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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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Bubbling Bubble Tea House1252 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
not impressed
Submitted Sunday, June 15, 2008 - 5:15pm [Dine in]

I went with Mrs. C to grab a pizza at the nearby Little Casear, and I spotted this place which had recently opened.

It is very plain inside, and the staff are still getting the hang of running the place. The servers have no command of English, so it is necessary to speak very slowly. Still, they had 3 dollar milk teas, so I had ordered a strawberry one.

The milk tea itself had neither milk nor tea, but it did have frozen strawberry, so it wasn't a total disaster. Like I said, they are still new at this, so my expectations weren't high. I received more of a slush than a milk tea. It tasted okay and it was cheap, so I didn't complain.

Will I be back? No.

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Top Gun Sushi At The Quay810 Quayside Drive, #230, New Westminster
expensive, but okay food
Submitted Saturday, June 14, 2008 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

Our usual dinner gang met up at TG to sample the food. I thought 21 bucks for the economy menu (they have a 27 dollar one for the high rollers) was a bit much, but I hear the lunch is cheaper.

We were seated after a 15-minute wait, despite having made a reservation. It was a nice evening so we didn't mind. The view is awesome, but I doubt most of the diners notice, since this is an AYCE. The decor is quite plain, and it could be a bit cleaner, including the w/c.

The servers were very good, and no complaints on that score. As for the food, it was like that much loved Richmond sushi joint whose name you may recall. They have a decent selection even for the econo-menu, and I recommend the shrimp bomb and the chicken karaage, both of which were tasty. We had sake and beer with our meal, and these were slightly more expensive than at other places.

I might come back for lunch, but not for the dinner. I can get the same kind of meal cheaper at lots of other places.

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Kostas Taverna1133 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver
Not bad
Submitted Friday, June 13, 2008 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

I went here with Mrs. C because we were in the neighbourhood, and we wanted to try a new place. The restaurant has all the typical Greek touches: bright coloured walls, fake columns, pictures of quaint fishing scenes on the walls, etc. It was very welcoming and clean. Our server was a pint-sized fellow of about 12, but he was moving like a dervish, bringing orders, clearing tables, and doing quality checks. He was also very polite.

We ordered the lamb souvlaki for me, and the calamari entree for my beloved dinner companion. Both came with the usual rice pilaf, half potato and salad. I was very surprised when I asked for mint sauce. I think they made it on the spot because it had fresh mint, oil and vinegar. That was impressive. Both meals tasted fine, but the portion sizes were a bit small. If I had one real complaint it was that the place was quite noisy. The tables were packed in tight, and the place was full to bursting, so that might explain it.

Overall a decent experience, but could be a little better value for the price.

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Pizza Hut906 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
consistently poor service
Submitted Friday, June 13, 2008 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

I have been to this PH location occasionally, but I prefer the one on 16th. The place is clean enough, and the pizza quality is okay, but their service has been consistently bad. For some reason the counter staff here have been rude to me on every visit.

On the last occasion I visited they put the wrong toppings on my pizza. Last year they lost a takeout order I made. How is that even possible?

With so many other locations, I will never, ever, come back to this one.

Flame off.

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Creekside Cafe1368 United Blvd., Unit 104, Coquitlam
good for a quick bite
Submitted Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - 9:39pm [Dine in]

I was lost amid the furniture warehouse stores in Coquitlam and I needed to find a place to get some food. I spotted CC and in I went. They have some kind of foil on the windows so you can't see inside, but once I got past the anonymous looking exterior, I found a welcoming cafe inside. There aren't many choices in the neighborhood, and this place was packed.

The decor was simple, and it was clean enough. They don't have table service and you have to go to the central food prep/cashier area to order. I went for the club sandwich and fries. When I didn't throw money in the tip jar, I noticed the server suddenly became "Ms. Surly". Hey, she didn't do anything but take my money. Some other person made my food...

Other than that minor speedbump, the experience was fine. The food was nothing special, but it was good enough and was available when I needed it.

Will I be back? Only if I am nearby and hungry.

