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rileycoyotesSurreySince October 11, 200732 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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East India Grill19653 Willowbrook Drive, #146, Langley
Just not very good food.
Submitted Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 11:26am [Dine in]

Considering other Indian places that I've eaten at, I need to reconsider the star ratings on this review. I'm downgrading them, because I really wouldn't return there. I'd sooner eat poutine at New York Fries. I'll leave what I wrote before:

It seems to be a pattern that restaurant buffets are not real high in quality, and this restaurant is no exception. I have been here twice now, once for lunch and once for dinner, and both times have come away disappointed. The food is just not that great. Everything is either underspiced or spiced wrong. The rich, full flavours that one can find at good Indian places are just absent. The buffet offers decent value in the sense that you can eat as much as you want, but if it's quality Indian food you want, there are better places to get it.

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Jyoti Sweets5780 176A Street, Surrey
Not bad for takeout
Submitted Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 11:21am [Dine in]

Got take out from here last night for the first time in a long time. It's really meant to be a sweets shop and take-out. There is one table next to the refrigerator case, which I've only ever seen used for the owner's kids to use for watching TV. I think that they may even charge extra for plates, if I understood the sign properly

I have high expectations for Indian food: I love the flavours and am badly disappointed when they are done poorly. Everything I've gotten from here has been good. Nothing has been outstanding (although I do like their samosas), nothing has been bad (although the ginger-chicken tasted more like ginger-ginger). I got a few sweets from there last night for the first time and they were about what I'd expect.

Prices are not really any different from a many sit-down Indian restaurants ($7-$10 for most dishes), but they give a packed pie-tin full of food for each dish, so we'll get several lunches out of it. Rice is included.

I will return, as it is the closest Indian food to my house and is at least minimally acceptable food to me.

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Mangia E Bevi2222 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Very,Very nice restaurant
Submitted Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 11:07am [Dine in]

My wife and I had dinner here with another couple. They live in West Van and had been eyeing this place since it opened recently, so they were eager to join us.

First off, whomever listed this as a "$10-$20" restaurant must have been too drunk to remember. The four of us had 2 glasses and 1/2-carafe of wine, 2 soups, 3 second plates (meat dishes) and 1 first plate (pasta), 2 desserts, and 2 coffees, and the tab came to $260 with tip. The meat dishes are all over $20, if I recall properly, and the pastas are generally in the $15-$20 range. So adjust your price expectations accordingly.

Among us we had the veal and eggplant in marsala, the potato-crusted halibut, and the black cod. Each of us really enjoyed what we ordered, and were fully satisfied. The soup was a mushroom soup ($10) that resembled a French onion soup with a ton of mushrooms. That, too, was really delicious. The person who ordered the pasta is a vegetarian -- there was no shortage of choices for her, although many featured mushrooms -- and couldn't decide between two dishes, so the server offered to give her two half-orders, which she accepted. She was very happy with both.

Desserts were a bit disappointing, mostly for size. The Chocolate Trio ($8) was a small brownie, a loonie-sized chocolate pyramid, and something I've forgotten. The caramel-glazed-banana chocolate torte was very tasty but also modest in size (we split desserts).

The interior of the restaurant was pleasant and clean, but the ambiance must take a hit for the pile of wine boxes in the corner of the dining area.

There were plenty more things on the menu that I would have loved to have tried. I would definitely return, but I would be prepared to make it an expensive night out.

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Taste Of Punjab, A10009 136A Street, Surrey
Best Indian food I've had so far
Submitted Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

This place is in a little shopping center across from Central City. I've come here many times with visitors and family, and I'll keep coming back again and again. It may be my favourite restaurant in Surrey. Every single visit has yielded some of the tastiest food you'll find. EVERYTHING that I've had here has been good, including veggie dishes like daal makhni and saag paneer, and chicken and lamb dishes as well. The spices are blended perfectly to create a full, rich flavour without leaving a sharp aftertaste in the mouth or heartburn later.

Service before the meal is fine; after the meal is delivered, it is sometimes a bit slow. It's not a large dining area and I've never seen more than 3-4 tables occupied, so the one server shouldn't be too busy, but still it can take a while to get her attention, get packed up, and pay. Meals are priced very reasonably (most items are under $10), and the interior is pleasantly decorated. If it were closer to my home I would eat here even more often than I already do.

