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miaMaple RidgeSince March 14, 200921 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)

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Cork & Fin221 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Glad we tried it
Submitted Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 3:52pm [Dine in]

Took a date here last night as I've walked by several times, and it looked interesting.

Food: They explained to us that everything was tapas sized so we ordered a few oysters to start (very nice and fresh) and a couple items each. Everything was well prepared and tasty, although we found the portions just a little on the small size for the price. The Fresh Pasta with Crab and Peas was terrific, Beef Tenderloin cooked perfectly and very tender, 2 Ahi Tuna Tacos were nice especially with the Warm Homemade Corn Tortillas (the sauce on the side was ridiculously hot ... although they did warn us in advance) and the Salad with Warm Mushrooms was also very good. No complaints at all about the quality really.

Service: OK, nice enough fella, constantly re-filled water glasses which was great, we did find that he disappeared for stretches just a little more than we would have liked (almost went looking for him to get the bill) but was pleasant, and likeable. When presenting the specials (3) onlt mentioned the price of the first one (a bit of a pet peeve of mine).

Value: $160 for 4 shared plates, a few oysters, 2 glasses of inexpensive wine each and a shared dessert (including tip), not bad but didn't feel it was great value.

Ambiance: Nice place, we were seated upstairs which gave us a little more privacy which I liked since it was a date, but I'd probably all in all have preferred downstairs with a bit more action.

Glad we tried it. Would I go back? ... In spite of a wealth of other places to try, I probably would ... the quality of the dishes would be the deciding factor at The Cork and Fin.

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St. James's Well248 Newport Drive, Port Moody
My new local hang-out?
Submitted Monday, September 19, 2011 - 2:10pm [Dine in]

Stopped in with the better half for dinner and a beverage one night recently. Wasn't too busy, but there was a good mix of young and old there, which I like. The cute young Sarah Palin look-a-like waitress was great, went and checked out a certain beer for us when she couldn't answer our questions about it, and was the right degree of attentive throughout the night.

We shared the Yorkshire Steak Bites that were quite tasty, although seemed to have been nuked to reheat them, they were still very good. My partner had the Bangers and Mash which they really enjoyed, and I had a special 6oz. Steak Sandwich that was fabulous, and came with fries for less than $10. Wow.

Glasses of wine were a little too pricey for a pub in my opinion (over $8 plus tax for a fairly cheap selection).

As for ambience, well, it's a pub but was clean enough although a little dark. Being new to the area, I'll definately go back.

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Vera's Burger Shack1030 Davie St., Vancouver
New Pitt Meadows Location
Submitted Friday, December 17, 2010 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

If this new big city franchise plans on making a go of it out here in the burbs, good luck.

Small, burnt, shrivelled burger, probably the worst hambuger I've ever had. Decent fries I guess. Service... what service? It's like a movie theatre concession, go up and order, here's a cup go get your drink, we'll call you when you can come pick up your food. And both a tip jar and tip option on my debide card to boot?
lol.

Value, almost $15 for food I wouldn't pay $5 for.

Brutal.

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Salt Tasting Room45 Blood Alley, Vancouver
Rip off in my opinion
Submitted Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 10:34am [Dine in]

It's not the location that bothered me the most, I find it kinda fun walking down the back alley, like you're in on a secret. Or the service, which was charming and informative for the BRIEF periods of time he appeared to look after us (10 minutes with an empty wine glass does not constitute quality service in my books). Nor the ambience which is funky although would it kill you to put some music on? I just don't find it reasonable to charge full on restaurant prices for food and portions that I could pick up for 10% of the price at any gourmet food store. I'll gladly pay the price at a place where the cooks, more skilled than myself, prepare the food for me, but equal (or greater!) mark-ups for slicing? Seriously? Average glass of wine over $12, seriously?

But I guess Vancouverites are easily fooled, the place was packed.

Won't fool me twice. Won't be back.

