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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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Pho 66 Vietnamese Noodle House3663 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phogasm!
Submitted Tuesday, August 1, 2006 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

I went with my wife to try out the pho, and it was good! I had the hot and sour with beef and prawns, and my mate had the Pho 66 special pho with assorted meats. Both were tasty and although I usually leave the soup behind, we both drank the hearty broth. We also had the spring rolls, which were good, but a little pricey at $4.50 for two little rolls. I didn't sample the iced coffee because it was late and I wanted to sleep later, but next time I will try it.

The ambience is little changed since it was Beanos, but it is clean and the service is good.

Recommended.

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Hon's Wun Tun House4600 No. 3 Rd, #101, Richmond
Lovin' the Hons!
Submitted Monday, July 31, 2006 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

I went to Hon's Richmond on Sunday with a bunch of friends and we had the usual noodles and potstickers. Our server Nancy was helpful in explaining the dishes my gwai-lo pals and I, although I am an old hand with the Hon's menu. My favourite was the Shanghai noodles with minced pork and spicy eggplant. It was fantastic! A close second was the beef and green pepper and onion with flat rice noodles. And the pork potstickers. I can never get enough! I usually don't go to the Richmond Hon's because the planes flying overhead make it noisy like Kowloon City before the new airport, but on that day only 3 planes interrupted the chatter.

The ambience is what it is, and the place is pretty clean. The staff are friendly too. Plus there is a supermarket next door. What more could you ask?

Recommended.

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Bridges1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Can they un-renovate it?
Submitted Sunday, July 30, 2006 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

I've been going to Bridges for years, and I used to love it. Lately it has gotten kind of pretentious, and the 'bang for the buck' is lower. Luckily, they can't screw up the view from the patio, although they really pack 'em in. Last time I had a Tex-Mex pizza and a Caesar salad, which was more than enough to share with my wife, as an aprés travaille snack. For drinks I had a seabreeze, and Mrs. Chasiubow had a margarita.

The food is okay, but not outstanding. The drinks are similarly average. The sevice is lacklustre. For the price it really isn't worth it. I just wish they would make it like it was before!

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Kimono Japanese Restaurant869 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Good Downtown Sushi
Submitted Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 3:52pm [Dine in]

I tried this place with some friends for lunch and we left full and happy. We all had bento boxes which had the usual suspects, California Roll, Spring Roll, Beef Teriyaki, Salad, and Miso Soup. All the food was fresh and tasty and the service was excellent. It is a lovely new addition to the many restaurants downtown. Ask for Jeremy the manager to find out about their daily specials.

Recommended!

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Black Bear Neighbourhood Pub1177 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver
Standing Room Only
Submitted Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

I figured it was time to give some business to a local spot, so my wife and I piled into the car and headed to BB. We had a mixed experience. When we got there, we asked the helpful server if we could have a seat on the patio, which overlooks the Safeway. We sat at the bar, ordered beer, and prepared to be patient. The bartender was quick and friendly, and we soon had frosty glasses in our hands. After watching other newcomers jam onto the patio to be seated by the same hostess, we asked when our table might be ready. The reply was that one of us should stake out a table and wait for cleanup. Mrs. Chasiubow volunteered and snagged a table. Alas, there was but one chair. I asked if I might have another and I was told no. I jokingly suggested I bring my own next time, and I was coldly told “No, you can’t”. Lovely.

I stood and ordered a buffalo blue cheese burger, and my wife ordered the ‘prime ribs’, which turned out to be giant ribs with BBQ sauce. Both the burger and ribs were tasty, but not exceptional. The pub does have a good selection of beers which are about average in price, and they are the main attraction. After wresting a chair away from a departing patron, I sat for the last part of my meal and finished my beer.

The ambience of the place is pub-like, and it seemed decent enough. I was amazed by the incredible bitchiness of out server though, and I will eat elsewhere. I don’t need to stand for that. Plus I like to sit down when I eat. So call me particular…

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All India Sweets & Restaurant6507 Main Street, Vancouver
Not Bad
Submitted Monday, July 24, 2006 - 12:15pm [Dine in]

I usually go here when it isn't too busy, otherwise I head over to Himalaya next door. The food in both places is similar, but AIS costs slightly more. The ambience is a bit better too, and there seem to be more servers. I like to go with a group and share entrees, but I have tried the buffet. The food is not bad, but I suspect not like you would get in India. They have a huge selection of sweets, and so it is worth a visit even if you aren't having dinner.

