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epicuriousBurnaby, BCSince February 21, 2006507 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
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Clove2054 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
So-so food
Submitted Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 4:24pm [Dine in]

After hearing so many great things about Clove (both locations), my friend and I decided to give it a whirl one night. We were a little disappointed with what we got.
The corn fritter thingy appetizer was good, but it was the chutney that stole the show.
My bowl of lentil soup wasn't grand, it tasted instant and the lentils weren't cooked long enough to soak in the flavours. It was pretty bad actually.
My friend had the tandoori chicken salad. The dressing was awesome, but the meat left little to be desired. Hard to swallow because it was so super dry.
Service isn't worth mentioning. Server was nice, but didn't come by to check on us and when she did, it was because we had to wave her down.
I have seen some pictures of this place before going there, and when I walked in, it was nothing like I expected.

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Reef, The533 Yates St, Victoria
Never knew surfboards were a Carribean thing
Submitted Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 1:10pm [Dine in]

I had dined at the Reef here in Vancouver and liked it, so it was interesting to compare it to the Victoria one. I was in Victoria visiting a friend and we went for a late dinner. The Reef was just there after a quick drive through downtown and I didn't feel for a bar/grill or pub food. Upon entering this Reef location, I was a little confused at the theme. It was all mix matched. There were grass covered furniture and carribean hut stuff, but there was quite a bit of surfing deco also.
Our service wasn't almost next to none, she basically ignored us all night. It wasn't busy, besides us, there was another table that was loud and abnoxious. Our server much rather attend to them than to us.
The food was ok. The chicken curry was nothing spectacular and my goat cheese dip tasted like there were only 2 ingredients in it: goat cheese and cream cheese. The plaintain chips that came with it were awesome though.
Definitely not even close to a favorite in Victoria.

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IHOP - International House of Pancakes4567 Lougheed Highway, #56, Burnaby
I stopped trying
Submitted Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 9:23am [Dine in]

Every single time I attempt to go to IHOP in Brentwood Mall, I end up waiting for a very long time. I guess it's a good and convenient way to start your weekend shopping excursion. Lineups usually gather from the mall entrance all the way out the door of the side entrance.
The restaurant itself isn't that small which leads me to think the service is slow. The few times that I actually sat and ate here, the food arrived at a nice pace, but the server on two separate occasions, hadn't check up on us eventhough we were clearly done with our meals.
I haven't been back, because I'd rather what at White Spot down the street for about the same price.
If you feel energetic and want to give IHOP a try early in the morning on a weekday, they have a pretty good special before 9am.

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El Patio891 Cambie Street, Vancouver
What is this??
Submitted Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 12:16am [Dine in]

I just came back from dinner at El Patio. We decided to come here last minute since we didn't know where else to go. From all the commercials on the radio and hearing other people talk about this place, we thought we made a good choice. Well, after reading some of the other reviews here, I regret not doing so before going.
There were ups and downs about this place. First our server was really really nice and I would have given the service a 4 rating if it weren't so darn slow. My 2 friends and I spent a little over one and half hour there. We weren't a big party so it wasn't like we were socializing that much. We basically sat down, ordered drinks, ordered meal, ate meal, waited for packed up left overs, and waited for bill. There was a point when we ran out of things to say to each other.
The meal itself was just okay. One friend had chicken on skewers and one friend had grilled chicken breast. Both were good. I ordered a combination of tapas. The fried chicken teamed up with the brava potatoes and side salad. I don't think I can say which was my fav. The potatoes were strangely very filling, I could only eat about 5 small pieces. The fried chicken was so greasy, it was dark brown and looked wet from the oil. The batter was crunchy and tasted of over-used oil and the meat was really dry. I couldn't finish it. I only ate 2 wings. The salad was really good, but still over-drenched with oil. The artichoke added a nice touch though.
The sangria was nice and flavourful. For the three of us, our bill came to $70 not including tip. I'd say it was pretty pricey for the amount of food we got.