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Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar601 West Cordova, Vancouver
Unimpressed
Submitted Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 7:03pm [Dine in]

Stopped by for a bite and a drink while waiting for the west coast express, because really, who wants to drive in this mess?

Had a glass of wine while reading the menu. It's an attractive space and everything started off just fine.
Ordered the fish tacos, and they came pretty quickly, but then the place was pretty empty. The tacos themselves were ok, two medium sized with fries for about $14, not a bargain, but they were ok, fresh, fish (Mahi Mahi) was cooked well, but they fries ... Brutal. COVERED in salt. And I mean kosher salt, so you can see it, it's everywhere. I dug under, thinking maybe the cook just over seasoned the top ... nope, everywhere. Ate about 5 of them then left them. When the barmaid finally came over to ask how everything was, I told her, heck, I told her to look for herself. Response ... "REALLY?". No, sorry about that, no, can I get you some fresh ones, just "really". so I asked for some pepper (wasnt brought earlier) in a half ass attempt to drown out the salt ... heck I was hungry. She brought me a pepper mill. Sigh.

Just pushed it to the side, and the bus boy (what is with the bussing staff looking like high school kids that came right from school, can you not afford some kind of uniform?) came and took it away.

Had another glass of wine to get the taste out of my mouth, paid (full price) and left.

Won''t be back

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Baru Latino Restaurante2535 Alma Street, Vancouver
Mediocre
Submitted Friday, November 12, 2010 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

Made a 6pm reservation for last night, and the chap who took it, and who also greeted us at the door was quite pleasant. Showed us to our table, took our wine order, brought the wine, so far so good.

Then he disappeared for 25 minutes, re-appearing only very briefly to tell us they were out of something. Well I guess he didn't disappear entirely, we could see him looking after everyone else. Finally flagged him down to order, and he sent over another girl to look after us.

Ordered 4 tapas to start, a basket of assorted fried plantains, etc with some condiments, pretty good. Chili Prawns .. same as everyone else, nothing to write home about. Scallops, a little bland. Halibut Tacos' mostly fruit, little overcooked halibut ... a complete dud. Ordered a 5th (empanadas) got cheese not the beef we ordered, even though she clarified with us when we ordered that we wanted them all to be beef. Would have returned them, but she never came back to do a quality check. No wine refill offered, no water refills offered.

The place is nice, good music, nice vibe but we left disapointed and won't be back.

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Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
LOUD (I said loud)
Submitted Friday, October 29, 2010 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

Brought a date here, and in retrospect, not a great date decision. HOLY LOUD. I get the whole loud music vibe, but if you're with a date, don't go there, we literally had to repeat every second thing we said.

Entered through some weird back entrance, had to cross the whole restaurant and go right out the other side to the hostess stand.

Anyway ...

Food ... first round of satay's were spectacular ... Scallop, Short Rib, Tuna, Sablefish, second round less than average ... Chicken, Mushroom, Prawn, Salmon. Also, great amuse and bread.

Service, EVERYONE seemed to be in a great mood, smiling, but empty glasses and slow clearing brings it down a notch. We probably had 5 different people looking after us at different times, a little disorganized.

Value ... pretty decent I thought, small portions but at $3 or $4 each, just get lots. Forgot to charge us for a couple glasses of wine, that helps

Ambiance ... typical Yaletown, packed like Sardines, and LOUD. but everyones hot which is nice.

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Boston Pizza19800 Lougheed Hwy, #510, Pitt Meadows
Decent
Submitted Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 9:26pm [Dine in]

Sat at the bar last night wanting to catch the Canuckleheads opener and have a bite.

Food. Just ordered a burger and fries with no pickle. Came quickly, but with pickle (LOTS of pickle). They re-made it (including the fries, which was good). Burger was decent, fries were a little tasteless. Nothing special at all, wouldnt order it again.

Service. Super nice bartender guy, but messed up the order, didn't bring cutlery or salt and pepper and I have a bit of a pet peeve with hipster employees talking to me like I'm 20 (I'm not). Waited too long for the bill, etc. Overall, about what you expect when you sit at a bar to eat.

