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epicuriousBurnaby, BCSince February 21, 2006507 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
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Vera's Burger Shack2922 Main Street, Vancouver
Greasy greasy
Submitted Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

Boyfriend always complains that Vancouver is lacking in good burger eateries. He's right. Our dinner at Vera's confirms it.

Supposedly one of Vancouver's best burger joints, it disappointed. I had a plain cheeseburger and it's true what the other reviewers say. It's a bland patty of grease. By the time I was finished, I was so bloated from grease, I felt gross. The cold soft drink didn't help.
For just a few extra bucks, I'd rather go to a real restaurant and order a gourmet burger.

Service wasn't all that great. Next time, I'll drive over a couple blocks and give Splitz a try.

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Sarpino's Pizzeria3912 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Gourmet Pizza
Submitted Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 2:44pm [Dine in]

We sometimes have pizza parties at our workplace, and I was looking to order something different than the usual chain. I live by Sarpino's and have often driven by it. Seeing the good reviews on here, I decided to give them a call to see if they were willing to deliver more than 10 kms away. He was more than happy to deliver since we order 20+ pizzas.

The pizza selection is unlike any I've seen elsewhere. Aside from the usual pizza fare, they have so much more selection to choose from! It's true the prices are a little more expensive than say Pizza Hut or Panago, considering the amount of different toppings per pie, I'd say it's a good deal. And because of the amount of different toppings, the taste of the pizzas are spectacular!

Ambiance is just another pizza joint - it's not a dine in place.

My only complaint was that they were quite a bit late in delivering the pizzas - almost by 1/2 hour. Try explaining that to a hungry lunch mob of 60 ppl. To be fair, we gave them 2 locations to deliver to, and the owner said he had to return back to the shop to grab the others so that it would not get cold. His consideration for quality over saving time paid off - to this day, people can't stop talking about their pizzas! Guess where I'll be ordering from for our next pizza party?

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Yakko Sushi6200 McKay Avenue, #135E, Burnaby
Good service.
Submitted Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

I came to this express location for lunch with a few coworkers and was glad to finally try it since always walking past it many times before.

It was a quick and pleasant lunch. I had the zaru soba. Even though adequate in size, I found the dipping sauce on the bland side.
Lunch for 3 came to about $30 with tax and tip.
Service was good, and I will plan for a return visit, I'd just try something different.

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Spoons Cafe & Grill3871 North Fraser Way, #17, Burnaby
S'okay
Submitted Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

What I like about the previous owners of this small cafe, was that they offered up something different than the average soup n' sandwich place. After they sold their business, the new owners took over and business flopped. The food quality just wasn't the same.
Now, it's changed ownership again, but there's no more greek food and pizza. It's a sandwich and grill joint, however, they do offer a daily hot meal selection.

I've enjoyed the food there, but it's nothing spectacular or out of the ordinary.

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Nice Cafe154 East 8th Ave, Vancouver
Nice was nice.
Submitted Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 4:40pm [Dine in]

At last, I made it out to try Nice! It was Sunday, close to 2pm and we made it out there to have some late brunch. We snagged the last booth and felt bad that we were taking up valuable space on a busy day for just the two of us. Our server said not to worry and he did check if there were bigger parties before seating us.

I ordered a regular breakfast w/ sausage, and my boyfried ordered the eggs benny and a milkshake.
Pros:
Regular breakfast came with perfectly cooked sunny-side up. Not runny at all. Choice of bacon, ham, sausage or tomato. Hashbrowns were crispy and yummy. Good selection of breads for toast. Toast was generously buttered/margarined.
Eggs benny were of a good size. And chocolate milkshake tasted good. Coffee kept coming.
Cons:
Sausages were small puny fatty breakfast kind, no big deal though, could've chosen the tomato instead. Hollandaise on the benny tasted strange. Milkshake wasn't thick enough, it was basically chocolate milk with whipped cream on top.

However, pros outweighed the cons and Nice is a winner in my books! Service was good and friendly. The layout of restaurant was weird, but kudos for making more room for patrons resulting in a comfortable dining experience.

As another reviewer noted, there was nothing over $10 on the menu - I'll definitely be back for dinner...or breakfast for dinner - their hashbrowns rock!

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Tom Yum Thai4010 Hastings, Burnaby
Very cute ambiance
Submitted Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 12:20pm [Dine in]

I'm glad I discovered this little hole-in-wall Thai restaurant in my neighborhood. Girlfriend K and I came here for some take-out on Saturday night. We both ordered noodle: she ordered the Pad Thai and I the Pad See Iw.

I have to disagree with the previous post about their food being bland. We both thought our noodles had great flavour. The only bad thing about the Pad Thai was the clump of chili on one side. But it was very minor and was picked out.
I really enjoyed my Pad See Iw (flat rice noodle here) and have to mention the fresh veggies in the dish. The broccoli and carrot pieces were perfectly done and not overcooked.

