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irongoddessteaVancouver, CanadaSince October 2, 200629 Reviews
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Cattle Cafe4883 Kingsway, Unit B, Burnaby
Great fish soup noodles (no MSG!)
Submitted Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 12:50pm [Dine in]

I ordered their noodle bowl special of fish soup base + cilantro/onion/century egg, with rice noodles (i.e. "lai fun"), and choices of two toppings were beef brisket (sliced thin) and fish balls. This also included a free drink like HK milk tea. All this for $7.95 + tx/tip. It was great value. The fish soup base was delicious and not greasy - I drank almost all of the soup. The HK milk tea was decent. The beef brisket meat though you could tell was not super fresh because you can see the glossy pearly sheen of nitrates on them. The fishballs were good though, and also there was slices of some kind of mushroom in the broth. Next time I would probably not pick the beef brisket as a topping.

I think Cattle Cafe is about their noodle bowls. The other stuff they offer is just for selection's sake, but I wouldn't order any of their other food choices. My friend ordered a rib eye fast fry steak w/ rice but it was too dry and she didn't eat much of it. It cost more than my noodles, so it wasn't a good deal.

I would only recommend Cattle Cafe if you are going there for their noodle bowls, especially the no MSG fish soup base noodles.

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McNoodle House Restaurant8291 Alexandra Rd, #185, Richmond
Prepared the "old school" way... mmm flavour
Submitted Monday, January 31, 2011 - 8:06pm [Dine in]

I ordered a beef brisket/beef tendon/wonton noodle soup and a hot HK lai cha. It met my expectations and I left feeling energized and satisfied.

The flavours of the noodles in soup were wonderful. The quality of the food is excellent. The portions however are HK size as well and are not huge. If you are a big eater, one bowl of noodles for $6.95 is not going to fill you up (that's what I paid for my order). The lai cha is good enough (at least it tastes better than food court ones which tend to taste like mud water). My meal came out to $9.75 including taxes but not tip.

I think if you want to experience authentic flavour and taste with quality ingredients, you should come here. However, if you are a big eater looking for greasy value, I suggest you go some place else. This place is for people who appreciate quality over quantity - kind of a more "high end" noodle house. I will definitely be back again in the future.

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Felico's Restaurant8140 Leslie Road, Richmond
Fantastic Dinner Experience - soooo stuffed!
Submitted Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 6:53pm [Dine in]

WOW! Talk about value and good quality.

I shared the Seafood Platter for Two with a friend of mine. It was $40.95 (pre-tax/tip) and we thought we'd just get a small sampling of a bunch of courses. WRONG!

The food came out as such:
1. two delicious whole wheat pitas, toasted, served with homemade hummus
2. side portion serving of Greek salad
3. a full-size serving of lightly breaded deep fried calamari with tzatziki - we couldn't finish it!
4. a full-size serving of mussels in tomato/garlic sauce
5. cocktail shrimp (about 8 of them or so) and seafood sauce

Then came the full course portion:
6. stuffed tiger prawns (4 of them)
7. seafood medley in cream sauce (salmon, scallops, cod, shrimp)
8. there was something else I think, but i can't remember what it was

Plus:
9. a plate of sides - rice pilaf, half a red baked potato, and green beans and carrots

IT WAS SOOOO MUCH FOOD! And it was all good!

We definitely could not finish it all. And the waiting staff were very attentive.

Will definitely be back in the future!

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Paragon Pizza6942 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Delicious pizza, loaded with toppings!
Submitted Saturday, January 1, 2011 - 12:54am [Take-out]

I decided to order the "Everything" pizza, a medium one (it cost $13.95 at the time, including tax... there is a discount if you order two). It took them only 15 minutes to prepare my order and by the time I arrived, it was all ready to pick up. The pizza was pretty delicious and loaded with toppings, especially the "Everything" pizza! They are very efficient and reliable. Excellent pizza joint! There is also a Round Table Pizza in Richmond. Both are just as delicious, although I might give the slightest edge to the Richmond one...

Next time I am going to go for the Hawaiian pizza. Definitely will be back upon my next pizza craving!

