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bijou_7burnabySince July 6, 200714 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Value3 (3.2)
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Chewie's Steam & Oyster Bar2201 1st Avenue West, Vancouver
Chicken's not that great but service is best in Vancouver.
Submitted Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 1:27am [Dine in]

So after reading all the good reviews about the fried chicken, I tried it and.. it's not worth the $15 'on special' price and certainly not worth the $18 regular price. Not overly crispy or seasoned (had to add lots of salt), and too sweet. I don't think fried chicken batter should be sweet. The breast wasn't that moist either. But I'm a tough crowd, because I went to Screen Door in Portland this summer and that is hands down the best fried chicken I've ever tasted in the Pacific Northwest. But since this is not a Screen Door review, I'll try and save that for later.

What's good? Very friendly service. Especially if you sit at the bar.. they come by every few minutes to strike up conversation (though wish they'd fill up our waters just as often). Haven't seen anything quite like it in Vancouver. The oysters looked great too.. they had six varieties. Didn't try them though, because I'm returning next week for buck-a-shuck, which is 5-7pm. My friend's jambalaya tasted very good too. And even on a Tuesday night, the place was bumpin'. All tables taken! Maybe will post another review after buck-a-shuck!

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Cray Kitchen & Bar2470 Main Street, Vancouver
Ok but not eager to go back
Submitted Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

I had never been to one of these 'wear a bib and eat seafood' type restaurants. My friend mentioned the flavoring was better than The Crab Pot in Seattle. We got the medium-spicy.

However, we are two small girls, and ordered the largest (crab, crawfish and shrimp option, $30 per person) and finished it all up no problem. It was barely enough for us; we were full, but for any average male it probably wouldn't be enough. Yet it should be, if you are paying that much each, plus drinks.

Most of the contents of the pot is shell and other things to discard in the garbage pail they provide you. Only about 1/3 of the contents actually makes it into your stomach.

Also, I only had ONE small piece of crab, and my friend I think had one as well. Most of the pot was shrimp and crawfish. The crawfish has almost no meat in it. I felt kind of ripped off and wished we had just ordered the shrimp option.

The messiness factor is an interesting 'once in a lifetime' thing to try, but I don't think it would really be worthwhile going back, unless I'm absolutely craving it. The mojitos are better than average.

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U and I Thai3364 Cambie, Vancouver
Very Authentic Food
Submitted Saturday, December 29, 2012 - 1:49am [Dine in]

Food is very authentic and well seasoned. If you choose 5 out of 5 on the spicy scale, you well get as spicy a dish as you would get in Thailand (very spicy by North American standards).

I went as part of a Groupon promotion. Had duck stir fry in a red curry sauce and pad thai. IMO, pad thai is the best way to measure the quality of a Thai restaurant, and their pad thai is quite amazing. The most notable flavors in the pad thai (after the intense red pepper) were fish sauce and citrus/vinegar, rather than ketchup such as at lower quality restaurants.

Service was decent, though not as attentive or thorough as it is at Tropika down the street.

The coconut 'creme brulee' was disappointing. It was cold and had no hard caramelized sugar top to crack. If it had been named something other than creme brulee, I would have been a tad less disappointed but still wasn't worth $10.

The ambience is very nice. Thai yet minimalist decor, very nice Christmas decor. Nice chandelier, dim lighting. Good for a date night.

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Hoshi Sushi Japanese Restaurant2825 West Broadway, Vancouver
Frequent Go-To Place for a Local
Submitted Saturday, November 24, 2012 - 4:08pm [Dine in]

There are quite a few sushi places in the area but my boyfriend and his roommates have been ordering delivery from here for years, and so I've also been ordering here for years but not really knowing which sushi place it was since they always did the ordering. The delivery is fast.

Today I went for dine-in (and recalled I'd dined in there at least once before) and it was tasty as usual. I had the $13.99 miso soup and 3 item combo. I chose toro nigiri, chopped scallop roll and chopped scallop nigiri. I was hungry when I got there but it was filling enough that I could only eat half. So it basically made for two meals.

The seafood is very fresh and tender, and the rolls are well made and don't fall apart. I have never found the rice too mushy or vinagery as another reviewer commented.