I really enjoyed the ambiance here created by the cute paper umbrella light covers as well as the nice glass coasters. Eventhough a bit dated, I though it added character.

Service was fantastic. Owner was very friendly and thanked us for coming in and told us to please enjoy our dinners.
It was empty at around 6pm when we arrived. I just hope they generate enough business to stay open in this area as a lot of restaurants don't make it.

I'd be back for sure.

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McKim Wonton Mein Saga2780 Kingsway, Vancouver
Familiar faces
Submitted Monday, November 3, 2008 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

I came here for a birthday dinner for my mom on Halloween. Upon entering, I felt the comfort of seeing all the old staff from the wonton restaurant on Kingsway that burnt down earlier in the year. It was then, I felt confident that our meal would be a good one.

We were a table of 13 and ordered the 8-course meal set along with some more dishes. The 8-course meal was plenty cheaper than elsewhere at just $98 and the list of dishes to choose from were plentiful. The food quality was actually better than some other higher-end restaurants I've been to.

Everything was really good. Surprisingly the service was beyond excellent. But then again, it's not so surprising if you knew about these servers from their previous restaurant. They were all very polite and made conversation with us as they dropped off dish after dish. When I helped them stack up finished off plates, they quickly told me to let them do it so I don't dirty my hands. It was a busy night, but none of them ever lost their cool.

Like mentioned earlier, the dishes were very good. I don't think there was one dish that stood out as bad.

I think I found my "go-to" wonton restaurant!

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Genji Japanese Restaurant7533 Market Crossing, Burnaby
Overpriced Japanese restaurant
Submitted Monday, November 3, 2008 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

I have to say, the only thing that stands out at Genji from other restaurants, is that the ambiance is nice. It's very modern and not like all the rest.

Unfortunately, the great stops there. The food is subpar - nothing special. It's definitely not worth the prices they charge. Even the "lunch specials" are over $10 when everyone else charges under $7 for the same things.

Service was okay. Neither good nor bad.
Their only saving grace is their clean and modern environment.

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La Villetta Ristorante3901 Hastings St., Burnaby
Lovely
Submitted Friday, October 31, 2008 - 2:52pm [Dine in]

After the most horrific experience at Papa Joe's, we decided to give La Villetta a try. The fate of many restaurants on Hastings is either: they flop within 6 months of opening, they do really well, or they stick around for a long time.

I think La Villetta is the last-named. I'm sure they do well on some days, but unfortunately I never see a large crowd in here.
We went on a weeknight and aside of us, only another table of 2 and a table of 6 were there. It's a good thing for the diner because it's quiet and peaceful and you get the attentive service, but I sure hope they do enough business to keep them around.

The 2 pastas we ordered were of good size. They were both very tasty and I could tell the quality was much better than that at Anton's down the street.

The service was great. Very attentive and friendly. The ambiance was also just as great. The name is so fitting as the restaurant is just that - La Villetta. Very comfortable and homey with an semi-outdoor courtyard for private parties. I think we need more restaurants like this around.

Our bill for 2 entrees and a half litre of red came to only $30 including tax and tip (the 2 for 1 coupon really helped!).

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Papa Joe's Pizza & Pasta House4520 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Must rethink my patronage
Submitted Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

I love(d) the pizza here, so it was a natural choice when my boyfriend and I wanted a place to go for dinner in that neighborhood. Plus, we had the entertainment book coupon.

I don't know if they changed ownership or what, but the once excellent and friendly service they provided has turned into unprofessional laziness. We walked in, and the young fellow running the place at the moment seemed confused of what he's supposed to do. He didn't even look like he was a server - he wore baggy jeans and a wrinkly tee. He told us to sit wherever.

I couldn't help but notice that there were only 3 others there dining. We walked up to the most decent looking table and just as I was taking my seat, I noticed the horror right away. the cutlery on the table had so many dirty water marks on it, it looked like the cutlery had a "hammered" texture. Instead of washing the cutlery, they probably just used a soaking wet dirty towel to wipe them down. Also my boyfriend's cutlery had leftover melted cheese remnants stuck on it. And to top it off, both napkins were dirty - visibly dirty. Black smears on it.

I couldn't believe my eyes, how could you not be embarassed about this in your restaurant? I thought the server would see this and change them up for us, but he came to drop off menus and left. Eventhough we were obviously looking at the cutlery with disgust.
We had to excuse ourselves and left before ordering. Server still had no clue and didn't care that we were leaving.

The pizza here is still very delicious, I would have to reconsider how clean they are with handling food, since with delivery, you only see the end product.

