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8thereVancouverSince February 1, 200866 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (2.9)
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Mezbaan3499 Kingsway, Vancouver
A New Favorite
Submitted Monday, May 3, 2010 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

After reading reviews here, we ventured to this little restaurant to try out the lunch buffet. We were not disappointed. The place is quite small, and it's easy to miss unless you're looking for it. There are about 10 tables, quite close to each other, and one server. We were greeted promptly and seated right away. The buffet selection is small compared to Samosa Garden across the street and Saffron a few minutes away, but the food makes up for it.

The food is all quite good - tandoori chicken, veggie pakora, butter chicken are the standards, plus one paneer (cheese) dish, and two other hot dishes to choose from. The naan arrived hot and fluffy. The price certainly can't be beat - $7.95 for lunch buffet, includes chai tea and dessert. We had gotten used to the heaviness of the food at the other restaurants mentioned above, but were delighted to discover that the food here is good but also doesn't leave us feeling like we'd eaten our entire day's allotment of fat in one sitting.

A small little restaurant perfect for a quick, cheap lunch.

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Teahouse Restaurant, The7501 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Great view and ambiance
Submitted Monday, May 3, 2010 - 3:39pm [Dine in]

Went for Dine Out Vancouver, booked a table about a week prior for Sunday night. They also have a prime rib special on Sundays, so there was plenty to choose from. We arrived late because of traffic, but they still had our table by the window waiting. The restaurant was more than half full when we arrived, and by the time we left it was almost completely full.

Our server was very friendly at first, but as the evening wore on he got busier and less friendly. However, the service was still good, he came back after we received each course to ask how it was. The only thing I didn't like was the bus person hovering to clear off dishes.

On to the food - we had the prime rib special, and the arctic char off the dine out menu. The presentation was nice, and the food was good but not spectacular. We prefer our prime rib with au jus and horseradish, but this one came with some sort of gravy over it and no horseradish. Mashed potatoes were very creamy and buttery. The arctic char was also good, but not the best I've had. The brownie dessert with ice cream was good, tasted homemade. The lime custard was very tart and light - like eating sour air - which I liked because I don't like things too sweet.

The best part of the evening was the view and romantic setting. The food is decent also, so I'd recommend it for a special occasion.

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McNoodle House Restaurant8291 Alexandra Rd, #185, Richmond
Not Worth It
Submitted Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 5:34pm [Dine in]

This place is now McNoodle House...do I hear a law suit looming from a certain 'Mc'giant? Anyway, came on the recommendation of family, but was totally disappointed. Ordered the wonton lo mein (soup on the side). Usually this means a larger portion of noodles than the same with soup. I got a few smallish wontons, underneath a small pile of very greasy noodles. It was quite gross - the plate was swimming in oil. In fact, all the portions are very small for the price. The beef brisket was dry and tough. The special rice in a stone pot, which requires 20 mins to cook, was not worth the wait. Again the portion was small, with hardly any meat. Not impressed at all. With so many other choices close by, why would anyone waste their money on this one?

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South Ocean Seafood Restaurant4751 Garden City Road, #150, Richmond
Good Solid Dim Sum
Submitted Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 5:17pm [Dine in]

This is our go-to place for cheap good dim sum. If you arrive before 12, you can usually get in without waiting and find parking, otherwise it gets crowded and parking sucks. There's not much ambiance, but it's a typical noisy Chinese restaurant...that's part of the fun. The food is solid. My favorites are the large sui mai with shrimp, gai lan, and the egg yolk buns. They still do the old school carts, and sometimes it's nice to be able to see what you're ordering. Service is average...the ladies pushing the carts are usually friendly, and tea gets refilled without too much fuss. The only thing that can take a bit longer is getting the bill. For under $25 we can leave stuffed full for two people. Recommended for a quick and cheap meal.

