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ChivalryXBurnabySince August 10, 2008Favourite List (5)60 Reviews
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Boathouse Restaurant, The2770 Esplanade Ave, Port Moody
THE Worst Boathouse in Vancouver
Submitted Monday, August 15, 2011 - 9:55am [Dine in]

It was my father in law's birthday, and he wanted to try the Boathouse in Port Moody since he enjoyed the one in New West quite a lot. My wife and I had been to 2 other locations before and had positive experiences, so we went with reasonable expectations.

We made a reservation for 5:45pm on a Saturday, hoping it would be a little quieter earlier in the evening. When we arrived, we were surprised to find the parking lot full. This Boathouse location shares the public parking with the park next door! I dropped off everyone to get seated and had to wander, and stalk people for a good 20 minutes before finding a parking spot. There's little to no street parking anywhere nearby, and the next nearest place to park is a good 15 -20 minute walk away! Very unimpressed.

I finally made it into the restaurant, and was seated promptly by the waitress. I mentioned the parking situation and all she said was "yes the parking sucks" with no apology. Alrighty then.... onto the meal!

We ordered a Halibut and Chips, Surf and Turf, Seasonal special (seafood chowder and salmon steak with salad), and a Prime Rib Steak.

We sat around looking at the decor (which was quite nice), and waited for around 10 minutes. The soup arrived for my wife... without a spoon! It took 5 minutes to flag down our server to get one for us. While she was having her soup, the 3 of us without appetizers just sat and waited. The soup was a bit bland, but overall was ok. Eventually another server noticed we had no bread and our server quickly brought bread for us (which should have come before the soup.)

Onto the mains. The Surf and Turf was a Sirloin Steak and Prawns. The prawns were well prepared, and seasoned well. The steak, while cooked correctly, was super salty! The same for the Prime Rib steak. My Fish and Chips were over fried and brown... not golden brown, BROWN. To top it off, the Fish and Chips were super salty as well! It tasted like the chef spilled a bottle of salt over everything (or has a lack of taste buds). The food was barely edible and we had to wash everything down with lots of water. The only reasonably enjoyable entree was the Salmon Steak.

Finally the dessert. The dessert was some sort of custard with a strong flavour of orange. Very very sweet, but tasty. I was the only one who could stand the extreme sweetness, so I ended up eating most of it.

Price wise, it's the typical Boathouse fare. Around $40/person and we didn't order drinks. The only appetizer and dessert was part of the Seasonal special. For the level of food and service we received, a terrible value.

Overall, we had a pretty bad exerience with this Boathouse. Compared to other locations we've been to, this is hands down the WORST one we've tried. Service is flaky because either they're stretched too thin, or they're just disorganized. Food was sub-par to down right bad. Parking is absolutely a nightmare.

Definitely NOT recommended. Go to another location, you'll be much happier.

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Sun Star Chinese Restaurant581 Clarke Road, #2, Coquitlam
Cheap eats, especially for lunch!
Submitted Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

Sun Star is quite new, and opened just at the beginning of this year. They took over the old Shobu restaurant (decor and all). Speaking with the waitress, they are the same owners as Sun Gong, which has closed due to expected skytrain construction.

We decided to give them a try one weekend afternoon and found Sun Star to be quite a deal with their lunch specials.

The lunch menu has everything from Beef with Rice Noodles, to Congee, to Sweet and Sour Pork with rice. Most items are $5.99 and the portions are huge. Even the largest of appetites would have a hard time finishing one dish on their own.

Service wise, it's just one waitress. She's friendly, and her English is passable.

The food once ordered comes out quickly, and piping hot. Overall the food quality is reasonable, but not spectacular. I found their food to be a bit better than Sun Gong, and the waitress did mention they now have 3 different cooks preparing food. They have quite a lot of take out and delivery orders as well.

The decor is not much to look at, but suffices. They have a large LCD TV on the wall, playing Chinese soap operas all the time.

One warning though, we've come back a couple times since, and they are not very punctual with their opening times. Even though it says 11am, often they aren't open until 12pm, or even later. Best to call first to be safe.

