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KujiboWest VancouverSince March 10, 2007127 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
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Displaying 101 - 120 of 127 Reviews Found
Come for the breakfast food
Submitted Tuesday, May 8, 2007 - 1:04am [Dine in]

Well everyone should know what IHOP is about.

I only eat breakfast food here, no matter what time of day. Really I go for pancakes only. The all you can eat pancake special they have sometimes draws me in. I'd run away from the other "entree" food.

Service has actually been pretty good lately.

But yeah, you might want to stay away on the weekends around brunch time because IHOP gets pretty busy around that time.

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Applebees Neighbourhood Grill & Bar7155 Kingsway, #145, Burnaby
Riblets
Submitted Monday, May 7, 2007 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

Have been here several times but not lately.

The burgers are not too bad, they have some interesting creations. The main hook seems to be the "riblets". What are riblets anyway? One time we got the all you can eat riblets or something like that, and we ate piles of them. And the price was really cheap - it almost seemed like they screwed something up. Haven't tried much of the entrees, I usually shy away from fancy food served at not so fancy places and go for the pub food as that's what these places seem to do best.

It is family friendly.

Not much else to say, an average place that I am happy to eat at occasionally. Similar to TGIF, Kelsey's, but better.

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Trocadero Pizza & Steak House2411 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
Typical greek/italian fusion with good service
Submitted Monday, May 7, 2007 - 2:48am [Dine in]

This place took me back to my early days when I made a living saving for school working in a few places just like it. So it right away felt very familiar.

It looks like your typical family run business that tries to cover a few ethnic specialties at once (greek, pasta/pizza, steak, etc.) but comes up a bit odd on some of them because it's not focused enough.

I ordered myself an interesting pizza I had a craving for (anchovies, capers, garlic). I have to say I was quite happy with it, satisfied a craving I've had for quite a while. It just worked really well on their pizza. I think if I had ordered something different it might not have worked as synergistically. Personally I find the crust a bit dry, though I'm sure some will love it like that. Overall I'd give the pizza 4 stars.

The wife ordered the Kalamari. I'm not sure I'd really call it greek food, this is where the fusion comes in. The greek salad is just tomato and cucumber and an olive. The only side is tzatziki and garlic toast. No roast potato or rice. So it's not your typical greek fare, but it tasted fine enough. I give it 3 stars. I can actually get a better Kalamari plate at Pita King in the mall for half the price.

Service that evening was quite good, speedy, timely, and warm.

I'd actually give the place 3.5 stars if it let me. I can't give it higher as I've eaten at much better places that I would reserve 4+ stars for. Once place I worked at which is long gone was very similar, Dorian's Greek Taverna in Richmond. I've yet to find anything as good for food as it was. I miss that place like mom's home cooking (well what I imagine that must be like as my mom was a terrible cook).

I will probably return, mostly based on the service.

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Red Onion2028 41st Avenue West, Vancouver
Another overhyped place
Submitted Monday, May 7, 2007 - 2:19am [Dine in]

I've been seeking out suggested burger places lately. Hit Vera's last week and wasn't that impressed. Red Onion was surprisingly much less impressive (for a hamburger).

I thought the burger was absolutely nothing special. I mean it would rate near the bottom of any place I have been. Bland mustard sauce (I hate mustard on burgers). Cheese is shredded and all falls out when you try to eat it. Bacon I hardly tasted. Bland bun, meat nothing special. Iceberg lettuce instead of leaf lettuce. Bland bland bland. Again, I could easily make a burger this bland and I don't know how to cook. Two stars for it. By the time you add bacon and cheese you are also looking at almost $10 for just the bland burger with no fries.

They did however make a nice cajun chicken burger, which I find hard to find in this city. I was quite happy with this find and may go back for it if I have the craving. Real blackened spices, not just some hot sauce crap. Could have used a bit more of some creamy sauce to balance the cajun but I'll give it 4 stars.

Fries were just standard whatever bland fries, no seasoning. Well cooked though, which I like.

Service started out well but the waitress seemed to do everything she could to not look our way once we got our food even though she had to squeeze by our table 10 times. Other than that she was nice but I really don't like having to yell to get their attention after eating a basket of fries without a drink.

