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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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Richmond Sushi8388 Capstan Way, #1488, Richmond
Much Improved
Submitted Sunday, May 21, 2006 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

I stopped going to RS after a not so hot experience last winter, but today I can report that the AYCE lunch has improved. The salmon and tuna sushi are just the right size with nice fresh fish. The rolls were less terrific, but still pretty good.

I also tried the chicken wings (hot and crispy), motoyaki, deep fried tofu, and the BBQ salmon (get the salmon!). They have all improved over my experience last time. The service was very good, especially from Dave, who came over to chat and ask how we liked the various dishes. We had one newbie who ordered too much despite our warnings, and he didn't get penalized since he tried his best to finish ;). That was a lucky break.

The washrooms could be a bit cleaner, and the gyoza a bit hotter, but I have to say this place has improved. Like the previous reviewer, I noticed the PDA's for entering orders, and it really sped up the process. Plus the waiters seem WAY less harried than before. A good lunch for the price.

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On On Wonton House5640 Kingsway, Burnaby
Not Real Chinese
Submitted Sunday, May 21, 2006 - 6:07pm [Dine in]

I used to go to On On years ago when I lived in Burnaby, and I went there again three weeks back with some local friends. Call it nosatalgia. The food is really awful, and not authentic Chinese. It is like the stuff we had to put up with until the exodus from HK and TW produced some really decent restaurants. The place is dingy and not clean, and the food is sweet and sour etc., and not tasty.

Overall, I would not recommend this place when there are so many better restaurants out there, including Mr. Ho which while not the greatest, is a better place than this... Not worth bothering about

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High Boat Cafe MarinaFt Forbes Avenue, North Vancouver
Salty dogs, ahoy
Submitted Saturday, May 20, 2006 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

When I heard the ex-chef of Hart House had his own diner, I decided to check it out. This place used to be the local hangout for the marina crowd, but now it also attracts locals from the nearby condos (including me).

I had the deluxe mushroom cheese burger with onion rings, and my wife had the eggs benny. The burger was juicy and had lots of toppings. The bun was also good. The rings were not greasy and were well made. The eggs benedict was better, with a nice hollandaise sauce and a sprinkle of paprika and chives. The ham was also tasty, as were the home fries, which also had some chive action. The coffee was better than average, but the tea was the usual metal pot with a bag in it.

Service is a bit hard to judge. You have to order from the front counter and they bring the food when it is ready. The servers are very friendly, and will greet you by name if they know you. Ambience could be better, since the grill fumes will soak your clothes, but this is a dockside diner...

A good place to grab a bite, but more like hot cooking than haut cuisine.

Tip: Park outside the marina and walk in, otherwise it is 2 bucks an hour and then only if you can find a spot.

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
Save the airfare and eat here!
Submitted Tuesday, May 16, 2006 - 11:25pm [Dine in]

I went to check out HD on a trip to Main Street, but I think I took a left turn and ended up in Singapore. I had the lamb curry, which had a nice balance between fire and musky lambness, and my wife had the mee goreng, which was superior to the stuff they serve at Banana Leaf or Tropika. We also enjoyed a vast number of satays and some spring rolls which were all really good.

I was hoping for something a bit better in the line of drinks, but there was complementary tea, so no worries. The ambience is like a cross between a night market and a Singapore hawker centre, and the service is a similar too, (think Lau Pat Sat Festival Market). The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. The prices are unbelievable.

Yum!

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Amato Gelato Cafe78 East 1st Ave, Vancouver
Gelatolicious!
Submitted Tuesday, May 16, 2006 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

The cafe serves the best gelato in the city, bar none. They have about 70 flavours on display, and they rotate them frequently. I tried quite a few, including the unusual ones like popcorn flavour, or the two kinds of beer gelato and the more traditional like bacci and the fabulous strawberry cheesecake. It is always hard to decide!

They also do coffees and sandwiches, and of course you can buy tubs of the gelato and other frozen treats. The individual desserts are really artistic, and decadently good.

The ambience is okay and the place is clean. The service is busy but fast. If you have time they have some tables out front. Highly recommended.

