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chasiubowNorth VanSince January 18, 2006675 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (2.9)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)

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Displaying 281 - 300 of 675 Reviews Found
Marble Slab Creamery7527 Market Crossing, Burnaby
deluxe
Submitted Monday, August 4, 2008 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

I saw this place and decided to try the famous ice cream. They have lots of choices and I sampled some of the tasty flavors. The place was nice and the staff was friendly. The ice cream sure was expensive though...

After eating some free spoonfuls, I settled on birthday cake flavor in a regular waffle cone. They can mix all kinds of stuff into the ice cream, but I was chillin' old school. I did watch the helpful staff demonstrate the world famous chilled marble slab mixing table. That was different.

The ice cream tasted great and I even liked the cone. So it was good. Just pricey.

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Genji Japanese Restaurant7533 Market Crossing, Burnaby
nice food, but costs plenty
Submitted Monday, August 4, 2008 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

I was in the Burnabi desert with Mrs. C and we were hungry. We spotted this place and decided to give it a try. The ambiance was nice and modern and the place was clean, including the w/c. As the previous reviewers mentioned, the staff aren't Japanese. Actually they are Koreans. I say so what if they get the job done.

After a brief look at the menu, we decided a pair of miso soups, and then on beef teriyaki don for Mrs. C, and California roll, beef teriyaki roll and tuna roll for me.

The food was pricey, but it was well prepared and tasted great. The presentation was first class. Service was excellent, and no complaints there. My only real complaint was the price. They should work on that.

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Shang Noodle House350 Gifford Street, New Westminster
soup-o-licious
Submitted Sunday, August 3, 2008 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C had a hankering for ramen and we had nothing better to do, so we went to the SL casino and tried the nearby restaurant. Shang means modern, or au currant, or whatever. It sure looked modern inside with tinsel bird nest lights over the tables, big flat screen TV's, and cool furniture. Even the w/c was cool, with copper colored floor and modern fittings. Everything was clean too.

The service was quite good, and the menu had interesting choices. We went with an orange banana smoothie, a plate of deep fried eggplant, lamb ramen for me and pork ramen for my beloved soup craver. We also got the usual complementary tea, and even that tasted better than average.

The smoothie was very good, and was a little lighter than I expected. As for the eggplant, it had a great texture, but the flavour was a little bland. After all, it was touted as garlic and chili deep fried eggplant. I couldn't taste either of those, but a little sweet and sour sauce fixed that issue.

The ramen was great. The broth and non-noodle ingredients were tasty and imaginative, the noodles were really good, and my lamb was strong and 'lamb-tastic'. If you like mild flavour, the lamb is not for you... Even the lowly pork ramen turned out to have delectable slices of pork belly cooked to perfection.

It was way better than one would expect of a noodle joint, and definitely worth a return visit.

Recommended.

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Little Bean Bubble Tea House3700 No. 3 Road, Unit 1055, Richmond
good slush
Submitted Sunday, August 3, 2008 - 9:45pm [Dine in]

I was in Ditchmond and craving something cold. Mrs. C suggested this place and we motored over to Yaohan to check out the action. There is fierce competition in the area for your BBT dollar, and so the price was cheap. $3.75 for a fresh strawberry slush.

"Woo-Hoo" I cried, or would have if I wasn't in the middle of a crowded shopping centre. In my heart I was whooping for joy, anyway.

Service was quick, and the ambiance was pure food court, but it was clean. As for the slush, it had just the right consistency and flavour. Next time I will try the bubble tea for $2.66.

Recommended.

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Red Robin801 Marine Drive, #100, North Vancouver
lacklustre
Submitted Sunday, August 3, 2008 - 12:09am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were dashing out for some pre-fireworks food and we needed it in a hurry. We stopped at RR, and dashed in for a quick bite.

The place was nice enough inside, and it looked clean. Plus it was quiet. Maybe too quiet. There were 3 tables occupied including ours. That seemed weird for a Saturday night.

Service was okay, but the servers seemed to be mostly gossiping at the bar and weren't really paying attention to the few customers. Food was nothing to write home about. I had a guacamole bacon beef burger which was slightly undercooked but tasted fine. Mrs. C. had a basic burger. Her burger came with exactly 10 fries. Now that is what I call portion control ! ;( We didn't have time to order more or to check if her meal came with bottomless fries. I had a beer that was served in a wet glass, so it was flat by the time the server plunked it down on the table.

