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marymacDelta, BCSince September 5, 2005145 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
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  • Service3.5 (3.4)
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Displaying 101 - 120 of 145 Reviews Found
Ichiro Japanese Restaurant12011 2nd Avenue, #110, Richmond
good set lunch
Submitted Saturday, March 8, 2008 - 4:46pm [Dine in]

Dropped by Ichiro while in Steveston today at lunch time. We were trying to decide what to eat, and thought this place looked interesting.

We were seated quickly, and drink orders taken. We both ordered the sashimi set lunch, which came with miso soup, sunomono salad, chawan mushi, tempura, rice and the sashimi - salmon, tuna, snapper and amaebi. Everything was nicely done, and the sashimi was fresh. Lots of food, fresh and visually appealing.

Recommend this place, it was very good.

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Seh-Mi Japanese Restaurant20299 56 Avenue, Langley
reasonable sashimi
Submitted Friday, March 7, 2008 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

After all the rave reviews, we decided to try Seh-Mi again, having not been too impressed a year or so ago.

It's a tiny place, built out of a former drive-through fast-food kinda ting. Probably could seat 25 or so at a stretch.

Lots of people coming in for take-out at lunch time. Very busy place.

We ordered a chirashi sushi and a Seh-Mi combo....both with miso soup.

Chirashi fish was fresh....salmon, tuna, toro, snapper and surf clam. All pretty fresh, even to the point of ice crystals in some of it. The Seh-Mi combo was salmon, tuna and ebi nigiri sushi with some sashimi. Again, quite fresh.

If you are in the nieghbourhood, stop by. The quality is reasonable, and the service is prompt.

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Shiru-Bay Chopstick Cafe1193 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
I will NEVER go back,,,
Submitted Friday, March 7, 2008 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

this will kinda "bump up" a rating I left here a while ago. The experience I had still festers....

After making reservations well ahead of time, a friend and I showed up at Shiru Bay, anticipating wonderful things...

UNFORTUNATELY, I guess we did not fit their target audience, being white and female and middle-aged...

We were seated promtply at a "reserved" table. After we had settled, the room manager came up and told us we would have to move....we objected, since the table was nicely located and central. The talbe they wanted us to move to was 'way in the back and in the dark.....

Turns out we had been seated, "sight-unseen" at the central table by the bar. We did NOT suit their target group, and were asked to move.

AFTER we declined to move, service went into the tank. We had to repeatedly flad down servers to REPEAT our orders.

Food was very good, when it finally arrived. No complaint there.

I feel we were subjected to racist and ageist prejudice when we insisted on staying at the table reserved for us...

The final insult was when we asked for fresh hot water for our (not free) green tea. It arrived COLD....before and after we aaked for fresh water, we saw lots of hot tea and water passing us by...

This happened a while ago, but still sticks in my craw. We had the money, we made the reservation, we expected the same service as all the pretty young Asian things. We didn't get it.


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Tugboat Annie's Pub6911 Graybar Road, Richmond
a mixed reveiw
Submitted Friday, March 7, 2008 - 11:19am [Dine in]

Went to Tugboat Annie's for lunch on Thursday. Arrived by 12:30, and the joint was jumpin'...

We were able to score a recently-vacated table near the front window, and our server acknowledged us immediately (her hands full of dirty dishes...!!) Our drinks came promptly, and she took our orders right away. For someone who was literally jogging to keep up with the crowd, she was VERY pleasant indeed.

Hubby ordered a sirloin burger, which he pronounced excellent. I ordered the steak sandwich - rare - and was not as impressed. The steak was overdone, and the garlic bread was just barely garlic. Fries were a bit limp, as if they had sat on the plate for a while.

OK, so overall, a satisfactory experience. It IS a pub, after all.... Location and service were outstanding. We'd go back if we were in the area.

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Watermark1305 Arbutus St., Vancouver
What Did You Say...?
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 11:12am [Dine in]

Of course, the location is incredible. Kits Beach on a clear night...wow. Unfortunately, in the winter, the inside windows and the outside porch panels reflect all the inside light. Couldn't see much of the view at all once inside the restaurant.

We were looking forward to our dinner. BUT... we stepped into the main restaurant and into a blasting wall of sound. There MAY have been music, but the roaring babble of all the voices in a half-full room (this was early) was completely overwhelming.