Service is brisk and food is made fast, though there isn't much service after that - no tea refills and go up to the counter to pay and ask for take-home container. And you need to take initiative and just seat yourself when you come in. But cheerful service when you ask for it.

I've had too many things from here to count.. dynamite roll, gomae, tempura, wakame, etc.. all good. Wish I got more toro nigiri today though.. sooooo good.

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Wait is too long. Food is good.
Submitted Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 3:27am [Dine in]

We waited a long time to get our main course.. maybe an hour. We were in the restaurant a total of two hours. By the time the fourth basket of bread was brought around I was too full to eat the salad that they forgot to bring out earlier (I think they comped it though), let alone the main course. Our two tables were very wobbly and kept sliding around on the floor. And the generic techno music was very repetitive and burned a hole in my skull! Even the waiter couldn't hear our order; he mentioned the music was too loud himself! Plus it was hot as a sauna inside due to all the bodies jam packed in there.

On the plus side, my lamb cheek was very very tender. Ridiculously tender. All the food was great, no complaints there. I was just too full from bread to enjoy it but the leftovers in the fridge are sounding appealing right now as a 2 am snack. I hope to go back sometime and try more stuff on the menu.

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Ocean Club, The100 Park Royal, #105, West Vancouver
Bad timing, good food
Submitted Sunday, May 31, 2009 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

Went there for a stagette. The whole time we were there (7 to 11 pm), half the restaurant was empty, and yet our server or the kitchen somehow did this utterly bad job of timing the food so that one table of our party received their entrees about a whole hour before the other table. Needless to say, it was not fun getting our entrees when the other half of the group had already disappeared outside for an after dinner smoke. I had stopped being hungry by the time the food arrived.

Not only that, but they were out of a lot of things on the menu we wanted to order, such as our first and second choices of wine, and oysters. "We're taking the oysters off the menu soon" the waitress said. WHY?!?! I love oysters and they belong on a westcoast restaurant's menu. Disappointing!

So service overall was bad. I personally went up to the server when she was at her computer , and asked for the bill, and 'sure, in a minute' turned into 10-15 minutes. Probably she knew she was getting an automatic 17% gratuity from our party, so why put in extra effort?

Onto the food. The appetizers were delicious. The carpaccio was probably the most tender I ever had, great with the parmesan and mustard sauce. Second fave was the bocaccini, third fave was the fried salmon rolls. My ahi tuna was pretty good (a bit bland, but they are usually like that), and I liked the brie mac n cheese I had a bite of. Will try making it at home. Good prices too.

The place is supposed to be a nightclub too, and around 11 we saw a bouncer walking around, and a DJ started setting up, but the restaurant was still half empty, nobody in the dancefloor section of the restaurant except us and about four other dinner parties, surprising for a Saturday night.

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Chop10251 St Edwards Dr, Richmond
The Creme Brulee was the Highlight
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

I don't usually go out for meaty manly food like steaks and prime rib, but I owed a friend dinner and I'd heard lots of good things about this new place!

Interior: Nice design. A little bit 'stuffy' with the statues and whatnot. Was a bit disappointed we were seated around a corner, separate from the main room, in a rather lonely spot. Noticed they had many private rooms with TV's, for watching sports games.

Service: Our server seemed a bit new and was working on his timing regarding dialogue and humor. However, he was nice and quite attentive. Near the end of the night he seemed more at ease with us and even drew a funny picture on our bill, in reference to a joke he overheard us making.

Food: It took an hour to get our main course, even though it was 8 pm on a Monday night. The server apologized for the wait, due to a big party. He gave us some complimentary bread, which was ho hum.

I ordered the 'petite size' prime rib and it was huge! We were all impressed with the sizes. However, the two of us who ordered the prime rib medium rare, received it 'rare.' It was still leaking blood. I'm not a prime rib expert, but it was also fairly cold, and tasted much better after I brought it home and seared it in a frying pan the next day, and added more seasoning. My friend's filet mignon, which he also ordered medium rare, was cooked more than he preferred.

The caesar salads, smoked salmon appies, baked potato and fries were all okay, nothing special.

