It was a very busy place, so looks like they are doing well. The service was good in that they checked on us often despite the busyness. But paying them took forever as they didn't split up the bills forever. And the soup base or whatever costing extra was just dumb. Include it in the price so it is not a surprise, or can someone come and order all you can eat but not order soup base? What if I bring my own from home and cook the food with it, does that mean they won't charge me that? Doubt it, so don't list it as a separate charge!
I do not want to be too hard on the place as the fish, chowder, and house salad are actually fairly good. That said, the thing that I cannot get over is that they use generic brought in frozen fries that aren't cooked quite long enough to achieve what most people would deem as the required texture of a good chip. Someone should develop a mobile application so that users can tag places that use frozen fries as places to not order fries from.
The first time I went to No. 9, it was ok. I ordered the deep fried spicy squid and mushrooms on bakchoy. Mediocre food at an expensive price.
This time I went, the manager came up to me and promoted tonight's special - Lamb Hotpot. So.. I ordered that. Then I heard the waitresses whispering to each other saying "what lamb hotpot.. we don't have lamb hotpot..." And 10 minutes later, a waitress came up to me saying "sorry, we ran out of the lamb hotpot tonight." In my head I was like ...WHAT? IT'S ONLY 6pm. So instead I ordered the deep fried spicy squid and the jellyfish.
This time, the deep fried spicy squid was terrible. It was overly battered such that the excess batter inside was goopy. Also, the spices weren't even mixed with the squid.. they just aggregated in the center of the dish. The squid had no flavor this time.
The jelly fish was the instant jellyfish I can buy at supermarkets. It was definitely not restaurant quality. It was hard and you can see they only served me the ends of it. It costed me 9 bucks for instant jellyfish. They also served me sauce on the side, which was just vinegar with little pieces of pickled ginger. I have never seen this before. All other places mix the sauce with the jellyfish before serving and it does not taste like vinegar, but has small red chili flakes. I asked if they had sesame seeds so I can sprinkle some on like a real dish but they said they don't have any. What kind of Chinese restaurants don't have sesame seeds?
If you google a jellyfish dish you can see there is thick jellyfish strips, chili flakes, sesame seeds, and it'll look tender and juicy.
It used to be a treat to dash in to Fukuroku for a quick bite before grocery shopping but I have to say it's gone downhill.
The Noodle Set is lots of food for the price but not such a bargain when you leave a third of it uneaten. The tempura is very oily and the prawns seem to be split into slivers - I don't mind halves but they seem to be able to slice them even thinner. The chicken teriyaki tastes like it was (under)cooked earlier in the day and is reheated to order. The skin is slimy and the tepid sauce does nothing to disguise the not-too-fresh taste of the chicken. The California rolls are tasty and fresh.
One thing I hate is to see staff eating on the job. Tonight I noticed the counter-lady scarfing down a bowl of rice and something between customers, removing bits from her mouth with her fingers. When it got busy she put the bowl down and continued to serve food and take money without washing her hands. Ick.
The GF and I were originally looking for Malone's Bar and Grill but since that place was shut down for renovations, we came into a strip mall and decided on this restaurant.
It's a cramped place but there is good space between tables for privacy and has the typical minimalist Japanese décor. I gave the ambiance and 4/5 rating because the place looked slightly outdated inside. However, the workers were genuine Japanese (not Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese chefs) and their spoken words were heard throughout the food service. This is not a bad thing and their language is pleasant and polite sounding. This added more authenticity to the whole experience.
The food took about 10 minutes to arrive but my gosh! I everything was uber fresh. The tempura and salad were crisp, chicken meat in the teriyaki bento box was fresh and not rubbery like some places. The rolls were fresh but their shape could have been better - they were not perfectly round but this is by far not a deal breaker at all since it is the taste and freshness that is more important. The whole dinner for two costed under 18 bucks and we were super full too.
The staff were friendly and thanked us for coming when we got ready to leave.
I might add that this place was packed with customers and we got to eat and leave without any fuss..
The only other negative thing is that our table was right next to the entrance so we felt the 0 degree winter weather everytime someone came in. Try to get a seat away from the entrance if you do come here.
We came here for dinner on a saturday night.
They only had set menus & some chinese dishes.
I had the $ 16.95 Pattaya chicken which was served on a sizzling plate.
Two huge chicken pieces served with vegetables + choice of spaghetti, rice, french fries, or onion rings.
Also choice of soup: cream of mushroom, onion, borscht. with puff pastry.
Choice of sauce: mushroom, garlic, onion or cream
Choice of hot drinks
Dessert is Japanese cheesecake
The chicken was very meaty.
I had the borscht & there was big chunks of celery & carrots.
The mushroom sauce as fine, not salty.
The cheesecake was very tiny.
The ovaltine was good.
DH had the $ 15.95 rib-eye with baked potato topped with sour cream & bacon bits but no chives.
He had the cream soup. Said it wasn't watered down like other places.
His steak was very meaty & good.
He ordered HK tea & said it was good.
We would come here again.
We used to frequent the Coquitlam location, until the Richmond location opened.
At first, the soups were excellent and flavorful, but the last few times were disappointing.
