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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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Tapenade Bistro3711 Bayview Street, Richmond
Quiet patio in Steveston.
Submitted Wednesday, August 1, 2007 - 11:58am [Dine in]

I don't agree with the website about Tapenade having the best patio - but it is enjoyable because it's much quieter than the patios on the boardwalk. I went on Saturday for brunch at about noon and was surprised that there weren't more ppl there. We sat on the patio and ordered brunch cocktails. To start we shared the tapenade (obvious choice). For a restaurant named Tapenade, I expected awesome - but it was just ok, I've had better. It was a little too salty eating it with the salted crostini - we all agreed the comp. bread was a much better match.

I ordered the chorizo omelette which was delicious. Girlfriend K ordered the smoked salmon benny and Girlfriend L ordered the chicken salad. I have to say the salad looked amazing! Huge chunks of chicken breast, sauteed mushrooms, pine nuts, blueberries and goat cheese drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. I must try that the next time I go.
Prices were great and the portion size was perfect. No leftovers, but we were full, but not stuffed.

The service was good and the interior was nice. However the washroom was a little frightening. It smelled funky and had been taken over by fruitflies.

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Maurya Indian Cuisine1643 W Broadway, Vancouver
Submitted Wednesday, July 25, 2007 - 1:44pm [Dine in]

I've been to Maurya a few times (some for Dine-Out Vancouver) and all times, they have been very accomodating. One time we had a dinner there with a few friends I haven't seen in ages. By the time we were finished dinner and catching up with each other, it was 4 hours later. Not once were we rushed and even had an endless supply of water refills!
The food is delicious (even an indian friend said it was just as tasty as home-cooked meals), however you do need to order the meal add-on if you want rice, dahl and papadum with your entree.
The prices are fair considering the location and decor of the restaurant.
There was an entree that I wanted (from a previous special menu) that they didn't have on the regular menu, I asked about it and my server said the chef will happily make it.
Ventilation in the kitchen must be good because I never leave here smelling like spices.

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Aji Taro4940 No. 3 Road, #101, Richmond
One of the worst
Submitted Wednesday, July 25, 2007 - 1:32pm [Dine in]

I understand that you can't be too picky when dining at a restaurant that offers so much food for so little money. But seriously, what this place serves is an insult to its customers. When I came here with my boyfriend and family, 3 of 4 of us got sick afterwards. I'm sure they don't practice food safe. Leaving everything room temperature until ready to serve is not right. Triple deep-frying does not taste good and can't be good the body either.
Servers/cashiers are rude. Don't know why I've been here twice, but I will never return. For $20/person, I'd rather eat less, but eat well.

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Sanafir1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Submitted Monday, July 23, 2007 - 1:02pm [Dine in]

Finally tried Sanafir last night with 7 other people. I can honestly say, it wasn't as expensive as I thought it would be - $14/trio. Yes, the portions are not full-belly friendly, but what do you expect for tapas? Sharing 3 trios per couple was recommended.
4 of us were there before the rest of the party and we split 2 orders of naan and hommus (great deal btw), and the asian green bean dish which was nice and spicy. My boyfriend and I shared the chicken trio and the salmon trio. Both had good flavor except for the chicken liver pate which I can only describe as "meat toothpaste" - not much flavor, just texture. At our table, we ordered 3 chicken trios and nobody could stomach the pate. It was the only dish left somewhat untouched. The rest of the meal was delicious.
The service was top notch. Our server, Mao, was excellent! He's the perfect example of the perfect server!
What really won us over was at the end of the meal, I asked if they would serve us the cake I brought in at the beginning. He had to ask management (they don't serve outside food), but came back with cake slices neatly presented on clean plates and blueberries. Best of all, they didn't charge a penny for "cake serving" like most restaurants!
Ambiance is without a doubt, gorgeous. I will definitely be a returning customer!

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New Shanghai City Restaurant7506 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Don't need to travel to Richmond for Shanghai anymore!
Submitted Monday, July 23, 2007 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

I had lunch here yesterday with my sister and we've been here before when it first opened and remembered an unpleasant experience. Kinda iffy about trying it again, but our lunch was good (maybe they changed owners?).
Ordered rice wrap, green onion pancake, pork/preserved veggie noodle, and of course, xiao long bao. The green onion pancake was huge, but was bland and didn't contain enough green onion. The noodle was good and the dumplings were fine.
The service wasn't awesome and didn't stand out, but there was nothing to really complain about.
For under $20, we were completely stuffed. I would come back - don't have to make the trip to Richmond anymore for good Shanghai food!

