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Elements Cafe3855 Henning Dr, #108, Burnaby
great little cafe
By princessgaga of burnaby B.C. (120 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

I go here a lot for coffee and breakfast items. I have also had very nice sandwiches at lunch time. I have always found the staff to be nice and the food good for the price. I have never had stale bread. Perhaps trying something is better for a review than heresay.

One thing I do keep in mind it that I'm not eating at restaurant. It's a cafe that serves other foods in an industrial park for the convenince of local workers. No one goes there as a destination. Therefore I would not expect a lunch salad to have freshly grated parmesan or anything else you'd find a destination restaurant. The price refelcts that though. Also if I suspected I didn't get what I wanted, i.e. turkey for chicken I'd ask them about it not just complain on a website.

Anywho I like elements and will continue to go.

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Elements Cafe3855 Henning Dr, #108, Burnaby
Disappointing
By pittrules of Pitt Meadows BC (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 12:48pm [Take-out]

I love chicken caesar salads, I didn't think it was possible to screw one up. I have eaten a lot of chicken in my day. I have also eaten a lot of turkey in my day. Let me tell you, their chicken caesar salad is actually a turkey caesar salad. Unless they have someone magically been able to make chicken taste like turkey (and true poultry lovers know there is a very different taste between chicken and turkey). But that is not the only sin of this "chicken" caesar salad. They use Kraft grated parmesan cheese (you know, the stuff in the green (or white) container with the red lid). Everyone knows you are supposed to use shredded parmesan on a caesar salad. They use processed bacon bits (bacon isn't even part of a traditional caesar salad). And they couldn't even be bothered to toss the salad so that the dressing coated everything, not just a little drizzle on the top.
I thought a salad would be safe because they have to be made from scratch, but I was wrong (I have heard from others in the area who have visited that the bread for the sandwiches always tastes stale).

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Riverway Clubhouse9001 Bill Fox Way, Burnaby
Great meal
By nazanin of burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 12:17am [Dine in]

Had a great anniversary dinner here on Thursday Night. Great meal . there was only one waiter there who served as the host and bartender. It wasn't that crowded but it did take awhile to order etc. I had the tomato salad for my starter and my husband had the a soup with a poached salmon. We enjoyed these. For entrees I had the tenderloin of beef and it was cooked perfectly and very tender.We didn't have dessert but they did have some very tempting dishes on the menu. If you want an excellent meal and have lots of time this is an great dining option.

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ABC Country Restaurant2350 Boundary Road, Burnaby
There are Challenges ........
By Farryn of Burnaby Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 5:05pm [Dine in]

There are some challenges to having your order delivered as ordered. The food itself is not bad when (or if) it comes as ordered. Went here the other night for dinner - I ordered Italian Wedding Soup and Seafood Pasta - the soup was okay, but the pasta was incredibly greasy. My dining partner ordered a salad and a full rack of ribs. The salad was passable but the rack of ribs was covered in a strange orangey colored bbq sauce that he found inedible. He summoned a server, advised her that the sauce made the ribs inedible, asked for another order of ribs with the sauce on the side. To his astonishment a few minutes later, the server appeared with a bowl of a different BBQ sauce. He again patiently explained he wanted a new order of ribs as the orange colored sauce made the ones in front of him inedible, and again asked that the new order have the BBQ sauce on the side. The ribs arrived after I had finished eating - and of course were drowning in a brown BBQ sauce, with a bowl full of sauce on the side!!! He tried to scrape the sauce off the ribs, but it was too much. He had only one small rib and gave up - no dinner. He asked for the ribs to take home to his dog minus the bowls of BBQ sauce that were now at the table.
To the restaurant's credit, they did comp both meals, but the fiasco with a simple order will not see us returning any time soon. There is no need for this.

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Thai Cafe4160 Hastings St, Burnaby
Decent Thai in a Thai Desert
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 19, 2013 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

We've explored the food outlets along the 4100 block Hastings many times...it has a tasty mix of shops and restaurants to sample. The Thai Cafe is one that we had never tried before and Thai food is not easily found in North Burnaby. The decor is quite spartan, beige walls with a few Thai inspired wall hangings, and dark brown floors and simple tables with white plates. All accompanied by classical piano music (?!).

