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rach32CoquitlamSince March 28, 20086 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Ambiance2 (2)

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Red Onion2028 41st Avenue West, Vancouver
Ol' Reliable
Submitted Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 9:04pm [Dine in]

When I'm in the area (Kerrisdale) this is often my choice for a freshly cooked plain jane hamburger. The fries are now cooked in non-trans fat oil but remain crispy enough. I haven't ordered anything else on the menu and can't comment there, but the coffee is OK, and refills are offered. The place feels a little "sticky" inside, partly because of the cooking from the open kitchen at back. Service on my last visit was appropriate. In a past visit, the waitress said that it was OK to take home the signature red onion (yes, the vegetable) that is presented with your bill - if you ever wondered.

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Charlie's2517 St. Johns St, Port Moody
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Submitted Friday, April 11, 2008 - 12:01am [Dine in]

We were told by a friend's daughter that this place served great Mexican food. We noticed the many 5 star food ratings here. Some of the reviewers on this site said that they have experienced "real" Mexican food in the US and Mexico and that Charlies is up there with them.
We have also enjoyed Mexican food in the US and Mexico and on our last road trip to Southern California we even asked Latino gas attendants, etc for recommendations for local Mexican restaurants. So we have experienced Mexican fare way beyond the "Taco Bell" variety.
We had a disappointing experience there on a recent weekday evening. First, the chips and salsa are not complimentary (unlike all the Mexican restaurants we have visited in the US and Mexico), you have to pay for them. The chips we received had an old oil taste to them, and the supplied salsa, described as "homemade" was unusually bland, mostly tomatoes and onions with very little zip, mixed with a little oil (house recipe?). I order the Steak Tampiquena. The waiter who delivered my plate held it with towels so I imagined that the plate must have been hot. What a surprise - it wasn't hot at all and everything on my plate was lukewarm. The shredded cheese on the refried beans was not melted. The "guacamole" was largely tomatoes and onions swathed in a greenish "dressing" - was this the avocado? Strangely, the steak with pan fried onions tasted like it had been marinated in soy sauce or Maggi seasoning - and it was cold. I opened the supplied red plastic container of what I thought were soft tortillas and was surprised to see 2 small soft tacos instead, dwarfed by the container. My wife laughed - she also expected the usual larger sized soft tortillas. My wife said that her Chimichanga was bland, so we asked the passing waiter for some "chili sauce" (some Mexican restaurants provide a whole collection of bottled hot sauces for you to choose at your table, but here there was not a single bottle at the table). He clarified that we wanted "hot sauce? " - YES!. He walked away, stepped into the kitchen, came back out and began clearing some tables nearby. After a few minutes, we asked who we assume was Charlie for the hot sauce and received a small dish of something that appeared to have just been mixed in the kitchen. My wife said that the concoction in the dish was "gross." We didn't finish our food and didn't take home the leftovers.

Heres a tip: you can gauge the authenticity of a Mexican restaurant by the presence of beef tripe soup (Menudo) on the menu - and it's not offered here. Maybe we have been spoiled by our travels, but what we had here did not meet 5 star standards.

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Mahek Restaurant & Lounge2839 West Broadway, Vancouver
Best decent priced Indian Food we've had
Submitted Wednesday, April 2, 2008 - 6:32pm [Dine in]

We had eaten previously at the original owners Surrey location previously and were impressed with the food; rich, well portioned and apparently "freshly" prepared. So when we heard that they had sold the Surrey business and moved here, we had to try it. I am not sure that the name change had to do with appeasing the Kits crowd, perhaps it was due to the current owners of the Surrey location complaining about the similar name? When we had heard of a Mahek in Vancouver, we called the Surrey location to ask where "their" new Vancouver restaurant was located - they were quick to inform that they were not connected and provided no further information.

We've had their Mint Chicken, Butter Chicken, Curried Lamb, appetizer plates, naan, etc both dine in and take out on several occasions so far, each time tasty and well prepared. The service is friendly from the owners, although a little distracted one time from an apparently new waitress.

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Hon's Wun Tun House3025 Lougheed Hwy, #310, Coquitlam
Consistent for what it offers, definitely not the BEST
Submitted Friday, March 28, 2008 - 6:41pm [Dine in]

Not gourmet but predictable, it offers a level of cantonese food for the masses that is better than the old "red lantern and dragon" type of chinese fare. We never go there to be "wowed", only for the value and convenience. The wonton is not the best and we don't like that they use "broken" chow mein noodles in their chow mein. Their stir fry items sometimes betray the particular cook's heavy hand. Their congee, large in portion, is often gluey. But the value is there. One comfort food favourite of mine "stewed beef brisket on rice" is great value and consistent, a large mound of rice slathered with a generous portion of soy stewed beef and blanched iceberg lettuce and a bowl of consomme on the side for under $7 - a lot of food.
I also feel that I have to qualify how I and others have rated the service. This restaurant is "eat it and beat it" variety, no lingering. They need customer turnover to maintain the great value. After the inital sit down, ordering and delivery of food, you'll have to flag down your server (don't be shy!). Otherwise, we have never encountered rudeness from the staff. Also, don't expect to have decent dinner conversation with friends while dining as it's noisy there and the air can be stale.

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Vera's Burger Shack1455 West Broadway, Vancouver
They must have taken note of the bad reviews or?
Submitted Friday, March 28, 2008 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

I recently had one of their basic burgers simply dressed up with lettuce, tomato, fried onions, ketchup, mayonnaise and relish along with the combo fries and drink. I found the burger quite tasty, no hint of the beef patty having been previously frozen ( e.g. "square edges", hard carboardy texture, poor flavour) and the fries crispy (however, they were not the usual strip type). The bun was fresh tasting too. But then, I was their first customer of the day on a Saturday. The service was fine - the counterman asked if it was my first time there ("yes" it was) and he was helpful in explaining how their menu worked. He even asked how I like the burger mid-meal. I have eaten burgers at Red Robins, the Red Onion, Fresgos (defunct) White Spot and the usual fast food outlets. I really liked what I had at Vera's. In contrast, I subsequently lunched at a local White Spot where I had a "disastrous" 6 oz burger with a patty that was definitely prefrozen and dull tasting along with their uncrispy (non trans-fat) cooked fries. I will return to Vera's again.

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Hopewell Chinese Kitchen3027 Anson Ave, Coquitlam
Best choice for Cantonese BBQ in Coquitlam
Submitted Friday, March 28, 2008 - 3:19pm [Dine in]

This is a fairly small outlet geared more towards takeout purchases of barbeque meats cooked on site and the usual choice of Cantonese dishes. The place has about 4 tables seats about 18 and is suitable for quick lunches, etc.; if you insist on eating in your clothes will smell of cooked meats when you leave. We are regular customers of their cooked meats (bbq duck, roast/bbq pork, soy chicken) and consider them better than the local Hon's and T&T Supermarket.
Considering the tiny kitchen in the back, they also turn out very competent range of dishes for take-out. For example, we've tried their salt fish and chicken fried rice, stewed beef and tofu "hot pot" and fried chicken wings, all very good.

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