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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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Cattle Cafe8580 Alexandra Road, 1020, Richmond
comfort food
Submitted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 10:18pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I could not face any more Thanksgiving turkey leftovers, so we decided to head to Ditchmond for some HK food. CC is located in the same complex as a bunch of other restaurants and parking can be a bit of a challenge. This time we lucked out and got a spot on the upper level.

The restaurant was modern looking and clean enough (including the w/c) but looked a little worn around the edges. Service was fine and the male server checked up on us a couple of times. They have a decent menu and the prices were very reasonable. I had a beef curry on rice meal, and I added a spring roll, along with a coconut milk tea, (milk tea is a $2 upgrade). My beloved dinner adventurer had a beef with tomato on rice meal and hot lemon tea. Both were good, but my curry was a little too spicy, and Mrs. C's beef brisket was slightly fatty. Everything else was fine.

Overall, it was a good meal at a good price, but really only worth it if you are in the neighborhood.

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Red Star Seafood Restaurant8298 Granville Street, Vancouver
liked the food, but...
Submitted Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 11:28pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were guests of her mother's friend's family (it is a complicated relationship) and the hosts took us to RS. The restaurant itself is typical banquet Chinese. In fact there was a wedding banquet occupying 1/4 of the restaurant. The place was decently decorated, but could be cleaner. The w/c was rather nasty, as is expected in this type of place.

Service was brisk, and the waiters seemed to have no problem bumping diners out of the way to slam down plates or to clean up between courses. No courtesy, but machine-like efficiency. The best part of the meal was the food. We had the usual lucky dishes, including springrolls with fruit and shrimp inside, cold meats and jellyfish appetizer, crabs in cream sauce, fried rice in lotus leaf, roasted chicken, mushrooms and Shanghai bok choi, prawns with more mushrooms, cod with smoked ham, and a few other things. All the food was top notch. Unfortunately all the other elements of the experience fell short of optimum. As for value, it was too expensive for what we got, but luckily it wasn't my turn to buy :)

In summary: The food was quite good. The rest of the experience less so.

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Mr. Sub20718 Lougheed Hwy., Unit #1, Maple Ridge
double sub
Submitted Monday, October 5, 2009 - 12:10pm [Dine in]

I was driving along Lougheed Highway in MR when I spotted a sign offering 2 subs for 10 bucks. After I brought the chasiucruiser to a tire-screeching halt I looked again, just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. Yep, cheap subs. I parked my ride and scampered in to get my share. This location of Mr. Sub is in a mini-mart and they have all the usual stuff like you would find in one of those places with numbers in the name, such as for example 7 or 11. They also have the coveted subs, which was why I was there.

Service was great, and the friendly counter girls bantered with me while preparing my subs. They even recommended that I get a pair of the expensive sandwiches so I could increase my savings. Being a traditionalist, I went with two assorteds since Mrs. C and I usually crave that flavour.

The ambience was typical for a convenience store, although I noted it was very clean. As for value, I thought it was excellent. Even without the special price, the sandwiches aren’t too pricey for me. I am a long-time eater of Mr. Sub, and so I will give the food 3 stars because I know I am not objective when I am craving for the sous-marin.

A good choice for a sandwich or two.

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New Town Bakery & Restaurant148 E Pender Street, Vancouver
cleaner?
Submitted Monday, October 5, 2009 - 11:38am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were in Chinatown and looking for a quick bite when I reminded her that we could also use some steamed buns. We hit NBR for a double shot of snacks. The line-up for buns was biblical, so we decided to fight our way through the throng of hungry Filipino bun-lovers and get a table instead. Service was brusque to put it kindly, but we kind of expected that. I wouldn’t smile if I worked here either. As for ambience, it was the same as last time (i.e. run down and disturbingly orange) but it looked like the boss bought a new mop because the floor was much cleaner than I remembered from my last sit-down meal here. I didn’t have the courage to look at the w/c.

