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kwailanCoquitlamSince December 22, 200575 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)

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Chen's Shanghai Kitchen8095 Park Rd, Richmond
Wonderful Xiao Long Bao
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2008 - 6:19pm [Dine in]

I am surprised this place has yet to be listed on dinehere.ca.

Had lunch here today based on various recommendations from friends.

We ordered (forgive me for I have no idea what the english equivalent for most of these dishes are) 2 X xiao long bao, steamed/fried pork buns (shen jian bao??), half a tea duck, a noodle with creamy soup. Then we added another xiao long bao and pork buns.

Needless to say we loved the xiao long bao and pork buns. The duck and the noodles were fantastic too. The last time my wife and myself ate so much xiao long bao was in Shanghai Yu Yuan, more than 10 years ago. The two of us queued in the rain to buy 30 pieces and ate every single one of them - in the rain! Of course nothing beats memories like that, but the ones here are very good.

Service is actually just decent, but considering we are in Richmond, I bumped it up a notch. The service here is efficient, and friendly. Can't ask for much more in Richmond.

Ambiance is actually poor, but the washroom is clean and the room is clean and bright. So I bumped it up a notch too.

Overall, this is not a place for date. Fantastic food, ok price, clean restaurant, efficient service. Eat and go. I wish they would ask before taking/replacing unused chairs from our tables though.

Oh before I forget, ask for lots of napkins once you're seated. Those things squirt!!!!

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Kingyo871 Denman Street, Vancouver
Hit and Miss Food
Submitted Monday, December 31, 2007 - 4:51pm [Dine in]

We were headed to Zakkushi only to find the kitchen closed. So we walked on and came across Kingyo. I remember reading good things about it and in we went.

While going through the menu, we noticed 2 guys in kitchen attire drinking with some customers. One of them downed a whole jug of beer in a gulp. Hmmm ... Throughout dinner, I was expecting a severed finger in my food ;-)

Food was hit and miss.

Hit - tuna with avocado, croquette (though I did not taste any crab or clams in it), pork cheek, yellowtail sashimi (hard to get this wrong).

Miss (as in decent and not worth the price) - Beef tataki, sukiyaki, salmon nigri (this is bad, never had such huge amount of rice in my nigri before), Cha Shu rolls.

I totally enjoyed the room, although the bamboo in the middle of the room seems to be frying up.

Service was good. Well, service has always been good in a Japanese-run place. Bonus was i could I understand the server's English!

Return? Very likely. But only if Zakkushi is closed or full. Anybody ever wondered why these izakaya places charge you for a slice of lemon/lime with your drinks?

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East Passion Bistro & Lounge630 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Glammed up Hon's
Submitted Tuesday, December 25, 2007 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

Title says it all.

Never thought I will say this, but the food at Hon's is better. McCain fries with your $12 eastern burger. What more needed to be said?

Service was just decent, but this is probably because they are still new (2 weeks old).

Ambiance is incredible. Traditional and modern at the same time. I believe this is the first time I have given 5 stars for ambiance.

Return? Not for the food, maybe for drinks to enjoy the room.

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Guu with Garlic1698 Robson St, Vancouver
Misleading about the Garlic
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2007 - 12:10pm [Dine in]

Finally made it here one late night.

With a name like Guu with Garlic, I was expecting great garlicky tapas. What we got though was the usual japanese tapas topped with deep-fried garlic slices! It works, but I was just expecting more.

The plating here (and at the other Guus) are not as eye pleasing as Alpha's, but the food definitely tasted better. Not much better though.

Return? Sadly unlikely. I am not a patient guy and the wait for table is torture. To unwind after work, I will rather take the short drive to across from Madam Cleo's. Alpha's more relaxed. But that's just me.

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Libra Room1608 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Nothing I will go out of my way to.
Submitted Saturday, December 15, 2007 - 7:07pm [Dine in]

A couple of friends and myself were on the Drive late and feeling hungry. We wanted to eat at Lombardo's, but it was closed. Crossed the street to Wazubee, kitchen closes at 11 pm. We were about to give up when we walked by Libra Room. Pretty crowded room, band playing, kitchen open, so in we go.

