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epicuriousBurnaby, BCSince February 21, 2006507 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
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Pita Pit, The995 Granville St, Vancouver
Not a quick bite
Submitted Tuesday, August 8, 2006 - 10:50am [Dine in]

I went this Pita Pit location before a movie last week. Unlike the Burnaby location, service was slow. There was only one person working at this location on busy Granville. He was friendly, maybe too friendly. He spent a lot of time socializing with everyone instead of concentrating on getting food out fast. The reason I go to these joints is to get a good, quick meal. He spent a lot of time just chatting with people. I waited about 15-20 for my pita when just 2 other pitas before mine were to be made. Afterwards, he started making one for himself. Meanwhile, a girl walked in and waited quite some time before he even acknowledged her. When his own pita was finally done and he noticed she was waiting for him, he casually walked by her taking a bite and slowly walked back to the counter. She looked like she was in a tiny bit of a hurry, but instead of quickly whipping up her order, he started ringing up other people in line behind her and continuing to socialize.
I find service here is very slow and care and attention going into the food isn't as good as Burnaby location.

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Kasuga Sushi Japanese Restaurant521 6th Ave, New Westminster
Great service!
Submitted Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 9:13am [Dine in]

I went to Kasuga a few times before when I used to live in New West. It's a neat little restaurant in a two-storey house, but I've never dined on the top floor before. Their food is always fresh and their service is just great. I've been there for lunch more than dinner and they have these awesome lunch specials for under $10. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone. The only negative thing is that, in the past, I have had to wait for some time for a seat. But that's because it's always so busy!

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Stonegrill1661 Granville St, Vancouver
Not so great on a hot day
Submitted Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 9:49am [Dine in]

I went to Stonegrill on Saturday for my friend's birthday dinner. I have waited a long time to give this place a try and was excited to finally be able to do so. Of course we picked the hottest day to go eat in front of a sizzling hot stone. What surprised me was hot a nice place like this wouldn't have air conditioning. All three of us were sweating like crazy which didn't really impress me since we sort of dressed up for the occasion. Maybe the air conditioning would cool down the stone too fast. Still, it made for a very uncomfortable dining experience.
We all opted for the "set dinner" which included starter, palate cleanser, entree, dessert and coffee or tea. For under $45, I thought it was a pretty good deal. We all thought they could have spared a little more veggies with the meal though.
I think I would definitely return since the whole cooking on a stone concept was really neat, but I would probably wait until the weather cools down. They also have a coupon in the entertainment book.

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Boss Bakery & Restaurant, The4800 Kingsway, #238, Burnaby
Good deal for a meal
Submitted Tuesday, July 11, 2006 - 11:42am [Dine in]

I eat at the Boss fairly often, at least twice a month. It's a great place to go for a quick lunch, eventhough I always order the daily breakfast meal. For only $6, you get a bun, eggs and meat, a noodle soup offering and a drink. If you don't like the daily menu, you can customize to whatever you want and they don't mind.
The service is hit or miss most times, some of the waitresses obviously don't like their job. The wait time for a table can reach up to 45 minutes and when you're seated, the noise level can be deafening. But once you've placed an order, you're food should arrive in good time. I estimate from the time you place your order, to the time food is in your mouth, would probably be about 10 minutes.
There are many other choices in the area, but I'm always satisfied with the Boss. It's not excellent, but good enough.

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Hon's Wun Tun House1339 Robson Street, Vancouver
Good chinese fast food
Submitted Sunday, July 2, 2006 - 6:41pm [Dine in]

I went to Hon's on Robson two nights ago with my boyfriend at around 10:30pm. I was hungry for something quick, but not too greasy. We agreed on Hon's. I haven't been here in a long long time and was pleasantly surprised that the experience wasn't horrible like I expected. Firstly, they've replaced paper orders with electronic using these little hand-held palm pilots to quickly jot down orders. Obviously some still use paper notes, but I found it a neat. Our food came really fast. I ordered 6 potstickers, wonton noodle soup and he ordered chicken chow mein and lemon chicken. We were both really surprised that the lemon chicken came with more meat than batter! It was good!
The meal was good, it was a good deal overall.

