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cherrybomb143Surrey, bcSince November 5, 2007218 Reviews
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Moose Sports Bar & Grill, The14974 104th Avenue, Surrey
Good local hangout
Submitted Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 12:45pm [Dine in]

We recently discovered the Moose and have decided to make it our regular hangout for nights when we don't want to stay in, but don't want to put in the effort to pretty up and go far from home either.
This super-relaxed place is a bit older and not the best looking pub, but is clean enough with friendly servers and good value.

FOOD: Nothing fancy on the menu - just your regular pub food but executed well. Wings and burger were solid. Drinks are the same - no fancy martinis or funky concoctions, but they do have well-priced beer, standard cocktails and top shelf liquor available.

VALUE: Prices are very reasonable. Drinks are ridiculously cheap and food is very reasonably priced.

Will be back.

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Vera's Burger Shack7218 King George Highway, Surrey
Undercooked Burgers!
Submitted Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

We noticed a new Vera's in Surrey and decided to try it, since it's been a while since we've had Vera's burgers. My bf and I got two Vera's Burger combos with the works. Burgers were tasty but the problem was both patties in the burgers were pink in the middle! We were in a hurry, so we ate around the pink parts rather than complain, but it definitely didn't make for a good experience. Fries were over-oily and it seemed like they were dropped in the fryer before the oil was hot enough, allowing them to soak up excess but flavorless oil.

For a price tag of over $10 for each combo (includes pop), I can easily find many other burger joints out there.

Probably will not be back.

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ULounge16051 24th Avenue, Unit #10, Surrey
Nice Surroundings, OK Drinks
Submitted Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

This review is strictly for drinks only.

My friends and I came here for a birthday as it was snowing and we decided to stay close to home. For Surrey, I must say that this is probably the best looking "downtown feel" type lounge in terms of looks. However, it was quite dead on a Saturday night. The crowd was a mix of everyone - from barely legal kids to 50 year olds.

Drinks were okay, but nothing really innovative or special and lacked finesse. I wasn't impressed with their martinis (tiramisu and a candy one that tasted like kool aid), which were just an overly sugary concoction with alcohol added in. Gin and tonic was better but not great - I think the ratio was a little bit off.

Our server was fantastic though, smiling and making jokes as well as bringing us drinks when we needed them.

Overall, probably won't be back unless we were in the neighbourhood.

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Voya Restaurant and Lounge1177 Melville Street, Vancouver
A Chic and Warm Restaurant
Submitted Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 10:40am [Dine in]

My friends and I arrived at Voya on a cold Tuesday night. We tried a variety of appetizers including the: mussels, coconut encrusted prawns, oysters, pork terrine with hazelnut. The prawns were nicely done but lacked seasoning (no salt on it, whatsoever); mussels and oysters were fine. We were really looking forward to the terrine, but it fell flat - flavorless, lacking pork and hazelnut flavor. However, the accompanying heirloom tomatoes and greens was enjoyable. My main course was a chicken leg wrapped in proscuitto with polenta. The polenta was great, but the chicken was much too salty - wish some of that salt went into the prawns instead. All in all, the food was cooked perfectly, but in my books this should be expected in all of the better restaurants. What could've set Voya apart would be the execution of its inventive menu, which unfortunately didn't deliver.

Service was very good - attentive, friendly but not pretentious staff. There was a very long lull between appetizers and the main course, however, and that took away a little bit from the experience.

Ambiance deserves 3.5 stars. The see through muraled walls and see through fireplace, along with the hotel's lobby were gorgeous. Beautiful lighting fixtures and artistic accessories. Washrooms were nice. My only dismay was that the floor was very small; the bar and lounge spilled into the dining area, which included tvs and took away from the intimate fine dining feel.

Overall, I would more likely be back for drinks rather than dinner.

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Panda On Pender105 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Thumbs Down for Bubble Tea
Submitted Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 7:39pm [Take-out]

Visited Panda a when they were quite new... maybe that's why their bubble tea was so poorly made. We asked for one fresh papaya and one fresh taro slush with bubbles, but no milk and less sugar. These are very common requests at all other bubble tea places, so we were surprised when the two servers behind the counter insisted that the beverages would taste much better with milk and sugar. We said yes to the milk finally. When they made the drinks, there was literally one table spoon (only equals 3 - 4 crumbled, tiny pieces!) of taro or papaya, and the rest of the drink they filled with milk and ice. As a result, there was no flavor, just cold milk.

Won't be back.

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Taste Of Punjab, A10009 136A Street, Surrey
Neighbourhood gem for Indian food!
Submitted Monday, September 6, 2010 - 10:20pm [Dine in]

We came to A Taste of Punjab on a weeknight and were surprised to see they were fairly full. After tasting the food, we could see why.