I had the delicious beef with noodles (special plate “A”) for six bucks, and upgraded to an iced coffee beverage for a buck more. I also thought about takeout, but that costs an extra 50 cents : (. My beloved shopping companion had HK style French toast which was reported to be great, and not expensive. She went with iced tea, but soon realized that coffee with condensed milk would have been a better choice. As for price, the whole meal cost 13 bucks. That was a very good deal. We plan on getting our buns some day when the line-up is shorter.

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Sushi Town1227 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
one more sushi joint
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

Our usual dinner gang was on the prowl when we decided to give this place a try, based on the opinions of esteemed reviewers k and bc. The restaurant is next to the McD's and if you come through the back you have to dodge the drive through traffic. If you make it through that gauntlet without getting run down there are no further obstacles.

The place looked the same as when it was East, except it was a little worn around the edges, and as a previous reviewer remarked it was awfully dark. There were more sushi chefs than servers, and throughout the meal it was hard to get one of the staff to actually respond to our requests. It seems every ST location hires 20-something Korean girls who are, to put it mildly, lethargic.

We had a variety of sushi fare including a medium party tray which had dynamite roll, BC roll, and some chopped scallop roll among other things, and we also got some some a la carte items, including tuna and salmon rolls and nigiri, an unagi roll, cucumber roll, mixed tempura, and miso soup. We had sake too, and one of our group had an eel udon. All were okay but nothing really stood out. Okay, our tempura was reported to be hot and fresh, unlike the experience of a previous reviewer. Just lucky I guess. Otherwise nothing really stood out, and for some weird reason the unagi roll tasted of cinnamon. Yes, cinnamon. I have no clue why.

As for value, it was about what we expected to pay, and was no bargain (or ripoff) compared to the bazillion other sushi joints on the North Shore.

My overall impression was that it was just another mediocre sushi restaurant among the 59 listed on this site alone for North and West Van. In reality, there are probably almost a hundred purveyors of sushi on this side of the bridges...

Nothing made me want to return soon.

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City Blends Coffee & Tea House32423 Lougheed Hwy, #109, Mission
mug o' joe
Submitted Friday, October 2, 2009 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

I was in Mission visiting a pal of mine when we both felt the need for caffeine. Since CBCTH was nearby, we scampered over there. The shop is in a strip mall but the interior was nice, with plank tables, comfy chairs and a fake fireplace, etc. Plus it was clean, which is very important. Service was good, and the friendly barista seemed to know about the coffee she was selling. I had an Americano, and my pal had an iced mocha. Strangely, they both came in pint-size beer mugs. My coffee tasted fine and my pal reported his mocha was excellent. As for value, I would say the prices were in about the middle of the range. All in all an unexpectedly good experience on the edge of civilization…

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Sushi Paradise780 Princess St, New Westminster
stick to takeout
Submitted Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

Our usual dinner gang and a couple extra guests wanted sushi and we decided to check this place out since it was central for our dinner crew to travel there. Overall it was okay, but not nearly as great as the glowing (read: inaccurate) reviews from some of the posters below.

The restaurant was small but inviting enough, although there was no service to speak of. You order at a counter and are asked to pay at once, and the tea is in an urn near the kitchen. There is a supply of cups nearby and it is strictly self-serve. No quality checks occurred during our visit.

I made the mistake of asking to use the w/c, and I was handed a key and told it was "outside". Actually, it was in a different part of the complex, down a dark alley, and through a fetid and equally dark service corridor, all unlocked and exposed to the scruffians of New West. There was no soap or paper towels in the filthy chamber, and I was glad that Nature made me so I could stand when using the facilities. I would never let Mrs. C risk her life to seek relief there, and I was surprised that such an arrangement is permitted by the municipality.

Okay, on to the food. We ordered both a W and Y platter, which contained a variety of sushi, and we added eel nigiri and some miso soup. All the food was okay, but nothing really stood out. Portion sizes seemed a little small for the price. We left hungry and unsatisfied.

