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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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Tim Hortons4191 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
Bad management
Submitted Friday, October 10, 2008 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

I really can't stand this location. Not only because it's ALWAYS super busy with line-ups out the door at all time, but mainly because of the overall atmosphere.
Especially late night, whenever I go in, there is always a new hire working graveyard. Usually this is the result of very slow service. However, no one ever blames the new hire - only management is to blame for not providing proper training. More than once, I would order something and a new hire would not know how to properly make it or how to ring it in. Shifts leads don't provide assistance to them - instead, when they are called over to help, they roll they eyes. And instead of showing the new hires how to do it, they push them aside and does it for them. So instead of knowing how to correct the problem next time, they always have to wait for managers to come over again.

Also, there is never a free table to sit. Usually filled with students studying, but mostly because there are trays and spills left behind uncleaned.

I think any of the other locations, even the express gas station ones, are far superior than this one.

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Thida Thai1193 Davie St, Vancouver
A Taste of Real Thai
Submitted Friday, October 10, 2008 - 10:59am [Dine in]

Usually great and authentic food at good prices in a high-rent area is a rare combination for me, so I was a little bit skeptical about reading such rave reviews on the food.

Well we tried it, and I can attest that all that's been said is true. We really can't stop talking about how good the food is here. I can honestly say that Thida Thai is the best Thai food I've had in Vancouver. All the flavors tastes so authentic - no short cuts here.

A lot of Thai restaurants I've tried, seems to use short cut or premade sauces to prepare their dishes, but here, you taste what you should be tasting - fresh, sweet, salty, spicy all at once.

I ordered my usual dish - Pad See Iw. Although they used wide rice noodle (not pad thai noodle), it didn't take away from the taste. My boyfriend also ordered his usual - pineapple fried rice. We tried each other's and agreed that both were the best we've tasted. We also ordered the chicken fried wontons - dipping sauce was fantastic.

Service was great - both we encountered were very gracious and polite - service was neither lacking nor too much. Value was very good with most dishes at about $10. Their dinner special posted outside was any curry (yellow, green, red or matsaman) with rice, salad and springroll for I think $10.95.

I would definitely recommend Thida Thai and can't wait to go back myself.

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Old Bavaria Haus, The233 6th St, New Westminster
Perfection can't be rushed.
Submitted Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 4:44pm [Dine in]

I've always wanted to try the schnitzel here, but I'm only close to New West during workdays and unfortunately, they are not open for lunch.

Luckily, before heading to do some shopping near the area one evening (and also armed with an Entertainment coupon), we were able to stop by for dinner.

Excitment soon filled me as we walked into the century old home. My anticipation built as we waited a while at the door for a seat. We were finally seated in the main dining section, which was nearly full. We waited some more before it was our turn to order from the lone server. By this time, we have already waited about 15 minutes just to order and hunger pains were developing from the aromas emanating from neighbouring tables.

We waited and waited and watched the one server move non-stop to take orders, deliver food, do check-ups, grab bills, etc. All the while, in my opinion, they should trust the more-than-competent bus girl to do some of the server duties too. After more than 30 minutes later after ordering, my boyfriend and I ran out of things to talk about and hunger was starting to take its toll. Fatigue and grouchiness took over.

When we finally got our meal - we were definitely rewarded. My Madagascar chicken schnitzel was delicious. The spaetzel in place of potatoes was a tad dry, but teamed with the warm red cabbage...yummy.

The meal was definitely worth the wait - next time I'll be sure to bring a book or something.
If you plan on going, which you should - bring an entertainment coupon or visit them on a Wednesday. Otherwise, be prepared to spend about $20 for an entree and soda.

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Me-N-Ed's Pizza Parlor7110 Hall Ave, Burnaby
Great Lunch Deal
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 12:47pm [Dine in]

After arriving at Applebee's to find that they have closed for good, my sister and I hopped over to Me-N-Ed's. Having heard excellent reviews by word-of-mouth, I was excited to try their thin-crust pizzas.

Luckily for us, they had a fantastic lunch deal going on. A small 6" with 2 toppings plus a salad for $6.95. My caesar salad was not the best, but pretty standard for a pizza joint - couldn't complain especially since it was a large portion. My ham and pineapple thin crust was delicious. Eventhough a thin crust, the overall was still pretty thick from ample toppings.

