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epicuriousBurnaby, BCSince February 21, 2006507 Reviews
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Local Kitchen, The1205 Wharf Street, Victoria
Popular Patio
Submitted Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

On my recent visit to Victoria, the hardest decision I faced was which restaurant to choose for dinner and whether or not it was a good choice amongst all the many other restaurants near by. We decided on what looked like the most popular spot in Bastion Square - The Local Kitchen.

The patio was fantastic - it's the perfect spot to just hang out with some friends over some drinks. Unfortunately, it was too windy that day and chilly, so we opted for a seat inside (all the while, envious of those sitting outside).

We weren't too hungry, so we ordered a drink and an appie each. I ordered the mussels and he, the homous and naan. My mussels were tasty, especially with the chorizo and sauteed cherry tomatoes. Whether or not they used frozen mussels like most places (I sure hoped not), it wasn't obvious. The homous was a little dry and the tapenade was really strong and oily. The naan wasn't exactly indian bread, it was more like house made flat bread - more crispy than chewy. The best dip plate? Not really, but it was well worth the value - I think it was about $8 for homous, tapenade, mixed olives and naan.

Overall, I would say we picked a good place - good food in an excellent location.

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White Spot1041 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver
Quick bite before a flight
Submitted Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 3:55pm [Dine in]

I came here with the boyfriend for a quick brunch on the way to the airport for his flight. We looped around back to the parking lot and felt a little nervous about leaving all the luggage in a nearly empty open parking lot and not having a clear view from the restaurant. We walked into the White Spot (which is just off the hotel lobby) registered the car and hoped for the best.

At first, we felt a bit uneasy walking into an empty restaurant, but it turned out fantastic. All the good stuff that a White Spot brings, and no wait times that all the other locations have! Because it was pretty quiet, we got attentive service from both servers. Plus our meals came to the table in no time!

Not sure why this location was lacking in diners, maybe it's the location? Regardless, it worked out in our favor.

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Ki Sushi31 8th St, New Westminster
Delicious Dinner
Submitted Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - 3:31pm [Dine in]

New Westminster is probably the last choice to pop up in my head to go to for sushi, but I was pleasantly surprised when I was treated to dinner here. Of the things I sampled, most were quite good. I must mention the one thing that stood out for me. The wild salmon.
I prefer tuna to salmon, but I just couldn't help myself from trying it. The color itself makes you want to eat it. The texture was much different from the regular. Hard to describe, you'll have to try it for yourself.

I would say the value is pretty good, especially if you order the boats. More volume than many other places. Service was a little iffy. They were polite, but they forgot an order for an udon and said it was on its way when clearly, they just re-submitted the order when they were "checking on it". By the time it finally came, everyone else was already finished and full.
No apologies were given.

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Nakodhar Sweets & Restaurant6560 Main Street, Vancouver
Cheap Buffet
Submitted Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 5:13pm [Dine in]

I came here a few times to pick up some samosas on the way home - delicious little things, especially with the chutney. Great cheap snacks.
I always want to try their buffet, but never have the proper time to sit down for a meal. Lucky me came an opportunity to, and I ate here with 2 others.

It's not the best (as they somewhat proclaim), but it's decent. There aren't many choices out there for a full dinner under $10 anymore.

The best things about our dinner here were the paneer curry (just delicious!) , the made to order naan, riata, rice pudding, and the chicken and egg curry. Without these items, I would have felt cheated of my $10. Why?
The salad bar was fine, but the lettuce was browned, and some of the veggies were visually unappealing, like they've been sitting out too long and the edges had begun to shrivel. The two rices offered were barely warm as were the curries. Don't expect a hot meal off the buffet offerings.

Everyone knows that in Vancouver a true testament of a good Indian restaurant, is a worthy butter chicken. Although the butter chicken sauce was good, the actual chicken meat tasted old and slightly off. It was the first time I ever went up for butter chicken sans the chicken.

Overall, I think it was a good deal. I will probably return just for more paneer curry.
P.S. the utensils are copper - kinda a turn off while eating, but expect your hands to smell like copper.

- Hands smell of copper

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Austin Heights Diner2154 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam
Nobody leaves hungry
Submitted Monday, April 20, 2009 - 5:47pm [Dine in]

Thank goodness for dinehere! Because of this site, I was able to find this breakfast joint in Coquitlam. You really have to go in with an open mind to keep you from changing your mind once you get there. Yes, it is old. And you can tell it hasn't changed much since the 80's. But I think that adds to the charm of this place. It really took me back to my childhood.

