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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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Church's Chicken1470 Prairie Avenue, Port Coquitlam
good chicken, crappy sides
Submitted Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 2:50pm [Dine in]

I was heading over to a friend's house and I offered to bring food. After taking a vote in the car we decided to hit Church's.
This location was much cleaner than most takeout places, and the chicken was hot and ready to go. I had a combo of the regular and spicy.

The manager served us and offered suggestions about what to get after I described the dinner situation. We left with a couple of bags of deep fried delights. The chicken was great. Unfortunately the sides we got were unworthy of Church's fine chicken. The coleslaw was just okay, but the fries and gravy were substandard.

I have to say I can't eat competitors chicken after trying Church's, but the sides really need work. Quite simply, they suck. For the sake of the birds who gave their lives, please improve the sides!

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Little Tea House4700 Kingsway, #1120B, Burnaby
good cheap milk tea
Submitted Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

I was bopping around Metrotown and I craved some tea. Near the T&T I found this small teahouse. They have a good selection of bubble and milk teas, and some of the teas feature fresh fruit juice.

I had a pineapple milk tea with slush and no pearls. It was very good, and the fresh juice made a huge difference over powder! The slush option made it more like a milkshake than a milk tea, and it was very tasty. This place usually has a lineup, but the servers are quick, and the preparation is good.

Plus it was not expensive.

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Dragon Ball Tea House1007 W King Edward, Vancouver
Awesome
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2007 - 11:14am [Dine in]

Awesome. That was the only word to describe my tea. I had a fresh strawberry with milk and coconut jelly, and it was the best bubble tea I’ve had. They used fresh strawberries, and when the counter lady asked “you like slush, no slush?”, I wisely chose the slush. The tea was creamy and packed with flavour and tasted more like a milkshake. My friends had variations on mango and they reported that theirs were also fabulous.

The ambience in the place was cramped and a little grungy, but there were cute dog pictures on the wall to keep you occupied while you wait. The service was brisk and that is a good thing. The menu was extensive, and there was something to please the most discriminating tea palette. Sure this place is a little out of the way, but it’s worth the drive.

Recommended!

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Tea Works5695 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Nice ambience, average tea
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2007 - 11:04am [Dine in]

I’ve passed this place a thousand times on the way to somewhere else, but I decided based on the ravings of my cousin that TW deserved attention. I ordered a mango tea with coconut jelly. The snack menu was very impressive and I almost got a beef roll because it looked tasty, but I stuck to tea. It was okay, but not exceptional. A little too much ice, and nothing special in the flavour department. The service, although friendly, also seemed to take a while, and there was no place to wait while getting takeout. I noticed small clumps of people waiting awkwardly for their takeaway. The interior was very tasteful despite the lack of a waiting area, and I think this place might be better if I was in the mood for a sit-down session with snacks. With a name like Teaworks, you ought to have really good tea. I think the name has more to do with the fact that it has the same initials as Tai Wan, home of bubble tea.

Bottom Line: TW was not my cup of tea.

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Bubble World Tea House1325 Robson Street, Vancouver
Try Harder!
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2007 - 10:52am [Dine in]

I have been craving bubble tea lately, and I got a coconut tea with coconut jelly from this place. I have to say it was a disappointment. The tea house was nice enough in a 7-11 way, and the staff seemed to know how to make tea, but the result was not great, especially for the price. The flavour of the watery tea was not good, and the jelly chunks wouldn’t go through the straw. Duh! That is sort of important…

Not my first choice.

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Kingsway Sushi3665 Kingsway, #110, Vancouver
What AYCE Should Be
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2007 - 10:41am [Dine in]

I tried this place over the weekend with 5 hungry diners and it was very good. This place is a sister restaurant of Richmond Sushi and some of the staff from that place are here. The restaurant was very well appointed, and quite clean, although I didn’t like the abundance of curtains on the way to the w/c. I had one near collision!

The service was great, and the servers kept coming over and asking if we wanted more. They used the standard PDA’s, so the food got there quickly. The price was right for AYCE, and the food was good. The hot foods were hot and the sushi was freshly made. I also noticed they used ceramic dishes, not the usual cheap plastic. It’s the little things that make a difference to a dining experience, and this place got most of that right.
KS reminded me of what Richmond Sushi was like when it first opened. The menu is almost the same, except for the preparation/quality is much better. I just hope it doesn’t go downhill.

Also, I found free underground parking which was a huge bonus.

Recommended!

