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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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Angel Cake Shop7771 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Not so enthusiastic
Submitted Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

I've been to the Angel Cake Shop a couple of times in the last 2 weeks because it was convenient to shopping. While it is good, I can't say I share the unbridled enthusiasm of the previous reviewer. I found the egg tart to be fine, and the cakes are good. The little round ones with the apricot jam on top are truly outstanding as is the Black Forest cake. The buns are not so great, and the tuna was a particular disappointment. Don’t get me started on the ones with hot dogs baked in. I also find the Swiss rolls are a little small compared to other bakeries.

The front end of the place looks okay, but the big window behind the counter reveals a scary looking work area. Could be a bit more hygienic. The staff are okay, but they have gotten the purchase total wrong in 2 of my visits there. Luckily, Mrs. C is good at math. I do agree that the parking is better than the other location.

I prefer the one in East Van. It also has a decent restaurant, which this location lacks.

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Highlander Restaurant, The9260 Bridgeport Road, Richmond
Okay DOV Experience
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2008 - 7:58pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I went with some friends to check out the DOV menu at the Highlander. The restaurant was comfortable and slightly upscale for a hotel/motel restaurant. We were seated in the crowded room and prepared for a big meal. We started with a tasty corn chowder, followed for most of us by prime rib, except for one contrarian at our table who had Coho salmon, and for dessert crème brulé or chocolate lava cake.

The prime rib was a generous portion and was cooked properly and well-presented. I got a dodgy Yorkshire pudding, but the other diners all got nice ones. A little more than a tablespoon of potato would have been welcome, but I guess they wanted to make the meat look bigger. The fish was reported to be a little overcooked, but otherwise okay. The desserts were a mixed bag: The crème brulé tasted burnt (?) but the chocolate lava cake was lavalicious and chocolaty.

The service was extremely slow, but when the server appeared she did a good job. The whole place was clean and the w/c was acceptable.

Overall an adequate but not outstanding experience.

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Irish Heather210 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Mixed Feelings
Submitted Friday, January 25, 2008 - 9:04pm [Dine in]

Blasta. That is the Gaelic for tasty. That sums up most of the food we had at the IH. Mímhúinte. That means rude or impolite, which describes the hostess we encountered.

Mrs. C and I were looking for some DOV action and we wandered into the IH looking to eat and have beer. We were told by the hostess that we could not have the DOV since it was booked (?), but just as we were about to leave, a different server offered us a chance to wait for a table and to sample the other fare.

We waited in the shabeen for our table. The ambience in the shabeen was crowded and rather dingy (shabeen means a speakeasy, a place to buy bootleg whisky). It is behind the pub/restaurant. After a few minutes there, we were taken to the dining room which was nice, but a little noisy. We ordered al la carte since the DOV was forbidden. I had bangers and mash and Mrs. C had fish and chips. The bangers and mash was quite tasty, but Mrs. C’s chips were somewhat burnt. The fish was reported to be good though. For drinks I had a black and tan which is Guinness mixed with a lighter beer. It was a great combination. Mrs. C had a glass of brown ale which was enjoyable.

The ambience was nothing to write home to Dublin about but the w/c was clean. The one nice server rescued what would have been a negative experience, so he gets 3 stars. Because of that I might go back.

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Chilli House Thai Bistro1018 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
DOV Wow!
Submitted Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were craving some DOV action and I saw that CHTB was on the DOV list. We’ve been meaning to try it for a while and now we had an excuse. The restaurant was not crowded when we arrived, and we were impressed with the nice décor. Even the w/c was nice.

We tried several items from the DOV menu including the deep fried prawns with noodle wrap, tom yum goong soup, ostrich curry, prawns with ginger and chillies, and for dessert the deep fried banana with ice cream, and the tapioca. We also tried a shrimp pancake appetizer, and a couple of Thai iced teas. All the food was awesome, especially the ostrich curry.

The service was very good too, and we were amazed to have feasted for 50 bucks. A memorable meal.

Recommended.

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KoKo Chocolate Cafe1118 Denman St., Vancouver
Chihuahua!
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were out in the West End strolling in the -4, and looking for a place to warm up. I remembered that KK had recently opened, and we went in to have a look. The place has an ambience somewhere between Starbucks and Willie Wonka with the big vats of churning chocolate and the kitschy junk for sale. They also have some pretty but pricey chocolates, like I saw once in Belgium.

We couldn’t decide what to have, but I recalled that a respected reviewer had mentioned the Mexican chocolate, so we gave it a try. A little pricey for $4.73 (w/tax) plus a buck tip since they were new, made it an expensive cuppa choco.

As for taste, it was hot in both senses. I think I liked it, but it was ‘different’, so I will have to think more about the experience. Mrs. C said it was too spicy for her, especially since we had satay for dinner. The staff were super nice, and I wish them well, but with the high prices, I can’t give 4 stars overall.

