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k-dawg73BurnabySince October 2, 200667 Reviews
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Pho TNT2581 Mary Hill Road, #106, Port Coquitlam
Some questionable business practices going on
Submitted Monday, April 2, 2012 - 4:50pm [Dine in]

Went here a few weeks ago with the family. This had become our go to viet restaurant in the tri-cities since moving to Coquitlam several months ago. The food was still good. My wife had a bun bowl (rice vermicelli with lemongrass pork). The bowl is quite large, with a lot of meat which is well marinated and very tasty. I had my usual large bowl of pho dac biet (assorted beef). It was okay, not as good as it normally is as the broth seemed kinda watered down and too sweet tasting. One thing I noticed is that they raised the price on the pho. A large bowl used to be $6, which is quite a steal for what you got. Now the price has been crossed out and pencilled in at $7. That's quite a large jump in price, more than what one would expect for inflation or rising food costs. 25 or 50 cents, maybe, but a whole dollar? That price reflects Van/Burnaby, not Poco.

What is really suspect is the cook/owner will come out and do the bill when you pay at the till. Your bill shows which # you ordered, ie #1, #14, etc, but with no prices next to it and no total. She will then add up each item, with the hst already included on her calculator and show it to you, but doesn't actually write it down on the receipt or even give it to you. Some people will just pay the bill and then add tip on top of that amount 10 or 15%. I normally calculate the tip BEFORE taxes, not after it. If you aren't aware, you will tip on the 12% hst in the food. It may not be a big deal to some people, but to me, that is just wrong. Food is still decent and I'll probably be back, but something definitely seems fishy with the books.

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Pizza Town & Indian Grill1041 Ridgeway Ave, Unit A, Coquitlam
Not sure what happened, maybe just a one-off
Submitted Friday, March 23, 2012 - 8:53pm [Take-out]

I ordered take out from Pizzatown today. Ordered a large meat lovers pizza, butter chicken w/rice and naan and veggie pakoras. I've ordrered pizza from her before about 3 months ago and it was good. For whatever reason, everything we ordered today was extremely salty, especially the pakoras. It was almost to the point that I couldn't eat it.

It cost $30.90 after tax for pick up, which would have been quite reasonable, had everything been edible. I ended up throwing out 1/2 of the pakoras, because they were too salty. The texture of the pakoras were great, crispy and light, but the taste of salt overrode the cilantro and other spices. Butter chicken was pretty good, lots of chicken, sauce was tasty, but again, too much salt.

LIke the title says, not sure what happened. I will give them the benefit of the doubt and likely order from there one more time. But if the food is again salty, that next time will definitely be the last time.

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Austin Heights Pizza1126 Austin Ave, #B, Coquitlam
Great pizza at a good price
Submitted Monday, January 9, 2012 - 10:09pm [Take-out]

We just moved to the Central Coqutialm area from Burnaby 3 weeks ago and wanted to find out the good pizza places to order from. I'm glad to say that Austin Heights Pizza is a definite keeper. I ordered 3 medium, 3 topping pizzas for $23.99 + taxes. The pizzas were really good, great sauce, lots of toppings and cheese. The crust is really good, not too thick and not too thin, with a bit of a sour tang to it, which is nice. It's a bit on the oily side, but I think that is due to the copious amount of cheese on each pizza. I'm used to great pizza places in Burnaby like Viva Sue and Beethoven's and I would put Austin Heights right up there with those aforementioned places. It's not much too look at, as it is strictly a take out joint. Parking can be a bit of a nightmare, but there are 2 designated parking spots directly in front of the store. Definitely recommended.

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Pho Hoang Tung100 Schoolhouse Street, #401, Coquitlam
Should have went to Pho 99 instead
Submitted Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 11:14am [Dine in]

We were in the Coquitlam area and felt like some Viet food. I was debating trying this restaurant or going to Pho 99. As the title suggests, I should have went to Pho 99.

