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hungrydogBurnabySince May 13, 200620 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food4 (4)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.4)


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Victoria Sushi15 Royal Avenue, #10, New Westminster
Another Excellent Sushi Restaurant in New West
Submitted Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

After reading the previous review stating this is the best sushi they have ever had, well, I just had to give it a try. Bottom line is that the food is excellent, but it is not the best that I have ever had.

First off, the restaurant is in the foot of a high-rise condo on the old Woodlands site, now known as Victoria Hill. It will be a lovely setting especially once the construction work in the neighbourhood is completed. The restaurant itself is very clean and modern looking. However, there is little to no street parking nearby and it was not until I parked down the way and walked back that I found out you can park in the underground parking lot of the high-rise. Note to self for next time, and yes there will be a next time.

The food was very satisfying. Do not go to this sushi restaurant and expect to receive monstrous portions of food like some of the Korean run sushi places have started to do. This is quality food in sensible sized portions.

I was given the choice of having farmed Atlantic salmon or wild salmon. I did choose the wild salmon and it was very flavourful. Also the spicy tuna roll was delicious with a subtle heat to it rather than an overdose of a generic hot sauce. The spicy salmon roll had another hot sauce that was moderated by the addition of perfectly ripened avocado.

Overall, the food was delicious and satisfying while the ambiance was modern and clean. The service from the sushi chef was friendly and prompt but the server who was working the floor appeared inexperienced as I did overhear two tables get up and ask for things that they expected to have been brought to their tables sooner.
Bottom bottomline, I will return some time soon.

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Sushi California501A North Rd, Coquitlam
Delicious Sushi
Submitted Sunday, December 2, 2007 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

The first thing we did after relocating to the Lougheed Mall neighbourhood was to find a good quality, hole-in-the wall sushi place. Sushi California is the enterprise we have chosen to endorse.

All the food we have tried has been excellent quality fare. The rolls are creative and always tasty. They are sometimes too big to be consumed with any modicum of dignity, however, they are still very welcome by the waiting tastebuds. The spicy tuna sashimi is not only a fantastic taste experience, but the generosity of the serving makes it a very filling choice. We once asked the sushi chef if we could have a spicy salmon sashimi rather than the standard tuna; the chefs willingly and happily obliged us. The end result was another very tasty dish.

As the evening progresses, the tables and floor do tend to get "sticky" and grungy feeling. That is why I only give the ambiance a "decent" rating; more care needs to be taken in keeping the dining experience pleasant for all the customers, no matter what time they visit the establishment.

We are always greeted with a hale and hearty hello by the sushi chefs and wait staff as we enter or exit the business. We have also always enjoyed being served by pleasant and considerate servers while dining here.

This is definitely an establishment we will continue to patronize; Sushi California is another hit on the Hungrydog hit list.

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Choppers Diner2545 Nanaimo St., Vancouver
Excellent breakfast stop
Submitted Saturday, December 1, 2007 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

After seeing Choppers Diner open up on the corner of 1st Ave and Rupert, I was a little apprehensive about their chances of success; this site has seen a number of restaurants come and go. However, Choppers appears to be holding on, if not actually doing quite well. So, having survived the first few months, I felt it was time to try their breakfast fare.

I shot down the freeway, took the First Ave exit and made a quick u-turn into their parking lot, snagging a spot immediately. The limited number of parking spots may be a cause for concern for some, but, not for me this morning. Walked into the restuarant and stood by the sign asking people to wait to be seated. I was a little concerned at first when the servers did not acknowledge me. But within a few moments I was directed to a table. The vast majority of tables were filled with young families who were enjoying their breakfast meals.

I asked the server for coffee which she brought to me soon enough. Then I ordered the Jeannie's Beanie Veggie breakfast which comes with two eggs, hashbrowns, veggie sausages or veg bacon strips, toast and a bowl of beans. I asked the server if this was a big meal and she assured me that they have large portions. She was not kidding! The eggs are free range, organic and truly delicious. The yummy mountain of hashbrowns was filled with sauteed green peppers and onions while the bowl of beans was a basic bowl of beans. And all of that delish food was brought to me for a measly $6!

