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upstairsNew WestminsterSince November 13, 200818 Reviews
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  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (3.2)
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Dublin Castle319 Governors Court, New Westminster
like the beer, food not so much
Submitted Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 9:34am [Dine in]

Went here on a Friday night and the place was packed watching hockey. Some kind strangers shifted seats at the bar to allow us 2 seats together as that was all that was available. Beer was fine once we finally got one of the bartenders attention (like I said is was packed) and eventually ordered some food. Shepherd's pie was pretty bland and the burger, which was supposed to come with goat's cheese and roasted red peppers (difficult ingredients to screw up you would think) came out with sauteed red peppers and feta. It was okay and just not worth sending back though I did mention it to one of the bartenders but I doubt it got back to the kitchen. Would go back for a beer but would be very hesitant about ordering another meal here.

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Mochikas Peruvian Cafe1696 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver
nice intro to peruvian food
Submitted Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 11:47am [Dine in]

Got a coupon from Groupon and jumped at the chance to try this place on Friday. The place is inside the auto detailing place as described, but easy to find and easy to find meter parking. It required reservations as part of the coupon but easy to see why, with only room for about 16 diners in the place. We went early (5:30) and 5/6 tables were already reserved. The kitchen is open and at the end of the space and it was quite warm there, so I asked if we could leave the door open for a bit, which was fine. Service wasn't speedy but, then again, the kitchen space is small and has one chef. It wasn't horribly slow either, but don't go if you are in a rush.

We had looked online and read some reviews to help make our menu choices and went with the chicharron sandwich and ceviche, Chupe de Mariscos and Pollo a la Parilla. The sandwich wasn't on the menu (although it is online) but we asked for it. It was very good, sweet pork, a sauce with a bit of heat and yam chips on a crusty little bun. The sauce was rather oily so, while it was very good with the bread, I might go for the non-bread version of chicharron to avoid soaking up some of that oil. I have never had ceviche before but this was a nice introduction. Shrimp, a mussel, small squids (cut up), lots of tender fish and a sweet potato and corn. The sauce had a little bit of heat to it and citrusy. The chupa comes in 2 sizes ($10 and $14). I had the 10 which was a good-sized bowl and filled to the brim. It was delicious with a bit more heat than the other dishes. I couldn't finish it but recommend it: spicy with really flakey fish (very good), an unshelled shrimp, a mussel, a clam, plus rice and potato. The pollo dish was the most basic dish and is traditionally served with fries (but they are skin on, thick fries, like hand-cut, so not bad). The chicken had a a rub or paste on the skin which was tasty, the cilantro sauce was cilantro-y but the salad was essentially iceberg with the dressing (which was also good).

We were too full for dessert and, although I would have liked a little more heat to the dishes, I would definitely go back and try some other menu items, without a coupon.

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Pho Chung Nam522 6th Avenue, New Westminster
not impressed with the chinese food here
Submitted Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 8:34pm [Delivery]

First, let me say, I really like Chinese food, msg and oil included and will eat leftovers happily for lunch, dinner and beyond including the steamed rice, and this review is about the Chinese food only.

We decided to give the delivery at this place a try and were very disappointed. The servings were large but the food was not up to par at all.

1) There were no sauteed green beens so we ordered chicken with green beans and black bean sauce. I put it into a different dish because it was sitting in so much oil. Even then it was still very, very oily and didn't really have much flavour and the chicken texture was... kind of mushy.
2) The prawns with szechuan sauce was a green pepper lover's delight, but the prawns themselves were pretty sparse. We didn't count them and, for the price, I think we had reasonable expectations, so maybe we should have played a game hunting for the prawns through the green pepper forest to maximize our investment...
3) The orange peel beef was supposed to be spicy but was, while generous, very saucy with kind of a tomato-y tasting sauce, not spicy at all.
4) By the time the delivery arrived the crispy noodle chow mein was no longer crispy, although the flavour was actually fine, a bit sweeter than expected, but not bad.

So on the Chinese side of things we won't be ordering from there again, and how strongly do I feel about that? Well, let's just say that the leftovers went into the trash. That being said, I might give their salad rolls a try, I do like salad rolls and maybe they will be okay...

