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chinlatinoVancvouverSince August 2, 200814 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (3.2)
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Displaying 1 - 14 of 14 Reviews Found
Pho Hoa5505 Kingsway, Burnaby
Another Pho Please
Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

Pho Hoa, another Vietnamese noodle place. They are very consistent in delivering their soups. No surprises here.
We always order the same noodle soups: beef balls, the rare beef with tendons or the chicken.
The rice dishes are not that tasty as other Vietnamese restaurants.
The service here is better than other Pho Hoas; they are prompt and in less than 5 minutes you got your meal.
Décor is boring as expected of these types of restaurants. The good thing is that they close really late.
I never had a problem with this restaurant as they always deliver what you pay for. Not the greatest flavour though.

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Dragon Ball Tea House1007 W King Edward, Vancouver
I'm thristy... Give me a bubble tea
Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 12:36am [Dine in]

My friend recommended me this place 6 years ago since then I’ve been hooked.
I’ve tried almost every flavour: powder and fresh ones, slush non slush, milk or no milk. With sugar or without. Hot or cold.

And I always come back to the fresh cold ones. My favourite ones are papaya, barlett pear, green tea ice cream (powder only), mango, taro and avocado. They can be with bubbles or coconut jelly. And in a cold winter night, I will have the longan & ginger.

We used to stay and read the magazines, but they are all outdated now. Service is quite fast. First come first serve or you can order on the phone and your order will be ready for pick up.

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La Casa Gelato1033 Venables Street, Vancouver
Better than Ice Cream.
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

The Casa Gelato is best gelato in town. With over 200+ flavours on location nobody comes close.
I come to the Casa Gelato several times in the summer and a couple of times in the wintertime.
They got really some weird flavours sometimes, like curry or wasabi.
They carry a flavour called Lucumas; I liked their original flavour the best.
Mostly because I was born in Peru, as a kid I often ate a Lucuma ice cream.
The Lucuma is native fruit of Peru. Nowadays, they export it as an orangey dry powder.
I like also the Asian inspired flavours like lychee, durian, green tea, etc.
The only thing I don’t like is that you cannot have 2 flavours for the price of one like other gelato places in town.

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Koon Bo Restaurant5682 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Best Peking Duck and Roasted Squab
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 4:08pm [Dine in]

I don’t like Peking duck as much as my wife; however Koon Bo is the exception.
They make the best Peking duck in town, very crispy indeed. When you order duck, they can prepare it three ways: they use the bones to make a soup plus veggies, the crispy skin for the Peking duck and the duck meat to make lettuce wrap.
They also have the chicken shredded salad with crispy wonton wrap pieces. This dish is out of this world. The roasted squab is also the best in Vancouver. No other restaurant prepares them so juicy and tender, and the skin is always crispy.
Whenever my family gathers for a family reunion, we always come to Koon Bo and we always order these items. They are the specialty.
Koon Bo is in the expensive side though; but once in a while is alright. Koon Bo is also very noisy and there is no room to walk in between the tables.
But who cares when food is great. Parking is not too great since it is located in an open mall on a busy intersection.

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant7900 Westminster Highway, #200, Richmond
Best Dim Sum in town.
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

Kirin is one of the Chinese restaurants that are usually consistent, service and food.
Whenever my brother is in town, we always go to Kirin and have some dim sum. We always eat the same dishes. That way I can compare them to other restaurants.
We like the Prawn dumplings, Siu-Mai, Beef Balls, Beef Rice Rolls, Prawn Rice Rolls, Bbq Pork Buns, Deep fried Chicken joints and quality of the tea.
Kirin usually offers off menu creations and many times, these creations are quite delicious. There are many dim sum places in Vancouver. I have a bunch of favourites and Kirin is one of them.
As any other Chinese restaurant, Kirin is noisy, but service is good and prompt. I recommend reserving a table before you go or you will have to wait sometimes for 30 – 45 minutes.
Last time I went there was my aunt 80th birthday. The food was only alright, pretty expected and service was good as usual.

