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FoodMan99Surrey , B.C.Since February 24, 201166 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value3 (3.1)
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Sushi Tengoku10194 152nd Street, Surrey
New chefs and you'd have a winner
Submitted Friday, May 27, 2011 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

This place has just reopened, and although it's surrounded by other options for Japanese cuisine, there isn't a particularly GOOD sushi option nearby. Basically, the area is ripe for the picking, and Tengoku could easily capitalize on this.

Servicewise, the place stands head and shoulders above the local competition, and ranks high among some of the better sushi places downtown. You're greeting very well, receive a fond farewell and are offered tea while waiting for takeout. They really seem genuine and this extends to everyone working there who comes in contact with you, not just the servers. I've been twice, and the second time I stuck around to take in the very clean and attractive dining area, roomy but still intimate. The chef works in a station open to the rest of the restaurant, which is fairly creatively set up.

Value is what you'd expect. You're paying about 10-12 for a couple rolls, with the cheap ones like California going for about 4 dollars.

The real problem is the food. The sushi here is pretty average, despite coming in many different types and flavours. What point is having a volcano roll if it isn't tasty? The deep frying isn't executed particularly well either. Even basic rolls aren't as good as they could be, and this alone is holding back what would become the best sushi joint in the Guildford area.

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Joey1424 West Broadway, Vancouver
Great alternative to Cactus Club and Earls
Submitted Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 2:21am [Dine in]

This place does everything right from the moment you walk in. You're greeted by people who are enthusiastic about making a good first impression, and they continue to attend to you throughout the evening. They have the skill and knowledge to make suggestions, without coming across fake or overly trained. It makes for an interesting ambiance, with smiling waitresses and waiters moving about and lively discussion at every table. It all feels a little too much at times, and perhaps a bit more intimacy could be encouraged. That said, our server was charismatic and engaging enough to get over being a bit intrusive as we ate and talked.

The food itself is delicious, and I recommend getting a dish that will let you try the scrumptious crispy mashed potatoes. The salmon is good, so are the pastas and the portions you get represent the price you pay, which will be in the range of 16-25 for a main dish.

Next time you`re looking for a simple night out at a mid-level, Keg or Earls-type restaurant, give Joey`s a try if you haven`t before. It didn`t disappoint me.

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C Restaurant1600 Howe Street, #2, Vancouver
Fine dining, average food
Submitted Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 5:36pm [Dine in]

The experience is on par with what you'd expect from fine dining; dedicated service, long wait times between dishes and a high cost (of course), but the food doesn't exactly match up.

I tried C Restaurant for lunch and gave the 4-course tasting menu a whirl, and started with some drinks. A word of advice... don't start with drinks. Some of the worst I've had. They'll also set you up with some bread, which is what it is. Hopefully you and your party or significant other will have plenty to discuss, because the entire meal will take upwards of 1.5 hours.

Despite that, the food is decent. Nothing special, but presented with enough flair and pompt to make it worth a one-off visit. I subbed in the bisque for the starter which was fairly good, and the fish is cooked extraordinarily well. The prawns are very nice but the meals never approach anything that justifies their high cost.

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Reef, The4172 Main Street, Vancouver
Nothing spectacular
Submitted Monday, April 11, 2011 - 1:43pm [Dine in]

I don't think anything beyond the Island Thyme Chicken really stands out as being special at The Reef. They start you out with some Johnny bread which isn't really my thing (a bit on the bland, tastless side and with a rough, chewy texture) and that leads in to a selection of pretty standard fare food. Burgers, wraps, none of which come with anything that makes them distinct from a place such a Red Robin. This isn't to say any of it is bad. The burger I had, the Moco (or something), was actually really nice. But it was just a burger.

The Island Thyme Chicken, on the other hand, IS worth a try. It's got nice taste and texture, and comes with mashed potatoes and veggies. Nice sides.

The BURGER THOUGH, it came with these plantain fries which weren't so good. Again, bad texture, bland taste. They through some mustard dip along with it for some reason, but that doesn't help. This place is without charm foodwise and offers little to differentiate itself from the similar foods you can find everywhere around it.

The decor and service is on the nice side though. It's small but cozy, with a kitchy Carribbean feel that is well complimented by the laid-back, polite service. Again, nothing spectacular, but nothing terrible.

