The boyfriend and I were craving oysters and decided to drive down to take advantage of their Happy Hour. We were greeted by a friendly server and bartender who told us to sit where ever we'd like. We ordered 14 shucks of local oysters, yam fries and hot drumettes and the server confirmed it. When asked about the drink specials, she just pointed to the menu and said, "it's right HERE." Despite being the only couple downstairs, service was extremely lacking. The server and bartender was very engrossed in their conversation to pay any attention to us. It took about 20-25 minutes for our appies to show up, and even though the server repeated what I asked, our drumettes were missing. She did a check back around 15 minutes later but did not fulfill my near-empty glass of water. At this point, I was annoyed, and told her to not even bother with the drumettes, to which she asked, "oh you ordered them? Sorry." I don't get what's so hard about writing down orders; she clearly heard what I said.
The oysters were nothing special, but the two dipping sauces were tasty. The yam fries were too salty and soggy.
I'm very disappointed in this dining experience and since the server looked a young, I didn't want to point out her faults, but she needs to tone down her attitude. We didn't give her a large tip and her anger showed as she rudely scowled at us and didn't say bye as we left.
Well, I finally got around to trying out Taka's. I'd been hearing nothing but good things about it for a number of years, but was put off by a few things. First, the price. Well yes, it is more than typical, but I think it's justified by the decidedly superior quality of the food. Second, the location -- I usually take a bike around town and I wasn't sure if I needed to go down Johnston Road when there was Kuroishi or Sushi Black Tuna closer to home. Well, sure, it's a little more effort, but it's definitely worth it. And most of you will be coming in your cars anyway, so who cares. My last concern was the amount of seating. Two tables with two seats apiece, and then seating for four along the sushi bar. No problem. I just sat at the bar and that was fine. I did show up at opening (11:30am) so maybe it's more of an issue later in the day, but it worked for me today. And sitting at the bar, there's not much to look at, but that's no big deal really.
Anyway, on to the food. I was somewhat over-faced by the menu, which is mostly rolls, so I decided to let the short list of lunch specials inform me. Presumably these were what Taka thought were solid choices. So, I went with the first item, "Taka's Favourtie Lunch" ($13.25). An Eamon Roll (poached salmon roll with red tuna and avocado outside, topped with spicy sauce), four pieces of nigiri (two sockeye salmon and two tuna), and miso soup. I received the miso first, and it was certainly of a higher quality than I'm used to. It had a few exotic mushroom slices floating on top, and although I normally don't eat mushrooms, these were good. The maki was then presented. Delicate flavours, appealing presentation, and enough pieces for the price. The sashimi was also satisfying. I had been getting a bit bored with sushi at the other places around town, but the well-sourced fish here has renewed by interest.
My first order was good enough to call for a second, so I asked for a Cajun roll ($6.50), which is part of the second lunch special (Cajun Lunch). This one included crawfish tail, salmon, avocado, jalapeno, and topped with spicy sauce, cayenne pepper, sesame seeds, and masago habanero. Not quite sure what that last one is, but regardless the roll was even better than the first. For dessert I went with two pieces of mochi ice cream. These are little balls of vanilla ice cream coated in mochi, a nice chewy layer composed of pounded sticky rice, served in halves, with a cute little metal skewer for picking them up, and sprinkled with some kind of green powder -- some kind of tea product I guess. At $1.75 each maybe I should have gotten four, because they were really really good.
Anyway Taka's is pricier than usual, yes, but I feel it's worth it, especially if you're getting a bit bored with wherever you usually go.
Also known as lentils in gravy. I get it virtually every time I come to Little India. Little black nuggets of goodness. A naan is a must, cheese or garlic, and possibly the zaffrani (saffron) rice. Kingfisher beer goes well with the modest spicyness. I do not recommend the milk dumpling desserts -- they are really good, but there's only two of them, for $5 or $6. At that price I would like four. I really wish I could get four! They -are- scrumptious.
