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arrow2fastlangleySince March 5, 20067 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.6)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)


Displaying 1 - 7 of 7 Reviews Found
Mai's Vietnamese Restaurant20378 88 Avenue, #103, Langley
Surprise! You CAN have a good vietnamese food in Langley.
Submitted Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 4:34pm [Dine in]

First impression:
modern, clean, sophisticated. Not your typical greasy spoon hole-in-the-wall run by an uncle and an auntie and with kids running underfoot. (and a dog in the kitchen...)

Menu: finally something more than Pho. Prices affordable.

Service: other than funny accents we didn't see any faults.
(do you want your pho with beef BISCUIT?... err, do you mean BRISKET... yes, the BISCUIT).

We went twice: once 5 people, once just the two of us.

Food: Loved the pork and mushroom rolls, the spring prawn rolls, etc, stir fries, wonton soup, and fried banana. Pho was OK.

Couldn't make up our mind on the vegetarian stir-fry: it had some good authentic flavour, but lacked something...and the starch blobs in the sauce were HUGE. (oyster sauce -flavoured gummi bears anybody?)

Sorely disappointed by the hotly recommended by other reviewers "shrimp on the sugar cane"... they tasted like some artificial junk food I can get in asian markets: fake coloring, the shrimp (or whatever that was) was pureed and mixed with enough fillers to not resemble anything, and especially not the shrimp.
but hey - it was favorite with other customers, we all have our preferences.

We are definitely going back - we will steer clear of the fake shrimp thing...and enjoy everything else.

Definitely recommended.

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Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts1505 W 2nd Avenue, #101, Vancouver
High Class Wanna-Be
Submitted Monday, July 27, 2009 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

this restaurant promises to deliver haute cuisine at bargain prices.
it does neither: the food is laboriously prepared but blank - it lacks the flair of a great chef. Take any cookbook and follow the recipe religiously and you will get PICA food.

IMO the prices should reflect the free labour which prepares the meals - the students already pay almost 12K in tuition for 6 months of that useless school, and the customers still have to pay for the resultling less-then-perfect student efforts.

Why did I say the school is useless? most students are offered 16$/hour kitchen help jobs, which should further attest to the quality of the instructions in the "institute".
Don't get fooled by the fancy name - anybody can call themselves "institute of something" which doesn't translate into the true quality nor value.
Same like Best Thai Restaurant isn't necessary the best Thai restaurant.. right?

After being spoiled in France where we indulged in a lot of excellent food, to describe this food as "French" is an insult to riotous flavors and creativity of French chefs.

Sorry, PICA, thumbs down.

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Nikko Sushi Japanese Cuisine22372 Fraser Hwy, Langley
Almost perfect
Submitted Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

Food: I have never had anything not-fresh in this place.
Sashimi salad is to die for.
Agedashi Tofu better than perfect.
Unagi suhi - ah, A++
Basically, almost all dishes are great.
Why then only 4 stars?
No popular choices like chicken karaage, no motoyaki (Bob doesn't have the special oven) and a little bit limited choices.
But whatever he DOES have, is always very good.
Service is generally good, but since there are quite a few young students working part-time, you have to ask for tea, or more wasabie, or even chopsticks, but it is not a big deal.
Almost perfect.
Value - uhm, while not the cheapest, all items are priced reasonably
Ambiance: this joint has even traditional japanese rooms, however Bob is a big fan of hockey and such and has TV screens about and around showing this or that sporting event.
We find it extremely annoying - the screen are a distraction and it is difficult to relax and concentrate on your companions with the images flashing before your eyes.
Bob himself is a perfect host. Extremely friendly. as regular customers we end up getting some special treats (seaweed salad, and his other creations not on the menu).


