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cherrybomb143Surrey, bcSince November 5, 2007218 Reviews
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Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie163 Keefer, Vancouver
Some "Kickass" Fried Rice
Submitted Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

Bao Bei is a quaint and unique restaurant that spins its menu off of Chinese influence. We really liked this place for a casual night out. It can get busy at times, so be prepared to wait for a private table on weekends.

We ordered the "Kickass" Fried Rice, and true to it's name, it really was pretty good. The rice was a good consistency (each grain unbroken and nicely coated) with lots of toppings mixed in. Unfortunately, the duck dumplings were not as tasty as they were overpowered by the chilli sauce, which didn't work well with such delicate flavors of the dumplings. The bean curd and truffle vinegrette snack was also a little disappointing in the same way of the dumplings - just that the heavy bean curd flavor didn't work well with the sour taste of the sauce. The drinks (non alcoholic) were really refreshing, though. Particularly, I really liked the Um Cha which was unique and lovely. Great for those who don't like their drinks to be too sweet.

The verdict: Will revisit because I like the concept, when the food was a hit it was really good, and am curious to try other dishes on their menu.

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Raw Canvas1046 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Eclectic Little Gem
Submitted Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 11:20am [Dine in]

Raw Canvas is a great concept! This restaurant + art studio allows you to drink, eat and paint all at one go. Like those posting before me, it's a really good place to do something different and bring your date.
They offer Date Night Wednesdays where you can upsize your canvas for free.

The only draw back I experienced was the lack of service even though the dining room is quite small and was less than half full. We waited a long time for our food (which, compared to similar places like the one in Gastown, was fairly small in portion and not as tasty). At the end of the night, we could have easily left, since no one provided us with the cheque at the meal or after painting. We waited at the counter for a long while just to pay which marred our experience. But other than that, I really hope Raw Canvas does well, since it is a very unique place to go.

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Keefer Bar, The135 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Funky Lil Hangout
Submitted Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 11:11am [Dine in]

Checked out Keefer Bar with a friend and had a great time. We tried their wine and cocktails along with a meat and cheese and olive plate. The plate was a good sized portion and everything on it was fresh and yummy. The cocktails were strong very good. The crowd is fun, and unpretentious. A good alternative to the more reserved Yaletown crowd. Would come back again and bring more friends this time.

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Cache Bistro & Lounge1269 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Another Option in Yaletown
Submitted Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 11:02am [Dine in]

After many nights frequenting Global's collection of restaurants in Yaletown and the downtown area, I decided to try Cache, to mix things up a bit.

Food: Good and solid food. Had an enjoyable dinner, trying the fois gras, escargots, and duck entree. Everything was cooked nicely, and although nothing was super innovative or surprising, the execution was spot on. No complaints.

Value: Quite reasonable for Yaletown pricing, with specials and promotions from time to time.

Recommended next time you're in the neighborhood.

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Japa Dog530 Robson Street, Vancouver
Hotdogs that I Crave
Submitted Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 10:51am [Dine in]

After being a loyal Japadog stand customer for years, I finally visited their storefront location and have been back several times. The store is usually packed, and the line goes out the door. However, getting a table isn't too difficult since most patrons tend to eat fast and hurry out. The only drawback is the location is tiny, so be ready to be bumped up next to those sitting beside you if you're dining in.

Onto the japadogs themselves - lots of selection in this bigger menu offering. The croquette japadog was great, although I think the croquettes would be better as sides by themselves or used as the bun. However, they were freshly made and very yummy. The fries were good but the star here is definitely the hotdogs.

Japadog has added many new types of hotdogs over time and I'm on a mission to try them all! Definitely recommended.

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Vij's Railway Express1075 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Disappointing Experience
Submitted Monday, July 23, 2012 - 12:46pm [Take-out]

Was craving Indian and remembered that I still haven't tried Vij's in mobile form. Ordered the halibut coconut masala curry for $11.50. Sadly, the food is disappointing. While the naan was good (I like the addition of the spice) the curry lacked any and all flavour. Bland. Normally Indian food is rich and lovely, with savoury flavours but this was a complete fail, save for that the ingredients were fresh.

