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VJBabbotsfordSince December 19, 2006171 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (2.8)
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Waffle House636 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Waitress doesn't listen to request
Submitted Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 2:41pm [Dine in]

My husband wanted to look at shoes at the shoe store beside the waffle house so we made the trip into New West.

We've eaten here before and although the food would not win any awards it is reasonably priced and decent. Today I wanted the sausage and waffle combination. I asked the waitress if I could substitute a raspberry waffle for the plain waffle. I knew there would be an additional charge but when she brought me my order she gave me a raspberry waffle with a side of sausage. I told her that this was not what I wanted as I'm now looking at will cost considerably more cost. She told me this was the only way she could do the order that I wanted. She should have told me this when I specifically asked her if I could have a substitution. If I knew they could not substitute I would have stuck to the plain waffle with sausage combo. Food was okay. It's nothing that is memorable. While we were sitting there having our breakfast our waitress starts to get into a discussion with another staff member asking if they had cleaned off the table beside us. Apparently the customer had left $2.00 on the table for a tip and she wanted to know what happened to it. How annoying to have to listen to her rant about this while we're having breakfast.

Not a pleasant way to start the day.

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Luxe Chinese Seafood Restaurant19653 Willowbrook Drive, #138A, Langley
Good dim sum in Langley
Submitted Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

We felt like having dim sum today but did not feel like driving all the way into town. We called friends of ours in Langley and decided to try Luxe in Langley. It is right across from Willowbrook Mall.

It is a nice restaurant in a little strip mall. The service was outstanding. We ordered from the dim sum menu but they did push carts around as well that had some items that were not on the printed menus. The food was very good. The shrimp spring rolls were outstanding. The serving sizes are somewhat small and I found the prices to be a bit higher than we usually pay when we go for dim sum in town.

It was a nice experience and we would return when we want something that is close to home.

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Old Surrey Restaurant, The13483 72nd Ave, Surrey
Not as good as it used to be
Submitted Saturday, October 6, 2007 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

It's been over a year since we last went but we've always had a good experience and it's one of my husbands favorite restaurants.

Most of the menu is a prix fix offering a 4 course meal from $35.00 upwards. This is by far the best option but there was nothing on this menu that appealed to me. The prix fix menu offers a choice of 4 different appetizers, 3 choices for soup or salad, 8+ choices for main course and 6 or 7 choices for dessert. My husband opted for the prix fix menu and he had prawns provencal (very tasty), spicy pumpkin soup (different but very nice), Veal chop (this was a bit overdone), he forgot to specify that he wanted it medium rare and our server did not ask. He finished his meal with a dark chocolate and white chocolate mousse. This was very good. The price for his meal was $39.00. It was very good value considering the quality of most of the dishes. I ordered the peppercorn steak that was flambeed and finished at the table, although it was good it was no better that peppercorn steak that I make myself at home.
Check you bill for the wine. We were billed $45.00 for our $40.00 bottle of wine. There is no wine under $40.00.

One of the waiter we had was good but not memorable. He has been with the restaurant a number of years and he was the one who neglected to ask how my husband wanted his veal chop prepared. The other waiter we had, Chris was absolutely marvelous. He had a genuine warmth to him and you did not feel so much like you were just another table to be served. If Chris had been our waiter for the entire evening I would have rated the service higher.

I really like the ambiance of this restaurant. They have 4 different dining rooms so you never feel like you are dining with masses of people. You can have a really nice conversation and it is a really relaxing and special evening.

We would try it again.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
We had good service
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 1:04pm [Dine in]

We've been going to Marcello's for the last few years. We've never had a problem with the wait staff. It surprises me that there are so many complaints about the service. It's not a fine dining establishment so we adjust or expectations accordingly.

We were here with family a couple of weeks ago. We shared pastas and pizza and it was decent. Not gourmet fare but it is a good place to go if you are with small children. Our family from out of town quite enjoyed themselves.

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La Piazza Dario Ristorante3075 Slocan St., Vancouver
Good food, indifferent service, strange ambiance
Submitted Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

I feel like I ate at a different restaurant than the other people who've reviewed this restaurant.

We ate here a number of years ago and had a good meal so we decided to try it again since they are not in the 2008 entertainment book. We thought we would go while we could still take advantage of the discount.

The ambiance is really strange. The music that they were playing just didn't fit in with what i feel it should be for an Italian restaurant. An old monkees recording (remember them) sung in Italian - strange.