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Mongo Bongo512B 6th Avenue, New Westminster
not up to expectations for a mongolian grill
Submitted Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 11:07pm [Dine in]

Menu choices here are 1 bowl and all-you-can-eat. The bowls are a decent size and you can get a lot into them, so unless you are really hungry you probably don't need that option. The meal also comes with a small cup of soup and a bowl of rice. They also have appetizers available which we didn't try.

A couple of things that were not up to par with any other Mongolian places I have been (up- or down- scale):
1) The meat selection is 3 choices and tofu, which is the smallest I have ever come across east, west, north or south. While not a heavy-duty carnivore, more choices would have been appreciated.
2) The grill was not cleaned well, in that the well beneath the grill was full, and I mean full, of scrapings and the cook did not clean the grill when there was a pause in cooking - I have never been in a place where the grill wasn't scraped with water frequently to keep a clean surface, so that there was food residue all over the cooking surface and then, where the food was scraped to, below, was seriously unappealing and, again, I have never seen that before.
3) I think the grill was too hot as the food appeared to stick quite quickly and the cook used quite a bit of water, I saw my noodles burning pretty quickly and, given the speed of the cook, moving from bowl to bowl, a little less heat would give him a bit more time to make the rounds.

On the plus side, several different types of noodles and an okay selection of veggies. On the unexpected side, people left their bowl at the counter with a sticky note with their name on it and went back to their table, which was a new one to me (and which is why I was there to observe the over-hot grill).

I would consider this place for lunch as I do like Mongolian Grills (hence having been to quite a few in Canada and the US) - but I would probably let them bring my bowl to the table as the condition of the grill was not appealing. And I would add extra sauce to the 5 scoopfuls I used, as the sauce boiled off pretty quickly.

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Simpatico Ristorante2222 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
this rating system is problematic
Submitted Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

The scoring choices go from medicore to solid to outstanding, but unless you visit a dump or the food is quite dreadful, or you are really ticked off, most places will come out in the middle. So I have to ignore the meaning of the words and go with number only to try and avoid scoring higher than better places... as, when I look at my history, places seem to coming out too similar for what the overall dining experience is.

I was a bit disappointed to start when the greco-roman menu had limited Greek choice, which is what I was looking for. Limited appetizer choices and, besides slouvaki, fairly limited entree choices of the Greek persuasion. Since I refuse to order slouvaki for dinner I went with the smelts while the others had lamb and chicken slouvaki and pizza. Serving sizes were ample. The calamari appie was fine, although the tzatsiki could have had more garlic but at least it was thick and not a watery, no-fat, yogurt concoction. The large slouvakis have the same amount of meat as small orders but for that dollar more they include rice and potato. The rice had a serving of tzatsiki on it. One person found the lamb more fatty than expected but everyone seemed to enjoy their carbs and salads. Pizza seemed avaerage but a decent amount of toppings. Smelts might not be to everyone's taste but they were lightly battered (more than flour coated but not a heavy batter), quite small and whole and nicely hot served withy the insuffiently garlicked tzatsiki. The greek salads were on part with the majority of greek salads served in Vancouver with no drizzle of olive oil or cider vinegar or even a sprinkle of oregano - typically a disappointment for me, as it takes very little effort to add a speck of flavour to a greek salad. But this place was no worse than most and it was a decent size as a plate serving.

Overall, I wouldn't bother going back as there are places with more selection and more garlic out there. But the service was fine, the speed of the food and heat was fine, the space was decent. Just an average place.

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Okonomi Sushi26 4th Street, Unit A, New Westminster
pink rice
Submitted Friday, December 10, 2010 - 8:19pm [Dine in]

Ended up here as a last minute random choice. Large space with tables and chairs and also leather sofas (for lounging and eating, I suppose). I checked one out and my feet didn't reach the ground, so perhaps this would be more comfortable for taller people.

The food is very generous. The nigiri sushi pieces were almost bizarrely large. The bento box was quite substantial. And the rice is pink, apparently from fruit ot vegetable juice, but at least it didn't seem to affect the flavour. But I didn't find it particularly appetizing to look at. A lot of their speciality maki are extremely busy with sauces galore, including cheese sauces, and "oven rolls". Braver souls than I will have to try them.

The prices for volume were fine, the regular maki were pretty reasonable, and the seaweed salad was generous for $2.50. There was a pretty broad selection on the menu, not just sushi.

