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bunniBurnabySince January 26, 200816 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
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Kamei Royale1030 W Georgia Street, #211, Vancouver
Not all that impressed by the food, happy with the service
Submitted Monday, February 22, 2010 - 5:22pm [Dine in]

I came here for a party a while back, and I had to say this restaurant is a real mixed bag.

On one hand, you have excellent service, decent tasting food and a nice atmosphere to dine in.

On the other hand, you have overpriced food and drinks....I know this place is downtown but I know a handful of Japanese restaurants that can serve me with food as great as (if not better than) Kamei Royale's at a better price.

If these people lower their prices, I'll come back. Otherwise, it's not worth being a regular.

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Sushi Garden4635 Kingsway, Burnaby
Good Sushi, Bad Service
Submitted Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

Came here for a snack. This was my first time going.

Food: Excellent Alaska, Dynamite and Tuna Rolls. Smoked Salmon was good too, but hard to eat. Alaska roll is definitely my favourite, but it could probably just be because of the generous helping of tobiko...

Service: Yikes. In the middle of eating, we were served with our bill. Flagging down a waitress is also impossible. This place is really a miss with their service, but I guess the whole point is to serve the crowd and then bring in the next set.

Value: Didn't pay much for all we ordered; for two people it was $20.00 or so.

Ambiance: Plain and humble. Nothing special but it could use a good deep cleaning....

I'd come here more often but perhaps only for a "to go" type of thing. It's not a place that I can sing high praises about, but it's better than some of the other Kingsway area sushi places. (Sui Sha Ya, anyone?)

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Rex Rotisserie & Grill1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
Not Bad.
Submitted Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

Came here because I was sampling food for an upcoming event. When I came in, I felt a little out of place because it is a VERY upscale place. (I'd never been here before; it was a suggestion of my boyfriend to come here.) Nonetheless, the manager was still very polite and friendly, and a server was summoned immediately to take us to our table.

Alcoholic beverages were pushed, but my friend and I wanted to pass on the alcohol so we ordered virgin drinks. The server we had definitely knew his stuff and explained to us what the soup of the day and the lunch specials were. In the end, I went with the farfalle pasta and my friend went with the prime rib. We also ordered the spicy calamari as an appetizer. Delicious! There was also some bread, and that bread is by far the best bread I've ever had. It's the right texture before a somewhat heavy lunch.

My pasta was delicious, but I wasn't happy to find tails still attached to my shrimp. Scallops were cooked and still juicy and tender, not dry. I had some of my friend's meat, and it was cooked just right - not burned and with much flavour. Their fries are also delicious.

Only thing I was not happy with....was the fact that there was no debit machine! I had to run to the bank to grab cash, and I was so upset because I had to leave my friend behind....but I got the money, thank god, but shaved off a bit of the tip for making me have to do that. Nonetheless, I will be booking my event there, and here's to hoping that the experience is as good as today's.

It's situated in a beautiful spot, lovely on a sunny day. Just be sure to BRING CASH!!! Or it might ruin your dining experience...

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Sui Sha Ya Japanese Restaurant4820 Kingsway, #236, Burnaby
Just Don't Come Here
Submitted Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 12:43am [Dine in]

My friend and I had had a craving for AYCE sushi this last week and a bit, so we made a pact to go for some today. Seeing as Shabusen and Fish on Rice's cut off times for lunch service were after our classes at SFU ended, we decided to try AYCE at Sui Sha Ya. Now that I know what it's like....I will always remember that I could never be paid enough to eat there again....

Service: Greeted efficiently but with little ettiquite. Nothing was explained to us, even though I said to the waitress that it was our first time eating here. They seated us next to the kitchen area, where it was very noisy. My friend and I could barely hear each other talking throughout the meal! Bill was presented 30 seconds or so after we asked for it; they somewhat rushed us to pay it and be on our way.

Food: OH WOW. What a ripoff! Almost everything was bite-sized - It IS all you can eat but they limit your orders! The Motoyaki was DISGUSTING - the Oyster tasted like corn and the Seafood one was just dry and full of salmon. Majority of the rolls we ordered were disgusting as they were served to us warm. (Spicy tuna, Chopped scallop) There was a very limited selection and the sashimi tasted like it had been frozen for awhile. The only thing I thought was okay was the Nigiri sushi. (Salmon and Tuna.)

Value: It's not worth it. I can't believe I paid $10.50 for really bad sushi and below par service.

Ambiance: This is probably why the food portions are tiny and the service is only okay. It's a nice looking restaurant, but that's about it. NICE LOOKING.

Overall....I'd never recommend this place for All You Can Eat. Regardless, I don't plan on coming back here again.

