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animaoVancouverSince June 5, 200918 Reviews
Average Rating
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Displaying 1 - 18 of 18 Reviews Found
Thailicious1428 Vernon Drive, Vancouver
Worth the money.. just for the service!
Submitted Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 7:28pm [Dine in]

Took advantage of the 70% off Anniversary sale, as Im not a Thai food fan.
But the food from Thailicious won me over. We had the calamari (MiniMao finished most of this, and was asking for more), green curry with chicken (DadaMao like the creamy taste and heat), beef pad thai (MiniMao also liked this dish), stir fried mixed vegetables in garlic and stir fried noodles in sweet soy sauce. But the outstanding thing was that the staff were sooo nice. They confirmed and explained the order, gave a time when the food would arrive and actually delivered at the time they said. The food looked really good, even though it was in takeout containers. With the deal, the bill came out to a paltry $17 but at full price it still would have been worth it. Also their online ordering system is quite innovative. Anyway, I'm sold. We'll order from Thailicious again.

PS Ambiance is rated "solid" as it doesnt really count, as it was takeout and we ate at home!

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Popular Chinese Cuisine Restaurant3377 Kingsway, #4, Vancouver
Tasty food but service was slow
Submitted Friday, November 13, 2009 - 11:12pm [Dine in]

Always on the lookout for a good xiao loong bao, we heard that this restaurant was rated highly for this particular item. We werent disappointed. Each xiao loong bao sits in its own little dish in the bamboo steamer , keeping the dumpling skin and its tasty soup intact. 6 dumplings for $4 is deal, definitely. We also tried a three kinds of meat soup hotpot (fish, pork hock and chicken) with cabbage - not bad, but not great. However, LittleMao really enjoyed the soup. Based on the name, we had to try it: Bang bang chicken. It turned out to be a cold noodle dish with sliced chicken and cucumbers in peanut sauce, which we enjoyed. We also tried the spicy sliced pork with chinese cabbage, which turned out to a tasty choice (but was very spicy and necessitated a long drink of tea) The only downpoint was the service. The restaurant is a Mom-Pop operation and the evening we went, the restaurant was 80% full.. so the food, while very tasty, came very, very slowly. LittleMao had had enough after 1 hour and 45 minutes, so we had to get our Spicy Pork wrapped to go. But we'll be back to try some other dishes.

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Simply Vegetarian Restaurant8291 Ackroyd Road, #135, Richmond
Wow, really tasty !
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 11:15pm [Dine in]

My vegetarian friend took me out for lunch today.. Im a carnivore, but Im open to new food tastes. What a pleasant surprise. Food was tasty (hence the title) - couldnt believe it was veggie meat! Service was prompt - wait staff speak english and mandarin fluently - only drawback was the menu is a bit busy, it took us a while to decide what to eat (the poor waitress came by 3 times but smiled every time and made suggestions) - we ended up with a "beef" hot pot, spicy pepper steak on an iron plate and a tofu sukiyaki.. good sized portions and steaming hot. We'll be dropping by again soon.

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Song Huong Vietnamese Restaurant1613 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
Pleasant surprise
Submitted Saturday, September 5, 2009 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

We live close by and have seen other restaurants in this location, open and then close. So we were pleasantly surprised to see that this restaurant stayed open longer than three months. The decor is a bit kitschy with its tropical bamboo but its very clean and furniture is new.

The night we went, there was a steady stream of people arriving for dinner. We ordered a combo 63 - spring roll, shrimp salad roll, shrimp 'ball" and vietnamese ham on vermicelli (DadaMao and LittleMao scarfed down the vietnamese ham) and a large pho tai nam. Broth was tasty without being too salty. Portions were average sized. It was definitely a family oriented restaurant - I counted 8 toddler at various tables and assorted older siblings..

The only complaints I have: not enough wait staff.. restauarant was very busy and it took a while to get our order taken, the bean sprouts should have been precooked and the bathroom could have been cleaner when I took LittleMao to wash her hands (but I guess that's typical in Oriental restaurants..)

Anyway, we will definitely make another visit here in the future.

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Bao Chau Vietnamese Restaurant2717 E Hastings, Vancouver
Still a favourite.. but quality seems to be dropping
Submitted Saturday, September 5, 2009 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

We usually drop by for pho at least once a month.. the people that run the place are friendly and service is fairly prompt. However in the last couple of visits, we've noticed the spring rolls are smaller with less filling and the large sized pho is just a tad larger than the regular pho.. and it was upsetting when they stopped serving mi bahn.. but overall, the food is pretty good and worth a visit.

