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darrenkadishBurnaby, B.C.Since November 30, 200646 Reviews
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2.5 (2.6)
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Zefferelli's Spaghetti Joint1136 Robson Street, Vancouver
Decent enough ...
Submitted Monday, May 14, 2007 - 9:41pm [Dine in]

My co-workers decided to meet up for dinner downtown (on Robson Street no less) and picked Zefferelli's for dinner. I hate going anywhere near Robson as it is so hard to finding parking. Needless to say, I was 20 minutes late due to the parking issue.

As my co-workers had over 20 minutes to mull over the menu, they already knew what to have. I scanned the menu and decided on the stuffed portobello mushrooms with cheese as an appetizer and the rib eye steak for dinner. My other 3 co-workers all decided on pasta.

Presentation was nice for both my dishes. Food was decent, but was not remarkable. My portobello mushrooms were nice (although the cheese was a bit strong ... what kind of cheese was it ?) ... and the rib eye steak tasted like a piece of unseasoned steak. The only flavor that I got was from the balsamic vinegar and oil dressing that they drizzled around the plate and the natural juices from the meat. I like my meat seasoned, so the steak wasn't anything remarkable either. My meal wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything that I would rave about to others.

Lack of parking would prohibit me from making dinner plans again at this restaurant. And even if I were on Robson, there are other restaurants that I would probably try out first.

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Dallas Souvlaki Greek Restaurant2095 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Hit or Miss is right ...
Submitted Saturday, May 5, 2007 - 2:18pm [Dine in]

I agree with the previous post about this restaurant. After a hard nights work on back to back Friday evenings, we decided to head to Dallas for some Greek food. The first Friday night that we went (last Friday), we were impressed with the food. I ordered the kalamari and tsaziki (sp?) with pita bread. I also ordered a cocktail - their "Dallas special". My spouse ordered the lamb and just stuck with water.

When our meals arrived, I was happy to find that the kalamari was flavourful and a good sized portion. The lamb was not as big a portion as some other Greek restaurants, but it was tender and flavourful nonetheless. My "Dallas special" drink was superb too and had enough alcohol to make me tipsy and totally red in the face.

That was the first Friday. The second Friday was yesterday night and what a 160 degree turn-around from the previous Friday. We walked in and although the server at the bar saw it, did not acknowledge us and just continued doing whatever she was doing at the bar. So we just sat ourselves down. I ordered the same dishes, but the kalamari this time lacked the flavor that was so impressive the Friday before. Also, my "Dallas special" drink lacked any hint of alcohol and for some reason, this time around came in a glass half the size that I got the previous Friday. My spouse this time had a melonball drink and it looked like a couple sips had been taken out of the glass.

Then to top it all off, when we got our bill, my spouse's melonball drink was charged as a martini (more $$) and when brought to our server's attention, he just told us to take the difference off the bill. He didn't even reprint the bill! Lest we forget that just taking the amount off the drink doesn't make it okay. How about the taxes? Anyway, we walked out of there feeling TOTALLY ripped off. Too bad because we would have made this restaurant a weekly visit. Now, we are never going back there again. I don't like the feeling of being ripped off.

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Hollywood Cafe Restaurant2128 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
The best curry so far ...
Submitted Friday, May 4, 2007 - 12:34pm [Dine in]

We went here for dinner last night and decided to order some curry as the table next to us ordered the same thing and it looked really good. We also ordered a dish of pork chops with salt and pepper (deep fried and spicy too).

When the dishes came out, they were a good-sized serving. When we dug into the chicken curry, we were not disappointed at all. The meat was all dark meat, that's probably why it tasted so good. Dark meat has more flavor and it's not dry like white meat. My dinner companion commented that it was the best chicken curry he's had so far (which is pretty good considering we've had all types of chicken curry). My salt & pepper pork chop dish was not too shabby either. The pork chop was tender and not too dry. I would have liked it with a bit more kick (spice wise), but it was still very good.

At the end of the meal, we were promptly given a tapioca-type soup/dessert. I haven't been given this type of free dessert from a restaurant in ages! It was a nice surprise ... and an even better surprise when the dessert was actually really good. I would have asked for another one (and gladly paid for it), if I wasn't so full from the curry and pork chops.

Our bill for the curry, pork chops, two bowls of rice, a large pop came to $19.20. A steal of a deal for what we ate. I'll definitely be frequently this place.