Something different :)

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Ginger & Garlic7771 Westminster Hwy, #180, Richmond
Solid HK food
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2008 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C craved HK comfort food, and so did I. We thought Richmond would offer the best selection, so off in the chasiucruiser we drove, heading for where the food is. The double G looked inviting, and there was parking. That decided the matter.

This place bills itself as a HK and Malaysian café, and that may be, but this time we had HK food. The restaurant is nice enough and looks like a Denny’s, but with a definite HK sensibility. The servers were knowledgeable and fast, and the place was clean including the w/c. The menu was huge and it took several minutes to decide. I finally went with a special of the day, which had a steak, 2 pork satay, and some spaghetti and steamed veggies with soup and dong café. Mrs. C had a combo like mine but with fish and ribs.

The borscht was awesome! That set the tone for the whole meal: tender steak, tasty satay, and perfect side dishes. Yum! Mrs. C reported her food to also be fantastic. We gobbled up the food and felt the warmth of the meal fill our bellies and our souls with delight. Having no amah to cook for us, this is the only way to get the food we crave. And it was dirt cheap, with the two of us eating like tai pans for twenty bucks.

Maybe it was just a matter of the right meal at the right moment, but we were very satisfied.

Recommended.

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Shima Sushi1088 Denman Street, Vancouver
Cheap, but that's it
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2008 - 3:36pm [Dine in]

I was strolling with Mrs. C looking for a place to get some food in the crowded Denman restaurant corridor, when I spotted Shima. It looked like a small unpretentious place. They have different specials, and I chose a sushi box with chicken teriyaki, a salad and some sushi, and complemented it with a beef teriyaki roll and some tuna nigiri. My beloved table companion had chicken udon.

The service was quick and efficient and the place was tidy including the w/c. The food was a disappointment. The sushi was not very fresh or well-made, and the udon didn’t have enough chicken or noodles. The place had lots of customers, so maybe they just don’t care about making good food but rely on cheap prices to lure in the punters.

Too bad because it looked like a nice place. We were disappointed with the food, but at least it was cheap.

Not recommended.

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Bauhinia Restaurant8360 Granville Avenue, #120, Richmond
Nicey but pricey
Submitted Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 2:15pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I found ourselves in Ditchmond once again, looking for HK Chinese food. We had heard good things about the Bauhinia, so we met some friends and took the taste test. Our first challenge was finding parking. This place shares a tiny parking lot with Dynasty and the Rogers store, so there is always fierce competition for a place to park the chasiucruiser. That enigma resolved, we entered the Bauhinia. The ambience is really first class, with comfortable booths, and wood panelling, etc. They even had the de rigueur aquarium with fish in it, except they were for show and not the dinner plate. Everything was nice and clean, even the w/c.

The server was quick and attentive, and we had the encyclopaedic menus in our hands almost instantly. There are lots of choices, and most meals can be made into combos. I had the beef stroganoff combo, Mrs. C. had braised duck, and our guests had baked pork chop on rice, steak, and beef tenderloin. The meals came with some of the best borscht I have ever had, but my stroganoff was a bit of a disappointment. The duck was reported to be excellent, and the sample I tried was delicious. The other meals were also well-prepared, and the portions were very generous. The dessert was grapefruit flavoured Jello, which was a flavour I did not know existed. I could have done without that. Despite the unwelcome dessert, the meals were mostly great, and if not for the steep prices I would have given more stars. Like Pittsburg, the menu is a bit pricey for a Chinese joint. I guess you pay for the ambience.

Would I come back? Probably. It was a good dining experience overall.

Recommended.

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Ho Yuen Kee6236 Fraser, Vancouver
Family Dining
Submitted Friday, January 4, 2008 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

Being a good fellow, I obeyed the summons to the family dinner. If it was up to me I would have chosen a better place, but I wasn’t buying. This joint is fairly typical of HK family restaurants: They serve all the usual dishes; the ambience is run down and a little dingy; the noise is deafening. Okay, so they have nice tablecloths.

The service was good. The big problem was that none of the dishes were worth the trip. I will say the soya duck and the sweet tofu dessert were tasty enough, but the other dishes, like pan fried black cod, oyster with onion ginger, Peking pork chop, etc., were just okay. And for the love of god, please don’t offer ‘complimentary’ red bean soup to me. It was more of an insult.

If the ancestors hadn’t picked this place I never would have gone there.

Not recommended.

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S & W Pepper House4500 Kingsway, #1812, Burnaby
good food, good price
Submitted Friday, January 4, 2008 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were out with some friends looking for a place to share our last meal of 2007. SW looked good, so we gave it a try. I've passed the place a few times and it is always full. After a brief wait, we were seated at a slightly cramped table. The decor was a little plain, but we came to eat. The menu had lots of choices, so it was hard to decide.

