We were here for a mother's day lunch. We asked for a table to 5 for outside, but they said that the tables outside are only for a table for 4, and pretty cramped for 5. Another group came for a table for 5 and they put 2 tables together for them. Hmmm........
We ordered the platter, steamed mussels and crab cakes. The ice tea I ordered was so sweet, I watered it down, several times. But the rest of the food was good. All the fish on the fish and chips platter was good. The fries were well seasoned. The calamari was not the traditional, but also good. Crab cakes and mussels were pretty outstanding.
The next table had the seafood hotpot and the dungeness crab benny, which looked really good. Will go back and try, next time.
This restaurant is located across from the Price Smart in the same strip mall as Nandos. Lots of parking so ideal versus many other richmond restaurant locactions. Nice ambiance with table cloths and a more quiet setting versus your typical dim sum restaurant. Had the XLB's and they were very good, spicy wontons - good, daikon pastry - not as flacky as Shanghai River, steamed veggies dumplinig - very good but big, chive and shrimp dumpling - nice with some egg inside. Overall a great experience with good service. Value is about the same at about $12-$15 per person for dim sum. Would return.
Due to the positive reviews we decided to have dim sum here. We arrived arounnd 11:15 am, the place was about half full, the other half of the restaurant had a wall/divider running down the middle of the restaurant as there was some kind of recital happening. Apparently this happens regularly as they have a lot of weddings/events here. I prefer eating in peace or enjoying a conversation but the piano recital was so loud it was a distraction while trying to eat. None the less I wanted to see how the dim sum was, we had the usual dishes - steamed pork dumpling, steamed shrimp dumpling, shrimp rice roll with soy sauce and fried radish cake. First of all, only a few dim sum carts rolled by the whole time and all the dim sum was lukewarm at best. We like our dim sum piping hot, fresh from the steamers but all of our steamed dishes were not hot or even at room temperature. The size of the dim sum was quite small when compared to other dim sum restaurants we have gone to and yet the price was higher than average. The only thing different about this place were the high back chairs. For 4 plates of dim sum it came to $21.15 (which included a $2 charge for tea). Total $23.69. We can find better tasting, piping hot, larger pieces of dim sum at other restaurants, so don't believe we will be returning.
Diplomat bakery is still one of the best places in the Vancouver area to by high quality cakes, for any occasion. Having said that, I am a bit disappointed that the individual portion sizes have gone down in the last year.
Prices have been pretty stable though, so I guess they raised their margins by getting more pieces out of a cake. Prices for whole cakes have remained the same for a long time though, so you're getting the best deal buying whole cakes.
Here is my only real peeve: The tiramisu cake, long time my absolutely favorite and exeptionally good, is now cowered with some sugary fondant icing which really messes with the great flavour of the cake below. I've actually stopped eating the tiramisu now.
If they would go back to doing the Tiramisu cake the way they did before and not put that horrible icing on it, it would again be my favorite.
Service is a bit hit & miss, but pretty good most of the time. Only if you're there towards closing time the servers behind the counter really show they'd rather close shop now and get out instead of serving the last few starglers coming into the store.
. Freshly baked bread to start with and a wide variety of items to choose from. I particularly like their Lunch Salads - unique, fresh and plentiful. Breakfast Buffet is very generous but their hidden secret is the Prime Rib served on Sunday and Monday nights.....better then the Keg's. I like the restaurant enough to ensure I am booked at the Hotel when visiting Vancouver. You will not be disappointed in this unassuming eatery. Four and a half stars.
I dined here with 3 friends on a Saturday evening before a show. Anticipating the restaurant would be busy, we made early reservations (5:30). In our reservation we asked for window seating and were provided with a table with an excellent view. Although our waiter was extremely personable at the start, the minute it got busy (around 6 pm) it was difficult to get his attention. We ordered drinks from the bar that were costly and would’ve enjoyed another round but wasn’t offered. My 3 friends all ordered pasta dishes and portion size was substantial and, they say, the quality excellent. Originally I was going to order sablefish but at the waiter’s description of a halibut special, I decided to go with that. The halibut was excellent but very small. The piece was maybe 10 cm by 4 cm. That would’ve been sufficient if was served with potatoes or rice of some kind, unfortunately, it had only the barest, slimmest amount of vegetables (maybe a spoonful) that accompanied the dish. The entire entree would've fit on my bread plate with room to spare. I’m not a big eater and usually can't finish a restaurant size main course but this was truly more an appetizer. I found I was still hungry so we ordered desert. My mind was made up the minute I saw crème brulee on the dessert menu as it’s a personal favorite. It was delicious. My friends weren’t as impressed with the Tiramisu. I would’ve had coffee but it was never offered. At the end the bill came to just over $200 for the four of us which would’ve been fine had the service matched and had I at least been full when I left. We’ll choose the hotel buffet next time.
