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jezzmeBurnabySince August 10, 200562 Reviews
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3 (3.2)
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Mythos Taverna1811 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Mythos, hands down over Andreas any day.
Submitted Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

Mythos is a little pricey, but you can always depend on them for a good Greek dinner. Lamb shanks, roast lamb, lamb chops, moussaka, even their platters if you're feeling especially ravenous.

We started going here after the boyfriend dropped by one day to check out their menu, and the owner invited him in for a meal on the house - when the kitchen was closed in the afternoon!!! If that isn't hospitality, I don't know what is.

Mythos has also accomodated us on late evenings when we've come home from trips famished, and just wanted to eat close to home. Service is always professional and polite, and the food is healthy and delicious.

To Mr. Chasuibao who said that Andreas is a better place to dine, I really respect your numerous reviews on this board and have dined at places based on your knowledge, experience, and reviews here. However, I have to vehemently disagree with you. I've dined at Andreas numerous times, and they are constantly understaffed, and/or their staff are consistently having arguments with one another, in front of customers. Talk about stressful. Andreas makes me feel like I'm eating with the Greek equivalent of the "Sopranos".

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Reef, The4172 Main Street, Vancouver
Not authentic Jamaican, but really delicious.
Submitted Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 12:22pm [Dine in]

Last night was my third time dining at the Reef. I must say it was the best experience of the three - and yes, I have to say that it was better than the one in Victoria.

As expected, The Reef was fully packed when we showed up at ~7 pm on a Friday night. To our surprise, we were seated within 5 minutes and were warm and cozy - we said several times how, with the overhead heaters and the pitcher of beverage, it felt "just like being on the island!" :p

The waitress was great. She showed up at the right times to offer us menus, food and beverage selections, and also to check on us and take away used plates and cutlery. She recommended the Ipanema cocktail and the pork jerk entree. Between three people, we shared her suggestions, and three appys - yam fries, plantain chips, and jerk wings. The food was SO good! The pork was perfectly tender, and the yam fries, although not as crispy as we would have liked, were delicious with the spiced mayo sauce.

One of my companions is part Jamaican, and she told me that there was no way this was authentic Jamaican / Carribean food, but it was damned tasty.

It was a pretty loud in the restaurant, but we made out ok. Bill came to ~$60 which was very reasonable.

The only bad thing that came out of this was that now I'll be craving jerked pork...

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Sweet Revenge Patisserie4160 Main Street, Vancouver
Would Visit again for a guilty pleasure. :)
Submitted Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

I wandered into Sweet Revenge with two friends after dinner at the Reef. We ordered the chocolate pudding cake and the
Zuccotto with an earl grey rooibos and another tea.

I didn't expect much out of the experience, but the Zuccotto was impressive. I am usually not a "fruit dessert" person but I'll make an exception for Sweet Revenges' Zuccotto. Light sponge cake, with chocolate and berry mousses, coated with chocolate. This was delicious, light but totally soothed my sweet tooth too! The chocolate pudding cake was moist, chocolately, and beautiful as well.

Service was prompt, professional, and polite. We were seated promptly and the waiter accomodated us nicely - he found us a candle as it was my friends' birthday and took our photo even though he was really busy. The only thing he didn't do was sing happy birthday, but perhaps singing just wasn't his forte. haha!

The decor was rich, with textured wall paper and ceilings and ecclectic memorbilia and furnishings everywhere. The place filled up as we were dining, but it was still warm and cozy enough to carry on a conversation.

Without hesitation, I would go back to Sweet Revenge Patisserie. Mmmm.

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La Villetta Ristorante3901 Hastings St., Burnaby
Good Food, Good Service, just not very timely.
Submitted Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 11:47am [Dine in]

We went here for lunch on a weekday - and we must have been part of the lunch rush. There was only one waitress and it seemed that there was only one chef in the kitchen!

