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foodfanaticSouth VancouverSince August 26, 2005286 Reviews
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Pho 99 Vietnamese Noodle House403 North Road, #302, Coquitlam
Good place for a late night bite.
Submitted Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 1:11am [Dine in]

Only, AVOID THE CHICKEN WINGS!

Okay, that said, the pho is not bad at all. I was strangely impressed by the taste and portions when I wasn't really expecting much walking in the first time (when there was a long line up for the Korean restaurant next door--and the subsequent visits for much of the same reason). Lots of choices on the menu.

Relatively clean dining area. Solid service.

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Rakuraku Korean Cuisine5278 Kingsway, Burnaby
Large portions! Delicious deep fried gyoza!
Submitted Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 1:02am [Dine in]

Excellent deep fried gyozas! Skin seems breaded like Shanghai plain buns (10pc for $7.95). The batter to filling ratio is perfectly balanced--juicy & light! Seafood pancakes ($13.95) aren't too thick w/dough like most places seem to be guilty of. Sometimes the centre gets a little soggy, but still not intolerably so. I'd pass on the "hotpot" (spicy soups) ($14.95 for seafood). The rice plates are all generously LARGE portions! I mean large enough for several ppl to share. The bulgogi rice has a PILE of beef & very tastily marinated at only $8.95 served w/half a plate of rice. The assorted BBQ skewers are tasty & well worth $13.95 for 14 sticks (a pair each of pork, chicken, mushrooms, rice cakes, green/red peppers, fish cake & sliced sausages! The fried rice topped with a sunnyside egg is delicious as well! To top off all of that, most nights (or every night except maybe if they run out?) well into your meal, you will likely receive complimentary of the Rakuraku, a BBQ mackeral on sizzling hot plate free!. Lots & lots more food to share or stuff yourself silly!

Tap water in a jug so order your choice of beer/soju/pop/OJ.

If u're seated by the usual female server & u aren't given a menu right away, don't just sit around waiting for it to come--chances are, it never will--so wave her down or get one of the male servers & ask for one. The food comes quick & the service isn't snooty, it just seems absent if u aren't more actively grabbing their attention. Half (or all of) the time, when they're filling up, watching the waitress clean tables is rather shocking as everything gets swept onto the floor/benches w/her dish towel while she's in a hurry to get people seated. Good thing is, there doesn't seem to be a build-up of filth on the floor so this should mean that they do a proper job of cleaning and mopping up at the end of the night.

Visa, M/C & interac. They seem to stay busy nightly w/walk-ins. Clientel mainly young & Korean.

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Thyme Court Seafood Restaurant8111 Leslie Road, Richmond
Stinks of a butcher shop.
Submitted Saturday, June 3, 2006 - 7:39pm [Dine in]

The new name of the restaurant looks and sounds elegant--that's about as far as that goes.

Upon stepping inside what once used to be Chen's and then before that, various other Chinese seafood restaurants of varying names, you will see that not a single attempt at renovating--cleaning up the place--was made. The worn-down carpetting is dingier than ever covered in dark stains and water spills. The ventilation is so poor (does the fan not work??) that the entire time you're there, it's difficult to miss the odour of bloody dead cattle--if you're not sitting by the window with the draft coming through the old frames, you may end up physically sick before you can make it out the door again. The heat? What heat? So maybe if you must try the place, go when it's warmer (though who knows how bad the odour will be inside at such temperatures) so you won't be freezing the entire time or be sure to bring a coat as even the manager (boss?) and the cashier lady are all wearing either a jacket or a fleece vest over their shirt & tie.

Food? I'm not sure how many days or weeks they wait between changes of oil in the deep fryer. The staple siu mai's and such are $4-5 per, counted as a "large" item so it ain't cheap either. Such a dingy place usually takes away comfort in place of cheap bargain eats, but this is not the case here. It's just a matter of time before this location experiences another management change or simply change of name and run it all the same as before. Definitely never going back for a 2nd mistake!

