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Chop & Toss9855 Austin Rd, Burnaby
What a rip off!,
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (149 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

So the idea is good but poorly executed. For $9 I watched the guy make my California chopped salad . Mostly lettuce like 80%. All the other ingredients including feta, shrimp , pineapple raisins etc we're put in by one teaspoon each! It was supposed to have avocado which I expected to be decent sized pieces Nope, when I asked where the avocado was the guy says " we use base". Huh? Then he shows me a bin of runny minced up cucumber and says the avocado is mixed in there . So I basically paid $9 for lettuce and some dressing and was still starving. No wonder everyone else in the food court ate at taco time KFC etc - so they could be full for under $7. I did not see one other customer go to the salad place. Too bad. Closing soon

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
Mediocre at Best
By minestrone of Burnaby (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 5:01pm [Dine in]

Coming from an Italian background, I do my best not to judge 'Italian' restaurants too harshly since they'll never truly live up to expectation - only a few really do.

We started with a mista salad (garden salad with 'special' dressing), a minestrone soup, and tri-color ravioli in red sauce - all to share, since we could see how large the portions were. I can't begin to describe the 'special' salad dressing other than it was a gelatinous blob that just sat on top of the lettuce and tasted as though it came out of a 'Kraft' container. Too salty and so thick it was challenging to mix the salad. The soup was inoffensive, but boring, with the vegetables cut way too big. The pasta tasted as though it'd been in the freezer for about a year, prior to cooking. The sauce was ok, not too sweet or bitter - the better part of the meal.

It could have been just our server - can't speak about them all - but she was gruff and very rushed in her delivery of our items, just shy of tossing them on the table. Everyone has a bad day, but this was overkill. I really hope folks begin to understand that 5 pounds of pasta doesn't constitute an 'Italian dinner experience'. Olive Garden does a million times better. Really? a couple of free buns at the beginning of the meal - that impresses patrons?

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Koryo Korean BBQ4567 Lougheed Hwy, #260, Burnaby
Delicious Food, Wonderful Staff
By minestrone of Burnaby (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 4:39pm [Dine in]

The beef and chicken combo is a great way to get variety, and a very well portioned, satisfying meal. Each entrée comes with two sides (4 if you get the Jumbo) and if you opt-out for the 2 scoops of rice, you can pick a third side instead. The quality of the food has always been consistently great. I appreciate the care the owner and workers take to ensure customers are happy, and explain any questions someone may have.

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Thai Pearl4567 Lougheed Hwy, #734, Burnaby
Good Portions and Quality
By minestrone of Burnaby (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

True enough, it's not necessarily 'Thai' - but you can't deny the quality of the food. I appreciate that the server takes the time to ensure you get a good helping of meat, and when you get veggies on the side, they take the time to give you a variety of vegetables including some mushrooms. The food is well prepared, flavorful, and clean. I recommend the spicy white fish, and mushroom beef. Also, their hot and sour soup is good as well.

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Tang Tang Sushi4429 Kingsway, #27, Burnaby
Take-out Party Tray!
By goingdutch of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 11:08am [Take-out]

Just happened on this place while going to the grocery store in the same parking lot. It was New Year's eve & I had planned on picking up a party tray from another sushi place. I quickly browsed the menu posted outside & decided that it would be a good use of time to just get one from Tang Tang while I went grocery shopping.

Greeted right a way. Placed my order & I was told 15 minutes. Came back, tray was just being packed up. The rolls were actually quite good & a big hit at my NYE party. Quick, affordable & great tasting! I will be back to sample some other goodies soon!

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Ming Kee Kitchen5095 Canada Way, Burnaby
Big Changes! Worth Giving a Second Shot
By bengjai of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 7:29pm [Delivery]

I've been coming here for a little while now (maybe a couple of years) and things have changed quite a bit. I think in the last few years, they've had changes in owners and most recently have changed to a new family. This is worth a second chance if you enjoy Chinese food. After reading some of the reviews below, it's sad how much this place as changed from being good and being disappointing. But the most recent take over has changed the food quite a lot.

I've recently order a delivery from them and, man, has the service changed! There are two sons that work there with their parents. They welcomed my call with a little bit of background and seeing that I've order from them before and had me on record, they told me about the change in owners. The chef now is their father who has had over 35 years experience in cooking. The results of this experience shows!

