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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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Roman Ristorante3399 Kingsway, #106, Vancouver
viva italia
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 9:39pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were craving dinner out on NYE, and we decided to check this place out based on the strong reviews on the DH site. We were not disappointed. The restaurant was small, but welcoming. It was also very clean, including the w/c. We were seated despite not having a reservation, and this was lucky because after we arrived a lot of people showed up, including two Global TV personalities.

We had the Caesar salad to start. It was huge enough for 4 people and came with Focaccia bread. Then we had pasta. I ordered meat tortellini with cacciatore sauce and mushrooms, and my beloved dining companion had fantasia spaghetti, which had a tomato cream sauce, ham and mushrooms. I also had a very good glass of the house red. Mrs. C was sensibly saving her liver for later in the evening, and had juice. All the food was great, and the portion sizes were unbelievably gigantic.

Service was terrific throughout the meal and there were 2 quality checks by our server and another 2 by the chef. We really felt pampered. As for value, it was quite inexpensive, and our meal came to about 40 bucks before tip.

It was a great meal for a great price. Recommended.

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Shanghai River Restaurant7831 Westminster Hwy., #110, Richmond
just average
Submitted Sunday, December 28, 2008 - 11:45pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were craving the cuisine of Shanghai and we decided to give this place a try. We arrived on a Sunday evening and the place was packed. After a brief wait, we were escorted to our table. The ambiance was quite nice but alas the w/c was rather nasty.

The menu had lots of choices, and we decided on the crab puffs, mu shu pork, cod with vegetable, and of course Shanghai noodles. All the food was okay, but not the greatest ever. I have to say that with the exception of the noodles, I have had better (for less money) at other Chinese restaurants in town. Service was not the best, but I suspect that was mostly due to the fact that there weren't enough servers. They had a 'help wanted' sign in the window, but I don't speak Shanghainese, so no career change was in my future :).

As for value, it was ho gwai, but in a capitalist system you charge what the market will bear. They were full, so I can only conclude they were charging what most people wanted to pay.

It was an okay meal, but I think I will try one of the many cheaper alternatives out there next time around.

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Jade4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
fills you up
Submitted Saturday, December 27, 2008 - 7:38pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were at the renovated Grand Villa Casino giving respect to Choi Sun the money god (okay, so we were gambling) and we felt pangs of hunger. After a brief survey of the available restaurants we chose Jade. The place does Chinese ready to eat fast food. It looked clean and the food seemed fresh. The server was quite enthusiastic, but I suspect this was because the place was new.

I had chow mein noodles, black bean chicken with peppers, and sweet and sour pork. My beloved gambling companion had lemon fish and more of the same chow mein and chicken dishes. The food was a little too salty for me, but Mrs. C liked it, so I am going to defer to my master and give it 3 stars. For 6 bucks you get noodles or rice and two entree choices plus a beverage, so it was a pretty good deal, even if it was not haute cuisine. There was ample clean and comfortable seating for the diners so I would say the ambiance was fine.

Overall a good bet for gamblers in a hurry.

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Handi1340 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
it was handy
Submitted Thursday, December 25, 2008 - 12:02am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I canceled our usual Christmas Eve dinner with the gang due to the inclement weather, but we still needed to eat and we didn't want to travel too far from HQ. After a brief cruise into WestVan we spotted Handi. Nothing says Christmas like curry, so in we scampered like a couple of hungry elves.

The restaurant was clean (including the w/c) and nicely decorated but a bit dark inside, and there was a terrific view of Vancouver from the back of the restaurant. Unfortunately for us, we were seated at the side facing Marine Drive...

We ordered a variety of dishes including chicken samosas, onion kulcha (a kind of pancake), lamb vindaloo, eggplant bhartha, and a couple of mango lassis. All the food was tasty, and the portion sizes were good. I particularly liked the fact that the curries came in chafing dishes to keep them warm. Service was good throughout the meal and no complaints there. Okay so it was expensive. But hey, we were in tony WestVan, and that costs.

All in all a decent meal, and despite the insult to my credit card we were saying "ho ho ho" as we headed back to our sleigh.
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One final note to the 3 or 4 fake reviewers below. Stop it.

