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chasiubowNorth VanSince January 18, 2006675 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (2.9)
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Hanami Asian Cuisine3211 Grant McConachie Way, #C3380.1, Richmond
dreadful
Submitted Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 10:32am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were flying to LA for some shopping and stargazing when we spotted this place beside the Timmy Ho's in the departure area. The thought of shelling out 8 bucks for 1/2 a sandwich on the plane filled me with righteous indignation. Plus I was hungry.

The place was reasonably clean and there seemed to be lots of people buying food there, so we decided to see what was available. The price was higher than normal, but we were at the airport. We looked at the giant pictures of tasty food behind the serving area and decided on a bento box for me and a udon for my beloved travel companion. Service was fine and the staff seemed to enjoy their work.

I am sorry to say the bento was nothing like the picture. The gyoza were small and hard, the sushi was stale, the salad was wilted and the chicken teriyaki had seen better days. The udon was too salty and Mrs. C did not finish it.

I wouldn't have thought it possible that any restaurant could make airplane food look good. Now I know.

Not recommended.

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Urban Fare305 Bute Street, Vancouver
beats the food court
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 3:03pm [Dine in]

I was in the DT and craving some real food for lunch. I heard good things about UF, and decided to give it a try. The restaurant part is basically cafeteria style, but the offerings looked way better than any cafeteria I've seen outside of Europe. In Paris there is a cafeteria style restaurant called Casino (named after the supermarket), sort of like UF but a lot bigger. UF reminded me of a scaled-down version of that place.

Everything looked clean and there were lots of tables, but I came for take-away. Service was fine, and the server helped me to make my choices among the entrees. Food quality was terrific for the money. I had the lamb shank with rice pilaf and stir-fried veggies. Not bad for under 11 bucks.

A good choice for a nice lunch.

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Bino's Restaurants3312 Kingsway, Vancouver
crazy cheap
Submitted Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I went to B's for some family dining. We found the place was empty when we got there, and as previous reviewers remarked it was like a trip back 20+ years. The place itself was clean enough including the ancient w/c, but it could use a renovation.

Sure it is somewhat dated, but man is it cheap! It was like they forgot to change the prices in the last few decades. We had the spaghetti w/meat sauce plus salad and garlic toast special for less than 7 bucks each, and we added a half dozen chicken wings for less than 5 bucks. Incredible value! I would have given more stars for value, but the food wasn't exactly cordon bleu. But with those prices I could understand that quality was not top notch. Service was good and friendly, and definitely made up for the rather crappy decor.

All in all a satisfying experience, and easy on the wallet.

Just not for gourmets.

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Lingering Flavor Express Food3328 Kingsway, Unit 110, Vancouver
local tea spot
Submitted Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 10:24pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were looking for BBT, and we spotted this place nestled beside a big drug store and near a couple of other restaurants. They had a sign offering bubble tea, and so we ventured in.

The place was very clean and the server was friendly and explained that they had 3 kinds of BBT: milk, regular tea, and green tea.

BBT was 3 bucks so we went with strawberry, w/out pearls. The cup was quite big, and it had actual berries in there, but I found it too sweet for my taste. For the price I couldn't complain though.

I also noted the rather extensive menu, and the incredibly cheap price for pork knuckle. I plan a return visit soon for some solid food...

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Won Ton Noodles Restaurant1991 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
basic but good
Submitted Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - 10:26am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I stumbled across this place while driving out of Chinatown. We were hungry and in no mood to spend time looking for a restaurant.

The place was nice and clean including the w/c, but worn looking and in need of an extreme makeover. The friendly server/owner seated us right away and made suggestions about what to eat. Service was fine throughout the meal.

We almost went for the famous deer hotpot, but settled on yin yang chow fan (honeymoon fried rice) and mu shu pork. We noticed that the place is open until 5 am, and we stored that bit of info away in case we ever need a super-late night meal.

The food was tasty, especially the fried rice, but the pork dish needed more crepes. Overall it was better than expected and we had a good meal. Plus it didn't cost much.

Good for sudden food cravings.

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IHOP - International House of Pancakes4567 Lougheed Highway, #56, Burnaby
worth the wait?
Submitted Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 10:02am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were taking out of town relatives for a real Canadian breakfast and we opted for IHOP. The restaurant is located at the BW mall, so parking was not an issue. What we didn't count on was the huge lineup to get in. We had to wait about half an hour to get seated, which was not a problem for most of the group who just went shopping in the mall. Alas, poor Mrs. Chasiubow had to wait at the entrance like a hungry beggar while I took the younger relatives to the video game store so they could see the latest ultraviolence for their game consoles.