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Marina Grill1653 Columbia St., North Vancouver
No-nonsense food, wonderful view ...
Submitted Monday, April 30, 2007 - 8:03pm [Dine in]

I've been here a few times - once for lunch, another time for dinner and then again tonight to celebrate a friend's birthday. In the day, this place is wonderful because of the great view of the marina and all the boats. At night time the view is very romantic as you get the Iron Workers' Memorial Bridge all lit up for you and the silhouettes of the boats floating in the marina. We always ask for the window when we come to eat at this place as it's the best place to have your dinner because of the view.

We started with some appies - mushroom caps, nachos and potato skins. However, we had to send the nachos back to the kitchen so that the cheese could get a big more gooey. It wasn't melted enough for our liking. The mushroom caps and potato skins were finished almost as soon as they hit the table. They were yummy ...

For dinner we had prime rib and the "big-ass" steak. Can you believe it? They actually say that on the menu: "big-ass" steak. Too funny. Of course, when the steak came, it really was a big-ass steak! Big enough to bring the left over bone for our big-ass dog waiting at home. Although we ordered the steak medium rare, it came out pretty much well done. But the steak was good nonetheless. I ordered my prime rib medium rare with lots of fat on it and it came out EXACTLY how I ordered it.

Three appies, three mains and 2 rounds of drinks cost $115 with tax and tip.

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Mi Mexico Restaurant3853 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Great View and Salsa Chips ...
Submitted Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 5:12pm [Dine in]

We've been eyeing this restaurant each time we drive up and down Hastings Street and thought that today would be a good day to walk on up and try it out. I've always wondered how restaurants that are located on 2nd floors do, but I guess the view speaks for itself. You get a great view from up there.

We went around 2:30 pm, so we were the only people in the restaurant. Our waitress was friendly and hospitable. I ordered the Tilapia while my lunch companion ordered the Burrito. However, I could have easily filled myself up on the chips and homemade salsa. Mmmm ... our waitress gave us a second servings as she saw how quickly we gobbled up the first serving. When my friend's chicken Burrito came, my goodness! It was a Burrito on steroids - it was HUGE !! (and apparently really tasty according to my friend). My fish came shortly afterwards. It was deep-fried (probably because it was frozen fish), but was tasty nonethless albeit a bit dry (I'm use to the Asian restaurants that steam their Tilapia thereby making it a very tender fish to eat).

Overall, it's a nice place to go and enjoy the view and have a strawberry/banana smoothie (my friend had one at lunch and he said it was quite good too).

Hopefully this restaurant will make it (being up on the 2nd floor and all). We'll have to see.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
They were so good I ordered two ...
Submitted Wednesday, April 11, 2007 - 5:51pm [Dine in]

... of the sea scallops. It was my long-time friend's birthday and we decided on Chambar as I had been reading all the great reviews on this place on this site. We shared 3 appies - Ostrich Carpaccio (wow!), Bay Scallops (I had to order another one when I saw how good it looked when it came to the table 'cuz I knew that I didn't want to share it) and the Endive Salad (I will pass on this one next time). I must say that the scallops and ostrich carpaccio were absolutely AMAZING. Loved it, loved it, loved it. Such great flavors.

Dinner was good - I had the veal while my friend had some kind of white fish. I didn't think my veal was as amazing as the appies. I could of had another round of those in place of my veal.

Dessert was YUMMMY!! I had some kind of mousse-type dessert. It came in a tea cup with a couple of "chocolate cigars" with piped dark chocolate through it. Wow! (again...). Next time I go to this place, it's going to be appies and dessert all the way.

Our server was a bit cool in the beginning, but warmed up as we told him how much we were enjoying the food. All-in-all, a great dinner out.

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Pearl Hot Pot7154 Sperling Avenue, Burnaby
Nice hot soup anyone ? ...
Submitted Monday, April 2, 2007 - 10:03pm [Dine in]

My sister had been raving about this place forever, so we finally decided to go there tonight for dinner. It's quite a trek for dinner from North Burnaby to this place, but it was quite worth it.

We both ordered the Prime Rib hot pot with the Thai Style soup. I'll remember next time to order the regular soup - the Thai style was a bit too spicy for me. My nose was running the whole time I was eating. The prime rib was shaved thin, so all you had to do was dunk it into your boiling broth three times and it was good to go. They also give you this awesome concoction to dip your meat and veggies into. I just had one dip, but my sister soaked all her meat and veggies in it, so she had to get a second one. (She usually gets 3!).

