Submitted Saturday, August 7, 2010 - 7:42pm [Dine in]
When you go out to dine with good friends on the spur of the moment and feel like Italian, may I strongly suggest the Villa Verdi in Surrey?
For more than 14 years this little pink gem has been pleasing it's clientele with consistent good Italian fare.
The always courteous staff made you feels welcome without the stuffiness that most other restaurants of this calibre try to pull off.
It's honest to goodness genuine and nice to feel at ease.
The menu is basic but really has been well rehearsed by the chef.
Our friends have never eaten there before but have always wanted to.
The service was first class as was all our food.
How often do you get four people sharing their dinners just so each can experience the great flavours of their chosen dish?
It made us all feel happy and well fed.
The Villa Verdi sure is a gem that pleases in so many ways.
The Bresaola Air Dried Beef and Camboroni Prawns were a great starter.
The Lasagne is killer and Scalloppine Di Vitello cuts like butter.
The Cannelloni and Alfredo Di Mare could not be better.
Dress up or down it makes no difference.
The food and the staff will make you feel warm and fuzzy.
Check it out and see for yourself
You' will be another believer that there still are good old fashioned restaurants that just want to please.
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Submitted Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 9:36am [Dine in]
Over the years The Fish House has pleased me like no other restaurant.
The veranda gallery was set with comfortable chairs and well spaced tables.
We sat under the canopy facing the ocean on this pleasant afternoon.
I have enjoyed many fine meals here.
We were serviced with gusto by an attentive staff.
The libations were made with care and the selections of wine were noteworthy.
My wife and I ordered a selection of starters, Prawn Spring Rolls, Coconut Cream Mussels,
Crab Louies Salad and a bowl of made to order Clam Chowder with fresh manila clams.
Each presentation was generous and tasty.
The Lobster Balsamic dipping sauce for bread made a most perfect flavour hit!
The greens were fresh and crisp and the sauces well formed.
The Spring rolls were bursting with good flavours and the chilli nut dip was right on.
The mussels and the chowder made our flavour buds come alive with layers of flavour.
Even though Chef Karen was absent the food and service was perfectly executed and she should be proud of her co workers that they were well rehearsed and performed well.
When most chain restaurants charge large for mediocre fare and drinks with little satisfaction.
The Fish House has and still is one great restaurant to entertain your taste buds and make you feel like you just received some good old fashioned service with pride.
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Went to the O/P pub last night and had just received the worst meal yet.
My wife’s $7.99 Caesar salad must have been to difficult for the cook to make a fresh one, so he just added some more lettuce to the existing bowl of watery dressing and the remaining limp lettuce.
Maybe the dressing was made wrong or not mixed before use?
Wilted romaine and soggy croutons does not make for a good ceaser.
For the price you pay you should receive a comparable quality salad.
If your going to serve it with some garlic toast at least make it worthy instead of the oil soaked sponge you served that evening.
The beef dip for 11.99 had a micro waved doughy baguette with dried out beef that was several days old by the taste and the noticeable rainbow sheen. There comes a time when any meat is past its prime and should be used for stock or thrown out, not served.
The au jus was Bovril flavoured water without a hint of any beef flavour.
The fries were cold and greasy with brown speckled fryer residue attached.
A staple menu item so simple to make yet it was so poorly constructed with inferior ingredients.
My Caesar Cocktail came with an over fermented pickled bean and the lime was brown.
I ordered another and it came with an over ripe olive and another brown lime filled with ice but with over an inch of empty glass showing.
Does the bar keep have no pride in what he serves?
The pub may be busy but it sure is lacking any discipline as far as quality goes.
It takes the same effort to prepare good food as it does mediocre food.
The cooks are just slopping the stuff onto the plate with out any personal gratification.
To say it is busy kitchen doesn’t mean it’s a good kitchen!
The staff have fallen into the and there is no one to expedite or do an ongoing quality checks!
When you say it’s not very good to the waitress, they get all offended and say it looked like it was ok, we serve so many and I have had no had complaints.
When some one says that it doesn’t taste right it should be removed from the table and taken back to the chef. But if the waitress makes a complaint during the evening rush the kitchen has no time or personal to address the situation properly.
I understand that when the place is busy the kitchen gets swamped and behind.
That still does not mean that they should just serve unappetizing menu items without care just to get it out of the kitchen.
When reading other peoples comments I can see that I am not alone in my observations.
Its time for the management to step up the quality and service. They should lead the staff to properly serve the fare they have chosen to offer the paying patrons.
I am tired of spending my dinning out dollars on mediocre food that was once good but now has greatly fallen in both quality and taste.
You are only as good as the last meal you served.
Take some time to polish up the act before your clients find other places to eat and drink!
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Submitted Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 12:26pm [Dine in]
My wife and I have been going to the same pub in Ocean Park and it’s starting to get a little stale.
The place is hopping and the cute servers are more interested in their hair or conversation with a
co-worker. You have tipped well and have been a non demanding patron for years and one night you show up, sit in the same section as always and get ignored by the server who is busy gabbing to a customer friend.
You look up around you and you notice the cob webs and the dust. Condiments with greasy paw prints, old food left on the bench and to think you spend $60 bucks a week with a good tip for mediocre food because it’s close at hand.
Hence its time to start looking for a new sports bar when we heard that the new owners and staff at the Old Black Forest Pub have polished the rooms up added some comfortable chairs and tables, shooter bar, patio steak bbq and some decent prices on both the libations and the grub.
On my third visit back the Masters was on TV and user friendly they are situated. I also like the fact they have NTN trivia to play as well.
The food is well presented and is worthy enough to be called deluxe.
Fresh crisp greens, a great tasting burger with a bun that will stand up to the toppings. [Kudos on that one]
The fried items are crisp and not greasy including the Schnitzels.