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Dona Cata Mexican Foods5076 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Tacos… Que rico los tacos!
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

Last year I visited Tijuana, Mexico and tried some real tacos along the way to Ensenada City. So one day my uncle told me there was a very good taqueria in Vancouver, and that is how we went for tacos at Doña Cata.
The tacos are very affordable. The tacos “al pastor” are my favourites. However, when it comes to the sauces, Doña Cata fell short. How come they don’t have mashed avocado. At least they should have it as an option even if they charge 50cents for a couple of slices. Next time, I will bring my own.

The service is very prompt, but seating is not as good. Just a few tables in the restaurant.
Overall Doña Cata gives you a lot of bang for your money with 5 tacos is more than enough to make you satisfied.

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Thai Son Restaurant2800 East 1st Avenue, #230, Vancouver
Good value for the lazy cook.
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 2:19pm [Dine in]

We eat at Thai Son whenever I feel lazy to cook at home. We usually come to have a nice noodle soup.
They are very consistent, and service is quite as expected as any other Vietnamese restaurants. Besides liking the soups, we also like the Lemongrass Chicken in broken rice, they are quite tasty as you can taste the lemongrass marinate in the chicken.
This plate comes usually comes with a bowl of chicken stock and the fish sauce with sliced carrots. I usually add a bit of the hot sauce to the fish sauce to make it a bit spicy.

We sometimes order the Beef Short Ribs, however this dish is a bit expensive for the return in food. Overall, this restaurant is good value for the money. $11 bucks for 2 not bad at all.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Big on Food. Bad on Service.
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 2:02pm [Dine in]

We probably eat at Marcello twice or three times a year. The food is very consistent. The dish I order a lot is the “Pollo Picante Pasta Dish". The dish is quite big, so I always take leftovers. The foccaccia is quite tasty too. And pizzas are quite good also.

The service here is the worst though. The last time I ate at Marcello’s was at the start of the summer. Marcello’s was quite busy at a Sunday’s night around 8pm. When we came, a waitress seated us promptly. She didn’t come with drinks after 10 minutes, then she took our order and left. We ordered four “Pollo Picante Pasta Dishes” and a plate of Foccaccia. We saw a foccaccia plate at the counter.
The pasta came before the foccaccia and then we asked the waitress that the foccaccia was still missing. Then she took the foccaccia which was seating at the counter and without toasting, she brought it in.
We told her to have them toasted again, and she took them making a face.
Later on, we wanted our drinks to be topped, but the waitress ignored us while she was chatting with other patrons.
One thing is being slow as we can understand it if there are a lot of people, but being disrespectful is quite different.

Luckily, I did not pay, my friend did. He left no tips. He won’t go back either and I won't go back this year at least.

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Cobre52 Powell Street, Vancouver
Cobre... Latino not yet!
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 1:32pm [Dine in]

A fusion between West Coast and Latin American cuisine: mainly Argentinean and Central America. They are a tapas style restaurant.
I am a Chinese-Latino descendent and I have high expectations whenever I eat at Latin American restaurants.

The ceviches appetizers were small compared to the other dishes in the menu. Cobre uses the freshest ingredients and tries to captivate the essence of Latin American cuisine, but it felt a bit short of expectations.
The service was okay, it was not very busy at all just a four to five tables at a Wednesday night. At times, it took like five minutes for the waitress to pour us some water.

We tried two of the ceviches:
Diver Caught Scallop, the acidity was a bit sour and a bit more of salt was needed.
Local Albacore Tuna, this plate surprised us very much acidity and a mayo like sauce was well balance, we enjoyed this dish quite a bit.

