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cherrybomb143Surrey, bcSince November 5, 2007218 Reviews
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Kentizen Fusion Lounge88 W Pender Street, #2029, Vancouver
Where's the fusion?
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2008 - 12:22am [Dine in]

I was excited to check this place out since the decor was VERY inviting. I had the buffet dinner at about 8pm on a Sunday.

Food: They had Alaskan King crab legs which I thought was a nice addition to the buffet (unfortunately some pieces were REALLY salty.. but still..) Lots of shrimp, sushi and hot Chinese food. Some of the hot food looked like it was sitting there for a while, but the beef short ribs and pasta that I did try were good. The sashimi wasn't as fresh as it could be, but it was ok.

Value: for just under $20 per head I thought it was fair, considering other AYCE japanese places are roughly the same price or over, without Alaskan king crab legs or unlimited sashimi.

My confusion, though, is where the fusion part of the restaurant exists. Basically, this is a restaurant that serves both Japanese and Chinese food. From the outside I was expecting new dishes that mixed the two in an innovative fashion, rather than just having two types of menus. I think their name should just say "Kentizen Japanese and Chinese Cuisine" ... then it would be less misleading :D

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Wings7124 King George Highway, Surrey
Good Wings + Cheap Drinks = Good Times!
Submitted Friday, September 5, 2008 - 1:39am [Dine in]

Checked out Wings tonight for a late night snack with my bf. We split 3lbs of wings in the following flavors: Tokyo (a cross between hoisin sauce and teriyaki sauce and sesame), Mexican (a dry wing with spices) and the Westcoast (our favorite - lemon and black pepper). The wings were delicious, hot and fresh. I wish there were more veggie sticks to accompany the plate though (we got 4 carrot sticks).

Drinks are ridiculously cheap here compared to downtown establishments or even the chain restaurants/ bars. My cocktail special was $3.50 and the bf's Coronas were just a little over 4 bucks each.

Ambiance was nice -- modern decor meets the quirky feel of a theme eatery (they have blues brothers statues at the front and a plane near the back)

Service was prompt and our server was fairly friendly. She quality checked on us twice and automatically brought me a water when I declined another cocktail.

Recommended.

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine628 6th Avenue, #103, New Westminster
Good Find in New Westminster
Submitted Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 12:47am [Dine in]

Food: I would give this 3.5 stars if I could. The Haianese Chicken was my favorite, as was the mixed veggies with brown shallots. Green papaya and mango salad and noodles were pretty good. We also had the beef and asparagus, and chicken curry which were a tad salty for our taste buds, but nothing more rice can't fix.

Service: was solid with a friendly server. There seemed to be only one server so sometimes it was difficult getting his attention when we needed to.

Value: not bad... $85 plus tips for 5 people, including some drinks. For a small restaurant and the quality of food, it's definitely fair pricing.

Ambiance: I love the look of this place - it's a small place but very nicely decorated. Casual yet sleek and inviting.

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North Garden Restaurant3355 North Road, #286, Burnaby
Not Bad...
Submitted Sunday, August 31, 2008 - 1:58am [Dine in]

Came here late at night and tried the two course peking duck meal (with added soup) Food wasn't bad and this isn't really the place for peking duck anyway, so for the reason that it filled me up, I rated food at a 3.

Our server was very nice when we saw her...but it was difficult getting seated, having our order taken, and finding someone to pack our to-go's because no one was on the floor or checked on us (they were not busy since it was just an hour before closing and there were only 3 tables including us)

Ambiance is actually pretty good for a HK cafe style restaurant - looked very clean and fairly new.

Considering the quality, value for peking duck wasn't really there for $35 (3 courses) I saw their menu for set dinners... 2 dishes with rice, soup and dessert went for about $26 but I didn't try it so I can't comment.

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Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant8380 Lansdowne Road, #110, Richmond
Just meh... not impressed
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

My bf and I tried this place on the recommendation for its xiao long bao. Yes, very moist and juicy (probably because 80% of the meat they use is fatty pork lol) but I had a problem with the amount of liquid that spilled out on each bite. Maybe I'm supposed to put the whole thing in my mouth to avoid the mess, but doing that while it's hot would burn my tongue :P Waiting for it to cool down would be a waste... so maybe I'm missing something in terms of the right technique to eat this???

We also tried the bbq pork fried rice and pot stickers. While the pot stickers were good, the bbq pork in the fried rice tasted like it had turned bad or is very close to turning bad... didn't taste fresh at all and was an iridescent brown colour. I ended up picking it out of the rice just in case.