Value. A little cheaper than I would have thought.

Ambiance. Nice and clean enough, but when you are trying to be a sports bar, have some decent tv's and audio. People expect it nowadays. Left after the first period to watch it on my much better home tv.

Will probably go back at its close.

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Terra Breads1689 Johnston St., #107, Vancouver
Great Focaccia
Submitted Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

Stop by here whenever I'm at the market. They usually have at least 2, sometimes 3 varieties. Always delicious, usually still warm, I'll take one of these for $3.75 (including tax) above a pizza slice any day. Staff always friendly, always a line up but it goes very quickly.

When you are at a busy market, don't stop in the MIDDLE of the already busy pathway to talk, look around, take a photo or stand there doing absolutely nothing. Jeez.

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Big City Cupcakes4481 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Review of Kits Location
Submitted Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 12:47pm [Dine in]

Popped in because, quite honestly I needed change for the parking meter. Little did I know that my change from a $5 for 1 cupcake would be less than 50 cents.

Nice, friendly girls working. Over $4.50 for one small cupcake? Wow. Wierd, dark store layout.

Gotta say it's BY FAR the best cupcake I ever had (Peanut Butter) but wouldn't return for another.

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Habanero Grill20757 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
Change for the worse
Submitted Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

First visit since the revamp. Liked it better before, miss the self serve nacho chip toppings. Crab bites were deep fried, smiliar to jalapeno poppers, fine for $5. Burrito was very poor ... cold, essentially iceburg lettuce with minimal diced chicken many bits of which were very tough, clearly the chicken had been cooked earlier and re-heated, possibly in the microwave? $10, wasn't worth $5.

Much preferred the charm of the old place, although the server was great, smily, quality checks, etc. Doesn't save the place though, won't be back.

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By Baileys Pub11232 Dartford Street, Maple Ridge
Feels Like Home
Submitted Monday, August 16, 2010 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

Walking into this pub I felt like I had been there many times before, although I'd never stepped foot in the place. It's like so many other seedy small town places scattered around the province that I've been to, from the Gulf Islands to Quesnel to Princeton. If you know exactly the type of place I'm talking about, you'll probably like it here. Complete with hot nut vending machine, antique pour over coffee machine on the bar (complete with day old coffee), mis-matched torn chairs, regulars that look like they were born in the place and that all too familiar seedy pub smell. Cactus club it aint.

Had the wing special and they were exactly what I'd expect, deep fried tiny wings, mostly skin dripping with sauce. Hey, call me nostalgic but I like my cheap wings like that. They were hot, and cooked to order. Server / bartender was sweet, quick and cheerful, treated me like one of the regulars.

Three for value, beer price was not reflective of the establishment by .50 cents or so.

As for the solid ambience rating, it's the average score and this is exactly your average small town dive. Expect cracked glass around the dancefloor, pull tabs everywhere and the type of bathrooms you don't want to go in until you've had a couple of drinks. Go in expecting that and you'll be ok.

I liked it, and I'll be back.

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DT Vietnamese Noodles & Coffee Bar19141 Ford Road, #101, Pitt Meadows
First Time Pho
Submitted Friday, August 6, 2010 - 11:58am [Dine in]

Never having Pho before, and finding myself in the area and remembering some positive reviews, decided to check it out. Having NO idea what pho even is, I guess you need to take this review simply from the perspective of a simple hungry diner.

Ordered the noodles with beef and beef balls. Came with a small plate of sprouts, jalapenos and lime about 2 minutes before the meal, wasnt sure if it was supposed to be a salad or garnish, decided on garnish and dumped most of it into the bowl when it arrived. Beef broth, 6-7 small pieces of beef with noodles. nothing particularly special about it at all.

Service, not particularly friendly, seemed mildly indifferent if anything.

