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Denny's5605 Kingsway, Burnaby
Just okay.
By mi7kahn of Buranby (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 11:09pm [Take-out]

Hmmm...not really sure if this was just a one-time thing, but my experience wasn't that great at Dennys. My girlfriend and I were looking for a place to eat breakfast at and found Dennys in a last minute resort. I am not really a fussy eater, and don't have too many expectations when it comes to places like these, but I found the food to be a little under what I was expecting, even for Dennys standards. While she opted for the veggie skillet, I ordered the fit slam "protein" which are: egg whites mixed with tomatoes and spinach, a muffin and two pieces of turkey bacon. Sounds like a big ole hearty breakfast full of protein that cant go wrong...but it did. I could barely taste the spinach and tomatoes, and the turkey bacon tasted rubbery and nothing like it. I went for the protein because I thought it would be packed, but it tasted more like the light version of it. For the prices we paid, was a little disappointed.

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Ebo4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Great Hotel Restaurant choice in Burnaby
By mi7kahn of Buranby (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 10:50pm [Dine in]

Located inside the Delta Hotel, Ebo is definitely one of those restaurants you go to for a business lunch and really enjoy it, even if the "business" part didn't go so well. I have been here only a handful of times, one for business, and the other for happy hour and dinner but on all occasions the food has been more than amazing. You'd think that a restaurant in a casino could not have such fine dining and good food, eh? Back to the food, their mussels are never bad, and their linguini is really good. I am not much of a salad person but even here I liked their caesar. Not really the place I would frequent a lot because of the prices on the menu, but I'd definitely give it a shot if you are in the area.

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Jang Mo Jib Korean Restaurant1575 Robson St, Vancouver
Appalling experience - avoid this place
By doublemagnum of Coal Harbour (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 10:00pm [Dine in]

I write many reviews of restaurants on this site as well as others. Generally I am an easy going person, understanding of "extraordinary circumstances" and pretty generous in my praise.

Until now.

I have just had the most unforgivably awful experience at Jang Mo Jib on Robson Street near Cardero in Vancouver's West End.

This place has been around for a while and is a favourite haunt of Asian students here to learn English, and a generally younger Korean crowd. I live 2 blocks away, so I've visited before, and while never overly impressed, I was never treated like this. Because I have vowed never to return, I won't give them the chance to repeat this performance.

Let's start with seating. A 15 minute estimated wait on a Sunday evening turned into 45 minutes for our party of three, during which time the host (over our objections) took an empty table of four which had just cleared, split the table in half and seated 2 couples who had arrived long after we did. Not impressed.

Now let's discuss cleanliness. We were seated in a "back room" area where the adjacent table and floor looked like the food fight scene from Animal House. Staff were sweeping food into piles at our feet as they cleared this nauseating mountain of leftovers. As for our table, we arrived to a soaking wet surface reeking of chlorine bleach. How appetizing.

On to service... We ordered three pretty simple items. One arrived fairly soon. The next was much later. The last - well we still don't know what happened to the last one, although the table seated beside us received exactly the same dish even though they had been seated 15 minutes after we arrived. By now we were well over 90 minutes into our dinner.

A server arrived to sheepishly inform us that they had made a mistake and our third dish had been "cancelled".

Enough. I informed the host at the front that in 60 years living in this city I had never had such shoddy service.

And for the first time in my life, I also informed him that we were not going to pay ANY of the bill and he could sue me.

I often browse the "Terrible" or "One Star" ratings people submit, just to see if the reviewer was a one-off crank with an axe to grind. I have dined all over the world in restaurants grand and modest. Let me assure you that this place richly deserves the drubbing I have given them above. They need to smarten up. All the ESL students in the world aren't going to save your business if you lose touch with basic customer service, hygiene and attention to detail. I sincerely hope your experience is superior to mine if you choose to go to this place. Caveat emptor.

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Moma Contemporary Bistro8580 Cambie Road, #104, Richmond
Great for foodies
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (117 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 9:59pm [Dine in]

This place has been opened for quite some time, but I am surprised that there is no review here. However, the good reviews it has received elsewhere tempted me to give it a try. I went with four others, and we ordered a variety of dishes to share. Every single dish was delicious, with the grilled octopus, sable fish, and port belly being particularly outstanding. At first, looking at the prices on the menu, I thought portions would be very small, but they were not. All dishes were of decent portion, presentation was beautiful, the ingredients were very fresh, and the cooking creative. Service was good, considering that one waitress seemed very new and was not familiar with the dishes on the menu, but her attitude was excellent. The decor of the place was modern yet simple, so the ambiance was average, but we went there for the food, and we were absolutely delighted to have our tastebuds satisfied to the fullest.

