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Shang Noodle House350 Gifford Street, New Westminster
Good dim sum and bbq. Noddle? Not so much.
By pc7999 of Burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 9:37am [Dine in]

I like variety when i eat. Therefore i love places that have small dishes to go with my entree. Shang's menu looks promising cause they have tons of selection of dim sum and bbq dishes to go with their noodle. They have excellent roast pork and bbq pork cheeks. Their pork and veggie dumplings are also very good.

Their noodle dishes are just not quite there. The portion is big but doesn't have the best texture and the soup are not quite tastey (not bad but doesn't make you say you want to eat more).

Overall i'll probably go back again at some point when i have craving for dim sums at night. If i want noodle, i'll probably keep driving into burnaby or richmond. Or the new vietnamese restaurant close by.

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Minoas Greek Taverna3823 Kingsway, Burnaby
Save yourself, don't go there.
By pc7999 of Burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 8:58am [Dine in]

There are two good things in this review and i'll get them out of the way before the review. 1) The lamb chops was perfectly cooked. Tender and juicy. 2) the vegetables in tomato sauce was delicious.

With that out of the way, here we go. The restaurant needs a refresh. The chairs were wobbly, the table surface and the menus were sticky. The decor are dated. Maybe their food could help me get over that. But nope. The food made it worse.

The greek salad. Half a cup of vegetables drizzled with olive oil, a little bit of cheese, and water. Yes, there are quite a bit of water left on the saucer. At least you know they wash the vegetables. In hindsight, i should have save that salad to go with the lamb chops.

The calamari. $9 and i'm still looking for the other half of the portion. There are less than 30 pieces of squids there and those are small pieces. And the taste, oh the funny taste. So bad. It looks and smells like calamari but there is a weird taste there. As if they re-use the oil from previous night. And it's bland. Even the tzatziki sauce is also bland with a weird consistency. It looked like it's been sitting in the fridge for more than a day.

The lamb chops as i have wrote were perfectly cooked. Such a waste because it was so so so salty. Thank goodness for the vegetables in tomato sauce. I used it to flavour the bland rice and that helped with the salty lamb.

As some has said the service is lacking. No smile and no energy. I could see that some of the servers are at odds at each other. Even when you try to pay, you feel like you are bothering them.

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Yianni's Greek Taverna543 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Good food. Great calamari.
By pc7999 of Burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 8:25am [Dine in]

Been to this place a lot this year. Anytime we have a craving for calamari in fact. It's that good. The squid is tender, the barter is nicely seasoned, the tzatziki sauce compliments the calamari very well.

The roast lamb is good. Good portion and good seasoning.
The souvlaki is okay. Not bad but nothing special.
The red snapper and salmon are good. Of course being baked, there are times that it's overcooked but that sauce on top makes up for it.
The lasagna is huge! It's three times the size we were expecting it to be when we ordered. Taste okay but it's huge!

A bonus for the restaurant is they have delicious rice pilaf with their entree. It's not dry like your typical greek rice. Almost like they heat it up in a broth before they serve it.

They get a 3 for food but i really want to give 3.5 because they do some dishes very well and some are just average. Nothing bad yet.
Service is a 3. Friendly and attentive enough but not quite outstanding. Sometimes there are only one server there and he/she is tending to other things at the back.
Value wise it's a 4 because there are only 2 dishes on the menu i would deem higher than average. Portion to price ratio puts them at a 4.
Ambiance is typical hole in a wall restaurant. At least it's clean and tidy.

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Amorosa Pasta House7874 Edmonds St., Burnaby
Create your own pasta!
By autwrn of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 15, 2014 - 11:41am [Dine in]

Despite what the description says, Amorosa is a mesh of Italian and Greek. Service can be a little slow but the pasta is consistently good. I have had to take my food home most of the times I come here though, because the portion sizes are quite huge. Even my boyfriend, who is not a light-eater, has taken portions home. I like their polpette and catoccio, but most importantly their make their own pasta section. You can choose up to three different ingredients, pasta, and sauce (pesto costs an extra $2.00 btw).

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Mexicali4424 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Cheap and quick
By autwrn of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 4:41pm [Dine in]

Mexicali is a fast food Mexican restaurant, so it offers what you would expect from such a place: affordable prices, basic yet quick service (no waiters), and a simple ambiance. The crowd is usually a mix of young people and families, which can be a bit noisy. I ordered a regular quesadilla, chips with salsa, and a slushy mexican limonada as a drink. It was all good, especially for the prices I paid (almost everything on the menu is less than $10). The quesadilla was awesome, especially with the sour cream and the slushy Mexican Limonada was very refreshing for the day.

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Sushi Garden4635 Kingsway, Burnaby
A Great Place to Recommend
By Eatingpro34 of Vancounver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 11, 2014 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

I went to both locations of Sushi Station and I enjoyed everything. The interior design is attractive and the food is not the best, but it isn't the worse. The price is something that most people can afford. Although it was busy, the waiter still took time to help us and they had good manners. The food was tempting as it came to our table. It is a good place to eat when you are trying for something new. I'm definitely coming back!