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
salty
Submitted Monday, December 22, 2008 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I went with a couple of friends to have the famous ramen of Kintaro. It was not what I expected. The restaurant was super-crowded, and full of steam from the giant vats of broth. After a few minutes, we were seated at the counter, and I kept trying not to sneeze, since there was nothing between my face and the vats except 2 feet of thin air...The place could have been cleaner, but I expect the condensation was rinsing everything (sort of).

We had a variety of ramen bowls, including pork with rich broth, pork with medium broth, vegetarian and cheese. We also tried the the appetizer bowl of pork chunks, the kimchee, and the gyoza. I thought the gyoza was terrific, and the pork chunks (leftovers from the stock pot) were a tasty meat treat. The kimchee was reported to be good, but I have no taste for it. As for the ramen, the noodles had a nice texture, but the broth was way too salty. The pork bits and bean sprouts in the broth were fine. The rest of the contents could not be readily identified.

Service was good throughout the meal, and I credit the servers with working hard to keep up with the orders and to survive in the congested, sauna-like environment. As for value, it wasn't expensive especially since our generous friend picked up the tab.

I am not sure if I will ever return, but for some perverse reason I want to try the cheese flavor, if my cholesterol level can withstand it.

Be sure to drink lots of water.

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Shalin Noodle House656 W Broadway, Vancouver
hai keyi
Submitted Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 1:45pm [Dine in]

That means okay, or acceptable (sort of), in Mandarin. Such was our experience at Sha Lin. I kept hoping David Carradine would leap out of the kitchen or something, but nope, they just have noodles and dumplings. No kung fu here.

The restaurant was spartan inside, but they did have a big window so you could see the half of the kitchen where they cut the noodles. The back part where they make the sauces was behind a curtain. I found the whole place including the w/c to be clean, but I wanted brighter lighting in the dining area.

Mrs. C and I had 'dragging noodles' with lamb, two of the kebabs, green onion pancakes, and a dozen pork and bok choi dumplings. I thought the kebabs were tasty but my beloved dining companion said they were too hot. They had plenty of cumin, and that was kind of the point. The noodles were very tasty and had a good texture. The lamb and sauce perfectly complemented the noodles. I wasn't crazy about the pancakes, but I was told they were authentic. The dumplings looked like they were going to be bland, but I found them packed with flavor despite their plain exterior. That was a nice surprise. Service was good throughout the meal, and we got two quality checks.

I can't speak for everyone out there, but when winter hits (and it was -10 outside when we had our meal) you crave hearty fare. This place delivers the real deal, but I just kept hoping for the chefs to start jumping around and doing some kung fu. Just as well, since Mrs. C doesn't like to fight much these days...

Recommended, Grasshopper.

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Golden Sparkle5763 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
good for what it is
Submitted Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 9:56am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were coming back from the airport after a short trip and we were craving some real Vancouver food. Naturally we chose a Chinese restaurant.

The restaurant was clean including the w/c, and comfortable but not fancy inside. We found the service to be fine throughout the meal, and the prices were very reasonable.

We wanted something light, so we had potstickers, congee and chicken curry on rice. All the food was okay, but nothing was particularly outstanding. I was impressed with the huge portion sizes. It was a decent meal at a great price, but if you want Zagat-rated, it isn't here.

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Deer Lake Wonton House5107 Canada Way, Burnaby
retro
Submitted Friday, December 12, 2008 - 12:13am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were out shopping when we were overcome with hunger. Since we were on Canada Way, we nipped into DLWH for some late night dining. The restaurant was like the kind of Chinese joints you see in small towns today (there is one just like it in Chetwynd), or what you would have found in Chinatown about 30 years ago. I mean a bar covered in brown diamond-pattern embossed vinyl serving as the cashier's station, mirror tiles on some of the walls with the simulated 'old glass' lines on it, wood planks on other walls looking 'rustic', ancient indoor/outdoor carpeting supporting its own ecosystem, booths with Formica tops, and those cool bubble glass ceiling lamps that were popular when Bruce Lee was still alive, etc. You get the picture...

The w/c was of a similar vintage, but it was clean, as was some of the rest of the restaurant. I did note a weird musty smell, but that just gave the place added ambiance.

