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cherrybomb143Surrey, bcSince November 5, 2007218 Reviews
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Ikea Restaurant & Cafe1000 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam
Cheap, Filling, Fast.
Submitted Friday, June 6, 2008 - 1:49pm [Dine in]

Yes, this is a cafeteria meaning you have to bus your own trays, fill your own drinks and get your own cutlery. But the service is friendly and efficient; the food -- not bad.

The best thing about this place is it does exactly what a cafeteria should do -- serve cheap food and serve it fast. I've tried many different meals here over the years - the meatballs are good, especially with the linganberry sauce. Salads are fresh, soup is usually a little salty (self-serve hot water available though).

As for value, it's a pretty fair shake - about $8 for lunch if you're a big eater or just $3 - 5 for a snack when you're tired from shopping.
Also before 11am - Breakfast at $1? I'm in.

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Griffins900 West Georgia St., Vancouver
Breakfast....hmmm
Submitted Friday, May 30, 2008 - 2:59am [Dine in]

I'd like to qualify the review by saying that I've only been here for breakfast, and unfortunately missed the breakfast buffet (which looked pretty good) by a showing up with only 10 min. left.... and so, this review is based on their a la carte breakie menu.

I ordered the shrimp omlette with hashbrowns. Portion was quite decent -- I was stuffed as it also came with toast. Quality jams and spreads, as expected. Their teas are really good. The breakfast was good, but not great... not sure what would have made it better but it was just....breakfast. Perhaps lacking some innovation?

Value: Well, $23 for breakie isn't cheap, especially since it's the same food as what the buffet offers (uh, but smaller in size) so... don't sleep in like I did! Go for the buffet! =)

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Afghan Horsemen Restaurant, The1833 Anderson Street, #202, Vancouver
Great place for a party!
Submitted Monday, May 26, 2008 - 12:42am [Dine in]

We had a huge girls night out this weekend with about 20 people and started at this restaurant.

Food was fairly good - we tried the appetizer platters, skewer combos (beef, lamb and chicken were all good) and also had dessert (light and not bad). Drinks here are awesome! They made a few "fishbowl" drinks and gave us each a long straw to share it.... very tastey and loaded with alcohol!

The service was great -- even if our waiter was jetlagged (he said he just came back from Afghanastan) he remembered all of our orders (again, there was 20 of us!) without using a notepad. Drinks were refilled and refilled again, dishes cleared on time and he even gave us free booze on the house.

Ambiance is the catagory where this restaurant shines. They have unique cushion rooms enough for up to 20 - 30 people. These areas are great for parties and the tables are set up condusive to conversation.

Recommended, especially for parties or large groups!

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Moby Dick Restaurant15479 Marine Drive, White Rock
Now THIS is fish and chips!
Submitted Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 6:45pm [Dine in]

Mmmm... what's better than sipping on an ice cold Coke and eating fresh and chips straight out of the fryer on a sunny day?
I tried Moby Dick's today and wasn't disappointed. The fish was fresh and flaky, came in big pieces (plus 1 more than what you order). It was so hot out of the fryer that I had to blow on it before eating it. Chips were so - so but not bad at all. Atmosphere was clean and service was quick and very friendly.

Totally Recommended.

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Le Petit Siagon1010 Langley St., Victoria
LOL, this is SO not authentic
Submitted Friday, May 23, 2008 - 2:55am [Dine in]

Most unauthentic (in-authentic?) viet restaurant I've tried... however you say it, this is NOT authentic Vietnamese food by a long shot.

I understand that Vietnam had a heavy French influence and kudos to the restaurant's idea of tying in traditional viet dishes with a french flair (read: smaller portions, better presentation, some innovative dishes) The biggest problem I had was that all dishes we tried (spring rolls, sugar cane shrimp on vermicelli, curry) were so weak in flavor. They all seemed "watered down" and lacking in culinary "umph".My partner, who is Vietnamese said his pho (double the price of other pho places btw) tasted like instant noodles.

