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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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Coral Court Szechuan Cuisine137 E 2 Street, North Vancouver
okay local spot
Submitted Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 12:08am [Dine in]

The usual weekend dinner gang met up for some Szechuan action at CC. Overall it was a good if not mind-blowing experience.

The restaurant itself was rather small, and the decoration was plain but acceptable. The linoleum floor mentioned in a previous review has apparently been replaced with a tasteful laminate floor covering. Alas, the fake flowers are still part of the decor. I noted that the whole place was clean including the rather tiny w/c. For those who might be unsure of what to order there were pictures of the various dishes and a list of daily specials.

Service was good throughout the meal, and the server was able to suggest house specialties as we made our selections. I did not see the dreaded green eye shadow lady, and our server was a friendly person who looked like someone's mum.

We ordered mu shu pork, chicken and onion hot pot (aka jie jie gai), tofu with mushrooms and snow peas, eggplant with chilies, and Szechuan green beans. We also had onion pancakes, both deep fried and steamed Chinese bread and some steamed rice. All the food was good, but the eggplant dish really stood out, as did the onion pancakes. As for value, it was about 15 bucks each including tip, which was quite cheap.

A good meal at a decent price without any issues. We will be back soon.

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Yuko Maki1540 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
second encounter
Submitted Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 9:53pm [Dine in]

I was with Mrs. C and we wanted sushi. We decided to try this place based on our good experience last time. My extremely positive previous review disappeared, so I suppose I get another turn at bat. Just as well, since things have changed here.

The restaurant itself was clean enough, although the w/c could be better. The opening specials are finished now and the menu is at full price, but the place was still almost full. I ordered a variety of rolls, some nigiri sushi, and gyoza. My beloved dining companion had a combo. All the food was okay for the most part, but my entire order arrived several minutes before my hungry companion got any of her food. Luckily we (mostly) like the same things, so we could share my order while we waited for the rest of the food to arrive. One odd thing I noticed was that my tiny California roll was less than half the size a normal C-roll. I am not sure why.

The only big complaint was service. There were two servers on duty. The older and slightly shorter server was quick and courteous. The taller and younger server basically ignored our requests, including an order for sake which never arrived, and a heartfelt plea for a tea top-up which was unfulfilled. She also seemed unmoved by our request for the bill. Perhaps she was unhappy. I will split the difference on the service rating and call it 2 stars. As for value, it was not expensive so no complaints there.

I am sorry to report that the 'new restaurant' enthusiasm I experienced last month is long gone...

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Gogo Tea Cafe8788 McKim Way, #270, Richmond
weird
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were out with friends for a little BBT action and we had heard good things about this place. In we went ready for adventure. The interior was kind of like what people in the 1970's thought the future would look like, and it was kitschy if a little over the top. I thought the future would be a little cleaner, especially the w/c.

I was not aware of the cosplay angle, and to be honest I felt sorry for the servers who were being cruelly exploited. This particular night it was French maid outfits with boots. The servers seemed a little embarrassed, and we experienced the awkwardness noted by the previous reviewer.

This place had a decent section of food and bevvys, and we ordered accordingly. I had a pineapple and coconut frappé, another in our group had a cookies and cappuccino frappé, others had hot almond milk tea with jelly and coconut taro milk tea. Mrs. C had a red bean and tofu dessert. All were great, but I felt terrible about the degradations suffered by the staff.

As for value it was not cheap, but I guess the costumes and decor, not to mention the rent, are expensive.

Despite the decent food and drink I won't be back. It was just too offensive.

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Kelong Singapore Cuisine4800 N.3 Rd., #130, Richmond
inconsistent
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I took the usual weekend dinner gang for a meal at KSC hoping for some authentic Singapore cuisine. What we got was some good, some bad. The restaurant was simply (i.e. crappily) decorated and could be cleaner, especially the w/c. Service wasn't awful, but not attentive either. We had a few dishes including some rather stingy little satays, some creditable roti canai, good mee goreng, and some awful lemon chicken and eggplant with pork. There was also some tasty lamb curry. Like I said, some good, some bad. We accompanied the meal with steamed rice. As for value, it was not too expensive, but I would have paid extra to get better quality and consistency.

Considering that the place was almost empty at the Valentine's day dinner hour, I don't know how they can stay in business. And yet they endure. One of life's little mysteries...

We won't be back.

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Costco Restaurant4500 Still Creek Drive, Burnaby
bulk
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 11:03am [Dine in]

Costco has super sizes of everything. In fact on a recent visit Mrs. C kept taking items out of our cart and saying things like "Chasiu, it's too big!". I do often fantasize about taking home a 30 pack of Famous Amos, but I digress.