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Bubble Tea House2035 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
you get what you pay for
Submitted Monday, June 9, 2008 - 12:17pm [Dine in]

I was in NV and I was thirsty, so my thoughts turned to bubble tea. This place is conveniently located across the street from London Drugs.

When I first entered I noted that the place looked a bit shabby. On the plus side, they have sofas in the back so you can relax while you wait for your tea. On the downside, those same sofas were occupied by some rather scruffy looking folks, so I wasn't inclined to recline. The friendly server made my BBT quickly, so I didn't have to stand around long.

The tea prices were very cheap. My coconut milk tea was 3 bucks, plus 50 cents for jelly. I noticed my milk tea was basically powder and water, so needless to say it wasn't the best. It was more like coconut-flavored water.

To make matters worse, some of the powder didn't dissolve and there were chunks of it mixed with the ice. Plus, I noticed a distinct coffee flavour. Maybe they should rinse the plastic mixing jar once in a while...

In summary, I relearned the old lesson that you get exactly what you pay for.

Not recommended.

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Italian Tomato8380 Bridgeport Road, Richmond
let mama feed you
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 1:51pm [Dine in]

I took Mrs. C and some friends to this place because we were craving Italian food. The restaurant is hard to get to, because of the weird arrangement of roads in the area. Once we got to the parking lot, we found a spot to park and were quickly inside. Unfortunately we had to wait for quite a while for a table. I was distracted by the scantily clad servers wandering around, but Mrs. C did not find the ambiance as entertaining. Finally we got a table and set to ordering. The menu is all pasta with no pizza, but there are lots of choices. We shared various pastas, including spaghetti with chicken and olive oil, and linguine with shrimp in the same sauce. I ordered the veal Marsala with #11 spicy clam and shrimp sauce on fettuccine.

We also ordered Focaccia bread, the spicy sausage in sauce appetizer, and a big house salad. All the appies were good but there is no need to order extra bread since they give you complementary bread at the table. I tried the wine but it was a little pricey for the size and quality.

The pastas were all huge portions, but surprisingly my veal was a minuscule portion, about the size of two toonies, and about as thick... The pasta that came with it was tasty, but I never saw any shrimps or clams in it. So my meal was a bit of a rip off. The other pasta dishes seemed like reasonable value. As for flavour, I would rate it a little better than the food at ESM.

Service was good, but a little slow due to the number of guests. The ambience was just fine except maybe a bit noisy with all the people packed into the space. The w/c’s were clean and so no complaints there.

Overall some good points and some bad. Not like mama used to make, but for family-style Italian/American, not too bad.

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Tri-ty Cafe8100 Ackroyd Rd, #130, Richmond
good desserts
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 1:24pm [Dine in]

I was out with the gang and craved dessert. We found TTC on this website and we had a plan. The place was packed when we got there but they had a booth next to the entrance that seats dessert hounds and is also sometimes used as a holding area for customers waiting for tables.

The ambiance was modern and well-appointed, and we felt comfortable at once. They have an extensive desert menu, so it took a while to decide. I had a strawberry/pineapple slush that was excellent, and Mrs. C had sweet tofu with ginger. Our friends had various milk and regular teas.

The service was good and the w/c was clean. A good dessert experience I will soon repeat.

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Tim's Dessert House4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3250, Richmond
Bubble Waffles
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

I was craving some waffleage and Mrs. C suggested an old standby in the Aberdeen Mall food court. Mr Tim's has been around forever, and he serves waffles, custards and phoenix rolls just like you get in HK. The quality of the waffle was very good and it was super-tasty.

The service was good, but this place is in a food court so ambiance could be better. At least Mr. Tim's booth was clean, as was Mr. Tim himself :)

Waffle craving satisfied!

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Mr. Paris Bakery4501 North Road, Unit #222, Burnaby
Mr. Expensive
Submitted Friday, June 6, 2008 - 2:59pm [Dine in]

I was in the hood and craving bakery items, and I remembered a friend telling me that this bakery was run by a Korean guy who studied baking in Paris. "What the heck, I'll try it", I thought.

