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epicuriousBurnaby, BCSince February 21, 2006507 Reviews
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Dairy Queen6572 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Disgusting Food
Submitted Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

Yes, I brought it on myself to eat food here but I still feel the need to warn people.

I was in a hurry and was starving - I wanted something quick and hot. Well, hot it was, but quick it wasn't (took about 15 mins). I ordered the special of the day - easy, no hassle. It was a swiss and mushroom burger combo for $8.

I've had ice-cream here and have no complaints, but the food...ugh. I was watching the line cook make my burger because there really wasn't anything else to do while I was waiting. He took a pre-cooked burger patty, threw it in the microwave zapper. Took a Styrofoam cup of mushrooms and threw that in another microwave - styrofoam!! Took out a block of cheese, fondled it with ungloved hands for a minute trying to get the pieces to separate. Then he put the "burger" together, wrapped up and threw it in the microwave yet again. The end product, an over-microwaved soppy mess. The only thing he "cooked" was the fries. Which were fresh and hot and the only thing I ate after bravely trying 2 bites of the burger.

So yes, I've learned my lesson. Eat somewhere else.

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Mezbaan3499 Kingsway, Vancouver
Dinner Buffet - Great Value
Submitted Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

After reading such positive reviews and also having this craving for Indian curry that just won't go away, bf and I paid a visit to Mezbaan for dinner yesterday. I have to say, I wasn't too impressed with the ambiance. It seemed a little bit cluttered, especially the small space dedicated to the buffet area. Granted, they only do buffet service from Sunday-Wednesday, but with 2-3 people going up for food at the same time, it's a very tight squeeze.

The food was quite tasty with pretty equal selections of both meat and vegetarian items. The meat pieces (only chicken yesterday) tasted like good quality meat. I would say for only $10.95, it's a great value. Hopefully when I return, they will have some other tasty curries to try. The owner was a very gracious and attentive host.

The not-so-good: 3 of 4 water glasses on our table were dirty as were the napkins. Maybe because it was at the beginning of dinner service, but when I went up for my first helping, all the curries formed a thick "skin" on top. The rice pudding had great flavor, but was more like milk with rice.

The good: awesome veggie rolls, amazing fresh naan, and delicious curries!

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Chronic Tacos382 W. Broadway, Vancouver
A Chronic Addiction
Submitted Friday, January 7, 2011 - 12:56pm [Dine in]

The anticipation for the opening of Chronic Tacos was agonizing! I would drive by all the time waiting and waiting for the day the kraft paper was taken down from the windows, the reveal of the first CT in Canada!

When it finally opened, I was not disappointed. I've been there 3 times now and every time I have yet been able to pass up the same thing I ordered each time. Delicious fish taco baja-style! When they say "made-to-order", they are not kidding. You order, they ask how you want it done (in my case, grilled or battered) and then that's when they make the taco. Trust me, between made when ordered and pre-cooked, makes the world of difference.

The first time I went, the person in front of me ordered a burrito. Everyone in line was amazed with each layer of ingredients going in. By the time the taco expert was finished wrapping (with difficulty) the massive stuffed tortilla, it was the size of a baby's head. He had to double-wrap it to keep it all together.

I gave it a 2 star service rating because it pretty much is a self-serve joint. Go up to order, wait for food, pay (the girl working the cash register was kinda grouchy all times I've gone), and seat yourself. However, everyone there was very friendly and easy-going.

Value, 3 stars because it is pretty pricey. 2 tacos, chips and salsa and a drink set me back over $8. But, because of the freshness of being made-to-order, it's pretty fair.

Can't wait to go back! Hopefully try something different!

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Happy Valley Seafood Restaurant3432 Lougheed Highway, Vancouver
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Submitted Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

Since my last review, I've been back at least 6 times for dim sum, casual and special occasion dinners. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for good real chinese food.

Like all restaurants, they are not perfect. Dim sum prices are a bit higher than usual - a table of about 10 of us had a meal (but not overstuffed) for about $15 each. We went there for Mother's Day dinner last year - again around 10 ppl and we ordered a very simple set menu. There wasn't very much seafood (a lobster hot pot, not whole lobster) and not much other expensive dishes, but the meal still cost over $250.

