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.
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
It's been over a year since I've been back and quite disappointed to see that service, food quality, and value are slipping downhill and fast. Northern Delicacy has been resting on its laurels for too long, thinking perhaps their location within Aberdeen has got it made.
Food: northern dim sum and cuisine, ordered a-la-carte. Steam pork dumplings (xiao long bao) were of average sized, made fresh (thank goodness), and juicy enough. Fried pork buns were dry and lacking in meat filling. Dan Dan noodle was horribly made and was this tasteless soupy mess - how can a northern restaurant screw up on the dan dan noodles? Other small dishes items were mediocre to disappointing. Don't know if it's because we arrived at 1:00pm and got all the leftovers.
Service: seated right away because the restaurant was only half full. Waitress came by to take our order and food took quite a long time to arrive. We had to remind several staff who kept walking past us, for simple things like vinegar sauce, extra bowl or napkins.The staff appeared very pitiful working there and it shows.
Value: expensive for what you get. Relatively small portions combined with poorly executed food makes for low value-enjoyment level.
Ambiance/location: conveniently located in Aberdeen Centre and a quick hop away if you're heading for a Daiso run. If you can avoid Aberdeen though, you should as the parking lot is horrendously designed. Restaurant decor and seating arrangement are nicely laid out. For the 'wow' factor, there is a larger than life-sized terracotta warrior manning the entrance. Tables and chairs are showing their age and the overall appearance of the place is still presentable but looking a bit tired.
Unfortunately, this place is a pass.
I read a lot of reviews saying this place had good quality food and the price was reasonable. I'm not sure if they upped the prices but when I was there a few weeks ago it was very very pricey. A friend and I were there for dinner on a week night, around 6pm. The place was quite empty, there were only two tables filled.
We love trying new food so we decided on a geoduck sashimi salad, spider roll and red tuna sashimi to share among the two of us. We wanted to order more but these three dishes already added up to around $50 - that's $25/person and we weren't willing to spend more than that for so little food. The geoduck was new to us and good, it came in a tiny bowl. The tuna sashimi was fresh (again, portion was small); spider roll - nothing to complain about. So if you have extra cash lying around then sure, try it. If you're on a budget, I would suggest spending your precious money elsewhere.
I did a search for Kiriri menu online and only found a version on Urbanspoon that didn't look anything like the menu we got at the restaurant. Not sure if this is a take out menu or lunch menu...
The waiter was very attentive - so attentive it got on my nerves. The whole time we were deciding on our order, he just stood there and it made me uneasy. Maybe this is just me, some people might like this(???)
Dated on April 15th, 2012, after 8 pm.
This is one of the restaurant that providing the worst customer service in Vancouver.
The waitress and waiters were pretty rude while trying to promote sales.
We brought in a crab that was just caught in North Vancouver, but unsure if the restaurant would take it so we ask politely. The Cantonese waitress agreed with us paying $8 of processing fee, but continuously criticize how small the crab is, hoping we would order additional dish.
After the dishes we ordered were appearing on the table. We were trying to request some spicy sauces with the waiter nearby setting up/ cleaning up a table. But some how, we were ignored, so we asked a second time. The waiter then suddenly reply with angry and impatient voice told us in Mandarin "Don't you see I am busy!"
Then, the same waitress that criticize the size of the crab we brought in came forward and told us that "the waiter doesn't know mandarin well, what he meant was he will bring the spice to us soon".
At this point, we still did not think much about their attitude, and we were still enjoying the dinner after 8pm.
Now another problem arose while we were trying to get our bill. The same waitress dealt with earlier came to us and told us, "the visa card machine was not functional, and we will have to pay in cash".
It was a little awkward but we still took it, and decided to split the bill and trying to pay in cash.
For ease of calculation of splitting the bill, we asked to get some changes with the waitress. But she refused, and answered "they do not have any changes at all". But one of us caught her with changes by the cashier.......
At this point, I believe any people with a reasonable common sense would be unhappy about the situation.
So we decided only to pay a few dollars of tips. The waitress came over and trying to collect the money saw that we did not intended to pay the full 10% tips began swearing at us right at the spot by the table; hitting one of us with her shoulder and intentionally stepping on his shoes.
I would never go to that restaurant again!!!
Ordered a cake for my son's birthday (which is hectic enough) only to arrive at the Diplomat and be told that they have no record. When I asked how they'd make this right the reply was that "Chef" wouldn't be making it right as there's no proof that I actually placed the order. Nice. Yes, I guess I'm one of those scamming people who go looking for 9" cakes hoping for discounts on the day of a party. After a number of cakes that we've ordered from the Diplomat, this was our last. Good cake but if you can't count on them, why bother? And the lack of respect as a customer was terrible. Thanks for nothing 'Chef'!
I last ate at this place about a year ago and it's definitely not what it used to be. I really miss the former owners, who sold the business and they were fabulous and the food was great. The last time I was in, I ordered a lunch special halibut. I know my fish well and I was definitely served cod. The lady said it was definitely halibut, but I was not fooled. It was okay, but it was not halibut! I don't recommend this place anymore as it's definitely new folks running it and the quality has definitely gone down.
