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epicuriousBurnaby, BCSince February 21, 2006507 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (3.1)
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Abdul BBQ4500 Kingsway, #1691, Burnaby
Pretty good
Submitted Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 4:40pm [Dine in]

Went to get some schwarma today at Abdul's and my first observation were the prices. Prices of platters are pretty high. The platters range from $9-11. I realize that the amount of food that comes with it probably makes up for the cost. but I'd much rather have less food than to waste unfinished portions.
Food was tasty, my mini meal came with a pita, rice and chicken. The pita had a very interesting grey sauce on it. Tastes good, but I have no idea what I'm eating. Chicken was nice, moist and tender.

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Guu Otokomae375 Water Street, #105, Vancouver
Just WOW
Submitted Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 7:24pm [Dine in]

This is by far my favorite izakaya (Kingyo a close second). I went their for my birthday dinner and had such a great time. The atmosphere is inviting and hip. Yes, a bit loud - but it encourages laughter and fun times.
Food is excellent, especially the oyster gratin - very generous portion. I also loved the calamari dish and the deep fried brie...yummy!! Drinks are equally delicious. The only thing I preferred at the other izakayas is the stone bowl rice dish. They serve a kimchi one here. Can't say that it was one of my favs.

Service was both a hit and a miss. He was very nice and but not very attentive. Had to ask a few times for things.
Would definitely recommend!

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Toyotomi Japanese Restaurant4121 Hastings St, Burnaby
What a drop!
Submitted Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 7:12pm [Dine in]

I have to say, Toyotomi has gone downhill tremendously.
I just had takeout for dinner and ordered the Bento Box A.
Opened it up and the dressing with the garden salad had leaked everywhere. It was the same consistency as vinegar and made everything else taste like wasabi dressing. The dressing got into the sushi sectional and made all the rice clump off - so i could only eat the seaweed and filling.
The tempura was on top of a grease soaked napkin. You would think they cared more about presentation. The was so thick and dark, it looked like pancake syrup. Gross.
The teriyaki chicken was also deep fried. They must not change their oil often because the bean sprouts that the chicken rested on had tons of black burnt specks on it.
Very unappetizing - I think this will be the last time I eat there.
I feel a little bit sick now.

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Choppers Diner2545 Nanaimo St., Vancouver
New Breakfast Joint!!
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2007 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

I agree with the previous reviews on Choppers. Yes, the wait can be horrific, especially if you're in a hurry (some served before us eventhough they arrived and ordered after us), but the food is great value and good quality.
I had the breakfast special for $5. Nice plate of food that I couldn't finish. Great tasting potatoes, something different - nugget potatoes sauteed with spices. Everything arrived nice and hot. My other had their flip cakes which he noted tasted very good.
The ambiance isn't grand at all. Looks like a well-lit basement from the 80's. But if the food is good - who cares.
The service wasn't very good. Yes, we waited a while for both ordering and receiving food and the server just didn't seem "all there".
The place has changed hands over and over again, but I really hope Choppers is here to stay.

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Chivana Restaurant & Lounge2340 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Imagined it nicer looking
Submitted Friday, September 7, 2007 - 12:15am [Dine in]

Went to Chivana's last month for a birthday party. Prior to that I was trying to organize a work party event and received wonderful service from owner Tobias on the phone. Some things conflicted and we have to find another venue. I was glad I got to try Chivana's out at this b-day party though. Unfortunately, Tobias was not there that evening.
I have mixed feelings about this place - don't know where to start. Just a warning, if you plan to get drunk - be careful. It's on the second floor and the stairs are a little tricky, especially if you're tipsy.
I ordered some appies. Tried the spicy "pork & veggie" wonton, but couldn't eat it because of shellfish allergies. First thing I saw after biting into it was pink shrimp. Luckily, I spat it out in time. My other's carribean chicken was very nice, especially the coconut rice and the sauce. Very yummy. I just wished they were a little more careful - I wouldn't assume seafood in a pork and veggie wonton.
A weird thing was they don't serve you drinks. You have to go up to the bar to order them. Considering it was more a restaurant than a bar, I found that to be a little inconvenient. But on the other hand I understand how difficult it can be to settle tabs at the end of the night.
They had a shooter special 4 for $10 - Really good deal, except there was only one shot to choose from. The Jolly Rancher - guess what everyone ordered lots of that night?!!
I may return, but probably more for dinner than a party. I just have to be careful to ask what's in their food!

