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Italian-guyDowntown&BurnabySince September 2, 200660 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.7)

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Sushi Garden4635 Kingsway, Burnaby
better than I remember
Submitted Saturday, June 16, 2007 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

Dropped in last night with my wife for a quick bite. Man i forgot how busy this place is! they have a system down pat of taking your name first before you even sit down, make sure you do this or you will be ignored (not on purpose mind you). The turn over is quick so even packed as it was at 6:15 pm we only waited 10 minutes for a table. This place has IMHO the best spicy tuna sashimi (and the hottest!) The rolls and nigiri are good and this place is the most fish for your buck, we left feeling fuller than had we ordered the equivalent at another spot. I know everyone harps on the service but these gals sure were trying given the speed of the tempo of this place, we even got a smile or two! I would recommend this place.

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New India Buffet & Restaurant805 W Broadway, #105, Vancouver
A hidden gem
Submitted Sunday, May 20, 2007 - 11:14pm [Dine in]

Just got back with the missus for an impromptu night out. I've been meaning to try this place for a while and I'm Glad I finally did.
This place has a GREAT buffet. The dishes are as good as any a la carte items, they are all tasty and have a good amount of heat to them. Too many Indian places cook to the lowest common denominator when it comes to spice, but not this place, very bold flavours. You know a sauce is real when you find whole cardamom pods in it! High lights are the Beef Korma and the Tandoori, which isn't dry for once! A nice Chai tea (authentic again) and some Golub jamin w/ saffron rice and rice pudding for dessert and wow, $12.95
I'll be back. P.S. their balcony has a nice view of the d/t lights to boot!

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Kimono Japanese Restaurant869 Hornby Street, Vancouver
too busy for it's own good..
Submitted Friday, April 6, 2007 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

I've been coming to this place for lunch since they opened last year.
Initially it was good sushi for the value and the place is spacious, unlike my usual sushi place further up Hornby so when we go from work we have space to relax. The problem with this place like a lot of others is that as they grow in popularity either service or quality suffers.
I have no problem with the service; the Kimono get up is cute but really not necessary. The food IS going down hill a bit. I was there yesterday for lunch and I swear the spicy tuna in my lunch box was off!! uugh!
I know it's a risk to order "spicy' anything roll as that is what they do with the older fish but at some point they gotta chuck out or someone may get sick at worst, or like me look for somewhere else for lunch. Too bad, this place was great.

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Crisp Salad Co.861 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Great change for a lunch
Submitted Wednesday, April 4, 2007 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

I ate lunch here the other day with a coworker, I twisted his arm (not too hard!!) to check this place out. The decor is just about the best thing at this place, it is very modern in a sleek sort of way with a green motif and the place is above average clean. The salads are prepared in front of you with individual wrapped lettuce heads that are only removed from the cooler when you order. A server preps your salad on a cutting board with a mezza-luna and adds the appropriate ingredients(and lots of them too) according to your order.My only complaint is the price, $14.50 for a salad and soup and water!! nice for a treat once in a while and the quality almost justify the price, btw the soups are great too. When I go back (not if!!) I'll just order a salad and skip the soup, it's big enough for lunch. The salad choices are extensive so everyone is bound to find one to their likening. All in all a nice alternative for a downtown lunch.

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Ferris' Oyster Bar & Grill536 Yates St., Victoria
Great menu
Submitted Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

Is this place fun!! I went here for dinner with some work friends and was I ever surprised. The oysters are their specialty and they are some of the best I've ever had. They do them in a myriad of ways. They have a varied menu so if you don't like oysters they have salads, soups prawn dishes etc.. I had the oyster burger with the spicy oyster soup, fantastic! The houmous appy was home made and my friend’s dishes were equally good. Prices are very reasonable, the beer is cheap the space is an old brick building off Warf street. If you are in Victoria, do you self a favour and check this place out, you won't be disappointed. P.S. their French fries are huge and homemade, a side bowl is 4 buck with dips!!

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Horizons100 Centennial Way, Burnaby
so much potential but...
Submitted Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 4:07pm [Dine in]

We were out with another couple here last night (their choice of place)
The location/space of this place is truly awesome as we got lucky and the sun broke through for a fabulous sunset. The ambience can make up a lot of shortcoming at any restaurant and believe me, this place needs the help. The Food, overpriced and pretentious. I ordered the Prix Fix menu for $42.00, including dessert, not bad right? Wrong!
The first course I ordered was a chorizo shrimp risotto. I literally laughed when it came the portion was so small for the huge plate it was in that it almost looked like a stain!! Ridiculous and not that well prepared to boot. The next course was a lamb shank and thankfully it was at least competent. My missus had the Ahi and it was OK, the best thing about it was the aoli it came with which isn't saying much. Dessert? I’ve had as good from the bakery at Save-on foods! Wine list? Limited and expensive. The service? Very good, it at least matched the caliber of restaurant they aspire to be! I wouldn't go back unless I had to or had a coupon.