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Fishermans Terrace Seafood Restaurant4151 Hazelbridge Way, #3580, Richmond
Food Ok, Service Decent
Submitted Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 4:56pm [Dine in]

We come here regularly for dim sum, and also for a wedding banquet. We've made the mistake of going during peak hours for dim sum, and have endured waits of over an hour, even with a reservation. Now we go when they open at 10:30, and always get a seat right away. Once you're in, the service is quite good. The tea is refilled quickly, and empty dishes are cleared fairly quickly. Too bad the food itself is not the best. We've tried just about everything on the dim sum menu over the years, but no dish stands out or is memorable, which is too bad since it's on the expensive side. The food isn't bad, it just isn't outstanding. You're pretty much paying for the ambiance and upscale feel, and better than average service...provided you can endure the line up to get in.

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Thai House Royale Restaurant4600 Kingsway, #115, Burnaby
Used to be better
Submitted Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 4:39pm [Dine in]

This has been our standby Thai place for years, but the quality of the food seems to have deteriorated a bit. The spring rolls were swimming in oil - the plate had a pool of it, and it tasted really greasy...disappointing, because that used to be my favorite dish. We had the green chicken curry, which was good and had a good portion of chicken in it. The pad thai seemed bland, and even though the prawns in it were quite large, they were a bit fishy smelling. Can't fault the service though, it's always consistent and attentive. Seems a bit on the expensive side, especially when compared to other types of Asian food. Nothing exciting, but will fill you up...and you'll have leftovers to take home from the decent sized portions.

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Kim Ga Nae4260 No. 3 Rd, #180, Richmond
It's not that bad
Submitted Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

First of all, you never go to an ayce place if you're looking for top quality or service, it just doesn't happen. Having said that, this place is not bad, especially if you're into meat. We went for an early dinner, and were the only ones in the restaurant the entire time...that might explain why service was not bad, albeit a bit slow. However, the lady was kind enough to point out which items we should try, because they were only available on the dinner menu and were the more expensive cuts. I would never expect any business to do that, so I appreciated her input.

We tried most of the meats, and aside from some fatty pieces of short rib, they were all good. The vegetables were lacking though. They were just thrown on the grill dry with no seasoning at all. The seafood pancake was not very good, mostly pancake with not much in it. The dubokki and jap chae arrived cold, but were still tasty. The soups were passable, but not worth taking up room in your stomach unless you're really craving soup. The side dishes were ok, not the best but not the worst - at least they gave us heaping dishes of them so we didn't have to ask for more. The dumpling and chicken with sweet sauce did not impress. The only thing we did not receive from our order was the rice...which was probably a good thing since we were so full from all the meat.

The restaurant itself is large, and the decor is comfortable dark colors. If you want to load up on meat, this is a good place to go. $20 for ayce bbq is not bad. Definitely not a place to go if you're on a diet or looking for healthy food.

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Buffet at River Rock, The8811 River Rd., Richmond
Not Worth It
Submitted Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 10:00am [Dine in]

It had been a couple years since we last went to this buffet, and since we received a gift card we thought we'd try it again. We love Vegas buffets, but there is definitely no comparison - this is no where close to that quality. First we felt ripped off - the website states dinner is $21.95 Sun-Thurs - we went on a Monday night only to see a sign at the entrance stating dinner is $27.95. Not sure if they were trying to milk it because of the Olympics or what. The cashier was less than friendly, and could barely speak English. The hostess who seated us gave us a choice of sitting closer to the buffet or window. We chose a window seat, and the busboy prompted filled our water. The waitress appeared quickly and took our drink order.

With the renovations the food area is larger and looked more welcoming than before. However, on closer inspection the food was not so impressive. The variety is very limited. The salad bar was ok, they had about 5 different kinds of lettuce and other salads. The hot food, well, let's just say it was a strange mix. There was dim sum (siu mai and shanghai pork dumplings), fried noodles and fast food type chinese food, 2 kinds of pasta, gnocchi with cranberry sauce (very strange), samosas, spicy eggplant, mashed yams among other misc dishes. The roast beef was tough, though it tasted ok. The salmon was not too dry. They had a hot dog station. Hot dogs? Are you kidding me?

The desserts at first looked pretty nice but again on closer inspection was not too appetizing. The chocolate fountain is a gimmick. It didn't taste good at all, but I'm sure kids had fun making a mess dipping their fruit and marshmallows in it. Everything else just looked like a big mushy mess.

As for the service, the waitress was very diligent in taking our plates away, once practically as soon as I lifted my last bite off the plate. However, she never returned to ask if we wanted anything else to drink. The entire experience was less than satisfactory, and totally not worth the money. I think it's safe to say we will not be returning.