Not bad. Like I said in my review of Himalaya, it is good for a fill-up, and not for the gourmet crowd. As for the butter chicken, it is just like next door, and I wonder if the two places share a kitchen ;)

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Balilicious Modern Indonesian3488 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Overpriced, Underwhelmed
Submitted Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 11:57pm [Dine in]

My wife and I were cruising up Cambie after a round of pitch n’ putt, when we spotted Sate Satu. It promised “Modern Indonesian Cuisine”. It did not deliver.

We started with a mango papaya breezer and a coconut shake as beverages, and for mains ordered a full order of the lamb curry and the spicy grilled eggplant and zucchini in their signature belado sauce.

The breezer was a kind of fruit smoothie, but it was syrupy and oversweet. By contrast, the coconut shake was very bland and was devoid of coconut.

The lamb curry had a tasty sauce, but the portion size for the “full order” was puny, and more like a half order. That little snack cost 15 bucks. The spicy veggies consisted of 6 thin slices of each of eggplant and zucchini in a devastatingly salty sauce, which completely overwhelmed any other flavours in the meal. It was surprisingly little for eleven bucks.

The service was occasionally good, and we only waited 40 minutes for our dishes (this place does a lot of take-out) but the restaurant was like an oven despite the fans going full blast, and the cooking smells were strong enough that I could taste it all.

Not worth the money and not very good. Try Tropika instead.

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Troll's at Horseshoe Bay6408 Bay Street, West Vancouver
Well, the view is pretty good...
Submitted Friday, July 21, 2006 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

Troll’s has been an institution in Horseshoe Bay for decades, and I go about twice a year to take in the view and eat F&C. It was a mellow summer evening and so my wife and I took our friends from distant Coquitlam for the experience.

The food here doesn’t change much, although I noticed two things that were different: The portions were a lot smaller (i.e. size of the fish pieces and the amount of chips) and the side of coleslaw (now called Trollslaw) is bigger. I had the cod and chips, another of our group had the halibut and chips, a third had salmon and chips, one hearty eater had the 3 kinds of fish and chips, and Mrs. Chasiubow who is ever contrary had the prawns and avocado salad. We started with a pound of BBQ wings which were 7 meaty pieces first fried in batter then dipped in BBQ sauce. They were pretty good, and they kept us alive until our mains arrived 30 minutes later.

The fish had a thick batter, but it tasted fresh, and it wasn’t horribly greasy. The chips were fresh cut, but from inferior potatoes and were not exceptional. According to my wife, the prawn part of the salad was okay, but the rest of the salad was wilted and stale.

They also have a Troll’s beer which is a nice brown ale. One of our group had a bottle of Canadian which arrived warm and sans verre. According to our server they were out of chilled glasses and the beer had just been put in the cooler.

The ambience is okay, and the staff tries to keep up with the onslaught of ferry passengers and tourists while maintaining their good humour. It just seems that the Troll’s of memory is always better than the reality of the place.

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Burgoo4434 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Another Satisfied Customer!
Submitted Friday, July 21, 2006 - 2:11pm [Dine in]

I tried the Burgoo dinner menu with my wife, and I was blown away! We started with an order of the famous biscuits, which were hot and tasty, and a couple of big wheat beers. I had the Irish stew, which was delicious, and my dinner companion had the sunset corn and chicken soup. It too was fabulous, and had a spicy kick.

The ambience was terrific, and the server was friendly and attentive. I will be back for more!

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Fujiya912 Clark Drive, Vancouver
Great Sushi Take-Away
Submitted Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 1:18pm [Dine in]

I wouldn't classify this as a sushi restaurant, since it is a supermarket with a takeaway counter. That said, I have obtained excellent sushi here on many occasions. They have the usual roll sushi, nigiri sushi, etc., along with a few that are kind of unusual, and they are all cheap and very fresh. They also have a counter filled with lots of raw seafood, in case you want a big piece of octopus or tuna to take home.

if you want to do it yourself, you can buy all the ingredients to make your own sushi. I have tried, but I can't equal the ready made stuff here.

