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chasiubowNorth VanSince January 18, 2006675 Reviews
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3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
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Sushi Station1643 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
utility sushi
Submitted Friday, December 4, 2009 - 10:57am [Dine in]

After a busy day at work Mrs. C and I were looking forward to some takeout and some TV. SS was there for us. As the previous esteemed reviewer remarked, the place looks crappy inside, but at least it was clean. Service was actually okay (i.e. quick and courteous), so I guess we caught them on a good day. The owners appear to be a family from the PRC, so I guess they are happy to be here :) We got a couple of the combo boxes to go and they featured Cali roll, salmon roll, tuna roll, assorted nigiri, and we added a beef teriyaki roll. All the sushi was tasty and fresh, and I was surprised that the tuna/salmon rolls were so big. As for price, it was well under 20 bucks to feed us to full to bursting. Good for takeout.

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New Szechuan Restaurant511 Cottonwood Avenue, #1, Coquitlam
still good
Submitted Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 1:59pm [Dine in]

Our usual weekend dinner gang were looking for some cold-weather food, and we decided to come back to NSR after a one-year absence. The place looked about the same as last time (crappy), but it was a bit more worn around the edges. It was clean though, and that was the important thing. Service was good throughout the meal, and all the food and tea arrived quickly. This place is not licensed, so no beer is available to go with the spicy food. We had a spicy cold beef tripe appetizer, lamb with Zoran sauce, eggplant with chilies, deep fried tofu and brown sauce, Szechuan green beans, and Chinese bread (both steamed and deep fried), plus rice. All the food was great tasting and inexpensive. Despite the humble appearance this place does awesome Szechuan. We ought to go back more often.

Recommended.

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Kent's Kitchen5659 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
get it and go
Submitted Friday, November 20, 2009 - 3:03pm [Dine in]

I went here recently for takeout and it was a satisfying if impersonal experience. Basically they have steam tables and you order pay and run. The place seemed clean enough for my liking and it was functionally decorated. Service was perfunctory, but that is what you want at a place like this. I ordered fried vermicelli noodles with beef, tofu and mushrooms. Amazingly they filled two takeout containers and then proceeded to charge me a ridiculously low price for what I got. As for taste, the food was okay even after being microwaved when I got home, but I did notice a distinct lack of the much coveted beef in my order. A good choice for hungry people on the go.

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Ebi Sushi22359 Dewdney Trunk Rd., Maple Ridge
good enough
Submitted Friday, November 20, 2009 - 2:56pm [Dine in]

I had lunch here recently with some co-workers and it was an okay experience. The restaurant had that suburban Japanese sushi look, including some annoying bamboo mini fountains, pseudo-Japanese art, kabuki masks, etc. It was clean though. Service was fine but there was a bit of a language barrier to overcome. As for food, it was quite good. I had Cali roll, tuna roll, salmon roll, miso soup and some decent gyoza. My colleagues had a variety of rolls, and one in our group had a stir-fry which was on special. No complaints with the chow. As for value, four of us ate well for about 60 bucks.

A decent choice if you are in Mayberry...

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Yan's Garden9948 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
okay for what it is
Submitted Friday, November 20, 2009 - 2:48pm [Dine in]

The usual weekend dinner gang met up here for a Friday feast. The restaurant had the typical Chinese banquet joint decor, and it seemed clean enough, although I noticed the carpet was incredibly filthy.

Service was okay except when there were long absences when no server was visible. We had a variety of dishes, including beef with gai lan, salt and peppery deep fried squid, deep fried chicken, and ma po tofu. All were okay except the chicken was undercooked and so we had to send it back for a re-fry. The manager gave us a free tapioca dessert as an apology, and that was nice. The price wasn’t too bad.

There aren’t many options in the North Road Korea-town area for Chinese food, so it is a good choice if you are in the neighbourhood.