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Fishermans Terrace Seafood Restaurant4151 Hazelbridge Way, #3580, Richmond
Okay I guess
Submitted Monday, September 3, 2007 - 6:26pm [Dine in]

This place is conveniently located in the Aberdeen Centre, and is a little more upscale than most Chinese banquet restaurants. The interior is nice and there are big windows above the frenzy of Richmond traffic. I went with the family to eat and give respect to the in-laws, and it was a good experience for all.

The food was standard fare, with chicken done 2 ways, melon soup in a melon, sweet and sour pork chops, bitter melon with minced pork, beef with vegetable, fish, roasted pork skin, and a few other less memorable dishes. Nothing really stood out.

The service was great, and we had a satisfying if uninspired meal.

Not a bad choice if you want to please the ancestors but not surprise them.

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Zakkushi Charcoal Grill823 Denman St, Vancouver
BBQ for the homesick Japanese
Submitted Monday, September 3, 2007 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

I tried this place with some friends who used to live in Japan. They said it was authentic, but not as good as you get there. We were seated at a cramped table in this smoky (and not very clean) place and judging by the large number of Japanese, it looked like they serve the real thing.

We tried the oden (not Odin the god, but the similarly named soup), and it had a little of everything in there. The broth was tasty, and the unidentifiable morsels inside were all interesting. We also had the skewers with various minced meats stuck to them. They tasted like BBQ, but there wasn’t much to distinguish one from another. We tried the rice balls which tasted kind of like potato cakes. Also there was a selection of karaage on sticks. And of course, sake.

The service was sporadic, but the place was busy so we understood. The smoke seemed to fill the place, so those with sensitive lungs should maybe get takeout. I have been to a few of these places, and this one is not as good as most. Plus it was expensive. As a previous reviewer remarked this is a place to have drinks and snacks. That is the function of this sort of restaurant in Japan. A place where workers can meet and drink and blow off steam. Not a restaurant to get a hearty meal. Will I be back? I doubt it.

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant555 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Fancy family fare
Submitted Monday, August 27, 2007 - 11:41am [Dine in]

I was invited to a family dinner at Kirin, and I was happy to go for a free meal since my wallet always hurts when I pay. The ambience was nice for a Chinese restaurant, but it gets a bit noisy when the place is full. The service was excellent as always. Our tea pots were constantly being refilled, and our plates replaced.

The food was good, if not great. We had a selection of favourites from crispy Peking duck to duck lettuce wrap, roasted chicken, fish and vegetable dishes and the ubiquitous lobster and crab with noodles in creamy sauce. Maybe I am getting a little jaded, but it seems like there is nothing new in their Cantonese cookbook. But you don’t go to a place like Kirin to surprise the elders. It is more for the family dining crowd. The usual entrees elegantly served, etc.

Overall a good (if predictable) experience, and one I am doomed to repeat. I agree with a previous reviewer: Of all the Kirins I have visited this one is the best.

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Bert's Restaurant2904 Main St, Vancouver
Good Eats
Submitted Monday, August 27, 2007 - 11:23am [Dine in]

I was looking for a place to eat on Main when my beloved suggested Bert’s. It looked inviting, so we tried it out.

The server who seated us seemed friendly and she suggested the inexpensive beer on tap. I readily agreed to a frosty pint of lager. I ordered the Bert’s burger special with rings, and Mrs. C had the deluxe burger and fries. Both burgers were juicy and the fries and rings were tasty and not greasy. The Bert’s burger had a fried egg, which seemed excessive given the two big beef patties :)

The ambience was okay and the w/c was clean, but the place could use an update. I found the service to be quick, and the price was very cheap. Overall, a good impression so I don’t understand some of the negative reviews here. Maybe they were expecting cordon bleu instead of diner food?

Recommended.

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Sammy's Hot Wings1773 Robson Street, Vancouver
Not trying very hard
Submitted Friday, August 24, 2007 - 2:42pm [Dine in]

I dropped by SHW with Mrs. C in tow after a stroll on the steamy streets of the West End. We were hungry and the word “wings” has always had positive associations in my mind. We seated ourselves in the restaurant (too warm for the patio) and looked at the giant pictures of the menu items. I am assuming that the photos were for the ESL and post-bar crowds, to aid in the decision-making process. Despite the name of this place they only have 1 kind of wings.

I selected a big lamb souvlaki, and my beloved table-sharer had a Philly cheese steak sandwich. I also had some local beer, which was a little pricey, but probably average for this part of town. The restaurant itself was spartan but clean, and the w/c was also tidy.

