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ellienaraburnabySince November 3, 20093 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (3.9)
  • Food4.5 (4.3)
  • Service4 (4)
  • Value3.5 (3.7)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.7)


Displaying 1 - 3 of 3 Reviews Found
Blue Stone Grill4501 North Road, #220, Burnaby
nice and cute abode
Submitted Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 12:19am [Dine in]

Back in summer me and a few of my friends were exploring the "korea town" part of coquitlam...but then lunch time struck, and so we checked out some of the restaurants that we havent tried(we tried most nearby ones by then).
2 of us ordered a cold noodle(?) and the other got the bacon-y dish. We were served some cold water and then the waiter vanished to the kitchen.
Well first of all...the side dishes came aplenty, they were all a bit different in taste (loved the sweet potato thing!) then the noodles came. Oh, they gave us some hot sauce on the side just in case the noodle wasn't interesting enough(didn't put any). I wimped out and asked for a fork (their chopsticks were not wooden), and the noodles were pretty tasty and a refreshing dish too, since the heat was really bad outside.
Ah, then the meat dish came in, wow they had a literal stone grill right in the middle of the table haha!! Since the meat was taking a bit for it to cook, we shared the noodles and had the small side dishes. I was afraid some stray hot oil bubbles would explode(like bacons usually do), but in the end we ate them with no injuries. Hooray! I tried a few pieces, it was chewier than bacon but it was far less salty.
This place was a treat! In part it was because I ordered something to fight the darn summer heat, but that's what restaurants are for, right? To satisfy everyone haha! The poor friend who ordered hot food had a nice 3-4 cups of cold water before we left. The restaurant got a bit loud-ish after a few customers ordered grilled meat because we could hear all the grills going off, which ended up in everybody upping their voices basically. I guess it's a sort of a charm in itself, kinda like watching a baseball game.
One thing I noticed was there weren't much choices for vegetarians. But, the side dishes were practically all vegetable-based. Was kinda funny.
Enjoyed the noodles...will definitely visit again(if time allows)!

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Tenkai Japanese Restaurant1147 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam
Comfy & relaxing sushi restaurant
Submitted Monday, November 2, 2009 - 7:56pm [Dine in]

Okay, I came to this place with 4 of my friends for a nice night out, and we had great fun here.

Well first of all, the outside signage of this restaurant looks pretty aged and uninteresting, BUT once you get inside...the interior is amazing, all traditional looking and such with varnished wood etc. The sushi chefs greeted us with a loud Hello. On the sushi bar, they have a TV set , and I noticed they have some kind of evangelion/anime vinyl figures on the shelves behind where they work! Don't I have good eyes? Hahaha!

Well, on to the food. I ordered the Teriyaki Chicken bento thingy, the others got california rolls, tuna rolls and an assorted sashimi. The servings were pretty solid, in fact when my order came I knew my stomach wasn't big enough to hold all that food! So we just shared. The sushi rolls were nice, except the wasabi seemed to be more potent than other places. Everything was pretty good, but the Korokke that came with the box was especially nice. Value is awesome considering the food portion you receive.

Service was quite alright There were around 2 to 3 waiting tables and were really attentive at the start, even checking tables if they're OK, but seemed to move focus on to the newer customers later on. My friend actually asked the sushi chef to give him the bill, since the waiter/waitress were nowhere to be found.

Lastly, the ambience. Tenkai is a bit more different than other midscale Sushi restaurants because while other restaurants are more geared toward more seats = more customers idea, this place seemed more intimate and more private..It was so nice to not have to hear other loud customers in an asian foods restaurant. Oh, and the classic jazz music they had on were great, very relaxing!

Overall, it was a great dining experience. Actually felt very cozy despite being a sushi restaurant...will definitely visit again!

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Soup Plus1102 Austin Ave., Coquitlam
awesome cozy lil place!
Submitted Monday, November 2, 2009 - 7:15pm [Dine in]

I just happened to pass by Soup Plus back in september...It was around noon and I needed to grab something quick so I could get to metrotown asap.
Even though subway is literally across the street I decided to give this place a try...and was I in for a pleasant surprise!
Well, first things first: they have the best soups hands down, me and my friend both picked different soups and shared (chili & mushroom), now I'm not much of a soup lover but I may have converted after that experience! hehe.
Service was another highlight, the owner was so friendly and humorous. It was sort of rare to see such genuine kindness. One negative though was that there weren't many vegetarian options for the sandwiches(hence us both picking soups - we were going to share a sammy+soup).
The price range was awesome too, affordable and yummy...but the ambience was not very nice; once people started coming in, the place got kinda crowdy and the order line kinda obscured the entrance...maybe a clever strategy? haha.
But all in all, it was a very memorable experience. I always look forward to visiting Soup Plus whenever I'm in Austin ave. DEFINITELY recommend you try & visit if you haven't yet!

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