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aregmaBurnabySince July 9, 2007116 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (3.1)
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Gaya Sushi2900 Bainbridge Ave, #105, Burnaby
Decent food that comes to your table fast, but slow service otherwise
Submitted Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

I had dinner here tonight and ordered the chicken karaage, assorted tempura, a few rolls and the chicken teriyaki. Chicken karaage was a generous portion, and pretty good, but the pieces were too huge. Karaage is typically more bite sized. Assorted tempura came with 3 pieces of shrimp and a few pieces of vegetables, I would say they are slightly above average. The rolls I had were decent, and the chicken teriyaki was disappointing. It looked nice, but it had some bland bean sprouts and onions underneath. I found a few hard inedible bits in my chicken, and the taste was not great for me.

Service was hit and miss. Once we ordered the food came very fast. But unless it is self seating and there was no sign or I missed it, it took several minutes to get the waitress's attention to get a table. There were several open tables that were clean and without a reserve sign during this time. We were immediately given menus and left alone for several more minutes, with the waitress looking busy in the back. We saw her again when she dropped off glasses of water (we were not asked if we wanted tea or something else) and left quickly before we could order. Once we managed to wave her down to order, the food came blazingly fast. We didn't see our waitress again even with our empty cups of water, so we decided to pay at the front.

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Bistro The Home8460 Alexandra Road, 165, Richmond
Come here for the pasta, but thats all
Submitted Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

Had lunch here today with my wife. Their lunch special you get included with your pasta either a soup or a salad, as well as a drink. With the drink (pop, honey lemon, tea) you can upgrade for a dollar or two to some coffee drinks or a slush.

We both choose soup, which was cream of corn. It was fine, at best average. I found the portions lacking as well as looking a bit cheap, as the bowl was huge compared to the actual soup in it. We both ordered slushes for $2 more, I choose the mango slush, it was only 2/3rds full in the glass, but it tasted above average. My wife ordered a strawberry slush, it was filled to the top, but was very icy, you could hardly tell from drinking it that it was even strawberry.

So far the drink and soup was okay at best, but then we got the pasta. I had the seafood pasta with cream sauce and my wife had chicken and prawn pasta. The pasta itself was quite good, the pasta sauce I found quite good as well, it was far better than I thought it would be. My wif'e's dish had 4 prawns and a few small chunks of chicken, which I found to be a fair amount. My dish had a few pieces of clam, mussels, prawns and scallops. Although very good, I found the pasta portion a little small. My wife could finish her meal no problem and I was still slightly hungry afterwords.

The pasta dishes we ordered were around $10 each, plus $2 for each drink upgrade to slush. Value wise I found it fine, but I just wish there was more soup and more pasta. I found the amount of seafood fine, just not enough pasta.

Service wise, I found the service friendly but sparse. I got seated, after 5 minutes they took my order, then although the restaurant was 1/2 empty, it took at least 20 minutes before I got my drink and soup, then another 10 minutes to get my pasta. Since they mostly serve pasta (you don't get to choose what type), as well as have a limited number of sauce options (olive oil, cream sauce and tomato sauce), I expected my food a lot faster than 30 minutes. I then had to wave down the waitress to get my bill.

The restaurant itself was nice and clean, not too packed with tables. The worse part of it was the lack of heating. I'm uncertain if it was colder inside or outside. I kept my jacket on the entire time and was still cold. The food also cooled quite quickly.

If you come here, come for the pasta, its great! But bundle up for the lack of heating, and if you are a big eater, better order something else, but not the soup or strawberry slush!

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Pho 99 Vietnamese Noodle House403 North Road, #302, Coquitlam
Decent pho, but going downhill
Submitted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

Had dinner here occasionally over the last year or so, due to it being in the area when I was craving some pho. I almost always have the same thing here, #7, pho with rare beef and tripe. The soup base seems to be hit and miss, but more often a miss lately. It doesn't have as much of a beefy taste as is more sweet/salty with MSG taste. It still is the only pho place in the area, so it doesn't have much competition, but I think the quality has sunk to a level where I would eat somewhere else. Also their quality control lately seems a bit low, the pieces of meat that come with it seem to not always be what I ordered, I often get large chunks of tendon or no tripe.

I often also order spring rolls, or their shrimp or pork salad rolls, which are pretty average. Their sandwiches are decent as well.

