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kewpiebabyVancouverSince January 22, 2008200 Reviews
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  • Food3 (3.2)
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Empire Seafood Restaurant5951 No. 3 Road, #200, Richmond
Only slightly impressed, but come early
Submitted Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 12:45pm [Dine in]

Came on a Saturday night (third day of Chinese New Year) right when they opened and it was pretty empty at 530pm. It's a good thing we started early. Half an hour later, the place was full and buzzing. It was very hard to get a waiter's attention for anything. Typical busy Chinese restaurant in Richmond. We ordered the 6 person special that consisted of Lobster, Shark Fin soup, Chicken, Fish, Scallops, Prawns, & Sticky Rice. Everything was cooked nicely and tasted pretty good, but I thought the portions were a bit smaller for the price they were charging. It was yummy overall, but lacking in size, value and the service was choppy. But good to know that there's a pretty decent Chinese place in Richmond that I might give a second chance if it were a regular non CNY night.

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Tang Thai1779 Robson Street, Vancouver
Touched my Tastebuds
Submitted Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

Came here on a cool summer's day and was very happy with the service, food, value and ambiance. Tasty Chicken Curry, yummy spicy prawns and delicious beef. I thought the portions were reasonable. The only downside is that there wasn't enough rice in their goblet container so we had to order more and that wasn't cheap. The location is at the very end of Robson close to Denman so it's quite a walk down. It's also baby friendly on the first floor, you almost didn't even notice my cousin's baby in her stroller. And they were pretty good with bringing hot water so that her bottle could be warmed up. A great Thai place that I really liked. Will be back for sure.

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Pear Tree, The4120 Hastings Street, Burnaby
A Rare Find in Burnaby
Submitted Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 3:22pm [Dine in]

Been eying this place for years, but wasn't sure if it was worth trying. Read some good reviews and a few friends recommended it so decided to take my husband there for his birthday last summer. We had an early reservation so got seated in the far corner of the restaurant sort of tucked away. The inside of this restaurant isn't very large, so it's a great place for an intimate, romantic dinner. We loved all the dishes we ordered. Everything was cooked perfectly, presented nicely and tasted good. Between the two of us, we had their scallops, lamb, duck & ahi tuna (I think) and we were super happy with our choices. The portion to value ratio was good, between the 2 of us, with drinks included the bill came to about $150, which was not bad considering what we got. Definitely worth trying. =)

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Charm Modern Thai and Bar1269 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Charming but slow
Submitted Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 3:12pm [Dine in]

Came on a non busy night of the week and tried a few dishes that were quite flavourful and delicious. It was about a year ago since we've been to Charm and I don't really remember much that was memorable about it except that the food was good, service slow and location a bit hard to find. But it's just at the very end of Yaletown towards the Roundhouse. I do, however, recall it being quite charming, cozy and quiet, but that's about it. A good place to try out especially with an ebook coupon, plus it's on open table, so bonus! =)

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L'Abattoir217 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Hit a few good notes
Submitted Friday, February 4, 2011 - 11:05am [Dine in]