Service was fast and efficient from start to finish so full marks there. The 3 of us ordered Thai iced teas, Som Tum (green papaya salad), Chicken Panang curry, Beef Pad See-ew, Cashew Nut Prawns, and a large bowl of steamed coconut rice for mopping up the curries. We ordered everything medium spicy but we could have gone spicy hot on most of the dishes as they were still quite mild.

The Som Tum was a refreshing start although they could back off on the amount of iceberg lettuce filler. The Beef Pad See-ew was a tasty stirfry of beef and broad rice noodles coated with a sweet soy sauce. The Chicken Panang seemed a bit shy of chicken swimming in a big dish full of tasty coconut-peanut sauce.The only real glitch was the Cashew Nut Prawns came out as stir fried chicken and veggies with nary a prawn in sight (they fixed the bill but still charged us for the dish). In general, the food was decent Thai although we've had better (and worse for that matter). Bill was $58 before tip for the 3 of us. If we're in the area, we'll try the Thai Cafe again.

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King Mahal Restaurant4051 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Excellent Buffet for $10 ....Yummy Butter Chicken , Tandoori Chicken!!
By llum2 of Richmond (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 19, 2013 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

Had the lunch buffet for $ 10.00 .
Excellent butter chicken and tandoori chicken.
Also , loved the chips dipped in tamarind sauce....

Great end to buffet with Indian sweet, GULAB JAMUN in syrup.

Wonder customer service with friendly owner and very nice chef!

Thank you!!! Will be back for repeat lunch when in the Burnaby Heights area!!!

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Kamamarui Ramen & Don6514 Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby
Surprise find
By Ricepicker of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 10:03am [Dine in]

In the mood for Ramen, stumbled into this little Gem! The food is cheap & delicious. We ordered the Ramen special (Tonkatsu Ramen), 2 rolls & a Smoothie. The food & drink took a little longer to come, but when it arrived we'd really enjoyed ourselves. We ordered the Cream Cheese & tempura prawn roll & Beef teriyaki rolls. But it was the Ramen that we both enjoyed very much, especially the Soup. It's definitely a home made slow simmer stock.
The service is a bit slow as they are opened only 1.5 months and they are still trying to get into a rhythm. But you could see that they genuinely care, as they kept apologizing for the delay. We were okay with it as long as they served us good food. They gave us both a free Microwaved Steamed egg, never had it before but again it was delicious.

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Fraser Park Restaurant4663 Byrne Road, #103, Burnaby
Breakfast, nice and hearty
By FoodMan99 of Surrey , B.C. (66 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 10:56am [Dine in]

This is breakfast done right, with eggs, bacon, sausage, toast and hashbrowns. It's much nicer than Wendy's and better value than anywhere I've been, except maybe Bons (and Fraser Park is certainly less greasy!) If you've yet to try the German delicacy that is Schnitzel, you can add that to your breakfast for just a couple dollars. Soups of the day are generally good.

That all said, nothing here is better than what you can make at home, and the service is generally slow enough that you'd save time staying at the home fort and making your own scrumptious breakfast. It's just so hard to find a decent, traditional breakfast that isn't a giant greasy mess that when you stumble across one, it's exciting!

The service is pretty terrible. The staff are confused and clearly have trouble running things (people seem to line up in long lines everywhere, with the girls at the counter randomly picking who they'll serve next) and, as it's often pretty busy, wait times are very long. They'll forget to bring utensils out with the food or leave the coffee server urn empty for long periods of time.

As for the place itself, it's around 10 bucks for a solid breakfast in a communal setting where you grab a seat at long tables where you can find one. A very small patio exists outside, and the place is usually packed enough that you and your party will have company, whether that's what you're looking for or not.

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Grand Dynasty Seafood Restaurant 金殿皇朝4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Surprised by good food and service in a weird location
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (101 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 9:25am [Dine in]

The five of us were at an industry seminar at the hotel next door so we decided to try this place for dinner. The G-Be Japanese restaurant next door was a disappointment the two times I went there so I wasn't expecting much from this Grand Dynasty (they're physically connected but I'm not sure if it's the same management).
There were only four tables occupied the whole time we were there. I'm pretty sure most Burnaby foodies don't even know there is a restaurant here at the Casino. The menu is large but has photos. The Shark Fin soups (there are many to choose from) start at around $60 and go all the way up to $280. There are many dishes in the $12-18 range. We ordered steamed chicken, BBQ duck, scallops & egg white fried rice, steamed Gai Lan, drunken chicken, and panfried rice noodle dish and they were all REALLY good. Surprisingly good. Chicken & duck were tender, juicy and sweet. As good as or better than Kirin, Congee Noodle House and many other popular places. The service was good too because there were almost as many servers as customers. The décor is very classy and bright. Fancy napkins and tableware. Total bill including one beer and tip was just under $120....not bad for feeding 5 people. And leftovers to boot! I'll be back.