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Burgers Etc. BBQ House4091 Hastings St., Burnaby
Food tasty but service needs help
Submitted Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 6:28pm [Dine in]

Craving BBQ, so headed out with DadaMao and LittleMao in tow. Restaurant was about half full, but it was really warm inside, even with three fans going. Promptly seated but with no menus. Hmm. That should have been a hint. Asked a passing waitress for a menu but to no avail. Ended up getting one from a cook, as the grill - cooking area is right behind the serving area. Prices were higher than we expected but we decided on the 2 combo (I chose beef brisket and ribs with fries / corn as a side.. gotta feed LittleMao) and DadaMao had a pulled pork sandwich and a ginger ale. When the waitress came back with the ginger ale - it was a unopened can that looked as if it had been in a dusty stock room for a long long time.. lucky she brought a straw. Food arrived - again portions were smaller than we expected, for the price, but the BBQ was good. Defintely good. But the service was beyond belief and not in a good way. We asked for our bill, three times. Not sure why it took so long, since restaurant wasnt busy. We paid with a large bill, much larger than the dinner cost.. anyway, we got the wrong change back.. and when we told the waitress, she told us that she had to count her till to ensure that we werent scamming her. My reply was "what did you think we gave you?" She replied, a 20, which wouldnt have made sense as our meal was more than amount. I guess she realized that it made her look a little dim.. she mumbled something about giving our change to the table beside us (who had already left by then) and came back, eventually, with the correct change. I mentioned this to the manager and she just commented that everyone makes a mistake once in a while and to cut her some slack. The poor customer service made me shake my head, so consider take out instead!

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Sunlock Garden Restaurant4298 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Pleasant surprise
Submitted Sunday, July 19, 2009 - 12:12am [Dine in]

We've been wanting to try this restaurant as the cooks were from the old Snow Garden (as a sign advertises this outside the restaurant) - it was packed on Saturday night at 7:30 - we waited for about 15 minutes for a table to clear. Ordered the usual standby's - xiao loong bao, chilli garlic shredded pork, green beans with chilli, steamed buns, green onion pancakes and a couple of new dishes - chicken with sauce, rice cakes with pork and crispy rice with three kinds of meat. The chilli garlic shredded pork was hot but not mouth numbing hot - everyone at the table raved about it. Personally I liked the chicken in sauce, crisp and not soggy in the sauce, although it could have used more cilantro. All in all, good portions, good taste and good price... for 6 of us, including LittleMao, it was $80. Lots of leftovers for the next couple of meals. We'll be back!

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Peaceful Restaurant532 West Broadway, Vancouver
Pretty good but portions are small...
Submitted Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

Craving xiao loong bao, so we decided to try this restaurant. First thing we noticed was how neat and clean it was. (A good start..) However, there werent many other people dining.. besides ourselves, there was one other table and this is Saturday night at 6 pm. DadaMao said that this place was usually very busy at lunch during the week. Anyway, we ordered the usual - xiao loong bao, beef rolls, green beans with chili, chili shredded pork and a new dish, "cat's ears" fried noodles with vegetable and beef for LittleMao. (This dish is like handrolled noodles, sort of Chinese gnocchi) You can watch your food being cooked, as the kitchen is in plain view of the diners, with the exception of our table since our view was blocked by the cash till. The food was tasty, but the portions were very small, considering the pricing. And the xiao loong bao was only okay, as 3 of the 6 dumplings had no "juice" :( The servers were attentive, coming back several times to check on our meal/refill our teapot. Overall we enjoyed the dinner, but if we were to go back, we'd probably go for lunch instead, and order the specials where the price matches the portion size!

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Gatsby Mansion Inn & Restaurant309 Belleville St, Victoria
Afternoon tea on the verandah
Submitted Friday, June 26, 2009 - 12:11am [Dine in]

Wanting to try afternoon tea somewhere in Victoria, our hotel was next door to the Gatsby - the house is absolutely gorgeous and is also a bed and breakfast. We were allowed to wander around and check out the rooms and soak up the ambiance. But on to the food - the first course was a fruit plate; pineapples, watermelons, grapes and sweet strawberries, all ripe and perfectly in season. The next course was three scones (cheese, walnut/herb and a lemon zest-mint) fresh berry jam, whipped butter and cream cheese. The scones and Jam was absolutely delicious but I could not believe the size of the scones = slightly larger than a loonie.. I think 1/2 a dozen would have been a better number. The third course was the sandwich course = 1 smoked salmon pinwheel (again the size and thickness of a loonie) 1 smoked turkey, 1 cucumber and cream cheese and 1 tomato and parsley? sandwich - all of which were about the size of 1/2 a slice of processed cheese. Again, beautifully prepared, but I think a "whole" sandwich would have made it more of a value. The last course was the dessert course - a shot glass of chocolate mousse, a mini chocolate covered cheese cake square, a piece of carrot cake (which looked a little out of place among the elegant desserts) and a melted triangle of nanaimo bar. The service was warm and friendly, the location/setting was wonderful but the value rating would have been poor but was increased to decent as we had a 2 for 1 coupon for afternoon tea.. if we had to pay the full price of $25 a person for what we had, we would have been shocked. But we'd defintely would go back if we had another coupon :)