With that said, I have to say the key to a great meal here to order a la carte. You can eliminate the so-so dishes and just order what you want and pay for what you want. I last came here on New Years Day. My sister and I took our parents here and ordered 4 dishes: 1/2 crispy chicken, szechaun green beans, sauteed gai lan, and a chicken tofu salty fish pot. It was a delicious meal that filled us to the rim for less than $65 - and complimentary sweet soup!!

Happy Valley is more expensive than your average, but at least you can rely on a good meal. Hey, there's gotta be huge lineups all the time for a reason. Will definitely be back to try their peking duck!

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Bing Sheng Restaurant1800 Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Can't say it was worth it.
Submitted Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

Where is the best peking duck in the city? We sure didn't know, so what better way to find out than to give a few places a try? I've tried Golden Great Wall and really liked their duck, but the other dishes weren't that great there - plus they were pretty far away. So we decided on Bing Sheng. I called beforehand to make sure they had it and to ask how much it was. $39 for two courses. Since it was about $10 more than GGW, I had pretty high expectations.

We arrive NYE around 6pm, they must have just opened for dinner service because it was freezing cold and even the servers were all wearing winter coats. But it warmed up shortly after when the dinner patrons steadily strolled in. We ordered the 2-course Peking Duck and a Honeymoon fried rice. There was only the 4 of us and the server kept wanting to push other dishes on us - crab...lobster...chinese greens... We insisted that the 3 dishes would be enough for our pre-party appetites and when returning with drinks, he again tried to push more dishes on us.

Our duck courses didn't take long to reach our table but when it did, I wasn't blown away. Sure the fatty crispy skin duck pieces look fabulous, but the cucumber slices were obviously old and sliced long ago and the green onions that came with it were huge and overpowered the entire dish. The lettuce wrap wasn't all that much better. My friend complained that there was way too much filler in the wrap and not much meat. I didn't mind all the root vegetables, but I understood her frustration. If I'm paying that much for a duck, I would expect the only meat course to actually have meat in it.

The honeymoon fried rice was okay. Tomato sauce was nice, but the cream sauce was gummy. Definitely not worth the $15 for it. I ordered a bowl of plain rice and was charged for it eventhough it never came.
Over $60 for this meal...can't say it was worth it.

At least we tried it and know now, that this isn't the place for good peking duck.

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Golden Great Wall Szechuan Restaurant705 West Broadway, Vancouver
Groupon to the rescue!
Submitted Monday, November 8, 2010 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

I came here last night for a family dinner to celebrate my parent's birthdays. Before going, my sister and I thoroughly researched what others were saying about this restaurant. Seemed like pretty good reviews and plus I had recently purchased two Groupons to dine here.

From the reviews here, it sounded as though there were some restrictions when using the Groupons, so I made sure to ask about it when making reservations. Thankfully, I had no problems at all using both coupons for the evening's meal. In fact, the server up front was really nice about accepting them. Unfortunately, that was the best part of service last night.

We sat at a large table in the back of the restaurant and ordered crab, Peking duck, szechuan green beans, szechaun fried squid, spicy spare ribs, chicken chow mein, and we just had to try out what "crispy rice" was. We asked if what we ordered was enough and/or what they suggested we get as well. The server said, "how about a steamed greens?" "Sure."
"How about a fish dish, stir-fried chinese celery with fish slices?" "Sure."
"And you have to try our xiao long baos!" "For dinner? Sure!"

In hindsight, 12 dishes for 9 ppl plus 2 children was a little much, but we asked if it was enough, and they suggested more...why wouldn't they?!!?? Our mistake there.

After ordering, we waited...and waited...and waited. After about 20 mins, first up was crab. One crab, that's it. I guess I was used to seeing it banquet-style with some sort of noodle underneath. It looked a bit puny and lonely.
Next up, more waiting. Probably about another 30 minutes. Not good - we pretty much licked the crab plate clean because we were all so hungry and nothing else was coming out. After that came the xiao long baos.

We would have enjoyed these much more (they were actually pretty delicious) had we had the proper eating utensils for them. We had our plates still full of crab shells, no soup spoons and no bowls. How the heck does one eat these dumplings with just chopsticks?? So we asked for some spoons and they asked us back, "small? or big?" Is it not obvious???
And then they came back with one silver teaspoon and one chinese soup spoon. That's right, 11 people at the table and only 2 spoons were given. I had to look around to confirm that I was actually at a Chinese restaurant. We all bit the bullet and just ate the dumplings the best we could.