The ambiance is nicer than the run of the mill pho restaurants, and service is a lot better than many authentic vietnamese places as well.

I won't be returning not because I don't like the concept, but because execution of the concept wasn't great in terms of food quality and value. The portions were much too small for a regular restaurant, yet the quality doesn't make me feel that it is good enough to be considered higher end/ fine dining. Prices should be adjusted accordingly but I feel they have missed the mark here.

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Yan's Garden9948 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Good Weeknight Dinner
Submitted Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 8:14pm [Dine in]

Had a casual dinner with my family here. They offer a wide combo selections of dishes for 2 and 4 individuals (For more than that, just order two combos) Similar to Mei Shang before, the combo includes house soup and dessert along with rice and the dishes of your choice. Prices are according to how many dishes you order. We had the black bean cod, chicken and greens, bbq duck and sweet and sour pork. Dessert was sweet soup with taro and tapioca. Dishes were all very good. For four people, the meal came to $58 incl. tips. and we had lots left over.

Also tried dim sum here when they first switched the signage to Yan's -- dim sum was good but nothing to wow about. No complaints either; but it was nice to not have to wait to get a table =)

Service was good. Ambiance isn't as nice as the higher end Chinese restaurants but they have reno'd with new walls and cielings, so points for effort.

Over all, not bad. Will probably visit regularly as my bf works in the area.

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Dolce Gelato15045 Marine Drive, White Rock
Yummy and convenient!
Submitted Monday, May 19, 2008 - 12:59am [Dine in]

Finally! An alternative to ice cream on the strip and conveniently located by the pier! Although I wouldn't say its the best gelato I've had, it's decent. Tiramisu, sour cherries, and the mango flavor were all good. No complaints.

They are quite busy but the line was served pretty quickly. The only other thing to note is that it is CASH ONLY (don't worry, there is a bank machine right beside them if you forget) =)

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Dock's Fish & Chips15061 Marine Drive, White Rock
Walk further and you will find better eats!
Submitted Monday, May 19, 2008 - 12:54am [Dine in]

We went to Dock's, mistaking it for (what we later learned was called) Moby Dick's.

The plus is that Dock's is on the busy part of the strip closer to the pier. The server was friendly and pop was refilled.

The downside is the food wasn't good -- we tried the cod and halibut. The cod seemed like it might have been made from frozen, and was comparable to the kind you find in the supermarket's freezer section. Halibut was MUCH better and was fresh (recommended if you go). Batter was ok. Fries were soft and subpar.

Value -- We ordered 3 pieces of cod and 1 piece of halibut. The pieces weren't very big (4 inches each?) and two pops. Total was $40 incl. tip. I would have been ok with the price had the food quality been better. We'll go to Moby Dick's next time!

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Ajisen Ramen4380 No. 3 Road, #1190, Richmond
Why not?
Submitted Sunday, May 18, 2008 - 1:34am [Dine in]

Food: I admit, I am new to ramen and haven't had many to compare Ajisen to. However, other than the soup base being a little too salty, I thought it was good overall. My partner had the tenderous ribs ramen and I had the Ajisen ramen. Loved the flavors of both, but wish the meat was a little less fatty. Bubble tea was from powder but tasty... overall, not a bad place for lunch.

Service: Wish I could give a better rating here. We showed up after the lunch rush and there were only two other tables. There were at least 4 servers talking amongst each other at the counter but we had to wait to be seated. Had to flag them down for ordering and the bill. Tea was never refilled, no one asked how the meal was, nor did they offer an extra napkin after I used mine to clean up a spill (which the server saw). Maybe I'm asking too much for a $10 ramen joint, but cmon... there's like 4 of you -- do some work! =)

Ambiance: Hot pink! And black! And a giant statue of a girl holding ramen! What's not to like? Clean, professional with decorative flare. Casual and fun. Me likes a lot.

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Tropika1128 Robson Street, Vancouver
What happened, Tropika????
Submitted Monday, May 12, 2008 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

This place is not what it used to be. I remember having many dinners and lunches here in the past and it tasted a LOT better than my most recent visit.

