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geekmomBurnabySince February 4, 200710 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food4 (3.9)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value4 (3.8)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Wendel's Cafe & Bookstore9233 Glover Road, #103, Langley
We'll come back for breakfast
Submitted Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 9:39pm [Dine in]

Delicious fresh baked goods, excellent homemade hearty breakfasts and a well-stocked espresso bar... there's a good reason why this place seems to be consistently packed with customers in the morning. We have also had a very nice lunch here followed by a scrumptious slice of cheesecake, but Wendel's really won our loyalty with their filling and yummy breakfast food. The only real downside to eating here is that it's so busy, you can end up with people lining up right up next to your table to order their food .

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Ajijiman Hanabi4151 Hazelbridge Way, #3050, Richmond
A mixed experience
Submitted Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

It's difficult for us to judge the food at Ajijiman Hanabi because so many of the items we came for were sold out. We made a trip out here from Burnaby because we wanted a good quality yakisoba sandwich, but these were sold out. We had also learned that matcha ice cream was on the menu, and were looking forward to trying that too, but alas, this item also was not available. A sign above the shop advertises taiyaki, but this apparently is not even on the menu at all, so again we were disappointed.

We ended up getting okonomiyaki, which is pretty rare in Japanese restaurants in the lower mainland and was authentic and tasty. This is not "fast food", as it took 15 minutes for them to cook our okonomiyaki. We were surprised by the presence of cheese in our beef okonomiyaki, though, not having encountered this ingredient in the dish when we ate it in various cities throughout Japan. It seems that it's one of the huge variety of ways that okonomiyaki can be cooked, though, so we tried to keep an open mind and didn't find it unpleasant. That said, I think all three of my family members would request "no cheese" if we ate here again.

Ambiance is hard to give a high rating to, as well, since the restaurant is located in a busy mall food court. However, Ajijiman Hanabi does their best with attractive signage and authentic Japanese plastic food in little cases near the cash register.

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Tang Thai1626 W Broadway, Vancouver
Yum!
Submitted Monday, August 17, 2009 - 11:09pm [Dine in]

We were looking for a thai place in this neighbourhood & TangThai seemed to have such great reviews that we decided to check it out. Nobody in our group was disappointed in a single one of the dishes we ordered. Since there were seven of us we were able to sample 9 different menu items, several of which were recommended by our waitress. We particularly enjoyed the golden triangle appetizer and the masamun nua. The tofu long song was outstanding with one of the best peanut sauces I've ever tasted in any thai restaurant.

Other reviewers have commented on the authenticity of the flavours here, and one member of our party confirmed that the food was just as good as what she had eaten in Thailand when she lived there.

I have to comment on the decor - normally this is not a huge consideration for our family, but TangThai has done a lovely job and obviously put a lot of love and attention for detail into the appearance of their dining room. It made for a warm and cosy atmosphere.

We will definitely come back - not just for the incredible food but the friendly, helpful service and the ambiance.

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Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
Delicious and filling
Submitted Monday, August 17, 2009 - 7:35pm [Dine in]

My family brought some visitors from out of town here, all of us having eaten authentic ramen in Japan and hoping to revisit that experience. In spite of being a large party showing up at lunchtime on a busy Sunday, we were seated fairly quickly by the friendly and cheerful staff.

The menu is pretty straightforward, offering the three traditional options of shio, shoyu or miso broth as well as some interesting variations. All of us chose either shio (sea salt) or shoyu broth. We also tried the chashu onigiri and the gyoza.

The gyoza were delicious and highly approved of by all of us. The onigiri were okay, nothing spectacular but since we often make these at home maybe they aren't as exciting as they might otherwise be. As for the ramen, thoughts among our group were mixed. Though we were all happy to finish off everything in our bowls, the feeling was that the broth seemed to be lacking a certain depth and richness of flavour. The pork wasn't as tender as we would have liked, though the flavour was delicious. None of us could find fault with the noodles themselves though and we were all glad we paid a little extra to get more noodles added to our bowls.

Overall I would be happy to eat here again to try some of the other offerings on the menu, but we also want to try the other ramen shops in the neighbourhood to see whether we can find something a little closer to those simple street corner ramen shops in Japan.

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Hi Genki Japanese Restaurant6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Makes me feel like I have a Japanese grandma...
Submitted Monday, December 22, 2008 - 8:49pm [Dine in]

My family went to Japan on holiday and became addicted to tonkatsu, a breaded and fried pork cutlet. By far our favourite way to eat this is in a "donburi", a bowl of hot rice topped with cooked egg, soy sauce, onions and the marvellous tonkatsu. When we got back home to Burnaby, my cravings for "katsudon" became overpowering. Enter Hi Genki!