If I ever go back it will be strictly for the takeout.

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Bombay Sweet & Restaurant, The11956 207 Street, Maple Ridge
buffet action
Submitted Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 12:09pm [Dine in]

A friend and I were having a quick lunch and we decided to check out the buffet action since my buddy had eaten at this place when he worked in MR. The restaurant looked okay inside and it was quite clean. The friendly manager seated us and described the delights on the buffet table then he left us to it, except for water top-ups. We had the usual favourites, and accompanied them with some fresh naan bread. I was there mostly for the butter chicken though. It was okay, although it did not make me long to dip my feet in the Ganges or anything. I was told it used to be better. As for price, it was quite cheap, and that was a bonus. I am not sure if I will be back, but I don’t know of any other Indian buffets in the area.

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S&W Chinese Restaurant3030 Lincoln Ave, #112, Coquitlam
cheap can be good
Submitted Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 7:22pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were in Coquitlam and we were hungry. We were driving around looking for food when we saw S&W. We scampered in to get our bellies filled. The place looked rather plain, but it was clean enough and we appreciated the tall partitions between the booths for added privacy when dining. Service was brisk and efficient, and our food arrived quickly.

Since we were starving we ordered a variety of dishes including pork dumplings with bok choi in soup, Szechuan spicy peanut sauce noodles, beef with pepper, spring rolls and some rice and fried cabbage. All were tasty and we were soon loosening our belts to accommodate our swollen bellies. A very satisfying meal for about 20 bucks. We will be back for more.

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Nebur King Cafe333 Terminal Avenue, Unit 101, Vancouver
lots of choices
Submitted Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 2:45pm [Dine in]

I was passing by Terminal Avenue due to the vagaries of traffic flow and I spotted this place in the ground floor of an office building. I saw a big sign that said “Bubble Tea”, and that lured me in. The place looked semi-clean, although it was a little bit dingy inside. Service was great, and the friendly server was knowledgeable about the products they sold there. The restaurant sells an eclectic variety of foods, from Chinese dishes to pizza, sandwiches, and fancy coffees. Of course they also had BBT. I had a coconut flavour milk tea which cost 3 bucks. It was tasty and well-prepared. I might come back for some food and a beverage next time I am nearby.

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J Zone Tea House3031 Beckman Place, #140, Richmond
cheap tea
Submitted Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 12:31am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were coming back from a quick trip to the USA, and we decided to get some bubble tea to share, as our blood BBT levels were getting low. That is always dangerous. We stopped in at J Zone, and perused the menu. This place does bubble teas, snacks and noodles. Although it was small, it seemed comfortable and clean. They have some flavours of BBT for $2.75 but we went for the coconut at $3.25 (plus tax).

Service was good and the server/manager looked familiar. She told us she used to be at the downtown Hon's but is now her own boss. I am a big supporter of small business, but I have to be honest and admit the tea was not that great. It wasn't expensive, but it tasted cheap, so not really good value for the money and poor flavor. That was disappointing.

We might try other menu items next time, but no more BBT.

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Sushi Town2773 Barnet Hwy, #28, Coquitlam
needs work
Submitted Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 12:15am [Dine in]

Our usual weekend dinner gang was craving sushi and we decided to give this place a try. The restaurant is one giant room with lots of tables, and as a previous reviewer described it, it resembles a cafeteria. It looked a little nicer than a hospital cafeteria, since there was some attempt at decoration, although a hospital or prison cafeteria would be cleaner. The w/c was just plain nasty and was both stinky and sticky. Service was not so great, as the servers had little English and I don't speak Korean. There were some difficulties there. I am sure they were doing their best, so I will give 3 stars there even though they really deserve 2.

We had a variety of roll sushi, nigiri sushi, sashimi, and tempura. The sushi was basic assembly line fare, but the portions were reasonable and except for some Cali roll that tasted off, the food was okay. Not deluxe, but decent. As for value it was not too expensive, but they weren't giving the stuff away.