This place is tiny, which is not a big deal, as it was pretty clean. There's probably not more than seating for 35 people. Service was okay, the guy brought us tea and water and basically left us alone. I had to go up to the front to pay, which is fine with me.

I ordered the large Pho dac biet and my wife ordered the bun (rice vermicelli) with spring roll and chicken. The "large" bowl is the size of a small at other pho restaurants. The bowl is wide, but quite shallow, so you don't get very much broth. There wasn't that much meat either. The broth, which is the hallmark of any good pho restaurant was very bland. I had to add a lot of fish sauce to give it flavour. At $7.50 for a large bowl, it was pricey for what you get.

My wife's bun was okay, not great. She noticed that the chicken meat was quite gristley. At $8.50 for a bowl, it is also more expensive than other Viet restauarants, and was not as good.

I'm kinda spoiled when it comes to Viet restaurants, since I work in the Kingsway @ Fraser Street area in Vancouver, where there is a plethora of great Viet restaurants that are much cheaper. While it's generally true that "mom and pop" pho places are usually better than chain restaurants like Pho Hoa or Pho 99, this is not the case with Pho Hoang Tung.

I won't be going back to this place.

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L.A. Chicken11780 Thorpe Road, 160, Richmond
Good, but overrated
Submitted Friday, February 4, 2011 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

I drove out all the way from North Burnaby today to try this chicken. I've read some glowing reviews about the spicy chicken here and had to try it for myself.

Previous reviewere were right about the ambiance, this place is a dump on the outside and the inside. The young asian lady who served me was polite enough and helpful with my choice.

I ended up getting the 9 piece meal. Which is 9 pieces of mixed chicken (white meat spicy and dark meat original), with large box of fries and gravy. Cost was $21.99, which is pretty good. I could see them making the chicken as I ordered it. I'm not used to getting freshly friend chicken, so I was looking forward to eating the meal.

Let's just be clear about this place, although it's called LA Chicken, it is Lee's Famous recipe chicken, at least the fries, gravy and original chicken was. Everything was good, the original chicken was flavourfull and very crispy, probably because it was freshly fried and not sitting in a warming oven for 3 - 4 hours. The spicy chicken was crispy, not overly spicy. It tasted different from Lee's Famous though, but not really in a good way. The spicy chicken tasted a bit sweet, not sure why. It wasn't bad or anything, but not what I had expected after reading such positive reviews and not worth driving 25 minutes to Richmond for.

On a positive note, the 9 piece of chicken that I paid for was actually 11 pieces. I guess I just have that look about me that says, "give me more food than what I paid for".

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L.A. Chicken11780 Thorpe Road, 160, Richmond
Good, but overrated
Submitted Friday, February 4, 2011 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

I drove out all the way from North Burnaby today to try this chicken. I've read some glowing reviews about the spicy chicken here and had to try it for myself.

Previous reviewere were right about the ambiance, this place is a dump on the outside and the inside. The young asian lady who served me was polite enough and helpful with my choice.

I ended up getting the 9 piece meal. Which is 9 pieces of mixed chicken (white meat spicy and dark meat original), with large box of fries and gravy. Cost was $21.99, which is pretty good. I could see them making the chicken as I ordered it. I'm not used to getting freshly friend chicken, so I was looking forward to eating the meal.

Let's just be clear about this place, although it's called LA Chicken, it is Lee's Famous recipe chicken, at least the fries, gravy and original chicken was. Everything was good, the original chicken was flavourfull and very crispy, probably because it was freshly fried and not sitting in a warming oven for 3 - 4 hours. The spicy chicken was crispy, not overly spicy. It tasted different from Lee's Famous though, but not really in a good way. The spicy chicken tasted a bit sweet, not sure why. It wasn't bad or anything, but not what I had expected after reading such positive reviews and not worth driving 25 minutes to Richmond for.

On a positive note, the 9 piece of chicken that I paid for was actually 11 pieces. I guess I just have that look about me that says, "give me more food than what I paid for".