Peter the proprietor is a very decent fellow and always makes you feel at home. And the cook working in the back knows their craft very well. This is a favorite of my family's and a real asset to the community... or Metro Vancouver as a whole for that matter, judging by some of the other reviews. We go there about once a month or thereabouts and we always, always leave happy and satisfied. Unequivocal recommendation.
Wife and I for lunch.
Just passing and thought we would try it.
I am a Chinese Food Cook and Enthusiast.
We both ordered the Lunch Special for $8.95 each.
Ours Included Soup, Rice, and the House Special or Cashew Nuts Chicken.
We were both surprised at the high quality of the Soup= DELICIOUS!
As well as the main course.
NOT too hot, particularly when we realiaze that this is a Szechan Chef at work.
I will recommend this outlet to any and everyone I can!
Easily the best in the White Rock area!
I've never submitted a review before but we recently dined at Giraffe's and the service was outstanding. Simon, our server, went beyond serving. It was an experience that all should take advantage of. I give Giraffe's a 10 out of 10 for exceptional service. We'll be back
I will go if I am in Abbotsford, and I will arrange plans around Penangs if I am going to White Rock.
So delicious, you absolutely must try the roti for sure. The food is always incredible, even the next day if you take some home - large portions & excellent service.
Don't change a thing!! Love
wings has great food, don't get me wrong, but they need a service upgrade.
the waitresses that work there are not very good. i've been there three times and twice out of the three times, they have messed up an order. and one of the times, they messed up twice.
not to mention they have bad attitudes.
love the food. the menu is great. just work on the service and you'll be outstanding.
We had expectations of eating really great food off this special Valentines menu.
We waited a long time for the main course. Couples that were seated after us received
Their entrees before we did. You'd think they would offer an apology for the long wait...
But nope. I had the lobster ravioli, which was small but tasty. The problem was my
Husbands. He had the veal which came with one carrot and one broccoli floret and
Two potato slices. As another critic on this page we too had to go elsewhere after to
"top up" . If you do decide to try this place....don't go with an appetite!
This is the nice small spot on the strip that is well worth the visit. The staff are very attentive without being overbearing. Each visit we have had we've found this to be the case, and the kitchen doesn't have you waiting very long between ordering, or between courses. When the food comes it is spot on. My personal favourite is the crab wonton appetizer, and I haven't had a bad entree yet. It is definitely a place to come for a special evening.
If you expect to get a nice treat of lobster at the much advertised Lobsterfest, don't waste your time. We ordered the steak with Jamaican stuffed 1/2 lobster. The lobster tail had no lobster in it, but was emptied and was filled with a bland risotto and a couple of shrimp. Since when did risotto become Jamaican? The potatoes were bland as well. The only thing good was the steak which was tender and cooked to perfection.
For the price, you would think that you would get all the lobster from the tail.
If you want lobster maybe consider ordering a whole lobster instead. Although last time we attended lobsterfest the lobster was over cooked and very tough.
I was spending a great deal of time trying to find a place for a nice romantic dinner for me and my girlfriend and we came across Italian Touch from some friends who told us to check it out. The entire experience there was even better than the referral. Italian Touch is a very well kept place, with a very romantic feeling and top notch food and service. I ordered the Lobster Ravioli and my girlfriend ordered the Salmon Rosmarino. Both of which were only delicious, especially the ravioli sauce. The wine selection has quantity and quality and the waitor made sure our glasses were never depleted. Hats off to the chef and the staff, we will be going back for sure and I recommend Italian Touch to anyone who wants to experience Italian cuisine at its finest.
Where the locals go for fish & chips, there must be a reason. I am a regular once a week customer. Large pieces of fish (your choice: Cod Halibut or salmon) fries, cold slaw or salad. Fish is lightly coated then baked. Not fat or grease just the tastiest fish you could ask for. Made from fresh fish not previously frozen and prepared by Eddie who used to be a executive chef before he started his "Whale' Tale Cafe". Give them a try you won't regret it.
On New Years day looking for a place to dine we headed into White Rock.
Relatively new to the area I have not tried many local restaurants.
Charlies' looked so inviting and bonus, it was open.
