Light, on-the-go or eat-in rice and noodle dishes (and a couple of appies and sweets thrown in) with a contemporary flare.
We decided to try out a new place on the drive, and from the reviews this place souned pretty good...
The people are friendly there, and are quick to take your order. The food was pretty good, but a little pricy for vietnamese food, we paid $25 for 2 entres, 2 salad rolls and a drink. I've always paid less than that when going to vietnamese restaurants.
Atmosphere was ok and it was clean for a takeout place, but I dont think I would go back there again unless they lower their prices, or increase the quantity.
The menu is limited to a few choices, but this new restaurant is quite good. The friendly family welcomes you to a place that you may see only on the west side. A infusion of Chinese, malaysian and vietnamese makes this one of the few place on Commercial Drive that serves asian cuisine. What I tried so far tested my tastebuds for quality vietnamese and chinese food. The noodle soup has changed the few times I've been here, but oevrall it's not bad for what they charge. The chicken lemongrass is really good and for the price, you get a nice big piece of chicken, but be warned if you order any lemongrass dishes: It will take more than 30 minutes before your order is ready. According to one of the owners: They like to serve their chicken ready and cooked. The new decor is slowly coming together, so I'm not worried what it looks like.
I have been into Stix several times pretty much start craving it as soon as I leave. The ingridients are fresh, everything tastes great - best spring rolls ever! and it is kept nice and clean, even the washroom. Once when I went the spring rolls felt slightly greasy, but every other time they were perfect. The staff are efficient and pleasant, I always feel welcome. A tasty, healthier choice on the drive!
I was excited when a new family style asian restaurant opened up on the drive. I've been to Stix a few times now and find the food quite unique and appetizing! They create menu items that are familiar to asian customers, but also have a special spin. Try the noodle salad, I've never had anything like it before! Also the asian, red bean dessert is delicious, not too sweet, but enough to satisify my dessert craving! The service was great, you know the owners truely care about the product they are selling, as well as their customers. You better try it out before it becomes too busy! It's always a fun little experience!
Went to Stix after walking by it a million times. the service was snappy, but I was quite disappointed with the food. For the last year or so I have been in search of the perfect spring roll-Stix is not the maker of this. Their spring rolls had very little vegetables in it, and tasted like it was cooked in old oil. The 'noodle soup' (which is essentially another way of saying Pho) I ordered was loaded with green onions and bean sprouts, but no veggies otherwise. When I approached a staff to ask for a side order to go into my soup, I was informed that they only had broccoli (Wth?). We won't be ordering a second round of Stix.
The menu is still limited (grilled chicken/pork skewers, Malaysian curry, lemon grass chicken/pork, noodle salad and soups, bbq skewers and salad rolls mainly) but the Stix noodle salad with chicken I had at $6.99 was a large bowl of freshness and taste. The noodles actually tasted fresh and weren't overcooked, the veggies were crisp and plentiful and the sesame dressing was delicious.
I topped that off with the Japanese green tea with milk. Yummy.
The staff are friendly and inviting, the decor is contemporary and clean in its banquette/window bar arrangement and the prices aren't out of whack.
A nice addition to the lower Drive.
I have tried a number of 'Pho' style noodle restaurants, and far too often I am disappointed with the quality of ingredients. At Stix I have no such worry. It's not often that a restaurant combines fresh ingredients, quick delivery and solid value. The menu is small and efficient, offering a number of Asian-inspired dishes. The noodle salad is delicious and can be bought pre-packaged for lunch the next day. I also like the lemon grass chicken; it's well season and accompanied by rice and salad. However my favorite item has to be the salad rolls. They are absolutely to die for: cilantro, rice noodle, lettuce and optional prawns served with a tangy peanut sauce. The best part is two can dine on fresh, family recipe Asian cusine for under 20 bucks.
I have no qualms with the food quality or taste - both were solid. I ordered the beef noodle soup (Vietnamese pho) and some spring rolls, but was disappointed to find I paid about $15(tip excl.) for the two when I could hit this little cash-only place in Marpole and get the same thing (larger bowl of soup, too!) for $10 including the tip. There are tons of wicked places for Vietnamese soup in this city and they offer it far cheaper. Stix is good tasting, but not really good value in my opinion.
As far as the service and ambiance are concerned - service was great - they were super happy to have a customer! The ambiance was a little cold though - almost cafeteria like.
FOOD >>> Food at Stix is fresh and fast! My noodle soup was extremely tasty and filling. Will definitely be back for a second taste.
SERVICE >>> Certainly nothing to write home about... Alright service, nothing out of the ordinary.
VALUE >>> Extremely good. Dinner for a friend and I (2 entrees + 1 appetizer), for less than $25.
AMBIANCE >>> Cafeteria style dining. 'Nuff said.