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chasiubowNorth VanSince January 18, 2006675 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (2.9)
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Green Leaf Natural Food Bubble Tea5756 Fraser Street, Vancouver
bubble tea break
Submitted Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

I was craving a BBT when I spotted this place near Fraser and 41st, so I scampered in for a beverage. Despite the name I didn't see much in the way of natural foods, but I think they had an impressive selection of bubble teas. The place was big but not very clean. Service was great, and the counter guy actually said "Enjoy your beverage sir". That was a first. I had a banana and strawberry fresh fruit tea, which was a little steep at $3.75, but was well-prepared and tasted good. I will probably return if I am nearby.

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Samurai Sushi on Fraser6428 Fraser Street, Vancouver
big
Submitted Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were craving sushi and we decided to give this place a try based on the solid reviews below. The restaurant was very simply decorated, but it was clean, including the unisex w/c. Service was fast and friendly, which was a change from some of the other Samurai locations. We ordered a variety of sushi including Cali roll, salmon and tuna roll, beef teriyaki roll, and some assorted sashimi. We also had some tasty miso soup. All the sushi and sashimi pieces were huge, and it was also quite fresh. Plus it was crazy cheap. We ate well for 17 bucks. Wow! Okay, so it wasn't fine dining, but for the price who cares?

Recommended.

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Cafe Crema1495 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver
coffee break
Submitted Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 7:25pm [Dine in]

After a chilly stroll in WestVan, I needed a coffee. This place looked inviting enough, and as a previous reviewer remarked they have wi-fi (although I couldn't get my iPhone to tune in). After a brief inner debate I settled on a cup of drip Colombian and a cookie. Both were just fine but a little pricey. Service was okay too. No smile, but I suspect the server wanted to be outside. This place has a nice ambiance, and next time I will spend a little more time in there, if only to get my wi-fi on...

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TCBY1503 Bellevue Ave, West Vancouver
ice cream weather
Submitted Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 7:19pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were out and about and we thought it was almost warm enough for TCBY. We were at this location in the winter and it was a ghost town. This time there was a lineup out the door. The place is kind of plain inside, but it is all about function not frippery (I have been waiting most of my life to use that word in a sentence :). Service was good under the circumstances. They really needed extra help, but the server was doing her best.

We ordered a waffle cone with golden vanilla and banana/macadamia. The yogurt tasted fine, and for three and a half bucks it was decent value for the size of the cone. If only it was warmer it would have been a perfect experience.

Recommended.

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Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant8380 Lansdowne Road, #110, Richmond
shanghai dangerous
Submitted Saturday, April 4, 2009 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I recently got back from a trip to China, and we were anxious to compare the food at this place to what we had in Shanghai. We made a reservation and invited the usual weekend dinner gang. We had a little trouble finding parking, but that was okay since there was no table ready at our reservation time. My companions waited in the restaurant lobby, and I did some orbits until I got a space for the Chasiucruiser. While my companions were being seated, a waitress slipped on the wet floor next to our table. She hit the floor hard and stayed down. Mrs. C and the manager helped the stunned server get back on her feet, but her night was over.

Except for the slippery floor, the restaurant looked nice and safe. The place was quite full, and we were looking forward to a big meal. Our replacement server was attentive enough, so no worries there. We never saw the injured server again after her rendezvous with the hardwood floor... I hope she was okay.

We ordered a set dinner with pork hock, Shanghai noodles, lettuce wrap, Peking duck, bean curds with bean, soup, jellyfish and pork, some soup, and cold lamb slices. Of course we also had xiao long bao. All the food arrived all at once, which was fine by us. The set dinner for four probably could have comfortably fed six people. We were enjoying our dinner when I felt something odd in my mouth as I was gobbling some Shanghai noodles. I pulled out a piece of metal wire that was in my food. After a brief inspection by everyone at the table, we reported this to the manager. "Oh, sorry", he said. Okay, I thought, this could happen anywhere. We all avoided the noodles, but decided to carry on with the rest of the food. After all, what were the chances of finding more metal in anything? A short time later one of my companions gave a little yelp and produced a jagged piece of broken hard plastic from the pork hock dish. It was about the size of a quarter. After a brief period of shocked silence, we once again summoned the manager. He was nice about it and offered us an upgraded dessert for our trouble. By this time nobody was very hungry. I will say the dessert was tasty. It was red bean puffs, something I have never tried. Despite the dessert it is fair to say that our dinner was officially ruined.

I would have to say this was the most unlucky meal we have ever had. I don't think this sort of negligence was intentional, but when I take my friends out for a meal we want dinner, not danger. With so many safer alternatives out there, we won't be coming back.

Can't recommend.

