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arsenic_girlBurnabySince October 13, 200632 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
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Happy Valley Seafood Restaurant3432 Lougheed Highway, Vancouver
Great Dim Sum
Submitted Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 9:52am [Dine in]

Like everyone else on here - the dim sum is great. The portions are large, and the quality is very good. Also, there are several items offered that aren't common at other restaurants, which is always nice.

The shrimp dumplings (ha gao) and pork dumplings (siu mai) are huge. The clams in black bean sauce are very good, as are the buns with hot custard filling inside (delicious!). It is a bit pricey, but it's because of the difference in quantity and quality - it's well worth it.

I hope it doesn't become a restaurant who's quality starts diminishing once they become more and more popular...

PS. I've also been for the late night special. It's okay... but not as outstanding as their dim sum.

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Whip Gallery, The209 E 6th Ave, Vancouver
A big fat MEH
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2008 - 9:53am [Dine in]

We had about 15 people in our party, and all the food was terrible except for one person who had the capicollo sandwich (which did look quite good). My beef tenderloin, which I ordered rare, came out medium-well (only a slight hint of red) and very dry, including the potatoes that came with the dish. The yam fries were pretty good, but they are extremely overpriced relative to other (more high-end) restaurants. Actually... everything on the menu was overpriced if you ask me. Maybe it was being in a large party that all the food was terrible, because my beef tenderloin was probably one of the first dishes made and got cold by the time it arrived... boyfriend's seafood linguine was also terrible. So dry, no sauce, and the seafood tasted unfresh (very fishy).

Service was pretty good though, and the waitress was extremely friendly. Thank goodness for that, because the food definitely isn't going to get anyone coming back. (However, she did clear a plate of my friend who had a piece of steak and potatoes left on it still! He had to ask for his plate back.)

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Yuko Maki1195 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
It is what it is - decent extremely cheap sushi!
Submitted Friday, February 15, 2008 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

18 pieces of maki sushi and a miso soup for $5.95 in North Van... who can complain? And I'm not talking about the mini kappa (cucumber) rolls either - you get stuff like Spicy Shrimp Roll, Dynamite Roll, Cali Roll, Yam Tempura Roll, etc. It's a GREAT deal. You go to the Lonsdale Quay market, and the sushi joint there charges $4 for a spicy tuna roll that's equivalent to the size of four pieces at Yuko Maki (I'm not exaggerating).

It's not where you'd want to take a date, but for casual, cheap eats, it's fantastic. I work in the area so I come very often, but I wouldn't hesitate to drop by on a weekend either even though I don't live in North Van.

*I haven't tried any of the sashimi items yet, so I don't know the quality of their raw fish.

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Parkside1906 Haro St., Vancouver
Fantastic!!!
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2008 - 10:05am [Dine in]

With the level of service they provided, and the absolutely fantastic dinner, I just didn't feel okay NOT writing Parkside a review! I really can't say enough great things about this place - it NEVER disapoints. The service was PHENOMENAL. It actually outshone the food, which is pretty darn hard to do. You know, it's all the little things that count, like remembering what your coat looks like so you don't have to be asked at the end of the night. (Seriously, at Rare, they said, "oh I'm sorry, we don't remember what your coats looked like...". How unclassy.)

They fois gras was exquisite, well worth the $5 upgrade, and the server brought extra bread to enjoy it with. The duck entree was so good and creative - it was basically a mini tasting menu of duck served in a duck consumme! The pineapple upside down cake was also exquisite. I have to say I'm impartial to ice creams/mousses/cremes, so it wasn't the best dessert I've ever had - but for a cake, it was excellent. SO MOIST, beyond belief. The trio of chocolate ice creams was so rich and delicious as well. Thank you Parkside for a wonderful wonderful meal.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
One of my favourite places delivers a GREAT DOV
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2008 - 9:51am [Dine in]

I've decided I'll be back here every year for DOV. Although I frequent this place several times a year, I just can't say enough about their DOV menu. First of all, it's $25 - WHAT A STEAL. Seriously. The food is still excellent, and not lacking in quality one bit. You could not tell that it was DOV at all - which is always the way I judge a truly great restaurant during DOV time. The only complaint I would have about the food is that the mussels should include the pomme frites as it does when you order it on the regular, non-DOV menu. The mussels were HUGE, even larger than when I've had them during non-DOV times haha. The beef short ribs tasted fantastic, and although I'm impartial to the Belgian waffle... wow, the matcha pot de creme was FANTASTIC.

