We walked into Italian Tomato at approximately 5:52pm today (a Saturday night) and the restaurant was strangely quiet. We were greeted by a bubbly waitress who informed us that ALL the tables were booked and we would have to sit at the bar (note: make reservations even if you’re going as a party of 2, or expect to be seated at the bar and having the bartender play the role of your server). Quite surprised, we were reluctant to stay but eventually gave each other approving glances and accepted her offer. To be completely honest, Gabriel has been to this establishment a few times; perhaps a few too many times. Himself, along with his friends, probably come here once or twice a year because we usually forget about our past experiences eating at Italian Tomato. It’s always the same: We start off extremely hungry, chow down the first few delicious bites, and then eventually fill up before half of the plates are gone! If you haven’t heard about Italian Tomato yet, their portions are absolutely massive! One plate of pasta could easily feed three people but because of the minimum table charge, most people order one pasta dish each.
Complementary Bread (3.75/7)
The bread is simply just a cold baguette served with cold butter. When you try to spread the butter on, you end up with a layer of something that resembles cottage cheese. We ended up dipping the bread in the meat sauce later to make it more edible.
Mezza Luna with Linguine - $18.95 (3.75/7)
(diced chicken breast, bacon in a garlic cream sauce)
This rating may be a bit harsh, but compared to other Italian restaurants such as Cin Cin, Italian Kitchen, and Zefferelli’s, this honestly was not very good. The thick and heavy Alfredo sauce made the entire dish way too dense and it seemed like half a pound of butter was used. The linguine was still a bit chewy, as if they tried to cook it al dente but took it out way too early. While there were a few pieces of chicken (quite dry), it was hard to find any of the bacon at all.
Veneziana with Gnocchi (add $4 for gnocchi) - $17.95 (3.5)
(spicy Italian sausage, diced chicken breast, garlic in spicy tomato sauce)
The gnocchi itself was mediocre but the sauce and meat did not really live up to our expectations. We’ve had much better elsewhere and probably won’t be ordering this ever again. The sauce to pasta ratio was not up to par as there was an unnecessarily excessive amount of sauce, which totally drenched the entire dish.
The overall service was just OK. The bartender was a bit awkward and it took us a while to flag down a waiter. Diana isn’t coming here ever again. Gabriel might though.
Walking into a densely packed restaurant is not something you want to do unless it is worth the craving. On the contrary, would entering an empty restaurant give you the opposite feeling? Today, we strolled into “HML Seafood Restaurant” on No.3 Road in Richmond and were surprised by the half vacant seating they had at around lunch time. Now, HML is obviously not a high-end restaurant, nor a nice one, but I would categorize it as a higher-end budget friendly Chinese joint. The venue itself is decorated quite nicely, but you can tell that the utensils and tableware have worn quite old. There is no tea charge at HML, and it is 20% off dim sum every single day.
After several minutes of contemplation, we quickly decided on six favorite dishes which are musts when ordering dim sum.
金粟帶子腸粉 Steamed Rice Rolls with Scallop - $4.95 (4.5/7)
The noodle roll was soft, chewy, and cooked to perfection (though not many restaurants can screw this dish up). While the tender scallops complemented the dish impeccably, the unmentioned corn kernels did not.
Steamed Rice Rolls Stuffed with Chinese Donut Topped with Shredded Pork - $4.95 (5.25/7)
This was probably our favorite dish. The tangy Hoisen (Seafood) Sauce definitely suited the delicious combination of the tender rice noodle wrap and savoury deep fried bread. It was dusted on top with pork floss, which is a processed dried meat product with a light and fluffy texture.
Steamed Turnip Cake with Preserved Meat - $3.95 (5.5/7)
**No picture as we were way too excited to try it that we dived in and before you know it, it was all gone**
Normally we would order fried turnip cake (served with Hoisen Sauce) or stir-fry XO Sauce turnip cake, but we decided to try something new today. The dish was pleasantly oil free with a nice aroma of green onions and dried meat. Though plain, it is definitely something that we will reorder.
明月樓水晶蝦餃皇 Superior Steamed Shrimp Dumplings - $4.25 (5/7)
These plump dumplings taste especially good when you dip them in the sweet soy sauce provided with the Rice Noodle Roll dishes. The dumplings at HML tasted pretty much the same as the ones that you can get at Fisherman’s Terrace (Aberdeen) or Shi-Art (Richmond Centre), so we were quite content with them. The size of the dumplings were on the bigger side and the dumpling skin’s thickness was just right.
御厨流沙飽 Steamed Custard Bun - $3.95 (5/7)
When it came down to dessert, we really had to ruminate before ordering. Dim sum offers a plethora of delectable desserts which makes it extremely hard to choose. Contemplating between the egg custard tarts and the egg yolk custard buns, we finally decided with the buns because of the cold weather. The steamed bun itself was fresh and moist while the filling was nice and viscous. Our favorite part about this dessert was that it was not too sweet at all!