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Taste of Hon's551 Seymour Street, Vancouver
taste of snacks
Submitted Saturday, April 4, 2009 - 5:55pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were in the DT feasting our eyes on the new convention centre, and we decided to have a snack at the TOH. The (empty) restaurant was clean and modern looking inside (including the w/c) and kind of like a Korean Earl's. I am told by my beloved dining companion that this place is not owned by the other Hon's. That would explain the entirely different menu, etc.

We had milk teas (3 bucks plus a half a buck for pearls or jelly) and something called Arh-loo Katalate, which was a deep fried potato ball with a little meatball in the center. It came with some hot sauce. Normally I never order anything with the word "loo" in it, but I was intrigued. Despite the crazy name, it tasted good. The BBT was from a mix, and was okay for the price.

Service was good enough, and for some reason there was an older white guy acting as maître d'. Not sure if he was official or just volunteering for tips...
My only quibble was the location of the w/c's. They were located at the end of a rat maze at the back and would be a definite security issue for the ladies.

Okay for snacks.

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9th Avenue Grill On Howe1060 Howe Street, Vancouver
okay for travelers
Submitted Friday, April 3, 2009 - 6:44pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C came back from a lunch at this place and so I decided to try it so I wouldn't miss out. It was an okay experience. This location is situated at the Bossman Hotel, so it does double-duty as a hotel cafe and restaurant for the locals. The interior is simply decorated and clean including the w/c. BTW, you need a key so plan ahead if you feel the need...

Service was good throughout the meal. The friendly manager appears to also be a waiter. He also seemed to recognize repeat customers. As for the food it was okay, but nothing special. My beloved spouse said the Caesar chicken wrap was good, but I was in the mood for the triple grilled cheese which had (you guessed it) 3 cheeses. It was okay. As for value, it was good for downtown.

See for yourself.

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Dragon Palace45 8th Street, New Westminster
okay dim sum
Submitted Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 10:15pm [Dine in]

I went to dim sum with my beloved spousal dining partner plus a couple of friends. It was an okay experience. The restaurant itself was simply decorated and seemed clean enough, including the w/c. Service was adequate and I had no issues there. As for the food, it was okay, but nothing special. We had the usual dim-sum favorites plus a couple of extras, which are ordered from a paper checklist. No carts in this place. I thought the green tea sesame balls were good, as were the Shanghai dumplings.

Two things really stood out for our group. First, this place was way quieter than dim sum restaurants in Richmond, for example. Second, I thought there were lots of choices on the menu, including some you don't see at many restaurants. That was a nice change.

My generous friends picked up the tab so I am not sure what the total was. According to the menu, the dim sum items are in the $2.50 - $4.50 range depending on what you order.

Overall a decent if unspectacular experience. Try it for yourself if you are nearby.

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Inn Cogneato1633 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
the inn is open
Submitted Saturday, March 28, 2009 - 10:20pm [Dine in]

Mrs. Chasiubow was reading the North Shore News and saw an article saying that Inn Cogneato had re-opened at a new location. This place used to be on Lonsdale and was quite well known. Suddenly we had dinner plans.

The new digs are closer to the the Lion's Gate bridge. The restaurant is clean looking, and there is plenty of parking at the adjacent motel. It is also about half the size of the old location. They have a patio so there will be more breathing room when summer arrives. The same guy (David Hossini) is running the place, so the menu is similar to the old place, with big portions and reasonable prices. Service was good, but they really need more staff to meet the customer demand.

We had a spinach salad which was big enough for 3 people, and ground beef kebabs. They meal came with basmati rice, baked tomato, and ciabatta bread. The potions were so big we had a doggy bag to take home. I found the kebabs a little too smokey for my taste, but they were meaty and juicy.

A decent meal and not too pricey.

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Fresh Slice4140 Hastings, Burnaby
lawrence of burnaby
Submitted Saturday, March 28, 2009 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were craving some pizza and we decided to check this place out based on the strong review below. Plus we had a coupon. The restaurant was nice and new, it looked clean, and there was seating for those who were so inclined. We did takeout, and the counter staff seemed friendly enough. As an added bonus the pizza was ready in 10 minutes. We had the Super-Hawaiian pizza, and it was a great deal for eleven and a half bucks for the extra-large. They call it an extra large, but I noted the menu lists the pizza sizes as small, medium and extra-large. If you want just large, then too bad :).

The pizza had big chunks of ham and pineapple, and two kinds of cheese on top. It tasted fine and all seemed well until a few hours after dinner. My beloved pie-eating companion awoke in the middle of the night and complained of intense thirst. I was also experiencing a Lawrence of Arabia moment by way of the salty desert on my tongue. Between extra-large mugs of water we speculated on whether or not they put MSG in the pizza. The pizza box declares the contents to be "Fresh! Healthy! Low Fat!" I must respectfully disagree with the claim that this is health food.