Would we come back? This place is only slightly better than McD's, so I doubt it.

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Elephant & Castle385 Burrard St, Marine Building, Vancouver
expecting more
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2008 - 5:21pm [Dine in]

I was at a big lunch with colleagues in the DT, and they decided to try this place. I had high hopes going in, based on the reputation of E&C and the fact that I have long admired the art deco magnificence of the Marine Bldg. Maybe I hoped for too much...

The restaurant itself was nicely appointed (like an Earls) and was clean and new looking. The problem was the service. The staff could have tried a bit harder, and not clustered at the back of the restaurant. Maybe the throngs of diners terrified them. I had a club sandwich and salad. The sandwich was merely okay, and the salad was wilted and not appetizing. Others in the group had burgers and wraps, and no one reported anything close to a "WOW" reaction. With so much competition in the DT market, E&C has to try harder if they want to survive.

I know this place is new, so I might come back in a month or so to see if things improve.

At least it wasn't expensive.

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Jambo Grill & Good Morning Paan3219 Kingsway, Vancouver
something different
Submitted Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 9:19pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I wanted to try something different, and the reviews on this site were intriguing. Plus we checked out the web page for the restaurant. We found the place easily (it is next to the Raja theater), and we ventured in. The place is really big, and looked nice inside with comfortable seating, etc. They were playing an eclectic variety of music at a reasonable volume. The overall ambiance was good. Okay, the w/c could have been cleaner.

I ordered the flavorful mogo pili pili as our appy (cassava french fries, fried in a hot sauce), and we had mango lassi and chai. Both beverages were tasty. For mains Mrs. C went with the chicken tikka Caesar, and I had chicken curry. We had naan bread and rice and a side of coconut chutney.

The food was okay, but except for the mogo it didn't really impress. I could have had better Indian food at lots of other places. The service was well-intentioned, but scattered and glacially slow. Our mains arrived over about 25 minutes, and in no particular order. Example: My curry arrived 15 minutes before the rice. Still the server was friendly and didn't seem malicious.

Overall I would say it was a mixed experience. I might go back if they get their act together.

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Moose's Down Under Restaurant830 West Pender Street, Vancouver
tucker
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 2:42pm [Dine in]

Apparently that is what they call food there. I went for a business lunch and it wasn't bad. The restaurant itself is in a basement but it looks like a rec-room bar and has the usual big screen TV's, dart boards, etc. The ambiance is very welcoming.

The whole restaurant does an Australian theme, and sure enough most of the staff and patrons sounded like they were from Down Under. I had a kangaroo burger and my companion had an Aussie meat pie. We had to decline the authentic beers as we had to be sober for work later... The food was pretty good, but the roo tasted like beef, so I could have saved the money and just had a regular burger. Service was excellent with no less than three quality checks.

It was a different experience, and way cheaper than flying halfway across the planet to have an Australian meal.

Recommended.

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Renfrew Dim Sum Seafood Restaurant1800 Renfrew Street, Vancouver
good dim sum
Submitted Sunday, July 27, 2008 - 9:06pm [Dine in]

A gang of us went to RDSSR to check out the dim sum, based on my auntie's recommendation. It was pretty good. Cheap too.

The ambiance is typical Chinese banquet restaurant, with the usual fittings. All the servers wear nice uniforms here, which gives you an idea of the sort of place I am talking about. The service was good throughout the meal, so no complaints. The place was reasonably clean too, although the w/c could use a scrub.

We had all the usual dim sum favorites, and I recommend the so-called 'superior dumpling', turnip cake, the ham soy gok (I don't know the English name) and the super-sized hargow and siu mai.

All the food was good and the price was right. Plus there is free underground parking.

Recommended.

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Bravo Cucina1209 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver
the Italian job
Submitted Sunday, July 27, 2008 - 12:02am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were craving some pre-fireworks food, and we decided to try BC. The restaurant is nicely appointed inside and looked clean. The service was solid despite the fact that the place was packed. We were seated on the patio, and we got bread with oil/vinegar dip and water right away. After a brief look at the menu, we decided on a Caesar and Fettuccine Expo 86 for me, with Spaghetti Bolognese for my beloved. I should add that they ask for an extra 4 bucks if you split your salad with a fellow diner. That is just stupid and greedy. I struck a blow for justice by giving Mrs. C a few mouthfuls of my salad. No charge...

