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RogarboyVancouverSince March 19, 200614 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value3 (3)
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Displaying 1 - 14 of 14 Reviews Found
Thai Box 2 Go418 6th Street, #110, New Westminster
Calamari and Green Papaya Salad
Submitted Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 2:20pm [Dine in]

I had the Calamari special today and it was acceptable. I was hoping it would have their own special Thai "twist" or breading to it however is the standard breaded squid rings you can buy from Costco or a Food Supplier and served with a standard sweet chili sauce. I will say it was not greasy and it was nice and crispy.

The green papaya salad was very interesting. Not my first run at this dish I found it to be over dressed and sitting in almost half an inch of very vinegary dressing. I can imagine anyone wanting to eat that much vinegar. It had a nice level of heat to it but I did have to ask for a knife to cut the verge pieces of iceberg lettuce it rested on in order to eat them. I have never seen iceberg lettuce involved in this salad before and the presentation was not given adequate consideration.

When my server who was on the phone almost my entire visit with the same call finally did come around to ask if everything was ok I did mention the dressing and the enormous amount of it. She told me this is the way it is done and it is not like a North american salad. I guess she took it upon herself to assume I have never eaten Thai food before.

This business is not on my list to go back to.

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Sixth Street Grill, The413 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Have been there several times now.
Submitted Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

I have eaten at this spot several times now. It represents excellent value. It is not the fanciest food your going to find but then the prices are not that fancy either.

I have had several breakfasts there and if you can get there before 10AM on weekdays the Early Bird Specials are hard to beat.

The other day I had lunch a Shrimp Salad sandwich that came with a small soup, fries and a small coleslaw. The sandwich was good and the coleslaw was very good. The beef barley soup should have been called spicy tomato barley soup. It was quite spicy and very tomato based and you would have to search far and wide to find any beef in it. The Fries were a total miss being soggy and not fully cooked. Terrible.

I have had the Liver and Onions dinner as well and it was pretty good. Had one vein in the liver but all in all it represented very good value. Of course you can detect the use of flour to thicken things up in several of their soups and gravies but it is still palatable.

This is a small diner and I will keep it on my list of regular spots to go.

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Coming Home Cafe735 6th Street, New Westminster
Has Seen Better Days
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2013 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

This little place is the little restaurant that could could could but just quite can't can't can't. Things looked up for a bit there. The place was ok but things have degraded this last while.

The quality of the food items has definitely dropped. It used to be top quality products and over time things seem to have taken a nose dive in quality.

Still they have great eggs benedict but only on weekends. I was there last Saturday and watched in amazement at the amount of oil the cook put in the pan to fry eggs. They could do the back stroke and the amount of times he handles the food with his hands instead of using utensils is cause for concern.

Conversely to the quality prices have gone up dramatically. One of my favorites the Breaky Sandwich has gone from 5.75 just a few months ago to 7.50 today a 30.4 % increase. Wow! All menu items have risen sharply as well and it seems the average bill is now 12 to 16 dollars depending on what is ordered.

There are plenty of dining options in New Westminster for less that you also have wait staff to serve you and you do not leave smelling of grease. There is no wait staff at Coming Home. They have priced themselves out of the stratosphere.

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Peaceful Restaurant630 Davie Street, Vancouver
From the moment I walked in.....
Submitted Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

From the moment I walked in I could tell by the smell this was not a Cantonese place. Northern and mainland aromas were the scents I was picking up. To my delight I discovered they make all their noodles in house "fresh" and they were a very nice texture and done very well.

We had the Stewed Beef with noodles in a dark rich broth with spinach and green onion on top. It was very good. The broth was complex and had a very firm taste and pleasant on your palate while the beef had been stewed fork tender. I would recommend this dish. Very tasty.

We had the beef roll with the Chinese five spice as well. This is a bit greasy with the pastry but had such a wonderful flavour it was worth it. Something I had not seen before and I enjoyed it. It is great with a group because you only need one piece to satisfy you.

We also enjoyed the Xiao Long Bao tasty little pork dumplings that you eat slowly lest they squirt their delicate ginger and green onion broth over your shirt. The trick is to bite off one side and let it squirt into your mouth first. After you have dipped them in the light sauce that comes with them of course.

Lastly we enjoyed a spicey stir fried seafood noodle selection with the fresh noodles again. It was very succulent and had just the right amount of heat. I will say it was a bit short of seafood but the over all quality of the dish was better than most places so again the value was still acceptable.

The service was attentive and very polite. Ambience was generic and a bit cool where we sat but acceptable. I would heartily recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for good Chinese food and wanting to try something authentic. Very nice place and good value. Not an accolade I dish out regularly or easily.

