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askmeBurnaby CanadaSince June 17, 20113 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.3)
  • Food2.5 (2.3)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value1.5 (1.7)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)


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Grand Dynasty Seafood Restaurant 金殿皇朝4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Overpriced for the offerings
Submitted Monday, March 19, 2012 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

So we went for dinner had the king crab, which was $4/lb more than elsewhere at this time....

Ordered: King crab, 3 ways, $19 extra for the rice in crab shell, i believe one of the pricest in town ... and peking duck for 4 combo.

Likes : Decor (notice doesn't say much for the food)

Dislikes : 1) Lukewarm bordering on cold peking duck dishes, definitely room temperature pastry shells. Many restaurants, even the cheaper east van ones manage to steam these hot. Cold shells = chewy in a bad way.

2) Flavourless rice in crab shell w/cream sauce. Granted, they did put some scallops and other seafood bits in but that doesn't make up for the lack of flavour or exorbitant prices.

3) Deep fried knuckles were not flavoured at all and cut too big (personal preference on size)...i prefer more meat left to the garlic steamed side.

Review :

So you would walk into this place and be blinded by the nice decor. Ok, well maybe not if your used to going to Kirin or other such higher end restaurants, but pretty modern and up to date. If only the food reflected the amount of money that went into the renovations. Maybe more $ to hire a great chef and less on decor ? We all sat down and the service was good, but then again, the place was 30% full so that's too be expected.

We ordered the peking duck set menu and the king crab. The 1st dish hit our table almost right away, guess scooped from a bigger pot in the back. Blackened chicken soup. Flavour was light almost bordering on tasteless.

This was followed by our peking duck, served / carved tableside. They brought the bamboo steamer to the table, no steam...I thought we were in trouble. The duck then went to the carving table with out showing us. They carved it up, set the skin on our table and when i put it in my mouth, it was almost cold. At least put the duck under the warming lamp or have the plates heated...something some of the cheaper restaurants do. The minced duck meat for the lettuce wrap was cold and came fast, leading me to believe that was pre-made and they were just cycling peoples duck in the back. Only saving grace in this dish was they gave you enough shells and lettuce to consume the skin and meat dishes.

This set menu came w/the mushroom with fried brocolli, once again pretty tasteless and no sauce. Not sure if the chef is tasting it as he goes or if he has a cold and can't taste anything. It is still the flu season after all.

We also had the sweat and sour butterflied shrimp in the shell, that was hot and decent. Would have gone well with some white rice. IF they had asked would have been an easy upsell. But nope.

The deep fried rock cod was also good. Nicely flavoured and not oily.

King crab comes out and they showed us and said 10lbs. Funny thing is how do we know ? haha

Having ordered the King of Crabs at about 30% more than going rate outside, this should be at least decent. Boy were we mistaken !

First course was steamed with garlic. Ok, not enough garlic, it was mild. At least pile it on and then let us scrape it off if it's too much. Other places I go to, this dish has the crab roe or some kind of egg in the sauce. This place didnt.

Second was the deep fried crab knuckles. Boy these were big pieces!! The deep frying was good, but me, i'd rather have more of the legs in the steamed garlic dish. When you bite into it, it's moist but flavourless. A little salt would bring out the flavour of the crab more. Not to mention sell more beer haha..

Thirdly, the rice in the crab shell. Was exactly that, the seafood was a nice touch, but took away from what was supposed to be crab roe fried rice. The cream sauce was bland. Totally not worth the extra money we paid.

Service wise, was ok, but for the number or lack thereof, tables in there, I would expect super service. I won't be returning as this meal cost me double what i would have paid elsewhere and 1/2 as good.

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Sushi Oyama5152 Kingsway, Burnaby
Good service + good food
Submitted Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

I think along the kingsway strip, there are a lot of sushi restaurants. This one sets itself apart by giving good ambience, good food, and good service. The best thing is that there are actual japanese pplz that work here !! Can't stand japanese pplz run by non-japanese.

The tables are well spaced out, not crammed to the rafters. It can get a bit noisy when it's busy though.

The waitresses are attentive, walking around w/tea when they aren't busy (basic customer service forgotten by so many) and many are japanese...well ok korean is fine too.

The food is decent sized, maybe a bit on the high side, but for the price diff, at least they bring it to you nicely and don't forget when you ask them to bring extra plates, utensils, etc.

Summer time, u can sit out on the front balcony .. not offered by many other sushi houses !

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Nao Sushi7060 Kingsway, Burnaby
Do not go here
Submitted Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 5:54pm [Dine in]

So we went to this place on friend's recommendation. Should have checked here first. The first clue this place isn't quality oriented is how they try to jam so many tables into a small area. Thinking money first. The second clue is how the specials are all hand written ON THE BACK OF FLYERS and stuck on the wall. How tacky. If you are going to renovate, y cheap out ?

The wait wasn't long for the 2 of us. We ordered 3 items, tempura, salmon/mango sushi roll, and sashimi.

The tempura was cold. Like it was prefried, once again, looking for high turnover, speed of delivery to your table.

The sushi roll was small, not enuff rice on the outside and maybe a 6/10.

The sashimi was ok, can't really mess up raw fish. Oh wait, maybe u can ...the table beside us TRIED to send back some Unagi which wasn't too fresh. He ate 2 / 4 pieces and she asked why did u eat it if it's not fresh ?
Well, you won't know unless u try it right ? They tried to make a case that it was bought in the morning etc. It's only 2 pieces out of a big amount that they ordered. The 3 guys are not there to try and rip u off. Bad customer service. She had to give it back to the chef to verify ... poor chef has to eat all the bad food ?

Then they asked for more wasabi. She said they already had some from another order. Come on, sashimi isn't like truffles !!

No smile to great you, no getting to know you, just sit ur ass down, THROW the food on the table and hurry up and eat. I felt like i was doing them a favour by being there. Then again, you can't blame them by having only 2 waitresses when really u need 3 if you want to do that kind of volume.

For me, it's either you have great food and u can get away with marginal service or vice versa. This place is a total fail in my book. Just restaurant basics. Good customer service ensures repeat business. If you want sushi that is good, good atmosphere and service, try Oyama @ royal oak and kingsway.

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