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noidyCoquitlamSince May 24, 200913 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
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Wilbur & Sabastians Bistro2020 Oxford Connector, #203, Coquitlam
Flavourful, fresh, great quality meals which use local produce and free-range meats. Great value too!
Submitted Friday, July 29, 2011 - 10:55pm [Dine in]

The restaurant has moved locations to Poco since we last went: 203 - 2020 Oxford Connector Port Coquitlam (same mall as Kin's Market, Taco del Mar and Meridian Meats). The restaurant is now called W&S's Smokehouse and Bistro.

My husband had the borscht which excellent flavour and a very good-size portion. (I don't like beets and found this soup very good too). He also had the pulled pork sandwich with yam fries (yum!) and coleslaw (fresh). I had two beef ribs which included a side (I picked yam fries) and coleslaw for $12. Excellent flavourful ribs. I also ordered a side salad for $3 more. The cornbread was light and not overly sweet or grainy. We were both quite full after this meal and the cost after taxes was under $36 (we didn't have any beverages or dessert). Service was very good and our water glasses were filled regularly.

The menu has a variety of items from appetizers, salads, smokehouse items (beef or pork ribs, chicken) and hearty meals like chicken korma and stews. We will definitely be back to try other items.

Everything is homemade and there's a consistent group of regular customers who have followed the owners to their new location. Quality wholesome food with good portions. Nice owner. They also do catering.

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Zhou's Chinese Restaurant1930 Como Lake Ave, Coquitlam
Great westernized Chinese food with lots of variety
Submitted Monday, February 14, 2011 - 10:20pm [Delivery]

We've tried several local (Westernized) Chinese restaurants and find ourselves going back and ordering from this one repeatedly. We've probably done so over a dozen times and have found the food and service to be very good and consistent. There's always lots of left-overs which we can then have for lunch.

Portion sizes are very good, vegetables are tender-crisp, fried items are fresh tasting, orders are correct (no surprises or substitutions) and delivery is very fast and free over $20. If you have the brochure, you'll see that there are free items for purchases over $20, $30, $40 and $50 ranging from wonton soup/egg rolls, chicken chow mein, vegetable festival and ginger beef. You don't have to cut out the "Red Hot Coupon", but just tell them you have one when you order. The people on the phone and the delivery drivers are pleasant. There's also a discount for pick-up orders which we haven't experienced yet.

Some favorites: honey garlic boneless pork -- it's not on the menu, but you can ask for it. Singapore style fried vermicelli, breaded lemon chicken (very good lemon sauce), ma po minced beef and bean curd, minced pork and and egg plant hot pot and any meat with gai lan (Chinese broccoli). Dishes that are marked as "hot" have some kick, but I wouldn't say that they are chili hot (more like mild or when you add chili flakes to dishes).

It's the best Chinese take-out in the Tri-city area given the variety of dishes, food quality, value and service.

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Q4 al Centro780 Richards Street, Vancouver
Absolutely Delicious!
Submitted Monday, February 14, 2011 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

My husband and I decided to try this restaurant during Dine Out Vancouver. We were very impressed and found it to be worth the drive. The ambiance: Nice open space, contemporary decor. A bit noisy, but lots of energy.

Food: The crab cake and fettuccine tartufate were amazing! The crab cake (albeit there was only one and it was small) had little filler and was rich with crab meat. A focus on quality, not quantity. The fresh pasta had a perfect consistency (thinly rolled and a little resistance to the bite) with a wonderful wild mushroom sauce that had such depth none-of-which I have experienced elsewhere and I am a pasta-lover. Both the crab cake and fettuccine should be staples on their regular menu! My husband thoroughly enjoyed the sablefish as well -- cooked just right, with a very nice flavour and texture. It was balanced out with a tasty tomato sauce with white beans. Neither of us use much salt and did not find the meals salty. It seemed like just enough salt was used to bring out the flavours. The desserts were very good -- tiramisu and a chocolate mousse cake. Not too sweet.

Excellent food and service. We will be back again.

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East Side Mario's2929 Barnet Hwy, #1050, Coquitlam
Not so good
Submitted Saturday, June 5, 2010 - 10:44pm [Dine in]

I had heard about this restaurant chain from friends before I went. My husband and I were very disappointed. The food was very bland, very salty and not a good value. I had pasta in a cream sauce which was very heavy and seemed like pasty pasta. Very little ingredients aside from the cream and pasta. The shrimp was the typical kind that restaurant chains have -- kind of small and chewy. There weren't many shrimp either. In terms of overall quantity, there wasn't as much as compared to other restaurants that serve pasta. Even then, I couldn't finish it and didn't bother taking it home and I love pasta! My husband had a chicken dish which was disappointing as well -- bland and unremarkable.