Our group ordered the butter chicken and a platter which consisted of a bit of everything - tandoori selections, saag, butter chicken, tapioca, daal, and some other items. The food was definitely above average and deserves 3.5 stars. All dishes were tasty and portion size was good for the price.

The only complaint is that the food took a while getting to us (30 min) but we'll definitely be back.

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Wired Monk Coffee Bistro22198 48th Avenue, #104, Langley
Great Place to Hang Out
Submitted Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 9:15pm [Dine in]

Came to Wired Monk after its renovations to check it out. What an improvement! The floors, walls and bathrooms have gotten a face lift, plus they added some very cool patio furniture.

Food and coffee / drinks are good, as always. My ongoing favorites are the red tea latte with vanilla or the london fog. We also tried their soup (roasted red pepper w/ tomato) and poor boy sandwich. The ingredients were fresh and the soup was tasty.

Sometimes they have live bands playing, which gives them an edge over other coffee shops.

Will be back.

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Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe, The850 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Great Eats + Great Ambiance = Great Night
Submitted Saturday, September 4, 2010 - 10:04am [Dine in]

Tried Corner Suite after seeing some positive reviews. We were not disappointed.

FOOD: Was phenomenal and some of the best dishes on modern French cuisine I've had. We tried the croque madamoiselle, chicken liver pate, baby french onion soup and cobb salad. All were lovely. I thought my main of ling cod wrapped in bacon w/ peaches and vanilla sauce was an interesting combination but it worked pretty well. I also tried my bf's burger and it was delicious. The patty was huge and went very well with the condiments and toppings. The steak and duck confit were also reported to be excellent (and this is coming from very picky diners!) The sorbet for dessert was also tasty and a great way to end the night. I believe they make this fresh in-house, as the ingredients were nicely blended in and there was no blocks of ice, or a sugary after taste.

AMBIANCE: Love the blue chairs and the "dining by candle light" ambiance in general. They have a large *(and very expensive) espresso maker sitting on the bar and some comfortable banquets to sit in.

SERVICE: Was okay. I suppose the only complaint was that the food took a bit longer to come out.

VALUE: Was there for the quality of food presented. While some entree dishes were priced in the $20+ category, there were also a good selection of dishes under $20 and smaller bite options as well. The menu was versatile and the 24/7 deal can't be beat (daily feature of 3 courses for $24.07) Drinks were a bit on the pricey side, but well concocted.

Will definitely be back.

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Monk McQueens601 Stamps Landing, Vancouver
Go Elsewhere for Dinner but Come for Desserts
Submitted Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

We dined at Monk McQueens on a sunny Saturday, curious to know how things are going since our last visit, which was a long while back. Not much has changed. The decor is about the same, ambiance is good, with a great view, but still lacking lighting once the sun has set (I understand the mood lighting idea, but the restaurant is much too dim - looks like they're impoverished rather than rustic).

Food: Was okay. I had the seared ahi tuna chop salad and a seafood bouillabaisse; my bf had the chicken wings and salmon burger. Surprisingly the best dish was the chicken wings - done simply, was crispy and tasty but not greasy. On the other hand, the tuna was not as fresh as it should have been, and the seafood bouillabaisse didn't feature any really great / fresh bits of seafood. The salmon was overdone in the burger.
But what was lacking in the meal, dessert more than made up for it. For $8 each, the portion was HUGE. I would say it's share-able between four people! We tried the blueberry pie (with ice cream and a home made flaky crust) and the "banana", which was 3 pieces of banana bread, peanut butter ice cream, whipped cream and a deep fried coconut-covered banana. I would definitely recommend coming back for the desserts, but probably hit or miss for dinner.

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Big Ridge Brewing Co.5580 152nd Street, Surrey
Great Nachos Amongst Mediocrity
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 9:48pm [Dine in]

We tried the newly relocated Big Ridge late on a Friday night. The decor is warmer and more updated, but I can't help but feel like it looks like any other restaurant now, and the semi kitschy feel of the denim, down-home country family fun place is gone. Still, it's a comfortable place for some drinks and share plates with friends.

We tried the nachos, Montreal pizza (with smoked meat and curds) and a few rounds of drinks - the featured beer, various martinis, hot alcoholic drinks. The pizza was so-so, as were the drinks. But the nachos - possibly the best nacho platter out there. At 20 bucks, we thought it was a little over priced, but what came was a large mountain of chips, topped with fresh and delicious toppings (avocado and cucumber guacamole, sour cream that was closer to tzaziki sauce, tasty sausage, etc).

I'd definitely come back for the nachos but not sure if anything else really stood out.

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Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar601 West Cordova, Vancouver
Pay What You Think the Meal is Worth
Submitted Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 2:07am [Dine in]

My friends and I were curious to check out Transcontinental's new design - now Rogue. At first glance, the hanging chandeliers, new colours and trendy opulence is definitely a welcome change. We were seated promptly for lunch in a fairly busy dining room.

