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Jabberw0ckDeltaSince January 18, 20078 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service4 (3.8)
  • Value3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.5)

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Chopsticks On Pho15325 56 Avenue (hwy 10), Unit 101, Surrey
It's become a habit!
Submitted Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 12:10pm [Dine in]

I travel a lot on business and pho is the comfort food that keeps me going on the road. It's quick, relatively healthy, expense account friendly, and I can get it to go if I have worked piled up at the hotel. I've got my favorite pho shops staked out in every city...except here at home in the lower mainland! I'd given up trying to find a decent place south of the Fraser. When my wife said "I've got to take you to this new place I've found", my expectations were pretty low but I'm always game to try a new place.

I was more than pleasantly surprised. Chopsticks on Pho is definitely not your seedy Kingsway gang-banger hang-out serving oleaginous broth filled with parts of animals that have no business in my belly. If it weren't for the menu, you'd not instantly guess this was an Asian restaurant. It looks more like a hip urban bistro, and the other reviews here that mention "zen-like" are pretty much spot on - it's trendy but spare, with clean lines, open spaces and muted colours. Rather peaceful and spotlessly clean.

The menu is also fairly spare but should be considered a work in progress. A couple of items have been added since we started coming here - like chicken pho. The management is definitely open to feedback here. The pho itself is very solid - not as quite as savory as I would like but showing a lot of attention to detail. The vermicelli is never overcooked, the broth is never oily, the meet - whether beef or chicken - always has the fat trimmed off, and the sprouts and basil are fresh and plentiful. Is if more expensive than Kingsway? Yes, but it really isn't competing with other pho shops so much as it is with Cactus Club, Milestones, etc. I'm happily paying the extra dollar or two for the decor, food quality, service and CLEANLINESS.

A final word about the staff: I've never met a friendlier owner! He personally greets you by name when you come in and thanks you when you leave. It's the perfect final touch to an enjoyable dining experience.

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Five Guys Burgers & Fries2285 160th Street, Unit F8, Surrey
The better burger option
Submitted Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 12:13pm [Dine in]

What do the Mountain Gorilla, the Sumatran Rhinoceros, the California Condor and a decent hamburger all have in common? They're all on the endangered species list. At least so it seems in the case of the hamburger, which has been reduced to an appalling state over the years by burger chain price wars and pubs that use barely edible burgers as loss leaders to flog more beer.

Enter Five Guys. A burger chain, true, but one with higher aspirations. At Five Guys they custom make your burger from fresh ingredients while you wait, and serve you with a smile.

Interestingly, Five Guys wasn't our first choice this particular day. My partner and I had gone to the nearby Milestones in search of a bite - both of us being in the rare mood for a hamburger and banking on the usually reliable Milestones to acquit themselves adequately on such a basic task. Well. We stood at the hostess desk - while idle staff in the bar watched on indifferently - for five minutes while the hostess gave directions to someone on the phone, neither making eye contact with us or acknowledging us in any way. She did apologize once the call was completed, but the tone had been set. We only had to sit at our table for another 6 - 7 minutes - waiting for a server while people seated after us in the adjacent section had already received waters and had their drink orders taken - to decide to take our commerce elsewhere. Milestones, shame on you! It will be a long time before I go back.

We'd picked up burgers at the nearby Five Guys once before and been happy, so back we went. We weren't disappointed. Great burgers made the way you want, and more fries than we could eat. Small wonder they were much busier than Milestones!

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Kelsey's11300 Steveston Highway, #100, Richmond
We wanted to like it, but....
Submitted Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 2:50pm [Dine in]

...we just didn't have a good experience here. Out of so many dining options in the lower mainland, we chose Kelsey's this particular evening because 1) I thought (correctly) they would have the hockey game on in their bar, 2) we'd never been to a Kelsey's and wanted to give one a try - largely because I thought it looked a bit like a Moxie's, where I've had good eats before, 3) it was one of the restaurants available to us on the gift card my employers gave me for Christmas.

And the outcome? Well, the hockey game was good...but that was about all. We had a brief stint in the bar waiting for a table. The bartender - a young lad - was friendly but didn't know his wines despite the incredibly short wine list he had to work with. Pretty inexcusable but he laughed about it and had us laughing along with him. That alone wouldn't be any kind of biggy - and seriously: if you're a wine snob what the heck are you doing in a Kelsey's anyway, right? So, the waitress comes to fetch us and off we go to our table.

