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jezzmeBurnabySince August 10, 200562 Reviews
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Harvest Moon Bakery Boutique7771 Westminster Highway, #160, Richmond
Simply Delicious.
Submitted Monday, March 30, 2009 - 4:45pm [Dine in]

I had my sisters birthday dinner to attend (last minute as always) and I had no time to pick up any treats or goodies, so I stopped by Harvest Moon Bakery to see what they had in store. Originally, I was planning to buy a fresh mango cake there, but the clerk convinced me to order the Strawberry Napoleon, ensuring me that it was fresh and baked daily.

I doubted his opinion, but later in the evening, everyone had to know where this "new cake" came from, and preferred it over a fresh mango cake my mother had bought.

The cakes were great, but I also bought a chocolate croissant that was anything but chocolate! (Sorry, just being honest.)

I would go back to Harvest Moon for their fresh, delicious cakes - good value for the quality of cake you are getting, and always a great selection.

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Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant8380 Lansdowne Road, #110, Richmond
Yum yum yum. Love their Steamed Pork Dumplings.
Submitted Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 3:12pm [Dine in]

Just had my first dining experience at Shanghai Wonderful / Wong and found lunch to be inexpensive, tasty, and fast!

I was impressed when the hostess literally greeted and seated us before the three of us were barely in the door, then by the two ladies at the front "open kitchen" rolling dough and making xiao long baos for the duration of our stay.

I noticed that every table ordered at least one order of xiao long baos (steamed pork dumplings) and / or san jin baos (panfried pork dumplings). We opted for the former, and also ordered a deep fried pork noodle soup, a flakey shredded turnip pastry, and a cold pork dish.

I was really impressed with the food - the xiao long baos were juicy, hot and tender, with thin yet resilient skins to hold in more than a spoonful of soup each! The turnip pastry was slightly sweet, extremely tender and flakey, and the pork dish would have been nice with beer, sake, or wine. The only minus in my books would have been the pork that went with the noodle soup dish. It was a touch too greasey for my liking, but my companions seemed to like it enough, washing down the oil with hot tea and slurping the hot soup that went with the dish.

What made the best impression was that for three people, the bill came to less than $25. A plus in my books!

I will definately make a point of returning to Shanghai Wonderful to try some of their other dishes.

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Pear Tree, The4120 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Upscale Continental Cuisine in the Last Place You'd Expect!
Submitted Monday, March 2, 2009 - 1:44pm [Dine in]

We celebrated Valentines Day a week later to avoid the hectic rush. Who wanted to run around town like crazy people for sub-standard service? Not us.

I've heard many good things about The Pear Tree, but I'd also heard stories of disappointment. Fortunately, our night was of the former instead of the latter.

The small menu is elegantly laid out, and the first page is a seasonal "fresh sheet" of a set menu. On the day we visited The Pear Tree, it consisted of tuna tataki with a chicory and cress salad, a main of pork belly, spot prawn rigatoni, celeriac puree, steamed veggies, and hon shimigi mushrooms. Guess what I ordered!

We started out with the scallop and risotto starter. The scallops were a little on the small side considering the price tag, but the dish was delicious! My companion commented that he loved the way the risotto tasted and the creamy texture. Although the dish was fragrant and smooth from the addition of cheese, the grains of the arborio rice were still distinctly (and pleasantly!) noticeable.

As you might have guessed, I ordered the Berkshire Pork Belly. It appeared to be braised in a pressure cooker and the thick ribbons of pork fat just melted in your mouth, typical to how Chinese "cou yuk" is braised until tender. I really loved the celeriac puree and the steamed vegetables - I just wished there were more! The spot prawn rigatoni had lots of flavour as well, and I loved how the chef kept the vegetables and the rigatoni "naked" as to balance out the richness of the pork belly.

My companion ordered the braised lamb shank, which was tender and and succulent. You could have literally eaten either of our meals with a spoon, the meat was just that tender. He was also extremely pleased to find that the same risotto accompanied his lamb shank. I had to agree - the risotto was a pleasant background to the meaty lamb. The staff also brought over a complimentary pea shoot and apple salad which went really well with the lamb shank.

For dessert, we had a choice between a chocolate ganache, creme brulee, a poached pear, cheese plate, or a lemon tart. Since M is not a dessert person, we shared a chocolate ganache, which was enough for both of us. It came with a streak of salted caramel and chocolate orange sorbet. The dessert portion was perfect, since the ganache was deliciously, sinfully rich. Although that was great on its own, I loved the canelle of orange-chocolate sorbet, which was garnished with candied orange peel.