This is a great White Spot to go to. Ciara gives us great service every time. I love the Veggie Burger with Triple O sauce- they char-grill them here so they are crispy and flavourful (not mushy like most)! Love the fries and honey mustard sauce. I can tell that this location has great management, sometimes they even come by the table to check on us. It's a fantastic place for lunch during a busy shopping day!
This place is better every time we go! Korean style BBQ in the center of the table, and some crazy sushi rolls on their menu. There is a photo album at each table with almost every menu item on it! Nice ambience, prices are great and has better service than similar spots around town. I would highly recommend it!
Just tried out there new buffet - $9.99 for lunch or dinner with lots to choose from. Very good authentic Japanese food made in their kitchen at the back of their store. I will be going back for sure! The service to get in was a little slow, but they have only been open for a few days ;)
I'm always satisfied with their "Late Night" ($13.95) menu, but I do get their "Lite Dinner" ($20.95) menu if my hunger can bear to wait until 9:30pm.
In my opinion their food is pretty much up to par with regular non-all-you-can-eat Japanese restaurants.
The pros of the "Late Night" menu would of course be the price. But the advantage of ordering from the the "Lite Dinner" menu would be certain menu items that I like:
unlimited sashimi (as opposed to a limit of 6 pieces per person on the "Late Night" menu),
chopped scallop sushi (you can only get the cone version from the "Late Night" menu ... which I find to be a lot messier),
shark fin sushi (tastes like jelly fish from Chinese restaurants),
tuna tataki (tuna sashimi that's cooked on the outside),
and New York steak (thin pieces of steak that I really enjoy it, but it might be a bit plain for others).
For either menu, I always tick off orders of sashimi, miso soup, oyster motoyaki, agedashi tofu, beef teriyaki, chicken katsu, chicken karrage and jello for dessert. These dishes always come out tasty.
Some items I don't recommend from Ninkazu are their gyozas, unagi fried rice, and salmon kama. The unagi fried rice tasted like bad fried rice with little to no unagi, and the salmon kama is just a deep fried fish head that's very difficult to eat.
We had eaten here previously a couple times and the was food was pretty good. Decided to give it a try again but started to get 2nd throughts after reading the other recently bad reviews. We are kind of the mindset that "don't believe it before you try it" so we decided to go anyway.
The Owner sat us....he kept walking around like he was "the man" ....was kinda weird. The server was young but polite and quiet....seemed to have a basic knowledge of the menu but no a lot of confidence.
I had the 7oz sirloin which was pretty good actually....had it medium rare and the cook did a good job. The prawns and scallops were decent. The baked potato was really dry like it was nuked in the microwave. No matter how much butter I put on it didn't really help! The vegatables were dry and hard. Absolutely no flavor. The mushrooms, onions and tomato's beside the steak were mush.
My wife had a pasta dish. She had a chicken breast added to the dish for $4.95 but the chicken was just that pre-cooked and cut chicken breast you'd buy in the deli aisle with the fake grill marks. She said the dish was "edible" but overall quite bad. Sauce was dry with little flavor.
With the desert we split, entree's, and 2 glasses of wine it was nearly $70.00 and totally not worth it. You could get a way better meal for the same price or less.
The decor in there is still from the early 90's or late 80's.
If in the area, I highly recommend you do NOT eat there. Try the Sockeye City Grill, Tepanade or even one of the local fish and chip joints.....you'll be way happier!!!
As I travel I eat out a lot, so I appreciated the personal attention and friendly atmosphere almost as much as the tasty food, Paesanos gets my thumbs up for being "human" and the difference by not being yet another of the faceless chains made the all the difference for us. If you shop at The Brick, maybe move on . . .