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Westwood Cafe3019 Lincoln Avenue, Coquitlam
Sizzling Plates!
Submitted Tuesday, May 16, 2006 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

Westwood has a gigantic selection of dishes, with emphasis on set dinners and sizzling plates. I have had a lot of great meals there. The most memorable item was the snake soup (a winter food, really). Usually I just get a sizzling plate. There are so many combinations, but I usually have the steak and giant prawns or the steak and chicken cutlet. They also do a very good lettuce wrap, and they have monthly specials.

The service is usually good, and the ambience really depends on where you sit. I suggest you do not go into the enclosure at the center of the restaurant, as it is noisy and filled with kitchen fumes. The tables near the big TV's are okay. They seem to play an endless stream of Canto-pop videos... And yes, the bathrooms are clean (ish). They also have tons of mall parking. Definitely worth a visit iif you are nearby.

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Victoria Chinese Restaurant1088 Melville St, Vancouver
Great Dim Sum
Submitted Sunday, May 14, 2006 - 11:59pm [Dine in]

This is one place to go if you want really good dim sum, or you just want to dazzle an out of town guest or business associate. It is in a great location at Royal Bank Centre. My favourite dishes are the rice roll with peanut sauce, and the squid and curry sauce. They also do a respectable fung zhou (chicken feet) with a spicy chili sauce. There are lots of other great choices on the menu too.

The ambience is a cut above the average Chinese restaurant, and the staff are efficient and not obtrusive. The place is a bit on the pricey side, but you get what you pay for. It is also a good alternative to Kirin. And yes, you will probably feel under-dressed.

Highly recommended.

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Mr. Ho Wonton house6731 Kingsway, Burnaby
Ho Sik, la
Submitted Sunday, May 14, 2006 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

I was driving along Kingsway after an afternoon of embarrassing golf when my wife spotted Mr. Ho's. We were looking for a HK restaurant, but this looked like a possible alternative. I admit that at first glance I thought this place might be one of those red sauce Chinese places only white people go to. I was surprised to find it was not. Well, not completely. There was a mixed crowd, and the menu had a balance between chop suey and real food, so there was something for everyone.

I had the beef with pineapple and satay sauce on rice, followed by some gai lan with oyster sauce. Mrs. Chasiubow had chicken congee. The beef dish was on par with the version that The Boss serves. The gai lan was properly prepared. I tried the congee and it was tasty, not too salty with just the right amount of ginger and with a generous amount of chicken.

The service was the fastest I have ever seen in a Chinese restaurant (like lightning!), and the staff was very friendly. They seem to know a lot of the customers by sight, so this place must have regulars. The ambience was good, and the place was tidy. I had only a minor gripe: I was a little surprised they didn’t have iron Buddha tea (ti Kwan Yin), but they had the generic (like Hon’s) tea, which was okay.

It was a satisfying meal, and I will probably go back if I am in the neighbourhood. I want to try the yin yang chow fan next time...

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Burgoo3 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Burgood!
Submitted Sunday, May 14, 2006 - 4:38pm [Dine in]

Since it was brunchtime, I went to experience the famous weekend brunch bowls. I had the beggar's bowl (spinach omelet w/cheese and mushrooms, bacon and potatoes) and my wife had the sunrise bowl (scrambled egg with salmon, dill and sour cream and potatoes). Both were excellent, particularly the salmon, which had just the right amount of dill and was cooked to tender perfection, neither chewy nor mushy. The potatoes were also quite good. The portion size was about right. The coffee was a fresh-brewed dark roast, and was very satisfying. My only regret is that I didn’t get the bowl of biscuits to go with the meal (toast is not included). I will remember to order them next time.

The ambience is a lot better than the previous restaurants at this location, with all new wood everywhere, comfy chairs, and a nice fireplace. It was really welcoming.

The service was very good, friendly and quite fast. The presentation was great. Overall, a very positive experience. I will be back!

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BC Sushi2126 W Broadway, Vancouver
I'm full!
Submitted Sunday, May 14, 2006 - 1:33am [Dine in]

I tried the late night AYCE sushi and had a mostly pleasant experience. The selection was pretty good, and the food was better than average for this sort of place. The calamari was particularly noteworthy, as were the chicken wings. And the sushi was good, too.