We really enjoyed our dinner at The Pear Tree. The dining room is a little cozy, with a beautiful wine cabinet and pear tree art adorning the walls. Along with our bill, the maitre'd offered us bite-sized hazelnut macarons sandwiched together with a mascarpone filling. It was a great way to end the meal!

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Kelsey's11300 Steveston Highway, #100, Richmond
Kelsey's Kicks up the Service
Submitted Friday, February 20, 2009 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

I'm guessing that the sour economy has made this chain restaurant kick up the service a touch.

The bossman took us out for lunch on this sunny Friday, and I enjoyed a Prime Rib Philly Sandwich with a side of caesar salad. The service was noticably more attentive and friendly than I have experienced in a while.

We were greated by two hostesses when we entered and seated promptly. We were given many choices of where we wanted to eat, and also given a run down of the menu (we were told that the menu would be changing shortly, and that some items would not be available on the new menu). The server came by and took our drink orders, and the food arrived fairly quickly considering that they were now entering their lunch rush.

I did not have high expectations for the food. The food was a touch better than I expected. The caesar salad was flood with dressing; I'd advise asking for the dressing on the side; however, they had really tasty, coarse-grated parmesan garnishing the salad. The gravy for the sandwich was actually really disgusting. I do believe, as I am writing this, that I am feeling the onset of an msg-induced headache. And I am not sensitive to msg! The sandwich itself however, was pretty tasty. Thick slices of meat on a crisp demi baguette with mushrooms, peppers, and broiled cheese.

A co worker had the peppercorn burger, which he said was decent. A nice sesame and poppy seed bun, breaded onion rings, and fries.

The bill came with a thank you note from the waiter, which we noted was a nice personal touch. We were given great service on the way out as well, with the hostess asking how everything was and another staff opening the door for us on the way out. It did make an impression, even if the food was not stellar.

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Seri Malaysia Restaurant2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Great Flavours, Larger Portions than Most!
Submitted Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 10:49am [Dine in]

We had Seri Malaysia in the summer time, but that was simply take out. Our first impression of Seri Malaysia was a definate hit; however, every weekend when we were in the area to grocery shop, we were dismayed to find that the restaurant was closed for the afternoon, or not open until the next day / later in the evening!

This weekend, we had the pleasure of actually eating in the restaurant. The decor is nothing too special, although there are some photographs and posters of Malaysia and some conical woven hats adorning the walls.

It appears to be a two person show. There were two larger parties and two smaller ones finishing up their meals when we entered the establishment; they seemed to have enjoyed their meals and had food leftover to take home. Service to some could be a little faster, but we enjoyed how it was laid back, Malaysian style.

We ordered Beef Mee Goreng, and Quey Toew Rendang with Seafood, as well as the Beef Rendang for take out. We requested that the dishes be made to medium spiciness.

Both dishes were delicious, generous in portion, and each were garnished liberally with a shower of fried onions / shallots. These were tasty, and added to the complexity of each dish. Both my companion and I remarked that the portions were almost two to three times the size you get at other "Malaysian" restaurants in the Vancouver area, but at the same price!

We really appreciated the great flavour and the larger portions. Like I told exclaimed (perhaps with my mouth full), "the bad part about Malaysian food, if there is a bad one, is that you can't stop eating it!" It was just so good!

Our bill came to less than $30 for three dishes (we had take out), and we tipped more than our usual amount - we want to come back to enjoy more meals!

We do plan on making Seri Malaysia part of our regular restaurant circuit, and we have recommended the restaurant to others.

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La Casita101 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Great Value for Gastown
Submitted Friday, February 6, 2009 - 11:34am [Dine in]

La Casita is a family run Mexican Restaurant meets sports bar meets "place to hang out on the weekends with the guys". The portions were substantial and being that we weren't quite satisfied with our dineout meal that evening, we wandered into La Casita and were warmly greeted by the manager and waitstaff.

We were, admittedly, half-full, but it was the weekend and after flipping through their large menu, we decided to split combo #4, and two drinks that the waiter recommended, the Casita Sunrise. It was like a tequila sunrise, but with pineapple and orange juice, and (if I heard it correctly, 2 oz of tequila). Personally, I don't think it was two ounces of tequila, but it could have been the food that made me full, and not boozy.