When I went in, the place looked clean if a bit disorganized. They have coffee and sandwiches and little tables to sit at if you are seeking a quick lunch. But I came for something sweet. After checking out the options, I noticed that they had mostly Korean baked goods which all seemed to have some kind of bean paste inside. Yikes! The cashier had no English so she couldn't advise me regarding appropriate choices.

Finally I decided on some cookies, which looked safe enough. I put 7 little (1.5" diameter) cookies in the self-serve bag and presented it to the cashier. She weighed it and it came to an astounding $7.81. Since I couldn't communicate with the cashier in any known language, and because just bolting out of the store would be unseemly, I paid up and got out, never to return. At least the cookies tasted okay...

Not Recommended.

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Strawberry Milk Tea & Coffeee8580 Alexandra Road, 1025, Richmond
Hello Kitty
Submitted Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

I was craving BBT and I spotted this place in Richmond. Inside it looked very 'hello kitty', with stuffed animals in some of the booths, cute drawings of strawberries and milk bottles on the walls, etc. The servers all were young girls who giggled behind their hands as they took my order. It was very unnerving.

I know that some people are very fond of the ultra cute pseudo-Japanese girl/woman theme, but I think it is impenetrably weird. I am proud to say that Mrs. C would never buy into this flavour of strangeness.

Anyway, I came for tea not atmosphere. I had coconut milk tea with jelly and it was pretty good. There was a definite tea undertone to the drink that is so often missing with other milk teas. The flavour balance was great. Plus it was not too expensive.

Will I be back? Maybe, but it is kind of creepy in there.

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1st Avenue Bakery2800 1ST Ave E, Vancouver
BBT at the bakery
Submitted Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

I was leaving T&T when I spotted this place. There was a sign that said "Summer Special Bubble Tea $2.50". "Wow", thought I. I dashed in to get my BBT. This place is a bakery and it looked clean enough but was a bit cluttered. The friendly server seemed to know how to make bubble tea, and I had a variety of flavours to choose from.

I had the coconut flavour without jelly or pearls (they cost extra). The tea was a little watery but otherwise was okay. For the price you can't beat it...

For the bargain hunters out there.

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Crab Shop, The2455 Dollarton Highway, #121, North Vancouver
just okay
Submitted Friday, May 30, 2008 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

I used to go to the Crab Shack before it burned down and I was happy to hear these guys opened a nice place in the nearby industrial zone on Dollarton. For some reason I never tried it until recently. I was on my way home and I thought I would surprise Mrs. C with some prêt à manger. It was a good excuse to try the new and improved CS.

This place is way nicer than the old location, but does lack some of the charm of the quaint hovel it replaces. The staff was super-friendly just like in the stores past incarnation, and they have fish. Lots of fish. I went with the 3 piece cod and chips. They were quickly prepared and ready to go. I was happy to get tartar sauce at no charge, since other F&C joints make you pay extra. I was a little surprised at the steep price though. After tossing some malt vinegar on the fish, I was ready to rumble. On my way out I noticed they have a couple of nice tables outside for the week of summer we get on the Wet Coast, and more inside the shop for the rainy season. So I made a mental note to come for some dine-in next time.

I got the food home, and my grateful spouse began devouring her repast. We both liked the fish, but the chips were not very good. I have to admit I‘ve had better F&C elsewhere. Will I go back? I might return to try the famous crab cakes or to buy some fish for the BBQ.

I still miss the old place.

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Golden Pearl Restaurant333 Brooksbank, #128, North Vancouver
comfort food
Submitted Friday, May 30, 2008 - 10:16am [Dine in]

Mrs. C was feeling a little under the weather and she craved fried rice. Being a dutiful houseboy, I went to fetch what my mistress craved. I have been to GPR a few times over the years, and it hasn't changed much. Friendly staff and good service, clean but basic decor, and fair to middling Chinese food. This restaurant does a combination of authentic and Western-style Chinese. The food is always consistent and predictable, which is what most people want.

This time I had the spicy deep fried squid, beef with tomato, and of course some fried rice. They were all still hot when I got home, and the spicy squid was particularly tasty. The rest was just fine, and no complaints were received from Mrs. C.

This is a safe choice for unpretentious food.