We had the shredded pork with plum sauce and pancakes, lamb with cumin, eggplant with pork and chillies, and a braised pork hock, which was on sale. All the dishes were very tasty, with the eggplant being the best of the lot.

The service was okay, and the meal exceeded our expectations. The price was right too. We will be back.

Recommended.

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Poco Ocean Restaurant2755 Lougheed Highway, #2, Port Coquitlam
Taste-O-Licious!
Submitted Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I went with our friends to eat the dishes of the famous chef of PO. I’ve heard the guy was #2 chef at Government House in HK back when they had Governor Patton. Whatever his history, he sure can cook!

As usual, it was packed. After a bit of a wait we were seated. To say this place is Spartan is an understatement, but it was clean. There is only one server, but she was moving at a furious pace, and she seemed friendly enough.

We had honey garlic chicken wings, abalone mushroom and tofu, beef tenderloin sizzling plate, shrimp in black bean, deep fried fish fillets with chilli pepper salt, and some yellow bean and pork soup. All the food was fantastic, and my only regret was that we didn’t order the famous pork hock. Maybe next time.

Overall a great dining experience, and worth the slightly high price.

Recommended.

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Pittsburg4500 Kingsway, #1687, Burnaby
Better than expected
Submitted Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 10:58pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were getting our Crystal Mall fix when we saw this unfortunately named restaurant. Having once been to that nasty coal town, I was a little apprehensive!

We were seated at once by the friendly manager, and studied the extensive menu. I had the curried beef brisket combo, which came with dong cafe, borscht and dessert. Mrs. C had the seafood fried noodle with XO sauce.

The curry was fantastic, but the borscht needed beef. My dessert was tiny but flavorful. The iced coffee was perfect. My beloved dining companion marvelled at the excellence of her noodles. As a previous discerning reviewer remarked, the service was very good.

The ambience was a sort of industrial disco theme, but comfortable. The w/c was clean, which was a nice surprise. If I had one complaint it was the price, which was much higher
than comparable HK Chinese restaurants.

Next time I will eat one of the specials, since they aren't so crazy expensive.

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Cheesecake Etc.2141 Granville, Vancouver
Good for a nip of cheese
Submitted Tuesday, December 25, 2007 - 5:42pm [Dine in]

It is so hard to find decent cheesecake anywhere, but after many visits over the years, I can say that this place consistently delivers. I usually get the strawberry topping, and Mrs. C. prefers plain. The coffees are 'meh', if that is the right term :)

I agree with the previous esteemed reviewer re the portion sizes. That said, my preferred time to visit is after a meal somewhere else. After all, most full-on restaurants charge way too much and only provide substandard desserts. This place focuses on doing one thing really well. Please work on the beverages though…

Recommended.

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Knight and Day Restaurant5075 Kingsway, Burnaby
Pricey for what you get
Submitted Tuesday, December 25, 2007 - 5:16pm [Dine in]

I went with some friends to have the traditional Xmas eve dinner and this year we went to K&D mostly because it was open. The manager himself seated us, and we got a nice corner booth. This place has been remodeled since my last visit a few years ago and it looked nice, until I checked out the w/c, which was really disgusting. They really ought to do something there.

The menu was extensive and we all had different things. We started with potato skins, which were tasty and had lots of sour cream. Then on to the mains. I had the chicken parmesan which was expensive at 17 bucks. Others in out group had the Bavarian breakfast, the steak on a bun, the meat spaghetti, and the trucker’s breakfast platter. All of the food was good, and no complaints about portion size, but every item was about 15-20% higher than the Pantry for example. That is something I will think about when I consider a return visit.

The service was slow, but there was only one server since it was the 24th of December.

Overall about what you would expect. Will I be back? Not sure.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant3888 Main Street, Vancouver
not worth the money
Submitted Sunday, December 23, 2007 - 4:57pm [Dine in]

Our group of five hearty diners went to SSW for dim sum. We wanted to treat ourselves since it was close to Xmas. I haven’t been to this location in years, but I remembered it wasn’t bad last time. This time around was just okay. We had to wait for seats but that’s normal. We got a nice table eventually and settled in. The noise level was too high to talk, but we hadn’t come for conversation.

We had a variety of dim sum standards. Nothing really stood out, and nothing seemed to be hot by the time the cart got to our table. If I had the same dim-sum anywhere else, I would give it 2 stars, but Mrs. C insists on the extra star for sentimental reasons.

The ambience was nice despite being extremely loud, and the w/c was really awful even for a Chinese restaurant. The service was good and so no issues there. The meal cost a lot, and for the money it just wasn’t worth it. There are plenty of dim-sum places where you can get a better meal for half the money.

I recommend going somewhere else.

