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  • Service3.5
  • Value3.5
  • Ambiance3.5
  • Reviews22

Papaya Bistro

15057 Marine Dr.
White Rock, BC V4B1C5
Tel: (604) 536-9811
Fax: (604) 536-9822

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Pretty good food
By kwailan of Coquitlam (75 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

This place was featured in one of the local papers recently. We were visiting some friends in White Rock and decided to check it out.

We had the spring rolls and crab cakes to start, followed by crab fettuccine Alfredo and some beef on vermicelli with betel leaves. The food were all pretty good.

The server was pleasant but inexperienced. Perhaps she's new. Service improved a lot after the owner/manager returned to the restaurant towards the end of our meal.

Ambiance: Not the restaurant's strong point, but the view of the water is very good.

Overall, a good lunch. What I do not understand though is where is the "fusion"? The food in the menu is either strictly "western" (eg crab fettuccine Alfredo) or "Vietnamese" (eg pho), nothing fusion.

I have a soft spot for asian restauranteurs trying to enhance their customer's dining experience through their plating, service and ambiance. So i will definitely return to support them. Unfortunately, being on the beach in White Rock, it is a bit far out for me. Will definitely return when I'm in the area.

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Tasty fusion fare on the beach!
By Von_Delroy of New Westminster (31 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

While taking a trip to White Rock on Easter weekend, we decided to try out this place after reading all the good reviews. The French waiter who greeted us seemed very hyper-active, yet quite pleasant and welcoming. He kept pin-balling from table to table bringing water, suggesting specials, taking orders and serving. When he was telling us about the specials, he did the "it's superb!" gesture by touching his fingers to his lips and blowing a kiss in the air. Theatrics aside, he was right!

My wife ordered the Char-Grilled Vietnamese Steak Sandwich, while I went with the Panko Crusted Halibut Burger. The lunch specials come with a choice of soup, salad or fries. The soup was Roasted Butter Nut Squash and it was AMAZING! The flavor was complex, tantalizing and a pure joy. Along with the squash, I could taste potato purée and an infusion of coconut cream in the soup.

We decided to split our entrees. The Halibut burger filet was fried with Panko (Japanese bread crumbs) and was served on a toasty warm bun with Wasabi mayo. My wife found the fish to be somewhat dry, but I thought it was perfect. After all, it's difficult for fish to remain moist after being fried. The steak sandwich was a pure delight. The beef was tender and succulent, topped off with pickled cucumber, carrot, spring onion and cilantro on a crusty French baguette. This steak sandwich is a perfect example of French and Vietnamese fusion cuisine.

The ambience was very pleasant and the décor tasteful. I especially enjoyed the woodwork on the railing that reminded me of ancient Hun helmets. The view of the ocean was the cherry on top. The prices are also pretty reasonable, considering the large portion sizes and the touristy location. We are definitely going back.

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Lunch was Excellent
By hippixie of Chilliwack (53 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 7:24pm [Dine in]

We had a delicious lunch here. We were seated quickly and served just as quick. Shauna was our server and she did an excellent job. The food was artfully prepared and very tasty.
I especially enjoyed the vietnamese spring rolls and the spinach salad with strawberries and goat cheese. The decor was simple and very tasteful, it would be nice in the summer with the patio doors open or to sit out doors.
Although not a "cheap" lunch we enjoyed the food and will come again, maybe for dinner.

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pleasant surprise on the beach
By cherrygirl of vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 4:31pm [Dine in]

found this place while on a day trip out at white rock and was pleasantly surprised by the food, service and of course the amazing view. Delicious Western and Vietnamese fusion cuisine-definately a first for me! Everything was great except for the mini spring rolls-I wouldn't recommend those, they were a bit on the rubbery side?? but the seafood pasta, crab buckets, crab cakes, etcetc were all great. Prices were also decent so we could get several appies and just share the dishes. The service was also very good but there was only one server working during the dinner shift so, althought great when available, it was on the slow side. Overall, 4 stars!!

