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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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Peaceful Restaurant532 West Broadway, Vancouver
Shanghainese for me
Submitted Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 12:32am [Dine in]

Mrs. C wanted to try the place based on the good reviews on this site. We took a couple of friends to share the meal.

The restaurant is quite small and a little bit dingy inside, but considering the rents in the area, we weren't expecting a palace. The server was very friendly and she easily changed gears from Mandarin to Cantonese to take our order. We had the corn bread buns, eggplant with garlic and chilies, Shanghai dumplings, ground pork buns, Shanghai noodles, and the house specialty beef roll.

All were pretty good, and the beef roll deserves special mention. I wouldn't say it was the greatest restaurant experience ever, but it was good enough. Next time I will try the famous lamb stew.

Recommended.

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Golden Sechuan Restaurant3631 No.3 Rd., Richmond
I'm not a tourist
Submitted Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 11:30pm [Dine in]

I was in Ditchmond yet again with Mrs. C, and she suggested GS. This place used to be the old Knight & Day location. I still miss their prime rib, but I digress.

The ambiance was pretty good in this place. We were seated right away in a very comfortable booth, but as the previous reviewer mentioned they don't do English here. Luckily Mrs. C spoke Mandarin to them (one of her many talents), but I don't speak that dialect. Interpreting my silence as stupidity, the server asked me in pidgin English: "You want ice water; want fork"? I gave him the death stare, said 'no', and he slunk away. I should mention that the other server who waited on us was friendly and efficient.

Despite that incident, the meal was good. We had lamb with cumin, fried eggplant with garlic and chilies, and some steamed rice. I wish we had ordered more. Szechuan food can be spicy, but our dishes were a little on the mild side. Next time I will ask to make them hotter.

Recommended for the tolerant among you.

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Hon's Wun Tun House3025 Lougheed Hwy, #310, Coquitlam
good solid food
Submitted Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were in Coquitlam once again, and our stomachs were rumbling. She suggested Hon's and I immediately agreed. The place is smaller than most locations in the chain, but has all the menu items I crave. This time they had a special for $6.99 which included 6 potstickers and choice of 3 other dishes. We went for the potstickers and congee, and we added curry beef brisket with rice. That was more than enough for two hungry diners.

The curry was pretty good, and the congee had an unusual flavor with pieces of dried orange peel giving it a tangy twist. The potstickers were great as usual. Service was quite good, and the ambiance is clean, but functional rather than fancy.

All in all a good square meal.

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Joey550 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam
nice
Submitted Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 6:57pm [Dine in]

I went to Joey's for a business lunch and to be honest, I was not looking forward to it. I remember this place from a visit a few years ago and it was loud and not very good. What a difference a little time and a reno makes!

I was seated in a nice booth at once by the friendly hostess, and soon a server was telling me about the menu items. I had the burger and salad. I found the burger to be juicy and very flavorful. My salad was also good. I didn't have much of the Edge wine my companions enjoyed, but what I had was smooth and tasty.

The ambiance was very nice and comfortable and a huge change from the previous appearance of this place.

Overall a good lunch and an experience I will soon repeat.

Recommended.

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IHOP - International House of Pancakes9855 Austin Ave, #173, Burnaby
manager needs to attend charm school
Submitted Sunday, May 18, 2008 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

A bunch of us went to the IHOP to enjoy 'lunchner' (a meal after lunch and before dinner) to fuel up for some holiday shopping. The restaurant was nicely decorated and clean. We had a booth and menus quickly so no worries there. The server who attended us was nice, so my subsequent rating for service is not zero. But read on...

We had a variety of items, including chocolate pancakes, crepes, various breakfast combos, and for me, a bacon and egg cheeseburger with onion rings. All the food was reported to be delicious. My artery-clogging burger was excellent and the rings were so good I was forced to share.:)

The problem came when one of our party tried to order toast. Since our server was elsewhere, my friend wandered over to a nearby cluster of servers and politely expressed her wish. After being unceremoniously shooed back to our booth, my friend had to endure a lecture from the boorish manager, who came over and dispensed a long lecture on ordering etiquette and the general ignorance of customers regarding the hierarchy of staff in the IHOP universe.

I would have thought "Sorry ma'am, I'll get your toast for you," would have been a more appropriate response.

Too bad, since the food was very good. Luckily there are other IHOPs, so we won't have to return to this one.

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Bella Candela109 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
good, but could be better
Submitted Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

Once again Mrs. C and I were out and about seeking the elusive ‘good meal’. We hoped to find it here. When we arrived, we were greeted by the friendly manager, and soon were escorted to our table. This place used to be a bakery café and it has maintained a little of the original design. I found the ambiance welcoming, but the music became a bit loud about halfway through the meal.

