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kawaiiVancouverSince December 1, 200751 Reviews
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Dragon Ball Tea House1007 W King Edward, Vancouver
One of the Best
Submitted Friday, May 3, 2013 - 7:31pm [Dine in]

It has taken me awhile to try this little bubble tea shop, but I realize now it's one of the best.

The place is tiny, not the cleanest but acceptable, and with a constant line-up of customers getting in each other's way while they try to order or find a space to wait - it really is more of a take-out place.

Their bubble teas are ridiculously good - perfect consistency for the pearls. I've stuck to my favorite - fresh apple slush. I'm going to try some of the other fresh flavors recommended here such as mango and pear - it's not much more for fresh vs powdered, and the taste is so much better. For food, my friend tried the milk toast once and enjoyed it - it looked similar to other bbt places.

Wait time is reasonable. Service is efficient and friendly enough.

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Wally's Burgers2661 East 49th Avenue, Vancouver
Decent Value, Mediocre Burgers
Submitted Friday, May 3, 2013 - 7:15pm [Dine in]

I was feeling the pinch from paying upwards of $15 for my favorite burgers at other places, and decided to give Wally’s a try as I’ve heard good things.

It was under $10 for a combo which I thought was a good deal, the space was cute and clean in a retro-A&W kind of way. But the burger was sorely lacking – it was small, so covered in a dripping sauce I couldn’t taste the ingredients, and the fries were overcooked. I now know why I shell out the extra $5 for a large, juicy patty and higher-quality ingredients at other burger places that pay attention to the details. You can really tell the difference.

But for a high school crowd that's close by and just wants to have a cheap meal that’s not McDonald’s or Burger King, this place is not that bad.

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Ole Ole Mexican Deli831 12th Street, New Westminster
It's not a deli, it's a restaurant
Submitted Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 1:31am [Dine in]

This place has it's own charm - but I don't see anything that says "deli" about it. It's like a homestyle restaurant with food that's comforting, authentic and delicious.

I am a fan of soft tacos - and the taco dishes at this place were excellent. They weren't the soft tacos I was expecting, but they didn't have a hard taco shell either. Whatever it was, it tasted really good stuffed with avocado and tomatoes. The rice and beans were fine, not the best I ever had but I was happy with it. The chicken soup was also good - a little thin but the taste was lovely

My friend adored the fried bananas dessert - although it did have an extra sweet sauce (caramel or something?) that seemed unnecessary and took away from the overall flavor. The caramel flan was also a great consistency, very enjoyable.

The two men that run it - I assume one from Mexico and another Asian man - are accommodating and helpful, but a little strange. They would probably benefit from hiring a professional waiter or waitress. The bathroom is surprisingly clean with newer tiles and fresh paint.

Anyways, if you come here for the food you won't be disappointed. A lot of love and care is put into making these dishes.

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Long's Noodle House4853 Main Street, Vancouver
Excellent XLB
Submitted Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 1:17am [Dine in]

We decided to come on a very busy night (or is every night a busy night at this place??). The restaurant was packed, fortunately, we were first in line for the next table. We ended up at a large round table with 3 other couples.

I'm glad it turned out that way - because we were able to get advice on how to expertly eat the XLB. I've tried it at other restaurants and never been too impressed, and finally glad that I made it to Long's because it was delicious. We ordered some other dishes as well - soup with dumplings, some rolls, but nothing really stood out except for the XLB which we will definitely be back for. Also the wine chicken the people next to us were eating looked like a good bet.

The servers were amazing given the the packed house, efficient and friendly and got everyone's orders right. But I did overhear a conversation for a party of 4 that were late for their reservations and their table was given away - the customer was complaining that she got stuck in traffic and couldn't get there in time. She was about 10 minutes late and there was a line-up of people out the door and only about 6-8 tables in the place - I would have to side with the restaurant. If you're not on time for your reservation, it's going to the people who are actually ready to eat and pay at that moment. If I was in that line up that's what I would expect.