Anyway, for $22.75 each we walked out stuffed and quite satisfied. I'll be sure to return again and try another dish. Maybe the Rib Eye hot pot next time.

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Shanghai Chinese Bistro1124 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Good for Downtown Dim Sum ...
Submitted Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 3:09pm [Dine in]

There are not a lot of choices when it comes to dim sum downtown. I use to work down the block from this restaurant years ago, so when it came to dim sum, Shanghai Bistro was the place to go.

I made it downtown for lunch today to meet a couple of co-workers and noticed that each and every staff member at Shanghai Bistro are the same ones that I remembered years ago. Not much turn-over in staff (a good thing I would guess). The food is good and the service is even better. I had one of their juicy dumplings and the "juice" squirted all over my sweater. As I was wiping it off with my paper napkin, a manager brought me over one of those white "steamed" napkins (I didn't even ask for one), but he obviously noticed me wiping my sweater down, so was nice enough to bring me a hot steamed napkin.

We ordered 8 dishes, but my favorite ones were the spicy wonton, prawn potstickers and pea tips with garlic. Yummy!

It gets pretty busy at lunch, so it's always a good idea to hit the restaurant before noon or after 2 pm.

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Happy King2800 E. 1st Avenue, #258, Vancouver
Maybe if we had a better table ...
Submitted Monday, March 19, 2007 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

My better half was craving Chinese BBQ, so we first stopped off at Hon's in Chinatown. We ordered 3 items in a row, only to be told that they did not have each and every item. So, without much thought, we walked out and headed towards Happy King.

It was PACKED when we arrived (probably due to the fact that the Alaskan King Crab was on special that day). We were seated right away however, because there was a little room in the back (probably used to play Mah-Jong late at night). I'm pretty sure of it because the table that we were seated at was a Mah-Jong table.

Anyway, we ordered the 4-dish special, together with some veggies and a plate of BBQ meat (duck and soya chicken). When you order a set meal, they give you a free dish (which turned out to be squab). We thought it was a mistake, until the waiter told us the squab was the free dish. Bonus! However, the squab was kinda dry, so it was not that much of a bonus. We waited FOREVER for our dishes and drinks. We were constantly asking the wait staff where our food/drinks were. I guess being in the back room is not the greatest idea. You get overlooked. The kicker was the final dish - the BBQ plate of duck and chicken - disgustingly bad pieces. We should have sent it back as soon as they put it on the table. It looked like all the garbage pieces - and everything was dry, dry, dry. Yuck.

As we were leaving, I noticed two friends from high school having dinner with their families. The restaurant was packed, so I didn't make my way over to say hello. I think if I were to come back to this restaurant again, I'm going to make sure that we are seated in the front of the restaurant and ensure that the BBQ meat is fresh before ordering it again.

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Shalin Noodle House656 W Broadway, Vancouver
Am I missing something ? ...
Submitted Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

We went here for dinner because we saw that it was packed and people were waiting for tables even though there were several Asian restaurants right next door with no line-ups. So, we thought "This place must be good!" We waited in line and got seated right in front of the glass windows where the cooks were making the noodles. What a great show!

We saw a lot of people ordering the dumplings, so we did the same. We didn't know which kind of noodles to order however, so we asked the waitress for her suggestion. She asked us if we wanted thin noodles or thick. We didn't care, so she suggested that we try the thick noodles - so we did.

When our food came, we were not impressed. Yes, the noodles tasted fresh, but there was nothing spectacular about it. What were we missing ?? Why is it so packed here? The dumplings were doughy and the spicy beans that we ordered were similar to most other spicy beans dishes that you can order around the city. So, needless to say, we won't be waiting in line for this place again.

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House of Dosas1391 Kingsway, Vancouver
At least I tried it ...
Submitted Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

After driving by this place all the time and seeing that it's always pretty busy, we decided to stop in for dinner. It was Monday, so all their dosas were on special for $5.99. We didn't know what a dosa was, so our server was nice enough to explain that it's an Indian crepe, filled with whatever you want. We went with the lamb w/spinach and the chicken dosas.

I must say, the food was okay at best. We ordered the dosas "spicy", but it definitely came to us "mild". The dosa reminded me of the pancakes at DeDutch. The lamb did not have enough spice or flavor and the chicken dosa reminded us of chicken pot pie. So, as I said, we tried it, but won't be trying it again as it was nothing special.