Sure it may be low fat, but low sodium? I think not.

From now on I will get my pizza pies elsewhere.

Can't recommend.

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Sen Sushi1855 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver
decent cheap sushi
Submitted Friday, March 27, 2009 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I just got back from a big trip to China and we were craving sushi because it is difficult to find a decent sushi joint in Nanjing, for example...

Sen was very plain looking and rather tiny inside, but the place seemed clean enough and the server/manager was super friendly and efficient. The menu was quite extensive, and the prices were unbelievably low. This place seemed to do mostly takeout, but we sat in. The restaurant closes at 8:30 pm most nights and it is not a spot for a midnight snack.

We had a variety of sushi including a decent spicy tuna roll, Cali roll, nigiri sushi, etc. We accompanied it with miso soup and some teriyaki chicken and shrimp which were quite tasty. I would say the sushi was pretty good, but not life-changing. That said, we found the food to be much better than other places we have visited in this price range.

I would definitely return for more!

Recommended.

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Triple Coconut Tree4126 Hastings St, Burnaby
go for pho
Submitted Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 8:45pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were cruising Hastings in search of pho and we saw TCT across from the Liquor Barn. I'm not sure how long the place has been in business, but it was the first time we noticed it. As a previous reviewer remarked, it has lots of wood paneling inside, and the usual fittings for a pho joint. I did note that it was clean including the reasonably hygienic w/c. There were lots of patrons so it is fair to say it is popular with the locals.

Service was good, and they speak Cantonese in case that is an incentive for you. We ordered the Vietnamese spring rolls and two large-sized bowls of beef pho. The spring rolls were very tasty and not greasy at all. They seemed a little spicy, which was unusual. The pho was great, and I did detect an unusual flavor there too, but I did not experience any MSG. I think it was something added to the beef stock, like maybe taro.

As for value, we ate well for 17 bucks. Can't beat that.

Good pho and very cheap.

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Whole Foods Market925 Main Street, West Vancouver
healthy pizza?
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 7:27pm [Dine in]

I was in West Van looking for bargains when hunger called. I was near the WFM, and sought subsistence within. The place had a combination of supermarket items and hot food takeout. I was impressed by the dessert bar and the variety of hot food and salads available. This time I decided on a piece of pizza and an iced mocha. The mocha was just over 4 dollars which is average, but the pizza was three and a half bucks for a little slice. Sure it was the "chef's special combo" but in reality it was a slice with sausage and pepper and a few leaves of something green on top. It was smaller and less satisfying than what you get at the 99 cent slice places downtown, but I was in tony West Van after all.

The store had nice ambiance for a supermarket and the staff were friendly enough, but the overall price seemed a little steep for what I got. Of course it came from WFM, so it was probably good for me. For the money I sure hope so.

Good for the 'la de da' crowd.

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Presto Cucina2272 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
no surprises
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 11:29pm [Dine in]

I was out with my beloved Mrs. Chasiubow and a couple of friends and we were craving something vaguely Italian. PC had what we wanted. This place was a little different than the West Van location. Here they actually had servers to take your order at the table rather than at the front counter like in West Van. As the manager exclaimed, "That wouldn't fly here". Bravo I say!

The restaurant was comfortable and clean, including the spotless w/c. Service was great, with multiple quality checks and friendly staff. They had a special on spaghetti and meatballs for two with garlic bread sticks and a half litre of wine for 25 bucks. We added a Caesar for 5 bucks more and we had a feast. Our friends had seafood fettuccine and lasagna with salad. All the food was good, with generous portion sizes. Okay so it wasn't real Italian, but we sort of expected that before we arrived.

We left with full bellies and a pleasant wine buzz. Overall a decent if unspectacular experience. Try it for yourself.

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Whole Foods Market2285 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
dessert
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 11:10pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were out with some friends and we were craving dessert. We saw Capers and in we went. Normally I reject Capers as a pretentious, vegan, Birkenstock stronghold, but Mrs. C said they had cake. Worked for me.

The place is, quite frankly, a supermarket, but they have a deli and dessert counter. Is was clean and the tree-hugging staff were friendly enough. I went with a carrot cake slice for 3 bucks and accompanied it with a cup of coffee. I shared with my dessert partner. Our friends shared a chocolate cheese cake and a latte. Both were great, and the portions were big. There is a large seating area where the friends of the earth can gather and eat their organic fare. I saw one tie-dyed mother feeding her baby the natural way between gulps of herb tea, but I averted my eyes since I am a little bit traditional in that regard.

All in all a good experience, although I couldn't find any place to recycle my plastic fork.