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Hon's Wun Tun House3025 Lougheed Hwy, #310, Coquitlam
Food is still decent, value is not.
Submitted Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

We went here today, after not eating at Hon's for about a year. We were seated very quickly and water and tea were brought to our table. We went there on a Saturday at noon time and the restaurant, which was normally very busy in the past, was pretty empty. Not sure if this was a good sign.

We ordered one of the set combo menu's for one, 6 potstickers and an assorted beef with noodles in soup. The price used to be just under $7, but now it's nearly $9. Also ordered, a dish of pan fried flat rice noodles with beef and a plate of bbq pork on rice. Noodle dish was $8.50 and the rice dish was $7.95. The potstickers were pretty standard, quite greasy though. The beef in noodle soup was very good. Lots of tender soy sauce stewed beef flank/brisket type of meat and tripe in a dark tasty broth. The good thing is that they didn't serve any weird liver/spleen type of meat anymore like they used too. I like tripe and other weird cuts of beef, but draw the line at liver/spleen. Yuck. The rice noodles were good, as was the bbq pork on rice, but how the hell can you screw that one up?!! The bad thing was that the portion sizes were tiny, compared to the price. You used to be able to count on Hon's for providing large portions for cheap prices. The rice noodle and rice dish was about 25% smaller in size and the price increased by about 30%. To me, that is not good value.

Service was quick and efficient, nothing outstanding. You order your food and they plop it on the table. Ambiance? What ambiance? The restaurant is clean, but utilitarian and they have those plastic plates, spoons and chopsticks.

Lunch for 2 adults and 2 children came out to $31 after tax and tip. We were full, but a year ago, the same meal would have cost about $5 - $6 cheaper, HST notwithstanding. The kicker was after I had paid, I wanted to get a chinese donut (yuo tuo) at the take out counter. They used to have great yuo tuo, about 14 inches long, crispy, yet chewy for only 80 cents for 1 pair. I asked for one order, expecting 1 pair of donut. What I got for $1.20 was a single donut, not a pair, about 8 inches long, very dark, dry, and overcooked. Not good.

I'm not sure what happened to this place. It's been declining in value, quality and quantity for the past several years now. I knew they had some financial problems a few years ago with rumors of insolvency and bankruptcy and unpaid wages to workers. Maybe they got out of trouble, but with the way things seem to be going now, they probably won't be in business for very much longer. And that is a shame for a what used to be a Vancouver tradition.

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Simba's Grill7413 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Nice introduction to East African food
Submitted Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 6:48pm [Dine in]

We went here last Saturday for our monthly supper club. This was my first introduction to East African food and it was a pleasant experience.

This restaurant is located on Edmonds Street, a few blocks before Kingsway in a seedier part of East Burnaby. It is also very tiny, probably not more than 40 seats in total. The restaurant is cozy and had some nice decorations of what I assume is traditional East African artifacts.

We made reservations ahead of time and our group of 10 took up 1/3 of the restaurant. Throughout the night, the hostess was turning people away, as other larger groups had also made reservations after us.

Now to the food. My wife and I started out with the cassava chips. It was really good. Cut into thick french fries, it was deep fried and crip on the outside, but tender and chewy on the inside. I've never had cassava before and the taste is somewhat similar to a sweet potato, but the texture is firmer and chewier.

I had the lamb kebobs for $15.99 and my wife had the skewered sirlon for the same price. It took a while for the food to come out, seemed like there was only one cook working. Also, the food came out at different times, sometimes nearly 20 minutes from the first dish being served, to the last dish. My dish came with 3 large kebobs on a massiave bed of rice with some lettuce, tomato and cucumber garnish. The kebobs were great, nicely grilled and the right texture with nice flavour. The rice was very good too, kinda yellow in colour (saffron??), with traditional Indian spices in it. It was very fluffy basmati rice, although a bit on the oily side. My wife's skewered sirlion was marinated and grilled nicely. It was flavourful and tender, and had a bit of a kick to it too. We finished off with a piece of cheescake with mango sauce and crushed pistachios. It was pretty good.

