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Burnaby Restaurant Reviews
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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Red Robin9628 Cameron Street, Burnaby
Awesome Food and Serivce
By jfredzi1211 of calgary (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

Decent burger joint for lunch with bottom less fries!

I used to come to Red Robin a lot for lunch. Their burgers are huge and I usually have to split it with a coworker of mine. As of about a year ago, I realized that they do make smaller burgers. I have been ordering that since I don't want to over stuff myself and feel fat after the meal. Their burger isn't as juicy as how I like my burgers, but they are okay for a quick lunch. Plus...nothing can top their bottomless fries!

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Red Robin9628 Cameron Street, Burnaby
Enjoyable lunch
By hydeeho of Burnaby (182 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 9:44am [Dine in]

Went for a late lunch on Saturday, came away satisfied and impressed. Lots of staff on duty and every one was working. Place is spacious and inviting. A step up from white spot. My server Ashley was attentive but not bothersome. Had the shroom burger with bottomless fries. Quite the handful. My only misgiving is the bun. It fell apart from handling. A crustier hardier bun would have been nice for the hands on people. It's okay for the knife and fork crowd. Fries were very good and bottomless. Bathroom was neat and tidy. Lot of parking. I feel I got a good meal with good value and would return.

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King Mahal Restaurant4051 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Nightmare at king mahal
By foodielover of Burnaby & Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 10:04pm [Dine in]

Went for a quite dinner with my friends at this establishment. Ordered four chicken biryanis since we already heard positive reviews about the dish. We were quite disappointed when the dishes turned out to be quite the opposite. Since I also ordered a takeaway as well I decided to talk to the manager regarding the mediocre dish. Maybe he did not understand my words and thought I was being offensive. He walked over to our table and started arguing about the price of ingredients, labor etc. We took it quietly since we understood the manager was not used to getting feedback from customers. However, the waiter serving us turned very aggressive and demanded that we leave, stating that we did not respect the establishment and the manager. However, it is well within our rights to provide feedback, which we did politely. It was a very disheartening experience for us since we were asked to leave the premises immediately and our payment was also turned down. This might be a rare occurrence at King Mahal but nevertheless showcases their unprofessional service. Please have your meal with caution.

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Deer Lake Wonton House5107 Canada Way, Burnaby
our go to for take out.
By aj67 of Burnaby (28 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 5:56pm [Take-out]

We have been ordering take out for Deer Lake Wonton for years. We have tried other local take Chinese take out, but always end up back here.
It is very Canadian Chinese food, but solid food for a solid price.
They do deliver very quickly.

We will continue to order from here.

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Burgers Etc. BBQ House4091 Hastings St., Burnaby
Great local BBQ, and amazing sauce
By aj67 of Burnaby (28 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 4:39pm [Dine in]

We finally had a chance to try out Burgers-Etc. Of course we did not get a burger this time round. Rainbowcrab had the smothered fries with pulled pork. She loved it! Raved about the pork, the bbq sauce and the fries. The sauce is sweeter tomato based kind with a good kick.
I had the combo which was on sale for only 13.99$ It came with 2 meats of my choice, fries and coleslaw.
I chose ribs and beef brisket. They were both very good. Tender, good flavour. I like my brisket a bit thicker cut, but still very good. I would go back again for sure.
One draw back of this place, rainbow crab says the woman's washroom is horrid. The door does not create any privacy, as it has a wide gab and does not go below your knees as you sit... HUM...

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James Street Cafe & Grill3819 Canada Way, Burnaby
Would not recommend this place ... will not be back!
By goldilocks of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 9:43pm [Take-out]

Phoned in for takeaway....but our order was misplaced!
A good 50 minutes later to add to the insult not only were we given the wrong order but also the entree was straight out of the fridge.
We did not realize this until we started eating the food which was stone cold.
Needless to say completely put us off eating the meal.
Would not go back.