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Valley Bakery4058 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Good bakery
Submitted Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 1:43pm [Dine in]

This is my second fav bakery on the strip in the Heights. They've got a huge selection of mini sweets, perfect for bringing to parties. I've also bought some pies from them before. 8" pies for $5, tons of variaties - you can't go wrong.
They also sell puff pastry and pizza dough too.

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Fortuna Bakery4240 E Hasting Street, Burnaby
Best Bakery in Willingdon Heights
Submitted Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 10:03pm [Dine in]

I'm surprised to see this in here. btw, it's bakery, not barkey.
Fortuna makes the best portuguese buns in the city! They also have very good dessert items here. I often buy a bunch whenever I'm heading off to a dinner party, or hosting one. My favorites are the custard horns and the custard fruit pastries.
Cornish pasties are good, they have awesome fresh baked breads. They even offer well-priced deli meats!
They just recently expanded their shop area to include hot eats like rotisserie chicken and roasted potatoes and rice.
This is a great bakery!

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Mango's Fusion Bar572 Davie Street, Vancouver
Tucked away!
Submitted Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 6:21pm [Dine in]

So glad this place was open late! After a failed attempt on a lounge night at Crush Lounge (too loud and techno-y), we stumbled across Mango's. I was really surprised to see they were open until the wee hours of the night eventhough not many ppl were inside.
Charming decor made this bar a great lounging place to sit back and enjoy a few drinks and Japanese-style tapas. This place was really small and space between tables and the bar was very tight, but I couldn't feel more welcome by the owner duo (Japanese?). They are very nice people, who you can tell, love to entertain.

Tapas were yummy and different, but at the same time, had your usual izakaya food - ebi mayo, edamame, tako balls, etc.
The yam tempura teamed with teriyaki sauce was especially delicious.
Glad we discovered Mango's!

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Sejuiced1958 W.4th Ave, Vancouver
Healthy snack
Submitted Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 6:14pm [Dine in]

I love the smoothies here. Was hooked the first time I came in with some friends after some shopping.
Although on the expensive side, it's a healthier alternative to a cup of java. I don't even mind the mild taste.

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Fassil Ethiopian Restaurant736 East Broadway, Unit 5, Vancouver
Finger-lickin' Good...literally!!
Submitted Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

Finally had the opportunity to taste some Ethiopian food last week - it was yummy!!! Be sure to write down the address before coming here, I had such a hard time finding this small place!!

I was a tiny bit uncomfortable at first with the thought of no eating utensils, but it's a must for the full effect! The platter we ordered came on top of the weird sourdough everyone talked about - I really liked it! It was like eating a sourdough crepe. Delicious! My favorites of the platter were the spinach, the lentils, the chicken and especially the fish!! I could eat 2 full orders of those!

The server was really kind and friendly and the owner/chef came out to talk to us about the food.
I would love to go back for more!!

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Joe's Grill1031 Davie Street, Vancouver
Good breakie!
Submitted Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 5:51pm [Dine in]

I have to admit, the West 4th location is better. I've come here a few times with my girlfriends after one gets off work early morning.
The food is your regular breakfast fare - but the price for you meal is an excellent value. They have really good corned beef hash, with deli style corned beef and lots of it!!
Service is good - nothing to complain about, but also nothing to rave about. It's sort of self-serve style - come in, find yourself a seat. Ambiance is dated and the place is in need of a make-over, but if that means compensating with higher prices - they are perfectly fine the way they are.
I do like how you can just sit and relax with your cup of joe reading the daily paper without being rushed.
Definitely good value here.

