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epicuriousBurnaby, BCSince February 21, 2006507 Reviews
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Honolulu Cafe3340 Kingsway, #240, Vancouver
Best after 9pm
Submitted Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

The food quality here as declined, as noted from the last few times eating here. Yesterday was, by far, the worst. We made a huge mistake of eating here before the "late night specials" started (9pm).

They still had some dinner specials: asian dishes at $6 per with a minumum order of 2 dishes. It's still a good deal, but not if you're craving for the other dishes like noodles and fried rices.
I had a few questions about the menu, but they remained unanswered because I can't speak chinese, and they couldn't speak english. :(

We opted for the $8.50 menu which included soup. The extra $2.50 for the soup was painful. Bland canned watered down cream of chicken soup = not good. Lesson learned.

Dish 1 - Sauteed sole fillet.
The good: lots of fish, really fresh tasting celery and mushroom.
The bad: not enough flavor and overly gelatinous "clear gravy".

Dish 2 - Chili garlic fried squid.
The good: large portion, tasty seasoning
The bad: I don't think the squid was cleaned properly since the inside tubes oozed a clear jelly when squeezed.

Overall the dinner was ok, but the quality has definitely gone down. Before leaving, we asked to have a glance at the late night menu. Yes, still a great deal with dishes starting at $6, but I noticed that they stopped offering the free drink with the meals now.

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Kakurenbou Japanese Dining793 Jervis Street, Vancouver
Great new izakaya!
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 1:14pm [Dine in]

Few people know about this new treasure of an izakaya just off the busy path of Robson. We walked by a huge lineup for Guu on Thurlow and decided to try elsewhere. Still craving tapas, I remembered seeing Kakurenbou a couple weeks prior.
So instead of waiting in line at any of the other more known places like Hapa or Kingyo or Guu, we walked up and got a seat immediately. Walking by here, it's very deceiving in making you think it's tiny place when in fact, it actually extends quite a bit inwards. The ambiance is absolutely gorgeous.

Drinks were FANTASTIC!! Each one of the cocktails we ordered were perfection - no complaints. The food was very good with the exception of one seared steak dish which was full of gristle and unchewable. We were only half-way done when the flames went out and being so gristle-y, we couldn't imagine eating it more raw than the previous bites. We asked the server to relight the flame and just mentioned that the dish wasn't very good. We did not expect her to take it off the bill, but she did. We were very happy she did because it saved us the $20.

My fav dishes were the garlic croquettes and the cold udon.
Dishes were on the expensive side (esp. the $20 steak dish feat. 10 bite-size pieces). Total of 6 cocktails (well-priced, btw) and 8 small dishes cost the 3 of us $135. Luckily, they took the twenty something dollars off the bill for the steak!

Service was excellent.

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Teresa's Cafe1005 Denman Street, Vancouver
Fulfilling enough
Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 2:41pm [Dine in]

This is a much better breakfast joint than Grove Inn next block down. I went for a walk on the seawall sunny Monday afternoon and hadn't eaten yet. Since craving breakfast foods and I was already up to Denman, my options were either Teresa's or Joe's Grill. Teresa's was jam-packed with people whereas Joe's was half-empty. And since I've already tried Joe's 2 other locations, I thought I'd give Teresa's a try.

Since I was all by my lonesome, a seat wasn't hard to come by and I got a table right away. I ordered a corned beef hash and a coffee - too bad I didn't notice the everyday specials until after I ordered :(. Daily specials were around $4.50 each and my hash was only $5.95 - IMO, an excellent deal especially for this part of town.

After enjoying my breakfast with the paper, I noticed that nobody once came by to refill coffees. I paid and left with no "thank-you's". For breakfast that cheap, I couldn't complain, but good hospitality isn't too much to ask...is it?

Regardless, this place is A-OK in my books and would definitely return next time to try out their other breakfast specials.

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Bon Cafe4909 Main Street, Vancouver
More fish sauce please!
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 4:39pm [Dine in]

After many countless drive-bys before opening hours, I finally had my Bon Cafe fix last week. Between the three of us, we ordered the lemongrass chicken w/ spring rolls, 2 vermicelli bowls, and 2 cafe sudas. Because our order was over $20, we got the free springrolls! Expecting 1 roll, we were pleasantly surprised when 3 rolls came! Although crispy and tasty, they were not the best ones I've had. My fav spring rolls are the tightly packed ones - this one had some air pockets in it. But still tasty!