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Smoken Bones Cookshack1701 Douglas Street, #7, Victoria
Food is okay but service is poor...
Submitted Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

We've read some of great reviews about this restaurant - so on our mini vacation, we made a point of driving out from Victoria to Langford to try it out. It's a bit hard to find, and access to the street is limited. Anyway, after a couple of detours we found it. Parking lot was busy, so we took that to be a good sign. The restaurant was about 2/3 full but we were seated immediately, which was great since LittleMao was hungry and making noise. The waitress came within a couple of minutes and mentioned that the kitchen was running behind. I asked how behind and she replied 10 - 15 minutes. We ordered the sampler plate (pulled pork, pork ribs, beef ribs and three sides: home cut fries, mac and cheese and cornbread) and an ice tea. The waitress came back with some crayons to keep LittleMao amused. That was the last we saw of her. Tables beside us, were complaining on how long their food was taking. I tried to get the waitresses attention, but to no avail. We contemplated leaving, but since it took 20 minutes to drive out.. I was lucky I had some baby cookies to keep LittleMao somewhat placated for a while. Our food finally arrived 45 MINUTES later. When I asked, why the excessive wait, I didnt get a sincere explanation but more of a rant - "someone didnt show up in the kitchen, we've got new staff on the floor, so anyway, here's your food", which kind of surprised us. But on to the food, the beef ribs were really good, probably one of the best we've had. The pulled pork was a bit dry and the pork ribs were meaty but overdone. The sides were okay, but LittleMao really didnt care - she was really hungry. The waitress never came back to ask how our meal was, and at the end, I finally had to ask another waitress to get our bill.. it arrived so fast, that I thought we were in a time warp. For $55, I dont think it our meal was worth it. But again the service lagged, we ended up going to the till and paying our own bill. Did I bother complaining or asking to speak to the manager? No, because I most likely will never go to this restaurant again but I knew I'd take the time to comment on this website. Buyer beware!

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Hope Key1313 Douglas St, Victoria
Super friendly staff, great food
Submitted Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

We were in Victoria for a two night stay and wanted to try some of the local Chinese cuisine. Reading the prior reviews, we thought it would hit the spot. At first glance, we weren't sure we wanted to stay.. the decor was a bit odd - imagine Chinese New Year's decorations in a 70's style diner with modern plates/dishes. The menu was a bit confusing as well.. a mix of Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese dishes.. We asked for a Chinese family style menu, but they didnt have one printed and instead verbally gave us a menu. We didnt go for it, but instead ordered a tofu/mushroom/vegetable dish (which was really tasty and well presented), curry chicken (which DadaMao really enjoyed, said that the curry was Malaysian in flavour) and a fried beef noodle in sauce (which also was pretty good) The vegetables used were amazingly fresh and prepared perfectly. Needless to say we were impressed.

However, we could not believe how friendly and genuine the waiter and waitress were. They played with Little Mao, while we ate, even going so far to bring toys out for her and insist that she take them home. Actually the service made the entire experience memorable.

Even though the restaurant wasnt overly busy, everyone who came in was obviously a repeat customer.. one even going so far to make her own bubble tea. We noticed that table had fried crab with ginger and green onions, san choy bau (lettuce wrap), dou miu (baby pea shoots) and honeymoon fried rice, all of which were not on the menu. Next time, we're in Victoria, we'll drop by for another dining experience.

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Legends Pub & Restaurant9031 Blundell Rd., Richmond
Good pub food, but only for small crowds
Submitted Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 12:23am [Dine in]

Our lunch group used to be here weekly on Wednesday for the 1lb of Wings for $3.99 but for some reason we stopped going. We recently had a maternity leave party for one of the girls and needed a location for 30+ people. Legends certainly has the room. We preordered and requested separate bills. When we arrived, we were seated promptly as the tables were already set. It went downhill from there. Food didnt arrive for almost 35 minutes.. many of the orders were not totally correct (ie fries instead of salad) but most people had good things to say about their food. It took about 20 minutes to sort the bills out, as some of them were incorrect as well. I've been here several times with a small group of 4 or 5 people and the service/food has been great with no problems.. so I guess small is better than big in this case!

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Ningtu2130 Kingsway St., Vancouver
New additions to menu
Submitted Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 12:14am [Dine in]

Friday's the day that DadaMao provides the vittles - but he doesnt cook, so we usually head off to a restaurant. This time it was Ningtu - seems as if the menu has been updated with a larger variety of food and a slight price increase. Service was prompt. Restaurant was 3/4 full. We had the fried chicken with sauce (not bad, but way too much ginger and no cilantro), preserved vegetable, shredded pork with rice cakes (again, not bad, very traditionally made, but a bit greasy) and MiniMao's favourite, Crispy rice with assorted meat (it's a bit ecletic for us, but she likes the rice, ham, peas, bamboo and chicken) $32 with tips.. hopefully the increase in prices should pay for some improvements to the decor/bathrooms!