The food was just average, drinks selection small and wine list pathetic. Some Asian restaurants have better wine selections.

I rate the food and service 2.5 stars.

The room was so dark I can hardly read the menu. The music was so loud I could hardly place my order with the server. In summary, great place to have a beer and snack and enjoy the live band. Forget about having a meal here.

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Mahek Restaurant9470 120 St., Surrey
Outstanding food
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

The food here is outstanding.

We had the Onion Rings (for the kids, surprisingly GOOD), chicken vindaloo, chicken tandoori and assortment of naans. Everything was very good. The chicken vindaloo was spicy and full of flavours (most places are just spicy) and tandoori was probably the best I've ever had (not that I eat a lot of Indian). The chicken tandoori was red in color. In most other restaurants I visit, it is more orange. Perhaps my memory is failing me.

We had mango lassi for drinks and different ice cream for desserts. Everything was outstanding.

Service was what let me down. The lady server looked like she would rather be somewhere else, while the other 2 male servers were more enthusiastic.

Return? Definitely. But not before I try Asian Spice across the parking lot.

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Legendary Noodle1074 Denman Street, Vancouver
Huh?
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

I can't resist a good bowl of noodle, especially hand made ones, but this place is bad. Real bad.

The noodles itself is decent enough, however, the cooking is awful. The Chinese restaurants in the suburbs catering to Caucasians cook a better noodle dish.

I should have guessed as much by the decor. The place is obviously catered to the Caucasians, and by the reviews before me, they have succeeded.

Return? Unlikely.

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Martini's Restaurant151 West Broadway, Vancouver
Cheap drinks, decent food
Submitted Saturday, November 3, 2007 - 9:08pm [Dine in]

The food in general is ok, though price is good for the portion. Our regular items are Houmous and Pita, Martini's pizza and neptune caps.

Ambiance: I actually like the room. Comfortable and laid back.

Service: We had great servers and BAD BAD servers. So I suppose you gotta try your luck.

Return? Regularly. The daily specials for drinks are a good deal here. I believe $4.50 for a double hi-ball and martinis under $4.00. But the clincher is that they serve liquor till 2 am!

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Kingston Taphouse & Grille755 Richards Street, Vancouver
Surprisingly good steak
Submitted Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 9:42pm [Dine in]

I come often to watch games. Recently they added steak to the menu and I tried it today. I do not usually do follow-up reviews, but the steak was good.

I regretted ordering it when the server asked if I wanted steak sauce.

Luckily, I did not change my order. The steak was surprisingly good. Very good in fact. Cooked perfectly to order. The croquette were pretty good too but the grilled vegetables were a little undercooked.

Service was good as usual, even though I see a lot of new faces.

Return? For sure. Will try the prime rib next time (weekends and Canucks home games only).

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Tokachi Japanese Restaurant10767 King George Highway, Surrey
Surprise Surprise
Submitted Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 2:01am [Dine in]

We were driving home after visiting some friends in Surrey. I was about to turn into 102 Ave to dine at Pho Tam when I remembered the previous review: "In the deepest darkest Whalley ..." It is only about 5 blocks away, and we decided to give this place a try.

We had a bento box each, and ordered hamachi, hamachi kama, salmon belly and bbq cod to share. Every was very very good. Sashimi was fresh, tonkatsu juicy, robata crisp on the outside and soft and tender inside. A real surprise.

Service was efficient, nothing special. Ambiance is poor. The place is in need of a major facelift - but the washrooms are clean.

A definite return.

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Cascade Room, The2616 Main Street, Vancouver
Solid all around
Submitted Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 1:49am [Dine in]

Decided to drop by Cascade Room one night. Three of us had the polenta fries, mussels, mushroom and margherita pizzas. The food were all pretty good except for the mussels - some of which did not taste very fresh and a couple were not even opened.