We ordered beef lettuce wrap and eggplant with pork hotpot, along with some steamed rice. The food was just fine and the service was friendly. This restaurant does huge takeout, and I think they were kind of surprised that we wanted to eat in. What surprised me was how cheap it was, and that was a huge bonus.

I doubt I will ever return, but I might get takeout if I am nearby.

A good alternative until a practical form of time travel can be invented...

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Plan B Lounge & Eatery1144 Homer Street, Vancouver
not bad
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were at the office Xmas party at PB and it was quite an experience. The restaurant/bar itself was very 'urban singles bar' circa 1985, with exposed brick and wood floors. I think I saw a fern in one corner. Ambiance was okay, but the w/c was tiny and a bit dingy. There was a nice little seating area in the back, but the general impression I got was of a small space with too many people. I think on a regular night it would be a cozy place for a drink.

We had a selection of tapas, from deep fried prawns to tiny lamb chops, spring rolls, and some breads and cold cuts. All were tasty, and I thought the lamb chops were quite savory. The spring roll sauce was a bit strong and overwhelmed the flavor of the roll.

Unfortunately there was more demand than capacity, so some of my co-celebrants starved. I was smart and stood near the kitchen, and I was adequately fed. Service was good and the staff tried to keep up. I give low marks for value because I saw what the menu prices were for the food we had. Ouch! I am really grateful that the boss is a generous guy. I think this cost him plenty.

I might come back if I get a pay raise.

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Honey Doughnuts and Goodies4373 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver
dirty
Submitted Sunday, December 7, 2008 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I wanted to try this famous DC doughnut shop, and when the rain stopped and Mr. Sun poked out his head, we decided to seize the opportunity. The restaurant is on the main drag of DC, and parking proved to be a challenge. When we got into the shop, I was surprised at how dirty and run down it was. Some of the patrons looked a bit rough as well, which was a surprise considering the neighborhood. I also noted the only w/c had a highchair parked in front and a handmade "out of order" sign was taped to the door.

The menu was not exactly encyclopedic, but there were enough choices to make it interesting. I had a Reuben, my beloved dining companion had a muffin, and we shared a big mocha. Service was not exactly friendly, but I expected that based on the previous reviews here.

The food was fine although the muffin was a bit dry. I did note that rye bread was not an option for my sandwich, but it was okay with brown bread. I also found it was rather expensive for what we got.

What this place really needs is a clean up, a coat of paint, and a little more charm. I don't think I'll be back anytime soon.

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Ika Sushi965 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
good cheap sushi
Submitted Friday, December 5, 2008 - 10:13am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were driving along Marine Drive when we noticed a new contender in the NV sushi wars. This location was a porn shop for many years, and most recently was home to a Taiwanese-style cafe. So it is fair to say there is a long tradition of serving the various needs of North Shore residents ;)

The restaurant had a few parking stalls out front, but access from the busy roadway can be a challenge. The place was nice and new-looking inside if a bit spartan. It was very clean, including the w/c. We looked at the menu, and it is mostly sushi with some tempura, soba and donburi in the mix. They had an opening special of 10% off all orders.

We settled on a couple of combos with various roll sushi and miso soup, and we supplemented our order with some tuna nigiri and a teriyaki beef roll. Service was excellent, and the sushi was very well prepared. I found the fish to be fresh and there was a high fish/rice ratio. The sushi chef (and all the other staff) is Chinese, if that is important to you. Still it was better sushi than I have had at most 'authentic' Japanese places.

Overall a very good sushi meal and well under 20 dollars. What more could you want?

Recommended.

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Aldo's Pasta Bar441 Columbia St, New Westminster
a nice meal
Submitted Sunday, November 30, 2008 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were once again seeking Italian food, and we decided to give this place a try. It is located near the Columbia Skytrain station, amidst the thicket of bridal shops. At night this part of town is a little dodgy, but there were definitely no scruffians at the restaurant.

The restaurant itself was very welcoming and everything was clean including the w/c. We had a reservation and the manager seated us herself. The place does mostly pasta, but they also have pizza and some meat dishes. I selected a veal parmigiana with penne pasta and accompanied it with a Caesar salad and an inexpensive glass of red wine. My beloved dining companion had a fettuccine Alfredo with salmon. She had a very good cafe latte with her meal.