One interesting promotion Rogue has going on right now is "pay what you think the meal is worth". If you believe the meal is not as good, or worth less than the menu price, you simply let the server know and fill out a form, paying them what you think it's worth. If you feel the menu price is too low and pay more for the meal, they will donate the difference to charity. It's a good gimmick, but unfortunately, this puts extreme pressure for the restaurant to deliver - and perhaps makes patrons a bit more critical on the quality of food they're receiving. I know I was swayed to really critique my lunch. Sadly, my halibut fish tacos didn't deliver. The concept and ingredients were good, but execution was poor. The tacos arrived cold, under seasoned, and tasteless while the side of fries were over salted and over fried (dry). My friends who ordered the same thing had similar comments. We ended up paying the full price for the tacos anyway, but hope that the restaurant will do better next time.

The server was great - attentive, with quality checks and got us what we needed quickly. The only complaint is that it took a while for her to collect the money and process payment after we received the bills.

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Boonie's Southern Soul6465 201 Street, Langley
Still Looking for Some Good BBQ.
Submitted Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 1:53am [Dine in]

After indulging in numerous BBQ restaurants in Texas and the southern parts of the US, I've been keeping an eye out for authentic BBQ places like Boonie's. I was excited to try this place, but ended up a bit disappointed.

Came here with my girlfriends on a week night. To start with, three side items we wanted to order were not available: collard greens, cornbread, and mac n' cheese. My pulled pork sandwich was ok, but lacked the southern "oomph" I was looking for. There was really no difference between this pulled pork vs. the one I can make in my slow cooker at home, or vs. any other restaurant. My friend's cajun chicken burger was "just alright" and a bit dry. The rest of my friends' dishes were reported to be passable but comparable to a cafeteria and not really interesting at all.

The prices are reasonable, but for the quality of food received, I'd say the value isn't really worth it.

My bf still really wants to try Boonie's so I'll probably give them another chance. Hopefully Boonie himself will be at the helm this time and make things right!

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Iced Cafe4651 Garden City Road, Unit 1110, Richmond
Good Eats, Small Drink Menu
Submitted Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 1:36am [Dine in]

The good thing about Richmond is that there never seems to be an end to different cafes to visit. Tonight, my friends and I came to Iced Cafe to see what it's all about. At first impression, the room was stunning (especially for a cafe) - crystal curtains, plush velvet booths and matching faux leather seating with a mini chaise in the front was a nice change from the neon plastic look and feel of many other cafes we were used to. (Ambiance actually deserves a 3.5)

The food here is fairly good as well - we tried the seafood w/ lobster sauce and pork chop and onions on rice. Both were hot pots and true to their descriptors, they came sizzling, bubbling and stayed piping hot throughout the meal.

My only complaint is the drink menu was rather limited. Everything pretty much came with a type of tea (green, black or red) so for those looking for fresh juice or smoothie creations, this is not the place to be. However, my grapefruit lemon tea was not very sweet, which was a nice change from the sugar-laden drinks elsewhere. My friends also reported a happy "just enough sugar" level for their drinks as well.

All in all, a good first experience. Pricing is reasonable and on par with similar places.

Will be back.

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Pittsburg4500 Kingsway, #1687, Burnaby
Not Recommended
Submitted Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 1:26am [Dine in]

Stumbled upon the Pittsburg while killing time in the mall. We thought this restaurant may have been a new addition (later turned out it was around for a while) so decided to go in for an afternoon snack and tried the beef fried rice noodle and sweet and sour pork. We didn't really enjoy the food as the rice noodle was very salty, with a hint of fish sauce or something that was "off" in the dish. Normally, a basic soy sauce base would do for this simple dish but I think they tried a little too hard - the result was one of the worst "gon chow gnau haw" (beef fried rice noodle in Cantonese) I've ever had. The sweet and sour pork was better but again, had a very odd taste to it. Maybe I'm not used to this style of cooking, but definitely don't think it's HK cuisine.

The ambiance is similar to many HK style cafes - no frills, but clean enough.
Service was ok - nothing out of the ordinary but our order was taken and served in a fairly timely manner.

Value wasn't really there for me because I didn't enjoy the food. Will not be back.

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Chen's Shanghai Kitchen8095 Park Rd, Richmond
Yum! Chinese Comfort Food!
Submitted Friday, July 16, 2010 - 12:05am [Dine in]

For those craving Shanghai cuisine or just some tasty eats, Chen's delivers quickly with friendly, family-style service. The food was good. We ordered xiao long baos, a noodle in soup, sweet and sour pork and Chinese meatballs ("lion's head"). Everything came out piping hot and the most impressive fact was it came out at record speed. In fact, I sat at an angle and watched the chef turn around every 2 min. to set a new dish on the table behind him. If anyone deserves the tips, it's him! The ingredients in the dishes were fresh and flavours meshed nicely together.

