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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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Grove Inn Restaurant1047 Denman Street, Vancouver
Great Breakfast
Submitted Sunday, April 22, 2007 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

I was in the West End looking for breakfast, and my beloved suggested the GI, because she had breakfasted there when she was in the area recently.

The place was busy, and the staff greeted most visitors by name, so it must be a source of repeat business. I tried the $3.99 breakfast which had bacon, 2 eggs, and 2 pancakes (you can have toast instead of pancakes). I also had a pretty good cup of coffee. Mrs. C. had the same, except with tea.

The service was good, the place was quite clean, and there was a friendly atmosphere. The food was properly prepared, and a great deal for the money.

Not fancy, but a good eatery. I will be back.

Recommended.

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Applebees Neighbourhood Grill & Bar7155 Kingsway, #145, Burnaby
Good Riblets
Submitted Friday, April 20, 2007 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

I went here with a few friends, and at the end of a long work week we weren’t in a mood to be surprised. Applebee’s was just what we wanted. The server was friendly, and we were seated right away. We had the mixed appetizer platter, which had an interesting selection of quesadilla, mozza sticks, buffalo ribs, and some chips and salsa. All were okay, but the spinach dip was kind of weird.

Next I had a riblet platter. The side of fries and the sample-sized coleslaw were not impressive, but the riblets were tasty and juicy, and the honey BBQ sauce was just right. I had a pinã colada and it was more than competently prepared and the fresh pineapple was a nice garnish. Some places give you canned, or worse, none at all.

Mrs. C. had the mixed (chicken and beef) fajitas. The beef was good, but the chicken was too dry. There was a generous selection of toppings and some decent tortillas. The Mexican-style rice that accompanied the fajitas was merely adequate. One of our party had the Italian sausage penne, which was reported to be great.

The ambience was like Tony Roma’s but quieter. The w/c was clean. The patrons and staff looked fairly normal. Applebee’s won’t alter your worldview, but if you want a nice unpretentious meal, it is the place to go.

Recommended.

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Cockney Kings Fish & Chips6574 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Fish-O-Licious!
Submitted Monday, April 16, 2007 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

I was craving some fish and chips while in Burnaby, and I remembered that CK was nearby. When I arrived I discovered it was AYCE night! I instantly regretted my big lunch (you really have to prepare for AYCE).

The server was very friendly and we were immediately served cold beverages (bottomless and included in the $8.95 meal deal). After a short wait, the fish and chips arrived piping hot. The big fish pieces were lightly battered and juicy, and the fresh-cut chips were hot and tasty, not greasy. Mrs. C and I drizzled on some malt vinegar and tartar sauce then inhaled the savoury delights.

After my second serving I was super-full, but I don't think they made a profit off me :). Although I was a little preoccupied with feasting I did take the time to notice the restaurant was tidy and the w/c was clean.

The only downside: No coleslaw. I don't think I had room anyway...

Recommended!

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Haweli Grill and Restaurant8220 120th Street, Surrey
Savoury Indian Food
Submitted Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 12:01am [Dine in]

I was in Surrey to visit some friends and we were craving Indian flavours. Off we went down 120th, and we spotted Haweli. This place used to be a nightclub, and it has old railway cars attached to the building (not sure why). The place is huge inside, and there is a restaurant area next to the banquet hall. I noted lots of Bollywood stars had autographed a big board covered with pictures at the front entrance.

The server was very friendly and knowledgeable, and he suggested some of the house specialties. Mrs. Chasiubow and I had lamb curry, channa masala (chickpeas) and alu paratha (stuffed naan), mixed raitha (a cool yoghurt) and some rice. I also had a mango lassi milkshake which rocked my world and had my darling had a sweet lassi that was very good.

All of the food was super-tasty, and the service and décor were good. I also found the washroom was clean. This place is very popular, and after a meal there I can see why. My friends and I left full and happy. We will return!

