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jdhammerSurrey, BCSince July 3, 200911 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
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Paradise Vegetarian Noodle House8681 10th Avenue, Burnaby
I can't believe it's vegan
Submitted Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 12:34pm [Dine in]

We just happened upon this place last year when we were itching for a big bowl of soup on a cold winter day.....a quick Google search and we found Paradise! We were very open to vegetarian cuisine so we didn't hesitate to give it a shot....and we're so thankful we did.

Since then, we've been there many times. In the context of vegetarian/vegan food, their dishes are nothing short of amazing. As someone who does eat meat occasionally, I can admit that these dishes would have a tough time standing up to some meat based dishes in a "delicious contest", but for what it is, it's incredible.

It's no secret that a vegetarian/vegan diet is healthy for the body and healthy for the planet (meat takes way more resources/water to produce), so if nothing else, a visit to Paradise is a delicious, healthy adventure in eco-dining.

You won't be sorry if you try it - you just might find yourself craving a visit there for more reasons than one!

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Speakeasy Bar & Grill1239 Davie Street, Vancouver
Ruined my whole day
Submitted Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

My company took part in the Sun Run this year, and the Speakeasy on Davie was where one of our staff arranged for us to head after the race. Let me tell you, if I could suddenly turn back time, going back to stop us from going there would be high on my list of things to do.

We arrived, and it wasn't very busy. Less than half capacity I'd say. It started with the people sitting next to me trying to flag down the waitress......made eye contact several times, and they even waved at them, but it was not until five minutes later that we were even given a menu.

It didn't take long to figure out things weren't right. We noticed some people at another table looking annoyed and impatient.....they had clearly been there far longer than us and were yet to receive their food. We were all starving after the run, and time kept ticking on by as we got grumpier and grumpier as our blood sugar tanked.

No exaggeration, I believe it was about 90 minutes before we got our food. And we ordered BRUNCH. Eggs, toast, hashbrowns, bacon....that sort of thing. 90 minutes.......it gets better.

The food was lukewarm. Otherwise it tasted pretty good, but no one likes getting cold food. Just as we were all starting to chow down after the long, long wait......the guy sitting across from me holds up a piece of his bacon. The end of it was covered in eggshells.

You can't make this stuff up.

Long story short, the service was terrible, the food was mediocre and it was just a bad, bad experience all around. We'll go out of our way to tell people about it, it was that bad. The one ray of sunshine was the fact that after the inexplicable cold shoulder to start, the waitresses were very good and I'm sure they are at the mercy of this terrible kitchen on a regular basis.......

Maybe we just caught them on a bad day.....but maybe not. Go at your own risk. Maybe they'll get some more reviews here and the real picture will emerge.

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Sushi Tang546 6th Street, New Westminster
Our favourite sushi place in New West
Submitted Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 1:24pm [Dine in]

We moved to New West almost a year ago, and one of the first things we did was scope out food joints to see what would be come our regular haunt.

After trying a couple of places, my other half came in and told me about a little place she decided to try called Sushi Tang. She was pretty much raving about it right off the bat - She said she received great service, the sushi was really good and the prices were decent.

It's all history after that - We're regulars there, for many reasons. The quality of the sushi is great - They only use the best salmon, and while it's 1.75 per piece of nigiri at the time of this writing, it's worth the quality of the salmon they use. Other nigiri is priced on par with other places. All the fish we've had there is always great, and their rolls are of great quality with not too much rice. They also have a 1.99 spinach roll, which I'd never seen before. It's really quite good.

The people are what make this place truly great - Every time we're there they are genuinely happy to see us. They take friendliness and customer service to another level. You're greeted as soon as you get in, you get a nice, loud goodbye when you leave, and the server is always all smiles, every time.

The prices are decent - It might be slightly more than an average sushi place but their quality more than makes up for it. Given the quality, their trays are actually a steal, so if you're looking for lots of sushi go that route.

The atmosphere is nicely decorated. Yes, they tend to play loud pop music.....but I'm not there for authentic Japanese atmosphere so it doesn't bother me.

We'll be back...again and again and again......

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Foundation, The2301 Main Street, Vancouver
So conflicted.....so conflicted......
Submitted Monday, May 30, 2011 - 8:42pm [Dine in]

Went there for drinks and food with some friends I hadn't seen in a while. Was told before going that the nachos are "the best in Vancouver". I didn't realize it was a vegetarian restaurant until I looked up the name of the place this meet-up was happening......being a former vegetarian, and now a meat-eater who still eats mostly vegetarian, I was excited to try this place out. The hipster thing I read about didn't really bug me, I'm a hippie at heart and my unshaven beard surely helped me fit in.

