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chasiubowNorth VanSince January 18, 2006675 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (2.9)
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Noodle Express382 Robson Street, Vancouver
Curry in a Hurry
Submitted Friday, June 8, 2007 - 10:58pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were out looking for some food. She wanted noodles, and I wanted curry. We spotted NE, and I realized I could obey my master AND satisfy my craving.

I started with a Chinese roti, which is a flat panbread with green onions inside. It came with hoisin sauce on the side. It was well prepared and made to order. Next I had the red pork curry on rice. It needed a bit more curry and less chilis, but was pretty good nonetheless. It featured some stirfry veggies that were a nice complement to the pork.

'She who commands' had beef and noodles in soup. The soup also featured some bean sprouts and green onion. It definitely could have used some more flavour. Otherwise, it was okay.

The portion sizes were big and the place was clean. The staff were friendly, and even though this is a fast food joint, our food was brought to the table. I was full when I left, and the meal didn't cost too much. I'll be back for more.

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Ebi-Ten388 Robson Street, Vancouver
Snackasaka
Submitted Friday, June 8, 2007 - 10:36pm [Dine in]

I was near the big library and I saw ET. It looked tempting, so I went in. The colour scheme and overall setup was like a Yoshinoya, but it wasn't. I had a quick California roll and gyoza. The Cali was average, but the gyoza were very authentic. I liked that the place was clean and the staff (who seem to be mostly Japanese) were polite and efficient. I also liked that it was very cheap. I was out the door and smiling in no time. Next time I will try more items.

Good for a bite.

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Moxie's Classic Grill1160 Davie St, Vancouver
Better than I thought...
Submitted Friday, June 8, 2007 - 10:05am [Dine in]

I went with Mrs. C. because she was craving a big salad, and Moxie’s has that. We were seated immediately in the patio section, which had the big windows closed due to the chilly rain outside. The all-in-black server seemed friendly and knowledgeable. We started with bellinis because they were on special. Not bad for $3.99, but could use a bit more alcohol. I also tried the house dark ale, which was good enough but a little weak on flavour. For mains we had the extreme burger for me with the basil mayonnaise dip for my fries, and my beloved dining companion had the sirloin salad. It had big pieces of meat, some goat cheese, salad greens, and a little banana loaf. We agreed it was a good combination. My burger was juicy with lots of toppings, and the bun held together (very important when wearing nice pants). The fries were good, and the mayonnaise dipping sauce was great, except I thought that charging extra for it was a rip-off.

I checked out the w/c and it was like a temple of hygiene. Not your usual stalls and sinks. The rest of the place also had nice décor too, and it was quiet with subtle lighting.

Overall I had a good impression, and I prefer this place to some other less desirable Moxie’s locations.

Recommended.

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Kiss Yo Mama4926 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Ja Mon!
Submitted Monday, June 4, 2007 - 12:24pm [Dine in]

KYM is an unassuming restaurant that has a celebrity chef owner without the Feeney attitude. I went with Mrs. C and they had a ‘plumbing emergency’ so they couldn’t serve us. The owner apologized profusely, gave us beef patties, and took our phone number so she could invite us back when they were ready for us to visit again.

We got a call the next day inviting us back. I took some friends and had a real feast. We had jerk chicken and pork, curried goat, and for one of our party, a vegetarian platter. All were excellent, and they were accompanied by rice with red beans, and the house pasta salad. I’ve had lots of Caribbean food, but this was the best ever. We were also treated to complimentary BBQ chicken with a special sauce and some cheesecake because we were disappointed the day before. They were also awesome. This restaurant stocks authentic Jamaican beverages like Ting and ginger beer, which were a great accompaniment to the meal.

The restaurant has pics of the various celebrities that have dined there, including Snoop Dogg and others. If it’s good enough for the inventor of the “schizz-o-lator” it’s good enough for this diner. The service was great, and Xavier our server was fantastic. Chef Lisa told us that all the dishes were made with love and soul, and you could sure taste it.

If I had one small complaint it would be that the restaurant was too hot. Apparently this is a heating problem that will soon be corrected. There still a few kinks to be worked out.

Recommended.