After eating all I wanted, I had to leave two pieces of toast because I was simply too full from the rest of the delicious meal.

This is another classic diner breakfast place. It is top quality diner food served to good working people. Choppers Diner is definitely another hit on the Hungrydog breakfast list.

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Ki Sushi31 8th St, New Westminster
Still a New West Favourite
Submitted Friday, November 30, 2007 - 7:03pm [Dine in]

Ki Sushi, formerly Kirin Sushi is still some of the best and most creative sushi there is in New West. We eat at Ki Sushi on a very regular basis and always receive top quality food and service. The portion size is not like the new sushi restaurants which are owned and operated by Korean people. The Korean operated places are good for what they are; you receive massive slices and servings of nearly frozen tuna and salmon. The Ki Sushi chefs use a much more delicate hand when cutting and serving their sushi.

As for someone thinking that they might get sick from eating the food at Ki Sushi, you are simply mistaken. My family has been eating at Ki Sushi for many years and not once has any member of my family been sick from the food eaten there or felt that they might have been served food of suspect quality.

I am not claiming that the food or service at Ki Sushi is on par with the finest sushi restaurants in our city (Tojo's for example) or in Japan; Ki Sushi is, simply put, very good quality sushi.

Strongly recommended.

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Hot Plate Bistro, The1205 Madison Ave., Burnaby
North Burnaby Breakfast Gem
Submitted Sunday, November 25, 2007 - 10:54am [Dine in]

Being on an eternal quest for the most beautiful breakfast in Metro Vancouver, I felt obliged to try North Burnaby’s Hot Plate Bistro. The Hot Plate Bistro is tucked in amongst a strip of quaint little neighbourhood shops just south of Parker. Seemingly an unlikely place to find a restaurant but there it is, nonetheless.

They open for breakfast at 10am, Tuesday to Sunday. The chef and his partner decided to start their own enterprise after tiring of making money for another very well-known Vancouver restaurant.

Breakfast was perfect. They have a short menu that works very well; the weekend breakfast choices were the two eggs with meat option or a cheese and mushroom omelette with toast and hash brown potatoes. I sampled the omelette and was not disappointed; the eggs were cooked to perfection and the sautéing of the mushrooms filled the small and tastefully decorated room with lovely aromas. The chunks of potato were deliciously warmed and seasoned to perfection. A sublime breakfast experience.

If I was forced to admit one criticism, I would say that the omelette and quantity of potatoes could have been more generous. My advice (my inner chef Ramsay speaks out now and then) would be to increase the portion size a little and increase the prices accordingly. The prices are very reasonable at their current level and I believe that a slight increase would be a welcome trade-off for a larger breakfast.

I will endeavour to make it over to the Hot Plate Bistro for a lunch or dinner, although they do close up shop at 6:30pm, Tuesday to Thursday, I feel obligated to make the effort of trying the other dining options on their menu. This is a little gem of a restaurant that I will return to in the very near future.

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Naam, The2724 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
It is what it is...and its beautiful
Submitted Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 2:15am [Dine in]

When we go to the Naam we make sure we are not in a hurry because we know that the service is not going to be very fast (it is probably going to be really slow!). However, we know this going in and we do not let this bother us while we enjoy the great vegetarian meals we so look forward to every time we visit. If you are expecting five star service, forget it; you definitely will not receive it. If you are expecting a modern restaurant with modern furnishings in an uncrowded room, forget about the Naam.

Try the potato wedges with miso gravy, the Dragon bowl, or any of the dinner bowls, they are all delicious. The grilled cheese sandwich with the daily soup is outstanding; the burrito is another favourite. The food is good, usually!

Eating at the Naam is a trip down memory lane to when Fourth Avenue was ruled by free-loving hippies, when the streets were filled with VW vans and the smell of marijuana smoke. The food is awesome (most of the time), the furnishings are beautiful in their own eclectic ways and the staff all hate your bourgeois being. Love it or leave it; thankfully, it is not changing.

