Location: 114 – 2922 Glen Drive, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7H8 (Coquitlam Centre)
Phone: (778) 285-6577
Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- $5 menu from 10-12 and 3-5. Tuesday – Sunday.
- Small restaurant
- Shared parking lot
Kulinarya has been in Coquitlam for a long time as far as I know. But for some reason, I’ve never set foot into this place till now. It’s a fairly small place with less than a dozen tables (closer to half a dozen). The restaurant appears to be family owned and operated. It was me and my girlfriend’s first time ever dining here. We were welcomely greeted on our way in and were seated immediately.
We were served with the menu and a small dish of corn nuts. It was addicting! The taste was a garlic roasted flavour. I couldn’t get my hands off them that my girlfriend had to take them out of my reach.
I love squid, so we tried the grilled squid. It was served sizzling on a hot plate and I could smell it from a mile away. The squid was tender and just the right amount of chewiness.
The squid came with a dipping sauce which I thought was unnecessary because there were so much flavours already. The garlic soy sauce was a little sour, I’m not sure what else is in it.
We ordered a beef dish called “Kare-Kare” which is a beef and tripe dish in peanut sauce served with shrimp paste. The flavours was right on, it actually taste very good already without the shrimp paste (which they had forgotten till later). Of course, this needed some sort of rice or else it would be just like drinking soup. The shrimp paste was really good, quite salty and should never be eaten alone. But the aroma that comes out of the shrimp paste was just unreal.
We ordered a small rice separately. Everything was separate, they really should have meals. The garlic rice was only a dollar more than normal steamed rice. The rice does have a strong sense of garlic but I think a normal steam rice would be suffice next time.
I’m not sure if the dishes are actually named like this in the Philippines. But some of the names are just funny. This is a dessert called “Hal0-Halo”, a shaved ice dessert. It was huge! We shouldn’t have ordered it because it was pretty chilly out that night. And we were eating ice!
It’s got a whole wack of ingredients including beans, jelly, tapioca, yam ice-cream, condense milk, etc. It’s quite the dessert. Perfect for a hot summer day, but just not tonight. And one thing I totally didn’t do because I didn’t want to destroy the art work was to stir up the bowl or you will be eating ice on the bottom.
The bill came to under $40 for a shared 3-course meal. The food was good. I’m not sure if it’s authentic because I’ve never had Filipino food before, but definitely good. I will definitely have to come back and try the crispy pata another time. It seems to be one of the favourites here. The place could get a little busy during prime dinner time, but nothing too crazy. It’s probably because of its location. The service was great, our server took time to explain the dishes to us and recommended us some dishes because it was our first time.