First of all, this place is DIRTY. That is kind of the point, but it's too far gone. The furniture is shabby, and I hear it's recycled, so great. But there's no reason for tons of flies to be flying around the restaurant.....bad sign. The bathrooms are actually not terribly dirty, but the way they are organized is baffling. I sincerely hope no one who goes there ever has to take a number two......first of all the stench will probably reach some of the patrons, and you'll likely have a member of the opposite sex using the toilet next to you. Nothing says "let's go for drinks sometime" like dropping a nuke within whispering distance of a pretty lady.

The service, unlike many reviews I have read elsewhere, was not too bad. We were a large group, so perhaps they felt it in their best interests to serve us a little better. They came around often enough to keep the beer flowing, and that is commandment number one in my books, whenever I'm having booze at a place.

The FOOD.....is....amazing. THE best vegetarian food I've ever had in my life. I never knew Quinoa could be so mouth-wateringly delicious. That wasn't even the best part of the night. It was. The. NACHOS.

They speak for themselves. Everyone says it, I've experienced it, it's true. The best nachos I've ever had. They are the main reason I'm going to have a hard time staying away despite the inspection reports and what I saw with my own eyes.

I really liked the atmosphere, and the quotes on the walls were a nice touch. I especially liked the feel that you might just be in some hippie's basement - Old kitchen stoves, old lighting. It's It's not for everyone, but I enjoyed it.

I hope they clean up their act.....I want to return many times. I can take the ripped booths, the old stoves, the crappy (but cool) decor, but the flies and the feeling that a rat may have slept on your nacho plate the night before are definitely big minuses. They are lucky their food is so good, and the demographic they cater to so loyal, for sure.

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Maguro Japanese Restaurant10090 152nd Street, #141, Surrey
Good, but not great sushi joint
Submitted Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 7:34pm [Dine in]

We checked out this place after frequenting Guildford Sushi a little too often.......and the best way to compare the two would be to say that if you're starving and poor, go to Guildford Sushi and if you're just hungry and you don't mind getting a little less bang for your buck, go to Maguro.

The rolls are quite small, but very good. It's actually kind of refreshing to not have to deal with giant rolls surrounded by tons of rice. The gomae was as good as you can expect gomae to be (this is something so many sushi places lack, and it's so EASY to make). The service was friendly, and the restaurant itself is nothing special, just your run of the mill sushi place.......

Not much to say other than it's a good little place to hit up if you want some sushi!

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Guildford Sushi House10330 152nd Street, #40, Surrey
Value oriented sushi joint
Submitted Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I have probably ordered from this place 15 or 20 times now - The main reason being that the value for your money at Guildford Sushi is probably the best I've ever seen for a sushi place. Granted, they bulk up their rolls quite a bit with extra rice, but the other ingredients are also there in large amounts.

We usually order the party tray A, which for 20 bucks is a large combination of nigiri with a LOT of rolls. We can almost never polish off the whole thing. For those who have never been, they have a "house roll" which is something that you have to hollow out piece by piece....no way you're going to eat it in one bite. Probably three or four is more realistic. You get one of those, an Alaska roll, California roll, Tuna roll, Salmon roll, and 2 pcs of salmon, tuna and ebi......that's a LOT of food for 20 bucks. The nigiri has SLABS of fish on them....they are massive, and in fact my girlfriend's main complaint is that the nigiri is way too big.

Enough about the combo.....the sushi is definitely mediocre. It has only been below par a few times, and those times it was usually the tuna that was a bit off. The jumbo nigiri is one negative, although admittedly you are getting a lot of fish. Nigiri is meant to be one bite, however, and they are just far too large. Cutting the price by 25% and using half the fish on each piece would save them money and probably be preferred by the customers.....the rolls are thick with rice, again, nice if you want to fill up, but it makes almost all the roll pieces too large to eat in one bite, resulting in the dreaded fall-aparty roll. The rolls are tasty though, and the avocado roll in particular is really good and generously stuffed with avocado.

As far as service goes, they're always very friendly - In particular one of the chefs is a really friendly guy, always greeting you and thanking you. Never seen the guy frown.

Ambiance? It's a pretty standard little sushi place, nothing special, nothing bad......

There's not a lot of choice in Guildford for sushi, and this place happens to be very close by. It's definitely a place that will continue to get our business, more so for the value and service than quality. It does walk a fine line though, and if the quality was ever to decline even just a bit, this place might turn into one to pass on.

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Guildford Station Pub10176 154 Street, Surrey
The Best Pub in Surrey
Submitted Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 5:33pm [Dine in]

I've been going to the Guildford Station for years, and for good reason. This place has always been about value above all else.....the beer is reasonably priced, even cheap when specials are on, and the food is great.

They have a wide selection of beers and anything else you'd ever want to drink. The beer is always cold, and refilled as quickly as you'd want.

The food has never been bad there.....their menu is well done, offering everything from traditional pub fare such as wings and burgers to healthier options such as wraps, salads and (bless them) a GOOD vegetable platter with a LOT of fresh veggies and dip. I gush on that because I went to another pub (which shall remain nameless) where I ordered a vegetable platter and got red peppers, cauliflower, and ARTICHOKE HEARTS.....with some nasty yellow dip to boot.

