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White Rock Restaurant Reviews
Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
So good we back again in the same week!....even after Groupon issue.
By canucksfan13 of South Surrey (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 2, 2011 - 1:34pm [Dine in]

My wife had a bought a Groupon for Onyx a few months ago. We've live in the area so we thought we'd give it a try and the deal was pretty good. $50 worth of food for $25. We're more into these types of independant smaller restaurants than the "chains" The Groupon was ending May 4th so we decided to make a reservation for last Monday. We were pleasantly greeted by the young lady at the front who was the manager. She acknowledged our reservation and our name. She sat us down and welcomed us. Not a huge place, but trendy decor and some nice music playing. Nice wine bar on the side with a couple of small TV's. Waitress came and explained the specials. We ordered the crab cake to start, came with some type of an avacado Aoli. It was excellent. My wife, who doesn't really like seafood, like it as well. When she came back to take our order we told her we had a Groupon. She said they we're accepting them since it was a "Holiday" I told her Easter Monday is not a holiday and that we should be able to use it. She went and got the manager, who was the young lady who seated us. She said she spoke with the owner and he said we couldn't use it. At this point I was getting a bit upset. I told her I wasn't mad at her but rather the fact it wasn't a really a holiday. I asked my wife if we wanted to stay and seeing as though we had the babysitter at home watching the kids we may as well. Entree's are A-La-Carte. I ordered the 7 OZ Sirloin which came with one of their famous onion rings. My wife had the Free Range Organic Half Roasted Chicken with the bourbon peach BBQ sauce. For sides we had the Organic Yam Gratin, Mushroom Trio, and Vegatables. All the food was cooked to perfection. I usually order a rib-eye for steak but didn't want that big a piece of meat since I had to go play soccer but the Sirloin was very juicy being a lower quality of meat. During the dinner, the manager came back and said she felt bad about the groupon and offered to pay for our appy or our deserts if decided we had time to stay for some. I thought this was very nice of her. I ordered the Creme Brule Trio (chocolate, bailey's and Vanilla Bean) all come in little individual dishes. Very tasty. Wife had the truffle cake, which was very good.

Since the food was so good and we still had the groupon which was expirying within days we decided to go back last night with our friends. The same manager greeted us and we had a laugh about the groupon issue but told her were happy to come back. We shared the calamari which came with a Tzatziki and a bit of hot sauce. It was crispy and fresh. My wife (who again...doesn't normally like seafood).....really enjoyed it. For entrees, my friend and my wife both had the chicken, friends wife had the pork baby back ribs and I went with the fish special which was the 7 oz halibut wrapped in pershutto with a butter sauce. The halibut was incredible. One of the best fish dishes I've had. My wife (again...not a seafood lover said if she knew it was that good would have ordered it) The chicken was excellent and so were the ribs. Sides we had the Tomato and Broccncini, The Veggies, Mushrooms and Smashed Organic Redskin Potato's. The potato's were unbelievably tasty!

Overall we were happy we came back and could now use the groupon!!!.....I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place to anyone. You may want to make reservations since there are not a ton of tables. Their wine list is impressive as well.

The prices may seem a bit high being that you have purchase entree's on their own their then sides but the quality of the food is well worth it and we felt full but not overly stuffed.

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Le Vol Au Vent14959 Marine Drive, White Rock
For an Delicious, Intimate, Joyful, Flavorful Meal and Experience
By Rita Britnell of WHITE ROCK BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 2, 2011 - 10:43am [Dine in]

It was my birthday when my partner took me to Le Vol Au Vent. He had long been talking about the lamb, and the desserts, particularly the Chocolate Mousse. On this evening, we were graciously greeted by Nana, wife of the Chef Michel! The first thing I gazed at were a variety of desserts freshly prepared on the Chef's counter.....I love Desserts...European Quality Desserts...and these appealed to my taste buds!