The service is very brisk and I find a bit unfriendly. I also often have problems getting water, I'm not talking about refills, but that first cup of cold water. They also seem to dislike bringing the bill to your table, so I have given up and now pay at the cashier.

I would not come here again, unless I was really craving pho and don't have time to go anywhere else.

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Sushi Kimura3883 Rupert St., Vancouver
friendly amateur service with inconsistent japanese food
Submitted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

Had dinner here a few days ago with several other people. The service was very friendly and attentive, but the waitresses seem to not be trained very well. We were not told the specials, and when the second waitress asked us if we knew the specials, she could not name them all. Also the waitresses seem to awkwardly reach in to get to plates. Our tea was refilled often and the waitresses were always smiling and clearing plates.

I ordered the tempura with miso udon that came with salmon onigiri. The udon came in about 10 minutes, but it took at least 15 to 20 minutes before my tempura came out. This led me to start eating my cool udon that was plain but decent. The tempura I got was a good size, but was a bit lacking, at best average tempura. The salmon onigiri was fine, but not better than somewhere like Fujiya.

I ate some of my wife's black cod dinner set. The sashimi was pretty fresh and the grilled chicken was quite tasty but a little overdone. The black cod was also quite good. She also had tempura and commented on how it was not very good. Her black cod dinner set came out slowly, and it took about 30 minutes from when the first part came out until the end. Also my dinning partners who did not order the black cod dinner had to wait about 10 minutes more to get their meal.

I liked the interior, seemed cozy and comfortable. Also we were sitting near the partially open kitchen, so I could sometimes see the chef in action.

Price wise, it was about $15-20 a person before tax and tip for the dinners we ordered, which seemed like a fair value.

The food ranged between good (black cod) to not so good (tempura), and the service was friendly, but the main problems were inexperienced waitresses and poor dish timing, as many people were left waiting for a while for their order.

I probably would not return to this restaurant, as it was only okay overall. Perhaps if I went with a smaller party of just 2 and was in the mood for some black cod I would.

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Golden Pita Lebanese Restaurant9630 Cameron St, Burnaby
Really good wraps!
Submitted Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

Came here a few times and had a few different items, from the falafel which was excellent to the chicken shawarma which was quite tasty. They have a few different wraps, a few different platters as well as some pizza like items.

The food is excellent. My favorites would have to be the falafel and the chicken Donair and the tabbouleh, yum!

The service is very friendly, the chef seems to have a passion for his job and always asks me how I enjoyed the meal. The waiter is also friendly, but service seems to suffer with a full house since I have never seen more than 1 chef and 1 waiter.

Price wise I find it pretty good, usually around $10 a person, and it fills me up. They usually have daily specials, but they seem very limited in quantity and run out pretty fast! As mentioned in other reviews they also have Saturday only specials which i have not had the chance to try yet.

Recommended.

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East River Seafood Restaurant1345 Kingsway, Vancouver
Great valued chinese food
Submitted Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 1:01pm [Dine in]

Had Dinner here last week with a group of 7 other people. Ordered off their menu where you pick 8 dishes out of a list of about 80, as well as a whole braised duck or salted chicken and some pork soup for about $100. We also added on a crab + lobster + noodles dish for $33.

The service was typical for a Chinese restaurant, you wave down a waiter and they bring you what you ask for. It was clean inside, but strangely decorated.

The soup came first and it was not bad. We then got the crab/lobster/noodles. The crab and lobster was quite fresh and the noodles well done. The only disappointing part was that the lobster portion was quite small, if we come back again we wouldn't get the lobster. It came in a cream sauce that was above average.

We also got salt and peppery squid, which was quite good and crunchy. The portions of everything except the lobster were huge. With the meal for 8 + the lobster/crab dish we could easily feed 14 adults. Some of the other dishes which we ordered were jellyfish with shredded chicken (good), peppery beef with vegetables (very good!), eggplant hotpot (very good!), salted chicken which was very large, sweet and sour pork, tofu with vegetables.

Overall I would say the quality is above average and the value was very good. it seems like everyone was ordering the pick from a list combo, as it was the best value. You could also get crab instead of the chicken or duck for $10 more. There were also combos for 4 and 6.

Would return again. Recommended.

