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tuscantealNorth Vancouver, B.C, CanadaSince December 6, 201115 Reviews
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2.5 (2.5)
  • Food3 (3.1)
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Viva Mexico Restaurant Grill & Cantina20505 Fraser Highway, #103, Langley
Never EVER again
Submitted Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 4:38pm [Dine in]

I went here on my birthday for a casual but fun Mexican cuisine experience. I've been here several times before. Here are some tips to set up your expectations for if you do decide to venture here:
1) Don't expect any sort of standard service from this place. They will ignore you, forget about you, purposely avoid walking by your table, and not offer refills on your beverage
2) Order as soon as you can (that is if you even decide to go here, which you shouldn't) as it will take over 20 mins before they will take your order and then even longer for you to get your food (between 30 mins to 60 mins)
3) Expect when you DO get your food, that it won't be good, authentic or tasty.
4) There are NO refills on the chips and salsa that you get, and you will only get enough for a few chips per person with what does come. This has been recently made smaller since they changed their menu and upped their prices.
5) The English of most of the staff is broken, and it can be difficult to communicate health inquiries and allergies.
6) They recently raised their prices, so if you had remembered this place fondly for good portions and good value, forget this and go in expecting less for more.
Now my experience:
I have a raw tomato allergy, but have successfully eaten here multiple times without any problems. I usually always order the fajitas, I just ask for a few substitutions to accommodate. This time, not only did the food take a really long time when we went there when there weren't many other patrons, but it was terrible and they put tomatoes in my chimichanga, despite me advising of this and stating that it will make me very sick, and potentially die. I told the server that I would not be paying for the meal, as it was inedible and after waiting for over 30 mins to get our entree, I didn't want to wait any longer for it to be remade. The server said he would send over his boss, which I was fine with. The server came back, after obvious conversations in Spanish with him and advised me that the boss (read bartender) was too busy to come by and talk to me. To me that's a big **** you to a customer. It shows lack of respect and made me feel even less valued as a client who had dined there several times before. My boyfriends meal was okay, but definitely not up to the quality that we are use to, as his chicken quesadilla was more of a cheese one. When we left we weren't told good night, or sorry or anything, we were flat out ignored. It was like we weren't even there.
I will NEVER go back here again. I refuse to be treated rudely when I am paying for a meal. If you want to go for Mexican, go a few doors down to the other Mexican restaurant. They are only open until 8 though, so plan accordingly.

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Morning Glory Cafe20488 Fraser Highway, Langley
Mediocre
Submitted Friday, August 3, 2012 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

Trying to find a good little niche spot in Langley for breakfast, but this place is not it. It's a bit overpriced for breakfast and there is nothing really to be desired to wanted. I ordered eggs, toast and hashbrowns and it wasn't great. Boyfriend order the same with bacon.... again it wasn't that great.

Onwards and upwards to search for the cute family diner.

Go elsewhere.

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Ashoka Indian Cuisine20530 Fraser Hwy, Langley
My favourite Indian place
Submitted Friday, August 3, 2012 - 4:48pm [Dine in]

Their food and value is fantastic. The garlic naan is to die for and my boyfriend and I crave it when we haven't eaten it for a while. It makes me eat gluten(and pay for it) when we go there. I love their butter chicken and recently tried their mutter paneer which was also excellent. I love that it comes with rice (you don't have to pay!). My boyfriend orders tandori chicken which he loves, and loves the sizzling platter it comes on. Again it comes with rice.

The samosas are delicious as well, but I find I get too full having an appy, Indian food is filling.

The buffet during the lunch time weekdays is good value and gives you a chance to try other dishes. Fridays they have butter chicken!

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Pasta Polo19665 Willowbrook Drive, #114, Langley
Good Average Langley Pasta
Submitted Friday, August 3, 2012 - 4:45pm [Dine in]

We frequent here with the entertainment coupon. It's good for the price of the food. The service is hit and miss depending on who you get and how busy they are.

If you like your pasta to taste a certain way, I would recommend telling them how you like it. They cut down on the garlic in their sauces people people were complaining of too much flavour. I am the opposite and say load up on the garlic.

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Poor Italian Trattoria & Ristorante3296 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Will not be back
Submitted Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 3:21pm [Dine in]

Went with my mother and boyfriend to celebrate his birthday. He had heard rave reviews on the Fox about this place and it's association to Tony Parson blah blah blah....

Flash forward to our experience. The nicest staff member was the hostess who was friendly and smiley. The rest of the staff there looked like they hated their life and were counting down the minutes till the end of their shift.Our server was nice enough but shy and very new. We ordered the prawns to start (5 for 14.00... bad value) and the flavour was okay. I am an avid seafood fan and spoiled because my boyfriend fishes, the prawns tasted fishy.

