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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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Gourmet Castle Restaurant2838 E. Hastings St., #109, Vancouver
Late night crave?
Submitted Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 1:18pm [Dine in]

I love this place because it's sure to please a group of diners. There are not too many places where you can eat late night to satisfy your crave for either Chinese, Vietnamese or Japanese(ish) food.
It's great for after parties when you need the munchies before heading home to bed.
Not the greatest quality food, but good enough.

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Ken's Chinese Restaurant1097 Kingsway, Vancouver
Good!
Submitted Monday, May 14, 2007 - 12:26pm [Dine in]

I came here with family last week for chinese "late-night snack". I guess you can call this chinese tapas. You order a bunch of small dishes and you get a huge pot of plain congee with your meal.

The food that we ordered were delicious. The dishes are well-priced and the there was quite a bit of variety. The green beans Malaysian style as well as the green beans with black bean sauce were very good. I really enjoyed their deep-fried 'stringy' bun with condensed milk.

Eventhough there were only a few occupied tables, we received very good service. We were hungry and ordered a few dishes to start, then some more people joined us afterwards. they cleared our table and reset it like we just sat down.

I don't know about dinner time, but I would definitely return for late night snacking.

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Balkan House7530 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
3.5, if I could
Submitted Saturday, May 12, 2007 - 7:13pm [Dine in]

Last night, girlfriends and I came here for some schnitzel - mmmm craving some more just thinking about it. Looking from the outside, I wouldn't expect the inside to look as cozy as it did. Yes, a little bit dated, but it had a nice "cabin" feel to the place. I really like the fact that every table was a rounded booth which makes for ample seating. It was also, in my opinion, perfectly lit - nice and dim, but not too dark.

I have to admit, I'm a little bit confused at what the cuisine is classified as. Two of us had the chicken schnitzel and one had the kalamari. We all got portuguese buns to start, followed by greek salad, then our entrees came with greek rice and mashed potatoes. The schnitzel was a tad bit bland for my liking, but teamed up with the lime that came on our plate, it was yum yum good. The tzatziki sauce had a punch of garlic, so go easy on it if you're there on a date.
For only $12.95, it was a good deal for the amount of food we received (especially that huge piece of schnitzel).

The service was okay. They cleared the plates often and there was a tiny bit of small talk, but it was nothing special. I ordered a pineapple juice, and to my surprise, it came room temp. No ice, and not chilled - at $2.50/small glass, it wasn't worth it.

There was live music - a woman playing an instrument of some sort, but it was way too loud for dinner. Eventhough it was just the three of us, we had a hard time hearing each other over the music.

On Sundays, there is a buffet starting at 4pm. I would like to return to try some other items.

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North Garden Restaurant3355 North Road, #286, Burnaby
Great eats!
Submitted Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

When we walked into this restaurant yesterday, we were so surprised at how big it was. Even when it was Estea, I can't imagine them ever filling the place up. My sister and i came here for lunch yesterday since we've wanted to try it for such a long time now.

IMHO, this place lacked service maybe because there is such a huge area to cover. When we were asked to pick any booth, we noticed none of them were cleaned up from previous diners. For how long the dishes were sitting on the table, no one knows. When the guy finally came to wipe down the table, he really had to scrub down hard to lift the food residue off the surface.

I had to give the food a 4 rating because of its value. Obviously, the food was not stellar and fine-dining grade, but for a baked sole filet on rice plus a drink at only $5.95, you really can't go wrong. The fried rice under the baked fish and sauce was not greasy at all and it came with 2 pieces of nice-sized sole. The sauce topped off with cheese was nicely seasoned.

The menu had lots of choice and would please any one. From HK cafe-style dishes, to traditional chinese dishes, to late-night chinese tapas with plain congee.

My only complaint was the service. I asked for soup in place of a drink and it never came. Usually it comes well before the entree does and after mid-way through my rice, I asked for it again and it still didn't come. I can understand them forgetting, but in a restaurant that wasn't even 25% full and after a reminder?

I would definitely return for more cheap eats. Hopefully the service won't be as bad as yesterday's experience!

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Centro Mediterranean Grill901 Granville Street, Vancouver
Nice hummus!
Submitted Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 4:29pm [Dine in]

My friends and I decided on pre-drinks at Centro before heading to Caprice this past Friday. We didn't have dinner here - we had appies and drinks. This is a great place to go for drinks without breaking the wallet. The wine we had was only $4.50/glass and so were the cocktails. Martinis are also cheap at $6.
I ordered the hummus which was a huge portion for only $5. Girlfriend E ordered their baked brie and I can only assume it was delicious by the way it was gobbled up so quickly.
I don't know why more people wouldn't come here. The restaurant has a nice feel to it. With its cozy interior and warm lighting, I think it creates a perfect dining atmosphere. Maybe the difficulties with parking deters people from coming here.
I would love to go back and try their pizzas!

