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EatsFatsVancouverSince April 22, 2007321 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
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Dai Jang Kum3088 St. Edwards Dr, #109, Richmond
Hmm... might be the best in Richmond...
Submitted Thursday, July 3, 2008 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

... though that might not be saying much. Richmond isn't (yet?) a hotbed of Korean restaurants, though there are a couple of decent ones.
This might be the best of the lot. We went for lunch, which was not expensive. No problem getting a large table.

Place is quite clean, new and well organized. Everyone else in there was Korean, so that's a good sign.

Pretty big and varied menu, it'd be hard not to find something you like (unless you don't like eating). There's the usual BBQ stuff, but as well, many other types of dishes including cold noodles, which were quite good. Given how busy they were and size of our group, stuff came relatively promptly. Side dishes were refilled pretty quickly, and there's a good sampling (though still short of the massive varieties we're used to form another city).

If you're going for BBQ, this might be a good place (dunno, none of us tried), but what you want to hit this place for is the other stuff that you might not necessarily get elsewhere.
If you're searching for the best Korean places in town, this might be worth a start. I doubt it will be the winner, but it's certainly not a loser.

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Josephine's Restaurant2650 Main St., Vancouver
It's okay, but you can do better...
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 11:55pm [Dine in]

The place is simple, looks clean, outfitted pretty much like a cafeteria, so don't be expecting any fancy service. Just go up and order your plate.

Is this the best Filipino cuisine EVER? Only if it were the last Filipino restaurant on Earth. We've had our share here and elsewhere, this is no where near the best. It's not bad, it's okay, but you can do a lot better I'm sure. Yes, it's tasty food, but it's not mind-blowing. Pretty big menu, authentic I'm sure. But it's not super-cheap either. Given the place, I would in fact qualify it as a touch on the expensive side. (Compared to your average HK tea restaurant, this is downright pricey). Rekado's is pretty good, but not worth the cost, still looking for just the right one in Vancouver....
Good for a quick bite, but not a great first exposure to Filipino cuisine. You can do better.

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Song Huong Vietnamese Restaurant1613 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
Another great find, diverse menu
Submitted Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 1:01am [Dine in]

On a few tips, we sought out this place which was well away from the other Vietnamese joints. Wouldn't know it by the front either.

Yes, we went for their special #1 bun bo thingy :-)
Comes with a lot of stuff including pork blood and pork hock. Broth was spicy, but not too much. Nice light taste. Noodles suitably "boinky". Inexpensive too. What's to complain?
Also had a combo dish with fried spring roll types, shrimp salad rolls, "ham", rice vermicelli, all sorts of things. A good sampling which was also given a small thumbs up. Not sure if they use MSG or not, which is a good sign. If they did, it's not as much as other places.

Saw a lot of other interesting thing on the menu, like "Beef done 7 ways" dish, first time we've seen it in Vancouver.
Yeah, a lot of stuff on the menu, so we're sure to be back for another try. Go for more than just the noodles though.

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Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant8380 Lansdowne Road, #110, Richmond
Once good, now a disappointment
Submitted Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 12:56am [Dine in]

The first couple of times we went, boy was it ever crowded. And with good reason, the food was pretty good and a nice change of pace from the "usual" Chinese stuff.

The last couple of times (once lunch, once dinner), it wasn't that crowded. Geeze, once we made it in easily without reservation.
The place still looks and feels the same (well organized, if packed, but fairly clean), the service is good enough for places like this.

We got seated in front of the "xiao loong bao" maker in that semi-open kitchen. Great we thought, nice entertainment. Until she was spotted re-using the paper from previous diners steamers. UGH! ("luckily", this was after we already ate).
Xiao long bao was still decent. The rest of the food was a let down. The flat mung bean noodles dish, not sure what happened there, but the texture was all wrong, like it was all dehydrated or they used the wrong flour or something. That sweet fried fish dish was also done all wrong, kind of like sweetened cardboard or plastic almost. And another dish (I think this one was to simulate crab & brocolli or something like that), they forgot the vinegar that goes with it but otherwise was passable. Cao fu was not that hot either. We've had this type of stuff both here and other restuarants.

Okay, so it was pretty cheap, that's the best I could say. But I doubt we'll be returning here any time soon. If ever.

