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Burnaby Restaurant Reviews
Thirsty Penguin Bar6501 Sprott St, Burnaby
Nice Pub to watch your friends or kids play hockey
By princessgaga of burnaby B.C. (120 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 9:30pm [Dine in]

This place is good because it's so big you can see every rink with big glass windows. Well designed. You can order from a waitress at the one end or do self serve at the other . Food all comes from the same place. It's a tad expensive for food service type food, but most of the portions are large - except the chicken strips. THE older woman running the self serve till was not too with it. Very slow and did not seem to know how to run the cash register.

But as a fun place to hang with friends or other parents on your kid's team it's pretty good. There's way worse rinks out there.

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James Street Cafe & Grill3819 Canada Way, Burnaby
Rude waiters and owner, I will never eat here again as long as I live
By Bronzebwoi of West Vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 2:07am [Dine in]

While having a special event at James Street I had asked politely for assistance from the owner/manager, asking him for some help setting something up, he replied "why don't you people come prepared"... totally the wrong attitude and almost confrontational. His, all male staff have have also seemed to have adopted his rude demeanour as well... When a guest was hit accidentally by a waiter as he passed, the guest mentioned to the waiter what had happened, in response - the waiter remarked "well how about you move out of my way then". This alone, along with poor service and the waiters stacking tables and moving heavy items during speeches (which seemed almost intentionally distracting) was completely disrespectful and enough for me and my family to vow never to eat there again.

In a competitive world, this kind of poor business ethic, rudeness and unprofessionalism is bound to doom the restaurant. It is a rarity that I have been so upset after dining somewhere.

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Sushi Town5935 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Sushi...I don't think so...
By BUNTY of burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 9:27pm [Dine in]

Went there and got a warm beer and really bad food. Me and my wife got really sick after. Looked into the health board reviews and seems they have gotten closed down for serious health issues in the past. Good bang for the buck for sure, but not worth the risk for me and my family.
See the health board review link below:
http://www.healthspace.ca/Clients/FHA/FHA_Website.nsf/Env-Frameset
I guess it's true you get what you pay for...

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Fortune House Seafood Restaurant4700 Kingsway, #2199A, Burnaby
Extremely Bad Service!!!
By Mel33chang of Vancouver bc (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 1:59pm [Dine in]

We made reservations there for 11:30am on a Saturday for a table of 13. When we got there, they said they forgot to set aside a table for us, even though they had noted it in their reservations book. They did not apologize at all. They had a big table open but would not even give it to us even tough we has reservations. When we finally got a table 45 mins later, the extremely rude waitress started throwing down at the plates and bowls in the table. It took a while for us to get our food. When I asked for 3 ice waters, the same rude waitress only gave me 2 glasses. She was very grot the whole time we were there. I don't recommend going there unless you like dealing with very bad service.

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Kawawa Japanese Restaurant4700 Kingsway, #E15, Burnaby
On her own...
By amycpooh of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 17, 2012 - 7:06am [Dine in]

We were at Kawawa on Thursday Aug 16th. When we got there the restaurant was packed, and there was one waitress who was trying to seat guests as patrons were leaving. As I was waiting, I saw this waitress - Mandy - literally flying around the restaurant. Flying = clearing tables, seating guests, taking orders, being cashier, filling drinks, and serving the meal...just to name a few "duties". During the hour that we were there, she maintained a pleasant attitude, and had a smile on her face the whole time. I couldn't believe that...if it were me (or a few other people that I know), I would have said, "To heck with it" and quit.

Food overall as good, but what impressed me the most was the level of service that Mandy had given tot he patrons of the restaurant. The owners are really lucky to have such a dilligent and hard working employee like Mandy!

