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Von_DelroyNew WestminsterSince August 9, 200731 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.6)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value2.5 (2.4)
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Displaying 21 - 31 of 31 Reviews Found
Thai House Restaurant4940 No. 3 Road, #129, Richmond
Impossibly good
Submitted Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 5:21pm [Dine in]

My husband and I went here on a Saturday night around 8pm, with my mother-in-law. The place was packed to the brim but we were seated within moments.

Service was good. The server was a little theatrical but I think that was his way of trying to communicate clearly in a very loud and distracting environment. It was loud from the number of people there, but I'd rather be in a loud happy restaurant than a pathetic empty one any day!

We ordered a small soup (I think it was the Tom Yum), the red curry chicken with bamboo shoots and the fried cod with house sauce. The food came in no time flat, and we were happy to see that all the items came to the table at the same time.

The soup wasn't that great, too sour and it had too many mushrooms in it.

The curry was awesome. A generous portion of classic coconut red curry with lots of nice tender chicken and bamboo shoots. The fish was even better.. a huge plate of delicious, perfectly fried fish on a bed of spinach, covered with a great tomato/peanut sauce and red and green bell peppers. So tasty.

Prices are a little higher than the average Chinese place, but the quality is great and the portions are very generous. You get what you pay for - no giant chunks of celery or chewy mystery meat.

We couldn't finish everything and ended up taking some home. Amazingly, we were in and out in 45 minutes. We did not feel rushed at all, the food was just really fast getting out of that kitchen and the bill came as soon as we asked for it.

I know we'll be back to try more! The only bad thing I can say about this place was the parking situation. Every parking space in the lot is assigned, and of course the ones for this restaurant were full. I ended up parking in front of a closed salon, but I would have felt much more comfortable if I had been able to find a spot in front of that restaurant.

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Papaya Bistro15057 Marine Dr., White Rock
Tasty fusion fare on the beach!
Submitted Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

While taking a trip to White Rock on Easter weekend, we decided to try out this place after reading all the good reviews. The French waiter who greeted us seemed very hyper-active, yet quite pleasant and welcoming. He kept pin-balling from table to table bringing water, suggesting specials, taking orders and serving. When he was telling us about the specials, he did the "it's superb!" gesture by touching his fingers to his lips and blowing a kiss in the air. Theatrics aside, he was right!

My wife ordered the Char-Grilled Vietnamese Steak Sandwich, while I went with the Panko Crusted Halibut Burger. The lunch specials come with a choice of soup, salad or fries. The soup was Roasted Butter Nut Squash and it was AMAZING! The flavor was complex, tantalizing and a pure joy. Along with the squash, I could taste potato purée and an infusion of coconut cream in the soup.

We decided to split our entrees. The Halibut burger filet was fried with Panko (Japanese bread crumbs) and was served on a toasty warm bun with Wasabi mayo. My wife found the fish to be somewhat dry, but I thought it was perfect. After all, it's difficult for fish to remain moist after being fried. The steak sandwich was a pure delight. The beef was tender and succulent, topped off with pickled cucumber, carrot, spring onion and cilantro on a crusty French baguette. This steak sandwich is a perfect example of French and Vietnamese fusion cuisine.

The ambience was very pleasant and the décor tasteful. I especially enjoyed the woodwork on the railing that reminded me of ancient Hun helmets. The view of the ocean was the cherry on top. The prices are also pretty reasonable, considering the large portion sizes and the touristy location. We are definitely going back.

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Wild Ginger88 West Pender Street, Unit 2015, Vancouver
Diamond in the rough!
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

We tried this restaurant on a whim after viewing the unsavoury offerings available from the mall food court vendors. Definitely worth taking a chance on, as it has come to be one of our favourite restaurants!

We have only had one item on the menu and that is because it is so delicious that we simply don't want anything else. The Korean BBQ Meat Lover's platter for 2. Oh, my goodness.

It comes with spicy tofu soup, rice and a condiment sampler with kimchee, daikon, spinach salad and pickled ginger.

The nice thing about this meal is that it is served in courses, with the soup first and everything else following after. With the soup you have a choice of beef, pork or seafood. It's very spicy with lots of tofu, and it definitely stimulates the appetite.