Overall if you want really cheap Chinese food, this is a pretty safe bet. No bells and whistles, just decent food at low prices.

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Lu Lu Cafe501B North Road, Coquitlam
Lulu is a Lemon
Submitted Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

We first came to Lulu cafe when it first opened years ago. We were not impressed back then.

Seeing years later that it was still in business, we decided to give them another try...

When we first walked in on a Saturday afternoon the restaurant was empty. The decor is reasonably modern. Unfortunately that's where any positive comments will end.

We were seated promptly by the 1 waitress in the restaurant. Not even 2 minutes after sitting down, she came to ask us if we were ready to order. Which we obviously weren't. We asked her to come back, and she left to do other things and seemed to have forgotten us... her only customer in the place. After waiting for a good 10-15 minutes, the cook in the kitchen noticed us, gave her a dirty look, and came and took our order for us.

We ordered a Chicken Udon noodle soup, and a Malaysian Laksa. Both items were supposed to come with drinks, but the waitress forgot to ask us for our drink orders. We had to flag her down again to ask if drinks were included, and she said "oh yes" and took our orders. Both meals came pretty quickly. The Laksa looked reasonably like a laksa. The chicken udon was over fried chicken with MSG filled soup, and some green leaf veggies. Taste wise, the udon was terrible. The chicken was extremely salty, the soup tasted like it was from an instant noodle packet, and the udon noodles were mushy. The Laksa was a bit better. The soup tasted pretty good, but the chicken was dry pieces of chicken drumsticks that were tasteless.

Price wise, Lulu's prices aren't expensive, but given the lack of quality of food, and terrible service, it's certainly not a good value. To top it off we had an ant crawling around our table during the entire meal, so cleanliness is very suspect.

Overall, a very poor experience. We definitely will not be returning and don't recommend this place.

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Red Robin9628 Cameron Street, Burnaby
A great casual place to get a really good burger!
Submitted Monday, April 4, 2011 - 10:06am [Dine in]

We've been going to this Red Robin for many years now, and have yet to leave unsatisfied.

If you're coming here to eat, you really should be eating what they're known for. Their gourmet burgers!

There's a wide variety of burgers to choose from, from spicy, to extra strong bleu cheese, to having one with an egg in the middle. They have other items that are good, like chicken fingers, fish and chips, etc, but the burgers are really the stars of the menu.

Non-alcoholic drinks for the most part are bottomless, as are their steak fries (great for the larger appetites). The towering onion rings are a favourite (albeit a bit expensive).

Service here ranges from decent to very good, depending on how busy they are. We've rarely had any issues with the service here, and when mentioned, they're always quick to fix problems.

The ambiance is the generic Red Robin fare. Nothing special, but the booths are comfy, they have a nice bright glass covering on one side, and an outdoor patio for the warmer weather months. The place is always clean, including the bathrooms!

Prices here are average. An entree averages around $10-12.

Overall a great place to come to chat with friends, or just a nice place to have a casual meal with your significant other, and possibly catch a Canucks game while you're there. (Yes there are TV's everywhere!)

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Grand Dynasty Seafood Restaurant 金殿皇朝4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Eat like a King (if you're as wealthy as one!)
Submitted Friday, March 25, 2011 - 10:30am [Dine in]

Our family decided they wanted to have King Crab, and they chose Grand Dynasty this year.

We had earlier reservations for 5:30pm on a weekend and when we arrived, it was empty. They had just finished setting up for the dinner seating.

We were promptly seated at a nice large table for 8.

The decor of the restaurant is very nice. Definitely a high end Chinese restaurant feel. Nice place settings, cutlery, etc. Very bright and inviting. One note, depending on where you sit in the restaurant, you could either be really cold (near the door) or really hot. Their air circulation system needs some adjustment.

The service here can be very good, or just mediocre. We had a few waiters waiting on our table, but one of our family members was familiar with one in particular, who gave us much better service than the others.

The food here is good. On par with any other high end Chinese restaurant, but nothing really different or exceptional. We ordered 1 king crab cooked 2 ways (around 11lbs which was the largest they had), Peking duck with lettuce wrap, and egg white with broccoli.

