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Burnaby Restaurant Reviews
Burnaby Palace Restaurant3110 Boundary Rd, Burnaby
Was OK, but nothing special
By iknowwhatsgood of North bby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 9:46pm [Take-out]

First off, the map here is wrong. It is between canada way and grandview across from the gas station..

Had the ginger beef, chicken balls and a noodle and beef dish.

The ginger beef, was not as good as chongqing, but that's probably the best i've had, so its a pretty high standard. They did not have any like, whole peppers in it, which is always sad. Wasn't super hot. It wasn't too hard at least. As some places just burn them to a crisp. No it was ok, i mean its what I would expect from a decent place, and the portion was quite large.

The chicken balls my wife really loved, but I thought somewhere oldschool like rickshaw made much better sauce. It wasn't oversweet though. They also weren't swimming in it, which we disagreed on, which method was better. Sure they keep longer if they are separated from the sauce, but the sauce was not enough to cover all balls when individually dispensed. Its good though, as there were a lot and there will be leftovers, I just like it when the sauce is together, otherwise its just like a chicken finger or something - nothing says 'american chinese food' like sweet red sauce wrapped fried things. The chicken inside was not skimpy.

The noodle beef dish was pretty heavy on the noodles. And low on vegetables. Perhaps we should have got a pure vegetable dish. Oh well.

Service was good, restaurant looked nice inside but i didn't stay. Egg rolls were top notch., crisp and the fillings didn't all just fall out one end.

I would eat here again for sure, and the price wasn't too bad. Not as cheap as others have said, I think about 10-13 dollars a dish rather than 8-10 as stated below. Dishes were heavy as others have noted. 3 dishes easily would feed 4 people. We made our own rice so cant comment on that.

all around 3 stars. Portions good, everything you expect from a chinese restaurant and absolutely nothing was tasteless. Just off the mark of perfection.

Not the cheapest, or the best, but a decent meal nonetheless.

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Sushimoto2201 Holdom Ave, Unit #102, Burnaby
Could be great but it's not.
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (101 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 6, 2015 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

I went the first week they opened a few years ago and was disappointed but gave them a pass since it was so new. So I went again now and the only difference was they now had a liquor licence and it was busier but the food was still poor, in my opinion. The Oyster Motoyaki came in Crème Brulee cups which is nice, but the mayo was runny and the oyster was rubber. The Shishamo grilled fish was terrible and I could not eat more than one. The other dishes were just ok.
On the bright side, the server was friendly and attentive, the atmosphere was lively and the décor is unusual but interesting. The location can't be beat as Skytrain is right there and there's lot's of street parking (but I walked from home a few blocks away). The selection of beer and sake is very good.
So I wish the owner would just spend a little more and get quality food and get the kitchen to learn from the pros like Zakkushi and Guu.

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Victory Seafood4500 Kingsway, #2216, Burnaby
Bad Father's Day Celebration Experience
By A. Li of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

Poor service is an understatement. Food was mediocre. Asked multiple times for tea refills and response was mostly met with eye rolling servers and stern "ya in a minute!". The worst part was going up to pay for the bill, the cashier said, "we don't accept the card you have", when the sign stated that Visa is accepted. Given the service I left a tip that matched the level of service. A server came back and said, "excuse me, there was not enough tip left for us, it's not enough." We advised that the level of service reflected the tip, and asked what the policy states as a mandatory amount. The response was that there was no company stating tips being mandatory, but the server stated that she herself was working really hard, and they were short staff, and an array of other excuses in attempt to dismiss the situation. We were not in the mood for haggling or arguing and we added another couple of dollars to the tip. Never returning again and do not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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Fatburger4461 Lougheed Highway, #4, Burnaby
Wash Your Hands!!
By maggiemia of East Vancouver, BC (25 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 9:21am [Dine in]

I have to say that Fatburger is a good place to eat burgers...the quality of the beef and fresh patties...not frozen. The lady at the cashier was friendly but I was looking at the staff in the kitchen and one did not have any gloves on...I saw here put the buns in the toaster and the cashier lady was working in the kitchen part but no gloves and I do not think she even washed her hands.

I usually say something about this....but I did not want to because she was a sweetheart and good service and also gave me a deal on the extra stamp....all in all the only think is not wearing gloves and please do not touch your face too much....and especially money......money is dirty!!!

I do hope someone reads my review and makes a change about this......burgers are pricey but they are not by far McDonald's.

Place is ok...a lot bigger than the other ones that I have seen so far. Just wash your hands and do not touch your face too much.

