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jezzmeBurnabySince August 10, 200562 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
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Displaying 21 - 40 of 62 Reviews Found
L'Artista Ristorante Italiano3891 E. Hasting Street, Burnaby
Need to go again.
Submitted Monday, August 18, 2008 - 3:26pm [Dine in]

There are many Italian restaurants on Hastings. L'artista is among them - dated ambiance with average food, but stellar service.

We arrived late on Friday with no reservations to be served by a great waiter - he knew his menu, was attentive, and was timely with his approach.

I was slightly disappointed by my meat ravioli as it did not taste "meaty" enough. Even though the pasta was stuffed with meat and served with a meat sauce, the only thing "meaty" about the dish was the melted cheese on top. It was an ample serving, however, and the leftovers tasted better then next day.

My boyfriends' Veal Pompei was delicious though! Veal scallopine breaded and lightly fried, topped with tomato, ham, and cheese, and placed under the broiler until the cheese was melted.

We would go back for the service, timeliness and veal, but not for the ravioli.

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Cozmos Cafe6691 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Mmm Mmm Good.
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 4:10pm [Dine in]

From the outside, Cozmos Cafe appears to be another dingy hole in the wall with meagre offerings. However, upon entering the cafe, you can see that they have accomplished a lot with the space they have.

The cafe offers martinis, regular coffees, specialty coffees, breakfasts, sandwiches, soup, salads, and entrees. I recently paid a sleepy-eyed visit to Cozmos after a night on the town with the boy. I was surprised to fine a tastefully decorated interior and a busy atmosphere.

The lone waitress served us promptly, but you could tell she was a little unnerved over not having any extra help. An additional waiter showed up near the end of our stay, and things moved more efficiently.

We both had their two eggs and sausage breakfasts and were happy to find that they had great breakfasts. Eggs, sausages, toast (with marmalade) and delectable hash browns. Ok, so it wasn't great for the waistline but sometimes you need something greasy to kick start your liver after a Saturday night out.

I also have my eye on their calamari salad, which a neighbouring table ordered, as well as their omelets and paninis.

Will make it a point to visit again to try out their selection.

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Cristos Greek Taverna4624 Hastings Street, Burnaby
3 Stars solid.
Submitted Friday, July 25, 2008 - 10:40am [Dine in]

Cristo's is right in our neighbourhood. We've passed it numerous times, and finally tried it on a weeknight. We shared a saganaki appetizer (that sumptuous pan fried cheese topped with lemon juice) served with pita, and each had a roast lamb (Arni Psito).

The saganaki was freshly prepared and excellent! It was so hot when it came to the table that we had to let it cool down a bit. The cheese was melty and stretchy, with just the right touch of tanginess from the lemon juice.

The roast lamb was delicious. It was so tender you could pull the bones out of it and eat it sans knife. So much flavour in it! It was served with Greek salad, pita, tzatziki, half a roast potato, and rice.

I *always* love a Greek salad. There's no real way to screw it up, unless your veggies aren't fresh. The boy commented on how the feta cheese on this Greek salad was noticibly better than other restaurants, as it was drier and thus more flavourful. I noticed it too, but only after he had brought it up.

The tzatziki? Great stuff. It actually had flavour! Lots of garlic flavour, gently folded into a creamy base, with shards of cucumber in it. I actually asked to get my leftover tzatziki packed up! The potato was average, and I would have to say that the rice was not up to standard. It was too sticky for Greek rice pilaf. They used a medium grain rice, which was fluffier than I've had at other restaurants. They gave you a lot of it, but at the same time, I didn't really like it. M didn't mind the change though.

Cristo's gets a solid 3 stars out of 5. I'd give a 3.5, but the numbers don't work out. Attentive service, good value (packed up half my meal for dinner tonight!), and delicious food (minus the rice!).

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New management
Hennessey Dining Lounge53 West Broadway, Vancouver
Meh.
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2008 - 4:05pm [Dine in]

We dropped by Hennessey a couple weeks ago for some lounging and snacking.

Since it was later, we were offered the late night menu which is quite limited (I would have *really* liked to see what their flautas were like).

Drinks were ok, although the menu itself was limited as well for a lounge. Service was questionable. Our first waitress disappeared after taking a couple orders. Our second waitress was friendly, knowledgeable, and apolegetic for her colleagues' shortcomings.

Value? Value was poor. They served some 99 cents worth of nachos for ten times that! The yam fries was also "skinny girl size" and out of their limited menu, the chicken bites weren't available.

Hennessey thinks it is a club, but they've branded themselves as a lounge - they need to amp up their menu, tone down the music (waaaay to loud to carry on a conversation!) and juice up the service.

Even though it is one of the closest places to home, I think it would be a rare thing for me to visit again.