Ambience is that of a greasy diner.

I would never order another crummy burger from here, but I might go back to try some other things out. This is my second visit, the first was 20 years ago. Maybe in another 20.

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White Spot752 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Those @#$@ chairs
Submitted Sunday, April 8, 2007 - 1:11am [Dine in]

Yeah it's white spot you know what to expect. I've been getting the BC burger for 25 years and I still love it. This is one of the best burgers you can get - bacon, cheese, toasted simple bun, dripping in triple O sauce, and no sign of lettuce, tomato or any other kind of vegetable. As good as this burger is, you can't really stray from it and have a white spot burger stay tasty (lettuce and other stuff like it on a white spot burger is just wrong).

I have to admit I prefer the classic white spot before it turned into a milestones knock off. I think they went through a really ugly period over the last 10 years moving away from comfort food to whatever yuppie food it is now. I would say the quality of the new recipes is finally getting good enough to eat so they have turned a corner. It also seems like they finally figured out how to cook their fries enough about 5 or 10 years ago (I used to dread their pasty undercooked fries).

This particular location is not the best one. The ambience is conflicted as it's kind of half old and half new feeling. The thing I really hate is the few times I was seated in the atrium area, I found the chairs really uncomfortable. I think the reuholstering went terribly wrong as there are seams in them you end up sitting on.

I've been going to the Park and Tilford one lately and think it's a better in regards to (especially) service and ambience.

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Milestone's Grill and Bar1096 South Park Royal, West Vancouver
This location has been unlucky
Submitted Sunday, April 8, 2007 - 12:49am [Dine in]

I've been a long time milestone's fan and eaten at another Burnaby location many a time before moving close to this location.

What I really love about Milestone's is the food. They make some tasty stuff. My compliments to their executive chef. Their burgers have been one my favourites - though I must say it seems like they have tweaked them once in a while and I've actually thought they got a bit worse each time. They also used to have 7 different burgers and are now down to 3 or 4 - that is one my other complaints, they have a knack for removing my favourite items from the menu (andoulie sausage wrap, argh).

Now I would normally give milestone's higher marks than this review, but the several times I've been to this location the service has been below par, quite below in some cases. We pretty much stopped going which is a shame as I really do love the food. I never came close to the poor service we had here at the other locations. We'll try it again once in a while to see if it gets any better.

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Kelsey's1378 Main Street, North Vancouver
It's a shame
Submitted Sunday, April 8, 2007 - 12:30am [Dine in]

This place seems like it should be good at first arrival, but the food ultimately lets you down.

The burgers suffer a fatal flaw - no real sauce of any kind. No ketchup, no mayo, maybe just a bit of butter on the bun. It makes for one dry not so tasty burger. If you get one with enough toppings on it (cracked peppercorn burger) it becomes edible. TGIF serves their burgers the same way I think. I can't believe anyone would really like this.

The rest of the food is really not so good either. There a few reasonably tasty things here and there. It's funny, I go there 20 times and I ask what the soup of the day is, and the answer is always "butternut squash". That seems to explain how much they care about the food. The funny part is I gave up asking, and someone else with me did and they actually had something different that day (though it didn't taste very good)!

The place is nice enough inside, and the service is usually decent.

The only reason I've come back so many times is my daughter loves the place. Though she doesn't even eat the food half the time and doesn't care for the decor. She just wants the cheap trinket from the "treasure chest" that she gets to hunt through after her kids meal. The price you pay for a 10 cent toy.

I just think this place is unfortunate. I think it's owned by the same group who owns Milestones. If they can serve tasty food at Milestones, why not here? All that's really wrong is the food. It looks like they have poured lots of money into this place, spend a bit more and hire a better executive chef and actually run your recipes by focus groups (that have taste buds).

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Montana's Cookhouse20100 Langley Bypass, Langley
Good stuff
Submitted Saturday, April 7, 2007 - 10:20pm [Dine in]

The food here doesn't set me on fire, but it's good enough and it's my kind of food. What I really like is you can pick from a variety of sides with your meal and some of them are pretty good. I haven't had the fortune to be there when they have their all you can eat ribs specials so haven't tried that.

