A retro-trendy greasy spoon diner located in the heart of Whalley that has been operating since 1949. Serves breakfasts, and home-style meals, including a few Ukrainian dishes.
Went here for lunch today with the better half. I ordered the hamburger with everything (ie. bacon, lettuce, onions, mushrooms) along with fries and my better half ordered the chickem fingers with onion rings. The food came out fresh and hot. The burger was good, nothing to write home about, but tasty. it was a bit small for the price. The fries was hot but I have tasted better. The chicken fingers were very good and the onion rings was great. Overall the ambiance was very cool. Look like i walked into a time machine into the 50's. I read some previous reviews that rave about this establishment. I enjoyed my experience there but I had better. Would recommend for the baby boomers who want to have a trip back into the past.
Forget the corporate Denny's and other similar restaurants. Real diner's are harder to find these days, which is why it's well worth a trip to the Round-Up Cafe.
I've driven by this place but never ventured in til recently. It's best to park at the TD Bank lot or it's a short walk from the Surrey Central skytrain.
The decor was cheerful with black and white tiles and chrome accented fixtures, but looked a bit dated, and some of the booth seats were torn.
It was my first visit and I had heard good things about the Ukrainian dishes so tried a half slider. This included a cabbage roll, perogies, and sausage. I added mashed potatos and veggies as sides. It was a bit of a wait for the food, even though the restaurant wasn't full.
The cabbage rolls were delicious, if not some of the best I've ever had, it wasn't too saucy but the meat to rice ratio was good, and the ground meat didn't taste as if it had been frozen. Well worth a visit for these alone! The sausage was tasty as well. The perogies were okay, you can choose deepfried, boiled or pan fried, next time I would get the fried onions on the side as it was greasy.
The service wasn't the best, but I sort of liked that. It sort of fit in with the diner theme, they weren't overly friendly just normal. I sort of dislike the overly fake friendly smiley service chains force onto their customers.
If you are a new customer it's basically self-seating. The daily specials are on the board and these include soup and dessert so are a good deal. Their tea choices include tea's beyond black tea. When I ordered tea I wasn't told this and had to drink black tea which I dislike. Also the tea cup I was served tea in was extremely worn, to the point it wouldn't even sell in a second hand store. They really should get new cups.
My lunch was around $15 after tax and tip, as I added some sides, so it's not that inexpensive but then it won't break the bank either.
Their pie slices were wrapped in plastic and set on the counter, which is why I skipped dessert, as it didn't look so appetizing. I'm not sure if they bake the desserts in-house.
Overall I liked the diner aspect, sort of a glimpse into what life was like in the 50's and 60's. It's an unpretentious restaurant, serving up solid comfort food. With all of the re-zoning going on that area, and higher rents, and the elderly owner, it's probably a good idea to visit this place while it's still around.
I'm sure many people have watched Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Well, this is one place that, to my knowledge, hasn't been on there ... yet. It offers just down home diner cooking done very well each time, and being big supporters of Whalley Little League for many years has a mainly baseball themed decor. My favourite thing on the menu is the perogie breakfast, the best part being the choice of having them just boiled, or getting them pan fried to crisp them up. Absolutely delicious cheddar cheese filled perogies go very, very well with poached eggs and bacon. Service is very warm and friends. Just a really good place to come for a meal.
I heard so many things about this place and I finally was in the area, so I stopped in for a bite. I had the clubhouse with fries and a chocolate shake.
The best part was the fries, which were hot and crispy.
The club was ok - nothing to write home about - And not good enough to go back for more.
The shake was below average. They used Nestle quick for flavour and it just wasn't chocolaty enough for me. The price was high too. Almost 5 bucks !
Glad I went, but I wouldn't go back - just not my thing.