prices have gone up, the portions have gotten smaller, and the quality of fish is less than stellar.

I wish I had written a glowing review of this place years ago, perhaps that would have saved it.

But seeing the revolving door of waitresses in the course of one year should have been an early warning sign of things to come.

The food USED to be delicious, but now it's just mediocre.
The service USED to be alright, now it's just non-existent. This is a cafeteria style, seat yourself, serve your own tea kind of place.... but your food used to arrived in a much timelier fashion.
The value USED to be GREAT, but now it's just over priced and under par.
The ambiance remains the same.

I wouldn't return here again.

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Shalin Noodle House656 W Broadway, Vancouver
My seat is still warm from the last customer
Submitted Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 11:19pm [Dine in]

I love going to this place. I always bring some wipes to wipe down the table and utensils, just in case. I know that it's a popular restaurant in the area and there's always a lineup around meal times. But man, this place is quite disgusting sometimes. Even then, I find I often return.

I always order fresh cold soya milk and a noodle dish of some kind. If I'm with other people, we tend to split a serving of pot stickers. I notice that I'm not the only one that's a fan of their pot stickers. Looking around the room I see that most people have ordered the same fare.

The food usually comes quite quickly, as for the bill, not so quick. The place could use a makeover, if only it being paint and new food posters. Some of the pictures are so faded and discoloured that I have no idea what it was supposed to be!

The prices are worthy of the food. So if you're in the neighbourhood, don't be afraid of that lineup! It's really worth the wait!

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Donair Affair2540 Mary Hill Road, #105, Port Coquitlam
My affair with Donair Affair
Submitted Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

Don't judge a book by it's cover. In this case, the book is probably missing it's cover. Whenever I'm around this place at meal times, I'm always want to have a donair. There's just something about the Lamb w/ mushroom donair that gets to me. I always get them to "cook" the mushrooms and onions. Hold the tomato. Sometimes I get the friendly, overly flirtatious young guy and sometimes I get the super serious old guy. Either way, the donair is SO DELICIOUS.

That being said, don't expect much of an ambiance. There is none. Basically there's a huge wrap around counter w/ stools to sit at. It's super hot in the summer and a TV in the corner aimed at the cooks. See what I mean? Don't go there if you want to sit and eat and enjoy the day. You might just melt. The portion is great for what you pay and they don't skimp on the sauce. This is a great place for your lunch/dinner to go.

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Ginza Restaurant2850 Oxford Street, Port Coquitlam
A very solid and average sushi place well worth your coins
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 4:15pm [Dine in]

Walked in to this sushi restaurant at about 1:30pm. The place was completely empty and I thought to myself, "this is not a good sign." My friend and I were prompted to sit wherever we liked. Hot tea and water were brought out with our menus.

We ordered a Dragon Roll, BC Roll, Chopped Scallop Roll, Philadelphia Roll, Smoked Salmon Roll, Negitoro Roll, Unagi, and Inari. The food came out fairly quickly, as was to be expected seeing as only one other group came in after us. The Unagi was pretty plane, it could have used some more sauce. But all in all, a very solid experience. Nothing tasted bad, yet nothing was spectacular either.

The restaurant itself is very plain. Very dark in colour and lighting. Typical bench seats in the round, table, and chair on the other side. Not exactly the most comfortable experience.

All in all the lunch was good, the price for what we ordered was really great and the servers were attentive. Mind you, I can't say what it would have been like should there have been a lunch rush. Perhaps this is somewhere worth going again seeing as so few people go there!

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