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Hi Genki Japanese Restaurant6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
An Unforgettable Experience
By leonard h of Vancouver (39 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2015 - 1:55pm [Dine in]

There may be no Japanese restaurant like Hi Genki anywhere in North America, maybe the world? It's in a seniors home. The elderly people eat over there, and the customers eat over here. There's a Japanese-Canadian museum and cultural centre next door. The key to the washroom is attached to a giant wrench. Plain old utilitarian tables and chairs in cafeteria-style environment, a few Japanese decorations here and there - but nothing fancy - simple but decent Japanese food. Line ups to get in. Lots of parties ordering food both to eat there and to go. The most popular dishes as I gleaned from looking around - fish on the bone, which people were picking up and eating with their hands, and huge bowls of Japanese-style curry. Very nice servers. Inexpensive. Unique experience.

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Asakusa Sushi4729 Kingsway, Burnaby
I don't recommend it at all!
By lin123 of Burnaby Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

It was a horrible experience! Bad service and a bit old sashimi! I don't recommend it at all! The only server in the store saw me was standing at the front door and she didn't try to say hi or whatever to me. After I found a seat that face to the window by myself, she didn't even try to give me the menu! I came towards her and asked for the menu at the end. Because of the sunlight, I asked her if I could change the seat. She replied me impatiently:" just wait!" I ordered sashimi for 1 and prawns tempura. I only ate half of the sashimi because I can see they were old. The prawns tempura was ok but used too much flour. I only paid 10% tips cause I felt there was no service at all! By the time I paid my bill, I gave the pos machine to her and told her "thank you". She didn't said anything back to me!

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New Lakeview Seafood & Wuntun7765 6th Street, Burnaby
Elephant size cheap eats!!
By richie_rich of vancouver (48 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 4:25am [Dine in]

Hello there,

It was my turn to head out for lunch to where one of buddies live which unfortunately was in New West...man that's far but its a give and take system. We decided on 1pm to hopefully avoid the lunch rush. Ive been here before several years ago....I always thought the food was good and prices were cheap. As I reached there...no parking on the front as it was full...had to park on 12th Ave. BUT do not park on the opposite side next to the pedestrian controlled walkway where the stop sign was. I was told by a customer that its an automatic ticket!!! My buddy had to park across the street on 12th Ave. as well.
Anyways, the restaurant was full but we only had to wait maybe 5 to 7 minutes. Ambiance?? Well...hasn't changed at all...still looks the same....rosewood chairs, tables covered in dull yellow cloth with large piece of glass over it ( easier to clean). The new thing is the lunch special menu is right in front of you as you sit down...22 or 24 special items...all under $12 bucks but we decided to order the combos off the main menu (3 fixed items on a large oval plate) I ordered the 2B combo which was chicken chow mein, deep fried prawns and ss boneless pork. My buddy ordered 2A combo ( chicken chow mein, bbq pork fried rice and ss boneless pork. I do have to mention there were several other combos on the lunch sheet but they were only 50 cents cheaper...no big deal.
I think we waited for 10 minutes for the hot food to arrive. The service was okay as the 2 waitresses were busy walking back and forth pumping out the food. When the food arrived..huge portions like I remembered it. Taste?? Chicken chow mein was a heaping hay lot....moist egg noodles covered in dark sweet soy base with chicken slivers and the usual veggie suspects..retro standard as most Chinese restaurants are using the wonton style noodles which I don't like. The sweet and sour pork was fatty meat with dark glossy neon red sauce....balanced with pieces of onion and green pepper. My 3 piece prawns were a disappointment....batter was way too thick..... I don't remember these being this hard!!!???... they should have watered the batter down with some club soda!!! I might have to skip this next time I come here.
In the end, both of us were stuffed and had to get doggy bags...way too much food but that a good thing. Both our meals cost $11.50 each..So, stop by this hole in the wall for some huge portion eats but make sure your stomach is empty!! Thanks for reading.

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Pho Hong5975 Kingsway, Burnaby
Budget Pho!!
By richie_rich of vancouver (48 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 22, 2015 - 4:21am [Dine in]