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Pantry Restaurant, The21707 Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge
bland and unexciting
Submitted Friday, November 20, 2009 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

A group of us were doing a networking breakfast and the Pantry seemed like a non-contentious choice for brekky. The place looked like every other Pantry location, and it was clean and comfortable enough. Service was okay throughout the meal, so no complaints there. We had a variety of dishes at the table and everything was just fine. I enjoyed some eggs Benedict which were unremarkable. As for value, it was not too pricey, but not cheap. Overall a bland and unthreatening experience. I will probably go back when I want another forgettable meal.

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Mama's Chinese Kitchen3311 East Broadway, Vancouver
poor
Submitted Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 4:38pm [Dine in]

Our usual dinner gang was on a shopping trip to Costco and we decided to swing by this place for a late lunch/early dinner. The restaurant used to be a sushi place and it kept most of the old fittings, except for a big steam table at the cashier's station. It was a kind of crappy inside, but the w/c was clean.

The staff was friendly and the owner kept telling us how good the food was. Mrs. C and I decided to order some stuff off the steam table and our friends ordered a la carte. We had something like vegetarian ma-po tofu, deep fried sardines, a house spring roll, thick noodles with soy sauce, vegetable fried rice, scrambled egg with tomato, and sweet and sour pork. Our friends had vermicelli with chicken in soup and vermicelli and seafood in soup. All the food was amateurish, cheaply made, and tasted pretty awful. A perfect storm of awfulness. To be honest I think it was worse than what you get at a low rent food court. The portions were very big, but who wants a big plate of muck? At least it was inexpensive.

Not recommended.

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Lisbon Bakery2454 Hastings Street East, Vancouver
a little different
Submitted Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

Mrs C and I were buying chasiu at a nearby shop when we spotted LB. I have passed this place many times on my way to one of their competitors, but I saw a sign offering doughnuts and I couldn't resist.

The bakery was dingy and could be a lot cleaner, but the smell of tasty baked goods made up for that. They had the usual Chinese bakery stuff, but they also had things I hadn't seen at other places. For example, they had jelly doughnuts. Yes, doughnuts! And not the Chinese kind (although I like those too).

We ordered a couple of jelly doughnuts, slices of carrot cake, Italian cake, coconut delight, pineapple delight, and white cake. The 'delight' cakes were light and fluffy, and tasted like their flavour names. I wasn't crazy about the pseudo-graham cracker crust on the bottom of the cakes as it was too sweet, but the rest of the cake was good. As for the doughnuts, they were sublime, and they had coarse sugar on them instead of the powder you get at other bakeries. The carrot cake was okay, and the Italian slice was an adequate facsimile of a Napoleon, although it was a bit oily. I will be eating the white cake after this review :)

Service was great, and the server was able to explain what each cake contained. As for price, it was ridiculously cheap, and I felt guilty paying so little. Well, almost.

An okay choice when you need something new.

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Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill3860 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
nothing special
Submitted Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 10:44pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were enticed to go to SC because I was looking forward to trying the festive meal available there this month. We invited special friend A to accompany us. This SC was nice enough inside and reasonably clean, except for the disgusting w/c. Service was okay when it occurred, but really slow due to the lack of staff. As for value, my meal was really cheap, but the appetizer garlic bread was too expensive for what we got, and the meals my companions had were no bargains either. My festive meal was a little small, but tasted okay except for the vile dipping sauce. Mrs. C's quesadillas were tasty and a decent portion, and our friend's ribs were reported to be good. We also had drinks which were moderately priced.

I don't think I will be back any time soon. It was kind of depressing.