My vermicelli came filled to the rim! Unfortunately, with the huge bowl of noodles only came a small side of fish sauce. Being a dry noodle dish to begin with, the small helping of sauce didn't help much and wasn't enough. Fortunate for me, I was able to steal some from my fellow diners.

They also offer some great combos, such as sandwich, pop and spring roll for about $6.
Cash only.

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CocoaNymph Chocolates & Confections3739 W. 10th Ave, Vancouver
Yummy morsels of goodness
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

I had the pleasure of attending a private event here recently and I feel it truly creates a unique event setting. A group of us were there after opening hours for a chocolate tasting event. We had a choice between wine, coffee and tea along with a nice handful of chocolate creations.

The ambiance is equally as lovely. With the open workspace where the magic starts in the back and a nice lounging space in front, it's an inviting atmosphere that makes one feel like they are part of the process. The goodies start in the back and ends up thoroughly enjoyed in the front.

The baby grand piano used as a showcase of the chocolates is a brilliant touch.

If you're looking for a fun and unique way to celebrate something, definitely check out CocoaNymph!

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Ikea Restaurant & Cafe1000 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam
Why not?
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

Although the food here is not outstanding, it's a definite goody as a dining choice while shopping at Ikea. Instead of driving to one of restaurants nearby, a family could be well fed for a fraction of the price elsewhere...plus, the variety is great!

Excellent value mentions are the $1 breakfast (I'd skip on the "sweet" eggs though) and any of the kids meals. Heck, they'd let you order the kids meals even if it's obvious that it's for yourself. A great quick snack for under $2!

The ambiance is a your typical cafeteria, but with bonuses like a children's play area, baby-food prep section, and good natural lighting, it really benefits families.

2 Thumbs up for value and convenience.

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Libby's Kitchen3249 Porter St., Vancouver
Where's the filling??
Submitted Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

Before heading over to the Farmer's Market this weekend, my bf and I went to Libby's to grab a quick breakfast. I remembered reading some good reviews on this site so I hoped for the best.

We walked in and only 2 other patrons were inside along with 2 in the patio. I ordered a coffee and Libby's english muffin and bf ordered a ham and cheese croissant. I got my coffee right away and proceeded over to the sugar counter. I absolutely adored the antique stove they used as the unit and also little things like olden-day glass milk containers (for milk and cream) in a bucket with ice. Very charming.

We sat outside to enjoy the sunshine in the patio. Our food came very shortly after. My Libby's was tasty, but my microwaved eggs was still a little too raw for my liking. The yogurt that came with it was a nice healthy side.

Unfortunately, my bf's croissant was nothing but disappointing. a small croissant with ONE each paper-thin slice of ham and cheese and tomato. Really, you could barely see the ham. It was quite expensive for what he got.

Service was good - both were very friendly.

I'm torn with my decision - on one hand a place like this in a residential area must have a hard time making $, but to charge $6 for something costing them less than 1/3 that, is not nice.

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True Confections866 Denman, Vancouver
What happened?
Submitted Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 12:21pm [Dine in]

Largest dessert selection? Maybe. Best desserts? Not quite.

This is the location I frequent the most, but after my experience this past weekend, I don't think I will be running back for desserts anytime soon.
I agree the pros of this place is the massive selection of different desserts and the fact that they are open until late is quite attractive, but that's basically where the list ends.

I walked in and proceeded to the cashier counter as always for take-out. I don't know if it's because they've made more room for tables, but the walkway is too smooshy. I barely made it there without being elbowed by the sitting patrons or almost being ran over by the server delivering desserts to tables.

I ordered my usual: Lemon Heaven cake and also a slice of Mocha Buttercream. I also have to add that everytime I came here for take-out, the servers are a little snappy with attitude ringing up the order - I have no idea why. Is it because I'm not eating in (tipping)? Is it because I'm invading their cashier's space (lack of space elsewhere)? Anyway $19 later, I'm handed the bill and notice that, yet again, they've raised the prices! I understand the price of flour has gone up, but seriously...$10 for a slice of cake is pretty ridiculous. In fact, the size has gotten smaller too! The thickest part of the cake was no more than 1".

I just couldn't believe, that upsale restaurants offer extravagant desserts for around the same price. I wonder if the price increases have anything to do with the change in packaging of take-out boxes (rather cute, btw).