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Rikka Japanese Kitchen2607 E 49 Ave, Unit 106, Vancouver
My new favourite Japanese food place
Submitted Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 9:35pm [Dine in]

After putting up with so many mediocre Japanese restaurants in Vancouver, you come across a casual place like Rikka Japanese Kitchen and wow is it refreshing - you are hooked! Rikka is a casual place but the food is really great -- I couldn't taste any MSG in the food - no weird aftertaste whatsoever. The prices are very reasonable, given the quality. I ordered takeout - the chicken teriyaki dinner bento which came with a white miso soup (tasted good - couldn't taste any MSG!). The presentation was wonderful. The sashimi included three pieces of sockeye salmon, and two pieces tuna. There was also another three pieces assorted nigiri (regular salmon, tuna and ebi). The bento also included a few pieces of tempura (one was ebi), some salad, and a bit of other slivers of veggies stir-fried and seasoned well. The ginger was not the pink kind - it looked like they made their own pickled ginger (because it is colourless). Needless to say, there was more than enough food for me! A dinner bento is $16 plus tax but it is very much worth it. The food is prepared with much care to detail.

I would say that overall this is a very solid business operation and that I will be back for more at Rikka!

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Salade de Fruits Cafe1551 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Very good dinner experience
Submitted Friday, August 6, 2010 - 10:53pm [Dine in]

Came here for a birthday dinner. The waiters are extremely funny and friendly. We ordered mussels and escargots to share for appetizers. The mussels were excellent! Definitely the highlight of the evening. However, we all thought that the escargot was just okay (they don't come in the shell -- they might have been pre-frozen ones).

For dinner, my friends who had steak really enjoyed their meals. I ordered the duck confit which unfortunately the meat was a bit too dry for my taste. Next time if I return, I would like to eat mussels (and frites) for a meal.

Desserts were okay to very good. We ordered an assorted dessert plate and split it. The best dessert we tried was the creme brulée. The great thing is that their desserts are not overly sweet, just the way we like them.

All in all, a very solid experience. For the five of us (we did not drink wine, only had water), bill came out to $165 including taxes but not tip. We would definitely return again. The place was bustling the whole time we were there -- an excellent sign!

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Shiro3096 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Shiro is overrated
Submitted Monday, June 28, 2010 - 2:17pm [Dine in]

I'm sorry but I have to say that I was disappointed with Shiro. I came here for dinner yesterday. My friend ordered the chicken teriyaki and tempura combo for $14.95. She got a really thin, small strip of chicken teriyaki (even a small chicken skewer from a Thai restaurant has more meat) and a whole bunch of bean sprouts, a few pieces of tempura, and they even forgot to give her the bowl of rice (she had to ask for it).

As for my assorted sushi combo, it was $13.75 for 6 pieces of California roll which I couldn't really taste the avocado (it was not a good California roll), and 8 pieces of nigiri sushi. Sure, the salmon and the tuna one tasted great, but the other pieces were not so great (octopus, squid, shrimp, cured salty mackerel, etc.).

The best dish was probably the wild sockeye sashimi, which is not BC, by the way -- it is probably Alaskan (they scribbed off the "BC" on their menu). Still it was not the best sashimi I've had because I noticed a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Also, the one big no-no was when I walked into the restaurant, it smelled really fishy. Their carpets are really dirty. This restaurant needs some serious renovations.

I will never come back to Shiro again and cannot recommend it. There are many other better choices than Shiro in this city.

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Curry Express650 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
For mall food, this is KING of them all
Submitted Sunday, April 18, 2010 - 11:05am [Dine in]

This particular Curry Express is great. It tastes better than the Metrotown one, even their chai is better.

For under $8, you can get a cup of chai (made with real milk), two curries (I usually get butter chicken and peas with cheese) on basmati rice, and a freshly made piece of naan. It's the best thing you can get in terms of mall food. It tastes great (not too spicey, adapted to Canadian tastes) and it is satisfying. Food is energizing and easy to digest. No greasy lethargic feeling whatsoever afterward.

I really recommend it to everyone. Even if you don't want a drink, you can get combo A without a drink for a little over $7 (after taxes). Or if you want a very small meal/snack size, you need only spend about $5.

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Santouka Ramen1690 Robson Street, Vancouver
Excellent Shio (salt) Tonkotsu Ramen!
Submitted Monday, March 8, 2010 - 7:38pm [Dine in]

I've tried all the ramen places and this one is now officially my vote as being the best ramen house in Vancouver.

For $9 you can get a medium (well, small to me) bowl of ramen with two slices of cha shu pork, some pickled vegetable, seaweed, in a bowl of totally drinkable delicious creamy rich pork bone/fish/vegetable broth. Mmmm!

Next time I will return and get more cha shu, I think. The shio (salt) flavour is the most popular, and I think it would taste the best. I have waited a long time for a good ramen house in Vancouver! Yay!

