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cherrybomb143Surrey, bcSince November 5, 2007218 Reviews
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Salam Bombay755 Burrard St, Suite 217, Vancouver
My tastebuds loved it, my wallet didn't.
Submitted Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 12:02am [Dine in]

Finally! A great fine dining Indian restaurant that hits all the marks: great food, professional service, and sparkling serving ware and utensils.

Came in here with my boyfriend on a week night. We tried the chicken saag, butter chicken, fish pakoras, salad (can't remember which one, but it was piled high and really good) with naan. This was possibly the best Indian food I've had in a long time - all ingredients were fresh, dishes were prepared skillfully without over salting or over cooking (as I find with many other places). Spices were left to speak for themselves and compliment each other without over powering.

No complaints on service. Our glasses were refilled promptly, the server was polite and food came on time.

Only issue that would deter me from visiting more regularly is the price. Dinner for two (no alcohol ordered) came close to $100 with tax and tips. For these prices, there are many other restaurants to choose from, and while lower quality, I can easily get my Indian fix for a fraction of the price. Still, I'd like to go back and try their chef's tasting menu.

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Diamond, The6 Powell Street, Vancouver
Possibly the best drinks in town
Submitted Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

This hard-to-find best kept secret of Gastown is a favorite for my friends and me when we're in the area. The Asian inspired menu features things like noodles in soup, Vietnamese subs, peanuts - all with a modern twist. We particularly liked the short rib sub and peanuts. Salad wasn't as thrilling (I guess it's not really bar food to begin with, but good to know it's offered).

Drinks were great! Inventive, tasty and made the real, traditional way (ie. liquor + liquor + other liquor... not liquor + juice or other easy additive) The price of a martini or cocktail costs about $10 to $12, which is on par with most bars downtown. However, value-wise, the Diamond has an edge as the drink is 90% liquor.

Will be back.

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Yume Japanese Restaurant602 Seymour Street, Vancouver
So-so Japanese Fix
Submitted Monday, April 12, 2010 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

Yume is located close to a long-time favorite sushi joint which unfortunately closes much too early. Therefore, my friends and I would venture into Yume for it's nearby location and decent eats.

However, some items on the menu are better than others. I found the king crab roll to be fairly good, but the bentos to be just ok - with really nothing differentiating them from anywhere else (asian food courts included). Spicy tuna sushi was weak (and lazy - basically it's tuna sushi with a dot of hot sauce on top - presentation wise, pretty but doesn't cut it taste wise).

The last time we were there, the kitchen ran out of miso soup. We finished our meals and it still wasn't ready. After waiting another 10 minutes, we gave up and asked for the bill. It would have been nice for the restaurant to apologize or discount the bill since the soup was actually included in the meals we purchased, but unfortunately this didn't happen. Small issue, but to me, attention to these details is what sets restaurants apart.

I would say value is either solid or mediocre, depending on what's ordered (since food was either hit or miss). As for drinks, the pitchers of Sapporo for 13 bucks is definitely a steal, but on the other hand, I would never pay again for the watered down mouthwash that is their house sake even though it looked like an impossible bargain for only 6 dollars.

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant7900 Westminster Highway, #200, Richmond
Kirin on a Windy Night
Submitted Monday, April 12, 2010 - 10:09pm [Dine in]

Let me qualify this review by firstly saying that Kirin is an excellent restaurant and one of my favorites. I've been to the Richmond location multiple times but this is the first time we had a "casual" dinner here (ie. skipping the sharks fin or other delicacies and just trying a few a la carte dishes with rice). Therefore, this review mainly reflects the casual dinner experience.

We ordered: the cold appetizer platter, pork neck and seasonal veggies, moo shu pork wraps, soup of the day, and veggies in portugese sauce. The cold appie platter consisted of smoked salmon, jelly fish, pork hock and mushroom wrapped in bean curd. Unfortunately, it wasn't as fresh as it should be and not up to par w/ Kirin quality. Other dishes were good. The soup and the complimentary dessert (cold tapioca green tea sweet soup) was the best parts of the meal.

Value: $40 per head after tax and tip

Conclusion: There are many more value-appropriate places in Richmond for casual dinners which will fill you up with tasty eats without breaking the bank. However, no one really does abalone, seafood, shaking beef or other signature dishes like Kirin. If you visit, suggest you only spend money on the good stuff.... the rest of it is just similar to other restaurants.

