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brgirl604Burnaby, BCSince March 22, 20096 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food2.5 (2.7)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.3)

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Chronic Tacos382 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Great Casual Taco Place, Coolest Guys Ever
Submitted Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 3:31pm [Dine in]

Good service seems to be more rare these days than ever, so after coming here twice (with a Groupon) my husband and I were totally blown away. The tacos themselves are not bad (you order at the counter, and sit yourself--love how casual it is), but it's the service I would come back for time and time again.

The first time we had the fish fatty taco and beef burrito (HUGE), but we drove all the way home (40 min away), and everything got soggy with the fresh salsa). The 2nd time we ate in (tons of big screen tvs you can watch the game on), and we were extremely pleased (taco bowls for the win! I recommend the beer battered fish one). You can choose what you want in your order (ie. lettuce, salsa, hot sauce), and you sit yourself. The minute I sat down the friendly waitress set my table. The guys are so laid back there it felt like home, and it was totally unpretentious. Love it. They didn't blink an eye when we used our Groupon which is a big plus. The average price per person is about $7.99, which is quite fair considering the portion sizes.

Added note: my husband left his fanny pack/manpurse/wallet behind, and he happened to have a bit of cash in it that day. After driving all the way home he realized he left it on his seat. We drove frantically back, only to find out it was safe and sound, and when he offered $20 for the good will the guy declined graciously. It ended up in the tip jar. Thank you!

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Little Billy's Steakhouse6785 East Hastings Street, Burnaby
Most Disappointing Service I've Had in a Long Time
Submitted Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 9:08pm [Dine in]

My husband and I have been meaning to try out Little Billy's for a long time since we live in North Burnaby and it is relatively close by. The place also looks to have some ambience from the outside. After hearing a good review from an acquaintance we decided to go try it out.

We went on a Wednesday night and there were only 4 other tables occupied. We thought, "Great, we get our pick of tables, and the waiting time will be great". Boy were we wrong about the service. We wanted to like this place so we went in with an open mind. There seemed to be only two servers--one main server, and one bartender. We thought that would be adequate since it was a quiet night. They gave our menus right away and the selection looked great. I've browsed their menu before online and everything looks so tempting. They have a range of premium looking meat dishes, seafood, and greek inspired dishes that come with greek salad, and pita bread.

We were ready to order eventually, but it took a while for the server to come back to take our order. Perhaps 5 minutes which was fine. We then ordered an appetizer--the garlic butter prawns, followed by our entres--a New York Steak, and their Signature Ribs. The food pretty much came all at once, including the bread basket (oily garlic bread and buttered pita bread), and it took a good 40 minutes for the food to arrive. We were in a good mood so we weren't too concerned.

The food was not bad. The entrees were on average $24 each and that included all the sides. The appetizer wasn't worth it, though. Four prawns drenched in butter with garlic salt, with more garlic bread for $7. I could have done better. Also I don't understand the cheez whiz covered cauliflower side. My ribs were a generous portion and tasted good (dry rub smoked ribs). My husband's New York Steak was more Medium than Medium Rare, but it was edible.

We would have considered coming back at this point until what happened afterwards. We were sitting there, obviously done with our meals, and trying to flag someone down for the bill. We waited, and waited, and waited some more. Some 20 minutes later we finally managed to get the bill. The HST made our bill steep, but that's more Gordie's fault than the restaurants. We calculated the 15% tip to be around $9.00 if we tipped on top of the HST. I dropped my Mastercard, and we were ready to go. We then waited, and waited some more. This time it was about 45-50 minutes before I just gave up and walked up to the bar. Yes we have two legs, but if I had to serve myself, and be subject to such bad service then I should've have had to pay close to $80 for an experience that was worth $9.99. I told the bartender that we had been waiting forever for someone to serve us and she just muttered "sorry" and refused to offer any further apology. I would have been a lot more sympathetic, but the server didn't seem to have any trouble serving the other party behind us, while completely ignoring us (we are young professionals, and dressed in business attire). I could not figure out for the life of me why we received such bad service, other than the fact that they do not know how to truly run a fine dining restaurant (which they attempt to be).

McDonald's quality service with 4 star prices. Don't waste your money OR time.

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Tony's Beef Noodle5710 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Hidden Gem for Homestyle Taiwanese Food
Submitted Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

If you love noodles or Taiwanese food like me you will love this place. I have been to several of the other popular Taiwanese restaurants around town that are a lot trendier, but I always come back to this place. Why? I swear they make the best homemade Taiwanese noodles in town.

This little restaurant is right across from Oakridge mall and is almost unoticeable. You probably wouldn't even know about them unless it was through word of mouth, and it's unfortunate more people haven't tried this place. They even managed to survive the Cambie Canadaline expansion--and we made sure to go there frequently during that time.

Like I said their noodles dishes are amazing---it's the homemade thick noodles that are slightly chewy that are worth going for, and then there are the shanghai steamed dumplings, the spicy wontons in chili sauce, and the beef wrapped in green onion pancake.