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Luxe Chinese Seafood Restaurant19653 Willowbrook Drive, #138A, Langley
Best Chinese south of Fraser
Submitted Friday, July 11, 2008 - 10:24pm [Dine in]

This place has become a family favourite. My 11-year old just requested it for her birthday dinner, and I was only too happy to oblige. Everything we've had here has been SOOOOOO much better than any other Chinese place in the area. The flavours are well blended, the rice is aromatic, the tea is plentiful and the portions are huge! Usually we get at least some extra lunches out of a visit there, so the higher-than-average prices are easily justified.

Service one time was a little slow, but in all of our recent visits it has been prompt and friendly. Food comes out as it is cooked -- some things very quickly, others slower -- so plan to share your dishes. It's a pleasant-looking place inside, nicely decorated, but basically one big open dining room, with a large party room attached. If it's crowded, it could be noisy, but it's never been very crowded when we've gone.

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Centro Mediterranean Grill901 Granville Street, Vancouver
Just fair
Submitted Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 8:30pm [Dine in]

My wife and I ate there before a show at the Commodore. The server was either new or clueless, answering our questions either incompletely or by changing the question. I got one of the specials, farfalle with chorizo. It was basically just pasta and red sauce with some sausage in it. (I'm not sure how I expected it to be different but for $17 I expected more than that). The red sauce was pretty good, but the chorizo was thinly sliced and not abundant. My wife ordered a stuffed chicken dish that was supposed to come with risotto. The chicken was tasty, but the "risotto" was mushy yellow rice with a heavy taste of canned anaheim chili peppers. Again, quality was not up to the price ($19, as I recall). The ambiance is nothing special: the dining area is wide open, so it would probably be noisy when crowded, and there are two giant TVs at either end of the dining room. Sitting by a window would be the main attraction. The beer menu was limited (just two drafts), but generally cheaper than at many restaurants ($4.25, I think, for a draft pint). I can't say that I would recommend this place to a friend, but I wouldn't refuse to go back if someone asked me to.

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India Gate616 Robson St, Vancouver
Below Average Indian Food.
Submitted Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 8:20pm [Dine in]

Went there with my wife and three friends. Started with veggie pakoras and samosas. The "veggies" in the samosas were once-frozen peas, carrots and...corn? Odd, for *East* Indian food. We ordered palak paneer, gobi alu, bhurtha (eggplant), buttery chicken, and chicken tikka. The rice for the meal came spread out in a layer on each plate brought to us immediately before the main dishes. I sampled all of the dishes and was left unimpressed by any of them. The flavours were not well blended. The gobi alu, in particular, was actually harsh and reminded me of an attempt of mine to make this dish, which I labeled as "unsuccessful." It was the first time in a long while that I was in an Indian restaurant and not particularly interested in second helpings. On the whole the food was clearly among the less-good

The food came quickly and service throughout the meal was quietly attentive and not intrusive. The interior is nothing special, but not unpleasant. The mens' room, on the other hand, was a bit frightening. The cloth towel roller was broken and out of towels, and the tile on the floor and walls old, with large segments of tiles missing.

On the whole, there are many better Indian restaurants in the lower mainland.

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La Cascina Pasta Bar20059 Fraser HWY, Langley
Everything Good, Nothing Spectacular
Submitted Friday, February 15, 2008 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

Went there with the family on a Friday evening. Not many customers that evening. This restaurant is a small building that shares a parking lot with an Arby's, so the first impression is not one of opulence. The inside is OK: not unpleasant, but nothing exceptional. They were out of lasagna and gnocchi at 6:30 (they apparently run out by lunchtime on Fridays). We ordered a veal scallopini marsala and a pasta "La Cascina" for us; the kids got a cannelloni and a spaghetti Bolognese. The marsala was very tasty, but the linguini on the side had a slightly floury taste and alfredo sauce was just fair. The pasta La Cascina was tossed with olives (green, not black as listed on the menu), mushrooms, tomatoes, and parmesan. None of the veggies were particularly abundant, although the overall flavour was pretty good. The daughter who ordered the cannelloni really enjoyed it. Prices were very reasonable ($10-$13 dollars for each dish, with ample portions). The tiramisu was terrific.