Value (even for downtown pricing) is lacking. My container came with two small pieces of fish, a bit of veggies and mainly rice. Curry to rice ratio was off, since the curry was so bland. For $11.50 it's one of the priciest streetfood carts and unfortunately, doesn't live up to the hype.

Lastly, kudos for Vij's for being green and using environmentally friendly containers and utensils. Unfortunately, the paper like container they use is not conducive to wet foods, especially curries where the precious sauce gets absorbed into the container and ruins the container's integrity / makes it really hot to hold!

The only plus is that I visited on a rainy day, so the line was really short.

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Deli Family Gourmet, The1055 W Georgia Street, #242, Vancouver
My Favorite Downtown Sandwich Stop
Submitted Monday, April 2, 2012 - 2:48pm [Take-out]

I've always walked by this sandwich shop and wondered why the line up was so long (literally out to the middle of the mall!) After trying a customized sandwich at the urging of my coworker, I now understand why. And in fact, I'm the person getting in line even though I know it's going to be a ten minute wait.

This family-run deli allows you to customize everything about your sandwich (a variety of gourmet breads, meat fillings and up to five vegetable toppings, plus a range of spreads from hummus to avocado to cranberry). The best part is the roasted vegetables as a topping- literally chunks of broccoli, bell peppers and cauliflower with seasoning that they add to the sandwich. I haven't been able to find this topping anywhere else. The sandwiches are made to order in an open kitchen while you wait. My sandwiches usually come out to be two inches high.

As for value, sandwiches average about $7 each (plus tax), but are large and will fill you up.
They also have daily features, and sandwiches are discounted to $5.99 on Fridays. If you are a regular, be sure to ask about their stamp card program.

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Bubble 88 八十八10209 King George Hwy, Surrey
Best Bubble Tea and Taiwanese Eats in Surrey
Submitted Monday, April 2, 2012 - 2:23pm [Dine in]

It only took once to get me hooked on Bubble 88. There are not too many late night bubble tea places that also serve food in Surrey, so when my bf and I drove by Bubble 88, we had to try it. Since then, we have been back very frequently (sometimes twice per week).

The food is your standard Taiwanese fare with an assortment of snacks and set meals to accompany a large drink selection. I particularly like the beef noodle soup, and spicy wontons. For drinks, I recommend the fresh taro milk and milk tea with pudding jello (try it hot!).

What sets Bubble 88 apart is the service - it is excellent. Servers speak perfect English and Mandarin. They're well versed and can answer any questions regarding the menu. My parents, who are super picky people, bombarded the server with both relevant and irrelevant questions - all which were answered professionally and patiently by the server. They always have enough staff to take care of their customers' needs, so I've never had to wait or look around to flag down a server even when the restaurant is packed. They also seem to genuinely like working there (which sounds silly, but let's just say their smiles and "thank yous" are a refreshing change of pace compared to another competing bubble tea chain, whose servers rarely greeted, thanked or in general, acknowledged me in their frazzled state during peak hours).

Would I recommend this place? Already have - to all my friends. In fact, even though I literally live across the street from another late night bubble tea chain restaurant (that will remain nameless), I prefer to drive to dine at Bubble 88 instead.

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Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Above and Beyond for Service
Submitted Monday, March 19, 2012 - 4:45pm [Dine in]

I see some negative reviews about service, so I'm not sure if my friends and I were an extreme case, but we had an excellent time at Glowbal.

Firstly, we arrived into a packed room. We chose to meander to the bar to see if we can get seats, but as all seats were taken, we stood there for a few minutes. During this short time, two managers came up to us and assured us that they will find us seats. One came back with an option of seating in the front of the house and the other offered us an option at the back, in Afterglow. We chose the latter and were seated. The manager then came by with a round of complimentary shots before taking our drink order. At this time, one of my harder to please friends decided that she would rather be at the front of the house, and so the manager assured us we will get the next table that opens up! (Again, we were there on a very busy night as it is!) We continued with our drinks and suddenly two complimentary appetizers were sent to our table.