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E Tea3281 East 22nd Ave, Vancouver
Good deals for food + drink combos, plus free wifi
Submitted Friday, November 16, 2012 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

A nice modern bubble tea house with free wifi. They have really good deals for food + drink combos throughout the day. The food is kind of like Asian fast food. The soups are terrible and watery, but some of the side dishes are not bad, like the fried chicken and the toast and fries.

I really like their bubble teas, although I haven't tried the fruit or milk teas. I tend to go with a simple black or green tea with some flavors like lemon, honey or grapefruit. The drinks are refreshing, but it is on the expensive side if you don't order it as one of their combo deals. Service is friendly enough and efficient. They also don't bother you if you are there for awhile working on your laptop, they just put the password right on the table and leave you alone.

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Pho Tau Bay10782 148th Street, Surrey
Excellent Pho in Surrey
Submitted Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 12:40am [Dine in]

Made a trip out to Surrey because of all the rave reviews of this place - most of the reviews seem pretty accurate. It's not the cleanest pho restaurant I've ever been to, but it's fine - a little sticky. It seems like it is always busy. I liked the staff, they're rushed but friendly and helpful.

The food is authentic, pho was good, iced coffee was excellent, but my favorite was the lemongrass chicken - really nice cuts of perfectly cooked chicken on fresh noodles and lots of veggies and herbs. Will definitely drop in again if I'm in the neighborhood.

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Lan Anh Quan5088 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
Cute, Modern Cafe with Authentic Vietnamese Food
Submitted Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

This new restaurant seemed to get lost in the abundance of awesome Viet restaurants in the area. But it's really cute on the inside with a few tables - small, simple, but inviting and very, very clean.

The food is amazing - everything on the menu seems to be either excellent or very very good. The pho is the stand out - just a beautiful broth - very light and sweet, with hardly any oil and I couldn't detect MSG. The deepfried spring rolls and viet sandwich were both pretty good. The salad roll was also one of the best I've ever had, stuffed full of goodies and really satisfying, and the papaya salad had just the right balance between tangy and spicy kick. Also the iced coffee comes with the most perfectly shaped iced cubes, in a little clear cup with its own scoop.

I expected higher prices given the beautiful presentation and the high quality of food, but the prices were reasonable - on the inexpensive side actually.

I believe the owner is also the chef - but I wouldn't know because she barely speaks English, but she is super-sweet and very accommodating. If she is the only one there you might not be able to make any special requests for your order, but she often has another server there who speaks English.

The menu here is limited but I have a feeling that every single dish has a lot of care and thought put into it, and would be worth trying.

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Chau Veggie Express5052 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Simple and Modern Vegetarian Vietnamese
Submitted Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 2:26am [Dine in]

At one time, I think there were 3 Vietnamese restaurants being built on the same block at the same time. Another 24-hour Viet place just opened up out of nowhere around the corner on Kingsway too. But it has elevated the standard of the food in the area and also created some differences. So you find some restaurants with larger, extensive menus, others focus on soups while a few restaurants specialize on a region. Chau Veggie Express is unlike any other Vietnamese restaurants in Vancouver.

It has a simple design, with a long table in the middle and bar stools along the wall and at the window. The space is clean and modern, but it's very much self-serve. You order at the front, they bring you your food. Everything else you get yourself at the back, including water, chopsticks, napkins, etc. They also have a very clean bathroom.

The food is excellent. I'm amazed how flavorful vegetarian food can be. There are noodles in soup, there are cold noodles topped with tofu and vegetables, and there are side dishes such as papaya salad, ricepaper wraps and spring rolls. I found the deep-fried tofu (??) pieces that topped the cold noodles to be strangely chewy, I was expecting some of the firm tofu slices, but it's still a lovely, refreshing dish during the summer. The soups have delicious broths, although they could use a little more noodles, I don't feel completely full afterwards. Their side dishes are exquisite. A little pricier than the neighboring places, but they seem very concerned with the healthiness of their ingredients, so I think it's worth it.