The restaurant provides an intimate setting, joyful, quaint, a warm atmosphere and color decor, and the Husband and wife team is very sweet and accommodating. The other point I would like to mention is that this restaurant setting offers you a sense of peace and calm for there is no loud music you need to deal with. Hence, it is easy to relax and enjoy who you are with. That is a very big bonus for those who prefer a quieter setting.

The Food Was Incredible, Delicious! I enjoyed the flavors of every bite of the lamb dish we ate. My partner was so right in suggesting this choice. We took our time savoring each morsel of this good size plate. I found my eyes gazing at the other dishes that were being served, the delivery, the presentation, the size of the dish.

I love flavors, and a choice of different ones complementing each other. I was in seventh heaven....cooing.

Then onto dessert......oh boy, so many choices to choose from....well this time we choose the cheesecake with strawberries, chocolate and whipped cream.

This experience was Fabulous, Personal, Delicious, Relaxing, and Joyful. It is the restaurant that I am attracted to going back to on the strip in White Rock in the future. I will be recommending my clients to go and enjoy even an appetizer, a dessert, a soup and will return myself soon again with dear friends.

Thank you,
Rita

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Giraffe Restaurant15053 Marine Drive, White Rock
A VERY Disappointing Birthday Dinner
By ronandmax of WHITE ROCK BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

We were very disappointed with our dining experince. Do not eat at Giraffes in White Rock. We were celebrating my birthday. The services was beyond slow, it took 45 mins for appetizers, it took over an hour for our dinner to arrive and then another 1/2 for dessert. Make sure you really want extra bread because they charge for extra bread. They don't tell you until you get your bill though. They gave us the wrong dessert, we said it was ok, just cancel the other one. The server said ok. A few minutes later the waitress brought the other dessert anyway. Then CHARGED US FOR IT!!!!!
A very disappointing Birthday Dinner. We will NEVER be going back there again.

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
Our Favorite
By AudreyM of Langley (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 18, 2011 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

Last night my husband and I dined at the Onyx for the second time. The appetizers and prime rib were fantastic. The meal came with there famous onion rings and fantastic Yorkshire pudding (not a dessert pudding). We found the service to be outstanding. We were greeted at the door and shown to our table immediatly. Our server was with us within minutes and was very good at letting us know the specials for the evening. She was always watching and there whenever we needed anything. This has become our favorite resturant for a night out. From the Chef and kitchen staff right down to the hostess and servers you couldnt ask for a more fantastic evening with fine food and great ambiance.

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La Baia Italian Restaurant15791 Marine Drive, White Rock
The Best Authentic Italian!
By cabissonn of Victoria British Columbia Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 11, 2011 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

I had the pleasure of going to this restaurant for my birthday dinner. My girlfriend and I arrived and we requested a window seat, and they were able to accommodate us no problem. I made reservations that day, but there wasn't many patrons when we got there even though the maitre d suggested I choose a different time for our res.

We were greeted with a smile and after ordering wine (which I'm sure they gave us more than we ordered), we had two appetizers. My girlfriend started with the Calamari - which was served almost immediately. The Calamari was so different from any I've ever had, but it was very tasty. It was served in a light tomato sauce but no deep frying here.. it was straight Calamari! But very good! I ordered the Conchiglia Con Frutti Di Mare, which was a combination of shrimps, scallops and crabmeat in wine and cheese sauce. Now this was to die for! I could have just eaten this for my main dinner. I highly recommend this dish to anyone who is a seafood lover!

For our main dinner, I ordered the Seafood Lasanga which was one of the dinner specials. Now I have to say, when I got it, one side of the lasagna had a wonderful white cream sauce, and the other side had a light and tasty tomato sauce. I couldn't decide which end I liked more, so I took turns eating from both ends! This lasagna was packed with seafood - crab, shrimp and scallops! I was in seafood heaven!

My girlfriend opted for the Salmone Riccardo - a filet of salmon, shrimp and crab in brandy sauce. She was so impressed by her dish, the size of the salmon was more than expected. And the taste was amazing.