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Chilli Padi Restaurant5750 Fraser St., Vancouver
Good but lacking that something special
Submitted Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 10:21pm [Dine in]

Very small place, though clean and well-decorated. Recommend reservations as every time we go by it is packed. We picked a non-busy night and only 2 small tables left.
Good thing it wasn't full when we started because they're a touch slow in the kitchen. Nothing to get cranky over, but don't be in a hurry. The waitress is friendly and efficient, but not exactly the most attentive.

Now the food ... hmm... it was ... okay. The menu variety is good, but not amazing. Didn't spot anything really unique on the menu except the Rojak Mamak (which we ordered). It was a good salad, but mostly lettuce. Nothing remotely close to what we tried back in Singapore and nothing that shouted Malaysia to us. Sambal Mackerel was good, but really spicy and sweet. Roti Canai was good (but not the best in town), the sauce that went with it certainly wasn't tops. Beef rendang had a very unique aroma (good) compared to others, but much more "dry" style than saucy as other places. Chicken currey was also solid, but not mind blowing.

I suppose if you really must have halal Malaysian food, this is the place. Otherwise, I prefer places like Banana Leaf or even Tropika or maybe even Prima Taste for similar food style.
It's not bad, quite the contrary, everything is good and solidly done, but there's just no unique "pop" that justifies a trip here.

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Pho Thai Hoa1625 Kingsway, Vancouver
Tasty, lots of choices, but lay off the MSG
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 12:45pm [Dine in]

We really wanted to like this place, we really did. We hit it to sample the Pho Ga to see how it compares to our gold standard (sadly, not in Vancouver). They have a very extensive menu, lots and lots of variety and things to choose from.
Well, it was decent. Not the best, but not so bad, but nothing amazing. We also ordered a big sampling rice dish with various meats and meat products and a fried egg/rice cake "pancake". That was very nice.

Service was very friendly, no complaints whatsoever and inside was reasonably clean.

Why the low food marks? Damnit if we weren't frothing at the mouth afterwards from all that MSG thirst! If they just lay off that stuff, we'd give it higher marks. We really want to come back, we really do, but the MSG would give us pause.

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Thanh Thao1707 Kingsway, Vancouver
Way more than just pho.
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

Well, maybe the pho is good here, but you'd be missing out if you just never ventured beyond that!
Big sign outside advertising their Ban Xeo, so that's what we ordered. Excellent stuff! Came with a pack of herbs and lettuce for wrapping. This was probably the best we've sampled (and that's including outside Vancouver). If you thought Vietnamese food was only pho, do yourself a favour and try something new.
We also tried a sweet & sour fish soup. Yeah, it looked pricey (~$22) and the waitress said it was just soup, but what the heck, we're adventurous. Okay, it turned out to be a big bowl of broken rice, a giant simmering hotpot of soup and fish and a smaller pot of braised/stewed fish. I'd say just that dish was enough for 3-4 people! Good deal indeed! Especially since it was also done very nicely. The soup is not a common find around town here (we've previously sampled only in San Jose, CA) and it was very well done, maybe the 2nd best we've had.
Service was very friendly, but don't be in a rush, they don't have enough staff probably if you're ordering anything other than just pho.

Nice to note, we did not come away with that MSG thirst afterwards. (Unlike the other place down the block). Definitely it will be worth a trip back to sample the other nice stuff on the menu. It's fairly clean, so I highly recommend you go to expand what you ever thought of Vietnamese food.

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Dan Sung Sa1221 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Food good. Take your time...
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 12:10am [Dine in]

Well, interesting little place open till really late. It's dark, plastered with Korean drama posters on the wall and sappy little K-Pop songs are blaring on the speakers inside.

The food, yes, not terribly expensive, but not super cheap either. The portions are, for sure, more than big enough. Despite being quite hungry, we could not finish our 2 dishes. Done very well and though we are not "spicy fans", the food was quite addictive. Couldn't stop finishing up the soup! I'd say 2 of the mains could feed 3-4 people at least.

Now .. the service, yeah, even though there seemed to be only 3-4 small (i.e. 2-3 people) each, service was ... inattentive to put it mildly. Unlike many other places we've been to, seems to be run by a bunch of young guys who could really care less. (Who knows, maybe they work there to just to chill and spot for cuties...?).

Do they have any "unique" food to draw you there despite the service? Maybe, just maybe. (Gosh, there's so much stuff on the menu on many Korean restaurants in town, it's hard to know for sure). Take your time and you probably won't be disappointed. Otherwise, head down to Denman or Robson for many other choices.