Tea came with a dirty tea pot (smeared sauces and a bit of dried food stuck on one side). Service was ok, nothing to complain about. As for value, their prices weren't cheap but were reasonable. The only thing is for the quality, I don't think it was worth it, especially when there are so many places in Richmond that have better food for the same price or less.

This one is off the list for me.

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Japolo Sushi & Pho3355 North Rd, #218, Burnaby
Good sushi, Great Owner
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

I'm surprised this restaurant hasn't been reviewed since it's been in operations for almost a decade. It's close to my bf's work and we finally ventured in on the recommendations of my friend who is a lunch regular for with his coworkers.

One of the unique things about this restaurant was that it also featured a Vietnamese menu, so we ordered sushi, sashimi selections with a Vietnamese rice dish. All were fairly well done. While the sushi rolls were not the best I've had, they're definitely decent. Sashimi was really fresh and the Vietnamese rice dish was great!

The owner and the friendly service is probably what sets this restaurant aside from others. It's not a big room and the owner came over with some complementary sake for me and my bf. He also surprised me with some sashimi art (several pieces of salmon sashimi presented in the shape of a rose, with a cucumber stem and wasabi leaves) Let's just say those little nice-ties definitely helps make a fabulous first impression on me =)

Value-wise, we were both stuffed with a little extra to-go for just over 20 bucks with tips. A great value I think, considering the sake and sashimi as well as the quality of food.

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Asian Noodle Island15988 Fraser Highway, #302, Surrey
Good Find in Fleetwood!
Submitted Saturday, August 9, 2008 - 2:29pm [Dine in]

I think the food actually deserves 3.5 stars... The food is lighter tasting, on the home-style side which means less msg and quite freshly-made. Pho was solid with a great lighter tasting soup base, but the "tai" (rare meat) wasn't sliced thinly enough making it a little chewy. I was impressed by their sugar cane shrimp -- biggest I've seen in any viet restaurant and made by hand it seems, not from frozen. Good steamed rice rolls but salad rolls had pork that was sliced way too thinly for me to feel satisfied.

Ambiance is better than most pho places in Surrey. Newer floors, fairly clean with wrapped, disposable chopsticks. The location is good and I felt safe leaving my car in the plaza's parking lot.

Value: not bad... prices on their menu is similiar to other pho places which means you will get full for under $10 unless you are ordering combos for a couple bucks more =)

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Mui Garden Restaurant4327 North Road, Burnaby
Might Try Again
Submitted Sunday, August 3, 2008 - 1:12am [Dine in]

Went to Mui Garden for lunch on a rainy Saturday...

Firstly the food: We ordered the set lunch (chicken steak entree with cream soup and toast) and the beef noodle soup. Might be my personal preference but the soup base tasted a little like instant noodle soup to me. Beef was a little too fatty for my liking, but still definitely edible. My partner's chicken steak was subpar; too much gravy and the veggies were those small frozen peas and carrots you get from the supermarket. I think maybe we just ordered the wrong items and will probably come back to give them another shot because....

Value is there. Prices are reasonable for the amount of food served in a clean atmosphere.

Service was actually a lot better than many other comparable chinese restaurants. We were seated promptly, order was taken promptly and got our food quickly. Waitresses were polite, the only slips was that they had to be reminded on the drink order and tea wasn't refilled.

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Tasters Bakery10090 152nd St., #147, Surrey
Good traditional bakery
Submitted Saturday, August 2, 2008 - 4:50am [Dine in]

Finally, someone who bakes with butter and isn't afraid of using lots of it! Their cakes are a bit "heavier" tasting than the average Chinese cake (which is already pretty light compared to Western styled cakes anyway) and is fairly fresh. Other baked goods are standard to what you will find in chinese bakeries. The plus for Tasters is that it's open quite late -- I went in at 9pm and they were still open :D

My personal favorite is their cream puffs... available in mango, strawberry and coffee flavours. Fresh, fattening and fantastic!

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Cumpari Gelato & Caffe535 North Road, Coquitlam
Good cakes and napoleon ...ohh and the mocha!
Submitted Saturday, August 2, 2008 - 4:17am [Dine in]

Good quality stuff here! My boyfriend has been taking out desserts here for me since it's so close to his work. Nice and fresh cakes that are light but flavorful and not too sweet. I like their napoleons best though, along with mocha to drink. Arguably the best mocha here.

Since I've only had their take out and haven't actually dined in, I gave a mid rating for the service and ambiance. For what it's worth, my boyfriend has been in to dine and has no complaints.