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New Shanghai City Restaurant7506 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
One of the best Fried Rice Cake with preserved veggies!
Submitted Saturday, June 3, 2006 - 7:25pm [Dine in]

Instead of ordering the usual fried Shanghai rice cake (with beef & soy & plenty of oil), try the lighter version that's made with some kind of preserved (or not) vegetables (I forget what it's called)! It's so good! Their soy drinks hot/cold is well-made as is the deep fried doughnut stick that goes with the soy drink/soup. Their orange peel beef is delicious when they make it with enough heat! There are times when it's just all sweet & soury with little heat that it only leaves the crispy texture to satisfy you--also, be sure to have it with the bowl of rice they include in the order though the hot & sour soup that comes with it as well could just as well be left untouched. The xiao long bao's are standard, so you can just avoid ordering it. The pan fried dumplings are not bad, as is the xiang zian bao (very juicy inside, so beware of hot soup/juice squirting out across the table when you eat it!).

Eat in or order for take-out. Friendly service all around. The dining area is pleasantly clean--never been to the washroom(s), so I can't say anything about that.

All in all, great value, and if you order right, great flavours to be had here in this somewhat small establishment. It is attached to the grocery store in front of the bus stop on the same side of the street as the bottle depot.

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Feenie's2563 W Broadway, Vancouver
One of my favourite destinations for brunch!
Submitted Saturday, June 3, 2006 - 7:09pm [Dine in]

Very reasonable pricing for west end dining. Portions are even a little more generous than some other places I have been to, so it all depends on what you're used to.

Service was always friendly and pleasant for me and even fairly accomodating for some diet-related restrictions for my dining party. The drinks are usually quick to arrive though the food consistently seems to take a while longer... probably less than half an hour in most days, though it feels possible that long. So go on a nice bright day & not too hungry then you might not notice the slower than expected kitchen.

The Feenie burger is juicy and thick especially if you add the extra serving of bbq beef rib meat, it'll taste even better--though might get a little messy. The onion tart is delicious! Love the crust! The portion allows enough room for dessert if you are a semi-lighter lunch eater. The creamsicle and sorbets are mouth-watering delicious! It's easy to be tempted to make a meal out of all of the dessert offerings. The duck leg with hard-boiled egg on salad is so beautifully presented, I'd order that again and again just so that I can see such adorable plating work. And then there's the french toast... mmm.

For breakfast/brunch/lunch fare, Feenies is probably the way to go while for dinner, treat yourself to Lumiere.

Ambience varies depending on which section of the restaurant you get seated at. If it's the room by the patio then it will definitely be a brighter, noisier experience. If you want a classier, romantic one, get seated in the area at the back or anywhere in the room right in front once you enter the restaurant.

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Garden City Hot Pot Restaurant8788 McKim Way, #1205, Richmond
Love their baked BBQ pork buns!
Submitted Saturday, June 3, 2006 - 6:46pm [Dine in]

The best baked BBQ pork buns I've ever had! Think Chinese mini pineapple bun exterior crossed with BBQ pork bun filling! Delicious! Their sister restaurant across the street (Top Gun) does a cheap crumbling, deflated imitation of the same stuff.

They don't have too many choices for the standard dimsum items but it's well worth going just for the buns (Gwei Fei Bao). The tea leaves you get (though you pay something like $3 per cup/order) to pour your own tea with beats the usual tea pot or tea bag variety. It's fun to see who can master the art of pouring through the traditional cups into your drinking cup without spilling a drop!

If you're going for the hot-pot, the fatty meats are fresh and delicious, as is the choice of soup base for the hot pot. And if you want it hot, you will get it plenty chili-ified! There are plenty of sauces for you to choose from, too, when you order the hotpot menu. They cart around the stuff for you to choose your choice mix from (pepper+parsley+chilipaste+soy or what have you--a ton to mix & match with) yielding a mouth-watering dip for your hotpot meats! The seafood is fresh enough for you to eat sashimi-style! They even include wasabi & soy for you, if you so choose to consume it that way. They can get fairly busy at times, so reservations is always recommended as well as arriving on time or a little before the appointed time in case you still have to wait a little. Though they have a free parkade, it fills up rather quickly for the building complex as there are other eateries sharing the plaza, so be ready for the paid street parking!