Food is not fantastic, but good quality food at super low prices don't exist anymore. So considering I did not come here expecting a fine dining meal and considering the low prices I paid, I think it deserves the ratings I gave.

Both my sister and I love the corned beef hash here - but to save a trip to the hospital suffering a heart attacked, next time I will request to ease up on the cheese. The first time we came here, we made a huge mistake of over-ordering. At a normal breakfast restaurant, the 3 meals we ordered (corned beef hash, a big breakfast and a small breakfast) would have been barely enough to feed 2 adults and 2 kids. Here, we could have just ordered the 2 meals and still would have walked out holding our bellies to avoid explosion.

Incredible deals here. For example, the "Ed's Breakfast" we ordered was only $6.95 and consisted of: 2 eggs, 2 sausage, 2 bacon, toast, a heaping pile of hashbrowns, AND a plate-sized pancake! Also, we noticed on the specials board that for only $5.95, you can get a Denver Croissant with fries, soup and salad!

So whenever we have breakfast in mind, this is our first stop in the tri-cities area. Also bonus, clean washrooms!

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Thank goodness for good margaritas!
Submitted Friday, March 27, 2009 - 4:50pm [Dine in]

Couldn't imagine if a place called Margaritas had bad margaritas...thank goodness they were good! Foodwise - I've given up hope of finding excellent Mexican in Vancouver, however, I thought the food here wasn't bad at all. The sopa de tortilla, chiles rellenos, and my tamale enchilada combo was pretty tasty.

Service was good. The ambiance was fun, but I couldn't help but notice that it felt more of a Red Robin-type chain, then an authentic Mexican restaurant. Lots of very young servers.

Prices were fair. But with our Entertainment Book coupon, it was a good deal.

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Alpha Global Sushi & Bar1099 Richards St, Vancouver
Excellent Izakaya
Submitted Friday, March 27, 2009 - 3:30pm [Dine in]

Want to eat japanese tapas, but tired of the long waits at the other more known izakayas in town? Well, a little bit off the more traveled-on streets is this izakaya.
They serve up some tasty usual-finds as well as a good list of yummy cocktails.

You'll find great portion sizes and good quality ingredients for less some other places, I think the value here is fantastic! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to sample everything I wanted to here, but what I did have was delicious with the exception of the taco rice though. I didn't quite like the salsa-tasting sauce on the rice.
My favorite thing I had here that night had to have been the "creamy" negitoro roll.

The service is also great - attentive without being intrusive. They were very respective and polite the entire evening.
Also love the menu gimmick - menu was front and back pages of a hardcover Time Article. Very different!

It's a good idea to make reservations beforehand. I can't wait to go back to try the bacon tofu salad and the italian spring roll!

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Ali Shan Restaurant4500 Kingsway, #1233, Burnaby
Leave the baby strollers at home.
Submitted Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 4:49pm [Dine in]

This little restaurant is easy to miss if you don't know exactly where you're going. It's attached to Crystal Mall in Burnaby, but there's is no mall access, and it's on the parking entrance side of the building. Amazingly, this place is very busy, especially around the lunch hour! I guess there are many ppl in the know!
I met my sister here for lunch on a weekday and I got there first. Silly of me not to look around before ordering, I ordered from the menu w/o noticing the picture menus adorning the walls. I just picked the pork hotpot because it sounded appetizing (no pictures in the menu). My sister joined me shortly after and ordered one of their "illustrated" rice combos from the wall.

Our meal didn't take long to arrive at all. My sister's meal looked delicious and she reported that it was quite tasty, with the exception of the overly greasy deep-fried pork-chop which was just passable.

My meal, however, looked much better than it tasted. Top marks for presentation - you get your own stone bowl overtop burning charcoal (hotpot). Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this as I thought I would. Everything in the bowl was kind of bland and tasted the same. Calamari rings were like rubber bands. If it were not for the tasty dipping sauce it came with, I don't think I could have eaten it. Also a tip for those who have limited time, skip the hotpot. It took forever for it to cool down enough to eat without burning my tongue with every bite.

On the flip side, it's a great deal. Most meals will cost you under $8 and you'll leave full and satisfied! Next time, I'll be sure to order one of the combos instead of the hotpot.

This eatery is quite small and jam packed, so in case you're thinking of bringing children here, remember to leave the strollers at home.

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Max's Delicatessen & Bakery521 W 8th Ave, Vancouver
Baked Delights!
Submitted Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 3:26pm [Dine in]

Max's has been around for such a long time, but I never actually gone in for something. I finally did, and was disappointed at myself for not doing so sooner. I would call their choco chunk cookie the best I've had. It's quality stuff. Their items are a bit on the pricier side, but for the quality, I would say it's fair.