The crab legs were steamed with garlic which was very good, and the meaty parts were fried with superior soya sauce which was mediocre. The soya sauce flavour over powered the flavour of the crab meat, and also made the fried crab soggy instead of crispy. The Peking duck was quite generic. One annoyance we found was they put sesame seeds in the wraps (which was a first we'd ever seen) and one of the family members who was allergic, did not get to try them. The egg white with broccoli was cooked well, but a little on the bland side.

Price wise. The prices are in line with other high end Chinese restaurants, which usually means mediocre value for the food. Essentially you're paying for the service, decor and hopefully consistency of the chef. After all was said and done the total bill... $290. Considering the food ordered, not a great value for 7 people.

Overall, a nice venue, but certainly not somewhere to eat unless it's a very special occasion (or if you made it big at the casino next door!) I can picture small weddings in this venue as it seats around 150 people.

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Gem Sushi1926 Como Lake Road, Coquitlam
Not bad food, but cheap!
Submitted Saturday, March 19, 2011 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

We were in the neighbourhood on a Saturday afternoon and were planning to give the restaurant next door a try. As sushi buffs, we saw the sushi sign and had to give it a try.

We were cheerily greeted by the server and quickly seated. The place is small, but has about 8 tables that seat 2-4.

The restaurant was clean, but nothing was particularly interesting about the ambiance. Just the run of the mill Chinese run Japanese restaurant. The place was not packed, but reasonably busy for a Saturday afternoon.

We looked over the menu and ended up ordering a couple combos to try. One combo E (no. 1 roll, 2 salmon nigiri, 2 tuna nigiri, 2 ebi nigiri) and one combo G (california roll, dynamite roll, Tuna maki). Both came with miso soup.

The miso soup was nice and hot and tasted great. The rolls arrived quickly and were well rolled (tight enough they didn't fall apart when eating). The california roll was pretty generic, nothing special. The dynamite roll was a little different, with green leaf lettuce, 2 tempura prawns and some sweet soya sauce. The No. 1 roll was 2 tempura prawns and cream cheese which was interesting. The tempura in both those rolls was mediocre as the battery was a bit on the hard side and not light and crispy. The salmon nigiri was reasonably fresh, but nothing special. The tuna nigiri was not as fresh though, and was a little on the slimy side (i.e. been out a bit too long). The ebi nigiri was terrible as the shrimp was mushy and tasteless meaning it was definitely not fresh.

The service was attentive and polite. The servers English was quite good, but we did get better responses when speaking in Mandarin.

Price wise, the food is quite cheap for what you get. The total bill including tips and tax for 2 combos was under $20 for the 2 of us.

Overall a mediocre experience. Good service, lower than average prices, but not so fresh food. We may give them a second chance next time we're in the area to see if we caught them on an off day.

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Deer Garden Restaurant3610 Westwood Street, Port Coquitlam
Good eats, horrible service
Submitted Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 5:48pm [Dine in]

Every once in awhile when we're in the neighbourhood and craving cheap eats, we drop by Deer Garden.

The place is not much to look at, your usual mediocre semi-clean looking Chinese restaurant.

The food here is decent, and portions are generous for the prices.

For their lunch, the freshly made noodle soups are very refreshing, something not commonly found. Essentially you choose your soup, ingredients, and type of noodles and they make it fresh for you.

The other lunch specials are nothing to write home about, but portions are large, and prices are low.

For dinner, their "choose X# of items from the menu" prices are pretty standard. My personal favorite is the spicy fried squid. Not all places get the batter right, but they get it crispy, without the batter being too thick or greasy.

Service here is nearly non-existant. You have to flag down waitresses for everything, and half the time they pretend they don't see you. It's almost funny because when it's busy, they're waiting to kick you out, but you have to wait for everything because you can't get someone to serve you in the first place!

Overall, a place to go for cheap and tasty food, but don't expect to get in and out quickly unless you aggressively flag down waitresses. If you require any sort of decent service, this isn't the place for you.