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Reef, The1018 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Where are my Johnny Cakes??
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2008 - 3:44pm [Dine in]

Three things that are good about The Reef: 1) excellent rum selection, 2) good vibe, 3) Johnny Cakes!

We went to the Reef this weekend after snacking at the Taste of Vancouver. It was later in the evening, and we were tired. Some drinks and appys should have fit the bill - the drinks were great as usual (dark & stormy = ****, Ipanema Calprinha = *****, double white russian = *****). But perhaps the fryer needs to be cleaned, perhaps it hasn't been cleaned in a long while, but the calamari was just kind of dirty tasting.

The waitress was attentive and friendly, but the second round of drinks just took way too long. And to top it all off, we didn't get our complimentary Johnny Cakes!

The Reef management has to be a little bit more consistent between their three locations.

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Sweet Basil1262 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Great Value!
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2008 - 3:35pm [Dine in]

We first came by Sweet Basil when we were on Marine Drive, hankering for something Asian. Would we go towards West Vancouver for some pho? Or would be go back towards Lonsdale for sushi, Indian, or mock Chinese food?

We glad to go to Sweet Basil, which had just opened at the time. A friend had recommended the chicken with cashew lunch special, and so we ordered that, along with the yellow curry with chicken. Since then, we've tried their egg plant dish, house curry with beef, shrimp with thai noodles, and their green curry with chicken. I'd have to say that the lunch special is definitely great value - it's the only thing we've ordered from!

The favourite has got to be the yellow curry with chicken. The lunch specials come with a spring roll and rice. Unfortunately, the restaurant only likes to have one waitress at the front of the house, which could make for a slight wait to have your order filled. However, the girl at the front, as well as the cook staff at the back, has always been efficient; I have never had to stay longer than 30 minutes for lunch. This is including the time where there was a ~20 person party.

That being said, I have never had Sweet Basil for dinner, nor have I ordered from the regular menu before. But that lunch special menu - excellent!

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Cumpari Gelato & Caffe535 North Road, Coquitlam
Great Find.
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2008 - 3:17pm [Dine in]

I came by Cumpari's while jonesing for something sweet on a Saturday night. We noticed how busy it was from the street - it is brightly light and there were many patrons inside the cafe and outside on the patio.

We parked our car and went inside, where we were served promptly by a knowledgeable gentleman who recommended the tiramisu - it was great!

I haven't had a chance to try their gelato as that section of the establishment was extremely busy, but I have to say that our desserts and coffee was delicious as ever, and that the seating area (inside and out) was new, clean, and well maintained.

I am SO GLAD to find a place like Cumpari in the Tri Cities!

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Deighton's Well131 Water Street, #127, Vancouver
Decent, Surprisingly Good
Submitted Friday, July 11, 2008 - 1:43pm [Dine in]

Deighton's Well is a great little gathering place for before a night on the town, or after an afternoon of shopping.

I visited the restaurant recently and was pleased to find a selection of burgers and pizzas (I'd been craving some burgers!), as well as appetizer standards like wings, nachoes, and fries.

The burgers are made in house and although the store front looks small, there is a large area upstairs for larger parties, as well as a courtyard patio (away from all the noise and traffic of water street!) and an enclosed back area suitable for groups of up to 20 people.

The staff were friendly and knew the menu, and the food was better than I had expected - I highly recommend the chicken cheddar club. The ingredients were fresh, and their bacon is cut nice and thick. The fries were good too - not too greasy, just the right amount of spice.

Would definately visit for a quick, cheap eat again.

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Red Lion Bar & Grill, The2427 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
West Van does Pub Food
Submitted Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

I went to Red Lion to celebrate a friends birthday. It was a Saturday night, so it was a little difficult securing a large seating area for our ~10 person party.

There was live jazz music, which was enjoyed in this dark-oak, low lighting pub. I would say that this place has a sort of "gentleman's pub" feeling. The food was great, I had a shrimp sandwich and other people had fish and chips, chips & salsa, a burger, and a veggie burger. The side of vegetables was fantastic - they had a sweet/sour sauce over them and it was a great way to jazz up boring steamed vegetables.

I don't know if it was good value as the bill was taken care of by a friend, although I'm pretty sure it was the best value in the area as there were a couple younger people there that night (compared to the mostly 40+ crowd).

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Toyotomi Japanese Restaurant4121 Hastings St, Burnaby
So Much Potential.
Submitted Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

We happened upon Toyo Tomi 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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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The4510 Still Creek Avenue, Burnaby
Management Needs to Tackle the Long Wait to be Served.
Submitted Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

My family loves going to the Keg in Burnaby when we're jonesing for some red meat. We usually order the prime rib, although the filet mignon and the bbq ribs are delicious and mouth-watering as well.

The new renovations modernize the space and the large bar is inviting and classy.