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Rare1355 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Not a Great DOV Experience
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2008 - 10:42am [Dine in]

I usually hate to rate restaurants during their DOV times, but I couldn't help it since so many others are giving their input below.

After reading all those reviews, I was very excited. However, it was very disapointing. No, it wasn't my high expectations that created the disapointment, but perhaps it was just an off-night for the restaurant.

Food: The amuse bouche (the fennel cake described below) and duck proscuitto were quite good. My tuna was overcooked - the ends especially were so dry. It blew my mind that a restaurant of that calibre would allow something like that to be served. The dessert was just below average. I was unimpressed - my cookie tasted burnt and the brownie was very dry. The white hot chocolate was, however, excellent.

Service: It took nearly fifteen minutes for us to get menus, after about a ten minute wait for our table (even though we had reservations). I let the menu thing go because I figured they were just busy. The courses came out SO SLOWLY. That's probably WHY they give you the complimentary dishes in between, because they can't dish out the main dishes quick enough. It took 2.5 hours for us to complete our meal, with long waits between each dish. My friend waited 15 minutes for the mocktail she ordered at the beginning of the night. The waiter looked very rushed and frazzled everytime he came to our table. The lady who took our coats forgot what our coats looked like - sorry, but at Feenie's, CRU, or C, they would never "forget" and ask you what your coat looks like. There needs to be a better system. The lady at the front also did not seem like she appreciated our business at all, and was a bit pretentious in my opinion. Our water glasses didn't get refilled until dessert when I requested for it - that's two hours into the meal with one glass of water!

Ambiance: The room itself is gorgeous. I might go back for a non-DOV meal someday just to give Rare another shot because the ambiance saved its life.

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Dai Sushi7090 Kingsway, Burnaby
Cheap sushi, OK quality
Submitted Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

Yes, the sushi here isn't the best, but it's definitely far from the worst. The prices are very good ($3 for a dynamite roll, $2.75 california roll, $6.50 boxes, etc.) and the only real complaint I have about the sushi is the rice is a little bit "Chinese" as someone mentioned. But overall, I would definitely go back.

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Little Tokyo's Sushi3978A Hastings Street, Burnaby
Good Food, Slow Service
Submitted Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 3:37pm [Dine in]

Service here can be extremely slow during busy times - not because the employees are incompetent or aren't working hard, but because they just get WAY TOO MANY ORDERS! I've sat at the sushi bar watching the chef make roll after roll non-stop at a high speed for an hour straight!

The rolls are big for the price. Definitely not a "foodie experience", but a good place to get a sushi fix. For something interesting, try the Deep Fried California Roll - I love it! Spicy Salmon Roll is also very good.

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Marble Slab Creamery1184 Denman Street, #103, Vancouver
Interesting Experience
Submitted Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 3:19pm [Dine in]

I don't really know what's with all the poor reviews below. I do agree that service isn't the greatest, and that it needs to be (much) faster; however, this is a *new* place, and that will probably get better in time.

There are very few true ice cream stores left in Vancouver with gelato becoming more popular. Once in awhile, you just want a real, true ice cream. Marble Slab provides a unique experience in these cases. They let you select an ice cream and mix in another ingredient (a variety of fruits, chocolates, nuts, etc.) to make it your own.

I had the raspberry ice cream with blueberries mixed in and I loved it! Boyfriend had the Strawberry Shortcake.

My ice cream in a waffle cone with one mix-in was under $5, and the Strawberry Shortcake was under $6. So the pricing isn't that bad...

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Toyotomi Japanese Restaurant4121 Hastings St, Burnaby
Best place to get sushi in the North Burnaby area
Submitted Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

If you live close by, this is probably the best place you are going to get sushi in the area, and the closest thing you will get to real Japanese food. Their spicy salmon roll is outstanding, and I love getting Combo 602 usually. $4.99 for spicy salmon roll and california roll, 6 good sized pieces of each.

Their daily specials are also a good way to try their special rolls without paying a fortune, because as others have mentioned, it's pretty expensive to get their special rolls.