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Pho Century Cafe & Restaurant4429 Kingsway, #14A, Burnaby
Be sure they charge the right amount.
Submitted Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 4:41pm [Dine in]

This place is pretty popular at lunchtime. Although quite spacious, I cannot say it's the cleanest Vietnamese restaurant around. The last time I went (last week), I ordered lunch take-out and was handed a regular menu, which was really sticky. Looking around (easier during the daytime), I notice that the carpet was very icky too.

Also, upon entering, it smelled really weird to me. It didn't have the usual aroma that you would find at a Vietnamese restaurant. Instead, it had a weird "home" smell to the place, which was kind of a turn off.

I walked in, and a lady asked me, "Table for 1?", after I said I'm ordering take-out, her attitude changed and made me feel like I was an annoyance. I paid and said I'd be back in 5 to pickup. When I returned, eventhough she saw me, she continued to clean tables. When another lady came and asked what I wanted, she came over and literally tossed my take-out to me without any words.

Food was just decent. Although my springroll & vermicelli was topped with fresh peanuts, it was dry and bland. I do have to give them props for good menu veriety though.

One more thing to add, both the take-out menu and the dine-in menu said my Combo B was $5.95, but I noticed when I returned to work that she charged me $7 plus tax.

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Top Quality / Chinese Food Square Co.4552 East Hastings Street, Burnaby
Food court chinese?
Submitted Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

I think this is a good place to go if you're looking for quick chinese food. I can only describe it as "food-court" quality.
However, food portions are massive and the selection is pretty good. The ambiance kinda reminds me of a chinese butcher shop though. They also carry a good selection of frozen deli items like dimsum.

I cannot say I favor the service though. When I was there, the servers seemed like they cared more about their conversations then the customer. Overall, this place is decent.

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Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Who knew skewers could be so expensive
Submitted Monday, October 27, 2008 - 2:12pm [Dine in]

Girlfriend K and I found ourselves at Glowbal for a birthday celebration. There were probably about 40 of us in a space normally fit for about 20. Everyone was literally sitting on top of each other. However, the restaurant was very accomodating and it was no fault of the restaurant's, since additional people showed up last minute. What really bugged us was that when K and I arrived, we sat at a table at the end and just as we were making ourselves comfy, the server said that table did not belong to our party and we could not sit there. So we shuffled on to each other's laps at the other end. By no more than 10 minutes later, more people (our party) showed up and for some reason, they were able to sit there w/ no problem.

Service was okay throughout the night. As friendly as our server was, he kept forgetting people's orders. He didn't bring out a dessert for the 3-course meal, my entire meal was forgotten, another friend's main course order was not even sent to the kitchen. Everyone's meal came out staggered.

The server that took care of drink orders, however, was fantastic. Water within 3 minutes of arrival and cocktails served up immediately. Too bad our auto 18% gratuity didn't go directly to him as he deserved it more than the other.

The food was tasty, but well overpriced, IMHO. The average bill came to about $50/person, and I don't think anyone left full.
My bill came to $40 incl. tax&tip. I had one cocktail, a side beet salad, and 3 small skewers(chicken, salmon, oyster).

As beautiful as the ambiance was, I think I would prefer Zakkushi next time for skewers.

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Timbre Restaurant2068 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Casual dinner
Submitted Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 5:08pm [Dine in]

I was very surprised at how clean it was inside. Eventhough it's been around for a while by now, it still looked like a brand new restaurant.

I went in for a casual dinner and immediately feel in love with the coziness of the place. I also loved the artwork.

Service was good and food was also very good. My grilled chicken and brie sandwich was tasty especially with the cranberries. Girlfriend K's greek salad looked great and came with, I kid you not, about 30 kalamata olives!

I'd definitely return. Food was good, service was good, atmosphere was comfortable. I should have came earlier in the summer to experience the "windowless" concept.

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Strikers Bar & Grill5502 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
Good pizza, bad everything else
Submitted Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 3:02pm [Dine in]

It's understandable that you cannot expect great things from a bowling alley food stop, but our experience here takes the cake.

While waiting for public bowling on Tuesday night, a bunch of us went to kill time at Strikers B&G. It was obvious from the beginning that this was a self-serve establishment, but I couldn't believe it was to that extent. We decided to order a platter for $24 consisting of: mozzerella sticks, fried zucchini, yam fries, samosas, jalepeno poppers, and 4 dipping sauces. At first what we thought was a deal turned out to be a rip-off. About 4 pcs each of the above mentioned from Costco, and half of the platter were the soggy yam fries. If this were my business, I would be embarassed to sell this for that price. At most, it should have cost $10, considering the BBQ shack next door had meat platters costing less.

To top if off, service was literally non-existent. We had to order and pay at the counter. We were given cheap $-pizza paper plates and basically had to bus our own "dishes" after the meal.

However, the pizza is pretty good - otherwise my food rating would have been a 1, but definitely have to delivered to your bowling lane.