Came here with my family last week for a quick pre-shopping lunch. We ordered the seafood rice noodles (a lower end vermicelli version of these noodles were used along with a too watery sauce and the result was sloppy noodles with a rough texture) , the red curry duck (they didn't cook the duck with the curry; turns out it was just roasted duck that they placed into the curry so the duck didn't have any curry flavor); the vegetables in a curry sauce (this was ok, no complaints); and roti (not as crispy as before). Seemed like there's a new chef in the kitchen or the restaurant decided to try to get away with short cuts on the food. Not very good at all.

Service stayed about the same. Points for the waiter who tried to warn us about the duck saying it's not very authentic but still... =(

I don't think I'll return for a while....

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Gastropod1938 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
A good relaxed choice.
Submitted Monday, May 12, 2008 - 3:41pm [Dine in]

Tried out Gastropod for Mother's day dinner.

Food: Yum. All of the plates were good, some were great. Sable fish was excellent, along with the pea soup. Scallops and the pheasant appies were delicious and innovative. The beef tenderloin was good but not yet great. Dessert was a hit and can be comparable to desserts at Diva. Loved all of them: the panacotta, almond cake, chocolate cake, and my personal favorite, something they did with rhubarb. Overall, fresh, clean flavors. All plates were presented nicely.

Service: Good service, as expected. However, service dwindled along with longer lulls in between courses as the restaurant got busier. There seemed to be only one experienced server and two helpers? Not sure what service would be like if they had a full house.

Ambiance: Bare minimum but chic. White linens, white walls, clean lines. Minimal decor so all attention can be focused on the food. Some like it, some hate it. Our table of guests were split 50/50 on this one.

Bonus points for the restaurant: everything on the menu is organic, locally sourced and the fish is ocean friendly.

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East No 1 Seafood Restaurant2800 E 1st Avenue, Suite 302, Vancouver
No Go for me.
Submitted Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 3:52pm [Dine in]

I had the unpleasant pleasure of dining here with my bf's parents and reletives which brought back some even more unpleasent memories.... but onto that later. I'll have to try to give an objective review first about the most recent experience.

Of all restaurants to order lobster, crab and those "fancier" chinese dishes, I do not understand why they chose to eat at East No.1 rather than a higher end restaurant for the same price. The food was mediocre and standard -- nothing to wow about but nothing to complain about either. Service was ok and the servers seemed to frequent our table more after we ordered drinks and other "add ons" to our bill. The washroom is gross. Do not go in there or you'll be sorry.

...and now for the reason why I hesitated to go back:
Last year my bf and I decided to host a larger party for both of our parents and reletives as kind of a meet and greet / family reunion thing. We had about 60 guests and booked this restaurant (at the request of the bf's dad because as he put it, "they let you smoke in here") The restaurant quoted us $850 per table for the banquet including delicacies, etc. and required a $500 deposit so they can bring in the seafood.

We gave them the deposit but called them back a day later to postpone the event date as some reletives could not book flights for the originally planned date. The owner (man) we spoke to was nice enough and we reached a compromise of getting $250 back in cash (refunded) and $250 gift certificate to be spent at the restaurant later.

The problem was when we went to pick up the money / certificate. The owner (woman -- probably the guy's wife) greeted us with a sneer and glared at us after I told her what we were there for. She jerked open the cash drawer and yanked some bills out to count out the $250. I sarcastically mentioned to my bf "I don't think they're very happy about it" and she says (in Cantonese) "of course I'm not happy. Here, here's your money. If you already booked it, you shouldn't cancel...."

First of all, what kind of customer service is that (especially if it was agreed upon on the phone, why complain now?) Second, it's not as if I called her a day before the event, I called her a day after I BOOKED it (with at least 1 month before the event date). I never even said I was cancelling; I was post poning. And third, shouldn't she realize that while she's refunded me $250, she just made another $250 by selling me a gift certificate? By exerting no effort whatsoever?