Then we ordered three tapas:
Nicola Valley Bison Tiradito. Tiradito is actually a Japanese-Peruvian creation and differs from ceviche. Ceviche is cut in bite-size marinated with lime juice and comes with onions. And Tiradito is long and thinly sliced and has no onions.
The Nicola Valley Tiradito is actually a bison Carpaccio. They were thin raw pieces of meat with a mayo-like consistency sauce. The meat quite tasty and I enjoyed quite a bit too.
The Pan Seared BC Sable Fish was a bit too cooked and chewy too. The flavour was there, but execution was not.
The Maple Chipotle Glazed Short Ribs with Jam Fries, the jam fries were excellent and deep fried to perfection very crispy. The short ribs we found were a bit on the Asian influence. It was like eating Maui Short Ribs.
At the end we had the Churros Dessert. The churros were done very nicely.

Overall Cobre has a lot to learn still. Captivating the Latin American heart is not an easy feast. However, I will come again to get some more of the Albacore Tuna Ceviche and the Bison Tiradito.

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Daikichi Sushi1739 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Daikichi...good and affordable
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 12:15pm [Dine in]

The sushi at this place is quite good for the value. It is very affordable.
I never order the teriyakis or the chicken karages. I usually stick to the rolls and the sashimi. We always come here whenever we crave for sushi. We come at least once a month.
The service there is average. Whenever the owner is not there the waitresses seem to relax quite a bit.
We usually order the specialty rolls: Delicious Roll, Mango Roll, and Dynamite Roll.
They use real crab meat, there are very consistent and the flavour is quite good, much better than Kamakura on Broadway, which their sauces are somewhat sweeter to our palates.
Since wasabi usually doesn’t agree with me, Daikichi has a mayo-hot sauce mixture which I always order to accompany my sushi-sashimi plates. It’s quite spicy, and it complements the sushi quite nicely.
Two weeks ago, my uncles were visiting from Hong Kong and my wife and I took them to this place. My uncle likes sashimi and he usually orders Uni, sea urchin; we ordered 4 portions in total for $16 bucks which I thought was a very good price. The slices of sea urchin were big, fresh and delicious. They remind me when I used to live in Peru; I remembered my dad took me to have Sea Urchin Ceviche. I thought that it was the greatest treat I ever had. We also had the Salmon Sashimi and the Atlantic Salmon Sashimi. I really don’t like the farmed fish, but my guests wanted to try. The wild fish was very good, fresh, not fishy and not chewy. The pieces shrunk a bit since the last time I was here.
We also had the prawn and veggie tempura. Their batter is very light and the prawns were so crispy that I ate the tail too.
Overall, Daikichi is very affordable, and stick with the rolls, tempura and sashimi and you’ll be okay.

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Guu Original838 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Guuuuuud, Very Guud Indeed
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 10:47am [Dine in]

This is my second time at Guu, the first time we went was the Robson location near Denman Street. This time we went to the Thurlow location.
They don’t accept reservations for 2 people so go earlier. We waited 10 minutes and we were asked if we would sit in a shared table; we agreed.
The place was very small although the bar seated more people than the location in Robson. It was very noisy too. Our server did a pretty good job, even though the place was jam packed.
We ordered 7 dishes:
Chopped Fresh Tuna Sashimi and green onion, it was more minced tuna and came with some seaweed so you can roll it yourself. The flavour was very pleasant and not fishy at all; the green onion added the punch that wasabi adds to sushi.
Fresh Beef Sashimi Calpaccio, the beef was not entirely raw. It was actually quickly seared on both sides, thinly sliced and place on the plate like rose petals. The combination of the sauces and the beef made it a well balance dish.
Fresh local Seafood Sashimi Calpaccio, the seafood was very fresh although I wouldn’t order it next time. This one was a not a good value at all. For the money I could order 6 pieces of salmon sashimi.
Grilled Black Cod with Miso Mayo, the black cod was cooked to perfection and the miso mayo was the perfect companion.
Grilled Beef Tongue with Salt & Pepper, the tongue was perfect, very tender and not chewy at all. This is one my favourite dishes. But somehow the Robson location had much better flavour.
Kimchi Fried Rice, as a Chinese-Latino, I had my shared experiences in the art of eating fried rice, and I tell you it was really good. It came with ham bits and it was not too spicy at all.
And from the special menu of the day, we had the Deep Fried Pork Stomach, the pork pieces came inserted in skewers and it tasted like one of the best Chinese Roasted Pig.
Overall, both places exceed my expectations and no doubt I will come again and try the other delicacies in the menu.