The food was very good. We shared the spaghetti with sundried tomatoes and garlic. It was cooked perfectly and the flavours were great. The bread served with dinner was decided boring. Basic white bread that I buy at Safeway has more flavour and texture. My husband had veal with portobello mushrooms and I had the daily special which was rack of veal. Both were very good.

The service left a lot to be desired. There was no attempt made to engage us in conversation at all. Most of the wait staff seemed bored with their job and it seems that all they wanted to do was take our order, deliver it to the table and get us out. At no time were we asked how our meal was or if we required anything. For all the raves that other reviewers had about the service I was expecting more than the indifferent service that we received.

I might return because the food was very good but now that they are no longer in the entertainment book that takes away one of the incentives.

For the price there are much better alternatives.

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Kari House Restaurant3900 Bayview Street, #130, Richmond
A nice experience in Steveston
Submitted Monday, July 30, 2007 - 11:44am [Dine in]

We were in Steveston in the late afternoon on Sunday and decided to stay for dinner. We did not feel like fish and chips (too greasy and heavy) or Greek Food. We settled on the Kari House towards the end of downtown Steveston. The restaurant overlooks the docks and you can sit inside or outside on the patio.

We decided to order the B Combination for 2. It consisted of:
Spring rolls - very good, nice and crisp
Malaysian Satay Chicken with peanut sauce - good and moist
Rendang Kari with Prawns - very generous serving of prawns
Malay Halia with Chicken - I enjoyed this the least but my
husband liked it
Jasmine Rice.
The price was very reasonable at $30.00 for the 2 of us.

With a half litre of the house wine dinner was $46.00. It was very good value and the food was good.

Service was decent. I did not rate it higher because no one came to check if dinner was okay or if we required anything else during the course of our dinner. The main courses were also brought out before we had finished our appetizers so we did feel a bit rushed.

I would return if I was in Steveston.

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Harbour House12233 Beecher St., #101, Surrey
Don't go hungry. You'll still be hungry after dinner here
Submitted Monday, July 23, 2007 - 11:54am [Dine in]

This is the second time that we've had dinner here. The first time we went was very good so we thought we would try it again.

The restaurant was very busy for a Sunday evening. It was good that we made reservations. Service was decent, not outstanding but then again it was very busy.

As other reviewers have mentioned the portions are exceedingly small and not good value for the money. We shared an appetizer of tiger prawns and it was a decent size but $14.00 for 5 prawns is sort of pushing the envelope. My husband had the salmon special and I had the sablefish. His entree was marginally larger than mine but not by much. For $26.00 my entree consisted of 3 or 4 oz of sablefish (it certainly wasn't anymore the 4 oz.), 4 very small cubes of potato (about the equivalent of 1/2 a small potato), l baby carrot, 1 asparagus spear and a small piece of red pepper. The desserts were 9.00 +. We decided to go for ice cream instead.

The food was very good but I have rated it decent because it is just not good value for the money. For the prices they charge the portions should be considerably larger and the food quality should be exceptional. It was a good thing we had the entertainment card. Even with the card dinner was $80.00 with a bottle of wine.

It is unlikely that I would go back. There are too many restaurants where I get better value for my money.

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Kalamata Greek Taverna1481 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good Greek food - value for the money
Submitted Monday, July 9, 2007 - 10:33am [Dine in]

We went here for dinner last night.

The decor is a bit different from most Greek restaurants as the colours are yellow and blue and there are not a lot of plants hanging from the ceiling but it was very comfortable and there was plenty of space between the tables.

Our waiter was very good. He was very sociable yet not intrusive. We had a bottle of wine with dinner that was less than $20.00 (how unusual). We shared a saganaki for an appetizer. My husband had the moussaka, it was very good with a hint of cinnamon to it. I had the kleftiko. It was one of the best that I've had - it was very tender and moist but it was not greasy like it is as some Greek restaaurants. We could not finish our meals as the portions are very large.

With tip our dinner cost $67.00. It was fair value for the money. I would certainly return and recommend it to anyone wanting a good Greek meal in a nice restaurant.

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Nick's Spaghetti House631 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
This is an old favorite
Submitted Monday, July 2, 2007 - 3:17pm [Dine in]

We've been going to Nick's for years. It's definitely not the place to go if you're hoping to have a nice quiet evening with your significant other. It can get downright noisy when it gets busy. The decor is definitely old style Italian - red checkered tablecloths, dim lighting etc. but that's part of the charm.

