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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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Ningtu2130 Kingsway St., Vancouver
could be better
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

Our usual weekend dinner gang was craving Shanghainese food, and we decided to gamble on this place based on the DH reviews. The restaurant was kind of crappy inside and not clean, including the unpleasant w/c. Undaunted, we decided to stick around, since the place was packed and we figured that meant the food was good.

We ordered off the 'set dinner of four dishes' menu, which offered lots of choices. We had: eggplant with pork and chilies, gai lan with beef, roasted half chicken, and Szechuan green beans. The meal also came with a complementary shrimp in peanut sauce appetizer. We also had some rice and both steamed and deep fried Chinese bread. Overall, it wasn't awful, but the gai-lan dish was way too salty, the eggplant dish was overcooked and mushy, and the Szechuan green beans were burnt, so we had to send the beans back for a do-over. We also were appalled that little bottles of Tsingtao beer cost 5 bucks each. At least the chicken and the prawns were okay.

Surprisingly, service was good throughout the meal. As for value, it was too pricey for the quality of the food. I think we will look elsewhere for our next Shanghainese meal.

Not recommended.

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Sushi Mori4740 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
expensive strip mall sushi
Submitted Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were heading to Grouse Mountain to get some fresh air, but as we arrived I realized we forgot our lift passes at home. Doh! We decided to make a detour to SM since it was on the way, and their other location had some good reviews on the DH site.

The restaurant is located in a little strip mall and there is street parking in front. The place looked nice and clean, although the w/c could use some floor mopping and an air freshener. We were seated right away by a friendly server, and service was great for a while. Unfortunately for us, halfway through the meal she was replaced by her lazy young colleague who basically ignored us. Service was awful for the last half of the meal. I will split the difference and give service a 3 out of 5.

We ordered a variety of roll sushi, sashimi, nigiri, and gyoza. We accompanied it with some sake. This place has an impressive sake menu, but we went with the generic stuff which was moderately priced. The food was tasty and well prepared, but it was about 50% more expensive than similar sushi places in town. Maybe because the neighbours are well-heeled. As for me, I didn't see or taste where the extra money went.

The meal was okay, but I could get the same for a lot less money at a dozen other places I can think of. Unless you are wealthy and don't care about wasting money and taking a long drive, I recommend you go elsewhere.

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Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant4989 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
back for more
Submitted Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were entertaining the clan for dim-sum, and we decided to give this place a try. Our last visit was a couple of years ago, and the place hasn't changed much. The dining area was clean and comfortable enough, but the w/c was somewhat nasty. Service was okay throughout the meal, although you need a little Cantonese to speak with some of the staff.

We had a variety of dim sum favourites and all were good, but the best things we had were the fung zhou (chicken feet) in special sauce, the giant har gow, and the deep fried peppery squid. They were outstanding. As for value, it was quite cheap, and 10 of us ate well for about 70 bucks.

I ought to come here more often.

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Cafe Ami855 West 12th Ave, Vancouver
coffee and surgery
Submitted Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 8:52pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were visiting a recovering relative at the VGH and we stumbled on CA in the lobby of the Pattison Pavilion. The cafe was nicely appointed and had plenty of seating. The servers seemed friendly enough and we got our order quickly, so no complaints there. We ordered an iced mocha smoothie and a big cookie, and both were tasty and not too expensive.

All in all a nice cafe experience despite the circumstances.

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Pho Maxima Restaurant822 Twentieth Street, New Westminster
good food, nice people
Submitted Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 12:30pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were once again looking for a place to eat, and we had out of town guests AND our usual weekend dinner gang to look after. I know on Seinfeld there was that episode about "mixing the worlds", but the two groups seemed to get along okay, and I suspect the rule does not apply here in the "real" world.

The restaurant was nice and clean inside including the unisex w/c, and while the place wasn't deluxe, it was comfortable for our large group. Even though we arrived near to closing time and a couple of our group actually tried to special order, the servers/proprietors seemed like a tolerant bunch, and they tried to accommodate us. In fact, service was very good.

We had a variety of phos, spring rolls and some grilled meats and prawns on a stick. I also tried the curry beef brisket on rice. All the food was very tasty and everyone enjoyed their meals. I recommend the grilled meats which were awesome. We also had bubble teas which were big and full of flavour.

As for price, 9 people ate like hungry bears for about a hundred bucks, so I would say it was good value.

Recommended.