The only problem is with waitstaff. The Keg is usually busy, even on weekdays, and people start dining before 6pm in the evenings - I walked in with my father earlier this week and was surprised to see people paying their bills and leaving at just a little past six.

You would think, that with such a large amount of staff, that you would be served faster. Being seated is not a problem; we usually seat ourselves in the bar if there appears to be a long lineup at the door.

But when we are seated in the dining area, it *always* takes about ten to fifteen minutes before anyone even acknowledges us. This does not matter if we are seated in the rectangular booths, a table, or at the semi-circle booths. The latter doesn't even allow you to flag down any staff as you're completly shadowed by the booth.

Aside from the waits to be served, everything else is great. Bacon wrapped filet mignon with a twice-baked potato is fine for me, although the prime rib with fried onions and baked potato is nice as well. For appetizers, you can't go wrong with classics like french onion soup, bacon wrapped scallops, escargot, or their calamari.

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Kypriaki Taverna1356 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Consistently Good Eats.
Submitted Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 4:39pm [Dine in]

I've dined at Kypriakis once every couple of months for about four years.

There are two things me and the boyfriend order at Greek restaurants: lamb chops (for me) and lamb shank (the boy). These are two of the best dishes at Kypriaki. Both dishes come with salad, pita, tzatziki, potato and rice, and are just delicious! I usually pack some away for my lunch the following day. The boy *tries* to do that with his lamb shank, but usually ends up finishing the entire thing simply because he can't seem to resist!

Fried calamari is really tasty here as well - flash fried for maximum tenderness and served with tzatziki. The kitchen is open, and is always fast in preparing calamari to ensure freshness.

The dolmathes at Kypriaki are filled with meat, and never sour, which I've experienced at other Greek restaurants.

We've also tried their platter which is a deal - it could almost feed 3 people!

Kypriakis has been around for a long time. No wonder, as they consistently serve great food in a sexy setting!

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Pita Pit, The1805 Rosser Ave, #3, Burnaby
Filling, healthy alternative to Burgers & Fries
Submitted Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 4:30pm [Dine in]

The Burnaby Pita Pit is located in a mixed business / residential area. It was my first time trying Pita Pit about two weeks ago, and I must say it it exceeded my expectations. What I liked was that the meat was prepared to order - I had a chicken club that included swiss cheese, chicken, ham and bacon. After that, you get you choose your toppings. Everything from red onion, olives, peppers, hot peppers, pineapple, sprouts, tomatoes, lettuce and pickles. There is also an array of sauces.

One thing to note is to stay off your cell phone while ordering!! :) I asked the friendly staff about the sign they had along the assembly line and she smiled, saying yes, it was a pet peeve.

The sandwich was really good and big - I ended up taking half of it home, and enjoyed it as a lunch another day.

I will definitely make this part of my weekday lunch rotation. I work in the area and it is a fast, healthy and cheap alternative to the food court or the White Sport that is in the area.

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Valley Bakery4058 Hastings Street, Burnaby
A great find. :)
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

Upon entering this bakery, you are transported back to a simple time - when you were young and visiting your godmothers' or grandmothers kitchen and there were sweets and pies and cookies abound.

Friendly, kind-faced women and girls serve you promptly, and offer you tasters of their peanut crunch cookies, or their buttery rainbow cookies.

I visited Valley Bakery last night and I think I'll be going back soon, if the pumpkin pie is anything as good as previous reviewers claim.

Myself, I purchased their crisp cinnamon butterfly cookies and some peanut crunch cookies. Deliciously nostalgic! They remind me of childhood birthday parties and visits to my (late) godmom who used to bake us goodies all the time.

Will have to try their cakes, eclairs, and other pastries.

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Sfinaki Taverna4061 Hastings St, Burnaby
Smaller portions than most.
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

When I crave Greek food, it is because i want a large quantity of comfort food.

Me and the boy were in the neighbourhood and happened upon Sfinaki Taverna.

We were seated after a couple minutes, and were allowed to peruse the menu for a little longer than expected (it was later found that the hostesses were all in the staff area talking about spring break plans. We considered telling our waitress that we weren't going anywhere for Spring Break when she came to take our order, just so we wouldn't feel left out. :p) but decided on the "Large Eaters Platter".

Since we were expecting a lot of food, we were slightly disappointed when the waitress brought us two salads, one plate of food, and one pita, sliced into sticks.

The salad was excellent; the ingredients were fresh, and there was a nice balance of salty cheese, olive oil, and the flavours of the vegetables. The tzatziki was also really good - nice and garlicky.

The platter consisted of two quails, two lamb chops, and one skewer of each beef and lamb, on a bed of rice. The lamb chops were the best thing on the platter; tender, juicy, with a nice crispy fat cap from the grill. The worst thing was one of the skewers - the meat actually tasted sour!