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Extreme Pita805 Boyd Street, Unit L130, New Westminster
Great alternative to burgers
Submitted Friday, June 30, 2006 - 2:27pm [Dine in]

I just came back from a shopping trip at Queensborough Landing and stopped in to Extreme Pita for lunch. Being a lover of Pita Pit, it was a great choice for a healthy lunch. My friend and I ordered and chose our toppings. All the staff there were really nice and helpful with filling suggestions.
There was one thing I found very odd. The meat cook had mixed up the prepared pita and got two orders mixed up. Instead of starting fresh, one of them just used his (gloved) hands to remove and switch the toppings. I thought that wasn't very professional since the toppings and sauces were personalized to each person's tastes. Luckily, we're not finicky people. But I still thought since they messed up the orders, they should have started fresh.
I found the pita to be a little bit dry and cracked with each bite. I prefer everything about Pita Pit over Extreme Pita, but it still a good place to eat.

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Ichiban-Ya Japanese Restaurant770 Thurlow, Vancouver
What kind of restaurant are you running?
Submitted Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 11:00am [Dine in]

My friend took me to the Cirque du soleil show last night and we went for a bite to eat beforehand. We went to this restaurant and it was obvious they had changed ownership. I'm pretty sure they changed their name too, but I can't remember it now. Firstly, they took away their revolving sushi bar! That bar made the restaurant what it was and they took it away?? They must have not wanted to make enough sushi to fill it since it looks like no one eats here anymore.
The menu looked the same as before, but I thought it was pretty expensive for what you get, especially for the bento boxes. For $14, you 4 pc. cali roll, 3 pc not so fresh nigiri sushi, 4 pc extreme-deep fried gyozas, not so great salad, deep fried chicken terriyaki on rice and 2 slices of orange which was the best part of the meal.
The service is definitely nothing to brag about. She didn't seem to know what was on the menu and had the blank "huh" look on her face the entire time. There was a 'specials' page in the menu, but we couldn't order from it because the server plainly said, "no more!"
During our meal, our tea ran out and we didn't get a refill until we asked for it. Usually servers would walk up and down tables holding a teapot to refill. Not here, she walked up and down with a pen and order pad to take orders only.
I would probably go try Oysi-Oysi next time.

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No. 1 Beef Noodle House4741 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
Nice change.
Submitted Monday, June 26, 2006 - 2:20pm [Dine in]

I just came back from lunch at No.1. This place used to be Orchid Delight Malaysian restaurant, but has just changed over a few months ago. I was surprised at how nice the inside looked. Very modern tiling and chairs and tables. Completely different than the restaurant before it. I almost wouldn't recognize it.
I do have to say the food could be better, but it's at a great price which sort of makes up for it. I ordered the minced pork sauce and marinated egg on rice. The pork was very flavorful, but more than half of the mixture was globs of fat. The marinated egg was really dry and looked like it was out for hours. The bubble tea is good, and the dim sum is good. The food came really fast which is great for those on a lunch break.
I'm torn over whether or not I would return. Maybe.

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Red Robin9628 Cameron Street, Burnaby
Is it ready yet?
Submitted Monday, June 26, 2006 - 11:05am [Dine in]

I came here to order take-out the other day since I was just hanging out at a cafe a few doors down and needed some grub. I went in, ordered their chicken fingers with fries and a side salad. The total came out to around $13. After waiting about 10 minutes for her to ring it up (she had to ask about 4 different people how to do it and nobody really helped her because they were too busy socializing.), she told me that it would be about 15 minutes.
I went back to the cafe and after some time had passed, a friend said, "Shouldn't your food be ready by now?" I went back in to pick up my food and another server walked by and asked if I needed help. She checked on my order and it still wasn't done yet. What?? There was no one in the restaurant since it was kinda late. How long does it take to toss a few pieces into the deep fryer? Apparently, they were waiting on the side salad. It couldn't possibly take that much time, so I waited in the lobby. No less than 15 more minutes passed and finally, my order was done. I took it back to the cafe and opened the box.
They have got to be kidding. They made me wait all that time, and only given me a handful of fries. It looked pretty pathetic considering the $ I had spent on it.
On the good side, my side salad was huge, but I'm still confused at why it took so long? It was just salad.

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Oscars Pub3684 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Nachoooooo
Submitted Friday, June 23, 2006 - 10:15am [Dine in]

I went to Oscars for the first time this past Wednesday to try out their 18 cent wing wednesdays. My friends go every single week at 8pm and this time was the first I'd joined them. They weren't kidding when they say cheap wings! A pound of wings (about 12) will only set you back $2.16!! As long as you purchase a drink, any kind, you can order as many orders as you please. One can get really full for $10 on 3 baskets of wings and a pop!
There were some downsides though. I found the wings to be over-dressed making for a sloppy meal. Luckily they supply you with plenty napkins. And for "wing wednesdays", there weren't very many wings. Majority were drumlettes and even though the pieces were on the small side, I can't complain for only $2.
We also ordered nachos with spicy beef. The platter was huge, but I would like to see more toppings on it. The good thing about it was they load up on the salsa and sour cream. Guacamole is extra.