Our server was friendly and provided complimentary hot and fresh breadsticks. They were great. I ordered a piña colada, which was less great, and then we were on to the mains: I had surf and turf linguine, which had a tasty rosé sauce, bits of steak, and 3 prawns. Could have used a few more prawns for over 18 bucks. The pasta was acceptable. Mrs. C. had a Caesar salad with 3 prawns. Again, a little cheap on the seafood since the extra prawns ordered for the salad came to about a buck fifty each…Ouch!

I am not sure if I would return. The food tasted okay, but it wasn’t very good value for the money compared to other North Shore eateries. I could probably spend less and get more elsewhere.

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Moodyville Cafe101 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
the BIG breakfast
Submitted Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 4:04pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were wandering the North Shore looking for food and sun, when we spotted this place. It was super-packed, but looked inviting nonetheless. I snagged a table while my beloved dining companion lined up to order. You have to order at the counter, and then they give you a number on a stick. Shortly thereafter, a server arrives with plates of food. At least in theory…

The kitchen was a little backed up, so we got some self-serve coffee (they have 3 kinds) and waited. After a long, but in the circumstances understandable wait, we got gigantic plates of food. I had a western omelette with pancakes and home fries. Mrs. C. had eggs and ham with pancakes. All the food was tasty, and the pancakes were especially fluffy.

The servers were doing their best to keep up with the crowds, and they seemed cheerful despite the stress. The ambiance is pleasant enough, and the place was very clean.

Overall a good breakfast spot and a definite candidate for a repeat visit.

Recommended.

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Tasty Village4735 Willingdon Ave., Burnaby
Tasty Dinner
Submitted Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 9:41pm [Dine in]

I was driving by this place with Mrs. C in the shotgun seat when we both decided to have some chow. TV served us well. The place used to be an Iranian restaurant or something like one, but now it is a full-on Cantonese place. The friendly manager seated us at a big table and gave us our choice of tea. I had ti quan yin, one of my favourites.

The menu has lots of choices and we settled on gai lan stir-fried, some shrimp spring rolls, and shredded pork with tofu and chillies on rice (mah po tofu). All were good, but the gai lan was expertly prepared. The pork dish was pretty good too. Service was quick and the manager took it upon herself to tell us about the virtues of their dim-sum. We even got a dim-sum menu to take home, and a free dessert since we were new customers.

The ambiance is nice and they kept lots of the décor elements from the previous restaurant. The w/c could be cleaner, but it was nicely appointed. I was not crazy about the layers of disposable plastic sheets on the tables, but it is not unusual for this sort of restaurant.

Overall a pretty good but not fancy meal and quite cheap for what we had.

Recommended.

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Pearl Fever Tea House3025 Lougheed Highway, Unit 340, Coquitlam
Coquitlam's Finest?
Submitted Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

I was in Coquitlam and I was thirsty when some friends suggested I try this place for bubble tea. Apparently Coquitlam has few places to get this particular beverage (so I am told) and PFTH is reputed to be the best.

I decided to play delivery boy, so I drove over and picked up bevvies for my pals: Strawberry milk tea, pina colada smoothie, chocolate bubble tea, and coconut bubble tea with jelly. The place was packed with the teen crowd, and I waded my way through the adolescent throngs and ordered. The tea house itself is nicely appointed and clean, and the server was friendly and repeated my order back to me to ensure proper communication of beverage choices.

After a few minutes, I was out the door with the beverages. I took them to my grateful chums. We all agreed that the milk/bubble teas were only average at best, but the smoothie was quite tasty. In particular the milk teas had a gritty texture, due I suppose to the powder used.

Would I be back? There aren't many other choices in the area, but I would not go out of my way to return.

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Northern Delicacy4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 2788, Richmond
ho mei!
Submitted Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 1:46am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were in the ditch once again, and we spotted ND. We were about to abandon the queue to get in, when a booth became available. This place is a little nicer inside than most Chinese joints, and except for the hard wooden booth seat (no cushion?) it was fine. Clean too.

Our server was quick and made sure our cups were full, so no problem there. The tea was that weird rose-flavour that some places serve. I like po lai or ti quan yin.

The menu had lots of choices, and even featured pictures with the corresponding menu item number, so you could get an idea of what your dinner would look like. We had the mushroom wrapped in beancurd sheets as our cold appy, followed by steamed pork dumplings with a savoury broth inside. Then we enjoyed Beijing-style shredded pork with Chinese pancakes. These were fun because you could make little burritos out of them.

