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kewpiebabyVancouverSince January 22, 2008200 Reviews
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3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.2)
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Sushi Mori2565 Barnet Hwy, #26, Coquitlam
Eating for Ambiance
Submitted Monday, March 23, 2009 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

When you first walk into Sushi Mori, you are taken away by the gorgeous Japanese Garden decor. It feels really welcoming and warm. We went on a Friday evening to meet with friends for dinner. No one greeted us at door and after several minutes, finally someone came but didn't say "Hi" or anything. Even fellow patrons that were waiting said that no one had acknowledged them at all. When I told the waitress we had reservations for 7pm, she looked confused and quickly went back to the back counter to check and brought back menus to lead us to our reserved booth.

It took forever for the waitress to come back to take our drink orders or food orders. The only time we would see someone was when they plopped down the food and walked quickly away. Also, they never brought us any tea until towards the end of the meal, when they asked if if we needed anything else!

Anyways, the food was yummy but not overly wowing. We ordered several special rolls such as the Catapillar Roll, Geisha Roll, Happy Mango Roll, and the Yam Roll. We also had the Spicy Tuna Sashimi, Agedashi Tofu, Tempura and Seafood Udon. The rolls, while large, were only alright. The Catapillar Roll and Happy Mango Roll were simply California Roll with a different topping. The Geisha Roll was the most unique with radish and beef mixed with some other different ingredients. The Seafood Udon was quite yummy too. I think their cooked dishes may have been better than the sushi because I noticed many tables ordering those items.

We've been to the Sushi Mori in North Vancouver, (not sure if it's owned by the same people) but that location is a lot smaller and service from beginning to end is extremely inviting and friendly. I think Sushi Mori Coquitlam really needs to have more staff on a busy Friday night to meet their customer's needs in such a large restaurant space.

A gorgeous Japanese restaurant with a lot of potential, but they must work on their service and keep it consistent.

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Thai Garden555 Clarke Road, #5, Coquitlam
Quickest Delivery Ever
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 11:27am [Dine in]

We used to eat in with our ebook coupon here and it was decent Thai "flavored" food - good portions, yummy and we were always full. They could work a bit on their ambiance though. Everything in the restaurant looks a bit run down and in desperate need of a facelift. We recently got their flyer in the mail and learned that they do delivery! Has to be a minimum of $15 and within 5 kms! So we ordered a Thai Chicken and Curry Beef and was told that the delivery would take 45 mins to arrive. Around 20 minutes later, our doorbell rang and the food had arrived! I was very impressed and our order was piping hot!! Thai Garden is not authentic Thai, cuz you can tell in the flavour of the dishes and most of their staff are Chinese, but for a local neighborhood restaurant closeby, I'm quite happy! =)

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Ciao Bella Italian Restaurant703 Denman Street, Vancouver
Bravo for Bella!
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 11:21am [Dine in]

Very cozy and cramped restaurant, but it's saved by 50% off pastas on Tuesdays. We went on a late Tuesday evening and was seated at a very small table for 6 people. Most of my party ordered a pasta dish with the exception of 2 regular entrees. The pasta portions are huge and yummy. We even got to use our ebook card and the waitress ended up taking off most of the pasta costs, so it was a great deal especially with the Tuesday promotion. Yay! =)

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No. 1 Beef Noodle House4741 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
Second Best
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 11:17am [Dine in]

A good place to come for an afternoon snack, but avoid it during the lunch rush - always no parking and no tables! The noodle, soup and meat is decent, but nothing overly spectacular. I was a bit overwhelmed with the drink menu - all 16 pages of it! What to order? Maybe next time I'll fork over the $4/5 for one of the drinks. And always remember to bring cash!

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Golden Boot, The1028 Ridgeway Ave, Coquitlam
Cozy
Submitted Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 4:45pm [Dine in]

Yummy homemade pasta + close to home + ebook coupon - yay! We come here every now and then when we feel like homemade pasta. Always fresh and tasty. Place is very tiny but cozy for two. I've tried the linguini and penne and sausages, delicious. Worth a try! Great neighborhood joint for pasta for sure!

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Gambrinus707 Queensbury Ave., North Vancouver
Good portions
Submitted Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

It took us several attempts to find this restaurant because we didn't know it would be in the middle of a residential area. Thank goodness for GPS! Very tasty pasta, good portions and good service. Bonus ebook coupon! Can't go wrong. The specials are pretty yummy too. They aren't located in a well lit area, but once you find it, you'll be back for more.