We've never had a problem with the service. It's not fine dining so we adjust our expectations accordingly.

My husband had the spaghetti and spareribs and I had the combination platter that consists of spaghetti, ravioli, spareribs, meatball and mushrooms. It is very well prepared and for the price that you pay it is fair value for the money.

With a 1/2 liter of the house wine and our tow meals the total before tip was $48.00. A great place to go if you've looking for a reasonably priced well cooked Italian meal.

We've been going to Nick's for years and will continue to go when we feel like a casual Italian meal at a reasonable price.

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Pink Pearl1132 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Beware they have a new cook
Submitted Sunday, July 1, 2007 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

This used to be our dim sum restaurant for many years. The last two times we've been very disappointed. The first time we sent our favorite dish back (the peanut dumpling because it had no peanuts and was covered with a gummy slimy wrapper). The manager came to the table and said sorry but they have a new cook in the kitchen. We expressed our concerns as the decline in the quality was so pronounced. They used to roll around a cart that contained one item, spring rolls, calamari or whatever so you knew that it was fresh. On this occasion most carts held up to 9 different items.

We went for dim sum again this weekend and because we've gone to Pink Pearl for so many years we decided to give them another try. If anything it was even worst than the last time. Not only does each cart hold many different dishes but everything that we had was cold like it had been sitting on the counter all morning. Even the rice roll was cold. The gai lan that used to be cooked on the cart tableside is now one of the dishes on the cart that is wheeled around and it looked truly disgusting. I don't think anything was very fresh. It was not a good experience.

We will not go back. Be warned it's not what it used to be.

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Dolce Amore1588 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Outstanding ice cream
Submitted Sunday, July 1, 2007 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

Uncle Junior is right the ice cream here is some of the best that I've had and I'm a real ice cream fanatic.

The flavours are so intense. Their white chocolate raspberry leaves Mario's Gelato in the dust. Their servings are a more reasonable size then we get at either Mario's or La Casa Gelato and the price is also a bit more reasonable. This is a real premium ice crea. It will be a regular stop when I'm in town.

Highly recommended

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Choo Choo's20559 Fraser Hwy, Langley
Decent food a bit pricey for what you get
Submitted Sunday, July 1, 2007 - 2:38pm [Dine in]

I agree with one of the previous reviews about the price. If the prices had been 2 or 3 dollars per entree less I probably would give the food a higher rating.

I had the 1/2 rack of ribs and 1/4 chicken combo. This was $18.95. The food wasn't bad but it should be so much better for the price. My husband had the schnitzel parmesan - again not bad but nothing very special. Dinners came with choice of baked potato, friench fries or rice. They also came with carrots that had been boiled way too long.

It's unlikely that we would return unless we were in the area and no other restaurants were open.

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Don Francesco Ristorante860 Burrard Street, Vancouver
For the price it should be exceptional but it's not even average
Submitted Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 11:33am [Dine in]

My husband was on their website and he said that he liked the menu and wanted to try it out. They do not show prices on their menu on line.

We thought it would be a fine dining experience but we were seated and finished in an hour and 20 minutes.

Service was very good but that is the only positive that I can say about the evening.

Wines are outrageously marked up.

For dinner we shared a penne arrabiata. It was nicely seasoned but it was chewey (not al dente). For the main courses I had the sea bass (33.00) and my husband had the tuscan chicken (29.95). The sea bass was nice and moist but completely lacking in flavour or seasoning. It was supposed to have tomato, onion and garlic sauce. The was a tiny tomato on the plate but no sauce on the fish. Vegetables consisted of bitter bak choi, tough green bean, hard potato and broccoli that had seen better days.

The desserts were all $10.95, even the ice cream. I can't believe the audacity of charging $10.95 for ice cream. We went out for ice cream instead.

Ambiance is okay but for the prices they charge it should be more than a bistro type atmosphere and we should not be seated so close to the other tables that we can hear their conversation and see exactly what they're having for dinner.

With a bottle of wine, a dish of pasta, two entrees and coffee the bill was $138.00 with taxes and before tip.

For the price there are far better restaurants to spend your money. We would not return.