All the food was tasty, and the dumplings were especially notable. The pork and pancakes dish was good, but I have had better elsewhere. The mushroom/beancurd dish was a little better than average.

We managed to have a nice light meal for less than 25 bucks, so I say 'ho mei'!

Recommended.

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I Love Sushi127 East 3rd Street, North Vancouver
Expecting more...
Submitted Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 2:47pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I went with some friends to check out the place based on the good reviews below. Overall we had no complaints.

The restaurant itself is clean enough, but not as nice as under the previous ownership. The w/c was nasty. I should add here that this location has gone through several incarnations, starting (when I first encountered it) as Yick's and then changing hands at least 4 times since then. A year or two ago, 1/3 of the building was walled off and became a rather crappy Malaysian place. But tonight was sushi night.

The service was good enough, although some of the orders took a while to get to the table. The food was pretty good, but not at the top of my list. One annoyance was the class system for ordering. They have A, B, and C classes which can drive the price of the AYCE up to an astounding 27 bucks. As usual, I sat at the back of the bus. I had the 17 buck A-list. The confusing bit comes when you fill out the form to order (they don't use PDA's here). You have to be careful not to order from the expensive items or a single order could get you dinged for an extra 10 bones. The paper form does not properly separate the first class from steerage class items... Nerve-wracking!

I liked all the items I ate and everyone at our table seemed satisfied with the variety. Still I left feeling that I could have gotten better value for my money elsewhere. Nothing really impressed me enough to say 'wow'.

Good if you are on the North Shore.

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Hannam Restaurant4501 North Road, Unit 106, Burnaby
good for what it is
Submitted Friday, May 9, 2008 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

I was hungering for sushi and standing on North Road, when I spotted this place nestled next to a big supermarket. It is a separate premises, and looks like a food court. I sidled up to the counter and after a brief scan of the menu, decided on some sushi.

The service was good, and the place looked nice and clean. the tables set out for diners could be a bit more tidy, but this place is more eat and run than dine and dance.

The sushi was prepared right in front of me and was made with decent, fresh ingredients. It was also not expensive, which is very important to me. If they upgraded the seating area, this place would achieve a measure of greatness. Well, almost.

Recommended.

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Happy King2800 E. 1st Avenue, #258, Vancouver
Not bad
Submitted Monday, May 5, 2008 - 12:50pm [Dine in]

I took Mrs. C for a late dinner here after a trip to T&T. I used to eat here occasionally when it was Happy Date, and I haven't been in a while. The restaurant is typical HK Chinese joint, if a bit more chaotic than most. It is not luxurious but functional. They had king crab on special, but you need a big group for that. Instead, we had yin yang chow fan (honeymoon fried rice) and some fish congee, accompanied by Chinese doughnut (a sweet deep fried dough). All the food was good, and it arrived quickly with a minimum of waiting.

The restaurant itself is plain but it was clean enough, and the service was very good. The place seemed to be packed with happy families powering down mega-meals. What better recommendation is there?

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Lam Chu Kee Restaurant3779 Sexsmith Road, #2118, Richmond
free congee
Submitted Saturday, May 3, 2008 - 5:39pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I took a couple of friends to enjoy the special menu available here after 9pm. You get a choice of various entrees all in the $5.50 -$7.50 range, plus as much free congee as you can eat.

The ambience in this restaurant hasn't changed in years, and it is typical for its type: Big round tables, wooden chairs, scary looking w/c, a couple of paintings of fish on the walls...you get the picture.

We had the Chinese bread two ways (steamed and deep fried), plus the aforementioned congee, beef with black pepper, squid with shrimp paste, some giant oysters on the half shell, chef special soup, and a couple of vegetable dishes. At these prices, we could eat large. The Lo-Ban himself came out to make sure we were enjoying our meal so good marks for service.

The food was simple fare, but the quality of the cooking was outstanding. LCK has a well-deserved reputation, and they did not disappoint. This place is definitely old school, but sometimes that is what you want.

Recommended.

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Ikea Restaurant & Cafe1000 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam
eat and buy a sofa
Submitted Friday, May 2, 2008 - 11:31am [Dine in]

Eat at a furniture store? Why not!

I was in Ikea yesterday accompanying Mrs. Chasiubow, and as usual I was dreading the experience. Then I smelled food. My beloved dining companion informed me that they have a restaurant. Suddenly things were looking up.

The restaurant is a cafeteria-style setup, and most of the entrees seem to contain meatballs. They also do fish and chips, chicken, hotdogs, sandwiches, quiche, desserts and smoked salmon. You can have bottomless soft drinks. Surprisingly they serve alcohol too.