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Pho 99 Vietnamese Noodle House19533 Fraser Highway, Surrey
Clean and Fresh but Lacking Flavor
Submitted Monday, April 12, 2010 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

Being a pho fanatic, I was excited to see that a new Vietnamese restaurant opened nearby. The restaurant is new, so it's definitely clean, and the decor is fresh and trendy - a bit like the "one-step up" trendsetters like Pho 888 or Pho Saigon in Toronto.

It was a little disappointing that the food didn't match the decor. The pho ga (chicken pho) we ordered was bland. Spring rolls had a nice crispy wrapper but the filling was tasteless and mushy with unidentifiable ingredients (I was only able to identify the carrot and guess there might be taro?) Most disappointing, the salad rolls and pork rolls were both filled with a type of processed ham instead of real pieces of pork. The 3 bean smoothie was the best part of the meal but still not really up to par compared to most other pho places.

Service was interesting because normally I find that pho joints in general don't tout the best service. However, our server seemed to overcompensate by waiting at our table while we perused the menu (literally waiting for us to order after handing us the menu. We told her to come back in a couple minutes, and I think she literally counted the two minutes and showed up again, though we were very obviously still deciding). After we had our food dropped off, the server disappeared and it was difficult to flag her down.

The price was right with the 20% grand opening discount, but I'm not sure if I'll go back.

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Cafe Medina780 Richards St, Vancouver
Great little brunch spot!
Submitted Monday, April 12, 2010 - 9:27pm [Dine in]

We visited Cafe Medina on a busy Sunday but still managed to get seated right away. This quaint little spot is relaxed and serves up great food (which deserves 3.5 stars by the way).

I had the salmon fume which was very well done with a great balance of flavours (I was worried the smoked salmon would over power but it complimented the greens and tanginess of the artichoke very nicely. The egg was cooked to order and salad was very fresh. One thing that really stood out above the rest of the brunch spots was their organic juices - possibly the best grapefruit juice I've ever had.

Service and ambiance are so-so and what's expected of a cafe. Our order took a bit longer that expected, but the food was well worth the wait.

Will be back.

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Society Restaurant & Lounge1257 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Easy on the salt, please!
Submitted Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 11:59pm [Dine in]

The first thought walking into Society was, wow, what a great space. Loved the chandeliers and the subdued opulence of the place. Lighting was just a tad too dark for me, but the booth we were seated in was very comfortable.

This restaurant serves comfort food with a gourmet twist. My friends and I tried the braised beef shepherd's pie, kurobata pork with lobster mash and the rack of lamb. Everything was done really well, but the only complaint from half of our group was that our entrees were really salty. Maybe it was an off day for the kitchen, as everything (except the rack of lamb) seemed to have triple the salt that it should have. The lobster mash was really good, and save for the salt, our dishes were very tasty. Our appies of onion rings were humongous (size of a donut) but unfortunately fried in old oil (they came out brown, not golden). The fries trio was ok, but nothing spectacular.

Service was good - we were served promptly, with lots of follow up and our server was friendly. The only complaint may be that it was a bit intrusive at times but better that we were taken care of than ignored, right? =) The restaurant also took one of the salty entrees off the bill (standard procedure) and sent a junk food platter as an apology (which I thought was a nice touch).

Might be back if I'm in the area and craving something heavy.

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Jang Mo Jib8320 Alexandra Street, Richmond
Another Tasty Korean Find
Submitted Monday, January 4, 2010 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

I was wondering what all the talk about this place was about and ventured in with some friends on a Friday night.

Overall, the food was good. We tried the pork neck soup, beef and veggies, and the japchae (bean thread noodles with veggies and a bit of meat). All dishes were very well done, though the pork necks in the soup were a bit difficult to eat because the pieces were so big. Perhaps if they cut them in half, it would be easier to manage.

Service was so-so. We had to wait for the bill at the end and ask two servers before we received it, but it was a full house that night.

Value-wise, the prices seem a bit higher on the menu, but the portion size justifies the price. Huge orders for the soup and the japchae.

Will be back.

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La Conquistadora10609 King George, Surrey
Better than fast food joints, not yet restaurant quality
Submitted Monday, December 14, 2009 - 12:59am [Dine in]

My bf and I made our way to La Conquistadora after seeing such great reviews. Unfortunately, we both left a little disappointed.

Our main issue was with the food. Expecting some authentic, home-cooked Mexican, I ordered the mole with chicken after checking with the server that the mole was home-made. What I got tasted suspiciously like the over-sweetened, jellied mess from a jar. My bf's burrito was much better, but still falling short of fresh and flavourful. We also wished the dishes would come with some lettuce and veggies, but they just came with rice.