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Century Restaurant & Bar432 Richards Street, Vancouver
Heist Lounge
Submitted Monday, July 23, 2007 - 12:14pm [Dine in]

After frantically trying to find a restaurant that would accomodate 25 people w/o charging a $2000 min. with not much luck, I was grateful to finally end up at Century House. Since being turned down from other restaurants that just wouldn't take our reservation even though I "confirmed" that the 25 would definitely show up, I was a little hesitant calling CH. The fellow on the phone was very nice and simply replied "Of course we can take your reservation". I was caught off guard at how simple that was - and no questions asked! However, they had a wedding private function in their dining room, but reassured us that the Heist Lounge upstairs would be just as nice, especially for a party our size. We had the entire raised level to ourselves.
The food was good, but I rated it a 3 because it was pretty expensive for the portion size. Our Ahi tuna 3-ways was $16 and consisted of 3 1"cubed sesame-seared pieces, a thin 2" disk of tuna tartare, and 3 small pieces of tuna wonton. Oh, and Breton crackers. But in the end, the food was tasty.
Service was great, especially our first server, Mike. He is a sweetheart! My only pet-peeve and disappointment was that they never once mentioned the auto 17% included gratuity - so we double tipped!
Ambiance - the main dining room is gorgeous! Unfortunately, I only saw it from afar because of the private function. The Heist Lounge is still beautiful and chic, but next time, I would definitely love to sit in the main room.

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Re-entry Espresso4363 Main Street, Vancouver
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 12:37am [Dine in]

I love coffee shops that take pride in cleanliness. I had one of their choco cakes here last weekend and really enjoy the ambiance. Really nice and clean - even the washroom was spotless! They also have art for sale.
I'd much rather give coffee shops like this my money over going to Starbucks.

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Top Gun Hot Pot4500 Kingsway, #2228, Burnaby
Something new
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 12:30am [Dine in]

I have to agree with the previous post about this being an elegant choice for chinese. I came here yesterday with family for dimsum-ish lunch.
I love how each person gets their own choice of tea. It's a great idea since most times, choosing tea that everyone will enjoy is a tough task.
I really love the heating pad that keeps the liquids hot. Cool to touch - but still keeps water boiling and congee hot.
There were a lot of new touches I haven't seen before. First evey table get a water kettle (to refill your cup of personal tea) and also a rinsing bowl to rinse away your cups/dishes. Nice clean touch.
Congee was awesome - good flavor and nice thick broth. It even came with a little bowl of 'extras' (peanuts, preserved veggies, and green onions). Other dim sum dishes were also very tasty. Had my first try at beef and chinese watercress rice roll - delicious! Their brown sugar cake was also very tasty.
Portions were on the small side and prices a bit on the high - but worth the occasional dine-in for an elegant dim sum experience.

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Caffe Artigiano925 Main Street, Vancouver
Lukewarm coffee
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 12:21am [Dine in]

Came here early Sunday morning for a cuppa joe. I like this location for the rounded barista area which keeps the traffic flow going. Unlike the other locations which always has crowds at both the beggining and end of the bar line.

I thought my latte was at best warm when served. It cooled way too quickly and there's nothing worse to me than a cold cup of coffee. I also find the baristas lacking in creativity when creating these latte arts - which is one of the main appeals of caffe "ART"igiano. The barista kept repeating heart, leaf, heart, leaf, and nothing else. Not sure if it was an urban myth - but I heard during Thanksgiving a friend got a turkey-shaped art latte. I've never seen anything other than the famous heart or leaf.

They still have excellent tasting coffee though and for that I will return.

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Delilah's1789 Comox Street, Vancouver
Martini List
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 12:06am [Dine in]

It was my second time at Delilah's. This time, I went for martinis and dessert. For a place best known for their drinks (they do carry a great martini list), I didn't find them to be the best or even close. Great flavor combinations, but they didn't wow me. I've had better martinis at Steamworks.
The food as I remembered last time was great. This time, I ordered a Kahlua cheesecake for dessert. It wasn't bad tasting at all, but there was no kahlua flavor. It just tasted of cheesecake with a hint of coffee flavor. The texture was something I wasn't used to. It crumbled way too easily. I couldn't fork a bite w/o the cheesecake crumbling all over the plate. I had to spoon it onto the fork.
The service was a little off. Greeted by a woman at the door and after we told her we were there for drinks, she wasn't as enthusiastic about serving us as the moment we walked in. She said she'd look for a table for us (the place was about 60% full). After about 10 minutes, another server came by and told us the original lady must have forgotten about us because she was just standing around on the other side. Great...
Throughout the night, we got great service by the fellow, but the lady kept giving us the cold shoulder (I really don't know what we did to piss her off).
The ambiance is nice especially the two rounded private booths in the back (which was where we dined the first time).
I would definitely go back for dinner, but would most likely go elsewhere for drinks.