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Cafe de l'Orangerie1320 West 73rd Avenue, Vancouver
What Happened??
By Silent Typewriter of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 11, 2014 - 1:32pm [Take-out]

Been here two previous times and both times, I was super impressed which is why I was so surprised by what I received today when I ordered take out.

FOOD:
As with the two previous times, I ordered the Masago de Creamy Spaghetti but this time, it was so different from what I had before. First thing I noticed was that they no longer used the squid rings for the dish. Instead, they use only the bottom part of the squid (the legs) for the dish. Next, I noticed that the sauce was more watery than creamy. In fact, it was so watery that it couldn't coat the pasta at all. When I spooned some onto the pasta, it would just run all the way back down to the bottom of the container. Another thing I noticed with my order today was that it was super salty. Now, I like to eat fairly salty but even this was too salty for me. I had to keep drinking water to help abate the thirst.

SERVICE:
It was prompt. I came in, told them I ordered take out and they gave me my bill. I paid and they gave me the food and I was on my way.

VALUE:
Now, as I recall, even when I ordered the Masago de Creamy Spaghetti as take-out on a previous occasion, it came with a side salad. This time, there was no side salad but the price was still the same. So really, they upped the price by cutting back what they give you.

Quite a disappointment today, especially since they seem to consistently get good reviews right now. Hopefully, it was just an off day. If not, I hope they'd improve so I can return again in the future.

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Sushi Oyama5152 Kingsway, Burnaby
Sloppy food and service
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 11, 2014 - 12:52pm [Dine in]

Sushi Oyama used to be my favorite places in Metrotown to eat sushi. Its unique location is what draws a lot of people to it; it is located in a heritage building, to put it nicely (it was actually a funeral home. Their vegas roll is a winner, and so is their red roll and spicy salmon sashimi. When I visited again though, I realized that things have changed and not for the better. The sushi is made rather sloppily and carelessly. It’s as if the management does not care anymore. The service has also taken a turn on for the worst. The waitress takes forever to acknowledge you and bring you your stuff. My food was brought almost instantly but I had no cutlery for about 10 minutes...

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Rainbow Butterfly2850 Oxford Street, #1, Port Coquitlam
Sour taste
By pc7999 of Burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 11, 2014 - 7:30am [Dine in]

Went for dim sum with a group of friends. Typical chinese restaurant decor and service. I'll give them a benefit of a doubt for the borderline rude service because they were packed. So packed that you barely feel the ac in the air.

My real concern here is with the food. Mainly the quality control of the food. They served us sour dim sum. The raddish cake (lo bak ko) is clearly overdue for a trip to the dumpster and yet it was on our table. You could smell the sourness let alone tasting the sourness. Unfortunately there is nothing on the menu that is outstanding either to pull this bad taste out of the "poor" rating.

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Prata-Man9060 Capstan Way, #180, Richmond
Really good Hainanese chicken
By kudagawa of Vancouver, BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

I would have to say that Prata Man has one of the best hainanese chicken in Richmond. I usually come here and no other place when I want some hainanese chicken. Everything, from the chicken, to the chili sauce to the ginger is delicious, and the rice compliments it perfectly. Other than that, their satay and laksa are also good. One thing I didn't like was that the portions were much smaller now.

Oh, another thing: a lot of people complain about the setting and while I partly agree with them, the taste of the food overrides everything. The place looks kind of old but you can order take-out from them.

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Hub Restaurant800 Carnarvon Street, #344, New Westminster
Slow Brunch
By teemsum of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 7:50pm [Dine in]

Was here for brunch with DH.
We arrived shortly after 12 pm.
Restaurant was half-full.
Server took our order at 12:15 pm.
Waited almost 45 minutes for a breakfast burrito & a huevos rancheros.
It comes with a skewer with one chunk each of a strawberry, a cantaloupe & a honeydew & a small cup of diced roasted potatoes.
At least the music wasn't that loud.

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Nagano Japanese Restaurant2918 Glen Dr, Coquitlam
Sadly.....rude, slow and kicked out
By juliejulie of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 7:51am [Dine in]

To my knowledge there is no set seatings /times for this restaurant. So we were very surprised to be told to leave because the "next reservations" had "been waiting for a long time. We were celebrating a birthday complete with cake that they "allowed us to bring in" with people who had not seen each other in many many years. When I complained there was a "very sorry" and you can stay.....of course we did not want to by this point. The food is fine. They missed several items from our meal. The restaurant is "not clean". There was no attempt to offer us any compensation. I ignored the other warnings on this site. Perhaps the other Nagano in Port Moody is better. If you want authentic Sushi and impeccable service drive into Vancouver.