The disappointment was from the size of the platter - it was named the "Larger Eater Platter", but me and the boyfriend polished it off! I usually divide my plate at other Greek restaurants and take one half home for lunch the next day, but there were no leftovers at Sfinaki. The boyfriend even said that he "wasn't stuffed, and could eat more."

While some of the food at Sfinaki (lamb chops, tzatziki, and salad) were really good, they have to work on giving value to the customer. At ~$50 for a two person platter (no drinks or dessert) of just mediocre food, it's nice to know what Sfinaki offers, but I wouldn't go out of my way to return again.

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HKYK Seafood Hot Pot Restaurant4260 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Decent AYCE at a decent price.
Submitted Thursday, December 13, 2007 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

H.K.Y.K. hot pot has been in business for a long time, perhaps even before Richmond really "exploded. They have a good selection of meats and fish balls, and also of veggies. I went there recently with a group of friends, and service was fairly quick, although, I might note, that when ordering in a large group, order multiples of the foods and make sure your first order is fairly large to carry you through. The restaurant likes to serve the vegetables first (to fill you up) and also (ahem) lose a couple off the last bill. Dessert and drinks are extra.

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Hy's Encore637 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Enjoyed a Great dinner - but not on my buck.
Submitted Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 5:23pm [Dine in]

We had our company holiday dinner at Hy's this year and the food was delicious! We started out with cheese and garlic toasts which were slightly greasy but decidedly light (one toast was cut into 3 pieces for sharing). I enjoyed my medium rare NY strip, but had to remind the waiter (who has been with the restaurant 30 years!) about my drink order.

It was far too hot and noisy in the restaurant. I could not hear or carry on conversation with people more than a seat away, and two orders at the table were not what was ordered.

The dessert menu served up some standards - creme brulee, chocolate cake, and cheesecake. I tried the "frozen yogurt with fresh berries" (at $8.95) and was a little disappointed when it came with a cooked berry sauce.

Aside from that, the table service was great - water and wine were topped up several times, and staff were pleasant and accomodating.

Is it worth it? If I were to pay for my meal, it would have been approximately $80. I do not think I'd make it back to Hy's as there are better (and more inspiring) meals to be elsewhere. But....for a company dinner or to impress, Hy's would be a good bet.

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GM Restaurant20726 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
Good Standby.
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 4:29pm [Dine in]

I've had GM many times, both eat in and take out. Their take out orders feed a crowd and there are always delicious leftovers for the next day!

GM is probably one of the first restaurants that I experienced Indian food at, and that is just it - it is a good "intro restaurant" to Indian food. The flavours are there, but not at all spicy. You need to ask them to make it hot if you like things spicy.

If I were out in the Ridge for some Indian food, I would prefer Shan over GM - better flavour and better selection.

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Okra Asian Bistro1440 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
(cont from prev review)
Submitted Sunday, November 4, 2007 - 12:41am [Dine in]

The Hokkien rice noodle and the beef curry surprised me. On arrival, the noodle appeared boring - it was light in colour and did not have many vegetables in it (aside from the carrot and bean sprouts). But upon tasting it, I was pleasantly surprised. The noodle was evenly seasoned, and the waiter also provided sambal oolek and chili sauce (as we like it spicier!).

The boy's favourite thing to order is beef curry. I was expecting some run of the mill curry. Okra's beef curry was anything but! Freshly roasted spices, tender chunks of beef, and thick, flavourful sauce. We ordered two bowls of rice just to soak up all the curry.

The single waiter manned the entire front of the house and remained confident, helpful, and on top of things on the busy weeknight that we visited.

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Mosquito Creek Bar & Grill2601 Westview Drive, North Vancouver
Go for the Beer, Stay for the Game, but dear GOD don't eat.
Submitted Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

Me and the boy dropped by Mosquito Creek to take in a PPV game on the weekend. It was an afternoon game, and neither of us had had lunch. I noticed that they had a brunch menu with my favourite thing - homefries! Visions of crispy, seasoned potatoes filled my mind.

Then I saw that they had corned beef hash! Visions of the crispy potatoes were made even better with hunks of juicy spiced meat and poached eggs.

I ordered the corned beef hash. The boy ordered a burger. The burger was just ok (dry patty, slightly small size). But the corned beef hash - I felt my inner Gordon Ramsey churn and thrash about as I swallowed some stewed potatoes. They had steamed the potatoes, drowned it with a tomato and vegetable tomato sauce, and thrown in a tablespoon of deli shaved corned beef. How do you screw up corned beef hash? Moreover, how do you drown out the flavour of corned beef in corned beef hash??

Service was mediocre at best. The waitress didn't smile the entire time we were there - I believe she was having a rough Sunday morning? She seemed to prefer mopping the floor to waiting on tables. The bar was 1/3 full the entire time we were there and I can tell you why.

An ok place to watch the ppv game, but there are many places on the north shore to watch the game AND eat.

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