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HK B.B.Q. Master4651 No. 3 Road, #145, Richmond
BBQ Master? Really? Only if I had nothing else to eat!
Submitted Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

This restaurant was a disappointment. They gave me 1 day old BBQ duck as a cut of meat that was so fatty and lots of bones with hardly any meat. Then the BBQ pork was burnt that I couldn't eat 33% of it. Parts of the meat were also quite fatty that I couldn't eat. The meat looks big in the picture but only about 40% of it is actually edible.

I would say that this place is a rip-off and not a good value at all. I've had way better places to eat at for Chinese BBQ. At least the meat didn't taste like it had much MSG. That's all that I could say.

Will not be returning, ever.

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Cafe Medina780 Richards St, Vancouver
Delicious. Perfect brunch spot!
Submitted Monday, February 22, 2010 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

Came here on a Sunday morning, before lining up for Olympic pavilions. They opened promptly at 9 am and we were seated beside the window. Beautiful little cafe. Great friendly service. The Belgian waffles stacked beside the windowsill had our names all over it. Ordered waffles with dark chocolate and matcha sauce (sauce base is condensed milk). It was sooooooo delicious. Not too sweet. Mmmm.

For a savoury dish, we shared a fricassé, which was two fried eggs over braised short ribs and arugula salad sprinkled with apple and cheese chunks. Very very tasty. Came with a piece of toasted foccaccia to dip into the drippings from the beef.

For drinks, ordered hot chocolate and mocha. Divine! Just the right hint of sweetness (which is not too sweet).

Portions are not huge but the quality and flavour of the food is excellent. Total bill for two people came to $42.06, which included an 18% mandatory gratuity (for the Olympics). Would definitely return again.

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Toyo Sushi2211 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Fresh fish! Love it!
Submitted Sunday, December 20, 2009 - 11:57pm [Dine in]

Went on a Sunday evening. It was quite quiet. But had good service from friendly waitress.

Ordered Sashimi & Sushi Combo A for two (31 pieces), for $30 plus Jap Chae potato starch noodles with veggies for $14.95. The fish was really good quality! Included was some wild sockeye salmon sashimi and nigiri in the combo. Jap chae noodles was good. But the sashimi was better! Bill came out to $47 including tax but not tip. For quality of fish we got, this was a good price. We were both really stuffed. Also, complementary edamame on the house. Good tea.

Definitely would come back again. I really like this Korean Japanese food place. Awesome. They really know how to serve their sashimi at just the right temperature, just the right cut, just right. Tastes so good!

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Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant8380 Lansdowne Road, #110, Richmond
Great dinner, great price
Submitted Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 2:25am [Dine in]

Four of us came here for dinner and it was just delicious. We had:
1. xiao long bao (of course) - pretty good!
2. woh teep (long shaped panfried dumplings) - top notch! the best ever.
3. hot/sour seafood soup - good!
4. Peking duck + lettuce wrap w/ filling for $29.95 - good value
5. drunken chicken appetizer platter - good!
6. shanghai bok choy sauteed in garlic sauce - good.

All in all, we had a lot of food and the bill came to $73 + tax/tip. I will definitely come back again. Next time I will eat more woh teep. The xiao long bao here is good, but I would have to say Shanghai River has the best xiao long bao in town.

Overall, I am always happy eating here!

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Anna's Cake House5510 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Cakes Gone Downhill
Submitted Friday, October 16, 2009 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

I'm sorry, but in the last two years, Anna's cake products just do not taste the same as before. They have cheaped out on many things and made many cost cutting measures to their birthday cakes. 5-10 years ago they used to be the best around. Whoever took over Anna's (I heard they had sold ownership) decided to make their whipped cream icings thicker but taste worse, the cake blander and dryer (like they used fake powder eggs instead of real eggs or something), and the fruit mousses have also changed in quality.

Too bad they decided to use all these cost cutting measures instead of preserving their premium taste and just adding more to the price. That was not a great business decision.

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Kam Do8391 Alexandra Road, #1140, Richmond
Kam Do is all about the Lo Po Beng pastry (Winter Melon pastry)
Submitted Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 5:13pm [Dine in]

If you come to Kam Do to eat at their restaurant, that's ok... but what they're really famous for is their WINTER MELON CAKE ($1.20 each). It is a delicious traditional Chinese pastry, not too sweet, that is soft and flakey on the outside, and the inside is like a sticky mochi/rice texture with winter melon, and sweetened a little.

It is very delicious and they cost $1.20 each. You have to sometimes ask for it by name because they often don't display it on the display case (it's in the back).

Aside from their trademark Winter Melon Pastries, they are also good for their Bollo Bao (pineapple-shaped bun). $1.00 each and they are large, taste good, and satisfying, especially with a cup of HK Lai Cha.