酥皮白麻蓉焗布甸 Baked Tapioca Pudding Stuffed with Sesame Paste - $3.75 (4.75/7)
This is a classic Chinese dessert shrunk down to dim sum sized portion. The top is covered by a baked pineapple bun crust while the inside is comprised of a thick gooey tapioca pudding with a tantalizing sesame paste at the bottom. As much as this is one of our favorite desserts, HML simply did not make it well enough. I must admit that it was delicious, but we have had much better elsewhere.
That concludes our short dim sum lunch! The bill ended up coming to $26 after tax and tip. We walked out extremely full and reasonably satisfied. It would be worthwhile to accentuate that the majority of the staff here do not speak English. Thankfully, they do have an English/Chinese scantron type of ordering sheet where you can tick off the dishes you want and simply hand it to the server.
Bug in the vinagar rude manager who laughed at us after complaining, and over priced food would never go back there again.. The servers are very nice but for how many they have in there service is slow. Pasta was almost 20 dollars the quaility of food is not worth the prices.
I went to this all-you-can-eat hot pot restaurant for dinner on Dec 15th, 2012. Since most all you can eat restaurants will charge for wasting food, so we placed 3-4 orders. However, when we got our bill, there is a 12% gratuity on top of the total amount.As our experience, gratuity is normally only added to the bill when there is a larger group of people. And more importantly, it should be notified to the customer before the dinner or on the menu. So we asked the waitress, her first answer was "You guys don't need to pay tips then". We then said"no, we need an explanation on that". Then she went to the kitchen and come back, THREW a menu to us and speak rudely"you guys look at the menu yourself, it's because you ordered too many times". Then we looked at the menu, it says “wasting food will be charged 15%, and ordering too many times will be charged 12%”, if 3 times is too many, it means we have to make sure we order the food only once and it has to be the right amount of food we will eventually have. In additional, we find out the amounts of gratuity and HST are different even though they are both 12% because the restaurant included gratuity when calculating HST. But when we tried to ask that, the waitress was like “Come on, it is only dozens of cents, you guys so cheap? it's the problem in the computer you guys can't blame me”.When we tried to take picture of the bill, she took away the bill and then gave us another bill without gratuity and said "took it off now, you guys pay the tips then". We were like"We are not going to pay the tips for that kind of service". Her reply was "What, you guys not going to pay tips, which restaurant you went that does not need to pay tips?" We were like "Tips is based on the service, for this kind of service, of course we do not need to pay tips"Finally, we decide to ask to talk with the manager/owner, then the answer we got was "MY MANAGER DOES NOT WANT TO COME OUT". I have to say, I would never expect this kind of service ever exists in North America.
The best all you can eat Chinese I have ever been too and I have been to alot. No need to go anywhere else tho. The price is right. Great price with plenty to eat. What else could you ask for. If you want higher quality sushi...then go pay more for it and STOP complaining.Sushi is raw fish and here they have it all salmon, halibut and even tuna. Take girlfriends and price is right.
Took a girlfriend to impress her and now she wants to go back all the time. Food and service top notched. Appetisers great. Try the garlic bread. House salad dressing the best I've ever tasted. rib and steak dishes superb. Highly recommended. Keg and their staff really know how to welcome you.No cutie waitresses but I bring my own and she is impressed. Wine is expensive tho.
Unlike the previous diner our party of 14 had a great time. Everyone took advantage of the 3 course deal. Basically order a starter and a main and get a dessert. No complaints on the mains and special kudos to the sable fish and rib eye steaks. The soup appetizer was a little skimpy for a $7.00 item. Can't speak to any other appies but sometimes size matters. Service was outstanding. All 3 courses were brought out at the same time ensuring all were eating together. Water glasses were replenished constantly. Free parking. Liked it and will return to try the sable fish.
Saboten is one of the specialty places to eat at in the Aberdeen food court, and their Tonkatsu definitely gives high end Japanese restaurants a run for their money. I ordered the tenderloin curry set, first of all because I like Japanese curry, and secondly, it's called tender-loin. The set was a little on the expensive side compared to others in the same food court, mainly because it doesn't come with a drink, but comes with miso soup and cabbage salad.
The curry sauce was delicious, it was a little salty, because it was meant to be mixed with rice and tonkatsu and not meant to be eaten alone.. The curry was thick and rich with flavor. It went very well with the rice and fried tenderloin.
The tenderloin was very crispy on the outside. The batter they used was a combination of soft and crispy, it didn't have an exceptional crunch. If you just leave the batter in your mouth, it will melt. I like that soft feeling of the batter, which doesn't hurt the inside of your mouth when you bite into it.