After that mishap, the other dishes came out all at once. Peking duck was actually delicious. But a few points to all the peking duck fanatics out there. The crispy skin wrap was just that...only skin, no meat at all. But it was still extremely tasty! The lettuce wrap to follow was delicious as well, but skip the optional third course of duck and tofu soup. Nothing special there.

Overall, a few tasty dishes, but a lot of the other dishes were as bland as their service. And at the end of the $250 meal, we did not get any sort of meal closer. Sure, we brought our own cake, but even the other table got a plate of orange wedges. What's a couple dollars worth of oranges to show appreciation for business??

Definitely not worth the money. We came here because of the Groupons, and even with the discounted price, I still feel ripped off for the quality of some of their dishes.
Thank you Groupon, no thank you GGW.

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Sushi Oyama5152 Kingsway, Burnaby
Very Affordable
Submitted Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 11:13pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here a few times now, and each time did not disappoint.

The prices here are really affordable - I don't think I've ever paid more than $15 and left here any less than stuffed. They offer a neat variety of sushi, and even with their specialty rolls they cost no more than $8. Pretty much their sushi prices are the cheapest I've seen lately. The only complaint is that a lot of the special rolls kinda look and taste the same. They are all finished with the same sauces.

Service is good and the food arrives pretty quickly. I gave the ambiance a 3 because even though they did a very good job with renovating, I still can't shake the eerie feeling because this historic house was once a funeral home. 8|

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Kino Cafe Flamenco and Tapas Bar3456 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Shameful
Submitted Friday, August 6, 2010 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

I had to add my 2 cents here. I came here for girlfriend L's birthday about 2 weeks ago looking forward to some good food with a great show. When making reservations, they said the show would start at 8:30 and we MUST be seated before then. So we arrived at 8...to a half empty restaurant. Felt strange that it would be so empty with a performance starting in just half hour.

We didn't really get any service up front...basically had to find our own table with our name on a white piece of paper taped to the table. We sat down near the cashier and noticed a small sign that said "cash only". I'm sorry, not a lot of ppl carry cash to dine out these days, it might be worth mentioning the "cash only" rule when taking the reservation.

We perused the menu and finally decided on a pitcher of sangria (very light and bland tasting), the famous patatas bravas (real let down - nothing more than deep-fried homefries with cocktail sauce on the side), a small calamari salad (probably the best item of our meal), smoked salmon pizza, pesto camembert melt (on a gum-impaling overtoasted baguette), and one more item that was completely forgetable because I forgot what it was.

Like all the other reviews, the food took forever to arrive - I would say we didn't eat until after 9pm. We sat, ate, drank, and finished way after the supposed 8:30 performance start. They actually didn't start until about 10pm. Yes amazing performance, but we were so tired of waiting, cranky from sub-par food, and nearly passing out from body odor stink and no ventilation, that we had to leave just after the first set. We requested our bill, and didn't get it until after a long wait. Apparently, they add up your order total only after you ask for your bill.
So we again we waited for our grumpy server to work up the calculator, paid our $100 for the meal and left.

Btw, they came around with a donation basket for the performers after the first set. Definitely worthy of a donation since they do not charge a cover, but again, who carries that much cash on them? I would have paid more of a donation if I didn't have to make sure I had enough to cover to cost of dinner. The owners should really invest in debit/credit machines, but then again I guess that would cost them money.

It was definitely an experience, but just make sure you bring lots of cash.

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Gen Roku4854 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Expect really casual dining
Submitted Wednesday, July 8, 2009 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

This place is definitely worth a visit if you're looking for a cheap lunch option. They have bento boxes starting at $5! They also have filling sushi trays starting at $17.
Obviously, at those prices, you can't expect high quality here, but the food was good enough.

Presentation is not their specialty here. Fridge in the dining area, take out boxes everywhere and everything (even eating in) was on disposable dishes. But the price was right and the service was good, so who cares.

4 of us ate and was full for under $35.

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Jumbo Cup6649E Hastings St., Burnaby
Jumbo
Submitted Wednesday, July 8, 2009 - 2:10pm [Dine in]

I was craving some bubbletea and finally had a chance to get some from Jumbo. I walked into a spacious and clean space and ordered from their jumbo menu. I usually order regular milk teas, as opposed to slushes or fruit flavored ones. I had their milk honey green tea with pearls.