Normally I do not write reviews but I had such a great experience here I thought I should share. I had heard some good things about this place and decided to finally give it a try. My friend and I went in on a Friday night and managed to snag a corner booth! Already off to a great start!
We were greeted with menus and water right away. The server explained to us that we could choose entrees individually or we could make it a 3 course for just a few dollars more. Well we decided to treat ourselves. I started off with the asparagus salad and my friend had the chowder. We both had steaks (it is a steakhouse after all). My filet was the best steak I have had in quite awhile (even better than my husband's cooking). My friend Lisa chose the Rib Eye and somehow managed to eat the whole thing! I couldn't believe it. And since we had come on a Friday night we also got crab legs as well for no extra charge! We were informed they do this every Friday. Note to self....Come back next Friday.
We were so stuffed from our meals that we decided to take our desserts home with us which the server wrapped up nicely and even separately for us.
Overall the service was very attentive. Our water and wine were topped up regularly, which is always a big plus. The steaks were flavorful and juicy and I was very satisfied with everything. I think I may have found a new favorite dining spot!
we went on a weekday afternoon around 2 pm, the restaurant was not busy, i like the booths at this place and it is never too busy, and no wait for a table. Ordered a special pho and a pork chop sandwich, salad roll and an avocado shake, the sandwich was exceptional, great fresh bread and good meaty filling. The pho was ok, seems like the pho was sitting around for a bit because the noodles were in a sticky clump, which tells me they were sitting in the bowl for a while. salad roll was acceptable, i didn't try the avocado shake. Not my favourite pho in the area, but i would return without hesitation.
Party of 4 with travelzoo vouchers on a Wed night. 2 rib steaks, 1 baby back ribs, 1 rack of lamb. Shared starters and shared dessert. I had the steak and partner had the baby backs. We shared the 3 piece spring roll starter listed at $11. Wow almost $4 a roll. Back ribs came with salad and fries and looked like a meal. The steak came with onion rings and a few slices of mushroom. Definitely needed more. Some kind of a veg or carb would have enhanced the plate. Steak was perfectly done and of good size. Fellow diner had the rack of lamb and the plate was full of veggies and potato gnocchi. I would have loved to have some of this on my $28 steak. Ended with a shared banana creme brule. If you use the parkade give your license plate # to the waiter or busboy. Don't buy a parking ticket, they charge $4 an hour and I saw someone checking plates. The waiters here are professionals and it shows. The restaurant is a kind of casual elegant. Good spacing of tables. If you could envision yourself in a foreign country in a cafe called the American Grille this would be it.
Over my last 3 visits in the last 2 years, every visit has given me a better impression of this place. Rob Feenie is definitely making an impact here. The food is incredible. Not just the "RF" designated items (which used to be the case a few years ago), but everything is good now. Prices are not cheap, but considering that you often pay more at "5 star restaurants" without getting food this tasty, I think the value is outstanding. Portions are decent, and ingredients are always very fresh. The service can't be compared to those "5 star" places, but is what you would expect at an affordable fine dining establishment. I will return.
I dined there for the first time today...alone, because I couldn't convince my "meat and potatoes" husband to step into an ethnic restaurant. This is the second time I've experienced Malaysian food. The first time was somewhere in Vancouver with some co-workers who took care of all the ordering and I thought they were quite tasty. So this time when I was handed the menu, I just pointed at the pictures. It turned out to be a combo that costed $16, can't recall what it's call for the life of me, but all I remember was in the picture it had a bowl of steaming yellow rice.
When my food arrived, to my surprise it came with a bowl of steamed white rice. So, I called over a nice gentleman with a tie and asked why my rice was not yellow and he pretty much accused me of being ignorant of their restaurant policy that they have different types of rice and that it's my responsibility to know and tell the waiter what kind of rice I wanted. When I explained that it was my first time in that restaurant and that I had pointed at the picture on the menu and couldn't pronounce any of the names much less what they meant. It didn't even occur to me that the picture didn't tell the whole story and he snapped at me that "of course they had to put a bowl of random rice in the picture to let the customers know that it comes with one! Just because it's yellow doesn't mean that's what I'd get" And boy, did he sound upset with me....
After all that fuss, I found that the food was nothing to write home about. It was pretty bland and the curry didn't quite hit a spot. Needless to say, my first impression of this place was beyond disappointing. I definitely would not come back here again.