After a while our orders arrived. My souvlaki looked a bit smaller than the picture, and I briefly recalled that scene in Falling Down where Michael Douglas is in the burger joint. Mrs. C’s sandwich was also puny. Despite this disappointment, no rampage ensued.

The lamb was juicy and flavourful, the salad was tasty and fresh, and the rice was fluffy. I was informed that the sandwich was also savoury. They were just small. Despite the tiny portions, I enjoyed the meal. I can't say it was good value for the money, but on Robson less costs more. Will I return? Not likely since there was nothing special here.

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Yaas Bazaar1860 Londsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Fast Food Persian
Submitted Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 10:29am [Dine in]

The Yaas restaurant is in the Iranian supermarket of the same name. It has a huge steam table and so you can point and instantly get the dish you want. The best one is the lamb, which comes with a savoury sauce. There is little in the way of ambience with uncomfortable bench seating inside and a little patio outside (a better choice). The staff are friendly, but the place is packed most of the time, so there is some jostling as part of the ordering experience.

If you want a quick introduction to Iranian culture and cuisine, this place is for you. Try the nearby bakery section.

Popular with the locals.

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Tomo Japanese Restaurant611 East Broadway, Vancouver
Yum!
Submitted Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 9:40am [Dine in]

I took Mrs. C and her father to eat at Tomo. The elder wanted sushi, and would not be denied. We found the restaurant empty except for the people coming and going for the brisk takeout trade. Having our choice of tables, we selected comfy seats and prepared to eat. One of the local Chinese newspapers had a 20% off coupon, which we presented without any complaint.

We had a selection of nigiri and roll sushi, a big sashimi plate, beef teriyaki, and the roasted squid in special sauce. The squid was awesome, cooked to juicy perfection and the tasty sauce made it even more delicious. As for the sashimi, it wasn’t half-frozen like you usually get, the pieces were generous, and it tasted fresh. The sushi was also very good, especially the nigiri, which had various types of seafood. I think the Tai (red snapper a.k.a. mudfish) was the best. The beef teriyaki was a big portion and it was devoured with gusto.

The service was excellent, and our tea cups were always full. The ambience was tidy and comfortable but nothing special, and the w/c was clean.

Overall it was a pleasant experience I will soon repeat.

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Top's Restaurant2790 Kingsway, Vancouver
Comfort food
Submitted Monday, August 20, 2007 - 10:10am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were on Kingsway and I needed a post-haircut meal. We saw Top's and I remembered good experiences on visits to this place a few years ago. When we arrived, the server seated us immediately and advised of the specials. I had meatloaf, and my companion only had salad and chowder since she had a big lunch earlier.

The service was excellent, and the place was nice and clean (even the w/c). The meatloaf was great. It was accompanied by crispy fries and decent steamed veggies. The chowder was reported to be outstanding, and the salad was also quite fresh. We left satisfied, and the tasty food soothed my bad haircut trauma. Plus it wasn’t too expensive.

Recommended.

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Neptune Seafood Restaurant8171 Ackroyd Road, #100, Richmond
Respecting the Elders
Submitted Friday, August 17, 2007 - 4:46pm [Dine in]

I know this place is well-known for dim sum, but I was treating one of the respected ancestors (and the rest of the extended family) to a birthday dinner, so we had the full Monte.

We started with the crispy Peking duck, followed by duck lettuce wrap, sweet and sour pork chops, eggplant and spicy pork, steamed chicken in soy sauce, gai-lan, melon soup served in a melon, noodles, beef and lotus root, deep fried milk curd in batter and of course crab puffs. All the dishes were fantastic, but the delicious (and expensive) crab puffs were especially good, as was the flavourful lettuce wrap.

For dessert, we had birthday cake from T&T, a sweet tapioca soup with water chestnut, and the traditional birthday buns with lotus paste.

The service was excellent and I noted some first-rate former employees on Ming Yuen now work at Neptune. As for the décor, it was typical Chinese banquet style restaurant. The carpets and w/c could use a little attention, but otherwise it was just fine.

All in all an extremely satisfying experience. Richmond is home to some spirited restaurant competition, and this place more than holds its own against its rivals. Plus it didn’t make my Visa card melt. And ‘Lo Dao’ was pleased.

Recommended.