Other than that, the fish is fresh, and the food is pretty good. Unagi and Dynamite rolls I might stay away from. They taste good, but there is WAY too much rice in them. Everything else is great.

Oh, and free edamame at dinner!

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Gyoza King1508 Robson Street, Vancouver
Doesn't compare to Guu, Hapa, or EBISU
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2007 - 11:43am [Dine in]

There wasn't anything "special" on the menu, if you know what I mean. At Hapa, Guu, and EBISU, there are special things there that you just stop and think, "Wow, what a creative idea!". But at GK, everything is just regular Japanese food that you could pretty much find even at an AYCE sushi place. (Okay, that's exaggerating, but that's what the beef short ribs reminded me of...)

Like everyone else has mentioned, the Tuna Tataki is amazing. So is the Beef Tataki. I don't think they were worth the price though, very small portions. Beef short ribs were terrible - very tough and not flavourful. Rice in soup topped with salmon was good, and probably worth it just because it gets you full. Ebi Mayo was good, but probably better at one of the other three Ikazayas, and gyoza were good but not excellent. Probably wouldn't return unless the other three Ikazaya places closed down first... and even then, time to try Kingyo on Denman before returning to Gyoza King...

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Seri Malaysia Restaurant2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Excellent Food
Submitted Wednesday, May 9, 2007 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

I'm surprised that the user below didn't like the Beef Rendang. It's one of the best I have had in the city! The rice cubes that come with the satay are a bit too soft, which they need to work on, but other than that, the satay are good (although a bit pricey). The roti canai is also good as mentioned by the user below. The mi goreng is also another must-order dish when I go.

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Cru1459 W Broadway, Vancouver
Excellent Value & Nice Atmosphere
Submitted Friday, March 30, 2007 - 1:58pm [Dine in]

Overall I was very impressed with my experience at CRU. It's certainly not a place to go if you are in a rush, but it's a nice "romantic dinner" kind of place, where you can sit back and enjoy your company. The place is NOT noisy like many other restaurants, and the plating of food is beautiful. The service is very attentive but not intrusive which was perfect.

The food itself, like many others have said, is great, but not EXCELLENT. It is, however, very good value for the money, and does not disapoint.

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Zipang Sushi3710 Main Street, Vancouver
A great surprise
Submitted Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 6:21pm [Dine in]

A friend and I saw this place as we were on our way to another sushi restaurant that ended up being closed. Since it looked like a clean, modern place from the outside, we decided to give it a go. As we approached the door, we could smell the great flavours from outside already, and decided we didn't have to check out the menu before going in.

I am really surprised by all the bad reviews for this place. I thought the food was very very good. The Ebichili Roll was especially good, being my favourite of the day. I also had the Dragon Roll and Crazy Roll. Both were good and very fresh ingredients. The rolls also didn't fall apart like at some other places.

I was impressed by the many different menu selections, like Japanese seafood pancakes, and takoyaki, spicy calamari, etc.

I also had the Black Sesame Ice Cream to end off the lunch - this stole the show!!! It wasn't those lousy light grey sesame ice creams. It was BLACK, like extremely BLACK!!! The flavour was WONDERFUL and it was only $2.75 for two big scoops.

A lot of people have commented on the terrible serivce and slow food. I didn't have the problem with the food being slow, and the service was decent (nothing over the top, but I didn't feel annoyed by it either). I came around 1:30pm on a Sunday though, so perhaps it was because I missed the rush.

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Wild Saffron Bistro1605 Store St, Victoria
WOW - blew me away!!!
Submitted Monday, January 22, 2007 - 1:07am [Dine in]

You could tell, this is the type of place that puts a lot of attention to detail, and cares very much that the customer has a pleasant dining experience, and gets what they pay for.

The waiter was very attentive and informative, without being overbearing. He was good with recommendations and advice, which was very appreciated. Every dish came beautifully presented and well garnished.

I only have one complaint, which was the creme brulee - it tasted awful, the consistency (liquid, literarlly) was TERRIBLE, and it was so bad that I sort of even think they made a mistake when they made that one. However, I did not complain and just let it be. Even with that said, the restaurant blew me away - especially their entrees (I had the duck and the date had the steak) were FABULOUS.

