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Burnaby Restaurant Reviews
Balkan House7530 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Maybe we didn't order the right things...
By bwin of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 8:39am [Dine in]

But the pork and veg stew was remarkably bland and nearly tasteless - the only veg was some soggy sweet peppers in a sauce that reminded me of low-sodium Campbell's tomato soup. The dominant flavour in the cevapcici was salty meat and little else. And they were out of all deserts except for one which we ordered. Then 8:15 came rolling around and the live "entertainment" started up: a guy with electronic keyboard and drum machine, singing in a foreign language which was probably quite authentic and atmospheric. And loud. We cancelled our desert order and fled this glorified karaoke.
Our waitress was pleasant enough and did the right thing on our bill when she got our order for five cevapcici wrong and brought us ten.
I suppose the price was right: $30 for the two of us (no booze), but how do you put a value on a disappointing meal?
My personal standard for a decent restaurant is it has to be able to cook at least as well as me, and this place failed. Something bad has happened to this eatery since the glowing reviews from earlier in this year. It is now a place to, um,... reconsider.

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Makoto Japanese Restaurant5213 Rumble Street, Burnaby
Great little sushi place
By COMPANI of V5A1S6 (21 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 15, 2012 - 6:26pm [Take-out]

I gave a 5 for the service but for some reason at odd times (when the restaurant is open) ...no one answers the phone. We tried ordering sushi on a Tue. night around 6:30 and it just rang and rang then went to an answering machine to leave a msg. We tried for over 30min and gave up. Other than that when you go to pick up your food the service IS awesome, very friendly and sociable. It's more expensive than other sushi places but it's fresh and the food is always good. At least every time I have ordered.

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Kawawa Japanese Restaurant4700 Kingsway, #E15, Burnaby
Greasy food, utterly uncaring service
By brat72 of Burnaby B.C (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 15, 2012 - 11:08am [Dine in]

We dealt with three staff people here last night (June 14, 2012) and they were all equally uninterested and uncaring. We had to ask repeatedly for water, then they only brought one glass to our table of three. They brought out a dish, put it on our table for a few minutes, then took it away because it was the "wrong one" (they didn't bother to ask if we had touched it yet, so luckily for the customers they brought it to instead, we hadn't.) The maki was ok, but the tempura was the soggiest and greasiest I've ever seen. We couldn't finish it even though we were all ravenous. The teriyaki chicken was fatty and the bean sprouts side dish, like the tempura, were drenched in oil. This was my second time eating here and I won't be back because they are consistently uninterested in their customers.

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BJ Bakery7604 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby
Wonderful Place
By voveezy91 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 5:18pm [Dine in]

This little bakery is an awesome place to get great food. There food tastes fantastic, not too salty, not too sweet, just right. Service was great, I ordered coffee and received a coffee that was tasty, made from organic beans and I even had a design drawn on the top of my coffee. There are a few seats available that its the perfect place to go for lunch with friends, or just pick up a dinner item. You pay for the quality and let me tell you, you wont find a better tasting, more bang for your buck bakery and deli than this one! Wont hesitate to go back and spend more!

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
Some hits and some misses
By marabsky of North Vancouver, BC, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 11:27am [Dine in]

We went with 3 kids 5 and under, they brought them crayons and coloring paper and the overall ambiance was condusive to a casual family meal with some real food.

The evening started spectacularly with a delicious Mista di Carciofi salad and Mussels Alla Marinara - both were simple but outstanding with great depth of flavour. We were really looking forward to the featured pastas!

Unfortunately, the pasta didn't really live up to the hype for us. We had the Linguine Alla Carbonara (which was very creamy for a carbonara, although as it was advertised in a cream sauce we couldn't complain it wasn't as advertised!) and Conchiglie Zio Carmelo (listed as sausage, chicken, pinenuts, spinach in a white wine sauce). Both pastas were of huge proportions (almost comically so) and although we specifically chose entrees not listed as "spicy" (many were) and both tasted overwhelmingly of pepper, so much so that the kids didn't eat any of it even though they were typical of foods that they have enjoyed in the past. Even with the carbonaras rich cream sauce the main flavour was pepper.

We felt the pasta was ok (although my husband didn't care for their weird rope like "linguine") but certainly didn't live up the expectations set by the starters. I don't know if we just picked two pepper-packed sauces by chance or if they are all like that. Maybe the red sauces would be better given the deliciousness of the sauce served with the mussels.

So with the hits and the misses we may or may not be back.

We do have lots of leftovers (parent friendly only!) for the next few days....

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Sushi Oyama5152 Kingsway, Burnaby
Consistently good
By COMPANI of V5A1S6 (21 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 3:50pm [Take-out]

I have ordered from this place probably 30 times now in the past year or so. I have to say every single time it has been good. I've had the gyoza, pretty much every roll on the menu, rice bowls, etc. It's always ready on time when they say it will be, the food is affordable, the quality/value is great...this place is by far one of the better sushi places to eat at. At least to me! Try the smoke salmon cream cheese roll, so delicious.