We had to wait to be seated, wait to order, had to wait even longer for the food, and then waited for coffee and the bill. A casual lunch suddenly turned into a near-2 hour affair! wow. Was the food worth it?

Everyone seemed to enjoy their food - a companion ordered the linguine with prawns, another the spaghetti with bocaccini, mushrooms & sundried tomatoes. I had the veal cannelloni. It was good and very filling, but with the long wait, it didn't seem worth it.

I'd try it again, perhaps for dinner, to see if lunch was just their weakness.

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District, The13 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Good Brunch!
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2007 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

I visited The District a couple weeks ago when it had just opened. We happened to be in the area on a weekend and were hankering for some grub - good thing we found the District!

As the name and business cards suggest, The District is a social restaurant, and from the looks of it, everyone got to know their neighbours. At the same time, the noise level was not overbearing. We enjoyed a delicious panini and a breakfast bowl. Since it was still earlier in the day, we did not have cocktails, but they sure looked tempting!

Hosted by the owner, Paul, the district features a great wine list and also has a "tasting menu" of 3 cheeses and meats. From the looks of it, a great place to stop by before going out for the evening.

Will review again once I visit for dinner.

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Bravo Cucina1209 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver
Excellent Service, Delicious & Affordable Food
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2007 - 3:04pm [Dine in]

As my boyfriend tells me, this place is PACKED for Valentine's Days and special events. (Apparently he tried to book last year about a week in advance, and the host looked at him as if to say, "you're kidding right?")

We went and enjoyed a pasta dinner on their patio and were thoroughly impressed. The busboy and waiter were professional, punctual, and informative. They both gave us recommendations on food and wine, and came by to check on us and our meal. My water glass was constantly being filled (I must have had 3 glasses of water) and we were brought some more bread to soak up the delectable sauces on our plates.

I had the spaghetti with veal meatballs and the bf had the Expo 86 fetuccine (it had a crab and shrimp tomato rose sauce). Both dishes were exceptional and delicious. I brought my leftovers to work today and all I can say is that it improves with age. :p

Would definately visit again.

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Yianni's Greek Taverna543 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Accomodated large party well.
Submitted Friday, September 7, 2007 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

I just went to Yianni's last night with a larger group of friends. We didn't have luck with a casual dinner at White Spot (who doesn't take reservations, and gives away "your table" while you wait for people to show up). Yianni's coped well. They seated us promptly (in an 90% full restaurant - with another large party of ~12!) and moved the remaining free tables around for us to sit together.

We had a baby in our group and the restaurant had a seat for her as well.

The food was hot and came in a timely manner - and all at the same time! The roast lamb was moist, flavourful and perfectly cooked. I wished I had ordered that instead of the more expensive lamb chops (although they were equally well seasoned, tasty, and tender). The rice was slightly bland, but my leftovers were delicious today!

Our waiter and waitress were attentive and informative.

Overall, I was extremely pleased that they seated and dined our table of 8 so quickly and efficiently. After all, we just walked in. My friend also ordered a take out order, which came in about 10 minutes.

Would recommend, and would go back if I was in New West.

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Pasta Polo2754 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam
Almost ok.
Submitted Friday, August 31, 2007 - 9:06am [Dine in]

I went to Pasta Polo with a girlfriend on our way to Coquitlam Center for some shopping. We both work days so we stopped by for dinner on a weekday night.

The first impression of Pasta Polo was that the staff aren't service orientated. We stood at the front podium for five minutes (while two waiters were standing two meters away from us entering their bills) before being greeted and brought to our seats. I'm sorry - when customers walk into an establishment and you're the first person they see, you greet them with a smile, eye contact and a hello. Not a mumbled "the hostess will be with you in a minute" after I've been standing there for five minutes staring at you.

The same waiter came to take our order promptly after we'd been seated by the hostess. However, the food didn't arrive until quite a while later, and the complimentary "appetizer" of cold bread and cold salsa came when the food came.