After reading good reviews in the Vancouver Magazine, we were eager to try this relatively new place in Gastown. At 7pm on a Thursday night, it was hopping & busy, but not packed- when you enter the restaurant, it's very cozy & warm and there are a few people greeting you so that was a nice welcoming feeling. We were promptly seated upstairs and while initially it feels small in the space, the tables extended further back than we thought. There's even a nice row of tables on the first floor in the back of the restaurant past the kitchen, which was also nice & cozy, but quiet. Only downside to those tables were they were located near the same corridor as the washrooms.
I thought our waitress, Yani was super friendly and very efficient. She explained the menu quite well and even though we only had the option of the dine out menu, there were still some add ons we could do for around $3-5 more. So both my husband and I started with the Poached egg, quinoa and swiss chard, homemade ricotta cheese, tomato sauce dish and it was quite delicious. Egg was cooked nicely and the combination of the tastes and textures of the other items in the dish were really good. It was a nice filling appetizer. While the appetizer came quite fast, it was nearly 20 minutes until our entrees arrived, which I thought took longer than expected. Yani came over to tell us that it was bit backed up in the kitchen and we were only one more ticket away from getting our food.
While we continued waiting, we found it hard to chat with the semi loud music in the background. As the restaurant got more full, we had to yell to each other over the noise of chatter & music. It didn't make for the most pleasant ambiance.
When our entrees did arrive, I was pretty hungry, so I said, "Finally." to the guy that brought our food, in which he replied, "Well, it's dine out y'know." Then after saying, "Enjoy, your meal" he just scurried away. I was a little bit taken back by his pseudo attitude, but let it go, because in reality they were pretty busy, serving
around 40 people in the upstairs area alone and probably another 15 downstairs, and yes it was dine out, but it made us wonder what it was like there during a regular night, would they be able to handle so many orders?
Anyways, we were drooling over our entrees and couldn't wait to try them. We were pleasantly surprised at the portion, it wasn’t very large, but also wasn’t very small; just right. My husband ordered their slow roasted loin of pork w/ cassoulet, brussel sprouts, and mushrooms; it was nicely cooked and had some delicious flavors. He really liked it. I opted for the Lamb Loin with sausage, celeriac, endive a la plancha. Very unique taste and combining it with the sauce and celeriac made a delicious first bite. Both entrees were done nicely, delicious, good portions and presentation, but I wasn't sure the extra $5 for the lamb loin was well warranted. We both thought that if it were just an a la carte option, each dish may have been better priced around $5 less, based on the portion size and what came with the dish.
We ended the meal with a Fizzy Lemonade and the Caramelized Bananas. The banana dessert was nice and not overly sweet. I loved the Fizzy Lemonade dessert made with blood orange sorbet, tapioca pearls and early grey granite. It was nice and sweet & sour, and cool & refreshing all at the same time. Definitely a yummy dessert.
Overall, L'Abattoir delivered a few good notes - the food quality and the portions were excellent, and our waitress Yani was great, but the poor attitude from the one server and the loud noise factor didn't quite make it a 100% great dining experience.

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I Love Sushi228 Schoolhouse St, #3, Coquitlam
Pretty Good
Submitted Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 5:24pm [Dine in]

A nice change from all the surrounding sushi places in the area. We enjoyed a few of their chef's special rolls such as the Energy Roll that has salmon, tuna, crab, cream cheese, avocado, & masago, the RJ Roll that has prawn tempura, yam topped w/chopped scallop, masago, the Spicy Mom Roll has prawn tempura, yam topped w/ Spicy Salmon & Tuna, and finally the Honey Roll-california roll w/ baked chopped scallop on top. All tasted great and great portions. Each roll was around $7-$8 but we were pretty happy with the choices & the prices. I wouldn't say they were the best sushi place out there, but the rolls are unique, and nicely made. The service is very friendly & efficient. This would be a great place to come before or after the movies next door at Silvercity.

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Come Along Seafood Restaurant2550 Kingsway, Vancouver
A Good Place for CNY Dinners
Submitted Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 5:04pm [Dine in]

The first time I ate here was for Chinese New Year last year, the food was very delicious and service pretty good. Also helped that we were friends of friends that were friends with one of the front counter people. I'd have to say everything was nicely prepared and we had a lot of food. Good starting platters, regular CNY food and there was this braised pork dish that was quite yummy. What I enjoyed the most were their desserts; a hot baked tapioca pudding and some clear water chestnut/wolfberry jello like dessert. A good, solid Chinese Restaurant for good chinese dishes. =)

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Roaming Dragon555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Love it
Submitted Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 11:04am [Dine in]

I was thinking about trying Roaming Dragon for quite some time after reading about them as the street cart food to try, but didn't know when I'd make it out to Kits beach in the summer to check them out. Imagine my delight to see them at one of the Vancouver Farmer's Markets! I also had a Groupon for $10 worth of food, so we were able to try 2 items each and we ended up ordering almost all the popular items on their menu: Fried Rice Balls, Korean Shortrib Tacos, Chicken Karaage, and the Pork Belly Sliders! All very unique and presented nicely. We enjoyed the Fried Rice Ball the most and you get 4 balls! There's no where to sit to eat, so we had to find a makeshift table at the side of the market by some kind of cement barrier. Oh well, I love street food so it was easy for us to keep eating and walk through the market. We also enjoyed the basil lychee iced tea, very yummy and refreshing. My favorite street cart food place so far. =)

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Chao Phraya Thai Restaurant2325 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Fallen down
Submitted Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 10:46am [Dine in]

I remember the first time I ever had my first taste of Thai food was at their Granville Island location. Their Tom Yum Gong Soup was the most insanely spicy thing I'd ever tasted and it basically numbed my tastebuds for the rest of the meal. But I remember the place being very fancy and food delicious. We even had a birthday party there a few years back and it was also very good. Fast forward about 10 years and we found out that they are now located on Cambie Street near Broadway, so we wanted to try it out. I think we used an ebook coupon. The food was not very good, service was bleh and the place was empty on a Thursday night or something. So sad - they weren't able to keep up the same level of food, service, value and ambiance as they did in Granville Island. Guess that's expected when they aren't authentically Thai. I heard most of the staff speaking Cantonese on my way to their dark and dingy bathroom, which was pretty gross. Will not go back for sure.

