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cherrybomb143Surrey, bcSince November 5, 2007218 Reviews
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PiDGiN350 Carrall Street, Vancouver
My favorite Late Night Haunt
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

We've been to Pidgin a few times now, and it's been a great experience each time. Great, innovative drinks with fairly reasonably priced food. If you are not counting calories, a must try is the pork belly rice bowl. Rich, smoky, meaty flavour with the smooth, almost silky texture of the rice makes me think about it each time I'm near Gastown. The oyster shot is also really good.

Ambiance is solid - clean lines and a relaxing place to chat and wind down the night with yummy, yummy food.

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Lily Mae's12 Powell Street, Vancouver
Horrible Management - Do Not Book Events Here
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2014 - 11:23am [Dine in]

I'm not going to mince words in this review. We had a completely disastrous event at Lily Mae's.

Understanding it's a small restaurant, we booked our party two and half weeks ahead of time, confirming with the manager, and even asking if the restaurant preferred that we order from the group menu if it will make it easier on the kitchen. The manager said it didn't matter, but would send a group menu. Time passed by. We were sent the menu only after following up, and received it 2 days before the event, with the stipulation that each guest had to pre-order their meals within 1 day.

When we arrived, the evening started out fine. But then the food didn't come. When it did arrive, only two or three people were served at a time, with long lulls between dishes, and strange overlaps happened, where someone would be finishing their main course, but the person next to them didn't get appetizers yet. Some of the food arrived cold, while others didn't arrive at all and we had to reiterate our order several times to the manager when he kept asking "What's missing now?"

Then things got weird. The manager singled out the birthday girl, brought her into the bathroom and shut the door. He then ranted about the delay in food service being the fault of our reservation being at 7:15pm when we arrived at 7:30pm. This was a complete lie since we even had an email confirmation clearly saying 7:30pm. (Even if that were the case, would starting15 min. later really make a difference?) The birthday girl came back to the table and continued to wait for her appetizer (one hour late at this point) - when the manager came back to ask for a hug from her. She reluctantly hugged him, but it was so surprising, and unprofessional. Then, he tried to hug another person at the table (that person declined, saying he didn't like to be touched).

In general, it was a very odd evening. To be fair, the food that did come hot was solid. French onion soup had a nice broth, and the duck confit was good. The other wait staff were nice, but sadly, the food isn't spectacular enough to make up for incompetent management.

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Win Win Buffet & Restaurant8080 Scott Rd, #130, Surrey
Food Court Wannabe Buffet
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

Buffets are great when you're in a hurry and hungry. After all, the food is already made and you can fill your plate to your heart's desire. So why does Win Win fail so bad?

Aside from the poor food quality, my biggest problem with this restaurant is that it is not a true buffet in the sense of quantity and indulgence. A handful of items and a few half-cookies to call dessert do not make a buffet. Neither do the two soup selections - hot and sour soup (with only tofu and peas) and a consomme broth (with well... broth... how is broth even an item, really? Did they forget the wontons? No, sadly the sign clearly said "Consomme broth") The majority of the other dishes were deep fried meats (pork, chicken and calamari) with heavy batter and very little meat.

The price is very reasonable at $10 per person for all you can eat, so if you were to lower your food expectations considerably, and compare this in value to what you would pay normally when dining in a food court, then it may be the place for you. Unfortunately, even at such a low price, I can't stomach what they put out.

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Parklane Chinese Restaurant7997 Westminster Highway, #200, Richmond
A Refreshing Change with Hard to Find Chui Chow Cuisine
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

So I need to preface this review in saying that my family is from the "Chui Chow" province in China. However, growing up, I've had little Chui Chow cuisine outside of my own home, since most of the Chinese restaurants offered Cantonese, Taiwanese, or Northern Chinese dishes. Those who are unsure of the difference, will be able to have a taste of something new if they venture into Parklane.