The ambiance was good as was the service. We have been there once and won't return again though. Sorry.

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Club Ilia8902 University High St, Burnaby
A good sit-down place on campus
Submitted Saturday, June 5, 2010 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

I've been to Club Illia probably close to a dozen times now, mainly because it's one of the only places to have a good sit-down meal at SFU. It seems like there are many more staff or faculty members than students here possibly because it's one of the only places like this, more time can be spent here and the food is more expensive than the fast food places on campus. The prices are comparable to restaurants and the food I find, better than some mainstream restaurants like East Side Mario's in Coquitlam. Wine, beer and the usual drinks are available as well.

Other than ordering a salad once which cost close to $10 which I didn't find to be a worth it at all, I've always ordered pasta -- the portions and value are generally good. The daily special chicken and mushroom fettuccine is good -- very rich though. I have to pack up the rest. Another good daily special is the Caesar salad and cannelloni. My friend had a seafood cannelloni recently. It looked yummy. He said was very good. I'll have to try it next. I tend to order spinach linguine with meatballs Florentine. It's filling and has a good variety of textures and flavours. Btw, you can select from different kinds of pastas for many dishes. I wouldn't say the food here is outstanding as I can find it a bit bland at times, but that may be my personal bias towards very flavourful and very fresh-tasting food.

The place is very busy at lunch time and there can be a wait. There aren't many smaller tables for 2 or 4, so that makes it a bit problematic for seating. You can see 2 people sitting at a table for 5 at times. I suggest making reservations if you really want to ensure you'll get a seat and leave at a reasonable time.

In terms of time: you can end up there for an hour or more, easily. Between waiting to get a seat, having your order taken, being served your meal and getting the cheque -- it can take a while. Service has been a bit of a hit and miss. The people are pleasant enough. I think they can check in more often and in some cases be more aware of their customers and what they might need: water/coffee refills, condiments, packing up leftovers, or the bill.

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Woking Dragon China Bistro1198 Lansdowne Dr, #101, Coquitlam
Surprised this place hasn't been reviewed yet.
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 5:04pm [Dine in]

We've been on the look-out for good (Westernized) Chinese take-out in the Coquitlam area. The only way we learned about this place was by receiving a flyer. Over the past few months we have ordered from here 6x.

My husband and I are quite happy with this restaurant -- the phone service and level of understanding of our order is very good (and no substitutions/strange items we've received from other places), delivery time is good (35-45 min.), food is hot and tastes fresh (veggies are tender-crisp), food is not salty (we add little to no salt to our cooking), and the portions and relative pricing are very good.

We will continue to order from here. The only thing we're finding is the flavours aren't as strong as we're used to (maybe a bit too westernized?) -- the wontons could use more spices, Singapore noodles - more curry powder and honey garlic pork -- more garlic. That said, we like strong flavours so it's a matter of taste. I recommend giving this place a try for take-out/delivery. We have yet to go in person though I've read positive reviews elsewhere about the restaurant itself.

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Sun Gong Chinese Restaurant504 Clarke Road, #A, Coquitlam
Tried several times. Gave up.
Submitted Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 1:49pm [Take-out]

This take-out place receives a lot of positive reviews on yummyweb.com. However we've ordered 6 times and are now giving up. The food is generally okay, portions are a good size and delivery is quick. The problems we've had are substitutions or omissions, inconsistent food quality and communication about delivery:

Substitutions & Omissions:
1) The restaurant seems to "run out" of certain things and then substitute items without letting you know. Twice we ordered gai lan and ended up with bok choy. The latter vegetable is significantly less expensive in stores (and not even on their menu), yet we have been charged for gai lan. I've even resorted to indicating in the delivery field, not to substitute without contacting us first. The one time I forgot, I received this substitution again.
2) An order of chow mein with black bean sauce, ended up as black pepper chow mein.
3) Another order of chow mein, this time with chicken and mushrooms, ended up without any chicken.
4) The menu says the won tons are shrimp. They're not - they're pork.

Twice, we've been offered a replacement dish of gai lan on our next order after calling in about the substitution. But really, it would help if this substitution didn't occur in the first place.