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Riverway Clubhouse9001 Bill Fox Way, Burnaby
Wedding ruined our night
By princessgaga of burnaby B.C. (120 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 6:34pm [Dine in]

We went for a nice dinner after work. Unfortunately most of the restaurant had been taken over for a wedding. Only one small area was closed off for the other people. Unfortunately the whole night felt like the other diners were secondary, with no reduction in prices. They should have just closed the place for the night rather than trying to do both. At first there was no music at all. Then we were treated to the "check check check" of the microphone for 10 minutes. After that we got to listen to rude and unfunny speacheds from wedding people. Fun atmosphere for us when we couldn't even see what was going on because of the divider. The dining room was mostly empty the whole time too. Then they came at 7 and said they hoped we didn't want anything else because the kitchen was closing to concentrate on the wedding.

The food was really very average at best. After reading the reviews here I was hoping for much more. The salmon burger was not a "burger" but rather a a filet (very fishy flavored sockeye) which fell apart. It was supposed to have some very flavourful "aoli" but I could taste nothing but overpowering fish. I was not a fan - it was over $14. The chicken burger similarily was a chicken piece with brie and avocado which should have been delicious but didn't work. It was not finished. Fries were average to BORING, also not finished.

None of the desserts interested us. The waiter howwever was top notch!

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Nao Sushi7060 Kingsway, Burnaby
Meh
By washokugurl of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 5:47pm [Dine in]

This is not authentic Japanese food. Some looked like Korean style and the flavours were not authetic. I think they boast of their Kamameshi and other restaurants don't make it, but it is very bland and can be better duplicated by putting your own cuts of meat and veges into your rice cooker- better value, too. too bad. Disappointed. Will not go there again. I went there with a Japanese friend and we have never gone back.

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
Ok but not great
By Foodexpertcanada of Surrey , B.C. (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 9:02am [Dine in]

Last Saturday I was craving pasta .
I had not been to Anton's for few years now. I used to go there a lot but since I moved away from the area it was not easy to get there , anyhow , I decide to go and have a big dish of pasta. But to my surprise it was not as good as I remember it . Maybe since I have tried many good restaurant in town , my taste had changed or maybe we have such a wide variety of good food and restaurants in our town now .
It defiantly filled me up but I still am in search of better pasta bar.

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Uncle Willy's Restaurant6411 Nelson Ave, #100, Burnaby
a solid, nostalgic, quality buffet
By vancouverpiggie of burnaby (53 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 17, 2013 - 11:17pm [Dine in]

ok, first, my review is based from nostalgia and also value.

this place is not expensive and so my expectations for their quality, variety and food style will also be in line with the price you pay which is only $11 for lunch and $15 for dinner.

this is a hearty buffet, with down to earth, non-pretentious cooking.

dont expect five star, fancy gourmet. the foods they push out are very basic, but they do it very well.

fried chickens, fries, king a la cart, etc - your basic comfort foods.

the quality is good, fresh but because of the ingredients sitting on the hot plates, it doesn't matter how fresh they start, eventually the heat will take its toll.

you go to uncle willy for the atmosphere and old-fashioned canadian / american cooking, you know the kind you see in family magazines back in the 80's - corn bread, pasta, stuff that's on the fresh prince and the cosby's.

roast beef, cakes, ice cream, salads, your usual food court fares, but just slightly better.

good place to try, but definitely not for the picky eaters.

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Oliver Twist Pub7557 Edmonds St, Burnaby
Totally Well Worth It
By eating good food of Vancouver (130 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 17, 2013 - 10:58am [Dine in]

Ok, so I used a Group for this place, therefore got $15 off my food. But I have to admit, that even without the Groupon it was still a pretty good deal.

I came in on Tuesday the 7th of May right when the pub opened. It was empty, but what do you expect on a Tuesday morning?

I went and sat at the upper part of the pub / restaurant and my waitress of course give me a while to look at the menu. Since I had the groupon, I had decided to order both entree and an appetizer.

For Appetizer, I rodered the buffalo chicken wings, and for entree I ordered a double burger (Light Mayonaisse) and fries and a Pepsi to drink. My appetizer of wings came out first and I thought they were delicious. They were average price. It was good.

When my entree came I was pleasantly surprised. The beef patties were huge....I was really suprised and they were flavourful....just honest to goodness delicious.....I couldn't even finish it off and had to take a quarter of it home. I couldn't believe how good the food was here.