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Bombay Bhel4266 Hastings St., Burnaby
Not a fair comparison ...
Submitted Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 12:40am [Dine in]

My brother-in-law is East Indian, so my sis has learned to make all the authentic East Indian dishes. I guess it's not a fair comparison for any restaurant that I compare my sister's great home cooked meals, but you have to start somewhere.

Since Bombay Bhel is in my neck of the woods - I gave it a try anyway ... just to see if they've got the goods.

My go-to dishes are always butter chicken, curry lamb, samosas and naan - all of which we ordered. Presentation was very nice and the decor was very cozy, but it all comes down to the food now doesn't it? Sorry, but it didn't deliver. Nothing was outstanding - it was usual Indian food ... the kind that you can get anywhere on Main/Fraser Streets. Of course, having high standards to compare it to, I guess it really isn't a fair comparison. But, now that I've tried it, I won't be going back there if I'm craving Indian food. It will either be Ashiana's on Kingsway or call my sis up for dinner.

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Red Robin801 Marine Drive, #100, North Vancouver
Oh My ... What are they doing ? ...
Submitted Saturday, February 3, 2007 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

We went for dessert at the Capilano location on Friday night - we were craving their Monster Mud Pie. The dessert was good as ususal, but the service and cleanliness of the restaurant were something to be desired.

French fries were on the floor when we came into the restaurant and when we left the restaurant an hour later, they were still on the floor. The 4 tables that they brought us to were ALL dirty - they had to clean a table for us.

The whipped cream and nuts that normally goes on our dessert were being used as a spray gun by the staff. They were spraying each other with whipped cream! One girl had it all over her top, while another guy had it sprayed on his head and shirt. All in perfect view of customers (being me and my two employees). Then to our horror, they put the same whipped cream that they were spraying each other with onto OUR dessert !!! Yuck, yuck, yuck. I'm never going back to that location again. I might slip and fall on the food on the floor or get sick from the unsanitary whipped cream canister.

I've asked for a refund of our $20 desserts, so we'll have to see if that happens.

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Mui Garden Restaurant4265 Main St., Vancouver
Why is the grass greener on the other side ... ?
Submitted Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 9:10pm [Dine in]

We heard that this place was a great place to eat, so we went there for dinner tonight. It was getting pretty full when we grabbed our booth. We saw a couple of other tables having the Hainese chicken, so we decided to order it as well. We were disappointed to receive our dish of chicken (it was all yellow and old looking), while the other tables that ordered the same dish looked fresh and white. Maybe because we were Caucasian and they didn't think that we would complain ?? We would have sent the chicken back, but I'm told never to send food back to the kitchen once you've received it - so we didn't.

The rest of our food - pork cutlet chops, boneless curry chicken and honey & garlic spareribs were just okay. I was not impressed with our meal at all.

Sorry to say, but we probably won't be coming back to this restaurant anytime in the near future.

As for the "kitty poop" smell that the previous writer was enquiring about .... we saw a beautiful cat in the restaurant (walking around underneath the tables). It looked like it had a blue fur! Beautiful creature... but in a restaurant? Maybe it's kitty litter needed to be cleaned the time that you went in.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The1121 Alberni Street, Vancouver
A nice evening out ...
Submitted Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 9:03pm [Dine in]

We had a gift card that was given to us by a couple of our employees for Christmas, so we thought we better use it. So we tried to hit the Keg in Burnaby, but it was a 45 minute wait. We decided to go downtown and try the Keg on Thurlow instead. What a pleasant surprise to be seated about 10 minutes later in a nice, quiet, quaint corner booth in the lounge - perfect ambiance. It was wonderful. We didn't have to wait long and we got a nice quiet table to enjoy our dinner.

I ordered the prime rib/lobster tail while my dinner companion ordered the steak. My prime rib was oh-so-good, but the lobster was a bit over-cooked. My dinner companion's steak was cooked to perfect, but was so big that we had to take a doggie bag for the balance. Our waitress was friendly and helpful. We had a great night and would definitely come back to the Keg Thurlow and ask to be sat at the same table again.

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Congee Noodle House141 E Broadway, Vancouver
Not as good as I remembered ...
Submitted Tuesday, January 2, 2007 - 4:03am [Dine in]

Went for dinner here on New Years Eve with a couple of friends as most other places were either not open or packed.

