Don’t believe the hype!
Submitted Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 1:09pm [Take-out]
Today I noticed that there was no lineup, which is unusual since it’s almost always out the door, so I finally decided to give this place a try after hearing so many great things about it.
I had the Porchetta sandwich, which is the pork sandwich with salsa verde and pig crackling, and it cost $9 with tax. It certainly looked promising in it’s pretty little box, but wow was I ever disappointed. I think they could have done some great things with this sandwich, but the taste of salt and pork fat was so overwhelming that I could barely taste anything else. In fact I found myself wishing for some vegetables to balance out the taste because it was kind of dry with just meat and bread (but clearly they are sticking to their theme). The only nice thing I can say is that the meat was tender. But I actually could not finish the sandwich because my mouth was on fire from the salt.
My advice is to give this place a pass, personally I would not eat here again. There are so many great places to eat downtown, this place is just pure hype.
Bad Service, Even Worse Food-What Happened!
Submitted Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 10:28am [Dine in]
Went for lunch this past Saturday and was so disappointed I felt compelled to tip other people off to how bad this place is now. When we finally managed to track down our surly waitress we ordered the potato skins, honey mustard wings and some drinks-the drinks came fast, the food took more than 15 minutes to arrive. And what a disappointment it was, the “honey mustard” chicken wings looked like they had been microwaved and then drowned in some gross yellow bottled sauce (we joked that there was probably no honey or mustard in the ingredients) and the potato skins also tasted microwaved and were literally dripping in grease. We would have told our waitress, however she did not come back to our table after delivering the “food”, even though the place was practically empty. I had to hunt her down again to get our bill and then once again to pay. This place used to have good food and cheap drinks and was one of the few pubs in this area worth going to, I wonder what happened.
Beware - Under New Management
Submitted Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 11:38am [Dine in]
On a cold, rainy night this week I headed to Hon's for my wonton fix, something I have enjoyed many times in this restaurant and I had come to expect reasonably priced, decent food and really quick service. The place was always packed so you knew it was popular. Well be warned; they are now under new management and after my bad experience I would never go back to this restaurant.
As I reviewed the menu I noticed that the prices have increased and when I finally placed my order the waitress mumbled as she walked away that my food would take 10-15 minutes even though there were barely five tables of patrons in the place. I was so surprised that I actually asked her to confirm that I heard her correctly because I have never waited more than 5 minutes for my food before. After waiting 15 minutes my veggie spring rolls came out but no soup, I noticed right away that they were dry and tasted awful, nothing like I remember. Then the waitress came over to ask me if I had received my wonton soup, which I hadn't (obviously cause it wasn't on my table), so she ran around trying to figure out what happened to my order. After about another 5 minutes she brings over my wonton soup, which I can tell right away upon tasting is nothing like Hon's quality and then it dawns on me that they are under new management because so much has changed. I decided to ask on my way out to confirm my fear and the woman at the register confirmed that yes - they are under new management. I told her that I could tell and that I would not come again because the food was so poor.
As I said, this place used to be a great restaurant for fairly decent Chinese food at reasonable prices, it was a guaranteed thing - but no more. Don't waste your money!
Excellent Food for the Coquitlam Area
Submitted Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 9:43am [Dine in]
Had the Pad Thai last night and honestly felt it was the best Pad Thai I have eaten since travelling to Thailand. Despite a language barrier the service was very good and the overall ambiance I thought was lovely, particularly when you consider that they are trying to create a fine dining experience in a strip mall.
I will agree that the food is pricey, my Pad Thai was $15, however I believe this is reflective of the quality of ingredients they use and is also on par with the cost of a meal in the Coquitlam Centre area. Just for comparison, you will pay a minimum of $25 per plate to eat at the new steak house around the corner and the fish and chip shop next store costs you an average of $15 for some fish, fries and coleslaw.
I will definitely eat here again because I want to support quality ethnic cuisine in Coquitlam, so keep up the good work Chada Thai!