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ChivalryXBurnabySince August 10, 2008Favourite List (5)60 Reviews
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My Greek Taverna946 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Great Greek food at reasonable prices. Bring earplugs.
Submitted Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 3:16pm [Dine in]

We recently moved near the Maillardville area and a co-worker recommended My Greek Restaurant. This was our 2nd attempt at eating here, as they were oddly closed on a Saturday afternoon at 12 when we first tried.

As we entered we were promptly greeted by a server. She gave us a quick once over before asking how many of us there were. Very odd. She plunked down our menus and we had a seat.

The menu was the generic Greek fare. Moussaka, Souvlaki, Calamari, Roast Lamb, etc. Prices were reasonable for dinner, with the entree's averaging around $14.95 each.

Our waitress returned and asked us what we'd like. I was a little turned off that she crossed her arms and stared at us when we ordered. She seemed a little less friendly with us, but not other customers. Anyways, I ordered the Calamari Dinner, and my wife ordered the Roast Lamb.

While we waited, we found it hard to chat with the loud music in the background. As the restaurant got more full, we had to yell to each other over the noise. In addition to the very dark lighting, it wasn't the most pleasant ambiance.

When the food arrived we were pleasantly surprised at the large portions. The food was delicious. The calamari was crisp and lightly battered, and the sides were well done too. The roast lamb was very large and moist without being greasy. We were only able to get through about half our plates and had to take the rest home.

Again oddly our waitress never came back to check if everything was ok with the food. All the while, the music was getting louder and louder. To their credit, the other waitresses were much more friendly and helpful and continually topped up our water and checked in on us. Our waitress (Ivanka I think) was obviously the head waitress and for some unknown reason disliked us as she didn't behave the same to other patrons. She seemed a little more friendly when bringing us the bill, perhaps because it was tip time. We had another pleasant surprise when the bill arrived as my wife's Roast Lamb dinner was on special for the night for $12.95.

Pros: The food quality and the portions were excellent, and the price was very reasonable.

Cons: The poor attitude from the 1 server, the dark lighting, and the loud noise factor.

Overall we'll surely give them a try again. The food is definitely worth it!

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Austin Heights Diner2154 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam
Good food, good prices, great greasy spoon
Submitted Monday, December 14, 2009 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

We've heard from friends before that we should try the Austin Heights Diner. It's considered a Canadian Chinese Restaurant, which, for more asians, is a place to avoid like the plague due to westernized recipes, and suedo Chinese food.

Take 1:
We went one morning to give breakfast a try. The place was humming with customers, but not a single asian in sight. Hm... let's try the western foods. I ordered a club sandwich with fries, and my wife ordered "Ed's Special" which was hashbrowns, toast, 3 sausages and 2 eggs.

We were very pleasently surprised the food was hot, delicious and cheap! Service was very quick and friendly too!

Take 2:
We decided to take a leap of faith and try here for dinner, determined to try to Chinese food. We ordered one BBQ Fried Rice (ok, not super authentic), and one Tofu Seafood Hotpot. Wow were we impressed. The food was very good! The Tofu hotpot had lots of tofu, bbq pork, squid, chicken, scallops and onions.

Decor wise, this place looks like it hasn't changed much since the 70s (when it first opened), but it's relatively clean.

Overall, definitely a place to visit again. Their Chinese menu isn't vast, as I'm guessing they cater to their Western customers (which seems to be 99%), but everything available looks good. We'll surely be back again to try a few other items. And if we ever feel one of us doesn't want Chinese food, we can always order a burger!

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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
A mixed bag.
Submitted Monday, December 14, 2009 - 2:41pm [Dine in]

We went to Italian Kitchen for my mother's 60th birthday.

We had reservations and were promptly seated on the upper level when we arrived.

The decor was quite nice, modern and tasteful. One interesting note is the kitchen is wide open by the entrance, so you can actually watch the chefs preparing meals. Kind of cool.

There were 6 of us, and we ordered a few items from the menu. 4 of us shared a Pasta Platter for 2 , and a Fish(seafood) Platter for 2 along with some other appetizers. My sister's calamari was very memorable. Fried to perfection, with salt and a hint of hot peppers. The Kobe Beef Meatballs were very good as well.

Now as for the pasta. We were less impressed. The flavours were good, but a little overly garlicky. Most of the pasta on the pasta platter was undercooked. The Pappardelle pasta was very undercooked and when I bit into it, it was partially raw in the middle. The spaghetti was on the hard side, certainly not al dente. Other than the pasta, everything else was quite good.

