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chasiubowNorth VanSince January 18, 2006675 Reviews
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3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (2.9)
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Blue Stone Grill4501 North Road, #220, Burnaby
a different experience
Submitted Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 3:01pm [Dine in]

A few co-workers and I went out for some authentic Korean stone BBQ. This place seemed to have that. We were seated in a cubicle like in a Japanese sushi joint . This place used to be one, so they saved the decorations. The big difference was the blue granite stone in the middle of the table which gives the restaurant its name. It is heated by gas, so you can play around with temperature, but it is probably a good idea to let the staff deal with that.

We had the usual confusing (and in some cases tasty) array of pickled items that you get in Korean restaurants, plus some cold noodles with chili that were reputed to be very good for health. The main course was strips of raw meat. I think the portions were quite generous but I agree with previous reviewers who reported the cost was not cheap. Since we had Koreans on hand, communication with the servers and the cooking of the meat was no problem. Without them, we would have been lost, but we also probably would have gone to the Keg.

I found the place to be clean and the servers attentive. We got to have indoor barbecue, and that was an experience in itself. Will I go back? Maybe, but now that the nice weather is here I will be barbecuing at home for the next few months.

Recommended for the adventurers among you.

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Capital B Restaurant1344 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Iranian Buffet
Submitted Sunday, April 20, 2008 - 12:16am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I took some friends to sample the fare here based on the previous reviews. It was a different experience. We paid our $11.54 (tax included) for the dinner buffet and tucked in.

The decor is really plain, and to be honest it could be cleaner. Be careful in your cutlery and glassware selection and you will be okay. Some guy with a cart came around occasionally to take away used plates and wipe the tables, so that was good. Other than that, it is self-serve and you get to be your own waiter.

There was a good selection of food, including about 4 kinds of rice, salads, beef stew, roast chicken, curry, ribs, lamb, etc., and of course kebabs. The problem was that everyone wanted kebabs, so to get some we had to lie in wait and grab them as soon as they were brought out. Maybe they could increase the output to avoid disappointment.

The food tasted okay and we ate plenty. Some of the dishes could have had a few less bones, but this place serves home-style, not fancy food.

A good place to fill up, if you aren't too particular.

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California Hong Kong Cafe5300 No. 3 Road, 322, Richmond
could be better
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 7:21pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I went here because the giant orange sign outside commanded us to. Maybe we should have thought twice. The place is nicely decorated, and it does indeed have a big piano in the middle, but it was also somewhat dirty.

The service was okay, and we had our menus after a brief wait. Since they had a lunch set, I ordered satay beef noodle with borscht and dong cafe. My lunch buddy had Indonesian rice. The rice was tasty and the raisins (yes, raisins) actually complemented the curry flavor. As for the noodles, the sauce had no flavor, but strangely the texture of the noodles was good. The borscht was merely okay, but I would prefer if it had even a few molecules of beef. The iced coffee was weak, and that was a total letdown.

Overall the food just wasn't that good, and we left with scowls of disappointment on our faces. At least it was cheap.

Not Recommended.

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Prata-Man9060 Capstan Way, #180, Richmond
good + cheap
Submitted Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 12:07am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I took our friends out to try this place based on the strong reviews below. We were not disappointed. The restaurant doesn't look like much, and it is simply decorated. I can say it was clean, including the w/c. Appearances can be deceiving, though. The place looks plain, but the food was pretty good.

Our server was prompt and courteous, and we found ordering easy. The menu had lots of pictures so we could get a sense of what to expect. The food arrived quickly and did not disappoint.

We had chicken and beef curries, mee goreng, and a dozen assorted satays, along with 2 kinds of prata bread, regular and onion. The mee goreng was nothing to write home about, and the chicken curry had a few too many bones, but other than that the food was very tasty. I found the satay especially good.

You might get a better class of Malaysian food elsewhere, but here four people could eat like emperors for less than 30 bucks. That is a very good deal for some honest food.

Recommended.

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Amato Gelato Cafe5951 No. 3 Road, Richmond
first taste of summer?
Submitted Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 11:54pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C. and I were in Ditchmond with some friends to enjoy the first mild night of the year. Naturally, our thoughts turned to gelato. We spotted AG and headed in. The place is clean and well-lit, and the display of gelato flavours and frozen treats was enticing. I shared a coconut mango with my beloved, and our friends had one cone with the same flavour, and one with green tea. All were reported to be good.

