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D_K_nightWashington DCSince January 28, 20103 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Minoas Greek Taverna3823 Kingsway, Burnaby
At the very best, average
Submitted Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 12:20am [Dine in]

The unfortunate location of Minoas surely doesn't do it any favors - you can barely see it from the street, as it's tucked away in an almost backroad. The Greek food here is for the most part fairly bland and tempts you to ask for some ketchup.

It should be mentioned that by beside this restaurant, is the "boot", the Brian Canfield Center, or more commonly known as the TELUS building - the workplace of several thousand employees. It's saying a lot when Minoas isn't usually frequented by TELUS employees(unless a vendor takes them out for lunch and just wants a quick walk across the street). In fact most TELUS employees would rather cross Boundary Road and order sandwiches from the overpriced place right beside Starbucks.

When TELUS employees would rather stomach the absolutely atrocious cafeteria food, instead of strolling barely 5 minutes over to Minoas for food that costs the same, but lacks flavor - that should tell you something.

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Kalvin's Restaurant5225 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
Good Value, with proper level of expectation
Submitted Friday, June 4, 2010 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

Kalvin's(with a "K") is, from outside appearances, a fairly unassuming Asian Restaurant on Victoria Drive in Vancouver. This belies the fact that the inside is actually very small - the restaurant seats a maximum of 7 tables. Reservations are mandatory or you'll be waiting inside the cramped mini-hallway, or worst case, outside. Tables are seated very close together - keep the claustrophobic at home. You won't be stretching out arms here.

However the inside decor is clean, neat, and distinctly Asian. Don't go in here expecting extravagance because you're here for one reason only - the food. The type of service is on par with many other family-owned Asian places where your order is taken with friendliness with no over-the-top cheerfulness or nonsense. Waters were refilled without prompting, though tea refills were prompted for, but only once.

A definite highlight is the hand-made noodles. The one we ordered was excellent quality, tasted just right for noodles, and had us reaching for more. Other dishes such as the pepper beef were very saucy, and certainly strong on the peppery side. Deep-fried Tofu was on-par with many other Asian restaurants(that's a hard dish to screw up, honestly, unless you seriously scrimp on just about everything), average yet not unpleasant. Balanced tea strength - a small detail, but one nonetheless. Beef-friend rice was a surprise - well tasting for what is normally unremarkable.

The key question to ask is - with an almost guaranteed line-up(if you didn't make reservations) during dinner time - is Kalvin's worth the wait? Especially when the comparable Nancy's Wonton house is literally, only a few steps away?

Kalvin's vs Nancy's

Restaurant appearance and cleanliness: Kalvin's, no contest
Service: Neither side wins
Food Taste: Extremely close one here. Kalvin's has far superior noodles, while Nancy's has the edge on other dishes.
Appeal to non-Asians: Upon seeing the inside decor, Kalvin's wins
Accommodations for larger parties: Nancy's with it's fairly sizable space and comparitively spacious number of tables

Verdict: The average "3" review doesn't tell the whole story. Kalvin's has the appeal, competitive pricing, and fair portion size to warrant many a return to. Just make sure you've made reservations, or you'll be in for a long wait.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant4920 No. 3 Road, #102, Richmond
Mid-class Chinese Dining, with obviously Chinese-type service
Submitted Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 11:14pm [Dine in]

It's a Chinese restaurant. You don't come in here expecting the same kind of service you take for granted at Caucasian chains. Chinese places are about food first, service second.

Having said that though - this place does cater to Caucasian customers better than your typical low-rent Chinese place, as evidenced by many more White customers at the tables(the more affluent ones). During Dim Sum, menus are in plain English, with pictures so it's dead obvious as to what you're ordering.

Many other mid-class Chinese places use SSW as a benchmark towards how well they're doing in terms of taste(notice I didn't say anything about service).

Dim sum - food is generally well done and tastes as expected. If you go for the *standard* dim sum fare, then they are as expected. For the sticky rice, SSW uses the dryer leaves which is a different flavor than the moist leaves seen in most other Chinese dim sum places.

Service - The waiters do replace your plates but it can feel intrusive, especially when *you're not done yet!*. Anticipate this in advance or eat the food on your plate faster. Sorry but that's the way it is. Again it's Chinese service; they're doing great if you're not obviously angry with them. Leave your sense of self-entitlement at the door, Chinese people don't care and you're here for one reason only - the food.

Ambiance - very suitable and popular for Chinese weddings. They have what is needed.

Bottom line - An OK place for Dim sum which is not cash-only.

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