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Hon's Wun Tun House268 Keefer Street, Vancouver
my old friend
Submitted Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 8:27pm [Dine in]

I was in Chinatown getting a haircut and I needed food fast. My beloved Mrs. C suggested we go to Hon's. I hadn't been to this location in a while, and I noticed right away that it was much cleaner, even the usually scary w/c. Service was good and friendly, and we had our order quickly. This time I had beef brisket and shrimp won tons in soup with noodles, and Mrs. C had the noodle soup with chicken. We also took advantage of the 37th anniversary potstickers at a dozen for $3.37. That was a sweet deal. There are now 4 flavours of posticker, but I like the pork best. All the food was tasty and I felt like I was eating with grandma, since she hated to cook and always went to restaurants.

We left with full bellies and warm hearts. What else do you need?

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Sun Fresh Bakery House245 Keefer Street, Vancouver
still good
Submitted Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 8:14pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were in C'town and looking for buns. We stopped into SFBH, and they had the goods. The place was clean but a bit run down. Service was friendly and efficient, and they had the great steamed buns with pork and pickled vegetable that I craved. As for price, at 6 and a half bucks for 6 and no GST it worked for me. Definitely a good place to get buns, but go early or the selection is slim.

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Mr. A's Patio Restaurant21025 48th Avenue, Langley
big buffet
Submitted Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

Our usual dinner gang were craving something different, and Mrs. C remembered that a friend had recommended this place for buffet. Since 'buffet' is the most beautiful word in the English language, we felt obliged to try the offerings here.

The restaurant is located at the Newlands golf club, and since we are not Langley people we had a little trouble finding it. After a scenic trip through farm country we finally found it. There was plenty of parking and a choice of two dining venues, the restaurant and bar upstairs. Since we wanted buffet action, the restaurant was the only choice.

The place looked like a big banquet hall, and I suspect that is what it is most of the time. It was nicely appointed and everything was clean, including the w/c. There was a band playing which added to the ambiance, but we wanted food.

As for service, our server was friendly enough, but she would disappear for long periods. Since it was buffet her only job was plate clearing and drink top-ups. When our server wasn't around we just stacked our plates on the table and waited for them to disappear.

There was a decent selection of buffet items, and of course a giant slab of prime rib at the carvery station. We accompanied our meal with some wine which was a bit pricey for plonk. The buffet cost 20 bucks, but if you wanted coffee, soft drinks, or dessert, it was 6 bucks more. Considering it was in the middle of nowhere they should charge a little less. Despite the price the place had plenty of customers. I guess there aren't many alternatives in the area. As for the food, we thought it was tasty enough, but nothing really special sticks in the memory. If you want to eat a lot and not be surprised, this is the place.

Good for hungry farmers.

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Fresh Slice132 West Esplanade, Unit 120, North Vancouver
convenient
Submitted Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

I have been waiting for this FS location to open for quite a while since it is conveniently located near the BC Liquor store, and I usually pass it on my way home. Imagine the convenience of getting pizza and beer all at once! (almost) Okay so the parking in the area is awful, but I like the adventure of finding a spot for the chasiucruiser.

The restaurant itself was clean enough including the w/c, and it was all nice and new inside. The server was friendly and my order was ready quickly. As for price, it was very good since I had a coupon. I got a XL Hawaiian. There is no "large" size at FS. It was big and had lots of toppings, but I have to admit that although it was hot and fresh it was not the best tasting pizza. In my experience, you get what you pay for. Still for the price I could not complain. And I could buy beer next door. What more could you ask?

Good for hockey nights.

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Old Spaghetti Factory50 8th Street, New Westminster
an odd experience
Submitted Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 10:26am [Dine in]

Mrs C and I were in NW looking for chow with a couple of friends when we decided to try OSF. It was a couple of years since my last visit, but the place was about the same. Odd decor, reasonably clean, cheap food. The menu seemed to have changed slightly since my last visit, but most of the old favourites were still there. This time we had chicken parmesan and seafood marinara. Our friends had the same items. Our server was quite rude and kept trying to up-sell us with extra cheese, extra meat sauce, etc. I asked him if these “upgrades” cost extra, and he was very evasive at first but finally admitted that yes there was an extra charge. I told him not to up-sell me and he got very upset and started to argue. Luckily the manager took over and service improved dramatically. I took pity on the obviously deranged server, since the poor devil obviously did not plan on ending up as a minimum wage slave and likely aspired to be a cowboy or fireman like most kids do. It was so sad.