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Sinfull Hideaway17967 56 Avenue, #1, Surrey
YUM! One of the best cakes on THIS side of the bridge!
Submitted Sunday, July 13, 2008 - 10:15pm [Dine in]

Great cakes! I've ordered several birthday cakes from them and each one was fabulous. Each cake was well presented and creatively topped / decorated. My favorite is the chocolate cake-- rich and chocolatey enough to satisfy but not overly sweet or heavy enough to make you stop eating it. If I had to pick one thing to say about this bakery, is that they have well-balanced cakes.

Value wise: not the cheapest cakes but you get what you pay for.

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Gelarmony1222 Robson Street, Vancouver
Awesome Gelato!
Submitted Sunday, July 13, 2008 - 10:04pm [Dine in]

Still the best gelato I've ever had. They have the most unique flavors (rose!) Service is always friendly and fairly efficient despite the large crowd that gathers on a sunny day. I also appreciated the low-cal, energy booster flavors and other flavors that took into consideration dietary needs. Overall, a good selection of changing flavors and a comfortable place to rest in between a long day of shopping.

Value: good. They allow you to mix flavors and pricing seems in line with other gelato places and for a few bucks, it's a nice treat on a sunny day.

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Richmond Night Market350 Gifford Street, New Westminster
It is what it is... don't be too practical and you'll have some fun!
Submitted Sunday, July 13, 2008 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

Ok I admit this is tough to rate. It's not a restaurant, so for those used to the "night life" atmosphere in Asian countries, you might give ambiance a better rating. For those wondering why there aren't more tables/ chairs set up and annoyed at the pushy crowd, you might give this a one star rating.

I personally love the night market -- a nice alternative on weekends that makes you feel like a part of a community. As for food: I agree that it is not cheap. Don't expect to eat dinner here and get full for less that $25. Food ranges from $1 - $6 and drinks are around $3- $5. This is a good place to try a new food without having to order it and waste it in a restaurant. Variety is the name of the game here.

Recommended:

Takoyaki (Japanese batter balls with seafood filling) around $5

UFO ice flakes (think giant sno cone with fresh fruit, chocolate, syrup toppings) $4

Red Bean Cakes (shaped like a fish) $1

Fresh Coconuts (chopped/ opened right in front of you. Drink through the straw straight from the coconut) $3

New items I found this year:
Yam Fries $3
Japadog (not as good as the original though) $4
Halibut Tacos $4
Purple Corn $4
Kettle (pop)corn $3 - $5
Party slush $3
BBQ Pork buns $1.75

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Wild Ginger88 West Pender Street, Unit 2015, Vancouver
eat at the food fair instead...
Submitted Sunday, July 13, 2008 - 3:12am [Dine in]

My party of 3 wanted to grab a late dinner before heading home. The only options close to us was the food court or this restaurant. Knowing what food court food usually tastes like, we opted for Wild Ginger, with its clean and sleek decor.

Unfortunately the combos we ordered (rice with lemon chicken, house noodles and another kind of noodles) were not great... they were maybe a TAD better than food court quality but value-wise, not worth the $14 for each combo. The salad that came with the combo was just lettuce and ranch dressing. I know many people will say, "that's what salad is!" but honestly... lettuce + dressing dumped on from a bottle? At least throw a few more items in there, toss it and make it the signature house salad. The soup was bland. The best dish was the lemon chicken and even that was quite oily.

I might go back for the korean BBQ as I only figured out this was an option after reading the post below. The server never mentioned anything about it =(

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Earls5300 No. 3 Road, #304, Richmond
Solid food... just a little under the Earl's standard
Submitted Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 4:22pm [Dine in]

Beautiful and convenient location. I particularly liked the large animal sculptures and open room.

Food was solid but I found my grilled chicken ciabatta sandwich a little dry compared to other Earls. The bread was also not as fresh as it could have been. My partner's burger was so-so but my friends' salmon dishes were reported to be good. Also wish they had more than 3 choices of desserts, one of which was just ice cream.

Service was as expected. Friendly and attentive.

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Taisho Japanese Restaurant4700 Kingsway, 15E, Burnaby
A Little Disappointed
Submitted Sunday, July 6, 2008 - 11:54am [Dine in]

One thing Taisho has going for them is its convenient location. Their late night menu at 8:30pm is a great ending to a shopping trip. Now don't get me wrong -- Burnaby, especially Kingsway has a lot of better sushi choices -- but that would require getting back into my car and driving, so... I ended up at Taisho.

My main issue with Taisho is the food quality. Not exactly bad, but most kitchen items (tempura, teriyaki, gyozas) were barely warm when they arrived. Deep fried items like the karrage and katsu looked like they were fried twice and tasted like it too -- resulting in a hard, not crispy texture. Both were also luke warm. Rolls fell apart easily and we had to send back the toro sashimi because it really didn't taste "right" / fresh enough.

