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8thereVancouverSince February 1, 200866 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (2.9)
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Tandoori Kona11700 Cambie Road, #170, Richmond
Tasty food...not thrilled about the service
Submitted Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 9:52am [Dine in]

Came with the family for dinner because of the rave reviews. I have to say the food is tasty, but the quality of service left us not really wanting to go back.

We ordered the combination appetizer with all the deep fried goodness (chicken, fish, veggies). There were six of us, and the waiter suggested we order two of them to share. That turned out to be way too much, and we had to take home the leftovers. For entrees we ordered butter chicken, lamb tikka, mutter paneer, and a chickpea curry dish to share. We were told that we get 4 orders of naan and rice with our dishes. Unfortunately he didn't tell us how much naan actually came with each dish, so we ordered some garlic naan as well. To our surprise when the dishes came the basket of regular naan was piled so high we all had to laugh. There was no way we could finish it. The garlic naan was super fresh and tasty, but the waiter could've told us we didn't need to order extra. The free papadum (cracker) at the beginning was a nice touch, but we all found it too salty, even the one of us who always adds extra salt to his food.

The entrees were good overall, but we did not enjoy the appetizer (too much deep fried) and the ridiculous amount of naan. The service was also slow, it took us a while to flag someone down each time, and our water didn't get filled. For a small restaurant, I expected more attentive service.

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Pho Tan Vietnamese Restaurant4598 Main Street, Vancouver
Amazing Beer Crab
Submitted Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 11:18am [Dine in]

I had been here on a few occasions for the regular pho and rice dishes, and found them to be adequate but not outstanding. What I never knew was that some of their special items not on the menu were incredibly good.

Beer crab in a clay pot - amazingly tasty, even for someone who usually doesn't like to eat crab because it's so messy. It was hot, juicy, and full of flavor. After you eat the crab you can ask to add noodles to the delicious soup to finish it all up. For a 3lb crab it was $50.
Braised Ox tail - this one was tasty and tender, but a bit oily for my taste.
Lamb chops - wonderfully seasoned, tender, and grilled to perfection.
Eggplant - this was an interesting one. You could taste a charred flavor like it had been grilled before being doused in a slightly sweet and sour sauce. If you like your eggplant mushy then it's worth a try.

We had dinner on a weeknight and had made a reservation. When we arrived it was pretty empty, but halfway through our meal there was a lineup and people were being turned away. It's not often you see that at a Vietnamese place. Service was decent, our plates were changed about 3 times during the course of the meal. I think you may need to pre-order the special items, but it's definitely worth a try. My mouth is watering just thinking about that crab!

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Wally's Burgers2661 East 49th Avenue, Vancouver
Just OK
Submitted Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 10:50am [Dine in]

We finally got the chance to eat here, but was disappointed that the food didn't live up to the hype. However, I did appreciate that everything was cooked to order, and came out fresh and hot.

We had a mushroom swiss burger, which we felt didn't measure up to our favorite 'Monty Mushroom' burger at another place. The halibut burger was nicely fried, with a nice crunch from the onions and lettuce. The down side is that it costs 2x as much as a filet o' fish, but didn't taste 2x as good and was just a little bit bigger. The serving of fries we got was fresh and good, and large enough for two to share. They have a number of hot dogs on the menu which might be interesting to try. The service was prompt and efficient, about as good as you can expect in a fast food/cafeteria type of place. This place will suffice if you have a real hankering for a burger fix, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here.

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Hart House6664 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Great Service
Submitted Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 9:26am [Dine in]

With Groupons in hand a group of us went for dinner. From the start our waiter was great. Some of our party was very late, but he was very patient and never rushed us. Unfortunately after waiting 45 minutes we found out the friends we were waiting for weren't going to show up, but our waiter was still very nice. He told us about the steak special for two which sounded great, and we all ordered it. But then he came back and asked if we had Groupons, because they don't apply to this special. He allowed us to change our orders so we could us our coupons...he was very helpful and nice about it. Throughout our meal he regaled us with stories about his cats, and even walked us to the door when we finally left.

The food was not bad. I would've given the food 4 stars if my mussels and frites weren't overly salty and the mussels themselves were bigger. They were more like clams, they were so small. Other dishes looked good: the lamb shoulder was tender and a good sized portion, the duck breast was still slightly pink and looked tasty, prawns and scallops were presented nicely (though I didn't get to taste it). They refilled our basket of bread and piled it high so we could mop up the mussel sauce with it. I had ordered a salad to start and asked if it was big enough to share. I was pleasantly surprised when they brought out the salad already split onto two plates...I didn't even ask them to do it. Overall the portions were more substantial than what I expected.