I was very impressed by the freshness of the ingredients, and happy with the variety of the menu. I wanted to order it all. Chilled crab? Good. Braised Duck? Good. Satay prawns with greens? Good and fresh. Chui Chow Fried Rice? Super good. There are some other items that may not appeal to all appetites, such as the soup with pig's stomach and preserved veggies, or the oyster omelet, but to me, these dishes are as authentic and tasty as they can get.

The service was friendly, but not pretentious, and the space was newly renovated and chic. Bathrooms were neat and clean. Good value, and an even better deal if you go with one of their promotions - Six of us were stuffed (and had packed the rest of the food) for $120.

One thing to note is that this restaurant fills up quickly. The last time we were there, it was 5pm on Sunday and by 5:30pm, it was 3/4 full. Remember to make your reservation.

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PSI Sushi & Roll10245 King George Blvd, #103, Surrey
Good Food, Bad Service
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

The sushi / sashimi is fresh, tasty and worth coming back for. Pricing is reasonable, but service, unfortunately, wreaks the experience each and every time. In our past visits (sometimes a full restaurant, sometimes just a few tables), it was difficult getting the attention of servers for tea refills, to order, or the cheque. We were seated quickly but then forgotten on multiple visits. There are multiple chefs behind the sushi counter, and they work hard. Although there is always food awaiting pick up and sitting for a long while at the counter while the servers are standing alone at the til with their heads down all the time.

If you aren't concerned about poor service, some items to try are: Rabbit roll (cucumber-wrapped sushi was refreshing and innovative); spicy tuna roll (simple, but the sauce they use for the tuna filling is delicious); anything with raw salmon (super fresh).

Will come back but may opt for take out only.

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Pho Newton7488 King George Blvd, #170, Surrey
Disappointed
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 12:09pm [Dine in]

I've walked by this pho place many times, and finally went in for lunch. I understand that pho is subjective to different diners - some like it with more anise, while others like a sweeter taste. But to me, there are hallmarks to a good bowl of pho, which are: for lack of a better word, al dente (non soggy) noodles, rich beefy broth, yummy meats in both quality and quantity. Unfortunately, Pho Newton delivered a bowl of soft noodles with a boring broth and mediocre meat.

I mentioned that I didn't want beansprouts with my salad roll (which came with a watered down peanut sauce by the way) and the server skipped the plate of veggies for my pho entirely. I wanted to ask for the lime, basil and peppers, but was unable to flag down the server.

A disappointing experience. Will not be back.

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Neptune Seafood Restaurant10153 King George Boulevard, #1130, Surrey
Much Improved and Will Come Back
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 11:59am [Dine in]

The first time I visited Neptune Surrey, it was dismal. But I've been back several times since my last review (on their opening day) and am happy to report that things went much more smoothly.

Food:
Much improved, arrived hot and was tasty. I particularly liked: eggplant and green beans (tasty black bean sauce didn't overpower), mushroom and black truffle tarts (heavy and buttery, but good), Chui Chow dumplings (hard to find these days but these guys do it right). Didn't enjoy the dumpling in soup as much (too salty, lacking depth of flavor and used imitation crab meat).

Service:
Again, much improved and now on par with any fine dining Chinese restaurant. Tea was refilled multiple times, they were attentive and available.

Value:
Five of us had a very filling brunch for $45 before tax/tips. Pricing will depend on what you order, but I felt that we had a good mix of heavier items (bun, truffle tart) and lighter items (veggies and steamed dumplings) that made for a satisfying meal. Interesting side note: the auto tip feature for their credit card machine is set to only 10%.

Glad they got into the groove. Will be back if I'm craving dim sum close to home.

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
Traditional French Food
Submitted Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 12:00pm [Dine in]

The food at Le Crocodile is fine. As in, there's nothing wrong with it and it was executed well. But I was going into Crocodile hoping that I was going to come out writing a fabulous review and raving about outstanding dishes. Unfortunately, from the 7 course tasting menu (plus the optional fois gras dish) that my date and I ordered, we found the cantaloup sorbet (palette cleanser) to be the most delicious.