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Kingford Seafood Restaurant5890 No. 3 Road, #200, Richmond
Wow! What service!
Submitted Thursday, May 3, 2007 - 5:15pm [Dine in]

I was here for my cousin's wedding banquet on the weekend and everyone was raving about the service! I never knew about this restaurant before, and although it doesn't look like much from the outside, the inside is pleasantly clean and nice. The restaurant is pretty small, but bigger is not always better. I think because the restaurant is smaller, they are able to concentrate more on service. They didn't just bring the food to the table, we had a server assist us with each and every dish. They were very eager to please - anytime they were out of something, you could rest assured that they would bring more right away.
The food was good, but I think the portions here are a little smaller than standard. I don't recall having any leftovers to bring home like we usually do.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant! I would like to give their dimsum a try sometime.

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Suzette's Deli501 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
I like to enjoy my breakfast in peace
Submitted Tuesday, May 1, 2007 - 10:01am [Dine in]

I came here with family after attending a wedding this past Saturday. Although they have great prices, I cannot say the quality of food is great. It's okay, but not great. For $2.95, you get the usual breakfast fare - eggs, meat, toast and fried potatoes. The sausage I ordered tasted of just fat. Not very pleasant.
Also, as we were eating, people kept coming up to us and talking to us (we had a toddler with us). It was nice of them to start conversation, but they just kept talking and talking.

Based on quality alone, I'd much rather eat at Joe's Grill.

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Relish888 Nelson St., Vancouver
Nice change from the Urban Well
Submitted Saturday, April 21, 2007 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

I've walked by Relish a few times since it was the Urban Well, and have always wondered how much it has improved since then. I finally got to try it last night with a few co-worker friends. I checked out their menu online first before going and it looked great. Nice variety. But after seeing the menus side-by-side in the restuarant, I was no longer impressed. I can't tell what kind of cuisine they specialize in. Their 4-paneled menu consisted of American, Asian, Mediterranean, and West Coast sections.
The food was good, nothing outstanding though. But I found some dishes to be really small (Ahi tuna and seafood stackers). Their martinis were really puny also.

The service wasn't bad, and I appreciated not being rushed through our meal, but it was nothing out of the ordinary.

The ambiance is very nice. From the cozy lighting, to the nice fish tank, to the fresh orchids at the table and other modern decor touches.
I would come here again for a casual meal.

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White Spot4129 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
I like the renos
Submitted Saturday, April 21, 2007 - 1:10am [Dine in]

I came here for dinner on Wednesday night and didn't enjoy my dinner like I normally do here. I didn't like how they have their "chef chuck" adverts everywhere. For "Feenie-inspired" dishes, they were not even close to delicious - major disappointment.

Girlfriend L ordered the special salad - grilled miso chicken and papaya salad. She gave it a "meh". Girlfriend K ordered their commercial-famous spicy orange beef stirfry. Major disappointment. The sauce tasted of food court quality hot sauce, the dish was small and noodles were undercooked. Didn't taste very good. I ordered their veggie burger. The best part of my meal was the coleslaw....and the fries. The veggie patty was weird. I couldn't tell what it was made with and it was kinda squishy. Not much flavour either.

Service was nothing to write home about. The restaurant was pretty empty and we still had to wait quite a while for our meals. No smiles from any of the servers either. The kitchen mistakened two salad orders for one, and after dropping one off at our table, the other waitress shouted out for another "rush" one because they forgot it. Not something you would want the person who ordered it to hear.

The renos are a nice change to the dated decor a few months back. But I guess that's where the increased menu prices helps out.

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Red Robin4640 Kingsway, #112, Burnaby
Nothing but memories left...
Submitted Monday, April 9, 2007 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

I used to frequent this Red Robin back in my high school days, at least every other weekend. I just went back for a lunch a few days ago and I can't even describe my disappointment. I ordered my "usual" from back then - the clucks, which tasted like nothing more than styrofoam chicken (previously frozen, I assume). This used to be my favorite! It used to be so plump and juicy and came with the best wedge fries in the world. These days, nothing but dry. Even my wedge fries were dry and tasted old. I guess looking around the restaurant I can see why. Lack of customers. Yet still, there was tons of crap on the floors - leftovers from previous diners. Obviously cleaniness is not one of their priorities.