Other items on the menu to try are the stone bi-bimbap and fried gyoza style dumplings. They do offer combos of Tofu Soup with Bulgogi if you are hungry however.
I guess if you are coming here for the soup, you will be happy, but all the other items are just so so. In Richmond you can go to Jang Mo Jib down the road for a better experience.
I've read some not so great reviews for this place but I heard really great word of mouth about it, so I took the family there last week. It wasn't hard to find at all considering its a block from the River Rock Casino. We ordered a thin crust pizza and tri colore for starters which were amazing the pizza crust was crisp and the toppings more than generous. We then ordered 2 plates of pasta for the 4 of us, the Mesa Luna and the Veneziana. The reviews about size of portions was true you get so much food. The pastas were perfect fresh tasting and delicious, for dessert we had the brownie for the kids with the ice cream. I don't know what was wrong with the other reviews for here but the food and service (we had Carrie as our server) was astounding we will be back many times in the future.
Well I actually took the time to register and write a review and not because I'm complaining. Lovely food, great service, great value. $17 for a filet Mignon dinner, you'd expect mediocrity but it was flavourful and melt in your mouth tender, veggies were cooked bright and crisp. Just a ceaser salad but excellent balance of dressing to crisp romaine. Oh my gosh so happy that my Greek salad had no green peppers- hate those things. Obviously we all shared, not going to order two salads. The lamb pie was just yummy. Wait staff were welcoming, happy and efficient- love that. Not one thing wrong, we had a delightful dining experience. Thankyou
I have been here four times now and their Pho is excellent.
Good service, good food.. the place looked good too. Pretty refreshing to be quite honest..
There are certain items on pho 99’s menu that make this an outstanding restaurant. The spicy beef soups, the combo lemongrass chicken and pork chop on rice and certain Pho soups make this a consistently good and cheap dining experience. They got a combo set including a bowl of soup, plus appetizer and a drink for about $ 10, these meals. There is a large quantity of very good food at ridiculous prices. Today I return with a iced lemon tea with a Veggie marinated grilled pork slices and spring rolls with vermicelli, Wow, you can not believe it, the smell is so good….i like the BBQ here, the way they grilled you can taste the smoke come from the meat, it makes me feel like summer coming….very fresh veggie and the meat is yummy.
They got a new menu lay out now, it looks much much better than the old one, this one is easier to find the item we want, clean and more pictures to show the food.
No doubt, they are getting more and more busier. I was here this morning,, they got so many people come to have take out order. The waitress told me they do catering too, and party tray. We will try soon for our family birthday party coming next week.
Their menu is huge, will lots of deserts and snacks for people are looking for light food such as : deep fried banana with ice cream, Almond jelly , fresh fruit smoothies , i love the avocado , i know they use the REAL fruit not powder like other place, because i am a crazy avocado fan.
- food is delicious and fresh, good portion.
- open late until 1am i guess or midnight.
- free wifi ,
- good services,
- washroom is very clean
- easy to park at the back of the restaurant
- should open until 2am or 4am instead
- should have bubble tea
- should have TV sport channel on, even i know they got TV and nice music,
Just want to begin by saying how much I appreciate a local family owned restaurant. Now to add on top of that: great food, friendly service and a very reasonable price. I would recommend Zia's Café to anyone and everyone. Rock solid overall review. I only wish there was such a place close to where I live out in Maple Ridge.
Title says it all! Their food and pastries taste heavenly!
I have not tried better food anywhere else. Tastes better than home made food. Service is great, staff are super friendly, you don't have to wait long for your food, quality is amazing, great atmosphere, and basically anything you would dream of to see in a restaurant. I only wish I could have more food at Zia's. Their daily specials are incredible! Keeps me excited to go try the dishes you can't find in any other cafe around here in Vancouver. The butter chicken, lasagna, pulled pork sandwich and stromboli are to die for! Also, I think everybody MUST try their brownies! Tastiest brownies I have ever had anywhere to be honest. I would recommend everyone to visit Zia's Cafe and Grill and enjoy their great service and food quality.
We were in Richmond looking for a bowl of noodle soup for lunch on New Years Day and literally stumbled onto the Beijing Noodle House. There were a few empty tables near the door so we grabbed one and checked out the soup offerings over a cup of hot tea.
We decided on a couple bowls of the Braised Beef Noodle Soup and they came out quickly despite the crowd in the restaurant. Noodles were great, in a rich beefy broth with lots of mostly tender braised beef chunks. There were a couple baby choy floating around for veggie matter. A hot and filling lunch.
The tab was $20 including tip. The decor is fairly spartan but the prices are right. Next time were in the area we'll branch out to the rest of the menu. A word of caution...the restaurant only takes cash so hit an ATM before you get there..
Decided to visit Tramonto after being highly recommended to me. I happened to visit on Christmas eve, and although they were late in seating us for our 7:45pm reservations, it wasn't a big deal at all. However, in ordering drinks as well as a bottle of wine, our server exhibited no knowledge of the wines when prompted for his opinion on the best pairing to go with the rack of lamb.He merely stated something along the lines of "well, all the wines are good, but just depends on the price range that you are willing to pay". I also had a similar experience when I asked him what cocktail he would recommend to me.