The building is nice and makes for good ambience and you can colour all over the paper on the table which my daughter likes.

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Olive Garden20080 Langley Bypass, Langley
I'm a sucker for the concept
Submitted Saturday, April 7, 2007 - 10:03pm [Dine in]

OK I'll say I'm mostly just a sucker for the non-stop salad (and bread sticks to a lesser degree). I find the salad very tasty, I like how it's all chilled and there is a Jalapeno in there. The pop is refillable which is a big plus for me.

The entrees themselves are not all so hot. Some are fairly tasty while some of their plain pasta is just not very good at all. It's nothing close to Anton's.

They seem to take their service fairly serious here. No real complaints here.

I like the building this place is in.

It's too bad there is only one and it's all the way out in Langley or we would go more often. Before the Langley location, we used to actually cross the border and drive to Bellingham the odd time to get our fix. Looking back that just seems retarded as the place isn't THAT good.

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Boston Pizza4680 Kingsway, #104, Burnaby
Sloppy Seconds
Submitted Saturday, April 7, 2007 - 9:34pm [Dine in]

The only time I've ever gone here is when the Red Robin next to it (or other restaurants nearby) were too busy. You can almost always count on never having to wait to get into BP. Which speaks volumes about the place.

The food is the worst part for me. Some people seem to like their pizza, personally, I don't like it, and it seems quite expensive.

The pasta is pathetic. Some of the sandwiches, fries, and other appetizers are passable. Really without good food there isn't much reason to go to a restaurant.

Service is decent enough most of the time.

Really the best thing I can think of is they at least have refillable pop, and they are open pretty late so if everything else is closed you have this option.

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Red Robin4640 Kingsway, #112, Burnaby
The good old days
Submitted Saturday, April 7, 2007 - 9:23pm [Dine in]

I started dining here 15 years ago and have been back hundreds of times. Most of those visits came in the first 5 years though.

The food is not too shabby for chain restaurant food made by kids who could probably care less. They have some quite tasty burger creations, much more interesting than the typical burger place. The rest of the menu is just so so.

Service is hit and miss, more miss in recent years than hit. Service was great there many years ago but something happened (I think they changed ownership) and it slid. I would say the service is better here than other locations I have visited (Capilano location has always been terrible for us).

My fondest memory of this place is how cheap it used to be back then - $6 for burgers, $3 for dessert. We used to eat a plate of nachos, have a burger, then sometimes even dessert (for about $20 including tip) - couldn't even eat half that much these days.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The4510 Still Creek Avenue, Burnaby
The best service
Submitted Saturday, April 7, 2007 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

We've eaten here hundreds of times.

My first advice is dine in the bar area (unless you are looking for something a bit more romantic or formal). I find the service you get is much better as it's a small open area and there are plenty of servers.

Out of all the many places I've ever eaten the top waitresses I've ever encountered worked here. Very friendly and they would never let your drink run dry. That's the main reason we went back so much. They must have a really good hiring and training program in place. When one of the gem servers moves on to another job it's a bit depressing. That said not all their servers are 5 star gems.

I have to admit I even had a terrible experience one time with my food I won't even get into that would have kept most people from coming back. But they dealt with it well how they do with any issue you have with them and it must have been some freak accident. My coming back shows how much faith I have in this place.

We mostly eat tapas style appetizers and bar food. The nachos keep me coming back, I'm addicted to them. If they only had their dinner menu I'd admit I'd very rarely go as it's pricy, not spectacular, and I'm not really a steak fan.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1342 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
What, I have to serve myself?
Submitted Saturday, April 7, 2007 - 8:21pm [Dine in]

I've only been here once, and it was a couple of years ago.

We ordered their second largest platter. At the time I found the food quite good. That's because I really love this style of food and it isn't that common around this city. Since our visit we've bought a slower cooker and I'd say we make tastier stuff than what we ate so now that I am spoiled I might knock the food down to 3 stars.

