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goonboyBurnabySince May 21, 200640 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food2.5 (2.7)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value3.5 (3.4)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)

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Sushi House7060 Kingsway, Burnaby
Good sushi, cold service
Submitted Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - 5:42pm [Dine in]

This place has very good sushi, but I would not dine-in here. The service is fast enough, but don't count warm and friendly service. The numerous times I have gone to this place, I yet to see one of their employees ever smile. I think it's due to the fact that most of customers go for take-out which usually means no tips compouded by the fact that this place is so busy.

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Shota Sushi and Grill127 3rd Street East, North Vancouver
Fairly decent lunch buffet, great ambience
Submitted Friday, September 1, 2006 - 2:17pm [Dine in]

I pass by this place quite often but never tried it because the place always looks so deserted. One afternoon, I finally decided to give it a try. For $10.95, it is an all you can eat affair. The quality of the sushi was quite good to my surprise and with no limits on sashimi believe it or not. Well...they do reserve the right to limit quantities...The food came quickly and I thoroughly stuffed myself. The ambience is very nice and tranquil with an indoor Japanese garden and water fountain. There buffet is quite good and all of the items I ordered were delivered to me, unlike some buffets who only bring you some of what you order. You could do much worse for $10.95 for a sushi buffet.

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Ebi-Ten388 Robson Street, Vancouver
Very good, authentic quick Japanese
Submitted Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 3:01pm [Dine in]

Although I have never been to Japan, this is the kind of place I would imagine people in Japan going to for a quick bite during lunch. The decor is chic, modern and bright. The service is enthustiastic and friendly. You can tell this place is run by ethnic Japanese people because of the quality of the food. The tempura is light and crisp, not like other places where the oil has been recycled for god knows how long. Everything has a light, fresh taste to it. I have yet to dine at a restaurant run by actual Japanese people and be disappointed. As a rule of thumb, I avoid any Japanese restaurant without a proper Japanese name in it (what the heck is Sui Sha Ya??? That's Chinese!!!) or tacky names like "Samurai" in it.

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Westview Oriental Restaurant2601 Westview Drive, #108, North Vancouver
Only on the North Shore...
Submitted Tuesday, August 8, 2006 - 2:24pm [Dine in]

I recently got a new job and work in the office building next to this restaurant. As Chinese food is my favourite cuisine, I asked my coworkers what they thought of this place and they said it was ok. I was shocked to find out that their lunch special which would cost $5-6 anywhere else in the Lower Mainland was $10. I ordered the chicken fried rice, chop suey and spring roll combo. The chicken fried rice was decent, the chop suey bland and the spring roll was almost hollow except for a few bean sprouts and totally soaked in grease. The portions were meagre too. Totally unacceptable for a $10 "Lunch special". I would have been disappointed had I even paid $5. On top of that, it says 10% off for take-out on their window, but it fails to show that it only appllies to orders of $20 or more. Only on the North Shore can a substandard Chinese restaurant like this stay in business.

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Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits2991 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam
I didn't think it was all that great...
Submitted Monday, July 10, 2006 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

I used to love eating Popeye's while I was teaching english in Korea. It is HUGE over there. Funny though how nobody really cares for it south of the border. I've travelled the i5 down to LA more than a few times and have yet to see a Popeye's along the way.

When Popeye's opened up here in the Lower Mainland 2 or 3 years ago, I was elated. But unfortunately it didn't live up to the standards I was used to in Korea. That was more than 2 years ago. Judging from the reviews of others though, things may have improved. I am familiar with master franchise holder for BC who is a Korean like myself. I'm sure if business thrives, there will be more locations opening. As far as I know, there are two more in the Fraser Valley.

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Steamrollers437 Davie Street, Vancouver
They have never claimed to be Mexican
Submitted Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - 5:24pm [Dine in]

Let's get something straight. Steamrollers has never claimed to serve authentic Mexican, let alone Texmex food. In fact, the burrito itself isn't even Mexican. It's an American creation. Steamrollers just offers a intteresting spin on burritos. Steamrollers is pretty good. My friend, who claims to be a Mexican food god used to regularly talk badly about this place, calling it an 'abominaton', I have caught on several occasions dining here.

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Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill3860 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
One of my favourtie chain restaurant chains
Submitted Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - 2:35pm [Dine in]

Swiss Chalet has the right concept. They offer consistently high quality fare in a clean and comfortable environment. They are like a fast food restaurant in terms of speed and efficiency, but a full fledged restaurant in terms of service and food quality. I dare you to find better rotisserie chicken for the money anywhere! Their dipping sauce is unbelieveable...I LOVE THIS PLACE!