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Fortune House Seafood Restaurant4700 Kingsway, #2199A, Burnaby
Have Some Dim Sum
By leonard h of Vancouver (39 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 6:46pm [Dine in]

Another of the large, utilitarian dim sum places in Greater Vancouver, but this one is at Metrotown, so a potential watering hole for many who are in the "neighbourhood" anyway. These places don't differ a whole lot from each other, in my experience, but this one at least delivers in the important ways - decent food, an interesting menu, efficient service, and fair pricing. You get a choice of 6 different teas to start out, which is nice. The dim sum menu is all in English...appreciate it. The food stand-outs for me were the turnip cakes in XO sauce, and the deep-fried shrimp dumplings. The turnip cakes were wonderfully creamy on the inside, and crusty on the outside. Served in cubes, heaped on a platter on a bed of lightly cooked bean sprouts, I couldn't slow down eating them. The fried shrimp dumplings were stuffed wonton skins big and fat with shrimp, hot and lots of natural shrimp juice on the inside. Not greasy at all. Really good. The other food we ordered was dim sum standard fare, and there was nothing wrong with it. The service was fine. Our teapot was refilled immediately, our food came quickly, and the server was cute and friendly. Not a bad place at all to take a gustatory break while at Metrotown.

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Gaya Sushi2900 Bainbridge Ave, #105, Burnaby
Best sushi so far
By aquachick of Burnaby (14 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 10:19am [Dine in]

So close to home and open all day instead of split up for lunch and dinner like some places. I've probably gone 25+ times now and as long as they keep it up, I'll continue to be a regular.

The tuna tataki roll is really good and for $4.50, you can't go wrong. Our main rolls are the tuna tataki, philadelphia and the alaska. The toro nigiri is one of my faves - not tiny. It's fresh and smooth and cheaper than most places. I also love how they have wild (sockeye) salmon.

Service is awesome. Always there with a smile!

I definitely recommend this place. I went in one day randomly and expecting nothing. I actually hoped it wasn't good so that I wasn't tempted to eat out so much. Well that's not going to happen now....

Keep it up Gaya!

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James Street Cafe & Grill3819 Canada Way, Burnaby
Going Down Fast !
By jollygood of Surrey (13 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

Tried this restaurant one more time and was very disappointing.
Althought the place appeared empty but there were estimated 30 patrons
and only ONE server. Service was the worst for the price you pay.
Quality of the food was average. Rumours has it that the chef who attracted
the diners has quit too.Unless the service improves 100% and quality of food gets better
i have no intention to eat here.
There is Jambo Grill on Kingsway which serve very similar dishes with excellent service.

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King Mahal Restaurant4051 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Not much to look at but well worth a visit
By Ronster of Port Coquitlam (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 3, 2012 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

I have been lunching in the Heights area of Burnaby for years and have never had this restaurant on my radar. After reading a review here, I stopped in for a late lunch and tried the buffet. I am not generally a fan of the buffet, but it's a good way to get a lay of the land. The food is excellent, staff is friendly and you can't beat the value - $10.

There are a few Indian restaurants in the area and this the best.

It's not much to look at from the outside, but it is well worth a visit!

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Gaya Sushi2900 Bainbridge Ave, #105, Burnaby
Good for the neighbourhood
By royalsam of burnaby (47 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 3, 2012 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

We've had lunch there a few times as we live close by. It's a nice find. Food is very good and reasonable. Service can be a little slow when they're busy but they do a lot of take out. The wait staff are extremely pleasant. Love the music they play. This place is light years better in most respects than a lot of the big name places. They have to be. They are in the burbs not close to a lot of commercial space. We will probably just come here for our sushi fix.

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Isami Sushi4603 Kingsway, #6, Burnaby
Good alternative to Sushi Garden
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 3, 2012 - 10:17am [Dine in]

Tried this place on a weeknight as Sushi Garden always seems to have a wait, I guess for the perceived value. The entrance is just off kingsway. Ordered the tuna/salmon sashimi - good but dissappointed they serve farmed salmon (no choice given), chopped spicy scallop roll was good, dynamite roll - just ok, ika karage - not good as it was overcooked, tempura - very good, agadashi tofu - very good. Overall pretty solid place with prices a bit higher than Sushi Garden but seems a bit higher quality. Prices for rolls $4-$6, appies around the same. Small place with basic decor, overall would return.