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Sammy J. Peppers Grill & Bar4755 Kingsway, #200, Burnaby
Good place to enjoy with friends
Submitted Friday, February 11, 2011 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

We had a birthday to celebrate, and the birthday boy decided on Sammy J Peppers for dinner. It was a Friday night at 6:30pm and I was expecting it to be a zoo. To our surprise when we arrived, the place was only about 1/4 full, so we were promptly seated.

The menu items are your typical fare, burgers, wraps, pasta, pizza, steaks, etc. Between the 4 of us, we ordered 2 pastas, a fish and chips, and a mushroom burger, a long with a few drinks. The food arrived very quickly, and was nice and hot. Portions wise, everything was very generous, except for the seafood pasta, which we thought was a little small. The fish and chips on the other hand was huge, as most places give you 2-3 pieces, we got 4! Overall the food was good. Not spectacular, but we were very satisfied.

Throughout the meal the waitresses were very attentive. Our drinks were constantly refilled, and they checked on us multiple times. Very impressed.

The ambiance is the usual you find in places like Earl's or the Cactus Club. Nothing special, but clean and updated. The noise level was very acceptable, even with a large table sitting right behind us. No loud music here, which we thought was great. No having to yell across the table to chat.

One of the big pluses is the free underground parking. They share the lot with the CIBC in the building, and after 5pm, all the CIBC spots become available as well. Ample parking for the entire restaurant. So if you go, remember not to park on the street (which is metered parking) but around the corner in the underground lot.

Overall a very nice experience with good food, and excellent service.

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Raincity Grill1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
Good food, but over priced
Submitted Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

After looking at some options for Dine Out Vancouver 2011, my wife and I decided to give Raincity Grill a try. She had been wanting to try it for a while.

When we arrived at 6pm on Saturday, the place was already buzzing with customers. The hostess was very friendly and took out coats at the door. We were seated by the railing, right by the bar, so it was interesting to overhear the conversations of the staff and bartender throughout the night.

The restaurant looks quite nice, and we were pleased that the music was set quite low, keeping the noise level to a bearable level (which most places don't care about these days).

As it was dine out, they had both a regular a la carte menu, as well as a $38 and $48 dine out menu. We decided to give the $38 menu a try.

My wife ordered the Squash soup, Mussels and Lingcod entree, and Apple Tart for dessert. I ordered the Terrine, Braised Beef, and Peach Cobbler. The squash soup was very creamy and tasty, but we found it a bit on the heavy side. Luckily the portion wasn't huge, so it didn't ruin our appetite for the next course. The terrine was very tasty, and spread on the lightly toasted bread it had a nice salty flavour mixed with a crisp texture. On to the entrees, the Mussels were amazing. Not over cooked, and very fresh. The Lingcod, however, was tasteless and very tiny. My braised beef was very moist and soft, and when mixed with the potato puree and kelp, it was quite tasty. On its own though, it was a bit on the salty side. The desserts were the stars of the meal. Both the apple tart, and the peach cobbler were delicious. Light, flaky and not too sweet, they were the perfect end to the meal.

Throughout the meal our server was very attentive and checked on us regularly. Our water was always topped up, and empty dishes were removed promptly. My only complaint would be I wasn't given a bread plate at the beginning of the meal. Not a huge deal.

Now down to value. We didn't think we got real value for the food we had. We've had similar meals in other downtown restaurants for around $25-30/person, so we thought $38 was a bit excessive, especially since Dine Out Vancouver is supposed to be a discounted menu. Top on parking, the dreaded HST, and a nice tip, it ended up costing us around $100. We also later found out they have a 3 course menu on a daily basis from 5pm - 6pm for only $30. I wasn't impressed.

Overall the food was good, the service was excellent, but it was over priced. It's unlikely we'd come back as there are plenty of equivalent or better restaurants downtown, for less money.

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Matoi Sushi3025 Lougheed Hwy, Coquitlam
Best sushi restaurant in Coquitlam, HANDS DOWN!
Submitted Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

Being the big Sushi lover, I decided to give Matoi Sushi a try, given the rave reviews on Dinehere.ca.

When we arrived, we were amused that it was located in the exact same place as 2 other Japanese places had been. i.e. yet another restaurant take over.