Combo four came with two chorizo and mushroom quesadillas, a salad, and six hot wings. M really liked the quesadillas. He said that the flavour of the mushroom and chorizo really came through. I would like to note, and I appreciate that the tortillas were home-made. Home made tastes better!

I was actually getting a little full, and liked that the salad wasn't a plain green salad. It was a marinated slaw of sorts, and I love that they had fresh avocado garnishing the plate. The chicken wings were average, although I liked that there was extra hot sauce on the table for you to add as you pleased! Another bonus was that the food, although filling and rich, was not greasy. Finally, a Mexican restaurant that is not all about greasy fingers and shiny lips!

Service was great, considering that we had just come from a higher end restaurant with no service but almost triple the price tag!

We were really too full at this point but we finished the entire combo nonetheless. For under $30 and full bellies, we would love to visit La Casita again, perhaps to watch UFC? I was told that there was a larger group area downstairs, with karaoke and televisions.

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Dundarave Sushi2459 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Great Find for West Vancouver
Submitted Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 4:49pm [Dine in]

Me and the boyfriend were in the Dundarave area burning some time before dinner at his parents' house. We knew we had to eat, since it was already the afternoon and we'd only had breakfast until then.

Dundarave Sushi looked great - inexpensive, quick, and light. There was a great bargain advertised on the sandwich board outside. Two combos at only $6.95 each! Of course, being the piglets that we are, we ordered something else off the menu. For $13.95, we shared a combo that included miso soup, tuna, tai, and salmon sashimi, two pieces of california roll, tuna, salmon, ebi, tamago and kani sushis, a green salad, and side of tempura of generous proportions.

At first I was reluctant to agree to order the combo, but once the tray of food came, I was glad I ordered it.

The food was delicious and the fish and tempura were so fresh! I literally ate my first piece of tai sashimi and said to the beau, "the north shore is really the place to go for sushi."

I'm glad to have found Dundarave Sushi - it offers fresh sashimi and sushi at a great price. I would definately return again.

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Banana Leaf3005 W Broadway, Vancouver
Banana Leaf - Reliably Delicious!
Submitted Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

I haven't been to the Banana Leaf in Kitsilano in a while, but we were shopping out that way this weekend and decided it would hit the spot. It did!

The brightly decorated restaurant is about three years old. It used to be a "gentlemans" club complete with cigar room and such. Now, it is brightly and neatly furnished with traditional screens, kites, and masks.

We were warmly greeted at the door by a host and seated promptly, and upon inquiry, found that we had about half an hour to order off the lunch menu. We were extremely pleased to discover this, and ordered a beef rendeng and char kuey teow. Although the dishes were extremely hot, they arrived quickly, which made me think that it was premade. The food was however, extremely delicious and we finished it all up.

We enjoyed it so much so, that we immediately ordered a mee goreng, and finished that too.

All three waiters that helped us were polite and helpful. We enjoyed our meal a lot; our only regret was that we did not notice or order the 7 course tasting menu which was great value at $25 per person!

Banana Leaf has always been a favourite restaurant of mine over other chain Malaysian / Singaporean restaurants in the Vancouver area. I hope to visit soon for another reliably great meal!

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
Outstanding Across the Board, with some small snares.
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 2:23pm [Dine in]

Le Crocodile is one of Vancouvers most fantastic institutions for exquisite French food. I had the chance to sit in on a holiday set menu with some new and old friends, and the experience was met with mixed reviews.

The place was packed when we arrived. We were seated promptly and served a beautiful amuse bouche of a sauteed prawn set atop a cool refreshing portion of beet carpaccio. To prevent transfer of heat and colour, the cooks had separated the former and latter with a small round of potato crisp. This was arguably one of the best courses in the meal.

We were then served a quail stuffed with foie gras that was roasted and served with a veal demi glace. Unfortunately, this dish was not great. The quail was slightly dry, and the whole thing did not taste seasoned. We also had a hard time detecting any foie gras.

Next, we had a light tasting salmon and shrimp seafood terrine. It was served with an emulsified sauce, which, while being light on the palette, had slightly split on the plate. Some enjoyed the terrine, but some compared it to the gummy texture of "hot pot fish balls". I think if the fish was omitted from the dish, it would have revealed more of the salmon and shrimp texture.

For the main entree, we had a choice of veal tenderloin or tilapia and lobster pasta. I opted for the former, and really enjoyed it. The vegetables were perfect, the veal was tender and flavourful, and the morels and wild mushrooms were delectable.