We dealt with attentively. Our wait person was VERY good, not obtrusive, but there when needed. We ordered calamari, prawn spring rolls, smoked salmon and a cup of seafood chowder as appies Calamari was good, but had a strange mustard-y sauce to dip into. Prawn spring rolls had pureed prawns (and starch?) inside, and while not greasy, were quite heavy. Smoked salmon was lovely, but the few small slices were hidden under a dressed salad. The chowder was pronounced to be VERY good.

Rack of lamb was the special, and two of our party ordered it. It arrived perfectly cooked with duchess potatoes and veggies. I ordered the sablefish, hubby the salmon. Sablefish was fine, served with lots of capers and a drizzle of sauce. Hubby's salmon was VERY overdone, although he loved the lobster risotto.

So, food was pretty good, service was attentive, the view should have been superb. What spoiled the evening for us (especially the elders) was the TERRIBLE RACKET. We were literally shouting across the table most of the evening. When the manager stopped by to check how things were going, we mentioned the excessive noise level He admitted that the premises had a problem with that issue and that "the owner" was looking at options. He also mentioned that, in the summer, with the windows rolled open, the noise travels outside and it isn't "nearly as bad"...!!!

Such a waste of a view and location.

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Theo's9819 Fifth Street (Sidney), Victoria
Birthday celebration
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

This place has been here a while, but this weekend we were there to celebrate a sister-in-law's 50th birthday.

This was pre-arranged, but lavish! Food was served "family-style", on platters for 25 or us. Garlic prawns were wonderful, just done perfectly. Hummus was light and fluffy, tzatziki was very good. Deep-fried zucchini was excellent, calamari was light and not greasy. Greek salad had the BEST tomatoes - exceptionally tasty for winter. THEN on to platters of roast lamb, pork ribs, chicken souvlaki, spanakotpita with rice and (for a Greek restaurant) very fresh veggie sides. Dessert was baclava and bougatsa. All VERY yummy.

While this was a special pre-ordered, it was all well presented and very tasty. LOTS of food, very nicely done.

I would certainly go back again for a "regular" dinner.

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Prairie Cottage Perogies20771 Langley Bypass, #302B, Langley
Don't know what happened to my review...?
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

It ended up that I submitted two reviews. The second one got deleted, for some reason, and the first one doesn't count, because of the second one that disappeared.

ANYWAY, this is a great spot for Ukranian comfort food. We had meat borscht, perogies and kolbassa. ALL very tasty, and this was a SMALL lunch. Food was substantial (of course, Ukranian!) and tasty. The borscht was very, very good. Lots of sour cream to go along with... The coleslaw was fresh, nicely zesty and not too heavy.

We took home frozen borscht, perogies and kolbassa. I'm looking forward to having the food at home.

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Ajisai Sushi Bar2081 West 42nd Ave, Vancouver
small, but OMG!
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 9:38pm [Dine in]

Went for lunch last Friday, based on reviews here. We expected it to be small, but MAN...is it EVER small!!

Got there early for lunch, and got seated. Service was great, prompt and friendly. We ordered miso soup, goma-ae and sashimi for two. Server came back to find out if "gaijin" understood that sashimi did not come with rice. Yep, we understood that.

Miso was good, goma-ae was fresh and tasty. Sashim was impeccable. NOTHING was "off" or "fishy"...it was all extremely fresh and good.

Green tea kept on coming, which is a nice change from having to ask for it.

Will be back for sure. Highly recommended!

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Cafe Il Nido780 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
everything good except the dessert...
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2008 - 9:29pm [Dine in]

For Valentine's Day, hubby and I went back to Il Nido, where we had good experiences in the past...

From the special V-day menu, I ordered oyster(s)(I thought) and hubby ordered the mushroom and lamb sausage in a crepe. Hubby was happy with his appy... I felt a little "meh" about mine. ONE oyster, on raw pea shoots.

Mains were sea bass and tenderloin. Sea bass was excellent, and the veggies outstanding. Tenderloin was rather ordinary, with potatoes and veggies.

The house wine we ordered was 'out', so we got something 'comparable'. It seemed a bit raw.

And now to dessert. We decided to split "long stemmed strawberries dipped in dark chocolate on a bed of creme anglisi". Three VERY tired supermarket strawberries, their ends dipped in chocolate, on a miniscule puddle of custard... for $10 ??!!!