We were greeted warmly, seated promptly and had the cutest table in the place. I was so impressed by the quaint and eclectic decor!
Our server was also prompt and super friendly and helpful.
The menu had a nice variety of items and the prices were totally resonable. I was actually expecting higher prices because of the amazing location over looking the beach!
My boyfriend had a simple hamburger platter. I did not try his burger but he certainly was happy with it. I did try the fries and they were amazing! It was priced around the $10.00 mark.
I myself had one of the best salads I have ever eaten. It was a beet, feta and spinach salad....it was to die for!!! It was wonderful. Also around the $10.00 price range.
It was so good that the next day I went shopping looking for the ingrediants to try to make my own version!
Will I return for more???....Absolutely! It is now one of my favorite restaurants
When the response to "what's the only restaurant open on New Years day on the beach?" is "Charlie Don't Surf", and the people with you say, "Oh no!!!!", you are probably doing something wrong.
The waiter hardly appeared for the 2 hours we had to endure this restaurant. Not because we wanted to and were enjoying ourselves, but because THAT'S HOW LONG IT TOOK FOR EVERYTHING TO ARRIVE. Every time we had to wave him over for him to refill our drinks, to take our order, to come back when he wasn't finished taking our orders.
When we finally ordered our appetizers 30 minutes into being there, the calimari came soggy, lukewarm, and in a small amount.
I was finished my tea for an hour before I had to flag down the waiter to get some water to drink, to which he sighed loudly, returned with a glass of tap water with no ice, and was like "There you are, a glass of our finest water" in an extremely sarcastic tone.
The food everyone had was mediocre. No one took anything home and there was a LOT left. When I asked our party of 8 what they thought of their food, no one even said "it's good". It was disappointing. The fish was soggy, the chips were cold, the pasta was less than appealing.
Me and 2 others had the Curry Chicken Penne. NEVER have I turned away food at a restaurant. This was the first time. The chicken was fatty and stringy and overcooked, the penne was overcooked, the snowpeas were brown from being steamed for god knows how long, and it's like they dumped an entire block of condensed curry mix into each bowl. It was 100% inedible. I got the manager to take it off the bill, which he didn't fight.
I was right to not want to go to this restaurant. It's always been a let down and every time I ask someone about this place, the response is usually "ewwww".
Have been meaning to try out this spot for the last year or so, so decided Xmas might be the time.
Our party reservation was for 7:30PM, however we were not seated till 8PM . It was clear from the start it was going to be a long evening. Eventually I had to ask for menus to get the show on the road.
Our mains did not arrive until almost 10PM. 2 hours is way too long. They came out on cold plates & the food itself was barely warm. Several plates were returned to be "re-heated" but in my opinion, the food was inedible and I personally did not touch mine.
The manager/owner (?) also provided entertainment. It was painfully obvious to everyone I guess but him he should have been in the kitchen trying to sort out whatever the service issues were, rather than playing his guitar.
Overall, not a good evening. Really too bad. It is an attractive space & very inviting. Nice people. But if you can't turn out a product to match the setting, there are just too many other places to spend your dining dollar in this area. Unfortunately all you get these days is one shot, so will not be back.
Went here with the special half for a birthday. We had a coupon sent as the birthday person gets their meal free up to $25 value. My better half order the 8 oz steak medium rare and I ordered the seafood in a red currey cream sauce in rice noodles. The better half meal came with mash potatoes, green beans and red peppers. My dish came in a creamy coconut red curry sauce/soup that had fish, prawns, mussels, clams etc. The soup was tasty and the seafood was plentiful for $21.99. The better half steak dinner costs $22.99 and it was done to perfection as the better half stated. They also brought out some bread with garlic butter and the water was never half empty for too long. The service was exceptional. They asked how the meal and top off the water when is was needed. I was very impressed. It was quite busy for a Tuesday evening as they had several parties on the go. The price can be a bit much if you did not have the coupon, but it is a great place to go out to have a nice dinner. Would recommend this place if you are incline for a romantic dinner or out with a group of friends.
I've noticed that most of the reviews here are pretty old, so here's my two cents as I was just here the other night.