One of my favorite dishes is the Singapore Vermicelli (I believe it's #38. I have no idea what it is that they did differently, but the overall flavor has increased and intensified. The sprouts, shrimp and pork were all very fresh and the rice noodles were nice and (as the Italians say) el dante. Not mushy and wet like some of the other times I've had in the past.

Their meat and veggie dishes have also improved as well. Prawns with Snow Peas is by far the freshest in the business! The mastery in the way it's cooked and presented, even in a take out container, is splendid. The peas were still crisp when it reached my house, and the prawns were cooked perfectly.

Anyone craving for Chow Mein? Their chow mein changed as well. I like the Beef with Black Bean Sauce on Crispy Egg Noodles. Again, fresh broccoli cooked but still crisp and fresh, something I really appreciate in good Chinese food. Some places tend to over cook their veggies and it becomes mushy to the palette.

The change in Chef definitely shows. The delivery service is still fast and quick. The food is delivered in warming bags and the food is hot when it gets to my place.

Overall, this has been a great experience compared to the past. I'll continue ordering from here and I hope they stick around. It has become one of the best Chinese food places I've been to by far. Previously I may have given it a 2/5 but definitely deserves my 5/5 rating. Thanks Ming Kee!

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Narita Sushi4949 Kingsway, Burnaby
Terrible takeout....For patrons who knows what good food is....don't eat here....
By bestfood of Burnaby, BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 7:28pm [Take-out]

Been to lots of Japanese restaurants owned and operated by non - Japanese people. This place get total thumbs down...

Ambience.. great....no one else.was in there at 11:50 am for lunch.

Service. Too great.... for take out.. she asked if I need soy sauce. Yes I replied. Then asked how.many... next. Do I need wasabi? . Japanese sushi and rolls are complimented by these two important ingredients.

Food. OMG. .The food. I needed a snack. So decided to order the $3.00 Teriyaki chicken on rice. . The lady asked am I sure cause it's very small for me. So why sell it? Excuse me....? Maybe wait til I Finish ordering. California roll...2.95...that's all..

Teriyaki chicken.. rice was so watered down was like mush. Chicken bits were really liquid flavored. So bad..

California roll.... 6 medium pieces. Really? Where the other 2 pieces when you make it? OK. Crab meat was fine cucumber too. Rice. Watered down. Imagine dipping your sushi in water before eating it... bad.

Warning you if you are out to try something new. Save your money. This place is out to make a few bucks for themselves. Leaving you with a watered down stomach ache of disappointment. Don't do it..

Good luck...

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Green Basil4623 Kingsway, Burnaby
Overrated Thai food
By Huge of Surrey (139 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 12:03pm [Dine in]

Went here with a friend for a late dinner. I ordered the Pad Thai and my friend ordered some salad that had beef strips. When the ordered came, my friend literally had some beef strips over some satay onions, green onions and lettuce only for $12. My pad thai was $14 and it was terrible. Not only was the sauce too sweet and tangy, It remind me of the chicken chilli sauce that you get at T & T. The scallops were the size of mini marshmellows. I was very disappointed and I did not believe that they try to pass this off as authentic Pad Thai. You can judge a restaurant by the staple food that they supposely prepare well. This restaurant failed miserably.

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Vassilis Souvlaki Greek Taverna6558 Kingsway, Burnaby
Turn Up the Heat
By millar of New Westminster, Vancouver (77 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 12:06pm [Dine in]

We had not been here for a long time and I guess we never went in winter, because the room was freezing cold. We asked to be moved to a table away from the window and the draft -- and we had an argument about it. I couldn't believe it, the waitress basically said no because they were saving those tables for larger parties. We insisted and then the manager came over an said "Oh alright". At least we were out of the draft but the room was really cold. Customers were eating with their coats on. I think that should be a pretty clear hint to management to turn up the heat.

Service after that was OK. Food was OK. I had the Lamb shank and my partner had the House special, but the chicken breast was overcooked and dry. At $18 dollars the cheaper lamb shank cut is not a deal. There are lots of Greek restaurants around, where you can actually get a nice cut of roast lamb so I don't think we'll be back.

