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bumblebee7VancouverSince March 17, 200832 Reviews
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2.5 (2.7)
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Nuba146 East 3rd, Vancouver
Good addition to the area!
Submitted Friday, October 29, 2010 - 10:15pm [Dine in]

So thankful that this place opened up just a few blocks from my work... ! Very small restaurant with table service, but you can easily just order up at the counter. I love the cauliflower and their chicken tawook. They also have fresh juices and smoothies. Super busy at lunch, so call ahead if you want take out. Because it's so busy at lunch time, the wait for food is a bit long, which is why I've rated the service only mediocre... however in all fairness, the serving staff were very nice and polite... just too busy to provide the proper service.

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Pink Peppercorn Seafood House1485 Kingsway, Vancouver
Nice little seafood place outside of downtown
Submitted Friday, October 29, 2010 - 10:09pm [Dine in]

I usually hit a downtown/yaletown/gastown restaurant for a nice dinner but decided on Pink Peppercorn this time around... and I was not dissapointed. Small place in need of someone with a better sense of design, but hey I'm here for the food, not for the decor (which is actually more comical than actually bad - with a big lobster by the entrance and fishing nets, and plastic crab and other shellfish/fish on the walls). The service was very good.... some of the same wait staff from the Cannery.. they even have the Cannery apron on! Very friendly and attentive. I had a clam chowder followed by a seafood pasta. The chowder was nice and rich and filled me up... I hardly touched my pasta because I was already full from the soup. The pasta was very good, it was a tomato based sauce... thick and tangy with a ton of seafood! My other half had a cesar salad, very light and good serving size for $7.95; followed by the salmon wellington which he only ate half the salmon as the portion was too big (had the pack the rest to go). I truly enjoyed my dinner, and to me, $24.00 for a salmon or halibut entree is a very good value. Parking was easy and free, and a great neighbourhood place to get to, instead of having to bustle downtown. The chef came out after to talk to all the patrons... a very nice touch.

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Chen's Shanghai Kitchen8095 Park Rd, Richmond
Favorite for Juicy Buns
Submitted Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

I come here everytime I crave Juicy Buns.... I've tried pretty much all the other Shanghai restaurants in Richmond and always come back to Chen's. Other favorite is their spicy wontons. Overall the food is good, prices are very reasonable but can't really say that I'v had good service. Like every Chinese restaurant, service is just so so... One time, my party of 8 was given a table with 7 chairs. We waited for 5 minutes in total for an extra chair, literally with 1 person standing up the entire time. They were just so busy to get us a chair. I guess that's why I come for the food and not the service.

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Roaming Dragon555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
New location on Georgia between Burrard and Thurlow
Submitted Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 2:52pm [Take-out]

I tried this out, after they offered a great deal on the Groupon website (too bad I only bought one).
Their menu is $6.00 per item or $10.00 for 2 and $15.00 for 3 items. Items are small, tapa size, so one item just doesn't cut it for the hungry person. Two is a good size... and if you have the cash.. go for 3! I had the deep fried rice balls (comes in 4). Rice with bbq pork (and I can't recall what else), breaded and deep fried and topped with a curry sauce.... love this! I could eat another order of these right now! The breading was light, the rice wasn't oily (surprisingly) and of course was delicious. The other item I had was the rib taco's (2 per order). This was okay.... strange that I can't recall what I don't like about it, just that I didn't love it. They lychee and basil drink was yummy and refreshing. The staff was very friendly and helpful, despite the line up of other people all holding a print out from Groupon.

they don't have an extensive menu but hey, it's a food cart, not a full service restaurant. And their prices ($10.00 is not on the cheap side) but hey you're in downtown Vancouver... it's expected. So I think I will be going back to try other items on their menu even without the Groupon.