The ambience can be much improved, but the cheerfulness of the staff make up for it. The prices are very fair as well and two can eat all of the food mentioned above for a little over $23. If you are craving some Taiwanese noodles I say try Tony's! They are open every day except for Sundays.

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Sushi Town5935 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Going Downhill?
Submitted Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 9:06pm [Dine in]

I have always depended on Sushi Town for a quick, affordable meal in the SFU/Hastings area, and I have always raved to my friends and family about them. It's not a high class restaurant, but they usually do the trick when I have a sushi craving. After today, I am not so sure I am going to be a loyal customer anymore.

I usually eat in vs take out, but on occasion we do takeout. I have gotten take out enough times to recognize a horrible pattern: they package everything in styrofoam boxes, and then it's put in a very thin plastic bag. This is the making for a nightmare for the following reasons:

1) The sauces leak everywhere. Unless you getting plain rolls you are screwed, and many of their items have a lot of sauce.

2) The food is stuffed in the small styrofoam containers so you get a messy mush that was once a semblance of what could be considered sushi. It's like that Playland commercial where the guy gets his burger/shake all tossed about--looking at the aftermath makes my stomach turn.

3) Godforbid if you are going anywhere that is more than 5 meters from the restaurant and your plastic bag breaks, rendering you totally helpless as the contents of the styrofoam boxes leak EVERYWHERE. This happened to us once, but I forgave. On most days it's just a leaky mess in the bag. If the bag was the equivalent of birth control there would have been a terrible accident a long time ago.

As well I had made the mistake of patronizing this restaurant during the latest heat wave. They had renovated recently and their pot lights make the small restaurant VERY stuffy. They have aircon, but for some reason didn't have the sense to use it on that day we went, and it made me queesy thinking of all that raw fish in 30+ degree weather. As I was eating my spicy salmon sashimi I tasted what I can only say was very questionable sushi--I quickly spat it out and rinsed my mouth with tea. This was very bad food poisoining waiting to happen.

I hate to be negative, but I feel Sushi Town has gone downhill in the last little while. They weren't the greatest sushi joint in town, but they were always consistent and reliable, but had little room in terms of going down in quality, and I think they have surpassed that threshold. I'm sorry Sushi Town--it's good bye.

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Kingsway Sushi3665 Kingsway, #110, Vancouver
Great AYCE Experience
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 6:26pm [Dine in]

My friend and I (group of 9) dined here last night and got the limited menu (about $20 per person before tax/tip), and although we had to wait despite our 7pm reservations we were pleasantly surprised once we got to our table. The service was so quick and efficient that the food started arriving before we had even finished ordering (the servers use PDAs). The server was always present when we needed something (a rarety in some AYCE restaurants) and the food arrived perfectly cooked and tasty. I have eaten in a lot of sushi restaurants in Vancouver and now prefer a la carte usually due to the lower quality of AYCE. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety and quality of the limited menu which included deep fried scallops, beef/salmon/tuna/hokkigai sashimi (unlimited), edamame, perfect, succulent, non-chewy short ribs, and perfect oyster motiyaki. You also get pretty good mango pudding for dessert (tapioca pudding is available with the deluxe menu). I can't wait to try to deluxe menue next time.

The ambience was nice for such a big restaurant and there is free parking. The restaurant seemed clean, and the decor seemed pretty new. Great for a small or big group.

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Buffet at River Rock, The8811 River Rd., Richmond
You can find better elsewhere
Submitted Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 9:12pm [Dine in]

I have been to this buffet numerous times, and every time it gets worse. The first time I went it was with a big group of friends/coworkers and it was a decent venue for a gathering like that. The second time I took my family and it was satisfactory. Then I went there with just my husband in November 2008 and unbeknownst to us they are under renovation, but there were no signs or indications of that. They were charging full price ($30/person for their "seafood dinner buffet") and the minute we were getting seated we realized what a mistake it was. The seating area was basically a hallway and a little section the size of a cafe. The salad bar was bigger than actual buffet, and looked like most stuff was sitting around for hours. There were many bowls that needed to be replenished, but no one was doing that. The hot food was very limited with one roast station, some chicken drumsticks in brown sauce, mussells in sauce, calimari, and cooked crab in chili sauce (impossible to eat). There was the cold crab legs in the salad section, but it was difficult to crack, very salty, not very fresh, and covered in barnacles. Not very appetizing. They also had shrimp (unpeeled). For $30 you would be expecting a lot more. The food was either under a heat lamp or in chafers like some cheap buffet. You could probably do better with Uncle Willy's. This is a far cry from the nicer casino buffets you will see in Vegas, and you are better off spending your money on a restaurant meal elsewhere or some all-you-can eat sushi restaurant if you want seafood. My husband was a glutton for punishment agan so we gave it another try thinking the renos are done--boy were we wrong. Again there was no indication of their reduced service/selection and we paid to find out that we were facing the EXACT same situation as last time. It was just as bad, if not worse. They won't even refill your drinks or take away your plates because there was only ONE hostess. You can find better elsewhere.

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