We started with an amuse bouche of a prosciutto and fois gras tart which was lovely in flavor but a very heavy start to our meal. The calamari frisse salad that came next was better, but my bf thought the sweetness of the heirloom tomatoes was not enough to balance out the bitterness of the frisse. Other courses included a halibut (tasty) and beef rib (also yummy). The meal was quite heavy - heavy on cream, heavy on butter, and with the large portions, it filled us up rather quickly.

In terms of ambiance, we saw a lot of older (senior aged) couples dining there. The room is not pretentious, and I like the addition of large fresh floral arrangements.

Value was there, since the portions are very large. For $90 per person, we had an 8 course tasting menu. Service was good but I thought lacked the attention to detail of a fine dining establishment. An example was that crumbs were left on the table. Normally, other restaurants of this calibre would have a scraper to remove them to keep your dining area clean and enjoyable. I know it sounds like a small detail but I think this is what separates the good from the great.

With so many other innovative and special restaurants in Vancouver, Le Crocodile just didn't wow me enough as a fine dining establishment to earn a second visit.

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Central City Brewing Company13450 102nd Avenue, Surrey
Good Food, Cheap Drinks, Incompetent Hostess
Submitted Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 11:22am [Dine in]

Tried the Central City Brewing with coworkers, but unsure if we'll go again. The food was good. We ordered chicken fingers (crispy on the outside and tender inside), a salad with grilled salmon and shrimp, and meat pizza (my favorite item of the meal). Drinks were your run of the mill cocktails (no mixologists here) but for five dollars, definitely a good deal.

Too bad the food was over shadowed by a rude hostess with attitude. When I arrived, she was chatting with a coworker and completely ignored me. When she finally acknowledged me, I told her I had a reservation and she said "It will be a few minutes." This confused me since it was 5:30pm and the restaurant was not even half full. My dining companions were already seated, which I told her as well. I'm not really sure why she made me stand there and wait while she tapped on the computer. She then tells me that she was unable to find my reservation. I mention it was booked through Open Table and was getting my phone out to show the confirmation when another staff member came and saved the situation by bringing me to my table. Later, I get home to realize that she CANCELED my Open Table reservation instead of honouring it.

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All About Pho10190 King George Blvd, Surrey
Good Pho Fix but Not the Best in Surrey
Submitted Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 7:15pm [Dine in]

As an avid Pho-goer, I'm glad there's another pho joint in Surrey. I've visited All About Pho several times and have also ordered food to go a couple of times. The food is good, with the vermicelli and rice dishes being better than the pho or bahn mi dishes in terms of flavor. Maybe I've been going to my other Pho staples for too long and am used to their style of pho, but I just found the pho here to be a bit more bland (and with little meat) vs. some other restaurants in Surrey.

The ambiance is a bit roomier and a lot nicer than most of the older pho places in Surrey. The heart warming welcome message on the walls and ample parking are wins in my book. However, service isn't great - they seem disorganized and often, I had to wait to be seated, wait to order, wait to get the bill, wait for change... I was waiting a lot!

Will likely be back if I were out with friends that cared about ambiance more than food quality.

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Maki Yaki Japanese Restaurant15190 101st Avenue, #103, Surrey
Best Value Specials, But with Bland Rice
Submitted Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 7:00pm [Take-out]

You can't beat the to go specials at Maki Yaki. Two large rolls of Dynamite for $5, two rolls of tuna for $3, or two rolls of California for $4. I've ordered many times since the restaurant is close by my home. My only hope is that Maki Yaki will season their sushi rice! The lack of rice vinegar results in bland (albeit large) rolls.

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Domo Sushi1160 Melville Street, Vancouver
Passable Sushi
Submitted Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 3:02pm [Dine in]

Been to Domo probably more often than I would like, but it's close to my work place. Have tried their rolls and bento boxes. The value isn't bad - average price for average quality food. The strange thing is they're the only sushi place that will give you plain noodles as an item in your bento box. As well, the chicken in the bento is steamed chicken breast, with sauce added on top, rather than the regular filets with the crispy skin. That said, I do like the availability of brown rice substitution (for a dollar more per roll).