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Nicli Antica Pizzeria62 East Cordova, Vancouver
Excellent Pizza, expensive drinks!
Submitted Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 11:15am [Dine in]

I tried this relatively new restaurant for the first time on a weekday dinner rush, and waited for about 15 minutes for a table. The staff was very friendly and attentive during this period, fixing drinks and chatting with us while going about their business. Although the place is very small and somewhat cramped, the setup is interesting, with tables to one side and a standing bar along with an open kitchen on the other. They've done a lot with a small space, although the decor is a bit too bright and plain.

On to the important stuff though. The pizza here is pretty terrific. I kept it simple and tried the margharita, and it was one of the best I've had in Vancouver. It, along with our other dish, a Bianca pizza (which was very good as well, although a bit oily) came very quickly and tasted warm, fresh and delicious. The pizza is very thin, with amazing, crunchy crusts and a soft center that requires you to use the knife and fork at times. The drinks that accompany the food are hip and enjoyable, if a bit expensive.

For my dinner, the Margharita ran at $12, the drinks were about $10 each and the Bianca was around $14. With tax and before tip, dinner for two came to just under $50, and it's a lot less if you're planning on just doing water. A fair price, although personally, I'd skip the bar if I went again. The cocktails were pleasant, but I'd only pay that much again on a special occasion.

As for the pizza though, I'm definitely coming back for that, and I encourage anyone who likes a thin crust, Naples-style pizza to try it out. You'll probably love it too.

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Sophie's Cosmic Cafe2095 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Decent if you're hungry
Submitted Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

They won't shortchange you on the portions at Sophie's Cosmic Cafe (what makes it cosmic, you ask? Not too sure. It certainly isn't the theme or the decor, which is kind of retro and very much tacky), and although they've got great toast, the rest is pretty average.

The eggs are super small, the hash browns are simply ok, and the bacon is... bacon. Nothing really stands out, and although you're getting a lot, you'd expect that at the price you pay. It's about 10 bucks for a standard breakfast with toast, eggs, bacon and hash browns, and the service is nothing special either.

Feel free to check it out, but there are better breakfast options on the same block.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House18690 Fraser Highway, Unit 302, Surrey
Great food, huge portions!
Submitted Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

Memphis Blues serves up some pretty heavy duty food, so despite a rather high price, you're getting your money's worth. That is, if you enjoy southern comfort food that's not at ALL healthy but will just absolutely melt in your mouth.

I've tried two dishes now (you can buy from a wide variety of meats, from pulled pork to sausage, ribs to bbq chicken) and they both were terrific. Pulled pork especially, and if it's your first time going there, I'd recommend starting there.

Also grab the fries, as while Memphis makes a decent potato salad, the french fries are out of this world good.

Meals also come served with beans, cornbread and coleslaw, and if the idea of getting a full meal doesn't appeal to you, there's always sandwiches and side orders.

The service is very good, and the staff is polite and easy going. You go in, order at the table, seat yourself and they bring the food over. Food that's pretty expensive, bringing me to value. You're getting a lot for what you pay for, and if you can eat it all, great. I couldn't, but I came close (I'm a pretty skinny guy)

Lastly... ambiance. The place is pretty small and kind of empty (as is every place in Grandview Corners), but I bet it'll be bustling come Summer and that'll help a lot. They have a distinctively Sourthern feel to the somewhat sparse decor.

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Eatery, The3431 W Broadway, Vancouver
Great Sushi experience that's not "same old, same old"
Submitted Friday, March 25, 2011 - 2:14pm [Dine in]

When you go downtown for Sushi, this place isn't the norm. It's a hip, edgy location without coming off pretentious that presents itself is a trendy, casual japanese joint. The servers and the inspiration for the food comes from all backgrounds which is nice, you'll get a mix of east-meets-west with many rolls and dishes, while still maintaining the obvious classics (IE california rolls, miso soup, tempura)

For my visit, I got the Volcano and Green Hornet rolls (both excellent), some honey chicken (not too bad) and a curried indian chicabacka-something. The service was a bit slow but very friendly and inviting, and the price came to under $30 for two.

As for ambiance, you'll either hate it or love it. Very dark, a lot of oranges and reds in the lights and a whole lot of Astroboy. There's a level of humour and fun that comes with the place (neon signs that say Miso Horny) and an overall casual attitude from both the servers and the customers. If this sounds your bag, and you like trying somewhat experimental sushi, this place'll probably entertain you well.

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Flaming Wok1349 Guildford Town Centre, Surrey
Hit and miss
Submitted Friday, March 11, 2011 - 3:56pm [Take-out]

It's mall food so you get what you expect, but Flaming Wok can actually be ok on occasion... other times it's just slimy and gross. The food is often goopy, soaked in sauce and entrees can radically shift in texture from bite to bite. Not really recommended.

