As some of you know, I’m on a two week trip through England. I’m flying out on a charter flight and staying with a friend in Watford. Watford? Yes, a region of London isolated from the rest of the city, at least from the perspective of its mass transit. The way London works is that its mass transit is separated by expanding consecutive circle-zones. When you get a travel pass, you can acquire a card for 1 zone, 2 zones, or all zones 1 through 6. Here’s the kicker: Watford is not in any of those zones; it has its own “W” zone, separate from all the numbered zones. So we would have to get a travel card that states, “All zones plus Watford.” But that’s beside the point. We are still debating on whether we should travel to Scotland or Paris.
But before any of that can occur, we must wait five hours at the Vancouver international airport—an effective, unambiguous, and utterly uninspired location that tries its very best to extract all joy out of air travel. I’ve spent time stuck in large airports like Calgary, Taipei, and even Hong Kong, and by far, Vancouver is the most boring. Hong Kong had its own metro. Taipei had a two mile-long unbroken, unbent corridor that literally extended to the vanishing point. I’ve been stuck at YVR longer than any of those. It used to have a Cheers replica bar. Now it has a vague restaurant called Koho.
Don’t get the wrong idea. It’s not Japanese. It is just another in a long line of necessary evils that populate airports across the planet. At least it’s not the Popeye’s I had in Hong Kong that refused to stay down between on the way to Taipei. To be an actual restaurant in an airport and not a counter kitchen, you need tables segregated from the others, often enclosed in a wood and iron menagerie that makes you think you’re in a zoo. And like what you would expect, the first page is all alcohol, just in case you wanted to polish off a quart of bourbon to make the flight go by just a little bit easier. I am far too tired to be in the mood for that. Instead, I order the Greek lamb burger. Cubed feta (YES) with olive oil and chopped onions cover a patty that’s a little on the slender side. It tastes good but doesn’t set itself apart from any lean beef burger I have had.
This is but the first. I plan on writing about every place I eat in London, and yes, I will be avoiding all chains…assuming I can identify them as chains. We’ll be starting each day with a pair of grain bars to get the energy going before taking on the city. Lunch and dinner will be eaten out. It’s just too bad the high point, our dinner at Gordon’s Ramsey at Claridges, is on our second day. Every meal from then on will have quite the mountain to measure up to.
So…what about Koho? Well, if you can’t eat at home and want something healthier than a cinnabun, you could do much worse, especially for a Moxi’s clone shoe-horned between the American and International baggage checks of the Vancouver Airport. Just don’t be the type that decides to eat here if you are arriving home. There are far better places the moment you escape the penal complex that is YVR.
Dave’s is in Steveston village. We stopped for dinner on a Friday evening. They have a very small menu that is centred around fish and seafood. My husband had 2 piece halibut and chips and I ordered the platter. The platter was supposed to have scallops but I told our server that I did not like scallops and could they substitute one of the other items she said they could either give me 1 more oyster or 2 extra shrimp. I asked for 2 extra shrimp. My platter came with 1 piece of my fish of my choice (cod, halibut or salmon). My platter consisted of 1 piece salmon, 1 oyster, 4 shrimp and chips. The fish was very well cooked and the serving was very generous. The batter on the fish was very light and crisp but the fish itself was nice and moist. The oyster and shrimp had panko coating instead of the regular batter that was on the fish. Although the panko coating was good I personally would have preferred the oyster and shrimp with the regular batter.
It’s a very cute restaurant decorated in blue and white. It has a mixed clientele. The service was very good. Our server was very friendly and efficient.
Dave’s is a good stop if you’re in Steveston and have a craving for good fish and chips. We had a nice walk around the village after dinner.
Sorry, I had to say it as I'm nursing a gut ache, stomach cramps and a headache about 5 hours after lunch at Paesano's. It was the only Outside food (aside from a starbucks muffin) I ate in several days. And my home kitchen is pretty much vegan and very clean. I should have Checked the bad customer reviews first!
Even if it wasn't for the possible contaminated food, (and I do say possible in all fairness) I would still ever go back. The food is very Overpriced for quality and quantity, overcooked pasta, didn't get my order right even though I had make it very clear. Slow service, sauces were very salty, very oily and bland. Ordered their most expensive pasta dish and was disappointed. Pizza bread starter was a joke. Slow service and pushy for more drinks. Made me feel uncomfortable because I wanted to pay with a credit card and not cash or debit.
All in all, Paesano's seems like a dumb tourist place. Travellers who will never go back. I can't fathom any person who might have given decent reviews.
I think they went to the wrong place or were paid for a good review, perhaps? Who knows? I Rank Paesano's 1 out of 5 and that is generous, I believe.
Sorry to the owners fornthe poor review. I can't think of one good thing to say about Paesanos at the moment.