I ordered the shrimp and scallop rose pasta, while my companion ordered the veal picata served with pesto pasta. The sauces were bland and I had a total of 4 shrimpa and 4 scallops in my dish. The pesto needed more basil and more cheese - my friend had allergies and so she opted for a "nut free" version of the pesto. To be honest, her pasta looked slightly anemic as there was barely any pesto mixed into the pasta.

The portions were small for the price.

When we finished our main entrees, our waiter seemed to have disappeared.

Finally he showed up to refill our water glasses and was about to walk away, had we not ordered desserts.

The tiramisu was really good. Light, flavourful, no off flavours. The banoki pie was so-so. The crust was too heavy for the dessert.

We had to find our waiter again after finishing dessert.

In all, ~$50 for two people for sub-par service and sub-par food just did not cut it. We'd enjoy ourselves more at Anton's, Rosa's, or Anduccis for a smaller price tag.

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Baru Latino Restaurante2535 Alma Street, Vancouver
Great food, but super slow.
Submitted Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 11:44am [Dine in]

Maybe go in a smaller group?
I went with a larger group of people (10) about a week ago. We had made arrangements in advance, but the kitchen seemed understaffed - the food, while delicious, took *forever* to come.

The waitstaff were friendly, knowledgeable, and very accomodating to our table - she explained and recommended dishes, and in the end, we were happy with our food choices.

We enjoyed the empanadas, ceviches, and salads, and the halibut that I ordered was delicious and filling.

I felt sorry for one of my companions who ordered the guava glazed pork chop though. It was essentially 1 pork chop sliced into about 5 pieces (and thus it dried out) and arranged atop vegetables. For $20, this was not filling or economical at all - in fact, I don't think it would have filled me up.

However, everyone seemed happy with their food choices. We would have ordered more, since we were starving by the time the food came, but seeing as though we would have been sitting there for another hour if we had ordered more food, we opted to leave half-full.

The decor is nice but not well thought out. They needed to soften and pad the room with something that would soak up the noise! They attempted to install some padding on the ceiling, but it does little to barrier noise when there is hard tile, stainless steel, and walls which the noise bounces back and forth from.

For the long wait and the noise issue, I had to give an overall rating of 3. Me and my bf spent over $100 - we expected better decorum, more food, and faster service.

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Bon's Off Broadway2451 Nanaimo St., Vancouver
For $3, you can stuff your face.
Submitted Wednesday, August 8, 2007 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

I don't know how this place gets by on less than $5 per patron.

But then, I don't *really* want to know.

I went here a couple months ago with a girlfriend after doing the Grouse Grind. It was really the wrong choice given that we were both famished and cold (it was raining that day), but after a long wait and some friendly service by a limping server in a police / sheriff uniform, we exited, full, happy, and rested.

The decor is dated but original - mustard coloured walls with an assortment of movie posters, odds and ends strewn about through the restaurant. I did not visit the famed restrooms, but will next time.

Bon's on Broadway - a Vancouver institution.

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Kingyo871 Denman Street, Vancouver
A More Sophisticated Guu
Submitted Wednesday, August 8, 2007 - 9:59pm [Dine in]

Kingyo is, as other reviewers have said, a more sophisticated Guu. I went at around 8pm on a weekday and the place was buzzing.

What I love about Kingyo is the energy - all the waitstaff are *always* busy, but never too busy to greet / serve / wait on you when needed.

We grabbed a spot by the bar and were promptly served with warm towels and tea. We ordered the chicken and jellyfish appy, "chopped sashimi sushi", ebi mayo, grilled black cod, kim chi udon, and another ebi mayo (because we're trained piglets. oink.).

It was hard to pick a favourite. I would recommend all the dishes, but particularly the chopped sashimi sushi because it was so original and tasty.