The service was great, our water was refilled constantly, and the waiter checked on us often. He was friendly and helpful with questions as well.

Price wise for a downtown Italian place, the prices are certainly reasonable. Entree's range from about $18-$40, depending on what you order. For 6 of us, and 1 bottle of wine, all in it was about $300. Not too bad for a downtown "upper class" restaurant.

Overall a mixed experience. As it's downtown and there's plenty of other choices, chances are I won't be returning.

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Tenkai Japanese Restaurant1147 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam
Good eats, quiet place to chat
Submitted Monday, December 14, 2009 - 2:24pm [Dine in]

My wife and I had driven by Tenkai many times but never ventured in. We decided to drop by on a weekday evening.

The restaurant was relatively quiet at 6pm in the evening, with a few patrons in booths. We were cheerily greeted by the waitress and immediately seated.

The decor of the restaurant is older but clean. You can tell there were extensive renovations on top of the original flooring, but it looks nice.

We ordered a Sushi Combo A and a Tempura Udon to be able to try out a few items. The Sushi combo had 1 california roll, 1 dynamite roll, 2 salmon nigiri, 2 tuna nigir, and 2 ebi nigiri. All was fresh and standard sizes. The Tempura udon was piping hot, and the tempura was crisp. The tempura was a tad more oily that some places though.

The service was pretty much a one woman show, but she was very efficient and friendly. We were quite impressed.

Price wise the prices were a tad higher than we're used to, but not unreasonable. The bill for the 2 items came to around $25.

Overall I think we may come again if we're hungry and in the neighbourhood. It's a nice place to go with friends as it was peaceful enough to actually chat.

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Narita Sushi100 Schoolhouse Street, #408, Coquitlam
Good food, good service, mediocre prices
Submitted Friday, November 27, 2009 - 11:41am [Dine in]

This was our first time going to Narita Sushi and were pleasantly surprised.

We were greeted and seated promptly on our arrival. The place was clean and the decor was nice.

We ordered a Dynamite Combo, and a Chicken Donburi. The Dynamite Combo was very good. It had a Dynamite roll, a California roll, 2 Tuna nigiri, and 2 sockeye salmon nigiri. The Chicken Donburi was very good as well, with lots of chicken, egg and cabbage. The food quality was very good. Portions were pretty standard, not small, but not huge either.

Price wise, the prices were a little on the higher side, but not expensive.

Overall it was a good experience and we will go back again if in the neighbourhood.

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Kam Ding Seafood Restaurant3021 Anson Avenue, Coquitlam
Dim Sum for dinner? Who can beat that!
Submitted Monday, September 7, 2009 - 12:49pm [Dine in]

We've been coming to Kam Ding ever since it opened many years ago. Their Dim Sum is great, and their dinner menu is very extensive.

If you plan on going on a weekend, try to get there before 11am. After 11am you'll be sure to be waiting in line for a good 15-30 minutes. This place is PACKED on weekends for Dim Sum.

Service can vary depending on how packed they are. Don't be embarrassed to flag down a waitress if you need anything, otherwise they may not notice you.

We've tried pretty much everything, and it's all very fresh and tasty. Shrimp Dumplings, Beef balls, Spring Rolls, etc. Dishes come out in the old style carts, as well as trays for the fried items, or special items. They also have "Cheung Fun" which is rolled rice noodles which you have to order from the waitress. Unlike most places, they charge the same regular price for the Cheung Fun as other Dim Sum dishes. For $2.75 you really can't go wrong!

If you venture in during the evenings, it's usually quite quiet. Their evening "Choose # items" menu has 100+ items to choose from, and includes soup, unlimited rice, and dessert. One thing we love is we can order Dim Sum at night too! They make it fresh to order, and it's the same price as in the afternoons.

Overall Kam Ding is recommended. If you just want to give it a try, but avoid the crowds, go on an evening, and order like you would during the afternoon Dim Sum. You won't be disappointed.

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La Spaghetteria232 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Don't mind the decor, go for the food!
Submitted Monday, September 7, 2009 - 12:36pm [Dine in]

We've been to La Spaghetteria quite a few times. Everytime it's quite empty. From the outside, it looks quite nice, but the inside will remind you of a very old house, slight musky smell included.

The servers, while a bit odd, are friendly and helpful. They're happy to answer questions about the menu, and are quick to refill water.