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James Street Cafe & Grill3819 Canada Way, Burnaby
Unexpected encounter with an outstanding restaurant and company
By Annelong of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 8:11am [Dine in]

Recently I happened to dine at James Street Grill. A friend and I decided to check out the menu and we were pleasantly surprised at the variety of dishes to choose from. The waiter who was helping us was so helpful and nice that we decided we would dine in. As soon as we were seated, another waiter brought over a jug of water and asked us if we would like to order any drinks. My friend decided to order a mango shake and the butter chicken and I decided to have the steak with masala potatoes special. We were seated fairly close to a warm fireplace and the music was a nice easy to listen to instrumental. The ambiance was cozy and welcoming and overall quite cheerful. I must say that this restaurant is very clean because I saw one waitress coming around and wiping all the salt and pepper shakers and refilling each table with sugar. For myself I can not stand grabbing the salt shaker and then realizing that my hands are all sticky. I was glad to see that they pay attention to detail. Anyways our food came out pretty fast and was hot in temperature. My steak was cooked to par, juicy and tender. The masala potatoes were small chunks of potato in a nice whipped tomato base sauce. They were excellent, I would recommend them! My friend enjoyed her butter chicken. She said that the sauce was unlike any other butter chicken she has tried because the sauce had a pleasant tang to it. Both meals were a delight. Just as we were finishing our meals a big group of people came in. To our surprise the Prime Minister, Stephen Harper was sitting in the corner with a group of people. The ambience was exceptional, the food was delicious, the service was great and we couldn't believe our eyes. Anyways we decided to order a dessert and the waiter recommended the High Five chocolate cake which was huge so we shared it. We also had a cup of chai tea which was not too spiced. Overall we will definitely be dining at James Street again.

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Hakkaku Ramen4530 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
decent ramen in North Bby
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (101 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 9, 2013 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

Been here twice now and both times I enjoyed ramen which is a little different than the other places in Vancouver (Benkei). The place looks clean and servers speak Japanese. The noodles are thinner than usual and more like soba. You get a choice of "fatty" soup and pork or regular lean soup and choices of Shoyu, Shio, etc. I haven't been to Kintaro or Santouka yet so hard to compare but for decent ramen in N.Bby, this may be the only choice.

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Sashimi Sushi9855 Austin Rd, #116, Burnaby
When it comes to sushi, it's all about the rice.
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (149 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 7:21pm [Dine in]

And if your rice sucks, then your restaurant sucks. This is a take out place in Lougheed mall with a couple of seats inside. It is a franchise I think and some are better than others. The one at Coquitlam Centre is very good.

This one was bad. The seaweed was very chewy and rubbery, the rice was undercooked and crunchy. That wrecks any sushi. The Cali roll did not have avocado but was cheap enough to excuse that.

All in all though, I would not be back. There's too much sushi out there to suffer this.

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Saffron Indian Cuisine4300 Kingsway, #5, Burnaby
St.Andrew's Day surprise !
By Toboretei of maple ridge BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 11:37am [Dine in]

Having never been in an East Indian Restaurant we wanted to try something new; so we ended up at Suffron's for the buffet. We were very surprised how good it was. The place was nice and clean and the buffet line up was exceptional. Loved the "butter chicken", the garlic naan and the mango lassis was my wife's favorite. Super value for the Buck. Thank you. We will be back with the whole family next time.

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Yan's Garden9948 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
You can certainly better dim sum places elsewhere!
By hibiscus of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 12:30am [Dine in]

We came across an ad on this restaurant on a coupon book "Money Saver" sent to our house. There was a color ad of the restaurant with 2 little cut-out coupons. One of the coupons says $5 off dimsum with purchase of $25. We thought we should give it a try and I cut out the entire ad from the coupon book.
We ordered some dim sum dishes and it's ok, nothing fantastic but the waitresses were very aggressive. When we asked them about a certain dim sum dish, they would just take it out of the cart and place it on our table and immediately note on the order card. When we told them that we decided not to have that, they will immediately push us to try it saying that it's very good. We gave in and decide to try it. Little did we know, all the waitresses does this! We felt uncomfortable and told them to take it away when they try to be too pushy and they don't like it! You can basically see their reaction when you refused them.
When it's time to pay, we took out the coupon to get the discount. You wouldn't believe this, they told us that the coupon is not valid! It's a scam!! We were totally shocked and asked them how can it be possible!? Eventhough we show them the entire ad, the manager still insist that it's a scam. We couldn't believe it, our total bill was $57 before tips and they couldn't even give us a $5 discount and claim that it's a scam???? Who in the world would pay for an ad and scam them!
Don't come here unless you want to get your pressure up!! With pushy waitresses and a dishonest manager/boss who doesn't honour their own advertisement, forget it, there are better places for dimsum with more reasonable prices!