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La Grotta Del Formaggio1791 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Best deli!
Submitted Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 7:39pm [Dine in]

I've heard many good things about La Grotta from the locals on 'the drive' and since I don't go there often, I was excited to give them a try this afternoon.
The set-up of the deli is great. Huge variety of great cheeses, oils, vinegars, breads...it's awesome.
I order a small meat sandwich. Got to choose my meat, cheese, toppings, and sauces. I chose smoked turket, emmenthal, basil pesto mayo with oil & vinegar and toppings like olives and marinated artichokes!! They grilled my sandwich and on the drive back to work, I couldn't stop myself from drooling! My first bite was heaven. Artichokes made a nice flavor and the meat was 3/4"stacked!!!
Eventhough I asked for a small, I was stuffed by the last bite.
Give it a try and you'll see for yourself why La Grotta is the best deli!

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Bon's Off Broadway2451 Nanaimo St., Vancouver
What was I thinking?
Submitted Monday, June 19, 2006 - 10:13am [Dine in]

I've written a review before on Bon's and have since gone back only once. Looking back, I don't know what I was thinking when I wrote that review. I just couldn't believe why I gave it 4 stars on food. I guess I was just too over-excited about cheap breakfast. The last time I went back, the service was the same. We had to get our own coffees after waiting about 5-10 minutes for a cup. The coffee was at best, just warm. Food still took forever to get to us. We waited almost 40 minutes. Initially, everything was fine until I reached near bottom of the plate. I was wonder why my stomach felt off...Under the heap of breakfast, was a thick layer of brown grease and burnt bits. It was pretty disgusting when I ran a finger down the plate and two sides of grease formed and never came back together. I couldn't finish it.
Even for only $2.95, I won't go back to Bon's.
A tip to fellow breakfast lovers, go to either Jane's on Hastings for the same price breakfast, or to Joe's Grill on Davie.

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Cactus Club Cafe1136 Robson Street, Vancouver
Overcrowded
Submitted Monday, June 12, 2006 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

Great location for location, but not the best for dining in. It gets way too busy here. Went here for dinner and had to line-up outside for almost an hour. Luckily, the weather was nice. Service was lacking inside as well.
I'd rather go to a quieter location.

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De Dutch Pannekoek House6651 East Hastings, Burnaby
Outdoor patio with no view
Submitted Sunday, June 11, 2006 - 6:04pm [Dine in]

I've been to this location a few times when I used to live by here. It's a strange setting. Eventhough the restaurant is on Hastings, the entrance is around the back, so you have to walk in this narrow corridor to get to it. The interesting part is that their patio in the back is open during the spring and summer months which makes for a nice airy brunch setting, but the view it offers is the netting of the driving range across the alley.
The service is great and the food is not disappointing.
I quite like this location because of the patio eventhough it offers a strange view.

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De Dutch Pannekoek House4003 Knight Street, Vancouver
Nice
Submitted Sunday, June 11, 2006 - 5:58pm [Dine in]

I love De Dutch especially their pannekoeks. Taste like a cross between a pancake and a crepe. Great for weekend brunch. I had the eggs benedict here once and instead of english muffins, they used rusks (Dutch biscuits) and made a nice change from the ordinary.
The only time I had a problem here was when my sister ordered one of their pannekoeks (forgot which one), it smelled of feet. Totally turned off by it and didn't want to even taste it. Sure it was good though!

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Tanpopo1122 Denman Street, Vancouver
I didn't order ants...
Submitted Sunday, June 11, 2006 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

I came here for lunch with my friend and we both had the all-you-can-eat. Everything is pretty much standard with the other all-you-can-eat joints: prices, lack of service, so-so food. I found the fried items here old and soaked in oil. Doesn't make for a pretty presentation when the sheets under it is soaked.
What makes me not want to return here is that during our meal, we couldn't help notice all the ants crawling on the walls and onto our table. We were more concered was squishing them with our tea cups than the actual food.

