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BalmyBurnabySince October 22, 200852 Reviews
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  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (2.8)
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Hell's Kitchen2041 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
DOV 2009 Worth the Trip!
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 9:08am [Dine in]

The four of us decided to visit this restaurant for DOV. For appetizers we ordered, the chower and poutine. For the main, we ordered one of the each type of pizza that was available. For dessert, we ordered the tiramisu and hazelnut chocolate mousse.

The service was really good. Different servers came by regularly to check up on us for refill and such. Food came by quickly between the courses.

The ambiance was good for a pub style. We were seated next to the bar. It was dim lit with minimal lighting. However, enough light to still be able to talk to your neighbours and see your food.

Now to the food. Skip the chowder. I've had better elsewhere. It only has one shrimp and some vegetables. Good luck finding anything else in it (i.e. the salmon or tuna). The chowder was also a bit on the greasy side. The poutine is far better. Although very salty, it has lots of gravy and cheese. I ordered a poutine off the regular menu before and I think it was bigger with more prosciutto. Maybe they changed the size portion for dine out? Pizzas were all very good. You can't go wrong picking any of them. For dessert, they were both decent. Tiramisu was okay. I've had better elsewhere, but still realy good. I found the hazelnut chocolate to be a better made dessert.

Awesome value. We all had leftover pizza to bring home. Worth the vist!!

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Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Good Value DOV 2009
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

We were a group of 8 people who went to the restaurant for the DOV menu. The ambiance was really great. Very romantic atmosphere. Since the meal was $38 for the three course, it was a great value compared to the regular menu items. I ordered the Matane Shrimp Salad, Kurobota Pork and Apple Raisin Bread Pudding. The shrimp salad was okay. I didn't find it impressive as the other two appetizers. It was basically lettuce with shrimp, grapefruit and avocado. I didn't finish my salad and gave the rest of it to my friend. He was hungry enough to take my offer. Next item was the pork. It was really tender. The cornbread was a good texture to match the meat. The sauce went well with entree. The Hazelnut + Almond Meringue was a better choice than my Bread Pudding. I found my dessert to be average. It tasted okay, but the presentation for all of the food was amazing. Their regular menu is actually better than the DOV one. However, the price made it worth the visit. Service was fast. A number of people came by and cleared all our plates shortly after we were done with each course. I got the impression they were really trying to get us out before the 1.5 hr that was set for DOV customers. We were told before we were seated that only that much time was alloted unless we were eating off the regular menu. I guess they were trying very hard to maximize the number of people eating at the restaurant. If you haven't been to this restaurant before, it a good way to try their food. However, you should just eat off of the regular menu.

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Maurya Indian Cuisine1643 W Broadway, Vancouver
Awesome DOV 2009 Experience
Submitted Friday, January 16, 2009 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

My sister and I decided to try this restaurant as one of our DOV picks. The place was almost full when we arrived at 6pm. We were seated quickly and offered a choice of water (tap, sparkling, or bottled). Next we got some roti with chutney. We didn't get around to trying it cuz we were busy talking. We ordered coke and mango lassi for drinks. We noticed that most people were only drinking water. I guess it goes well with the curry for them, but I really wanted to try the lassi. It was creamy and sweet. Very good.

For appetizers, we ordered the chaat tikki and angoori murgh tikka. The chaat tikki was really good. Mildly spiced. Angoori murgh tikka was a bit on the dry side. The chicken pieces were a bit over baked. The salad was nicely presented.

For entrees, chicken chettinad and malika-e-dariya (treasures of the sea) were ordered. They came with rice pulao, lentils and naan bread. The entrees looked small, but acutally when you include the other items, it was enough to satisfy our appetites. The chettinad was really good. It had just the right amount of spiciness. The seafood was okay. Lots of mussles, and prawns, but I found the sauce to be a bit bland after trying the chettinad.

For dessert, we ordered crème de caramel and mango kulfi. Both were amazingly good and beautifully presented. The crème de caramel was one of the best ones I've ever tried. It was like a creme brulee with cream on top. The mango kulfi was good too, but it tasted like a solid version of my lassi drink with pistachio bits.

Service was great. The server came by regularly to check up on us. There was extra staff to take away the dishes and the meal progressed nicely as we didn't have to wait too long between the dishes. Overall, a great dining experience. Will go back again.