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Bubble World Tea House555 North Road, Coquitlam
hot day, cold slush
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 3:36pm [Dine in]

I was cruising in Coquitlam looking for BBT when I spotted this place. I have been to the Robson location for coconut tea and was disappointed, but I was willing to give this spot a try.

The decor is very funky and I was served immediately by the helpful counter person. I went with the strawberry/raspberry slush and added coconut jelly. They use frozen berries, but hey, at least it isn't a "fruit-like" mix. I did think the extra dollar for jelly was a rip-off.

The result was a very tasty slush, which dented my wallet to the tune of $4.75...

Not bad, but could be better value.

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Codfather's Fish & Chips544 Clarke Road, Coquitlam
Old School F&C
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 3:22pm [Dine in]

I was looking for food and I spotted this place in a strip mall. I thought the name was cute, so in I went. The restaurant decor is a little old fashioned but clean. The owner/server was friendly and helped me make a choice from the menu. Since I was doing lunch I went for the 1 piece of cod and chips to go.

I was surprised to get the meal wrapped in newspaper like in the old days. Wow, nostalgia! When I opened the paper I found I had a bonus piece of fish and a huge portion of tasty fresh-cut French fries. I devoured my meal and it was awesome. The fish was perfect. I remember getting F&C like this when I was a little bun, and it sure brought back memories.

Recommended.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The4510 Still Creek Avenue, Burnaby
the keg warehouse
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 1:15pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were having a special dinner and she suggested the Keg. I tried to get into this location before but was thwarted due to the huge wait-times. We figured a Monday would be quiet. We were mistaken. The place was packed. There is little parking here for the size of the place, but the Costco next door offered a spot to put the Chasiucruiser. After a 15 minute wait in the holding area, we were seated. This place is mammoth compared to other Kegs but the decoration is nice, and our booth (actually a bench, chair, and table setup) was comfortable. I also checked out the w/c and found it acceptable.

The servers seemed very attentive, and ours was persuasive enough to steer us both to the steak and king crab special. We subbed yam fries for the baked potato, and tried the flatbread with goat cheese appy. For drinks we had pina coladas and some of the house wine.

The fries were dry and overcooked and we didn’t finish them. The drinks were great, as was the appetizer. Alas, the steak was tiny and the king crab was more like a garnish. Despite the diminutive size, both were tasty.

All in all it was about what you would expect from the Keg, and we were happy enough. If only the food was a little better…

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India's Flavour88 West Pender, Unit 2013, Vancouver
fuel
Submitted Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 11:19pm [Dine in]

I was hungry and craving something savoury. This place filled the gap. It is in the slightly scary food court at IV, and was a welcome fuel stop in a harsh landscape. The place does steam table Indian takeout, which is fine with me. I had butter chicken, naan bread, and some basmati rice. The food was good, and the server was friendly. I will probably go back next time I am in the 'hood.

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Sammi's Bubble Tea88 West Pender Street, #2023, Vancouver
okay BBT
Submitted Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 11:09pm [Dine in]

I went looking for some afternoon refreshment and found myself in front of Sammi's kiosk at International Village. The ambiance is pure food court, with the usual assortment of weirdos drifting around (after all this place is a block from Pigeon Park).

I had a pina colada with jelly and it was fine. Not the greatest, but fine. The service could have been a notch better. The guy mixed up my order with someone else's and needed a do-over. As for price, it is comparable to other places.

Good enough.

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La Bretagne Creperie795 Jervis Street, Vancouver
adequate for snacks
Submitted Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

I went to LBC with some friends and the lovely Mrs. C because we had great crepes when we lived in Paris, and I was told I could get something similar here. Long review short, you can't.

I had a crepe with ham, mushroom and Béchamel sauce. It actually tasted more like Mornay sauce. I also tried the strawberry crepe with a little icing sugar on it. I accompanied it with a good cup of drip coffee. The crepes here are small, taste fine, and are not at all authentic. There is nothing wrong with them per se, but French they are not.

The ambiance is somewhat cramped, and the w/c cold have been cleaner. Service was fine. If snacks are what you are after, and you don't care if they are the real deal, then this is a place to go. If you want real French crepes, they can't help you.

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