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kewpiebabyVancouverSince January 22, 2008200 Reviews
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3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.2)
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Pearl Castle3779 Sexsmith Road, #1128, Richmond
No Pearl drinks for me...
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 1:56am [Dine in]

...but the food is pretty solid. That is if you order the hotpot meals that comes on a tray with a smokin' hot pot/dish of whatever meat/sauce selection. It comes with rice/noodle and some kind of asiany yummy tasting jello. Can't go wrong for less than $10. Of course with ANY chinese place in Richmond, always remember to bring cash and anticipate a wait - to get in and for your food. The ambiance was nice and well lit. The seating is tight and it reminded me of being in most restaurants in New York, where I'd be literally shoulder to shoulder with my neighbor and pretty much hear their entire conversation. =) Overall, not a bad place to go to in the middle of the week. I'd most likely stay away on the weekends though. We did end up trying some drinks - a red bean slush and the blue baby, which was a green colour, not blue. The drinks are not bad, but I have yet to try some more cuz I'm not really a huge BBT fan. Oh well - I do like their hotpot dishes!

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Cumpari Gelato & Caffe535 North Road, Coquitlam
Cumpari really not that Cool
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 1:38am [Dine in]

I've been here a few times but nothing truly stands out other than it is close by and has large tables. I tried the Mango cheesecake, Blueberry Cheesecake, Snowflake cake, the Chocolate Hazelnut cake, & some kind of apple pie looking thing that was nuked in the microwave. The cakes are only meh and coffee alright. Did I mention pricey? But the Strawberry Gelato and Pistachio Gelato are pretty good. It is cool that Tri-Cities has a place like this, but it baffles me to why - I've had far better cakes and gelatos elsewhere.

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Suzette's Deli501 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
Super Soup & Sandwiches
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 7:55pm [Dine in]

For those that work in the downtown core, this is by far one of the best sandwich places - good portions and very tasty. I always enjoyed the selections and service when I went for lunch there. They also do catering - and the prices are decent. The lunchtime rush is crazy busy but once you get your food you won't be disappointed.

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Old Bavaria Haus, The233 6th St, New Westminster
Our Annual Summer Treat
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 7:42pm [Dine in]

We've been coming here for the past 2 years - always around July and it never disappoints! Sitting outdoors on a summer day with German beer is awesome! We usually order bratwurst and schnitzel, & the combination dinner. The Spatzle is wonderful. The goulash, while small is delicious! An ebook favorite! =)

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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
Diva does magic
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 7:20pm [Dine in]

Even though it's been several years since my very first visit to Diva & it was back in the day I didn't know about dinehere to submit any kind of review, Diva still sticks out in my mind as one of the best restaurants I've ever eaten at. From beginning to end, everything was wonderful - service, food, presentation all top notch! It's not a very large place, but I remember it being warm, cozy and inviting. Hmm, perhaps it's time to go back for some more magic. =)

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Morton's of Chicago, The Steakhouse750 W. Cordova Street, Vancouver
At least try it once
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 7:14pm [Dine in]

My first encounter with Morton's was several years ago but to this day the only thing that was memorable about the meal was the yummy baked potato! We took advantage of the coupon for 2 - some special that allowed you to have a three course meal. I too, wasn't overly impressed when they brought out the meal and veggies tray and a slightly diappointed when I had the actual meal - I don't remember the meat being that good - but Morton's was so hyped up back in the day. Perhaps now it's better, I don't know, but it never hurts to try it at least once just so you can say you did. =)

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Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.1876 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Fantastic Lasagna!
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

Initially I went to try the flatbread and man was that delicious! But what blew me away was the lasagna - completely organic and homemade, soo incredibly yummy! You could taste the difference in their fresh and wholesome ingredients! I love the decor - all across the walls are tidbits about what they put into their food.
I also admire their comittment to the community & promoting healthy eating and lifestyles. Best part is they are now in the ebook!! Definitely a place worth checking out. =)

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
Pretty Delightful
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

I read about Hawker's Delight in this year's Vancouver Food & Drink Guide and figured I'd try it out. The storefront is kind of hard to see driving by and it is literally a hole in the wall - very run down decor and stark tables & chairs. But once you look beyond that, everything else is not bad. The lady that took our order at the front was super friendly and I liked how you could just order off the massive pictured menu above at the front. We tried 3 dishes - the hainanese chicken, the mee siam and laksa. All good portions & tasty. And man, you can't go wrong for less than $5 for each dish! It is a small casual neighborhood joint, so don't expect fancy dishes or decor. What you can expect is pretty yummy food just like the hawker stalls in Singapore! But I think the stalls in Singapore are way cleaner! =)