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Bogart's Chophouse & Bar1619 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Average pricing; A safe bet.
Submitted Saturday, June 3, 2006 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

Very casual though noisy, it's great to go with a few people, a large party or even bring your kids along. Live music or no, it's generally loud enough that restless, semi-rowdy children will go unnoticed. Prices are more than reasonable. The BBQ back pork ribs and lamb shank are tender, though too bad the lamb is still a little too gamey for me. The steaks are inconsistently, and unevenly cooked. One half of it can turn out medium to well, while the other 50% divided vertically down the centre can be thoroughly pink when medium-rare is requested. The mashed potatoes are smooth and buttery--simply perfect! The martinis aren't potent enough but they do sport a fairly large list of it.

The service is alright.

Nothing exceptional, but a good solid choice for the price range.

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New Town Bakery & Restaurant148 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Unique/classic apple pie/turnover.
Submitted Saturday, June 3, 2006 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

Once every couple of years when I have a craving for their old fashioned--what I can only assume is Asian-style--apple turnovers (they call tarts or pie) though I've never managed to finish an entire one myself. They've managed to keep it consistently the tasty and different from what you get in most other bakeries. The buns are large though the prices make up for that, so in the end, it's not any kind of a deal, really. I don't go there for that though. And then again, it's been many many many years since I've actually sat inside. That aside, I would definitely recommend a quick run in & out to try out the apple turnover/pie.

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Ningtu2130 Kingsway St., Vancouver
Solid all around for lunch & dinner.
Submitted Sunday, May 28, 2006 - 12:54am [Dine in]

Since a lot of Shanghai dishes are based around buns, dumplings, noodles, etc.--basically flour/yeast intensive items, this place actually manages to pull it off quite well. There are those that prefer thinner skin on their dumplings and those that prefer thicker. Sometimes it's region-dependent whether you're more used to the Northern or Southern China cuisine, other times, it's simply a matter of preference. At Ningtu, they seem to lean towards the thicker skin/dough type which I normally would not have been able to appreciate except that they do it well without giving off a raw-doughy taste and texture.

I can't say there are any exceptional dishes but neither are there any that are less than solid. All tasty and all well-prepared.

So far no where beats the soup dumplings (xiao long bao) at Northern Dynasty on Alexandria Rd. in Richmond--but that's for another review.

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Green Lettuce1949 Kingsway, Vancouver
Flavourful with plenty of heat!
Submitted Sunday, May 28, 2006 - 12:36am [Dine in]

Plenty of sauce for most to the point of having a little too much for some. It would be a plus if they do indicate somewhere on the menu which orders/dishes of meat items are actually battered up and fried before being drenched in the sauce of whichever dish you fancy. My guess is all of the dishes that state "sliced fish" equates "battered-deep-fried ling cod slices"--and some of the chicken--(my guess of fish type) possibly to prevent the delicate pieces from crumbling upon being tossed into the sauces/mix of various dishes--also speeds up the cooking and prep time & keeps longer.

If I recall correctly, the Ginger Beef actually shares the same base sauce as the Curry Fish dish (which I assume all "curry" + choice of meat dishes share) except that the curry has *drumroll* curry powder mixed in. Both are alright so long as you don't order them together otherwise it's an overdose of similar sauces.

Love the pakoras, papadums & mini deep fried buns! The rice bowls are generous in portion. A small is enough for 2 while medium serves 4-6 (soup/noodle sized bowl) for only $1.10 & $2.25 respectively.

The Pili Chicken is nicely flavoured but it still means you're getting a whole lot of sauce with chunks/slices of chicken mixed in some pepper greens, etc.. The veggie dishes are mainly stir fried w/too much oil.

The Manchurian Style Chicken Chow Mein is tastefully simple without the usual thin crispy noodles expected of "chow mein"'s of any variety. It's a slightly thicker noodle used.

The hot & sour soup does definitely pack plenty of heat & not too much thickening agent.

Drinks are either bottled or canned & quite reasonably priced. The deep fried banana is quite average so I tend to skip the dessert course.

