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dessertfanBurnabySince February 4, 200816 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food4 (3.8)
  • Service3.5 (3.6)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
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Santali Souvlaki House7870 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Cold, noisy restaurant with Mediocre food and the Spanakopita Sucked
Submitted Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 5:04pm [Dine in]

I love Greek food, but this was the worst Greek place I've eaten at. They really like their deep fryer. To begin with the restaurant itself is cold and echoey. It was noisy and there were only a few groups there. We had the Saganaki to start (baked cheese), and I don't know if it was deep fried, but it appeared battered and deep fried. The raspberry sauce with it was a nice touch, though. My husband and I both love Saganaki but we didn't even finish it. Usually Saganaki is served in a sizzling hot dish but here it was served on a plate, and that really made a difference as it just isn't as nice when it's not hot. At Santali, it got cold fast.

As a vegetarian, I was disappointed to learn there were almost no vegetarian options on the menu besides the hummous, Spanakopita (spinach pie) and salad (there are a few fish and seafood dishes). Even the rice appears to be cooked in chicken broth. The vegetables were unappetizing and looked boiled rather than grilled.

Worst of all, the Spanakopita here is DEEP FRIED. Phllyo pastry is already loaded with butter, so deep frying just makes the dish all that more unhealthy. The spinach pie at Santai is tube-like, deep fried, sliced in half and served with a sweet chili dipping sauce. The dipping sauce was pretty good. Overall it was more like spring rolls than traditional Spanakopita. But it was sooo rich and greasy it turned my stomach. Oh, and cooked spinach isn't the most attractive-looking food, so cutting the rolls in half and exposing a big mass of it looked quite gross.

My husband did enjoy his scallop souvlaki, but he didn't like the rice and vegetables either. Overall, thumbs down and we would not return. Ramie's on Kingsway near Metrotown is a better option for Greek food in Burnaby, and I even enjoyed the much-maligned Vasilis better than this restaurant.

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Top's Restaurant2790 Kingsway, Vancouver
Great Food and Service for a Diner-type Restaurant
Submitted Monday, March 14, 2011 - 1:03am [Dine in]

This family-owned restaurant has been in business for decades and I've been going there occasionally for years as I have relatives in the neighborhood. It's not a gourmet establishment but a great comfort-food diner (open 24 hours, too) that blows away the competition among similar restaurants, especially chains like White Spot or Knight and Day. Like those establishments, Tops has a good selection of typical diner fare like burgers, sandwiches and all-day breakfast, but where Tops shines is in the variety of entrees and sides available, and the quality of the preparation and ingredients (for example they use only free-range eggs).

The owners are, I think, Italian, and there is a large selection of Italian and Greek entrees available including pasta, souvlaki, lamb chops etc. Most entrees are available in small or large portions, and the large is very generous. I happen to be vegetarian and their home-made veggie lasagna is my favourite. Once I ordered a "large" to go, to split with a friend, and the portion was enough that we had leftovers, plus they put in complimentary cookies. There are lots of vegetarian dishes available and even a few options for vegans (like hummus - try finding that at White Spot). Also, they have a HUGE selection of desserts including dozens of home-made pies and cakes.

Today my husband and I visited Tops for the first time in a while, for a small late lunch. I had the Spanish omelette and my husband had a teriyaki chicken burger. My omelette was perfectly done, loaded with veggies and accompanied by home-made hash browns fried on the grill. My husband kept commenting how much better his burger was than a similar one he'd had at Red Robin a few months ago, and how amazing it was that two "teriyaki chicken" burgers could be so different.

The decor is nothing great, typical diner, but the staff are always friendly and the atmosphere is homey.

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Blue Chip Cookies6138 Student Union Boulevard, Vancouver
Great cookies
Submitted Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 3:51pm [Take-out]

I loved this place when I was a UBC student and still stop by whenever I'm nearby. It's in the Student Union Building (SUB), which is conveniently near the bus loop.

All the cookies I've tried are great, but I especially recommend the Java Nut (chocolate chunks, walnuts, and a subtle coffee flavour) -- Yum! Goes well with a latte. Also the Cranberry Oatmeal -- even if you don't normally like oatmeal cookies. A friend of mine swears by the Reverse chocolate chunk (chocolate cookies with white chocolate chunks).

The muffins are also good. One thing I don't recommend are the cupcakes--they tend to be burnt on the sides of the "muffin top" and the icing has a taste of cheap margarine.

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Cupcakes on Denman1168 Denman Street, Vancouver
Great shop and decor, with decent cupcakes
Submitted Friday, July 9, 2010 - 2:26am [Dine in]

I've had the cupcakes here several times over the years and they've always been good. Great decor, delicious aroma, and such cute cupcakes in many flavors. Yes, maybe they're not much better than grocery-store cupcakes (I'm an avid amateur baker so I'm a bit fussy), but how many grocery stores sell such flavors as chocolate caramel, coconut, chocolate raspberry or lemon?