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My new favorite restaurant in White Rock
By jeanrenee of Richmond, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 10:03am [Dine in]

My favorite restaurant in White Rock was not opened for lunch so after reading a few restaurant reviews on the net we decided to try the Papaya Bistro. What an experience ! The brunch menu was not very extensive but offered a wide range of dishes. I settled for the seafood crêpe, my wife for the eggs benedict and my cousins for a rather regular breakfast. Their famous calamari (I read about it in a review) was not part of the menu but I asked if I could get a side order of it. The response was positive. The service was prompt and friendly and we were served rapidly. The food is out of this world. The crepe was outstanding with plenty of shrimps and scallops and the calamari was…wow!. Everyone enjoyed their breakfasts. The co-owner a French Canadian named Claude came and talked to us. His enthusiasm was rather contagious. We felt like we have just met an old friend. In a few words, this was a great brunch experience and we intend to go back later on this week for Dinner.

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The owner called me to explain...
By rileycoyotes of Surrey (32 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

After my unpleasant experience reported on yesterday with a refused entertainment card, one of the owners called me this afternoon. He told me that there was some confusion in their dealings with the Entertainment Book publishers, and that they had not realized that people would come in with cards from the 2009 book and that they would have to punch the cards. He admitted that they did not handle the discount properly during my visit. He assured me that they would check with the publishers to be sure that they handle the cards correctly, and have a card punch available in the future.

Without going into too many details, he is making arrangements for us to return for a visit that is uncorrupted by questions of shady dealings. We will likely give the restaurant another try soon, because, except for the part where we felt that we were being treated dishonestly, it was otherwise a fairly pleasant evening. So I'll "cleanse my palate" of this event and revise the ratings now to reflect how we might have felt in absence of the card fiasco. I'll re-rate it once and for all after we make the return visit.

PS: I concur with a previous reviewer: The butternut squash soup really was excellent. Not at all bland like many are, this one has a bit of a kick to it, along with with shredded ginger and coconut milk.

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Delicious Papaya
By frenchie75 of White Rock (37 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

My husband and I went here for dinner with my parents and another couple tonight on a wet, rainy night. The restaurant was not busy which wasn't surprising for White Rock on a wet weeknight. Firstly we were well received by our waitress (I think her name was Shawna) who was wonderful. She was very informative and kept up excellent service throughout the meal (refilling water, bringing extra utensils, filling hot water for tea for my parents, etc). I stress the level of service since so many restaurants we've dined at recently have been sorely lacking in their service so it's refreshing and almost unexpected to receive such attention when dining. Everyone's food arrived at the same time and was beautifully plated and delicious. We all enjoyed our meals, the coconut lemongrass chicken was perfectly cooked, the Bouillabaisse was generous with vegetables and fish, the salmon and dungeness crab were moist and tasty. We were able to use our Lifestyle 2 for 1 coupons without trouble and were even given recommendations for other good restaurants to try out that were in the book by waitress. The ambiance is very nice....very comfortable, clean and modern design. Overall a very pleasant evening for everyone.

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ood experience
By foodexplore2008 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 9:52am [Dine in]

My friends and I decided to try this restaurant, on Marine Drive in White Rock, as an end to our girls' weekend. We ended up having a great experience: a leisurely meal with great food and fantastic service. Our waiter was quite knowledgeable and helped us choose dishes that worked well together. The food was divine, especially the appertizers. We decided to go out on a limb and try the Calamari, Crab Cake, and Scallop. our waiter were wonderful about walking us through the experience. Combine all of this with the great ambience, and you have a fabulous experience!
It could me more enjoyable if they have few more choice of after dinner drinks. Or some dessert wine.

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somewhat disappointed
By tacoma of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, December 14, 2008 - 3:30am [Dine in]

Went for dinner after all the great reviews and to be honest I was somewhat disappointed.

Without question all service team were very welcoming and friendly and the decor is clean and well kept.

I asked if the fish was fresh but they said it was frozen because not in season, so I went with the steak.

I had the Ginger port wine steak and it was very good although a little rare. But it is very Juicy. My Wife very enjoyed her Lemongrass Coconut chicken. We finished with a Banana Spring roll with ice cream, and it is very good. Over all, the only thing that was very stop me from give it a five stars is: if you call yourself a seafood restaurant then you should have fresh fish on hand but putting aside the negatives I would give this Place a second chance based on the service and price.

