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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 Chicken2103 West Broadway, Vancouver
Best Chicken
Submitted Saturday, September 30, 2006 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

I have been going to Church's since my wife told me it is the juiciest chicken take-out. Man is it good! AND the fries are terrific too. Not just an afterthought. The side salads (i.e. coleslaw, macaroni salad) are not so good. But hey, you go for the chicken!

It is juicy and lightly battered, not too greasy, and the price is right. The servers are not the best, but it is a take-out joint. If they had sides as good as Popeye's it would be perfection. As it is, stick to the chicken and fries.

There is now a North Van location!

Recommended.

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Fujiya1050 W Pender St, #112, Vancouver
Better than most full-on restaurants!
Submitted Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

This place is great if you want some fast and tasty take-away. They have all the usual fresh rolls and some surprising sushi. Also a good selection of other Japanese foods. Plus they have 2 kinds of miso soup to enjoy. There is a small selection of grocery items and an awe inspiring selection of Japanese snack foods. AND it is all very, very cheap!

If you go there say 'hi' to Rika. She is super nice!

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Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria1641 Commercial, #120, Vancouver
Mamma Mia!
Submitted Tuesday, September 26, 2006 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

I was on the Drive with my M-R-S, and we were looking for food. Lombardo’s was recommended by some pals so we gave it a try. Wow!

This place is hidden in the Il Mercato mall so it is a bit hard to find, but if you follow the enticing aromas it is hard to miss. The ambience is nice, but a bit noisy. You can watch the cook hand-toss your pizza and they have the expected pizza restaurant soundtrack playing.

I had a Peroni beer which was served in a wet glass so the fizz died right away, so marks off for service. Other than that the service was great, and the server was able to describe the various dishes in detail. I had a pizza with pepperoni, onions and peppers which was on special, and my wife had the salmon pasta in tomato sauce. The pizza was very good, and was the best I've had in Vancouver. Not as good as in Rome, but hey, we aren't in Europe.

The salmon pasta was also very good. The pasta was a nice al dente, the fish wasn't overcooked, and the sauce was mind-altering. My wife wished she had a large order!

The drinks menu could be cheaper, but the food is reasonably priced and it is very good. If you get a chance to visit this gem of a restaurant, don’t pass it up.

Recommended!

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Cafe Crepe2151 Wesbrook Mall, 103, Vancouver
Crepes R Us
Submitted Monday, September 25, 2006 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

I was at UBC to buy a few books and I saw the new CC had opened. Man, UBC has improved since I went there in the late 90's! I have been to other CC locations so I was ready for a fiesta on my tongue.

I had a tuna and mayo crepe, and a cafe Americano. The crepe was a tiny bit overcooked, but the filling portion was generous, and the Illy coffee was great. My wife had a latte, which she reports was a solid 6/10.

The downside was the service. The server was either inexperienced or inattentive, but either way, not very competent. I had to ask another server for assistance, since the crepe was cooling and I needed the dijon.

The ambience is much like the other locations, and is really nice for a crepe joint. This is the sort of place that begs you to linger. The crepes are not like in France, but then nobody really expects that. Still, it is a nice change from Mcfood, and the price is right.

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Pho Hoa5505 Kingsway, Burnaby
Ho Ho Pho
Submitted Friday, September 22, 2006 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

I was out cruising for p-h-o with Mrs. Chasiubow, and we spotted the Pho Hoa. It looked nice from the outside and there was lots of parking, so we took a chance and tried it. It was good.

I had the big pho with 3 kinds of beef, and my wife had pho with beef brisket and tendons. both were accompanied by usual bean sprouts, hot peppers and cilantro. Because there was no MSG my pho needed a kick, so I added some chili sauce. the beef was flavourful and the noodles had a nice texture. The soup broth was not too salty. We had a spring roll on the side and a coconut juice. They were good too, and I was assured the coconut was fozen, not from a tin.

The service was great, and the servers friendly. We found the place was clean and comfortable. Not fancy but tidy. The place is open 24/7, and every customer gets a free pen. This place won't blow you away, but it won't disappoint either. What more do you want?

Recommended.

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Long's Sushi129 W. 3rd St., North Vancouver
Okay Sushi
Submitted Saturday, September 9, 2006 - 9:34pm [Dine in]

North Van seems to be getting lots of new restaurants because of all the new developments in town. Some places are better than others. Long's is somewhere in the lower half of the class.

I had the Tuna & Salmon Combo which had a tuna roll, a salmon roll, and 2 pieces each of salmon and tuna nigiri sushi for $8.75. I added a cucumber roll for 2 bucks more. The sushi was competently prepared, but unexceptional. I did note that the proportion of fish in the sushi seemed small.

The place is spartan but clean. It is run by a nice Korean couple. The server/owner is friendly and the sushi chef/owner is competent.