Service was not that great. There was a main server, older woman (probably owner's wife?) and another younger female server/buser. The orders for food and drinks were taken fairly promptly, but there was about a 15 - 20 minute wait in between the plates being cleared and her coming back to take orders for dessert/chai, etc. It also took about the same amount of time to get our bill. 15% gratuity was already added to the bill, which I was fine with as we knew ahead of time that was going to be done, so I guess there's really no incentive to provide great service.

One appie, 2 mains, 1 glass of house red wine, 1 dessert and chai came to just under $52 (tax and tip included). This was after $13 entertainment book coupon was used. That's a great price for the food that we got that evening. Without the coupon $15.99 for the entree is a tad on the pricey side, for what you got though. I would probably go again, if I had another coupon or if I was in the mood for East African food.

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Hot Oven Pizza and Pasta5620 Hastings street, Burnaby
Good pizza, not great
Submitted Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 5:50pm [Take-out]

I had driven by this pizza place for a while now and finally decided to try it today. Had also read some glowing reviews on this site, so I thought I would see if the pizza lived up to the hype.

For me, pizza needs to be judged on 3 criteria: 1. crust, 2. sauce, 3 toppings.

As the previous reviewers have mentioned, Hot Oven specializes in what appears to be "deep dish" style of pizza. The edges of the crust go up about 3 inches or so from the base of the pizza. It was definitely different, on my first bite I wasn't sure what to make out of it. It tasted kinda sour at first, like it was sourdough, but then it was kinda sweet. There appears to be cornmeal in it, which would explain the sweetness. The more that I ate, the more that it grew on me. It was chewy and crusty at the same time. Nice.

The sauce wasn't anything special. It was okay, kinda bland. I like a little spice in my sauce, and this sauce didn't have it. It also seemed to be a "blush" or "rose" sauce. The colour looked a little pink, like cream or milk had been added to it, it wasn't bright red.

I ordered the large "Carnivore" pizza, which was all meat. Toppings were quite good, lots of it. Cheese wasn't overly abundant, but that's good, cause I don't really like a mountain a cheese on a pizza anyways.

Surprsingly, the price of the pizza was about $3 less in store than on their website, not sure why? Cost of the pizza was $19.99 + tax = $22.40. It's more on the expensive side, along the lines of Beethoven's Pizza and I think they cater to more "specialty pizza" lovers. The pizza was hefty, about 2 lbs or so, so you get what you pay for. It was more than enough to feed 2 adults and a 5 1/2 year old with a voracious appetite, with one piece left over.

Would I order from here again? Probably, but my first choice for specialty pizza would still be Beethoven's.

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Mr. Sub2885 East Broadway Street, Vancouver
Give me fresh bread please.
Submitted Sunday, June 6, 2010 - 12:44pm [Dine in]

I really like sub sandwiches and of all the sub chains out there, Mr. Sub in my opinion is the best tasting. Having said that, nothing will ruin a good sub more than bread that is less than fresh.

I had a sub craving last week and went to the Mr. Sub location nearest me. This location has been there for ages and got renno'd a few years back is bright and clean.

I ordered 2 big assorted subs. Mr. Sub tends to be on the expensive side, more expensive than Subway and Quizno's because they never seem to have any sub deals. Each sub was nearly $7.

The subs were made properly and to order. I noticed that when the guy was slicing the bread in half, it seemed to have some dull sheen on it. When I got home, and had my first bite, the bread was stale, hard and crumbly. I was too hungry at this point, so I just ate it. I debated driving back to that location to get my money back on the 2nd sub, but didn't bother. I just ended up throwing the top layer of bread on the 2nd sub a few hours later and ate it as an "open face" sandwich. By this time, some of the sauce and stuff had leaked onto the bread and re-hydrated it a bit, so it was less of a chore to eat it.