The restaurant itself looked like a pizza parlor and pub crossover. I guess it pleases both the families as well as to beer and grub crowd.

Service was pretty good. Everyone was very friendly. Be sure to use up those Entertainment book coupons here!

Overall, the meal was delicious. I didn't see any dough tossing, but since it was just for a 6", I couldn't expect it. Next time I visit, I hope to order large just to see it.

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Milestone's Grill & Bar1210 Denman Street, Vancouver
Go for the view
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 10:49am [Dine in]

I was invited to Milestone's for dinner by the boyfriend's family and was surprised at how much the menu has changed for the chain.

First of all, the menu choices are limited and more expensive. Entrees start at about $15. Back then, Milestone's was a place to go for good comfort food. Affordable menu with good-sized portions. Nowadays, it's become this place that seems like it cares more about being posh and sexy, then about their food.

Most the dishes are pretty good, but the Shanghai Noodle Stirfry I ordered failed tremendously. Chicken was just smothered in 5-spice powder and grilled, placed on top of noodles drowning in salty sauce. Obviously my fault for ordering an Asian dish at a restaurant like this, but it's no where near what a noodle stirfry should be.

I have to give them props for prime location though. It's wonderful dining against a sunset backdrop with a view of the water. Maybe it's just in the summertime, but while the servers dress in professional black inside, the ones serving on the patio have a beach-type uniform, which was neat.

Unfortunately, my bad noodle experience may deter me away from Milestone's until I'm properly healed. :(

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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
Delicious house bread
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2008 - 4:55pm [Dine in]

The Diva is one of those places that you have to try, even if just once. I was fortunate enough to be treated by friends to a birthday dinner. I'll just start by saying, it's quite heavy on the wallet with dinner averaging almost $100/person for 3 courses and a glass of wine.

Dinner started off with their assorted house bread basket. The one with the walnuts is brilliant - simple yet delicious. One in our party claimed it to be best part of the meal!

Both my starter and main was great. My braised short ribs were very flavorful - a very rich and appropriately spicy dish. My salmon main was also very good. I'm not positive on how it was prepared, but I think the salmon was poached. I've never had salmon prepared this way, but it's buttery silky texture was a very pleasant change from the usual grilled way I normally have it.

The service was good, we waited quite a while for our entire party to be completed, and our server was patient at all times (but then again, the restaurant was pretty empty - even the 4-5 chefs in the kitchen looked bored). I even got a dessert wine on the house in honor of my birthday. :)

However, a girlfriend noted how she didn't like the way another server described the dish when it arrived in front of her. Instead of presenting the dish, he unprofessionally pointed with his fore-finger and wiggled it around the dish at each component. It was quite distasteful for that calibre of restaurant.

As expensive as the restaurant was, compared to some others, the portions were actually satisfactory. None of us left hungry, for some, they left disappointed with the food, but not hungry.

Would I return? For another special occasion perhaps - but I'm not in a rush to.

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Lingering Flavor Express Food3328 Kingsway, Unit 110, Vancouver
Good Taiwanese food
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2008 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here a few times when Honolulu had massive lineups for lunch. It's not a huge place, but their food is good. I especially like their stewed pork on rice. The marinated tea egg was especially tasty.

Food here is very fairly priced. The lady that usually serves me is very polite and kind.

I haven't tried their bubble teas as the previous reviewer mentioned - but from the sounds of the trusted source, I don't think I will. Stick to the snacks.

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Pizza Zone Pizzeria6200 McKay Avenue, #135B, Burnaby
Cutest Pepperoni Pizza
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2008 - 4:03pm [Dine in]

They use sliced pepperoni sticks as their pepperoni for pizza creating the cutest pep-pizzas! The sauce they use is the best I've had for pizza-by-the-slice. Pizza crust is nice and doughy, but not heavy. Overall, I would say this is my favorite pizza-by-the-slice joint. It's a little tad more expensive at $1.95/slice, but then again, there aren't any true "dollar slice" places left.

The service isn't great. The owner is usually kinda grouchy and would pay more attention to sports on the television than to the customer, but his wife(?) is nicer.

I go for the pizza, not the service - and the pizza is worth every penny!

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Krispy Kreme7153 120 St, Delta
Puny donuts
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2008 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

Back in the day when KK donuts were all the craze, they were by far top of the list for best donuts. But that was when it wasn't yet available in BC just yet. I don't know if it's the water here, or something else, but KK donuts here just don't measure up. Yes, they are still tasty, but I find them overly sweet and fake tasting - if that's possible.