Service is friendly and will help you out with the menu if you're having trouble. Beautiful restaurant for a quick bite to eat.

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Adelitas5178 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Inviting Authentic Mexican Restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 1:51am [Dine in]

The two Mexican restaurants on this block are run by the same people, but Adelitas has gotten a badly-needed renovation. It has hardwood floors and fresh coat of paint, it's very inviting now and I prefer the ambiance. However, the other restaurant has Spanish soap operas playing all day everyday, so depends on what you like.

The food is the same though, which is the most important part. There is a lot of overlap with the other restaurant, and I'm a fan of the chicken soup and the seafood soup. I always see people ordering dishes like the the burritos combo and enchiladas, and they all look very satisfied, but it's a little rich for me so I stay away. My favorite at Adelitas are the 3 tacos for $6. I like the chicken, and I prefer the texture of the shredded beef over the bbq beef.

Service seems typical for Vancouver nowadays, they speak much better Spanish than English. As long as you don't ask for anything too complicated, really friendly and helpful. And they'll love you if you try to say a few words in Spanish.

You can also get their tomato and avocado salsas to go, they are now pre-packaged and come in these cute little glass jars.

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Marulilu Cafe451 West Broadway, Vancouver
cute and charming
Submitted Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 12:46am [Dine in]

This place is such an oddity - the food they serve is at times mediocre, such as the Japanese lunch which is reminiscent of airplane or cafeteria food (if you lived in Japan), but for some reason, has a certain appeal to it.

Everything we tried, from the rice dishes to the Western meals were all perfectly fine, nothing to complain about, and decent pricing. But nothing outstanding either. Yet combined with incredibly sweet staff, charming atmosphere and just the Japanese-ness of it all, I will definitely be coming back.

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Seoul Dookbaegi1031 Kingsway St., Vancouver
Good value for authentic korean food
Submitted Friday, March 4, 2011 - 6:20pm [Dine in]

After venturing out to many Korean places around town, I still think this restaurant has the best side dishes. Excellent quality ingredients.

I’ve tried a lot of the menu, and the Korean dumplings are always delicious, steamed or fried. I am also a fan of the soy bean paste tofu hot pot which seems more like a soup, it is full of vegetables, beautiful mushrooms and of course, tofu. I love the go dung uh goo yee, the bbq mackerel…perfectly grilled fish, one of my favorites. I’ve tried the black cod as well which was recommended to me, and…I think I don’t like cod, but for those who do, it might be worth a try. The beef dumpling with rice cake in soup is lovely during winter, and so is the Cornish hen ginseng soup.

I’m not so crazy about the bbq meat dishes because they grill it for you then bring it to you already cooked, I prefer restaurants where you grill it yourself. However, when it’s busy in the restaurant, it seems like every table has ordered a big plate of bbq chicken or beef…so it’s very popular among the mostly Korean clientele.

Service is efficient. If you go when it’s packed, don’t expect much more than for someone to take your order and then set it down at your table. Go there for the authentic Korean food, not the service.

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Kingyo871 Denman Street, Vancouver
The perfect lunch
Submitted Monday, January 24, 2011 - 9:53am [Dine in]

The 16 piece lunch set was unbelievably delicious…just all these perfectly tiny portions of exquisite foods. It was like a dream meal for me. I enjoyed trying to figure out what some of the foods were, and the waitress was really sweet, even with her broken English, she did her best to explain everything to me. The dessert…crème brulee which the chef came over and personally recommended, was lovely.

The other lunch items are also well-done, but you could find it at other good Japanese restaurants around town. That 16-piece lunch set stands out for kingyo.

A beautiful restaurant and excellent staff.