At this restaurant you have the choice of grilling the meats yourself on the tabletop grill or having the chef prepare it for you. We have always had the chef cook ours (what's the fun in eating out if you have to cook?) and it's always perfect.

The platter is ridiculously huge and has a variety of meats including beef, chicken, pork, and chicken wings. We don't eat pork and they have always been willing to substitute that item for something else. The meats are accompanied by a generous portion of grilled onions and peppers.

The taste is just delectable! The meats are grilled to perfection with a slightly sweet Korean BBQ glaze, and the smoky flavour is perfect. The beef is also very tender, which is a bonus.

The only complaint I would have is that they could be a little bit more generous with the condiments (kimchee, etc). Really, that is the only thing we have to complain about - everything else is awesome.

The service is consistently good, with polite servers who will take the time to explain things to you if you are not familiar with Korean food. Also, they do dish out the soup for you at the table which is a nice touch.

The ambiance is very subdued and classy with a nice view of Science World and the surrounding area. The washrooms are also very clean if you pay attention to that sort of thing. :)

All in all it is a great place to try, especially for anyone who is new to Korean food. You'll be back!

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Chutney Villa Fine South Indian Cuisine147 East Broadway, Vancouver
Mess up my hair, will you?!
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 8:00pm [Dine in]

Chutney Villa serves South Indian Cuisine, which is different from what most people think of Indian food around these parts. Instead of Butter Chicken, Naan and Tandoori platters, you get broth based chicken, lamb and fish curries, and Dosa (savory vegetarian crepe).

Everything is obscenely expensive, for dishes that you can whip up at home with a decent recipe from the Internet. All the Dosa are over 9 dollars and are listed under the category: Tiffin – which
means a snack, not a meal.

The lunch specials are $9.99 and come with a choice of chicken, lamb or fish entrée, rice (the grains were large enough to plug your ears to block out the terrible music) on the side, lentil soup and a Papadam. The actual entrées are all $15 or more a la carte, and $18 or more with a dessert and something else that I can’t remember.

There was no way we were going to blow $60 at this place, so we decided to go with the lunch specials. I had the fish curry, which was very sour with 2 pieces of overcooked fish, resembling the bottom part of my shoes. My wife and sister had the chicken, which was bland. My sister requested that her curry be extra spicy, but it was not. My mom had the Egg Dosa, which was decent. All the portions were on the small side.

Service was ho hum, the drinking water was lukewarm, the overhead speakers howled annoying Indian songs (mentioned earlier) and the door that leads to the washrooms had those bead curtains that messed up my hair (twice) – that was the last straw.

The only thing I found to be slightly amusing with this place was that there was an accountant at one of the tables, tapping away at her laptop, surrounded by a pile of receipts. It’s tax season after all, and for her sake, I hope they are not paying her with the food.

Bah! Rubbish!

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Redfort Authentic Indian Cuisine1962 Kingsway, Vancouver
Deserted Fort
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

We went to Red Fort on a Saturday around 12pm. We were there for about 45 to 50 minutes, and we were the only ones there for the entire time. As we sat there, trying not to regret our decision of coming here, I remember thinking – a gust of howling wind and a couple of rolling tumbleweeds would complete this picture.

The menu was uninspired, confusing and weird. I remember seeing salmon fish curry. Take my word for it – Western fishes DO NOT make good South Asian fish curry. The Daal (lentil) dish had kidney beans in it! We carefully circumnavigated these “fusion” (read: bastardized) Indian dishes and ordered the Tandoori Platter, some Naan and the Chicken Tikka.

The Tandoori Platter: One side of the chicken was burnt and stuck to the platter, the fish chunks tasted like Styrofoam (you’re thinking: does this guy know what Styrofoam tastes like? Well, I do now), and when I bit into it, my mouth was rewarded with a gush of warm, fishy liquid. However, the Tandoori shrimp was what did it for us. I think they must have cooked it for about 30 mins, and what resulted were these little pieces of hard, stringy lumps. Like an all-day lollipop, they could have been all-day shrimp. The Naan: Instead of being soft, fluffy and buttery, they were hard, burnt and had a shimmering layer of oil on them. The chicken Tikka: I think that was pretty OK, but it came in a tiny dish – certainly not enough for 3 people to share.