A great place to pick up a party tray, or just some snacks if you are in the neighbourhood. Beats the heck out of the sushi available at T&T!

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Kam's Bakery & Restaurant2419 Main St., Vancouver
Cheap Chinese Food
Submitted Sunday, July 16, 2006 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

I took my wife for a quick bite on a Sunday afternoon, and ended up in Kam's. We shared an order of Fuzhou fried rice, and I had an iced coffee. Both were pretty good, but the rice was nothing special despite the menu claims that I was enjoying a 'house specialty'.

The ambience was nice and the place was clean. The washroom needed a bit of attention though. The service could have been a bit quicker, but there was only one person on duty serving customers. The bakery is terrific though, and I recommend it. The best thing about the restaurant is that it is next to the bakery.

Not bad, but nothing special.

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Hola Churro3066 West Broadway, Vancouver
Fantastic!
Submitted Saturday, July 15, 2006 - 9:30pm [Dine in]

I read some of the reviews below, and they must be talking about a different place. Now that crappy Churrolicius is finally closed (which they richly deserved), Hola reigns supreme on West Broadway.

My wife and I wandered in and were seated immediately. We shared an order of the basic churros. They were a big portion of freshly made churros lightly sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon and they were cooked to perfection, crispy on the outside and tender inside. They were delish! I followed it up with a fantastic brewed coffee, and my wife had a regular latté. The ‘regular’ filled a 12 ounce beer glass, and was really good.

The server was really friendly and quick, and the ambience was like a cantina. Check out the mural, the hand-painted chairs, and the other nice touches. The restaurant was clean and quite pleasant, and there was soft mariachi music playing. We noticed a family with the kids playing contentedly in the Niños section while the parents feasted nearby. The restaurant is really big, so the romping kiddies were nearly imperceptible from where we sat.

Overall a really positive experience. Recommended.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The2968 Christmas Way, Coquitlam
Keg o' licious!
Submitted Saturday, July 15, 2006 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

Yesterday I took some friends out to enjoy my largesse, and we all had a terrific meal!

We started with a double order of the cheesy garlic bread appetizer, which kept us happy until the food arrived. When the server said it was six pieces per order, we thought maybe it would be half a dozen slivers of bread, but the size was huge. One order would have been enough for the 5 of us. Despite the abundance, we greedily gobbled them down. We then moved on to the mains. I had the regular size prime rib which was humongous. The meat melted in my mouth, and was a perfect medium rare. I added a side of Sichuan green beans. That dish was enough for all of us to share, and the flavour of the sauce was out of this world. A couple of my friends had the chicken and ribs, which featured generous and delicious portions of meat with a flavorful BBQ sauce. One of our party also tried the chicken fajitas. The chicken was a little bland, but the mounds of toppings and the fresh tortillas amply compensated for this shortcoming. Mrs. Chasiubow had the sirloin, and she said it was delicious. We were all stuffed by the end of the mains, so we never got to the dessert menu.

The service was extremely quick and professional, and our drinks were topped up frequently. The ambience featured subdued lighting and comfortable surroundings, but it was a bit noisy because the place was packed. The restaurant was very clean and the w/c was better than average. I was going casual so I didn’t bother with the complimentary hair mousse :).

I stopped going to the Keg a few years ago because I had some bad experiences at their North Van location which is now closed. This place really changed my mind!

Highly recommended.

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Earls1185 Robson St, Vancouver
Good food, just not PC
Submitted Monday, July 10, 2006 - 7:21pm [Dine in]

I tried this place with some business associates, and I was impressed. The service was great, the food was good, and the ambience was terrific. A bit noisy though. I had the Siciian pizza, which was tasty, and my companions had the Thai noodles, and the hot chicken salad.

The wierd thing is the servers, hosts, etc, were all attractive 20'ish young women wearing low cut tops. I really came for the food not the view, and I was a little shocked at the exploitation of these unfortunates. I'm sure they are there of their own free will, but still it was unsettling.