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Cilantro & Jalapeno123 Carrie Cates Court, #131, North Vancouver
a really good fast food counter
Submitted Friday, January 21, 2011 - 10:22am [Dine in]

First, their salsas. Brilliant. The salsa verde especially, I did not realize my bottled salsa verde was such crap until I tasted Cilantro and Jalapeno’s fresh version. Will never be able to go back to mass-produced, and unfortunately now spoiled by them and forced to make a long drive to North Van just to pick up some salsa verde. Their regular tomato salsa is simple, fresh and delicious.

Also had their soup and tacos…soup was lovely, although I prefer it without the cream and parmesan cheese. A nice clear broth, lots of big chunks of chicken and while I’m not a big fan of rice in soup, it’s nice here and makes it feel like a hearty meal. Excellent price at about $3.50 for the small and less than $5 for a large.

Stayed away from their fish tacos because it is deepfried unfortunately…was hoping to make a comparison to La Taqueria. And just like at La Taqueria, their soft tacos are not steamed fresh, here they are pre-packaged and they also sell them in the store. I tried it with the chicken…which I found mediocre, and served with a sad-looking salad. Their rice is excellent, and bought a take-away pack, great to make healthy, quick meals at home. Overall, I think they have some good foods that are freshly prepared and tasty, other meals are not worth the price, so just like a lot of other places, figure out what they do best and stick to those foods.

I really like their staff, very sweet and good energy. One time I called at the end of the day to see if they had any salsas left, she said she could make it for me on the spot. It is basically a fast food counter with a fresh selection of ready-made foods. For me, it is worth the trip.

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Island Grill4697 Kingsway, Burnaby
Jamaican food across the street from Metrotown : )
Submitted Friday, January 21, 2011 - 10:05am [Dine in]

As seems to be the theme for Jamaican food in the Greater Vancouver area, spicy is the overriding taste here for the jerk chicken, but it was good, I enjoyed it. I got a medium order I think for about $10 + tax. I didn’t find their prices overwhelming. The Jamaican patties were $3 each. I found their prices reasonable, but it can get price-y, their escovitch fish was about $18 (which I think I will try next time, authentic escovitch fish is so tasty), but I think most meals are in the $10-15 range.

It’s a nice, comfortable space…staff are attentive, professional and friendly. Definitely an excellent place to drop by for a quick bite to eat.

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Lam Hoa Quan5073 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
5 stars for one of the best viet soups in the city
Submitted Friday, January 21, 2011 - 9:58am [Dine in]

Soups are the way to go in this place. I had the chicken soup one time, and pho the next. The chicken soup was lovely…sweet, clear tasting broth. The noodles were soft and chewy, exquisite. Fresh herbs and bean sprouts…the guy taking my order asked if I wanted the bean sprouts boiled, guess I didn’t look Vietnamese. He looked relieved when I said no, why would I want limp bean sprouts.

I’ve also tried the lemongrass chicken, was disappointed. Oily and kind of dry, looked partially deep fried and found it tasteless. Maybe the pork might be better but I have a thing for lemongrass chicken.

I like the staff…I can see how they might be off-putting to some people, but I think they just take their food seriously, and their soups are worth it.

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Song Huong Vietnamese Restaurant1613 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
good value for viet food
Submitted Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 1:42pm [Dine in]

My friend almost kissed me for introducing him to this place. I heard about their Bon 7 whatever…beef in 7 ways, and loving new things, I had to try it.

When you walk in to this place you feel like you’ve gone back in time. It’s one of those old-school Vietnamese restaurants, and I felt like like turning right around and walking out the door as soon as I stepped in. Judging by the cautious tone in my friend’s voice, “umm…do you think this is the right place?” he wasn’t really feeling a good vibe either. There’s 2 parts to the restaurant, and the first is a vast expanse of weird wicker furniture, and it was mostly empty when we went. But then there’s a 2nd part to the restaurant which is smaller and full of booths. That part is usually busy or even completely full.

