I've been here about six times in the last couple of months. It's now under NEW MANAGEMENT and the new owner is working extremely hard to make this a "happening" place.
Friendly staff and good pub style food. Cheap beer, too. It will probably take a bit of work and time to get the place turned around, but give it a try. LIVE entertainment on weekends. If you arrive before 6 p.m. try one of the Appys -- 3 mini burgers is a great deal!
This place describes itself as being inspired by South India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. Never been to a restaurant with such a description before. This is in strange area to access. Inside the restaurant there is only a few tables. On a cold night opening the front door pulls all the heat out of the restaurant.
It has a modern colour scheme over beat up walls. Servers a friendly but a bit on the slow side. If you ask for spicy food here you will get it. I would say this is on the upper end for on the hotness scale. It really is a unique flavour experience. Pricing is really fair. The majority of dishes were under $10 for a main. The portions looks small but they are quite filling. If your looking for a food adventure give it a try.
The short version is the food is well seasoned, and you will pay for it. They have a pretty good take out business which tells me that regular customers prefer to take out versus eat in.
The long version:
Had a cold and wanted to have something spicy to help burn it off. We made a special trip to come here and arrived an hour before they opened. Killed some time and came back when the open sign was on. Of course the front door was locked which took a few minutes to get someone to open the door.
Our server who took our order seemed very disinterested in us being the only customer at the time. We ordered an appetizer platter, a ginger pork stir fry and the house special fried rice. He didn't ask about the spiciness so I made a point of saying we wanted it spicy.
Washing my hands before dinner looks like the bathroom floor hasn't been washed in over a week. Made me nervous about the food.
Food came quite quickly and our server disappeared and two waitresses took over. The flavours of the food was quite nice. The appetizers were not very spicy so we were thinking that may be in the other two dishes. Nope. None of it was spicy at all. Perhaps the waiter misunderstood. When I said spicy maybe he heard not spicy as what would you expect in White Rock. On mentioning this to one of the girls she brought out different hot sauces that were quite nice. It would have been better if the dishes would have been cooked that way but it was done.
The restaurant was getting busy with pick up orders and the waitresses didn't seem to be able to prioritize or keep anything organized. We waited a while for them to pack our order and bring the bill. I paid with an Amex which seemed to cause some confusion on there end which they couldn't explain. I was told just a moment while we waited 10 minutes before I went up to the counter. They told me they didn't take Amex, which they could have told me 10 minutes ago. They had run my card and gotten it approved yet they didn't take it? Our original server came back carrying groceries from the store. Surprise surprise the guy who was disinterested in us and screwed up the heat of the order is the manager. He berated the girl in front of me for taking the card because she had be told many times not to. Nothing said to me in the way of apology.
So for screwing up the heat of the order, lack of organization and customer service the restaurant earned the very rare 0 tip. It shouldn't take 15 minutes after stopping eating a messed up meal to get the hell out. The flavours are decent but a bit on the high end price wise. To have to have the 3 dishes was $47.
I'd try another restaurant in the future as I wouldn't want to test a restaurant with so many problems. Too bad though I think the cook is excellent.
I don't even know why I should bother writing a review about this Sushi place as I tried to put it in the very very back of my head!! We came here about one month ago on our way home to Vancouver after a day trip in Tulalip. After google for a sushi place that open late Tengoku came up.
How we wish that we had NEVER stepped our foots into this place!!
Let me starting by the greeting...
Came in with the entire place was almost empty. It was 10pm so OK I get it!
BUT we stood there for almost 8 mins but no hostess/server insight.
After a several yellings in Japanese from a sushi chef at the front counter. A lady ran out and sat us down.
Ambiance..... Is this a sushi restaurant or an underground night club? It was dark and has that dreadful cold feeling...
Service.... If You have lots of patience then be my guest... After waving your arms in the air or walked out of our booth twice just to get the attention!
Now the FOOD! they served us FROZEN fish!! Have you ever try to eat Frozen sashimi??!!
We brought this to our server's attention and she said "I'm sorry but can you wait for 15 mins for them to thaw then try again"!! What! Is this the kind of response and service you provided to your customers?!!
After this review and you still eat here then I "APPLAUD" you!!
We live in Vancouver. I came from a French and Vietnamese background so I am pretty much grew up with Pho!
The thought of driving across the bridge for a bowl of Pho (paying the $6 toll for a return trip) is not really my forte!
However, after much convincing from our friends who kept saying you gotta try our favorite Pho place, you gotta try so we finally agreed!
Wow! "Wow" is an understatement!
Let me start by the greeting. The most warm and welcoming greetings we have ever had. And it is from the owner himself! We sat down and offered a very nice selections of tea. Mind you, you have to pay for tea.....
We both had the tasting platter which is like the taste of Vietnam. You get to sample all three different skewers of chicken, pork, prawns and they are marinated to perfection! My favorite is lemongrass pork balls! So yummy and juicy! The platter also came with salad rolls and crispy springrolls and lots of rice noodles and fresh vegetables. We also had the lemongrass Banh mi Vietnanese sandwich. Love the house sauce that came with it!