Since discovering this restaurant's charms in June, we've become regular customers. The staff are polite and friendly, and very patient as I try out my Japanese on them. I never feel like I'm being given less attention for being non-Japanese, as sometimes happens in other restaurants. The atmosphere, as others have mentioned, is clean and comfortable though you never forget you're in the cafeteria of a seniors' home. However, once the food arrives (and it's always quick, piping hot and marvellously inexpensive) you forget the surroundings. This is great Japanese home-style cooking, with hot rice, miso soup and a lovely variety of fish and meat dishes. Portion sizes are generous; I can never finish all my rice! The daily specials rotate often and there are even sample plates near the entrance, just like you'd find in any restaurant in Japan. (Note their samples are real, not made of plastic...) Their udon gets my teen daughter's seal of approval, and best of all, their katsudon takes me right back to the katsuya in Tokyo... it's addictive. おいしいよ!

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Kiyo Sushi11590 Cambie St., #110, Richmond
Great food, not great service
Submitted Saturday, August 30, 2008 - 12:26am [Dine in]

This is one of those places that you love and hate at the same time. The food is truly incredible, but every time we go there the service gets worse and worse, and the food takes longer and longer to arrive. And it's not because the people there are lazy slackers, because the staff here works harder than in almost every other restaurant I've been to. They are bustling around so much, though, that they don't have time to actually pay attention to their tables. So you have to work very hard to get them to notice you. I really wish they would hire a few more people so that I could give this restaurant a better review.

The food really is very very good though. After eating several pieces of their otoro sushi this evening, I feel that I can die happy.

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Thai House Royale Restaurant4600 Kingsway, #115, Burnaby
sometimes great, sometimes not
Submitted Sunday, April 8, 2007 - 6:04pm [Dine in]

My family has eaten here a number of times and have noticed that our experiences vary quite a bit. Sometimes the food is really memorable and delicious; other times it's just average. We've had the cashew chicken dish a number of times and it's odd how sometimes it tastes wonderful and others it's merely OK. My kids, however, love the virgin "royal thai drink" and they haven't screwed that one up yet.

The service is usually quite pleasant and prompt. We often find ourselves waiting a fair bit of time for a table so I'd suggest reservations if possible (we're never that organized).

For a family of four it's definitely an expensive meal out regardless of the quality of the food.

All that said, we keep going back so they're obviously doing something right.

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Isami Sushi4603 Kingsway, #6, Burnaby
excellent sushi
Submitted Sunday, April 8, 2007 - 5:59pm [Dine in]

We ate here around 8 pm on a Friday, so it was fairly busy but we still got seated quickly. Unfortunately the busy time meant that service was erratic, to the point where we felt that they'd forgotten about us, but the staff were always pleasant and professional. (One other time my 11 year old got takeout on a Tuesday evening when it was less busy, and was treated like royalty, even offered tea while perusing the menu). Another low point was being seated right up next to a very noisy party of young people who had had a few too many, but to be fair, the restaurant didn't have much control over this.

The food was really very good, and worth coming back for. Overall my family had such a pleasant dining experience that we would happily overlook the gaps in service to eat here again.

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Sushi Garden4635 Kingsway, Burnaby
cheap but not cheerful
Submitted Sunday, April 8, 2007 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

I ended up here on a Saturday at around 12:30. Although the place was very busy, once I figured out their sign-up-for-a-table system my son and I were seated very quickly. (God forbid that any of the staff should have to actually look at or greet people coming in the door! I also noticed that some people who signed up and then sat on the bench near the door to wait for a seat were overlooked while newcomers who walked in and happened to catch a waitperson's eye got seated right away.)

The food came very quickly and was reasonably fresh. The miso soup contained pieces of deep-fried tofu - a new and quite pleasant addition. Sashimi was fresh and not too bad at all. For the price, it was a good size meal and reasonable quality. As other reviewers have mentioned, the restaurant was cramped and the decor was nothing to write home about. The service was mostly indifferent although none of the staff were slacking off - they worked very fast.

Bottom line: Don't go for the service or the ambiance, because both are very minimalist; go for a quick, cheap meal of half-decent sushi.

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Green Basil4623 Kingsway, Burnaby
some real competition for Thai House
Submitted Sunday, February 4, 2007 - 8:57am [Dine in]

My family (2 adults, 2 kids) has been trying out all the Thai places in Burnaby and we finally made it to Green Basil on a Friday evening in February. Although it was prime dinner hour, we were ushered to a table immediately with a big smile. The service continued to be excellent throughout the evening; attentive and friendly without being overbearing.

We ordered the Dinner for Four and added on the deep fried tofu with peanut sauce and vegetarian Pad Thai. All the food was cooked perfectly. The vegetables were tender but still crispy and brightly coloured. The meat and seafood were all excellent, though the kids had some trouble with the shrimp in the tom yum soup being cooked in their shells. Best of all, the sauces were flavourful without being excessively greasy. Lots of fresh ingredients cooked and presented with obvious pride. Our favourites were the deep fried tofu and the chicken with fresh coconut served in a red curry sauce inside a coconut shell.

Good value for a dinner out - we spent $89 (no drinks) on enough food to feed five adults, including soup, appetizers and a scoop of mango ice cream for dessert.

Well worth checking out!

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