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TessaCloverdaleSince April 12, 200914 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.6)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Value2.5 (2.5)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.3)

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Displaying 1 - 14 of 14 Reviews Found
Aussie Pie GuyWest Georgia St & Hamilton St, Vancouver
About the best savory pie I've ever had
Submitted Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

I heard about the Aussie Pie Guy truck and gave it a try when the truck was in my area. I was planning to order the veggie pie but changed my mind at the last minute and ordered the salmon pie. $8 for all pies. Wow! Incredible pie with all kinds of veggies in there, light flaky pastry, taste sensation for sure! Loved it. Was it $8 good? Subjective, but I'd definitely get another one.

Skip the sweetie pie. Advertised as a custard and apple pie, they had mini pies available for $4 so I bought one. Not good. No custard. Rest of it was just so so. Rip off at $4 for what you get, and definitely not as advertised. Go anywhere else and buy an apple fritter donut, it'll be better value and better taste.

Main course wonderful, dessert huge let down.

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De Dutch Pannekoek House6339 200th Street, #806, Langley
Come here and get ignored
Submitted Friday, November 8, 2013 - 9:08am [Dine in]

I realized I didn't write a review of my New Year's Day visit to this restaurant. We always go out to IHOP for New Year's Day but decided to come to De Dutch for a change. I've eaten at other restaurants and the food's OK and I think they're overpriced for what you get but we'd never tried this De Dutch.

Located in a strip mall there is lots of parking. Husband had to make a phone call so I went inside to get a table. No one in line ahead of me and there were several empty tables. 3 wait staff rushing around. Not a single one would catch my eye but they were aware I was there because most of them walked within 5 feet of me and turned their head so they wouldn't have to acknowledge me. Not one of them could even say "someone will be with you in a moment". How rude is that? Clearly there is no host/hostess in this restaurant or maybe they were on a break and had no coverage.

After 5 minutes my husband came inside and was amazed I was still standing there. He said "you haven't been seated yet". I said "No, they're ignoring me." He said, "They're ignoring you? Let's go."

And then we went to IHOP on the Fraser Highway. They were busy but as soon as we walked in the door the cashier was bobbing her head around to catch my eye and seated us right away.

The staff at the Langley location of De Dutch should spend some time at IHOP and learn from them on how to greet customers.

I complained to the head office and got the typical sorry with a feeble attempt to justify their staff's rudeness.

I've never been ignored at any other De Dutch location but no way will I go back to the Langley location. Stick with restaurants who value their customers and want their business.

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Vera's Burger Shack17449 Hwy 10, #129, Surrey
OK if you like overpriced burgers
Submitted Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

My husband and I came in even though I'm a vegetarian I knew they had veggie burgers and I like onion rings. I asked about how the veggie burgers are prepared and was told they're cooked on the same grill alongside the meat burgers. I was quite surprised. They should be cooked in separate food prep areas so no animal fat comes in contact with the veggie burger. I suppose it doesn't matter if you're not a vegetarian and just want to eat a veggie burger but if there are medical or religious reasons for being a vegetarian then that's just wrong.

I decided to go get something at Quiznos just a few steps away and my husband stayed to order a burger. He said it was OK but way overpriced for what you get.

The restaurant is on a corner unit and huge windows bring in lots of light. Very bright and staff are always cleaning.

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Cora's Breakfast & Lunch15355 24th Avenue, Unit 960, Surrey
Great Place for People who Love Fruit!
Submitted Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 4:10pm [Dine in]

We've been to this new Cora's restaurant twice for lunch.

The first time I had a tuna melt sandwich and it came with a side of fruit. There was so much fruit that it was a meal and a half in itself! All artfully arranged on the plate. I got apple, banana, kiwi, mango, watermelon, canteloupe, honeydew melon, pineapple, grapes, orange, and a kumquat. I think I covered it all!

Very fresh, very visually appealing to the eye.

The second time I had a yogurt and fruit parfait. Again very nice.

Service - the first time we went the service was fantastic! The young lady was very prompt and attentive, often checking back with us to see if everything was OK and refilling my companion's coffee several times. If I based the service on this one visit I would give it a 5 Incredible!