Moving on to the Pho! This is what we came for. Possibly one if not the best Pho broth we ever had in a longest longest time! Did I tell you I grew up with Pho? And I know my Pho!
However! It is not the food that made an impression. It is the service you get here. It is the type of feeling that you only get when you come to your friends house for dinner where they cook for you with love and passion. Ya that kind of feeling!
The restaurant is beautiful! Spotlessly clean and the music is so jazzy and relaxing!
OK! Should we repeat? WE LIVE IN VANCOUVER AND IT IS WELL WORTH THE DRIVE !!!
recommanded by a friend, today I gave it a try. it totally worth it. For sure, I will come back , maybe in two days. excellent customer service, great food with great taste, a lot of variety and big portion. Nice dining enviroment. A great Chinese restaurant in Surrey.
Generally we go downtown to dine, but after dining at Tap it has shown us that there are fabulous restaurants in the suburbs. Our server was very sweet and knowledgeable about the food. For appies, we shared the Caesar salad and prawns and scallops; both delicious and prepared with care. I have a wheat allergy so they suggested the wild mushroom risotto with prawns for my entree.....so good! The owner was very knowledgeable about wine and talked to us at length about his wine philosophy. We will be back!
An old standby for mid week specials.Food prep is above average and nice menu for the location. The Vault needs a face lift after all these years , starting to look tired.
Fairly expensive and smaller portions on nightly specials. Recommend to order just the single of specialty drinks, doubles taste the same .hmmmmm.Can have seedy looking characters at times.
I'm obsessed with teriyaki! After my spouse and I moved to North Surrey, we found Oishi and decided to try it. The beef teriyaki is by-far the BEST teriyaki I've ever had, and I order it every time I go. Occasionally if I'm very hungry I'll order the yam tempura (around $8) as well. The teriyaki here is a decent price-point of around $12 and the lady that usually works there is nice. She's attentive with taking my order and I always look forward to seeing her.
My spouse usually orders the chicken teriyaki combo box (also around $12) which comes with miso soup, salad, chicken teriyaki, some assorted tempura, california roll and a side of rice. He's always happy and full after eating it. I highly recommend coming here! I usually drop by several times each month.
Pros: amazing food in taste and quality, nice employees, good value for combo meals, and of course, the best teriyaki you'll ever eat!
Cons: price could be a bit cheaper for teriyaki, and I'm a little disappointed I can't order half-sized yam tempura (a full-order is too much for me to eat alone!)
Wonderful little restaurant with great choices on their menu and good quality food. We've been frequenting here for over 5 years and am consistently very pleased with the staff and the food. The owner is very affable and frequently comes out of the kitchen to greet his guests. Overall, the new revamped menu offers excellent choices of Greek & Mediterranean food for a great price.
This place has gone from good to worst what a rip off when on menu 10 piece chicken is $12.99 and I was charged $19.99 just for chicken..the owner and his guys are to busy flirting with customers and not even concerned about other customers sitting there..The food mother thing do your math 3 skewers for $14.99 comes to $5.00 a skewer for what 3 piece of meat and ground lamb I say rip off..would not recommend family to go in here with your children..
Quick tips: 1) This place is a little bit hard to find as it's in a generic, large mini-mall near the back, but the food is worth it 2) The food is set out as a buffet, but if you know of something that isn't out, they can probably provide it if you ask (i.e. garlic naan, aloo tiki, etc).
I moved to the lower mainland just a few months ago and am always on the look for new good eats. A good friend of mine has lived in the lower mainland for about 8 years, and absolutely loves good food. He told me, as soon as I moved back, he was going to take me to Maharaja. I was assured it was good as Maharaja is normally a catering company for high end East Indian weddings. Sure enough, after only a month of being back, I went to Maharaja and have gone back several times since.
This is one of the best East Indian restaurants in the lower mainland for your money and just for taste. Period. Unfortunately, they are only open for lunch (no dinners), but it is worth traveling during a lunch break or on the weekend to get there. To give you an idea, I've gone twice at 11:30am when they open. Both times there have been at least 4 car loads of people waiting to get in as soon as the doors open. I almost always take this as a good sign.
Inside the décor is very plain and simple - pretty much bare minimum or some tables and banquettes (no pictures, plants, etc.). Since my first visit, there have been continual renovations and updates to the décor, making it appear a lot more open and clean than it originally looked.
Since the restaurant is buffet style, you come into the restaurant, find any open table, place down your stuff and go right to the back to the restaurant to get your food. At the back you'll find your cutlery, plates and the wonderful, wonderful food. To start, there are some salads 1 or 2, several Indian dips (yogurt, curry, habenero, mint, chutneys, etc), along with several garnishes/toppers (i.e. green onion, pickled lemon, etc).