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New Town Bakery & Restaurant148 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Nice buns
Submitted Tuesday, May 30, 2006 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

On the occasion that I visit Chinatown, this place is great to grab a quick snack. The have great steamed buns, especially the deluxe one with everything in it. Meat, egg, veggies...all in one doughy bundle. Nice and cheap too.

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Lineups out the door.
Submitted Monday, May 29, 2006 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

If it's noon or a bit past on a weekend day and you're thinking about heading over to the IHOP on Kingsway, forget about it. You probably won't be seated for another 30-45 minutes. It's a great location, but only if you're there early, or on a weekday. I find the staff here very friendly, and maybe it's just my mind playing tricks, but I swear the portions are a little bigger here. I also love the pics of old Burnaby on the walls.

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Libo Cafe4500 Kingsway, #2118, Burnaby
Cheap eats
Submitted Monday, May 29, 2006 - 1:09pm [Dine in]

Libo in Crystal Mall is very popular amongst the lunch time crowd at Crystal Mall. For under $8, you get a large portion of whichever item you choose from their menu and a drink. They usually have daily specials for about $6. They changed owner recently, and in my opinion it just isn't the same. The food hasn't changed very much, but the owner who also serves here has gone.
Expect to be full if you come here for lunch. Last time I ordered their lunch special of breaded sole on pasta with cream sauce. I had a lot left over.

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Tartine Bread and Pies770 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Great coffee place!
Submitted Monday, May 29, 2006 - 9:41am [Dine in]

Tartine is a great little place to go to for a nice snack or lunch. Being right by the water, it's a great little location to grab a bite before or after a summer's day walk. Mostly frequented by the locals living around the area, Tartine gives friendly, neighbourly service. Tartine welcomes you at your first step into the cafe with the smell of freshly baked pies cradling you with comfort. I came here for a coffee and a piece of one of their many sweets a handful of times since they opened. And although I gave them only a 3 for food because of a few not-so-great experiences, I'm sure some of their other items are to die for. I ordered a hot chocolate once on the go only to find it warm. And another time I had a lunch special there of a quiche and coleslaw. I thought the coleslaw was a tad too tangy and runny and overpowered the mild tasting ham and cheese quiche. The quiche itself wasn't the best I've had, the egg part sat at the top of the quiche which made for a weird taste.
I'm dying to taste some of their sandwich offerings on their freshly baked bread and also their great looking pies.

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Cloud Nine1400 Robson Street, Vancouver
Bring back the dessert bar!!!
Submitted Saturday, May 27, 2006 - 7:26pm [Dine in]

I would really like to try out Cloud Nine again some time soon. It's a great place to relax with a meal and good company. The restaurant does a complete 360 in about 2 hours. It's nice to look up and get a different view every time.
The food wasn't great as I would it would be considering the type of restaurant it is, but I see now they offer a 3-course set meal for only $35.
There was a time when they offered a dessert bar with your meal at an amazing price of $5. Unfortunately, no such thing exists anymore. I wished they would bring that back!

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Sammy J's Grill & Bar1075 Lougheed Hwy, Coquitlam
Surprised to get a seat
Submitted Saturday, May 27, 2006 - 7:22pm [Dine in]

I went to Sammy J's last night with a few friends and when we got there, I immediately regret not making reservations. The parking lot was completely full, and finally got a parking space in the crappiest section which was overflowing with about 3 inches of rain water. After a hop and a few skips, we were walking past the windows of the restaurant and it looked really busy. After waiting only a short while, we were seated in the lounge area, which I actually prefered. The whole restaurant was very nice which led me to think this location is pretty new?
Our server was really nice and although you still get the "gotta-be-a-hot-waitress" feel here, they are not as hooched out as the Metro location. The food was not spectular, but not bad. With experiences with the other location, I was not expecting excellent. The prices are very fair here, our meal for 4 averaging out to about $15 each person with a drink. I don't know if I would return, since there are many other restaurants around that I'd prefer, but I'm glad I got to try it out.