Service is as good as it could possibly be when it's usually fairly hectic as it's busy even on wkdays, but especially so nearing the weekend. They take reservations, so that is advised.

MC/VISA/Interac/Cash.

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Cafe D'Lite3144 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Overpriced & lacking in flavours & portion.
Submitted Saturday, May 27, 2006 - 11:53pm [Dine in]

I was really excited to try the Hainanese chicken due to the reviews I've read about its excellency as well as from a recommendation by a friend's friend. Ok, the portion was inadequate to say the least. If you tried to reconstruct it, you _might_ be able to rebuild half of a spring chicken but definitely not "half" of anything else. The skin-to-meat ratio isn't good at all. Lots of fatty skin with very thinly sliced meat, again, suspiciously of spring sized poultry. Also, the fact that they choose not to use quality chicken (free-range or otherwise), it already left it lacking in the Hainanese flavours except the sauces that go with it are pretty good. No chicken-fat coated rice offered along with it nor in the menu is fine--so there's "white rice" (plain) and "yellow rice" (ok, perhaps those are flavourless ginger bits mixed in but it still came off quite bland--just yellow in colour--but what anemic portions. It's fine that they don't include the nicely salt roasted peanuts with the hint of chicken fat that a lot of other places include w/ this dish, but again, it's definitely not worth the price tag. Only positive thing I have to say about this is that having the option of eating deboned chicken is quite appealing but flavour takes priority.

The curry briskets are more fat than flesh and definitely not marinated/cured with the curry as it's lacking flavour & juice that normally takes a lot of straight-up plain boiling to destroy the taste of.

Stay away from the overpriced & disappointing cold/iced specialty drinks like the chendol and especially the $4.25 iced longan drink that seems to use the cheap preserved longan fruit (very few & small at that) overwhelmed by a glass full of malted corn syrup water... oh, with cubes of ice.

It's no wonder they're located where they are as I doubt they'd be able to survive for long in the competitive Asian areas.

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Vogue Chinese Restaurant3779 Sexsmith Road, #1118, Richmond
Nice decor.
Submitted Saturday, May 27, 2006 - 11:05pm [Dine in]

Prices are average. Food is tasty but the Shanghai-influenced dishes such as anything noodle or dough-related fried or in soup are not very good in texture (I'm guessing they don't make the noodles themselves so they might want to look into purchasing another brand of noodles). The Shanghai soup dumplings (siu leong bao) is not something I'd care to order twice. The beef/onion wrap/rolls are too thick with dough and somewhat too raw-flour-y tasting--again, their flour/noodle related dishes should be avoided while the sauces are done right, the quality and texture of the other isn't.

I can't comment on their Taiwanese specialty dishes of internal organs as I don't usually make a point to eat most of that stuff by choice.

Remember to bring cash with you!

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Patisserie Lebeau1728 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Love, love, LOVE their waffles!
Submitted Saturday, May 27, 2006 - 10:46pm [Dine in]

D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S. waffles! Take the time on a nice Saturday morning/afternoon to relax in one of their few seats available while anticipating the arrival (go to the counter to pick up yourself) of your freshly warmed strawberry belgium waffle with blueberries and whipped cream! Can't find any fault in their lightly crisped waffles and fresh fruits. If you don't have the room in your stomach to add on a few pastries, buy them to go! Love their rice pudding pastry and croissants, etc. Their lemon tarts are nowhere as good as Sen5es' lemon tarts but they're still alright.

Love their hot chocolate! Not your typical instant Carnation powder hot chocolate that a lot of places seem to use for default (which is not so bad actually). It actually tastes like they use a nice darker cocoa variety (never stood around to watch them make it so I can't say for sure--and have yet to get around to inquiring about it).

Makes for a great brunch before walking up W. 4th for a nice day of shopping!

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Continental Coffee1806 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Choice of chocolate or regular whipped cream for drinks!
Submitted Saturday, May 27, 2006 - 10:37pm [Dine in]

Love the concept--chocolate whipped cream topping a hot chocolate--now we just need to drop in a piece of dark chocolate truffle to melt inside for even greater choco enhancement. That aside, I found I am actually interested in their refreshing iced chai much more so than the hot chocolate.

