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Potter's Garden Korean BBQ5599 Kingsway, Burnaby
Horrible experience
By foodie896 of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 12:32pm [Dine in]

SERVICE SUCKS. DO NOT COME HERE UNLESS YOU WANT TO LEAVE ANGRY.

I came here for lunch by myself. After standing there for two minutes with no one to greet me I say "Hello" and a waitress comes out and seats me.

I am the only table in the restaurant.

After waiting for almost ten minutes with no sight of her, I walk back up towards the kitchen/front desk and place my order. I had to ask for tea.

The food took way longer than it should have and after placing the food on the table I don't see her for the rest of meal. Refill of tea? Forget it.

I go up to pay and honestly, I think tipping is well-deserved by people in the service industry WHO PROVIDE A SERVICE. The set up of the place was basically like a mcdonald's aka self-service place. I don't tip at mcdonald's. I ain't gonna tip here.

She then says "Excuse me, no tip?" Amazing! she speaks!

I said I didn't think the service was that great. She said "It's not just for me, it's for the kitchen too". Unbelievable.

I said no thank you and left. Needless to say I will not be coming back. There are far too many OTHER great Korean places on Kingsway than to waste time here

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Cattle Cafe4883 Kingsway, Unit B, Burnaby
Yum Yum Yum!!
By cmx_baby of Coquitlam (38 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

I've been here a few times and love it, to the point that I crave the food.

I MAY be a bit biased, as I crave the same menu item so much that I always order the same item everytime, since I live in Langley and don't come out often.

Service, as people complain, is like service at any Chinese restaurant. Lately it hasn't been too bad, although I've come when it hasn't been that busy.

I usually order the soup with the handmade fish noodles. LOVE handmade noodles. And the turnip pudding (pan fried turnip cakes), I love it at dimsum and these are one of my fav.

Another issue is that I don't eat meat so I'm limited with what I can eat I am able to meat, but I'm stuck on the food I order.

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Boston Pizza4219 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Dont Eat Here People Of Burnaby
By katherinehuston of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 8:35pm [Delivery]

Me and my roommate ordered delivery. Worst service ever! We placed the order online and it said it was gonna take 1 hr and 45min. We both work in the restaurant service industry so we understood the wait. The restaurant had called about a hour later and told me that the food I ordered was ready but i guess they had phoned and no one answered ( I was by the phone the entire time) They brought the food back and not only was it FREEZING cold it was burnt and disgusting. The only good thing was the salad I ordered. I phoned back and complained to the manager Matt who had told me that he could give me a 5$ credit for the wings. I had told him that I work in the industry and this was terrible, not only was his attitude one for the books but he then told me that he could remake it but he would have to charge me for it and that it was my problem that my food was cold because they tried to call. After that I was so steaming mad that I said give me the credit then. I will be phoning back and speaking to the RL and complaining. I and my roommate will inform everyone at our jobs and friends not to eat there ever! I work at Joeys and under no circumstance do we ever treat customers like this, it takes allot for me to complain about food. DONT EVER EAT HERE!!

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On On Wonton House5640 Kingsway, Burnaby
Terrible food and double charging
By Andy1076 of Burnaby Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 10:46am [Dine in]

My family and I went there the other day, figuring it was later in the evening and everywhere else in the area had a huge waiting list. Boy, I will never go there again. Not only was the menu greasy but the furniture had been worn down so much It screamed replace! food wasn't any better, the sweet and sour pork was saturated in starch and grease. Think of it like trying to win the lottery, you just never knew which piece actually had meat. The fried rice wasnt' any better, we had to down it with the tea that we had because it was so hard it tasted like yesterday's and then some. Figuring we made a bad choice and it happens? I gave a tip when the bill came and shrugged it off as a bad experience, until i saw my credit card bill and noticed they charged me twice and both times a 15% tip. I called the manager and he downright refused to refund that, what kind of self respecting restaurant steals people's money? seriously!

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Valley Bakery4058 Hastings Street, Burnaby
More like.....Alley Bakery.....
By maggiemia of East Vancouver, BC (24 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 2:47am [Take-out]

I haven't been here for a while....I wanted just to buy one or two bagels but they were all packaged up in six's not in bulk, when I asked the lady behind the counter...she seemed as if I asked a weird question.
I saw another package of buns and I thought that there was a hair on a bun.....the bakers need to be a little more attentive on their goods.
The service is snotty and I don't think that the ladies are happy at all working there....maybe the boss treats them like crap....but I think they need to be talked to and have some music and tables and chairs for customers to enjoy some goodies and with some coffee.
The pastries tasted stale when I got home...I ended up throwing the pastries out.
The sausage rolls were not that great...and after seeing the hair or whatever I saw on the bun the whole thing turned me right off.
Sorry, Valley bakery maybe at one time you were good...need to reno the place up again....and see the back kitchen...maybe then you can tie your hair up and be cleaner.
I won't go back and I go everywhere for a good bakery and I tell everyone not to go to Valley Alley!!!!!