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Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood Pub3728 Clark Drive, Vancouver
Great Pub!
Submitted Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

A farewell party was held here for girlfriend L and I'm not sure if it was because the Canucks game was on big screen or if it's busy like that at all times, but the place was packed! We had 3 tables up front reserved for our party and I think everyone was pleasantly surprised that such a great pub was located here.

The actual pub is underground in the basement and on ground floor is the beer and wine sales. Mid-level housed a nice and unexpected little patio.

The food, I thought, was very good and great value. My glass of Guwerztraminer was very nice. I sampled a bit of most things on the menu. The nachos, half-size $9, was ample in size. The pizza, $10, was probably the best pub-pizza I've had. The best deal, I think, were the ballpark wings for only $5/lb. Though scary-looking since it was literally a huge ball of chicken, they were tasty and the meatiest drums I've had ever. Yam fries were also nice.

Overall, a very nice pub and a great place to hang out with friends.

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Hop & Vine Pub1601 Burnwood Drive, Burnaby
Another hidden gem!
Submitted Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 5:18pm [Dine in]

If you didn't know about this pub, you would never have expected to find it here. It's located in a tiny stripmall by the Burnaby Golf Course next to IGA. I've shopped at this IGA many times and until only recently didn't even know it existed!

I went here for lunch with my boyfriend last week. We entered and was very surprised at the size of the pub. The little stripmall doesn't even look big enough to house it. We sat down at a bar table and acknowledged that this was a sports fan's paradise. At least 10 televisions broadcasting at least 6 different games from Hockey to Football. They were also advertising UFC nights.

I ordered "The Works" burger w/ salad and the boyfriend had a club sandwich w/ fries. My burger platter came packing. Huge burger with everything from the usuals to sauteed mushrooms and even a fried egg! The "side" salad was piled high on half the plate, topped with a nice touch of chopped tomatoes and cucumber. A great deal at $10 for the gourmet burger.

The service was a little iffy. Our main server was constantly on the go, being the only server around. We had to flag her down many times as a result of her being too busy for quality checks. However, the manager/owner (?) lady that helped out was super nice.

Overall, a very good pub. Be sure to check out the specials at the entrance. I believe they offer mini burgers at only $1.50 daily!

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Choppers Diner2545 Nanaimo St., Vancouver
Hard to keep up those cheap breakfasts.
Submitted Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

After the first few months of finally a successful restaurant on that spot of this small stripmall, it was evident that all good things usually come to an end. I used to love coming here for breakfast with the boyfriend - closeby location and cheap good eats...you can't go wrong.

I returned there and am disappointed that things have changed. So drastically, that I even thought they changed owners - until I saw the owner near the end of my visit. The famous under $5 breakfast with coffee is no longer. I think it was at least $1 raise from previous price.

The ambiance has warmed up, only literally - maybe they've decided to finally turn on the heaters? Unfortunately, it still looks like a basement suite, especially now that they've added in a pool table.

Here is the painful part - excructiating actually. The service - it's horrible. For the first meal of the day, I'm usually hungry before heading out for grub. We waited about 45 mins AFTER ordering for simple eggs and potatoes. Toast automatically pops after a couple minutes and the beans, I can only assume is from a can. So I can't imagine what is taking so long. Not only was the wait long, the actual customer service wasn't good either.

I asked for a coffee refill and had to go up myself to get my own coffee (with no apologies for forgetting). I also had to walk up to get my bill, which took forever because they lost it (again, no apologies).

I don't mind paying the extra price-raise, but until they sort out the kitchen and service, I don't think I'll be returning. Sorry.

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Transylvanian Traditions1111 Davie Street, Vancouver
Pastry Heaven
Submitted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 11:58am [Dine in]

Every time I walk by this little bakery on the corner of Davie and Thurlow, my stomach fills with hunger pains. The aroma of freshly baked goods puts you in a trance and before you know it, you're in line for the goodies.

The rum soaked cake I had was super moist (understandably) and delicious, though a tad bit too sweet. You must have a ton of self-control before coming here, the choices are many and difficult to have just one. Definitely not for the dieter.

Unfortunately, I'm no longer in the area as frequent as I used to be, but the next time I will have to try their traditional roll-up cone pastry. The owner is super nice and will explain any pastry to those unfamiliar.

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Stages Bistro and Lounge711 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good for what it is.
Submitted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 11:36am [Dine in]

I came for a few times for some comedy nights and remember thinking to myself that they were in dire need of a makeover. The only way I can describe it is a Holiday Inn Lobby lounge from the 80's.
But then again, it's perfect for what it's used for - occasional special events like these comedy nights. Low key and assumably cheap to rent.

Snacks and drinks were well-priced and pretty tasty, but not enough to make this a regular hang-out spot.

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