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MikeDCoquitlamSince February 27, 200912 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value3 (3.1)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.3)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 12 of 12 Reviews Found
Go Thai Restaurant502 East Columbia, New Westminster
Great soup, wish we'd stopped there
Submitted Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 8:05pm [Dine in]

My wife and I had lunch here. We'd had take-out a few times and found the food decent, even if portions were a bit small at times. We usually order the Pad Spinach, Matsaman curry, and Stir Fry Mixed Vegetables.

We also like the Pad Thai usually. But not this time. My wife ordered L1 which is Pad Thai with a side salad. These two clashed badly as they were both intense tasting and vinegary. When we get Pad Thai with take-out, its quite nice and comes with sprouts and nut bits. The Pad Thai with the lunch special was unpleasant tasting (I tried it) with no sprouts or nuts. The dressing on the salad was overbearing so my wife ate very little of it.

I ordered L9 which was a OK but lacked a certain oomph. It was called Lard Na, and was a chicken and vegetable stir-fry on fried noodles with a fried roll on the side. Veggies were fresh and the roll was quite nice. The sauce for the roll was the best part. Not much flavor in the stir-fry itself.

What saved the meal was the spicy coconut milk soup, Tom Ka Gai. Not a drop was left in the bowl. We would return just for the soup alone, and maybe rolls with it. Otherwise, we'll stick to evening take-out as the lunches aren't so good.

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Jimoco Cafe1046 Austin Avenue, Unit A, Coquitlam
Great value
Submitted Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

A twelve dollar pasta dish here is the equivalent of a $24 dish in a more trendy part of Vancouver, and then its two for one. Great value. I had a tomato-based sauce while my wife had a cream-based sauce. We shared our dishes and we both loved them. They are genuine made-from-scratch sauces, and the noodles are done well too.

Although the place is clearly understaffed, our server was pleasant enough and could answer questions about the food. However, we are lucky we didn't arrive a few minutes later. While we were seated immediately, some large groups soon arrived and I overheard the waitress telling people they had to wait for up to an hour.

It seems the Coquitlam Korean community just loves this place and will fill it quickly at peak times. And I understand why, considering the quality food and cheap prices. We will most certainly be coming back.

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Pho Chung Nam522 6th Avenue, New Westminster
Forgotten in the corner
Submitted Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

It was lunchtime, and I was quickly invited into a half-empty dining area. I was given water, a menu, and then ignored. I tried to catch the eyes of staff who were milling about and even called out to one walking by. It seemed there was bad communication between staff.

Finally, after quite a while, one went to clean the table next to mine and suddenly realized I was there with a closed menu before me. I had already seen one table, that came after me, have their order taken a few minutes earlier.

The Beef noodle soup was bland but you get lots of sauces to throw in. The sprouts etc. that come with the soup were less ample that I've seen in other Pho restaurants, but fresh. I liked the fried roll but the sauce was boring.

I'd never go out of my way to come here but might try it again someday.

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New Szechuan Restaurant511 Cottonwood Avenue, #1, Coquitlam
Dine in, don't get take out
Submitted Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

We ate here twice. The first time, we ate in the restaurant. The food and service were very good. We enjoyed all the dishes. In fact, we were considering making this our new regular Chinese restaurant.

A few weeks later, we tried it again. For some reason, they feel they can make a lower quality food for take out customers. The Sichuan green bean dish was a total disaster. It had a weird salty taste, was not spicy at all, and the beans were badly overcooked. We threw it out. All other dishes were also unimpressive.

We may eat here again, but only to dine in.

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Quan's Kitchen1143 Austin Ave, Coquitlam
I was overly harsh with the last review
Submitted Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 10:18am [Dine in]

I never intended to dine here again, but someone else wanted to. We ordered off the menu, not the "dinner for two."

Starter: WonTon Soup. Actually quite nice, with BBQ pork.

Main: House Chowmein was the best dish, and above average. Honey-garlic chicken wings were fresh chicken and the sauce had a good balance between honey and garlic. We enjoyed the wings. The Szechuan Beef wasn't so good due to the goopy, shiny sauce on it. The vegetables in the beef dish were fresh (but none were authentic Chinese). The beef was sufficiently tender but nothing special.

We waited forever for the main course, but the server was attentive and explained at the beginning that the wings take a long time to cook. There are free newspapers to read if you don't have someone to talk to.

If you eat here you just have to get over the decor. The rest of the building is a Tool Shop and the restaurant's customers are suburban, blue-collar. There is no "free tea" to start and there are no chop sticks on the table (but they have them).

The Chinese food is extremely Westernized. They also serve regular diner food like Denver sandwiches, which I haven't tried yet. Value is good due so you'll get plenty to eat for your money.