I'll still go to Mr. Sub when I crave a sub sandwich, but will probably ask how fresh the bread is next time or ask if I can give it the "freshness" squeeze test through the plastic bag before a commit to buying it.

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Le Do Vietnamese Restaurant2292 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Good bowl of pho
Submitted Saturday, June 5, 2010 - 1:18pm [Dine in]

I came here today on the recommendation of a co-worker. This place is really small and the kitchen/prep area is right in the open, next to the seating area. I had the large #1 Special. Various type of beef and beef products, ie. beef balls, tripe, fatty flank, rare beef, etc.

The food came pretty quickly, within 5 minutes and it was steaming hot (which pho should be served hot, not lukewarm). It tasted really good, nice deep, rich beef flavour. The bowl was quite large. There was plenty of noodles. If i wanted to be nitpicky, the noodles were clumped together, but after a bit of stirring, they loosened up. Noodles were a bit thinner than what I am used to and a bit on the mushy side, but still edible. There wasn't as much meat as I would have liked, but it was a decent portion.

Service was quick and efficient, I was given a glass of ice water right when I sat down.

I was tempted to try their banh mi (viet sandwiches), but was pretty full after the bowl of soup. I'll have to try it next time. The bowl of pho was $6.50 for large bowl which is pretty good these days.

Will definitely be back and recommend.

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Wu's Wonton House7355 Edmonds St, Burnaby
Just a hole in the wall chinese place, not bad, not great
Submitted Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 8:16pm [Dine in]

My co-worker and I went to this place today for lunch, after I had read some positive reviews about this place. For some unknown reason, a review for this restaurant from a day or so ago got deleted?

This place is really a hole in the wall. It's quite small, probably not more than seating for about 25 people in total. If you want to use the washroom, you have to actually walk through the kitchen to the back of the place.

As for the food, prices are quite cheap. We ordered 2 orders of wonton soup for $2.95 each and the lunch specials of bbq pork and shrimp fried rice and beef with pan fried rice noodles. The lunch specials are $4.50, which is pretty cheap. The wontons were okay. For a place to call itself a wonton house, I would assume that their wontons would be great. The soup had a brown tinge to it, possibly from soy sauce?

The fried rice and rice noodles were good. Portions were pretty small though, but for $4.50 a plate, what do you expect. It wasn't too greasy and had a nice wok flavour to it. Service was decent, the guy brough us tea and water when i asked for it and re-filled my water when he saw that my glass was empty.

After tax and tip lunch came to $18 total. I probably wouldn't come here again, as you can get better chinese food with bigger portions at a slightly higher price at New Lakeview restaurant on 6th street.

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White Spot4129 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
$10 for breakfast??!!
Submitted Friday, March 5, 2010 - 4:35pm [Dine in]

Came here for lunch last week with a co-worker and felt like having breakfast for lunch. White Spot used to be my go-to place for a great breakfast that was reasonably priced...not anymore.

I tend to agree with other reviewers about the ambience of this particular White Spot (which has been at that location for as long as I have been living in Burnaby, nearly 30 years). The layout is terrible and is quite small and cramped in there with not that much seating. The interior has been remodelled, but this location need to be bulldozed and a new building put up in its place.

I ordered what I always order there, Nat's Hearty Breakfast. I had asked to see if i could have pancakes instead of toast, but our server informed me that the kitchen had used up all the pancake batter for breakfast, so sourdough toast it was for me. Kudos to the server for making a last minute sub for me for all sausage, instead of sausage and bacon. The food tasted good and my eggs were overeasy as I had asked. The sausage at White Spot is really good, they don't cheap out on the breakfast meats obviously.

Our server was okay, she took our drink and food orders at the same time and did the obligatory check up after we got our meals. Nothing really to complain about there.