The salads is a good portion, the steak is tasty and good value.
The Appies are on special during happy hour from 3/6 along with the drink specials and I must say it was right on and solid.
The service staff is friendly and quick to replenish your needs.
I must say also that they sure have done a great job of cleaning the old place up.
All the service cutlery and plate ware were spotless on each visit and the décor tidy and clean.
The owners have a good chef and a good menu with a staff that serves well.
If you’re looking for a place to have better than mediocre food and service I suggest you give the New Forest Pub a try.
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Submitted Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 11:46am [Dine in]
After many visits to this establishment i must say that the new owner has greeded me on each and every visit my wife and i have gone there.
After being seated we are offered chips and salsa gratis and order a pitcher of the house Sangria. The place is jumping and the owner manager is seating and busing tables like a pro. The front of the house staff move to the beat of his drum. Non wasted steps is the key to an efficient wait staff, and it shows here. Every time a table empties it is soon populated in short order!
The Mexican food served here is tried and true with good fresh main engredients in any menu item i have ever orderd. Western themed Mexican food is often very mediocre and inconsitant. Here Las Margaritas the food in bonus notchas ahead. Several of the starters such as the Tortia Soup and the fish tacos are done well with good flavours. The burritos and other soft tortia items are stuffed with good tasting beef, chicken ,pork or seafoods. The sauces are flavourful and show good workmanship from the kitchen.
Just about every meal I have had here has been good enough to make me want to come back. Over the last 15 years i've noticed the place even though old is still well taking care of. The floors and walls are clean. The areas above the tables are dusted on regular bases. The service wear is spotless and the cooks that make appearances from time to time from the kitchen are well groomed and look relaxed even when the restaurant is full house. The libations from the bar contain well blended premixes,the limes and lemons that were cut minutes ago and not days ago like most bars serve make the drink more appealing to me. I spend my dine out dollar wisely and on so many occasions have been dissapointed at simular eateries. Las Margariats has kept my attention for over a decade and a half and I am looking forward to my next visit to a place that is dependable, reliable and steadfast! OLE'
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Submitted Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 10:52am [Dine in]
I like to dine at a restaurant a few times before making a review.
Over the last decade I have eaten in many Asian themed restaurants through out this province. The main stay is a worn out store with little or no involvement in cleaning. The same goes with most eateries. There are a very few that are exceptionly clean that stand out enough to make mention!
The Asia Restaurant is one of those places that fall into my safe zone for dining. On my last visit the serving ladies were just as prickly as ever, but this was about my 10th visit and i now get greeted at the door and in priority given a seat. The restaurant is small and has to 2 large tables in the centre that mostly sit empty untill a group of 8 or more arrive.
This controls the food output from the kitchen. When most tables order between 6 and 8 items from the dim sum menu and one or two special dishes from the daily fresh board you put a lot of pressure on the cooks. It takes time and knowledge to make this go right for the diner. On my last visit at mid week lunch the place was packed We ordered spring rolls that came ungreasy with a greatin house ginger plum sauce, spicy won tons that were delux, curried squid in a super broth, tender fried squid with hot sauce done perfectly and some spicy wrapped bean curd in a piquant ginger sauce. Perfectly tasty beef tripe with lots of onion garlic and spices followed. A beef brisket hot pot with melt in your mouth beef slow cooked in a five spice flovouring over perfectly done rice noodles. Steamed pea shoots with light soya were just right. The crystal shrimp and scallop dumplings were light and refreshing with no cheap after taste from perservitives.
The sticky rice packet stuffed with good chicken thigh meat, a good tasty piece of chinese mystery sausage and large mushroom cap is most worthy of making a double order. The house fried rice shows the pride the chef has in the kitchen when it arrives at the table with pinkish pork slices and large peeled prawns, ribbons of egg foo, peas and corn flecks through out his chosen long grain rice perfectly executed. What I don`t like is that the tea should be made with filterd water and yes the place could use a good cleanig and painting, but the food is worthy and putting up with prickly Asian ladies is the norm in most of the Asian Restaurants i have frequented. The price is well with in reason and a good tip left for the service well done. We will return again.
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Submitted Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 4:51pm [Dine in]
The new make over at Kiki's is that of a urban family restaurant with a new sports bar. Easy on the eyes and just comfortable enough to eat your meal before your rump gets numb from the paper thin padding on the redone chairs.
I think they should of spent some of the cash on making the kitchen a little more user friendly for those tired cooks. Most of Kiki's menu is that of a chef who has got lazy and prepares the same fare over and over with out making any corrections to the entre item.The roast lamb in particular. The lamb is mostly fat and grizzle with a small portion of meat between all the bones. The greek salad is so weak in flavour and lacks any zest including the one only olive. The rice was over cooked again and tasted like the stale vegetables they had mixed with in. The roast potatoe was under roasted with no lemon or tumeric flavours. Come on you guys the plate is $16.00 and should at least have 2 out of 3 items taste good. I have eaten this meal on several visits and find the last three visits in excuseable and below par. Life is to short to eat mediocre food especialy when your prices have risen and the food has not improved with the new expansion. A restaurant is a theatre and the food is the act and the staff are the actors. Like going to a bad movie you make negative comments when some one asks how was your meal at Kiki's new store The front of the house has lost that friendly spark. The staff are showing signs of doing the same gig for so long they present a tired attitude. Let the chef spend a little more on procuring some tastier vegetables such as tomatoes cucumbers and patatoes. Make the rice tast like it should when sided with the entree'. The feta cheese and olives need to be upgraded like the ones you would eat at a greek home. When you have a restaurant and have performed the same duties day in and day out, I think that better tasting food will inspire the cooks and the front of the house. A rehearsal is badly needed to turn the place around.
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