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birdladyBurnabybirdladySince February 12, 20099 Reviews
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3 (3.1)
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Osaka Island7615-7617 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Finally found a good solid japanese restaurant near home!
Submitted Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 9:15pm [Take-out]

I have passed by this little restaurant far too long. I have to admit that I did not expect much from this neighborhood and did not expect much of Osaka Island. I was wrong - on both points. Twice within the past month we have ordered take-out dinners, and will again! The food is fresh, nicely prepared, and tasty. We ordered Bento boxes with beef and with chicken, and were impressed with the variety and amount of food it included. The Bento box includes some tempura, and we ordered extra this time because we enjoyed the freshness and crispness of the vegetables so much last time. We are not in this for the sushi, but did enjoy the California roll that came with the meal.

The restaurant is clean, and the staff friendly and efficient. It seems to me that they offer an unusual number of authentic Japanese dishes in addition to all that sushi! They offer a 10% discount for customer pickup. They do offer delivery within their guidelines.

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Milestone's Grill and Bar20075 Langley Bypass, Langley
not up to par
Submitted Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 6:16pm [Dine in]

We have been to Milestones three times within the past year. First experience in White Rock, BC. was great! We had the prime rib dip sandwich with yam fries. The meat in the sandwich was thinly sliced but thickly piled on the bread. The meat was pinkish, tender and moist with great flavor. The dipping broth was tasty and ample. It was so good we have tried the same item twice again.

Second time at the same location was okay but not outstanding. There was less meat in the sandwich and it was well done. It was not exceptional but we thought maybe it was an off day.

Today, in Langley, we were outright disappointed. The meat in the sandwich was less by about a third, was overdone and dry. The broth was thick and salty and did not last through the sandwich. We ordered a "crispy green salad" instead of fries, and received a salad that was absolutely wilted. There was a slice of yellow tomato on the top, but under that things were not okay. This is not a cheap eatery. By far we did not get value for the money.

Best part are the wait staff. Always appropriately friendly, very busy and helpful.

I will not recommend Milestones and would like to be able to directly address these issues with them. Have they changed hands?

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Days Thai7245 Canada Way, Burnaby
An overlooked and nice surprise close to home!
Submitted Friday, September 17, 2010 - 10:02am [Delivery]

We have been looking for a "good enough" Thai restaurant nearby for some time. For some reason I had passed by Days Thai - which is too bad, because we liked it and it has been here for quite awhile!
I like: 1) menu is available online. 2) They take cards for payment... that makes it much more likely that I will order again on impulse. 3) Home delivery! What a treat! 4) The menu is adequate and clearly written. 5) Flexibility in regards to vegetarian, and spice preferences. 6) The prices are a touch on the high side, IMO, but okay. Looking back at other reviews I realize that their prices have increased recently. The food was “good enough Thai” which had been my criteria. We ordered our favorites, and in the future will try other dishes.
Specific suggestions:
The ginger beef was tasty, and I enjoyed its presentation on crisp noodles. I thought it needed more. As often prepared, ginger beef is more a confection or appetizer. This dish, while tasty, was a good example of that. I would like more freshness in a dish - maybe some tasty sauce with bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, ginger slices and/or a veggie under those noodles or maybe chopped cilantro and ginger on top of the beef. We especially liked the curry, and sweet/sour chicken. The Pad Thai was disappointingly ordinary. Could have used more ingredients such as tofu and shreds of meat and some fresh touches such as cilantro, lime wedge or ?. Good pad Thai is a wonderful thing, and I think that many people judge a Thai restaurant on their Pad Thai. It has seemed to me that many restaurants take that dish far too lightly and go for the simplest version.
Basically, my suggested improvements have to do with what I perceived to be a lack of fresh items such as chopped basil, cilantro, ground peanuts, lime wedges etc. That sort of freshness elevates a dish such as Pad Thai to a new level. One thing I like best about Thai food is the freshness of the ingredients. For me, that draws the line between so-so and good Thai food. This was good Thai food and was freshly prepared, and I think it could be even better with a little attention to detail.
The "Mediocre" service had to do with the carelessness of the order taker in giving the driver a wrong address - this, even after I had carefully and slowly repeated the address when I placed the order. The result was a harried (but friendly), late driver who was worried because his next order was also late. (Not to mention very hungry customers who had watched every car drive by in anticipation and disappointment.) On my original review, I had misunderstood part of the transaction issue. We understood that the driver could not take the time to process our payment due to his lateness, and then took a long time to get back to us for payment. The fact is that their data system was down and it took a couple of hours for them to be able to process payment. I do not know if the misunderstanding was language related, or just that the driver and staff were rushing to do their best in a situation of technical breakdown. We are planning our next visit to be a dine in one. We look forward to meeting the staff and owner and to exploring the menu.

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Taverna Gorgona5047 48 Avenue, Delta
Good Greek!
Submitted Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 10:18am [Dine in]

On the very last day of the Ladner Market - a rainy day, too, - we scouted out this fine restaurant for a special occasion meal. We were not sorry.

Unfortunates first: I was disappointed in the appetizer I ordered, which was the scallops wrapped in bacon dish. The best part was the bacon; however, it was the scallops I had looked forward to enjoying. They were mushy and very fishy. As well, the dessert I ordered was disappointing. It did not seem to have been freshly made, and although the presentation was pretty with its drizzled chocolate and cinnamon, since I did not want chocolate (unbelievable, I know!) it robbed the custard of its subtleness if there was any to be found. My dining partners wisely chose the cheesecake, which they enjoyed.