The food was quite good. The salad was great. My veal was tender and the pasta was a perfect al dente. The sauce was flavorful, packed with tomato goodness and not watery. It looked very home made. Mrs. C reported that her Alfredo pasta and sauce was excellent, and the salmon was a perfect complement to the dish. Portion sizes were generous.

Service was good and we found the staff to be friendly and attentive. No attitude here. We also were happy to find it was not expensive. It was a nice meal in a decent restaurant at a good price.

Bravo!

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Gourmet Castle Restaurant2838 E. Hastings St., #109, Vancouver
they have everything
Submitted Thursday, November 27, 2008 - 9:49am [Dine in]

I was emerging from the big EB clothing sale at the PNE with Mrs. C, and we were hungry. We spotted this place and decided to give it a try. The restaurant was a little bit dirty, and I also noticed the w/c was quite nasty. They had a rather extensive menu though, so we stuck around and ordered. I had curried beef brisket on rice with gyoza, and my favorite dining companion had a bowl of pho with sliced beef.

The curry tasted okay, although it was a disturbingly bright yellow. The gyoza was very good. As for the pho, it was reported to be too salty. Service was good, and the meal wasn't expensive. We emerged with full bellies, but without any feeling of satisfaction.

I doubt I will return.

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Gambrinus707 Queensbury Ave., North Vancouver
just okay
Submitted Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 8:16pm [Dine in]

I went to this place based on the strength of the reviews here. While it was okay, I did not find the restaurant lived up to the advance billing. The restaurant itself had a functional ambiance, and it was clean enough. It had the sort of bland decor that would go with any sort of restaurant. The w/c was clean and that was a plus.

Service was good, and I liked the complimentary bread. I also had a decent glass of red wine for $6.25. We lucked out because it was cheap pasta night. Mrs. C and I had different pastas, both with the house tomato meat sauce. The small bowls of pasta were acceptable, but the sauce was watery and lacked flavor. I also foolishly added Italian sausage to my pasta. For 3 bucks more I got 4 slivers. Not worth it. We also had Caesar salads which were quite tiny and not great value for the money.

So some good and some bad points. Will I be back? Sure, because I want to try their cheap schnitzel night. I won't try the pasta again though.

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Osteria Napoli1660 Renfrew St., Vancouver
don't argue with me
Submitted Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 4:02pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were on the prowl for Italian, and I remembered this place was near the T&T in East Van. It seemed like a good opportunity to try a new place.

The restaurant itself didn't look like much. It was rather run down and the tables were too close together. The w/c was reasonably clean. On the plus side they had live entertainment in the form of a guy playing the keyboard near the bar section. Very home-style.

We got a table and menus quickly. I noticed they had a decent selection of entrees including a set dinner with an appetizer, main, dessert and coffee for 34 bucks. I saw that the deserts were all from one of those gelato factories though, so I decided to go with a la carte ordering so I could get exactly what I wanted.

I went with a veal parmigiana and penne pasta with tomato sauce and my beloved dining companion had prawns in Alfedo sauce with pasta. I also had a small glass of the house red for 8 bucks more.

The server seemed like a nice guy but the manager/hostess (who had a really strong accent) was a different story. She took our orders and told me I had a choice of veggies or pasta with my veal. I said pasta please, and even asked what kind, etc. She said penne with tomato sauce. After about half an hour our orders arrived, and for some reason there was no pasta on my plate. I mentioned this to our server and he apologized and brought me a side dish of pasta right away. Just as I was about to plunge my fork into my coveted pasta, the manager came over and started to berate me for "changing my mind" and said I definitely ordered the veggie sides. I politely reminded her about our previous conversation about the pasta, and she yelled "you are wrong" and stomped away. The server apologized when his boss was out of range, explaining that she was French (as if that explained anything) but the damage was done.