Inconsistent Food Quality:
Sometimes the same dish on different orders can vary a far bit in terms of salt and oil. The last time I ordered won ton soup it was inedible and needed to be diluted with water. Sometimes chow mein has been coated with oil and sweet and sour pork, soggy.

Communication about Delivery:
We always indicate that we're paying by credit card on our order (even though they don't ask) and it appears on the bill. However, 3 times the delivery driver expected cash and had to figure out how to handle the card card transaction manually.

It's too bad as it seems like great Chinese take-out is hard to find in the Coquitlam area.

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Ginmi Sushi and Grill2020 Oxford Connector, #203, Port Coquitlam
A hidden gem
Submitted Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 6:02pm [Dine in]

My husband and I saw this restaurant a few times on our to and from stores in the strip mall. It's not very visible from the road. From the first time we tried the restaurant (in August), we've been regular weekly customers ever since.

Having tried many Japanese restaurants, my husband and I have to say that this is one of the best and the best for the price. It is a culinary treat to have such fresh tasting food, where you can appreciate the distinctiveness of the ingredients, and dishes that are so well presented. It's representative of a philosophy behind Japanese food, in my opinion, yet with decent portions! My husband was so impressed with the presentation of many dishes that he's been taking photos on his iPhone! (I should figure out a way to post them).

The dinner menu for 2, 3 or 4 people is impressive. For example, for $40 you can get a wonderful, good sized dinner for 2: miso soup, tempura and another choice of appetizer (e.g. gyoza), a daily special and the choice of teriyaki, udon or sushi/sashimi. This is followed by cold plum juice which is a nice light end to a great meal. We don't use salt much and don't find the food salty where in most places we do.

We always chat with the chef, who's actually the owner, when we can. He and his wife are very nice people. What I appreciate about him is that when we chat, you can see that he takes a lot of pride in what he does and the quality of the food and is respectful of the ingredients (i.e. makes the sushi and maki in a traditional manner so as not to 'kill the rice' -- what it means to me is that it's not heavy, broken and crushed like at some places). Even items like the gyoza are made in-house. He's also willing to explain what he does, compared to other chefs, having been trained in Japan and having worked in different restaurants.

I have to agree with another reviewer is that once word gets around, it'll be good and bad. ; ) However, we really hope word gets around as the food and its people are gems. The owner plans on making some changes to the look over time (i.e. putting up low walls between tables).

A few other comments:

- They have a take-out menu. We've ordered sushi platters and they've been great.
- This is a place to have a nice dinner, not a quickie sushi stop (i.e. rolls are not premade). If you order multiple dishes, they come individually as each takes time to prepare.
- If you like spicy maki -- the spicy sockeye maki is AWESOME. Okay, not Japanese per se, but "fusion".
- We're thrilled that such a place exists in the 'burbs!

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine628 6th Avenue, #103, New Westminster
Excellent Malaysian Cuisine
Submitted Wednesday, July 8, 2009 - 12:36pm [Dine in]

My family's from Malaysia and very picky. Yet, when we go to this restaurant, they have nothing but positive comments. We've gone to Tropika (Van & Richmond) and Banana Leaf. Tamarind Hill's food is the best. The food is amazingly flavourful, with different layers and depth. To some, the portions may appear small compared to Chinese restaurants, but at par with Indian restaurants. The food is very rich. To start, we've ordered the beef, chicken and lamb satays. All of them were tender and flavourful. Also good was the roti and tofu goreng. Very fresh.

Over our visits, we've tried the kari lamb, Malaysian chicken curry, boneless Hainanese chicken, beef rendeng, sambal green beans, eggplant in spicy chili sauce, alaskan black cod with caramelized sweet ginger, and char bee hoon (rice noodles with seafood in a light sauce -- very flavourful), ipoh char hor fun, and indian mee gorent. All were excellent and my Grandmother and Mother were particularly impressed with the Hainanese chicken -- it was very tender and unexpectantly flavourful (steamed chicken is rather bland to me). The dishes weren't too spicy hot for my Mother either (though I and others enjoy the heat). You can ask for a dish to be hotter. If you still have room, deep-fried banana with ice cream is a wonderful way to end the meal. Weekends are very busy and it's a small restaurant, so I always make reservations. They have a website & menus too: http://tamarindhill.ca

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Fulin Hot Pot Restaurant3025 Lougheed Hwy, #780, Coquitlam
A suburbian gem
Submitted Wednesday, July 8, 2009 - 12:14pm [Dine in]

I've been to a few hot pot places and this one's probably the top. For a little under $19, you can have all-you-can-eat hot pot which includes a dipping sauce (the satay and garlic soy ones were very tasty), tea and the regular broth (which is very tasty, so one of the special additional cost ones really isn't necessary). Additional dipping sauces cost more, but we didn't even finish our two. The food is fresh (looks and tastes) and there's a wide range of options, ranging from "regular" meats like pork, chicken, beef and lamb, to ones that you'd expect at an asian restaurant. A good range of seafood and more types of tofu, balls and vegetables that I've seen elsewhere. Some items have an additional charge (e.g. scallops for $7), but if you stick to the existing menu, there's already so much to choose from.