The fast food area is near the entrance, and there are hard plastic benches and tables with large umbrellas on top, all in a garish red and white motif. These are the Costco colors. Every surface has crumbs or sauce on it and no one seems to take a particular interest in cleanliness. Service is usually okay, but it can range from overly friendly to indifferent, depending on who is at the counter. If you are eating in a warehouse you shouldn't have high expectations.

The snack bar at Costco only has gigantor sizes. The 2 dollar hotdog is as long as a child's arm and comes with a vat of pop that will fill up even the biggest shoppers. Other items include poutine, pizza, ribs, ice cream, and other assorted delights. On our last visit Mrs. C ordered chicken fingers and I had ribs, both accompanied by about a pound of fries. We shared a drink, since it was big enough for two thirsty adults. The ribs were a lot better than the ones they sell in the store, and I asked the clerk if they have them in the frozen food section, but she didn't know. The chicken fingers were unremarkable. The fries were quite good, but WAY too much to finish in one sitting. As for value it was crazy cheap, but I guess they get a good wholesale price and pass the savings on. That's the Costco way.

Good if you want to build up a respectable jelly belly.

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Bubble Queen8888 Odlin Crescent, Unit 1200, Richmond
great bbt
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2009 - 11:47pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were out with friends and craving the BBT. Last time we dropped by BQ they were closed, and we were determined to check it out. The ambiance was functional but not fancy. It was clean although the w/c could be a little better.

Service was great and the counter person was very friendly and helped us choose from the huge menu of teas and snacks. I went with a fresh fruit strawberry milk tea slush which was cheap at $3.50, and I accompanied it with a bubble waffle. My beloved tea-buddy had ginger green tea, and our friends had a variety of teas including a cookies and cream milk tea which was reported to be amazing. I want to try that one next time.

I was really impressed with the quality of the beverages and the creative menu items. This place is on my list of 'go to' tea houses.

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Wo Fung4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
top wings
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2009 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

I was in the mall and I remembered the positive reviews for the crispy wings at this place. There was a big lineup and by the time I got to the counter they were out of the famous peppery deep fried wings. I got an order of the marinated wings instead and they were great. Tender and juicy and packed with flavor. Plus you get 8 for $3.75 which is a good (but not amazing) deal. Service was brisk and it was in a food court so average marks for service and ambiance.

Definitely worth it for the wing fans.

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Chen's Shanghai Kitchen8095 Park Rd, Richmond
good shanghainese
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2009 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were out with friends and craved Shanghainese food. CSK had the goods.

In the mall where this place is located parking is always an issue. After a few orbits we lucked out and got a spot within a reasonable distance of the restaurant. After a short hike we were inside just in time for our reservation. The restaurant itself was very simply decorated and was clean enough except for the scary w/c. It was extremely full and there was a gigantic lineup. That is always a good sign.

We ordered a variety of dishes including spicy cold beef appetizer, hot and sour soup, xiao long bao, a dumpling like xlb, but fried instead of steamed, Shanghai noodles, Szechuan green beans, both steamed and deep fried Chinese bread, eggplant with chilies, and an eel dish that is hard to describe. All were good, but the xlb was outstanding.

Service was just fine throughout the meal, and they did not rush us despite the lineup. As for value, it was not expensive. Our only complaint was that they don't serve beer. When you eat Shanghainese food, you need a cold beer to douse the flames and rinse the grease from your tongue. We made do with tea...

A good experience we will soon repeat.

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Akebono Sushi123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
good and fast
Submitted Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 7:02pm [Dine in]

I agree with the previous reviewer about this place. Service is always friendly, the place is clean, and of the countless times I have satisfied my Cali roll craving here I have never been disappointed. Plus the price is right. Opposite a bakery and near a noodle stall, it is easy to pass this place, but it is worth checking out.

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Toby's Teriyaki Bowl2671 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
call me smokey
Submitted Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were craving some teriyaki action and we tried this place based on the reviews below. When we arrived the restaurant was packed but we quickly got a table and commenced to order. I had a beef teriyaki combo which came with tempura, and I rounded out my meal with some gyoza and a small sake, which I shared with my beloved dining companion. The other half of the dining duo ordered sukiyaki don, which was beef with onion and egg on rice. Both meals also came with decent miso soup.

The food was pretty good, but it took forever to arrive, and there were no quality checks or tea top-ups. They need to work on their service. I was planning on trying some sushi, but it was overpriced so I gave it a miss. The big complaint was that the ventilation was quite poor, and our clothes reeked of smoke by the end of the meal. As for value, I rate it just average overall.

With a few tweaks this could be a good restaurant.