The highlight of the night though, was the raspberry white chocolate creme brulee. Very very creamy (as creamy as pure mascarpone cheese), and one of the best I've had. The white chocolate and raspberry are subtle, and not overpowering. Definite plans to go back, but probably just for the creme brulee.

About $60 per person for a 3 course meal and drink.

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Boneta12 Water Street, #115, Vancouver
This Place is a Keeper!
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 5:02pm [Dine in]

I had absolutely no expectations for this place, as I had never heard of it before.

BAM! Walk into the place, and you're greeted with a beautiful funky, modern interior that is styled more like a nightclub, with a raised loft type ceiling, open kitchen and chefs performing in place of DJ's. We sat at one of the raised section tables that's 3-4 feet off the ground, and the first thing I noticed was the menu projected onto a screen, as the room's centerpiece. The second thing I noticed was everyone really enjoying themselves. 5/5 for ambience!

Then, the food. I had the following:

Basil Punica - Tall, refreshing, slightly savory.
Middle Eastern pomegranate syrup, gomme, citrus, muddled basil & Appleton white rum. Served tall over rocks with soda.
--->Very pungent, and the basil and pomegranite definitely stand out

Smoked Bison Carpaccio, Sherry Vinaigrette, Walnuts, Roasted Tomato, Quail Egg
---> Tart, smokey tasting and very very good

House Made Charcuteries Platter, Pickled Vegetables, Mustard, Ficelle
---> Delicious! My favorite parts were the long strips of fat that you dip into the fleur de sel and the bread and butter. Lots of unique meat!

Loaf of in-house baked bread
----> Wow, delicious. Nice crispy top. Very hearty.

Poutine with Cheese Curds from Quebec
---> Until this one I'd never had an 'authentic' poutine before and I was expecting this to be a lot different from NY Fries poutines. I'd rank it about the same as a NY Fries poutine. The cheese curds are definitely better. I like more gravy, and saltier gravy though. The fries could be a bit crispier, like Chambar's fries. But it was still good and hit the spot.

Passion Fruit Mousse, Macha Chantilly, Passion Fruit & Macha Milk Shake
----> Very delectable and our table raved about the complexity and tartness of the matcha milkshake

Selection of House Made Ice Cream & Sorbet, Seasonal Fruit, Sable Cookies
----> Of the two, this was my favorite dessert. The passionfruit sorbet was the most intense passionfruit flavor I ever tasted, and the blackberry sorbet was the most intense blackberry. My boyfriend raved over the little butter cookie crumble bits strewn on the plate, and the homemade dark chocolate was also tasty.

My boyfriend didn't get his Bourbon sour exactly how he likes it (apparently it was missing something that it had the last time he was there) but I won't count that into the equation because he is fanatical about his drinks. 5/5 for food!

Service: Unlike any other tapas restaurant I've been to, the servers will spend a few minutes explaining what every single thing on your plate is. Sometimes this can be 10 or more things per plate. I REALLY liked this as it added to the appreciation of the food, and all the detail that went into it. The servers were also really attentive and peeked at our table regularly without interrupting us, to see where we were at. When our first server quit for the night, she came over to say bye and make sure we had everything we needed, before she passed us on to another server. They were maybe a bit less jovial than servers at other establishments, but I liked how they seemed passionate and knowledgeable about the food, which is the more important thing. 5/5

Two tapas, a cocktail, and a dessert plus taxes, and tip is about $50 per person and I found it filling enough to call it my dinner (must have been the awesome homemade bread that filled me up). Can't wait to go back!

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De Dutch Pannekoek House2748 Lougheed Highway, #200, Port Coquitlam
Not like the other De Dutches!
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 7:48pm [Dine in]

This one is better! I usually steer clear of De Dutches but my friend wanted to go here for lunch, before hiking. We split an eggs benedict w/ smoked salmon, and a banana strawberry crepe.

When the server overheard we wanted to share, she divided up the portions equally on our plates, and the result was GORGEOUS! It came with about 5 types of fruit, artfully arranged, apples thinly sliced and stacked architecturally, hash browns, one crepe each, everything symmetrically and perfectly arranged! I wish I took my camera. Next time.

Great prompt service too!