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North Burnaby Wonton House6640 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Seriously Unimpressed
By laynek of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 8, 2013 - 8:44am [Delivery]

Their delivery menu was recently left in our mailbox. After a long and busy day we just wanted to relax so we placed our order for delivery: Hot & Sour Soup, Buddha's Feast, Shrimp & BBQ Pork Fried Rice, Prawns w/ Green Pepper & Black Bean Sauce. We asked the total and how long it would take and were told just over one hour. The order was over $23 so we were getting 2 free egg rolls with it.

One hour and 20 minutes later we called to ask the status of our food. The person on the phone sounded confused and then said our order was almost ready to go. What???!!!! Another twenty five minutes passed before the fellow arrived with the food.

The Hot and Sour Soup was not at all hot - temperature or spice wise. It was also an oddly red colour like it food colouring had been added to it. The taste didn't appeal at all so we dumped it. The rest of the food was tepid and bland and the egg rolls were greasy and soggy. The whole meal left the impression that it had either been forgotten about at the restaurant until we called to inquire or it had travelled around with the driver on a long delivery route. We are seriously unimpressed with the North Burnaby Wonton House and will not be doing business with them again.

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New Starlet Seafood Restaurant 5665 Kingsway, Burnaby
New Dimsum Restaurant
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 4:57pm [Dine in]

This new restaurant is where the old Po King used to be. They have renovated quite a bit and is looking great. There was a long line-up (good sign) when we were there for dimsum lunch, but people moved fast, and we had our table in less than 15 minutes. They asked us our tea selection on our way to the table, and tea was served right after we sat down. There were a good number of servers around, so ordering and getting our food was pretty smooth and fast. And the food was delicious. The selection of dimsum was good. Besides the regular staples, there were also a number of more creative items. And for the ambiance, it's the typical dimsum restaurant, busy and noisy. Price was comparable to other similar restaurants, considering their tea was free and some of the dimsum was discounted. All in all, a good lunch experience. I hope they keep up with the good work for a long, long time.

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Hi Genki Japanese Restaurant6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Must have the patience of Buddha
By Von_Delroy of New Westminster (31 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

We've been coming here for years. Food is always fresh, tasty and a good value. However, this place can no longer be considered a hidden gem. Came today at 11:50am, waited 25 mins to be seated (party of 2) and just received 1 entree, still waiting for the other at 12:54pm. Also... extremely noisy ambiance. Not sure it is worth all of that. Bye, Genki!

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Chez Meme Baguette Bistro4016 Hastings St., Burnaby
Great soup & baguette sandwiches in north burnaby
By BigAnthony of North Burnaby (106 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 11:41am [Dine in]

I came here for lunch around 2:00, the place is small but there were seats available. I was hearing people speak french at a nearby table, the waitress/owner also speaks fluently. Nice to see that in a french place. I ordered the $10.95
Lamb Shank Baguette with garlic jam and grainy mustard. This came with a homemade daily soup: Zucchini, fennel, basil. The sandwich was a generous portion and the flavors were good as well. The soup was a flavorful homemade soup that I enjoyed also.
Great food, fair price, I will be back.

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Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria6011 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Disappointing.
By italianfoodcritic of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 17, 2013 - 7:18pm [Dine in]

This was our third time at Cotto and it was very disappointing and we soon realized why. The original chef was no longer there and a much inferior chef has taken over. Each of the three times we have visited Cotto we have ordered the same items...calamari, beef carpaccio, margherita and prosciutto pizzas. The first two times with the old chef the food was fantastic and well prepared This last time though the food was NOT good.....the beef carpaccio now comes served with a disgusting aioli drizzled on top which completely overpowers the delicate flavor of the carpaccio. It was a complete disaster! No experienced and knowledgeable chef would ever ruin a carpaccio with such a sauce. It was served with some microgreens piled up in the middle of the plate. They used to serve it with arugula and a very light balsamic reduction which was so delicious and complimented the delicate flavors of the meat. Our calamari were overly salty and was not served with the fabulous cilantro puree it once came with. The pizzas were just ok. A little under done. Having had pizza in Naples countless times, I can tell you the pizza in a wood oven should have the dough on the underside and around the edges slightly charred(not burned but noticeably cooked)-not completely white and barely cooked which they were this last time at Cotto. The restaurant claims to be an enoteca but serves a limited selection of BC and Italian wines which are overpriced. The only positive note I can say is that the service was very good. Our server was polite and attentive. It's such a shame because when the old chef was there they were putting out some great food but times have changed, a new chef, and I definitely won't be back to drop $120 on a on a dinner like that again!

