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frugalgourmetVancouverSince February 11, 200770 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)

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Thai Son Vietnamese4501 North Road, #201, Burnaby
Re: Good Reliable place for Pho, Bun and Lemon Grass Pork Chops
Submitted Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

Been going to Thai [email protected] Broadway for a number of years and have found their food to be consistently fresh, tasty and of a good portion. Their Buns (Vermicelli noodle bowls, topped with your choice of grilled meats, spring rolls, fresh herbs, veggies and shredded pork), Phos (Beef Noodle Soups), and Meat/Rice dishes are yummy. And Thai son Burnaby did not disappoint.

I found their Burnaby restaurant larger, and more comfortable than their Vancouver location. The ambiance is typical Vietnamese, with silk flowers and other fake fauna scattered throughout the dining area!

Their service is usually quick, but I usually have to flag them down to get the bill, or request to pay at the register, but that's okay because the servers are pretty laid back and friendly. And one last thing about Thai Son - they don't skimp on the the Thai basil, lemon wedges or chilis like other Pho places do, so that's always a nice perk.

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Insadong Korean Restaurant403 North Road, #301, Coquitlam
Plenty of Meat and Side Dish Treats
Submitted Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 12:54pm [Dine in]

Four of us gals and one guy went one Saturday evening for a 6:00 pm seating. I was informed by a staff member over the phone that they do not take reservations for parties under eight; however, he did recommend that we could avoid long waits by arriving earlier in the evening, say 5:00 pm. Anyways, 5:00 is a wee bit early, so when I arrived at 5:30 the host was gracious enough to give me a 6:00 pm seating, provided that we could finish by 7 pm when the next group was due to arrive.

We ordered the BBQ combo for 4 ($79.99)and the food was delicious! We enjoyed feasting on the generous meat platter, and appetizers such as the seafood pancake, seaweed rolls, seaweed salad and seafood/tofu soup. My friend was concerned that she would be hungry for $20 for a non-all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ - but whatever reservations she had about feeling hungry were quickly subsided by the generous portions of food served! The only improvement I would suggest would be to increase the amount of seafood on the platter, and reducing the meat.

Overall, our party was very full and satisfied with the food, attentive service and ambiance of Insadong. Will be back to give their hot pot a try!

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Vanya5615 Harold St, Vancouver
Decent Japanese
Submitted Thursday, March 8, 2007 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

I've usually visited Vanya's for lunch. Their udon's are under $6 and their sushi is freshly and delicately prepared. Although their sushi rolls are not the largest, they are well prepared with fresh ingredients and are made by the owner himself. The grilled fish combinations seem really popular, although I've never tried them myself. Not a large menu, but definitely good value. Their $9.25 Beef Terriyaki combination meal gets you beef terriyaki with veggies, rice, california roll, salad and miso soup. Service can be a little slow if you are part of a large group, but I've always received my food promptly when dining in groups 2 or less. It's amazing to watch the 3 chefs (1 on grill, 1 on deep fryer, 1 on sushi counter ) and 1 server keep the place running smoothly. They even tabulate your bill using a manual calculator! I must make a point of trying more menu items during the dinner hour.

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Burgoo3 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Re: Ehhhh . . . lukewarm
Submitted Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 2:07pm [Dine in]

Despite hearty recommendations from friends and favorable reviews about Burgoo, I came away from last night's dinner disappointed. The ambiance was pleasant and comfortable - the decor could be described as a West Coast chalet - lots of dark stained wood and stone, and very comfortable modern contemporary leather seats - however, the food left something to be desired. My partner and I started with the Brie Fondue, which was too sweet (honey) and despite a menu escription of white wine and thyme, neither of us could taste it. My Lamb Dijon sandwich was too salty and the filone bread hosted a dark burnt strip down the middle. My partner seemed to like his pot of Macaroni and Cheese. The Cherry Clafouti dessert (cherries baked in an almond batter) was interesting, but I think the batter was overbaked, as it was hard and chewy, I was expecting more gooey, but the blend of tastes was nice and the dollop of vanilla ice cream over the warm batter was nice too. Presenation was pretty, with the fondue and Mac and Cheese pots were served over a wooden plank coaster. Serving sizes were on the small side. Total bill was $50 inclusive of tip and taxes (one beer). My partner would go again, I would go again but I would try their stews next time.