The second time the service was lousy. What a disappointment! The hostess seated us and it took the server 10 minutes to come to our table to take our order for beverages and by then we were ready to order. The restaurant wasn't that busy either. There were two other servers on duty and only 5 or 6 tables with customers. Really sorry we didn't get seated with one of the other servers. Our lunch arrived in good time. And that was the last we saw of the server. Didn't stop by to check how the meals were. Did not refill my companion's coffee or my water. She basically disappeared. I think she was handling one other table but I didn't see her even though I was trying to find her for a refill. About 5 minutes after we finished eating I finally spotted her across the restaurant and called over for the bill. About 5 minutes later she comes over to our table to clear the dishes and asks if we'd like the bill!!! So if I was to judge the service of Cora's based on that visit I would rate the service 1 Poor.

I took the average of the wonderful server and the horrible server and rated the Service 3 solid.

Unfortunately the service at Cora's may be hit or miss. It will either be incredible or the pits.

The restaurant is brightly decorated with yellow paint and items from their menu adorning the walls. Clean and bright especially with that big sunlight.

The items on the menu run $10 to $15. Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch only. Breakfast items served the whole time. Lunch items after 11am.

On the way out paying the cashier there is a tray of very sweet maple fudge. Help yourself to a treat before leaving. Yummy!

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Jyoti Sweets5780 176A Street, Surrey
Closed!
Submitted Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 10:36pm [Dine in]

I walked by about a month ago. The Jyoti sign is off the building. The restaurant is empty. There is a for lease sign in the window. No notice that they have relocated anywhere so my guess is closed down, gone for good.

Too bad. They had very good samosas decently priced 2 for $1.

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Il Uk Jo15188 Fraser Highway, Surrey
Decent sushi for a decent price
Submitted Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 2:14pm [Dine in]

We come to Il Uk Jo several times a year especially if we've been busy and its later in the evening and we want to eat out. If you come after 9pm the all you can eat sushi is $13.99 and for that price is very good value. I believe they're open to 11pm every night.

The sushi and sashimi is usually pretty decent, especially for an all you can eat place. Ebi sunomono only comes with one or 2 little shrimp in it. Order two. All you can eat!

I'm not sure why a previous reviewer was trying to flag down the servers. Every table and tatami room has a doorbell on it and you push it when you want service. Every table and room has a number assigned to them and in the kitchen area is a board that lights up for that table when the doorbell is pressed and a server usually comes scurrying over, though if the restaurant is really busy you might have to push that doorbell again! But yes, absolutely I agree it would be really difficult to flag down a server because they're running around picking up orders and delivering food to the tables in the main restaurant plus there are larger rooms down the hall set up for big groups. Press that doorbell if you want service! That's what its there for!

When you're seated at a table they give you an order sheet and a pencil. Write down the number of how much you want beside the item you like. When you're finished writing down your order push the doorbell and a server will come to your table and pick up the sheet and take it back to the food preparation area. When the food is ready you can hear the sushi chef yell out "table 4" or whatever table it is and a server will dash over there to pick up the plates and bring them to the table. When you're done eating all the sushi on your plate, you ring that doorbell again and when the server shows up ask for another order form. Repeat as many times as needed.

Sometimes we don't get everything we ordered on the sheet. Everytime I go I'll order a California cone just to see whether or not I get it. Running about 75% of the time now!

They are really fast at preparing and delivering food. They have a large variety of food and its a good place to come to to try different dishes. Eat as much as you can for one price. They have a 90 minute time limit here. Usually we're in and out in 45 minutes and we probably place 2 orders.

Yes I've had better sushi at other Japanese restaurants. For the all you can eat price Il Uk Jo is a good choice if you come in hungry.

I've never really had trouble with service at this place, but then I always push that doorbell!

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Sea Shanty Fish & Chips5737 176 Street, Surrey
Pretty good fish & chips
Submitted Friday, February 17, 2012 - 10:04pm [Dine in]

This is a typical cafe style restaurant with several tables in both the front part and back part of the restaurant. The kitchen is in the middle and can be seen from anywhere in the restaurant.