I also noticed at the neighboring table another couple had ordered the set dinner and I overheard them tell the server they had not received their pasta or one of their desserts. Once again the server apologized, and he was offering an adjustment when the same manager stormed over to the table and began arguing with the couple like they were trying to cheat the restaurant or something. The man left the restaurant red-faced, but his female companion stuck around for a while and tried to explain what happened. I couldn't help but watch the way you would when you see a car crash. I just could not believe how out of control the manager was. I left the place with the shrill rantings of the crazy manager ringing in my ears. Perhaps she should consider a career change.

It was a shame because the food wasn't too bad.

Definitely not recommended, except for the masochists out there.

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Cafe Rio1055 West Hastings Street, Unit 4, Vancouver
good sandwich
Submitted Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 2:18pm [Dine in]

I was wandering along in search of lunch when I spotted this place in an office building lobby. They had a good selection of sandwich choices (and you can make a soup/san combo), so I gave it a try. The ambiance was lobbyish, but the kiosk was clean and new looking. Service was quick, and I had a fresh chicken salad with Edam sandwich in moments. I also noted with satisfaction that the person who made the sandwich was not the person who handled the money. The sandwich was deluxe, with fresh Texas-sliced bread, lettuce, tomato, seasonings and mayo, cheese, and the best chicken salad I've ever had. It really was a superior sandwich. Much better than sub slop. The downside? It cost 7 bucks.

I'll be back if I can expense it...

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Uncle Sushi1233 Lynn Valley Road, Unit #125, North Vancouver
not great
Submitted Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 12:42pm [Dine in]

I wanted some sushi and I had a coupon for this new place in the Lynn Valley Library complex. There was lots of free parking and the place was easy to find. The ambiance was nice and the place was clean including the w/c. Service was friendly and reasonably quick.

I had the special combo tuna/yam/Cali rolls and a miso soup and I added a beef teriyaki roll. The rolls were small, and frankly they were not that great. The big lump of fake crab stick in the middle of the Cali roll instead of the expected flakes of fake crab with mayo tells me a lot about the amount of thought that went into the preparation of my meal. Flavor was not there either. Sure it was cheap, but there are limits to what I will accept in bargain foods.

I won't be back.

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Sweet Carrie's Dessert Shop123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
cookie cravings
Submitted Friday, November 14, 2008 - 8:58pm [Dine in]

I was on my usual quest for the perfect cookie when I spotted this place. Mrs. Chasiubow often orders cakes from here, but I have never sampled their other treats. The place is nice and clean, and the owner is very friendly and speaks Cantonese. These attributes are important to Mrs. C, but I tend to focus more on the food. This time around I saw that they had a fresh batch of shortbread cookies. I decided on a raspberry one, and for a buck I bought a ticket to paradise. It was light and flavorful and buttery. Yum!

Good for a tasty sugar fix.

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Val's Pizza154 Chadwick Crt, North Vancouver
the price is right
Submitted Friday, November 14, 2008 - 8:36pm [Dine in]

I was at the Seabus terminal and I was hungry. I saw this place offered a medium pizza with 3 toppings for 7 bucks. Suddenly I had dinner plans. The kiosk itself didn't look like much, but it was clean and the server/owner was very friendly and seemed to take pride in her enterprise. I ordered a pizza and 10 minutes later it was ready. This pizza was not the usual cardboard disk from the big chains. The flavor was just different, and you could see that the shop owner was trying to make a decent pie. I was delighted by the taste and the amazing price.

I'll be back soon!

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Soup Meister123 Carrie Gates Court, #103, North Vancouver
okay for soup
Submitted Friday, November 14, 2008 - 10:24am [Dine in]

I've been to the Meister a few times since it is conveniently located in Lonsdale Quay. As for ambiance, the LQ can be a bit chaotic, but they try to make it an "experience" not just a place to buy stuff, so an extra star for that. I've eaten my way through the soup menu, and I have to agree with a previous reviewer that the seafood chowder is not the greatest. It tasted like fish chili. The potato leek soup on the other hand is awesome, with the mulligatawny somewhere in the middle of the range. Check their web site for the soup of the day.

I know it is deluxe soup, but 7 bucks for a big soup is a lot IMHO. I mean I could get a can of Baxter's cream soup with smoked Scottish salmon for 3 dollars at a famous London drugstore we all know. But you pay for the freshness.

Good for rainy days.

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