I probably wouldn't go out of my way to go back, but for hungry, big eaters who aren't afraid of unusual sauces on their sushi... have at 'er.

Personally, I would give this place a 2.5 not a 3, but it was "solid" and not "mediocre" which was the next choice down, just not to my taste preference.

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Transylvania Flavour2120 West Broadway, Vancouver
good food, nice space
Submitted Friday, November 19, 2010 - 10:25pm [Dine in]

Had heard good things and decided to give this place a try even though I am not really into cabbage rolls or tripe or home cooking for that matter.

The service was swift and fairly attentive and, with the home-made food and warm colours, it made for a pleasant experience. The place just has a new menu and it all sounded pretty good, as did the specials, but hard to narrow it down so we decided to have the Knight's Platter to try a cross-section of food.

The owner's father makes the sausages and the homemade mustard and her mother makes the cabbage rolls. I liked the 1) sausages though the spices were mild, and the mustard was good too, and, though not a 2) cabbage roll expert, they were quite nice and the housemade sauerkraut was good too (I was surprised as I have only really come across jarred sauerkraut, which I dislike.). The 3) perogies and the sauce on them were very yummy and I would definitely have those again. The 4) meatballs were very tender and not just hamburger meat tasting, not dramatic in flavour but nice and would be good for people who like good quality but simple food. The 5) fries were large, handcut on-site and good, but I asked for, and they gave us, a few gnocchi to try, which were excellent - on the tender side, but not doughy if that makes sense, and lightly pan-fried - I would make sure any future meals included the gnocchi. The 6) polenta croquettes were large and very fluffy with the same sauce as on the perogies and would be quite filling as an appetizer (the sauce was very good on the gnocchi as well). The 7) caesar salad was just that, nothing special but the romaine was good and the parmensan was reasonably generous and we needed some green. We actually didn't get to the 8) schnitzel which was a large piece as we were saving some room for dessert, but it looked fine too :-). On to desserts which are all made in-house (yay) - we had the apple tower, their take on strudel, and it was worth a double take - it wasn't a typical pastry strudel and hard to describe, not cakey and not bready but... good, and better than pastry, and the apples and caramel sauce were very tasty. We also tried the papanash, doughut shaped, but not a doughnut exactly - not as sweet but with that great homemade doughnut crispness to the outside and served with the owner's mother's homemade mixed berry jam. All in all a pleasant meal with friendly service and lots more to come back for.

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Nice place with good food
Submitted Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 10:04am [Dine in]

On Dunbar: A nice little place, well-kept and pleasant, good service and fairly quick food arrival. We had the appetizer platter with veggie and chicken pahoras and samosas. All quite good (the veggie pakoras were quite light, even fluffy) and the sauces delicious. The mango lassi was thinner and smaller than some places, and not as mango-y but okay, might or might not have that again. The naan was quite good and we used up the rest of the appetizer sauces on that. The coconut chicken was tasty with a generous amount of sauce and a large dish of basmati. The chicken portion wasn't overly large but it wasn't small and was plenty for us, with a little left over. Prices on the moderate side but quality and presentation nice. Will definitely came back here.

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Enigma4397 West 10th Ave., Vancouver
A solid neighbourhood eatery
Submitted Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 9:10pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here about a 1/2 dozen times now, and the consistent food quality deserves comment. As a prior reviewer said, there is nothing on the menu that jumps out at you at first visit, but you will develop favourites, as you try things. Mine is the goat cheese salad presently on the menu (great balance of flavours and a nice amount of goat cheese) and the sticky toffee pudding (with extra sauce). Tonight it was a moroccan lamb, not a cinnamon-based sauce as I was expecting but a little spicy and very good with a wonderful slice of lamb. But the nice thing is that there is something for everyone, including your grandmother, (as they often have specials like prime rib and yorkshire pudding). AND they list their specials on their website daily!. Always several specials, and plenty of the bottles of wine are within the $30 range. Portions are sufficiently large enough that appie, main and dessert is generally not doable for me, but after reading the other reviews I will definitely look into the baked brie.