Husband and wife proprietors and I've also met the son. Husband does the cooking and wife waits on tables. Everyone is very nice and friendly. Good service, but not that I'd call outstanding or incredible, the other choices on this rating which is why I rated it a solid 3. Good service. No complaints.

Decor is cute tacky with stuffed fishes and fish nets and other nautical themed items hanging on the painted blue walls.

Food is good. I wouldn't call it outstanding or incredible, the other choices available on the rating. I like the salmon burger. Prices are decent.

They have all you can eat fish and chips on Wednesday and Thursday nights (I think) - days could have changed! - for $9.99.

Now the bad stuff. Several times I have seen the male proprietor (husband and chief cook) standing outside the restaurant on the sidewalk on 176th Street smoking a cigarette. First off he is breaking the city bylaw of not smoking with 7.5 metres of the door. Almost every business in Cloverdale has that smoking bylaw sign stuck in their windows. He is always within 3 metres of his restaurant door. Now if he wants a smoke break he should try to be less visible to customers (both past and future ones) and go out the back door into the alley. And maybe he does that too. I'm saying I've seen him breaking the bylaw in front of his restaurant at least 5 times. Its bad enough he's doing that but it leads to questions is he going right back in to prepare food smelling of cigarette smoke. Yuck! Total turn off when it comes to food preparation and that is the only reason I haven't been back after having eaten here previously at least once a month.

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Shannon Donair17581 57 Avenue, Unit B, Surrey
Cute little place
Submitted Friday, February 17, 2012 - 9:39pm [Take-out]

The good stuff first. This is a cute little restaurant, very clean. It used to be a tatoo parlour but they relocated next door after this shop flooded a couple of years ago. Shannon Donair is mostly a take out joint. There is a counter at the window with some stools for people who are eating in. A small table and 2 chairs set up outside.

I was also there on opening day, first week of August 2011, and stood in line for about 40 minutes for a free donair. The cut off point for freebies was a few people behind me. Everyone else was half price for the rest of the day. Nice opening day promotion. I picked up a beef donair. Not a lot of meat and not that good tasting but this was opening day. They may have cut back on the quantity and quality to get the free donairs moving or still getting the hang of things. On opening day there were 4 people working in the restaurant. A young man who I always see there since. He is very pleasant, good customer service. Seems like a decent hard working young man. I like him. Also on opening day was a woman about the same age as him. Maybe his wife or sister? She was rather abrupt and not very nice to the customers. Probably got dragged in to help out on opening day and unhappy about it. Haven't seen her since. There was an older couple also working in the kitchen, possibly his parents. I've seen the older man a couple of other times helping out but usually its only the younger proprietor working solo in the restaurant.

We've gone back a couple of times. The donairs are OK. Nothing to write home about. Cost starting at $5 each and goes up from there depending on what kind of donair is wanted or to combine it with a salad.

Hours are 10am until 8pm. Closed on Sundays.

Not really a good location, off 176th Street so it doesn't get much walk in traffic which might lead to an early demise for this restaurant. It'll be nice to see them do well seeing as how the young man has worked hard to get this business going. Location, location.

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King Tut's Donair5662 176 Street, #102, Surrey
Kind of Hit and Miss Place
Submitted Friday, February 17, 2012 - 5:51pm [Take-out]

First the good stuff. They have all kinds of fillings available, the donairs are very good, stuffed full, and good price at $4.99. We come several times a month to enjoy them.

They have a frequent buyer card. Buy 5 donairs get one free. The staff don't really advertise this promo. The cards are sitting in front of the cash register. Its easy to grab one and ask the cashier for a stamp.

They're open late at night until around 11pm or 2am on weekends. Or so the sign says. Sometimes they close up early around 9 or so. I can see that if business is slow but maybe they need to reevaluate their hours and keep it consistent.

The restaurant is small with a few tables for inside dining. There's a TV with usually sports showing on it and the sign says free Wifi though I've never gone in with a laptop to try that out.