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Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria6011 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Great new addition to North Burnaby ~ Burnaby's best pizzeria
By BigAnthony of North Burnaby (106 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

Had lunch here today with my father, they said it was day 3 as they just opened the place. It's clean and beautiful with friendly and professional staff. We had a pizza each and shared them half & half.
$12 Pizza Margherita - this was a great thin pizza, I picked it up and it flops over, just like when I eat pizza in Italy. Crust is awesome.
$18 Pizza Prosciutto - Same nice thin pizza, has some beautiful salty prosciutto on top.
They also have a great list of Italian beers. We had 1 Menabrea & 1 Bruton di Bruton. Good stuff.
I am happy to be able to get good authentic pizza right in north burnaby! Grazie we will be back.

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X-Site Grill and Bistro4625 Hastings St., Burnaby
great find!
By yumkins of new westminter (20 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 28, 2012 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend was told about this place at work. We went there earlier today with his mother. Although it's a touch dark and noisy, the place is awesome. Not small, extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff, open kitchen.. felt quite comfortable and clean.
Portions are generous and a good selection on the menu. The value is ridiculous, I didn't expect much when I saw the price but I was pleasantly surprised!
We had steak and it was done right (we asked for med-rare). The clam-chowder was large (shared one between 2 people) and tasted nice. And we had the chicken soulvaki which was tasty and moist.
The coffee was just okay. But we didn't care.

Definitely we are coming back.

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Ichimi Sushi4567 Lougheed Hwy, #742K, Burnaby
No fresh food, I want my money back
By Anka Sawas of Kits (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 3:08pm [Take-out]

Actually, I liked their sushi, although I found it a bit high priced. Nothing special, but good for lunch. Anyways, I always got the roll combo, tuna, salmon, california. I liked that I don't have to grab a sushi pack from a refrigerated place like in other lunch places in food courts, but rather having it produced freshly in front of me.

That must have stopped at a point. Last time I got my usual I watched the guy grabbing a salmon and california roll out of a box, which was standing next to the microwave. Not at all cooled. I told them, to please make the sushi fresh for me and they started to argue but eventually he did what I asked, although not with a smile.

Today, it happened again. But since I already saw those boxes line up on the counter next to the microwave I asked for fresh when ordering. He still took them out of the box. After discussing again how long or not long those boxes were standing there, he told me he will make them fresh but took the old rolls anyways. I saw that and got angry. Did he think I was stupid and didn't see it? I told them again, that I asked for fresh and again had to argue. He then placed the tray with the old stuff in front of me, his boss came and everything went crazy. Instead of an apology I got told, that it is totally food safe (it is not) and I have to take it and live with that. Other customers came and looked at us, like we were crazy. I don't need to discuss about my order. I just told them, that I wanted my money back, but I had to tell all three of them (cashier, cook and boss) to stop the discussion to get my money back and leave. a friend of mine was already waiting and watched how they kinda yelled at me in front of other customers.

Did this need to happen? It would have been 2 minute of work, if at all (for nearly 9 Dollar, easy money). You don't want it? Ok, then here you lost a customer. But I tell you what: Don't produce those things in advance, you're not McDonalds and your sushi is not cooked. And I don't wanna get into a discussion just because I asked for fresh. e.g. If I ask for a fresh burger at McDonalds I get it. That's their policy. Period! Think about it! You're offering a service to people, so start thinking like that. I don't wanna hear how long your sushi is lying on that counter! How do I know? And I am your customer and don't have to apologize for ordering fresh food at your place. I just don't come anymore. And I will tell other people! That's how it works!

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Cattle Cafe7348 Kingsway, Burnaby
Better than the one near Metro
By ChivalryX of Burnaby (60 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

We've been to the Cattle Cafe across from Metrotown many times. Its always crowded and busy, so we decided to meet up with some friends at the Highgate Village location.

Parking here unfortunately isn't great. There's only about 10 spots in their own lot, so many patrons sneak over to the Value Village parking across the lane.

This location is newer, cleaner and way less cramped than the Metrotown one. The menu and prices are identical. Service wise, it's about the same.