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Goldstone Bakery & Restaurant139 Keefer St, Vancouver
satan steak
Submitted Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were in Chinatown and we decided to give this place a try because her mother likes to eat here when she is in town. The restaurant was clean enough (except for the appalling men's w/c) and looked like a Chinese diner, if you know what I mean. There were lots of choices on the menu including a Satan Steak, and Satan Pork Chop. Since I am not a fan of Satan, I decided to give them a pass, although I was definitely intrigued. I suppose this is how most people become ensnared by evil ;)

We decided on a beef brisket over rice for me, and a fried rice noodles and beef for my beloved lunch partner. The beef on rice was sort of weird, and looked like minestrone soup and beef chunks with rice on the side. Surprisingly, it tasted good. The rice noodles with beef dish was quite good and not weird looking. Both meals were very cheap, and they came with drinks. We had tasty iced tea and iced coffee. Service was good and quick.

I might go back again, because the Satan steak is calling me...

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Zellers Family Restaurant4567 Lougheed Hwy, #300, Burnaby
say x to z
Submitted Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 8:03pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were in Zelco for no apparent reason when she suggested we try the "family diner" located on the main level. The place looks like a sort of 80's concept of a diner in hell, with bowling pins and hula hoops nailed to the walls (and incongruously, a sled), a black and white paint scheme, and electric teal vinyl upholstery on the benches and chair cushions. It was reasonably clean, which was more than I could say for my fellow diners. Our server seemed friendly enough, but I could see she also considered herself one of the damned.

We decided on an order each the special crab cake eggs Benedict, which was a crab cake with yellow sauce on it and a runny poached egg on top. It came with fried potatoes and a cup of fruit. The crab cake was sort of pasty, and had no discernible flavor. The egg was mostly raw, and the fruit looked rather gray around the edges. The potatoes were alright. Luckily, the special was an ultra-small portion size, so we didn't have to force much down. As for price, it was a bit of a rip-off for what we got.

We will never return.

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Golden Day Cake House2086 East Hastings St, Vancouver
golden goodness
Submitted Saturday, August 8, 2009 - 11:57pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were craving baked goods and we happened to be nearby to GD. We usually arrive at GD around closing time, so we often miss the most popular items. This time around, we missed out on some bun selections, but there were still plenty of cakes left. We had chasiubow (of course), curry beef buns, BBQ pork pastry, egg tarts, a bag of macaroons, and some assorted cake slices. All were fresh and tasty, at least the ones we've eaten so far. As for price, it was very reasonable. Service was good and the shop was very clean, too.

I always trust bc's reviews (see below), and once again we were steered in the right direction.

Recommended.

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Richman Restaurant601 Agnes Street, New Westminster
richman, poorman
Submitted Saturday, August 8, 2009 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

Our usual dinner gang plus a couple of special guests were looking for a place to eat when we spotted a recent review for this place on the DH site. We decided to give Richman a try. The restaurant itself is in a scary part of New West, and it looked quite crappy and not too clean, but the prices were low and the menu had lots of choices.

Service was good throughout the meal with lots of quality checks and teapot refills. We ordered a variety of dishes including deep fried wontons, Mongolian beef, Singaporean vermicelli, sweet and sour pork, salt and pepper squid, egg foo yong, and lots of steamed rice. Surprisingly, the food was quite good, and we lapped it up with enthusiasm. I guess the moral of this review is that sometimes a richman can look like a poorman. Or a poorman can eat like a richman. Something like that.

A good place for a cheap meal as long as you aren’t particular about the ambiance.

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Sun Yee Cafe Restuarant2128 East Hastings, Vancouver
super value meal
Submitted Saturday, August 8, 2009 - 3:48pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were heading to Bun Mee Heung, and discovered it is now called Sun Yee. The new name literally means something like new pleasure (but not exactly). More likely it is just someone's name. Whatever the provenance, I would say that a better name would be cheap and filling.

The restaurant looked the same as before except for some new paint. It was clean enough but not spic and span or anything. Service was good and the server was very friendly and chatty. The kitchen was a little slow though. They have ridiculously cheap specials, but the cheapest meal offerings are only posted in Chinese, so bring someone who can read the whiteboards by the kitchen.

We had borscht to start, and then had halibut and cream sauce with rice and fresh veggies, and a fantastic beef brisket and cabbage in a wine and herb sauce over spaghetti. We also had bubble tea and got free mango puddings for dessert. All the food was quite tasty, and wow was it a good price for what we got. We both busted our bellies for 20 bucks total. Now that's cheap!

Definitely a good option for hungry bargain hunters.

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Beard Papa's4500 Kingsway, #2320, Burnaby
sugar rush
Submitted Friday, August 7, 2009 - 11:18am [Dine in]

I was in the CM getting bubble tea and on impulse I wandered up to the food court in search of curried fish balls. On the way, I spotted BP. The place looked very nice and clean inside, and the clerk was super-friendly and described the various flavours for sale. I wished it was a little cheaper, but it is a specialty product after all.
I was not impressed with my last BP puff in Richmond, but I decided to give the mango flavour a try this time. The mango was not as sweet as the vanilla I had before, and it was very fresh. I still felt the sugar rush as the sucrose hit the bloodstream, so I would say there was plenty of the sweet stuff in there. I don't think I will make BP a regular part of my snack habit, but I will probably try it again when I want to get hyper ;).