My Lemon Heaven was still tasty, but at those prices, I'd much prefer to drive over to Sweet Obsessions.

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Earls1601 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Rip off!
Submitted Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 4:03pm [Dine in]

Our group of 8 went to this Earl's yesterday to enjoy wings Wednesday. The dinner started off great - there were approximately 9 wing orders which everyone enjoyed.

The problem came when the bill arrived. Each order of wings had an add-on of $1 for celery and dip. Although only 1 person ASKED for the dip, the server never asked anybody if they wanted the add-on. In fact a couple we were with never even touch any of it.

So when we asked why we were charged for an add-on w/o requesting it, the server just said, "Oh, we never ask. That's just how it comes." But when we asked why they would charge for something that comes with the dish, her response was, "The wings come with it, we only don't charge the add-on if people request NOT to have it."

We all thought it was unfair, but she never offered to take the add-on off the bill, stating that it is normal procedure there.

We all felt very ripped off because all the other locations do ask whether to include the optional celery and dip.
At the end, we did not have to pay the add-on eventhough the server did not take it off the bill.

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Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant2149 Commercial Street, Vancouver
What I love about Vancouver
Submitted Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 3:20pm [Dine in]

...is the plethora of restaurants - Ethiopian, Peruvian, Asian, Westcoast, American - you name it, we probably have it!

While waiting quite some time for a seat at Me & Julio again, I spotted Harambe down the street and we decided to eat there instead. We got a seat right away.

We each ordered a dish and a mango juice. The mango juice is so delicious, btw. For first-timers though, it might look unappetizing because of its slimeyness. Get a large, because you'll probably regret ordering a small once you've tasted it.

My doro wot was deliciously spicy. The injera came flowing with the meal and as filling as it was, I could not stop eating. I have to say, Harambe is not as good as Fassil, IMHO, but really darn close.

The lady who served us, was super nice. I had a little bit of the sauce left and didn't want to bother packing such a small amount. She insisted I pack it to enjoy later on. I'm so thankful she did. I had the rest for lunch the next day with the extra injera that she included.

I'd definitely recommend Harambe for any one's first experience eating Ethiopian cuisine.

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La Casa Gelato1033 Venables Street, Vancouver
Hard to decide.
Submitted Wednesday, July 9, 2008 - 11:37am [Dine in]

After dinner yesterday, I headed over to La Casa with 2. As expected, hordes of people crowded the place. I can imagine how annoying it must be working here - giving out samples to those, whom some are just there sampling with no intention of buying ice cream.

There are pros and cons to having so many flavors - 218 to be exact. Pros: lots of selection, fun and funky flavors you wouldn't even think of (garlic, for example).
Cons: It's nearly impossible to make a decision with no regrets of "should have gotten that one instead", there are too many similar flavors with just different names, and lots of samplers meaning long wait time to get your scoop.

The price was a tad expensive. $8 for double scoop and $4 for a single scoop. When they say single scoop, they mean single scoop. A ball of ice cream sitting on a hollow waffle cone. Thank goodness this place isn't cash only like most other gelato shops.

After much deliberation, I made my choice: Bailey's Chocolate Cheesecake ice-cream. Sounded delicious and creamy, but unfortunately, I was disappointed. For ice-cream, it tasted almost watery. Yes, I know it's gelato and not a creamery, but the taste wasn't at all strong and I could only describe it as "watery" tasting.

La Casa has been around since forever, and it's still a great place to go in the summer, but sorry, I think the quality has declined.

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Me & Julio2095 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Worth the wait
Submitted Tuesday, July 8, 2008 - 5:13pm [Dine in]

I went with the girls on a night where we were lucky there was no line-up. Still, even with no line-up, it was pretty busy inside. I have to say, the interior here is better than Lolita's. Roomier tables and enough space between tables for comfort.
Overall, the restaurant has very nice decor, especially the tiki bar.

We choose to sit outside, and eventhough it was slightly chilly, the heat lamps made it perfect. We ordered a drink each. I agree with a previous reviewer, the cocktails were very strong. I know some would ask, "Are you crazy?!", but drinking a cocktail with no flavor other than the alcohol, is not so tasty. They weren't horrible, but I'd prefer taste over content.

