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KujiboWest VancouverSince March 10, 2007127 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (3.1)
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Pizza Factory730 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
You get what you pay for
Submitted Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 2:36am [Dine in]

We ordered the 3 large 2 topping pizza take out special which is only $22. That's obviously pretty cheap for 3 large pizzas.

Now I do consider myself a bit of a pizza guru after working a few years in various pizza joints and eating way more than my fair share of different pizzas. I'm open to different types of pizza from thick and greasy to thin and light.

This pizza just didn't do much for me though. It's certainly edible. Heck you'd be hard pressed to find a pizza I can't appreciate. The biggest problem is the crust. It's thick, dry, chewy, and bland/floury tasting. Pizza crust shouldn't be a centimeter thick. Combined with the not so thick sauce/toppings and the pizza is pretty much 90% crust. I don't mind chincy toppings but it doesn't work on a pizza crust this thick. There was the odd bite of pizza that wasn't too bad if it had enough sauce and toppings on that part.

While I wouldn't refuse to eat this pizza, I'd say even chuck e. cheese quasi-pizza is tastier. I'd put it 2nd from the bottom of the list, ahead of Dominos.

The place itself looked like a typical pizza takeout dive.

Now even though I give the place only 1 star for food, the pizza is cheap so there is some value. Like if I knew 10 kids were coming over and they wanted pizza and I was short on cash, I might still order from here. Kids wouldn't know any better.

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Thai House Restaurant116 W Esplanade, North Vancouver
Good Lunch Buffet
Submitted Monday, March 19, 2007 - 4:02am [Dine in]

I ate dinner at various Thai houses a few times many years ago. Honestly I felt ripped off as we'd pay $40 for two, get a few dishes, and leave not being terribly satisfied.

The we discovered their weekend lunch buffet. I've been to it many times now. For a pretty cheap price, you get your pick of about 20 or 30 dishes. I don't actually like most of the dishes, but I just love their curries and a few other items. Honestly I'd never come if it wasn't for the buffet, so my ratings are for buffet only.

Service has always been decent enough. They are busy but my water is usually kept full and most of them maintain a pleasant disposition. Certainly not much waiting for the food.

The ambience is quite nice as they are in a unique location, almost chalet like, with a bit of a view. Much nicer than the other Thai houses I have been to.

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
Tasty
Submitted Monday, March 19, 2007 - 3:38am [Dine in]

We've eaten here many times. We've tried a good majority of the menu. We usually go on Saturday around 4 as you can get seated right away. Honestly I think if you want to stand in a line out in the rain for over an hour I think you are crazy. We did that once before we knew any better and never again.

Service is good. I think it has gotten better in recent years (and the waitresses cuter =)). Only recently found out you get at least one refill with a pop, wish I'd known that earlier as I love guzzling my pop.

Food: Only real complaint is the often hard butter served with the bread.

I read some reviews here that say the food isn't good, and some that say it is great. I would wager these people have not tried the right dishes. I have a knack for knowing what will be tasty to me, and as I ordered each trip I got more adventurous. My instincts found the tastiest dishes first, and nearing the end of the menu not so tasty. Nothing wrong with the quality, just bland, but honestly they looked bland on the menu. Some people might like those dishes though.

These are my favourite dishes, and I'd dare anyone to try a few of them and say the food is "bland" or mushy or whatever:

Meat Lasagna
Conchiglioni in creamy tomato
Agnoloti Don Vincenzo
Frutti de Mari
Caeser Salad

There's probably more but I can't remember without the menu in front of me.

I did finish my portion a few times, but only got a pen once =). It's great having leftovers for later, but I do notice it's not nearly as good after as it dries out.

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Sui Sha Ya Japanese Restaurant4820 Kingsway, #236, Burnaby
Really bad service
Submitted Monday, March 19, 2007 - 1:04am [Dine in]

I actually haven't been here in I dunno perhaps 10 years (went a few times after it opened). So yeah this review is late but we didn't have dinehere.ca back then (too bad).

Anyway I recall the food not being completely terrible at the time. Not great though.

The service is just crap. This is one of the first AYCE places and with it they brought the bad chinese restaurant style service with it (a reason I rarely eat at most chinese restaurants as I can't tolerate indifferent service). The guy we had serve us a few times was just an unfriendly dick.