Regular price would had been just under $28, but paid only $15 with the Groupon. I was happy and the service was great too. Will definatly return

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Agra Tandoori Restaurant3790 Canada Way, #110, Burnaby
Very good all these years but a couple of notes
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (101 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 13, 2013 - 3:11pm [Take-out]

We've been regular customers for many years (it used to be called Original Tandoori, I think) and the food has always been great. Service is friendly (we've eaten in but usually take out) and the premises is clean and neat. Free parking outside. The usual standards are wonderful (Butter Chicken, Biyarni, Tandoori, etc). My only peeves is, lately, the Kachumber Salad has almost been reduced to just cut up onions and carrots. There used to be more vegetables and it had a tartier taste. Also the Peshwari Nan used to have raisins and nuts and was a sweet, delightful bread but lately it just has coconut flakes.
Not sure if there was a change in the chef or what but bring back the old receipes and we're good.

Thanks!

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Thai's Saigon Bistro4015 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Great place for Vietnamese in Burnaby
By focalpoint of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 13, 2013 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

First of all, I have to say that the servers gave excellent service. They are attentive and welcoming. For their food, I won't say it is outstanding but nothing went wrong. The portion is a bit small for a small size pho. Their noodle soup tastes just right, not too salty. Their interior looks more modern than most Pho restaurants and feels cleaner. I will definitely go back and try more items.

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GT II7515 Market Crossing, #105, Burnaby
Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200
By Silent Typewriter of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 13, 2013 - 9:51am [Dine in]

Been meaning to come in and try this place as it opened last month and it was the closest pho place to our new home. We were seated as soon as we came in (in fact, the waitress was taking another customer's order and cut them off mid-order to seat us... great for us but not so great for that other customer, I'm guessing). The place had the typical waterfall pictures up on the walls like most pho places do but it was a lot darker in there than other pho places. Usually, it's very brightly lit but this place seemed to be on the darker side. Perused the menu and found that prices were on the more expensive side than the typical pho place (for $1.75, I would expect my can of pop to be the brand name Coke or Pepsi but we got a Western Family Coke instead). I ordered the usual beef pho and was disappointed. The order came with plenty of green onions and very little cilantro (which is perfect for me) but the soup was definitely off. It didn't have the taste of the beef soup that you get at places like Pho Tan or Mui Ngo Gai. It was a bit on the salty side and tasted like the winter melon soup that you get at Chinese restaurants. The worst part of the whole experience was that later that night, I got a terrible stomach ache and then had diarrhea afterwards. Not fun at all. And I know for sure it was from eating here because the pho was the only thing I had eaten that day. Next time, we'll definitely make the extra effort and drive a little further to a better pho place.

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James Street Cafe & Grill3819 Canada Way, Burnaby
Proabably not again but ok
By princessgaga of burnaby B.C. (120 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 10:47am [Dine in]

Went with a party group. Almost everyone ordered Indian food. I was not sure of the quality so I went with a cheese burger. The Indian food smelled good and came mostly with rice, naan and salad. All the salads, including the one with the burgers came predrizzled with a shocking orange color dressing that was not very good. It might have been mango? I did not like it.

Most people said the Indian food was “alright “ or “okay”. Not a rousing verdict. The burger was “okay” and the person who had the veggie burger said it was “alright”. I guess that sums the whole thing up.

The only bright spot was the french fries - they were above average - nicely done.

One sour note was that they provided the organizers with a “take out” menu that was scanned and sent around our office to preorder. They didn’t tell you that the “special of the day”was only for take out and no where on the menu did it say that. A LOT of people ordered the special of the day and then were shocked to find their entree cost about $4 more than they expected. When that was pointed out, the waitress just blew off as “too bad for you” and made no attempt to remedy it.

For that reason alone we will not have another party there.

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Socrates Taverna6633 Hastings St, Burnaby
Do not order delivery!!!!
By sandram of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 8:47pm [Delivery]

DO NOT ORDER FOR DELIVERY FROM THIS PLACE! First the driver forgot half of our order and then when we phoned the restaurant the owner yelled at us and hung up!! Horrible customer service. The food that did come was soggy and barely edible. Spend your money elsewhere...this place doesn't deserve it.