The fortunate: All that having been written, the entrees were very good – and after all, that is what we traveled here to enjoy! The roast lamb dinners were ample and delicious by report. My dish, the Korinthos Chicken was scrumptious and ample enough that I carried some home to later enjoy. The chicken was moist and tasty - and light enough. I would order it again. The rice was nicely flavored – moist and interesting. The potato, too, was moist and pleasant with its lemon and other seasonings that came through well. Those accompaniments along with the Greek salad and our bright, cheerful wait person, added up to a really nice meal in a pleasant venue on a chilly late afternoon. We will return.

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Lost in the 50'S Drive-In7741 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Green and funky and good!
Submitted Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 9:23am [Take-out]

This is a fun little place run by one of the most passionate-about-his-business guys I have ever met. The owner is very excited about offering organic and sustainably raised foods such as organic beef, pasture raised chicken, cane sugar sweetened soft drinks, house prepared organic potatoes – and more. The take-out containers are recyclable and I would not be surprised to find that there are many other “green” practices and items involved at “Lost in the 50’s.”

The chef enjoys this business! He is clearly proud to be able to offer all sorts of choices to customers about how they prefer their hamburgers, and what they want on the bun. Then he cheerfully goes about building the creation and will even walk it out to the car for the customer. If there were stars for a positive, creative, excited attitude in a chef/owner this guy would no doubt get a 5. AND to address the point of the visit - the food was solidly good – and affordable.

The offer of a Korean street food menu was a fun surprise, and we will be checking that out in the near future.

The restaurant has been in that location for decades. There are picnic tables out front, and some parking beside the building. Bus stops are nearby. This part of Burnaby is slowly changing for the better, and it is fun to begin to explore this “new-old” community.

(FYI, at present, you need to bring cash because the data machines are not yet installed. Could phone ahead for update.)

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Lhy Thai7357 Edmonds St., Burnaby
Slippage here....
Submitted Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 4:54pm [Dine in]

I have been a Lhy Thai customer since 1999. I am sorry to say that over the past two years, I have seen incremental slippages in quality. I like Thai food very much and one of the main reasons is the fresh quality of the food. Lhy Thai in the past epitomized good Thai food. Then the prices increased. Then the portions decreased. Still, it was good food. Something changed more recently, however, and the food has become mediocre at best. We have tried Lhy Thai three times during that period, including take out this past week. The food did not taste as fresh, the dishes were not as diverse in content of ingredients, the portions of some dishes were smaller than previously and the take out containers were a step down from prior containers which were more eco friendly than the styrofoam containers we were given this time. Over all, were very disappointed - and will not be returning. Sadly.....

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Santali Souvlaki House7870 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
So glad we finally tried this local spot!
Submitted Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 10:09pm [Dine in]

For a belated valentine treat, we decided to try Santali, which is only blocks from our home. We wish we had done so long ago!

While we were concerned that we would not be able to find parking - and certainly not handicapped parking - if one drives around to 19th street and enters from the driveway there are many spaces behind the restaurant. The restaurant and the Italian one beside it are located in an awkward portion of Edmonds Street, but the space has been managed well. Parking really was okay.

We were pleasantly surprised at the welcoming ambiance and attractive décor once one steps off Edmonds Street into Santali's. The rooms are clean, tidy and tastefully decorated without clutter. There is room for tables to be placed far enough apart that one does not feel as if dining back to back with those at the table behind.

The food was more than ample, nicely prepared, and fresh. We both had the lamb shoulder and found it moist and nicely seasoned. The pre dinner salad was accompanied by warm, soft pita bread, and the vegetables with the dinner were perfectly cooked. The potato was not what I have grown to expect as traditional roasted Greek potato, but was nicely seasoned, moist and a good accompaniment to the lamb along with the rice. Oh, yes, the rice! It was moist, and actually flavorful! – Not the tasteless rice that often is served with lamb. It had a slightly buttery flavor and I ate at least half of it, whereas I usually leave the rice on the plate. The tzatziki was particularly tasty and we made sure to save some to brighten up our leftover lamb and rice lunch tomorrow. No room for dessert!

Wait staff were appropriate, on the job, and pleasant without being intrusive. Prices were average, and we both felt as if we received very good value for our money.
We will definitely be back, and will recommend Santali to others.

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Ki Sushi31 8th St, New Westminster
still looking ....
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 11:10am [Dine in]

I recently had offered to bring a sushi lunch to a friend, and found the recommended resturant has gone out of business. I was given a recommendation for Ki from a retailer nearby. I admit that I am not a sushi expert. However, I have enjoyed sushi takeout in Vancouver.

The hostess at the take out and cash counter was haughty and short with me. She did not make eye contact with me, and barely spoke to me even to give me directions about where to wait. Another customer directed me to the waiting area. Other wait staff appeared to be more up beat and interactive with those sitting at tables.

This food was basically of average quality, and adequate quantity, but for $21. for two for lunch the value wasn't there for me. In addition, although I could not identify exactly which item was the offender, twice I tasted mold in a bite of food. I scrutinized the food but could not see mold. I did not become ill nor did my friend, but it reduced my enjoyment of the food and destroyed any thought of returning to Ki.

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Taste Of Punjab, A10009 136A Street, Surrey
Great value
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 10:23am [Dine in]

This was my second visit to Taste of Punjab. I did not review the first, but suffice to say that I returned. On that visit I would have downrated the service rating, but this visit made it all better and then some.

We ordered from the lunch menu this time, and were nearly overrwhelmed with what appeared to be a huge amount of food. However, we happily enjoyed our lunch and there were no leftovers except an extra dish I had ordered. Lunch was complete including dessert. Their naam is spectacular - hot, fresh, crisp, and tasty.

I would describe this as down home food - a respectful environment, very good food, and affordable. Exactly what I look for in a dining experience!

I found myself thinking of friends and family whom I look forward to treating to a meal at Taste of Punjab.

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