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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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Gold Train Express Vietnamese Cuisine3320 Kingsway, Vancouver
Derailed
Submitted Sunday, July 22, 2007 - 7:00pm [Dine in]

I went into GT because I wanted a change from Honolulu, and the nearby Lingering Taste just seemed weird. Mrs. C was with me and we needed some pho to drive away the rain and damp outside. I ordered a rare beef and tripe, and my favourite dining companion had the beef stew with noodles. We also tried the spring rolls and an iced coffee. The spring rolls were overcooked, but otherwise tasted okay. The iced coffee was also acceptable. Alas, the pho was not so good. My pho had no tripe, despite that particular meat being one of the feature ingredients, and it was not hot, so my bean sprouts and rare beef didn't get all the thermal energy they needed. The broth tasted okay, but the noodles were a bit gluey.

Mrs. C's beef stew was slightly better, with savoury chunks of beef that were flavourful but a little too tough. It was not as hot as could be either. Her noodles were reported to be fine.

The restaurant was dirty and the w/c was particularly nasty. I liked the neon, which gave it a festive feel. Actually the mirrors everywhere reminded me of the scene in Enter the Dragon where Bruce Lee fights Shih Kien, the guy with the hand made out of kitchen knives. Obviously if I was thinking about Bruce Lee, the pho wasn't holding my attention...

The service was okay, and I have no complaints there, but some girl in the restaurant kept stairing at me, which could be a good or bad thing depending on why. But I digress. I won't be riding the gold train again since there are so many better choices nearby.

To recap: Not a good pho restaurant.

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James Street Cafe & Grill3819 Canada Way, Burnaby
Nice place to get out of the rain.
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2007 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were looking for food after we found out that the Harry Potter movie was sold out at Metrotown. We remembered seeing the JSCG on our travels, and it seemed like a good opportunity to try. When we arrived, the friendly server seated us at once. The décor was nice and comfortable, with lots of wood everywhere and a nice fireplace. We also noticed there was cricket on the TV, but this was because the owner is Indian. In most of India, cricket is like hockey is here.

The menu was quite comprehensive and had everything from calamari to pannekoeks. I chose the mountain burger, which had a ½ pound of beef, bacon, cheese, and the usual toppings. I had a Caesar on the side. Mrs. C had the eggs Blackstone, which is like eggs Benedict but with ham and spinach. On the side, it came with potato cubes and some bits of pepper mixed in, and a salad too. Both entrees were excellent, and my burger was particularly tasty and juicy. I also had a pint of beer which was not expensive.

The yummy meal was incredibly satisfying on a damp night, and the menu was so encyclopedic in scope that my beloved and I promised each other we would return. Plus it was cheap, which is a huge incentive for repeat business.

I’ll be back.

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Village Inn Pub9532 Erickson Drive, Burnaby
Nostalgia Trip
Submitted Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 9:53am [Dine in]

I was in the Burnaby hood with Mrs. C and we were craving some food. I remembered a place I used to go to years ago when Chasiubow was just a single bun… The VIP is in the underground mall under the apartment buildings west of the Lougheed Mall. It can be hard to find, but it is worth the effort. This place has been around since approximately the beginning of time, and it has a great retro ambience. Lots of hockey jerseys on the walls, too many TV’s to count, pool tables, etc., and soft 80’s music floating in the air. Surprisingly, it is a rather intimate place on a quiet Monday. One new feature is the glass smoker’s cage in the middle of the room. It was kind of fun in a Dr. Evil sort of way to watch the poor wretches feed their addiction while I enjoyed fresh air.

Beer was on special as usual, and I had a frosty pint. Mrs. C only had a glass since one of us had to drive. This place actually does decent pub food, and so we ordered from the menu. I had the village burger, which had juicy fresh hamburger, onions, mushrooms cheese, bacon, tomato and lettuce. It was as good as I remembered, and my hands were covered in savoury burger juice at once. It was less than 8 bucks and came with crispy fresh fries. Mrs. C had chicken teriyaki, which featured 2 chicken breasts, rice and veggie stir-fry. I think the rice could have used something more, but everything else was tasty. I noticed lots of new menu items since my last visit, so there is plenty of variety.

The ambience was pleasant, and the locals were very friendly. I found the servers to be quite nice, and everything was clean. The best part was that I brought my hot bar pickup with me. It’s nice to have someone to share dinner with.

Recommended.