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Also Lounge & Restaurant4200 No 3 Road, 120, Richmond
Don't have coffe or the molten chocolate cake
Submitted Monday, June 11, 2007 - 11:42am [Dine in]

We decided to try Also lounge for our anniversary.

I agree with other comments about the room. Is it a lounge or restaurant?

The wait staff were very good. They knew the menu and explained the dishes very well. Water glasses were constantly refilled.

Wine is way too expensive. My husband had 2 glasses of wine at $9.50 a glass and he said that most of the bottles of wine were over $38.00.

We shared the phyllo wrapped prawns as an appetizer. They were very tasty. It was like a prawn spring roll. For entrees my husband had the rack of lamb and I had the Thai BBQ chicken. Both dishes were outstanding. For dessert the waitress said that they had molten chocolate lava cake as their special dessert that evening. We asked how much it was and she said $12.00. I was more expensive then we had anticipated but it is one of my husband's favorite desserts so we ordered one to share and then we waited and waited and waited. After 1/2 an hour the waitress said it would be 3 more minutes. Another 15 minutes after this she said it would be another 15 minutes because it was a special order. She gave us a complimentary cheesecake to tide us over until the lava cake was done. When it finally arrived an hour after we had ordered it we could tell right away that the chef had had problems with it. Molten chocolate cake is supposed to be like a souffle - light and fluffy with the hot chocolate centre oozing out as you put your fork to it. Our cake looked like at hot fudge brownie topping that you would get at Dairy Queen. This cost us $12.00. You can get a really good souffle that is twice the size and tastes way better at a place like Chartwells.

My husband had ordered coffee. When we got our bill he had been charged $5.50 for a cup of coffee. It was not a special coffee, just regular coffee. Even really high end restaurants like Il Giardino and Chartwells do not charge this much for coffee.

Would probably go again

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Golden Swan Restaurant5380 Victoria, Vancouver
Decent Chinese Food
Submitted Monday, June 4, 2007 - 11:11am [Dine in]

There were 8 of us for dinner last night. I do not know what the prices are like because someone else picked up the tab for dinner.

What we had was well prepared. They served a complimentary watercress soup with dinner. The dishes were all pre-ordered by our host and included crab, crispy skin chicken, prawns and scallops with pea pods, beef with green beans, a hot pot dish, honey garlic spareribs and chow mein. We thoroughly enjoyed all the dishes except for the hot pot dish which we thought was a bit bland. It was sort of a hot pot soup and I think most of the people were disappointed with it as it was the only dish that was just sampled.

We finished off with mango pudding. This was definitely a dish I would stay away from as it had not flavour whatsoever.

Service was very good. They were continually bringing us clean dishes and they would occasionally put some of the food onto smaller plates so that we had more room on the table.

I would probably return and try again. I would like to see what their dim sum is like. Vancouver magazine rates it #5 in the latest best restaurant issue. Any comments from other dine here contributors.

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Beach House, The150 25th Street, West Vancouver
A great view, superlative service and decent food
Submitted Monday, May 21, 2007 - 11:40am [Dine in]

We were a party of six. My husband and I arrived before our friends and were promptly escorted to our window seat. Our waiter came by shortly thereafter and asked if we would like drinks before the rest of the group arrived or if we would like just sparkling or ice water. We asked for ice water and it was promptly poured for us. My husband spoke to the waiter and asked if we could have 3 separate bills at the end of the evening. No problem.

It was a very leisurely evening as we were enjoying the camaraderie of good friends. The entrees consisted of soup of the day - a Thai curry seafood soup, Caesar salad and Calamari in a spicy sauce. All the entrees were very good. For the entrees three of us ordered one of the days specials which was salmon with a herb and pea shoot sauce and potato gnocchi. It was very tasty. I requested fresh lemon for my fish and it was brought to the table immediately. The rest of the group had rack of lamb, pork tenderloin and prawns and scallops. Everyone seemed pleased with what they had ordered. The serving sizes were adequate, they were not huge servings but no one was hungry after the main course.

For desserts we had, creme brulee, rhubarb crisp with ice cream and lemon tart.

When we requested the bill at the end of the evening our server remembered our request and presented us with 3 different bills. One of our friends said that he wanted to pay for everyone and without any sign or annoyance or waiter graciously said certainly sir and with 5 minutes returned with 1 bill for the whole table.