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King Mahal Restaurant4051 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Excellent Chow!
By jdecamillis of Burnaby / New West (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 11, 2012 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

The King Mahal has to be my favourite Indian restaurant in all of Vancouver. The food is consistently outstanding, beautifully spiced, perfectly portioned, and well priced. I highly recommend their lamb korma paired with the garlic naan bread----to die for. It is a family run business with great personality's for delivery people and phone staff. Spread the word!

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Browns Socialhouse1908 Rosser Ave, Unit 2, Burnaby
Cookie-cutter restaurant - style is getting tired
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (101 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 11, 2012 - 5:14pm [Dine in]

Remember back in the 1980's when PJ Burger & Sons and Red Robin were the coolest restaurants but then they got real stale? Then Earl's, Cactus Club and Milestones took over as the cool joints? Well, Brown's Social took over from those and presented a hip, place to get your wings and draft. Well, it's getting kinda tired now. I guess if you're in your twenties and want to place hang and be seen, this works but to have a meal with conversation, it's tough because it's so loud. The food is your usual fare, nothing special or unique here. The servers are young and pretty. Cool decor and a nice patio with a view of passing skytrains and Burnaby architecture. Easy for two people to spend $60+ for dinner... I can do so much more with $60 at a chinese seafood place or sushi bar.

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Browns Socialhouse1908 Rosser Ave, Unit 2, Burnaby
Fun times
By Jlew of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

I had lunch here with coworkers. The food is pretty standard chain restaurant food. No disappointments, but no surprises either. Service is friendly and they do their best to be quick! However, it did take my group well over an hour to have lunch there, and we weren't trying to take our time. There's a lot of restaurants to choose from in the area now, I'll probably decide whether to go back based on how long crowded it is.

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Miki Sushi4461 Lougheed Hwy, #1, Burnaby
Take your business elsewhere!!
By Jlew of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 8:52pm [Dine in]

Had lunch here with a group of coworkers. Should have read the reviews beforehand, we were not impressed. The sashimi tasted stale as another person has mentioned. Our rolls were made very sloppily and fell apart. Worst of all, you could taste that they use frozen vegetables in their udon! I could have made a better udon at home with fresher ingredients! Only redeeming factor was the service was friendly, but they were a little bit overwhelmed it seemed.

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G-Be Izakaya4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Would definitely go back
By ssnissan of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 5:15pm [Dine in]

Beginning of June, still kinda cold outside, so friends and I decided to go for hotpot all you can eat last night. We did some searching online and found this place. Since we've always gone to Top Gun Hotpot at Crystal mall so we decided to try somewhere else so to G-Be we went. We arrived at about 7pm and there was only 2-3 tables there. It's dinner time and there's hardly anyone there and I thought to myself: did I make a mistake of choosing this place? We were greeted promptly by the waitress and was shown to our table right away and was reminded that they are serving all you can eat hotpot only. So we sat down and looked at the order sheet. They have a basic menu, $13.95 per person, and you can add a "deluxe" menu for $7.95 per person. Soup base is $8.50 or you can get a split pot (2 soup base) for $9.50 (I think). We all thought it was worth it to get the deluxe menu. We took a while (about 15 minutes) checking off what we wanted on the order sheet because there were quite a few choices, and by the time we handed in our order the restaurant was half filled. First they brought the soup base and I took a look at it and said to my friends: the soup looks really yummy. I did take a sip and it was REALLY good. Then our order gradually arrived, it did not take long at all. Everything looked fresh and delicious, even the sushi and the sashimi and all the other cooked food, and they tasted even better. The hotpot meats and veggies also came and those don't look too bad either. The meat was well prepared, not still frozen like some other places I've been to. Everything uncooked had a bed of ice at the bottom to keep them fresh, well thought out. In other people's review I see some were complaining about their service but I thought we got pretty good service. Around 8pm the restaurant was almost full, maybe 1-2 tables empty. They were only 3-4 waiter/waitresses working the floor but they were very prompt and attentive. All in all it was a great experience and my friends thought so too. I will definitely go back again to try some of their other stuff. The total worked out to be about the same as Top Gun but I think we got a much better deal out of G-Be.