Half a market and half a cafe styled restaurant with kitschy Mexican feel, I thought the ambiance was kind of cute for what it is.

Fairly good value, considering a combo meal at a chain Mexican fast food place would cost about the same amount.

Probably won't be back.

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Good for large parties.
Submitted Monday, December 14, 2009 - 12:43am [Dine in]

Food actually deserves 3.5 stars. The seafood platter (consisting of lobster, crab legs, spicy tuna sushi, mussels and clams) was very fresh, tasty, and best of all, served beautifully, including a very nice touch with the dry ice. My main of the trout and the creme brulee / chocolate cake dessert was solidly good, but not super innovative.

Service was fantastic, though we were a party of 30+ guests, the wait staff were attentive, and very good with quality checks, wine refills, etc.

No complaints on ambiance. Solid, beautiful and chic.

Will be back.

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East Fusion Food88 West Pender Street, #1021, Vancouver
Triangular Bowls of Wonton Soup
Submitted Monday, November 23, 2009 - 12:15am [Dine in]

FOOD> Wonton noodle soup was tasty, although the alkaline water ("gan sui" in cantonese) that makes the shrimp bigger than it should be, and the noodles al-dente left a tingle in my mouth. Seafood congee was standard; garlic chicken wings came with small bits of deep-fried garlic which was yummy, but I was hoping the chicken wing itself would have more of a garlic infusion. Also tried the gai lan which was pretty good.

SERVICE> wasn't perfect and the wait staff misunderstood some requests, but there were a lot of servers and they were easy to flag down.

AMBIANCE> I appreciated the cleanliness of the utensils and dishware, the kitchen had a big open window and looked fairly clean. Tables were comfortable. Only minor complaint is that several plates were chipped.

VALUE> Not bad at all.

Finally, a much-needed addition to International Village.

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Wired Monk Coffee Bistro5620 152nd St., #160, Surrey
Good lattes and teas
Submitted Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

Stopped by Wired Monk on a rainy weekend. I've seen several Wired Monks around but never had the chance to go into one so was curious to know how it compares to the other large coffee chains.

My bf ordered the caramel machiato (reported to be a step above) and since my friend and I have never been coffee fans, we tried the latte and tea. They use high quality teas. My latte was possibly the best I've had in a long while - not too sweet, but warm and rich.

No complaints on service. Greeted with a smile and our beverages were delivered to the table. Ambiance is similar to other chains, though the Christmas tree is a nice touch.

Will be back.

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True Confections866 Denman, Vancouver
Delectable.
Submitted Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

Fresh and real ingredients do make a difference. We had dessert here last night and enjoyed every bite.

My friends and I tried the white chocolate raspberry cheesecake, tiramisu cheesecake and the banana cream pie. The pie had tons of banana in it and the cheesecakes had "weight" (as in, made with real cheese and no fillers) but were still fluffy. Also had the coffee, Vancouver Fog, House Chai and Italian Soda. I was a little disappointed the Italian Soda didn't come with whipped cream, but it was still good. Drinks were of a higher quality.

As with previous reviewers, I agree that the price is a little steep at almost ten bucks a piece. They do have daily features for six or seven bucks and I really think that is more of a reasonable price point. I guess if they upped their (currently very reasonable) drink prices, and dropped a couple bucks on the desserts, it might make the menu look a bit friendlier.

Will be back.

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
Authentic, but not so healthy ramen
Submitted Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

Visited Kintaro with some friends, and like the previous reviewers noted, there was a small line-up as the number of tables were limited in this tiny place. However, the turn-over was pretty fast, so we were seated in about 15 - 20 min. Like many cafes in Japan, we had to share a table with some other parties.

The FOOD: was ok. We tried the gyozas which were pretty standard. I wouldn't order them again. The BBQ pork (found in the ramen and as an appetizer that we ordered) is different from the red ones you find at Chinese restaurants. This version is almost blanched, but still tasty. I ordered the miso ramen (medium soup with lean pork) and it was a good, generous portion. If anything, I found the soup to be too salty, but the noodles were the best ramen noodles I've ever had. There are also bits of lard in the soup, so if you're watching your cholesterol, this might not be the place for you.

Service was quick, polite and friendly. Prices were fairly reasonable.

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Han Ju Tofu Hot Pot4500 Kingsway, #1218, Burnaby
Quick Dinner on a Rainy Day
Submitted Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 9:10pm [Dine in]

Ventured into Han Ju after passing by many times, and was particularly craving something hot on a cold, rainy day.