The ambiance is cafe-ish, and the service was good. There were lots of people there, all happily enjoying their Italian ice creams.

Recommended.

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Ddoo Gau Bee4501 North Road, #203, Burnaby
about what you would expect
Submitted Friday, April 11, 2008 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

This place does Korean and Japanese food, so I didn't have huge expectations for my lunch. Fusion places usually disappoint. I think my first impression set the tone for the meal. I got seated right away by the friendly server, but had trouble when I asked about any daily specials. I don't speak Korean, so I just had the menu to rely on. I ordered a box combo with sushi and tempura. It was all competently prepared, but nothing special.

The ambiance was nothing special either, but at least it was reasonably clean. Service was prompt, and I have no complaints.

With so many other places that I have yet to sample in the neighborhood serving Japanese or other Asian cuisines, I doubt I will be back.

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Tropika2975 Cambie Street, Vancouver
a good meal
Submitted Wednesday, April 9, 2008 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were looking for a meal and she suggested Tropika. We’ve been to other locations but never to the one on Cambie. The restaurant is nicely decorated and clean (including the w/c) and the staff was friendly and reasonably quick.

We wanted to eat everything on the menu, but settled on satay, roti, prawns with chili and tomato, and beef curry, with steamed rice on the side. I also tried a pino frio, which is sort of like a pina colada.

All the food was fantastic, especially the prawn dish. It was a little hot, but in a good way. We devoured our meal and left with contented smiles and singing tongues.

A good meal. Recommended.

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Trocadero Pizza & Steak House2411 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
a nice family place
Submitted Sunday, April 6, 2008 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I took some friends to Trocadero because we wanted to try something different. The Trocadero is a building in London originally built as a restaurant in 1896. I don’t think this place compares, but it is cavernous and nicely appointed, if a bit dated. We were seated at once by the friendly host. Service was generally good, so no complaints there. The menu is pizza, chops, and pasta, so if you want vegan it might not be for you.

Most of us had the roast lamb, which was a generous portion and had the usual sides. It was tasty, but not outstanding. The humongous pieces of garlic bread were a nice touch. One of the group had lamb chops which were much better than the roast lamb, and another had the ½ chicken which was reported to be good. The place was clean, including the w/c. There was a mixed crowd, mostly families. There are numerous TV’s so if you like sports with your food, it is a good place to be.

All in all a good experience, and not too pricey. I might take my mom here.

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Pearl Drops Teahouse422 Willingdon, Burnaby
#2 in town
Submitted Sunday, April 6, 2008 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I took some friends for some BBT here based on the mostly positive reviews. We weren’t disappointed. The place has a chic ambience with cool décor and soothing techno music playing in the background. The server seemed friendly enough and the whole place (even the well-hidden w/c) was tidy. They have a huge selection of teas, but I have to admit the menu could be better organized. In its present form it is confusing, and there is no need for that. I had a strawberry banana slush with coconut jelly that was so big I shared with my beloved. Our friends had almond milk tea, chocolate slush, and ‘heaven and earth’, which looked like a hot cup of Chinese tea to me. All were excellent, although I balked at the 5 bucks I paid for mine. After all, we were in the darkest corner of Burnaby. Okay so it was a big cup, and that may account for some of the price. This place is a truly great BBT emporium, and is almost the equal of Dragon Ball. It beats them in ambience by miles, but the tea at DB is one grade better.

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Kokoro Japanese Restaurant1442 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
didn't warm my kokoro
Submitted Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were cruising Lonsdale and looking for chow. We spotted Kokoro, and decided to give it a try. Kokoro means ‘heart’ in Japanese. The place has been around for ages, and the slightly dingy interior is a testament to its longevity. We also noticed the menu is somewhat expensive for NorthVan, but cheaper than downtown. After some deliberation we ordered. I had the dinner box, which had sashimi, dynamite roll, gyoza and chicken teriyaki. My favourite dinner companion had a deluxe sushi platter with a tuna roll, California roll, and 3 pieces of nigiri. The sushi was competently prepared by Raymond our sushi chef (not Japanese, if that is important to you), but it was nothing special. The nigiri was a little puny, and the sashimi was generously sized. Service was okay and the place was clean enough, but I don’t see any reason to return since there are so many other choices in the area. Maybe if they put a little more heart into it…

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Schnitzelz781 Denman St., Vancouver
Not very good
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 5:54pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were waiting for this place to open so we could taste the schnitzel. We went with a couple of friends to try the experience. We left with mixed feelings. The place is comfortable with nice little booths and a few tables. The w/c was the smallest I have ever seen though (think airplane toilet), so you might want to wait until you get home. The staff is friendly, and they were giving away bite-sized samples on the day we went.