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Browns Socialhouse900 Main Street, Park Royal Village, West Vancouver
Social but not qute; Very quiet premise.
Submitted Saturday, August 2, 2008 - 3:32am [Dine in]

We went there to celebrate my wife's birthday on a Saturday night. We found the place very empty for such a medium size restaurant. Just a few tables outside and almost no one inside. As we where waiting for other guests to arrive, we looked at the menu and found it to be really small. Finally I ordered the salad with the seared ahi tuna and I was pleasantly surprised; I had low expectations because I was not sure what to eat. The ahi tuna was perfectly seared and the salad dressing was excellent. There was nothing left when I finished and was quite filling too. My wife and other guests ordered the fish bowls; there were also quite surprised and we will definitely go back. The thing that attracted to us the most were the interesting menu items and also because there is plenty of parking outside at Park Royal Village.

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Fishermans Terrace Seafood Restaurant4151 Hazelbridge Way, #3580, Richmond
Best wedding banquet ever
Submitted Saturday, August 2, 2008 - 3:21am [Dine in]

My wife and I celebrated our wedding banquet in this restaurant. From the staff to the food were top notch. The food was great and I had a lot of comments from the guests, many of them from out of town praising about the food and the service. They had an option of a dance floor and we danced until 1 am. The staff stayed until we were gone and was very attentive through out the night.

They have many menu options to choose from. We chose the one in the middle, not to expensive just right. A very balance menu with lobster, shrimp-crab balls, abalone and shark fin soup were the main differences between the cheaper menus.

Since then we have gone for dim sum many times and all of them were excellent; they are very consistent. Although during peak hours their service diminishes a bit.

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El Inka Latin Deli3826 Sunset Street, Burnaby
Home Cook Peruvian Food
Submitted Saturday, August 2, 2008 - 2:57am [Dine in]

A friend of mine told me about El Inka Deli. Since I was born in Peru, I was eager to try it right away. The place was very homey and the owner greeted us at the restaurant. He was very personal and friendly. It was like being in Lima all over again. The attention was very good. The place is not big so it gets crowded on weekends. My wife and I had high expectations, being both from Lima, we expected the best.
As an avid cook at home, I always want to try dishes I cannot make. These dishes were
Cebiche de pescado (raw white fish marinated in lime juice), Seco de Carne (Beef Stew),
Peruvian Tamale, Anticucho de Corazon (Bbq pieces of beef heart) and Papa with Huancaina sauce.

First, the Cebiche was very good although the portion size was too small for the amount of money paid. Luckily the fish was not marinated too long; we liked the fish raw in the center (that is how it is eaten in Peru nowadays like sashimi). The fish must be very fresh.
The beef in the Seco de Carne is marinated in a beer sauce and then cooked in cilantro sauce. It came with white beans puree and Creole sauce (sliced red onion marinated with lime juice). We enjoyed this dish a lot although the pieces of beef were a little chewy; the white beans puree was excellent. It was one of the best I ever tasted.
We also tried some tamale. They were excellent too and good value for the price.
Then we tried the Papa with Huancaina sauce. Huancaina sauce is made with a yellow chili (called aji mirasol) and queso fresco, plus a few extra secret ingredients. This dish was good and worth trying.
Lastly we tried the Anticuchos. They are pieces of beef heart marinated in a vinegar and panca chili mixture overnight and then grilled. We had high expectations for this dish, but we were not impressed when we tried them. There were a bit chewy and need it some salt too. I forgot to tell them that we like them medium inside. Not too cooked and not too raw. Medium is just right.

Overall, The Inka Deli is a nice place to try authentic homey Peruvian food with a personal and friendly service.
Inca Deli deserves a 3 star rating because I know what Peruvian food is supposed to taste like and they have a lot still to improve on.

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