Came here this afternoon with a friend (Canada Day) Originally I wanted to go to "Pajos" but the line up was an hour and a half there, so we came upon this place. We were happy that we didn't have to wait long to get our orders in, but "Oh my gosh" about a 20 minute wait for our food.
We went to the patio part....NOT the restaurant. I ordered 2 pieces of salmon and fries with a coke. My friend ordered cod with fries and some water. As stated earlier. took about 20 minutes or more to get our food. the only utensils they had out were spoons....had to get knife and fork from counter......no condiments except vinegar.
When we sat down my friend noticed that they gave her salmon instead of the cod (that's ok....mistakes happen) she went to return it; and they told her that she ordered salmon.....she then said it was her friends (mine)......So instead of doing the classic; "That's ok....keep it and we will give you what you ordered" they took the salmon back (wonder what they are going to do with it) and gave her the cod......they could had also ither gave her a new order of fries....or offered to top them up......
Anyways, we sat to eat. The salmon was ok "nothing special" We noticed the fries were Costco kind....exactly what I had at Costco. This place is so expensive and they serve Costco fries and mediocre food.......This was a joke. I paid the same price here as I would at a restaurant (give or take a couple of dollars)
The thing that gets to me; is that when I paid with my credit card; they asked for a tip on the machine.....and feeling bad....I left 15%.......which doesn't warrant it after all this. mediocre food, slow service and not compensating?
Do yourselves a favour. Go to Steveston and enjoy the area. But afterwards; just go to one of the restaurants there; or elsewhere. This place charges restaurant prices, but service is terrible......you wait as long (and maybe longer) for your food.....and don't have wait staff here.
ZERO ZERO ZERO
Will NEVER return
We have been coming here for years and always enjoy the food and view. One the we like about it is that it is a BAR not a restaurant. Therefore as a BAR it is first come first served find yourself a table. Not some stuck up waitress telling me when and where I can sit for my view. If you wasn't that go to the Boathouse or somewhere.
As I sit here after my admittedly very tasty meal (iceberg wedge salad with blue cheese sauce followed by a petit filet and veggies) I am still annoyed that I asked for some ciabatta bread with my meal and was told that the chef "said no because that bread is only for the escargot dish".
Are they joking? No, they aren't.
I was completely willing to pay $5 for a side of bread, but apparently the bread is just too valuable and can only be served with the escargot! Anyways, the silly arrogant chef brings this meal down from what would be a 5/5 to a 3/5. Maybe next time you can get there, chef!
On a side not the meal was great, waitress was great, if only I got what I politely asked for AND was willing to pay for!
So we enter a packed restaurant and are told that there is no waiting list for tables, but that we should wander around the restaurant until we find a table that is leaving???
There were in fact 5 people doing just that.....come on hire a host/hostess.
I don't want to circle the restaurant looking for people leaving, nor if I had a table would I want people looking at me to hurry up and leave.
I have eaten there before (didn't get to this time), food is just OK.
I've been here for many times and never had a complaint. The food is great & the service is truly amazing.The food is great portioned , the value is simply fantastic...you get a good tasty soup, spring roll, and your main course…I love green curry & pad Thai here. i can eat here very often eve though lunch or dinner. My favourite Thai restaurant.
As usual unclean for an asian restaurant, prices is ok, and hard to find a parking, perhaps i am nit used to this area...lol. Flavored broth good but too much MSG that make me allergic, i couldn't breath after eat their broth. I have try to come back here 2nd time but....still the same. i don't think i will come back here the 3rd time.
The family run this restaurant Pho 99 is in a very convenient location on Alexandra Road, Richmond across from the hotel La Quinta. Unconventionally clean for an asian restaurant, nice decoration, good prices and free parking. Great flavored broth, good value, pleasant staff and convenient location. Especially these food here taste like home cook, not too much MSG because i am allergic with them. That why i fall in love with PHO 99. It brings me back here every other day either for lunch or dinner. They also have many other offering if pho isn't your thing. I would dare say that this is the best vietnamese restaurant in...
this is my favorite place for roast pork in the area . There's a reason this place ALWAYS has a line. Seriously, though, it's totally worth the wait.THE best roast pork, duck, and Chinese sausage I've ever had.However, service is polite, food comes out fast, and the food is delicious!good for to go.
Good and unique twist on Indian food. We left satisfied and full.Unlimited naan and rice is generous. Although the second batch of naan was super greasy. Chai was so good! I could have drank a pitcher of it to myself. Overall, a little pricy for what you get but always great to experience something new and different.