The tenderloin itself was very....tender. I didn't have difficulty when I bit into the meat, it was juicy, but not greasy, and chewy which I enjoyed very much. Definitely one of the best deep fried porkchops I have tasted in a while.
1. Try the sandwich! I didn't get a chance to, but I will be going back to do so. I don't remember the name of it, but they sell out pretty fast and they only make very little each day.
2. Eat the salad with your set. Surprisingly, the cabbage that comes is very fresh and refreshing, compared to some dry and brown veggies you get at other places. The vinegar dressing goes along well with the cabbage and serves as a good appetizer.
Saboten is in a foodcourt, so I'm not going to rate the service and ambiance. But the food is great and value is good, even though it's a little pricier than it's counterparts in the foodcourt.
Let's make this quick, like dining at Banzai.
The food, not so great but mainly due to inconsistency. You won't get stale food or anything bizarre, it's mainly a little too much mushiness, or unfrozen sashimi. Nothing that would make you sick or kill you. Sometimes I think it's pretty okay when it comes to taste or flavor.
The price, awesome. You get every penny's worth, and possibly more. A sushi roll can cost just around $3, and it's a huge roll. Could it be that they haven't read the paper or have been out of the store? Do they not understand inflation? Is that why the prices are maintained at the level it was at 10 years ago? Just joking. I admire them providing decent food at extremely low prices. Even more admirable is that they keep the place clean. If I were running Banzai, I would say, "You expect service and cleaning? We charge you half of what others do. You're lucky there's a roof."
Kudos to Banzai.
One of the better personal hot pot joints you can find, for sure.
I went in with a few friends, all of which ordered a different pot. I don't have any special recommendations, but I can safely say that all my friends were satisfied with the portions and food quality they got.
Beware of the spiciness options though. The little spicy option on a kimchi soup would be spicier than a miso soup with the same spicy option. Keep that in mind.
Be sure to try the sauces they have set on the table! They are great additions to the hot pot you have. I especially liked the garlic sauce, it was so flavorful the garlic lingered in my breath until the next morning.
What they use as a stove was quite annoying though, it burns way too fast and the soup dries up very quickly, before you can come close to finishing. I felt it was like their subtle way of telling us to eat faster and leave.
Deer Garden probably has the best fish soup noodle in B.C. Their baked rice and curry are worth to try as well. However, when they are busy, their service could be very bad. My orders were missed in two of my few visits in the past few months. A waitress even made fun of me for getting no food while watching my friends eating. It's not about taking the joke seriously but how servers should treat their customers in a professional manner. This location has recently hired staff who speaks very little English. We had trouble ordering by simply calling the number on the menu, so make sure you point at the menu clearly if you encounter the same.
I went to Aji Taro a few months ago fir the AYCE lunch and the food was decent so I went to again last night with 4 friends. Four of us wanted AYCE and the fifth person just wanted beef teriyaki as he does not like Ethnic food very much. They told us we all had to eat off the same menu. Then the manager came and said yes he can order an entree and sit at the sushi bar till the rest if us where done. So on the off chance he may have had a bite of our all you can eat, they where willing to give up the $100 we would of spent on dinner but we got up and left. Great business sense. Some people need to learn about customer service.
Classy upscale restaurant inside the Hilton Hotel. Everything was made fresh and it showed. Server was right on the ball. Portions were huge. After appies and mains we had no room for the pre-ordered desserts and asked for a doggy bag which was cheerfully agreed to. We did have to wait for the dessert as it was bread pudding and needed to be made and not scooped out of a pan. Very impressed. Free parking to boot.
I always come to eat in this hot pot. Both the food and service is good. I recommend this place very well. The owner is very nice. He is humorous and talkative. The food is very fresh and delicious. Especially, the free sweet fermented-rice, which is famous food in Shanghai. I prefer the kkdollar hot pot than any others.
AYCE hotpot and sashimi at $20... need I say more?
The food isn't incredible quality, but it is a notch above any other AYCE hotpot places. Factoring in the price, I will say that it's one of the greatest deals you can find.
Overall the dining experience was great. The place was clean, which is rare considering the traffic and pace the servers are constantly at. The place is very comfortable, good seats and there is nothing you can complain about. At this price, you'd expect to be sitting in a worse decor. The service was good and fast, they attend to you quickly and are always on top of things like adding soup to your pot. Of course, at the speed they were working at, you can't expect them to be super friendly and attentive to just you.
I would definitely come back, and would try their desserts section of the store too.
I ordered the set combo no.1, which is the Beef ribs combo. The set came with rice, along with sides such as potatoes, kimchi, bean sprouts, and deep fried dumpling. On top of that, the number of beef ribs they give is astonishing. I could barely finish all of it, and I'm a big eater. In terms of portion and value, they are great.