The drinks were just decent. I tried the classics - Rob Roy and Singapore Sling, both were disappointing. The sling was nothing like the one served at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel. Usually, i would let it pass, but this place aspires to take "you back to the golden age of cocktails".

Service was just decent. Condiments we asked for never came. Not once, but twice.

Ambiance was good. Good place to relax after work.

Return? Very likely, but will have to keep my expectations for the drinks in check.

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Dix BBQ & Brewery871 Beatty St., Vancouver
Strictly for drinks
Submitted Tuesday, September 4, 2007 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

I was here for a late lunch. Only 1 other table was occupied.

Ordered the beef ribs and a beer. My friend ordered the Ribs and Chicken combo. Food was disappointing. The beef ribs at Big Ridge (its sister restaurant in Surrey) was a lot better. The version here here is dry and bland.

The payment thing on the pool table was broken, so we got to play for free. The self-serve free peanuts was fun and they do not care where you throw the shells. Very relaxed environment. Perfect for a beer after work.

Return? Only for drinks.

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Alpha Global Sushi & Bar1099 Richards St, Vancouver
Nice little room
Submitted Monday, September 3, 2007 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

A japanese friend of mine brought me to this little restaurant and I have returned regularly ever since.

It's in the middle of nowhere (actually directly across from Madam Cleo's!), but the food and drinks are solid.

Must-trys include the Italian Springrolls and seared peppered tuna. The rolls are recommended too, especially the one with mango.

Service is always good. Actually, I have yet to encounter bad service in a Japanese-run restaurant.

The room is simply decorated but very cozy. The menu itself is extremely interesting. You got to see it to understand.

Return? I have already. Many times.

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Sanafir1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
ok food, overpriced liquor
Submitted Monday, September 3, 2007 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

Looking for a drink with a light meal late night. Stopped by Prima Taste, closed. Sonomama, closed. Was heading towards Bin 941 when I saw the beautiful room. I must have walked by this place a thousand times but never noticed it. A small sign says Sanafir and I remember hearing great things about its drinks. So we stepped in.

We settled into a cozy booth, and looked at the menu. Sadly, neither the martinis nor cocktails interested me. So I settled for a BC red. Food-wise, we chose the tuna, lamb and crab risotto.

The crab risotto was bland and we only enojyed 2 of the 6 tapas. However, at $14/trios, it is very reasonably priced. We looked at the dessert menu and decided to skip it. I settled for my usual scotch instead.

It was a slow night, yet we had a problem getting the server's attention. Other than that, she's pretty ok.

Ambiance: Probably the only saving grace. Beautiful room. The kind of place I want to be in at the end of a day with my scotch.

Return? Unlikely. Perhaps I'm cheap. The scotch costs 40% more than my usual haunts (Bin 941, Prima) and the food is just decent. But the room is really beautiful.

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Manzo Japanese Restaurant8391 Alexandra Road, #2170, Richmond
A little disappointed
Submitted Saturday, July 14, 2007 - 8:36pm [Dine in]

Dropped by the place late night. The place was almost full.

We were there for the skewers: chicken liver, beef short ribs, chicken skin, smelt, scallop, chicken cartilage and bacon asparagus. Quite disappoined actually. I would say half the items were deep-fried, instead of grilled.

For sashimi, we ordered wild sockeye / kampachi combo and salmon / tuna belly combo. Surprisingly, there were very fresh.

However, I was there for the robata, not sashimi, thus the "decent" food rating.

Ambiance and service were pretty good. Typical izakaya setup.

Return? Unlikely. I would rather drive 25 min to Zakkushi for robata on charcoal grill.

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Milestone's Grill and Bar1109 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Ok lunch
Submitted Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

I was in Yaletown and craving for steak. Natural choice would be Hamilton Street Grill. Unfortunately, i was ignored at the door (host nowhere to be found) and I realised there is no steak proper in the lunch menu. So I walked down the street and ended up at Milestone's.