The bread here is to die for. Very fresh and tasty. Too bad they only give you one complimentary piece each. Extra pieces cost a little extra. The pasta is always fresh, and cooked perfectly. We found the pasta to be more fresh than many other Italian restaurants we've been to.

On weekdays they have "Early bird" specials before 6:30pm. Basically all their regular menu pasta items are discounted to $10.95 instead of the usual $14. If you have an entertainment book, they're in there for a buy one get one entree. Be careful though, it cannot be used for their daily specials, or during their early bird discount time.

Overall it's a good place for food, as long as you don't mind the old house feeling.

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Lucky King Seafood Restaurant832 12th St, New Westminster
Good food, good prices
Submitted Monday, September 7, 2009 - 12:20pm [Dine in]

After hearing from family that their Dim Sum is good, we tried their dinner one evening. From the outside, it looks like another generic Chinese restaurant. One we'd usually just pass by. The place was empty on a Saturday at 6pm. As such the servers were extremely friendly and attentive, and helpful with menu items.

We ordered from the "Choose # of dishes" menu, which had a healthy 80+ items on it. The minimum is 2 dishes, and if you order more, they give complementary soya sauce duck, and/or free range chicken. They also come with soup of the day, dessert, and unlimited rice. A nice bonus was the dessert was not the generic Red Bean soup. This time it was Taro with sago soup, which was delicious.

The food was very good, did not feel greasy, and you didn't get the "I'm tasting too much MSG" feeling.

Price wise, the food is on par, or slightly cheaper than other comparable Chinese restaurants.

They have renovated the inside, and the decor is nice and clean. Surprisingly their bathrooms were reasonably clean as well.

Overall, we liked this place and will definitely return.

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Kefi Greek Kouzina100 Schoolhouse St, #102, Coquitlam
Solid, but don't go when it's busy
Submitted Monday, September 7, 2009 - 12:11pm [Dine in]

We've been coming to Kefi ever since they opened a few years ago. The food is good, and the prices are reasonable.

Their roast lamb, while it take a while to cook, is very good. My personal favorite is the deep fried calamari. Portions are large enough to fill even the larger appetites, and all entrees come with Tzaziki, Whole Wheat Pita bread, and Greek salad.

One word of warning. Don't go on busy days. On time we've come on weekend evenings, they never have enough servers. Service slows to a crawl, and a meal for 2 people can take as long as 1.5-2 hours to finish.

The ambiance is nice, and there's Greek music in the background which can get a little loud at times.

Overall a nice place to go for decent Greek food, for reasonable prices. Just try not to go on a weekend evening.

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Shabu Shabu Hot Pot Restaurant3779 Sexsmith Rd., #2133, Richmond
Fresh food, cranky owner
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2009 - 11:10am [Dine in]

We dropped by Shabu Shabu around 6:30pm on a Sunday. The place was empty. We were promptly seated and presented with menus. The waitress must have been brand new as the owner was barking orders continuously at her.

We decided on the early bird combo (for $8.88) which was one type of meat (chicken, lamb, beef) and an assortment of veggies, mushrooms, tofu, etc. I ordered the lamb, and my wife ordered the chicken. There were no noodles or rice included in the combo so we ordered an additional Udon to share. We were then asked to select a type of soup. All the soups except for the "house special" had additional costs. I had the thousand year egg with cilantro, my wife had the miso.

The food came and the portions were reasonable. Not much in terms of meat, but lots of veggies. I was satisfied, but not really full after the meal. Everything was very fresh and the soup was quite tasty.

The decor the of the restaurant was quite nice, with a bar type setting. Everything seemed quite new and clean. Ventilation was very good, which is always a concern with hot pot places.

The service was so-so. The waitress was new but tried very hard. We thought she did a decent job. The owner was terrible, barking orders at her, and scolding her in front of the customers all through the meal. Very poor management.

Overall we found the prices were ok, but there are a lot of better places in Richmond to eat. When we received the bill, we thought to ourselves, "for another $10 we could have had all you can eat". Probably won't be back again.

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JJ's Restaurant @ Vancouver Community College250 Pender Street West, Vancouver
Students in training do exceptionally well!
Submitted Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 10:09pm [Dine in]

This was our first time dining at JJ's at VCC. We had heard about it before, but hadn't had the time to try it as they close quite early. They only have seatings for dinner at 5:30pm and 6pm and they close their doors at 7pm. On Fridays they have a buffet dinner as well.