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Taste of Asia, A4532 Hastings St, Burnaby
One of the best values in North Burnaby
By cvpro of Burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 11:57pm [Dine in]

I eat here quite frequently because it offers great value. Small team of husband & wife that offer friendly service and good food. No menu items over $10 and likely the lowest priced Pho you can find in Vancouver. I usually rate restaurants based on how thirsty I feel afterwards or if I get diarrhea the next day. Happy to say that neither has happened from all the times I've eaten here. Unlike most Asian restaurants, this place seems to have very little MSG in their food. Favourites include their lemon grass chicken, house special pho, and any of the lunch or dinner combos. Added bonus is on a busy day, you might get to see the owners' daughter working there ;)

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L'Artista Ristorante Italiano3891 E. Hasting Street, Burnaby
Good food...but we needed to make better menu choices.
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 11:57am [Dine in]

We had never been to L’Artista before and we were excited to try one of the small Italian restaurants along Hastings that we haven’t had the chance to explore yet. We met up with friends that knew about L’Artista and made a reservation for the four of us. I agree with previous review comments that described the decor as cozy and old fashioned....kind of an ‘80’s pizza parlour gone upscale with the red brick arches and Roman pottery. Our table was in the back where they obviously seat all the large families.....it was chattery, friendly and intimate all at the same time.

Started with a carafe of the house Chianti, a fruity, mellow and very drinkable red with sparkling water on the side. We shared a couple appies....Calamari Piccanti and Clams l’Artista, squid rings in a spicy garlicky cream sauce and clams in a pernod sauce. The Calamari was perfectly tender, just barely cooked in the rich garlicky sauce so it doesn’t get rubbery. Clams were a small bowl of small Manilas, a bit skimpy to share but tasty in another rich tomato pernod cream sauce. The crusty Italian rolls were excellent for mopping up the sauces. A decent start we thought although I think we would have switched the clam dish for a seafood antipasto to get more variety.

The menu extends from pastas and risottos to more substantial and pricier veal/chicken/lamb/seafood/steak dishes but we stayed in the former part of the menu. We ordered a Veal Ravioli/Penne Pesto combo, Spaghetti Alla Carbonara, Penne del Pescatore and Risotto Alla Marinara. Everyone enjoyed their pastas/risotto and the pastas and seafoods were perfectly cooked. I don’t think they make their own spaghetti/penne pasta in the kitchen...the textures suggested dried products which I actually prefer to fresh. The Carbonara was rich and cheesy and the Risotto was appropriately al dente. But we noted the extensive use of cream in both the appetizers and the pasta sauces we ordered which we thought was a bit too rich and similar for our tastes. In retrospect, we should have chosen our dishes differently, being wary of where the cream was in the menu descriptions to get more variety.

Finished off with a couple tiramisus to share which were made in house and were light and delicious. Bill was $75 per couple before tip. We’d go back armed with a better idea of what to choose to reduce the cream content to a heart healthy level.

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Burnaby Palace Restaurant3110 Boundary Rd, Burnaby
I would be surprised if I ever step foot in there again.
By Goodwrench of North Vancouver (40 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

On my previous review, from a few years ago, this place was Great. And, I've been back many times since, myself and my friends are regulars there. I stopped by here with a Group of friends for Dinner tonight. We ordered 5 dishes and a group sized wonton soup. I came in a half hour late, and, the Wonton Soup had arrived minutes after I sat down. After that, we sat down for a very long time. After 1 hour, and, after seeing the table that arrived after us get their food, we called over our Server and asked her to find out where our food was. Another half hour after that, no response. My Buddy had to go over and wave down the Manager behind the front desk to ask where our food was. 10 Minutes later, everything shows up. The Server comes by and apologizes. Which is fine, but, then the Bill comes. Absolutely nothing is deducted, no discount, no round of beers, no complimentary dessert. We paid the Bill, we even tipped as we Normally do. But, I had to mention this to the Manager, which I did. He apologized again, but, I brought up the fact of no complimentary dessert, round of beers, nothing?... Nope, he just apologized again and that's it. So from 6:30 to 8pm, nothing.

Now, normally I wouldn't say anything. But, because this is a Restaurant that I like, I feel that I'm doing them a favor by explaining to them my complaints. It was very obvious to me that they just didn't care. He even made some excuse of blaming the Waitress for not putting our order into the Kitchen. Which... doesn't make any sense at all, because, the first part of our order came (Wonton Soup), but, not anything else. I don't want to hear excuses, I want to hear how things can be made right.

To their credit though, the food was as good as ever. Bathrooms were still clean. And, staff are friendly and speak english.

But, as far as me spending my hard earned there... Especially for poor Service and Management, all I have to say is "No thank you very much". I won't be going back, not any time soon. Maybe when my memory fails me, and, I'm hungry to the point of starving. But, I don't like giving my business to Folks I don't like.

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La Villetta Ristorante3901 Hastings St., Burnaby
Best Pasta I've EVER Had!
By zxckelly of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 9:12am [Dine in]

Wow, what a pleasant surprise! I didn't have any expectations going into this place, but the food was simply amazing. It's a quaint little restaurant that is truly authentic Italian - you could hear other patrons speaking in Italian, as well as some of the staff. The pasta isn't overcooked like at some of the other "Italian" restaurants in Vancouver (many of which are really more "italian inspired" than authentic.)