The service in this restaurant was nothing short of wonderful. Our waiter's sense of humor could have used a bit of work, but I found this establishment to be so very authentic Italian! The ambiance was wonderful... it was getting dark out and we had candle light all around us...

I would highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasion, but especially for a nice romantic dinner! Too bad it was my girlfriend there with me, but it was wonderful just the same!

I will definitely come back and I'm making sure I let all my friends know of this wonderful find!

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Washington Avenue Grill15782 Marine Drive, #5, White Rock
Good restaurant, with a few qualifying comments
By travellers2008 of Surrey, B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 9:51pm [Dine in]

This is a nice restaurant ... views of the water, nice marine ambience. Friendly, efficient and attentive staff. We have been here four times, twice the meals were great, really great. Good sized portions, crispy and varied vegetables, wonderful seafood. The other two times our entrees were undercooked. The first time the halibut was still raw in the middle. We sent it back, and it was returned hot and well cooked, with the vegetables still hot. Their halibut, cooked correctly, is wonderful. The second time my husband's salmon was well cooked and hot. But, my lamb, ordered medium-rare, was essentially raw. It was a Saturday night, the place was packed, and no doubt the chef was working under pressure, but still ... a meat thermometer would come in handy here. Sent it back, but I guess by then it was cold, because it just came back reheated, rather than cooked further. Not the best. Anyway, the server was great, offered a comp dessert to make up for it. The desserts are really good.

Weekends are very busy here and therefore noisy. If you prefer things a little quieter, go earlier in the evening, or earlier in the week.

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Moby Dick Restaurant15479 Marine Drive, White Rock
The Best? How can that be said without trying the rest?
By rhobear of Surrey (29 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 10:56am [Dine in]

Wow, so many good reviews here. Makes me wonder if people have tried anywhere else. I'll give this restaurant its props, very friendly, quick service, and neat, if somewhat cluttered decor. But the food? No thanks, there's better to be had. Soggy limp chips swimming in oil. I would say that the oil wasn't nearly hot enough when the fries were put in. The oil could also have been drained from the fish. Taking the batter off the fish and there is absolutely no seasoning at all, very bland. Guess this is why people require so much tartar sauce, lemon, vinegar and salt. Next time I'm on the strip I'll try someplace else thanks.

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Wings Restaurants & Pubs14945 Marine Dr, White Rock
Disappointing family experience
By phleebyte of Langley, B. C. Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 4:34pm [Dine in]

My friend and I arrived at Wings with our children on a Wednesday afternoon during Spring break. They did not appear too busy and had a kids menu which was appealing to us. We had a baby, a 2 year old and two 4 year olds with us. We waited a few minutes before anyone appeared to show us a table. After being shown to our table we were almost immediately "greeted" by the manager who complained about our strollers as we were unloading our children from them. We explained that we were just getting settled and to give us a couple minutes. He returned a few minutes later to complain that his servers would have trouble getting around the strollers to which I asked if there was a place he would prefer we move them too. After a bit of shuffling we were finally seated, but instantly felt as though we were not welcome.

We ordered the "mighty mite" mini burgers for our kids and an appetizer share platter. After 45 minutes from placing our order the manager came by to tell us they were out of mini burgers. At this point I was ready to leave, but we asked how long it would take to get food and he said 5 - 6 minutes. With the kids restless and hungry we decided to stay and got the chicken fingers for the kids instead.

The food was nothing special. We received the share plate before the kids meals and our waitress informed us that the mini burgers would be right out. I guess she didn't get the memo that they were out of mini burgers. When she returned with the kids food shed told us to be careful as one of the kids plates was hot. Why would it be hot unless it was sitting under a heat lamp and if you knew it was going to a child, wouldn't you shift the food to a cool plate to avoid burning a child???

We asked for our bill right away as our parking was about to run out and we were a little surprised and disappointed that we were charged full price for our meals.

The atmosphere was very bar-like - booths and tall bar stools. They had one high chair for my friends baby but she was quite low from where the rest of us were sitting. They also had UFC on the multitude of tvs everywhere - not exactly kid friendly material.