Long's is good if you work nearby and want a bite, but it is not worth going out of your way to eat there.

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Mui Garden Restaurant4327 North Road, Burnaby
Not bad...
Submitted Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 9:48pm [Dine in]

I went to Mui Garden on the way to somewhere else and had a feed. Here is I experienced:

I had the chow mein noodles with beef and green pepper, which was well prepared. The noodles had a nice consistency. As a side I had the deep fried chicken wings which were hot and tasty, and a good deal at 8 pieces for 4 bucks. My wife had the dinner special which had a good bowl of borscht with a side of toast, chicken steak on rice with a sauce that looked like gravy, and some side veggies. The food is here is kind of like the HK equivalent of gwai lo comfort food.

The restaurant is tidy if not spotlessly clean, and the servers are knowledgeable and fairly quick and friendly. I like the comfortable ambience and the fact that a lot of families eat there. It has a welcoming atmosphere.

Overall, it isn’t the greatest, but it is a good place to get some hot food. Try the mini meals if you want a great deal.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The800 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
MMM, Meat!
Submitted Tuesday, September 5, 2006 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

I went with a few carnivorous friends to eat some flesh and have drinks. We left contented.

I've been to a few Kegs and I can say this one is like the Coquitlam Keg, except it never caught fire. The server was extremely helpful and he recommended a great apricot wheat beer to get me started. The rest of the group had bellinnis, which were nothing like what you get at Cactus Club, but still very tasty. We had to get the cheesy garlic bread and that kept us busy until our mains arrived. My firends had prime rib, and I decided to be a maverick and have the chicken fajitas. The PR was great as usual and had the garlic mashed which really absorbs the au jus. My fajitas were pretty good, and I was informed that I could have as much guacamole as I wanted, which is a definite change from some places which are stingy with the green gold.

The ambience is Keggish and really quite pleasant. I found the washrooms to be clean and I availed myself of the lotions provided.

All in all a pleasant experience.

Recommended!

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Big Ridge Brewing Co.5580 152nd Street, Surrey
If you're in the neighbourhood...
Submitted Monday, September 4, 2006 - 6:32pm [Dine in]

I was visiting a friend in the area and decided to give this place a try. I heard they have good beer.

I had a Hawaiian pizza which was pretty good, and my wife had the chowder. For some reason the chowder had prosciutto, which actually works. My friend had the chicken burger with blue cheese. He reports the cheese overpowered everything else, so it didn't work at all.

The beer selection wasn't as amazing as I had heard, but they do have some good choices. I had an ale that tasted like a stronger version of Sleeman's, and my friend had the black and tan, which he says was okay, but not spectaular. If you want to try something different but not too exotic, the beers here are for you. Mrs. Chasiubow was the driver so she only had iced tea.

The ambience is publike and welcoming, the place is clean, and the servers seem to know their work, so it is a nice place to sit on a sunny afternoon.

Recommended, but only if you are nearby.

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Oysi Oysi Restaurant1136 Alberni Street, #607, Vancouver
Much Improved!
Submitted Saturday, September 2, 2006 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

I've been eating at Oysi Oysi on and off for about 3 years. I stopped going last year when the place began to go downhill. Recently I heard they had made some changes, so I gave it another shot. Wow, was I impressed!

The menu is completely redone, and the food is better than when they first opened. I had a few kinds of sushi and the tempura shrimp. The tempura was fabulous, but I was disappointed that the California roll used fake crab. My salmon and tuna sushi were both great with nice fresh fish and good preparation. My wife had the summer special which featured soba noodles, steamed egg Japanese-style, and mixed tempura. She told me her food was awesome, especially the soba.

The restaurant is nicely decorated and the servers are friendly and efficient. They actually remembered my wife and addressed her by name, even though she was absent for a year.

Oysi Oysi was on the skids for a while but they have turned it around. I will be back.

Recommended!

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Eighties Restaurant110 West 14th St., North Vancouver
Good Food, Great Value
Submitted Saturday, September 2, 2006 - 5:24pm [Dine in]

I went to the 80's a couple of time in the last week, and both times I had a decent meal. So far I've had the British burger (a bacon cheeseburger) and the spaghetti and meat sauce. My wife has enjoyed the chef salad and soup, and the mushroom burger. The food is well prepared, comes with decent sides, and is really cheap. They also have daily drink specials and the beer is inexpensive.

The service is quick, the servers know the menu and are quick to make recommendations. The restaurant is clean and comfortable.

There are lots of seniors and the menu is designed for them. Solid, predictable entrees. Not to spicy, and decent portion sizes.

A good place to go for some comfort food and a beer.

Recommended.

