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sunderCoquitlamSince November 30, 200814 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food4 (3.8)
  • Service4 (4.1)
  • Value3 (3.1)
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Hy's Encore637 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Can't be compared to Gotham's
Submitted Friday, July 10, 2009 - 1:01pm [Dine in]

We came here for my birthday as I enjoy a good steak. Unfortunately for us, a good steak was not to be had although our standards are a bit high. The place is a bit unassuming and the building is almost disguised as something else, but that's neither here nor there.

We started with the much-lauded cheese toast and the crab cakes. Truly, the cheese toast was phenomenal and if I could have eaten more, I would have ordered another one. It's basically a grilled cheese sandwich more or less, but exquisitely baked in tin foil and with some finer cheese than Kraft singles. At the cheapest item on the menu at $5.95, you can't go wrong. The crab cakes, however, were forgettable and only marginally better than Horizons.

Our entrees included a filet mignon for the lady and a 16oz prime rib for myself, recommended by our server. I wish now that I hadn't asked as my first choice was the New York. My prime rib, although cooked perfectly to my specifications, was utterly bland on the inside and the au jus they serve with it was too sour for my tastes. There was simply not enough beef taste. I was tempted to ask for MSG... The filet mignon was miles better than the prime rib, but that's not saying much. One more thing, order the roast potatoes as your side, they were delicious and the texture was firm and crispy on the outside.

So, all in all, you get what you pay for. The steaks here are better in general than, say, The Keg, but not comparable to Gotham Steakhouse. However, it's not going to cost you an arm and a leg to eat here and they actually serve sides with your meat instead of a la carte at Gotham's. Don't forget the cheese toast.

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Chada Thai Fine Cuisine2991 Lougheed Hwy, #107, Coquitlam
Nice presentation, but lacking
Submitted Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 2:45pm [Dine in]

We came here for dinner as I had a craving for thai and we were around my area. First impressions were pretty good. The place was small, tiny in fact, but it was clean and nicely decorated. Aside from the sun shining through the blinds, the place was pretty dim.

We ordered the deep fried chicken wraps to start, the spiciest green curry with chicken and the pad thai with shrimp for entrees. The presentation of the meals was nice and artsy, but the food itself wasn't very spectacular. The chicken wraps were different (imagine bits of chicken wrapped in a leaf and flash fried) and intriguing, but the chicken was fried a little too long and the texture was too hard. The green curry was quite tasty, but not as spicy as advertised, but then again, my girl is quite the spicehound and her tolerance borders on non-human. Lastly, the pad thai was certainly the strangest pad thai I have ever had. Instead of having a sweet sauce base, it was much too salty and dry. It didn't even seem like pad thai, but I've never been to Thailand, so maybe that's what pad thai is supposed to be like? So every other thai place I've been to and ate pad thai at is incorrect and this place is right? Ummmm ... yeah....

Anyway, the value isn't that great either as each dish costs about $12-15, even the appetizer, but the portions are quite generous. Did I mention the presentation is nice?

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Qoola1116 Denman Street, Vancouver
New favourite frozen yogurt
Submitted Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 2:28pm [Dine in]

Unlike Yogen Fruz, this place offers frozen yogurt with toppings that are not blended together, similar to Froyo Swirl. However, unlike Froyo Swirl, the amount of toppings you can choose from is tremendous. They've got everything from fruit to sauces cereals (Captain Crunch, anyone?) and you can really mix it up if you wish. Everything looks fresh as well.

A "small" frozen yogurt will set you back $5 and you get to choose 2 toppings to put on it. Our choice was the Orange Creamsicle yogurt (their feature of the month) with mochi (rice cake) and granola and it was awesome. The flavours blended well and the granola added an interesting texture to the yogurt.

They're opening another one at Aberdeen Center in Richmond and I go there a lot more often than DT, so once that's open, I foresee a lot of frozen yogurt in my future....