Recommended.

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Cafe Luxy1235 Davie Street, Vancouver
Luxy-urious!
Submitted Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

I was in the West End, looking for chow, when Mrs. C spotted Luxy's. We saw a sign offering a breakfast special so in we went. I had the ‘special of the day’ omelet, which was a Denver omelet, homefries and toast. I rounded the meal off with a cup of coffee. Mrs. C. had the soup of the day (cream of tomato) and garlic toast along with a latte.

The omelet was a generous size and quite tasty, and the homefries were cooked to perfection. The coffee was way better than average. My beloved brunch companion reported the soup was excellent (I taste-tested to confirm this), and the latte was pretty good. Even the garlic bread was well-prepared.

The servers were friendly and quick, and the ambience was pleasant. I checked the w/c and it was spotless. I did find the booth a bit cramped for two.

All in all a very good experience. And not expensive!

Recommended.

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Roscoe's Restaurant1635 Robson St., Vancouver
Different!
Submitted Wednesday, April 11, 2007 - 9:26pm [Dine in]

I was hankering for cabbage rolls and I wanted to eat before the first hockey game of the playoffs. Mrs. Chasiubow was also hungry like a lumberjack and was ready to eat. As we were driving down Robson I saw Roscoe's. This place has their daily special on a sign out front and it always seems to includes cabbage rolls. They also advertise a $3.95 breakfast.

When we went inside we found a kitschy restaurant run by some Eastern Europeans, hence the CR's. They also have schnitzels, and really cheap burgers. Cheap is good! I went for the mushroom burger (for $6.95 who could say no?). So much for the cabbage rolls. Maybe next time...

The place was clean and the server was very friendly. The burger was huge, juicy, and loaded with toppings, and the salad was fresh and had a tasty dressing I couldn't identify. Sadly no fries were available since the cook turned off the deep fryer due to lack of customers.

Mrs. C had a bacon cheese burger, also huge and juicy. Hers was too rare for my taste, but she seemed to enjoy it.

I checked out the w/c and it was reasonably clean if a bit hard to find.

I will be back for cabbage rolls, or maybe schnitzel.

Recommended.

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Salade de Fruits Cafe1551 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Go to eat, not for the ambience
Submitted Monday, April 9, 2007 - 2:34pm [Dine in]

I took Mrs. C to experience some real French food. We lived in Paris a few years ago, and we really missed the restaurants there.

This restaurant is located in the lobby of the French Cultural Centre. It is really basic, with folding chairs and plain wooden tables. The good thing is that we were seated without a reservation, but it was a little unnerving to be in the multi-purpose room.

The server was very knowledgeable, and the menu was interesting. I had the ‘plat de jour’ although they called it something else. I thought it was a good deal for $21. It was a salad with a goat cheese medallion, a really nice cote de boeuf, and a sorbet for dessert. I also had a glass of wine that was not the equal of anything from a convenience store in France. Still, the food was the real deal.

I think the server overheard me telling my wife that a previous reviewer had raved about the fabulous beef here :) because he substituted the beef for the basa fish that was supposed to be part of the meal. I REALLY appreciated that!

Mrs. C had crepes with ham and cheese, and a side salad, which were as good as you would get in a Paris bistro. The preparation was simple, but the quality of the ingredients and presentation were quite good.

I also ordered a café crème, but while it was a valiant effort, it was not as good as I have had. I noticed in my travels that you can get a good cup of coffee anywhere in Paris. It would be unfair to expect the same thing here.

If you can ignore the spartan décor, you can get a very good meal at a reasonable price.

Recommended.

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Sushi Robo1709 Robson Street, Vancouver
Robolicious sushi
Submitted Wednesday, April 4, 2007 - 1:50pm [Dine in]

Sushi Robo is a small sushi place hidden amidst the Korean BBQ joints at the far end of Robson. They make sushi to order, or you can pick up from pre-made sushi trays. I had the California roll, a beef teriyaki roll and a small miso soup. The sushi is fresh, well prepared, and a good size despite the low price. The miso was pretty good, too.

