Good ambiance, fun decor and a fantastic beach front patio... but the food sucks. Have a beer or glass of wine and soak in the White Rock crowd, then move elsewhere for some real food. Fish n Chips are average at best, and way over-priced for what you get. Nachos, calamari, salads... everything below average.
The place is really too small to seat a lot of people. 4 at the counter and maybe 6 at the bar table & chairs. We tried it last Saturday for the first time and ordered spicy salmon, cajun roll, negitoro and avocado& tuna roll. All were so good and the bill was over $24. On Sunday, we got take out again when my father in law came for a visit. Cajun lunch, California lunch, ebi sunomono and negihama maki. Bill came to over $35.
But it was delicious and fresh. I have no complaints whatsoever on the quality of the food. The california roll has a huge amount of filling with just a short layer of rice. That's how sushi is supposed to be.
We can't be ordering from Taka that often because it's just so expensive. But the sushi is just so good.
My husband and I go out for dinners every weekend and have found our perfect dinning experience at Five Doors Down. It's located right infront of the pier on Marine Drive in White Rock. It's the same owners as Cielo's, five doors up, which we've loved for years. We got there early and had a beautiful table looking out at the water. Also caught the sunsetting while sipping on wine and enjoying kushi oysters on the half shell. We invited another couple with us who ended up joining us after our oysters and we all were more than impressed.
We all shared some pan fried oysters, bruschetta (like cielos), digby scallops, salt spring island mussel (beautiful), and calamari that was pan fried not deep fried. All the appies were fabulous!!!
Our server was on top of everything and very helpful with our ordering decisions as the menu items all looked great. We actually had 4 courses and spent the whole night there eating, drinking and laughing...
I had the lamb that was tender and cooked perfect with scallop potato, which i want the recipe for.
My husband had the new york steak and added a whole lobster on, wow, it was amazing.
Our friends did the creole chicken and crab dinner.
There's this peanut butter /chocolate dessert you must go have, to die for.
If you need a place to go out for the night this is it!!!!
I've never been happier with a restaurant, we couldn't have asked for anything better.
Thanks Five Doors Down, we'll be back and let everyone know what a great place this is.
I think the owner may have changed. I used to order here all the time but the last few times we have had to wait over an hour one time the next one and a half hours for our food. I asked them what time we ordered our food and they actually lied to me about what time it was ordered. When the food 2 med pizza and a couple pops got to my house 1:35 mins later- we only live 5 mins away it was cold overcooked. Will not order here again. I knew what time I ordered I just wanted them to admit that this was not the 45 mins or less as they stated.
Fish and chips is all about the batter. The batter here is light. You do need their house made tartar sauce to kick that fish up a notch and don`t forget their sea salt. Their fries is good but not really spectacular but what I enjoy in the last 10 times I`ve driven from Vancouver to White Rock just to eat here is the fish, it is light, and you don`t really have the guilt of eating something deep fried, well maybe a little but still. Our platter also came with deep fried scallops which was good, deep fried mushrooms which I can do without, the oysters were good. We kinda ignored the salad as I didn`t want to take up stomach space.
Service was quick and you pay at the counter when you are done. If you are a fan of fish and chips and have never been here, you simply have to!
My friend took me there for lunch two Saturdays ago. It was my first visit. We sat out on a small patio that was surrounded by plants and which made it very private and with a light airy feel, I felt like I was in the south of France. The server was very friendly and pleasant, and helpful. I ordered the seafood crepes. I was concerned that the dish would be too heavy, especially as it came along with string french fries and salad. The crepe was stuffed with seafood in a light creamy sauce, and it was delicious. The crepe itself was light and tasty, and the fries were crispy and light. When I told the server I didn't care for dressing on the salad, she very thoughtfully brought me some olive oil and lemon instead. I enjoyed every moment of my visit, and I will definitely come back.