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Joey1424 West Broadway, Vancouver
No large groups??
Submitted Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

I came here with 7 other girls one night and was surprised to find out they had absolutely no tables to accomodate more than 4-6 people. Do they not serve big parties? At first we were seated at two booths side by side separated by a 3ft gap. Not wanting to have to yell to be heard, we tried to look for other alternatives. The party area (2 sections) were booked for a party, and the bar area had no big table either. We had two options: sit at the rounded booth with a really small table or take two middle-section tables that are diagonal with each other. We took the second choice. Why would the designer have the tables anchored down?? weird. Still hard to carry conversations, we just pulled our seats out a bit. the ambiance is gorgeous, but the layout of the restaurant sucks.

Service was really good that night. Our server was very accommodating and attentive. Food was average - nothing special. Be sure to try their famous apple pie a la mode.
I would return, but with a smaller crowd.

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Fortune Restaurant650 West 41st Ave, #608, Vancouver
Short-cuts
Submitted Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 2:28pm [Dine in]

It was my grandma's birthday and we had 2 tables here for dinner. We went with the usual set 10-course meal. The food here was more expensive than our dinner the other night at Fortune Court, but was way less tasty. Almost shady. The supposed to be prawn and crab ball was crab claw-less and had no crab meat. Instead there was a fish ball wrapped in shrimp paste and deep fried. No one at our table had ever seen this before.

The usual steam fish dish came deep-fried and covered with a weird dark sauce - a sure sign this fish was not fresh. No real chef would ever even consider deep drying a good ling cod. Also the inside of the fish was stuffed with a whole bunch of mystery leftovers. Some found mushrooms and tofu puffs while others found BBQ pork slices. The abalone "inspired" dish was merely shitake mushrooms sliced really thin. The bak choy that came with this dish had much dirt in between the leaves.
Fried rice and noodle dish at the end was a little greasy.
Two good things about the meal were the crispy chicken and the dessert soup. These dishes were good.
I hear they have good dim sum here. Unfortunately, my less-than-desired experience will not have me return here.

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Fortune Court Seafood Restaurant3555 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Great value!
Submitted Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 10:33am [Dine in]

I came here for a family dinner 2 weeks ago and was very surprised we've never gone here before. The food is good and very cheap. A normal 10-course meal that would cost about $300/table elsewhere only cost about $150 here. The downside of the cheap meal is that they don't come by to change your plates - they only did so about once through the meal.

Usually packed so parking can sometimes be hard to come by eventhough they have their own lot.
Would definitely recommend this place!

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Delijohn Market4051 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Persian food in Burnaby!
Submitted Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 10:18am [Dine in]

My friends and I were just killin' time and walked into this market one evening. They have some pretty neat grocery items - finally I now know where to get some pomegranate molasses!

The back half of the market is just simply a market selling regular groceries, Persian sweets and even videos! The front half is a little kitchen and eating area. Since it was too late in the evening for eating, we unfortunately did not order any meals. I returned a few weeks ago and ordered the minced beef kabab and a side of their yogurt sauce.
Eventhough I had to wait quite a while, I did not mind. The food is made-to-order so I know it wasn't sitting out forever. The yogurt dip was a little runny and the owner lady insisted on making a new batch for me. The service is really good. Looks like all the food is made with care and slow-cooked - especially the stews. Another lady was making a fresh batch of a lentil stew and the whole time I was there, she was stirring the pot. This was for at least 15-20 minutes of constant stirring.
My meal came costed me only $6 plus tax and there was enough food packed in, it lasted me 3 meals!

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China Express4124 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Impressed!
Submitted Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

After doing some grocery shopping in the Heights, I needed a quick dinner. Walked by this chinese kitchen and noticed a line-up of about 5-6 people. Must be a good sign.
Not your average chinese "restaurant". In one half of the place is a sit-down area where I assume they serve you. In the other half is a steam table similar to the ones at a food court. I guess majority of their business is take-out since only 1 table was occupied. The service is hit or miss. I could swear the server (onwer?) was making fun at someone in the line-up with his chef in chinese. But with me, he was very nice.

