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johnjonCoquitlam, BCSince August 24, 20076 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service2 (2)
  • Ambiance2 (2)


Displaying 1 - 6 of 6 Reviews Found
Craig's Cafe1046A Austin Ave., Coquitlam
Not much future for this one
Submitted Monday, December 31, 2007 - 2:17pm [Dine in]

We've been going here off-and-on for the last few years. Disappointed over a decline in service we stopped going for a while, but decided to give it another try the other day, after learning the place had recently come under new management.

Not much has changed, in practical terms. The place is still basically a cold, badly-decorated dive, and the menu didn’t seem to be any different. The food itself was bland and underwhelming, considering the price, and service was slow.

The entire restaurant reeks of unprofessionalism, from the unkempt waitresses to the god-knows-how-old table cloths. There’s really no good reason to come here. It’s all well and good to want to support local business, but local business needs to at least offer something that one can’t just as easily get at the local Denny’s, or there’s really no incentive to keep visiting.

Clean up the place, improve the service, and put more energy into making high-quality, flavorful food. It’s not too complicated.

Let's hope the new owners are paying heed to these criticisms, otherwise there's no way this place will stay in business for much longer.

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Kisha Poppo Japanese Restaurant1143 Davie Street, Vancouver
What a scam
Submitted Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 1:00pm [Dine in]

Is it common for all-you-can-eat places to force all guests in a single party to order the same thing?

I was hanging out with my friend the other night. He was really hungry but I not so much. He suggested we visit this place, eager to get their all-you-can-eat deal. I wasn't really in the mood for a big (or expensive) meal at this point, having just eaten a few hours prior. But I figured I could just get a small personal order of soup or sashimi or something, while my friend got the AYCE.

My friend got nervous when I suggested this. He asked the waitress "is it okay if I just get the all-you-can-eat and my friend gets something else?" The waitress grunted "no" and dashed off.

So I was literally forced to order the AYCE, which I did not want, just to stay in the restaurant. The sushi was fine, I cannot complain, though I obviously I was not hungry enough to utilize the meal properly, making the whole order a waste of money. The whole experience seemed bizarre. I''ve been to lots of buffets and AYCE type places in my day, and this is honestly the first time I can ever recall being forced to order the full deal just because someone else at my table did.

I understand the motivation. Obviously they don't want to be scammed by "sharing." But still, to be so brazen and rude about it just reeks of cheapness, not to mention contempt and distrust for customers. I'm not keen to go here again, it was a bad experience.

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Bay Sushi Cafe678 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Best in the city!
Submitted Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 12:36pm [Dine in]

I am surprised to see some poor and sub-par reviews for this place. I don't say this lightly, but this is easily my favorite sushi restaurant in the entire city. Their sushi is always so fresh and delicious, with hearty rolls and thick sashimi. Plus their deals cannot be beat. I always order the "number one" special, which, although varying in exact composition, always consists of around 15 pieces for about $5.75. A better deal is hard to find, especially considering the quality!

True, they make you wait to be served, and their "take a number" system is a bit old-fashioned. But at least you know your food is being prepared with care, and it will taste all the better once you receive it.

Honestly, I can't say enough good things about this place. I always take guests from out-of-town here, and they always leave as happy as I do. I very rarely go to other sushi places, in fact, as this one has kind of left me spoiled.

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Knight and Day Restaurant3684 Lougheed Hwy, Vancouver
Submitted Sunday, August 26, 2007 - 6:22pm [Dine in]

I've gone here for years with my parents, ever since I was a little kid. Why we keep coming back is beyond me, we almost always leave complaining about how terrible it was. But clearly my folks see something in the place that I don't.

I only really have experience with their breakfast. Irrationally loyal as my parents may be, even they are quick to call K&D's dinner and lunch offerings terrible, and we avoid eating here after 12 at all costs.

But anyhow, the breakfasts are always grotesque. Thick, doughy pancakes with flavorless sugar water presented as syrup, incredibly greasy, chewy sausages with thick skin, gluey eggs... everything is basically doughy and flavorless... even describing the food makes me ill. It all has this monstrous aftertaste, as well, probably from all the grease they use.

People throw around the word "disgusting" a lot, but honestly, this food IS disgusting. Go to the McDonald's across the street instead.

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Davie Mongolian BBQ1161 Dave Street, Vancouver
Always a fun outing
Submitted Sunday, August 26, 2007 - 4:57pm [Dine in]

Coming here is always a treat. Making your own meal is always a fun adventure, as you experiment with different combinations of meat, veggies, and sauces from their ample buffet-style bar. The all-you-can-eat format ensures you will never go home hungry.

Service I have always found to be very courteous and polite, especially the chefs themselves. They always seem to have a smile on their face and a jolly demeanor, despite having what I can only assume to be a very hot and thankless job.

Decor is the main drag. Typical low-budget Asian restaurant. I'm sure you can imagine it. Think of lots of browns and puke-yellows. But when you're hungry and want a quick and hearty meal, this place can't be beat.

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7th Heaven Cafe4151 Hazelbridge Way, #2792, Richmond
Hearty meals but bad service
Submitted Friday, August 24, 2007 - 2:24pm [Dine in]

Much of our time here was spent trying to get a waitress to pay attention to us, as we had been seated in the restaurant's most isolated, dark corner. A restaurant is only as good as it treats its least fortunate customers, and we certainly felt ignored. Perhaps it was because we were white? We certainly had enough time to speculate.

It was not a terrible experience overall, though. The food we (eventually) received came in very generous portions that few of us could finish it all. It was all very delicious, making it a particularly good value in terms of taste and portion in relation to price.

My final complaint has to do with the menu. Though it appears very long, we were routinely frustrated by how many meals they would simply not make, supposedly because they were "out of" some ingredient or other. The desert menu in particular was annoyingly limited.

It's a bit of a trade-off. I have nothing but good things to say about the food, but nothing but bad things to say about the service.

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