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King Buffet4600 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Not a place to go to if you want GOOD Chinese food.
Submitted Sunday, July 4, 2010 - 10:08pm [Dine in]

If you're looking for good Chinese food, perhaps give this a miss. Dinner is $16.00 per person. The most expensive item on the buffet is crab, but it's too overcooked and not fresh. There's a few dishes with shrimp, and dim sum, but nothing that is worth $16.00. Basically you are paying to get variety. The service is slow as we had to ask for tea a few times. Our plates were not collected and had to ask everytime. The food was always running out and there were never enough servers to fill it up. There were 6 of us, with a total bill of just under $100.00. For that, we could have gone to a better restaurant and had a very good meal. The food was basically chow mein, noodles, fried rice, stir fries, sweet and sour pork, fried chicken, fried fish all fried using old oil. Dessert of swiss rolls, almond cookies which tasted like the store made variety, jello and ice cream (which ran out). So yes, you get alot of variety but nothing that I would return for. This in my opinion would be for someone who's never had Chinese food and would want the variety. For those who appreciate better quality, perhaps take your money to another restaurant and order a la carte.

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Golden Great Wall Szechuan Restaurant705 West Broadway, Vancouver
great value, and great food
Submitted Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 12:01pm [Dine in]

Came here for lunch during the week. Very busy place! The food was great, I shared 3 dishes with my guest, including the Shanghai Juicy Buns. At first I thought 10 pieces were too many but I ened up eating 7 of them to myself. I've eaten my fair share of Shanghai Juicy Buns in the lower mainland (pretty much order them whenever I see them on a menu) and have to admit that these were one of the bests I've tried. Very "brothy", not fatty like other places. We also had a s noodle soup dish and a dish what was what they called noodle skins with chicken and cucumber, served cold in a sesame/peanut sauce. Including tax, bill came out to $22.00. Very good price considering the amount of food. The best part was the food was of coures very very tasty. The service was fast and friendly (compared to other Asian restaurants. All in all, I know I'll be returning to try other items on their menu.

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Kam Do8391 Alexandra Road, #1140, Richmond
great value, good size portions
Submitted Friday, October 30, 2009 - 9:29pm [Dine in]

Pretty good food at excellent prices! I go to Kam Do so often I have their number stored on speed dial on my phone. They do take reservations! I lover their big bowl noodle combo for lunch or their mixed grill for dinner. $15 for the mixed grill but enough to feed 2 adults. Their drinks are refillable - can't find another Hong Kong cafe that gives free refills.

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Fratelli Bakery1795 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Cakes aren't very good
Submitted Monday, October 26, 2009 - 6:26pm [Dine in]

Ordered a Diplomat Birthday Cake over the weekend. I was told it is one of their more popular cakes next to the St. Honore cake. The cake was a boring plain white, no decorations, no colour, with the exception of the coloured lettering for "Happy Birthday", which looked more like a scribble. I've been more impressed by the writing on a Dairy Queen Cake. The cake itself was so dry, I couldn't tell if was "old" or just made that way. Price was reasonable $30.00 for an 8" compared to $40 for the same size at other places but I would much prefer to pay the higher cost for a much better cake!

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Angkor Restaurant4884 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Good but not like Phnom Penh
Submitted Monday, August 31, 2009 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

The menu is a bit limited, not too many rice dishes, or appetizers.
The prices are pretty reasonable, $6.00 for a small Phnom Penh Noodle or $6.50 for a large. $7.50 for small order of chicken wings (4 drumlettes/4 wings).

I had the Phnom Penh Dry Noodles, which were pretty good, not sticky and you can add the seasoning sauce to it yourself, so you can control how salty you like it. Not fond of the pork heart that's in it... so if you don't like animal inners, you should pass on this and stick with a rice dish.

The chicken was battered. And contrary to another review here, I didn't find the batter "light". My husband like the wings as he found it crispier because of the batter. Our chicken did come out a but under cooked, so they re--fried it for us.

It's a very basic place... all the tables were occupied on a Sunday at 1 pm, but the service (1 server) was still very attentive.

Overall the food is good, but I still prefer Phnom Penh in Chinatown with a more extensive menu, and I still prefer their version of the chicken wings.

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Sweet Chili Cafe5438 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
maybe I'm too picky...
Submitted Friday, August 7, 2009 - 10:28am [Dine in]

Came in one Saturday for their all you can eat buffet lunch. Thought it was a bit suspect when the "buffet" fit all on one small table. There wasn't much selection - chicken, beef, fish, rice and two salads, plus a dessert and fresh watermelon. It's always hard to judge the food in a restaurant based on a buffet but I did't think the food was that good.. it wasn't bad but not great... just acceptable. The cost for lunch was $12 per person. In hindsight, I should have just ordered a la carte.