The ambiance was an unexpected site. There's not much to it, and for some reason I expected better - at least more cozier. I guess it's old age, a makeover would most likey help them especially since everything around them is newly opened (Save-On Foods, Starbucks, soon to open Whole Foods).

Overall, nice little local bakery/coffee shop. The cookies alone will bring me back!

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Wild Rice117 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Great for private parties!
Submitted Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

I'm not a big fan of asian fusion because it's never fails to disappoint. However, I did enjoy the food I had here during a private party in the upstairs loft. There was a good varierty of tapas type selections. Amongst them, the very delicious chinese ravioli. So I was pleasantly surprised at the food served here.

Prices are on the high side averaging about high-teens and smaller portions. Be prepared to shell out for a full meal.

The ambiance is not what you would expect from the scummy area. Tasteful decor all around - the 2 private areas do give off a more cozy feel compared to other seating in the restaurant.
I'm glad I got the opportunity to try it!

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Donair King1028 Davie Street, Vancouver
Donair before dancing
Submitted Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

My girlfriends and I hopped into Donair King before an event at Celebrity's next door. We all ordered the falafel wrap.
We all agreed that the wrap was tasty eventhough none of us are fans of parsley (tabouleh), but it worked with everything else in the wrap.

Ambiance was a little dirty and untidy, but was fitting for that 'late-night' eatery type place. The guy who served us was really friendly.

The only complaint was we wished he had slopped on more yogurt sauce.

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Tasty Wok7180 Kerr Street, Suite 110, Vancouver
Tasty Take-Out
Submitted Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

This food kiosk is a great option for a cheap and filling lunch.
Combos and easy on the wallet and is filled enough for 2 meals (for me at least!). The quality isn't the greatest, but it's tasty enough that you won't mind. The staff here are friendly and talkative.
My fav is the rice with S&S pork and black bean chicken.

I'd say Tasty Wok is the better of the two chinese take outs in this plaza.

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Koryo Korean BBQ4567 Lougheed Hwy, #260, Burnaby
Korean BBQ sauce
Submitted Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 3:04pm [Dine in]

I have to say, the Brentwood Mall food court has got some pretty good choices compared to some other malls. But when I say good choices, I don't mean variety. Every mall has the regular fare: chinese, sandwich, pizza, mexican, greek, etc. What's different is the quality of food these kiosks crank out.
Everytime I order from Koryo, I get the bbq chicken sandwich combo (sandwich, side, drink for under $7) with fries or glass noodle usually.
2 pcs of juicy chicken thigh meat sandwich between bun and veggies - delicious!
Best part of the meal has to be the korean bbq sauce they use. A tip: pump extra for dipping your fries in!

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Uncle Fatih's Pizza1685 Broadway East, Vancouver
Potato Pizza
Submitted Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

Eversince having a slice of their potato pizza, I've been hooked! Of the 3 kinds I've had here (potato, blue cheese and hawaiian), the potato wins hands down. It's unfortunate for the other flavors because, eventhough they are all delicious, if there's no potato left, I'd rather leave empty handed.

I say it's a good deal for a cheap meal and good sized slices.

Unless you're travelling by foot, it's a little tough to stop by if the nearby parking spots are taken or unavailable. Also, the customer area is pretty small and cramped. Between all the ppl lining up for slices, and ppl at the stools, it feels claustrophobic.

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Isami Sushi4603 Kingsway, #6, Burnaby
Great Japanese food
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

My dinner here was delicious - just too bad my dinner companion and I do not have big stomachs. Although I was able to sample a handful of items, I would return to try some other things I wasn't able to.
I really enjoyed the ika karaage and the yakisoba was pretty in presentation as it was yummy. The thin strips of cooked egg initially looked like cheese, teamed up with a sprinkling of fresh herbs, it was beautiful.

I think what sets Isami apart from some other neighboring Japanese restaurants, is the service. Everyone was super polite and friendly. This is definitely a good choice for Japanese in Burnaby.

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Hawaii Cafe5880 Marine Drive, Burnaby
Should have known
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 4:31pm [Dine in]

This cafe is one of those that looks so grungy but has been around for so long that you think, "It MUST be good." Well, this is what I thought from the numerous times I've driven by it. One day, I had nothing for lunch and thought maybe I would give it a try.