More often than not the pickings will be slim and we're not talking late at night when they might be running low on some fillers. We're talking late afternoon or around suppertime. We've been there many times and asked for a particular donair only to be told they're out of tandoori chicken, falafel, rice, avocados, etc. Sometimes we go through a whole bunch of their donairs only to be told they don't have all the ingredients and finally give up and go down the street for sushi instead!

They have donair fries on the menu but everytime we've asked for them we're told they're out or the clerk has not received training on how to make them.

For an extra $2.50 you can combo your donair with fries (regular not donair) and a can of pop. Three times we've asked for the combo only to have the clerk not put the fries in to cook. Remembering only when she returns to the cash register with the donairs and rushing back to put them down.

Often there is only one staff member on duty so if there are one or two people in front of you it might take 20 minutes to get your order. I went in once with 3 people on duty and 2 people in front of me and it still took over 15 minutes to get my donair (no combo that time).

The best donair to ask for is the regular $4.99 one. The super and king are larger pitas and all that really happens is they stuff more lettuce into them to fill them up, not more of the ingredients that make up that particular donair.

If King Tut gets their act together and puts more staff on, ensures an abundance of ingredients available to last until closing, and training the staff on how to prepare all items on their menu this will be a much nicer place to come for a donair.

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Marble Slab Creamery2245 160th Street, #50, Surrey
Not worth the wait
Submitted Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 8:29am [Dine in]

We received coupons in the mail to buy an ice cream cone and get the second one free, $3 off an ice cream cake, and buy a quart of ice cream at regular price and get the second one for half price.

This is a new ice cream shop that opened, so good promotional tool to draw in customers. We like ice cream and went in to give it a try. 4 people in line in front of us and only one clerk serving customers, so we waited nearly 10 minutes to be served. I did see another women peeking out from the back room a couple of times. She finally came out to assist just as we were paying and getting ready to leave. By this time several customers were behind us, everyone taking advantage of the BOGO coupon on a nice day. Marble Slab should have planned their scheduling a little better after sending out BOGO coupons and potentially expecting more customers than normal. There was a woman and young daughter in front of us. The woman kept saying over and over to her kid, "isn't this the best ice cream you've ever had". The girl had nearly finished her cone by the time mom got hers. If this is the best ice cream they've ever had, that's pretty sad.

Its kind of hard to figure this place out. They have a menu and they have prices but its difficult to figure out exactly how much an ice cream cone is. Basically you choose one of their concoctions which is ice cream mixed with other stuff like walnuts, strawberries, chocolate chips, marshmallows. Must be over 50 ingredients to choose from that can be mixed in with the ice cream. The clerk scoops up ice cream, puts it on a scale to weigh it, and then returns to the marble slab to mix in the fixings, and puts it in a waffle cone. By now the ice cream is getting kind of soft and melting. I chose a Snickerdoodle - vanilla ice cream with Snickers and caramel. My husband chose strawberries and cream. When all was said and done at the cash register the total was $6.77. And that's with a BOGO! Wowsers! $6.77 for 2 ice creams, I can see it, but to come in without a coupon and spend that much each on one ice cream cone - no way. The ice cream really isn't that great anyway.

About an hour later husband had a stomach ache.

The ice cream cakes are nearly $30 each. The quart of ice cream is $8.95. To buy 2 with the coupon would be nearly $14, comparable to buying other high end ice cream.

Bad idea to come here if you have allergies. The ingredients are mixed on a marble slab that is scraped down inbetween cones, but to my eye it would be plausible that some leftover ingredients from a previous ice cream order may still linger on the marble slab.

My parents came in with their coupon and bought an ice cream cake. It was an apple spice cake and it was good.

If you have a coupon for a BOGO and want to give it a try, go for it. Otherwise skip this creamery. The wait and the price is not worth it. There are better ice cream places around. Most with faster service and better ice cream.

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Bubble Inn8790 204 Street, #2, Langley
Very nice bubble tea
Submitted Friday, October 9, 2009 - 12:16pm [Dine in]

I came in and ordered a mango slush bubble tea. It was delicious! Surprisingly creamy for a slush drink, almost more like a smoothie. Average value at $4.00. Pearls were good, just how I like them large and chewy.