As for value, I was pretty shocked to see that this breakfast is nearly $10 now. It's just 2 eggs, 2 bacon, 2 sausage, hashbrown and toast. You can get that type of meal at other smaller diners for about 1/2 the price. I think I had the same breakfast last year and it was just under $8, so I am not sure what is the deal with the large price increase. Fortunately for me, my co-worker bought me lunch, so I wasn't the one paying.

Overall, I still like White Spot in general and would continue to give them my business. I just wish they would go back to what they did best, burgers and breakfast and stop trying to be all hoy-paloy with their new menu and waste money on those annoying ads with Chuck Currie et al.

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Chong Lum Hin Seafood Restaurant7604 6th Street, Burnaby
Okay dim sum
Submitted Friday, March 5, 2010 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

I came here last week with my 5 year old son and 2 year old daughter. I had been here about 4 years ago and remember it being a pretty decent dim sum experience.

Like the previous reviewers have stated, this place is not fancy, more functional than anything else and appeared to be clean. The waitresses were pretty fluent in English (even though I do speak Cantonese), I chose to speak and order in English. Service was decent, they brought me tea (didn't ask me what type of tea, I guess they only have one type there) and water when I asked for it. Plates and dim sum steamers were removed promptly when food was finished.

You have to order the dim sum from an order sheet, no push cart service here, so you have to wait a bit for your food to come. If you're starving like we were, you will just have to wait. I think that this makes people order more than they actually need, which happened in my case.

They had the usual stuff like other places. I ordered siu mai, chicken feet, shrimp rice roll, steamed bbq pork buns, omasum, sticky rice and a plate of sliced beef and jellyfish. Everything tasted the way it supposed to taste, I wasn't blown away by anything. The beef that came with the jellyfish was pretty tought and chewy, not very good. The jellyfish was cut into really broad strips and didn't really have a lot a flavour. Overall, the food was decent.

As for value, most items are in the $2.75 - $3.00 range, which is okay. You usually expect the order type of dim sum places to have a slightly cheaper price per dish than cart style places, probably because they only steam the amount of dishes that you order, rather make a whole bunch of dishes and have the cart ladies try to go around and around with items that no one really wants...less waste I guess. However, this wasn't the case with Chong Lum. The jellyfish dish was around $5.50 and definitely not worth it. The bill came to about $27 before tip. I probably could have gotten away with ordering about 2 less dishes though. One good thing is that it didn't look like they charge for tea, usually about 70 - 80 cents per person at other places.

I probably wouldn't come here again, cause you can get much better dim sum at Po King on Kinsgsway, for around the same price.

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Chicken Delight7624 6th St, Burnaby
Should have known better.
Submitted Friday, March 5, 2010 - 3:48pm [Dine in]

I have passed this place several times on my way to New Lakeview Restaurant and finally decided to try it the other day...I should have kept on driving.

I had the 2 piece snack (one drumstick and thigh) and fries for $2.99. For $3 that is a pretty good deal, and I didn't really have high expectations. The the portion was pretty tiny for that price. The fries seemed to be deep fried too long and was nearly translucent due to the oil...very weird. The chicken, which was supposed to be spicy was not. It didn't have a very good flavour and the skin was rubbery. The meat tasted kinda old and stale. It almost seemed like it was chicken from the night before that they quickly just dropped in the deep fryer to warm it up before serving.

The lady behind the counter was nice enough. This place is a dive, with some bench seating and tables and is pretty much a take out place.

This is the first and last time I will every get chicken from there. Like the title suggests...should have known better.

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El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant3853 Hastings Street, #A, Burnaby
Nice mexican restaurant
Submitted Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 10:50am [Dine in]

6 of us went to this place last night for our montly supper club. It was recommended to us by another set of "foodie" friends.

This place is a little hard to find, it's on the north side of Hastings Street, but one block east of Boundary Road. There is street parking and free parking in the rear. The restaurant is located upstairs.

This place is tiny, there's probably not much more than seating for about 40 people or so. I had made reservations, which is fortunate for me, because after 6 pm, they had posted a sign at the front door saying that the restaurant was completely booked with reservations for the remainder of the night.