The ambiance is nothing special, the typical Indian restaurant look. The service was OK – although considering we were their only customers at that time, it could have been a lot better. The washrooms felt like you just teleported into the Arctic regions. Coooooold! Not recommended. Try to hold it in if you can.

We will never return. The only Indian restaurant I can recommend within the same price range is A Taste of Punjab in Surrey. I know, I know – it involves going into Surrey, but hey it’s one only block from King George skytrain station, so it’s not too bad.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Here's the beef!
Submitted Friday, September 7, 2007 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

Due to the outstanding reviews, we decided to try this place when some of our family members were visiting from out of town.

We went around 1pm on a Saturday, and the place was absolutely packed to the brim, with around 10 people already waiting. Considering that, we waited 20 minutes for a table for 5, which wasn't too bad.

We ordered the famous chicken wings, the luc lac beef, lemongrass chicken, beef with noodles, shrimp fried rice and the fried pomfret. It was a little hard for us to order because some people in our party didn't eat pork, and almost everything on the menu had some form of pork in it.

The luc lac beef was phenomenal! It was so tender and juicy, and had a delicious flavour that we had not previously encountered in any other dish. We were still raving about it long after we left.

The lemongrass chicken was delicious, with a nice charcoal-grilled flavour. Everything else was good, but the beef was really the star and kind of outshone everything else.

As for the famous chicken wings that everyone here seems to adore... Well. These ones were hot and crispy, but absolutely chock-full of MSG. We usually love chicken wings cooked in any style, but these were not our cup of tea.

The service was pretty non-existant. The servers looked tired and there were far too few of them to handle the overflowing restaurant. We asked for water refills and napkins from our waitress several times with no results. Finally the bus boy helped us out at the end of the meal.

As for the ambiance, you could barely hear yourself think, much less hear the person across the table say anything. It was just that loud. The decor leaves much to be desired, but this place is really all about the food so that's not really a problem.

Despite it's flaws, this is a good restaurant and definitely worth a try. We'll be back!

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Le Petit Siagon1010 Langley St., Victoria
Le Petit Portion
Submitted Friday, September 7, 2007 - 10:25pm [Dine in]

We were wandering around downtown Victoria looking for a place to eat when an unkempt man wearing a yellow sandwich board invited us to try this place. What the heck, why not?

It was dark inside, and the restaurant is pretty small due to the huge (8-person) table right in the middle of the main room. We were gracefully escorted to a tiny table right next to the washroom. How lovely.

We ordered shrimp salad rolls for appetizers and seafood with crispy noodles and the sweet & sour beef with noodles.

And then we waited. And waited. And watched the table of 8 receive their food and scarf it down. And waited...

15 minutes later we received our salad rolls. They were pretty typical except for the fact that the shrimp inside were halved, pressed flat, and dyed red. A little strange. But it wouldn't have mattered if they were alive and twitching, we polished those off in about 2 minutes because by that time we were starving!

Another 20 minutes after, our entrees came. The seafood dish was ridiculous - 4 tiny shrimp, 2 chunks of fish and 2 rings of squid garnished the top of a meager pile of fried noodles, accompanied by a few steamed broccoli and carrots. The whole thing was drenched in a thin, soupy sauce that puddled at the bottom of the plate and spilled onto the table.

The sweet and sour beef was literally twice as much food, with a huge pile of rice noodles and quite a lot of stir-fried beef in a sweet and sour tomato sauce with pineapple. It was very good, if a little on the sweet side.

Since my husband had the seafood dish, after we left he kept glancing at the menus in neighboring restaurants, with a "how about a second lunch" look in his eye. Sheesh.

Anyway. Aside from the waiting, the service was good, both servers in the restaurant were professional and friendly, although apparently the thought of apologising for the wait never crossed their minds.

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Pig BBQ Joint1325 Blanshard St, Victoria
This pig won't fly!
Submitted Friday, September 7, 2007 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

My husband and I have had authentic BBQ from Texas and Oklahoma so we weren't expecting it to quite live up to those standards - even so, it was disappointing.

The first thing that turned us off was the ambiance. This restaurant is little more than a hole in the wall, which is fine for takeout but if you want to eat in be prepared to perch on a wobbly stool and jostle with other diners for elbow room at the narrow countertop. You'll also be able to enjoy hearing the staff discussing their personal lives behind the counter a mere 2 feet behind you.