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Legendary Noodle4191 Main Street, Vancouver
Lacks something...
Submitted Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 4:39pm [Dine in]

We came here on a Tuesday evening and tried one beef noodle and one with preserved veggies and beef. Solid noodles, good meat and soup, but it didn't WOW me. The decor is kind of grubby and dark but it's probably a good local joint since it's not a very large place. Price wasn't too bad but my overall experience there wasn't memorable. =(

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant1163 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Fancy, Smancy, Pricey
Submitted Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 4:35pm [Dine in]

This is probably the nicest and largest dim sum place in Coquitlam, but too pricey in my opinion. Very nice restaurant to bring friends and out of town guests, but that's about it. My in-laws love coming here, but I'm not a big fan. When Kirin Cambie first opened back in the day, it was very popular because of the high quality of food and service. Unfortunately, both locations have not been able to maintain either. I hear the new Kirin near the Queensborough Bridge is pretty good tho.

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Lucky Gate1139 Austin Ave, #2, Coquitlam
Lucky Gate is Lovely
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

This is our favorite place to go for yummy noodles and dumplings. Everything is very fresh and it's fun to watch them hand toss the noodles. We also love the lamb hot pot, fried bread, and the Szechuan Green Beans, but be super careful not to bite on the spices cuz it will numb your tongue! =) Always friendly service, excellent portions and it tastes really delicious. Definitely worth many visits, but it's not a very large place so make sure you go early!

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Parkside1906 Haro St., Vancouver
Almost Perfect
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 10:04am [Dine in]

For our last DOV of 2009 we tried Parkside because their menu looked really good.
It wasn't an easy place to find - hidden in the residential area on Haro Street. Very quaint and romantic were my first thoughts upon entering this establishment. We were seated at a table in the corner, which I liked instead of being sandwiched between other patrons. The waitress was friendly enough, but seemed impatient when we hadn't really decided what to order since I went into the restaurant first, while my husband went to find parking. (In the 5 minutes after he sat down, she came 3 times to take our order) Our DOV choices included the Boudin blanc w/ salad of apples, celery, walnuts, endive, green grapes, Gulf prawns w/orange, fennel, pork cheek bacon, black olive, Saddle of rabbit w/mushroom duxelles, petit pois, Parmesan sauce, the Medallions of red deer w/celeriac purée, glazed chestnuts and salsify, farro, spiced wine poached pear. Our desserts included the sorbet and the lemon tart brule. Everything was really delicious. The combination of textures & tastes was done really well and presented nicely. My only complaints were the side dishes to the saddle of rabbit were a bit salty and the deer at first bite was a bit too tender. However, overall the portions were great and the hot out of the oven fresh bread? WOW! I think it's the first time I got bread that was still steaming from the oven! I loved the sorbet and it's different flavors. A great way to end our DOV experience this year. And the rabbit went really well with a glass of their Blue Mountain Gamay Noir-yummy! Parkside was almost perfect, but I can't figure out what was missing...perhaps some more lighting would have been nice. We do like to see what we eat & not squint at each other in the dark. =)

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Maji1175 Johnson Street, 360, Coquitlam
Cool for Coquitlam
Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

Tried Maji for a late lunch and it was pretty good. The place is nicely decorated and spacious. We got to sit in the boat shaped booths-pretty comfy.

We ordered the Hand Made Gzoya, Volcano Roll, and Chicken Yakiudon. In additional to all that, they brought us Yam Tempura Fries, Japanese Salad, Salmon Tataki and the Tropica Pearl dessert all the house! It was such a nice surprise.

The service was fabulous - they really know how to make you feel welcome. Tea was always refilled quickly and they always made sure we were comfortable throughout the meal.

The Gyoza was tasty but the portion a bit small. I thought the mango for the Volcano Roll was actually in the roll, but it was just california roll covered in a mango sauce. Otherwise it was good, but not super wowing. The Chicken Yakiudon was tasty but a bit too sweet to my liking.

I am glad that they showed us their other offerings. I would definitely go back with a group of friends to try out more stuff for sure.