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Hanoi Pho406 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Good Pho!
Submitted Saturday, July 14, 2007 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

If you look past the sketchy neighbourhood, LPB isn't a bad place to get pho. Mrs. C and I wandered in on a hot afternoon and were greeted by the friendly server. We sat down and got to it. I had the rare beef pho with tasty noodles and a light beefy broth, and Mrs. C had the house pho which seemed to have everything including flank, tendon, rare beef and some other varieties of flesh. Both phos were delish. We also had the spring rolls which were fresh made and tasty.

The restaurant was clean and freshly painted, and the w/c was tidy. The service was good, and it was not expensive. I did notice one guy complaining because his seafood pho had beef as well as seafood. For me that would be a bonus, but some folks want to avoid bovine meats. To each his own…

Recommended.

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Renaissance Coffee8906 University High Street, Burnaby
Great Moccacino!
Submitted Saturday, July 14, 2007 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

I was in the hood and I went into the RC to get an iced moccacino. SFU can get hot! This place has a big selection of sandwiches and deserts and a few hot entrees and soups too. The moccacino was the best I've had in ages. I liked it so much, I went back to thank the barista. That is high praise for a lazy guy like me.

Oh, and the w/c was clean too.

I'll be back.

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Ichibankan Express8910 University High Street, #5, Burnaby
Sushi quick
Submitted Saturday, July 14, 2007 - 10:15pm [Dine in]

I wandered into IE while at SFU recently. I liked the fact that the place looked clean, and they had heaps of takeout sushi for my dining pleasure. I tried a Cali roll and some salmon nigiri sushi. Both were well-prepared, and they tasted fresh. The big danger of takeout sushi is that you don't know when it was made.

I looked at some of the other offerings, and they seemed okay too. I also looked at the takeout menu, and the party platters are cheap enough to treat my friends. The staff was friendly and efficient, and the price was right.

Worked for me.

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Osaka Sushi1361 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Road Sushi
Submitted Sunday, July 8, 2007 - 1:59pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were in the DT and we saw this place at the top of the Burrard Bridge. They had tables outside, and it seemed like a good opportunity to enjoy the sun. We walked in and got a menu. There were lots of specials, and we settled on a roll combo and an extra beef teriyaki roll. The ambience was nice, but we were the subject of curiosity by passersby during the meal. The roll sushi was good, with nice big pieces of fish in our salmon and tuna rolls. The California roll was a bit off-tasting, but that may have been the effect of sun and a warm afternoon. The teriyaki roll was okay, but not spectacular. As for the service, it was okay too, but our server disappeared halfway through the meal, and I had to ask the sushi chef to locate her so we could get beverages, and later, to pay. The place looked clean and the sushi chef appeared to be Japanese (if that is important to you). Even the w/c was clean, which on Burrard is a small miracle.

All in all it was only an average experience, but it was convenient sushi when we had the craving.

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Princeton Pub & Grill, The1901 Powell Street, Vancouver
Supreme Burger
Submitted Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 9:12pm [Dine in]

I was driving downtown and craving a burger, and I ended up at the JK restaurant. It looked like a nice place. When I tried to order a beer, I was told that JK was dry, but I could have food (from JK) AND beer next door at the Princeton, so off I went with Mrs. C in tow.

Wow, it was like time travel and I was back in 1975 Canada. I ordered a beer and burger, and soaked in the ambience. The bar is actually quite pleasant, and I half expected the McKenzie brothers to be at the next table. The beer was cheap and the burger was huge. I foolishly ordered the “supreme”, and it came with two patties, the usual toppings, i.e. cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, plus an egg, and shrimp. Shrimp? That was different. I could feel my arteries clogging as I gobbled down every delicious bite. I also tried the fries which were quite tasty, and some hot and savory onion rings. Mrs. C and I didn’t talk much with the locals since our mouths were full.

The place had a nice retro ambience, and they had 15 (I counted) TV’s as well as the usual pool tables. Les the server/bartender was a friendly sort, and he bantered with the customers between pours. I also checked out the w/c and found it to be clean. Plus the place was smoke-free. That was a bonus.

All in all an unexpectedly satisfying experience.

Recommended.

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Cactus Club Cafe855 Main Street, West Vancouver
Tasty Burger
Submitted Monday, July 2, 2007 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were on the way back from the ferry, and our stomachs were grumbling. We saw the Village (not the horror film, but the new mall), and decided to find a restaurant. CCC had a patio, and in we went. We were given a pager disc and waited about 10 minutes, then were seated. I found the wait staff to be the ususal all-in-black servers, and they seemed to be very competent.