Finally we were let in and sat in a booth. I noticed that the place could be cleaner, including the w/c. Given the traffic volume, a little untidiness was expected. The restaurant was incredibly full, and the servers were dashing through the crowds like interpretive dancers on meth, trying to keep things moving along.

We had pancakes of course, and also crepes, country fried steak, and the usual bacon and eggs. All were good, but I noticed the pancakes looked nothing like the ones pictured on the menu. The one thing I always like about IHOP is that the coffee is good. No disappointment there.

Overall a satisfying breakfast, except for the long wait.

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine628 6th Avenue, #103, New Westminster
quite good
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 10:35am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were entertaining the relatives and she craved for Malaysian. I wanted to try someplace new and THMC filled the bill. The restaurant itself is across from the Royal City mall and it was nicely appointed inside and very clean including the w/c. The place was super-busy so I was glad I called for a reservation. Service was good, and we were pleased at the numerous quality checks and drink top-ups.

We had a variety of dishes including roti canai, satay, curried lamb, beef rendang, pineapple fried rice, beef with asparagus sambal, spicy eggplant, and a house specialty noodle dish that was kind of like mee goreng, but better. All the dishes were excellent. I am no expert, but I thought it was some of the best Malaysian food I have had in years. It was really good.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal and I was praised like a food god for my excellent choice. Not bad when you consider that all I had to do was show up...

Highly recommended.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
chaotic, but good food
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 10:19am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were taking a few visiting relatives for a Vietnamese meal, and we picked this place based on the reviews on the DH site. We had an interesting experience.

The restaurant is in Chinatown, which is usually dead quiet after 6pm. This place was bustling though, and there were patrons spilling out onto the street. That looked like a good sign, so we asked for a big table and waited to be called. After a brief wait, we were in and seated. The restaurant looked clean enough considering the traffic going through, and the staff were all friendly and helpful despite their obvious stress. I never found the w/c, so I can't report on it.

We ordered several bowls of the house beef noodle soup. It was tasty and had beef balls and beef pieces, plus the usual noodles, and some crispy fried onion on top. The soup was good and the noodles were just right. The onions gave it a unique flavor. We also had the house specialty pan-fried squid in onion and pepper which was excellent, and some seafood noodles, which also were very good. I wanted to try their Chinese donuts, but they were out. Maybe next time.

All in all a very satisfying meal. If you don't mind the crowds it is a good choice.

Recommended.

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Roastmastir's Coffee House1902 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver
looking for BBT
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 10:05am [Dine in]

I was in North Van and craving bubble tea and I remembered that Mrs. C told me that this place had the goods. I scampered in and checked it out. The shop was nice and tidy and looked like a haven for coffee-lovers. They had lots of bakery items and a huge menu of coffees.

But I was there for BBT. After a brief survey of the menu and a chat with the counter guy, I decided on a coconut milk tea without pearls. This was lucky since I was told that they had run out of pearls and jelly.

After a brief wait the BBT was ready. The taste was okay, but there were too many big ice chunks, and it was extremely frothy. Not the greatest, in my opinion. At least it was only 4 bucks.

I might be back for coffee or something, but never again for tea.

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Chiclets Tea House4500 Kingsway, #1138, Burnaby
good + cheap = happy
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 9:50am [Dine in]

I was in the mall with my nephew and we were discussing the importance of BBT in a well-balanced diet. Suddenly we were both thirsty. We decided to try this place because it had a sign saying it had authentic Taiwanese BBT. Since C-mall is the unofficial TW shopping capital of Burnaby, we took them seriously.

The place is in the busy market section of the mall, but the kiosk was clean enough. The owners/servers were efficient and were able to tell us what some of the more exotic tea fillings were. This place has more than pearls. They have several kinds of jelly and even pudding. Yes, pudding!

I had a fresh banana milk tea with coconut jelly, and my nephew went old-school with a honey milk tea and pearls. Both were excellent and terrific value at $3.75 each.

I will be back soon.

Recommended.

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Kashcool222 Pemberton Ave, North Vancouver
racism is not kool
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 5:11pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were entertaining out of town relatives, and I made a reservation for the crew to try the local Iranian food. One of Mrs. C's siblings married a nice Persian girl and she craved for the native delicacies.

I arrived before the rest of our party to make sure the table was ready, but as soon as the manager got a look at me suddenly they 'lost' my reservation and had no room in the 2/3 empty restaurant. I guess I wasn't their kind. When my Persian relative arrived, I sent her in alone to ask for a table. No problem, we got tables on the patio right away. The staff seemed a little upset when the rest of the dinner party came in and sat down, but it was a fait accompli at that point.