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Nice Restaurant
By may01 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, December 12, 2008 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

provides great food, service and a decent atmosphere. First of all, hakka fish.It was chopped vegii in spicy sauce poured on long fillet of fish and steam rice goes well together. The portion is so big that 1 plate of chow mein, roughly 3 people can have. Every dish has distinct flavour and different spice level. House speicality of asian spice is one the most creative thing ever. House fish or chicken or even paneer in tandoori flavour, crispy and strong tandoori essence. The price was way too decent. I mean very cheap compared to the portion of the dish. Everytime I'm treated like so called VIP guest. Yes, when its busy things could be here and there, but its in every restaurent. Things can never be perfect, but in every visit satisfies my taste bud makes be go back there.I make sure I do my job by leaving good tips and showing how much I appreciate the food and service. 10% to 20% tips is required which I make sure to leave it for the servers. I have also noticed no matter how much pain in the neck one could be for servers or the owners, they have always handled them in positive and calm manner without insulting the customer. All the server knows what they are doing, takes responsibilities for their actions and corrects them when mistake are made. All the server explains food in detail and makes it sound very appetizing. They are always smiling, sharing their own favourites and recomanding just the type of food one need. Over all it's an impressive restaurent. Small, cozy atmosphere, popping out from the glass covered table. One must visit to understand what I'm talking about.

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Credit Card Scam
By poetscan of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

My friend has had the same experience as the previous reviewer. She paid $24 on her credit card and a week later was billed $2400. She asked me to be a witness when she spoke to the owner, as he had previously assured her that this "mistake" would be taken care of, and the charge remained on her credit card bill. He promised to call her back, and was quite sarcastic when she expressed her reluctance to give him more information. We were horrified when we discovered that previous review and see that this is a recurring event. we will be notifying the local paper in White Rock, the Board of Trade, and of course the police. Our suggestion is that everyone should avoid this restaurant like the plague!

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Nighmare when received my Visa Statement
By FEELING of SURREY (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

Nighmare when received my Visa Statement
I went to White Rock to have lunch with my daughter in October. We chose Papaya Bistro and love the food. Unfortunately, when I received our visa card statement, I not only found the charge for the day we dined but I also had a $2400+ charge one week later. I only visited the restaurant one day, so the charge a week later was not ours. I disputed the charge with my visa company and contacted the owner by phone to resolve the error. The owner agreed it was a mistake and he would correct the mistake with Visa company. However, when I checked with Visa company after the following few weeks, he did'nt correct the mistake. I contacted the restaurant staff, manager and owner by phone during normal business hours and it went straight to voicemail. Finally, after 3 days intensive phone calls to the restaurant I talked to the owner, he asked my visa card number and told me after check he would give me a call. However, he did'nt. My colleague found the similar story about this restaurant made another $2,000 charge to its customer 3 weeks after the initial billing in November(www.dinehere.ca). We all felt horrible. I gave up on the business and reported it to the Fraud department of my visa company. I doubt the integrity of the owner and want to share the experience with my friends and neighbours so that they won't be going to the restaurant to get the nightmare.

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Great food, but used Credit Card as own ATM
By jimonqa of Seattle, WA (USA) (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, November 14, 2008 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

We annually visit White Rock after the Labor Day holiday and dine for lunch. This year we chose Papaya Bistro and loved it! The wait staff was attentive and the food divine. We were so happy to have discovered this nice restaurant with a view of the Bay. Unfortunately, when we received our credit card statement, we not only found the appropriate charge for the day we dined but we also had a $2000+ charge three weeks later. We only visited the one day, so the charge 3 weeks later was not ours. There were no other stray charges, so it wasn't a matter of the card being stolen. It was almost as if we became their private lending source for funds during a tough credit market. We disputed the charge with our credit company and contacted the owner by phone to resolve the error. The owner indicated it was the Lunch rush, so said he would call back. However, he never did. When I finally called a few days later during normal business hours and after the lunch hour, it went straight to voicemail. I gave up on the business and reported it to the Fraud department of my credit company. I can't afford to toss $2000 out the window for something I didn't owe. We're disappointed with the integrity of the owner, but mostly disappointed that we won't be returning to their business. It was a truly good dining experience, but the most expensive double dip I've ever encountered.

