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RikkoCoquitlamSince April 30, 20095 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food4 (4)
  • Service4 (3.8)
  • Value3.5 (3.6)
  • Ambiance3 (3)


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Nagano Japanese Restaurant2918 Glen Dr, Coquitlam
Great local sushi joint
Submitted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 12:54pm [Dine in]

I've been going to Nagano regularly for about 3 years and have always been happy with their food. The sushi is well made from quality ingredients and they have a great selection of rolls that aren't standard sushi menu fare.

They aren't cheap, though. You definitely notice your bill is higher than compared to a typical sushi dive, but the difference in food quality makes up for it.

Some of the senior staff are wonderful to deal with. The more junior servers are pleasant and efficient and leave nothing to complain about, but they don't "work the room" the same way.

I'd absolutely recommend them and anything on their menu.

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Coquitlam Grill, The2635 Barnet Hwy., #108, Coquitlam
Come for the service, not for the food
Submitted Friday, April 22, 2011 - 4:55pm [Dine in]

The Coquitlam Grill came highly recommended as a great restaurant in North Coquitlam. The restaurant is in a well-traveled location (Barnet Highway near Coquitlam Centre) and always has people going in and out. It seemed a good choice.

The first thing you'll notice is that the menu is way too big and varied. Ever see a 'food reality show' where a celebrity chef goes into a failing restaurant and yells about the size of the menu? I can see why now.

First off, the service is great. All of the serving staff projected a small town diner type of welcome and were very proactive about looking after their tables. We never once felt like we were being ignored, nor were we being pestered.

The decor inside leaves something to be desired. It's very dark and the various treasures hung on the wall are unremarkable and don't give a sense that they belong to any sort of theme.

The food was awful. Priced extremely well, but extremely bland. Quantity trumps quality.

We tried the calamari as an appetizer. It was so salty we could barely eat it. Texture and doneness were about right, but it was hard to get past the salty batter.

For entrées, I had a buffalo chicken burger with fries. The fries were awful - powdery and soggy at the same time. The burger itself was loaded with so much sauce and mayonnaise that the bun disintegrated after a couple of bites.

My wife ordered the lasagna. The serving was enormous (about the size of a pie tray), but the filling was mediocre. The tomato sauce tasted like it came out of a jar and there were so many noodles it was almost funny.

The restaurant has a lot of potential, but seems to be stagnant with a bad menu, bad ingredients, and cut throat prices that don't leave them with a lot of food for quality improvements. It's basically a local eatery for seniors who get the same thing every day. I'm not being ageist - we were in fact surrounded by seniors, many of whom didn't even need to tell their servers what to bring.

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Sachie Sushi3130 Saint Johns Street, Port Moody
Best (reasonable) sushi I've found in the Lower Mainland
Submitted Friday, April 22, 2011 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

Once you try Sachie's sushi you'll realize how poor most of the sushi joints in the suburbs really are. Sachie is a Japanese family run business that take a lot of pride in their food.

The restaurant is threadbare. It's very clean, but you get the impression that they didn't put a lot of money into creating an 'authentic eat-in' environment. It makes sense since they're situated below condos, so presumably a lot of people get takeout (and they sure seem to!).

I've been a regular at Sachie Sushi for well over a year and never once been disappointed. The menu is limited since they don't have a kitchen in the back, so if you aren't a big nigiri, sashimi, or maki fan, this won't be for you. If you are, go crazy.

One of their 'daily specials' (it's been a daily special since the first time I walked in) is the Spicy Crunchy roll. It's marinated red tuna in a wide roll (5 pieces total) topped with a special spicy sauce and a little bit of crunchy tempura bits. Absolutely outstanding and I order it every time I'm there.

Their rolls are all excellent - the rice is cooked perfectly (and prepared authentically, if you ever chance to be in there when you see the husband and wife work as a team to manually fan the rice), nori is always crisp and not overpowering, and the seafood itself is absolutely top notch. They carry a few types of fish that you don't see in every sushi restaurant.

If you live anywhere in the Tri-Cities, definitely give them a try. It's not a cheap hole in the wall - it's a premium hole in the wall, with very fair prices given the quality.

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Bella Candela109 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
Great Mexican brunch!
Submitted Friday, May 29, 2009 - 2:38pm [Dine in]

We've been to Bella Candela for Sunday brunch twice now and each time were pleasantly surprised at the ambiance and food.
The interior is nice but neutral - apparently they turn into an Italian restaurant for dinner.
Their brunch menu is something of a Mexican fusion - very tasty and priced all right.
The owners frequently play live Latin music at the front of the restaurant. They are great fun to watch and aren't too loud nor pester the audience to participate.

If you're looking for a Sunday morning activity, jump on the Sea Bus from Vancouver and have brunch.

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Lunchbox397 Railway St, Vancouver
Fabulous food in a funky setting
Submitted Friday, May 29, 2009 - 2:35pm [Dine in]

I've been to Lunchbox three times now and have always been thrilled with my meal.
The location is a bit out of the way in Railtown (about a 5 minute walk from Gastown) on a quiet street. The eating area is a converted garage that seats about 20. The counter for ordering has lots of stainless steel and clean edges that give it an industrial kitchen feel.
Ordering is cafeteria/deli-style - place your order at the counter and pick it up or have it brought to your table (depending on how busy things are).

The menu has lots of good choices but isn't too large to make choosing difficult. You can generally choose between 5 different types of sandwich, 4 soups, and some specialty dishes (like butter chicken).

Portions are reasonable but not gut-busting. Their lunch box special consists of a full sandwich, side soup, salad, and homemade lemonade for about 10 bucks. I'm a big eater and can have that for lunch and make it home for dinner time without getting hungry.

The quality of the food is what really sets them apart - too many lunch offerings (especially in the downtown area) are too greasy to really satisfy.
The garden salad has multiple types of leafy greens and mixed vegetables all arranged beautifully with an inoffensive vinaigrette.
The soups tend to be fabulous - I strongly recommend the french onion soup; it has the most flavourful broth I've ever had.
The sandwiches are also great. I've had the turkey panini (on a cranberry bread which is phenomenal) and the Montreal smoked meat sandwich and both ranked above any deli sandwich I've had in my life.

If you can get in here for lunch one day you won't be disappointed. I don't think they are open weekends but have long weekday hours for the breakfast and lunch crowds.

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