Food: We ordered the nachos to start. It came with lots of melted cheese and the guacamole was awesome, nice and fresh. They make their own tortilla chips there, which were so crispy and fresh tasting and much thicker than the usual kind. We didn't realize that they also give you chips and salsa to start. Probably shouldn't have ordered the appies, because I was 1/2 full when my entree came.

Lots of choices for dinner and I was told that you can also order the lunch menu for dinner too. I ended up ordering the 3 chicken enchillada plate. It comes with beans, rice and guacamole. I have to say that my meal was excellent, not too spicy and really flavourfull. My other companions ordered the fajitas and chicken in mole sauce. Although they said the fajitas were good, it wasn't what they were expecting. Everyone who had the chicken and mole sauce said that it was good.

We were too stuffed for dessert, maybe next time as I wanted to try the Mexican flan.

Service was attentive and it was $8.95 for a plate of nachos (we got 2), $10.95 for my enchilladas. The other entrees ranged from $12 - $16., which was pretty good value wise. As for ambiance, as previously stated, this place is tiny. It was nicely decorated, felt warm and inviting. Interesting enough, they didn't have coffee, which was kinda a shock to some of my dining companions who wanted an after diner coffee.

There was a mariachi band that played around 7 pm. They were really good, but quite loud, considering the tiny room. You couldn't really carry on a conversation while they were playing.

I would definitely return for those chips and nachos.

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Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill20395 Lougheed Hwy, #680, Maple Ridge
Pleasantly surprised
Submitted Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

Went here a few days ago for lunch and had their all you can eat lunch special. For $7.95, includes unlimited garlic breadsticks, salad and soup (chicken noodle or chicken minestrone).

Salad was good, nothing spectacular and what I expected. The soup was quite incredible though, better than I expected. I had the chicken noodle and it had a very good broth, with tons of chicken (cut up from their rotisserie chickens) with lots of veggies and pasta shells (cooked to the right texture, not al dente, but definitely not mushy either). The breadsticks were really good too. It came out hot from the oven. Not sure if they were re-heated or baked fresh when I ordered them, although the waitress seemed to indicate that they were freshly baked. They had a nice crusty exterior and very soft interior. It would have been nicer if they had served it with some butter, but I probably should have asked for some if I had really wanted it.

Service was efficient and the food came out in a timely manner. The server actually gave me my bill and then asked me if I wanted anymore food. I had already had 2 orders of salad, soup and breadsticks and was full at that point, so it was no big deal.

Would definitely come again for this lunch special.

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Fish On Rice4361 Kingsway, #201, Burnaby
Good, solid ayce sushi joint
Submitted Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

Went here a few weeks ago for lunch with my wife. We got seated right away and given the ordering sheets promptly. Tea and soft drinks were brought out pretty quickly either.

I've already written about this place before and I still believe this is one of the better ayce places around. Food is usually really good, especially the teriyaki chicken that comes out sizzling on that hot plate. Beef short ribs are good, but this time the skewered beef was tougher than shoe leather and nearly inedible. We ordered very few rolls this time, so was able to focus on other items without filling up on rice. I have to admit, their hot food items are quite good.

My only complaint would be that for some unexplicable reason, they do not always bring out the entire amount that you order, ALL the time. For the most part, they do, but this last time, I ordered 3 orders of deep fried chicken wings (each order is 3 pieces, as per the ordering sheet). But when it came out, there was only 4 pieces? How does that work? I don't really bother asking the server what's the deal with this, as if you can always order more if you want, but it's really annoying when they do that. Especially when you are ordering stuff for the 1st round - you espect to get everything that you've ordered. I can understand if someone keeps repeatedly ordering a large quantity of certain items, but this wasn't the case with me. Besides, if management doesn't want to give customers what they ordered, and insist on playing these "games", then they should just stop doing all you can eat and charge a la carte only.