The Kingyo crowd is more mature than the following Guu Izakaya has, and this means that the ecclectic atmosphere is slightly subdued (although orders and greetings are still called out), seating is more comfortable and spacious, and the prices are slightly more than what you would pay for at Guu.

I think I've found my new Izakaya.

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Balthazar Restaurant Hideaway1215 Bidwell Street, Vancouver
It's a Lounge, not a Restaurant.
Submitted Sunday, July 29, 2007 - 11:19am [Dine in]

I've been to Balthazar for drinks and some dancing, but recently went in a large group to sample their dinner.

A lot can be said when the drink menu is larger than their appy / food menu.

Given the above statement. and the size of my group, the service from their hostesses, bartender and waitstaff was excellent. They were more than accomodating and helpful with the drink and food selection.

However, it was like the salt shaker cap had fallen off or something. Both samples of the Tuscan Sun and Chicago pizza, as well as calamari were incredibly salty. Perhaps it was a ploy to make us order more drinks?

I would go back, but only on a full stomach to dance and drink.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Submitted Wednesday, July 25, 2007 - 4:29pm [Dine in]

You know the restaurant is good when you're waiting for your food and you and your companions exclaim, "I am SO coming back here for *that*!" while patting you on your arm.

The food was amazing at Chambar. I had the Arctic Char and followed up with the cafe cafe cafe dessert - a trio of coffee-infused desserts, presented beautifully with their own separate garnishes.

My companions had the mussels, lamb tagine, and another had the meat (can't remember what it was). The rest had the Arctic Char. The entree was *so* good. This is one of those restaurants which leaves you wanting more, so that you play into their sly, crafty, little hands and order more food, more dessert, and beverages.

I'm not complaining. If I was independantly wealthy, I'd be a regular at Chambar.

The restaurant is designed in a trendy manner. It looks nice, but does nothing to absorb any noise. As a result, you have to shout or repeat yourself throughout the meal in order to carry on a conversation.

I'm going back for mussels / lamb tagine, and the peach and rosewater dessert (a brule and a pastry, I believe).

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Tropika2975 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Even with a 2 for 1 Coupon, I'm not going back.
Submitted Wednesday, July 25, 2007 - 4:05pm [Dine in]

Why do I always get persuaded to go to Tropika? I hate their pretentiousness and their food is overall westernized and not authentic.

My mom wanted to go out for dinner one night, so we went to Tropika on Cambie. I had just gone to Salathai (up the street) the previous night, but was still craving some Thai food...plus, as I remember, their roti canai and chicken satays were always really good. So I obliged.

How the place still stays afloat despite snobby waiters and okay food is surprising. I guess it's still one of those "trendy" places to eat, despite outdated decorum.

We had the roti canai, chicken and beef satays, eggplant with pork hot pot, rice, and pad thai. Now, maybe this is because I had pad thai the night before and it was so mind-numbingly good, that Tropika did not live up to my expectations. Or, it could be that Tropika sacrifices cost for flavour, but the noodle dish that was placed before me was gummy, acidic, sour and lacked flavour from spices. At ~$12, I felt ripped off. The eggplant dish was also something that I'd never tried from Tropika. It was floating in about one and a half inches of oil. Pork? There was about 2 tablespoons of ground pork sitting in the oil. Granted, the eggplant was not bitter and tasted good. But the dish itself was really oily and greasy. Hence, we ordered rice to soak up some grease.

We used the coupon and for *once*, I was glad to let my mother pay and tip her "standard 15%" - on the discounted price!! lol

There are other places to spend your money for authentic, flavourful Asian fare.

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Aphrodite's Organic Delights Cafe3598 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Waitstaff took the Wait part too seriously.
Submitted Wednesday, July 25, 2007 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

I had tried Aphrodite's food at an organic catered event a while ago, and wanted to visit their "home turf" for some fresh organic eats. I went in a larger party after I had called earlier in the week to ensure that they could accomodate a larger party. (They said they could.)