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Gastropod1938 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Gastropod gives 100%
Submitted Friday, January 16, 2009 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

For our first DOV of 2009 we went to Gastropod and had an amazing time. Located in a fantastic location at W 4th near very cool & unique shops, we walked into a warm cozy room & greeted immediately. The restaurant space is small but there is enough space between tables so you don't feel super cramped.

The service was excellent from beginning to end; bread tray filled immediately & our water glasses full all throughout the dinner. Our waitress was exceptional & genuinely friendly without being overpretentious at all. The time between each course was great - no lag time at all. I think Chef Gordon Ramsay would be proud of Gastropod's well timed dinner service. =)

Food - absolutely wonderful and unique. We started with the Sweet Onion Veloute and it was so velvety smooth & delicious. I just wished there was more. The Beef Tartare was divine - interesting textures and a taste like no other. From the interesting sauces to the awesome different tastes of each bite, we really enjoyed the appies. For entrees I went with the Pork shoulder and my hubby had the Beef ragu. Both excellent dishes; good portions and delicious flavours. The pork was cooked perfectly - not dry and not too juicy, but to a point that you could really taste the full flavour of the meat. The hollandaise foam, crushed fingering potatoes & crispy shallots were perfect combinations to a wonderful dish. Even the spinach was fantastic - nice, green & tasty ( I don't think I've ever had such a vibrant green spinach before.) The Beef Ragu was great - the combination of beef, parpadelle, parmesan, roasted veggies and mustard green brought a flavour of home and warmth. We were both pretty full by the end of our entrees, which we didn't think possible given the misleading small size of our neighbours dishes when we first sat down. The portions we received were excellent and we enjoyed every flavour.

To end the meal, we tried the Chocolate Fondant & the spiced hot chocolate. The chocolate fondant should definitely be renamed "A taste of heaven." A melt in your mouth & in your heart experience. It was worth every bite. I just wished I had savoured it for a bit longer. =) The Spiced Hot Chocolate was very interesting - spicy hot chocolate accompanied by a gingersnap pumpkin ice cream sandwich, very tasty!

Overall Gastropod was AWESOME - but go and judge for yourself. I can't wait to go back for more. They offer a regular prix fixe menu that also sounds extremely delicious. =)

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Abigail's Party1685 Yew Street, Vancouver
Did the Chef run away?
Submitted Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 9:41am [Dine in]

I was mildly disappointed last night when I finished my dinner at Abigail's. It was only last October I was just there enjoying a very yummy dinner. What happened??

We went on a Wednesday night around 6:45pm and it was dead quiet. We were the only table. It wasn't until 7pm that there were more customers. I guess it's busier on a Friday night when we were there last. It was more vibrant and exciting last time.

They've done a complete revamp of their menu and they no longer offer the same dishes we had last fall. It's too bad, they were quite delicious.

So we placed our orders without drinks this time and the waitress seemed a bit annoyed, but it wasn't one of those nights that called for a drink. I ordered the Big Al's Beef Burger-Spring Creek beef, Yukon gold focaccia, aged cheddar, double smoked bacon, garlic aioli, butter lettuce, crispy onions, fries & pea shoots
The only thing that saved this meal was the tasty poutine that I subbed for the fries. However, the taste of the entire dish was bland and boring. The meat patty was huge but lacked the wow flavor that I had experienced before. My hubby ordered the House-made Ricotta Gnocchi-Braised Grande Prairie bison ragu, Italian parsley salsa verde, shaved pecorino. The sauce was yummy but man the portion was small! And he went home with a stomachache so that was not good.

The "chef" kept coming in and out of the restaurant all throughout the prep of our meal - I think for a smoke because he was drenched head to toe from the rain outside. I thought it was hilarious because he must've gone outside at least 3 times in the 15 minutes that we waited for our meal.

I don't know who decided to change the menu, but I think it was a huge mistake on their part!

All in all, probably a good place for drinks and a small bite, but not for a full meal. There are definitely other places nearby that can offer you more.