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Choon Ha Choo Dong36 East Broadway, Vancouver
Great place to eat with a group!
Submitted Monday, February 9, 2009 - 2:26am [Dine in]

Not sure why this restaurant wasn't on Dinehere.ca but I added it! My Korean friend happened to drop by here one day and noticed the group menu options looked great, and cheap too. So she brought 5 of her friends back there to try the Option C, which is advertised as dinner for 6 people. We also added on one extra noodle dish.

I lived in Korea for a year so I know good Korean food when I taste it. The jap chae (vermicelli) was very very tasty. The dumpling soup and dumplings were also delish. We also had a spicy thicker noodle, I don't know the name, but it was pretty good too. There were lots of extra side dishes, like kimchi, and pickled seaweed, and honey glazed potato, all of which were good.

At this point we were getting quite full. But then our waitress fired up the grill and brought out a large platter of galbi (Korean bbq shortribs) and other assorted meat. We grilled it all, but between the 6 of us, we got so full at the end, we had to grill the remainder of the meat and place it in a separate bowl, as we planned to take it home. We were about to burst, and ready to chat a bit and then go home.

But then!!! The waitress brought out an even huger platter of assorted seafood... squid, prawns, clams, plus veggies, rice noodles.. and fired up a hot pot of water for shabu shabu (Korean seafood hotpot!). The fear in our eyes probably showed as we double checked whether we had ordered the right combo, and realized we had a mountain of food yet to consume.

We ended up dumping all the ingredients in the broth to cook it, and the waiters were gracious enough to bring us lots of take-home containers, so that at least three of us were able to have full meals the next day!

So if you want authentic Korean food, and serious bang for your buck, take a group of 6 people here, and be prepared to eat a lot!

By the way, they do seem to speak a little English so it should be fine if you don't bring a Korean friend. And while it's not the best galbi I ever had (best galbi restaurant ever is Mijung, in Daegu, South Korea and no galbi I eat will ever compare to that), it's still good!

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YEW Restaurant + Bar791 West Georgia, Vancouver
I would go back.
Submitted Monday, February 9, 2009 - 2:07am [Dine in]

After experiencing a number of bland restaurants with bland underseasoned food as of late... I finally found one that hit the spot!!!

My drink was a Margarita.. I chose it randomly without looking at the menu, but the waiter assured me it was 'best in the city' and it was really quite strong and potent, but in a good way. A very good way. He mentioned something about how it had 2 shots of expensive liquor, for a cheap price, but I'm not really a liquor expert.

I started with two types of oysters and they were quite possibly the best I've had! They come with four unique dipping sauces with long names that I don't remember.. sour vinaigrettes and spicy cajun-ish sauces.. all very yum.

Then I had the $35 Sunday nite set menu.

I opted for the poached pear and beet salad, with beet sauce. It was very uniquely flavored, had a bit of coarse salt sprinkled on it too I think. Very savory.

The 'veal' dish I chose over the 'venison' dish because the waiter said it was more tender. This was the one dish I did not like though. It was basically a big bowl of underseasoned pasta, with tiny shredded veal bits here n there. It tasted too much like... underseasoned stew. The only good thing was some kind of small sour things in it.. capers, maybe?

After being disappointed by the veal dish, I was happy again with the dessert.. soooooooo happy!!! Passionfruit mousse (with some liquor-drenched cake hidden on the inside) with sorbet. It was VERY intensely and tartly flavoured, just the way I loveeeee dessert to be.

Had a bite of the homemade Nutella icecream and it was good too. Another friend's seared scallops with foam looked great, maybe I will try next time.

The service was very pleasant. Our waiters took all the pics we wanted for us and our main waiter was rather humorous. He even suggested we go to the private wine bar room in the centre of the restaurant so he could take our pics there! Service a bit slow, but apparently that's to be expected here?

One thing I was NOT happy with was the hostess. I asked on the phone and also asked the hostess that seated us in a very detailed manner, if she could please note that one of the last two guests who were to arrive at our table was not aware that this was a surprise dinner planned for her, and that the reservation would be under a different name for her, so as to not ruin the surprise.