The selection on the steam table is very large. You can create your own combos - you can choose ANY (doesn't have to be noodle/rice, could be all entrees) 4 items for only $6 and the containers are filled to the rim! I was actually very surprised at the quality of food. My 4-item combo was fried rice, tofu puff stir-fry, green beans and sweet&sour pork. Fried rice was nice, not oily. Tofu puff were really juicy and the green beans were the perfect texture - al dente. What surprised me most was the S&S pork. Most places serve mostly fat and batter. There was nothing but meat here! It was also very tender - almost tasted like chicken tenders!
The take-out lasted 3 full meals. I'm glad I gave it a try!

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Kingyo871 Denman Street, Vancouver
Wow!
Submitted Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 11:22am [Dine in]

I finally had my chance to experience Kingyo last night - well worth the visit! Sister and cousin by my side, we arrived after 9:30pm. There was no line-up (not something you see during weekends), but it was still busy and we still had to wait about 10-15 minutes. The ambiance is dark and cozy and had a special "asian" charm. Great decor, but chairs were a little uncomfortable. After pulling my seat in, my thigh was right up againt the table - no crossing legs here.

The food packed wonderful flavors. I was really surprised at the cold tofu and okra appie. When it arrived, I expected bland tasting firm tofu straight out of a SunRise package. the dish was tangy, sweet, salty all at the same time. It actually did not taste like soy at all. Allergic to shellfish, I was able to eat any of the prawn dishes. They were very well-received by my sister and cousin. Of the six dishes we ordered, all were very delicious and were great izakaya food. The meal was a little expensive for the amount of food we got - 6 dishes and tea for $52, but taste was worth it.
Not recommended for a place to hold conversations though.

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Fujiya912 Clark Drive, Vancouver
It is what it is
Submitted Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 10:38am [Dine in]

Back in the day when I first started eating sushi, this place was my heaven. I realize now that it is no where close to being delicious. However, for the price and the convenience factor, this place is still pretty decent. I returned a few weeks ago having not been there for a while and bought a few boxes of different kinds of sushi. Got home to bland tasting rice and an overall dry sushi. For a quick bite that's ready to go in seconds, it would recommend Fujiya, but not if you're in search of good sushi.
The rest of the market, however, is fantastic for neat Japanese finds!

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Shark Club Bar & Grill, The4399 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
I'd rethink next time.
Submitted Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 10:14am [Dine in]

After a week and half of craving the taco loco salad I had at the other location, I just had to have one - plus we were craving salad anyway. Since I live in Burnaby, this was the obvious closer choice.

I've always liked how this location looked. Much bigger and newer than the downtown one, plus it had a nice patio upstairs. I liked how they had lounge sofas for groups - unfortunately all three sections were occupied.

I have to say the salad last night kinda turned me off what I craved so much. They used musclin salad which wilted from being at the bottom of the bowl soaked with dressing. (At the other location, they used crispy greens which held up much better, and also had a great texture too) Also, this is the first time I've ever complained about too much of the good stuff. The salad was loaded up with so much taco beef and especially cheese and not enough salad that girlfriend K and I got so sick of eating it not even half way through. it was like just eating taco filling, which got tiring really fast. I think it'll be a while before I eat this again.

Service was just okay. When I went up to pay for my meal at the bar, I noticed tons of ants and fruit flies crawling on the sticky bar counter - to me, a sign that wiping is not so frequent here.

Such a shame, because the restaurant is very nice and cozy.

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Shark Club Bar & Grill180 West Georgia St, Vancouver
Love the Taco Salad!
Submitted Monday, August 20, 2007 - 5:19pm [Dine in]

I came here for a fundraising night last week and found this location to be somewhat "lacking". Our group had dinner before the night started. Everything looked yummy - my taco salad was especially delicious and I have to admit, I finished every last morsel on my plate (I even ate the taco bowl!).

The service was especially good considering we had one very attentive server for our entire group.

After dinner, the DJ arrived and I have to say, the place was never really booming! Only a few (3 or 4) small groups on the dance floor at all times. Kinda pathetic really, which is why we left the place in search of a better party elsewhere.

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