The ordering system is kind of strange. You sit at a booth/table but have to wander to the front counter (like at Mc D’s) to order from the numbered selections. I tried the Madagascar peppercorn, and Mrs. C had the one with Béarnaise sauce. Our two friends did likewise. I found the schnitzel to be semi-satisfactory if a bit greasy. The sauces were not terrific though. They peppercorn was too salty/peppery, and the Béarnaise was just way too salty. They overpowered the schnitzel, which didn’t taste like much of anything. I asked if they made the schnitzels on site, and the server said they do. Despite this, they looked/tasted suspiciously like they were from a factory. We didn’t finish our meals, which is unusual since we are hearty eaters.

The sides were decidedly un schnitzel-like, and there was no pickled cabbage or roasted potatoes. You could get fries, coleslaw, or (gods help us) bean salad. They really should re-think that. Seriously. On the plus side you can get beer and wine.

So it is good that you can get schnitzel in the West End. It just isn’t very good schnitzel.

Not recommended.

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Red Star Seafood Restaurant8181 Cambie Rd, #2200, Richmond
I didn't know there would be a test
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 5:25pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I went for dim-sum with some friends and wanted to go up-market. RS did the job. It is slightly nicer than most of its competitors, although I object to the long hike to the w/c (which at least was reasonably clean). The servers were helpful and the food presentation and quality were a little better than average. We had the usual suspects: fried noodles, fung zhou, su mai, hargow, steamed chasiubow, etc. All better than average. My big complaint is that the kitchen was too slow. They need to work on that. Also, for the gwai-lo set there is no English on the ordering list you have to submit. You get some English on the actual menu, but it won’t be easy to order since the menu doesn’t correspond exactly to the previously mentioned list. That seems kind of stupid. They need to work on that too.

Overall a nice selection of dim sum items, and not to pricey for something decent. Bring a Chinese to lunch and you will do okay...

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Saint Germain Bakery4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 1428, Richmond
location, location, location
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 5:12pm [Dine in]

This place is like the other locations, except for some reason I always find their buns slightly better. Might be the high turnover keeping the stock fresh. Speaking of which, try the curry beef turnover. It is awesome. The other buns I eat here are chasiubow (of course) and tuna buns, although they need more filling! They are okay, but you can get better elsewhere. The service is usually very food, and the staff are helpful. The location is good since it is in a mall and you can get buns, buy veggies, and obtain Singapore jerky all within 75 feet of the entrance to the mall. Plus T&T is close by. What more do you need?

Good for busy shoppers.

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East No 1 Seafood Restaurant2800 E 1st Avenue, Suite 302, Vancouver
Good for mid-week
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 5:02pm [Dine in]

I have been to this place a bazillion times. But I always find it too packed, with big line-ups on weekends. I recently went for mid-week and it was still full, but not crazy like weekends. The dim-sum is of only average quality (although the fung zhou with chilis is great), but it isn’t expensive and the carts roll by often. The ambience is okay, but the washroom is a nightmare, so avoid that. I also found the staff is not overly friendly, but they are all-business so I don’t mind. They will take a la carte orders, but you need to speak some Cantonese. An added bonus is that it is close to T&T. There is a ton of parking, but like a previous reviewer said it is competitive on weekends. The best recommendation I can think of is that lots of fussy old people eat there, so it must be either good and/or cheap.

Good if you are nearby, or heading to T&T.

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Fresh Slice2529 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver
cheap
Submitted Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 8:40pm [Dine in]

Sometimes you need pizza. Such was the case on a recent trip to buy computer parts in East Van. I stopped by FS, since it looked inviting. The place is clean and the tiny tables weren’t too nasty. I surveyed the selection of pizza choices on display and had a sausage and onion. For a buck and a half, I could be adventurous. The pizza was actually good, not greasy, and tasted fine. The service was friendly for a takeout place, and the guy was willing to answer me when I asked how long since my slice was baked. Whether he told the truth or not I don’t know…

Good value for the money.