Message to Earl's: Women aren't toys!

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Great Canadian Restaurant2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
A bad experience!
Submitted Saturday, July 8, 2006 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

I used to go to the Weinlager restaurant for a bite when I was gambling away my money, but now that the casino in Coquitlam has been gentrified, the name and menu have changed.

I tried the black and blue burger. It was a juicy burger on an onion bun with nice toppings and a generous amount of blue cheese. The side onion rings were hot and tasty. My wife had the fish and chips. The fish was okay, but the fries were definitely the better part of the meal. Overall, the food was very satisfying. The table service could have been a bit faster, though. The ambience is typical of Milestones/Red Robin/Cactus Club, but quieter due to the advanced age of most of the diners.

Now the bad part: What ruined the meal was that they overcharged us for the food. The pre-tax total was a couple of dollars more than the combined cost of the meal items. Luckily Mrs. Chasiubow is good at math, because I hadn’t noticed. When I brought this to the attention of the hostess she said “I can’t fix that, so you will have to wait while I call a manager”. After she made a few phone calls and I waited patiently, a supervisor showed up and took my credit card. I didn’t see her again for about ½ hour. Finally she returned and gave me the corrected bill. No apology, no regrets, just “Here we go, is that the right amount now?” Apparently the sarcasm was on special today.

Wow, that was bad service! I wish I’d just paid the bill despite the error and left. Maybe that was what they hoped too, with all the stalling. I will take my money elsewhere.

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Honolulu Cafe3340 Kingsway, #240, Vancouver
Great HK Chinese Cafe
Submitted Friday, July 7, 2006 - 11:03pm [Dine in]

I am so glad they finally renovated this place! I took my wife to enjoy the spruced up restaurant, and we had a great experience. We arrived just before the throngs started to lineup for tables (15 minutes later and we would be standing in the parking lot), and got seated almost right away. The service is brisk and very efficient, mostly because they want to keep the turnover rate high, and the ambience is a bit hectic and noisy, and not as relaxing an atmosphere as Gloucester, for example. The whole restaurant looks so new and clean, and everything is very tidy. Even the w/c was clean.

We had the mini meals: Eggplant with chicken and spicy Thai sauce for me. Sweet and sour pork for my beloved. Both meals came with lots of rice and both were excellent. We also had the borscht, which was outstanding, and the dong café, which was terrific. The best part was when the bill came. It was very cheap at 16 bucks for two big eaters.

Highly recommended.

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Ohako Sushi1414 West Broadway, Vancouver
Tearing my hair out!
Submitted Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 11:31pm [Dine in]

I took my wife to try the AYCE, and it was a frustrating experience. First we were given a few menus. They have some slightly pricey a la carte, and they also have all you can eat. After checking the AYCE menus, we quickly realized there were two classes of eater. There is the $21.95 menu (lots of choices) and the $15.95 menu (less choice). There is no $12.95 menu, despite what the description above on this page says. Also, no late night discount menu (we asked).

We decided to sit at the back of the bus, and ordered from the cheapo menu. Unfortunately, the servers kept bringing unordered items, and forgot items we had ordered. Since they made us fill out sheets of paper to indicate the number and type of choices, I don’t see how this could happen. When we politely complained, the servers just nodded and smiled and said “sorry, you want tea?” Attempts at communication in both English and Cantonese were equally futile. Pointing at the pictures on the menu didn’t help. I think my blood pressure went up a teeny bit…

The food, when it arrived was actually pretty good for the most part. The fish was nice and fresh, the sashimi was limitless, the sushi (nigiri and roll) was tasty and even the lowly sushi rice was great. I would stay away from the beef teriyaki roll though, because it was literally made with deli sliced beef, like you get at Safeway. Yikes! The BBQ and tempura items were tasty, and you could get shrimp tempura, unlike at BC Sushi.

The final outrage was when they charged 7% GST despite my protests. After I drew some diagrams, they relented and charged 6%. For that I gave a generous tip. Let’s just say the service was friendly but dim-witted. As for ambience, it was fair, except that most surfaces had little splashes of sauce, and the carpet had bits of food on it which is unpleasant when in socks.