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Fuji Sushi526B Clarke Rd, Coquitlam
This place has been here 10 years and I only knew about it now?
Submitted Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 1:21am [Dine in]

I've lived in Coquitlam for nearly all my life and I never knew of this place until a friend of a friend told us about it. We stopped by here for lunch on a weekday and it was not busy at all. They've got an inexpensive lunch menu that has some very good deals.

We ordered the saba shioyaki, a katsu-cutlet and some baked squid tentacles to share. The saba was grilled very nicely. A good sized portion with the standard trimmings. The quality is on par with Aki although I like the potato salad there better. The katsu was also fried very well and was crispy without tasting greasy. The squid tentacles too were delicious, but hey, when is squid not delicious? I even liked the tea they served. Rare to find good green tea nowadays.

Definitely check it out for the lunch specials. They are 20-30% cheaper than their counterparts on the regular menu. Our entire meal cost less than $20.

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Go Fish1504 West 1st Ave., Vancouver
Everything but the fish!
Submitted Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 1:10am [Dine in]

We came here for lunch (4 of us) and ordered two orders of the fish tacones (think wraps), two orders of the scallop burger and one order of fries. It was a bit of a cold day and it started to rain when we got there, but we still found a table under the patio. The place was busy as usual.

The food *is* good, to state a fact. Granted, we didn't order the staple fish & chips and decided to be a little more adventurous, we were rewarded. The fish in the tacones were nicely grilled and the sauce in the scallop burgers really made it tasty. Even the coleslaw they serve with the entrees tasted better than your standard coleslaw (no mayo). The fries were, well, fries. Shred a potato and deep fry. Add ketchup.

The food was a bit messy to eat however -- the tacones especially. The sauce just drips right out and it's not like there's a clean and convenient bathroom nearby. If you order the tacones, definitely go with the salmon. It's more flavourful than the tuna.

Note that the food is pricey. This is near Granville Island, after all. $13 for 5 scallops slapped in between two pieces of bread may not seem worth it at first, but it *does* taste pretty damn good.

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Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant4530 Hastings St, Burnaby
Something different, pleasant and enjoyable
Submitted Saturday, March 28, 2009 - 12:46am [Dine in]

I came here tonight with a group of friends for something different. I've never had Ethiopian food before and know absolutely nothing about their culture. Let's just say we had a blast eating good food and having fun while doing it.

We were the only table in the entire restaurant tonight so we got good attention. The owners are a mom-and-pop type and are friendly and warm, definitely kinda home-y.

If you didn't know (like me), Ethiopian food is generally eaten without utensils, meaning you gotta use your hands. Their food consists of stews and meats in sauces (they also have an extensive vegetarian menu) that are served on a large plate of warm, semi-sour bread-like roti. You let the sauces soak into the bread and use the bread to pick up the meat and vegetable pieces. I'm not used to eating with my hands, but I got down and dirty and enjoyed the new experience. Good conversational piece as well. The food has an indian feel to it and was quite enjoyable and tasty. Also, it's inexpensive and will definitely fill you up. Check it out for something different.

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El Barrio Restaurante Latino2270 East Hasting St., Vancouver
Tasty southern food served by really nice people
Submitted Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 3:54am [Dine in]

We came here tonight with a group for a birthday party and my girl as the guest of honor. We brought our own cake and stuff for after the dinner.

I originally wanted the Pastel Azteca, but they ran out, so I settled for the Ropa Vieja, which was like a pulled beef dish served with the usual mexican trimmings (refried beans, rice and tortillas). My gf ordered the chicken enchiladas, which were just scrumptious and full of flavour. My meal was pretty tasty too, but I regretted not having the Azteca :(.

We did, however, wait quite some time for our meals to come out (~45 mins), so the waitress actually comp'd the birthday girl's meal without provocation. Now that was a marvelous gesture. Bravo.

They served our cake with a smile and a song (even interrupting the live musician in the middle of his set!) as a way to cap off the night. Truly a great experience in an unexpected place.

