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epicuriousBurnaby, BCSince February 21, 2006507 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3)
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Hennessey Dining Lounge53 West Broadway, Vancouver
Great for drinks!
Submitted Friday, February 23, 2007 - 10:33am [Dine in]

After reading some reviews on here and seeing the website, I was excited to try out this new lounge. Not paying much attention to the address, I was a little surprise at the area it's in. West Broadway just after Main. Seemed a little out of place for a lounge - but a plus for free parking!
The website gave the impression of a large fancy establishment. Although very cozy and comfortable, it was pretty small and casual. I felt a little over-dressed since some were in stained jeans and untucked plaid button-up watching the hockey game. And even though this is a new restaurant, the washroom were less than pleasing (looked old and dirty).
We ordered quite a bit. I was torn on how to rate the food. We ordered tuna tataki w/ wonton wrappers - seared tuna was ice cold. Ordered the duck springroll - really greasy with no sign of duck, we also ordered the yam fries w/ peanut sauce. Really good taste, but again extremely greasy and not at all crispy. Our fingers were covered in oil. It was like a sign of inexperienced chefs. I'm not close to to being a chef, but I still know that deep frying in oil that's not hot enough will yield greasy foods - this was probably the case. Our mains were not much better. Girlfriend K could not finish her salmon - usually her favorite. It was too fishy tasting and the sauce was completely wrong. I would have given the food a 1 rating - but I have to consider how great the drinks were, especially the "RVSP". The matcha creme brulee must be mentioned also, it had great matcha flavor.
Service was excellent, but sometimes I didn't get our server's dry sarcasm. I would definitely come back for drinks, but I will make sure to have dinner beforehand.

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Red Burrito1700 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
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Submitted Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 10:10am [Dine in]

After coming back from Vegas and having awesome burritos at Chipotle, I was definitely craving one. I returned to Red Burrito anticipating the yumminess of rice, beans and chicken. I was completely disappointed and don't think I would go back ever.
Could be my imagination, but have the prices gone up??

The rice was a tomato-based rice which wasn't really mexican tasting and over-powered the taste of the other ingredients. The chicken, like the other reviewer posted, was over 50% fat and skin. Not a pleasant texture.

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Congee Noodle King3313 Kingsway, Vancouver
HK congee = good
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 3:15pm [Dine in]

I love HK style congee, espcially HK minced beef congee and I'm so glad they do it right here. Little bits of fried vermicelli mixed in with the beef is delicious!
I usually come here for late breakfast with out-of-towners who come to Vancouver to basically eat. The food is great here - same owners than the Broadway location, but this one's closer to me. Although not as big as the other, it is cleaner.
The big screen that the previous post mentioned is a nice touch for those not reading the daily paper while munching. But everytime I'm here, it's always the DVD menu being looped over and over again.
I would recommend this restaurant for a casual chinese meal.

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New China Kitchen100 Schoolhouse Street, #112, Coquitlam
Stuffed silly
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 11:35am [Dine in]

I thought it would be funny to try out this other chinese buffet with girlfriend K after the horrifying experience at Urban buffet on v-day. Expecting none the better, we weren't there for good food - we were there to satisfy our curiousity.
It was the same price - $13.95. The restaurant is much older looking, but still housed quite a number of tables. It was nice to see majority of the tables were occupied, unlike Urban buffet. It was a little bit weird to see Caucasian servers at a chinese buffet. My only real beef about the service is that they only give you 1 thin napkin for your meal. They serve crab and only give you 1 napkin??
There was much more variety in food here - salad bar, 3 kinds of soup, shrimp puffs, crab, mussels, squid, sticky chicken rice wrap, lettuce wraps, gyozas, noodles, rice, veggies. They even have tubs of hard-serve ice cream instead of the cheap soft serve!
They take care with minor details that make a difference. For example, the lettuce for the salad is soaked in cold water to remain crisp. This makes a wet salad, but at least it stays fresh and crispy.
I would return for another visit, I'm still full from thinking about the dinner last night.

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Ole Ole Mexican Deli831 12th Street, New Westminster
Where can I get...
Submitted Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 3:16pm [Dine in]

some good Mexican food in Vancouver? I've always been on the prowl for some good Mexican food, but except for Tio Pepe's on Commercial, they all seem to be lacking.
I came here with my sister, and we were the only ones in here. The owner was speaking Mexican to his buddy so I thought for sure we were in for an authentic meal. I had the mole chicken and my sister had the chicken enchilada. The food was not awful - the chicken was actually quite tender, but it was just okay. Not enough to bring me back there a second time soon. I also thought the prices were a little high.
The service from the owner was nice, but then again, we were the only ones in there.
I liked the neat sodas they offered.