What kills this place for me is the service. Yeah you have to get it yourself. I really hate that and that pretty much rules us ever going back. Not that we don't want to, but when the wife and I are in the car heading out to eat, we always think of this place and ask each other if they want to be the one to go order the food, and we're like no, lets just go to earls. We are lazy and shy people and I expect to be served. We're just one step away from cooking it, and slow cooking is pretty damn easy so may as well do it at home. If they changed to having real service I'd go all the time. You could interpret their promised service as actually being pretty good that day as they did have some kind of person running around and she was friendly but I'll choose to say the non service is an issue in the hopes they change.

Ambience is pretty good as I like blues and the casual atmosphere.

If they had servers I'd give it a 4 overall but they don't so they get a 3.

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Westview Oriental Restaurant2601 Westview Drive, #108, North Vancouver
Bland
Submitted Saturday, April 7, 2007 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

We tried this place about a year ago. Ordered a dinner for two special.

I found the food very bland and tasteless. It's possible it's just a bland style of cuisine as I've eaten at other chinese restaurants that were almost as bland. Then again I've had other very tasty chinese food. I'm no chinese cuisine expert.

Service was so so. The funniest thing was the waitress was walking by and let out a big burp (she didn't even try to hide it). I've never had that ever happen while dining. It makes me wonder how well they handle the food and all that if they will do that in front of you.

Place was decent enough inside, some nice fish tanks.

It just seemed like completely watered down chinese food meant for non-chinese people. Yeah I'm not sure the north shore is a hot bed for good chinese cuisine but I have been to other much better places on the shore. I wouldn't repeat here. I mean even the name, "Oriental" restaurant doesn't seem very chinese.

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Pizza Hut906 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Hard to find better pizza
Submitted Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 2:29am [Dine in]

So I go here for the pizza and refillable pop. I wouldn't go near anything else on the menu such as pasta or wings so I don't really let them affect the ratings I give here too much.

The pan pizza is what it's all about. The crust is tasty, a bit greasy (a good thing), yet light and not too chewy. The rest of the pizza is pretty good too, albeit slapped together factory style. Toppings aren't ladled on thick but that's fine as that doesn't determine the taste of a pizza.

We sometimes get an edge or a 4 for all but it's not as good as a pan pizza. A ways back they had a limited time special pizza where the crust was 2 layers sandwiched between a layer of cheese. It was pure cheesy greasy goodness, best pizza I've ever had. I really wish they would bring it back.

I've worked in several pizza joints, been a pizza chef, tried deep dish in Chicago and still I think the pan pizza is near the top for taste. I'm sure there is something better out there somewhere I just haven't found it yet.

They also serve a weekday lunch pizza buffet for a low price. You can really fill up quickly on tasty pizza for cheap.

I'd say the service is the biggest issue with this location. Most of the waitresses seem disinterested in providing good service most of the time. There is one waitress there (the asian one) who is the complete opposite and is very good (5 stars for her).

The actual restaurant ambience layout is fine, reminds you of those old pizza diners you don't see many of now. The biggest detraction I usually notice is some of the fellow customers. It just seems to attract a strange variety of people that I'd rather not dine next to (complainers, young goofs, etc.).

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Pita King Mediterranean Food4567 Lougheed Highway, #732K, Burnaby
Very solid meal for fast food
Submitted Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 1:49am [Dine in]

The fast food you get here isn't much different than you would get in a greek restaurant. Unlike most of the other food court fare, you will feel like you had a good wholesome meal after eating here.

Myself I like the calamari or donair platters.

The Pita King chains seem pretty good overall and I have a hard time going to other similar places like Opa after eating here. This one seems like it's been run by the same family forever and they look greek enough to me.

I'd give them 5 stars but there is a bit of room for improvement. I'm not a fan of their pita bread, it's too thick, fluffy, and dry. I prefer it thinner and buttered. I don't believe their potatoes are fully roasted. I'm pretty sure they boil them and throw some kind of flavouring on later (they probably don't have room for a big oven so it's understandable?). While they are not bad I'm a sucker for a good roasted greek potato. Only other issue is you can end up waiting a bit if there is a line of people as there is more preparation involved with your order than some of the other joints there. I hate waiting in lines so I only get it when it's not busy. I don't think there is much they can do here though. They could also use a fountain pop machine.