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Happy Date Restaurant8135 Park Road, Richmond
ghetto dining
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 8:27pm [Dine in]

I was with Mrs. C and some of the clan for a post CNY meal. January 7 (according to the lunar calendar) is everyone's Chinese birthday, and a good reason to go out for dinner. I found HD to have an incredibly crappy interior, and to be honest it could be a lot cleaner, but I wasn't the host so I awaited my fate.

The food was actually good, and that was a pleasant surprise. We had a lot of dishes, but I especially liked the oysters and pork tongue, egg tofu, sweet and sour pork, and spicy/salty deep fried squid. One unusual feature was that they let us bring a crab from the nearby fish market and only charged 5 bucks to steam it and serve it with melted butter sauce. Service was just fine, and when the bill came it was very cheap.

If only they would do an extreme reno this place could be terrific. In the meantime, wear old pants...

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Twinkle8580 Alexandra Road, Unit 1185, Richmond
BBT 4 me
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 8:14pm [Dine in]

I was in Ditchmond and craving BBT, when I spotted this place nestled in a strip mall. The interior was nicely decorated and clean including the w/c. Service was great and the server/manager had expert knowledge of the product. I was also impressed with the exotic flavours available in addition to the usual suspects. Since I was feeling conservative, I went with a papaya milk tea with coconut jelly. It was tasty, if a little expensive for my taste. Try it for yourself.

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Nathan's Grill6390 Darnley Street, Burnaby
a bad experience
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 12:38am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I invited some friends to join us on an excursion to try this out of the way restaurant, based on the positive revues below. It is located near the 8 Rinks and adjacent 3 soccer pitches in an industrial park. I think they do catering and run the restaurant as a side business.

The ambiance was rather plain, and we sat on folding chairs at a trestle table in the all black restaurant. I will say the place was clean enough, except for the w/c. Unfortunately for us the usually quiet venue was packed full of people watching ultimate fighting. Every seat in the house was full of young people who had apparently just reached legal drinking age, and who wanted to watch the bogus non-sport on the big TV's. To add further insult the restaurant sound system was cranked up to uber-loud in order to accentuate the fighting experience. I felt like my ears had the crap kicked out of them...

The menu had a combination of pub fare and some banquet-type dishes (they are primarily caterers) so we had an eclectic variety of meals. I went with the Nathan's burger, as did one of my friends, and the rest had the lamb shank, pork medallions, and chicken penne respectively. The overly dry burger was on a stale bun with a side of cremated french fries, and the lamb was similarly dessicated. The penne and the pork were reported to be okay. None of the other side dishes were worth mentioning. One bright spot was the cheap beer at $3.75 a pint for Canadian.

Service was fine throughout the meal, although the constant apologies by the servers for the one hour wait for our order to arrive were a poor substitute for prompt service from the kitchen. When the bill arrived we were informed that a mandatory 18% gratuity had been added because they had the ultimate fighting on the TV. That was the last straw. We paid and left with deafened ears and a bitter taste in our mouths.

We all agreed never to return.

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Domenico's5625 East Hasting Street, Burnaby
decent italian joint
Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 2:22pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were craving Italian, and we wanted to try a new place. This restaurant is on the edge of the highly competitive Hastings restaurant corridor in Burnaby. I think they more than hold their own with the competition.

The place was very clean and well-decorated, and they had a wood-fired pizza oven for those who like the pie. The menu had enough choices to satisfy but was not too big, so we were able to make our selections without getting a headache.... Service was good at the front end, but we found that the kitchen was really slow in filling orders. We shared a tomato and olive salad to start, and had pasta main dishes: rigatoni con salsiccia for me and penne carbonara for my beloved dining companion. I also had a nice glass of the house red. The complimentary bread that came with our meal was decent. Overall we found the food to be just fine, and the pasta dishes were quite tasty with the pasta cooked to a perfect al dente. I did find my rigatoni con salsiccia didn't have the expected olives or mushrooms, but the tomato sauce was well-made and the sausage was great. Mrs. C couldn't finish her pasta due to the huge size, so she has lunch for work on Monday :). As for value, it was a little more than I expected, but you get what you pay for. I will probably go back to try some of the other dishes.

Recommended.

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Sai Kor Chinese Restaurant1927 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
good local eatery
Submitted Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were looking for some CNY eve food and we stumbled on this place. It is a small restaurant and easy to overlook. Inside the restaurant was quite new and modern looking if a bit cramped. I also noticed it was very clean.

We had Shanghai noodles, Szechuan green beans, and spicy/salty prawns. All the food was terrific, and much better than we expected for such an unassuming place. The server was extremely friendly and returned often for quality checks and refills. Since it was almost the year of the ox, we got free soup, which was an added bonus. As for value for money, I would say it was okay.

Overall a good experience. We'll be back.