I had checked dinehere.ca to check on their reviews, but ignored some of the comments. How bad could the service possibly be?

Ummm...try having a simple salad - fish - pie combo stretch out to nearly three hours!!!

Granted, the restaurant was busy, even on a weekday...but this was ridiculous!!

I do not know what the problem was except maybe that the kitchen was very small (the food took nearly half an hour to arrive, but even then, all the entrees came out five to ten minutes apart!). It took forever for her to come by to take our dessert order, and then a long time for the pie to be served. I cannot explain why this was as the pies were already prepared (you can view them in the other room), and served at room temperature (not warmed up as one would hope). All they had to do was cut the pies and place them on plates.

We sat around staring at each other for about fifteen minutes before she came by to ask us if we needed the bill - "yes!" one of my companions exclaimed. Then she disappeared for a long while before she brought us our bills. We were made to wait again, then provided with change.

The food was fresh and tasty, and definitely one of the healthiest options around town. The pie, aside from being organic, was mediocre at best, to my dismay.

If I were to come again, it would be to lounge (as you have no other options, given the long waits for service) and sample more flavours of pie (chocolate banana cream, apple, or pumpkin). Something to do on a lazy summer weekend, right?

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Vassilis Souvlaki Greek Taverna6558 Kingsway, Burnaby
Quality Greek Food in Burnaby!
Submitted Wednesday, July 25, 2007 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

The first thing patrons will notice once they enter Vassilis is that their decor evokes all feelings of the Mediterranean. There is plenty of light, plants, and knickknacks (which serve as conversation pieces) about the large restaurant. The dining area is sectioned off, which provides a little seclusion for a romantic meal, or a private area for larger parties. Alternatively, the partial walls serve as noise barriers within the restaurant - but the cut out portions allow waitstaff to do their jobs.

Vassilis is a little pricier than your "run of the mill" Greek restaurant, but then their food is never run of the mill!

Mr. Jezzme always has the roast lamb here, and he says it melts in your mouth - it does. I usually have the lamb chops, which are perfectly marinated, moist, and flavourful. The portion is large, and I always have lunch for work the next day.

Service is great - they only seem to have one or two waitresses most times I have dined there, but at the same time, the waitresses know how to work it! They are professional, friendly, and attentive, and I always tip accordingly.

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Martini's Restaurant151 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good Service
Submitted Monday, August 22, 2005 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

Good Service, but would it bring you back a second time? I've passed by Martini's numerous times, wondering what kept it packed. The tiny patio along broadway is usually busy, and the night I went was no exception.

The waitstaff were very busy but still managed to provide service with a smile, as well as keep my water glass filled. The "Martini's" pizza was delicious, but slightly small for ~$18.00. In all, a good place to start on a night out or while shopping for camping equipment.

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Accord Seafood Restaurant4298 Main, Vancouver
Cheap Eats but you get what you pay for.
Submitted Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - 11:33am [Dine in]

Accord is a hole in the wall serving authentic "midnight snack" food -- congee, fried spicy tofu, fried minnows, fried smelt, soy sauce chow mein.

The food is cheap but the kitchen is kind of scary.

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Brazza Gelato & Coffee1846 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Good treats!
Submitted Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - 11:25am [Dine in]

There are about 20 coffee shops all over Lonsdale. Why this one? It is clean and new, the staff are friendly, knowledgeable and patient, and seating is comfortable.

Visit in the morning for a delicious China White gourmet coffee, visit after dinner for some "Enron Overload" ice cream. MMMmm.

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Han Woo Ri5740 Imperial St., Burnaby
Be prepared to bbq
Submitted Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - 11:08am [Dine in]

I'm a sucker for Korean BBQ, and this was no exception. We made reservations and arrived early. Food was delicious except that service was slightly lacking because they were so busy! We didn't end up tipping well because we didn't have sufficient change, and the waitresses were to busy to make change. Too bad, so sad.

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