Firstly, the only negative thing about this place is trying to eat there. Reservations have to be made
weeks in advance due to its popularity.
The evening buffet is now $35.00/person, still reasonable if you think about the variety of
appetizers and desserts buffet that's part of your dinner. This last Friday they served as appetizers
squid, prawns, steamed clams and mussels in wine sauce, seared albacore tuna, and so on.
Desserts included eclairs, tarts, cakes, macaroons, ...
The main dish included seared duck breast, salmon fillet and steak.
Since it is a teaching school, it is always interesting to try the various dishes prepared by the students
and we have never had the same meal twice. Definitely a must try if you have an adventurous palate.
First of all, I couldn't fault the service. The staff were really friendly and genuinely wanted you to enjoy your experience. We also enjoyed the snacks whilst we waited for our table. We didn't actually have to wait as long as expected but it was a Tuesday evening. Sadly, we were disappointed with the food. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't amazing - especially for the price. We both had the lamb Popsicles and although well cooked, I just found the sauce far too rich and sickly after a while. By the end of it we both said we would have preferred some popadoms and a madras from our local takeaway!
It's a small bistro, fun ambience and first class service. They have few choices, which apparently change daily, but they sounded so good, we wanted to try them all. Settled for prawn cakes, beautifully sered and simple, seared scallops, duck confit- all well presented and as good as they get. Delicious accompaniment of scalloped potatoes. Small but well chosen and excellent value wine list, and they have a couple of chalkboard specials- we had a lovely Rhone that would have been great at twice the price. This must be the best restaurant on the Drive.
I heard about the Aussie Pie Guy truck and gave it a try when the truck was in my area. I was planning to order the veggie pie but changed my mind at the last minute and ordered the salmon pie. $8 for all pies. Wow! Incredible pie with all kinds of veggies in there, light flaky pastry, taste sensation for sure! Loved it. Was it $8 good? Subjective, but I'd definitely get another one.
Skip the sweetie pie. Advertised as a custard and apple pie, they had mini pies available for $4 so I bought one. Not good. No custard. Rest of it was just so so. Rip off at $4 for what you get, and definitely not as advertised. Go anywhere else and buy an apple fritter donut, it'll be better value and better taste.
Main course wonderful, dessert huge let down.
Good take out lunch. This place is consistently a fairly good place to eat. I ordered barbequed chicken and noodles .Was looking for fish on the lunch menu but they had none. On previous occasions, I had come in for dinner. My picks are the kaldereta, bulalo , chicken ihaw and the jackfruit ice cream.
The only downside is parking. If the street parking is not available, you need to find parking in the residential areas around Victoria.
ordered beef curry on rice; what I got was a few shredded pieces of beef on rice; felt like I paid for sauce on rice; sent it back; got a few more pieces of shredded beef; NOT one large piece of beef; never again will I order or come here; the Singaporean Malaysian restaurant at oak 25 in strip mall is same price and I was full and they give chunks of beef. disappointing even sent it back the dish and got two shredded pieces of beef pathetic I even told host I'm paying ten bucks for sauce on rice not beef on rice
Somehow, I had not been to this restaurant for a number of years, despite having very good experience previously. Recently, a friend invited me to dine here again, so I was very much looking forward to it. Despite the high expectations, this restaurant gave me a wonderful experience in every way. Every dish, from appetizers to main courses and desserts for all the dinner participants were outstanding. Service was attentive and just right. The decor seemed much the same as I remembered it but did not look old at all and provided a nice ambiance for the dinner. It was a most enjoyable meal for all, and I will definitely return before long.
the steak sandwich was not good. very tough and dry cut of meat.it was on top of something which looked like a hotdog bun. maybe try one of the appetizers instead. the server was nice though. only went here once so maybe the next time will be better? The atmosphere was ok.
I have been seriously watching my food/beverage intake the past couple of months so thought I would treat myself to a couple of beer and something to eat at Steamworks last night. I got immediate service by the friendly bartender and after a little lingering over a beer or two I decided I would order something.
I remember an absolutely incredible lamb burger I had at another location awhile back. Fresh, juicy, an incredible garlic/feta sauce so as I looked over the menu at Steamworks the lamb burger jumped out at me.
Surely Steamworks could come up with something just as memorable. Not a chance.