Dessert was a trio of pastries: a cocoa-chantilly filled choux pastry, a sour cherry panna cotta, and a berry tart. Everyone loved the panna cotta, minus the sour cherry. It was one of those "surprise!" moments when someone bit into the center to discover it was sour.

Service was fantastic. There were ample waitstaff, the sommelier was friendly and not snooty, the hostess / coatcheck girl was friendly and helpful. Basted on the great service, and given that this was an exceptionally busy night for the restaurant, I'd return. I know the flaws in the food were anomalies.

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Ocean Club, The100 Park Royal, #105, West Vancouver
There's a lot in a name.
Submitted Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 4:48pm [Dine in]

I've heard good things about The Ocean Club, but never had the chance to try it until I attended a birthday party earlier this month.

The restaurant accomodated our party of more than 20 quite nicely, and although not everyone showed up for dinner, everyone had at least a couple drinks or so.

A glance at their website shows a menu that looks inspired, however after ordering, all I can say is that although the food looked pretty, it didn't do much for the tastebuds.

We started out with the chicken drummettes, which, a couple days later after watching a KFC commercial, my boyfriend remarked that KFC probably did those chicken wings better. I had to agree!

For entree, I had a seafood quinoa, after being told that the restaurant had run out of ahi tuna, sablefish, and swordfish. boo. The boy ordered mac n' cheese, which was served with braised short ribs. The entrees were just ok. The prawns and scallops were nicely done, but the salmon was dry and overdone. The quinoa was boring and just there. I do have to say that the veggies in my dish were very tasty. There was an assortment of baby heirloom beets, baby carrots, and steamed gai lan and they were done to perfection.

The mac n' cheese was extremely rich. The braised short ribs were slathered with a syrupy glaze, and while tasting good, paired with the mac and cheese was just too heavy. The boy who never wastes a morsel of food (he's been known to finish off dining companions food for them) left almost half of his pasta in its ramekin.

Service was fantastic. The waitress was friendly and informative, and the waitstaff (although improvised - was that a bouncer who brought us our meals?) were helpful. The bartenders were really good - one of them remembered our drink orders hours later, and made it a priority to serve us at the bar.

So. Food was hit and miss and service was great. There's a lot in a name, I guess. Visit The Ocean Club *after* dinner, instead of before, and you won't be disappointed.

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Soho Bar and Grill7090 Lougheed hwy, Burnaby
Disappointing.
Submitted Monday, December 1, 2008 - 1:47pm [Dine in]

Aside from special event nights (UFC, hockey game PPVs), Soho is pretty much empty. On UFC and PPV nights it is the opposite. The place is packed (standing room only, people standing and dining along the partitions), and I'm surprised the fire department has not ticketed this place.

The older Indian couple who own this place hire young inexperienced waitresses and bartenders to man the front of the house. This penny-pinching is evident in other areas as well - meatless nachos, completely turning off the heat until the place is about 40% full, and limited number of debit / cc machines.

I thought it was an okay local joint until I went to watch UFC with the boys one night. The place was rowdy, and when we went to pay before the title fight ended, they could not handle the rush. The waitress meant well enough, but she had neglected to bring me a last drink (someone had spilt it, apparently), while it showed up on the bill. She did not / could not remove it from the bill, so we had to stay an extra half an hour for the problem to be rectified. The cherry on the sundae was that the manager was unhelpful, unapologetic, and rude as well - I don't mind if someone screws up, but acknowledge it and be nice about it, at least!

Food was decent, but there are other places to spend my money and watch the game.

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Vanya5615 Harold St, Vancouver
How have I not reviewed this place?!
Submitted Monday, December 1, 2008 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

Although the ownership has recently changed, Van-ya has pretty much remained the same for about 20 years. This is one of the first restaurants I had sushi and sashimi at, and quality and authenticity is key here.

This was (and continues to be) owned and operated by a Japanese couple, and the current chefs were apprentices under the previous owner and chef. Go a couple times and you'll notice that there are locals who dine here frequently - for a reason!

The food is consistently fresh and good, and their takeout bento boxes have satisfied many a school kid / college student / young adult in our family. We've also had many a cousin gathering and (small) family gathering here as well. Their special roll is enough for lunch or dinner, and their summer time special cold noodle is deliciously appetizing.

Love this place, hope that the new management doesn't change it too much!