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Heritage Grill447 Columbia, New Westminster
A Hip Room in New West
Submitted Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 1:47am [Dine in]

We have eaten at the Heritage Grill a number of times and have been pleased each and every time. Most recently we had the Sunday brunch while enjoying the pleasant sounds of the jazz trio. This is a very cool room, in downtown New West no less!

Each time we have visited the food has been very good. The breakfast quesadilla was very tasty and filling. The eggs benny were served on a fabulous corn fritter; absolutely delicious but not too filling. Another time we were in for lunch and had the grilled veggie sandwich on foccacia bread. Once again, a very tasty sandwich accompanied with a wonderful little green salad with an incredible dressing. The French fries were perfect.

Paul, the owner of the restaurant is very friendly and comes around to say hello and make sure everyone is happy. The musical acts are a very cool addition to the room and make for a great place to hang out and enjoy a meal. We have returned a number of times and will continue to do so.

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Seb's Market Cafe592 East Broadway, Vancouver
A Beautiful Breakfast
Submitted Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 1:02am [Dine in]

My search for a beautiful breakfast led me to Seb’s Market Café. Seeing as I was breaking my fast alone I was able to walk right in and take a seat at the bar almost immediately. What a treat to watch the chefs prepare the meals; even though the orders were coming in continuously they created the meals with care and attention to every detail. The beautiful jazz playing in the room only made the ambiance that much more enjoyable.

The food; I ordered the spinach, goat cheese and chives omelette. Exquisitely prepared and delicious; the home fries were tasty, not spectacular; the toast was perfection with the home-style preserves.

After finishing my breakfast I sat enjoying my coffee. Even though the place was full the entire time I was visiting, the wait staff were friendly and efficient, serving tables and keeping up with the continuous stream of customers. This is a relatively small room so large groups will face a longer wait than the groups of two or four.

Overall, a beautiful breakfast. Will return to sample more of the menu, including the Friday, Saturday evenings of live jazz music.

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Taco Shack1937 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
Yummy So-Cal taco shack
Submitted Tuesday, December 5, 2006 - 9:37am [Dine in]

Tried the Taco Shack yesterday. I love burritos so I was anxious to try the place out and compare it to the Red Burrito on First and Commercial. The Taco Shack was solidly good. The food was fresh and tasted very good. I had the fish burrito and it was very good, especially compared to the fish burritos you get from a place like Taco del Mar. I have to admit that the burritos from Red Burrito pack much more yummy goodness into their product than the Taco Shack. However, I would not hesitate to visit the Taco Shack anytime I am in the neighbourhood.

One thing people need to realize before going to the Taco Shack...this is Southern California food, NOT Mexican food and the Taco Shack makes no attempt to fool anyone about what they are. Just solidly good So-Cal food. Very solid.

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Sushi Paradise780 Princess St, New Westminster
(Sushi) Paradise Found?
Submitted Tuesday, September 12, 2006 - 7:18pm [Dine in]

I saw an advertisement for Sushi Paradise in a local Burnaby/New West paper and was intrigued to read that the owner/chef was from Osaka Japan. I wondered how that would impact on the style and quality of the sushi they served. The ad also listed very well priced daily sushi roll specials. So I just had to give them the Hungrydog taste test.

I popped in just after they opened for the afternoon. The room is very peaceful in its simple yet attractive decorations. The place does a lot of take-away business but has managed to create a welcoming environment.

I sampled the California Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Scallop Roll, and the BC Roll. They were all very well made and very tasty. One thing I noticed about these rolls was that they were much drier; there was much less of the mayonaise that is so frequently spread inside rolls. This is different than the rolls I have become accustomed to eating. It was different and pleasing in its own way. My only complaint about the food was that the rolls were sliced a little too thin. I wondered if that is to make it look like there were more pieces on a plate? Another irritant about this place is that if you want a drink of water or tea you have to use styrofoam cups. The little side dish to mix your wasabi in is also a little plastic container. Maybe through time they will up-grade their in restaurant dishes.