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Ebei5701 Granville Street, #112, Vancouver
gets the job done
Submitted Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 11:09am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were organizing a family dinner and I realized we hadn't been to Ebei for a couple of years. Since this place is cousin E's favourite sushi joint, we decided to head in and do some AYCE. The restaurant hadn't changed since my last visit, and it was tidy enough, including the w/c. Service was okay, but they use paper order forms instead of PDA’s. That is so 2001!

We had a variety of sushi, sashimi, and hot dishes. All were good, and as with my last visit the beef ribs and the fish soup deserve special mention. I also liked the fact that the dinner menu included unlimited sashimi. I guess it ought to for 22 bucks a head. As for value, it depends on how much you can eat. I don’t think they made a profit on me this time...

An okay choice.

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Altitudes Bistro at Grouse Mountain Resort6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
beer with a view
Submitted Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 10:51am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were taking a few guests to see the wonders of GM, and this place was the first thing we spotted as we got off the tram. The interior was nicely appointed and clean, but we were there for the view from the patio. We got a decent table with a commanding view of Vancouver and then checked out the menu. It was quite expensive, which I could understand if the food was brought in by Sherpas or something. I suspect they use trucks. Since we had to jump off a cliff to get to a cheaper restaurant we decided to order anyway. We shared a seafood club sandwich and salad, a burger and fries, and a big plate of nachos. Beer was not too outrageously priced, and it was hot on the big hill, so I had a special GM beer. It was tasty. The food was nothing special, and certainly not worthy of the price tag. Service was just fine, although there were some tense moments when it looked like our all-in-black server was going to spill out of her top. Luckily there was no wardrobe malfunction, so the kids weren’t traumatized.

We won’t eat there again, but Mrs. C and I plan on going back for some beers before summer slips away.

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Robson Internet & Video1690 Robson Street, Vancouver
wired gelato
Submitted Monday, August 3, 2009 - 2:42pm [Dine in]

I was taking some out of town guests to experience a little Pride in the West End, and of course nothing says diversity like gelato. Actually, we were wandering aimlessly and we scampered into this place because we could see the cooler full of gelato and it looked very inviting. RIV is primarily an internet cafe, but they have pot noodles, gelato and smoothies. The smoothies were a little expensive, but the gelato was reasonably priced for downtown and there was a good selection. We got a variety of gelato cones and all were quite tasty. I suspect the gelato is made off site and brought in which was okay with me. Service was great, and we were not chastised for taking multiple samples. As for ambiance, it is an Internet cafe, so we weren't expecting much, but the whole place was clean.

I will definitely return to log in and lick ice cream next time I am in the area.

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Shalizar Restaurant1863 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
you can do better
Submitted Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 6:07pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were doing dinner with some out of town relatives and a few of their Iranian friends, and we decided on some Persian dinner action. There were good reviews for this place on the DH site, so we decided to give it a try. The restaurant itself was nicely appointed and clean, but the w/c was designed for elves or something (picture a phone booth with a toilet in it), and was way too tiny to be comfortable.

They had a very extensive menu of Iranian faves, and the menu was helpfully bilingual. For starters there was fresh pita bread and a selection of savouries. For mains, we had a variety of dishes including koobideh (BBQ beef skewers), chicken in a special sauce, roast lamb, and a nice stew whose name I can't pronounce or spell, but which had beef, lentils and eggplant. Each dish came with basmati rice and salad, although one in our group went with a jumbo salad in place of the rice. All were okay, but nothing worth writing to Tehran about. We also had doogh, which is a sour yogurt drink. Alcohol drinks were off limits for us because of our Muslim dinner companions, but the doogh was a good counterpoint to the heavy food.

Unfortunately, service was awful: First, our group was forced to wait on the sidewalk while tables were prepared in the empty restaurant. We were finally seated and then were left alone for 20 minutes without even a glass of water. Our server did reappear after that and took our orders, but she would disappear for long periods of time while we waited for her return. As for value, it was quite expensive, but luckily it wasn't my turn to buy :)…

In summary, the food was okay, but the rest of the experience convinced me to look elsewhere for my next meal.