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Hibiki Sushi4739 Willingdon Ave, #1, Burnaby
Great value for lunch
Submitted Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

Had lunch here a little while ago since I saw they were under new management. Had a lunch combo and it was huge. It came with miso soup, a bowl of rice and a large box filled with chicken, tempura, salad and sashimi. It was quite good and the portions were much larger than most other lunch boxes I have tried. It was a little under $10 and I was stuffed. Service was decent, although they tend to reach over people sometimes.

I haven't tried dinner there yet, but definitely would be back for their lunch boxes.

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Sushi Oyama5152 Kingsway, Burnaby
A decent choice for sushi
Submitted Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

Had lunch here last weekend with some friends, ordered a few special rolls, the sushi pizza and seaweed salad. The seaweed salad was pretty good, it had some fish roe on it, which was a nice touch making it have some crunch. The sushi pizza was strange but not bad. I found the rice crust a little too thick. I tried the awesome roll, a mangodise roll and a few others. All seemed fine, but not great. I found the rice too warm and a little mushy. Presentation was good.

Inside is a lot nicer that the outside would suggest, the tables were nicely spaced, although my table wasn't that clean from the last guest. Service was fine until the end, when they brought out the bill without me asking, and took away our tea/water without asking if we were done with it yet. It was not very busy and plenty of other tables open. We paid and left quickly as it was obvious they wanted us out at around 1pm.

There are other better japanese places within the area, so I will not be back.

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Bouzyos1815 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Not so great greek food
Submitted Monday, July 26, 2010 - 5:15pm [Dine in]

Had dinner here with my family two weeks ago, and it was a little disappointing. Firstly, their deep fryer was broken, so no kalamari for me. I ordered a baked prawn and scallop dish, it came with a greek salad and some rice. One of my dining companions ordered lamb chops rare, and he repeated it that he wanted it rare. Others ordered the roast lamb and soulvaki.

When the food arrived, the lamb chops came first, and they were well done. When my order came, it did not have any prawns. When we complained about the prawns, I was given a little dish of prawns, which was actually pretty good. The rice itself was of a poor, tasteless quality. The greek salad was relatively fresh, but it was very plain, it has large cubes of tomato and cucumber, with one olive and some feta cheese. A little boring and not quite bite sized. My baked scallop and vegetable dish was pretty decent, but it couldn't save the poor sides.

Service was friendly but multiple mistakes were made on our order. One of the plates was missing sauce, two plates were missing prawns and no matter how the meat was ordered for 3 of the dishes, it all came out very well done.

The value/ambiance was fine, but maybe a little older feeling than most restaurants.

Would not return again.

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Mucho Burrito7515 Market Crossing, #100, Burnaby
Great for fast food
Submitted Monday, July 26, 2010 - 9:51am [Dine in]

Had lunch here twice and tried out the burrito. They freshly grill their veggies and it makes the burrito quite tasty. They have a few different kinds of meat such as chicken, beef, pork and fish. I tried the beef steak and one of the chicken choices, both were great. They also offer fresh cilantro which is something other Mexican fast food places don't offer. Definitely better than taco bell or taco time, but also more pricey.

Value wise it is decent, you can get a combo for about $2, a can of pop and some salsa and chips. I found the salsa portions quite small, but at least it is relatively cheap to add a combo. The restaurant was clean and comfortable. Would go back if in the area.

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Hanano Sushi & Grill555 Clarke Rd, #14, Coquitlam
not bad Japanese food for the area
Submitted Monday, November 2, 2009 - 12:34pm [Dine in]

I came here with a friend a while ago for a weekend lunch. I had a lunch box with tempura, gyozo and some rolls and a salad. My friend had a salmon don. The food was fine, nothing to complain about, but also nothing memorable. Fish on the salmon don was reasonably fresh and well arranged. Prices seemed in line with other japanese restaurants, and didn't feel overpriced.

Service was minimal but acceptable. There seemed to be only one waitress, and it was pretty busy. We got one tea top up without asking and got the bill in a reasonable amount of time.

Might return if in the area.

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Danube3701 Hastings Street, #102A, Burnaby
slow service with not so great lunch specials
Submitted Monday, October 12, 2009 - 6:27am [Dine in]

I had lunch here with my coworkers last week, to a not crowded lunch hour on Friday. I had a lunch special, of beef with gravy and dumplings. The restaurant was quite big and only had 2 other tables, so i thought the service would be fast. It took quite a long time before the food came out, more than 30 minutes after we had ordered, even though only one other table was waiting for food.