I appreciated that the tables were quite spaced apart so that conversations can be intimate and private if that's what you're looking for. The meal was a great deal with the groupon. However it was our waiter that made the experience a top notch one. He encouraged us to come back and gave us a coupon for free desserts next time. We walked out with full stomachs and smiles on our faces...can't complain about that.

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Tapenade Bistro3711 Bayview Street, Richmond
Great Service, Good Food, Nice View
Submitted Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 10:12am [Dine in]

Brought mom here for brunch on a Saturday. We knew it had to be good when we got there a couple minutes early and there were people waiting to get in. The decor and ambiance were nice, the high ceilings made the room feel more spacious. We were seated by the window with a view of the boats in the marina across the street. Our server was great, friendly but not overly so, checking back with us several times to make sure everything was ok.

For appetizer we ordered the halibut fish cheeks with eggplant frites. There were only two pieces of fish but they were big enough to share. The eggplant frites were a little too salty, but otherwise good. We ordered crab benedict, mushroom & goat cheese frittata, and beef short rib sandwich. The presentation for the sandwich was not great (with fries it was just all brown), but tasted fine. The frittata had a nice tang from the caramelized onions, and the benedict was also good. All in all a pleasant meal, good for a treat. For similar food and prices, I'd prefer this place over something like a Milestones for its character and service.

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Vij's1480 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Tasty food but crowded and loud
Submitted Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 10:18am [Dine in]

Hearing all the hype about this place, we had to give it a try. Went on a weeknight as a party of six, were lucky to get in and get a table. There was a lineup before it opened and I felt bad for those who didn't make it in because they were in for a long wait. First impressions - cramped seating, dark lighting, and very, very loud. The free appies and chai are a nice touch, since it takes a while for the food to arrive. I could hardly see the person I was talking to the lighting was so dim, and we had to yell to be heard.

We ordered dishes to share since two of our party have not had Indian food before and we wanted them to taste different things. We had the mutton kabobs and portobello mushrooms to start. Both were tasty. For mains we had lamb popsicles, beef shortribs, trout & lobster, saag paneer. It was all very tasty, although the paneer was a little disappointingly bland. The problem was between the six of us, we each literally only got one bite of each dish. I realize that these entrees may not necessarily be made for family style dining, but it would be nice if they had been just a little more substantial. The service was decent, our water was filled regularly and we did not feel rushed by the staff despite the line up of patrons waiting to get in.

The word 'pretentious' did pop up in describing this place. The food is tasty, but the long waits and uncomfortable atmosphere really did nothing to make me want to return.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1342 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
This isn't fine dining - it's bbq!
Submitted Monday, January 31, 2011 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

Having been on the hunt for good bbq in Vancouver and not finding any, we decided to go here to pacify our craving. We'll hit this spot a couple times a year. So you have to walk up to the counter to order, it'll help burn off a few of the thousand calories you'll consume. We were greeted by the waitress and she brought out the food for us when it was ready. It was all very efficient service.

This time around we ordered 1/2 rack of ribs and sliced brisket. Having recently had good bbq in the states, we were a bit disappointed. The ribs were ok, some pieces were quite dry and others had a lot of fat. The bbq sauce was the saving grace. The brisket was juicier, but still somewhat stringy. With the meat we got beans, coleslaw, potato salad and corn bread. They were all just ok, but the most disappointing was the cornbread. It's a small triangle of dense bread which was really bland. We like our cornbread sweeter...or even just with some taste to it would've been fine.

For a city seriously lacking in good bbq, this will have to do for now.

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Potter's Garden Korean BBQ5599 Kingsway, Burnaby
Not as good as I hoped
Submitted Monday, January 31, 2011 - 3:09pm [Dine in]

Went for a lunch on a weekday. Walked in at a few minutes before noon and the place was completely empty. In fact, the whole time we were there only three other customers came in, and two of them were together.

They do have a decent lunch special menu. I ordered soondubu (tofu seafood hotpot) which was not bad. It was not spicy at all though, which was disappointing. Others ordered dolsot bibimbap and pork bone soup with potato noodle. Side dishes were kimchi, which had a nice tang to it, a rather tasteless dish of kelp, and some marinated bean sprouts. None of the sweet potatoes that I like. The food is ok, not bad but not great. Lunch specials are a decent value though at around $7-8.