The staff is friendly and the place is clean. There is a small eating area, but I was on the go, so I didn’t try it. They have some exotic rolls on the menu like Caribbean roll (Cali w/mango), but I leave that to some other adventurous diner.

I didn't see any robots or conveyors etc., so I don't get the name...

Recommended.

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Togo Sushi2929 Barnet Highway, #1208, Coquitlam
Better than average
Submitted Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 11:13pm [Dine in]

I was in Coquitlam Centre, when suddenly I needed sushi. It happens. I saw at least 3 places in the mall. This one looked good, and it had the best price.

I had a California roll, a cucumber roll, and a beef teriyaki roll, washed down with a bowl of miso soup. The sushi was well prepared and fresh if a bit on the small side even at the relatively cheap prices, and the miso was great considering it cost a dollar. This restaurant does a huge (I mean there was a lineup) takeout business, but I decided to cram myself into one of the tiny chairs in the eating area. The staff was friendly and the food was prepared to order and arrived quickly. I noticed that some of the customers were greeted by name. I guess they must have been regulars.

I won’t say it was an unforgettable dining experience, but for mall sushi it was pretty good. If you are in the wilds of Coquitlam, Togo isn’t a bad choice.

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Thanh Thao1707 Kingsway, Vancouver
Yummy Pho!
Submitted Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 10:34pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were on the prowl for food and we spotted this place in the Vietnamese district on Kingsway. They had the most parking out of the half dozen or so contenders, so we made our move.

The inside is typical noodle house, and not fancy. There were 2 muted TV’s going and there was also Vietnamese pop music softly playing. The owner was quick to provide us with menus and advice on our orders. The first thing I noticed was the large and varied selection of dishes. I had a big pho with beef flank and brisket, and my beloved dinner companion had the special, which was pig knuckles in soup with noodles. The pho was fantastic, with a hearty broth and lots more onion and parsley etc, than the usual. I also got both cilantro and lemon grass with my side bean sprouts, which was a nice touch. Mrs. C’s soup was a bit spicy, and the noodles were like a thick vermicelli. Also the owner brought over some slivers of something like melon rind, which he said would make the soup tastier. He was right!

We had a side of 3 pork spring rolls and a coconut drink. I recommend the spring rolls, which came with picked carrot and vermicelli.

I also checked out the w/c which was clean.

Definitely the right choice for a satisfying meal, and we both ate well for 20 bucks!

Recommended.

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Dallas Souvlaki Greek Restaurant2095 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Hit and Miss
Submitted Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

I’ve been to Dallas a few times and while I can't say it is spectacular, it isn't the absolute worst, either. The service can be either adequate or just plain bad. Similarly, the food is either just okay or not very good. They also seem to not stock mint sauce of any kind for the lamb. Last time I was there I brought my own bottle. In their defence, the portion sizes are good.

The big plus is the convenience of being on Commercial Drive. The price isn’t a bargain, the restaurant itself doesn’t really have a warm ambience (in fact it seems under-decorated and a bit noisy), and I concur that the rice is not really up to expectation.

I think the only reason I’ve been more than once is the fact that there is never a lineup, which is due entirely to the fact there are better restaurants in the neighbourhood. I consider it a “backup restaurant” when the good places are full.

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Ukrainian Village Restaurant815 Denman Street, Vancouver
Very good
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2007 - 10:43pm [Dine in]

Perogies, pelemny and borscht, oh my!

This little place is in the competitive Denman dining zone but it seems to hold its own with the Korean BBQ’s and sushi joints. I went with some friends and I had the Ukrainian platter: sausage, perogies and cabbage rolls. All were fabulous, and the meal came with pickled cabbage on the side. Mrs. C had paprika chicken which was tender, with a savoury sauce and featuring a steamed bread that is like the Chinese variety. Our companions had vegetarian cabbage rolls and borscht. The Borscht is a meal in itself, and the veggie CR’s were reported to be awesome. I had Ukrainian beer, and I was impressed with that too.