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Pho Van633 Main Street, #220, Vancouver
Great Vietnamese food value
Submitted Monday, June 26, 2006 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

This place is one of my favourite Vietnamese restaurants. Good sized portions, good prices and good food. Beats most Pho places for value. The only drawbacks are:

1. This place is a dive. The carpets are badly stained and soiled and look lAND SMELL ike they have never been shampooed before. On top of that, the tabletops often feel greasy. The decor is absolutely brutal consisting of wooden lattices strewn with various fake plasitc fruit and plastic bottles hanging fromthe ceiling. There is also the a large projection tv playing old Chinese or Vietnamese movies (what is with Vietnamese restaurants and their big tvs?) I kind of like it. It feels like I'm eating at home.

2. They close too early. 8pm. Mainly due to the fact that Chinatown is completely dead after the dinner rush.

3. They only accept cash. But what can you expect. The food is cheap and good.

4. Pay parking. There is virtually no free parking nearby.

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Zefferelli's Spaghetti Joint1136 Robson Street, Vancouver
Looks can be deceiving...
Submitted Friday, June 23, 2006 - 5:56pm [Dine in]

This place looks nice enough, being located in the heart of Robsonstrasse, but looks is all this place has going for it. The pasta was very unremarkable, although the service was friendly and courteous enough. The permium prices certainly do not reflect the quality of the food, but more the cost of the rent. I disagree with the previous critique. This place has nothing on Anton's. Save you money and fill two bellies for the price of one at Anton's. You aren't missing anything here...

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Anducci's Italian Kitchen9604 Cameron St, Burnaby
Great house bread? Heck ya!
Submitted Friday, June 23, 2006 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

The thing that stood out most about this place was the lethally good focaccia bread sprinkled with vinagrette. The best house bread I've ever had. The pasta was ok, but nothing spectacular. In fact, the bread overshadowed everything else. I think I ate more bread than pasta. If you do a take-out order, make sure you ask for extra focaccia bread.

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Hon's Wun Tun House288 E Pender, Vancouver
The worst and most expensive Hon's location (I've been to)
Submitted Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

I've only been to 4 Hon's locations. Robson, Coquitlam, New West and this one and it is definitely the worst out of the bunch. New West comes in at a close second. Robson is definitely the best. The food isn't up to the standards that Hon's is known for and on top of that they charge than other locations I asked the waiter why they charge more than Robson and if they were owned by the same person. She said they aren't the same owner. This is probably the slowest Hon's out of the chain and yet they charge the most. I don't get it. Actually, I didn't know it existed until me and my wife stumbled on it by accident (unfortunately). I wouldn't be surprised if they close this location.

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Cloud Nine1400 Robson Street, Vancouver
Cloud 9 needs to come down to earth...
Submitted Tuesday, June 6, 2006 - 2:41pm [Dine in]

Me and my wife went to this place for our 1st wedding anniversary and boy what a disappointment. First of all, the server was totally unfriendly, but since it was our anniversary we reluctantly asked her to shoot a photo of us. She sighed and complied with our request. We ordered our food. My wife had the steak and I ordered fish I think. The food arrived and even though we ordered different dishes it came with the exact same sides. Roasted vegetables. I found this unusual. Not wanting to bother the waitress, since we had already so rudely imposed upon her take a photo for us, we just ate our food like good little customers and what a bland and boring affair that was. I think the money they make on the food sales all goes to paying the electricity bill on the revolving restaurant because it surely isn't evident in their food. The view is only thing worthwhile about this place. Good place to take a date for coffee.

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On Lok Restaurant2010 E Hastings, Vancouver
Grease spa
Submitted Sunday, May 21, 2006 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

This place needs a proper ventilation system. Everything about this place has a perennially greasy, stuffy feel. The seats, the tables even the windows feel or look damp and greasy. The food is cheap but definitely on the low end of the spectrum. The last time I went there, I ordered ma fu tofu and it came with minimal sauce and the rice was almost completely dried out. I used to be a regular, but stopped going a long time ago after I discovered a much more sanitary, tastier alternative next door at Penny's. Unfortunately, that place too is on a downward slide because of a change in ownership. Stick with Hon's and you can't go wrong.

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On On Wonton House5640 Kingsway, Burnaby
Best Chinese food in Burnaby
Submitted Sunday, May 21, 2006 - 4:11pm [Dine in]

This place used to called Mr. Ho's but was renamed On On around 10 years ago maybe. Mr. Ho's is a legend in Burnaby and reopened a few years ago down the road, just past Gilley. Unfortunately, Mr. Ho's has gone into the tank. There food there is absolutely bland and tasteless. It's almost as if an amateur chef (such as myself) was using a cookbook to prepare the food. I was sorely disappointed after being one the Mr. Ho's faithful. On On on (3 On's!) has stayed true to the original Mr. Ho's serving great tasting, reasonably priced fare. Their dinner combo is a great bargain at less than $8 for 3 items. This place is nicely air conditioned but the interior is quite dated and very 70'ish looking.