I had the tortellini and so did my mother, my boyfriend has the pesto pasta. He asked to have chicken added, but apparently the kitchen does not stock chicken... so he asked for prawns. We were charged a WHOPPING $2.50 per prawn. Even Hy's doesn't charge that much! He ordered 5 because he was the birthday boy.

All of our food was so so, I have had much better Italian elsewhere. Our bread had to be prompted to be brough to us, the drinks were average and I put on the reservation it was my boyfriends birthday and no one wished a happy birthday to him till I very blatently told the staff at desert time. They did bring a tiramisu but I just wish we had gone somewhere else. It left me regretting the decision.

On a side note, there was an employee dining on personal time and he was going into the fridge and grabbing bottles of wine for himself and getting rather beligerant to the employees about this and that. His kids were running around the restaurant screaming and crying... it was very distracting and somewhat rude. Not a professional site at all.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The9020 202 Street, Langley
Newly rennovated, needs some work though
Submitted Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 7:50pm [Dine in]

We made the mistake of coming here right after it opened and also sat in the bar. The service was terrible. We were served by some ditzy server who didn't have any knowledge of what was in the sauces they were using but boasted that she had worked there for 2 years. She was slow and unattentive, and I don't know if this is because we sat in the bar section and not the formal dining area. Our bread came way later on in the meal and the appy came way too early. We ordered the lobster special that was baked with cheese on it. For entrees I ordered the teriyaki steak medium rare. My honey ordered a regular steak medium rare. We both ordered twice baked potatoes. The potatoes were runny and my steak was the toughest steak I'd ever been served. Because we had ditzy serving us, she didn't come back and check on us and we felt very ignored.

I ended up calling the general manager the next day and describing my experience. Although he said that I should get the same service in the bar as in the dining section, he was apologetic and sent a $50.00 gift card in the mail. We since used it at another location.

Go to the Willingdon location if you want excellent service and food.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The800 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Solid 3
Submitted Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 7:28pm [Dine in]

This review might be a bit unfair because I went here for a Christmas party for over 20 people and we were sat upstairs. Our reservation was for 8pm and it took a while for us to be sat down, but they came around with little finger food to tide us over with the late reservation.

The service was a good as can be for the amount of people in the Christmas party. Drinks took a while to come out and so did the appys. We got our order in quick for the mains because we wanted to have them served at an appropriate time.

All in all the servers did a good job. I ordered steak and lobster, the steak was done medium rare and was great. The twice baked potato was also nice and fluffy. My lobster was so so, but that's because the butter was cold that they brought out to dip in and they had put a huge amount of seasoning salt on the lobster... really salty.

I gave it a solid 3 all around, I've been to other Keg locations that have wow'd me and have horrified me. They are somewhere in the middle. I still prefer other steakhouses to the Keg though.

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Menya401 West Broadway, Vancouver
Great for a Gyoza lover, awesome service
Submitted Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

I've had their noodle bowls and I am not a huge fan of Ramen noodles, but their seafood one is very good and is a huge portion, I can't finish it. What they shine for to me is their gyoza. They are authentic, fresh to order and just little dumplings of goodness... I order two orders sometimes to make a lunch out of it. You get 8 little dumplings for $4.80.

It's hard to find good, authentic and fresh gyoza that don't have that already-been-pan-fried taste. The servers look at me a bit weird when I order two orders, but I don't really care. They are all sweet Japanese students or immigrants. They try really hard to speak English and have that cute and polite Japanese way about them. I have never had poor service at that place. They know how to treat their customers.

This review might not be the best for the soup, as I am not as well versed in ramen as I am in pho, but all in all you shouldn't be disappointed if you know what the soup and cuisine entails. As other posters have said, this soup is authentic pork soup. There are a couple other options, but the specialize in the pork bone broth (to which I am not a huge fan of).

I discovered this place because one of my friends loved their soups and I met her for lunch here. I was a bit turned off at first with their lack of menu choice, but I ordered the gyoza and come back for them every time.

YUM!

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Pho Kim Penh Xe Lua540 West Broadway, Vancouver
Awesome late night pho
Submitted Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

For my best friend and I, this is the place we meet up to catch up and have a good comforting bowl of pho. We share the salad rolls which are really big and the peanut sauce is to die for. My bff orders #7 (mix of steak, tripe, brisket) and I order #1 -- eye round steak (I'm not so adventurous). I've been so many times I don't even know the number any more, but they are pretty consistent. Sometimes the pho tastes better than other times, sometimes I get more steak than other times, but all in all you know what you're going to get. The coconut juice is a treat as well if you want to shell out the 3.50 for it.