When we moved tables to be closer to the front, the second manager also came by to see if we were taken care of and to introduce us to our server. He then brought another round of complimentary shots. Both managers and servers were available during the night and came by periodically to check on us. All of my friends felt like we were really taken care of.

The food was good, and similar in taste to Italian Kitchen, their sister restaurant. No complaints.

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Guu Original838 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Tasty Japanese Fare in an Intimate Setting
Submitted Monday, September 12, 2011 - 10:43am [Dine in]

Small, dark and loud. Those words are usually negative descriptors when it comes to restaurant ambiance, but in the case of Guu, it works very well. The space is intimate, and you're seated right up against the next table during the lunch rush. The seats are small (and I mean very narrow) stool benches that weren't made for comfort. However, all of this creates an authentic Japanese experience (down to the hand written menus) of many in and out joints in Japan. The room is buzzing with conversation and best of all, anything lacking in decor, is made up for in the tastiness of the food.

I've been here multiple times over the past year, and have tried their dons, lunch sets, grilled fish and many other items. All were very well done, unique and yummy!

Prices are very reasonable for downtown and for the quality of food. Many lunch features are under $10 and are filling enough. Tea is of course, complimentary.

I have a great lunch here, every time.

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Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie2539 West Broadway, Vancouver
Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
Submitted Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 2:44pm [Take-out]

For my birthday, I was presented with a chocolate hazelnut cake from the new Thomas Haas location. Two words: soooo good. The cake was really decadent, and you can tell that "real" ingredients are used. The layer of hazelnut included crushed chunks of the nut and balanced with the rich, velvety chocolate layer perfectly. The cake was very fresh, even though we just bought it from the display case.

I know many have complained that Thomas Haas is over priced, but compared to what? Sure, it's more costly than say, Cupcakes, but those guys bake from a box. (No offense, I still love Cupcakes... but just saying...) It's more than triple the cost of any grocery store's bakery, but it's also three times as good. Same comparisons can be made with chocolate. Compared to Mink, Bernard Caulbault, Pattiserie or other "better" chocolatiers / bakeries, I'd say the prices are on par. Real ingredients cost more and that's the bottom line. You get what you pay for.

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Koi Japanese Tapas630 Kingsway, Vancouver
New Go To Spot for Japanese and/or Late Night Eats
Submitted Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 11:15am [Dine in]

To start, I have to say that I am torn writing this review. On one hand, Koi is the best thing that happened to the Kingsway culinary scene for a long time, but on the other hand, it is a tiny restaurant (maybe 25 seats max) and I'm worried that if word gets out about this place, I'll have to stand in line on my next visit.

I came here twice on the same weekend. Tried a few things on the menu and overall, the food was great. The Memphis Roll, Koi Roll and Beef Fried Udon were delicious and definitely recommended. I liked the Daikon Salad with Bonito flakes and the Unagi Salad Roll as well, but may be an acquired taste, since I was the only one at the table that liked it. The lotus chips were unique but just a tad oily.

Ambiance is clean and modern. No complaints on service.

Value is really good for the quality of food served. The tapas are fairly large in portion compared to other tapas places. Twenty bucks per person should fill you up. They have different drink specials each night as well. Cocktails were only $5 on Fridays!

Will definitely be back.

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Kamei Royale1030 W Georgia Street, #211, Vancouver
Good for Lunch
Submitted Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

This has been one of my go-to lunch spots for a while. The ambiance is fairly nice and relaxed, dishes come out quickly and I appreciate that they're aware of peoples' lunch schedules. Food is decent - not authentic Japanese but I like the different items they have on the menu. The special rolls are all pretty good and one of my favorite dishes is the hallibut on brown rice. Sushi and boats are similar to restaurants elsewhere...good but standard. The only critique I have for the food is that it's usually a bit on the salty side. Other than that, prices are reasonable (for lunch only... dinner is a bit more and not as "worth it") and I'll continue to frequent this place until something changes.