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Steamworks900 Main Street, #1C, West Vancouver
Horrible
Submitted Saturday, May 26, 2007 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I went to this Steamworks based on my positive experiences at the downtown location. Wow, was I disappointed! We arrived at the restaurant on a Saturday night and it was dead. That should have been a tip off, since the Cactus Club across the way was doing huge business. We got seated on the patio, and the hostess asked if we wanted drinks. I immediately said yes, I wanted a piña colada. “Then tell your server”, she said, and stomped away. We waited for someone to take our orders, and about 10 minutes later a server came over. We ordered and waited. And waited. Finally, I got up and poured myself some water from a jug that was near the patio entrance. We waited some more. At last our food arrived. We started with the stuffed mushroom caps which tasted good, but which were a little cold. Next I had a Hawaiian pizza which was mediocre, and not the equal of the pizzas at the downtown location. Mrs. C had crab cakes which were more of an appetizer-size. They were tasty, but not heated. Maybe it was a long walk from the kitchen…To make matters worse, a bunch of Mexicans were having a very loud fiesta in the restaurant. Okay, I thought, it’s a free country. Then a couple of them decided to start smoking beside my table. When I mentioned this to a server who was wandering by, she just smiled and fled. “No fumar” I exclaimed, but the offenders ignored me.

I got my cheque and left, never to return.

Not recommended.

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Kitsilano Sushi3105 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good value!
Submitted Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - 8:43pm [Dine in]

Mrs. Chasiubow and I were craving Japanese food, and we spotted KS. We must have driven by a hundred times. I think this is the same restaurant location where Tropika used to be. We parked in the free parking underneath, and headed in. They have really cheap sushi! I had the special which had 18 pieces and miso, which I topped up with some nigiri sushi, and Mrs. C had the box dinner with teriyaki chicken, some tempura, noodles in soup, and sushi. The sushi was well prepared, and the fish was fresh. I thought the tuna was especially good. The yam roll was also delish. Even the sushi rice was properly done. My beloved co-eater said her dinner was very fine indeed.

The servers were really alert and friendly, and I noticed that they didn’t have that ‘not my section’ attitude. I found the décor to be comfortable but unassuming, and the w/c was clean. We both left with light hearts and full bellies. And it was only 20 bucks!

Recommended.

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Blue Edge Organic Cafe510 Nicola Street, #180, Vancouver
Good for a quick bite
Submitted Monday, May 21, 2007 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

I found this place while strolling in Coal Harbour. It is near the community centre and has a nice patio near the water. The decor is eclectic Northwest, and there is a play area for the kiddies. I came for food, though.

I had café mocha, a soup and a beef panini. The coffee was well-made and the panini was tasty if a bit small. The mushroom bisque soup was awesome. The service was quick and the place was clean. It was a nice place for a light bite. I’ll be back.

Recommended.

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TGI Friday's4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
TG it wasn't you eating here
Submitted Sunday, May 20, 2007 - 11:51pm [Dine in]

I went with the gang to TGIF to have their famous burger. In fact everyone in our group had either the TGIF burger (a bacon burger) or the mushroom burger. Mine came with a Caesar salad and fries. The burger was dry, the fries were mediocre, but the salad was actually good for what it was. We also had the honey garlic ribs, which were a bit pricey for the size, and not very tasty. Same for the potato skins. I foolishly ordered a piña colada, which was brownish coloured (not sure what went wrong). It was awful. My friends stuck to soft drinks, because they are smarter than I am.

The server seemed somewhat dim, but friendly. The ambience was like Red Robin or any similar place. The w/c was not tidy. The food was not the greatest. Will I be back? No.

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Big Orange Juice Bar4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Not the best milk tea
Submitted Sunday, May 20, 2007 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

I went with a friend after a dinner at TGIF, because I was in Burnaby and bubble tea can be enjoyed in that locale. I had a mango milk tea, hold the pearls, and my friend had a chocolate milk tea with pearls. The staff seemed friendly enough, and they also appeared to know how to operate the machines. I was disappointed to find that our beverages came from a powder, and it took forever for the things to get made. Also, I was shocked at how dirty the whole juice bar was. Luckily the milk tea came in a disposable cup!