I'm also surprised with the complaints about the service as I never noticed bad service, and tonight when my husband and I went in, the staff were friendly and greeted us with smiles. My husband had the vanilla cupcake with coconut and I had the chocolate chip mint, and both were tasty and fresh.

My one "complaint" is that even with the good variety, they haven't come up with many new flavors or combinations over the years. The selection is pretty much the same as when they opened. For instance, my husband would have preferred a chocolate-coconut cupcake, but only vanilla is available with coconut. If I were running the store, I would add a coffee cupcake (not chocolate), a German chocolate-coconut cupcake, a key lime cupcake, and more.

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Wild Rice117 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Awesome food/ Dine Out Vancouver experience
Submitted Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 11:44pm [Dine in]

Three of us went to this restaurant for Dine Out Vancouver ($18 menu) and we all found the food and service to be excellent. I can't believe the previous reviewer said the Kung Pao Chicken was "bland" as I found it to be extremely tasty, nutty and spicy! However, I had the "vegan" version with tofu so I think the cook may have added extra chile peppers to mine. My two companions both had the regular version of the Kung Pao Chicken and also commented how delicious it was. They did not comment on the amount of chicken in it so I assume they had enough. Mine had lots of chunks of tofu, "twice cooked peanuts" (delicious) and broccoli. The rice noodles were excellent and short enough that they were easy to eat with chopsticks. I also found the dish to be HUGE and only finished half of it. All of us had to take a portion home.

Our waiter did tell us that the Kung Pao Chicken is a mildly spicy dish and that some people request it hotter, so if you like hot and spicy, just request extra chile peppers. The KP chicken is Wild Rice's most famous dish, and I found it excellent. My husband is a former chef and quite fussy and he was impressed by the food.

Our appetizers of crispy salmon wontons were very tasty, and the chocolate pudding we all had for dessert was more like a mousse (my husband was unenthusiastic about "pudding" for dessert but he enjoyed it.)

Certain aspects of this restaurant deserve special mention, including the fact that there are many vegetarian and vegan options, and they use wild fish and free-range meat when possible (according to their menu). For instance the chicken in the Kung Pao dish was listed as free-range from Maple Hill farm, a local organic farm that produces free-range and organic meat and eggs. If you've ever shopped for free-range organic meat, you know it isn't cheap, but it's generally better quality and tastier. So for a few of the earlier reviews complaining of small portions of meat, perhaps this is the issue. But I also think you have the obligation to tell the staff if you feel your dish isn't right, to give them the chance to fix it.

Our waiter was extremely helpful and attentive, and the atmosphere is great, with funky music but not so loud you can't talk. The one minus is that the chairs (we sat in the downstairs area across from the bar) were high and a bit uncomfortable after sitting for a while.

We've gone to restaurants for Dine Out Vancouver for years, and this was one of the best experiences we had. I intend to return, maybe after seeing a movie at Tinseltown which is across the street (and their menu says they offer a 10% discount with movie ticket stubs).

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Always satisfied
Submitted Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 8:58pm [Dine in]

I'm stunned by some of the poor reviews here. I've been to this restaurant a few dozen times over several years and I've always had a good experience. I can't comment how "authentic" the food is but I've ordered several menu items that have always been fresh/hot and tasty. Great guacamole and salsas. Certainly much better than the taco places at the malls which I think someone compared this to. The ambiance is fantastic, I've always found the servers friendly, and the patio is one of the best. The food is not inexpensive but you're also paying for the ambiance and the location (rents in Kitsilano aren't cheap). Do try the fajitas which are brought to the table on a sizzling hot plate. YUM!

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Teriyaki Experience1055 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Best mall stir-fry place!
Submitted Monday, June 22, 2009 - 12:58am [Dine in]

I haven't been to this place for a year or so, but when I worked downtown for 5 years I visited the Teriyaki Experience a few times a week for lunch. The quality of the meat is was much higher than other Japanese-style mall stir-fry places I've gone to. I especially recommend the teriyaki chicken stir fry. Usually in these mall stir-fry places (Edo, Koya etc) you get marginal quality chicken with some gristle and the pieces not completely separated At the TE, my chicken was always properly chopped, tender, flavorful and well-cooked. Also they cook without oil, and the vegetables they serve with the meal include real bean sprouts rather than chopped cabbage. Never once here did I have the gross-out experience of finding a piece of bone, skin or gristle in my meat. Service was fast and polite even during the lunch hour rush. If you are in the Burrard Skytrain area, stop by this place for a cheap, healthy & tasty lunch.