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Maurya Bistro1734 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Buffet Not as good now.
By Basilseal of North Vancouver District (31 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

Today we ate the buffet at Maurya; the first time in awhile and were disappointed. This buffet has gone down hill since I last reviewed it. There is less choice in the buffet and items such as the butter chicken had a lack of chicken (we were able to fish out some chicken as we were there at the opening, but it was mostly sauce,) Poor service..no water refills offered, and plates not picked up until just before leaving. Time to find a new Indian Buffet.

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Kedah House1652 SE Marine Drive, Vancouver
Defnitely Not Worth It
By jaeqoo of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 4:14am [Dine in]

If poor customer service and contaminated salad bars are your thing, then you've come to the right place. When we walked into the restaurant, we met up with an employee who pointed to a table that was already occupied by another customer's belongings. I have no idea why he made such a bone headed move because that happened to be the only seat in the house that was taken. This absent minded employee was the same guy who, midway through our dinner, took out a broom and dustpan to sweep the floor. I honestly don't know about you but watching people sweep in front of me makes me lose my appetite rather rapidly.

It's not that big of an issue for me because the food wasn't any good to begin with. Having said that I still wish they had labelled the dishes at the buffet table so I know what I am actually consuming. I can tell you this much though...labeling their food wouldn't have been very labor intensive at all because you can literally count the number of dishes available on your fingers. What disgusted me even more than the poor customer service was their salad bar. How would you like to munch on cucumber slices and leaves of lettuce that have been vegged on by fruit flies? I didn't think so, not even if the bill came out to be $10.50.

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Starbucks20395 Lougheed Highway, #590, Maple Ridge
Great service day in and day out
By Mullo of New Westminster (18 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 26, 2014 - 6:03pm [Take-out]

I have to post a review even though the coffee is the same at all Starbucks, the service here shines through.

Dawn, Jamie, Lisa, and Val are always awesome making you feel personally welcomed each and ever visit!! Their personableness is second to none. I always feel good about my experience when I go in.

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San Remo Pizza3008 Flint St, #108, Port Coquitlam
Good fresh pizza
By Mullo of New Westminster (18 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 26, 2014 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

Tonight (aaprox 4:30 pm Friday night) was our first time eating at San Remo and we ordered a large pizza for our family of three. We tried 1/2 mediteranian and 1/2 greek. The pizza was brought to our table in approx 25 minutes which was decent timing. The pizza was quite good with very fresh and plenitful toppings. We were all stuffed and had a slice for taking home left over.

My 14 year old son really liked it and commented that we will certainly return. It did start getting quite busy with the restaurant filling up as we ate, so go early or most likely expect a wait. The server was very pleasant and attentive throughout our evening. Will be back.

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Galini Greek Kouzina & Grill19475 Fraser Hwy, #101, Surrey
Good value. Large portions
By VJB of abbotsford (157 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 26, 2014 - 11:11am [Dine in]

We came on an evening in December and I think they had a lot of office Christmas parties. We had reservations but even with reservations we had one of the worst seats in the restaurant. We were seated at a table right beside the bar so wait staff and customers were walking by our table all evening. This is hardly conducive to a nice evening out. We asked if we could have one of the booths near the bar but were told that it was reserved. I would ask for a table in the main dining area next time.
All entrees come with soup of the day and a choice of Caesar or greek salad. I had the moussaka and it is probably one of the best moussakas that I’ve ever had. My husband had the rack of lamb and he also was very impressed with his dinner. The portions are very generous.
The pricing is fair for the quality and quantity of food. Service was very good.
We would return but only if we could have a different table.

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Central Bistro & Lounge1072 Denman Street, Vancouver
Agree with the other reviewers
By dreww_ of North Van (8 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

Had I been asked a couple of months back about Central, I'd say that I don't know where all the negativity is coming from. But these past couple of times I have last come here for brunch, I have left with a dissatisfaction more than anything else. The food seems to have gone downhill, and with that, the service. I don't know about you, but I'm not really willing to wait more than 40 minutes to get mediocre, cold food. My smoked salmon tasted burnt and the central benny, which used to be my favorite, was just not right. I do not consider myself to be a confrontational person but when the waitress mixed up my order, she did not even apologize. Drinks are alright though. I have a feeling you are paying more for the ambience than anything else.

