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Le_GourmandBurnabySince June 1, 200624 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.4)

Reviews

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Hamilton Street Grill1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Olympic sized portions?
Submitted Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 12:52am [Dine in]

We needed to find a quick place to eat before the victory ceremony and didn't want to eat outside so we decided to give them a try, they were able to fit us in so we thought it would be a good way to experience the energy of Yaletown.

First, we found a floatie in the drinking water and then when the appetizers arrived, the portions were smaller than expected with the grilled ahi tuna being refrigerator cold and the steamed mussels being overcooked.

Then, the scallop entree arrived and saw 3 average-sized pieces, my initial reaction was they must have missed one, but thought well this is the Olympics and just roll with it.

But Finally when we requested the bill the server came back with it and mentioned "the price is already factored with the tip because it's the Olympics". In terms of the service, it was acceptable given the large crowds.

With the lineups they must be making a killing hosing the Olympic visitors...This restaurant wil be crying the blues when the HST kicks it but I won't know cuz I don't think I will be coming back.

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X-Site Grill and Bistro4625 Hastings St., Burnaby
Bargain lunch specials...but wait awhile...
Submitted Saturday, January 27, 2007 - 6:28pm [Dine in]

Definitely check out their weekday lunch specials for $4.95, can't beat that price. My husband and I came here on Wednesday, and we both had the chicken souvlaki lunch special which also came with a side of caesar salad, potatoes, and pilaf rice. The portions were generous and I couldn't finish my entree. I agree with the previous reviewer, service is definitely S-L-O-W. There was quite a line-up at the entrance since it looked like there was only 1 server for the entire place, 1 person cooking, and probably the owner making the drinks. I felt sorry for the server since she was working really hard to man all those tables. Guess the owners pass the savings on to the customers by keeping prices and overhead low?

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Sushi Garden4635 Kingsway, Burnaby
Brown avocado in roll...
Submitted Saturday, January 27, 2007 - 12:54am [Dine in]

We have always frequented Sushi Garden for it's quick turnover, decent portions, fresh sashimi, and decent prices. After their new renovation, we decided to go for lunch again on our day off. No surprise with the lacklustre and non-existent service. Each and every server has a scowl on their face, and they don't make eye contact. It baffles me why people still come here, price point must be more important than crummy service. It took me at least 3 times to flag down a server for some hot tea, not only did she not even acknowledge my presence, when she came around with the tea, she had real attitude, ha attitude with a snarl. We ordered a california roll, when upon arrival, the avocado was brown!! Can you imagine, I initially thought it was a beef roll of some sort! We asked the server about this, again, an inexcusable response and indifference. We finally decided it was the last straw and rather go next door to Asakusa for our sushi cravings in the future.

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Pisces Fish & Chips3675 Westminster Highway, #115, Richmond
All that batter...
Submitted Saturday, January 27, 2007 - 12:36am [Dine in]

Pisces has the $6.99 lunch special during the week, so it was toss-up between the butter chicken or the fish 'n chips special. I opted for the latter seeing it was my first visit here, and supposedly that's their specialty. There was probably more batter than fish in my serving. I also noticed they serve frozen calamari rings rather than make their own calamari. Service was slow, it looks like a family-run business, one person frying in the kitchen and another waiting on tables and manning the cash register. However, they do a magnificent mango pudding, real mango and flavourful!

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Hi Genki Japanese Restaurant6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Comfort food at last...
Submitted Saturday, January 27, 2007 - 12:29am [Dine in]

We have always had the intention to come here for lunch, and we finally came around at Christmas time. Prices are very reasonable and portions are large. We tried the tatoyaki and katsu don dishes. There was a dessert special for $1, creme caramel. The ambiance feels more like a cafeteria rather than an actual restaurant; however, the place is kept clean and seating is very comfortable and not cramped. We would definitely recommend Hi Genki.