The place was pretty quiet at 6pm on a weekday evening, with just one other couple there. We were cheerily greeted in the traditional Japanese manner by all the staff when we walked in the door, and given a nice table by the windows. It was quite obvious from the moment we walked in that it was an authentic Japanese run restaurant! (which is rare in Coquitlam)

The place has been reno'd since it's previous incarnation, and has a larger kitchen/sushi bar for the cooks, but less seating. Small tables are all out front, and there are a couple larger party rooms hidden in the back. Everything was very neat and tidy and spotlessly clean.

We were pleasantly surprised that they had a daily special menu with fresh items imported directly from Japan. Another rarity to see in any Vancouver Japanese places.

We ordered a couple Saba Nigiri, a Chirashi Don, a California Combo, and gave one of their specials a try, the Mirugai Ponzu for an appetizer. The Mirugai (geoduck) was AMAZING! Mixed with some seaweed, cucumbers and a salty/sour sauce it was absolutely delicious and the mirugai was the freshest I've ever had. The Chirashi Don had a wide selection of sashimi, with some less often seen items like salmon belly, and stewed gourd. Everything was delicious and very very fresh. Portion sizes were good, and the sushi was an appropriate size (i.e. fits in your mouth in one bite).

The service was impeccable, our tea was refilled constantly and the waitresses were very attentive and polite.

At the end of the meal we were given a packet of chocolate Pocky sticks, imported from Japan. This was a bit of a treat, as I hadn't eaten Pocky since I was quite little.

Price wise, the prices are in the mid range. Neither high nor low, but for the quality and freshness of the food, it's an outstanding value. Between the 2 of us, we spent around $35.

Overall, an absolutely wonderful experience and we'll definitely be returning again. Highly recommended!

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Mega Sushi2662 Austin Ave, Unit 12, Coquitlam
Hidden gem, tucked away in Coquitlam
Submitted Friday, December 31, 2010 - 8:21pm [Dine in]

My wife and I are always up to try new Japanese sushi places. We've driven by Mega Sushi's sandwich board many times, without giving it much thought.

We were craving sushi and thought we'd give it a try, expecting a generic take out sushi place that you can find anywhere.

When we walked in, we were surprised at the size of the restaurant. It was tiny! 2 tables for 4, and one table for 2. Obviously catering to the take out crowd. We were cheerily greeted by the sushi chef as the waitress was taking orders over the phone. The take out orders seemed to be coming in quite consistantly, which is usually a good sign.

We sat down and picked a few favorites from other places. A Salmon and Tuna combo (1 tuna roll, 1 salmon roll, 2 tuna nigiri and 2 salmon nigiri), a Chiraishi Don, and a Chopped Scallop roll. Everything was amazingly fresh. More fresh than most sushi places we've been to. Everything was presented very nicely, and tasted amazing. The rice had just the right amount of vinegar to give it some flavor (which many places tend to forget these days). Portions were good, not massive like Sushi Garden, but a little larger than many places.

The service was great as well. As the place was small, there was only the sushi chef and one waitress working, but they were very efficient at keeping things moving along. Both were extremely friendly, and didn't stop smiling.

Price wise, the prices were in line with most Japanese sushi places. Nothing exceptionally expensive or cheap. Our bill came to about $29 including tax and tip, which was quite reasonable for what we ordered.

As for ambiance, it's small, but spotlessly clean. Not much to look at there, so take out is probably recommended.

Overall we were blown away by the service and the freshness of the food. We'll definitely be returning. Highly recommended!

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Culinaria609 Granville St, #100, Vancouver
Good, but doesn't measure up to other "learning kitchens"
Submitted Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 11:56am [Dine in]

Christmas time is the time for lots of food, and as such, my secretary and I decided to try out Culinaria for our Christmas lunch. I've been to JJ's and PICA (Bistro101) multiple times, and was excited to give another student-run restaurant a try as JJ's and PICA were very good.

As it was around the Christmas season, they had a Christmas lunch buffet for $24. Quite a deal for downtown eats. They only had specified seating times, and no reservation meant no food, as the place is quite small, and very busy. Luckily we had a reservation, so we were promptly seated, had our drink orders taken, and shown to the wide array of food.