When we arrived we were happily greeted by quite a few students, and the Maitre D. As the first to arrive they were eager to to serve us. The Maitre D told us the students cooking the meals were in their last month of training, while the ones serving us were in their 9th month of training, and both did exceptionally well! The servers were very polite (although a little timid), but very quick to assist. I have allergies and they were quick to check each and every item we ordered to ensure no problems.

The restaurant is very clean, and looks like it was renovated recently. The decor was nice, clean, and comfortable. It's kind of odd as it stands out from the rest of the campus, which looks like any other generic college.

The food was very good. The menu was a 3 course meal and had many options for appetizers, entrees and desserts. The food was on par with most fine dining restaurants. I had a tomato and goat cheese salad, to start, a New York Steak, and vanilla donuts with coffee ice cream. My wife had a seafood stew to start, braised lambchops, and chocolate cake. Everything was tasty, well presented, and the portions were quite reasonable.

And what's the price you ask? The 3 course set dinner was only $24/person! Quite amazing considering what we had.

Suffice to say we really enjoyed ourselves, and will definitely come back again if we have the chance. The only down side is the early seating times. Highly recommended!

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Hanano Sushi & Grill555 Clarke Rd, #14, Coquitlam
Another hidden Japanese restaurant in Burquitlam
Submitted Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 11:18am [Dine in]

After much prompting from the wife, I finally decided to give Hanano Sushi & Grill a try. I've had bad experiences with sushi & grill places before, as there was a tendency to emphasize the grill part more than the sushi. Not here! It's located directly across the street from the Dairy Queen on Clarke Road in Coquitlam.

We went around 5:30pm on a Tuesday evening, and the place was very quiet. As we arrived the waitress chose a nice window seat for us and took our drink orders. She was very polite and efficient.

The place has been renovated quite nicely from it's predecessor. (an Italian restaurant) with touches of Japanese drapings around. The restaurant was very clean, including the bathrooms.

We ordered an Assorted Tempura (2 prawn, 2 carrot, 2 yam, 2 pumpkin, 1 green bean, 1 broccoli), a Roll Combo II (Dynamite roll, California roll, Tuna maki and Salmon maki), a Salmon nigiri, and a Tuna nigiri. Everything was delicious! The tempura batter was light and crispy, the rolls were tightly rolled and well displayed, and the salmon and tuna were very fresh. The sushi sizes were slightly larger than traditional Japanese places, but not monstrous. Also notably they use the more expensive sockeye salmon, which has a very bright red colour to it, unlike most other places which has a pinkish orange colour. The meal ended with complimentary orange slices. After taxes and tip, our bill came out to about $26 and we were stuffed! Prices were quite reasonable, but not the lowest in the area. Fuji Sushi is much more expensive, but Sushi California is a bit cheaper.

We really like Hanano, and will definitely be back again. The food was very good, service was very good, and it's a nice quiet place where you can bring friends to chat and actually hear each other!

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Shobu Japanese Restaurant581 Clarke Rd, #2, Coquitlam
A nice family run Japanese restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - 2:46pm [Dine in]

Shobu is a relatively new place that opened in early 2009, replacing a short lived Korean restaurant in the same location. The restaurant is on the corner of Clarke and Como Lake, directly across the street from the Safeway in Burquitlam Plaza.

The sign outside is a tad misleading as there are Chinese words along with Sho Bu. It is in fact run by a very nice Korean couple who speak reasonable English.

When we arrived we were promptly greeted and offered seats in the front or back. We chose the back since it's quieter there. The decor in the front is the usual restaurant fare. Red leather chairs, and shiny new tables. A few Japanese type articles around, and plenty of flowers as well. The back had some remnants of it's predecessor with older wooden tables and black vinyl chairs. Comfy but not much to look at.

The waitress was very friendly, and spoke English quite well. She brought us our menus and offered us some tea. When we were ready to order she was busy, so the owner came to take our order. He cheerily took our orders. We asked for no sesame seeds (allergies) which he didn't understand, but the waitress quickly came over to translate and even taught us to say it in Korean!

We ordered the Salmon and Tuna Sashimi, an Appetizer Tempura, a California Roll combo, and an Alaska roll. Every was very fresh, well displayed, and delicious! The sashimi was fresh, the tempura batter was light and crisp, and the rolls were tightly rolled and not falling apart. The portions were reasonable, bigger than most true Japanese places, but smaller than the monster sushi/sashimi you get at Sushi California or Samurai Sushi. Both the owner and waitress came by to check on us multiple times, and were very friendly.