I saw striploin, new york and prime rib posted at the door and decided to give it a try. It was only after i sat down that I realised prime rib is only served after 5 pm. Sigh, I settled for the 11 oz new york steak with peppercorn sauce cooked medium. I started with the corn and potato chowder soup.

The soup was ok and the steak was a little overcooked. The peppercorn sauce was good though.

I was seated at the bar in a near empty restaurant. So, no complains about the service.

Ambiance is good. Nicely decorated like most chain restaurants. However, the room was a little warm.

Return? Unlikely for the food. Maybe for drinks after work.

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Vip's Kitchen1487 Marine Dr., West Vancouver
Overrated
Submitted Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - 11:07pm [Dine in]

This place came highly recommended for its soya duck and oyster omelet from different groups of friends. We traveled all the way to from Coquitlam to West Van to check it out.

Flipping thru the menu, we were excited to see a lot of familiar Teochew dishes and as usual, we ordered way too much food than we can finish.

We had the Shrimp "springroll" (decent), half a soya duck (I've had better in Richmond), oyster omelet (much better than Phnom Penh's), soya pig's intestine and tofu (decent). The chef-owner recommended a wok-fried beef noodle which wasn't too good.

I must add that the duck and omelet are my favorite dish and I could be overly critical. The soya stock (used in the duck, intestine and tofu) is the closet to a real teochew stock that I've came across in Vancouver.

We wanted the Yam pudding for dessert, but they were sold out. We were offered another Yam dessert instead. It was deep fried cubes of Yam with some sugary stuff sprinkled over it. It was VERY VERY VERY good.

Service was average. However, we conversed in Teochew with the chef/owner and it was very comforting.

Not much of an ambiance. Think Hawker's Delight, except cleaner and bigger.

Return? Unlikely. It is too far away from my house and the food is not worth the drive. Only if I'm in the neighborhood.

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Pho Tam Restaurant10302 135 Street, #10, Surrey
Good springrolls
Submitted Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 11:53am [Dine in]

This restaurant came highly recommended from a Vietnamese friend. He and his family will take the skytrain from Vancouver to Surrey to eat at this restaurant almost on a weekly basis.

The springrolls are very good here, and they are bigger than most other places too.

My wife and kids love the Pho, but I've had better lemongrass chicken elsewhere.

Service is efficient and place is clean. These are good enough for me in an Asian restaurant with good food.

I will brave the Pattulo to return to eat here.

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Wings Restaurants & Pubs1162 Granville Street, Vancouver
Go between 3 and 5 pm on weekdays
Submitted Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 11:42am [Dine in]

Happened to drop by on a weekday afternoon. The place was empty and I chose to sit at the bar.

I had 2 lbs of wings and a beer. I get to choose a sauce for each lb of wings. The honey garlic was excellent but the greek was average.

I was seated at the bar in a near empty restaurant. There is no way they can screw up the service. So no complains here.

Room is nicely decorated and the booths look very cozy.

Overall, a good lunch/dinner. However, the best thing was the price. Wings were at half price during weekday afternoon. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the check. Will be back

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Choo Choo's20559 Fraser Hwy, Langley
Surprise surprise
Submitted Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 7:37pm [Dine in]

After weeks of rain, the sun is finally out. Decided to head to Fort Langley. First stop though, was downtown Langley. We decided against our usual Langley joints Olive Garden and Montana's and head to Choo Choo's instead.

The first thing I noticed through the door was the display of cakes. I made a note to leave some room for them. Next was the number of senior citizens dining there. Kind of reminds me of Floata in Chinatown.

The food was surprisingly good. I had the half BBQ chicken, wife had the brunch special, egg benny with shrimp and smoked salmon on a muffin. Kids had the grilled cheese sandwich and a nachos. We shared a caramel mouse cake and a chocolate cake. Both were good as well.

Service is efficient and friendly and the room is nicely decorated. The kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves and so did we.

A definite side-trip next time we head to Fort Langley.

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