There was quite the spread of food from salads, to pate's, smoked meats, marinated salmon, prime rib, turkey with stuffing, venison stew, soup, and more. We were quite impressed with the selection.

We filled our plates and sat down to give it a try. When we sat down one oddity was the drinks hadn't arrived yet. Given how long we were gone, we would expect them to be waiting for us. No matter, we started to eat anyways. The food was good, but certainly not on par with JJ's or PICA. Certain elements like the salads and prime rib were delicious. The pate's were very good as well. Other items like the smoked meats were very chewy and almost inedible. The venison stew was the biggest let down, as I expected fall apart moist pieces of meat, but got a hard lump of meat that was very dry and totally inedible.

We moved onto the desserts and there was a selection of pastries, mouses, and tiramisu. We sampled a couple and found them quite delicious.

The venue for the restaurant is certainly what makes the place. The view of people walking around the downtown streets, and the modern design of the restaurant make for a pleasant dining establishment.

Overall, the experience was mixed. Service was mediocre, food was somewhat hit and miss, but the price was right, and the venue was nice. I doubt I will be returning though, as there are many better places to try.

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Yasas Restaurant2120 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam
Feels like eating with a Greek family
Submitted Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 10:34am [Dine in]

My wife and I have driven by Yasas many times as we live in the area. The old and poorly lit sign outside never gave us the "come hither" impression. Upon reading the few reviews here, we decided to give it a try one evening.

It was a Friday evening around 5:30pm, and the restaurant already had quite a number of customers, as well as some larger tables reserved. We were promptly seated by a very friendly waitress. The place was quite dark (as most Greek places seem to be) but decorated in relatively traditional Greek fashion. The restaurant was quite dated, but didn't feel old or dingy.

My wife ordered her usual Roast Lamb, and I ordered mine, the Calimari. Portions were quite generous, and the food came quite quickly. The Roast Lamb was tasty, and nicely crispy on the outside, but we found it to be a little on the dry side compared to other places we've been. The Calimari was very lightly battered, meaning it didn't have the crispiness I was used to. Taste wise, everything was great except the rice. The rice was bland and tasteless and reminded me of microwave instant rice.

Service is where Yasas shines. You really feel like you're having a meal in a Greek family's house. They come check on guests often, and the chef/owner frequently comes out to chat with guests. We noticed the majority of the customers were regulars, and the chef knew them by name! Quite impressive. Even as new customers we weren't simply ignored for the regulars as many other restaurants often do.

As for value, the prices are quite standard. Around $16.95 for the Roast Lamb, and $14.95 for the Calimari.

Overall we thought Yasas was good, but we've had better. The service is really what I would come back for.

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I Love Sushi228 Schoolhouse St, #3, Coquitlam
Food could be better, could be worse, but the servers are excellent
Submitted Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 10:14am [Dine in]

We've driven by I Love Sushi many times since it's opened, but never given it a try. We finally decided (after having a major sushi craving) to try it since it's only 5 minutes from our place.

It was busy on a Tuesday evening, but no where near packed. The restaurant is quite small and seats maybe 25-30 people at any time.

We were promptly greeted by the waitress and taken to our tables. She was very cheery and friendly.

The menu was a little sparse, with many of the usual fare, and a few special rolls we hadn't heard of before. As this was our first time, we ordered a few combos to gauge the portions vs prices. We had a Happy Combo, and Oishi Combo, and a couple Toro Nigiri. My wife was a little disappointed they didn't have any Saba (mackerel) on the menu at all.

Once we ordered, we were pleasantly surprised to get complimentary Edemame beans, as well as a miso soup each. The miso was nice and hot, and the beans were nice and crisp. When the food arrived, the rolls were well formed (not falling apart) but the fish on the nirigi looked like they were cut with a knife that wasn't sharp enough. One nice thing is they used the nice dark sockeye salmon instead of the usual atlantic salmon we see in Vancouver. The food was good, and portions were average (not huge, but not tiny).

The service is certainly a reason to go here. The waitresses are very cheery and polite, and quite efficient.