Needless to say the end result was not terrific, but better than nothing. Next time I will have my milk tea elsewhere…

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Hon's Wun Tun House1339 Robson Street, Vancouver
Reliable Eats!
Submitted Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

I was in Hon's for about the thousandth time and as usual I got a good meal at a cheap price. This time I went with a few friends. I had the usual beef brisket and shrimp/pork dumplings in noodle soup, and Mrs. C. had wonton soup. We also had gai lan and a dozen pork potstickers. The soup was as satisfying as ever, the gai lan was fresh, and the potstickers were like an old friend visiting my belly.

The food is consistent if not outstanding, and I always leave full and happy. Our friends had a selection of vegetarian dishes. This aspect of the Robson Hon's is often overlooked. They have a good selection of vegetarian fare, and it is not expensive or pretentious. The service was quick and efficient too, and as an added bonus we spotted Tamara the CTV weather goddess. If it's good enough for TT, it's good enough for me!

Recommended!

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No. 9 Restaurant5300 No. 3 Road, #812, Richmond
Number 1
Submitted Friday, May 18, 2007 - 12:54pm [Dine in]

I was in Richmond with my beloved dining partner and she suggested #9 as one of her gwai-lo pals said it was good. We just beat the dinner rush and got a decent table. The decor was comfortable, and the chefs looked very serious, not smiling and joking like at Hon's. I had yin yang chow fan (honeymoon fried rice) and Mrs. C had filet of sole.

My dish was very good, with lots of shrimp and chicken, and tasty sauces on the yin and yang sections. The fried rice was just right. The filet of sole was very tasty also and came with streamed veggies and some spaghetti that tasted like it had been dipped in broth. Yum! We also had borscht, which was quite good, except I prefer a bit of beef in my borscht, to give it a bit more flavour. Also there was herb and garlic bread that was included was tasty. I had a coconut bubble tea with pineapple jelly to make my meal complete. It was great, and had just the right amount of coconut taste.

The service was very good, and our tea cups were always full. The w/c was not clean, and that was disappointing. When we were leaving we noticed a huge lineup to get in so someone must like the food, as there are many choices in Richmond. As a previous reviewer pointed out, you need someone from HK to guide you through the menu. This is why I married Mrs. Chasiubow :)

Maybe they try harder for the dinner crowd, but I just couldn’t find anything wrong with the food. I will go again to see if the standard drops next time. We couldn’t finish our gigantic portions, so we will be having leftovers for lunch today.

Recommended.

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Olympia Pizza & Pasta Restaurant On Denman998 Denman Street, Vancouver
Smokey!
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 6:36pm [Dine in]

I tried this place because I was enticed by the lamb special for $11.99. Mrs. C and I sat on the patio because it was a nice evening, but it felt like I was sitting in a chainsmoker's lung. Everyone was puffing away, despite being in so-called smoke free Vancouver. The server seemed more interested in harassing an old lady who brought a tiny cake to celebrate her friend's birthday (they actually took the cake away!), so the smokers went unchallenged.

I had the lamb, and Mrs. C had lasagna. It took ages to arrive. When it finally arrived, I noted that the lamb came with a piece of potato, some rice and Greek salad. It was okay, but not spectacular. The “lasagna” was actually a not very nice dish of tortellini with a cheese camouflage, but Mrs. C. didn’t want to wait for the correct food, so she ate it anyway.

We also had some beer, but this place has some eclectic glassware. My pint of beer was about the same size as the glass my spouse ordered. The next table got the smallest glass I’ve seen with beer in it. Not exactly consistent.

Finally we got out of there, but we both needed a shower to decontaminate.

Not recommended.

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Mr. Pickwick's Fish & Chips1007 Denman Street, Vancouver
Blimey!
Submitted Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

A few of us (including one mother) went to MP to try out the F&C.
When we arrived, we found an interesting restaurant (not sure about the steel tables) with an open kitchen and a really friendly server.

I wanted to have crab cakes, but that special item was only on the menu last month. Undaunted, I ordered cod and a fish cake and chips. A couple of our group had sockeye salmon and halibut and chips, and the rest had cod and chips. The mum in our group got half off her meal, which was a bonus. The food was good for F&C and not greasy, and the batter, as a previous reviewer has remarked, was awesome. Kind of like a cross between tempura batter and breadcrumbs.