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Urban Buffet996 Homer Street, Vancouver
Just as expected...but still had to try it!
Submitted Friday, February 16, 2007 - 12:17pm [Dine in]

I was a little worried about coming here after reading some not-so-favorable reviews. But where else can you find a chinese buffet these days? Girlfriend K and I just had to try it out for ourselves. It was V-day the night we went. Upon entering, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it actually looked pretty nice. Nice looking blue bar and lots of seating. TONS! Unfortunately, the first sign of a crappy buffet was confirmed by only 10% of the tables were occupied.
We were ushered to our table near the buffet. We were expecting a bigger spread of offerings, but there were a few desirable items. We received excellent service from the managers to the bus-ladies. Always smiling, no attitude what-so-ever - a shocker at a buffet restaurant.
The food: I was completely freaked out by the "carving" station. A chunk of medium rare meat and ham sitting under a heat lamp. I quickly said "no thanks" to diarrhea that night. The sushi was wrapped in rice 1 1/2 times. The lemon chicken was greasy. The fries and onion rings were cold and dry. The noodle dishes were tasteless, and the sticky rice was no longer sticky - it was hard. The desserts were atrocious. The jello, mango pudding, and almond dessert was made from 75% gelatin. There was color but no flavor what so ever.
I'm always cautious about ordering alcohol drinks from chinese places, this confirmed why. Either their mixologist was a genius and made the drinks so good that you can't taste the alcohol or - as we expected - there simply wasn't any added!
The highlights of the buffet were the nicely done zuchini, the saucy chicken drumsticks and the ice cream. The crab looked to be a huge crowd pleaser as well.
For only $13.95 for dinner - I still would not come back. I'd much rather have Uncle Willy's.
P.S. Washrooms are totally disgusting with slimy grime everywhere.

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Yaletown Brewing Co1111 Mainland St., Vancouver
Not memorable
Submitted Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

I have to agree with the previous post - the magician was the best part of our meal. I was there with a pretty big group and had to wait a long while before being escorted to our table, luckily we were able to kill some time in the pub section.

I had the spaghetti with meatballs. Although an okay price, I could make better at home. The restaurant was very crowded, but I did like that there was a lot of natural lighting. The magician did his rounds and he was very entertaining with his sponge ball routines.
I wouldn't recommend this place for a large gathering.

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New management
Sandwich Tree13986 Cambie Road, #213, Richmond
Great lunch stop
Submitted Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 7:44pm [Dine in]

I love going to little family-runned cafe and lunch stops.
Although a little bit hard to find, this place takes the cake. The ambiance is a little dated, but they have been slowly doing some renos and it looks great already!
The family always strikes up great convos and are very personable. Food portions are huge and at an awesome price. Definitely a place to go for a full meal without lightening up the wallet too much. They have awesome homemade chili and try their daily specials!!

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Hon's Wun Tun House408 6th Street, New Westminster
Is this table clean??
Submitted Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

Coming to this Hon's always kinda scares me. It's always dirty, inside and out. It's a very old location with a desparate need of a restaurant make-over.
The few times I've come here, the tables were always sticky, even after their 1 second wipe-down. I question how clean their table rags are to begin with.
The restaurant is pretty small creating line-ups during the lunch hour all the time.
Food is okay, at least it tastes that way - how can you go wrong with potstickers?? I love that the have dimsum specials.
However, they don't have very many good chinese restaurant in New West, so I would still come here.

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Rossini's162 Water Street, Vancouver
Good for some live music
Submitted Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 7:52pm [Dine in]

Rossini's is great if you want to enjoy some music by local talents, but a lot of times, it's too loud to hear conversations with your fellow diners.
Food is not great. All the pasta I have had here tasted really bland and needed to be dressed up with the parm and chili flakes.
Service isn't great either - it takes a few attempts to catch a fly-by server.

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Metrotown Polish Deli5068 Kingsway, Burnaby
Home-made perogies!
Submitted Friday, February 9, 2007 - 3:40pm [Dine in]

This is a tiny little store neighbouring Metrotown shopping center. They offer many neat European goodies and snacks along with some fresh hot lunches.
I ordered their perogies and although I had to wait over 30 minutes for them (not a quick lunch), it was worth the wait knowing that your food is prepared when you order. Definitely not your average frozen perogies. Rich and heavy potato dumplings sure to sastify your hunger.
Be sure to grab some Polish candy while you're here!