We ordered food shortly when our drinks arrived. 2 ahi salads, 1 quesidilla and 1 portobello appie. The salads looks pleasing and were reported as tasty, especially with the mango slices. I tried a bit of the quinoa, and it was also tasty. I tried a bit of the portbello queso appie. It was warm, yummy, creamy and delicious. Kinda like a mushroom motoyaki! But with cheese.

My quesidilla wasn't your regular flour tortilla sandwich. It came empanada-style. They were amazing little hot pockets!! Needless to say, we all thoroughly enjoyed the food. Prices were okay. My quesidilla was under $10, the salads were about $13.

Our server was very nice, but the food took quite a while to arrive. But the wait was well-worth it!!

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Pajo's Fish & Chips3500 Bayview Street, Richmond
Love those cone-friendly furniture
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 4:40pm [Dine in]

After regretfully not going to Pajo's after eating at Shady Island and few weeks back, my sister and I were determined to finally try Pajo's given all the glorious reviews (word-of-mouth from all locations). Afterall, they are "famous".

We were at the Steveston Salmon Festival yesterday and waited at the Pajo's dock for what seemed like an eternity x2 (one line-up to order and one for p/u). We were hoping our wait in the boiling hot sun would be worth the trouble. Unfortunately, we were disappointed.
After about $28 later, we received our 2 large cod n' chips, and one small fish pieces. We proudly walked up the pier past all the people in line and luckily found a table. During our feast, we couldn't help but to notice that these fish n' chips were no better than those from Shady Island? I lightly picked up a peice of fish and was almost blinded from the reflection off the oil on my fingers from the sun. Could this be a case of not being able to keep up with the demand (overcrowding the deep fryer with massive amounts to fry)?

We finished our meal and by that time, they were limiting entry onto the dock like it was Boxing Day. I had to fight the urge to tell people it just wasn't that great.

On the plus side, I did love the cone-holder boxes to carry and unload food and I did love how all the tables (picnic, plastic patio, and deck chairs) had holes carved into them to hold the paper cones. I did not, however, appreciate the girl at the p/u counter rudely telling people, "Make sure you return the box before you eat." I understand the need for the returns, but don't say it so rudely.

I guess it's a "keep looking" for the perfect fish n' chips.

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Ebisu on Robson827 Bute Street, Vancouver
Love the cocktail glasses!
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

I wouldn't call Ebisu an izakaya, but it is a tapas restaurant.

Three of us went this past weekend and sat on the patio. Table and chairs were fine comfy-wise and the table's lazy susan was unnecessary since it was so small, but cute nonetheless.

They have a huge menu for food and drinks. I love how each drink was pictured and on the side, showed alcohol content. The best was the glass it was served it. Picture the top part of a martini glass nestled in a bowl-shaped (like a fish-bowl) glass filled with ice. Brilliant! Keeps the drink cold!

We ordered a few dishes to share. Overall, dishes were pretty tasty and very reasonably priced. However, I did not enjoy their Oyster motoyaki. The mayo sauce was thick and gummy. Kinda gross actually.

Great place to chill with friends over some drinks and snacks. Pretty good in my opinion. I would be return.

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Le Petit Saigon2783 E. Hastings St., Vancouver
Satisfied and full for next to nothing!
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

It really was cheaper eating here than to make dinner at home. For a small grilled chicken pho, grilled chicken dry egg noodle and a spring roll came out to less than $14.

My small pho was really large. Add the bean sprouts to it, and I couldn't finish it. The grilled chicken was nice and flavorful, but I really hate grilled chicken skin floating in my soupy pho. The other noodle dish was also reported good. The spring roll came nice and hot, but it was really small, IMO.

The restaurant looked clean, and they had a nice flat panel tv playing the food network. It was a nice touch which I thought made everyone (asian or non) feel welcome! The bunch of eating utensils looked and felt clean also.

It's always a pleasant surprise to encounter good service at asian restaurants, this one was shocking!! Everyone there was super nice to us.

Cheap eats + good food + great service = repeat customer.

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Morton's of Chicago, The Steakhouse750 W. Cordova Street, Vancouver
Something to look out for
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

I too, took advantage of their online coupon special last month. It was a great opportunity to sample one of Vancouver's best steak houses. Thank god for the coupon ($119, dinner for two) - it's definitely something to look out for in the future, I hear they have it once a year?