My husband and I went to Charlie's on the weekend it was very busy but we managed to get the last table on the patio. The hostess gave us menus, 15 mins later we still had not seen a server, I went to the bar and told the bartender we had to been helped and asked if we could order drinks from him he said he would send someone right over. Our server finally came by and dropped off waters - we told her we ere ready to order she said she would be right back - when i asked if we could order drinks she barked at us that she would be back. We drank our waters and waited for another 15 mins without seeing anyone before deciding to leave.
An extremely disappointing experience if you like your food to be good. We started with the scallop appetizer which was barely warm and tasted bitter.
The kids had fries which were under cooked and greasy. I had the rack of lamb( $28.00) which was also undercooked( raw for the most part). The portion was 5 pieces the size of a loonie. The green beans were raw.
The table beside us sent their food back. We should have done the same but with small kids thats not an option.
With so many other good restaurants in White Rock, we would never go back.
Our server was quite sedated, but very friendly and provided good enough service for the price point. Our beef carpaccio appetizer was very delicious. The caprese salad was decent. Our entrees of ahi tuna and mixed seafood grill were pretty bad. The mixed seafood grill was a few pieces of fish and prawns smothered in an unappetizing store-bought hoisin sauce. The grilled rare ahi tuna was underseasoned because they wanted you to use the very salty "wasabi soy glaze" (which tasted just like soy sauce). The sesame crust on it was overpowering. The lemongrass scented jasmine rice that accompanied the dishes was very tasty, if not a little overcooked. The wine was very reasonably priced.
WAG has a really nice ambience, obviously due in most part to the great view. The prices are reasonable and the service was good. They had live music which was very good and played at a nice volume (talking with your date was still possible). This is a place I would go for drinks (my caesar was really good), appetizers and the patio view. Don't stay for dinner.
WE went to the WAG, as the locals call it, on Friday for dinner with friends. The meals where quality and not over priced. I had the fresh halibut and my wife had the Ahi tuna. Both meals were delicious.
Service was a little slow but it was a really busy night.
A band came on at 8 or so and they were great too. We even saw the lead singer of Nickle Back at the next table.
A cool experience
I decided to write a review as this is the second time I have been to Ulis. They have acquired a new chef named Ryan, and I have to tell you the food is spectacular. We heard that the restaurant just one a review in the Now newspaper for their burger. This is not the usual ground beef. The meat is top quality sirloin, which is made to order. It blew me away! Sooooo tasty. They have an exceptional line of beers you never see in other restaurants, and their waiter Paul is quite the connoisseur. He can suggest the right beer for your taste, and we had fun trying the different flavours. Their main dishes are seafood, but they do have some beef dishes such as the bison. The prices are reasonable, and the view of the bay is awesome. I will not hesitate to go back again.
This place is fantastic.. I take everyone here for their introduction to East Indian cuisine. The service is absolutely fantastic.. they treat you like you're the only customer. The food is divine, truly delicious.
I don't really know what I could say that is negative about this place.. ummm.. yeah beats me. It's just a really good place, good food, extremely friendly.
Give them a shot.
Oh I know something I could say.. their hot isn't very hot. I mean, it's maybe hot for old white people. But if you REALLY love spicy food, make sure you ask for "Indian Hot." Mmmmmmm Mmmmmm.
My partner and I didn't have a good experience at Uli's. I think they were having a bad night as they had had a call from the City telling them not to use the water. We don't drink wine and are big water drinkers, and the only water they could offer was San Pellegrino which we didn't really want, and which they charged us for, despite there being no tap water available. The service was incredibly slow, (and that's coming from a Brit who usually has no problem with slow service), the house salad arrived brown and limp with sloppy green bits on the leaves, and some anaemic looking tomatoes that looked like they were days old so we sent it back. The server returned with apologies from the chef but no attempt was made to redeem the poor start. About 30 mins after ordering our main dishes arrived, barely warm. We were so hungry by this point that we didn't even think about returning them. I had ordered the halibut, which was cooked very nicely, but due to food allergies I had asked for the sauce on the side, so I was disappointed to find that the basmati rice which came with it was also coated in some sort of sauce that the server hadn't mentioned. My partner had the bison which he said was good. The mash that came with it was very tasty. We had only 2 mains and a small bottle of water and the bill was over $60. For that price I expect a lot more. I think the food here is probably usually pretty good, and the ambiance is nice, especially out on the patio with the water view, but the poor service and overall lack of efficiency really let them down.