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Infinity Dining Experience819 Pacific Street, Vancouver
Great, as expected!
Submitted Sunday, February 4, 2007 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

I came here for dinner as a group of 7 last night, and received just what I expected from reading all the reviews on here. The reservation was for 12 at first, then changed to 9 and at the last moment, down to 7. I was worried the server would be upset since the place was fully booked, but she wasn't one bit.
The starters were well received - the fondue was excellent. Even the house bread with cranberry tartare was delicious! Most in our group ordered the steak since it was clearly the best value on the menu and all but one was doen to perfection. One of them was a little bit undercooked and our server insisted on correcting the problem and even gave her a 2 for 1 entree for her next visit. When the steak was brought back to the table, it was presented on a fresh plate with all the sides replenished! Very professional.
The dessert was very good, especially the chocolate ganache with jager gelato. The stilton fondant with the pear tart was a little strange though.
They offer homemade sodas in place of pop and which other fine dining restaurant can you get your very own french press coffee bodum for $2.50?
Overall, we received very good service, great food in a nice ambiance (the restaurant is a little on the small side).
They are offering their dineout menu all throughout February also. I would recommend dining here.

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Marine Pub and Brewhouse5820 SE Marine Drive, Burnaby
Excellent specials!
Submitted Friday, February 2, 2007 - 10:34pm [Dine in]

Having just come back from another outing at Marine pub, I can honestly say this is one of Burnaby's better breweries. I've been here a couple times and never left displeased.
The food is great, most times I've only had appies though. Tonight we all took advantage of 1/2 priced appies before 6pm and ordered a bunch of wings. Unlike most pub-wings, these weren't the shrivelled dry and tiny kind. They were actually quite big and juicy! The fries that came with burgers were quite tasty as well - nicely seasoned. I've also had their zuchinni sticks and nachos before, which were quite large in size. At under $5/appy (appy nights), you really can't complain about much!
The ambiance is cozy, but really loud! Kinda looks like an inside of a barn and there is use of lawn furniture (which is a little odd). They could probably use more chairs and tables as there is a lot of wasted space and it's hard to find a seat.
Service was a turn-off tonight. I understand the need to rush in such a fast-paced place, but I felt like the server was rushing us. She came around and asked if we were done yet or if we wanted to order more, then proceeded to clean the table in a hurry (literally grabbed a glass the second a co-worker put it down). Eventhough she rushed us, she still took forever grabbing a take-out container and our bills. It was a really awkward situation.
Overall, food is good and with such great prices, I can take a little service abuse.

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Cupcakes on Denman1168 Denman Street, Vancouver
Not the best
Submitted Friday, February 2, 2007 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

What a great idea to open up a little cupcake boutique on Denman. However, I think that's where the hype ends. Beautiful set-up that makes you feel like a kid in a candy shop - all the pastels and bright colors and decorated cupcakes on pedestals. The service is pretty good, they're very helpful in helping you with your choice.
I've had cupcakes here...a lot of times. Mostly a treats at work, or at parties. I've even had their cute petit cakes there. I can't say they taste as good as they look. The butter cream icing is very heavy on the butter and sugar. I always have to scrape off the tops before eating. The cupcake itself isn't much better. The batter yields a crumbly and very dry cake, not a spongy one.
Go here for looks, not taste.

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Kadoya Japanese1063 Davie Street, Vancouver
Create your own combos
Submitted Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

I came here for a late dinner once with 3 other people. It was pretty late in the evening and they were offering a special menu. Basically you could create your own bento box. They had plenty of items in different sections and you choose one in each section for only $7.95. It made for a cheap, but really good meal.
The service was great, she kept coming around re-filling teas with a smile. The restaurant, like another reviewer mentioned, is really small and the tables are close together.
I would definitely return to eat here when on Davie, I hope they still have these specials!

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Irish Heather210 Carrall Street, Vancouver
A little piece of history with a good meal
Submitted Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 11:37am [Dine in]

If it weren't for the Dine-Out event this year, I would have completely missed this neat little pub in Gastown. Located in one the original buildings from the 1800's, the Irish Heather used to be the first jail. So you can imagine what an amazing ambiance this place holds - the washrooms are where the original jail cells were!
I was pleasantly surprised with my dining experience here. The service was excellent! I went in not expecting any service since it was a $15 only dineout menu. We weren't treated like cheapos like most places do during this event. I was most impressed with the food, I wouldn't expect something like duck confit bean cassoulet on the menu. And my boyfriend enjoyed his fresh pasta. Well worth $15! They've also incorporated some items from their sister restaurant, The Salt Tasting Room.
I would go back another time since it's a great place to sit back and relax with a group of friends.