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Gold Train Express Vietnamese Cuisine3320 Kingsway, Vancouver
Uncomfortable, but available
Submitted Monday, April 9, 2007 - 4:13pm [Dine in]

I've been to this pho restaurant a few times - but I don't think I would return...unless I was desparate for pho. The pho I've had hear was at best, "eh". First time, my chicken pho arrived just warm (thank god it wasn't a rare beef pho) - which was really hard to enjoy when you're expecting a nice hearty hot bowl of soup. I didn't want to ask for them to reheat it because well, yes I admit...I was scared. The owners(?) all sat at a table in the front of the restaurant and they looked like gangsters! They all sat with one leg up on the chair picking their teeth with toothpicks and spitting! Not approachable at all!
The last time I went, the soup was hot, but the broth very flavorless. The springrolls were greasy. And that was when I decided that would be my last time there.
The restaurant looks much bigger from the outside but when you step inside, you've been fooled by the walls of mirrors.
The one good thing this place has going is that it is open 24-hours, so at any time you crave pho - it's there. Personally, I'd much rather go to Bino's next door.

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Sushi Robo1709 Robson Street, Vancouver
I thought it was called Robo Sushi
Submitted Thursday, April 5, 2007 - 10:05am [Dine in]

I had to double check the address when I read the review for this. I've been here many times (more so in the past) and I had always thought it was Robo Sushi. I used to go here lots later in the evening and drive over to Stanley Park to enjoy my sushi.

It's a "fujiya" style take out place with very little seating, but their sushi is really fresh. I especially love their BC roll - in fact, it's one of the best I've had.

I do have to admit I haven't been here in a while. The last time I came here (some months ago), the sushi wasn't as good as previous - but it's still not bad.

This is a great place to catch some sushi. Be sure to arrive early though. I think they stop making sushi at around 8-9pm.

As for the "robo" claim to their name (I don't know if this is still so), they used to be amongst the first in the city back then to use machines to dispense rice (for nigiri).

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Salade de Fruits Cafe1551 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Cuts like butter!
Submitted Tuesday, April 3, 2007 - 2:32pm [Dine in]

I never knew what the term "cuts like butter" really meant until Friday night when I went for dinner with the girls at Salade de Fruits. The table of the week featured a very nice Proscuitto salad. The citrus dressing was very nice and light. The main was the Filet de boeuf sauce crème et poivre served with fries. I am not a steak fan. In fact, I don't eat beef. But I gobbled up this steak in record time. It was so tender and juicy, one could carve it up with a butter knife! Fries were served with a mayo - nice European touch. For dessert, we had a choice of either chocolate mousse or blueberry pie. I found the mousse a little bit too rich for an end-of-meal finish.
The service was outstanding. Our server was very attentative and kept bringing us more and more of their fabulous bread. He was very social and accommodating. My one issue is their wine list. They only served 2 kinds - red or white.
The restaurant, like another reviewer posted, is very easy to miss. It's a small place right inside the French Cultural Center. There was no sign outside. Eventhough the the atmosphere was quaint and intimate, it was a little awkward how the restaurant kinda spills into the lobby of the cultural center.

Overall, I was very impressed with the quality of food for such a small price (3-course meal for only $21.99!). Since their table d'hote menu changes every week, I will be sure to return. Very small restaurant so be sure to make reservations!

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Togo Sushi2929 Barnet Highway, #1208, Coquitlam
Short-cut Sushi
Submitted Tuesday, April 3, 2007 - 12:46pm [Dine in]

I have to admit I didn't have a meal here, but I did have some of my sister's take-out. After trying it, I can't say I would go back for more. The sushi was really bland, especially the cali roll. No mayo mixed in with the crab and no vinegar in the sushi rice. I guess some would call it a "fresh" taste, but I think a cali roll should be somewhat creamy. Plus vinegar in sushi rice is a must.
The sushi combo my sister ordered took quite a long time to make considering she was the only one there basically.
I do have to say that the eating area (can't really call it a restaurant) was clean - a definite plus.

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Fatburger1101 Denman St., Vancouver
I'd rather Vera's
Submitted Friday, March 16, 2007 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

Girlfriend K and I came here 2 nights ago for a burger fix. I expected a good burger from all the hype about this place - both Vancouver and Las Vegas. Going in with such high expectations did ruin it a bit for me.

My burger was dry and bland. If it weren't for the condiments, there would be like eating foam. They did, however, offer seasoning salt at the table, but seasoning on the grill really tastes best. The fries were awesome! Nice and crispy to the last fry. Big points there. I also thought the price was pretty expensive for a basic burger - a combo for $10.

The service wasn't bad, but the girl taking our order had no personality what so ever. Her tone and body language screams "i hate this Job, I hate being here, I hate you". The manager was courteous and greeted people every chance he got.