The coffee was good, but the dessert sorta ruined the whole thing.

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Il Giardino1382 Hornby St, Vancouver
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2008 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

Hubby and I went here for Dine Out Vancouver. Like others recently, I would have to agree that I felt rushed and a bit ...."cheated"?

I had the prawns and pasta for appetizer, sablefish and creme brulee. Hubby had the tuscan soup, sablefish and white chocolate raspberry ganache cake.

It was all good, but we felt the service was superficial. Efforts to engage the serving staff were rebuffed, and we were "in and out" very quickly.

This was our only "dine out" experience this year, and we were disappointed.

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Waterstone Taphouse & Grill19988 84 Avenue, Langley
GREAT place for dropping by...
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 9:31pm [Dine in]

Hubby and I were out in Langley on other "chores", and drove by this place. I had remembered seeing reviews here, so we thought we would drop in...

It took a while to be seated, even late on a Sunday noon-time, but eventually we sat at a window table in the sun.

Our server was very pleasant and very "non-age-ist"....being middle-aged, I am starting to find this particular prejudice annoying....and we ordered drinks and food.

They have a "satay" portion to their menu which means "tasting"-size portions. We had the prawn cocktail and the scallop and bacon "satay". Each was a substantial hunk of seafood with a mixed salad and vinaigrette base. Both very fresh and good. We also ordered the yam fries, which came with a cumin/curry dip...VERY nice.

We split a grilled salmon sandwich, which came with a choice of salad, soup or fries. We chose the Caesar salad, which was very good. Not too oily or salty, but not blanc. The grilled salmon was supposed to come with a wasabi mayonnaise. The salmon was fresh and moist, but we could not discern the wasabi...?

Overall, a very pleasant lunch.

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Provence Mediterranean Grill4473 W 10th Ave, Vancouver
VERY good...but I think there is a confusion
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 9:22pm [Dine in]

Went for dinner last night at Provence Mediterranean Grill, ON WEST 10TH...NOT Yaletown....think maybe the two are being confused with the reviews here.

At the West 10th location, service was prompt and friendly. We ordered champagne/brut by the glass, and had our choice of antipasti (olives, tomatoes and bocconcini, grilled squid). My dining partner had the daily special veal steak (fabulous), and I had the prawns provenxal (also fabulous). Starch sides were creative, and the grilled veggies were fresh and generous. We also ordered an organic Cotes-du-rhone red in a half litre, which was quite acceptible!

We did not get to dessert, since we had to head out to a concert, but we would definately go back again.

VERY nice.

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Mr. Tandoor8318 120th street, Surrey
what's the fuss?
Submitted Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 8:39pm [Dine in]

Three reviews by first-timers, all glowing....? Hmmmmm.

Went there a few weeks ago for lunch. It was OK. The tandoori chicken tasted "left-over", not very fresh.

I think these people are trying too hard....?

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Ming Shing Restaurant7158 120 Street, Surrey
Must disagree....NOT outstanding
Submitted Sunday, December 9, 2007 - 9:32am [Dine in]

We used to get take-out from Ming Shing for the simple reason there was no other Chinese restaurant in the area.

We found that food quality varied. Many times, what we wanted to order was "sold out".... TOFU, in a Chinese restaurant, was "sold out"????? Save On is just across the street!! Chicken wings and gai lan (chinese broccoli) were other "sold out" itemx other times. This was not late at night, or the last day of the week, but peak times...

Since Yummy Wonton opened up further up Scott Road, we haven't bothered with Ming Shing. We'd rather drive further to get better food.

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Jade Dynasty Restaurant137 E Pender Street, Vancouver
crowded for a good reason!
Submitted Friday, December 7, 2007 - 9:12am [Dine in]

Have been to Jade Dynasty for dimsum several times, and have always been satisfied. Dimsum is from a check-sheet, and comes promptly, hot and fresh. Perhaps not the most elegant, but very good.

We try to go early, as the place CAN get crowded. Why is it crowded? Good hot food, decent prices, reasonable ambiance. Try it out if you are in Chinatown.

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Ninja Sushi Japanese Restaurant19475 Fraser Highway, Surrey
Great for lunch!
Submitted Friday, November 30, 2007 - 3:12pm [Dine in]

Stopped in at Ninja for lunch on a Friday. The place was busy, but we were seated promptly.