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Kiss Yo Mama4926 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Friendly service, decent food. But is it worth it...
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 12:00am [Dine in]

Not the greatest location ever and it is a little hole in the wall. Inside is relatively clean though. Who cares? This place is about the food, not the ambience. I should note the proprietor is very patient and friendly. Absolutely no complaints about that. (Funny thing, I overheard her talking to other customers, she doesn't eat spicy, she just makes spicy. Hmmm...)

We had dinner there, with the goat curry roti and jerk chicken. Before the meal, we got some each a salad as well. Nothing special about the salad, but decent enough. Just the right size.
So, the jerk chicken was pretty juicy, tender, tasty and ... spicy. It came with 1 drumstick and the other big half of the thigh. Won't satisfy the carnivores, but it is what we expected for a meal set. The rice was actually nicely done, no complaints there. Also came with a small piece of her home-made bun, which was very good.
The goat roti, well, yes, it is wrapped in what looks like a tortilla. A big tortilla. It was also huge. Did I mention it was big? Inside was filled with ... surprise, some chickpeas, some potatoes, but mostly a lot of goat meat (with bones of course). Quite tasty here, regardless if it is authentic or not. We couldn't finish it, so we packed half of it home.

Not sure about the complaints about size, we have no complaints here, you will be more than full. However, cheap eats it is not. With 2 fruit punch during dinner (admittedly very good and packed with real fruit), the total bill came to ~$50 for the 2 of us after tax and tips, which is pretty rich by Vancouver standards!

We're not Jamaican food experts, but have made the rounds in GVRD ... still looking for the WOW, which we haven't found yet, but this might be the fix for you if you're in the area and need a good Jamaican hit.

However, for the money, I'm betting you can find better value elsewhere.

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Lucky Joy BBQ Restaurant11780 Thorpe Road, #150, Richmond
Old school greasy spoon, HK style.
Submitted Friday, May 23, 2008 - 12:48am [Dine in]

Wow, I don't think I've been to a place like this in Vancouver in years. Place looks slightly run-down inside and out (more in than out). I wouldn't take your first date here unless you really want to test her! Service is kind of spotty, it's like eating at one of your less favoured aunt's place.

This place serves exactly what one might expect of this place. Good ol' standby's from noodle/congee restaurants and various rice dishes. No surprises here, no culinary wonders.

What you do get are relatively cheap prices and relatively large portions. Quality? Well, it ain't no fine diner and given the look of the place I was actually surprised by the food. It's ... passable. It tasted okay and nobody got sick (about 18 of us or so) afterwards.
Why visit? I'm not sure. Maybe if the other places nearby are closed. The bar has gone up in the GVRD, but they didn't keep pace.

To their credit, the place was absolutely packed and there was a constant stream of customers getting takeout. By the time we were done, all the soy chicken, BBQ duck and cha siu were all sold out. Still, for my money, I'd head to HK BBQ Master instead.

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Raga Restaurant1177 W Broadway, Vancouver
Accessible Indian food
Submitted Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 1:37pm [Dine in]

I think this place has been around a while and I can understand why. It's conveniently located and very clean inside while providing good food.

The menu is quite substantial and much to our surprise, every dish had its own distinct flavours (unlike many other Indian places we've been to) and was very fresh tasting. They managed to keep the "hotness" down to seriously mild (at our request), so this should be palatable to anyone.

Prices seem a bit steep for Indian restaurants (about $11-16 per dish, and they're not large) but I think it is worth the quality. Plan on at least 1 dish per person, unless you really load up on the naan. The naan is very good, but perhaps not the best in town. Roti was also decent, but not as good as the naan.

Is it authentic? I dunno, I can't claim to be expert enough to tell. But I can say it is tasty. It's so good and so varied I wouldn't be bored even after several visits. You could do far worse than eat here!

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Janchee775 Denman St., Vancouver
Fresh, new Korean.
Submitted Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 1:30pm [Dine in]

This is place is quite small and discreet, so it'll be easy to miss. It bills itself as a mixture of Royal Korean cuisine, local regional and fusion (a fusion of fusion?). Hmmm...
I guess one of their selling points is fresh (local?) and healthy ingredients.

Well ... yeah, they actually kind of pull it off. We had a couple of the lunch sets. There's some usual standbys (like jabchae), but also some more exquisitely prepared dishes that wouldn't be out of place in royal cuisine. Everything was very clean and fresh tasting, the rice was 1/3 | 2/3 mixture of brown and white rice. Done very well, tasty and not too greasy. Definitely big thumbs up.