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La Casa Gelato1033 Venables Street, Vancouver
Lots of fun and good gelato
Submitted Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 7:42pm [Dine in]

I can't believe there are such negative reviews here! We always take out-of-town visitors to La Casa Gelato. Sure it's not the best gelato ever but some flavors are excellent and overall most are very tasty. And you can try a flavour before you get a full cone. Like someone else mentioned this is gelato not "ice cream" so has less butterfat and is not as "creamy" but personally I prefer the lighter taste. If you're the person who always orders vanilla, then you will not like it obviously, but otherwise it's great to go for the experience of being able to see (and sample) such a variety of flavours. It's fun to try flavours like wasabi or sesame. My favorites so far have been White Chocolate Raspberry and the Chocolate mixed nuts. Definitely worth a visit.

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Five Sails Restaurant999 Canada Place, Suite 410, Vancouver
Unexceptional DOV experience
Submitted Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 7:22pm [Dine in]

My husband and I and a friend went to DOV at the Five sails for 2009. Firstly, it was foggy when we went so there was no view. I was a bit peeved that we got seated in the centre of the room, when many better tables were empty. I didn't ask to change seats because there was no view anyway and I thought they might be expecting more diners, but the restaurant remained half-empty. For appetizers, my friend and I had the salad. The goat-cheese beignet was delicious, as were the candied pecans - but there were only a few pecans and the salad needed a few more to balance the other tastes. My husband had the prawn ravioli which he said was delicious. Appetizer rating: 4.5/5. Main course: Two of us had the mushroom and arugula risotto. This was definitely the highlight of the meal- rich and savoury. The salmon dinner was also judged to be delicious. Main course rating: 5/5. As for dessert, we each had a different selection. Personally I found the banana/chocolate tango disappointing. It was nicely presented but just not very chocolatey (when I read the bottom layer was "ganache" I was expecting a rich chocolate layer). This was a very light and small dessert with a consistency halfway between gelatin and traditional mousse. (3/5). My husband had the apple tart which he rated 4/5, and my friend had the profiteroles which she enjoyed although said they weren't the best she'd had (4/5). During the meal, we split a bottle of wine (one of the recommended VQA ones), and the entire dinner plus tip came to $225. The staff were very friendly, and the food was all served promptly. But for a Dine-Out-Vancouver experience of $225 (approx $75 per person), the Five Sails didn't quite meet my expectations. I have enjoyed the DOV meal and ambiance of other restaurants such as Diva's at the Met much more. Still it was an enjoyable experience and good food, and the staff were exceptional. With a better dessert, a window table and a star-studded view, this would have been worth the cost.

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Me-N-Ed's Pizza Parlor7110 Hall Ave, Burnaby
Excellent pizza with amazing thin crust
Submitted Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 10:53pm [Dine in]

Do not believe the previous review! Me-N-Ed's makes homemade thin crust that is NOTHING like a saltine cracker. Of course if you don't like thin-crust pizza you will be disappointed. My husband and I both LOVE these pizzas (we order the whole wheat crust). You can even pull apart the thin layers of the crust and eat them. Mmmmm They also have a variety of specialty toppings such as Greek, Californian and Pesto (our favorites). Delicious toppings, but what keeps us ordering (we usually get delivery) is the crunchy yet chewy crust and that delicious just-baked flavor. Beats the pizza chains hands down.

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Cookies Of Course555 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Best cookies in town!
Submitted Friday, September 5, 2008 - 3:48pm [Dine in]

Wow, I thought it was just me who loved these cookies! This place is a real gem-- a little kiosk in Harbour Centre near SFU downtown, and they have the best cookies I've had anywhere in the lower mainland. I'm an amateur baker myself and I would like to know how they get the cookies crispy on the outside yet so soft. The chocolate chunk (my favorite) have a texture almost like a peanut-butter cookie. I live in Burnaby now so am rarely downtown, but I make a point of stopping by this place whenever I'm in the neighborhood.

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White Spot4129 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
Try the CBC
Submitted Friday, September 5, 2008 - 3:24pm [Dine in]

I am stunned to see some of the poor reviews for this White Spot as I've been eating at WS every few months for years, and find this to be one of the better locations. My favorites are the Veggie Burger and the CBC (chicken, broccoli and cheese). These are established menu items - White Spot will always be a "comfort food" restaurant to me, and I have fond memories of Pirate Packs from my childhood. Anyway, the CBC is a delicious meal of chicken and broccoli in a creamy curry cheese sauce. Mmmmm. When I order the burger, the fries are always crisp. The wait staff at this location have mostly worked there for years. Yes it's a small restaurant so you may have to wait, but for me it's worth the wait. My husband likes some of the new menu items like the naan appetizer and the seasonal stir-fries.