As a pub, I don't think I would have been that disappointed with the environment - but I really question why they have a kids menu.

I would definitely not return here with my kids. Even without my kids, I wouldn't return simply due to the poor service.

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Uli's Restaurant15025 Marine Drive, White Rock
Gastro-Squatting Spectaculaire!
By ironix of White Rock (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 3:39pm [Dine in]

Uli's has recently become my favourite restaurants in White Rock. For some time now I have missed having a local establishment where I would feel comfortable simply hanging out and having a beer or two, but now that I have rediscovered Uli's restaurant, I believe I have found that spot.

Speaking of beer, Uli's has a splendorous selection of delicious and hard to come by beers from around the world. I would highly suggest simply asking the staff to recommend a beer to go with whatever you order and you will be pleasantly surprised with the result.

The chef makes fantastic use of fresh ingrediants to create delicious specials, such as the halibut that I had today, which paired wonderfully with the Abbatiale Triple Bière Blonde that I had.

In any case, Uli's has become one of my gastro-squatting locations (a term a friend came up with that means to squat at delicious restaurants and simply be hedonistic). =D

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Uli's Restaurant15025 Marine Drive, White Rock
Fabulous food...Will be coming back soon!
By bmwguy of white rock (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

Last weekend my parents came out to White Rock to visit, my wife and I. They live in the San Fransico area so I knew they would want somewhere that would match their regular dining experiences. We knew that Uli's had their burger mentioned in the White Rock newspaper a little while ago so my wife and I figured we would check it out (seeing as we live five minutes from the strip) It ended up being a really nice evening, thanks to the fabulous server (can't remember her name) and the delicious food. I had the Oysters Rockafeller with Paella and my wife had the Duck Confit,(all very flavourful! dishes). My parents ended up falling in love with the place, especially when the charismatic owner came over with a complimentary desert because our server told him it was my parents 50th wedding anniversary.
Thanks to all the staff that made the evening unforgettable for my family and I!
Will be back soon for more Oysters Rockafeller:)

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Five Corners Bistro15182 Buena Vista Ave, White Rock
A recent review of Five Corners Bistro by a Food Blogger
By arrozconpollo of White Rock (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

5 Corners Bistro, 4 stars
White Rock
(604) 538-5455
by Jeremy Ball (1 review)
March 04, 2011
I had the opportunity to dine in White Rock the other night. Random, I know, but sometimes a guy has to stretch his food boundaries to find those hidden gems. The 5 Corners Bistro is one of them.
Me and Matt (my brother) arrived at the quaint room around 7, and there was a few tables there. The room is nice, looks very clean and inviting. A stage has been recently erected so I imagine this will lead to live music in the future.
The owner showed us to our table and chatted with us for a while. He’s really into this restaurant and he’s made it a true family affair; 4 of his children work at the restaurant including his son who served us.I imagine this was the server’s first serving job, as he seemed a little timid. He was very polite and looked after all of our needs, but he wasn’t as engaging at the table as I would have liked. I like to be sold on menu items, but in all fairness, it’s not like me or Matt asked many questions.
First course, I had a goat cheese terrine that had a side salad of mescal greens with candied pecans and was garnished with radish. The terrine was superb, served at the right temperature. Flavourful and delicate, a great way to start the dish.
The salad is a little pedestrian, i’m seeing these salads too often these days. But, as a side salad, it served its purpose and didn’t detract from the dish.
Matt had a French Onion Soup. Now I thought I was totally over this cliched soup, but the young (really young at 21) chef really restored my confidence that comfort food can be done with a nice artistic flair. Instead of the typical onion confit with beef bone stock topped with a crouton and cheese, this french onion was closer to a foam; the french influences were clear. The tastes were sweet and savoury, capturing the essence of the dish while taking it somewhere unfamiliar.
After our appetizers, we were treated to sorbet as a cleanser, a strawberry delight that was made in house. Very fresh and clean, a perfect treat mid meal.
For dinner, I had the rack of lamb. I love lamb, so I’m bit of a snob about it. I ordered it rare and it came out cooked perfectly. The gremolata was a nice touch, added texture and protected the tender flesh during cooking. I would have liked a little goat cheese in the crust as well though, but that’s just me. It was served with decadent gratin potatoes that were creamy and stellar. I was really happy with it. Side vegetables were cooked el dente and the shredded beets were a nice touch.
Matt had a caesar salad with chicken. I know, trust me. I tried to get him to try something outside his comfort zone, but he’s kind of a food pussy. Anyways, it was presented in an interesting way that I hadn’t seen before. The dressing was creamy and you could taste the anchovy, which I love. The chicken was tender and well seasoned.
For dessert, I had the vanilla poached pear. It was superb. The flavours were delicate and there was a nice sugar crust on the pear which retained the majority of its rigidity. Served with a cannelle of vanilla ice cream and I was loving it.Matt had the chocolate hazelnut bread pudding. Again, very well done. Good texture, the flavours weren’t over powering, but complementing each other.
The owner made sure he said good-bye as well, a nice friendly atmosphere is pretty evident in the room. Overall, I was quite happy with it and would love to go back and try a tasting menu. Until next time, stay classy. Also, when my pics get uploaded I’ll add them.