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
Happenin' at Hapa!
Submitted Wednesday, June 7, 2006 - 9:59am [Dine in]

I finally got a chance to go to Hapa last night. I'm actually glad we went on a weekday at a pretty late time. We probably got there close to 10pm, and although it was still really busy, we managed to get a seat at the bar right away.
Glowing with excitment, I opened up the menu and immediately couldn't decide what to order. Everything sounded excellent. We started with this whipped cream topped Japanese pumpkin dip served with Melba toasts. It was a cold and sweet dip which immediately threw me off thinking I should have saved this dish for dessert. It was just delicious - now I know why they served it with a spoon on the side when you can just scoop up with the toast. It's so you can scrape every last bit off into your mouth.
Next we ordered two tapas: the lotus root gyozas which is pork filling in between two thin slices of lotus root and then lightly battered and fried. It was a yummy change from the ordinary gyoza skins I was used it. The other tapas we ordered was the bacon wrapped enoki mushrooms. This was a yummy concoction also. I'm not a fan of bacon, but this combination really rocked my mouth, especially with the mayo dip. But be cautious if you're bringing a date here and ordering this. The enoki mushrooms just love to hide out between your teeth.
Lastly, we order this rice in a stone pot. This was my favorite item, but I was a little weirded out when the server brought it to us and started playing with it by mixing everything together with spoons for an odd amount of time. The stone pot made a nice crispy rice layer at the bottom.
Service was great. Our food was stellar and arrived quickly. A great place for a party, but a little on the pricey side for the amount of food you receive.
I would return for sure.

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Bino's Restaurants3312 Kingsway, Vancouver
Great for odd-hour eaters
Submitted Monday, June 5, 2006 - 11:57am [Dine in]

I went to Bino's as a last resort for some late dinner yesterday at about 10pm. After walking into an empty restaurant and waiting for a few minutes for anyone to acknowledge us, we were about to turn around and walk back out. The server finally came out from the back and greeted us...dammit! Not lucky enough to back out now. The place was swimming in 80's deco, from vinyl booths to cheesy generic photos of pasta spilling out of its container.
The server was really nice. She handed us a menu that obviously hadn't changed since it opened in the 80's. Even the plates and cups were the same as the pictures! Had that retro white and orange deco band around the edges. The great thing about that was the prices were still 80's prices!! Gotta love that!
Nothing on the menu was over $10. And when I say they still had prices from the 80's, I'm talking about a basket of fries for $2.60, milkshakes for $2.50, burgers for under $6, etc.
Two of us had their 24-hr breakfast special. 2 eggs, 3 bacon/sausages, a choice of hashbrowns and toast or pancakes for only $3.95.
Total cost for 3 for dinner was $24. Not the greatest in food, but good enough for satisfying a late night crave.

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Adega1022 Main St., Vancouver
Gimme some more, Por Favor!
Submitted Monday, June 5, 2006 - 10:51am [Dine in]

My boyfriend brought me here for dinner on Saturday night. I've always wanted to dine at a good Portuguese restaurant and I was not let down. The location is a little bit sketchy (near Main and Terminal next to a bunch of raunchy pubs). Upon entering, the restaurant had a cozy intimate charm, but I was a little confused at one section of the restaurant which looked like a diner. There was also a section of the menu which offered burgers, sandwiches, omelettes, which created a little confusion for me. Was this a family restaurant or a diner? Wasn't enough to bother me, besides, it's not the ambiance I'm eating.
Expect for a party taking place in the back room called the wine cellar, the place was empty with nearly every table displaying a "reserved" sign. They were expecting a large party, which is quite common, so I suggest making reservations before going.

The food was delicious. In fact, I am craving it again as I write. I ordered 1/4 of grilled chicken my boyfriend had a steak dish. Our meals came with a soup and buns and we ordered a tomato salad also. I also asked if I could get some rice with my meal and they added it without charging extra! The entire meal cost under $35. A nice deal for the amount of food we received.

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Thai House Royale Restaurant4600 Kingsway, #115, Burnaby
Great Thai food
Submitted Monday, June 5, 2006 - 10:34am [Dine in]

This Thai House location is by far the best one out there. A great and convenient location, it is always packed inside, especially during lunch hours. During the week, they offer a lunch special for only $6.95. The lunch specials offer a choice of 18 of their regular menu items at a lunch sized portion. Also includes rice, cup of soup and a spring roll. An excellent deal. This place is everyone's favorite when going for a work group lunch. (be sure to try their pineapple chicken fried rice)
We also have them cater to our workplace on many occasions. Always excellent service and very fair prices.

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