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Banzai Sushi House8251 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Super-Size Me
Submitted Sunday, December 23, 2007 - 12:13am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were out buying last-minute Xmas gifts in Richmond, and I remembered that BSH was near the building that got hit by the plane. “Hey, let’s check it out”, I said. So in we went.

The restaurant was very modern and clean overall, except the scary unisex w/c.

The server was friendly, and the menu selection was vast. So too was the sushi. It was crazy big, but not as insane as at Samurai. Close though. We had some nigiri, a Cali and a beef roll and some sashimi. Everything was well-prepared and fresh, but you could choke on the pieces. The sashimi looked like each piece was about 150 grams. Ouch!

Will I be back? Probably, but only if I am very hungry.

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New Mitzie's Restaurant179 E Pender Street, Vancouver
An oasis in hell
Submitted Saturday, December 22, 2007 - 11:54pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were meeting a friend in Chinatown, and we needed to find a place to eat. We ended up at Mitzie’s. I know it is in the part of Chinatown infested by drug addicts and assorted riff-raff, but the restaurant itself is not too bad. It is clean and comfortable.

I had a toasted Denver omelette, Mrs. C had French toast and our guest had Shanghai noodles. Where else could the three of us get exactly what we wanted and all have dishes with pronouns in the names?

The omelette was terrific, the FT was reported to be fluffy and tasty, and the SN’s were also said to be good. I had a coffee too, which was just fine. The service was good, and the whole place including the w/c was clean.

It was a tasty meal, and we didn’t see any weirdos in the place, so it was all good. Plus it was ridiculously cheap.

Recommended for the braver souls among you.

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Curry King Cafe3250 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Another good HK restaurant
Submitted Friday, December 21, 2007 - 10:07pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were on the way to Richmond for some HK food, when we spotted CKC. “Chasiu, a new restaurant!" exclaimed my beloved dining partner. We couldn't believe our eyes. The giant trench that was Cambie was transformed into a road once again, and there was a new place to eat.

We stopped at once and darted inside. The restaurant is slightly updated from its former incarnation, and had a menu like the Burnaby CKC only more extensive. We were seated in a comfortable booth and ordered a curry beef brisket for me and a sizzling plate combo with beef tongue and filet of sole for Mrs. C.

The food arrived quickly, but mine got to the table first. The curry brisket was tender and the sauce had the right amount of curry kick. There was the right amount of rice. So far so good. Then the combo arrived. The borscht was kind of weak, but the beef and fish were delish. The plate came with frozen veggies, which was not great, but the fries and rice that accompanied the meal were excellent.

The service was good, and the ambience was fine. Even the w/c was clean and modern.

I like the original CKC, but this one is quite nice, too.

Recommended.

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Joe's Grill948 Denman Street, Vancouver
Eat At ...
Submitted Monday, December 17, 2007 - 10:41am [Dine in]

I took Mrs. C for a bit of brunch, and she chose Joe’s since she had a fantastic breakfast at their other location recently. The place was packed but we got a seat after a short wait. They had lots of choices on the menu, and we finally decided on a burger for my beloved, and corned beef hash for me. The CBH was disappointing, but some hot sauce improved it enough to eat. My co-diner reported her burger was fantastic and the fries were big, hot and crispy. I will likely try the other items on the menu and overlook the horrible hash.

The ambience was nice and comfortable, but the w/c could be a bit cleaner. My only significant complaint was the abnormal server. After waving, making eye contact, and saying ‘coffee please’ without being recognized, we had to go to the counter to ask someone to tell the server to bring coffee. The worst part was that she served adjacent tables. Just not ours. Maybe we reminded her of some bad tippers from her past? We could not explain this, or the scowl of the server when she finally decided to pour the coffee. That was weird.

Other than that, it was an okay experience. We will try the other locations to see how they stack up.

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Earls4361 Kingsway, Burnaby
burgers and head-bonking
Submitted Monday, December 17, 2007 - 10:26am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I met another couple for a bite at Earl’s and I have to say this is one of their better-appointed locations. The room is nice and modern and except for the noise (they need to hang some fabric or something) it had a nice ambience. It was martini night but I stuck to the overpriced beer. I had a bacon burger which was very good, except for the McD fries that accompanied it, which were not so hot. Mrs. C took my recommendation and had a Sicilian pizza which was reported to be crispy and flavourful. Our friends had wings, short ribs and salads. They were also reported to be good, but the portion sizes were a little small for the money.

One notable incident happened when we were there. A little tyke was seated on a booster seat that someone put on the upholstered bench of a booth, and he toppled over and smacked his head. Understandable given the precarious perch. His parents looked around frantically for help but all of the servers suddenly ‘disappeared’. That was rather cowardly. Luckily junior only bumped his head, but I suspect their meal was ruined. Points off for service!

Despite the drama the food was good, and I might be back if I want to live dangerously. Shame on the servers, though.

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