They must have seen us "white folk" coming and decided to sucker us into ordering the "better pieces of meat". We went for it ... and ordered the steamed chicken, duck, pork chops, prawns & egg and some veggies (pea tips with garlic). They must have super-sized all the dishes for us because all the dishes were huge. The steamed chicken was not at all what we expected - it was yellow, not white like we are use to. I know that's how they serve it in Hong Kong, but I find the yellow variety lacks any kind of meat on the bones. The rest of the dishes were good, but not spectacular like I use to remember it being.

The big shocker was the bill that we got at the end - $71 !!!! That's expensive for Chinese food !!! I guess we paid a premium for our "better pieces of meat" (I'm quoting the waitress here). It was good, but not $71 worth of good. However, the servers were quite nice - even moved us to a bigger table when they realized how much more room we would need ... and gave us free soup at the end of our dinner. But from now on, I'll just be sticking to the noodles and congee at this place.

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Hell's Kitchen2041 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Best pizza? Really? ...
Submitted Friday, December 29, 2006 - 12:31am [Dine in]

We were skimming through our Entertainment Book coupons and found a coupon for Hell's Kitchen. Because we love Gordon Ramsay's show, we thought we'd try out his name-sake.

We had to wait for a table, but we didn't mind as the room looked pretty cozy. We saw that they were voted #1 for their pizzas (ahead of Incendio - one of my favorite pizza places), so we picked a pizza each. I went with the "Penny Lane" (all veggies) and my companion picked the opposite end of the spectrum and went with an all-meat pizza. While waiting for our food, we found the atmosphere quite enjoyable. It was nice and dark, great music and just a nice ambiance to the place. When our pizzas came, we dug in and after a few bites were wondering why they got voted Best Pizza ... because believe me, it definitely did not deserve that title. I've had many a better pizza at a pizza-by-the-slice places.

To top it off, when we got our bill, our server just happened to "forget" that we had an Entertainment Coupon. I thought that she just overlooked it, but my dinner companion thought otherwise. Oh well ... I guess the next time we are down 4th Avenue, we'll just stop in for drinks.

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Papaya Hut2435 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Mmmmm, give me more of the lettuce wrap ...
Submitted Friday, December 29, 2006 - 12:16am [Dine in]

My friend use to work near this place a while back and while meeting her for lunch, was introduced to this great little hole-in-the-wall. The ambiance is nothing to write home about - but the food is definitely worth a trip.

My favorite dishes are the green curry with chicken, lettuce wrap with beef and spicy eggplant (tell them to cut back on the broccoli on this dish or you basically have a broccoli dish with a bit of eggplant instead of the other way around). If I don't have enough people dining with me to order all these dishes, then I order them all anyway and bring some home. The curry is great the next day.

They are packed at lunch time, but I always eat during non prime-time hours, so I don't have to wait for a table. I don't like to have people breathing down my back for my table.

I've been told that the owners here use to work at the Thai House, but I think the food here is much better.

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Ebisuya Japanese Restaurant611 Broadway East, Vancouver
It got to them in the end ...
Submitted Wednesday, December 27, 2006 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

Well, it looks like all the complaints finally put this place under or the owners just decided to throw in the towel.

I use to go to this restaurant all the time during it's hay-days ... when it was hopping busy and you were lucky to get a table for 2, let alone for 5 or 6. I use to love their spicy tuna and chicken wings, but I did find that as time went by, I would eat at Ebisuya and feel really sick shortly afterwards. I don't know if it was because I ate way too much food or if the quality of the food was going downhill. But I guess we will never know now because I drove by this place last week (Dec./06) and they have gone under.

So, my next question is ... where is the best place for all-you-can-eat sushi in Vancouver/Burnaby???

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Nick's Spaghetti House631 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Memories ...
Submitted Sunday, December 17, 2006 - 12:55am [Dine in]

I use to go to Nick's years and years ago - back when I was in highschool (wow - that was over 20 years ago!). The decor has not changed a bit ... it looks exactly the same - but I guess why change a good thing if it's working for you.

I had the lasagna, which was delicious. You can tell it was freshly made and I loved the extra sauce that was in the dish. I'm a saucy kinda person. My friend used the extra sauce on the spaghetti and veal dish that he got because there wasn't a lot of sauce on his spaghetti. What we both did not like about the veal dish was the taste of the veal. It had this weird "in-ards" type taste to it. Almost reminded me of eating gizzards or something. After a few bites, we both decided to give it to his dog as a treat. Too bad, because he ordered the 3 veal plate instead of the 2 veal plate.

The server was nice, but the meal and atmosphere was not enough for me to return any time soon.

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