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cherrybomb143Surrey, bcSince November 5, 2007218 Reviews
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Empire Seafood Restaurant5951 No. 3 Road, #200, Richmond
Great Monday Night Dinner
Submitted Monday, February 9, 2009 - 10:44pm [Dine in]

I've visited Empire on several other occasions since my last review but they have all been banquet dinners. This time however, it was just my family and I so we had the set menu for four on a lazy Monday night.

Food: Fish mau and crab soup was good. Fish and veggies came with very very fresh sweet peas. The sweet and sour spareribs were also well done, but my favorite was the pea sprouts in consomme. Crab was just ok, along with the dessert. However, the overall quality of the food was of a higher standard.

Service: was the best I've experienced in any restaurant for a long time. (Surprisingly) From some reviews complaining about service, I wasn't really expecting anything more than average service. Maybe because it was a slower night -- we were waited on by 3 servers, our soup was refilled, plates were changed twice, tea leaves were changed (not just adding hot water), and all servers were polite, speaking both English and Chinese fluently.

Value: $88 for six courses, plus dessert. The four of us walked away full, satisfied, and carrying two packs of leftovers. Given the quality of food, service and atmosphere, I'd say this was a great deal.

Recommended and will be back again.

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Strawberry Cones Pizza & Pasta4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3180, Richmond
Not impressed
Submitted Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 10:09pm [Dine in]

I was really looking forward to trying a different kind of pizza but after waiting in line for 10 min, then another 15 min. to get my pizza (which I think is kinda long for food court food), I was disappointed to bite into a small, oily pizza with a very plain crust (reminded me of the baking soda crust I made in highschool's cooking class). I tried the potato and sausage pizza, the sausage which turned out to be (drum roll....) a sliced-up hot dog.

As for value, at first glance I thought the prices were fairly reasonable. Then I realized that their small pizza is actually only 8" and their medium is 10".... basically, one size down from normal pizza places (a small everywhere else I've been is 10" not 8", and a medium should be 12") Their per slice deal is also a very small slice.

Won't be back.

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Gogo Tea Cafe8788 McKim Way, #270, Richmond
Maybe my expectations were too high?
Submitted Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 9:53pm [Dine in]

My bf was excited about this place so I went along to humor him. It's a fairly nice room with big booths and a nice fish tank. The "maid" concept was good but I think poorly executed, but more about that later.

Food was okay. Nothing spectacular but definitely edible. We ordered the chili beef hotpot, pork chop / egg and tomato on rice with longan/ginger hot tea and a blended avocado smoothie with pearls. The tea was way too sweet but the avocado was possibly the best I've had in BC and only rivaled by the avocado smoothie I had in Texas.

My biggest disappointment was service. While the girls were cute in their sailor outfits, I was disappointed that they weren't dressed as maids as their gimmicky website had advertised, which threw off the authenticity of a real Japanese maid cafe.

The service was unfortunately non-existent. We walked into the empty reception area and were seated after a few minutes of standing around when we finally walked further into the dining area to wave at 5 servers, all standing by the counter, chatting with each other. There were 2 only 2 other tables, but we had to wave them down again to take our order and to get the bill and then the change. No quality checks. Actually, for some reason they seemed a bit awkward and... scared? (for lack of a better word) when taking our order and approaching our table. They were friendly but perhaps lacked experience since they all looked quite young. English was also a small issue.

Probably won't be back as Richmond has so many other places to eat at...

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Adonia Tea House2057 West 41st Ave., Vancouver
Nice Little Place
Submitted Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 12:22am [Dine in]

Came here for a bridal shower and booked the entire place. We ordered the set menu which came with Earl Grey tea and an assortment of sweet and savory bites for $26 / person. The food was fairly good, and it was definitely cooked in-house which was good. It was fresh and delicious although not the best I've had by far. Still, points for effort.

Service was good but not really polished. The servers were nice but silently did their jobs. There was no greeting or anyone to help us to our table when we arrived (we got there late and there was really only one table left but still would've been nice to be acknowledged. Instead, my friends had to drag an extra chair to the table for us etc... self serve?) We also had to tell the wait staff that we were there are also wanted to be served... which seemed... silly?