The menu is still a bit small and I think they fall a bit down on the creativity sometimes and uniqueness, but that doesn't stop this from being a solid place for good food.

Is it the best Korean restaurant outside of Korea? I think that might be stretching it, but it is the cleanest, freshest tasting place for Korean food, maybe even including Seoul. (Nor would I compare it to a 2-star Michelin restaurant...) But this one is worth a first visit and maybe a second if they expand their menu.

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Ping's Cafe2702 Main Street, Vancouver
Decent, but over-priced and underwhelmed
Submitted Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 12:42am [Dine in]

So, this is supposed to be a Japanese style western food place. Which I guess it turned out to be. Sort of. How do you say how authentic a "fusion" style of cuisine is?

Strange little place, it is nearly impossible to find since we couldn't spot any signs outside and the windows are all covered up with no visible signs on the window. Maybe they don't want business?
Inside, I would qualify it as small with a rather "industrial" theme. Not the warmest place around.
Fortunately, the service is a lot better, though by no means amazing.

So, you're waiting for the highlight? There isn't any. We were slightly shocked that we couldn't get tea (yes, even at a yoshoku I think it should be expected) and the menu is ... small. The appetizers are around $5-8 and were not bad, quite decently made. The mains are around $15-19 and with appetizer, you won't go away hungry. We had a kabocha korroke (decent), their special tofu salad (also decent), Ping's dinner combo with hamburger, mini-tonkatsu and fried shrimp (okay) and some marinated cod dinner (pretty good). For 2 people, the bill easily topped $50 before tips, and that's with no drinks.

Yeah, the food is decent, but for what you are getting, this place is over-priced, especially in this neighbourhood. So, is there a better option? Dang, yes, I'd say a rather direct comparison is Bonqula in Richmond. By no means cheap, but their set dinners are done better and the variety, presentation and service are head and shoulders above Ping's. To add insult, I daresay it would come out cheaper too. Even with a tiny dessert (Ping's does not serve any dessert). Plus it's much more comfortable.

I'd easily make the run down to Bonqula or perhaps Sai-Z (if I were feeling generous) if I'd a craving for this type of food. So should you.

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Vanya5615 Harold St, Vancouver
It's alright, but you can do better
Submitted Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 12:21am [Dine in]

Little hole-in-the wall place that has been here for quite a while a think. Place is just like you expect, fortunately, seems quite clean, but don't expect any special ambience! Service is decent enough for what it is, maybe even bordering on friendly :-)
The chef certainly looks like he knows what he's doing, though he ssems a little tired or unmotivated. Maybe too many years without a holiday.

Yes, it serves sushi, but I guess the special is the "home-style" meals. These are not bad, and certainly inexpensive relative to other places.
So here's the rub though, the "other" places aren't that much more and you also get more. Mainly I'm referring to Hachibei or Tenhachi. Both of which offer more "extravagant" meals which have more stuff, more variety and is done at least as well if not better.

Don't get me wrong, if you live in the neighbourhood, save the planet and walk to Vanya by all means. But for the others, I'd take the jaunt over to the other 2 places instead.

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Le Do Vietnamese Restaurant2292 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Simple and good
Submitted Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

Yet another one of those tiny little pho places in town. Don't expect to be surprised, it's a tiny little place that's barely clean enough. Servers were too distracted to seem friendly, but we were served promptly.
Had a bun bo hue and the house pho. At first both seemed a little on the plain (bland?) side, but as we got into it, I appreciated the flavours more. I wish the bun bo hue had more noodles, but it was packed with all sorts of other goodies you don't normally find in other places (like pork blood for example!). At the end of it, I'm glad we ate there, came away feelin good from the food.
As seems to be the norm these days, I'm not quite amazed, but easily satisfied enough. Worth a first trip for you I say. Go try.

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Lao Shan Dong Homemade Noodle House4887 Kingsway, #105, Burnaby
Not that bad, not that great.
Submitted Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

Seems like good stuff here, like some of the other Taiwanese beef noodle houses that are around town. This is probably the cleanest of the bunch and has the advantage of having lots of other goodies to choose from too.

The place is quite packed, and no, the servers aren't going to make you feel at home. But do any of these Chinese joints ever do? Hmm... so no surprise anyways.