I noticed no reaction or after effects normally experienced with the use of MSG afterwards. A sign of quality ingredients and a proper chef.

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Paddlewheeler Pub810 Quayside Drive, #126, New Westminster
Prime Rib Special on Fridays
Submitted Monday, April 4, 2011 - 5:23pm [Dine in]

Recently a small group of us went out for a Prime Rib special at a local pub. Upon arrival it was a Canucks game day and the place was packed with no where to sit. Luckily, I remembered the Paddlewheeler Pub at the Quay also has a Prime Rib Special on Friday so off we went.

We all agreed the meal was an outstanding value for 13 dollars. The portion of Prime Rib was very acceptable and the beef was succulent and tender. Garlic mashed potatoes complimented our meal along with fresh string beans. Everything was great and for pub fare and it was a nice experience. The beans were a bit greasy covered in something that did not do them justice but it was not terrible. All in all one of the best value/quality meals I have had in sometime.

I sometimes attend the Pub on Saturday afternoons as well. The Pub is generally well kept although can be a little under staffed at times lately. The servers have a hard time to keep up and clients have to wait too long to wet their whistle.

If it's Friday and your looking for a decent Prime Rib dinner, pub style then the Paddlewheeler has it waiting for you.

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Pho Maxima Restaurant822 Twentieth Street, New Westminster
Vietnamese well kind of
Submitted Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 11:19am [Dine in]

I had lunch here a few days ago. I have wanted to for awhile given the good reviews. I had the House Special Pho and some Spring Rolls. The ambiance is extremely plain but I did appreciate they had the electric heaters trying to compensate for a very old and drafty building.

The Pho was good although a bit too salty. The noodles were cooked just right so they are still a bit chewy the way they should be. I noticed an MSG factor here as well. As a society we really need to use quality ingredients instead of expecting MSG to give that flavour "wow" on the palate.

The spring rolls on the other hand were probably the worst I have seen in a Vietnamese restaurant. Wonton wrappers are not what Vietnamese Spring Rolls are wrapped in. It should be rice paper and the contents should have some Taro, Mushroom, Pork and Shrimp etc. The spring rolls here were mostly cabbage with a bit of pork and some of the most expensive I have ever seen in a Vietnamese Restaurant at just 2 for $5. They were very Chinese in composition. Not what I want if I go to a Vietnamese restaurant.

Pho Maxima is a miss for me. A few blocks more and Kingsway brings some very good Vietnamese Restaurants.

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Gino's Restaurant431 East Columbia Street, New Westminster
Solid Little Neighbourhood Eatery
Submitted Friday, November 6, 2009 - 8:32am [Dine in]

We went to Gino's last night. Being Thursday all Greek dishes were on for 10.95. An excellent value! Our waitress let us know how to order our wine to save a few dollars as well and this was appreciated.

We started with Mozza sticks and Houmous. The Mozza sticks were pretty run of the mill but the Houmous was excellent with lots of lemon, garlic and parsley flavour through out.

We each had the roast lamb and this was quite tender. I am not sure about the gravy served on it as it was a bit salty. I was very thirsty after this. This is the only time I have seen a gravy on top of the roast lamb in a Greek restaurant.

All in all Gino's proved to be a solid reliable place to dine. Nothing ground breaking here but it is a dependable place to dine.

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Aldo's Pasta Bar441 Columbia St, New Westminster
Great Food and Good Value
Submitted Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 6:36pm [Dine in]

I wandered in to this place thinking there was an incredible special on including a glass of wine for 12 bucks at about 6:30 PM. Turns out that is the lunch special they leave outside on the sandwich board standing on the sidewalk. I was the only table in the place. I felt a bit duped and almost left but thought what the heck "might as well try it".

I am glad I did. I had homemade Angolotti pasta stuffed with real crab meat and served in a shrimp alfredo sauce. This dish was lovely. The sauce was just right not too heavy and made with real cream and little baby shrimp. A small loaf of hot hot bread was whisked to my table with plenty of butter as well. The price was only 15.99 which still made it very affordable to order a glass of the house red which was just "ok" but adequate.

The service was good and the waiter polite. This was one of the best meals I have enjoyed out in recent memory. I recommend Aldo's for a pasta dinner if you want one. Don't let the "pasta bar" they advertise fool you into thinking it is one of those fast food places. I think they should drop the term as it does not do them justice and it held me back from going for awhile. A great place to go and enjoy and nice Italian dinner. Kudo's to Aldo!

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Purple Lotus609 12th Street, New Westminster
Good Variety
Submitted Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 6:24pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here probably 10 or 15 times. The variety is great but be ware of the MSG. The Pho is good but loaded with it. I have had several unproductive afternoons after eating this soup recently there. Way too much MSG. I have not gone back for awhile now and will try Pho Maxima as mentioned on here. If you suffer form MSG reaction I would stay away.