Being so empty, service was not bad. Tea was promptly brought when we were first seated, but we never got refills. Ringing the bell for the bill was quick. Overall not a bad experience, but there are tastier Korean places to eat close by. One person commented that the Korean variety/singing show they were showing on the tv got really annoying.

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Olive Garden20080 Langley Bypass, Langley
Good Service makes the food taste better
Submitted Monday, January 10, 2011 - 4:01pm [Dine in]

Been here on several occasions for lunch. I'm a sucker for their unlimited salad/breadsticks concept as other reviewers have commented. I find the pasta dishes to be quite tasty, but the best deal is the unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks for $8.50. They let you try all four types of their soups if you want - perfect on a wet winter day. The service is usually good, but this last time takes the cake. Our server seemed somewhat forgetful, having forgotten the cheese one time and messing up our soup orders, but she apologized a couple times and was very personable so the mistakes weren't a big deal.

The only bad thing is that the food is a bit on the salty side. Oh, and if you order the refillable drinks be sure to get a refill. Paying $3 for one glass of iced tea was a bit of a rip off.

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Dinesty Chinese Restaurant8111 Ackroyd Road, #160, Richmond
Better Service Than the Typical Chinese Place
Submitted Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

I really enjoy the food here, but it's the service that puts it over the top for me. I've gotten used to the borderline rude and usually brusque service so frequently found in Richmond restaurants, but the ladies at this place were nice. They even smiled! We were seated promptly, tea brought, and orders came in a timely manner. I found the combination of Shanghai and Taiwanese food interesting, and it actually goes together well.

We've tried many of the menu items for lunch, and a few are standouts. The wine chicken is great, boneless and chilled. The deep fried tofu (pudding I think they called it) in garlic sauce was awesome. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and tasty. The steamed pork buns everyone talks about are good. The skin is just right so they don't burst before you eat them, but they are on the smaller side and the broth could be tastier. We've tried a few of the soup noodles, and they are just ok, not my favorites, but certainly will fill you up.

You might be able to get certain dishes better elsewhere, but the service here will be the reason I return.

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Roman Ristorante3399 Kingsway, #106, Vancouver
I Really Wanted to Like it...
Submitted Monday, August 30, 2010 - 9:54pm [Dine in]

...but unfortunately I couldn't. We were there with a large group, and was impressed with the service which was efficient. This place came highly recommended, so I was looking forward to it. We all ordered pasta dishes with different sauces, and one pizza. The pasta was very bland. I kept adding cheese to it in hopes of making it more palatable, but it was just too bland, and I'm not one to add salt to food normally. My husband's dish with a cream sauce was a little tastier, but it was still bland. I think the sentiment all around was similar. The pizza came out with burnt edges, but otherwise looked like it tasted ok. The portions are large, but most were able to finish the small size pasta. If you're just looking for quantity, this is a good place for it. If you're looking for tasty pasta, this is definitely not it.

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Matsuyama8500 Alexandra Road, #110, Richmond
Not Impressed
Submitted Monday, August 30, 2010 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

I expected a lot more from this place after all the good reviews. We arrived for lunch and right away the service was not good. We were left waiting with no one greeting us. When they finally noticed us, we were seated right away. The table was dirty, my sleeve stuck to it when I made the mistake of putting my arm on the table. It took a long time to get someone to take our order. We noticed another table who were there before us had also been waiting to place their order. I have to say the lunch combos are pretty good value, $8 for a lunch box. It took about 15 mins to find someone to place our order, but our food came out after about the same amount of time. The food itself was not bad. We also ordered a vietnamese lunch combo, which was not as good as the japanese food. Overall I much prefer Silver Tower next door for value and service.

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant7900 Westminster Highway, #200, Richmond
Awesome service
Submitted Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 9:13am [Dine in]

At this location we've mostly had banquets, but we frequent the New West location for dim sum. At the most recent banquet we had, the service was just too good to not write about. We were in a private room, most of the people were not Chinese and some had never even eaten some of the food served before. We had one lady dedicated to serving us. Not only was she efficient, she was friendly and joked with us also - in English - something of a rarity in a Chinese restaurant. She brought out each dish and explained what it was. The food came quickly and was good, our drinks were always filled, our plates constantly changed. Our server was definitely a star, and made the night even more wonderful.