Value, hell it's only $8 including tax, but still didnt feel particularly well fed, think i'd rather have the lunch special at one of the local sushi places

Ambience, simple, dead bugs on the window next to my table never excite me, and not sure I understand the boy band music on the radio, along with intermittent tv noise as well

Glad I gave it a try but wouldn't return

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Domino's Pizza20398 Dewdney Trunk Rd, #330, Maple Ridge
Disappointing
Submitted Friday, July 2, 2010 - 10:17pm [Dine in]

So decided to order in a pizza for the first time in years. Dominos is closest, and I've heard all about their new improved pizza, so gave them a try.

Cheesy bread although hot, fresh, and well prepared, was completely flavourless, and the dipping sauce that came with it was bland, canned pizza sauce that you can buy for 49 cents at the grocery.

The pizza too was hot, but that is about the only positive thing I can say. Paper flat, and no taste whatsoever. I do not consider myself a pizza expert by any stretch, but I thought it was lousy, and cant help but wonder what it was like before? Ouch.

$26 including tip was too high for the quality.

Solid for ambience based on the fact you can order online, and the delivery girl was nice and pleasant.

NOT recommended.

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Nice time
Submitted Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 7:20am [Dine in]

Solo dining experience early evening of St. Paddy's day. Sat at the bar, the place was near empty, the calm before the storm I think. Patrick the bartender - says his name was real, but not entirely sure I believed him ; )
did a real nice job, friendly and knowledgable about the menu. Had a couple of glasses of wine, a tad overpriced, but if the cost of being able to look out over the water is $1 more a glass, fine by me. Had the crab cakes - good and the flat bread which was great, like a mini homemade pizza and great value for the $6 or $7 it costs. Venue is great, almost worth the price to watch the beautiful waitresses and hostesses do their thing.

Not the first time I've been here, and certainly won't be the last.

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Il Caminetto4242 Village Stroll, Whistler
um ... solid
Submitted Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 8:09pm [Dine in]

Solo dining experience at Il Caminetto last night. Haven't been there in a few years, recent renovations to the lounge look good to me.

Sat at the bar (only one at the bar), promptly set up with everything I'd need for dinner.

Review the wine list (about 15 wines by the glass), and after 6 or 7 seven minutes, make my choice. Oh, sorry., we're out of that. gggrrrrr. Give me a Bailey's instead.

Ordered a simple Gnocci with Sausage. Came quickly and was tasty. Very fresh, adequate portion. My preference (as seen in previous reviews) is to have incredients be large enough I can see what I'm eating, and having larger pieces of Sausage, as opposed to ground Sausage the consistency of ground beef would have been preferred. Good though. Accompanied by good fresh bread, with butter so hard it can't be spread ... why can't restaurants get this right?

The enjoyed a Fladgate 10 year old while listening to the bartender (otherwise a good guy who did a fine job) complaining to the manager about 5 feet away from me about how someone or other is disrespecting him. Hey, I'm CLEARLY within earshot ... sure I'm a solo diner in your lounge, and I'm not going to be spending $250, but c'mon.

Finished with a nice Limoncello, with the manager wandering over to tell me a little more about it then I already knew. Didn't mind that.

Good experience, maybe to a repeat next time I'm up here, but lots of other choices.

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Thai Express700 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Nice, for what it is
Submitted Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 8:52pm [Dine in]

Grabbed a quick bite while doing some shopping. I ordered the vegetable yellow curry and is was quit nice. The vegetables (about 6 varieties) were cooked to order, so had to wait a few minutes, which was just fine with me. While I was eating, I read the menu board again and noticed it was supposed to have pineapple in it, and it clearly didn't, which I was actually pleased with, I hate pineapple. Fortunate for me. It was a good portion for the $6 and change. Service was quick and friendly for a food court location. The ambience is a tough one for a mall, so I'll rate it solid based on the fact the tables were kept very clean. I wasn't impressed with the pan handler coming table to table while I was eating, but I guess that's Vancouver.

I'd return if I was in the mall again.