The prices however, are a bit on the higher side. Our bill after taxes and tip was around $30 for 2 of us, but our tummies were merely satisfied, not stuffed like some other places. With the complimentary items it was a better deal though.

Overall, as it's close to home it's nice to know there's a half decent place to go if we have an emergency sushi craving, but I doubt we would seek out I Love Sushi if we had the time to patron other options.

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Charcoal Sushi and BBQ Restaurant7997 Westminster Hwy, Unit 250, Richmond
Good sushi at reasonable prices
Submitted Friday, December 10, 2010 - 11:09am [Dine in]

We had a night out with some friends, and one suggested we try Charcoal. Given it was a Sushi and BBQ restaurant, I fully expected to walk into a Korean BBQ place with Sushi on the side.

We were pleasantly surprised when we walked in that it in fact was the opposite. A decent sushi restaurant with BBQ on the side. Usually these BBQ places would have a strong smokey smell inside (that your clothes smell of days afterward) but the air was quite clear here.

We ordered a mix of hot foods like Tempura and Agadeshi Tofu, some of their special rolls, and an assortment of Sashimi. Everything came promptly and was very fresh.

The service was top notch, as our tea was refilled constantly. When we mentioned one of us had a sesame allergy, they even went to the trouble to ask the chef for ingredients in all the items we ordered. Truly above and beyond!

Overall we were quite happy and stuffed at the end of the meal. For 4 people it worked out to around $75, which isn't exactly cheap, but not expensive either. Certainly a place we will return to in the future.

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Sushi Oyama5152 Kingsway, Burnaby
A new favorite!
Submitted Friday, August 6, 2010 - 5:21pm [Dine in]

Upon reading the reviews of Sushi Oyama on Dinehere.ca my wife and I decided to give it a try. We're always interested in trying a new Japanese place.

We arrived at the old Johnson house on Kingsway and were pleasantly surprised by the decor. The inside has been reno'd quite nicely, and looks very modern. Sushi Oyama is Korean run, rather than Japanese run as some may have thought.

We were promptly greeted and seated when we arrived. The place was buzzing and busy on a Monday night.

We ordered a couple of our usual favorites, Salmon Sashimi, Tuna Sashimi, 2 Toro nigiri, 2 Saba nirigi and tried a few Dinehere.ca recommendations, the Black Dragon Roll and the Mangodise roll. The food came quickly and was presently nicely on the plate. No loose fall-apart rolls here! Everything was delicious and fresh. We highly recommend the Black Dragon roll, it's quite amazing.

Price wise, we were quite pleased that everything was very reasonable. On par with most value sushi establishments. Portions were quite generous. We had thought they would be smaller than places like Sushi Garden, or Sushi California, but they were quite similar in size. Suffice to say, we were overly stuffed from the food we ordered. All together, the bill was around $35 for the 2 of us and we were stuffed silly. We probably could have done without the 2nd roll, but it was worth every bite!

We've returned here 3 times since our first time, and have had excellent experiences each time. Even with a group of 13 of us.

Highly recommended!

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Pittsburg4500 Kingsway, #1687, Burnaby
It's really becoming the pits!
Submitted Monday, June 7, 2010 - 12:22pm [Dine in]

I hadn't been to Pittsburg for quite a few years. It used to be a half decent place to eat. Nice decor. Decent Food. Ok prices.... Not anymore!

The place was dead on a Saturday evening around 6:30pm. The strong smokey smell of oil is in the air, and the loud whirring of the air conditioners was obvious.

Service here is still decent. The servers are polite and efficient.

The prices have gone up by quite a lot. You pretty much can't get any food for less than around $13 or so, and if you want Soup, Drink, and dessert, it'll cost an extra $2-3.

The food has gone down the drain. We ordered one Penne in Seafood Alfredo sauce, and one Fried Kuay Teow noodle. Both were extremely bland, and the "Alfredo Sauce" was nothing more than cream sauce. Not even a hint of parmesan cheese. Portions were mediocre, but not tiny. Certainly not worth the prices though.

The only saving grace was the soup. The cream soup, was quite good.