Service was very efficient and polite from the server as well as the sushi chef/owner. I will definitely visit this place again to try a greater variety of their offerings.

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Mirch Masala9545 120th Street, Surrey
We Found a New Indian Food Favourite
Submitted Sunday, September 3, 2006 - 12:16pm [Dine in]

Cruising along Scott Rd between 88th and 96th Ave you have the choice of many Indian restaurants. How to choose the "one"? We chose be default; we saw 96th Ave in front of us and had to turn left, we ended up at our new favourite Indian eatery.

As soon as we walked in the restaurant door the delicious aromas of Indian cuisine filled our senses and made us that much hungrier. The staff led us to our table, brought us the customary water glasses and pitcher. We were told our server would be along shortly. Within minutes a very friendly and helpful young man came to take our order.

We chose to share the Mirch Masala Special dinner ($12) which is the chefs choice of three vegetarian curries, rice, naan, raita and ras malai. We asked if this is enough for two people and our server told us that it is a little too much for one but not enough for two. He suggested we add in a full dish of another vegetable curry. He told us that his favourite is the Paneer chili ($8). We took his suggestion and were very, very pleased with the large dish of paneer cubes in a spicy red chili and onion sauce.

He also returned to tell us that the chef was willing to let us choose the three other vegetable curries rather than him choosing. As always my first choice is the eggplant bartha; this dish can be a little oily if not done correctly. Our server told us that he would make sure it was done to perfection; it was, and it was excellent as were all the other dishes. The malai kofta was the tenderest, most delicious we have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. The food was truly incredible.

Just as good as the food, the service was exemplary. We were asked if we needed anything else regularly and had emptied dishes removed from the table promptly.

Overall, an outstanding meal in a very lovely setting. We will definitely return to see if this restaurant can please us to such a high degree once again.

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Asa Sushi7608 Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby
Great Little Sushi Take-out in South Burnaby
Submitted Sunday, July 30, 2006 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

Near the corner of Rumble and Royal Oak Ave in south Burnaby is the fantastic little Japanese take-out, Asa Sushi. This is one of those little hole in the wall locations that serves very good quality sushi and sashimi. The restaurant is tucked into one of those non-descript mini-strip malls that is dominated by the 7-11 store.

The Asa Special offers two California or two BC rolls for $5 or you can choose to have two Dynamite rolls for $7. The rolls are full-size and truly delicious. I have also tried a number of their sushi and roll combos and been very pleased. The sashimi and individual sushi they make is of very good quality and size.

On one wall inside the restaurant are photos of the many creative rolls they offer; we have tried a number of them and have always been very pleased with the quality and taste.

There are a couple of tables inside and some seats at the sushi bar but I see this restaurant as a great place to get take-out for a quick and healthy snack.

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Pajo's Fish & Chips3500 Bayview Street, Richmond
The Best Fish and Chips?
Submitted Saturday, July 29, 2006 - 7:50pm [Dine in]

We visited Pajo’s on a warm and sunny afternoon. Wooden picnic tables were conveniently set up on the float where the kitchen is as well as along the boardwalk. The umbrellas placed at most of the tables are a nice touch; they provide a little shade from the heat of the blazing sun. The primary resource look and feel of Steveston is omnipresent; fishing boats surround Pajo’s floating kitchen as tourists swarm along the boardwalk.

Approaching the counter one is greeted in a friendly manner as you place your meal request. The fish and chips menu is simple and effective; large fish and chips is two and a half pieces of fish (your choice, cod, salmon or halibut) with chips. We ordered a large salmon and a large cod.
The salmon was extraordinarily delicious. Generous sized pieces of moist salmon inside a perfect batter coating that was not too greasy. The cod was also very moist with a light and crispy batter. It was also cooked evenly throughout with no over or under-cooked spots.

The piece de resistance though were the chips (or if you prefer to say, french fries). The kitchen staff informed me that they peel and chip fresh Kennebec potatoes every day in order to provide the best quality of chip for their patrons.