When we did finalize the event date, we decided against booking here because of that woman. We booked at King Fortune downtown (MY favorite restaurant -- too bad they've changed now); spent just $49 more per table ($899) and had food that was 10x better. Irony is that my bf's dad took the $250 certificate and spent over $400 with his friends at East 1. If that woman owner had the foresight to understand something called return business maybe she wouldn't have been so rude.

Will I be back? Only if you drag me kicking and screaming.

NOT recommended (you can say its because I have a personal vendetta against them or because I just don't think the food is good enough to over shadow their bad service)

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Beard Papa's4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3160, Richmond
A nice, fatty treat!
Submitted Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 4:54pm [Dine in]

I finally got a chance to see what the hype was about when my bf bought some puffs and the lava cake on a Wednesday afternoon. For what it is (a big puff of cream) its good. I liked how the puff pastry had a thicker bottom so there was a crunch to contrast the creaminess of the uh... cream.

Tried both chocolate and vanilla/regular? fillings. I thought the chocolate was lacking real chocolate flavor, as with most asian bakery items (watered down chocolate?) but the vanilla was YUM! The chocolate covered puff isn't recommended either, unless you have napkins readily available -- it melts quickly.

The lava cake was really really good.

FINAL VERDICT: I wouldn't wait in a long line for it, or drive out of my way for it, but if I passed by, I'd probably stop for a box. =D

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Mei Shang Seafood Restaurant9948 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
hmmmm... tough to rate
Submitted Monday, April 14, 2008 - 4:48pm [Dine in]

Mei Shang used to be a late night favorite of mine for authentic, no-frills and cheap eats. But it's not so late night anymore since they now close at 11pm instead of 2am. The quality of their dishes declined a bit as well -- some dishes too oily, some served luke-warm and others not tender enough. My biggest disappointment was ordering the tapas sized dishes but not having unlimited congee like before (the deal is if you order 4 dishes, you get free congee or rice) It was rather inconvenient for us to order a whole new bowl when the 3 of us just needed that tiny bit more to go with the 7 dishes we ordered. We ended up ordering another dish to get another free bowl of congee but left wasting most of the food because we were so stuffed. Didn't really make sense to me.

But enough with the negatives. All in all, their dishes are still tasty, satisfying and the price is is reasonable (but i wouldn't say cheap if I factor in the value and the non refillable congee) I'd go back but only if I was in the neighborhood.

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Cactus Club Cafe15079 32nd Ave, Surrey
won't be back
Submitted Monday, April 14, 2008 - 4:20pm [Dine in]

We were visiting a friend in Morgan Creek on the weekend and decided its too far to drive to Vancouver so stayed local... apparently Cactus is the happening place in White Rock (as the 45 min. wait and packed parking lot suggests)

Ambience: was quite nice and the patio with fire grills gave this Cactus an edge over its other locations

Food: was as expected for a chain - good, but not fantastic. However, I did like their drinks selection with some innovative drinks.

Service: was horrible on several counts. Our server was nice, but slow and/or forgetful. It took him a while to bring us our drinks, and when he got them to the table, he messed up my friend's order. She said that it's ok, the drink he brought was fine but he insisted on bringing the drink she ordered. He never took back the first drink so it was assumed one of these drinks would be comped... they both showed up on the bill.

The food took just under an hour to get to the table, and when we were done, it took the server another 20 minutes to clear the table and offer desserts (of which we said no to because it was already 11pm and we just didn't want to wait again).

Also, to de-bunk a myth, our server was a man, and perhaps not the stereotypical server you foodies might have imagined. =)

This location of Cactus is not recommended.

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No. 1 Beef Noodle House4741 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
Good noodles, ok bubble tea
Submitted Monday, March 31, 2008 - 6:22pm [Dine in]

As their name proclaims, they have good taiwanese styled beef noodle soup. The broth is very flavorful and the bowl is quite large for about 7 bucks. My only complaint is there isn't enough beef (usually only 3 slices) and there's not much else in the soup other than one or two veggies.... so it's only REALLY good if you're a big noodle fan.