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Abdul BBQ4500 Kingsway, #1691, Burnaby
You'd never think you could find great shawarma here...
By mi7kahn of Buranby (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

One of my Moroccan friend's presented me this place and at first I was quite skeptical of it. I mean, good shawarma in a Chinese mall? Who would've thought. But one bite at the beef shawarma and mmmm, there's no going back. I don't get why people complain about the prices though. Portions are quite large, and by large I mean HUGE even for a glutton like me the shawarma was filling. Even the medium can be a little spicy, so make sure to go for mild if you cannot tolerate much heat.

Tip: bring cash. No credit cards are accepted.

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Siena1485 West 12th Ave, Vancouver
We did not have a good experience this time around
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (117 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 1:27am [Dine in]

I and my family and friends had been to Siena several times in the past, and had always had a good experience, but this time was different. Among 5 dishes ordered, 3 were substandard, with 2 of the 3 being outright rejects. The leek and potato soup was incredibly spicy, even for my wife who loves spicy food, and was only lukewarm when served. It was simply unacceptable. The pan-seared Arctic Char was like seared ahi tuna - completely raw inside, with only the outside slightly seared. When we questioned the server, we were told that it was supposed to be medium rare, and even she admitted that what we got was too raw. She offered to replace it. The replacement ended up being well done, but by then, we had tired of complaining. At least it wasn't raw. The risotto was soft and mushy, like a paste, as far from al dente as you can possibly imagine, but at least the flavor was fine, so we did not reject it. The only acceptable dishes were the two salads (one being the replacement for the soup), something that did not require any cooking, and the chocolate cake dessert. However, at $12, my arugula salad was very small in portion and very simple in composition. It did not seem good value for money. The same can be said for the salad my wife got as a replacement for the soup. The restaurant apologized (but only at the end, upon presentation of the bill), saying that the chef had put way too much pepper into the soup (how is that much overage possible?) and gave us a 15% discount to the overall bill.

Thinking back, the previous few times when we had good experiences, the restaurant was quite empty, whereas, on this most recent visit, it was completely packed due to its being the pre-Christmas season. Perhaps the kitchen could not cope with such a volume of business?

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Adelitas5178 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Yum yum Mexican eats
By EatsFats of Vancouver (320 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

I wouldn't necessarily disagree with one of the prior reviews that said "Best in Vancouver". Could it be better? Absolutely, I've eaten much better Mexican food, but ...

Looks like the greasy joint has been updated, decently clean now though a comforting patina of grease to go around. You know, fits with the place, eh?
Decently varied menu, more than your typical taco & burritos that's for sure. The nachos were surprisingly good. I mean, nachos are nachos, right? Dunno, something different about these. I would order these again. I can't believe I'm saying this...
Tacos are solid, similar to some of the best in town, especially liked the lengua. We had also a stuffed chili with walnut sauce (ha! find that around town!) and very good, if a bit pricey.
Little ones gave a bit thumbs up on the chicken quesadilla which was packed with the goods.

Service is, well, I'm not complaining, looks like a family run joint with only 2 people (one in kitchen and one out front) when we were there so don't be expecting no 5-star service here.

Key thing is, yup, I would like to return and definitely recommend a trip. We ran into an acquaintance there by chance and he said he hits it up every 2 weeks or so and he said most of the time it is filled with Mexicans. Must be somewhat authentic I guess.

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Farmer's Apprentice, The1535 West 6th Ave, Vancouver
Will it survive ...?
By EatsFats of Vancouver (320 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

Okay the place is small, tight and it was immediately packed at lunch. We got the last "table" without enduring a 30+ minute wait. Would it be worth the effort?
The lunch menu is skimpy, very small. Okay, maybe not a big deal.
We started with a soup. Oh yes, very good, but a bit on the small side for the price. Also came with a couple of pieces of toasted bread. It was okay, sourdough base but not the most flavourful bread I've had.
We also had a gnocchi and a steelhead "fondue" with chickpeas. Both were quite tasty, but I felt the chickpeas were not quite soft enough and also not the best chickpeas I've ever had. The "fondue" was mis-represented I felt, it listed octopus as an ingredient in there but we saw none.
The dessert of "poached" raspberry/blackberry with milk sorbet(???) was actually quite good, probably half as much of the milk "sorbet" as it could have used (there was maybe one heaping teaspoon worth). Terrific summer dessert. Oh wait, except it's in the bloody freezing depths of winter!