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Shakin' Not Stirred1144 Homer St., Vancouver
Silly concept
Submitted Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 10:42am [Dine in]

So being from the burbs, I finally got my chance to visit plan B, something I was really looking forward to for some time.

As soon as I walked in the door, I knew something wasn't right. James Bond posters all over the walls? Empty at 4:30 on a Thursday afternoon? Hmmmmmmmm.

Went to the bar where I was told that plan B closed and they recently took over, Shaken, not Stirred. Well, I'm here and I'm hungry, so why not.

Sat at the bar and ordered a glass of wine, the bartender started to open the wrong bottle (Yellow Tail no less). Pointed it out and he cheerfully apologized and got the correct bottle. So I listened for about 5 minutes while he pleasantly chatted up how great the food is, and how plan B was overpriced, pretentious, etc etc etc.

So, I decide on two appetizers, and I often do. Bruschetta and a Mushroom & Seafood Bake of some kind. While I'm waiting for the food and continue reading the menu, I notice that it's 1/2 price appies, had no idea. Bartender tells me he usually waits until folks get their bill and are pleasantly surprised, heah right. If you're going to run a feature, maybe tell people about it huh? Just a thought.

Bruschetta was average, I like mine where I can actually taste the tomatoes, herbs, etc rather than their method of covering it with some kind of balsamic reduction concoction that is all you can taste. The bake is also average, served on an old fashioned escargot plate, 5 mushrooms covered with cheese. Tasty enough I guess but nothing to write home about. Again, their style seems to be blending up any seafood so that it is unrecognizable, I'd prefer some texture so that I can see if I'm actually eating any seafood.

Another glass of wine, bartender seems to be a good guy, talking the place up as I'd want him to do if it was my restaurant.

So I decide on a final appie, Calamari which the bartendert tells me is his favourite. Again, mediocre, plain and pan fried with some kind of Aioli, it lacked any real flavour.

Left about an hour later, still the only person in the place. As I drove out of Yaletown, passed busy restaurant anfter busy restaurant.

I'd love to be able to recommend this place, a nice space with a new team trying to start their own thing. I didn't by any means feel ripped off, but it was an average experience at best and I wouldn't repeat, too many other places out there to try.

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Banana Leaf820 West Broadway, Vancouver
Tasty
Submitted Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 7:40pm [Dine in]

We finally got around to trying Banada Leaf, we've been talking about it since a trip to Malaysia a few years ago.

Great menu, we decided to share 4 different items including some Satay's (GREAT dipping sauce), Mussels (not hot enough, but tasty) Calamari and Roti. The Roti are the most authentic we've had outside of Asia.

The service was very slow at times, but at least they smiled through it all. We found the prices quite resonable for the quality.

Would we return? Yes, if we found ourselves hungry in that area of the city.

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Firehall Bistro, The19237 122A Avenue, #104, Pitt Meadows
Good, not great
Submitted Friday, April 17, 2009 - 10:04pm [Dine in]

My husband and I tried this new addition to the local dining scene a few weeks ago, and found it to be a decent experience for the most part.

After a beffudling 1/2 hour trying to find them (the sign out front is from an old restaurant) we were a little put off right off the bat. However, the reception was warm enough so we settled in for dinner.

We found the wine list, contrary to some other reviews, quite inadequate. Not even the best in Pitt Meadows, which is saying something right there. My husbands glass of wine had to be returned (twice) as it tasted like it had been open for a month!

Our server was quite hospitable, and the menu selections, although limited, looked good enough. Our shared Calamari appetizer was adequate, certainly not exceptional. My Lamb was VERY good, my husbands pasta a little too al dente for his liking, but they quite cheerfully re-did it.

Our biggest complaint was the attitude by the cook (we gave him a quick hello on the way out) who seemed to judge us with a equal mix of amusement and contempt. Maybe he was having a bad night? He should stay out of the way of paying customers with an attitude like that.

All in all, good enough, but probably not worth a repeat visit.

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