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Ba Le Sandwich Shop633 Main Street, #121, Vancouver
Best Sandwiches ever!
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

I've been going to Be Le Chinatown since I was 12 years old and it never ever disappoints. I can buy several sandwiches, take them home, toast them up again and it's still amazingly delicious! I can't really differentiate the menu names cuz it's all in Vietnamese, but anything with ham and jalapenos is awesome! I think there's also one with a combination of all sorts of meat that is great too. I love the pickled carrots it comes with - mmm, soo good! But yea, not a place to eat in. Just take it to go and you'll keep going back for more! =)

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Shanghai River Restaurant7831 Westminster Hwy., #110, Richmond
Shanghai River is solid
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 5:18pm [Dine in]

Overall the food is good - the Tam tam noodles are yummy. The service is on the border of good and bad, depends on who is at the front, but the past 2 visits haven't been too shabby. However, beware of booking a reservation on busy chinese holidays - they are extremely rude and unaccomodating. All I wanted to do was add 2 more people to my party of 6 and they had massive freak out session. To think that more people=more food=more money for them? Jeez! Oh well, a good Shanghainese restaurant, but not overly wow-ing.

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Top Shanghai Cuisine Restaurant8100 Ackroyd Rd, #120, Richmond
They've fallen from the Top
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

When Top Shanghai first opened back in the day, their food was amazing! I didn't even mind the super insanely long wait. The past 3 times I've tried to go there, it was a crazy zoo! I think it was a relatively quiet Monday night, but the place was packed as usual. I took a number and waited patiently. There was no one in line with me at all. I saw 2 tables of 4 finishing up and after the extremely rude waitress told me that she didn't know how long the wait would be, I just assumed I'd be the next one for one of those tables. But no, someone "with a reservation" got those tables. After another 10 minutes, she still couldn't tell me how long. It was ridiculous! Then by the time the next party arrived, it was clear that they too didn't have a reservation, but got seated before me! Did I miss the passing of some kind of money between her and the waitress? Alternatively instead of taking wishy washy reservations, they should just seat in order of arrival, and know how long the wait is and communicate that to their customers, rather than be snotty about it. I agree with a previous post that they shouldn't be called Top anything. You're better off going to Shanghai House or Shanghai River. The food and service is way better!

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St. James's Well248 Newport Drive, Port Moody
You can always count on St James
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 4:57pm [Dine in]

This place is fantastic for a "quick" bite and drink with close friends. The pub fare is decent and we always leave full. However, every single time we go, it's insanely packed, so another place with a long wait. I'd recommend the pie and soup - delicious! The fancy booze isn't cheap, but can't go wrong on the beer! =)

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Biercraft Tap and Tapas Bar1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Stella's is super
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

It was quite a while back when I went to Stella's for the very first time. I quite enjoyed the beer and food. It's an excellent place to just chill and catch up with friends. Be prepared for an extensive wait if you have a group of 4 or more, but definitely worth the wait. The place is hopping and happening. Will be back for more. =)

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Okoman Japanese Restaurant3355 North Road, #100, Burnaby
Okoman is a bit odd
Submitted Monday, November 10, 2008 - 10:14am [Dine in]

Went here on a Sunday evening. Tons of parking and tons of tables inside. There was just us and another table of 8 so not busy at all. Even with the trusty call button at the table it took forever for the waitress to come. The tea was nice and atmosphere decent - reminded us of the way Nagano looks.

So we decided to order a few basic Japanese dishes like the Chirashi Don and Nabeyaki Udon because we like to gage a Japanese restaurant based on these easy to make dishes. Even a Korean run Japanese place should be able to make these simple dishes. We also ordered an Alaska Roll, it was yummy but nothing spectacular. I like the Alaska Roll from Sushi California much better.