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X-Site Grill and Bistro4625 Hastings St., Burnaby
Good Snackin'
Submitted Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

I come here when I'm really hungry with a couple of friends and most of the time I'm not disappointed.

Food: Lunch specials are very good. I enjoy their chicken tztaki (it's not as good as Cristos Taverna's across the street but it's worth it for what you pay!) and their burgers are also pretty good. One of the clubs they serve (it has a ton of shrimp in it) are DEEEEEEELICIOUS! Drinks are more on the alcohol side; they're one of the few places I know that still serve RC Cola and ROYAL Orange Soda.

Service: The server that's usually there is pretty nice, but sometimes I've caught her watching sports games or news shows in the bar area while I've been trying to wave her down for our bill. Other than that, everything's alright.

Value: Good value majority of the time. I always leave there spending less than $11.00. (Couple of drinks & a meal, or when I cover mine and my friend's meals.)

Ambiance: It's pretty dark in there, but it's a bar and grill. Decor isn't anything special - it's not like it's a high-end/upscale bistro.

Overall: Good for happy hour, good place to go to with coworkers and friends. Not really for a sweet sixteen or huge party or anything like that. (Unless it's a drinking party, which I've seen tons of in here. But at least their customers are having fun?) It's nice for an afternoon lunch....and I'll leave it at that.

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Pearl Drops Teahouse422 Willingdon, Burnaby
Renovations? THIS PLACE IS A WRECK NOW!
Submitted Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 2:50pm [Dine in]

Oh my gosh....I remember when this place first opened. I was in high school at the school nearby, and we (occasionally) skipped class just to come here for a great bubble tea. It almost brings a tear to my eye when I think about how bad it's become.

Food: Their teas used to be excellent. Excellent as in, "on a scale of one to ten....eleven." Now their teas are watery and have very little taste. I went in there last week and ordered one of their cold matcha teas with pearls. Paid almost six bucks, I think, and I could have put the water and whatever it was together at home! UGH! Thinking that it was just that drink, I went there a few days later and bought the taro bubble tea. SAME WATERY TASTE! I didn't even bother getting any food because last time I bought a sandwich and, for the portion size, it's not worth me spending almost an hour's worth of my wages!

Service: I thought it was bad before, but it's gotten worse. The younger servers are nicer, but whenever the owner serves you they're pretty cold and can be demeaning if you don't give your order fast. Of the three times I went there in the last two weeks, I was rushed through my order twice. No wonder why a drink costs almost six bucks....you have to force people to tip you for your bad service!

Value: No, no and no. Not worth it. I'll just go somewhere else for my bbt, thanks.

Ambiance: Again, probably why they charge so much per drink now. The restaurant looked great the way it was before....it was very homey and cozy. Now it's like your standard snobby cafe. Not impressed!!!!

Overall: This place needs to get their act together. I know I'm not coming back until something good happens to it.

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Capstone Tea & Fondue1429 Robson Street, Vancouver
I Was Surprised.
Submitted Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

I was actually surprised because this place was better than it looked....

Food: I went there with a bunch of friends, and we had a hard time trying to figure out what to order, so we ended getting the cheese fondue for two. It was enough to fill the four of us, (well I guess that's what happens when the bread is bottomless... haha) and there were some interesting choices for dipping. They claim to use fresh emmental cheese but there was a bit of a chalky taste to the fondue at first. The bread was cut well (decent portions) but it reminded me too much of croutons. The teas were EXCELLENT! I tried the Coconut Milky with pearls and it was the PERFECT temperature and taste! I also tried one of my friend's passionfruit slushie with mango jellies and I had to say, I was VERY impressed. (If there weren't any teas, though, I would have given the food a three. That's how excellent they were!)

Service: The servers here were nice - I don't know if it was because of the time of day (I went at about 3:30 pm) or if it was just the luck of the draw. They weren't pushy at all and were very polite. We had a lot of questions, seeing as it was our first time here, and they were very kind in giving us answers.

Value: This is where it gets a little thin for me. My tea cost almost five bucks and the size was JUST okay. I wish the glasses were a little bigger....and the fondue....should have been CHEAPER! $15.00 TOPS is what I'd pay....not almost $20.00!!

Ambiance: It's very "mantra" inspiring. Reminds me of the food equivalent of Lululemon. There are words all over the walls and the "green theme" goes well with the whole health kick that they're trying to promote. The place was clean and kept well, but there was just something lacking in the decor that I couldn't put my finger on....oh well.