The ambience is sort of industrial cafeteria, but it seems to work okay. The w/c was clean and featured an advert for Pickwick sauce.

Overall, not an earth-shattering experience, but pretty good.

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Lonsdale Sushi1540 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Nothing special except the attitude...
Submitted Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 12:09am [Dine in]

I was in NorthVan to see what was happening in the hood when I spotted LS. It has only recently opened, and their sign offering 18 pieces of sushi plus miso for $5.75 was attractive.

I went in and noticed the fresh paint and 'new restaurant' look. I ordered the special, and checked out the w/c. Nice and clean.

When the sushi arrived I was amazed to get two California rolls and a yam roll. That was different. I counted, and yep there were 18 little pieces. I downed my miso (tasty) and started in on the sushi. Suddenly the server appeared, and said that she should not have given me two California rolls and I would have to pay $0.75 extra. "What?" I exclaimed. I told the server it was not my fault, and indicated that I would not pay for the mistakes of others. After a brief exchange of words, the server apologized and slunk away.

The sushi was satisfactory, but I don't need the trouble. I will not be back any time soon.

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Asahi-Ya1230 Robson Street, Vancouver
Asahi-blah
Submitted Thursday, May 10, 2007 - 9:07pm [Dine in]

I went to this joint with some friends because my beloved had a good lunch there a couple of weeks back. Maybe the lunch is good, but dinner was a letdown.

We sat in a cramped booth on a hard bench and immediately our posteriors began to protest. The server ignored us for a while and then came over and deposited menus. I ordered a variety of things including the wild salmon teriyaki which was on special.

The food took a half hour to arrive. It wasn't like there was a crowd of people and 1/2 of the order was sushi, which is quick to prepare.

Finally the food began to appear, a little at a time. We had various kinds of sushi, all of which ranged from mediocre to okay. We also tried the salmon teriyaki which was quite nice looking but a little bland. Then came the eel tempura. That was actually quite tasty.

The server didn't bother to refill our tea cups until we shouted at her and gestured wildly, and when she finally gave us tea, she suddenly decided we couldn't keep our menu in case we wanted more food. She seemed nice enough, but obviously her mind was elsewhere.

The ambience was not great, and the w/c was not the cleanest. With so many other choices in the area, why waste your time here?

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Clove2054 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Mixed feelings...
Submitted Tuesday, May 8, 2007 - 9:44pm [Dine in]

I tried Clove based on the reviews here, but I have to say it was both good and bad. On the plus side the yam and coconut soup was awesome. They also had Sun God wheat beer from R&B, which is a great beer for $4.50 (Raven was on sale for 3.85). The pappadam that came with the curry was the best I’ve had.

On the downside, the mango lassi was way too mango-y. I didn’t think that was even possible. I had the lamb curry, which was somewhat bland and was only a tiny portion. The chicken korma that Mrs. C had was similarly small and unremarkable.

The restaurant was not very hygienic, but the w/c was very funky in a good way. The server was friendly and attentive but we had to wait forever for the main courses to arrive.

To some up, it was partly good, partly bad. Kind of a yin/yang experience.

I left the place somewhat confused. I am not sure if I enjoyed my meal, but I think not.

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Balkan House7530 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Schnitzelvania!
Submitted Saturday, May 5, 2007 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

A friend recommended BH to me and I have been meaning to give it another try. A visit a couple of years ago was a disaster. This time, I noticed the place had been totally redecorated, and there were more servers (plus they are authentically Balkan). To make things even nicer they had a quite decent singer performing.

I was with a group this time, so we got to try a selection from the menu. I had the tripe soup which was delicious and had lots of tender tripe, and my friends had chicken wings and calamari appys. The wings had BBQ sauce and were tasty, and the calamari was well-prepared and had tzatziki sauce for dipping. I don’t think they were authentically Balkan but hey, why should these guys constrain themselves? After all they came here to be free.

For mains we had chicken schnitzel with a mushroom sauce that was really good, pork skewers, a spicy chicken stew and the sampler platter which featured different meats and sausage. The meats were all very tasty, but I was told that the spicy stew was a little mild. The one diner in the group who tried the sampler couldn’t finish half despite being a hungry teenager, so it is fair to say it was a big portion. One huge bonus was the home-made bread that came with the food, and of course the $2.25 glasses of draft beer which were more like pints made the meal that much better.