Ordered miso soup, gyoza, Dragon roll (unagi, avocado and tobiko over a chop scallop roll), a skinny Ninja roll (no rice, nori, smoked salmon and cream cheese, battered and deep-fried), and tempura prawns on shrimp chips with a spicy mayo sauce. All good. We ate every last bite!

Only quibble was that the tea was a little cool. I think they were pouring from a large steel machine into a pottery teapot and then letting the teapot sit and get cooler...

We've been here half a dozen times, at least, and are always pleased with the quality. Premises are minimally decorated, but clean.

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Ouisi Bistro3014 Granville Street, Vancouver
brunch was...disappointing
Submitted Thursday, November 29, 2007 - 10:33pm [Dine in]

Hubby and I were doing some early Christmas shopping on the Granville Rise. Feeling peckish, and passing by, we read the menu outside and thought we would try Ouisi.

Hubby ordered a chorizo, potato and sausage hash, which he said was quite tasty. Coffee, however, was weak and not very hot. Refills were hard to come by...

I ordered "Egg Me On", one poached egg, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts and toast. The egg was good, but lukewarm. Everything else, including the toast, was cold and lumped in separate piles on the plate.

I asked (Itwice) or orange pekoe tea, and got a mug of hot water and a tea bag. No milk, no offer of milk.

Service was perfunctory at best. Middle-aged shoppers were not cool enough, apparently, for any interest. I really don't really care how many facial piercings you have, honey, if I'm spending my money, I expect some effort on your part.

Won't return to be invisible again. For not very good food.

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Ouzerie3189 West Broadway, Vancouver
we were pleased...
Submitted Thursday, November 29, 2007 - 5:09pm [Dine in]

Hubby and I stopped in here by chance, looking for a place for a late-afternoon/early evening snack before a concert.

We were greeted pleasantly, seated promptly by a very friendly waitperson. We decided to share the dips combo (3) with pita and calamaria skaras - grilled rather than deep-fried squid - with lemon and tzatziki. The three dips we chose were tarama, melitzano and hummus. All three were very good, but I especially relished the melitzano. The pita was whole wheat and very fresh. The calamaria skaras were THE VERY BEST grilled calamaria I think I have ever had. Nicely seasoned, grilled perfectly, and very tender. A half litre of Tsantali red, and we were good to go.

A very pleasant place, nice people, good food.

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Kefi Greek Kouzina100 Schoolhouse St, #102, Coquitlam
It was OK
Submitted Saturday, November 10, 2007 - 9:24am [Dine in]

Have been drivng by this intriguing-looking restaurant for quite a while now - usually we say, "Hey, that place looks interesting" as we whiz by on the freeway on our way somewhere else.

Yesterday, we were able to investigate, and stopped in for lunch. The interior is very nicely done. It's a made-over fast food restaurant, but it looks very handsome inside. It wasn't very busy, but we were there a bit later (1:00 pm).

As we usually do at a Greek restaurant at lunch time when all the rice, potato and pita are just too much starch, we ordered a four-dip appie plate, a calamaria appie-sized and a greek salad to split.

The dips were OK, but the tarama was a bit of a disappointment. Too salty and not enough tarama in it. The calamaria was a bit skimpy in serving size, even for an appie. It was very tasty and tender, but almost cold when it arrived. The whole wheat pita sounded intriguing, but it was also cold when it got to the table. It was overcooked, with burnt patches from the grill. The salad was "meh", with warehouse semi-ripe tomatoes. Very little onion or peppers, and the dressing was bland.

Service was friendly and prompt, but the food was a bit of a disappointment. We'll go back to driving by this place...

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Kostas Greek Restaurant20080 Fraser Hwy, Langley
yes, great calamari...
Submitted Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 12:25am [Dine in]

Hubby and I went for an early supper on a Wednesday night. We had read about the calamari, and dang if it wasn't one of the specials that night. So we ordered a calamari dinner and a roast lamb dinner.

Calamari was really very good, tender and crispy without being greasy. The roast potatoes were nicely different.. they were red-skinned potatoes with the skin still on. Really good. The rest of the meal was standard, and the onions in the greek salad were quite hot.

We were there just before six, and the place had a few diners already seated. Even though there were lots of empty tables, they sat us beside a family with a restless toddler. I realize families are entitled to go out to eat, but there were other tables and we could have been spared the parenting 101 flashbacks.

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