The fettuccine was quite good and I thought the sauce was interesting, although the shrimps in the sauce were previously frozen. As for the spaghetti, it was reported to be good. The salad was somewhat wilted, and not too appetizing.

Will I be back? Not likely. It was really expensive for what we got.

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Curry Feast1265 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
tasty curries
Submitted Friday, July 25, 2008 - 8:24pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were looking for chow in NV and we spotted this place. The previous occupant was a less than great place, so we were intrigued to see a new player. We trotted inside and were impressed with the ambiance. Everything looked nice, and it was like going into a friend's home.

The manager seated us and we discussed menu options. Alas, no liquor license yet, so we had water. We ordered butter chicken, lamb curry, some rice pilau, and naan bread. While we waited, we enjoyed papadam and 2 types of chutney.

Service was great, and the food was excellent. The lamb curry was not the usual, and it really tasted good. Same for the butter chicken. The naan, which is usually an afterthought, was outstanding. The price point was slightly higher than some places, but you definitely get what you pay for.

Recommended.

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Sushi King House8176 Granville Street, Vancouver
big
Submitted Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 11:13am [Dine in]

I was craving sushi and when I saw a review for this place on the DH website I decided to give it a try. Mrs. C and I had a little trouble finding the place at first, as it doesn't exactly stand out.

The inside was nice and clean if a bit plain. The servers were extremely friendly and my tea cup was kept full. The prices seemed a little expensive until I saw the size of the rolls. WOW, they are huge!

We had the tuna combo, a tuna/salmon plate and a beef teriyaki roll. The size of the pieces was ginormous, but the flavour was all there. I recommend the spicy tuna roll. I also recommend not placing a big order until you see the size of the sushi ;)

Overall a tasty experience, but I have to say I prefer my sushi a little smaller.

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Kolachy Co.595 Burrard Street, Unit 303, Vancouver
nice buns
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2008 - 2:46pm [Dine in]

I was hungering for lunch in the DT and after wandering though Bentall I spotted this place. "Hey I've heard of these guys", thought I. Yep, the famous Kolachy buns.

The ambiance was food-courtish, but the counter server was friendly and the area was clean. Plus there was a delicious bakery aroma. I asked for a BBQ beef, but alas they had sold out. I went with the backup beef & cheese. It came in a whole wheat bun and was packed full. The flavour was great. It wasn't messy, so my shirt-front was saved from shame.

The buns are cheap for what you get, and one was enough to satisfy me. I will be back for more soon.

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Kishu Sky1815 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
nasty service
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2008 - 10:57am [Dine in]

I was in Kits with some friends and we decided on the spur of the moment to check this place out based on the fact that they had a patio. I should have noticed it was a Kishu restaurant because I have had bad experiences at one of the other locations, but I was careless. I came to regret my choice.

The server was downright rude from the get go, and he seemed to treat our orders as an imposition. After an interminable wait, the food came. It was okay, but the fish tasted a bit off. Might have been the heat. I had a selection of sushi, and my friends had bento boxes. I ordered a beer, and after a couple of reminders the server brought that too.

During my wait I checked out the premises. It could have been a bit cleaner, especially the w/c. I mean this was Kits after all.

The worst part of the meal was at the end. The menu price was not the price we were charged. When I asked the server, he said it was too expensive to change the menu. I pointed out that the prices had been written in pen and in some cases whited out and re-written. I suggested that they charge what the menu said, and not make up the prices. After negotiations with the manager (who refused to speak to me directly) they relented. Or so I thought. I was presented with exactly the same bill as before! I paid and left, vowing never to return to this clip joint.

Not Recommended.

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Siegel's Bagels1883 Cornwall, Vancouver
what's all the fuss?
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2008 - 10:43am [Dine in]

I was heading to a play nearby and decided to try the famous bagels here. They have lots of bagels, and the option to have a sandwich combo, etc. As a previous reviewer said, they are expensive. Plus, meat and dairy on a sandwich isn't kosher. Of course, hardly anyone in Vancouver keeps kosher, but it would be more authentic.