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Rockin' Ronnie's Rolls Sushi To Go22334 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge
a quick bite
Submitted Friday, July 31, 2009 - 1:14pm [Dine in]

I was in MR and looking for food when I spotted this place. The inside was spartan but clean. I think the theme of the decor is "pick up and go". They have a big cooler where you can get your sushi ready-made, or you can ask if they will make it on the spot. I went for custom sushi and asked for a Cali roll and spicy roll. I also noted they had BBT, so I got a strawberry milk tea.

Service was great, and the guy who ran the shop was super-friendly. I got my order quickly, too. The sushi was only adequate, and although it was dirt cheap, it was still smaller than I expected. The milk tea was good enough, and rather unexpected for Mayberry (um, I meant Maple Ridge). Let's face it, Vancouver is far away from here...

You could do worse.

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Yuko Maki1195 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
inexpensive family dining
Submitted Friday, July 31, 2009 - 10:00am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were entertaining some out of town relatives and they were craving sushi. I remembered a decent experience here a couple of years back, so I decided to take the clan to YM. The restaurant looked the same as before, with lots of comfortable booths, tables that weren’t jammed together, and a decent level of cleanliness, including in the w/c.

Service was somewhat patchy, but that was because there was only one server and she seemed to be assembling takeout orders in addition to her table-hopping duties. We got our orders promptly, so that was a plus.

Since there six of us at the table, we ordered a variety of rolls, some sashimi and some prawn tempura. Everyone seemed to like the sashimi, and although it was almost as big as a loaf of bread, the house roll was praised by most at the table. I thought it was tasty too, but way too big. The other rolls were just fine, but nothing really stood out. IMHO, the tempura was a little bit oily and it could have been hotter.

As for value, it was quite cheap, and we all got full for about 70 bucks. It wasn’t deluxe sushi or anything, but for the money I thought it was okay.

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Yama Sushi1232 Ross Road, North Vancouver
okay sushi
Submitted Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 10:10am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were in the LV area and we craved sushi. I remembered bc's review of this place so we decided to check it out. The interior was somewhat small and crappy and could be a bit cleaner, but the food prep area looked clean, so we decided to try our luck. There were 2 Korean guys making sushi as fast as lightning, so I would say the place was busy. We ordered a variety of roll sushi, including beef teriyaki, Cali roll, and the Yama Famous Roll, which was basically eel and egg. We also tried the eel and cucumber roll which was cheaper and had better flavour than its more famous cousin. We added an order of gyoza to round out the meal. The sushi and the gyoza were well-prepared and tasted fine.

Service was dead slow at the beginning of the meal, but a new server took over about halfway through and she was quite speedy and courteous. Despite the twin dragons battling on the sushi mat, orders were really backed up due to the volume of takeout. This place is not a good choice for people in a hurry. As for value, it was a good deal, but you won’t shout “Wow!” or anything when you get the bill.

Next time I will probably get a takeout order.

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Jane's Restaurant4217 Hastings Street, Burnaby
a cheap breakfast
Submitted Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 12:11am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were heading out for a day of shopping and we needed fortification. We hadn't been to Jane's in a while so we decided to make a visit. The restaurant hasn't changed much since our last visit, and it still has the ripped red vinyl booths and the rest of the crappy old restaurant decor that shouts out "cheap food here". Fine with me. At least it was clean.

We ordered a breakfast special with ham for my beloved co-diner, and a toasted western omelet for me. The special had fried potatoes, 2 eggs, toast and the aforementioned ham. My omelet sandwich came with fries. The food was simple, but tasted just fine. If I had one complaint it would be the cheap bread they serve, but for the price it was not unexpected.

Service was lacklustre, but not rude. We ordered, we got our food, and later a bill came. Again, about what we expected. The real star was the value. I mean this place is extremely inexpensive. That factor alone will make up for a lot of shortcomings. We will be back soon to fill our bellies.

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Pho Hoang Tung100 Schoolhouse Street, #401, Coquitlam
pretty good pho
Submitted Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

Our usual dinner gang was looking for something to eat and we found this place opposite Superstore. The restaurant is easy to miss since it is nestled in a strip mall, but it is worth looking for.

We entered the nearly empty place, and the first thing we noticed was how clean it was. I later found even the w/c was spotless. The restaurant was sparsely decorated, but all the fittings looked new and the essential elements were in place. We were served by the very friendly manager who told us that PHT had been open for about a year and a half.

The menu had all the usual choices so we each got a large pho and shared a couple of orders of spring rolls. We also had some terrific Vietnamese iced coffees. All the food was great. The pho was full of flavor, not MSG, and the spring rolls were crispy and not greasy. The manager told us he ground the coffee himself. You could really taste the difference.

Service was very good, and there were numerous quality checks in addition to the friendly banter from the staff. As for price, it was not expensive. This place is a small family business and for a little while we felt like part of the family too.

Recommended.

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