The pricing is fairly standard and lemme tell you, when you're coming home from a good night downtown... nothing tastes better... just don't slip on their amazingly slippery floors with your heels. I've almost wiped out in skate shoes so mind your feet.

The decor is typical to any pho place... there is none. There is no rhyme or reason to it, and it does look pretty hole in the wall dingy, but it's kind of part of the charm. The service is pretty good and they recognize you when you come back.

If you're looking for a pho place to satisfy your late night craving, this is the place. It does get busy at night though, so expect to wait if you're going in the after hours setting. If you're not, there is usually parking out back for a small fee (it use to be free) and they have 4 spots (6 - 11) that are free, but NARROW... might get door dings from parking there.

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Pho 98105 East 12th Street, North Vancouver
Pho in North Van
Submitted Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 12:07am [Dine in]

As most people from the North Shore can attest to... the Vietnamese cuisine is under represented. This place opened up not too long ago. I usually go to the place right off Cambie and Broadway that's open 24 hours.. some Vietnamese name... and that place is what I would use to rate my pho palette. This place has the typical no sense decor.. basically meaning there is none... you're there for the soup not the ambiance. They have a TV and a few copies of the 24 and Metro... that's all you need!

If you're on the North Shore and don't want to drive to Vancouver, then I would say it's great! There have been times when I've been craving some pho and go here for my fix. I am a simple pho eater, only get rare eye round.. no tripe or fatty beef for me. I also like salad rolls, but don't like them here... the peanut sauce is lack luster and meh just in general not that great. I do like their spring rolls though. But back to the pho...

They give you lots of sprouts, lots of basil and it's good for being one of the only places on the North Shore. I still like the other place the best though. I will say though, the last time I went there (2 weeks ago), I went there pretty late (9 pm) and woke up at around 1 am and made friends with my toilet... not sure what happened there. I've eaten there at least a dozen times and no complaints before. I will return there again despite that, however I think I might wait a little... I'm a little turned off pho at the moment :)

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Hy's Encore637 Hornby Street, Vancouver
My favourite place to eat at
Submitted Monday, December 5, 2011 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

I was originally introduced to Hy's by chance. I had bought a Whistler stay in the summer through Living Social and it came with a $50.00 credit to Hy's. I had heard of the excellent food, but again had never experienced it. My boyfriend and I have been 2 times now, once in Whistler and once in Vancouver. There are a couple differences between the two and then many similarities. One of the main differences is Whistler is a few dollars more for entrees and sides. The other difference is the ambiance and how they cook the steaks. The Vancouver location is the only place left in North America with a open coal grill. Our server proudly told us it was grandfathered to the building and if they were to move out of that building they would lose that. Guess they're not moving any time soon...

On to the serious stuff... the food. Both locations were EXCELLENT.

In Whistler we ordered --
Famous cheese toast
Filet and lobster with garlic mashed potatoes
Market fish - Cajun crusted halibut with garlic mashed potatoes
Asparagus
Sugar snap peas
Tom Collins
Rose wine (don't remember the name now)
Vanilla creme brulee

In Vancouver we ordered --
Famous cheese toast
Filet with double baked potato
Market fish - Cajun crusted halibut with double baked potato
Sugar snap peas
Vanilla creme brulee
Can't remember the drinks we ordered now

Whistlers service was excellent and the food was all amazing, not one thing wrong with it. The halibut was to die for, a last minute decision for my boyfriend who would normally have ordered steak. For the Vancouver location we wanted to compare the two locations so we ordered fairly similar things. The halibut was better in Whistler only because they had crusted it better and it was a better cut of the fish than in Vancouver, no big deal though. We got more bread in Vancouver, the garlic toast is amazing and addictive.. we both made the mistake of eating too much of it and being ridiculously full afterwards. One thing the Vancouver location has over Whistler is the double baked potato MADE TO ORDER. You get to make it as bacon and green onion as you want... and that's something Whistler needs to get on pronto! AMAZING!!! The sugar snap peas are a little gem and cut through the meat nicely as a break from all the richness. The dessert is also amazing, creme brulee being one of my favourite desserts. The service in Vancouver was also stellar, our waiter had awesome personality, our glasses were never empty and he even had a crumber... the little tool that scoops up the crumbs... sounds cheesy but I was impressed.