I had the beer special, which was a tasty house lager. Then we dug into our burgers: I had the bacon cheeseburger, and Mrs. C had the Cajun chicken. My burger was beefy and juicy, with a lot of toppings and a nice bun that didn't fall apart. My beloved dining companion said her chicken burger was also well-topped and juicy. We also had an acceptable Caesar salad and some very fine yam fries.

The ambience was very nice, and the patio faced a little wading pool full of frolicking kiddies. Perhaps CCC is cultivating future customers? We also saw that guy from Stargate eating there. I was so tempted to shout "Jaffa Kree!", but I kept my cool.

We got sun, had food and beer, and left happy. This place wasn't the best restaurant ever, but it was the right place at the right time.

Recommended.

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Caravana Vietnamese Restaurant1996 Kingsway, Vancouver
Pho Stars
Submitted Friday, June 29, 2007 - 3:09pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were looking for cheap gas for our car when we spotted the “Grand Opening” banner outside this place. In previous lives this location was home to a diner, and then a restaurant with the unfortunate name of Pho Bich.

Caravana is a much friendlier name. We were seated at once and noticed that the place had nice new tables and two big plasma TV’s showing sports. The ambience was plain but clean, and the w/c was scrubbed. It seemed to be a family owned operation, and the staff was very friendly.

I ordered spring rolls to start and a big beef flank and brisket pho. Mrs. C had a regular brisket and tendons. The spring rolls were freshly cooked and quite tasty. As for the pho, the soup broth was hearty stock and there was no MSG that I could detect. It had tender noodles, lots of beef and plenty of onion. The large is REALLY large, so be warned. My beloved companion stated that there was less tendon than she preferred, and the apologetic server brought some more to add to the soup. I was impressed that they were so eager to please.

It was a positive experience and the prices were good, so I will drop by again if I am in the neighbourhood.

Recommended.

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Wah Wing Restaurant2748 Lougheed Highway, #207, Port Coquitlam
Hidden Treasure
Submitted Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 10:03am [Dine in]

I've been to WW a bazillion times with friends who live in PoCo. They have lots of Chinese dining favourites, but some of their best items are the crispy Peking duck, the salt and chili deep fried squid, the spicy pork and eggplant, and their steamed Shanghai dumplings. The place has an eclectic mixture of southern Chinese cuisine, but it all works. They always have tasty tong (soup) of the day and some kind of seafood special.

The ambience is a little nicer than for example Hon's, and they have real tablecloths, etc., but at busy times they use the traditional layers of plastic cloths :). I find the restaurant is reasonably clean. The service is good, and once the servers recognize you, they will suggest dishes you've eaten before.

This is a mostly Chinese family restaurant, but they get a good proportion of gwei-lo diners, and the friendly servers or manager are eager to help if you need menu assistance. Plus the liquor store is next door, so you can buy some beer for later.

Recommended.

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Hell's Kitchen2041 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Not Hot...
Submitted Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 3:59pm [Dine in]

I was on West 4th looking for a place to get fed, when I spotted HK (the restaurant not the former colony). Mrs. C said in an astonished voice, “Look Chasiu, they have $3.50 draft beer and 2-for-1 pasta!” That settled it. In we went.

We were seated on the patio, and we immediately asked for a pair of the $3.50 beers. The server replied that they weren’t really $3.50. I advised that there was a large sign clearly stating the price, but to no avail. Since the price was on a chalkboard, revisions to remove misleading advertising should have been easy. Oh well. We ordered.

We shared a ‘Hell’s Salad’ with Stilton and pepper dressing. It was tasty and fresh. Then on to the mains. I had the crab ravioli, and my beloved companion had the chicken pasta carbonara. They arrived quickly, and despite their small size, they looked fine. My ravioli was a little dry inside, but the sauce was pleasant, and I enjoyed it, although I was still hungry afterwards. Mrs. C’s pasta actually had no chicken that could be seen with the naked eye, but the sauce was tasty. She found her portion to be satisfactory, as she had enjoyed a big lunch earlier that day.

The ambience was okay, but there were lots of flies on the patio. Maybe they liked the food? Otherwise, the décor was okay. It was somewhat bar-like, but that wasn’t an issue for me. Will I be back? Hard to say. Nothing remarkable here.