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C Restaurant1600 Howe Street, #2, Vancouver
Go for the food quality, not for the value
Submitted Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 3:45am [Dine in]

Came here for an early dinner, so it was not crowded, but by the end of the dinner, the place was packed with crowds at the door. Even then, the service was prompt and we never felt unattended.

We ordered the duck proscuitto starter, the octopus-wrapped scallops appetizer and the trout entree and their taster course which consisted of the lobster bisque, sablefish entree and a bread pudding dessert. The proscuitto was very tasty and light, but the scallops were absolutely divine. Perfectly seared with thin-sliced octopus to round out the flavours. Our entrees were also adeptly prepared with complimentary flavourings. The only downside was the bread pudding dessert which was fairly hard and could've used more pudding and less bread.

We ordered drinks with our meals, but seriously, $16 for an 8oz cocktail? I actually felt ripped off there whereas I did not for the food. But yeah, it's pricey, but that's what you expect, right? Otherwise, you wouldn't be dining here, so save your pennies and come have some awesome seafood. If you want value, go to Anton's.

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Hart House6664 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
What is with all the salt?
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

Came here for Dine Out Vancouver at my mom's behest, with most of the family. Let's just say it was a forgettable experience. Their Dine Out Vancouver menu consisted of an appetizer choice between Tuna Carpaccio or Butternut Squash soup, an entree choice between Beef Short Ribs, Scallops, or Vegetarian Risotto, and a dessert choice between a Cinnamon Donut or an Upside-down Banana Cake. Let's just say between the five of us, we tried everything except the risotto. I mean, who wants to order rice for a main course for $38?

The soup was quite alright and the cinnamon marshmallows served with it were intriguing, but the tuna carpaccio had just too much rock salt and mayonnaise drizzled over it for anyone's taste. I had the short rib for an entree an it was very tender, but again, very salty. The other entree, the scallops, were not only salty as well, but came four on a plate with a few veggies and some mashed potatoes. I mean, four scallops? Come on, this is an entree! A bag of chips would be more of a meal. My bro-in-law ordered this (and he's a bigger eater than I) and he finished the plate in 2 minutes. Why was this even on the menu as an entree? Luckily, they brought us another basket of bread after the first one. Lastly, as if in some effort to redeem themselves, the desserts were very good with the banana cake being quite delectable. I half expected them to be salty, however.

So, with mediocre food and mediocre service (it wasn't a busy night, even for DOV), the only highlight was the restaurant itself. The Hart House is a mansion by Vancouver's standards and feels very cozy as a dining experience. They may have difficulty accommodating large parties however, but you can always book a room if you roll that way.

A truly truly unspectacular DOV experience. I would not recommend, but if you enjoy a quiet night out, you could do worse than the Hart House. If you come here for DOV, order the soup, the short ribs and the banana cake. That is all.

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Golden Boot, The1028 Ridgeway Ave, Coquitlam
Best pizza this side of the Atlantic?
Submitted Friday, January 16, 2009 - 2:34pm [Dine in]

Ok, that's a fairly big claim. I've had pizza at Marcello's, Lombardo's and Steveston Pizza Co and while they were all solid (the latter being pretty damn good), the pizza here was just ludicrously good! Even my gf, who doesn't even have a taste for pizza had to comment on how good it really was. Come here and order the Modernese. The proscuitto is just too flavourful.

We also ordered a pasta which was supposed to come with a spicy sauce, but it had no spiciness whatsoever, so that's my only complaint. It did, however, come impeccably cooked (egg-based fettucini) with plenty of prawns.

The service was very friendly. We came without a reservation and the hostess still seated us instead of turning us away. It's a very small place so reservations are recommended. I didn't think I'd find a restaurant of this quality out in the hicktown of Coquitlam (where I happen to live, no less) so we didn't think to make reservations... Ah well, it worked out great.

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Asian 545212 Kingsway, Burnaby
Worth a comeback
Submitted Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

Stopped in here for lunch on the way to some shopping at Metrotown. I found the place on this website and the gf loves vietnamese. She's always looking for a place that can serve authentic (and good!) shrimp roll on bamboo. Suffice to say, we ordered that, plus the garlic chicken wings and a bowl of pho to share.