What greets us when we get there? Litter all over the floor in that section. And when I say litter, I mean french fries, candy wrappers, bit of other food and garbage. It was pretty appalling even by the standards of an inner-city McDonalds. We asked to be moved and promptly were - to the adjoining section where we still had the garbage from the previous section in plain view :-(. I should note here that the garbage remained in situ during our entire stay. When do they clean this place?

We would have (should have) walked out at this point, but it was already getting late, we were both starving, and the hockey game was still on. Besides, we told ourselves, the ultimate proof in in the food.

We started with an appetizer of the Blue Cheese Kettle Chips. It arrived hot and was ample for two people. The chips themselves weren't the dry, thick kettle chips you'd buy in the snack food section at a grocery store, but rather fresh scalloped potato chips that had been deep fried on premise. There was ample cheese to go with them, but I'm pretty sure the "Blue Cheese" dressing - which the title of the appetizer would lead you to believe was the star of this nosh - was just bottled salad dressing. Disappointing, but on the whole the appy was okay.

I followed with the Chicken Sonoma Valley Salad as my entree. It sounded great on the menu - "Mixed greens topped with seasoned grilled chicken, red peppers, grape tomatoes, crumbled Feta cheese, croutons, raisins, mixed seeds and nuts. Served with our spicy honey citrus dressing." What arrived did indeed contain most of those ingredients, but unless iceberg lettuce comes in more than one variety, it was the sole constituent of the "mixed greens", the feta cheese was conspicuous by its near total absence, and the chicken was under-seasoned and overcooked.

My partner ordered the Balsamic Chicken with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. After a long wait it arrived mostly cold and very dry, as though the kitchen had started off with the original dish in mind but decided on pemmican at the last minute, almost like something a survivalist would expect to reconstitute with water from his/her BHP-free water bottle while out on a weekend Walden fantasy.

We sent it back.

The manager came out and was quasi-apologetic, blaming the food and the dirt on how busy they were. And indeed they were busy - the place was nearly full when we arrived. I'm not sure if this is more a reflection on the scarcity of dining options in Steveston, or on the already low level of expectations of those who frequent Kelsey's. The staff seemed very young, and not particularly well-trained or managed. In fairness our waitress was very earnest and genuinely seemed concerned about our poor dining experience. The food certainly wasn't her fault.

Maybe we did just catch Kelsey's on an off-night. But still...to get it so wrong on so many levels? For the same money, one can dine much better elsewhere. At least the hockey game was good!

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Well Restaurant, The3048 Main St, Vancouver
More than the sum of its parts
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

I had a few moments of doubt upon first glance as we pulled up in front of this new-ish (only 4 months old as of Jan. 2010) eatery for a recent dinner. It was smaller than I was expecting - only 36 seats - and quite unassuming from the outside. Plus, it was a weekend but the place wasn't full. I had the nagging suspicion that we'd made a mistake.

Any fears proved for not. Two of our party had one of the dinner specials, slices of beef and mushrooms in a peppercorn sauce served on spaghetti. Another had the penne with halibut, salmon, muscles and shrimp in an Alfredo sauce, and still another the halibut with baby carrots and braised endive. All dishes were beautifully presented, generously portioned, and very tasty. The sole server in this tiny place was also our bartender, and he was both friendly and knowledgeable.

We shared wonderful desserts of creme brulee and a lemon & champagne sorbet, both again beautifully presented and substantially larger than I'm accustomed to.

The menu and dishes are clearly the product of people who have a passion for what they do, but the Well has more than just the food going for it. Unlike the Commercial Drive strip, parking along Main is free and seemingly ample - we were able to park right across the street. The small size and quiet interior lent an intimacy to our meal that was a pleasant contrast to the larger, more raucous places we've dined at recently. The most amazing part was the bill - less than we would typically spend at a Cactus Club or similar chain restaurant. What a find! We can hardly wait to go back.

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Well Restaurant, The3048 Main St, Vancouver
Whole more than the sum of it's parts
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

I had a few moments of doubt upon first glance as we pulled up in front of this new-ish (only 4 months old as of Jan. 2010) eatery for a recent dinner. It was smaller than I was expecting - only 36 seats - and quite unassuming from the outside. Plus, it was a weekend but the place wasn't full. I had the nagging suspicion that we'd made a mistake.