The whole substandard experience took so long that the sun had set while we sat on the patio and so the server offered me a blanket. It also took quite some time to arrive but I have to say while I was disappointed with all other aspects of the meal, I'd give that blanket a five out of five!
We went there for dinner on a Saturday night, and there was only one table seated in the entire place. That probably should have been our first clue.
To start we ordered 2 appies. The phyllo pastry was so burnt on the tiropita that it was actually black on all the corners, and you could smell the burntness (like bread in a toaster burnt). Our server never came by to check to see how the food was (apparently busy with the one other table) so we waved down the manager (I am assuming). He asked if anything was wrong, and we pointed to the tiropita stating it was a little too well done. He looked at it and said 'it always comes that way because the oven is too hot'. We asked if we could order something else instead. He said he had to take it back to the kitchen to see if they thought it was not edible. WHO lets the kitchen decided??? They are the ones that sent it out to us! After stating we were willing to PAY for something else and for him just to remove the plate we did finally recieve another selection.
Prime Rib special was chewy, and salads were sub par. The only way I can describe the food is if you picture a cookbook from the late 70's to early 80's. The mashed potatoes were two mounds that were scooped from an ice cream scoop onto the plate. The shrimp salad was pretty plain, with two chunks of cucumber, and two wedges of tomato. It really looked like something you would get in a cafeteria - or an old age home. Oh..and paprika sprinkled on everything!
If my grandma was still alive, she would probably love this place...however, I will not be going back anytime soon.
Met up with a bunch of friends for some drinks and steaks on a Saturday. We sat at the lower level/pub part of the restaurant. We've been individually a few times over the years, one of my friends used to go weekly and used to really enjoy the Boathouse... well no longer.
First we got a round of wings and I don't know why they changed the flavour since they used to be great, but the new peanut satay sauce is just downright terrible. Flavour was overbearing, didn't even want to eat the ones my friends couldn't.
For the main course each had a steak or prime rib. The cut of the baseball steak was appalling with a lot of connective tissue right through the middle. The prime rib had huge chunks of fat. When I get a prime rib or steak of course I expect a bit of gristle of fat on the side... but not 20-30% of it.
My other friend asked for a bit of crumbled crab on top of his steak, maybe $5 extra, instead they put an entire half crab on top for $20. Would've been nice for the server to perhaps clarify what he would be getting beforehand since that was not what he wanted at all.
Other than that the restaurant was not busy at all for a Saturday night, drinks were not kept full and the service pretty much sucked as much as possible.
Heard about this new restaurant and read some good reviews, so thought we would try it out. Heard service might be slow, but we received good service. The food was tasty and fresh, but the portion servings for the chowder was pretty meagre. They had these small shallow bowls they put the chowder in, and there was maybe a half a cup of chowder. For $12 that's pretty skimpy. And the $40 crab was awfully close to being just undersized, although it was rated good by my husband. The rack of lamb was delicious, the fish and chips was rated just so so, and the house salad was good. Overall a fare evening was had by the majority of our group.