The shame of it was that the food wasn’t too bad. Oh well, plenty of fish in the sea…

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Wong Gok Restaurant4989 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
So cheap, I can treat my friends...
Submitted Sunday, July 2, 2006 - 9:29pm [Dine in]

I always trust the opinion of the previous reviewer, so I confidently took some friends to Wong Gok to have a dim sum feast. We left happy!

The restaurant has the usual dim sum favourites. Not as big a selection as some places, but the carts move briskly, and all items are $2. If you don't see what you like rolling by, you can order a la carte dishes like fried noodles and other huge dishes from 5.75. They do a wicked fung zou (my personal favourite) and they also surprised me by serving Malaysian style cake (ma lai go). Plus, they don't charge extra for tea!

The servers are very friendly, and the manager gave us a hearty greeting and farewell. There is ample parking nearby, and a market across the street that is a good place to go for a walk after lunch. As for ambience, it is good for a dim sum place, but a bit noisy at peak time. I also checked out the w/c and found it to be reasonably clean.

"Dim sum" can mean a lot of thinks: small delicacy, order to your heart's content, or touch the heart. I think we experienced all three senses of the term today, and my heart was especially gladdened by the fact that 6 hungry people could eat for $34!

Highly Recommended!

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Anna's Cake House606 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tasty Cakes!
Submitted Saturday, July 1, 2006 - 9:08pm [Dine in]

I was surprised to see a review of Anna's Cambie location on this site, so I am putting in my opinion for the ‘big store’. This location specializes in wedding cakes and catering orders, but you can get all your favourites there too. In addition, the service is always great and the place is always spotlessly clean.

Anna’s cakes are consistently high quality, and they keep coming up with new varieties to salve the bored palette. I have enjoyed all their cheesecakes. They have a lot of choices. Most places use the same cheesecake base and put different toppings on top. Anna’s makes each flavour different from the graham crust up, and you can see/taste the difference. The chocolate cheesecake will bring tears to your eyes. I prefer a more robust cheesecake like Maxim’s makes, but if you want light and creamy, Anna’s is for you. They also make HK-Chinese cakes like fruit cream cakes with chestnut filling, or cakes covered entirely with wafers of mango, and other delights. Don’t get me started about the fabulous mousse cakes! And of course the coconut cake is fantastic. The difference is the quality of the ingredients. If you want European style cakes like Black Forest, they have that too.

I find their buns to be about average, but I have never been disappointed either. Their tarts are truly outstanding and I can recommend either the coconut or the egg variety.

Personally, I like cakes from different places depending on what my cravings tell me, so I wouldn’t go here exclusively. That said, Anna’s is a bakery that won’t let you down.

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Seb's Market Cafe592 East Broadway, Vancouver
Patio Pandemonium
Submitted Saturday, July 1, 2006 - 8:19pm [Dine in]

My wife and I tried Seb's to see what all the buzz was about. The place has a cool, low-key atmosphere on the inside, and out front is an enticing (if narrow) patio. Since it was a nice day we sat outside. Big mistake. There were lots of angry motorists honking at each other, not for World Cup, but just out of frustration/stupidity. Add the dimwits who saw the movie and felt the need for speed, and you get some idea of the din. Oh, and did I mention the rather creepy looking people pushing shopping carts to the bottle depot next door? Take a hint from me and eat inside.

We decided to brave the patio bedlam (to cash in on the free vitamin D thanks to Mr. Sun), and ordered the salmon benedict and the goat cheese omelet respectively. I had the coffee of the day, and my lunch partner had a peach/pineapple smoothie. The coffee was great but the smoothie was a little bland. My salmon benedict was nice, and the potatoes/fruit pieces that came alongside were good. Nothing remarkable, but satisfying. Same for the goat cheese omelet. It had just the right mix of cheese/spinach/onion and the portion was generous. Bottom line: The food is good, if not spectacular.

The servers were friendly when we saw them, but that wasn’t often. Despite the obvious need for improvement, this place is worth a try.

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