The food was above average, but with several complaints. The shrimp roll wasn't too great according to the critic, but was still much better than other places we have tried. The wings were juicy, but somewhat bland and not hot enough. The bowl of pho was great though, with a deep brown broth like others have stated before. Nothing bad to say about that.

The lady there was chinese, so I don't know how authentic you can say the vietnamese food really was, but she was friendly and was quick to serve. The restaurant definitely was neater and cleaner than most vietnamese places, to echo previous reviewers. And, of course, being pho, it's not the priciest food around, but decently priced for the type of food. I think it was worth it.

We'll come back though, to try their spring rolls. From what I saw of other patrons who ordered it, it looks to be the real deal, with the thick, crunchy wrapping instead of that thin crispy dim sum cop-out style. 'Til next time...

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Bistro Pastis2153 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Excellent choice
Submitted Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 2:14pm [Dine in]

That's what she said to me, the ultimate food critic sitting across from me. :)

Anyway, we got here around 6pm on a weekday, so the place barely had any other patrons, but I still recommend a reservation to avoid the fuss. We were promptly seated by the window. The decor was simple, but accented with tilted mirrors on one side to give the feel of a larger restaurant with a significant bar taking most of the space towards the front of the restaurant. The waiters were friendly without being overbearing and always came to refill our waters without being asked.

We ordered the prosciutto-wrapped scallops to start, and I ordered the duck breast and my girl ordered the swordfish special. The appetizer was a bit on the small side (hey, it's French right?), but oh so tender. The proscuitto was just perfectly seared. As for our entrees, I cannot say anything bad about them. The swordfish (generally a tough texture) was delectable and very flaky without being chewy. It was served with hand-made gnocchi which was some of the best I've ever experienced (quite filling though). My duck breast was tender, generous and served with a cherry sauce that was a perfect mixture of sweet and savoury. Really, I was quite pleased with our meal.

We finished off our evening with a baked encrusted pear dessert with maple walnut ice cream. It took a bit of time to prepare, but it was worth it. Excellent in presentation and execution. Well done, Pastis.

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Vita Bella Ristorante4544 Hastings Street, Burnaby
The food's not bad, but...
Submitted Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

We went here for a friend's birthday party with a group of people. This place is pretty standard and with a nice, quiet decor. The atmosphere was pleasant and relaxing with some non-invasive music playing (Sinatra) in the background. Would not have expected to find this on Hastings. :)

I ordered their special feature which was a linguine pasta with in-shell clams and a white wine sauce. The pasta was cooked very well (almost al-dente) and the sauce was not overpowering. However, the portion was not sufficient for a guy like me, so after finishing my food, I was still a tad unsatisfied. Two other fellows at my table who ordered the same shared my sentiments. I suggest an appetizer or a portion of your significant other's meal that they cannot finish. :) On the plus sude, the service during dinner was excellent as the waiter attended our every request.

Now, the worst part of the meal came after it had ended. No, it wasn't the bill, but that night I was treated to some of the worst stomach pains / food poisoning I've had in a while. It was so bad, it kept me up during the night. Thank God for Immodium.

Anyway, the food here is good, but eat at your own risk!

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Bonqula8460 Alexandra Road, #165, Richmond
Neatly tucked away in a corner
Submitted Sunday, November 30, 2008 - 2:42am [Dine in]

I went to this place with a bunch of friends after playing some badminton. A little difficult to find, but it's located next to Seto Sushi. Wow, this place is a neat little gem that is quiet and staffed with the nicest waitress. Authentic Japanese cuisine, with some western fusion elements. They served us real Japanese matcha green tea (unlimited refills) with your meal, plus a free appetizer and dessert for each of us. The service was friendly, but the food did take quite some time to come out, but it is totally expected since we had nine people and there was one chef. The chef actually came out and thanked us as we were leaving the restaurant. Great ambiance with soft jazz music playing on the PA. Highly recommend.

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