Pajo’s exceeded even my expectations with their chips; the paper cone of fries was so large that I was hard pressed to finish them off. However, just for the record, I did rise to the challenge and finish them off! They were wonderful tasting and just as importantly, they did not get soggy as we ate our fish. They were not only cooked to perfection but the kitchen did not add excessive salt to them. All the condiments were supplied for the individual to flavour their food to their own taste.

Overall, a very high standard has been established. The ambiance is perfect for a fish and chips stand, service was friendly and the food was as near a perfect display of the classic fish and chips as we have ever had in our fair city. Next up, Go Fish!

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Hon's Wun Tun House3025 Lougheed Hwy, #310, Coquitlam
Was there a Dragon in the Kitchen?
Submitted Saturday, July 29, 2006 - 7:44pm [Dine in]

You can feel the buzz of the energy as you enter Hon's restaurant. The young woman at the door told us we could expect to wait about five minutes for a table; in less than five minutes we were seated at a table. We were given the daily special menus as well as the voluminous regular menu; there are far too many choices for me to comprehend so I try to stick to the specials.

Tea was quickly brought to our table; however, when we asked the tea server about the dinner menu she curtly told us that she was not our server and then turned and walked away. We were a little taken aback at this attitude but were quickly reassured by the woman who then arrived to take our dinner order.

We asked a couple of questions about the menu and our server readily answered them with very good suggestions. She recommended that we start with six of the vegetarian pot stickers and then for us to have the vegetarian hot and sour soup (which turned out to be fabulous!). For the main dishes we had a dish of gai lan with prawns, cod and squid. This was also cooked to perfection with the gai lan crisp to the bite but not too raw. To round out our choices we added a dish of Shanghai noodles with vegetarian ham. The food was excellent and filling; we were able to leave with a container of noodles and a small bowl of the soup for lunch the next day.

As is the case in all the Hon’s that we have visited in the past, the amount of noise from the myriad conversations that are taking place was loud but not unpleasant. However, the constant roar coming from the kitchen was really extraordinary. It almost sounded like there was dragon caged in the kitchen and being forced to cook everyone’s meals with bursts of flame.

Overall, another very enjoyable dinner was had. You know going into Hon’s that you are not going for a quiet evening. Hon’s Wun-Tun House provided us with another very enjoyable meal.

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Orange Room, The620 6th Street, New Westminster
A Gem in New West
Submitted Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 10:25am [Dine in]

We went to the Orange Room for lunch with my sister and we had an awesome experience. The Room really is an inviting, warm and friendly place. There is artwork by local artists hanging on the walls as well as some cool classic artworks.
Our server met us at the door and invited us to sit anywhere we wanted to. The two best tables had just been vacated and therefore had dirty dishes on them. We moved toward the table we wanted and the server had it cleaned and ready for even as we sat down at it. Very professional, courteous and thoughtful service.
We looked over the lunch menu and saw many sandwiches, burgers and wraps. The server told us that one of the lunch specials was already sold out but the Thai tuna pastry was still available. We both ordered that.
Unfortunately, she promptly returned to say that there was only one of those left! My sister then ordered the Bombay wrap with a cup of soup (something with Chinese sausage in it). She assures me the soup was excellent. I had the Thai tuna wrap and was not disappointed! It looked small sitting on the plate but I was full when we finished lunch. The Thai tuna was wrapped in a whole-wheat with flax seed pastry and then baked. It was very delicious.
I also had a cup of south western chowder (vegetarian); it was solid but not exceptional.
We saw the table beside us receive a salmon burger that almost made me want to join that table! It looked incredible and the server told us that it was one of their best sellers.
For dessert we shared a piece of lemon chiffon cake; it was definitely wise to share as the piece of cake was massive and delicious.
The coffee was the best I have ever had in a restaurant; amazing (organic, fresh roasted and all that) but it was $2.50 a cup! Refills were continuously being offered.
We will return to eat here again. You can check out their website for other the variety of events they host (open mike, thinkers cafe etc).
A very cool addition to New West's Uptown area.