Overall: This is a good place to go for a healthy coffee or tea alternative or if you're just in the neighbourhood. It's not anything fancy but if you go with a couple of friends, you're bound to strike up a few memorable conversations over decent food and even better tea.

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KFC4605 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
This is the WORST KFC in the history of all KFC restaurants!!
Submitted Monday, January 26, 2009 - 7:06pm [Dine in]

I used to frequent this place a lot when I was younger, but everything - from the food to the service - has slipped dramatically.

Food: It's your standard, oily chicken. The only thing that's even worth buying here is the Macaroni Salad. Twonie Tuesdays are plausible, but not anything satisfying anymore. There are even times where there is still blood on the chicken! Gross!

Service: I don't know where to even begin about the HORRIBLE service. There's a team member named Ranjit who is always rude and can never get orders right. One time, I ordered a Spicy Big Crunch, and I had to repeat the order FOUR times before she got it right! She even yelled at me as if it was my MY fault...my friends even heard me say it, and they were sitting in the stools! They're bad with coupons too. Sometmes they'll allow modifications, and sometimes they won't. A good example is on one occasion when a team member wouldn't let me get gravy instead of a soft drink because her manager was in the restaurant....when a week prior, she let me do the swap for the gravy! And the manager? Oh goodness...the manager is terrible. All she knows how to do is yell at customers. Lineups are always long, and, despite having TWO cash registers, there is only one cashier to take your order. I've filed complaints against this location many times and have yet to have had any of my complaints addressed. Of all the team members there....I can't even think of ONE who knows what they're doing.

Value: Depends on what you get. Twonie Tuesday, if it's cooked properly, is the only thing that's worth it there. If you have coupons, it's worth it. The family meals are probably cheaper here, compared to other locations.

Ambiance: It's a fast food restaurant - it's only stools and a tiled floor. I must say that they do keep that area fairly clean.

Overall: Don't bother wasting your time here during peak periods. (6:00 - 8:00 every night.) It's not worth it. Come here if you want horrible customer service, and workers who don't have a clue as to what they're doing.

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Posh1788 W Broadway, #101, Vancouver
Not As POSH As I Thought It Would Be....
Submitted Monday, January 26, 2009 - 6:25pm [Dine in]

Food: I thought the food was the best thing of the night. (Probably because WE cooked it ourselves.) Drinks were overpriced, and I say this because we got a seat next to the bar area and saw ALL the ingredients used to make certain drinks. (Everything is just food colouring, flavouring and either sparkling water or a clear carbonated beverage!) The meat was very thinly sliced but the marbling was of excellent quality. Vegetables were, overall fresh and complemented the food well. I wish they had provided more sauce and LARGER pots....geeze. We had to do so many rounds of cooking because the pots were ridiculously tiny!

Service: BAD service. We were only luckyto get service that, for the purposes of this review, rate at a two, because we had made reservations a week ahead...but even THAT didn't get us seating for fourteen AT THE SAME TABLE! Gosh. Three servers were always on our case, trying to get us out of there on time. I didn't enjoy having to scarf my food down my throat just to satisfy their timekeeping. We even left with fifteen minutes to spare....and they said we had stayed past the time we were alloted. They didn't even thank us as we headed out the door!

Value: It was okay, but if you're going to factor in the service and the presentation overall, not worth my hard earned twenty-two bucks!

Ambiance: Modern and beautiful looking on the outside, but tiny and cramped on the inside. Bring two or three friends with you, but no more than that if you want elbow room.

Overall? Make reservations, limit the number of people in your party and be prepared to eat your food quick. And I mean QUICK.

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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Good, but I Don't Think Even Batman Would Go Out of His Way to Come Here...
Submitted Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 12:43am [Dine in]

Went there for a special event. It was OKAY.

Food: Portion size is small, but the mashed potatoes will MELT in your mouth. The meat they serve is tender and juicy - but get it medium rare. My friend got his well-done, and it was just barely edible. Another friend had a salad that had lettuce leaves that were BROWN. EWW!! Drink choices were limited, and did not really complement the meal. I honestly think I could have made better steak and mashed potatoes at home.

Service: Nice people. Decent looking, but they could be happier. Every server in our room looked as though they were contemplating our deaths or their own. One woman stuck out, though, as being the most melancholy of the bunch. Yikes.

Value: This isn't a place you go for something casual. I paid quite a bit for my meal. If it was based on just the food, then MAYBE I would. Seeing, however, that the value should include all the services and venues you received....it wasn't worth the sixty dollars I spent that night.

Ambiance: We had a room so it was nice. We chose our music, and it was nice to (at least try to) relax and savour our food. I must say, however, that the area our room was located in...reminded me of a dungeon. Yikes.