Verdict: It's not authentic but it's not horrendous. That said, why come here when there are many other average sushi places to frequent? Like I said, I just come here sometimes because it's really close to my work.

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Meat & Bread1033 West Pender St, Vancouver
The famed porchetta sandwich
Submitted Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 2:56pm [Dine in]

Meat and Bread is a chic, no-frills, cafeteria style dining experience but with a gourmet twist on the food. I like the concept of Meat and Bread and am glad to see more simple but gourmet style eateries popping up.
I tried the porchetta sandwich along with a dandelion soda (made from cane sugar - yay!). Overall, it was good, but I agree with the previous post that it was on the dry side. The meat was yummy and I loved the cracklings (skin) that was included. If the ciabatta bread wasn't as hard, and they gave a bit more of the verde sauce, I'd be really happy.

Will give them the benefit of a doubt and come back to check out a few more sandwiches.

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Kaboom Box, TheRobson & Granville, Vancouver
Reviewing their Famous Hot Smoked Salmon Sandwich
Submitted Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 4:58pm [Take-out]

I had Kaboom Box on my radar for a while now, to see what the fuss was about regarding their Smoked Salmon Sandwich. At close to $8 for just the sandwich alone, it's not cheap but it does fill you up. I had one for lunch and was sufficiently full until dinner time.

Overall the sandwich was good and served warm. The salmon was very tasty and the salw went well with it, although I didn't really get a hint of the maple flavour it's touted to have. My only real complaint is the bread which seemed to be day old, and very dry. I can see how this sandwich would be delightful if served with fresh bread.

May be back but not for a while, as there are probably better carts in the area to try.

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Bada Bing655 Burrard St, Vancouver
Edible but I Expected Better
Submitted Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 4:45pm [Take-out]

The best thing about Bada Bing is that it's always open. Even late at night, when all the other street carts are closed, these guys remain consistent in providing late night eats to passersby near the Burrard Skytrain station.

I tried the Philly Cheese Steak and the Animal Style Fries. Both were a little hit and a little miss. The Philly Cheese Steak had a good amount of meat to bread ratio, and the onions were good and flavorful, but there was too much sauce which made the sandwich unnecessarily heavy and detracted from the steak and cheese. Also, they put montreal steak spice on the meat. I know many people are fans of this, but to me, it just reminded me of BBQ that I can make at home - not very inventive. The hit on the fries was that they were perfectly golden, crisp and hot/fresh. Unfortunately, the cheese they put on was two large slices of processed cheese (ie. Kraft singles). And it wasn't even melted - just plopped on. The only other redeeming feature was the fried onions which was the best part.

All in all, it was definitely edible, but left a lot to be desired. Probably wouldn't go back with so many other options available.

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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
Excellent Food - Again, and Again and Again
Submitted Friday, September 7, 2012 - 11:31am [Dine in]

I reviewed Diva back in 2007 and have steadily visited whenever I had enough extra money to splurge without feeling guilty. Those who haven't been to Diva, understand that Diva is expensive. But each bite, I promise you, is an experience, and is worth every penny.

Most recently, I was treated to Diva on my birthday - their seven course tasting menu was fantastic. My favorite dishes (including the snacks that came pre-meal) was the chicken bacon (thinly pressed and not oily at all like I thought it would be), the fois gras (smoothest fois gras I've had by far), the tuna (light and amazing flavors) and lobster (came with a corn sauce that was both rich in flavor but light on the palette to compliment the perfectly cooked lobster). The most innovative was the sea cucumber which tasted exactly like the ocean (but in a good way!), and the butter toast ice cream, which tasted exactly like buttered toast but in ice cream form.

Service again was outstanding - my boyfriend was able to go into the restaurant before our reservation to drop off flowers (which they provided a vase for), drop off my gift (a ring, which they found a box for, filled it with sand and presented it to me with a truffle on top), and pick our table, just overlooking the kitchen. They had moved a table to accommodate this special seating with a view. During the course of the meal, our server was attentive and professional, as always.