When I got my food I was a little surprised as I didn't expect dumplings to be little pieces of bread. The beef was only lukewarm but tasted pretty good. My coworkers food looked a bit better, but the most popular item on the menu by far seemed the beer. it took quite a long time for the waitress to get and process the bill, but at least she seemed friendly.

The restaurant is dated but seemed pretty nice with the skylights.

Probably would not return, as it was neither fast, cheap or good enough for an office lunch getaway, which would probably explain their lack of customers.

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Swish Swish4883 Kingsway, Burnaby
hot pot that could be better
Submitted Monday, October 12, 2009 - 6:16am [Dine in]

Had dinner here last night with a friend. It is an all you can eat hotpot place, with a relatively small menu selection compared to other hotpot restaurants. They have three choices of meat, beef, pork or lamb. I am not a lamb fan, but the beef and pork quality is not quite as good as other hotpot places I have been to, being too fatty. Vegetable choices were fresh, but they lacked some of the more exotic and interesting items that I am accustom to.

Service was interesting, all the staff was very enthusiastic, always interested in filling up your tea or water, and bringing your order quickly. Unfortunately it was also mediocre. They brought our order to the table next to us more than it actually made it to our table. They brought us another table's bill, and they continually spoke chinese to us even though we told them in the beginning we did not understand.

The value is a bit underwhelming, the price is slightly lower or similar to other all you can eat hotpot places, but the quality and variety are severely lacking.

Ambiance was pretty good. It was clean, and newly decorated it seems. The main downside is my table in particular seemed too small to comfortably put the food on the table. The table seemed crowded, but at least the restaurant wasn't too noisy or cramped.

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Insadong Korean Restaurant403 North Road, #301, Coquitlam
Good food, terrible service
Submitted Monday, July 27, 2009 - 6:39pm [Dine in]

Went here for dinner with 8 others and ordered a bbq combo meant for fewer people, but the portions were quite good and it was plenty of food for everyone. The bbq was quite good with mussels, oysters, shrimp, mushrooms and various beef pork and chicken.
We also received some jellyfish salad and a noodle dish, as well as some soup.

The food itself was quite good, but the service was terrible. We asked for menus and was given a single one for our party of 9 after about 15 minutes of waiting for a menu. We asked for more menus and we got some about 10 minutes later. We also asked for cups about 4-5 times since we received a pitcher of water when we sat down, but didn't get any cups until approximately 60 minutes after. The food had arrived already by that point. Once the water ran out, we had a hard time getting a refill. We had 2 buttons on our table to press to call a server, one of them worked, the other didn't. When we pressed the button, a server came promptly, but they didn't do what we asked, for example getting cups, getting a menu or getting more water.
We were not given any lettuce even when asked, and when a appetizer ran out and we asked for more, they happily took away our empty bowl, but never returned.

Might come again for the good food, but set my service expectations lower.

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Dai Sushi7090 Kingsway, Burnaby
poor japanese food
Submitted Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 2:41pm [Dine in]

Had lunch here a few weeks ago, and had a lunch combo box and my friend had one of their daily specials, black cod box.

The floor was sticky and so was my table. Against my better judgment I stayed to order and waited for the food. The food came in a reasonable time frame, less than 20 minutes. We saw the waitress clean up another table, with a quick swipe of a cloth and obvious food particles still on the table.

The food was quite poor, the quality was poor all around. The fish didn't seem fresh, and the salad dressing they used was quite poor. The tempura seemed fine to good though. The black cod was extremely small portion wise, but tasted standard.

Service was minimally acceptable, they took our order, and refilled our tea once right before we were about to go. the tea i found flavorless and was just like warm water.

Would not return.

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Watermark1305 Arbutus St., Vancouver
Nice view and service
Submitted Monday, June 8, 2009 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

Had dinner here with a couple friends last weekend, it was a nice sunny day out and their patio which overlooks the water is quite nice.

I ordered the hot seafood platter for 2, which has crab legs, shrimp, scallops, halibut and salmon. It also came with some vegetables, rice and pasta. The quantity food was pretty good, but the quality was only okay. The mussels didn't seem so fresh, the fish was also dry. The shrimp and scallops were fine.

The service was very good with non-intrusive but constant service. Had constant fill ups on water and a quality check. Also never felt rushed out even though we were there for quite a while.