So after a good long 25 minutes our food finally arrived. The Nabeyaki Udon was yummy, good soup and noodles but missed the usual tempura shrimp that's supposed to come with it. The Chirashi Don was the most interesting. Normally it all comes in one bowl with rice on the bottom and all the sashimi on top. The waitress brought us a huge bowl with a bit of rice and a bottle of spicy sauce. Then a few minutes later, she brought the sashimi part of it on a plate! It was so weird because the sashimi was cut up into tiny pieces and plated with salad! So we tried it and it was only okay...kind of felt a bit gypped cuz it was such a small portion of sashimi and we were used to much larger portions elsewhere. I guess you get for what you pay for. =)

All in all a nice clean place to hang out with friends, but not sure I would go back - the food is very odd.

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Lolita's South of the Border Cantina1326 Davie Street, Vancouver
Lolilta's kind of a letdown
Submitted Monday, October 27, 2008 - 3:41pm [Dine in]

After hearing some good reviews from friends, I decided to go try Lolita's on a Thursday night. It was busy and packed but we got a bar seat no problem.
It possesses the same ambiance as Bin 941 - very cramped but with slightly more room than Bin, but I can't say the same for the food.
The service was meh - I think they are nicer to you if you order anything alcoholic! The food was only okay. The Paella nicely presented but didn't taste good. The tacos were interesting but nothing wowed me.
I think this is a nice place for funky drinks and quick bites but not for an authentic Mexican meal. Your better off with places like Pepita's, Andale, Las Margaritas and anything on Commercial Drive!

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Banana Leaf820 West Broadway, Vancouver
Boo for Banana Leaf
Submitted Monday, October 27, 2008 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

I was always a huge fan of Banana Leaf - I would always bring friends for their yummy dishes like Rendang Beef, Hainan Chicken, Sambal Greens, Roti Canai, Satay, Curry Lamb & Tiger Prawns. The service was always so wonderful and food delicious for the past 20 odd years. I had lunch there recently and went home extremely disappointed. Everything tasted bland and boring and lost it's usual flair. I don't know if there is a different chef for lunch, but I do recall dinner there being much better. I think that having 3 locations now makes it a lot harder for them to maintain their quality and taste. Back in the day they used to be this tiny place with a warm family feel. If you like Malaysian cuisine, you're better off going to places like Tropica (but only the Robson location) - at least you'll go home happy.

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Jaime's Bistro Restaurant136 Broadway East, Vancouver
Jaime's is Tasty
Submitted Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 11:16am [Dine in]

The first time I heard about this place was in a DOV review group on facebook. It was in the category of unknown gems of Vancouver. And this is truly a must try gem. The dishes are yummy and unique. I can't remember the names as they are all in Filipino, but we managed to try their early specials so we got a total of 4 dishes to try. They were quite tasty and we left quite full. The owner was extremely warm & friendly. I think his name is Arthur. The food and service is excellent. The only downside is the constant karaoke - during your meal, there is always someone singing. Luckily Arthur has a beautiful voice. =)
And be prepared to sing if you feel you're in a mood for it! =) A great neighborhood joint for sure!

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Thai Cafe4160 Hastings St, Burnaby
Authentic Thai
Submitted Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 10:19am [Dine in]

Can't find a more authentic place in Vancouver- the food is very close to many dishes I've tried in Thailand. And the entire staff is Thai. The portions are great and the taste - delicious! My hubby read a good review of Thai Cafe in the Vancouver Sun so we had to go try it out. Glad we did - definitely going back for more. Pad Thai here is the best! Places like Thai House should watch out - Thai Cafe is awesome! =)

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Boathouse Restaurant, The2770 Esplanade Ave, Port Moody
Boathouse for Brunch
Submitted Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 10:13am [Dine in]

Great location, okay service and decent brunch. It was nothing to write home about, but the portions were large and filling. Most of the seating faces the water so on a nice sunny day the view is spectacular. I haven't heard a lot of great things about dinner, but would like to give it a try in the near future. A good place that has a lot of potential...they just have to keep the food-value-service consistent.

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Bogart's Chophouse & Bar1619 West Broadway St., Vancouver
All about the Meat
Submitted Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 9:59am [Dine in]

Bogart's is a great place to go for steaks. That's what they are all about. My hubby & I went and had the sirloin and ribeye - both cooked and seasoned perfectly. It's not a fancy meal but well worth it, especially with that entertainment book coupon. The hostess was extremely friendly and we got to sit in one of the large booths by the front, so that was a nice treat. =) A good alternative to Earl's on a Friday night for sure. =)

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