Execution? Yeah, I think they did pretty good. Creativity? No. There was absolutely nothing unexpected or surprising about the flavours & combinations. I checked their website and looked through their list of suppliers. I'm familiar with all of them, some of them I consider the best in town, but many of them are, while still certainly in the upper tier, far from the best that can be had from local producers. (And I'm looking specifically at you, the vegetable suppliers)!

Service was ok, but for such a small place they had 3 up front and we peeked in and counted 6 in the kitchen. Really? Honestly? How on earth do they pay the bills??? Especially since the food came out quite slowly. We spent about an hour there and we were the fast ones. Most of the tables were there before us and were still there when we left. I also question why it takes so long, with such a small, small menu, everything should be prepared in advance ready for some final cooking. Would you roll the gnocchi to order? Not if it's on 50% of the menu items! The trout "fondue" base of chickpeas must have been made ahead of time which just left the grilling of the trout, which does NOT take that long. I wish them luck, it is good food, but they're not generating enough turnover to survive I suspect.

Price? About $13-18 for the main dishes. And these were SMALL. I mean really small. This doesn't make sense as I could head around the block to the very dependable Salade de Fruits Cafe and get just as good execution, larger portions, a more varied menu and perhaps even more creativity.

Would I return? No. Recommended? Half-heartedly. If you're in the area and it looks not busy, maybe you'll get lucky one day.

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Bob Likes Thai Food1521 W Broadway, Vancouver
Could've been better...
By EatsFats of Vancouver (320 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

Such high hopes...but was not to be.
Started with the Miang Kham. Great idea, good texture, loved the concept. The flavours were also quite good. So where did it get let down? The sauce was WAY too sweet. By far, not by a little bit.
Next up , the Tom Ka Gai. Again, great flavours from the herbs & spices. A bit skimpy on the chicken, we could barely find any. The let down? Too sweet & too salty. It was thankfully masked a bit by the fragrance from the other ingredients, but was far too heavy those 2 basic tastes.
Finally, the Choo Chi Pla, sounded promising, but it was billed as a "dry curry". Really, cause it was so far from the definition of dry short of being a soup. It isn't bad being so saucy, but it was mis-represented on the menu. Again, the fragrance & flavours were delightful. And again far too much sugar and salt.

Each dish could've been, should've been so much better, but was not! Thai food should be fresh, fragrant but not heavy!
Unless I hear of a significant change, I doubt I would be returning. Not recommended.

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Maenam1938 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Above average Thai?
By dreww_ of North Van (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 9:29pm [Dine in]

Maenam is not your choice for quick, run of the mill restaurants that serve Thai in Vancouver. This place in Kits is rather trendy for thai food, and is a little more expensive than your average Thai because ingredients are locally sourced. Prices are still not expensive though and I'm willing to pay for it.

While there are other places that beat it in terms of food, the ambience was quite nice, more upscale, and you can even take a date here. Service could do with a little more though, our server was not very helpful and didn't come back to check up on us when we didn't order drinks. We ordered the coconut mushroom soup which was for two as a starter and found it to be quite tasty. The pad thai was just average; I've had better elsewhere. My friend was more lucky and ordered the curry w/ pork belly and liked it. The roti was kind of bland. Wouldn't consider this my go-to place for Thai food but wouldn't completely turn it down either. 3.5 stars.

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ORU Restaurant1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
Must say, I'm a big fan.
By Kyle_Lee of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 7:04pm [Dine in]

Considering the location, the restaurant is surprisingly humble BUT the menu is rock solid: some among my favourites are Poched Lobster, Haida Sablefish, and Kalua Pork Belly. Oh, a fruit-plate for dessert! Another plus is when the weather is gracious, you've got a gorgeous strolling-route waiting after your meal. Must say, I'm a big fan.

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Sura Korean BBQ4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 1830, Richmond
Perfect restaurant where you can enjoy authentic Korean Cuisine
By Kyle_Lee of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

Let me just say this before saying anything further: This kind of lunch set for $15 is a bloody steal. I wanted to say that first before I mess up my review. Haha.

Sura Korean BBQ restaurant is a newly opened Korean restaurant in Richmond Aberdeen Centre with fairly modern decor for a Korean restaurant in Metro Vancouver area. If you are frequent to Korean restaurant scene in town, you should know what I'm trying to say. The most restaurants are passable enough with their food quality, but they are not the kind of places you'd want to take out your girl friend or boy friend to. This one though is comfortably close to that criteria. Everything felt well prepared from seats to grills. Actually I preferred this one's open and modern interior to that of Sura Robson location. It's a definite up-point to me.