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
Best meal in a very long time
By wingstarrs of Abbotsford BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, March 18, 2011 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary by going to the Onyx in Whiterock. It was one of the best meals I have in such a very long time. We had Prime Rib, and being Sunday, they throw in a yorkshire pudding, that was to die for. Our steaks were done to perfection, melt in your mouth, and the sides were very tasty. The staff was so nice, fast, pleasent, just perfect timing all the way. I would recommend this place to anyone wanting a great meal, and excelent service.

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Giraffe Restaurant15053 Marine Drive, White Rock
Extremely Disappointing
By rexflash of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 5:01pm [Dine in]

Brunch on Sunday 13 March 2011. Restaurant was quite full so we figured it would be ok. We could not have been more wrong. Service was ok, but I had to ask the server twice for a glass of water. When I ordered the only unique thing on the menu, an onion tart, the server told me they were out. My nonverbal reply was to then go make more. But I instead chose the frittata, which was described as mushroom, spinach and cheese. When it arrived it was dry and tasteless. My partner order the french toast, which was described as stuffed with cream cheese and strawberries. What arrived was two pieces of bread with some strawberry goo in between the layers. No cream cheese in sight. Very small portions. Price with one cup of coffee: $27. Wow, what a complete disappointment. I would not recommend this to anyone I liked.

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Crescent Beach Bistro12251 Beecher St., White Rock
Great Little Spot in Crescent Beach
By JOP of Canada (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 4:44pm [Dine in]

Have had 2 recent dinners at the Bistro and was very pleased both times with the dining experience. Very fresh salads and soups served and the main courses were always consistent in quality and nicely portioned. One of the favorites is the Seafood Cotriade. The owners and staff are always very welcoming and the ambiance is cozy. Definitely a favorite for the local area clientele.

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Black Tuna Sushi1459 Johnston Road, White Rock
A Pleasant Surprise
By frenchie75 of White Rock (37 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 7:39pm [Take-out]

I ordered take-out from Black Tuna today and waited about 10 mins. while my order was being prepared. They brought out this large plastic bag and I thanked them and went home. When I opened the bag, part of my order was missing. I phoned the restaurant and the man who answered (the owner I believe) knew right away what I was calling about. He apologized for the mistake and told me that he'd give me a complimentary order of tempura when I came to pick up the missing part of my order. I told him that wasn't necessary since it was a mistake and it wasn't a big deal. When I went back to the restaurant 3 of the employees came out to apologize for the mistake. My order was waiting for me to pick up, as well as a large order of tempura. The owner also insisted on giving me $5 (25% of the cost of my order), which I didn't want to take. He was very insistent (but pleasantly so).... I was just blown away by this level of service. Mistakes happen in business everyday.... this was not a big deal, but they remedied the problem with great tact. As you can tell from my previous review, I really like the food at Black Tuna, but their service has clinched it for me. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how it's supposed to be done!