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Don Guacamoles1333 Robson Street, Vancouver
Quite pleased with this little place
Submitted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 7:21pm [Dine in]

I went there for lunch today with a colleague. I must say I am quite pleased with the food.

The complimentary. chips and salsa whisked to our table as soon as we sat down were very good.

My tacos were excellent! I tried the lamb, the flank steak, marinated pork and the grilled prime beef tacos. So so good and each one distinctly different. I know you won't find those tacos on Olas Altas street in PV but who cares. This was good food and decent value for Robson Street and fairly authentic.

My friend had a Chicken Burrito and it was a ridiculous size. We had a good laugh when it was plopped down in front of her. I was beginning to wonder if we had a secret guest coming to lunch! Too much rice and lettuce to be practical but she said it was very tasty.

I would go back to Don Guacamoles again in a heartbeat. Very nice surprise!

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Lucky King Seafood Restaurant832 12th St, New Westminster
I so wanted this to be good
Submitted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 7:06pm [Dine in]

I went in very soon after they opened this past summer. I really wanted this restaurant to be good. We need another good Chinese Restaurant that is authentic in New West. Enough of the old deep fried this and that, Lemon Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork Fat and dishes laced with too much MSG. New West is full of that however things are slowly changing. That is not really Chinese food.

The portion of food was fine and the dining room staff were very friendly and could have been more helpful if they did not "assume" what you may like by your nationality however they were very friendly and the service was excellent.

The food that arrived unfortunately was not very good. The pork was bland and layed there in submission. The dishes had very little life in them.

I have a reasonably educated palate in this Cuisine. None the less knowing there are usually different chefs for dinner and Dim Sum I decided to return for Dim Sum and went in twice more. I really enjoy good Dim Sum. The Dim Sum I had both times was sub-par and about the worst I have had for sometime.

Dim Sum is about the flavours created by the chef. Good ingredients and the sauces and steam. There was steam but that was about it. I really had hoped this was going to be a local favourite restaurant. After 3 attempts I have called it quits for Lucky king. Perhaps this would explain why it is always so empty.

Too bad as this could be a real money maker with the right ingredients and a real asset to the neighbourhood in this location.

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Silver Palace Seafood Restaurant4818 Main Street, Vancouver
Very Good Dim Sum
Submitted Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

I have been here twice since the location changed ownership. The first time great food service to be desired. Second time they nailed it! The Dim Sum is very good. I am always wary of MSG and it is present here but not in the amounts found elsewhere. I really like the food here it is a good value. Wish the would bring back the bean curd roll though. It is a staple sorely missed. Lots of good food here to choose from even with out it. I will be back.

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Victoria Chinese Restaurant1088 Melville St, Vancouver
Pretty good Dim Sum but poor service
Submitted Sunday, October 1, 2006 - 2:41pm [Dine in]

Ever since Royal King on Fraser closed down I have been on a quest for good Dim Sum for reasonable value. The food here is good however for the price it should be. Starting at 4.75 per dish and up the food should be impeccable. This was satisfactory but the service was very poor and my request for hot sauce seemed like an imposition. Victoria Chinese claimed to only have one kind of hot sauce. This would be a first for me in any chinese restuarant. Additionally our teapot was so full of tealeaves and flowers there was no room for water. Makes you think you have the leftovers from last night. I do not think they wanted to make the effort. We never did recieve a bill and had ot pay up front. I would not go back not because of the service and effort were so poor performed.

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Cassis420 W Pender, Vancouver
Great Food - Poor Environment
Submitted Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 12:35am [Dine in]

I went to cassis with several dining companions quite excited after reading the reviews. We arrived and were seated at a temporary table and they moved us to a booth near the rear of the restaurant.

All of our meals were good. Very good.The food is very nice with value that would be hard to match in Vancouver. Quality is excellent when you consider the price point of this restaurant.

One very puzzling thing is the environment they create for a restuarant that provides French food. A DJ was at the back of the restaurant and he played Hip Hop and various other "club or house" music. Not what one would typically expect for this type of restaurant. In my opinion it did not work. It was inappropriate and he looked better at home in the Lotus Hotel or Malones.Then a gaggle of DJ groupies kept wafting in and milling aorund the DJ became a bit loud. Very unprofessional for a French Bistro. Disrypting clients conversations. It was like having dinner in a bar.

The music crept up in volume and a couple of other diners requested it be turned down. The music was far too loud for the entire evening and we could not hear each other or the staff very well. The entire dinner became a stressful event that I would not repeat depsite the value and quality. Cassis must decide what they want to be, a French Bistro, or a loud Hip Hop club as both entities do not co-exist peacefully together.

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