2 of our party of 4 ordered the dinner for 2 special and the other 2 basically ordered a steak each plus 1 salad for the same price! As part of the dinner for 2, we sampled a salad each, a hot appie each, our single filet mignon, a side vegetable each and a dessert each! I thought it was a excellent value (my value rating reflects without the coupon).

The started egg and onion house bread apparently is flown in and finished in their ovens. Truly delicious, being a huge bread fan! But it was difficult to slice on our own. I would have preferred if they at least scored it before serving. Everything was really delicious, but the most note-worthy items were the salads (particularly the Morton's and tomato w/ bleu cheese), and the desserts. The hot chocolate cake was heavenly as was the creme brule.

Yes, on the expensive side especially the $50 lone single porterhouse and not to forget $14 martinis, but it's definitely a must to experience at least once. I'd return in a heartbeat the next time I see another online coupon specials.

The ambiance was really nice. You walk in to the dining area and the aromas make you salivate from the moment you sit down to the last bite of dessert. I've never been to Chicago, but somehow it felt very Chicago-like to me.
The service was excellent throughout the evening. I can't fight giving them the glowing review. They made our evening a memorable one.

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Golden Oscar Cafe & Restaurant3868 Rupert Street, Vancouver
Cheap eats
Submitted Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

Please note my value rating reflects special dining hours, which usually applies when I'm there (either lunch time or after 9pm). My boyfriend and I ordered a meal each: pan fried rice noodle w/ beef, and black pepper spaghetti w/ chicken. They each came with a drink for under $7 each. Pretty large sizes too.

For that price, it paid to wait a bit later to have dinner - cheaper than cooking at home!

The ambiance improved a bit since my last visits, but everything else was consistant from at least 8 years ago.

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Waves Coffee House4250 Kingsway, #1, Burnaby
Coffee House? Or College?
Submitted Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 11:01am [Dine in]

Dislikes:
- No where to sit, EVERY seat was occupied by someone working/studying on their laptops still sipping on the same first coffee/tea for the past few hours.
- I could get a London Fog cheaper by far even at Starbucks. Also it was really really too sweet.
- Washrooms were disgusting according to 2 friends.
- Inconvenient parking situation.

Likes:
- Mightly Leaf tea
- Friendly service
That's it.

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Boss Bakery & Restaurant, The532 Main, Vancouver
You get what you pay for
Submitted Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 10:48am [Dine in]

Because I don't frequent Chinatown too often anymore and because there's another Boss in Metrotown (under renos though), I no longer go to this location very much. However, I found myself here again and have since decided that there are many other HK cafes better than this [location].

Like always, I ordered my breakfast combo usual with toast and milk tea. Eventhough it wasn't so busy because it was close to closing time, my meal tasted like it was rushed. My toast was barely toasted and my mini steak and eggs were swimming in a pool of grease. The center of the steak "cupped" about a tbsp of oil. Not very fun eating this.

My noodle course, was fine, but the pasta was overcooked. Don't get me wrong - it was good value for a quick snack (all for $6), but I remembered back in the old days when they took more care in their food and I didn't have a greasy heart attack afterwards.

Also, the staff before used to be really nice, these days (not the old staff), they'd much rather talk to each other.

After our meal, we were regretful that we didn't choose to eat snacks at the night market or even dine at Phnom Penh instead.

Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be back here anymore.

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Burgoo3096 Main Street, Vancouver
Perfect Patio
Submitted Monday, June 23, 2008 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

Finally, the Burgoo on Main is open! This was a great location for my first Burgoo experience. It just opened recently, and although the "grand-opening" kinks are noticeably apparent, my experience was still a good one.

My girlfriends and I sat inside. Regrettably, the patio was still a little too chilly to enjoy jacketless. The ambiance is, with no surprise, very cozy chalet-like. Eventhough very new, it had a very worn look to it.

We each enjoyed our picks from the menu. I had the Corn and Chicken Soup with Summer Greens - both very delicious. I though the prices were fair - neither good nor bad.
Service was friendly - but the wait time for our food was pretty long especially considering what we ordered. Soup (me only), salads, and tapenade.

At the end of the meal, the bill came in dimsum bamboo steamers. A creative way to present the bill, but IMHO, did not fit the ambiance of the place (barn-like atmosphere with checkered napkins).

Overall, great place and may be the start of a large patio trend on Main! Definitely will revisit for fondue!

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