We were very satisfied and full, and with tips and tax the bill only came out to about $30 for the 2 of us. This is one of the more hidden gems in Coquitlam, and we certainly will come again!

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Fulin Hot Pot Restaurant3025 Lougheed Hwy, #780, Coquitlam
All you can eat done well
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 11:27am [Dine in]

We went to Fulin Hot Pot on a Friday evening. Thinking it would be packed, we made a reservation in advance. When we arrived we were greeted by a cheery server, and shown to our seats. At 6:30 PM the place surpisingly wasn't packed. At around 7pm there was a lineup forming.

The restaurant has been renovated quite nicely with modern decor. Booths for 2-4 are along one side, while tables for larger groups are in the middle. All tables have large ventilation ducts above them so you don't come out smelling like your food afterwards.

Fulin gives you the option of regular hot pot for $18.95 or Sukiyaki for $14.95. Both are all you can eat. The regular hot pot option has many more menu choices than the Sukiyaki option. We opted to try the Sukiyaki.

We made our first round order and the food came quite promptly. They also left us a small carafe of water, and soya sauce to replenish the Sukiyaki sauce as it evaporated. The waitress was very friendly, and spoke English and Mandarin fluently.

The food was very fresh, we ordered a few of everything on the menu, and filled up our table. Cooked in the tasty Sukiyaki sauce, everything was delicious!

On to ordering our second round, we pick a few of the items that we really liked like the fresh tofu, and the thinly sliced beef. As others have mentioned, second round orders tend to have things go missing. Our order of beef was forgotten, but a quick mention to the waitress and they were quickly brought to our table.

Overall we were very satisfied and would definitely come again. Being able to stuff yourself silly for $15/person, and not have to go to Richmond was great! Just remember to make a reservation so you don't have to worry about waiting.

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Prince Chinese Seafood Restaurant2881 Grandview Highway, Vancouver
If you like arguing with the servers...
Submitted Monday, October 13, 2008 - 11:43am [Dine in]

Parking here is always a hassle, as the lot is small and many spots are reserved for the video store next door. So be prepared to park as far as the skytrain station for a brisk 5 minute walk.

The ambiance of the restaurant is much like you would see in a higher end place in Richmond. Relatively clean on the outside, servers in uniforms, etc.

The food is decent and we've never had any "bad" food here yet. They have the usual items like Shrimp Dumplings, etc. which are always tasty.

Now as for the service... We've been to Prince quite a few times now, and noticed a trend. If you go with someone who knows the staff you get good service. If you're some stranger off the street, they certainly treat you like one! We've had dinner here before with 20+ people, and they still treated us quite poorly, even getting mouthy about a request to change plates after serving us crab.

Prices here are quite expensive. On par with high end places like Kirin, which is far superior in food quality and service. Expect to pay a good 50+% more than your usual Dim Sum place for the same items.

Now as for cleanliness... If you check out the Fraser Health authority, you'll notice they've been closed a couple times. For what? For RATS! The poor service and over priced food was bad enough, but rodents in the kitchen really seals the coffin in this place.

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Harbour Pacific Restaurant4524 Hasting Street, Burnaby
Crazy busy, but good food
Submitted Monday, October 13, 2008 - 11:32am [Dine in]

Every once in awhile we'll make the trek out this way to have Dim Sum at Harbour Pacific.

Parking is always an issue, as their lot is tiny, so be prepared to park on the street and walk a block. We arrived at 11am on a Sunday and got the last parking spot and the last open table. The place was packed!

Service here is quite quick, and the waitresses and host are quite attuned to their clients needs. Some waitresses can be a bit curt, but that's to be expected. Tea pots are usually refilled quickly, and flagging down a server isn't difficult.

The food here is quite good. One of the better Dim Sum places in the area. My favourite, the Shrimp Dumplings, are plump and fresh. They also have a lot of items I don't normally see in other places like Baked Lo Bak Pastries which are to die for.

Can't say much for the ambiance. It's a very old restaurant and the decor looks like it's from the 70s, but at least it's clean.

Prices are on the lower spectrum for Dim Sum in Vancouver, so it's well worth trying.

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Okoman Japanese Restaurant3355 North Road, #100, Burnaby
Nice place to take friends
Submitted Monday, October 13, 2008 - 11:20am [Dine in]

We tried out Okoman in Burnaby during it's Grand Opening. Due to it's slightly hidden location, the place was relatively quiet when we arrived.