Have been here before, was served food that was not just bad but rotten. The manager at the time turned his nose up at us when we told him it wasn't good enough, telling us he would only comp half of it but that "you have to pay for the rest because you ate some." Horrible horrible experience.
So when we saw they had new ownership, we went back for a try, to see if the new people had got it right.
Sadly, the 'new people' is the same manager who refused to admit his obviously frozen (and twice warmed up) food was bad and treated us like criminals when we sent it back.
We took a look at the food on a few people's tables before sitting down, could see that it was just as bad as previously experienced, and with the former manager walking towards us with a scowl, we left without ordering. The expressions on customers faces was one we remembered - it said "They expect me to eat this?"
This once manager, now owner, thinks that if he serves bad food it won't matter, because the largely tourists that walk in the door will fly home and never tell anyone locally how bad it is. The only locals who go there are older people who just want somewhere quiet to sit and finish a tasteless dish.
In my experience, this is the worst restaurant not just in Steveston, but in BC.
THIS THE MESSAGE I SENT TO THEM ON MAR/15/2012. THEY CHOSE NOT TO RESPOND.
This just a customer feedback on your food. Today I picked up Chicken Fried rice at lunch time for the first time. The rice & chicken was dry and tasted stale. With this kind of food do you expect customer to ever come back? This ridiculous and I will never ever come back and never ever recommend your restaurant to anybody. Before I put this on your restaurant review I want to hear what you have to say.
Goodness, I was so excited to hear that California Cafe had been replaced by a new establishment, and boy am I glad to have tried it. The newest addition to the Top Gun family, I have to say that everything was fairly decent.
Food: Extremely solid and great cheap eats. We ordered four lunch dishes: Fish Cutlet with Fries, Braised Beef Ribs with Rice, Seafood Rice Vermicelli in Lobster Soup, and Baked Spaghetti with Bacon, Mushrooms, and Wiener. The fish cutlet was extremely moist, light, well seasoned, and not at all oily like most fried foods. The Baked Spaghetti was fantastic as well, the tomato base was flavourful, but tart, as all tomato bases should. The flavours from the various ingredients were well balanced, as bacon can sometimes overpower light sauces such as this. The Beef Ribs were a slight disappointment, a little tough and chewy, but to be expected, given the cut of meat. The sauce made it worth it though, peppery, sweet, and smokey, a great addition to the flavour of the meat. And finally. The Seafood Vermicelli was absolutely divine. The vermicelli itself wasn't cooked until soggy, perfectly al dente complimenting the abundance of fresh ingredients such as imitation crab, fish tofu, sole filet, bok choy, and crispy, barely cooked, shrimp. And to top it all off, the lobster base was the thing that tied it all together. Thick, creamy, rich, but not overbearing.
Service: Fantastic. The manager came by and thanked us for coming, chatted a little. Laughed at us while we fought with each other over the food.
Value: Definitely worth it. Under $40 for four lunches plus drinks (3 hot, 1 cold).
Ambiance: A lot of fun, they had a fabric that resembled rhino skin for the back of the chair, some rhino stickers on the wall, interesting painting on the ceiling.
Overall. Thank god that California Cafe is gone. Rhino's Kitchen is going to do very, very well. :D
|2.||Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant|
|5.||Kyung Bok Palace|
|7.||Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant|
|8.||No. 9 Restaurant|
|10.||Steveston Pizza Co.|
|11.||Thai House Restaurant|
|13.||Guu in Aberdeen|
|14.||Shanghai River Restaurant|
|15.||Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant|
|17.||Kisamos Greek Taverna|
|19.||Yokohama Japanese Restaurant|
|1.||Steveston Pizza Co.|
|3.||Kirin Seafood Restaurant|
|4.||Sushi Hachi Restaurant|
|5.||Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant|
|6.||Ichiro Japanese Restaurant|
|7.||American Grille Restaurant|
|8.||Jade Seafood Restaurant|
|10.||Seto Japanese Restaurant|
|11.||Thai House Restaurant|
|12.||Pho 99 Vietnamese Noodle House|
|15.||Steveston Seafood House|
|19.||Cattle Hot Pot Restaurant|
|20.||Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant|