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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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Displaying 121 - 140 of 675 Reviews Found
Helen's Grill & Restaurant4102 Main, Vancouver
not the greatest
Submitted Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 6:21pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were shopping for radio parts in the area and we decided to give this place a try. We both love diner food, and Helen's sure looked like a retro place. Inside was like a time warp back to the '70s. Sadly it looked like that was the last time they did any renos on the place. Everything was worn out and the w/c was just plain nasty. Service was okay, so no complaints there. We shared a club sandwich, onion rings, and some coffees. The food was neither great nor gawdawful, but the price was higher than many similar diners in town.

We won't be back.

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Maxim's Bakery4800 Kingsway, #161, Burnaby
cakes and buns
Submitted Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 12:08am [Dine in]

The title tells the whole story. This place sells cakes and buns. The difference is that they are really good and fresh. On today's trip, I got chasiubow (of course) curry beef buns, a cream bun and some of the famous Maxim's cheesecake. All were terrific, although I have noticed a bit of price increase over the years. Service was decent enough, although no one seemed to respect the "take a number" tape at the entrance.

The whole place is clean and the delicious bakery aroma makes it hard to think straight... Today I saw one little tyke scurrying around and pounding on the glass display cases and demanding one of everything from his mum. I totally understood his emotions. Luckily, Mrs. C shares my bakery affection, so she will surprise me with cheesecake when I have been a good boy.

My only complaint is that the tuna danish looks like gao see, and they should sell the normal tuna buns. Other than that, it is bakery bliss.

Recommended.

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U-Grill4820 Kingsway, #312, Burnaby
always busy
Submitted Friday, May 8, 2009 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

A previous reviewer (bc) recommended this place so I knew it was a good choice. U-Grill always seems to have a huge lineup, and there is a good reason. The food is cheap(ish) and fresh. Last visit I had random veggies, the marinated chicken, and rice. Like one previous reviewer, I am not crazy about the sauces, but they are there if you want them added. It was less than 15 bucks to feed a big hungry guy and since you can put lots of veggies in you can buy off the food court guilt by telling yourself it is a healthy choice. Service is okay, but you can tell the preparers wish they had done something else with their lives. Ambiance is pure food court. It is also clean enough. As for queue jumpers, I just step on their feet :).

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Curry Express4820 Kingsway, #352, Burnaby
okay for what it is
Submitted Friday, May 8, 2009 - 9:01pm [Dine in]

I was in murdertown watching a movie and I was so outraged by the price of movie snacks that I decided to eat after the show instead of during...Luckily the food court was nearby. This place does fast food Indian, and I have had positive experiences at their other locations. This time I had the butter chicken on rice and a couple of samosas. The BC was nothing to write home to Delhi about and was a little on the pricey side. Points off for that. The samosas were much better and a good deal at a buck a piece. They even had some complimentary chutney for my samosas. Service was okay but unremarkable, and the ambiance was pure chaos, but totally normal for the food court. I will be back next time I am in the 'hood.

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Costco Restaurant605 Expo Blvd., Vancouver
patio dining?
Submitted Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 7:42pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I found ourselves at Costco and we wanted to get some food to take home to eat while watching hockey. Surprisingly, the place was deserted, so there was no lineup. Ambiance was good compared to other Costco locations. The place was reasonably clean, and the tables were arranged in neat rows to increase efficiency. This restaurant has one other virtue: You don't need to fish out your card in order to get in since there is direct street access to the restaurant. That's right, all you non-members can eat without buying a membership!

Service was perfunctory as usual, and alas they do not sell the ribs at this location. Luckily they had the Angus burger, so we got a couple of those and enough fries to feed a whole village along with the usual vats of iced tea. All were tasty and a terrific value. There is a giant roll-up door that exposes one side of the restaurant, so you can watch the passing parade of cops and scruffians along the boulevard. If you are heading to GM Place or stepping on the nearby Skytrain, it is worth a try.

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Sunrise Pizza949 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
more than 'za
Submitted Monday, May 4, 2009 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were looking for chow on the Drive when we spotted SP. The place looked clean inside although the decor was a little bit dated. Service was fine throughout the meal, and the prices were decent. I had a roast lamb, which was a belly-busting portion of lamb with rice, potato, salad, and fluffy pita bread. My beloved dining partner had a spinach pie and a salad, also with the uber-fluffy pita. The food was better than expected and quite tasty.

We will return soon.

Recommended.

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Gelateria Garda1187 Denman Street, Vancouver
good gelato, fix everything else
Submitted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 7:15pm [Dine in]

I was strolling in the WE when I spotted this place on Denman. It looked dirty and dark inside, but I could see gelato on display so I scampered in anyway. The server was busy discussing life with a customer so I had plenty of time to peruse the menu. I was going to have a sundae, but at six and a half bucks it seemed kinda steep. I decided to get a gelato on a waffle cone instead. It was $4.50 for the small, which was also too expensive, but there were no cheaper options in the store.

After a long wait for my turn, I got my little cone and left the premises. The gelato was good enough, but I could have had the same for less anywhere in the neighborhood without all the trouble. I won't be back until these guys get their act together.

Can't recommend.

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Yummy Yummy Sushi4152 Hastings Street, Burnaby
decent sushi
Submitted Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 11:08pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were with the usual dinner gang and we decided to try this place based on the strong review below. The restaurant didn't look like much, and could have beeen a bit cleaner. Service was okay throughout the meal, but we had to remind the server to bring part of our order. The price was quite cheap, so that was a plus. We had a selection of sushi, both nigiri and roll, some gyoza, and mixed tempura. I agree that the tempura is good here. The sushi was also pretty good for the money, although the gyoza was a bit of a disappointment.

You could do worse.

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Costco Restaurant7423 King George Highway, Surrey
burgers!
Submitted Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

I was in the middle of a Surrey safari when I saw Costco and decided to get a bite to eat. The ambiance was somewhat dirty, but they had plastic tables where you can eat your chow and it is Costco not le Crocodile...

Service was somewhat impersonal, but it is a big box store after all. I was amazed to see they offer the 1/4 pound Angus burger with fries and drink combo. I asked why they have this and the clerk said it is because they don't sell ribs. Don't people here eat pork? Whatever the reason, I seized the opportunity and ordered the combo. The burger was huge and juicy and the fries were tasty and crispy. I (almost) couldn't finish. As for value, it was super-cheap. I wouldn't come all the way out here just to eat, but if I am in Surrey again I will definitely stop in for a beefy experience.

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Maxim's Bakery10153 King George Hwy, #152, Surrey
tasty oasis
Submitted Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 6:21pm [Dine in]

I was craving Chinese bakery and Surrey isn't exactly ground zero, so I was thrilled to find a Maxim's in the Central City Mall. I scampered in and bought some of the delicious curry beef turnovers and of course I also got some of the signature Maxim's cheese cake. Service was okay and the whole place was clean. As for value, I think they are very competitive. Flavor-wise, it's Maxim's. What more need I say? Yum!

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Big Orange10153 King George Highway, #1142, Surrey
deception
Submitted Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

I was in Surrey exploring the big mall when I spotted the BO and decided to get some BBT. They advertise $2.50 BBT, but a quick look at the menu and a query to the counter person revealed that they do not sell any of the $2.50 brew. Okay I thought, I will get some coconut milk tea. It was a rip off at $3.75 w/o pearls, but I was thirsty and Surrey has few choices for BBT. It tasted okay but it was loaded with way too much ice, so points off.

Service was acceptable, the place was nice and new, and the whole mall looked clean, but I couldn't stop thinking how I was fleeced by these guys. As I was leaving the mall I noticed the nearby supermarket with the letters T&T in their name had BBT for less money anyway...

I won't be back.

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Roundel Cafe2465 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
a different diner
Submitted Friday, April 24, 2009 - 9:20pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were on the prowl and we decided to try this place since we both like diner food. The ambiance was clean-ish (including the w/c) but kind of rough looking, and I am sort of sorry I got a glimpse of the kitchen. They have a very extensive menu for breakfast/lunch, but after 4pm the choices are quite limited. I had a Cobb burger, which was basically a chicken, bacon and blue cheese sandwich, accompanied by fried potatoes and a salad. The cheese overpowered the other flavours, and I have to say I was not very impressed. My beloved dining companion had a tuna wrap with salad, which was reported to be good. We also had some R&B beer which was something different, and not too pricey. Service was good, and the server (Sergio) was kind of like what I imagine the son of the character Manuel from Fawlty Towers would be like :). As for value it was no bargain, but nobody gasped when the bill came.

An okay experience, but one I am not anxious to repeat. There was nothing special here.

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Azia990 Smithe Street, Vancouver
a little of everything
Submitted Friday, April 24, 2009 - 9:08pm [Dine in]

I was in the DT and searching for lunch when I stumbled on this place. The ambiance was quite nice and clean and had a modern feel. There are display versions of the daily specials at the front so you can see what to eat. I went for the Singapore Laksa which was a small portion but was big on taste (Mrs. C recommended it so it must be good). Service was okay and the price was less than I had feared, but still not cheap. The good thing about this place is they have lots of choices and the menu is sort of pan-Asian. I will be back for more.

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Cheers Restaurant125 E 2nd Street, North Vancouver
cheap
Submitted Monday, April 20, 2009 - 9:48pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were in search of chow on the North Shore and since our original choice was not open yet (despite a glowing review on this site), we headed down the street to Cheers. This place does a huge business as a banquet hall and meeting place for the various service clubs in town. This time the Rotary were having their weekly meeting upstairs. The restaurant below was far less busy. There was a sea of empty tables, and the buffet was not open. We were greeted by a friendly server and seated in the vast emptiness of the dining room. I have to say the place was really beat up inside, but it seemed reasonably clean. The menu featured some really cheap food, including the all-day 5 dollar big breakfast. We went for burgers combos instead (at 6 bucks each) and I ordered a bacon wrapped scallop appy. The appetizer was burnt and looked like something left over from the freezer section of the local supermarket. It was awful, so points off. The burgers on the other hand were pretty good. The fries I had with mine deserve special mention.

So some good, some bad. I see the previous reviewer had the breakfast. A courageous move. I am not that brave, and I will stick to the burgers from now on...

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Costco Restaurant3550 Brighton Avenue, Burnaby
what, no tofu salad?
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 8:55pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were sneaking some friends into the Costco to do some shopping, and despite the generous food samples all over the store, we were still hungry. It was that kind of day. The food area was not as nice or as big as other locations, but they had all the menu favorites. One weird thing was the w/c's were in a trailer at the front entrance and the old w/c had disappeared. They were clean enough but I thought the old washroom was just fine, and less drafty.

Service was the usual impersonal exchange of currency for food, but at least the lineup was short. The only reasons to eat here are the huge portions and the cheap prices. In that regard, Costco did not disappoint. We had the jumbo cholesterol hot dog and big beverage, and a slice of the artery-clogging meat pizza. Both were tasty and hot (the drinks not the solids) and the portions were enough to make us wish we had shared one item. As for price, cheap is an understatement. We were really full, and decided on the spot that we were going to have a light dinner tonight. My only (albeit minor) regret was that there was no healthy choice, but I doubt Costco attracts that demographic. Speaking for myself, I can say that I do not own a yoga mat...

A good choice since it is ALWAYS better to shop when you aren't hungry.

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Nancy Wonton House5257 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
decent cafe
Submitted Monday, April 13, 2009 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I met some friends for an afternoon snack at this place and we had an okay experience. The restaurant was reasonably clean, including the tiny w/c. Service was a little bit slow which was a bit of a letdown. The food was good though, and the prices were decent. We had fish congee with Chinese doughnut, potstickers, chow mein noodles, and fried rice noodles with soy sauce. We also had some decent dong cafe (iced coffee).

All in all it was decent snackage, but they need to improve the service.

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Kawa Bakery5095 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
nice bakery
Submitted Monday, April 13, 2009 - 4:59pm [Dine in]

After a light dim-sum meal nearby I was craving bakery when I spotted this place. They have a decent selection of cakes and they also do dim-sum takeout (both at room temperature and frozen). This time I went with a half dozen pieces of cake to go (since I wanted to share with Mrs. Chasiubow). The cake was quite tasty and the price was right. Plus the place was reasonably clean and the service was good. What more could you ask for?

Recommended.

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Sunflowers Cafe5125 Joyce Street, Vancouver
slushy
Submitted Monday, April 13, 2009 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

I was in the 'hood and craving BBT when I spotted this place. It was a little bit dark and dirty inside, but the servers were friendly and efficient, and the prices were pretty good. I had a tangerine slushy which cost $3.50, and was quite tasty. They have a very extensive menu and I will definitely return to try out some of the other BBT flavors.

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Chili Garden4186 Main Street, Vancouver
not again
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 11:53pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I went to the CG based on the strong reviews below. The meal was fine except for one small issue. The restaurant was very nice inside and looked clean. Service was good but not fast, and the manager seemed like a friendly person. As for price, it was pretty good. We ordered a variety of dishes including golden bags (like a spring roll except shaped like little sacs), beef panang, and chef's special fried rice. All the food was very tasty, although the golden bags were slightly overcooked. The panang was particularly tasty with just the right amount of spiciness, and a thick coconut curry sauce. Unfortunately for me I found something terrible in the panang. I reported it to the manager, who gave me 10% off. That was nice, but the meal was ruined. Too bad since up until my awful discovery the meal was excellent (which is why I still gave the food a "2"). Not their fault, but I won't be back.

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Muffin Delight123 Carrie Cates Court, Unit 108, North Vancouver
mostly muffins
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

I was in the LQ and looking for snacks when I spotted this nice-looking kiosk in the chaos of the Quay. It looked clean enough and the staff were friendly. This place does mostly muffins, and they had lots of varieties, but I am all about the doughnuts. There were fewer choices in that department. I went with a chocolate dip and it was very tasty. The downside was that it cost more than a dollar w/tax. Ouch! That was was way too much considering that cheaper doughnuts at Timmy Ho's and IGA are only a block away.

Probably a good option for the tourists :)

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