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Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill3860 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
Double birthday party enjoyed by all
Submitted Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 4:52am [Dine in]

My wife and my mother have similar birthdates and they both wanted Swiss Chalet. Others in the family were not so sure because of less than stellar service in the past. So we came with low expectations.

When we arrived at suppertime, we were seated quickly. They were very accomodating for our party of seven adults, one toddler, and one baby. The server made sure the toddler had a toy and booster seat, and a highchair was available for the baby.

The appy arrived quickly. It was the cheesebread which everyone approved of. It was warm out of the oven, and very tasty.

We waited a little longer for the main courses, but it came within an acceptable amount of time. Everyone who had the ribs just loved them. The chicken was nice, and the sauce seems to have improved. I had a side salad which was fresh and plentiful. In fact, everyone commented on the generous portion sizes.

Our server was quite excellent for a family restaurant. She was friendly, efficient, and attentive. Our bill came to about $180 (plus tax and tip) and that included alcoholic drinks for most of the adults. For seven adults and one kids meal, I thought that was acceptable.

Everyone left happy and agreed they would come again.

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Lucky Gate1139 Austin Ave, #2, Coquitlam
Not what it used to be
Submitted Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 9:10pm [Dine in]

Huge changes over the summer. Everyone, from servers to cooks are different now. The only things still consistently exceptional are the Hot and Sour Soup and their noodle dishes. Other dishes taste totally different and usually not as good.

One of my favorite dishes, Shredded Pork in sweet bean sauce with pancakes, should just be taken off the menu as its no longer sweet at all (and tastes weird). Other dishes, like Spicy Chicken with Peanuts and Szechuan Green Beans, are different but still pretty good. Their Beef and Broccoli has now gone from amazing to just adequate.

For Coquitlam, this is still one of the better Chinese restaurants but I can't recommend it like I used to. Judging by how empty it is lately, others share the same opinion. But the Lucky Gate of 2007-Spring 2009 will remain a happy memory.

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Pho Hoa1150 Austin Ave, #100, Coquitlam
Number 8 rocks
Submitted Sunday, September 6, 2009 - 2:50pm [Dine in]

I always get the Number 8 beef Pho (Steak, Flank and Fatty Flank). Its a good place to go if you're looking for light meal that is tasty and affordable. I usually get the Summer Roll too (two prawns in it). The soup will usually be in front of me within 5 minutes, and you get sprouts, basil sprigs, jalapenos, and lime wedges to put in the soup. Everything is fresh. The decor is cheap but you have lots of room. If you just drink the tea, you can eat for under $10/person. They do have nice-looking fruit drinks that I should try sometime.

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Edoya Sushi504 Nelson St, Coquitlam
Try the spicy specialty rolls
Submitted Friday, September 4, 2009 - 1:54am [Dine in]

This is the best sushi in Austin Heights. I particularly enjoy their spicy sauce which is on many of their specialty rolls and Spicy Agedashi tofu. Another fav is their California Roll with real crab. Very good Teriyaki and noodle dishes. The service is fast and friendly. Ambiance is nice, with relaxing music in the background.

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Chada Thai Fine Cuisine2991 Lougheed Hwy, #107, Coquitlam
More too spicy than just hot
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 1:42am [Dine in]

A few months ago, I attended a birthday party here. It started out badly due to cramped seating. The first dishes, soup and an appetizer, were good quality. But then things fell apart. Our waitress was overwhelmed with too many tables and botched a couple of orders, including the one for the birthday boy. Although they did eventually bring the correct dishes, they didn't try hard enough to make up for their mistakes. It was the guys birthday party and he had to watch other people eat for a half hour.

However, my main criticism is the excessive spiciness of the food. I eat Thai food fairly often, so I'm familiar that it is always hot to some extent. But this place takes it too far. When your mouth is burning, you don't taste the more subtle flavours. A couple of people I was dining with were overwhelmed by the spicy hot.

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Codfather's Fish & Chips544 Clarke Road, Coquitlam
They broke the rule
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 1:24am [Dine in]

While I found the service friendly and fast, and the food quality was decent, they broke the rule on Fish and Chips. I was still hungry. Never, ever skimp on Fish and Chips. Its bad enough when the fish piece is too small, but not enough fries takes the cake. Fries aren't expensive, folks. The cole slaw was small and mediocre too.

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Austin Fish & Chips1119 Austin Avenue, #B, Coquitlam
Homesick Newfoundlanders will love this place
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 1:16am [Dine in]

Amazing cole slaw, huge portions of quality fish and chips, squeeze bottles of all the tartar sauce you want, bottomless pop, decent Chinese food (which I didn't expect at a place like this), and fast (if not always friendly) service.

But what really sets this place apart is the CD&G (Chips Dressing and Gravy). Its authentic, with the same kind of savory "dressing" (a dry mix of spice and crumbs soaked in gravy) you would find at Ches' or Scampers in St. John's NF.

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