Ambiance is nice... Looks like a quaint little Victorian tea house. Wasn't a fan of the ducks as decoration but overall, it's a nice place to spend a Sunday chatting or something.

Value was ok for the quality and amount of food, I suppose. Compared to the Empress in Victoria (my favorite), I'd say it was solid value taking into consideration Empress is double the price (but it's also all-you-can-eat -- lots of people don't know you can actually ask for more food at no extra cost) =)

Might be back if I were in the neighbourhood, but will definitely try other places.

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Shanghai Chinese Bistro1124 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Solid choice for Dim Sum downtown
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 11:53pm [Dine in]

Came here with some coworkers for lunch.

Good dim sum. Not the best I've had but very good compared to the few choices downtown. Ingredients were fresh and the pieces were well-made. The only issue I had was some items, like the lo bak goh especially, were "overly" fried but I suppose maybe others like it crispy?

Great service. We were greeted professionally and all of the staff spoke both English and Cantonese well. We interacted with a few different servers and from the looks of it, managers (in suits) and all were friendly and eager. Tea was refilled promptly and we never had to leave the lid off to indicate that we needed a refill.

All in all, not a bad choice at all for dim sum downtown. It's not cheap (think Kirin or Sun Sui Wah prices) but reasonable for what they serve, the service and where the serve it.

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Neptune Wonton Noodle8171 Ackroyd Road, #110, Richmond
Noodles and much more!
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 9:11pm [Dine in]

A large menu at reasonable prices and open til 2am. Sounds good to me! The food was good and met expectations for a noodle house. We shared a large soup (that keeps boiling on a hotpot stove) along with Chinese sticky rice wrap which turned out to be really good.

Service wasn't great - in fact, they forgot all of the extra items we needed like another pair of chopsticks, plates, and hot water. However, the value was good enough to warrant another trip back...

A good late night alternative to that 24-7 restaurant with a number in its name =) (you know which one I'm talking about!) =)

Recommended if you're in the area.

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Congee Noodle King3313 Kingsway, Vancouver
Great place for your congee fix.
Submitted Wednesday, November 12, 2008 - 12:35am [Dine in]

Stopped in on a rainy day with my family for some good, hot and casual eats. We were going to try other things but the congee on the menu was too appealing so we ended up trying a different kind of congee each, plus sharing some wontons and rice rolls.

The congee is good. Very well done to just the right consistency and tasty, albeit with MSG (if you don't want MSG just ask them to use the plain congee to make your order -- i'll remember to do that next time) The chinese donuts are also a must have with the congee.

It was a packed house but the service was fairly good and the queque was fair which is all that I ask =)

Dishes weren't that clean and we had to exchange two bowls but I didn't see any of the bug problems that other reviewers talked about...

Prices were fair and reasonable for the amount of food that you get.

Would I go back? Probably, if I'm craving congee in the area. =)

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Mosaic Bar and Grill655 Burrard St, Vancouver
Slow lunch
Submitted Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

Came here for lunch on a weekday. The food was pretty good and might actually deserve 3.5 stars. Dishes were well done; not the best but value was fair for the quality vs. the price.

The room was comfortable, nice and the bonus is sitting by the window over looking the streets below.

Service was slowwwwww. Do not dine here if you have to be somewhere immediately after. While our server was very nice, experienced and courteous, it seemed they were understaffed. The restaurant was pretty much full but I only counted 3 servers total. We weren't neglected persae, but it was hard to flag someone down for the bill.

Not the first on my list to recommend, but would come back.

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Boss Bakery & Restaurant, The4800 Kingsway, #238, Burnaby
Nice decor, but what happened to the food?
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

The Boss never had great food - but it used to be good enough. I came back and checked it out for the second time after its renovation (which is a huge step up by the way) but I can't say the same about the food. We had an appie of 5 pieces of shrimp for $5.95... they were ok but nothing special and not really worth the price in my opinion. The beef noodle soup had a noodle that is usually used for frying (not for noodle soups) in it... which threw off the enjoyment factor. My dad, who had the seafood congee and beef skewers had to run to the bathroom immediately after the meal.