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All India Restaurant1188 Davie Street, Vancouver
Buffet Bliss!
Submitted Monday, June 25, 2007 - 11:44am [Dine in]

Sometimes you just crave Indian food. Such was the case when Mrs. C and I were trying to decide what to eat on a rainy Friday. We had heard that Teresa’s on Davie was now an Indian restaurant. Suddenly we had dinner plans!

We ambled over to the restaurant and saw a friendly looking guy dressed in yellow/gold coloured traditional Indian costume. He beckoned us in, and we were seated. I noticed that the place looked about the same as when it was T’s, except there was a bar and a big TV now. Also they had a buffet. Buffet is the most beautiful word in the English (French?) language.

They had a selection of exotic beers, but local beer was cheap, so I had some of that (I know, I broke buffet rule #1). Mrs. C stuck to water, as she is a disciplined veteran of the buffet table, and knows not to load up on liquid.

I saw the previous review and I defer to the ethnic experience of the writer, but I really liked the buffet. It had butter chicken, lamb curry and also a fantastic eggplant bharta, along with chickpeas in a masala sauce, tandoori chicken, a decent salad selection, lots of different chutneys and pickles, and really good basmati rice. There were other items, but you get the picture. The server also brought us two kinds of hot naan bread. The dishes could be a little hotter for my taste, but for buffet you need to please the average diner. I think they accomplished that. The food was well prepared, and very tasty. The server was very attentive and kept asking us if we were enjoying the food, and the plates were cleared instantly. The ambience was comfortable, and I also checked the w/c and found it to be clean.. No disappointments. We ate so much we were both happy and uncomfortable (in a good way).

My one concern was that the owner grumbled when we asked if we could take our unfinished naan bread home. They were going to throw it out, weren’t they? Points off for service, but still recommended.

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Burgers Etc. BBQ House4091 Hastings St., Burnaby
BBQ Flavour!
Submitted Monday, June 25, 2007 - 10:58am [Dine in]

A few friends and I were trying to decide what to eat last weekend, and it occurred to me that I haven’t been to BE yet. After all, it is such a hassle to barbecue at home, and this place is reputed to have the best burgers, etc.

When we arrived it was super-crowded, but with a creative arrangement of tables, we were seated sooner than expected. The ambience was spartan and a little cramped, but the w/c’s were clean, and the server was friendly. I was expecting the staff and cook to be Cajun types, but they appeared to be Filipinos. I guess it doesn’t really matter, and the food was good overall. Not all French chefs come from France, right?

The menu had a good variety of charred meats, so there was something for everyone. I had the pulled pork plate, and my beloved had the PP and ribs. One of our group had the famous burger, one had the Italian sausage, and another had the pound of ribs. While we were waiting for the mains we tried the chicken wings. They were a bit pricey, but they were very tasty, and I liked that they were on a satay stick. That was different.

The burger was a little raw (rare?) in the middle because it was so thick, but was reported to be juicy and delicious. The Italian sausage was a disappointment, tasting more like a hotdog from a cart. The ribs were smoky and meaty, and the pulled pork was juicy and savoury. It wasn’t just about the sauce. The meat was well prepared. When BBQ is done right, there is nothing like it.

We had some sides like coleslaw, sautéed mushrooms, and potato salad, but the consensus at the table was that the best side was the French fries.

One complaint was the beverage selection. The beer was too expensive, and the soft drinks were tins, not fountain. They need to work on that.

I have tried most of the BBQ places in this town, and I think BE is near the top.

Recommended.

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Boss Bakery & Restaurant, The4800 Kingsway, #238, Burnaby
A good choice for a quick bite
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 12:21pm [Dine in]

I've been eating at the Boss since it opened, and I can say that the place has been inconsistent over the years. Sometimes the service is quick, but other times I have to wait. What brings me back is the food. No surprises. I like the fact that I know exactly what I am going to get. I love the mini meals. Most importantly, if I take a fussy auntie there, she can find something to eat because they have a good selection. As a previous respected reviewer said, “It's not excellent, but good enough.” That about sums it up.

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E-Canteen8171 Westminster Hwy, #200, Richmond
E beats I
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 11:55am [Dine in]

I went to EC and I kept thinking "didn't this used to be I-café?" I can’t remember, but I think so. The place was once very modern looking with orange checker-plate steel floor, dark carpet and matching booths. Now is it just dirty and run down.

If you can get past the décor, the service was pretty good, and the menu had lots of choices. I had the curry chicken, borscht, and dong café. The curry was smooth and flavourful, with lots of coconut/curry power. The borscht was less exciting, and had no meat in it. The iced coffee was better than average.