Also good are the Red Bean Paste pastries. Mmm. I haven't had a chance to try all their pastries yet.

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Mythos Taverna1811 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Such delicious everything!
Submitted Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 5:04pm [Dine in]

I went here as part of a group of 7 at 2pm on a Friday afternoon for lunch. I had the Mythos Lunch Special which included:
1. bean and vegetable tomato soup (delicious! so fresh!)
2. light, fluffy, delicious tzatziki with fried pita (sooo good, the tzatziki)
3. a platter of lightly battered fried calamari, half of a large spanakipita, and a Greek meat patty
This was seriously the best Greek lunch I've ever had. It was $12.95 + tax/tip per person (minimum of 2 orders for this lunch special). A real deal, if you ask me, for the quality you get. Four of us ordered this and were all very satisfied with our lunch!

I will definitely come back again. That tzatziki and calamari are sooooo addictive. Nothing was too salty. You tasted the freshness of the food. If I came for dinner, I would definitely want to try their stuffed grilled calamari and other things that looked so delicious on the menu.

Another lunch special they had was one that was $14.95 per person (min. 2 orders), that included tiger prawns and scallops, hummus, and other things (but no calamari). That looked enticing as well.

Hope you have a chance to try this gem on Lonsdale Drive in North Vancouver!

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Super Great Pizza3388 Vanness Drive, Vancouver
It's all about good cheap pizza
Submitted Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 12:25am [Dine in]

Always fresh, always a line-up. $1.50 per slice; $3.99 for two slices and a pop. Crust tastes great (not greasy) and completely edible (no dried up edges), and is on the softer, bready side but they use unbleached flour.

Great flavours like pesto, goat cheese & garlic, mushroom/green pepper/onion, black olive/hot peppers, hawaiian, pepperoni, sausage, cheese, etc. Toppings are not huge amounts but for price you pay, this pizza is way better than most chains you order delivery from, if not all of them.

Good for a quick snack on the go.

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant7900 Westminster Highway, #200, Richmond
Nice, but too much MSG
Submitted Monday, January 12, 2009 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

The service was excellent [for a Chinese dim sum restaurant] and the restaurant was clean and comfortable. They were courteous, and never rushed us during our dim sum brunch.

The major criticism I have is that their dim sum savoury items tends to be quite heavy on the MSG (the har gow / shrimp dumplings, the "jun joo gie" / little sticky rice wraps in the lotus leaf, and other things). Although I have eaten dim sum at many Chinese restaurants and they all use MSG to some degree, this restaurant made me extra thirsty for the rest of the day and I could not get over how much MSG was added.

Otherwise, if you are immune to MSG, then you would probably not notice and find that the food is great. Flavour-wise, it was awesome!
But I will not be returning due to the amount of MSG -- it was too much for my personal tastes.

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Vera's Burger Shack1030 Davie St., Vancouver
Nothing to rave about
Submitted Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 3:06pm [Dine in]

The thing about Vera's is yes, the burgers can be really big. Things look good on the outside. The other thing about Vera's is that there is no good delicious taste to the burger patties. The yam fries are ok. The milkshakes are ok.

So if you're really hungry and need value over quality and need to get full and don't have so much taste buds left in your mouth, then by all means, go for Vera's.

On that note, I will never go back to Vera's again.

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Dhaliwal Restaurant and Sweets6555 Fraser, Vancouver
The awesomest butter chicken and samosa ever
Submitted Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 2:56pm [Dine in]

So far, everything I've eaten from both the restaurant and the sweets shop have been absolutely delicious. They do not make their Indian food overly spicey (I'm sure you could ask for it), and thus it is very friendly to the general public. It is not a completely traditional Indian restaurant either, as they do have some European drinks and whatnot.

I love the samosa - 3 for $1.00 and they are really tasty fillings. These are my favourite samosa I've had so far, of every samosa I've ever tried.

I also love the butter chicken - if you order take out, it is $9.99 (plus tax) but it is quite huge and has lots of chicken breast meat in it. It is enough to serve 3-4 people (or maybe 2 really big hungry guys) and tastes great on rice. Or if you prefer, naan. Mmm, naan!

The sweets shop - if you have never tried Indian sweets before, I suggest you try the one that looks like a rectangular caramel/tan coloured bar. It is usually at the very top left hand corner of the display case that is on the right side of the cash register. The texture is quite unique, and it tastes a little bit like condensed milk and other things. Soooo good! There are some other interesting ones as well, that seem to have coconut in them, and some very interesting spices (similar to those found in Chai).

All in all, come to this restaurant! You will not be disappointed and you will come back for more.

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