As for service, our server started talking to a friend in the middle of taking our order. (We sat by the mall window and he happened to pass by and they started to have a conversation with me and my partner in between) She then later realized this was wrong and apologized... Tea was refilled and she was nice but just a little inexperienced. Wrong food was sent to our table and the wait was long for some items. I agree with others that the 10% tip is silly -- especially since we were a table of 2 not 8. Judging from the way the restaurant is run I guess not everyone tips 10% with good justification.

Value: $12.50 for the late night all you can eat menu. While this looks cheap, the menu is limited with no sashimi unless you add on 5 pieces and a pop for another $2.25. They have sashimi salad, which is a few pieces of sashimi on a bed of greens / spicy salmon sashimi (Limit 1 order each). Both weren't very good btw.

Paid $31.40 for two people (inclu. 2 pops)... considering the quality of the food, I would rather spend a few bucks more and go elsewhere.

Ambiance was good -- washrooms were clean and the restaurant was clean.

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Red Star Seafood Restaurant8181 Cambie Rd, #2200, Richmond
Great Squab and overall: impressive.
Submitted Sunday, June 15, 2008 - 10:15pm [Dine in]

Food: One of the best squabs I've ever had. Crispy skin and a very juicy inside. Not greasy or oily at all, but prepared perfectly. Other dinner items were also artfully artfully presented and tasted very good. They go above and beyond the usual flavours of Chinese cuisine and give even the most mundane dish (pea sprouts or pork chops for example) a twist. All dishes were very flavourful and didn't have much msg or oil =)

Service: great service. Attentive staff, with more than one server looking after the table. Very pleasant and speaks English very well.

Ambiance: Wonderful. Newly decorated and reno'd from the old restaurant inside President's Plaza. I appreciated the drapes and charger plates.

Value: This can be considered Chinese fine dining and for the quality of food, service and ambiance, I think it's definitely worth the price. They are comparable with other higher end Chinese restaurants price wise and I have no complaints at all. I will definitely come back.

Recommended.

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Tokachi Japanese Restaurant10767 King George Highway, Surrey
New favorite in Surrey!
Submitted Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

Attention all Japanese food lovers -- this is a hidden gem! Sure, it may not be in the best part of town and the outside looks a little run down (which is probably why I haven't ventured inside until now) but wow! Possibly one of the cleanest sushi places I've been to. This is a larger sushi restaurant with lots of private rooms and a decent sized floor. The owners and chefs are Japanese and quite efficient.

Food: Good. Very good. Fresh sashimi, tasty tempura and well-made rolls. The quality of ingredients and technique is high above some other sushi houses. I also liked the variety of sashimi available.

Value: My mom and I had the 2 person dinner combo for about $50 and were stuffed with some leftover to go. It's not cheap but also very reasonable considering all you can eat sushi (at a much lower quality) would cost around $40... the extra ten bucks is well worth it. Compared to other ala carte menus in other restaurants, this isn't bad pricing at all.

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Well Tea4811 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 170, Richmond
Possibly the best bubble tea here....
Submitted Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

I'm a firm believer that good ingredients make a difference. That said, I was very happy to find that both my taro slush and my bf's green tea w/ blueberry were made with fresh (read REAL and not powdered) taro and blueberries =D

The food wasn't as good as the tea but still a notch higher than other bubble tea places I've tried. We had the house special beef noodle soup and the chicken lemongrass hotpot. The beef noodle was good but a bit salty, especially near the end when we got down to the bottom of the bowl. The hotpot was interesting and definitely had the lemongrass flavour but was lacking all other flavours... still, both dishes were very well presented and overall, not bad. I gave 4 stars for food because the bubble tea is THAT good.

Service was good. Ambiance was great. Beautiful entrance and I particularly loved the floors *you'll see what I mean*.

Recommended.

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778 Pizza3355 North Rd., #205, Burnaby
Loaded with toppings!
Submitted Friday, June 6, 2008 - 1:55pm [Dine in]

I can't get enough of their pizza! My vegetarian pizza came loaded with toppings and they didn't skimp on the cheese either. My partner also liked his pepperoni which apparently had layers of pepperoni, not just one layer. The only down side is that the wait is usually 20 min or more for pickup (they say its because they hand toss their own dough and that takes longer) so if you're picking up, it's probably wise to call ahead.

Ambiance is good -- they're new so everything is clean.

Value -- For the quality, I'd say value is there. Usually I have to eat 3 slices plus wings to fill me up but I was full eating two. =)

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