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Rainbow Sushi Express2526 E. Hastings St., Vancouver
lots of choices
Submitted Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 8:29pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were in East Van when we spotted this place. I was amazed to find they had sushi AND pho AND bubble tea. “Woo-hoo!” I cried. Since I wanted sushi and Mrs. C craved pho we could both have what we wanted.

We ordered a beef pho, spring rolls, a nigiri sushi combo, and a strawberry bubble tea. The pho was middle of the road, as were the spring rolls. Not spectacular, but good enough for the money. Same for the sushi. It too was well-prepared, but nothing to write home about. The bubble tea was disappointing, and obviously from a mix.

The service was good, and the ambience was tidy if a little bit on the crappy side. The w/c could also use some attention. The best part of the meal was that we both stuffed ourselves for 20 bucks. That should count for something.

Try it if you want a ‘cross-over’ meal :)

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Denny's1098 Davie Street, Vancouver
Birthday meal deal
Submitted Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 4:34pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I continued our celebrations of her B'day festival weekend with a trip to Denny's for a late breakfast. I had a chicken fried steak, and the birthday girl was feeling Belgian, so had one of their waffles, with a milkshake on the side.

The décor is diner-ish, and reasonably clean and tidy, and the service was good, which was a bit of a surprise. We had our menus, coffee, and meals promptly, and so no complaints there. The server was totally okay with the free meal on birthday deal, and only I was embarrassed :).

The CFS was tasty and well prepared, and the sides were just fine. Okay, not as good as IHOP, but good. The BW was reported to be tasty and it came with lots of bacon and sausage. The milkshake also got thumbs up.

No complaints really except maybe for the peculiar-looking folks lurking in the restaurant.

Recommended for birthday boys and girls.

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Saint Germain Bakery650 W 41st Ave, #140, Vancouver
Not the best
Submitted Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

I was disappointed to see the Denman location was gone because it was the only place (other than a little bakery on Davie whose name I forget) to get Chinese baked goods in the West End. The W41 location is okay, but not the best. I find the buns are a little pricier than say TT or whatever, and the quality is "meh", to use the popular expression. Still the place is clean and the service is prompt. Okay, so the cakes are not too bad.

So many better choices in the area, so really not worth the bother.

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Winsor Palace8328 Capstan Way, #1136, Richmond
Pretty good, but a little pricey...
Submitted Friday, March 21, 2008 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were back in Richmond looking for a feed. We spotted this place, and based on the reasonable experiences at Pittsburg and Bauhinia, we dashed in. I think the décor is slightly nicer than P but not as good as B. The place was clean and comfortable (including the w/c) and the service was top notch, although I prefer if the staff don’t hover.

I already knew what was on the menu since it is about the same as the other 2 restaurants in the chain, and I went with curry beef brisket on rice. It was pretty good. My beloved dinner companion had basa fish and rice in a combo, and she shared her dong café and borscht with me. The borscht was good, with enough beef and a hearty broth. The iced coffee was too weak for my taste, but some folks like it that way. The fish was reported to be good although I noticed the portion size was a little small. Alas, the basa came with corn niblets, which seems to be a staple of HK cuisine. They actually have it on pizza in HK. But I digress.

The meal was pretty good although slightly pricey. I guess you pay for the atmosphere.

Recommended if you want to spend the bucks.

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Pearl Castle3779 Sexsmith Road, #1128, Richmond
good drinks, forget the rest
Submitted Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were starving in Richmond, and decided to give PC a try. The place is nice inside, and the menu had lots of choices, mostly Taiwanese dishes. The server seemed harried but efficient, and we soon had our orders placed. I ordered a strawberry milk tea which was fabulous. Then on to the mains: I had satay pork and fried noodles, and my lunch companion had deep fried pork chop with noodles in soup. Both came with a dessert.

The satay pork was tasty and a huge potion. One downside was that it had something gritty in the sauce. Not sure what it was, but I am guessing cheap satay sauce was the culprit. It came with a side of kimchi, and a tarry bean pudding dessert. The pork chop was a little dry and bony, but the noodles in soup were reported to be great, and the pudding was also tasty if weird-looking, so Mrs. C said she had a mixed reaction to her meal. Lots of the other diners were eating little hotpots, and we might try that next time.

Definitely a good place to get a milk tea or a bubble tea, with a huge selection to choose from. The food could be much better though.

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