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DEM Bones8380 Bridgeport Road, Richmond
Bucket O' Bones
Submitted Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

Dem Bones is the place to go for a fun dinner out. Great place for friends to hang and a great place for a family to go to. Be prepared to get your hands in your food though! they start you off with your own bid and then you dig in to mouth watering ribs and when you're done, just simply toss the bones into the supplied bucket! At the end of the meal, you get cute little mini ice cream cones to top it all off. It really hits the spot, and since you'll be so full from the meal, the mini cones are the perfect size!

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Old Spaghetti Factory50 8th Street, New Westminster
Been to one, been to them all
Submitted Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

Many, many years ago, I never knew there was more than one OSF. I thought the one in Gastown was the only one so I was so intriged by the decor and the ambiance. I was really blown away...until I found out there was a handful of other OSF's around. I went to the New Westminster location for lunch after a class at Douglas College and I was shattered!!! The restaurants are so fabricated that this one looked exactly like the one in Gastown! They even had a trolley! There wasn't much difference except for the service. The servers at this location are way more friendlier and actually start conversations with you.

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La Spaghetteria232 Sixth Street, New Westminster
3 in 1
Submitted Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 9:38pm [Dine in]

Sharing a once character home, La Spaghetteria creates a great atmosphere. Wedge in this home with La Rustica, and La Lorraine, this really is a one-stop restaurant. I had pasta here with my sister and although the meal wasn't spectacular, I really enjoyed dining here. We sat in an area where you can see the bread room where they would make home-made house breads. Unfortunately, the night we were there, they weren't making their fresh goodies.

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Indian Star Restaurant & Sweets420 Sixth Street, New Westminster
What happened??
Submitted Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 9:34pm [Dine in]

I was so glad I found another great Indian restaurant near work that offered a cheap, but great tasting buffet lunch. Before long, I would start bringing different co-workers here to share my discovery. They too, were baffled by the great tasting $6.95 lunch buffet! The first few times I went, they would have these awesome samosas that were just the right spice. I would always reserve myself two with my first helping. It was just soo good. Everything else there was delicious too. They made the best butter chicken I've had. The serve you fresh naan at your table quite promptly after you've returned from your first round. Also offered in the buffet are items like aloo gobi, tandoori chicken, this curry with peas and potatoes (yumm), sweet rice pudding, gulab jamun and even have lentil soup!!
The only downfall with this place was when they stopped putting samosas in the buffet and then they started raising the prices. First, it raised to $7.95 which is still really good, but only a few months later, it raised again! To $8.95!! That's $2 within the year!! I love the food here, but since moving further away, I haven't been back.

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Cafe Crepe1032 Robson St, Vancouver
Ehh
Submitted Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 10:02am [Dine in]

I wanted to grab a quick snack while on Robson and thought a nice savoury crepe sounded great. I've had a sweet crepe there once, a chocolate banana one and ate it in the restaurant. Although there is nothing wrong with the look of the restaurant, it was a little too dark inside. Black walls with not so bright lighting.
This time I took my crepe to go. I just wanted a simple light snack so I ordered a ham crepe. Little did I know, a ham crepe was just ham + crepe. Wow. I guess the crepes I was used to really spoiled me. At other places, at least it came with some sort of addition to it like salsa, or egg, or a tiny bit of cheese. Nope. Just ham...oh wait...I do recall now that there was a bit of cracked pepper on it! The plain crepe ended up costing me $5, which normally would be ok, but I just can't help feeling a little ripped off for a mixture egg, flour, milk and 2 slices of ham.
If you want a good crepe, visit Gypsy Rose crepe cafe, and find out what a real crepe is.

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Wally's Burgers2703 Kingsway, Vancouver
Been there longer than I've been on earth
Submitted Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 9:53am [Dine in]

I still remember that day my family and I went to Wally's (we lived near there) to watch them film an episode of 21 Jump Street there. My sister was trying to get a glimpse of Johnny Depp and since I was too young to know who he was, I was just there to watch the big commotion. No Johnny Depp, but we did see Holly Robinson.
Wally's burgers has been around since as long as I remember. They are apparently the last of its kind for drive-in burgers. Their burgers are good, but I think it's more a nostalgia thing when going to Wally's. Regardless, I would hate to see this sort-of landmark go away.