Any fears proved for not. Two of our party had one of the dinner specials, slices of beef and mushrooms in a peppercorn sauce served on spaghetti. Another had the penne with halibut, salmon, muscles and shrimp in an Alfredo sauce, and still another the halibut with baby carrots and braised endive. All dishes were beautifully presented, generously portioned, and very tasty. The sole server in this tiny place was also our bartender, and he was both friendly and knowledgeable.

We shared wonderful desserts of creme brulee and a lemon & champagne sorbet, both again beautifully presented and substantially larger than I'm accustomed to.

The menu and dishes are clearly the product of people who have a passion for what they do, but the Well has more than just the food going for it. Unlike the Commercial Drive strip, parking along Main is free and seemingly ample - we were able to park right across the street. The small size and quiet interior lent an intimacy to our meal that was a pleasant contrast to the larger, more raucous places we've dined at recently. The most amazing part was the bill - less than we would typically spend at a Cactus Club or similar chain restaurant. What a find! We can hardly wait to go back.

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Wimaan Thai Restaurant1063 W. Broadway, Vancouver
One of the best Thai places in Vancouver
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 1:59pm [Dine in]

We've been eating at the Wimaan on and off since Sammy moved to West Broadway from North Delta many years ago. Some nights the food is better than others, and we do regularly sample other Thai restaurants, but overall the Wimaan remains our favorite Thai place. We've always found the service to be prompt and discrete, and the dishes fresh and flavorful. The "Tiger Cry" is outstanding - one of Sammy's best dishes - and I can say I've never had a dud from amongst the other menu selections either. The location - a high ceilinged barn of a place on West Broadway - leaves a lot to be desired though. If it weren't for the great food...! On the plus, they're always able to accommodate large parties because the place is never full. Recommended.

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La Fourchette1951 Glen Drive, #101, Vancouver
Great food hidden behind gawdawful exterior
Submitted Saturday, January 20, 2007 - 3:40pm [Dine in]

La Fourchette is an enigma. For one, it's not an upscale French restaurant as the name might suggest, but rather a cafe owned by crazy (in a good way) Greeks. For another, if you didn't know that there was great food lurking inside, it would NEVER cross your mind to go in and find out. The restaurant is in a rundown, decrepit old Craftsman-style house that must easily date from the '20's. Seriously, the only thing missing is boards over the windows and signs of recent squat activity. Hasn't seen a paint brush since Tom Campbell was mayor. On top of that, it's located on Manitoba between 6th and 7th in a light industrial area, a most unlikely spot for an eatery.

In spite of these many obstacles, don't be late for lunch. There is always a lineup at noon, and with good reason: the food is truly fine by cafe standards. Everything is homemade. The souvlaki, sphagetti, burgers etc., are all generously portioned and very, very tasty. The desserts are fantastic. The service is..eccentric, but fun. There is limited seating inside, where the ambiance is romantic in a cramped, seedy, be-careful-not-to-touch-anything kind of way. There is also a tiny porch with a few bistro tables. Many of the locals get their food to go, and there are VPD cars outside every morning while city cops eat brekky within. Prices are in line with greasy spoons elsewhere, but the food is on a whole other level. Recommended.

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Vita Bella Ristorante4544 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Yaletown chic in North Burnaby
Submitted Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - 6:17pm [Dine in]

I dined recently at Vita Bella with a group of friends, and had a very good experience. 1) Nice decor with understated elegance 2) prompt, attentive and knowledgeable service 3) great food 4) great presentation 5) surprisingly good value 6) ample free parking on East Hastings and side streets.

Several of the reviews here mention the linguine with smoked duck, and with good reason: it's sublime. The linguine with chicken and goat cheese suffered by comparison, but on its own was quite good. The caesar salads were very good, and featured an olive tapenade on some of the croutons - a nice touch! We also sampled broadly from a solid wine list which offered a good selection of wines by the glass.

In summary, it was the kind of dining experience we would normally have sought in the west end or on the Drive, and I was sooo happy to find an equivalent experience in the much less congested (or pretentious) region of North Burnaby. We'll be back.

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