Service was not overly polite but not rude either. It was efficient which is all I really need from a cafe style establishment. Though, the manager should be commended for his customer service skills.

I noticed the menu prices were increased but for the quality of food, I would say I'm not overly impressed.

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Samba Brazilian Steak House1122 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Something different...
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 11:09pm [Dine in]

If you're a meat lover and craving something different, Samba is an interesting find. We had dinner here on a Sunday and were treated to live music and dressed up dancers. While the decor isn't great (it's not bad though) the live entertainment was a nice touch to set this restaurant apart from others downtown.

The food was ok -- they had a nice variety of meat but not all were done nicely. The veal I found was really dry and buffalo was fairly tough (even for buffalo which I expected would be gamey) The ostrich, pork and beef was very good though. Salad bar was ok, nothing special and it's too bad they don't have dessert included in the buffet as well.

Service was great - they had a lot of servers who kept clearing plates and bringing food. A tip for first timers though: even if your companions are full (but you're not) keep their cards green anyway so that the servers will see it and bring you food. My 3 companions were full and turned their cards over to the red side, so our table was bypassed over and over again as they didn't notice my little green card in the corner =)

For $32 + tax for all you can eat on a Sunday night, we paid just over $40 a head with drinks and tip. Not really sure if this is worth it since we didn't eat that much and there are a lot of other places to go for that amount of money. It's worth a try just to experience it though.

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Keg Caesars595 Hornby Street, Vancouver
What a boring lunch...
Submitted Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - 10:08pm [Dine in]

Came here with some coworkers today expecting to have steak since this is a steak house after all... But to my surprise, I found the lunch menu on a sheet only had a very small section for steaks but included almost half a page of salads, plus several burgers and sandwiches. Ok, I get that it's lunch and maybe not everyone wants a large steak so I tried their beef dip.

It was not good. The roast beef was dry and bland and dipping it into the au jus didn't help because that was also flavorless. The side coleslaw was warm... On a better note, my fries were AWESOME. Really, really good fries.

Service and ambiance were ok... there are definitely nicer looking spots to dine downtown but this place was just across from my work =)

Value: beef dip + juice for $18 including tip. Other than the fries, I don't think the quality of food justified the price.

Probably wouldn't come back.

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Okoman Japanese Restaurant3355 North Road, #100, Burnaby
Nice but Not Authentic
Submitted Monday, October 13, 2008 - 1:59pm [Dine in]

I've been waiting eagerly for this place to open for a while, as my bf works nearby and we keep passing by their OPENING SOON sign. We got in during their first week...

Firstly, this is a different brand of Japanese food. Think American food court Japanese food (but with much better presentation). It is not authentic, but still pretty to look at. It's not yet "fusion" but it is Westernized Japanese food for sure. We had several rolls and robata - nothing really outstanding but edible and was well presented.

Ambiance was good as with many new restaurants. Lots of rooms and booths (perhaps too many?) Looks very nice but can also make you feel like you're boxed in - good for privacy for each table I suppose.

Service was a little disappointing although I should note that I like the push button idea (push a button on the table and your server will come) Since it was opening week and they were pretty slow when we were there (2 servers, 2 tables including us) I wonder why it took the server so long to do a quality check on our items (she came pretty much after most of the food was finished) One thing that really bothered my bf was when our server came, she saw our empty tea cups as she cleared some dishes but never came back with tea. We had to push the button and ask for tea which was silly.

Value: Two people for dinner at just under $30, which included a complimentary cone on the house each as an opening surprise (nice touch). The prices are on par with other Japanese restaurants but for the quality of the food, I would say it's not worth it.

Skip this one.
Probably won't be back for a long while.