The food when it arrived was tasty if uninspired, and we accompanied our meal with some moderately priced beer. Portion sizes were a little small, but we expected that. As a previous reviewer remarked, they give you 3 courses, so between the salad, the bottomless bread, and the dessert ice cream we managed to get full. Plus it wasn’t too expensive, at about 80 bucks for all 4 of us including drinks and tip. An okay experience except for the poor service.

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Roast Bistro Cafe & Grill22456 Lougheed Hwy, #102, Maple Ridge
porky's
Submitted Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 2:18pm [Dine in]

I was with a colleague and we wanted a nice lunch in Hooterville (aka Maple Ridge). This place was supposed to be pulled pork paradise, so in we scampered get some porcine lunch action. The restaurant is not large but it was nicely decorated and very clean, including the w/c. Service was terrific, and the staff made recommendations about which meals were on the must have list. I went with a pulled pork sandwich on ciabatta bread with coleslaw. I declined the included side of beans. My colleague was persuaded to try the lasagne. Both were excellent, and the portion sizes were big. As for value, the meals were quite cheap, and we both feasted for about 20 bucks including drinks. A definite go-to place for the pork lovers out there, although I hear great things about the schnitzel burger...

Recommended.

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Pho Hoang Vietnamese Restaurant3388 Main Street, Vancouver
good enough for the ancients
Submitted Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

The ancestors summoned us to eat with them and they decided to go to PHVR for some reason. Usually we have Chinese food when we eat with the old ones. I kept thinking that tomorrow is Ancestor Day in China, but since everyone at the table was alive, there was probably no connection. The restaurant was nicer than on my last visit, with new (and clean) carpet and some other renos. Service was good too, but one uncle insisted on talking to the Vietnamese manager in Cantonese. That was disturbing, although she could understand and speak to the venerable kao fu. Extra service points to the manager for putting up with us.

We had a variety of dishes, including spring rolls, salad rolls, roast chicken legs, and a variety of vermicelli-based meals, both with and without soup. I decided to be contrary and I had a beef curry on rice. It was quite tasty, although it was not like other curries I have had before. The other dishes were also reported to be good, and the chicken on vermicelli without soup was the unanimous choice for best dish of the evening. As for price, we all ate well including appetizers and beverages for about 15 bucks each. Luckily I did not have to pay :)

I will be back soon now that pho weather is here.

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Taste of Paradise1399 Commercial, Vancouver
shawarma time
Submitted Saturday, October 24, 2009 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were on the Drive and craving food. We spotted this place and it caught our interest. There are actually 3 food stands within the same space offering Lebanese, pizza, and cafe fare. We both decided to go with the chicken shawarma at the Lebanese stand, and my beloved dining companion added lentil soup to her order. The shawarmas were big, fresh, and full of ingredients. They tasted great, and they were not terribly expensive. As for the lentil soup, it was spicy and tasty. Service was friendly and fast, and the staff were all quite chatty. The only complaints were that it could be a little cleaner, and the place was a real magnet for street riffraff. That detracted from the experience. Otherwise a great spot to get your shawarma on.

Recommended for takeout.

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Belgian Fries1885 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
not the best ever
Submitted Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 7:06pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were on the Drive and looking for chow when we spotted BF. Since I had heard good things about the place I suggested we give it a try, and my beloved co-diner agreed. The restaurant was quite dirty, and the w/c was sticky and nasty. Counter service was quick, although they gave us the wrong order. After examining it to determine it was not for us, we handed it back. Amazingly, they served the food to someone else right after we returned it. Not very hygienic...