The woman who served us was evidently an owner. She was was very pleasant and personable, without excessive exuberance.

On the whole, the food was good enough that we'd eat there again, but not so great that we wouldn't also try other places.

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Boonie's BBQ & Soul Food6150 176th Street, Surrey
Great food - who'd have thunk it?
Submitted Saturday, January 26, 2008 - 1:26pm [Dine in]

One doesn't normally go to the curling club for the ribs. With Boonies, I would. This bizarre setting is the home of some of the best ribs in the lower mainland.

First, to be clear, this is not really a restaurant, it is a snack bar at the Cloverdale Curling Rink. There are a few tables scattered throughout the foyer (mostly pushed up against the window looking over the curling sheets). So if you really like to watch curling (or like looking at empty ice), the ambiance is outstanding. Otherwise, this is probably better thought of as a take-out joint.

Boonie's staple is his ribs. They are truly smoked ribs, full of flavour from the smoker, in a whole different class compared to ribs at "popular" places like Boston Pizza and Montana's. The sauce he uses complements the ribs well and doesn't overwhelm. Sides include collard greens (with bacon and sausage - remember, this is *soul* food, not *health* food), mac and cheese, red beans and rice, and cornbread.

He also has snack-bar standards, like hot dogs and hamburgers, and a special "Boonie Burger" consisting of two beef patties topped with hot sausage links for just $5! Finally, there are daily specials. My wife had a pulled pork sandwich that was incredible, although it's probably a crime in some states to serve pulled pork on a panini.

The curlers at Cloverdale (of which I am one) are in awe of the quality of food available to them when they step off the ice.

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Waterstone Taphouse & Grill19988 84 Avenue, Langley
Thoroughly Mediocre
Submitted Saturday, January 26, 2008 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

We went there on a Friday evening as three couples. Had a 45min-1hour wait for a table (that's fine), so we sat in the lounge. It's got a nice decor, trying to look trendy, but it's all undone by showing UFC fights on three TVs. (Don't get me wrong, I *love* UFC, it's just not what a place that is trying to act upscale like this should be airing.) They had several tables and booths in the lounge, but nothing that could handle 6 comfortably - we had to smoosh into a booth for 4.

Dinner was expensive and disappointingly ordinary. The steaks (around $25 each), in particular, were thin and overcooked, but reasonably well-seasoned. Side dishes (szechuan green beans and cheesy mashed potatoes) were tasty, but not special. The lobster ravioli was terrific, and the appys were quite good. The server was very pleasant and very professional, with an appropriate approach for an upscale place, but forgot to bring some parts of our order.

I would not make it a point to come here again. For the high price, there are much better choices. If a group I was with ended up here again, I'd stick to appys and cocktails.

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Chada Thai Fine Cuisine2991 Lougheed Hwy, #107, Coquitlam
Clearly better than your average Thai place
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 10:17am [Dine in]

I took a party of 18 here for my wife's birthday, so I got to sample a lot of dishes and a lot of opinions. The response was uniformly positive. EVERYONE in the party was impressed with the food. The melding of flavours in each dish was superb - way better than any other Thai restaurant I've been to. Curries, Pad Thai, Pad Zee-u, and other dishes were all excellent. The interior is nice enough, with a variety of cultural wall ornaments and pleasant lighting - very nicely done, considering that it's just a slice of the Pinetree Village strip mall. The service was just fine, considering the size of our party. It didn't take much longer than it would have with a smaller group. The only thing that would keep me from going back regularly is the prices: $15-20+ for typical entrees (includes rice) and comparably pricey appetizers means that we'll save it for special occasions.

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Elisabeth's Chalet17785 No. 10 Highway, Surrey
I really wish I could be more positive
Submitted Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

I had high hopes for this place, but things just seem to come up short of excellent. The food is very good, to be sure, but it's not really anything special. I've had several schnitzels and found them to be lacking in inspiration. They were only a little bit better than university cafeteria food I had in Zurich years ago (That cafeteria was actually rated 2* in a tourism guidebook). The red cabbage and spaetzle are kind of bland as side dishes. When the prime rib was $12 it was good enough to be a bargain, but the price has gone up and the meal isn't *that* good.

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