The couple who run the place are friendly and the restaurant is bright and clean. It is a cozy place for a satisfying meal. The whole gang had a great feed, and we plan to return soon. Next time I will try the schnitzel!

Recommended.

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El Rancho112 Kingsway, Vancouver
Nasty!
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2007 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

I invited a few friends to celebrate Mrs. C's birthday here. They all asked me "Didn't you go to the DineHere first?" I did, but I ignored the warnings. For that I am ashamed.

The place was dark and dirty and was dominated by a giant TV pouring out loud, toneless Latin rap videos featuring hoochi girls sprawling at the feet of some nasty no-talent. To my horror, I was seated in a sticky chair between the giant barrio blaster TV and a speaker the size of a Buick. Poor Mrs. C was looking for the car keys at that point, but we had friends there and decided to tough it out.

The server seemed to be on drugs, which was handy for him given the number of obvious dealers in the room yakking on their cell phones. Our food took an eternity to arrive and came before the appetizers. I had a pinã colada which was as bad as it is possible to make without putting poison in it.

The nachos were stale and grungy, but the worst was the main course. I had what they claimed were enchiladas. They appeared to be tiny greasy little cabbage rolls with squeeze bottle mayo spritzed on them. There was a little spoonful of rice and something that had the texture and flavour of burnt gravy on the side. I think that was the refried beans. My friends had the lamb and pork among other things, and they were fatty, tough and likely carved from the same canine. Mrs. C had the chicken which was dry, tasteless and awful.

To top off the experience, it was DJ night at the Rancho. Suddenly, some 12 year-old Snoop Dog wannabe did a mix of the Eagles' Hotel California and something by Bob Marley's cousin, all at ear shattering volume. I was hoping for a gang shootout to break out so my misery would end. Sadly, I live to tell the tale.

We finally got out of there, and I spent several minutes apologizing and enduring the disapproval of my friends and one angry birthday girl. The only good food I had that night was the cake I brought from T&T.

Highly NOT recommended.

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Robson Sushi Japanese Restaurant1542 Robson St, Vancouver
You get what you pay for
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2007 - 9:24pm [Dine in]

$9.99 for AYCE? I couldn't believe my eyes. Into RS I ran with Mrs. C right behind me. A word of caution: that price is only during lunch and at night after 9:30.

We were seated in a tiny booth and our server ambled over. Sadly, he could not understand English or Cantonese. Or so it seemed. We pointed and grunted at him, and he indicated his understanding. Food arrived shortly thereafter.

I know it is AYCE, but the tiny portions are a bit frustrating. That said, the sushi is good if not outstanding, and they do have sashimi (but you only get 2 micro-portions). The service is not great, but this isn't Tojo's, is it?

I wouldn't say it was super hygenic either, but it wasn't too scary, and after all, the main attraction is price and unrestrained eating.

This place will not rock your world but if you can put up with the obvious shortcomings, you can get full here.

Try it if you are short on cash...

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Boss Bakery & Restaurant, The532 Main, Vancouver
A nice place for a snack
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2007 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

I was in Chinatown and Maxim's was too far away to please my rumbing stomach. The Boss called and I answered. I had the beef noodle in soup, and Mrs. Chasiubow has a piece of cake and some Horlicks.

The restaurant was nice and clean and there were some funky art deco style stained glass light panels in the renovated and modern restaurant area. The staff were friendly and quick. Even the w/c was clean, which is amazing in that part of town.

The cake slice size was bigger than at most other places according to Mrs. C. She is a big cake fan, and knows what she is talking about. Since I don't like Horlicks, I make no comment about that.