Every now and then though, the food here is more acceptable, and if you need a chinese fix at the mall, it's cheap so why not take a chance. Their chicken (usually sesaeme or honey garlic) is a fairly safe bet, & the noodles and rice are both average if you're looking for suggestions.

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Red Star Seafood Restaurant8298 Granville Street, Vancouver
Great Dim Sum outshines old-fashioned feel
Submitted Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

I've been here a couple times now for Dim Sum and the food is great. They give you a fairly large menu with plenty of selection, and have delicious little dessert items, if you choose. One item they do particularly well is prawns. Service-wise, they are quick, fairly polite and bring food and clear away dishes promptly. There isn't a lot of friendliness as they set about the task at hand, but they're still very courteous at Red Star.

The one problem (it isn't a dealbreaker or anything) with Red Star is ambiance. The place feels so old-fashioned, and believe me, has the crowd to go with that. Most are 45-50+ years old, with few other young diners inside. Again, not a big deal, but at least you'll know the crowd and atmosphere before going.

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Steveston Pizza Co.14016 32nd Avenue, #203, White Rock
Pizza for rich people
Submitted Monday, March 7, 2011 - 9:56am [Take-out]

Steveston Pizza is strangely located in a suberbs-locked little outlet, and presumably serves the rich folks who live in White Rock. What you get for that money is a wide variety of different pizzas cooked thin-crust with tonnes of toppings.

Is the pizza any good? Well... it's certainly a step up from Panagos, Dominos, Pizza Hut etc. It's not gourmet eating or anything and bears a bit of a prohibitive pricetag for me to want to go their again.

On my first visit, I picked up a small "fire" pizza and a "C-2 (or C-3, can't quite recall). The fire was great, the C one not so much. What I took away is that the pizza is for people who want complex, experimental pizzas rather than a quick pizza fix.

Servicewise though, this place shines through. The staff is great and quick to attend, and really bring it.

Honestly, this place would be quite a nice little joint if it wasn't for value. You just aren't getting enough bang for your buck here. A bulk of their selection only comes in medium, and with their more 'random' pizzas, it's nice to be able to try a small first. I paid $50 for the two pizzas; that's quite a lot and not something I'd repeat.

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Wok Box2285 160th St, #10, Surrey
Expensive for what you get
Submitted Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 4:05pm [Take-out]

It's pretty expensive, so I usually steer clear but when I do go it's always very nice. I love the food (and yeah, it has absolutely been Canadianized but it's still good) and the service deserves the 5-star rating for every time I've been. The staff is so enthusiastic, and interestingly come from a wide variety of backgrounds rather than being all-Asian. This really helps project their Canadian fusion feel, and Wok Box is a cool blend of east-meets-west that is a good little takeout dinner you can grab rather than standard fast food.

But beware the price, because even for a small box you're going to be getting into the $8-9 range, and the small box is smaaaall.

Feel free to ask for suggestions too, they'll happily give you what turned out to be great advice for me. I loved their choices.

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Foggy Dew Irish Pub405 North Road, Coquitlam
Great bar staff
Submitted Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 3:59pm [Dine in]

I'm just going to review the bar section, since I just went on a weekend after it changes over to a club.

For the bar, the staff is both talented and friendly. The bouncers are typical stonefaced, passive-aggressive dudes with huge arms and scowls on their faces, but the bar staff make up for it. They're never to busy to grab you an ice water if you need it, and will entertain making complicated drinks. I'm not too sure what was going on at one point, but they lit a drink on FIRE! Wow!

The value is a mixed bag; drinks are on par with most pubs and clubs, with domestics at about 5-6 and shots going upwards.

The place itself is rustic, but it's always crowded with funloving people that make it a blast to go to. Think 19-25 year-olds, all dressed casual.

If you DO go for the food, they do continue to serve fairly late, and expect food like burgers and fries. In the burger you'll get something resembling White Spot or Fatburger fare, and the fries are decent.

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Tawara Sushi15153 Highway 10, #103, Surrey
South Surrey's best sushi
Submitted Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 3:51pm [Dine in]

This place is actually really good. It's a bit slow on service for takeout, but it is far superior to other sushi places in the South Surrey area in both ambiance and taste.

I just went yesterday with my friends before heading DT, and we grabbed a couple rolls each, some miso soup, sake and tempura. The food was all delicious (they have a wider variety of rolls than most Surrey sushi joints) although the rolls are quite small and the portions just as small. The sake was pretty strong, but hey, no prob there.