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Baba Sweets & Restaurant7561 6th Street, Burnaby
Samosas!
Submitted Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 9:43am [Dine in]

I wouldn't call this place a restaurant, it's more like a take-out joint. They offer fast meals to go, but they do have about 3 tables inside. You can get 2 menu items with rice for about $8, but they are more specialized in the Indian sweets more than anything else. I do have to mention that their samosas are to die for!! How can you go wrong with 3 for $1 for vegetarian, and 2 for $1 for meat? And the chutney sauce is excellent.
I do wish that they can be more friendly to their customers though. The owner lady never smiles. Even after you say a funny comment, you feel left in the dark because she totally ignores you. She's just sour. If it weren't for the great samosas, I wouldn't go back.

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Kichi Sushi778 Robson Street, Vancouver
Tempura-ed out.
Submitted Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 10:56am [Dine in]

Kichi Sushi is another one of those japanese restaurants in the heart of downtown trying to make it big with locals and tourists. Located right beside Chapters on Robson, I often see bundles of people hovering outside looking at specials or pics of food posted outside then consulting each other on whether it is a good choice to dine here. Most times they enter, sometimes they walk away. I've been here a few times. It's not the best Japanese restaurant downtown, in fact, it's not even close to great. It's a good pick if you're hungry and looking for food fast. I'm sure the owners and workers are chinese, because besides the few Japanese words they mumble when you enter, chinese is all they speak. But somehow I do remember a hired help who really is japanese.
Last time I ordered a tempura don, when it came I couldn't believe how much tempura came with it, but after half way through the rice bowl, I felt sick from all the heavy deep fry. At only $6.95, it was a good deal, but I felt a duty not to waste food and wished the amount of tempura was less.
Another time, I went, I got a bento box and remembered it came really quickly. For fast eats at a good price, I would come here again and again. But if you're looking for something fresher and better quality, find another one of many Japanese restaurants downtown.

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Happy Date Bakery & Restaurant2800 1st Ave E, #260, Vancouver
What bakery?
Submitted Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 10:06am [Dine in]

Since it was Victoria Day yesterday, many restaurants were fully booked and we were silly not to make reservations earlier. We decided on chinese and basically one of the only restaurants that weren't completely full was Happy Date on First. Btw, how did they get to add the "bakery" part to their restaurant name?
We got a table right away and noticed that almost every other table had a reserved sign on it. Lucky us, we got a table. They sat our 8 person party into a 6 person table and added 2 stools. We asked since the other parties weren't here yet, if we could use their comfortable chairs instead. They said no. The tables here were so tightly packed together that our chairs and the chairs in the other tables were back to back. I wonder if it's safe to be so over max. capacity on a second level building. The food came very quickly and we were in the middle of eating when a waitress came by and suddenly started hoisting my very elderly grandma because we wanted to shift our table to make more space. Also I noticed that the reserved signs on the other tables magically disappeared. What is that all about?
Overall the service here is nothing but rude as I noticed they shoved my dad out of the way as she passed him on the way to the restrooms. The food was okay, but not inexpensive.
I might come back, but the overcrowded restaurant just might unattract me to.

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House of Tofu Soup4563 North Road, #1&2, Burnaby
Hot stuff!
Submitted Sunday, May 21, 2006 - 11:05pm [Dine in]

When my sister and I walked in for lunch this afternoon, we were a tiny bit skeptical. No baby seats, everyone seemed to be waiting for their food, and the menu prices were a little high. The service was extremely slow as we waited around 10-15 minutes for the unexpected appetizers to arrive, and then another 15-20 minutes for the tofu pots to arrive. The unexpected appetizers were a treat as we did not expect it. There were about 5 dishes aside from our tofu pots, so it actually turned out to be a great deal! When our tofu pots arrived, it was bubbling like a volcano and that's when we were advised to crack the raw egg into the pot. The server then served us each a bowl of rice freshly cooked in a stone pot. The the tofu pot was cool enough to eat, An egg cooked to perfection was revealed.
This place was A for awesome.

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