We shared an order of the poutine with Tunisian lamb sausage. It was disappointing overall, and the skinny sausages on top tasted almost like those hot sausages you can buy at 7-11. As for the gravy, it was flavorless, and the cheese was not melted. I have had the poutine at Costco and it is better and cheaper. At least they had beer, but it was not cheap. Actually nothing at this place was reasonably priced.

Can’t recommend.

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Dockers Diner1869 Powell Street, Vancouver
a real diner
Submitted Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were in the chasiucruiser and we were craving breakfast. There was a half-eaten bag of trail mix in the glove box, but we figured we could do a little better. We were heading downtown for shopping so we decided to stop at DD since it was on the way.

The restaurant looked very basic inside, although it was tidy. I also checked out the w/c which was hidden in the kitchen area. It was very rustic. Clean though. Unfortunately, all the booths were taken, so we had to sit at a tiny table in the middle of the restaurant. My fellow diners seems like friendly urban types, and there were no weirdos or scruffians in the crowd. I would feel comfortable taking my mum to eat here.

We ordered a Denver omelet for me and ham and eggs for my beloved dining companion. Both meals came with coffee and toast. I would not say it was gourmet fare, but the food was well-prepared and very filling. The coffee was terrific, and we were impressed by that small but important detail. As for price, it was well under twenty bucks for the two of us. Service was great throughout the meal, with coffee top-ups and quality checks, although the servers seemed to be in conflict with each other. Very home-style. I think the dysfunctional relationships added to the charm of the place. The staff were friendly to the customers, so no worries there.

A good place for breakfast for folks with reasonable expectations.

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
great
Submitted Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 10:49am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were celebrating another year of married bliss, and we decided to go to Le Croc to see what all the fuss was about. Now we know. The restaurant was well-appointed, comfortable and clean, including the w/c, but it is getting a little bit dated and could use a makeover soon.

Service was very good throughout the meal, and the staff did not condescend even though we were clearly not part of the lah de dah crowd. In fact, everyone was very friendly. We had heard that you could spot famous people here, but in that regard we were disappointed. I didn’t see any celebrities, but I noticed at least three couples consisting of young Arab guys with their ‘escorts’. I guess they cater to all sorts here. The majority of the diners were couples in the 35-50 range out for a good meal. Much like myself and my dear Mrs. Chasiubow.

Since there were no famous people to distract us, we could concentrate on the food and drinks. We started with a house special martini for me and a champagne cocktail for my dining partner. The martini was a little disappointing, but the other cocktail was quite good. In addition to the compendious menu, there were lots of daily specials which our waiter was able to recite from memory, and he offered his opinions about each item. That was very helpful to us, since we were a little overwhelmed. We ordered the signature tomato gin soup, snails in pastry shells, and bone marrow with toasts to start. All were quite good, although I was expecting more from the escargot. The bone marrow was a little oily, but packed with flavour. My soup was great.

As we were finishing the appys, we got complementary goat cheese tarts which were out of this world. We also ordered some nice rosé wine. I was impressed that there were lots of wine choices in the $35-$60 range, so we could drink our fill without remorse.

For mains we had the caribou which was on special, and the rack of lamb. Both were truly amazing, and the meat was tender and flavourful. Presentation was superb, and we had sides of tiny perfect veggies, and some fancy French fries, which were light and crispy. I should mention that even the humble bread basket was filled with tasty fresh delights which was a nice complement to the meal.

For dessert, we were given a complementary pear sorbet that was the most incredible sorbet we have had in our lives. We also ordered a crème caramel and apple tart with ice cream. The crème caramel was very good, but the apple tart was a bit heavy and sort of
disappointing. We finished off the meal with a lovely glass of Banyuls, a French dessert wine and some complementary chocolate crocodiles.

Overall a mostly awesome experience. I don’t think we could eat like this every day (or even pay for it), but for a special celebration Le Croc was an excellent choice.

Highly Recommended.

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