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Saint Germain Bakery4720 Kingsway, #1144, Burnaby
Confusing lineup system and rude customer service.
By Sidneylee of Burnaby (25 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 22, 2013 - 12:45am [Take-out]

Went to the store to pick up a cake today. I stood in front of the counter and waited for a few minutes for someone to help. But no one was there except for the cashier and a lady sweeping the floor. So I waited in line for the cashier to help me. When it was my turn, the cashier had a cake in her hands and asked whose cake was it. Since it wasn't my cake so I moved aside for the customer to pay. The cashier never ask me what I needed, instead just proceeded to help other customers. So I said to her I needed to pick up a cake. To make long story short, she called someone to take out the cake from the back while I continued to stand there. After they brought out the cake, I had to lineup again to pay! I practically lineup twice to pick up the cake. Not a word of sorry, not a thank you. Though I didn't expect much service from a bakery, but having to lineup twice is ridiculous. Yes, their baked goods are good, but I will not go back again after such a negative experience. Their management team should seriously consider providing better customer training for their employees.

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Brokenrice Vietnamese Restaurant4088 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Nice place but oh so cold!!
By verily of west van (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 4:01pm [Dine in]

Had lunch at Broken Rice today, solid Vietnamese offering, typical Pho joint menu nicely cooked and presented, decent service though food took a while to come - appeared to be cooked from scratch rather than reheated so no problem. The big negative was the place was seemingly unheated and felt like an ice box: a thermostat on the wall showed a temperature of 64° but it felt much colder: won't be rushing back until next summer!

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Gilmore Cafe & Grill3605 Gilmore Way, Burnaby
Will never go there again.
By jaypea of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 7:37pm [Dine in]

Food was below mediocre! Dry, except for bhajias which were very oily! Dirty oil used to fry mogo which turned black! All food unappetising. Chutney was questionable - not tasty at all. Samosas were too spicy - we ended up being served chicken samosas - had not been asked what kind we wanted - it is understood that beef ones are ordered unless stated otherwise. Tables not cleaned from previous customers. Had to ask for cutlery and napkins.

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Cinnzeo4700 Kingsway, 1155, Burnaby
Delicious
By saintvlas22 of Vancouver (downtown) (18 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 7:02am [Dine in]

The smell of this shop is tantalizing every time I go to Superstore, though I haven't had Cinnzeo in years. I had a large cinnamon roll, and though I didn't get it straight from the oven, it was still nice and warm from the heating display. The counter woman was so nice to put an extra squirt of frosting on top of the roll, so the soft frosting melded with the hardened frosting already on it. It was amazing - warm, ridiculously soft and tender, and ooey gooey with loads of cinnamon flavour. It was a touch sweet, but I give that a pass because mine seemed to have more filling than normal; this means my cinnamon bun wasn't mostly bread.

I can't wait to have another one of these!

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Sui Sha Ya Japanese Restaurant4820 Kingsway, #236, Burnaby
Food Poisoning!
By Foodstera of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, November 8, 2013 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

I have successfully and safely ate a lot of Japanese food in metro Vancouver but I have got food poisoning an hour after eating sashimi + sushi rolls at this place. We ordered off their regular (not AYCE) menu thinking that quality might be better, and as we were eating something already did not feel right. Fish did not look fresh, miso soup was terrible and diluted, and rolls were mediocre at best. Once I got home I fell ill, developed a fever, and was throwing up for a couple of hours. Will be notifying Health authority, so stay away if you care for your health.

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Fire Pots4455 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Excellent Restaurant
By ksuleman of Yaletown (12 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

Wife and I went there for lunch, same menu for dinner as well. Very friendly and service oriented staff.

Appetizers - ordered chicken wings (salt and pepper) and Hainanese chicken. Both were good, though the chicken wings at other family restaurants like earls or cactus are better. Hainanese chicken was huge, very nice, tender chicken, not overcooked.

Soup - we ordered the Spicy Seafood Tom Yum Goong - was great. Neat concept, they bring all the ingredients to you, you have a hot element on your table, and you cook it according to how you like it. Veges were all very fresh, seafood all very fresh, and lots of it. We also got some noodles with the soup. And we got the Sriracha souce which was fantastic. With the 2 appies and the soup, we could not finish all the food and were very full.

Overall - excellent food, great service, and nice ambiance. We will clearly be going back there.

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