I do hope they bring back their tastier dishes otherwise it will be a dead quiet night every night. =(

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HKYK Seafood Hot Pot Restaurant4260 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Dim Sum is Fantastic
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 12:15pm [Dine in]

I've never had the hotpot here, but the dim sum is awesome. Always piping hot and pretty delicious. It can get busy here, but if you come before the lunch rush, it's not bad. The BBQ pork bun is big and the Prawn dumplings are a good size. We are always given a large round table even for 3 people! The bill came to around $30 for around 7 dishes - not the cheapest by far, but the dim sum is fresh and tasty. I know there are cheaper $2/dim sum places out there, but I like not feeling super rushed and in a cramped space for dim sum. It's worth coming here for dim sum for sure. =)

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Hollywood Steak House8080 Leslie Road, #110, Richmond
Hollywood hits some notes
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

The only place in Richmond that will have seating cuz it's off the beaten track. The service there is great and friendly. I had the mentioned Chicken Fried Rice and it wasn't too bad - yes, a bit on the oily side (as with most HK places) but it was still yummy. Perhaps I was just too hungry to notice that day. =) Most of their hot plate and spaghetti/meat dishes are pretty good. My hubby always has the lamb/beef with spaghetti and it's pretty good. The coffee/tea drinks that come with the meal are good too. Not overly awesome, but pretty good for the price. At least the place is a lot cleaner than Kam Do I think.

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
I never did understand the massive lineups
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 11:58am [Dine in]

Back in its heyday the price was better and food tastier. Now it's not too bad - good sauce, good portions (always HUGE), and pretty warm and cozy restaurant. You always know who has gone to Anton's by the sheer volume of people with take out boxes on the 135 bus! =) I went for the first time after many many years at around 9pm on a Thursday night and phew, no lineup! Was seated right away and ordered my pasta dish - the wait was not long and food was piping hot. I had leftovers for lunch the next day so that was nice. I don't really have a memorable dish, but at least I went home very full. =)

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Jupiter Cafe1216 Bute Street, Vancouver
A good Friday after work joint
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 11:51am [Dine in]

Not the easiest place to find off of Davie street - perhaps that's why it was so dead quiet on a Friday evening on a summer day! But tons of seating! We had about 12 people after work and can't go wrong here - massive patio and decent pub grub. The guys were happy with the beer and us gals enjoyed the coconut crusted prawns, yam fries, nachos, wings, & pizza. The service is kinda slow, but it's not bad if you are just chilling for after work drinks. Worth going back!

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Kefi Greek Kouzina100 Schoolhouse St, #102, Coquitlam
Kefi is Good
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 11:45am [Dine in]

I liked their fresh Greek Salad & the huge combination plate. The portions are very decent. It's not a very hip and happening place, but it's close by, yummy and even better, now it's in the ebook! It's not a bad place to check out before or after a movie at Silvercity next door. A greek place with lots of potential. So far so good in my books. =)

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Alpha Global Sushi & Bar1099 Richards St, Vancouver
Alpha gets a slight A for Effort
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 11:39am [Dine in]

I went here with a friend after his over the top recommendation. Upon entering the restaurant, you are greeted almost right away. It's a room with large square tables - I didn't it find it overly special as some other Japanese restaurants. The Pink Holiday drink I got was pretty unique and tasty. Food-some unique, some just plain boring. The Vancouver roll was just simply California Roll enveloped in smoked salmon - tasted bland. The Agedashi tofu was pretty good - a good combination of sauce and fish speckles on the top. Their very interesting Natto Bomb is definitely an acquired taste. The waiter was nice enough to bring me a small spoon sample to try first. That little bite was my last. =) But I know some people like it. The Alpha Roll, while presented gorgeously, was unfortunately boring - it was also just california roll mixed in with some mango with tobiko on top of the roll. I was hoping for more of a twist, but perhaps my friend had recommended the wrong rolls to order. The Italian spring roll was tasty but too cheesy for my liking. Finally & thankfully I had the 2 best dishes - The Chicken Karaage is probably the best in Vancouver and the Potato Croquette was very yummy. Overall only an OK experience and kinda pricey - I'd rather stay at Guu, even though it's cramped and loud there. =)

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Jade Seafood Restaurant8511 Alexandra Road, Richmond
A Definite Gem
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 11:25am [Dine in]

This place was a surprise - really good chinese food in a great location and the service was not bad. I took my Mom here last May for mother's day. It was a last minute reservation, but they managed to squeeze us in. We ordered a pre-set menu of sharkfin, abalone, crab, fish, & chicken. It also came with a yummy dessert consisting of dates and longan-very healthy! The food was delicious and we really anjoyed ourselves. Of course for that type of chinese food there is a price to pay. =)

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