Toast was very good -- thick and full of fatty butter, nutella, etc. I wasn't a fan of the strawberry one though, which was just jam and nothing more.

Service is a hit or miss. I don't expect much when I go to cafe style places like this but after giving me the wrong drink twice on one visit, I think that counts as a strike against this place =(

I would go back because I need a place for lunch and work fairly close by. Not sure if I would recommend unless this is also a convenient location for you.

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Pho Tam Restaurant10302 135 Street, #10, Surrey
Great big bowls of pho!
Submitted Monday, March 31, 2008 - 1:59am [Dine in]

One of my favorite pho places in surrey. As with many pho places, you won't find ambiance here, but you will get a big bowl of pho (even the small bowls are comparable to large bowls elsewhere) with lots and lots of meat. Their soup is tasty and has less msg than pho hoang on kingsway (owned by the Tam's brother). If ordering spring rolls, ask for the ones made with real rice wrappers instead of the spring roll wrappers -- they're one of the few pho places i know of that still use authentic wrappers (when asked); and yes, very good spring rolls.

The only downside is the "ghetto" location and limited parking directly in front of the restaurant.

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Bronco Belle BBQ & Grill4567 Lougheed Hwy, #735, Burnaby
good steak sandwich, poor service
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 3:51am [Dine in]

Lol, my coworkers and I laugh about service here all the time because there's one lady who always messes up the order (and as fate would have it, she's always the one taking the order everytime we're there)... if you say "no onions" be sure there's onion added, if you say "only tomatos" beware of other toppings! We know the drill now -- watch them as they assemble your order and repeat what you want until they make it right!

Food wise, I feel that it is one of the better choices in the Brentwood mall food court. They grill "real meat" as in steaks, chicken tenders, salmon steaks, etc. Prices are fair for the quality of food, but they need to improve on the accuracy and "fast" part of fast food.

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Pho Hoa14357 104th Ave, #102, Surrey
ok pho when there's no one else that's open
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 3:42am [Dine in]

I'd like to start out by saying that I'm not a believer in franchised pho. Yes, its a good concept, but pho is one of those dishes that are unique to the cook -- everyone makes it just a little differently, and the subtle tastes should be recognized, much like chilli or pad thai out there =)

I've been to this location of pho hoa many times, usually after all of the other local pho places are closed. Don't get me wrong, it still satisfies when you have the craving for pho, but it's bare minimum at best what great pho can be.

Their specialty drinks aren't always available as well, and last time I ordered the avocado shake with pearls, they forgot the drink. When I reminded the waitress, she brought the drink but then forgot the pearls. I pointed this out and she said I never ordered it with pearls. Then she came back with the same drink, very obviously messed up as she added the pearls into it after. Not very professional, not very good service.... but it's the only pho place opened til midnight...

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant350 Gifford St., New Westminster
Mixed feelings
Submitted Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 12:41am [Dine in]

As it's King Crab season, we ordered one three ways: legs steamed with garlic, deep fried with spices, and baked rice served in the crab shell. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed overall with this, taste and presentation wise. For $13.80 / lb it was one of the more pricey places for King Crab at the moment but not even as good as the $8.99 /lb restaurants elsewhere. All three courses lacked the flavor they were supposed to have: not enought garlic, not enough spice; the rice was better but negligable. We also ordered the appie plate of roast pork and jelly fish, singing chicken and veggie fried rice. These were done well and enjoyable but no wow factor.

Presentation of all dishes was just your plain chinese food on a plate. Surprising for Kirin, whose other locations present things artfully arranged.

On a more positive note, the ambiance is great, as is service. Modern and sleek with Asian influences all around. I'm impressed with their decision to go with orange instead of the traditional red in terms of decor. Service was very attentive and professional. No complaints there.

I'll probably go back because I like the private tables (there is a curtain that can wrap around your table of 10) and the service. Hopefully the kitchen will have a better day next time.

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