If you are going for great ITALIAN FOOD in Vancouver/Burnaby this is the place. We had the caprese salad, prawn linguini (delicious!) and the veal. Desert was delicious as well. With a few glasses of wine the bill was well UNDER $100 - so it's a great value too. Really you are getting great, authentic italian food for below what you would pay at a chain restaurant.

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Club Ilia8902 University High St, Burnaby
Quick Serve 2012
By scottyB of Burnaby Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 12:50pm [Take-out]

I'm a regular at the club ilia restaurant but I usually skipped the food bar when they first opened. The food was good but too greasy for my liking. Recently, our server brought a sample plate of the "food bar food" to our table - I was in shock! The food was incredible and I know the food bar has very fair prices. They changed it from greasy food to lebanese food, the waitress told us they hired a new chef who is an experienced lebanese cook. I love club ilia and i'm so happy I can go there for take out now without feeling guilty about it! Definitely reccomend the food bar to students up at SFU

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Paros Taverna9604 Cameron Street, Burnaby
expensive
By food_critic93 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I decided to try this newly replaced restaurant for a date night since my mom had recently gone for lunch and told me it was excellent. We got seated quickly and my immediate shock was the prices: although it was Tuesday and pizza was on special for $12, the rest of the menu was extremely expensive. I had gone to many greek restaurants before and this was the first one that had a souvlaki dinner priced at $20+. I chose the pizza and he had the mixed and matched souvlaki. Midst waiting for our food, I remembered how much I liked the foccacia they used to serve at Anduccis that had been at this location before Paro's replaced it so I asked if I could have a side of that. The waitress said yes and returned with a piece of foccacia that I couldn't say was enough for one person- it was half the size they used to serve at Anducci's and the biggest disappointment, it should had been free. We got our meals and they were good. My pizza was a great value and good quality; the greek diner looked like it could had been bigger for the price but still good quality. Finally, a complimentary piece of baklava was served with the bill at the end of the meal, which made the pricy menu worthwhile for the free dessert.
Probably won't come back here until I'm no longer a student but the food is good.

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Thai Pearl4567 Lougheed Hwy, #734, Burnaby
Thai Pearl? More like Chinese Pearl
By princessgaga of burnaby B.C. (120 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 10:06am [Dine in]

This is NOT Thai food it is Chinese food. Singapore noodles are from Singapore, not Thailand. The mixed veggies are the same as at the chinese take out place in the food court, and very bland. I thougth "thai" food was supposed to be spicy and flavourful. The spring roll tasted like an old fashioned egg roll and again little flavour and no spice. Very greasy. The soup was not even flavourful at all either and had one whole mushroom and some bean sprouts floating in it.

There is no pad thai or peanut sauce here .
Maybe I'll open a grilled cheese stand and call it gaga's cinnamon rolls as that would have as much significance to grilled cheese and as this Chinese place has to "Thai".

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Thai Pearl4567 Lougheed Hwy, #734, Burnaby
Thai Pearl? More like Chinese Pearl
By princessgaga of burnaby B.C. (120 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 10:06am [Dine in]

This is NOT Thai food it is Chinese food. Singapore noodles are from Singapore, not Thailand. The mixed veggies are the same as at the chinese take out place in the food court, and very bland. I thougth "thai" food was supposed to be spicy and flavourful. The spring roll tasted like an old fashioned egg roll and again little flavour and no spice. Very greasy. The soup was not even flavourful at all either and had one whole mushroom and some bean sprouts floating in it.

There is no pad thai or peanut sauce here .
Maybe I'll open a grilled cheese stand and call it gaga's cinnamon rolls as that would have as much significance to grilled cheese and as this Chinese place has to "Thai".

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Sushi Garden4269 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Bad food, OK service
By snowcookie of Burnaby B.C. (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 7:53pm [Dine in]

Went there with my husband when we were in the area. Heard a lot about it from friends and decided to give it a try.

The first impression was nice: decor is modern and menu looked interesting enough. Surprised how cheap it was.

We ordered gomae and a few specialty rolls.

Gomae was disgusting: sauce was way too sweet, it almost seemed like they put too much salt into it and added sugar to balance. And it was watery, not creamy. And the spinach itself was very watery. Plus the whole thing was mixed, as in spinach was not placed in a neat bunch with sauce around like normal, instead it was all mixed in a bunch of saucy goo. Didn't finish it... What a waste.

The rolls were ok. Too big to eat comfortably, mostly filled with cucumber with either ranch dressing or mayo. Why? Sushi doesn't need ranch dressing, not inside a roll... Too many ingredients in each roll were confusing and at the end we realized that even though we ordered two different things, both tasted the same because of the above mentioned cucumber with dressing.

So yeah, never again.

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