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Genji Japanese Restaurant7533 Market Crossing, Burnaby
Pricey and terrible food
By yiuyiuchu of Burnaby Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

Agreed with many of the reviews above.

Service was okay coz we are the only table there at 6:30pm on a weekday. We ordered the deluxe combo for just under $28 and it came with just salmon and tuna sashimi and for the sushi..salmon, tuna, egg for a "deluxe" combo? the sashimi was not cut right.. it's chewy. We also ordered a chicken yakisoba and even my 2 year old son would not eat it. We have to go home and make dinner for him.

We ordered a 7 piece deep fried oyster but just 5 came. So the dinner cost us around $48 and we have 5 sushi and 2 pieces of sashimi left. This is the first Japanese restaurant that we have left over sashimi/sushi. I felt so bad for asking my husband to try this restaurant instead of White spot coz last time I went there at lunch time, it was full and the takeout order takes 20 mins so I didn't order due to my 1/2 hr lunch time.

So...I won't suggest this restaurant for anyone who looks for good Japanese food.

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Double One Chinese Restaurant4057 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Very impressed
By Palate1 of Vancouver, B.C, Canada (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 6, 2013 - 12:07am [Dine in]

After a bad experience at a different Chinese restaurant months ago, I was a little uneasy about going out for Chinese again...but we did. I was so impressed with this place! Almost afraid to let you all know about it. I think it "our place" for Chinese moving forward.

If you care about fancy decor then you should know this is an older restaurant. It is very basic inside...and that was ok for us.

If you care about the food, value, and service, then I can say this rivals some of the best Chinese food places in Vancouver. (A rating of 4 stars on here means "outstanding" and it was!) The server was very friendly and helpful. She helped us order the "right" amount of food. The food arrived hot, tasty and not over-cooked. You could just tell it was "fresh" because it didn't have that dingy taste you get at the more questionable places. Each plate had a clear flavour that you expected. Maybe it cost a tiny bit more for some selections on the menu but not enough to make a difference. We were willing to pay that extra dollar or two gladly when everyone enjoyed the variety, freshness, and flavours! At this place, volume did not compromise quality. We were very full and satisfied when we left.

I noticed there were a lot of people picking up food for "take-out dinner" on our way in but it did not affect our experience. We did not have to wait very long at all for our food despite the take-out orders.

It is a casual, family-friendly restaurant and we can't wait to go back and try more things on the menu! The dining room is not huge so I would suggest reservations just to be safe.

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Pear Tree, The4120 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Just a little less than perfect.
By Palate1 of Vancouver, B.C, Canada (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 2:22pm [Dine in]

The Anniversary Menu was a good 5-course tasting menu and was $150 for two, plus tax, plus automatic 15% gratuity. The service was that of a top-notch fine dining establishment and the gratuity was well-deserved. The ambiance was very nice and cozy. A beautiful orchid and "candle" made it feel elegant. The plates, cutlery, glasses were all very nice and the white linens added that extra level of sophistication. The food was very flavourful, well-balanced, and beautiful to look at. Each course was like a piece of artwork. The background was nice -- white plates and the food colours popped. You can tell this Chef knows what he is doing because everything was perfect.

The only problem was, all the portions were small -- very small. When we got to the dessert, we realized we were still hungry and wondered if dessert would be enough. The creme brulee was delicious, rich, heavier and more "filling". I would not have wanted a bigger serving of the dessert. However, after spending over $200 (added two cheaper glasses of wine), you want to leave feeling satisfied (not "full" but "satisfied"…and certainly not "hungry") even at a "fine dining" establishment. It really would have only taken just a little bit more here and there to fill the void. Maybe even a little more brioche, or some bread, a few more pieces of veggies, a touch more salmon? Instead, we left happy with the flavours and experience but still hungry. So…dinner was followed by a visit to the coffee shop to grab a scone, muffin, and lattes. My advice? Have an early evening "snack" before you go! It is "fine" dining and in this case it does mean less (really tasty & pretty) food at a bigger price.

Check it out.

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