5 Doors Down, sister restaurant to Cielo's on Marine Drive in White Rock, was recommended to me by a friend for a business dinner I was hosting. Upon reading reviews I was a little apprehensive as to what I had read about poor service in a couple of reviews. The restaurant just opened in June of 2010 and so I was hoping that it was just a matter if ironing out the kinks. As I was entertaining 10 people along with myself, I called ahead and spoke to the Manager in the afternoon. He assured me that we would be well looked after. He was right on to his word. Our server, Jenanne, was super, there was not a moment where we lacked for anyone to cater to our every need. The wine list was not super huge but contained a nice selection, including several wines which were unfamiliar to me. I chose two BC wines unknown to me, a Thornhaven Pinot Gris and a Bonitas Pinot Noir and was not disappointed with either. I found the pricing for the wines to be reasonable. Due to being such a large group we sampled most items on the menu. Items ordered included the much recommended Creole Chicken (which includes loads of seafood with it), the fish & chips, Ahi Tuna, steaks, the calamari & prawn & deep fried oysters appitizers. One couple took advantage of the special dinner for 2, which included 2 - 5 oz. steaks, which came with their own baked potatoes/seasonal veges and a 2.5 lb lobster. Deserts sampled included the Vanilla Bean Creme Brule and the peanut butter chocolate torte. Everything we tried was not the least bit disappointing whatsoever. Even the unique flax seed bread before dinner was delight. Overall, the great service, incredible food and wonder ambiance and decor made for the perfect evening. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys good food and a nice setting. Living in Burnaby, which is a commute to get to this restaurant, I can't wait to make the drive there again. In fact, I have already set a date with other friends to go again this summer.
We went here last night and I was pleasantly surprised! We are new to the White Rock area, had tried a few places for sushi and have been totally disappointed (way over priced, too much rice, and small portions).
I have been living downtown for many years and took for granted how many places you could get good sushi for a decent price.
Shochi Ku had great rolls (bigger than most places) for a fair price. Their specialty rolls were amazing and tempura was light and crisp! Service was top notch with free miso soup while we waited for our order.
I will be back..and probably become a regular!
Received a coupon in the paper and ordered one of the special meals by phone. Guy was great on the phone. Picked 2 sides. Was asked if I want Portugese buns or Garlic Bread. Chose garlic bread. Was not told about the $2.50 upcharge that I did not notice i paid for until I got home. Would have paid it, but come on, don't arbitratily add cost and expect people to not notice.
The guy on the phone also tried to upsell me on another side and I had to ask 2 or 3 times if it was included with the coupon I had. I did not need any more food - we were already getting too much. He had a hard time telling me that I would have to pay for a third side. Felt like I was being sold a car.
Chicken is consistent. I do find the fries get soggy by the time we eat them at home, but like the flavor. The coleslaw seemed about 2/3 full in the take out container, but that may be a full order. Was fresh and tasty.
The garlic bread is hamburger buns cut in half and lightly toasted. Pretty weak.
Ambiance is not applicable.
Food is amazing. Have had 4 great meals there. Have heard about a few service challenges, but I am sure they are primarily from being new and experiencing growing pains.
I would recommend this place to anyone. It is the best spot on Marine Drive in White Rock!!
Decor, location and the lounge makes it a great room. Same owners as Cielo's, but a much different atmosphere - both have their strengths - 5DD is much brighter and spacious.
The Creole Chicken with Scallops and Prawns are amazing, and the presentation for the raw oysters along with the sauces is outstanding. Chef Steve has outdone himself.
|1.||Charlie Don't Surf|
|2.||Boathouse Restaurant, The|
|3.||Italian Touch Restaurant|
|4.||Cosmos Greek Restaurant|
|5.||Moby Dick Restaurant|
|6.||Washington Avenue Grill|
|7.||Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge|
|9.||La Baia Italian Restaurant|
|11.||Le Vol Au Vent|
|13.||Cielo's Tapas and Oyster Bar|
|14.||Taka's Take-Out Sushi|
|15.||Coney Island Seafood|
|16.||Leela Thai Restaurant|
|17.||Wings Restaurants & Pubs|
|18.||Kappa Japanese Restaurant|
|19.||Dock's Fish & Chips|