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Tomoya Japanese Restaurant6285 Nelson Ave, Burnaby
a gem...
Submitted Friday, March 23, 2007 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

It is with a little reluctance that I review this place, on one hand I'd like to keep this cozy little 25 seat beautifully ambient room a secret. But on the other hand this place is just too good not to share. This is a JAPANESE restaurant, with all the quality and attention to detail that entails. Go here try anything of the menu, show some kindness to the staff and they will bend over backward for you. Reasonably priced to boot. Lie I said...a gem. Enjoy my fellow reviewers!!!

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Burgers Etc. BBQ House4091 Hastings St., Burnaby
Yummy Burgers!!!
Submitted Wednesday, March 14, 2007 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

Finally got chance to check this place out, I was a little worried because of the hype. But in fact the place was a charm, the burgers were truly great as I would expect from patties made from ground chuck steak as opposed to much cheaper hamburger. The superior meat allows them to cook the burgers a little "pink" which makes them juicy and tasty. The server was VERY clear about this right off the bat. The sides were decent and the shakes, according to my teen sons, were very good. The bill came to $60 for four of us including an appy, a side salad (a steal at$2.50 by the way), two shakes and four cokes, a good value in my books. The room is cozy with some cool rockabilly/50’s type soundtrack that suits the menu perfectly, we’ll definitely be back when the next burger craving hits!!

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Cafe Calabria1745 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
no surprises really....
Submitted Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 4:49pm [Dine in]

I have to chuckle when I hear about the bad/indifferent service at this place. These guys despite having some of the best coffee in Vancouver are first and always wops. I don't mean Italians, I mean wops, the kind we Italian/Canadians always cringe at and are ashamed of in their midst. Here is a little anecdote, I took a relative from Italy there to show him a Italian/North american coffee bar, Kitsch and all. When he tried to take a picture, The old man owner freaked out!! Not even a trace of civility, just pure anger!! Oh well, it is there place but it is indicitive!
P.S. The biscotti are homemade and the best!! go and have fun and please don't tease the wops!!

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Pho 66 Vietnamese Noodle House3663 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver
Good spot for Pho fix
Submitted Monday, January 8, 2007 - 1:36pm [Dine in]

Dined here last night with another couple, one of who was new to the Pho experience. Based on past reviews I wanted to try this place as it is right on the BBY Van Border just off Boundary.
The service was quick and friendly and the tea was always topped, as was the ice water. The Pho was fantastic, as good or better than our usual Pho spot Bau chu (sp?) further up Hastings Street.
This place was much cleaner than most Pho houses and that always puts me at ease. The food itself was great, I had a large Beef and prawns hot&sour and the other couple went for a two-person dinner platter. All of it was fresh and delicious, especially the sweet soup severed with the platter, I have to get the name of that soup! the prices are about a buck more than usual but well worth it. I will definitely be back and would most definitely recommend!

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Cassis420 W Pender, Vancouver
a tad overated??
Submitted Sunday, December 31, 2006 - 3:55pm [Dine in]

Went for dinner with friends last night. Very nice space and I love the area, it is really starting to show its potential. The Service was very attentive and unobtrusive with zero attitude, our waiter reccomendations were spot on, The Paiella was outstanding, as was the duck a l'orange. Unfortunatley the bouiliabaise balanced these great dishes by being just awful, thin brooth with dryed out fish (basa, prawns and scallop, yes scallop as in one!). We ordered as one of our appys the cheese fondue with raclette, the fondue we got was brie, to be fair they comp'd us one of our other appys. One last word about the space, this place was so overheated tha the poor staff had to leave the front door ajar to cool the place down every now and then. Not a problem unless you are seated by the door like we were!
All in all not the best first impression considering the pricing (did I mention that side dishes are a la carte?) I'm going to have to come back to see if it was just and off night...to be continued
P.S. excellent wine list!

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Tropika1128 Robson Street, Vancouver
I love this place!
Submitted Friday, December 8, 2006 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

I took some out of town relatives here for lunch last week (they also own a restaurant in Italy), I was a little nervous because this was pretty different for them but they were definitely interested and impressed!
First of the room is gorgeous and the service was above what I'd expect for lunch (like changing plates between courses, serving the soup, attentive with the water/tea) i tell you it was a nice break from the drone stares you get at most Asian restaurants lately. All the dishes were beautifully prepared and served with the Nasi Goering being especially noteworthy. Lunch for 6 was 130 bucks with 10 dishes and we were stuffed. In fact my guests asked for doggy bags, something you definitely don't get in Europe. All in all I'd like to say Thank You Tropika, I'll be back :)

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Indian Star Restaurant & Sweets420 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Not Bad, could be better..
Submitted Friday, December 8, 2006 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

I took the missus here for lunch the other day. I love Indian buffets in general. This one was pretty limited in selection but what they had was good. The Butter chicken was worth the 10 bucks on it's own! They ran out of samosas !!! It's not like they were THAT busy, maybe 4 tables max so how many did they make? Oh and finally only ONE dessert item
Ras malai (excuse sp) again good but limited. I wouldn't go out of my way to come here but if you’re in the area it's a decent option for lunch.