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Timbre Restaurant2068 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Good Value When It's Dine Out Vancouver
Submitted Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

Two other people and myself came to try this restaurant as it was part of the DOV restaurants. We were there at 6 pm and there were still a few tables left. Shortly after we were seated, the place was full. The restaurant does not take reservations so be warned to show up a bit early if u don't want to wait. We ordered pop and mudslides for drinks.

The atmosphere is much like a sports bar/pub. It was interesting to see that the table next to ours was a family with a young child who were also eating off of the DOV menu. But heck! It was still a good casual place to dine.

Food was great. We ordered coconut green curry mussels on the side and it tasted really good. It wasn't too spicy. Very mild so it complimented our following dishes well. Off the dine out menu, we ordered chicken soup and a green salad to start. The potion for the salad was a bit on the small side with 3 halves of cherry tomatoes, but the rest of the menu makes up for it. Soup was a bit salty with chicken bits and lots of noodles and a slice of garlic bread. For entrees, we ordered the rainbow trout with rice and grilled veggies and the elk steak with grilled veggies and mashed potatoe. Both were very good. Nice size portion. As previously mentioned, the elk looks small, but it was really filling that I couldn't finish all my dessert. The size of meat you get is of great value. The dessert portions were huge! We didn't expect it to be so much. We ordered apple pie with ice cream and 5 layer chocolate cake. Both really good and sweet. Overall, a great value and experience. Service was fast. Server came back regularly to check up on us. Will consider to come back again.

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Gilmore Restaurant4015 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Great Lunch Specials
Submitted Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 8:14pm [Dine in]

They have a regular selection of daily specials and lunch specials. Lunch speicals are $5.25. It includes an entree plus soup. A great value that really fills you up. We ordered a cheese burger and fries lunch special and a chow mein lunch special. We had a choice of their daily soup (which was chicken soup) or salad. The soup was really good. Not the average soup from a can. Lots of noodles and had actual bits of chicken meat. The burger was large. Pretty decent with a home-made patty, lettuce, tomatoe, a slice of cheese and mayo I think. The chow mein had more chicken than we expected. It was all over the noodles so they weren't going cheap on the meat. Refills on coffee were provided. Service is okay. It's a family-run restaurant so there was only one woman/owner running around to take orders/serve the food/refill coffee/give us the bill. The furniture is a bit old. I think are from the 70's or 80's. I will come back for the deals.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The8331 River Road, Richmond
Decent Value With Coupon
Submitted Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 12:26am [Dine in]

Went there with bf for dinner because he really wanted to try out this restaurant. He had a 3 course menu dinner coupon for about $25. We ordered pop for drinks. Great value when you compare it to the regular priced items. The table next to us was also using the coupon. Nice family restaurant atmosphere. Service was good. The server came by to check up on us regularly. The presentation of the food was good. The food tasted average to me though as I go out to many fine dining restaurants and have had better. My bf had the caeser, stuff salmon and key lime pie. I had the lobster bisque, steak, and mud pie. The bisque was really good. Salad was the standard you can get anywhere. I found my steak to be a bit overdone, but the green beans and potato salad was decent. BF wasn't happy with his salmon. He expected more lobster to be stuffed in the fish. I really didn't expect much as we're using a coupon here and it's a seafood entree. It was a smear of lobster bits inside. The salmon was a bit on the dry side but it was still pretty good. Didn't really taste the lobster part though. Mud pie was tasty that my bf ate that instead of his key lime pie. We both found the key lime pie to be a bit too sour and a bit disappointing as we expected it to better than what it turned out to be. Will come back to try the regular menu items to see if it's better.

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Fish On Rice4361 Kingsway, #201, Burnaby
Good All You Can Eat Selection
Submitted Monday, January 12, 2009 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

My family went to this resaurant to try the all you can eat special on a Sunday. It costed $20.95 per person plus one dollar. One dollar is added for weekends/holidays. Pretty much a standard everywhere.

Service was good. We were seated promply by a host. Got our tea shortly. Server came back regularly to refill the pop and tea. Asked if we wanted anymore food after we had already submitted the two tick sheets they gave us. Asked if we wanted dessert after we said we didn't really have anything else to order. Got our dessert orders of mango pudding/jello shortly. We must have been there on a good night when there was actually service compared to other reviews. One time when I went with 2 other people, the service was not as good. We had to flag people for the pop refills because they had a busy weekday evening.