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Gingeri Chinese Cuisine5300 No. 3 Road, 323, Richmond
Good food, long waits
Submitted Monday, February 15, 2010 - 10:47am [Dine in]

We've always noticed long waits at this place for dim sum, but had previously been here for dinner without any problems. Made a reservation for 7:30, but had to wait until almost 8:30 to be seated...perhaps because it was Chinese New Year. Still, it was a bit ridiculous considering they only had 2 seatings that night for dinner.

There were 10 of us, and once we were seated we were able to order quite quickly. We ordered a set dinner, plus a couple extra dishes. The food came relatively quickly, and it was good. Shark fin soup was tasty, scallops with snap peas was fresh, lobster with noodles was very good. We had a smoked oyster dish with hair fungus that was a bit strange to my taste, but was still good. The chicken was juicy and tender. It was strange that the fried rice came out before our fish and pork chops, but we figured it was because those were dishes we ordered that were not part of the set menu. The steamed fish was disappointing because it was so small, everyone only got a tiny bite each. The fried rice was also not that great, a bit mushy, but the pork chops were very tasty and crispy.

I had read reviews that their dessert is not that great, but what we had was really good. We had the sticky rice ball filled with black sesame in thick peanut soup. I just wish there was more.

Only gave this place a 2 for ambiance, because it was very noisy and crowded. The service was also spotty. They changed our plates halfway through dinner, but then forgot to bring us bowls for the rice. They were also very slow in packing up our leftovers and bringing the bill. The food is good though, so make sure you're prepared for a long wait, even with a reservation.

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Fantastic Restaurant3309 Kingsway, Vancouver
Not so Fantastic
Submitted Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 11:26am [Dine in]

We've been here a couple times because it's convenient for us. The last time we didn't want to wait to get into the Congee Noodle King next door, so we went for dim sum instead. It's quite small and narrow for a restaurant, and we noticed many non-Chinese there. That's not always the best sign if you're looking for good, authentic and cheap Chinese food. In any case, we ordered gai lan, siu mai, beef stomach, bean curd roll, steamed beef rice roll. The beef stomach was the best since we had to order it and it arrived steaming hot. The other dishes were just ok, some served just lukewarm. The siu mai tasted a bit off, like the meat was old. We also ordered congee from what looked like the manager. We waited, finished all our other dishes, and waited more. Finally we had to flag her down and tell her to forget the order, and to get us our bill. She seemed like she had completely forgotten to put the order in, so it was good that we asked for the bill. At one point we needed to get our tea refilled, she took the teapot and never brought it back. The restaurant wasn't even full, and the manager was rushing around so much, it looked very disorganized. We were not impressed at all, and probably won't be back. There are many other better places to have dim sum at, places with better ambiance and a more enjoyable dining experience.

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Good for a Special Occasion
Submitted Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 10:56am [Dine in]

Took our mother here to celebrate her birthday, because of the good reviews on this site. Definitely was not disappointed! When you first enter the doors it was a little strange, there is a small sushi restaurant on the left and tanks of live seafood on the right. Once upstairs it was nice...a lot of wood beams and pillars made it seem warm on a cold wet evening. We were seated promptly, although we didn't get a window seat which was disappointing. The service was great throughout the evening, our server was just present enough without being overbearing. He was observant enough to see that we were celebrating a birthday and offered us a free dessert, without us having to ask.

For starters we ordered the pan fried oysters and wok squid. The oysters were absolutely amazing! There were only 4 per order, and I would've ordered more if I wasn't trying to save my appetite for my entree. The wok squid however was disappointing. It came breaded and deep fried, not stir fried as I expected. It was also very bland, and the onion salsa overpowering. However, it was cooked just right, tender and not chewy. This is the only reason I didn't give this place a 5 for the food. The warm bread was a nice touch.

We ordered the sable fish off the fresh sheet for entree, and also the arctic char. The sable fish was the best fish I have ever had! The first bite was melt in my mouth, juicy and tasty. I enjoyed the entire thing - my mouth is watering just thinking about it! The rice accompanying it was not to mother's taste, but we thought it wasn't bad. The arctic char in a lemon butter sauce was also tasty, tasted like salmon.