The restaurant was full, and the servers were working really hard to keep up, so I have no complaints about the service. The hot orders were a bit long getting to the table though. As far as ambience, it wasn't great. I also found grease on my plate and a bit of sauce on my napkin before the food arrived. That was kinda gross...

Overall, I would say this place is good value for the money if you aren't too picky. It brings back happy memories of Bino's, and its a lot closer to home than Richmond Sushi :) .

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X-Site Grill and Bistro4625 Hastings St., Burnaby
Great experience
Submitted Friday, May 12, 2006 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

I finally found my coupon book, and so it was time to give X-site a try. I’ve read the reviews here, and I was excited to try this place. I had a calamari appy and a classic burger. My wife had the prawn alfredo.

The calamari was not greasy, and was not overdone. The classic burger was a char-broiled masterpiece, and was juicy and satisfying. I thought the spuds were a nice change from the usual fries, and the salad was tasty. Most places treat a salad like an afterthought. Not here. Alas, the prawn alfredo as a bit of a disappointment. There were few prawns to be seen, and the sauce was bland and watery. Next time we will try one of ther other pasta dishes. They had Long Island iced tea on special, and they were powerful but not overwhelming. My wife had the regular iced tea, and we were surprised to find that refills are not free. That seems a little cheap.

The restaurant has quite a funky ambience, and the service was great. Example: As I was waiting for the bill, I was thinking how great a glass of water would be, and the waitress appeared suddenly and put it on the table. That has never happened to me at any restaurant. Little things like that really make a difference. There is a mixed North Burnaby crowd, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. This is a great place to have a relaxing meal.

I will be back since they have steak and beer specials on Mondays.

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Sui Sha Ya Japanese Restaurant4820 Kingsway, #236, Burnaby
Rather Gross
Submitted Sunday, May 7, 2006 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

I almost didn't write this review because I was ashamed to have paid for a meal at this dump.

I went here last month for the AYCE sushi despite howls of protest from Mrs. Chasiubow. I should have listened to her. I have never given such a low rating but the restaurant was filthy, there were little flies buzzing around (and one in my California roll), and the sushi was quite bad. The servers were indolent, and the food was so badly prepared it must have been on purpose. I felt sick when I was driving home. Eat elsewhere. You have been warned.

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Congee Noodle House141 E Broadway, Vancouver
Good Congee
Submitted Saturday, May 6, 2006 - 12:42am [Dine in]

I went here with some friends and had the fish congee, which was really good. Most places overdo the fish or ruin the congee. In this case, the congee was just right (not too salty or bland), and the fish was perfect. The gai-lan with garlic was well prepared, and the pepper beef was okay. I found the service to be a bit negligent, but a waive and an "um goy" got things moving.

Sadly they only have the sweet Chinese doughnuts, not the much better plain ones (yau za gwai).

My wife is a hardcore HK diner and is the real expert, and she said it was all pretty good.

Congee is the ultimate comfort food. You can find it here.

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Rebar50 Bastion Square, Victoria
Tasty Vegetarian is Possible
Submitted Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 8:10pm [Dine in]

Tasty vegetarian food. A huge menu variety with daily specials, and I actually liked it, despite being a carnivore. I really thought the juices were outstanding. They are the whole reason to go. Strongly recommended.

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Ogden Point Cafe199 Dallas Road, Victoria
Convenient Noshing
Submitted Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 8:05pm [Dine in]

Only a 2 minute walk from Helijet, and right at the Ogden Point Dive Centre, beside the cruise ship port, this place is a good spot to go when you are hungry and in a hurry.

The salmon roll (a kind of flaky sausage roll but with salmon) is very tasty, and the vegetarian lasagna is pretty good. They have lots of interesting food, including diabetic cheesecake. I like sugar, so I didn't try it. A good selection of coffees.

Always crowded with seniors at lunchtime. I guess they are cruise ship passengers bored with the buffet. This place is like Breadgarden if they served good food. Worth a try...