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Cactus Club Cafe5500 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Not sure what the fuss is about...
Submitted Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 8:00am [Dine in]

I echo the last review - why bother? Lots of people tell me that they love this restaurant, that it's packed on the weekends and that the food is wonderful. Maybe they were talking about the whole chain and not this location.

Five of us went for lunch - 3 had the short rib sandwich, one had jambalaya and the other the teri rice bowl. While the food was beautifully presented (very Food Network style) - the portions were miniscule. I had 15 fries on my plate with my rib sandwich, my other companions were luckier - 19 and 22 respectively. The bread was odd - it was rock hard and tasted like raisin bread. Comments from the others - looked good but not a lot to satisfy. The waitress who took our order had the personality of a cabbage patch doll, cute but inanimate. It was if we were interrupting her day, to take our order. The only time she perked up, was when we asked for the bill, which still took 15 minutes (For the 5 of us - the bill was $130 and that's without liquor). On the way out, the hostess in the front gave us a cheery goodbye - but she was outside in the sun, chatting to two very good looking hunks. So in our opinion, unless we absolutely have to go back, we won't. Sorry to be a party pooper!

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L.A. Grill & Bistro8100 No. 2 Road, 128, Richmond
Good for lunch...
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 9:31pm [Dine in]

They have a $4.95 lunch special (with the purchase of a beverage $2.50 ) for chicken souvaki or curry chicken wrap or 1/2 sandwich and soup and three other items (sorry I cant remember off hand).. my lunch buds and I usually order an appy plate of calamari to share - nicely battered, not too chewy. All in all a decent place for lunch. I dont know about some of the other comments about the this being an HK style cafe.. I dont see any of that on the menu.. its more of a White Spot knockoff..

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Torarenbo8191 Park Rd, Richmond
Sometimes hit and miss, other times great!
Submitted Tuesday, June 9, 2009 - 10:00pm [Dine in]

My co-workers and I have lunch here at least once a week. The bento boxes are a pretty good price for lunch for a full meal (teri chix or beef, salad, fruit, miso soup, rice, 2 pieces shrimp tempura, 3 pieces veggie tempura), the sushi is good - try the dragon roll - and the service is fast. However, that's on the good days when the restaurant is busy but not packed. If its packed, food quality goes down. Today it was packed at lunch: three of us had beef teri, which was rare to raw. It took a long time to get a waitress to notice us, and then to get the order recooked; the manager came by and profusely apologized and we got larger orders but the overall wait time was about 25 minutes. So go when busy but not too busy!

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Legendary Noodle4191 Main Street, Vancouver
Pleasantly surprised
Submitted Tuesday, June 9, 2009 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

Walked by twice before we finally found the place - the entrance is hidden with red filmy curtains obscuring the windows.. but once inside, it was clean and but very small. Five of us, including LittleMao, crowded into a small booth. We ordered beef noodle soup, lamb dai shao mien, dumplings, fried pancakes and pea shoots in garlic. Everyone raved about the pea shoots and the lamb, which was very tender. The broth was a tad salty but still tasty. The waitress that served us, didnt speak English, but clearly understood what we ordered. We later found out that she was from Xian. We were amazed at how efficient she was, serving tables and taking take away orders. A pretty satisfying dinner at $42 including tip. We'll be back!

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It's ok
Submitted Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 2:13am [Dine in]

After some good word of mouth from friends and reading other reviews, we thought we'd try this restaurant out. I'm always on the lookout for restaurants that are kid-friendly, food and tolerance wise. It's a very small restaurant, very spartan in decor/ambiance but to be expected as it looks to be a simple mom/pop operation. The waitress, who I think might have been the owner, was very polite, friendly and made some dinner suggestions. We asked for the Shanghai Fried Rice Cakes (which you dont find in a lot of Shanghai Restaurants but were told that they didnt have any more today) So we ended up with the following: steamed dumplings (xiao loong bao) which were juicy but smaller in size than expected but DadaMao said were pretty tasty; spicy deep fried beans, which were actually not so spicy and MiniMao, who's 2, ate happily; shanghai pan fried thick noodles, which wasnt too greasy but a bit bland (but again, worked for MiniMao); deep fried pancake with beef roll, of which the pancake was tough and IMHO a bit overpriced for what we received; and pork with chilli and garlic sauce, which we both thought was the best dish. Overall it was $40 for the 2.5 of us, not really cheap for the food that we ordered but about average. Would we go back again - yes - to try the dan dan noodles and shanghai pan fried cakes (if available)

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