Now, to the things that matter more: Their menu, more precisely the food's taste and quality. This is obviously my first time to try this restaurant -- although I've been to Sura Robson quite often -- so probably consciously I went with a safer choice: Sura Lunch Set Course. It's $15. Fifteeeeen. Tuna Tacos at Milest*nes will cost you the same. See my point? For the price, you will have 11 to 12 small-portion Korean dishes. Yes, I tend to agree with the opinion that they are more of samplers than tapas. But calling these dishes simply samplers just doesn't do justice. At the end of the meal, you will feel generously satisfied with the portion. Besides, this is for lunch.

Another good thing of having this set course is that you could enjoy variety that the authentic Korean Cuisine has to offer. Some of my friends from UK are often wondering if there's more to the cuisine culture than BBQ and Soups. This set course is a perfect opportunity where they can experience Korean Cuisine other than having just grilled meats and steamed rice. There are this Spicy Squid Salad, Mung Bean Jelly, crowd-pleaser Grilled Beef Rib-eye, Korean style Sweet & Sour Pork, Grilled Croaker, my all time favourite Herb Pork Belly, and Korean's dinner staples, Soybean Paste Soup.

The quality-wise; Isn't there a saying that the busy restaurant never serves gone-bad food? No time for food materials in Kitchen to go bad. But this is a VERY busy restaurant. At least many lunch times I've passed by. So, probably the finish of their dish-served would be hit-or-miss. Luckily this time my girl friend and I tried, everything was just great.

If you live or work close by and happen to enjoy Korean food, having your lunch at this Korean restaurant in Aberdeen Mall is a no-brainer. There, I said it.

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Fable1944 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
For my perfectly peaceful weekday evening
By Kyle_Lee of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

Every time I visit here I always get to the realization how much I need nothing-fancy-but-really-good meals. Located on the old ReFuel in Kits, this cool restaurant has been serving for that exact craves of mine for a while now. My go-to dish here is Steak Frites. Yeah, it's good ol' steak and fries. Boring this dish may sound, but it is not. Steaks, potatoes, mushrooms, and kai-lan broccoli. And add a cup of lemonade to that mix, I'm in my perfectly peaceful weekday evening. Seating can be a short wait, so a planning would be recommended.

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Gold Train Express Vietnamese Cuisine3320 Kingsway, Vancouver
The soup is real gem
By Kyle_Lee of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 6:34pm [Dine in]

I almost wrote this review, if you can call this a review. To me, they are more of the a real long ass tweet. -- on the different Gold Train Vietnamese restaurant page? I had to make sure this is the spot I have frequent to looking through the pictures that other Yelp users uploaded. This means that all these times I was coming here, I didn't know the name of the restaurant. I just know it as "That Pho place on Kingsway. The one opens pretty late." Haha. It works for me, but when I tried to find this restaurant name, I kind of felt my ignorance.

I have only once came here during the day. About two years ago, after I slept over at my friend's place that was close to this restaurant. I hardly eat Pho for lunch but at that day the combination of hungover-ness and knowledge that I could go have a bowl of Pho within 5 min. brought me here rather quickly, I think. The point is that the restaurant's interior never bothered me none which some of my friends think is real tacky. But in my opinion, who cares? As long as they serve great Pho and Banh mi? Well, I don't.

The cleanness-wise, yeah... sometimes this pace can feel a bit toward ... yucky as a friend of min with bloody OCD puts it, but I don't it comes from ... how the restaurant's owner operates. This is a very, very busy restaurant at night (I cannot testify for daytime to that, sorry.). When it's way too busy for the staff, tabletop cleanness can be out of hand. It shouldn't. But it happens. Yes, this restaurant needs to try harder to improve on the cleanness department.

The food-wise, Pho (especially no.4 large with extra Thai basil) and no.84 (Sorry I cannot remember the name although I have had that dish more that 100 times.) are so good! The soup is real good and that is why I come here instead of going to the other one on Kingsway. no.84 is the noodle dish that you consume Spring Rolls, stir-fried prawns & Vietnamese Ham, and lots of vegetables (mainly thinly sliced cucumber) on top of Vietnamese Rice vermicelli. I normally go easy with the fish sauce they serve this one with. They are so good! Hahaa. They are great midnight snacks and great cure for hung-over. Although time-to-time the neighbourhood feels flimsy but as long as this guys in the business, I won't stop coming here.

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