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Cactus Club Cafe4219B Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Food, what food?
Submitted Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 12:27am [Dine in]

OK the food is alright. Of similar restaurants (Earls, etc.) the food at the other places I find better. A lot of their creations I just find not as appealing as they could be. Never been a big fan of their burgers or sandwiches. For me it's small things like the bread they use.

The service is the interesting part. Mostly attractive female servers, and mandatory retirement seems to happen at the age of 30. The odd male server. And that's the funny part, one time we showed up and the hostess was looking around where she could seat us. After a while she comes back and she's like "Is it OK if you have a male server? Or do you want to wait for another one?" I was with my wife at the time no less. We just thought that was so damn funny and pretty much sums up what this place is all about. While the service is alright it's not up to the level of Earls.

Ambiance gets high marks just for the pleasant views (not talking about outside the windows).

In summary I'd say this is like a lesser version of Earls, but unfortunately the prices are about the same so I think the value could be better.

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X-Site Grill and Bistro4625 Hastings St., Burnaby
Great Value
Submitted Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 11:45pm [Dine in]

The food is alright. As others have stated, the main issue is food coming with baked(?) potato chunks instead of fries. I hate those potatos they are so damn bland. If they changed this to fries or better yet gave an option for caeser or soup it would be totally awesome.

Service is OK. I think we've only ever had one server. She seems busy as that is probably how they keep costs down, but when she gets around to you she is quite pleasant. The restaurant description above says it's like cactus club, but really, the waitress(es) are not cactus club material =).

The main thing going here is the prices/value. I mean the prices could be from a menu from 10 or 20 years ago. I remember seeing ads of with their prices for years before I even went thinking this place might be scary at these prices. But it's fine.
I actually feel guilty eating at these prices. They have good drink specials too. If I didn't always have to drive or go back to work I'm sure I'd order myself pitchers of their specials just for myself.

The ratings I give are biased upwards based on the amazing value here. If these were cactus club prices, I'd actually say the place would be just OK then.

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Shark Club Bar & Grill, The4399 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Meh
Submitted Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 11:28pm [Dine in]

The food here is not too bad. Not great either. Just average.

The service varies depending on who serves you. We've been served several times by someone we'd rather never have serve us again, no charm at all. On the other hand some of the servers are great (we even knew one from another restaurant who gave really good service there too). I don't think management there cares to instill any great service in their employees.

Ambience is alright, nothing too special.

The one thing we like is that on a Friday at lunch there is almost always a table free here where there aren't at other restaurants around this area. That says something about the place.

Biggest issue I really have is it's really just a bit overpriced for an underwhelming experience, just not great value here. It's by no means terrible though and worth going to if there is no other option.

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Earls303 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
A trusted favourite
Submitted Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 6:59pm [Dine in]

I've been a regular of Earl's for the last 10 years. For the last year Tin Palace has been my location of choice. This review covers the cumulative experience at most locations.

We usually just eat burgers but will try appetizers, pizza, and entrees from time to time. We usually avoid the entrees because while reasonably tasty they are usually not filling. I guess I'm a big eater and don't like to leave feeling hungry and ripped. Anyway, the burgers are good and I particularly love their caesar salad. They have refillable pop which is almost mandatory for me to dine somewhere as I'm a pop addict.

Service is what particularly sets Earls apart from a lot of places. Last time we walked in, 6 hostesses opened the door for us (beat the previous record of 5). It was almost unnerving walking that gauntlet of pretty women. There must have been at least 40 people working, almost as many as customers. I'm not sure what half of them were doing. But you are rarely shorted on service, and they are professional and friendly. There's also not an unattractive or old one in the bunch - I always wonder what they do with the servers when they turn old - mandatory retirement at 35?

The restaurant itself is alright, mostly a big room. In the times I've been there I've never noticed any rowdy sports customers. I'm not one to enjoy a noisy restaurant myself and it's always been possible to carry a conversation. Keep in mind I always avoid peak times as I can't tolerate any wait to get in a restaurant. The best thing about the ambiance is the scenery, and I'm not talking about the view to the outside ...

I also am puzzled why Earls recently won a north shore "best family restaurant" award. This is anything but a family restaurant, in fact I think there was some recent article about Earl's even getting rid of their high chairs and such. That's fine with me though as I wouldn't want to bring my kid here nor would I want other kids there.

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