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Rivers Reach Pub320 6th St., New Westminster
Delicious nachos
Submitted Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 9:56am [Dine in]

I met a couple of friends at the Rivers Reach Pub for a cold after work beer. We noticed that all the tables around us were getting food brought to them so we decided to look over the menu. The server told us that all appies were on sale...at half price from 4-6pm!

We ordered the nachos which were regularly about $10, on sale for $5. They were absolutely delicious! We saw other tables receiving burgers and fries which looked yummy although we did not have the nerve to go over and ask them for a taste!

The service was solid; it was not outstanding because there seemed to be a fair bit of confusion over who was working which tables. I had three different servers come and ask me if someone had taken my order yet. However, even though the place was packed with people we were all getting drinks and food delivered. Food was coming out of the kitchen just as fast as the orders were being sent into it.

The place was packed full of people and had a very positive, cheerful energy as people let loose after their day at work. I will definitely be returning to this pub for another icy cold beer and a plate of nachos. If I eat something else I will update this review at the time. A definite returning customer here.

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Paradise Vegetarian Noodle House8681 10th Avenue, Burnaby
Vegetarian Feast in Burnaby
Submitted Monday, May 15, 2006 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

If you are looking for a strictly vegetarian place in Burnaby, this it. The Paradise is a small, family operated place with very warm and friendly service. When you first look at the menu it says "chicken" or "ham" or "duck" but don't be fooled, it is all vegetarian food. The food is similar to the food you might get at Bo Kong, using gluten based products without any MSG added to make ever-so-tasty meals.

The spring rolls are a classic starter. We nearly always have the spicy noodle soup or the wonton soup (small size) and it is more than enough for the two of us. The menu can be a bit confusing because under the entrees section there is a listing for curry chicken and potato. We ordered that only to find that it is actually another soup. Admittedly it was incredible.

Some of the other dishes don't work so well. We had broccoli with chicken (veggie chicken of course!) and it was a plate of broccoli with a few pieces of veggie chicken. There are three specials listed in the back of the menu, these are excellent value. Same with the lunch menu.

This is an excellent place that we visit at least one a week for a bowl of spicy noodle soup and vietnamese coffee.

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Red Burrito1700 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Yummy burritos
Submitted Monday, May 15, 2006 - 7:50pm [Dine in]

Finally a success for the corner of First and Commercial! The burritos were absolutely delicious. We had a shrimp burrito and a chicken one. My friend reported that the chicken was superb while I thoroughly enjoyed the plump and spicy shrimp burrito. Together they were fifteen dollars but that did include the guacamole at $1.25 extra. Definitely worth the extra buck and a quarter.

We are big time fans of Budgies Burritos but this is another place we will definitely return to visit. Try it out.

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All India Sweets & Restaurant6507 Main Street, Vancouver
Love those movies
Submitted Friday, May 12, 2006 - 10:43pm [Dine in]

Just DO NOT have the allucaneat buffet! Order food items off the menu and you will get really decent food. We always grab a couple of samosas to go when we leave. We love the ambiance created by the insane dance movies that are constantly showing.

Sometimes the service is superb and other times it is pretty poor. It is still worth it though just because of the movies. The buffet is pretty sad; the food looks like it has been poured out of buckets. If you order from the menu it is so delicious!

One thing I don't understand is why the water they bring to the tables smells like it was dipped out of someones swimming pool.

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Cafe Deux Soleils2096 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Great Veggie/Kid Freindly Place
Submitted Friday, May 12, 2006 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

This is a great place to go for a late breakfast or lunch. I have not had the pleasure of trying the dinners but if they are naything like the breakfasts, I'll love it.

The service is typical Commercial Drive. You have to go up to the counter and order your food and then a server brings it out, shouting out your name to locate you. The place is very full of energy so it can be a bit overwhelming. Just ne prepared for the fun!

The food has been scrumptious every time I have been there. I like going for breakfasts and have never been disappointed, actually really happy, with the food and service.

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