Over the past years, my opinion of them keeps going on the decline. They've gotten more expensive and smaller. Even their famous "when-the-light-is-on-come-in-for-a-free-glazed" is gone.

Unfortunately, I cannot say I heart KK donuts any longer.

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Gigi's Pizza & Spaghetti House189 West Broadway, Vancouver
Sloppy Spaghetti
Submitted Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 5:12pm [Dine in]

I came back for some much-missed Baked Spaghetti recently and am sad to report that it's no longer as spectacular as it used to be. However, the pastas here are still a great deal at under $10 for a large order - just don't get the Greek dishes which are highly overpriced.

Baked Spaghetti, although not as great as before, still tastes good, but they are getting very sloppy and careless. Onions chopped into the sauce are of various sizes - had some the size of quarters!

Still a good place to go to cure late night hunger pains.

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Ciao Bella Italian Restaurant703 Denman Street, Vancouver
Great on Tuesdays!
Submitted Monday, September 15, 2008 - 6:06pm [Dine in]

Although my rating for value stands any other day of the week, on Tuesday's I would rate them a 5. Tuesday's are 50% pasta days - For under $8, you get a healthy portion of pasta along with 3pcs. of house bread, even if you get it "to go"! An incredible deal.
I ordered the "Siciliana" which was super delicious in all its garlicky glory.

Expectedly, it was super busy, but the server I ordered my take-out through, remained calm and very pleasant. I'm sure he had explained the pasta special millions of times, but he did not look at all agitated while explaining it to me.

Although I did not dine-in. I waited inside for my order. It's a very charming atmosphere, but really tight also. They are also known as a "piano bar", but no live pianist that evening. :(

I expect to return soon and maybe even try their $20 3-course meal that they offer nightly.

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Prego Coffee & Deli1625 Hornby Street, #101, Vancouver
Hard to catch during their business hours.
Submitted Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

This great little cafe serves up some good coffee and tasty treats. Unfortunately, it's hard to catch them during opening hours. They are a little cafe at the foot of Hornby by the aquabuses, but almost every single time I'm by there (which is often), they are closed. Upon further examination, I found out that they are only open, basically during office hours - 7am-5-ish Mon to Fri only (in a residential area).

It's too bad, they would make a killing off the tons of people walking/rollerblading/biking by on a hot summer's weekend day, especially since they serve up freshly squeezed OJ as well as gelato.

Coffee/espresso is well brewed, amongst the best I've had - they make a mean mocha. And I've sampled some of their sweet treats - yummy.

Too bad they're not open more often, especially for the summer.

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Take 5 Cafe4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Where can you get a $2 latte these days?
Submitted Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 2:15pm [Dine in]

At this location, you can get a latte (with any syrup) or a caramel macchiato for only $2 everyday, anytime!
I recently kicked my $5 Starbucks/day habit, but at $2, espresso drinks are affordable again. The only downside is that there aren't as many Take 5 cafes around.

Another bonus is that your latte comes with latte art - it's cheap and pretty!!

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Chilli House Thai Bistro1018 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Deserving of one more chance?
Submitted Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 10:53am [Dine in]

As part of the Thai House family, this location offers up a little something different than the rest of the chain. I was surprised to see a 'tapas' section in their menu.
Surprisingly, based on their location, the prices are pretty much the same as any of the other locations. But also because of their location, reservations should really be considered.

The first time coming here, I thought the food wasn't very good. Much time has passed and I gave them another shot. I ordered my fav thai dish - pad see iw, a noodle dish. Unfortunately, this version was the worst I've had yet. The noodle is supposed to be the same kind as the pad thai noodle. This one was just oily flat rice noodle. Also, there wasn't much taste to it - I can only describe it as bland, but slightly sweet and mushy. However, I have to give them thumbs up for the plenty pieces of chicken it came with.

Ambiance is very nice, especially if you get a seat on their famous patio. The wierdest thing I found in the inside, was the "live seafood tank" right smack in the middle of the dining room. I thought it was the strangest place to put this tiny unattractive old and worn-out simple fish tank topped with a lamp. It was a real eye-sore and they would be better off not even showing it.

So I had mixed feelings about this place. The food hasn't improved (to me), but it's still a great location serving up very affordable food. Maybe I should give them one more shot and try their tapas menu.