Overall, the ambience at I-café is better, but E-canteen beats them on food.

Recommended, despite the need for clean-up…

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Priscilla's1047 Davie Street, Vancouver
Could do better
Submitted Sunday, June 17, 2007 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

I went to Gigi's for a quick bite before a show, and while it wasn't awful, it won't inspire a return visit.

We got seated right away, and the server seemed friendly and competent. We asked about draft beer, and they only had one kind. Okay I thought, that means I don't have to make a choice. The food menu was a bit more extensive. Mrs. C and I settled on the pork ribs appetizer and a Hawaiian pizza.

When the ribs arrived they were dry and tasteless. For the price the portion was puny. More of a sample size. The pizza had a little more flavour, but it was really dry, and desperately needed some tomato sauce. Isn’t that standard on pizzas? There was plenty of ham and pineapple though, and an adequate amount of cheese. The crust was okay.

The restaurant could use some renovation, including the w/c. There was a little stage for performers, but no one was there on Friday at the dinner hour.

With all the fierce competition in the Davie corridor, they ought to try harder.

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Pondok Indonesia2781 Commercial, Vancouver
Tasty
Submitted Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 10:43am [Dine in]

Mrs. Chasiubow and I were looking for pizza on the Drive, so naturally we ended up in an Indonesian restaurant. Pondok looked interesting, and the nearby Jamaican pizza place seemed too odd for gentle diners, so it was time for a visit to the Orient.

The restaurant is not exactly posh, but it looked comfortable enough. There was soft Indonesian music playing in the background, the manager seated us at our table before the wooden door chime stopped tinkling, and suddenly we had menus in our hands. We started with the pangsit goring, which are crispy wontons filled with chicken and shrimp. They were accompanied by a sweet sauce that had a little chili in it. Tasty. Next we had the lamb curry stew, which arrived in a little chafing dish to keep it hot. It was curryish, but not too much, and the boneless lamb nuggets were tender. We also enjoyed the orak arik, which was a minced cabbage and carrot dish. I expected bland veggies, but it had an interesting flavour. We also had Indonesian chicken fried rice. It was packed with flavour, even at the medium hotness setting. You can get it hotter if you prefer.

All the dishes were well prepared and savoury. We gobbled them up, and washed them down with mango juice and young coconut juice. I don’t think the juices were fresh, but they were acceptable.

The service was great, but the place could use a reno. The w/c was particularly scary. This restaurant is a little pricier than I am used to on the Drive, but you get what you pay for, and the food was worth it.

I’ll be back.

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Saigon Restaurant1500 Robson St., Vancouver
Much Improved
Submitted Monday, June 11, 2007 - 12:21pm [Dine in]

I heard that Saigon changed owners recently, so I took some friends to give it a try. I used to be a regular at this place, but the menu hadn’t changed for a while so I stopped coming. The new owners haven’t done much to the décor, but the menu is a lot different.

We were seated in the nearly empty restaurant, and were amazed at the new choices on the menu. We started with the calamari appetizer and the spring rolls. Bother were well-cooked, and the spring rolls were particularly crispy. We then got into the mains: beef with black bean, chicken curry, and marinated duck on vermicelli. All were good, but the curry was masterfully rendered, and the duck was tasty and not dry as I had expected. We also tried the milk teas. Mocha and mango were both good. These are not typical Vietnamese items, but if it tastes good, who cares?

The service was great, the place was clean, and it was not expensive. I will definitely be back.

Worth trying.

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Teresa's Cafe1005 Denman Street, Vancouver
Eat & Run
Submitted Sunday, June 10, 2007 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were on the prowl and we saw Teresa’s. There used to be one on Davie, then on West 4th. This one has different owners, but it still has inexpensive and fast breakfasts. We went in based on the strength of our experiences at former incarnations of this restaurant.

The service was quick, and the place looked clean. We didn’t have to wait which was lucky. I had the house burger (lettuce, tomato, cheese mushrooms and bacon) with fries and a coffee, and Mrs. C. had French toast with strawberries. The burger was very good for the price, with nice toppings, and the fries were perfect. The FT was also reported to be great, but the strawberries from a tin were disappointing, since we were expecting fresh ones.

The ingredients were basic, but the preparation was quite good. Even the coffee was fine. This restaurant is not fancy and is usually packed, so if you just want to eat and not soak up the ambience, it is the place to go for a cheap and fast meal.

Recommended, except for the gourmets among you.

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