When the bill came that was when the shock hit - with the dreaded HST tacked on it was quite the hefty bill. Even though we could've gotten a similar menu for cheaper elsewhere, I can't imagine the service being any better.

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Bo Laksa King2546 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Good laksa
Submitted Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 8:43am [Dine in]

After hearing rave reviews about this place, we ventured out to try it, being a big laksa fan. Almost missed it since we weren't expecting it to be actually inside a small corner grocery store. We were a bit skeptical, the area looked a little sketchy and it's absolutely a hole in the wall, but we bravely walked inside. The lady greeted us with a friendly hello, and seeing that we were new she offered some suggestions. We were just there for the laksa though, so we sat down to wait at the only seating available inside - two very small round tables with four folding chairs around them. We were literally sitting next to the instant noodle and juice shelves in the store. It definitely had that old corner grocery store smell, which is not the most appetizing, but gave it an authentic 'somewhere in Asia' feel. There are also a couple tables outside, which is a great alternative in the summer, but we stayed inside because of allergies.

Our laksa came, and it smelled great. The soup was tasty and creamy, with just the right hint of spiciness. Slices of red onion and cilantro was a good mix with the egg, shrimp, tofu puffs, meat and fish balls. My only complaint is that the vermicelli was a bit undercooked...or maybe I just like my noodles a little softer. Very tasty, filling, and left us sniffing our runny noses like a good spicy bowl of noodles should.

I would recommend getting take out rather than dining in, but it definitely satisfied the laksa craving.

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Sushi Garden4269 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Solid food, bad service - typical cheap asian eats
Submitted Monday, July 12, 2010 - 12:27pm [Dine in]

We are regulars at the Sushi Garden on Kingsway, but were passing by this newer one on Lougheed so decided to stop in. It was a Sat night and it was busy. Were told it would be 15mins to get a seat, but it was less than 10 mins. The decor is nice, but ambiance is spoiled by the fact that the tables are so close together. It almost has a cafeteria feel to it if it weren't for the dark colors and faux stone work on the walls.

This place is not run by Japanese, they are all Koreans, which surprised me since I thought the one on Kingsway was run by Japanese. We were in the middle of 3 tables in a row that were waiting to place our orders. One table was able to call out in Korean for someone to come, so their order was taken first, despite having been seated last out of the 3. Food came slowly after finally putting in our order, but we didn't even have to ask for the bill, since I guess they wanted us out. Service was spotty - our water got refilled after having to ask for it, but it took forever to get someone's attention.

The food itself is ok, nothing special but nothing bad. The wakame salad we ordered was huge, almost double the portion we get at the Kingsway location. Agadashi tofu, assorted rolls and chirashi sushi were all fine. It's good value for the money, which is why people continue to go there despite the poor service. Don't expect a great dining experience, just go for Japanese food that's easy on the wallet.

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No. 1 Beef Noodle House4741 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
Bad location, ok food
Submitted Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 10:06am [Dine in]

Went for lunch with colleagues on a weekday. The parking lot was full, but lucked out with one remaining spot. It's right across from a high school, so there were students just hanging out standing around at this little strip mall during lunch break...didn't make for the best atmosphere. The restaurant itself is ok, fairly clean and plenty of space between tables. I was surprised to see the place not full, since the parking lot was full.

We ordered beef noodle, pork & cabbage noodle, and chicken nuggets on rice along with our bbt. There were thick slices of beef brisket which looked good. The pork & cabbage was tasty, but a bit oily for my taste. The noodles themselves were nicely cooked. The rice dish looked average, nothing special at all. I was a bit disappointed with the bubble tea. By the time I was half done, it had become diluted from the excess ice they put in it...and I did not drink it slowly. Service was ok, even though they didn't bring us cups of tea that everyone else got, they were fairly efficient in taking our orders and clearing the dishes.

The food and drinks were all ok, but not outstanding. So because of the inconvenience of parking, I probably wouldn't go back that often.