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Lao Shan Dong Homemade Noodle House4887 Kingsway, #105, Burnaby
Fresh and Fast
By gastropod of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

Tucked away in the corner of Kingsway and Nelson is Kettle Café (HK style café), Tomaya (Japanese fusion) and Lao Shan Dong. All 3 were fairly packed but we decided with Lao Shan Dong because it’s perfect if you want to eat and go.

They boast that their (Taiwanese) noodles are “worth the drive across town” and it’s comparable to Shaolin’s (Vancouver) but with less variety. The menu is relatively simple: (spicy) soup or dry noodle with a few appetizers. My companion ordered the braised beef flank with noodles in spicy soup. It looked like everyone in the place was having the same. I wanted to try something new but after learning the dry noodle with meat sauce was only “meat” flavored and had very little meat, I buckled and ordered the soup. Small serving for $6.95 is actually quite filling. Order the large ($8.95) if you’re sharing and ordering a few appetizers. We also ordered a plate of steam vegetable and pork dumplings. They were alright but only 10 pieces and small.

My companion really got a kick at the server fielding all my Q's (hey don't ask, don't know) but once the order was placed, within minutes, we were eating. If you’ve never been to Lao Shan Dong, order the soup because the broth is delicious and good to the last drop. It reminded me of the kind Mom made to restore our health/immune system. There was a pregnant lady there slurping up her bowl. The dry noodles are not fried and very little oil is used. Next time if you’re in the Metrotown area, make the trek and skip the food fair.

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Cattle Cafe4883 Kingsway, Unit B, Burnaby
First time here - liked it a lot
By hydeeho of Burnaby (182 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 9:06pm [Dine in]

Upon entering we were seated immediately. Oddest seating layout I've ever seen go see for yourself. Went with the choice of noodles in fish broth plus 2 toppings $8.50 plus you get a hot drink included. Soup was super hot and my 2 toppings of brisket and tendon were plentiful and delicious. Also added 2 sides at $1.75 each. Happy with the fish filet but disappointed with the deep fried bread. Looked like 3 donut holes you get from Tim Hortons. Restaurant was clean and modern with lots of glass facing onto the street. Might be a problem in the summer with the sun beaming down. Overall I am happy with the meal and now prefer this style of noodles over pho. Much better value and hotter soup.

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Boston Pizza5801 Marine Way, Burnaby
Frozen food
By Hungry Hippo Girl of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2013 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

This place shows you fresh foods in the menu, but everything comes out burnt, over cooked, or just plain gross.

I was better off cooking at home. They served my 3 year old burnt food, who does that?

I suggest this franchise is a good place to take kids, and should really start looking into fresh foods, and less into frozen foods.

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Fish On Rice4361 Kingsway, #201, Burnaby
Everything seemed okay except for ONE thing which turned me off!!!
By Hungry Hippo Girl of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2013 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

I went to this restaurant for the first time, for the all you can eat buffet. They waiter sat us at one of the private booths which was really nice, except we had to take our shoes off, and the floors were ice cold. I was wearing high heels, so no socks on :(

I was quite content with the fact that the pop was included in the buffet. We ordered a small amount at first, just to see what we liked best. We ordered mostly sushi containing salmon.

I just really got into the whole salmon sashimi thing without getting a gag reflex, and now enjoy raw fish very much.

After eating the sushi, I spit out two scales. This made me want to throw up!!!!

I thought I would ignore it, so I overcame my disgust and tried an Alaska roll, and low and behold, there were more scales in my mouth!

Are you kidding me? Do you not wash your fish after you descale and filet it? You are a sushi restaurant!!

I have been to many a "holes" in the wall sushi places, and never encountered this. There was this one sushi restaurant in Gastown that purposely put hair in my sushi for not tipping them last time I went, but that was 8 years ago.

I would only go back out of sheer desperation for sushi buffet, otherwise this was the first and last Scaly Fish on Rice!!