I also notice a sign that says they don't take Visa. Ask yourself, why don't they take Visa? Do you think it is because they don't want to? I would guess Visa won't do business with them. Now why wouldn't they? Perhaps they had some shady characters working there doing things they shouldn't have. Lets just say not too long after dining there our credit card was scammed. Coincidence? I'll let you decide.

Restaurant decor itself was not too bad, at least 10 years ago. I could totally imagine it going downhill though as it aged.

I can say for sure this is one place I will absolutely never go back, even if it was the last restaurant on the earth.

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Taisho Japanese Restaurant4700 Kingsway, 15E, Burnaby
Service does it in
Submitted Monday, March 19, 2007 - 12:46am [Dine in]

We've visited this place a fair number of times since it opened.

The food is OK. I'm not a big fan of the conveyer belt sushi as you see the same crap going around over and over that nobody wants. I'm quite sure there is some pretty stale stuff up. Myself I can't stand sushi that is more than 20 minutes old. You are also often limited to whatever is going around so if you don't like what is on there you are out of luck. The non-sushi stuff is OK.

Where this place really falls down is the service. I have to say there have been a number of times I've been there where we were served by friendly, reasonably attentitive (and dare I say) cute waitresses. Those were nice experiences. But I've also suffered the flip side where service sucks, you are lucky to ever get water refills or be noticed at all.

If you go for the late night special right when it starts, you can't even really finish your meal before they kick you out as last call is like 15 or 30 minutes after it starts.

What really kept me from coming back though is that you can't seem to really sit where you want. They wanted to seat us at the sushi bar, but I hate the sushi bar. There's free seats elsewhere and they are like "no". Well F U then. Cya.

It's the kind of place where if I happened to be there I might give it a go in hopes it got better. We may go there every couple of years hoping it gets better.

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Saffron Indian Cuisine4300 Kingsway, #5, Burnaby
Great lunch buffet, so so service
Submitted Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 10:51pm [Dine in]

I really like this place. The buffet has a wide selection, it is always fresh as the place is busy, and I love the food.

With the lunch buffet the service suffers because it is so busy. I would bet it would be much better in the evening.

Right from the get go, if you walk in and it is busy, they probably won't acknowledge you. When there are multiple groups waiting, this irritates me as they basically show up when a table is free and ask you "who's next?". There is plenty of room for abuse there with people trying to butt in and that would make me very very angry if it happened... not the best of mood to start a meal.

So when you get a table, I find we only get Naan about 1/3 of the time.

When you are done your meal, don't ever expect a bill. You pretty much have to go up to the counter where there is often a long wait. We usually just leave cash without getting the bill.

The servers themselves are actually nice and friendly, they just don't have time to help you.

The price is starting to creep up now too at $11 for the buffet, but I think it is still worth it. They can afford to charge it, they are still busy.

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Hatam Grill Restaurant4735 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
Needed tuning
Submitted Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

I visited a few times for the lunch buffet many months ago.

I really wanted to like this place as I liked the Indian place that was there before it, and I like a good buffet.

The food itself was alright. Kabobs were certainly good. Selection wasn't amazing but adequate. Most of the dishes had a strong lemon flavour. Not complaining. It was nice to have something a bit different.

The owner seems like a nice eager friendly guy who wants to do well here.

Now the biggest problem was just how the buffet is set up. The actual buffet and the lids made it a pain to get food out. There also weren't too many customers, so not much food was actually ready and waiting in the buffet. He'd basically see customers come in and then start cooking stuff up. While this ensured the food was fresh, really he was just trying to not let food go to waste and thus cost him money. A noble goal, but the problem is customers just end up sitting around waiting for food forever. And when some morsels do come out, anyone there rushes to get them and half the people don't get it, then another long wait. For people coming from work for lunch this just doesn't work. After a while you just give up and leave hungry.

When it first opened there seemed to be some traffic, then it died down. In order to be succesful, I think you have to run a loss leader to start up and ensure what few customers you have will have good food ready for them and waiting.

If you compare his setup to something like the Saffron buffet it really pales, but the Saffron sets a pretty high mark.

Anyway I wish him good luck but it doesn't look too promising.

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