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Mr. Ho Wonton house6731 Kingsway, Burnaby
Gone Downhill
Submitted Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:34am [Dine in]

We used to frequent this place a few years back, but after a bad experience with ordering takeout stopped going. We decided to try it again recently, since we were in the neighborhood. The food has gone downhill. It is very much food catered to western tastes, not authentic Chinese food at all. You can definitely get comparable or better food at the food court in Crystal Mall for cheaper. The beef brisket was tough, the chow mein soggy and greasy. The 'large' fish ball noodle soup had four measly fish balls with noodles in salty oily soup - no veggies, not even a sprinkling of green onions. The soup itself tasted like the stuff I make at home from powdered soup base. We went in the late afternoon and the place was almost empty. The most disturbing thing was the way the servers were talking to each other. Their attitude is awful, making derogatory comments about the way another table ordered their food in Chinese so the customers didn't understand. At one point one server asked another whether we wanted our leftovers packed up. She answered no without even asking us first. Worse than the food the attitude of the service left a bad taste in my mouth. Never going back.

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G-Men3778 Sexsmith Road, #1101, Richmond
Too Salty and Oily
Submitted Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 9:51am [Dine in]

Went on a weekday for a late lunch and the restaurant was virtually empty. I was surprised at how few options there were on the menu...basically two choices of soup or soupless. Ordered shoyu ramen, and since I had a cold I was looking forward to a steaming bowl of comfort food. The service was quick, but I was bitterly disappointed with the food itself. A visible layer of oil floated on top, and the soup was very salty to my taste. The pork slices were fat with a bit of meat. Overall just not good. I love ramen and have eaten it all over town, and it's the first time I've been so disappointed. Sorry, not worth another visit.

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Golden Great Wall Szechuan Restaurant705 West Broadway, Vancouver
Very Average
Submitted Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 11:51am [Dine in]

From the great recommendations on this site we took mom here for dim sum, since we were craving some northern chinese food. We were surprised at how empty it was on a Saturday. The high ceilings and large windows were nice, gave the place a nice airy feel. They have dim sum selections from both northern and southern china.

We ordered sweet soy milk, chinese donut, sticky rice roll, shanghai dumplings, onion pancake, beef sesame pastry, deep fried roll, and bean curd with mushrooms. The stand outs were the soy milk which was nice and creamy, fluffy chinese donuts, and flavorful shanghai dumplings. Everything else was a bit of a disappointment. They also either must use a lot of msg or salt because I was thirsty for the rest of the day.

The service was not great but not bad. It took a long time to get the bill, but our tea got refilled within a few minutes. My complaint is with the parking. Not sure if there was parking in the Holiday Inn dedicated to the restaurant and we just missed it, but we ended up paying $3.50/half hour to park. There was construction right behind the hotel so street parking (which was all metered) was at a premium.

If you live in the area then it might be worth a try, but I much prefer the plentiful choices in Richmond which have better food, and free parking.

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Bonqula8460 Alexandra Road, #165, Richmond
Something Different
Submitted Monday, May 10, 2010 - 10:38am [Dine in]

Went with the family for Mother's Day. Upon arrival, we saw a note on the door turning people who did not have reservations away because they were fully booked for the night. We walked in and were surprised there was only one table occupied inside. In fact, the entire night there were at most 5 tables of people. If that's fully booked why do they have so many tables available?

The ambiance is nice, but for a 'fine dining' experience I was surprised to see a stained and wrinkled table cloth. The server was pretty good with tea and water refills, but the food took a long time to come. At least they gave us a tiny hors doeuvre to start...one tortilla chip with several slivers of candied squid on top. It was as tasty as one bite of food can be.

We started with some gyoza. They were shaped like ninja stars, which is nice because you know they didn't come out of a package. I wasn't blown away by the taste though, it tasted...well, like a gyoza.

I tried to order the chirashi but they were out. Should've known from other reviewers' comments, they don't seem to stock well on sushi type items. Ordered chicken jyu instead. Others ordered halibut with miso, that pork cutlet with fried rice in egg, and chicken meuniere. Can't say the mother was impressed when her fish arrived...and that's all there was - just a small piece of fish on a fancy plate. For $17 you'd think they could include a miso soup or a bowl of rice? The fish did taste good though. I liked the miso soup, it had pieces of onion and tasty kelp in it, much better than the usual stuff you get at other places. The tuna sashimi that came with the meal was melt in your mouth. My chicken jyu and the chicken meuniere were way too oily. We were also given 'complimentary' dessert of fruit, coffee, or green tea jello. I had the coffee jello, which didn't taste too much like coffee. I tried to taste the husband's green tea jello, but he said there wasn't enough even for him to taste, the portion being so small.

I applaud the chef for trying something different. However, it didn't quite meet the standard of fine dining for me, and is too expensive to be considered for regular Japanese food. Sorry, but this Japanese fusion didn't quite work for me.

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