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Ebisu in Richmond8111 Ackroyd Road, #100, Richmond
A Nice Alternative for Japanese
Submitted Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 12:17pm [Dine in]

Richmond is full of Japanese restaurants but most of the ones I've been to are either all you can eat, or small family-run sushi and sashimi joints. I thought Ebi-Su was another run of the mill Japanese restaurant but was surprised (and glad) to find that they offer more on their menu than the standard fare. Owned by the same folks as Kamei Royale downtown (one of my lunch restaurant staples), Ebi-Su follows its sister restaurant with similar dishes on the menu.

We tried the Royale boat which came with: a green salad with seared tuna (good, but a bit too much sauce on mine), miso soup, sushi and sashmi, plus baked oysters (fairly small chunks but tasty), deep fried chicken (might have been a bit undercooked but I ate it anyway and survived) and tempura.

Service was the only issue here - the staff were nice but seemed a bit unexperienced. They didn't give us any plates and we had to ask for tempura sauce although we clearly had tempura in the meal. No quality checks but tea was refilled which was good. There were only 3 tables in the entire restaurant, including ours, but we had to flag them down to order and to get the bill. When I paid by credit card, they simply swiped the card and left the machine on the table, never coming back so I had to rip my own receipt and leave the merchant's copy on the table.

The boat was on a promotional price of $20 per person which I thought was fairly reasonable. However, the regular price is $28 per person (at which I think is a bit steep for the quality of food given). Therefore, I'd visit again but would try other menu items next time.

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Le Petit Saigon2783 E. Hastings St., Vancouver
Beef 3 Ways!
Submitted Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 11:38am [Dine in]

If you like Vietnamese food, you may know of a speciality called "Beef 7 Ways" which is literally seven courses of beef - everything from congee to salad to grilled items. Petit Saigon only serves it three ways, but it's still worth the trip. The food was tasty, with large (really large) portions. The server suggests one order to be split by two people, but you can easily feed three hungry people with the portion size. We started with the hotpot where slices of raw beef are dipped into the boiling broth, and wrapped in a rice paper roll with vermicelli and veggies. This course is then followed by two types of grilled beef which you can also wrap or eat as is. I thought the grilled beef was a tad salty but still very tasty. I like the fact that the veggie plate featured a wide variety of mints and herbs, normally not found in most pho places. I'm not even sure of the names for most of the herbs but it speaks to the authenticity of the restaurant. The lime soda was also very refreshing, not too sweet and a good choice on a hot summer's day.

The ambiance is just what's expected - minimal, but cleaner than your average pho joint in East Vancouver.

Good value - Two orders of the above meal served four people, included a small leftover bag to go, and still cost under 70 bucks, taxes and tips in.

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Nahm Thai Bistro13650 102 Ave, Surrey
New Thai Restaurant in Surrey
Submitted Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 10:12am [Dine in]

My bf and I have been driving by this place awaiting its opening, as we felt Surrey is due for a modern restaurant boasting ethnic cuisine. We finally tried this place a few weeks after opening...

The branding is prevalent throughout the restaurant - from the signage to menus and business cards to beautiful white (faux) leather booths and dangling modern chandeliers and white square dishes.

The food was in general, good. We had the house curry with jasmine rice, and beef and basil fried rice. Both dishes had a lot of flavour and a good balance of spiciness.

My only complaint is in the value catagory. The prices on the menu are on par with most thai restaurants, but portions here are on the small side, and Curries do not come with rice, so you must order this on the side at $2 / bowl (or more $ for brown rice). The menu also lists different meat choices for many dishes, at different prices (ie. if you want chicken in your dish, it's X-amount, beef is another dollar more, shrimp is 2 dollars more, etc). It would make more sense if they just charged the same amount for chicken and beef (difference is only 1 dollar) and maybe additional for more costly ingredients like shrimp. Having a long listing like this on their menu just makes me (as a customer) feel like the restauranteurs are counting pennies rather than perfecting the customer experience. Cocktails are a good price ($5 - 6) but I found their non-alcoholic drinks a bit unjustified.

