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X-Site Grill and Bistro4625 Hastings St., Burnaby
Our favourite restaurant in North Burnaby!
By ChowMix of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

Now I have to say, I never ever wanted to write a review of XSite because I dont want to get the word out there. The place is so great and its only getting busier which means line ups and that sucks for me! We come here often for dinner or lunch and the food is always great. We have never had a bad experience and we have never had a bad meal. Not fancy but good quality food and not many deep fried items. I would not recommend the pastas as much because the other items are delicious. And I think the sauces are made in-house. The restaurant is a staple, I could eat here every week if I didn't like to make my own food. It is such good value for the food. I love the boiled potatoes and green salad with vinegar dressing with all burgers/sandwiches. It makes the meal feel healthier with no fries. And the salads, hand ripped lettuce no packaged lettuce here and delicious dressings.
I wrote this review in response to the review below about it being cheap. Sure the place is not 5 star gourmet food with fancy decor but they have good food and do it well. The servers can appear distant and unfriendly but many are family or friends of the owner. And some work ALL day so forgive them if they are not overly friendly at the end of their long day.

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O Grill Yakiniku4992 Newton Street, Burnaby
Original Japanese BBQ in Burnaby
By nolabel of Vancouver - Kingsway (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 7:51am [Dine in]

Having seen this location open while driving by on Kingsway made my wife and I decided to pay for a visit. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is a Japanese BBQ that is quite authentic. Different from the Korean BBQ, the Japanese BBQ offers a more delicate experience. Having tried Japanese BBQ overseas, this is one of the few ones that is here within greater Vancouver that closely resembles the experience overseas. Japanese BBQs are not cheap however, and this one is also a bit pricy. However, in comparison with other locations available to Vancouver, it is fairly priced.

The ambiance is quite nice and although the location is new, the waitresses did not seem to be overwhelmed and food were delivered within reasonable time. You get to cook at your own table and grill the food to the level of your satisfaction. The ingredients were fresh and the appetizers / salad were also quite nicely done.

The dessert included in the combo is also VERY nice. Definitely try their matcha ice cream!! One of the most flavourful that I had ever tasted. Their mochi was also very very fun to grill yourself and then dipped with condensed milk and peanut bits.

Overall this is a location worth considering if you are in craving for true Japanese BBQ.

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La Villetta Ristorante3901 Hastings St., Burnaby
Will never come back
By van459 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, August 16, 2013 - 9:11pm [Dine in]

Awful food and appalling service. I have never felt that I have wasted money when trying new restaurants, until I visited this "restaurant". The walls were covered in spider webs, very unappetizing. The older waitress who served us was rude and abrupt. She had absolutely no idea of how to be polite or accommodating. After a long wait, the food was beyond disappointing. Not worth a penny coming here.

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La Villetta Ristorante3901 Hastings St., Burnaby
Poor service, bland food, and incompetent waitress.
Submitted Friday, August 16, 2013 - 9:01pm [Dine in]

I've always wanted to try this place out as it has decent reviews. Luckily, a groupon was advertised recently so I decided to purchase one. The groupon for two was sold out but the one for four was available so I decided to buy that one thinking they would be nice enough to honor it for my girlfriend and I. The appetizers came in about 15 minutes (it was soup and salad...)The food was ordered at 7:00pm, the main entrees did not arrive until 8:00pm. I inquired with the senior level waitress if she could check on our food, and she said that the kitchen was busy and was backed up. To me, that is an unacceptable reason. If she had offered to double check my inquiry and get it out asap that would have been an acceptable gesture, but instead she made excuses. The food was bland and soggy upon arrival. The chicken was overcooked and the veggies burnt and soggy.

Upon departure, I went up to settle the bill. I showed her the groupon and she redeemed it and credited only the paid amount not the promotional value. I asked her why wasn't the full promotional amount credited. She said that there were only two of you and not four. I did not even bother arguing with her given the that fact she should have mentioned and offered to me whether or not I would like to redeem it since she can only offer the paid value. But she didn't. The best $80 dinner I've spent. I guess finding the groupon wasn't such a fortunate event after all. I will never return to this place.

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Chad Thai4010 East Hastings Street, Burnaby
Good Thai on Hastings
By BigAnthony of North Burnaby (106 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 10:55am [Dine in]

I've eaten lunch here twice and each time I was happy with the food. Once a soup dish and once a chicken,rice,green curry dish. Everything was tasty and fresh, the prices are good as well. The service is very basic, what would you like? Here you go. That's about it.. I will be back for lunch as it's close by, the prices are good and so is the food.

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Brokenrice Vietnamese Restaurant4088 Hastings Street, Burnaby
clean, cool and decent food
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (101 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

I'm guessing this is a family-owned/operated place so it has a nice feel to it. My better-half had been here before so she brought me to check it out. We ordered beef carpaccio, deep-fried rolls, chicken & fried egg on rice. They were all good. The place is clean and nicely decorated. A/c is nice too. I'll be back to try the Pho although there's a few other places along the Height's strip that serves it.

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Gaya Sushi2900 Bainbridge Ave, #105, Burnaby
All-around "solid" for this little sushi shop
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (101 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 3:12pm [Dine in]

Dropped in for the first time and the place was packed and busy with many takeout orders. The décor is dark and cool and the service friendly and fast. The food was fresh and good considering we're in the suburbs here and usually that's tough to find. I'll still go to Kilala on East Hastings as my first choice for authentic sushi but in a pinch, I'll return to Gaya. Plus Gaya has hot food and a liquor licence too.

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King Mahal Restaurant4051 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Tasty Indian Food!
By anonymous-eater of Vancouver (downtown) (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 12, 2013 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

After Bombay Beat closed I needed to find a new indian place. I have dined at this restaurant probably around 6-8 times and I have never had a disapointing meal!

I usually get a vegetarian dish and my boyfriend will get a dish with meat. The vegetable korma and jalfrezie are soooo good. We really like the samosas or pakoras to start! For the main dish they give a big portion size so you will likely have some left overs for the next day.

I have never been to the buffet, just for a regular sit down dinner. The owner and server seem very nice and the service is always good. The restaurant is clean but it doesn't have much decor going on inside. It can be empty sometimes which made us nervous upon our first visit, but the food is great and is worth the visit!

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La Villetta Ristorante3901 Hastings St., Burnaby
Good value with groupon
By hydeeho of Burnaby (182 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 9, 2013 - 1:15pm [Dine in]

Great meal very enjoyable in the patio. We had a minestrone $4, Scalopine Al Marsala $22, Linguine Pescatore $17. Served with a generous amount of piping hot bread. All dishes were delicious. The veal scalopine came with the best variety of veggies I have ever been served. Roasted potato, portobello mushroom, green beans, red pepper, cauliflower, broccoli, and carrot. Impressive. Service by Carmen was excellent, right on top of things but not intrusive. The only drawback was the chairs used in the patio. They were the kind you buy for yourself and leave in the yard year round and don't care if someone steals them. Lots of street parking available plus a free public parking lot in the rear.

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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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