Food is the average food you get for all you can eat. A fairly decent selection for everyone to choose from. We had an assortment of sushimi, fried scallops, chicken/beef teriyaki on sizzling plates, udon, curry rice, etc. The endless refill of pop was a bonus as not all you can eat locations have this option.

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Jane's Restaurant4217 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Great Breakfast Special and Good Selection
Submitted Monday, January 12, 2009 - 12:12pm [Dine in]

I went there with my family and we had the breafast special. It's a great value for $3.50. Toast, two eggs, potato chunks, and your choice of bacon, sasuage or ham. We ordered coffee/juice as our drinks. Refills included for coffee. The service is average. They serve the food promply, greet you when you enter and say thank you when you pay your bill. Tried their other specials before. The cheeseburger with bacon and mushroom was a good deal for $5.75 with soup and fries. I had that one for lunch one time. They have regular specials posted on the walls throughout the restaurant. Haven't tried their chinese food specials yet, but the portions looked quite decent on other people's tables.

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Choppers Diner2545 Nanaimo St., Vancouver
Great Breakfast
Submitted Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 4:51pm [Dine in]

My sister and I decided to give this place a try as we drive by this area regularly. I ordered the Chopper's Special that consists of one egg, toast, hash and sausage. My sister ordered the English breakfast that consists of two eggs, toast, hash, two sausage and a grilled tomatoe. We had Earl Grey tea for drinks.

Service was okay. We got all the condiments promply (e.g. ketchup, mustard, cream). Took a while for the food to come, but it was worth it once we got it. Presentation of the food was really good. Better than expected or what we're used to elsewhere for breakfast such as Janes. It was more food on the plate too for a bit more $ so don't be taken aback when you first see the price. Hashbrown was good. Not the usual basic fried potatoe bits. Eggs were done correctly. Sausage was tasty and better than the usually sausage links I'm used to eating elsewhere. Toast was standard. I found it to be a great deal. Would definitely come back to try the burgers.

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Alleluia Cafe8131 Westminster Hwy., #188, Richmond
It was okay.
Submitted Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 8:17pm [Dine in]

We went there at about 7:30pm on a Monday. The value of the set/combos were great, but the quality of food wasn't. When the three of us ordered, the food came in 5 mintues! Tasted like prepared food from a food court. It would have been better just to drive one instead. The rice was cold. The soup and the beef and broccoli was okay. The green beans were cold. The 3 item mini sets was a great value, but I would have rather when to E-Canteen instead for the same kind of food. The waitress didn't know what I was saying when I ordered in english that I needed my friend to translate. Not a surprises in such chinese establishments.

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Eatery, The3431 W Broadway, Vancouver
It's was great funky sushi
Submitted Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

Came here for the first time to try something different from the usual. We were a group of 4 and we ordered tempura, a volcano roll, a paper crane roll, a jalapeno roll, an italian stallion and order of a dozen salt and pepper chicken wings. The paper crane roll was okay. Tasted a bit bland, but the rest tasted really good. The jalapeno roll was really spicy as we didn't expect to have such a large piece of the pepper in the roll itself. The volcano roll was amazing in presentation. The wings were okay. The oil that was used to fry it was old so the wings came to our table really turned out to be really dark chicken wings. Hostess forgot to come back to our table with the menu. The regular sushi is a bit overpriced, but we didn't order any of those rolls. Only thing we didn't like was that the seats were stained and dirty. My friend was sitting on a seat that was wet that she had to move closer to me so that she can sit on a dry spot. Overall, great place to try some different rolls that you wouldn't normally get elsewhere.

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Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant4530 Hastings St, Burnaby
It was okay
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 11:59pm [Dine in]

I went to this place for lunch with a friend and we had a combination platter mentioned in the previous post. Indeed the place was empty when we were there on a weekday. The food was pretty good. We really liked the meat curries. The flat bread was decent as we had never had before. We never hand this kind of food and we didn't manage to finish the platter. The service was okay. We were greeted by a woman, but she didn't really come back and asked what drinks we wanted. She gave us two glasses of water and the menu. I will go back if I had a craving for their meat curries.

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