Overall, stay away from this place. High prices, terrible food, noisy fans, and smokey smells.

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BC Sushi2126 W Broadway, Vancouver
Mediocre AYCE Sushi
Submitted Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 6:19pm [Dine in]

After a friend recommended getting take out from here, we read that they had AYCE sushi. We were a bit wary after reading the reviews on Dinehere.ca.

When we arrived on a Sunday afternoon, it was busy, but not packed. We were seated promptly.

The AYCE menu has a decent number of items for the "non sashimi" area. The extra cost for the Sashimi didn't worth it for us, as the list of raw items was quite sparse for lunch.

Overall the food was passable. As you would expect with AYCE, you get smaller pieces of fish, and more rice with everything, but the rolls and nigiri were well formed and appetizing looking, which isn't always the case for AYCE. As with many non-Japanese run places, they don't know how to make proper sushi rice. There's not even a hint of sushi vinegar in the rice, which makes the rolls a little on the bland side. Still edible though.

The Service was suprisingly good, considering the poor reviews from others. Our empty plates were removed promptly, and our tea cups refilled quickly. There was always a waiter around to take our order when we wanted to add additional items.

The ambiance was just fine. The restaurant was somewhat modern, and seemed relatively clean.

Overall, it was an experience to try, but we probably won't be making any special trips to visit BC Sushi again as there are many superior places to eat.

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North Garden Restaurant3355 North Road, #286, Burnaby
Cheap yummy eats
Submitted Monday, January 25, 2010 - 12:42pm [Dine in]

North Garden is one of our regular places. We've been going here for years, for meals ranging from a quick lunch to a full 8 course dinner.

The food here for the most part is very good, and the prices are very reasonable. Most notable is their lunch menu, which goes from 11-5pm. All the items are in the $6-8 range, and come with hot drinks. Cold drinks are an additional $0.50. They have anything from HK cafe style sandwiches, to noodle soup, to fried noodles or fried rice. The portions for these dishes are quite generous, and one plate should fill up even the larger of appetites. My wife and I usually order 2 items and have enough for lunch the next day.

The service can sometimes be a little slow. They tend to only have 2-3 servers at any time, even if the place is buzzing. Overall the servers are polite and efficient, and I've yet to have an order go wrong.

For their dinner menu, they have the usual "pick 4 dishes, or pick 8 dishes" from a list of about 60 items. In general their dinner time is pretty quiet, so food comes quickly.

As for ambiance. Well you can see the laminate flooring has seen better days. The restaurant is pretty clean, and bathrooms are reasonable (for a Chinese restaurant). The decor is a remnant of the previous Estea, which resided here before North Garden over 5 years ago.

It's still one of our favourite "cheap eats" places and we'll still be coming back for more!

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Akasaka Japanese Restaurant15110 101st Avenue, Surrey
Higher prices for higher quality.
Submitted Monday, January 25, 2010 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

My wife and I rarely take the opportunity to eat around the Surrey area, even though we both work there. On a Friday night after work, we decided to give Akasaka a try based on the good reviews. The restaurant certainly lives up to the hype!

We were seated promptly when we arrived. We were there quite early, around 5pm, and there were only a few tables with guests.

The menu had the standard fare, with the addition of many special rolls. As we hadn't tried Akasaka before we opted for some more standard items as the special rolls are quite pricey ($7-10 each!)

We ordered a Favourite combo (California roll, BC roll and Dynamite roll), a Spicy Tuna roll, and Toro Nigiri, Saba Nigiri, and Atlantic Salmon Nigiri.

All the items were pretty standard sizes, but wow, everything was very fresh! The tempura in the dynamite roll was crisp and warm. All the raw fish was sweet and fresh. We liked the fact they added some teriyaki sauce to the BC rolls, as not all places do, making them more moist. Overall, excellent quality, presentation and freshness!

Service was excellent as well. The waitresses were friendly, and efficient.

Now onto price. Prices are a little on the higher side here, but it's balanced out with the quality of the food and the service. Given the prices I wouldn't say this would be a regular place to eat, but certainly a nice place to bring family or friends if you want a quality meal.

Overall we will definitely come back given the chance.

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