As for food quality, it can still improve. The beef ribs are way too salty, the sauce makes it impossible to eat. I ate a few pieces then I couldn't take it anymore. I can take salty more than most people I know, but even I couldn't handle it this time. It was the first time I had to wash a piece of meat off with water to make it edible. The sides were good, nothing extraordinary, just good.
The service is great, the lady at the counter was very friendly and always smiling. Good experience, I would come back again, hopefully they toned the sauce back a little.
The new menu items are great. I tried their new Thai Salad and it was something special. I liked how the prawns were deep fried. I heard that they have a new chef and the Sandwich and Soup special was great too. My girlfriend enjoyed her lunch because the seafood platter was amazing. The fries were a bit salty but the fish and chips were awesome. We both over ate but it was a satisfying day.
I live right across the street, but I have not tried this place once since I first moved here. Finally, I gave this place a shot, after exhausting all my other dining options in the area. I didn't eat in because I'm all alone...so just take out. After reading through their menu, I found that they offer higher end dining than most HK style restaurants in Richmond. They had a lot of food that you couldn't find elsewhere, and they cost significantly more. At the end I ordered the Hainam Chicken with rice combo. It came with Rice, Chicken, a side of veggies, soup and a drink. It was a filling meal, at $12, a decent deal.
The Hainamese Chicken was not so decent though. It was mainly bones, with very little meat to spare. Most Hainam Chicken joints' chicken are all meat, here it was maximum bones, minimal meat.
They do compensate with the amount of veggies though, the largest portion out of everything. The rice was good too. It was the classic Hainam Chicken Rice, cooked with oil but not too greasy.
The soup that came along was nice too. It was rich with flavor, didn't taste like MSG.
When I went in to pick up my order, the waitress wasn't very friendly though. She wasn't rude, but you get a sense that she doesn't want to be there.
Overall, the meal was average, mainly because the chicken was a major disappointment. Everything else was good. I probably won't come back as much, as $12 is a little too much for a meal of this caliber.
Came here a little after midnight, after an intense school project marathon. There weren't many choices in Richmond at late night, so we settled for Silver Tower.
The decor was kind of 'scary'. The lights were dim, and most of the tables were hidden in the high walls of the stalls. At first it was a little uncomfortable, it was a little too secretive and you don't know what's going on around you. Eventually, I grew to like this, gives us a little peace from what's going on around the restaurant. I was in a better mood compared to being in a busy restaurant, even though it was hard to get the waitress to notice me.
Service was mediocre at best. This was Wednesday after midnight and there was only one waitress in the whole restaurant. I understand it's not very economical to have so many servers during non busy hours, but it did get a little frustrating when you have to raise your hand for 5 mins for it to get noticed. The waitress was a little rude to my friend also...
I ordered the mix and match set combo: Lamb chops + Beef Ribs on Rice with Garlic Sauce, it also came with a Soup (Cream or Borscht) and a drink. The food came in big portions, I was surprised at how much beef and lamb I got. In other dining experiences I sometimes got very very pieces, especially when I order beef ribs and lamb chops (because they are expensive ingredients?). All this came at $10, Outstanding deal.
Food Quality however, was lacking in many ways. The garlic sauce with my rice was cold. The lamb and beef were too soft... it didn't have any chew. It felt more like I was eating fish rather than red meat. The taste was bland, nothing to make me remember.
Overall, Silver Tower made me full with mediocre food, while at a cheap price. To have eaten the amount I have, $10 was a great deal. Too bad the food wasn't up to par. I probably wouldn't be coming back, unless for late night meals. During regular hours there are too many other choices and Silver Tower doesn't really match up in terms of food quality.
I've eaten at Chen's many time over the years, but my last experience there was the end-all. The food was as it always is very good. But the service was just plain rude! And it was the owner who served us. She stood at our table tapping her pencil as she waited for us to figure out her poorly-laid out menu. Ok, we got the message, you are very busy and can't be bothered to show respect for your customers. We realized we had ordered too much food, and the mandarin speaker at our table asked, can we cancel the last dish. The shocked look on his face before he translated for us what she had said told us that had been told to shove off. Indeed, she had been one inch from telling him to go fly a kite. Ok, we cannot cancel, the food has been cooked, but really woman, can't you be polite? Why be so rude to the people who fork over their money to you each night?
We felt like we were being rushed to eat, pay and get out. She snapped at her helpers, too. Wow, I bet there is a big turnover of staff there! Come on, that is not what a good restaurateur acts like! Does the owner need some time off to think about what she has become? Does she really need to work every single day so that she has lost her human touch? Would she want to be treated so shabbily as she treated my friends and me that night?
Good riddance to this restaurant. It is forever off our list of choices.
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|10.||Thai House Restaurant|
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|7.||Ichiro Japanese Restaurant|
|8.||Jade Seafood Restaurant|
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