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Big Six Restaurant7660 6th St., Burnaby
Extra cheap, but for extra poor service
By royrock of Vancouver (West End) (13 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

I've come here a total of three times. I'm a fan of locating the nearest greasy spoon especially after a really awesome Saturday night, and I was told that this was the one so I decided to give it a try. On my first visit the booths were filled up and I of course first noticed the decoration, aka Christmas things and duct tape holding together the booth seats which is always expected. The selection on the menu is abundant, although there's a lot of sneaky charging like $0.85 for mayonnaise or $0.35 to substitute french fries for hash browns etc. I chose the Eggs Benny and asked for whole wheat toast instead of English Muffin. The food took approximately 45 minutes to come out, and this was for 3 people. First, they gave my boyfriend a Corona, so he told them he wanted Root Beer not beer, he then had to open the menu to show them what he meant before actually physically having to point out the Root Beer in the fridge because they still weren't getting it. The Eggs Benny still had english muffins, so I just forgot about it and ate it anyway. The food wasn't too bad, the quality is what you pay for ($5.99), the hollandaise is definitely from the packet, and the hasbrowns weren't actually completely cooked in some bites.
On my second the third visit, I was served by a younger girl. Her poor English impeded us from being able to make what we wanted clear to her, like sausage instead of ham, whole wheat instead of white, milkshakes, and other things that are on the menu. I understand she is honestly trying but the barrier in languages is frustrating, especially when it came to the bill and we wanted it split between couples, and instead they put mismatched things together and didn't understand what we wanted changed. All this place needs is better service and I'd be going there more often.

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Burnaby Palace Restaurant3110 Boundary Rd, Burnaby
Sadly, This is Goodbye
By Silent Typewriter of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 7, 2013 - 10:33am [Dine in]

Used to love, love, LOVE this place. My fiance introduced me to this place back when he used to work at eBay and they ordered delivery from them all the time. The quality of the food used to be top notch. However, we had a bad experience with their pineapple sweet and sour pork about a year ago and stopped going (sauce looked and tasted different, and not in a good way). But I was chatting with a co-worker the other day and she mentioned that her brother loves ordering from Burnaby Palace and it's really great so I thought we'd give it another go.

Food - quality of the food has definitely gone down. Not too sure if they changed suppliers or decided to downgrade and buy cheaper priced ingredients but you can definitely tell it's not the same as it used to be. We ordered the sauteed garlic pea tips and while the taste was decent, the pea tips were clearly pass their prime. The majority of the stems were thick and tough and the little vine-like tip that should be discarded were left on there. We decided to try the pineapple sweet and sour pork again but boy was that a mistake! The flour coating on the meat was much thicker than it used to be and it was quite hard... almost like they had made it earlier in the day and threw it into the fryer to reheat it when we ordered it. The meat inside the coating was also decidedly tough... made the dish not very enjoyable. The sauce itself was back to it's original look and taste but there was definitely not enough used for the dish. My fiance also the BBQ pork fried rice as that's his standard order here but he says the rice isn't as fluffy as it used to be and it lacks that taste you get when the chef cooks it on a red hot wok.

Service was alright. Food came very quickly but it wasn't piping hot (the only thing that was super hot was the shrimp spring rolls, which I guess it was due to the fact that it just came out of the fryer). Also, I noticed the manager going over to several different tables asking them how their meal was but he never once came over to ours to see how our meal was going. Not a huge deal, but, you know, every little thing counts when you're in the food industry.

Value - prices have definitely gone up since we last went and like I mentioned earlier, the quality of the food has sadly gone down. We ordered 4 dishes plus the spring roll appetitizer and our bill came to about $55 before tip. I think we can get better value elsewhere at other Hong Kong style cafes so sadly, I think we will be parting ways with Burnaby Palace.