I gave the ambiance a 4 not only because I love the whole diner feel, but also I felt they made a big effort making sure the eating area was clean - and it showed. The place was almost spotless.

Overall, I was not impressed by the burger here - it lacked flavour and moistness. I'd head next door to Vera's anyday.

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Robson Sushi Japanese Restaurant1542 Robson St, Vancouver
I'm surprised I didn't get sick
Submitted Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 11:37am [Dine in]

After a long walk enjoying the sunshine yesterday, girlfriend K and I came here for late night sushi - they had AYCE for $10.95 after 9:30pm. We weren't all that hungry and didn't even order that much, but for the same price as we would have paid elsewhere, at least there was variety. So where should I start?
Ambiance - the dining room wasn't bad at all, nice set-up. But I was actually scared eating here. I went to the washroom and expected to see rodents because it was soooo dirty. There was hair on the seats, lady products in an open g-can, it was just scary dirty. When I returned to my seat, a napkin was on top of the eating plate. I literally had to peel the napkin off as it was stuck to the plate by remnants of previously un-washed off food. Needless to say, I didn't eat off that. My tea cup had a stain on it, like they hadn't wash it ever, just rinsed. How can tea leave a brown stain??
The service was neither good nor bad. One thing I had to mention was that I went to the washroom right after being seated and when I came back, the server was standing at the table and said, "ready to order?". I didn't even get a chance to look at the menu!
Majority of the food was really salty. The one good thing I really appreciated was that the portions were small, so if you didn't like what you are eating, you didn't feel bad wasting a big portion. The food I guess wasn't terrible, but it wasn't really good either. Everything came to the table instantly, which means everything was premade. I was a little surprised to see veggie samosas on the menu. The "dirtyness" of the place kept lingering throughout dinner, so I didn't feel like eating much.

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Caffe Artigiano763 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Loves Latte Art!
Submitted Monday, March 5, 2007 - 6:16pm [Dine in]

I finally had the opportunity to have coffee at Caffe Artigiano yesterday. The lattes they pour in front of you are all so pretty!
Service is lacking, but what do you expect from a fast food-type cafe?
Girlfriend K and I went here for a snack a bit after noon yesterday, and the place was packed to the rim!! I couldn't believe the line-up out the door.
I ordered a Caramel latte and a yogurt and granola. K ordered an iced coffee and a muffin.
Eventhough they were really cheap on the syrup, the prices were really reasonable! Comparable to Starbucks with an eye-candy bonus!
I really loved the decor - warm and inviting. Unfortunately, because it was so super busy, it was really loud. I almost thought I was at the Whistler cafeteria.

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Crystal Grille6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby
Would love to do the patio in the summertime
Submitted Monday, March 5, 2007 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

I went to for a work lunch with my department last Friday and had a pleasant meal. The prices are almost the same as, say, Cactus Club or Earls, but you receive more intimate service, and the surroundings aren't as loud.
I would have liked to see more selection in their menu, but you still get the usual lunch fare - sandwiches, burgers, salads, pasta. The cobb salad I ordered was huge and fantastic and came with ample dressing (nothing I hate more than when you get a large salad and they skimp-out on the dressing). Everyone elses' meals looked delicious.
The service wasn't excellent but it was better than most other restaurants - I just expected a little more being in the Hilton.
The ambiance was nice. They utilize many colors to create a happy atmosphere. The also have very nice patio furniture which I must re-visit in the summertime.

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Myles of Beans7010 Kingsway, Burnaby
Real coffee
Submitted Saturday, March 3, 2007 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

IMHO, Myles of Beans has the best coffee. They always take such great care in all the products they offer. Their lattes, cappucinos, etc. is always frothy and made with perfection. I have yet to come across another coffee shop to do it the same way. They always have at least two choices for "drink of the day" as well as daily baked goods. Their muffins, especially anything bran, are the best I've had also.
The service is hit or miss - sometimes they are extremely nice, other days they give the cold shoulder. Sometimes they seem overworked.
The ambiance is in need of a reno. Some would call it cozy, some would call it dirty. No question, it's unique. I love that you can bring in your kids and let them play while you sit back and unwind.

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Riz Sushi Bar & Catering2887 Broadway, Vancouver
Great service
Submitted Saturday, March 3, 2007 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

Our office orders from Riz occasionally and Brian has never turned down an order no matter how last minute it is. He is always accommodating and is able to customize some orders to meet demands.
The sushi is always fresh and the prices are great.
Eventhough our office is located quite far away, he never charges us delivery.
Definitely recommend Riz.

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