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Bing Sheng Restaurant1800 Renfrew Street, Vancouver
new and improved
Submitted Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were invited by the respected elders to catch an early Chinese New Year dinner at this place. It was nice to avoid the crowds that you usually get this time of year. This location has had a succession of Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants on the site, but for the latest incarnation the new owners spent some bucks on decorations, carpets, and some really nice chinaware. Even the bathroom was deluxe, although I expect that after a few months the place will get a little grungy.

We had the usual 8 lucky dishes, with crispy duck, Szechuan green beans, deep fried oysters, pork chops with orange sauce, to name the dishes that stood out. The other 4 dishes were rather forgettable, as was the nondescript seafood soup at the beginning and the bland winter fungus soup at the end. I will say the food was okay, but I won't be telling my future grand-kids about it :)

Service was good throughout the meal, but with only 2 servers they really had to hustle. As I have already mentioned, ambiance was much improved. When the bill came it was a pleasant surprise. It was quite cheap for what we got, and they didn't jack up the price for the holiday.

Overall an acceptable meal, but one I will soon forget. My auntie says they do great dim sum, so I may go back for that.

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Bun Mee Heung2128 Hastings Street East, Vancouver
basic eating
Submitted Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were on the prowl for some comfort food and we decided to give BMH a try. The Chinese name loosely means 'gathering of 100 things'. I'm not sure where they came up with the English name...

The restaurant did have a lot of menu choices, although I didn't count to see if there were 100. The decor was spartan but it was reasonably clean. Service was good too. We chose fried rice with chicken and salty fish, and ma po tofu. Both were good, but the ma po tofu was a little different than the usual recipe. Portion sizes were big, which is always a plus.

As an added bonus we got red and green bean soup as free dessert. That was nice. All in all a basic but tasty meal.

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Perk U Later Cafe935 Marine Drive, #28, North Vancouver
scamulater
Submitted Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 1:28pm [Dine in]

I was in Cap Mall and looking for a beverage. I spotted a sign saying "$2.50 bubble tea". For that price I had to get some. The kiosk is in a backwater at the edge of the food court, and could have been slightly cleaner. When I asked for the $2.50 BBT, I was told that was the price for just tea. If I wanted flavors or pearls it was at least $3.50. Huh? That seemed like a bit of a deception. The cashier kept telling me in rather strained English that I should have fresh fruit tea, and that I did not want other tea... The tea she was pitching cost almost 4 bucks. So much for the bargain BBT I was craving.

I went with strawberry/banana and it was not very good, and certainly not worth the money. I left feeling like I had my pocket picked.

I won't be back. Shame on them.

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Presto Cucina1746 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
mctalian
Submitted Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 1:12pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were trolling for dinner in WestVan when we spotted PC. We scampered in and got a table. This place does quick serve Italian, and you order at the front and then the food is eventually brought to your table. The flaw in the system is this: What would happen if you ordered and someone grabbed the last table (or all tables were full) while you were ordering? Sounds like a recipe for disaster, unless maybe you had a table squatter to assist you. I prefer to get a table assigned so I can avoid that sort of risk. Luckily for us, the place was only half full. We also noted that the restaurant was quite clean, including the w/c.

The menu wasn't exactly vast, so we were able to make our selections quickly. I had the Italian sausage penne rustica which had a tomato sauce, and my favorite dinner companion had a panini terzetto, which was basically deli meat and cheese. We also had both a Caesar and a house salad, plus a glass of inexpensive red wine. Service was okay, by which I mean the cashier was able to take our order without incident.

The food was acceptable if not life-altering, but it was a little pricey for what we got. Kind of like at a certain garden of bread restaurant you may know. I thought my pasta dish was tasty, as was the house salad, but the rest of the meal was forgettable.

We left with full bellies, but no urgent desire to return.

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Fresh Slice1448 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
cheap pizza my friend
Submitted Friday, January 9, 2009 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were craving a little pizza action and we wanted to try the new player here in NorthVan. We had a flyer for this joint, so we placed an order on the phone for pickup. The owner/manager was super friendly and kept calling me "my friend". I am usually a little uncomfortable being addressed this way by total strangers, but I think it was a cultural thing.

When we arrived to get the order we found the place to be clean and new looking. I checked out the w/c and it was clean too. I also noticed they had a small eating area for dine-in. The same guy I talked to on the phone (I think it is a one person operation) was waiting for us and provided the meat pizza and chicken wings we ordered. Before he put the pizza in the box he showed it to me and asked if it was "okay my friend". That was definitely a first.

The price was quite cheap for the quality of the food, and it was very tasty. Lots of toppings on the pizza, good size, and decent crust. Plus the wings were big and juicy. What more could I ask for, my friend?

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