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East is East4413 Main St, Vancouver
Submitted Saturday, July 14, 2007 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

I came here with my boyfriend last night after walking up and down Main Street trying to decide what to eat. We finally settled on East is East and I'm sure glad we did. I've driven by many times and have often wondered what goodies came out of here.
I couldn't pass up sitting inside eventhough it is some extra dollars compared to take out. The inside donned carpeted walls, wooden tables and benches and wonderful cushions. However the benches are meant for groups, not couples - so if it's busy, it's probably not the best place to bring a date.
Immediately after we sat, we were served water and a complimentary cup of chai. The chai is great - bursting with ginger and clove flavor.
I have to say, this place is unexpectedly expensive. We shared a double chicken roti and a large shake and the total came to about $25 with tax and tip.
Was it worth the price? The roti tasted really fresh and the flavors were awesome. The shake was the best and you can really tell they don't skimp on ingredients. At $5.50 for a large shake with soy milk and yogurt, it's really not bad.
I would have like to see lower prices, but even at what they are now, I would definitely return.

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Nu1661 Granville St, Vancouver
I love brunch!
Submitted Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

I came here for brunch on Saturday with 5 other girlfriends. At first I was a little hesistant after reading some negative reviews on here. I'm glad I tried it because I had a great time. Our servers were very attentive, but maybe it was because the restuarant aurprisingly wasn't very full at all. Maybe the Jazz Festival had something to do with it?

I do wish the menu had more brunch variety, but I was happy to see they offered regular lunch fare to those not wanting breakie food. My favorite part was the complementary croissant and sipping chocolate presented to you before your meal.

We were missing one person at the beginning who arrived a bit before our food came. The server did a great job by taking her order and making sure she was caught up before we all finished. There was never a moment that we felt rushed.

The view Nu offers is great. Next time I go with a smaller group, I will be sure to take advantage of outdoor seating.
And I actually thought the little swivel bucket chairs were very charming and quite comfortable.
I would definitely return for more brunch!

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Thai Son Vietnamese4501 North Road, #201, Burnaby
Submitted Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

Finally had a chance to try Thai Son last week. Finally, there's a good Vietnamese restaurant in Coquitlam!
Food was good - They had a big menu with plenty of items to try the next time I go.
Service was excellent. Everyone we encountered was extremely polite and well-mannered.
Restaurant seemed very clean and well-kept.
Definitely a good choice when craving that bowl of slow-cooked broth.

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IHOP - International House of Pancakes9855 Austin Ave, #173, Burnaby
I heart pancakes!
Submitted Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

Earlier this week, my sister and I craved breakfast at dinner time - specifically pancakes. Where better to have good pancakes than the international house of pancakes?!? We were closeby Lougheed Mall and dropped in for an am-style meal. There were not many people in the restaurant, I guess because the mall was already closed (8pm-ish). It was a nice quiet dinner.

My sister ordered the "split decision" breakie consisting of eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes AND french toast. It sounded like a lot of food, but when the plate came, it was easy to polish off. I ordered the Farmer's sausage breakie. Eggs, hashbrown, sausage and pancakes. The hashbrown was nicely done. Shoestring style, but crispy. The food was excellent for what it is - casual breakfast. I have yet to find better buttermilk pancakes than at IHOP.

Service was a little lacking - not much enthusiasm from our server.
The restaurant was nice and clean which is always pleasant to see.

I would definitely return for more yummy pancakes!

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Elephant Walk Neighbourhood Pub1445 41st Avenue East, Vancouver
I'd rather not
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 11:59am [Dine in]

I came here last week for a dragonboat fundraiser. I was very much disappointed with the food - however I do have to give them props for value. Cost of fundraiser ticket was a mere $12 and with that, you get a burger (chicken or beef) and a glass of wine or beer. With that said, I didn't expect high quality anything.

My beef burger came with a nice big patty. I'm not sure whether these patties were from frozen or made fresh, but it tasted more like a bland meatloaf with bread crumbs as its number one filler ingredient.
The main disappointment was the wings. Luckily, it was on special for Wednesday, otherwise, I can't see anyone paying the $7.50 for an order. The wings were obviously pre-deep fried and the flavouring drenched afterwards. I love wings, but I couldn't even finish less than half of the two orders. They just didn't taste fresh.

The service was something else to talk about. Even with a full house of people supporting the dragonboat teams, our server was still very calm and social. Through the hectic crowd, she still managed to smile and provide excellent service.

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X-Site Grill and Bistro4625 Hastings St., Burnaby
Submitted Monday, June 11, 2007 - 5:14pm [Dine in]

I've been wanting to come here based on the good reviews and because I live so close by. I finally succeeded this weekend! I came here for dinner with my boyfriend. And since we had an entertainment coupon, why not??