We come here in a group of 8 people in dinner time, they have private free parking here , so we can save a lot of time to find a parking spot within the rush hours. I order BUN BO HUE, aside from the spicy noodles soup.The broth was the most surprising, rich in flavour and a bit spicy. I love the Vietnamese Ham. It is very flavourful,Pork hock, thinly sliced beef also. My nephew, he addicted for COM SUON (lemon grass pork on rice) here, the bbq pork with honey was so delicious with special fish sauce, he said. My niece ordered SPECIAL Beef Noodles Soup ( pho dac biet) because she couldn’t eat spicy food. The broth was so nice with the best beef in town. My mum and dad ordered Pho Ga ( BBQ lemon grass chicken with noodles soup), the special food in town, you coudnt find this in any restaurant. My sis order the house special Chicken Wings, it crispy but too old, very juicy and flavour. Her husband preferred The Deep Fry Tofu On Vermicelli with special sauce because he is a vegetarian. Their daughter got the Kid Meal with a drink just about $5 something. All the food come with the drinks in the combo. Each combo about $10 or $11. The service was really quick and nice as well. The waitress even asked how were were doing half way through our meal! Never had that happen with me before in other Vietnamese restaurant ! The food is always perfect whether it be soup or rice or rolls… 1 more thing is the WC it was very clean.
this is my favorite place for roast pork in the area . There's a reason this place ALWAYS has a line. Seriously, though, it's totally worth the wait. The best roast pork, duck, and Chinese sausage I've ever had. The roast pork is perfectly seasoned and has awesomely crispy, crackly skin. You don't need to buy a whole Soy Chicken or BBQ Duck, you can just buy half.The nice man who chops will entertain almost every request.loves this place!
Went there tonight to give this place another chance. no change from a month ago - menu has changed and there's not a regular meal in sight. Bun on burger burned, steak sandwich = steak was tough
Not good food at all. This was our 'go to' place and near our home so very convenient. Enjoyed the food for many years, but won't be going back. EVER
Our server did his best, but was running around to several tables. Attentive, but very busy.
Phoned to make a reservation and was told that reservations weren't accepted during the same hour that we were coming in. I.E. A reservation has to be made at least 1 hour and 5 minutes before we arrived. But tonight we were assured that it wasn't busy and we wouldn't have to wait long. Got there in 10 minutes and the wait time for a table was 40 minutes. Young woman at counter did not have a good answer for how the wait time got from "no wait" to 40 minutes. Spaghetti not that special - we left.
Homemade style tartar sauce that s the perfect complement. The fries were tasty too but be warned, a large is very large and filling! Fried zucchini was unique and tasty.Great fish n chips and a fun place to sit and watch the boats go by....prices are quite good anf...
whatever you're ordering. You won't be disappointed with almost any dish you order
It's a tradition Japanese restaurant. The staff if fabulous. And the chefs are great. Food is ALWAYS very tasty, and cooked to great!
What a great time out! Myself and our friends daughter had the Sushi Dinner and it was fresh and presented so professional. This place we closed down and we had the owner visiting with us and telling jokes all the wait staff was friendly kind and very accommodating. I highly recommend for all aspects service, food and atmosphere don't pass this place by
Went there on a Sunday evening, and it wasn't very busy. There was one large group of 8, our party of 6, and 3 other small tables of 2. The waitresses were friendly enough, but the food took way too long to come. I waited about 20 mins for my bowl of pho, and 2 other people in our party didn't receive their rice dishes until almost 30 mins after we ordered. One person ordered 2 sandwiches...one was served and eaten before the other sandwich showed up. The food was also very greasy. The soup broth was swimming in oil, and so heavy I had a hard time finishing it, despite being hungry. They did not serve me bean sprouts, so I had to ask for it. We've eaten at many Vietnamese places and this is the worst. Event thought it cheeps but unrecommended due to food is horrible and 1 time I see hair in the bow of pho.
Where can you go in Steveston for supermarket cheese, fruit and roasted nuts served by a bored and lifeless server? Come here. If you're in a good mood, ready to spend money and try something unique....don't come here. I get the concept but if you want to spend that kind of money for a wine/tapas bar go to Salt in Gastown. Kudos to the Buck and Ear for making us feel welcome, knowing their menu and selling it!
|2.||Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant|
|5.||Kyung Bok Palace|
|7.||Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant|
|8.||No. 9 Restaurant|
|10.||Thai House Restaurant|
|11.||Yokohama Japanese Restaurant|
|12.||Kisamos Greek Taverna|
|13.||Steveston Pizza Co.|
|14.||Guu in Aberdeen|
|16.||Shanghai River Restaurant|
|18.||Buffet at River Rock, The|
|19.||Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant|
|1.||Steveston Pizza Co.|
|3.||Kirin Seafood Restaurant|
|4.||Pho 99 Vietnamese Noodle House|
|5.||Sushi Hachi Restaurant|
|6.||Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant|
|7.||Ichiro Japanese Restaurant|
|8.||American Grille Restaurant|
|9.||Jade Seafood Restaurant|
|10.||Seto Japanese Restaurant|
|11.||Thai House Restaurant|
|14.||Chen's Shanghai Kitchen|
|19.||Cattle Hot Pot Restaurant|