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Sciue800 W. Pender St, #110, Vancouver
good n' quick
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 12:31am [Dine in]

That's their motto, and they live up to it. On a recent chilly afternoon I wandered in here for a latte. They also have pizza by the kilo. Last time I was in Rome I actually bought pizza this way. They hacked off a slice from the rectangle and I was off to the races. This time I was not as hungry, so I stuck to the coffee. It was good enough and only 3 bucks for a small one. Service was quick and professional too. It is a nice space, and it would be a good spot to linger and watch the traffic crawl by, except that it was super busy. I got the impression they want you to buy your food and move on. That was okay by me. Next time I will try some of the tasty pizza or maybe the panini.

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Westlynn Bakery1199 Lynn Valley Road, 130, North Vancouver
a bakery to be reckoned with
Submitted Friday, February 27, 2009 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

I am a regular customer at the WL Bakery. They have an amazing variety of tasty baked goods for sale, and my particular favorites are the pies. I am also partial to the pizza bagels and the tea biscuits, but the pies are the main attraction.

The apple pie is a sublime creation, with flaky crust and delicious fruity filling. In fact, all the fruit pies at WL are better than the monstrosities you can find at the local Safeway. IMHO the apple pie is surpassed only by the meat pies. For about 7 bucks you can get a chicken or beef pie which is enough to feed two hungry people. The fillings are excellent and packed with flavorful meat and gravy. I have also experimented with the quiche, which comes in 3 varieties, but I am always drawn back to the meat pies. I buy one about once or twice a month, and I am never disappointed.

Service is great, although they are often busy on weekends so the popular baked goods sell out fast. The bakery is also nice and clean, and the smell of baking is always intoxicating. It is not too expensive either.

Worth visiting if you are in the mall.

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Wok Box805 Boyd Street, Unit T115, New Westminster
trelane can't cook
Submitted Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

I usually agree heartily with the assertions of the previous esteemed reviewer, but this time I must differ (slightly). On a trip to find the 'perfect sport coat' Mrs. C and I found ourselves in the middle of a gigantic mall complex with rumbling bellies. We spotted WB, and I recalled the recent review of this place. In we went, ready to feast.

The manager greeted us with menus and a smile, so it was an auspicious beginning. The restaurant itself was nicely decorated and very clean, including the w/c. There seemed to be lots of images of the Buddha around which the decorator probably though would make the place look more Asian. I thought it was vaguely sacrilegious.

The WB is part of a new style of quick-serve restaurants where you order/pay at a front counter and then someone brings the food to your table. Ordering was easy enough, and I asked for an egg roll and a Singapore cashew stir fry on noodles, and my beloved dining companion had a beef teriyaki rice bowl. Sure enough the food was brought to us within mere minutes, but that is where things started to go sideways.

Service was fine, but the food was not exactly what we expected. I will say my eggroll was okay, but the stir fry was burnt and way too salty, and Mrs. C's rice bowl turned out to be a big soup bowl with two scoops of rice and a small portion of some unidentified cooked vegetable matter and a couple of tiny pieces of beef. Her meal had no flavor. Both of our entrees were very disappointing. We speculated that this is the kind "Asian cuisine" that a person who has never met an Asian or eaten Asian food of any kind would cook. I remember there was an episode of Star Trek (it was 'The Squire of Gothos' in case you were wondering) where Kirk and the gang were forced to eat a sumptuous meal made by an alien who only saw earth food through a super high powered telescope, and thought that this was sufficient knowledge to make dinner with... It was kind of like that.

I might be back, but I sincerely doubt it.

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Take 5 Cafe4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
2 bucks
Submitted Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 12:08am [Dine in]

A previous esteemed reviewer reported that this place had 2 dollar lattes, and I pshaw-ed in disbelief. On a recent trip to murdertown to buy shoes I spotted the T5 and decided to see for myself. Yes, they have a sign offering TWO BUCK lattes! I yelped with delight, and scampered over to get my fill. The kiosk was nice and modern looking and the servers were helpful. They even suggested a red latte for the same price, but I was looking for something a little less extreme. I went with the iced latte (same price) and felt both financially responsible and satisfied with my drink. Next time I am nearby I will be back for more. I may even treat Mrs. Chasiubow...

A good deal.

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Church's Chicken2304 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
decent for takeout
Submitted Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 11:55pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were passing near the PNE and looking for chow, and we decided to give CC another chance after a few disappointing meals at various locations. Last time we were at this particular store the place was scary and quite dirty, but they now seemed to have changed owners. The store was clean, the staff were friendly, and there were no weirdos hanging out there. To make a perfect storm of good foodservice, there was a special price for chicken. We had the 8 pieces for about 11 bucks, and we added an order of the much-coveted jalapeno cheese bombers. IMHO, CC makes the best chicken, and so it was great to find a location where I could get my fix without cause for anger or disgust.

Will it last? Who knows.

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