Ambiance - place still looked new and clean (although I just looked at the food inspection report and yikes!). They've impressively kept the place looking good as most Chinese places typically let the restaurant get run down and renovate every few years.

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Wings6879 Kingsway, Burnaby
Totally Not what I expected
By Top Hat Cleaning of Vancouver (east) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 3, 2013 - 8:09pm [Dine in]

I have never been to Wings before and thought I would try it out since we have driven past it so often and I love wings.

The service was very POOR. I had to ask the waitress to remove the dirty dishes (she did not seem to happy about it) that she walked by twice and good luck finding her to order something and was never asked again if I wanted another drink.

I did order a strawberry Margarita and it was horrible!! It came in a glass that they serve pop in and it was warm and nothing like I have ever SEEN. It was watery and did not taste or resemble a Margarita. It was gross and the manager who walks around the restaurant in circles but does not chat or ask the customers how things are did take it off my bill and removed the drink from my table when I mentioned it. I received a coke and it was in the same style glass as the Margarita which would have been fine with me if it was good or at least decent.

The waitress, when finally clearing our table was sliding the contents onto the dinner dish she had, so holding the plate just below table level and sliding everything onto it including the dipping sauce that fell onto my NEW running shoes. I wish I read the reviews before going there and will make sure that I do in the future.

The wings were ok, the pop was fine and the service was horrible!!! I will never return and the girls need to lengthen their skirts, focus on service, delivery, manners and how to clear a table....I realize that we are all out to make a living but that girls needs some serious training or should not be a waitress.

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Starbucks4567 Lougheed Highway, Unit 205B, Burnaby
Favourite Starbucks location
By Meowlyn of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 3, 2013 - 2:06am [Dine in]

I always have an amazing experience at this particular Starbucks. The staff is always extraordinary, especially my regular barista (not to mention he is easy on the eyes). They never fail to serve me my drink in a timely manner; and it is always made to perfection
Friendly, efficient, excellent service.

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Sushi Oyama5152 Kingsway, Burnaby
WTH Happened???
By designercanuck of Burnaby Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 31, 2013 - 7:19pm [Dine in]

It was my little girl's birthday today and she chose Sushi Oyama for her birthday dinner. We arrived just before 5pm so that we could have dinner early. I had baked a birthday cake and brought it with us. We stood out in the lobby for almost 10 minutes and no one acknowledged us, even though there were only two tables of diners. The sushi makers at the bar saw us but did not call anyone to tend to us. Finally we were seated and waited another 15 minutes before I finally was able to flag someone down to take our order. We ordered teriyaki chicken on rice, udon, dynamite roll, yam roll, gomae and agedashi tofu. The rice for the chicken teriyaki was cold, the tempura prawn and tempura yam in the rolls were refried (probably from the lunch rush) and the gomae was hard. To top it all off, after we finished dinner, we asked the server if we could have 4 plates and 4 forks and a knife so we could cut my daughter's birthday cake. The server said they have a policy that they have to charge us $3.50 if they have to serve us a cake that is brought from outside. Ummmm....I understand that policy if they have birthday cakes to offer and I brought one from outside...but since they don't have that option...and it's my 6 year old's birthday, WHY would I be charged to cut my cake??? It's just 4 more plates and forks for them to wash..... This used to be our family's favourite Japanese restaurant - we used to come at least twice a month. I think it's safe to say we'll never be going back.

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Gaya Sushi2900 Bainbridge Ave, #105, Burnaby
Good sushi option in North Burnaby
By nyoung of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 31, 2013 - 8:44am [Dine in]

I've done the Sushi Town and Sushi Garden plenty of times, but after experiencing crowded, busy, hot atmospheres with sub-par service and only mediocre food, I'd much rather come to Gaya. It's pleasant to eat here, I've never had to wait, and the servers are a far cry from Sushi Town or Sushi Garden.

Their chirashi don is quite varied and economical - we usually order this. I received toro (my favourite!) in the mix and the next time, I ordered the same don expecting the same mix of sashimi. However, I didn't know it wasn't always the same sashimi mix but instead whatever they had available, and I expressed disappointment that there wasn't any toro. The server went to the chefs and they prepared two toro nigiri for us, on the house! You would NEVER get that kind of experience at Sushi Town/Garden.

Their food isn't the BEST I've ever had but for the price, location, convenience ... I'll come here often enough! Definitely try their Bainbridge roll.

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