Service was friendly and I didn't wait long at all. Got home and took a sip and was kind of thrown off by a "herbal" taste from the tea. Strange, but after a few sips, I hardly noticed it. Pearls were good - just the right al dente-ness and not too sweet.

It was a good deal at under $4 and I especially liked the massive variety of drinks they offer. Will be back, but next will try something other than the "herbal" tea.

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Mali Thai2710 Main Street, Vancouver
Fresh!
Submitted Friday, June 26, 2009 - 4:27pm [Dine in]

When I think of Mali Thai, "fresh and clean" comes to mind. I've driven and walked by many times, but since it's so close to home and because the restaurant is quite small, I've actually never eated in before. Plus, they deliver!

We always order our usuals, pad see iw and green curry chicken. And since we've tried these 2 dishes at many places, I can say that they're better than average here at Mali Thai. And like the reviewer before said, the portion sizes are also great.

A great bonus is the fantastic service.

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Bouzyos1815 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Not worth it
Submitted Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

I came here for dinner so that I could take advantage of my Entertainment book coupon. I'm always uneasy about how to present the coupon, because I think it has a big impact on the service you receive. Luckily, the server didn't not care at all that we were using a coupon. However, I don't think the service would have been any better even if we weren't. There weren't too many tables aside from us, but she was never around for us to ask for the bill or to process our credit card, etc.

For our dinners, we ordered a chicken souvlaki and a moussaka.
The good: the moussaka had a nice taste, although the bechamel was a little too rich and they removed the wooden skewer from the souvlaki so we didn't have to.
The bad: the portions were a tad on the small side, especially for the price tag and the rice was beyond horrible. It could only be described as a bland "watery" mess.
Oddly enough, the best part of the meal was the mocha!

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Pho Kim Penh Xe Lua540 West Broadway, Vancouver
Dirty and dingy
Submitted Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

The boyfriend and I decided to grab a quick and cheap dinner. I wanted to give this place a try. We walked in to a more than half empty dining area and almost immediately, I thought I should have chosen a better pick. But I gave it a chance and we sat. In addition to the tea, we asked for water. Bad mistake, water tasted unclean and horrible.

I ordered a dry vermicelli bowl with springrolls and grilled meatball and he, the lemongrass chicken on rice. I have to say, the food was pretty good, I don't think it was "outstanding" (food rating), but it was better than average IMHO.

Service was okay, nothing to write home about. The ambiance was even less to rave about. They are in desparate need of some spring cleaning and major de-cluttering. Like I said in the review title, it's dirty and dingy. But hey, it's a 24hr joint - I guess that's expected.

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Thai Village88 W Pender St., #2007, Vancouver
Worst food ever
Submitted Monday, May 25, 2009 - 5:23pm [Dine in]

I should have checked out the food inspection web before eating here. I do afterwards, and was disgusted at how many findings and warnings they've had.

I got some fish and chicken w/ tofu with pad thai. Definitely worst food ever. It was very obvious that everything was sitting out under the heat lamp. Pad Thai noodles (basically noodles with ketchup and chili flakes) had harden edges. Fish was soggy, not crispy and the chicken w/ tofu was swimming in a pool of grease sauce.

As small as my plate of food was, I could not stomach the entire meal and disparately wanted to warn another person in line to eat elsewhere. Fortunately, he changed his mind.
I cannot recommend that anyone eats here.

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Ddoo Gau Bee4501 North Road, #203, Burnaby
Dinner on a budget
Submitted Monday, May 25, 2009 - 4:25pm [Dine in]

I came here for dinner with a family friend because he craved some BiBimBop. The last time we went to House of Tofu Soup next door, he said it was fantastic, but I was in a hurry and couldn't afford the wait time there.
We were seated and the restaurant was pretty empty so we received pretty good service. However, the tea that was served was always just barely warm.

We ordered the bibimbop and a sushi combo. The rice dish did not have much flavor even with the sauce. Also, he was confused at how eventhough the stone bowl was hot, the rice was just warm and never developed that crispy rice shell - very disappointing. My sushi...well, there's nothing much to say about it.

As for the ambiance, they really need to invest in some new seating. Almost every booth seat was ripped, not so pleasing to the eye.

On the plus side, their prices are great. Unfortunately, the food wasn't so much - sorry. So if you're not so worried about having hot tasty food - you'll find good value here.