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Connie's Cookhouse2135 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Great Lunch Specials
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 7:59am [Dine in]

Connie's is the place to go for yummy Chinese food when you're in uber-trendy and uber-pricy Kitsilano. I've never been disappointed with their weekeday lunch menu. For $5.95 you get a large portion of stir fry (the Manchurian Beef/Chicken or, Green Beans and Chicken seem very popular) over rice, with either wonton or hot and sour soup. Other favorites like Sweet and Sour Pork or Lemon Chicken are also available - along with at least a dozen more choices!

I've had to take my bill to the cashier near the back of the restaurant most times I've visited, but the staff have been pleasant and cheerful enough, I haven't really minded. For a Kits establishment, it good value for decent nourishment - and they don't use MSG.

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La Piazza Dario Ristorante3075 Slocan St., Vancouver
Very Decent Old School Dining Experience
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 7:30am [Dine in]

My partner and I went to celebrate his birthday - we were very satisfied by the service, ambiance and food. We started off the meal with the sauteed mushrooms which were nicely seasoned! I had the rack of lamb, medium rare in an au jus - quite tasty but the vegetables on the side were over-salted and a bit too soggy for my liking. My partner enjoyed his spinach and ricotta cannelloni. We ended the meal with dessert. The tiramisu was average, not creamy enough, but my partner enjoyed his lemon sorbet. Their antipasto plate, which I had 4 years earlier was outstanding and good value: you get mixed marinated seafood, vegetables and greens. The antipasto plates seemed very popular that night, as well as their freshly tossed Caesar salad.

Overall a positive dining experience if you're looking for a more formal yet still cozy restaurant. Plus they accept the Entertainment coupon, so it was good value indeed. Total bill inclusive of tip, a carafe of the house red and an ice-tea was $70.

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Green Lettuce1949 Kingsway, Vancouver
Spicy Goodness
Submitted Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 1:55pm [Dine in]

The chicken or beef pilli is delicious! I've yet to try some of their tofu, noodle and rice dishes. I usually get take-out and cook some rice at home. A nice treat when you've got a craving for greasy, tasty Indian style Chinese food.

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Go Fish1504 West 1st Ave., Vancouver
Great View, Tasty Fish Tacos
Submitted Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 1:44pm [Dine in]

After our party was denied a Dineout menu at Nu during the lunch time hour, we headed across the way to Go Fish for some take-out. There was a huge line-up, but the wait was worth it. The order-taker was friendly and efficient, and I was sure glad they accepted credit card as I had none on me! The fish and chips were served in giant bamboo steamers and they seemed to be very popular with the crowd - but my friends and I decided to go for the grilled salmon fish tacones and they were fresh and tasty, for $9. They had patio seating with heat lamps, but since it was a sunny day we opted to sit on the seawall and take in the view while we dined!

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Aoki Sushi1888 W. Broadway St, Vancouver
Vancouver's Little Sushi Gem
Submitted Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 1:34pm [Dine in]

Hands down, Aoki Sushi is the place I go to for fresh, good quality sushi. I appreciate their use of wild salmon as well as their friendly and hospitable staff. They are run by a husband and wife team - and I've always been warmly greeted upon arrival and leaving. Excellent value for your dollar. Lots of creative rolls, (Mediterranean Roll contains pine nuts and sun dried tomatoes; the Aoki roll has shrimp, green onion in a mayonnaise sauce, the Caterpillar Roll has unagi, cucumber on the inside and is topped with thinly sliced avocado). I also like their Bento Boxes - Box A has California rolls, beef or chicken terriyaki (no rice, lots of veggies) 3 pieces of nigiri sushi, green salad, miso soup - all for $8.25). Service can be slow during busy times, and the layout is small and a bit cramped, but it more than makes up for ambience with its great food and warm staff.

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La Bodega Restaurant & Tapa Bar1277 Howe Street, Vancouver
Great Sangria, Food is Less Great
Submitted Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 9:52am [Dine in]

Some friends and I decided to give La Bodega a try - The Sangria I enjoyed; it was quite sweet and I enjoy that because well, haha, I'm a girl and I like my fruity drinks :) The tapas came pretty well all at once, since we arrived and ordered by 6:00 pm on a Saturday and the restaurant was not very busy at that time. The ceviche was over marinated - the fish was tough. The fried chicken was served cold. And the paella was overly salty. It seemed to me, the food was prepared earlier in the day and just plated for guests. I have ordered the mussels in the past and quite enjoyed dipping bread in the sauce, but I didn't get to try them this time around. I'm thinking Baru or Havana's may have better Latin American food, but I haven't been to either in a while.

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