As for value, I agree that Diva's portion sizes are smaller than usual, but the tasting menu did fill me up (not "stuffed" but definitely full) and most importantly, I left satisfied with an incredible taste experience that is hard to find elsewhere. For those ordering ala carte, you will probably need to order a three course meal (appy, main and dessert) to completely fill you up.

Can't wait to go back to Diva.

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Cafe Il Nido780 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Solid, Well-Priced Italian
Submitted Friday, September 7, 2012 - 11:03am [Dine in]

We visited Cafe il Nido to celebrate a friend's birthday. The environment is clean and chic and we were well-attended to.

I had the trout entree,which was cooked perfectly - still moist and tender, with lots of flavor. My friends tried their pastas and all reported that they were great, including the lobster ravioli which is normally a "miss" at most restaurants. They brought my friend a complimentary slice of cake for her birthday which I thought was a nice touch.

The bill came to under $50 per person (tips and taxes in), with entree, shared appetizer and a shared bottle of wine. I think that's fairly reasonable for downtown pricing and for the quality of food presented.

Will return.

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Akasaka Japanese Restaurant15110 101st Avenue, Surrey
A Good Option for Japanese in Surrey
Submitted Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 4:30pm [Dine in]

I'm surprised time and time again that one need not go far in search of good food. I've passed by Akasaka multiple times and have been meaning to try it- finally went in when they sent me a coupon and invitation to put my name in for a free sushi draw. $500 in free sushi? I'm in!

The menu at Akasaka offers a wide range of options - a mix in style between Japanese bistro and traditional fare. I appreciate the innovative take on some of their specialty rolls and appetizers. We tried the salmon tataki salad,French Kiss Roll and Jazz Roll. All were well prepared, fresh and tasty. Particularly, the French Kiss roll was one of the best fried rolls that I ever had. It was fried perfectly, with the right amount of crispiness while still giving the rice a nice chewy texture. The filling was not affected by the frying and still fresh.

As for service - we used one of the coupons but left the flyer and the remaining second coupon on the counter after paying. The server ran after us outside into the rain to give us the flyer back "for next time".

Will be back.

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Damso Modern Korean Cuisine867 Denman Street, Vancouver
Good, but not as Great as Everyone Says
Submitted Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

Let me start off by saying that I had a nice experience at Damso. The food was good, service was prompt, and we had some great strawberry makgeolli. No complaints. I will return if in the area. That said, I've also had better. The previous reviews make it sound like it's the best out there, and while it's good, let's not get out of control here.

We ordered the meatballs appetizer (flavorful, but a touch oily), and shared two orders of the beef BBQ. The meat was not marinated and only came with one sauce, which made the dish a bit bland and disappointing. The tofu soup that we added to the BBQ was standard so no complaints.

Value wise, I thought it could've been be better. Ban chans were literally a quarter (or I think even smaller) of what you'd get at standard korean restaurants. $70 (taxes and tips in) will stuff two people nicely with alcohol. Not bad for downtown pricing, but for a Korean joint, there are many other options as well.

This is a cute little restaurant, and I enjoy it's casual atmosphere. But the problem here is that along with being a small restaurant, the tables are also small. Food will fill up your table in no time, and when eating family style, it really makes it a challenge to squeeze everything in.

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Japa DogCorner of Granville and Cordova, Vancouver
There are better Japadog locations
Submitted Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 3:59pm [Take-out]

As a huge fan of Japadog, I was looking forward to trying the special hotdog specific to this location. Unfortunately, they were out of the Ebi (shrimp) japadog. This forced me to try the Gokudare and Negamiso dogs. Both were not as exciting as the other special japadogs offered at their other locations (such as the kimchi, croquette, etc). They ended up tasting the same after a while, and did not have such distinguishing features like some of the others. Don't get me wrong, they were still good, but I think the waterfront location of Japadog is best for it's original dogs: the Terimayo and Oroshi options.

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