We each ordered a chicken dinner (his- cajun chicken, me-pesto chicken) complete with a nice portion of chicken, salad, potatoes, rice and garlic bread. It was a great deal - which is why I rated the food a 4. Great price, plenty of food - I like it!

The service was very pleasant. Somes places frown on you when you present any kind of coupon, which is why I'm always hesitant when using Entertainment coupons. Our server was very kind from the beginning to the end.

Then we got our bill. Only $12!
I will definitely return - they have great specials like 2 for 1 appies after 10 pm daily!

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Chill Winston3 Alexander St., Vancouver
Chillin' at Chill Winston
Submitted Monday, June 4, 2007 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

I finally got a chance to visit CW and I had such a great time.

Food: a little bit on the expensive side and the portions were small. However, great flavor! The well-portioned side dishes are definitely worth it and I highly recommend the buttered pancetta potatoes - heavenly! My boyfriend and I also shared the marinated olives, tomato-avocado salad, the ahi tuna and the cured salmon. All were very delicious. The cocktails were also small and expensive, but packed a punch.

Service: We were seated immediately on a busy Saturday night and when we asked if we could move to another spot, they were very accommodating. Our server was very friendly and I would have given a 4 if it weren't for the long wait time. We waited at least 30-40 mins for the food. Eventhough I was dining with my boyfriend, there are only so many things we can talk about without drowning in awkward silence at some moments.

Ambiance: I absolutely love this restaurant. The huge outside patio provides an excellent view of Gastown. The patio is a real attention grabber if you're walking past. The inside is gorgeous. Brick walls, hardwood floors, huge draped windows, and all the different types of chairs and tables to match anyone's preference.
The washroom is also something else to talk about. It's the first communal washing area, I've seen. Mens' and ladies' stalls separated, but everyone shares the rounded sink. Definitely something different.

I would recommend this place to anyone, and will.
If you're looking for a quiet night out, this isn't the place. But if you're looking for a fun, and upbeat place to go with some friends, be sure to try CW out!

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On On Wonton House5640 Kingsway, Burnaby
Quick n' Cheap!
Submitted Monday, June 4, 2007 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

Came here for lunch with a large work group and were seated in the back area which was nice because we got our privacy. There were 14 of us and we ordered 12 dished from the lunch special menu. We got our first few dishes within 15 minutes of putting in the order - excellent since we were starving.

The food is not spectacular, I've had much better. But a few items were surprisingly delicious! (#24 - Szechuan green beans with sliced beef and rice noodles)

The service was really good considering we were there right at the lunch hour on a Friday afternoon. They added another 2 seats to our already full table without hesitation and were quite pleasant (plus smiles!) during our meal.

For 14 of us, the bill came to $75. We were full plus had leftovers and fortune cookies!
I wouldn't recommend this as a good chinese restaurant, but if you're looking for a quick and very affordable lunch, give this place a try!

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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Great view!
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2007 - 2:34pm [Dine in]

I would probably only return to Dockside for the view it provides. It's a great restaurant with a nice view, an open kitchen, and a fantastic wrap around fish tank. The food however, is nothing more than mediocre. For bunch, I had their simple breakfast of two poached eggs, toast and hasbrown. I was surprised they didn't ask how I like my poached eggs done. Luckily, it came soft which is exactly what I wanted. The hashbrown was nothing but deep-fried potato cubes. It came fresh and hot, but I think I was expecting a little more than short-cut potatoes.

Menu items are a little bit more pricey than other places, but what can I expect from Granville Island? I got a great view out it! Service was okay - coffee/water was refilled and she was pleasant. I didn't expect anything less than we received since the restaurant wasn't busy. Would I return? Probable - for the view and next time I would love to sit in the patio area.

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Capstone Tea & Fondue1429 Robson Street, Vancouver
Presenting....a bruised banana!
Submitted Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - 11:57am [Dine in]

I came here again a couple weeks ago with a cousin from out of town. When we walked in, it was a little bit busy - a few tables were free, but weren't clean. The server went to go clean the table after we asked to sit there. We each ordered a bubble tea and decided to go for the all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet at $5.95 each. Initially, we though it was such a great deal! Until after we finished our first round. We finished off the small piles of apple, pineapple, banana, strawberries, pretzels and gummies. There was tons of chocolate left and were quite happy with the amount. When asked if we wanted a refill of anything, we agreed on just a little bit more. He came back with replenished piles of bites including a bruised banana! They didn't even attempt to disguised the bruised parts - it was just on the plate all brown and slimy looking. Are bananas that expensive that they couldn't even spare another good one?
The bill came to a little over $35 for three people. A little expensive for 3 drinks and a little pot of basically melted chocolate (which was not bad I have to admit).
The bubble wasn't that good I must add. I preferred the hot tea.

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