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Bao Chau Vietnamese Restaurant2717 E Hastings, Vancouver
Good Pho
Submitted Saturday, September 2, 2006 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

I tried this place a couple of days ago and it was good. They have a big selection of pho and lots of other Vietnamese treats. I had the hot and spicy pho which had a nice soup base, tender beef and decent noodles. I got a side spring roll which was excellent. My wife had the combo plate with vermicelli, bbq pork, spring roll and a big deep fried ball of some kind of meat (?). We shared a Vietnamese iced coffee which was average good.

The service was reasonably fast considering the place was packed, but the ambience wasn't great, mostly because of the fact that the place could be cleaner.

Overall, it was a tasty meal at a cheap price. What more could you ask?

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Foo Lai Ho Restaurant3048 Kingsway, Vancouver
Ho!
Submitted Friday, August 25, 2006 - 11:28am [Dine in]

I went for dinner with the ancestors last night because one of the respected elders and one of the respectful unmarried children were having birthdays. We had the full-on Cantonese banquet meal, with all 8 of the lucky dishes.

Overall the service was very good but a little brisk, as is typical for this sort of restaurant. The highlight of the meal was the drunken chicken, or maybe the Peking duck 2 ways. I also thought the fish was okay. The choi was prepared in interesting ways and the noodles and fried rice were fine also.

As for ambience, it quite nice and has the usual Dragon/Phoenix on the wall and the de rigeur Chinese decorations. I did think our table cloth looked a bit ratty though, and the carpet could use a shampoo.

The Chinese name of this place roughly means 'wealthy, pretty, deluxe' and their business cards describe the place as a 'palace of gourmets', which is a bit of an overstatement of the quality of the restaurant and the food. That said, it is better than most, and perfect for when the ancient ones need some respect and food. Plus it isn't too expensive, la.

Recommended.

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Aristos Greek Taverna1238 Ross Road, North Vancouver
Okay
Submitted Friday, August 18, 2006 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

The gang went to Aristos for a Greek feast. Aristos in Greek means 'best'. That would be overstating the caliber of this particular place.

We had Taramasalata (fish eggs and potato puree) and Kalamari (deep fried squid) as appetizers. Both were competently prepared. For mains, three of us had the $12.95 roast lamb special. It was a generous portion and had the usual sides of rice, a piece of potato and some Greek salad. One of our party had the lamb and chicken souvlaki combo. Another went for the beef and chicken souvlaki combo. The lamb/beef was good, but the chicken skewer was tasteless and a bit dry. The souvlaki came with the same sides as the roast lamb. Overall the entrees were adequate but not spectacular.

I was a little surprised at the lack of mint sauce (I asked) and the fact that the $2.50 iced tea was not bottomless. That was kind of cheap.

The ambience is nice, and they have a patio for the few surviving smokers on the North Shore. The server/owner was a bit surly though, and she could have pretended to be friendly, or at least concealed her disdain.

If you are in Lynn Valley there aren’t too many alternatives, so I guess this is what you end up with. To sum up, this is not the sort of place to go out of your way for, but not exactly a place to avoid, either.

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Rekados Grill4063 Main Street, Vancouver
Fantastic Philippine Cuisine!
Submitted Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

My neighbour recommended this place and she is a Filipina, so she knows the score. When we got to the restaurant my wife and I were really impressed by the ambience. It was modern chic, and they had cool techno music in the background interspersed with pop favourites sung in Tagalong. This place used to be a Chinese restaurant but it has had an extreme makeover.

The owner was very friendly and he made recommendations to help us decide. We started with tokwa ‘t tokwa, which is deep fried tofu squares with a spicy vinegar sauce. Then we had the mains: curry pińa chicken which is yellow curry, chicken pineapple and peppers, and crispy pata, which is roasted pork hock with crispy skin on the side, with a savoury vinegar sauce. To wash it down I also had a honey-calamansi, which is a famous Philippine slush drink, containing citrus and, well, honey.

The food was really outstanding. Maybe the portions were smaller than at Pin-Pin for example, but the presentation was awesome and the food was delicious. The service was great too, and I really enjoyed the meal. Mrs. C was very impressed too, and she demanded that we return with our friends to share the experience. I think I would go back with my pals for the wow factor, but if it is just me and the missus, it would be hard to decide between this place and Pin-Pin.

Recommended!

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Slocan Restaurant2715 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Reliable Eats!
Submitted Monday, August 14, 2006 - 10:44pm [Dine in]

I took Mrs. C to the Slocan for a feed after we discovered the local Pho place was closed. We eat at the Slocan once in a while, and we are always satisfied. This time I had the burger and beer special, and my better half had the rainbow trout. My burger was great as usual, but the fries portion was a bit stingy. The trout was pan-fried and delicious, not too fishy and very juicy. It came with some nice sides, a bowl of soup, and pudding.