The menu consists of several different types of hot pot, each served with a side of rice. The menu also has bubble tea and various drinks, but I found the ambiance doesn't really add up to other Taiwanese Tea Houses. It's a fairly small space, and not really renovated. Cleanliness might be an issue as my chopsticks and the table look like they've seen better days. The pot my food was served in was a bit dirty on the side as well.

The hot pot I ordered was tasty, but had very little meat and too much of the glass noodles. Portions were smaller than other hot pot tea houses, but a couple of bucks less.

Probably won't be back.

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Old Spaghetti Factory50 8th Street, New Westminster
All-Inclusive Meal
Submitted Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

It's been years since I've been back to the OSF, and walking into this one tonight reminded me of old times - nothing's changed, from the slightly "old house" smell of the restaurant to the paper menus, to the decor. The food quality is similar as well.

You get what you pay for - At $10 - $15 per person, you get a three course meal. While the quality of the salad, pasta and ice cream leave a lot to be desired, I did leave with a full stomach. My seafood linguini in marinara sauce had a small amount of seafood, topped with watery, flavourless sauce. My friends' spaghetti and meatballs was similar to cafeteria food - meatballs lacked in the "meat" dept. and seemed to have a lot of filler. Other friend's pot pouri pasta (3 sauces) was reported to be ok.

The price is right if you're hungry, want food fast and aren't too concerned about quality.

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Buffet at River Rock, The8811 River Rd., Richmond
Higher Quality Buffet
Submitted Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

It's true that there are many buffet restaurants out there, but my friends and I have found that unless we're in Vegas, they've all declined in quality (or never really had edible food to begin with). Imagine my surprise when we had dinner at the River Rock - the food was fresh, and dishes were clean.

FOOD: Was good. The salad bar was well-stocked and very fresh, the prime rib was medium rare and tasty. The dessert section was awesome! Lots and lots of great desserts. The salmon was a little dry, and the hot food in the Asian section was more of the food court variety, but the yummy food everywhere else easily made up for it. Sushi bar wasn't bad either.

VALUE: I think we paid about $22 / person on a weeknight (it's more on weekends) and the price included drinks (ie. coffee, tea, pop) For the quality of food, and compared to other buffets' prices, I'd say this is my new go-to buffet.

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Fortune House Seafood Restaurant4700 Kingsway, #2199A, Burnaby
A nice way to relax after shopping!
Submitted Monday, October 26, 2009 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

We've walked by the newly renovated Fortune House many times while shopping in Metrotown, but only stopped by last night because the line wasn't as long and we were seated in about 30 min.

Food deserves 3.5 stars. Both the scallops and asparagus were done nicely, cooked to perfection. I liked the inclusion of the pine nuts with the asparagus. We tried the taro and hallibut hot pot as well. Flavours worked very well together. Their menu also includes some innovative selections that I will go back and try.

Service was ok; there was a hiccup with the hotpot because apparently the English translation included taro but the Chinese wording didn't so we had to wait for them to replace the hotpot. Service also lagged a bit at the end as we waited for the bill, but the server was taking care of several large parties so I guess it's understandable.

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Kerrisdale Kitchen6055 West Boulevard, Vancouver
First Try...
Submitted Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 12:23am [Dine in]

Hungry for lunch and no where to go, so we ventured into Kerrisdale Kitchen.

We tried some small appie type dishes and the honeymoon fried rice, which is fried rice topped with two different kinds of sauces (white, creamy sauce and red, tomato-based sauce). The food was ok and quality is similar to food court-type food in Asian malls.

The price was not overly expensive, but it wasn't cheap either, considering the small portion sizes and quality. I suppose the rent in the Kerrisdale location is fairly high, though.

An ok experience.

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Jako Japanese Restaurant656 Davie Street, Vancouver
What a Deal!
Submitted Saturday, October 3, 2009 - 12:21pm [Dine in]

Where else can you find a bento box (including soup) for under 7 bucks? I was drawn in by the good deal, and while ambiance and food quality isn't up there (as expected), it is what it is and definitely edible. Good for a quick lunch or dinner if you're on a budget.

Food is definitely edible and deserves 2.5 stars. Points were lost on the california roll not having the shredded crab meat, but just the stick, tempura batter being a bit thick and fried in old oil, the rice in the unagi don being a little sour tasting (I think they used sushi rice instead of unmixed rice by accident). Only other complaint is the skimpy wasabi portions, but they're happy to provide more when asked.

Service was good and while some might give ambiance a lower rating, for the type of mini sushi joint that it is, I think it met expectations.

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