Yes, the food is tasty and quite well done. The noodles are sufficiently firm and not soggy. If I think about it, it might be the best place in town. Their dumplings are not bad either, though I'm quite disappointed they didn't have a good selection of vinegar for it. In the end, somehow I feel unimpressed, I came away feeling I've had better, that it could be better. Maybe what makes it frustrating is that it is so close.... yet not quite.
Don't let it stop you from going though, if all you've ever had is ramen or wonton noodle houses, this wouldn't be a bad place to start branching out.

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Parfait-a-Pia4697 Kingsway, Burnaby
Nothing to see ... move along ...
Submitted Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 11:05pm [Dine in]

Okay, so it's a clean place with decent ambience. The service is kind of nice, half-friendly, nothing to complain about but not exactly the warmest place in town either.
I guess it's all about the parfait? Hmm, for nearly $7, they better be darn good parfaits. Well ... if I whipped this up in my kitchen, I'd be pretty darned please with myself. Is it tasty? Yes. Is it amazing? No, not even close. Is it good value, definitely no.
Maybe the selling point is that there's nothing else in the area like it, but for my money, if I'd a hankering for a nice place to chill and have some good desserts, I'd head to Berry Good. (And if you're doing homework, there's a place called the library if you don't like your room. It's not place to do real work).

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Motomachi Shokudo740 Denman Street, Vancouver
Nice fresh change on ramen
Submitted Friday, April 11, 2008 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

There's 3 ramen places in roughly the same area here, so there's tough competition.
Luckily Motomachi bring something different to the table. You don't get the fatty broth like the other places. Also, they have ramen with organic chicken and also with seasonal vegetables. Add to that some very different flavours and they've got a solid chance here. (Some of the stuff I have not tried even in Japan, even in the ramen museum).
Just like the other places, it isn't big, though it may even be the smallest of them.
The gyoza is bigger than most, it is probably about twice as long and you get 4 of them. The charcoal bamboo ramen is quite good. We also had the spicy miso ramen with organic chicken and it was absolutely packed with noodles and vegetables. It is probably the most expensive of the places, with each bowl getting close to the $10 mark. However, it also has the "boinkiest" noodles and the taste is definitely different.
Probably my new favourite ramen place in town.

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Blue Sea Seafood Restaurant329 North Road, 205, Coquitlam
Raw fish seems to be the specialty
Submitted Friday, April 11, 2008 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

Yeah, it's definitely a seafood restaurant and it's definitely Korean. It's not quite like the usual though. Not a lot of BBQ, very heavy on fish type stuff, especially hotpots and "sashimi". (Makes sense, I think that's where it originated anyways).

It seems a bit pricier compared to most Korean restaurants, but not much if you compare to Japanese restaurant with platefuls of sashimi.

It's hard to really judge the "doneness" of raw fish. I've had better sashimi, I've had worse. It was packed with a bunch of Koreans and they all had the raw fish specialties, so I imagine it can't be that bad.

Problem is, this restaurant sits in a weird "neutral zone". You could get better sashimi elsewhere, but if you're looking for the stereotypical Korean, this is not it either. For something a little different, sure, it's worth a try. It's hard to pin it down as something really special though.

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La Conquistadora10609 King George, Surrey
Fresh, tasty and good pupusa's too
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

Yes, it's in Surrey, right next to a motorcycle shop and what might be a PC repair shop and a run-down crack joint? Just kidding, but it ain't the best place in town. Park around the corner unless nobody else is there for there is precious little parking.

Inside is surprisingly clean and well kept, so don't worry. Looks like it is a family run shop, father, 4 baby kids and presumably the wife/mother cooking in the back. Very friendly guy.

Equal attention seems to be given to Mexican and El Savadorean cuisine, so of course, had to have a bit of both.
Chile releno's was very good, even the refried beans, which are usually not our favourite, but we came away feeling fresh and satisfied. We also had some pupusa's, which were great! I would say they're better than Rinconcito on Commercial. Lastly, we had to go for the beef foot soup. Yeah, it did come with a huge beef hoof in the bowl. Don't let it bother you, it was quite tasty once salted properly (seemed to come unsalted like Korean sullongtang). The tortilla's are absolutely hand-made, maybe Salvadorean style. Not like the usual thin pieces you get from the store.

No regrets, this is probably the "freshest" tasting Mexican/Salvadorean restaurant we've tried in GVRD. Worth a go, and definitely a 2nd try for their other goodies. (I hear their burritos are absolutely gargantuan, in addition to being tasty).

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