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My New Favorite Restaurant!
By sbenzies of Surrey, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

I just started a new job on the strip a few doors down from Papaya, so I've had the recent advantage of trying out all the local restaurants lately. Uli's is also a great restaurant with great food and a lot of ambiance and humor from Uli himself. However, Papaya brings a service that cannot be paralleled anywhere else. I've been to Paris and have seen fine French dining at its best, and this is it.

The new owner is a proud French-Canadian with an awesome accent, and he has made it his personal duty to make every dining experience there a good one. He is always out there talking to customers, making special creations for people who want to try something new, and catering to every need without you needing to ask. Here you don't have to worry about whether your glass is half full or half empty since it will always be full!

I have been here about 5 times now and already have dinner reservations for tonight, and I've never been let down. The Calamari is literally the best I've had in the world, and everything else is simply amazing. Even simple things like pho which you can get almost everywhere is unique and of excellent quality. They use only the best ingredients and everything turns out picture perfect and leaves you wanting more even after you're full.

One of the things that stands out to me the most other than the excellent food and great service is how they go the extra mile. I rarely eat dessert myself, though twice now they have brought me and my parties complimentary desserts after lunch or dinner with no ulterior motives other than to be able to share their creations. I'm usually quite satisfied with just ordering 1 entree, though to enjoy this one of a kind place I would highly suggest leaving yourself a couple hours to dine and relax while watching the beach so that you can enjoy all 3 mouth-watering courses that this place has to offer.

This is my first and only review for any restaurant, so I definitely think it is worth it. Try it out, you won't regret it!

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As Good As It Gets
By csavage of white rock (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 12:46pm [Dine in]

Having lived and dinned on the peninsula for the past 25 years i have seldom came across a restaurant that has meet my expectations for food quality as Papaya Bistro. I have dinned there twice since and each time found it to be a blue chip experience. The ambiance and service was relaxing and unpretentious this is White Rocks best kept secret. Pass it on, they deserve real success here.

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At the top by the rock
By kenweis of langley (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

When in Rome do as the Romans do.We had the Vegetarian Tofu with Prawns added and it was absolutely delicious.Of course the presentation was beautiful and the flavors wafted us away to much warmer climes than we have been expriencing as of late in Metro Vancouver.Janet our server is a very attentive and obliging lady whose main concern was to please us and I must admit we have never been so impressed at even more so called High End Fine Dining places.To culminate our impressive lunch we had a decadent Chocolate Mousse desert with strawberries which was irresistable.This place is a keeper and we will revisit it often.

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Should be more popular!
By NTM of North Delta (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 15, 2008 - 2:19pm [Dine in]

I also don't understand why this place isn't packed more often. I have only eaten here twice, but both times had a great experience. The first time, my husband and I were going to Cielos for oysters, but they weren't open for lunch. We noticed the "Crab bucket" sign and decided to take a chance, even though there was only one other table dining. The women at the other table recommended what they were eating...I don't recall what it was called, but some type of soft shelled crab. It was excellent! We also had appies which were delicious. The waitress was very accomodating and friendly. We took friends there a second time and had an equally great meal.

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One of my favourites
By celtic of Southlands, Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2008 - 6:30am [Dine in]

They have just got a new menu that is fantastic. Just love the food and the ambiance. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Good selection of exotic drinks for a relaxing laid back evening. Great views.

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Tax Overcharging
By Craig68k of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

Watch out as The Green Papaya is still charging 7% GST in March 2007 when it was reduce to 6% in the summer of 2006. Think of the thousands of dollars they've pilfered from their clientele over the last 9 months. I will not further patronize a restaurant that is deceitful.

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Wonderful
By mary of Yaletown, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 1, 2007 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

I have eaten at this restaurant 3 times in the past few months and each visit has been wonderful. I can't understand why more people have not discovered this little gem on the waterfront in White Rock. Fantastic food, great service, beautiful setting. What more could you ask for?

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