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Milestone's Grill and Bar4420 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
the worst kind of opportunisim
Submitted Sunday, November 26, 2006 - 6:26pm [Dine in]

I was back with my teenage kids and a like aged relative from italy of the same age to show her a Canadian style burger. Remember when I said the bottomless pop and fries was a blessing with teens? Well guess what, with the water advisory their soda machine is out of service because of the lack of water, no problem right? wrong, they brought us cans of pop instead. not only not botomless but they charged 2.70 each! i've been to other restaurants during this water advisory and the ALL offered reaasonably priced alternatives i.e. bottled water for a buck or 1.50 pops, but not this place. I don't like being taken advantage of. They just lost me as a repeat customer.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Thank God there are places like this!!
Submitted Saturday, September 16, 2006 - 12:37am [Dine in]

We went out with friends last night here, do your self a favour and make a reservation because it is very busy!
Everything about this place left me with a very good feeling of value and appreciation of our patronage, from thr valet service ($6 not bad!!)
to the excellent and exstensive list of belgian beers. The true forte of this place are the Moulle Frite, the mussels are cooked to perfection in a variety of traditional and new style sauces. My fave is the red spicy Congolese. The portion is filling and thier side/tapas menu is limited but very good, try the olive platter. The service was attentive friendly and unobtusive. All in all we would go back just for Beer Mussels and those addictive belgian fries!

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Pagliacci's1011 Broad St, Victoria
Nice place..
Submitted Friday, September 1, 2006 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

I was here a while ago while on business from Vancouver and stopped in on a friend’s advice. The pasta was good and the ambiance was soothing after a day of work/play. It is located a stones throw from the very busy inner harbour on a quite and characteristic street. A nice change from the regular tourist traps around d/t Victoria

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Q4 Ristorante2563 West Broadway, Vancouver
This is it!!!!!
Submitted Friday, September 1, 2006 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

I have been here a few times for different occasions and with out fail these guys always impress. The food is some of the best Italian I’ve ever had here or in Italy and also including my wife’s and (gasp!) my mommas!! The Service is more like family than hired help and their wine list is truly expressive and well thought out. The ambiance is pure new Italian with some great N.American chic thrown in (like the mosaic painted floors that they have to redo every year or so at great time and expense). This is the type of detail they show to everything they do.
If you're really hungry and curious try the 'Buffata" a set menu that will leave you amazed at the variety and unbuttoning your belt at the end!

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Bombay Bhel4266 Hastings St., Burnaby
Well done toronto!!
Submitted Friday, September 1, 2006 - 7:45pm [Dine in]

As a born and raised Vancoverite I had no idea that an Indian restaurant experience could be like this! Before this Toronto outfit opened Bombay Bhel, the only place even close was Rubina's on Kingsway, which I find excellent but a little old school.
Bombay Bhel is just about perfect in their execution of new Indian cuisine and old favorites and the ambience is perfect for a sophisticated night out with friends or your significant other.
In my opinion, this is the best high end restaurant in the "heights" way better than the pretentious and ridiculously priced Pear Tree

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All India Sweets & Restaurant6507 Main Street, Vancouver
You're in the (Indian!) army now!!
Submitted Friday, September 1, 2006 - 7:07pm [Dine in]

WE loooove this place! The metal trays for the buffet remind me of an army chow line! The food in the buffet is passable and the value is outstanding considering that dessert buffet is included. They have later hours and when you roll in with a hungry group this place hits the mark.
If you order of the menu the food is actually very good but not as good as say, near by Himilaya or Nirvana ( personal fave).

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Fish On Rice4361 Kingsway, #201, Burnaby
Better than most all-you-can eat
Submitted Friday, September 1, 2006 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

I don't agree with a lot of the reviews here regarding this place.
I've been twice now, once for lunch(today) and once for dinner.
Both times the service was OK and the food, it is good value for the money.
I like this place better than Shabusen as they have gotten waaay to busy and their price has gone up. Compared to them the hot stuff at fish on rice is way better as it always arrives, well, hot. The tempura is crisp and the karrage isn't greasy. The rolls are about what you'd expect which is to say good but not great.The sashimi is average and the nigiri choices are fairly extensive. The menu, especially for dinner has enough variety that a large group can all eat and find something to thier liking. All in all this place is way better than the two places in nearby metrotown for all you can eat.

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