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Kimono Japanese Restaurant869 Hornby Street, Vancouver
At least there's no wait for a seat.
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

I agree with the previous post about how the only good thing about this place is that there is always seating available.

Pros: umm...the food came to the table hot...that's about it.
Cons: the owner(?) kept speaking very loudly across the restaurant in Vietnamese...very annoying. The servers don't speak English and couldn't even understand "more tea please".
They took forever to process the bill. We waited and asked 2 waitresses about returning the credit card - they looked in awe, scratched their head, went to "check on it" and never came back. Girlfriend K had to go up to find her own credit card.

Don't think I'd come back for more, sorry.

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New India Buffet & Restaurant805 W Broadway, #105, Vancouver
Uncomfortably filling
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

First of all, they raised their prices for dinner buffet, which is why I gave them a 2 for value. Although I understand that it isn't easy to make money off buffets, my indian friend says indian food is cheap to make (especially veg curries). Their website says it's $13.95 for dinner, but my total for 2 came to $35 (no drinks).

I admit, some curries were very tasty, but the fav butter chicken was not your normal chicken breast chunks in butter curry. Instead, I can only assume, they used their left-over tandoori chicken as the meat was red in color.

I had 1 1/2 small plates of food and was literally stuffed until midnight - uncomfortably stuffed. Yes, my fault for eating until I was that full, but thinking back, it wasn't that much food. Not sure what it was.

However, I did like that fact that they had a wide selection and they also offered fruits as an option. Maybe that's their trick to meet the advertised 40-item buffet menu.

Service was pretty non-existent. They sat us and basically left us alone. We bussed our own dishes and even walked up our to get our bill.

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Fiddlehead Joe's Eatery1012 Beach Ave., Vancouver
Great spot for Brunch
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2008 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

I agree with the other posts regarding the high prices of entrees here. I personally, would not come here for dinner as the prices are way overpriced. However, FJ's is great for weekend Brunch - especially if you have an entertainment book coupon! The prices are more reasonable during Brunch, which is offered until 3pm.

It was the hottest Saturday in August and we had a reservation for 1pm. Unfortunately, one thing turned into another and we had to push back our reservations twice. Both times calling in, we were never given attitude for changing times during a busy day.

We enjoyed our Brunch and iced coffees in the patio and had a great time. The experience from the food to the service was very pleasant.

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Beard Papa's1184 Denman St, 104, Vancouver
2 more locations to come!
Submitted Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

This location shares a unit with St. Germaine bakery on Denman. From the outside, it looks as though Beard Papa's occupies a larger space in the unit, when in fact, it's just basically a quarter corner of the space.

With all the hype that these little puffs are creating, waiting for the goods can be a little cramped. Especially with all the people ordering and paying in the same little area.

Regardless, my green tea cream puff was delicious, but at that price, they better be!

They opening 2 more locations in Crystal Mall and City Square.

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Maria's Taverna1037 Denman Street, Vancouver
Just okay
Submitted Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 11:47pm [Dine in]

It was a Friday night, and the girls and I were hungry. Not happy with our choices on Davie for that night, we walked down to Denman. We decided on Greek at Maria's.

Surprisingly, on a busy night, we got a table right away. We each ordered our food and waited. And waited.
Luckily, time passed by faster with good conversation and the wait wasn't entirely unbearable. The service was not excellent, but was not bad either.

My order of greek meatballs were okay. A little too soft for my liking. Everything on the dish was just "okay", nothing special.

Ambiance, like everything else here, was okay.

In my opinion, for the price you pay here (between $12-15/dish), there are better choices elsewhere.

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Salmon House2229 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver
Stunning View
Submitted Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

I came here to celebrate an anniversary with my relatives. We all had a great time and the service was excellent throughout the evening. It was my first time there, I was impressed with both the views and the restaurant ambiance. We were seated in the corner window spot and watched the sun set while we dined.

I agree with some previous reviews about the food being a tad dry, especially with my piece of halibut. But teamed up with the moist swiss chard, it was fine. The calamari that came with my fish was also tasty. The food really wasn't bad as some say, but that's just from my experience - from the appetizers to the desserts we ordered were all good according to our party.
Value is another story. Most entrees were in the thirties price range. $33 for a small piece of sable fish on rice was a bit over the top, but for a special occasion with a beautiful view, it was acceptable.

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