The atmosphere was great, the servers were friendly and efficient, and the w /c was clean.

The cost was actually very reasonable too, and as I write this review I am still VERY full.

Recommended.

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Wings Restaurants & Pubs1162 Granville Street, Vancouver
Wing Ding!
Submitted Saturday, May 5, 2007 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

I needed to eat some wings after a hard week at work, so three of my intrepid companions and I made the pilgrimage to WoG. We started off with a couple of pitchers of blonde ale which was on sale, and ordered 4 pounds of wings just in time to get the discount price: pineapple curry, Jamaican, sweet Thai, and honey garlic. Anything on sale tastes better than full price. The beer was tasty, but I have to say the pitchers were awfully small. As for the wings, they were quite good, not over-cooked and rather juicy, although the Jamaican sauce was a little too hot for me. At least I think it was that one. All the wings came on a big platter and I couldn’t really tell which was which except by tasting. We also tried the blue cheese dip, which was basically salad dressing and therefore a bit of a rip-off especially because it cost extra.

We also had the spinach salad, which was fresh, and the Texas fries, which had great flavour, except if they are “Texas” fries, the actual fries should be big (i.e. Texas sized). They were just normal sized. So that definitely diminished the experience. For desert, two of the group had tiramisu, which was reported to be good.

The service was excellent, and the server was very helpful in explaining the various wing sauces, etc. The ambience was nice enough, but for some reason as soon as the wing special ended the staff cranked the stereo way too high. Something I didn’t expect was that most of the diners appeared to be Asian ESL students. I expected Yaletown hipsters or Yankee tourists. Must be all the nearby language schools.

My one quibble was the ridiculous washroom arrangement: you have to get a keycard and wander into the hotel lobby next door. That was quite annoying and the w/c was rather nasty. Other than that one quibble, I found that WoG was a good place to get wings.

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Imperial Chinese Seafood Restaurant355 Burrard Street, #180, Vancouver
Life altering dim sum!
Submitted Thursday, May 3, 2007 - 5:33pm [Dine in]

I've never given a place 5 stars before and I doubt I will again, but ICSR deserves it. I went for dim sum with the gang last weekend and I was extremely impressed. Michael the new manager greeted us when we arrived, and gave us a great table. Then came the dim sum. Yes it costs more than some places in Richmond, but you get what you pay for.

We had a selection of dim sum standards, including all the usual suspects, along with my personal favourite, fung zhou, and Mrs. C’s top choice, sticky rice in lotus leaf. We also had the environmentally dubious but still delicious shark fin soup. All were excellent.

The service was very good, and the room was well appointed with a good view. The view is only slightly diminished as a result of new construction in the area. Of course I checked out the w/c and found it to be very clean. I really looked for something to find fault with for this review, but it was as nearly perfect an experience as is possible.

Over the last few years I have eaten at ICSR once in a while and I never had a bad experience. That said, I never considered it to be outstanding before. What really impressed me was that the restaurant has suddenly gotten a lot better. My companions and I left with happy smiles on our faces and contented stomachs. What more could you ask?

Recommended!

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Gyoza King1508 Robson Street, Vancouver
Different...
Submitted Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - 9:53pm [Dine in]

I tried GK because I love gyoza, and I wanted to see what the buzz was about. Mrs. C and I had marinated seared tuna, rice in fish soup with chicken and a little plum paste to make it sour, shitake mushrooms stuffed with chicken, beef tongue yakitori and of course shrimp/pork gyoza.

The ambience was not terrific. the place was dirty and cramped, but the w/c was clean, and the servers were enthusiastic if not too competent. I don't look Japanese so I can't figure why they thought I would understand. Kind of like how Americans think if they talk slow to "furiners" they will be understood. Anyway, that is a minor quibble.

The food was tasty, and not what I am used to. The portions were ridiculously small for the hefty prices, but packed with flavour. The gyoza was regal in its way, but the dumplings were a little dry and too small. It was great to try something different, but I think I will go to Guu or some other place next time.

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