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Samurai Sushi House5888 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Size isn't everything....
Submitted Sunday, May 21, 2006 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

Chinese people seem to love this place. The only good thing about this place are the massive portions and cheap prices. It is enough to fill up your stomach and that's about it. I don't recommend this place. Spend a few more dollars and you can get comparable size and much better quality at Sushi Garden in Burnaby.

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Shark Club Bar & Grill, The4399 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Another Earls wannabe
Submitted Sunday, May 21, 2006 - 3:36pm [Dine in]

This place is even worse than Sammy J. Peppers. The food is horrible here. We went there for our 5th wedding anniversary because a friend gave us a voucher as a gift. My wife's steak was fatty and tough and my pasta was oily and bland. This is a typical example of a restaurant that thinks they can mask expensive, bad food with nice decor. Earl's is an original in Vancouver and all the rest are just copycats. We would have been better off going to Denny's.

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Sammy J. Peppers Grill & Bar4755 Kingsway, #200, Burnaby
Nothing special
Submitted Sunday, May 21, 2006 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

There are too many of these types of Earls/Cactus Club/Moxie's types of restaurants and Sammy J. Peppers isn't much different from them. The food is nothing to write home about and waitresses are young bimbo's. There is nothing special about this place. Earl's and Moxie's has much better ambiance and service and Cactus Club has great wings. I don't understand what the concept of this place is because it sure doesn't stand out.

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Kalamata Greek Taverna1481 West Broadway, Vancouver
What is the big deal with this place?
Submitted Saturday, May 20, 2006 - 8:39pm [Dine in]

I'm no Greek food connoisseur, but what is the hoopla with this place? Best Greek restaurant in Vancouver? Hardly...Twice the price of Stepho's for marginally better quality and half the portions. I don't get it. Why is Greek food so darn expensive anyways? I know olive oil is expensive and all but...

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Johnson House Restaurant5152 Kingsway, Burnaby
One of the better Korean restaurants out there
Submitted Saturday, May 20, 2006 - 8:24pm [Dine in]

This one of my favourite Korean restaurants and that means something considering I'm a Korean and lived in Vancouver nearly all of my 34 years. Nearly every dish on the menu is outstanding. Even Koreans from the homeland will give it two thumbs up. The only dish I was disappointed with was the miso tofu soup. I highly recommend the jja jang myun (black bean noodles) and the hwe mool pa jun (seafood pancake). These two dishes are probably the best you'll find anywhere in Vancouver. The staff are also very courteous and quick to attention. My number one choice for Korean food in the Metrotown area. Being a character building, the home of the Johnson family was built back in the early 1900's and is very charming, but is believed to be haunted. In fact, some of my wives coworkers saw a what they believed to be a ghost walk the through the wall as they were about to enter the ladies room. Some people say it used to be a funeral home and was originally located in New West but was moved to Burnaby. There are photos on the walls and a history of the Johnson family. Kind of interesting.

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Royal Seoul House Korean Restaurant1215 W Broadway, Vancouver
Near the bottom for Koreans
Submitted Saturday, May 20, 2006 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

I used to work at this place as a host/cashier back in '93 when it first opened. I know the owner well and they are nice people. I go back every now and then to have drinks in the upstairs karaoke lounge, but NEVER do I ever eat there. Back in '93, this place was half decent only because there were far fewer Korean restaurants back then. In the past, 6 or 7 years the quality of Korean food has improved immeasurably and I would say rival even some of the better Korean restaurants in LA (the largest Koreatown in the world). With that being said, this place ranks near the bottom of the list among Korean restaurants for Koreans. It's not so much the fact that Seoul house has gotten worse, but more due to the fact that the competition has gotten better and more numerous than them. Back in '93, I'd say there were maybe 10 Korean restaurants. Now there are around 60 or so.

The owners of this place are really nice people. The original owner actually died of lung cancer around 10 years or so ago and is now being run by the widowed wife and her sister. The restaurant isn't being run nearly as well as it should be. Part of the problem lies in the high turnover of the staff. Most of the waitresses are overseas students who don't really take their jobs seriously. The same can be said for the cooks. The same attitude pervades the management as well. There is no care or attention to detail. The men's washroom with the broken stall door back and toilet in '93 still hasn't been fixed believe it or not. Both toilets are in disrepair. One is missing a tank lid. The ownership really doesn't care about the little things and it shows. They feel that whether or not the toilets work properly or not, people will still come. They haven't fixed it all these years and people are still coming (not Koreans of course) and they are still making lots of money, so they figure "don't fix it if it ain't broke" (I'm talking about the cashflow, not the toilets).

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