Nevertheless, this is a minor annoyance that I can live with and I will continue to go to Fish on Rice until I find something better in the area.

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Quiznos2325 Ottawa Street, #400, Port Coquitlam
Need to lighten up.
Submitted Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 4:30pm [Dine in]

I went to this Quiznos today, as I was craving a sub. They have Everyday Value Subs, $5 for a large sub, which is pretty good, considering there was a time when their large subs were about $9.

I ordered the large 5 meat stack. Can't really remember what the meats were, as the amount of meat was nearly non-existant. I had the nerve to ask the middle aged lady behind the counter to put extra onions on my sub. She looked at me incrediously and said that it didn't come with any onions. She then proceeded to lecture about how since I was getting such a good "deal" on a $5 sub, I could not get onions on my sub. The woman ahead of me asked for onions on her tuna sub and she got some onions - about 4 very thin slices, each slice about an inch in length. Apparently a few slivers of red onion really cut into their profit margin. You also don't get any of those little pickled peppers either - it is a $5 sub after all.

The sub tasted good, but basically all I got was toasted bread, 3 slices of tomtatoes, some lettuce, a thin slice of cheddar cheese, and about 65 g of meat (the same amount of meat in one of those Carl Buddig deli slices packages).

I've been in there a few times and I always see the owner there (he is the middle aged Russian?? guy). I have yet to see him ever smile or even say thank you to any of the customers for visiting his establishment. He needs to lighten up a bit. I suspect he was none to happy when Quiznos Corporate decided to lower the prices on their subs. When a large sub used to retail for $9 and now sells for $6, I guess he has a reason to be upset. Then again, I don't think I ever saw him smile when the prices were high either.

Oh well, what do you expect for $5? Apparently not any "unauthorized" onions.

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Fulin Hot Pot Restaurant3025 Lougheed Hwy, #780, Coquitlam
Much better the 2nd time around
Submitted Friday, January 2, 2009 - 10:31pm [Dine in]

My wife and I went to Fulin for dinner tonight and had the ayce hotpot for $18.95 per person. We had previous gone here for lunch (see previous review) and wanted to try dinner.

As the title suggests, the 2nd time around was a much better experience. When we went the first time, the restaurant had only been open for a short time, so I think they were still working out some of the bugs. For example, we never got any utensils the first time...no tongs or little mesh scoopers, which are a necessity when eating hotpot. This time we got both, along with a laddle to dispense the delicious broth that is left over after you finish eating.

Another difference from last time is that they had an option of the Fulin Broth, which turned out to be just chicken broth with some green onions and ginger in it and it was free - no charge. You can still pay for other different kinds of broth for around $5, but we were fine with the Fulin broth. This was one of my pet peeves from my last post, as you weren't given any choice but to pay for broth when I went the last time.

The food was really good. We had thinly sliced beef, lamb and pork. Beef, pork, fish balls were good, as was the beef omasum, tripe and dumplings. The veggies were fresh and we paid $1 extra for 2nd dish of satay sauce (the first sauce is free) and the sauce was excellent.

Service was attentive and they brought water when I asked for it promptly, along with a carafe of ice water too, nice touch. My only complaint would be that the 2nd round of ordering, they only brought about 1/2 of the items that I had indicated. Not sure why they did this, as the 2nd order was not that much to begin with. I had ordered 2 plates of beef, but only got 1. I ordered 2 dishes of dumplings, but only got 2 pieces. We were getting full at this point, so I didn't really make a big deal about it. The servers also were less willing to come back to you for the 2nd order and I had to flag someone down to get a new order sheet. Server also didn't ask us if we wanted to order anymore, but just turned off our burner when she saw that we were sipping the soup. Like I said, we were satisfied with the amount eaten...but it would have been nice for them to bring our ENTIRE 2nd order and to ask us if we wanted anything else before turning off the burner.

All in all, a good experience and we'll be back. No need to drive all the way to Richmond anymore for good hotpot. Tax and tip for 2 adults was $45.

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