This would be a good place to have a girls' night or social dinner, but I'm unsure if I'll come back for a casual lunch / dinner due to the value factor.

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Classic, Clean Flavours. Well done.
Submitted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 11:12am [Dine in]

Food should have 3.5 stars. We started with the escargos and pate and for mains, followed by the salmon for me and the steak for my bf. All of the food was cooked perfectly, and the flavour was classic French. While the food wasn't very innovative, it was all very well done and well presented.

Our server was experienced so no complaints there.

Definitely good value for the quality of food served, as some fine dining places can't even cook meat as well as Les Faux Bourgeois.

With the closing of my beloved Corner Suite restaurant, I will definitely be frequenting Les Faux Bourgeois a lot more often.

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West Lake Vietnamese Kitchen4800 No. 3 Rd, #105, Richmond
Nice Ambiance, Food Needs Improving
Submitted Monday, June 13, 2011 - 3:50pm [Dine in]

It's been many years since I set foot in West Lake, and as I stumbled upon their "new" location (not so new, but new to me) I decided to give it a try.

The ambiance is a great improvement from before. From the menus to decor and comfortable seating, this is definitely a "nicer" looking Vietnamese restaurant. However, the food left a lot to be desired, which reminded me of why I never went back to the original West Lake location. Inauthentic is definitely a good descriptor, but I want to be more specific, because many fusion or "inauthentic / westernized foods" are pretty tasty elsewhere.

The pho lacked flavor. Simple as that. The broth was very plain, as if they forgot the fish sauce, star anise or other main ingredients in making the standard base. It was not as robust and beefy, as with all other pho places. The only plus here is that there is very little MSG used.

The salad roll only featured shrimp, whereas traditional salad rolls have both ham (or pork) and shrimp. This is not fusion or westernized tasty food, but merely cheapening out on the part of the restaurant. Tasteless.

Veggie spring rolls were fried nicely, using authentic rice wrappers, but were really salty which overpowered everything.

Lemon grass chicken on rice was good - although again lacking in the lemongrass department, but the chicken was grilled really nicely - no black or burnt marks at all.

Overall, disappointing experience and will not go back.

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Charm Modern Thai and Bar1269 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Dishes were Hit or Miss but Great Martini
Submitted Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 3:17pm [Dine in]

Tried Charm Modern Thai with some friends for DOV. Let me start off by saying that I am a huge fan of their Charm Tini, a lychee based concoction with fresh basil and vodka - delicious, refreshing and light.

That said, our DOV experience was both good and not-so-good. To start, the garlic prawns appie showcased huge prawns, packed full of flavour and cooked perfectly. Unforunately the salad it came with was overly salty and not very tasty. The duck sticks (essentially duck springrolls) were okay. The most disappointing course was the main - Green tea chicken which didn't work very well with the sauce it was presented in. The sauce over powered the very light hint of green tea on the chicken and tasted similar to something out of a food court rather than at a restaurant. Dessert was innovative and was the dish that saved the food rating from a 2 to a 3. Spicy chocolate cake served with apple slices and deep fried wonton wrappers balanced the heat and sweet really well. I will go back for this innovative dessert for sure.

Service at the bar was lacking but our server was solid.

May or may not be back.

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Pho Thai Hoa8328 Capstan Way, #1101, Richmond
Love their Bahn Mi
Submitted Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 2:14pm [Dine in]

I'm surprised to read so many reviews on their pho when to me, the best items on their menu are the sandwiches. Crunchy but soft (almost flaky pastry-like) French bread enclosed around the tasty filling of choice. The pickled veggies included were very fresh and crunchy.

On the same visit, I also tried their pho tai nam, rice rolls with pork and spring rolls. The three mentioned were okay (pho was nice, rice rolls were too thick and spring rolls lacked depth of flavour - it was just salty and nothing more) but I dream about their sandwiches.

Am looking forward to my next visit for another sandwich and to try other items on the menu.

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