Great, friendly service at a modern and clean restaurant with easy parking as it's in a commercial area. The only challenge was unclear portion definitions. For example, selecting "2" beef resulted in 2 plates of sliced beef, while "2" dumplings yielded exactly 2 dumplings. If you like hot pot (cooking various meats, vegetables or noodles in a shared soup pot) or are interested in experimenting, I'd highly recommend this restaurant. Another highlight is that it's in Coquitlam and I no longer have to go to Burnaby or Vancouver for a great meal.

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La Rustica228 Sixth St, New Westminster
Very good experience, but something's different
Submitted Sunday, May 24, 2009 - 2:50pm [Dine in]

Four of us were at La Rustica earlier this month for a celebratory dinner. It was a Wednesday and there was a constant flow of customers. We've been there before. Two of us ordered the lamb, while another two ordered the seafood cannelloni. Both were very good. I looked at the menu to see if there was something else to try, but reverted to my favourite (the cannelloni) and was not disappointed. Service was very good and the timing between drinks, appetizers, the main course, coffee and dessert allowed us time to socialize, yet didn't feel like too long. Although we had good experience, something felt different about the place. We couldn't pinpoint exactly what: maybe a change in ownership? There seemed to be a slight difference in serving staff's approach and the ambience (decor and music). We will go back as its a nice place to have a good dinner with people you want to chat with.

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Five Sails Restaurant999 Canada Place, Suite 410, Vancouver
A nice place to celebrate an anniversary
Submitted Sunday, May 24, 2009 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

We've been at the Five Sails a couple of times. More recently in January during "Dine out Vancouver". The food from appetizer to dessert, are flavourful and beautifully presented. Sorry, I can't exactly recall what we ordered, by I had seafood, while my husband had meat dishes. The wine pairings were well matched. Though one day, we hope we'll have a window seat, the half-moon booths were perfect for a romantic anniversary dinner. Oh, and we received a specially decorated "Happy Anniversary" dessert which was a nice, unexpected touch. We'll be back to enjoy another positive experience.

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On On Wonton House5640 Kingsway, Burnaby
Great experience except for ad hoc delivery charges over time
Submitted Sunday, May 24, 2009 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

I've eaten at the restaurant a couple of times. Service was fine, environment needs updating, and the food is a very good value in terms of cost vs. quality and quantity. Our experience is primarily through delivery orders from the restaurant for several years - so that we could try a variety of dishes and have left-overs. For years, we ordered 1-3 times a month. However in the past 1.5 years found it to be an increasingly negative experience:

Although the food was a great deal, the "free delivery" was no longer such, at least for us. We lived within the delivery area, however one delivery person started charging an extra $1 by scratching out the credit card total and adding a $1, stating that he "had to" because of increased gas costs. We figured it wasn't a big deal. We noticed over time that other delivery people didn't charge extra. As well, this amount did not decrease when gas dropped significantly.

More recently, we noticed a $2 charge was added to the bill (by the restaurant, not driver) without any explanation. When I called, no one could explain why. Then someone "from the back" phoned to indicate that it was an additional charge placed because our home was "difficult" to park at and there was walking involved (we lived in a townhouse complex). I was quite shocked with this explanation and only came up with the response that they should at least tell people when placing the order.

After thinking about this some more, I wrote a letter to the owners explaining that we were very surprised and disappointed with these recent additional charges and business practices. Though we've been regular customers for years and enjoyed their food, we found the manner in which charges were added in an ad hoc manner, unacceptable. We never heard from anyone and have since stopped giving them our business. It seems that losing regular customers who placed ~$40 order, ~2x a month and tipping the delivery drivers decently isn't something they care about.

This experience makes us wonder how many other times we've had extraneous charges and if other customers in apartments or other townhouses have additional charges which weren't noticed. The food is pretty good, there's lots to choose from and a good value. Just watch for and deal with any inexplicable charges.

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