Got there and I could not be any more wrong. Instead, all I could think about was, "How can this place survive?? HOW?!?" I wasn't really offered a menu, I just stood there in the freezing (no heat?) eatery and was stared at. I finally asked for a menu and she handed over a short bifold. On it, was a small variety offering of breakfast (only until 11am), burgers and sandwiches, and chinese food. I couldn't really take a look at what others were eating because, well, there were no others. Only 1 table of 2 men who were having just coffee.

Since it was already past noon, my choices were pretty limited. I chose chinese only because the owners were chinese and assumed they would do that well. I order a combo of S&S chicken balls and beef chop suey on rice.

As I waited for my order, there was a steady stream of phone orders one after another (at least 6 callers). I couldn't help but notice all were for burger orders.

When I returned to the office, I unveiled my lunch order. Sure enough, portions are huge! For under $8, my combo was more than enough to feed me for 2 meals. Taste-wise...well, I was surprised (sort of) that it was not so tasty.
If I ever decide to go back, I'll stick with the burgers since it seems like that's what keeps them in business.

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Sip Resto Lounge1117 Granville Street, Vancouver
Love Beer Fries
Submitted Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

Some girlfriends and I came here for some sips and snacks one Tuesday night after spending some time at the Persian Tea House. We all had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed our cocktails as well as the Belgium Beer Battered Fries and the Seven Cheesy Dip!

The fries came with 3 dipping sauces: chipotle aioli, tarragon aioli and reg. ketchup. Holy moly! That tarragon aioli is to die for - strangely addictive!!

As for the cocktails, my favs were the Niki Nova and Golddigger martinis. Could have done without the Mandingo martini though (have had better).

Overall, it was a fun night, and our server was the best! She was super friendly and interactive. Totally made the night that much more enjoyable!

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Kishu Island2509 Main Street, Vancouver
If quality is not as important
Submitted Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

Kishu Island doesn't claim to be the best or the most authentic, and it isn't. But, they do well for what they are. Quick and cheap eats. I ordered your typical chicken bento box here and the boyfriend had 1 dynamite roll.

The food I got was average. Nothing special, but a good value. The tempura was freshly made, which is was really great considering how fast my order was ready. I was worried that the food quality would not be satisfactory since the restaurant was pretty empty and also because I was afraid that they had premade most the items.
Boyfriend's dynamite roll was large enough to please. At first he ordered 2 rolls, but the server only heard 1 and charged 1 - he was happy with the 1 roll and was glad he didn't get 2.

Kishu Island is budget-friendly and gets the job done - fills you up without breaking the bank. Would I come here again? Sure, for cheap eats. But I wouldn't come here expecting high quality ingredients and that's the key.

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Incendio2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Great casual Italian!
Submitted Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

After waiting a considerable amount of time at Accents for a reservation without any sign of being seated soon, we decided to leave. Being fearsome that it was Valentine's day with no back-up reservations and already turned away from another restaurant because of private event, we stopped into Incendio hoping for the best.

We were so relieved that we got a seat! Plus we were starving since it was already about 7:30pm. The restaurant was pretty busy, but the service we got was not lacking considering.

We ordered the Orleans pasta and the Montreal pizza and extra focaccia bread. The food was very good and I really enjoyed the wood oven taste of the pizza crust. Another delicious item was their famous focaccia bread.

Ambiance was nice and cozy and can accommodate both the casual and romantic types. Next time I'm at the Fifth Ave theatres, I would definitely consider having a bite here beforehand!

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Wok Box805 Boyd Street, Unit T115, New Westminster
Endless noodles
Submitted Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 2:44pm [Dine in]

While doing some shopping in the area, I stopped in to Wok Box for some lunch take-out. Since I've never been to a WokBox or even a Noodle Box before, I wasn't sure what to do when I walked in. The woman who took my order was very helpful. She explained the menu to me and left me in piece to make my decision. I ended up choosing the Kung Pao chicken. I asked the server to suggest either the rice or noodle. She recommended the noodle.

As the cook prepared my meal, I got a chance to soak up the atmosphere. Very modern (black and red) Asian and comfortable. I really liked that the restuarant was designed equally for both eat-in and take-out. For those doing take-out, there is a large waiting bench right in front of the kitchen action.

As for the food - yes, the value to great. The Lunch Box size was only $6.99, it seemed like I was eating bottomless noodles and as my lunch hour went on, I hadn't even finished half of it! As for the food itself, I didn't particularly enjoy what I ordered. I couldn't really call it Kung Pao chicken as I only dug up 3 small pcs of chicken meat. And the overall dish had a very strong ginger taste to it.

If I'm in the area again, I might return, but I would definitely order something else.

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