The portions were not too large, and we were pleasantly not stuffed, therefore felt we had room for dessert. We ordered creme brulee, white chocolate cheesecake and lemon tart. The cheesecake had a funny taste, like it was made with some strong tasting cheese, but it was light and not too heavy. The creme brulee was good, nice crust on top and accompanied by a biscotti. The lemon tart was also very nice. A nice way to finish off a great meal.

My only complaint would be that a large table is placed right next to smaller tables. Anyone trying to have an intimate, quiet meal might be annoyed by a large table of guests talking loudly across the table. Or maybe it was just because that night the large table was occupied by a table of loud women. I felt sorry for the couple seated next to them trying to have a quiet meal!

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Wang Ga Ma590 Robson Street, Vancouver
A nice quick lunch in the heart of downtown
Submitted Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 3:35pm [Dine in]

I didn't expect too much from a tiny food fair in the H-Mart on the 2nd floor, but the food was surprisingly good and cheap. When you first enter on the ground floor there's a little bakery, but go upstairs and you'll find a full supermarket with Korean goods. This place is one of 2-3 other places to eat, one a Japanese sushi place. There is a good selection of the usual Korean fare - soups, rice, and noodles. Jajang myun for $5 was a steal, and was good served with pickled daikon. Bibimbap, jap chae, kimchi jigae all looked good and is under $10. Self served cold water came out of a filter cabinet. With seating beside big windows overlooking the street below, this is definitely a place I'd go back to for some quick, cheap comfort food.

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Pho Hong5975 Kingsway, Burnaby
Good pho...that's about it
Submitted Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 1:43pm [Dine in]

We are regulars at Pho Hong. Despite the dirty seats and dingy ambiance, we like the food. If you can look past the worn out decor and unfriendly bordering on rude service, the food is quite good, especially compared to other choices in the area. We usually get the deal with the large pho and spring roll for $8.50. Not a bad deal, serving size is really good compared with other restaurants nearby. However, I can't stress enough you have to look past the dirtiness - many times I've had caked on food on my tea cup or greasy chopsticks.

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Consistent food
Submitted Friday, October 16, 2009 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

I've been coming here for years, and the one thing I can say about the food is that it's consistent. You know what you get when you come here. It's decent food, but not like authentic Mexican. I don't drink, but the last time I was here most tables had margaritas or beer...maybe that makes the food taste better! Anything smothered in melted cheese and sauce usually tastes good. The service was questionable. Our server seemed a little scatterbrained, but service wasn't super slow, except when we wanted to pay. She picked up our credit card, and forgot she had it in her pocket and walked around with it for 10 minutes before she came back and said she had forgotten about it. It was very busy when we got there, quite noisy and bustling, definitely not the place for a quiet romantic meal. Go for the ambiance, but don't expect stellar food or service.

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Top Shanghai Cuisine Restaurant8100 Ackroyd Rd, #120, Richmond
Greasy food
Submitted Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is located in the Save on Foods mall, and has plenty of free parking, which is not so easy to find in Richmond. There were only 2 of us, and after waiting about 10 mins we were asked to share a table with 3 other small parties. It wasn't something we'd normally do but since we were hungry we sat down. We got handed an order sheet written only in Chinese...neither of us read Chinese but the servers were all so busy we did our best to order according to the menu. Our food arrived fairly quickly. The juicy buns were good, only one of them had broken and leaked out the juicy goodness. The Chinese donuts were disappointing, very small and not too fresh tasting. The onion pancake was really oily, and you only get one. We also ordered the vegetarian pastry just to try it. They forgot our order, but the waiter was polite when we told them and promptly told the kitchen. When they arrived however, they looked neither vegetarian nor pastry like. They were fried dumplings filled with what looked like crumbled meat and bits of veggies. On closer inspection, we decided that it was probably some sort of fake meat. Not something I'd try again.

Besides the juicy buns, the rest of the dishes were nothing special. The closeness of the tables and lack of English made me uncomfortable enough to probably not return. There are other Shanghai restaurants around I'd rather spend my money on.