Enjoyed the view and service. Probably would not be back because the food wasn't prepared well enough for the price paid.

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Zuushi Garden Japanese Restaurant8780 Blundell Road, #190, Richmond
Under par japanese restaurant
Submitted Friday, May 1, 2009 - 1:18pm [Dine in]

Came here on wednesday night with my friend. There was very few patrons here and there was only one other table taken when we entered. We ordered their deluxe dinner with a seaweed salad and a salmon don.

The salmon don came in a huge bowl, of mostly rice. The rice as the previous reviewer mentioned is a bit off, and the salmon was cut into huge chunks. there were about 4 big chunks of salmon on the rice. The seaweed salad was standard.

The deluxe dinner had ebi sunomono where the prawns tasted a little off as well, couldn't put my finger on it. It also came with an unagi don, where the eel was a little on the cheap side, and seemed strangely to be mostly skin. The appetizer sashimi it came with had 2 pieces of tuna and 2 pieces of salmon. The salmon was fine, but the tuna was too cold. I also had 3 pieces of tempura prawn, which was pretty good. For dessert they had coffee jello, which was good.

Inside was clean, and service was pretty good, had no complaints. Overall wasn't very impressed with the food or the value. Would not be back again.

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Maji1175 Johnson Street, 360, Coquitlam
Good but not great japanese
Submitted Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

After a few more visits here, my opinion of this restaurant has gone down a little. I went for the first time for dinner service this weekend with a few friends. I decided to stay safe and order what enjoyed most, and then order some new items.

I ordered the salmon tataki, which was excellent, but had bones in it. I also ordered ebi sunomono and seaweed salad, which was a little bland, but not bad. I had the super tiger roll which was good, but seemed to be lacking as a "special" roll. I had the chicken teriyaki and the seafood yaki udon. Both the dishes were quite good, the veggies were fresh and tasty as well.

The service I would have given a 2 if this was my only visit, but past visits were between excellent and decent. The servers are relatively friendly, but unprofessional as they seemed to interrupt our conversations and have problems placing dishes on our table when there was plenty of space available. Also there was a quality check, and I said that there was bones in our salmon tataki. The waitress said she would "check with the chef" if it was suppose to be like that. I'm assuming its not suppose to have a bunch of little bones.. of course she never got back to me.

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Kimbab Cheonguk341 North Road, #3A, Coquitlam
Good korean hole in the wall
Submitted Monday, March 2, 2009 - 6:34pm [Dine in]

Had dinner here twice before with a friend. The service is very friendly, but the servers on both occasions had very limited English. The menu is mostly in both Korean and English. Thankfully there are pictures of several of the items on the menu.

I had the kim-bob as well as the fish soup, their cold noodles (which had no english translation), as well as another dish which was a soup with rice dish.

The kim-bob was actually very good and tasty. The fish soup was not what I expected, just some broth with a few pieces of this minced fished patties. The noodle dish was actually really good, but seemed a bit skimpy on the meat/veggies for the price. The soup with rice was actually quite good, but a little too spicy for me and my friend.

Service was prompt and very friendly, but unfortunately difficult to get explanations on the menu items because of the limited English.

The restaurant seemed quite clean, and was comfortable.

Would probably be back for the kim-bob and to try out their other menu items.

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Sweet Chili Cafe5438 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Good indonesian, but cheap on ingredients
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 2:15am [Dine in]

Had dinner here yesterday with my friend, and we had the roti canay, chicken skewers, their special of the day lemongrass chicken, as well as a rice combo which had beef rendeng and baked chicken.

The Roti Canay was quite good, one of the best I have had. Also the chicken satay was very good, it was very tender and the sauce on it was quite good. The main dishes consisted of a large portion of rice, a large portion of salad, as well as the meat. The salad was very generic, and had some sort of light italian dressing on it. The chicken on the other hand, consisted of 3 pieces of chicken, but it was approximated 80% bone, but at least tasted decent. The Beef rendeng was of course boneless, but seemed overcooked and hard.

Value wise I felt a little ripped off for $8-10 for the entrees to have white rice, generic greens, and not even a drum stick worth of meat for the chicken. Service was quite good an attentive, but we were the only ones dining in the restaurant. Ambiance was nothing special, but was clean.

Would probably not return.

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