The burger arrived after about twenty minutes or so. The first thing I noticed was the oversized pretzel bun.
It was huge. The meat inside, not so much. The lamb patty was neither plump nor juicy. If McDonalds made a lamb burger it would taste sort of like Steamworks. The patty was very dry with little taste. What a disappointment. There was no love in the making of this burger. I guarantee it was a frozen patty at one time.
Three beer and the lamb burger, $50.00 including tip.
I had bought a groupon so thought i would try this place. I must say that the donair were really good. I had the chicken one. The person serving me did not speak english well but he understood what i wanted. It tasted really good. It was not a bad deal. They also had many specials and this would include fries and pop. Not bad for lunch. I will go back and try them again
The Peking Duck was recommended and sure enough, it did not dissappoint. How can anyone fault a well done peking duck? The wrappers had the right thickness, although they are a little small for my liking, while the duck was cut too thick, as though they counted how many people were in the party and just cut enough for one chunk of duck meat for one wrapper each. The dining experience felt somewhat budgeted and skimpy from that moment on. The rest of the food was ok, not memorable at all. I have tasted crabs done better in most other Chinese restaurants.The presentation of the steamed fish was awful, It was a mess put together to resemble a fish. So all in all, the service was allright but the kitchen has to step up on their side of the business.
The XLB was being hand made when we dined there. We were seated right away but the place is full. It is always full whenever I drive by. The consistency, texture and meat filling of the XLB was very good. The rest of the other food we ordered, hmmm, not that great, just ordinary mediocre. But overall, it was not bad at all.
Don’t go there, is a dangerous place, especially if you are young women.
On Saturday March 7, 2015evening, my daughter went out with one of her friends to have dinner at that place. The owner or employee by name John- was rude, verbally aggressive towards her, took her pursue and throw it on the ground.
Save your money and go somewhere else!
I use to like this place for their xiao long dumplings and appetizer dishes a lot instead of venturing to Richmond for Chinese food. I have to say, however, their food and service quality has declined greatly in the past year.
For starters, their food quality has declined. They seem to use MSG like no tomorrow. I've always expected MSG to some degree in Chinese food, but lately you can taste MSG and nothing else.
The main decline would be their service. Their take out service is horrible. I once waited 2.5 hours for them to deliver an order, and I only live 8min drive away. Their delivery drivers are always rude. As for restaurant service, it really turned me away. I once ordered a Szechuan chicken with spicy chili sauce, the cold appetizer. I walked in around 2:40pm and wanted to get it for dinner. As soon as I got in, the waitress had a sour face and said something in Chinese to me, which I don't understand. I quickly learned it was almost their lunch break. I thought I would order a cold dish, so they can just pack it from the fridge. I told the cashier I wanted the COLD Szechuan chicken with spicy chili sauce. She quickly typed it into the register and didn't bother saying a word to me.
I then waited and waited for 10 mins for my take out order, and to my surprise they gave me the stir fry Szechuan chicken lunch special! I told her that was not what I wanted, and she snatched the take out order from my hand and then proceeded to SCOLD at me in CHINESE! I don't speak Chinese! I'm Asian, but I'm not of Chinese ethnicity. Then she muttered under her breath in English saying I said szechuan chicken special. I was really angry at this point and told her I said i wanted the COLD Szechuan chicken, and never said anything about Lunch Specials.
She then kept talking to me in Chinese, even though I told her I don't speak Chinese already, saying I need to make up the difference. I've just about had it with them. They not only mixed up my order, but also don't respect their customers. Just because I'm Asian doesn't mean I'm Chinese. She didn't even apologize for her mistake.
I will definitely never go back to this place again. I ended up throwing out the Cold szechuan chicken because all I can taste was the MSG and no chicken flavour. If they keep this up, they won't last for long. There are other better Chinese restaurants out there. Next time I will go to Richmond and not waste my money at this racist place.
I have no idea why this place has received good reviews. Worse Indian take-out I have ever had.