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Osaka Teppanyaki1788 W Broadway, #103, Vancouver
not bad if you use an entertainment coupon
Submitted Friday, August 7, 2009 - 10:22am [Dine in]

I've been to enough teppanyaki's to not care about the show as they cook in front of me, however the chef was only so so... not as fast with the knife work as other's I've seen. The food is cheaper than Kobe, but it's an even better deal using the Entertainment Card. I had the steak and praws... the prawns were a good size, but the steak was a bit chewy. I left feeling very very full. We shared a table with another couple, so only the 4 of us. They have tables for 8's and 12's. So don't expect complete privacy unless you have enough to fill up a table. What I don't like is that not everyone in a table comes at the same time. We had a 6:30 reservation and it seemed that the other couple had a 6:45 reservation, so we had to wait at the table for a while before we could be served.

The food overall was okay.. I wouldn't go back and pay full price but would only go back with the Entertainment card.

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Prince Chinese Seafood Restaurant2881 Grandview Highway, Vancouver
just another dim sum place...
Submitted Monday, April 20, 2009 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

if you come on the weekends, get here before 11:00 (they open at 10:00) or after 1 pm as it can get busy. The dim sum is good but not great. Selections are similar to every other dim sum place, nothing new or too innovative. Though they are one of the few places that serve stir fried needle noodles and if you've grown up with that in a Chinese family you'll know what I'm referring to.

The service... I don't find them rude, but the service is non existent, basically you get your tea at the beginning, get your food in the middle and your bill at the end. Don't expect much.

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Gen Roku4854 Imperial Street, Burnaby
new little sushi place with great prices
Submitted Monday, April 20, 2009 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

Located on Imperial by the corner of Nelson, this was once a fish and chip whole in the wall. Not sure when it changed but I noticed it's now a Japanese restaurant. The inside is fairly small with 4 to 5 tables or so. Walls are white and glaring, so not much of a place for dine in unless you're looking for fast food restaurant feeling but they have pretty good prices.

I had their bento box (they have 2). It came with a miso soup, green salad, chicken terriyaki on a bed of cabbage, 2 prawn tempura, 3 vegetable tempura, 3 pieces of california roll and a good size bowl of rice. All this for a very good price of $5.00. I didn't end up eating the california roll as I was so full from everything else. The salad was the only thing not to my liking as it was served with a soy based sesame dressing and not the more common sesame vinagrette one I'm used to. There was plenty of chicken and the tempura were good size pieces. A bed of cabbage underneath the chicken is different from the usual bean sprouts is change but fitting because it's not at watery. I've had similar for about $8.00 - $9.00 so this is a great price for me.

My husband had their sushi combo for $6.00 that included 2 pieces of tuna and 2 pieces of salmon with a choice of cali roll, dynamite roll, spicy tuna roll, yam tempura roll or vegetable roll.

As I didn't eat any of the sushi or roll's I can't comment on the quality but my husband said it was good.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
always good food...
Submitted Monday, April 13, 2009 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

I remember going to the place growing up... it seems to be as good as always. Though a bit on the pricy side, the food is always delicous.. Filet Beef on Rice is still one of the best (can't seem to find this elsewhere), plus their chicken wings and prawn on sugar cane are always top of my to order list.

It's always super busy at lunch time and dinner on the weekends, so make sure you come early.

Like all family style asian restaurants, there's not alot to say about the service or the ambience. Basically you're there to eat, not to be catered to on hands and knees. They basically take your order and serve you, so don't expect too much.

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Dai Tung1050 Kingsway, #108, Vancouver
affordable dim sum but only acceptable quality
Submitted Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

The prices here are a steal. Perhaps that's why it's always so busy. We were here on Saturday at 9:45 (doors open at 9:00) and already there was a very busy line up that was on going (we left at noon). This restaurant still features dim sum on a push cart, which is a dying tradition in Vancouver. The carts were always in an abundance so no worrying about not getting food. The good thing with this restaurant is the push carts... because you actually see the quality before you order. And just seeing some of the items made us pass on ones we normally would order if it came off the menu. On the good side of that we also ordered things we would normally not if we've only read it on a menu as it doesn't sound as attractive on paper.

The portions sizes here are small and the quality is decent but not great. I guess the price makes up for the size as you just end up ordering more food.