For food, we ordered the escargot, the seafood platter for two, and two orders of the rack of lamb. The escargot was tough, and just wasn't very special at all. The seafood platter, however, has to be one of the biggest disappointments that I have experienced at a restaurant. First off, of 8 pieces of muscles, 2 of which were bad. Yes, I took the time to smell them all as I was genuinely surprised that they served bad muscles, despite charging 42$ for it. I sent it back, but they only removed all the muscles, and added a couple of clams. They DID NOT re-fire the entire dish. My guest for the evening had cut the lobster tail and the same cut up lobster tail was served back to us - by then, slightly over cooked. Furthermore, I think the manager kept shifting blame on the muscles, which made me more annoyed than I was. Own up to your mistakes, fire a new dish, and redeem yourself. Do not blame the muscles, your chef should have smelled each and every one of them. I would respect you much much more if you had owned up to this error.
Crab claws in the seafood platter are also from frozen, as it was that evident. Dry, tasteless, and horrible. Lobster tails were no different. Just like the quality you would expect from freezer burnt seafood found in the freezers of your local grocery store.
My final bill came to $260. I would never visit Tramonto again, especially for this price. $260 would be much better spent at an alternative Italian restaurant, which Vancouver does not have a shortage of. Not into Italian? Then surely any seafood restaurant in the downtown core would easily surpass the quality that I had been served on Christmas Eve. I guarantee it. Don;t waste your money here.
Don't go there! Service is poor, their food is greasy and they will nickel and dime you to death! Their prices are high for the food you get, and they charge for lemon wedges! Seriously, along with a $15 meal, I ordered hot water with a lemon and they charged me 99cents for it! Ketchup was also hard to get, cus our waitress wasn't around. Even tho they have a great view (the only thing going for it), go to one of the other places to eat!!
Don't go there! Service is poor, their food is greasy and they will nickel and dime you to death! Their prices are high for the food you get, and they charge for lemon wedges! Seriously, I ordered hot water with a lemon and they charged me 99cents! Even tho they're they have a great view (the only thing going for it), go to one of the other places to eat!!
I have eaten here several times with different groups of people over the last few years. Every time, the food was incredible. Even if you order something "ordinary" like California roll, it tastes better here than at other Japanese restaurants. One of the reasons, perhaps the primary one, is that the food is very fresh. They have a board by the bar counter with daily specials written on it. These are must tries. I have never been disappointed with any one dish from that board, and the these specials are usually very creative, both in cooking and in presentation. The price is not cheap, but well worth the money. The latest time I went there, the (I suppose) husband and wife team handled everything in the whole restaurant, with no other help, which initially concerned me a bit. The service suffered somewhat because she was so overburdened trying to juggle so many things among the different tables, but he was incredible. He was constantly dashing between the sushi bar and the inside kitchen, in charge of both cooking the hot food and preparing the sushi and sashimi, yet every dish came out perfect and delicious.
If you don't mind the slightly cramped space and the slightly slow service, just tasting the food is worth a trip to this restaurant.
Prata-man has been around for a while and we have drove past it many times in Richmond. But we finally had the chance to try it. We didn't have high expectations because it seemed to be quite a small local restaurant serving the nearby neighbourhood. But the place can get quick busy during lunch time. We ordered the Hainanese chicken, satay and the laksa. The chicken is served cold boneless, and with ginger/green onion sauce and chili sauce. Delicious and the oil rice complemented it very well. The satay was a great appetizer with the special peanut sauce. I had to ask for more of the sauce to go with my chicken! The laksa was very flavourful, although I did find the presentation to not be the greatest but the taste was great. There was big pieces of chicken, along with some tofu, shrimp and egg in the laksa. Overall, the meal was very filling and quite the deal. We had some leftovers chicken that we brought for lunch the next day and it was still delicious. Definitely recommend this place when you are strolling by Richmond for a quick bite.
I had a Ferrero Rocher slush, and it was fantastic - a chocolate, wafer and hazelnut milkshake basically, and surprisingly, not too sweet! The only complaint is the price - at about $6, it's pretty steep. The only saving grace is that the standard size is huge, so if you come here after dinner, it's big and rich enough to split between 2 people.
I hesitated in going to this restaurant for some time, because during its early days, I heard from friends that its food quality was not as good as that of its sister restaurant in Vancouver. However, these days, it is offering a special promotional set menu with snow crab that is very attractive, so I and my family took the plunge.
It was a very pleasant surprise. Not only was the set menu incredible value for money (the entire menu cost less than what just the snow crab might cost elsewhere), but every dish was delicious and perfectly cooked. Service was top-notch, as the waiter kept changing our plates every now and then to clear them of bones and crab shells.
Another outstanding feature of the restaurant is that seating is non-congested (unlike most other Chinese restaurants), and, combined with its high ceiling, the noise level is many decibels lower than at a typical Chinese restaurant. It makes for a very pleasant dining experience.
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|5.||Kyung Bok Palace|
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|10.||Thai House Restaurant|
|11.||Steveston Pizza Co.|
|12.||Kisamos Greek Taverna|
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