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Akira Sushi1069 Denman Street, Vancouver
Service needs to improve!
By autwrn of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 7:44am [Dine in]

There are some reviews that reiterate the poor service of this place but I thought that since they were dated, this would not be the case. Akira is in Denman, where there are tons of other restaurants that can give them a run for their money. If they don’t want to lose clientele, they need to up their game!

Other than that, there are really no other reasons why not to come back. For one, prices are affordable. While the sushi lacked taste, the black rice didn’t disappoint! I would have given it a higher rating had it not been for the service. While the service is usually fast, the waitresses can be unfriendly, to put it nicely.

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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Nice View, Great Patio
By Triedit of Metro Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 6:23am [Dine in]

I have had lunch (3x) and dinner once here. The lunches were all very good, delicious seafood appetizers had us dining on a series of just appetizers the first two times. The third time we had burgers and they were just the way I like them, juicy, fresh toppings with decent fries. Recently we dropped by for dinner and almost left after looking at the menu, we were out for a casual meal, not expensive dining ( the lounge was closed which it seems to be every time I have been there), but the menu was very expensive and none of my favourites were on it.

Turns out you can order from the lunch/lounge menu although we had to be leaving to get that offered. We ended up having burgers because none of the usual delicious appetizers remain on the menu. Once again the burgers were just right so we enjoyed them. The caeser side salad I had was drowning in dressing, tasty but it made it too soggy and all I could taste was dressing.

The lovely patio was full and had a very long wait so we were seated inside which was about 3/4 empty. Service was good. Overall, it was okay but expensive restaurants need to always be on top of the food quality including the salads.

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Nagano Japanese Restaurant2918 Glen Dr, Coquitlam
poor customer service delicious food
By sberry101 of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 8:52pm [Dine in]

Came here with my family whom I haven't seen in about 10 years.. The food was delicious , but the service was poor! The waitress walked away before we were all finished ordering, we didn't get all the food we ordered... And we were asked to leave because others needed the table... My mom complained and all they had to say was "sorry" over and over again.. needless to say... we were upset with the service and we are not coming back !

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Zeitoon1795 Pendrell Street, Vancouver
The quality is great-one of the best Persian restaurants in town
By Sam2014 of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

The food quality is fantastic in this restaurant. The environment also is cozy and nice looking. the staffs are friendly and polite. I have been here several times and I want to go back again and again and again. If you like persian food, this is the place you should go.

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White Spot1476 Kingsway, Vancouver
A wrinkle in time
By jsmoore of Surrey (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 7:44pm [Dine in]

For anyone that has lived in BC, White Spot is a classic. I, like most people, have fond memories of it from my childhood, as it was THE family restaurant. Which kid did not want a Pirate Pack? Anyways, back to the point, I hadn't been to a White Spot location for a while so I decided to revisit their Kingsway location.

I had the mediterranean chicken burger and it was alright, nothing WOW. Looking back, I should’ve ordered the legendary with its triple O or something! I don’t know if I was expecting too much but even their fries were a bit damp...The service was a little slow but I’ll give it to them this time because it was sort of packed when I was there. I'll have to come again to see if their food has worsened or not.

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McDonald's10240 King George Hwy, Surrey
Worst McDonalds ever
By Msburris of Surrey , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, August 8, 2014 - 9:04pm [Take-out]

3rd time in a row they messed up my order, gave no salad dressing no forks, no recipes to call. The other time paid for pies never got them. Missing burgers. This place is either sketchy or the worst run I have ever seen. Seriously only satisfaction was getting my money back after driving there from home. Total joke.

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Aji Taro4940 No. 3 Road, #101, Richmond
Shouldn't have gone back
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 8, 2014 - 9:39am [Dine in]

I am not going to lie, I have been to Aji Taro in the past and didn't have such an unpleasant experience as the reviewers here described. So I decided to give it a second shot the other night.

I usually don’t have such high standards for food, especially AYCE, but this time around Aji Taro disappointed. I went like at 10 pm and the food was extremely bland. The gyoza was a joke, and the portions of salmon and tuna nigiri were tiny and tasted old. When I asked the waiter about the freshness of the ingredients, she simply didn’t respond (although she clearly heard me).

I think what continues to draw people to it is its late hours. If it were not for the fact that it is open until late (2 am), I don’t think many would go. Better go to somewhere else and get good quality sushi for the same price.

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BBT Cafe5979 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Go for the tea
By dianalee of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 8, 2014 - 8:09am [Dine in]

Good place for bubble tea, although it gets crazy packed sometimes! Especially during lunch time...I usually just go to BBT for a quick snack (I’m crazy about their spicy dumplings), but the service is always a disappointment. It is usually a struggle to get the staff to acknowledge you, and then, once they do, to get your order placed. As for the way they treat you, geez, its usually borderline rude. I keep going back though for their bubble tea. The passion fruit is delicious (and strong!), and the Taro is a classic. The teas are pretty sweet, especially the passion fruit, but one of the best in Vancouver.

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