I ordered a fish soup with pork intenstine, and cuttlefish balls, and my wife ordered a chicken steak with black pepper sauce.

Both were very good. Their fish noodle soups are very fresh and msg free.

Service wise, it's pretty minimalist. Flag down someone when you need something, otherwise they ignore you. This location is less busy than the Metrotown one, so it's more comfortable to sit and chat longer. You don't get dirty looks to clear out once you've finished your meal.

Overall an improvement over the Metrotown location, and we'll likely be coming here in the future to meet up with friends.

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White Spot4129 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
Better experience at a Whitepsot than I've had in a long time
By princessgaga of burnaby B.C. (120 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 20, 2012 - 7:28pm [Dine in]

We were going to go to Milestones on Lougheed Hwy for lunch only to find it DEMOLISHED! So we took the grandma and gramps to Whitepspot on Kingways. I am not a Whitespot fan in any way.

Restaurant was less than half full on a Friday at lunch. Is that a good sign? You used to have to wait at Whitespots. Waiter was young, inexperienced and a little odd.

We ordered one grilled cheese pirate pak - sandwich ok fries cold and hard, ice cream ok, juice fine. One, breakfast entree which was deemed alright and a strawberry pie which was not cooked(the berries) glazed and had no custard - very BORING. One order of fish and chips which was very good but very greasy - the fries again were not good. The salmon burger was the best salmon burger I have ever had anywhere, very dilly and lemony, with a BIG salmon fillet. Again the fries not so good. Coleslaw was subpar today.

All in all , it was better than some of my previous visit and better value than places like the Keg, Earls, Milestones etc. It seems like the chain is trying, but please lose those nasty fries, they are terrible.

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
Gone downhill
By sashacoco of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 20, 2012 - 3:59pm [Dine in]

Three of us went for a late lunch one afternoon. Major disappointment. Alfredo sauce was strange tasting and had way too much nutmeg. Way too much! Made it really sweet. We mentioned it to the waitress and she didn't really care that we were not satisfied with our meal. None of us finished our food. Overpriced and really not good. Will not return. Too bad. Used to love the place.

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Hi Genki Japanese Restaurant6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Quite the little experience
By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 1:47pm [Dine in]

When I got to the door, I was a little taken back. What? A cafeteria of a home?

It was cafeteria style seating. I was surprised that people come, just to eat. Run by Japanese people, service was great. Very polite people.

Tried the salmon sashimi and the assorted tempura. Both really good. When I saw, what I thought was a piece of sweet potatoe tempura, I took a bite, to find out that this was a cauliflower tempura. Wasn't oily at all.

The chicken karage donburi was boneless and REALLY good!

The deep fried ice cream looked really good, but too full to try it. There were a couple of news articles on this place, and about their deep friend ice cream. Next time, is a must try!

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Nao Sushi7060 Kingsway, Burnaby
All-around good japanese offerings
By mtstomach of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

We went there six-ish on a Saturday evening and the place was packed. And for good reason. Their ankimo (monkfish liver) appy is delish and the deluxe chirashi don came with an eye-popping, impressive assortment of sashimi. Definitely meant for sharing between two diners. My only gripe: they used farmed instead of wild salmon in their DELUXE chirashi.

Staff was courteous and very helpful with explanations. It was all good until we asked for the bill. They did come-by and take our card promptly but didn't return till we enquired about the whereabouts of our plastic. That was like a 10 min wait just for them to come back with the machine. Given that the place was still quite busy at the time we would let it slip.

Still we'll probably return to try their many other traditional offerings such as their japanese hotpot rice, which is quite hard-to-find in town.

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Take 5 Cafe4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Great place for a cold drink on a hot day
By cw1989 of kerrisdale , vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 13, 2012 - 3:07pm [Take-out]

I tried their mocha caramel frappe and was extremely satisfied with the quality of the product. It was blended well - just the right amount of ice - and had a rich, full taste through and through. I would rank it among the better cafes which Vancouver has to offer [Caffe Artigiano, Bean Bros., etc.].

Please note that I have not tried their sandwiches or snacks, but have kept strictly to their specialty [coffee].

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