The food wasn't too bad. We let our expert guest order, and had some tasty kebabs, some dishes that looked like tzatziki and hummus, a stew dish with pomegranate and beef, some nice salads, and rice with saffron. All were just fine. The ambiance was okay and was very Iranian with all the trimmings, but the w/c was quite nasty. The rest of the place could have been a bit cleaner, but it wasn't too bad. We were a little surprised at the high prices, but Iranian cuisine is a niche market even on the North Shore, so the cost wasn't entirely unexpected.

Not a bad meal, but I was shocked that such blatant racism exists in Canada. They should leave their hate at home.

Can't recommend.

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Torarenbo8191 Park Rd, Richmond
good sushi here
Submitted Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 10:31am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I decided to take some visiting relatives for an informal dinner here based on the good reviews on this site. We were not disappointed. The restaurant itself is rather plain and could use an update. Surprisingly, the w/c was new and was very clean. The restaurant was really crowded for a Tuesday night, so I figured it must be either really good or really cheap.

The manager seated us and a very helpful server was at our table in an instant with menus. Various servers returned often to make sure our tea pot was full and to do quality checks.

We had a set dinner with a couple of add-on items. Basically it was sushi, sashimi, tempura, chicken karaage and oyster motoyaki. All were fantastic, and the nigiri sushi and the karaage were particularly good.

It was a satisfying meal. In other words, good and almost cheap.

Recommended.

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Come Along Seafood Restaurant2550 Kingsway, Vancouver
better than expected
Submitted Monday, August 18, 2008 - 10:34am [Dine in]

I was at yet another family dinner and this time around we were at CA. The owner used to be a chef at a restaurant in Richmond and he decided to open this place. They have been open for a few months and they are really trying to please.

The ambiance is typical Chinese banquet restaurant, and it was reasonably clean. One big surprise was that the w/c was new and tidy.

We had a set dinner for ten, and it was more than enough to feed 14 hungry diners. It had the usual favorites, but some dishes that really stood out were the crispy chicken and the squid balls. Also the bean plant leaves with mushroom was a tasty dish. Even the shrimp and chasiu fried rice and the efu noodles were better than average.

Service was good and the food was hot when it arrived. The place was really crowded but the servers kept up without any problem.

Most new restaurants start strong for the first few months and then things start to slide. I suggest that you try this one before the inevitable decline.

Recommended.

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Mill Marine Bistro, The1199 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
see the seaplanes
Submitted Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 8:09pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I decided to celebrate summer with a trip to the MMB. The view is good, and the pub itself isn't too bad inside. I felt kind of strange sitting behind the rope on the patio and watching the dog-walkers, and the seaplanes were REALLY loud, but the fantastic view was ample compensation.

It was a bit early for din-din so we had snacks. We shared an order of nachos and a 1/2 pound of shrimp. The nachos were a bit dry, but the shrimp was a great accompaniment to our beers. Service was good and not too obtrusive. The only real complaint was the price. It was about double what you would pay in any normal pub, and that definitely affected my enjoyment of the food and drink. I believe Mrs. C actually gasped when she saw the bill.

Will I be back? Depends on how much I want to throw my money away.

For the high rollers...

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Cafe Gloucester3338 Cambie Street, Vancouver
downhill slide
Submitted Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - 2:47pm [Dine in]

We went to check out Gloucester because Mrs. C reported that it was open again after the long nightmare of Cambie construction had ended. I think they have new management. I could see that all the old staff were gone.

The place looks the same inside but it isn't quite as clean. The w/c was nasty, and the rest of the place could use a good scrub.

Service was okay, so no complaints there. The menu was different than before the closure, and I tried the pork and rice with satay sauce, and my beloved dining companion had efu noodles with mushroom. Both dishes were quite bland, and we needed hot sauce to give them flavor. I also had a side order of borscht, and it was not as good as before. At least the meal wasn't expensive.

I normally won't review a place twice, but I wanted to warn my fellow diners that even though the doors are open again, the old place we enjoyed is long gone...

Sadly not recommended.

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Colosseum Pizza and Steak107 East 12th Street, North Vancouver
awful
Submitted Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 10:26am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I went to check this place out for some pre-Olympic eating. You need to have a full stomach to watch other people doing swimming, diving etc.

The restaurant was a little run down and not terribly clean, so we decided to sit on the patio. The server was friendly enough but he was quite slow and seemed to prefer sitting in the restaurant. I noticed that the only other patrons were a couple who seemed to be smoking and drinking quite a bit, but hadn't ordered food. Maybe that should have been a warning to us....

This place does pizza and pasta and we decided to try the spaghetti Bolognese, with meatballs for me and regular meat sauce for my beloved. I also indulged in iced tea and we shared a Caesar. The salad was okay, but we got dinged for sharing it. As for the spaghetti, I got 2 (I counted) marble sized meatballs in a small soup bowl of pasta with watery sauce from a tin. Mrs. C got a similar entree, only without the pair of micro-meatballs. She remarked that we could have made better at home. I replied that our two meals combined would almost equal a regular portion at Bravo across the street.