Hello there,
Well, this is my one of buddy's favorite places for Vietnamese. I been here several years now and the food is pretty solid. Parking is good...they have it on both sides of the restaurant. We tend to avoid rush hours so 7pm or 8pm is just fine with us. Yes, the place is run down and dingy...looks like it was once a Mediterranean restaurant in its previous incarnation. Spotty utensils...sometimes but you can clean that with hot tea and a napkin. Service is a bit robotic but the food comes out pretty fast.
My favorites:
1) Special large pho and one spring roll combo ( on a chalk board in-between 2 sets of doors as you walk in). I usually order No.5 Pho Tai Nam (rare and cooked slices of beef) or No.6 Pho Tai Gan (rare beef and tendon) or No.9 Pho Chin Gan ( cooked beef and tendon) and comes with the usually garnishes. The spring roll is standard fare but keep in mind its on a Chinese type wrapper and not the rice version. Caveat..funny thing I don't drink the broth here...a tad much MSG in the base but for $8.50.... great deal for such a large portion.
2) No.24 fairly large salad rolls(Goi Cuon x2) with shrimp and pork for $6 bucks...a good split pay item...same with No.18 (Cha Gio x2) for $5.75.
3) No.29 Bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio good size bowl dish of one spring roll, grilled slices of lemongrass pork with rice vermicelli and pickled veggies for $8.50.
4) No.32 Com Cari Bo Vietnamese style curry beef and steamed rice. Semi-tender to tender beef brisket with(looks like) frozen peas and carrots for $8.50.....again large portion...good enough for 2 meals if you want.
So, for a quick cheap meal..stop here. Most of the menu items are under $10 bucks. Payment?? ....usually easier just pay the front end cashier than wait for the bill to arrive (hint hint). They take cash and debit. Thanks for reading.

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Boston Pizza4219 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
A friendly server cannot make-up for the mediocre food and service
By shutupandeat of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 11, 2015 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

We dined here after a ball game.
BP's are a franchise, but I must say the steady decline of the BP quality and service over the years makes me ask why I return and then kick myself for returning.

The Server was nice and friendly, but making us wait 5+ minutes to serve our drinks, then take our order, then finally getting up to leave and request our bill was painful. Chicken wings and pan pizza took almost 20 minutes and the restaurant was empty.

Maybe the chef was busy out back having their smoke break? I've seen it before.

The food has been mediocre for years, but the big TV's is a draw to watch the hockey, etc...

REMIND me not to go back to BP for a while. Please.

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Lee Garden Seafood Restaurant6401 Kingsway, #110, Burnaby
MIND-BLOWING - Chinese Restaurant
By shutupandeat of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 11, 2015 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

Took the family for Mother's Day Dim Sum. First time here, apparently it was called Grand Buffet before.

My mind is still blown right now - jaw dropping for Lee Garden. For the following reasons:

1. Clean bathrooms - unheard of in Chinese Restaurants (need I say more?)
2. Spacious seating and walking area (lot of comfortable seating and just made the meal enjoyable).
3. Chinese restaurant with actual Chinese ambiance. Nice modern decore, gone are the menus written on white sheets of paper only in English.
4. Waiting area is situated away from the dining area. You don't have to experience the noisy hordes of people waiting for a table as you dine comfortably.

The dim sum was pricier than most, but I'm willing to pay more and have an enjoyable meal. No rush,

I would definitely go back with friends & family.

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Sushi Yoi1815 Rosser Ave, #1, Burnaby
convenient
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (101 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 1, 2015 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

This little sushi restaurant is located a block away from Willingdon & Lougheed in the busy construction area of Brentwood. There's a dozen or so restaurants in the vicinity and only two or three so-called Japanese restaurants. Sushi Yoi is fairly new and it's clean, with nice ambience. The food wasn't memorable but it was decent. They don't say "Irashaimase!" when you walk in so it's not authentic Japanese. Skytrain is nearby...I'm running out of positive things to say...ah...um...Pita Pit is next door.

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Potter's Garden Korean BBQ5599 Kingsway, Burnaby
Waste of your money and time
By clumsywaiter of Metro Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 9:16am [Dine in]

We tried this restaurant on the recommendation of a coworker.

There is nothing I can say here that will add to what the other reviewers have already said.
The service is poor and the dishes are tasteless.

Our go-to dish is the cow/ pork bone hot pot - while the bones and meat where plentiful, it is bland and tasteless. Dol Sot Bi Bim Bap was not hot enough, hence the rice didn't crisp very well.

If you want decent Korean food, go to Jang Mo Jib down the road, it is much better.

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Burgers Etc. BBQ House4091 Hastings St., Burnaby
Nothing to Rave About
By ThumperGirl of Burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

Went to try this for the 1st time with high expectations as we were looking for a place that
knows how to do BBQ properly. Well, we got BBQ meats alright, it was cooked but they
ribs should have "fall off the bone" tender meat and the meats weren't even marinated at
all! They just slap on the sauce before serving. What a disappointment!

I had the pulled pork burger and ask for a some raw onions on it. we were charged $0.52 for it.
We were asked if we wanted chipote mayo with the fries and we said yes and were charged $1.00
per little dish (which was NOT listed on the menu by the way).

Besides the nickel and diming charges, I think they need to do a much better job on BBQ
since that's the main thing of the place.

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Seoul Rice Cafe4679 Kingsway, Burnaby
Disappointed
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 7:10pm [Dine in]

Went there for lunch and was disappointed. I ordered a beef ramen, and it was basically just instant noodles with some crumpled up, overcooked beef. There weren't even fresh vegetables, just the dried little veggie bits that came with the instant noodles. There wasn't much service either. Cold water and napkins were self served. I asked the server about the spiciness level of the ramen and asked specifically for non-spicy. But it came out spicy. The place was also really, really small and was cash only.