Great friendly service and a fairly busy cafe--difficult at times to find any seating, but then again, I usually like it to-go.

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Caffe Artigiano763 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Love their panini's!
Submitted Saturday, May 27, 2006 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

Great pressed/grilled panini's though it seems to take a while to heat up. Avoid the tiramisu if that's still available. Pretty coffee art but I'm generally not a coffee drinker, though I have the occassional cup when I'm not too into a place's hot chocolate, so I can't comment on whether or not the coffee here is better than, say, Starbucks, JJ Bean, Blenz, or the million other coffee shops.

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Super Happiness6007 Fraser St, Vancouver
Can't understand the traffic going through there.
Submitted Saturday, May 27, 2006 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

Decent Chinese cuisine, however, nothing that stands out and definitely not worth the price tag. Most definitely not much "bang for your buck" as there are plenty of other places to go for better tasting food at similar or lesser prices.

Service is standard. Restaurant is relatively clean--not sure about the bathrooms, but definitely not worth another visit.

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Cafe Crepe1032 Robson St, Vancouver
Nutella banana crepe *drool*
Submitted Saturday, May 27, 2006 - 9:46pm [Dine in]

Okay, they used to make them a lot better... when the old owner guy was there to add a touch of natural salt to the crepes as he slaves over the heated crepe-making pan and in the open kitchen of the Robson store in the midst of the summer heat, dripping, and dripping away.... The tuna crepes are good, too. When he's not there, one of the young guys making them are still not bad... but as more locations started sprouting everywhere and more and more young'uns are hired on it has gotten to be a hit & miss. Sometimes sloppily wrapped crepes (love eating on-the-go especially on a cold wet day outside--one can appreciate the juicy warmth of a nicely wrapped crepe all the more) depending on the person making your order. It has gotten to be so-so with the dispassionate looking part-timer school kids there to just make some summer cash. Regardless, whenever I have a craving for nutella banana crepes, this is the location I go to for it--for now.

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Eatery, The3431 W Broadway, Vancouver
Fun, lively atmosphere.
Submitted Saturday, May 27, 2006 - 9:35pm [Dine in]

The sushi is... okay......... the sushi rolls have refridgerated-cold-semi-hardened rice. Better to order any of the other selections. Lots of food to choose from on the menu! Fun, lively room though most of the seatings are a little too close together giving it a more crowded feeling.

Avoid the banana ice cream desserts! Both of them (a Malay-type and the banana split variety)! Little banana, and lots of melted (not melting) whipped cream and, well, some okay ice cream. So I guess it is possible to go wrong with bananas & ice cream in desserts.

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Tropika1128 Robson Street, Vancouver
Solid all around.
Submitted Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 12:29am [Dine in]

The flavours aren't lacking and the service has always been pleasant and friendly, in spite of the fact that all of the above still cannot beat that which you will find in the Cambie location.

A great place to eat on Robson when you're not sure where you'd like to go and if you craved for something a little spicy and tangy. Always great roti's--absolutely love the curry sauce that goes with it.

When you can't make it over the bridge to the Cambie location, visit this Robson one! And definitely less crowded.

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Hart House6664 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Beautiful rooms, relaxing atmosphere.
Submitted Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 12:18am [Dine in]

Love the ambiance. Spacious dining areas but might also depend on which area/room you get seated in. Beautiful lawn outside and garden house for receptions and/or other special parties/events.

Service is friendly & the rooms are elegant without being stifling. Food is great! Love their soups! Their mains are delicious as well. Though the brunch menu is somewhat limited in variety, each of the dishes is well-prepared anyway. Go for regular lunch or dinner and try the other dishes. You might find something you can enjoy better than brunch!

Go for the atmosphere! Very relaxing and pleasant--although with the trees that are somewhat in the way, not sure which window you should try to sit by to get a better view of the lake... as one of the rooms with a good view of the garden and a little opening displaying the lake, is still somewhat blocked by branches & trees though I've only been during the fall and winter seasons, I wonder if at other times of the year, when the trees are at full bloom, if you'd get any good view of the water from inside the restaurant/house.

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