Parking is plentiful, which is always a huge plus.

When we arrived, we were promptly greeted, and shown to a booth. As the place was newly renovated for the opening, everything was spotless and clean. For our Korean friends, Okoman is a Korean run restaurant, and as it's so close to "Korea town" there's Korean on the menus in addition to English.

We ordered a Salmon Nigiri, Tuna Nigiri, Maki Favorite's combo, and a Seafood Oden. The combo consisted of a California Roll, a BC Roll, and a Dynamite Roll. The size of the rolls was medium sized. Not as huge as places like Samurai Sushi, but bigger than your usual food court fare. The Seafood Oden was huge. There were 30 skewers of seafood in a wonderful soup base. In addition, the soup was filled with mussels, prawns, shrimp, octopus and squid. Suffice it to say we were stuffed silly after the meal.

Service was spectacular (possibly cause it was really quiet). Tea was refilled promptly, and waitresses were extremely polite. A huge plus was they have a neat little button on each table to call a waitress as they can't always see their guests in the booths.

Prices are reasonable, but I wouldn't consider them cheap nor expensive.

Overall, definitely a place to go again, and a nice quiet place to take friends and chat.

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Old Bavaria Haus, The233 6th St, New Westminster
Possibly better than Germany!
Submitted Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

This is the first time we've been to this restaurant, highly recommended by some friends.

When we arrived, the place was buzzing with customers, and those without reservations were asked to wait up to 30 minutes. Luckily we had one and were promptly shown to out table.

The ambiance of the restaurant is rustic. It reminds me of an old house converted into a restaurant. It's quite homely, which is part of it's charm.

The service was decent. The waitress went through the motions, but made no effort to make any connection with her guests. No wow factor here.

The food... is spectacular. I had the bratwurst and schnitzel, and my wife had the combination dinner. It was very authentic, and reminds me of family run restaurants in Germany, with less of a greasy feel. Everything tasted wonderful, even the steamed vegetables!

We had an entertainment book coupon, so our meal was a great deal, but even without it, the value is quite good. The portions are large enough to fill even a large appetite, and prices are quite reasonable.

I hear they have a Schnitzel Wednesday menu where there are nice deals on Schnitzel, so we definitely will be returning here again!

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Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts1505 W 2nd Avenue, #101, Vancouver
A training ground for future Chefs!
Submitted Saturday, August 9, 2008 - 6:59pm [Dine in]

This is one of our favorite restaurants. With new menu's every week, and menu item's you find at many high end restaurants in Vancouver, the food is always great.

We've been here at least 6 times, and each time is a real treat. The food is always fresh, displayed beautifully, and the service is always polite and helpful.

The "Chef's to be" take turns as waiters for the evening, so the service can be interesting. They're not as "on the ball" as a professional waiter, but they're always polite and they try hard to please the guests. They're also always happy to let you know how the dishes are made.

The food is always top notch and the portions are a very reasonable size. The average sized appetite will be satiated by their menus. The highlight is always the desserts. They're very rich, and beautifully displayed. If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend the Creme Brulee, one of the best in Vancouver.

With their year round "buy one get one" deal, a 3 course meal for a couple, only costs about $37+tax. They won't even let you over tip as it's included in the final bill.

One of the best places in Vancouver!

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Yan's Garden9948 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Different look, same crappy service
Submitted Saturday, August 9, 2008 - 6:49pm [Dine in]

Before Yan's took over, this place was Mei Shang. Mei Shang had decent food, but bad service, a dirty restaurant, and we found odd things in our food multiple times (glass and styrofoam).

Then Yan's took over. They made the place look nicer, and hired more staff. Unfortunately they retained many of the same staff as Mei Shang. The service is just as bad as Mei Shang, if not worse.

We made a reservation for a large party of 25 people. The restaurant called 4 times to confirm, and reconfirm that we were coming. They seemed paranoid that we wouldn't show for some reason.

After quite a few months of Yan's opening, the place is beginning to look like Mei Shang again. Table clothes are thrown in shopping carts and left in the middle of the restaurant floor. The staff are very poorly trained, forgetful and have some serious attitude problems. (We asked for them to remove some dim sum plates that were piling up on our table and were ignored)

On the up side, the food is decent. Not spectacular, but edible. Unfortunately everything else is simply going to ruin this place.

We're counting the days until it changes hands again or gets shut down.

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