Overall, I'd go there for some drinks, probably. I wouldn't go there for a meal unless it was a special occasion and actually had some merit to it.

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Joey820 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Where Oh Where Has the Good Joey's Gone?
Submitted Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 12:26am [Dine in]

Was a big fan of this particular Joey's in October '08 when my friend recommended the location. At that time, I was particularly impressed...wish I could say the same this time around!

Food: I ordered the Butter Chicken. It was okay, flavourful, lively and refreshing. I tried my friend's pasta, however, and thought it was the most disgusting thing. EVER. I don't know what I felt worse for: my friend who was eating the pasta, or the pasta itself for being cooked in that atrocious blend of herbs! Mango mocktail was better than the first time I went there...there was actually some flavour to it for once!

Service: ARGH! It was bad! Those stupid doors are pretty heavy, and no one even bothered to open them for us! The hostess came running but was too late - we were already inside. To make matters worse, as soon as she asked us how many of us needed to be seated, she went back to talking to another staff member. NOT impressive. It wasn't even made clear to us who our server was. I had to spend five minutes trying to flag someone down for a drink....oh gosh. And don't get me started on the way the bill was presented to us. It wasn't placed in a folder, so when she put it down on the table, she put it on a wet area....we asked for another copy, and she said she didn't have time to print out a new one. GEEZE! Then at least TELL us what we owe your stupid restaurant so we can pay the bill and get the heck out of here!

Value: Yeah, I wouldn't pay a penny over what I paid that day. I didn't even tip our waitress 5% because of her standoffish attitude and inability to serve WELL.

Ambiance: Still lovely. Nothing special, but it was clean and clutter-free. At least I didn't trip over anything.

I'd go back if the staff weren't so wrapped up in themselves and they used WAY less garlic than they did. Bah!

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Stonegrill1661 Granville St, Vancouver
It Was What it Was....
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2009 - 11:52pm [Dine in]

Tonight was my first time trying the food at Stonegrill, and I was hoping that it would live up to all the hype that both the TV commercials and the word of mouth publicizing has gotten this particular restaurant. Overall, I was fairly surprised with the experience.
My friend and I made reservations in advance, of course, but ended up showing up a few minutes late. (The location is not a particularly good one on a foggy day, namely seeing as it is situated near water...you can figure it out.) However, the hostess at the front was very courteous and gave us the option of the Dine-Out Vancouver menu AND their regular menu. We took both, and were escorted to a nice seating area. (We had a window seat, but the fog made it a little difficult to see.) Our waiter was very polite, and, seeing as this had been our first time to Stonegrill, he briefly explained how the (literal) stonegrill worked. Once we were finished discussing the process, he left us in peace to order our food and figure out what we wanted. He came back promptly after we had decided what we wanted and decided to go with the Dine-Out Menu. I ordered the Soup Du Jour, (it was a Butternut Squash soup with a blend of vegetables) the Fish Trio and the New York Cheesecake, and my friend ordered the Caesar Salad, the Baseball Cut (AAA Sirloin, I believe) and the Tiramisu. The bread we were served was fresh and warm and we enjoyed that together with our starters. We also requested non-alcoholic beverages - I asked for a mocktail, but, since they didn't apparently have a specific "blend," our waiter offered us virgin margaritas. I had the Strawberry, and my friend had the lime. They were fantastic!
The food came about 15 minutes after we finished our appetizers, and the waitress gave us a good demonstration of how to cook our food. The fish was delicious, but I think I was a little less in favour of the tuna (the Fish Trio came with Salmon, Cod and Tuna) seeing as I enjoy tuna raw. The sides were baked season potatoes and assorted vegetables - and the potatoes were fabulous....can't say the same for the vegetables. My only dissatisfaction would have to be the fact that the portions are a little small. My friend's meat was good; I tried some and I regretted not ordering the baseball cut. I quickly finished my food but I was still a little famished. I could understand why as we ate our desserts. We were full, but not the "bloated" type you often get at certain restaurants. Our bill was delivered 10 minutes after we finished, and I had to say that I gasped a little at the price. Yes, it was Dine-Out Vancouver, but for the portion size....ehhh...I don't think it's worth it to come here unless it's 1) Once in a while, 2) Summertime, when there SHOULDN'T be any fog or other sight obstructions, and 3) Only if you're willing to drop a LOT of money. Overall, the food was good, the service was great, and the stone thing....kinda reminds me of something I could have done at Shabusen, except with a grill and some propane. But I'm content with the meal we had there. I'd go back, but not often.