The ambiance is functional and clean, and the staff seem to be eager to please. The food is not terrific, but it is crazy cheap. I tried the pasta and marinara sauce with meatballs, which was okay. Mrs. C. had the mac & cheese with meatballs. It was reported to be good. I wonder what kind of meat is in those balls, but sometimes it is best not to ask too many questions.

Recommended for bargain hunters and sofa hounds.

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Marina Grill1653 Columbia St., North Vancouver
food by the water
Submitted Friday, May 2, 2008 - 11:08am [Dine in]

I've been going to MG since it was the the Belaire Bay Cafe, which is a long time ago. This place has been around forever, and it is worth the trouble of making your way through the industrial complex behind the Lynnwood Hotel.

I usually get the scallop bacon wrap (which is awesome) followed by the fajitas or the prime rib. They also do excellent burgers (try the mega mushroom) and decent fish & chips. The ambiance inside the dining room is somewhat crappy, but the patio is very nice, and has heat and a partial roof to extend the outdoor dining season.

The biggest complaint I have had since my first visit is the service. It has always been painfully slow, and this is because the owner under-staffs to save money. Servers don't stay long, and I don't blame them.

Despite the shortcomings, it is a good place to go for some patio dining if you have the time to linger. There are huge lineups on nice evenings, so plan ahead.

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Second Kitchen1610 Robson Street, #105, Vancouver
nothing special
Submitted Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

I went to this restaurant based on the free samples of food they were giving out a few weeks back. That kind of PR sticks in the mind.

This location has gone through several incarnations, and they haven't gotten any better. The high water mark was when it was a Malaysian curry joint. Now they have steam-table Chinese takeout, similar to what you find in a food court.

The inside is dingy and not too welcoming. The staff are extremely friendly though, so that warmed up the place.

The food was a disappointment. I had sweet and sour chicken, chicken curry, and tofu with chillies, plus some fried rice. Nothing was very tasty, but it wasn't awful either. With so many good restaurants in the neighborhood, I won't be back here again.

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Dex Gourmet Burger Bar123 Carrie Cates Court, #142, North Vancouver
good burger
Submitted Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

I was in the quay looking for food when I spotted this place. "Hmmm, a new burger joint", I thought. I checked out the menu and had a hard time choosing. I selected the California burger, which is a mushroom cheeseburger with guacamole. It came with some tasty fries.

The place looked very hygienic, so I was filled with confident anticipation of my meal. The server was friendly and explained what was going into my burger, and she made sure I got to choose all the toppings. So good marks for ambiance and service.

The burger was very good. It was juicy and packed with flavour. Soon my tongue was doing a jig and my belly was dancing.

Sometimes a simple meal can be the most satisfying.

Recommended!

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Kishu River3339 Kingsway, Vancouver
river of tears
Submitted Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 2:59pm [Dine in]

I went to KR because (1) it was the first restaurant I saw on my food trek, and (2) it was open. I regret to say I was careless in my choice of restaurants.

The place is clean-ish if a little threadbare. They have a dizzying array of signs advertising specials of varying attraction. I ordered the 18 piece sushi combo, some gyoza and an eel roll. The server looked very confused, so I described exactly what was in the combo, repeated the side-orders, and asked if he understood, just to make sure. He said he understood. Despite this, he brought an entirely different order a few minutes later. When I sent it back and asked for what I had actually asked for, an enraged manager appeared. I told the lady dragon exactly how I had ordered the food from her colleague in a manner guaranteed to make error an impossibility. I repeated my order to her. After teaching me some new Vietnamese words, she left, and later returned with my food and a pleasant scowl.

I don't know if they were giving me 'the treatment', but the food was not great. The sushi rolls looked like a little kid made them, and the fish was not fresh. My gyoza was burnt. I can say my miso soup was not awful. It was not the worst sushi meal ever, but it was definitely a strong contender.

Will I be back? Not even at gunpoint.

Not Recommended.

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Taverna Greka Waterfront Restaurant326 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Good Greek
Submitted Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 2:35pm [Dine in]

I went with some colleagues for lunch here, and it was a great experience. The place is nicely decorated and clean with fake ancient murals and lots of wood. The river view was okay, but the train noise was unwelcome.

Our server was quick and came back often for quality checks and to fill glasses, so no complaints there. The food was standard Greek restaurant fare, and the price was right. I had a pretty good roast lamb lunch for $8.95. My colleagues tried a variety of dishes, and of the other entrees, the meat lasagne was reported to be outstanding.

I'll be back!

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