Friendly service.

Restaurant is dark. I wouldn't want to stay in there too long, but wonderful, quick take out service.

I noticed they charge a 25 cents service fee if using your debit card. For some reason a lot of bubble tea places charge a fee if using the debit so I bring cash whenever the craving for a drink hits me.

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Mama Mia Gelato7130 120th St, Surrey
Not my kind of bubble tea
Submitted Friday, October 9, 2009 - 12:09pm [Dine in]

I went in because I noticed they served bubble tea to get one for my husband and I. The smoothies we chose were both OK. Price not too bad @ $3.75 each, about average compared to other bubble tea places. But the pearls were small and tough. That might be the way some people like them, but not me. I like them big and chewy.

I used my debit card and was charged 15 cents to do so.

I found the restaurant to be dirty. When I was at the cash register paying I noticed the garbage bin is right beneath the counter. Filthy, disgusting dried food parts were on the flap. That in itself was so gross I'll never come back here.

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Bubblism20466 Fraser Hwy, #101, Langley
Pretty good bubble tea
Submitted Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

I've come in a couple of times. The kiwi slush is great and the pearls are very nice. The last time I tried the strawberry milk tea. It was a little too sweet for my taste but not bad after I'd got over the original sweetness. They mostly use powders but have a fresh fruit option. Pretty good prices in comparison to other bubble tea restaurants and they have the option for small or large drinks. Most drinks won't run over $4 for a large and about $3 for a small. I had cash with me both times and that was how I planned to pay, but I did see a sign that said a minimum $5 charge for the debit machine or they'd add a service fee. Overall, I'd definitely keep coming up when the craving for a bubble tea hits.

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Montana's Cookhouse20100 Langley Bypass, Langley
More bad service at this restaurant
Submitted Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 10:48am [Dine in]

We've always enjoyed eating at other Montana's Restaurants, but this review is for the one on the Langley Bypass, even though one reviewer here reviewed the wrong Montana's in Walnut Grove by the Colossus.

We've always found the service slow and our visits are usually a year or longer inbetween just in case things have changed. Like I said, we like other Montana's and stupidly keep wanting to give this one another chance.

We decided to give it another try on Friday night April 10 around 8pm. The restaurant was busy, but there were a few empty tables and we were seated right away. It took nearly 10 minutes for our server, Jenn, to show up with menus and ask what we wanted to drink. She returned in a reasonable amount of time with the drinks and to take our orders. We don't usually order an appetizer, though this time we did when I saw a new one on the menu - sweet potato fries. They took about 10 minutes to arrive. The chipotle dipping sauce was nice, but not enough of it. However the fries appeared to have been of the frozen variety and then deep fried. I've had better sweet potato fries at just about every restaurant in the Lower Mainland that serves them. Montana's sweet potato fries are limp and crumbled as we picked them up.

By the time we finished the fries the restaurant was starting to empty. We watched as all the tables around us received their food, including the young couple at the table beside us who were seated about 10 minutes after we arrived. Half an hour after we'd finished our sweet potato fries, dinner arrived. I'd ordered the strawberry citrus salad which came with corn bread. I was really disappointed with the corn bread. Its seriously gone downhill since the last time I'd got it with an order. It was cold and crumbly, fell apart as I ate it. The salad was OK. The problem was the strawberries weren't sweet. They were red, but not sweet and ripe, so they added a sour taste to the salad. My husband had to finish eating it for me.

We finished eating and Jenn returned to ask if we'd like to see a dessert menu and I said yes. She showed up 10 minutes later with the dessert menu and then left. I mean, how long does it take to bring a dessert menu? Especially when it was after 9pm and there weren't that many customers. Although I would have liked the apple cobbler, that I've had many times before, I didn't want to wait half an hour for it. Jenn returned over 5 minutes later and we told her we'd decided not to have dessert, just the bill. It still took us almost 10 minutes to get that, pay, and leave.

And then we went to Dairy Queen for dessert!

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