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Floata Seafood Restaurant180 Keefer Street, #400, Vancouver
ok choice, nothing more, nothing less
Submitted Sunday, October 12, 2008 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

Came here for dim sum with my family.... Best thing about my experience was a measly 5 min. wait for a table! (Compared to other places at 30 min + ) =)

Food was good. Not too many choices on the menu and it's your standard, traditional dim sum fare. All of it was done well except the spareribs and rice rolls could have been better (too oily and meat was too fatty, respectively). Congee was really good, as was the steamed eel, daikon balls and roasted pork.

Ambiance is good as it's a bigger place so seating was comfortable. Service was ok-- a little awkward at times but they did try. Just don't ask about any "specialty dishes or signature dishes" because our waiter couldn't tell us. But he was very nice with getting tea, extra spoons, etc.

Value - Didn't really see much value, especially considering it was Chinatown, I expected the bill to be less. Paid just over $90 with tips for 4 people. Granted we had 2 "chef's special" dishes (bbq pork with roast suckling pig and shechuan green beans) and we took home a small container full of left overs... but still. I still can't figure out how prices were calculated because even at $5 / item, we still shouldn't be close to that figure unless they're charging $10 for tea? Maybe there was a mistake but we were in a hurry so didn't bother to check.

Conclusion: Not bad, and for the limited choices in Chinatown, I'll return again if I'm in the area and craving dim sum. But for the same prices, dim sum in most Richmond establishments would obviously be a much better choice.

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Banana Leaf1096 Denman Street, Vancouver
Tough to rate this one
Submitted Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 12:14am [Dine in]

Came here with some friends after having a great experience at their Broadway location. Their menu is smaller than the Broadway location, but we still got to try some great dishes, ordering the 7 course tasting menu.

All of the appetizers (spring roll, roti, satay) was yummy, as were the dipping sauces that went with them. I particularly liked the mango salad... flavors were perfect compliments to each other. Entree dishes were smaller than average (because it's a tasting menu, I suppose) and all of the ingredients used were really fresh, especially the veggies (still crunchy!) Curry was good, veggies were great. Only dish we weren't thrilled with was the Beef Randang. There wasn't much flavor to it and it was the only dish we didn't finish. We also had the deep fried banana w/ ice cream... can't go wrong there =)

Service was solid... water refilled several times, quality checks and plate changes.

The bill came up to be around $30 per person, which was fair but not cheap. However, ordering one or two dishes off the menu would cost significantly less so it just depends on what you feel like.

Also, they don't take reservations at this location so if you're going at peak times, be prepared to wait!

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Subeez Cafe891 Homer Street, Vancouver
So far so good...
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 10:54pm [Dine in]

It was my first time at Subeez tonight and I liked it! The description says eclectic and eclectic is right -- decorated with a mish mash of modern art, a faux David statue (without the leaf, ladies btw lol), cafe tables and goth like candles, it certainly has atmosphere, whether you like it or hate it.

The food was good. In fact, better than what I expected (ok I admit I had lower expectations due to the cafeteria styled table... but who knew?) My chicken penne was AWESOME: fresh boccacini and quality bacon. Pasta cooked al dente. Burgers and yam fries were also yummy. I also really liked the fresh (real) juices.

For the quality of food, I think the value is worth 3 and a half stars.

No service complaints, although our server forgot to offer freshly ground pepper, but other than that.. smooth sailing (maybe because it was a not-so-busy Tuesday night?)

I would go back and bring friends too =)

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant3888 Main Street, Vancouver
Subpar wedding Reception
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

Attended my friend's wedding reception here last night and felt the need to comment for anyone thinking about holding their own in this restaurant.

Plainly put, the food was NOT good. The menu was standard wedding banquet fare. The fish was over cooked and rough, noodles were BURNT (they didn't just taste burnt, we found the evidence with black specks and chunks inside the dish!!), the squab that they're normally famous for was inconsistent -- my first piece was great, the second was dry and much too chewy. Sharks fin soup was ok, but not great. Abalone on veggies was really salty. Dessert three ways was negligable and over-sweet (if that's possible for dessert) There were better dishes, such as the cold appetizer platter to start, seafood and veggies, fried rice and lobster, but 4/ 10 dishes is a failure in my books especially for a restaurant with Sun Sui Wah's reputation...they certainly didn't deliver.