On to the food. We had their beef brisket sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, cornbread, iced tea and baked beans. Each was worse than the last.

The beef brisket was tender, but lacked any actual barbecued or smoked flavour. It was just roast beef on a bun, with sour BBQ sauce. The pulled pork was barely warm, mushy and came topped with the same wretched sauce.

The cornbread... was... COLD! Now, if you've ever had cornbread in your life, you know it's best piping hot, or at the very least warmed up in the microwave. It came with cold butter on the side, which didn't exactly help.

The iced tea was sub-par. My husband is convinced that it was iced tea "mix" from a can, I think it was just poorly made (perhaps steeped too long, it was bitter).

The baked beans were the last straw. We had to dig around in the cup to actually find any beans. It was mostly red and green bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, and mustard seeds (why mustard seeds? Oh God why?). The beans were of the kidney and pinto variety. Also, I don't think there was anything "baked" about these beans, unless the staff was "baked" when they prepared them.

If you've never had real BBQ, this place might just be the thing for you, because you won't know what you're missing, and the prices are decent. But anyone who's had the real thing should just go to the McDonald's down the block and avoid the crushing disappointment.

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Sixth On Sixth Wonton House522 Sixth Avenue, New Westminster
Decent entrees, great soup!
Submitted Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

My husband and I are frequent visitors to this restaurant. I really don't know why, but we just keep coming back!

They have great lunch specials with soup for under $7, with generous portions (you can hardly finish the whole thing). Of course it is a little greasy and some things can be overly sweet (such as the sweet & sour pork) but it's still good eats.

Our favorite item by far is the wonton noodle soup with BBQ duck. The broth is full of flavor, noodles and wontons cooked perfectly, with a generous mound of delicious duck piled on top! And all that for around $5.

The service is good, sometimes a little slow when things get busy but that's to be expected. I think it must be a family owned restaurant, because the same lady is always there to take our order. They do bring you a pot of fresh jasmine tea when you are seated, so that's always nice on a rainy day.

Ambiance leaves something to be desired, as the walls are painted 80's pastel pink, but it's not like you'd take a date here, so I don't think it matters too much.

Overall it's a great place for lunch in the 6th @ 6th area, especially if you don't want to wait around too long, because they are pretty quick with the food. Check it out sometime, we will probably be there!

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King Sushi410 Sixth St, New Westminster
A great place for sushi in New West
Submitted Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 8:03pm [Dine in]

My husband and I have been here twice for lunch in the last few weeks.

The restaurant decor is nice, it looks like they have just renovated the dining area. It is a little dark in the back of the restaurant, though, so we ask to be seated in the front. The music is Japanese classical and suits the decor.

The servers are friendly and attentive, although one of them stopped paying attention to us while taking our order because her friends were walking in the door.

As for the food, we really enjoyed it. We had several different kinds of sushi rolls, sashimi, tempura and the miso soup. The sushi was great, very fresh tasting and in generous portions. The BC roll was especially good. However, their deep-fried sushi roll was pretty disappointing, it was too crunchy, had no rice and was mostly flavorless. The sashimi was fresh and delicious but the presentation was a little poor, as the fish was cut in very large chunks (rather than the thin slices we were expecting) so it was difficult to eat.

Overall we had a good experience, the prices were very reasonable and the food was great so I think we will be back!

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New India Buffet & Restaurant805 W Broadway, #105, Vancouver
I really did love the spice tea...
Submitted Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 3:06pm [Dine in]

Things I liked about it: (a) The view of the snow covered mountains, (b) the sweet spice tea, and (c) the Gulab Jamuns.

The things I didn't like about it: (a) The food - almost every dish is sub par - every curry pretty much tastes the same. The chili chicken was red on the outside and hard and yellow on the inside, which means they took some stale chicken dish and turned it into something new. (b) The old lady from the kitchen who started to toss/molest the rice with her bare hand (I am sure she had good intentions, but it was hard to watch). (c) The unshaved cashier who sat at the bar/counter as if he was sitting in his own living room. (d) The washroom (which was clean) that you have to climb a flight of stairs to get to.

There is always a certain level of tackiness associated with Indian restaurants of this price range, which I can overlook. However, the food was atrocious - which I cannot. Not going back.

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