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Cafe Mexico1425 Store St, Victoria
I wish there was a place like this in the Lower Mainland
Submitted Monday, January 22, 2007 - 1:03am [Dine in]

The food was absolutely delicious! I agree, the margaritas were not good... but the food blew me away. There is nothing like this in Vancouver, unless you count Las Margaritas, but that doesn't feel "authentic" to me. I will definitely return the next time I am on the island!

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Sip Resto Lounge1117 Granville Street, Vancouver
Extremely Disapointing
Submitted Monday, January 22, 2007 - 12:42am [Dine in]

I don't know where to start honestly. I made a reservation for our party for 8pm, and we were not seated until 8:50pm. The manager (or owner, I'm not sure) seemed very worried, but didn't offer us anything to rectify the situation. Some complimentary drinks while we were waiting would have been nice, but that didn't happen.

At first, I was upset at the diners who were at our table - the manager explained to us that they had been there for over 2 hours; however, after we started eating, I understood. Each dish took FOREVER to arrive. We ate at a pretty fast pace (since it was already an hour later into the night than we wanted it to be) and we still took an hour and forty minutes to finish our meal.

For the appetizer, they were sold out of the Ahi Tuna selection, something that would not have been the case had we been seated on time. We had all ordered our steaks medium-rare - two of them came barely rare, and the other two came blue-rare. Sigh. They had to be sent back, and took forever to return. The entree was supposed to come with zucchini, but I guess they were out of that as well, with no mention to us. The creme brulee dessert was supposed to be a trio, but turned out to be a duo instead. They didn't say a word about it until my friend asked why there were only two. The waitress simply said they ran out of the third flavour - no apology. We had to ask for water refills several times.

The food itself wasn't bad, a little better than average I would say. However, it was very difficult to enjoy since the service was SO TERRIBLE. I will probably never return.

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Infinity Dining Experience819 Pacific Street, Vancouver
Surprisingly Good
Submitted Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 12:13am [Dine in]

I've never found Dine Out Vancouver days to be great days to eat at places, but I was surprised at Infinity. The food was wonderful as the reviewer below said. The fondue is a DEFINITE must - DELICIOUS! The table bread is also great (because of the FABULOUS spread it comes with, it was sooo tasty!), however it is a small piece. I'm sure they would give you more if you asked...

The steak (unlike the reviewer below), I've had better. It was nothing to write home about, although it was good, and very good sized. The Jagermeister gelato was a pleasant surprise (for someone like me who isn't a fan of Jager) - it was just a hint of Jager and was delicious with the chocolate ganache cake which I couldn't get enough of! I thought the cake was actually quite small.

Service was not very attentive (empty water glasses on table frequently, plates we were done with not cleared until 5-10 mins later, etc.) but polite.

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Sushi California501A North Rd, Coquitlam
Good food, lousy service
Submitted Friday, December 15, 2006 - 6:51pm [Dine in]

The food is EXACTLY the same as Sushi Garden, so there was no big surprises there. They even have the Bill's Roll and the same combos as Sushi Garden. The prices are a TINY bit higher though (a quarter here and there).

Their service also resembles that of Sushi Garden - not enough servers for the capacity that they hold.

The night I was there, there were quite a few tables that were upset with the lack of attention from the servers, and one table waited a LONG TIME before ordering, and they only got to order when they went up to the server to ask if they could order now.

Parking is also a problem in the tiny lot, but just park at the McDs near by I guess. Food is good, but I would probably only go back if I am in the area and not in a rush.

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Golden Oscar Cafe & Restaurant3868 Rupert Street, Vancouver
Best Baked Seafood Rice in town!
Submitted Friday, December 15, 2006 - 6:46pm [Dine in]

I think other HK Cafes in town (eg. Honolulu) are better than Oscar for most of the dishes (and you usually get free cold drinks at other places, instead of having to pay 50 cents extra), but Oscar is still very worth it for the Mini Set Meals (after 9pm). The Baked Seafood Rice is better than all others in the city, and is full of sauce and multiple types of seafood (one of each shrimp, scallop, cod, squid, and mussel), with lots of cheese baked on top. For $7 (with a cold drink, after tax), it's a steal!

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