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No. 1 Beef Noodle House4741 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
GREAT FOOD ! poor service !
By pinkpt of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

I love getting the meat sauce on rice at no1 beef noodle ! It's one of the best :D ! A couple of times ive been here the servers have been rude and they dont look like they want to be there. I also wouldnt order any slushes here because they're super icy !

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Pearl Drops Teahouse422 Willingdon, Burnaby
Fresh fruit and freshly steeped tea ?!
By pinkpt of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 6:54pm [Take-out]

Ive been here a couple of times and every time i come in i try to order different things. Their menu is overwhelming, but if you're like me who is pretty indecisive id advise you to ask the barista. They give out good suggestions! I ordered a few milk teas and this is the FIRST time that i've seen a bbt place freshly steep the tea ? WOW ! going that extra mile without using powder ! I personally recommend the Hot Lychee black tea latte and the Strawberry Taro ! Those are my favorites !

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Pasta Amore4502 Dawson Street, Burnaby
What a bummer, garlic toast is now an appetizer at $4.50
By hydeeho of Burnaby (182 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 1:00pm [Dine in]

Went on a Sat evening without reservations and got seated right away. Must have gotten the last open table as we saw people being turned away. Looked over the menu and saw there was no calamari, what a bummer as this is our favourite shareable dish. Opted for the appy special 1/2 pound PEI mussels $7.95. Remember when garlic bread was complimentary? Be prepared to pay $4.50 if you want it here. Entrees were very good and of ample portions. Spaghetti Bolognese with meatballs $15.00 and Spaghetti Vongole $16.00. Even though I had to ask for a water refill and there was a long wait for the bill our waitress Kathryn was a real dream. Pleasant and helpful and overworked. Plenty of parking in the evening. Located in a business mall. I liked it and would return for a nice light meal.

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Sushi Garden4269 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Service sucks!!
By Foodie0115 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2013 - 7:22pm [Take-out]

I would normally not write anything negative about an establishment but sushi garden Burnaby service has really gone to hell! I had pre ordered some food and was told it would be ready in 15mins. I went by after 10mins. I realized I had wanted an additional sunomono salad and asked if I can add it to my order, I was quickly told by the cashier " it'll take 20mins" (scowl face and annoyed) I didn't want to wait or upset her more therefore I just paid for my original order. She then looked at my order and said "we'll you're early you have to wait" I mean seriously are u just having a bad day?! Then I said okay I will wait, she literally rolled her eyes at me and said "u can wait there" ..... Omg after another 15 mins of waiting I just took my food and left.... Seriously , can u afford to me moody when u actually have paying customers?! Leave the attitude at home...

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Estea Beverage Club6401 Kingsway, #120, Burnaby
Terrible place
By Lil-ong89 of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2013 - 8:31pm [Take-out]

Food: is alright I would come again for the food and bubble tea. But I would not.
Service : service there is terrible and the girls there are dressed inappropriate. My experience there is awful. I went there to order to go foods they didn't even assist me and my husband when we walked in, we waited at the door for 10 minutes, order my food from a guy and then he ran off somewhere and I wanted to pay and one of the girl server ask what do u want and I said I want to pay. She asked me did u order ? I said of course I did I order right in front of u with the other guy. She was holding the receipt in her hand and she was like oh I got it here. Then I paid and I sat down with my husband and we waited for 20 mins and I went up and asked when is my order done and the server said in 5 mins and it wasn't 5 mins. During that two white guys came in and was seated and no one paid attention on them for half an hour so they left. Server talk and text and slack off, especially they don't understand half the things customer say if their not Chinese. Going back to my story about my order, I had wait over 35 mins and my husband and I tried calling them while we're in the restaurant to see if they would take our order on the phone and one of the girl picked up and said " call back in 10 mins, we're busy" wow very unprofessional. If I had to wait for another 5 mins I would just ask for my money back. But finally I stood up and ask for my order and it came out just in time before I want my money back. Sorry for my long story but I have to explain that they have horrible customer service.

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Posh6462 Kingsway, #105, Burnaby
Not worth adding crab
By chanman of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2013 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

Overall food was good, we opted to get the additional all you can eat crab which is an extra $8 per person. They served frozen crab which was only cut in half which made it very difficult to cook and eat. They also did not offer any shell crackers, so we were forced to bite through shell including claws. The crabs were still frozen when they were served to us at our table.

Service was poor. We were greeted by a server wearing a GAP hoodie who was rude throughout the night. The men's washroom did not have any soap, we asked them to refill it and near the end of the night there was still no soap until we asked again.

The meat and veggies were tasty, food came fast. The crab was mushy.