All in all, my favourite place to go when I want a beer, or when I want some good cheap food, or when I want some beer and some cheap food. The volume of people there speaks for itself; these days you'll be waiting a while for a table on any Friday or Saturday night, or for any game night.

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Mirch Masala9545 120th Street, Surrey
Excellent in Every Way
Submitted Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 10:04pm [Dine in]

I've been to Mirch Masala probably about 5 or 6 times now, and it's where I go when I want Indian food, period.

The restaurant is beautiful, with some interesting paintings and a real Indian feel to it. The music is always good, and Indian, which is nice. The staff there have always been extremely friendly and welcoming. I feel like an honorary Indian when I go there (I am a very white male). My only complaint is that when I request spicy food, I just know that they're making it "western spicy" and not "real spicy". I bet they could really burn my face off if they're not careful so maybe I should be thankful for the fact that they're conservative with the heat!

The food is absolutely amazing. The shrimp tandoori is to die for, and everything else is delicious as well. As a pescetarian, I'm always looking for great vegetarian or seafood, and this place does the best job in my opinion.

I've heard many of my Indian friends, even those who are not from the area, talk about Mirch Masala. If that's not an indication that you should go for your next Indian meal, I don't know what is!

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Sui Sha Ya Japanese Restaurant4820 Kingsway, #236, Burnaby
An old favorite gone terribly wrong
Submitted Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 4:01pm [Dine in]

I used to frequent this place many years ago - It was my favorite place to go for All You Can Eat sushi. In the past, everything was fresh, presentation was nice, and service was as good as could be expected.

In my last two visits there, I have been more than disappointed....repulsed, really.

The service is gone. Not worse, gone. You can go 30 minutes without seeing your server, and for All You Can Eat, that's obviously unacceptable. They forget orders, bring you double orders, and even bring you orders that you didn't order (and then give you that "you're gonna pay for it if you don't eat it" face.).

I can't even describe the tuna nigiri we received last time. The fish was falling apart, the cuts were atrocious, and for the first time in my LIFE, I wondered whether I wanted to eat the sushi. The salmon was inferior, although not as ugly as the tuna was.

I don't feel that anything else needs to be said. Stay away from this place. Their location ensures that they will stay in business, but I like to vote with my dollar and they're not getting any more votes from me.

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Asian Spice9436 120th Street, Surrey
Can't beat the value, but you can beat the food
Submitted Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

This place was recommended to me by a friend, so my girlfriend and I decided to check it out last week.

For a place tucked away off of Scott Road in Surrey, the ambiance wasn't bad. I had read that they play Indian music in contrast with their Asian decor, but the radio seemed to be on when we were there......disappointing but not a deal-breaker.

The service was very good, but perhaps was a little too "try-hard". Our server was awkwardly overzealous, and just a little socially awkward too......made the first few minutes more uncomfortable than they needed to be.

The food was served insanely fast. Like "did they just have it sitting there in the kitchen ready to go" fast......But it tasted fresh, and was generally delicious. Nothing special though.....their Szechuan Wonton was very flavorful, the Hot Garlic Vegetable Noodle dish was a large portion for a great price, and the Ginger Prawns were very tasty.

All-in-all, our bill was very small and our stomachs were very full. All the food was good enough to want to finish off at home (and we had a decent amount of take-home). This isn't a place I'm going to look forward to going to again, but if I'm in the area, and I'm craving spicy food while my wallet is light, I'll stop in for sure.

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Sabai Thai Restaurant10391 150 Street, Surrey
I registered here just to review it
Submitted Friday, July 3, 2009 - 12:30pm [Dine in]

Sabai Thai is, hands down, my favorite restaurant. While my favorite food is actually sushi, you can't find better food presentation, customer service, and overall satisfaction for your dollar anywhere other than Sabai Thai.

I went there for the first time after reading reviews on the internet a while ago. I had lived just down the road from there for several years (thank GOD I didn't find out about this place sooner......) and I thought I'd check it out.

Needless to say, I was blown away. I love Thai food, but this was about more than the food. It was the simple things like the traditional Thai music playing in the background, and the extremely friendly service.

And the FOOD. Bless the food. I've now had their lettuce wraps, red curry, green curry, pad thai (my personal favorite) and I don't remember the name but it's a spinach dish with oyster sauce. All absolutely fantastic, well worth the money. The first time I was there I ordered some sort of deep fried tofu appetizer - That is the only somewhat disappointing thing I've ever had there. And it wasn't BAD, it just wasn't mindblowing like the other dishes.

If you like Thai food, or have never had it, GO HERE. And I'll repeat what someone else recommended (and I listened, thank god).....GET THE THAI ICED TEA. It's what they serve in heaven, I guarantee it.

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