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My Greek Taverna946 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Dark, but delicious
Submitted Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 10:25am [Dine in]

Been here twice for Greek food and it's always busy and packed. Expect a bit of a wait for your table, for your order to be taken and for the food to finally get there. The first time we came for a group party and while the food and portions were quite good, the service was sloppy and slow. Guess they weren't ready that night for such a big group. Our second visit was with family and food was still delicious and big portions. Service was still meh. A great neighborhood place with reasonable prices, but sometimes poor attitude from the servers and I didn't really like the uber dark lighting.

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Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant4989 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
Solid Chinese Food
Submitted Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

Wintermelon Soup, Prawns, Peking Duck. A few of the great menu items at Western Lake. We've been here on a few special occasions for dinner and while busy all the time, the food gets to you in a timely manner and the waitstaff are friendly enough. It does, however, get packed during the dinner rush, so I'd recommend making reservations and going around when they first open. Once people start piling near the door, you know they will rush you right out of there as quickly as possible. Food is quite good and decent portion sizes. And it doesn't hurt the bank.

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McLean's332 Water Street, #200, Vancouver
Cozy & Lovely
Submitted Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 3:06pm [Dine in]

A small restaurant in the heart of gastown. Kept looking for Kirk Maclean but didn't see him. =( Made good use of our Groupon offer and tried their duck risotto and Aussie Buco - both cooked nicely and good flavours. We had a nice date night there. Their menu isn't very extensive, but the two things we ordered were quite nice. Will go back with friends for drinks and some yummy bites.=)

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Herons West Coast Kitchen900 Canada Place, Vancouver
Sunday Brunch
Submitted Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

A nice view, good location for Sunday Brunch, but I wanted more variety for the price we paid. I think my parents enjoyed it, but I felt it was missing something. Service was okay, restaurant large but cramped due to many people at the buffet which didn't cover a lot of area. I think I'd rather go to a smaller cozy venue that might have more pizazz and doesn't cost so much. =)

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Grand Dynasty Seafood Restaurant 金殿皇朝4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Grand but Too Pricey
Submitted Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

Tried this brand new Chinese Restaurant twice in the last month; once for a birthday dinner and once for Dim Sum. Both times, the food was delicious, service top notch and we left pleased with our dining experience. They have a few unique and good selections for dinner, but be prepared to pay. I wouldn't say it's super pricey but it's not super cheap either. The portions for dinner were reasonable and everything was presented nicely. For that birthday dinner for 6 people, the bill came to around $200 and we had many seafood items that we normally wouldn't eat at a regular dinner. The dim sum was very nice, all the usual dim sum dishes were cooked very nicely and it was fresh. We quite enjoyed the morning there. And the waiters/captains are very friendly, refilling the tea quickly and offering their Chinese New Year specials on the special cakes we could buy and take home. For 4 people, we ordered about 12 dim sum items, ranging from small to medium to large and some special items and the bill came to around $80! It was a lot for dim sum, but we really enjoyed it. I heard the chef hails from really good restaurants in Hong Kong so he's brought a high level of Chinese food to Vancouver. I think the only downside to this place was its location. Tucked in a corner next to the Grand Villa Casino/Delta Hotel, you wouldn't really know about it unless you saw their ad in the Chinese newspaper or you were frequenting the casino. The restaurant inside isn't very large, but the decor is gorgeous - a nice place to have a small intimate Chinese wedding banquet for sure. I'd say this is a very nice Chinese Restaurant, comparable to the good ones in Downtown Vancouver, and I'm glad that there's this option in the suburbs, but I would only go there on a really special occasion. I really hope that they can keep up the high standard of good Chinese food!