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Rodney's Oyster House1228 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Hostess needs some etiquette training.
Submitted Monday, December 1, 2008 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

Rodney's is substantially busy, and understandably so. Waitstaff service was exceptional - the waiters really know their menu and wine list, and have honest recommendations for every palate. The oysters (that I had a chance to try) were delicious, and I loved that there were a selection of sauces to try them with. The banana pepper chutney was my favourite! The clam chowder, however, was nothing special. It was lukewarm and had about three clams in the entire bowl.

Upon entering Rodneys, we were told that there would be a wait, and shoved into the back holding area that served a (very) limited menu. In my opinion, this is Rodney's way of gouging you. You're waiting, you're getting increasingly hungry, and subsequently you end having to order more booze and appetizers that you may not have ordered, had you gotten proper seating in the first place.

We were held ransom for over an hour. The hostess did not come by to check on us or to update us on our seating situation, while there were empty seats upstairs and in the main lounge area. When we questioned this, we were told to wait while they checked with management / waitstaff / ??? about the status of those tables. We weren't told anything by the hostess until we left fifteen minutes later when we were exiting the restaurant.

The restaurant looked like it had so much to offer, but it would take a lot for me to forget this first experience. There are loads of other places in Vancouver for raw oysters and delicious seafood - Joe Fortes, Monk McQueens, Fish House, or Provence. None of them have notably snotty, unexperienced hostesses waiting at the door.

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Sura Korean Cuisine1518 Robson St., Vancouver
Mmmm, Bibimbap.
Submitted Monday, December 1, 2008 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

We dined at Sura this weekend after lunch plans with family fell through. There were line ups at the ramen places down the street, and other Korean restaurants along Robson were either too full or too empty for us, and based on the clean, modern appearance of Suras' dining area, we decided to make it our stop for a quick meal.

We noted that the restaurant was really clean, and that about 50% of the other patrons were Korean.

We decided on the bulgolgi bibimbap and a spicy soybean soup laden with tofu, beef, and veggies, and noted how hard it is to order for two in Korean restaurants. (You either 1) take home lots of leftovers, 2) waste a lot of food, or 3) eat way too much and suffer from food coma for the rest of the day.) With the two dishes and the three complimentary sides, however, I was full and satisfied, while the boy was nicely satisfied.

The portions are a little smaller, but the food really hits the spot. I would definately make Sura my go-to place for bibimbap, and would love to try their Kalbi Tang next time.

Service was polite, friendly, and attentive, and seating was comfortable and warm. Both of us noticed now clean the "front of the house" grill area was - in an area with steam and grease, this window was extremely clean.

A plus for putting quality over quantity - at just over $20 for two people for lunch, we hope that Sura sticks around for a while!

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Gingeri Chinese Cuisine5300 No. 3 Road, 323, Richmond
Great food, typical HK style restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, September 30, 2008 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

Gingeri has been around for a long while and has weathered some slow seasons. At the same time, there's been summers where the weekends are completely booked up with wedding banquets and baby showers.

The restaurant has a full staff , managed by people who know what they're doing. The dimsum is fresh and hot, and wait staff is always available to attend to any of your needs.

Dim sum and dinner entrees are delicious and range from traditional Hong Kong style fare to new creations as seasonal products become available.

Gingeri also has special party menus and special occasion menus (mid autumn festival dinners, New Year set menus etc).

They will be closed for two weeks for renovations starting next week, looking forward to seeing the "new" Gingeri!

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Anducci's Italian Kitchen9604 Cameron St, Burnaby
Disappointing.
Submitted Tuesday, September 30, 2008 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

A group of six friends and I dropped by Anducci's for a reunion of sorts. We did not have a reservation, but were promptly seated and attended to.

While I do commend them for being timely with their service, fare and water service, I have to say that the kitchen needs some work. My meat tondi with meat sauce was grossly underdone - the pasta on some of the filled morsels were slightly white. However, the drinks were good value (sangrias and caesars, ole.) and everyone else seemed to appreciate their food.

I do believe that I can do a better job of making pasta at home, or enjoy better food and better ambiance at Amorosa nearby.

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Kiku Sushi4986 Kingsway, Burnaby
2nd visit in 2 weeks
Submitted Saturday, September 27, 2008 - 10:56am [Dine in]

Previous to this week, I've only had take out from Kiku as a friend lives in the area and we'd grab a quick bite before heading out.

They have combos and specials and a good assortment of rolls, hot and cold items, and noodles and rice as well. I've always found their food tasty and good value; their combos typically come with a salad, sunomono, and rice.