Service is fast, but not in a rush-you-out-the-door kind of way. The staff will get you what you ask, but they won't dote on you or do quality checks. Prices are reasonable for the size of the dishes (the noodle in soup was huge!) The restaurant does get fairly busy really quickly so it's definitely better to arrive early.

Will be back.

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Bubble Queen8888 Odlin Crescent, Unit 1200, Richmond
Interesting Concept
Submitted Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 11:52pm [Dine in]

My bf raved about this place and insisted we make a late night trip to try their special bubble teas...and so we went.

The bubble tea menu reminded me of gelato offerings - basically, like gelato, anything and everything can be made into bubble tea! I thought the menu was creative and different, but upon tasting the drinks (special mango with pearls, the blue fairy and pink fairy and something else I can't remember between us and our friends) it seemed that execution wasn't as good as the idea. Perhaps it was an off night, but the mango tasted like blended mango powder (the same kind used to make mango pudding), both fairies were reminiscent of really sweet candy. Just over the top, and hard to drink more than a couple of sips, let alone finish the drink.

There is potential in the concept though, and I see a lot of reviewers liking the cookie or chocolate based drinks, so maybe I'll go back and try those to give this place a fair chance. Hope next time's the charm!

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Joyeaux Cafe & Restaurant551 Howe Street, Vancouver
One of the few decent Vietnamese places downtown.
Submitted Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 11:38pm [Dine in]

So call me skeptical, but over the years, I've come to the conclusion that better Vietnamese food is always found in the suburbs, at no-frills, family-run type joints. What a pleasant surprise today as we came to Joyeaux for lunch.

The cafe is super busy (at least at lunch time when I was there) and if it's your first time, you'll learn the system fairly quickly: Choose a table and place a RESERVED sign on it, then order / pay for your food from the counter. Ala Bread Garden, you take a number sign and place it on your table, where they will bring the food to you. There is also a server on hand to guide you through the process or point out empty tables.

The food was fairly good. While not the best or completely authentic, it definitely wasn't "Westernized" either.
I tried the vermicelli (they have thick noodles, not the thin ones! yum!) with grilled meat and shredded pork. Not bad at all. The price was reasonable and on par with other Vietnamese restaurants. Water is free.

Will be back for lunch as I work fairly close to the area.

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Sanafir1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Unique Concept
Submitted Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

For something a little different, we tried Sanafir after hearing so much about it.

Food: We tried the hummus dip with olives and pita and calamari to start. This was the best dish by far. So flavorful and unique and pairs perfectly with cocktails. Next, the calamari was really salty for our tastes, but would be fairly nice if they just went easy on the salt. Unfortunately the main dishes were not as impressive. The chicken mango wrap was good, but nothing as exciting. My pad thai was not really authentic at all, and doused with a thick, overpowering sauce that tasted only of ginger and lime.

Ambiance: Quite unique and done very well. From gorgeous hanging lamps to beds to eat on, this restaurant is chic, gorgeous and ready for a party even after several years (very well maintained). I hear they are renovating again soon - hopefully they will still keep the same flavor of style.

The prices are fairly reasonable for something in the downtown area. Will be back for cocktails and tapas.

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Ricky's111 Dunsmuir Street, #1, Vancouver
Consistent but not great
Submitted Monday, April 26, 2010 - 10:07pm [Dine in]

Recently visited Ricky's since the first choice for brunch had too long of a line. The good thing about Ricky's (and I suppose most other franchises) is that you always know what you're going to get. The food (eggs benny, BC burger, pancakes with berries etc) was average, but we were seated quickly, service was fast and we got fed.

Prices were reasonable, at about $15 per person. Though,to be fair there are a lot of very competitive specials at more inventive brunch places in the neighbourhood.

Ricky's is good for those looking for a no-frills, large menu kind of breakfast.

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Tree Rock Brew House9547 152nd St, Surrey
Pub food by definition
Submitted Monday, April 26, 2010 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

Pub food, by stereotypical definition, should not be good. It is normally an afterthought, or something to fill you up while you drink. I'm sure the foodies and gastropub enthusiasts are rolling their eyes at this point.

But "pub food" quality is really what we got at Tree Rock. Wooed by their sign of cheap wings and booze, we ventured in to try several flavors of wings, some cocktails and a roast beef dip sandwich. The wings were a bit dry and some looked like they may have been reheated / re-fried. The different sauces for each flavor tasted very similar (sweet and salty) with very little to distinguish one wing from the next. My beef dip was passable but only in a cafeteria kind of way. Drinks were standard but not inventive.

As for value, yes the wings were cheap and drinks were well-priced, but for literally a couple of bucks more I can be elsewhere with better quality food.

Probably won't be back.

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