Alas, they were out of the Slocan lager, so I had to content myself with an amber ale. The beer at the Slocan is very inexpensive, and always fresh. I had to pay a whole $2.75 for my second pint :)

The ambience is much improved since my last visit, and the place is nice enough that I would take my mum. I noticed a change in staff since my last visit, including a new server who used to be at Tom & Jerry's.

Recommended!

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Cafe Caribana108 East 3rd Street, North Vancouver
Ja Mon!
Submitted Friday, August 11, 2006 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

I'm used to going to the Drive for Caribbean food, so I was hugely surprised to see this place on the North Shore. It’s more like Indian Caribbean food, but very tasty.

My wife and I both had the butter chicken. It was just spicy enough and a little different from what you would get at an Indian restaurant. The entrée size comes with a salad, rice and roti, but the bowl size comes with either rice or roti, and no salad. The actual butter chicken part is about the same amount for either size.

We also had the chai, which was good, and I had a Jamaican patty which was pretty generic.

Both the server and the owner were friendly and helpful. I did notice there was a lot of traffic both take-out and eat-in, and they could use a bit more kitchen help. The ambience is good, with nice comfy chairs and enough space so you don’t feel crowded.

The menu is simple but it covers all the bases. While we were waiting for our food a fellow patron (who had sampled every menu item over several visits) described the various dishes available, and they all sounded delish! I have got to return to try them all!

Recommended.

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Kedah House1652 SE Marine Drive, Vancouver
Good n' Cheap!
Submitted Sunday, August 6, 2006 - 11:12pm [Dine in]

The gang went for dinner tonight at KH and had a big feed. We all left happy. I had the $13 dinner buffet. The buffet consisted of a couple of kinds of rice, some curries, noodles, deep fried fish and chicken, some kind of tofu with peanuts and salted fish, deep fried mackeral with sambal sauce, along with soup and a few other items, plus a dessert section and all the roti you want.

My friends had some of the best satay I have seen, a really superior mee goreng, two kinds of curry, and teriyaki chicken. The manager didn't object to buffet and a la carte at the same table, which was very nice.

I didn't find the same problems as the previous reviewer, which is probably due to a change in location. The new KH is really big inside, the glasses were on top of the plates beside the cutlery and napkin, and I didn't smell antiseptic or soap, despite the obvious cleanliness of the whole establishment.

I found the server could have used a bit of help though. The manager was busy up front, so she had to serve all the tables alone. She was very efficient and knowledgeable.

I found the restaurant to be a clean well-lighted place, but it was not very fancy. The food was way better than I expected given the decor, and I can say it was superior to places like Hawker's Delight. If this place had the same ambience as Tropika it would be fantastic. As it is, the food is great and the prices are cheap. What more could you ask?

Recommended!

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Curry King Cafe4250 Kingsway, #5, Burnaby
Not what I expected, but in a good way
Submitted Saturday, August 5, 2006 - 9:47am [Dine in]

I was in B-town with Mrs. Chasiubow when I spotted Curry King. I figured it was an Indian restaurant so I begged my beloved to let me go. She isn't crazy about curry but agreed anyway. We both ended up being pleasantly surprised.

Despite the name, this place is a HK style restaurant. They do have a good selection of curries though. I had the lamb curry on rice, which was a really big portion of strong curry with tender boneless lamb bits in a savoury sauce. My wife had the noodles in soup with fish balls. It was great, too. The restaurant also has fresh juices, lots of curry choices, and all the usual HK cuisine I crave.

The ambience is good, the place is clean (including the w/c) and the servers are very quick and friendly. They have a couple of big TV’s which were showing the latest soaps off Fairchild TV. That had most of the diners riveted. This place gets a big late dinner crowd, so it would be best to go early.

Recommended!

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Milestone's Grill and Bar1145 Robson Street, Vancouver
A fine place
Submitted Thursday, August 3, 2006 - 8:48pm [Dine in]

I took my wife and a friend from HK to sample Milestones because our guest wanted to have real Canadian food. Except for one minor complaint, it was a good experience.

When we got there, we were seated immediately. Unfortunately our server was just going off duty, so we sat there for 15 minutes holding our menus and waiving at the passing staff. Finally a server showed up, and she apologized for the delay. Not a good first impression.

We ordered a beef burger, a Sante Fe brunch burrito and a California garden salad. My burger was juicy and nicely grilled, with a generous portion of tasty curly fries. I was happy to note that the fries weren't over-salted and they were really good. My wife reports that her burrito was delicious, but her home fried potatoes were a bit overdone. The salad was fantastic according to our guest, who had a side of the foccacia bread, and it was more than enough for the hungry traveler.

The server was friendly and attentive and except for the late start, would have gotten a higher rating. The ambience was great, and even though the place was full it wasn't noisy.

I will be back for more tasty food.

Recommended!

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