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feedingtimeNorth BurnabySince May 22, 20074 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (3.8)
  • Food5 (4.8)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)

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Seri Malaysia Restaurant2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
It's all about the food
Submitted Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 4:34pm [Dine in]

Food: My family is from Malaysia and this is as close to the authentic taste of Malay cooking as you can get in this city. This is not Tropika or Banana Leaf "Malaysian cuisine" -- this is outdoor market, flies buzzing, stray cat prowling, open gutter kind of food. You'll leave smelling like belacan, but you won't regret it.

Service: It's a one-man show so don't expect any. You pretty much seat yourself, get your cutlery and pour your own water.....the owner/chef/server/host/busboy is busy cooking the meal for the table next to you.

Value: It's not street-food cheap, but it's good value even by Vancouver standards. "Mains" are about 10-15, specialty dishes are a bit more, however he's often out of the cool stuff like fish head curry so if you want to make sure you should call the day before.

Ambiance: Plastic chairs, plastic tables, some token things on the wall and a tv that's never on. It's a hole-in-the-wall, literally. It works with the food and the neighbourhood though.

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Chill Restaurant5507 Kingsway, Burnaby
Diamond in the rough
Submitted Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 8:27pm [Dine in]

Chill sets the bar for what a good bubbletea cafe should be in Burnaby. Been there a couple times now and they nail everything here: fresh and creative bbteas, above average food, cool space and good value for money. They have the usual bbteas and tea lattes, and a few unique house specials such as "Cookies and Cream." The bartender told me they will be serving alcoholic bbteas soon too. Their mango slush is the best I've had anywhere and their pearls, which to me really separates the average tea from the sublime, were just al dente and flavorful, the way they should be.

The tomato beef noodle soup was incredible - the thick beef chunks just melted in my mouth and the noodles were pleasantly chewy. The lamb stirfry had that nice smoky flavor that comes from proper wok cooking, another good sign that food is the emphasis here. Definitely try the fried oysters -- they're *awesome.* There is a definite emphasis on the food aspect of the menu here, unlike many other cafes. The service was the only aspect that could use improvement. The servers were a bit disorganized and forgot our place settings, but were nonetheless friendly and enthusiastic. Part of the growing pains of a new restaurant I'm sure.

I thought the last thing Burnaby needed was another bbtea cafe but Chill sets the bar for where I hope the trend is going. Overall, this is one of the best new lunch, light dinner or after dinner chill spots in Burnaby. I'm just surprised more people haven't heard of this place yet.

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Pearl Drops Teahouse422 Willingdon, Burnaby
A new level of bubble tea
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 3:48pm [Dine in]

If you're used to the chain bubble tea places like Bubble World you're in a for real surprise. A perfect example is their organic pearl milk tea. I was shocked....SHOCKED to see that they make it with steeped (for precisely three and a half minutes) loose black tea and you can really taste the difference. Also....no powdered milk/coffee whitener in sight! Today I ordered the hot organic chocolate tea latte served with a marshmallow and cinnamon shavings with get this....a stick of cinnamon tucked in the sleeve for aroma! Awesome. I'm drinking it right now and it's like a light hot chocolate with slight black tea notes. The owner/chef/barista really cares about his menu and the staff tastes each beverage before it goes out. Quality is obviously a high priority. I haven't tried their food menu yet but I will soon and let y'all know.

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Vita Bella Ristorante4544 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Excellent food....but
Submitted Sunday, November 25, 2007 - 2:17am [Dine in]

I had a similar experience to Putnam. My girlfriend and I, both casually dressed, decided to try this place out late on a Saturday night since it's in my neighbourhood and all, and were greeted with basically a "what? you didn't *call* beforehand?!?" Funny, since there were two free tables and at least one of them wasn't reserved (ours).

We ordered a pasta each, neither of us having a large appetite that night, and my Linguine Fumate (linguine with smoked duck breast) was delicious. Smoky, sweet, and creamy. Definitely a must-try. Her Spaghettini Bolognese was also good, not overwhelmed by the meat or tomato like at other places, and a nice balance of sweet and wine-y. Both pastas were cooked quite al dente, which I personally like.

The service on the other hand, was consistent with how we were greeted. We had to ask for bread and the waiter gave some lame excuse about "oh, I think we *just* ran out - it's been a busy night" but of course, magically found some. We had to ask to fill her water and our food took about 20 minutes.

The ambience was comfortable, with olive hued walls, tiled floors, and subdued lighting. It was loud however, so maybe not a place for a quiet romantic dinner -- more like a romantic dinner in an Italian kitched at suppertime. Still, a good restaurant should provide all guests with equal hospitality, and that certainly wasn't the case for us. Although I'll be back for another, more complete meal, first impressions are a killer.

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