Then..... there's the hot food. There are between 10-12 hot dishes, with the majority of the dishes (~8) are vegetarian based, but that should not turn you off in the least. Maharaja is plentiful with spices and flavors, but not to the point that it ever becomes overbearing or inedible. All the standards that you would expect at an Indian restaurant are regulars on the buffet: butter chicken, palak paneer, lamb vindaloo, etc. along with many others that rotate from day to day. When you sit down a server will bring you naan, but you can ask for garlic naan, roti bread, or others if you'd like for no cost.
To add to this you can find a dessert table too for after you've overstuffed yourself (which I'm sure you will as it's A) a buffet for $11 B) it's damn tasty). You'll find items like laddu, jalebi, fruit and more. If you feel so inclined, there is a sweet shop attached to the restaurant where you can take some of the sweet treats home for later.
If you like good East Indian food, this is a place to go out of your way for. This is my go to place for a great East Indian lunch.
Now I remember why we have not been to this place in a long time. Mediocre everything except our waitress.She was very pleasant. Tasteless breakfast scramble and very small portion for $12.00. Cheap tasting coffee.
This a favourite place for the elderly as they love the 2 for 1 meals.... But the meals are small and made from cheaper ingredients.Even the catsup is lower quality. This Pantry was quite busy with the Blue Rinse crowd. O well lots of other places in the S. Surrey area.
I have gone to Damiko on a number of occasions and have always had a good experience. Their food is fresh, well presented and very tasty. I can't speak for the sushi because I don't eat sushi but many of the other items on the menu are delicious including sunomono, prawn tempura, gyoza and the udon soup. The service is quick and the servers friendly. The ambiance could be taken up a notch but overall it is a great place to stop for a relaxing, casual bite if you like fresh and tasty food!
We started going to "Joes" soon after it opened because it is not too far from where we live. When we first started going the food was fresh and the service excellent. Recently though we have found that both the quality of the food and the service has declined significantly. The salads are terrible - some of the greens are so old they are brown and slimy. I recently tried the fish tacos which I frequently order in restaurants if it is available. The fish was old, dry and there was so little of it I actually opened up the tacos to see if they actually contained any fish only to find a couple of very small, mashed traces of fish. The quesadilla is just plain bad. I have also ordered the Kona Burger - the first time I had it, it was delicious but the second time it was so fatty and full of gristle that I couldn't eat it. The only decent thing left on the menu is the chili lime chicken. Very unfortunate because it used to be a nice place. We used to go at least every other week but we won't be going back. If you are in the area, go next door to Kami for better food and service!
I have gone to this place since they were in their old location, for years actually. Phoned in an order for 2 tonight went and picked it up took it home, it was wrong so my wife phones and they say we gave you two orders for 1. Not what we ordered so I went back there and got an argument from them. They only have one dinner for two on the menu, she gives us two single orders. Wasn't a big deal couple of egg rolls and fortune cookies, however the service was poor it was our fault. Really after many years of spending money with them never again. Can't recommend the food has gone downhill since the old location too. I wonder if they even allow you to write bad reviews on this site??
We found this place a while back when we were driving through Crescent Beach. I saw this place and was attempted to try it out. I was hesitant at first since I had many a failed attempts at finding good tasting Chinese take out in the White Rock area. This place finally brought my search to an end. I recommend sticking to take-out as the restaurant itself isn't all that appealing to the eyes. However, the food is damn good. Next time you'll looking for some great tasting Chinese food and happen to be in White Rock/South Surrey, I highly recommend you give Fong's Eatery a go.
Went here with the family and the inlaws for a quick lunch. The service was satisfactory but nothing to rave about. They managed to stick 6 adults and 4 young children in a single half circle booth. Some of the adults were sitting in the isle. They could have given us a bigger table or two average size tables considering the amount of people here. Well now to the food. I ordered the beed dip and I was very disappointed. Not only was the sandwich plain and had no flavour, but the au jou was bland as well, My better half had the turnkey club and she said that it was blah as well. For the price for those sandwiches and the cramp quaters, I expected more from a Chef Curry approved establishment. Sadly disappointed. I would rather eat elsewhere where you get some elbow room and a satisfied tummy.
I heard this restaurant from chuch, so came in with my girlfriend last night and had dinner.
I tried the volcano roll and the korean style chirashi don.
Those two orders were huge and delicious.
The food came out so fast and the servers gave us great service.
I was greatly satified.
The food were incredible, service was outstanding, value was incredible and the ambiance was outstanding
Best of Best
From the moment me and my two sisters walked into this place we were taken. First of all the hostess opened the door for us as a welcome. I've never had this happen in the big city!!! Lovely waiting area, everyone is so very friendly too. Now the food......Wonderful Miso Soup (made from scratch and hot.) Tempura prawns and veggies are cooked perfectly and served with warm dipping sauce. We ordered a
teryiaki chicken lunch box to share....it's to much for one or you better be a filler up kinda guy, Extra
tempura prawns were a must to add to a huge plate of sweet stir fried veggies on rice . Everything is so
fresh and very well prepared and plated. I haven't one complaint about this place. I'd recommend it to
Enjoy, enjoy ...also the prices rock compared to the city. We will be going back again....
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