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FigMint Restaurant & Lounge500 West 12th Ave, Vancouver
Dine out experience
Submitted Saturday, January 27, 2007 - 12:21am [Dine in]

We have heard some favourable reviews for this restaurant & lounge and thought we would try the dine out. We had reservations for a late dinner, and upon arrival, there was no hostess in sight to greet us. We were not certain whether we arrived at a club lounge or a restaurant. The bar/lounge was located next to the entrance and the actual restaurant was behind the lounge area. After waiting 5 minutes, the hostess suddenly showed up and did not even acknowledge our presence right away. Our server was very young and friendly and attended to our table though. I am not sure if other dine out venues serve smaller portions, but I was still hungry after having the calamari appetizer (3 meagre pieces), rainbow trout, and the (DOV smaller version) figmint brownie even though I am a light eater. Overall, the food presentation was artsy and creative, trendy and modern ambiance, but I don't feel the prices they charge were in line especially when it felt like dining in a noisy hotel lounge.

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Thai House Royale Restaurant4600 Kingsway, #115, Burnaby
Is this the Royale treatment?
Submitted Wednesday, September 13, 2006 - 12:45am [Dine in]

I read the last review of this place and have observed the same. Foodwise is not bad- but nothing out of the ordinary.
We had a large family function and someone had suggested Thai house. There is not a large selection of restaurants in Burnaby, so we arrived early to avoid waiting.
There are not only fillers, but they put food in coconut shells so it looks so exotic (ooh!--aah!), but when you put your spoon in the container it only goes half way in, so that the portions appears larger than what they really are.
Also, we needed rice and tea with the meal, but charging per bowl and per cup for 10 people is a bit of a money grab!

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Hachibei778 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
Real Japanese cuisine...
Submitted Sunday, September 10, 2006 - 1:25am [Dine in]

It has been awhile since I last visited Hachibei, and while meandering down 16th Ave, passing Toshi Sushi and the crowds, I headed over to Hachibei, a cozy hole-in-the-wall Japanese diner. The food is authentic Japanese, the owners are Japanese, the clientele are Japanese, prices are very reasonable, and there are many choices of types of dinner bento boxes to choose from. Although service was slow as there was only one waiter for the entire diner, there was always a steady flow of people either ordering the take-out or dining in. The place definitely needs a makeover, but other than that, this place is a diamond in the rough.

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
Traffic noise, flies,nonchalant service
Submitted Sunday, September 10, 2006 - 1:13am [Dine in]

After reading a few of the reviews here, I thought we would try out Hawker's Delight while in the area. We walked in and seated ourselves at a table since there was no server to greet us, we understand that the place is a self-serve set-up. Anyhow, that is fine and dandy, although the tables were not cleared or wiped down. We ordered the nasi goreng, wanted to order beef curry although they ran out of beef (before 6pm too!) instead we had a vegetable curry, and spring rolls. All dishes were under $5 but the portions are meagre. The dining experience was less than pleasant with the open-air traffic noise of Main St, the amount of flies in the restaurant, and the grease-coated film on the kitchen counters and walls. It looks like a family-run business and the kids seem indifferent towards the patrons. They also charge 25 cents for takeout containers. The food is cheap for a reason, it pays to pay more for better service, food, and cleanliness.

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Pear Tree, The4120 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Beautiful presentation in every way...
Submitted Saturday, September 9, 2006 - 12:50am [Dine in]

We had a beautiful dinner at The Pear Tree last month for a special occasion. The restaurant has a soothing, calm ambiance, tasteful but simplistic design. Service was top-notch, the waitress and the hostess came around frequently. The food was beautifully presented - we shared an appetizer, entrees, and finished off with a creme brulee. There are not too many fine-dining restaurants in The Heights area of Burnaby. Definitely recommended for an impressive outing!

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Golden Oscar Cafe & Restaurant3868 Rupert Street, Vancouver
Great little place for less...
Submitted Saturday, September 9, 2006 - 12:41am [Dine in]

We could never find any decent HK style cafe restaurants near our place, but we frequent Oscars for their late afternoon or late night mini-set meals. For under $6 for both an entree and choice of beverage, it is definitely good value and we're satisfyingly full. Better bring cash, the restaurant does not take credit card or debit card.

