Submitted Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 11:01am [Dine in]
A few weeks ago, I went to Mandala with some friends who told me they served brown rice sushi. That was music to my ears, so we went for lunch one day and I must say the food was delicious. Brown rice gets a bad rap for being bland and tasteless but at Mandala I could barely tell it was on my sushi. I really like the fact that all the rolls and other dishes come made with your choice of brown or white rice. Everything was really fresh and the prices are quite reasonable. I figured because it's in Kits, it would be overpriced but it really isn't. I've been thinking about it all week. I'll have to make my way back tonight.......
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Submitted Friday, September 21, 2007 - 10:33pm [Dine in]
I just got back from having dinner here, on a Friday night. The food, I thought, was better than any other sushi place I've eaten at in a long time. I LOVE the fact that this place is owned and operated by Japanese people, which is very unusual in the Lower Mainland. It's the reason I decided to try it. Kura was very clean, which is a huge must for me. HUGE. The service was a bit slow even though it wasn't all that busy but the food pretty much made up for it. The selection is quite extensive and the pics are a nice touch in the menu. The bf ordered the dinner box of chicken teri/cali rolls/tempura/miso soup. I find most Japanese places that I've eaten at make watery miso soup with little or no tofu but this place has quite tasty soup. I wanted to order the chicken teriyaki don and asked the waitress if they could take the skin off before serving it, she had absolutely no problem with that,but to be honest it really wasn't all that tasty and their was too much rice. We also ordered salmon rolls, tekka roll, BC roll, and unagi roll and chicken yakitori. The rolls were great, they were so fresh. Usually freshness costs an arm and a leg but I find the prices to be just about the same as any other place I've been. I can't stress enough how fresh the food was here. The unagi roll is my favourite and tasted so yummy!!!!The service was a bit slow,but very friendly. It took about 20 min for the first part of our order to come out and about another 15 for the rest. I noticed the couple next to us waited about 20 mins. for just a couple of rolls.
A family at another table got up to leave after paying and they all said goodbye to the staff. The kids even walked up to the sushi chefs to thank them and the chefs were very friendly, smiling and saying goodbye. I think the fact that this place is run by Japanese people makes it a friendly, inviting environment.
I would most definately be going back here again. Soon
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Submitted Saturday, September 15, 2007 - 3:24am [Dine in]
Went to the Boathouse in New West for dinner tonight with three of my girlfriends. Overall, it was a pretty good night. The food was delicious. To start I had the shrimp and crab cake, which tasted amazing especially with the sweet chili sauce. it looked small at first but it packed a big punch, though a bit expensive at $10.99 for one small cake.
One of my friends had the seafood chowder which looked a bit like pea soup but tasted quite yummy.
For dinner I ordered the seafood hot pot which came with shrimp, mussels, clams, salmon, halibut, rice noodles and a lemongrass broth. I just loved it. If you love seafood, you will love this dish. It comes in a fairly big bowl with a side dish to put your shells onto. The seafood and fish are a good size and the broth is rich and flavourful. There really weren't a whole lot of noodles, which is okay by me because all that seafood filled me up so much that I couldn't finish it.
One of my only concern was with our waiter, who was very chatty but he didn't inform one of my friends that her entree came with a salad, so she ordered a salad as an appetizer and was suprised to have another one arrive with dinner. I know that some waiters will let you know, beforehand, what they have run out of before you start ordering. The main reason my friends chose this place to eat is they all LOVE the bread pudding on the dessert menu. Unfortunately they had sold out earlier in the evening as, apparently this a very popular dessert item. You should have seen their faces drop after hearing that. Another concern was the timing of our entrees. We each got our food at a differen't time, which was starting to get cold as we waited for our friends to be served. Other than that i think this is a very nice place to treat yourself once and a while.
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Submitted Monday, March 6, 2006 - 3:41pm [Dine in]
This is one of the worst restaurants that I've been to. I ate here for lunch just yesterday and I could not even eat dinner at night because my stomache was turning. I expected this place to be much better than it was. The Coquitlam location was just great but this was atrocious. We should have left as soon as we walked in because it smelled odd, and was dirty. The floor had food and napkins all over it, I was afraid to put my purse down. This is an all you can eat joint, so we orderd our food from the paper they give you and waited. The selection seems very limited and when the food arrived it was very cold which tells me it had been sitting in the fridge for a while. Japanese food should be made fresh for best flavour and there were three chefs working right in front of us. This place was not busy at all ( 15 people, maybe). The tea was cold and the congee was tasteless. I've never heard of congee in a japanese restaurant before. The service at Sui Sha Ya was just as awful as the food and decor, servers were walking around but they didn't come by our table until we finally flagged someone down. We orderd a few dishes that never made it to the table. We asked about these dishes and were told they'd be right out, after waiting another 20 mins. we got up and asked for the bill. We were told our food would be right out but, frankly, I had had enough and said forget it. We paid the bill, no tip, and left. I don't usually leave out a tip when paying the bill.
So, here's one: DON'T COME HERE!!!!! This place need to be shut down and have the health authorities come in.
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