I will say one thing, my boyfriend and I are not rich people, we saved to come to this restaurant the second time, but I am willing to not eat out at all to eat there once every 2 months... it's that good and well worth the money. I like the atmosphere and the way the steaks have that smoke flavour. I also liked Whistlers steak as well, nice an crisp on the outside and melt in your mouth on the inside. For those who have posted saying that you should save your money and go to the Keg... I laugh. I know they are all owned by the same people, but this place is light years better and albeit not that much more at the end of the day. You're paying for the service and the ambiance, as well as the quality of food. I can't wait to go back!!!

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Sammy J's Grill & Bar19925 Willowbrook Dr, #101, Langley
Nice decor and the prices to match... however
Submitted Monday, December 5, 2011 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I went here for an anniversary dinner. We wanted something low key and casual. He picked Sammy J's because he hadn't been in a long time and I had never been period. First of all I will say the decor was nice, they had renovated in July and it was very contemporary... a little Cactus-esque. We were promptly seated in the dining area and were one of 2 other tables there. The "sports area" is sectioned off and it was packed with people. It was quiet in our area though, which was appropriate for our occasion and a Monday night.

We had a very new waitress who said that right off the bat. We ordered Blackjack strips for an appy, which the waitress should have warned us were SPICY... (my boyfriend likes spicy and even he needed some water.) She didn't take our main order until after the Blackjack strips were done. Again I'll give her the benefit of the doubt that she was new. The BF ordered a Tom Collins and I ordered a Bellini. Both were so-so... nothing exceptional. For our mains, I ordered the Kung Pao bowl with half chicken, half shrimp and the BF ordered Penne Chicken with cream sauce. His was excellent, but mine came without the protein. Because the waitress was so new, she didn't come and check on us for 15 - 20 mins, so I picked at mine until she came. When she did come she left me with my dish instead of taking it back to the kitchen to be re-prepared with the meat. 15 to 20 mins later my protein came, after my dish was cold and my boyfriend had already basically finished his plate. I will add that our glasses for both water and drinks stayed empty and uncleared on the table throughout the entire night... again new waitress.

We ordered the carnival doughnuts for dessert, which came fresh out the deep frier. The waitress neglected to give us napkins or utensils for the dessert... so we ate it with our fingers as she disappeared again....

I really wanted to like Sammy J's. I think they have a variety on their menu and the prices match that of Cactus Club, but the service isn't there. No manager was contacted with regards to my food, no apology. She took the protein off my bill but for almost a $70.00 bill at the end of the night, both my boyfriend and thought we should have stayed home and made our own dinner, at least we would have eaten together. I emailed Sammy J's about my lack luster experience and have yet to receive a response from them. All I can say is the decor is there, the food is there but they need to kick up their service and polish a bit to be in the same ranks as Cactus, Earls and Joeys.

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Paliotti's Ristorante Italiano12018 Edge St, Maple Ridge
Yummy pasta
Submitted Monday, December 5, 2011 - 7:03pm [Dine in]

I really enjoy the pasta here. I have been to both the Maple Ridge and Abbotsford locations. I have to say the ambiance at the Abbotsford location is better, as is the service. I order an option that they accidentally took off the menu - linguine gambretti a limon. It's lemon cream sauce, with prawns, linguine. It's has capers and shallots or onions in it and it's delicious!

I also love the bread they serve before your food comes, it's oven cooked and I love the olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

If you're looking for affordable Italian that has homemade taste, and you're in Maple Ridge and Abbotsford, this place is definitely recommended. Aside from the sometimes slow service, go in with an open mind and just enjoy the food.

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Aka Tom-Bo751 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
My go-to sushi place
Submitted Monday, December 5, 2011 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

I really like their creative rolls here. They are a good combination of creative and traditional/the norm.

The service is so-so. They are very stingy on the wasabi and ginger, you have to ask for more especially if you're going to have a lot of sushi. My favs there are the yam roll, cali roll, Canuck roll, Sakura roll, and Alaska roll. Also their salmon avocado roll is yummy too. Their other Japanese food is okay, my mom doesn't like the sunomono salads there, the vinegar is very sweet she says. The other foods like the teriyaki chicken and yaki soba are made is inferior sauces.

If you want solid sushi at good prices (lunch is 3 rolls out of the list for 5.99) then I would strongly suggest this. It's a little gem in North Van.

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Baci Ristorante3728 East Hastings, Burnaby
Only go for the 2 for 1 Entertainment discounts
Submitted Monday, December 5, 2011 - 6:51pm [Dine in]

I took my mother here for her birthday dinner with my boyfriend. The service was terrible, very slow and the food was very expensive for the portions that we were given. Don't order the prawns, you only get 5 for $12.00 and the tiramisu was the size of a credit card and was $8.00.

I will only be going back because of the entertainment coupon. At least I'm not paying full price.

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