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Anatolia's Gate Restaurant7084 Kingsway, Burnaby
Hire More Staff
By diner40 of Vancouver (89 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 25, 2013 - 11:03am [Dine in]

It really is all about the lavish bread. Piping hot flatbread , fresh out of the brick oven, looks deelish and taste's even better. The lavish bread is what brought me back to this spot for my second visit this past Sunday. Probably the biggest second visit letdown I've had at a restaurant to date and a big reason why I most likely will never visit here again, although that bread just might persuade me otherwise.

Service was totally abysmal. One very nice guy moving about doing most of the serving. Yes, he was busy you had to constantly flag him down for things, an extra plate, my coke he forgot, the tea that took over thirty minutes to brew and arrive at our table, etc etc etc. In fact he was so busy he brought a dish of salt for the tea instead of sugar. When we told him, hey buddy, I believe this is salt , he took it away and came back with another dish. He said "what we had before was a different kind of sugar". Oye, yes my friend it is called "salt". Hey owner, hire more staff because on a relatively busy Sunday night this guy needs help.

Now to the food. Again, a letdown. Ordered babaganoush to go along with our lavish bread what actually arrived was humus. Being so hungry we let it go. The humus had way too much tahini not nearly enough garlic or lemon. My main of turkish meatballs came in a piping hot dish but was greasy and not nearly worth the price tag. The chicken in the curried chicken was dry.

I also realized on this second visit that I am not a fan of their decor. It's a weird mix of turkish decor meets industrial warehouse. Lighting so bright a surgeon could use it to perform delicate brain surgeries. Huge pipes and fans all around and plain jane tables. I realize this is not suppose to be an intimate dining spot but geez, could you turn down the lights a bit?

After the lavish bread, humus, two mains and another egg type/veggie dish along with a coke and tea with tip the damage was just over fifty bucks. Seems cheap when you look at some of the menu items but my goodness things sure add up fast.

I really thought Anatolia's was going to be one of my favorite dining spots in the area, sadly it is not to be.

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Pasta Amore4502 Dawson Street, Burnaby
Below average food/service
By cyberspace of vancouver (82 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 10:11am [Dine in]

Went for dinner with a friend. When we got there there was only a couple at a table. The restaurant was not busy at all. The server was friendly at the start. We ordered our dinner and it came quickly. Portions are small. Not worth the money they charge. Once he got our food, he did not come by and ask how we were doing. Reminder if you order coffee you only get one free refill after you have to pay for it each cup. This is not mentioned on the menu. There are much better resturants in the area with better value and better service. Not sure why this place is still around. Will not return again.

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Brokenrice Vietnamese Restaurant4088 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Solid Food and Great Service
By sky_b of Langley, B. C. (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

This is a nice, clean place to get a decent bowl of pho and a good place to take western friends that do not fanc too authenthic, strong taste vietnamese food.... the parking lot can be a pain in the behind at dinner time. Other than that, the Pho is solid and the service is quite friendly & attentive compare to a lot of regular Vietnamese restaurants out there.

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Wings Restaurants & Pubs6879 Kingsway, Burnaby
Mediocre, not bad but not great either.
By annadee of Maple Ridge B.C. (19 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 3:02pm [Dine in]

Went to Wings last night for dinner with my friends. We shared the "Hat Trick" which comes with a pound of wings, yam fries, cheese bread and dips for $12. It's a good amount of food, but other then the wings which are pretty darn good, the rest of the food was mediocre. We ordered another pound of wings for the four of us to share. I also ordered the spinach salad which was pretty good, but the dressing was a little bit too zesty for my taste. I also ordered the 151 bellini which tasted kind of odd for me. I love bellinis but I don't like the taste with the 151 alcohol. You could definitely taste the alcohol though, they didn't skimp on that which is good. The service was fairly good, only thing that she didn't check up on us or ask if we wanted water for the longest time. All in all though, I was happy, but I'll come here next time when there's a special on chicken wings because that's the only thing I really loved about this place.

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Baci Ristorante3728 East Hastings, Burnaby
We have spent many great nights here!
By talard83 of port moody (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

The wife and I have been coming here for years, and rarely have a bad time. We enjoy the music, and the food, which is even better! Of course they are busy on the weekends, but its never our intention to just sit down, eat and leave that quickly! We have a great time socializing with our friends, listening and dancing to the music, and when the food comes, its a real treat! You can tell that the food wasn't slapped together by any random chef, as its all very delicious!

I have recommended this place to all our family, friends, and co-workers!

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