The best value is their dinner combo B. For under thirty dollars, two (or possibly three!) can dine on ebi sunomono (with huge pieces of prawn on top), miso soup, california roll, 4 pcs of sushi, assorted tempura (with 4 pcs prawn + a great assortment of veggie tempura!) , chicken or beef teriyaki, and rice. The portions for this combo are quite large, considering it is a meal for 2. I was impressed by how quickly the food came.

We were greeted by all the staff once we entered, and seated promptly in a booth. Waitresses came by twice to check on us and refill our tea.

We'll try the "Winter California roll" next time - it's a California roll topped with chopped scallop topping and browned slightly under a broiler. Mmmm.

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Lime Restaurant1130 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Fantastic. Well thought out approach.
Submitted Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 11:56am [Dine in]

I had the opportunity to try Lime a couple weeks ago with the boy. We had walked up and down the Drive in search of some Saturday night munchies and fell in love with the bluesy music flowing out of Lime. (Lime! Not to be confused with its' predecessor / daytime associate Rime, a Turkish restaurant).

Lime serves Japanese tapas and sushi with a twist. We ordered two rounds of drinks, a dynamite roll, a chopped scallop roll, and ebi chili.

We we pleasantly surprised to find a lounge that had a signature cocktail list. Everything from the decor to the place settings to the menus were well thought out and complemented each other; we had mojitos and a peach drink to go with our food and as we munched away on the textural delights of blond tobiko, asparagus, and piping hot tempura shrimp, we enjoyed the sounds of the live ~8-person band playing.

The waitress was very attentive and was always present to offer us more drinks, take more orders, and to offer advice on what to order next.

The price was a little expensive; it cost us about $70 for the above offerings, but we would definately return again. We've already told many friends about Lime!

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Marine Pub and Brewhouse5820 SE Marine Drive, Burnaby
One of the top pubs in Burnaby, IMHO
Submitted Monday, August 18, 2008 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

I attended a fundraiser at the Marine Pub recently with some friends. It was a Saturday night, and there was live music for most of the night.

I had a chance to glance at the actual menu, and the offerings were quite impressive. Our burgers were nicely done, on a fresh bun with the standard lettuce and tomato. The fries were freshly made.

The Marine Pub also brews their own beer, which the boys seemed to like as they kept on ordering more.

The drink specials were great as well - I believe there were more types of cocktails and drinks than there were dishes in the alread expansive food menu!

I was quite satisfied with my food that night, and would return to watch a UFC fight or hockey game.

I've also been to the pub for their weekend brunch - the selection is also enormous. There are ribs, ham, an omelette station, chicken, an assortment of veggies and Chinese food, and a pancake station as well. Would definately drop by again after a marathon or 10k (Sun Run) run.

Kudos to the owners for bring this establishment to life.

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Toyotomi Japanese Restaurant4121 Hastings St, Burnaby
So Much Potential.
Submitted Monday, August 18, 2008 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

We happened upon Toyotomi on our way home from the beach on Canada Day. We understand that holidays are a busy time for businesses, so we were really lenient on the service.

What we cannot excuse is how the hostess chose to service two take out orders and take a long, extended phone order while we "waited to be seated". We cannot excuse the fact that there were several other servers and employees in the restaurant, and that there were three clean and empty tables just *waiting* to be occupied by me and the man (TM). We also cannot excuse the fact that once the hostess was done with her multitude of tasks, all she did was take two menus from a stack that we had been perusing for 10-15 minutes, nod at us, and walk 1.5 meters to a table and gesture that it was our table.

What. Was. That.

It also took a while for the server to notice us and take our order, which was just aggravating, seeing as we had our menus closed and were in a major traffic area where many servers passed us.

However, the food was cheap and there were many appetizing specials. I believe we had the rainbow roll for under $4 that day, although I must make it known that since it is a special, they only give you about half a roll. We also had an assorted sashimi, katsu udon, and another roll combo.

I felt that the food was good value, but the service was extremely lacking. Sashimi freshness may be an issue, but as we arrived at about 7pm on a busy day, I think it was just the opening and closing of the sashimi refridgerators that was more of a problem, not particularly the quality of the fish.

Personally, I would go back, just to try some of their daily specials, but without a website or a hard copy "reference" of their specials menu, as well as TMs discouragement, I don't think I'll be returning soon.

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  • Value
  • Ambiance