For 6 adults - 19 dishes - total cost including tax and tip was $60.00 (we didn't order beverages). Not bad if you're looking for inexpensive dim sum but if you want great dim sum, and don't mind paying for it, try elsewhere.

Service - very limited, our tea was never filled up and plates never cleared. We had a stack of plates on the side of our table growing but was never cleared until we flaged down someone (twice). In one of the dishes, there was a remains of a piece of a scouring pad. We flaged down a waitress, who took the dish away and took it off our bill but did not bother to ask if we wanted another dish or even offer their apologies.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant3888 Main Street, Vancouver
Dim Sum...not as good as it used to be
Submitted Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

Sun Sui Wah "used to be" one of the top restaurants in the city but now a days with the plethora of dim sum restaurants, Sun Sui Wah has failed to maintain it's quality. Either that, or it's not kept up with the other newer and more innovative restaurants. The food quality and food portion is equal to that of a lower end dim sum restaurant yet the prices are still on the above average range. Though the service is still good, I hesitate go here again, when there are so many options out there.

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Urban Thai Bistro1119 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
okay place for thai
Submitted Monday, March 23, 2009 - 11:15am [Dine in]

Had lunch there recently.. didn't go for the lunch combo but went for their regular dishes off the menu. Had the Pad Thai, Ma Maung Zong Krong (with Chicken, mango and cashew nuts), and spring rolls. The spring rolls were very good... not oily compared to some other places. Pad Thai was not the best I had but still very good.. didn't have the heavy Ketchup taste that some othe restaurants have. Overall I was happy with the food and would return.

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Salsa & Agave Mexican Grill1223 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
great place for take out....
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 12:27am [Dine in]

Too small of a restaurant to eat at, but I enjoying coming in to pick up lunch etc., and prices are reasonable. This is not your taco bell type food ... and more authentic, so if you're used to the hard shell tacos or mexi fries, this is NOT the place for you, but if you love fresh guacamole and real salsa, give this a try.

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Earls1095 Mainland Street, Vancouver
not bad for Earls...
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 12:09am [Dine in]

I haven't been to an Earls for about 4-5 years now, and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of choices on the lunch menu and how far they've come from a few years ago, especially with the decor.

Thought the food is not "outstanding", so I can't rate it a 4 but I would say it's better than a 3. The large leather chair was comfy and the service was pretty good and as expected. No complaints there. I ordered an asian stir fry (can't recall what it's called) but it was pretty good... comparable to Wild Rice.

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Po King Seafood Restaurant5665 Kingsway, #150, Burnaby
I only go here cause it's close to home...
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 9:53pm [Dine in]

I live a block away from this restaurant. That's the only reason why I go here for Dim Sum, otherwise I would much rather drive. The service is passable at best... actually to correctly explain it, getting tea at the start and the bill at the end is about the most amount of service I've experienced in my numerous visits. Mostly it's self serve for me, as I've gotten extra utensils, napkins and even went to look for hot sauce from their serving stations.

The female hostess (I'm guessing is the owner) can't seem to shut up... she's constantly yelling at staff to do this, do that, move this.. clean this... it's a surprise she has her voice at the end of the day. Of course that can explain the lack of service from their staff, as it's probably not fun and really stressful to work for her. She makes you stand next to a table who's finished eating but hasn't even paid for the bill, telling you this is your table... how awkward is that!!?! I've seen tables that felt pressure to leave because of this.

I understand she's trying to run a business and be profitable, but when I go in as a table of 2 and end up waiting and waiting until pretty much everyone else who's waiting for a table, who's arrived after me has been sat down, only because she refuses to give me a larger table ticks me off... chances are my table orders more than a table of 3 or 4 as we always try to have left overs.

Her son and daughter also seem to work her on the weekends... though you'd have no idea they were workers. Some "guy" with slouchy jeans, T-shirt and a bad asian hair cut goes around collecting money on tables, kinda makes you wonder if he's legitimate.. that is until you see him behind the counter and realize he's actually someone who works there.

And finally... a minimum $25.00 just to use a credit card... mind you there's no mention of this beyond the small sign taped onto the cash register.

Why do I return you ask? Well perhaps I'm a glutton for punishment or perhaps in some bizzare way I find her entertaining who knows.. but If there were another dim sum restaurant in the area, I'd drop this in a second!

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