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Sushi Garden4635 Kingsway, Burnaby
Bigger does not always mean better
Submitted Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 4:44pm [Dine in]

This afternoon was my second visit to Sushi Garden. The first time was way before the renos and I remembered the service to be much better then. Luckily, today wasn't packed and there was no wait for a table. Today I ordered the spicy tuna don since I haven't had one in a long time. I couldn't believe how spicy it was and thought maybe it was just me since I've stopped eating spicy foods a year ago. All I could taste was hot sauce - not much flavor. Girlfriend A tried it too and said it was spicy.
I couldn't eat any more of it since the hot tea didn't do any help calming my on-fire taste buds. I basically had to pack more than 4/5 of it to go. I still gave it a 3-rating because it's not fair to base it on one menu item. I've had pretty good food here last time.
There was little service and we had to ask for more tea. She would come around and just refill cups on one side of the table making others having to ask for their refills another time. Even after we got the bill, my doggie-bag didn't make it back to me until I asked for it. (what if I didn't?)
Sure the space is bigger and more roomy, but it makes me believe that it's causing a bigger problem with service now, since there was only 2 servers (including the cashier) for the entire restaurant.

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Inlets Bistro & Lounge1225 Robson St, Vancouver
Another DOV story
Submitted Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 11:30am [Dine in]

Last night, my friend and I came here for dinner since we were already going to be downtown. I thought for sure it would be fully booked for Dine-out since it was on Robson and had a menu for only $15, so I called to make reservations. To my surprise, they didn't seem to be fully booked at all. We got there a little bit before our reservation time and noticed there weren't very many diners at all. We waited at the door for about 5 minutes before any one approached us (even though they walked by a few times). We were ushered to a table near the back.
My friend ordered from the regular menu and I ordered from the DOV menu. To start, I ordered the salad because I have a shellfish allergy. In hindsight, I should have just ordered either one the other options and gave it to my friend since the salad really was the worst choice out of the three. The chicken I ordered was quite tasty and came with a generous serving of veggies that were done right (bonus marks there). The only thing I didn't like was the apple glaze on top of the chicken. A little too tart and sweet at the same time and overly gelatinous. The dessert of choco mousse was just "ok" - I'm bummed they didn't offer any other option. My friend ordered the salmon on cedar plank and was a little grossed out when it came. The cedar plank rested on top of the pilaf. Since we were told the fish was not cooked on the cedar plank, we couldn't tell how sanitary the piece wood was.
We didn't receive good service at all. Our server would go around refilling water, but never came to our table even when clearly our glasses were empty. She never came to check up on us and asked "how things were" like she did other tables. I didn't appreciate not receiving the same service as our neighbouring tables.

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Hatam Grill Restaurant4735 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
Restaurant by day, club by night??
Submitted Wednesday, January 24, 2007 - 11:43am [Dine in]

I came here for their lunch buffet with a few co-workers, it's the only place in Burnaby that I know of who serves Persian food. For under $9, you get to sample a few stews, chicken made 2 ways, salad, soup, and 2 kinds of rice. The food itself was really tasty, but I would have really enjoyed it more if the food was piping hot and there was more selection. I guess I can't complain since the restaurant isn't in a very busy area, and there's not much traffic flowing in and out. Luckily one of my coworkers is Persian and she ordered us some "sides" that made the meal so much more better!
The owner(?) was very nice and chatted with us a little bit, but he kept forgetting to bring us our bill, eventhough we asked for it a few times.
As we were leaving, he tried to get us to come back that evening because they were featuring a "performance" by a band. "Ladies are free, guys $3!" I can't imagine anyone paying for entrance - it's Burnaby, not downtown. But props to him for trying!
Considering the location and price, it was pretty good. I would recommend trying it even if only one time.

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Uncle Willy's Restaurants6411 Nelson Ave, #100, Burnaby
Closet diner!
Submitted Tuesday, January 23, 2007 - 12:30pm [Dine in]

I too, have to admit to craving Uncle Willy's sometimes. I do have to agree with Chasiubow's review (I usually do) that I sometimes regret doing so after the fact. My boyfriend and I go for their chicken, my sister and I go for a quick and easy lunch. At under $10 for lunch, it's quite a steal considering the spread of food presented in front of you. Eventhough the quality isn't even close to gourmet, some reason I keep going back!
Since I'm craving it again writing this review, I would recommend it. Let's see how I feel afterwards!

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