The place was tidy, but it was tiny and hot. The service was just fine. I had a Reuben and it was good, but it would have been better on pumpernickel. I also had an extra pickle, and it was tasty. I really liked the smoked meat. Unfortunately the bagel was not the best ever. Maybe I got a stale one.

I've had both smoked meat and bagels in Montreal, and while I am no expert, I can say this place serves up reasonable versions of each. I did not think the bagels were the 'best in the world' as their web page declares, but they aren't bad.

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East Grill1227 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
east meets zest
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2008 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I took some friends to try this place based in part on the previous review. It really is like an Asian food Cactus Club. The restaurant looks like an Earls (or a CC) with dark wood booths, mood lighting, a well-stocked bar, and the all-in-black servers.
Service was excellent and the place was nice and clean.

We had the Szechuan green beans and the lettuce wrap as appys, and followed up with yellow curry chicken, seafood pad Thai, chicken fried rice, and beef sizzling plate. The appy's were quite good, but the mains were uneven. For example the pad Thai was nuclear hot, and could not be finished. The curry didn't taste like curry. Everything else was quite good. I found the price to be expensive compared to regular Chinese places, but the ambiance was worth the extra money.

I think the restaurant is still going through some growing pains, but as soon as the kinks are worked out this place will be awesome.

Recommended.

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Templeton, The1087 Granville Street, Vancouver
dirty, but the food is okay
Submitted Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 7:44pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were out looking for chow when we spotted this place. We passed it many times, but finally decided to give it a try. The restaurant is in a crummy part of town, but it is conveniently located near the peep show and adult emporium, for those among you who enjoy a bit of a seedy nightlife...

The restaurant itself attains a lovely 'old diner' motif. By that I mean it is dirty and run down. Despite this, the staff are friendly, and the food isn't awful. I had a bacon cheeseburger with fries and a lime soda, and Mrs. C had a chicken burger and Caesar. The burgers were okay, and the Caesar was quite good. The fries were only average, and the soda was 'different'. It was a bit pricey for the location and food quality, but if you want to safely experience the real underbelly of the city this place might be for you.

For the adventurous.

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Bubble Tea Express148 Chadwick Crt., North Vancouver
good bbt
Submitted Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 7:23pm [Dine in]

I was at Lonsdale Quay and craving BBT. This place had what I wanted. You can get real fruit bubble tea for 4 bucks tax included. So far I have tried the pineapple with pearls and the strawberry with jelly. The ambiance isn't much, but the place is clean, and the servers are friendly. My only quibble is that the BBT is really a slush w/o tea. Despite that it tasted great. Plus it is conveniently located near the Seabus.

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Showcase1122 West Hastings St., Vancouver
nice vindaloo
Submitted Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 7:13pm [Dine in]

I was out for a business lunch with a couple of colleagues, and they both wanted to try this place. I have never been, but I was told it had a daily curry special. They certainly did. The restaurant was nicely appointed and the staff were all very attentive. The whole place was spotless. We were seated at a nice table and all of us had the beef vindaloo and pineapple soda. It came with rice, chutney, and tiny naan breads.

I found the vindaloo to be a bit too fiery for my taste, but the presentation was awesome. It was also a bit expensive. Luckily I didn't have to buy :). The soda was also quite good.

Recommended for big spenders.

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Mui Garden Restaurant5960 Minoru Boulevard, Richmond
love the curry
Submitted Monday, July 14, 2008 - 11:29pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were once again in the ditch and she suggested MG. I love their "quite possibly the best" curry, and Mrs. C was craving some soup. We hurried into the restaurant and prepared to feast.

The ambiance was a little rough, and the place could use some extreme cleaning, but the server was friendly and efficient. They had a set dinner for $7.50, and for a buck more I could have bubble tea. I went for a beef brisket curry with rice, and a strawberry bubble tea. Pearls or jelly do not cost extra, which made the BBT a super value. Mrs. C had bitter melon with beef and black bean sauce on rice and the soup of the day, which was a nice Chinese pork soup. It was reported to be very satisfying. We also had roti which was pretty good. It came with more of the savory curry sauce.

My curry was excellent as usual, but I found the BBT to be a bit sweet. As for value, we both ate well for 20 bucks. Enough said.

Recommended.

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