With a few improvements this place would be okay for those with low expectations. As for me, I won't be hurrying back anytime soon.

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Big City Cupcakes20691 Lougheed Highway, #6, Maple Ridge
very expensive
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 8:22pm [Dine in]

I was buying insurance in MR when I spotted this place next to a local paint store. They had giant racks of cupcakes and I decided to check it out. The store looked nice and clean inside, and they appeared to have baking facilities, so they may actually make cupcakes on the premises. I would describe the interior as like a combination of a kitchen and laboratory.

Service was good, and the manager seemed to know a lot about cupcakes. I feasted my eyes for a few minutes (on the cupcakes) and made a selection. I got two New York cheesecake flavor, a snowball, and a strawberry. The cakes were placed in a nice box with a ribbon attached. I was quite happy with my purchases until I was told my four cupcakes came to over 14 bucks. ”Holy Cow!” I exclaimed. I was too embarrassed to run away, so I paid and left.

When I got back to the office, the secretaries and I tasted all of the cupcakes, and they were tasty enough, but not anywhere close to worth the hefty price tag. I could buy a nice cake for the same money and still have enough for a coffee.

I will never, ever, return.

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Milwaukee Market Creamery1330 Hornby St., Vancouver
frozen custard
Submitted Monday, September 7, 2009 - 8:01pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were in the DT and we remembered that reviewer bc had said good things about this place. The restaurant looked nice and clean inside including the unisex w/c, and it was very modern. Service was great and the helpful manager explained the difference between frozen custard and ice cream/gelato. Apparently frozen custard has eggs and also almost as much fat as premium ice cream. Worked for me!

We had a banana split with chocolate, pineapple and vanilla flavored custard, and caramel topping. Wow was it tasty! We accompanied it with regular coffee, which was not as good. So I'll split the difference on the food rating. The only downside was value. It was a little pricey, but hey we were downtown and that costs.

Overall a good bet for tasty frozen custard.

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Applebee's Neighbourhood Grill & Bar2325 Ottawa Street, #300, Port Coquitlam
why did I go back?
Submitted Monday, September 7, 2009 - 7:52pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were in the nearby Costco, and decided to go to Applebees for the "all you can eat riblets" instead of getting something from the Costco food court. Big mistake.

Applebees used to be one of my go-to places about 10 years ago but it just keeps getting worse. The restaurant was not very clean and ambiance was a sort of decrepit old sports bar theme. Service was atrocious, but I expected that after my last visit. As for value, we were having the AYCE riblets, and they were cheap at 10 bucks. My piña colada was another story. Even though the riblets were cheap, Mrs. C and I agreed we would not order them again. They were dry, slightly burnt, and had no flavor. Also, when I asked for a top-up of riblets in hopes of getting something that was juicier, we only got another two little burnt pieces with fries. The meat/fries ratio was also wrong: I came for AYCE riblets not AYCE fries. I will say the fries were okay, and my beloved dining companion liked the coleslaw. Unfortunately you can't get coleslaw refills on AYCE. What's up with that?

Overall a dreadful experience. I would have given lower ratings all around, but I really feel I have only myself to blame for going there again...

Can't recommend.

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simply inexpensive
Submitted Friday, September 4, 2009 - 10:54am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were on Main Street looking for some chow when we spotted SD. The entrance is by way of some rather grubby stairs which did not look very inviting. Once we got past that obstacle we found the place was not too bad. It looked a little dark inside, but everything looked clean enough, including the ancient w/c. Service was pretty good throughout the meal, and although I would not say the servers warmed my heart with their jolly goodwill, they were efficient and came back for quality checks and tea top-ups.