Service was good as to be expected, but didn't redeem the low food quality.

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Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant1128 West Broadway, #201, Vancouver
Don't be fooled by the Upgrade menu!
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 3:44pm [Dine in]

Came here again a few more times and have tried their deluxe or "upgrade" menu, which means for a few dollars more, you can enjoy a larger variety of sashimi and sushi. We were swayed to upgrade seeing the "lobster sushi" , "shark fin sushi", "abalone sushi", "geoduck sushi" and the larger selection of sashimi that included mackrel, tai and others.

Unfortunately the above mentioned were all disappointing (the abalone was particularly gross). Lobster sushi is fake lobster diced up on rice and while I was ok with it being fake, it didn't even taste like lobster =( Shark fin sushi of course didn't have real shark fin, as expected, but was unimpressive with jelly fish and glass noodles on rice (which I personally didn't think goes together well). Sashimi was better but the tai was served frozen.

I would still recommend this place for AYCE but warn you to skip the upgrade menu unless you want to try a larger variety of sashimi.

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Afghan Chopan12888 80th Avenue, #104, Surrey
Good Alternative if you're in the Neighbourhood
Submitted Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 1:01am [Dine in]

The food is GOOD. We ordered the Couples Combo which came with chicken and a couple of skewers, all very tender and juicy - done well. The rice with raisins along with the two dipping sauces (one mint? and one similar to yogurt?) were the highlights of the meal. I loved them! The only disappointment in the food department was the bread, which was a little hard (wish they would serve it hot).

Service wasn't great... we went in on a Saturday around 8pm and there was a larger group just finishing up their meal. The sole server was busy with this group and we had to wait a while to get seated. We waited again to get the menu after we were seated. Dirty dishes were on multiple tables which may suggest the poor server was really over worked. She was polite and did her job but food took a while (although it did all come at once) and it was hard getting her attention for the bill at the end.

Ambiance was ok... clean (except for the uncleared tables), table, chairs and carpet seemed new but it's not as creative in decor as another Afghan restaurant in Vancouver. Don't expect a lot of cushions, fabrics and ornate things here... just a straight forward place with some small Afghan touches.

This is a restaurant I would visit if I was in the neighbourhood, but probably wouldn't seek it out and make the effort to go if I was further away.

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Insadong Korean Restaurant403 North Road, #301, Coquitlam
Will definitely be back for more!
Submitted Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 12:46am [Dine in]

Wow! I finally got to try this place out and it's definitely one of the front runners for korean bbq mainly because of the quality and value.

We had 5 people and ordered their dinner set for 4-5. With the amount of food we got, I think 6 people can share it comfortably without over eating like we did! =) The seafood salad and jap chae were my favorites and the BBQ platter was HUGE. Tasty meats, oysters, prawns and muscles. The only complaint is that the entire meal was heavier on the garlic, but that's just personal preference, really.

We took our time and stuffed ourselves over the course of 2 hours. The total bill was $95 including a decent tip, since service was great -- they must have changed our grill plate at least 4 times to prevent the food from burning / grill from blackening.

I'll definitely be back.
Recommended.

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Tony-O's Food Experience10537 King George Hwy, Surrey
Great Find on King George
Submitted Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 6:53pm [Dine in]

Ever since I found Tokachi, I've been keeping my eyes open for more eateries near the King George area in Surrey... So it's not surprising that Tony O's bright red sign drew my bf and I in for lunch today. This new restaurant is good! And cheap!

Food: Great clam chowder! One of the best I've had, actually. My bf's beef dip sandwich was a good size and the pasta was simple, flavorful and cooked al dente. If I could, I would actually give 3.5 stars for this one...

Service: Friendly service by the owner himself. He gave us recommendations, and quality-checked on us twice.

Value: Cheap. Both my and my bf's portions were filling and for the quality, it's definitely worth it. I also spied pasta specials on their features board for $6.99 (including salad) ...

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