We ordered the bon 7…there was a whole variety of stuff. There was beef congee, beef hot pot to wrap in rice papers with herbs and veggies, grilled beef, grilled beef wrapped in lotus leaves (that was so so tasty), a beef salad (refreshing and nicely done) and steamed beef meatballs. It was a fun meal, and a nice change from the typical Vietnamese food.

The servers are friendly and efficient. This is not the best Vietnamese restaurant in town by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s good, it’s tasty, and it’s CHEAP. And for people who eat out often, that cutting back on a dollar or 2 can be very inviting.

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Jolly's Indian Bistro2928 W 4th, Vancouver
Lovely food in one of the most beautiful restaurants in Vancouver
Submitted Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 1:30pm [Dine in]

So I’ll rate this restaurant according to the standard that most other Indian restaurants are at in Vancouver. I have had amazing Indian food in people’s home, but I have yet to see that replicated in any restaurant. That being said, I thought Jolly’s had some of the better Indian restaurant food in Vancouver. Some of the sauces could be overly-sweet, but all in all, I enjoyed the meal. The service was also good.

What will definitely bring me back is the beautiful room and lovely style.The colors were gorgeous, I loved the style of sari-aprons the waitresses wore…just had a beautiful evening. The music could be irritating though, a bit repetitious. With the right music, we could have stayed there all night and just soaked in the atmosphere.

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Kingston 11 Reggae Cafe1336 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Not the best jerk chicken, but OK for Vancouver
Submitted Monday, April 12, 2010 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

I’ve only ever had the jerk chicken, because I’ve had the real thing and I love it, and I’m constantly on the hunt for that amazing taste again. So…this place has a vague sense of jerk chicken spices, but it’s nowhere close to the real thing. Mainly I taste spicy…still, it’s a good deal, big pieces of chicken, lots of rice, and a so-so salad on the side.

This place is really cute…an inviting, warm interior. I’ll probably be back to try the other things on the menu, it’s a great place to just chill for a bit, and a little taste of jamaica is better than none.

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Days Thai7245 Canada Way, Burnaby
Decent Thai food
Submitted Monday, April 12, 2010 - 10:34pm [Dine in]

Thai restaurant run by Chinese people, sigh. It’s a very clean, simple restaurant. The food that comes out is acceptable, some better than others. I think the red curry and hot and sour soup are decent. It’s open until 10 so that’s good for take-out, and the prices are good.

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Maenam1938 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
I really wanted to love it
Submitted Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 9:33am [Dine in]

I’ve been to a lot of Thai places around town, and even when the food wasn’t the best, it was still enjoyable. Maenam is a really beautiful, slick room, no doubt about that. It’s not very large, it has about 16 small tables. There were a lot of servers for such a small room, and the service was still just okay. Maybe their timing was just off…some of them could be friendly and accommodating, but for such a small restaurant, we had trouble flagging anyone down when we needed something.

The food was okay. I was really looking forward to the hot and sour soup, because I love the subtle layers of flavors in this soup, and I have it at every Thai restaurant I go to. It’s kind of my standard bearer. I thought it was too spicy, that it overpowered the taste of the soup to the point where I couldn’t figure out what the actual flavors were at all, besides spicy. And then we had some of the main dishes, which I expected to be very spicy, but were actually incredibly mild to the point that it didn’t seem hot at all. I wasn’t wow-ed by anything…maybe because I expected coconut milk in the duck curry, and it was a different kind of curry, so I found it disappointing. The pad thai was way too sweet, and the chicken satays were pieces of grilled chicken with peanut sauce. The peanut sauce was good, but I’ve had more exceptional peanut sauce with a lot more complexity and depth at about half the price, so I definitely had bigger expectations.

It’s a good restaurant, but for all the raves it’s been getting around town, I expected to just love everything and be amazed. I think I would go back for drinks and some small snacks, rather than a full (and fairly price-y) meal.

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