My husband and I grew up with Indian food, and love it -- BUT this place is just awful. We tried Mirchi because it seemed to have good reviews, but regretted it the moment we opened the containers. The naan were burnt, and the palak/saag paneer was burnt. The curries were swimming in grease. The butter chicken wasn't terrible, but did not taste anything like butter chicken should; also, it was wayyyy too spicy. The chicken vindaloo didn't taste anything like a chicken vindaloo. The butter chicken container was less than half full. When we called the restaurant to say that the dishes didn't seem right -- some were burnt, others kind of empty -- we were cut off and told that is how they make it, good-bye! The service was even worse than the food. Very disappointed. Never again.
Looked at reviews on Yelp and Urbanspoon and decided to give this place a try. This had to be the worst Indian takeout I've had in my life. Ordered the butter chicken and it was gross - congealed tomato sauce and a few bits of chicken. The sauce tasted like it had vinegar which made it sour. Also tried the saag paneer and it was swimming in oil with overlooked and dried paneer pieces. The chicken Vindaloo was from thigh meat and very chewy. The naan were burnt. Paid $40 for this and threw it away after a few bites. Will never go here again.
The food here is absolutely delicious! Flavors are incredible! Its certainly a treat to visit Crackle Crème (pun intended). I also love the way the place has been decorated. The style is sleek, modern, and clean. Although it is not extravagant, it feels a bit sophisticated yet refreshing. The café is small so don’t go with a large crowd, but it’s never too busy so the small space is not a problem even if you go with just one more person.
One of my buddy's been raving about this place for years about how good the pizza is here and has been yappen we should get out there one day. HOLD IT......mind you I have not told him I've been here eons of times .... back in my Britannia High School days. And that day has come after filling out sports action tickets on friday..we decided to make a pit stop over here at 6pm.
Parking is everywhere around commercial.....parking meters to the front and side of the restaurant (just remember no parking on rush hours on commercial weekdays or you get TOWED) or on the side streets were there are free 2 hours spots. Anyways...the place looks the same...time warp back to the mid-1980s even-though this place has been around since 1973 from what I remember...Italian/Greek garden setting....definitely needs a new update. The place was half full and we got seated right away by the waitress.
After checking the menu, I ordered an appy of calamari and my old school favorite...a medium pepperoni plus iced tea. My buddy ordered the large No.15 pepperoni, bacon and mushroom plus a coke. My appy with tzatziki dip arrived in about 10 minutes.....excellent....crispy on the outside and super tender on the inside...plus you get both body and tentacles!! In about another 10 minutes..our pizzas arrived. Verdict....nothing has changed...same great retro style crust ( not thin like the Italian neapo style..more like medium crust) , same zippy sauce, loads of cheese and pepp...just like I remembered it!! I tried one slice of my buddy's No.15. Pretty good as well...but the bacon is more like back bacon then the usually bacon. Anyways...after 4 slices I was stuffed and my buddy had only 3 slice left of his tray!! Holy smokes but then again he's an ex-Saint Mary Huskies Offensive Lineman and I'm not!!
Overall, the food was fine. Leftovers was a must. Service was solid and she checked several times if you wanted anything else...If you wanted ice water...2 cups plus a pitcher of ice water ( got that as well). My cost was about $27 with tip and my buddy's tab was about $23 bucks with tip. Prices are inexpensive as compared to other places around commercial. Will definitely be back to try out more kickin it old school comfort food!!
My girlfriend and I came here a little after 1 pm on a Wednesday and had no trouble getting a seat. We found this place while passing by Broadway and trying to settle on a good place to get some lunch. When we arrived, there were already a couple of tables occupied which was an encouraging sign. We both decided to get the lunch specials: a curry of your choice accompanied by rice, naan and a salad. For $11.00, it is not bad. The fact that we got to choose from a variety of options for lunch was good. I went for the lamb curry and the GF choose the butter chicken. Good choices both. As promised we got the best bang for our buck, and it was so tasty. This is yet another great Indian restaurant with delicious food. I’ll definitely go back for lunch one day and maybe even try more of their dishes later on for dinner.
Went for a coffee and dessert on sunday afternoon. Coffee was good but ordered Tiramisu and it was not good at all. It was frozen and was told by the server to let it warm up on the table for about 5 mins. Waited for 15mins and was still frozen inside. Took it back and she warmed it up in the microwave so now the was not good at all. They would not refund my money. What a waste of $5. Will go for coffe but don't order the dessert.. Better to go to Milano coffee which is just around the corner.
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