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Atithi Indian Cuisine2445 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Will be back
Submitted Saturday, May 8, 2010 - 8:30am [Dine in]

We were looking for an Indian place at the last minute on a Friday evening and dinehere.ca delivered the goods. This place should be busier on a Friday night but that was good for us. The menu is definitely much smaller than a lot of places, only a couple of pages, but enough choices and also reassuring, as one would suspect that things would be freshly done. (You can google the restaurant and see the menu.)

After slow deliberations, eating our pappadams, we went with the pakoras - very nice, not too dense or too oily. A small portion, but enough, and the price was inexpensive enough we could have ordered more if we needed too. It comes with three sauces, so something for everyone. We finally went with the Lamb Palak which was tender and pretty much all meat and the spinach sauce was nicely spiced. The Chicken Biryani was okay, with plenty of chicken and raita, although not much in the way of curry flavour. The Aloo Gobi was very good, not very saucy but good flavour. Nothing was highly spiced which worked for the people I was with. I also had a mango lassi - delicious. It all came with rice (perfectly done) and a generous serving of naan.

Would definitely go back to try some of their other dishes which were very tempting. Waiting for the bill was rather slow and we finally had to go up and ask for it, but other than that, quite enjoyable

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Moki's Pizza5530 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
good quality ingredients
Submitted Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

Just checked this place out and impressed with the crust - not thin/crispy crust but not thick either (~0.5 cm thick) and nice and chewy and fire blistered. Gives a nice flavour. The ingredients are good quality and generous enough. But for me, the zing was missing with no spices noticeable in the sauce and not a lot of complexity of flavour. But if you like a good crust, good ingredients and a simple flavour, this is a pizza I can recommend. Really a take out only place.

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Pasparos Taverna132 W 3rd St, North Vancouver
worth going to north shore for
Submitted Monday, March 29, 2010 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

In the area with out of town friends and stepped into Pasparos. Nice ambience, nicely greeted by several staff. Sangria, fruity. Deep-fried calamari with nice thick tzatiki, yummy. Elioto dip, nice too, like tapenade in yogurt(?), very creamy. Everyone enjoyed their meals, which were quite substantial and three of us had leftovers. Vegan moussaka was nice (although the vegan bechamel maybe not a fav except for a vegan), spanikopita platter, generous with dill and nicely flavoured, not just a heavy hunk of spinach. The roast lamb was well-received, and I had the Fricasse, lamb in avgolemono sauce and 2 artichokes, excellent. No complaints about the rice. Retsina, good, and they carry a greek beer as well. Their ekmek was presented differently and was sweeter than I expected but very nice. Plenty of coffee and water refills. I would say that pricewise a little higher than a some places, so that that might be an issue, but, like this visit, if I had friends in town and wanted to be sure everyone enjoyed their meals and left happy? I would go here, for sure. Very pleased all round - oh and the bill came with little squares of baclava which were just the right size for the sweetness. A nice touch.

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Taka's Take-Out Sushi15214 Pacific Avenue, White Rock
sushi i am eager to get back to
Submitted Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 8:35pm [Dine in]

I could eat sushi almost everyday (and I have in the past). Having moved back to BC after a number of years I have had difficulty finding a sushi place that made me want to come back for more. I realize that everyone who likes sushi is an expert on what is good and I suppose I am no different, which is why I haven't posted any sushi reviews on this website, as it is so personal. But Taka's makes me want to come back and try the variety of rolls, the speciality fish, where I regret being full that I have to stop eating. This is a Japanese sushi chef trained in Japan where training takes many years, who understands that it is the balance of textures and flavours, not the quantity of rice, that makes good sushi. The Crunchy BC roll is one of the best I have ever had, east or west in Canada or the US and I had despaired of finding a proper salmon skin roll after several local disappointments with non-crispy skin (and one of the most generous with the salmon skin too). The spicy salmon was subtle and also generous with the amount of fish. I will be back very soon and I would recommend this to anyone who bases their sushi value not on size but on flavour and texture. Note that this is a tiny place with 4 seats at the counter and 4 little tables and no liquor licence so no saki. It is mainly takeout but it is pleasant enough and taka and his wife are very nice and friendly with plentiful green tea if you want to stay and eat. I am very happy AND Taka told me where he goes for sushi so now I have another place to check out in the lower mainland - my sushi future looks very bright.