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Cactus Club Cafe7320 Market Crossing, Burnaby
A Little Too Loud & A Tad Salty
By wahine of vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 7:09pm [Dine in]

We went for dinner and ordered the following: beef carpaccio, caesar salad, hunter chicken, kobe meatballs & spaghettini and the bengal chicken curry.

Basically, the waitress took the order, served us our water, served the appy, later served up dinner and disappeared for the rest of the time. Eventually, she came back to give us our bill. That was service.

The ambiance was okay but I gave it 2 stars mainly because I found the music louder than normally found in these types of restaurants.

Now for the food:
- the beef carpaccio was sliced so thin, it stuck to the plate. We had to scrape it off with our knife to put it on the bread; otherwise it was rather tasty.
- the caesar salad was missing something; the croutons were good but the salad was missing some kick.
- the curry chicken was good; no complaints.
- the kobe meatballs and spaghettini were good; no complaints.
- the hunter chicken (and this is just my opinion) was too salty due to the dish drowning in the demi-glace. Some patrons might like it but for me, it was too salty. There was so much sauce that it overwhelmed the chicken, potatoes and beans. No lie - at least on my plate the potatoes and beans were soaked with sauce. That being said, I would order the dish again but only if I could have the sauce on the side.

Overall, the Club is okay and the food wasn't bad. I just wish the waitress would top up our water occasionally.

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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory5284 Still Creek Ave, Burnaby
Outlet Shopping for chocolate!
By sumiln of North Burnaby (34 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 2:49pm [Take-out]

Based on the foregoing review, we headed to this outlet on Monday. I knew the head office was here but not till I read this review did I realize that they sold chocolate. Yes, the bags of 'seconds / misshapes' are well worth the value. We stumbled out of there with 6 POUNDS of chocolate for the princely sum of $20. I was extraordinarily popular at the office the following day. They also sell their regular stock out of this venue also which we took advantage of in light of Easter looming on the horizon. Recommend a wee jaunt to this part of Burnaby if you are a fan of chocolate!

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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory5284 Still Creek Ave, Burnaby
Cheap cocholates - Straight from the factory
By iknowwhatsgood of North bby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 1:25pm [Take-out]

This is not a restaurant, it is a chocolate factory. They have an amazing deal where you can buy bags of factory seconds, 4 for $20 dollars. These are big bags with 20+ pieces of chocolate in each bag.

They also sell all of the other chocolates at the same type of mall prices you would find at a fancy chocolate store. I like them better than purdies, and the factory seconds simply cannot be beat in pure value.

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Connections Coffee House5063 Anola Drive, Burnaby
Connections, a local non profit for cheap drinks and community!
By iknowwhatsgood of North bby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 1:18pm [Dine in]

Here is a small CASH only coffee shop. They have fancy coffees, pastries and gluten free pastries as well as cold drinks.

Most drinks are either 1 or 2 dollars. They are non profit, run by the church. A great place to spend some time, where everybody knows your name! Free wifi.

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Minoas Greek Taverna3823 Kingsway, Burnaby
Best Greek Restaurant in Metro Vancouver!!!
By Markus S. of Vancouver (Clark Drive) (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 5:12pm [Catering]

My family and I have been going to Minoas for years! The food is delicious, the portions are generous and the service is exceptional! The Chronakis family (the owners) always make us feel welcome, like a part of the family! I've actually gotten them to provide buffet-style catering for a couple of small family gatherings the last two years. They've gone above and beyond each time! The most recent example: I called them on a Wednesday asking them to provide catering for a small family gathering that Saturday. Alex and Anna were very helpful and accommodating. I initially said that I would pick up the food at 6:00pm Saturday, but after my family told me that would be too early, I had to call Anna back and move the pick up time to 7:00pm Saturday. She said though it would be very busy that it wouldn't be a problem. The food was amazing (the Roast Lamb dinner and Chicken Souvlaki are big hits with my family!!!) and the portions were very satisfying! Anna even called me the next morning to see if everything was okay (how's that for genuine service???). I thanked her and Alex for their help in making our family gathering a memorable one and that I would write them a positive review so, here it is!! Thank you again Alex, Anna, Georgia and the staff at Minoas!!! We will be back real soon!!

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Happy Kitchen1815 Rosser Avenue, Burnaby
They closed
By cea of New Westminster (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

A year ago - Sushi Yoi is there now. They are no longer there. Don't call. I used to go there regularly. Is there a way to let you know? They are right across the street. Is this 50 words yet to tell you they are no longer there?

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