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Oriental Kitchen6560 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Meh
Submitted Monday, May 25, 2009 - 3:56pm [Dine in]

I had a huge craving for food court-style fried rice, and since this was on the way to my destination, I stopped in for a quick dinner. I ordered the 2-item combo with fried rice. My 2items were deep fried chicken pieces and some sort of chicken and veggie stir fry.

I've eaten here before and knew I wasn't in for a fantastic meal and eventhough I wasn't expecting any more than "food court quality", I was still disappointed.
The rice was bland, the stir fry was tasty, but qreasy and the chicken pieces should have been called batter, not chicken. The sweet and sour sauce didn't help it much.

If the meal was cheap, I don't think I would have cared as much, but my meal cost me over $7. Compared to a lot of other places, I think it was kinda expensive.
I think I should have stuck with the gut feeling and went elsewhere.

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La Tortilleria1689 Johnston St., #145, Vancouver
Fast and filling Mexican
Submitted Friday, May 22, 2009 - 2:48pm [Dine in]

While shopping at Granville Island, I'm always looking forward to little bites and snacks at the market. My foodcourt favorites are definitely either the perogy place or this one.

Although it may not be the most authentic style Mexican, it's fast and it delivers. Most times, I get the enchilada plate which includes 2 meat enchiladas, and rice and beans. Have yet to try the BBQ chicken which seems to be popular as many people order it.

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Serious Coffee2060 Oak Bay Ave., Victoria
Great Local Coffee Shop
Submitted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

After some afternoon tea, I stopped by Serious Coffee in Oak Bay to use their free wifi and to reload on caffeine. I don't know how new this franchise is, but all their shops seem fairly new. And is it just in Victoria?!? Because we could sure use Serious Coffee in VanCity.

Has all the great perks of a local business: great product, wholesome and appreciative service and cozy atmosphere. Unfortunately I didn't get to sample any food items (went just after brunch), but the iced mocha I got was delicious. Perfectly made!

I also really love that not only do they provide free wifi access, they actually also supply a desktop computer for customer use for free!

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Firefighters' Club, The6515 Bonsor Street, Burnaby
Great for sports nights
Submitted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 11:52am [Dine in]

It's hard to believe that such a huge pub/catering hall exists in this location and not be noticed by more people. I've been there for a sports fundraiser at the pub as well as for a wedding upstairs in the catering hall. I have to say both time, I was pleasantly surprised.

First off the wedding, my initial thought was, "how classy can a firefighter's hall wedding be?" To my surprise, the hall was very clean and spacious giving way to a very tastefully decorated wedding. I'm unsure if the wedding was catered by the hall, but if it was, great job!

On my second trip, I was here for a sports fundraiser. Again, the pub was super spacious and nice. My only dislike was the outdoor lawn furnishings, but in their defense, it was a huge fundraiser night. I'd rather sit on those than to not have any seating at all.

I gave the service a 4, because I was amazed at how well the servers work in such high-stress levels. Throughout all the chair shifting and table moving, they were all still able to fill everyone's order...amazing!

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Pink Sugar Cupcakery773 Fort Street, Victoria
Cute little cupcakes
Submitted Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 4:45pm [Dine in]

Eventhough it was a little out of the way during our Victoria trip, I made sure it was part of my "must-go-to" list. I love how local this place is - she bakes all her cupcakes in a tiny kitchen at the back of this small shop. I wanted to bring some back to my coworkers the next day. Had they been less expensive, I would have bought more than I did. I ended up with 6 mini asst cupcakes and believe it or not, these 6 one-bite cakes set me back just a tad under $10. But it was a one-time thing that I don't regret splurging on.
I got to try one of these darling things. They are much better than "Cupcakes" in vancouver I have to say, but I still found the cake to be dry.

The owner was very friendly and seemed very appreciative that I made it into her store. The only unpleasant thing about this experience was the packaging. I told her that I was bringing the minis back to Vancouver and although she said they travel well, she packed them into a restaurant take-out box. With tons of room to roll around, by the time I got them home, they were a mess. Frosting everywhere and mixed into each other. Because of that, I couldn't give them out, so my sister and I had to eat them ourselves. Not necessarily a bad thing, but if she had better packaging, I would have been proud to offer them up to my friends.

Hopefully she can improve on that. :)

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