The hostess nodded attentively, smiled a lot and assured us she would help us out with our plan and bring these last two guests to our table when they mentioned the alternative name. But she completely forgot to pass on the message to the other hostess (even though the restaurant wasn't that busy), who ended up bringing in our friends. So the second hostess told our friends the reservation did not exist and it was a bit awkward, as our friends wandered around looking for us.

Details like that make a lot of difference between a 4 star and a 5 star restaurant. But to be fair, that same hostess that forgot that detail also noticed my friend was holding his valet ticket as I was looking for my coatcheck tag, and offered to call them for us so his car would be waiting outside when we got out there.

Anyway, the food was overall great, we got the complimentary truffles at the end, the westcoast interior design with its emphasis on nature, wood, trees, stone, and bold structure was also great, and I already am thinking about going back sometime soon!

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Cobre52 Powell Street, Vancouver
Meh!
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 9:54pm [Dine in]

Super ambiance. Delightful music that makes you want to dance. I was really looking forward to it because I heard great things. The menu looked mouth watering. But I didn't like any of the 7 or 8 tapas I tried, unfortunately.

I found most of it under seasoned. The 'Yukon gold Chilean chupe' soup was bland. The tamales tasted like perogies with nothing but plain potato inside. The pulled duck tasted like the duck was cooked with no seasoning at all.

The oxtail broth that the scallop came in tasted exactly like a can of Chunky Campbell's canned beef soup. The sweet potato chips were ok but nothing special. The 'Roast garlic, eggplant y chevre empanada' was fairly tasty on the inside but sort of tasted like something I could make myself, which isn't saying much.

The only thing I liked was the flat iron steak with the cheesy potatoes. And the cornbread. But who goes to a Latino restaurant if the highlights are the North American dishes?

I like exciting layering of flavour, lots of spices, salt, lots of tartness, herbs, and EXCITEMENT. That food was so disappointing. They didn't even have salt or pepper shakers on the table to make things more palatable! And my mohito seemed too heavy on the booze and not as limey and minty as I like it. Maybe I just don't like Latino food!

For good ethnic eats, I would prefer instead to go to favorites such as East Indian food at Vij's, Thai food anywhere, or Chinese food at Harbour Pacific. I will also be trying Chambar next! (Belgian)

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Pho Hoa5505 Kingsway, Burnaby
Ekk going downhill
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 3:17am [Dine in]

I used to go to this place all the time when I lived nearby 4 or 5 years ago. I just went back tonight though, and UGH!

Grumpy server, jack fruit shake was warm, spring rolls cold, even though I ordered two spring rolls and my friend ordered a pho and a springroll, they just put all the rolls on one plate with one dipping sauce that we had to share. The servers all sat clustered at a table eating instead of coming by to ask if our food was ok.

Ambience is horrible.. its like a white box with noting Vietnamese about it at all. While we were eating a cop came in to ask about some incident, and we couldn't even park in the underground parking because there were homeless people and crack addict types and garbage.

Mental note: will try the pho place a bit west on Kingsway next time, it looked more packed when we drove by.

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Infinity Dining Experience819 Pacific Street, Vancouver
I've never been so wowed by mere food.
Submitted Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 10:43pm [Dine in]

Smiled nonstop through my meal.

Appetizer: Butternut Squash Fondue + foccacia bread with garlic/shallot dip. Our whole table was obsessed with the garlic dip. So good, we even put it on our steak, prawns, potatoes and mandarin orange garnishes. The prawn appy and mandarin orange chutney were amazing.

Entrée: New York Steak with Blue Cheese. Sounded odd at first, but it complimented the steak VERY well. The chips were delicious, fried with red onion, bacon and herbs. The flavors of all the food are unexpected. They don't skimp on the size of the steak.

Dessert: Pear Tarte with stilton fondant & a pomegranate syrup. I was surprised by the presentation: very artistic, with a flat unsweetened triangle of pastry on the bottom, and thin slices of marinated pear strewn about on top. When you mix the slightly salty crust, the sweet pears, and the aged cheese together, it's a really poignant medley of flavours.

PS. The Jajermeister icecream and homemade cola are a must!

Quick service, emphasis is on creatively seasoned food rather than show. The perfect place for Vancouverites to go if they are tired of boring food, and want a swift kick to the palate.

New York Steak special, here we come!

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