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TGI Friday's4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Lay off! TGIFriday's is GREAT!
Submitted Sunday, January 27, 2008 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

If you're looking for anything that isn't a burger, this is a good place to go. (How ironic.)

The last time I went there, our assigned server was the most charismatic person I had ever seen. He was very encouraging, and practically cheered his head off every time we ordered something. It was a little weird, but strangely welcoming. He also never rushed us into ordering, and was very patient. (My boyfriend was having trouble trying to figure out what to order...the poor waiter must have come back to our table at least four times!) He also gave good recommendations for appetizers. The guy sure knew his stuff!

My boyfriend ordered a steak, and I ordered their Quesadilla platter. When the food came, it smelled great and it looked great. My food was excellent. The cheese was melted just right, and the assortment of other ingredients in my Quesadilla tasted sensational. It also complemented the rice very well. Unfortunately, my boyfriend didn't like his steak. He had ordered it Medium rare and it ended up looking a little more done than he wanted. However, upon complaining to the waiter, he apologized and rushed off to get another steak for him. This one was much better and they didn't even charge us for the second steak!

The ambiance could definitely use a little work, mainly because of poor lighting (I had to strain my eyes to see my boyfriend's face at some points during dinner) and the really strange red/white candy striped patterns that are seen throughout the place. It's tacky, but I guess that's what they're trying to emote in their decor....but I definitely do like the vintage vibe they give off in some areas of the restaurant. If you're lucky to sit near the window (especially at night) the view is amazing!

I found this restaurant to be convenient and decent, considering all the amenities close by. (IE: Silver City's right upstairs.) I will definitely be going there quite often!

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Cafe Dolce Nonna3790 Hastings St, Burnaby
Change your location and I'll go more often.
Submitted Sunday, January 27, 2008 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

I've been here a few times, and the food is pretty good. The younger servers are somewhat snobby, but for the most part everything else is fine. The biggest issue I have is with this place's location. It's totally out of place, (compared to the other stores and services on its block) not to mention it's not all that convenient compared to a couple of other places that serve just as good food as they do. If they were higher up along the heights, I think they would be a MUCH bigger hit.

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Double One Chinese Restaurant4057 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Great Place for Chinese - Even better for Chinese Takeout!
Submitted Sunday, January 27, 2008 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

Double One is a great place to go for a Sunday Luncheon or when ordering some fast Chinese takeout. If you're in the mood for a quick Chinese food fix, then this is the place in ALL of Burnaby to go to.

Though the food seems to have slipped in the last 3 or 4 years, it is still quite good. (Especially considering what you pay!) A few times I have ordered Yongchow Fried Rice, only to find that there were eggshells in them. The deep fried squid with spicy salt and hot pepper is often delicious, but at times, the flavour is uneven and I can taste whatever flour or powdered mix they're using to give the squid its texture. The Wonton Soup has ALWAYS been amazing. It's the most consistent dish I have ordered here. Their mini tenderloin steaks in a special sauce are also to die for. There are a number of dishes there, and everyone is likely to find at least one or two that suit their taste buds.

The service is impeccable! I am always greeted warmly by Tony & his staff. They go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable and feel like you're at home. I must say, however, that the restaurant does need a bit of a fix-up...the walls look like they could crumble at any minute! This is probably why I've opted for take-out in the last little while.

Overall, this is a great place to visit when you're with close friends, and are looking to share some great times, good food and be treated to great service! I can't see myself going elsewhere for Chinese food in Burnaby!

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Java Jazz Cafe and Bistro412 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Filipino Antithesis
Submitted Sunday, January 27, 2008 - 2:18pm [Dine in]

Being a Filipino, I was very excited to come into this restaurant and try what they had to offer. Unfortunately, I was let down right at the beginning of my visit when a rude staff member approached me, and said I had to sit in one specific spot with my friends, or they wouldn't serve us and we had to eat elsewhere. We were hungry, though...so we did as we were told.

The food selection was an abhorrence. I ordered something that look like it had been frozen for a year or two. The only good thing that came with my whole meal was the rice. It was cooked well, and very aromatic. Wish I could say the same for my side dishes.

The drinks weren't so great either. It had gotten to the point that the Coke I ordered was flat, and when I asked for another one, (I was willing to pay for it) the server flared up at me and said "those are all the drinks we serve here!" My friends and I rolled our eyes, knowing that this was the first - and last time we'd be eating here.

The only other thing I can commend them on, aside from the rice, is the fair Filipino ambiance. It's subtle without going too overboard, but it still reminds me of Philippines. So...all they have to do is renovate their food, their staff, their drinks, and just MAYBE I will return for another meal - or, at least a cup of coffee.

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