My soup had tasty egg noodles and a lot of beef. I can't say it was the best ever, but it was good enough. The broth was outstanding and that is worth a mention.

I usually go to the Boss for cakes, but now I have discovered a whole new reason to visit.

Recommended.

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Main Dining Room833 Denman Street, Vancouver
Solid
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2007 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

I was enticed by the sign that said they had Mongolian beef for only $6.50, so I took a chance. The staff were super-friendly and the ambience was not too bad. For my meagre fee I got chicken and egg swirl soup (a bit watery) the aforementioned Mongolian beef, which was spicy and quite tasty, and a dessert that featured Jello, a Hershey kiss and a fortune cookie. I also had the complementary tea, which was just okay.

This was not haut cuisine but it was cheap and satisfying. I can't say it was the best meal ever, but the price was crazy cheap and the staff were very nice indeed. It is what it is.

Recommended.

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Original Flavours of India1232 Robson Street, Vancouver
Good Indian Food
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2007 - 8:47pm [Dine in]

I was craving some curry and I spotted a few Indian restaurants all with variations of the theme of flavour and India in the same block on Robson. This one had a chicken vindaloo platter for $13.99, so in I went. There were lots of Indian people eating there and that was a good sign.

I soon discovered that they do a good vindaloo. It was just right for hotness, and the naan bread, basmati rice and flavourful chutneys were all terrific. Plus the portion size was quite generous.

I was really impressed with the food, but less so with the service. The cook finally came over to take my order after I tried a couple of times to summon a server. Once I got my order I quickly forgot about that issue.

They have a nice selection of beers and did I mention the vindaloo?

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Mui Garden Restaurant1610 Robson Street, #105, Vancouver
Yum!
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2007 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

These guys have a sign outside that says "possibly the best curry in the world". I don't know about that, but it is damn good! I had the beef brisket in yellow curry, and it was a spiritual experience. It was so creamy and tasty and the beef was tender and flavourful. The curry flavour was just right, and not too hot or mild. Even the rice and potatoes were good.

My dining companion had chcken laksa which was fiery but delicious. I don't think it equalled the curry, but it was good, too.

The ambience is full-on food court since it is in a public market, so get the take-away.

I will be back.

Recommended!

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Pho Number One1120 Denman Street, Vancouver
Not too bad
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2007 - 8:16pm [Dine in]

I was walking on Denman with my mate and I decided to try this place, because as everyone knows any time is a good time for pho. Plus they had bubble tea.

I scampered inside and discovered the restaurant was a little cramped but the server was friendly. I noticed they do a great take-out business, so by the time I placed my order I was ready for a feast.

Sadly I was disappointed. the bubble tea was watery and obviously from a powdered mix. It did not impress. When my spring roll arrived it was tiny and not too tasty. The salad roll that Mrs. C ordered was also underwhelming. On the plus side, the peanut dipping sauce for the rolls was very good.

The pho (we both had the beef brisket) was bland and the noodles were too soft. The beef was okay though. The chef actually came out to ask how the food was, and I appreciated that, so I lied and said it was great.

The place must do something right given the takeout business, so I will check out some of the other dishes if I ever go back.

Not my first choice for pho.

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Le Petit Saigon2783 E. Hastings St., Vancouver
A Solid Choice
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2007 - 7:55pm [Dine in]

On a rainy Vancouver evening I went here with my beloved spouse because we craved hearty pho. We both had a decent meal. I had a big bowl of pho with beef flank and noodles, and Mrs. Chasiubow had 3 kinds of beef (tendon, flank and brisket). The noodles were tasty and properly prepared and the broth was a little bland, but had no MSG. The beef was good and tender (except maybe the tendon). We also had spring rolls and they were well-prepared and not greasy.

The service was good, and the place was clean (even the w/c). I won't say I was blown away, but it was good. I agree with the previous reviewer that Bao Chau has better pho, but this place is a lot cleaner.

Recommended.

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