We were having a great visit and spent almost 4 hours at the table but at no point were we made to feel unwelcome. The water glasses were always topped up. We also had wine with dinner and we never had to touch the wine bottle ourselves. The waiter looked at the table frequently to be sure that we had everything that we required.

It was a great evening and we will definitely be returning.

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Adega1022 Main St., Vancouver
Great Portuguese Food - It's like being on vacation in Portugal
Submitted Tuesday, May 15, 2007 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

I called to see if they were open for dinner on Mother's day. They were but they suggested reservations as they would probably be very busy. Usually we don't require reservations but I'm glad we had them on Mother's day as they were very busy.

The food as usual was very good. We shared an appetizer of the prawns in hot sauce. For the main courses my husband had half a chicken, very spicy and nice and moist and I had the pork steak that was also very well prepared. I always ask for steamed potatoes as I find the adega fries too filling. All entrees come with a choice of soup or salad. We shared a dessert of strawberry-rhubarb pie with ice cream. We had a bottle of vinho verdi to drink with our meal. Altogether before tip the bill came to $68.00. We had a veritable feast for this price. They do have a western menu as well but we always order off the Portuguese menu. Everything that we've tried has been very good but the chicken is my husband's favorite dish.

Service was good. The owners wife came to the table to check on us. They were very busy but I noticed that she made a point of going to each table to check on the customers. This was really a nice touch.

The restaurant itself is not in a great area of town but once you are inside it is very cozy and comfortable.

We've been to Adega many times and we will continue to come. Prices are extremely reasonable for the quality and quantity of food.

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La Masia19209 Fraser Highway, Surrey
It could be better
Submitted Wednesday, May 2, 2007 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

The previous review actually wasn't that far off base.

The service was decent but the whole evening left me feeling that it could be so much better. We ordered Sangria and it may be one of the worst sangrias that I've had. Escargot stuffed mushroom caps were okay but the the mushrooms and escargot both seemed rather small and shrivelled up. My husband had the veal chop with berry sauch that he enjoyed and I had a steak with red wine and mushroom sauce. The food was okay but for the prices that they charge it should be a lot more than just okay.

We would not return and we did not feel it was good value for the money.

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Bamboo Grove6920 No. 3 Rd., Richmond
It's okay but nothing to get too excited about
Submitted Monday, April 16, 2007 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

We tried this restaurant on Sunday night. They had a few banquets booked so they seated the two of us at a table for 8.

We had crispy skin chicken, beef with broccoli and steamed black cod with black bean sauce. With a large bowl of rice the bill for the two of us was $52.00. I've had better food and paid less money.

Service was not the strong point. We had to ask for salt for the chicken and we were pretty much ignored after the food was delivered.

I would not return as I feel there are so many Chinese restaurants that offer far better value for the money.

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Lampliter Gallery Cafe9213 Glover St, Langley
A fabulous find in Fort Langley
Submitted Sunday, April 8, 2007 - 1:51pm [Dine in]

We decided to try this restaurant in Fort Langley on Good Friday. It may well be the best restaurant that we've eaten at in Fort Langley.

It is right on the main street - Glover St. and you can watch all the pedestrians strolling in the evening. Great for people watching. The room is very cozy, it has a nice welcoming atmosphere but it is not overly formal or dressy. They have artwork on the wall for sale hence the name of the restaurant. The tables are well spaced so you can have a nice conversation with your companion and not have to worry about people at surrounding tables listening in on your conversation.

Service was adequate but not outstanding by any means. The waitress was pleasant enough but did not do anything more than would be expected.

They had a 4 course set menu for $35.00 that offered good value but we did not order from this as a few of the items did not appeal to us. The 4 course set menu included, soup, appetizer, main course and dessert.

We shared an appetizer of mussels Italian style. They were oh so good - nice and spicey, we used the crusty bread to scoop up the sauce. For the main course I had the rack of lamb with garlic crust and herb sauce - $26.95 and my husband had the veal tenderloin $21.95. The entrees came with vegetable and your choice of potato strudel, jasmine rice or polenta. The entrees were a decent size (no novelle cuisine here) and absolutely first rate. The dishes were nicely seasoned and the meat was extremely tender.

For dessert we shared a passion fruit mousse with fresh fruit. This was just the right touch to end the meal. The mousse was light, flavourful and refreshing and the fruit, grapes, bananas and strawberries were fresh.

If you're in Fort Langley I highly recommend this restaurant. They have customer parking at the rear.

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