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Sushi Town2773 Barnet Hwy, #28, Coquitlam
Didn't stand out
Submitted Friday, January 28, 2011 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

Went here on a weekday evening around 5:30pm, so it wasn't super busy, so didn't have to endure the scary wait I heard so much about. Food was alright, but nothing super special; the awesome roll was not as advertised and all the other rolls reminded me of so many other places, but this place was more boring. I don't understand why so many people come here. Yes, it's cheap and fresh, but it needs more interesting menu items to get me to ever go back. Thank goodness there are way better sushi places in the lower mainland to choose from. Unfortunately, this place isn't it. =(

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Copa Cafe1175 Johnson St, #300, Coquitlam
Chinese on the slightly Cheep
Submitted Friday, January 28, 2011 - 4:09pm [Dine in]

HK style close to home. Can't go wrong with anything fried/baked/stewed here. It's open later so always good to come if you don't feel like cooking. Service is a hit and a miss, but you never leave hungry. I like some of their set menus, especially the one that comes with a dish of your choice and they throw in rice & soup on the side. This location has hosted many different HK Style places, but Copa has stuck out longer than most. It's a nice alternative if you don't want to drive out as far as Richmond for your fix of HK Style Cafe food.

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Bishop's Restaurant2183 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Great for any Special Occasion
Submitted Friday, January 28, 2011 - 4:04pm [Dine in]

This was a lovely place to have a small birthday dinner with my parents. The service is top notch and the food very delicious. Even my Dad enjoyed his salad and fish dish. I went with the beef and I think my husband and Mom tried their lamb that night. Great portions, flavour, and presentation. Don't be surprised by the prices - very high, but the food is worth it. I was most impressed with their attention to detail - my husband kept sneezing in the beginning of the meal, then next thing you know, a pack of tissue appeared at his side! It's a very romantic setting for couples, but I agree that it may be in need of a facelift. Overall a good fine dining experience. =)

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The2991 Lougheed Highway, Unit 130, Coquitlam
A really good Keg
Submitted Friday, January 28, 2011 - 11:21am [Dine in]

Fantastic new addition to this side of Coquitlam. A good centrally located Keg. Much better than their old location on the other side of the highway. Been here a few times with friends and family and it never disappoints. This new(er) location was nicely built and has a nice cozy ambiance inside. Service is friendly and pretty efficient. Can't go wrong with their prime rib and anything with surf n' turf. They even gave me a free chocolate lava cake on my birthday last year. That was a really nice surprise. Glad there's a steakhouse close by that won't break the bank. =)

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Cork & Fin221 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Chic & Chisai
Submitted Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 11:25pm [Dine in]

A lovely chic place in gastown oozing with cute chisai-ness about it. Literal translation is "small" in Japanese. Thought this would be a fantastic place to have a lovely date night with my hubby. On a clear, cold winter's evening, we made the stroll down gastown, admiring the eclectic shops along the way. Arrived at an unassuming front entrance nestled among other popular restaurants such as Irish Heather, L'Abattoir and Boneta. The street looked surprisingly bright and inviting, a far cry from its old school run down days. When you first enter Cork & Fin, it feels warm & inviting, very cozy. Voices and music surround this little cute brick walled restaurant. It was busy with a few empty tables. It did take a bit for anyone to come greet us, but soon we were seated in the downstairs dining area, which I thought would render quicker service, but we would soon learn that it was choppy thoughout the meal. I knew I would go ahead and try their dineout Vancouver selections, while my hubby pondered the list of seafood options. It was a bit sad to know that any vegetables or anything considered a side that would normally come with a meal was not included, so what you saw was what you got. The Fresh Shucked Oysters (Red Island & Sawmill Bay) with Champagne Mignonette was fresh, tasty, but super small. I wished there was more of it. My hubby's choice of their tomato & chilies clams was lovely but also a small portion. I really enjoyed the Negitoro Fatty Tuna Belly with Japanese Mayo and Rice Wine Vinegar, it had a nice taste & texture to it, not quite what I expected but it was very good with the toasted baguette. Our final "entree" more like "tapa" dishes: I had the grilled sirloin which was cooked very nicely and tasted great, and my hubby tried their albacore tuna dish, which he enjoyed. The apple and almond tart to round up the meal was also done quite nicely, but I wished for more of the pastry and a slightly larger portion. But I wonder if it's the norm in gastown to have such small portions? I loved the ambiance of this place, but the prices & portions didn't quite match.

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Six Degrees Lounge550 Denman Street, #100, Vancouver
A Coal Harbour Crime
Submitted Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 12:36pm [Dine in]

Came here for a birthday dinner on a Saturday night and the place was very empty. Only our table of 6 and one other table. It's located on a tucked away corner of coal harbour. So much potential to be a great restaurant, but unfortunately the food did not deliver. Bleh tastes of regular steak and seafood and nothing memorable. Such a shame to waste such a good location for this place. I imagine if they added some more flair to the service, food, and ambiance they could be let out for better behavior. =)

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