While not a fancy place at all, the ambiance is pretty awesome. It's kind of a weird pub, a bit worn down but it gives it character, and the people make this spot a favorite of mine and my friends. It's a great spot to meet people, you can go to this place and just start up a conversation with anyone in there, it's a pretty social place.
The prices are decent too. I don't think you can get a glass of wine anywhere else on the beach for less than $6. And even though it came in an oddly small looking glass, they sure filled it up! Also, if you want to buy a bottle of wine in house it is by far the cheapest I've ever seen. They have a little beer and wine store in the pub, so you can choose any wine you want and they add a $6 corking fee, which is pretty good considering you can drink a bottle of Hardy's for $22, or J.Lohr for only $32. This is unheard of, I've never been able to order a bottle of wine to my table that cheap anywhere. Ever.
I've been going to the Piper for years, and I can say for sure that the food has improved a lot. It was pretty inconsistent for a while but recently it's been amazing every single time. The portions are huge and the prices have stayed pretty much the same. You will not find bigger pieces of fish anywhere else along the beach as you do here. And they have all you can eat fish and chips for like ten bucks.
Oh, and the bathrooms got renovated, finally:) Too bad there's not more stalls though because it's always packed here on the weekends and there's always like 10 girls in there at a time.
Coming from New West, I rarely go in to White Rock (or write reviews). But my wife and I had such a good time and everything was so amazing I just have to let more people know about this. It was a chilly December evening and I wanted to try some place I'd never been, I decided on Uli's because it had a lovely mural on the side of the restaurant.
As soon as we came in I loved how old fashioned everything seemed, very nice old school decor. My wife has an allergy to gluten and it was nice to see 'GF' next to items that can be made gluten free! I've never seen that before and it was nice to hear that all their product is local, organic and home-made. My wife ordered the burger (on a gluten-free bun), which I didn't know was voted the best in town! The chef even cooked it to medium rare, a first for us. I had a lamb shank which was so nice and tender I didn't even touch my knife.
I'm a beer drinker, and there must have been 100 beers I've never heard of on the list, I didn't know what to have so I just went with the server's recommendation, good call buddy ;) A huge bourbon selection also (30+), I would have gotten one if I didn't have to drive back to NW.
I can't believe none of my friends have ever heard of this place! I'm definitely going back, as soon as possible - A+ in my books.
"Five doors down" is actually five doors down his little brother, Celios...
On a nice Sunday night, the three of us headed to Five Door Down for dinner.
As soon as we were sited, our waiter gave us menu and ordered our drink. My host recommended the Frites Oorlog with the sauces as an appetizer and believe me, I'm not a fan of fries usually, but those were delectable!
The men opted for the Tenderloin and I succumbed for the Sesame crusted Ahi Tuna served on a fresh green salad, beets and grilled pistachios. I had to contain myself not to lick the plate! It was so delicious! I had the opportunity to taste the Tenderloin. It was tender and perfectly cooked.
Our waiter came back to top our glasses of wine, so we never needed to do it ourselves.
There was pleasant Christmas music playing that was not too loud.
The restaurant was half full and not too noisy. I heard that it can get busy on Friday-Saturday night, so having a reservation is not a bad idea.
In brief, my experience at Five Doors Down tell me that I'll be back...
Service is always a little on the slow side, but the food makes up for it. I always get the Bruschetta, it'll be different than anything you have ever tried. Also a favourite of my is the Madrasi Chicken flatbread - doesn't taste very madrasi, but it is def. good! It's a great date night place, as well as a great place to go to catch up with friends. It is not to be missed if you are on the white rock strip.
|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|
|8.||La Baia Italian Restaurant|
|11.||Le Vol Au Vent|
|13.||Cielo's Tapas and Oyster Bar|
|14.||Coney Island Seafood|
|15.||Leela Thai Restaurant|
|16.||Taka's Take-Out Sushi|
|17.||Wings Restaurants & Pubs|
|18.||Kappa Japanese Restaurant|
|20.||Dock's Fish & Chips|