We went to Harold's for dinner after only ever having been in the lounge area. The menu has a great selection and there were specials as well. My husband ordered the salmon and I had the Thai special fish. The salmon came with mashed potatoes and beans. The Thai fish came with rice and veggies. Both fish dishes were cooked perfectly. The veggies were done great as well. The server we had was excellent. She was quick with water refills and took good care of our children...bringing them smaller glasses for water and extra napkins. We will definitely be ack again..FYI there is not charge for parking I you register your car.
Did the late night AYCE and everything seemed to start ok, with us being seated right away (as opposed to having a long wait at other AYCEs around the area), but maybe there's a reason for this.
Food was good, but service was atrocious. No one spoke to us, no one checked on us, no one refilled our tea or water without us having to ask first, and when we finally did get our orders in, we didn't receive everything we selected, even on the second try.
Our food took FOREVER to arrive. No free refills on drinks unless everyone at the table orders the same, so they lost money when we decided to just have water. Guests around us were experiencing the same lack of service, so when I asked a server what the problem was, he claimed it was because they were busy. Well, we certainly didn't see any lineups or full tables. But if they were busy, or short staffed, someone should have at least communicated this to their guests so that we'd be a little bit more understanding. But no one said boo.
We ended up not tipping when it came to payment and the female cashier had the nerve to question why we didn't tip more. No interest at all in our experience, or recognizing our dissatification, or taking responsibility for what transpired, or even providing us with an apology when we expressed our experience; just a sense of entitlement that they should be tipped because they work in a restaurant in which we ate in. Do they not understand that tipping is a reflection of service? I guess not.
It's too bad this all happened 'cause the food was actually pretty good, but for the unacceptable service we received, we would not go back.
Everything was slightly worse than their sister AYCE sushi place on Kingsway and Boundary.
The food was similar, but the meat seemed of lesser quality.
The service was the main downfall. Not that anyone was mean, just forgetful and slow due to the size of the place. It is a large place, but because of the organization, it is too large for them to handle. A few items never go to us and other items were so slow. Getting someone's attention took time as everyone was busy. Friendly people, just unorganized.
The value is the same as their other sushi places. No complaints. It is actually one of their strong-points.
Ambiance is fine, it just feels too large and open. Am I being too picky maybe?
New food court restaurant in Lansdowne. Seems like the busiest one in the food court. Tried there sui long bao and it is one of the best I've ever had, thin dough and ample soup inside. They make it on site. Went back the next day and ordered their pork wonton. It was very small, delicate, and delicious. Also had their pan fried pancake it was very flaky and crispy but a little bit bland for my taste. Be prepared to wait a bit longer than normal because it is not your typical fast food take-out.
This place is selling a lot of their "deals" off different Groupon-like sites. Do not get fooled by those "deals" as the food is simply not worth it.
The service is mediocre at best, the ambiance is what you would typically be expecting of a Chinese dine out place. They have improved their decor a bit but now it feels more like that you are paying for the decor than the actual food.
For king crab eaters, this is not the place to be. They fake the weight of the crab and over state it by at least a good 4-5 lbs. Their food is prepared poorly and the soup we ordered tasted as if it was prepared prior and just reheated.
It is one of the most overpriced place that I have found lately. Definitely not worth the time and effort to visit. You have been warned!
New to the area, I used this service to selected a restaurant for an early Sunday breakfast based on a previous review that I read.
My conclusion after visiting today was so disappointing I opened an account just to write this review.
The service was not friendly, very minimal, actually after serving my friend an order of toast without jams, the server went outside to enjoy his coffee and left us searching for the jam.
My order of Eggs Benedict was served with tasteless potatoes and reheated Hollandaise sauce.
biggest turn off was the fact chairs and tables were not clean....
Went for a lobster dinner with my buddy J,got seated promptly with a courteous hostess. We ordered a 3lb lobster,one whole roasted squab,and a large bowl of bamboo shoot soup that serves four people. All were prepared and cooked to the right taste. The horror started when we asked for the bill. The total came to $109,instead of the $104, that J and I calculated before ordering. We asked manager #1 why the discrepancy and he calculate the bill in front of us, Still ,it was off,so we waved down manager #2 and to our utter surprise and disgust he said "Oh,there's an extra $5 charge, if your lobster is cooked with Chinese cooking wine". I asked him how come it doesn't mention in the menu,and why didn't you tell us when we ordered. Manger #1 never stated there was an extra charge either. We also asked a waiter,he also never mention that fact. So,manager #2 looked very embarrassed and tried to apologize by offering us "free mango pudding" to make up the "mistake". Ya,right, imagine they make"calculated mistakes" in each table in the premise. So,the three of us had a calm verbal conversation of their restaurant's dishonesty. He was starting to get red faced and asked many times over if we would like to have the mango pudding and to forget about the whole thing. UNBELIEVABLE!!!! We told manager #2 that WE WILL NEVER EAT THERE AGAIN!!!! At the end,we gave less than 10% tip. Shame on them!!
Visited March 2012
This is a small restaurant, recently opened. We saw one chef and one server, presumably the proprietors. The service was friendly, with good explanations of the menu items. We had a light dinner, and the Dragon Roll was especially tasty. The appetizer tempura was also nice. The menu focuses mostly on sushi and sashimi, but there are a few non-fish items, mostly salads, appetizers and desserts.
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