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Makoto Japanese Restaurant5213 Rumble Street, Burnaby
I've had better
Submitted Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 9:28am [Dine in]

We are fans of Japanese food and during the past 15 years had at least a thousand meals in japanese restaurants not only in Vancouver but around the world. That doesn't make us experts, of course, but we have good comparison base.
Here it goes:

Food: some interesting items: volcano roll presented in an interesting way, but it was strangely sticky and drizzled with something which looked like a content of digestive system of de-veined prawn (later we discovered it was black sesamee sauce).
Sashimi salad - try Nikko Sushi in Langley and you will know what it SHOULD taste like.
Seafod Motoyaki - drowned in mayo, too sweet and sour. The best motoyaki so far is to be had in Tokyo Ichiban in Richmond.
Agedashi Tofu was great - delicate inside, crispy outside, sauce was just right. However, the bonito was NOT THERE.
Toro Sashimi was fresh and heavenly.
Ebi gyoza - where is the ebi? it tasted like ground cabbage!
Steak - we ordered but they forgot to serve it.
Overall, while fresh, food was mediocre.

We were greeted and ignored for about 5 minutes.
Eventually, after waving several times, we got noticed and were offered the menus.
Dishes came at normal-to-slow pace.
The steak we ordered was never served, which was just as well as we weren't hungry any more.
We had to remind the server about the tea.
The waiter, while smiling and polite, had a habit of bringing the next dish but never clearing the old ones - they just kept piling on the table.
Ambiance - casual bistro in a working neighbourhood, only 25 or so chairs crowded inside a space with capacity for 15. Every time the door opened, the cold blas of air was felt.

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Montana's Cookhouse20100 Langley Bypass, Langley
not my style
Submitted Monday, January 12, 2009 - 3:35pm [Dine in]

We went to please our 11 and 13 years old nephews.
They are carnivors, and so were completely satisfied with ribs and fries. Ribs were tasty but super-fat. (more fat than meat).

I ordered some salad with prawns - thumbs down.
My husband ordered ceasar's salad - what a joke.
Oh yes, and the famous paper "tablecloth".

I travel through Montana (the real one) from time to time and have to say that Montana cookhouse insults real Montana food.
Real Montana food is: succulent, fresh, and delicions. Their steaks rock.
Montana cookhouse is none of that.
Would never go to Cookhouse without the kids who were the only ones to appreciate this junk food place.

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Aria Restaurant & Lounge433 Robson, Vancouver
Just for the two of you
Submitted Saturday, March 4, 2006 - 10:50pm [Dine in]

Fantastic food - if you like elegant plates, great service, creative tastes. Food is sophisticated, and simply tasty. We went several times making it a point to eat something different every time, and we weren't disappointed. Great bread with interesting spreads to keep you from starving while you wait for the meal to arrive.

And then - from steak, fish, even mushroom ravioli (not your supermarket frozen kind!) everything was delicious, and don't forget the desserts - they are to die for.

We compared it to Sandbar, where to food is great but you need to yell to hear your companions - Aria is a an elegant surrounding for people who don't need to hide in a crowd to feel comfortable.

However, we have made a mistake of booking the same restaurant for a party of 20 (wedding anniversary). The individual attention to the dishes was gone, I guess the chef cannot concentrate on so many dishes at once?

If you are looking for pre-theatre dinner, or quiet evening with your friends (make sure you don't have more than 4 people, that spells trouble), it is a great place to go.

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Tropika4151 Hazelbridge Way, #1830, Richmond
Submitted Saturday, March 4, 2006 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

7 of us decided to try something recommended by this website - we went for dinner. Some food was really tasty: especially vegetables, thai soup (chicken with lemon grass), and fried rice.

Having travelled extensively in Asia (including Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, I might have been spoiled, but the food didn't fullfill my expectations, which were reasonably high given the great reviews. For example the Singaporean noodles were blah - tasteless. Not disgusting, just no taste. We also ordered chicken green curry - it wasn't green nor curry - just a salty, slightly hot soup with chicken. We also found that a lot of pictured menu items arrive on the table prepared completely differently - the large prawns were supposed to be braised, came instead with a sticky, flavourless sauce.

With some of the dishes, one has the impression of eating in a chain restaurant (which this is), or even worse - in the mall food court, and yet some others are prepared expertly and full of lavour. We had fried bananas to end with (DRIPPING with oil, nothing special) and lychees with icecream, 4 fruits in total instead of shown 8 on the photo. Service was erratic despite empty restaurant - missing plates, soup cups, water refilled on occasion.

We didn't leave hungry, but paid 200+ tip - so it wasn't a bargain.

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