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Makoto Japanese Restaurant5213 Rumble Street, Burnaby
Fresh authentic Japanese
Submitted Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 9:10am [Dine in]

Never noticed this place driving by, but found it had good reviews so decided to give it a try. It was small, and we were the only people in the restaurant the whole time we were there (on a Sunday afternoon). How refreshing to find a japanese restaurant that's actually run by japanese people. The service was quick - to be expected since we were the only customers. The lunch deals were very reasonable, I had a bento box and my partner had a lunch combination with sushi and unagi don, both meals were under $10 each. Everything tasted really fresh. I will definitely return, a great find in an unexpected area. They only take cash or debit though, no credit cards.

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Pho Century Cafe & Restaurant4429 Kingsway, #14A, Burnaby
Good neighbourhood vietnamese
Submitted Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 4:08pm [Dine in]

We are frequent customers of this place, and the food is consistent. It seems to be a family run place, and the servers sometimes seem to be on the young side. They are not friendly, but do sometimes smile, I guess if they're having a good day. The dishes are a smaller than what you might get elsewhere for the price, but it's still enough to be filling. The pho tastes good, and the rice combo dishes are also fine. It's not the best, but it is good solid vietnamese food for that neighbourhood when we're too lazy to go further. The place is a little dirty, and sometimes the menus smell and are sticky, but overlook that and it's fine.

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Queen's Cafe6091 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Lukewarm food and bad music
Submitted Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 3:31pm [Dine in]

We had heard about this place from a friend, thought it was worth a try, plus there was an ad advertising 3&4 course dinners that looked decent. First impression - the servers didn't seem to know what was going on. We had a reservation, but they seemed ill prepared to receive us. However, the service after we were seated was fine. Our water was topped up, orders taken promptly. The first course was salty. My second course of prawns were lukewarm. I ordered the duck entree, and I think it would've been good if it had been hot, but again, it was lukewarm. One person in our party received an undercooked potato which was inedible. My dessert was creme brulee, normally my favorite, but this too arrived cold, with a too thick layer of sugar on top. During our meal a lady came in off the street and tried to solicit donations from us, then snuck out before any of the staff saw her. Very strange.

My biggest complaint has to be the "entertainment" provided by the singers. If I wanted to hear karaoke, I would go to a karaoke bar. The set up was very amateur, the voice was average, and the choice of music questionable. Seriously, from BeeGees to Julio to a Christmas song, are you kidding me? I could not stop rolling my eyes and laughing with the people I was with. The restaurant was full of what must've been age 55+ people who seemed to enjoy it. Sorry, but this place did not do it for me at all. It's like a kid trying really hard to be an adult...good effort, but really doesn't hit the mark.

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Tasty Village4735 Willingdon Ave., Burnaby
Pleasantly surprised
Submitted Monday, March 9, 2009 - 11:44am [Dine in]

Went on Sunday for dim sum because we were looking for something quick and were in the neighborhood. Was a bit skeptical because from the outside it doesn't look too appealing. Was seated right away by a fairly friendly server. They were nice when taking our order. We had the usual dim sum dishes - ha gow, sui mai, sticky rice wrap, chicken feet, and rice rolls. We also had steamed beef short ribs, which was tasty but had big chunks of fat. Most of the food was average, not bad but not the best. The only complaint was the ha gow was a little fishy, which means the shrimp is not the freshest. We also ordered dishes for take out, and they were flexible with our requests for something not listed on the menu. Prices were good too, dim sum $3 or less a dish. Will go back again if in the area.

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Boston Pizza4680 Kingsway, #104, Burnaby
Overpriced and overcooked
Submitted Monday, March 9, 2009 - 11:30am [Dine in]

Went there for dinner Saturday night thinking we'd enjoy a quick dinner before the hockey game. What a mistake! The service was ok, we were seated promptly and the server came by quickly to get our drink order. However, the food was not at all worth the money. I had wanted to try the pasta, but at $15 it was totally not worth it. The build your own pasta choices were so limited, I might as well make it at home. I ended up ordering the stromboli, my husband the 'boston' cheesesteak. The stromboli was overcooked and dry. The caesar salad that came with it was drenched in dressing. The cheesesteak was so lacking in veggies that it looked more like a dry beef dip. Cannot understand why anyone wants to eat at this place. Will never go back.

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