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Trattoria Italian Kitchen1850 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
depends what you are looking for
Submitted Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

First visit to this restaurant. Pros: 1) the lemoncello drink (cannot recall the name, but near the sangria on the menu) - delicious - not a heavy alcoholic hit on the tastebuds but lemony, not too sweet, a nice grown-up lemonade.; 2) the bruschetta combo was very nice and the bread it was served on, very good (apparently the same base as for their pizza). Cons: 2) very loud, with only the base of the music being heard and needed to talk quite loudly to be heard by dining companions. Average: the pasta platter: I thought the spagetti and kobe meatballs were nice and the meatballs had a little bit of spice to them and not too dry a texture; the lasagne had a nice flavour and, if you like a very dense lasagne due to pasta layers, fine; the gnocchi with pesto, I cannot recommend, more doughy than anything and quite large, even with more sauce they would have not been improved; the penne, not really much flavour. However, the serving size was fine for two people. I would consider coming back as I would like to try a couple of their pizzas based on the bruschetta base (have have a pitcher of that lemoncello drink) but not with more than 4 people as it would too hard to talk comfortably in a larger group due to the noise.

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2nd visit
Submitted Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

Was here for lunch a few months ago and wanted to check it out for dinner. Chose the table d'hote option with escargot, bison rib-eye and halibut nicoise. Nice service, good bread, and the food was okay but compared to Tapenade in Steveston in a similar price range (and bacchus came out a little more expensive actually), the price and the meal (including the desserts) were not in the same league. Nice, pleasant, and would go back for lunch but not for dinner.

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Tapenade Bistro3711 Bayview Street, Richmond
re-reviewed
Submitted Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 12:03am [Dine in]

Another good experience at this restaurant, exemplary service and good food. I wouldn't have put in a new review to repeat myself but had to make a note of the dessert of the chocolate bread pudding which so much greater than the menu description and actually quite awesome. Chocolate bread pudding, described as with peanut butter and banana didn't sound that interesting but decided to try it:, the peanut butter was really only in the frozen chantilly (yummy), didn't notice much in the way of banana, the bread pudding itself was wonderful and the salted caramel sauce? Divine (had to ask for some extra) -seriously, you have to have the chocolate bread pudding (with a little extra sauce) and get all the flavours in a bite together to experience the delicious sum of its parts. Rest of the meal very good, moules frites (great fries and delicious aioli) and salmon simply done with the gnocchi substituted for the pomme. Had the 3-antipasti choice of hummus, pork rillette and tapenade - great choice, great flavours and textures and nice size for 2 people. A very satisfying experience with nice service, good wine and great food.

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Hue Cafe6620 No. 3 Rd, Richmond
a regular favourite
Submitted Wednesday, November 12, 2008 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

I was a repeat customer when I lived in Richmond and now make periodic trips just to stock up. Clean place with good food at decent prices. House special baguette, the owner makes his own pate which he puts into the sandwich, good enough to sell on its own. My favourite are the salad rolls and he makes up his own peanut sauce which is quite yummy. The veggie spring rolls are good too. Thai salad is not Vietnamese but a nice serving and tasty. I often get the curry chicken and the beef stew, great with noodles or with bread, to take home. The owner only has had the place for about a year and has trained his staff to make his menu so the wait time on food has improved but he is very particular about the bread being fresh from his supplier so you can find that he is out of baguettes later in the day, but that is just a good reason to order some of the other food. I totally recommend and his hours are quite long for a little place so makes it a good last minute option.

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Red Door Pan Asian Grill2996 Granville St, Vancouver
Repeat diner with no complaints
Submitted Wednesday, November 12, 2008 - 11:05pm [Dine in]

Back to Red Door for another visit and another enjoyable meal this past weekens. Have eaten here a numbr of times, including their New Year's menu and always enjoy the food. The delivery of the food can be a little uneven (can all come at once or trickle in) but when you are in good company (and good humoured company) it isn't a big deal. Sharing the dishes is best. The lettuce wraps, shaking beef, ginger beef, chili chicken, green beans and, of course the scallops, are my favourites. Rice is good (I like rice) and wine choices decent and reasonably priced. The only problem is if you don't go often you end up ordering the same favourites so it can make it difficult to try different dishes. Service always pleasant.

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