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Pantry Restaurant, The3051 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond
Could be better
Submitted Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 12:54pm [Dine in]

I was in Richmond with Mrs. C, and we were looking for a quick bite. Sure there are lots of great Chinese restaurants, but I needed a big piece of beef. We spotted the Pantry and in we went. We were seated right away, but our server disappeared for about half an hour after she gave us the menus, and again after we got our entrees. When we finally ordered, I had the Frisco burger, which was a big beef patty with cheese and onions on sourdough bread. I added a Caesar to get some veggie content. Mrs. C had chicken tenders and a salad. The burger was juicy and greasy, and about what I expected. The salads were fresh and tasty, but the chicken tenders were dry and way overcooked.

I found the ambience to be nice and the w/c to be clean, but the lack of decent service was irritating. The food was just okay, and so we likely will go to another location for our next Pantry experience.

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WaaZuBee Cafe1622 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
What happened?
Submitted Sunday, July 29, 2007 - 3:20pm [Dine in]

I went to W a lot in the past and I always liked the cool atmosphere, the good service, and the interesting and inexpensive food. Wow what a difference on my last visit! The servers were hiding when we arrived, and the one that eventually deigned to come to our table was quite rude, and the food took an hour (literally) to arrive.

Entrees and appetizers were ridiculously overpriced as was the beer. When the food arrived, it was okay, but not as good as before. In fact some at our table did not finish.

The restaurant was grimy, dark and stuffy. The w/c was a horror show. In short, what once was a great place to be on the drive is now a nasty dive. With so many better choices nearby, why waste your time here.

Disappointing.

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Boston Steakhouse8171 Alexandra Road, Richmond
Sizzling!
Submitted Saturday, July 28, 2007 - 5:54pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were near Richmond, and we decided to drop by to see whassup in da hood. BSH seemed like a good choice, and in we scampered. We called some friends to join us. The restaurant has very modern décor and the place looked like a HK version of Cactus Club. We were seated in a comfortable booth, and scanned the menu. Lots of choices!

We ordered dong café and some sizzling platters. I had the lamb cubes, which featured boneless lamb and mushrooms in BBQ sauce on a bed of fried onions, with fries on the side. Mrs. C had a gigantic T-bone steak with mashed potatoes, and our friends had another T-bone but with spaghetti, rack of lamb and spaghetti, and ribs with mashed potatoes. All were reported to be good, and the side soups (borscht and lobster bisque) were delish.

The service was hit and miss, since we didn’t have an assigned server for our table, and some of the staff seemed more intelligent/responsive than others. The ambience was great, and even the w/c was cleaner than expected.

A very satisfying experience was had by all. Because our meals were combos, the price came out to about $15 a head, so it wasn’t too pricey.

We’ll be back.

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Seri Malaysia Restaurant2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Malay Mouthfuls
Submitted Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 8:30pm [Dine in]

I was on Hastings for no good reason and Mrs. C was looking hungry, so we decided to try Seri. We were met on our arrival by the manager. He seemed like a very friendly guy and he let us choose our table. We were given the usual water and menus, and we made our choices. We had a fluffy and flavourful roti with curry, which was very good, but a little pricey, some delicious satays that tasted authentic, a bowl of chicken curry, and a plate of mei goreng. The curry was tasty, but the seafood mei goreng was outstanding.

There were Malaysia travel posters, some photos, and portraits of the king and queen adorning the walls. The restaurant was clean and very welcoming and the décor was simple but tasteful. Even the w/c was tidy.

I also noticed quite a few Malaysians in the place, and they would know better than I what the real deal was. They seemed to be enjoying their meals, which was a good sign.

I found the food to be unpretentiously delectable, and Mrs. C kept saying “ho mei” between mouthfuls so she obviously enjoyed herself. All in all a good experience, and an excellent choice now that Hawker’s is closed.

Recommended.

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Cupcakes on Denman1168 Denman Street, Vancouver
Paris Hilton
Submitted Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

My beloved bought me a cupcake from CC recently, and I have to agree with a previous esteemed reviewer. The place looks awesome, and the treats are arranged in a tantalizing way. The service is good, and the staff is helpful. The only problem is that it's all style and no substance. Much like Paris Hilton. Now don't get me wrong, both Paris and cupcakes are pleasant to look upon. However, when you get below the surface, it gets ugly really fast. The icing is both bland and sugary, and the cake (which should be a major part of the cupcake experience) is tasteless and dry. I have to say I was hoping for a fluffy and moist cake, but it was not. If you are peddling a single type of product, it is important to get it right. Sadly, they do not.

Biting into a cupcake here is much like seeing Paris without the makeup. Once the surface glamour is removed, you are left with an unredeemable ruin. I prefer my cupcakes to be more than this.

Maybe I should try the Lindsay Lohan cookies.

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