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Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant8888 River Road, #150, Richmond
For the discerning chinese gourmand...
Submitted Monday, July 3, 2006 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

If you want first-rate chinese cuisine, this is the place. Reservations are highly recommended. I have been here for dimsum and for dinners, and the place is always packed! The ambiance feels like an exclusive Hong Kong restaurant. I enjoyed dimsum there even though it is pricier; however, each dish comes out hot, tasty, and delicious. For the discerning Chinese palate, you will know the difference between ordinary and extraordinaire!

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Old Bavaria Haus, The233 6th St, New Westminster
Schnitzels galore!
Submitted Monday, July 3, 2006 - 9:34pm [Dine in]

For anyone who enjoys schnitzel, this is the place! I had the schnitzel champignon (bearnaise sauce and mushrooms) and my husband, the black forest schnitzel (with oyster and shiitake mushrooms). The schnitzel was tender, tasty and cooked to perfection. The schnitzel platters comes with sauteed vegetables, roasted potatoes, and red cabbage. We finished off our meal with the black forest cake dessert, delicious indeed. We will definitely come back for the Schnitzel Wednesdays specials for $9.99.
For those BFC cake fans, check out their website for the recipe!

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Sushi California501A North Rd, Coquitlam
Pleasantly surprised...
Submitted Monday, July 3, 2006 - 12:14am [Dine in]

We have driven by this Japanese sushi place many times and decided to stop by to have dinner. We noticed that the restaurant closes at 9pm on Sundays and holidays, and we walked through the door at 8:45pm; the waitress greeted us right away and showed us to a table. It is a rather small restaurant with about 15 tables and it appeared that she was the only waitress working on a really busy night. However, she came by and brought us tea and menus. We both ordered sushi/sashimi combos, both under $9.00. The salmon and tuna sashimi were very fresh and tender. The portions are large too. I will definitely go back and try their other dinner combos.

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High Mountain Brewing Co.4355 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
Nice patio
Submitted Monday, July 3, 2006 - 12:07am [Dine in]

We stopped by to have lunch and got a nice seat on the patio. I found the entrees to be rather pricey for such ordinary food, burgers and fries for $12? I ordered a pound of spicy thai chicken wings and my husband, the chicken pesto sandwich and fries. They charged $2.58 for pop which was watered down and lots of ice.

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Daimasu4680 Kingsway, #106, Burnaby
Could be better...
Submitted Monday, June 26, 2006 - 10:43pm [Dine in]

We knew there were other Japanese restaurants in the Metrotown area, but thought we would try it out. Total disappointment, my tuna sashimi was quite fishy and suspect, before I even put the fish in my mouth, the tuna looked limp and shrivelled up. There was 7 people in our group, and not everyone's meal came out at the same time.

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Fatburger1101 Denman St., Vancouver
Babyfat
Submitted Monday, June 26, 2006 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

Finally tried the Fatburger joint on Denman last night after coming back from the beach. I ordered the Babyfat burger and my husband, the BigFat deal. My husband really enjoyed his burger, he didn't find it greasy at all, and it was fresh, juicy and just like a home-cooked burger made to order. I ordered the Babyfat burger, a smaller version of a regular-sized burger and a chocolate milkshake. The girl at the front counter had forgotten to ring up my milkshake the first time round. I usually like my milkshakes thick and creamy, but the milkshake started getting runny right away. Other than that, it was an enjoyable experience.

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Yuen Yuen Cafe5890 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Good bento box lunches
Submitted Friday, June 16, 2006 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

Once in awhile when I am in the area, I like to come here for a bento box lunch and a bubble tea, for under $8. Their milk bubble teas are creamy and smooth. After you buy 10 drinks, your 11th is free.

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Dragon Ball Tea House1007 W King Edward, Vancouver
Creamy mango bubble tea...
Submitted Friday, June 16, 2006 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

I took the advice of one of the reviewers here and tried out the creamy mango pearl tea. It tasted like fresh mango and very filling. Next time I will try out their other flavours. Only downside, is the lack of parking around, there were only 2 parking stalls allocated and no parking on King Edward.

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Jane's Restaurant4217 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Good& cheap breakfasts...
Submitted Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 12:22am [Dine in]

The breakfast specials for $2.95 are a good deal with home fries, either 3 sausage links or bacon, 2 eggs, and toast. Can't beat that. Also, the waitress always comes by with coffee refills. The place is busy and the food is fresh.

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