The service was adequate, and the server was friendly enough. She wasn't always there when we needed her, but she was good and actually brought us out a freebie of some strange dish the chef whipped up for us, which was a nice touch.

Pricewise, Tawara is fair. The sake is extremely cheap at about $4 for the small (which actually is quite a lot) and the sushi ranges from $4-10 per roll, with tempura costing $10 and the sashimi similarly priced.

And as for the ambiance? The food is presented nicely on wooden trays or plates depending on what you order, and there is a lot of charm packed into the small, high-ceiling'd place. It's good for a sitdown and for takeout.

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
The Power of Hype
Submitted Monday, February 28, 2011 - 10:47am [Dine in]

There's nothing wrong with Antons, but it has greatly benefited from constantly ranking high in media and sits like Dinehere, plus always having a line out the door. Always busy in the evening, with a quick go-go attitude towards customers that remains fairly polite, Antons is worth visiting just so you can see what the hype is all about.

The food's pretty good, the portions are huge and the price is very affordable. It's nothing special; just typical pasta that's well made and in large quantities. I DO like it here, but that being said Antons gets over with Vancouverites for being small, packed and constantly busy. Take this pasta and prices and make it a restaurant chain, or perhaps make the restaurant itself 2-3 times as large... I question whether the hype would still be there.

As far as foods go, try anything. I had penne with the sausage chopped in and it was great. I had about half of it and was full, and they happily packaged up the other half so I could take it home. The portions are REALLY huge. I hear you get a pen if you eat it all?

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Fatburger255 W Broadway, Vancouver
I've seen fatter
Submitted Monday, February 28, 2011 - 1:06am [Dine in]

It's a hamburger joint with dressed-up frills and aspirations to be something that it is not.

Fatburger sports a kind of cool retro 50s-style interior, but when it comes to the food it's like triple O's with worse fries, and that's all I have to say about that.

Peace out homie dawg gees. Foo. :D

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Chronic Tacos382 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Chill staff
Submitted Monday, February 28, 2011 - 12:40am [Dine in]

These guys who work here are so laid back... but in a polite, friendly way that really endears them. The food itself is pretty decent, although the tacos are a bit heavy and loaded. You'll go away full.

The place itself is small and a bit cluttered with tables and tvs placed apparently without too much thought for aesthetic appeal, but it's a fun joint none the less.

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Starbucks12101 72nd Avenue, #100, Surrey
Too many little kids
Submitted Monday, February 28, 2011 - 12:34am [Dine in]

Holy smokes when the movies get out this place is suddenly flooded with billions of little urchins with their parent's money buying fraps and leaving their garbage everywhere. They should start serving alcohol here to keep the minors out.

That being said, the baristas are all pretty awesome and especially the 2-3 guys that work there. They're really chill and make the experience well worth going for. The food's usually kinda stale though, especially the banana loafs.

All in all, not the best starbucks to visit due to the crowd (and the fact it isn't very clean in there), but great employees, especially the long term ones.

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Boston Pizza7488 King George Hwy, #600, Surrey
My favourite BPs
Submitted Monday, February 28, 2011 - 12:30am [Dine in]

I usually catch the Canucks PPV games here, and during playoffs (or PPV) it's a great atmosphere. They really go all-out and make it a lot of fun. Recently it hasn't been as busy, but as soon as the playoffs roll around a lot of jersey-clad customers will make their way in.

On a side note, if you're not there for the game, don't come on game nights! It'll get loud and kinda obnoxious if that's not your scene.

The food is pretty comparable to every other BPs, and the menu is dominated by pretty average, standard offerings. A couple dishes stand out, like the Thai Chicken bites. The beer selection is a bit on the small side, and doesn't give you much quality to choose from.

The servers and ownership here is great though, and they're as friendly as anyone. I highly recommend this place, and it's HUGE HD screens for your game nights out.

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Zakkushi Charcoal Grill4075 Main Street, Vancouver
Nice and cozy
Submitted Monday, February 28, 2011 - 12:20am [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I were just at Zakkushi restaurant! Mmmmm small portions but delicious! Very fresh tasting sushi and the grill.... well I had nothing from the grill. But I'm sure it was great too. The ambience was terrific, for a small place they've packed a lot of atmosphere in there. Very good service too, although you shouldn't have to ASK for tea. They should just bring that out for you.

Nothing comes cheap though, so expect paying like $40 for two. Still not too bad. Peace homies!

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