The worst part was when we paid. We were grossly overcharged. Well the menu does say prices may change without notice. Maybe that was it :(. It was bad enough that the food was ridiculously expensive, but to compound the insult with tiny unappetizing portions and then to pad the bill? That was just unacceptable.

Definitely not recommended.

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Kurumba Restaurant3003 St. Johns Street, #107, Port Moody
aye kurumba!
Submitted Saturday, August 9, 2008 - 9:42pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I took some friends for an end of week feast, and the idea of Sri Lankan food sounded interesting. As it turned out, this place is basically a Malaysian restaurant, but it was a decent meal at a good price.

We ordered beef and pork curries, yellow rice, chicken wings, Szechuan green beans with pork, stir fried diced roti canai with beef and an order of regular roti canai.

The service was good and the chef himself checked on us at the end of the meal. Ambiance was just okay, but it was clean, including the w/c.

The food was all good, although the curries were nuclear hot, and we had trouble eating them. The curry sauce was really more of a broth, but I was told that is the style. In fact, the roti canai (both kinds) had the same sauce. The chef explained they grind the spices on site, and patrons clamor for the hot curries that they make from scratch. The chicken wings were very good, as was the green bean dish. Even the lowly rice had an interesting flavor. I almost gave 4 stars for the food, but the curry was just too hot, even though we asked for mild.

Will I be back? Maybe, but I will avoid the hot hot hot curries.

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Lazy Den Tea House3003 St. Johns Street, Unit 105, Port Moody
satisfying
Submitted Saturday, August 9, 2008 - 9:24pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I had just finished dinner with some friends at a nearby restaurant and our tongues were on fire. We scampered into LDTH for some quick refreshment. The ambiance was quite nice, with a choice of sofas or regular table/chair combos for your reclining pleasure.

The have a pretty extensive menu of bevvy's too. Mrs. C selected a banana/strawberry slush, and we decided to share. Our friends had piña colada BBT and a coffee milk tea. All were reported to be excellent, and I thought my real fruit slush was a great deal for $3.50 including tax. Each BBT was 3 bucks. Pearls are extra.

Service was good, and the price was right. I'll be back.

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Barefoot Kitchen1725 Davie Street, Vancouver
fun
Submitted Saturday, August 9, 2008 - 9:10pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I wanted some real Japanese food, and we thought about this place. After all, there is more than sushi...

The place is in a basement location that used to be a Chinese joint. They have a colorful foot motif, and it is a fun atmosphere. Everything was new and clean, and the w/c was particularly hygienic, and it also had soft music playing inside to make ablutions more comfortable. I note that the main body of the resaurant had different music which was more conducive to feasting. You can almost forget you are underground.

The menu isn't very extensive, but it has curries and a few other things like deep fried items and some pastas.

I had the beef yakiniku, which is stir fired beef and onions. It came with a dollop of potato salad and some pasta. I upgraded to include a side of rice and some wakame (chicken broth and seaweed) soup. Mrs. C had seafood curry with rice. She reported that it could use more seafood.

All the food was tasty, and I thought the soup was interesting. Portion sizes were good. Service was excellent, and no complaints there. It was reasonable value for money, but not crazy cheap for what you get.

Recommended.

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Jaguar Lounge & Restaurant1796 Nanimo Street, Vancouver
tasty
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 9:20pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I usually don't trust reviews (good or bad) when the reviewer is a one hit wonder, but the previous reviewer gave a pretty honest assessment of this place. Bravo to you, I say.

We arrived at the Jaguar (it's name in Cantonese sort of means 'hangout', and sounds like 'po'). The restaurant was very modern looking and the ambiance was good. Even the w/c was clean and looked brand new. The only downside was a slightly musty odor because the building is a bit old.

We surveyed the extensive menu (they have lots of drinks) and decided on a beef curry w/rice for me and short ribs w/rice for my beloved. I also indulged in a banana milk tea, and we each had soup: lobster bisque and borscht. Of course we both had the $1 lobster tail. If you order a set dinner or combo like we did you get discounts on the soups and drinks, and that adds to the savings. The only reason I didn't give more stars for value was that the set dinner did not include dessert, like at most Chinese places.

The food was pretty good. We both enjoyed the soups, and the BBT was light but flavorful. As for the mains, they were very tasty and the portions were generous. The lobster tail tasted good, but I noticed that mine was a little small compared to what Mrs. C got. But hey, for a buck I wasn't complaining.

Service was fantastic. The staff seemed eager to please. I was told the place was only open for a month. That probably explains the enthusiasm. I'll be back soon.

Recommended.

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