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Steamrollers1455 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Burrito por favor!
Submitted Wednesday, May 3, 2006 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

Steamrollers seems pretty consistent across the various locations. I have tired all but the Fairview one. My favorite thing on the menu is the deluxe beef. It always satisfies. The super-deluxe is a bit too much. I mean it has carrots. Carrots? That's just wrong.

The previous reviewer is dead on when he says you have to go wet. The best thing about the Lonsdale location is I never have to wait in line. Strongly recommended.

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Honolulu Cafe4288 Main, Vancouver
What a meal deal!
Submitted Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

Since Hawker's Delight was closed (because it was Sunday) I nipped across the street and headed over to Honolulu. The place didn’t look like much. Also, the restaurant was crowded and there was a gigantic lineup. I was lucky to get in just before the rush really got started. After my meal, I know why people were willing to wait.

They had a sizzling plate for 10 bucks with 2 meat or seafood items, and I went for the steak and eel. My wife had the chicken steak (not sizzling), and my 3 friends had various sizzling plates. Each sizzling plate meal came with soup, garlic bread, veggies, baked potato and a choice of spaghetti or rice. Also included was a piece of strawberry mousse cake. That is a lot of food for the money!

We started with a snack sized (i.e. 6 pieces) chicken wings. They were breaded and deep fried, and not oily. A first-rate appetizer.

The steak was a good size and cooked to a proper medium. It was not over-marinated as is often the case in HK Chinese restaurants. The BBQ eel was juicy and tender. I was disappointed that the borscht was sold out, so I got the seafood cream soup. It was okay, but nothing to write home about. My friends had the prawns which were big and tasty, and salmon which was seared, not dry. As for the chicken steak, it was pan-fried and lightly breaded. The baked potatoes and side veggies were fresh and full of flavor.

We tried the various sauces that come with the sizzling plates, from gravy sauce to garlic to pepper, and all were good. No MSG that I could detect.

The dessert cake was fresh and delicious, and had a mango sauce drizzled on and a dollop of whipped cream. Good presentation! I was so full at that point I had to force myself to eat the dessert.

HK is full of little neighbourhood cafes that serve set dinners, and there are lots of clones here in Vancouver, but this one stands out. I left with a satisfied belly and money in my wallet. How good is that?

Ho Mei! Ho Peng!

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Himalaya Restaurant6587 Main St., Vancouver
Solid
Submitted Saturday, April 29, 2006 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

I usually got to All India Sweets (practically next door) but when the AIS lineup is crazy long, Himalaya is my next choice. After all, I don't want to look for parking again. I’ve had a la carte dishes here (The fish pakora is tasty) but never tried the buffet before today. For $9.99 you get the meat (i.e. full) buffet, and for $7.99 just the veggie buffet.

The butter chicken was average good, and so was the chicken vindaloo. The lentils, peas, and other veggie dishes were similarly good, as was the basmati rice. The naan bread was average. I had a lassi, which was slightly better than average.

The desserts were kind of greasy, and not so good at the end of a meal.

Overall, I would say this place is about what you would expect. Not fancy, and not the worst. If you want to eat a lot and you aren’t a gastronome, this is the place. If you are particular, it is not for you.

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White Tower Restaurant1359 Robson Street, Vancouver
Good Eats
Submitted Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

This place has been around for years, and I go when I am in the mood for some lamb and people watching. The food is consistently good. Not great, but pretty good. The service varies as the staff constantly changes. I find the drinks are a little pricey for this class of restaurant. They do a decent Gyro here and the daily specials are okay.

A reliable restaurant when you are hungry on Robson.

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Primo Gelato1311 Robson Street, Vancouver
So So
Submitted Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 9:54pm [Dine in]

I went to Primo after dinner the other night because I was attracted by the big Illy coffee sign. I foolishly had the gelato instead of the tasty Illy Italian roasted coffee. Both the chocolate banana and the strawberry gelato were quite bad. The chocolate banana had no flavour, and the strawberry tasted like citrus, not like any kind of berry found in Nature. The cone was neither good nor bad.

If I had gone to Mondo gelato instead (across Robson Street), I would have gotten something a lot better. What was I thinking?

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