We had a variety of foods including soba noodles, beef teriyaki, Cali roll, tuna roll, tuna sashimi, gyoza, BBQ eel, a decent bean and coconut drink for my beloved dining companion and a beer for me. All the food was tasty enough, but by no means deluxe. It was definitely worth it for the price, but that’s about all I can say. As for price, that is the real attraction of this place. We ate well and the bill came to 25 bucks for two, including a generous tip.

I don’t really understand the negative reviews for this place. SD offers cheap gut fill, and you get exactly what you pay for. I will be back for more.

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Mambo Cafe4151 Hazelbridge Way, Suite 3020, Richmond
always crowded
Submitted Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were riding the new train to Richmond, and we decided to make a diversion to Aberdeen Centre for some lunch action. We scrambled up to the food court and saw a huge lineup for MC. Every time we go to the mall this place seems crowded, so must have good food or slow service.

Service was quick, and there were lots of choices on the menu, so we were encouraged about the quality of the offerings. I had lamb curry on rice and my beloved transit partner had chow mein noodles with chicken. We rounded off the meal with dong cafe and iced tea. Both were tasty and huge portions. Plus the meal was not expensive. I don't think it was the greatest ever, but for the price it was definitely quite good. As for ambiance it was a madhouse as usual, but clean enough for a food court.

Worth it if you are nearby.

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GM Restaurant20726 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
just right
Submitted Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 4:15pm [Dine in]

A generous co-worker decided to treat us all to lunch, and GM was the 'go to' place. The decor was not terrific, but it looked clean inside, and we were doing takeout anyway...

Service was great, and we got good advice from the friendly manager on the best items to order and on the correct spiciness level. Our order was processed quickly, which is important if you are in a hurry. We got butter chicken, garlic naan bread, and vegetable samosas with a tangy tamarind sauce. All were just right. Not too hot, not too mild. The flavours were great and the portions were big. As for value it wasn’t too expensive, but in this case it was free for me ;) Thanks to co-worker C!

A good choice if you are in Mayberry. Um, I mean Maple Ridge.

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Europe Bakery & Deli11841 224 Street, Maple Ridge
licking my fingers
Submitted Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 3:19pm [Dine in]

I was in MR and looking for a treat when I stumbled on the OCEB. The place looked clean and there is a small seating area for people who can't wait to go home to eat. I was feeling strong-willed so I got take-out. Service was good and the counter clerk described the items on display in mouth-watering detail. As for price, it wasn’t discount bakery, but you get what you pay for. There was a huge selection of bakery items and sandwiches available, but I decided to try their new item, cinnamon buns. The buns were very fresh and tasty and the generous dollop of icing on top tasted like real cream cheese. I devoured one and shared the rest of my treat-trove with some friends. I wish I had bought two for myself even though the buns were a good size.

A delicious experience.

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Cafe Truong Thanh2096 Kingsway, Vancouver
the real deal
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 6:44pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were out shopping with some friends when they started craving pho. We decided to hit Kingsway's little Vietnam area since there is a high concentration of soup outlets there. We ended up at the TT cafe.

The restaurant was simply decorated but very clean. The menu had lots of pho choices, but we noticed that the offerings seemed different than at the big franchise pho places. For example, they had pho with deep fried fish cakes and crab paste. That was different. Also, instead of bean sprouts, we got lettuce and cilantro with our phos. That was different too. I think it was all authentic, but I am no expert on the foods of V-land.

We had a variety of phos, including the aforementioned crab paste and fish cake style. I decided to be contrary and got sweet rice with pork. I also got fish cake and squid cake on the side. I didn’t taste the pho, but Mrs. C commented that the soup base was a little different from what we have had elsewhere, and it was packed with flavour. Plus the fish cake was a nice change from the usual beef. The consensus at our table was that the food was very tasty and not expensive. Service was great and our server was extremely friendly.

The place was filled with Vietnamese people, there was some kind of Vietnamese karaoke DVD on the TV, and as I mentioned the food seemed authentic to me, so I am guessing this place is the real deal.

Recommended.

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