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Cosmos Greek Restaurant14871 Marine Drive, White Rock
Reliable Greek food on the beach
By FoodMan99 of Surrey , B.C. (66 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 3:31pm [Dine in]

I love Greek but I stick to the basics. The beef Souvlaki was good, the potatoes were amazing but the bread was a bit tough. Dessert portions are small but tasty. The atmosphere is friendly, and there is outdoor seating on the beach for summer and a fireplace inside for colder times. I know better Greek places DT, but in the White Rock/Surrey area, Cosmos is reliable.

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Fishboat15513 Marine Drive, White Rock
You called this good Fish and Chips?
By soiepu of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 9:12pm [Dine in]

We went to this restaurant based on the reviews here, and we were utterly disappointed. The fish was small for the price ($9.95 for one piece, and where was the bread?!) -- we felt like we were eating the batter more than fish. The service was bad; the owners were pretty cold. They were not nice to other customers either and we wondered how they could survive? A group of people came, but they took off right after they sat down and read the menu. We will never go back to this restaurant again.

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Milestones Grill & Bar3085 152nd Street, Surrey
Great Valentine's Day Experience
By kazin of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 1:20am [Dine in]

Went in with the boyfriend for a romantic Valentine's Day. Had an attentive and dashing young blonde named Dan who was quick to take our drink orders (bottle of Beringer which the young man suggested). Ordered the Valentine's Day Special which included spinach dip, prime rib and apple crisp for dessert. The beau and I will definitely return!

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Le Vol Au Vent14959 Marine Drive, White Rock
Bad Food, Bad Value, Horrid Ambiance
By nopeppersplease of South Surrey, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 14, 2011 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

I had the misfortune of choosing this restaurant for dinner Sunday, February 13, 2011. It was the worst meal I have ever attempted to eat. I had read reviews and, although it was considered an expensive restaurant at four dollar signs ($$$$), I thought it worthwhile based on what I had read. I came away feeling mislead and extremely disappointment.

Firstly, the expense had absolutely no justification. My meal choice of casoulette was bland, though I had been told it took three days to make. Beyond the amount of time it took to soak the beans, I can not comprehend why it would. There was no flavour aside from the bay leaves I plucked out. My partner chose the lamb and found it so saturated in sodium and garlic, there was no lamb flavour remaining. He had requested it served “medium rare” and what he got was a range from very rare to well done. There was no consistency. The meal did not come with accompaniments per se, but for your $27 and $32 respectively, you did get a bowl of french fries. How nice. Even the wine was disappointing being bottled too young, though, I admit this was not the restuarant's fault.

The decor is appalling, and not at all in keeping with a french bistro. It appeared to have been a former donair or Lebanese deli that the owners had done nothing in their six years since opening to alter. My first impression upon entering the door was a bin full of dirty dishes and, as the restaurant price is high, I expected more than paper placemats on the tables, the kind you might find at IHop or Denny's. Revolting.

The only pleasant thing in this evening of disappointment was the hostess, the chef's wife, who appeared to be making up for her husband's shortcomings in the kitchen. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw him drop a knife on the floor, then pick it up and use it again! (The owners are obviously not aware that the horrid blue reflective ceiling makes a wonderful mirror to watch what goes on behind the counter.)

My partner described this meal as "grandma's cooking long after grandma should be cooking". If you want to spend your money, walk a few doors down the street. There is much better food available along marine drive. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone; nor will I ever return.

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
My new favourite place!
By BuddaB of White rock, B.C (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 12:27pm [Dine in]

Went in for dinner on the weekend and had one of the best nights out that I can remember. The atmosphere was cozy, welcoming and serene. Our server was prompt to welcome us. She was both professional and courtious. Our dinner was incredible, one of the best steaks ive had in a long time. We will be back again!

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