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Takis Taverna1106 Davie Street, Vancouver
I Miss Taki's!!!
Submitted Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 8:55pm [Dine in]

My husband and I used to eat at Takis regularly when we lived in the West End. It was our favorite Greek restaurant. They have awesome Saganaki in particular (they use the real Greek cheese). I also loved the homous, chicken and beef souvlaki, and my husband loved the roast lamb. They also have great kalamari. Plus the atmosphere is homey and the servers are friendly. You know a restaurant has a good owner when the wait staff have been there many years, as had the servers at Takis. It is fantastic Greek food. A lot of people have been comparing it to Stephos in their reviews-- both are good. Both are also head-and-shoulders above most other Greek restaurants (like the one in our new neighborhood - sigh). We will still visit Takis whenever we're downtown.

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Samba Brazilian Steak House1122 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Avoid unless you're a real meat lover.
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2008 - 8:38pm [Dine in]

Apparently this restaurant is known for its meat buffet, which I didn't know when I booked to go for Dine Out Vancouver. I had the DOV menu but everyone else at my table had the meat feast. I enjoyed my food--salad, steak and dessert. I was glad I didn't have the meat feast as everyone was disappointed in it. They said the meat was salty and undercooked, and the salad bar was so-so. Meat options included pork, striploin, chicken hearts, sausages, lamb, buffalo, etc. Not sure why anyone would need to eat so many kinds of meat at one meal. I did notice most of the patrons were male, which I thought might be because of the emphasis on meats. The atmosphere and service sucked. We often went half an hour without seeing our server (although the meat servers do come round often). The restaurant looks like a big cafeteria. The music was okay but too loud. Then the "dancers" came out -- young women in embellished bikinis and high heels. I happen to be a fan of dance--everything from hip hop to belly dance, and have volunteered at the Vancouver International Dance Festival. Unfortunately the dancing at Samba was very amateur and more of a t&a show than a dance. I looked around at faces of people watching and noticed that the female viewers, in particular, looked less-than-thrilled. By the time our bill came, I was itching to leave. This is the one DOV restaurant I've been to where I will never return.

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Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.1876 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Good but a bit disappointing.
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 10:37pm [Dine in]

I have to say I was expecting a lot after the reading excellent reviews of this place ahead of time. We went during Dine Out Vancouver --they offered a $15 menu. I was very impressed by the environmental-and-health-conscious commitment of this restaurant. All their food is organic. It is obviously a very popular place and was extremely crowded when we went. Unfortunately this meant we got stuck at an inconvenient table and the servers were constantly squeezing behind my chair to get to the tables in front as there was not enough space. Also our server was not very friendly. Maybe he was stressed out. I had the "avocado" salad, which was tasty but turned out to have no avocado except in the dressing. The "flatbread" main course (basically a single-serving pizza) was very tasty, with delicious tomato-barbecue sauce (I had the BBQ chicken). I was full after eating half of it, saving room for dessert of course, and the server wrapped the rest for me. On to dessert: the brownie was absolutely delicious, warm and soft yet with a crispy chocolate bottom... but they only served HALF a brownie with the DOV menu. This seemed really cheap to me. My husband had the (tiny) slice of cheesecake. He's not a dessert lover like me, but he still agreed it seemed miserly for them to serve such a tiny dessert -- I mean how much does half a brownie cost? I asked the server and he advised me that the regular desserts are twice the size. So... overall, I would probably return to this restaurant although I would try to go earlier and get a better table.

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Nyala4148 Main St, Vancouver
A good Dine Out Vancouver experience
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

Well, unlike some of the reviewers here I found the food at Nyala to be of generally good quality, and our server was friendly and helfpul. I chose the pakoras as an appetizer, the lamb tagine for dinner, and the cheesecake for dessert. I left feeling very full. The pakoras were served with beetroot on a papadum, along with greens, chutney and hot sauce. The pakoras were crisp and tasty. The lamb tagine had a nice sauce and the meat was well cooked and came easily off the bone. One problem I did find was that due to the low lighting, I couldn't see my food and that took a little of the enjoyment out of the main course because I like to see what I'm eating, especially with meat. And yes, the slice of cheesecake for dessert was small (the portion sizes have been small at several of the $15 menu restaurants I've attended for DOV) but the cheesecake was very rich and I think to a large piece would have given me a stomachache--and I'm not a small eater. Our server told us they make the cheesecake in-house and it is real baked cheesecake, very savoury. And I personally loved the mango sauce on it-- made from real mango puree and not just mango "flavor." Overall I enjoyed the food and the atmosphere.

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